Saturday, July 26, 2008

Canadian Recreation: Cottage Country

I spent the last seven days participating in what many consider to be the quintessential Canadian summertime activity: Cottaging.

Since going to a cottage is part of the natural-way of things for people that live in Southern Ontario, I automatically assume that everyone understands the concept of going to a cottage, but is this really so?

A cottage in Ontario–in case it means something different to people in other parts of the world–is a housing structure located on a lake. The structure can be as rustic as a shed or a trailer, and can be as extravagant as a mansion, and includes everything in between. Some people live in these places year round, while most people own them as their weekend getaway abode. Most activities while at the cottage are water-based. Cottage-people own boats, canoes, and other floating recreational-craft, have docks, often fish, and spend much time sitting around and looking at the lake.

In Ontario it is almost expected, if you can afford it, that you will buy a cottage. Ontario is a land of lakes, and starting about an hour’s drive north of Toronto you enter into Cottage Country.
Is cottaging important in other parts of Canada? What about other place around the world? What do people do for weekend recreational activities in the summer?


Sunday, July 20, 2008

The Dark Knight is Dark

I won’t spoil the movie for you guys, but I do want to mention a couple of things I picked up while watching it:

1. It is indeed a dark and violent movie

2. The script is well written

3. Christian Bale is hot…but what is up with Batman’s voice! It sounds like he is constipated or something!

4. Maggie Gyllenhaal is bland

5. Heath Ledger’s performance as the Joker is amazing. What a crazy psychopath!

All I can say is…if a movie can keep me thinking about it for this long…then it means it was good! But then again…Batman is one of my favorite characters if I could pick out of all those superhero/villains characters.It was awesome. I have to honestly say it was the best of all of the batman movies. Heath ledger gives an amazing performance. Most of the movie I forgot it was him. Seeing this movie and the absolutely amazing performance he gave makes me that much more sad that he died. He could have had a long and insanely successful career.


Thursday, July 17, 2008

Tell Me Why-Declan Galbraith

Oh my freaking word. His voice is absolutely insane! This song gave me chills. Just... wow. WOW


LOLA's Book Club - Brida by Paulo Coelho

Brida has really an awesome storyline, which is so unique and also guided by a strong imagination of Paulo Coelho,which makes him a truly marvelous writer…..really enjoyed reading this book a lot………..

The Paulo Coelho books always come with a new expression of love,faith, passion etc. and now the new book ‘brida’ is also a masterpiece by the great author.His books have taught me to see the life with a new perspective.

Here is the sypnosis from Amazon:

The spellbinding new novel from one of the world’s best-loved authors, Paulo Coelho, recounting the story of Brida, and her pursuit of wisdom. This is the story of Brida, a young Irish girl, and her quest for knowledge. She has long been interested in various aspects of magic, but is searching for something more. Her search leads her to people of great wisdom, who begin to teach her about the world. Her teachers sense that Brida has a gift, but cannot tell what that is. Meanwhile, Brida pursues her course ever deeper into the mysteries of life, seeking to answer questions about who she is. She meets a wise man who dwells in a forest, and teaches her about overcoming her fears and trusting in the goodness of the world, and a woman who teaches her how to dance to the music of the world, and how to pray to the moon. She seeks her destiny, as she struggles to find a balance between her relationships and her desire to become a witch. This enthralling novel incorporates themes fans of Paulo will love. It is a tale of love, passion, mystery and spirituality.

Paulo always write about what is so common to all of us as human beings, there is a new important universal theme in each one of his books. He says he writes to understand himself but in the process he reveals human nature to the core and the great need to keep it linked to the spiritual. I always find nuggets of wisdom sprinkled in all of his books and some of them are deeper than others.

If you get a chance go ahead and check his books, I am sure you won’t be disappointed.

Thank you Paulo for writing the way you do.


Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Body Attack #61 - Summer Release

Body Attack 61!


Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Les Mill’s RPM #39 - Summer Release

This is the Les Mill’s RPM #39 track list. My latest workout songs. Verdict : I Love it especially track 05, 07 & 10.For fellow spinners out there who enjoy RPM. Track 7 is a real killer track with sprints on high resistance - breathless - heart and lungs on the floor!

01. September - Kirk Franklin
02. Who Knew - P!nk
03. Tribal Dance - 2 Unlimited
04. Amazing - Thin White Duke Edit Seal
05. Kickstart My Heart - Motley Crue
06. Where Are You Now? - Ian Van Dahl
07. Blast The Speakers - Warp Brothers
08. Flashing Lights feat.Dwele - Kanye West
09. Change - Sugababes
Bonus Tracks
10. Hello Good To Be Back - Scooter
11. Silence - Delerium

Great songlist ...


Thursday, July 10, 2008

Why It Keeps On Happening?

Here we go again. Back to square one. I bet many would agree with me that life just seems like it’s all too predictable sometimes. Especially when it comes to moving on and letting go, or simply letting yourself go.It’s hard because we always hold on dearly to what is familiar to us, that same familiarity that gives us security and the feeling that everything seems just so right. I know a lot of friends of mine were courageous enough to know when to stop “loving” someone. Not because there’s no more love to give but because you find no more reason to share it. It’s there, it always is, but I think love loses its purpose when there isn’t any bond, any understanding, any giving and taking. Love isn’t the one who’s selfish. It’s us. Because we feel that inadequacy when we let someone go. That should not be the case.

I have no ending yet for this because I’m guessing I’ll be writing about this soon enough again!


Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Catch some Rays at the Toronto Zoo

The Toronto Zoo has a wonderful new exhibit that should not be missed. Stingray Bay - A Touching Experience allows families to get up close and personal with the most majestic creatures of the sea - stingrays.

To visit Stingray Bay, families will be required to pay $3 per person (in addition to zoo admission). Children three and under are free. This will permit you to stay as long as you want to pet the gentle Cownose and Southern Stingrays.

Before putting your hands in the pool, visitors will asked to wash up to their elbows with water and to remove all jewelry from their hands and wrists.

Children will giggle with delight as the gentle creatures brush up against their hands the minute they dip them into the warm water. It is a great opportunity to learn more about stingrays and to become educated in the conservation efforts that are happening to ensure these sea creatures have a bright future in the world’s oceans.


Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Quitting a Job

Why does it feel so good to write these words?

Dear ________

This letter is to inform you of my resignation from ___, effective _____ in order to accept my new position as ______ at the _____.

I have enjoyed my ____ years at _____ and the time I have spent with my co-workers and _____. Both have taught me many valuable lessons.

I will do anything I can to spend the next month to ensure a smooth transition for my clients and co-workers.