Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Annual Music Favorites - 2016


Hello! Just wanted to pop in and do a round-up of my favorite songs for the year :) 

FEBRUARY
Learn to Fly - Bob Bradley, Matt Sanchez, Steve Dymond, Sarah Wassall
Burn - Usher
Hero - Enrique Iglesias
No Distance - Jason Chen
I Wanted You - Ina

MARCH
Still In Love - Jason Chen
Love Yourself - Justin Bieber
Sweater Weather - The Neighborhood (Gentle Bones cover)
If I Was Your Boy - Glassio Remix
Lay Me Down - Sam Smith ft John Legend
7 Years - Lukas Graham

SEPTEMBER
Happy Feels - Ivan B 
Closer - The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey
City of Stars - Ryan Gosling ft. Emma Stone (La La Land)

OCTOBER 
Here's To The Hearts - Emma Stone (La La Land)
Send My Love (To Your New Lover) - Adele
Lost Boy - Ruth B 
They Don't Know About Us - Kevin Karla & La Banda

NOVEMBER
Wait For You - Elliot Yamin
Isn't She Lovely - Stevie Wonder (Glee cover)
Famous - Nathan Sykes
Twist - Nathan Sykes

DECEMBER
Back At One - Brian McKnight 
Heartless - The Fray 
The Heart Wants What It Wants - Selena Gomez
Million Reasons - Lady Gaga
7 Days - Craig David

I hope you have a great end to the year, and see you all in 2017! 

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Monthly Music Favorites - DECEMBER 2016

Can you believe that in a week, 2016 will be over?? Soon, we'll be ringing in the new year!

Here are my music favorites for the month of December:

Back at One - Brian McKnight
Heartless - The Fray
The Heart Wants What It Wants - Selena Gomez
Million Reasons - Lady Gaga

Quick question - would you like to see a round-up of all my favorite songs for the entire year? Let me know.

Monday, December 12, 2016

PRODUCT UNWRAPPING: & Other Stories Bracelet and Body Lotion

I was recently gifted a beautiful bracelet from & Other Stories from my best friend. The bracelet is a gold cuff with 3 charms; a circle and two hearts. The charms are attached by a chain and a c-shaped clasp. It came in a white pouch with two black ribbons which say “&otherstories”.



Bracelet from the front and from the back 

Also included in the pouch was a sample body lotion, Punk Bouquet. The description on the packet says: Frothy vanilla soda on a rebellious rose bouquet. 




The texture of the lotion was smooth and its fragrance was true to its description. The lotion was very moisturizing, and I would gladly purchase it if it came in a full-sized bottle.

Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy the rest of your day!

-Em





Friday, December 2, 2016

ALBUM REVIEW: Unfinished Business - Nathan Sykes



 I first learned about Nathan Sykes in 2013, when he did a duet with Ariana Grande, titled “Almost is Never Enough.” I enjoyed listening to this song when it first came out, but at the time I was more interested in Ariana’s music.

Recently, I learned about him again through a friend’s Snapchat video. She posted a snap of his Pokemon Go Theme Song cover. Intrigued, I searched up his cover on YouTube and gave it a listen. After listening to his cover, I asked my friend which of his other songs were her favorites… which leads us to the first song in this album review.

Over & Over Again – Over and Over Again is a ballad, another duet with Ariana Grande. It is sweet; a story of a promise between two lovers. My two favorite lines are in the chorus, which says: “Just put your heart in my hands, I promise it won’t get broken” and “I’ll love you, over and over again.”

Famous – Although Famous is another ballad, it is a showcase of Nathan’s deep and soulful voice, especially evident in the chorus. This song is about a choice – which is more important, fame or love? I highly recommend watching the music video for this song.

Twist – Twist is an upbeat jazz-influenced song. Nathan’s sultry voice and the song’s catchy lyrics are mood-lifters. This track would be the perfect song to play while getting ready for a night out with friends.

Kiss Me Quick - Kiss Me Quick is a retro-inspired track, with drums and trumpets playing in the background. Once again, Nathan’s soulful voice takes center stage.

