When you are really tired, I mean, mentally tired, what would you do?
Some people hang out with friends, some people go clubbing, Karaoke, some people just chill at home, do nothing. Some people may turn on the TV and keep switching channels. Some people may rather go to sleep.
When Iâ€™m mentally tired and do not feel like going home, I usually like to go to tea place and read some magazines. Not necessary go with friends. Just go there, have a drink and spend some time alone. In that sense, I would say Iâ€™m sometimes an introvert. Iâ€™m thinking – the fact that I seem to be better expressing feeling/relieving stress through typing/writing may imply that Iâ€™m not really good at communicating with people, talking to people.
I like to read but, like most of us, do not have the luxury to do that for leisure often. Everyday I read because I have to read. The materials may be related to motherboard, chipsets, or all sorts of satisfaction/efficiency ratings. Days after days, we all feel drained and dry. Iâ€™m sure those of you who are studying for exams would feel the same way as well. Studying is no longer limited to those who are in school. Iâ€™ve seen many friends in libraries studying for the June 2 CFA exam.
I used to frequent Go4Tea in Richmond Hill because it is close by where I work and you can find some up-to-date gossip magazines there. However, I find the service there was not satisfactory sometimes; especially serversâ€™ attention is usually paid to the tables with more than 1 person.
Yesterday, I went to T&T @ Warden and Steeles. The place is always busy. In that same area, there used to be a place where you can read magazines and novels. It was called (No. 8 Bookstore â€“ a straight translation from its Chinese name). However, that store was closed in less than a year (I think). Now, a new tea place opened up at the exact same location. If youâ€™ve been living in Toronto since mid-90’s or so, you should remember that â€œç¶ çš„å°çª©â€, the first bubble tea place in Toronto located near Finch and Yonge.
Yes, this place is the same as that one on Yonge. The exact same name â€“ and that is why I havenâ€™t visited this place until yesterday. Looking for a place to chill and not wanting to go to Go4Tea, I gave this place a try.
Check in time: ~ 9:00pm
Stepped inside, the first impression was totally different from what I expected. With songs like â€œThe Girl From Ipanemaâ€ and the Jazz music, as well as the internal decor thatâ€™s different from the usual bubble tea place, I was surprised. Another essential touch was the types of magazines they carry. From the usual Japanese fashion magazines to the ones that embrace creativity (e.g. ppaper and AANGEL). There are also some other cool magazines related to FOOD and architecture.
Read more about the background of ppaper and AANGEL (in Chinese).
Around 7:30ish 8pm, there were 2 ladies sitting near the entrance on the red sofas, chatting. I thought, this is a good place for ladies. Another thought… should I blog about this place or not? I would like to keep this as one of â€œmy placesâ€, but at the same time I wanted to share with others. Anyhow, I guess, Iâ€™m not that influential after all. LOL
There were some people coming in and out for takeout, and some came for a drink and stayed for an hour or so. Overall, the place was not very busy (remember â€“ it was a Monday night).
Oh, while talking about everything else, I almost forgot about the bottom line (drink + $). I loved the drink that I got (mandarin orange/lime juice + coconut jelly) and they also have pretty good hot tea. The price was average. So, no worries.
It was a pleasant stay.
Check out time: ~ 12:30pm
FYI: Green Grotto Tea Room ç¶ çš„å°çª©
7030 Warden Avenue, Unit D2
Open: Mon-Thur 12pm-1am; Fri 12pm-2am; Sat 2pm-2am; Sun & Public Holidays 2pm-1am
Wireless Internet access available.