Sunday, August 14, 2016

Stuff I Wore - UNIQLO X KAWS Tshirts

I'm super excited that Uniqlo will finally be opening here in Toronto this September at the Eaton Centre & also at Yorkdale later in the fall.

My fav from the collection.

If you're a fan of Uniqlo, I'm sure you heard of the UT line (Uniqlo-tshirt). Their latest collaboration was with New York based artist KAWS. Artist Brian Donnelly's distinct pop-infused and animated designs were used on tshirts, tote bags and room shoes.














When it was first released in early Spring 2016, the collections was an instant hit - it was quickly sold out both online and in-stores (in the US)! Luckily, Uniqlo relaunced the collection offering a second chance for those who weren't able to get their hands on any of the items.

Click here to view the whole Uniqlo X KAWS collection. They're actually on sale now : )

Thanks to my friend Teresa, she was able to help me get four of my fav ones from the collection all the way from Taiwan! Take a look below to see how I wore them.









VANS Varsity-Inspired Classics


Vans continues the expansion of its fall Classics season by drawing influence from traditional athletic styling. I'm loving this varsity-inspired collection! I like the textures, from the vintage letterman jackets to a mix of leather and wool materials. Great colours scheme too - loving the combinations of charcoal, grey and navy. With pops of colour highlighted on the Sidestripe, tongue and heel counter.


My fav.

This six -piece Vans Classics Varsity Pack collection for men is available now. They're available in the Era 59 and Vans' original high-top, the Sk8-Hi Reissue. For more info and store locations, you can visit vans.ca.

What do you think of them?


My 2nd fav.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

The Buddha Brands Co. Products & Giveaway!


If you're like me who's a fan of anything coconut, then you'll have to check out these products from Canadian company, Buddha Brands Co. I was recently introduced to their stuff and I am really enjoying them!

Hungry Buddha and Thirsty Buddha - both are part of the Buddha Brands Co. They're a lifestyle brand committed to developing quality, better-for-you food and beverage options. Plus, all the coconuts in their products are sourced from Thailand.

I love to snack and the Hungry Buddha is perfect! They're delicious, sweet and crunchy. I have to say, they're a little addictive too. But not to worry, since they're a healthier way to snack; all-natural coconut chip, gluten and diary free, with zero trans fat and zero cholesterol.

The Hungry Buddha is available in three flavours: Smokin' Siracha, Cheeky Chocolate and my fav, Classic Coconut.


The Thirsty Buddha is great to drink anytime especially in this hot summer we're having in Toronto. They're a tasty, sweet, crisp and refreshing - perfect to quench thirst! FYI - Thirsty Buddha is the only Non-GMO Project Certified coconut water in Canada!

My fav is the All Natural Coconut Water. It is also available in All Natural Coconut Water with Mango, with pulp and Aloe flavours.

A Cool fact: Buddha Brands Co. products are entrenched in sustainability; as a member of 1%  for the Planet, Buddha Brands Co. gives back 1% of annual sales to environmental groups worldwide, so every purchase is affecting positive change:
• They take coconuts from the tress, so they give back by planting trees
• They uses boats to transport product, so they give back through ocean preservation
• Some of the Canadian organizations that they supports are the David Suzuki Foundation and Evergreen

How great is that? Now, go out and pick up some Buddha Brands Co. products!
You can find both Hungry Buddha & Thirsty Buddha at the following retailers: Loblaws, Sobeys, Bulk Barn and Whole Foods.

For more info on Buddha Brands Co., click here. On twitter and instagram @BaddhaBrandsCo.

Thanks to the kind people of Buddha Brands Co. We have a great Hungry/Thirsty Buddha Gift pack to giveaway! It will include: (items may change depending on stock)
• Classic Coconut chips
• Siracha Coconut chips
• Chocolate Coconut chips
• All Natural Coconut Water
• All Natural Coconut Water with Pulp
• All Natural Coconut Water with Mango (depending on stock)

 How great, eh? A great chance to sample all of their tasty products!

Giveaway gift pack: Items may change due to stock.

