Sunday, May 31, 2009

What are the cheap things to do in Montreal? Free Museum Day May 31st

Updated: We drove to the parking lot of the Montreal Biodome and one of the staff told us that the wait would be 2 hours. It was 2pm. We decided to leave and try the Planetarium instead. By the time we got there at 3pm, there was another huge lineup waiting for us. We gave up and went window shopping instead. Next year, I'll make sure that I wake up early and avoid those long lineups!

The Montreal Museums Day is back on May 31, 2009. Every last Sunday of May, Montreal museums offer free admission and public transit with 6 free bus routes to take you from one free exhibit to the other. A pretty good deal to me!

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Where to eat cheap food in Montreal? special at Biftheque

Where to eat cheap food in Montreal? From May 27 to June 2, the Biftheque is offering a special for shrimp or filet mignon for only $16.95. This looks like a good deal to me since I had to pay more than $20 for a filet mignon the last time I went. One very tasty price indeed!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Funny Crappy Chinglish by a Hong Kong Girl

I read this funny post about a Hong Kong Chinese girl complaining about being rejected from the Miss Hong Kong pageant. Here is the Chinglish letter I found from this source:

我是 (I am) Lucy, I went to Miss Hong Kong first interview. Wah d judges very not polite and not nice law. Today I see a megazine saying this year's Girls so ugly. I saw many good and pretty girls there but they didn't choose ja ma. Don't choose mei suen law but the judge in first interview-- most very not poliite to many young girls and to to me law. I only 18 the judges ask me to"why join Miss HK go and why not study la u only F7 ja wor how can fright with other wor." Also say my English bad… hurt die me. Ho La, other girl tell me la, she study in University ok ga dou but little fat or short then the judge(woman) said " why you look fat or so short!" wah ho hurt ga ma. One girl is a博士 (Dr.) student ar very high level and very nice ga dou cant get in second interview la. We think she will be in ga but she said no law. You can search her pic and my pic to see la. She gum high level duo ng dak, gum me ng duk duo rite gei but i think the whole choosing is not fair law, choose model mei? young yao inch', high study level yao inch, short yao inch… They onky choose rich girl law so bad. We don't go and let them inch ga law if they need tall or high level people then why not put in the application form lei. Waste time!
dou ng fair gei!

u can email me if u want.

Unless you are Chinese, there's no way you can understand this.

What I hate in Montreal? Metro

After writing so many great cheap things about Montreal, I decided to write about some of the things I hate in Montreal. Even though I don't take the metro, I learned today that the metro to downtown Montreal was shutdown during rush hour. How do I know that? I called my girlfriend who was trying to go to downtown. Obviously, my girlfriend was in a bad mood. But, I guess the delays today were justified. There was a bomb threat. Hopefully, this will make my girlfriend feel less pissed off.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Want some free stuff in Montreal? $10 Tim Hortons gift card at Pharmaprix

This Saturday and Sunday, May 30 and May 31st only, you can get a $10 Tim Hortons gift card when you spend $50 or more on almost anything in the store except medications sold exclusively in a pharmacy, stamps, lottery tickets, event tickets, transit tickets and passes, electronic gift cards, Life Experiences® packages and pre paid phone cards. Wondering what else you could buy at Pharmaprix for $50 or more, I know that if I bring my girlfriend, she can easily buy cosmetics or beauty products for more than $50. Since she's looking for a new nail polish.. hmm.. looks like I might get a $10 gift card this weekend!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

How to make money from a blog? Associates Central

How to make money from a blog? Get pay to advertise amazon products on your website. I can earn up to 15% in referral fees if users I refer to Amazon sites buy products! Basically, I just need to use their Product Advertising API, add some links to Amazon products and pray that someone will buy something. This sounds easy, right? Well, I'm not sure how much money I can make from this, but next time I need to buy something from Amazon, I might just refer myself to their site and save an extra 15%! Mwahahaha, I am evil! By the way, this picture shows the product that I find in when I make a search for the word amazon. Weird.

Want some free stuff in Montreal? Watch TV for free!

It's the playoffs in the NBA with LeBron James and the Cavaliers versus Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic in the Eastern Conference and Kobe Bryant and the Lakers versus Carmelo Anthony and the Denver Nuggets. Sounds very interesting, right? Unfortunately, I am too cheap too pay for those cable sports channel such as TSN, RDS, and ESPN. But fortunately for me, I can watch it for free online. Yahoo! Sports has a huge gigantic link, which says "Watch Live" and links to a live coverage on TNT! Saves me from paying top dollars to my satellite provider.

How to make money from a blog? Technorati

How to make money from a blog? Easy, just need readers to come to visit my Cheap Ass in Montreal blog and click on some ads that interest them. How do I get people to visit my blog? That is the hard part. This is why I decided to add my blog to Technorati, a search engine for blogs. As you can see, I am currently ranked 4,814,527. If you like this blog, please support us and increase our popularity by adding this blog to your favorites.

Monday, May 25, 2009

What are the cheap things to do in Montreal? Leonardo Da Vinci the Exhibition

We went to the exhibition Leonardo Da Vinci: Man, Inventor, Genius located at the Eaton Centre. More than 60 models of Leonardo's most famous inventions were on display with some interactive and hands-on prototypes to play with! The normal price on the weekend for an adult is $14.95. But we were able to get the student discount of $9.95 with our expired student IDs! Not a bad deal!

