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Through the eyes of Paula...

Since the summer season is now in full swing, an endless variety of fruits are available for purchase. Summer is the best time of the year to try exotic, uncommon fruits, and explore what nature has to offer you. Here are five unusual fruits from around the world. Have you ever heard of them, or even tried them?

1. Buddha’s Hand: This citrusy fruit is aptly named, since its finger-like sections resemble a human hand. It comes from India and China, and can be eaten as a zest or flavouring since it does not contain pulp or juice. It is very fragrant and can also be used as a perfume.

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Through the eyes of Paula...

As summer gets going, one great activity to partake in is going to a fun event or festival with your family and friends. You can enjoy the nature, food, activities, and rides. Here are five events to give you an idea about the kinds of festivities that are out there.

1. The Fringe: Toronto’s Theatre Festival: Running until July 10, the Fringe festival is the largest theatre festival of its kind, with 150+ shows in 30 venues, and more than 1100 performances featuring local and international theatre companies. Ticket prices are very low, and the shows take place in multiple locations across the city.

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Through the eyes of Paula...

For people who invest in flowers for a nice summer front or backyard, the flowers listed here would provide a wonderful addition to a garden. In addition, the flowers will attract bees, which are crucial in keeping the flowers well and abundant. Here are some suitable flowers to plant this summer.

1. Foxglove Beardtongue: Bloomingin June, the foxglove beardtongue is a tall-stemmed plant that grows about three feet high. The white flowers are tubular and long, providing nectar to honey bees and hummingbirds. The name “beardtongue” comes from the appearance of the hair on the stamen within the flower.

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Through the eyes of Paula...

Summer is a beautiful, inspiring time of year for people, because nature is in full bloom, animals are lively, and the whole world is bustling with activity and excitement. Such beauty can spark contemplation and introspection among those who marvel at the world around them. Below are some evocative literary quotes about summer that express various qualities of the summertime and inspire readers to reflect on the season.

 

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Through the eyes of an intern...

For the entire school year, I have been looking towards the summer as it was the glorious reward at the end of my stressful school term. Thinking about all the festivals, music, food, beaches, and the parties got my blood pumping and gave me something to look forward to during my exam period.

As I am writing this blog, I realize that half of my summer has already passed. What have I done so far? Besides starting an internship, I haven't crossed anything off of my bucket list. No festivals, no beaches, and no exciting plans. I can't be the only one out there. So what can we do to make this summer last?

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Through the eyes of Shay...

 

Summer is only a month away, and before we know it, the sun will shine, the flowers will bloom, and the festivities will begin. Toronto is notorious for throwing great events and bringing people together for celebrations.

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It's the middle of the summer and you're probably looking for a way to cool off on those hot nights. Well, you're in luck because we've piled up our favorite rooftop patios in Toronto! They're perfect if you're looking to catch some rays or if you want to feel the nighttime breeze when the sun sets. So sit back, relax, and grab a cold one... because this rooftop patio list has you covered.

Drake SkyYard - 1150 Queen Street West: This celebrated rooftop is a must-see. With tents, blankets, and cushions to get cozy in, this is a great place to snuggle up with someone special and relax with a few drinks. They even have marshmallow roasting when it gets a bit cooler. Make sure you don't leave without trying their famous Drake Mojitos!

Pauper's Pub - 539 Bloor Street West: This cozy rooftop patio is situated right in the heart of the Annex, meaning it’s a popular hangout for summer students taking a break from their thesis to enjoy the good weather. Not to mention the great view of the city!

The Pilot - 22 Cumberland Street: With it's location in the heart of Yorkville, this large rooftop patio gives an inclusive vibe, bringing in people from all over Toronto and summer tourists alike. The steel tables and chairs give it an industrial charm and lots of space to bring friends.

Hemingway's - 142 Cumberland Street: Another popular Yorkville spot which plays host to the after-work crowd. The patio provides a relaxing view of Yorkville for people looking to enjoy the summer sun and unwind after a stressful day at work. Run with a New Zealand vibe, the staff is always friendly and outgoing.

The Madison - 14 Madison Ave: A former Victorian mansion attached to the Madison Boutique Hotel, this is a popular spot for students young and old. Offering a maze of different rooms, including an adorable rooftop patio, a piano room, and a dance floor, this is the place to be any night of the week. The Madision is a great place- even after the summer is over!

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Through the eyes of Amy...

Nothing gets us more excited than watching good looking people perform some mind-blowing action scenes. With summer blockbusters just around the corner, we won't have to wait long. Here are our five most anticipated movies this summer:

  1. Godzilla: The giant Japanese reptile got a reboot early in the season in May with Gareth Edward's latest installment. Wreaking havoc from Japan to the United States, this movie looks worth seeing for the special effects alone.
  2. 22 Jump Street: Following the unexpected success of 21 Jump Street, Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum returned in June as wildly entertaining and slightly incompetent undercover cops, only this time they're going to college! The two actors fluid chemistry surprised audiences and we can only hope they find that spark again.
  3. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello, and Michelangelo are once again hitting the big screen. With Megan Fox playing April O'Neil, we can only hope she's able to keep up the humorous and witty rapport which defined the four mutant ninja turtle brothers in their earlier appearances. The movie is being directed by Jonathan Liebesman and is slated for release in August.
  4. X-Men: Days of Future Past: Released just in May, X-Men: Days of Future Past came as the sequel to X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men: First Class. This X-men film is the seventh installment in the series and is being directed by Bryan Singer. Uniting both the old and new cast, with the help of some Academy heavy actors, it's tough to believe this film won't hit its mark.
  5. Transformers: Age of Extinction: After three movies, Shia Labeouf has been replaced in this June release, and by none other than Marky Mark Wahlberg- adding a much needed shot of adrenaline to the series. Directed by Michael Bay, it will be the fourth live-action Transformers film and also the sequel to Transformers: Dark of the Moon.

 

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Through the eyes of Joshua…

Summer is here and you can expect the temperature to rise and the humidity to settle in. Here are a few tips to stay cool without relying too much on electricity:

  1. Drink plenty of water: Our body is composed of about 60% water. We sweat more when the temperature is hot - especially if you’re working or exercising in the heat. Drinking water helps replenish the fluids lost by excessive sweating.
  2. Keep still and quiet: It is important to maintain a calm and relaxed posture. Save the exercising and kinetic activities for the evening when the sun goes down and the air becomes cooler.
  3. Stay in the shade: You can read a book, sit down, or take a nap. When you move around, it makes your body temperature rise.
  4. Open the windows to let in a breeze: This allows the air inside to circulate and cool down. If insects are a problem, use screens to keep them out.
  5. Go swimming: Going swimming on a hot day is a great way to cool off. Head over to your nearest public swimming pool for a cool splash.
  6. Have a cold shower or bath: A cold shower or bath will instantly cool you off. You can also wrap damp towels around your body to help bring your temperature down.
  7. Use fans: Fans keep the air circulating and don't use as much energy as air conditioners. You can also produce a mini air-conditioning effect by placing a wet face cloth over the outer cage of the fan.
  8. Chew on ice cubes: It’s just like drinking water, only colder!
  9. Use a bag of ice: Place the bag on your forehead for approximately 30 minutes.
  10. Water spray bottle: If you go outside frequently, spray yourself with cold water from a spray bottle. It helps you stay cool and it feels good.

 

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