Niko Miguel has a profound love for music. He listens to all types, however particularly has a passion for Traditional/Sacred Christian Music. He is currently an Organist in training, and a Cantor in a Catholic Church in Toronto. Later in life, he grew to like Production and Announcing in Radio. He was known to be a kid who loved the TTC. Knowing almost every type of Subway, Bus and Streetcar in the history of the Toronto Transit Commission. As much as he can be the type of person who enjoys teasing, he also has a really good heart. He can be very kind, loving, and understanding towards others.
Halloween Day is approaching! Monday October 28th/2018
That time of the year is coming back again! This year, Halloween falls on a Wednesday! You know what that means…(J.S Bach Toccata and Fugue in D Minor starts playing) I will be On-Air on Halloween Night! Nothing to be scared of obviously, however I hope you’ll enjoy and maybe get at least one good laugh out of it! I’ll be discussing things Halloween related, and I’m hoping to even get some Halloween music as well!
(Halloween 2017 Costume)
Happy Halloween! It has arrived! Wednesday October 31st/2018
The day has finally arrived…should I do the monster mash now? Happy Halloween! I decided to reuse my costume from last year! The only change was that I used my old Kimono Obi as opposed to using the bathrobe belts, and plus no headband! Ha ha! Tonight I’ll be talking about stuff happening Live in The Hive, Halloween events happening in Toronto, and an old childhood Halloween story of mine…OOO! Well actually it’s not scary, but rather funny! I hope you’ll like the music! Enjoy Halloween 2018 whether you’re Trick or Treating, or hanging out with friends tonight!
Today’s TTC Experience. Wednesday November 7th/2018
It’s been an interesting day for me in terms of my TTC experience. I’ll admit that I am quite the advocate for transit. I try my best to use transit as much as possible and also promote it to others as well. Today’s experience however wasn’t the smoothest, and also on account of the fact that there is once again another viral video about the TTC.
As I scrolled through Facebook, I came across an article from BlogTO. Apparently a young man was on top of a bus trying to do something called “Bus Surfing”. Yes that’s right…Bus Surfing. Thankfully he didn’t fall of while the vehicle was in motion. Therefore it wasn’t to concerning, but according to the article, they believed that the event occurred probably sometime last year. The reason being was the bus that he was on. The TTC claims that they had retired that bus, and judging by the scenery, it didn’t look like it was recent a recent event that had occurred.
In terms of my own personal experience I had today wasn’t very pleasant. Particularly it was the commute that I wasn’t satisfied with. The first issue came when there weren’t any buses arriving at all for the 95 York Mills route. After a while I became fed up and decided to take the 925 Don Mills Express to Pape Stn. The bus driver for that route didn’t bother to just drive around and get the other cars to yield for the bus. Instead, he decides to wait, which slowed down a portion of the trip.
As soon as I got to the subway, I thought the commute from there would be smooth sailing. Sadly I spoke too soon. There was a hold up from Wellesley Station, and causing a 10 Minute Delay. To add insult to injury, the Subway train was very crowded. Eventually, the train did start moving. Unfortunately, I ended up arriving late at the Mass at St. Patrick’s Church. I do hope eventually that these issues can be resolved.
(Source Credit: NOW Magazines
Stan Lee: May he Rest in Peace. Wednesday November 14th/2018
It was all out of the bloom from my own personal viewpoint. I never really knew Stan Lee until he died. I can still remember the days when I used to watch the 1960s Spiderman series as a very young child. It would probably be around 10pm and it would be on the television on the Teletoon Channel. I’ve seen many marvel movies, including segments of the Spiderman movies as well. The creator of Marvel who has helped to inspire not only Television series, but also great films has now passed at the age of 92. Rest in Peace Mr. Lee. Gone, but never forgotten.
(Source Credit: TheVerge)
Transit Funding: Toronto Transit Commission (TTC). Wednesday November 21st/2018
The Toronto Transit Commission is one of the largest Mass Transit systems in North America (According to this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xAmnmehAy3w). The Yonge Subway line alone carries around more than 700,000 people each day according to TTC Stats (https://www.ttc.ca/PDF/Transit_Planning/Subway%20ridership%202016.pdf)
. I came across an article from CodeRedTO and it shared a link: https://toronto.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=1545078&binId=1.3378530&playlistPageNum=1#_gus&_gucid=&_gup=Facebook&_gsc=sMTMK1X. Unfortunately, the TTC is considered a poorly subsidized transit system. From the news report (link above), it mentions that the TTCs revenue mostly comes from the Farebox. That means our Fares are what keep the TTC running. It does sum up the reason why fares have gone up so much. The Adult Metropasses are over $140, which personally is very expensive to any Transit user in Toronto. The Province of Ontario should contribute its share of funding which was slashed by the Mike Harris Government in 1996. If the contribution is restored, fares possibly may be more reasonable for Transit Users. Transit is what keeps the city moving everyday, and us as transit users shouldn’t have to break our pockets for it.
Union Station has a New Food Court! Wednesday November 28th/2018
I came across an article on Facebook and it was from the Union Station Revitalization Page. Today opened a new Food Court in the York Concourse. As I looked through the images, it appears to be on the lower level and there are several restaurants. I can still recall of the days of walking through the old concourse where the food was. I can picture in my head. There was a McDonalds, A convenience store that sold popcorn, Cinnabon, Mr. Sub, and other food stores. I hope the new Food Court has great selection!
(Source Credit: Union Station Revitalization Facebook Page)
Beef lovers beware! Wednesday December 5th/2018
Just a reminder to anyone who loves burgers, steaks, or just anything with beef. According to the CNN article, millions of pounds of raw beef may have traces of salmonella. There has now been a recall for it, which is unfortunate since it is so much food and could possibly go to waste. Though for precautionary measures, eat beef at your own risk. It’s been a sad time for food lately. Its already bad enough Romaine Lettuce has been reported to have E. coli, now it’s beef tainted with salmonella. Please do be careful! Read this article for full details. https://www.cnn.com/2018/12/04/health/salmonella-beef-recall-expanded-bn/index.html?fbclid=IwAR15LMkzA4gOjn1J8q232ZOK9Tm6YOXloWVAPuT2JI1w0SfnNZprjPWbyDE
(Source Credit: SFGate)
Personal Review of Bohemian Rhapsody Film Wednesday December 12th/2018
Queen is one of my all time favorite bands. It was interesting how I even got to watch the film. A friend of mine wanted to go out and he wanted to watch a movie. I agreed to do so and we watched the film at the Bloor Cineplex Theater. Afterward, me and my friend both agreed that Freddie Mercury is a legend.
The movie portrayed Freddie Mercury however in a rather negative way. I wouldn’t assume that he actually acted the way he did. It almost made look like he had this huge ego, even though I felt like he was just more confident and persistent in what he was trying to aim for. After all, he didn’t become a legend by always underestimating his talents. He knew he was talented and he was!
Overall, the movie was fantastic, and the music brought back so many old memories from my childhood. No one will ever replace Freddie Mercury in Queen.
(Movie Poster of Bohemian Rhapsody outside of Bloor Cineplex Theatre)