Daily Prompt: The Satisfaction of a List

Sunday’s daily promptWho doesn’t love a list? So write one! Top five slices of pizza in your town, ten reasons disco will never die, the three secrets to happiness — go silly or go deep, just go list-y.

I have lists for EVERYTHING! You know why? Because I’m forgetful…but no, I’m not going to give you pains as to what part of the house I need to clean and the whole Cinderella things in my life.  My mind went into crazy choices of what list to make since Sunday morning.  Till now, I’ll probably end up jump start multiple lists to fit the whole versatility that this is all about…

This has changed direction as I started writing that paragraph up there…I was going to do my Top 5 Hong Kong Action Movies, but then, I decided to be more on the Hong Kong Action Stars BUT in light of the Boston bombings, I’ve decided to steer away from violent themes and stick to my backup plan!

LIST OF PLACES/EXHIBITS TO VISIT THIS SUMMER/YEAR! (I actually just jotted these down last week, so perfect timing…)

1) The Beatles in Montreal at Pointe a Calliere Museum (LINK)

2) Planet Shark: Predator or Prey at Montreal Science Center (LINK)

3) Visit the new Planetarium (LINK)

4) Revisiting Ottawa’s The Canadian Tulip Festival (LINK)

5) Wine Route: Printemps Rosé in Eastern Townships (LINK)

6) Wine Route: Journée des Cidres/The Cider Route in Monteregie (LINK)

7) Le Temps des Lilas/ lilac Season (LINK)

8) Mosaicultures internationales at Montreal Botanical Garden (LINK)

9) She&Him (Zooey Deschanel!) for Montreal Jazz Festival (still have to get tickets…)

10) Agricultural Fair in Trois Rivieres, QC (site for 2013 not up yet)

Coincidentally my list had 10 items 🙂 There are many other events, like I’m still planning for the 2 weeks vacation split in 2 separate weeks or weekends, depending on what happens.  Lots of lists are being drafted in my notebook right now 🙂 After that its decisions to see what we can do!

Any of these events sound fun to you? I’ve always wanted to do a wine route..lets hope it’ll happen this year. I had to go and ruin this morning’s coolness with going back to my nerdy roots and listing as the first few items as Sharks and Planets ;).

To my Montreal friends (I think some of them read it..haha), any of them interest you that you want to go with me..FB or text or email me, k? Don’t be shy 🙂

I really had fun with this and I have a few more list  ideas! Whose down for more lists? Any suggestions?

Daily Prompt:Five a Day

Yesterday’s daily prompt: You are being exiled to a private island, and your captors will only supply you with 5 foods. What do you pick?

I was going to post this yesterday but my tablet decided to run out of batteries and then I came back from driving to and from Plattsburgh so it was a bit tiring.  So here is my post! Better late than never! 😉

This question is a tad vague. If I were to be held captive, are we talking about raw foods? Will I have to cook it? Although would the captors be so nice? I wouldn’t be bet on it, right? Either way I’m sure I can figure out some way to cook it, but just in case, I would choose foods that I could eat raw or is already made.

1) I would choose to bring peanut butter but let me be extremely picky, kind of, and request the just peanuts President’s Choice style. That stuff is delicious and addictive. Its amazingly good and every morning, I need to eat it with white bread.

2) I would want some salmon. What is good is that salmon can be eaten raw and when cooked, its awesome. Plus its a quick cooking whether you steam or grill. Whichever cooking method, its still yummy.

3) I would bring pistachios. I love eating pistachios.  They are absolutely delicious.  I had wanted to bring pistachio biscottis but that seems to make me into this super luxurious captive.  Either way, I would be super happy with pistachios.

4) Question marks floating around my head now.  Hard choices…What would be my fourth food? I would have to think about it.  Starting to run out of ideas.  I would love to bring some apples.  Whichever types would be nice but I adore royal gala.  I mean apples are the means of a healthy living and it`ll keep away sickness so why not, right? Plus, if I`m going to be held captive, might as well try to stay physically feeling good to make it not as bad.

5) Last food I would bring is…bananas. Why you may ask? Because it has loads of potassium and it will prevent cramps.  I am down for that.  That would be totally awesome stuff.

I would bring lots of other foods and there is an endless list that I debated at the same time: mangoes, star fruits, strawberry rhubarb pie, gummy bears, pop tarts, golden oreos, all-dress chips, etc.  But being captive, there are pros and cons that I need to look at in a practical way, as much as I`d like to feel some form of food enjoyment and escape out of it, I`d also like to be healthy enough to be pain-free.  Thats always a plus in my book 🙂

What would you bring if you were to choose 5 foods?

