A Day as a Local Torontonian: A Photo Story

It's definitely been ages since I posted here. A combination of lockdown brain fog and life changes made me push things to the back burner. But now, I'm happy to finally share something! Thanks to my Humber College Media Communications program, I'll be developing my professional photography, writing, and design skills. I'd like to show…

No Lifeguards on Duty: Life’s A Beach At Bloordale Beach

In January, I went on a trip to the beach. Except this beach had no sparkling ocean and no coastline at all. The closest body of water was Lake Ontario, which is located one hour by foot. As I scavenged through the shoreless terrain, I was stomping through rough gravel with my Blundstones rather than…

A Simple Christmas: Capping Off 2020 with Songs and Snowstorms

There will always be that year where Christmas and New Years look a little bit different. Safe to say it's been so for everyone. With an impending Boxing Day lockdown, I was fortunate to be happily holed up with my boyfriend, opening gifts on Christmas morning in front of our 2-foot tree. Fast-forward to today,…

My Campsgiving Weekend at Algonquin Park: Thankful for Family, Nature, Good Food and Wine Openers

When I was three years old, my parents took my brother and I to Tobermory for our first camping trip by the beautiful shores of Georgian Bay. Immediately upon arrival, my Mom tried to coax me out of the van for hours without success. Tear-stained, stubborn and scared of the throes of wilderness, I sat…

Beginner Photography: An Autumn-Themed Exhibition of my Photo Stories

After launching Finding Sonder on Instagram last year, I've connected with fellow travellers who are also talented photographers. It's true that viewing a photo on Instagram doesn't convey the same atmospheric effect as it would for the photographer. But, if beautifully composed and edited, it generates a strong emotional response that resonates with me. The…

Seasons of Philosopher’s Walk: Winter

Here is the last of my seasonal photo series of Philosopher's Walk. We've had a late start to winter for this year with mild temperatures from Christmas onward. Last Saturday, a fresh 15 cm dumping of snow blanketed the city. And it appears to be making a stay - at least long enough for me…

This Lake Rocks! A Paleo-Portrait of Prince Edward County

When there's a need to escape the city for a quiet place with family, my boyfriend and I head to the beaches and vineyards of Prince Edward County. Not to be confused with Canada's tiniest province, PEC is an island on the eastern shores of Lake Ontario, halfway between Toronto and Ottawa. Perhaps once Ontario's…

Day Three in Scotland: Journey’s End with Whiskey and High Spirits

Before we knew it, the home stretch was upon us. There was an itinerary planned for our final day with shorter timed stops since Richard had to return us to Edinburgh by mid-afternoon. After breakfast, we crossed the Skye Bridge back to the mainland. The most enchanted isle of Scotland slowly sunk towards the horizon…

Casa Loma: The Story of Henry and the House on a Hill

Nestled on a hill lies a mysterious castle within Toronto's Annex, overlooking bustling cafes, museums and university campuses. Passersby at Spadina Road and Dupont Street would turn their heads, puzzled and enamored at the grey turrets poking out of the trees before commencing their school commute. Surrounded by aged, heritage homes, the castle's imposing nature…

Seasons of Philosopher’s Walk: Autumn

Most of us see autumn as a time of change - at least I do. From the slow shedding away of old things and welcoming new challenges ahead like the impending cold and darkness of winter. The first step towards regeneration. Although we generally liken spring to life and rebirth, here in Philosopher's Walk, everything…