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Slow Going

Between full-time work and a work-study internship, most of my time this year is gone.  I am finally down to working six days a week for a few more weeks, then freedom!  Until then, I have little time to scour the internet for contests and no time to visit places that have contests.  In the last few days, here’s what I did enter:

  • Last week, I entered a spa contest in Fort Langley.
  • I entered to win a Richmond dining experience.
  • I also entered to win a Parks Canada family pack.

Dreaming of the Maldives

It’s been a while since I had time to work on this project, but now that my work schedule is lessening a bit, I suspect I’ll have to catch up with R’s record of five wins.


On March 21 my competitor announced that she won her third contest.  Now she is not only the winner of one more contest than I am, she is also at around $190, while I am about $150 behind her. 

This morning, I had a great dream where I won a prize – a trip for two to the Maldives, worth $2500.  During my whole dream, I was trying to get the tickets and answering last minute questions from the company giving away the tickets.  As my dream progressed, it turned out that the tickets were for a 48-hour trip to the Maldives, with Matt and I set to fly directly there and on the way back with a stopover in Hawaii.  Not sure how much of the Maldives I would have seen on my dream trip, but the dream me was very excited.  I remember thinking in my dream, too, that I would finally be ahead of Rsaloust in the amount of winnings.  I was choked up when I awoke and realized that I was not going to the Maldives after all.

Obviously this is a sign that I will win again soon and that I just need to get busy entering more contests!

Thus, here are my latest entries.  On March 21:

  • Entered to win a $1000 HBC gift card on this supper recipe website.  This would solve my need for a new duvet set for sure!  Plus, I would finally get a food processor, so I would be able to make one of my favourite dishes more often.
  • Entered a contest on Today’s Parent for a $150 H&M gift card.  If the clothes are for kids, I have many friends whose kids might be interested in gettign this gift card.
  • Entered to win tickets to the Vancouver Aquarium’s Immersion event on Miss 604.  I haven’t been to the aquarium in years!
  • Also on Miss 604, I entered to win a gift package from Morgan Crossing, a new development that I pass by quite often.  I really like going to Mink Chocolates and I had no idea they opened a new location in Surrey.  
  • Again on Miss 604, I entered to win a chocolate fondue and champagne in 900 West Lounge, valued at $150.
  • I entered for an iPad on a pet food site.
  • Also on the Nutrience site, I entered to win Ivan free food for a year.  Actually the iPad is for Ivan too.  I heard they have cat games on it and Ivan’s declawed so he wouldn’t scratch the screen.
  • Some Rimmel Mascara from Elle.  I can’t wear eye makeup anymore but my sister might like this.
  • I also entered to win a $135 Ecco Latakia bag from Elle.  I really like that bag.

On April 4:

  • Entered the Flare magazine contest to win a $500 beauty pack.
  • I also entered to win a coffee machine.  I like the smell of coffee and I like shiny things, so this would be a nice addition to my mom’s kitchen counter (I also love making my mom happy).

On April 13:

  • Entered to win a $500 Holt Renfew gift card.  When I was in university and tried to browse through their store to see what the fuss was all about, they hassled me.  It would be nice to go back, use their gift card and show them who’s who now.  Take that.
  • I then entered Miss 604’s patio contest.
  • I entered Miss 604’s other contest, for a stay at the Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort and Spa.

On June 13:

      Something Borrowed

      How I ended up watching Something Borrowed:


      As I mentioned in my last post, I was happy to receive two passes to A Wake, courtesy of The Georgia Straight. Unfortunately, the movie’s run ended prior to my win. So, the paper kindly rectified the situation by giving me two passes to Something Borrowed, a free regular popcorn, and a DVD of Blue Valentine, about which I will write a review in a future post. I was really happy about this because I wanted to see a movie about a wedding this year, as my brother is getting married in September and I’m feeling a bit sentimental these days.


      In any case, I dragged my husband to the movie, as none of my friends were able to make it on such short notice. I did feel slight pangs of guilt as I knew chick flicks were not our usual movie-going fare. Yet, we enjoyed the convoluted plot; the shameless Heineken product placement; and the Tom Cruise clone that is Colin Egglesfield. I think, on my own, I wouldn’t have laughed out loud. So, I guess what I’m saying is that my husband, 15 years after I met him, is still my pal.