Daily Prompt: Bedtime Stories

Today’s daily promptWhat was your favorite book as a child? Did it influence the person you are now?

This question is in the vague area.  How do I narrow it down? Ever since I could read, I’ve  never had a book leave my side.

My favorite bedtime story was a tie between two (and they were in Chinese) because my mom would read them to me.  One of them is the Chinese translated version of Dumbo and another was a rather touching  story about a girl and her two dogs.   It was more specifically about her dogs who were a girl and a boy and when one of them passed away, the others connection was so strong that she couldn’t find the will to live, and eventually left also.  Why my mom chose to read me this as a bedtime story, I have no idea…but it did become one of my favorite stories.

charlie and the chocolate factoryAfter a certain age, I started reading my own books and from elementary, my favorite book was Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  I read that time, maybe 5 times a year.  I don’t remember anymore but till today, its still sitting on the shelf and once in a while, I’ll pick it up and read it.  Entering into a world of imagination and creativity through the words of Roald Dahl, where even the most impossible things could be made.  It was always an adventure to read and it had some funny parts here and there. Just such a wonderful little children’s novel!

caged eaglesIn Grade 4 and 5, one of the best authors I liked was Eric Walters.  I loved reading his novels and he is such a nice man, as he even came to visit us at the school.  It was there he introduced one of the best novels I’ve read, Rebound.  He writes teen novels that regard issues that kids will encounter in school, society and different places and different context.  I loved reading Rebound and from there I went on to look up his other books in the library.  Two of my other favorites are Caged Eagles, which portrayed the living conditions of Japanese after they bombed Pearl Harbor in the West Coast of Canada, and The Money Pit Mystery, which was a fun adventure where teens go off to solve mysteries in a new town.

the belonging placeAnother author that resounded in my young elementary school days was Jean Little.  She wrote awesome novels like Different Dragons, which I read multiple times.  The one that probably influenced me the most, which I still haven’t got a copy of is a book called The Belonging Place.  It spoke a bit to how I felt after learning some things about my own background.  The connotation of finding a place that we truly belong to, a place where we can call home.  This story touched my heart and I remember it even after only read it once or twice and never owning it.

I could shower you with many books but in the later years probably around Grade 6, I fell in love with a series of books.  It was from the amazingemily of new moon Lucy Maud Montgomery.  As much as I loved the Megan Follows portrayal of TV series for Anne of Green Gables, the book (series) that I loved and influenced me was Emily of New Moon.  I love the story, and the character of Emily.  It seemed maybe to match my personality a bit more.  I felt like I could connect with that character a lot more than with Anne of Green Gables.

These books are simple, youthful books.  They grew up with me.  You may be surprised (especially readers who have heard over and over about Dr. Seuss and my love for him. Everything I read influences me in some big or small way depending on the content. It makes me contemplate whatever issue they have set forth.  However, I picked a few that I figured if it came to my mind that it would be worth mentioning.  I have tons of favorites and that question is just too vague for me.

What books resounded to you the most when you were young?


Daily Prompt: Show and Tell

Yesterday’s daily prompt: You’ve been asked to do a five-minute presentation to a group of young schoolchildren on the topic of your choice. Describe your presentation. 

I’ve never done show and tell ever, in elementary or high school or whenever you’re supposed to.  I’m not exactly sure how its supposed to go.  As of last night, I came up with this as my show and tell which is somewhat linked to a Science Fair project of mine for Grade 10.

Instant Herbal Medicine

Instant Herbal Medicine

Ladies and gents or maybe I should start, to all the children! I would love to present to you Chinese medicine.  The medicine that we use dried herbal medicine and one of the best is these instant ones which are used to balance your body and kick out all those colds, coughs and sniffles that start up before a cold.

Let me tell you a little story: Last night, I was feeling all bad and thinking maybe my coworker had given me FINALLY her cold.  She’s had about 4 since the beginning of the year, I think.  Maybe a bit exaggerated.  Forget Cold FX, my friends! This one is just fantastic.  I’ve had it since I was a little girl.  Of course, there are other more complex ones that my mom makes, but I’m not here and I’m not that knowledgeable with the actual dried medicines.

