Toronto, Canada Travel

The City of Toronto, is the capital of the Canadian province of Ontario. It’s the largest city in Canada and fourth-largest city in North America by population.

Toronto is a centre of business, finance, arts, and culture, and is recognized as one of the most multicultural and cosmopolitan cities in the world.

Toronto is home to a prominent centre of music, theatre, museums, historic sites, sports, cinema and television production sites.
Toronto is also the home of many skyscrapers.

Toronto’s economy is highly diversified; featuring great advances in technology, design, financial services, sciences, education, arts, and fashion.

Some of Toronto most impressive sites include: The Royal Ontario Museum, the Art Gallery of Ontario, and The historic Distillery District.

Toronto consists od small and large neighborhoods each with a distinct architectural design like East York, Etobicoke, Forest Hill, Mimico, North York, Parkdale, Scarborough, Swansea, Weston and York.

Victorian-era Bay-and-gable houses are a dominant architectural style in roughout the older neighborhoods of Toronto.

The most elaborate Victorian and Edwardian-era designed neighborhoods include Rosedale, Cabbagetown, The Annex, and Yorkville.

The Wychwood Park neighbourhood, is one of Toronto’s first planned communities, re-designated in 1985 as an Ontario Heritage Conservation District.

The Casa Loma neighbourhood is named after “Casa Loma”, a castle built in 1911 by Sir Henry Pellat, complete with gardens, turrets, stables, an elevator, secret passages, and a bowling alley.

The Spadina House is a 19th-century manor that is now a museum.




Victorian-era Bay-and-gable houses are a dominant architectural style in roughout the older neighborhoods of Toronto.

Old Toronto is also home to many historically wealthy residential territories whose inhabitants are culturally or ethnically distinct such as Yorkville, Rosedale, The Annex, Forest Hill, Lawrence Park, Lytton Park, Deer Park, Moore Park, and Casa Loma.

East and west of downtown, neighbourhoods such as Kensington Market, Chinatown, Leslieville, Cabbagetown and Riverdale are home to bustling commercial and cultural areas as well as communities of artists with studio lofts, with many middle- and upper-class professionals.

Other neighbourhoods in the central city retain an ethnic identity, including two smaller Chinatowns, the Greektown area, Little Italy, Portugal Village, and Little India, along with others.

Toronto also has alot parks like The Allan Gardens, Christie Pits, Grange Park, Little Norway Park, Moss Park, Queen’s Park, Riverdale Park and Trinity Bellwoods Park.

The large parks in the outer areas include High Park, Humber Bay Park, Centennial Park, Downsview Park, Guild Park and Gardens, and Morningside Park.

Toronto also operates several public golf courses.

The Royal Alexandra Theatre opened it’s doors in 1907, making it the oldest continuously operating theatre in North America.
Toronto is the third largest centre for English-language theatre, behind only London, and New York.

Toronto theatre and performing arts scene has more than fifty ballet and dance companies, six opera companies, two symphony orchestras and a host of theatres.

The city is home to the National Ballet of Canada, the Canadian Opera Company, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Canadian Electronic Ensemble, Canadian Stage Company.

The Royal Ontario Museum is a museum of world culture and natural history.

The Toronto Zoo, is home to over 5,000 animals representing over 460 distinct species.

The Art Gallery of Ontario contains a large collection of Canadian, European, African and contemporary artwork, and also plays host to exhibits from museums and galleries all over the world.

The Gardiner Museum of ceramic art is the only museum in Canada entirely devoted to ceramics, and the Museum’s collection contains more than 2,900 ceramic works from Asia, the Americas, and Europe.

The Ontario Science Centre, the Bata Shoe Museum, and Textile Museum of Canada.

The Hockey Hall of Fame is a museum dedicated to ice hockey, as well as a Hall of Fame.

City shopping areas include the Yorkville neighbourhood, Queen West, Harbourfront, the Entertainment District, the Financial District, and the St. Lawrence Market neighborhood.

Toronto is represented in six major league sports, with teams in the National Hockey League, Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, Canadian Football League, Major League Soccer and Canadian Women’s Hockey League.

