Monthly Archives: January 2011

Vacation Contests

One of my worries with this contest contest R and I are doing is that I will end up winning so many trips that I may have to quit my job to go on them all.  Luckily, my coworkers still have me around for a little while.  But soon I will be going to the following places:

  • The Cook Islands, through the Fashion Magazine website
  • Hawaii, on the Mazda website
  • A Caribbean cruise, on the Maritime Travel website
  • New York, through the Kit website
  • Anywhere hockey during the 2011 NHL Playoffs
  • Anywhere close by, thanks to a contest for a $50 Petro Canada gift card (luckily my car has excellent mileage)
  • PEI, on Canadian Prizes (a rather dodgy website)

I also entered contests for:

  • $500 worth of groceries from Kellog’s
  • A Kobo e-reader (for my dad)
  • Makeup, on the Kit website
  • A Starbucks coffee maker, on the Prize Today website (Matt really wants this)
  • Some Canadian Tire organizational stuff, on the Women’s Post website
  • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest DVD, on the Saveland website (Matt and his sister want to watch these)
  • The Withnail and I DVD, also on the Saveland website – I started watching this movie when it came out over a decade ago and I keep meaning to watch the rest of it
  • The Let Me In DVD (ditto for contest location), because I heard that the remake of Let the Right One In is actually good
  • An Annabelle gift basket, on their website
  • An Airbus A-320 resin model, on the My Aviation School website, for my friend Lee
  • An iPad on the Daily Squeeze website, because my dad could sure use one (and my sister would thank me for it)
  • Another iPad or $600 on Prize Today
  • A $500 Chapters gift card (I love books)
  • Wii Sports stuff, on Prizes Canada (we love Wii bowling in this household)
  • Tickets to the 2011 Earlybird RV Show, on the Fraser Valley Pulse website
  • Cargo Noir, a new boardgame, entered on Boardgame Geek (Matt and I love boardgames)

Phew!  23 contests in one day and I had a busy day of errands and social activities cut short because the play tonight was sold out by the time I got to the box office. 

    Bird Cam & More

    Congratulations to R on the first winning!

    Now that we clarified the rule that the contests we enter must be for prizes we want for ourselves or to give away to people we know would appreciate them, I almost wish I could retract some of the contests I entered.  Hence, from now on, I will only enter for contests that will enrich my life.  Thus:

    Friday January 21:

    • Entered a contest at my alma mater for an autumn cruise from Athens to Istanbul this fall – inspired by Michael Palin’s Around the World in 80 Days perhaps, by fall I am pretty certain I will need a vacation.  Before any vacation, I plunge into a schedule of reading up on the place.  Istanbul (and Constantinople) have been places about which I have been collecting book titles for my to-read list, so a vacation there would also cure a self-education itch.

    Sunday January 23:

    • Entered to win $5000 cash from Reader’s Digest because who doesn’t need more money?  (And, yes, I would give some away to my favourite charity lest you think I am consumed with greed.)
    • Entered to win a BirdWatch Cam.  Birds coming to a feeder or bath trigger the camera to take time stamped photos.  I was inspired by Rurality’s game cam, her last post with pictures from it had a beaver, a bobcat and a very plump opossum.
    • Entered the Elle Canada February contest for beauty products and clothes.  Because, um, I could use some beautification.
    • And another Elle Canada contest, this time for a four-day trip to the West Indies, which my parents could sure use.
    • Finally, also entered to win a one-year supply of toilet paper, because I do not have an unlimited supply of moss or whatever Paleolithic people used.

    Tuesday January 25:

    • Entered a Warner Bros contest for a Blu-Ray.  I think Matt said something about wanting this.  
    • Entered the Ferrero Rocher contest for Valentine’s trips to Paris, Santorini or Tuscany.  The contest entry field for sex was defaulted to female (even though it was the second choice).  Guess they know their target market, but not sure why they didn’t have the sexes in alphabetical order.  I guess because men always come first.  Yeah.
    • I also entered the Hictoric England contest for a trip to London, having answered the question “When will the Olympics be held in London?” right next to the clue-ful London Olympics logo.

    Saturday January 29:

    • Entered to win a $250 gift certificate at Urban Fare.

        As for winnings, so far I have nothing to report except frequent calls from a persistent automated telemarketing answering machine.

