The Estranged Wife Part 1
Sarah Collins’ POV I was sipping my champagne as I watched the newlyweds laugh heartily while chatting with their guests. My boss and mentor, Steve Johnson married his best friend and first love after 50 years. It was a quintessential traditional barn wedding with subtle blush and gold color scheme that complemented the golden stone interior of the barn. The Chiavari chairs and tall candlesticks added a rustic touch to it. There were fairy light chandeliers suspended from the old barn’s vaulted ceiling which gave a romantic vibe to the venue. The weathered exterior of the barn was decorated with flowers, garlands of greenery and pink and white roses. This was exactly how I pictured my perfect wedding reception to be.
You say chicken amok, I say Khmer-rific!
When you ask anyone who has travelled to Cambodia what their favorite dish is, they will say “amok”. So what is this exotic sounding dish? Amok is a curry dish made with chicken or fish that is usually served in a bowl made from banana leaf or sometimes coconut shell. Not only the presentation is unique, but also the flavor of amok will stimulate your senses. It is just extraordinary.
The Rise Of The Avatars
Tokyo, Japan (2610) Raijin is staring at the heart-shaped locket displayed at the Astronomical Museum in the middle of Tokyo. According to the label, this out of the theme item is instrumental for the determination of the exact date of the Year of Aquarius. It was dated 68 BC.
My Canada Permanent Resident Journey
110,966,155. No, that is not my annual income. That figure represents the population of the Philippines as of June 15, 2021. 16.7% of the population is living under poverty line while 88.6% of the households expressed concern over their finances. Being born and growing up in a third world country, I witnessed the tragic effect of uneven distribution of wealth. Although income inequality happens everywhere, it is a lot worse in third world countries where people with massive wealth run the society. They don’t make or break the rules. They are the “rule”.
Macramé of Hope – Hobby For A Cause
Macramé is a form of art that is well liked for its impeccable style that adds texture to any surface and gives an earthy vibe. It has been the rage among crafty people recently. Macramé is an art produced using knotting techniques. It became most popular during the Victorian era which majority of the houses were decorated with this Bohemian inspired masterpieces such as tablecloths, plant hangers, draperies, etc. Now macramé is making a huge comeback. As I got temporarily laid off from work due to COVID-19, I thought of a new hobby to keep me occupied. I could say that I’m not an arty person so I wanted to challenge myself by embarking in a hobby that would bring out my creativity. My friend and I were on a video call one morning when this art piece on her wall captured my attention. I was very pleased with how it looked and how it added dimension to her wall and the entire space itself. I suddenly got curious and asked her about it. She said the art piece was a macramé. Being a person who doesn’t do things on impulse, I researched on the financial implications of macramé making. I checked the cost of materials and the tools needed in making these knotted designs. After that, I looked for a store where I could get affordable, high quality materials and checked video tutorials on YouTube. Man, it was not easy. I did practice on small pieces of macramé such as earrings and keychains before I started my first major project. My first project cost me around $50 for a new pair of scissors, cord and dowel for mounting. I purchased the cord and dowel from Modern Macramé (www.modernmacrame.com).
Beating a DNA Test - Trickery Gone Wrong
Winter shutdown. This is my favorite time of the year. I get at least 2 weeks off during this time. What makes it more fun is the two major holidays – Christmas and New Year. For someone who likes to shop cheap, Boxing Day is a huge deal for me. It is the Canadian version of Black Friday in the US. More shopping, more fun.