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Custom Godzilla T-Shirt Corset by Betty Galore Couture

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I got a custom-made OOAK Godzilla T-shirt Corset!!!  I find that the off-the-rack corsets are all too sexy to be wearing outside and not comfortable at all!  If it’s comfortable, then it’s just a corset lookalike – it has the shape but it’s not the real thing.  So, I decided to get a custom made corset because every girly girl should own a corset, right?

When I was researching about custom-made corsets, I came across Betty Galore Couture in Calgary.  This is my first corset, so I want to make sure it’s (reasonably) comfortable and something that I can wear it outside often.  The tomboy in me got very excited to see Betty can make any t-shirt into corset!  I made an appointment with Betty right away.

Betty is an expert in corsetry.  I asked for a corset to be made with a Godzilla t-shirt.  That’s about all the contribution I had towards the design.  She’s super friendly and professional.  She helped me select a style that was suitable for the first-time corset wearer.  I really love this OOAK beautiful corset that she designed and created for me!   She mixed the Japanese pop culture icon Godzilla with a hint of sparkle and Victorian glamour.  Check out the details!  She even picked Godzilla green for inside and under the lace for the modesty panel on the back.   It’s fabulous and FUN!  I’m probably the girliest tomboy.  It’s easy to style this t-shirt corset – I can pair this corset with jeans or dress it up with a long tutu dress.  I have the corset at a pretty comfortable tightness in the pictures above.  It can even go tighter for a more dramatic look.
By the way, there’s a new Godzilla movie coming out on May 16, 2014.  Watch the new Godzilla movie trailer.   It’s pretty exciting!

 

New Experience – Meditation for Beginners

Cher and I went to a drop-in group meditation class with a couple of other friends on Friday, after work, at 7th Chakra Qigong & Yoga Centre in Calgary. It was a very interesting and uplifting experience.

We all have heard that mediation is good for us. Research shows that it lowers blood pressure, decreases muscle tension, reduces stress, boosts immunity, leads to emotional balance and even reduces pre-menstrual syndrome. But, most of us don’t practice it because we don’t know how to do it and it sounds very spiritual and difficult.

From Friday night’s experience, I found out that you don’t have to be a spiritual person to gain the benefits from mediation and it’s not that difficult! There were about a dozen of us sitting in a circle. We sat in chairs, resting palms (facing upward) on our knees with our feet comfortably flat on the ground. The teacher gave us some basic instructions at the beginning: close eyes and rest your focal point in the imaginary centre of your head, focus on breathing without any conscious effort and let go of any thoughts that drift through. We stood up and did some stretch before we started the meditation session. Then, throughout the hour, the teacher played the guided meditation session via iPod – i.e. guiding voice of what to do (mostly about breathing) over calming background music. After the session, we stood up and did the same stretches to wrap up the meditation session. I had a very good sleep on Friday night.

Tips that I picked up from this session:

  • Meditation is to repeat this cycle: clear your mind, focus on breathing and your senses, observe thoughts, release them and refocus on breathing.
  • There are many free meditation podcast and music on iTune that you can download.

I’ll allocate 30 minutes nightly for meditating from now on. Please go ahead and give it a try! Let us know your meditation experience in the comment.

Review: olloclip 4-in-1 lens for iPhone 5s

Santa brought me this little gadget, olloclip 4-in-1 lens for iPhone 5s, for Christmas. It’s now a permanent member in my mobile photography kit.

This 4-in-1 lens has:

  • 15x macro lens let you get very close to the object – approx. 12mm focus distance!
  • 10x macro lens gives you about 18mm focus distance
  • fisheye lens captures the about 180 degree field of view and creates the cutest picture of your dog’s face
  • wide-angle lens doubles the original iPhone’s field of view so it’s good for landscape pictures.

 Some sample photos I snapped: (the full cake one is not taken with this lens – it’s just for comparison purpose to see how macro the other pictures are.) 

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Taking photos helps me seeing beauty in the everyday ordinary things.  Do you like taking photos?