      Win tickets to Something Borrowed or watch it when it comes on T.V. Spending money on it is probably not a good idea. However, spending a Thursday night with someone you love definitely is.

      The Contests

      Yet again, dear readers, I come before you with a list of contests I have hoped to win over the past few weeks.  Some of those I would most like to win include: free yogurt for a year; a trip to York for two; and tickets to see the Canucks work their magic!  Wish me luck in April!  I will be back with photos of $100 worth of cheese next week.

      March 14th
      -win Ingledew’s shoes
      -Ultimate Canucks Night Out Contest
      -Win tickets to the Canucks for you and seven friends


      -Win passes to the Vancouver Aquarium to experience the New Amazon Gallery!

      -You could win a Riverdance Touch of the Irish Evening!


      -Whistler/Blackcomb during the TELUS World Ski & snowboard Festival – April 15th-24th


      -Win one pair of free Movie Tickets to see any movie of your choice!


      -Win A 2011 Scion TC Valued At $26,400!


      -Win free Yogurt for a Year!


      -Win $500 and a Winter Make-up Survival Kit


      March 15th


      -Win A $500 Credit Towards The Purchase Of A New 2011 Norco Bicycle!
      -Win A $1,000 Travel Voucher!
      -Win An Aluratek 12″ Digital Photo Frame!
      -Win 1 Of 5 Marshalls Gift Packs Valued At $272 Each!
      -Win A 2-night Trip For 2 To The Big Race In Indianapolis!
      -Fairmont Hotel prize packages
      -Win tickets to the season opener of the Vancouver Whitecaps




      -Win A 2-night Trip For 4 To Toronto, Valued At $5,500!
      -Win A 6-night Trip For 2 To London And Paris, Valued At $6,500!
      -Win A Trip For 2 To Hong Kong And Macau Valued At $3,061!
      -Win A $100 Layla Grayce Gift Card!
      -Win 1 Life Choices Product Per Week For A Period Of 52 Weeks!


      March 18th


      -Shops at Morgan Crossing Giveaway
      -Win 1 Of 2 Trips For 2 To Great Britain Valued At $7,000 Each!
      -Win $10,000 Cash!
      -Win The Ultimate Mars Needs Moms IMAX 3D Prize Pack Valued At Over $2,000!
      -Win An Amazing Yves Rocher Prize Pack!
      -VIP getaway to the Bahamas
      -WIN the Ultimate Guys Weekend at the Vancouver International Auto Show! –
      -Enter for your chance to win a $1000 Gift Card at EB Games!!
      -HomeOutfitters Patio Contest


      March 19th


      -Win Canucks tickets (mail-in to Now newspapers)


      March 20th


      -Win tickets to Evelyn Strange

      -Win a kayak in Deep Cove experience with Adera Home

      -Win a $40 1-hr Private Golf Lesson from @theKooperz & @VanCityBuzz

      March 22nd


      -I entered to win tickets to #Immersion @VanAqua from @Miss604


      -I entered to win tickets for @scala_kolacny at the Commodore April 7th via @VancityBuzz & @LiveNationWest


      -Scala & Kolacny Brothers in Vancouver


      March 23, 2011


      -Vancouver Police Museum Bootleggers’ Ball
      March 24th


      -Win tickets to this year’s False-o-Ween, a straight up Halloween Party on April Fools Day


      -Win a run-of-engagement pass to see Red Riding Hood


      -Win the Oscar-winning film The Fighter on DVD
      -Win a $10,000 shopping spree with SSense


      March 26th


      -Win a $100 dinner for 2 at a Dining Out for Life restaurant of your choice


      -10 Chances to Win Free Movies for a Year; Win $1000 cash


      -Win free gas!  Plus 10 chances to win $1000 cash – Esso Customer Satisfaction Survey


      -Celebrate the 14th annual Golden Plates by winning an exclusive getaway from the Loden Hotel
      -Enter to win a double pass to a private invite-only event at the Fairmont on April 12 plus a copy of Colin James’ new album, Take It From The Top: The Best Of

      -I entered to win a #KokaneeMountainCan prize pack from @Miss604

      -JC Dance Co at The Dance Centre (Discover Dance! Noon Series)


      March 27th


      -Win one of 10 pairs of tickets to opening night of Fiddler on the Roof! –


      March 28th


      -I entered to win tickets to see @Strombo film his show in #Vancouver from @miss604


      -Preston Mobility Blackberry Playbook Giveaway!


