Public Transit is the Way to Go!

Being a car owner and living in the city my frustration has been growing over the years. I don't think anyone is a fan of traffic or gridlock, not to mention, the cost of fuel and rising insurance premiums; make it more favourable to take public transit. Thankfully, Toronto is one of the most transit accessible cities in North America. The transit is made accessible and easy enough so that you can navigate your way throughout the city thanks to Metrolinx. Metrolinx is an agency under the Ontario government that was created to plan, build and deliver an integrated transportation network in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Region. With the merging of Metrolinx and GO transit, GO buses and GO trains are capable of moving more people in a single day. Surely, this contributes to an easier and reliable way of commuting in and around the city. It is a dependable way to link people to the GTA and to the surrounding areas by delivering mobility solutions that are seamless in integration.

Metrolinx is making it very easy for individuals like me to forget about the car. It's basically another option. You can live downtown and travel outside of the GTA comfortably with an option such as Presto that is becoming more prevalent at TTC stations now. Transit has the accessibility and convenience which makes living downtown manageable. It helps alleviate the gridlock and frustration experienced living within the GTA. It's faster, reliable, and more convenient. It's exciting to explore outside of the city and see the urban sprawl. Some of the best-kept secrets are on the outskirts when it comes to food and dining. Expansion of public transportation by Metrolinx will help alleviate congestion and make us all move better! Exciting times are just around the corner quite literally!

TTC streetcar on Bathurst line.
Improvements and upgrades to our public transit systems with Metrolinx makes for the better way in my opinion. For example the TTC has one of the most simplified grid systems for travel and it's seeing improved growth. The new UP Express and Presto systems makes it even easier to travel beyond Toronto. I can get across the city much faster via transit than on our highways in rush hours. Buses and subways makes distracted driving much less of a factor and safer way to travel. Core subway stations have built in Free WiFi which is nice & comfortable addition. Living in the city has made me really change the way I think of how I use my car and transit. It's more economical for me to use public transit especially within the city than ever before. Having that peace of mind in travel is also important. Public transit is the way to go!

Disclosure: I received compensation for this post. However, all opinions expressed are 100% my own. 


Excitement & Fun Times at Woodbine Racetrack!

Breeders Crown at Woodbine Racetrack
This past weekend I had the opportunity to attend the Breeders Crown at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto. The Breeders Crown is one of the top harness events in North America. On the evening of the Breeders Crown it rained but that didn't stop the fun at all. Rain or shine, the races must go on!

Woodbine Racetrack interior concourse.

Grandstand watching the races.

The facilities at Woodbine Racetrack have changed, since the last time I visited, when I was much younger. There are more amenities & options at Woodbine Racetrack. On this visit I had the chance to visit the Champions Bar and Patio (on the top floor). It's a great spot to dine and watch other sports at the same time as you wager. I can't wait to comeback later this month and especially next summer. The vista from the grandstand is amazing to absorb even on a wet soggy evening.

Woodbine Racetrack Main Entrance at night.
If you've never been to Woodbine Racetrack, I highly recommend that you visit. If you don't know how to bet, don't worry because Woodbine Racetrack has simple instructions on how to bet. They actually have a mini brochure you can pick up for free from Customer Service Kiosk that explains the basics of wagering.

Grandstand at Woodbine Racetrack.

Part of the fun is learning how to bet since you can bet as low as 20 cents. I plan to go back with family and a guys night out this year since races continue until November. It's really a great value and so much fun when you go with a group of people. You can realistically spend less than $20 for a night of fun at Woodbine making a couple bets, eating some food, and just enjoying the night! Not to mention it's always free parking & admission. That's great value in my opinion.

Where: Woodbine Racetrack - 555 Rexdale Blvd.
Follow #Crown15 and @WoodbineRacing for more details and updates!

Disclosure: This post was created in partnership with Woodbine Racetrack however, all opinions expressed are 100% my own.


Boomerang from Instagram is now available for download.

