Jogging my Memory

Experience the Present to Remember the Past
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natsukashii 懐かしい (なつかしい)

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natsukashii 懐かしい (なつかしい)

Squalls - It rains suddenly and then it stops!

Singapore, Hong Kong, Toronto…

It’s all quite similar - the rain. It hasn’t been that bad recently but when it rains in Toronto it really reminds me of Asia. The humidity certainly helps solidify that memory. 

Toronto again!

There’s a street with a statue/monument in the middle of the street. It reminds me of Seoul~ The traffic on both sides, the towering buildings on the sides… 

Pics below:

South African War Memorial (Toronto, Canada)

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/75/South_African_War_Memorial_Toronto_Nov_08.jpg

Admiral Yi Sun-shin statue (Seoul, S.Korea)

http://ce3.theturninggate.net/galleries/phplugins-demonstrations/vertical-nav-breadcrumbs/photos/mc-20130409-Gwanhwamun-0011.jpg

Jogger: Going to the top of the CN tower. 
Memory:Going to the top of any tower! Every city is so different and unique! Petronas towers (wish I could have gone up!), Taipei 101, Shanghai’s jewel thing, Seattle’s, KL tower, etc etc…the cities are all so unique!

(sorry for lazy post.)

Jogger: Going to the top of the CN tower. 

Memory:Going to the top of any tower! Every city is so different and unique! Petronas towers (wish I could have gone up!), Taipei 101, Shanghai’s jewel thing, Seattle’s, KL tower, etc etc…the cities are all so unique!

(sorry for lazy post.)

Jogger: Last weekend, I visited High Park again for a amateur model photoshoot.  I don’t have that much experience photographing people and our model didn’t have any modelling experience so it was a great learning combo  :) We didn’t move around the park that much so we didn’t reach it, but there is apparently a petting zoo in High Park.  

Memory: Hong Kong Park, a quaint part located on some huge hill right by Leng Kwai Feng is a very interesting place.  It was very hot that day and my feet were sore from wearing uncomfortable flats but I somehow dragged myself around the whole day.  My grandfather was very adamant on bringing me around the whole park for photos so I tried my best to enjoy my time even with my bleeding ankles…(pain is beauty!)  

I was extremely surprised by the number of exotic animals in the park.  This was basically a free entry park that included a cactus garden, monkeys, gorillas, orangutans, a bird park, and various other animals.  It was kind of sad seeing these lonely animals in cages because in Singapore the zoo is set up so that there aren’t any metal cages.  Animals are locked in through natural borders such as streams and bushes…or glass boxes.  At least the enclosures were quite large….

Overall, it was a very interesting experience seeing all those animals and flowers.

Jogger: High Park is known for its beautiful trees and scenery during autumn.  I went with a friend to shoot the scenery a few weeks ago and yesterday, went again to use it as a backdrop for portrait shots.  I don’t have much experience working with models so this was a very fun experience! The backdrop was gorgeous for professional portraits too!

Memory: In China we went to Jiu Zai Gou in Sichuan to see the trees, lakes and mountains.  The scenery there was very different from what one would see in the rest of China and it was very surprising to see this in China.  The park is a large 2KM stretch of forested mountain, lakes and waterfalls.  There are buses that take tourists around the park because of the distance needed to travel to go from one picture point to another.  We arrived to the park late so we weren’t able to see everything or stay as long as we wanted but it was lovely nonetheless.  

We had a lot of fun at each of the points we did venture to and took a ton of photos.  This is just a small (very small) sample of all the photos we did take!

Jogger: Diversity. Toronto is a lot more diverse than Vancouver but because of that the number of Chinese people I see around the city dwindles down.  Coming from a city that has 30% Chinese people, not seeing them around is quite an experience!  

Memory: China is an extremely large and diverse place.  From travelling from the South of China, through the Middle and up to the NorthEast, we were able to see and meet many different Chinese people.  Some were more educated and rich while others still depended on hard labour to get a meal.  The diversity in just China is something to ponder over.  

In Song Pan, there are people from Sichuan looking to capitalize on tourists and then the local minorities who have lived there all their lives (and probably mainly capitalizing on the service industry now).  Most of these people don’t have the opportunity to immigrate outside of China so I’ve never seen them before but the colours! the outfits! It was very interesting to see the traditionally dressed women with their darker skill and light eyes. Their most distinctive feature is their eye-colour in my opinion- the caramel colour is very beautiful!  

