Free birthday meal at Pajo’s

On my birthday, I knew I wanted to get a free meal for dinner.  Some deals allow you to get your free meal one week before or one week after your birthday, while others only allow you to get it on the actual day.  It only made sense to go for one that would only be valid on the day of my birthday.  I had two choices.  Denny’s or Pajo’s.  I had gotten my free birthday meal at Denny’s last year, so I decided to opt for Pajo’s this time.  I wanted to go with my family, and I figured they’d be happier with fish and chips.  I suppose I could have attempted to do both, but I feel that would have been overkill.

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My Pajo’s birthday coupon

In order to get your free birthday meal at Pajo’s, just go to their website and click on “Free Birthday Meal” under the heading “About”.  This will bring you to a form you need to fill out with your name, email address, and birthday.  Then you’ll receive a link to the coupon in your email.  Just print it out, fill it in with your name, and take it to Pajo’s with your picture ID on the day of your birthday.  It’s good for a small fish and chips and a drink, or a burger with fries and a drink.


Dinner at Pajo’s with my family

There are two Pajo’s locations in Richmond, one at Steveston on the wharf, and one at Garry Point Park.  We figured the wharf might be busier, so we went to Garry Point.  It was a nice day outside and we were able to find a picnic table to sit at.  I had my coupon printed and filled out and ready to go.  Halibut is more expensive than cod or salmon, so naturally I chose that option since it was free.  But I had a bit of salmon too that my family had left over.  Because I can always eat.  The portions at Pajo’s are pretty big.  You get a lot of fries in your basket.

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My free birthday fish and chips

I don’t have fish and chips that often, so I’m glad I decided to go there.  There are two other Pajo’s locations at Rocky Point Park in Port Moody and Gates Park in Port Coquitlam.  I’m lucky that my birthday is in the summer, because their summer hours are 11am-8pm, whereas in the spring and fall they’re only open until 7pm, and only on certain days of the week.  This gave me ample time to get there and redeem my coupon after work.  Unfortunately, since they operate outdoors, Pajo’s is closed during the winter.  So you if you have a winter birthday, I guess you’re out of luck.  I wonder if Pajo’s offers any deal for those who miss out by being born at the wrong time.  Maybe it’s worth checking?  But this is just one of the reasons why summer birthdays rock.

Hello, my name is Dominique and it’s been 9 days since my last blog post

Not that it’s an addiction or anything.  Are there any bloggers’ anonymous support groups?  There must be.  They have support groups for everything nowadays.  I’m pretty sure I’d qualify.  Although right now I do not wish to deal with my blogging addiction.  I wish to deal with my inability to keep up with the frequency of my blog posts.  And feed the addiction, if you will.  In my last post, I mentioned how it was difficult to blog in the summer.  But right now I’m looking at how busy fall is going to be an I’m not sure how often I’ll be posting then either.  But I’ll try to make it often.

I was in Vegas for five days.  And while I was there I did not have internet access, which meant I did not check Facebook or Twitter or WordPress.  Which normally is awful, but when you’re in Vegas, you hardly miss it.  It was really nice actually not having to tweet about everything I was doing at any given time.  No responsibilities or worries.  I got back yesterday and now I’m kind of depressed that life here just isn’t as awesome as it was there.  But at least I can blog again.  If I have time.

There are so many awesome blog ideas I have at the moment and no time to write them.  At this rate, I’ll be telling you about Vegas some time next year.  I still need to blog about free birthday deals, because people have been asking about those.  It’s already been a month since my birthday and I still haven’t got around to it.  And then there are other various posts I want to write about food and shoes.  Obviously.  Because this blog tends to revolve around food and shoes.

My main problem right now is I need a computer.  I mean obviously I have one, seeing as I’m using it to write this post.  But it sucks.  A lot.  We have two laptops at home actually, one slightly more crappy than the last.  And they’re incredibly, painfully slow.  And they freeze and shut down.  It’s always such a chore to post things, espcially pictures, and so I often get frustrated and give up.  Long story short, I need a new computer.  Does anyone know where I can find a good one?  Once I have one in my possession, you can expect better blog posts.  Or more frequent ones anyway.  I guess I can’t guarantee better.  We’ll just have to cross our fingers and hope for the best.  Well I won’t, because it’s hard to type with your fingers crossed.

I went back to the night market

You may recall a while ago I wrote a post about going to the Richmond Night Market.  Well you knew I couldn’t stay away for too long and that I’d be back sooner than later.  This time, it wasn’t just about the food.  I went earlier and spent more time in the non food area as well before indulging in the goodness prepared by the food vendors.

