30 June 2016

If We Were on a Coffee Date | vol. 6

30 June 2016

If We Were on a Coffee Date | vol. 6

If we were on a coffee date, I'd first apologize for being that friend who disappears from your life out of no where. I mean, I kind of did disappear from here. It's either I've been really present (for like 1 day or 2), or I've been really absent (which has been the case over the course of June). I guess you can say that nothing fun or eventful or even "blogable" has occurred to me since graduation. It is either I've been working or attempting to study. Study for what? Well... 

If we were on a coffee date, I'd tell you that even though I finished uni, I want to go back to school. Yes, believe it or not, I really do. I feel like we live in a world where everyone is becoming smarter and more hard working. Or, just flat out more competitive with HUGE ambitions. I feel like credentials are super important, especially the type of degree you hold. And, (well, I can speak for Canada) I feel like having a bachelors is not enough. You need to have your masters in order to really do something in your field of study. Well, that's how it is for psychology....

So, I decided to switch gears and go back to school. The goal is... nursing. And, because I haven't studied biology, chemistry or math since grade 12 (4 years ago....), I will be taking a nursing admissions exam to be eligible to enrol into the program. I'm nervous - especially for chemistry. I didn't get it back then, I'm not sure how I'm going to get it now.  Just wish me luck, please.

If we were on a coffee date, I'd tell you how customers are actually evil. Well, not all. But, for real... I've told you all before that I work part-time in a retail store... and, the people I've encountered make me question humanity as a whole. Never have I ever thought working in retail is actually... kinda... horrible! Like I literally feel I do not get paid enough when it comes to receiving and unpacking shipments in the backroom to being on the sales floor cleaning up after people (grown adults to be specific) or dealing with the bulls*t customers give me over issues that I really have no control over. To be honest, sometimes I don't even want to go into work because of the customers. But, then I look at my credit card bill... that's literally my only motivation for sticking around. Oh, and saving money for school.

If we were on a coffee date, you probably see me upset for paying extra for lactose free milk. I don't get it. If I cannot digest lactose, why do I have to be punish and pay extra? I already suffer from not eating some of my FAVOURITE desserts (even though, sometimes I don't care and still do). But, still... it makes no sense. I'm not making a "healthy" decision and ditching lactose... I can't digest it. I shouldn't have to pay extra... every... damn... time. I'm talking to you Starbucks!

If we were on a coffee date, I'd confess that I (randomly) stopped participating in the 100 Day Project on insta... Not sure why. I was doing SO WELL for like a good 30 days. Then, one day... I ended up staying home and didn't end up taking a good insta-worthy pic... then from then on, I literally just had nothing to post. It's weird. I'm weird. I just have a hard time taking good insta photos... anyone with me on that? or have you already mastered a technique that I'm not understanding -.- (check out the collections of pics I took though... #100dayswithnessa)

If we were on a coffee date, I'd probably show up in my pyjamas... and late. I'm tired. I really am. When it comes to work, my schedule has been all over the place. One day I would be closing, and the next morning I would be opening. So, there's not much room to sleep in and enough my bed. So, don't get too upset if I show up late :)

If we were on a coffee date, I'd asked you for some suggestions on books! I want to read my this summer. And, I want to fall in love with new authors. So, tell me... any books you've recently read and absolutely loved? I'm talking about the ones where you just finished reading a book, and you want to read it all over again... Let me know!!!
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24 June 2016

Vogue 73 Questions

24 June 2016

Vogue 73 Questions

Ever since joining the Blog Boss Babe community, I've been really going out of my comfort zone to participate more in the forums, as well as exploring others blogs and commenting. I soon began to realize that my page views were increasing, and going through some of the webinars I realized I need to improve my about me page! Hence the reason why there is no "About Me" page available at the moment.

So, as I was reading through some of my daily reads, and found a cute post from Kendal @ Little Misadventures share 73 tidbits about herself. And, I decided to steal the Vogue 73 Questions from her as a way for my newer readers to get to know me as I am updating my "About Me" page!

Before I get into the questions, I thought I'd share a recent photo of myself. Why? Well, most people have a hard time guessing what my background is because I am mixed. Believe it or not, others have assumed I was either Spanish, Egyptian, Malaysian, and many more! So, I thought I'd share a photo of me wearing a sari, something that most people don't often see me wearing.

While you try to figure out what I am, let's get into these questions! (Don't worry, I'll share with you what my background is at the end of this post!)

