Adventures with Friends, Food and Gardens!

I’m a bit behind schedule.  I had a pretty jam-packed weekend.  But then, I start acknowledging and asking myself whether it ever isn’t. I guess I just like to make every moment of my life in a fulfilling way.

With that said, we have a lot to talk about 🙂

Last Sunday, I went to Arbraska Mont Ste-Gregoire for a tree trekking adventure with my friends.  For some of you, 2 years ago, I also went to this adventure but it was so refreshing to go back.

I’m sure some of my friends would like to stay private so thanks to my friend who brought a camera and opted out of a trail, I finally have a picture of me doing this stuff. She’s just awesome 🙂

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On the obstacle course

One of the crazy additions to the courses was this little teamwork pulling maneuver thing.  It was really tough to go through.

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It was a fun 3 hour activity and really boosted up my energy after coming back from Hong Kong.  It also reminded me that when in doubt, working out is something I should get back into.  With that said, I’ve been thinking of reviving my Workout updates but with a little twist (along with a few new things I’d like to talk about) but thats for another post in the very soon future. We ended the day with an early dinner and then me and one of my girl friends went to go see How to Train Your Dragon 2.  The review should be up tomorrow 😉

Have you done treetop trekking/ziplining? Where was it?

After work on Monday, I went to do some after work stocking up at Costco anticipating the day off for St. Jean  (Quebec day) the next day.  When I went to my new place to drop off stuff and look at my garden, I saw that there was one strawberry all red.  My boyfriend decided that it was ready so here it is:

Strawberry

Lets just say, it was quite sour.  Lesson to myself: Always wait a few days for it to be thoroughly ripe before harvesting 😉 But our first harvest from the garden makes it so memorable. At least all this work is for something.

How about you fellow gardeners? Any harvests? What do you like to plant?

On Tuesday, I went all out on the moving and shifted 2 heavy boxes to my new place, almost clearing off the bookshelf that goes in the office.  It included shifting (my guestimate) 90lbs of books. That what all that money in university and cegep was.  I also cleared out another 2 boxes that I had brought over before but didn’t put away. Its really the final stretch now with mostly the heavy stuff and my essentials that need to go over.  As the painting picks up again, its slowly falling into place. Feeling all self-satisfied, I went home that evening and finally made myself an actual meal with meat and veggies and even tried out gluten-free pasta.

What was on the menu, you ask? Well, here it is:

Herbe de Provence Drumsticks

Herbe de Provence Drumsticks

I did an improvisation with this one while searching one up and came up with using Herbe de Provence, soy sauce, hoisin sauce, a bit of sugar, olive oil, wine and pepper to do this marinade.  As skeptical as I was about it, this turned out to be so good and even had leftovers for lunch the next day 🙂 On the note of gluten-free pasta, its actually not too bad.  Maybe its because I mixed it with this sauce and gave it an acceptable taste 😉

My best friend, who currently lives in Saskatchewan also came back to town and we had a little quick hangout while I had a late night at work and her with her studying. So we met up quickly to fill up our tummies. She took a quick trip to check out my new place, which is really close her parent’s right before I dropped her home.  I had some delicious mussels that night at Les 3 Brasseurs.

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Mussels at Les 3 Brasseurs

Finally, we reach Saturday! This was a huge day because I spend the first half of it having a cycling trip with my friends, had lunch and came back.  It was an adventure because my tire decided to pop on the way back in the scorching heat and I had to walk back with it slowly. My friends were pretty chill about it.  We changed the tire with the help of the guys.  No pictures because I didn’t have my phone with me.

In the afternoon, I had a bit of time to do my first solo plant transplant and that was for my geranium citronella, lemongrass and orange thyme so that it was the simple version of the mosquito control plant that I was planning to do.

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Mosquito control plant

I placed it strategically by the patio door so that if I ever have to step outside that would be where I’d be protected.  Here’s hoping it’ll work 😉

That evening, we had a gathering for my best friend and my friend (and yes, blogger) Phoebe for their belated birthdays at Mrs. Amigos, our favorite hangout spot.

In the long wait for the souffle, we all sat around and did some group selfies (groupfies?). I won’t start showing everyone but this one is me with my best friend 🙂

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My best friend and I

On Sunday, I had to work in the morning.  My boyfriend left with me because we had a show associated with the Montreal Jazz Festival to go to.  I had no idea what it actually is but its called Tarantino in Concert and it pays tribute to a few of Tarantino’s movies like Kill Bill, Reservoir Dogs, Django Unchained, Pulp Fiction, etc.