          The Contest Entries Continue

          It has been a very busy week, but I was still able to make time for some contest entries.


          January 19th (online)

          -Vote now at (Eating out is awesome and so is money.)


          January 20th (online)

          -Tetley tea at (Yes, I would like to go to the Mayan Riviera or win an iPod Nano!)

          January 22nd (online)


          -Yes, I entered the KLM contest, too.

          -Win 1 Of 5 Hockey Gold 2010 Commerative Sets Valued At $70 Each!  (My Dad would love this!)

          -Win An OSiS Style Package!  (Some days I need all the hair products I can get!)
          -Win A Kobo eReader!  (I like books, but I’d give it a shot.)
          -Win A Bedol Water Powered Clock!  (No batteries and water powered?  I’m in!)


          January 23rd (online)


          -entered to win passes to the opening of the talking stick festival and passes to the festival itself:


          January 25th (online)


          -Win $3,000, Towards A Healthy New Lifestyle!  ($3000 will make me feel a lot healthier.)

          -Win 2 Tickets To A SouthEast Asian Destinaton Of Your Choice, Worth Over $2,000!  (I will take a trip to almost anywhere!)
          -Win A Clear Crystals, Beads And Heavy Chain Valued At $100!  (I love jewellery!)
          -Win A 6-night Trip For 2 To St. Martin Valued At $5,000!  (Again, I’ll go anywhere!)
          -Win A Bourjois Paris Cosmetics Prize Pack Valued At $200!  (I can never get enough make up.)

          Movies about Prize Winners

          To pique your interest a bit I thought I’d note a few movies for you to check out about prize winners.  I actually love watching other people win prizes, unless that means I am losing the same prize.  In any case, check these out and keep following our progress to see which of us wins a prize first!





          Food and Ghosts

          I took a break from contests last night, after the shock of seeing how far R was ahead of me.  But today, I gritted my teeth and entered a few more contests and entered:

          • Miss 604‘s Taste the World draw for two Food & Wine passports (becuase I like food & wine)
          • Miss 604’s Taste the World draw for two Food & Wine passports on Twitter (do these entries count as one or two?)
          • Also on Miss 604, I entered a contest for family passes to the Vancouver Lookout
          • Another Miss 604 draw for $100 gift certificates at either a Season at QE or the Teahouse in Stanley Park because Matt will sure be able to use that
          • A Miss 604 draw for a $100 gift certificate to a Glowbal restaurant (this one was easy to enter: preserved lemon risotto mascarpone)
          • I think I entered to win an iPad, which either my dad or my cat could use (cats love iPads, I have heard)
          • Playing by the Book‘s contest for a copy of Chris Wormell’s book Scruffy Bear and the Six White Mice (technically two entries)
          • the Vancouver Police Museum‘s contest for movie tickets to an unspecified film – to enter, one had to comment with a paranormal story (mine’s not creepy, but I have to support the museum!)
          • Kellog’s $5000 voucher for Air Canada (or a $100 gift card, presumably for cereal, which I eat on occasion)
          • Starbucks’ contest for a trip to Palm Springs (I can use a vacation anywhere)
          • Another contest on the Chatelaine website with all manner of prizes, including trips

          Apprently R and I have inspired my sister and she has already entered three contests as well.  I asked her if she wanted to blog here too, but she declined.  I suspect she just doesn’t want other people to know about her contests and become competition.

          Contests entered so far

          Jan 1st: (all online)

          -Win A Gift Package From D-Tox! (trivia and The Beatles!)

          -Win Humphrey Bogart: The Essential Collection! (Bogie rules!)

          -Win $500 With Tribute ($)

          -WIN A True Grit Prize Pack! (my husband wants to see the movie)

          -Win A $1,000 Gift Card At EB Games! (one of my husband?s favorite stores)

          Jan. 3rd: (all online)

          -Win A William Sonoma Cookware Prize Package Worth $490! (I like cooking!)

          -Win 1 Of 3 $5,000 Sears Shopping Sprees! (shopping!)

