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Life in Ottawa

Pictures and stories that happened in Ottawa, where I live.

Glorious Fall

It will get cold, eventually. But for now, we are just hopping from one park to the other to play with the leaves and teach Mark how to walk. We don’t even have to go far into the wild, any small...

It’s Fall. It’s Beautiful.

On the East coast, we say “goodbye” to summer in style. And I’m not talking about this annoying “everything-with-pumpkin” trend but about the lovely fall colours you can spot around Ottawa these days...

Anatomy of Grocery Shopping in Ottawa

I don’t know for you but at home, grocery shopping is the barrel of the Danaids. There is always a key product missing—it’s like our fridge is swallowing the contents when we are not looking.

Picture of the Week: Rain and More Rain

When it rains in Ottawa, it pours. And it has been pouring for almost a week non-stop now—blah weather, trust me. Umbrellas aren’t being terribly helpful because it’s flooded everywhere, and the wind...

Inside Château Laurier

I headed to Château Laurier, nearby Parliament Hill, one of Ottawa’s most famous hotels and landmarks. The last time I was inside for a peek had been around Christmas time a few years ago, and this...

Spring on the Hill

Last weekend, Feng and I took a long walk on Parliament Hill and along the Ottawa River. The Parliament grounds were crowded—the nice weather and the Tulips Festival brought a lot of tourists, mostly...

Early Spring at The Farm

Some days are hot, some days are cold, but we are slowly getting there—spring is on the way. The grass is green, little critters can be spotted all around the city and flowers are blooming. It will...

Ottawa Does Not Suck

Come on guys. Ottawa does not suck! It’s funny how popular capital-bashing is in the new world: Australians with Canberra, Americans with Washington DC etc. The old world usually have capital...

Rideau Hall

Weather-permitting, I’m still looking for beautiful fall sceneries in Ottawa—this is the perks of living in the region! After Vincent Massey Park, I headed to Rideau Hall, the official residence of...

Sunset on Mackenzie King Bridge

Last Saturday, sunset came to me. After a drink in the Byward, I was crossing Mackenzie King Bridge to go for sushi in Chinatown when I noticed the tall buildings in the downtown core were set...

Fall Colours at the Park

This Thanksgiving weekend was amazingly hot, with temperatures in the mid-20°C.  It’s hard to believe it’s fall and I think we are in for a shock when temperatures will plunge, which is bound to...

Night Owls

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...

Entertainment Week — WWE and Pearl Jam

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...

Wheat Kings and Bees

Note to self: when exploring crop fields, even if it’s at the Experimental Farm just a few minutes’ walk from home, do not wear shorts and sandals. Especially if you notice hundreds of bees gathering...

Picture of the Week: Double Rainbow

By the Experimental Farm, where we live, thunderstorms are always impressive, maybe because the farm is a flat empty space. The other day, it started raining even though it was sunny outside. A few...

The Food Dilemma

We attract supermarkets. When we first came to live in the neighbourhood, there was only a Loblaws. Then came Food Basic and Shoppers Drug Mart, right across the road from Loblaws. And when we came...

Naked!

For a conservative government city, Ottawa has many little quirks. For instance, Four-Twenty aka National Pot Smoking Day is celebrated on Parliament Hill and there is a yearly Zombie Walk (where you...

Doors Open Ottawa

Last year, I visited the Supreme Court and the Paramedics Headquarter. This year, I opted for a building I always walk by but never truly paid attention to: the Government Conference Centre, which...

And The Tulips Bloomed!

I know, I know, it’s slightly pathetic, I’m raving about spring a month after everybody did. But this is Canada, we don’t really do spring, we go from freezing to boiling in less than a day. May has...

Tulips at Dow’s Lake

See, the good side of participating in photo contests? Occasionally, you win. That’s what happened to me a little while ago: I won the 2010 ESAI Photography Competition. Not only I was flattered, but...

Foodies Sunday

On Sunday, my foodie friend dragged me to the Ottawa Veg Fest in the Glebe. Okay, she didn’t “drag me”, I volunteered—I love food and the perspective of sampling delicacies from restaurants all...

Talkin’ Bout A Revolution

On this cold Saturday, hundreds of Canadians gathered on Parliament Hill, right in front of the Peace Tower, to march in solidarity with the people pushing for democracy in Libya and Yemen. The...