Tag Archives: Canada

Happy Canada Day! — A Photographic Celebration of a Warm but Shivering People

A maple donut, a beer, and a BBQ… what could better symbolize Canada Day? I looked all over town for a special Canada Day donut to share with you but couldn’t find one, so I had to make my own. I guess a donut is so blatantly Canadian that the donut industry feels it’s a bit redundant to emblazon such an icon of our country with any sort of embellishment. Maybe they have a point… you don’t see Americans painting bald eagles red, white, and blue on their Independence Day.

Sunday July 1st, 2012 marks Canada’s 145th year since Confederation and 30 years since we became a fully independent country. And what a great country we live in!

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What I Did on My Staycation: Part II

I stuck pretty close to home during the last leg of my 2012 Staycation.

For those of you just joining us, this is the third part (even though the title says “Part II” — the real first part was “The Prologue”) of my nine-day staycation tale! It’s the last one, I promise.

This instalment deals with what I did after Mrs. HoaiPhai’s family got on a plane and headed to California to begin Phase III of their own vacation.

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What I Did on My Staycation: Part I

Ahh… it’s so nice to get a little time off work!

For those of you just joining us, this is the second part (even though the title says “Part I” — the real first part was “The Prologue”) of my nine-day staycation tale! Don’t worry, what I mean to say is that the staycation was nine days in duration and not that it will take you nine days to read this post. It is, however, a fairly lengthy post so you might want to take a sick day off work on Monday if you don’t make it all the way through this weekend.

In a nutshell, my wife’s sister, her sister’s husband, and their granddaughter came from Korea and stay with us for five days. There… you’re pretty much up to speed but should you want to get completely up-to-date, check out “What I Did on My Staycation: The Prologue“, a fairly quick read.

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What I Did on My Staycation: The Prologue

This weekend will mark the beginning of my nine-day staycation! Just in case you’ve never heard this word before, “staycation” is a portmanteau of “stay” and “vacation”… you stay at home for your vacation. Get it?

I’m really looking forward to this for two reasons. First, this will be the first time off from work I’ve taken since 2009 — no vacations, no sick days, no statutory holidays (except I had four days off last Christmas, two of which were my regular weekend days off anyway), and lots of overtime. Some weeks in addition to my regular 40 hours I’ve filled in for others who went on vacation or left the company before management found someone to replace them. I also work weird hours so my staycation will mean that for nine glorious days I’ll be able to eat and sleep at regular times with my wife, who is also taking a little staycation time off from her job.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Sun

Ah, the memories of bygone summers! The other children with their kites and me with a pair of scissors and my best running shoes on...

It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted a Weekly Photo Challenge and seeing as this week’s topic is “Sun” and the weather forecast calls for snow in the next 48 hours, I thought I’d try to cheer myself up by looking for some bright photos.
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Update on the Canadian Forces’ Activities in Niagara

The mystery plane with markings suggesting it's Canadian military.

Two posts ago, in Weekly Photo Challenge: Fall, I showed you some pictures of what I believe to be a Canadian Forces aircraft expelling two parachutists. These photos were taken in April of 2009 and haven’t seen anything that I though was a military aircraft since… until this week.
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Weekly Photo Challenge: Path

My sister-in-law peddling along the Welland Canal.

It’s been such a busy week I’m just glad to get this up before the topic for the next Photo Challenge is announced… hope you enjoy my gallery of “path” photos! Continue reading


Toronto Politician Proposes Municipal Brothel

How many analogies between prostitution (or prostitutes) and this perfume bottle can you draw? Author's apology: Sorry that I could not provide you with an image of an actual sex-worker... my wife wouldn't let me go out and photograph one, even in the interest of journalistic thoroughness.

Politicians do some strange things for votes, such as sampling exotic foods at constituents’ cultural celebrations, cutting ribbons at grand openings, and getting their personal hands dirty pitching in on factory production lines. They even drag their spouses into doling out meals at soup kitchens. These things are all done as part of self-promotional photo-ops, of course, and not on their own time.

One Toronto city councillor was the subject of such a photo shoot during a lunch break from his duties at City Hall. The photos got the public’s attention because the councillor in question’s policy on the sex trade was a get-tough, clean-up-the-streets sort of attitude, the meal in question was taken at a strip joint, and the paparazzi had not been invited — it was, if you will, a surprise photo-op! The politician’s response to questions of why a down-on-the-sex-trade peoples’ representative would be in an adult bar was that he was doing a spot-check to make sure everything was on the up-and-up. Continue reading