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Takashi Murakami At Vancouver Art Galery

On Saturday the 5th of April, I decided to check out Takashi Murakami’s “The Octopus Ate His Leg” at the Vancouver Art Gallery. It was the last weekend that the art pieces were going to be on display at the museum, and so it was the only opportunity I had to go see it. In this post I will share with you some of the pictures I took of his work that I really liked. I will also be sharing a few pictures on Instagram, so be sure to follow me there.

Murakami art

Murakami art

 

Let me know if you went to see Murakami’s work and what you thought of it. What was your favourite piece? I think mine would have to be the skull in the picture above. I love all the detail that went into that piece.

-Shazia xx

25 Things To Do Before You’re 25

My 23rd birthday just came around the corner, and I can’t help but feel a little old… No longer are the days where I can lump myself into ‘just graduated high school’ or ‘started university’ because I just graduated from that as well. I can say that I have had such a great time in …

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Make It Show Review And Haul

Make it Show Vancouver happened this past weekend! There were various local, Canadian vendors hosting their own stalls at the event. There items ranged from foods to jewellery and anything and everything in between. The event gave attendees a chance to discover various local businesses.

The event took place at the PNE starting from Friday afternoon up until Sunday evening. My sister and I decided check it out on Sunday afternoon. We already had a few stalls in mind that we wanted to stop at. We discovered them through the Make It Show’s Instagram account.

Here are the items my sister and I decided to buy from the Make It Show. We definitely went overboard, but can you blame us? There were so many amazing vendors!

Flatlay of all the items we bought

 

To start off, we have the fudge which we have slightly dabbled into and I must say tastes divine! As for jewellery, I have been wearing my opal ring from LanaBetty on the daily! I love it. The owner custom made it to fit my finger, which was so lovely of her. We also got two pairs of earrings from her – triangles and seashells. We also got necklaces with our initials from courtneyraidawnjewelry. They’re super cute! Moving on, my sister and I are excited to try out the soups (in the long packaging to the left), as well the Trudy Ann’s Bombay Masala Chai and Kashmiri Golden Saffron tea! We love drinking tea on a daily. In the centre, we have 3 different types of hot sauces. We couldn’t help ourselves! To the left we have TheDopeSoap! We got the bath salts and balm to help with any aches!

Let me know what your thoughts are. Do you think we went a little overboard? :/ Also, let me know if you attended the event. If you did, what did you buy? I will post a few close up pictures on my Instagram. Be sure to follow me there too.

-Shazia xx

My Invisalign Experience So Far

I decided to get Invisalign in October last year. I got it to correct my bite, and because I did not want to get braces. Those things don’t look great and there was no way I was going to have metal wires in my mouth. No thank you! Luckily I was told that I was a good candidate for Invisalign by two orthodontists – it’s important to fish around before deciding where to get your teeth done. You will be seeing the orthodontist for a long time. In my case it’s a year and a half. This will obviously wary for different people depending on what needs fixing.

The first place I went to felt very commercial. The place was packed with kids and parents. It felt like all the patients were on a conveyer belt, going in one after the other. When it was finally time for my consultation, I was guided into a room that looked very clean and clinical. I liked it. It looked professional. Then, when the orthodontist walked in, she told me to open my mouth and then began blurting out words I could not understand. I was very intimidated and scared for my teeth. My thoughts included: Oh no my teeth are going to fall out, nothing can be fixed, oh no my teeth will always look ugly, please save me. Overall, the experience was very cold and intimidating, and that is why you need to fish around before you find a place you feel comfortable in.

I have since found an amazing orthodontist who is extremely pleasant. The staff there are also very nice and helpful, they explain everything in simple, non-medical terms, which makes me feel at ease.

What you need to know about wearing Invisalign trays:

  1. When you first put on a new tray, your teeth and gums will hurt. You will be able to tell exactly what the new tray is trying to do and this is very satisfying, and uncomfortable at the same time. The uncomfortable feeling will go away in an hour or so… at least it does for me.
  2. You must wear the trays for as long as you possibly can. It is very easy to forget to put them back on after a meal or snack because you feel like you are not done eating. Yes, it sucks to have to put them back on and then not eat or drink anything but water.
  3. You will have a lisp. I have a lisp when I wear my Invisalign. It’s embarrassing and it sucks, but you paid for this so you have to deal with it.
  4. You will get used to the trays. They really aren’t that uncomfortable. When you don’t have them on for a long period of time, you will feel guilty and will go put them on immediately after realizing this.
  5. When you see your teeth have changed even just a little, you will have an internal party. It’s exciting!

I hope you found this informative. Let me know if you have any questions regaring my experience so far in the comments section below!

-Shazia xx

How to Get Things Done on Time When You’re A Procrastinator

Procrastinating is something I’m sure many people have a HUGE problem with. Me included as I’m typing these blog posts a few days before they’re due. Although it’s fun and all to look at the person next to you when you were both procrastinating on that assignment, it’s a seriously unhealthy habit that can hinder your life if you don’t cut it. So with this post, I’m hoping to share a few tips to help cut procrastination out of your life! Hopefully, they help.

Step one: keep track of what you have to do and more importantly when it’s due.

Realizing how many (or few) days you have left will give you a sense of urgency. Put the due dates in your planner if you have one, or a calendar (which is even better because you can visually see all the due dates placed in front of you that way). Don’t have a planner or calendar? Use your phone calendar instead!