Adults Only Nights at Telus Spark – the New Science Centre in Calgary

Did you know that every second Thursday of the month from 6pm to 10pm, Science Centre hosts a special adults only night?

It opens late and no kids allowed! Since there’s no kids, they can set up “more dangerous” activities and every month’s program is different! Check out what’s coming up! http://www.sparkscience.ca/events/adults-only-nights/

With no children around, we got to be like kids! We enjoyed all the hands-on experience and had lots of fun! We were stimulated by the interesting visuals and wowed by the amazing doom theatre’s HD digital movie that is powered by 18 computers simultaneously. It was a great movie – we were moved by the epic journey of the iconic Monarch butterfly on one of the most incredible migrations on Earth and inspired by the very-determined Canadian scientists who uncovered the secret of Monarch butterflies. We were impressed by the Firestorm Troupe‘s performance.

It’s a great place to hang out with your friends or your date! Go play and let us know what you think in the comments!  Or, comment when you want to go and we may meet you there!  It’ll be fun!

Here’s a tiny sample of what we experienced last night at Telus Spark science centre.

 

 

 

Being a Mo Sista in Movember

I witnessed people being very enthusiastic in charity causes. They all seem very rewarded afterwards.  I’ve participated in a few fund raisers this year and they’ve all been fun. However, I can’t say that I feel the sense of reward I’ve observed from my fellow Good Samaritans. Some said it’s because I’ve only been giving money away instead of “doing” any charity work. I do want the donations to mean something to me personally beyond the fact that it’ll benefit those in need. I also want to feel the sense of reward and contribution more directly. So, this year, I switched gear to focus on “doing” instead of “giving money” by taking the following steps:

Step 1. Identified the person I care about the most.

It’s my husband Tom (not just because he’s reading this blog). I can’t imaging a life without him. Who is it in your life that you can’t live without? Is it your parents, your children, your pet, yourself?

Step 2. Find a fun campaign easily relatable.

Every time when I see Tom’s five o’clock shadow lasting through the weekend, I recall around November every year, there are lots of unshaven men roaming around within my sight. Movember raises funds and awareness for Men’s health (specifically prostate and testicular cancer) by sprouting millions moustaches around the world every year during November. Recently stylish men even adds more class and characters into the movement with trendy shapes and impeccable grooming tricks. I thought I join the men this year in my own way.

Every week I posted an update photo of my sketche-in moustache (see below). I also make an update video with my coworkers on Facebook. We are growing “batman” together. Although I am not sure if I’ve found my cause, I seem to have developed some attachment and emotions to the cause by focusing on “doing” something for the cause. I look forward to the update photo taking and video making, and I even wish we have more Movember months during the year. It’s growing on me.

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5 Tips We Learned From Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown

Stuffed again!

Jessica and I joined lots of Calgarians at Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown 2013. In addition to trying out 11 top chef’s creations in one stop, we went to support sustainable seafood. What a fun experience! What a great way to showcase sustainable ingredients. It sure got people talking and spreading the awareness of a more responsible way of life.

Chowder is such a comfort food especially on a cold day, or 6 months of winter in our case. We learned a few tricks from the pros as we savoured and appreciated the imagination poured into all 11 chowder creations tonight. Ready to spice up your winter?

 

1. Pork rind is a fantastic substitute for bread or cracker in your chowder.

Tonight’s Chowder created by Chef Paul Mcgeevy of CRAFT Beer Market won the Best Paring with beer. This grey cod, chorizo 7 chicharon chowder was topped with an oversized super crispy pork grind.

2.  Vegetable chips such as kale chips are also brilliant alternative to bread or cracker for your next chowder.

Chef Rebecca House of Thompsons topped her Smoked Salmon Chowder with kale chips and it won tonight’s People’s Choice title. Chef Andrew Keen of Redwater Grill added a splash of colour and texture to his Pacific Oyster & Parsnip Chowder with vegetable chips.

