Buh Bye, 2016!

Is anyone else in disbelief that today is the last day of 2016? I know I am...

Looking back at the fast-paced year, 2016 was really good to me. I usually hate saying goodbye to the years, and with the end of 2016, it is no different. 2017 can go two ways -- it can be just as great as 2016, or slightly worse. I'm hoping 2016 will be just as great, if not better than 2016. 

2016 has taught me to be optimistic, and see the beauty in all things. Oh, and looking back at the year on my Instagram, I've learnt to take great "insta-worthy" photos with just my phone. It took a year's practice, but I think I finally got the hang of it. Yay!

The first half of the year was devoted to school. And, I finally had a great academic school year with the privilege of graduating (on time) at the top school in Canada! That's an accomplishment in itself, and for that, and I forever grateful to my parents for financially helping me with university. I am also extremely proud of myself for this accomplishment.

The second half of the year was devoted to work. Although I had a part-time job, I was basically (almost) working full-time hours. I learnt to work with different people in different environments and in different situations. I learnt to appreciate money, and I learnt to save my money. The second half most definitely helped me learn the value of money.

In 2016, I also read 20 books!! This might not seem much for some people, but for me, it is! During my time in school, I didn't find the time to read books when it comes to reading textbooks and studying for exams. So finally reaching 20 books made me really miss the love I had as a child when sitting back and imaging myself in a new world. 

I have a positive outlook for 2017. I no doubt want the best for myself for the upcoming year, and I have a lot of changes coming my way. Believe it or not, I have already prepared a few blog posts for January (yay me!), and I have a completely new look I will soon reveal, and I will be starting a new academic and career path. 

So, with that said, I want to say thank you 2016, you've been really good to me. I will forever remember this year.

Cheers, 2016! 

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My First Purchase With Colourpop (Ultra Matte and Ultra Satin Matte)


Hey guys! I never got a chance to tell you that I finally decided to get my hands on some Colourpop products! In all honesty though, I've heard MANY comparisons of formula and colours between both Colourpop and Kylie Cosmetics -- the entire thing just made me really want to try it out for myself. 

As you know from previous posts, I have a few colours from Kylie Cosmetics. I fell in love with the  shade Posie K, and worn it everyday since receiving it. So, as you can imagine, my favourite colour eventually became an empty tube, and I just was not willing to drop a lot of money to buy her products online PLUS shipping...

So, I decided to try an alternative. 


COLOURPOP! My main motivation was free international shipping. But, still, I really did hear good things about them!

In my search for the perfect shade, I ordered 4 shades of varying pinks -- Bumble, Dopey, Calypso, and November.

The box packing was cute, and simple. I love it when companies keep it simple and straight to the point. It is easy to determine the the company of the cosmetics brand, and  the colour of the shade.

November // Calyspo // Dopey // Bumble
The actually packing of the ultra mattes and satin matte were really cute. They came in a clear plastic tubes with silver lids and a silver logo labelling their company name "Colourpop" and whether if the tube is ultra matte or satin matte.

November // Calyspo // Dopey // Bumble
It should be noted, however, that although the packaging is cute, the holographic silver logo doesn't last long. In fact, while keeping Bumble in my pocket at work, I noticed fading within a week.

You can actually see this perfectly in the photo above.  Bumble (the one furtherest to the right) is already fading, and is obvious compared to the other packaging.

Bumble // Dopey // Calyspo // November 

When swatching these shades, I actually took a little too much, and therefore did not try as quickly as I wanted. However, these did dry as matte within a couple of minutes, with is actually great. They apply smoothly, and were beautifully pigmented. 

Swatching these shades, however, did reveal Bumble as a peach pink, Dopey as a pink and purple mixed shade, Calypso as the perfect shade of peach, and November as a light pink (a little too light for my skin complexion). 

