Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Asian Adventures


I've been learning about Thai cooking, because when I go to Thailand, I don't want anyone cooking for me. I like flavour, but not too much heat, so I'm planning to cook for myself over there and I know nothing about Thai food. I'll be standing there in the market, not knowing what's in front of me. So I looked online and, after a successful and delicious foray into Satay chicken with peanut sauce the other night, I was ready to try something new. The recipe baffled me. What is "galanga"? What is "lemongrass"? And what are "Thai birds"? I looked all over town yesterday and could locate none of these things. Finally decided to cast the net a little wider and discovered Amy's Asian Foods & Cafe, on 13th Avenue, in Campbell River. I phoned her and was assured that she had all these mystery ingredients, and more, so I couldn't wait and headed out there this morning. What an experience! I learned more about Thai cooking in five minutes than in all my Internet searching to date. As it turns out, galanga is a rhizome, sort of similar to ginger, lemongrass is a sort of citrus tasting grass that is used as a herb, and Thai birds are little dried chilis. I came home with the right stuff for my next creation, and much more. Tomorrow I will make Thai Chicken and Coconut Milk Soup (Tom Ka Gai). I am way too tired to start cooking now but very happy to have found a good place to buy ingredients.

On the way out of town, I stopped in at Sushi Mong on Shopper's Row to try one of the lunch specials and had an absolutely amazing meal. Miso soup to start, teriyaki chicken, tempura vegetables, salad, an orange, and three kinds of nigiri - tuna, salmon and shrimp. All for $12.95 - which meant that the budget also allowed for hot sake and mango ice cream. That is an absolutely unbeatable price. Nice atmosphere and excellent service too.

I have always liked Campbell River, and it seems like every time an errand takes me there, I find reason to like it more. If you Campbell River guys haven't been to Amy's or Sushi Mong, do yourself a favour and check them out. You'd be surprised how delicious this food is, even if some of it sounds yucky :D

Nicole Kelly
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Comox - Vancouver Island - British Columbia (BC)
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Pac Man



Just fooling around, it's been a heavy few days. Too easy, just click "start game" and use the arrow keys.





Arcade Games


Nicole Kelly
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Saturday, July 9, 2011

First Day of MusicFest 2011 Did Not Disappoint


Arrested Development was awesome last night! I made a video clip too (below) - it's definitely not the greatest quality but it should give you a bit of an idea what the show was like. I'm staying in for the rest of the weeekend - the shows are great but the exhibition grounds are a little too crowded for me.




Nicole Kelly
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Friday, July 8, 2011

Vancouver Island Music Festival 2011


There are going to be lots of people in town for MusicFest this year! Last year, I was there all day, every day and got some nice photos to share with you guys. This year, I will be available during the day, and will go to the festival after work on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Will try to get some pics of Arrested Development and David Crosby.

I hope you get a chance to check it out - it's a lot of fun. Click image, left, to go to the musicfest site (opens in new window).

My weekend special will be running on Saturday and Sunday. If I don't see you, have a great weekend!


Nicole Kelly
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Comox - Vancouver Island - British Columbia (BC)
www.ComoxValleyMassage.com

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

HST Referendum Ballot



Well, it finally arrived...my long-awaited HST Referendum ballot.

Between the time my ballot hit my hands and the time it was mailed, perhaps ten minutes elapsed. It didn't take long. I didn't even miss any work during the trip to the post office. I won't say what I voted...anyone who knows me knows what I voted, and why.

Here's what I will say:

If you don't get your ballot by Friday July 8, the most likely reason is that you have moved and not notified Elections of your new address. You can contact Elections BC and ask for one - they can still get it to you in time for you to vote and send it back. Click here for Elections BC Contact (opens in new window).

Throwing the ballot away is not a vote to maintain the status quo. To do that, you'd have to vote "No" to keep the HST. Throwing the ballot away only tells the government that you don't give a damn, and the government likes apathy. Apathy = We Can Do Whatever We Like, Bwa ha ha ha

Read the instructions. It's one of those "matroyshka doll" situations. Fill out the ballot, put it in an envelope. Write on the envolope, put it in another envelope. No wonder it's going to take them five weeks to count the ballots if they have to open all those bloody envelopes.