In conclusion, Nathan Syke’s debut album Unfinished Business proves his versatility as an artist. 
From ballads to upbeat songs, Nathan proves that he is a force to be reckoned with, one to watch out for.


Wednesday, November 23, 2016

TRAVEL DIARY: London, Fall 2016 (Part 3)

Here is the final installment for my travel diary from my trip to London!

DESTINATION #3: THE SHARD


On the fourth day of my trip, my mom and I went to the Shard, which is the tallest building in Western Europe, and the fourth tallest building in the world. Since we had received a voucher from the city bus tour from our second day in London, we were granted two free entry, “next-available-time slot” tickets for The View From The Shard (we had paid for the tickets in advance). I had been wanting to the Shard for a couple of months prior to my trip, so I was ecstatic when we bought tickets to go.

The Shard was designed by Italian architect, Renzo Piano, and was built from 2009 to 2013, opening to the public on February 1, 2013. It is a home to offices, a hotel, restaurants and bars, public galleries, and residential apartments – which are all scattered throughout the 72 floors of the building.

The most optimal view of the city is on floors 68, 69, and 72. The open-air observation deck is situated on floor 72, whereas the lower viewing decks are situated on floors 68 and 69. The weather was fantastic when we went, as there were clear and sunny skies. Here are some photos:






If anyone is interested in visiting the Shard , here is their website: 
https://www.theviewfromtheshard.com

This post concludes my London travel diary. I hope you enjoyed reading this series, and we'll speak soon.

-Em 





Wednesday, November 16, 2016

TRAVEL DIARY: London, Fall 2016 (Part 2)


As promised last week, here is the second installment of my travel diary from my trip to London!

DESTINATION #2: CITY BUS TOUR & THAMES RIVER CRUISE

The following day, my mom and I embarked on a hop-on, hop-off city bus tour for the entire day. We boarded the bus from our hotel, at around 11 AM. We first went on the Museum Tour, which included spots such as the Natural History Museum, Harrods, Piccadilly Circus, the British Museum, and the Royal Albert Hall. After getting off at Piccadilly Circus, we embarked on the Original Tour, which included sights such as Ripley’s Believe it or Not!, Marble Arch, Big Ben & Parliament, London Eye, Covent Garden, and St. Paul’s Cathedral.

Of all the sights I saw on the city bus tour, my favorites were the Royal Courts of Justice, and the London Eye.  The architecture of the buildings in London are breathtakingly beautiful! Although most of the buildings in London are old, they are filled with so much history and are all very well-maintained!



















After we finished the bus tour, we took a river cruise along the Thames River. By the time we reached the pier, it was around 5 pm, so it wasn’t too dark. As soon as we boarded the cruise, I realized I had the PERFECT view of Tower Bridge, so I quickly snapped a photo.  The river cruise was peaceful, and we rode at a leisurely pace. 













I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone who is visiting London. Here is the link to the bus tour’s website:http://eng.bigbustours.com/international/home.html


I hope you enjoyed reading this blog post! Stay tuned for part 3, which will be up within the next couple of days. 

Friday, November 11, 2016

TRAVEL DIARY: London, Fall 2016 (Part 1)

At the end of October, my mom and I went to London, England for a short trip.  We were there for 6 days, and I enjoyed my trip immensely as this was my first trip to Europe. This will be a three-part series, as each post will highlight a different part of London.

DESTINATION #1: Selfridges and Oxford Street

Upon entering Selfridges, we were greeted by sales associates and a flurry of different perfumes and scents. These scents permeated throughout the entire floor, some musky and perfect for autumn, while others fruity and floral. Amidst the many perfume booths, there were also cosmetic booths, supplying brands such as Lancôme, Chanel, MAC, Kiehl’s, Bobbi Brown, Burberry, and Bvlgari. 

