Get you’re English right!

What did you immediately think when you read my blog title?

“Omg, not her too? Why can’t people write English properly?!”

Because that is how I feel all the time.

It constantly amazes me how many people, especially native English speakers, have this problem!

It’s mine. Not its mine.
It’s = contraction for ‘it is’
Its = possessive adjective – belongs to someone/something

It’s your dog. Not it’s you’re dog.
Your = possessive adj – belongs to you
You’re = contraction for ‘you are’

They’re playing with their dog over there.
They’re = contraction for ‘they are’
Their = possessive adj – belongs to them
There = place

So simple! One of the first things I learned in elementary school English!

The rules are so easy to learn and apply, it blows my mind every time I see an educated person consistently make these mistakes. In fact, it’s embarrassing! :S

Snorkeling at Flinders Reef

We left the house shortly after 5am with misty rain in our face and worry in our hearts that the sky would not clear up. Luckily, by the time we got to New Port Marina and on our catamaran, the sun was brightly shining with rainbows in the sky, woo hoo!

Sadly, I got pretty sea sick on the way out to the reef, which has never happened before – must always take Gravol! Learned my lesson the hard way 😦

Anyway, the water temperature was great around 25-26C and visibility was at least 25m, awesome! We got to see many fish – colourful and of all sizes. I remember seeing an angel fish bigger than my head, I didn’t even know they grow that big. And of course, we saw sea turtles, my favourite! I was really hoping to see sharks, but maybe next time πŸ™‚

Most of our pictures came out too blurry, but here are a few. Enjoy!

Puffer fish!

Getting his back cleaned πŸ™‚

Welcome and Thank You

Long overdue but nevertheless:

Welcome new readers and thank you!

Over the past weeks, I have started adding tags to my posts which surprisingly, has caused a huge increase in ‘stranger-traffic’ (visits from people I don’t know) to my blog. Many of you have ‘liked’ my posts and some of you have even subscribed to my blog… I feel so special!

So thank you so much for your time! And it’s also great because I get to visit many of your blogs as well. We have similar interests but I never would’ve discovered your blog if you hadn’t visited! ^_^

Have an awesome day!

Recent Cookings!

A few things I made these past few weeks – mostly healthy I think! πŸ˜›

Rice with garlic asparagus and lemon pepper chicken breasts stuffed with a whole bunch of stuff including chives and cream cheese

“Che” A cold, soupy dessert with lychee, jackfruit and nata de coco in sweet coconut milk

Rosemary, garlic and lemon grilled eggplant

Spring rolls! Yum yum!

Stuffed (beef, cheese, sweet chili, spices, etc) bell pepper and tomato with rice.

Blueberry yoghurt and banana cake topped with walnuts

Another Favourite Facial Product: BB Cream from Skin79

No, I’m most definitely not a beauty guru, but there are some things I like and want to share with you!

A few months ago, I talked about the Cure exfoliant – still one of my favs! (READ IT HERE)

Today I’d like to talk about BB cream, a product I’ve been using for almost a year now and love πŸ™‚

Taken from Wikipedia:

BB cream, also known as Blemish Balm, Blemish Base or Beblesh Balm, is a cosmetic item sold mainly in East and Southeast Asia, although larger beauty brands are increasingly introducing BB creams to Western markets as well. Originally formulated in Germany by dermatologist Dr. Christine Schrammek in the 1950s, the cream was initially used to protect skin after laser procedures and surgery, while also providing light coverage. Introduced to South Korea and Japan in the 1980s, BB cream has been named “the secret of Korean actresses” and has been heavily endorsed by Korean celebrities, which gained it large exposure in these Asian markets.

BB creams come in a variety of different formulations and qualities mainly perceived as being anti-inflammatory and having a soothing effect. As companies focused initially on the East Asian market, BB creams have a limited number of hues. Due to its “multi-tasking” all-in-one properties β€” moisturizer, primer, foundation, and sunblock β€” the cream became a hit in Asia, especially in South Korea, where BB creams make up 13% of the cosmetics market.

Leading Asian brands include Missha, The Face Shop, Etude House, Sulhwasoo, Skin Food, and Nature Republic.

Companies began in 2011 to launch BB creams in Western markets, namely Garnier and Dr. Jart, with others such as Dior and Clinique following suit in 2012. BB creams have been tailored for Western markets: for example, although whitening properties are a main selling point of BB creams in Asia, EstΓ©e Lauder is not including it in their formulation for North America.

Yes, it was through my interest in Korean culture that I came across BB cream and decided to give it a try. πŸ˜‰ Due to the huge variety and properties of BB creams available, most people tend to sample with a couple before they find one they like. Luckily for me, my first try was a gem.