However, if you are to pour 1-2 pouches of this into a cup, like so:


And don’t forget to boil yourself some water! Thats the only way its going to dissolve into something that looks like this:

P1210323Dark stuff is what chinese medicine usually looks like and they usually come with disgusting bitter smell.  This one is a bit sweetened but still has this weird aftertaste.  If its anything I’ve learned, the more bitter the better it is for you.  Comes from a Chinese proverb but I don’t know how to translate it well.  Thats the gist of it though.

The whole point I’m showing this little pouch of wonder if the its Traditional Chinese Medicine and this stuff does wonder because its not chemical.  Its super good to balance the yin and yang in your body.  Its efficient and after a good night’s rest last night, I woke up feeling extremely awesome! My guess is its helped me feel wonderful so that I can do all the cleaning, cooking and baking that I’ve planned, oh, and a little special something that should go up later in the day.

Was that five minutes? I’m not really good with public speeches so thats my show and tell…questions anyone? We’ll fill in the remaining time with what YOU want to know 😉

But I believe in music the way that some people believe in fairy tales

Today’s daily prompt: Take a quote from your favorite movie — there’s the title of your post. Now, write!

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August Rush is definitely one of my favorite movies.  The first time I watched this movie, it just reached out to me.  I can relate to how he feels, partially can relate to his situation.  I’m not a music prodigy but music is what always pulls me out of that dark place.  Its always been there to help me move forward and see things better, to express how I feel and understand myself a bit better.  Its my constant companion when I need to think things through.

There’s so many quotes in this movie that are just epic to me! I mean it gets me all emotional…every sentiment comes rushing to me. Judging from what I’ve seen about, this movie isn’t really appreciated but to me, it means a lot more.

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Can you hear it? The music..I can hear it everywhere, in the wind, in the air, in the light. Its all around us. All you have to do is open yourself up and listen!

Doesn’t that just make you feel relaxed? I do that sometimes.  Just close my eyes and shut out every though and focus in on the little sounds around me.  I do that mostly when I’m somewhere in nature, not in the middle of the city.  It brings upon me peace of mind to listen to the water flowing, the wind whistling through the branches, the bird chirping…you catch my drift, right?

august rush quote 1You never quit on your music. No matter what happens. Cuz anytime something bad happens to you, that’s the one place you can escape to and just let it go. I learned it the hard way. And anyway, look at me. Nothing bad’s gonna happen. You gotta have a little faith. – August Rush

I wasn’t able to find a caption with the full quote but man, this is so awesome, right? That captures a huge part of my life and even now, when I’m feeling really stressed or bothered, I either turn on music and sing along or I go downstairs and play some piano and it immediately makes me better.  The power of music is just magical!

august rush quote

You know what music is? God’s little reminder that there’s something else besides us in this universe, a harmonic connection between all living beings, every where, even the stars.

To end it off, here is one of my favorite songs August Rhapsody! Love the simplicity behind it 🙂 Bringing our everyday sounds together, piece together your own experiences and voila..a piece of music from your heart.  Totally phenomenal and this is the final song so its just like a ball of emotions and I always shed some tears…

What does music mean to you in your life?

Daily Prompt/Tug of War: Fun Fiction or Pointless Lie?

I’ve been meaning to do a Daily Prompt for a while but this week has been really crazy…with the not using one letter..I was stuck staring at the screen all lunch hour and cursing that I didn’t carry a thesaurus with me ALL THE TIME.  Then the last few days, it was all topics that I could’ve answered with one paragraph.  Thursday’s topic I almost wanted to do but it would get a bit personal and I’m not one for jinxing a good situation, which I’m pretty happy with, although with seven days of nothing to do and $10,000 in my hands, I already know what I’d do it.  My 6 months plan could be immediate.  Doesn’t that sound vague but still quite sweet? In time, this will be revealed if all things go as planned.  You just have to stick around for a few more months.

Anyways, so we come to today (or yesterday) topic and I had almost deleted it, when afterwards, DJ Matticus launched the second Tug of War in his awesome kingdom, using exactly that topic.  I’m always up for some fun and games. 🙂 Last time I had blast even though I really went the going out on a crazy limb and (almost) everyone came around to tell me I was crazy and disagreeing…I love the response!

Here is the topic worded in two ways:

Daily Prompt style –>The Tooth Fairy (or Easter Bunny, or Santa Claus . . .): a fun and harmless fiction, or a pointless justification for lying to children?

Matticus Kingdom style –>Is telling your children stories about the Tooth Fairy, Easter Bunny, and Santa Claus anImportant Part of Childhood/Growing Up or is it Not Important/Lying?

