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Lorde Melodrama 2018 – Vancouver

Last week, I went to one of my favourite concerts by far. What made it good was the fact that I really like Lorde/Ella and I got pretty good floor seats (never too late to call and change, even if you bought them more than 6 months ago!).

I know some may disagree, but I enjoy photographing and recording memories on my phone. I like to re-watch concert videos once in a while to remember my experience, and managing to capture a good pic during a concert is pretty satisfying. Buuuuuut, I also like dancing and jamming in the moment, so it’s a constant struggle.

She noted that the mountains here reminded her of the ones back in her homeland, New Zealand. Her comment reminded me of how lucky and beautiful it is to be surrounded my mountains. I never realize how fortunate it is until I am reminded that some places do not have such magnificent views.  Take Ohio for instance; the 3 times I’ve visited, it was all flatland! No mountains in the distance and that made me a bit homesick. I grew up surrounded by mountains and nature, and it’s something that will always remind me of home.

I totally forgot about the concert (I got tickets back in June/July 2017!) and only realized 4 days prior. I had a big paper due 2 days after the concert, and I had volunteering the day after, and that leaves me with a really tight schedule. However, I had to play catch up and work extra hard a few days prior to ensure that I won’t feel guilty going out.

Looking back, I’m glad I grinded those few days because I was able to fully enjoy the concert without worrying about anything (as I usually do if I ever go out and I have assignments to do), just for a night.

Overall, I think what sets this concert apart from pervious ones is that I really enjoy and resonate with her music, and I actually know most of the lyrics to her songs. To be honest, I enjoyed all the performances so it’s really hard to pick my favourite. But, if I had to choose, it was definitely between Tennis Court, MagnetsPerfect Places, and Green Light! I was also pleasantly surprised by her cover of Frank Ocean’s Solo.

Overall, I had an ethereal experience and would go again!

Sick Day Essentials & Tips

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Winter is still upon us in Vancouver, and unfortunately, there has been a terrible bug going around the last couple weeks. And just my luck, I caught it! I have been stuck at home all week with this terrible flu, not being able to go to work, school or much else really. If you somehow …

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Let’s Talk Facebook

In my opinion, I believe that Facebook is already in its declining stages as older individuals are beginning to dominate the platform. We see our mum’s, aunties and uncles spending more time on Facebook sharing posts that are not credible; sharing pictures without thinking about what Facebook is doing with all their data and allowing strangers to view their pictures and private information. For many of us in our 20s, we understand the importance of protecting our privacy. We need to be cautious of what future employers, and coworkers are seeing. Although it is illegal for future employers to go through our social media platforms when deciding whether or not to employ us, it is a very common practice and therefore we should be cautions when posting anything on any open platform.

As for keeping in touch with individuals around the world, a world without Facebook would not necessarily make much of a difference in many of our lives today. This is because there are many other more engaging platforms such as Instagram where individuals can share highlights of their lives and keep it much more private. We are also able to have conversations with individuals on various platforms such as Skype, WhatsApp and so on.

Facebook is more difficult to keep private, as the user has to figure out exactly how to privatize different aspects of their profile. This includes privatizing albums, posts and profile pictures all separately. As for Instagram, the user simply privatizes their entire account and this means that those who do not follow the individual cannot access their posts. For me personally, I choose not to post anything on Facebook anymore because I allow anyone that I know or have heard of to become a friend. I have managed to delete old unnecessary posts and privatize pictures of when I was younger to the point where only I am able to view them. On Instagram however, I only allow close friends or individuals I want seeing my posts follow me. This allows me to keep my life private and protected from individuals who have no business in seeing my personal life.

Keeping a Journal

As digital technologies become more prominent in our lives and social medias become more prevalent, I find that we start lacking in opportunities to collect and understand our own thoughts. A few years ago I started journaling. I got a notebook and would try writing something down everyday. It would be a variety of content from thoughts, ideas, poetry and short-stories. I found that technology wasn’t an alternative to writing and didn’t allow me to collect my thoughts as well as physically writing it down on paper. In addition, I find that writing is something that can stay private in a world in which we are expected to share everything online. I found that it helped me express my authentic self and that I can help understand myself through what I write. A few years later, I still continue to write on a daily basis and find it difficult to go anywhere without a pen and notebook. I find that writing is the best and most authentic way to express oneself.  

