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Showing posts with label Montreal. Show all posts
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9 November 2012

Rich & Awesome Halloween Houses

This year's Halloween, we decided to have a go at the rich folks' place! Woohoo! Awesome decorations, high quality candies, amazing time and mega huge rich houses. What a nice combination to spend a lovely night knocking on people's door with a smile and go Trick or Treat. Granted, I am over the age limit buuuut I have a little brother who is eligible! Rock on! So, let's start! 

I had to skip class on Halloween night because I want to tag along to take pictures so that YOU GUYS can see them. I was so busy thinking how I should impress you guys with a Halloween blog post. Anyway, this is the result. It was really dark when we went Trick or Treat. I am so happy my camera managed to capture the beautiful moment without flash. I hate flash. So enjoy!

Currently, we are heading up the rich people's area in Montreal. It is known as the Westmount. Obviously the houses are all located on a tiny mount. The higher you go, the bigger the house, the more expensive they are! My guess, at least 7 digits $$. Right now, we are probably at the 5 digits. The houses are absolutely lovely. You guys have no idea. The atmosphere and the weather was prefect for Halloween. It must have sucked for the children whose Halloween is ruined by Hurricane Sandy. 


Now we are getting to the bigger house. Cute Halloween decorations. Little plastic tombstones, skulls...etc. You see my little brother (aka Spiderman who refused to wear the stuffy mask) going for his 3rd Trick or Treat. I was a very proud sister, motherhen-ing him all the way. 


Again, another lovely house. I love the pumpkins lamps they stuck in the yard. Very cute. Now that I pay a closer attention, the yard looks like a mini park with a park bench... Ok I am officially jealous. 


Ohhhhh! This is one awesome house next to my High School (yay to crazy Catholic all Girl School in the middle of the mountain where communication is scarce... just kidding. Thank god it's not a boarding school. No kidding. My school's neighbor had a red Ferrari. Everyday I get to sit on the school stairs, watching a beautiful Ferrari drove by and parked inside the house's garage... ah... wonderful high school days.) 
Alright, back to this manor looking house, did you see that driveway? It's like going to a freaking castle! My high school (next door) was a gigantic manor too. Apparently, the former owner's wife died in the courtyard after an icicle fell on her. Yes.. my school also has secret passages. You can have 7 different ways to get to the school's cafeteria. We have a science skeleton tucked in one of those walked in closet in school... the nuns will start chanting at 6pm... and the classrooms will be all vacant and dark... wooohoooo... anyway, I will save my awesome high school years for another blog post to whoever interested to learn about a quiet all girl school in the mountain. Trololol.

Another gorgeous house. Its solarium is so dazzling at night. Don't let the look deceive you. It's freaking huge, that house. We walked to the door and I was like... it doesn't look that big from far... what sorcery is this?

Now we are pretty high up (middle) of the mount. The houses are getting bigger. Big chunk of land...etc. Absolutely gorgeous. Can't you feel the chill? Like horror scenes you see in scary movies... do you sense a bad omen? That's right. These richly decorated houses in a spooky night gave just the right scary vibe. Kudos!


This is one of my favorite houses. The creativity for decoration is top notch. You see the scattered limbs, bones and other gory details on the stairs. My little brother is obviously puzzled and was like "whyyyy is there an arm on the stairrrssss?". When he rang on the door, a teenager opened and gave him candy. I peered inside the house and my jaw dropped. I don't even know how to start describing the BEAUTY of the interior design. (I have a great passion for interior decors). So basically you see alllll the way to the back of the house. It's a gigantic living room. With a 1/2 wall size plasma TV. There is a little 2 steps stairs going to the awesome cinema-room-ish. It's huge. Trust me. I have been to many fancy big houses (yay to rich classmates for team projects), this one is amazing. Ok so I did go to a friend's house who had 2 living rooms on one floor. TWO! Rich people... 

This house is MAGNIFICENT. You can't see it clearly but you see a nice yard. A very loooong house (you can just see the width... sadly) behind me, there is a nice contemporary fountain. I can't believe there are so many of these beautiful houses right next to my high school and I didn't even go and explore them! Granted, I would be trespassing and might get arrested. LOL. That's why, my frends, I was willing to skip class to go knock on their door. My love for beautiful house... is grand.

