All posts by Patricia

I love Pocky!

I’m so excited because I found Pocky here! I haven’t been able to find Pocky anywhere in Orlando. The little act of finding this fun Japanese snack brightened my day. Last October I went to Tokyo to visit my best friend Hilary and that’s when I first had Pocky. I was addicted right away. They are small thin cookie sticks dipped in chocolate. Apparently this is the standard Pocky. I found out that there are a lof of Pocky flavors: strawberry, banana, bitter chocolate, coconut. There’s even Men’s Pocky.

Loonies and Toonies?

This morning, while I was getting coffee at The Wired Monk coffee shop, the guy working there taught me some Canadian slang. It was exciting! Okay, so I learned that the Canadian one dollar coin is called a “loonie”. The two dollar coin is called a “toonie”. Wanna know why? Glad you asked, I’ll tell you. The “loonie” has the loon bird on one side. Hence the nickname loonie. Then then two dollar coin came out and of course it needed a nickname. So it got the name toonie to rhyme with loonie. I like having one and two dollar coins.

From Orlando to Canada

Okay, so Rob and I are living in Surrey, British Columbia for 3 1/2 months. Surrey is a suburb of Vancouver. It’s really pretty here and the view of the mountains are awesome. It’s very different from Orlando, where we normally live. We’ve been here 5 days so far. Being here is interesting, because so many things are similar to the US, and then there are of course different things.

I thought I would freeze going from 90 degree weather to 60 degree weather overnight. Oops, I meant 15 degrees celcius! Whatever the number, I’m actually enjoying the cool weather. And forget miles per hour, we have to pay attention to kilometers! Those are the tiny little numbers on the speedometer that we never pay attention, until now. At the deli counter everything is priced by grams. But then the veggies are priced by the pound. Hhhmmm…not sure why the difference. Oh, and gas is by the liter, and it’s expensive! Having previously lived in a country that uses the metric system, I should know all this stuff already. But that was a long time ago and it’s slowly coming back to me. And the hand converter program on my Palm is also helping me.

About Pitatayo

…Patrish, Tish, Pancake Smush (on the side of the road), Pat (but not after the SNL skit). These are all nicknames I’ve used at some point in my life. Some of them make sense, but what about Pitatayo?

When I was little I wasn’t able to say my full name properly. It came out as “Pitatayo” instead of Patricia Santiago. At least that’s what my parents tell me. So that’s the story about the title to my blog.