3. Devonshire cream can be used to add richness and flavour to your chowder.

Yes, devonshire cream commonly used with tea scones is proven to perform wonders in Chef Dustin Schafer‘s Smoked Salmon and Candied Scallop Chowder tonight.    He dropped a dollop of devonshire cream mixed with roasted sweet corns in the cup before pouring over steaming hot chowder to complete the serving. I was in heaven.

4. Okra adds body to none cream based chowder.

For those who are lactose intolerant, creamy chowder can be a dangerous craving. Chef Darren Maclean‘s DTF Modern Chowder was the only chowder without cream tonight.  He used okra to add body to his creation. It’s such a surprising and genius modification to a chowder. The bold and memorable flavor won tonight’s Best Chowder!

5. Cheese kills the heat.

There were a few spicy chowders tonight, mostly curry spices. A big cheese station offering generous portion of Asiago, Brie and Goat cheeses was placed half way down the lineup of chowder stations. It sure was a great relief to prepare us in challenging all of the full-flavored chowders tonight.

 

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7 Ways to Halloween in Calgary

There is a dark secrete I’ve been keeping in my closet, and it’s coming out today. Ready? Here we go. I turn off my lights and hide in my basement from the trickle treaters on Halloween night. There I said it, feeling much relieved though My friends with kids are probably un-friending me on Facebook right now.

I have nothing against Halloween! I just want to enjoy it without getting out of my seat every 5 minutes and endure the fear of running out of candy. For those sharing the same dark secrete, you now know you are not alone. You can still have Halloween funs regardless. Get your customes before you go out there and scare people.

1. Scream Fest

It’s a 10 days event rated PG13 leading up to Halloween. It’s not intended for the faint of hearts and not recommended for young children. Be prepared to some truly scary haunted houses, carnival games, and entertainments.

2. Calgary Ghost Tour

You can enjoy the public walking tours all year round and learn about the spooky history of Calgary and Banff. Not only suitable for out-of-town visitors, but also entertaining for local residents. It’s a friendly tour for children as well as wheelchairs. Tour guides wear cape, so don’t forget your camera.

3. Calgary Thrill The World

If you are going to miss the ever growing annual Calgary Zombie Walk (10/12 2013) because I release this blog post too late (so sorry), you are not to late to sign up and get ready for this simultaneous world wide dance event. You’ll have to learn a few easy moves, but you’ll have a chance to beat world record with Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”. This is a great event to bring your relatives and children along for a physically active weekend of fun.

4. Calgary Corn Maze Flashlight Night

The flashlight night gave me a totally different perspective about this seasonal corn maze. It gets real dark inside the maze. Moonlight and flashlight are your only hope to sight. Next flashlight night is 10/18/2013. I hope you get a chance to go and nudge the staff to have more of flashlight nights! Check out our video for a little taste of thrill.

5. Sci Fi Night

University of Calgary’s observatory is throwing a party on 10/26/2013, too! $10 to this celebration of 60s science and pop culture. There will be games, trivia challenges, costume contest, music. You’ll be amongst the stars in Rothney Astrophysical Observatory.

6. Party at Home

If you are a home body, and in need of helpers to answer the door bell and handout the candies for you. Why not throw a last minute pot-luck party? You’ll only have to decorate. Here are a few last mid pumpkin hack and party decor tips I found on YouTube. Easy peachy.

7. Out and Party!

There are quite a few of them in Calgary:

Fright Fest in Hotel Arts; 10/26/2013; $100/ticket, $2000+ cash prizes for best costumes.

Witch CRAFT; 10/26/2013; $10/ticket; party at one of Calgary’s most popular and trendy Craft Beer Market.

The Party to Die For; 10/26/2013; $65/ticket; hosted by Calgary restaurant Belgo Brasserie.

 

 

 

 

Enemy Can Be A Blessing

“Rush”? Yes, the movie “Rush”. No romantic comedy for this movie night.

