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Hey Meatball

Located across from the Mod Club, Hey Meatball is known for their meatball dishes of all kinds. Guy Fieri even visited the joint recently.Most of their dishes are around $12 and vary from sandwiches, pasta to polenta. We started things off with some homemade soda. I originally ordered lime and Nash had orange. We ended…

Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore

I always wondered what it would be like to write fiction that took place in today’s world. Robin Sloan pulled it off in his mysterious novel Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore. The premise is the main character, Clay Jannon, works in a bookstore that is open at all hours of the night. He soon realizes…

Ryoji Ramen and Izakaya

Last week, I had a craving for ramen so I turned to my trusty Yelp app and searched for places close to where we were. It led me to Ryoji Ramen and Izakaya. Located in Little Italy/Portugal, the place is relatively new. The decorations were modern, warm and colourful. When we went in, we were…

How to Photograph a Funeral

While photographing a funeral may seem morbid to some, it is normal in some cultures to want to capture the moment. Funerals tend to be one of the very few times where entire families and friends gather in a room, even those who haven’t seen each other for 10 years. Asian funerals tend to have…

That Time We Almost Joined A Cult

On Tuesday, after my grandpa’s wake ceremony, my grandma’s friend had suggested we go eat vegetarian food at a temple. Eating vegan/vegetarian food is a normal occurrence in Chinese culture during special occasions including deaths and their anniversaries so my entire family ¬†thought nothing of it. We said sure, and were given the address. When…

A Gallery in Memory of Grandpa

Last week grandpa passed away, partly due to old age and also because he had a cancerous tumor in his liver. Our family didn’t know until he was too fragile to cure. He was 90. My mom’s father was a lover of beautiful things. He loved to garden, care for his exotic fish and loved…