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CHILL Ice House

Had a girls night out a few weeks ago at CHILL Ice House which was extremely ironic because at the time we were experiencing freezing rain so it was icy everywhere outside. I can only imagine that must have been why they had a sale on Groupon. For $72.00 CAD you could get entrance and a speciality ice shot for 6 people –  only $12 each. Which was a great deal since entrance alone regularly is $20.00 CAD.

CHILL Ice House is also conjoined with Gatsby’s Tale Speakeasy so when you feel too cold and need a break from all the chilliness (it’s about -5 degrees Celsius but you are provided with optional cape and gloves), you can relax at the speakeasy which is very hunting lodge/ cottage style themed and not to mention cozy! Continue reading

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Why I Went Dog-Sledding and Didn’t Like It

In my childhood, I was obsessed with Balto, a sled dog who led the final leg of a serum run in Alaska to combat an outbreak – and thus deemed a hero. I thought he was the coolest thing ever and dreamed of being pulled around in a toboggan by my own very Balto.

Last month I realized my dog sledding dreams with Toronto Adventures. Their location was about 1.5 hours away, a bit north of Mt. St. Louis and the day included about an hour of dog sledding and an hour of optional snow shoeing.

 

We were able to take turns sitting on the sled as well as being the musher; so about a half hour of mushing each. Continue reading

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Learnt Curling! I was Vice-Skip!

Unionville Curling Club hosted a free ‘Learn to Curl’ event a few weeks ago and I signed myself right up. Canada’s pretty amazing at curling during Winter Olympics and my favourite Japanese boyband Arashi plays (a non-ice version) it on their game show – so I had to give it a shot. I considered going by myself but luckily some of my friends were also intrigued. We can never say no to things that are free.

I think organisational wise they could have done better, it was advertised as a 2 hour time slot but they made it into 2 different sessions separately. And there were too many people per lane where instead of the regular 4 vs. 4, my lane ended up being 5 vs. 4.  BUT, it seems an hour was just enough.

 

We had half an hour of a mini lecture and practice of just doing the poses / motion of curling and sweeping (not fairy dusting!). Then we had half hour of game time where we finished 1 game and started about 1/3 of game 2. Continue reading

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Korean Sauna in Toronto

I went to Korea a few years ago and had the authentic Korean sauna experience at Itaewon Land and have always been wanting to visit the one in Toronto. I was never able to rope anyone to go with me normally since it IS a bit pricey for what it is – sitting around in a hot room for $25.

And finally now years after, I had my chance. Or rather, I created that chance by making it part of my birthday celebration activities 😛 Thanks everyone for being a good sport to try it out!!

 

And also playing along by making the hair bun hat. And the Korean finger heart ❤

Seoul Jimjilbang was a close replica of the Korean sauna I went to in Korea – except I guess it doesn’t provide “special” massages here, I’d hope.

 

There’s a bit of a general procedure to these saunas so let me run you through it if you are unfamiliar: Continue reading

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ATV Adventures

Didn’t get the chance to dune bash in an actual ATV in Dubai, so I sufficed for the next best thing – ATV at home, right here in Ontario. For a 1 hour private tour with ATV Adventure Tours it is regularly $138/person excluding tax , but with the coupon (which I got from Appreciation Events through work)  total per person was $82 after tax. Not bad for the novelty and just about 1.5-2 hours drive to Collingwood from Toronto.

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The instructor presets all the gears and functions for us before we drive so there was nothing to worry about Continue reading

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Halloween at Mayze Games

 

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My friend Stanley of Mayze Games, kindly invited me and some friends to try out their new escape rooms. And I thought what better time to go than Halloween? Considering one of the rooms was a haunted house style theme!


They’ve been open for about 2-3 months and have 2 rooms available. The one we played was “The Truth of Osaka High” where the premise is that some of our fellow students have been dying one by one and we wanted to enter the now abandoned school to investigate the most recent death.  Continue reading

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Aerial Yoga

Aerial Yoga, or as my friend Thomas called it – flying yoga.

I gave it my first shot through a Groupon deal at Moon Moo Life in Markham (currently there is still a deal).

I originally visited Moon Moo Life through a Yelp fitness event, but on that day the instructor was injured and the class was postponed until a later time which I unfortunately missed.

But I decided to give it a try on my own regardless. I had been wanting to look for a new exercise/hobby to get into because in summer there is dragonboat, winter there is snowboarding…but what is there to do throughout the rest of the year? I find myself increasingly uninterested in doing cardio, circuit training, lifting, or even those Goodlife classes that I once succumbed to doing with friends. But I felt the need to do some form of exercise other than for looks, but also just to remain healthy.  Over time through various hot yoga deals, I felt that I personally enjoyed yoga more and more – maybe because it’s more passive, maybe because the only weight I need to lift is my own. I also desperately need work on my posture.

Aerial yoga seemed like a good branch off to try something new 🙂

I was lucky enough to rope in my friend Nancy to join me Continue reading

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