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

Eating Right & Health Care

Posted by mamabok | Health,Useful Links,Useful Tips | Wednesday 25 June 2014 2:55 pm




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When you are at 50 yrs old like myself, you have to definitely try and eat right and take good care of your health and have a good health care plan if you are living in the West.   The  blue advantage of nc  covers just about any health care insurance you will need and don’t wait till you are ill before looking for a health care provider.

I’m glad I’m covered by the Blue Advantage for the longest time, else my diabetic medication will be costing me an arm and a leg.  And yes, it gets very expensive for some of the medication I’m taking are not within the plan provided by the local health plan.  And I’m trying to encourage both PB and Chloe to eat healthy as well, prevention is always better than cure.

Lunching With Girlfriends

Posted by mamabok | Canadian,Fast Food,Food Review,FoodBuzz,General,My Musing,Useful Links,Useful Tips | Monday 14 April 2014 12:22 pm




Lunching with my girlfriends from the city can be a very interesting afternoon.  We meet once a month in the city or in town for lunch and we talk about everything from work to politics and even  creditor rights  as some of my girlfriends are entrepreneurs in the city.  I’ve always come back from lunching with these girls with new knowledge about what is going on around the world because they are so up to date with everything.  I ordered the greek pizza but had actually craved for the tuscan pizza but ordered wrongly but of well.

 

Boston Pizza has this lunch special for a full plate of Jambalaya for only $11 for lunch, so I highly recommended this to my girlfriend from the city but she found it a little bit too spicy for her.

My lawyer g/f from the city ordered a salad.

And another g/f who works as a financial controller in the city ordered some calamari.  We had a really good lunch – a 2 hrs lunch and went somewhere else for dessert after lunch.  We really have a good time together even though it sometimes takes a long time to get together.

Hunting Season

Posted by mamabok | Canadian,Gadgets,My Musing,Shopping,Useful Links,Useful Tips | Friday 14 February 2014 4:26 pm




Hunting season is not here yet but I do miss the deer meat, lucky for me, we have some frozen ones from the father-in-law who does hunt once a year. But with a  Scouting Camera  I think he has more fun just camping out and doing the man thing than shooting those deers for their meat.  Hunting is such a big part of Canada and you see people taking time off from work just to go hunting.

How does the deer meat taste?  pretty good actually and if you know how to prepare it, it is really very delicious.  I used to have deer meat stir fried but now that I’m in Canada, the father in law loves making them like steak.  I remember him trying to trick me into eating it but little did he know that I’ve always eaten deer meet in Asia.  So if I miss my deer meat, I know where to get my fix.

Weddings In The Spring Time

Posted by mamabok | Entertainment,General,My Musing,Useful Links,Useful Tips | Tuesday 14 January 2014 4:57 pm




Last year during spring time, PB & I attended a spring wedding of an old college friend.  And soon they are celebrating their first anniversary together and the birth of a new born baby as well.   The wedding was in North Carolina and  this website  was where they went for all their wedding music and entertainment.   The wedding was lovely, the music was great, the food was fantastic, everything just went so perfectly well.

We were invited again this year, to come visit them when the baby is born and since North Carolina’s weather is way better than ours here during Spring time, we might just leave for a week to visit them and take a break.   The old friend of ours has a huge cottage in NC and we can make use of the cottage while we are there.  But we are still contemplating if we can make it this Spring, maybe late Spring would be a better idea.   Spring weddings are lovely but Spring babies brings so much joy to everyone.

Rocking Music @ Local Restaurant

Posted by mamabok | Awesome,Entertainment,Food Review,My Musing,Shopping,Useful Links,Useful Tips | Wednesday 4 December 2013 2:39 pm




We had a birthday celebration to attend last week and a local restaurant had hosted the event for us.  We were very impressed with everything and the  subwoofer at musicians friend  that they had bought.   I’ve always loved good music at a restaurant when we are entertaining and this local restaurant definitely went beyond and above their call of duty to help us make the birthday of a young man really special.   Food was great a well of course and the prices were decent and most importantly we all had a good time.

On Air With Local Radio Station

Posted by mamabok | Food Review,FoodBuzz,My Musing,Shopping,The Other Half,Useful Links,Useful Tips | Friday 8 November 2013 8:16 pm




I was interviewed by the local radio station back home about my food blog last week.  Indeed, I am really honored to be asked to go on a live show.  But it was during the wee hours in the morning over here because we have a 12 hrs time difference.   This is not the first live interview I’ve done since coming to Canada with our local station, so I’m very prepared for it.   With my USB Microphone, a  blue yeti pro , they called me on Skype and basically asked me a few questions about my life here in Canada and also about the food that I eat here and the restaurants here.

Yes, my readers come from all over the world but mostly from Asia and USA and I’m very happy to share with them about my life here in this small town and what people can expect in terms of food and living here.  When I first started this food blog, I never thought that it would reach so far and become so popular with more than 10, 000 fans on my blog a day.  I’m grateful for the opportunity to share about not only food but the education, the climate, and the living in Canada experiences.  Since it was a live show, I cannot share the link with you here but the next time, I might  give you a heads up, so you can hear what the interview was all about.

