“Life should not only be lived, it should be celebrated”

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As I turned 28th I decided to make my dream birthday theme come true. I’ve never really had a themed birthday party before. I was contented in celebrating it with my loved ones with good food and good conversation, but for this year, I want to have both and more. High Tea is something that I want to try so, I promised myself that when I go to London one day, I will  try the Afternoon Tea at the Berkley. But going to London to experience it with probably just the person I will be going with, who I am not even sure would enjoy a high tea sounds challenging, so I decided to do it here in Montreal on my birthday with the closest friends I have.

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I also requested for my visitors to wear pastel or floral printed dress (no dark colored clothes allowed). I know there has been too much pressure with the dress code because not all girls are like me who likes cute, pretty, feminine stuff but I appreciate that they arrived looking gorgeous and fabulous. As for my own dress, it is not something that I just found in my closet and decided to wear. A month before my birthday, I’ve been looking for a nice pretty dress that would go well with the high tea themed party. I found the perfect dress from Light in the Box. The moment I saw it, I fell in love with it. The 3D design and floral embroidery made me look like a flower that just bloomed. Thank you Christine from Light in the Box for helping me get this dress which easily gets sold out due to high demand.

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The process in finding an Afternoon Tea place requires effort in research. I remembered listing 10 prospect tea houses then I narrowed it down to 5 before I decided to visit each place. My criteria in choosing the place are as follows. It must have:
1. A colorful, well lighted, instagrammable setting.
2. Tea wares must be ceramic, not stainless steel.
3. Spacious and private.
4. Good food choices but not pricey.
5. Location must be accessible to all attendees.

 

After much deliberation, Bar a Beurre won me over. It is the cute tea, cafe and pastry place in Old Port. When I went there to inquire about birthday party, they offered me their curated birthday package with a private room that I can rent for 4 hours. 2 weeks before my birthday, I was in constant communication with Vanessa of Bar a Beurre who helped me with my food choices and the person I’ve been bugging with so many questions. All because I want to have the best birthday ever.

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Table set up. I made the table tags myself that I am glad matches the tea set and table napkin.

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Everything went well as planned, I was over the moon, euphoric, elated when my birthday party ended. I’m so happy all my friends made it to my party. There were 11 of us and all of them are the closest friends I have here.

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Outfit Details:
Dress: Light in the Box
Shoes: Le Chateau
Earrings: Forever 21
Bracelet: Franck Herval Bijoux

 

Special thanks to Christine from Light in the Box for providing me my Birthday dress and Vanessa from Bar a Beurre for the beautiful Birthday set up.

 

Photo credits to Claire.

 

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My arrival date in Canada was last August 31, 2016 and that is in Vancouver. Took another plane from Vancouver to Montreal on September 1, 2016 and that is the official date of my arrival here in Quebec. It was end of summer, weather was around 21-27 degrees. It was really good weather for me, not too cold not too hot. I remembered few days before my departure, it was ridiculously hot in the Philippines that during day time the weather is at 30-33 degrees and during night time it was 28-30 degrees. The electric fan is already steady on me and I am still sweating that I got really pissed and said to myself “Finally, I am going away from this hot country”. Trust me, I want to take it back.

 

My roommate told me that Quebec summer is just like Philippine summer, but since I arrived on September, the weather is not that hot anymore. This year will be my first official summer in Canada, but before that let me show you my end of Summer Canadian experience.

 

Church Visits

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This was on the date of my arrival. Saint Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal (Oratoire Saint-Joseph du Mont-Royal) is the first church I visited after my roommate Claire helped me secure all my papers such as processing my Social Insurance Number, health card and opening bank account. It was a fine beautiful day, I felt so lucky.

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Saint Joseph is the largest church in Canada and the twenty-seventh largest church building in the world. Vatican City is of course number 1, but I’m glad that I’ve been to one of the largest in the world. There is actually one in the Philippines that made it to the list of largest churches, and that is the Basilica de San Martin de Tours in Taal, Batangas. I was there before I left for Canada, but I was not familiar about this church so I didn’t know. I hope I can visit when I go back home. Fingers crossed.

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Lighting a candle to thank god for my safe arrival.

(Outfit Details: Snidel top, Belle Jean Clothing cullotes, Parfois bag, Solemate flats)

 

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Another church that I visited is Eglise St-Germain D’outremont with another newly found friend Cecelia. After a short church visit we went for stroll around the area.

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(Outfit Details: MoMo Design denim dress, forever 21 leggings and necklace, H&M boots, Parfois bag, Sfera bracelet)

 

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This is the third church I visited, it is the Saint Patrick’s Basilica. We went there because they have English mass. After the mass we strolled around downtown

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This is at Maison Olympique Canadienne that is just beside Saint Patrick’s Basilica.

(Outfit Details: Dowisi dress, Solemate flats, Parfois bag, Wear Vintage sunnies, Love Lokai bracelet)

 

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Passed by a bookstore in Cote des Nieges and saw this really cute Audrey Hepburn mirror that looks like a bigger version of my Audrey Hepburn locket. I regret not buying it though.

 

Chalet du Mont-Royal

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This place is known as The Lookout here in Montreal. I was with my friend Anabelle when I visited The Lookout for the first time.

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It was a fine day, there were a lot of people during our visit, but why is that? Well, this place has the most amazing view of the entire City. It’s like the time we went to Victoria Peak in Hong Kong and saw all the sky scrappers of Hong Kong. Here, there’s not a lot of Skyscrappers but it is amazing just the same. I might probably go back now that it is Spring here.