The wording of the ballot could be misunderstood by anyone who does not read carefully or by those who do not know the meaning of the word "extinguish" (and I have no doubt that such people exist). A "Yes" vote means you want the HST extinguished...gone...put out, like a fire. A "No" vote is a vote to keep it.

You can put a check mark or an "x" in the white circle. I take this to mean that writing "Stick your fucking HST up your asses" on the ballot will disqualify it, even if you print it in tiny letters in the white circle. Don't include any letters or photos of your dick or you giving the bird or anything else. Just the ballot.

You can use a pencil or pen, but I used a pen so nobody could erase and change my mark LOL. Do not use felt pen, marker, paint or blood.

Don't forget to sign and put your birthdate and phone number on the front of the envelope that has the spaces for that, and don't fill out the stuff on the back unless there have been changes to your name, address, etc.

Don't use a fake phone number. If they decide to use some godawful autodialing system to confirm the votes (and I wouldn't put it past them), it's not going to kill us to listen to a bit of a recording and then hit "1" to confirm or whatever you'd have to do.

The ballot is going to Vancouver, so put it in the "all other areas" mailbox, not the "local" one.

I am looking forward to hearing the results of the vote. No matter which way it goes, at least we finally got to say Yea or Nay....even if Yea meant Nay and Nea meant Yea.

Nicole Kelly
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Comox - Vancouver Island - British Columbia (BC)
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Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy Independence Day





To my American friends! Hope it's been a great weekend :)

My family has always spent a lot of time in the United States and we have lived in many places there. Because of this, for many years we celebrated both Canada Day and Independence Day, no matter where we were. As I write this, much of my family is in Florida, for no apparent reason, and of course they would like me to drive there and join them, not caring how far it is. That is the mentality...there is no distance, there are no obligations, time doesn't matter. If you want to go, you go, and the more the merrier!

That got me thinking about independence, and what it really means. To my family, it has always meant either being wealthy enough not to have to work, or sufficiently impoverished to have and need very little. I have lived on both sides. I can sleep in a bus station or a mansion, but I have never been behind the White Picket Fence. To my relatives, middle class life is alien and somewhat frightening.

My travels are going to take me to Thailand to teach English, and although it seems like people just pick up and do that, it's not that simple. I have to finish my degree, take another course after that, find a decent teaching service to represent me, renew my passport, downsize my living situation, find suitable housing in Thailand, figure out what to do with the cat...once I get there, I will be there for a few months each year. All of this preparation does not feel like freedom to me. It does not allow for taking off to go anywhere, and this is strange to me, because that has always been a big part of who I am.

But the process has begun, as familiar to me as breathing. It is the time when you start looking at some of your stuff and not wanting to own it anymore. Neither remembering nor caring why you wanted it in the first place, wondering what really matters. What will I keep? What will I sell? What will I just give away? I was always taught that you don't own your possessions...your possessions own you, and I hate that feeling of being owned. You cannot be owned and be independent at the same time. That's what the Fourth of July is all about. The Declaration of Independence boils down to "We don't want to be owned". Later, the Emancipation Proclamation boils down to "Nobody wants to be owned."

I don't want to be impetuous and wind up with regrets later, so I'll start with a large storage unit and take it from there. By the time I'm done, I will have a smaller residence containing fewer things, the most powerful laptop I can find (with kickass Internet) and the cat. Some of his condos are going to have to go, too. I have all these beautiful hardcover books. I bought them because I didn't want to wait for them to come out in paperback, and there are so many of them. I could sell them for enough money to buy a Kindle. I need to adopt a more mobile mentality over the next year or so, so I guess that's what I will be doing with any spare time I have...sorting out all this stuff...and I think that once it's sorted, I will begin to feel independent again.



Nicole Kelly
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Comox - Vancouver Island - British Columbia (BC)
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Friday, July 1, 2011

Happy Canada Day!

Hope you have a great weekend! Today kicks off my long weekend special, which starts today and runs through Monday, July 4. I'll be available 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. - first available booking 11 a.m., last available booking 9 p.m. See you soon!

Nicole Kelly
Comox Valley Massage
Sensuous Erotic Massage in Comox BC
Comox - Vancouver Island - British Columbia (BC)
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