      -the 24 Hours Read and Win Contest (daily entries)


      March 29th


      -Win Four Tickets to Video Games Live at The Centre of Performing Arts


      -The Kit and Clarins’ Right Look Age Contest


      March 31st


      -a family pass to Maplewood Farm
      -I entered Win a 2-Person dinner at Sushi Vancouver via @theKooperz & @VancityBuzz
      -Win Fair Game on DVD
      -Win A $100 Nail Polish Shopping Spree!
      -Win A BodyRock Sport Outfit!
      -Win A Photo Session for your pooch
      -Enter To Win A Gift Set From Dermalogica And FITE!
      -Win A $100 Gift Certificate To GlowingBeauty.ca!
      -Win A Week Long Trip To York For 2 Worth $5,000!
      -Win A $50 Husky gift card


      April 4th


      -Told @hummingbird604 my favorite ballet piece for a chance to win tickets to @BalletBC 25 anniversary. What’s yours?


      -I Entered to win 1 of 2 $50 gc’s to @OysterVancouver From @VancityBuzz & @Cwistal

      Working Hard for a Win

      I have been busy since my last post and have entered many contests. Unfortunately, I have already lost some of them. However, I have highlighted a few that I’m still in the running for and are somewhat unusual. I’ve done this because I think it is obvious why I’d like to go to Paris or win beauty products, but not so obvious why I’d like to win the highlighted items below:

      March 4, 2011

      -Pamper Yourself at Capilano Mall

      -Grouse Mountain Snowshoe Fondue

      -BIG St. Pat’s Night Out!

      -Win tickets to CelticFest Vancouver’s BIG St. Pat’s Night Out

      -Win 1 Of 2 Shiseido Prize Packs Valued At $131 Each!

      -Win 1 Of 5 Pairs Of Levi’s Curve ID Jeans Valued At $100!

      -Win A Trip For 2 To Paris, France Valued At $5,000!

      -Win 1 Of 5 Olay Prize Packs Valued At $50 Each!

      -Win A $500 Tommy Hilfiger Gift Card!

      -Win a Whimsical Night in Wonderland

      -Win a $7500 Shopping Spree at Lane Home Furnishings with Colin and Justin

      March 5th, 2011

      Win $100 worth of cheese at the Holland Shopping Centre – Dutch cheese is incredibly delicious and I will host a wine and cheese party if I win.

      -Win 1 Of 5 $500 Gift Cards At Winners!

      -Win A $1,000 Spa Gift Certificate!

      -Win A Trip For 2 To See Lady Gaga In Vegas Valued At $2,500!

      -Win A Trip For 2 To Holland, To Attend The Flower Parade!

      -Win 1 Of 10 Signed Copies Of Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table Cookbook!

      -Win 1 Of 10 AVENE Gift Baskets Valued At $400 Each!

      -Win 30 Full Size Cake Beauty Products, Valued At Up To $1,000!

      -Win A 5-night Trip For 2 To A Sandals Resort Of Your Choice Valued At $5,000!

      -Win 1 Of 158 Prizes Of 2 VIP Passes To The Bachelor Season Finale Party!

      March 6, 2011

      -Don Cherry DVD prize pack

      -Ben Sherman Spring wardrobe

      -A Trip for two to the NYC Design district

      -Win tickets to Flamenco Vivo

      -Win a handcrafted pendant by Quench Designs from the Bloom Market in Fort Langley

      -Win Bambi on Blu-ray/DVD combo pack (a Georgia Straight contest) – this was the first movie I ever saw in a theatre and I strangely don’t have the same traumatic memories of this that haunt others

      -Win Factory Girl on Blu-ray/DVD combo pack

      -WIN tickets to see Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s WONDERLAND!

