Sunday, July 17, 2011

Night it up!

     Aside from all the east Asians present, you know you're at an East Asian festival when you walk into a parking lot with tents set up and the strong scent of stinky tofu. Like the Taste of Asia Festival that was held at Kennedy Road and Steeles Avenue, Night it up! is an annual East Asian festival where people can have a taste of Asian street food. There are also functions like basketball tournaments and music concerts at these events.

This year, Night it up! was held at the Markham Civic Centre at Highway 7 and Warden Avenue on July 15th and 16th. They closed the parking lot to the civic centre, so people had to park their vehicles at the nearby plaza and neighborhoods.

I visited the festival yesterday around 6 PM and was surprised to see the many lonely finished pineapple drinks sitting around the place. There was even a pokémon card lying in a flower bed!

There were mostly young Asian couples at the time I arrived, but more families walked onto the festival grounds later in the night.

A highlight of my experience at Night it up! was getting to see a bit of smoke coming out of a metal garbage bin. I've seen a wooden garbage can on fire at a cemetery before, but not at a festival. I alerted the fire and emergency services booth and learned that we're suppose to call 9-1-1 in situations where smoke is coming out of a garbage bin. The burned item was taken care of and I continued with my journey around the festival grounds.

What I disliked about the festival was all the garbage people left lying around and the ground becoming blackened. It looked like people treated flower beds as garbage beds and the ground around the tents turned from a light gray to smokey dark gray. Since most of the people who were at the festival were East Asian, I have to say... gosh, are the majority of East Asians who visited the festival ever so filthy.

There was an area where people left paintings. It was refreshing, but I couldn't help noticing the two or three paintings of sad or frustrated looking black children with a desert-like background. I felt a great sense of sadness and disappointment while looking at those two or three paintings. I mean, they're great paintings (though the brush work was a bit sloppy in my opinion) that seem to promote awareness of famine experienced by black people in Africa (?), but does it target the real issue? I mean the real issue where climate change has a direct effect with famine and poverty around the world, but many of the booths at the festival are releasing clouds of C02 (and other compounds) into the air, most people are driving to the festival, and a lot of food is being wasted in the garbage bins and the ground. ... I guess it does target the issue in a way.

Here's one of the sillier paintings displayed.

I'm still trying to decipher its meaning...

In conclusion, Night it up! was stinky tofu. Seriously, I'm still trying to get the smell of stinky tofu off of me.

Images can be found in the Asian Festivals
around Toronto photo album:
Asian Festivals around Toronto

Monday, July 11, 2011

Mr. Raindrop

Have you ever listened to the song "Mr. Raindrop" by amplified? The song was used as an ending for an anime called Gintama. Two of the members of amplified played another version of the song in May this year and uploaded it to YouTube.

Gintama's second ending:

May 31, 2011:

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

What I found while cleaning my room 3

SD Gundam Force
SD Gundam Force!

I was reorganizing shelves in my room and found SD Gundam Force figurines. I forgot I had them. Each figurine was in a box and their boxes were in a larger box at the back of one of my shelves. I also found a few empty DS boxes.

Pikachu and Totoro
Pikachu and Totoro toys

I found acrylic paint! I don't know how old most of them are. There was a swan looking thing sitting on the top of one of my shelves. I think it was used as a flower pot at one point. It used to be my cousin's (I think) until they moved to Shanghai, China many years ago.

Acrylic paint
Acrylic paint

Home-made swan thingHome-made swan... thing

I had to compost the onion that was growing in my room. It was growing some form of fuzzy fungus on its underside.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Canada Day

I usually stay at home on Canada Day (July 1st), but this year a group of friends and I were interested in the Guinness World Record layer cake challenge at a festival that was held at Harbourfront Centre.

The cake in the afternoon

We took the public transit to Harbourfront and noticed that there were a lot of people out on Canada day in downtown Toronto. Some of the information booths at Harbourfront were giving away free Canada flag pins and paper flags, so we grabbed a few of those. After checking out the cake's progress, we walked around the area for a few hours.

Later in the day we went back to see the cake. Some of it was sprawled on the floor while the rest of it was being given out for free. We grabbed a small piece of the cake and ate a bit of it. It didn't taste good: there was no taste!

We were curious as to whether they broke a record or not. According to an article on the festival's website, they did.
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