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The Oolong Tea House


We sip tea through bouts of laughter. Amy and I are like that–always full of giggles. We’re also both a bit indecisive but who can blame us when the Oolong tea house has so many options. It’s a popular place to go for people who don’t like going to popular places. Yes, that sounds pretentious but it’s sort of how it is. On an rainy Thursday, we find it quiet, with only a few students as well as Amy and I. It’s not always in this state. Sometimes, it’s bustling. While they do serve other beverages, it draws in tea drinkers and on some occasions, hot chocolate sippers. After some deliberation, Amy and I settle on our tea of choice and settle into conversation.


Mine was supposed to be a caramel matte, but the black tea leaves overpowered whatever caramel was lurking in the pot. Prices can vary, depending on the class of tea, with some as high as 8 dollars for a little pot of tea. Although I was hungry, the oolong doesn’t off much when it comes to actual food. They did have a sandwich that looked somewhat tempting. But the 6 dollar price tag for a little sandwich didn’t seem appetizing. So I resolved myself to my tea.


Tea cups and pots line a shelf next to me and my eye catches a lovely black and floral one. I’m not at all surprised that Amy finds it charming as well, as we have similar taste. We begin browsing through the tea house for merchandise, but our indecisiveness helps keep our money in our pockets. We sip, we laugh, and we get lost in atmosphere of the Oolong teahouse.


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Azami Kimchee Noodle Cup/ Bowl Review


Has it really been a month since my last post? Forgive me, I’ve been dealing with a messy thing called life. But in keeping with my resolution to review everything I have another review for you. A cold I’ve been battling sent me into superstore for a some soupy relief. I find kimchi noodle bowls do wonders for colds. However, the usual brand I buy wasn’t available, so I opted for Azami’s kimchee instant noodle bowl instead. Below is my review.

Price: At 50 cents I can’t complain. My grocery store was having a sale (which is one of the reasons I went for it), but even at the regular 69 cents, it’s still cheaper than my usual brand.

Size: I hate when they have large noodle soup cups but only a little noodles inside. Please don’t try to fool me into thinking I’m getting more quantity for my money. To be fair, the amount of noodle soup inside is the same as any noodle cup but the packaging makes it seem as if you may be getting more. I feel the company could save on packaging and use smaller cups.

Taste: I’m breaking this into two categories 1) noodles 2) soup mix. The noodles were actually not bad. Better than some noodle cups I’ve had in the past that cost more. I won’t say they were my favorite, or that they could replace my usual brand, but they were tasty. Like most noodle bowls though, they got soggy very quickly. The soup mix was not as spicy as I would like, but I did like that they had some veggies in with the mix. The overall flavor is spicy and flavorful. It’s not too salty, which is also nice. It has a relatively good kimchi flavor to it.

Overall: I would buy Azumi Kimchi flavored instant noodle cup again. I may not choose it over my usual brand, but on sale, or if I’m desperate for a quick meal, I would certainly opt for it.

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Friendship is the best medicine


There is healing power in friendship and the remedy works both ways. When we give our love our hearts grow, like lilies on the edge of riverbanks. To be the receiver of kindness and caring helps you to forget the pain that you’re enduring. My dear friends spoil me in both sickness and health, and my friend Diksha gives me medicine that comes in the form of thoughtfulness and compassion. When she came to visit me, beautiful sunny yellow lilies came along with her. “I just want to make you smile,” she says. How can I not. She has so much love in her and she generously shares it with me. No pill can cure the ache the way her empathy can. I feel blessed to have people like her in my life and grateful that they allow me to also give my friendship as a means to ease their pain.

Sometimes when we see our friends suffering we feel a kind of frustration and sadness that is the result of not knowing what to do for them. How can I help? We ask ourselves and them. But your friendship is enough. It may not cure them or heal their broken heart but it is a powerful painkiller. Simply being there for someone and letting them know you truly care for them is all that is required in most cases. Sharing laughter, making memories and being a source of love has taken both me and my friends out of some very dark days. Encouragement, understanding, and thoughtfulness are among the many benefits of friendship and why people are able to overcome adversity and succeed.

Alas, not everyone as someone they can turn to when they are in need. Thus if you ever need a friend, get in touch with me…@ladyadelaide

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Review: Maria’s Market in Calgary

vanillacake1 I’m not the biggest meat eater, so I don’t go to the deli very often. This is why having friends is a good thing; they can get you to do things that you don’t normally do. When my friend and I decided to grab a bite to eat she suggested Maria’s Market, which is a deli shop. Well, to be honest it was me that said I had never been there and that I wondered what they sold. She then said we should try it out. Maria’s Market is a small deli shop, but it’s packed with a variety of different items–including dessert! Now I’ll admit I don’t have a sweet tooth, but I love dessert. While my friend browsed the meat counter, I salivated at the desserts…of which there were plenty.


Maria’s Market also makes dishes such as perogies, cabbage rolls, chicken stew, and other dishes that customers can either purchase to go or eat in the shop. There were a number of people having an early lunch when we got there. I found the prices to be fair. Not overly pricey, but not a huge bargain either. But when I stop to think about how everything there (except some of the prepackaged chocolates and snacks) is handmade from scratch with raw ingredients the prices are very reasonable. It is a bit of a mini market. People were coming in and out, purchasing everything from yogurt to sausages. The most impressive thing about the eatery was the service. The lovely ladies who worked there patiently tended to each and every customer, no matter how crowded it was. They talked to me about all the desserts; how they make them and ingredients they use. It was obvious they had a passion for their work and establishment, which made the whole shopping experience a real pleasure.

