Monday, November 30, 2015

5713


“I went to England for a couple of days.”
“For work?”
With a shy smile on his face, he replied
“No…actually I’m seeing someone.”

Fast forward a couple of months…

They came out of the airport
with huge smiles,
despite the frigid air.
He had his arm around her
while hers was draped around his waist
One arm carrying her bags, while the other
was wrapped tightly around her,
shielding her from the chilly winter air.
Although she was tired from the flight
her smile grew bigger
 as she approached her best friend
and their shared group of friends.

As he waited nervously for her arrival
he was accompanied by his brother and their friends
His brother, who was on the lookout for the lovely lady
turned to him and exclaimed, “ Yo, I see her!”
As his and her eyes met,
she ran at full speed into his arms.
Her arms around his neck, and his around her waist.

There was nothing 5713 km of distance could do to their love. 

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Daniel Wu - A man of wit and intelligence

Although the premise of this video is a Seiko watch ad, I thoroughly enjoyed listening to his interview . It is often said that "an intelligent person will open the mind", and I believe this is true in the case of Daniel Wu, an American-Born-Chinese actor currently living in Hong Kong.

Here is the interview link on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUw2d2jAEBU

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Why are pets so cheap?!

Out of curiosity, I checked out Petsmart's website a few days ago. I took a look at the different animals they sell, and I noticed that these animals were sold at ridiculously cheap prices! For example, three mice were sold for $5 (it doesn't help that they were advertised as "fancy" mice)! In addition, betta fish were sold for $14.99....

I always thought that pets would cost a fortune ( partially because I've never had a pet as a kid) BUT, hear me out on this one. My theory is, from the moment we pay the cashier for our pet, we are immediately responsible for its needs-its physical, emotional, and mental state, food, shelter, water, time, love, attention, and care. Shouldn't they be more expensive if we're taking care of its needs for its lifespan; for all its memories throughout its life? Why and how are we stripping all of these factors and reducing its price./cost to less than $20?! If it's a life-long commitment, shouldn't it be receiving more care and money devoted to its well-being?

That would be akin to taking away newborn babies (or babies that re only a few months old) away from their mothers, and selling them to others, then placing a price tag on its life for less than $100?!

Okay, I digress, that would only happen in a paranoid, dystopian society..but still, it's a valid argument.

I am baffled.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

An insightful read for anyone and everyone in the workforce

I came across this article while surfing on Facebook (okay, I admit - I still use facebook), A friend of mine had commented on a link that her friend posted on her wall. The title of the article piqued my interest, and now I'm sharing it with you!

http://www.filmsforaction.org/news/your_lifestyle_has_already_been_designed/

Monday, July 27, 2015

Monthly Music Favorites


Hello! I haven't given an update in a while, but here it is!
 Here are my music favorites for July:
War- Jay Sean
Tears In The Ocean  (Candle Light Mix)

Enjoy the rest of your day! 

World Traveller

I excitedly grabbed your hand
gently pulling you away from the crowd
eager to hear your stories;
your travels around the world.

As I asked you about each country you visited,
your eyes lit up and the corners of your mouth were upturned
ready to share every detail with an inquiring mind.

As your mother called you over,
“We’re leaving now!”
Tears filled up my eyes and I asked,
“When will I see you again?”
As we stood up for an embrace
we exchanged sad smiles.
Before I walked away, I mouthed
“I’ll miss you.”

Wherever you are now
 please be safe
have fun
and be assured that you will always
have a special place in my heart.



Tuesday, July 14, 2015

When faced with opposition and cruel remarks...

don't be bitter, be better. I've learned this lesson very recently, and I intend to keep these as words to live by. When someone doubts your abilities or capabilities, take this as an opportunity to excel their expectations and prove them wrong.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Musings

1. Life should be a series of little adventures.
2. Strip your layers of vulnerability and refine them to make you a better person.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

She Was Selfless...

She was selfless;
the type to reach out,
helping anyone in need.
She jumped to the aid
of family and friends,
imparting love in every direction.
But she did not leave
any love for herself
and so she withered
like a plant without water.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Kindness...

"No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted." - PeachyTwist (DeviantArt artist)

Original photo: http://peachytwist.deviantart.com/art/Kindness-is-everything-532413368

Please check out her work when you have time!



Monday, May 11, 2015

"It is momentous".

" Making the decision to have a child- it is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body". - Elizabeth Stone

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

A Walk To Remember

I finally watched it! This movie had been on my list of movies to watch for a while now. I decided to watch it as soon as I had finished my exams; to relax from a busy semester.

VERDICT: Mandy Moore has the voice of an angel, and Shane West looked good. It was a sweet love story.

