Tri – County Multi Cultural Fest

Posted by mamabok | Entertainment,Friendship,My Musing,Shopping,Snacks,Useful Links,Useful Tips | Wednesday 9 July 2014 1:14 pm




Well, the Tri – County MultiCultural Festivities is this weekend and already there is loads of buzz about one of the most successful events in town for the last few years.  Not only are there lots of food to try from different countries but also lots of dancing and music for entertainment for the entire weekend.

I read that there are lots of performances to be expected here  and lots of guest appearances by some really entertainers.  There will be belly dancing as well and a showcase of many different cultural activities performed by immigrants from all over the world.

I am of course looking forward to the food from Shanty Cafe especially, since they posted on facebook about the yummy goodies they will have from Friday onwards.  As I am writing this, I’m drooling – so be sure to be there to enjoy the food and the music and all the exciting entertainment.

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Photo Credit  : The Shanty Cafe

Egg Hunt Is Still On

Posted by mamabok | Canadian,Friendship,Junke Food,My Musing,Shopping | Friday 4 April 2014 4:05 pm




A few weeks ago, I wrote about Easter egg hunting for my girlfriend from Malaysia right?  well, see what I found in Walmart today!  yes, I had been hunting down the eggs for her, so was really happy that I found some that she might want.

Look at this huge Angry bird eggs but they are not all chocolate in them, they have stickers and all kinds of toys in this huge Angry bird eggs apparently.

Now these has stickers and candies.

This one has chocolates and stickers too.  I wonder if they are the ones she wants.  Let me check with her again.

Brunch With Friends

Posted by mamabok | Amusing/Bizarre,Breakfast,Canadian,Food Review,Friendship,My Musing | Wednesday 2 April 2014 2:45 pm




We had promised Jessica to bring her out for brunch for the longest time and even though she would be very happy with just Macdonald’s, we decided to bring her to The Snack Place – 2 blocks down the road from our store.  As you all know, we don’t have a lot of family here from my side, so Jessica is like a cousin from the East that Chloe never had.  The kids play well together and Jessica is the nicest lil’ kid we know and her parents are of course, awesome people and like some parents that we know around here.

Jessica ordered a cheeseburger with fries and a pop from the children’s menu.

Hyunjin’s fish and chips but she opted for salad instead.

Jessica enjoying her little pop.

Salad for Hyunjin.

My brunch is of course the all day breakfast but without the fries.

Fish and chips for Chloe from the Children’s menu.

Bonding time with her “cousin”

Girls having fun.

Jessica with dessert .

And chloe licking up the yummy goodness.  Good to see that Chloe has good friends to learn from.

Kinder Eggs Hunting

Posted by mamabok | Friendship,My Musing,Shopping,Snacks | Monday 3 March 2014 11:05 pm




I’m kinder eggs hunting for my g/f from Malaysia, she is looking for the Spiderman Surprise Eggs Marvel Kinder Bugs Bunny, Angry Birds, Marvel, The Avengers & Captain America.  So we’ve been looking everywhere for them in hope that we will find them before easter and mail it to her.

As you can see the Easter egg kinders are in full force right now, I bought a few for Chloe already and she was tickled pink.

This is the egg hunt kit – wonder what is the difference.

And more eggs for easter hunt, this time with some new toys.  So wish me luck while I go hunting for her – and even to Halifax if I have to.

Red Bean Soup With Glutinous Rice Balls

Posted by mamabok | FoodBuzz,Friendship,My Musing,Shopping | Sunday 26 January 2014 9:13 pm




 

So you must be curious as to what trombone music has to do with my dinner.  Well, i was invited to a friend’s place for dinner one night and she had asked if I could bring the lubricant that i had ordered for her kid online.  So before dinner, her kid played the trombone and showed me how much better the trombone was working after using the slide lubricants.  And believe me – I didn’t think that trombone can make such good music, I was really impressed and in awe.  Check out an example below and tell me you are not impressed with it.  But yes, i had an awesome dinner and some red bean soup with sesame glutinous rice balls for dessert.

Scrumptious Lobsters

Posted by mamabok | Awesome,Canadian,Food Review,Friendship,Seafood | Friday 10 January 2014 9:48 pm




Life is so good, we get lobsters from a good friend/customer every now and then or rather everytime I crave for it.  I wouldn’t know how to chop them up of course, so the Zhus not only helped to chop them up but cooked them.  I love ginger fried lobsters with scallions and green onions.