I sat down in my D-Box seat decompressing from another work day cluttered with doubts, resistance and frustrations. I sense it’s becoming a common theme during my office hours. To many, I suspect, its not uncommon. They call it “work” after all. Few voices passed through my head while the movie commercials were on. “How hard was it to see what I see?” “Just do what I say already.” “Why do I always have to prove it?” Nope, not a very happy day. Hearing voice again! Oh boy, you can imagine how hard I fought not to wolf down a cup cake.

The vibration and the swinging of my D-Box seat totally sync up to the movie and got me really excited about all the car race scenes. I felt the thrust of the engine on my bum as I had been in Lauda’s Ferrari. I got throw to the back rest when Hunt suddenly accelerated to grab a corner and pass Lauda.  I think this is the only way to truly enjoy this movie. All the stimulations got me parking the exhausting day aside for a while. Not that I choice to look the other way, I was way too occupied with this fantastic movie.

Without giving too much away for those not familiar with the actual events between these two mortal enemies, let’s just say the one that brought out the most negative emotions also brought out most feared determination. That IS the blessing of having an enemy. I read this article a few days ago which mentioned: “it’s the people you like least who have the most to teach you about yourself.” The rivalry between Lauda and Hunt really puts it in context for me. It bears some truth and wisdom, isn’t it? I mean, it’s on the Internet right?!

Do you have a Niki Lauda or a James Hunt in you life? I started to scan through my “enemies” in my head, and strangely I started to like them a little bit. How lucky am I that I have more than one! Next time I detect my enemy, I can choose to be thankful for my blessing before I decide to cross them off my holiday shopping list. So, go ahead and piss me off, rub me the wrong way, show little faith in me, and ask me to prove it to ya! I love you for all that.

Okay, if all I’ve been rambling about has not convinced you to watch the movie. Here are the official trailers. Don’t forget to watch the movie in a D-Box seat!

18 Art Works in 2 Hours

We love to travel! When we can’t get away, we play tourists in our own city.

City of Calgary downtown area has so much art and beauty to offer. Have you noticed them while you rush to your office towers and balancing your Starbucks and smart phones? Why not take a walk with your camera and do a little scavenger hunt after work? While everyone is stuck in rush hour traffic, you’ll be having fun “travelling” and rediscovering your home city!

We found a great Downtown Art Guide by City of Calgary and Downtown Calgary as our initial reference. We made our own little map if you want to take the same walk we did. It was short and sweet.

With all the goofing around we did, the walk took us 1.5 hours. You can take your time learning about the art works, interacting with them like we did. Or you can power through it if you have only a lunch break. Lots of coffee shops and restaurants along this walk for you to grab something on the way. Even better, have your date in this wide open art gallery, call in the sunset. Wouldn’t that be romantic!

What a blast we had traveling in our own city. We are definitely going to do another walk to check out the other 38 art works in the Art Guide. Perhaps, we’ll do a night walk to see which ones are lit up all dramatic and theatrical. What do you say?!

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Blue Canoe in Banff National Park

Being a Calgarian is such a blessing for having Banff National Park practically at our back yard. Growing up in a concrete jungle, I have to admit the nature scene can be intimidating, especially in the majestic Rocky Mountains.

Blue Canoe at Banff National Park gets me up close and personal with the beautiful nature while keeping me feeling at ease. It’s one of my favourite summer activities when visiting Banff.  Although they offer kayaks, bikes and tours as well, I have always been drawn to taking one of those blue bottomed canoes out in the water myself.

My experience (on video) with the course right off the dock has been very enjoyable every time. The water is as calm as glass with colours varying between blue and green. Most of the course is wide open allowing comfortable maneuver even with oncoming traffic. Part of the course is windy and engaging, my favourite part! The view is to die for! Picture glittering reflection of gentle sunshine while you and your canoe passing through the evergreens reaching overhead, casting a reflection on the turquoise water. I wish I have a pair of google glass now.

Budget for one hour ($36 first hr) to explore the river slowly and casually. Be prepared to step into a dreamy wonderland and some super cute wildlife encounters.