      -Win a Starbucks Espresso Center

      -Win a Trip to the Tulip Festival in Ottawa  (We’d have to fly there, so I may give this one to Sandy, too.)


      March 8th, 2011

      -weekend for two in Toronto during JUNO Awards week

      -Win An ACER Liquid Mt, Valued At $399.99!

      Win 1 Of 5 Brinno BirdWatchCam Digital Bird Cameras Valued At $230 Each! – My mother loves watching the birds at her bird feeders, so I thought it might be fun to photograph them for her.

      -Win 1 Of 2 Prizes Of A 2-night Trip For 2 To Quebec City Valued At $5,000!

      -Bon Jovi at Rogers Arena, Win Tickets

      -Win tickets to California Wine Fair 2011

      -enter to win tickets to an advance screening of West is West 

      Oldtimers’ Hockey Challenge Classic (24 Hours contest– This is a father/daughter outing

      -Win Passes to see The Lincoln Lawyer 

      -Win the book, Altar of Bones

      -Win tickets to the ultimate Red Bull Crashed Ice Weekend

      -Win a St Ives Gift Basket

      -Win a Scrubbing Bubbles Accessory Package – I like a clean bathroom!

      March 9th

      -Win an Aluratek Digital Photo Frame

      -Win a Vinturi Wine Aerator & Stand

      -Win a set of ZALTO Wine Glasses

      -Win a Spa Gift Card

      -Win a Jimmy Choo Fragrance

      -Win a Kodak Mini HD Video Camera

      -Win It All from Elle

      – Win a Metrotown gift card

      March 10th

      -Win a copy of Jodi Picoult’s Sing You Home (Vancouver International Writers & Readers Festival 2011)

      -Win tickets to Louder Than Love on March 12th at the Shark Club

      -Dining Out for Life 2011

      -Win tickets to 1984 presented by The Cultch

      -Win Hereafter on Blu-ray/DVD combo pack

      March 11th

      -Enter for your chance to win a Wine & Culinary Adventure

      in Chile & Argentina and $1,000 CAD spending money!

      -Go for dinner at one of the The Heather Hospitality Group restaurants (on the house)

      -Win An Amtrak Coast Starlight Trip For 2 Valued At $2,500!

      -Win 1 Of 6 $100 Bench.ca Gift Cards!

      -Win A Pair Of Vancouver Canucks Tickets, One Set Drawn For Each Game!

      -Win A Pack Of 4 Tickets To The Vancouver Canucks Valued At $1,900!

      -Win a $25 gift certificate to La Casa Gelato

      March 12th

      -Win 1 Of 2 Prizes Of Air Canada Tickets For 2 Anywhere In North America!

      -Win A Sony PlayStation 3 And LittleBigPlanet 2 Game, Valued At $360!

      -Win 1 Of 6 Prizes Of A 1 Year Supply Of Hill’s Science Diet Valued At $550!

      -Enter to win 1 of 10 copies of Sing You Home by Jody Picoult

      -Enter to win 1 of 6 pairs of shoes from Hush Puppies

      -Enter for a chance to win a $500 grocery gift card or 1 of 5 Life Made Delicious** gift baskets!

      -Win 1 Of 5 $500 Home Depot Gift Cards!

      -Win Sing You Home from More.ca

      -Win All You Can Eat Ribs At Montana’s Valued At $30!

      -Win A Rowenta Beauty Gift Pack!

      -Roll up the rim to win online – $25 Tims card or Free coffee for a year

      Another Win for Maktaaq!

      Another win!  This time it’s two movie tickets for Unknown from the Georgia Straight.  It sounded like a plot-twister of a movie and I rarely even have a chance to read up about movies these days, never mind actually seeing them.  Aside from The King’s Speech, which my coworker saw and recommended, I didn’t recognize any of the nominated movies.  I discover movies these days from the trailers on the DVDs I borrow from the library.  Thus, my wonderful husband and I will be off to see this psychological thriller. 

