bar hops twenty-sixteen

img_5571kstar found a list on blogTo, then asked me if I was down for an adventure. i quickly said yes and the quest began as we checked off each bar listed here [blogTO], one by one/back to back creating memories at every single venue.

there was talks about visiting at least one bar per month but let me not bore you with the specifics. plus, not important at this point because as of last Friday we were done. finished the list and now it’s time to rate each one:

1. BAR RAVAL

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likes: the gaudi-inspired woodwork
cons: didn’t like the crowd, drinks were expensive
moment: went with my work parents. the bouncer wouldn’t let K in because he claimed the place was full. we waited for a few people to leave and when we got in it wasn’t that full inside. the woodwork is definitely a must-see but that’s about it.

2. TRACK & FIELD 

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likes: music. they have games you can play physically. drinks reasonably priced
cons:
 filled with first year college/university kids. basement smell… bathroom is tiny and gross.
moment: no one likes this bar but i (non-secretly) do. i find it amusing to watch these first year students out and about in a “club” like scene. I would definitely come here again just to generation-watch (if it stays open long enough).

3. SHAMEFUL TIKI ROOM 

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likes: their cocktails are creative and of course polinesian inspired. their drinks contain at least 2+ oz of mixed alcolohol. flaming mai tai’s and decor (the subtle ones).
cons:
 they did this thunder/lightning/gong + a chant + plumes of smoke that hurts your eye (eventually) each time someone ordered a mystery bowl. not the typical bar-bar (can be a good thing)
moment: our server annoyed me by being slow af, then only giving me only 1 oz of orange juice and lime juice at a time upon order. hahahha and note to self only order drinks that you know (or K knows). at first i was going to give this place a 1 out of 5 stars because the service was shite*. one whole star for the drinks and one other star for the theme.

4. APT 200 

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likes: vibe+ambiance good, music was real good, seriously felt like someones loft.
cons:
 the bathroom experience was weird. there’s cover after a certain hour.
moment: the conversation was flowing here and i felt comfortable. i would go back here again before 9pm for the pool table and lay back, chillax with a good amount of people.

5. THE ADDISONS

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likes: the games, the different room vibes. this is a club in someone’s house.
cons:
 hard to get drinks
moment: went here for an after work party (buzzed) and the music was consistently good and all we did was jump around and dance. It gets pretty packed, but if you’re lucky you can find a small spot by the arcade table games.

6. NIGHTOWL 

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likes: crowd was good. live band. great drinks, friendly staff+owner. music was good enough.
cons:
 place is small (by the bar) and this spot is a bit out of the way
moment: caramel something old fashion. good vibes here.

7. THE WALTON

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likes: the string lights at the back, very pretty
cons:
 didn’t like the crowd, the servers were the worst ever! snotty douches! there is a long list of drinks that they offer.
moment: headed here with the crew after the good vibes from the nightowl and the Walton was the total opposite. had one drink and bolted out of there. I was too tipsy to note the drink menu… and I fell on a pot hole.

8. BAR BEGONIA

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likes: the venue, the staff, the food(ish). 
cons:
 middle of nothingness. pricey
moment: this was our first official bar visited from the list (after the Addison). it was memorable.

9. BURDOCK

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️🤔
likes: n/a
cons:
 n/a
moment: honestly, who closes at 1 am on a Friday night? This place of course. We may or may not visit this place but we are counting it as an experience regardless.

I wonder how this year’s best bar list looks so far. I already know there’s a bunch of new bars we need to check out.

Officially proven to be a great way to check out the city, a bit expensive but worth it if your main goal is to create good/bad moments somewhere new. All you have to do is pay attention.

[Rating: Any 🍺🍻🍷🍸🍹= a point out of 5 ⭐️]

dear wordpress

i am currently at 20 drafts and i can’t seem to focus on publishing my posts as-is. this blog is just a personal blog that highlights my path to self discovery. it’s a way for me to stop time, internalize what’s happening in my world, and voice out (through my fingers) how i want to remember this life.

i love reading my own train of thoughts. it always feels like i’m rediscovering myself. but ever since i moved over to wordpress, i’ve felt the pressure of making my site as appealing as those that have made a career out of blogging.

i just want an outlet for my mild creativity. i need to make a habit out of writing creatively and sticking to a blogging routine. uggh, routines. one month to go before the new year and the clock is ticking faster. honing down on a few key tasks that will make me feel more productive with my dailies/monthlies/yearlies.

let’s take it one step at a time though, version 32 will be my best yet.

