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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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Beyond A Matter Of Pride

11 Jun

The atmosphere in Toronto is tense not only as a result of the massive price tag put on the G20 summit, but also in light of a controversial decision made by the organizers of the city’s annual pride parade.

Queers Against Israeli Apartheid has been banned from participating in the parade unless they undergo a name change because, according to parade authorities and the provincial government, “Israeli Apartheid” is a term that is hateful and offensive.

Has the line been drawn too soon? Continue reading

If I Had A Billion Dollars

1 Jun

So much criticism is being aimed at the government for spending a hefty price tag ($1 Billion +) on security alone at the G20 summit in June. Rightfully so, especially if one puts that amount of money into perspective.

The Toronto Star did just that, finding the power in one billion dollars to do a heck of a lot of things like:

Reduce tuition by $1,000 for every student

Create 11,000 new construction jobs

Also, the maternal health plan would spend as much money as G20 security for a three year program. That would be $300 million a year instead of one billion for a three day event. With extra money, developing countries would receive more aid for women and children, obviously saving more lives.

MP Olivia Chow also says: Continue reading

Doors Open Toronto (Pics)

31 May

I had the chance to run around the city on Saturday exploring some famous and lesser known buildings for Doors Open Toronto. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to a lot of what I wanted to see – who knew that it took so long to get from one end of downtown to the other?

I thought I would post some pics from this year’s DOTO.

A lot of them didn’t turn out well due to the lack of tripod. On one hand I wish I brought one since I would’ve gotten some wicked pics, but on the other, my back would probably be hurting as much as my feet are if I had. Worth it? Who knows.

Here’s where I went:

-The stables at Casa Loma

-The Toll House

-Wychwood Barns

– Toronto’s first post office

– Mackenzie House

Long Weekend Haiku

22 May

Owen Sound I go

No social media there,

Happy May 2-4!

Sexist Magazine Alive?

19 May

I present to you, Mag World Magazine 2010 in all its glory.

Love it like you love your own children (born and unborn). And check out the Mag World website while you’re at it!

It’s a wrap ladies and gentlemen.

It’s A Blog-Eat-Blog World

4 May

Our Magworld Magazine website has officially launched!

It’s been a long time coming. Please take the time to read the articles, check out the pictures, audio, and video and appreciate all the hard work our talented team has put into our magazine.

Here’s a link to my article on the relevance of blogging for magazine publications. It includes a video interview with Todd Harrison of Spacing Magazine.

And most importantly, spread the word!!!! Share the link to the site / my article with everyone that you know. We are a tiny magazine and would love for a ton of eyes to read, hear, and see what we’ve come up with.

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