      I hope. 

      I never did get my winning tickets in the mail from the first contest.

      Meanwhile, the contest entries continue:

      January 31

      • During lunch, I scour Urbanspoon for my favourite local restaurants and add them to my Burnaby Now entry into their $2000 contest – shopping sprees at Lougheed, Brentwood and Metrotown Malls.

      February 4

      • Valentine’s Day dinner at The Teahouse, via Raul’s Hummingbird 604.

      February 8

      • Entered to win an iPad (four entries actually).
      • Entered to win another $500 grocery gift card.
      • An iPod Nano (because I am sure someone in my circle of friends can use it – it’s a music thing I assume).
      • A Tide gift basket because I am into doing laundry a lot.  At $125, that’s like a few years’ supply of laundry detergent.
      • Tickets to the ballet for two orchestra seats to the February 19 performance of Volo.
      • Tickets to the musical Falsettos.

      February 9

      • Entered a Surrey Public Library contest for four movie tickets.

      February 10

      • Entered to win two tickets to the Spirit of Africa Festival opening night concert.
      • Another iPad entry.
      • Tickets to a Vancouver Cantata Singers concert later this month.
      • Tickets to the Gnomeo and Juliet movie, which, thanks to the skill-testing question, I remembered I had a nascent crush on James McAvoy.

      February 11

      • Entered the Leonidas Chocolate contest.

      February 13

      • A vacation in Richmond: two nights at a Richmond hotel, dinner at a good Chinese restaurant and more.  I can fit all this into my unusual work schedule!  I really hope I win this one!

      February 20

      • The True Grit novel – apparently it’s now some sort of Oscar-nominated film.  I like books, especially nonfiction ones, but there aren’t many book contests, so this is as close as I can get to entering a book I want contest.
      • Entered for tickets to the Vancouver International Dance Festival.
      • Tickets for Bach’s St. John Passion.
      • Tickets to Hard Times Hit Parade, a play about a dance marathon.
      • Tickets to a string orchestra.
      • A double movie pass to Biutiful.
      • An espresso coffee maker.
      • A Carnival cruise, because I could use a trip anywhere and because cruises basically mean I will be reading a lot and getting ahead on my to-read list. 
      • A holiday at a Mexican resort.
      • A trip for four to Jasper, because I only ever went to Banff when I lived in Alberta.  Heck, it would be nice to go anywhere in the Rockies.  There are some really nice places I have good memories of over there.
      • A trip to Tokyo because I love visiting Japan.  It’s been three years almost since I’ve been to Japan and I think I am past due for my biannual onsen visit.
      • A diamond bracelet, earrings or ring, which I would give to my mom.  Seriously.  She would love this.
      • A contest for a kitchen makeover.
      • A trip for two to London or else a Nintendo gadget, because I could use the trip and I am sure Matt would find some use for another electronic doodad.

      March 1

      • A contest from Pacific Cinematheque for two tickets to a South African music documentary.
      • Tickets to a flamenco performance on Saturday (which I would give to my parents).
      • Tickets to the movie Unknown.  (This is what I won.)

                    Trying for a win in March

                    So, sadly, no wins in February. Hoping to win something, anything in March! I’ve got a case of the winter blues I need to get rid of.

                    These are my latest attempts:

                    Feb. 20th
                    -Win a copy of the novel True Grit  (I really enjoyed the original movie I’m sure the novel will be just as good or better.)


                    -Win tickets to see Angle Dubeau & La Piet in concert (I love classical music and I’m always happy to see female performers.)


                    -Chutzpah! Festival 2011 closing party tickets (Sounds like an awesome evening and would be my first time at the Commodore Ballroom.)


                    -Entered to win a $50 gift card to Waves (I need my morning tea more than ever.)


                    -entered an in-store contest at Ruben’s Chocolates for their monthly prize (Chocolate is so tasty!)