In total, there are five stories, with three basement levels. The first floor is perfumes, second floor is women’s accessories, and the third and final floor is men’s accessories. After exploring the first floor, we took the escalator up to the second floor. The only way to describe this floor is: handbag heaven. There were a plethora of different brands of women's' accessories including: Kate Spade, Tory Burch, Gucci, Longchamp, Aspinal of London, Coach, DKNY, and many others. After debating whether to splurge on a bag from Longchamp for a while (I’ve been wanting a Longchamp bag for a couple years, on-and-off), I finally decided to take the plunge. I bought a dark purple shoulder purse, which fit perfectly, especially for my short frame. I also bought two highlighters from Muji, as I’m a fan of their pens and stationery.




After shopping, my mom and I decided to take a break and have a late lunch before heading back to our hotel. We ate at The Brass Rail, a heritage salt beef bar located on the Foodhall/ food court level. I ordered their classic smoked salmon and cream cheese bagel, while my mom ordered the blooms salad. Both were delicious and I would recommend to anyone who wants to grab a bite at Selfridges. Here is the link if you're interested: http://www.selfridges.com/US/en/content/the-brass-rail

As we were walking back to Bond Street subway station, we strolled along Oxford Street. This street is known for its many stores, catering to individuals of all ages and backgrounds. While walking along Oxford Street, we saw stores such as H&M, Forever 21, Gap, Aldo, The Body Shop, Pull & Bear, and Doc Martens. In addition, there were orbs hanging across wires throughout the entire street, which was pretty cool. 


In summary, we had a successful first day of exploring central London, filled with shopping and great food. Stay tuned for Part 2, which will be up in a couple of days!

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

ALBUM REVIEW: 25 - Adele

As many of you know, Adele’s album ‘25’ came out last November, and is quickly approaching its one- year anniversary next month. I re-discovered this album last month, fell in love and immediately saved it on Spotify. Without further ado, let’s delve into my favorites from the album.


Hello – I first heard this song on the radio shortly after the album was released. The chorus to this song is quite catchy, and the music video was beautifully shot. I like how the video is shot in black and white, alluding to the somber tone of the song, while also giving a nostalgic and classic old – school feel.

Send My Love (To Your New Lover) –Upon hearing this song, I knew it would be one of my favorites. The message of the song speaks to me, as it is often difficult to get over heartbreak, yet it is essential to living. I once read a quote which said “You can’t start a new chapter of your life if you keep re-reading the last one” and I believe that this song is the aforementioned quote in lyric form.

River Lea – This songs starts off as a ballad, yet its chorus is powerful and is an anthem to strength and confidence. If I could sum it up in a few words, it would be “anthem of every strong woman.”

Million Years Ago – This song is a piece of self-reflection, a comparison of the past and the present. Adele’s voice is soulful, and listeners can hear the anguish in her voice as she sings. I believe this is a song that everyone can relate to, regardless of age, race, and background.

In conclusion, ‘25’ is a showcase of Adele’s immense talent, with tracks ranging from pop and R&B to  soulful ballads, all which resonate deeply in the minds of listeners and fans. 

Monday, October 24, 2016

How to Be Both - Meghan Markle

I found this gem of a blog post on my favorite actress's blog - Meghan Markle's blog "The Tig".
Here is the link if you are interested in reading: http://thetig.com/how-to-be-both/

Friday, October 21, 2016

Burnout

Here is a short piece I wrote recently. Just a warning, the content is a bit darker than my usual posts.


empty
and  hollow
feeling like I’m stuck in a cave
clawing my way out
for fresh air
out of this hellhole

I need a change of scenery
new sights, sounds, and smells
somewhere foreign

where I can start with a clean slate



Monday, October 17, 2016

Monthly Music Favourites - OCTOBER 2016

Hello all!

Here is my roundup of songs I've been listening to on repeat (all day err day) for the month of October

Here's To The Hearts (Audition) - Emma Stone (La La Land)
Send My Love (To Your New Lover) - Adele
Lost Boy - Ruth B
They Don't Know About Us (One Direction) - Kevin Karla & La Banda (Spanish version)

Also, I've been loving Adele's album 25! An album review will be up on my blog in the near future :)

On another note, I will be going on a trip to London with my mom at the end of the month! I'll be posting travel entries and pictures when I return :) Stay tuned for my travel posts and pics!





