Toronto 2018: Toronto Zoo

On the first day in town, we actually didn’t go to EGLX yet but rather went for a day at the zoo. Normally, whenever we go to zoos, its pretty much a quick max 4 hour experience but Drew had mentioned that he was set for a full day there and other than a short lunch break, Toronto Zoo did have a lot to see and we stayed for about 7 hours. The highlight for Toronto Zoo which ends this weekend is saying goodbye to the Giant Pandas, who happen to be the first pandas born in Canada.

Toronto Zoo is pretty huge. It covers a lot of different continents. Due it still being in the winter schedule, it had a lot of empty spots so some areas like Africa was just a walk through the place and then checking out the pavilion. I think that is what sets it apart is that there are a few pavilions to go through for the more exotic animals and it gives it a lot more space to check out some cool birds and more.

Since this was a huge day and I have like 800 pictures or something, I’m going to trim it down to pictures that turned out well or animals that I found were pretty unique to this location.

And here you go! Not all of them are really that rare but its always a challenge to get pictures of animals because of how far away they are. A lot of really cool ones here in all the different areas plus a lot of them are various levels of endangered which really makes it worth it to see them protected. There was a ton more than what I have here from meerkats to sloths and all kinds of monkeys and a lot of fishes and frogs and snakes and other reptiles and insects. I could go on and on.

Toronto Zoo is really worth it to just see what they have. Not a lot of zoos have such a huge terrain with indoor pavilions and outside areas. It would be nice one year to visit when its the summer to see how its set up when a lot of the warm climate animals are back.

Plus, luck was really on our side for the zoo. A lot of times we would be right on time for feeding times or speaking by the carers of a certain animal. Sometimes, we’d double back and the animal would have woken up from their nap and started moving around. It was a really great time!

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Blogiversary Bash 2015: Tranquil Dreams

Happy 2nd Blogiversary to Cara of Silver Screen Serenade! 🙂
Head over to check out my post for her party celebration. This year, I’m all about lists on my favorite Disney animal characters! There’s been some absolutely awesome posts for this Blogiversary Bash! And I’m positive a ton more are about to show up 🙂

Remember to head over and check it all out and of course, wish her a happy blogiversary! 🙂

Silver Screen Serenade

The cute? YOU CAN'T HANDLE THE CUTE. The cute? YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE CUTE.

The party continues! I’m here with yet another excellent guest post for my Blogiversary Bash, which has been an absolutely delightful time so far. Today will make it even more delightful with a very happy post from the awesome Miss Kim of Tranquil Dreams!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Motion

This week, share your photographs that have captured motion, and tell us the stories behind the images. – The Daily Post

Motion

Its not really clear but the motion of my cats tail swaying as she watched the birds and squirrels moving about in the front yard through the bay window 🙂

Its been a busy week, so this is all I got for this challenge!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Ephemeral

Hey WPC, are you pulling out those fancy words on me? Its probably just I’m not well-versed with fancy vocabulary.

After searching up the definition, ephemeral means lasting for a very short time, in other words, a fleeting moment 😉 I’ve done 3 other fleeting moments up to today.  I’ll link it up at the bottom in case you’re interested in checking out more.

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Game time with my cat in the evening is always a quick thing.  For one, to catch her still enough for me to grab my camera and snap a pic is almost impossible.  Somehow, I managed it the other night with a lot of help from my elastic.  Who says cats needs toys? She can play with a ball of paper or steal all my hair elastics.  Trust me, I find more and more on the floor everyday.  We have barriers now because I had to re-buy too many times.

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How about a candle? Thats a pretty brief moment of calm beauty before it descends into darkness 😉

If you’d like to check out other entries in Weekly Photo Challenge, head over HERE!

If you want to check out some of my other fleeting moment entries, you can find them here, here and here.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Scale

This week, share an image that highlights a size relationship — make us pause and take a second look to understand the scale of the elements in your photo. – The Daily Post

I’m not exactly sure how to approach this topic to believe in but I took the original post’s inspiration and worked on looking up pictures with different scale/size relationships.

Not so much to say about this one but, search up the hidden objects here? Should be pretty apparent 😉

butterfly field

Butterflies and yellow flowers

squirrel and fence

Squirrel on the fence

ducks in a river

Ducks on a River

kungfu with kids

Martial arts session with kids

real and fake cats

Cats: Real vs. Fake

insect in flower

Insect in flowers

bees in flowers

Bumblebees and purple flowers

What do you think? On topic or off topics? I started losing track of contrast and scale after a while.. Haha! Still, some pictures for your enjoyment!

