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Friday, August 9, 2013

Let's Go Keep in Step - Week 3

The month of August has just begun and I am in the 3rd week of my walking journal.. Here is this week's compilation.

Week 3, Day 1 - Fresh week for walking! It was drizzling but I still decided to do my walk. One of the first buildings I pass by is the art-deco style College Park building. It was the original shopping complex of the Eaton family before Eaton Centre.
Surprisingly, many people were still walking despite the rain.Couldn't time myself accurately today as I forgot my cellphone at home!

College Park - closest subway stop to work
Found on the walls of this Art-Deco building
Week 3, Day 2 - Decided to count Japanese restaurants today. From the corner of Gerrard/Yonge to Yonge/Bloor, you can easily have your pick from the 11 (going on 12) sushi places! Not far behind are Chinese/Asian and Korean restaurants, Mexican, and Shawarma/Gyro places. There were at least 2 McDonald's, 2 Subway Restaurants and other fastfood places. You definitely will not go hungry in this short stretch of Yonge! Walking outfit: Fila moisture dry shirt (recommend this) and yoga pants. Walking time: 17 minutes. Today's result: built up a hungry appetite!

Week 3, Day 3 - Busy day at work so wasn't able to leave early. Fortunately, it didn't rain until I got home. Walked on the east side of Yonge St for a change. Today's observation: hand holding is still in; girl and girl; boy and boy; boy and girl; young & old and probably other combinations I didn't see.Saw a girl with a new tattoo all over her whole back, it was taped over with clear tape and cling wrap so couldn't see the design, not for me! Walking time: 16 minutes, yes!!!

 Week 3, Day 4 - Brain-tired today and took a rest from walking. Needed to get home from work to work from home (go figure!)
Here is a photo I took yesterday of one way to be a walking advertisement. This lady walks along Yonge with an A&W flag stuck to a harness-like thing on her back as she gives away A&W discount coupons.
Better than dressing in a lobster suit in the summer heat!

Photo: Week 3, Day 4 - Brain-tired today and took a rest from walking. Needed to get home from work to work from home (go figure!)

Here is a photo I took yesterday of one way to be a walking advertisement. This lady walks along Yonge with an A&W flag stuck to a harness-like thing on her back as she gives away A&W discount coupons.
Better than dressing in a lobster suit in the summer heat!
 Week 3, Day 5 - Did the walk this morning to make up for yesterday. Made very good time as the street was free of people. It is a long weekend (Civic Holiday) so most people have probably taken the day off. Had planned to walk in the afternoon too but it began to rain cows and carabaos! Will go to the newly opened Toronto Premium Outlet tomorrow and checking out all the stores will be my exercise. Have a great and enjoyable long weekend to my Canadian friends!

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Let's Go - Keep On Walking!

 Here is Week 2 of what is becoming my walking journal. For the newcomers to my blog, I began last week to walk from work to a major subway stop mainly for exercise and reduce frustration in trying to get on a TTC subway train during rush hour. 

My nearest subway stop from work is College, 2 stops away from the major intersecting stop, Yonge/Bloor. Waiting to get on a train at College can take from 15-25 minutes during rush hour. Five fully packed trains can pass you by before you get on one that you can barely squeeze into! Normally, I hold my breath to avoid unpleasant smells prevalent when in very close proximity to strangers. Add a quick wish that there will be no subway delays!

I must say, walking to the same stop (Yonge/Bloor) has more benefits right now than taking the train. I get to enjoy the outdoors, get some exercise, get time to un-clutter my mind and observe my surroundings. I never realized my daily posting on Facebook would also give enjoyment to others who read them. So, I will collate my weekly FB posts into a weekly blog. Here we go! 

Walking towards Yonge/Bloor - destination Bay building where the subway stop is located.

 Week 2, Day 1 - Had nice cool weather for walking, finally! Unusual sighting today: young girl chatting and sitting on the sidewalk with a homeless man. Discussing thoughts on life? Weird sighting: woman sporting a fake mustache and trying to look nonchalant about it. Completed walk in 17 minutes, yay!

Week 2, Day 2 - Not a lot of interesting things to see today during my walk. Did see one woman awkwardly trying to walk home with a 40" Bravia TV by herself. Good luck with that! Tried on my new Brooks moisture wick t-shirt. Helped to keep me feeling cool a bit as the material is light and thin but it's just a plainly styled shirt. Today's time: 18 minutes.

Week 2, Day 3 - Started out a bit later than usual to finish something at work. Walked in my work clothes but wore my runners. The weather was a tad chilly Noticed the "Because I Am A Girl" volunteers were all over the street again. Suddenly came across a group of guys dressed up as Captain America and some other Avengers. Need more muscles to fill out the costumes though. But I prefer them to adults who wear shorts with pockets longer than their shorts or wear pants that are falling to the ground. Where are the fashion police? Forgot to check my walking time! Must be between 18 - 20 minutes.

Week 2, Day 4 - First of all, I want to send a big shout out to all those taking time to read, like, comment and encourage me on my mini project --- THANK YOU!!! I will continue on my walks and news snippets and let's see if anything fruitful comes from this. It must be a week for costumes, I saw a guy dressed up in a Brazilian flag, sporting a feather mohawk on his head (had Brazil written on one side and some player's name on the other, Falcao? not sure). Today's outfit:cotton tank top and shorts. Weather: cool & breezy. Walking time: 19 minutes.

So far, it takes me from 17 - 20 minutes to get here. In those doors then down to the subway.
 Week 2, Day 5 - Shook things up a bit and decided to walk in the morning and reversed route from Yonge/Bloor to Gerrard. Good to see the same thing from another perspective. Sidewalk had less trash, less people traffic, couple of joggers, same homeless old guy in his corner. Spotted some job postings in a food place and in a store selling "girlie" stuff, anyone up for those? Weather: cool air, not muggy. Outfit: MPG shirt and yoga pants. Shirt was soft on skin and moisture absorbing. (Forgot to add, Walking time: 17 minutes)
(Delayed post due to Friday night frolics, another type of 'lakad' (walk) but that's another story!) Until next week ....... peace!

Friday, July 19, 2013

Let's Go For a Walk!

This week, I decided to stay true to my resolution and walk from work (Yonge & Gerrard) to Yonge and Bloor. It's already mid-July and about time to make this happen.

So Monday afternoon, I began my walk for exercise. The following are my posts on Facebook.

Day 1 - Will walk to Yonge- Bloor after work for exercise. Today took 20 minutes because my legs hurt from gardening this weekend. Hopefully I will walk faster in a few weeks.

I usually see this double-decker tour bus when I leave promptly at 5:00 pm.
  Day 2 - 20 minutes walk again to Yonge & Bloor. Note to self: remember to bring the water bottle! It was a humid and sticky day but the street was alive with people enjoying the sun.

 Day 3 - Extreme Heat alert yesterday. Was down with a migraine and stayed home.

Day 4 - Back on the street. Things of interest: 1very big black service dog in training making friends with a woman; 2 street people trying to cool off by just sitting and chillin' on the curb and 6 young women spreading the word about Because I Am A Girl in the hot weather. Shaved 2 minutes off my time today, only took 18 minutes despite heat and waiting for crossing lights to turn green!

Street sign only on Wellesley and Yonge.
 Day 5 - TGIF! Left the office on the dot as the news said it was going to rain. Walked briskly but stopped to take some random photos (to be downloaded later). Even saw a pair of shoes abandoned on the street! Someone must have wanted to air their tootsies! Walk took 19 minutes today. Happy weekend!