Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Disney-Pixar Cars 3 Screening Giveaway (Vancouver, BC)

Disney-Pixar Cars 3 in Theatres June 16, 2017If you are a Disney Cars fan like me, you won't want to miss the upcoming featured film, CARS 3, coming to theatres this June of 2017!

Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers, the legendary Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson) is suddenly pushed out of the sport he loves. To get back in the game, he will need the help of an eager young race technician, Cruz Ramirez (voice of Cristela Alonzo), with her own plan to win, plus inspiration from the late Fabulous Hudson Hornet and a few unexpected turns. Proving that #95 isn’t through yet will test the heart of a champion on Piston Cup Racing’s biggest stage!

Directed by Brian Fee (storyboard artist “Cars,” “Cars 2“), produced by Kevin Reher (“A Bug’s Life,” “La Luna” short) and co-produced by Andrea Warren (“LAVA” short), “Cars 3” cruises into theatres on June 16, 2017.

When they say your time is up, it’s time to make your move. Watch the new trailer for Cars 3.
"Rivalry" Official Trailer


Thanks to our sponsor "Walt Disney Studios Canada", ONE (1) lucky winner (Canada only) will receive a family of 4 passes for the advanced screening in Vancouver area on Wednesday, June 14th! You must be able to attend if you win the prize.

Screening information:
Wednesday, June 14
Scotiabank Theatre, Vancouver (map)
7:00 PM

Winner will receive an e-pass and must present at guest services where their name will be checked off a list. Contest is open to Canadian residents only, 18+. Contest ends June 12th, 2017 at 12am PST. One entrant per household. Void where prohibited by law.  Enter to win using the form below. Good luck!

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Can You Die from Too Much Caffeine?

Too much caffeine caused the death of a 16-year-old high school student from South Carolina who collapsed during class last month, according to the county coroner. Davis Allen Cripe died from a caffeine-induced cardiac event causing a probable arrhythmia. During an arrhythmia, or abnormal heart rhythm, the heart may not be able to pump enough blood to the body, and lack of blood flow affects the brain, heart and other organs. The teen consumed three caffeine-laced drinks -- a cafe latte, large Diet Mountain Dew and an energy drink -- in a two-hour period before collapsing in his classroom at Spring Hill High School on April 26, Watts said. (Source: CNN) So where does this tragic news leave adult java lovers?

How much caffeine can I drink a day?

"Most people can safely take in about 400 milligrams of caffeine daily or about 4 cups of coffee," says Dr. Christopher Calapai D.O., a New York City Osteopathic Physician board certified in family and anti-aging medicine. He adds that, “the limit varies from person to person.” It’s difficult to assign an exact amount for everyone because people can have different sensitivities or reactions to caffeine based on age, medical history, and tolerance. However, there is enough research available to make a recommendation based on an individual’s weight.

To keep it safe, health experts recommend a maximum daily dose of 400 mg. To see what this means for you, check out the caffeine in some of these common drinks:

Starbucks Coffee (16 fl oz): 320 mg caffeine

5-hour energy (1.93 fl oz): 207 mg caffeine

Dunkin Donuts regular (16 fl oz): 203 mg caffeine

Starbucks Latte (16 fl oz): 150 mg caffeine

Coffee, brewed (8 fl oz): 133 mg caffeine

Red Bull Energy Shot (2 fl oz): 80 mg caffeine

Red Bull (8 fl oz): 80 mg caffeine

Tea (8 fl oz): 53 mg caffeine

But how, exactly, can the world's most popular drug kill?

Like other stimulants, caffeine raises blood pressure, boosts heart rate and temporarily shrinks blood vessels. Dr. Calapai explains that, “In excess, the effects can be deadly by causing a heart attack, stroke or other cardio-vascular-related problem. Researchers think daily caffeine intake can increase the risk of coronary heart disease, but the results so far have been inconclusive.”

It’s also important to realize that medical conditions can affect sensitivity to caffeine. “If you have anxiety, panic disorder, heart arrhythmia, high blood pressure, diabetes, take medication or have any sort of medical condition, then you may tolerate less caffeine and should speak to a doctor,” says Dr. Calapai.

There are “caffeine overdose symptoms” that are important to watch for. These include:

• Jitters, Restlessness, and Nervousness
• Increased heartbeat
• Nausea
• Anxiety
• Heart palpitations (cardiac arrhythmia)
• Insomnia
• Sweating
• Dizziness
• Vomiting
• Cardiac arrest

Dr. Christopher Calapai, D.O. is an Osteopathic Physician board certified in family medicine, and anti-aging medicine. Proclaimed as the "The Stem Cell Guru" by the New York Daily News, Dr. Calapai is a leader in the field of stem cell therapy in the U.S. His stem cell treatments have achieved remarkable results in clinical trials on patients with conditions as varied as Alzheimer's, arthritis, erectile dysfunction, frailty syndrome, heart, kidney and liver failure, lupus, MS and Parkinson's. He has worked with Mike Tyson, Mickey Rourke, Steven Seagal, and Fox series Gotham's, Donal Logue; he was a medical consultant for the New York Rangers. Connect with him via twitter @drcalapai or at www.drcal.net

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

New Styles of Eyeglasses {Review}

It has been a long time since I've updated/upgraded my eyeglasses. Earlier last month, I had an appointment to see the eye specialist referred by my doctor. I needed to get a new prescription as well as follow up from a freak accident in my right eye I had few years back that involved my son when he was a toddler.