Friday, October 14, 2016

ALBUM REVIEW: Lemonade - Beyonce

I truly enjoyed listening to this album! I find myself listening to this album over and over again whenever I have the chance.

My favourite tracks are:

Hold Up - R&B track, story of a woman who sticks with her man through thick and thin, unfortunately, she is not appreciated for all that she does,
- Most memorable line in the song: "Hold up, they don't love you like I love you."

Don't Hurt Yourself  - Rock track, heavy bass
                                 -  filled with emotion and anger
                                 -  Phenomenal marketing tool - rumors were started and a storm followed

Sorry      - A woman who stands up for herself and moves on after being cheated on
              -  catchy beats and chorus

Friday, October 7, 2016

growing pains



 sometimes you just gotta rip the band-aid off
 even if your heart is aching
and you feel as if
your mind has completely numbed
while the world is still spinning.

when all is said and done
it might sting, and it may burn

but please,
let the blood dry
as a reminder of
your strength and courage
in this cruel world


Friday, September 30, 2016

solace

as we engage in conversation,
i see the sadness in your eyes.
you hunch your shoulders
and lean forward.
you tell me
a little-known fact about you
only known by a select few.
i give you a nod of understanding
along with a sad smile.
i save it and keep it in my heart.



Monday, September 26, 2016

Monthly Music Favourites - SEPTEMBER 2016

Hello!

Here are a list of songs I've been listening to (repeatedly) for the month of September:

Happy Feels - Ivan B
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RrKikHJV1jg

Closer - The Chainsmokers ft Halsey
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KFJN1VadtJU&bpctr=1474916201

City of Stars - Ryan Gosling (La La Land soundtrack)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mFq3p2EZUsA


If there are any songs which you recommend, please leave them in the comments below!

Friday, September 16, 2016

Snakes & Lattes

Last weekend, I went to a board games café called Snakes & Lattes in downtown Toronto with a bunch of friends. Snakes & Lattes opened its doors in the fall of 2010 as the first board games café in North America.

Once you enter the cafe, you will see a myriad of board games inside 2 large bookshelves on your immediate left and right. There is another large bookshelf housing an assortment of board games at the other end of the café. Once you walk past the front desk, there are large and small tables for groups to sit and enjoy food and drinks, which can be ordered from your seat, using the menus on the table.







I ordered a flat white to drink while playing with friends. Since it was my first time trying a flat white, I was excited to try something new. I enjoyed the taste of the espresso, mixed with the smooth and creamy micro foam. 

We played three games: Concept, Apples to Apples, and Superfight. Of the three games, I enjoyed Superfight the most. I jokingly told a friend that Superfight would be the perfect cure for writer’s block.



All in all, I had a fun night with my friends in a cozy environment. I highly recommend going to Snakes & Lattes if you’re looking for a place to hang out during the fall and winter. Here is the location I went to: http://www.snakesandlattes.com/location/college/


Thanks for reading! :)


Saturday, September 10, 2016

September 2016 Calendar









I recently downloaded a cute and creative calendar from one of my favorite bloggers, Gabrielle, founder of the blog Monochrome Caffeine. She is a graphic designer and lifestyle blogger who is currently based in Pittsburgh, PA. She has recently started sharing her designs, including calendars and is also open for graphic design or stationery commissions. Links to her blog, calendars and Behance profile will be included below.

Gabrielle's blog: https://monochromecaffeine.wordpress.com/

Gabrielle's September calendar: https://monochromecaffeine.wordpress.com/2016/09/06/september-calendar/

Gabrielle's Behance profile: https://www.behance.net/garenfr63e4

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Summer 2016

white shades
a flowy dress
strappy sandals
and an iced coffee
in her hand.


Thursday, September 1, 2016

Autumn's Serenade



You can hear the sparks
crisply crackling through the wood
carried by the breeze of the night.
Marshmallows roasting, their scent
wafting in the air, paired with
the musky scent of fresh rain, leaves on the ground
and the silence which surrounds it.

