My Weekly Adventures #61 New Segment, New Project & Fun Times

These adventures post always creeps up on me faster than I ever imagine. Its already March and the next Weekly Adventures will probably be right after my birthday! Another year older and the only thing I’ve realized is that I love being busy. This workaholic thing seems to just be a constant but I love every minute of this unpaid job. Its a constant learning curve whether it be here, or Avenue of Daydreams, Game Warp and well, an upcoming new project that my Game Warp co-host and I are brewing right now.

With that said, its the perfect spot to start the Weekly Adventures!

Battle of Ingredients is Back from Hiatus

Battle of Ingredients

After almost 4 months of hiatus, family and holiday vacations and such Phoebe and I have gotten back for a Battle of Ingredients round at the beginning of March. It was nice to get back into the groove of things. It was a slightly spontaneous and improvised version although we somehow did have an idea of what theme we wanted it to be. We have our next one set already and it most probably will be Easter themed. I’m not exactly sure what that entitles just yet but I have a few ideas and I will be discussing with Phoebe soon.

You can check out the latest edition of Battle of Ingredients HERE.

Toronto Trip

A few posts for the Toronto trip last weekend has already been going up. As usual, I headed down to meet up with Drew as a celebration for a successful Ultimate Decades Blogathon as well as just meet up to hang out. This year, we went to a gaming event called EGLX instead of the usual Toronto ComiCon. For myself, I didn’t get a press pass but going to gaming events is part of my Game Warp duties whenever I can. Joining us was my husband who is also the resident Stunt Gamer for Game Warp. Due to work conflicts, he never could go with me the last two years but this year, it was nice to have him hang out. He always likes to be more involved in my online blogging life so it was great to just all hang out and go have some fun.

Anyways, it was a ton of fun and I should have two more posts to go up for the main activities!

New Segment Launched

Wine Recap

New segments are just popping up non-stop over here, right? Didn’t I just announce one a little while ago? Anyways, this is another monthly feature, even though the first one covered two months. Either way, I’ve always been thinking about adding in some cocktail or wine segment here and its taken me two years to finally just take the step to do it. Now, its nothing professional since I don’t know a ton about wine appreciation lingo and my husband and I was just exploring and learning more about different wines and what works for us. This is a monthly segment which should go up around the 10th of each month. I had to find another day since the first weekend of the month is for Music Obsessions, Sunday Lists happen every other Sunday and the 1st and 15th are taken for Weekly Adventures. Monthly feature for this one and I’m really excited about it. It might say “wine” but I’ll have the occasional cocktail or liqueur or something there for fun.

With that said, this new segment is another step towards getting a little organization in the fresh direction that I’m trying to have right now. You can see new banners for everything popping up and a nice and more balanced versatility going on and I’m pretty happy with it all right now. I don’t see any new segments for a little while as I also don’t want to overwhelm myself either.

If you missed the first wine recap, its right HERE.

Upcoming New Project

I mentioned it at the beginning about this but a new project is in the works right now for me and Elwood. We just hate free time so we were chatting one time after our Game Warp recording session and got talking about movies and as spontaneous as how Game Warp started, we came up with a seasonal podcast idea. After some discussion, we decided to call it Movies & Tea. Anyways, we’re still working out a few little things but you could always hop over to our lovely Facebook page that we just set up to wait for our kickoff episode soonish. If you head over there, the cover photo should give you an idea of what the podcast structure will be every season. You can follow us on the Movies & Tea Facebook here.

Kitty Cute Pic (more like grouchy cat pic)


This wraps up this Weekly Adventures!
A lot of recaps and little announcements and such!

What have you all been up to?


Toronto & EGLX Haul!

We sneaked off for a little work and play trip to Toronto to cover EGLX and explored a little. To be accurate, we were in the surrounding Toronto areas and stayed in Markham. And of course, we met up with Drew from Drew’s Movie Reviews, my darling Ultimate Decades Blogathon co-host like the past two years for celebration and fun friends hangout. This year, we decided to not go to Toronto Comicon and switched it to EGLX (Enthusiast Gaming Live Expo…something like that).

