Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Essentials To My Daily Productivity

Photo Credit: Vogue.com

As an Editor for my Blog, The Style And Travel Journals, it could be a challenge on a daily basis to achieve our daily goals and to be productive. It takes planning and organising to create a post and to share it to everyone. There are not so rosy days and there are days when we feel to just slow down or not do anything at all.

As we strive to do our best to exceed our goals every day, we normally have to discipline and push ourselves outside our comfort zone to achieve our goals.  

In my life right now, I have developed my 5 Essentials for Productivity which has been part of my daily lifestyle:

Inspiration 

I get my daily inspiration from many sources. They could be from the beauty of nature, people that I admire and work with everyday, from my family and friends, Books, Magazines, different Blogs, Fashion, Art, Music, Movies, and Travel. Inspiration is everywhere as long as we pay attention, appreciate all the beauty and the good that is around us. Inspiration has helped me to stay positive, to create my best work and therefore achieve better productivity. 
Lately, I visited Claude Monet's Les Nymphaes art work displayed at the Musee De L'Orangerie in Paris, France which inspired me to visit Monet's House and Garden in Giverny, France and to read more about his life and art. 

Brainstorming

I write down all of my ideas and inspiration for my Blog as notes on my monthly planner/diary. From the ideas that I write down, I am able to create and produce themes and presentations for my Blog.

Getting Organised

We can achieve brainstorming in many ways. We can be creative as we want to be. As for me, I write down all of my ideas on my daily planner/diary for my Blog. From there, I can create and organise themes and schedule them on my Planner. This way, I am more organised and can clearly see my Blog's direction for that month.

Getting organised can also be done through an Inspiration Board by cutting out photos that inspire us in order to create a common theme of what we plan to achieve. 


Time Management

Planning our time during the day allows us to prioritise the things we wish to achieve for that day. Time Management is key in achieving productivity because it helps us to have a clear head and allows us to work on things in an orderly manner.

Multi-Tasking

Here is a photo of me, multi-tasking in action. Taking a photo and listening to the Audio about the story of this grand and elegant room at the Chateau Vaux Le Vicomte, in France. 

Multi-tasking is an acquired talent as it takes skill to do several things at the same time. 

Multi-tasking is really key for us Bloggers to be productive as we use our different skills to create our best post. As a Blogger, we normally take our photos, plan our post, create our post, write our story and then the editing before the final presentation.  It is important to remember to use multi-tasking safely to achieve positive results, create our best work and our best productivity. 

Lastly, the most important of all, is to have fun and to love what we are doing in order to be productive without really working. 


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Saturday, 18 October 2014

An Abundance Feast

Every time we visit Montreal, we can't help but stop over at the Marche Jean Talon to eat, shop and just walk around to see all of these abundance which is a feast in the eyes. Enjoy these celebration of food. 

Where to Eat

Soft taco with pulled pork and red onions.
Got to try these gluten free crepes. 
Apple crepe with chocolate and caramel sauce.
Turkish desserts at Patisseries Orientales.
Portugese Natas.

To learn more about the Marche, view my previous post Say Fromage At Marche Jean Talon.


Bon Weekend!