They spelled stationary wrong at this booth.  Stationary with an a refers to something standing still, like a stationary bike.  Stationery with an e is what they really meant, as it refers to various writing supplies and whatnot.

I seem to have this newfound obsession with sunglasses.  Night market sunglasses mostly.  I like this style but I wasn’t sure if I could pull off wearing them because of how red they were.

I can, however, pull these ones off, right?  I don’t really understand them but at the same time I kind of do.  They’re kind of like those shutter sunglasses but better.  I would have bought them except for the fact that I couldn’t exactly see properly while wearing them.  That and the fact that they do nothing whatsoever to protect my eyes from the sun.

I didn’t buy these either but I do like them.  They kind of have a unique shape.  Maybe I’ll buy them next time I go?  Or maybe they’re too big?

I’m very indecisive, especially with sunglasses, as I find it extremely difficult to find a pair that do me justice.

They had lots of booths selling clothes.  I like how the sign said “Feminine”.  You know, as opposed to all the masculine dresses and skirts they had?

I had a mishap with my phone while trying to take a picture and ended up with this randomness.  But my left shoe managed to make its way into the shot.  It’s such a camera whore.

It’s really smart that they were selling $2 flip flops, as you do a lot of walking at the Night Market.  I’m pretty sure some people mistakenly wear uncomfortable shoes and later regret their footwear decision.

They have a lot of stationery booths.  I like how this one sold fans.

We couldn’t stay away from the food for too long.  Walking around works up an appetite.

Again, I was overwhelmed by the abundance of options.

But this time I had a better idea of what I wanted.

I obviously had to get a Japanese corn dog.  I mean come one, would wouldn’t want something that was coated with fries?

Rice burgers are really good too.

I don’t know why, but I always get excited when the bun isn’t actually a bun.

I was slightly disappointed by the false advertising, as I realized that the corn dogs were coated in hash browns, not fries.  But I like hash browns too, so it was okay.  But someone should really let them know that there’s a difference.

I watched as they had the rice buns on the grill.

Rice burgers are probably a lot healthier than regular burgers.

When I got my corn dog, my name was spelled wrong.

Dominic is the guy version of my name.

But all in all, the corn dog was pretty satisfying.

I was so disappointed that the mini-chicken teriyaki burgers sold out.  I mean they have yam fries in them.  That sounds so good!  I am definitely getting one next time.  This booth will have to be my first stop.

Apparently Cookie Monster’s version of YOLO is “You obviously love oreos”.  I kind of liked that.

There’s still so much more food I want to try.

Bubble waffles sound really good.

These things were so unbelievable good.

I decided on the strawberry mango icy.  A lot of fruit, a lot of slushy, and vanilla ice cream on top.  It was amazing.  You don’t need to buy a drink if you get this because the slushy part is pretty much a drink in itself.  Perfect for a hot day.

And the ice cream doesn’t melt because it’s sitting on top of the slushy.  So naturally I saved some ice cream for the very end.  Because I could.

I was very confused by the drink specials at this place.  Whatever doesn’t really mean whatever?  Well what does it mean then?  What’s in the drink?  That tells me nothing about it whatsoever.

Loving someone who used to love you?  What the hell is that supposed to taste like?  And is it a good taste?  It sounds like it might not be.

Why would you want bitter bubble tea?  And I guess you have to wait longer for the patience one?  But what does it taste like?

What does the blueness of the sky taste like?  Or the 6th night?  What does that even mean?  I guess these drinks are appealing for people who are adventurous and like to be surprised.

I’m really glad they had indoor plumbing.  I was expecting porta potties or something, which would have been highly unpleasant.  Thank God for these bathrooms.  Although the floors were dirty.  But there were running toilets, so I can’t complain.

They had a booth with leggings and fishnet stockings.  I obviously had to buy a pair.  While we were debating, they gave us a deal so we could buy three pairs and each get one, for cheaper than if we bought them separately.  Sometimes it pays to be indecisive.

I found a booth that had a whole wall of nickel free earrings.  I’m allergic to a lot of jewellery and I love earrings, so it’s like this booth was made for me.

There were necklaces too but only some of them were nickel free.  But there were quite a few nice ones that were.

I think there should be more places like this one so that I don’t feel left out when it comes to jewellery.  It’s always nice having options.

I bought a chain with a pendant and matching earrings.  I had to go with purple since it would match a lot of my outfits.

There was some sort of dancing happening on the stage for entertainment.

