Family Stuff

One of the more interesting things about coming out to southeastern Canada this month was getting to see significant locations of my father’s youth. My dad, you see, immigrated to Canada when he was 13 and grew up in Montréal. So when I was there, I visited the schools he attended along with the location where my Great Grandfather had a laundry shop. Photos of all this are below.

Then, in the Toronto, Ontario, I had dinner with relatives on my mom’s side of the family that I haven’t seen in almost 23 years (when I was 9 or 10.) Above is a photo from that get together. It was great to see them all after all this time.

A few days later, I visited the family of Stephen, Linda, and Alex Wong. Stephen and Linda knew my parents from McMaster University, and I had met them (and Alex) in Toronto back in 1985 when I was 10 years old. They remembered me since I gave them quite a scare back then by wandering off and getting lost in Wonderland. Happily, I did not frighten them in any way this time and we had a wonderful dinner with Linda’s sister Michelle, brother-in-law Paul, their mother, and Alex’s girlfriend Thao. Stephen and I also went to the Scarborough Bluffs to feed the birds and to have dim sum at a restaurant in Scarborough.

It was a joyous and interesting occasion to see everyone after all these years. Thanks to all of them for their hospitality, too!

Felix Wong with cousins Tilden and Hans at Dragon Boat Fusion Cuisine in Richmond Hill, Ontario. Photo: Moira Chan. (May 22, 2008)Tilden, Felix, Hans, Danny, Samantha, Auntie, and Moira.  Amazing how people still look the same after 23 years! Photo: Moira. (May 22, 2008)I also visited some family friends in Scarborough, including Paul, Michelle, Thao, Alex, and the grandmother. We had a nice barbecue feast.  Photo: Stephen. (May 25, 2008)Stephen, Felix, Linda, and Alex.  It may have been 23 years since I last saw them, but they all remembered how I was naughty and got lost at Wonderland, Toronto back then. (May 25, 2008)The next day, Stephen and I went to the Scarborough Bluffs to feed the birds.Stephen says hello to a Canadian goose.Felix Wong tossing bread to the high flyers. Photo: Stephen.Felix Wong in front of Lake Ontario. Photo: Stephen.Stephen and I also had dim sum in Scarborough... yum.Some of the food we ate included chinese sausage over rice and sesame dumplings.

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