Sunshine Blogger Award Nomination By ReviewsByAaliya

Thank you ReviewsByAaliya for nominating me for this award! Each time I receive a nomination is a sign of recognition from my fellow bloggers! The Rules Thank the blogger who nominated you in the post and link to their blog. Answer the 11 questions asked of you. List the rules and include the Sunshine Blogger… Continue reading Sunshine Blogger Award Nomination By ReviewsByAaliya

Mimiu In Osaka, Japan

After a long day of walking around the city, it was time for dinner. Without thinking much, we walked past the “Mimiu”. “Mimiu began as a Ryotei (Japanese traditional style restaurant) in Sakai, southern part of Osaka, 250 years ago. A few generations back, the owner Heitaro renamed the restaurant as Mimiu and focused the… Continue reading Mimiu In Osaka, Japan

Book Review: Time Zero By Carolyn Cohagan

Summary This teen novel was placed in the far future when Manhattan island was separated from mainland New York by war and a wall. “The Prophet” had convinced the citizens of the island that everybody outside was evil and that women were inferior to men. Themes 1) abuse of power: By segregating the people by… Continue reading Book Review: Time Zero By Carolyn Cohagan

Reblog Feature: Eco-Parenting (Raising Earth-friendly Kids)

Parenting is challenging on its own. Now eco-parenting is even more challenging. I found it more overwhelming to raise my children to be waste-free and eco-friendly, but the idea of raising them to be more Earth Friendly was doable. The best kind of parenting is to model and be an example for your child. That… Continue reading Reblog Feature: Eco-Parenting (Raising Earth-friendly Kids)

Travel Bucket List Art

Ah…thanks to Covid-19, travelling abroad for leisure has been put to a halt. So, I decided to draw some of the places that are on my bucketlist….. In no particular order….. Egypt As a little girl, the mysterious Egyptian mythology and history intrigued me. Even though I had seen some of the relics and antiquities… Continue reading Travel Bucket List Art

Hanamura: A Tonkatsu Restaurant In Osaka, Japan

As I was walking around in Osaka, I walked past this restaurant and decided to try it out. This restaurant specialized in “tonkatsu”. Tonkatsu is a Japanese dish that consists of a breaded, deep-fried/tempura pork cutlet. It involves cutting the pig’s back center into 2-3 centimeter thick slices, coating with panko, frying them in oil,… Continue reading Hanamura: A Tonkatsu Restaurant In Osaka, Japan

Spring Break In Las Vegas Pre-Covid: Part Two

As I was not into the casinos, I was interested in the museums at Las Vegas. What else was there to see in Las Vegas? Time to check it out! National Atomic Testing Museum “The National Atomic Testing Museum in Las Vegas, Nevada, documents the history of nuclear testing at the Nevada Test Site in… Continue reading Spring Break In Las Vegas Pre-Covid: Part Two

Spring Break In Las Vegas Pre-Covid: Part One

In 2018, school was off and we all flew to Las Vegas! The first place that I stayed at was the Worldmark By Wyndham on the Boulevard. The pool was a lot of fun as it kept us moving as we just floated on top. Let’s review my stay… The Ultimate Variety Show To be… Continue reading Spring Break In Las Vegas Pre-Covid: Part One

Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award Nomination By Beauty Of Cafe 205

It’s such a wonderful and warm feeling to be nominated each time. Thank you BeautyOfCafe205 for this nomination! Remember to check out her blog and subscribe too! RULES FOR IDEAL INSPIRATION AWARD: 1) Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link to their site 2) Answer your nomination’s questions 3) Nominate up to 9… Continue reading Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award Nomination By Beauty Of Cafe 205

Reblog Feature: My Secret To Easy Waste Free Picnics

Maybe not this year, COVID kind of threw us off our routine and plans for this summer. But we are a road trip kind of family. Every summer we go camping at least twice or three times which includes a short road trip going and coming back plus a road trip to Okanagan. We have… Continue reading Reblog Feature: My Secret To Easy Waste Free Picnics

Book Review: Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire

Summary In this book, two exciting events took place, the Quidditch World Cup and the Triwizard Tournament. Two, seemingly unrelated, events, but with much hidden secrets among the spectators and judges. So much so that I took a long time to finish this novel. (There were 37 chapters in this book.) Themes 1) sportsmanship: Both… Continue reading Book Review: Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire

Lovely Lavender

Lovely lavender Under the summertime sun Soaking in the rays. —- Chocoviv Truthfully, I do not have a green thumb. The lavender bushes that I have outside my place basically just grew and grew with minimal care. I water them every so often during the warmer months. During the winter days, the plant will wither… Continue reading Lovely Lavender

