My Totoro-Themed Day

I have always been a fan of Ghibli Studio’s animation. Sadly, all the entrance tickets have to be ordered over a month ahead, so I wasn’t able to visit the inside of the museum. Without a ticket meant that I couldn’t even visit the cafe or gift shop! I was a little disappointed, but I… Continue reading My Totoro-Themed Day

The Pokemon Cafe At Osaka

After months of waiting, I finally got to visit The Pokemon Cafe! As a huge fan of the original Pokemon series since the 90s, I have wanted to visit this cafe for quite some time. Luckily, there are a few of us, so I got to order and try more dishes! Yes!! The price was… Continue reading The Pokemon Cafe At Osaka

Japan Airline: Eating to Japan

Flying on Japan Airlines to Japan took ten hours, so we were served a couple meals along with unlimited snacks and drinks. We even got a tuna sandwich that was both my favourite and my daughter’s too. We both forgot to take a picture…. it was ingested very quickly. Special Treatment For Little Ones Special… Continue reading Japan Airline: Eating to Japan

Reblog Feature: Canada’s Approach To Food Waste

After doing some research, it is comforting to know that Canada actually has a plan to reduce food waste. Unfortunately, we often see a lot of good food go to waste because it’s “ugly” shape or simply discarded when they just pass their expired date! Learn more by visiting here! Remember to leave both sites… Continue reading Reblog Feature: Canada’s Approach To Food Waste

Fly Over Canada: Taiwan Edition

Fly Over Canada is a very different way of sight-seeing. We are all indoors, strapped into our seats and feet dangling above a large, circular screen. There is no voiceover of any kind and only lasts 8 minutes. However, because it feels so realistic and immersive that it feels like a longer ride. Normally, this… Continue reading Fly Over Canada: Taiwan Edition

Netflix Series Review: October Factions

Image Courtesy Of IMDB Summary Parents are constantly working hard to make ends meet and to provide for the family. The Allen’s are no different from any other parents except for their occupation as monster hunters. Themes 1) Monsters are real: Sometimes the real monsters are the people in the world…. 2) Every family has… Continue reading Netflix Series Review: October Factions

Drawing Miss Daisy On The Disney Cruise

At the Crown and Fin Bar on the Disney Cruise Ship, Wonder, a dozen of adults sat around to do some sketching…. This was one of the many adults-only activities on the cruise ship. Only adults were allowed inside the bar, for obvious reasons. What a nice touch! Afterwards, I lined up just like all… Continue reading Drawing Miss Daisy On The Disney Cruise

GallivantingMommy’s Sunshine Blogger Nomination

The rules: Thank the blogger (s) who nominated you and link back to Their blog. Answer 11 questions the blogger asked you. Nominate 11 new bloggers & their blogs. Leave a comment On Their blog to let them know they received the award and ask your nominees 11 new questions. List the rules and display… Continue reading GallivantingMommy’s Sunshine Blogger Nomination

Some Smurf History And Sketching Smurfette

Do you remember the Smurfs? I was a 80s child and I grew up with the Smurfs. It was a cartoon series from 1981 to 1990. This cartoon series was developed from a comic strip like Asterix and Tin Tin. “One of the most important contributions to popular culture from the tiny nation of Belgium… Continue reading Some Smurf History And Sketching Smurfette

Taekwondo Lessons: A Mom’s Perspective

I always wanted to learn some sort of martial arts. But, unfortunately, was not encouraged back then due to stereotypes decades ago. Girls were not encouraged to take on “boy’s activities”. Fast forward two decades later, my little boy took lessons and received his yellow belt! He was reluctant at first, but he quickly got… Continue reading Taekwondo Lessons: A Mom’s Perspective

The Importance of Personal Boundaries

Personal boundaries are guidelines, rules or limits that a person creates to identify reasonable, safe and permissible ways for other people to behave towards them and how they will respond when someone passes those limits.—Wikipedia Image Courtesy of Family Counselling Self love isn’t the same as being selfish. People that really love you understand that. Image… Continue reading The Importance of Personal Boundaries