                    Feb. 25th (all online)


                    -Win A Trip For 2 To Amsterdam To Visit The Picasso Exhibit! (One of my favorite places on earth to see one of my favourite artists)
                    -Win A Rough Guides Adventure Library Valued At $150! (This will be great if I win a trip somewhere.)
                    -Win A 4-night trip For 2 To Toronto Valued At $5,000! (Would love to see my friends Sandy and Eddie and the Juno Awards.)
                    -A $1,000 Gift Card From Tom Lee Music! (Would still like to buy my Dad a guitar.)


                    Feb. 26th

                    -Win tickets to see Unknown (I haven’t been to a movie in some time…)


                    -Win tickets to the Red Riding Hood Premiere (Again, it’s movie time.)

                    -Win A Logitech Speaker System Valued At $180! (Would like some speakers for my home office.)

                    -Win An Ultimate PC Prize Pack Of A Computer And More Valued At $2,604.85! (My husband tells me I need my own computer.)


                    -Win 4 Tickets To See Billy Elliot In Toronto! (Sandy, if I win, these are yours!)


                    -Win a Canucks prize pack (I think this is an inflatable chair and beer, but I like the chair.) (in store)


                    March 2nd


                    Two BCAA contests:


                    -a $50 gift certificate to The Best Western (I’m thinking brunch!)
                    -Vancouver Stay n’ Play  This involves a stay at the Vancouver Waterfront Hotel, so I’m definitely up for that.

                    The next round of contest entries

                    Feb 3rd

                    -tickets to the Pacific Cinémathèque (some great international films showing and I had my first date with my husband here, aww.)

                    Feb. 4th (all online)

                    -Win A 9-night Trip For 2 To Santiago, Chile! (Wine is involved, too! I enjoy alcohol and exotic locations)

                    -Win A $5,000 Getaway To Cancun, Mexico! (I really need to get away.)

                    -Win A $500 Jewellery Gift Card! (I love shiny things!)

                    Feb. 5th

                    -Pet Habitat $60 gift certificate (I want to buy my fish a castle J) (in store)

                    -trip to China (I really want to fly away.) (at the Tinseltown Chinatown celebration)

                    Feb. 6th

                    -Win 3 sterling-silver Pandora Rings Valued At $305! (I think we’ve established that I like jewellery.) (online)

                    Feb. 7th

                    -Two tickets for Valentine’s at the Waldorf (The place where this blog was born. Ah, memories!) (both entered on Facebook)

                    -Four tickets for Valentine’s at the Waldorf (I didn’t win, but had a great Valentine’s Day, nonetheless.)

                    Feb. 8th

                    -Win A 3-night Stay In Kamloops, Valued At $900! (They had me at spa package.)

                    -Win A Eureka FilterAir Vacuum Prize Package Valued At $500! (I am doing it for the free maid service!)

                    Feb. 12th

                    -Win A 14k White Diamond Ring Valued At $1,299! (Diamonds are a girl’s best friend)

                    -Win A 3-night Stay At The Summerland Resort Hotel In Summerland, BC! (This sounds like an amazing relaxation package.)

                    -Win A 4-night Trip For 2 To Berlin, Germany Valued At $5,000! (You get to watch a high fashion show. I would really love that!)

                    -Win 1 Of 59 Prizes Of A Trip For 2, Up To A $2,000 Value! (I would go to Hawaii!!)

                    Feb. 14th

                    -shopping spree at Nestor’s market (an in-store draw that promises many delectable returns!)

                    Feb. 15th

                    -Win A Selection Of Hair And Beauty Products From Ecrinal Valued At $85! (Again, I will always enter for girly prizes.)

                    -Win A 3-night Trip For 2 To Toronto Valued At $10,000! (Yes, I could use a wardrobe makeover and money to shop at Holt Renfrew.)

                    -Win A 2-night Trip For 2 To Victoria, BC! (Rogers Chocolate is also involved, yummy!)

                    Feb. 16th

                    Win An $82 Tide Laundry Prize Package! (I like cleanliness.)

