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Woodbine in the Winter

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“No Lifeguard on Duty”

Back when I was still going to school, I used to have quite a bit of spare time.  I spent a lot of that spare time going out and taking photo walks and one of my most favourite places to visit was Woodbine Beach…. Woodbine Beach in the wintertime to be more specific.  I love how the beach is so empty during the winter season, devoid of the people that usually crowd in during the summertime.  I’ve never actually been to Woodbine Beach in the summertime (I’m allergic to heat… and I have sweating issues… lol), but from what I’ve heard the crowds can get pretty thick during those times.

There aren’t that many things to see at Woodbine Beach; mostly sand, sand, water, and more sand, so there really aren’t that many things to take pictures of.  I really just go there to spend some quiet alone time along the shores of Lake Ontario.  The pictures are really just a bonus.  Looking back at these pictures makes me wish I had more time to just go out and take pictures again…. *sigh*

Here are a couple of shots that I’ve taken during my many trips to Woodbine Beach in the wintertime.

Driftwood

“Driftwood”

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“Caution, bench may not be suitable for sitting”

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“Enjoying the sunset”

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“Leuty Lifeguard Station in Infrared”

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“Leuty Lifeguard Station”
Sunset

“The shores of Lake Ontario”

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“Sunset at Woodbine – You can see the silhouette of the CN Tower in the distance.”

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“Dusk at the Beaches”

To All the Fish That I Loved Before

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As a follow up to my post regarding Digby (the last fish to have ever lived in my aquarium), I decided to make a post with pictures of the fish that I’ve had the pleasure of taking care of in the past.  I took care of more fish than the ones in this post, I just never had an opportunity to take pictures of the other fish that are not in this post or they were not that cooperative and didn’t feel as model-ly as the other fish lol.

I started my tank on a whim, about 10 years ago.  I was bored and wanted to have a pet to take care of.  I wanted a pet that was relatively low maintenance and self-contained (so I wouldn’t have to chase messes around the house) and a fish tank was the perfect solution.  I did consider taking care of a pet rock but wheres the fun in that?!?

So here they are, my pet fishies from the past!

“Lippy, the bug-eyed goldfish – Lippy was the first resident model of the aquarium.  I named him Lippy because of his large Angelina Jolie lips lol.”

“Sully, the sad pearlscale goldfish – I named him Sully because he always had this sad and sullen look on his face,which I dubbed the perma-frown.”

“Mort, the worried pearlscale goldfish – He always had this hurried and worried expression that reminded me of this character from the Archie Comics named Mort the Worried Wart, hence I named him Mort.”

“Dazey, the dazed red cap oranda – He always had a dazed expression, hence his name; and no, I did not put anything in the water… I think…”

“Flippy, the red oranda – He was the acrobat of the tank, always twisting and flipping around.”

“Spalding, the goldfish – Yes, after the sporting goods company because he reminded me of the Spalding basketballs which are orange and black.  Although, I should have changed his name when Spalding lost all of his black coloration and ended up being all orange.”

“Patchy, the calico moor – The show off of the tank. She was named after all the beautiful black and orange patches on her white body.”

“Digby, the black moor – He liked to dig around in the gravel, hence his name.  The last fish that I have ever had the pleasure of taking care of.”

To all the fish that I’ve loved before, thank you for giving me the pleasure of taking care of you guys and I hope you guys are all doing great in fishy heaven!!!

To all of the fish

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August 17, 2012 at 11:10 pm

A Walk at Toronto’s Harbourfront

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“Panorama of the Toronto Harbourfront”

I took a walk at Toronto’s Harbourfront in March during one of those weirdly warm days.  It was about 20 degrees Celcius that day and that kind of weather is May type of weather so it was a very refreshing walk that early in the year after being cooped up indoors all winter-long.  I spent a couple hours up and down the harbour just taking pictures.  Here are the pictures that resulted from that photo walk.

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Honda Bay Island Hopping

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“Early morning stillness at the Honda Bay docks”

Last day of the Puerto Princesa trip :(

Our last day in Palawan was spent island hopping around Honday Bay.  We really only had half a day left because our plane ride back to Manila was at 3:30PM that afternoon, so we had to wake up really early that day so we could maximize our time around the bay and still have enough time to pack and get to the airport.  We got to the Honda Bay docks at around 7AM and it was great because there were barely any people there except for the boatmen that worked the boats.  Since it was very early, the boat rental office wasn’t even open yet so I just roamed around the docks and took pictures until we got a boat that would take us around the bay.  I loved how quiet and calm the dock was, compared to the chaos it was in later in the day.

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To the Batcave (aka Puerto Princesa Underground River)!!!

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“Local transport boats ferry people from Sabang’s port to the cove which houses the Puerto Princesa Underground River; Si mamang bangkero nahihiya pang magpa-picture! lol”

 Continuing on from my previous post….

So after a couple hours of lounging about Sabang Beach, we were ready to head to the Puerto Princesa Underground River (PPUR for short) through Sabang Port.  Sabang port was literally 5 minutes away from Sabang Beach (and I did not know this).  We boarded our tour bus from Sabang Beach and I was all ready to have a nap on our tour bus when about 5 minutes later our tour guide asked us to get off the bus and wait for her at the terminal.  There went my after lunch nap plans! Darn!  We then boarded a boat that took us to the area where the entrance of the cave was.  It was my first time to travel by small boat (if you exclude those rides at amusement parks…) and the ride was very enjoyable.

“The Sabang Community Stage at Sabang Port; The stage had been taken over by tourists!”

” A view of the Saint Paul Mountain Range which houses the Puerto Princesa Underground River; The profile of the mountain is shaped like a man lying down on his back (Thats one big stomach!).”

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Onwards to Sabang!

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“Ulugan Bay from the Buenavista Viewdeck”

One of the highlights of my recent Palawan trip was to visit the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River, and in order to get there we had to stop by Sabang. Sabang is a port where bangkas transport tourists to the cove where the river is located.  The journey from the Puerto Princesa city centre to Sabang took about 2 hours (or more… I wasn’t really awake for most of the car ride since we had to leave the city centre quite early); and on the way to Sabang we made a couple of pit stops.  One of our pit stops was at the Buenavista Viewdeck where we had a gorgeous view of Ulugan Bay (see picture), we only had about 20 minutes there and most of that time was utilized by taking pictures (What else would asian tourists do??? lol).

The next pit stop was just a random farm by the roadside, some of the people on our tour van saw other people taking pictures at the farm so they asked our tour guide if we could stop by there too and we did.  After a LOT more pictures were taken, we were off on the road again.

“Roadside farm – The mountain on the back of the frame was apparently part of the Saint Paul Mountain Range which housed the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River”

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