Arcade Block: February Unboxing!

Welcome to another Arcade Block unboxing! No video this time (but I promise I will have one for the next one).

I actually received my Arcade Block back at my own place (which I STILL haven’t moved into) on Monday.  After I managed to hurt my knee bad enough to not walk from helping assemble an IKEA dresser on Sunday, I finally managed to move with much less pain after 4 days.  Yay! Which also means, I can now drive over and open it with my boyfriend. Double YAY!

(Sidenote: You never realize how amazing walking is until something hinders it. Cherishing life moment)

If you’re a Zelda fan, you may envy me…just saying ;)

I haven’t played much Zelda but I intend to when I save up for the 3DS that I hopefully will purchase later this year. Thats the goal at least.

Enough rambling! Lets check out the February 2015 Arcade Block!

1) Link Plushie!

Arcade Block February 2015

2) Sonic the Hedgehog Buildable Figures

Arcade Block February 2015

And after we open it…

Arcade Block February 2015

Shadow the Hedgehog

So far so good, going right into my display cabinet, not on the My Little Pony level though ;)

3) Starfox Coffee Mug!

Arcade Block February 2015

Starfox Coffee

If there’s anything we have a lot of at our place, its mugs.  But you know what? I like this one a lot! I know nothing about Starfox but its a fox and I like foxes.  Thinking about all these mugs, I should have a mega tea party..haha! Okay, writing posts at 1am apparently makes me say silly things…and have weird ideas.

4) Zelda Map Mousepad

Arcade Block February 2015

I know this map has a name for the place, but I can’t remember it without the info card.  Thats how much I lack knowledge of Zelda. I will use this though.  It sure beats my pile of paper.

5) Pacman Keychain (and it makes the chomping sound!)

Arcade Block February 2015

I’m geeking out over this.  You know that high pitched voice that I made for the Tetris notebook in the last unboxing video.  Yeah, thats how I was reacting to this one :) I like these retro arcade games: Tetris and Pacman being my fave.

6) Zelda T-shirt!

Arcade Block February 2015

Apparently these Zelda products are from different games.  I knew this looked familiar but I have to confess that I had to do a little research to figure out whether this was actually Zelda.  This shirt is totally cool.  Arcade Block shirts are for my boyfriend so I’m sure he’ll enjoy wearing this one.

And thats it, my lovelies! A recap of everything down below.

Arcade Block February 2015

I have to admit that these Arcade Blocks are rather fun.  From the videos of some other surprises boxes that I haven’t subscribed to, these are really hit and miss but so far, I’m relatively impressed.  The boyfriend read somewhere that next month has two T-shirts? Wonder if thats true because those shirts probably take up about 50% of the reason I’d renew my subscription, even if I don’t wear it.

What do you think? Are you a Zelda fan? Have you ever (or are you) subscribed to any of these mystery surprise box thingies? 

Happy Friday, my lovelies! :)

Meathead March – The Princess Bride (1987) -Tranquil Dreams

Kim @ Tranquil Dreams:

Check out my review over at MovieRob’s Meathead March Blogathon. In case that confuses you, it is a blogathon based on Rob Reiner directed films. My first entry is for the simply beautiful and exciting Princess Bride.

It started this week, so if you missed any, remember to head over and check it out.

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meathead march blogathonFor today’s first review of The Princess Bride for the Meathead March Blogathon, here’s a review by Kim of Tranquil Dreams.

Thanks Kim!

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The Princess Bride (1987)

Director: Rob Reiner

Cast: Robin Wright, Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Chris Sarandon, Christopher Guest, Fred Savage, Peter Falk

While a young boy (Fred Savage) is home sick in bed, his grandfather (Peter Falk) comes over to tell him a story thats been in their family for a long time called The Princess Bride.  It takes them into the country of Florin where Buttercup (Robin Wright) falls unexpectedly in love with the farm boy called Westley (Cary Elwes).  Eventually, he goes across the sea in hopes of seeking fortune where news is eventually sent back to Buttercup that he lost his life on the ship held captive by Dread Pirate Roberts .  A few years later, Buttercup still in love with Westley, is…

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Brunch & Hotel de Glace (Quebec City, Quebec)

I’m extremely behind with getting this post up.  I went to Hotel de Glace (aka Ice Hotel) in Quebec City with my girl friends the Saturday before last (I already posted about the last one).  We had found a pretty great deal on Tuango which included a brunch at the Four Points by Sheraton Quebec resort.  After the brunch, we went to the Ice Hotel which was about 5 minutes away.