I had known Shane West from the TV series Nikita with Maggie Q and Xander Berkeley. Thus, when I saw him in A Walk To Remember, I exclaimed: Hey, it's Michael! Minus 10 years of course..." My favorite part of the movie is near the beginning when a group of boys bother Jamie ( Mandy Moore's character) "Well, if there's a higher power, then why hasn't he gotten you a new sweater?" Her reply is priceless: "He's too busy looking for your brain."



P.S. I've wanted to add A Walk To Remember to my growing collection of books on my shelf..and I'm getting my copy tomorrow!


Monthly Music Favorites

Here are my favorites for the month of April:

Little Moment- Omar Linx
Let Me Love You - Mario
I Want It - Olivver The Kid

If life ever feels unfair, remember...

❝ WE MATURE WITH THE DAMAGE, NOT WITH THE YEARS. ❞


Friday, April 17, 2015

I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. I love you simply, without problems or pride: I love you in this way because I do not know any other way of loving but this, in which there is no I or you, so intimate that your hand upon my chest is my hand, so intimate that when I fall asleep your eyes close. 
-Pablo Neruda

X (Multiply)

I bought Ed Sheeran's most recent album X (Multiply)!!
I enjoyed all the songs on the album (which is why I saved the album on Spotify) so I decided to add it to my growing collection of albums :)



Have a lovely day!

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Monthly Music Favorites

Here are my monthly music favorites for March :

Love Me Like You Do- Ellie Goulding
Chivalry is Dead- Trevor Wesley
Daddy Loves You - Lil Crazed

If you have any song suggestions, leave them below in the comments!

Have a great day! (:

Friday, March 20, 2015

What a steal!

At the beginning of the week, a group of students held a week-long gently - used book sale. The book sale was held in the corridor just outside of the library. The large tables with a plethora of books caught my eye, so I perused their vast array of books.

I was able to buy two novels; Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen and At First Sight by Nicholas Sparks , each for a dollar. What a steal!

I had read Water for Elephants a while ago. Since I immensely enjoyed reading the novel, I knew I just had to add it to my growing collection of novels! As for At First Sight, it was bought on a whim (LOL). I glanced at the cover and thought it was pretty so I read the excerpt at the back of the novel. The excerpt drew me in, thus, I decided to buy it!

        

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

03092015

That night, my sister exclaimed
"Look up at the sky!"
Raising my eyes toward the sky
tilting my head upwards
A smile slowly spreads across my face.
I see the glimmering lights of the stars
and as I closed the storm door for the night,
I gaze at the stars one last time.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Never has a quote resonated within me so deeply.

" I tried to kill myself last night as some of you know, and I've felt weird all day like I was so prepared to just be gone that it's strange still being alive."

09/22/13

Sunday, March 8, 2015

The Afghan Girl

There have been photos of a girl with piercing sea-green eyes circling the internet recently. You may know her face and eyes, but do you know her story?



Here is her story:

http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2002/04/afghan-girl/index-text

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Monthly Music Favorites


These were  my favorites songs for the month of February:
Cry Me A River- Justin Timberlake
Thinking Out Loud- Ed Sheeran
Bloodstream- Ed Sheeran
Paper Hearts- Tori Kelly
Nobody Love - Tori Kelly
Tears In The Ocean - Jay Sean
Drift - Gailmatias ft Alina Baraz

I'll try to compile a list for every month. If you have any song or artist suggestions, leave them below! I'd love to hear your suggestions!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Education and Learning

My exact thoughts:

"People think of education as something they can finish." - Isaac Asimov  (via voguetherapy)

But it isn't, learning should be a life-long journey.


Reblogged by Mocha Dalpaengi, original owner is calmandreposedd.tumblr.com

Monday, February 16, 2015

Your Public Oasis - Hapjeong,Korea

A store in Hapjeong, Korea stocked with little, pretty things such as flowers, jewellery and candles.

Photo reblogged from Mocha- Dalpaengi, original owner is agingerwithasoul.

Original link: http://agingerwithaseoul.tumblr.com/post/111039021291/if-you-find-yourself-in-hapjeong-and-are-in-the

If you find yourself in Hapjeong and are in the mood for flowers, jewelry, or candles, Your Public Oasis is an adorable store filled with pretty little things. I bought a soy candle called “rose duet” that smells amazing and has a wooden wick that makes the perfect little crackling noise. 

Plus they stapled a leaf to my bag and who doesnt want that?!

