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Harvest Spice Tea

January 6, 2015

Even though we’ve passed into the New Year, and are making our way to new seasons and new holidays, if you’re ever looking for a tea that gives you that Christmas feeling, Steeped Tea’s Harvest Spice is perfect for that.

Harvest Spice is a black tea with cinnamon pieces, cloves, and jasmine buds. While the name hints at autumn flavours, I find the cinnamon and clove strongest, which gives it that Christmas taste. It leaves that pleasant tingly cinnamon taste at the back of your throat when you drink it.

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Traditional Afternoon Tea

December 17, 2014

Today, I want to talk about the traditional afternoon tea that I went to with my Grammy this past weekend at the Prince of Wales in Niagara-on-the-Lake for her Christmas present. The Prince of Wales is a beautiful old hotel that was established in 1864, and they offer afternoon tea in the drawing room. We had a reservation, and when we got there we were asked if we wanted to sit inside the drawing room or in the solarium. It was a pretty gloomy and chilly day, so we chose to sit in the drawing room not too far from the roaring fire.
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Vol. III – Spay & Neuter Your Pets

November 28, 2014

Those of us who grew up watching The Price is Right know how important it is to spay and neuter your pets, thanks to the wise words from Bob Barker at the end of every episode. Unfortunately, Japan doesn’t have a television personality teaching viewers the importance of fixing their animal friends. It’s not that it’s not done in Japan, but a lot of the people I’ve met with dogs haven’t had it done.
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Safari Niagara

August 10, 2014

Back in June, my cousin and I headed down to Safari Niagara to check it out, and take some photos of the animals. It was my first time there, and I wasn’t too sure what to expect. The only thing I really knew about it was that a bear had escaped years ago, causing quite a bit of panic.

There’s free parking at Safari Niagara, which is great for families, and the admission isn’t bad. We got in for free, because I had special tickets, but even if you have to pay full price, I think it’s pretty well worth it. They have a good selection of animals, and do shows at various times throughout the day.

So first up, are my photos from the farm area, where they house a selection of stereotypical barnyard animals like goats, chickens, rabbits, and ponies, as well as my personal favourite, an alpaca. The majority of my photos were of the alpaca, because he was just so awesome. The smirk he had on his face totally made my day.
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Vol. II – Visiting the Vet

June 16, 2014

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Dogs laugh, but they laugh with their tails.
– Max Eastman

No matter where you are, it’s important that you scope out a good vet for your furry friend. When I adopted Rhea, I did a lot of research on what vet to take to her to. So I read a lot of online reviews of veterinarians in the city, and ended up choosing a long running vet with a state of the art facility, and amazing reviews. It also turned out that the vet had been there for forty years, and judging by the staff board, both the father (who I assume started it), and son worked there.
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Sakura and Hanami

April 7, 2014

The past two days have been filled with cherry blossoms (called sakura (桜) in Japanese) and 花見 (hanami; cherry blossom viewing).

These photos are from a few different places; around the outer walls of Nagoya Castle (名古屋城), at Meijo Park (名城公園), and at Tsuruma Park (鶴舞公園).

On our way to the park, we passed by the castle. There were a lot of people out, since it was a lovely day. All along the castle walls are cherry blossoms, and when the wind blows it looks like it’s snowing. We were lucky to have an absolutely beautiful day.
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Toilet Paper Rebel

February 26, 2014

The other day I brought a fresh pack of toilet paper home from the pharmacy. It was just sitting in the bathroom, and I happened to notice that on one side it had “How to” instructions.

Then I learned that I had been using toilet paper all wrong.

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Vol. I – Adopting Your New Friend

February 17, 2014

A house is not a home without a dog.

Welcome to the first in my new series, Owning a Dog in Japan, in which I’ll talk about interesting things I’ve found about having a four legged friend while living in Japan.

But before we begin, meet my dog, Rhea. She’s the inspiration and reason why this series exists.
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