12.24.2012

Miserable

I love St. John’s 

I hate Toronto

On Friday, I was at my school and as the bus pulled away to bring me back home I realised that I won’t be back here until 2014!!! That’s insane. I am obviously really excited about Korea, but I’m comfortable where I am. I suppose that’s a good sign that I need to get away for a while though. I never want to be so comfortable somewhere that I risk staying longer than I need to. Gotta keep moving. And then there’s the part where before I even get to Korea I have to live in Toronto for two months. Imagine you have to leave a city you really love for one that you really hate. Not a good feeling ah?

To make thing worse, I’ve been getting texts and messages asking if I’m excited to come back home. ಠ_ಠ Home? Are you for real? Are you trying to make me cry? I hate it when people ask me if I’m going home for Christmas when referring to Toronto. No I am not going home, I’m going back to the city I was born and raised in. I feel like Robert Pattinson. No one hates Twilight more. No one hates Toronto more. Anywho, keep rubbing in the salt. Keep asking me how about how excited I am. I love it. *please note my strong sarcastic tone* And then plans are being made for me in Toronto and I haven’t even stepped off the plane. I get that people are excited to see me again and I’m excited to see them too. But I am not excited to have to live in Toronto for another two months. Why no one can understand this? Let me breathe. Let me be miserable for a bit.

On a brighter note, Two days ago I told someone that I will adopt in the future. And instead of them telling me that I should have at least "one of my own", “maybe you’ll change your mind” or "you never know", they accepted this and wished me the best of luck. If only everyone could be like that.

Ok, nothing else to say.

12.21.2012

Going Away

Heather Heights Jr. Public School: Huskies 

Henry Hudson Sr. Public School: Hawks

Wexford Collegiate School for the Arts: Viking

George Brown College: Huskies

Memorial University of Newfoundland: Seahawks

Notice a pattern?

These are the schools I have attended over the past eighteen years. I was telling my friend last month that if I go for my Master’s, it'll have to be a school whose mascot is a Viking. Complete the pattern you know? But no, that is not about to happen.



Instead I am going to be a lion. A laughing to be exact. But let’s be honest here, it doesn't really matter. In case you don't know, the laughing lion is the mascot of Kyung Hee University in Seoul, South Korea!!! Yup, that’s right. I am about to go to school in Korea. Not transferring, doing an exchange. But how exciting is that!? I'm okay with breaking this mascot pattern. Completely worth it eh?

Sorry Harry. It doesn't look like I'm gonna be a Viking any time soon. I might even be an elephant next. Dongguk University is looking like a solid place to do my Master’s.

I have known this since October, but haven’t blogged about it cause I didn’t want to jinx anything. But yesterday I picked up my certificate of admission and so yeah, it’s pretty official. I’m so pumped. I have made so many friends this and last semester who were on exchange from Korea, and I can’t wait to see them again. It’s gonna be an epic year.

When I went to pick up my letter, this is what I saw…




So official looking eh. Makes me feel important. ^.^

First thing inside, can’t show you actual letter cause personal information…

“We are pleased to inform you that you have been accepted as an exchange student to Kyung Hee University (2013 Spring Semester).”

How exciting!!!

And then with the letter, I got my certificate of admission in such a pretty letter case/cover, (don’t know what to call it). The cover has Kyung Hee University’s seal printed in gold, and the school’s name in Korean and English as well. So official. So pretty. I can’t contain my excitement.

Well there's my big news. Not big deal any more to the people who have known for a while. Oh well. I'm so pumped. This is my first really big trip on my own. Katimavik sort of counts, but I was travelling, working and living with the same group for six months. Plenty of structure and no drinking for most of it because of where we were pleased. So yeah. This is a huge deal. 

I've been watching some videos posted by Simon and Martina to help me get ready and I must say, living bra and deodorant free hasn't looked better. haha Click the links if you're scratching your head.
Anywho, that's all for now. Can't wait to blog from Korea!! 

12.18.2012

Seven Stupid Questions

Ok, so I came across this list of questions on tumblr the other day. I just reblogged it, but only one person ever sends things to my ask. So lonely. I decided to pick some random numbers and answer whatever question it comes with. I only read the first few questions on the list cause there’s 69 questions, and I don’t have time for that. I don't know what I'm getting myself into...

5 Are you interested in anyone right now?

Celebrities count right? If yes, then yes. Tom Hiddleston


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If no, then maybe. Oh I don’t know. I have the most inappropriate crushes. Can’t date professors. 

