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winter wear in Canada

winter wear in Canada

Bryan left the following message in my previous post :

I am going to Harbin end of this year. I believe it will be minus 15 Degree during the day.Since I am not living in Subzero Climate for long period, I just bought a Winter Jacket, not those ultra warm type though, but for active sports, where we partially keep ourselves warm while exercising in the cold weather. I think it might not be enough to fend off the cold there.

How many layers of clothing you wear to protect yourself from the cold?

My idea:
1st Under Thermal (Long John shirt and pants)
2nd Long Sleeve T-Shirt
3rd Wool Sweater
4th Thin Down Jacket
5th Wind & Waterproof outer jacket

Ear Warmer
Gloves
Head Warmer?

Wish me luck! ”

Hey Bryan,

I went online to check the weather in Harbin, yup, it is already around minus 5 to 15 degree during the day !! And currently, the wind gust is around 4-15 mph (6-23 km/h), which is quite strong if you are walking on the streets, especially in wind tunnel (like between tall buildings). So, you have to be quite prepared, especially people like us, who are brought up in tropical weather.

Looking at your 5 layers clothing sandwich, I think you will be fine for the minus 15. However, it depends on the quality of your down jacket and the water/windproof  jacket. It makes all the difference !

windproof jacket with face cover

windproof jacket with chin flaps

Not sure what kind of quality you will get in Malaysia. So, whatever you buy, check the quality properly, or buy trusted brands.  There are hell lots of things to consider for good down or windproof jackets. I am not going to go to the details here and you only go there for a short trip. Just some simple things you should look for. For example, for down jacket, check exactly what the down filling is (make sure is not synthetic) and its fill power (how dense they pack the down/feather); for water/windproof jacket, check the construction of the jacket (how well the jacket is ‘sealed’), fabric lining etc.

I have a windproof jacket that have two ‘flaps’ on my face area (left picture), so when the wind blow fiercely, I can cover half my face, and only leave the eyes out. But I rarely wear it because I think it is very ugly ! Haahaa….do I scare you though? I hope you don’t need those things anyway ! It depends if you are a person who afraid of cold. I need those because I can’t stand cool weather !

Ok, now let’s talk about other accessories.

(1) Gloves – yup, you need a good pair of gloves ! Best is wool or windproof gloves.

(2) Hat/Head Warmer – you definitely need a very good hat/head warmer. Generally, about 30% of body heat lose through our heads, it is quite a significant amount. If you cover your head (especially forehead) properly, you surely will feel warmer. Tips : Don’t buy knit hat, because wind can blow through it easily. Buy wool one,. If you like knit, buy those have an inner (wool) layer.

(3) Ear warmer – If you have a hat that also can cover your ears, I don’t think you need ear warmer.

(4) Sock – Your feet and toes !! You don’t want to have cool feet and toes when you are outside, especially if you have to walk on the snow. Also, most time I dress my body properly, but forget my legs. So,  your under thermal pants will be very helpful. Tips : alternatively, buy very good wool knee length socks. They help me heaps when I don’t feel like wearing my old-lady-like thermal pants 😉

(5) Boot – Very important especially when snowing heavily and have snow/ice accumulation on the ground. A good pair of boot prevent slips.  My boot is knee length, with fur inside, strong rubber sole with deep treads. Of course, it depends how much walking you have to do, otherwise, normal boot should be ok. Tips : Walk on snow-muddy ground, instead of the ‘shiny’ icy ground, which is extremely slippery, unless you like to roller skating 😉

(6) Scarf – Depend on the design of your jacket or if you have turtle neck top. I feel much warmer when my neck is warm, and it prevents cool wind slips inside your body through the neck opening. Tips : When I don’t wear my ugly windproof jacket with the ‘flaps’, I like to wear very large thick scarf. So, I not only use it to cover my neck, I use it to cover half my face when I have to walk against wind gust.

multiples layers and a down jacket

multiple layers and a down jacket

For this photo, I think it was taken on a day of around minus 5-8 degree or so. With the hat, an under thermal, a turtle neck (white), a 200 fleece (blue), and a medium fill power down jacket ( filling : 50% down/50% feathers), I was able to pose for photo with a smile 😉

I hope the above information helps. Shoot me more questions if you still not sure.

