Is Mobile Phone Data Really Necessary?

(Caveat emptor)

Monday, 15 September 2014 | by | 1 Reply

Cellphone Data Plan a Necessity?

Smart phones and mobile data plans are like peanut butter and jelly; they go together. Anyone who’s anyone with a smart phone has a data plan. Data plans border on necessity and many can’t imagine living without it, even at an expense of a minimum $50/month for the service. When it comes to cell phone data, I may be in the minority; I have a smartphone, but don’t have a data plan. Continue reading

PROJECT URBANSIMPLIFY SEPTEMBER CHALLENGE: DISTRACTIONS

(radio silence)

Friday, 5 September 2014 | by | 6 Replies

SeptemberThe first thing I do each morning is reach for Daniel’s cell phone, which we use as an alarm, and check Instagram. I don’t even bother putting on my glasses; I squint at the tiny screen to view all the new photographs posted since I last checked (which was probably no more than eight hours ago before bedtime). I’ve been obsessed with the platform since discovering it a couple months ago. I have never been huge social media user, but I LOVE Instagram; love so much, it is the first thing I want to see in the morning. Continue reading

A Glimpse of Simplicity in Prince Edward County

(O Captain, My Captain)

Thursday, 4 September 2014 | by | 2 Replies

The Simple Life in Prince Edward County

A couple Sundays ago, a convoy of four cars led by my husband, drove out of Toronto and into the countryside. Though the destination was only 180 km away, it took almost three hours to reach it. It was an exasperating journey. Our cellphone rang every half hour with requests to make pit stops because someone was either hungry or needed to use the washroom. My mum, at one point, was driving 90 kilometers an hour, and when we sped up to 105km/hour, we nearly lost her. Then the toddler in the backseat woke up from his nap and wouldn’t stop crying unless I sang David Guetta’s “Shot Me Down” non-stop. Upon arrival at a house outside of the small town of Wellington, Ontario (population 1700), members of my family, ranging from two years old to sixty-five, spilled out like a clown car routine at a circus (or an Asian tour bus). “Finally,” they said, “How come you said it would only take two hours to get here?” I wanted to run for the hills. What was I thinking when I invited my family to spend a few days in Prince Edward County with me?! Continue reading

Brazil Cost Breakdown

(break it down)

Thursday, 14 August 2014 | by | 2 Replies

Brazil, Our Travel Costs

I recently came across a post by Jason Hull of Hull Financial Planning estimating the cost to go to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Assuming a 14 night stay, flights from Dallas, tickets to 3 World Cup games in three different cities, and three domestic flights to host cities, his estimate came up to be $7,205 USD per person.

Our stay was of a similar duration, but we had flights from Toronto, tickets to 1 world cup game, an 8 hour bus ride, a two boat rides, and three domestic flights. Including all of the sightseeing, food and accommodations, it came out to $7,300 CAD – for the both of us. Continue reading

Tips for Frugal Travelling in Brazil

(Football fever)

Friday, 8 August 2014 | by | 10 Replies

Brazil Frugal Travel Tips

I don’t even remember how far back it was when we first started talking about taking a trip to Brazil. It might have been during the previous World Cup in 2010; I vaguely remember asking Daniel where the 2014 World Cup was to be held while watching soccer on TV. “Brazil,” he responded. “Let’s go! I turn 30 that year!” My thirtieth birthday coincided with 2014 World Cup, and wouldn’t that be an amazing way to celebrate the big 3-0? Continue reading