Like I mentioned, the shades applied on beautifully. I did notice that the colours were a tad different when compared to the swatches on my wrist. And, the shades did photograph differently than they look in person. For instance, November is actually MUCH lighter to me in person than it is found in the photo above.

I do have to mention, that I am impressed with the product itself. Other matte lipsticks that I've worn tend to fade in colour when I drink water, or talk after a couple of hours, especially in the middle areas of my lips. With Colourpop, I find that the pigmentation lasts hours, even when I drink water. In an 8-hour shift at work, I find myself only reapplying once, and that's after eating lunch.

Nevertheless, although my search for the perfect shade of pink was not a success, I was able to find some other shades that I will be wearing on the daily. It's a good change, especially since I was constantly wearing pink. So, it's a good different.

Will I purchase from them? OF COURSE! Not only are their products relatively cheaper, their quality of liquid matte lipsticks is impressive. I already have a tab opened in search for some new colours to add to my collection.

Have you purchased from Colourpop? What are your experiences? 
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Purchasing a Refurbished MacBook Air

A couple weeks ago, you may have read a post I wrote talking about accidentally ruining my MacBook Pro. I really don't want to get into the details of my clumsy-ness again, but I will say, I was debating between 3 options: buying a completely new laptop, a used one off someone, or purchasing a refurbished. And, as you can tell by the title of this post, I chose the refurbished route, and got myself a MacBook Air!

I'll be honest, I didn't even know Apple had a refurbished products available for purchase. I mean, I was never the type of shopper to check out deals online growing up. I followed suit with my parents, and just found and compared sales through flyers that came to the house weekly. It was really only until the end of my high school and beginning of university I found myself doing more and more online research and comparisons. And, even then, I still didn't know about refurbished products until after both my sister and I got MacBook Pro's... 

But, since this time around purchasing a new laptop would be coming from my pockets (and not my parent's wallet), I really wanted to sure I got the best possible deal without emptying the bank.


Navigating through the Apple's website was easy enough. Although they didn't have a specific tab linking to the refurbished section, searching "refurbished" was simple enough to get you to that page. And, from there, Apple had a wide selection of items that were available for at least 15% off regular price. 

During the time of my search, Black Friday and Cyber Monday was quickly approaching. So, my research consisted of comparing models of MacBook pros, and learning about the minor details of GB and onboard memory (and more tech mumbo-jumbo) before really committing to purchasing a laptop. Also, everyone told me to wait a bit to see the kind of sales Black Friday weekend would have, just in case. Made sense to me. 

However, as Black Friday/Cyber Monday arrived, I realized they sales were pretty much only consisted of 10% off regular price.... So, I made a decision to go ahead with purchasing a refurbished. Only... by the time I went back to Apple's site, all the Pro's were gone. And, I was left with the 12" MacBooks, and the Airs...

Back to research...


I ended up doing comparison research weighing the pros and cons of all 3 models of MacBooks. After the end of my research, I decided to go with Air. I mean, the main purpose of purchasing a new laptop for school was for school. So, I was really keen on battery life and memory space for documents. Plus, I already had a Pro... If I got another one, it won't feel as new... does that make sense? Plus, the 12" macbook's just didn't make sense to me... only 1 USB port? Really? 

I ended up selecting the Air from March 2015 with 8GB and I forget the other tech details, but pretty much the same details as a new laptop.

The best part was saving 15% off the price of a new laptop, plus free pickup. I mean, they did have the option for free shipping, but my house, and the other house with the same street name but different ending (i.e., I live on Crescent, and they live on Avenue) have been getting our mail mixed. Didn't want the risk of having my package sent to them. 

Oooo, better yet, although they estimated a shipping date/pickup date that was nearly 2 weeks from the day I purchased the Air online, my item was available for pick up within days. So, it was a nice surprise!


I never bought an Apple product from the Apple Store before. In the past, we would buy our products at a local Best Buy because of "deals" plus it was just closer to home. So, I was surprised when an apple employee put my boxed MacBook Air into the cutest string bag with an Apple logo. Never had anything like that before.

