This month I really loved being able to easily access anything in the city. It felt refreshing to be able to walk out for dessert or grab drinks on a whim (without worrying who the designated driver is!). This is such a novelty for me as I lived in Markham for probably 15 years, where going anywhere required driving.
Here’s my October round up:
Moving downtown has been a big change for me, one that I embarked around mid-August. The adulting aspect of it is gruelling and I dislike walking and taking public transit…but I am really enjoying living in the city core. Toronto just has so much to offer – there is always something happening and new each and every week. My plan is to do a monthly log to share some cool finds to fellow Torontonians living either downtown or uptown to check out.
Here’s my September round up of discoveries. Continue reading “September 2018”
As I had 3 days in Singapore, I took one to do a quick day trip to Kuala Lumpur. It was an admittedly rushed trip packed with catching flights, trains, and buses, but I did manage to check off a few things. Here’s what you can do over a short layover. 1) Explore Batu Caves (and climb its 272 steps). May not sound like much … Continue reading 1 Day in Kuala Lumpur
Singapore is both a country and a city-state which is small enough in size to be easily be explored within 1 or 2 days. Here’s my schedule with the goal to see the most that I could within 2 days. Unfortunately, as I got sick partway during the trip, I was not able to complete it myself, but happy to share it nonetheless. 1) See … Continue reading 2 Days in Singapore
Montreal is a popular long weekend destination for us in Toronto since it’s only a 6 – 7 hour drive away. I visited Montreal for the first time as an adult over the Canadian Thanksgiving holidays. Here are some of the cool things I did during the 5 days. Live in an awesome Airbnb. Although your stay indoors might be short, a great accommodation does make … Continue reading 5 Days in Montreal
A lengthy description of my personal experience on summiting Kilimanjaro. It definitely varies by the individual as some group mates had it worse, while others had it better that night. For basic trip details and suggested packing list, see my introductory post on the ascent. Summit night begins at midnight sharp as we roll into our 7th day of the hike on Lemosho route. However for … Continue reading Kilimanjaro – The Summit
A summary of several important conditions for those considering climbing Kilimanjaro. Detailed packing list at the end and separate post on The Summit to follow.
Please note that this is based on my individual experience which can vary depending on the operating company chosen, the route, the weather and of course your personal preferences.
The operating company: G Adventures
The time period: August 4 – 11, 2017
The route: Lemosho route, a 7 night, 8 day hike where summit is starting at midnight of day 7 (effectively nighttime of day 6). This route was chosen because it was the longest and provides the most time to acclimatize, which helps increase the chance of a successful summit. Continue reading “Kilimanjaro – The Ascent”
Doma a French inspired Korean restaurant is the first-time endeavor of Chef Paul Kim from Seoul, Korea. Their menu changes slightly each month by incorporating new items and rolling forward a few popular items from the previous menu.
For $65 per person, you can experience their 9-course tasting menu which is effectively also their entire monthly offerings. Great deal!
With only one day in Rome and so much to see, it was a struggle to narrow down my checklist of things to do. After being in Venice and Cinque Terre for a few days, I was slightly nervous for the bustling city of Rome and its larger population as I had been warned with many pickpocket stories. Thankfully, nothing of the sort happened.
Here’s what I did in my 24 Hours in Rome:
1) Get personalized pizzas. Tasty and cheap individual sized pizzas at Trieste Pizza were perfect for us on the go. You can make your own if you don’t mind a short wait or they have several popular ones already pre-made to be heated up and ready to serve.
2) Explore Roman Forum. So many ruins to see in just one spot! Would definitely recommend using an audio guide or getting an actual tour guide to learn more about each site. Continue reading “24 Hours in Rome”
In my first day at in Cinque Terre, I managed to visit 3 of the 5 villages. This second day, I went to see the last two and attended the annual Monterosso Lemon Festival which by chance, we were in town for.
Here’s what I did with my second 24 Hours in Cinque Terre:
1) Hike from Vernazza to Corniglia on The Sentiero Azzurro (The Blue Path). This leg of the hike was quite enjoyable as most of the view was of the ocean. It also gives you a nice breeze as you walk.
2) Enjoy the cliffside view of Corniglia. Continue reading “48 Hours in Cinque Terre Pt. 2”