          -Win A $1,000 Gift Card From Either SportChek, Home Depot Or WaySpa! (shop x 2)

          -Win A Blue Nile Signature Diamond! (a girl’s best friend)

          -Win A Head Backpack, Columbia Backpack Or Bolle Goggles! (I paid $3 for the backpack I currently own)

          Jan. 5th: (online)

          -Win $1000 Tom Lee gift card (I’d like to buy my Dad a new guitar)

          – Win A Costco Prize Package Valued At $2,827! (Wii games are fun)

          Jan 6th: (online)

          -Win A $5,000 Air Canada Vacations Voucher! (I want to fly away)

          -Win A 6-night Trip For 2 To New Zealand Valued At $9,000! (New Zealand looks great in January!)

          Jan. 7th: (online)

 New Year’s Getaway Contest! (I need to get away!)

          -Win a Grocery Gift Card (A girl’s gotta eat!)

          -Win a Triumph Underwear Prize Pack (We all need underwear.)

          Jan. 8th (online)

          -Win A Trip For 2 To Any Sandals Resort In Jamaica Valued At $5,000! (I need to get away!)

          Jan. 10th

          -Win The Abracadabra Fantasy Holiday Makeup Collection, Valued At $250! (I am a makeup addict.)

          -Win A Trip To Spain, France, Italy, Or Greece! (Definitely want to go to any of the places mentioned; also they’re giving away George Foreman grills!)

          -Win A VIP Experience To The LG FIS Snowboard World Cup! (Actually, I just want to see one of my best friends who lives in Calgary)

          Jan. 12th

          -Win A GoPro Hero 960 High-Definition Camera! (I love hi def!) – online

          -Win Canucks tickets (I can’t get enough Canucks hockey.) in store at Golden Spoon

          Jan. 14th (online)

          Win A BluRay Player! (I need one for the bedroom.)

          Win a basket of anti-aging products by Valmont (Sadly, I need these now.)

          Jan. 15th (online)

          -Win $10,000 In Grocery Gift Cards! (mmm…food)

          – Win 1 Of 2 Prizes Of A 2-night Trip For 2 To Lake Louise, Valued At $5,000! (I’ll take a trip anywhere.)

          – Win 1 Of 3 64 GB IPod Touches Valued At $429 Each! (Our iPod got stolen.)

          – Another iPod contest!

          Jan. 18th (by mail)

          -a consumer survey that took FOREVER to complete, but I could win $5000 and I figure I’m the only person who’ll waste time filling it out!

          The Start of a Great Adventure

          Before Christmas, in the retro atmosphere of the Waldorf Hotel, two friends made a vow for New Years: enter as many contests as possible and see who wins the most prizes.  Now, I’ve always considered myself a lucky person, not in terms of height or mathematical skill, but in my ability to win prizes.  My interrupted winning streak started at age six when my parents took me to a church bazaar and I won an enormous bottle of Andre’s wine.  My Dad tried to look happy, but being a painter, he already had his share of paint stripper.  Since that first momentous win, I have won play tickets, gift baskets from The Body Shop, Lush, and Sephora, Canucks tickets, and a number of other prizes worth less than $300.  So, yeah I don’t win big, but I do win relatively frequently.

          The rules of this contest are very simple.  My friend and I will enter as many contests as possible.  I don’t think it matters if we enter the same contests or not, but the contest entries must be free.  This is because I am as cheap as I am lucky.  My willingness to do odd things to win will vary depending on whether my common sense or extremely competitive nature comes out on top. I am only entering contests that offer prizes I would actually want or would like to give to someone close to me.  At the end of all this, whoever wins the most will take the “loser” out for a nice dinner and very delicious cocktails at the Waldorf Hotel in January 2012, should the world still be here.

          So, start your pools now.  Who’s going to win?  As the days and months go by, you will learn more about us.  Discuss amongst your friends and family which of the two of us seems to have the luckier profile, star sign (I’m a Cancer under the old zodiac and a Gemini under the new, BTW), and track record.

          May the luckiest woman win!

          Movies, Musicals & Monsters

          On my to-do list for the day: more contests!

          My plan was to enter all of the Georgia Straight’s contests.  These are the ones I entered:

          • Taiko drummer concert tickets
          • Movie tickets for The Roommate
          • Tickets to the musicals Avenue Q
          • Tickets to the movie The Rite
          • Assorted cooking stuff for voting on top Vancouver restaurants in different categories

          Matt also sent me a link to a Boardgame Geek contest: winning the Alvin & Dexter Ticket to Ride Monster Expansion.

          And then I ran out of steam on this project for the night.