Just like that, another year has gone by… and the last week of 2005, it seems, has flown by the fastest. Just barely 7 days ago I returned to T.O. with three people dear to my heart (two who are dearest and the third who is becoming increasingly dear as I become better acquainted). John had planned a packed schedule for us in order to squeeze in as many of the sights, sounds and tastes of Toronto as possible. And because this was Cathy’s first visit to Toronto, we mixed visiting favourite haunts with ‘must-see’ destinations. John & Zibin’s favourite restaurants were a must (ate at Druxy’s 4 times this week, twice at Pho Hung)…Niagara Falls, CN Tower for John & Cathy, a tour of UofT, Medieval Times, the Nutcracker (for me, Cathy, WT and Calvin while the other boys played soccer)…We watched King Kong and CoN(L,W&W) and also did a fare bit of shopping both in T.O. and at the Canada One factory outlet in Niagara.
I had a great time, but how I wish we had more time together. If John & Cathy had just stayed for a few more hours, Cathy would have experienced a bona fide snowfall…and maybe even a real snowball fight! Zibin and I felt so keenly for Cathy, knowing how much she had looked forward to snow, but only being able to watch the first real snowfall of her trip from the departure lounge of Toronto’s Pearson Airport. Now John & Cathy are back in Singapore (hopefully sleeping off their jet lag), and Zibin is busy packing for his early flight tomorrow morning. I’m really lucky, really…this is the longest he has been able to visit Toronto since he graduated back in 2001. And yet, it’s so difficult to be contented and not want more…in some ways, I find it harder to say good-bye in Toronto than it is to say good-bye in Singapore. When I’m flying off alone to Toronto, it feels like I’m going off on an adventure. But saying good-bye to them in Toronto just makes me feel like I’m being left behind. Ah well. Life… :)