Step two: plan things ahead of time.

You have two weeks until that projects due right? Don’t wait until those last two days to start it… it might feel like you have all the time in the world but two weeks pass quickly, and when the due date rolls around it won’t feel like you have all the time in the world when you’re pulling an all-nighter two nights in a row. A lot of assignments tend to be due around the same time period so try to set days in advance for each of them instead of sprinting to do four things in the span of two days.

Step three: prioritize, prioritize, prioritize!

Do your important assignments/tasks first! Especially if there’s a huge workload that comes with it. Don’t put it off because it seems like too much work – you’re setting yourself up for failure in the long run. At least start things with the biggest workload first.

Step four: just do it!

This is probably the most helpful thing to do. A lot of people are totally aware of their due dates and how much time they have left and so on – it’s just getting started that they have difficulty with. Procrastination isn’t always not knowing when something is due and putting it off, sometimes it is putting it off when you fully know when things are supposed to be due. So this is this most important step. Just get up and start doing whatever it is you needed to do. Don’t feel like doing it? Don’t wait until you ‘get in the right mood to do it’ because let’s be honest – you’ll never feel like doing it if you wait for that.

Failed all these steps? That’s ok! Me too, we can both try again next week.

Procrastination is a seriously hard habit to cut. If you can cut all these habits out of your life in less than a week, I’m not sure you’re human. Just keep practicing the last step and hopefully, it’ll stick and you can start to build healthy task-doing habits!

Love, Joy.

 

10 Quotes for Your 20s

  1. “May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.” -Nelson Mandela
  2. “You alone are enough. You have nothing to prove to anybody.” -Maya Angelou
  3. “If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.” -Maya Angelou
  4. “To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people just exist.” -Oscar Wilde
  5. “Rule your mind or it will rule you.” -Buddha
  6. “Don’t feel stupid if you don’t like what everyone else pretends to love” -Emma Watson
  7. “What I’ve learned is not to change who you are, because eventually you’re going to run out of things to become.” -Taylor Swift
  8. “You will fail. It’s a matter of when. The true test is if you can continue and stand up and accept failure and move forward.” -Lady Gaga
  9. “People inspire you, or they drain you – pick them wisely.” -Hans F Hansen
  10. “Do not get upset with people or situations, both are powerless without your reaction.” -Unknown

Let me know what your favourite quotes are in the comments below!

-Shazia xx

 

Must Watch On Netflix!

Something that keeps me going throughout the semester is binge watching TV shows. Here are 3 shows on Netflix I have been loving and you should check out.

Schitt’s Creek

This one is a very recent discovery and I cannot wait for Season 4 to come to Netflix. It’s about a family of four – Mum, Dad, Sister and Brother who become poor because of their financial manager’s mistakes. Their taxes among other things were not paid, which leads to the family getting kicked out of their mansion and their possessions are auctioned to pay for off all the money they have been owed. Luckily they own a town called Schitt’s Creek where they are able to move to and are put up at a motel by the town’s mayor. The show continues showcasing the families’ struggles of trying to fit in as a lower class family in the rural town of Shitt’s Creek.

Scandal

If you love watching mysteries being solved, this show is for you. Olivia Pope and associates are some badass individuals who come together and solve cases and bring out the truth. Olivia Pope is the main character of the show. She solves a lot of cases, has an affair with the president and makes sure to have everything in the white house go her way. This eventually changes when the president changes.

Jane The Virgin

This is basically an English telenovela. It’s about a girl who gets pregnant by being accidentally inseminated. The person who did this to her is the owner of the sperm’s sister and had to inseminate his wife. The show is super dramatic and exiting. Every episode keeps you wanting more!

Let me know if you watch any of these show or have any other recommendations for me in the comments section below!

-Shazia xx

Innovative Budget University Meals

Being a broke university student with not a lot of money, eating out all the time is not an option. But if you’re at school and you didn’t bring food and you’re stranded – you’re inevitably going to be spending money on food. But spending a ton of money even if it’s only on a 10$ sandwich a day – that can add up.

But if you’re going to be spending 10$ on a sad sandwich, might as well spend it on something more substantial.

If you go to a school close to a supermarket, here’s what else you can do besides eating out at a restaurant or buying expensive fast food. The other day I saw my friend eating a complete meal with stuff she bought from T&T and I thought it was the smartest idea ever!

The campus I go to is right next to a T&T, Walmart and Maxim’s. When I saw my friend, she bought a cup of instant noodles from T&T and a bottle of tea, as well as three pastries from Maxim’s – all for under 10$! Like if you’re going to be eating a barely substantial unhealthy fast food meal for over 10$, might as well be eating a cheap, pretty substantial unhealthy meal for less than 10$, you know what I’m saying?

If you’re not into instant noodles and there’s a Walmart near you or a grocery store with a frozen meals section you can buy a cheap frozen meal there instead. Most schools will have a microwave somewhere you can use to heat up your meals.

A quote from the aforementioned genius friend: “Always eat your salty foods with sweet foods but not a super cold sweet food, not that there’s anything wrong with cold foods but if it’s a solid it’s nicer like a cake or a bun.”

– My 200 IQ friend.

Here is my genius friend with her genius meal! I love her!!!!

So yeah! Next time, if you want to save money on food at school and you didn’t bring food, you can just head over to the nearest supermarket and get something!

Thank you for reading. Love, Joy.

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!

Dare to Dream Again

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“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.