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Movie Review: The Ring (2002)

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Summary

Rachel’s niece died suddenly and her niece’s friends told her about a video tape. Whoever watched it will die after seven days. Her niece watched it.

As she investigated into this information, she discovered the cursed tape. Rachel watched it….Then, she made her ex-boyfriend (a video expert) watch it to find out what’s wrong with it. He laughed at how she seemed so bothered by it. So, Rachel left and continued to look for clues. As she researched deeper into the creepy images, she began to discover the owner of the images.

One day, her son, Noah, who was able to sense the supernatural, watched the tape when he couldn’t sleep! What shall she do?

Conclusion

This was one of the classic horror movies that was adapted from a book. I personally read the book first before I watched then movie. Many of the images in this movie appeared in many spoofs of pop culture.

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Photo Of The Day: Birds Of A Feather

To be free as a bird

They say

But what is the point

Of freedom

If one is alone

Wandering aimlessly

——-Chocoviv

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Book Review: Mrs. Pollifax And The Second Thief

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Summary

Mrs. Pollifax had a simple task of taking some photos at a funeral and then bring them to her friend Farrel, in Sicily. He was suppose to authenticate an article with Julius Caesar’s signature. However, once she arrived in Sicily, they were chased down and surrounded by assassins, fake art and villagers. Luckily, Mrs. Pollifax had some karate skills up her sleeves!

Conclusion

This was an interesting type of spy novel featuring a grandmother with some amazing skills. I will need to read more!

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Fabfitfun Autumn 2021

I finally had some time to check out my Fabfitfun Autumn 2021. Let’s take a look what I found inside my subscription box.

Purlisse Pumpkin & Ginger Detoxifying Mask

A quick ten minute facial mask that is recommended for oil-combination skin.

MSRP $48 US

M.A.D Skincare Delicate Skin Cleansing Gel

A gentle cleanser that doesn’t contain parabens.

MSRP $34 US

Doctor Rogers Restore Lip Balm

This new lip balm doesn’t contain lanolin or fragrance, or petroleum-based ingredients.

MSRP $15 US

Babe Lash Pro Lash Lifter

Love this eye lash curler.

MSRP $20 US

Stojo Collapsible 12oz. Cup With Straws

This convenient reusable cup with straws is perfect for the person on the go.

MSRP $32 US

Zoe Ayla Eco-friendly Comb Set

This comb set is great for detangling hair.

MSRP $32 US

Uncommon James Cheese Board

This cheese board is actually unfinished acacia wood. Would use this more for decor.

MSRP $60 US

Arhaus Cotton Waffle Blanket

This blanket is made by Indian artisans.

MSRP $60 US

Well, that’s it! Which item caught your eye?

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Happy Thanksgiving 2021

Happy Thanksgiving from us in Canada! I am so glad that we are able to get together as a small group again! This is definitely something that I feel very thankful for…

What are you thankful for during this time of year?

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Halloween Decor: Drawings On Pumpkins

Halloween is coming up! This year I had the opportunity to have access to lots of large pumpkins. Instead of carving all of them into jack o’lanterns, I decided to decorate them with a simple black marker for fun!

The inspiration behind these cute gourds, were mythical creatures. I had so much fun drawing each one!

How are you decorating your pumpkins this year?

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Lavender Soap And Toner

Trying out these two new items that contained lavender!

Handmade Lavender Soap

The first was a handmade soap by Acil Zaman.

Ingredients:

Saponified Organic Olive oil – Saponified Organic Coconut oil – Organic grapeseed oil – Organic Cocoa Butter – Lavender Essential oil – Ultramarine purple – Dried Lavender flower

Lavender Toner

The second item was the facial Melissa toner by Lavenderland.