Also, from my online research of Apple refurb products, one con many people mentioned was the packaging. They didn't get that thrill of unboxing their apple products. But, to my surprise, mine came with a box and everything that clearly stated MacBook Air with the addition of "Apple Certified Refurbished" right at the bottom.  And unboxing felt just as good when I first unboxed my pro years ago!


When you open the box, you are first shown the laptop itself. Underneath, you have a booklet with information about the product, a plug adapter and charger. And, with that said, everything was in order and nothing was missing. 

I experienced no problems with the start up. It was quick an simple. And, transferring some information and documents from my Pro to the Air was just as simple. I thought a lot of work for be needed, but the company really thought of everything. 


I immediately saw the difference in weight between both the Pro and the Air. The Air is noticeably lighter and thinner. The frame on the Air around the screen was silver as opposed to black found on the Pro. The battery life on my Air is notably long lasting (up to 12 hours) than my Pro... but, then again, I've had my Pro for a while. I also find the Air MUCH faster, which I'm really happy about. Other than that, everything else was the same. 

The keyboard is exactly the same, which I love! I'm not a fan of the new keyboard look you find on the 12" MacBook. So, it was nice to be able to use some of the keyboard covers I previously bought and used for my Pro on the Air.


Overall, it has been week since setting up and using my Air! And, I am absolutely in love with it. I even purchased a hot-pink laptop cover with matching keyboard cover just to give some life. Like I said, I haven't experienced any problems with it, which I'm really happy about. But, even if I do, I am not worried whatsoever because I got Apple warranty for free for a year! 
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101 Things in 1001 Days

I first saw this challenge by Mackenzie long before I started my blogging journey. So, this has definitely been a long time coming. And, right now, it feels like the perfect time to start this. 

My life is quickly changing around me, and I feel as if I am not catching up fast enough. I recently turned 22 years old last month, and next month I will be starting my first day of nursing school. A lot of changes are happening, and I couldn't be anymore excited. So, I thought in order to keep my motivation and goals in check, I am finally taking part in this challenge. 

Some things are stuff I've always wanted to achieve, and other are everyday things I really want to accomplish. 

101 Things in 1001 Days
Start Date: November 19, 2016
End Date: August 17, 2019 

Completed 9/101 as of Dec. 12, 2016

KEY:
- In progress
- Completed in 2016 

1. Finish this list before November 19 (11.16)
2. Publish this post before 2017 (12.16)

School
3. Get my RPN licence 
4. Make it on honour roll 
5. (re)Learn CPR
6. Order a personal copy of my university transcript
7. Purchase textbooks before start of classes (12.16)
8. Get a new laptop before classes start (12.16)

Family/ Friends/ Social 
9. Send a package of things to my cousins in the Philippines
10. Have a spa day with mom
11. Re-connect with an old friend
12. Go to a work party/dinner/something they host (11.16)
13. Plan and host a surprise party 

Health/ Fitness/ Wellness
14. Wake up everyday for 6:30am for 1 weeks (and not go back to sleep)
15. Not press the snooze button for 1 week
16. Drink green tea before bed for one month
17. Sleep before 12:00am for 1 week
18. NO coffee for one month 
19. NO pop/soda for a month (including mixing in drinks...)
20. NO alcohol for a month
21. Be the D.D. for the night
22. Do Yoga for 30 days  with Adriene
23. Be able to do 50 pushups without breaks
24. Drink 8-ounces of water a day for a week
25. Complete the 30-day squat challenge
26. Run in a marathon

Beauty
27. Get lash extensions
28. Wear earrings (in each pierced hold) for a whole week
29. Wear red lipstick for 1 week
30. Try getting my eyebrows threaded 
31. Remember to take my vitamins for a week
32. Leave the house without makeup on for one month (11.16 - 12.16)

Blog
33. Blog everyday for a month
34. (re)Create my "All About Me" page 
35. Record a vlog 
36. Finish writing all saved drafts and PUBLISH them 
37. Blog about completing 10 items on this list [2/10 - #46 Christmas on Ice, #86 I Got Braces...]

