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Surprising our Families in Canada

September 11, 2016

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Hello everyone!

Can you read this? I’m not sure how to use computer anymore. It’s been so long. The keyboard feels weird. What’s this YouTubes people keep talking about? Is this how parents feel when their kids try to teach them how to use the internet? What’s a meme? No, but really, I haven’t typed on a keyboard in so long that my forearms actually feel sore right now. It’s like how we haven’t been using pens for ages now, and whenever we have to do a lot of writing or signing our penmanship is childish scrawl and our fingers are owwies.

Wow. Back in Japan again. It feels like months since we’ve been here. But we feel recharged and in desperate need of creative output. That’s something I really like about stepping away for a while. When you’ve got your nose to the grind and only think about videos and blogging, you lack an outside perspective. But we stepped away for a bit, saw our families, and now we feel like we remember what it’s like to be new again.

My family sure as hell wasn’t surprised. You know what I forgot about? Weekend deliveries aren’t common in Canada, right? They only deliver during the week. So when I told my parents that a package would arrive on Saturday my dad was suspicious. Am I right in this? In Japan we get packages delivered on the weekend, no problem. Have things changed in Canada?

One thing I’m glad hasn’t changed in Canada: my favourite roti shop. OOOH MERCY! I love that place. We go there every time we’re in Pickering, and it hasn’t moved or changed. I don’t even know how to describe roti if you haven’t had it before. It’s a puffy curry crepe, maybe? That’s the best I’ve got. But it’s filled with potatoes and goat and curry. I love it. And this place remembers us as well. They’ve got lots of currency on the wall. I gave them some Korean money last year, and this year I gave them Japanese money. What should I give them next year? Maybe if we go to Singapore we can pick something up.

Anyhow, back to editing for us! We’ve got lots of footage of us shooting guns in America and we’re going to put that together in a video. I know some people have questions as to why we would want to shoot guns. We’ll talk more about that in our next post. Hang tight! We’ll hopefully get that video done by tomorrow, if jetlag doesn’t have its way with us today. But I am getting quite sleepy now…

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  1. I hope you guys come to Montreal sometime in the near future!
    I wanna meet you so bad, you guys are actually so fun and amazing. I love watching your videos, they just have a way of making me so happy :D

    1 year ago
  2. I absolutely loved watching this. Martina’s family has the best reactions!

    Simon’s dad with his great suspicions. Lol – but they were all still happy to see you guys and that’s what it is best. I’m glad to hear you had a good vacation!

    1 year ago
  3. Simon, I love that you tried to use the package ruse to surprise your parents again. Deliveries never happen on the weekend, so you totally blew your cover. Next time you gotta ambush surprise them while they’re out. (aside, your parents remind me of my paternal grandparents, and it warms my heart.) :)

    Yes, Roti! And YAAAAS, Dundas Street Grille! It’s right across from my place, so I’m there a shameful amount (also: Apache Burger). XD Martina, you need to try their ‘Alexandere’ Benedict next time you’re in Toronto. It’s eggs benny with smoked salmon. It will change your life.

    1 year ago
  4. Tia

    Awww awesome reunion guys! Haha! Simon, judging by your reaction its nice to see you caught your Dad with pants on this time! XD Canada Represent!Hope you guys got your fill of Timmies before heading back home. 8)

    1 year ago
  5. Oooooh first comment! Well that was entertaining.

    I have some interesting cultural info about the roti shop. Having lived in India I can confirm the following two things:

    1.) roti just means like a plain round flat bread.. That you put ghee (clarified butter) on maybe and eat with anything.

    2.) Your roti ship curry wrap looks intriguing but unlike anything I have seen in India. I believe this special meal may either be from another Southeast Asian country (anybody anybody? Pakistan? Nepal? Sri Lanka? Or South Asian diaspora countries? Fiji? Trinidad and Tobago? England? ) OR a special and magical creation made specifically by your very special local Roti Shop with their own special Roti (TM) made there and no other place on earth.

    What kind of sauce is that on top? Does Martina dig this too, or is this a Simon only type foodstuff?

    1 year ago
    • Wrapped roti has Southern Caribbean roots. Toronto has huge Caribbean and South Asian communities, so you’ll see both styles. Very popular with highschool and university kids. :)

      1 year ago
      • Curry goat roti is Trinidadian, I think? According to the food culture in the Lehigh Valley, PA?

        1 year ago