Trump and Neverland: Two Tea-for-Two’s, Vancouver

The imposing facade spells modern luxury. Situated in the heart of downtown Vancouver’s Golden Mile, the recently (2017) opened Trump Hotel offers a snazzy Afternoon Tea at the lobby just next to Mott 32. Lisa and I arrived at 4:11pm. “Our Afternoon Tea just ended at 4 o’clock. Can you come tomorrow?” the host courteously…

Mott 32 Vancouver

The year is 1851. The first Chinese convenience store in New York City opened on 32 Mott Street.  From that address developed present-day lively, bustling NYC Chinatown celebrating Chinese culture, tradition, and cuisine offshore among people from all over the world. The symbolism of that address inspired the name of the luxury Chinese restaurant, Mott 32 in…

Anh and Chi Vietnamese, Vancouver

Anh and Chị [/ aĭŋ / ænd / ţi /] in English is “elder brother and elder sister; a respectful form of address for a friend or a even a stranger, man or woman respectively, generally above one’s age; address for fellow members of the same community.”  It is also the name of a chic Vietnamese…

The Empress Afternoon Tea, Victoria, British Columbia

If you come to Victoria, you must try the world-renowned Tea at The Fairmont Empress (fondly called “The Empress”), one of Victoria’s oldest hotels.  Because of her national signficance, The Empress has been designated as a National Historic Site of Canada. When she became weary around 1965, there arose a debate to either tear down…

The Best Things In Life Are Free

Victoria and Vancouver are such beautiful cities. A mere stroll across four days within a very small radius provides a feast for the eyes and senses. This is a sampling of the landscape, architecture, sights, and vibe.  Apart from God’s beautiful creation, it cost someone to pay for the buildings, plants, labor. But it’s free…

Butchart Gardens Afternoon Tea at the Dining Room

The original family home of Robert Pim Butchart and his wife, Jennie, has been converted into The  Dining Room where you can enjoy afternoon tea or meals. Set in the Butchart Gardens, now a National Historic Site of Canada, The Dining Room is where the family used to live… …and the adjacent Rose Garden used…

Butchart Gardens, Victoria

I didn’t get to see Arashiyama on my last trip to Osaka but my marshmallow test reward gave me something I like even better! Victoria, the capital of the Canadian province, British Columbia! Thank You, Lord for the blessing that comes with obedience to You! It started with a 35-minute seaplane ride from Vancouver Harbor,…

Making Amends with Siopao and a Humbled Attitude

I really dislike having to back up into a garage from a small street. The street outside my work studio is one example.  When the neighbor across doesn’t maximize the available parking space outside their gate, half their car grazes loosely into the street and my car tires draw a zipper path on the road as…

Grief 101 with Cathy Babao

Good grief! Have you suffered a loss lately? Cathy Sanchez-Babao may be able to help. Mother; storyteller; newspaper columnist; author, corporate communications consultant; sometime teacher; mental health, women, and children’s health advocate, Cathy is also a Grief Coach who journeys with the grieving person through the method called “companioning.” After her son, Migi, died in 1998, Cathy went…

Two Tea-For-Two’s: Raffles/ Fairmont

Aki and I wanted to try out the two afternoon teas at the adjoining Raffles/ Fairmont Hotels in Makati but couldn’t figure out another date to set for a second one so we thought…why not hit two teas with one scone? I mean… two birds with one stone. Yes, why not?  And just like that, the pastry…

Dorothy Ferreria: Entrepreneurship Tips

Meet the Cake Boss. She was ten years old when Dorothy Ferreria took her first cooking lesson with a neighbor. She went on to study with Sylvia Reynoso Gala, Rory Subida of Maya Kitchens, and then with the late Dexter Rebolledo of Dexter’s Bakeshop. Later, she studied at the Wilton School of Cake Decorating and Confectionery Art…

Penk Ching: Entrepreneurship Tips

Penk Ching, owner of Pastry Bin, which supplies bespoke decorated cakes for special occasions, has been in business for thirty-four years. She held a corporate job for more than a decade. Her baking and cake decorating was just a hobby she enjoyed but slowly, as more friends and officemates excitedly asked her to make cakes for…