Monday, July 29, 2013

Some Canadians seem to have forgotten we're ALL immigrants...

This is a last minute blogging topic that popped into my mind just a few minutes ago.
What happened was, while I was relaxing and reading my book, outside in my neighbourhood, a guy was yelling his head off, screaming about parking spots, and throwing curse words out there. 
Curious, I looked to see what the problem was. Turns out, a Chinese family has parked in front of the house next door and one of the residents, a Caucasian male, came out and started yelling at the family, telling them they're 'a**sholes' and they're parked on his property which leaves him no room to park his own car...
And it's understandable; I sometimes share the same frustration of other neighbours parking their car on my property - but everyone needs to understand that the rise of families renting because they can't afford their own homes means 10x more cars than there was before. I have to share the parking spaces with my tenants, and also my neighbours tenants, etc. You can see how 2-3 families in one house, with an average of 2 cars each can cause a lack of parking spaces on the curbs.
But that's besides the point. The man yelled 'stupid f**king Chinks' before storming off. And that kind of pissed me off (because even though I am Canadian, ethnically I will always be Chinese). And keep in mind, I never got along with this particular household to begin with because they're all 30-40 years old men living together and there's always a new resident while the old one leaves... sketchy eh?
It infuriates me to think that a lot of Caucasians think that they belong to Canada because they're "white". NO.
I am as much of a Canadian as you are, buddy.
Because you know why?
We're all immigrants, and yes, despite me being born in Canada, I would still consider myself an immigrant. My kids in the future will still be immigrants.
Because, Caucasians, Asians, Hispanics, etc. no matter what the generation is, will always be immigrants in Canada.
The true Canadians are the First Nations people that inhabited Canada for centuries, before it was discovered.
Canada is a land of immigrants now but before all that, it was the land of First Nations.
And "white" people seem to forget that.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

The adventue of job hunting... yay! (NOT!)

As some of you may know, I've left the best job I've ever had back in May (so come 2 more days, it'll be officially 2 months since I've been unemployed). 
I had conflicts with some of the managers (it wasn't a major reason) and they cut back my hours significantly that I couldn't even make ends meet on my phone bill and credit card bills (Put it this way, I was officially working 13 hours/week or 26 hours per paycheck during the last few months I was employed there).

Of course, if things hasn't changed, I would still be there - laughing with my co workers, texting on the floor, playing with gadgets/electronics, staff price shopping, etc. Trust me when I said it was the best job - because it literally was like getting paid to hang out with friends. 

So, as soon as I left the job (well, not even - I started looking before I handed in my two weeks notice... and I'll get back on why I didn't find a job before my two weeks notice), I've scattered the internet for various jobs that I can see myself working for and that's usually customer service and selling electronics.

I've applied to all major retailers I can think of in the Downtown Vancouver area (I've realized it's much easier of a commute from home and from school than my previous job). I've got lucky enough and some called and some ignored my amazing application.
 So let me filled you in all my 100+ applications and a few of my interviews. 
Of all my resumes sent, only a handful of selected employers contacted me.

Now it goes two ways:
1) Great, I would love to set up an interview with you!
2) I'm sorry, this is for a full time position and since you're in school, we cannot accommodate to your schedule.

And lucky me, for the interviews I did attend:
"Sorry, we're actually looking for a full time position... I should have mentioned that on the phone."

And some retailers *ahem*, decides to keep me on strings. They'll call, I'll head to the interview, they like me, they're okay with my schedule... "I'll get back to you in two weeks"... don't hear for them about a month... calls me back and says, "Yes, we'll like for you to come in for a second interview"
Yes... I've given up on working for those retailers because of how disorganized they were (and trust me, business was not the problem).

Oh, as for the employers that ignored my resume... I see them posting ads looking for associates... which baffles me because my resume qualified for what they were seeking for.. uhhh??
So, after being discouraged with my stupid full time school schedule, I realized - I'm only in school for another year and a half... why do I need to put so much stress on myself (the jobs I was applying for are sales target orientated and I do get stressed out easily when I don't hit targets)? On top of that, come August 2014, thanks to my paid co-op, I'll have a new job.. guaranteed

Now, I've decided to just apply for cashier positions in mostly groceries stores/drug stores that opens late (I need my employer to have late hours so it allows me to fit work hours after my afternoon classes). I've done POS positions and enjoyed it fairly well. I just need something to get me through until my co-op kicks in. And I just need a job that won't cause me that much stress. And cashier positions are usually the most flexible positions with scheduling.