14 Honestly, has anyone seen you in your underwear in the past 3 months?

Pretty sure I changed in front of my best friend when she came to visit me in November. Nothing sexual though. I feel like that’s where the question was headed in the first place.

22 Are you good at hiding your feelings?


Yes. But I don’t know if you mean anything specific. Feelings for someone, about someone, something? I think when I really like someone, I stay quiet about it. But when it comes to how much I dislike/hate someone/something I’m very vocal. Everyone will know. I regularly lose followers on twitter and friends on facebook because of it. Ah well. I can’t cry about that.

27 Are you listening to music right now?

Yes!! I have been listening to The Hobbit soundtrack for the past four days. Non-stop. It is too good. And Misty Mountains!! Can we please talk about that for a minute? Richard Armitage has the most amazing voice I have heard in years. The song should be longer though. Why can’t he sing me to sleep every night? Tome Hiddleston has some competition.

41 Have you ever wanted to tell someone something but didn’t?

Grade seven. I can’t believe I’m telling this story. There was a boy in the grade above me and I had the biggest crush on him. So cute, and tall and listened to what I considered to be good music at the time. I’m pretty sure the whole school knew I had a crush on him, he as well, but I never actually told him. But by the end of the year I wanted to say something. He would be going into high school and I stay back for another year. So me, being the stupid kid that I was, wrote down the lyrics to Good Charlotte’s Change. Do they even make music anymore? So embarrassing. So I write down the lyrics with my own changes; “Standing in a crowded room” turned into “sitting in the science room”. Stupid things like that ah. Wrote it on my nice stationary, and got my friend to give it to him. No name on it or anything. I just wanted him to have it. I was in love. Truly in love, but couldn’t tell him to his face. I’m sure he knew it was from me. I dreamt that he carried the letter around with him hoping to find out who wrote it. And then one day in high school, we ended up at the same school, I would ask him if he remembered getting a letter in jr. high and he pulls it out and is all like “You mean this one?” We fall in love or something stupid… My life is so sad. So at the end of the day, I guess I kinda told him but not really.

56 Do you own something from Hot Topic?

I don’t know what that is, so I’m gonna say no.

61 Have you hugged someone within the last week?

I just hugged one of my friends two hours ago. I won’t see her for a long time. And on Sunday too, I hugged a couple of friends I won’t see until March. I hate goodbyes. T-T



12.15.2012

Exams Are Over!!

Well it’s done. This semester is finally done and I don’t want to look back. How terrible this semester has been to me and then I come home from final exam last night to hear about what happened in America and China. Then I went and made banana bread, but not sure if I like it. And then I watch War Horse. What was I thinking, finishing off my day with that movie? Not even good.

I have done noting productive all day. Just sit in bed, listen to The Hobbit soundtrack, eat Doritos and waste time on tumblr. I wanted to post the banana bread recipe, but I already said I'm not sure if I like it.

So what to talk about? I have ten days until I go back to Toronto and I'm not looking forward to it. I love Newfoundland too much. I am so happy that I was smart enough to hold off going back until some time after my exams. I can relax. My roommate already left but didn't say goodbye. So rude. I will never see him again. 

So weird to not say goodbye. But also weird to say goodbye. There was a Christmas party at the school on Wednesday and I was thrown into a situation where I had to say bye to people I have met this semester. I wasn't ready for that. Didn't realise people leaving so soon. T-T I love making friends with exchange students but it’s so difficult cause so many of them I will not ever see again. My heart hurts. I held back the tears. Oh but hey! They are here now. 

Quick!! Cute picture of Coco using my jeans as a bed and a sock as a pillow!!  


Alright, I'm good. haha Anywho, tomorrow I will see some sun and breathe some fresh air. Meeting a friend for coffee. This is what the next ten days will look like for me. Catching up and saying a fair share of goodbyes. That’s life. 

Oh yeah, and on Wednesday night I performed for the last time with Spectrum (Queer Choir) until 2014. Everything seems so far away now.

End on light note.

Look what happened a week and a half ago! Another reply from Qiu ^^

Might as well follow me at this point. Love her 

Ok, now to watch Doctor Who.

12.10.2012

Pita Chips

“Regular blogging to come” she said. Ok sorry. I know I've been bad, but OhMyLoki!! these past few weeks have been crazy. Let me avoid studying for a few minutes to give you a new post. 