Instagram introduced Boomerang as a stand alone app that creates looping videos. On first try it is very simple to use. Just look for a moving object and hold the button down. You can post to Instagram or Facebook or create a quick video clip that can be repurposed through email or even youtube. I'm still playing around with it but it seems very simple to use. Video automatically downloads to your Gallery/Videos folder on your mobile device. The clips remind me of Vine videos and Flixel. Let me know what you think of the App? Do you like it or not? Will you use it? I think it's going to be another outlet for creativity. Are we over burden with too much on Social already? Let me know what you think.


Get Ready for Excitement at the Breeders Crown - Oct 24

This coming weekend on Saturday October 24th the Breeders Crown comes to Woodbine Racetrack. The Breeders Crown is hosted by the Hambletonian Society and is one of the top harness events in North America.

The excitement begins with over $10,000 in instant cash giveaways. Wager through a self-serve betting machine for 100 chances to WIN $100 instantly on that evening. Make your first bet and get a Free Breeders Crown toque too! Not bad right? To top it off, parking and admission is always free at Woodbine Racetrack. It's a great opportunity to experience excitement and fun especially if you're new to horse racing.

Make sure to visit the horse races track side for the up close excitement and experience. Snap a selfie at the racetrack and post to Twitter or Instagram using hashtag #OffToTheRaces & you could WIN a $1,000 Woodbine Racetrack Gift Card! 

Breeders Crown Details:

Where: Woodbine Racetrack - 555 Rexdale Blvd.

When: Saturday October 24, 2015

Post Time: 6:30pm

Follow #Crown15 and @WoodbineRacing for more details and updates!


Golden Moments with KD Golden Noodle.

If you live in Toronto & the greater GTA area, I'm sure you know about the Toronto Blue Jays. If you've been living under a rock or a golden noodle, let me jog your memory. The Toronto Blue Jays are on verge to capture the American League East Title in the East Division. To give you a better perspective we haven't won our division in over 22 years! That's a long time, right?

Luckily, I had the opportunity to take a Golden Noodle from KD with me to a recent Blue Jays game with friends, @Movernie & @1goatroti. I bluntly told my friends that I would be bringing something golden with me to the game and hope they didn't mind it. It looks like they enjoyed the Golden Noodle.

Follow @Movernie for his own exclusive golden moments.
The Golden Noodle has paid dividends because the Blue Jays WON the game. I'm not a superstitious guy but the Golden Noodle is a good luck charm! I do not know where the Golden Noodle is right now but you can follow @KraftDinner for all the golden fun! I really think the Golden Noodle moment will be tonight when the Toronto Blue Jays clinch!

Everything is golden with the Golden Noodle.
I still enjoy KD Macaroni & Cheese from time to time and it always has a special place in my college days. It was the quickest and easiest thing to make for dinner. I would like to add bacon bits to my macaroni & cheese! To make it healthier I try and add a few broccoli florets in there as well. Try it and see what variation you can come up with! Thanks to KD they have a contest that is ongoing right now & you could instantly WIN big!
Up close with the Golden Noodle. 
Canadians have a chance to WIN a one pound 24K gold Golden Noodle which is worth approximately $30,000. Crazy right? The Golden noodle can be WON by entering the pin code on the cheese packets. Just enter the codes online or on your mobile and you could WIN instantly. You could also WIN over 100 other instant prizes such as sunglasses, flip flops or cuff links.

To enter just buy specially marked 4 or 12 pack bundles of KD Macaroni & Cheese at your local retailer. Visit and enter your codes. Good Luck!

Twitter: @KraftDinner



Disclosure: This post is in partnership with Kraft Canada. All opinions expressed are my own.


Why do you love driving?

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Why do you love driving? It's a pretty simple question. I actually had to pause and reflect on the many reasons why I love driving. Everyday most people commute and drive to work. When you think about it we spend most of our times sitting or stuck in traffic especially if you live in Toronto like me. Many times it's hard when frustration gets the better of you when it comes to driving in these conditions. Detours, accidents and road closures are part and partial to driving but overall it has been a positive experience for me.

Driving gives you the opportunity to be free! It enables you to travel wherever you want from various distances and locations. It opens the opportunity to explore areas you may have never visited before or knew existed. I really enjoy road trips.... it conjures up old memories with friends & family in the car and playing "Punch Buggy No PunchBacks!" Do you remember this car game?