After browsing, I settled on a soft pretzel (no pic sorry) which was very delicious, and a vanilla cake. The vanilla cake was exactly the way the shop lady described–a pudding type texture with a flaky top and a smooth vanilla taste. At first I didn’t really like it, but once I let it chill a bit more in the fridge it was scrumptious.

The only complaint I have about Maria’s Market is that a lot of their desserts contain nuts–an ingredient I’m allergic to. There were a number of desserts and even snacks that I would have loved to try, but they were loaded with nuts or were made with a nut oil. Other than that, it’s a place I plan to go back to.

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Making Friends One Postcard At A Time

One of my favourite things in the world is snail mail. I really enjoy writing letters and having a pen pal is a fun way to make friends as well as learn about another culture. I found a website: that lets people exchange real postcards with one another. I explain it in further detail in the video, but it’s a free service that lets people that like snail mail to connect with others


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Enjoy Weekends: Stayed up to think of you



If you ever lay awake disturbed about your future, stressed out because you don’t know where you’re going or how you’re going to get there, remember someone is glad that you’re simply around today. Wouldn’t it be nice, when you start stressing out about tomorrow, if instead you just gave thanks to everyone who was willing to be part of your today?

It’s nice to think about all the ways others are nice to you. From simple texts that ask “how are you?” to cookies that represent someone was thinking about you, you matter to people. Enjoy your days, and be grateful to those who want to be part of them.

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Review: Pubstone Pub Calgary


There are places in my city that I often walk by without ever considering to enter. Local pubs are among these places. I don’t drink so I don’t have too many reasons to go to a pub. However, pubs do often have great food, so when my friend suggested we go to the Pubstone Pub in NE Calgary, I thought “why not.” I’d finally walk into a place I usually walk past.

Well, maybe I should have kept walking by.

I mentioned that some pubs have delectable dishes that make going there a nice change from restaurants, Pubstone is not one of those pubs. Here are some thing I did not like place.

1. Bland food. The food at Pubstone is greasy and tasteless. I ordered the Ciao Bella pizza and the crust was awful! It’s possibly one of the worst crusts I have had. It was like eating stale old bread, that was at the same time overly chewy. The sauce was salty but the toppings themselves wouldn’t have been so bad if the crust was decent.
My friend ordered a pasta dish, and he complained that his kid brother could do a better job. I had to agree with him because it was greasy and tasteless. The only thing good about his meal was the garlic toast.

2. Wrong order. I ordered the Ciao Bella pizza which was supposed to be topped with pepperoni, red peppers, green peppers, onions and mozzarella. The pizza that came out had sausage, ham and onions. If the place had been packed, I could maybe understand a mix up, but we were the only ones there besides an old man who was drinking, not eating, and four guys who  were playing pool, also not eating. It also took forever for our wrong order to come.

3. Horrible service. The waitress was nice but a complete airhead. Not only did she not take our order down right, she took forever to bring us something as simple as water. She kept going on about how she wanted her boyfriend to come and take her home, while she flirted with the guys playing pool. When it was time to pay, she stood at another table swearing and complaining about her boyfriend forgetting about us. And that was what really annoyed me about her, she seemed to forget about each of her customers, except the four guys who just happened to be friends with her boyfriend…who she couldn’t stand. I had never met a more scatterbrained waitress. She was friendly, but she should not be a waitress, especially since she was complaining to anyone who would listen that she hated her job.

What I liked

The only nice thing I have to say about Pubstone is that it was clean. It’s also spacious.

The poor quality food and service does not warrant a second visit from me and I don’t recommend it to anyone else either.

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A friend indeed

My friend Amy is sweetness personified. She gives great meaning to the word friendship. On days when I forget that people can be kind and loving, I remember her. Do you have someone like that? Someone who gives hope to humanity? Amy is the kind of friend I wanted for a long time, someone who wasn’t just fun to be around, but made me feel as though they my presence was needed to.

Whenever a friend of mine travels, I always joke that they should pack me in their suitcase. In a way Amy did. When she came back with unexpected gift, I felt I had touched the Hawaiian sands with her. I live vicariously through my friends. I love hearing their tales and adventures about what they saw, did, and who they met, not just when they travel but in their day to day life.

These days, it’s hard to make real friends. I sometimes will stumble across ads or blogposts where people are both openly and discreetly asking for a friend. It makes my heart ache. Friendship can be a real life saver. I know there are numerous people who wouldn’t have made it to where they are, or even chosen to stay alive if it weren’t for their friends. Yet, despite the fact that we all need one, it’s not so easy to find that kindred spirit, and if you do it often feels short lived.

Perhaps people have been let down so many times they no longer care to put in the effort to make friends. Or they don’t really know what being a friend actually entails. If you have a friend, cherish them. They aren’t as easy to come by these days. But to have one, just one person you can talk to, laugh with and be yourself around is true blessing.