48 Hours in Cinque Terre Pt. 2

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.

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2) Enjoy the cliffside view of Corniglia. Continue reading “48 Hours in Cinque Terre Pt. 2”

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Clam Digging in PEI

Looking for an authentic PEI adventure? I was too and what I discovered was clam digging!

With Experience PEI, we joined their Beachcomber’s Clam Boil  activity ($85 CAD + HST).  It was a great hands-on excursion.  We were given a pair of gloves, a shovel, a bucket, and the free range of a beach to scavenge for whatever treasures we could find from mussels, to oysters, and to clams! Continue reading “Clam Digging in PEI”

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 “CHILL Ice House”

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. Continue reading “Why I Went Dog-Sledding and Didn’t Like It”

Tapas Only.

Had a girls date with my friend Karen at Tapagria a few weeks ago where we decided to go all out and order whatever tapas we wanted without caring about the price XD

I’ve only been to Tapagria once with a few friends over a year ago and didn’t get too many of their tapas as we got a large paella to share, so it was nice to finally try more of their menu.

$5.00 Sangrias on Thursdays too! Continue reading “Tapas Only.”

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. Continue reading “Learnt Curling! I was Vice-Skip!”

2 Views of Hopewell Rocks

To see Hopewell Rocks in its full beauty, we planned our trip so we could see it both at low tide and at high tide. Two very different experiences, but I preferred the low tide view more because you could see the landscape in a more panoramic view, and we got to walk around however we wanted!

 

At low tide I felt we could really see more of the rock formations and I just love seeing what kinds of animals and faces the rock formations look like (like cloud watching)! Continue reading “2 Views of Hopewell Rocks”

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!! Continue reading “Korean Sauna in Toronto”

Afternoon Tea at The Emirates Palace

From Dubai, we took a day trip to Abu Dhabi on our own.  Initially we considered buying a day tour but the tours only ran if a given number of people were interested in the same date and it didn’t really pan out for us.  It was only about a 1.5 – 2 hour bus ride anyway.

The weather on this day was absolutely scorching that I literally did not want to do anything at all except to sit in the shade or indoors with A/C.  We visited a few musuems and looked at the foyer of Ferrari World, but the main highlight (other than the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque – more on that to come) was Emirates Palace. From doing a quick search on their website, prices for 1 adult range from $1,000 CAD for the simplest room to $5,000 CAD for a suite (and then $15,000 CAD for the fanciest 3 room suite). Prices are insane, but met true to its name based on its luxurious interior and exterior.

The Emirates Palace is also well known to be a “7 star hotel” unofficially by the media.  Some of the suites are furnished with gold and marble and in the lobby floor, there is an ATM that dispenses GOLD!!!  Continue reading “Afternoon Tea at The Emirates Palace”