Finances
38. Get credit card #1 to zero
39. Get credit card #2 to zero
40. Put at least 20% of each pay check into savings for a month 
41. Pay school tuition before first day of classes (12.16)
42. Bring lunch to work for a whole month (no buying, including coffee)
43. Put $5 in both savings accounts for each completed goal

Something New/ For Fun
44. Go to a karaoke event/bar
45. Go apple picking
46. Attend an ice show (11.16)
47. Go to a drive-in theatre 
48. Go to an NBA game
49. Go go-karting
50. Get a puppy
51. Make a cheesecake
52. Drink wine in a bathtub
53. Try 5 new coffee shops that are not mainstream [1/5 - Supercoffee  (11.16)]
54. Go on a party bus
55. Try 5 new restaurants I've never ate at [1/5 - Moxie's  (11.16)]
56. Go on a spontaneous road trip
57. Go to a gun range
58. Go to a wine tasting
59. Go to a bubble soccer event
60. Learn to tie a tie

Leisure
61. Unsubscribe from all unwanted email lists
62. Unsubscribe from FB likes
63. Read 20 books I've never read
64. Read a book for 30 minutes before bed for 1 week
65. Re-organize my iTunes playlist
66. Reorganize my desk
67. Learn to play poker
68. Learn to crochet
69. Start practicing the piano ago
70. (re)Learn to play a piece on the piano
71. (re)Watch all of Grey's Anatomy
72. (re)Watch all of Gossip Girl (because it is Gossip Girl...)
73. Watch every season (on Netflix) of 3 shows I've never watched [1/3 - The Crown (11.16)]
74. Watch 26 movies I've never watched before (alphabet style) [6/26]
  • A - A Most Wanted Man (2014) (12.16)
  • B - Basic Instinct (1992)  (11.16)
  • C - 
  • D -
  • E - Eagle Eye (2008) (12.16)
  • F - Fundamentals of Caring (2016)  (11.16)
  • G -
  • H -
  • I -
  • J -
  • K -
  • L -
  • M - Mr. Right (2015) (11.16)
  • N -
  • O -
  • P -
  • Q -
  • R -
  • S -
  • T - Triple 9 (2015) (11.16)
  • U -
  • V -
  • W -
  • X -
  • Y -
  • Z -
Purchases
75. Buy a vegan purse/wallet (and use it)
76. Buy an everyday watch
77. Buy a backpack
78. Buy new everyday shoes
79. Invest in a weekender

Personal
80. Learn to drive manual
81. Get new glasses
82. Use coconut oil in my hair at least once a week for a month
83. Create a list of things that made me smile for that day (for 1 month)
85. Embrace my braces
86. Cut my hair "short"
87. Be his New Year's kiss
88. Become a morning person
89. Find the beauty in winter
90. Go to church every Sunday for 1 month 
91. No cursing for a day
92. No cursing for a week
93. Eat at least half a pickle without gagging
94. Give up something for Lent
95. Write in my journal for 5 minutes everyday for a month 
96. Stop biting my nails for 21 days
97. Say "Yes" to something I normally wouldn't

For Others
98. Buy a stranger a coffee/tea
99. Go through my cloths, and donate the one's I don't need/wear
100. Donate to charity or non-profit organization every month [2/33 - Heart and Stroke Foundation (11.16), Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (12.16)]

101. Inspire someone to create their own goals (any takers?)

P.S. I clearly accomplish a few of my goals from the time of starting this challenge to actually posting it. But, I will be providing updates here and there. So stay in tune for that!

Are you currently completing this challenge? Do we share some of the same goals?

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I Got Braces...

Do I really need an introduction here? I mean, the title of the post really says it all... But, maybe I should back track a little and tell you guys how I came to the decision to finally getting braces.

