My New Home

I’m sorry for keeping you all in the dark for so long – I did eventually find a place to live. Where? Chinatown!

It’s absolutely crazy and ridiculously busy but there is so much exotic fruit and AMAZING bakeries (two items for $1….that’s what I’m talking about).

When I signed the lease, my landlord gave me a bubble tea and I fell in love with the drink.


You can get a milky version or a green/black tea based version and they come in about a million flavours.  My favourite is watermelon (so far) but I have yet to try all of them. The black balls at the bottom are “bubbles” made of tapioca. They taste like nothing but they’re fun little gummy balls to eat when you suck them up through the big straw.

The drink was invented in Taiwan in the 1980s, originally called bōbà tea. Fun fact!

I took some photos of where I live now so you can all see it. So far, I’m loving life in Chinatown!


Chinatown store… it has everything except pillows!


Spadina Ave.


The graffiti here is just so beautiful. Prepare yourself for a lot of graffiti pictures!


A T-shirt for $2? This is definitely where I’m doing my Christmas shopping!


And a mandatory TTC photo. The new streetcars are so sleek. Too bad they’re still as slow and crowded as ever.


Chinatown fashion. These mannequins are actually chained to the outside wall of the store so no one can steal them.


And, of course, there is a Tim Hortons. Would I live here if there wasn’t?


Most of the signs have smiley faces or kittens on them… love it!


How do Torontonians spend 90% of their day? Waiting for the walk sign.


Graffiti in an alleyway off of Spadina Ave.


My new home!


Everything is so colourful!


This cafe looks a little sketchy but it is actually really great. It’s cozy on the inside and the baristas are all really friendly. Also – if you go, you NEED to try the Hawaii Dream.


Incense sticks lined up in Kensington Market.


Graffiti in the Kensington Market.


Coolest entrance ever?


There are trucks in the city! #BuiltFordTough This made my country heart so happy.


I’m in love with graffiti.


Should we paint our house bright blue and put statues of pink naked women on the balcony? Sure, why not.


A little clothing booth on Spadina and Dundas


You’d be surprised at how many people use this Buddha as a chair. HISTORY FACT: Before the Nazis used the swastika, it was used in many other cultures as a positive symbol since 1000 BC. It represents life, sun, power, strength and good luck.


Here are the two Chinese dragons that welcome you to Chinatown.


This is where I get my fruit! I haven’t ventured into the store to buy meat or anything because the smell is overwhelming.


Chinatown’s mangoes are the best mangoes in all the land. But don’t get the green and red ones – get the orange ones!


Birds. Everywhere. I live in fear of getting pooped on.


Some more captivating graffiti.


This is on my way to school. I absolutely love sunflowers and there’s a huge cluster of them in the middle of the street.


Bulldogs are some of the funniest looking creatures on the planet.


Elm St. – these trees are gorgeous in the evening. If I was rich, I would eat at these restaurants every single night.


People in Chinatown are not fans of going slow.


Cute little toys in a window on Dundas St.


Dundas Square!


And, how can you have a photo gallery of Toronto without Rob Ford? DISCLAIMER: I know this isn’t actually Rob Ford. The man is clearly wearing a mask.


Oh, hello, CN Tower.


I really love this picture. Proud to be a Canadian!


When it rains in Toronto, it pours.


Ladies are picking through scarves at the Taste of the Kingsway Festival – really unique patterns and beautiful bright colours. I wanted to buy them all!


This lemonade was AMAZING. She served it out of a giant lemon and put fresh fruit in all of the drinks. I did feel bad for her, though, since there were about 20 bees buzzing around her head.


Isn’t this awesome?


A mime at the Taste of the Kingsway Festival.


I really have no idea who this is but he makes hilarious faces when he sings.


These rocks and bricks are all balancing on top of each other – no glue or other tricks.




A mini orchid that my sister got me for a house-warming gift. So pretty!


Laughing Buddha.


This was an experiment to see if I could take a picture of the sun. I couldn’t.


Biking in Toronto is one of the riskiest activities you can ever do…. you might as well do it with a pretty bike.

Ferris wheel at the Taste of the Kingsway Festival on Bloor St.

Taste of the Kingsway Festival, Toronto

Guy begs for change in toronto at yonge-dundas square

At least those begging for change have a sense of humour!


It was $6. But it was awesome.


Necklaces and bracelets made by Stolen from Africa for the Manifesto festival in Dundas Square.


A busker in Chinatown

I hope you enjoyed the photos! I will definitely be taking more. Let me know what you think – what would you like to see pictures of?


Bad with technology? It’s a “dad thing.”

I think it’s a “dad thing” to be really bad with technology. They only use the internet when necessary, and they only navigate to websites they know. For my dad, these are sports websites and stock updates. Anything other than that is an unknown world to him.

When I went to visit my family this weekend, I realized just how bad with technology my dad really is.

It turns out my parents went to a dinner party where they were talking about technology and Facebook and social media, and someone informed my dad that I had a blog. He was really excited when, the next day, he came up to me and said, “Erin! I heard you have a blog!”

I said yes, and asked if he wanted to see it. “Yes! Of course I do!” he said. And then, a few seconds later –  “Erin, what’s a blog?”

(Don’t worry, I explained. Even though there’s a large possibility that he will ask me again in a few days.)

I wanted to show my parents some funny videos that have been going around the internet in case they missed out, with them being old and all. First video: The Apparently Kid!

He was also on Ellen!

Here’s Part 1 and Part 2.

My dad watched these videos and laughed a few times but was confused as to how the kid was on Ellen.

I told him Ellen finds viral videos and she often invites the people in the videos to be on her show.

“Oh, so she just finds them on like Facebook and eBay?”

No, not eBay.

But good try.

It turns out he meant YouTube (apparently).