Saturday, 11 October 2014

Food Adventure At Quebec City

 Travelling in Quebec City is truly a gastronomic adventure especially for French food and traditional Quebecois cuisine. I discovered quite ironically that in trying out traditional Quebecois cuisine, which was strongly influenced by French cuisine, that I have finally eaten my truly Canadian meal right here in the heart of Quebec nationalism. Where did I experience this epiphany? Right here at the Restaurant Aux Anciens Canadiens which prides itself in serving an old fashioned Quebec cuisine since 1966 in this historic Maison Jacquet,  built in 1675-1676. The restaurant was named after a famous novel, Les Anciens Canadiens, written by Philippe Aubert de Gaspe, who lived in this house. The Menu is mostly Quebec cuisine featuring wild meats such as Bison, Caribou, Elk, Beef, Duck, Chicken and Veal. There are seafood and vegetable meals offered in the menu too. Those wild meats including their speciality dessert, maple syrup pie are  traditional Quebec cuisine and also truly delicious Canadian meal.
 For Sunday Lunch, we chose the Special Menu offered here for a very good price of $19.95 Cdn which included a glass of wine, beer or drink of your choice,appetizer, main entree and dessert.
 The interior is typical of ancient french houses in Upper Quebec City. It has low ceilings and mostly made of wood. There are many wood carved Art on the walls from local Quebec artists. 
 For Appetizer, I chose the wild bison and caribou rillettes with toasted bread and apricot jam. To eat it, spread the rillettes on the bread and top it with apricot jam. So yummy!
 My main entree, I tried the Lac St Jean meat pie made with wild meats of Bison, caribou and elk with potato.  I liked it that the table setting was in blue and white and the food were served in their blue and white China.
I cannot leave Quebec City without trying their traditional poutine which is made of french fries with Quebec cheese curd and topped with gravy. This is super delicious.
 Other members of my family ordered the Bison Burger. 
 Bison cooked bourguignon style with creamy blueberry wine sauce. 

For dessert, a traditional Canadian maple syrup pie with unsweetened whipped cream. This is one of my favourite desserts. Here in Toronto, they make this as Butter tarts. One can only try this here in Canada. 
I will be continuing my french adventure this week to Paris, France. I am excited! 


Happy Thanksgiving in Canada!
Bon Weekend!


Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Shopping At Simons

 We could not leave Quebec City without shopping at Simons, the historical and stylish Department Store only found in Quebec. The Store was actually founded in 1840  by the Scottish Simons family  that settled here in Quebec City. This Store in Quebec City is the original store since 1870. As their marketing logo goes, 174 Years Of Superior Fashion,Great Value and Exceptional Shopping Experience. Simons remains true to their logo as shopping there offers some truly high quality, unique and stylish Fashion that can only be available in Quebec. The Store have not expanded to the rest of Canada yet so their style and the products that they offer remains influenced in Quebec. Simons remains my favourite store here in Quebec as for sure when I wear one of their fashion, I know that it is one of a kind. 
The whole street at Côte de la Fabrique is lined with shops and is near the Basilica de Notre Dame. 
Simons style is mostly influenced by the French style. Now the Store is going back to its roots by promoting British style in their British Beat campaign. When in Quebec, drop by Simons for a truly Quebecois shopping experience. 


Saturday, 4 October 2014

Weekend In Quebec City

Bienvenue a Quebec City! Here is a place that looks and feels like you are in Europe yet we are still in Canada. Quebec City is the capital of the Province of Quebec here in Canada and one of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Another popular City here in Quebec is Montreal but Quebec City is their seat of Provincial Government. The City is very french and historical with over 400 years of history. It is a fortified City located along the St. Lawrence River with an upper and lower sections connected by a Funicular. The port here is major stop among major Cruise Ships. One of the famous landmarks here is the luxurious Fairmont Chateau Frontenac located in the Upper Old Quebec This Hotel stands tall overlooking the St. Lawrence River. Quebec City is a walking City. In any season, it is perfect to walk around discovering the shops, the cafes and there is an alley displaying the works of art of local Quebecois artists. Come along here to discover more about the charm of Quebec City.

Luxurious and historical Fairmont Chateau Frontenac.



Alley of local artists selling their works of Art.




Quebec City is the capital of New France here in North America. 
We visited the Notre Dame De Quebec which is celebrating their 350th Jubilee. The Roman Catholic Church is the oldest in North America. Part of their Jubilee celebration is the opening of the Holy Door which is the only one in North America. There are six Holy Doors in the World - in Vatican City, 2 in Rome, in Ayr, France, Santiago de Compostela in Spain and here in Quebec City. Every Christian must Pass through the Holy Door to obtain forgiveness and graces. The Holy Door only opens every decade. So it is quite a blessing for us to pass through the Holy Door. 
After passing through the Holy Door, we entered the Chapel of the Sacred Heart which also have the relics of the saints and blessed of Canada. 

The Main Basilica.

View of the Lower Old Quebec and St. Lawrence River.


Bon Weekend!