Newly discovered love: Coffee shops

Photo reblogged from Mocha-Dalpaengi, original owner is Nanatachina.

http://nanantachina.tumblr.com/post/110451135626

Thursday, February 12, 2015

A Unique form of Time-lapse That Has Never Been Seen Before

A photographer by the name of Tony Harrison has shot a timelapse video of San Francisco at night aptly named " Gotham City SF." It is dark, uncoventional and mysterious. Check it out here: https://iso.500px.com/dark-and-gripping-time-lapse-captures-san-francisco-like-youve-never-seen-it-before/

Monday, February 9, 2015

The Unfortunate Truth

An important lesson I've learned recently.
Reblogged from mocha-dalpaengi. Original owner is dellbby.

http://dellbby.com/post/110596863303


Thursday, February 5, 2015

The value of CDs

Up until recently, I never had an immense interest in collecting CDs. However, I realized the practical value of collecting them recently. Roughly a month ago, I sat with a friend in his car after eating dinner with a bunch of friends. While driving back to my house, he played an album from one of his favorite artists. It wasn't until later that night, did I realize how convenient it is to have a collection of CDs to play at anytime, anywhere.

I'm also grateful for the large collection of CDs my parents have built up over the years. And on Saturday, I bought my first CD, a copy of Maroon 5's debut album, Songs About Jane (also one of my favorite albums). I hope to add to my collection of albums in the coming years.

Albums I'd love to add to my collection include:
The Element of Freedom - Alicia Keys
X - Ed Sheeran
Foreword EP- Tori Kelly
How To Save A Life- The Fray

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Eye Colors

Blue eyes are captivating; they'll suck you in. Brown eyes will lure you in, but they also have the power to reflect light like orbs.

And for those of us who have brown eyes, remember:
https://twitter.com/CHlLDHOODRUINER/status/559102961587343360

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Ihwa Mural Village

If you're interested in photography, culture and art in general, I recommend reading this photoblog! Here is the link: http://rjkoehler.com/photoblog/ihwa-mural-village/

Enjoy and have a great day!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Fill A Heart - Tori Kelly

No one should be left in the dark
With love, fill a broken heart.

Monthly Music Favorites

Hi! Here are some songs I've been listening to non- stop this past month

January Favorites:
Slow Dancing in A Burning Room - John Mayer
My Favorite Faded Fantasy - Damien Rice
Lights Off - Jay Sean

I'll try to compile a list for every month. If you have any song or artist suggestions, leave them below! I'd love to hear your suggestions! 

Friday, January 23, 2015

Humans of New York

I've been following an account called Humans of New York, informally known as HONY for a about 2 years now. HONY's photographer, Brandon Stanton delves into the lives of passerby on the streets of New York, thus personifying the word sonder.

Four days ago he interviewed a young man living in Brownsville, Brooklyn, unknowingly sparking a fire that has brought people from all over the world together towards a united goal. Here is the first post: https://m.facebook.com/humansofnewyork/photos/a.102107073196735.4429.102099916530784/865948056812629/?type=1&source=46

Yesterday, Brandon met the woman who has been an influential figure to this young man's life. Her attitude and faith towards these kids has been heartwarming. Here is her interview: https://m.facebook.com/humansofnewyork/photos/a.102107073196735.4429.102099916530784/868248166582618/?type=1&source=46

Since yesterday, Brandon and fans of HONY were able to raise enough money to achieve Ms. Lopez's dreams for her scholars. Here is the post:
https://m.facebook.com/humansofnewyork/photos/a.102107073196735.4429.102099916530784/868534733220628/?type=1

Ms. Lopez's final request is that her scholars are also provided with a summer program. Here is the link:
https://m.facebook.com/humansofnewyork/photos/a.102107073196735.4429.102099916530784/869199409820827/?type=1

If possible, please donate and if not, please spread the word (:

Have a great day.

Instagram Inspiration!

A few days ago,  I found this nugget of wisdom from a photographer whose handle is @une.debille. Here is her quote: "Les plus faibles se vengent, les plus forts pardonnent, les plus heureux oublient."

English translation: The weak take revenge, the strongest forgive and the happiest forget."

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

To all poets and Ed Sheeran fans

This tumblr post made my day.

http://funnytext-posts.tumblr.com/post/47627129489/ziamsandwich-eyeslikecominghome

^In all seriousness, it's a brilliant idea.

A Plea to the Broken Soul

I can’t bear to see you hurting deep down inside,
I can’t afford to watch you helplessly from the sidelines,
watching you break down after staying strong for so long
only to collapse of an overdose of stress and guilt.
My heart starts to grow heavy,
groaning, wishing that I could do something to help
I'd wipe your tears, give you an embrace
filled with all the love I have for you
because your pain is my pain.

And I can’t afford to lose you.


^ Written for a close friend

Sunday, January 18, 2015

You're beautiful.

@MalloryCha: Constantly reminding myself that just because I see someone pretty doesn't mean I'm ugly

^This tweet speaks volumes.

Have a great day :)

Saturday, January 17, 2015

"Collect moments, not things"

This was the caption from a talented photographer who I recently followed on Instagram. Her handle is @sxnflxwer_. The link to the post is here: http://instagram.com/p/x92aRUsa2c/

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

When you feel that all hope is lost...