                    Win A 1-week Trip For 2 Adults To Barbados! (trips to anywhere are good)

                    The contest entries continue…

                    Having now tasted victory, I am eager for more! Here are my latest entries:

                    January 26th (online)

                    -Win A $500 Purdys Chocolate Gift Card! (mmm…chocolate)


                    January 29th (online)


                    -Win a queen-sized bed from The Bay and Gluckstein Home! (It’d be nice to have a bed that doesn’t have dog and cat scratches on it.)


                    -Win a Smart Pop gift basket! (Okay, so I don’t exactly know what’s in the basket, but I like popcorn, so I figure that’s enough of an extrinsic motivator.)


                    -Enter to win 4 prizes: (from Flare magazine)
                    A Prevage Deluxe Skin-care Set worth $306 from Elizabeth Arden
                    A Gift Card worth $250 from Triumph
                    A Love, Chloe gift worth $320 from Coty
                    A Gift Card worth $250 from Dynamite
                    (Yes, I enter any contest that offers girly prizes.)


                    -Win $5,000 Cash! (Money is good and this Nutella money!)
                    -Win A 2-night Stay In Montreal And A Kobo eReader! (J’aime Montréal!)
                    -Win A $1,500 Travel Voucher! (I want to go to Hawaii!)
                    -Win A 2-night Stay For 2 On Vancouver Island Valued At $790! (If not Hawaii, I love Victoria!)


                    Jan. 30th


                    -Win Box Seats For You And 13 Friends To A Hockey Game Valued At $5,000! (This sounds awesome! It also reminds me that I am indeed a winner because I have thirteen friends and family members who I would gladly bring with me!)


                    -Win A $1,000 HBC Gift Card! (I always find I get good deals at The Bay, so I’ll put this to good use.)


                    -Win An Ultimate Winter Getaway In The Canadian Rockies! (I have never been to the Rockies. This fact shocks most Vancouverites. So, I’d like to go at least once.)


                    -Win a Pair of 14k Gold Earrings (I can never have enough pairs of earrings!)


                    -Win a 1oz Gold Coin (Ever since I visited the Mint in Ottawa, I’ve been kind of coin-obsessed.)


                    February 1st (online):


                    -Win A Replica Sword Courtesy Of Museum Replicas Valued At $250! (My sister-in-law loves swords and has a birthday coming up!)


                    -Win A Fjallraven Prize Pack Valued At $2,500! (I’m sure I need Scandinavian clothing?!)


                    Feb 2nd


                    -a year’s supply of Americano from Blenz coffee (I don’t drink coffee, but my Mom was very excited by this contest, so I entered) (in store)


                    -tickets to an international film festival in Toronto, Utah, or Venice or 1000 SCENE points (a free movie ticket) (I’m really hoping for Venice!)


                    -Win A 2-night Trip For 2 To An NHL Playoff Game Valued At $10,000! (I like hockey and money!) (online)

                    The Talking Stick Festival

                    Yesterday, I worked for nine and a half hours without a break and on about five hours sleep. When I emerged from the light of the office into the darkness of the night, I felt motivated to do only one thing: collapse. However, I knew I had the opening at the Talking Stick Festival to attend. So, I mustered up enough energy to make my hair presentable and entered The Roundhouse.

                    I was greeted by ladies with trays of appetizers which included venison sausage on bread and buffalo sliders. As I munched happily away, I looked at the beautiful photography on the wall. The stress of the day started to melt away and by the time I entered the cabaret room and sat at my table I was ready to enjoy and learn from the performances I was about to witness.

                    I entered to win tickets to the Talking Stick Festival opening because I always enjoy the arts and like to support local talent. However, I also entered because I really wanted to become more knowledgeable about aboriginal culture. The evening’s performances of dance, music, and spoken word were beautiful, enlightening, and powerful. The positive energy in the room and the delight and pride in aboriginal achievement was palpable. The Honourable Steven L. Point and his wife were also in attendance. The lieutenant governor’s words were inspiring and moving as he explained he was there not so much as the Queen’s representative, but as a member of the aboriginal community.

                    This evening’s tickets were truly a wonderful prize. I won a lot more than tickets to dinner and a show. I won the opportunity to watch and interact with amazing people with incredible talents. As I left and received a cedar paddle on a cord chain, I knew I would always remember what a great evening this had been.