These back supports things that you put on chairs are supposed to make you sit up straighter or something.  They’re pretty comfortable but didn’t seem like an essential thing to buy.

I took home the bowl from the icy because I could.  My mom asked why and told me to throw it away.  But I refused because it’s good enough to reuse.  Although I’m not sure where it is at this point.

My first non food related purchase was sunglasses again.  This time they were $4.  I remember Sunglasses At Night was playing when I entered the night market.  Which of course was very fitting, seeing as I was in fact wearing them.

I love my silver chain and purple flower pendant.  It’s probably my favourite night market purchase so far.

I thought I’d buy some earrings that were sort of flashy and sort of classy at the same time.

And of course a pair of purple earrings to match my necklace.

And I’m excited to wear my fishnets as well, though I’ve yet to open up the package.  I’m hoping I can find a special occasion where I can wear my fishnets with my jewellery and my sunglasses.  Or maybe I’ll just wear them all next time I go to the night market.

The broken seat

I went to the movies last night.  It’s busy on Tuesdays because the tickets are cheaper.  But we managed to find seats.  And not just any seats either.  The chair next to my chair was under repair (that rhyme was not intentional but now I feel like I should have written this as a poem), which meant that no one could sit in it.  I love it when the seat beside me is empty.  I thoroughly enjoyed having that arm rest all to myself.  I often get angry when things are out of service or under repair.  This was a rare occurrence where it worked in my favour.

I want a convertible dress

I love outfits that are convertible.  Versatility and convertibility are amazing qualities for a garment to have.  I remember when I watched Fashion Star, one of my favourite pieces was the convertible skirt that Orly made.  The model walked down the runway, and then undid the zipper around the waist to remove the top part of the skirt, creating a whole different look.  Unfortunately that was the first thing she made, and everything she made thereafter just wasn’t as good.  But the skirt was awesome.

I remember watching an episode of Dragons’ Den where this woman had created a convertible dress.  It was a while ago, so I don’t remember exactly what the styles looked like, but I remember that I thought it was a brilliant idea.  To be able to buy one dress and wear it multiple ways to achieve multiple different looks, who wouldn’t want one of those?

There is also a company called Wrap Magic Skirts which does the same thing.  They have various skirts and dresses which can be worn over 100 different ways.  Their newest creation is the convertible dress, which is the same idea as what I saw on Dragons’ Den, except it’s a different company.  The convertible dress looks amazing.  The website has videos which demonstrate the various ways you can change the look.  They retail for $250.

But as luck would have it, there’s an online deal.  Two actually, one on SwarmJam and one on Deal Getters.  The deal lets you order one for $49.  Taxes and shipping are not included though.  But it’s still a significant reduction from the full retail price.  I am so tempted to buy one.  I can justify it by saying that I’m not paying a lot for just one dress, I’m paying a lot essentially to get multiple dresses.  And a skirt.  Yes, it can also be transformed to be worn as a skirt.

But I’m still debating as to whether I should get it.  I mean I don’t really have an event or occasion that I need it for.  I never really NEED these things.  But I’m sure I’d make good use of it somehow.  Chances are I’d probably find one way of wearing it that I like the most and then constantly wear it that way, defeating the purpose of its versatility.  Or even more likely, I would screw it up somehow, trying desperately to follow the steps from the video but ultimately being unable to achieve the desired look.  Then maybe I’d end up just wearing it as a skirt, unable to figure out the dress styles.  Because I tend to fail at fashion.  But it’s worth a try, right?


My main problem is I’m indecisive.  If I do in fact buy one, I have no idea which colour to get.  How do I decide?  If they had a convertible dress that also changes colour, now that would really be something.  That would be the ultimate in versatility.  But alas, there is no such thing.  It would make sense to get black, since a little black dress is an essential part of any wardrobe.  But I think I should get something colourful.  I think I look good in purple.  But I have a couple purple dresses already.  Though none like this.  The blue is really nice too.  Maybe the blue?  But what about the red?  Or the other shade of blue?  Or the green even?  I want them all!

Also, there are two different styles of the dress you can choose from to order.  The first one is really nice, but a lot of the styles are backless, which poses the problem of finding the right bra.  So perhaps the second style would be better.  But I like them both.  Chances are, by the time I make up my mind as to whether to buy it and which one to buy, the deal will have expired or sold out.  And then I will be left with non-buyer’s remorse, which is really an awful feeling.  Because I’m only going to buy one with the deal.  I can’t afford a $250 dress.

What do you think?  Should I get one?  And if so, which colour?