|Joie de vivre!
||[May. 7th, 2005|07:07 pm]
Never trust an expat.
As the plane touched down in Vancouver at 1:20 p.m., I felt so excited seeing the white mountain caps from above. I've been away from Canada for a year and as much as I love Asia, I missed the Canadian landscape. It's really ironic how one can feel the beauty and warmth of Canada with her snow caps and frozen lakes.|
Spent a day walking along Robson St., having a cup of latte with two friends from Burnaby/South East Vancouver, going to Richmond malls, dining at Red Robin (which made me wonder if Red Ribbon was its inspiration, or vice versa), driving around Shaughnessy Rd., keeping a watchful eye for Goldie Hawn or Kurt Russell, who apparently walk their dog every afternoon along their neighborhood. The weather was gorgeous! It was a sunny 18 degrees celsius that day and the people left their cocoon to enjoy the outdoors. I saw some people wakeboarding along the Pacific Ocean and I wished then that I was spending more than a day in the city so I can try that as well. But I was so excited to leave the town as well and go on with my journey so I can reach home at last. Before that though, I went to buy some smoked Pacific salmon, which is Vancouver's must-buy. Then off to Montreal.
As the plane touched down in Montreal at 7:13 a.m., I felt like I belong here. A year of absence made me miss the city, big time! I left my family, some friends and a big chunk of my life here and I am glad to be back even for just two weeks. I appreciate the place more, now that I live in Singapore. I know that I will always want to live here and this will always be my homebase. I might go here and there, but will never permanently abandon the city. I feel the same way towards Manila. I will always call it home. I will always feel at home, both in Manila and Montreal.
Today, I drove around the Old Pointe-Claire Village and visited the small mom-and-pop stores by the lake. It was so beautiful. Had a scoop of ice cream at Wild Willy's, together with my mom and niece. You know you're in Montreal when people go out of their living rooms and pig out on ice cream when the thermostat reaches 12 degrees C! While it's considered the freezing point in other cities, it is the melting point in this town.
(to be continued -- crossposted from my journal)