With that said, we picked up a few things here and there.

First stop: Pacific Mall

Glasses at Noble Optical

I have gotten my last three pairs of glasses here and my husband got his last pair here so when time to change, we got our new prescriptions and came to look for a new pair. He ended up with his 4th pair in a row of Hugo Boss glasses (never intended) and I had some struggles with this year’s style and ended up with a slightly bigger frame Ray-ban. Never thought I would get Ray-bans but they had a lovely matte finish and looked pretty good. I am still adapting to this new look but it happens all the time after a big purchase.

Noble Optical is pretty cool because they can get the glasses done the day of purchase which is useful for us because we come from out of town so we wanted it to adapt to new glasses over the weekend with our new prescriptions and everything worked out great.

The Best Shop

A little houseware shopping here as we picked up some kitchenware and a shower curtain. Nothing special just a little random purchases we found.

Egg Rolls

A staple of Toronto is picking up these sweet egg rolls usually as a little gift. They are delicious.

Location: Toronto Zoo
Toronto Zoo Cap

My husband loves caps. He gets a good few every year and the Toronto Zoo one had nice colors and the logo was really stylish. So it worked well for him.

Victoria’s Secret

I initially went into Victoria’s Secret to see what style of sports bras were available and whether they were on sale. To my surprise, the quality and design just wasn’t what I wanted. Walking out I saw these T-shirt bras that were so cute plus they had a 2 for $55 sale so I went for it, considering one is usually $43.


It wouldn’t be a trip to Ontario without stopping at LCBO for some VQA wines which we can rarely find in SAQ stores. First one is the seasonal rose wine called Sibling Rivalry. The next is a new tasting white Moscato wine called Fresh Beginnings. My husband chose the Innis and Gunn ale beer and I chose a local apple cider drink called Queen Street 501 by Brickstreet Ciderhouse. The next wine recap will review these ones.

Location: EGLX 2018

Studio VTAS

The big day for the trip was definitely EGLX for myself since it is kind of work and play. We didn’t pick up any games however, we did have a goal to fill up a few walls in our house with art and we found two places that we just loved. I had never seen these two artists either so it was a lovely find. The first above is from Studio VTAS. Not sure what the name is exactly but you can find her on Instagram and Twitter. The silhouette ones are beautiful. She also has a fantastic Studio Ghibli collection. Lots of great art here.

Mariya Haponenko

The second artist created these original art called Crystal Monsters at least the one on the right is that. There is an obvious influence for its general design but its inspired by the galaxy and botany for artist Mariya Haponenko. They were slightly pricey but I do love to support indie artists and they were just too awesome to pass up. I love the design of the galaxy one but the botany ones have a really cool technique of pressing glass together or something like that. I’m not artist but the way she described it was very cool.

Location: Vaughan Mills
Disney Store

In theme with yesterday’s Moana review, I actually picked up Pua. There was a sweet deal on plushes at the Disney outlet there and I just couldn’t resist. On a side note, over on Avenue of Daydreams, I will be archiving my Disney plush collection. Still thinking of how to structure it but it will happen soon.

Location: Big Apple

Final stop whenever we go to Toronto by car is The Big Apple where they have a ton of pies and other apple baked goods. This, time, my husband wanted the brownies (not apples at all) but he said it tasted delicious. I got the Apple Strudel and we got an apple pie for my mother in law.

Thats it for this Toronto and EGLX haul!
Enjoy this post as I sort through 1000+ photos for the trip to share!

My Weekly Adventures #60 Back to Normal & New Blog Announcement

Its March already! What is happening to 2018? Its been just really busy all around, particularly with work which has docked more overtime than I have ever since I started this job, so its kind of crazy. Either way, its taking a toll on energy and it also makes for a more sporadic posting schedule. Of course, we are in the last week of Ultimate 70s Blogathon. If you missed any entries for it, you can find the posts here. We are gearing up for the final entries from myself and Drew to wrap up this year’s blogathon.