(Outfit Details: Forever 21 top, skirt, flats and bag, Swarovski necklace, Ardene earrings, Franck Herval ring, Lokai bracelet)

 

Notre Dame Basilica

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For the first 2 weeks from my arrival in Canada, it was nothing but church visits. All churches here are structurally beautiful so I also can’t help not to take pictures. This one is the Notre Dame Basilica and one of the most famous here in Montreal. When you say Notre Dame Basilica, people will always tell you, it is where Celine Dion got married or it is where her wedding was held, but there is more to this church than just being the church where Celine Dion got hitched. It’s very holy and solemn, the stained glass design and carvings depicts religious history of Montreal and it has a classic Casavant Frères pipe organ. One day I’m gonna go back and show you what’s inside.

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(Outfit Details: Forever 21 top, skirt, flats and bag, Rum Originals blazer, Swarovski necklace, Ardene earrings, Franck Herval ring, Lokai bracelet)

 

Old Port of Montreal

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Commonly called Vieux-Port in French, it is the historic port of Montreal that stretches along St-Lawrence River. Based on history books, old port is where trading happens long time ago but now it becomes recreational area and tourist spot.

 

I don’t really have a lot of photos in Old Port but it is like an old street of cobble stones and brick buildings. I will surely go back and show you how it look like, I am just waiting for the best season.

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Poutine! Yes, when you arrive in Montreal, always always Poutine. This is what my friends asked me to try when we went to old port. There were food trucks there that sells Poutine.

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This is well-known because it is being sold across Canada, but the fact is, it originated in Quebec so it is a must try when you arrive in Montreal. It is a French fries and cheese curds topped with a light brown gravy.

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Before the day ended, we climbed the 192-steps of Tour de l’Horloge or the Clock Tower to see this amazing view of Old Port at night time.

 

This is the last part of my 3 season summary. I will be making individual posts of my Spring experience because I now have the time and this come back is very official, no more MIA I promise.

 

If you missed the first 2 season summaries I made, click the links below:
My First Canadian Winter Experience
My First Canadian Fall Experience

 

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My first fall experience is exciting, I can say that it is the season I love the most, partly because I arrived on late summer and at that time it was already getting cold. So basically I was not able to experience the real summer while Winter on the other hand is the season “je deteste!” Right now, it is still a bit cold because it is still spring, but I don’t mind as long as I am not wearing the winter gear anymore.

 

By the time fall started, I was out and about with my newly found friends here in Montreal to visit exciting places.

 

(Outfit: H&M scarf, Point Zero coat, Jag jeans, Nike shoes)

 

Apple Picking at Verger Richard Legault

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I’ve never seen an Apple tree until I arrived in Canada, but I use to see a lot of movies were people are picking apples for a living. At that time, I was even wondering how it feels like to become an apple picker. Would I be eating and picking apples at the same time? Haha!

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The place we visited is Verger Richard Legault located at Saint-Joseph-du-Lac, it is outside Montreal. The entrance is free but you will have to buy a bag for you to place the apples. I already forgot how much it was, but that bag can really hold up to 30-40 pieces of apples.

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We were transported by this tractor to the Apple field, passing through lush green scenery of tall trees, cold wind on my face it feels very country.

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These are the apples we got. Too many in 1 bag so my friend and I decided to share 1 bag of apples.

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(Outfit: Belle Jean Clothing dress, Ardene leggings and earrings, Forever 21 ring, Parfois bag, H&M boots)

 

Mount Tremblant

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I was really happy we visited Mount Tremblant during Fall because trees are really beautiful with different colors. It was a few hours drive from Montreal, but even if it is a bit of a long drive, you will not get bored because you will see hills and mountains with different colors, it was a superb experience for me. All I uttered are ohhs and wows.

 

We joined a group of people in a tour bus because all of us are new comers in Canada and none of us own a car. Tour bus is fine but the disadvantage is that, the stay is shorter and you will be in a hurry because there is a given time for the tour and after that the bus will leave, and you don’t want to miss the bus. So it is always a good idea to go for a road trip in a car with friends.

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There are 2 cable cars that you need to ride on before you arrive at the peak. This is the first one, it is an open cable car and the ride is shorter.

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This is the second cable car, it is called Panorama Cable car, this time it is a closed cable car and the ride is longer but totally worth it because the view is so magnificent.

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Arrived at the peak and surprise it was 2 degrees, which is the coldest I’ve experienced at that time. We were doing picnic at the peak while shivering inside because we did not come very much prepared.

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Blessed to be with these beautiful girls; Margriet, Anne, Che, Marie, Matet and Belle. We are all new comers except Belle, the girl beside me who is also one of the closest friend I have in Canada.

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(Outfit Details: Le Chateau coat, Forever 21 leggings, H&M boots, Ardene scarf, Parfois bag, Nature Bijoux earrings)

 

Lake Cruise at Lac Des Sables

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En route to Montreal, we dropped by Lac Des Sables for a lake cruise. Another amazing experience for me, this is one of the best days of my life and I learned to appreciate the beauty of nature more.

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It was very cold outside but I surely don’t mind because the view is very picturesque, I took a thousand of snap shots.

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(Outfit Details: Le Chateau coat, Forever 21 leggings, H&M boots, Ardene scarf, Parfois bag, Nature Bijoux earrings)

 

Sherbrooke St.

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One of the things I do during my day off is to stroll around downtown. Supposed to be, me and my friend May are going to visit the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, but it was already closed when we arrived, so we just took a photo outside and stroll around Sherbrooke St.

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(Outfit Details: Zara top, J. Crew coat, Forever 21 leggings, Fergalicious by Fergie knee high boots, and Sfera bag)

 

Hopefully in the future, I will be able to give more information about the places that I will visit, but since this is just a summary of my Fall experience, I didn’t go much into details.

 

That’s it for now, I will be blogging my end of summer experience in my future post.

 

And if you missed my My First Canadian Winter Experience post, please click here.

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