Makeup Faves Spring 2018

This year seems to have whizzed by extremely quickly. It feels like it was just last week that I was home for Christmas soaking in the sun in beautiful Mwanza. It’s been about two and a half months since I got back and the semester is coming to an end so quickly. It’s already spring and the cold days are almost behind us, which I am extremely thrilled about. This weekend was super sunny and I was loving the weather. Lets hope it stays this way until summer!

There have been a few makeup bits I have been loving lately, so I’ll go through them and explain why I’ve been loving them in this post.

The first thing would be foundation. I’ve been using the Tarté Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation for a while now and I feel like it is perfect for those days when I don’t want much coverage. Although the name claims the foundation gives full coverage, I would disagree with that. It is definitely not full coverage, but it is a great foundation for days where you are in a hurry to get out the door and still want something on your face. If you want more coverage, I would suggest using a concealer under the foundation to correct the areas necessary. A really great concealer is the Makeup Forever Ultra HD concealer.

Moving on, I have been loving two shades of lipsticks. The first is Whirl by MAC Cosmetics and the second is Damson no. 425 by Burberry. The Burberry lipstick is one I reach for on brighter days when I want a pop of colour, while Whirl is one I tend to reach for on greyer days or when I can’t decide what to put on. These non-matte lipsticks are great for this season as my lips are slightly more dryer than during the summer.

An old makeup favourite of mine is this gorgeous BE MATTE BLUSH in the shade Fresh Melon. I received this blush a little while ago in one of my subscription boxes. It is extremely pigmented and the peachy shade looks amazing on my skin tone. As for mascara, I have been loving Lancôme’s Hypnôse Drama Instant Dull Body Volume Mascara for many years now. It gives my lashes more length without making them look too clumpy. I also tend to fill in my brows on most days when I have the time using the Benefit Cosmetics ka-BROW – cream gel. I thought this product would be challenging to use, however it has really cut down the amount of time I spend on filling in my brows. Also, a little goes long way.

Let me know what some of your favourite products are in the comments below!

-Shazia xx


5 Ways to eat Healthier

Everyone has the struggle of wanting to eat healthy but also craving McDonald’s. So, how can we eat healthier but still remain happy? Today, I’m here to share my tips & tricks to eat and stay healthy. Have small portions but eat more frequently.This is my biggest tip that I can share with you guys. […]

IWD 2018 by YWiB SFU

The YWiB held an event for the International Women’s Day 2018 at the Pinnacle hotel at the pier in North Vancouver on  March 3rd, 2018. The tickets cost $38.10 for non-YWiB members and $27.39 for members – with tax. The event began at 6pm where attendees were invited to connect with one another. During this mingling session in the first hour as people arrived there were small refreshments being served such as spring rolls and other little bits. They even had a special drink called “Pink Lady” for those over the age of 19. It was quite refreshing.

A photo booth was set up by Butter Studios where attendees could go get photo’s taken. This was quite stressful, as the photographer’s seemed to want to hurry us along and get done with us as quickly as possible. We took the first photograph without any props and then when we asked politely if we could quickly get one with props taken, they rudely said, “be quick.” We literally took less than 10 seconds of their time with the first picture. Hmm.

We then went and found a table to sit at as the presentation and panel was about to start. The topic was Endless direction and the speakers talked about their journey’s towards their career paths and how they got to where they are and this is probably not where they will end up in the future. It was nice listening to their various stories and finding out about the different companies and organizations that exist around Vancouver. I was particularly interested in learning more about the Dress for Success organization. I will definitely be looking into it and seeing if I can get involved!

Overall it was interesting to learn about various companies and being assured that one will most likely not stick to one career path for the rest of their lives. People discover their strengths and interests through their experiences.