With Ultimate 70s Blogathon sorted out, I also would like to say that Valentine’s Marathon is done. I burnt out on the Twilight Saga with Breaking Dawn so I just couldn’t finish it before March. I will however watch and post up the reviews within the next week. I’d like to get that over and done with soon and move on to better things. Here is the updated list of the Valentine’s Marathon roster. I still need to do a little update on it but the links are all there. Its not particularly impressive but its better than last year already. I’ll think of another franchise to watch next year or better prepare for it.

PC update: Operations back to normal!

My PC is back and its pretty much all new except for retaining my 1 year old video card and my very new Blu-ray player. I’ll have a PC rig breakdown over at Game Warp soon. Its something I’m going to work this coming weekend as I edit and compile some new videos for Game Warp so we can get back on track.

At this point, I’ve pretty much sorted out all of the set up stuff and gotten used to where everything is so we’re pretty much back on track. I’m super pumped to get all the postponed posts up over the next few weeks. The backlog on my end is getting a little ridiculous, particularly in the TV Binge category.

Montreal Joue Festival

Montreal Joue Festival

Gaming festivals are coming back! I headed out with my best friend and her boyfriend to the Video Games Festival which is part of the Montreal Joue Festival which pairs up with the Lights Festival which is going on right now in Montreal. There was a lot of games to try out, however, there was also a lot of games I’ve already written about so I’m still trying to figure out if there’s enough to build a post for That Moment In for event coverage. Either way, one of the most interesting things that I saw there was by Gros Joueurs which replicated the Duck Hunt gun into a huge format which is compatible with the actual Dunk Hunt game. I watched a few people play it and everyone had a different strategy on how to make it work for them.

However, if I don’t end up doing an event coverage post for the video game festival, I do want to mention that I recently backed a project shown at the festival which I’ve been chatting with the devs about at different festivals they’ve shown their game. Its called Abyss Crew, which is a multiplayer coop game where each person takes a different role to navigate a steampunk submarine. You can check it out on Kickstarter here if coop games are your cup of tea. I think this is a fantastic idea.

You all know that I don’t talk about Kickstarter projects here frequently, nor am I ever asked to talk about it, so its more just how I’d like to show my support. I was actually thinking of highlighting Kickstarter projects more on the Game Warp Facebook page or in Kickstarter picks in written form. Still pondering those ideas as a side note.

Game Warp Blog is Live


Elwood and I have decided to archive our posts that we have over on That Moment In over here. Its still a work in progress to continue updating it with the posts released in 2018 so far, however, there is more than enough posts over there to check out, along with indexes for the games we’ve reviewed. We have all the podcast episodes from intervies to featured and new indie game review shows as well as written reviews and features for retro, mobile and general video games.

With that said, show us some support if you like gaming related articles and go follow us over there! We wanted to keep something here to be able to chat with everyone about games where we can run it on our end. Looking forward to see you all over there!

Cute Kitty Pic


  • TV Binges!!!
  • Battle of Ingredients
  • Disney Reviews
  • Twilight Breaking Dawn Part 1 & 2 review

This wraps up this weekly adventure!
Its a bit shorter than usual. Forgive me as I’ve been trying to get things back on track.
The only thing I didn’t talk about was my optometrist trip and also my opthamologist check-up today, which is why this post is going up so late.
You know, waiting for my eyes to get back to normal. Good news is my eyes are in perfect health!


My Weekly Adventures #59 Happy Year of the Dog!!

Its Lunar New Year! I used to say Chinese New Year since I’m Chinese and I celebrate the Chinese version of it obviously but we are a very multicultural world now so Lunar New Year includes everyone else that celebrates it. Its the Year of the Dog in the Chinese Zodiac and supposedly, I’m looking at a bit of a better year. Crossing my fingers on that one. Actually, I went all out this year. I didn’t only decorate the house with blessings and other related items but I pulled out the fake flowers and also went out to buy some expensive bouquet (since flowers around where I live is really ugly). I ended up doing a full-on deep cleaning of the house. We are starting fresh, my friends. I know its all superstition and its not like a new year changes all that much but at least I would like to think it will bring some nice things our way. Less problems would be nice. That is really all I am hoping for.