1.What’s the best thing that happened to you this month? I GRADUATED UNIVERSITY :) (read about that here!)
2. What is something you’re tired of? Childish people.
3. What is something that recently moved you? A letter...
4. If you could teach one subject in school what would it be? Psychology! I love everything about it!
5. What’s your favorite beverage? COFFEE! Since its summer, I'm really loving my Caramel Fraps!
6. What’s your favorite cocktail? Pina Colada
7. What is your favorite birthday cake? Cheesecake; but recently Red Velvet
8.What is one thing you still have from your childhood? My stuffed animals
9. What is your favorite movie? I have a lot of favourites, a few including Sense and Sensibility, Mean Girls, P.S. I Love You... It's hard to think of these from the top of my head!
10. What is something you can’t do?  Pull-ups!
11. What is one habit you wish you could break? Biting my nails... I know... ew... 
12. What makes you laugh no matter what? Jay
13. What does creativity mean to you? Expressing everything from within.
14. What are your favorite lyrics of all time? "No need to fix what God already put his paint brush on" - Crooked Smile by J. Cole
15. What is something you’ve always wanted to try but you’ve been too scared to do? Moving out of the city 
16. Best advice for your 19 year old self? This is the best time to be adventurous and courageous. Try new things, try the things you've always wanted to do, have the time of your life. Legally you are an adult, but you don't have to have all those responsibilities. There's years of that.
17. If you could raid one woman’s closet who would it be? Any of the Kardashians/Jenners really
18. Must have purse item? LIPSTICK and lotion!
19. What did you want to do with your life at age 12? I wanted to become a doctor 
20. What is something you will not be doing in ten years? Sitting on my couch still clueless about my life... hopefully 
21. What is an important life lesson for someone to learn? Treat everyone like it is the last time you will see them. 
22. What is one goal you are determined to achieve in your lifetime? To give my parents the satisfaction that they can retire without worrying about my sister and I not being able to support ourselves, and them.
23. Would you ever live anywhere besides Toronto? I've been thinking about it...
24. What is your favorite dessert? Cheesecake!
25. Is there a dessert you don’t like? Hmm.. nothing seems to come in mind
26. It’s brunch! What do you eat? Eggs and sausages!
27. Who is your favourite writer? I've been loving a lot of writers lately, including Cecelia Ahern, Victoria Aveyard!
28. Favorite Disney animal? THUMPER!
29. What is a book you are planning on reading? I actually wrote a post of books I want to read before summer ends (read it here)
30. What did you read most recently? Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard 
31. Favorite solo artist? Loving Ariana Grande ... her voice though!
32. What’s your Favorite board game? I actually do not have one :/
33. What’s a city you wish to visit? ROME
34. Heels or flats? lately... FLATS
35.  Where does one go on a perfect road trip? here... to wasaga for the summer, or to Montreal for partying. Take your pick!
36. What do you do on a rainy day? Believe it or not, I like to eat soup on rainy days.. not sure why :/
37. What’s your favorite exercise? The elliptical lol
38. What was your worst subject in school? Oh dear.... chemistry.. 
39. What is your spirit animal? A rabbit. I am one with the bunnies, especially Penelope

40. What do you usually eat for breakfast? Nothing really... Usually don't wake up that early, lately.
41. What do you usually eat for dinner? Whatever is home! Sometimes I would have to buy something small.
42. Cooking or Baking? Cooking
43. Favorite baked good? Any cookies!
44. What is something you wish you could be good at? Singing
45. Skiing or Surfing? Lol none...
46. First celebrity crush? I wanna say... Brian from Backstreet Boys lol
47. Most recent celebrity crush? Honestly.. I can't think of anyone ??
48. What color was your prom dress? PURPLE! 

49. How do you manage stress? I read... like literally anything 
50. What do you do to relax? Lately, I've been taking naps. 
51. Age when you were first kissed? lol omg, I think 13
52. Place you were first kissed? Summer camp haha "under the stars" is how I used to describe ahaha!!
53. Favorite fashion trend of all time? High waisted jeans!
54. Best fashion advice you’ve ever received? Always looks your best.
55. Trend you would like to see disappear forever? Long socks and shorts (and I'm not even talking about the cute stockings, I'm talking about the actual long songs... like please,buy ankle socks!) 
56. Shoes or Bags? SHOES
57. How do you know if you’re in love? Honestly, you just know
58. Television show you’ve binged on recently? GREY'S ANATOMY
59. Who do you turn to when you’re sad? Jay (after venting to Penelope)
60. Name one thing you’ve learned the hard way? Not everyone (including certain family members) has you in their best interest.
61. If you could make a documentary about anything what would it be? haha "A day in the life of Penelope"... seriously, I would love to know what she does all day long 
62. What is your Kryptonite? Cute animals, cute babies, a man's forearm hair lol
63. What are you most enchanted by? waterfalls
64. What is your biggest strength? My patience
65. What is your biggest weakness? Jumping to conclusions
66. What are 3 words to describe living in Toronto? City, Busy, Lively 
67. Cutest thing on planet earth? BABY ANIMALS 
68. Most important advice you’d give your future children? Have fun of you, not for anyone else
69. Best first date idea? Pay for me, and you're good lol
70. Favorite type of flower? Orchids! 
71. What do you first notice about someone when you meet them? Their smile 
72. What’s your guilty pleasure? One Direction
73. Plans for the weekend? Work, BBQ, probably more work, and (hopefully) studying!

P.S. Because you stuck around to read my entire post, I decided to share with you what my background is... ready???? 

