View from a Balcony

It is not often I enjoy the view from our balcony. What I see in front of me are high-rise buildings that reach up to the sky. It seems that every year more buildings are added to the skyline, blocking the light and the blue sky. This weekend, however, I spent a little time gazing out from our balcony. The snow drifted down lazily throughout the day, covering the ground in white.

View from a Balcony. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2017

This is a sight that I often see in Winter – but this year has been different. The temperatures have been higher than usual resulting in rain or sleet. It was a pleasant change to see snow falling.

Another View from a Balcony. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2017

I always enjoy the sight of a Winter wonderland when the snow is still pristine white and the world is a silent place.

What views do you enjoy from a balcony?

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Winter is Approaching

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Winter is Approaching. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2016

The fingers of the naked trees reach up to the cold, blue sky. Birdsong has been silenced; the sounds of children at play in the park has lessened. Winter is approaching. And, with it, the desire to burrow into one’s home. As the fingers of Old Man Winter creep around buildings and humans, animals hibernate. Smiles are hidden, as are the joyful gaits of those who enjoy the warmth of the summer sun. Yes, winter is approaching and, with it, the retreat into oneself.

Do you enjoy the approach of winter?

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A Holiday Shop Window

I always enjoy the window decorations at our local cupcake shop. Currently they are featuring the Holidays along with their yummy bakes.

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A Holiday Shop Window. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

The window dressings entice a person to enter – and I have done so a few times. 🙂

Do you enjoy looking at window dressings?

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A Pleasant Sight

Yesterday while walking to my annual appointment with my doctor, I passed a pleasant garden decoration. The Christmas decoration is simple and yet effective. I loved how they use the tree that is already in their garden and decorate it with Christmas baubles.

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Christmas decoration in a Garden. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

I am sure that many more people this weekend will put up their decorations. I look forward to seeing them as it does add to the festive feeling of this month.

Have you seen any garden Christmas decorations?

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Morning Skies

The sun is rising a little later and yesterday when I sat down to eat breakfast, I noticed pink streaks in the sky.

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Early morning skies. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

Of course I had to go out and take a picture so that I could share the sight. When I stepped out onto the balcony and looked to the left, I saw even more beautiful colours:

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Sunrise. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

It is not often that I notice the sunrise as its beauty is blocked by the highrises that surround me. I am pleased that I managed to see one yesterday morning.

Have you noticed the sunrise recently?

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A Changing Skyline

All day long our neighbourhood is filled with the sounds of construction: drilling, hammering, the rumble of heavy trucks. Looking out from our balcony, we can see the closest spot from which these day-long rumblings come:

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Creating Construction Noise. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

The noise seems to never stop and I often long for quiet. The spot in the photograph, though, is an example of what is happening in other streets near where I live; as well as on the main roads. The constant construction and zeal for creating condos is changing the skyline that I see everyday.

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Changing the skyline. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

The buildings that are going up now are higher than the existing ones. And I know that in the next few years, this view of the horizon will change even more.

Do you see a changing skyline where you live?

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A Sunset Sky

As I was walking my daughter to her swimming lesson yesterday, she pointed out the light rimming some of the heavy grey clouds in sky. She liked the contrast between the blue sky, the bright edging and the dark-filled clouds.

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A sunset. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

I liked the way the buildings, trees and lampposts seemed to frame the unusual skies. We enjoyed the scene for a little while until we turned left and our view of the skies changed a little.

Do you look at the skies when you walk about in the early evening?

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Out Shopping in Chinatown

As you know, this weekend we were getting ready for my daughter’s graduation from Middle School. We had been shopping for shoes in our neighbourhood but could not found the right shoes: they had to be flat sandals in a gold-like colour. Yesterday we decided to take a trip to Chinatown to see if we could find what we were looking for.

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Welcome to Chinatown. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

We got off the streetcar just as we entered Chinatown, hoping that we could find the shoe shop we had visited before.

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Walking into Chinatown, Toronto. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

Alas, the store had closed down – as have so many in the last couple of years. Store fronts stand empty even in this part of town.

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Chinatown in Toronto. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

We walked to the main road in Chinatown, Spadina Avenue. Here throngs of people were shopping or strolling along the road on this first day of summer.

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Main intersection in Chinatown, Toronto. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

I have seen these streets busier – and they will be as the tourists come to visit and schools are closed. Looking around one can feel the vibe of the city. I love, too, that public transport is available and that the city is attempting to make the streets safer for cyclists.

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A Streetcar and Cyclist. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

Whenever we are in Chinatown, we always take the time to go for a meal. Yesterday we visited the best restaurant we have been to for dumplings, The Dumpling House Restaurant. The dumplings are made in-house and are freshly made every day.

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Wonton soup and noodles. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

We often order our favourite: wonton soup (for my husband), vegetable stir fried noodles (for my girls) and pan fried dumplings.  The meal is delicious – especially as we do not have it too often.

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Pan fried dumplings. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

While in Chinatown, we take the time to stop by the supermarket to get some Chinese vegetables and cooking essentials. The fruit and vegetables are displayed outside to attract the passing trade.

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Vegetables on display. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

The signs showing prices are crude, penned on torn cardboard boxes or red card.

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Celery on display. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

The following sign was put up after people began bringing their own shopping bags to stores. As expected, the sign is also written in the language used by many of the clientèle.

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A sign to customers. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

The fruit always looks good and the scents encourage one to pick some up to take home.

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Peaches and Mangoes. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

We enjoyed our day out together as a family. The best part about it was that we found shoes for my daughter – and a little clutch purse that would go perfectly with her outfit.

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Gold sandals and purse. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

All items are now ready for the big day. Later on this afternoon, she will be all dressed up and ready to celebrate.

Do you enjoy shopping in Chinatown?

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(This post was inspired by Restless Jo’s Monday Walk)

 

A Spring Walk

Last Saturday I put on my shoes with eagerness. The weather was warmer and I was hoping that this week I would see some flowers.

Ready for a walk. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014
Ready for a walk. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

I was not disappointed. In some gardens the tulips had opened.

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Morning tulips. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

And along some rockeries, small flowers were showing their colour.

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A burst of colour. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

The budding tree we had walked past the week before had blossomed and we could not help but stop to take some pictures.

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Spring blossoms. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

I loved seeing the beauty of these flowers and could not resist taking a closer look.

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Close up of spring blossoms. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

We came across some red tulips that had opened to show their beauty.

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Red tulips. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

I enjoyed especially the little flowers found amongst the greenery.

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Spring beauty. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

On my walk yesterday I noticed new flowers had been planted in the beds I pass each day – these will be stunning once they have spread out by summertime.

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Newly planted beds. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

As I am getting ready to go out today, I am hoping that I see even more flowers that have opened. What a beautiful sight they are after the long, icy winter we have had.

What do you see on your current walks?

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Morning Transit

In my last post, I introduced you all to something that I see every morning as I make my way to work. For the first part of my transit, I take a train that runs as part of the subway line in the city:

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The train coming into the station. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

As I enter the train, I look for a seat. It is early therefore there are many available spots. Twenty minutes later and many passengers have to stand.

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Inside the train. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

In front of me was the seat that inspired my last post. It was empty when I took this picture but was filled at the next stop.

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An empty seat waiting to be filled. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

Once I get off the train, I make my way to the bus stop to continue my journey.

How do you get to work every morning?

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