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Freshly Pressed

28 Sep

You have no idea how much of a shock it was to see the page views on ROMISAYS skyrocket first thing yesterday morning. It took me a while to figure out that I was “Freshly Pressed” on WP’s homepage.

I wanted to thank WordPress, even though I’m not sure how FP posts are chosen, for putting me there. It’s nice to be able to write and get my message across, but it’s nicer to get an extra push to spread my words to more people than I would usually have access too.

I also would like to thank those who read and commented on the post. I learnt great deal from your input and opinions, and every single person who commented stayed respectful to me, each other, and the subject matter. After reading too many a comment section on a news article, I was beginning to doubt good comments even existed.

I hope those who gravitated to my blog via Freshly Pressed will continue reading. I promise awesome content and good discussion.

Beyond humbled,

Romi

Not In My Playground

27 Sep

"The Twins" - Jonathan Hobin via Toronto Star

The Star features a piece on artist Jonathan Hobin whose new photographic series called In The Playroom recreates the heaviest most controversial events of the last decade and a half in the context of a child’s playroom. Themes include 9/11, the death of princess Diana, and the boxing day Tsunami.

Not surprisingly, the series has sparked controversy, but Hobin says there is logic in his expression: Continue reading

Remember When? Summer 2010

8 Sep

This beaver has nothing to do with any kind of current events..but look how huge it is!

It’s been quite the summer for newsmakers. While we were enjoying our slow days and numerous heatwaves, underfed, underpaid journalists worked overtime to deliver top stories to our Crackberries while we lounged on our decks in bikinis sipping ice cold beers (…no? Just me?). Don’t worry, In a year from now, I’ll be shaking my fist at summer Romi too.

But seriously, the news has been far from slow this season making it hard to remember what happened when, or was it that humidity-induced coma? Perhaps it’s beneficial to take a look at planet earth’s crazy summer, if only to remind ourselves that the worst things to happen to Toronto are a puny earthquake, a delightful heatwave, and an irritating mayoral race (or to assist those journalism buddies who went news reading cold-turkey this summer and are playing catchup).

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I’m In The Mood For Blogging

7 Sep

And it took me long enough.

After plenty of time minding my own beeswax, I have finally decided to re-infiltrate the blogosphere. Sorry for the slackage. I can’t even say that I was busy, because I was hardly. I just didn’t think that summer Romi would give you the quality content you deserve. Hopefuly fall Romi will. Who knows?

Anyhoo, as always, I’m looking for guest bloggers so if you would like to be published on the blog, let me know! (either via comment or e-mail: romisez@gmail.com)

I know you missed me.

More of this to come:

p.s. Like my camels? My banner is officially non-permanent. Keep checking in for frequent changes!

More My City Lives Vids!

28 Jun

After a break from making videos, I have bombarded the My City Lives website with three new vids!

This one I filmed at Tabule on Yonge street, drinking some delicious mint tea.

I poured a pint at the Frog and Firkin, and filmed it, and I watched Ken Yates perform at Tranzac which you can check out here!

If you haven’t seen my other MCL vids…where have you been? Just kidding – LINK.

The Unfavourable Vampires

18 Jun

I originally wrote this for one of my classes with the intent of pitching it to some magazines, but I have decided against it since the topic has been shot out of the limelight.

I did decide, however, to resurrect it and republish it on my blog because I was just reading an article in the Star about dogs that are sniffing out G20 delegates’ hotel rooms for bed bugs. If the city of Toronto is trying to avoid housing delegates in a bed-bug infested hotel room, perhaps they should take that persistence and apply it to the residents of this city who have been spending thousands of dollars out of their own pockets to rid themselves, often unsuccessfully, of infestations.

Alright, here’s the piece I wrote:

I vant to suck your blood

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Country Culture [pics]

14 Jun

Recovering from an extremely busy, but lovely weekend. I managed to get to Waterloo, Buffalo, and the London area in four days.

While in London, I went to the Ailsa Craig annual town-wide garage sale. What a lovely idea! Participants sell their edible and non-edible wares on their respective lawns, attracting hundreds from neighbouring municipalities. I could see this working in smaller neighbourhoods in Toronto. In fact, I’ve been to a similar event in the College-Spadina area last summer.

Of course, a plethora of crafts, toys, and antiques can be quite photogenic, so I ended up hiding behind my camera for a large portion of my tour around the town.

Here are some pictures from my morning:

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