I’ve probably discussed this briefly before or at least I think I did.  *runs off to check past blogs* Okay, I was right..its right here! I’m not going to make you run to check it out unless you want to but I talked about it during my Christmas Marathon in the Polar Express review.

Here’s the excerpt from there:

P1200064Before that, I’d like to talk about the belief in Santa.  A child’s belief in Santa may be naive but it keeps that childhood happy spirit going.  It gives them hope and joy to find surprises.  Its magical how a little belief can make the little ones so happy.  Every year I watch my boyfriend’s niece and nephew open their presents.  When they were younger, they would have my boyfriend disguise as Santa Claus and play out the whole Santa Claus scene, now we just scurry them off into another room and have all the women make lots of noise to cover up while the guys move everything up and pretend that Santa visit. Its just amazing to see their faces light up when they walk into the living room and see a surprise pile of gifts for not only them but EVERYONE in the room.

So okay, maybe you can argue with me now and say, well, all the excitement is from the increased desire for gifts and thats why they look happy and amazed.  They get to open gifts and piles of them.  Which kid doesn’t want that? Its a dream come true, right?

Now, I want to talk about my mom.  I know you don’t care about my mom but hear me out.  My mom is one of those Chinese ladies whose been through a lot, just like a lot of other people.  At her age, she’s seen and learned from her past mistakes and experiences.  As I grew older, I started seeing my mom as being a very realistic person.  She doesn’t believe in fairy tales, the magic of Disney means nothing to her…life is about being happy but happiness is  in direct proportion with the amount of money we have.  Money may not equal happiness but it will equal comfort and being able to do most of the things one would like to do.  Its normal, I understand all that, even if I don’t really go by that with my life choices.  So you see, she is a very realistic woman.  But even though she knows its a bunch of baloney, she still brought me to see Santa every Christmas, even after I knew it wasn’t real either, she would still get me a little surprise something in the stocking hung on the fireplace.  I remember my eyes lighting up also because its the thought of surprising me and making me happy from my mom that made me feel amazing.  My mom actually did the whole thing with me: Easter had the local Easter egg hunts and chocolates, Hiding my tooth under my pillow and she’d actually save it in a jar and then put a dollar in its place.

seeing is believing

All these characters, Santa, Easter Bunny, Tooth Fairy are all just fun and harmless.  Its all about the power of belief, faith with a touch of imagination.   Every child should experience the naivety of being able to believe in innocent characters.  There is no harm if it brings a smile on their face, especially if it can be turned into another family event.  If I have kids in the future, I would do that also.  Let them learn to believe 🙂

What do you think? Is these characters harmless fun or just pointless lies? If you do write up a post, link back to DJ Matticus and help your team win and earn respect in The Matticus Kingdom 🙂 I have the link up there! But I put it here on his name also.  Of course, if you can link back to mine so I can read your entry if you’d like or leave me a comment.  Love to hear your thoughts!

Daily Prompt: First Light

Today’s Daily Prompt: Remember when you wrote down the first thought you had this morning? Great. Now write a post about it.

What happened? What time is it? Why are the lights on?

Those were my first thoughts this morning when I opened my eyes.  There was a hazy movement and as my eyes cleared up, I saw my cat’s big eyes starring at me and then she gives off a hungry meow.  Her tummy is making her want to wake me up in any way possible.  I reach for my cell phone at the night stand next to my bed to check the time.  My cell phone is also my alarm clock and its been so effective that I know that its not time for me to get up yet.  Still, I double check. 6:15am

I was right that it wasn’t time to get up yet.  And my cat shouldn’t be hungry but she is.  Her little feline body takes time to adjust to the daylight saving time swap from months ago.  Today its even earlier than usual. I put down my cellphone and look at the light thats still on and wonder why it is.  Last night my fatigue won the battle and put into deep slumber before I could do anything else.  Thinking about answering to my body, I decided to get some more rest before tackling today’s deadline.  I reached over and closed the lights then tried to go back to sleep.

After 5 minutes, it seemed to be impossible as my cat walked over and around and meowed and slapped and nipped.  Doing everything possible to try and get me to get out of bed and feed her before her normal breakfast time.  I opened my eyes again and rolled out of bed. Slowly moving towards my opened bedroom door.  My cat bolted right out the door with her little collar jingling loudly with her every movement.  She stopped at the top of the stairs and stared back at me.  When I reached the door, I looked back at her, closed the door and held it shut with a storage box and proceeded back to bed.  Without surprise, I fell right back to sleep for another 25 minutes until my alarm rang and it was time for my everyday routine to start…and it always begins with feeding time for my starving cat!