Reblog Feature: Plastic Free July in Pandemic

July is here and so is the Plastic Free July.  We are halfway through the year, the best time to review our goals and see if we are on track. 2020 has been an unusual year so far with the ongoing pandemic. Our way of life has changed dramatically. To avoid spreading the COVID 19… Continue reading Reblog Feature: Plastic Free July in Pandemic

Shopping Memories Before Leaving Japan

Being in Japan before the Covid-19 lock downs, everyone was still talking about the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics. No one ever expected lock downs to happen…. So there was a lot of memorabilia sold everywhere and especially at the airport. I wished I took more photos…..sigh…. Pokémon Store The airport was the only place that… Continue reading Shopping Memories Before Leaving Japan

Netflix Series: Mystic Pop-Up Bar

Image Courtesy of Wikipedia Summary A young man (Kang-bae) who had the unfortunate power to get others to pour out their grudges to him, wandered into a mysterious pop-up bar ran by a dream-reader (Wol-joo) and her after-life police officer partner (Chief Gwi). Together they worked together to help others resolve grudges. Themes 1) everyone… Continue reading Netflix Series: Mystic Pop-Up Bar

Quarantine Rant: Be Grateful

Made With Loops Growing up, we didn’t have much. My parents taught me to appreciate and be grateful for what was given to me. This is especially crucial regarding any presents and gifts during holidays and birthdays. 1) Be thankful 2) Even if it’s something that you didn’t need it, you should still say thank… Continue reading Quarantine Rant: Be Grateful

Netflix Series Review: Warrior Nun

Religious conspiracies and secret societies have always intrigued me. The combination of historical facts with century-old myths and legends just fascinated me. Summary An orphaned quadriplegic nineteen year old, who was sent to the local church’s crypt due to her sudden death, woke up. Surprised that she could walk, she soon discovered that she had… Continue reading Netflix Series Review: Warrior Nun

Canada Day Under Covid-19 At Victoria, BC

As a result of Covid-19, face coverings are required as visitors boarded into the ferries in British Columbia. I was well prepared as I followed with the updates. Our original plans of camping this year had been canceled, so a visit to Victoria, British Columbia, sounded ideal. “Named for Queen Victoria, the city is one of… Continue reading Canada Day Under Covid-19 At Victoria, BC

Tasty Treats Found In Kyoto

As my stay in Kyoto was quite brief, I tried to savour anything I found interesting. There was so much to choose from, my senses were bombarded! Mochi Mochi is Japanese rice cake made of mochigome, a short-grain japonica glutinous rice, and sometimes other ingredients such as water, sugar, and cornstarch. The rice is pounded… Continue reading Tasty Treats Found In Kyoto

Time For Transformation

Photo Courtesy of LoveThisPic The past few months I have been doing what I always wanted to do before adulthood. 1) working out daily 2) drawing daily, as I have always enjoyed arts 3) studying Korean, Japanese and brushing up on my French. The past twenty years of my life have been about doing things… Continue reading Time For Transformation

Liebster Award Nomination By Blogs By J

The Liebster Award nominations are a wonderful way to get to know new and current bloggers. It’s a quick glimpse of how everyone is doing and to be sharing some positivity! Thank you, BlogsByJ for nominating me! Please check out this blog for inspiration! Rules: Thank the person that nominated you and put a link… Continue reading Liebster Award Nomination By Blogs By J

Nishiki Market Experiences Before Covid-19

If you ever visited Kyoto, the Nishiki Market would be an exciting place of interest for visitors. The high ceilings of this market gave a feeling of spaciousness, even though the market itself was a bit narrow. It could become quite busy, as locals would come here to purchase authentic, locally-made delicacies. One of the… Continue reading Nishiki Market Experiences Before Covid-19

Ten Of My Favourite Feelings

Fun tags are a great way to get connected and get to know fellow bloggers! Thank you, Jophiel, for this fun tag!! I absolutely love your banners and they happen to be my favourite ones too! Check out Jophiel’s blog MeraK__Ib today! Here are the ten of my favourite feelings! 1) I love flowers! 2)… Continue reading Ten Of My Favourite Feelings

Ideal Inspiration Award Nomination From Mughal Creations

It’s an honour to be nominated by Ayesha from Mughal Creations, thank you! To be recognized as an inspiration to fellow bloggers is one of the best feelings! Go and check out her amazing blog! RULES: 1. Thank the person who have nominated you and provide a link back to his/her blog. 2. Answer their… Continue reading Ideal Inspiration Award Nomination From Mughal Creations

