Wednesday, May 19, 2010
The first thing I wanted after a 15-hour flight wasn't something fancy but rather something sweet and simple, something I missed very much! First stop: Tim Hortons! I missed the Double Double Coffee! The Double (Cream) Double (Sugar) Coffee wasn't strong at all but it was the memories, the childhood / teenage memories that matter the most! Forget about espresso for the time being, I grew up with Timmys!
I did mention it was breakfast time right? I ordered the coffee, chocolate dip donut and bacon, egg sandwich. Yes, all for me, myself and myself!
I wanted to bring up the following observation in a later posting but I see no reason I should not do it right now. A few years back I would inform Hong Kong visitors to Toronto that Cantonese would be enough to get by on a daily basis because of the number of Cantonese speaking residents living in both uptown and downtown Toronto. Several years have passed and after just a few days around town, I noticed that I rarely overheard any Chinese speaking Cantonese; but instead almost all Chinese I came across were speaking Mandarin! (both Mainland and Taiwanese accents) Even in traditional Western malls, many of the Chinese staff would speak to you in Mandarin assuming that was the preferred language of choice. The above observation was by no means a compliant but a fact of the recent changes to the Chinese community here in Toronto. Hong Kong is undergoing similar transformation in my opinion with the addition of mainland visitors coming for major shopping sprees.
Aright time to sleep for another 10 hours! Major jet lag!