Tag: Michael Balma

Dec 08 2012

Geeked out WoW Mages reunion

Most people know that I was totally addicted to World of Warcraft for a long while and the game was almost like a second job for years…  Back in the days, we mages played like a team most of the time and all of us spent a long time together in front of our computers for hours and hours…  The funny part was we were totally in our cyber lives for years and we had never met in real life until now, Me (Cowie), Chris (Haivendra) and Mike (Nalor) finally got a chance to meet up in real at Chako – a do it you self “all you can eat” BBQ & Izakaya restaurant.  Anyways, Mike still plays, Chris stopped already and I just bought the expansion…  Anyways, geeked out WoW Mages reunion, yay!!!

Cowie, Haivendra and Nalor

Cowie, Haivendra and Nalor

Check out Mike’s visit photos on my facebook link here http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151326100620211.522211.689775210&type=1&l=aaf259f425 or check out the previous days posts Downtown hang out – CN Tower revisited + misc.Jackson Triggs and Niagara Falls revisited and Denny’s

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Dec 08 2012

Denny’s

Have you been to Denny’s?  A restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner all across USA and Canada.  I heard about it for a long time but there isn’t one near my neighborhood so I never got a chance to try and that’s why it was a perfect opportunity to try it out while I am in Niagara Falls 😀  My first impression was WOW, there is a lot to choose from!!!  After ordering Shire Sausage Skillet then I realized this is a place where I could only come once in a while because…  all I saw was oil…  same with my friend’s dish…  I am not saying it didn’t taste good, but it was really a very greasy brunch for me…  Well, anyways, if you have tired this place before, post a comment about what you think of this place 😀

More photos of the previous days on my facebook link here http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151326100620211.522211.689775210&type=1&l=aaf259f425

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Dec 07 2012

Jackson Triggs and Niagara Falls revisited

Another wonders of the world – Niagara Falls.  If you are a follower of my blog, you probably remember I went there with a few of my friends last month to see the Winter Festival of Lights, you can find that post here “Niagara Falls Weekend 2012”.  Most of the times my friends would drive when we travel to places which require long driving hours but this time, I had to be the host for my guest.  You might ask, why?  very simple, because I have no patience driving long hours 😛  And to be safe, I booked a hotel there so we could stay a night then drive back the next day 😛

Our first stop of the day was Jackson Triggs – Jackson-Triggs is a blend of  founders’ names Allan Jackson and Don Triggs, who established the winery in 1993.  I also went there once a long time ago, but this time I had a super cool digital camera with me, hehe  Anyways, the wine tour was great, though all the grapes died out already because of the cold weather but a look inside the machines and barrels was awesome!!!  I also bought a few wines that are not sold in LCBO too, perfect as X’mas gifts, hehe.

Second stop of the day was Niagara Falls – wonders of the world again 😛  The weather was a lot better than I expected, consider I was there a month ago, it was FREEZING… but surprisingly it wasn’t that bad this time, we could actually stay outside for a couple of hours near the falls and the main area, finally got a chance to really walk around in details and of course, tons of pictures were taken 😀  Had our dinner at one of the Montana’s – yet, another famous chain restaurant in Toronto, don’t think I need to say much about it here 😛  Anyways, it was really fun hanging out in bars, D&B and bars again the whole night 😛

More photos of the whole album on my facebook link here http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151326100620211.522211.689775210&type=1&l=aaf259f425

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Dec 06 2012

Downtown hang out – CN Tower revisited + misc.

My friend Michael came to Toronto for a short visit so it was my pleasure to show him around like a tour guide, tho I have no sense of direction at all :-p.  I chose to go downtown first because it was a Thursday, not a lot of traffics and people 😉  Our first stop was one of the wonders of the world – CN Tower – world’s tallest tower at one time.  Tho I had been there a few times, the tower itself remains the same, inside hasn’t really changed much over the years but they added a new attraction on top of the tower – Edge Walk, the outside looked a little different, under construction at the moment, was told they are improving the area.

Then we headed to Eaton’s Centre, not a wonder of the world but one of the biggest mall in Toronto hehe.  After a short tour around, we stopped by Trattoria Mercatto – Classic Italian food since 1997.  I had been to Eaton’s Centre soo many times but it was actually my first time trying this restaurant.  From their interior design to their food choices, everything was pretty amazing 😀  So if you are looking for a diner after a day of shopping, this is a perfect choice since it is right inside the mall, hehe.

BTW, I got lost a few times while trying to get to our destinations in downtown 😛

More photos of the whole album on my facebook link here http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151326100620211.522211.689775210&type=1&l=aaf259f425

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