Fabulous Foods For Father’s Day

It’s been such a long while that we could gather as a family, even for small groups. We were all grateful that we could get together to savour some delicious food! Our family had this tradition of visiting my grandparents’ resting place on special occasions to place some flowers and even hang out to “share”… Continue reading Fabulous Foods For Father’s Day

My Visit To Nijo-jo Castle

History Nijo Castle was built as the Kyoto residence of the Tokugawa shōguns. The Tokugawa shogunate used Edo as the capital city, but Kyoto continued to be the home of the Imperial Court. Kyoto Imperial Palace is located north-east of Nijō Castle.— Wikipedia Tokugawa Ieyasu (徳川家康, January 31, 1543 – June 1, 1616) was one of the first unifiers of Japan. Feudal Japan was split… Continue reading My Visit To Nijo-jo Castle

A Quarantine Mom’s Triggers

“Just because you have tons of money and power doesn’t guarantee happiness….” 1) I constantly try to be open to new things. Hence, I love learning new languages, and taking many courses about social media. I may not be good at everything though, like taking photos. (I am more of an artist of pen and… Continue reading A Quarantine Mom’s Triggers

Art Inspirations During My Quarantine

During this extensive quarantine, I am able to fully extend and practice my art. The first piece is inspired by Michael Godard, one of my favourite modern artists. “Michael Godard is known as the explosive “Rockstar of the Art World” and global top selling artist! His world of art invites us to see his lighthearted perspective,… Continue reading Art Inspirations During My Quarantine

Food Review: Yuu Japanese Tapas

The weather was getting steamy hot….. I was looking for some cold food to eat to combat the hot weather. The image of a enormous beer mug looked intriguing. The “beer ramen” was perfect! It was chewy ramen in cold savoury broth. There was no real beer here….. This large beer mug of ramen arrived… Continue reading Food Review: Yuu Japanese Tapas

Fabfitfun Box: Summer 2020

During this quarantine, I really didn’t get to do much shopping or even felt like looking around online. So, when my Summer 2020 Fabfitfun Box arrived, I was excited. Terre Mère Aloe And Tea Tree Toner $54 US HydroPeptide Moisture Reset Face Oil $120 Winky Lux Uni-brow Universal Eyebrow Pencil $16 US Baronessa Cali Foot… Continue reading Fabfitfun Box: Summer 2020

Gluten-free Pizza Crust

Being stuck at home meant more time to look around the pantry. My children occasionally liked to make their own pizza dough with regular all purpose flour. So, when I discovered that I had this bag of gluten free version, I asked them to use it instead. “Made with White Rice Flour, Whole Grain Rice Flour, Corn Flour,… Continue reading Gluten-free Pizza Crust

My Self Portrait

It’s been a long while since I did a self portrait. Originally, I was going to use a mirror, but ended up choosing a photo to use instead. Have you done a self portrait before? It is a bit odd to stare at your own head shot for a long period of time. But, you… Continue reading My Self Portrait

Craving Sweetness, But Sugar-free

As a mother, I try my very best to be a good example and each less sweets. It’s difficult as I love chocolate. Growing up as a chocoholic was painful as there was no sugar free versions out there. The only sugar substitute that was popular back then was aspartame! Not for me! Stevia To… Continue reading Craving Sweetness, But Sugar-free

Reblog Feature: Money Saving Tips In The Kitchen

A friend of mine once said to know how to save money in the kitchen is key to a comfortable and successful life. I tend to believe her, the kitchen is the center of every household around the world and how you work in the kitchen and spend money in it will determine your household… Continue reading Reblog Feature: Money Saving Tips In The Kitchen

Sunshine Award Nomination By James A. Best -Author

Amidst this chaos of times, this Sunshine Award Nomination came at the right time. Thank you James for this! Here’s the link to his nomination. The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to bloggers who inspire positiveness and creativity in the blogging community. The Rules Are : 1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide… Continue reading Sunshine Award Nomination By James A. Best -Author

Happy First Blogversary

Today is my Lifestyle Blog’s first blogversary! I completely forgot about it until I saw the wonderful messages on LinkedIn! Thank you to all my subscribers for the support and love. It means so much to have likeminded folks to exchange comments and thoughts. When I first began this blog, I only planned to use… Continue reading Happy First Blogversary

Netflix Series Review: The Victims’ Game

Photo Courtesy of Sohu Summary Criminal investigation series are very intriguing and fascinating. The constant discoveries of new evidence makes these types of series exciting. This particular story began with a father searching for his missing daughter. This father had Asperger’s, and was a brilliant investigator. However, because of his situation, people around often misunderstood… Continue reading Netflix Series Review: The Victims’ Game