Melissa Lavender Toner:

– brightening, relieving and hydrating – has moisturizing effect

– Ideal for sensitive and irritated skin

-Alcohol Free

-Cruelty Free

-Vegan Friendly

Ingredients:

Water – Superblue Lavender Hydrosol – Melissa Lavender Hydrosol – Jasmine Flower Water – Organic Camelia Sinensis Leaf Extract – Aloe Leaf Extract – Hyaluronic Acid – Avénate Sativa Kernel Extract – Undaria Pinnatufida Extract – 1,2 Hexanediol – Chlorophenesin

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Movie Review: Werewolves Within

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Summary

Forest Ranger Finn arrived in small town Beaverfield as their new ranger. The town’s mail carrier, Cecily, immediately became very friendly and appeared to be very interested in him. She introduced him to all the interesting and very quirky residents of the town.

One day, a big snowstorm appeared and all they’d power was out. The power generator was destroyed by large animal and they were stranded. Suddenly, the animal attacked a small dog, causing the residents to panic. Afterwards, despite trying the barricade themselves in a house the animal entered and bit off a man’s hand. Then, the body of a missing husband appeared under a porch. The environmentalist among them announced that after her observation, the animal was a werewolf!

Things became complicated as each residents accused each other to be the werewolf….

Conclusion

The video game of the same name inspired this indie film. It was very quirky and fun with a bit of gore thrown in. Definitely a film for the next Halloween party!

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Worldmark Victoria

This cozy resort might not be the most extravagant or luxurious, but it contained everything we needed to be comfortable.

We had access to our own hot tub!

One feature that I liked was the Murphy bed because that meant more people could stay! Having a full kitchen meant that we could make our own meals whenever we wanted for the little ones. Sometimes, when we travelled with little ones, a kitchen helped to make things more convenient.

The rooms were clean and tidy, with all the essential personal care products. To top it off, the view of Victoria was beautiful!

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Art Inspiration: The Guard

Ever wonder what the guard

Is thinking about?

To see all the gruesome

And violent behaviours

That arise

Each time a game

Begins….

——-Chocoviv

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Vendor Feature: 5 Star Photo Booth

Thank you 5 Star Photo Booth for adding so much fun to our previous event!

1) Why and when did you start your business?

I started 5 Star with my brother in fall of 2018 because I wanted to do something fun and involving people – something different from my lifelong work/career in I.T. as Software Developer.

After being layed off from corporate downsizing in late 2017, I did some traveling and was thinking about what to do for work. During a round of golf with my brother Allan, he asked me if I wanted to do a photo booth business with him. I was looking for something different from my background of I.T./ Software Developer – something fun and more people-focused. Guests smiling for photobooth pictures at events where everyone’s in a great mood and celebrating something, fit that bill. So 5 Star was started in Sept 2018.


2) What was your background?

I.T. / Software Developer


3) Interesting facts about your product:

a) Our photobooth is quite portable. We’re tied to a power cord, but still ample range to provide a change of scenery and hence, greater variety of photos for Host and guests.

b) Time permitting, photo backgrounds/ graphics can be changed/ added during the event for more variety and engagement.

c) Especially for corporate events, if you need to entertain guests at your event, we can do that and simultaneously help promote your brand/ business using branded photos, social media and directing guests to your website.


4) Anything else you want to share:

Most people are pretty busy and stressed (even before covid), so smile more and spend time with family & friends then things will be more fun. https://vimeo.com/591352015

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Home

https://instagram.com/5starphotoboothcanada

https://www.facebook.com/5StarPhotoBoothCanada

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Third Year Anniversary On WordPress

Happy third anniversary to My Blog!

Thank you to everyone from the original blog and this 2.0 version! I am so grateful to have found an amazing group of bloggers from here and on all the other platforms that I am on!

Feel free to leave your blog link below in the comments to meet more likeminded folks!

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Movie Review: Abominable

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Summary

Before her father passed, Yi promised him to travel across the country to visit certain landmarks. In memory of him, she only played his violin by herself on the rooftop. She isolated herself by working non-stop to make the money to travel. Her mother and grandmother missed eating with Yi. One day, as she was playing on the rooftop, she meets a Yeti, who escaped capture. After being acquainted with the Yeti, who she named Everest, she was determined to bring him back to Mount Everest.

Conclusion

I really enjoyed the reminders in the movie about stopping to appreciate nature. The reminders about family connections was beautiful too.