I absolutely love Skin79’s Hot Pink Super Plus Beblesh Balm, seen here:

For comprehensive product info, you can visit their North American website HERE

With the humidity of Brisbane, this one is perfect for my skin. It is moisturizing but never greasy, provides light (but great) coverage and UV protection. I have long ditched the use of foundation and concealers – this does the trick for me! Of course, it doesn’t cover up those nasty pimples, but if it’s that bad to begin with, you shouldn’t be applying a bunch of stuff on it anyway!

With this on my face and a little bronzer and blush, I’m ready to go about my day – love it!

In colder weather (like when I’m back in Canada for the winter!) Skin79’s VIP Gold Super Plus Beblesh Balm is great. It is super moisturizing (which makes my face greasy in the summer), but perfect when my skin is naturally drier. Info on that one HERE.

So… if you’ve checked out the links, you can see that these can be quite pricey, around $45/bottle not including shipping. Definitely not worth buying from the North American website. There are many online stores and eBay sellers (mainly based out of Korea) who offer genuine Skin79 products I mentioned above (and more!) for around $15/bottle with delivery.

Don’t forget to check the authenticity if you buy these products online!

High quality, distinctive packaging with perforations allowing you to open up the box and read more detailed information inside in multiple languages.

There should be an authenticity certificated label on the container. You can see the shadow of the word “VOID” in the holographic sticker. If that sticker has been tampered with, the word “VOID” will be become non-holographic and very apparent.

If you’re looking for something new to try, I definitely suggest these! You can easily find samples or small tubes (5g) of most Skin79 products for very reasonable prices online if you don’t want to buy a regular sized container!

Photo #42: Lady in Red with Terrible Manners

April 10, 2012

While waiting at cash to pay for my groceries, that woman in red tried to push a cart through the cashier lane into the store. I happened to be looking at something else and didn’t notice her. Rather than say, “Excuse me (for pushing a cart through a lane I have no business being in)” she decided to make her presence known by repeatedly ramming me with the cart (albeit lightly). Are you serious?! Do you not have a mouth? Who hits someone with a cart to get them to move out of the way? Especially when you’re not supposed to be going that way to begin with? UGH, people can be so annoying!

Easter Holidays

One of the things I miss most about studying in Australia is missing out on the holiday-family-togethers 😦

Easter happens to be one of my favourite times because we always have turkey dinners – my ultimate satisfaction! Sadly, I missed out for the 2nd year in a row… but boy the food looked good! Dessert looked great too… my mom and sister’s bird nests looked really neat!

Photo credits to my brother, Andy Nguy

We always have 2 turkeys – my grandpa will cook one and my mom the other

My grandpa can always be found taking pictures and recording memories at such family events

Family members

Bird nests!

Coconut jelly dessert my mum made

My grandparents always have little gifts for the grandchildren. I’m missing out again! And the grandkids always make cards for our grandparents at all the festive gatherings.


I didn’t do much to celebrate, Mike’s parents are visiting and we just stayed in and watched TV together that day. And would you believe if I told you Australia doesn’t sell turkeys at grocery stores? How silly is that? Especially when they have turkeys running wild everywhere! Oh well, it wouldn’t have fit into my oven anyway…

Photo #40: Howdy Partner

April 8, 2012

Do you remember the Woody doll from Toy Story that had a drawstring? One of his phrases, “Howdy partner, my name is Woody!”

This is Greg’s (Mike’s dad) hat on one of our speakers πŸ˜›


Matt & Laura Visit Brisbane

Michael’s dear friends Matt and Laura were visiting Australia from Halifax and stopped in Brisbane this weekend!

It was great to meet them! They came over a little after we got back from our exam on Saturday which was perfect. The night ended with a delicious feast at Ahmets Turkish Restaurant in South Bank.

On Sunday, we had a nice brunch at Caffe Di Vita and a great time down at the Brisbane Powerhouse – good music and comedy! What an awesome atmosphere πŸ˜›

New Farm Park beside Brisbane Powerhouse

Live Spark at Brisbane Powerhouse with Big Strong Brute – they’re quite good, check out their music!

Michael’s fake smile

Late dinner, we made sushi!

Does that look good or what?!

The Laziness Shows

In the 2 weeks leading up to exam this past Saturday, couldn’t be bothered to cook! I did, however, find time to proscrastibake πŸ™‚

Walnut carrot mini cupcakes with cinnamon frosting

Yogurt jello parfait… nom nom nom!

Carb-y dinner

Study time = lazy food = chicken nachos = delicious!