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.) 

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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

5 Ways to Fall in Love in Kelowna

Dear Readers

After many months of patiently waiting, Jason and I finally went on our first vacation as a couple!!!

WE WENT TO KELOWNA!!!!

If you follow my Instagram, you already know that Jason and I spent a week at Kelowna along with my family and Jason’s little brother, Jonas. Kelowna is perhaps my favorite Canadian city during the summer. WHY?

BECAUSE I FALL IN LOVE WITH KELOWNA EVERY SINGLE TIME I VISIT.

The mountains that surround the massive lakes are a sight to marvel on its own. Add wine to that mix, and you got yourself a romantic place… best part about this year’s Kelowna trip is the fact that the love of my life, mi amor, my langga, my bao bei, was with me the whole time.

You see, falling in love in Kelowna can happen in 5 ways.

1.) Wineries

Did you really go to Kelowna if you didn’t visit at least ONE winery???

If you said NO, then you definitely missed out!!! But if you said YES, then you would know how romantic wineries are. During this trip, Jason and I visited a few wineries, including Mission Hill, Summerhill Pyramid Winery, and Frequency Winery.

I’m not much of a “wine expert”, but I am a TOURIST expert. I didn’t go to these wineries for the wine, to be honest, I was there solely for the view and the ambiance of it all. As Jason and I strolled through each winery, hand in hand, I can feel the pure joy of being in love just swarming my veins and dashing through my soul. Nothing felt better than dragging your partner to corners of the winery just to see a different angle of the marvellous mountains… or perhaps, dragging your partner to the spots wherein the best views can be seen… that on its own is a feeling worth falling in love for. As we soaked up the summer heat, we also soaked up the mesmerizing view of each other being mesmerized of the view in front of us. Jason is quite a view himself, but the view from the wineries I mentioned, are truly one of a kind.

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2.) Cherry Picking

Another popular tourist attraction or tourist to-do in Kelowna is to pick cherries or cherry picking!

My little cousin, Aurora, had the best time picking cherries! Look at these photos of her:

But cherry picking is not only fun for kids, it’s also fun for adults! Jason and I truly enjoyed following Aurora around the cherry trees. For each cherry we picked and ate, the sweetness of each cherry can’t compare to the sweetness level of my relationship with Jason. Nothing can compare to the sight of Jason picking up a cherry from the tallest branch, and then giving it to me… the sweetness of each cherry can’t compare to the sweetness of having Jason there to eat and experience these cherries with me. The whole experience wouldn’t had been the same if Jason wasn’t in the picture.

3.) Water Sports 

If you’re a couple who are always looking for some thrill, adventure, and fun, then Kelowna is still a perfect place to fall in love at!

This year’s Kelowna trip, Jason and I did some water sports such as tubing and rode like adrenaline junkies in rented sea doos! The adrenaline rush was so addicting!!! I would definitely come back and do all of it again! You should too!

Kelowna is a great place to make memories at. Not only does the place offer amazing views, it’s also a great place to experience new things for the first time. In our case, Jason’s first time tubing and riding/driving the sea doo happened in Kelowna. Since it was his first time trying these fun activities, the experience became a hundred times more memorable. In terms of falling in love, how can you ever forget your firsts???

The memories of trying something new along with the one you love, is better than your typical Friday night date, because you get to create a memory that will last longer than any regular date ever will. I mean, how can you forget that one time you two fell off a tube while being dragged by a boat that’s going 60 km/h… or that one time you saw your family members fall off a sea doo because they were driving too fast… or that one time you drove a sea doo for the first time… these are the type of stories a couple will share with their family, friends, and even strangers, over and over again.

4.) Date Night at Cactus Club Cafe

Jason and I LOVE food.

Food is an important part of our relationship, because we both love to eat!!! A vacation wouldn’t be complete without a private date night (just us two), and good food. So, on the last night of our trip, we left Jonas with my parents and decided to drive to Downtown Kelowna Boardwalk. Around this area, you will find some great restaurants. Of all the great places to eat near the boardwalk, we decided to hit up Cactus Club Cafe because it is located at waterfront. The ambiance of the place was perfect too!!! And the food, well, you can never go wrong with Cactus Club Cafe!

Alone time as a couple is so important during a big family vacation. Dinner dates such as these, can make any place feel a hundred times more surreal. The conversations seem to last a little longer, the food seem to taste a little better, and the person you’re with seem to be placed perfectly in your life… that dinner wouldn’t be the same if it was with someone else. The moments we had shared while we were on our date night at Cactus Club Cafe, was quite special.

5.) Stroll Around Kasugai Gardens 

While you’re in the Downtown Kelowna Boardwalk area, make sure to take a quick stroll around Kasugai Gardens.

Nature offers beauty beyond words can ever describe. Gardens offer serenity and a sense of wonder at how beautiful flowers blossom and how green the grasses and leaves can get. While strolling around Kasugai Gardens, the serenity of the place will make you feel even more at peace while you hold your special someone’s hand as tightly as you possibly can. As you stroll around, you will realize that the sense of serenity and ease doesn’t just come from the garden alone… it also comes with the fact that you have someone you love to hold beside you. The peacefulness of the garden was amplified because Jason was there with me. During our stroll at Kasugai Garden, I felt at peace and so relaxed. At that moment, I was not alone… I had someone who loved me and whom I loved back… Being able to share moments like this with each other, is worth falling in love for.

As summer 2018 draws near to an end, I look forward to my future Kelowna summer trips. WHY?

because I want to fall in love over, and over again. 

With love,

Mary Dezleigh Teodosio.