26 Years!


Twenty Six. двадцать шесть. sechsundzwanzig. veintiseis.  

dau ddeg chwech. tjugosex. divdesmit seši. dvadeset i šest.
двадесет и шест. dvacet šest. fiche sé. ventisei. vint-i-sis.
dvadeset šest.  二十六. Дваесет и шест. Sitta u għoxrin.
tjueseks. seksogtyve. zesentwintig. kakskümmend kuus.
二十六. kaksikymmentäkuusi. Vinte e seis. sechsundzwanzig.
εικοσι εξι(eikosi exi). huszonhat. Tuttugu og sex. dwadzieścia sześć.

Vinte e seis. douazeci si sase. veintiseis. hogeita sei. дваццаць-шэсць.

No matter what language it is expressed in Today I have now walked the earth for 26 years!
In the past 26 years, I have lived a life some may never know, I would not change it for anything. From the kid who was always told she was too chatty in class to the winner of a young writers award to the girl who had 3 jobs while in business school to almost losing my life in 2016, its certainly been a hell of an adventure and I look forward to more memories!
For fun I am taking a Bday questionnaire:
  • Nicknames: Manda, Manda Panda, Pumpkin, Patootie… I have many!
  • I am OFFICIALLY 26 years old!
  • My favourite food is: Steak & Seafood, caesar salad & stuffed baked potato nom 🙂
  • My favourite book is: Gosh I have so many!
  • My favourite movie is: Nightmare before Christmas or Factory Girl.
  • If I could change my name it would be: Hmm Maybe not something so ordinary.
  • When I grow up I want to become: Better at adulting?
  • When I was little I used to: Wear a diaper on my head and rubber boots. That’s it.
  • My best friend is: Amazing.
  • The snack I would eat every day if I could is: Cheezies and Diet Pepsi.
  • My best memory is: Times spent with my Gramps
  • My favourite breakfast food is: Bacon!
  • I want to go on vacation to: Europe.
  • My favourite toy is: hmmm not sure I should answer that.
  • My favourite game is: Monopoly & Scrabble or Sims 3!
  • My favourite colour is: Red & Black.
  • My shoe size is: 7.5
  • My favourite thing to wear is: Black on Black on Black with a cute choker.
  • I like my house because: It is in a location I love near my family and favourite places.
  • My signature looks like: A toddlers.
New year, a new website (Mkhipz.com) and a whole new outlook!
I hope you all enjoy!

New Year, New Everything?

Hello hello,

It has been quite some time since I checked in but I am in the process if setting up a regular routine for myself again and hopefully that includes regular weekly blogs again.

ALOT HAS HAPPENED since my last blog!

I moved cities, moved provinces, I am in a career transition, new home, new life… yipes.


When my father and I began the 7 hr drive on January 29th we were skeptical. With weather predictions grave my mom packed sandwiches, water and blankets in preparations for an emergency that may occur.


We laughed as the temperature climbed slowly down as we travel further from the Okanagan into the prairies.

I arrived home from my visit to Calgary on the 17th, and was moving back by the 29th, aka I have the best family ever!


Even though of course a bunch of hiccups and glitches have arisen it’s important to be grateful and keep pushing through.

Looking forward to writing more and exploring where I can take the blog in 2018.

Have a great day y’all!

Kangaroo Zoo

In the heart of Winfield lies a captivating experience! If you know anything about mwah it’s that I am obsessed with animals. In Calgary I was a very proud holder of a Zoo pass and visited whenever I could. One of my biggest sadness’s when I relocated was that there was no zoo here. I was very excited to find out that there is in fact an amazing substitute, Kangaroo Creek Farms!

Not only was my long time best friend out to visit but now we would get to visit for the first together!

We got up early and started the day right… with breakfast at IHop! Also a first for us both.
Bellies full we headed to Winfield and to our next adventure!

The sun was already beating its heat at 11 when we strolled down into the farm (but only after missing the turn a few times) ;-P

Kangaroo Creek Farms was such a uniquely, interesting experience to say the least. Who would have known? Kangaroos in the heart of the Okanagan! Why it’s almost better than a zoo? You get to feed and pet the animals!

As we strolled in our eyes widened a giant field with buildings, a watering hole and lots of kangaroos! The enclosure is filled with wallaby’s, large kangaroos and my favorite… albino kangaroos!