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Book Review: The Body On The Beach

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Summary

Life was beautiful. Living inside a tranquil neighbourhood, it was a normal morning for Carole. Or so she thought…. As she strolled along the nearby beach with her dog, she suddenly discovered a washed up body on the beach!

Being very structured, Carole went straight back home and began to wash her dog and organized her house. She did not want the sea water to damage anything. Then, she called the police. After being interrogated by the police rudely, she was further irritated by the appearance of her new neighbour, Jude. Jude was more relaxed and very different from Carole. However, they ended being friends and even solved the case together.

Conclusion

The interesting intersections between Carole and Jude made them a good team for the case. This was a fun and quick read.

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Netflix Series: Squid Game

Summary

Imagine being able to settle all your debt by just playing a game—-a game of survival. Out of 455 game contestants, only one would survive. That person would win the jackpot. Players must figure out how to team up with the right people to work together to survive. However, when friends and family had to choose to live or kill the other, dilemmas arose.

Conclusion

This rather gruesome game show reminded us that for some, being in the real world could be even more painful than in this murderous games… The game makers turned children’s games into a death or life situation, even the retro Korean child’s game, “Squid Game”.

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Vendor Feature: Susgrainable

Ever wonder where all the leftover grains from breweries go if they could avoid the trash bins? Answer is to Susgrainable!!

Who Is Susgrainable?

1) Why and when did you start your business?

Susgrainable started out as a school MBA project during my time at UBC in 2018. We had to come up with an innovative idea business for our entrepreneurship class and then quickly work on it over a 4-month period.

A colleague came from the beer industry and mentioned that the disposal of “spent grain” was becoming a big problem for Vancouver craft brewers. We decided to see if there was a better solution than just sending it to landfills. 

Having worked as an Exercise Physiologist alongside dietitians, when I learned the composition of spent grain I knew that this needed to be re-incorporated into the North American diet. And so, after the school project I recruited some other friends and we turned it into a business. My passion for food and the circular economy was too much for me not to keep pursuing this opportunity.2) What was your background?

Marc – I’ve worked as a Kinesiologist/Exercise Physiologist for 7+ years with Alberta Health Services and worked in both frontline and irregular operations with WestJet for just under 11 years. I am also an avid soccer player and ex-varsity athlete, and an interesting fact is I paid for my undergrad through a combination of scholarships and online poker! I grew up in Calgary and moved to Vancouver for my MBA and its focus on sustainability and entrepreneurship.

Clinton – I grew up on a farm in rural Alberta where we grow Barley. I completed my undergraduate degree in Political Science at the University of Lethbridge and have worked in government at both the municipal and provincial level. Prior to moving out to Vancouver to co-found Susgrainable, I worked with Alberta Health Services and managed the foreign/resident doctors program for southern Alberta.

3) Interesting facts about your product?

Our core products are our easy-to-make baking mixes made from our Signature Upcycled Barley Flour. The Upcycled Barley Flour is unique because it is made from rescued grains, but it’s also virtually sugar free while being higher in fibre and protein than other flours.

In terms of mixes, we have our most popular Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix which has been a finalist in 3 food & beverage competitions including BC Food & Beverage Product of the Year in 2021. We also have our Pancake & Waffle Mix, and our Banana Bread Mix that will be launching next month. We originally started out making baked goods and selling them at farmers’ markets. This allowed us to learn which mixes we should focus on. Of course, we also have our Upcycled Barley Flour for sale for those adventurous bakers.

Our core customers have exclaimed that they love sharing/gifting our product to friends and family because it tastes great, but they also love getting to share the story. We’re constantly being asked about what products we’re going to release next.

4) Anything else you would like to share?

We have so many exciting things coming in the near future:• Banana bread mix is launching in early November• Our new Website will be launching December 1st• We plan to open Vancouver’s very first dedicated food upcycling facility in 2022.

