On Saturday, August 19 2017 we went to Gracefield in Gatineau for an open house. It took us almost two hours to get there. First we walked around the place, and then we had lunch. For lunch there was hotdogs, chips, and juice. I have 2 hotdogs with ketchup, sour creme and onion old dutch chips, and some fruit punch. Then it started raining, while they handed out samples of gelato. The flavours were strawberry and vanilla. The strawberry was super sweet, but the vanilla was just right. After the lunch, we went to walk around and tried the rope course. It was all about balancing. Holding onto a rope, and walking on the metal wires/ropes. For competition, you try and finish it in the less time. I finished it on my second try. It’s really hard to finish it on your first try in my opinion, but most of it is about your balance. After that, we went to go canoeing. It was probably my first time going canoeing. First we picked a lifejacket that fit ourselves, then we chose a paddle that fit ourselves. It was supposed to reach between your chin to your nose. After that, we went into the canoe. Grandpa, Grandma and Mommy went in one canoe, then I went in a canoe with Cherry and my daddy. We slightly crashed into some rocks but no harm was done. After we got used to which side to row on and when, we were perfectly fine with the skill. When it started to rain, we stopped rowing and we decided to go home. It took the same almost two hours to get home! 😛
On Tuesday August 12th, my mother brought me to the Bethany Baptist Church in Centerpoint for a Piano examination. It was for level 6 and the last time I did one it was three years ago.
First, I was tested on the technical tests. Scales, Chromatic Scales, Formula Scales, Dominant chords, Diminished chords, and arpeggios.
I had memorized three of the six songs.
I played two songs from the etude book:
- Allegro in F Major
- River City Blues
Three songs (memorized) from the repertoire book:
- Burlesca in D major
- Sonatina in D major
- Sentimental Waltz
On Friday, July 21st 2017 we were ready to go to Toronto! This time, our grandma wasn’t coming. We were on our way; my sister and I played Othello, My Boo, Paper.io, and Dancing Line on the I-pad. After a couple of minutes, we stopped at 1000 islands for a tour of the 1000 islands. It’s called the 1000 islands because there are over 1000 islands. Some houses, are built directly on the water (it’s against the rules now). We also saw the Boldt castle which is on the U.S.A side (so if you’d want to visit it, but you’re not American, you will need a passport or a visa. The castle was huge! It was everything you could ask for, even a children’s place to play. We also saw a couple of fancy looking cottages, and some people having fun on their boats. The tour lasted an hour, coming back to the dock, we were on our way to our dad’s friend’s house for dinner. There was meat, lobster, rice, sushi, and more. I had some rice, and meat. When everyone was full, we were on our way, to Cherry and Rose’s house! At Cherry and Rose’s house, only Rose was there with her friend. We learned that they owned a dog named Athena. She is really energetic, and she listens really well, trained by Rose’s mom. They also grow grapes and blackberries. We got to pick some blackberries to bring home. We also had some watermelon, and some popcorners. Then we were on our way to the home where we were staying at. It was a big new home (about 12 years old). Since it was late, I took a bath and brushed my teeth to go to sleep. We slept on an air mattress.
I woke up at around 8:30 and had a muffin for breakfast. It had nuts, and was really tasty. I also had some milk- a lot of milk. They bought milk just for us, because they usually don’t drink milk, just tea or soy milk. So they needed us to finish in the next 2 days. We went with my cousin, sister, mom and the lady that owned the house to a garage sale. We didn’t buy anything but we saw they sold a Wii console and a tiger lounge that was really cool. When we walked home, Kingsong (our brother) was home! He was talking with my daddy and his friend who’s the husband of the lady that owns the house who was the University graduate in the same year as Daddy. Speaking of the university graduate, they had a barbecue with all the graduates of ’85. So we brought my cousin and her dad accompanied by my brother to the Queen’s Park. Then my brother toured them around that area for the afternoon while my daddy, mommy, sister and I went to another park for the barbecue. There was delicious bone meat that was cooked by Rose and Cherry’s dad. There was salad, bread, drinks (I had the grape Crush). Then we got bored and walked on the rocks. There was one rock that Cherry walked on that was slippery and so she fell into the water. 😮 So my mommy brought her to the washroom. Then she stayed on the car on the ipad. At around 5, Kingsong ubered to the park with my cousin and her dad so we could send Kingsong to the bus station so he could go home, then we went to home.
We went to the Niagara Falls on the Canadian side. We have been on the American side though. We first took several pictures far from the falls, and then Daddy got tickets for my cousin, her dad, my sister and me to go DOWN to the falls! I was excited ’cause I’ve never been there before and it was boiling hot so you get to get wet, but it was a long line to wait. At least the boat could fit a lot of people so the line moved fast, but more people means more crowded. Luckily the boat we were in wasn’t SOOO crowded. 😛 We got red ponchos for us to wear during the ride, and we got pretty wet. It was so cool seeing the falls so close. The trip was about 15 minutes I THINK. Then when the ride was done, we went up to meet daddy and mommy. After taking several more photos, we went to the Niagara Outlet. It had lots of brands like Nike, Adidas, Roots, Reebok, Puma, Ardene, and Michael Korbs. The only thing we bought was a blue sweater for me, and a salmon pink sweater for Cherry from Old Navy, because it was discounted. Then, we went back to the home where we were staying.
Our roadtrip was planned to go from Ottawa, to Quebec City for 3 days (leaving on the third) and then, to St. Johns in New Brunswick and stay there for 3 days. The trip was in a newly rented car that had really good technology with seven seats; 7 for my daddy, uncle, mommy, grandma, cousin, sister and me.