Haahaaa… I have too much fun here. I better go back to study for my exam !!! 😦

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我’有幸’体验到多伦多近十年来最严重的暴风雪。

昨天一整天,雪不停地下,不停地下….

我和Ed穿得厚厚地跑出去‘赏雪。

因积雪有20至30公分高,步步艰辛,才绕公寓一圈,我已气喘如牛。

今早,雪小了,轻轻地飘。

太阳跑了出来, 人们也出来了。我也出去拍拍照片。

阳光反射在洁白的雪上,好美好美。

人们暂抛开要清理那么多的雪的烦恼,先快乐地享受….

I was ‘fortunate’ enough to have the chance to experience the worst snowstorm in nearly ten years in Toronto.

The snow was pouring non-stop yesterday.

Ed and I went out during the storm, well, for an experience. It was rare chance.

The streets were covered by 20 to 30 cm of snow and was extremely difficult to walk.

We only walked around our apartment but I was already quite exhausted.

This morning, though still snowing, only lightly.

Sun is out, people are out too. Me too, taking my camera for some photos.

Temporarily ignoring the need to clean up the mess, people want to first enjoy the sunshine-filled beautiful snowwhite city ….

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刚刚才看到加拿大的气象台预测, 这个星期六晚开始至星期天,有些地区, 包括多伦多, 会下一场大风雪。 多伦多积雪可能会高至15到25 公分,有些地区会有超过40公分的积雪! 不但下大雪, 也会刮大风和下冰雨。 这种天气最危险。气象台特别警告人民路上一定要小心,必要时改变计划最好。

这星期天傍晚,我本来要出席一个佛教集会。我已收到通知,所有集会将取消。几个小时前,我和Ed还没看天气预测。 那时,我们还兴致勃勃,要叫几个朋友星期天出来吃点心。为安全起见,这计划可能要泡汤了。看来,我们还是乖乖呆在家里煮饭看书好了。这里的生活就是这样,很看天气’做人’。 要常查天气预测,计划要随天气更改。

今年,雪不但下得早,还下得又狂又频密。难怪前阵子有预测说,今年冬天可能是十五年来最冷的。这是我在加拿大的第二个冬天,还好我已开始可以忍受这种冰点下的生活。而且,也不坏,我去年没缘过白色的圣诞(去年第一场雪在12月28日才下)。今年该如愿以偿了。现在,整个城市是白色的,加上家家户户已装上五彩缤纷的圣诞灯饰,已经很有白色圣诞的情调了。

欣慰的是,过了圣诞的两天后,我就会回马享受太阳普照的日子。可是,却有点担心从零下十度的冬天,突然变到三十度的炎热夏天,我最好不要病才好。我该开始煮药材汤‘补补’自己了!

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当然来到蒙特利尔市,不能不谈它那耸立了几百年的古老法式建筑物。坦白说,我对建筑物不内行, 不敢在此班门弄斧。贴上多多照片就是 (如上,照片是在第一次游蒙特利尔时拍的,那时是夏天)。市中心有一条市中心的主街,Sherbrooke街, 很有趣。这条街很长。街的东部是法式建筑,西部是英式。驾着车在此街上东西跑,也看得出法式和英式建筑的不同。可惜没拍到英式建筑的照片以便比较。抱歉。

这里也有个小小的古城。城中有许多餐馆, 咖啡店, 酒吧等的。小巷中有艺术工作者卖他们的作品。我蛮喜欢的,很有欧洲风味,觉得很浪漫,很美。当然,我没去过欧洲,才大惊小怪。Ed去过欧洲,觉得这里不过如此。 我嘛,自己陶醉就是了。

蒙特利尔也是个节庆 (festival) 之城。听说,它常年办各类型的节庆。它的爵士音乐节是世界闻名的。Ed说,夏季时,几乎每个周末都会有东西看。我第一次去时,也刚好碰上蒙特利尔电影节。一屏大大的银幕摆在主要的大街上,整条街封锁了给电影节用,每个晚上都有好戏免费上映。