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Bonus info (in case it helps)

Susgrainable Company Bio

Founded in 2018, Susgrainable aims to be a leading circular economy company within the upcycled food space in Canada. Operating in the East Vancouver community of Strathcona, they have created partnerships with multiple craft breweries, rescuing their spent grain into an innovative shelf-stable product called Upcycled Barley Flour. Susgrainable’s core products are delicious easy-to-make baking mixes that are gaining rapid popularity in the BC marketplace for both their environmental and health benefits. Susgrainable products can be found both online and increasingly in retailers throughout the lower mainland. Upcycled Barley Flour, Susgrainable’s signature ingredient, is made by dehydrating and milling spent grain, a by-product from beer production. The result is a flour high in plant-based protein and fibre while also being very low in sugar.

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Vendor Feature: Bakedbysica

Thank you Bakedbysica for her delicious earl grey cupcakes with lemon buttercream!

Who Is Bakedbysica?

1) When and why did you start your business?

The business started in June 2021. I made my mom a cake for her birthday and the family was saying it was about time I started selling as I had made a cake better than their favourite local bakery’s cake. I then shared it with a friend who also said the same, so I gave it a shot and started putting it out there that I was selling cakes. The launch was basically on Father’s Day weekend, and orders have been coming here and there through word of mouth/instagram/friends.

2) What was your background?

I have been baking since I was 9 years old. I always enjoyed baking, especially cupcakes.

3) Interesting facts about your product?

Some of my cakes contain less than a half cup of sugar in them 🙂 (ube, vanilla, earl grey)

4) Anything else that you would like to share?

So for me I always liked moist cakes (sorry to those who cringe at the word). They’re always so hard to find. I remember the number of times I’d end up disappointed about the cakes I would buy in store because although they would look and sound delicious, they never ended up being the cake I expected (usually craved) it would be. Since then, I gave up buying cake in stores and managed to find a way to make a cake the way I wanted it to be. I was tired of being deceived by the beauty of some cakes only to end up with a dry, “ok” cake. So what truly drove me into doing Cake By Sica so that other people can also enjoy a moist cake for themselves 😅 Sica is my childhood name pronounced “See-kah” from my name Jessica 🙂

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Book Review: The Good Knight

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Summary

When a king was murdered on the way to his wedding, Gareth and Gwen were reunited. Gareth had left Gwen previously and as their paths crossed, so did their hearts.

Set in the medieval times, the couple had to work together to solve the murder and find the murderer. Things got messier when Gareth became a suspect himself…

Who would dare to kill the king?

Conclusion

This novel would intrigue the fans of the medieval historical storyline. There was a lot of detailed dialogue between the couple as the investigation got complicated.

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Movie Review: He’s All That

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Summary

Padgett was a popular online influencer who was pretending to lead a perfect life with a rich life and boyfriend. Then, she discovered him cheating on her and was exposed “live”, she threw a tantrum and the whole world laughed at her. Her popularity plummeted. As she was desperate to save her college funds from sponsors, she agreed to a bet by her friend to be prom Queen with a new potential prom King. She had to choose an unpopular guy in the school and give him a makeover…..

Conclusion

This was a remake of the 1999 movie She’s All That. Fun fact: The mom in this movie was the original female character who got the Makeover in the original movie.

Having real-life influencer Addison-Rae as the main role definitely could attract the younger crowds. I still enjoyed it as a romantic comedy.

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Picture Of The Day: Ladybug

Gently sitting

On the yellow petals

The ladybug

Keeps to itself

Ignoring all the

Other creatures

Watching and

Observing

Got above.

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Vendor Feature: Natural B.I.S.H

It’s nice to see a more environmentally-friendly packaging for personal care products. Thank you Natural B. I. S. H for this care package!

Who Is Natural B. I. S. H.?

1) When and why did you start thus business?

I developed severe allergies to any product I would put on my skin. I decided I would create products for people with sensitive skin like my own.


2) What was your background?

I worked in the beauty industry for over 8 years in my 20’s . I was a esthetician, hairstylist, and makeup artist.


3) Interesting information about your product?

All of the products have chickweed in them. Chickweed is known calm inflammation in the skin.


4) Anything else you would like to share?

