Previously on Ben’s Blog: Ben was stuck in Toronto, so he did his best to have fun, including a slumber party at Janet’s. Janet lives high up. People look smaller than ants from that high.
After waking up, the lot of us eventually made it down to a restaurant for lunch. Along the way, there was this mascot-girl advertising soup or something tasty, so we sampled.
The place we ended up is called Soban, it’s in Koreatown (supposedly). The place was very clean and simple, very Asian. Every table is equipped with a doorbell-like ringer that you use when you’re ready to order, of if you need the waiters. I thought that was pretty cool.
While deciding what to order, Janet started taking pictures with my camera. Then Prashanta pressed the doorbell-like button and the waitress came, so we hurried up and ordered.
Shortly after we ordered, the waitress brought us appetizers. Free appetizers. It was a nice collection of potatoes, cabbage, noodley things, and tofu. I didn’t eat the tofu.
I ordered a barbecue chicken dish. It came surprisingly quickly! Alex thought it was his, and I got his, but I didn’t order beef. We switched. The food was really good. And it was better with chopsticks. When I use chopsticks, I find that I get lazy with them over time. So towards the end, I had to concentrate more!
After lunch, Prashanta and I left Janet and Alex. We headed back to Union Station so that we could go back to Brampton and rest. I was disappointed that the station didn’t look all international-style… at least not what I saw. I just had to take a picture of the TD building because it’s so cool.
Then we went home. The End. Until Tomorrow.
Tomorrow came. We decided to go into Mississauga to see lake Ontario and the Square One mall. It’s one of the largest malls in Canada.
We went to a place called Port Credit, an area either within Mississauga that borders lake Ontario. Since I don’t live near a major body of water, it’s always interesting to see nothing but water and sky. There is a gazebo from which people can look out.
There’s a marina just to the right. It was packed with boats. In fact the horizon was littered with white sailboats doing their thing. Prashanta was tempted to go and find out if he can rent a boat, but we figured that it would be too expensive. Maybe he should ask the cell phone guy??
We walked along these huge rocks that made up the pretty shoreline. Parts of them were covered in some slimey aquarian plant life. It was kinda of fun stuff, but I wouldn’t touch it at all.
From where we started, we could see a man further down the shore by some trees. We walked and eventually got to where he was. Prashanta, being the talkative monkey that he is, struck up a conversation with him that included Afghanistan (where the man is from), languages, heart surgery, and the weather. He was drinking a tall beer, taking in the breeze. Sounds like a Sunday afternoon to me! Prashanta and I got him to take our picture. I should have taken his.
After that, we made it to the Square One mall in Mississauga (on one transfer might I add). The mall felt like four Bayshore Shopping Centres (a fair-sized mall near where I live) squished together. It was large, but not very impressive. We spent too much time in this game store that sold boardgames and fun things like that and in a bookstore (looking at Harry Potter and a huge photobook of Toronto).
Before leaving, we went to the bathroom and whatnot. Prashanta tool longer, so I waited outside and started fooling around with this curved mirror. I love curved mirrors. This little girl, walking out of the bathroom with her mother (I imagine), she stopped, tilted her head, and curved her body, “what’s he doing?” she asked curiously. He mom told her to keep going, and I think the little girl might have said to her mom that I was the strangest person.
That brings us to the last leg of our outing – and the second-last attraction I’ll see before leaving: Playdium. Playdium is one of the largest, if not the largest arcade in Canada, and this location is the only one left. How could I say ‘no’ to an arcade??
Inside was like a paradise. Except for four things: there’s no Mario Kart GP, no F-Zero AX, no Taiko Drum Master, and no classic gaming area. I would totally play the original Pac-Man or Donkey Kong or Space Invaders… the early arcade stuff. Kids these days need to appreciate what came before House of the Dead and Time Crisis. A large portion of the games involved shooting and racing, not even fantasy, unrealistic racing which was sad. But they did have really awesome mushroom-like lights.
While I had a good go at the arcades (and realised just how much I suck at Dance Dance Revolution) Prashanta leaned toward the carnival section, where you could get tickets and redeem them for prizes. But our tastes in Playdium met at the air hockey tables. I’m really not too good at that game, but it’s fun!
Once all was said and done, it was time to head home. Well, to Brampton. It was a long day, but really fun! And the next day (Monday.. I’m slightly behind in this blogging business), it’s time to head back to Ottawa…