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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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Outfit Details:

Dress: from Singapore
Bag: Forever 21
Shoes: Zaxy
Necklace: Swarovski
Bracelet: Franck Herval

 

I’m not over summer yet and the bipolar Philippine weather makes me want to wear summer clothes just to combat heat when it is not raining and layer it with blazer and cardigan when it gets cold. Thank god spaghetti strap corset dresses was created and the backless cut becomes a bonus.

 

Yesterday, I celebrated my 27th year of existence in this world. I went back home to Leyte to celebrate it with my loved ones and I specifically mentioned that I do not want to throw party because I just want to celebrate it with the people close to me. My mother did prepare food so we can celebrate it in the most simple way. We invited our close relatives for lunch and that’s it.

 

As I got older, I learned to appreciate simple things and blessings that comes my way. I may not have succeeded in terms of career at the given age I set to be a self-actualized, I did found opportunities that I did not dream I would get a hold at a present age. Opportunities may not have arrived on the date I want it to arrive but I realized that the longer I wait, the opportunities got bigger and brighter. God has given me so much reason to be thankful at the age of 27. I was worried I would get too old to achieve success, but I realized that there is no age for success as long as you will work your way to the top, believe in your dreams and keep a strong faith with the lord.

 

I am still a dreamer and believer at the age of 27 and I will be until the day I die. Happy Birthday to me!

 

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Tourists who visit Hong Kong also take the opportunity to go on a side trip to Macau for a day. That is exactly what we did so we can see this beautiful city popular for its extravagant hotels and casinos only people with lavish lifestyle get to enjoy. Surely, I do not have a lavish lifestyle as I can’t even afford a night in any of the hotels there. Lol.

 

For information of how we got there, we took a Ferry going to Macau for HK$600 each round trip thru TurboJet. Upon arrival, there are a lot of tour bus that will take you to different hotels for free. The choice is yours where you want to start. Us, we chose The Venetian Macau.

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Upon arrival we went straight to The Grand Canal Shoppes. It was in my bucket list to try the Gondola ride and have a gondolier serenade us. I’ve research for the price prior, but to my disappointment, the price that I’ve researched which I thought is for 1 gondola ride for two person turned out to be a fee per person and the ride is good for 4 person. So if we want an exclusive ride, we will pay for 4 person. We did not risk with our tight budget or we’ll end up broke on our third day. My Gondola dream ride down the drain, I’ll do it in Venice, Italy instead if I get rich. Lol. I am a dreamer and believer so it is not impossible for me.

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Instead of trying out the Gondola ride, I just asked my boyfriend to take photos of me around the Grand Canal Shoppes. I was amazed by the architectural beauty of this Venetian-styled shopping mall, from the fake sky and clouds to the perfect details of the building to big lamp posts, this place is really photogenic.

 

Outfit Details:

Dress: Belle Jean Clothing
Bag: Evernew
Shoes: Forever 21
Necklace: Swarovski
Bracelet: Franck Herval Bijoux

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When in Macau never ever miss to try Lord Stow’s egg tart. It tastes soo good I regret not buying 1 box of it. Lord Stow’s store is also located inside the Grand Canal Shoppes.

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Before we left The Venetian, I posed for photos at the entrance, this is very obligatory.

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Amazing artwork. I’m wondering what would I feel is I see Michael Angelo’s painting at the Sistine Chapel since seeing this ceiling art already made me ashtonished.

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After our Venetian adventure, we travelled to the other island, passed by skyscraper hotels with grand design like this gold Grand Lisboa hotel and the hotels beside it.

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MGM’s lion statue.

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Passed by Kun Iam Ecumeral Center and had to pose with this grand statue.

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Also passed by Lotus Square on our way to the Wine Museum.

 

Museu Do Vinho or Wine Museum

 

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The Wine Museum aimed to introduce the development of brewing culture of wine to visitors.

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The museum is divided into three main parts: the area of the history of wine-making, the area of the collection of wine and that of wine display. I did not take a lot of photos inside, I just took random photos of areas that I like.

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These set of mannequins was displayed with various regional dresses of different regions of Portugal. Why Portugal? Because Macau once become a colony of the Portuguese empire in 1557.

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Wine Museum Admission Fee: Free
Hours: 10:00-18:00 (Closed on Tuesday)

 

Museu Do Grande Premio or Grand Prix Museum

 

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The Grand Prix Museum contains exhibits that are related to Grand Prix worldwide. More than twenty formula cars and motorcycles once driven by world-renowned drivers such as Eduarfo de Carvalho, Michael Schumacher and David Coulthard, are on exhibition.

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Who would not be proud? The Pride of the Philippines, Arsenio “Dodjie” Laurel. A champion race car driver from my home country Philippines. He was the first two-time winner of the Macau Grand Prix, winning it consecutively in 1962 and 1963. He is also the son of the Former Philippine President, José P. Laurel.

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Grand Prix Museum Admission Fee: Free
Hours: 10:00-18:00 (Closed on Tuesday)

 

Senado Square

 

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Senado Square is a public square in Macau. I love Senado Square, there are a lot of stores and a lot of free food to taste, Burp! There are shopping centers and traditional Chinese restaurants around the square as well.

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This is the way going to the Ruins of St. Paul.

 

Ruins of St. Paul’s

 

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Viola! I’m here!

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St. Paul’s Church became the biggest Catholic Church in East Asia. It was once a magnificent church that survived calamities such as fire and typhoon. The third time the church caught fire, its glory was left as a history. The front façade and the grand stone stairs are the only remains of the greatest church.

 

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Macau at night.

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We decided to go to Wynn Macau to watch the Water Show but we missed it because we arrived late so we watched the Tree of Prosperity Show instead.

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Passed by a Prada store on our way out. This is my dream bag. #WishfulThinking

 

Thank you for reading my blog! Hope you enjoyed my short Macau Tour.

 

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