The last two weeks have been a mix of stuff that happened. Some I have talked about and others not so much so lets recap!

Montreal DemoNight 2018

Montreal DemoNight 2018 is an annual event that started with indie game developers supporting each other that has now turned into a public event to go check out some strict 5 minute gameplay presentations of recent or upcoming games. I had the full intention of going to the event but work overtime took over and I ended up catching it via the Twitch stream instead. Of course, we weren’t going to just let the event go so we also did a lovely little recap on That Moment In here. If you haven’t read it, there are some incredibly cool games in development. Can I just say that 2019 is looking like a fantastic year for indie games?

Super Bowl & Cloverfield Paradox

Super Bowl watching is a tradition that my husband got me involved in when we first started dating. Because we don’t actually have antenna or cable, we only ever end up seeing the Super Bowl because it collides with Sunday night dinners with my mom. Due to my husband’s work, he  had missed a lot of the Super Bowls for the last few years but finally, this year, he got to watch it. Since he’s not a Patriots fan, we were cheering for the Eagles and lets just say, it was a pretty fantastic game, especially since the Eagles pulled off some nice touchdowns and then won what I believe is their first Super Bowl (I think I read that somewhere). Anyways, it sure feels nice after 9 years of watching it to finally understand the game and follow.

Anyways, when we did go home, we also realized that Cloverfield Paradox, which happens to be one of my anticipated movies of 2018 is skipping theatres and heading to Netflix right after the game ended, so we hunkered down to get the watched. Why has the review not been posted yet? Well, Valentine’s Marathon is underway and its been a smush of stuff happening that has put everything in delay. It is coming up soon-ish. I have some rather solid thoughts on it. I know there’s relatively low scores for this one and some even question how it all connects in this universe. Let me just say that, whether you like it or not, the Cloverfield movies marketing team sure knows how to drop a movie.

PC issues + update

You can read the post about the PC issues here.

If you didn’t read the post above, in short, my motherboard fried. I guess thats the bad news but then I do still have my cellphone and my husband’s computer to work on for the blog. It is also why, even though things are done slower (which only I would notice), in general everything here still remains fairly functional. Game Warp has been the most affected by this PC failure. With that said, the change from since the post above till now is that, things are moving at a brisk pace to PC recovery. As of last weekend, we were just waiting for one more part to arrive and then my awesome friend will build my computer and hopefully, with some time for setup, we will be up and running next week. Will that happen? I have no idea, but it would be awesome. However, I will try to get the blog stuff done in advance so that I can focus on Game Warp and get things back on track. We still have the remaining Until Dawn playthrough to upload as well as the Year in Review 2017 show with a special guest. It always sucks when the show that gets held up involves someone else.

Either way, things are moving along. 🙂

Remy’s Dilemma Gift

Remy's Dilemma

A week or two ago, I finally read Remy’s Dilemma and wrote up the review. You check it out here.

Much to my surprise, the author Andrew Snook reached out to me on Twitter. He thanked me for the review and told me that Remy’s adventure continues very soon in a sequel to be released later this year. At the same time, he also offered to send me a Remy’s Dilemma gift. Now, I don’t say no to gifts and I was honestly curious what I would get. Plus, I love reading and the book was a pleasant surprise so Remy’s Dilemma has been a constant stream of positive events and that makes me happy.  Let me tell you that the efficiency is incredible as I received my gift last Friday. I probably should have tweeted it sooner…but I forgot.

I’m tagging Andrew Snook to this post so if he reads this: Thank you so very much! I love it!!!