A wickedly cool contemporary house. You see the glass door. Finally! One with wall-sized glass door. Ok so they are rich. They aren't scared to get robbed because... pssh... their neighbors are all millionaires. They ain't going to get mugged. You see them without curtains. They don't care if you see them. They know they are safe. So nice to be rich. Sadly this house didn't answer the door even though we knock on it. 
Note: If you have Halloween decoration on Halloween night, you are expected to give candies. If you ran out of candies, you are supposed to turn off the lights to tell people you are OUT. That is the unsaid rule of Halloween. I remember when we gave candies, I will be hiding in my room, hoping the kids will go away because we felt bad for running out of candies so soon. They were too cute, so we gave them a whole chunk! Poor late-comers. 

Among all the other houses, this one wins the Best Halloween Decorated House. What you see is just a small portion of the house. It's a gigantic house. They placed stereo system around their yard that will shriek randomly (for Halloween spirit). Totally wicked. 

Oh! And a rare treat to my readers. That is meeee! Squatting like a hobo (homeless) in a rich man's yard. YUP! Definitely sounds like something I would do. I am wearing a wolf-hat-scarf. It's really cute. The sides of the hat dangle all the way to your hip. They are supposed to be paws and you can stick your hands in those pockets and pretend those are your paws. Pretty neat.  

I am still proud that my camera works in the dark otherwise I won't get the chance to show you guys all these beautiful houses. Thank you *kiss camera*! I couldn't get a shot of the other decors of the this particular house because lots of people were going Ooohhhh Ahhhhhh... 

FUNNY HALLOWEEN EXPERIENCES


  1. I remembered back when I was a kid going Treat or Trick at the same neighborhood, one of the houses was so big that they turned their yard into a small maze. The owners would tend approach you from shadowed corners with CHAINSAWS! (well it made noises but no blades) I was like MOMMMYYYYYY!!!!! 
  2. Also, another one time, I followed a bunch of other kids into a house. They closed the door behind me and I was like OMG WHAT? Apparently, I followed that bunch of kids to their home. The parents were like "Who is this?" I was like "I wanna go hooome." My parents who were waiting outside were like "Did they just try to kidnap youuuu?"

So I hope you guys have a better understanding of Canadian Halloween. Well, now you can go brag to your friends about these awesome rich houses you see here! 

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2 November 2012

Shabu Shabu BBQ Korean Restaurant

I had passed by this Korean restaurant everyday and saw a lot of people dining in there so I decided to give it a try. The interior decors is quite superb and neat. The place itself is quite spacious and the seats are comfy. The food is also huge in portion. The waitress was very friendly and smiley. Overall experience is pretty good. Now let see what we ate!
As you can see, the atmosphere is splendid. I went there during lunch so I missed out this beautiful sunset. The lighting was nice too during the early afternoon so no big lost! Ah... again just by looking at this place, I feel all hungry again. Hehe. Another cool thing about Shabu Shabu Korean BBQ is the golf stimulation. There is a section in the nice corner of the restaurant with a TV and a golf set (game). I didn't exactly have the chance to see it properly but I thought it was quite a cute idea to include the golf stimulation.
Disclaimer: The three top photos are taken from Shabu Shabu's official website.
So we ordered 3 BBQ dishes (1 Samgeopsal & 2 Bulgogi) @12.95 each and a short rib soup with some transparent noodles called Galbitang ($11.95). They gave us plenty of sidedishes + 4 rice (4 people). I love the tea they serve. Very delicious. Fragrance but not too strong. Just perfect.





You can see the sidedishes and the plate of 2 Bulgogi combined. The sidedishes have some potatoes, kimchi, seaweed (very yummy) 
That is the plate of 2 orders of Bulgogi combined. So it is around $25.90. The portion is huuuge. My dad and I nearly stuffed ourselves to finish it. Don't let the view deceives you. Let your stomach decide once you actually finish the whole plate. By far, it is very worthy compare to other Korean restaurants I had been too. I went to this shabby looking Korean restaurant in Chinatown once. The food is good but the portion is not sufficient. We probably ordered the dish twice and were nowhere near as full as we did with Shabu Shabu. 

This is the Galbitang. It's not very big but it's just for the taste. :) We ordered it for my little brother so it's good enough for a little fellow. 
3 beautiful strips of Samgeoupsal (pork belly). Aren't they beautiful? 

Well, this is what the end product looks like. You see a bit of Samgeoupsal on the top and a bunch of sizzling Bulgogi. I took this shot so that you can see how wonderful those sizzling bubbles are. The smell is incredibly delicious. The low flame that keeps everything hot and fresh. I would definitely return there again! 