Here's the story: What happened back then was that we were out at my parent's place for dinner. When it was time to leave, I got ready and helped my then toddler put on his shoes. Kids were figety at that age, but I never thought about the worst. So as I put on his shoes, my son accidentally flicked his toy (not sure if it was a die-cast car or something else) across my face and right into my right eye. It was so painful that it was unbearable. I was tearing up and I was crying. I wasn't able to open my eye because of the excruciating pain. I couldn't drive home as I couldn't see. My sister and her husband helped. Her husband drove my car for me back to my house while my sister drove her car so she can drive her husband back to their home. I was later sent to the hospital emergency because it was a serious matter. Doctor said that the surface layer is ripped out. I was shocked! My eyesight is never the same since. Every now and then I see circles (like donut rings) from glares from my right eye.


I ordered my choice of eyeglasses online from glassesshop.com. I received exactly what I ordered with the info that I provided them. For the days that I don't wear my prescription contact lens, I decided to go with prescription sunglasses. This pair I chose (called Humphrey Rectangle Clip-on) comes with a pair of removable polarized magnetic clip-on and I find it convenient.

I like how the website has a feature where I can virtually "try on" the glasses that I want and see how it looks on me. 

It feels durable, adjustable, and looks great. It's perfect. I'd say it's pretty good quality for such a great price (compared to buying in person at a local optical store). Overall, I am very happy with these glasses.

SPECIAL OFFER: Thanks to GlassesShop.com, they are offering my readers 50% off on all eyeglasses and sunglasses with free lenses (sale frames excluded). Use code GSHOT50 at checkout.

Disclosure: I received the above mentioned products for free in exchange of my honest review. Any expressed opinions are my own and personal thoughts. No other compensation was given.

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

A Ship in the Toronto Harbour Had Been Overtaken by Deadly Ghost Sailors

In celebration of the upcoming film, “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” a ship in Toronto’s Harbour was taken over by deadly ghost sailors!

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is in theatres May 26 in 3D, RealD 3D and IMAX 3D.

The dead have taken command in Lake Ontario...

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Photo of the Day: Glamour Photoshoot

Model Photoshoot

My Flickr Album
500px Gallery
My Facebook Page
National Geographic

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Photo of the Day: Portrait

Model PhotoshootHad a fun photoshoot session with Elaine. I'm loving the background as well as the colour of her dress.

My Flickr Album
500px Gallery
My Facebook Page
National Geographic

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Recipe: Chinese Style Egg Tarts

I had been craving for egg tarts and was going to buy some at the Asian supermarket near my home. I saw that it wasn't on sale and felt that it was too expensive and decided not to buy them. It costed $6.99 for half a dozen. Then I remembered I had a recipe that one of the seniors at the Community Center gave me. I decided to try homemade tarts instead and it only costed me just less than $0.20 each.

Recipe: Chinese Style Egg Tarts
(makes about a dozen)

Recipe: Chinese Style Egg Tarts


3 large eggs
1/4 cup water
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup milk
frozen mini tart shells


1. Preheat over to 375F
2. Melt sugar with the warm water and let cool down.
3. Beat the eggs.
4. Add the eggs into sugar and water mixture.

Recipe: Chinese Style Egg Tarts

5. Add milk into the mixture and stir until smooth and creamy.

Recipe: Chinese Style Egg Tarts

6. Pour the creamy custard mixture over the sifter to separate the clumps in a separate container.
7. Pour the custard into the tart shells.

Recipe: Chinese Style Egg Tarts

8. Bake for about 25 minutes.

Recipe: Chinese Style Egg Tarts

OK, first time I made it was a little bit lumpy (due to the egg whites). Then a friend recommended me to try putting the mixture through a sifter to remove any clumping. That's a good tip.

More tips: To make sure it is cooked through, put a toothpick in the custard and it shouldn't fall over. If it is still "jiggly", bake it for another 5 minutes at a lower temperature to prevent the sides from burning.

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Dip In & Let the Good Times Roll: Litehouse Dips {Review}

Spring is here and summer is coming, which means the fun, but often exhausting season of day trips, barbeques, parties and entertaining is upon us. Enjoy the festivities, friends, food (and hopefully warmer weather) and spend less time on meal prep with Litehouse Dips, the delicious and convenient dips that pair perfectly with chips, veggies and more!

