Bow River, Three Ways

Dear Readers,

For those of you who may not know yet, I am a proud Calgary resident. Calgary is a beautiful city with amazing people and fun activities to do! In this post, I want to share with you all the many ways we can explore Calgary’s Bow River as locals or as tourists.

I think this is the perfect time as Calgary locals to fall in love with our city, support local businesses and make the most of summer 2020!

1.) Segway Tour with River Valley Adventure Co. 

Our experience with the Segways was new and intimidating at first, but with the help of our lovely tour guide from River Valley Adventure, we managed to find our balance and ride the Segways with no problem!

I went on the Segway tour with Jason and my friend Arie. For the first 30 minutes of the tour, the guide will show you how to turn, stop and ride the Segway – which made it perfect for first timers like ourselves. The tour begins once everyone is all set and fully equipped with a helmet and basic understanding on how to use the Segway.

The tour starts from East Village around the Simmons Building where the River Valley Adventure’s ship container is located. Then, we crossed the George C. King bridge to St. Patrick’s Island. On St. Patrick’s Island, we stopped to take some pictures around the zoo and the tour continued around towards 12th Street SE bridge. While on 12th Street SE bridge, we were able to see the beautiful Bow River and downtown Calgary. This spot was also another perfect spot for taking pictures!

Eventually, we circled back to East Village from the pathways of Inglewood. These pathways are so special and nice because they wrap around the Bow River, giving you great river views.

Overall, the Segway tour lasted an hour and 30 minutes – including all the time we stopped to take pictures. I also recommend taking your time on St. Patrick’s Island to enjoy all the art installations, developments and seating areas that the city has set up to make the island more lively and community focused. This island will amaze you! Ask your tour guide all about it when you get there!

Book your Segway Tour: LINK TO SEGWAY TOUR

INSTAGRAM PAGE: @yycsegwaytours

2.) River Float with the Paddle Station 

The River Float with Paddle Station is the perfect summer activity to do with your family or friends. I was lucky enough to share this experience with Jason. The float was a romantic day activity that can be enhanced with good food and good music.

While on our raft, we were indulging ourselves with a picnic packed by River Cafe and had our fave songs on repeat through our portable bluetooth speaker. The experience was definitely a unique one! (SIDE NOTE: you can totally bring food on the raft, as long as you clean up after the float. Please DO NOT leave any garbage on the raft)

The Paddle Station offers everything you need to go floating down the Bow River – from vessels, to life jackets, paddles, and they have lots of water equipment to rent (small rafts, medium rafts, big rafts, kayaks, and stand up paddle board). Best part is the convenience – all you have to do is show up, check in, and get going!! The Paddle Station will pick up the raft at a designated end point along the river (don’t miss it like Jason and I did or else you will have to jump out into the water and swim it to shore, then carry the raft back to the end point) and they will inflate your raft at the beginning too!

Overall, our float trip lasted roughly around 2 hours with the river’s current at the time. The float started from The Shouldice Paddle Station, directly below the 16th Avenue bridge (Address:5227 13 Ave NW, Calgary, AB T3B 1J1). The end point was at St. Patrick’s Island at Zoo Road (Address:1300 12 St NE, Calgary, AB T2E 7V6). 

TIP: Ensure you have a ride back from the end point back to your starting point at Shouldice Paddle Station, you can either take 2 cars and park one at each location OR call an Uber/Taxi to drop you off at your vehicle at Shouldice Paddle Station.

Book your River Float: LINK TO RIVER FLOAT

INSTAGRAM PAGE: @paddlestation

Order your picnic food: LINK TO RIVER CAFE MENU

INSTAGRAM PAGE: @rivercafeyyc

3.) Surf the River with Outlier Surf

Did you know – you can surf on the Bow River????

There is a specific section of the Bow River wherein surfing is allowed and it is right next to 10th Street Bridge. On this spot, water level is high and waves form continuously, making it perfect for surfing! This section of the Bow River has created a welcoming close knit community of surfers in Calgary and you can even stop by and say hi when you see them.

If you ever dreamed or wanted to try surfing, you can now take the time to learn it!!!!

Outlier Surf is definitely for the adventure seeking individual with dreams of surfing like a pro. With Outlier Surf, you can take lessons and learn how to unlock your surfing abilities and learn how to do it safely. The instructors are more than just instructors, they’re passionate about surfing and will introduce you to a welcoming surfing group here in Calgary. In addition, Outlier Surf will also provide the gears you will need for your surfing lesson.

In their website, you can also shop for surfboards, wetsuits and accessories you’ll need to start your best surfing life!