Movie Review: Project Glutenberg

Image Courtesy of Wikipedia Art and counterfeit American dollars… This movie featured two of my favourite Hong Kong movie stars, Aaron Kwok and Chow Yun Fat. Summary Lee Man was an artist, that was skilled in painting replicas of infamous paintings. His skill was so meticulous to the point of using scientific ways of making… Continue reading Movie Review: Project Glutenberg

Sketching Cera From The Land Before Time

Image Courtesy of Wikipedia This movie was the film of my childhood and I was so pleased to be able to watch it along with my children when they were young. I was pretty sure that this movie also instilled a love of dinosaurs in my son. One day, as I was watching my children… Continue reading Sketching Cera From The Land Before Time

My Mom’s Infamous Savoury Radish Cake

Every year I think the same thing…. I will make this dish one day!!! My mom has written the recipe down and will be passing down to me eventually… But, for now, I look forward to savouring my mom’s super infamous, savoury radish cake. It’s the year of the Rat this year! Happy New Year,… Continue reading My Mom’s Infamous Savoury Radish Cake

Foodie Review: Hai Di Lao 海底撈

I love hotpot! It’s a very simple, but fun way of eating together as a family. Each person can choose which type of vegetable or noodle or meat to cook, cook in the hot broth and then, savoir each mouthful! You can choose to dip into a mixture of soy sauce, garlic and other sauces… Continue reading Foodie Review: Hai Di Lao 海底撈

Reblog Feature: How Mesh Produce Bags Helps Our Environment

The next time you visit your local supermarket, take a look at how many rolls of plastic film bags are placed around the fruits and vegetables. Each time a shopper decides to purchase some apples or oranges, they usually reach out and grab one of those plastic bags. After one use, these flimsy plastic bags… Continue reading Reblog Feature: How Mesh Produce Bags Helps Our Environment

Daily Reminder: Forget

It’s easier to the negative aspects of life… I admit to that. It’s so much easier to dwell on the sadness, the disappointments and the misery of our daily lives…. It is very hard sometimes to tear ourselves away from those dark corners on the mind and search for the happier memories… Allowing myself to… Continue reading Daily Reminder: Forget

Movie Review: Finding Mr. Right

Photo Courtesy of Wikipedia As a mom of two, I was intrigued with the story of a pregnant woman from China travelling abroad and getting ready to give birth. (Birth tourism was one of the hot topics in Canada.) Then, I found out that part of the movie was filmed in Canada! Cool! Summary Jia… Continue reading Movie Review: Finding Mr. Right

Quote Of The Day: Who Are The Strong People?

I respect people who work hard to life others up, especially super busy parents who teach out and support other parents like themselves. There are many critics out there thinking that they are being honest and giving others so-called “constructive criticism” when actually they are only emphasizing other’s shortcomings to highlight their own success. We… Continue reading Quote Of The Day: Who Are The Strong People?

Movie Review: Spies In Disguise

Image Courtesy of IMDB This animated film was about international espionage. It focused on two sides of espionage…the field agent and the gadget inventor. Summary Spies constantly was in need of the most updated gadgets of destruction. Destroying the enemies was the only way to stop them. So when the villain escaped with some valuable… Continue reading Movie Review: Spies In Disguise

Chocoviv’s On Tik Tok

Photo Courtesy of Wikipedia What Is Tik Tok? According to Wikipedia, “TikTok is a video-sharing social networking service owned by ByteDance, a Beijing-based company founded in 2012 by Zhang Yiming. It is used to create short lip-sync, comedy, and talent videos. The app was launched in 2017 for iOS and Android for markets outside of China. ByteDance had previously launched Douyin (Chinese: 抖音) for the China… Continue reading Chocoviv’s On Tik Tok

Fresh Papaya Smoothie

We Love Papayas Ripe papayas are delicious!! My daughter and I both love ripe papayas. So, when I bought some from the supermarket, she decided that she wanted to make a papaya smoothie. She took out the Vitamix and proceeded to cut up some papaya. She threw in some milk, ice cubes and then the… Continue reading Fresh Papaya Smoothie