Oh, in case you were wondering, as of tomorrow, it has been a week since I got these full-set of bad-boys on. And, I still haven't embraced my new look....


I mean, I really could have used the snapchat dog filter here to make myself look a little cuter... But, I need to learn to love myself with braces. Without a filter. Can't hide behind those in real life.

Why did you get braces?
Let me answer the number 1 question I've been asked... "Why?" Well, simply put, I have a terrible overbite. But, it's actually not that simple. Although some overbites are quite normal, I have what dentists call an "overjet". It's a bit worse than an overbite... To the point where my overjet can actually continue to grow outwards in years to come, and who knows how far it will go...

It's funny, I didn't ask to see the orthodontist because of my overbite. I mean, I went to talk about options for getting my top teeth straighten. They weren't badly crocked or anything, I just felt that my front teeth were starting to look a bit over crowded. But, it was a good thing I made a visit. Not only was I made aware about my overjet, they also explained to me that my overjet is the reason why I've been noticing my top set of teeth getting worse every year.

So, instead of having the options I originally googled, like getting Invisalign, I was left with a completely different and unexpected option... 


Why not clear braces or Invisalign?
This is actually another question I've been asked a lot. As much as I wanted a less obvious option, it was just not the practical option. Receiving Invisalign would have been great option IF I didn't need to shift the top set of teeth back in order to reverse the overjet.

And, clear braces? With this option, the clear brackets stain easily. And, who am I kidding...  I love my coffee, and all the different spices in my food... I know for a fact there would be no way I could even last a day without eating anything that's stains...

But, in all honesty, the real reason I got the full on metal braces is to reduce my overjet as best as the dentists see fit. And, they suggested elastics. So, I will do what I'm told to get the smile I want.

But I guess beauty is pain.

You good though?
I'm doing a bit better. There was absolutely no pain when it came down to having the braces individually placed on my teeth. I only really started to feel them when the wire was placed in. I don't know if it was possible, but I felt discomfort from shifting (I'm assuming) right away. More so on the top set of my teeth than bottom. Which makes sense...

I really miss eating hard meats, and chewing gum. I think my brain and stomach is doing this to me on purpose because the moment I left the dental office was when I started craving a burger, or basically anything meat, and all things I couldn't eat at that very moment. It was hard. It still is actually.


They placed these blue bumps on my bottom molars to keep my jaw open in order to avoid me from biting off my braces. THESE BLUE GUYS ARE THE REASON WHY I CAN'T CHEW. And, it sucks. I really cannot wait until they take them off and I could start eating normally again... As for now, I've been eating a lot of soups and soft foods... at least I'm able to eat.

Overall, I won't lie I'm still feeling a bit self-conscious when it comes to my looks. As weird as it sounds, I don't know how to act normal with braces on. I mean, whenever I talk to anyone I feel  as if they are constantly staring at my teeth, and I have this automatic urge to use my hands to cover my mouth.

But, it's not that bad. My fellow braces survivors have come to my rescue. They've not only been so positive and encouraging with me to just talk normally, they've given me a lot of tips based on their years of experience with braces. It's kind of funny actually. It's like people with (or had) braces have their own little community where they embrace each other with confidence and acceptance. It's quite nice.

My next appointment is in 10 9 weeks... Yes, I am counting down the days. So, until then, I'm trying to figure out how to smile with the braces, and what angles look best.

But, this is mainly it for now. Although, I am thinking of making my braces journey a series... we'll see how it goes.

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December Goals

Seriously, how is it December already??? I swear, it was like November didn't even happen... But, after revisiting a few of my goals from last month, I clearly killed it! Take a look for yourself. 


