My Toronto Includes Winona Tong

Winona Tong, UI Engineer
At one of the waterfalls at Edwards Gardens, Leslie and Lawrence.

What is your most favourite place in the city? Edwards Gardens

What is it that you like about this location? I’ve spent many weekend afternoons there as a child. My parents liked to take me there on picnics because that was where they had their wedding portraits taken. I was so awestruck by all the beautiful brides and bridesmaids that showed up in their puffy gowns. I used to pretend that it was a magical kingdom of fairy princesses.

Where is the best place to eat in the city? I’m going to have to go with something a little outside the box. My favourite restaurants are in Richmond Hill. Particularly the eateries that First Markham Place have to offer. My restaurant of choice depends on my mood, though.

What do you like about living in Toronto? The city is still full of surprises. I’ve lived in Toronto most of my life and I have yet to see and experience all of the interesting things around town.

What do you hate about living in Toronto? It takes too long to get from point A to point B on the TTC if you’re coming from or going to a place that is not serviced by the subway system.

Where would I find you on a lazy Sunday afternoon in the city? Shopping downtown. I love walking along Queen Street West.

Who is your favourite Local Celebrity? The Barenaked Ladies — so talented and witty!

Car, Bike or Transit? Transit.


Favorite personal story or commentary on the city In August of 2003, my best Internet friend flew in to Toronto from California to meet me in person for the first time. I was really excited and planned a series of social activities so I could introduce him to all of my friends IRL. Fortunately, the great power outage of 2003 hit and derailed all of my plans. I ended up spending the entire weekend 1-on-1 with my Internet friend. The experience underscored our compatibility and cemented our friendship. I’ve since moved to California to live happily ever after with my Internet friend. I owe it all to that fateful day in Toronto for helping a pair of best friends to affirm that they were soul mates.

My Toronto Includes the GTA Bloggers — the friendliest people I’ve ever known. There is something very endearing about being brought together by the mere fact that we all love and live in the same city. The GTA Bloggers set an excellent example for all Torontonians. Imagine if everyone in Toronto was unafraid of coming together to socialize with one another despite disparate interests. That would be so Utopian.