But when you have sambal tumis, you stir fry it quickly another them and eat them like nasi lemak.  It was really good!  this year I think I’m gonna eat more lobster myself than giving it to other people.

Entertaining Friends From Ottawa

Posted by mamabok | Around The World,Canadian,Food Review,Friendship,Meet Up With,My Musing,The Brat | Friday 27 December 2013 2:06 pm




When friends from Ottawa came to visit, we eat a lot – in fact almost all the meals they had were with us.  We went to the Chinese restaurant and then to Marco’s for a late lunch.  We love Marco, because the food is good and reasonable prices and it’s in town and of course, the service is awesome.  This is the kid’s fish nuggets – look how much the fish were.

Layla had spaghetti and a piece of garlic bread.

I had the philly cheese steak with baked potatoes.

While Hyunjin had the same except with a salad.

Iris had Haddock and mashed potatoes.

Beautiful Chantal had french fries and spaghetti  and fish.

Jackie had haddock with rice

While Gustavo had fish with baked potatoes.   We had a really awesome time together, I wished they didn’t have to leave so soon.

Happy Birthday Josh

Posted by mamabok | Canadian,Food Review,Friendship,My Musing | Saturday 30 November 2013 4:17 pm




Guess who turned 20 years old!!!  yes ! it’s chloe BFFL – Josh!  Happy birthday Josh !  and we went out to celebrate with him at Marco’s and had a great lunch !  This was what I had – I think the next time I better order something else and be more adventurous !  don’t really seems like a foodie if I don’t try other food right?

Chloe’s fish and chips.

Lynette’s chicken sandwich with gravy.

And Hyunjin’s philly steak – looks so yummy ! i think i wanna order this another time.

And the birthday boy’s fettuccine with chicken.  Lots of birthday and lots of meet up in December.

Thanksgiving Lunch At Rudders

Posted by mamabok | Canadian,Food Review,Friendship,My Musing,The Brat,The Other Half | Wednesday 16 October 2013 1:54 pm




We had our 2nd Thanksgiving lunch with my sister from another mother at Rudders on Thanksgiving Monday as she had to work on Sunday and couldn’t join us at my in-laws.

Chloe was happy to see her Auntie Hyunjin of course.

Rudders was festively dressed – I loved the decor a lot and our waiter was really nice today.

I shared the escargot with Hyunjin and thought about our friend Shawn.

PB had chicken of course.

Chloe had her usual fish and chips.

Hyunjin had the special of the day, some german sausages and sauerkraut.

And I had their famous fishcakes.  Enjoyed our meal tremendously – thanks to Hyunjin for the lunch treat. And she spent the rest of the day with us.

Lunch With An Old Friend From Raleigh

Posted by mamabok | Awesome,BBQ,Canadian,Food Review,Friendship,General,Meet Up With,My Musing | Tuesday 3 September 2013 9:43 pm




An old friend from Raleigh came to visit this summer and we met up for a late lunch after she had finished some official work.  She is a accountant   and as busy as she was, she managed to squeeze some time for our meet up before heading back to the city.  I’m not into the financial aspect of any job I’ve had but it’s funny how most of my friends are either CPAs or internal auditors for offshore banks.  So I brought her out to the best burger place in town.  Chuck’s Wagon on Forest Street of course.

Another friend who came along had the Tex burger

While I had the rodeo breakfast.

She tried the house special with molasses bread and a piece of donair meat.

This was my burger.

With eggs, tomato and a slice of ham.

And poutine of course ! a must try.

I had the normal onion rings also known as wagon wheels.   It was a great lunch, lunch lasted for 2 hrs and we played catch up as much as we can. As a CPA, she must be very busy therefore, I’m grateful, she took time off to spend with me.  Till we meet again – old friend.

I Was Sick !

Posted by mamabok | Canadian,Food From Home,Food Review,Friendship | Sunday 1 September 2013 10:45 am




I was so sick ! it was unbelievable !!  I haven’t’ been this ill for a long, long time, lucky for me my g/f cooked me some special chicken soup and although I can’t taste it, I was touched.

Lots of veggies and chicken in the chicken soup.  Gotta love good friends.