Laying on the back of a lawn chair
with its sturdy material cushioning you
from the wet ground, its legs holding you up.

You inhale the air
the smell of s'mores and
the musky after- rain scent
lull you into a calm state of mind.
Surrounded by friends
around a bonfire
its radiance and warmth
reflect your emotions at this very moment,
of happiness, peace and contentment.

Thought Catalog






I first learned about this site through my sister. One day, she told me about an article that she had read on Thought Catalog. I listened attentively to what was written in the article, yet I didn't pay too much attention to the website itself.

After a couple of months, I started to notice that articles from Thought Catalog kept popping up on my Facebook feed. I read each article intently, hungry for well-written pieces by articulate individuals. Eventually, I stopped using Facebook altogether, except for Facebook Messenger.

Thought Catalog is a website where others write short stories/articles on a variety of topics, ranging from love to self confidence, to current news. Or anything and everything.

Here are a few of my favorite articles from Thought Catalog:

55 Tiny But Important Things You Should Start Doing For Yourself Today - Becca Martin
http://thoughtcatalog.com/becca-martin/2016/08/55-tiny-but-important-things-you-should-start-doing-for-yourself-today/

How To Kick Ass At Being Single AF - Lauren Jarvis-Gibson
http://thoughtcatalog.com/lauren-jarvis-gibson/2016/06/how-to-kick-ass-at-being-single-af/

19 Ways To Love Yourself - Chelsea Fagan
http://thoughtcatalog.com/chelsea-fagan/2013/03/19-ways-to-love-yourself/

Monday, August 29, 2016

Monthly Music Favourites - AUGUST 2016

Hello!
Here are some songs which I've been enjoying for the past month:

Cold Coffee - Ed Sheeran
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c7d8LUJ8Ejk

Gangsta - Kehlani (Suicide Squad soundtrack)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vgnv22twtaQ


Unsteady - X Ambassadors
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MklKTJ5JoKg


Let me know what songs you've been listening to in the comments down below!


-Em

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Toronto Art Crawl 2016

Toronto Art Crawl at the Entertainment District took place this past Friday, August 12,2016 at David Pecaut Square. After work, I came home and had a quick meal. I left the house about two hours later to go to the bus stop. I then met up with my sister downtown. Once I met up with her, we walked to David Pecaut Square together.

There were only a few artisans/vendors at the square. However, there were two booths which caught my eye- Alchemy Natural Soaps and Skincare, and the smaller booth next to it with eye-catching photographs laid out on the shared table. Thus, my attention shifted to the photographs and the artist whom the prints belonged to, Hannah. We chatted for a bit, hence I decided on two prints: one of a fisherman taken at Pier 7 in California, and a streetcar in part of Toronto’s Financial District. I finally decided on the Toronto print, to which the girl who ran the Alchemy booth commented, “Gotta rep the hometown, eh?” I chuckled and thanked Hannah for her prints. I smiled at the girl who ran the Alchemy booth and left.

I'm glad I chose the Toronto print as I later found out that the Toronto snapshot was not on Hannah's Instagram feed! To see more of Hannah's work, her Instagram handle is: https://www.instagram.com/herlifeinpixels/

















Here is the print I purchased from Hannah. The intersection is King St. West and Bay St., in Toronto's Financial District. 


-Em

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Luminato Festival 2016

The Luminato Festival is a global arts festival held in Toronto every summer. It showcases all types of arts including performance, visual arts, music, theatre, dance, magic and more.

This year, my sister invited me and a friend to go to the festival with her. This year, Luminato was held in the Hearn Generating Station, an abandoned electricity generating station. Its smoke tower can be seen in Toronto's skyline.

The Hearn had many different exhibitions, as it is a large and spacious building. However, my favourite exhibition was "Trove: A View of Toronto in 50 of its Treasures."

My favourite works from that exhibit were the Marilyn Monroe tapestry by Andy Warhol, Princess Florine and Prince Florimund costumes from The Sleeping Beauty, and the Buckminster Fuller Project Toronto.


Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Monthly Music Favourites - JULY 2016

Hello!
I know it's been a while since I last wrote a music post, but here it is!

Two songs that I have been playing non-stop are:

Cold Water - Major Lazer ft Justin Bieber and MO

Tell Your Heart to Beat Again - Danny Gokey

If you have any song recommendations, please leave them in the comments!


-Em


Thursday, June 16, 2016

First Concert - THE VACCINES

On May 26, 2016, I attended my first concert with my best friend. She wanted to see The Vaccines perform at the Mod Club for their North American tour.

I initially went to the concert just to hang out with her, BUT I was blown away by The Vaccines' stage presence! The venue was packed, as the band amassed a large number of fans in Toronto. In addition, the members encouraged the fans to sing along, were easygoing and their vocal talent was stellar!

Although I wasn't familiar with their music prior to the concert, by the end of the night, I found myself smiling and bobbing my head along to their music.




Thursday, June 2, 2016

Eight Tips to Increase the Level of Productivity in Your Workday

This afternoon, I came across a gem of an article on inc.com, which listed 8 productivity hacks which can contribute to your workday and lessen the toll of a busy workday. Here is the article:

http://www.inc.com/brian-de-haaff/8-insanely-simple-productivity-hacks-.html?utm_content=buffer055e1&utm_medium=social&utm_source=linkedin.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Five Things That Are Important to Me

A couple of days ago, I came across a blog post from one of my favourite bloggers, Diary of A Toronto Girl, titled "10 Things That Make Me Happy".

 Here is the link to her blog post:http://diaryofatorontogirl.com/2016/05/02/10-things-make-happy/

After reading her post, I decided to put my own spin on this topic. Without further ado, here it is!


1. FAMILY
Family has always been important to me - even more so during these last couple of years. They support me in all endeavours, lift me up when I'm feeling down, and I know that I can confide in them in anything and everything. I'm grateful for all that they've done for me and I love them more than anyone else in the world.

2. FRIENDS
Throughout the last four years, I've lost and gained friends. However, I have a core group of girlfriends whom I enjoy spending time with, girls who make my smiles bigger and my laughs louder when I'm with them. I can truly say that I'd take a bullet for ANY of my girlfriends, if need be.

3. HOBBIES








(J. Crew Summer 2014 Catalogue)

Growing up, I've always enjoyed drawing and reading in my free time. As I grew older, I found these activities helpful in managing stress or heavy workloads. I still have my sketchbooks from high school and elementary school and I've slowly added books to the growing book shelf in my room.

4. CITY SKYLINES

Top: New York City skyline, 2014
Bottom: Mont Royal, Montreal, 2016










Ever since I was a kid, I was always drawn towards books with city skylines. When I traveled to visit my friends, I would gaze longingly at their city's skyline, refusing to leave. I once told a friend, "Whenever I see a city skyline, I just want to sit in front of it and stare at it for the rest of the day."




Fortnum & Mason Earl Grey Tea Classic



5. TEA

I started drinking tea in my second year of high school, I always enjoy learning about different blends of tea, and its ingredients. In college, I challenged myself to try every tea available from Tim Hortons (so Canadian LOL) - and I enjoyed the challenge. Recently, I received a tin jar of Earl Grey tea from my friend in England, and I've been drinking a cup of Earl Grey tea almost every day!


In summary, these are five things that are important to me.

What are five things that are important to you? Leave them in the comments below!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Happy Mind, Happy Life ft. Blogilates



For the past couple of months, I've been watching a  weekly talk show on WongFu Production's second channel (More Wong Fu) titled "Lunch Break!" For readers who are not familiar with the show "Lunch Break!"it consists of usually one member of the main team /Team A (usually Christine, Wesley or Phillip), with three members of the secondary team / Team B (Jenn, Ashley, Taylor, Chris, or Benson). Together, they discuss and provide input on current events or topics geared towards people in their 20s-30s.