I just made some pita chips. I bought salsa the other day put no chips to go with. So I looked up how to make pita chips. It’s super simple and very tasty. I'm glad I was almost full when I made them cause they would have been all gone otherwise. I didn't want to make too much cause I'm lazy and I was already making soup and cooking eggs. Weird combo, I know. 


Preheat oven to 400°F

Pitas (3 makes 2 cookie sheets worth)

Olive Oil ¼ cupish

Garlic powder

Salt

Dried Basil

Don’t ask for measurements for the seasoning cause I just put how much I wanted.

Cut the pitas into 8 wedges and then separate them. If my computer calculator is correct, you should have 48 pieces. Now mix the oil with the seasoning and paint the pita wedges. Place them on a cookie sheet and bake for 4 to 5 minutes. Any longer in the oven and they will burn.

That’s it!! 



You now have some awesome tasting chips to have with your salsa. 



So exams are almost over. Just two more for me, and things should be back to normal with the blog. I'm gonna have 11 days here until I go back to Toronto, so I'll have plenty of time on my hands to get back into regular blogging. I promise.

Now back to studying. Buddhism exam in 12 hours!!

11.17.2012

I'm Back

Oh hey there!! I'm still alive. But you would already know that if you follow me on twitter. If you not following me there already, start. Anywho, October was a hellish month, the worst of my life, so I stopped making time to blog. Not understanding what’s going on in half my classes, death in the family, Lucasfilm sold themselves to the devil Disney, suffering from some mystery sickness… I could go on, but not. So yeah, blogging was not a priority.

Trying to think what I missed. So much has happened. Can’t give full update cause I can’t remember. >.< This is why I should blog, I forget my life if I don’t record it. 



I do remember how excited I was in the first two days of November, despite still being sick. My two favourite bloggers replied to me on twitter!!


A little personal eh? lol Maybe one day I will do full post and send her of all the main reasons why I won't do it.

Qiuqiu has replied me before on her blog and twitter, but never Xiaxue. I was silently freaking out.


I discovered James Vincent McMorrow. Yes. I discovered him. No one knew him before. Go buy all his music.

Day of the election, I posted on fb that if Romney wins I'll finish watching Avatar. Thank goodness he didn't win cause that movie is awful. You did good America. Don’t know how anybody could sit through that movie. I also let the world know of my secret crush on Biden. Obama’s charming and all, but Biden…

Ok, he’s married. I won’t even go there.

And then, I just had the most amazing long weekend cause my best friend came to visit me. So much love. I'll blog about that soon. 

So that’s what I have been up to as of late. I've really missed blogging and am super happy to be back at it.

Ok, now to do a little journaling…

I have come to the realisation that I am insanely antisocial. To the point of frustration. I don’t know how I came to make any friends here, but I feel like I have stuck to my comfort zone and I won’t branch out. Maybe I'm too consumed in tumblr. Doesn’t matter why, just want it to change. How do people make new friends? Help me please. I've been really bad this semester. I haven’t done much that I enjoy. I started going back to Rotaract at the beginning of the semester, but the time change wasn't working for me, and more importantly, I realised that I don’t feel like I belong. I've been getting that a lot in everything I do. How can I be a part of a group for a year and still feel left out? Really shitty feeling. But I feel the same with the mentors program and queer choir too. I am avoiding a potluck at this very moment. The thought of forcing myself into social situations just isn't appealing. I always regret and feel shitty during. Only thing in common thing here is me. I’m extremely uncomfortable more times than not, and then I withdraw to my room. So lonely, and I know it wouldn’t be any different if I were still living in Toronto. How many times did I go out with friends this past summer? Not much. Probably could count on one hand.


And then there’s school…

Dafuq is happening to me?! Linguistics was supposed to be my easy course and I am struggling. I hate everyone who told last year that first year is the most difficult. You all lied!! Move from me. Last year English killed me, but that was expected. Everything else was manageable or even easy. This year, no such luck. I'm also clueless in my Hinduism class. Professor keeps jumping back and forth centuries at a time. NO!! Give me a timeline. Philosophy has been a shocker though. It was supposed to be my more challenging course, but instead I'm thinking of switching from Religious Studies to Philosophy. Such a mind fuck this field is, but it’s fun. My dad laughed when I told him about this. Can’t get support? Only a day later my Philosophy prof. inadvertently made me realise that I should just do whatever the fuck I want in school. haha I can see the disgust on his face now of when another student was toying with the idea of not doing Philosophy major or minor cause worried about it being a teachable. Why bother go to school if you not doing what you enjoy? When I was in grade eleven and thinking about going to York, I had my mind set on doing a double major in Philosophy and Dance. Well I can’t do Dance at MUN, but Philosophy is here, so why not? Also, the department is really chill. All the profs are so friendly and approachable. I'm not even in the department yet and only taking one course, but so many of the faculty know me. Every department should do meet-and-greets. A grand idea.


