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Happy New Year 2015

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I will try to sum up everything I did over the holiday since Christmas…

1. Finish “The Edible Women” by Margaret Atwood.

I have not read for a long time. I think i did something like creating a reading list every new year and never really finish it. So at least 2014 I have read a book. Compared to the number of manga I read, it is probably nothing but this is an effort that I made at the end of the year to encourage myself reading more in 2015.

Honestly, i guess because i was born in different generation so i was not really understand about the written issue. Or maybe because I do not owe a TV &  not watching commercial often I am not be able to sympathize with the main character much? Or because I am in my good times, my appetite is so good that prevent me to comprehend why would people deny food?? Food is not the problem, the main character does not even cook properly, and what the hell with her being okay eating that much sugar but not protein or meat? *excuse my thought… She cant eat food because of all of the increased surround media?  she cant eat food because of stress or social conformity? unable to figure out what she want?  I do feel sorry for people who are so affected by all of the social expectation and common marriage standard that they forget about their own self. After all, it is her doing trying to be someone that “fit” with others and failed. However, I do see myself in the main character that we all have problem that we have to pull through ,there are  times we can really take it no more then just w.e with it. We drink, we drunk, we ran, trying to escape and in the end, lets ruin it all, we are happy and back to ourselves… whatever the consequences…

I know I should stop applying myself in the book but that just describe how much i have enjoyed it. Overall, it is a really good book, I find characters such as Ashley and Duncan amuse me. I do want to know a little deeper of other character thought, do they appear as described? what the bachelor Peter think about Marian behavior? what would be his reason? I found Len Slank difficult to understand- his feeling are too easily to be swayed by reasons (from love to disgust – from cool charismatic young man to a crybaby)…

2. Finish knitting late Christmas present for my bf today. Pic update later…it is def time consuming (since he asked me something not expensive but with a lot of effort)- sometimes can be a little addicting if you start knitting- 🙂

3. Getting to know new roommate. She is 19 & really cute- I tried to put make up and help dressing her up for the holiday.:)

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4. Have my allergy test and turn out I have cat allergy, the doctor said i will be okay with my cat as long as I take extra caution. more research works to do in the new year. #nofilter

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5. My Niagara trip with my bf. We went to Pillar & Post -Niagara In the Lake. We booked the Warm Up to Winter Package and only pay for the room but we have access to all of the facility including hot springs, gym, sauna & indoor swimming pool. The first day we walked around historical town for sightseeing & after go back for hot springs. Second day we went to Niagara Falls, we are so lucky to see Lights rehearsing her songs for NYE. Her voice is so good it sent chills. After we walked Niagara downtown and comeback to see Niagara Falls Lights at 5pm and saw Shawn as well as Nick Jonas rehearse their parts. We rushed back to Pillar & Post for dinner at Cannery Dining Res- the rumored 4 diamonds res. And rush to hot springs after eat and wake up for the last hot spring time in the next morning.

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Tips: We bought our own beer, it is really refreshing to drink beer after hot springs… Stay away from the 1st floor cuz it is so noisy. Even in the 2nd floor, I was waken up by people cuz they dont have soundproof. The fan in our washroom does not work & they did not give me the conditioner as well as we do not have one of the rope in the first day. Also, there are no slippers- they said they ran out of it. So if you do book a room there at the end of the year, do bring extra slipper, conditioner, toothpaste & other necessaries- i do find their hand soap really dry. The dinning is not really worthy for >60 buck a person. The service is super slow- the server forgot to bring me sauces for my dishes- she spent too much time chitchat with other tables. Wat to expect for 4 diamonds?

6. What I bought in 2014...

1) Olympus Pen 16MP Mirrorless Camera with 14-42mm II R Zoom Len to substitute for the recent broken Sony Nex 3.  I have also tested Sonyalpha6000 in the holiday but i did not like it- it was used and over-rated- I do like the alpha7 but it is too expensive for me.

2) New lipsticks. Little Pretty by Marc Jacob. Nars & Crazy Tangerine- Lancome. I bought them while Sephora having this email promotion of $15 off for $50 or more purchase. The Lancome ones I bought in The bay while doing seasoner part-time for them.