There was a raffle table in one of the corners where guests could purchase tickets and pick which prizes they wanted to enter for. I put in a few tickets in all of them but didn’t win anything. The raffle took place at the very end and was a fun way to end the night – especially for those who won something!

The event was definitely enjoyable and I look forward to attending more such events where that are both informative and empowering.


-Shazia xx.



ridge ft. My Personalized Music Mix

So I am super lucky and have a talented friend who is a DJ/Producer who enjoys making music on his free-time. He goes by the name ridge and I am super proud to present his most recent mix that he has curated and produced specifically for me: Lafleur Mix He went above and beyond what I …

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My Favourite Youtubers [March 2018]

One of my favourite past times is going on Youtube. Honestly, I spend more time on there than I would like to admit. I don’t watch too many channels but I am an avid viewer of a few favourites and I’ll be sharing them with you in this post. I guess I’ll make it easier by categorizing them.

Beauty and Fashion

Many of you have probably already heard or seen these Youtubers, but if not I’d recommend for you to check them out.

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Children’s Books I Absolutely Adore

I love reading and writing. Actually, to say I just love reading and writing would be an understatement. Reading/writing is one of my favourite past times and I absolutely adore fiction of all kinds! I do, however, have a rather pretty childish palate when it comes to books I like reading. A lot of adult novelists bore me to death and I can’t stand reading a lot of adult-oriented books because I feel like many of these authors have no sense of engagement whatsoever. I’d much rather be reading a children’s fantasy book. Not that these adult novelists are bad authors – to each their own – it’s just that I find a lot of adult topics boring. Why would I want to read about stuff I’ll inevitably have to experience later on in my life?

What I absolutely adore reading are children’s novels (‘young adult’ novels included). Children’s novels, even if not strictly fantasy genre, are written to be engaging, amusing and often have surprisingly deep or dark themes that everyone can relate to. You are never too old to read children’s novels!

So here’s a list of my some of my favourite children’s novel/series – even if you’re not a kid I’m sure there’s something here you would enjoy!

5. The Underland Chronicles (series) – Suzanne Collins

The Underland Chronicles are a series of five books written by Suzanne Collins (the same author of The Hunger Games!). The premise of this series follows a boy named Gregor, who falls through the vents of his basement by accident and lands in a mysterious underground world called ‘Underland’. Underland is a place inhabited by humans who travelled there hundreds of years ago, as well as gigantic versions of rats, cockroaches, and bats. He is named as a prophesized ‘Warrior’ by the Underlanders and goes on a journey to find his missing father and save the Underlanders from ‘Gnawers’ which are basically giant rats.

If you’ve read The Hunger Games, you’ll know Suzanne Collins makes a lot of statements by inserting parallels of heavier topics into her books, and this series is no exception. Though being a children’s series, these books hit a lot of cleverly disguised ‘adult’ topics relating to war that might not be immediately noticed. These topics include quite a lot of moral questions, packaged in a way a young child reading this can understand. This series is amazing, engaging and although the premise may seem childish, I’m sure anyone can enjoy it.

4. Holes – Louis Sachar

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Holes is a classic. Stanley Yelnats is a 14 year old boy with terrible luck wrongly sent to a juvenile correction facility where they are forced by the warden to dig holes all day. Stanley soon suspects that the reason they are digging isn’t the reason they were told to, and something else is going on.

We’ve all read this book in elementary school! Holes is told in a very whimsical style, and all the seemingly unimportant details the author writes come together in the end. The story shifts perspective many times, from anecdotes in the past, which seem unrelated, but are nonetheless interesting. Everything ties together in the end. There is quite a lot of dark humour, however, contrasted with the lighthearted tone Sachar uses to tell the story, makes a perfectly fitting children’s book for all ages.

3. The Giver – Lois Lowry

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The Giver follows a 12 year old boy named Jonah, in a society where they have taken away all pain and feeling and have selected roles for everyone based on their attributes. Jonah is selected to be a ‘ Receiver of Memory’, someone who holds all the previous memories and feelings society had as a collective.