Right now, my application for Shoppers is just a few days old so I'll wait patiently for them to give me a call.. hopefully. My boyfriend is helping me out by putting out a reference to one of the managers for the company he works for but of course, in a different location (NEVER work with someone you're dating... unless you guys are set to marry or something)... and as for me, I'm still constantly refreshing the part-time jobs categories of various job boards.

I really, really, really, need a job ASAP. 
I don't know what to do with all this free time.

PS: For those who are wondering why I handed in my two weeks notice before securing a job... I did secure a job over at my local Value Village thanks to a friend... but clothing retail doesn't work out for me. I didn't like the people there, the environment, and the work environment. I left after orientation and decided it wasn't my thing. 

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Maybelline’s Baby Lips vs Burt’s Bees

I’m usually not really a big fan of chapsticks because they leave this weird white things between my lips and because I don’t carry a mirror with me, I look disgusting for the majority of the day until I know I have the while film thing on my lips.

However, I have read up on that and used chapsticks before I go to sleep and usually when I’m at home. I also don’t lick my lips as much which helped a lot too.
Anywho, I’ve used Maybelline’s Baby Lips in peppermint after seeing the commercial of ‘renewing’ your lips after a week… my first impressions?
  • Nice taste. It’s pepperminty but it’s not so strong that it changes the flavour of drinks, etc. and it fades away quickly (something that I like)
  • Doesn’t leave lips extremely shiny.
  • It has a… ‘matte’ feeling to it. Nothing gooey or sticky or slimy, etc.
  • Results? I believe it when they told me I can get baby-like lips in a week… haha. Been applying it nonstop.
However, my boyfriend loves using Burt’s Bees and I’ve tried it before but I never really enjoyed it. I hate the taste of it, even if it’s a flavoured one. I also noticed that whenever I wear Burt’s Bees I can taste it in my drinks (ewww!) and to prove my point, I took a sip out of my boyfriend’s water bottle and I tasted the Burt's Bees mixed in the water (or around the top rim, I guess). It also makes the lips really shiny. But, judging from my boyfriend’s lips, Burt’s Bees does its job in hydrating and nourishing the lips. If anything, the results are exactly the same as the Baby Lips.

So, yes, I do choose Baby Lips over the famous Burt’s Bee because I love the not-so-strong sent and flavour, and the matte feeling of the chapstick. Since I do have a stick of Burt’s Bee in peppermint, I am willing to give it another shot.

After resorting to Burt's Bee after my Baby Lips has ran out... I'm sorry to say, I do prefer Burt's Bee better. I find that Burt's Bee hydrates much better and leaves no "white film" residue behind line Baby Lips did. Burt's Bee also has the matte finishing, no shininess and while it hydrates a lot, it doesn't stick to my lips. I picked up the peppermint flavour and despite my previous claims, I did not smell or taste the flavour. My boyfriend had the Grapefruit flavour (... no comment on that, it's horrible) which did have a strong smell and taste to it.  So, it depends on the flavour you choose.

But yes, nonetheless, Burt's Bee won me over. I will no longer be purchasing Baby Lips anymore.

*Disclaimer: This is not a paid review. The opinions written above is based on my own experiences provided by my own money. I am no way affiliated with the company in any way.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Business Review: Laser Era Clinic and Spa (Vancouver, BC)


Guess who finally used their Groupon?! Me! I purchased a $29 Groupon for a massage at a spa (Laser Ear Clinic and Spa) just up the street from me. I never gotten around to use it until a notification told me it was expiring in about a week or so, so I quickly booked an appointment.

Upon my arrival, my first impression of the place was.. 'Wow, this "spa" is ridiculously small!' and the outside wasn't the prettiest - it was a bit old, run down and the non-opening blinds made this spa really unwelcoming.

