This has been my favorite video so far to make!
PS: Aren’t Grace and Ben the cutest??
For my last night in Toronto, Dimitri took us up to Panorama Lounge, which is way too overpriced and a little pretentious. BUT it’s on the 51st floor of Manulife, so it was the perfect place for him to take me to make sure I fall in love with the city and come back.
I came here to be with the people I love, and I am leaving feeling so, incredibly loved. Everyone I’ve met and been surrounded by are such passionate, genuine human beings, and they are moving my heart in the right direction. I’m beginning to understand more and more what it looks like when hope and hard work meet. Thanks T-Dot! My heart is set on being back soon.
Since I’ve been spending the week in Toronto, we thought it would be fitting to cover a song by the guy who started from the bottom (but really, someone showed me Drake’s old neighborhood and he did not start at the bottom). This is not the greatest, but it was fun!
COOKIE SHOP (choose your own dough and toppings and they bake it on the spot!!!!!): The Red Bench
BARGAIN CENTRE (that will be closing down soon for condo construction, boooo): Honest Ed’s
MEXICAN RESTAURANT (we waited for an hour for dinner and drinks on the patio, but I would say it was worth it!): El Catrin
VINTAGE STORE ($10 everything!!): Black Market Vintage
GELTAO/CHOCOLATE SHOP: Soma Chocolate
KOREAN CAFE: Cafe Soban
BOARD GAME CAFE: Castle Board Game Cafe
If you follow me on social media, you will know that I am very invested in my friends Grace and Ben. Most of the time, when people start dating, they spend less time with their friends, but we are a huge exception. I got amoeba’d into their relationship, and we even endearingly call each other “Bae Ho,” “Bae Chen,” and “Bae Kim.” We used to see each other everyday when we were back in Vancouver, but with us all being in separate cities this summer, we had very prolonged, sad goodbyes at the end of May, because I was certain that I wouldn’t see them until January. Anticlimactically enough, I showed up in Toronto (mostly because I missed them both too much), and so did Ben for the weekend, and we were all able to be reunited together for a few days! For the past year, they are the people I have been growing with, been encouraged by, and been walking through sorrows with. They are the kind of people that I’m more than willing to fly across the country for. We’ve all had more than our fair share of crap this year, but to grapple with change and distance together has been worthwhile.
Grace lives in a house with an animator, a painter, and a sculptor. All of them are reminders to never compromise your art for a dollar value. All of them are examples of a road less travelled that leads to a world often more unfair than not, but comes with a salary of freedom. Seeing artists carve their own paths and not starving while doing it is the most encouraging thing and a huge “suck it” to anyone who has told somebody that their dream is impossible.