October 20, 2014

Temperature Hike

{Photos by Zach}

This was taken on one of the freakishly warm days in September. It somehow got lost on my SD card because I have a bad habit of cleaning my SD card until it is full. Oh how I miss the warm weather already. Have a great week!

October 17, 2014

Pumpkin Spice

Happy Friday. I think my favorite thing for the season is pumpkins. Pumpkin pie and pumpkin spice lattes- I think I can have those everyday without being sick of it! And then let us squint our eyes a little for a few weeks and comes the Christmas season. Yeeees. Have a great one!

October 14, 2014

DIY: Bar Cart Re-Do

{Before: An outdated heated food cart from Value Village; After: My bar cart}

Last month I purged a lot of things I've accumulated over the years. I purge once every 6 months. I find it therapeutic. The lack of clutter make me feel lighter when I get home. My purging started the fall of 2012 after I got out of a toxic relationship. I was in a very dark spot for months. It resulted in me losing 25 lbs that even size 0 was too large for me. Eventually I got out of it... and then a few months later I lost my job. I was alone in a city with no family and no income. So I purged some more... Yeah, 2012/2013 was a fun time for me.

It was during that time that I learned the amount of designer goods I have and how pretty my house is are totally irrelevant to my happiness. I've proven it to myself time and time again during those times. Someone or something made me feel worthless and miserable and it was only up to me to get myself out of the hole. Just me. All that had nothing to do with how pretty I decorated my dining room or buying another Chanel.

That being said, when I have a bad day, it is still more comfortable to cry in a room of nice stuff. 

And so, here is a new cart I DIY'ed to store my liquor and the stuff I did not throw out during my purge :) I recently re-did my living room and thought a cart would be what the empty corner in my living room need- except bar carts are so expensive, I couldn't find one I liked for under $100. And then there was a little blip in the radar back in September when I came across the dinky cart above for $5.99 in Value Village...

I also had the guts to haul it to the front desk and ask if I could get it further reduced because "the wheels squeaked really loud". The wheels weren't bad bad but it was annoying enough. I ended up getting this cart for $2.99.

All this took for this DIY was some primer and gold spray paint.

The primer was important here because the surface of this old bar cart was a glass-like finish. The primer would keep the old paint on & keep the paint longer lasting.

Yeah, there are 4 bottles of tequila here. I love my tequila what can I say...

All in all, my bar cart cost me < $15 with the spray paint. The primer I purchased while painting my vanity table. I think this is one of my favorite DIYs so far!

October 10, 2014

Meanwhile In Montreal...

Montreal is a very bilingual city (then again, so is Vancouver, just a different bilingual). Not only it is English and French, but the French is separated to 'French French' and 'Quebec French'. The two has its similarities but sometimes the sayings are completely different.

Going to Montreal always remind me of how Quebec French doesn't make sense. Walking by a cupcake store, I saw a cupcake decorated in pretty icing with a little sign on top that says "bonne fête":

"You guys buy gifts for people if they have a good party?" I asked. (In my mind, I thought 'gosh, what a waste of money for a gift'.)
"No." my friend replied.
"So why does that cupcake say 'good party'?" I asked again.
"Bonne fête means 'happy birthday'."
"That doesn't make any sense, 'bonne' means 'good' and 'fête' means 'party'. How does 'bonne fête' mean 'happy birthday'?"
"It just is."
"And what if you don't have a party on your birthday?"
"... Quick being a smart ass."
"So how do you say 'good party' in French then?"
"Uhm.. We don't really say that."
"Apparently not because complimenting someone that they had a good party means wishing them a happy birthday."

Even with the language barrier, most people in Montreal, English or French, seem to love dogs. I took my dog antique and boutique shopping and received at least half a dozen compliments about my dog from old and young people, English and French. What seemed to be the bonus point is when I commented that I adopted my dog. "Ohh! Good for you!!!" They would say, giving me a verbal gold star on my forehead. Later I found out that it is because Quebec is known for puppy mills.

On top of it having a reputation for puppy mills, Montreal is also quite active in the adult entertainment industry. A friend of mine recently got an interview with a software company that does adult entertainment. I didn't think any more of it other than perhaps some second rate mobile apps on finding an escort, or maybe a small production on some random unnoticed sex toys in the over-saturated sex toy market. But it turns out that the software company is the creator for PornHub and RedTube.

"Wow! that is SO cool." I said.

I was fascinated from a business standpoint. On an entrepreneur level, how do you start a free porn website let alone have it grow be as well known and profitable as PornHub is today? To afford having a huge ass ad in Time Square is not something any company can do. And out of all places, the company started out with just a few guys in their basement in Montreal. 

"What are you going to be doing there?" I asked.
"Project Management" he answered.
"So... You'll be managing the next fetish launch on PornHub?"

Yes, Porn has a negative portrayal on women and intercourse. But like anything else from the media, we have to take it as nothing more than face value. Or else we'd go crazy trying to have a body like Victoria's Secret models and expect every guy in relationships to act like John Cusack in "Say Anything" or Jack in "Titanic". So, like a kid having a rare Pokemon trading card, Pornhub being a huge successful Canadian company kind of make me proud to be Canadian. Over the years we have lost Molson, Hudson Bay, Tim Horton to Americans, while Blackberry is on its last hurrah, but this show that there will always be something else. While things might go and vanish in a world that seems to be saturated in everything, there will always be new territories to acquire- one just has to be innovative enough to discover it.