カフカ di Tepi Danau

Okay. Toronto trip coming to an end in... 12 hours?

This trip I won't say it's immemorable (damn I typed this word like 7 times before I got it right), but it's really an eye-opener. After all, this is the first time I stepped out of Asia (East Asia, to be exact).

I took a lot of pictures. Obviously.
Which comes to a question, how am supposed to blog out my two week trip? I can't be spamming all into ONE LONG POST RIGHT I DON'T HAVE THE TIME AND ENERGY TO DO IT yeah.

Shall split them into little sections, got time I post one lah.

Starting from the Royal Ontario Museum bah. Bienvenue à Musée Royal de l'Ontario!

Museum Subway Station
Here the transport system a bit difficult to navigate at first lah. Shall describe next time yo.


My boy busy taking pictures. Obviously his skills not as good as mine. Hahaha.




To all males: CHIOBU ALERT. BE SURE TO CHECK HER OUT NEXT TIME.


Very big very posh!



They've got a lot of galleries, ranging from the First Nation peoples (the aborigines) to wildlife to Korean history to dinosaurs to Medieval English life. It's really a 包罗万象 journey.



Hokkien Pengs: Sir, Sir! 你麦死啊!要ㄍㄧㄥ下去!
Sir: Huh? You say I KENG?! ARGHHHH~~

It's a bit sad when it comes to the Chinese Gallery. Because there are actually some stuff that you won't get to see in China. And you'll wonder how did all of these things end up in Angmoh hands.

Oracle bones. 甲骨文. I've never seen it in my whole life.

Ah, then comes to the Korean Gallery. Things aren't as bad as China's (obviously) so there are fewer things to put on display.

This man here, Mr 李福源, is the 大司成 of the Joseon Kingdom. 大司成 is like a Minister in charge of cultural (mostly Confucian) and education affairs. Quite big rank lah.


The thing to take note here of course is not his rank. On the right tablet it says 崇祯纪元后三庚寅 blah blah blah. Feeling confused, concussed, concaved? Hahaha. 崇祯 is a name for an era in which one emperor will reign. For this dynasty it is one emperor=one era name. Emperor 崇祯 is actually the last emperor of the Ming Dynasty, after which the Manchus came in and took the throne and established the Qing Dynasty. The Koreans back then were freaking loyal to the Chinese Empire for eons and they despised the Manchus whom they thought were barbarians from the north. In fact, they thought they were more civilised than the Manchus.

So they rejected everything from the Qing government. Qing Emperor angry. Send troops go whack. The Joseon King cannot tahan liao. Say Sorry and give present and women. "Okay good boy, now obey me."

So in international documents, the Koreans had to write the Qing era name on it. But when it's domestic, or when they think the Qing government doesn't know, the still used the 崇祯 name. That's when you have things like 崇祯纪元后三庚寅 (Year 123) appearing, as if the Emperor lived for 123 years. That's how things works.

Some tablets of the Joseon Yi Dynasty. Oh, Korean documents back then used Hanja. The Korean alphabets you see now is for the commoners.



Ahuh. Here is one tablet. See the character? Looks weird right?
China's only female emperor 武则天 created her own characters called 则天文字 so show how Epic here rule was. Too bad these characters only existed during her reign and after she died the characters died with her too.
This is actually 年.

My boy looking at the 10 levels of Hell Judgment.

Cheem recycling!


$$$$$$$

This is not art. This is actually a piece of natural stone formed by concretion.

妈的,国家物产丰隆就是好sia。

Take any one of these and you're rich.

Beauty in things exists in the mind that contemplates them.



Alright. Then on the way to the Bata Shoe Museum...



Passed by University of Toronto, it's just like SMU, got buildings here and there one, across the road and under the road.





This Shoe Museum is definitely a must-go for girls. And it is pay-what-you-think on Thursdays. Not that it doesn't appeal to guys, it's both an educational and entertaining place, but girls will go crazy over all the shoes on exhibit.



Shoes worn by the bigshots




Yawn. Damn tired typing all these stuff. Ciaos.

The Royal Conservatory of Music. Canadian ABRSM bah.




Something to ponder:
Memories are what warm you up from the inside,
but they're also what tear you apart.

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