I can see Cape Spear from here!!!

Super yummy dessert from Rocket Bakery last weekend.

That's all for today. So sorry for being absent for so long. But I'd been checking occasionally to see my numbers, and I know you guys have been reading. I can't believe it's been a month!!  Thank you so much. Regular blogging to come. 

10.17.2012

Sweet Potato Apple Mash

I wanted to cook the salmon that I had in the freezer and I was craving sweet potatoes the other day. But I also wanted to use up an apple. I have come to hate apples recently, but I know they’re good for me so I buy any ways and I had to find a way to eat them. Here's what I came up with.


Ingredients  

1 Sweet potato

1 Apple

1 Salmon fillet

Cabbage (however much you want)




Cinnamon

Gochukaru (red pepper powder)

Brown sugar

Salt (optional)


*Gochukaru – I bought this when I was in Toronto this summer at H-Mart. Almost every Korean recipe I’ve done calls for this. I’ve used so much already, but it’s only just under the label line. It’s packed so densly. Good thing the expiry date is so far away. How can I finish myself?


Peel the potato and apple and cut them into chunks. Throw them into a pot with about a half cup of water. Don’t have to cover with water. Cook until mashable.

When it comes to the seasonings, I have no measurements for you. I’m really bad like that. This is how much I used for the potatoes and the salmon. I won’t put the sugar in the mash next time though. Just the gochukaru. Sprinkle the sugar mixture onto the salmon. I threw the rest of it into the mash. (You won’t need as much as in the picture, unless you want some in the mash too.)


Cut the cabbage into shreds while the potato and apple are cooking. I used about an eighth of a cabbage, but that doesn’t really mean anything cause they come in all sizes. Cook the cabbage the same way you did the potato and apple, with a little water at the bottom of a pot. 
*I cooked the cabbage plain because there's already so much flavour in the salmon and mash.

Now time for the salmon. Little bit of oil in a frying pan, and cook until it’s done. Whatever that means for you. I like my salmon cooked through.


It tastes just as good as it looks. Maybe better.

Enjoy!

10.15.2012

Midterms Are Over!

I’m in a really good mood right now. Last week was just awful. I had a test, quiz, in-class paper and assignment due. One thing for each class. I was still super stressed and freaked out from last weekend and I couldn’t study. So I go to write my Philosophy paper on Thorsday, and I cried and freaked for about half an hour during the test until it finally clicked and I thought of something to write. I think I did an ok job considering I know nothing about philosophy. I just find the readings entertaining. 

Friday was the killer day. First I had a test for Buddhism. I purposely didn’t study for this test because last year I took the Japanese religions course. Buddhism is in Japan so there had been a lot of information repeated in this course about the beginnings of the religion and whatnot. So I walk in all confident and then I look at the test and I start to freak out. I knew that I knew the answers, but I was so stressed. I love how my Prof. sets up tests. It seems easier to jump around the test to answer questions. Answering what you can, moving to something else, coming back to add something… Everything comes in pieces. So I wasn’t feeling too bad after that.

I didn’t even do the assignment for Hinduism. There was no time. And then there was the Linguistics quiz. I studied what I could for this one, you know, the day of. But I couldn’t get through everything. So the water works turned on again for this one. The difference between these tears and the tears over the Philosophy paper is, I knew the readings for that course. For Linguistics, I didn’t know all the words I needed to know. I didn’t know the morphemes I needed to know. I just didn’t know what I was doing. There was no bullshitting for this one.

Turns out that I passed my Buddhism with an 84%. I got full marks on six of the eight short answer questions and lost a couple of marks on the fill in the blanks section. I guess I really do know what’s going on. I also passed the Linguistics quiz. I got 50%. I know a 50 isn’t great. But I was so defeated after that quiz. At the end of class, I told my Prof. that I failed. I was so sure. No better feeling than passing something you’re sure you failed. So excuse me while I smile like a fool about this mark. (I’ll never get a mark that low again though.)

