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My first Winter in Canada is bittersweet, there are good days and there are bad days. For someone who is from a tropical country with a weather that doesn’t go down below 27 degree on normal days; experiencing the opposite is a really big challenge. I knew its not gonna be easy, and unlike other people who are very excited to see snow, I am the one who is very reluctant even from the start. This is the season where I felt the saddest. I didn’t believe it at first when they told me that people get depressed during winter because who would be depressed when all you see is white, right? It’s far from being a sad triggering color. But, just like what they said, wait until you try it yourself. The transition is rough, thus, I get too emotional from spending atleast 5-10 minutes just to put on my winter gear (e.g. coat, boots, gloves, bonnet and scarf) and removing them, walking on icy path with your heavy boots, shivering inside while feeling your hand getting stiff. Too many things to hate because the negative outweighs the positive. Then gradually I stopped hating winter because I knew that it is inevitable so I started adapting and started getting used to the feeling that it slowly become normal, that slowly I started getting the hang of it.

 

As what Vivian Greene said, “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass… It’s about learning to dance in the rain.” I took this leap of faith so I might as well stand on my own feet while keeping my sanity intact. I started reading about Montreal’s winter activities and made sure that I have time for enjoyment.

 

So join me as I look back on my first Canadian Winter experience.

 

I remembered it crystal clear, the date of the first snow fall, it was November 20, 2016. It was almost midnight, I was looking outside our window thinking how am I gonna go to work the next day; as if the snow would immobilise me. I prepared my winter clothes the night before, feeling anxious as if I’m gonna be slaughtered the next day. Lol.

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This was how it looked like outside, the day after the first snow fall. I thought it was bad, not thinking I would see worse on the coming days.

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And this is how I looked like that day. I look like a new born baby wrapped perfectly to maintain normal body temperature.

 

Le Grand Marche de Noel de Montreal

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Just before Christmas, Montreal have this great Christmas Market in Place des Arts where they turn streets into a fabulous outdoor illuminated village. This runs every December 2 to 24, which gave us time to procastinate if we will go this week or the following week.

 

It was one fine Sunday, first sign of snow has just melted and sun was out so me and my roomates (AJ and Claire) decided to visit Le Grand Marche de Noel for the firt time. This place is ideal for families with small kids because there are giant sculptures of magical toys and animals, fires that crackle, and a little train for children. I, on the other hand may not be a child but felt like a child that day.

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Posed in front of the Traditional wooden store and there are a lot of them like this here, but I liked this one the most coz it’s red.

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When Santa is away, little kids play. AJ and me inside the house of Santa Claus and the Santa Claus office.

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(Outfit Details: H&M bonnet and boots, Ivanka Trump coat, Forever 21 Cardigan, Light in a box leggings, Sfera backpack)

 

Christmas Day in Old Port

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My first Christmas in Montreal is very memorable, I may not have my family with me but I celebrated it with people who are very close to me, my roommates AJ and Claire and my 2 other friends Caryl and Olive. On Christmas day we decided to visit Old Port for a stroll and try ice skating.

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So the plan was for us all to go ice skating, but it turned out that only me and Caryl are the ones interested.

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I’ve always wanted to learn how to ice skate just like how badly I want to learn how to play the piano. I tried to play the piano at this age but my fingers are not in tuned, same as how my legs are not in coordination when I am wearing ice skating shoes. It took me a lot of effort trying to learn how to skate but stopped eventually because I really don’t have the balance, partly because I am scare to fall most of the time. Great that I tried it, but definitely my first and last try of ice skating.

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These girls right here are the sisters I never had. Felt so blessed because I have them.

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Ended Christmas day with a visit to the church in St. Joseph. My life in Canada may be challenging but I still have so many things to be thankful for. I am still blessed in many ways.

 

(Outfit Details: H&M bonnet, Point Zero coat, Zighilli scarf, Forever 21 leggings, Aigle boots, Sfera backpack)

 

La Fete Des Neiges

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La Fete Des Neiges means Festival of Snow. Every late January to early February, Montreal’s Parc Jean-Drapeau turns into a winter wonderland, a childhood delight that features activities for kids as well as for adults. So me and my child-like friends, Olive and Ronna went there on the last day of the event.

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Behind me is the Biosphere, it is an Environment Museum. Based on my research this architectural masterpiece was designed by noted American architect Buckminster Fuller.

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There are a lot of activities to try during La Fete Des Nieges such as tubing, sliding, skating, snowshoeing and zip lining, but we did not try any of it because the line is insanely long. So all we did is to have our photos taken with furry animal friends.

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Before we went home, we dropped by the Montreal Olympic Stadium for a short photo op with this iconic landmark.

 

(Outfit Details: H&M bonnet and scarf, Ivanka Trump coat, Jag jeans, Aigle boots, Sfera backpack)

 

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

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My last winter activity is the St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

 

“Montréal’s St Patrick’s Parade is famous all over the world and widely considered one of the best. It is the highlight of the Irish Festival with all of Montréal’s Irish organizations taking part. The first parade was held in 1824 and has transformed into an event that all Montréaler’s look forward to regardless of their background. It uniquely celebrates not only all things Irish but all the communities that make up Montréal. After a very long winter it signals to all that spring has finally come.”

