Monday, September 25, 2017

Markham's Carousel - 1

The Carousel in Markham, Ontario is also known as the Pride of Canada Carousel. Created by Canadian born sculptor Patrick Amiot (sometimes referred to as an urban folk artist) and painted by his wife Brigitte it has 44 rideable sculptural characters made from recycled and repurposed materials. 

"Come on, one is never too old to ride a carousel!"

Visited Aug 25, 2017

Friday, September 22, 2017

Summer Trip 2017 - Street Art - Northampton

For a place that was not on our list, Northampton was a real surprise. Little did we know that the city is known to be academic, artistic and musical. The artistic part of the city I saw based on the art we found along the streets.

The huge mural of Northampton's Women In History.

Tin Art on the overpass.

July 5, 2017

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Summer Trip 2017 - Northampton Buildings

One thing that I also find interesting in a city are its buildings. I don't care so much for modern structures and designs - I prefer the older ones which I am sure have more history to it.

We did not even have time to know what these buildings were in Northampton - but I had a good time taking photos.

A portion of the Main Street. 
Reminds me so much of Colon Street in my hometown Cebu, Philippines. Although Colon Street does not look like this anymore.

July 5, 2017

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Summer Trip 2017 - Benches in Northampton

A bus bench and a park bench look exactly the same, 
but your expectation sitting on them are radically different. ~ Dan John

I found these benches along the Main Street of Northampton, Massachusetts and no matter how unfavorable the lighting ('twas 12 noon) and the circumstances (no clean shots - cars all over) - I still took photos. Because I love empty chairs, couch and benches. More so because these ones are beautifully painted.

July 5, 2017

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

TIFF 2017

Short break from all those Summer Trip 2017 postings. 

Here the 5 Toronto International Film Festival movies I watched this year. Yes 5 is a low number and in the 11 years I have been watching movies during the festival this is one of our leanest years. We decided on the early part of the game we are not taking days off and will only have weekends to watch. For that reason alone - we limited our movies. 

So here goes the movies and reviews from different movie critics (why should do it when others can do it better). 

The Motive (Country : Spain)
Hubby and I watched this movie. We both liked it. 7/10
Subject was very close to my heart - writing.

Rainbow - A Private Affair (Country - Italy)
Friend Cindy and I watched this one and gave it a 3 out of 10. A total failure.

Downsizing ( Country - USA, Special Presentation)
All 3 (hubby, son and me) liked the movie. 7/10
Hong Chau was brilliant in here, stole the show!

The Third Murder (Country - Japan)
All 3 (hubby, son and me) liked the movie. 7/10
It was like a John Grisham novel.

Short Cuts 05 was one presentation we watched. Shortcuts 05 was not actually a movie but 7 short films under the Short Cuts Program of TIFF. We rarely miss presentations from Short Cuts because we get to see 6-7 short films from different filmmakers and countries. It is always a treat.

And so another season has come and gone. This year did not feel like a TIFF year for me. I did not volunteer, I only got to see 5 presentations, I did not take a day off from work to line up and have small talk with other film buffs. This year however we had 2 "guests" in the form of the Gonzales couple. Them watching 2 movies at TIFF was not planned and was so spontaneous but they said they want to do it again next year. Sounds interesting!!

Toronto International Film Festival - Sept 7-17, 2017