5 Delicious Dessert Places in Toronto

Toronto has a LOT of good dessert places but here are my top 5 picks!

I will update this as I discover new places 🙂

  1. Dolce Gelato – This is the best Gelato I’ve had in Toronto so far!

Locations:

  • Danforth Avenue (Greek Town)
  • Kensington Market
  • College Street (Downtown)

2. Caffe Demetre – They have options from delicious cakes to crepes to                               icecreams/sundaes to drinks!

Locations:

  • Danforth
  • Dufferin
  • Kingsway

3. Uncle Tetsu’s Japanese Cheesecake – Looks can be deceiving! When I first laid my eyes on these, I wasn’t too intrigued. However, after trying them, I think I fell in love. Beware – they can be a little addictive!

Locations:

  • Bay Street – Downtown
  • Union Station
  • Dundas St – Downtown

4. Eva’s Original Chimneys – They are as good as they look. Each cone is like a huge meal! My advice – don’t have a big meal before going there! 🙂

Location: Downtown Toronto

5. Hollywood Cone – Some desserts are good for one person but some you would definitely have to share – the shakes are huge, topped with cheesecake and brownie. This place is soo good, its a must try!

Location: Downtown Toronto

6. Sweet Jesus – My personal favourite. Who doesn’t love a rocky road on a soft serve?

Locations:

  • Downtown Toronto
  • Torono Eaton Centre
  • The Annex
  • Sherway Gardens
  • Yonge Sheppard Centre
  • Toronto Uptown
  • Toronto Eastside

There are so many locations now – the chain is definitely growing. The downtown location used to have long lines (45 mins) during the summer. So I am truly thankful that Sweet Jesus opened so many stores now. Goodbye 45 minute line ups (I think).

 

 

 

 

The Golden Circle, Iceland

This is probably the most popular sightseeing tour of Iceland.
Here’s why –

 

The infamous Strokkur Geysir

 

 

 

I am truly fascinated by this. This Geysir erupts every 5-8 minutes. The water is 80 to 100 degree celcius. Incredible!
You will also spot Little Geysir. Quite cute actually, but seems to be very active. This area has high geothermal activity. You might not be fascinated by the smell around here but it truly is amazing to see the wonders of nature.

 

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As you leave the Geysir and arrive the waterfall area, you will have no idea what you are about to enter. It is SUPER gorgeous here. Definitely worth the trek!

 

The beautiful Gulfoss

 

 

 

Thingvellir National Park

Last stop! This is where the continents divide; North America and Europe. You can even swim between the two tectonic plates. My courage level isn’t there yet but perhaps one day…

 

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Beauty, beauty and beauty all around you! (Yup, that sums up Iceland for you).

 

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8 Beautiful Places To See In Snaefellsnes -West Iceland

Snaefellsnes is a GORGEOUS 90 km long peninsula on the west coast of Iceland. This place consists of all the beautiful things you can imagine. It has spectacular mountains, waterfalls, beaches, cliffs and all the wonderful things that nature has to offer.

 1. Yellow Sand Beach by Langaholt

Yes that’s right, yellow sand beaches are rare in Iceland! This is mostly due to the volcanic activities, causing the beaches there to have black sand. A few seals can be spotted here! You will also notice mountains and glaciers surrounding you in this area.


 

2. Arnarstapi to Hellnar Coastal Walk

You can go for a beautiful coastal walk in Snaefellsnes. Stunning views from here. The ocean on one side and mountains on the other. 

The most captivating of all mountains here is Mt. Stapafell. 


3.  Grabok Lava Field

This lava field was created by a fissure eruption about 4000 years ago. This field is covered by fringe moss and bushes which look unreal.

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4. Purkhólahraun Lava Field

Stopped by some view points of glaciers and volcanoes, you will also find a lava cave which was created by lava flows. People can actually go here and in fact, it’s believed that you can actually get to the center of the earth through this tunnel!

5. Djúpalónssandur or the Black Lava Pearl Beach

There is a black sand beach which has pieces of a wrecked ship. This was my first black sand beach and I was completely taken aback by it. It looks like a black&white filter but truly, it’s real!

Behind the beach is this lagoon called the black lagoon – crystal clear water as you can see below.


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A rock formation with a hole in it, through which you can see the glacier! This is known as the Gatklettur rock and is a hot spot for photo shoots here!