A Chinese Birthday Party

Posted by mamabok | Awesome,Cakes/Desserts,Canadian,Chinese,Food Review,Friendship,My Musing,Parties | Saturday 24 August 2013 11:03 am




A very special birthday of a very special little girl that we’ve come to know and grow up with.  Jessica from the Chinese restaurant invited us to her birthday, if you’ve met her, you would know that she is the sweetest kid on earth.   Her mom ordered an ice cream cake from Diary Queen and we had an hour of bowling session at Brunswick Lane and headed back to the restaurant to eat.

I figured it would make no sense to pay $20 to eat at the bowling alley when they own a restaurant right?  plus it would be so much easier to eat at the restaurant with everything right there and lo and behold I was right.  The kids had a blast!  Look at how cute they are!!

The Zhu’s made special food for Chloe because she wouldn’t eat anything with greens.

But look at how happy she was scooping up her own food.

Yummmmmy!

Everyone is eating now.

And our very special birthday girl – Jessica !

Baptism Cake

Posted by mamabok | Baking,Cakes/Desserts,Canadian,Food Review,Friendship,My Musing | Thursday 15 August 2013 11:40 am




A baptism cake for Jasmine.

Bread & Olive Cafe

Posted by mamabok | Food Review,Friendship,My Musing | Thursday 27 June 2013 12:26 pm




Marking days are great days for spending time with Chloe and my girlfriends – and on days like these – I’m missing my girlfriend and her daughter – Layla who’ve left for Ottawa.  I wanted to get some stuff  for PB but wanted to check out the stores locally to see if I can get something similar here but alas, no such luck. So I’m ordering them for him instead and of course, eating at a new place with my kid was in the itinerary for the day.

We settled for the Bread and Olive Cafe – as we haven’t been there before since they opened last year.  I had a cup of tea while Chloe had an ice tea as it was a very hot and humid day.

We both ordered quiches but different kind – one was chicken.

And the other was salmon, we preferred the chicken.

Of course, we had dessert – that we shared and in the meantime, I  was surfing the net – and ordering the guitar for PB. We had a wonderful meal – although expensive – but the service was really good.

Birthday Lunch

Posted by mamabok | Awesome,Canadian,Food Review,FoodBuzz,Friendship,My Musing | Saturday 22 June 2013 4:53 pm




Celebrating birthdays are not an uncommon thing in my life – but celebrating birthday with such a special person only comes once in a while.  And today is the birthday a very good sister of mine from another mother.  Lynette is the type of person – who has a heart of gold.  She will take the shirt of her back to help you if you needed it.  I’m so happy that we were able to make her day a little special for her today.

Our little bath and home gift for her on her birthday.

Potpourri for her room in preparation for a romantic night.

Best friends for life – Josh and Chloe

French toast with sausages for Josh.

Ham omelet for the birthday girl.

Hyunjin’s thai chicken bite and some of my breakfast.

Chloe’s fish and chips.

My classic breakfast – that i shared with Hyunjin.

Home made cheesecake just for me from Brianna and Noah.

Noah and Brianna – love this kids.

Brianna’s 8 oz steak.

Large Caesar salad for Noah.

Free birthday cake for Lynette – from Jungle Jim’s.

Birthday card for Lynette.

Dessert at Jo-anne’s quick and tasty – down in Hebron.

Brianna and Lynette – happy moments.

Josh with his peanut butter pie – he loved it.

Laksa La Mian

Posted by mamabok | Awesome,Chinese,Food From Home,Food Review,Friendship | Saturday 15 June 2013 12:05 pm




I’ve never had Laksa La Mian before but my girlfriend from Singapore, Regina sent them over for me to try.  Regina is one of my longest girlfriend I’ve known in Singapore and she is the sweetest as ever – she never did changed from the first time I met her.  I’m so happy she is happily married to a wonderful macho looking man – and she has such a beautiful house – so well decorated and very expensive too.   Anyhow, The Laksa La Mian comes in packages like your instant noodles.

The paste was very little, I was quite skeptical that it would be enough for a robust tasting laksa – but i was wrong because it turned out really good.

I didn’t have much ingredients with me today – so I just had fishballs and an egg in the laksa but the la mian was plenty for a person – so it’s worth eating even if it was like $3 a package.  I would love to have more of this in the future with different condiments in them. Thanks to my girlfriend Regina for sending them over.

