Monday, February 28, 2011

I will be blogging in CHINESE!

Just wanted to let you guys know that starting in March, I will be blogging in Chinese!! One of the reader who happen to visited my blog liked the kind of stuff I was writing about. She, who works for a chinese newspaper, contacted me and asked if I was interested to do some postings for this Chinese site. This site is all about today's trends, fashion news, shopping tips and deals.

I decided to give it a try. I figured it will be a good experience and good exposure for myself. Not only that, I will get to practice my chinese. As a Canadian born Chinese, I can fluently speak cantonese, however as for writing and reading, not 'too' fluent. But thanks to translation sites, and my friend's help, I will make it work : ) It will definitely be a challenge, but oh well, we'll see how it goes.

I am excited, and really looking forward to this new venture. Please go check out the site called CCUE.CA-SHOPPING NEWS daily (bookmark it). Even if you don't understand chinese - lol.

Make sure to click and read my postings - look for postings by David Chiu's STUFF. Thank you guys for your support! 謝謝! (thank you in chinese : )

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Friday, February 25, 2011

Volkswagen: Fast Lane

VW always comes up with the coolest ambient idea. Check out this one, The Slide - Driven by Fun.
So smart and fun! I wished it was installed in our subway stations. Long staircase or a slide?? A Slide for me all the way!! Weeeeee.....

Thursday, February 24, 2011

My Thoughts on Justin Beiber: Never Say Never

I guess I caught the 'Beiber Fever'.  After all the hype around Justin's movie and the pretty good reviews it received, Rotten Tomatoes gave it 65%, I decided to check it out myself. Plus I got to support, he's Canadian ! : )

Justin, who's only 16 years old, was raised in a small town of Stratford, Ontario.  And in a very short period of time, he has become one of the biggest young pop star = pretty incredible! The movie talks about how that all happened, from being discovered on U-tube, to having a sold out show at the Madison Square Garden Stadium in NYC.

Boy, he is one talented kid! It seems like everything he does, he's not just 'good', but great at it, without really having any professional training?! For examples, picking up and playing many different instruments, and playing basketball. I actually thinks Justin might have a long lasting career as a singer/performer.

The movie was very entertaining. It was very interesting to see all the behind the scene stuff. Justin is definitely one talented kid and hard working too! As for the movie being in 3D? I didn't think it was necessary- just a money grab. Another thing, I didn't even get those special Beiber purple 3D glasses?? lol

Monday, February 21, 2011

High Tea - Chinese Style

I recently went for dim sum at this place called Crown Prince Fine Dining & Banquet in North York.
Located on 3600 Victoria Park Ave., telephone: 416.490.8893.  This dim sum place wasn't like any other, which was the main reason we wanted to check it out.

The main difference was the setting and decor of the restaurant. The decor is classy with fancy table settings, decorated tea pots and elegant tea cups. With large columns, and paintings on the wall, the decor is very Victorian-European inspired.

It offers many of the same dim sum selections as other places at $2.80 per dish (S, M or L), a special price before 11am. By the way, they don't push the carts around, you have to write down your order. The food and service was good. The main attraction for me was probably the interesting environment. I think it's worth going to check out - if you want to experience a some what "higher-end" Chinese restaurant.

Here are some pictures I took, which I think will give you a better idea of the place.

Friday, February 18, 2011


It's that time of year - Tim Horton's Rrroll up the Rim to Win time!!! So excited!! It's actually the 25th year of Roll Up the Rim to Win. This is the time when I will pretty much go visit a Timmy and buy a hot beverage everyday - lol. It's fun rolling up the rim, even better if it's a winning tab!

It begins on Monday February 21, 2011! Any Medium, large or extra large size hot beverage will be eligible. Prizes this year are:

40 Toyota Matrix
100 Panasonic 3D TV Package
1000 Nepoleon Barbecues
5000 Raleigh Mountain Bikes
25 000 $100 Tim Cards
and over 47 million Food prizes

Food prizes includes: Coffee: you may select ANY size of hot beverage
Donut: you may select either, any variety of one donut, muffin or cookie

(Too bad, no Apple products this year, like the Shuffle they had a couple years ago. Oh well....)

Oh btw good news- apparently the number of available food prizes in the contest have increased from 31 million in 2010 to more than 47 million for 2011!! NICE!!!

Why you might ask? (not like it matters) But it seems like it's due to Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and blog posts. With more people using social media in the past years - many are sharing their rolling experiences. For example, twitting and facebook status about how few of their cup bought are winning ones. (wow-the power of social media) Well, that is good news for us!!