Reblog Feature: Canada Aiming For Plastic Ban In 2021

Banning all single-use plastics like plastic bags, stir sticks, cutlery and straws by 2021 is the goal for our country, Canada. This is great news to our zero-waste community. Following the banning of foam containers in the city, many of the businesses have already switched over to using cardboard take out boxes. Some may notice that the… Continue reading Reblog Feature: Canada Aiming For Plastic Ban In 2021

Brian’s Thankful Thursday Blog Hop

“It was a snow day and I am thankful that my children and bearded dragon are on good hands. I still needed to go to work, but at least they were safe at home.” Powered by Linky Tools Click here to enter your link and view this Linky Tools list… Visit Brian’s Blog to join in… Continue reading Brian’s Thankful Thursday Blog Hop

Netflix Movie Review: 6 Underground

Image Courtesy of Imdb “It’s Ryan Reynolds! I am definitely watching this movie!” That was my initial reaction when I saw this title appear on Netflix. I loved action movies, so this was a no-brainer. Summary A, supposedly dead, billionaire technology genius recruits interesting people with amazing special skills to help fight crime, ultimately a… Continue reading Netflix Movie Review: 6 Underground

Happy Tuesday from Comedy Plus

This is my Happy Tuesday photo of our friend’s dog. I ordered a Santa’s hat for her to wear for Christmas. She didn’t mind it and we got some super cute photos…. Thank you Comedy Plus for the chance! Follow Chocoviv’s Lifestyle Blog on WordPress.com Powered by Linky Tools Click here to enter your link and… Continue reading Happy Tuesday from Comedy Plus

Oven-Baked Korean BBQ Chicken Wings

As a teenager, I watched my mother pick out different Asian sauces at the grocery aisles. There were so many different brands and flavours. These pre-made sauces became a staple and back up plans for quick dinner ideas. Tonight was one of those nights that called for the need of these sauces. So, I found… Continue reading Oven-Baked Korean BBQ Chicken Wings

Natural Gifts From The Holidays

Lucky me! I won this gift over the Christmas holidays from Aeryon Wellness and Pinch Skincare. Pinch Skincare 1) Lavender Rose Bath Salts: -Himalayan sea salt, epsom salt, rose petals, jojoba oil, lavender rose essential oil. -smells beautiful and not to oily afterwards. -rose petals were a bit difficult to remove from the bathtub afterwards…… Continue reading Natural Gifts From The Holidays

Photo Of The Day: Our First Snow

❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️ This is a photo taken after the snow has fallen. We don’t get a lot of snow each year. Luckily, the snow turned into rain. Snow caused a lot of traffic problems and affects our public transit system. I am glad the children got to play a bit in the snow after school. But,… Continue reading Photo Of The Day: Our First Snow

Reblog Feature: Five Facts Of Plastic Pollution

According to Wikipedia, plastic pollution is, “Plastic pollution is the accumulation of plastic objects and particles (e.g. plastic bottles, bags and microbeads) in the Earth’s environment that adversely affects wildlife, wildlife habitat, and humans.” Unfortunately, many of us have been living in a society where items are disposed very quickly, from fast fashion to fast… Continue reading Reblog Feature: Five Facts Of Plastic Pollution

My Sewing Kit Versus The Blue Tin

This is my sewing kit since I moved out of my parent’s place. It has two layers, which I can lift up the top to reveal the bottom layer to store my button collection. But, for my mother and many of her friends, the Blue Tin was the sewing kit. Photo Courtesy of Dansk Cookies… Continue reading My Sewing Kit Versus The Blue Tin

Time To Talk’s Mystery Blogger Award Nomination

Thank you, Time To Talk for this nomination! What is the mystery blogger award ? – The mystery blogger award is a ‘mystery’ ha ha, no the mystery blogger award is an award which is given to “bloggers who are amazing and create ingenious posts. Their blognot only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are… Continue reading Time To Talk’s Mystery Blogger Award Nomination

Quote of the Day: Strengths And Limitations

Image Courtesy of PictureQuotes.com My strengths and my limitations are what helps me go forward and also to protect myself from harm. No one is perfect and no one is invincible. Therefore, I also respect others when they show me their own limitations. I encourage them when I see their strengths. This is how I… Continue reading Quote of the Day: Strengths And Limitations