Let me just say, Four Points by Sheraton Quebec resort is a little bit in the outskirts of Quebec City but its a lovely place. For one, we were there for the brunch buffet which was rather delicious.

Sugar Cubes

Sugar Cubes

Plus, they had white and brown sugar cubes.  I don’t see cubes much these days and to see brown sugar on top of that.  I had a field day with that. I’m an odd person, what can I say? ;)

Now, lets see the actual brunch!

Four Points by Sheraton Quebec Resort

Plate 1: Bacon, Croissant, Potatoes, Tourtiere, Eggs, Sausages

Four Points by Sheraton Quebec Resort

Plate 2: Ham, Bacon, Potatoes, Watermelon, Cantaloupes

And one of the girls plates to see some more that I didn’t or couldn’t eat :)

Four Points by Sheraton Quebec Resort

Waffles & Omelet

And the resort itself had this really nice balcony in the back that was extremely cozy.

Four Points by Sheraton Quebec Resort

After that little bit of exploration, we were ready to head over to the Hotel de Glace for a few hours and hopefully not freeze too much there. We were all geared up with extra layers of shirts, sweaters, pants, socks.  One of the girls had snow pants and heated soles for her boots.  All must-haves for this visit :)

Hotel de Glace

The Ice Hotel

Just so I don’t pain everyone with a really long post.  Here are some of my favorite pictures.  Can you take a guess as to which was my favorite one that had a whole lot of attention? You can see descriptions as you scroll over the pictures.  Some of them have question marks next to the theme of the room but I forgot the actual name and I can’t seem to find the pamphlet, not that I think it has it on there.  I’m not sure…

The theme of this year’s 15th anniversary of Hotel de Glace is: Space-Time.

The design of the Hôtel de Glace draws inspiration from space-time, a theme that takes visitors on a dazzling journey through successive areas, where past and future remain frozen in time - Hotel de Glace site

There were a few more themed rooms and a bunch of regular rooms but choices, my friends :)

You know what else makes this hotel awesome even if its mega freezing in there, they have an ice slide.  Can you believe it? An ice slide! Last time I visited, it was almost 8 years ago or something.  And I think I took my happiest picture going down a much shorter slide.  I wish I had my snow pants though, because it would’ve been a lot faster and more exciting. I was still some good fun this time around :)

Hotel de Glace

Ice Slide

The slide was our last activity at the Ice Hotel before ending our day trip to Quebec City and heading home.

It was a nice day out with my girl friends and if you ever have the chance, its a great place to visit.  I promise you that its a rather fun experience. Plus all the themed rooms are super pretty.  My pictures don’t do them justice. If you fancy, you could even stay overnight or attend their late night events at the lounge, bar, dancing area.

What do you think about the Ice Hotel? Have you ever been to one before? 

Slash: The Complete Serial Novel by Evan Kingston

After what feels like a million movie reviews, I need a little break to catch up with other posts and thats why book reviews have been in abundance.

Next up, we have another writer and fellow blogger in the spotlight, Evan Kingston who runs The Oldest Jokes in the World.  A massive THANK YOU to him for reaching out to me to check out this complete serial novel called Slash, which was originally published in 7 parts.


by Evan Kingston

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 Alex Bledsoe is one of the star of the hit series, Koop’s Kitchen.  Except, behind this fame, she is scared to reveal that she is attracted to her co-star, popular and sexy Lissa.  To relieve herself from this feeling, she turns to read slasher fan fiction of the show online. Every night she turns this on, until she finds one that turns her on a lot.  Thats until, her previous co-stars featured in these stories start dying exactly as the fan fiction had done.  Hoping to stop these murders, she tries to figure out who the author of these fan fictions are because it is most possibly the killer as well.  Will she find out who it is? Can she still keep her secret hidden from everyone?

Slash is a metafictional erotic thriller / comedic murder mystery / romantic slashser.-Goodreads

Thats the description of the genre on Goodreads for Slash. I’d say that it hit that first part really well: metafictional erotic thriller really well.  There were some funny moments but nothing that I got, maybe because I was so busy trying to figure out who the hell was the murderer because that’s just how my brain works.  Plus, I’m known to have this incredibly awkward humor.   And comedy and humor is probably one of the most subjective genres ever.  Either way, that’s not saying that I didn’t enjoy this.  Slash is different from what I’ve read before.  Whether we’re talking about thriller or murder mystery.  I don’t read slashers so I have nothing to compare to, nor do I read erotic anything. The last thing was Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy (yes, I read it…). So, I’m feeling a little out of territory as I review this.