So tomorrow I find out about Philosophy. I felt ok after that one, so maybe I’ll have done worse than I thought. >.< Hope not 


Ok, so here’s a picture of Dominion. Sorry for the raindrop, I promise it says Dominion. I’m posting this picture because I’ve been trying to explain to people back home, and even here, that Dominion here is actually Loblaw. Not related to Dominion (Metro) despite the name. See the symbol? That’s Loblaw. Dominion (Metro) doesn’t exist here. Just Sobeys. I hope this makes sense.

Anywho, thanks for reading. Recipes to come. 

Oh! One more thing. Another reason I'm so happy right now is because of all the views I've been getting over the past couple of days. (Every other day too of course.) But I feel like it's the Olympics again with all this traffic. Like woah, people actually care to read what I'm writing, bad grammar and all. I know The Outerspacerz have something to do with it as well, so thanks guys. I really appreciate it. 

またね

10.14.2012

#20SongsThatILike

The second in my series of TT posts. 

This list is not in any order.


Tonight - BIG BANG (Korean and Japanese version)

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I was so shocked when I first heard the Korean version cause I got the Japanese album before I bought the Korean single. So different. And why do they always use so much English on their Japanese tracks?

Memory Box - Crystal Kay 

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When I first bought on iTunes, this track didn't work. How devastating for me. Crystal Kay is my favourite Japanese artist, and I had been waiting for this album for so long. But this song was worth the extended wait. 

이바보 - Wonder Girls
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I don't usually listen to Wonder Girls, but they are my introduction to K-Pop so I always give them a try. This song is fun and I love the bass. Never too much bass.

Anna Sun - Walk The Moon
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I know this might sound weird, but this is my mourning song. I had the BIRP! playlist on shuffle or something, and this song popped up when I was thinking about my uncle.

Heiwa - Rize
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Rize was my introduction to Japanese music. I love these guys, and this song is one of my favourites from them. Actually, I think it's the first song I heard from them.

You Are Loved (Don't Give Up) - Josh Groban
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This song reminds me of Steinbach. Can I marry this man? What an amazing voice.

The End Of The World - Lupe Fiasco
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Best rapper alive? I think so. Great song. Great mix tape.


Innerkip - The Outerspacerz
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The amount of talent that has come out of my high school is astounding. I am so proud of these guys. They just released an EP which you can conveniently download here for free.  This song is so beautiful. I have had it on repeat ever since I downloaded the EP. It's probably one of my favourite sings on this list. 
P.S. If you ever meet these guys, give David a big hug. haha He gives the best hugs. ^^

What Is Love - EXO-K

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Exo is a new group created by SM Entertainment. I love every song on their EP. The vocals on this song gives me the chills. They are so talented. Good job SM.
(Sometimes you will see Exo-M. When you see 'K' it's the Korean part of the group and when you see 'M' it's the Chinese part. The leader of Exo-M is Canadian.)

Take Five - Dave Brubeck

What a classic. This song never gets old. 

Uprising - Muse

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The lyrics. That voice. The weird instrumentals. I love everything about this song. 

I Love You - 2NE1
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Love at first listen. How can YG have so many amazing artists? I wish their world tour would have a Canadian date. Why doesn't Tablo put in a good word for us?

Until The End - Dru ft. Natasha Waterman
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My favourite song from my cousin Dru. I'm loving the vocals on this track. And even though North American R&B isn't my thing, I always have this song on repeat. So good. 
New single out soon.

Numb - Linkin Park
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Memories of when I used to love these guys. haha Not a fan of their last two albums. I used to be so obsessed with this song.

Same Love - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ft. Mary Lambert

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Thank you tumblr for putting this on the radar. I don't usually give hip hop a chance, but once in a while I get pleasantly surprised. I remember when I first watched this video. I cried so much. Ok, who am I kidding? I still cry when I watch. Beautiful song, beautiful message. 

Redemption Song - Bob Marley & The Wailers
I can listen to this song all day. First heard it from I Am Legend at end credits. 

Lie To Me - Jen Lane

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The perfect Saturday song by a very talented Canadian artist. Brings back memories of Chisasibi.

Of All Days (오늘따라) - T.O.P

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By far the best song on the GD T.O.P collab album. I'm still waiting for a full length solo album from this guy. His voice is orgasmic.