Toronto is home to the Toronto Maple Leafs, one of the National Hockey League’s Original Six clubs, and has also served as home to the Hockey Hall of Fame since 1958. The city had a rich history of ice hockey championships.

The city is represented in the Canadian Football League by the Toronto Argonauts, who have won 16 Grey Cup titles.

Toronto is represented in Major League Soccer by the Toronto FC, who have won four Canadian Championship titles.

University College at the University of Toronto. University College is one of eleven colleges at the University of Toronto.

The Canadian Film Centre is a film, television and new media training institute.

Public transportation in Toronto
Toronto’s main public transportation system is operated by the TTC (Toronto Transit Commission).

The backbone of its public transport network is the Toronto subway system, which includes three heavy-rail rapid transit lines spanning the city, including the U-shaped Line 1 and east-west Line 2.

The Toronto Transit Commission operates largest and busiest streetcar system in North America.

TTC buses and streetcars use the same fare system as the subway, and many subway stations offer a fare-paid area for transfers between rail and surface vehicles.

Safety Tip
Everywhere in the world tourist are targets for pick pockets, so whether you are male or female don’t forget to take shirts that you can wear outside your pants or skirt – and long T-shirts or Polo shirts – that cover your pockets – at least the entrance of your back pockets.

Pick pockets are not looking for someone they have to pull up their shirt to get their wallet.

Avoid being easy prey. You are already attractive, because you are a tourist.

If you use your wallet in your back pocket – insert it the wide way – not the long way – the long way is easy to pull out – one bump and your wallet goes up and is easily taken away.

Placing your wallet in your pocket the wide way makes it hard to get in your pocket and even harder to pull out. Remember is all about time – having your wallet the wide way in your back pocket is time consuming. Time they do not want to count on.

If you must carry a bag make sure you have a long strap – place the strap across your chest – / – that is – if the strap is on your right shoulder – the bag is hanging below your left arm.

That makes it hard to pull – your chest gets in the way.

So take a few minutes before you go out, check for these things and go out and enjoy yourself,

Take comfortable shoes – do some walking – is a great way to discover a country, and stay fit while on vacation.

But don’t forget to take some tours, so you don’t miss any of the important sites.

Have a safe journey,

Till soon …….


Indonesia Travel

Indonesia consists of hundreds of different ethnic and linguistic groups, the largest is the Javanese. Indonesia’s national motto is: “Bhinneka Tunggal Ika” which means “Unity in Diversity” this is significant of the countries diverse ethnicity – meaning they are many “yet-one”.

Indonesia’s official name is The Republic of Indonesia – in Indonesian: Republik Indonesia.

The Republic of Indonesia is a unitary, transcontinental sovereign state located mainly in Southeast Asia, with some territories in Oceania.

Indonesian is the statutory national language of Indonesia – it is spoken by close to 23 million people. It is a second language for another 140 million people.

Most Indonesians are bilingual, and many are proficient in three or four languages.

Situated between the Indian and Pacific oceans, it is the world’s largest island country.

According to estimates made by the Government of Indonesia, Indonesia has 17,508 islands; 8,844 of those have been named and 922 of them are permanently inhabited.

This makes Indonesia the 14th largest country in the world – in terms of area – and the 7th largest country in the world in terms of combined sea and land space.

Jakarta is it’s Capitol, and home to over 10 million people.

Indonesia’s largest islands are Java, Sumatra, Borneo, Sulawesi, and New Guinea.

Java, is it’s most populous island.

With a population of approximately 261 million people, Indonesia shares maritime borders across narrow straits with Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, the Philippines, and Palau to the north, and south Australia.

Tourism
Tourism is a large part of Indonesia’s Economy. Borobudur, it’s the world’s largest Buddhist temple, and one of the most visited places in Indonesia.

Indonesia has a well-preserved natural ecosystem with a wide spread rain forests and wildlife reserve.

Indonesia has one of world’s longest coastlines, measuring well over 54,716 kilometers.

If you enjoy Cultural Tourism, Indonesia is the place to go – The ancient Prambanan and Borobudur Temples, Toraja and Bali, and the Hindu festivities are some of the most popular cultural sites and events.