Another classic we’ve been forced to read in elementary school? Yeah. I adore this book beyond words, as well as the series of related books Lois Lowry has also written in this same universe (‘Gathering Blue‘, ‘Messenger‘, and ‘Son‘). The Giver is another children’s book that deals with quite intense topics. The dystopian futuristic universe it is set in evokes a lot of questions on what is right. Is it better to be content at the price of happiness? Or to be happy and free for the price of pain?

2. A Series Of Unfortunate Events (series (duh)) – Lemony Snicket


This infamous series follows the three Baudelaire orphans who move from place to place, dodging an evil Count Olaf who is after their fortune.

Lemony Snicket writes in a very whimsical manner. The books have an odd mix of lighthearted prose, but extremely dark humour and can leave you feeling very, for lack of better word, depressed. This alternate universe ‘Lemony Snicket’ (who himself is a persona made up by the author, with backstory pertaining to the series) writes is very gloomy and damp, and all the adult characters are odd caricatures who lack critical thinking skills. However, this just makes the series even more charming. For a children’s book, the events that happen are quite dark, but Lemony Snicket’s simple, yet charmingly melancholic writing style is fitting for, well, children. The whole series is surrounded by mystery, and even to this day, there are a lot of unanswered questions I still wonder about.

1. Percy Jackson and the Olympians (multiple series!) – Rick Riordan

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The original series follows a young ‘troubled’ boy, Percy Jackson, as he discovers he’s a demigod and his father is Poseidon. He embarks on quests to save the world from the Titans, followed by his friends. I don’t do the plot justice in this summary. Just go and read the books yourself if you haven’t read it!!

I’m sure if you were in elementary school any time in the late 2000’s you’ve read this series. I love these books and the following related series so much. Rick Riordan took the platform he was given as a straight, white male author and turned it into a hotbed of diversity, something children’s books don’t do very well. His characters are funny, witty, and relatable in so many ways, not just personality wise. Riordan manages to write and normalize many diverse characters – disabled kids, LGBT kids, and kids of colour in a children’s novel – something that is so so important for young children trying to see themselves in the media around them (especially for LGBT kids, since the connotations associated with the term LGBT holds a more ‘adult’ meaning even though this shouldn’t be the case). These books are amazing – not just for the diversity standpoint, (although that is something I respect Rick Riordan for more than I can put into words) but for the engaging writing and plot.

Thank you for reading! With love, Joy.

Cafes & Coffee Shops Around Vancouver

Where To Find a Good Cup of Coffee In and Around Vancouver

I don’t know about you, but my day has not started until I have at least one cup of coffee in my system. Lucky for us Vancouverites, the cute cafes and coffee shops in this city and around the rest of the lower mainland are endless. Here’s a couple of my recent favourites:



Dalina is truly the best of both worlds, not only is it a cute coffee shop, it’s also a fun little market as well. So whether you’re looking for that perfect morning cup of coffee, or a fresh meal, Dalina is truly the place to be.





 I have a tendency to be a pretty dramatic person, but I’m not exaggerating when I say this is one of my favourite places in the world. Great coffee, endless different kinds of desserts and pastries, and some of the most beautiful entire design – can it get any better than that?



Prado Cafe

This modern cafe is all about simplicity while creating the perfect cup of coffee and a great atmosphere. This small, cute little cafe can be found just outside of Gastown on the corner of Hastings and Abbott. Whether you’re looking for a place to catch up with friends or a quiet place to sit down and read, this is the place for you!


Wendell’s Bookstore & Cafe

This one may be a bit out of the way for those of you residing in Vancouver, but it sure makes a trip out to Fort Langley worth it. Located in cute, quaint and historic little town of Fort Langley, Wendel’s is a family owned bookstore and cafe that offers delicious coffee, meals and desserts. A popular favourite among many living in the Fraser Valley, Wendel’s is a must try – you seriously won’t regret it.

