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As you all know Winter time is over and finally it’s Spring, which means more OOTD time, more travels and more outdoor activities. The first itinerary that we have for Spring is the Tulip Festival in Ottawa.

Since this is the first time that we will be celebrating the Tulip festival, my friends and I decided to join a group tour through Wondertravels. Just like everyone else we are beyond excited to see Tulips, thus getting a tour will save us few bucks than renting a car, plus we can sit comfortably on our chair to doze off and wake up only when we arrive at our destination. The disadvantage in joining tour group is, you don’t own your time, you will have to adhere to the time schedule given by the tour guide. But, I did not see it as an issue though since they are giving us enough time in every place that we go to.

It was gloomy and cloudy in Ottawa that day. We were even considering on cancelling the trip the day before because of the weather, but I am glad that we did not. We still had so much fun because of the beautiful Tulips and of course with the company of my close friends. I can’t remember how many friends I bumped to into that day, but I was delighted to see them all.

02Let me give you a little background of what Canadian Tulip Festival is all about. Back in the days during the second World War, Princess Juliana of Netherlands came to Canada to seek refuge then gave birth to her daughter Princess Margriet in 1943. As a sign of gratitude for Canadians who sheltered them, Princess Juliana sent hundreds and thousands of Tulips and even promised to send 10,000 more every year. By 1953, the Canadian Tulip Festival started and continued up until today which is now the largest Tulip festival in the world. I am beyond grateful to finally be able to see this myself specially because I love flowers.

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Post card photo, cause why not!

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With my friends Ronna and Olive.

 

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Next stop is the Canadian Museum of History. I love visiting museums but mostly art museums, such as the likes of Montreal Museum of Fine Arts which I love to death. This museum is different, it shows the history of Canada starting from the early people to the modern times which to be honest doesn’t really excite me. I don’t like history even at school, so getting into this museum is a bit challenging for me. There is also a hall for Hockey history which all the more I cannot relate. I did not enjoy it that much though. I was just taking pictures of cool stuff that I see, which will be shown below.

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To be honest, the museum tour was so boring for me I was too excited to go out to see this view. This is the Ottawa River overlooking the Parliament Hill. Yes, it is the Parliament building not Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

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Next is Canadian War Museum. This is Canada’s museum for military history. Sounds like something I would not be interested in getting into but this is a lot more interesting than the first one.

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Appreciating Ghost of Vimy Ridge painting by William Longstaff. I love this painting. A bit creepy to look at in person but truly meaningful. The white figures in the painting are the ghost soldiers who died for greater good. The painter’s notion is that the war was an act of national sacrifice.

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Each of these lights commemorates one of the 3,598 Canadian soldiers killed in the battle of Vimy Ridge.

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Another painting that I love. The message is very profound, it gives me goosebumps.

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And finally our last destination, Parliament Hill. This is where you will see the Gothic revival building of the Parliament of Canada. I am definitely overjoyed to be here and be one of the 1.5 million visitors that come to Ottawa to visit the Parliament. The Central block houses the Senate and House of Commons. Political terms really intimidates me, it makes me feel like I need to have 200 IQ level to understand the ins and outs of the Parliament.

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The Centennial Flame. Built to commemorate Canada’s 100th anniversary as a Confederation, but for most reasons it is where people gather for warmth in this chilly weather.

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Behind me is the Peace Tower. They say you can take an elevator ride up to this 302 foot bell tower that was built in honor of the Canadian soldiers we lost during World War 1.

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The East block looking Medieval in all its glory.

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If there is one reason that I will be going back to Ottawa, it will be to visit the Parliament for free guided tour within the Center Block covering the Senate, House of Commons, Library and Hall of Honor. Those are the type of tours I enjoy the most where you are being spoon fed with information without reading leaflets because really, history makes my nose bleed.

This tour is worth every penny spent except for the overpriced buffet that I didn’t know cost so much. Lol. But on a serious note, this is truly an amazing experience. So if you are in Montreal, I would suggest for you to book a tour to visit Ottawa this Spring and Summer.

 

Outfit Details:

Top: Parasuco
Faux Fur Coat: Shein
Leggings, Bag and Necklace: Forever 21
Boots: H&M
Earrings: Ardene

 

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If there is one thing that I am truly proud about myself, it is me being a dreamer and making my dream a reality. I was not born with a golden spoon in my mouth, but my mom taught me the power of perseverance, that anything can happen if you believe in yourself.

 

Back in the days, I was a shy girl, I can easily blend in the crowd without you noticing me. I am a girl without a name, always hidden on a plain sight. I never believed in myself. The only person who believed in me is my own mother, she would always encourage me to go to the stage, perform and excel academically. I never do that back in high school and college. I never fully realized the power of my dreams until after college. I pity my old self for being lame, but now I know that my old self is already proud of what I have become. I am a perfect example of a late bloomer.

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Weaving a dream is not easy. It takes a lot of motivation and will power. No one can convince you of the things you are capable of doing than yourself. Your confidence, guts and ability will take you far. I am not talking about blogging specifically but my dreams and aspirations in general.

 

My transformation did not happen overnight. There are people who become instrument for me to fully realize my capabilities. These are the people I met along the way. They shaped me and molded me.

 

Let me quote Harriet Tubman when she said; “Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world”. To all my readers, wake up and make your dreams a reality.

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Outfit Details:
Dress and Cardigan: Belle Jean Clothing
Stockings: Lady President
Bag: Parfois
Shoes: So Fab
Choker: Hug Luca

 

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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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