We left our home on Thursday, July 13th at 9:50am. Driving all the way past Montreal to Quebec City. It took us about 3 hours to get there, arriving at 3:17pm. We were going to check-in to our inn that we were staying at called Confort Inn. Then, I was greatful enough to go to sleep. For dinner, we had poutine from Costco.
We had breakfast supplied by the inn. I had with bread with strawberry jam, a patty, some apple juice, and some fruit loops. We walked around Quebec City, seeing the historic park where there was once a war. Seeing the hotels, and other places. We also had to go uphill and downhill a lot. 😮 We got to go see Montmorency falls. We had to pay $12.15 for the parking. The waterfall was big, but we didn’t go all the way up. We stayed down there beside the falls. We say tadpoles and people fly fishing. I didn’t see them catch any fish. When it was finally time to return to the inn, I had a couple of brownies on the way back.
We went to get breakfast, then we packed up to go to Saint John’s in New Brunswick. We first Grand Falls. I wasn’t as big as Monmorency, but it was free. We walked around the falls, took a few pictures, saw some people go zip lining, then we were heading toward Hartland Bridge. It’s the longest covered bridge in the world! It was really long; about 500 m? Then, we waited until the car arrived at Reversing falls. At that time, it was luckily high tide, the water was going the opposite way. We went to take pictures, and we were headed to our inn. It was an inn called Canadas Best Value Inn. Our room seems better than the one at confort inn, but it’s complicated.
We went to Hopewell rocks 2 hours from the inn. At that time, it was low tide (11:25) , but our tickets let us come back to see the high tides. We got to go touch the water, it was freezing cold, but the rocks were very high. A couple hours later, we came back to see the high tide (7:15) and the spot where we were standing, was fully covered in water! It was really incredible to see that for the first time, but… Man, so impressing! It took us about two hours to get home, so we got there at about 9:45.
On Thursday, July 6th 2017 it was the second and last day of fishing camp. In the morning, we first fished. Then, some guys from the Ottawa Fly fishing club/group came to teach us about fly fishing. We got to learn to handle the fly fishing rod, which is nothing like the normal fishing rods. You keep moving it, and there’s a tiny bug-looking thing that is made out of (most commonly) wool, string, and feather.
So we got to make our own! What we did, was we had a piece of wool string, and we attached it to the hook. And too keep it there, we used the white string. The white string was to attach any material to your hook. So I had a white body for my insect, and I put white spotted wings on. Then, my insect was done! Yay!
To wait for everyone to finish the activities, I went fishing. I caught a red horse (for the 3rd time) and a perch!
For lunch, we had pizza (I chose cheese) that was really thick and cheesy (it was from Mary’s). Then for a small dessert, we got Tim Bits! I took one of each except the raspberry/strawberry filled ones. I don’t like those.
After a while, all the worms were gone, we had to use lures. It was kinda boring, because most of the fish in the water prefer worms. 😛 So, no one ended up catching any fish with the lures. Then, when it was the end of camp, we got to bring our fishing rods home because they were ours to keep! It was a fun time at fishing camp! 😀
On Wednesday, July 5th it was the annual fishing camp. When we got there, we were 30 minutes late. They were talking about the different fish you could find here. After that, we got our fishing rods. We just had to set it up. So first, we put the rods together, and then we took the string and put it through the holes. Then, we attached a hook and a weight using the fisherman’s knot. Later on, when everyone’s fishing rod was set, we put on the worms. They were jiggly and squirmy, some of them were hard to hold on to. Then, we got set to go fishing! The first place I went to, was on the side of the dock. Then, I casted my rod into the water. Then I felt a tug. That meant that I probably got a fish! I reeled my rod in, and I saw there was a fish! It had a red tail and fins. It was a red horse fish. Then, I took it to the bin with water in it, then Sean took the hook out. After a while, I caught another one of those red horses. Then, it was lunch! for lunch it was subway. We got to choose our bread, and some of them had meat, and some of them had cheese. I chose the plain bread that had white cheese in it. Then, I put tomatoes, lettuce, and mayonnaise on it. I had two of those, and I got a chocolate cookie. After that, we went fishing for the rest of the afternoon. With no luck, I caught no fish. 😦 But it was a fun day!
On Saturday, July 1st, it was Canada day! Canada was turning 150. We were hoping the weather would co-operate, but it kept pouring rain… So we brought all the umbrellas we had, and went on the car to the Royal Canadian Mint. There was a line up because we had to go through security. Security was really high this year. We put our bags in the bins, went though the metal detector, and came out to go in the line to stamp your own coin! It was free of charge, so we didn’t have to pay, but the line was pretty long, each person needed about 15 seconds to have their turn (I counted). And it was pretty loud when the metal hammer hit the bottom. The coin was the 1st step of a 1¢ coin. Then after we stamp it, there would be the special maple leaf and CANADA 150 written on the bottom. It was very pretty. Unfortunately, it kept raining. We went inside the building, to line up for the tour. The tour was really cool. We learned that they made a 1 million dollar coin. Realized it was really cool, so they made 4 more which brings a total of five 1 million dollar coins. Then, they sold one to a museum not in Ottawa but in Canada (forget the place) 😮 , one is in Dubai as a coffee table (it’s big enough), another one was stolen 😦 one was in Germany (if I remember correctly) and another is there at the Mint.