Where The Wild Things Are - Far East Movement ft. Crystal Kay
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Queen CK is on the list twice. This song is the North American debut for her. She has been having a great year. So many singles and she made this list twice. haha Good job CK! 

Zebra (Beach House) - Yellow Ostrich
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Yes, I like the Yellow Ostrich version better than the original. Don't judge me. Such a beautiful song.

If I made this a playlist, I wouldn't skip a song. I have awesome taste in music. True story.

What's your 20? Tweet me some songs or leave your list in the comment section.

Follow the Xs to twitter accounts and official websites.
Click on the titles to watch hear the songs on youtube.
Image sources: click here, here, here, here and here

10.13.2012

I Have a Problem


I bought another pumpkin. The problem? Decorative pumpkins aren't the best to cook with. Apparently not the best taste. I probably should have looked that up before I bought. But they’re so cute. 


Maybe I should buy a regular pumpkin and mix these one into a recipe. Please give suggestions. 

Ok, two problems. The coffee sold on campus tastes like shit, and I can't drink it any more. Thankfully, they have lowered the price of coffee at the store so I bought some. I'm very happy about that, but I also bought a honeydew melon. 


$11.98 for these extra two things!! And no discount yesterday. Only get discounts on Tuesdays. Could have saved nearly $5 on my entire grocery bill if I wasn't so tired on Tuesday.

Also realised that they tax me for ornamental pumpkins, but not the coffee. Weird. It should be other way around.

Oh! Yesterday I bought a new shelf for my room. I feel so much more organised now.


Yes, I keep some food in my room. I live with other people and I've used up all my space in the kitchen. >.<

Ok, now look at this cute emoticon... 

(; ・_・)―――――――――C<―_-)

It's like, "Excuse me while I pick at your face." haha I love it.

Anywho, send me recipes for the pretty pumpkins!

またね!

10.09.2012

Pumpkins!!!

So I bought some pumpkins the other day because pumpkins. I have no idea what to do with these things. I just really like they way they look. 

 

Can someone please send me some pumpkin recipe ideas? NO LATTES!!

I know I promised to be super productive this weekend, but I witnessed something horrendous on Saturday night, and I’m not ok with life. I’m ready to just quit everything I’m involved with, extracurricular-wise. I feel like I’m back in Toronto, but worse. Didn’t know it got worse than Toronto. (At least in Canada) Anywho, I did manage to get my pix from Cape Spear up on my photoblog. Check them out here.

On Saturday, before the incident, I went shopping with a friend. Food, thrift store and sex shop. Dafuq? I got ID’d at the sex shop! Good times were had though. I’m so excited that I finally found jeans that fit! Still have major hate for the big stores out there. Click here to see what I was dealing with this summer.

I slept all day Sunday cause I was too distraught. Got up to shower and pee. That’s it. No food. No water. No internet. So depressing. But my friend was supposed to be coming over on Monday for food and chill times. I made brownies, squid soup (오징어국) and seafood pancakes (해물파전). So good.



Lots of cabbage in this. I know that’s more Japanese style, but it’s a good filler for when you don’t want to use up all your seafood mix in one day. Made dipping sauce for it too. I should post a recipe for this. Everyone who tried liked it and the soup too.

Oh. I just realised that this post is all out of order. Hope you can follow. Maybe read over twice. I don’t want to reorganise.

감사합니다!

10.05.2012

Long Weekend

Oh hey there. It’s been a while. Well not really. Just a week. It’s been a busy week. Four of the past five days I didn’t get home until really late. I’ve been so tired. But I have a bit of a break. Most people have Thanksgiving long weekend now. I have Thanksgiving extra long weekend. Don’t have to go back to school until Wednesday. Makes me sad though. If I’m not in school, what am I doing? Oh, I know! I will blog. I have so many things piling up. For this blog and my photo blog, which has sadly been neglected for at least a month. Really sorry if you like that one. I have some pictures to share from the hike I did last Sunday. 

Here’s a preview to hold you over… 



Getting further away. Apparently we ended up walking about 9km. Pretty good considering that was my first hike since Katimavik.


I always get jealous when I see such beautiful pictures people take of Newfoundland. I’m so happy I finally got to take some for myself. 

I will also try to post a recipe this weekend. Pictures are ready. Just to type. Follow me on twitter here for your daily dose of over share.

Thanks for reading.

