Today I want to share with you something I did that was very exciting for me and that is my first cosplay experience. I am turning thirty next year and I have a list of things I would like to do before this big milestone.
I started going to conventions when I was fourteen and I stopped when I was seventeen. However, I always heard about Comic-Con and in 2014 I decided to go and see what the fuss is about. Let’s just say to this day I look forward to March to attend Comic-Con and it is always so much fun.
I am an artsy person, but when it comes to designing or creating my own outfits that is something I cannot do. I always pay close attention to the details and hard work cosplayers put into creating their costumes. Kudos to them because they are rockin’ it! On the other hand, I bought my costume from eBay for a special Halloween photoshoot last year. When I was done with the photoshoot I didn’t know when I’ll wear the costume again, so I decided it is time to cosplay for the first time. The only thing I needed was a wig, everything else I had in my possession. If you are wondering who I cosplayed as it was none other than Daenerys Targaryen (in the blue costume) from Game of Thrones.
The day of attending Comic-Con arrived fast and my friend and I got ready early in the morning. My friend dressed up as Sailor Jupiter, it was also her first time cosplaying. After we were done, we rushed to the train station and we were on our way. I felt lots of excitement, this is something I’ve wanted to do for 14 years and I felt really happy to finally make it a reality. We attended Comic-Con on a Saturday so there were many people there. The coolest thing about this experience was people asking to take pictures with me or of me. I’m not going to lie, I did feel like a celebrity. I thought I would feel weird being dressed up, but there are so many people there who will compliment you. We were all there to have fun and no one will make fun of you or criticize you.
As I was strolling around the convention center, I stumbled upon Game of Thrones cosplayers. They were part of a group called CosParty who pick themes and cosplays. Later on that day I found out they were on a popular Canadian talk show. Talk about being lucky. They invited me to join them for some photos in the lobby, and then for a professional photo shoot on the balcony of the convention center.
It was an amazing experience and I am actually going to cosplay again for FanExpo as my favorite DC Comics character, Catwoman.
In conclusion, just be yourself and do what makes you happy. If you like to cosplay but you’ve never tried, just do it. You’ll have a blast.
Welcome back to Late 90s Week, today I will be introducing Destiny’s Child and their song “Bug A Boo”.
I started listening to Destiny’s Child in 1999, I was ten years old at the time and the time where my love for music became stronger. Destiny’s Child formed in 1997 in Houston, Texas with Beyonce, Kelly Rowland, LaTavia Robertson, Letoya Luckett and Farrah Franklin. There were a few changes to the line up around that time, and eventually, the group became a trio with Beyond, Kelly Rowland, and Michelle Williams.
I could’ve chosen many of the songs but this song made me love Destiny’s Child even more. The single was written by Beyonce, Kelly Rowland, LaTavia Robertson, Letoya Luckett and it was released August 23, 1999. Unfortunately, Bug A Boo failed in sales after the huge success of their song “Bills Bills Bills”.
Despite this, I still love the song and I wanted to share it with you all! I hope you like it.
Today we are going back to 2012 to the Hunger Games. The Hunger Games soundtrack was amazing and I still have many of the songs on my playlist. One of my favourite songs from the first film was Safe and Sound, by Taylor Swift ft. The Civil Wars.
This is a beautiful soulful ballad, perfect main track for this amazing dystopian franchise.
Today for Soundtrack Week, I’ll be sharing the main score from the movie, Tears of the Sun!
The movie was released in 2003 and it is about the fallen Nigerian Government, and how the country is on the verge of war. When it comes to movies like this one, the acting is so important but the soundtrack also makes the movie complete.
The score captures the essence of this movie, the tragedy of war and the emotions it emits. The composer of this score is by Hans Zimmer, Steve Jablonsky and Lebo M. Hans Zimmer is known for creating masterpieces that are timeless, there is signature sound to his work. If you listen to a lot of Hans Zimmer compositions, you just know when it’s his creation.
This melody, melancholic, heartbreaking, and struggling against injustice. It’s interesting how music can create such emotions.
I hope you all like today’s song choice, let me know what you think in the comments below.
Welcome back to Foodie February! Today is the last post for this monthly segment and I decided to share with you some of my favorite breakfast meals.
Let’s get started!
1. Avocado Pudding
This is one of my favorite breakfast creations and to make this it is very easy. All you need is one large avocado, two tablespoons of cocoa powder, half of a banana, honey and little bit of milk. All of these ingredients need to be put in a blender and pour in milk is essential because it helps blend all of the ingredients faster. When everything is blended, it will have a pudding consistency. It is a healthier and better alternative to actual chocolate pudding! You put some toppings such as berries, coconut flakes and etc.
2. Waffles and Jam
This is fairly simple but on a day when I want to feel fancier, I like to have gluten free waffles with jam. This is so delicious and sweet!
Cereal is quick and easy for those days when you are in a rush. I have a few kinds of cereal I love and I tend to pick an organic cereal. This one here is a vegan cocoa cereal from Costco and it’s divine.
