Korean Food

After work, before Today’s Perfect Moment, I went to my favourite bar where they make their own beer, As you can see from the photo, the beer looks awesome.  The waiter was kind enough to give us some samples of beer that we didn’t choose thinking it would help us down the road.

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That certainly could have been Today’s Perfect Moment. In fact, Toronto’s first hockey game of the year could also have been Today’s Perfect Moment.  They scored seven goals, which might be a record for an opening game.

However, I have chosen my meal of Korean food as Today’s Perfect Moment. It was delicious and fun to eat.  I am very thankful that Toronto has a lot of ethnic food restaurants.  There are so many delicious things to eat.

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My Tom Petty Memory

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I have never seen Tom Petty live. I can’t even say that I am familiar with the bulk of his work.  I do have one Tom Petty memory to share, though.  Thank you for indulging me.

Way back when Full Moon Fever came out, I was just starting university. I was away from home and only one of my friends was attending the same university.  As luck would have it, our other friends made the two hundred kilometre drive to come and see us.  We spent the weekend eating, showing off our university town, and drinking at home and at various university dive bars and pubs.  While most of the details are lost, I do remember that the soundtrack for that weekend was Tom Petty. Free Fallin’, I Won’t Back Down, and Runnin’ Down a Dream were played endlessly that weekend.  When we weren’t playing it, I heard it at the bar.  When we were stumbling home in the wee hours, I heard it from car radios.

Thank you Tom Petty. Rest in Peace.

 

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Black Lipstick

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When I was young, or just maybe when I was younger, I was into Goth Women. Probably I was into my own imagination of what a Goth Woman would be like.  Either way, I expected a lot of black, and that included her lipstick.

Once, my high school girlfriend wore black “lipstick” to a dance we went to. I found out that it was black eyeliner and not lipstick.  She said that it dried out her lips and didn’t taste very good.

Where am I going with all of this? Is this just some useless walk down memory lane?  How could this be Today’s Perfect Moment?

Well, it is funny how life comes full circle.

On Sunday, I entered Shopper’s Drug Mart to buy some milk. For reasons that I do not fully understand, you must enter through the makeup/perfume department before you can enter the store proper.  I suppose this works well at Christmas when you’re looking for a last minute expensive gift, but not particularly well early Sunday morning.  I personally don’t mind it as many of the people working in this department are stylish and attractive–in fact years ago, I met what remains in my mind as one of the most gorgeous people I have ever seen in person there–but I digress.

Back to Sunday–the people in the department said hello, as they are no doubt trained to do, and I smiled back. It was then I noticed that one of the two women was wearing a very dark shade of lipstick.  I thought that maybe it was dark dark blue, or something like that.  I approached her and asked her about it.  In fact, she was wearing black lipstick.  I had never seen it on any of my bus commuters, and seeing as how they fall into a wide variety, it certainly could have been expected.  The young woman was kind enough to explain that this was a new-ish product and that I might see more of it.  I complemented her on her style and left to do my shopping.

It is probably too late in my life for the Goth Fantasy, but Halloween is just around the corner.

 

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Absence Explained and Award Received

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First and foremost, sorry everyone (loyal readers especially) for not having blogged for so long. I have been under the weather for more than the past week and could not summon the energy to blog.  If I had free time, I spent it in bed either sleeping or tossing, turning, and sweating.  I have not fully recovered, but I have a few minutes before my next dose of medicine.

I was nominated for the Mystery Blogger Award. I was going to ignore it, but the nominator is such an earnest person that I didn’t have the heart.  They are trying to improve the reach of their blog, and I want to do what I can to encourage that.  People did it for me early on, and it is only fair that I do my part.  While I do not have millions of followers, I have a sizeable number that I am very thankful for.

Rules

  • Display the award logo/image on your blog
  • List the rules
  • Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you and provide a link to the nominator’s blog
  • That would be the Writing Waifu.
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
  • I did that the first time I got this “award”, so it’s on the blog somewhere.
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  • See below
  • Answer 5 questions from the nominator
  • see below
  • Nominate 10-20 bloggers
  • last time I spent a lot of energy doing this, and thinking up questions (poignant ones I thought–though perhaps they weren’t) and none of the people responded.  Maybe they got tired of doing these things too.  Either way, I am not going to do that.  If any of you want to do this, drop me a note and I will include a link to you on this post.

3 things about myself

1. Some of my favourite books are:

The Quiet American, The Glass Castle, Waterland, The Sun Also Rises, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Pattern Recognition, Our Endless Numbered Days, This is Where I Leave You, The Crying of Lot 49, The Fountainhead, School of Velocity, and The Hit Man.

I know I should have put the author’s names in there, but I was afraid of spelling some of them incorrectly.  I could have Googled them….but I really don’t have enough energy.  If you find two different authors, send me a note and I will tell you which one I meant.

2. I think Calvin and Hobbes was, hands down, the greatest comic strip ever invented.  I constantly reread them and wonder if it could have gone on longer.  I do not blame Bill Watterson, but rather laud him for his courageous decision.  Some people drag things on far too long.  Others spend their lives cashing in on things long past their expiration date.  I respect that he has done neither…..but I still miss Calvin and Hobbes.