Twin’s Coffee

Another cafe located in Langley, Twin’s coffee is known for its incredible decor and even more incredible avocado toast. This adorable little coffee shop has been and upcoming favourite amongst many living in the Langley/Surrey area of Metro Vancouver, as it truly deserves to be.



Bean Around The World Coffee

This little Vancouver based coffee company has 27 different locations around the province truly knows the secret to a great cup of coffee. If you’re out and about exploring this beautiful province of ours, be sure to find one of their locations and stop in!



These amazing little places barely scratch the surface of all the great cafes and coffee shops that Vancouver has to offer, so keep your eye out for many more similar posts coming soon!

Men Get Praised Too Much For Existing

Something I’ve noticed a lot when a lot of my friends talk about guys is how to the floor their standards are. “I want a guy who will treat me nicely!” “Any guy who isn’t a total asshole.” When a guy shows a common shred of decency to them they’ll gush about how sweet and well-mannered he is.

I actually read an opinion article on this on The Peak News a few weeks ago that I agree with wholeheartedly. It’s really not that a majority of my friends are super desperate and want a boyfriend that badly. A lot of girls (if not most) think similar thoughts. I do as well sometimes. Guys who are decent human beings seem amazing. It has to do a lot with how our society is traditionally driven and run by men, for men. In many cases, men are glorified for just existing. Society lowers standards so much for men that a guy who is nice, loyal and treats you – uh – not terribly is considered a rare GEM among all men when that’s just – how your partner should treat you?

Like The Peak article mentioned, I see this trend a lot on social media – girls posting about how their boyfriend bought them McDonald’s after work and thousands of people gushing in response about how they wish they had a boyfriend like that, how that girl is so lucky – because her boyfriend bought her fast food? After a long day of work? I’d do that for a lot of my friends and family, and I’m sure a lot of other people out there would as well. Isn’t the bar set a little too low?

Don’t get me wrong, I think gestures like that are totally sweet and should be appreciated – props to that guy for being a sweet boyfriend – but to that extent? If I do the dishes without being told does that make me the best daughter in the world? Are thousands of mothers across the world going to hashtag me #DaughterGoals and wish their daughters are like me? No, because that’s absolutely ridiculous, and you know it.

Tweets like these are kind of sad and showcase what I’m talking about.

How is it that the standards in these tweets for men are so low, yet so many of them fail to even meet these standards?

Since when was wanting to be loved by your significant other considered needy?

I’m putting this post in my ‘lifestyle’ tag because I feel like this is an important thing for a lot of girls to live their life knowing – men really aren’t all that. A lot of my friends would date guys who would treat them badly, show them up all the time ‘but it was ok cause he’s nice to me!’

It makes me sad seeing as so many girls undervalue themselves all for a boy who (excuse my language) doesn’t do shit, and you can see how that culture of thought is perpetuated through social media.

Go ahead and do yourself a favour: date a guy who doesn’t expect to be praised for doing the bare minimum.

Winter Fashion Essentials!

The few months remaining months of winter that are left after Christmas is over always seem to be the hardest to get through, so why not treat yourself a little bit and add some new essential winter fashion items to you closet? I must admit, the fall and winter seasons are my favourite for fashion.


A Cozy Turtleneck


A cozy turtle neck is an absolute must have in the winter. Cute, warm and comfortable… does it get any better than that? Here are a few of my favourites I’ve been wearing this winter season because, let’s be real, one just isn’t enough.

