A Day Trip to the Capital City

P9030612Last Thursday I made a day return trip to Ottawa, the capital city of Canada. The trip was 420 kms one way from Toronto, about 4.5 hours which meant that I logged almost 900 kms for the return trip. I left Ottawa at around 8pm and the drive home with the full moon in the summer night was wonderful. I had to help a relative move for a year’s study to finish her second university degree. I took off the second and third row seats of my van to load all her stuff. Count me in with the small ways I can help when it comes to family pursuing education. The photo above is the House of Commons building, the seat of the Canadian Parliament. The front of the picture shows the eternal flame burning, symbolizing its unity.

P9030640The close up photo of the imposing facade of the parliament building. It was interesting to note that I didn’t see a sight of policemen nor uniformed security personnel in the area. The House of Commons is on a summer break so it figures the security folks are too πŸ˜‰

P9030616This is the East Block building of Parliament Hill. This beautiful edifice has vaults that used to keep Canada’s financial treasures. Today this building houses offices of Canadian senators. Don’t laugh now but in Canada, senators are appointed by the Governor General upon advice of the Prime Minister. 105 citizens of high esteem and notable accomplishment from the various represented provinces are appointed as senators. The senate’s main function is to review legislations passed by the House of Commons. This may sound odd but believe me the system works, at least in this country πŸ˜‰

P9030618This church looking structure is actually the library of the House of Commons, located at the back of the building.

P9030626The view of the Ottawa River from Parliament Hill. This shot was taken from the back side of the House of Commons. The panoramic view of the city across the Ottawa River is quite pretty more so at night. The pic shows a boat carrying tourists for a sightseeing cruise of the river. Here is how Parliament Hill looks like from the other side of the river.

P9030644A shot of the avenue in front of Parliament Hill. The business section of the city is abuzz across the street, right in front of the national legislature.

P9030656Ottawa – a blend of the old and new. This is my third visit to the city. The last time I visited I didn’t have a blog yet.


Click on the pic to view full screen shot. I will post more pics on my Flickr photo stream later.


BOXING/I admit I was one of the skeptics who thought that Pinoy boxing sensation Marvin Sonsona may have been prematurely pushed by his handlers into a WBO junior bantamweight (super flyweight) title showdown with the wily Puerto Rican titleholder and veteran boxer Jose “Carita” Lopez at Casino Rama in Orilla, Ontario last Sept 4th. At 19 years and although sporting an unblemished 13-0 with 12 knockouts record, Sonsona looked every bit a neophyte onΒ paper compared with the 37 year old Lopez who was defending a 39-7 record with 32 knockouts, undefeated since 2002. Lopez was blunt about his conviction that a teenager almost half his age who hasn’t gone past 5 rounds wasn’t going to wrest his crown in any way. I was wrong and so was Lopez because Junior does pack a punch. He hurt Lopez many times and a left to the temple decked Lopez in the 4th, nearly bringing him to lala land, if not for the ropes that seemed to have cushioned his fall. The knockdown made Lopez desperate as he resorted to low blows which was promptly admonished by the referee with point deduction. The kid has a surprisingly strong chin and great temperament. He coasted until the end, made a strong finish on the 12th to convince the judges for a unanimous decision win. I was quite impressed.

It is interesting that prior to the fight, Sonsona was being touted as the next Pacquiao in the same way that the media touted young guns Nonito Donaire and Rey Boom Boom Bautista. Sonsona’s youth and impressive victory however placed him a notch higher and his Canadian management hopes to showcase him with fights in Canada, as early as November 2009 for a title defense. His management is giddy about his future and I will not be surprised if he gets top billing over former Canadian super bantaweight champ Steve Molitor who is scheduled for a title shot to regain his crown. Sonsona’s management is clearly capitalizing on the Pacquiao bandwagon. Weeks prior to the fight local Pinoy newspapers have been asking Pinoys to support Sonsona’s title fight at Casino Rama. A group of Pinoys showed up to provide support and the fight was aried on the local cable sports channel. If Sonsona’s Canadian management does things right, they will have one heck of a protege in Sonsona, a tall 5’8″ for a flyweight and powerful southpaw who could potentially wreck havoc in the bantamweight and featherweight divisions as he matures.

On another note, it is Phillipines 1 and Puerto Rico 0. I hope this motivates the Pacman on his upcoming fight of the century with Puerto Rico’s Miguel Cotto. I say fight of the century because for the first time in history a human being may win 7 titles in 7 different weight classes. The tought of it is plain awesome.

30 Responses

  1. The maple leaf shaped Obama cookies looks quite funny. I hope someone is buying πŸ™‚

    Sonsonsa looks promising. I hope he gets the right trainer because he seems to have a lot of potential to be an elite fighter. He sure looked gutsy in that fight.

    • the cookies are just sales hype… I didn’t see people buying a lot but it does bring people into the store πŸ˜‰

      I heard Sonsona was an amateur boxer for a while. They’re asking him to defend in two months time which is quite a rush. He’s just a kid full of adrenalin so maybe it’s not a big deal.. But he’s got a lot of talent that’s for sure.