6. Snæfellsjökull glacier

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You can see this glacier from many places in Snaefellsnes. It’s massive! Of course, you can also actually go to this glacier for a magical experience!

7. Black sand beach

The black sand beach was quite an incredible site!

 

7. Kirkjufellsfoss

We visited this cute little waterfall by the volcano, it was pretty and magical 🙂


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8. Mt. Kirkjufell

This is the most photographed mountain of Iceland!

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10 Things To Do in Reykjavik, Iceland

Discovering Iceland

A few years ago, my fascination towards volcanoes began. I was so intrigued that I started watching documentaries about them. Then I discovered this magical place called Iceland. One thing led to another and I was super intrigued by the Aurora Borealis or as some may call it, the Northern Lights.

Reykjavik is probably the most populated place in Iceland, especially with it’s tourists. It’s downtown is very small. You can walk to everywhere which is very convenient for travelers. Like most people, I stayed in town and explored every chance I could. There are several things to do in Reykjavik.

1. Museums

My first day in Reykjavik was quite rainy. It rained pretty much all day. What’s better than staying indoors and checking out museums? Can’t think of anything else! Reykjavik has many, many and many museums so you will never get bored if you run out of things to do. 


2. Outdoor Geothermal Pools

Although Iceland is known for it’s natural hot springs, there are some outdoor pools in Reykjavik that you can visit if you’re not up for an adventure and just want to relax. There are local buses that you can take. Normally the water temperature in those pools are 35-39 degree Celcius. There are different ranges of water temperatures. They also have steam rooms – which can be way too hot. The geothermal pools are absolutely awesome if you’re looking for some relaxation!

3. Food

The Icelandic people love whales and puffins so much that they like to eat them! I’m not a fan of the idea so I stayed away from that but if you’re into trying authentic local food then some restaurants will provide this type of food for you to try. I loved trying hot chocolate at different restaurants/cafe’s. Food in Iceland is also quite expensive so just a heads up! Expect any simple meal to be at least $20 CAD. They love their hot dogs. I didn’t really catch the hype. It tasted pretty basic and they were very small compared to hot dogs that you can find in Canada. I thought Icelandic coke is the best coke you can ever find. Their water is known to be the cleanest and best water of the world so their coke being SO good did not take me by surprise at all. Of course, you would have to actually enjoy drinking CocaCola to appreciate this.


4. Flea Market (Weekends Only)

You can explore the Icelandic culture through your flea market experience. There are traditional clothes, accessories and Icelandic food available for you to enjoy!

5. The Harpa

This beautiful place hosts concerts and other events such as Operas if you’re ever in the mood for entertainment. The lighting and architecture of this building is outstanding!

The Harpa

6. Sculpture by the Sea – The Sun Voyager

A symbolic art piece of Iceland. This sculpture is located along the shore which is just a 5 minute walk from downtown.

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Sculpture by the Sea – The Sun Voyager

 7. The Harbour

Go for a nice walk by the harbour and enjoy some hot chocolate and food at the restaurants nearby!

The Harbour

8. Hallgrimskirkja Church 

This is an iconic landmark in Reykjavik. You can go to the top of the church (during the day) for a panoramic view of the entire city. Definitely worth going!


9. The Culture House

Learn about the Icelandic culture through history and cool historic pieces at this place!


10. Nightlife

You obviously have to experience the nightlife when in Reykjavik – there are lots of bars and their nightlife continues on until sunrise or in the summer that would be 24 hours!

Tips for Accommodations in Byron Bay, Australia

In reference to my blog post Things to do while in Byron Bay, I have put together some tips for accommodations there!
Although I lived on the farm, I have stayed in several hostels in between, before and after.
1. At first I stayed in Backpacker’s Inn  for 5 days. Met a lot of people, made a few friends. This was right by the beach so it was very convenient to just go to the beach whenever desired.

 

2. Then I stayed at the Cape Byron YHA when my friend came to visit me on a long weekend. This is a 5 minute walk to the beach. The hostel is quite clean and not a party hostel. We didn’t really spend much time at the hostel but according to my experience, it was alright.

 

3. My third hostel was Aquarius Backpackers Resort. I probably stayed there for 7-8 days. For the most part, I stayed with a friend who came to visit me. This was definitely a party hostel. They have some sort of event almost every night. The girls jello fight was pretty intense and definitely not something I would want to experience seeing again. The things people do for money! The kitchen is quite spacious but our food did get stolen from the fridge. The room was moderately clean. Aquarius has a restaurant and a bar and the food is pretty decent as well. The rooftop has hammocks which makes a great place to hangout!