100 km/h

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it finally happened- i legit went on my first *real* highway experience (accidentally) last saturday. it was nerveracking, excelarating, and palm sweating all the same time. i did pretty well and i was proud that my mom did not panic. she was very calm and collected as i revved up the gas and she coaches me to merge and keep at a fast pace. it only lasted about 10 minutes but i’ll never forget it.

i didn’t manuver much. hahah

later on the way home from cabbagetown, my mom agreed that i can and should get on another one… DVP — officially my second. i found it a bit harder to keep the speed because i found myself slowing down that winding road but i still did it and we got home safe and sound. now all i gotta do is practice. practice. & buy a car.

next summer long driving is definitely appearing to be doable (G). super ecstatic!

Sunsets

tonight was another one of those nights where we found ourselves saying ‘the weather is so nice, let’s sit on the patio and enjoy it while it last. it could be one of the last times we can this year, so let’s take advantage’.

the crew has been saying this for the past month and it hasn’t gotten cold enough yet for us to chose to sit inside the bar.

this summer’s sunsets has been the most memorable i can remember so far. there are a few factors for this though. 1)it may have been the first time i may have given it more thought than i’ve ever allowed 2)it may have been the colour i saw when i started following @pantone earlier this year on instagram 3)simply put it could’ve been because this was the first summer i actually got out and about within the city.

but let’s just face it – it was just the first time i’ve been single during summer.


yes, in all technicality i am single but my heart hasn’t followed suit. i haven’t began looking/dating. there’s been a few instant crushes passing by that could turn into potentials, but that’s as far as it goes. i’m still that hopeless romantic, where i tell myself – i’ll definitely step up if i ever see him again. step up meaning ‘sharing a glance, then eventually building up the nerve to approach’. but in the city, it’s hardly unlikely.there was that one time that i came across a passing crush where i agreed (internally) to try talking to if i ever saw again but – i froze – stared at my phone and decided not to approach (or make eye contact) because insecurities. then my thoughts jumped to believing he’s crushing on my bestie. haha

but really, what’s the worst that could happen? he doesn’t remember ever running into me in the elevators. we share an awkward pause then i get off the subway wayyy before i am supposed to get off. dangit check out my ramblings… back to sunsets. do you see how beautiful they were. spent a lot of time looking up at the sky, falling deeply in love with the colours and thinking there’s only so many tomorrows.

the views from the 6ix was different this summer and i owe it all to the crew. perfect weather plays a part but when you are surrounded by people who enjoys the city as much as you have always felt everyone should, then it’s all just gravy. and everyone knows how much i love gravy!

MacBook Pro


i caved in. i finally took the leap and put myself in debt for an item i have been talking about for-ever and day. i am officially a proud owner of a MacBook Pro.

last week, i took a staycation. i took the time to get some financial things finalized, booked a spa trip for me and my mom, spent adventure times with the chosen few and fit in a day or two catching up on tv shows/movies/sleep.

during that pricey spa trip with my mom, her phone wouldn’t turn on. she has been complaining about the battery and i knew it’s time to retire her 4 year old phone. this past year, she managed to get by. i bought her an external battery charger/pack and taught her how to have barely anything running in the background. i also made sure the iOs was updated (when required). that routine worked for a good year but then eventually that pack just fried the battery because it was a third party charger. we all know how that never helps in the long run with these very exclusive apple products (pfft).

i convinced her that she should disconnect for a couple of days. she enjoyably agreed but i knew that as soon as we’re done the trip, i would need to get her a new device. but of course with a new device, i need to back-up+back-up+back-up. ultimately i needed iTunes and i couldn’t do that on my work laptop. it’s been a little over a year without a personal laptop (because PC batteries never last and they eventually just die). i have kept all old memory boards and eventually i will figure out a way to get those backed up properly… eventually.

anyway, as soon as we got home – i did a manual upload of all her apps, gave her access to my spotify and added all her contacts 1-by-1. i also uploaded the few pictures we took on my iPhone from our trip. after that i knew it was time to order the Pro. it came 2 days early and just like that here i am. any acquired laptops, a story is born and i have to blog and test out the keyboard. that is how it all began, of course. another one for the books with my devices and now i shall live frugally for the rest of the year.

with any new device comes the set ups. as much as i love save password prompts, because i am the most forgetful person, starting over on a new device always results in changing every important gmail/hotmail/itunes passwords i have ever had. then down the road – instagram/tumblr/linkedin. time to begin a cheat sheet for the growing list of sites/apps that requires passwords. in a way, i like that for most apps – you can opt in to sign up by using Facebook log-ins. at least that i have memorized, same with wordpress.

i’m sitting at 500+ words for this post, time to get back to work and start clicking all the “Forgot Password” links for what i need to get ‘Family Sharing’ set up. aja aja fighting*

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