Jogger: Friday is badminton night and the food options nearby are getting slim.  This is my 4th visit to Pho99. I can’t say much about their pho since I only had it the first time I went there (disappointed by the amount of meat in the special) but the rest of the stuff is pretty good/decent.  I don’t have much experience eating non-pho noodle dishes because I rarely order them in Vancouver since the pho is the main draw but with Pho99’s extensive menu (they even have frog and eel dishes!) I just had to try out some other dishes.  Yesterday I tried the Hủ Tiếu Bò Kho (Hủ Tiếu - type of rice noodle; Bò kho - braised beef stew infused with star anise and lemongrass - thanks gastronomyblog.com) for the first time.  It came a bit different than what I expected seeing as the Chinese description my friend translated came out to be “Ketchup (tomato) beef tendon noodle soup.”  The taste itself is similar to the Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup seeing as they both feature braised beef tendon but the noodles (like pho noodles) added a very different texture.
Memory: In Vancouver, Taiwanese beef noodles is present in all sitdown bubble tea places that offer food.  I usually ordered this dish because it is a staple and was usually #1 on their menus so I assumed that it will probably be decent-tasting.  Normally it is edible so no complaints there.  In past years the interest in beef noodles rose and a famous Taiwanese chef opened up a ‘higher end’ beef noodle soup restaurant in Richmond.  Their offerings were pricy but didn’t exactly live up to the hype and cost imho.  
Once I went to Taiwan, the first thing we had to do was to eat BEEF NOODLES.  My friend and I wandered the city of Taipei and found beef noodle places on the fly or through the tourist books we had with us.  We only had the chance to try two as there are many other food choices in town, but they were both very goood.  The one pictured above was a random place in one of the underground malls.  Ordering was easy if you knew how to read Chinese as it was a simple tic tic tic of the type of noodle, soup, and beef you wanted in your bowl.  I chose the thick noodles (so chewy!), dry soup (concentrated goodness!), and regular beef tendon.  There are a lot of beef noodle places in Taipei - if only I could have tried them all!  
Next time~

Jogger: Friday is badminton night and the food options nearby are getting slim.  This is my 4th visit to Pho99. I can’t say much about their pho since I only had it the first time I went there (disappointed by the amount of meat in the special) but the rest of the stuff is pretty good/decent.  I don’t have much experience eating non-pho noodle dishes because I rarely order them in Vancouver since the pho is the main draw but with Pho99’s extensive menu (they even have frog and eel dishes!) I just had to try out some other dishes.  Yesterday I tried the Hủ Tiếu Bò Kho (Hủ Tiếu - type of rice noodle; Bò kho - braised beef stew infused with star anise and lemongrass - thanks gastronomyblog.com) for the first time.  It came a bit different than what I expected seeing as the Chinese description my friend translated came out to be “Ketchup (tomato) beef tendon noodle soup.”  The taste itself is similar to the Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup seeing as they both feature braised beef tendon but the noodles (like pho noodles) added a very different texture.

Memory: In Vancouver, Taiwanese beef noodles is present in all sitdown bubble tea places that offer food.  I usually ordered this dish because it is a staple and was usually #1 on their menus so I assumed that it will probably be decent-tasting.  Normally it is edible so no complaints there.  In past years the interest in beef noodles rose and a famous Taiwanese chef opened up a ‘higher end’ beef noodle soup restaurant in Richmond.  Their offerings were pricy but didn’t exactly live up to the hype and cost imho.  

Once I went to Taiwan, the first thing we had to do was to eat BEEF NOODLES.  My friend and I wandered the city of Taipei and found beef noodle places on the fly or through the tourist books we had with us.  We only had the chance to try two as there are many other food choices in town, but they were both very goood.  The one pictured above was a random place in one of the underground malls.  Ordering was easy if you knew how to read Chinese as it was a simple tic tic tic of the type of noodle, soup, and beef you wanted in your bowl.  I chose the thick noodles (so chewy!), dry soup (concentrated goodness!), and regular beef tendon.  There are a lot of beef noodle places in Taipei - if only I could have tried them all!  

Next time~

Jogger: Yesterday the sun set beautifully over the horizon, turning the skies gold and showing us the magnificence of the world…I miss it; a lot of rain tonight but at least it’s only a light wind!   

Memory: The 3 hour flight from Singapore to Hong Kong was just GLORIOUS.  I could not stop staring out the window and taking photos…the views were just breathtaking.  I had despised the Hong Kong-Singapore flight when I had gone from Taiwan-HK-Singapore so this (almost) made up for it.  The person sitting beside me was a nice Chinese guy who had been separated from his Chinese tour group so it was a pleasant and relatively quiet journey back to Hong Kong (relief!).  

Jogger: We went to eat at Pho99 again after a round of pool.  I had a seafood-two noodle-Phnom Penh-style noodles and it was quite alright.  I ordered a 3 bean coconut milk drink and while it was gooood, I couldn’t get the memory of the above out of my head. 

Memory: As part of our Mekong River cruise, we visited a local floating market to see the locals buying their morning groceries and the shopkeepers selling their wares.  It was a very, very fascinating site to see.  Along the way, we found a nice lady who sold us the 10 bean coconut milk drink -it tasted great!  I was a bit hesitant at first because this type of drink basically goes against all travelling-food-safe-rules but the four of us shared one so it was a nice sampler.  We had some pho in a little shop as well :P  The tour guide actually had to go find us because we didn’t go back to the meeting spot on time :P He was quite amused that we were eating on the little stools on the ground, just chilling out.