In Ottawa, household waste (i.e. non recycle waste) is collected at the curb once a week. We also have two boxes for recyclable waste: a black one for paper and a blue one for glass, metal and plastic. These boxes are picked up on alternating weeks, black box one week and blue box the other. It’s actually funny to see that most people can’t remember which box to put outside and they tend to copy their neighbour—if one person gets the wrong box and entire row does too!
Monthly Archives: September, 2011
During summer, days are long and sunset is late, so I’m rarely downtown Ottawa after night falls. But as days are becoming shorter, I decided to go hunt for night shots while the weather is still nice.
Last Saturday was one of these days. It was in the mid-twenties and I left home around 7 p.m. to roam the downtown core with my camera. Half of the city had the same idea—by September, we are all clutching at the last bits of summer.
The Parliament of Canada, Ottawa, June 2011
It’s the end of the process and you finally received the letter saying your visa is ready to be issued. You are a soon-to-be landed immigrant and you already have a list of all the practical things you must do after you arrive.
Let me add more to your plate! Here are 5 Things to do when you land in Canada (that no one told you about)!
I find blogging very rewarding. Yet, some little things can irk you. These blogging annoyances are everywhere and you have to deal with them to keep your sanity. Here are four annoyances you will probably come across.
When I walked by The Bay the other day, I couldn’t help taking a picture of this stack of chalk, part of a “back to school” window display. I can still smell the chalk dust in my dream… yep, I’m traumatized.
Last week was entertainment week for us: we had tickets for two shows in Ottawa, Monday Night RAW and Pearl Jam.
When I first saw wrestling on TV in Canada, I dismissed it right away: “it looks fake and I bet it’s fixed!” I was later informed that indeed, the fight followed a specific “choreography” and that the outcome was determined in advance. This is not the point of WWE anyway. It has to be watched as theater: characters challenge each other, adopt gimmicks and portray roles.
Standing on the lakeshore, wind blowing in my hair and producing whitecaps on the lake, the horizon just a flat line in the distance, I felt like I was at the seaside. Only the heady iodine smell of seaweeds was missing.
How hard can writing be? You just have to type what you’re thinking, right?
Well, it doesn’t quite work like that, even if your spontaneous thoughts and observations can be a good starting point.
When you’re writing for an audience, a few basic tips apply.
Last Sunday, most of the Western world commemorated the September 11 attacks on the United States. It’s been ten years already, and the tragic event remains engraved in everyone’s memory—we still all remember where we were when we learned about the attacks, how we reacted as the footage of the planes hitting the towers was replayed over and over again.
Balm Beach, the first beach we stopped at, seemed to be stuck somewhere in the 1980s with a few old-fashioned beach toys stores along the sand. Feng and I bought an ice-cream and a drink and the total came to $1.75—not quite Toronto prices! On the beach, people played volley-ball or were reading and not a single person had a cell phone in hand. Canadian take the outdoors seriously and most cars in the parking lot either had a canoe strapped to the roof or a boat in tow.
Labour Day in North America always takes me by surprise, mostly because it is months after the rest of the world celebrates International Workers’ Day on May 1st. But in a country where holidays are given sparingly, a three-day long weekend always calls for a short trip.
No matter how much you enjoying blogging, chances are you experienced or will experience writer’s block at one point or another. Fortunately, there are several ways to hack yourself out of a writer’s block.
Last Saturday, when taking pictures of the people’s memorial to Jack Layton, I stumbled upon a strange gathering on Parliament Hill. Spectators were sitting on both side of the lawn, in front of the Peace Tower, and a small group on the steps leading to the Parliament was preaching loudly along the lines of “Canada kills unborn babies”, “we want to believe Canada will follow God”, “abortion is a gruesome act” etc.
Sometimes, when I look at my reflection in the mirror, I’m almost surprised to see that, indeed, I have a big nose and dark eyes that are much too wide to be mistaken for most Asians’ almond-shaped eyes. I’m almost about twenty inches too tall and forty pounds too heavy to be your average Asian woman. I guess I’m not Chinese.
Note to self: when exploring crop fields, even if it’s at the Experimental Farm just…
One of the perks of WordPress.org is the plugins, these mostly free and easy-to-use programs that enable you to enhance or customize your website. The choice is almost too vast, so I decided to make your life easier. Here are ten neat WordPress plugins you should test!
On August 22, Jack Layton, the leader of the New Democratic Party (NDP), passed away. He was only 61.
Canadians all across the country, regardless of their political beliefs, mourned following the news of his death. An impromptu memorial emerged on Parliament Hill.