Wow! There was so much food for Christmas dinner.
This is lechon kawali, fried pork belly. It's a popular dish at Filipino
This is lumpia shanghai, fried spring rolls. It's one of Myra's favourite foods so we tried it, and we agree it's quite yummy.
There is always a fish entrée at a Filipino potluck
dinner. "Look how huge those fish are, Paul!" "I don't think I can eat
all of that, Hans!"
This dish is called Bicol Express. It's a stew with
pork, coconut milk, shrimp paste, garlic, and long chilies. We thought
it was very spicy, but Myra said this was a very mild version. We can't
imagine what the spicy version would taste like!
One of the desserts was called bibingka. It's a rice
cake with cheese and a piece of salted duck egg on top. The cake was
tasty, but the salted egg was a little odd.
Oh, we are so full! That was a great dinner. It is
amazing that we are in Canada, but we got to learn a bit about Filipino
culture. Myra says that's the great thing about living in Canada.
Everyone can share their cultures and traditions. We are off to bed. We
are going to experience something called "Boxing Day" tomorrow, and we
have to wake up very early for this. Merry Christmas, or as it is said
in Tagalog "Maligayang Pasko"!
We traveled to Glengarry, Ontario to see St. Raphaels ruins! Built
in 1821, the church of St. Raphael's was one of the earliest Roman
Catholic churches in Canada. Consumed by a fire in 1970, the church was
completely gutted. However, the walls remained standing. Since 1999,
this site has been declared a National Historic site.
we are inside the St. Raphael's Ruins! To the left you can see the bell
that survived the 1970 fire, although half melted, it now sits on
display. It was very cool to see these beautiful ruins; a wonderful part
of Canada's history!
We traveled all the way to Coboconk, Ontario and were able to see "Canada's Smallest Jail."
This jail house was vacant for 50 years before it was purchased by the Coboconk New Horizons Club in 1974. Since the construction of the jail in 1899, the limestone walls that were mined from a local quarry and the iron bars remain unchanged. It is now a designated heritage site and museum.
With only 2 cells and a single wardens office, this is truly a very small jail!
is the library on Parliament Hill. It's not open to the public because
it's only for people who work in the government. In 1916 there was a
fire that destroyed most of the original center block of parliament. The library is the only part left from the original building.
Here we are sitting in front of the Canadian flag along with the flags of each of the provinces and territories.
decided to get a closer look at the canal so we walked down to see it.
In about a month the canal will be frozen thick enough that people will
be able to skate on it! Each winter, 8km of the canal in Ottawa is open
for skating. It's known as "The World's Longest Skating Rink".
we are sitting on a bridge in downtown Ottawa over the Rideau Canal.
The canal runs 202km from Kingston to Ottawa and was built in the early
1800's. This is the end of the canal where it runs into the Ottawa
River. The strange gates are locks that let the boats pass between the
different water levels of the river and the canal.
we are outside Parliament Hill. This is where Canada's government
meets. The tall tower in the middle is called the Peace Tower and it has
a clock at the top that chimes every hour. Our host assures us that
Parliament Hill is much busier during the summer, especially on Canada
Day when there are people everywhere!
is the view from the back of Parliament Hill. You can see it's a very
tall hill! The building across the canal on the right is the National
Art Gallery. Across the river in the distance is the province of Quebec.
Now that exams are finished at Bishop’s University, we are
visiting Ottawa with our host. It was a very long bus ride from Sherbrooke so
we have spent the past couple of days recovering from exam stress with our host
at her home. She has a beautiful Christmas wreath on her door which we climbed
into for this picture!
Yesterday we helped decorate the Christmas tree so we
rewarded ourselves with some delicious gingerbread cookies and a glass of
eggnog, typical foods for a Canadian Christmas. Here we are in front of the Christmas tree!
We attended a concert given by the Bishop's University singers and the
Orchestre symphonique de Sherbrooke. The music performed was Handel's
Messiah, which is commonly performed at Christmas time. We watched from
the balcony and discussed the amazing performance during the
On a chilly
afternoon, we went to a Christmas market in Sherbrooke. We saw a Ferris
wheel, a giant decorated Christmas tree and vendors selling a variety of
things, from fur hats to pottery. We also sampled delicious local
cheese. Canada is beautiful during the holiday season!