9.28.2012

Wexford Did It Best

If I had a soul, I'm pretty sure it would be safe to say that it’s being killed. What’s killing it? Choir. Crazy, I know. I went to an Arts school, and even though I didn't start vocal until grade 12, I love singing. I was in regular choir, Showcase Choir and Jazz Vocal. 

So why am I hating choir now? In high school most of the music we learned was interesting. Most of it was in English. And most of it was stuff we actually cared to learn, even for exams. So I come half way across the country for university and I join the big choir as soon as I learn of it’s existence. Last semester was fine, cause we did Carmina Burana. That’s a very energetic piece. And even though it isn't in English, it’s something that will keep you awake. But this semester is brutal. All the pieces we have started on are in Latin, very boring and super difficult.

"Boring you say?"

Well that’s just my opinion. Personally I have no care for most of the music we’re learning. The amount of times I yawn in rehearsal is ridiculous. I have no energy there. I honestly feel that all the life was being sucked out of me.

"Difficult is good right? You need to challenge yourself."

I agree that a challenge is good, but this is a bit much. In Wexford, it’s all about performance. I can’t get that here. Because all the pieces are so difficult, we have to have our music on stage with us. Music on stage means we can’t really perform. We’re always looking at our music and the conductor. That’s crazy. If the music and conductor have our attention then the audience does not. I don’t think they pay money to watch 100 people look at music and one person. That’s a waste of their time and money. I certainly wouldn’t be impressed.

This choir has become a chore. This was supposed to be happy time. Singing should make me happy. From last semester I knew that this was a step down from Wexford. People eat during rehearsal! How does this even happening? So unprofessional. No discipline. Part of it is because most of the people there don’t really have a choice. I think that’s how it goes. Some Music students have to be in this choir. That’s a huge mistake.

Anywho, I won’t go on much longer. I think I will quit. Yes, it’s crazy. And I really shouldn't complain if I'm putting myself through this torture.

“Explain to me why exactly it is that you are staying?” 

Because I'm lame. I have a really difficult time making friends, but I've made one. I kinds really need this right now. Cause I don’t have any classes with my friends from last year, and our schedules can’t seem to fit together at the moment.

“Why don’t you guys just chill outside of school?” 

Very good question. I don’t have a lot of social skills. For some reason, when people make pans to chill it’s either a money thing, a group thing or a drinking thing. No, no and no. I remember last year when I made plans with my roommate to go somewhere and then it ended up being a more than just the two of us thing. It’s not that I'm jealous; I just hate being that extra wheel. I end up not talking and then getting upset because I feel like I'm wasting my time. I don’t really like drinking all that much. And I plan on going on a trip next year, one that will take me out of the country. So I'm being really stingy with my money. I'm ok with that. So no money things.

Another reason why I will put up with it is because I need to do something Arts related. I've already mentioned that I went to an Arts school. I hate that I'm not dancing anymore, the Theatre program at my school is at the other campus and so I'm left with singing. So I will suffer through this semester for the sake of having a friend in a situation where I am comfortable. 


I doubt any current Wexford students are reading this. But if yes, please appreciate what you have. Yes, there are favourites and that sucks, but pay attention to what you have access to. Wexford is top notch. The teachers are amazing and know what they're doing. I can't even get a decent vocal warm up here. Never really ready to sing. The people who you are in the program with want to be there. That changes things a whole lot. Better energy. And believe it or not, I really miss doing theory. O.O Yeah, that's right. Theory. Whatever. Just remember, university isn't always a step up.

And now, a picture of me...


Thanks for reading. 


9.23.2012

Don't Talk To Me

The other day I was bothered by a young man who was trying to talk to me about Jesus. The conversation was very entertaining. A very brilliant professor once taught me how to argue, so this guy wasn’t going to convince me of anything. Although, he did claim that he wasn’t trying to convert me. After a while he finally realized that he couldn’t even back up his claims and told me that I should be a lawyer or something. Then out of nowhere he tells me how beautiful he thinks I am. In my head I was like “WTF is wrong with this guy?”, but out loud I said “I’d rather talk about Jesus.” 

Right away I felt so guilty that I could be so harsh to someone who was trying to compliment me. I have never asked anybody out because I am terrified of rejection. And here I am shooting this guy down in such a blunt manor. Actually scratch that, I don’t ask anybody out because I don’t trust people. Anyways, I always feel guilty, even when I shouldn’t. And it took me a while to realize that this one of those moments that I shouldn’t have felt guilty. 