Here are some of my favourite dips.

Dilly of A Dip: This dip is a blend of sour cream, real dill and spices and is excellent as a veggie or chip dip, and also a great addition to grilled salmon.

Avocado Dip: This thick and creamy dip is the perfect blend of real avocado, sour cream, lime juice, spices and a little kick from chopped jalapenos. It’s great for chips, a natural complement to Mexican food, and a tasty spread on a BLT instead of mayo.

I really like the avocado dip as it is very flavourful. It's great as a spread on any sandwich or even just on toast.

Homestyle Ranch Dip: Just the right mix of sour cream, buttermilk, garlic and onion, this dip is delicious on its own, adding a savory kick to your chips, veggies and wings, or as an ingredient, like in this crowd-pleasing baked ranch potato salad recipe.


The ranch dip is so good on pizza!

WHERE TO BUY: Litehouse Dips can be found in the refrigerated deli section at grocery stores. Please let me know if you’d like me to send you some dips. Litehouse Foods has the best dips and seasonings.

Disclosure: I received the above mentioned products in exchange of my honest review. Any expressed opinions are my own and personal thoughts. No other compensation was given.

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

WONDER WOMAN – Rise of the Warrior [Official Final Trailer]

Wonder Woman: Rise of the Warrior

From Warner Bros. Pictures and DC Entertainment comes the epic action adventure starring Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen and Robin Wright, directed by Patty Jenkins.

Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers…and her true destiny.

Wonder Woman is in theaters June 2, 2017.

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Friday, May 5, 2017

Allison Pierce "Year of the Rabbit" - New Album Out Now

Singer-Songwriter Teams with Producer Ethan Johns for Solo Debut Album
Year of the Rabbit out May 5, 2017 (Sony Music Masterworks)
US Tour Dates Confirmed

"This album feels like the most important creative outpouring of my life so far," says songwriter Allison Pierce, who is launching the second half of her distinguished career by teaming with producer Ethan Johns (Ryan Adams, Ray LaMontagne, Paul McCartney). "It feels like the most genuine expression of who I am, musically and personally."

Year of the Rabbit (May 5, Sony Music Masterworks) marks Allison Pierce’s first album as a solo artist, following two decades with her sister in the acclaimed duo, The Pierces. Recorded in analog straight to magnetic tape, the album was mostly performed by Allison and Ethan at Hollywood recording mecca Sunset Sound (much in the same spirit as Johns produced Ray LaMontagne’s debut LP, Trouble). The only outside contributors were Gabe Witcher, who supplied fiddle on two tracks, and Greg Leisz, who played pedal steel on another.

"Over the years, I’d write these songs knowing they weren’t Pierces songs, and I collected them in anticipation of the day when I could record them myself," says Pierce. "I'd envisioned the whole thing, so I was ready, and waiting patiently for the opportunity to make it."

Listen to the first single "Evidence" here on Spotify. "Any good story has a villain, and the more epic the story, the more epic the villain—it makes the story complete," says Allison, on her retelling of the Original Sin.

"It was intense," Allison says of the experience, "because Ethan is trying to capture something that’s really intimate, and the more vulnerable, the better. Sometimes I’d feel like a take wasn’t my best musical performance, but Ethan would say, "No, no, no, this is the magic.’ He hears something that’s special, something that would appeal to the emotions of the listener."

As for the album title? In Chinese astrology, rabbit is the symbol for hope. For Pierce, it also means transformation. “The rabbit in Alice in Wonderland was what took her from her mundane world into the spiritual and mystical realm, where she was transformed.”

Sony Music Masterworks comprises Masterworks, Sony Classical, OKeh, Portrait and Masterworks Broadway. For email updates and information please visit www.sonymusicmasterworks.com.

Track listing

1. Fool Him
2. Evidence
3. Follow You Down
4. Never Coming Back
5. Sea of Love
6. Drink One for You
7. I Can See for Miles
8. To the Grave
9. It Is Well With My Soul
10. A Kiss Before You Go
11. Bed of Nails
12. Peace Like River

TWITTER (@allisonpierce)

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Recipe: Cinco de Mayo!

HAPPY CINCO DE MAYO! As another hot summer approaches, here are some refreshing no-heat meals, courtesy of StarKist. Try it! 