Hauling Food From City





We were up in the city a few weeks ago, to haul some food home with some friends and this is but one of the many boxes that we hauled home.  So PB said maybe he should look at some  flatbed trailers  , so that the next time we need to haul food home from the city, we don’t need to bring another car with us.   Plus a flatbed trailer is great when we need to move furniture from home to the cottage, it would definitely be a great investment for us.

But coming back to all the food we hauled back from the city.  Some friends laughed and joked about opening a Asian grocery store here but there isn’t enough Asians in this area for me to do that.  Therefore, every couple of months, you see us going to Halifax and bringing all kinds of ingredient and paste home, even the noodles that I am used to back home, we can’t find them locally.  I bought luncheon meat, noodles, paste, drinks from home and candies from home and anything I cannot find here even soya sauce.  So yes, having a trailer may definitely work better for us instead of making the g/f  bring her SUV with us.

Dinner & Live Music

Posted by mamabok | Acadian,Awesome,Entertainment,FoodBuzz,My Musing,Shopping,Useful Links,Useful Tips | Tuesday 30 July 2013 11:34 am




Dinner and live music at our local restaurant is a must to go when you have friends visiting from away.  I did attend one that had  violins at musicians friend  but this singer and songwriter is what we planned to do with some friends from Australia.  I don’t know about other people but I’ve always loved live music and performances when I’m eating on a special occasion, I find it so entertaining and romantic.  Now does one tip the performer/s?  I’ve always wondered, I guess if you had a violin player playing right in front of your table, it’s a must to tip him/her but if the singer is performing – what does one do?  I have to check with the restaurant owners and see what is the common practice here.  Have you been to a live performance?  do you like them?  i love being serenaded while one is eating what about you?

The Coffee Addict

Posted by mamabok | Coffee/Tea/Hot,Drinks,My Musing,Organic,Shopping,Useful Links,Useful Tips | Tuesday 25 June 2013 9:37 pm




I love coffee and have to have at least a cup a day if not more.  I try to limit myself to maximum two cups and I’m quite fussy with the type of coffee I drink and where I drink my coffee.  There isn’t any designer coffee in town but we do have a specialty store that just opened up recently.  Unfortunately, their coffee still needs a little work.  I don’t expect designer coffee like we have back home but the coffee I had didn’t have enough kick to it and also they are usually plain old coffee.

I currently brew my own coffee and I find that the coffee that I’m using is by far the best and cheapest as compared to what I get in this specialty store and Tim Horton.  If you want to try some folgers coffee click here  , this is what I’m currently into and i loved the taste of it.  They have the classic roast or the Colombian ones which are a lot stronger.  They also have decaf, if you are into decaf.  At one time, I roasted my own coffee but buying them here is a lot easier I find and they taste just like the ones I’m used to back home.  So coffee addicts/lovers out there can give this a try.

Healthy Eating With Yoga

Posted by mamabok | Health,My Musing,Shopping,Useful Links,Useful Tips | Monday 17 June 2013 9:14 pm




Summer is here and I’ve put on some weight from not exercising a lot.  I make excuses in the winter – telling myself that it’s too cold to do anything but there is no excuse just to do yoga right?  So this summer I’m going to be doing yoga and getting some  yoga gear for women  was easy.  I’ve ordered my yoga pants, yoga mat and even got a kid’s yoga kit for my Chloe.

Yoga is good for a lot of things in our life, not only does it help with our health, it is actually quite therapeutic.  I find it so calming to practice yoga, these days – I don’t feel so stress.  I hope by practicing yoga 3 times a week, I will eventually stop taking my panic medication because I’ve heard good results from people like myself who are on meds.  One can definitely look forward to a healthier year.

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 Making Money Luncheon

Posted by mamabok | Awesome,Canadian,Food Review,Meet Up With,My Musing,Useful Links,Useful Tips | Tuesday 19 February 2013 11:47 am




I was invited for a luncheon not too long ago in the city and met several interesting young women entrepreneurs that opened my eyes to many other business opportunities in this country.   Most of these ladies that I’ve met came from all walks of life and one important aspect of these ladies were determination.   These ladies had stories to share and to me it was a learning experience, I also learned about business opportunities like  Web To Print  and franchises and what are the pros and cons on taking up the challenges of these businesses.  Real life stories – albeit not all happy ones but still an eye opener for me.  I brought home some ideas and me and PB are actually discussing about the feasibility of taking up another challenge soon since Chloe is much older now and don’t need as much attention as when she was younger.  Wish me luck now!

Business Lunch With Attorney

Posted by mamabok | Canadian,Entertainment,Food Review,Italian,My Musing,Pasta,The Other Half,Useful Links,Useful Tips,wine | Thursday 24 January 2013 11:30 am




There are many places in town where you can bring someone for a business lunch, just like when I had lunch with some powerful  San Diego Employment Attorney  last week.   If you’ve worked for a company in the States, you would know how important it is to know some powerful attorney because you want them to be there to help you out if you have trouble with your employers.