I’m hoping to help others like myself that can’t find anything that works for their skin. It can be so frustrating.
As well as anyone just looking for a safe and natural skincare alternative.

Check out their site:

https://naturalbish.com/

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Vendor Feature: Kirk’s Kefir

I was lucky to get to try out these delicious kefir waters! They reminded me a little bit like kombucha, but without the kombucha taste… The fizz was similar and I really enjoyed them!

Who Is Kirk’s Kefir?

1) Why and when did you start your business?

I started making water kefir 3 years ago in an effort to find an all natural healthy way to get rid of the constant bloating and depression I was experiencing.


2) Also, what was your background?

I worked on tug boats, eventually becoming a Captain, started a a few different business before starting Kirk’s Kefir.


3) Some interesting facts about your product?

Interesting facts, the probiotics are living and will increase while in the bottle.


4) Finally, anything else you would like to share?

We wanted it to be easy for people to understand how much sugar is in each bottle. We put it on the front of the bottle with the amount of sugar per bottle instead of the typical confusing way its done “per serving.”

Check out their sites:

https://www.instagram.com/kirkskefir/

https://kirkskefir.com

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500 Consecutive Days On Duolingo

That’s right! 500 consecutive days of language lessons!

Languages That I Am Studying:

  • French (I took that till university)
  • Spanish (40 intensive Berlitz lessons)
  • Korean (self-taught the Korean alphabet in highschool)
  • Japanese
  • Italian
  • Vietnamese (most difficult so far)

Yes, I have been busy!

Are you learning any languages lately?

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Yen Arts & Designs’ Waterproof Stickers

These are super cute bunny stickers by Yen Arts And Design.

Who Is Yen Arts?

Illustrator & Designer

Yen is an illustrator and designer who draws her inspiration from nature and everyday life. She cares deeply about animals and her immediate surroundings, which is why they are recurring themes in her art. Yen wants to bring happiness to her community by highlighting the beauty that can be found in everyday life. After moving from Taiwan in her mid-teens, she is now happy to call Metro Vancouver her home.—As per her website.

Check her site out:

https://www.yenlarts.com

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Photo Of The Day: Mid-Autumn Festival Mooncakes

There are two types of mooncakes that I tried this Mid-Autumn Festival—lava custard and lavender snowskin mooncake.

Yum!

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MyFunVelope: Fall Fun

This month’s subscription from Myfunvelope was about the fall season! There was materials for leave rubbings, crafts and colouring. This was perfect to bring in the theme of fall into the home. For ages 3-9 years old.

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Photo Of The Day: Antique Teapot

Imagine when

Or where

This teapot has been

From its creation

To staring at you

At you empty its

Contents

Into your cup

From a long time ago

Or not

You will never know.

——Chocoviv

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Book Review: The Serial Killer’s Wife

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Summary

Their family seemed perfect. Beth and Tom had one daughter and a beautiful home. Their lives were ideal. Beth wanted to blend in and join the club of “Yummy Mommies”. Each marriage had its issues.

One night, the police knocked on their door and arrested Tom…. suspected of murder? Beth was in shock and everyone didn’t believe that she didn’t know anything…..

Conclusion

Some might find the extensive details that Beth noticed a lot of detail in her detail life. It could seem boring at times. However, it reflected on how she was very observant….which was very important in relation to the storyline.

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Netflix Series: Post Mortem

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Summary

Live was found deceased in the middle of a field. She was pronounced dead and sent to the morgue. Then, suddenly she sat up! She was alive! She may be alive, but she also developed a thirst for blood….

Her family ran the local funeral home, and it wasn’t doing very well. “People just weren’t dying.” Until people began dying around Live…

Conclusion

The story premise was very interesting. The brother and his relationship with the people around him was quite interesting. He was so desperate to keep his business afloat that he went to great lengths.

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Art Inspiration: Turtle Tower

Be a tower

Of mighty turtles

With their hard shells

And tough skin

They can stand

Strong and

Live long!