This afternoon I stumbled upon a beautiful quote from a photographer on Instagram whose handle is @bleachfilm. Here is the quote: "The moment you realize your bones are made of the same dust as the planets, your lungs are breathing the same air as migrating butterflies, and your blood is pumping because of the love and care of thousands. Then is when you realize that you are not as broken as you think you are. You are full of the world ♥️."

If you check his Instagram account, the quote should be found under his most recent post, the picture of a guy and a girl as shadows standing in front of a pink- y, orangeish sunset.

" I am not dating a racial slur."

While looking through my Facebook feed a few days ago, one of my friends shared this article with me. Intrigued by the title, I clicked the link and read the aforementioned article : https://ashlynsully.wordpress.com/2014/12/22/i-am-not-dating-a-racial-slur/

My verdict? Ashlyn is a brave young woman who is always ready to defend her loved ones. It also made me think about the difficulties/assumptions/stereotypes directed towards interracial relationships. I also read an article written on Huffpost and the author's experience as a half of an interracial couple ( Asian Male White Female). Here are the links:

http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/4415858
http://howibecametexan.com/2013/09/11/amwf-relationships-the-good-the-bad-and-the-ugly-asian-male-white-female-couples/


Thoughts? Comments? Suggestions? Leave them down below! 

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

For every wrong turn, you gain an opportunity

http://avoyageforever.tumblr.com/post/102492317970/a-wrong-turn-led-me-to-a-field-of-flowers-and

^Original owner

I reblogged it from one of my favourite bloggers:

http://mocha-dalpaengi.tumblr.com

Monday, January 12, 2015

#ConfessYourUnpopularOpinion

Many people have this mindset:

https://twitter.com/TweetLikeBFFs/status/553657502345474049/photo/1

(the first half of the sentence). But I beg to differ- I want to expand my knowledge and skills. Most importantly, I want to cherish every day that I have. I want to live.


Sunday, January 11, 2015

Sonder

http://www.dictionaryofobscuresorrows.com/post/23536922667/sonder

A word I stumbled upon not too long ago; often overlooked by mankind.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Fixed mindset vs Growth mindset

Interesting article I read over the weekend. It raises the question: if a child is innately "smart", should we be showering them with praise or not?

The link is found here: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-secret-to-raising-smart-kids1/?WT.mc_id=SA_Facebook

*smart is a subjective word, it should be used with caution

Thursday, January 8, 2015

"Yeah God love your soul and your aching bones. Take a breath, take a step, meet me down below. Everyone's the same, our fingers to our toes. "

All Fall Down- OneRepublic

I fell in love with the message of these lyrics. Although these words are simple, they mean a great deal to me. It is a promise that no matter how much one is suffering, there is always someone who can understand and is willing to help.  

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

"If I can't do great things, I can do small things in a great way."- Martin Luther King

On Instagram, I follow a photography account called Humans of New York, also known as HONY. HONY's photographer, Brandon Stanton travels around New York City, exploring the lives and the stories of the civilians he meets everyday. One of his posts yesterday stood out in my mind. Here is the link:

http://instagram.com/p/xiH1koNrCt/?modal=true

One person who commented on the photo quoted Martin Luther King, who once said: "If I can't do great things, I can do small things in a great way." Once I read their comment, I knew I had to share it!

I'd like to give a shoutout to the person who quoted MLK and HONY photographer, Brandon Stanton!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

"Love is an act of endless forgiveness"

A tweet by the lovely @therealkimj on twitter :https://mobile.twitter.com/therealkimj

A quote that everyone can relate to, regardless of social or economic status. In other words, a universal truth.

Monday, January 5, 2015

" My God, give me the courage to live three hundred sixty-five days and nights."

http://jyoujo.deviantart.com/art/one-wish-to-make-503813964

Quote found from this artist's gallery. Please check out his photos when you have time!

Summer Wishes

Written in September of 2014

Take me to a beach where I can have sand
in between my toes, collect seashells and
swim in the clear blue waters while 
I play in the sun all day.
Beautiful weather, sun in my sunglasses,
a sun dress, maybe a floppy hat
while I fill up jars with seashells
without a care in the world.
A place where I can take
photos of the sunrise, sunset and the palm trees

Sunday, January 4, 2015

A Mother's Love

This one was written in December of 2014. Inspired by a classmate with a young son.

When asked about her son
her facial expression changed drastically
A smile spreads across her face,
her cheeks turn a rosy red
and her eyes light up.
The aura surrounding her
is of joy and happiness.
Bubbling forth with pride,
she recounts stories and tales
about her son
and how much happiness he has brought into her life.
A mother's love is like no other;
irreplaceable
one of a kind
    ♥

Singer Spotlight: Hui (of Pentagon)

I'd like to start a new series on the blog, called Singer Spotlight. The purpose of this series is to draw attention to talented yet un...