November Goals Revisited:
  1. READ 3 BOOKS. Oh, yes I did. I read Girl Up by Laura Bates, Everyday Sexism by Laura Bates, and One Hundred Names by Cecelia Ahern. 
  2. Beginners Yoga. I mean, I did a few yoga videos from youtube every chance I had... So, I was kinda successful...
  3. Re-watch Gilmore Girls. OH YEA. I re-watched every episode, and with perfect timing. I was able to finish the previous seasons before starting the new Girlmore Girls: A Year in the Life episodes.
  4. Plan something low-key. This goal was related to planning something small, yet fun for my 22nd birthday. And, I did just that.
  5. Save. Oh yeahhhhh. I did this to! Not only did I save up for my tuition, I also saved enough for a new laptop! I put the order in, and it should be available for pickup at the Apple store very soon ;) And, if you were wondering, I did decide to go with a refurbished macbook air!
  6. Start Christmas Shopping. Believe it or not, the only people I have left to buy gifts for are for my parents. And, that's only because my sister and I are putting money together to buy them a gift each this year.... but, it's so hard figuring out what they want or need.... 
This Month's Goals:

1. Work as many hours as I can. I mean, I really have no other choice. I start school next month, and that means working less... which, unfortunately means less money coming in. So, I think it is just smarter for me to get the hours I can now, especially since December is one of the busiest months of the year, and save a lot of my paycheck for the next couple of months. Just so I have my phone bill and other bills covered without the stress.

2. Start preparing for school. There's a lot I have to do:
- Pay the rest of my tuition before first day of classes (so interest isn't added)
- Create my schedule for semester 1 (and figure out new availability for work)
- Buy my textbooks 
- Buy a backpack (I did the whole use a purse for uni, and I think I'm going to stick to a backpack this time around)

3. Enjoy the last month of 2016. It's the most wonderful time of the year. As much as stressful as this month can be, I really do want to enjoy the month as much as I can. I even want to take more pictures this month, just of everything and anything I'm enjoying.

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The Gilmore Girls TAG


Did anyone else spend the majority of their weekend watching Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life? I did! And, as much as I was excited to binge watch all four episodes, I decided to take my time going through the episodes while appreciating EVERY detail.

I do have to say, Netflix couldn't have done a better job bringing everything I love about Gilmore Girls back to life. All four episodes was everything Gilmore Girls and more. I love how a lot of things stayed the same, yet everything was sooooo different. Watching the episodes made me realized how much I grew up with this show and all the characters. It was basically like catching up with old friends. I loved it.

OH. And, that ending though!!!! I don't want to spoil it... But, I really hope Netflix comes with a second season. That is too much of a teaser to have me waiting...

So, in honour of my love for Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, I decide to take part in the Gilmore Girls tag!!! This TAG was originally from Sweet is Always in Style.

1. Let's get the tough question out the way first... Team Dean, Team Jess or Team Logan?
Ohhh. I'm honestly torn between Jess and Logan. I mean, low-key, myself childhood self always wanted Rory with Logan because I thought he was just the cutest guy ever. And, I haven't strayed away from him since. But, besides his looks, I genuinely do think that he and Rory do make a good match. They have more in common together. 

2. You stop by Luke's Diner, your go to menu item is: blueberry muffin, pastry, french toast, burger and fries or pancakes with strawberries? 
Hmm, it really does depend on what time of the day I go there.... but, I do love myself a burger and fries! I low key like to judge and decide between restaurants and diners of who has the better fries and burgers.
BUT, I think I'd probably go there for his coffee. Lorelai obviously loves it. 

3. Harvard or Yale?
I live in Canada, and those schools aren't as well known here. I only know that Harvard is one of the best Law schools... and as for Yale, all I know is that it was Blair Waldorf's dream school! So, it must be good.

4. It's time for the Star's Hollow 'Bid on a Basket' festival. What are you putting in your basket?
Hopefully my bae would successfully bid on my basket; and so, I would prepare a nice picnic with some steak sandwiches, and a few fruits. And, of course cheesecake. Maybe two different types!