——Chocoviv

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Buttermere Snow-skin Mooncakes

Limited Edition Mooncake From Buttermere:

1. Jade Hare (coconut pandan)

2. Marigold (matcha red bean)

3. Lotus (cream cheese cranberry)

4. Hua-Chuan (black sesame hazelnut)

5. Auspicious Cloud (milky taro)

6. Mid-Autumn (salted egg custard)

Instead of the regular sweet mooncakes, these were the snow-skin versions.

“Snow skin mooncake, snowy mooncake, ice skin mooncake or crystal mooncake is a Chinese food eaten during the Mid-Autumn Festival. Snow skin mooncakes are a non-baked mooncake originating from Hong Kong. The snow skin mooncake is also found in Macau, Mainland China, Taiwan, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia.”—-Wikipedia

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Movie Review: Venom

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Summary

Eddie was the loser that everyone made fun of constantly. As he was not successful as a reporter for his career, he made choices that hurt the girl he loved. One day, he snuck into a secret lab to investigate on some mysterious story, he contracted an alien form named Venom. This alien had planned to invade Earth and eat everyone!

Coincidentally, this alien ended liking Earth and especially, Eddie. Apparently, it was also a loser in its world. So, it decided to work with Eddie to stop the invasion.

Conclusion

The conversation that Eddie had with Venom, made me laugh. It acted like his internal consciousness. I liked the ending.

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Netflix Series: Metal Shop Masters

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Summary

Remember those days in metal shop in high school? Well, this was definitely a whole different level! Professional welders compete for the ultimate prize of $50000!

Conclusion

To watch all these masters, cut and weld pieces of metal into amazing works of art was inspiring! My favourite challenge was the one where the artworks were judged through the shadows that the sculptures made ….

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Dad’s Birthday Dinner

It’s my dad’s birthday again! Time to eat out! It’s been another covid-year, so it’s great that we could dine in at the restaurants again.

There were only a few tables so we really socially distanced ourselves. My mom had already prepared a list of dishes for the server, so I didn’t have to make any suggestions.

Being the little child that I was, I loved snacking on the shrimp chips! One thing I forgot to take a photo was the plate of sweet lotus buns that they made for my dad’s birthday.

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“A Soft fluffy basic steamed bun is shaped into a peach shape and can be filled with a sweet filling of your choice is popular in the Chinese culture to represent longevity.” —— Whattocooktoday

The filling they used was sweet lotus seed paste that I liked more than the red bean paste of others.

All in all it was a great get together that night!

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Lunch Time: Kimchi With Tuna Salad Sandwich

Running out of ideas for my lunch meal, I decided to dig around my fridge for some inspiration. While I toasted my slices of more-than-a-day-old bread in my air fryer, I found a container of tuna salad that was left along with some lettuce. This was good enough for a quick bite! Perfect! Then, I noticed that some kimchi was hidden under the lettuce. The spicy kimchi would add some spice and extra flavour to my sandwich!

What is kimchi?

“Kimchi, a staple food in Korean cuisine, is a traditional side dish of salted and fermented vegetables, such as napa cabbage and Korean radish, made with a widely varying selection of seasonings, including gochugaru, spring onions, garlic, ginger, and jeotgal, etc. It is also used in a variety of soups and stews.”—-Wikipedia

Ultimately, I had a delicious lunch that day!

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Vendor Feature: These Are My Konfections

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It was my dad’s birthday and Kem from These Are My Konfections made him a lovely box of chocolate covered strawberries! As we chatted more, I suggested her to try out some cute figures that I noticed that was quite popular lately.

Happy Birthday Dad!

Who Is T.A.M.K?

1) When and why did you start your business?

I started my business last year, during quarantine I found love through food and baking!

2) What is your background?

I have a background in makeup artistry and skincare! 💄

3) Interesting facts about your product?

We have so many different flavours to choose from! There are also flavours which can be infused into the chocolate like earl grey, boba, matcha, and more!

4) Anything else to share?

Nothing really to share, but as a treat, customers who mentions CHOCOVIV, get 30% off their first order!

Thank you again for letting me get creative !