3. If I could change my job, I would love to do voices for commercials or cartoons–If I could do this in Japan, so much the better.  My voice is rather deep and has a quality to it that is very recognizable. I think it would be suitable for voice work.  If you know anybody, please send them my way.

Questions for Nominees

  1. Do you tend to read a lot of blogs that are similar to yours or that are different from what you do?
  2. How has your blog changed over time?
  3. What’s something you want to get better at (can be blog-related but doesn’t have to be)?
  4. Describe your corner of the internet. (Which sites do you visit most and what do you do there?)
  5. What’s the last movie you saw and what did you think of it?

Answers

One

The only blog that I read that is similar to mine in any way is Donna’s blog called One Beautiful Thing (OBT).  She writes about one beautiful artist or style of art every day.  Her blog is much better researched and written than mine, though.

I read a whole pile of different blogs on Japan, stamps, books, dating, travel, cycling and Winona Ryder.  The ones that I stay with are the ones that are written from a passionate point of view.  They are the  ones where I feel the people are being honest.  Honesty is a rare quality these days.  Even if you offer it, some people really don’t want or have the capacity to take it.  Honesty is raw, and sometimes hurts and confuses.

Two

My blog has changed a lot.  I originally started this blog as a way to fight off looming depression and generally bad feelings by focussing on one perfect moment each day.  It was very successful for me.  Usually, I can conjure up more than one perfect moment each day (though this week would certainly have been a challenge).

As a result, I have used this blog to work on my writing.  I have always thought of myself as a writer, and published or not, I don’t want to give that up.  Between perfect moments, I have tended to write about things in my day which I felt deserved highlighting.  These things have included:

  • tales from my commute
  • portraits of commuters–the weird ones to the beautiful women who briefly enter my orbit on the bus, disappear at a stop and are never seen again
  • interactions with my students –their tattoos, their strange breakfasts, and their inability to eat a Kit Kat in the proper way
  • railing against the injustice of advertising on my bananas
  • sharing some of my meals with you.  If I made you hungry, sorry

For the immediate future, I don’t see the blog changing that much.  I do hope to do some more traveling.  Those posts are some of my most popular.

Three

There are lots of things I wish I could be better at.  These include:

writing.    I want to write a post that really speaks to people and generates a lot of feedback.  I want to write a novel that sells strongly and gets optioned for a movie that I can make a small cameo in.

cycling.  Due to some issues, I hardly got out on the bike at all this y ear, but I wish I could climb like a pro.  I wish I could cycle an average speed above 30 kms/hr. I wish I could do long rides.

completion.  I wish I could complete more things.  There just seems like too many things left undone.

Four

I used to love watching videos on Japan on YouTube, but hardly do that anymore (just kydeanderic) I still read the English Japanese newspapers every day on line.  I  Other than checking out WP, the internet isn’t really thrilling me these days.

Five

Sadly, I am drawing a blank on this one.   It has been a long time (not years, but months).  I am pretty sure it was either a Star Wars Movie or a Marvel Movie.  I am sure I enjoyed it at the time.

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Earning a Student’s Trust

Today’s Perfect Moment is about earning trust…or something akin to that.

Today, one of my students imparted some knowledge on me that she didn’t have a boyfriend, but rather a girlfriend.

This in itself was not a big shocker, nor particularly uncommon. I generally don’t speculate about the sexuality/sexual orientation of my students.  Some are open, some are not.  Some couldn’t be bothered to tell me, while others do.  I don’t usually react other than to ask to see a photo? (I am happy to report that they are a lovely couple)

The thing is, I know that in some of the countries my students come from they face more violence and discrimination than they would in Canada–and lets not be naive, the LGBTQ community still faces lots of discrimination here despite the strides in human rights. So, when a student opens up to me, I know that I have earned their trust.  I know that they might be risking more than I realize.  Either that or my knowing is of no consequence, which to be fair is very true.

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It comes on the heels of a great t-shirt I spotted on the bus this very morning. It was a take on the Straight Outta Compton t-shirt (which is also available for people from Malton–Straight Outta Malton).  One young lady had on a “straight outta the closet” shirt.

Perfect Moments all around, coincidental or not.

 

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Finding Common Ground

Though I could have chosen hitting the snooze button a bunch of extra times, or the extra time I had to enjoy my coffee this morning, I have decided to select something else as Today’s Perfect Moment.

Without further adieu, Today’s Perfect Moment is about accidently finding out about common interests.  You see, as I have already explained, for reasons not entirely clear to myself, I have become a fan of US college football.  It will never replace my love for the Canadian game, but it is a nice Saturday afternoon distraction.  I am a big fan of Notre Dame.  I had even considered making the pilgrimage to the stadium to watch a game this year–then I discovered how much the tickets cost.  It may have to wait.