Book your Surfing Lesson: LINK TO SURFING LESSON

INSTAGRAM PAGE: @outlier.surf

You see, Calgary is truly a beautiful city worth exploring! SO much adventure and fun awaits you!

Before summer ends, I hope you can experience at least one of these fun activities 🙂

With love,

Mary Dezleigh Teodosio

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OUR FOOD FAVES IN T.O.

Dear Readers,

This post is seriously sooooo long overdue. BUT NOW WE ARE HERE.

Our past trip to Toronto was seriously a FOOD trip meant to satisfy my cravings, hunger, and desire to EAT… EAT GOOD… EAT YUMMY THINGS – and Toronto did NOT disappoint. The following places I’m about to share with you all, are my favorite food or drink joints in the SIX, or what’s better known as TORONTO!

WARNING: The following photos and stories will get you hungry.

All of the restaurants are ordered at random. (All of them ARE great)

1.) PAI 

Address: 18 Duncan St, Toronto, ON M5H 3G8

This place was so busy when we went, and after eating their food, I truly understood all the hype about this Thai restaurant. THEIR FOOD SPEAKS FOR ITSELF. I had the Khao Soi with braised beef and it was phenomenal. Jason, had the Chiangmai Beef Noodle soup and he was very, very, very happy as well.

2.) SANSOTEI RAMEN

Address: 115 Fort York Blvd, Toronto, Ontario

(multiple locations but this is the one we went to)

What more can I say… but I’m going to have to let the ramen pics speak for itself on this one.

I had their Tonkotsu… and the broth was next level heavenly.

3.) LAMESA RESTAURANT

Address: 669 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1E6

This restaurant took me back to my Filipino roots and they did that with lots of modern twists. As you all may know, I am Filipino and I’m always in search for good Filipino restaurants that will do my “Pinoy” taste buds justice when it comes to my homeland’s food. Surely, Lamesa DID THAT.

We had, sisig, adobo, and kare-kare from Lamesa, and I recommend all three dishes without any doubt in my mind!

4.) JOLLIBEE

Address: 15 William Kitchen Rd, Scarborough, ON M1P 5B7

Another place that got the inner Filipino kid in me bursting out tears of joy, was JOLLIBEE!

Jollibee is an iconic fast food chain in the Philippines – our version of Mcdonald’s, but with fried chicken, spaghetti and halo-halo. Jollibee directly represents the Philippines in many ways… and being able to eat there made me nostalgic and Jolli-happy!

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5.) CAFE CANCAN

Address: 89 Harbord St, Toronto, ON M5S 1G5

This is the go-to place for every brunch lover out there! The cafe itself will satisfy all your IG food pics needs. From chic couches and pillows to beautiful mirrors and to pretty pink wall paintings, the cafe was the definition of PRETTY.

I had their Eggs Benedict and it was soooooo yummy!

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6.) OXTAIL PHO & BÁNH MI

Address: 814 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1V3

Jason is a serious pho fanatic, and we couldn’t had completed a trip out to Toronto without a pho stop.

We tried Oxtail, and the restaurant had some serious OG phos. I had their Oxtail pho and it was delicious… just thinking about it now, surely made me drool a little.

7.) UNCLE TETSU

Address: 65 Front Street West, York Concourse #222, Toronto, ON M5J 1E6

(multiple locations but this is the one we went to)

This cheesecake is so popular… so we had to try it too!

And I am so glad we did, because that cheesecake was so fluffy, so creamy, and just had the perfect level of sweetness. It was perfect in every shape, way and form! My personal favorite was the chocolate cheesecake!

8.) THE ALLEY

Address: 5 St Joseph St, Toronto, ON M4Y 0B6

Are we truly from an Asian decent if we don’t make time for bubble tea???

Of course, our boba addiction led us to The Alley. Another local popular spot who serves hearty milk teas and sweet fruity drinks.

I had the Brown Sugar Deerioca and it was… just… amaziiinnnng.

And with that, I’ll leave you guys hungry and craving for some good food.

When in Toronto check out these spots, and let me know what you think!

 

OUR FOOD FAVES IN T.O. (1)

Sincerely,

Mary Dezleigh Teodosio

OUR TRIP to Niagara Falls and Toronto

Dear Readers,

Jason and I really started 2019 the sweetest and most romantic way. We spent 5 days and 4 nights in Ontario, exploring the busy streets of Toronto and getting lost at the natural beauty of Niagara Falls. Since this short little vacation is our first trip of 2019, I wanted to share every single thing with you all.

Before we start, here is our detailed trip schedule in PDF for those of you who literally want to copy EVERYTHING we did on this trip. (There were only a few variations on this schedule that we actually ended up NOT doing, and the biggest one had to be that we never made it to our Momofuku reservation. We ended up doing something else.) 