Book Review: Love Lies Bleeding by Barbara Haworth-Attard

Photo Courtesy of http://www.barbhaworthattard.com/about-2 Author “Barbara Haworth-Attard is a native of Elmira, Ontario, presently residing in London, Ontario with her family. June 1995 saw the publication of her first junior novel, Dark of the Moon. Since then she has written sixteen novels in the historical fiction, fantasy, contemporary and mystery genres for middle-grade and young adult readers.… Continue reading Book Review: Love Lies Bleeding by Barbara Haworth-Attard

Visiting Lamma Island With My Babies

In 2011, our family travelled back to Hong Kong to see family. It was the first time to travel for such a long time with a baby and preschooler. Many thought I was out of my mind! I travelled quite a few times on short trips, so I was prepared. One of the most famous… Continue reading Visiting Lamma Island With My Babies

Back On Twitter!!

It has been a few weeks already and my old Twitter account is still suspended without any explanation or reason. Still can’t believe that after almost a decade, it is done. On a positive note, this gives me the chance to rebuild my new twitter account with the Chocoviv name. My old account has 6600… Continue reading Back On Twitter!!

Reblog Feature: No More Foam For The New Year

“Another year has begun! A brand new start for the world! One of the best things that occurred in our community is the banning of foam take out containers right on New Year’s Day! What a wonderful 2020 it will be…. “The ban applies to all white and coloured polystyrene foam cups and take-out containers… Continue reading Reblog Feature: No More Foam For The New Year

My New Year’s Resolutions

Courtesy of Know Your Meme Do you have any new year’s resolutions? It’s nice to have some goals in mind, but honestly, I just regard them as ideal targets and try not to stress too much on them….. Chocoviv’s “Ideal” New Year’s Resolutions Weight: Try as I might, I always had issues with my weight… Continue reading My New Year’s Resolutions

The Family-Friendly New Year’s Eve Variety Show

What a fun way to end the year! This variety show was so much fun! The instant the host appeared on the stage, I recognized him as street performer that I watched at Granville Island during the summer time. His name is Daniel Zindler, the artistic director of Circus 3. “Traditionally, circuses would just come… Continue reading The Family-Friendly New Year’s Eve Variety Show

Netflix Review: V Wars

Halloween was a long time ago…. but this didn’t stop me from being interested in the supernatural storylines. So, naturally, I became intrigued at the title, V Wars. Image Courtesy of Netflix Summary The story began with a research scientist and his best friend being exposed to an unknown pathogen. Even though both fell ill,… Continue reading Netflix Review: V Wars

Bearded Dragon Update: 6 Months Old

Maypo, the bearded dragon is turning six months old soon. He has been growing steadily…. Here are some fun facts about him: He has shedded his skin three times without any problems. I really love the red colour that he is developing. His parents are even brighter in colours. He loves red bell peppers. He… Continue reading Bearded Dragon Update: 6 Months Old

Foodie Review: Hokkaido Ramen Santouka

Have you gone to Hokkaido for ramen? I would love to someday, but for now, let’s just try some ramen! It was a very cold winter day, so ramen was the perfect choice to keep our tummies warm. 🍜🍜🍜🍜🍜🍜🍜🍜🍜🍜🍜🍜🍜🍜 Clothes From The Ainu Museum Collection I noticed two beautiful robes hung on the wall as… Continue reading Foodie Review: Hokkaido Ramen Santouka

Perfect Sisters

This appliqué is sewed on the side of my gift from my baby sister. We are adults now, but I still see her as my baby sister as we are over a decade apart in age. Ever since I could remember, I wanted a sibling. I was so desperate for a little person to follow… Continue reading Perfect Sisters

Reblog Feature: Boxing Day (What To Do)

“How was your holiday season so far? The end of the year is coming up, now what do you have planned for the next few days till New Year’s Day? Are you ready for Boxing Day? Ever wonder about the history behind Boxing Day? There are a few few theories.” Click here to find out… Continue reading Reblog Feature: Boxing Day (What To Do)