Slash has a really nice concept.  The whole setting of being part of a TV series production crew because mixing fiction and reality together sets up for a good thriller. The murder scenes are pretty good.  I would have liked for the story to be laid out through the different episodes a little more clear.  I got the idea after the first two episodes that the first chapter in each episode is always the fan fiction segment, before it heads back into the actual reality. I was a little confused when I read the first two parts.  It could just be my lack of understanding of these things.  Still, I caught on as when there was some erotic sex scene going on next to a murder scene, that it was most probably fiction.

Also, although the first 2 episodes didn’t quite pull me in that much, the last 5 was extremely intriguing once the whole stage was set and I got to know each of the characters better.  Whats also done quite well is that each of the characters bring a little something to the table.  Much like Alex, they all have their own little secrets and as each one gets revealed while she investigates, the plot thickens bit by bit as well.

Honestly, I don’t know how to find words to describe Slash.  Its somewhat of a two part feeling.  The first quarter felt a little awkward and it took me time to get into the story but once the story picks up, man, did it take me for a ride! I seriously can’t pinpoint when it pulled me in exactly but I know I flew through the second half of it because I just couldn’t wait to figure out who it was and what would happen next.  Plus, its been a while that I haven’t been even able to get an idea of who was the murderer.  That impresses me quite a bit.

Overall, Slash is worth a read.  Its a different reading experience because its set up in episodes.  I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect before I started but the thrills definitely was there and I enjoyed myself a lot.  Some of the erotic scenes were done pretty well also and some of the kills described were rather creative.  All in all, its a refreshing read and I recommend it :)

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On a sidenote: Maybe its time to look into some more slasher novels ;) Suggestions?

Saturday & Montreal en Lumiere 2015!

If you haven’t noticed already, my weekly adventures have turned into individual posts.  I don’t necessary do a whole lot during the winter, especially when this year has been brutally in the freezing point.  The radio said last week or over the weekend that the coldness in February broke some records.  Just to give you an idea..

On Saturday morning, I did a little morning surprise for our 7th anniversary. I posted a little fun recording session last night with my boyfriend in celebration for it if you missed it, its here .  You might have because I forgot to put on a title and realized it afterwards, then changed the link, so maybe it might end up having the “page not found” come up.  I don’t know how these things work.  Anyways, I debated a little about posting this again but seeing as not everyone is going to check out the video, I’m going to post some of the pics here and talk a little bit more elaborately on Saturday and the Montreal en Lumiere festival since we explored the downtown area, which is new to us.

 Saturday morning surprise


This is only a portion.  But right from walking through the door I had a trail of post-it notes listing “Why I Love You”.  There was pretty much very little prep work except for getting earlier than my boyfriend arriving home from work.  I also hid away in one of the rooms that he wouldn’t cross by, but when he stepped through the door, I put on a song that we love.

Montreal en Lumiere 2015: Downtown @ Quartier des Spectacles/Place des Arts area

Complexe Guy Favreau: art



This second one is really cool.  There’s this projector up top and it has this very video game-esque sequence when we walked by imitating a helicopter and some dudes running around.  It looked a bit like an escape video game.  That was pretty fun.

Complexe Desjardins: Salon du Livre Gourmand

Salon du livre gourmand

These two books was our anniversary gifts to us.  I know I know, its just another excuse to spend.  I’m telling you though, these two are quite good investments, I can already feel it.  Maybe its going to be my next project idea: Quebec cuisine.  What do you think?

I’m not much of a cook but I certainly want to be a better cook at least a less frustrated one that enjoys the art of cooking.  Talking about that, once I get myself settled into my new place (hopefully this coming weekend) and get the kitchen organized, we’re starting the Baking Through Disney project.

Quartier des Spectacles/Place des Arts (outdoors area)

Montreal en Lumiere 2015

Urban slides

Montreal en Lumiere 2015

Ferris Wheel and Heat shelters

Montreal en Lumiere 2015

Urban zipline

That blurry flash is the person ziplining.  I had my phone so I couldn’t get really great shots.  I’m telling you though, if the line-up wasn’t so intense, I would’ve done it.  There’s something so amazing about ziplining over thousands of people in a city. Can you imagine how it would feel? Just wow! Whoever thought that up, please bring this back next year.