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Where to eat cheap food in Montreal? review of Chao Phraya

Where to eat in Montreal? We went to eat at Chao Phraya, a Thai restaurant on Friday night. They have a menu on their website which plays an annoying music and can't be turned off. Anyways, we were 8 person and shared some food together. My favorites were the mango salad and the seafood soup with coconut milk. The food was generally ok, some of the plates were a little bit too sweet and it was a bit expensive: $40 per person tax and tip included. Not a very cheap night in Montreal!

Saturday, May 23, 2009

How to make money from a blog? Another advertiser

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Friday, May 22, 2009

How to make money from a blog? Google AdSense

Since I'm a cheap ass, one of the goals of this blog is obviously to make money $! The first step I have taken to monetize my blog is to enable ads to run with Google AdSense. This is really simple to do. You just need to create an account with AdSense and copy their code into your blog and that's it! With blogger, it's even simpler! Login to your blog and click on the monetize tab and voilà. Now I just need to increase the traffic on my blog and maybe Text Link Ads will start accepting me as a publisher! Oh, and hopefully, someone will click on the.. wait, I think I'm not suppose to tell people to click. Nevermind!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Where to eat cheap food in Montreal? Free Tim Hortons Iced Coffee!

Updated: I thought I was getting the Iced Cappuccino, but unfortunately, they are only giving away the new Iced Coffee which is $1.39 before tax. It took me 10 minutes to walk to the nearest Tim Hortons and 10 minutes waiting at the store before I got my coffee. I finish it in less than 5 minutes on the way back. Oh well, it's free!

Yes that's right! Tim Hortons is offering a FREE small Tim Hortons Iced Coffee tomorrow on May 21, 2009 from 12:00pm to 5:00pm! A great refreshing way to spend your lunch break on a 29°C afternoon sun. And the best part: it's free!

$49 Million 6/49 Tonight!

Updated: As you can see, I did not win. Cheap Ass in Montreal survives!

Huge jackpot of $49 million tonight, one of the largest in Canadian history. If I win tonight, then I will change this blog from Cheap Ass in Montreal to Rich Snob in Montreal!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Why am I so cheap?

If you are wondering why I am such a cheap ass, let's just say that I have a girlfriend who likes a lot of expensive stuff. She just bought the Deluxe Antibacterial Brush Set at Sephora for $79 CAD taxes not included. This is suppose to be a great deal and I have no idea why someone needs 7 different brushes that average $11.29 each. How many places can you brush? I don't understand, but as long as it makes my honey happy!

Victoria Day in Ottawa

I spent Victoria Day, also known as Journée nationale des patriotes in Quebec, visiting Ottawa for the Canadian Tulip Festival. The trip was great with perfect weather and stunningly beautiful tulips. But the best part was this: it was free!

We started our trip with breakfast at McDonalds with a
Sausage McMuffin with Egg Sandwich, Hash Brown, and Coffee for $4.50.

Next, we rode for 2 hours on a friend's 2003 Honda Accord LX. We kept ourselves busy by playing Mario Kart on our Nintendo DS again!

Finally, at 1pm, we parked our car for $3 near the Commissioner's Park and began our tulip trip. My friends were taking pictures with their super expensive Canon Rebel cameras while I was stuck with my point and shoot Sony Cybershot. My camera quickly ran out of battery because I was too stupid not to charge it the night before. Fortunately, some of my friends spend a lot of money and even had back-up batteries for their Rebel!

After 2 hours of walking and taking pictures, we finally left for Chinatown Ottawa and had lunch at 3pm at the Mee Xim Vietnamese Restaurant. My girlfriend had a Grilled Pork Chop with Rice while I had the BBQ Beef with Rice. Our dinners together cost only $20.49 + $2.4 tip for a total of $22.89. I'm pretty cheap with tips, right?

We then walk around the Byward Market and stopped at the Sugar Mountain on 71 William Street some sweets and dessert. The jelly beans were pretty cheap at $0.02 per gram and we bought $3.96 worth of it. It was a pretty good deal considering that they sell for $2.99/100g in Montreal.

We started heading back home at 6:30pm and arrived in Chinatown Montreal at 8:00pm. I was the one driving at 120km/h on the way back since the original driver needed to take a nap and I didn't get caught by cops! Our dinner for the night was Cantonese Cuisine at Keung Kee, one of the best Chinese restaurants in Montreal in my opinion and cheap! We had fried tofu, shrimps in a vegeterian wrap, General Tao chicken, pork, jellyfish and oxyster for $17.50 each.

The total spending for the day was $69.35 for my girlfriend and me or $34.66/person. Not bad since a 1 day bus tour at Wonder Travel would have cost us $20 not including the service charge for driver and food!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Geeky Saturday Night

I spent Saturday night at a Second Cup on St-Catherine street playing Nintendo DS with my girlfriend and three other friends in multiplayer mode using the wireless LAN connection.

I don't own a DS and I was playing with my girlfriend's console all night while she was watching me getting destroyed on Battle mode in Mario Kart DS
and Bomberman Land Touch.

We spent three hours there. I shared an Icy Fruit Smoothies, which tasted a lot like ice + water, with my girlfriend and also bought a Green Tea Latte for one of her friend. Total cost for the night $9.93 CAD!

Cheap night, right? :D