CLICK THE LINK TO VIEW THE PDF BELOW:

Toronto TRIP – SCHEDULE (1)

As you can see from the schedule attached above, I was very, very, very organized with this trip. Every single day was planned out because I wanted to fit everything that we wanted to do in Toronto with the little time we had. Most of the restaurants we went to were recommended by my Instagram followers, and after searching up their menus online, viewing their Instagram accounts and conducting all these research for each restaurant, I made my final selections and reserved my way through as it fits our schedule.

But yes, despite my thorough organization, there were still times wherein we didn’t follow the schedule note for note… sometimes, the best way to enjoy a trip, is to simply, “go with the flow”.

Side note: As already  mentioned, we never went to our dinner reservation at Momofuku – instead we went to Chinatown and had fried chicken at Gdous Juicy Chicken House. And yes… we had scheduled to explore Chinatown in the plan too… if you haven’t noticed yet, on the schedule Ripley’s Aquarium was also scheduled for Day 3… but all that had to be cancelled and moved around because Jason got too drunk at PAI, and we ended up going back to the apartment instead of walking around Chinatown… and because of that, we cancelled on Momofuku and explored Chinatown/the rest of the city on our last night.

Another note: I was getting mass questions about the place we stayed at while we were in Toronto. So here is the link of the place: TORONTO APARTMENT

Now, let’s slowly break down what we did in our 5 days – 4 nights trip to Niagara Falls AND Toronto.

DAY 1 

Left Calgary at 7:00 am (Calgary time) and arrived at Toronto around 1:30 pm (Toronto time).  Calgary is 2 hours behind Toronto.

This flight was actually a growing concern for me beforehand. The forecasted weather in Calgary for the day of our departure was just not looking great… we were expecting heavy snow and freezing temperatures, which could ultimately mean our flight could be cancelled or delayed.

Luckily… and surprisingly, our departure flight was right on schedule.

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After landing in Toronto, Jason and I took a Lyft ride to our apartment. Our check in time was supposed to be at 3:00 pm but we arrived there at 2:00 pm and our room was not ready for us yet. So, we left our bags and started exploring the vast city of Toronto. Our first food stop was Chipotle!!!

After Chipotle, we headed back to our apartment and checked in. We were so exhausted and just slept through most of the afternoon until around 8:00 pm and went out for dinner.

One of my favorite things about our apartment in Toronto is that the location was just spot on. The place we stayed at was super close to a grocery store, a ramen restaurant, a Tim Horton’s, a bubble tea place, and many other neat places that are completely within walking distance. Other than walking around, we took advantage of our convenient downtown apartment location, and took Lyft rides around the city for most of our trip. OHHHHHH… and may I add, the apartment we stayed at also gave us free and complete access to the building’s gym facilities and pool!

DAY 2 

For me, Niagara Falls was the highlight of our trip.

On our second day, we slept in and made our way to Greyhound’s bus stop to catch our bus that would take us from Toronto to Niagara Falls and back. The drive to Niagara Falls from Toronto, would only take about one hour and twenty minutes, but since we took the public bus transportation which made about three stops along the way, this delayed our arrival time by a little… so in total, our journey from Toronto’s bus terminal to Niagara Falls was about two hours and ten minutes.

Regardless, the bus ride was the best way to get to Niagara Falls from Toronto in terms of the “cheap/affordable” aspect. In total, Jason and I only paid $80.00 for BOTH of our tickets (2 person – return trip Greyhound tickets). Not too bad if you ask me.

As soon as we arrived at Niagara Falls, Jason and I wasted no time and took a Lyft ride to Skylon Tower. We then had lunch with a view… the Niagara Falls view.

The view from up there was soooooo stunning. We were able to see both the American side of the falls, as well as the Canadian side. Of course, and without further questions, the Canadian side of the falls was the best view of Niagara Falls!

After lunch, and after taking about 100 pictures from Skylon Tower, Jason and I walked down towards the falls’ pathway. As we strolled around this path, I found myself so amazed by the gigantic size of the falls. The closer we get, the bigger the falls become. The sound of the water rushing down was so calming, and the sun blessing us with its sunshine painted my dreams to life. I used to only dream about seeing these falls, and I couldn’t believe I was really, really there… looking right at it… and on top of that, I was sharing that beautiful moment with someone whom I love with all my heart. That moment… that day… was pure magic.

A rainbow even came out of the blue, just to sparkle some more magic to what was already a magical sight.

After countless hours… that seriously felt like 10 minutes to me… we headed back to the bus terminal to catch our bus back to Toronto.