Montreal en Lumiere 2015

Ice sculpture: Harp

Montreal en Lumiere 2015

Garden of Lights/ Food kiosk area

Montreal en Lumiere 2015

Pianist on Ice Piano

Montreal en Lumiere 2015

The Pool, interactive “game”

Montreal en lumiere 2015

Scene RBC

monttreal en lumiere 2015

Break Dance performance

Montreal en lumiere 2015

La Maison de la Suisse

Its been a while since I’ve felt this hype for Montreal en Lumiere.  Last year, we went to the outside area of the main festival and saw penguins in the show and the Planetarium and Biodome.  This year, it felt amazing.  I’ve never actually stayed the whole night for this Nuit Blanche/all nighter event.  But with tons of free stuff from 6pm-6am, this festival is absolutely worth the time and even pushing through the crowd didn’t feel too bad either.

We also made a little stop at Hydro Quebec building to see the painting inside which was an abstract art by Mousseau with a series of lights panel running behind it which changed to emphasis different aspects of the painting itself.  It was pretty interesting.

However, the reason we had ventured downtown was for my friend’s belated birthday dinner so we made our way up to Ace Grill & Bar. I had Filet Mignon Brochette which was actually better than I expected. :)

Ace Grill & Bar

Filet Mignon brochette

It may have been a late dinner but its been a while that I’ve seen my friends around so it was really nice to kind of catch up with everyone and share some laughs.

Saturday was pretty awesome and the weekend itself was efficient.  I just always wish it was longer.

Thoughts on Montreal en Lumiere?

Recording Video with my Boyfriend!

We’re gonna do things a little different today!

March 1st! Do you remember what it is? I skipped last year’s just because the year before I almost needed to hand out barf bags.  Yup, that’s right, today is the 7 year anniversary for my boyfriend and I.  That is quite a milestone for us.  We went through a whole lot but now, even with some not so great days, we move forward together.  This coming week marks the last stretch of moving to our new house before we settle in together :)

Today I aim to entertain and not provide a nauseating experience (thats what I learned from Alien Origin, my Shitfest pick, haha!).

Let’s welcome my boyfriend for a special appearance in a little recording session talking about what we’ve learned from each other in terms of movies, video games, music, food, travelling…basically what I cover on Tranquil Dreams :)

It starts a bit awkward and I laugh a lot but I think it turned out pretty good! :)

In the background are mostly travelling pics of trips that we’ve gone to together over the years along with a few random shots and our night out yesterday for the Montreal en Lumiere.  This festival 7 years ago marked the first day of our relationship so we try to make it every other year.  This time we explored the downtown Montreal area and it was extremely pretty.

Hope you enjoy it!! 

If there’s anything we mention in the video that you’d like to know about, feel free to ask :)

Demon Energy (Short Story) by Anthony Renfro

***NOTE: DEMON ENERGY is free to read on February 27th and 28th.***

Isn’t it great to start the day seeing little notes like that one? I know it is.

I’ve been a huge supporter of Anthony’s work.  If you don’t know who he is, he owns the blog: Books, Movies, Poetry.  Plus, he’s written a lot of horror and supernatural short stories and a few novels as well.  I reviewed AWOL: A Character Lost (a novel) last month.  This time around, he has a new short story inspired by Matthew 8:28-32.

For this lovely free read days, I’ve put together a little review.

Demon Energy

by Anthony Renfro

Demon Energy

Synopsis: 1 Man – A 1000 Demons Possession. Redemption. Salvation. This short story is about one man tormented by evil, and his journey into the light. (provided by Anthony)

Demon Energy is one of the most captivating reads I’ve had from Anthony’s writing.  Right off, you can feel the anxiety and desperation of this man who is possessed by demons and how lost he is.  The description is apt to set the mood quickly and pull us as spectators onto what is going on, leading it step by step through this man’s journey to redemption.  Does it get it? Well, you’ll have to read that, right? Short stories are something that take time to master.  I have to say that Demon Energy has tapped into something really good, and that’s coming from me, a person who knows nothing about demon possession.

This is a short story, so I’m keeping this short.  I’ve read a few of Anthony’s short stories and this new one really pulled me into the story right away and held me to the end.  Its worth a read and its only about 18 pages (if I remember correctly) making it also an extremely quick and satisfying read :)

Remember its available for free today and tomorrow, don’t miss out!

Here are a few links where you can find it: