Category Archives: Lifestyle

Love & Inspiration From the Geriatric Wing

While at the ER tonight with my elderly godparents, I couldn’t help but admire their zest for life, love (of the unspoken kind, actions not words) and principals, despite my godfather experiencing heart failure, fluid in his lungs and swelling from torso to toes. His role was ever the traditional protector and provider and he […]

A Word or Two on Gratitude Can Make A Difference

  A tool of positive transformation can be found in gratitude. I used to just reflect, think, react and act on appreciation. However, nothing I find, is as potent as the visual form. It’s been a long while since I’ve kept a diary, this year I’ve returned to writing down my appreciative thoughts in a […]

Being Present is a Beautiful Gift

Taking the fundamentals of yoga outside the classroom, I stopped and smelled these beautiful spring blooms while on a recent weekend jaunt around the harbour. I’m glad I did. It was a nice contrast to the usual errand filled routine. Relaxed and more mindful than usual, it allowed me to realign my goals and plans […]

Seattle’s International District: Shopping Under One Roof

For those who like a one-stop-shop experience, the Uwajimaya Village is a centralized shopping centre offering everything from produce and fresh pastries to beauty and electronic items sourced from various parts of Asia, with a majority produced in Japan. The market stocks competitively priced (to those of the prices in Vancouver, BC) products imported from all […]

Seattle’s International District: The Best Roll Here

Deep in the bowels of Seattle’s International District on South Jackson Street, amidst one of many Asian strip malls, I discovered the Tamarind Tree. It’s a Vietnamese restaurant that locals recommend and frequent, as evident with lineups at 1:30pm on a Saturday afternoon. I order the standard from every Vietnamese menu, spring rolls and some […]

Thank You: Part of a Balanced Lifestyle

Giving thanks to the harvest is what we typically do around this time year, October for Canadians, November for Americans. Why wait to the holidays to start appreciating what you have today and each day? Studies show that gratitude can increase happiness by  25% according to http://psychcentral.com, a great reason to make appreciation part of […]

Home Style Finds on a Vintage Walk

Need a little home decor inspiration? If you’re tired of driving from one box furniture store to another, why not take a stroll down a vintage neighbourhood to find ideas and unique pieces that will reflect your personal style and character? Take New Westminster’s Antique Alley, it’s a nice little stroll with a number of […]

This One’s for the Champions: Caring for the Caregivers

Being a caregiver is a privilege and challenge. Usually, by way of natural selection in most groups of families or friends its due to your record of relative reliability, strong emotional quotient and innate sense of responsibility. This world could not go around without the caregivers in the world and I applaud all of you […]

Commuting in America: 3 Airports 3 Eateries

We’re fabulously fortunate in North America. Despite streamlining of airline services, we ‘re seeing a lot more reasonably priced, yet slightly more sophisticated, dining options than the usual fast food fair in airport terminals. For example, Bellingham’s renovated airport surprises frequent flyers with its fresh breakfast lineup from a local trendy restaurant group, check out […]

This Milkshake Brings Everyone to Samovar’s Yard

If it doesn’t, it should. For the price of a dessert, their green tea matcha milkshake is the best I have had anywhere, outside of Japan. Pair that with one of Samovar’s snack items or sandwiches while overlooking the beautiful greenery on the terrace and you’ve got yourself the ultimate Samovar experience. The juicy duck […]