Indonesia owns a fair share of the world’s coral reefs, which inhabit over 3,500 different species of fish and over 600 coral species.

Indonesia’s clear sea waters make it an ideal place for scuba diving. Bunaken National Marine Park, is a well known for fish species.




Indonesia’s sea species include sharks, dolphins, manta rays, turtles, moray eels, cuttlefish, octopus and scorpaenidae, just to name a few.

That makes Scuba diving in Indonesia an adventure – see how many of those species you can find, name; and photograph.

The Indonesian islands also have wonderful National Park Reserves – keeping the planet green – the most visited ones are – The Komodo National Park, The Cultural Landscape of Bali, Ujung Kulon National Park, and The Tropical Rain Forest Heritage of Sumatra.

There are also lots of sites to enjoy in the islands – significant of the Indonesian diversified History and Culture. The presence of foreign settlers – is present in some of their architectural designs and places you’ll visit, chief among them is their Dutch and East Indies ancestry.

Journey thru time and discover the archipelago mystery of this great country and relive their history in their Museums, Churches, Forts, and Royal Javanese Courts of Yogyakarta, Surakarta and Mangkunegaran.

Although Bali is Indonesia’s most famous tourist destination, Jakarta has the world’s largest shopping mall.

Bali
Bali is an island and province of Indonesia, with a population of 4,225,000 as of January 2014, the island is home to most of Indonesia’s Hindu minority.

Bali is one of the world most popular tourist destination, which keeps seeing a significant rise in tourism since 1980.

Tourism in Bali is renowned for the Arts, Traditional and Modern Dance, Sculptures, Paintings, Leathers, Metalworking and Music.

For these reasons The Indonesian International Film Festival is held every year in Bali.

In March 2017, TripAdvisor named Bali as the world’s top destination in its Traveler’s Choice Award.

Bali is part of the Coral Triangle, with over 500 different marine species found.

This makes Indonesia a world renown place for sea food.

Food

It’s not surprising that some with such a rich diverse culture as the Indonesian people is also a great chef.

Superb cuisine, is chief among their delectable delights.

Some of the favorites are theSatay’s – a meat skewers that is cooked over coals. These juicy skewers is usually served with rice cakes and peanut sauce.

Beef Rendang which originated from Padang, Sumatra. It’s a flavorful spicy tender beef. It takes forever to cook but once you get your teeth in it you’ll know why.

Then there is Siomay considered by some – Indonesia’s best street food. This dish consist of steamed fish dumpling, steamed potato, cabbage, egg and it’s served with a savory peanut sauce.

If you want to try the best Siomay? – and – I know you do – then you find a bicycle vendor, the ones with a cart at the back of the bike. In that cart – is Street food at its best.

Last but not least is dessert – Sweet Martabak (one of my favorites). It’s like a pancake you can fill with either chocolate, cheese or peanuts.

Try each one separately, then decide if you need to mix any of those fillings.

Safety Tip
Everywhere in the world tourist are targets for pick pockets, so whether you are male or female don’t forget to take shirts that you can wear outside your pants or skirt – and long T-shirts or Polo shirts – that cover your pockets – at least the entrance of your back pockets. Pick pockets are not looking for someone they have to pull up their shirt to get their wallet.

Avoid being easy prey. You are already attractive, because you are a tourist.

If you use your wallet in your back pocket – insert it the wide way – not the long way – the long way is easy to pull out – one bump and your wallet goes up and is taken away.

Placing your wallet in your pocket the wide way makes it hard to get in your pocket and pull it out. Remember is all about time – having your wallet the wide way in your back pocket takes time to get out. Time they do not want to count on.

If you must carry a bag make sure you have a long strap one – place the strap across your chest – / – that is – if the strap is on your right shoulder – the bag is hanging above your left leg. That makes it hard to pull – your chest is in the way.

Enjoy public transportation with minimal worries. Some islands limit or forbid the use of vehicles in their island.
Have a safe flight…… How may islands do you plan to see……

Selamat tinggal …….
Good Bye ………