After discovering I am not the only one, a co-worker, who I discovered is a fan,  has taken to quizzing me on team names.  Being as there are a lot of colleges, this is quite the contest.  I hung in there in the early rounds, but not as the colleges become less well know, I am losing ground quickly.  Who knew that there were so many…..unusual team names there were.  It is quite surprising.

I am holding back my Elon College Fighting Christians in reserve.  Any help would be appreciated.  Feel free to give your team a shout out.

I am having a good time though.

 

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When the Weary Search for Food

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Today’s Perfect Moment is a celebration of food and conversation in a great setting. When I write those words, I am convinced that all of you reading this are probably nodding your heads in agreement.  You know what I am talking about.  You get it.

The fact that the whole thing came together spontaneously without the help of YELP or Siri or something else is especially gratifying.

So let me set the scene. Weary ESL teachers, struggling to complete their paperwork while debating the use and misuse of prepositions, finally escape the classroom and the building. They veer quickly left upon exiting, avoiding students who might be lingering, wanting to ask one more question.

It’s Friday night.

With no thoughts but home, and sleep, we headed towards the subway station. The problem was that hunger was stronger than the will to make it to the subway platform.  Hunger needed to be heeded, consequences be damned.

Back on the street, with a bit of renewed energy, we chose a direction and walked. We had a plan B, but hoped that we might find something else before that.  Renewed vigour or not, we were not in the mood to walk that far.

As luck would have it, Vietnamese food was discovered rather quickly.

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The place had a good feel to it. It had pockets of noise and commotion, but the din fell once we were at the table.  It might have been Toronto, but for some of those moments, it could have been anywhere else.  It could have been….somewhere else.

Conversation flowed easily, topics blurred into one another, attention was rapt, silence was fleeting, and tea warmed our stomachs.

Today’s Perfect Moment achieved.

 

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Bananas Are Not Safe Anywhere

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Just when you thought the rants about bananas was over, I discover that no bananas are safe. All bananas are targets for advertising revenue.  The brand is unimportant.  Everyone is doing this.  Soon it will be the apples, then it will be the mangos…..then, probably all the fruit in all the world.  The things will probably start to grow with the advertising on it.

At least this one seems to be an internal promotion for what I hope is a Halloween costume.

If this is new news to you, please see rant 1 and rant 2. The photographs are awesome…if by awesome I mean blurry and out of focus, but still frightening..

 

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A Boy and His Dog

 

 

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When I was young, this was my favourite book. That I grew up to be a cat person is another story entirely.  What you should take from this is that the idea of a boy and his dog resonates with me on a level that only your childhood can.

Whenever I watched movies, I enjoyed scenes where dogs were smart enough to behave like people and respond or react like people did. This included dogs like Benji (who my sister claimed could open a metal pudding cup so neatly that no chocolate stayed on the lid–I now know that was a bit of Hollywood fakery, but at the time it was impressive).  There were other dogs which seemed to embody this idea in TV shows and movies from the time I was a chihachikold until today.

The only dog I have seen who is remotely as smart as this is my neighbour’s dog. Benny seems incredibly smart, and seems to own the entire street.  Everyone knows him and everyone seems to agree with my assessment.

When I moved to Japan, I heard the story of Hachiko, the dog who loyally waited for his master every day at the train station.  When his master died, the dog continued to wait until it died of starvation.  The statue of Hachiko is a must visit for all animal loving people who find themselves in Tokyo.

All of these things are connected to Today’s Perfect Moment.

Enough preamble.

Today’s Perfect Moment happened as my subway arrived at the terminus. The remaining passengers, of which I was a weary one, filed out of the car, onto the platform, and headed for the stairs.  I could see that the people in front of me were parting and moving to the side, as if some obstacle needed to be navigated.  This usually means there are people coming down the stairs, occasionally racing to catch the subway before it starts its return journey.

When I got to the obstacle, it turned out to be one of those small dogs with log bodies. Presumably, it was following its master, but it seemed more like the dog was on a journey of its own.  I guessed that the young man  walking in front, who didn’t even  look back was the master.  The dog navigated the gap between the subway platform and the subway car easily and entered the car.  It was such a cute scene.  I smiled to myself, and thought of the book. This was certainly the story of a boy and his dog.

Then I dragged my weary body up the stairs and headed to the bus platform.

 

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A Lucky Penny

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Standing at the bus stop. Minding my own business.  The bright, pre-noon, sun forcing me to look down.  I spotted a penny.  There was a time when we called them lucky pennies.

I picked it up. I put it away.  I probably won’t be able to use it.

This used to be a scene that played out time and time again. However, since Canada abandoned the penny (I don’t even remember when) this scene is rarer and rarer.  That might explain why I found an American penny on the ground several hundred kilometres from the border, rather than a home-grown one.

Maybe there is a story here. Perhaps the previous owner recently spent time south of the border and brought that singular penny home as part of change for some purchase.  It sat dormant in their pockets or coin purse.  Then, deciding to rifle through their pockets or coin purse at the bus stop–because what else would you do at a bus stop, it was discovered and dropped unceremoniously onto the ground to await my arrival.

That’s one lucky penny.  That’s one Perfect Moment.

 

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