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Win #5! Run of engagement passes to A Wake

A couple of days after I won tickets to “Taking Your Experience for Mine” I was notified by The Georgia Straight that I had won two run of engagement passes to A Wake.

I was delighted to win tickets to this particular movie because it is loosely based on Hamlet, my favourite Shakespeare play. I have watched every version and seen every performance I could ever since I first read it at age 17. I’m very much looking forward to seeing it at Fifth Avenue Cinemas, as the place has special significance for my husband and I, as we shared our first kiss outside the theatre.


Stay posted for my review in the coming weeks.

International Dance Day – “Taking Your Experience for Mine”

Luck seems to be on my side lately as I have won my fourth prize since I began this blog back in January! I entered to win tickets to the April 29th show of “Taking Your Experience for Mine“, a dance performance that was part of International Dance Day.

I entered this particular contest because I wanted to see my first modern dance performance live. Also, I must confess that I am a terrible dancer and have great admiration for anyone who can use their body expressively, rather than clumsily.

The basis for Taking Your Experience for Mine was described as follows in the program:


“Throughout the creative process I have explored many questions surrounding the relationship between the body and technology. Is there a new language? Is the renegotiation of skill being forced upon our state of being? What will happen if we always connect through a device? If we are always collecting and deflecting information in such an obsessive manner how long before it becomes part of our neural make-up?” (Sara Coffin, choreographer and director)


I think choreographer Sara Coffin effectively presented these questions. I was especially struck by a couple of sequences in the performance. In the first, two dancers move to the music, pausing to photograph their actions and facial expressions. I was reminded of the film Shadow of the Vampire when the fictionalized F. W. Murnau asserts that if something is not on film it does not exist. Also, I have often thought that one can get so wrapped up in photographing an event that the enjoyment of the moment becomes lost in the desire to commemorate it.


The second sequence that struck me was when one performer was watching a series of film clips on a T.V. and was describing what was happening while the other performer tried to dance in response to what she heard. I think technology does manipulate us and we will inevitably struggle to keep up.


All in all, the evening was very enjoyable and thought-provoking. The reception canapes were also delicious. I’m certain that this will be the first of many modern dance performances I will see.

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

My Review of West is West

Thursday night I enjoyed my second win of the year and went to see an advanced screening of West is West, courtesy of The Vancouver Sun.  West is West is the sequel to the 1999 film, East is East.  In the first film, we meet George Khan and his large family.  Khan is a Pakistani Muslim who came to England, married Ella, and had seven children with her.  That film deals with the culture clash between George and his children who rebel against his traditional values and attempts to arrange their marriages.

In West is West, we see the Khans four years later.  Their youngest son, Sajid, is being taunted and bullied at school for being Pakistani.  He responds by denying his heritage and hurling insults at his father, who still wants to instil traditional values into the last of his children.  George Khan takes his son to Pakistan in an attempt to teach him what it means to be Pakistani.  However, Sajid is not the only one who ends up struggling with questions about cultural identity.


I must admit I liked West is West better than the original film.  I found the darker elements of East is East difficult to watch and thought of George Khan as truly unlikeable character.  Yet, in the sequel, he is portrayed in a much more complex way and it is easy to feel sympathy for him, rather than just dislike.  The film is also very funny at times and that makes up for some cliche moments that occur.   I would recommend all of you check it out, especially on a grey day that needs some brightening.


Official movie site: http://westiswest.com/

2nd Win for Rsaloust!

I am very pleased to have won two tickets to an advance screening of West is West at Tinseltown, courtesy of The Vancouver Sun! I really wanted to see this movie because I enjoyed East is East, so much. West is West is its sequel. I will be attending the screening with my husband on March 24th, so I promise all of you a detailed movie review soon after.

The approximate retail value of the prize is $25.00. My current total winnings is now: $89.50. This win has definitely made my month!

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

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.

Contesting Normal

As I scan rain-splattered windows for “enter to win” and surf the net for the keyword “contest,” I’m really searching for more than prizes and money. It’s the cure for the common life I’m after.


This is not to say that I wake up each day bemoaning my existence. Yet, the surprise and unexpectedness of life seems to wane as childhood and youth slip away and you well and truly become an adult. Thus, being a proactive person, I have found that entering contests is an appropriate substitute for the anticipatory thrill that comes before a fifth birthday, first roller coaster ride, and blind date.


Then, there’s the winning. The delight that follows the realization: you’ve beaten the odds. Someone else hasn’t won, you have. Suddenly, you’re the prettiest girl in the room, the top of the dean’s list, and the most popular person on Facebook. Just for that moment, you’re exceptional. Very few of these moments occur spontaneously, at least for me. You’ve got to make them happen.


So, the next time I post a win, know I’m clapping my hands, grinning from ear to ear, and spinning around. Because, for a short time, I get to be five-years-old again.

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)