Nevertheless, the beautiful sight of Niagara Falls will forever be engraved in my memory.

DAY 3

The third day of our trip composed a lot of touristy things. The biggest highlight of this day was going up to view Toronto’s downtown from the CN Tower and witnessing Jason get drunk at 4:00 pm on a Sunday. It was great. 

One really cute and funny thing about Jason is the fact that he’s genuinely scared of heights. The whole time we were up there, he was pretty much tripping out and getting scared each time we looked straight down from the viewing deck or got too close to the windows. It was so hilarious, I wish you all were there with me to witness how my six foot one boyfriend is terrified of heights!!!

After our city viewing at CN Tower, Jason and I made our way to Pai and had dinner. We scheduled our dinner a little early, since I couldn’t reserve us a table at Pai for a later time… 4:30 pm was their only available slot, so I took it.

AND THIS IS WHERE IT ALL GOES DOWN.

Jason being Jason, had a little too much Sapporo beer and was getting a little drunk by the time 5:30 pm hits. After our dinner at Pai, I originally scheduled us for a little walk around Chinatown AND to check out Ripley’s Aquarium. Ultimately, given the unseen circumstance of Jason drinking a little too much, that plan was cancelled and we went straight back to our apartment. Regardless, I wouldn’t had wanted that day to end any other way. Seeing Jason drunk at a tiny Thai restaurant in Toronto was just the funniest thing… just imagine what his convo with our Lyft driver was like (bless his heart for dealing with Jason’s drunk ass). This tale is one for our books.

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DAY 4

Originally, we were supposed to see Ripley’s Aquarium in Day 3, but given that Jason got a little out of it… we ended up doing the aquarium tour in Day 4. Ripley’s Aquarium was big and fascinating but it wasn’t my favorite part of trip. I found the place a little too over crowded with tourists and kids. Plus, I didn’t enjoy it as much as the children really did, which made me wish we had a kid with us… I was telling Jason the whole time, “babe, I wish Aurora was here” – for those of you who may not know, Aurora is my three year old cousin, who is the closest little girl to my heart… she’s the closest thing to my own kid right now, and I love her so much.

At the aquarium, I was daydreaming about our future kids being fascinated by the sea animals, rather than me being fascinated by the sea animals themselves. I can’t wait for the day to come, wherein Jason and I are travelling with our own kids, visiting foreign zoos and aquariums and just growing altogether as one big, happy family. One day it’ll come, and I’m sure, it will be just like as I imagined it to be.

If travelling to Toronto with children, this aquarium is a definite MUST SEE!!! This place is so family friendly and the kids will surely rave about it to their friends back home.

After our quick one hour stop at Ripley’s Aquarium, we went to Toronto Eaton Centre to have lunch and buy Jason’s basketball shoes. For those of you who may not know, Jason likes to buy basketball shoes, especially Lebron’s and Jordan’s. However, the shoe Jason ended up purchasing was not Lebron’s or  Jordan’s and trust me, just getting our inside connections to secure us a pair was tough in Calgary… so Toronto was our last and best bet at getting those shoes. Apparently this pair of shoes are super major and fire, because he clearly believes these shoes are going to be worth a lot someday – it’s really an investment piece for him…. along with all the other shoes in his closet that he has never worn out…

and ohh… I’m talking about the Kobe 4 Proto Draft Day Edition click here for pic. 

After securing the shoes, we ate at the food court and had Jollibee later on that day.

DAY 5

Just like that… our trip came to an end.

Left Toronto at 4:20 pm (Toronto time) and arrived at Edmonton around 6:45 pm (Edmonton time). Left Edmonton at 9:45 pm and arrived Calgary at around 10:35 pm (Calgary time). Our flight from Toronto to Edmonton was fine, no delays… but our flight back home from Edmonton to Calgary was delayed by 2 hours… and I had work at 8:00 am the next day too… tiring, but it was all worth it.

I was genuinely sad about leaving Toronto while we were on our flight to Edmonton. The only thing that kept me sane was the wifi we bought on flight and the fact that no one was seated with us in the row seats of the plane. Jason and I were booked to have the window and middle seat, and no one sat with us on the aisle seat. That gave us so much more freedom to move around in terms of washroom breaks and lounging.

Just a quick note: I didn’t really dive in too much about the food we ate, since I am planning on releasing more content about where we ate in Toronto and our fave Toronto food joints. So stay tuned for that 🙂

Thank you for all the love and support. This trip was a dream come true for both Jason and I, and we only look forward to the future travels of our lives.

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Love,

Mary Dezleigh Teodosio and Jason Yang