Welcoming Autumn with Mid autumn Festival :)

Nothing much happened this past week but nothing did feel quite right either.  Maybe its the fatigue from the long driving back from the previous weekend away or maybe its just the things at work that aren’t really going my way, I don’t know the reason but it definitely felt so exhausting.  Somehow blogging was one of the few joys I had other than watching a bunch of movies and reviewing them (also blog-related).

What was I up to this week, you ask?

First of all, in Chinese tradition according to the lunar calender, on Thursday was our Mid-Autumn Festival, also called Moon Festival 🙂 My boyfriend’s graveyard shift also meant that I would be passing it pretty much alone as he slept through the evening before work.  I’m okay with that, not complaining. Work is work, right? This gave me time to head out and take some pictures of the beautiful full moon.  I don’t have those kick ass lenses for my DSLR yet so thats the best zoom I have. Still, I’d say, it was a nice night to sit outside and admire the moon.

Full moon on Sept 19 :)

Full moon on Sept 19 🙂

After that I came back in to eat some moon cakes.  My mom bought me two before she left for her Europe trip.

Moon Cake Maxim

Traditional Moon cake: Lotus Seed paste with two yolks

The inside of the moon cake

The inside of the Traditional moon cake

Five Nuts Moon Cake

Five Nuts Moon Cake

Inside of Five Nuts moon cake

Inside of Five Nuts moon cake

Honestly, I’m not a huge fan of the second time.  I’m more old-fashioned and like the traditional ones, although I prefer the ones with one yolk 🙂 Have you eaten moon cakes before? They also have one type which is modernized called snowy moon cakes.  I plan on making those one day, along with testing out how to make some moon cake cupcakes.  What do you think?

My mom’s friend also came by and dropped off some moon cakes which resembles snowy moon cakes that she made and they look adorable.


When Friday came by, I was relieved when the day ended and enjoyed a nice meal with some delicious rose wine.

Gallo White Zinfandel :)

Gallo White Zinfandel 🙂

While I was watching lots of movies on the previous weekend, I ended up binge watching and finishing the Season 1 of Under the Dome!

under the dome poster

Have you seen Under the Dome? Do you like it? Its totally awesome! 🙂

I’m asking all of you that need skincare! This week’s huge expense was in a matter of 10 minutes.  I’ve been on the low of taking selfies because my skin is flipping out on me so I had to talk to the beauty skincare specialist to suggest what to do which ended up in a 10 minute chat that cost me $120.  *faints*


Those two little bottles…ugh! Lets hope it works, so far it seems to be on the right track 🙂

Today was supposed to be apple picking day but we’ve been having crazy winds so I’m typing this after my baked goods just got out of oven! That recipe will go up on Monday morning :).

This week’s music obsession is from a very awesome local band called Perfect Sideline.  Hope you enjoy!

Its partially in French but its really good and I love the beat!

For some nice Pinterest combination since I didn’t get a post up yesterday! I would love these two baked goods!

How can I leave out cute animal pictures, right?

I can’t believe that Halloween is just coming up in a bit over a month.  My boyfriend’s sister already told us the two possible themes for the party and now its brainstorming on what to do. Some of you know already that I went as Alice last year from Resident Evil: Apocalyse.  I would’ve preferred the 4th or 5th but that getup was a lot harder to find the stuff for.  Any of you having some Halloween parties this year?

On the note of Halloween, I’m drafting up my list of movies for the Halloween marathon.  Originally, I wanted to do a full slasher month, but I figured I’d go crazy after it so I’m going to do a movie of the 6 Halloween movies and then continue on with some horror thrillers.  It’ll be a month of very limited sleep once that second part starts, but hey, it might just be fun 🙂 Plus, I also have jotted down some baked goods with Halloween themes and can’t wait to test them out.  Last year was Glow in the Dark cupcakes and they were a massive hit 🙂

Lots of planning coming along.  The weekend away really recharged my energy for writing so I’m happy to be right back on track! I have a few festivals I want to visit also. October will be a busy month, but first, lets get September over with first, right?