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Book Review: A Royal Pain

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Summary

Georgiana, the cousin of the King, was in charge of taken care of the young Bavarian princess, who was to be paired up with the Prince Of Wales. When suspicious deaths began to occur, Georgie’s natural detective instincts kicked in.

Occasionally bumping into her handsome Darcy definitely made things more interesting…

Conclusion

To blend murder mysteries with the royal family’s daily lives kept my interest.

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Photo Of The Day: Staring At A Sunflower

Have you ever

Stared at a sunflower?

Do you see the small

And tiny little

Blossoms that

Protrude from the

Centre of the

Gargantuan

Head of the

Sunflower?

——- Chocoviv

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My First OxyGeneo Facial

This was my first OxyGeneo facial!

HOW IT WORKS

EXFOLIATE

The OxyGeneo™ exfoliates the upper skin layer to remove dead cells, open clogged pores, smooth the surface and renew the skin. The treatment generates an abundance of CO2 bubbles that permeate the upper skin layer to trigger a physiological response known as the Bohr Effect.

OXYGENATE

OxyGeneo™ harnesses the natural processes of the body to oxygenate the skin from within with the Bohr Effect! During the Bohr Effect, the body sends O2-rich blood to the skin to replace the CO2. This results in optimal skin oxygenation and increased cellular activity.

INFUSE

At the same time, OxyGeneo™ infuses nutrients, vitamins and selected active ingredients that nourish the skin and promote healthier and smoother complexion.

——according to OxyGeneo website

My amazing aesthetician, who received her license since 2000!
This is the Hydrating Treatment disc that used spirulina.

When the disc touched the gel serum on my face, it began to fizz up. It reminded me of putting a super cold ice on my cheek, and with a little bit of scraping feeling. Apparently, some people might find this tingly, as they might feel it more of a tingle than cold.

After the treatment, my skin was even brighter than before and even more smoother!

Mybeautytude’s contact:

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Photo Of The Day: Can We Hang Out Now?

Everyday my bearded dragon must stay in his enclosure to get sufficient sunlight for him to grow healthy. However, he prefers to come out and hang out with us. So he likes to wait near the door for us to take him out….

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Movie Review: Man In Love

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Summary

A debt collector,for the local gang, with a kind and generous heart met his ideal girl. He had to collect a huge debt from her bed-ridden father. So, she signed a form that required her to pay back a certain amount at a certain time. Therefore, the debt collector began to follow her around to suggest ways for her to pay back faster.

Finally, he suggested that she go on dinner dates on him. Each time she did, he would colour in a slot on his chart. The goal was to fill in the whole chart and her debt would be cleared.

She was very repulsed by his gangster behaviour and did not want to have anything to do with him, at first…. Then, her father passed away….He walked in and prepared the funeral for her….

Conclusion

The story began beautifully highlighting how warm and caring this man was despite being a debt collector for a gang. Then, the extent he went to protect the people that he cared for, really moved me. Beautiful story….

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Photo Of The Day: Sunset Across The Water

Across the waters

As we float along

Steadily towards

Our destination

The sun slowly

Descends beneath

The flowing sea.

——Chocoviv

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Movie Review: Shang-Chi and the Legend Of The Ten Rings

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Summary

Sean was born from the union of a megalomaniac man and his opposite, a peace-loving magical who was skilled in the martial arts. His father was willing to put away his eternal-youth-giving Ten Rings (actually worn as bangles) that were also dangerous weapons of destruction. He really wanted to be with his mother. They met in the magical forest that was part of Ta Lao, her home.

When she died, he picked up his Ten Rings again to continue to conquer and kill. He trained his son, whose original name was Shang-Chi, to be an assassin. When the young teenager was sent to kill his first target, the boy left and never came home. His younger sister was left alone. So, she resented him.

After many years, his father suddenly sent assassins to go after him and for his necklace that his mother gave him. Why did he want to look for his mother’s home again?

Conclusion

I absolutely though the dialogue between Simu and Awkwafina was hilarious! It’s great to see some well seasoned actors like Tony Leung and Michelle Yeoh in it. I was pleasantly surprised to see Fala Chen, an accomplished actress in the Hong Kong film and television industry, as the character of the mother.