4. Bulgarian style pancakes
These are the best pancakes anyone could ever taste. These are Bulgarian style pancakes, they are very thin and they are stuffed with feta cheese or jam. This breakfast is more gourmet for days when I want to feel fancy or have a special day.
5. Yogurt granola bowls
This is my all-time favorite breakfast choice! I use organic probiotic yogurt with bananas, strawberries, and blueberries. I like to use raspberries or blackberries, I put one table spoon of chia seed powder to make it extra healthy.
6. Scrambled Eggs and Avocado
This is my choice for a savory breakfast, I love scrambled eggs with avocado and sometimes I’ll add gluten-free toast or crackers. I also add some fruit to add a little bit of sweetness to my meal.
When I’m not too hungry but I still need to nourish my body, I make smoothies. I have types of smoothies that I like to make. The first one is with almond milk, one banana, strawberries, blueberries and chia seed powder. The second smoothies I like to make it with spinach, one banana, and chia seed powder. It so healthy for you and a great way to detox your body if you ate junk food from the day before.
Thank you so much for reading and keeping up with this segment! I’ll have more food-related posts for you soon.
Now I would like to announce the next monthly segment…Music March!!! That’s right I’ll be posting music-related posts only and each week will have a theme. I will announce the themes by Friday, so please stay tuned.
Welcome back to Foodie February! I apologize for the lack of posts for this month’s theme, but not to worry I will have plenty of posts coming up this week.
Today I want to share with you my favorite go to restaurants in the city, that I’ve been visiting frequently over the years.
1 Pickle Barrel.
Pickle Barrel is a restaurant I’ve been visiting for years, and I absolutely love it. When I was a university student, there was a location near my campus and I would go there often with friends and family. This restaurant is very affordable, the food is fresh and delicious. In addition, if you need to make some changes to your meal and if you have any allergies or intolerances they are flexible in making the food to suit your taste. If you are on a budget, this is the place to go.
2. Cibo Restaurant.
I am a huge lover of Italian cuisine, and one of my favorite Italian restaurants is Cibo. The food is absolutely delicious, and I typically go for brunch when they have a buffet style setup. Cibo usually offers Groupon coupons for two people, because it can be quite pricey for one person. I love the food, and I feel like I’ve taken a trip to Italy. If you are in the mood for a fancy day out and treat yourself then this is the place to visit.
3. Sushi Sky.
I love Asian cuisine, Korean, Japanese, Thai and Filipino food. Sushi Sky is an all you can eat restaurant in downtown Toronto if I can recall correctly the cost for the lunch menu is $13 and $20 for the dinner menu. You can order more than just sushi and the food is delicious. You can get sushi, sashimi, hand rolls, teriyaki meat and more. I am very particular about the freshness of the sushi I eat and this place gets a two thumbs up.
4. Spoon & Fork.
If you are a lover of Thai and Japanese food, this is the place to visit. I love their pad thai and of course, I go mainly for the all you can eat sushi. The service is fast and the food is delicious. I started coming here five years ago and I love their food!
5. Pizzeria Libretto.
If you are in the mood for pizza this is a great place to visit, the pizza is so delicious and it feels like it melts in your mouth. With great confidence, I can say that this is the best pizza I’ve had in a very long time. They offer a great variety of topics, so I highly recommend this place.
6. Calii Love.
This place is a bit more down to earth and casual, which is more my style and the food is healthy and delicious.
7. Kinton Ramen.
Kinton Ramen offer a variety of ramen. My favorite is the classic ramen, I love ordering the miso ramen. The place is clean and the ramen tastes very fresh. The staff is also very welcoming and service is fast.
8. Asian Bowl.
Asian Bowl offers Pan-Asian dishes, I started coming here three years ago and I love the variety of the delicious dishes they offer. Asian Bowl is located near Dundas Square and you have an access to Eaton Centre.
9. Luma Restaurant.
This restaurant is on the upper scale of restaurants, but I enjoy their food during Summerlicious and Winterlicious. Those are an event when you order a three-course meal for half the price. The food I had was so delicious and I love going back there whenever I can.
10. Sushi 2 Go.
Sushi 2 Go is a restaurant I’ve been visiting since my university days, I mainly go for their sushi but they also have a delicious salmon teriyaki. The prices are reasonable and the food is fresh.
That is all for my list of favorite restaurants in the city, let me know where you like to eat out.
Some people love winter, while others don’t. Especially Canadian winter! Canadian winters are known for their harsh temperatures, especially in the northern part of Canada. I am not a Canadian born, but I do come from a country with four seasons and our winters were never this extreme.
Over the years I noticed I hibernate a lot from January to April, and here the winter season lasts longer. It can get boring to stay at home all the time, so I decided to put my thinking cap on and come up with a list of ways to survive winter in Toronto. This list can be also helpful for anyone suffering from Season Affective Disorder.
Let’s take a look.