The keepers provided us with the food and we calmly approached the animals, say what you will but even though they a docile when you are next to an animal whom you know is so powerful… you tread lightly.

As their fuzzy faces ate from our palms, I laughed at the unique feeling of their teeth lightly touching at times. I learned that kangaroos love corn chips and that feeding them to them is quite the event.

After you exit the large enclosure you can scamper over to a happy looking man holding tiny creatures.

In and out of their sewn pouches Sugar Gliders are such fascinating creatures! This little guy in particular gazed widely as I lightly pet his little head with my other hand.

After that a most exciting opportunity, holding a baby kangaroo! With the luck of the lineup, I even got to hold an albino one!

Like a baby the little guy was handed to me in a bundle, his little red eyes peering up at meet. My heart felt warm holding such a sweet calm creature, if not work the gaining line up I could have sat there forever. Handing him over, we continued on to the final enclosure.

I always thought that capybaras were small but boy was I mistaken. These animals are like giant skittish hamsters! Very cool. We also pet and fed some mini goats, fancy chickens and ducks.

Definitely all made for an amazing memory!

Tasty Tuesday: Wasabi 

The sun cast its warm glow onto me as I stepped quickly off the grumbling bus into the heart of Kelowna. I referred to my maps as I stepped onward, tummy grumbling in anticipation. 

I smiled to myself as the green store front met my sightline. In such stark green contrast, Wasabi called out to the potential curiosity of passers by.

“So excited” I thought as I pushed open the door and was greeted by a very friendly young lady who showed me to my seat.

Excitedly I await my fellow diner, peering at the menu weighing all options available. 

As we settle in and place our orders, a giant grin sat on my face. It was a beautiful sunny day and I was about to have my very first ramen from a restaurant.

As the giant steaming bowl was carried toward me I could feel my eyes widen, it was perfect looking. “Gotta take a picture” I remarked fumbling throughout my purse. 

After capturing its mastery I grabbed my chopsticks and began.

Holy man. How had I never tried this before?

It was amazing! The noodles a perfect balanced texture complimenting the prawn wontons, prawns, pork chashu and refreshing spinach, cabbage. The best part? Oodles of green onion! 

Amazing. Just amazing.

Such a simple yet satisfying dish, truly a wonder worth experiencing.


Hey Guys!

As I am apparently suffering from severe writer’s block I googled one of those 100 question, for fun questionnaires. It was kinda fun to complete 🙂 lol email if you guys have something you want me to write about: missmkhipz@gmail.com


Are you an innie or an outie?

Have you ever written a song?
Yes, many. Although all shall remain in my bottom drawer.

Can you make change for a dollar right now?
*ruffles through bag* Yup!

Have you ever been in the opposite sex’s public toilet?
Yes. Stinky boys…jk

Have you ever written a poem?
Yes a few

Do you like catsup on or beside your fries?
Beside but mayo is way better!

Have you ever been a boy/girl scout?
Girl Guides

Have you ever written a book?
Started a couple…. Sadly to poor result.

Have you ever broken a mirror?
….A couple….

Are you superstitious?
No but I should be

What is your biggest pet peeve?
Varies daily, but wasted time is at the top of the list

Do you slurp your drink after it’s gone?

Have you ever blown bubbles in your milk?
Heck yes!

Would you rather eat a Big Mac or a Whopper?
Is is bad if once in a while I get a hankering for one of either?

Have you ever gone skinny-dipping?
Of course J

Would you ever parachute out of a plane?
It’s on the list!

What’s the most daring thing you’ve done?
Hmmm….more thoughts must be put to this

When you are at the grocery store, do you ask for paper or plastic?
I take what I’m given….

True or False: You would rather eat steak than pizza.
Boo why all the good food choices? Steak and pizza? Hmmm

Did you have a baby blanket?
Yes and I still have my childhood teddy J

Have you ever tried to cut your own hair?

How did that turn out?
Which time? J

Have you ever sleepwalked?
No but dated them…much entertainment.

Have you ever had a birthday party at mcdonalds?
No but attended many

Can you flip your eye-lids up?

Are you double jointed?

If you could be any age, what age would you be?
21 was fun but 24 is still good

Have you ever gotten gum stuck in your hair?
Yup lol

Do you ride roller coasters?

What’s your favorite carnival ride?
Roller Coaster

What is your dream car?

