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Monday, February 08, 2016

How to spend (and save) money in Canada

Living in Canada is quite expensive and with U.S. dollars being a bit on the high right now. Shopping in U.S. of A. is not a practical option. I found some tools to help me buy and yet save me some money at the same time.


One of my new discovery is Ebates. It is not new but this is the first time that I actually received a check so I can vouch for this site. Referring a friend is also a great way to earn some $$$. If Ebates is new to you, what happens is when you want to go online, go to first and check for the list of stores that are included in their rebates program. If one of that store is there, just clock on that store and you will be automatically connected to your chosen store and shop as you did except that you will get a certain percentage for that particular purchase. That extra step is really worth it especially if booking for trip or hotel as you can sometimes get more than $10 for one transaction. Interested? Click Here to get your own Ebates account and start saving.

My favourite online stores included in this rebate programs are:
- Chapters Indigo - mainly books but they offer toys, gift items and electronics
- Amazon
- Groupon
- Etsy
- Walmart
- Expedia name a few.


On some occasions, even with the CAD to US difference. Sites like Amazon USA still saves us more money than going to our local online store. Here comes Ebates USA with the same concept and an even better referral reward. You can also Click Here to make your own Ebates USA account through my referral link. I have yet to get my first check from this site. Will update once I do.


This site works similar to Ebates and sometimes I check which sites offers a better percentage. Some people do like to collect points on one site to cash them out faster. I noticed that this particular program do offer some U.S. and Canadian online stores. I will explore more on this and write a follow up in the future. Click Here to open a Great Canadian Rebate Account.


I love this app! This is available in both desktop and as iTunes app and the best thing is it is FREE! It is so easy to use and you can just put in the thing you are looking for in the search bar and it will show you which places is carrying them and if they are on sale. You can also add them to your list of favourites for easier reference.


This is another must have for your iPhone app. I scan this app before going to the grocery just to see if any of my to buy lists are here. I am almost at my target $. They only cash out per $20 of account balance. It never expires so it is still a win win situation. This is the app with the most items you can rebate but there are two more similar app that works this way: Zweet and Snap by Groupon.


I love saving through this website. I have done soap making and jewelry making using this site and both I am satisfied with the price and how the class was taught. I also tried a Japanese meal for two from this site and was blown away how bug the portions were when we did try to claim it. It was enough for 3-4 people. Did I also mention that you can use to get a rebate on your order for Groupon? What are you waiting for? Register for Groupon and start saving.


This is similar to Groupon and I tried an art class for 4 session for my daughter with this site and she loves it. The class was small and intimate and the instructors was really great with the kids. One of the items I bought here was the massage package which was an awesome deal as well at $38 for an hour massage or reflexology with 30 minutes facial. SocialShopper works similar to both Groupon and Living Social but I have yet to purchase a deal from them.


I love skimming their Top 20 deals and dreaming up my next vacation. So far I got a few hotel deals and dinner deals in here that is really worth more than what I pay for. The staffs that compiled the list really did their homework and made each purchase from here well worth it. I hope to find a good deal for travel that I can use in the near future.

If you have some tips for me that will help me save some more $$$. Please comment below. Thanks in Advance.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

PVZ Birthday for Kenzo's 6th Birthday

My son loves Plant vs Zombies for his party.

I was hoping he would change his mind as I am not ready to make a party looks like an extension of a Halloween party but he did not, and I had to do everything in a shorter time frame.

We started with the invites and decided on a cute and fun approach with zombie on it to fit the age range that we were going for, Kindergarteners.

With the invites done, we proceeded to go for the decors that will actually go with the party. It was easier as we had the colours of the invites to base on. I am happy with how we managed to make a theme that is supposed to be ghoulish look fun.

We started with banners that will be one of the main decor for the tables in the party. I got some fences from the local Daiso store here in Richmond, B.C.

We also decorated the utensils with a personalized napkin rings and coloured napkins to add a whimsical element to the food table.

Water bottles were also decorated to complement everything in the table.

Water Bottle Labels

Loot bags were next. Using the colour scheme and logo, I made each kid their own button which are also available here for purchase.

Personalized PVZ Button are available here

Snap pea crisp as part of the loot as it is related to the pea shooter in the PVZ game.

We also went ahead and made some sweet cups for the kids to enjoy.

The party venue got some packages you can add to your event. We decided on the popcorn and cotton candies.


As for the entertainment, a bouncy castle, some toy cars and a giant blocks kept them occupied.

Soon, it was time to do the traditional candle blowing...

* Ice Cream Slab Cake from Marble Slab Creamery

* Kenzo's Little Friends from Kindergarten

* Wishing time

Kindergartener Families that spent the day with us...

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to our Little Baby

...Love, Daddy, Mommy and Kimi

Sunday, December 06, 2015

Kouri Flute Academy Guitar Recital 2015

Kimi started taking up guitar lessons in Kouri Flute Academy starting September. It is a weekly thing that lasts for 30 minutes.

Fast forward to a few months of lessons, we were asked if we were interested for her to join the recital.

I haven't seen her during practice but I know for certain that this is an opportunity for her to get past her fears of playing onstage so I said yes.

Here is a snippet of what happened during the day of the recital.

She gets to play two piece.
Not perfect,but so proud of her for being calm and finishing both pieces.

* Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

...and because it was almost Christmas,

* Jolly Saint old Nicholas

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Kour Flute Academy
Burnaby, B.C.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Funtopia for Kimi's 8th Birthday

Time sure does flies and I am so surprised that my little girl is now 8!

It was a simple party and we opted for the no fuss, yet fun way to celebrate.

There is a new place in Surrey that offers just that.

Funtopia is a place wherein kids can climb wall and pretend to be Spiderman for a day.

We round up our favourite gang and a party is on!

* Kimi is on top of her game
Photo courtesy of Charlie Ng

* BFF since they are toddlers

There are a play area after the climbing and it also is a place where the younger ones can enjoy...

A place for the dads to sit and hang around...

...while the mom had an opportunity for our traditional picture

And what birthday will be complete without the cake and food?

A picture of the kids...

..and the kids at heart

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Surrey, Canada


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