Grey Oversized Turtleneck- H&M ($49.99)

White Fitted Turtleneck- Thrifted ($6.99)

Long Cream Turtleneck- Thrifted ($8.99)

Cute & Comfortable Booties

No better way to spice up an outfit in the winter than a cute pair of booties. Perfect for the rain and cold weather, a good pair of boots truly is a winter essential. Here’s some of my most worn pairs from this year:

Vibrant Brown Suede Booties- Zara ($49.99)
Class Black Booties- H&M ($49.99)

Water Proof Chelsea Boots- The Shoe Company ($35.99)


Trousers have been all the rage lately, and I am so here for it. A fun pair of trousers paired with a simple sweater or jacket makes the perfect trendy, yet practical and warm outfit for the cold winter. Currently I have been rotating between three different pairs:

Dark Blue Pinstripe Trousers- H&M ($19.99)

Black And White Checkered Trousers- Forever 21 ($30.90)

Black Tie Up Trousers- Simons ($19.99)


A blanket scarf is probably the most essential winter essential there is. A cute addition to any outfit that is sure to keep you warm as you venture out into the cold. Scarves are an unhealthy obsession of mine, but they sure do get their use. Rarely ever will you catch me outside at this time of year without a scarf draped across my shoulders, here’s a few of my favourites:

Long Flowy Black Scarf- H&M ($14.99)

Multitone Detailed Scarf- Aritzia ($50)

Green Plaid Blanket Scarf- Garage ($25)

Statement Jackets & Coats

Let’s be real, it’s way to cold to be rocking any statement pieces other than a jacket or coat. Luckily, there has been no shortage of funky, statement coats this season.. so here’s a couple of my favourite:

Oversized Fluffy Coat- H&M ($50)

Cheetah Print Coat- Old Navy ($13.99)

Lined Denim Jacket- Levis ($160)

Baby Pink Dress Coat- Nordstrom Rack ($60)

Thanks for reading, hope you enjoyed!

Looking, but never finding


I feel like I’m always looking for something to satisfy me, whether it’s in friendships, relationships, success, or those three themselves. Sometimes it seems as though they are never enough though.

It can be a painful feeling, trying to make what is intangible be tangible, or of not being able to grasp a solid answer to questions I have about life. Ultimately, everyone is searching for something that would fill that void in their lives, that would make their identities be whole, or that would give them a sense of purpose in this world and while some people give up and think they will never find it, others become complacent with what they find. I don’t think we know exactly what we’re looking for either. We pretend we know what it is, but we don’t. If we are all finding ways to be happy, how come we’re still not happy? How come we’re not satisfied?


“If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probably explanation is that we were made for another world.” – C.S. Lewis

Not Strangers, but Individuals

Sometimes when I watch people walk by, I wonder where they are going. Are they going to school or work, to see a loved one, to attend a meeting, to return something, or are they running away from a place or a person? And then I wonder how they are feeling. Are they excited for an event, heartbroken from having been broken up with, curious about the city, sad about a departure at the airport, or disappointed that they are physically moving but not actually going anywhere in life?

Whichever public place I am in, I am surrounded by not just people, but individuals – individuals each with a purpose and a range of emotions. The crowd around you in a public space are all experiencing or thinking about something at the exact moment you are walking by them. Each one of them has a story. Their stories all link together to create a bigger story. And it’s not that each individual can change the world; each individual has already changed the world by being in it.  The world may be different to someone because someone else is in it. Our limitations expand, our decisions change, our perspectives alter, and even our life directions can shift with an encounter, re-encounter, friendship or relationship with someone. As cliche or common as all this may sound, we can neither doubt that we have never ignored a stranger’s worth nor can we promise that we have never trivialized our own worth. There is a reason why you are brought into the world and I believe that it’s meant to be when you cross paths with certain people in life.

Sometimes when I watch people walk by, I also wonder what it would be like to personally know them, and as I’m caught in the moment, pondering, they quickly become another passerby. Other times, I am lucky enough to have my life intertwined in theirs.


Dare to Dream Again


“Suddenly you’re 21 and you’re screaming along in the car to all the songs you listened to when you were sad in middle school and everything is different but everything is good.”