I'm half Filipino and half Sri Lankan!!

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22 June 2016

A New Summer Look!

22 June 2016

A New Summer Look!

DISCLAIMER: I am not a professionalPlease note that all hair types are different; what may not work for me may work for you, and what may work for me may not work for you.

Remember a couple months ago I dyed my hair red? And, then back to brown?

Well, if you aren't already following me on instagram, then, you really should! My instagram game is improving and I'm actually learning the art of taking (somewhat) pretty pictures for my insta-page. But, besides me shamelessly advertising my insta... what I really meant to say was that a couple days ago, I revealed the new look I created for myself.

Yes, I decided to skip the hair salon and time dyed bleached my hair! I won't lie to you, the idea seemed adventurous at first. But, once I started applying the bleach, I was hella nervous! However, the end results amazed me!

Like I said, I was actually so nervous bleaching my hair on my own! I did a bit of research beforehand, but my excitement took over and I just ended up convincing myself I needed a change - especially before grad. I guess I'm a great convincer because that very same day of watching 1.5 hours of youtube videos, I went straight to Sally's and bought everything I needed. 

What You Need (a.k.a What I Used):
The bleaching process wasn't too hard. It is like applying box dye, but applying the bleach fast or risk damage. Thanks to the help of my lovely mother, she actually applied the bleach on my hair AND wrapped the different sections in tin foil. 

Her help was a HUGE because I already know how slow I was during the other times I dyed my hair on my own. I did not want to leave the bleach on my hair for longer than 40 minutes. I love my hair - so, leaving the bleach in my hair for too long was not an option for me.

NOTE: Leaving bleach in for too long can actually leave your hair feeling over dried and have a straw-like kind of feel to it. I was scared, which was also why I decided to not touch my routes! If I loved the colour my hair turned out, then I'll think about touching my roots with bleach.

Remember how I mentioned I dyed my head of hair red before? Well, thats the other thing I was worried about... I was worried that bleaching my hair would actually cause my hair to go pink. So, I was paying SUPER close attention to the sections of my hair. But, after washing my hair, to my surprise, my hair ended up being a really pretty shade of brown that I never before thought I could pull off!

How did my hair feel? To my amazement, my hair felt HEALTHY. Remember that time I blogged about my favourite hair product? Well, it turns out that months of shampooing and conditioning my hair with coconut oil did wonders! But, that night, I decided to go ahead and drench my hair in coconut oil, just to be safe. I guess I 'm just really impressed with what coconut oil did to my hair.

Any who... the next day, I decided that my "new" look wasn't enough. It didn't give me that WOW factor. When I said I wanted a change, I really wanted a change - a look I never had. So, I got everything together, and decided to bleach my hair again, this time the ends to give it that ombre look.

Note: my research says that you really should wait about 2 weeks before bleaching your hair again!!! I obviously decided not to wait... I'm impatient like that.

So, this time I did everything on my own! And, it wasn't too bad of a process, especially since I was mainly focusing on my ends. I left the bleach in for about 40 minutes, and washed out my hair. And...

BAM.  A new look I was definitely not expecting, but absolutely LOVE. I love how great it turned out, and I wasn't the only one! Others really liked it, but were even more surprised at the fact that I achieved this look on my own! I think I will eventually do another bleaching process, this time including my roots, but that can wait a few more weeks.
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07 June 2016

In Other News... I Graduated!

07 June 2016

In Other News... I Graduated!

Oh, hey there!

It's been awhile hasn't it? I guess I could bore you with all the details of how busy I was or how I've been sleeping to catch upon rest because I've been busy, or even how I had a really had allergic reaction which caused me to be M.I.A. here and in real life. I could go over all that, but it is not as exciting with what latest achievement I'm about to share with you...

I have officially graduated from University!

And, I couldn't be anymore excited and proud!

Even though the convocation ceremony was just last night, I feel like it still hasn't hit me! I guess I just cannot believe how fast 4 years has gone, and that within the last 4 years I've earned my Honours of Bachelors Degree in Science. It has been a long time coming and I really couldn't be any more happier.

I am proud to say that I am the first in my dad's immediate family to graduate from university!! To me, that is a huge accomplishment in itself, because I know I made my grandmother super proud. And, even though I may not be the first from my mom's immediate family, I am the third, which is still a big accomplishment as well.

Anyways, last night's convocation ceremony was well organized and so much more faster than I thought. I mean, the ceremony was 2 hours long, but it did not feel like that at all! The speeches were short, sweet and to the point, and because the graduating class was huge, we went up on stage in twos, which made things run so much more faster! 

Unfortunately, the weather did a 360 on us and ended up becoming rainy and gloomy after the ceremony. So, I was happy I got a few pictures with a few of my friends before the ceremony.

Overall, I am happy I attended my convocation ceremony (yes, there was a point where I was questioning whether or not I attend the ceremony), and I am even happier that I've graduated university. I couldn't be more proud of myself.

I did it!  

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