Toronto was the next destination after my very short stay in LA and it was only a 4 hour plane ride away. A couple of my friends were telling me that Toronto was really nice so I was more excited for it and plus I haven't seen my uncle for over ten years. I was lucky enough to experience beautiful sunny weather as there were some flooding and power outages the day before I arrived. I stayed with my aunty in her really nice three storey townhouse (technically four if you include basement) situated in Markham, which I find to be quite an Asian area and very convenient as Tim Hortons was down the road!
My first day was spent walking around Asian shopping centres and my highlight was spotting Holika Holika and Tony Moly! I didn't make many purchases since I was hoping to find the stores while I was in Hong Kong and the products would also be cheaper. Oh and I tried the froyo from Tea Shop 168 and it cannot compare with the froyo in Australia... there wasn't that addictive sour taste if you understand what I mean?? Nothing special happened except meeting more family members I've never seen before and I must say, my relatives in Canada are quite crazy!
Since the weather forecast predicted glorious sunny weather, my uncle planned to take us to Niagara Falls. It is a must-go location if anyone ever heads to Toronto for a holiday. The waterfall and view is simply beautiful. You can see New York on the other side as Niagara Falls is on the borderline of Canada and America, but the view is better from Canada. I also had the chance to browse around the casino but the security guard really made me lose my temper when I tried going in the second time. Normally you would just hand your passport / ID to them but no, this ***** was giving me attitude about a stamp I received earlier to show I am over 19 and the way I handed my passport to her? Like excuse me, it's your job to check my ID properly yourself and if you're that lazy to even flip to the page then you might as well not have a job. My aunties and I seriously wanted to teach her a lesson but I didn't want to create any attention and waste time so that was the only negative thing that happened in Toronto I suppose.
The next day my uncle had booked lunch for us at Creme Brasserie for their Summerlicious menu, which is a summer food festival allowing you to eat a prix fixe three-course menu at participating restaurants. The food was amazing especially their ribs which was so soft and falling off the bone! Afterwards we explored downtown window shopping at designer stores and I bought myself a Tiffany and Co necklace :D Nothing really interested me since it was expensive but when we drove past Eaton I was amazed by the atmosphere - the amount of people, the live band and all the shopping. I only had one hour to spend but bought several items from H&M and Zara as they were crazy sales. Since there wasn't enough time to shop around, we went back to Eaton Centre on our last day along with my cousins. I really enjoyed my stay in Toronto since my relatives are such a crazy bunch and standard of living is better than Sydney in my opinion, however I don't want to experience the cold...
|Look at the size of that lobster that we had for dinner...|
Dinner was at Kaya Korean just opposite of Time Square and their meat were marinated so nicely! My biggest peeve is when Korean BBQs don't marinade their meat and they charge ridiculous prices. By the time we finished dinner at was 10PM and the shopping centres were starting to close. I literally rushed inside Time Square to find Etude House or else I would never have the opportunity to visit for a few years! Luckily they were still open and I came out ten minutes later 1000HKD (~$130) poorer. Little did I know there was also another store outside nearby which was still open so I felt a bit stupid. However I left Hong Kong feeling happy because I ended up getting a Marc by Marc Jacobs watch! It wasn't the skeleton one that I wanted but I still think it looks pretty :)
|View from my room in Hong Kong!|
Have a lovely weekend everyone!