Occasionally, WF will invite a guest to join them on an episode of Lunch Break. Last week, WF invited Cassey Ho (also known as Blogilates), Creator, Designer, & CEO of POPFLEX Active & Blogilates brands. Here is last week's episode of Lunch Break!:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TrxVy3mcMSI

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

The Most Entertaining Resume



Multidisciplinary designer Robby Leonardi showcased his talent and work experience through an interactive resume in October of 2013. Over the years, it has garnered much attention and many views - all because of his innovative and creative spin on a common medium used to obtain employment. . If you have the time, check out his resume. The link will be provided below:

http://www.rleonardi.com/interactive-resume/

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

How To Recreate a Cottage-Country Retreat inside a Downtown Art Gallery






If you've ever wondered how you could recreate or recapture a scenic hike in cottage country to a metropolitan area, look no further.

The man to ask is Steve Driscoll, an artist who has recreated the above-mentioned experience at the Angell Gallery, located in downtown Toronto. His exhibit, aptly named Recovered Shores is open from now until May 28. 

Here is an article chronicling the behind-the scenes work to pull off the exhibit:

http://torontolife.com/culture/art/steve-driscoll-man-made-lake-angell-gallery/

Monday, April 25, 2016

Monthly Music Favourites - April 2016

Hello all!

Here is my monthly round-up of songs I've been loving. YouTube song links will be provided.

APRIL 2016
One Call Away - Charlie Puth
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c1UYq5t7Jsc

Part of Your World (cover) - Jessie J
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fgita6m7gAs

Love Yourself (French Cover) - SARA'H
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OgrYVj3u7eI

Saturday, April 16, 2016

If you ever feel uncertain or anxious...

"Scared is what you're feeling, but brave is what you're doing."
-Room  Ch.3, par. 6-8  (Emma Donoghue)

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

"A 'Lost' Daughter Speaks,and All of China Listens"

Recently, I've been watching videos about adoption stories, including a documentary titled "Twinsters", by Sam Futerman and her sister Anais Bordier (available on Netflix). After watching these videos, I pondered about the other side - the biological family's side; how giving up a child for adoption has affected them.

Yesterday, I read an article titled "A 'Lost' Daughter Speaks, and All of China Listens". This article is written by Jenna Cook, a 24-year-old girl originally from Wuhan, China who was adopted by the Cooks', a family in the United States. In the summer of 2012, Jenna and her mother traveled to Wuhan, China in search of Jenna's birth parents.

The article was riveting; it revealed the vulnerability of mothers who had no choice but to give up their child for adoption.

Here is the link to the article: https://foreignpolicy.com/2016/03/30/a-lost-daughter-speaks-and-all-of-china-listens-adoption/


Monday, March 28, 2016

Monthly Music Favorites

Hello all,

Here are my music favourites for the month of March:

Still In Love - Jason Chen
Love Yourself - Justin Bieber  (especially Eric Nam and Sungha Jung's cover)
Sweater Weather - The Neighbourhood (Gentle Bones Cover)
If I Was Your Boy - Glassio (Maxo Sleepmix)
Lay Me Down - Sam Smith ft John Legend
7 Years - Lukas Graham

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Twinsters

I was recently asked how it felt to have a twin sister. My answer was, "It's like having a best friend who lives with you, and who just so happens to share the same parents as you."

About a year ago, my sister and I were watching Youtube videos together when she clicked on a video about twin girls who were separated from each other for 25 years; one girl living in California, while her sister lived in England - both had no idea that each other existed, until three years ago, through a Facebook message.

I had watched the video and was moved, but I didn't research any further until recently.

While watching multiple videos about long-distance relationships, I came across a video which explained the entire story, from both girls' viewpoints. This then led me to watch the girls' documentary, called Twinsters, which is now available on Netflix.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Lifehack / Productivity Tip

Found from @TheDIYHacks' Twitter account:

"Whenever you're curious about something, write it down. Later, when you're bored, you have a list of things to learn about."

Friday, March 18, 2016

" Educate your beautiful mind."

I came across a thought-provoking quote on one of my favourite Twitter accounts this afternoon. Here it is:


Sage advice; words that I intend to live by. 

