A Word A Week Challenge: Ornate

I’m starting to constantly fall behind with these photo challenges.  Its mostly because I haven’t been very inspired.

The new challenge may have gone up but as I was digging up pictures for that one, I came across some that might fit last week’s challenge, Ornate!

Kowloon Walled City Park

Kowloon Walled City Park in November 2012

Kowloon Walled City Park

Kowloon Walled City Park

Yuen Yuen Institute

Yuen Yuen Institute, Hong Kong in November 2012

Chandeliers at Hong Kong Restaurant

Chandeliers at Hong Kong Restaurant

All the pictures are from my Hong Kong trip last year in November.  I’m going through a phase of wanting to head back there but it won’t be happening in at least 2 years so lets remember it together, right?

Is this considered ORNATE? I think so!

Please check out the other entries at A Word in Your Ear’s A Word A Week Challenge: Ornate! The new challenge is up as well, maybe you’d like to join in? Check it out also!

A Word A Week Challenge: Pink

I adore color posts because that just means I can scan everywhere I go for that particular color.  Deal is, I’m not a very pink person.  The only thing I own that is pink are possibly bras and that would be inappropriate for my blog and quite personal (or maybe not?).

Lets check out the pink in my life 🙂

Oreo Limited Edition

Watermelon Oreos

Castle in the Sky Bluray

Castle in the Sky Bluray

As inappropriate as it may be, I thought it would look artistic and cool

As inappropriate as it may be, I thought it would look artistic and cool.  Just couldn’t resist!

Flowers in the garden

Flowers in Quartier Dix30

More Flowers in the garden

More Flowers in the garden

My sweatpants/capris

My sweatpants/capris

Flowers in Downtown

Flowers in Downtown

This is my response to Sue’s A Word A Week Challenge: PINK. Click HERE to see more entries or to join into the fun 🙂 I just realized that I’m a bit late so I decided to post it up earlier than I had originally scheduled! Go over and check out this week’s challenge 🙂

A Word A Week Challenge: Herd

Sue’s A Word A Week Challenge was HERD this week and I had no idea what to do for it.  You can check out her fantastic blog right HERE!

I’ve never really seen a herd of anything in my life.  After some thought, I found these sequence of pictures that my boyfriend loves and took of me when we were in Marineland back in 2009 for our summer vacation.

Starts with deer feeding

Starts with deer feeding

More deers drop by

More deers drop by

They follow me and circle around

They follow me and circle around

I eventually drop the cone

I eventually drop the cone

Then I'm gone :P

Then I’m gone 😛

Obviously I’m not because if you look at the side of the picture, you can see my arm.  He always ends up with these weird sequences when we’re on vacation and he brings it home then starts laughing.  Great memories but HEY! Its a herd of deers!

This is where everyone who has heard the Marineland commercial and jingle will go “Everyone loves Marineland!” 😛

A Word A Week Challenge: Bisect

A Word A Week Challenge’s word this week is BISECT! The definition is right below!

Bisect: divide into 2 parts (usually equal)

Some pictures from this past month 🙂

Old Montreal 2013

Old Montreal 2013

Brossard Cultural Fest 2013

Brossard Cultural Fest 2013

This was from the past weekend’s festival! A longer post to come on Tuesday once I sift through my photos 🙂

Maine 2013

Maine 2013

Maine 2013

Maine 2013

How about my original idea for the BISECT that I want add in?

Limited Edition Oreo :)

Limited Edition Oreo 🙂

I’m not exactly sure if this matches the topic but I think it does 🙂

This is my response to A Word in Your Ear’s A Word A Week Challenge: Bisect! Check it out HERE to see other entries 🙂

A Word A Week Challenge: Castle

I was reflecting on how I haven’t been to many castles…however, there is always a few!

I did do some digging then I realized that these Fairmont Chateau chains are the castles that I’ve been to in Canada 🙂

Chateau Frontenac

Chateau Frontenac, Quebec City

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Banff

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Banff

Closer view of Chateau Lake Louise

Closer view of Chateau Lake Louise

Of course, I had to do a little research and I did find some in Montreal that I never acknowledged.  Maybe if I find time this weekend to do some castle hunting, I’ll post up a part 2.  Still unsure though…I have a few plans already!

This is not a castle but it definitely looks like one!

1881 Heritage

1881 Heritage, formerly HQ of Hong Kong Marine Police

1881 Heritage

1881 Heritage, Hong Kong

1881 Heritage is located in Kowloon and was formerly the headquarters for the Hong Kong Marine Police.  Even though its not a castle, it still looks like one! It has some pretty high class stores there.  Nothing I could afford at least! Doesn’t it look gorgeous though?

What castles have you seen? Where was it?

