Chinese New Year 2016 – S11E16

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Happy Chinese New Year, Kung Hei Fat Choy. It’s the year of the Monkey for 2016 and as usual, with the start of the new year, there’s always the lion dance performance.

This year, we had a performance at Shaw Centre on Monday morning. The event was for the Loblaw NKO 2016. The NKO standing for National Kick Off. As T&T Supermarket is owned by Loblaw Companies, it’s fitting with the lion dance to coincide with Chinese New Year. After the performance, I had the opportunity to try out some samples from vendors. Well known brands from Pepsi, Lays and Coca-Cola just to name a few. I tried out Ginger Pepsi and wow, it was pretty intense with the ginger taste.
You can check out the photos from below.

Another performance we did was at SurveyMonkey in downtown Ottawa. It’s fitting with the year of the Monkey and bring a nice surprise for the employees at the online survey company to celebrate the festivities.

Since it’s the first day of Chinese New Year, there will be several more lion dance performances for this week. Loads of fun and craziness.
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A Senator’s Lunar New Year Celebration – S11E15

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On Tuesday night, my lion dance troupe had the opportunity to perform for Senator Thanh Hai Ngo’s Lunar New Year celebration. It was held at the Sir John A. Macdonald Building across from the West Block of Parliament Hill.

Chinese/Lunar New Year doesn’t start until February 8th. In a way, it’s considered the unofficial kick off to the festivities. It’s also the Year of the Monkey.

It was a nice event as there were some current politicians and senators mingling around. There was another event next to the building, which is the former Bank of Montreal. It was good to see some political figures around.
The photo posted above was after the lion dance performance and Conservative MP, Alice Wong was doing a bit of drumming. It was a fun night to say the least.

You can check the photos over at Flickr by clicking HERE.

Winterlude Kick-Off Celebration – S11E14

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Friday night at Confederation Park in Ottawa, Winterlude kicked off its 38th edition of the Winter festival in the Nation’s Capital. Of all the times to checked out Winterlude, I never got to be at the kick-off celebration.

Prior to the kick-off, I was able to take photos of the ice sculptures, there were some that weren’t completed. By the water fountain, there were other sculptures completed.
By 7:30pm, the kick-off started and I only checked out Insolita as they dazzled the crowd with fire and drumming.

Winterlude runs from January 29th to February 15th.

Apologies for the lack of posts on the blog to start 2016, but don’t fret! Chinese New Year is near and expect a few posts on the festivities.
One last thing, the photos from the Winterlude Kick-Off is over on Flickr, click HERE.

The Governor General’s Winter Celebration – S11E13

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Happy New Year and apologies for the sparse update on the blog. It’s been a quiet December and start of January.

On Saturday afternoon, our lion dance troupe had the opportunity to perform inside Rideau Hall, the Governor General’s residence. The event was part of The Governor General’s Winter Celebration. There were winter activities for the families to enjoy. There were horse sleigh rides and various embassies from other countries to show what winter traditions they showcased.

The lion dance was there for the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China and it was nice set up to Chinese New Year coming up. It will be the year of the monkey.

Our performance was inside the ballroom at Rideau Hall and there was a good crowd checking out as well as the Governor General, David Johnston who also brought along his dog. It was a fun time to be inside a marvelous building and it’s rare to be inside Rideau Hall.

Lastly, you can check out the photos at Flickr by clicking HERE.
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Mostly Danish Boutique’s Open House & Holiday Social – S11E12

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It’s close to the Christmas holidays and I had the opportunity to check out Mostly Danish in the Hintonburg area. The boutique held an open house and holiday social to the public.

As part of their two night grand opening, the boutique brought Datsun (located on Elgin St.) and Tooth & Nail Brewing Company (located in Hintonburg) for foods and drinks. As well as a live DJ playing some music.

For those that don’t know, Mostly Danish is locally owned and specializes in unique furniture imported from the world. They had some oriental designs and displays at the boutique. Very high end products from chairs, sofas, tables and etc.

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National Gallery of Canada’s Christmas Tree Lighting – S11E11

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On Thursday night, the National Gallery of Canada held their traditional Christmas tree lighting event as part of their holiday activities. Their Christmas tree is quite tall and just astounding to look at.

Aside from Parliament Hill’s Christmas lights which started on Wednesday, I never knew the National Gallery of Canada had their Christmas tree lighting event as well. There were hot chocolate and cookies served at the event. It was a good fun for the family and a nice way to stay indoors as Winter approaches.
The photos are posted below.
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2015 Advent Calendars – S11E10

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It’s back for another year and this time, I got two advent calendars to contend with. It’s been a yearly tradition getting DAVIDsTEA’s 24 Days of Tea. In the last minute, I decided to get Squish Candies’ 24 Days of Gummies.

This year’s DAVIDsTEA’s advent calendar is different it looks more like a drawer and sliding or pull the small boxes. Don’t worry, I’m not going to cheat.

For those that don’t know, Squish Candies makes gourmet gummies and candies and they’re based in Montreal. They’ve been established since 2014, so they’re basically a new and young company. The candies caught my interested when I was browsing around Hudson’s Bay at Queen St. W in Toronto.

As with past posts, I will be posting the list when opening the teas and candies for the 24 days. Keep on checking. I will also post the openings on Instagram.
Note: I’ve come to realize that Squish’s advent calendar is random with their boxes. If you check their Twitter, it will be different than mine.
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