Good luck everyone. Time to RRRoll up the Rim!! : )

FedEx Ads

Just wanted to share some very smart, creative, funny ads created for FedEx. Love them!!

FedEx - Always first!! lol

FedEx - The fast delivery ever.

FedEx - Express

FedEx - Proud supporter of Canada's national pastime.

Apparently even the competitor uses FedEx, lol.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

My thoughts on Just Go With It

I really enjoyed Just Go With It, starring Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston.  I thought it would probably be a silly romantic comedy movie (It's Adam Sandler) with a weak storyline. Plus the move review site, Rotten Tomatoes only gave it 18%. So, I wasn't expecting too much heading into the theatre, however I like Adam and Jennifer and wanted some laugh, so bad reviews aside, I went anyways.

It was surprisingly a pretty good movie! It was nice, sweet, and funny! The storyline wasn't too bad - quite entertaining. Many chuckles and 'aww' (as in sweet)  moments throughout the movie. The chemistry between Adam and Jennifer was great. The two children actors who played Jennifer's on screen kids does  a great job. They were both so fun to watch. And surprise - Nicole Kidman makes a guest appearance! 'Just Go See', Just Go With it = a fun time at the movies!

Monday, February 14, 2011

"Never Wasted" Shopping Bag

Many companies now a day are trying to be more environmentally friendly. One way for the retailers is to covert their plastic bags into paper ones.  However the jeans company Lee went a step forward.

Lee created the "Never Wasted" shopping bag! It's not only a bag made of recycled paper, the bag can be used and reused in one way or another. Some for fun, some for function, and nothing goes into the trash. They made it fun and interactive. It's a game, a pencil holder, a calendar and a lot more!

I think retailers should really put more thought into their shopping bags. Why not make them nice, fun, attractive and reuse-able? Hello retailer?? It's pretty much free advertising when people carry them around. I like what Urban Outfitters does to their shopping bag, you can read and check them out here.

Great job Lee for creating a cool looking and most definitely a very creative shopping bag!! Now, where can I get one?

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Diesel Spring/Summer 2011 Ad Campaign: Diesel Island

Diesel's newest ad campaign is called 'Diesel Island: Land of the Stupid, home of the Brave'. The previous campaign which I blogged about here, was all about 'Being Stupid', so I guess they are continuing with the same theme.  A very interesting look and feel to the campaign. Nice photography and once again some very funny copy writing. I like the font choice used for 'Diesel Island'.

Looks like fun times being stranded on an island. What do you guys think of this campaign?

Banana Republic Spring 2011: Journey In Style

I'm not really a regular shopper or a big fan of Banana Republic. However this might change. Their new spring 2011 ad/marketing campaign titled " Journey In Style" really caught my attention. I really like the whole look and feel of the campaign: very beautiful looking, love the colours, clothes, models, relaxed mood and photography. I don't know, I just found this campaign makes Banana Republic more young, modern and full of style. Don't you think so?

A first for the brand, to engage customers and to bring the print campaign to life, they created a film trailer which will debute in select movie theatres and online. ( no worries, I have it here for you : )

I did a little more digging to find out more about this campaign. It was shot against the stunning backdrop of the Vasquez Rocks, one of Southern California's most famous geologic wonders. Some of the models are Angela Lindvall and Jamie Dornan. Lori Goldsten styled the campaign and the photographer was Peggy Sirota. Developed with AR NEW YORK, their ad agency.

Great job all around. I guess I might just have to pop in the store and check out their Spring line. 
What do you guys think of this 'Journey In Style' marketing campaign?

Friday, February 11, 2011


It's Winterlicious time: January 28 - February 10!! An annual event which happens in Toronto where many nice restaurants offer a fixed lunch/dinner menu at a discounted fixed price. It's a great opportunity to check out and experience them without spending too much. Can't go wrong with a 3 course lunch meal for 15 bucks!

I went to one for lunch with a bunch of my friends last week called the Big Daddy's Bourbon Street Bistro & Oyster Bar on King Street West in the Entertainment District. They served authentic Cajun cuisine.

The food was great (note: not a really picky eater). It was the company, who I went with that made it a fun outting : )

Here are some of the pictures I took and what I had. Looking forward to Summerlicious!

cool looking butter balls : )

Soup of the day

Jambalaya with shrimp, sausage and chicken

Apple Crumble: very sweet but yummy!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Happy Chinese New Year!!

Gung Hay Fat Choy!! It's the year of the Rabbit!! I wish everyone and their families a very happy new year. All the best in health and prosperity!

Below are some images I found online, I thought was some nice design work playing with the whole theme of the rabbit and the new year.