Great news is that while doing research for this blog entry, I went to their website and saw they have free coupon to giveaway. (I wish I saw it earlier... *sulk*) Well, good for you readers! To make your life easy, I embedded the official website link in the picture so just click on the picture and off you go! Enjoy!

6180 Saint-Jacques Map.1da4c0b 
MontrealQC H4B1T6
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26 October 2012

Japon Sushi Bar

Looking for a charming sushi bar restaurant? Well, check out Japon Sushi Bar at St-Laurent (Montreal). The atmosphere is perfect. The food are beautiful decorated and the place is perfect for a romantic dinner.  I absolutely adore the contemporary touch the place has. At night, the sushi bar has great lighting ambiance and quiet music. Absolutely breath-taking!

Oh! Isn't the decors amazing! A beautiful touch of contemporary style and a nice Japanese style-ish private room! The decors at night is simply beautiful. I strongly urge you guys to go there when the sun is setting. The light is simply gorgeous, perfect atmosphere for lovely couples. You should also reserve a nice table before you go. Who knows, it might be full. My family called to make a reservation just in case. The waiters are friendly though I find our waitress to be a bit too shy. Nevertheless, the dinner went well. My family had a superb time there.

(Disclaimer: The pictures above are taken from the shop's website. I went there in the evening so the photo won't come out nicely... sad blogger is sad.)

Yummy! Look at those delicious, beautifully rolled sushi!
We were 3 people and we ate $93. LOL. I was so stuffed afterward, I think I can hibernate now. Winter is around the corner anyway! The sushi (5 pieces) are market price, depending on the ingredients. 

We ordered 2 sushi rolls:
Spider -crab: $7.95
Titanic -salmon: $9.95

Then we ordered 3 set meals (pretty big portion): 
$15 (chicken) 
$16 (salmon)
 $32 (Salmon + miso soup + wakame salad + green tea ice cream)

 Since I once worked at a sushi restaurant, if you want good quality sushi, that's the right price. If the price intimidates you, you can always wait for the coupon to come out. Apparently, they do it quite often on a yearly basis. I bought a TeamBuy coupon of $22 for $50 worth of yummy Japanese sushi/gourmet.
No regret, especially with the beautiful decors and handsome waiters (Hohohoh...).
Yay to Japon Sushi Bar Review!

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28 September 2012

Montreal Amusement Park: La Ronde! (Part 1)

Buckle up! We're in for one hellavu ride! Welcome to Montreal's thriller island: La Ronde! You heard it right! The freaking ISLAND is one paradise for family and young people to hang out and chill! So La Ronde... sweet La Ronde. Every kid-teen-young adult's fantasy world. The price is expensive about $50. I managed to buy the early seasonal pass for $48. Wooohoooo. Totally worthy. With the season pass, you can have 3 free passes! How cool is that? It also comes with a bunch of other coupons for cinema, Beavertails, nachos...etc. Craaazy!

So onto what's La Ronde alllll about! You guys are all here to see what are the rides, right? 


This is Ednor. You are hanging off the trails. You aren't sitting the ride like traditional roller costers. You are like overgrown bats dangling off the rails on straps. Then it goes on high speed, spins you around. I was laughing like a maniac the whole ride! All you hear are scream of terror and my hysterical laughter. 
I. Love. Thriller. Rides.


This is a view of the amusement park-island from above (sitting on another ride to take these photos). What you are seeing is the Saint-Laurent River. Montreal is located in the middle of a gigantic river. The island on which La Ronde is on (Jean Drapeau) is a tiny island beside Montreal.

This steel beauty is the MONSTER. It's crazy. It brings you inside the colossal structure and you are like "WHOA! Where are we? OMG my head is going to smash against the steel! NOOOOO" Yeah that's my reaction. Many people share my fear. That's what Monster is famous for. The line up for this buddy is at least 1 1/2 hour.


This super awesome roller coaster is the newest thriller ride called the Goliath. It's gorgeous to look at and scary as hell to ride on. Look at how steep the first part! At the right side of the photo, you see a flat semi-circle right? You think it's all safe and happy, right? Well, it wasn't! You are 90 degree from the ground! You are like "Holy Cow... I'm going to call off... I see the light!"


The front view of the DROP. See how steep it is? CRAZY! It's almost a free fall! I sat on the front row twice. When it drops, you feel your whole butt levitate from the seat. Holy shit.