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Crazy tangerine -Lancome. the holiday orange color that i never have.

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I adore the color ❤ Little Pretty is the little dark sparkly purple. I also mix with YU from Nars to get the color from picture. #nofilter

3) Microsoft – Dell Venue 8 Tablets. $99. Lining up for more than 3 hrs to get this-it is cheap but now i do not really know why i get this thing for- it is difficult to use- not many apps. connection s*ck & always have to update to use it. Currently, it is used as Mabu’s little TV – he loves his bird channel.

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7.Holiday dress idea.

I did not have the chance to put on my holiday dress. I decided not to step out of the house dec 31 because weather reason. I hate cold zzz… so i rather countdown in front of the tv but i did save some pictures while trying some clothes…

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Top: Thrift

Accessories: Forever 21

Skirt: Milliemeno

Shoes: Aldo

anyway…time to sleep. Good night and…

Happy New Year everyone!!!

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Summerlicious Update (Continue…)

1. Fred’s Not Here

Appetizer

Wood Grilled Calamari & Chorizo Sausage with Arugula

Good sauce. Hmm… the portion is really small & less delicious compared to the famous lobster soup that my friends have…

Baked Our Famous Lobster & Crab Soup

Main Entree

Wood Grilled “California Cut” New York Strip Steak
with Sautéed Garlic Mushrooms, Duck Fat Frites & Vegetables

The steak is medium rare. It is little dry but overall good.

Roasted East Coast Lobster & Mussels
with Linguine Marinara

The lobster is excellent!!!. great combination of tomato pasta with seafood. This dish worth my $35 ! & Never mind the way i hold my folk T,T

Wood Grilled Salmon & Jumbo Tiger Shrimp
with Lemon Asparagus Risotto

My friend did not like her pick with the salmon & tiger shrimp. :<

Dessert.

My dessert is horrible. My caramel popcorn is so hard i cant chew it.. so i munched all the chocolate ice cream. T.T

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From the top Daily Selection Cheesecake, Mixed Berry Shortcake(right) & Fresh Fruit Ice (vegetarian) (left)

We tried each other desert. Not so good :\

Rating:

1. Appetizer : 3.5/5

2. Main Entree: 4/5

3. Desert: 2/5

4. Atmosphere: 4/5 (family, friend, co-worker)

5. Service: 2.5/5 (the server forgot to bring the cracker for the lobster & constantly going back to rush us, he gave us the bill when we have not finish it & said they have full reservation & lots of customers while we saw so many vacant table around. he just want to clear his table to get more customers for himself.. such bad work ethic.)

 

Friday Night Weekend. Japanese Film Festival

On the same day earlier in the afternoon, I came out of my house checking out the close by ramen place, Sentosei Ramen on Yonge Street.  I ordered my favourite Tokatsu with thin noodle. However, the soup turned me off, it is a little too salty to my taste.

Rating: 3- stars.

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Later I went to watch The Snow White Murder Case directed by Yoshihiro Nakamura, a crime mystery movie that smartly input attributes of social media, especially twitter. More specifically, the anti-protagonist is a Twitter Ramen Reviewer later played a third-rate melodrama detective . It is a really good movie. Rating: 4&1/2 stars (because I never give perfect marks laugh*). It triggered curiosity from the audience. It is funny and illustrates the negative side of social media.  And I can’t really help making a joke tweeting my ramen review on my Twitter about how related it was between my movie night & my lunch on that same day.

Friday Night Weekend Outfit.  Cant really hide my excitement for the movie,  maybe I went a little overboard with red.

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Experiment with the cat-eye.

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Great Comic Books To Read This Summer

 

1. Guardians Of Beings -Eckhart Tolle & Patrick McDonnell 

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If you are familiar with Power Of Now of Eckhart Tolle, why dont you check out Guardians Of Being. Also Great Gift For Pet Lovers!!!