Of course, I didn’t need to use an attorney when my employers were from USA but it was good to know that I can count of these folks to help me out should I have any problems with my contract or pay or even if I was being treated unfairly being an Asian.  But like I said, I was pretty happy with the company that I had worked for many years ago.

A Cigar Bar

Posted by mamabok | Awesome,Friendship,Meet Up With,My Musing,Parties,Shopping,The Other Half,Useful Links,Useful Tips,Vacation | Wednesday 16 January 2013 2:59 pm




Sometime during Christmas, we went up to the city because we were invited to an opening of a cigar bar in the city.  As a food blogger with lots of following, you get perks like this – and even though I’m no cigar smoker, I loved buying cigars for my father-in-law and my ex-boss from Spain.  Yes, I still keep in touch with him because he was so good to me when I worked for him – those were the 2 best years of my life.   Anyhow, coming back to the cigar bar – they had a  cigar auction  and it was awesome because I bought some good stuff just in time for Christmas presents.

Cigar bars are very common back home – for those who loved the cigar and wants to have a drink and try different kind of cigars.  My previous bosses were club members of various cigar bars and they used to entertain there a lot.  I met some very interesting and intelligent business people at these clubs.  If you haven’t been to a cigar bar before, you should check it out sometime when you get a chance.

A Day For Celebration

Posted by mamabok | Awesome,Health,My Musing,Parties,The Brat,The Other Half,Useful Links,Useful Tips | Saturday 12 January 2013 10:25 pm




A year ago today, my brother-in-law decided that he had to stop drinking and get his life back together.   He drank all thru’ Christmas till New Year’s day and he knew that he had to get help.  Unfortunately, in our small town, we don’t have  alcohol treatment facilities  and when he went to the hospital to seek for help, the doctor told him that he didn’t have a spare bed to help him.  How tragic was that?  This town really needs a good alcohol treatment facility – not many – I’m just asking for one.  Can you imagine asking for help and being turned away.

Anyhow, fast forward a year later, my brother-in-law haven’t touched a drop of alcohol since and he is now driving again after 10 years.   Yes! 10 years!  We are all very proud of him but wished that he had an easier time when he needed help and that the rehab center in the hospital would be more sympathetic to people like him instead of turning him away.

Tomorrow, we celebrate his milestone – but it’s sad that my mother-in-law who passed away a month after he quit drinking isn’t here to share this happy moment.  Olivette, here’s to you ! both Richard and Chris are good boys ! you can rest in peace now.

Entertaining Kids In Restaurants

Posted by mamabok | Canadian,Entertainment,Food Review,My Musing,The Brat,Useful Links,Useful Tips | Saturday 5 January 2013 4:02 pm




As a mom, we usually have to bring our kids out with us if we want to meet up for lunch or supper with our other friends, therefore, it would be awesome if the family restaurants around here has tvs mounted on the wall with  premier mounting  and has cartoon channels on them instead of news or sports.  It would make sense for family restaurants to have areas set aside for families with children to have some sort of entertainment, so that the adults can have a proper meal and play catch up right?   I see in UK – where some of my friends are permanently, they have special cafes like that for kids and moms – and I would love to see something like this in this town.

Every chance I get to go eat – is with my kid and my g/fs kids – as moms we just loved bringing our kids along but sometimes, it would really be nice, to be able to chat and the kids are being entertained.  This is Kai from Petawawa – and we only get to see him maybe twice a year – isn’t he too cute or what!

Food is always good at Jungle Jims of course, we have no problems with the food and service excellent as well and our favorite waitress was there working – so excellent ! Lynette had the festive meal – this was some sort of BBQ chicken bites.

Curly fries and chicken fingers from the Safari Kid’s menu for Chloe.

Fettuccine for Ms Jasmine from the kid’s menu.

Burger for Josh – i think this is a BBQ Bacon Cheddar – for $10.99.

A steak for Lynette – that comes with her festive meal.

I had the breakfast menu – but shared my sausages with my g/fs.

Extra crispy bacon.

Jumbo Shrimp Stir Fry

Huijing got some mexican thingie I think.

And this chicken burger  for Kim.

Yummy! lots of food and lots of drinks !  now if only we can entertain the kids with some mounted tv in the restaurant – it would have been perfect – don’t you think?

Christmas Gift Exchange

Posted by mamabok | Awesome,Baking,Food Review,Friendship,Meet Up With,My Musing,Shopping,Useful Links,Useful Tips | Wednesday 12 December 2012 3:20 pm




We were invited to a Christmas tea and a gift exchange amongst friends and the turned out was bigger than I had expected.  There were  lots of food as usual but most importantly, friends gathering and chatting and rekindling our friendship.  We also had a gift exchange and some gave out military coin  to our kids because their spouses’ are still in the army serving the country.  In this part of the world, serving your country whether here at home or in Afghanistan as a peace maker, it’s a highly respected profession, and most of us who received the military coin felt very grateful for these men who ware there to keep us safe.

Some of the food here are home made as you can see but they were absolutely delcious!

Lots of cupcakes for the tea party and if you want to knwo where it’s all pinkish – because we had a lot more ladies than men that day.

Yummy chocolate cupcakes for the children.

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