Day Trip To Digby, NS

Posted by mamabok | Food Review,Friendship,Meet Up With,My Musing,Useful Links,Useful Tips,Vacation | Sunday 2 June 2013 11:43 am




The day had finally warmed up, so the some friends and I decided that we should take a day trip to visit another friend living in Digby.  We’ve always loved Digby, it’s such a wonderful town especially during the summer.  Lucky for me, I had on a ray ban original wayfarer  else the 1 hr drive would have been scotching on my eyes.

The first thing the kids did when we arrived in Digby was to take a picture of themselves and the scenery around time – look how sunny it was – even the kids had to squint their eyes here.  But the breeze was lovely, so it wasn’t that hot for us to walk around downtown Digby.

We loved how picturesque Digby is – everywhere you turn to around Digby gives you the sea, boats and the sun – on a good day.  So if you are thinking of going to Digby, go when the weather is good and bring along your sunglasses as well as sunscreen.

What a lovely day !  always loved to see boats of any  kind.  What about you?

And now some home made Cuban food from our lovely host – Tania from Cuba and Dave from Scotland.  Yummy looking salad, so beautifully dressed up – we don’t wanna mess it up.

Cuban beef – thinly sliced and very tender – flavorful.

Cuban rice with black beans.

And beet root, corn and broccoli salad made by Jackie from Peru.

And a lovely group picture before we left Digby with our host family.

Shopping & Weekly Lunch

Posted by mamabok | Awesome,Friendship,Gadgets,Kitchen Gadgets,Meet Up With,My Musing,Shopping,Useful Links,Useful Tips | Monday 11 March 2013 10:23 pm




Shopping and weekly lunches are great with my girlfriends, we not only exchange gossips and play catch up – we also learned all the good buys around town and on the internet.  If I asked a girlfriend  where to buy tv brackets  they would have a few good suggestions for me and if I needed a good pair of ski pants, they would know where to find them if I cannot find them in town.  I loved our weekly lunches and shopping spree, it’s something I looked forward to every week and although not everyone can attend the lunch together, I know I can count on them for just about anything.  Don’t you just loved friends like that?  now if you haven’t planned for weekly lunches and shopping sessions with your girlfriends, make this year the start of a new social calendar, it’s really good for the health.

Networking Over Brunch

Posted by mamabok | Breakfast,Canadian,Food Review,Friendship,Meet Up With,My Musing,The Other Half,Useful Links,Useful Tips | Thursday 28 February 2013 11:22 pm




Meeting up with my investment banker every 6 months is pretty much a routine thing now and I loved our meetings because he is so funny sometimes but so smart.  I sometimes pick his brains on other investment that I have back home in Singapore and he would extend his help and contact my citibank’s private banker.  Mostly during these kind of lunch, we also get to meet other people from the bank and I’m glad i have a  business card printer  at the store to print out all my cards so that I have enough to exchange with others just like myself.  I think we’ve formed quite an exclusive network here – and we pretty much exchange ideas and throw each other our experiences to ponder on.

Usually, we meet up in the city but this time, they’ve decided to come visit me and like any true Asian – I played host to a few people that I’ve been networking with for the last 12 years. Amazing how time flies – anyway, we had brunch on their last day in town and we headed to Jungle Jim’s for breakfast.  Loved the service at Jungle Jim’s and loved their food.

So cheap and really value for money.

I showed them how one of my g/fs had her eggs the other day – and we all did the same that day – just to see how it tasted like. hahah!  yes, we can be funny sometimes too – and it was not all about work during these meetings.

 

A Chinese New Year Gathering

Posted by mamabok | Awesome,Canadian,Chinese,Friendship,Meet Up With,My Musing,The Brat,The Other Half | Monday 11 February 2013 1:39 pm




Chinese New Year was yesterday and as usual, a few friends with chinese kids like mine loved to gather and preserved a little of our chinese tradition even though we are so far away from home.  So a fruit basket full of good wishes for the Zhu’s at the Chinese restaurant and hoping it will bring them good luck and lots of money at the restaurant.

Some traditional chinese goodies from home for tasting and sharing.

Chloe all dressed up in cheong sum bought by her kai mah Lina from Singapore.

Eating at the restaurant, special noodles cooked for her.

Eating her favorite fried chicken with chinese noodles.

I had the buffet – yummy!

And here Ms Jasmine chomping down the peking duck with gusto – just loved the way she tried everything.

The chinese kids.

Adele and Sarah.

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