  2. The title reminds me of the Capital City (name of a meeting room) in our office. I liked much the third photo. That’s an extraordinary structure of the library. I just realized I haven’t visited any library in UAE.

    • That’s a nice name for a meeting room. We name ours with football fields πŸ™‚

      The library is huge and it stands out when you look at parliament hill from across the river. Are there libraries in UAE ? Maybe they only have Arabic books and literature πŸ˜‰

  3. Ottawa is so beautiful. Wonderful architecture.

    So another boxing sensation eh?

    • they did preserve parliament hill and the adjoining area very well over the centuries. you should come and visit. Montreal is only 2-3 hours away from Ottawa and you can visit the 2 cities in one trip.

      Yes, another sensation in the making from GenSan City, the Pacman’s hometown would you believe πŸ˜‰

  4. Somehow, I don’t think a parliament system of appointing senators without the benefit of a popular vote would be a good idea for this country. While it’s true that the system will keep out people who have no business being in government (artistas, athletes. etc.) it is also open to abuse by the powers that be. Lalong dadami lang ang political dynasties dito.

    Wow, 400 plus km in just 4.5 hours? Here it will take twice that long, hehe.

    • From what I know, the Canadian senate ony reviews and approves legislation from the House of Commons. It can legislate laws but only those without any financial impact. I also heard that the Prime Minister makes sure that his appointees are from different political persuasions. If this happens in Pinas, you bet there will be lots of strings attached and the usual utang na loob for being appointed plays a big part in the deal. But yes, those pathetic actors and showbiz personalities will not have a chance of being senators hehe πŸ™‚

      Four hours ins’t that long. I travel 4 hours to go fishing πŸ™‚

  5. So the Obama cookies became a hot seller at the Byward Market? Didn’t he go there to sample the Beavertails?

    I love the looks of that arugula salad πŸ™‚

    • Well I didn’t see anyone scoop Obama cookies but the store had lots of people wanting to see how the cookies look like πŸ™‚ Nope, I didn’t have a chance to sample the Beavertails darn. I was a Byward to have dinner before driving home.

      The salad was awesome and the pizza dipped in virgin olive oil mixed with balsamic vinegar was great too. Meatless and healthy with a glass of orange juice and I liked it πŸ™‚

  6. Beautiful city, Ottawa… like a calm fusion of structure and nature. What is most eye-catching is the very wide and continuous blue sky. Does the sky behave like that all day in Canada? It looks heavenly to me… πŸ™‚

    • The government tries its best to showcase the nation’s capital. The MP’s Member of Parliament and senators can simply walk down to the city center and dine out.

      At this time of the year the weather is great and driving back with the full moon the landscape was brighter πŸ™‚

  7. Wow… those pictures of Ottawa are gorgeous!

  8. Golly those structures are huge. I’ve been known to stare open-mouthed at old, interesting looking buildings and I do the same even just with pictures. Marvelous architecture does that to me. Ottawa looks very clean and very capital city-ish. Honestly I’m not too fond of Manila. πŸ™‚

    • I have been to a tour inside the House of Commons and there’s a lot of interesting history in it. Old buildings need to be preserved for posterity’s sake. It is not prudent to destroy historical buildings and replace them with new real estate. History is always part of our identity. Sadly, Pinas does not score well in preserving historical buildings.

  9. of course there’s something about boxing. hehe

    the pictures look like something from europe πŸ™‚

    • I guess good Pinoy boxers are hot commodity these days. Give credit to the Pacman πŸ™‚

      It’s probably got to do with the govt preserving historical buildings. The city itself is unmistakably North American, except prehaps for the downtown area where old buildings have been preserved quite well.

  10. IMO, any form of government, may its leaders be elected or appointed will work as long as it has a politically matured and responsible citizens and transparency of governance is uphold. We may experiment with all forms of government but if we have a citizenry like in the Philippines, I’m not sure we will achieve the kind of governance you have.

    • True. The word responsible citizens is the key and methinks that responsiblity for the greater good of society starts with responsibility towards self.

  11. wow. those buildings are really majestic. sarap siguro mag-explore jan.

    • This place looks diifferent every season πŸ™‚ I have always failed to come to this for the Tulip Festival which happens in spring ( May). In winter, the frozen Rideau canal where people skate is a great scene to shoot .

  12. the pictures of buildings in ottawa remided me of harry potter movies. hindi ko alam kung bakit. =)

  13. i love architecture and such a fine weather you have there…no pesky security guards/police to prohibit taking pictures unlike here where people are paranoid even of cameras 😦

    • I’m not sure what it is with the paranoia with people taking pics in a tourist area in the first place. I remember there was a proposal back in Pinas where the govt wanted to certify photographers ( something to that effect) to be able to shoot with their cameras 😐 Blogger Senor Enrique had a post about this issue at one point. Laughable indeed 😳

  14. Wow, ang ganda pala sa Ottawa. Ang layo for a day trip ha. But you took amazing photos and the weather seems great!

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