What is your favorite cartoon of all time?
Felix the Cat

Have you ever eaten a dog biscuit?
I don’t think sooooo…..hmmmm

If so, would you eat another one?
I guess if I didn’t know I wouldn’t know

If you were in a car sinking in a lake, what would you do first?
Get out of it…hello?

Have you ever ridden in an ambulance?

Can you pick something up with your toes?
I can peel a banana with them haha

How many remote controls do you have in your house?
Too many

Have you ever fallen asleep in school?
Yup. Oopsy

How many times have you flown in an airplane in the last year?

How many foreign countries have you visited?

If you were out of shape, would you compete in a triathlon if you were somehow guaranteed to win a big, gaudy medal?
Hell Yeah, new adventure

Would you rather be rich and unhappy, or poor and happy?
Poor and Happy

If you fell into quicksand, would you try to swim or try to float?
Not sure

Do you ask for directions when you are lost?
Google maps baby

Have you ever held a Mexican jumping bean?
I’ve seen them, I can’t remember if I held it.

Are you more like Cinderella or Alice in Wonderland?

Would you rather have an ant farm with no ants or a box of crayons with broken points?
Crayons. Hate ants even if there is none.

Do you prefer light or dark bread?

Do you prefer scrambled or fried eggs?
Fried Egg Sandwhich

Have you ever been in a car that ran out of gas?
Yup….more oops

Do you talk in your sleep?
I’ve heard sometimes yes

Would you rather shovel snow or mow the lawn?
Mow, Sunshine!

Have you ever played in the rain?

Did you make mud pies?
HMMM Mayyyybeeeeee

Have you ever broken a bone?

Would you climb a very high tree to save a kitten?
Yup, hold on whiskers!

Can you tell the difference between a crocodile and an alligator?
No….can you?

Do you drink pepsi or coke?
Diet Pepsi

What’s your favorite number?

If you were a car, would you be an SUV or a sports car?
Sport SUV

Have you ever accidentally taken something from a hotel?
….accidentally…no…raided the shampoo cart? Yup

Have you ever slipped in the bathtub?
Grr yes

Do you use regular or deodorant soap?

Have you ever locked yourself out of the house?

Would you rather make your living as a singing cowboy or as one of the Simpsons voices?

If you could invite any movie//TV star to your home for dinner, who would it be?
Dead: Marilyn Monroe Alive: Bill Maher or Chelsea Handler

Do you need corrective lenses?

Would you hang out with / date someone your best friend didn’t like?
Depends is a two minute feud or an all-out war at the wedding?

Would you hang out with someone your best friend liked, but you didn’t like?
Yes for a limited time.

Have you ever returned a gift?
Don’t recall

Would you give someone else a gift that had been given to you?
No seems like a lot of trouble waiting to happen

If you could attend an Olympic Event, what would it be?
Summer Olympics at a warm destination

If you could participate in an Olympic Event, what would it be?

How many pairs of shoes do you own?
…………………………………………..too many

If your grandmother gave you a gift that you already have, would you tell her?

Do you sing in the car?

What is your favorite breed of dog?

Would you donate money to feed starving animals in the winter?

What is your favorite fruit?
All Fruit minus cantaloupe and green melon

What is your least favorite fruit?
Cantaloupe and green melon

What kind of fruit have you never had?
Not sure

If you won a $5,000 shopping spree to any store, which store would you pick?
Any fun pin up shop

What brand sports apparel do you wear the most?
Whatevers the most cost effective…what you’re working out not going to the ball?

Are/were you a good student?
Decent Student

Among your friends, who could you arm wrestle and beat?
Probably non haha

If you had to choose, what branch of the military would you be in?

What do you think is your best feature?
My eyes, they change colour!

If you were to win a Grammy, what kind of music would it be for?
Symphonic Metal (and id magically be able to sing)

If you were to win an Oscar, what kind of movie would it be for?
Comedy :-p

What is your favorite season?
Summer Sunshine!

How many members do you have in your immediate family?

Which of the five senses is most important to you?

Would you be a more successful painter or singer?

How many years will/did you end up going to college?
3.5 so far

Have you ever had surgery?

Would you rather be a professional figure skater or professional football player?
Figure Skater

What do you like to collect?
Vintage Memorabilia

How many collectibles do you have?
Not enough

What one question would you add to this survey?
Why are you so fabulous? Answer: Because I am me.

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