Basketball Dadiaries: Week 2

Me: “Huh, that guy’s wearing a faded high school jersey.”

Friend: “It’s so faded it’s not even white anymore.”

Me: “Ha, yeah…”

 

While I laughed off the fact that the guy’s white jersey was more cream colour than white, seeing someone with a high school jersey during the recleague game last week did make feel a little bitter and disappointed with myself.

Why?

Let me explain by going back to 2001…


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Basketball Dadiaries: Week 1

Me: How old do you think those guys are?

Friend: I don’t know? Probably in their twenties?

Me: Damn, I feel old.

This was my friend and I –sitting in a pool of our collective sweat.

No, we didn’t run a marathon, nor did we complete a gruelling obstacle course.

We were simply taking a break from playing pick up basketball for 10-15 minutes tops.

As I looked onto the court, I could see an image of my past self staring back at me.

This was the 20 something year old version me, looking and ridiculing the two 30 something year old guys thinking, “Damn, I’d hate to be old and out of shape like those two over there.”

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A Dad’s Review of the Brica By-My-Side Safety Harness Backpack

This is a review of the Brica By-My-Side Infant Safety Harness Backpack. For disclosure purposes, Munchkin Canada sent me this backpack for review. You may purchase this backpack via the following link. This link was provided by Munchkin Canada, and I do not receive any commission or compensation if you purchase this from them.

A few months ago, Munchkin sent me the Stainless Steel Miracle Cup for review and the Brica By-My-Side backpack.

We were quickly able to use the Miracle cup, but it took a while for us to really get used to using the By-My-Side backpack.

You see, before 18 months my daughter would take direction well enough, she’ll listen to us if we asked her to stop or go.

I remember even thinking, “Wow this backpack is cool and all, but my daughter is such an angel that she doesn’t give us a hard time running all over the place — unlike those other wild children. Ha Ha Ha, sitting on my high-horse sure feels great!

Then, as the universe has it way of balancing things, the “on” switch flipped inside her head and told her that it’s okay to selectively listen to mom or dad–and run like heck.

It’s been two months since the green light went off and now I can finally give this backpack an honest review after seeing it put to the test.

Before I get into the details, as I do for all my reviews, here’s the TL:DR:

Get this backpack if you have a runner, but do consider the length of the tether if you are taller, or have short arms.

Now if you would like to stick around for a bit more detail, do feel free to read on, as I’ll give my full review of the Brica By-My-Side backpack below.

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Local Tourist: Wonton Chai Noodle 雲吞仔 – Strange Comfort Food

I don’t know where this post falls under, but I really wanted to talk about a restaurant that I’ve been going to for years.

Obviously, when eating in restaurants food comes first — but atmosphere is also very important.

The Atmosphere Just Makes Me Think of Hong Kong

Atmosphere can sometimes evoke different emotions, and memories. It may bring you back to places in time that you cannot trigger by simple memory.

The restaurant I am talking about is the Wonton Chai Noodle 雲吞仔 in Markham. It you don’t know what wonton’s are, they’re basically meat filled dumplings. But instead of pan fried or steamed, they’re boiled in broth.

Every time I go and eat there, it evokes memories of my birth place: Hong Kong.

What’s strange is I don’t know why it makes me feel this way, cause never in my youth did I stay in Hong Kong long enough warrant these feelings.

As I mentioned before, growing up, I was never quick to accept or embrace my heritage. It was only until having a daughter that I started to think about the impact her cultural would have on her.

This restaurant is not going to win a Michelin Star anytime soon, but for whatever reason it just puts me in a good place every time I eat there.

The obvious reason would be the food, as this place makes really delicious shrimp wontons and dace wontons. Along with extremely quick service — Hong Kong people are always in a hurry, so speed is expected. Once you order, the food comes before you have a chance to take few sips of the tea.

 

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One thing that I’ve gravitated towards is the immediate mood when going to the restaurant. From the menus being under the glass table, to the Hong Kong radio station they place in the background, this restaurant just hits the right notes for me.

Now I am over 20 years removed from visiting Hong Kong, and it could be that nothing is authentic about this place, but that doesn’t really matter, because every time I step into this restaurant, I am just filled with strange but comforting vibes.

If you ever find yourself in Markham, look up this place (I also believe there’s a busier location in Scarborough as well).

I do not have any affiliation with this place, so it would seem a bit strange to write a food post about it, but I just felt like sharing something that gives me such joy and pleasure.

Do you have a comfort food restaurant that gives you inexplicable memories? If you do, it would be interesting to hear what place brings you to another place.

Let me know in the comments below or Tweet me your favourite and unlikely place!