2. Selfish Pig – Andy Riley

Haha- This is my stress-relief book. Hey -dont misunderstand. Im not selfish-but yes. sometimes I want to be selfish. Look at him- He enjoys to be selfish. Same author with Bunny Suicides.

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3. The Tiny Books Of Tiny Stories – Joseph Gordon-Levitt

The book have 3 volumes- red, blue and yellow. It is a collection of artworks from the internet. It is awesome & fun to read haha.& dun forget to check out lip sync contest between Gordon Levitt & Jimmy Fallon here.

4. Seigi No Mikata – Hijiri Chiaki

I love this manga so much. This is the story of two sisters, the older sister -Makiko is known as “ally of justice” and “perfect” women by everyone but her younger sister. And because only the younger sister know about her sister’s split personality. In fact, Makiko likes to play pranks and get revenge on others but always end up doing good thing for them. The manga also has a drama version but I do like the manga better. The original character is not as pretty as the one in drama and I guess they need to pick a pretty actress to attract viewers. Still, I think it would be funnier if they would have picked a plain looking actress for Makiko role.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can read vol 1 online here.

 5. Hirunaka No Ryuusei – Yamamori Mika

This is about a triangle love between 2 hot guys and a normal looking girl- typical shoujo story but its so cute. No judge- :3

 

CGR.

CGR. Not Canada Goose Review. Not about some Global Real Estate Fund Index. This Is Customer Gum Review. This is about GUM.

And I included gum, breath strips, mints candies and anything to freshen your breath into single word”Gum”. Anyone know better word for it?

Ok. Lets Start. I know you think this is weird. But have you ever thought of gum would be a part of what identify You.Me. Or Others?

Chewing Gum 

This ad was so popular in VN back when i was young. They always have this “Rymth Of The Rain” song for the Double Mint Commercial. I didn’t know a lot of gum brand, but for sure I know of that brand because the song is so good. Not to mention, everyday I heard of the same ad.

I did not eat lots of gum then. The Adults said that if you swallowed the gum then you probably die or something. Similar to if you eat the waterlemon seeds, waterlemon would grown in your stomach.

Bubble Gum 

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It was so popular in my middle school that every kid would buy this pink bubble gum, try to chew it & try to blow it as big as possible & then “Pop!!”

I was curious & love to follow the trend, Still I remember I would keep chewing it until all the sweet was all dissolved and the gum became distaste. I hate it by now. Remind me of the feeling my teeth would clashed to each other & created this difficult-to-describe uncomfortable noise.

The Classic SugarFree Gum 

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My Highschool day, I think my friends were so cool. They always have a pack of gum with them & sometimes asked me if I would want some. There are many brands with different packages and flavours. I thought guys with 5 Gum looked more mature & cooler.

Wrigley’s Eclipse Mints in Tin Box

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University day I found my favourite. The Eclipse Mints In Tint Box. It is so cute & different. I feel so special because i was the only one among my friend eating it aside from the normal gum. I thought I was a start of the trend or something when 2 of my unifriend started to buy it following after me.

Not long ago, I talked to one of them:”Hey, I used to eat that a lot too.” He was like:”Yea.Remember. I started to buy it after you”.

Well, I stopped buying it. The box popped out many times & the candies were spilled all over my bag.

Tic Tacs ®

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I remember I used to date this guy. & His favourite is the Tic Tacs. So he would buy me new box of Tic Tacs many times after we ate out. We broke up. The last box (I still remember it was the Orange ones) he bought for me was still with my stuff for a long time until I moved out & lost it.

Listerine ®Pocket Paks ®Breath Strips

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My Current Favourite. First know of this from my friend. The strips provide a little solution, you can feel the mint spread over on your tongue. And I like my tongue to be cleaned and freshen. lol

It is a bit more expensive. But at the same time the new breath strips make me feel more confident, like a sort of getting into the character of this modern, cool city girl. It is in my first 10 items I must carry in my bag.

I remember I also come across those Lemon Drops or Mint Candies too. But I wasnt into them like the others.

Final Note

I dont think it will end. Who know in the future I might into some kinda of other gum. So keep up the hard work Wrigley, Tic Tac or Listerine.