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Malahat SkyWalk Adventures

The weather was perfect to visit the Malahat Skywalk!

“Visit Vancouver Island’s Newest Attraction. Malahat SkyWalk is an accessible 600 m TreeWalk through a beautiful arbutus forest leading to a spectacular gentle spiral ramp that takes you up 32m to a sightseeing lookout offering views of Finlayson Arm, Saanich Peninsula, Mount Baker and the distant Coast Mountains.”—— Malahat Skywalk

This attraction just opened recently in July 2021. The whole skywalk was outdoors, so I felt quite comfortable with social distancing. Families stayed together and walked up the wooden spiral path. As we passed by the middle section, we picked up felted mats to slide down the spiral slide. A friendly reminder to wear long sleeves to prevent any sore elbows that might develop as you slid down.

The view from midway….we saw a pod of orcas swim by, but I missed the photo…..
Going down the spiral slide!
Not looking down…
The view is amazing!

At the very top of the path, was a large netting that visitors could walk across and test their bravery. I was able to walk across, but I just couldn’t make myself to look all the way down!

This was definitely a fun activity to do with the family! (The slide was meant for 5 years old and older.)

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Photo Of The Day: Victorian Sunset

As I prepare

To turn on

The hot tub

I glance towards

The west horizon

And watch the

Sun set.

——Chocoviv

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Photo Of The Day: View Of Victoria

Under the blue sky

Enjoying the view

Lounging in a lounge chair

Staring blankly

Towards the sky

Wondering what to do

For the rest of the day.

——Chocoviv

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Book Review: Queen Of Hearts

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Summary

Lady Georgiana accompanied her mother to Reno to finish the last steps of the divorce. She was determined to get married to her beau of the time. However, when she was invited to be the star of a movie, she forgot about everything else and wanted to be a movie star!

Unfortunately, the owner of movie company was found murdered, everything came to a halt. Lady Georgiana was able to pair up with the lead investigator, Darcy. Darcy was her boyfriend too!

Who was the murderer?

Conclusion

I really enjoyed reading about the behind the scenes of the movie industry in the 1930’s. This story also highlighted the sad economy of the Great Depression.

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Movie Review: Animal Crackers

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Summary

A little boy grew up in the circus and met the girl of his dreams through their love of the circus. But, he decided to give up his dream of the circus and work at a dog biscuit factory for his father-in-law. After seven years of toiling under the critical eye of his father-in-law, he was exhausted. However, he continued to find a way to make better tasting biscuits, since he was the only quality control person tasting them….

One day, a fire broke out at the circus and his only aunt and uncle had perished, leaving him a curious box of animal crackers. Then, suddenly he ate one and something magical happened….

Conclusion

The topic of death, betrayal and jealousy could be a bit dark for younger children. However, I really liked the aspect of chasing and working towards one’s dream.

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Photo Of The Day: Purple And Yellow Blossoms

Abundant flowers

In a grand garden

To breathe in the

Fragrance

While strolling

Among the

Purple and yellow

Blossoms.

——Chocoviv

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Vendor Feature: Cork It Wine Making

What a wonderful wine tasting and food pairing opportunity! Thank you to Cork It Wine Making!

Who Is Cork It Wine Making?

Our funky little warehouse is the perfect setting for all your wine and cider making needs. With over 150 wine kits to choose from, there is something for everyone! All of our equipment is automated including an industrial bottle washer, bottle filling machine, and pneumatic corker. Come experience just how easy it is and join our community of wine lovers!— Cork It Wine Making

Check out the lovely pairings that we got to try!

The Pinot Grigio paired up with the ceviche.
The Gewurztraminer was ideal with spicy foods, like this antipasto.
The Bordeaux was paired with this delicious duck sausage.
The Rose was paired with these goat cheese bites.
The Malbec was perfect with 80% cocoa.

Two of the wines were our favourite, the Bordeaux and the Sparkling Moscato. I learned that they were able to bag the custom wines and put into pretty wooden boxes for customers to bring home. How interesting!

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