Tarantino in concert

Tarantino in Concert program and tickets

Using the songs and re-enacting the scenes on a musical set.  The crew included Bruce Willis’s daughter Rumer Willis and it was very awesome because I got some awesome seats in the alley where they actually were dancing in and out of the audience alleyways. So we had a lot of singing and action right in front of us. Plus, my highlight was when my boyfriend got dragged out during a dancing part to dance with one of the ladies.  It was pretty awesome! The show itself is amazing! So much fun and all the performers and the band were crazy talented.  I loved every single bit of it! There was surprise moments and the whole jumping from one familiar scene to the next was so much fun.

Have you had a chance to see this show?

My weekend is pulling into the end but before I let you go, here’s a picture of a new dress that my best friend got me as a belated birthday gift.

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I have no idea what possessed to get me this dress but here’s to the second tube-y (bodycon?) dress in my closet. Now I know why I need to get back to training.

I’d have to say that I had a pretty awesome week.

I’m having a serious backlog of posts to go up so Hong Kong posts might actually take throughout this whole month so that there’s some diversity. Plus, I have a bunch of movies expiring tomorrow on Netflix and I’m hoping to get through two of them tonight 🙂 Wish me luck!

Before I let you go, here’s an awesome song with very inspiring and positive lyrics called 3 Things by Jason Mraz!

There are three things I do when my life falls apart, Number one I cry my eyes out and dry up my heart…
The second thing I do is I close both of my eyes, And say my thank-yous to each and every moment of my life.
The third thing that I do now when my world caves in, is I pause, I take a breath, and bow and I let that chapter end. – 3 Things, Jason Mraz

Remember to drop by again soon! I’ll be introducing some new stuff here 😉 

 

Arbraska’s Lafleche Park: Cave Discovery Tour

Two years ago, I tried for the first time, this delightful little activity called tree adventure. Arbraska is the name of the company that owns one of the most reputable of these.

Their most recent addition is located near the Gatineau area in Quebec.  The area is located at Lafleche Park.  Thanks to Tuango and its fantastic deals, my boyfriend and I got ourselves some and decided to go for the Victoria Day weekend (the one that just past if you aren’t familiar with Canadian holidays). We had two best friends with their respective boyfriend and husband join us.  The more the merrier, right? Except this time, it wasn’t for tree adventure.  Lafleche Park had a little addition and thats the cave exploration.  We had a choice of two tours: one is the easier one called Discovery Tour (which is the one we chose) and the other is Exploration Tour which is more extreme with climbing through tight spaces.  My boyfriend is a tad claustrophobic so we opted out of that.

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The Discovery tour provides us with helmets with lights on it and the guide tells us how to use it and what to remember.  We had to dress warm because once you enter the cave, the temperature drops down to about 4 degrees Celsius.  Our guide even gave us a little taste of what the Exploration tour was with a little crawling space path as an alternative.  A lot of us did go for it.  Our group was a total of 21 people and had a lot of kids so they were all very excited about it.  When we reached a higher platform, we sat down and saw one little bat sleeping in a little crevice on the ceiling.  The guide said that we had to close the lights and be quiet and sometimes the bat would make little sounds but we only heard water dripping.

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The trip could have benefited from a smaller group.  Among us six, we all agreed to that.  It took around an hour and was pretty interesting for general knowledge.  The guide’s enthusiasm is a plus and we saw how certain areas was still waiting to be eventually discovered.

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I’m still not so sure if I’d want to do Exploration tour, mostly because my mind goes back to the claustrophobic movie experience with The Descent. I have an overactive imagination so that happens. Although, I am quite curious about how it would be though.

I am quite certain that one day I’ll come back to try out the tree adventure. 🙂 It was a pretty cool experience.  Plus, the area is very awesome. Here’s a shot of the surroundings.

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There’s also a hiking trail there but remember to bring mosquito repellent because we got bitten alive and eventually just came back.  Hiking and spontaneity is one of those things that don’t quite work together 😉

I’m a bit slow with putting this up since this was last weekend.  Still, I think its a nice initiation of cave exploration.  Its a new experience.

Have you ever gone cave exploring? Are you comfortable with dark small spaces?