Monday, July 25, 2016

Graduation Parade

J.P had been gone for two weeks in Trenton for cadet summer training.

And I was so miserable.

I never felt this way before- feeling sad, worried and depressed.

And when my eldest son wanted to volunteer at his aunt's work, he had to stay overnight at her place for a few nights.

I couldn't sleep nor eat.

Mr. O tried to comfort me.

Both my boys weren't home.

It was too soon to be an empty nester!

However, that all changed last Friday.

We were going to Trenton to attend the graduation parade for General Training cadets.

I was so excited to see J.P!

We left early in the morning.

It took us a little over an hour to get there.

We arrived at 8 Wing/CFB Trenton parade square at nine o'clock, and took a seat on the bleachers that were located under a canopy of trees.

At ten o'clock the graduation parade started.

There were speeches, awards and inspection by the Reviewing Officer.

J.P was lucky enough to speak with honorary guests during the inspection.

And we watched proudly as we saw him march past with his unit.

After the parade, we went over to see him. He was saying goodbye to his new friends. Cadets from all over Canada - some from Thunder Bay, Quebec and as far as Nova Scotia.

J.P changed.

He wasn't the boy who left us two weeks ago, he was now a young man.

Finally, he walked over to greet us.

I held him tight and told him how much I missed him.

My son was going home.

My sleepless nights would be over!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Duran Duran

Last Wednesday, I received a call from my brother.

Every time I get a phone call, I associate it with bad news.

When L.A asked what I was up to in the evening, I said nothing.

Then he asked if I wanted to go to the Duran Duran concert.


He said he had won tickets from a contest that a local news channel had a few days ago.

I was ecstatic!

My brother picked me up at five o'clock, and we had dinner at the mall.

Then made our way to the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre. The outdoor venue is located near the shores of Lake Ontario.

It was a hot, muggy night but that didn't stop us from enjoying great music from the 80's!

We ventured through the throngs of people inside the amphitheatre, All revelling and dancing to the opening act, Nile Rodgers - with hits Le Freak and Good Times.

We found a free spot on the grassy hill, just steps away from the beer station. How convenient!

The sun was setting. And the buzz and excitement was in the air.

Duran Duran came on stage and started the concert with their new single, Paper Gods.  They continued with many of their hits - Wild Boys, Hungry Like the Wolf, A View to a Kill, The Reflex and Planet Earth with a special tribute to David Bowie with Space Oddity.

From new wave/synth pop, to a more edgy and more funky vibe. Duran Duran continues to grow musically.

I'd say it was quite the dance party!

I think Simon Le Bon, John Taylor, Nick Rhodes and Roger Taylor are still rocking after all these years!

Mind you, Nick Rhodes did not perform that night. He had to leave the tour due to an urgent family matter and had to fly back to the United Kingdom. I must say he was missed!

For the encore, Duran Duran played Save a Prayer. Definitely, my highlight of the evening. And they ended the night with Rio. Beach balls bouncing happily around to party goers.

Overall, it was a memorable night shared with my brother. So grateful for the wonderful chance to see and hear Duran Duran live in concert.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Summer Training

Last week, I was busy packing for my son's trip.

Let's just say this isn't your ordinary summer vacation.

J.P will be attending summer training for cadets in Trenton, Ontario for two weeks.

He has never been away from home this long - especially without us!

I've been feeling anxious for weeks.

There was so much to prepare.

He was given a long list of things he needed to bring for his stay.

I was quite overwhelmed with the task at hand.

I drilled him like an officer and told him not to lose his health card and important documents.

I also asked him to open and lock his suitcase on his own. And to set combinations on his padlocks.

I said we wouldn't be there to do it for him and that he would be responsible for his belongings.

We double checked the kit list to see if we had forgotten anything.

Are you ready?

Yes, ma'am!

Yesterday, J.P left for Trenton with his squadron.

Before he boarded the bus, I hugged him and asked him to call us after he settled in.

I was teary eyed when I walked away.

I never thought it would be so darn hard.

An evening phone call from my son softened my worries.

He sounded happy and excited.

Glad that he's safe and sound.

I think he'll be just fine for summer training.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Clueless Beauty

One day, I was browsing on YouTube when I discovered a make up tutorial video.


Have I been living under a rock?


Clearly, this mama doesn't get to do much on her free time!

And when you're the only female living in a male dominated household. You find yourself navigating your way to anything but sports, anime and online video gaming.

I was quite fascinated and spent the whole day watching these videos.

Funny, huh?

I sat at the table, glued to my laptop screen watching girls get ready in the morning and at night. 

So many uploads of applying foundation, shaping eyebrows and contouring faces.

Honestly, I was more interested in the skin care routine.

I was suffering from dry, red, itchy skin under my eyes. And the dark circles weren't helping either!

Mr. O said I had raccoon eyes.


Thanks, honey. 

I was on a mission to remedy this problem.

How can I look and feel beautiful again? 

The solution  - the right skin care and anti-aging products!

Yes, that's it.

Thanks to those beauty experts and make up artists on YouTube! 

I'm now so inspired. 

I want to share my thoughts on beauty, fashion and skin care in the coming weeks!

Stay tuned!