1. Catch a movie at TIFF Bell Lightbox.
TIFF Bell Lightbox has a unique selection of films to see, and if you are a TIFF volunteer then you have vouchers to redeem. The cinemas at TIFF Bell Lightbox are cozy, they also have the concession stand and the TIFF Lounge. For example, you got there early and there are some minutes to spare before you go in the cinema. Go to the TIFF Lounge and enjoy a beverage, sit by the window and enjoy the view of King Street. By the way, you don’t have to order anything, you can just sit there and enjoy your time. In the building, there is also Luma restaurant, the Canteen, and a gift shop. You can also go to a regular movie theatre 🙂
2. Indoor Mimico Skating Rink.
u skate you can warm up quickly, but if you prefer to do this indoors head down to the Mimico Arena. Oh, and did I mention that it is free? It’s better to go out on a Friday night and enjoy some skating.
3. Find cute coffee shops.
The good thing about Toronto is the dynamic lifestyle. You will find so many aesthetically pleasing coffee shops. You can grab some coffee, or tea and a yummy dessert. Enjoy your time there with a good book or bring your laptop to do some work or watch some Netflix. Some coffee shops to visit are:
Himalayan Coffee House
Dineen Coffee Co.
Sense Appeal Cofee Roasters
Neo Coffee Bar
Of course, there are more coffee shops to explore, but these are a few options.
4. Going to the Toronto Reference Library.
I am a bookworm, and I love discovering new books to read. I still love going to the library, when I immigrated to Canada I used to go all the time because I didn’t have a computer. Now I continue to go but I like to explore the history and geography section. Lately, I’ve been interested in learning more about the world. So while you are there, grab a good book and sit there for hours reading. You’ll be nice and toasty, don’t forget to bring a snack with you too. In fact, any Toronto Public Library will be a good choice. another unique library to visit is the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library which is a library in the University of Toronto.
5. Trampoline Park.
If you want to have some real fun, I recommend going to the trampoline park. Go with your friends and feel like a kid again. This is also a great way to get rid of the winter blues and have some fun. The most popular trampoline parks to visit are Skyzone and Air Riderz.
5. Comedy clubs
If you’re in the mood for some fun entertainment, check out the comedy clubs in the city. There are so many comedy clubs to choose from and if you want a cheaper deal, Groupon is your best resource. Laughing until your stomach hurts is the best way to cure your winter blues. Some comedy clubs to visit are Second City, Yuk Yuk’s, Absolute Comedy, Comedy Club, Bad Dog Comedy Theater, Social Capital Theater, The Corner, Rivoli and 120 Diner.
6. Going bowling.
Another fun activity to do in the winter is to go bowling, spend time with family and friends and have some fun. There are some bowling places in the city and here is a list:
Bathurst Bowlerama, Rexdale Bowlerama, The Ballroom, Playtime Bowl, Planet Bowl, Parkway Bowl, North Park Bowl, Newtonbrook Bowlerama, Kennedy Bowl, Danforth Bowl, C4Centre Bowling and All-Star Interactive.
Some of you may say I missed adding West Bowlerama to the list, but I recently found out that location will close permanently. That’s okay because there is much more to choose from.
8. Going out to see a music show.
We are so lucky in Toronto to have so many entertaining music venues. Here are a few suggestions:
Roy Thompson Hall, The Royal Conservatory, The Rex (jazz and blues club), The Canadian Music Centre (they offer very affordable tickets), Lee’s Palace (for rock music lovers), The Garrison (for indie music lovers), and Clinton’s Tavern (it has indie music, karaoke and 60s/90s dance nights.
These are a few venues but there are many, many more.
9. Going to see some art and history.
If you are interested in arts and culture, Toronto has got you covered. The downtown core is buzzing with venues for culture lovers. Here are a few suggestions:
AGO (Art Gallery of Ontario), The Rom (The Royal Ontario Museum), Aga Khan Museum, The Music Gallery, Bata Shoe Museum, Gardner Museum, and so much more!
I’ve always loved going to museums and galleries!
10. Going to karaoke.
I love singing so naturally I love going to karaoke venues. It is a great way to spend some time with friends and bring some snacks. Here are a few suggestions:
XO Karaoke, Bar + Karaoke (one of my favorites), Freezone Karaoke, and many more.
11. Netflix, Dance, and Relaxing.
Now, this is not a location in Toronto, but if you really don’t want to go out, staying home and creating a fun atmosphere can cure your winter blues too. Find your favorite show, or pick a new one and snuggle in your bed with some tea and a delicious snack. Find a fun Youtube video and dance your heart out, you’ll get those happy endorphins. Open your blinds or curtains, let in some light, and just relax. I know how to have fun at home and enjoy my time alone, so if you guys want a post dedicated to that, please comment below.
Ripley’s Aquarium, Gladstone Hotel, The Drake, and The Ballroom.
Thank you so much for reading, I hope you enjoyed this post! My next post will be part of my Self Care January segment and it will be published this week.