A little break from the Valentine’s Marathon, which is only returning tomorrow for a finale! But I’ll have a nice little Valentine’s themed post in the afternoon 🙂

Happy Friday, my lovelies!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Express Yourself

Sometimes serendipity is the casual photographer’s best friend.  Today, we challenge you to show us what “express yourself” means to you. – The Daily Post

From last night :)

From last night 🙂

Not exactly a great shot but its the best one I’ve had of my cat sniffing the camera/my phone.  She loves attention and hates it when this little device is taking mine away from her.

And just a few recent random shots that I personally kind of like…because I never just use one photo for these challenges.

After a night of freezing rain a week or two ago

After a night of freezing rain a week or two ago

Fountain show at Complex Desjardins

Fountain show at Complex Desjardins

Not sure how any of that expresses myself but these were all random shots and events that I didn’t quite expect but just had my phone with me and caught a really decent shot of my surroundings 🙂

Hope you like it! Happy Friday, my lovelies!

Its one of those weeks! How about a little Pinterest Therapy?

When the whole office has one of those days collectively, you know its only a matter of time before stress just bugs us out. Scratch out days..because its been a shitty few days.  Work has been emotionally and mentally draining.  A whole new test of why I’m still there.

Because I desperately want to write hate mail to the provincial government but that probably won’t turn out too good for me.  Then I got some unreasonable client issues and man, its been just a whirlwind of crazy.  Plus, I realized that I didn’t just mess up the postal code on one order that’s already in shipping but a second one also.  Moving, my friends.  That hardest part is remembering the damn postal code!!

*takes a deep breath*I didn’t get a post up earlier today because of everything happening at once but now I’m in desperate need of some positive change.

My solution: Pinterest Therapy! 🙂

1st happy: Flowers!

Borage Flower

Borage

What is seriously nicer than coming home to a vase of flowers or a pot (if you are a really awesome gardener)? I realized that I’m doomed from just the direction my house is facing for flowers so I’ve given up.  From all those plants I bought last spring, my geranium was doing so great until the last week so now I only have 2 plants surviving and another one doing better because I gifted it to my mom.

Either way, this flower is so pretty! Also, I’m excited that I get to start planning out Chinese New Year flower shopping. A good reason to have another lovely vase of flowers.  I have one right now because the boyfriend was mega sweet and gave me some lilies the other day to cheer me up.

2nd happy: soft furry kittens

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I love animals in general and mini versions of any animal is absolutely adorable (except for crawly bugs). Just look at this furball.  It looks like a tiny snowball! Hmm…reminds me that I need to head off to give my kitty a kiss and a cuddle first! 🙂

3rd happy: Breakfast food

Smoked salmon egg avocado

Breakfast food!

It doesn’t have to be in the AM to love breakfast food.  I love it all the time! I mean, look at that, doesn’t this look so awesome? Breakfast food makes me happy.  Its all happy colors too 🙂 Fruits, avocado, salmon, eggs all look so fantastic! And even if you don’t like this, think about bacon, everything is so much more awesome with crispy bacon.

4th happy: Pretty dresses

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Pretty dresses

In a post quite a while, I’ve mentioned that when I’m feeling really bad, I like to get all pretty. You know, put on a cute dress and just channel in the pretty.  It kind of makes me feel better plus, I’ve turned into quite a crazy clothes shopper and I’m extremely poor after the holidays so the only shopping I have is fake version of it on Pinterest 😉

So many reasons to love Pinterest and thats one of the best ones.  Kills time and saves money…haha!

5th happy: Sweets and Baking!

Earthquake cake

 

C’mon! No words to describe that.  I’m working on that Baking Through Disney project. I can’t imagine all the fun stuff thats going to be so thats where my happy place is.  Baking is just all sorts of awesome.  I haven’t had time to bake this week (or last one) but looking up great ideas are equally great.

6th happy: Hot/Handsome Guys & The 100!Ricky Whittle

I’m going like crazy obsession phase of The 100 especially since its absolutely awesome with its weekly updated episodes 🙂 And honestly, The 100 isn’t even about the hot guys or whatnot.  Other than Ricky Whittle, not sure I see anyone exceptionally hot but the characters all have something that really gets me to just love them.  But searching up hot (shirtless) guys are a huge thing for me on Pinterest so look at this hot shot of Ricky Whittle.  He’s in The 100 and his character is awesome!

AND FINALLY!

7th happy: Quotes

Man walking down road at sunset

 

I’m feeling oodles better.  Now if I can just fight off this cold that keeps wanting to get worse. Still, everything feels a little bit better! I’m ready to take on tomorrow.  Its finally Friday! 🙂 I’m still debating what to post tomorrow but I’ll be working on that in a little bit.

What makes you happy when you’re feeling down?

Music also helps and I’ll be putting together an obsessions post extremely soon 🙂