This is my response to Sue’s A Word in Your Ear’s A Word A Week Challenge: Castle! Please go HERE to check out other inspirational entries and her wonderful site 🙂

A Word A Week Challenge: Unexpected

I don’t know about everyone else but I know that people living in cities close enough to Montreal has been going through the same mega heat wave.  Its totally crazy this week.  We hit a high of 45 degrees Celsius (113 Fahrenheit) with all the humidity.  It was super intense.  By that day, I ended up staying at the office instead of going for a walk.  When it was around 40 I still did a little walk and man, that was some heavy air out there.  I felt like I was almost going to suffocate.

By the end of the week, we kept getting severe thundershower warning that never happened! It was driving me crazy.  Finally, on Wednesday, the sky went totally black nearing the end of the work day and it looked it was 8pm outside when it was just 4:30pm or something.  Massive thunder and crazy rain.  By the time I left the work, there was just a little drizzle.

Wednesday after work!

Wednesday after work!

Look at the streets and you know, not long ago, there was a crazy rain that passed by.  By the time, I got off the island to go to my chiropractic appointment.  This is what it looked…talk about quick unexpected changes…

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The weather is playing some tricks because after that, it was getting more humid.  Icky disgusting weather!

On Thursday, the same thing happened.  The rain wasn’t as intense and it stopped relatively quickly.  However, that was a day of unexpected.  For one, if you don’t follow my twitter or facebook, my friend walked down Just for Laughs Festival and saw on their huge screen the Just for Laughs Gags reel showing the gag  that I was caught in last July.  I’m still trying to find that video and believe you me, I will find it one day! I will not have everyone (including people I don’t know) laughing at me and not have seen it.  That was a ridiculously embarrassing moment last year and I still remember every second of it.

Although, I went down to the festival and didn’t find the video, I did come across this!

Fantasia Film Festival 2013

HUGE LINEUP! The line goes around the block where my shot cuts off!

This unexpected lineup appearing reminded me that Fantasia Film Festival started that day! This lineup was possibly for Shield of Straw by Takashi Miike showing at 6:30pm unless its for The Conjuring showing at 9:30pm.  I don’t know.  Either way, that lineup looped really far away and made me search up movies for this festival immediately.  That resulted in this post HERE in case you missed it!

A lot of unexpected has been going on in the last 2 weeks.  Now, lets bring on some normal days.  I can take a bundle of that now…at least the weather has cooled down a tad 😉

This is my response to Sue at A Word In Your Ear’s A Word A Week Challenge: Unexpected! Please head over to her blog HERE to check out other entries and join in if you’d like 🙂

A Word A Week Challenge: Distant

This week, Sue at A Word in Your Ear’s challenge theme is DISTANT! Landscape and waterfronts always tend to have some form of DISTANT.

I just came back from Maine! Driving to and around and even back home is possibly one of the most scenic trips ever! Of course, you’d also have to choose to take the less direct path and enjoy some of the fantastic waterside landscapes.

Take this as a teaser for now 🙂 I will be writing more extensive posts on this trip all through next week.  I went away for 5 days so I will try to keep it within a count of 5 posts for each day but maybe (just maybe) it might take a bit more.  I haven’t drafted them out yet so I don’t know.

Now, lets take a look at Maine’s awesomeness!

On the first day, we took a little scenic drive which we ended up having to cut short due to it being one of our most packed days. We also learned that road signs were slightly vague so after going around, I strongly believe this is the sight of where Height of Land is 🙂

Maine Height of Land

Maine: Height of Land (I think)

Breathtaking, right? Talk about being impressed! If Maine looks like this in every corner, I’m down for more trips to other parts of Maine!

On that same day, we also went on a hike.  Where? I will tell you tomorrow.  Spontaneity brings us to interesting things and this time, we were absolutely wowed! Check this place out!

Bald Mountain Trail

View at the top of our first Hiking Trail in Maine!

This was just one side of the 360 degree viewing tower at the top of the trail! It was possibly one of the most adventurous climbs ever but so rewarding!

Moving onto the second day (I think..I need to check my timeline again), my boyfriend assumes that I trespass to take this picture but I swear that I didn’t! I never knew walking onto a parking lot for a lodge inn was trespassing…but well, its done!

Maine

Distant building somewhere in Maine…

Seriously, I forgot where this was.  This is why I should vlog my trips.  That way I wouldn’t miss anything, right? Its an idea the next time when I don’t chicken out of doing vlogging in front of strangers…

Jumping forward to the 4th day, we all went off to get our butts frozen unexpectedly.  Apparently, we missed the memo that it was going to turn from 28 degrees to 8 degrees.  Still, I was the most excited for this part of the trip so I soldiered on! This where I got this shot through the thick fog of the lighthouse (and more)!

Arcadian Boat Tours Puffin Cruise

On a cruise in Maine

This was partially zoomed in so the actual lighthouse is even more distant!

