Sunday, July 29, 2012

4.85 Random Happenings - Olympics, Free Veggie Box, Garden Update

I hope everyone who planned to watch the Olympic opening ceremony already have. If you haven't yet, don't read what I have to say in the next little bit for I will spoil it for you.

These are the iconic red mitts from Vancouver's 2010 Olympics.

Every two years I get super excited for the Summer or Winter Olympics. Other than the sport events themselves, I thoroughly enjoy watching the opening ceremonies to see what countries have to offer the world to see. At first, the beginning of the ceremony for London seemed really boring. But then after catching on that they were trying to share their history, it ended up being a pretty neat concept. My favourite parts included the Olympic rings that were forged from the industrial revolution, the 40-foot Voldemort vs. Mary Poppins battle (the inflatable figure of Voldemort was very impressive), Mr. Bean's appearance, the birds on the bikes, and let's not forget about how amazing and beautiful the Olympic cauldron made out of copper petals turned out be. Overall, I have to hand off to London for hosting and putting together a spectacular Olympic ceremony.

The only time I share a commercial with you guys is if I find it's a really good one. This commercial by P&G sponsoring the Olympics never fails to make me tear up. Kudos to moms everywhere and kudos to the genius who came up with this commercial. You know it's a good production when a story can have a big impact even when it only has minutes to tell it.

Earlier this month my family celebrated my sister's birthday. Instead of a traditional cake, we got this plate of different flavoured mousse cakes from Ocean's. I love eating the chocolate mousse one.

It's been almost 3 months since I've been working at the produce factory company. After you've been there for 3 months, you're then able to receive your benefits, and on top of that, you get to take home a free box of fruit and veggies every two weeks! I was pleasantly surprised because I wasn't sure if the whole fruit/veggie box was a sure thing or not. Plus it's great because it's the same day you pick up your paycheque too, so it's almost like a nice bonus hehe. 

I was surprised at how much they gave. I got potatoes, granny smith apples, green bell peppers, lemons, cucumbers, onions, bananas, broccoli, tomatoes, oranges, and iceberg lettuces. Lots of the fruits and veggies were hidden underneath so it might not look like a lot in the above picture. 

It's awesome because it's like signing up with those organic food delivery services, but instead, I get the box for free! =D I remember getting a little flyer from in the mail and was instantly curious and interested. I think it's a great concept to get a box mailed to you, I like the element of surprise, and it's a great way to try some produce that you might otherwise would never buy on your own.

We were a little unprepared for the additional organic produce... so I tried my best to organize and stuff the fridge in the best way that I could haha.

And speaking of produce, here's another garden update.
As you can see, my tomato plants have grown really BIG! They look even bigger in person. I also planted down the second batch of lettuce for this summer. 

The first raspberry for the summer! And unfortunately what I didn't anticipate, since I've never grown sweet fruit before, were that the birds would eat it. Now I'm going to have to purchase netting to keep the birds away.

 "You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them." -Michael Jordan

4.84 Weekly Indulgence [June 24-30] OPI "Pirouette My Whistle"

I think it's pretty obvious, evident from the title of this post, how far behind I am with these Weekly Indulgence posts. I only have a couple more of these to share before taking a short break from these purchases for a couple of weeks because I'm saving up for other things. But not to fret, I'm due to kick-start a new series of posts called "The Fruits Of My Labour" where I share bigger purchases/splurges that I've made but have yet to share on my blog. The first post will be on my new wallet I purchased back in May. I only have a few things to share though since the items featured in those posts are more on the expensive side.

Not long after I obtained OPI's "You Callin' Me A Lyre" from their New York City Ballet collection, I couldn't resist the temptation of wanting to get more polishes from that same collection. My next pick was "Pirouette My Whistle", a very beautiful subtle glitter polish that has micro silver glitters and larger matte silver hexagonal chunks of glitter. From the "Pirouette My Whistle" swatches on Scrangie's blog, I was most intrigued with how natural, classy, and pretty the glitter polish looked. I've never come across a glitter polish that looked like this before, so it was instant love at first sight, I just knew I had to have it.

I ordered from the same ebay seller: misssaigon98 as last time, and again, perfect transaction.

I can't capture how beautiful the polish looks as Scrangie does, but hey, at least I tried. I wore one coat of "Pirouette My Whistle" over "You Callin' Me A Lyre" = heavenly combination.
Love love love LOVE. I love how subtle the glitter is, it looks dainty and refined, definitely a glitter polish suitable for an older crowd as well. It applies well just like any other OPI polish. I highly suggest you get these two polishes, and if you already own a lot of nudes or have an HG nude one already, you should definitely consider getting "Pirouette My Whistle" as it's so unique and versatile as it can be worn over other polishes.

