Tomorrow marks the first day of autumn, so of course it’s going to feel like 32 and be humid. Co-op terms are generally more relaxing than academic terms, but these next few months are going to be nothing short of hectic. In addition to work-related stuff, I have to apply to grad jobs (which is like a full-time job in itself) and study for CFA (which is like taking a few extra courses). So yes I am starting to feel the pressure.
Due to the above mentioned encumbrances, I will also have no social life until December 5. And then I will probably need to go all out holiday-festive-style. I would say that this past week wrapped up my fun quite nicely. Last Saturday I had lunch with Nic, then went for a haircut in Pacific Mall. Jo and I decided to try that new place upstairs (I forgot what it’s called already). It was okay, nothing remarkable. I will keep trying different salons to find a really really good one, or at least somewhere with a decent price-to-quality ratio. Afterwards, we wandered around the mall and moved on to Market Village. As some of you may be aware of, Market Village will soon be no more. Instead, they intend to replace it with the biggest Asian mall in North America (a title currently held by none other than Pacific Mall). There was a pretty large model in the main foyer, so I snapped some shots:
I’m rather skeptical with this proposed re-engineering. If done right, it can be every bit as awesome at the model looks. But if anything goes awry, things could end up like the atrocity that is Splendid China Tower across the street (seriously, who the hell named that complex?), which has no resemblance to a tower whatsoever, and still looks like Canadian Tire.
On Wednesday I got to see U2 in concert at the Rogers Centre, courtesy of RIM and JChu. The stage, the band, and the show itself were nothing short of amazing. Can’t expect anything less from the greatest rock band of all time :) I took a few photos on my phone camera, so I apologize for the shittacular quality.
On Friday, our department had a team-building event at Polson Pier. I had never been there before, and was impressed by the view from the docks. You can see downtown Toronto to the right and the Islands on the left.
We were enrolled in this “corporate team building activity/competition” thing, which was a big scavenger hunt consisting of many activities ranging from leapfrogging to passing a ball with your neck (not easy BTW). One of the activities was rock climbing, which I decided to have a go at. It was my first time rock climbing, so I was fairly proud to have made it to the top. But yea, fine, it was a really easy wall. Anyways our team lost won because obviously the “winning” team cheated. Since it was such nice weather, I walked to the Eaton Centre with a couple of coworkers along Lakeshore. We walked very slowly, chatting and scoping out the area. It was pretty interesting to see the city from a different angle. I was dead tired by the time we reached the mall, so I hopped on a subway home not long after.
Later today I’m going to my first [email protected] presentation with the CEO. I am assuming most of the people who signed up did so for the very same reason as me – free food :P