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Blog contests, memes, interviews, photography hunts, random facts… Let’s connect, share some blogging fun and some little snippets of life.

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Beautifully Flawed

French are epicurean, joyous pessimistic and self-conscious hedonist. North Americans, on the other hand, strive for perfection and constantly want to better themselves and those around them.

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Breathing Space

There are only so many hours in the day and they are always booked by two main tasks—work and Mark. In between, a myriad of small duties, a series of minor events and a plethora of incidents will incapacitate me here and there, as if I was in a videogame.

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To Each His Own

I’ve known my in-laws for 12 years now. It’s not a secret that I don’t like fruits. It’s not a big deal, really. And yet, every few weeks or so, depending how often I see them, they offer me fruits.

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A Blog’s New “Clothes”

WordPress changed, I changed, the world changed… and I wanted a theme that would load faster, with more emphasis on the pictures and the articles. Sahifa, the theme I installed in March, didn’t really deliver. There were too many bugs and I have too little spare time to waste on fixing them. It was best to start again from scratch (if only life was as easy!).

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Alright, Let’s Talk About Sex

Sex isn’t something I usually write much about. Not because I’m busy doing it but because even though I blog under “Zhu”, my real name is not a secret (“hi, prospective client!”) and because some of my friends, as well as—gasp!—my mom sometime read my articles.

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8 Times I Lied Today

I think I am a pretty honest person. I don’t cheat and I don’t play tricks. Why would I? I find life is generally easier when you tell the truth and speak your mind—without being brutally blunt, of course. Being caught in a web of lies must be a nightmare. I don’t have the energy for that kind of crap. But what about these little white lies? Okay, I am guilty of these.

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Buy Clothes and Plant Trees (No, Really)

Ever heard of Dragon Dens? In this TV show, aspiring entrepreneurs pitch business ideas to a panel of venture capitalists in the hopes of securing business financing. Well, this is where Ten Tree’s co-founders, Dave Luba and Kalen Emsley, presented their business model: For every item sold, Ten Tree and its partners plant 10 trees.

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The Weight Check

“You’re so thin!” I heard from friends and strangers alike. I didn’t see it. I didn’t look at myself. I was simply annoyed that my clothes were too big. I wasn’t trying to lose weight or to reach a particular so-called “ideal weight”. I just didn’t want to eat. Of course, here lies the big how-to-lose-weight-easily secret I discovered for you: don’t eat and you won’t gain weight.

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My New Chinese Top

I was recently contacted by Sammy Dress to review their products. “Sure,” I said. “Send me something and I will take a look.” What? I am not reviewing something I haven’t tried!

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When I worked at Canada Post, a colleague asked me for my date of birth. “March 21, 1983” I replied out without thinking—I had just spent the morning filling out employment forms. “Wow, I can’t believe you didn’t mind giving me your year of birth!” she laughed. “Some people are really weird about it!”

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10 Awesome Nonfiction Books You Should Add To Your Reading List

My love story with books started when I was three years old. I have never stopped reading since. I love had covers, paperbacks, magazines, essays, newspapers… hell, if I’m desperate, I have been known to enjoy the back of the cereal box or user manuals. I am not going to turn this blog into a book club but I wanted to share a few finds. So here are ten awesome nonfiction books I enjoyed!

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Well, Hello, 21st Century!

I have… or rather, I had a BlackBerry. It had been a no-brainer choice to me. I have never been an Apple gal and there weren’t that many options on the market two years ago. Beside, Ottawa tends to be loyal to BlackBerry—we all know someone who works for Research in Motion and it is the default device for all government employees.

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My Nail Salon Addiction

The first year I worked as a French teacher in Ottawa, as soon as spring sprung, my students—all federal government employees—started to sport painted toenails. They would compare the relative merits of Shellac over OPI. When I admitted I didn’t really have an opinion on the topic, they asked incredulously: “You’ve never had a pedicure?!”

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