Valentine’s Marathon & Twilight

Valentine’s Day has passed us by. And well, I mentioned it earlier as something I’d considered doing the first time ever and that is to extend the marathon this year. With Ultimate 70’s blogathon being moved up one week and the PC issues, things have been slowing down. I still have a few movies to write up that I saw for the marathon. Since I was going to make Twilight a February highlight franchise, I figured I’ll just make this a lovely romance themed month. I still have a few movies I want to catch up on anyways so it all works out. With that said, welcome to a month of Ultimate 70’s Blogathon alongside an extended Valentine’s Marathon! Hope you all enjoy it!

Cute Kitty Pic



  • Ultimate 70’s Blogathon (going on now..check this page for daily updated entries)
  • Valentine’s Marathon & Twilight franchise (ongoing…all links here)

This wraps up this Weekly Adventures!
What have you been up to?


PC Issues…

Hello everyone!

PC Issues is the title of this post. If you have seen my last weekly adventures post, you will know that I’ve been in some PC problems. Until yesterday, its only affected Game Warp. However, yesterday my PC’s motherboard has officially fried, meaning that I can’t turn it on at all. We spent last night, with the help of a fantastic friend looking at our options and it seems we may have found one that is a little closer to our budget. It includes using the functional parts of my current PC and necessary new parts and building an updated computer. With that said, blogging is mostly on my phone, at breaks at work or my husband’s computer. I have a lot of stuff ready to be written so as long as I can get it all down, content shouldn’t be a problem. I honestly find writing on the phone quite annoying but I will work hard keeping things on track.

With that said, I would assume that it will take the next few weeks to get things back to normal.

No worries though. This will not affect the Ultimate 70s Blogathon. It will start as promised next Monday.

With a little bit of better time management, things shouldn’t feel that far behind from before, maybe with a few more mistakes than usual. Valentine’s Marathon will also proceed once I get the next movie watched.

The point of this is to say that if I fall off the map, you will know why. I can’t say that the constant issues over the last year hasn’t gotten me down from health to roof to computers and other setbacks but I am working hard to stay positive and look at the brighter side of things. I have to do that especially when the world has so many bigger problems, it makes me feel guilty to complain about my fairly privileged life (even if a lot of it is in debt).

Rambling starting again so I will stop here. If any irregular posting schedule, I apologize in advance.  It gets worse before it gets better so bear with me as I improve operations and when we get back up and running, hopefully things will be great. 🙂

Meanwhile, I’m working on something else to go up later today!


My Weekly Adventures #58: Announcements, New Ideas and Upcoming Plans!

And we’re back for another weekly adventures! Excited? Don’t be. I’m being honest. I was looking back at the last two weeks and realized I actually have nothing to talk about today as recap. I got sick for one of those weeks which resulted in nothing much getting done and everything falling behind. Then, the past week has been recovering and massive overtime at work causing everything to fall even more behind. I can’t say its been incredibly productive! HOWEVER….don’t like my sassy self get in the way because if we aren’t looking back, we can always talk about some stuff I keep forgetting to talk about or have been on my mind and some new ideas I’m working on plus some upcoming events I’m heading out to and maybe toss in a progress report.

PC Troubles

And the plague of my PC for myself finally happened. I actually forgot to talk about it in my last weekly adventures post. Its has truly hindered the Game Warp side of things. The short version is that the GPU port on my motherboard died so now my graphics card can’t work. With that said, if I want to keep my current rig, then I have to change my motherboard which is apparently older gen so its hard to replace and if I change it, then the CPU needs to ve changed as well along with something else that I can’t remember. The hardest part here is the whole crytocurrency thing is causing everything in the PC anatomy to be overinflated so I have divised a few alternate solutions since the graphics card side of things needs to get up and running. Either way, Tranquil Dreams is not really affected except my frustration over the situation is getting me a little down so I am digging deep for some positivity. First world problems, right? I know. It just feels like a lot of crap this year especially with some things I can’t talk about.