Reblog Feature: 5 Plastic-Free Swaps

So many of us all over the world are trying to figure out the best course of action towards maintaining a zero-waste lifestyle. These unprecedented challenges have created a new approach to how we use what we need and how we discard what we don’t. If you were on a waste-free path prior to the… Continue reading Reblog Feature: 5 Plastic-Free Swaps

Blooming Amidst The Quarantine

Like a ray of sunshine Piercing through the clouds, Bursting with happiness Shining among the blades Of shiny, wild grass. What a joy to see! —Chocoviv These beautiful bushes are blooming in front of my parent’s house. They are attracting neighbours, who love to take photos of them! Follow Chocoviv’s Lifestyle Blog on

Reblog Feature: Gardening For Therapy Part 2

Happy Mother’s day!! One of my reasons for writing a 2 part blog post about gardening was to lead to Mother’s day and emphasize the necessity of us moms do something that gives us pleasure. As moms, most of the time, we put the well being and happiness of our children and everyone else before… Continue reading Reblog Feature: Gardening For Therapy Part 2

Mother’s Day During Lock Down

Mother’s Day was normally a day that many folks would go out to restaurants to have a meal with their family. But not this year…. Covid-19 caused many restaurants to only do take-out or delivery orders over here in our area. Sadly, some restaurants even had to closed permanently. This Mother’s Day, we preordered a… Continue reading Mother’s Day During Lock Down

Hiding Behind A Positive Facade

Image Courtesy of Yukon Hippo “哪怕世界多殘酷, 哪怕心裡多悲傷, 心有多傷痕, 眼眶多淚水, 時間流逝, 可一切依舊, 也一樣的痛⋯⋯” —-Chocoviv I am good at hide and seek games. It’s been over a month now, quarantined at home. Constantly reading about how life was tough for those working outside or at home, I felt guilty for staying at home and not working. Therefore,… Continue reading Hiding Behind A Positive Facade

My Sketch Book: Stylish Entries

Browsing through mountains of magazines as a teenager, I used to sketch numerous images of clothes, cars and models. Here are some of my current works…… John Fluevog Shoes The “Dr. Bonnie Henry” shoes were inspired by British Columbia’s Chief Provincial Health Officer. She has been an excellent source of information during this COVID-19 situation.… Continue reading My Sketch Book: Stylish Entries

Product Review: 23.5 N From Taiwan

Rice in skincare? I remember that my mother used to tell me to save the water that was used to rinse the rice. She would say that it was great for cleansing the skin. Therefore, when I was given this set of skincare products from 23.5 N, I was intrigued. Rice Soothing Makeup Removal Gel… Continue reading Product Review: 23.5 N From Taiwan

Reblog Feature: Is Pandemic Easier On Ecofriendly Lifestyle?

Earth day is upon us. I think this is the first time in many years that Earth is getting what it deserved. Kind of a break from us. Due to COVID 19, a lot of countries put a restriction on travel and advised people to stay home. That means less gas emission, which already proved to be… Continue reading Reblog Feature: Is Pandemic Easier On Ecofriendly Lifestyle?

My Batman Model Kit

Ever since I was a little girl, I preferred toys like LEGO and building toys, over dolls. I loved superheroes and was envious of all those model kits that many of my male friends owned. All those model kits of characters from animations brought to life… However, as a girl, it wasn’t a hobby that… Continue reading My Batman Model Kit

Easter Day In Quarantine

Happy Easter!! One of the sketches of this week was this Easter basket that I did a few days ago. Normally, I would take the children out for Easter egg hunts during the Easter weekend. But, not this year…. we only walked around the block. The sun was out and the neighbourhood felt surreal. None… Continue reading Easter Day In Quarantine

Reblog Feature: What Covid-19 Stands For Me In Quarantine

So it’s been at least a minimum of two weeks of quarantine and social distancing for everyone in Vancouver. How are you doing? Anyone else thinks that they are stuck in the Groundhog Day Movie? Have you decided what COVID 19 stands for you? I’m normally a positive person and on purpose stay away from… Continue reading Reblog Feature: What Covid-19 Stands For Me In Quarantine

Blogger Nomination By The Black Ant Blog

Here Are The Rules 1. Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you and provide a link to their blog. 2. Write a post to show your award. 3. Give a brief story of how your blog started. 4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers. 5. Select up to fifteen bloggers you want to give… Continue reading Blogger Nomination By The Black Ant Blog