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Tips on Happiness and how it can be achieved

“They say a person needs just three things to be truly happy in this world: someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for.”

Quote found on @poemsporn
https://twitter.com/PoemsPorn


Thursday, March 3, 2016

Long-Distance Friendships






It might not make much sense at first. "Why try to keep in touch with someone if you'll only see them once a year or once in a lifetime? Why waste all this time and effort?"

Well, friends aren't easy to come by. Most people you meet will either fall into one of two categories: acquaintances or friends. However, when you have a special connection with someone, you want to keep that for as long as you possibly can. Thus, you make the effort to keep in touch with them and get to know them better. And when two people who are genuinely interested in each other's well-being create a friendship, it is priceless.

Your communication will mainly consist of messaging apps and pictures, tagging them in countless Instagram posts, and possible weekly phone calls (when time zones allow for it). With messages, pictures, and phone calls, you won't notice the distance as much and you'll feel that you're a part of their life, and they're part of yours.

Eventually, you'll make plans to meet up with them and do stuff together during your time in their province/country (or vice versa). You'll wait anxiously for the day to come when you see them, and when you do see them - it'll be filled with excitement and bliss. You'll cherish your time with them because you won't be able to see them again until the next scheduled meet-up. Be sure to take photos with them - you'll have memories to cherish. It'll also help you in those moments when your heart aches for them.

Is it hard to maintain a long-distance friendship? Yes, definitely.

But is it worth it? Absolutely, 100%.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Monthly Music Favourites - February 2016

Hey guys,

Here is a list of songs I've been playing on repeat last month:

Learn to Fly - Bob Bradley, Matt Sanchez, Steve Dymond, Sarah Wassall
Burn - Usher
Hero - Enrique Iglesias
No Distance - Jason Chen
I Wanted You - Ina

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

Thanks, and have a great day!

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Paris 2024 Olympics Logo

London, England,  Summer 2012
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Summer 2016.

When asked what the correlation between the two countries are, avid Olympic fans will proudly tell you that London, England was where the last Summer Olympics was held. In addition, Rio de Janeiro will be hosting the games this year. And in 2020, Tokyo, Japan will be hosting the summer Olympic games.

"But what about after Japan?" avid fans ask, anxious to find out where the games will be held in 2024.

Four cities are currently vying for the coveted position for 2024. Namely: Paris, Budapest, Rome and Los Angeles.  Which leads us to the title of this post - Paris 2024 Olympics Logo.

Yesterday, Paris unveiled their logo for the 2024 games; an image of the Eiffel Tower, shaped and tilted on an angle to make out the number 24 in an array of colors. Although this unveiling has garnered much support and praise, there is still the other side of the coin to consider.

After an article in the French edition of  GQ magazine was published, a Twitter user noticed that the logo had a resemblance to the 4global logo, a sports and events consulting agency in London, England.

Here is the link to the article: http://www.ucreative.com/articles/paris-2024-olympics-bid-plagued-with-plagiarism-issue/


What are your thoughts on the issue? Accidental or deliberate? Let me know in the comments!


Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Six Word Stories

I've been seeing these posts on the internet pretty often, usually found on Twitter. I enjoy the concept of this idea; that six simple words can paint a vivid picture, and at times evoke emotions. Here is one example:

"Out of sight, forever in mind."

Original source: http://just-six.tumblr.com/post/139325560708/out-of-sight-forever-in-mind

^reblogged by mocha-dalpaengi.tumblr.com

Now, this can be interpreted as a person, a place, or an object. Subject is open to interpretation.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Monthly Music Favorites- January 2016

Here are my monthly music favorites for January, 2016. Better late than never, eh?

Ni Bu Zhi Dao de Shi - Wang Leehom
Forever Ain't Enough - J. Holiday
My Kind of Perfect - Daivid Archuleta
Stitches - Shawn Mendes


If you have any song suggestions, please leave them in the comments below! Feedback is very much appreciated :)

Me, summed up in a sentence

https://twitter.com/GeorgeNozuka/status/696853546759802880

"I myself am made entirely of flaws, stitched together with good intention."

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...