To enter, simply use the rafflecopter widget below. If you leave a comment, don't forget to include your email address. When you're visiting David Chiu's Stuff Facebook page, a LIKE to my page would greatly be appreciated. Giveaway is open to ONLY Canadian residents and closes midnight August 25, 2016. ONE winner will be randomly chosen with random.org and they will by contact by email/message. Winner will have 24 hours to reply back to claim the prize. Good luck!

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

I'll be Performing at the T&T Waterfront Night Market


Not sure if you guys know but I really enjoy singing! I am very excited to share that I will be performing on the main stage at this year's T&T Waterfront Night Market. The night market will be happening from July 22-24 at 185 Cherry St. downtown, Toronto Port Lands. For more info, you can check out their website here.

I'll be performing on the main stage on Saturday July 23 at 5pm. This will be my third time singing at the night market! I'll be singing 4 songs; 3 English & 1 Chinese. As to which songs? Well, you'll just have to come watch! : ) Come by if you're free!

Performers during the weekend.

The WNM is always a fun event. For the foodies out there, you can expect lots of Asian themed 'street food', along side an array of multicultural cuisine from other parts of the world. For those who like to shop, there will also be some retail and lifestyle vendors. There will also be plenty of entertainment: centre stage (where I will be), dance competitions, an interactive sports zone, a kids area with games & rides, film screener and the new addition this year of street busker performances!

The WNM is definitely worth checking out. Friday 7/22: 6pm - Midnight. Saturday 7/23: 4pm - Midnight. Sunday 7/24: 4pm - 10pm. Hope to see you there! : )



Saturday, July 9, 2016

IN FLUX: A One Night Only Experience by DX + RSID - Ticket Giveaway!


I'm a fan of the Design Exchange. DX is not only a neat place to visit but they always organizes the coolest social events. Their latest is IN FLUX: a one night only experience by DX + RSID.

It's an artful mash-up of design and science for one night only on Friday, July 15, where Ryerson University's School of Interior Design, led by RSID assistant professor Jonathon Anderson, mount sculptural and immersive digitally-fabricated installations.

Check out how 81 handcrafted blocks can be arranged 43 million different ways, experience mind-bending projects inspired by Morie pattern and dazzle camouflage, and be awed by an of-the-wall work inspired by Callophrys rubi, a tiny butterfly.



Not only that, there will be complimentary drinks from Ace Hill beer and delicious snacks from Marigold and Onion - including ice cream! Plus a DJ who will be spinning some fresh beats! Come out and and mingle with the city's next crop of celebrated creators!!

Sounds like a great time, right? For more info & to purchase tickets to the #DXINFLUX click here. Tickets are going fast, so make sure you order yours today!

OR if you want to try out your luck - thanks to the people from DX, I have TWO PAIRS of tickets to giveaway! (Approximately $50/pair) #DXINFLUX is happening Friday, July 15 at the Design Exchange, 234 Bay St. Toronto from 8pm-midnight.

To enter, simply use the rafflecopter widget below. If you leave a comment, don't forget to include your email address. When you're visiting David Chiu's Stuff Facebook page, a LIKE to my page would greatly be appreciated. Please make sure that you will be able to attend the event happening in Toronto on Friday, July 15, 2016. Transportation will not be included. Giveaway closes midnight July. 14, 2016TWO winners will be randomly chosen with random.org and they will by contact by email/message - check your inbox Friday morning. Good luck!




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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Working Out with Gaiam

 

I'm a pretty active guy. I go to the gym about 3-4 times a week. Not only do I go play badminton, I also do some weights and occasionally go for a swim/run. I actually participated in the Sportinglife 10K run last month. It was my third 10K run and I finished with a personal best time of 45mins!

 

After working out, I like to do some stretching/cool down and use a foam roller to restore my body. Thanks to Gaiam, I got to try out two of their products: the Classic Yoga Mat and the Muscle Therapy Foam Roller. I was very happy with these well made products, and really enjoy using them.

They're both perfect to use at home. The classic 3mm Yoga Mat is reversible (with 2 great colours) and provides a stable non-slip surface. It's super lightweight and provides great cushioning. The mat is manufactured free of the top six most harmful phthalates, meaning a healthier choice for both you and the planet.