I’ve always thought there was something about the 2000s music, music you grow up to listening. Tonight was one of those nights that I wanted something familiar. Plugging in my earphones, I played the High School Musical playlist on Spotify (admit it, you were once crazy about it too), my head in the clouds, while on my one hour bus ride home. And all these sentimental feelings suddenly washed over me in an overwhelming but nostalgic sensation, as memories scurried across my mind. Do you remember that song you used to listen to over and over again in your teenage years? Or the one that you promised yourself would be one of your wedding songs one day? How about the one you made your personal anthem? It wasn’t just the songs themselves that I loved, but the moments attached to them. Hilary Duff was the girl-next-door I wanted to be like. Crazily jumping and dancing on the bed for hours with my girlfriends until we were exhausted from screaming to her Wanted CD when it first came out was the highlight of my weekends. Then it was Gabriella Montez. I wanted to dress like her and have cheekbones like her. My sister and I would rehearse High School Musical songs during our long road trips with our parents as the audience, blasting the tunes and attempting to harmonize when we didn’t know how to. How faithful my sister and I were in always trying to find the most up-to-date Disneymania CD that we could in local libraries, memorizing the names of the hottest Disneychannel stars, and I would spend days perfecting my “And you’re watching Disneychannel” line in between commercials because I promised I would make it on there someday. When the lights dimmed and couples began to slow dance to Mariah Carey’s Bye Bye during my middle school grad, I listened to the lyrics and felt the reality of eighth grade coming to an end. I crazily sang Avril’s Girlfriend and The Backstreet Boys’ I Want It That Way for years with childhood friends, Jay Sean’s Down in the parking lot when my friends and I were too cool for Chinese school, Hillsong’s ‘Til I See You when I cried myself to sleep, Regina Spektor’s The Call when I couldn’t swallow my emotions after the Narnia movies, David Archuleta’s first CD when I couldn’t stop daydreaming, and all of Against the Current’s songs when I partied in the kitchen by myself with my personal anthem (still) being Outsiders because “outside, we’re lonely but we are free.” I could continue on and on… Somehow, I remember all these details.

There’s something about songs that spark inspiration, memories, and feelings that relate to the present or are brought back from long ago. This depth of history and connection I felt as my HSM playlist kept playing was reminding me of who I was in the past – someone who dared to dream. Whether it was daydreaming about the guy I would marry, the person I would grow up to be, or the things I would do, I have always been a dreamer. But somehow along the way, I gave up on those dreams. They seemed too good to be true and took too long to get to… So wanting to catch up with everyone else, I set lower standards for myself to achieve so I can at least say I’ve checked it off the list. But what about those big dreams I once had? Why have I agreed to settle for less? Why is graduating within four years more important than gaining experiences if I have to graduate later? Or why is being in a relationship sooner more important than saving it for the right one? What is with the hurry in life that I give up my dreams and trade them in for complacency. I want to be daring in my dreams because I trust not in my own ability, but God’s ability to accomplish them. I limit God when I dream small. He has grand plans for me and His timing is made perfect according to His purpose. I need more faith.

And now suddenly I’m 22 and miss singing to those 2000s songs while dreaming bold dreams, and everything is so different but I’m learning to dream big again like my younger version would have told myself to not give up doing – this time, with Him.

Essay #2

This semester may be coming to an end yet, my online publication will go on. Over the last three months, I was introduced to the world of online publishing and given a chance to create a place that was solely mine – sukhisthename.com. It became a place to share my favourite recipes, new beauty regimes, and […]

Aliexpress Minnie Mouse S7 Phone Case ✧ {Review}


Back in January, I finally said good-bye ? to my precious Samsung 5 phone. It had served me well since 2015. I did however, had the option of choosing between the iPhone SE in Rose Gold ♥ or Samsung S7, since my old phone contract had ended. 

To be honest, the materialistic and girly side of me wanted to select the iPhone since…well, it was in a nice pink-color ( ु•⌄• ). The sales associate, however, encouraged me to play with the iPhone first to see how I liked it, as I had previously owned Samsung products for the past 5 years. 

Despite the pretty color of the iPhone, I stayed true to Samsung, as I’m use to the functions and I like how I don’t need to go through iTunes to add music. Plus, I do have a Samsung camera that primarily works and connects with my phone. 