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Now we know! It was truly fun and festive. I enjoyed different floats and costumes of the people during the parade. Photos below are some of my favorites.

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(Outfit Details: Forever 21 scarf, Ivanka Trump coat, Sfera backpack)

 

 

Before winter finally ended, we were surprised by the sudden snow storm. My idea of snow storm is the same with the snow storms that I see on TV where people are being blown away by the strong wind and big snow flakes. In reality, there was no exaggerated wind, it just snowed the whole 3 days and when you step on snowy path, it reaches your knees and worse mid-thigh.

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It is officially Spring here in Canada, and I am more than ready to start this season feeling happier and lighter. Until next Winter Canada!

 

 

 

 

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Hello! I have been gone for too long. There is never a day that I don’t think about blogging, it’s not that I am going to abandon my first love altogether, but I have been having a tough time adjusting here and squeezing in blogging time is too difficult specially when what I want to blog is the sunny, breezy and bright Philippines and here I am in the other side of the world freezing and wrapped up.

 

Home sickness is sinking in and idea of me not being able to wear my dresses depresses me a lot. I mean, I live and breath fashion right? My life has changed 90 degrees since I arrived. I left my old self in the Philippines and the person living in Canada now is totally a different person. I am still learning the way of life here and I am doing my best to integrate myself. What I am thankful about is that living in Quebec is a really nice way for me to feel belongingness. I’ve talk to a lot of people and 70% of the people I met are not from Canada, so it doesn’t feel like I am an alien at all. The biggest challenge for me is the weather and clothes of course.

 

Okay, I know I talk too much so let me tell you about my last entry in the beautiful island of Boracay. I am a pastel girl, I love everything feminine and cute. I love playful cut outs and unique details and accessories is totally a must. On our last day we went out for a fancy lunch in Cristina’s at Crown Regency. I decided to put on nice summer dress suitable enough for a good lunch by the beach. Hat is a necessity for sun protection and I always go for the cute ones and something that I can use to for my other outfits. Versatile pieces are important so you do not have to have a lot of accessories, you can mix and match to reinvent new style.

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Outfit Details:
Dress: Belle Jean Clothing
Bag: Sfera
Shoes: Forever 21
Earrings: Forever 21
Bracelet: Nima

 

P.S.
Forgive the different photo images. They were shot in different lighting.

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Last July, I visited Boracay with my Boyfriend for my late birthday travel. This will also be my last vacation here in the Philippines before I move to Canada. Last year we travelled to Manila, Tagaytay and Batangas for my birthday and I want to keep this tradition alive in the coming years.

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A lot of things has changed in Boracay since my last visit in 2009. There are more things to see and do nowadays. Aside from sun bathing by the beach, we also made sure that we will be able to do recreational activities to make it even more memorable. I am not fond of water activities to be honest, I am scared of water because I don’t know how to swim and I always fear for my life when I am close to the sea. That is also the reason why I don’t like going to beaches, but we all know it’s different with Boracay, right? I made sure to get the right tan and go for Parasailing and ATV.

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Our first activity is ATV. We followed the trail going to Mt. Lujo where we lingered a bit to see the amazing view of the island. The secret to get a lower priced adventure is to haggle to an acceptable budget, but not to the point where agent is no longer getting commission. For the ATV activity that we did, we paid P700.00 each.

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Outfit Details:

Top: Forever 21
Vest: Tout a Coup
Shorts: Ralph Lauren
Shades: First photo (Wear Vintage), succeeding photos (Topshop)
Earrings and Ring: Franck Herval Bijoux
Slippers: Ipanema
Bag: Sfera

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Our next adventure is Parasailing. This is what I am really excited about. I’ve been babbling about this to my boyfriend because this is included in my life bucket list of the things that I want to do. He has fear of heights but I was able to convince him to conquer his fears. Thank god he agreed. We paid P1,100 each for Parasailing.

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Purely coincidence, my Aunt and her family also visited Boracay on the same date as ours and they invited us for dinner at Discovery Shores where they are staying. Here I am with my beautiful Aunt Socorro.

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Outfit Details:

Dress: Divided by H&M
Earrings: Forever 21
Slippers: Rubi by Cotton On

 

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Your Boracay travel will not be complete if you will not see the stunning Boracay sunset. I love how the sky change its color come sunset and there are a lot of people by the beach waiting for it.

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Before I end this blog, let me show you how my breakfast looks like. On our first day I chose Filipino breakfast called Tocilog and on our second until our last days I decided to go for Continental Breakfast so I don’t have to eat a lot, plus it includes bacon which is my favorite in the whole wide world!

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That’s it for now, some of my Boracay photos are included in either my outfit posts or bikini posts in Boracay so stay tuned for that.

 

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