Have a great weekend! I’m back to my chores and making some dinner 🙂

Weekly Photo Challenge: Culture

Culture is such a broad term.  It does open up so many possibilities.

I was going to post about Montreal Canadiens or hockey culture here because our slogan for the team is “The City Is Hockey”.  Seeing as no one close to me is a hockey fan anymore and I mean a die hard hockey fan, its tough to find shots to take. Maybe I will showcase that on another post later on when I head over to walk around downtown.

Moving on, I’m most familiar with the Chinese culture because I’m emerged in it a lot of the times.  There are so many angles I could take with this. Dragonboat would’ve been in the sport culture angle.  There would be the cultural aspect of traditions and festivals. Today, I’m going to showcase some Chinese food culture.  You all know how much I love food and maybe I’ve talked about these specialties before but still, I like that concept for this challenge.

For breakfast and when we are sick, congee is the way to go!



For lunch, we have dimsum:

Fried Seafood Egg Rolls

Fried Seafood Egg Rolls

BBQ Pork Buns

BBQ Pork Buns

Steamed Dumplings

Steamed Dumplings

And sometimes for lunch, we have nice soup with noodles with delicious fish balls and Chinese radish 🙂

Noodles with Soup

Noodles with Soup

For dinner, we can have hot pot/Chinese fondue to warm us up in cold weather:

Chinese fondue

Chinese fondue

Or we can rice any time of day, whether its steamed or sticky rice (my absolute fave) especially with Chinese sausages 🙂



For dessert, we have sweet soup

Sweet Almond Soup with Gingko

Sweet Almond Soup with Gingko and Glutinous Rice Balls

One of the most popular (at least in my household) is sweet potato soup

Sweet potato soup

Sweet potato soup

These ones are especially awesome because its with purple sweet potatoes.  These taste absolutely delicious 🙂

During Mid-Autumn Festival, we have dessert of Moon Cakes. These are made with lotus paste and usually have eggs inside.

Moon Cake

Moon Cake

If you haven’t noticed, whats dessert without some form of glutinous rice in it, right? So I’m going to add on Glutinous rolls.  These ones have mango in them but they were quite good 🙂 Plus, they are covered in coconut shreds!

Glutinous rolls

Glutinous rolls

I love looking at culture when I travel but as much as its extremely fun to look at other cultures and learning about them, being born in Canada makes me feel sometimes there is still so much I haven’t learned about my own origins. It makes it just as exciting of a journey whenever I try something new or see something different related to my own roots 🙂

This is my response to Weekly Photo Challenge: Culture! Have a (deliciously) wonderful Thursday 😉

Weekly Photo Challenge: Hope

Hope is something we have to have the courage to face another day, to face new challenges as we wish for better days ahead or a better turn in events in our lives.  We have hope for continuous growth in living things (humans, plants, animals) during hard time.  We hope for a better future, better fortune, happiness, luck, health, etc.  We hope to have little occurrences that brighten our day.

Chinese New Year just passed.  Today is the 7th day of the Lunar New Year and its supposedly the day that we celebrate everyone’s birthday.  For Chinese New Year, our houses are all decorated with proverbs that wish for better things in the new year.  All the flowers we choose is a symbol of some sort of blessing or hope or wish for the new year.  The food we prepare also has significant meaning as well in hopes for having a more prosperous new year.

Here are a few examples:

This is an example of proverb that we hang around the house.

This one sends us hopes for a new year of happiness and achieving what our heart desires.

The flowers we choose to decorate our house is also those that bring on nice symbols of hopes for a better year.

We use lilies a lot to symbolize happiness/harmony in relationships.

Below we have the “string of gold” that I talked about last week.  Of course, this one symbolizes hopes for prosperity and fortune in the new year.

Being Chinese, the Lunar New Year has significant meanings other than simply the feast.  It brings in new hopes for the New Year.  Hopes for a better career, better health and most importantly, much more happy moments to come in the future.