"Stop worrying about what might hold you down, and pay attention to why you're standing up." -Unknown

Thursday, July 26, 2012

4.83 One's Better Living

Last weekend, my mom, my sister and I visited Vaughn Mills to do some shopping (surprise surprise lol). Although I'm not a fan of the mall layout, I like going there because they have Forever21, H&M, Winners, and One's Better Living store all in one place.

I love browsing One's Better Living store. There's always plenty of interesting things to look at and lots to dream about owning in my own home one day. I did end up picking a couple of items which will be shown later on in this post.

They have two locations, one in Market Village (Markham) and the other is in Vaughn Mills Shopping Centre (Vaughn) which is featured in this post.

Taken from the site: "One's Better Living Inc. has started business operation since November 2002 in Market Village (Markham, Ontario). We are the first Japanese style department store providing unique, valued priced gifts and household products for consumers.

Over 10,000 square feet, our store is amongst one of the largest department store in Canada offering a wide variety of product selections that meet the needs of individuals and families.

Our vision is to bring enrichments into everyone's lifestyle with new innovated trendy design products that create better living for everyone."

I really like simple bowls like this. It's just more classy and elegant to me.

There were also really cute bowls as well. Those would be fun for kids or anyone who loves cute things like that.

One of the things I would like is to own my own tea set one day. Tea is good for the health, so one way or another, I'm going to force myself to drink tea in hopes that I will like it in the end.

One day I'm going to try and put together a bento box for my future (unknown) husband haha.

And of course, my favourite section of almost every store. Almost all of the items were $2.99. I noticed a lot of the smaller items in the store were.

I found this really awesome supplement case ($2.99) which will make it extremely convenient to take my vitamins along with me.

Ever since I started working, I would forget to take my vitamins, which is why there are ridges on my nails indicating a lack of nutrients.

I love this supplement case. It's very high quality, well made, and secure. The top just twists and "locks" into place so I don't have to worry about my vitamins falling out when I pop it in my bag.

The other item that caught my eye were these awesome film tissue boxes. Aren't they just so neat?

They can be used 3 ways. You can use it with an actual tissue box, another with toilet paper, or you can even use it as a toilet paper dispenser in the washroom.

I ended up buying the purple and green colour since it reminds me of Fujifilm.

I'm not sure if a lot of other Asians do this? But my family (and extended) not only use toilet paper for the washroom but also as tissue paper to save money. When I was younger though, my family personally never did this and thought it was strange to see toilet paper on the table whenever we visited our cousin's house. Then one day my mom decided to bust out the toilet paper after she realized how much money we could save if we used that instead. These film paper container dispensers are a great way to conceal toilet paper as I find they are an eyesore to see in a room. I love quirky things so maybe I only think it's cool haha. 

"We must become the change we want to see." -Mahatma Gandhi

Monday, July 23, 2012

4.82 Family Dinner - Red Lotus + The Best Shop

Randomly my sister decided to take out the family to dinner at Red Lotus.

Red Lotus
1177 Central Pky West Mississauga, ON L5C 4P3

She's eaten here several times with her boyfriend, and if you look up reviews online, you'll find pretty good reviews. Most of their food is spicy so just keep that in mind.

This dish you eat with slices of tofu (seen below).

It was pretty interesting to say the least. All the food was very yummy indeed. I would definitely revisit this place again.

Just next door we spotted this Asian store called The Best Shop that surprisingly none of us has ever seen or heard of before (even though we've visited this area many times).
The Best Shop
1177 Central Pky W Ste 20 Mississauga, ON L5C 3J2

My favourite section was obviously the beauty section..!! You have no idea how excited I got when I found this aisle (okay maybe you do). It's difficult and rare to find Asian items in stores (other than Pmall) so whenever I come across any I get super happy. 

This store sells a lot of awesome items from Asia that I can't find anywhere else near me. I'm definitely visiting this place again because it's an awesome store and because we didn't have enough time to browse since we walked in when it was almost closing time.

I was thrilled when I saw these DIY Facial Mask Sheets. I've been wanting to try these DIY sheet masks for the longest time. It also came with eye masks so I'm excited to do a green tea eye mask with them. As for the sheets themselves, they're definitely not as great quality as non-DIY facial sheet masks that are already presoaked with serum (ie. MBDM sheet masks).

The other item I got, which I was super thrilled about, was this Eyebrow Razor. I've been wanting to get my hands on this ever since xteeener mentioned how great it is to use years ago.

And she's right! I love it!! I'm such a lazy bum when it comes to tweezing my eyebrow haha. I use this in conjunction with my tweezer since it makes shaping my eyebrows a lot easier. I even use it to trim my eyebrows with an eyebrow comb, but I learned it's probably best to stick with eyebrow scissors because it's not as convenient or easy to do.

"The minute you settle for less than you deserve, is the minute you get less than you settled for." -Maureen Dowd