This one is another exciting ride called the Vampire. Like Ednor (from above), you are strapped by your shoulders and off you go! From down here, all you see is people's legs sticking out of the ride. It's funny to look, scary to ride! Woohoooo~
The photos are too heavy so I had to split this trip into a few parts. Next week, it will be about the other more... passive rides and the awesome food section at La Ronde!

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25 August 2012

Let's Hang Out Montreal!

For those who wonder what is there in Canada, buckle your seatbelt for one amazing ride around town! Today, I will be talking about Montreal! And ....No. We do not live in igloos and have polar bears as rides. 

Let's start with Halloween! October 31 is every kid's favorite (next to Christmas). It's the time of the year for kids to dress up as vampires, werewolves, Spiderman and other monsters/superheroes. What's more? You get FREE candies by knocking on people's door and go "Trick or Treat"! How great is that? I used to be so excited about Halloween but then I grew up. *Cry* I guess I can always pretend to be a little girl who time traveled into the future. Anyhow. Scroll down for more wonderful things Montreal has!


Bring my baby brother to his first Treat or Trick. Finally, he is old enough to go! Woohoo! *Proud big sister grin*
The trick with Trick-or-Treat is to go to the most wealthy neighborhood. They give you the biggest chunk of candy EVER. Like one big bar of KitKat, not some cheap candy you can see at the dollar stores. Their decorations are also very, very impressive.


Sometimes, you just want to sit in a nice coffee shop and relax... Sometimes, have some friends along and act wild. Really. We were hobo-ing on the floor on beansacs. Life is good.




How to celebrate birthday student-style. Yep, my good friend bought me a Premiere Moison cake. Uber cool. We celebrated it in the college school's cafeteria then we partied at McDonald's with virtual candles. Haha. Love my friends. 


Montreal is fun. You can play giant chess on the Saint-Catherine street. 



Then you can have fun at McGill's Eaton Center. They have all sorts of stores there, not just in the building but along the main road. My favorites are the Candy Factory store (I have sweet tooth!) and Kernels (Love popcorns)! And I also have immature moment such as trying to make the figurines mate... yay maturity!


You can also buy epic sushi from Sushi Shop. They are more expensive for a reason. It's GOOD. High quality ingredients. Just awesome. If you are wondering what I am having, I will tell you. On the top left, wrapped in salmon is called Twin Salmons. Then we have the Karai on the right. At the bottom is one of the best called Volcano with seared salmon and red masago (fish eggs) on the top. 



Winter. Snow. Pretty. COLD. But no amount of cold can prevent us from hanging out and be stupid... I mean have fun!




Next, we went to Les Glacieurs. The  expensive and yummy cupcakes. They are very very cute. The toppings are the cutest I have seen. Little, detail star shaped candies...etc. We can also enjoy the atmosphere by reading wedding magazines. 





YOU ARE JEALOUS RIGHT? So am I! Of my past-self! Mother of Sweet Meal! Look at that gorgeous pizza-pancake! Summer time, perfect to sit next to open window where bypassers stare at you as you eat. Well, I bet I made lots of people jealous of this awesome lunch! For those living in Montreal and wonder which Heaven I was in, this is Cacao 70 on Saint-Catherine. The meal costs about $14. It comes with all sorts of chocolate. Dark chocolate, hazy nuts and other heavenly variations. I just couldn't help but be mesmerized by this beautiful meal.


Of course, you cannot enjoy summer without the Beaver Lake. It's a gorgeous lake at Mont Royal. In winter, the lake freezes and people can skate on it. Very neat. For now, it's all green and beautiful. Little fish swimming between the water plants, people going there to jog, get cozy, picnic...etc. A lot of fun things to do there!


So I went there with my friends for an epic BBQ. We had some trouble starting the fire and we were all pre-historic about it. Hurr Hurr. Fire. Start. Hurr Hurr!
In the end, all went well and we had a full stomach. 


Since we are all immature old brats, we brought bubbles, cards and kites to fool around. It was all worthy. We made a lot of noises though. Haha. The ice cream man must had felt awkward standing next to us as we partied hard. After awhile he ran away. 


Next we head to Old Port Montreal. It's the one of the hype-est places. Thousands of people go there everyday. There are always street performances, horse carriages, painters, fancy restaurant and other attractions. We are lucky to go there when you see the Cercle du Soleil! It's a really, really popular circus that toured around Canada and maybe international. You must be wondering why all those boats? Well, Montreal is in the middle of a gigantic river (Saint Laurent River) so of course there will be boats. 

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