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Ripleys Toronto

I was in Toronto at the Ripley’s Aquarium yesterday so I could bring you this awesome amazing blog content.

This story goes way back.  The aquarium opened a little bit after I had moved to Saskatchewan. I was devastated.  I really was looking forward to it.   My mom told me when we came back to visit we could go so I could finally see what it was like.  When the trip was booked I was ecstatic.

I wrote an email to a woman named Maggie Doucette who works for the aquarium as a public relations associate.  I asked if I could interview someone.  She said there was no interviewees available and she could answer them for me. I asked seven questions that I wanted to know.

1. how much food does it take to feed all the animals?   750 lbs a week

2. how many employees does it take to keep all the animals fed and safe? Our Husbandry team consists of over 30 highly trained staff

3. what is the biggest animal?  Sawfish 450 lbs

4. How much water altogether? 5.7 million litres

5. how much food do the sharks eat in a day? Due to a slow metabolism sharks don’t eat every day.  Depending on the species they typically eat between 2-5% of their body weight a week.

6. about how many animals are in the entire aquarium? Roughly 16,000

7. most popular exhibit? Dangerous Lagoon

On the way there, my mom and I took the GO train.

On the way there, my mom and I took the GO train.

I took out my phone on the GO, but my mom said I would lose battery power.  I looked around at everyone with their phones and laptops.  I told my mom I wanted to fit in.  She laughed which was a bad idea cuz we were in the quiet zone.

I was so happy to go.

I was so happy to go.

When we were in the aquarium it was so cool!!!!!!!! There were sharks and sea turtles and piranhas. There were so many different kinds of fish that I never even knew of – I was amazed.

Shark AWESOME!!!

Shark AWESOME!!!

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Underwater tube was so cool!

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Seeing Sharks close up 🙂

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My mom and I in the submarine

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In the middle of a tank.

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The way males give birth I think is hilarious.

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Being able to touch a bamboo shark

What surprised me the most is that a harmless looking little yellow fish could be so lethal and dangerous (it had an accurate resemblance to Bubbles from Finding Nemo).   I could see the other fish I saw in there being lethal and dangerous. When I saw the little yellow one I thought it was there for bait. But, when I saw the board I thought “Oh”.

My favorite part was the Dangerous Lagoon. Dangerous Lagoon was really cool it had a moving walkway, sharks, sawfish, sea turtles and much more!!!!! On our ‘quest’ into the lagoon, there was the huge sawfish just lounging on top of the tube. It was funny because his mouth was just going up and down like he was cleaning the top like those cleaner fish.  Also saw a really cool starfish.

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I had so much fun on this trip.  I miss Toronto so much and hope we move back soon.  This was a cool experience.

I would like to thank Maggie Doucette for answering my questions and the Ripley’s aquarium for a good time

Alert: I will not be posting for a couple weeks. My next post will say why.

Disclosure: I was not paid or didn’t get anything for this post.  All my opinion and I loved it.  Hopefully I get to do more stuff.

The Best Summer EVER

Ah finally… out of Saskatchewan. Its been an interesting year but I’m so happy to be back where I belong. This… is the first week of my time in… Ontario.

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Off on my adventure 🙂

My parents booked me with the WestJet unaccompanied minor program.   My flight left at 6:20am.  I had to get up at 3:15 am. We stayed at a hotel in Regina so it wouldn’t have been earlier.  I had mixed feelings about going by myself but I knew once in Ontario the fun would really start!! Off I flew Eastward. It took two hours and thirty-five minutes.  It was cool to travel by myself and it gave me a sense of complete independence 🙂 The crew were so nice and awesome too. Even though I didn’t get to see the cockpit, I still had so much fun.  The crew took very good care of me.