 

4. My fourth hostel was Arts Factory. This is known to be a hippy place. People are usually stoned here. I only stayed because this was my last time visiting Byron and my friends from Sydney came to Byron with me for a week. We decided to compromise and stay at two hostels, just so everyone was happy. My compromise was staying at the Arts Factory. The reason why I didn’t want to stay there was because it was extremely far away from the main beach and town. It was a 20 minute walk. The other places are quite close to the beach and restaurants. This was a bit inconvenient. What I liked the most about this place was where we stayed – it was a big tent with bunk beds inside and we had our own balcony with chairs. From time to time we had some visitors by the balcony – the water dragons. Since we were right by the pond, they would swim by and come up to the tree, sit and chill. Pretty harmless. Scared of us if anything. The restaurant beside Arts Factory has good food. It’s called the Brewery.

 

5. My fifth and last hostel was Holiday Village Backpackers. This place was right across from Cheeky Monkey’s. If you read my other blog about Byron, you will learn a lot about this place. It is party central.You also get a lot of deals at Cheeky Monkey’s if you stay at this hostel. This hostel is alright, you can’t help but socialize with people here. So if you are an introvert, avoid sitting in the lounge area outside!

 

P.S Enjoy this view 😉

 

Top Things To Do In Langkawi, Malaysia

My first time in Langkawi was in 2011, when I first stepped into Malaysia. I instantly fell in LOVE. I think Langkawi is what made me fall hard for Malaysia. I can’t really describe the feeling but it felt something like magic.
I have been here twice and both the times I have done different things and these are memories that will truly be cherished forever. I will share some of them with you.
I stayed at this hotel by the beach and both the times I stayed at the same place as it was super convenient; near shops and restaurants and right by the Pantai Cenang beach!

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Shop Duty Free
Langkawi is the only place in Malaysia where you can shop duty free. Everything is unbelievably cheap, including alcohol and cigarettes. Given that Malaysia is an Islamic country, it is the only place in Malaysia where you can drink alcohol freely. It is indeed their domestic holiday destination.
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Langkawi Eagle Square

Island Hopping

My first activity in Langkawi was the island hopping tour. This is something I did on my own and it was so refreshing. This is why I encourage everyone to explore at least one place on their own.
Learn to love your own company and you will need nothing more in life. You will never feel lonely.
This island hopping tour holds a significant amount of value to my life as it gave me the chance to really focus on an unknown place without knowing anyone or having any technology (for the first time – I’ve done it tons since!). It made me appreciate nature, Langkawi and just the Earth overall.
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Sunset by the beach
This tour takes you to a lake where they throw fish as eagles come and pick em from water within a split of a second. It’s pretty amazing. Langkawi is known to have many eagles.
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Eagles!
Then we went to the “pregnant” lake. Yes, that’s exactly what they call it! Apparently this is a myth, that if a woman is infertile or having difficulty being pregnant then swimming in this lake will make them fertile. Not sure if this actually works. Let me know if it did for you!
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Pregnant Lake
Next stop is this beaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaautiful island where you will see nothing but blue water. You can also see fish from the bridge, without even having to snorkel.

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Sight seeing

If you rent a car for the day, the driver will actually take you on a tour around the big island. There are some secluded beaches which are very gorgeous. They will also take you to this park and from there you can go to the skybridge.
Skybridge
The cable car will take you 702 m above sea level. When you get to the top, you won’t believe your eyes. It feels like a painting when you look around. It’s indescribable.
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View from the cable car
The Seven Falls
The driver will also take you to the “seven falls” where you can go walk on a trail that leads to the waterfalls. Along the way you will see many monkeys. Those monkeys are everywhere in Asia, really. Very cheeky but very cute.

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Cute lil cheeky monkeys

Activities

The last time I visited Langkawi, I went paragliding and this was the highlight of my trip. I must admit, I was so scared that I prayed the entire time I was up in the sky. BUT, it was THE most amazing and exhilarating feeling EVER. The boat was pulling me and the parachute kept going higher and higher. I was above the sun, looking over the sunset. It was beautiful. Feeling the breeze, flying above the sea, looking over the seashore and the sun on the other side. It was breathtaking. I would do it over and over again.
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Having the time of my life, paragliding over the sunset.