Now with the crappy part out of the way, lets move on to better things…

Ultimate 70s Blogathon

In the last post, I talked about an announcement and it was the Ultimate 70s Blogathon announcement. Me and Drew’s 3rd installment of the Ultimate Decades theme. If you missed it, you can find the post here. There is still time to participate if you are interested. You can find the info here.

Upcoming Video Segments

In the last Meowbox post, I talked about having a break in the unboxing segment temporarily. With that said, I am getting some slow traction every little while so I will continue trying to capture small clips at events but I have decided to bring back permanently the Whats Up Wednesday segment except in a video format so it will be a quick look at what I’m reading, watching and playing and if there is time then I might do quick reviews of what I have finished. It will not be as fleshed out as the reviews I write. I am currently working on the structure of the segment and hopefully will do every other week that weekly adventures doesn’t happen. I’m even debating whether I would want to do it every week but then some weeks are quite slow. With that said, its not going to just be me staring at the camera because I’m not sure I’m that much fun to look at but I’ll add some fun screenshots and videos for stuff if I can. Like I said, still working on the details. I would however love to hear what you think about this idea.

I’m working on maybe doing more videos since I find some zen in video editing lately so its a direction that I’d like to work on more frequently. I think its a good spot to start since I’ve learned that I’m really  not much of a vlogging type as I tend to just sit around and ramble on about nothing much.

Valentine’s Marathon/Torture Fest Take 2

As per our tradition, February calls on the Valentine’s Marathon. For some of you following a little longer, you will know that I go for love and romance but not necessarily romantic comedies all the time. It really depends how I feel. Of course, it was supposed to start today so I’ll try to get something going up today. A few years back, I did a Torture Fest sort of thing where I watched through Nicholas Sparks adaptations. To my surprise, it was not as bad as I expected. But I’m a romantic so I have a fairly high tolerance for it. This year, we’re bringing it back with the very dreaded challenge to watch through the Twilight franchise! Its going to take more than the 14 days till Valentine’s Day but consider it a little side project between the Valentine’s Marathon and Ultimate 70s Blogathon. Ultimate 70s Blogathon will cut the marathon a little short depending on how we schedule things. If you have any movies you’d like me to watch, preferably available on Netflix but then, I owe a lot of movies that I plan on watching if no one suggests anything that I have access to.

A few titles I have right now are: What If, Before We Go, Age of Adaline, Equals, The Vow…all subject to change obviously 😉

Upcoming Events


Events season is just around the corner. With some exhibits that has caught my eye in both Montreal, Toronto and Ottawa, we’re thinking about the game plan. One of these locations are already fairly set. Here’s a general list of events we are looking at:

Montreal: Montreal Joue Festival (February 24), The Art of Animation (ends April 2)

Ottawa: Dreamworks Animation: The Exhibition (ends April 8), Mosaivernales (ends March 4)

Toronto: EGLX (March 9 to 11)

There’s some fun stuff coming around and I’m sure some event or another is slipping my mind.

That’s it for this Weekly Adventures!
Expect some other posts going up maybe later today as I strive to catch up with all the backlog from 2 weeks of falling behind!


We’re 7! [Vlog]

Hello all! Today is a special day! Tranquil Dreams turns 7 today! 

According to WordPress, my blogiversary is actually in October but I launched the blog officially back in 2011 on January 17th as I started up the mission to be positive and from there, its truly expanded into a slightly imperfect, most times disorganized, full of procrastination and a journey full of lessons and new things sort of versatile little world.

I’ve wanted to do a vlog for my blogiversary for at least the last 3 years but always bailed out due to not liking it so much. After 3 takes and still not being too satisfied with it after a ton of editing, I decided to just upload it! Its slightly longer than I would like, but I tend to ramble, more so when I’m sick apparently, so forgive me if this gets boring. The idea is that I’d like to thank you all for being a part of this Tranquil Dreams journey!

Thanks for watching! 🙂

At least you can see here why I shy away from vlogs so much or any video content with myself talking..haha!
However, I am serious about the idea to have more video content and probably things less lengthy at about 5 to 10 minutes.