October 10, 2014

Meanwhile In Montreal...

Montreal is a very bilingual city (then again, so is Vancouver, just a different bilingual). Not only it is English and French, but the French is separated to 'French French' and 'Quebec French'. The two has its similarities but sometimes the sayings are completely different.

Going to Montreal always remind me of how Quebec French doesn't make sense. Walking by a cupcake store, I saw a cupcake decorated in pretty icing with a little sign on top that says "bonne fête":

"You guys buy gifts for people if they have a good party?" I asked. (In my mind, I thought 'gosh, what a waste of money for a gift'.)
"No." my friend replied.
"So why does that cupcake say 'good party'?" I asked again.
"Bonne fête means 'happy birthday'."
"That doesn't make any sense, 'bonne' means 'good' and 'fête' means 'party'. How does 'bonne fête' mean 'happy birthday'?"
"It just is."
"And what if you don't have a party on your birthday?"
"... Quick being a smart ass."
"So how do you say 'good party' in French then?"
"Uhm.. We don't really say that."
"Apparently not because complimenting someone that they had a good party means wishing them a happy birthday."

Even with the language barrier, most people in Montreal, English or French, seem to love dogs. I took my dog antique and boutique shopping and received at least half a dozen compliments about my dog from old and young people, English and French. What seemed to be the bonus point is when I commented that I adopted my dog. "Ohh! Good for you!!!" They would say, giving me a verbal gold star on my forehead. Later I found out that it is because Quebec is known for puppy mills.

On top of it having a reputation for puppy mills, Montreal is also quite active in the adult entertainment industry. A friend of mine recently got an interview with a software company that does adult entertainment. I didn't think any more of it other than perhaps some second rate mobile apps on finding an escort, or maybe a small production on some random unnoticed sex toys in the over-saturated sex toy market. But it turns out that the software company is the creator for PornHub and RedTube.

"Wow! that is SO cool." I said.

I was fascinated from a business standpoint. On an entrepreneur level, how do you start a free porn website let alone have it grow be as well known and profitable as PornHub is today? To afford having a huge ass ad in Time Square is not something any company can do. And out of all places, the company started out with just a few guys in their basement in Montreal. 

"What are you going to be doing there?" I asked.
"Project Management" he answered.
"So... You'll be managing the next fetish launch on PornHub?"

Yes, Porn has a negative portrayal on women and intercourse. But like anything else from the media, we have to take it as nothing more than face value. Or else we'd go crazy trying to have a body like Victoria's Secret models and expect every guy in relationships to act like John Cusack in "Say Anything" or Jack in "Titanic". So, like a kid having a rare Pokemon trading card, Pornhub being a huge successful Canadian company kind of make me proud to be Canadian. Over the years we have lost Molson, Hudson Bay, Tim Horton to Americans, while Blackberry is on its last hurrah, but this show that there will always be something else. While things might go and vanish in a world that seems to be saturated in everything, there will always be new territories to acquire- one just has to be innovative enough to discover it.


  1. Love that hoodie! Very unique. Montreal is definitely on my must-visit list--your photos were amazing! And very fresh take on the Porn industry. There is definitely a lot to discuss there beyond strictly sex.

  2. I loved this combination of beautiful fall pictures are the great white and grey outfit!

  3. Haha that conversation about bonne fete is hilarious! Also, I've been wanting to see Montreal :) You look so pretty and your photos are lovely!

    <3 Daisy
    Simplicity Relished

  4. We're going to ruin Tim Horton's. I was really sad to read about that merger. But like you said, things change, come, go, new things pop up. Not sure how free porn sites make money, but good for them. It would be nice if every public service turned a profit.

    Is that a cowl? Whatever it's called, you look less like my friend and more like an intriguing mystery woman. But the last picture brought you back to looking like my friend. :D

  5. Montreal is a fascinating city. I had no idea it was so porny-y though, but it is pretty cool that PornHub is a successful Canadian company, haha. We clearly have very little to brag about these days.
    I hope you ate a lot of poutine. Oh god, the poutine is so good. I crave it from time to time still.

  6. "Quite being a smart ass."
    Bahaha, but I thought you were being quite logical about it too! xD
    Love these photos, all of them are top quality. But most of all, I want your hooded jacket now. That hood is so perfect...

    The Dragonfruit Diaries

  7. All the different dialects to a language makes it near impossible for most people to master it... I stayed in Montreal for a couple of days many years ago... luckily for me, English was popular there, I have heard there are a lot of places where they will only speak French :)...

    You look great here, this is a really cute outfit on you :)

  8. I didn't know that pornhub was from canada! That's pretty cool if you ask me. I don't think anyone should be ashamed of porn, and watching it, or if you were the one to start the company!

  9. Your photos are beautiful. One of the supervisors I had whilst I was doing placements at University told me all about Canada, she told me porn did not exist there - I don't know what she was smoking.

  10. Wonderful photos and outfit :)


  11. Hahahahaha!! I always love your texts! It's good to stop for 5 minutes or so and read it, really. I don't always find the time to do it, but it's worthy. Anyways, I'm glad that you are proud of being Canadian, no matters why ;)
    Btw, love the pictures! They are really cool!




  12. Beautiful photos! Love your style

    xo - Shauna