At night though, I loved being at the beach. Since there isn’t much traffic there at this time, you can hear the silence, the winds and the waves of the sea. To top it off, you can feel the lukewarm water touching your skin while you sit on the soft sand.
And there you have it!
Tip
Ohhh and a little tip if you are ever in Asia! There are ways of getting to Langkawi from the Thai islands. Koh Phi Phi is an amazing island and you can certainly take the ferry from there. I prefer getting to Langkawi from Thailand and then making your way to Kuala Lumpur, if you are planning on traveling that part of the world. It is much more preferable than going to Langkawi from KL and then back. Trust me, you will save yourself a journey and a half!
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View from the skybridge

A beautiful sunset in Langkawi can be viewed here:

10 things to do in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

What can I say about this place? In 2011, I instantly fell in love with Malaysia when I first stepped in. I have been there thrice since, 2015 being the last time there.
Let’s start with the trains from the airport. What a nice and clean train with air conditioner in it. It only took forever long to get where we are today but a “developing” country such as Malaysia had already had this established. I was amazed. WiFi. Let’s talk about that. Malaysia has WiFi everywhere! Like literally. Everywhere! I love it.
Usually I’m not much of a shopper while I’m traveling but the malls in Kuala Lumpur, also known as KL, has many shopping centres which consist of a lot of pretty things. Shoes. OMG. Shoes! So many amazing shoes! I think every time I go there, I end up buying at least 2 pairs of shoes or sandals.

 

Cyberjaya

 

Cyberjaya is one of the outskirts of KL. I stayed there the first couple of times I visited, mainly because I had friends staying there. Cyberjaya is so beautiful. It is quite different than Kuala Lumpur. Personally, I really like Cyberjaya and Putrajaya because they are the prettier cities of Malaysia that have everything you need.

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Indoor skating rink at the shopping centre

 
The very first thing that caught my attention there was the little trees which were nicely cut and shaped like mushrooms. I found that so cute!

 

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Cyberjaya with neat trees

 
They have a bridge in Putrajaya which lights up. It switches colours every few seconds. You can walk around on the sidewalk of the bridge and hangout. At night, there’s a nice breeze by the lake and you have a satisfying view of the city.

 

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Kuala Lumpur is just like any other city. Their downtown is very commercial with all brand named stores with lots of people and lots of traffic. What excited me the most there was to see Sephora! I couldn’t believe it! Had a girl moment there.

 

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The Pavilion is a very colourful place. It won’t feel like you’re in a developing country at all. Of course, like any downtown, KL’s is also not so clean. It’s very polluted. This is why I liked Cyberjaya. So neat and clean with less people.

 

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View of Patronas Towers from KLCC

 

The Petronas Towers

 

The Petronas Towers, or as they call it the “twin towers” are also downtown. I’ve actually never made an effort to go to the top but it looks beautiful from KLCC.

 

China Town

 

China Town in Bukit Bintang is a place you can go to for affordable shopping. You can even bargain. Most things are fake brand named products. If you are into that then it’s a great place to shop. Alternatively, you can also buy souvenirs from there. There is a place called Jalan Alor behind Bukit Bintang, where you can go for local food. This place has really good food! If you are looking for an authentic experience, I highly recommend this.

 

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KL

 

Batu Caves

 

Batu Caves is a train commute away from KL. It’s not a bad journey as you can take the local trains. You can see the temples there and finally climb up the stairs to see the Batu caves. I haven’t seen any bats but mainly monkeys. They are quite amusing so you won’t be bored there! The climb is steep so you will get a workout but its nice to go up to the caves. You will also see many statues there.

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Batu Caves

 

Genting highlands

 

Genting highlands is a bus ride away from KL. You will have to take the cable car to go up the hill (1865 m above ) where they built a casino and a theme park. I was a bit skeptical about going on those rides, so I just did some sight seeing and amateur gambling.

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Genting highlands indoor rides

Things to do while in Kuala Lumpur

  1. Petronas Towers
  2. China Town
  3. Batu Cave
  4. Aquaria KLCC
  5. Jalan Alor
  6. Genting Highlands
  7. Putrajaya Bridge
  8. KLCC
  9. Cameron Highlands
  10. Sunway shopping centre and theme park