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Abbotsford Tulip Festival

Don’t be fooled, I’m not that tall
I’m standing on a slope LOL

Beautiful, vibrant tulips – make sure you wear proper
shoes, it gets muddy in some areas

I’m so happy this picture turned out decent because my mom kept on telling me to
put my hand down.  And I’m like “mom, I want to take some artistic photos.”  Lol
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fashion, Lifestyle

Less is More

It took me more than four decades to comprehend the saying “less is more” and I’m referring to my clothes.  It all started when I was cleaning my rather messy but organized (yes there is such a thing) bedroom.  It came to the point that I ran out of room to store my clothes (I already have 6 bins excluding my overflowing closet).  My cheeky son walked into my room and declared that if I don’t do anything about it, my room will turn into a landfill.  Now, that’s SCARY!!  I mean, I’m terrified of garbage let alone a landfill.  But yeah, that was the turning point.

So, I’ve been donating and consigning my clothes and I am down to two bins so far.  My goal this year is to declutter my house including my books, photos, and jewelry.  Needless to say, I feel liberated now that I have less stuff.

I’ve read so many blogs about creating a capsule wardrobe such as this post.  I also referred to this book a lot, when I get stuck on how to organize my clothes.  It feels so good to step back from my endless cycle of fashion trends (hence the lack of fashion posts).  I don’t feel obligated to buy new clothes.  I’ve been saving money and will only buy classic pieces especially when it comes to handbags.  How about you guys?  Any strategy on minimizing your closet?

 

Lifestyle

Cavalia Odysseo

I love watching any live performances especially concerts.  They’re so much fun!

But this time I’m sharing my experiences at the Cavalia Odysseo show.  My co-worker recommended that I should see Cavalia because she’d seen it and she loved it!  Before taking her suggestion, I researched online and there were mostly positive reviews so I decided to watch the show.  I went with my sister and my son (who loves horses).  Boy, my co-worker was right!  It was so much fun and worth every penny!

Nick loves making faces!
I bought the VIP packages which included the meal buffet.  I didn’t think much of the buffet but surprisingly it was extremely delicious and healthy too.  It also included wine, beer and non-alcoholic drinks.
Our lanyards included a free chipotle spread from Save On Foods.  I have yet to pick it up.

So excited for the show!  Before the show, there were a few Q&A which were fun and informative.  There are 65 horses (13 of which are stallions) and 48 performers.

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Lifestyle, Restaurant

Dining Experience: The RawBar at the Lobby Lounge

Hi friends!  This is my second restaurant experience review.  I actually went there last November but with my busy schedule, I only have time to post it now.  I met up with three wonderful ladies (whom I met through Instagram) and because we all have a passion for food, it was a good time to get together and do what we do best:  eat.

Left to Right:  Vivian (Wisteria Voyage), Roanna (Foodiegram) and Mimi (Indulge with Mimi).  They actually reviewed this restaurant too and I highly encourage you to go and visit their page.

The RawBar at the Fairmont Hotel is trendy but elegant.  They have a beautiful fireplace and a white Fazioli piano.  They serve brunch and afternoon tea on the weekend.  There’s also live music nightly which is a perfect place to catch up with old friends or drinks after work.


I always try to take a picture of the menu since I never remember what I ate.

We came here specifically for their five-course cocktail brunch (which we saw plastered on our IG feed).  There are two options for the first and third course, but since there are four of us, we decided to order different items so we may sample each other food.  Isn’t that the way to go?

The first course was the Torched Wagyu Beef Salad.  I don’t eat wagyu beef all the time and I expected that it would melt-in-your-mouth but these weren’t, so I was a tad disappointed.  But then again I was told that there are different types of wagyu beef and perhaps these weren’t the ones I expected.  Nonetheless, this dish had a great flavour.


The other option for the first course was the Red Tuna Tataki.  It was perfectly seasoned and very appetizing, thanks to the refreshing yuzu vinaigrette.  So yummy!
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Lifestyle

The name: Kim

Do you guys have any names that you are quite fond of or detest?  Just curious.  I personally can’t think of one that I don’t like, but I really like the name Nicholas (hence that’s the name of my son) and if I should have a daughter (not anymore, too old now Lol)  I always wanted to name her Erin (after watching Erin Brockovich).  I love this name because I think it’s strong and heroic.

But today, I would like to share with you a name that I have really good fate with and that is the name:  Kim.  Let me describe my three friends and some funny anecdotes with you.

This is a really old picture of me, my boss in the middle and my supervisor on the right.  I think this was taken more than 20 years ago when I was working at a freight-forwarding company.  Although it’s a small company (just the three of us) it was actually one of my favourite places to work.  Working in a small environment definitely has many advantages.  I learned so much about the industry and build a spectacular relationship with my supervisor, Kimberly (Kim for short).  Not only did she taught me everything she knew, but I got to know her on a personal level.  Needless to say, she’s more like a friend than a co-worker.

Kim is very smart and efficient.  I also love how she was always open and honest.  She said that when she first spoke to me on the phone, she didn’t think that I was Chinese.  She thought I was Caucasian.  Lol.  While we were working, we often talked about our daily life and I remember a very embarrassing and funny moment.  One time, I told her I was “stoned” over the weekend and her jaws dropped.  She repeatedly asked me if I was really “stoned” and I confirmed YES, obviously not knowing the real meaning.  At that time, I thought it meant drunk not high.  LMAO!  I don’t think I ever clarify with her and of course, from then on, I dare not try to use any words without finding out the true meaning.

The last time I saw Kim was more than 17 years ago (when I had my first kid).  We had lunch together and I showed pictures of my son.  Since then we lost contact, I wish I can bump into her one day.  I hope she’s happy wherever she is.
If you’ve been following me for a while, I’m sure I don’t need to introduce you to my very good friend, Kim (A Very Sweet Blog).  Although we haven’t met each other yet, but I feel like I known her for a long time.  Kim followed me when I first started blogging and that was more than 5 years ago.  She has not only been my top supporter of my blog, but she cares about me in every aspect.  Blogging can be tough, and there are a few times I want to quit, but luckily I have Kim to give me her advice.  I feel like she’s a sister I never had.

I’m hoping to make a trip to New Orleans and meet Kim one day.  Most likely, it should be within the next 5 years.  I’m sure when I see her, I will give her the biggest hug ever!  Wait for me, Kim!

In the early days of internet, we are all warned to watch out for strangers (remember those horrible stories about meeting people online).  But nowadays, thanks to social media, we have so many apps that allow people to share common interests and it’s totally acceptable.  Instagram is my favourite social media platform because I met some really good people (mostly virtually) and one of them is Kim from (@onlymekimberly).  Although we have yet to meet in person, we have made a promise to meet up in spring and I’m sure it will happen because she lives in Vancouver.

I love it when followers become friends.  Kim and I share a lot of common interests.  She loves coffee and reading.  Whenever I’m stuck on what to read next, I can always rely on Kim to give me some good book recommendations.  And it seems like every weekend, I’d be drooling over her perfect latte and avocado toast posts.

So, that’s my list of the three Kims I absolutely adore.  Please share with me if you have any good relationship with anyone that shares the same name.  Thank you so much for reading!