The Restore by Gaiam 18" Muscle Therapy Foam Roller makes my body feels so good after every time I use it. If you're not familiar, no worries - it comes with a 15-minute instructional DVD, helping you to get the most from your foam roller.


The Foam Roller may appear to be like a simple object. However, when used correctly, it can treat your muscles to a deep massage. The Foam Roller can gently releases built-up tension and loosens stiff muscles, while elongating and aligning the spine. It can help relieve stress and muscle tightness, increase circulation and self-massage trouble trigger points.

Self Massage Trigger Points
My Fav - Increase Circulation

For more info on these great Gaiam products, go check out their website here.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

This Father's Day, Go Ask Dad

Father's day is just around the corner. I wanted to share with you this video. There are mostly videos out there about mothers, however thanks to the people from Gillette, here's a great one just in time for Father's day.

This Father's Day, Gillette is reminding people everywhere to "Go Ask Dad" for answers to their everyday questions. While your Dad will certainly appreciate a card (a new Gillette razor or maybe even one of my Hello Stuff ties) for Father's Day, taking a moment to ask his advice will mean more to him than you might guess.

Fusion Proshield
Razor with Flexball
Techonology
Hello Stuff Ties

In a world where screen-time often outweighs actual face time, the internet has become the go-to source of information. Teens are turning to the internet for answers to their every question. In this video, real teens and their father's participate in the "Go Ask Dad" experiment. In the end, they come to an important realization: while the internet may "know all", it turns out that Dad may actually "know best."

Check out the Gillette video below. What do you think of it? I love it - very real and touching too.


What do you have plan for your Dad this year? Father's Day is Sunday June, 19.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Taste of Toronto - June 23-26


Attention all food lovers - Taste of Toronto is coming up very soon. Mark your calendar: June 23-26 at the Garrison Common Fort York. Some of Toronto's most respected restaurants and chefs will gather for the third annual Taste of Toronto! (Note: Pics here are taken by me from last year )


This premier food festival will keep foodies busy with hands-on cooking classes with the city's best chefs, live demonstrations/entertainment, a lively marketplace and of course, tasting the finest flavours and cuisine that Toronto has to offer. There's something for everyone!

There will be over more than 50 mouth-watering signature dishes from over 20 of the hottest chefs and shop from more than 60 artisan producers and premium brands!

Some of the new restaurants joining this year's line up is Miku, Nota Bene, Mamakas, Alo, Piano Piano, Antler, Kanpai, and Carver. Some of the returning favourites includes McEwan Group, Richmond Station, The Drake Hotel and Los Colibris. Each pop-up restaurant will offer three signature dishes at the event. For all the other restaurants participating this year, click here.



Tickets are on sale now with general tickets starting at $19. For more info, check out Taste of Toronto website here.

I attended the Taste of Toronto every year since it started and absolutely loved it! I can't wait for this year! Here are some of my pics from last year : ) Don't miss the 'must-attend' food festival of the summer! I'll see you there!




Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Converse Chuck II - Knit Collection


Converse continues to expand its very popular Chuck Taylor All Star II with the Knit collection. Perfect for the spring and summer season, it features ultra-thin and tightly interwoven knit material. They're available in both low Ox and high-top styles and comes in eye-catching colours inspired by the kaleidoscopic light shows at music festivals.

You can expect all the Chuck II features: A Nike Lunarlon sockliner, a nonslip padded tongue and an ultra-soft micro-suede lining for the extra comfort, monochrome matte eyelets and a fully embroidered All Star ankle patch.



The new Converse Chuck Taylor All Star II Knit collection colourways includes Volt Green, Black, Yellow, Roadtrip Blue, Red, White and Spray Paint Blue. They are available now in selected stores. For more info, click here.

What do you think of the Knit collection? I love the colours!



Monday, May 16, 2016

Stuff I Wore - Three Stripes




Jacket - Adidas Originals
T-shirt - TopMan
Denim joggers - Express
Bag - Kanken Backpack from Fjall Raven
Shoes - Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Rubber