5. What's your favourite Gilmore Girls treat food? Pop tarts, Pizza, Chinese, Twinkies?
Oooo.... lately, I've been loving pizza. It's all I want when I have "nothing" to eat. 

6. Friday night dinners or Star Hollow Town meeting?
Friday night dinners for sure. I mean, I didn't get the chance to grow up with my grandparents as the lived in a different country. So, having Friday night dinners with them and my parents, would just be a dream come true.

7. Christopher, Max, Jason, or Luke?
LUKE. He's soooo good to Lorelai and Rory.

8. Rory's ideal night alone is doing laundry in her pyjamas while eating Indian food. What would your ideal night alone be?
In my pyjamas, have my a netflix series (or movies line up) already set up with some pizza. No phones. No social media. Just me and my bed watching anything in peace.

9. Who would you rather hang out with, Paris, Lane or Marty?
Definitely Lane. She's just an amazing friend, and seem's eager to try anything new. I mean, I would love to be friends with Paris if we were in the same classes just for motivation to do as well as her. But, I feel like she can be a bit too much to handle. 

10. Finally, with 'A Year in the Life", what season would you love to visit Stars Hollow in?
WINTER.  Even though I hate winter here in Canada, I feel like winter in Stars Hollow is absolute perfection. They've got the perfect white snow. They don't seem to be freezing their butts off. And, their winters just seem so much more enjoyable. It would be nice to experience different winter. 

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Christmas On Ice -- A First

As some of you may have read, I celebrated my 22nd birthday last weekend (wow... this week flew!). Since my birthday perfectly fell on a Saturday, I decided to spend the entire weekend on me! And, it did not end just there. 

A couple of weeks ago, my parents got tickets through their casino membership, to watch a show being performed at a Casino in Niagara Falls. And, my parents strategically chose to R.S.V.P. the Monday after my birthday.  Since you the show is performed in a theatre inside the casino, all guests had to be 19+. My sister finally reaches the age limit, and the whole family was able to watch the show together. 


The drive there wasn't too bad. I'm totally lying. We had to be there for 7:00pm in order to pick up our tickets. For a normal 1 1/2 drive from my place to Niagara Falls... it took us around 2+ hours. And, guess who was the driver.... YUP. ME. Plus, the traffic was just horrible. 

Oh, and let's not forget the horrible cold and windy weather. YUP. Really cold. I literally had to go to the basement to get out my winter TNA jacket and some of my hats to keep me warm.



We actually ended up arriving there right on time to pick up our tickets. And, we were told that the doors would open a little later. So, they encouraged us to roam around... basically to go play in the Casino. But, naw. Instead we walked around and got some food to eat. This was the second time my sister and I came to this particular casino, but we never really went around fully.  So, it was nice to discover new parts.



My parents are so competitive. We were literally one of the first few people to get there before the doors opened... even though our tickets already told us our seats. But, it was pretty cool seeing an empty line up area. Not sure why, but I liked it.


The theatre was actually REALLY warm and cozy. I'm not sure why, but when I thought of Christmas on Ice, I imagined us being at a big ice rink. So, I made sure my hats and mittens were on. But, nope. This show was performed on made ice inside a warm theatre. But, hey, at least we were not sitting on those metal fold up chairs.



We weren't allowed to take pictures during the show, but that's okay. I was too busy enjoying the show to even think about taking out my phone and snapping a few pics.

The show lasted 1 hour and 15 minutes, and it was full of Christmas songs (hence the show called Christmas on Ice) from live performers, as well as backup dancers and singers, and, of course, world class skaters. 


The entire show was quite entertaining. From the tricks being performed by the skaters to the BEAUTIFUL powerful voices of the singer... There were a few times I wanted to hop on stage and join them! They really brought the Christmas spirit out of me, and it really was just entertaining to watch. Heck, the entire show did not even feel like 1 hour and 15 minutes. 


Oh, I do wish we were allowed to take pictures. You could have seen all the beautiful and colourful costuming that was worn. AMAZING. I loved everything.


