Daily Post Challenge – Close Up



Attacked by monkeys! Well, not really. This close up of the monkey was taken at African Lion Safari. This is the closest you can get to safari animals in a city full of skyscrapers.

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Summer in British Columbia

I try to go to BC every year to visit my dad. This year was no exception except…he wasn’t in town! What was supposed to be a visit with my dad turned into a discovery of BC for me.

I have been to Vancouver many times and have been to most of the tourist destinations. Where are the tourist destinations? Whistler, Capilano, Grandville Island, Grouse Moutain, Robson St., Richmond Night Market, Canada Place, Stanley Park, Vancouver Aquarium, the list goes on and on and on.

(Capilano Bridge)

(Richmond night market)

(Whistler)

(Stanley Park)

After so many times in Vancouver…it gets a little tired. So we decided to head to Ucluelet/Tofino.

The Pacific Rim is amazing! We saw whales, deers, bald eagles and plenty of sea creatures. There are so many things to do at the Pacific Rim National Park that you can spend hours just exploring.

(Whale watching)

(Star fish)

(Sea anemone)

(Exploring in the rain forest trail)

(Dead jellyfish)

(Long beach)

Nature really knows how to create beautiful things for us to enjoy. No matter how grand or tall manmade skyscrapers are back home, nothing can wow me more than the tree that has been growing for 800 years. The beauty of nature always wins.

Where do you go to find your zen?

Cottaging in Haliburton

This past weekend I went to a cottage in Haliburton. And boy, did I find myself to be a rookie!

First of all, we booked a place where you are not allowed to flush toilet paper down the toilet because of the septic tank. I was not happy with the situation but no one else spoke up about it but me. So we went on and booked the place.

Since we went last weekend, it was still cool and bug season was not over. Upon arrival, we were greeted by a swarm of mosquitos. We were definitely fresh blood for them.  We all ran into the cottage and no one wanted to venture back to the car to retrieve the rest of our luggage.

After we got the mosquito repellant from the luggage, we went around the premise to explore. We all sat by the dock and dipped our feet in the water. We were enjoying the sun and the picturesque scenary, until I spotted a gigantic spider! I jumped and no one believed the size of the spider I was describing…until I found it again and pointed it out. We all ran back into the cabin! Yes, this is the point when I realized how urban I am. I’m a city girl. We eventually went back out again. But took us an hour to go back out.

Then when I got back to work, I was telling a coworker who have been cottaging all her life, the stories about the mosquitos. She made a joke and said ‘Stop eating bananas’. I asked seriously if they attract mosquitos. She said it is a know fact! Well…clearly we didn’t! My sister in law purposely brought bananas to make milkshakes for us because they made a really spicy jerky chicken. We all drank one!

All in all, it was a great weekend. I would definitely do it again…perhaps minus the bugs, insects and perhaps a toilet that will let you flush toilet paper down. But I will do it all over again. How can I not? Look at the scenary?! It is like out of a magazine!

Fail – natural remedy to unclog sink

Our kitchen sink gurgles for no reason and it is loud. Sometimes the water won’t drain either.I’ve asked my husband to fix it but he is a typical guy who says yes but puts it off.

So I took matters into my own hands in hopes to search for a cheap and natural solution. I read many posts and I keep seeing baking soda with vinegar. Easy enough so I tried it.

#1. Pour hot water in the sink

#2. Pour 1/2 cup of baking soda down the drain.

#3. Pour 1 cup vinegar down the drain. (I added lemon to it to kill the bateria)

#4. Plug the sink to let the chemical reaction do its thing.

#5. After 5-10 minutes, pour hot water down the drain.

Tada! Nope, no tada. Gurgling still there.

We then tried Draino and still didn’t work. So now we are out of options except calling a plumber. Not sure why the drain is clogged. Anyone?

DIY Sharpies dishware

I saw all these ornate Sharpie cups on Pinterest recently and thought how hard can it be? And would the Sharpie wash off? The answer is it isn’t hard and it will stay if you handwash them.

Project difficulty: 3

Start off with a plate (or whatever you desire to make). I got this Dollarstore plate for $2.50 CAD. And oil based Sharpie. I read quite a few blogs and they all say to use oil based.

Then start your design. If you make a mistake, you can use alcohol to whip off the Sharpie. I used nail polish remover and it worked.

Once you are done with your design, let the paint set overnight. Then put it in the oven at 350 F and leave it in for about 30 minutes.

I made a mistake of taking it out of the oven right after when it was done baking. The oven glove smudged the paint off as the paint has not set. I was lucky I was able to fix the smudges. And there you have it, your own decorative plate.

A day out exploring 

The weather yesterday was amazing for a hike…or two. We drove to the Hamilton, ON area and found two great waterfalls.

The first one was Boundary Fall. It was small but still beautiful.

We walked for a good hour saw tons of amazing breath taking scenaries.

The second hike we went on brought us to the Albion Falls. It was so much fun climbing on the rocks and seeing the falls up close and personal.

After a full day of hiking and exploring Hamilton, we decided to drive by The Docks (just recently closed its doors) in downtown Toronto. It is always nice to visit places you already live in. We are so busy with our lives and don’t always look at what is aroud us.

Shiny boots with coconut oil

Bought a jar of coconut oil last week. I made a coffee scrub with it and it is the best scrub I have yet tried. 

I read somewhere that you can use coconut oil to shine your boots. Since I have a giant tub of coconut oil…why not! 



All you need is a little coconut oil and a paper towel. Make sure the shoes are already cleaned. I had to clean all the winter salt off before rubbing in the oil.

Then rub away. 



Here’s the difference. 



Left = coconut oil 

Right = untreated

Not too bad right? What else can I do with coconut oil?