The moment we landed, I looked out the window.  In my head I thought “I missed you so much”!! I saw the city in which my whole life started (literally). I had to wait till I could get off the plane while everyone else got off first.  The crew would take me when everyone was off.   I didn’t care though,  I was just happy with the fact I was in Ontario again. When I got off the plane,  a WestJet worker took me to find my uncle S so I could officially be in Ontario. When she found him,  he signed papers and  she left. We then got my suitcase and  we left.

I spent two days at my aunt L and Uncle S’ house with some of my cousins. We had fun playing video games and going to the park.  Soon enough, the time flew and I was going to my aunty G’s house. It was too late to go to the pool so I waited until the next day.  We didn’t go to the pool right in the morning because we had to go to church.  I’ve been to the church we had gone to a couple of times. Some people recognized me.

We went to the pool at six o clock.  I went to hide because my cousin C was coming and she had no clue I was in Ontario.  My Aunty G asked her she was liking being off school and she said yes.  she was So when she came, I jumped up and said “It’ll be better now that I”m here!!!!!” It took her awhile to figure out who I was because of the sun (I’m blaming it on the sun, you heard it). When she realized, she ran over screaming with joy and squeezing the living daylights out of me. We swam for a while then I went back to get some stuff because I was spending a couple days with her.

The next day was really fun. My friend E came over for a while. I found she was like two feet taller than me. I was shocked, where did the time go by?! Which btw is what I said to her. When she left, we went back to the pool.   After a delicious dinner,  we went to this Awesome frozen yogurt place called Menchies Frozen Yogurt. It was sooooooooo good!! I got cake batter flavour and piled Strawberry popping boba balls on the it. Boba balls are these little things that the inside is really juicy and the outside is edible too but it’s not as good as the inside.  We got our ice cream and left. Pretty soon the next day flew by and I went back to my aunt’s house.

So, this was my first week in Ontario.  More will come!!

Disclosure:  This is all my own opinion.  Was not paid/compensated in anyway.

A-Fair-ing Event

Just this past Friday, my family and I went to the Yorkton Exhibition. It was our first time going as last summer we missed it by a day or two. It was fun… that is until I got sick.  The spider was to arachnid.  (Went on the ride called the spider for the second time after lunch …. horrible idea.)   I will tell you about my 5 favourite things I did when we were there. Even though we did so many things, I narrowed it down to 4 rides and 1 game      This is in no particular order.

The Vertigo:

It’s kind of like the swing ride at Canada’s Wonderland, only smaller – tiny town tiny ride 🙂  You sit in a swing made for 2 people (preferably someone you know, because if you don’t,  that’s  just plain creepy ;)).  It took awhile for  it to start because the ride operator was waiting for more people. My dad was rocking our swing side to side. When I asked what he was doing, he said “It’s  a  ride within a ride.” It was about five minutes and, then the music started. We rose up… and… up to the very top. It then started to swing around and around. It was going fast enough ’till we were kind of slanted (I think) My mom was taking pictures from the bottom as she would gotten easily sick if she went on. It only lasted a few minutes and then, it  ended.

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I believe I can fly… I believe I can touch the sky 🙂

Super Shot:

This is like the Drop Zone at Canada’s Wonderland.  But smaller.  This is going to be short, fast and fun. The Super Shot is a ride where you are in this harness-seat type thingy and when it starts you rise upwards. At the top you dangle there for a bit. I could see all of Yorkton (which… just goes to show I do live in a small town ;)) Then… with no warning… You’re ‘shot’ down at breakneck speed. (Ok maybe not, but it just sounds more intense that way) You stop just a few inches from the bottom and then you descend slowly.  I liked this ride. 

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Shooting Up!

Spin Out:

This by far,was the most craziest ride that I’ve been on. Just for the record we did not see a height requirement poster. I don’t think any of the rides had them.  But I am tall and 12.  I was just as tall if not taller then some of the people going on the ride.  Spin Out is where you are in a chair with a thick harness. When it starts, you start rapidly spinning. You are upright then, you quickly spin… up…side…down. It was hard because if I didn’t have my back up against the chair I would’ve had a high chance of falling out. If I did though, my legs would try to jam itself into the thing where it keeps the thick harness from coming off. I came to the conclusion I’m still too small even though I’m twelve.  It was a good ride…because I’m still alive. 