This is a response to the daily prompt and you can find the original post HERE!

Daily Prompt: Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

Today daily prompt: You need to make a major change in your life. Do you make it all at once, cold turkey style, or incrementally? 

Changes.  Its funny because my last post was just about something that came up.  Something that means change, to me its definitely a potential good change.  I am going to be vague for the fact that I really don’t want to jinx it.

Its also been something that’s been on my mind for the past while. I’ve been wanting to write a post about it but after about 5 different drafts and never actually finishing it, its come to this one where I find has the perfect timing.

So for the answer in the question, I usually like to do major changes in my life bit by bit.  I’m a person that worries a lot about everything so I think a lot about what needs to be done.  The more thinking and analysis I put in it, I start getting overwhelmed.  I always want to do things all at the same time. Make these changes straight out in one shot.  However, I’m always too slow to realize it and my wonderful boyfriend always is the one that wakes me up and over the years together, he has taught me that sometimes, I can (and should) take things step by step and with that, I can probably end up seeing  a clearer picture.  It won’t be 1,000 problems to solve at the same time but rather you know, 5 problems each time and eventually the path will light up.  It won’t just be a immense lump of chaos.  Chaos is the word for doing cold turkey major changes in my life.  I guarantee you that.  My mind just goes way off and my body responds with overload with actual random bawling.  I’m not a person that cries often, but put me in these seemingly dead end scenarios and man, I just burst out in tears in the most stupid situations.  I’m learning to admit these things and balance my emotions a bit more.  Its a long term project but so far, its been alright.

However, I have put a lot of thought into my life and my future.  What direction I should go with my career and whether a change is needed.  I have been doing this slowly but analyzing each possible option and right now, I’m happy that it is going in the right direction with online courses and piano exams.  There are opportunities out there and I’m ready to grasp it.

Over at Positive Outlooks, I saw a quote today:

If you feel like your ship is sinking, it might be a good time to throw out the stuff thats been weighing it down. Let go of people who bring you down, and surround yourself with those who bring out the best in you. — Unknown

I’ve written about the “let go of people who bring you down” part before (HERE).  However, friends are not the ones I need to change.  I know the friends that I keep by my side who are awesome and always there for me.  But that job and my future…some days, it seriously feels like my ship is sinking and its taken me a while to figure out what is weighing it down but I’m about 80% certain I know the reason now.  Let’s hope the new changes I’m opting to bring in is going to be the right choice but at the minimum, I know that I will possibly be happier with this decision.

So this sudden potential change that came up, could be my calling.  At least my boyfriend thinks its our push to step forward and see our situation in a clearer picture.  Maybe for once, with the help of my boyfriend, we can make a major change in our lives together cold turkey style.  🙂

How about you? How do you face changes?

P.S. If I rambled, I’m very sorry…my mind is still a bit flustered.  The whole thinking and analyzing is going at full pace in my head.

This is a late entry to the daily prompt.  However if you’d like to join, you can go HERE.  Better late than never, right? Or maybe you’d just like to check out the other awesome entries.

Daily Prompt: 1984

Daily prompt: You’re locked in a room with your greatest fear. Describe what’s in the room.

If  you’d like to participate in today’s daily prompt or see other entries, visit HERE.

I open my eyes cautiously and look around.  I try to contain my fear.There is nothing.  Its empty and completely pitch black.  The room is quiet and still.  I press my hands around the walls blindly looking for a light switch or a cord to pull open a lamp.  Anything that can bring a little brightness into the room. Knowing very well that I’m alone, I still hope to find someone that will be there, maybe on the ground unconscious or sleeping or…

In my mind, I try to calm down my rapidly nervous heart.  These thoughts don’t work.  The darkness mixes in with the loneliness and that churns up the fear of the unknown and the lack of security.  Nothing feels safe anymore.  How can there be anything to be safe when I can’t figure out what’s going to pop up next or what traps could be hidden in front of me.  Maybe its the end of the path right ahead.  Maybe something will pop out of the darkness. My mind starts imagining and wondering if there will be ghosts and monsters lurking about.

Every minute in this room feels like hours and every hour it feels like years of torture.  Dark, alone, lack of security all mix together to make this room the scariest place in the world.  Maybe the only way out is to close my eyes and emerge myself into my own world of colours and light and surrounded by the people who care. My escape!