Have I tempted you to head off to Maine for vacation? Whether I have or haven’t, you should check back to see next week’s day to day account of what I did and the fun and beautiful things of Maine! 🙂

This is a response to Sue’s A Word A Week Challenge: Distant! Please follow this link HERE to check out her beautiful photography and travel blog and join in the challenge and have fun with all of us.  You also get to see other awesome responses from other bloggers!  🙂

A Word A Week Challenge: Boat

This week, Sue at A Word in Your Ear challenged us with the word BOAT!

Sounds fitting to do this post, since yesterday, I know a certain boat that murdered me yesterday resulting in a day off today and how I just want to lie in bed and when I get up, stretching all those aching muscles!  It resembles something like this

Dragon boat!

Dragon boat!

I love dragonboat but man, yesterday’s practice (after not going for a month) was brutal! My abs and back are especially in pain! Lots of stretching due for the rest of the day…but you know, I LOVE IT! 🙂

Next up, I’m going to continue to use some older pics from within the past few months!

Some of the best are from Hong Kong in last November!

On my way to Lamma Island, surrounded by boats :)

On my way to Lamma Island, surrounded by boats 🙂

 

Fishing boats off of Stanley harbor :)

Fishing boats off of Stanley harbor 🙂

Charlie Brown and Snoopy canoeing at Snoopy World

Charlie Brown and Snoopy canoeing at Snoopy World

After that, we head off to Burlington Waterfront 🙂

Burlington Waterfront!

Burlington Waterfront!

And to bring you all back to home (Montreal), on the Old Port waterfronts we see ships or boats 🙂

at Old Port in Montreal

at Old Port in Montreal

Still counts, right?

My brain is really tired.  So tired that words are actually flowing to my brain but dragonboat did this to me so here we go!

This is my response to Sue at A Word in Your Ear’s A Word A Week Challenge: BOAT and please follow the link HERE to see other fantastic responses 🙂

A Word A Week Challenge: Tropical

I wish it were tropical at this very moment.  Although last weekend sure felt like the tropics when it was hovering around past the 30 degrees Celsius mark 😉

I haven’t been to anything very tropical in a long time. Hong Kong kind of counts but I didn’t take pictures of anything showed it too much.  Then there was Egypt, but hmm..not sure which picture to choose.

When I think of tropical, I think of fruits like mango, pineapple, durian, mangosteen, etc.  That sort of thing. But then another thing is usually even more tropical is colourful flowers.  It doesn’t have to be warm outside and I don’t necessarily have to be on vacation (of course, thats always a plus) but when flowers are blooming in their different colours filling up the garden or streets outside, I fly to somewhere tropical in my mind.

I was playing around my camera a bit yesterday after dinner around my backyard and testing out shots.  It might not feel very tropical but it warmed up my mind 🙂

Beautiful Pink Flowers!

Beautiful Pink Flowers!

White Wild Roses (I think)

White Wild Roses (I think)

Yellow flowers

These are the sunlight in my garden right now! Yellow flowers

More Yellow flowers

More Yellow flowers

I know I’m stretching it with lavenders but they are awesome flowers 🙂

Gorgeous Lavenders

Gorgeous Lavenders

Now okay, bright colored animals do the trick.  How many of you link wonderful pink flamingos to tropical? Because I do!

Flamingos at the Toronto Zoo

Flamingos at the Toronto Zoo

To end off, as far as flowers go, no flower reminds me of tropical quite like bright colored hibiscus flowers!

Hibiscus at Lamma Island

Hibiscus at Lamma Island, Hong Kong

This is my response to this week’s word in Sue’s dictionary: TROPICAL! Please go check out her beautiful blog A Word in Your Ear right HERE to see other responses to the challenge and more 🙂 Maybe you’d like to join in, the more the merrier 🙂

Happy Friday everyone! 🙂

A Word A Week Challenge: Vibrant

This week, as the weather progressively got warmer and the festivals season has commenced again in Montreal! It has turned into a vibrant city as every summer usually is with tourists and crowds visiting, open air musical performances from bands both local and elsewhere.

I love walking in these times.  Taking in the busy and alive atmosphere! Breathing in some “fresh” air! Its all so refreshing!

Francofolies

Francofolies

Montreal is known for its summer festivals.  I didn’t go to the Grand Prix festivities 2 weeks or so ago but that pretty much kicks off all the other events.  Now, we’re starting Francofolies, then we follow closely with Just for Laughs Fest and Montreal Jazz Fest!

Francofolies near music performances!

Francofolies near music performances!

The touristic areas are piled in with people from all over the place with their different styles of vibrant colors to welcome the summer and the heat!

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Vibrant colors on clothes in touristic areas!

Montreal has turned into quite the energetic and vibrant city now! I hope to be able to enjoy some more of the festivals!

Have you been to Montreal and experienced some of the famous summer festivals? Is the city where you live coming alive with fun events?

This is my response to Sue at A Word in Your Ear’s A Word a Week Challenge! Please visit HERE to see other awesome responses! Head on over to her beautiful blog to see her wonderful photos from her many travel adventures! 🙂