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See you ’round

Sizzler a.k.a. Scrambler:

It’s called the Sizzler here. But, back in Ontario, the name of this ride was called the Scrambler. It just makes much more sense for me to call it the Scrambler. The Scrambler is where you are in a car like seat and there is 3 others attached to the same pole. When it starts the whole thing ‘scrambles’ it up. The best part was the breeze you got when you would go around

Dart Game:

Even though, this was the only game I did (being someone with hardly any money) I still had fun. It was pretty simple. Three darts hit three balloons. You win a prize. I only hit two out of three. I still got a prize though, it was a turtle I named Squirto, He is Squirt’s cousin (Finding Nemo reference…)

It was a fun day…even though I almost died 🙂

 

 

 

The Done Bucket List and Party Amidst

This is an idea from Mikimayla of  Thailand. We have become kinda friends even though we’ve never met because we both blog.  You should check out her blog too.  She does one in French and one in English.  She asked for me to make a list of interesting things I’ve accomplished.  So, I am going to make a list of the top ten most interesting things I’ve done in my life:

1. Went to Australia – exotic animals, brilliant hills, Australia is a place to go and never come back!!  I held a koala!!  It hurt with love (the claws hee hee)

2. Got 1st place in a Remembrance Day essay contest out of about 25 schools in my area when I was in Ontario – I was in the newspaper for my city.

3. Made a blog – Something I don’t regret doing 🙂

4. Getting a blog that became international – Why I don’t regret doing it!!

5. Having a reader base that stretches from Canada all the way across to New Zealand  – I have made friends with Mikimayla in Thailand.  Someone in New Zealand.  It’s been extraordinary to see things from across the world.

6. Went to We Day – greatest life changer in my life so far.  You don’t need to be special, (like a celebrity, or someone famous), to make a difference. 

7. Went to Regina by myself overnight – I went with a camp.  It was the first time I was far away from my parents, but it was awesome!!

8. Meeting a famous band – My mom made me go.  I met New Kids on The Block 🙂 Donnie Wahlberg played around with me for a few seconds.  I like him 🙂

9. Moving from big city Ontario to small town Saskatchewan. This one, not that much of a deal to me.  And, finally

10. Buying a T.V. with my own money – I thought it would be cool to have it in my room.  I was impressed with myself that I saved my own money to buy something so great. 

In other news, I went to a party for my good friend E. We went to the Gallagher centre for 3 whole hours!! My other good friend S was there too. We went on the Aquaclimb wall, did the 5 1/4 storey waterslide, dove in the pool from the diving board.   So much more. After the Gallagher, we went back to E’s house in the grand ole country. On the way, we saw a “Lightning Mcqueen” (car) stuck in a ditch. It’s winter here and the roads are pretty icy.  It was pretty funny but probably not for them. Inside, my friend S went downstairs to the lounge, she wanted to surprise E.  She made the whole lounge a party zone.  I distracted E and helped S.   When it was done, it was pretty amazing if you ask me. Which you should, because I witnessed it. We had cake, opened presents, and made a movie!!! Pretty great party if you ask me, right??? WRONG! It was an amazing party. We were up ’till around 3:00am. Soon enough, it was time to go. I didn’t want to leave considering it was my first Sask. sleepover away party. But, I missed my family.

To all of you who are going to their first sleepover party or just a regular sleepover, do what I did. Give it time and it will go by in a heartbeat. Trust me, that happened with this party.  Amazing experience. 

Hopefully Mikimayla and I meet  🙂 That would be cool 🙂

BTW – only 27 more days till I turn 12 !! 

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Koala Hugging – Flashback to November 2012. I hope one day we can go back to Australia. It was the best trip.

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