“Many people learned in the 1960’s that we can only change the world by changing ourselves” from The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers

Pauline Ly by © Camila Gargantini

“Scheduling a time that worked was a bit of a challenge as Pauline was going through a relocation to LA. We ended up meeting a couple months after she moved when she came back to Toronto to visit. We had 1 day that worked, and when I arrived at the location, there was a major storm which Environment Canada said would last for 2 hours. We stayed in the car until there was an opening for us to shoot, which lasted no more than 20 mins, with us running back to the car for cover from the rain. It was fun to say the least.” – Camila G

Image by © Camila Gargantini

An Interview with Pauline

Q. What is the best memory you have from a previous birthday?

A. When I went to visit Bali for the first time with one of my bestfriend, Cass. We celebrated by watching the sunset out on Gili Island at Paradise Sunset Bar. It was an open lounge with beanie chairs and beach loungers. Downed a couple of beers, smoked shisha afterwards and got street meat!

Q. How about the worst? And why?

A. Worst birthday, I don’t recall having one because I love celebrating it whether that be a party or travelling. I guess the closest thing to a worst birthday was when all my friends fed me one too many sex on the beaches (my favourite drink at that time) on my 23rd that I threw up. I feel nauseous smelling it now. I also recall my friend Aaron tricking me into drinking whiskey by pouring it into a Champagne glass but now I love whiskey haha!

Q. What was the present you’ve received for your birthday that surprised you most?

A. A cake my friend Ramon had asked another friend to make for me that was topped with a unicorn! I have a thing for unicorns haha… I am aware I am a grown ass adult.

Q. Is there a food or dish that you insist on eating on your birthday?

A. I love fresh strawberry cheesecake though. So definitely strawberry cheesecake.

Q. What do you believe is the most important aspect of celebrating a birthday?

A. I use to think it was my day to party with others, even though it was my day, I wanted to make sure everyone else was taken care of and having fun. Now I just look at it as a yearly reason to book a flight to escape either alone or with a very close friend to get away from a big celebration, it’s kind of like my own new year to reflect.

Q. Do you have any traditions or thing you always do to celebrate a birthday? What is it?

A. Oops kind of answered it above, I travel now if I am not staying in the city otherwise with my family, we eat at Jules Bistro cause I love the owner Eric and the steak frites, onion soup, lamb, chicken, wine selection, just the entire menu – the bomb dot com!!!