After the show, my parents decided to play in the casino for a bit before we headed home. My sister and I aren't fans of gambling, so we decided to stay back and roam around the mini mall. At this point, we did do a bit of shopping, and admired at how quiet the entire place was. It was really gave us to chance to see the beautiful Christmas decorations that were slowing going up. 

Even though it was cold, we even took a small walk outside. Niagara Falls is quite a different experience during the fall and winter times of the year. I mean, 2 years ago we came down here in December, but I guess I'm so used to being at the Falls in the summer and seeing SOO much happen around us. The quietness really is beautiful as well. 
We got home pretty late, and went to bed right away. I had work the next morning, but I really didn't mind having a less sleep. It really was nice to spend time with the family. 
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I'm Feeling 22!

I know, I know. You've probably seen the use of this Taylor Swift song way too many times... but, hey it's finally my turn to jump on this bandwagon because.... I turned 22! 

Yes, yes I did. As of Saturday, I turned 22 years old! And, even though I've only been 22 for like a minute, it's still really hard for me to get used to the fact that I'm no longer 18. Like common, is it just me or is 18 that age you just want to blurt out whenever someone asks how old you are????  

I'm really hoping it's not just me because as of right now, I feel old yet so young at the same time. I'm sure that's normal... but, I'm not really liking this feeling.  



So far in my 22 years in life, I must say it's going pretty well. And, I have to admit, 21 was a great year for me. I graduated from university and earned my HBSc, and I'm currently preparing to start the next chapter of my life. Yes... it is more school. But, this time, I'm going into nursing (literally something I've been trying to achieve for way too long). But, hey, I shouldn't complain. Better late than never no? And, a bunch of other important things happened to me this year (that I sadly cannot remember), but clearly the two I mentioned were the most important.  

The best has yet to come. And, I'm hoping for this year to be a better adventure! I have a lot of goals for myself... you'll see in the next few days when I post it ;) 

But, before I go, can I just quickly tell you guys how I spent my birthday weekend  



My birthday celebration actually started on Friday because my friend, Monica, and I actually both share the same birthday. And, we thought it would so super cute to just spend the 18th together, since we were both already scheduled to work that day. It was too cute. She bought us "Birthday Girl" pink ribbons that we wore on our shirts, and we both went out for lunch! It was great because we both tired out this restaurant Panda express for the first time, and our experience with them was okay. Meh. It doesn't seem much, but I thought It was just perfect for us two! 


The Saturday was my actual birthday, and I was fortunate enough to spend it with both my parents for the morning. My parents gave me money (YAAAAAS) which I was super happy about putting towards some expensive a*s textbooks I need to buy for school. Not the point... I also received a delivery from Jay, who sent me the cutest (and my first) edible arrangements. It not only smelled amazing, it tasted too good.



But, that evening was even better. I spent it with Jay, and he took me to Moxie's. I ordered myself oven roasted chicken with quinoa. Guys, I kid you not, I might just be obsessed with quinoa after this AMAZING plate. Afterwards, we spent the rest of the night with some friends drinking and doing nonsense. It was lowkey, but exactly what I wanted. 


Sunday, was just as great! Sister came home,  the family and I went to Mandarin, a Chinese buffet that was bomb because I got to eat for free! YAY! Thank you mom for constantly signing up and doing surveys for everything. We did a bit of shopping, and ended the day by coming home and relaxing.  

It couldn't have been any better. 

Also, the best part was that I got a lot of cheesecake!!! YUM. 

Let me say this again..... 




I got a lot of cheesecake. 

Even though the weekend is over and today is Monday, urg, the celebrations aren't quite over. My mom, dad and I are actually going out tonight. We will be headed to Niagara Falls to watch Christmas on Ice in one of the Casinos. It should be fun. I've never went to watch anything on ice before. And, it will be my first time at a Casino (or so my parents think) haha.  

How was your weekend?!?! 

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