When I entered, I wasn't greeted or anything since the owner was scheduling another client for her last laser treatment. I stepped aside and allowed the two of them to do their thing. I tried my best not to eavesdrop but the owner was extremely loud and even rude. In my opinion, it sounded like she was yelling at the client for choosing unreasonable dates and time. I stood there for about ten minutes before the owner and the receptionist acknowledged me and made me fill out a paper.

After all that, the young receptionist led me to one of the three rooms in the back and told me to undress, lie down and cover myself with the towel. After taking off my purse, I realized the receptionist never even pointed where I can hang my items... eventually I found a hook in the room and hung all my stuff and lied down to wait for the masseuse.

The masseuse came in after about 5 minutes or so. I found out the masseuse and the receptionist is the same person which made me wonder if this young woman was even qualified to give massages. Nonetheless, she decided to get to work.

I tried to relax... trust me, I did. But failed.

Outside, I heard the owner yelling at a teenager for a question about a promo price her mom told her about. From what I heard, the teenager was leaving after getting her answer but the owner kept on yelling at her, telling her the price she asked for was unheard of and should go back to her mother. I just laid there, cursing at the owner in my head for causing unnecessary noise.

A few minutes later, I heard the door open again and a man came in - either the husband of the owner or a really close relative/friend. Either way, the owner spent about 20-30 minutes complaining about customers and the mistakes the receptionist made. It was extremely horrible as I can hear everything... everything she was ranting about. Extremely unprofessional and non-relaxing.

Aside from the owner's ranting, a machine was making a horrible humming and beeping noise for a while too. I wanted a quiet atmosphere.

The massage itself was okay. To be honest, it didn't 'wow' me at all. I didn't feel relax given the noise outside and the massage wasn't undoing any knots... put it this way, I could have saved myself $29 and asked my boyfriend for a massage. By the time the massage was over, I just felt really oily. The messeuse kept on pushing my bangs and hair out of my face when she was doing a facial massage which made me look like I didn't wash my hair for months when I left the building. Because of the poor oily hair situation (they should have given me a clip to hold my bangs!) I had to go home and shower before heading out again.

All in all, I wouldn't recommend this place for as a spa; for laser work, I'm not sure but given the poor massages and poor customer service, I wouldn't trust the laser works this place does.

Customer service: 2/5
Quality: 1/5
Cost: 3/5 (Based on regular price, this place was pretty cheap)
Would I come back?: No
Would I recommend this place?: No

Business name: Laser Era Clinic and Spa
Location: 6225 Victoria Drive, Vancouver, BC (they also have a location out in Surrey)
Phone number: 604-327-2151
Website: Here

*Disclaimer: This is not a paid review. The opinions written above is based on my own experiences provided by my own money. I am no way affiliated with the company in any way.

Monday, July 1, 2013

FlyOver Canada and Happy Canada Day!

Today, Canada turns 146 years old... I love you Canada.. 
How am I celebrating Canada Day?
I'm staying in bed because to my luck, I've managed to get a nasty cold and minor fever and sore throat over the weekend. 

However, despite my bad cold, on Saturday, I went to experience the FlyOver Canada attraction with my boyfriend. For those who aren't aware of the attraction, it's a new ride in Canada Place that "flies" you across Canada.

I've never been across Canada but my boyfriend has. "Flying" over the beautiful country was so breathtaking. It was sort of like a 4D experience too since the atmosphere changed when we were in the mountains and we felt little water sprays when we flew across the lakes/oceans. 

Even if you've been to parts of Canada, nothing compares to flying over it. For example, I've been around the Rocky Mountains but flying over it was a different view and experience. Flying over the prairies, lakes, oceans and even up North was beautiful. And of course, the major cities like Toronto were shown too. The flight ends back in Vancouver and trust me, it's even more beautiful than the helicopter choppers the news channel captures. 

If you're ever in Vancouver while this adventure is still on, I recommend you experience it. Such a beautiful and breathtaking experience, seeing Canada from a different perspective. Since it just opened up and word of mouth is spreading it, I recommend it going a bit later when the sun isn't burning (the ride closes at 9PM).