Because I bought a new phone, the first thing I had to research on was finding a case that was cute enough for me to buy and use. For me, there are a few sites that I like to look up cute phone cases to get, they are primarily, Amazon, Ebay or Aliexpress.

Depending on the price and shipping fee, the most reliable source from the 3 sites listed above is Amazon. The price is decent for phone cases and there is either no shipping fee or it’s a small amount. However, in this case ? I bought my Minnie Mouse case from Aliexpress from this seller.

There are pros and cons for this site. I have been a customer for about a year now, and the average wait time to receive your product is approximately 1 month. However, the upside to that, is that there are no shipping fees and the prices are very low. Though, be cautious because sometimes you won’t even receive your items ?

The case is so cute on my phone.

That being said, I was pleasantly surprised that I received my case in about 2 weeks. This made me extremely happy, seeing how I only spent $2.40 on it, with no shipping fees ໒( )७ The case itself, is clear color and made of a flexible and bendable plastic, making it hard to break should you drop your phone.

Bad lighting ?, but matching cases!!!

Of course, if you want to be a sap, like me (ง ´͈౪`͈)ว…there’s the option of buying matching cases, so you can get both Minnie and Mickey Mouse for your significant other. Overall, I’m glad I bought this phone case, since it’s cute, inexpensive and there was no shipping fees.

A New Lifestyle Choice

Lately, I’ve been thinking about bringing a new change to my life. Something that I have never yet succeeded, but is willing to try again. That is, cutting out meat. Yes, as crazy as it sounds, I want to cut every type of meat there is, out of my diet. For all my life, I have been consuming meat, I would say that I am (well, was) an extreme meat-lover. I love Korean BBQs, steak, and… much much more. But, for some reason, lately I’ve been really considering this type of lifestyle! I’m not saying that I want to become a vegetarian, but someone who consumes seafood, and eggs. A Pescetarian, or ‘Ovo-lacto vegetarianism‘, whatever you call it.

Basically, a ‘pescetarian‘, is someone who follows a diet that includes fish or other seafood,, but not the flesh of other animals. And, most pescetarians maintain a ‘lacto-ovo vegetarian‘ diet which is further explained as a vegetarian who doesn’t eat meat, but do consume some animal products such as eggs and dairy.

Since I decided to become dedicated, I gave myself a starting line. I decided that on Monday, March 20th, 2017, I will become a pescetarian. But I’ve been thinking, just how hard is it for me to cut out the meat portion in my life? I began to do some digging, because I come from a meat-consuming family, critics mentioned that it is important to have a deep conversation with your family members. To tell them that this is a lifestyle choice you have come to adapt, and wish for their blessings. And, so that was the first step I took to my journey. I first told my dad, and then my sister. My dad wasn’t against me for pursuing that lifestyle, but he said that I was too young to go for this sort of lifestyle, saying that there are plenty of nutrients in meat, and it was ‘something young people needed’. I disagree. But anyhow, he still supported this. Moving onto my sister, my sister was the complication. I did not like her attitude at all. The issue between my sister and I was that whenever we had something to say to each other, we would always text, instead of speaking face-to-face. And so I texted her. In return, I received a ‘sure, whatever’ message. She had zero hopes for me, but this made me mad and more determined to prove her wrong. Even today, she sent me a GroupOn link to a Japanese shabu shabu restaurant. Like, come on! What part of wanting to pursue this kind of lifestyle do you not understand?!

Another problem I realized was difficult to change was, coming from an Asian family, we have the tradition to drink soup every night, it’s part of our dinner. And, my parents always use a meat-based broth… Even though I told my dad about my new lifestyle change, it’d be super hard for him because he’d make me drink it anyway. My dad would immediately forget that his soup was made from chicken broth or beef broth… That is something I need to work on.

Moving on, it has been officially three days since I began this lifestyle, and I feel like I made a little progress, I decided to opt for seafood and vegetables which I liked! And, I realized, my food doesn’t taste… less tastier. It tastes the same! But, I could just be blabbering on something since it’s only been three days.