Caribbean Tuna Salad

· Prep Time: 10 minutes
· Recipe Yield: 8

Caribbean Tuna Salad


2 (5 oz.) Cans - Solid White Albacore Tuna in Water, (or NEW Low Sodium Solid White Albacore Tuna) drained
21⁄2 Tbsp. light mayonnaise
2 tsp. chopped chipotle pepper in adobo sauce
1⁄4 cup chopped jicama
1 mango (1⁄2 diced for salad and 1⁄2 sliced for garnish)
4 avocados, halved
Cilantro and lime juice to taste
Leaf lettuce, if desired


1) In a medium bowl mix mayonnaise and chipotle pepper well. Add tuna, jicama and diced mango and mix well.
2) Cut avocados in half and remove seed. Hollow out slightly if needed.
3) place tuna salad in avocado half and sprinkle with a little fresh lime juice and chopped cilantro.
4) Place on lettuce-lined plate with mango slices as a garnish.

Simple and Spicy Tuna Taco

· Prep Time: 5 minutes
· Recipe Yield: 2

Simple and Spicy Tuna Taco


2 pouches (2.6 oz.) StarKist Tuna Creations® BOLD Jalapeno
4 corn tortilla shells
1⁄2 cup shredded lettuce
1⁄4 cup diced tomato
1⁄4 cup Monterey Jack cheese, finely shredded


1) Place tortilla shells on plate. Distribute tuna over the shell.
2) Top with lettuce and tomato and cheese as desired.
3) Garnish with avocado and cilantro as desired

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Make Mom Feel Like a Big Deal with BETA5's Gorgeous Mother's Day Offerings

Bright, beautiful and totally irresistible, BETA5 Chocolates' pays tribute to mom with their salute to spring. April showers give way to BETA5's thoughtfully crafted pastel florals in the Mother's Day Collection that features flavours of Strawberry-Basil, Rhubarb-Oatmeal and Sparkling Mimosa Praline.

As much as mom says she appreciates those handmade gifts, she'd happily trade in that painted rock for an elegant Bowl of Strawberries. This hand-painted chocolate bowl filled with strawberry marshmallow kisses and topped with six chocolate strawberries that are each filled with a strawberry-almond praline.

The BETA5 team also has some great advice on becoming mom's favourite child. Croissants. These irresistible flakey, buttery and flavourful treats will be available in three flavours at BETA5's Industrial Avenue location for a very limited time over Mother's Day weekend. Get in line early to enjoy - Rhubarb Crumble and Classic Butter Croissant, Pain Au Chocolat and Decadent Cinnamon-Walnut Monkey Bread. All are sure to sell out quickly.

Blueberry-Lavender and Carrot Cake cream puffs are May's feature cream puff flavours along with a Honey-Lavendar Polygon Bar. Customer cream puff favourites Salted Caramel, Chocolate, S'More, Raspberry Earl Grey, Strawberry Jasmine, Matcha, Vanilla, Vietnamese Coffee and Mango Bubble Tea will be available at the pop-up and Industrial Ave locations.

Don't miss the return of BETA5's ice cream socials and ice cream sandwiches. The next ice cream social will take place at BETA5's Chocolates' 3345 Cambie Street Pop-Up on Friday, May 6 starting at 7pm.

Read on for full details of the 2017 Mother's Day collection.

Mother's Day Collection - (6pc - $15 / 12pc - $30) available starting Tuesday May 2

Strawberry jelly paired with a fresh basil and white chocolate ganache

Rhubarb jelly paired with a toasted oat ganache

Sparkling Mimosa Praline
Milk chocolate praline studded with freeze-dried mandarin and pop rocks

May's Polygon Bar Feature - Honey and Lavender ($10 each)

Bowl of Strawberries - ($25) available starting Tuesday May 9

A hand-painted chocolate bowl filled with strawberry marshmallow kisses and topped with six chocolate strawberries that are each filled with a strawberry-almond praline

Bowl of Strawberries

Cream Puffs:

Blueberry - Lavender Cream Puff ($5 each) - available starting Tuesday May 2
Caramelized almond mousse with lavender whipped ganache and blueberry marshmallows

Carrot Cake Cream Puff ($5 each) - available starting Tuesday May 2
Carrot curd, cream cheese mousse, roasted carrot caramel and coconut - cocoa streusel

Croissants - only available May 13 and 14 (only at Industrial Ave location / no pre-orders)

Rhubarb Crumble Croissant ($6 each)
Almond frangipane, hibiscus-poached rhubarb, oatmeal streusel, strawberry jelly and oatmeal ganache

Classic Butter Croissants ($3.5 each)

Pain Au Chocolat Croissant ($4 each)

Cinnamon-Walnut Monkey Bread ($4 each)

The BETA5 Chocolates Cambie Street pop-up will be open Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 11:30am to 6:30pm, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 11:30am to 10:00pm and Sundays from 11:30am to 530pm, through the end of May with the 413 Industrial Avenue location keeping their regular hours of Tuesday through Sunday 10:30am to 5:30pm. Select items from the Mother's Day collection are also available to order online. BETA5 Chocolates ships within Canada and the USA. Pre-orders for all cream puffs will be available for pick up at BETA5's Industrial Ave location.

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