我和Ed在第一晚看了一部法国古典名片- Bird Cage。有英文字幕。第二晚去时,上映的是Mission Impossible。可是,我竟一点也看不懂!因为,他们竟配上法语,却没有英文字幕。我当然听不懂啦!别问我为什么他们这样做。可是,看到Tom Cruise讲法语也蛮搞笑的。

这回第二次游蒙特利尔,因为是冬天,倒好像没什么大型的节庆。即使有,我也没留意到,也没什么兴致。因为,天气真的很糟糕。整个晚上都在下雨,接着还下雪。不过,在雪中看蒙特利尔,再加上,街上的圣诞装饰,也真别有一番风味。白茫茫中,又有那五颜六色的霓虹光,很美(下图)。可是,我和我的朋友,却变了落汤鸡。

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回来多伦多约一个星期了。 这阵子我都与时差的不适'战斗'着。多伦多与吉隆坡的时差为十二个小时。这里的中午十二点即吉隆坡的午夜十二点。 所以,我在中午会很疲倦,会睡上好几个小时。晚上呢,就会睡不着,或早上四,五点就爬起身来。这两天,好了些。

离开多伦多有四个月左右吧。除了季节的转变,其余的就如四个月前我离开的一样。就好像不曾离开过。

只是,心情有点不同了。上次来此,算是放自己一个长假,也是为了尝试多伦多的生活,见见Ed 的家人朋友。这次,这里变得熟悉了。而且,完成了在墨尔本的学业,也变卖或捐赠了在墨的一切。现在,没了这些牵挂。也许,算是新生活的真正开始吧。

可是,还在等着加拿大的永久居民证,暂是游客身份。再说,我还要再考药剂师的执照,才可以工作。加上,Ed的工作形式多为合约式。我们可能会再搬到别地也难说。听起来有点困难重重。哈! 这证明爱情有多伟大,把我从老远吸引过来 ! (或也是盲目的 😉 )

我暂也不想多想。暂顺其自然吧。想看看在打开生命的另一扇门时,另一边的风景如何。

现在, 我只想要好好享受多伦多夏天的阳光。这也是我要早点回来的原因。上个冬天把我冷得怕了。虽夏天已过了一半, 可我就喜欢现在的阳光, 不是熨人的热, 只是懒懒地温暖。 Ed也已迫不急待地为我编排了一系列的节目。:)

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It is winter again !

In Australia, winter started officially on 1st June. This is the THIRD winter for me in less than one year ! Winter was just over in Australia when I left Melbourne last year. I went to Canada and had my first white winter there. Now, i am back to Melbourne and was lucky to enjoy a couple of weeks of some sunshine but the cool is slowly taking over now. It has been quite cool for the last few days, average about 10-14 celcius during the day.

People may think after I had experienced the freezing white coldness in Toronto, I should be able to handle the winter in Melbourne, since it rarely go below zero. Unfortunately, the heating system in Melbuorne is not as adequate compare to Toronto. In Toronto, the heating system is so good that I dress like summer (just a T-shirt is enough) indoor. In Melbuorne, unless if the house has ducted heating, most houses, particulary apartments only have heaters indoor. So, I am freezing cold indoor and have to wear a few layers !

The worst thing is, when I look at the calendar and noticed that the time I am going back to Toronto is highly likely the winter time there again ! It seems like I am chasing after the winter !

Poor me ! I am extremely tired of winter !

Wonder when the winter is going to finish ?

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上两个星期的天气已没那么地冷。蛮开心的,因为已不用把自己包得一层层的。

哪知,这几天的温度突然下降到到零下十多度。又再刮起风雪来。

Ed说,通常春天来之前,会有一个暴风雪。一过了这个暴风雪,就不会再有风雪。 接下来,天气就会好转的了。

前天,乘搭电梯时, 遇到一个铅管工人。 他也是这样告诉我。

墨尔本是没下雪的。所以,我没经历过这种四季的大转变。

那天,看着窗外的暴风雪,忽然想起一句话: 冬必为春。

这句话是用来鼓励人们, 无论在多寒冷严峻的冬天也要振作起来。因为, 冬天过了,春天就一定会到来。这是自然界必定的规律。

可不是吗? 只要挨过这个最后的风雪, 雪就会开始融化,草会慢慢地抬起头来,花也会轻轻地睁开眼睛….

我期待着春天的来临….

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