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Another reason why I love driving is being in control. Hence the term being in the "driver's seat." Having control of a car is an empowering feeling. The joys and comfort of steering through hairpin turns on the road and listening to your favourite tunes on the radio is just one of them. One of my favourite times to drive is by backseat noise or someone directing me to turn this way or that way. I'm able to be at peace, enjoying the car windows open, a nice breeze, and feeling relaxed until I reach my destination. It can't be more relaxing and liberating than that! Thanks to the folks at Schick, they have a cool contest & opportunity to drive free for a year! Another cool reason to drive!?!

Enter this cool contest! The Schick Drive Free Contest. Purchase any specially marked Schick product ( look for a yellow Drive Free for a Year sticker ) & register for the contest online or on your smartphone at Two ways to enter. Schick will also be doing weekly giveaways from Twitter @freeyourskinCA  throughout the duration of the contest until September 2015.

1- With purchase. Once you've registered, enter your unique PIN code. You could WIN instantly! Also every entry automatically enters you for a chance to Drive Free for a Year.

Look for the specially marked Schick products with Yellow Drive Free for a Year sticker.

2 - Without a purchase: Write a 50 word essay on "Why Schick" is your favourite brand and mail it to: Schick Drive Free for a Year Grand Prize Draw & Instant Win Promotion (Request for No Purchase unique PIN number), Dept 3112, Box 9500 Lakeshore West PO, Oakville ON L6K 0G4. You'll receive a unique code and you could visit for your chance to WIN instantly!

Over 2,450 instant prizes that include GPS systems, pre-paid gas cards and sunglasses! The Grand Prize winner will have Schick pay your gas, insurance & depreciation for a year! Good Luck everyone! 

Follow online:

Twitter: @freeyourskinCA

Hashtag: #DriveFree

Instagram: freeyourskinca

Contest site:

Disclaimer: This post was created in partnership with Schick and I received compensation for this post. All opinions are expressed are my own.


Mohawk Summer Nights are fun & exciting. I'll be back!

Mohawk Racetrack in Cambelville.

When I was a little kid my dad would take my siblings and I to the races. We were exposed to this environment at an early age. We didn't have a clue about what went on at a racetrack, we only knew that we were going to see a lot of horses. We were excited to see the horses!! I remember our dad asking which names we liked not knowing that later on (in one of my earlier blogs) that I would continue my dad's way of picking the names that I liked and the names that sounded like a winner. In a way it was nostalgic that many years later I would find myself at a racetrack. I can now understand how one can be enticed to place a bet and feel the excitement.

Free T-Shirts at Canadian Pacing Derby-Metro Pace

I ended my summer by attending the Metro Pace at Mohawk Racetrack. The Metro Pace is one of the main final races of the summer at Mohawk. Although the final race, I will definitely make it a point to return to  Mohawk Racetrack for more betting excitement. This was my 3rd visit at Mohawk and each time I had so much fun. You can read about my previous visits here: Visit 1 Visit 2

Greetings from Mohawk Racetrack
I recommend you visit Mohawk Racetrack if you want to try something different from the usual day or night trip. If you live in Toronto, plan a day with your family or friends...bring the kids!! I'm sure they'll love the horses :-) I'm definitely going back with my buddies to have a day of indulging in the food at the Terrace Buffet and enjoying some beer at the trackside patio, and a bonus if we win some cash at the same time!

Terrace/Grandstand at Mohawk Racetrack

Bet on races around the world & watch other sports.
This might sound weird but placing bets with friends and being able to watch multiple sports on screen at the same time was very relaxing. This is the kind of multi-tasking I enjoy!

Parking & Admission is free at Mohawk Racetrack. I made a few bets as low as $2 so it made for an enjoyable evening that didn't break the bank. One tip I recommend for new visitors to Mohawk is to place your bets and watch the horses race trackside on the rails. It's ultimate excitement when you cheer your horse to WIN with the crowd in attendance. I'm already looking forward to returning with my friends very shortly. See you at Mohawk soon again!

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