Daily Prompt: The Satisfaction of a List

Sunday’s daily promptWho doesn’t love a list? So write one! Top five slices of pizza in your town, ten reasons disco will never die, the three secrets to happiness — go silly or go deep, just go list-y.

I have lists for EVERYTHING! You know why? Because I’m forgetful…but no, I’m not going to give you pains as to what part of the house I need to clean and the whole Cinderella things in my life.  My mind went into crazy choices of what list to make since Sunday morning.  Till now, I’ll probably end up jump start multiple lists to fit the whole versatility that this is all about…

This has changed direction as I started writing that paragraph up there…I was going to do my Top 5 Hong Kong Action Movies, but then, I decided to be more on the Hong Kong Action Stars BUT in light of the Boston bombings, I’ve decided to steer away from violent themes and stick to my backup plan!

LIST OF PLACES/EXHIBITS TO VISIT THIS SUMMER/YEAR! (I actually just jotted these down last week, so perfect timing…)

1) The Beatles in Montreal at Pointe a Calliere Museum (LINK)

2) Planet Shark: Predator or Prey at Montreal Science Center (LINK)

3) Visit the new Planetarium (LINK)

4) Revisiting Ottawa’s The Canadian Tulip Festival (LINK)

5) Wine Route: Printemps Rosé in Eastern Townships (LINK)

6) Wine Route: Journée des Cidres/The Cider Route in Monteregie (LINK)

7) Le Temps des Lilas/ lilac Season (LINK)

8) Mosaicultures internationales at Montreal Botanical Garden (LINK)

9) She&Him (Zooey Deschanel!) for Montreal Jazz Festival (still have to get tickets…)

10) Agricultural Fair in Trois Rivieres, QC (site for 2013 not up yet)

Coincidentally my list had 10 items 🙂 There are many other events, like I’m still planning for the 2 weeks vacation split in 2 separate weeks or weekends, depending on what happens.  Lots of lists are being drafted in my notebook right now 🙂 After that its decisions to see what we can do!

Any of these events sound fun to you? I’ve always wanted to do a wine route..lets hope it’ll happen this year. I had to go and ruin this morning’s coolness with going back to my nerdy roots and listing as the first few items as Sharks and Planets ;).

To my Montreal friends (I think some of them read it..haha), any of them interest you that you want to go with me..FB or text or email me, k? Don’t be shy 🙂

I really had fun with this and I have a few more list  ideas! Whose down for more lists? Any suggestions?

Montreal Lantern Festival 2012

The festivals are still going on in Montreal. I actually didn’t go to the big ones at all this summer, but I have a few festivals I will be trying to head out to in October.  Hopefully I’ll get the chance!

On Friday night, I went out after work with one of my good friends to do photo shooting of the Lantern Festival at Montreal Botanical Gardens.  I went a few years back but it was so crowded I didn’t even finish seeing everything and left.  This year, we went through not only the Lantern Festival in the Chinese Gardens but also went to see the Evening Tour Route in the Japanese Pavillion.  Due to the huge amounts of photos, I will have to split this into two posts as well. So for this one, the main focus of the event: LANTERNS!

Lanterns are a part of the tradition in celebration of the Midautumn/Moon Festival.  I used to have a little lantern and we’d walk around with it. It was a time for blessings for the whole family.

The lanterns were shaped in various historic characters/people, mystical creatures, and animals.  We had soldiers, the Yellow Emperor (the first emperor of China), Pandas (with baby ones), Cranes, tiger, and various types of common peasants such as farmers, etc. There were the mystical creatures like dragons and phoenix.  Lots of normal lanterns lit all the paths around the Chinese garden where it would lead to higher grounds.  It was very beautiful.  Just the reflection of the lanterns in the water were mesmerizing.  Just look at it!

 

Colourful, right? Its just so beautiful!