6 Aug 2018 – A Civic Holiday

Sat: good to catch up with niece JessicaXU (with glasses, pix downloaded) who is visiting from Ottawa for the long weekend. She recently graduated from UBC Med School at the young age of 22 and now a Resident in Internal Medicine at The Ottawa Hospital, the grand-daughter of 13auntie and daughter of cousin LeeYeng. Last time I saw them was Dec 2016 when they were in SIN.

Delightful time to get to know this lovely young lady over dimsum lunch in Broadview, Chinatown.

Amazing to find all these fresh produce, foods, pitcher-plants,

Colourful murals, huge sunflowers and lovely pink flowering cacti.

Sun: was looking so much forward to catching up with Dika&Ike who are en-route from SaultStMarie/Canada to Chicago/USA. But unfortunately that did not happen!


They were unable to get out of immigration@Toronto Island, BillyBishop TorontoCity Airport YTZ which was for me quite a experience to be at.

An interesting airport where the runways, arrival&departure gates are located on the island and connected to the main land entrance under LakeOntario by travelators and escalators or by ferry – nice view from the island.

Downtown –  Gooderham Building  is Toronto’s very own FlatIron, only built earlier than the one in NYC, in the early 1890s. Hyatt Hotel.

Thank you for lunch cousin Chai@O&B Canteen at TIFF Towers where TIFF Bell Lightbox is a cultural centre located in the first five floors of Festival Tower on the NW corner of King&JohnSt. It is the HQ for the Toronto International Film Festival.

Colourful ride on the street-car on KingSt C$2.10 S$2.20 senior.

Mon: 1stMon Aug is a public holiday in many parts of Canada – a statutory holiday in some provinces and territories but in others it has another legal status. Called the August Holiday, Civic Holiday, Provincial Day or other local names, such as Terry Fox Day in Manitoba. Streetcar connecting to subway/QueenSt (no crowds here) and then another streetcar from Union (crowds heading to Toronto Island) to HarbourFront.

Tkx to nephew Minos for yummy dimsum lunch with a view@Pearl Harbourfront Chinese Cuisine. Good to catch up and safe trip to niece Jessica back to Ottawa.

A pleasant walk on the boardwalk by the lake with ppl enjoying the holiday on this hot day.

With a force of police patrol on the Lake Ontario to protect a yacht like this and also if you own private plane, you can land across the lake@YTZ Airport on Toronto Island – the true life-style for the rich in these high-rise condos! The lake looks really choppy today, am sure glad that I am on land. By the time we got home, the sky opened up to a welcoming needed heavy down-poured.

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