We were talking for a good forty minutes about the credibility of the bible and the men that wrote it. Then he comes out and tells me that I’m beautiful? I don’t see the connection here. What does my beauty have to do with the bible? If you can see a connection, please leave a comment for me. 

I suppose I should have seen it coming. I knew from the get go that he wanted to talk to me. Not about the bible. And that’s where he fucked up. If you want to talk to me then talk to me. I’m still confused why he would even get to that compliment though. This conversation was clearly showing us both that in no way shape or form could we ever go on a date. You love some dude in the sky and think I you’re crazy for it. So just stay on topic. But no, he can’t so that. Some of you are probably thinking, “You’re so ridiculous, it’s just a compliment. You’re reading into it too much.” No. Do you really think it ends there? Well it doesn’t. Buddy asked me more than once for my phone number. You still think it’s just a compliment? 

I guess I’m so upset because I just want to have an intelligent conversation with someone without them expecting something more from me. Although I suppose it is impossible to have an intelligent conversation with someone who’s trying to convince me that there’s an invisible man flying in the sky. 

Some advice… 

Don’t try to convince me that your fairy tales are real. 

Don’t pretend you’re on a mission when you really just want my number. 

Don’t even ask me for my number. Ever. I don’t want to date. 

Instead, talk to me about something worth talking about: School, TV, books, what’s happening on campus, animals, food, Pokémon. Ok, pretty lame list but I’m ok with that. 


And now, an unattractive picture of me...


Thanks for reading.

9.20.2012

Greek Yoghurt Smoothie

I am so full right now. I went shopping earlier today and bought a lot of produce. Mostly fruits because I’m lazy and don’t like cooking. Well that’s a lie, I really like cooking. I’m just lazy. Fruits are easy.

Oh right! I’m full. So remember last month when I told the world to stop being lazy and get healthy and stop complaining? Bah blah bah? If no, click here. (haha Looking at it now. A little harsh no?) I regularly check the ‘healthy food’ tag on tumblr, and I keep coming across two things; 1. Greek yoghurt 2. Chia seeds. “What are these magical things?” Google seems to have all the answers. Basically, they’re super foods. High in protein, benificail bacteria, high in antioxidants, balance blood sugar… So really good for you, ok?

I bought the chia seeds just over a week ago but didn’t use them yet, and I bought the yoghurt today. I had a lot of time to kill, (Not really, I have a big test tomorrow.), and I was hungry, but I’m lazy remember? I don’t want to cook. So I decided to make a smoothie. Obvious cause of the title.

I don’t really like recipes, so I will just show you.



I suggest you buy the chia seeds in bulk. Honey is not necessary, the fruits and yoghurt are sweet enough. But if you do want honey, just a little. Or whatever. I can't tell you what to do. And that's blueberries on top of the strawberries. clearer in next picture.


So that how much of each fruit I used. Banana is the only fruit I like here. I hate strawberries cause of so many tiny seeds and I only like blueberries frozen. I didn't even notice the strawberry seeds though because of the chia seeds. 


This Is as much yoghurt I used. Not a lot because I'm not even supposed to have dairy. I don't care any more. Yoghurt used to be my favourite. I have had to go without for so long.  The tub was $4 CAD on sale, usually $5. Is that normal price for it?


So everything you saw on the plate fit. You can see the honey mixing with the yoghurt at the bottom. I put the banana on top because when you use Magic Bullet, the cup is upside down. I don't like chunks of banana in my smoothies so I make sure it's closest to the blades. But next time I will put the yoghurt on top of the bananas so I don't have to shake the cup between pulses. 

*Don't put the chia seeds in yet.


Ok, now you can put the seeds in. Chia seeds soak up a large amount of liquid fast and gets really jelly, so the smoothie will quickly thicken. If you like your smoothies thick, put in with everything else or let it sit for a bit if you mix it in at the end. My mistake was using too much seeds. That's why I'm so full. I used two generous teaspoons. 

So that's it. Very simple, and it will keep you full for a while. Also, use whatever fruit you like. No need to stock up on 100 different smoothie recipes. I usually put more liquid, like soy milk or apple sauce. But it's usually just filler. I filled the cup with fruits, but as you can see above, there's a lot of extra space. I don't think I would be able to finish any more. Annnnd, you can add ice cubes or use frozen fruit instead of fresh. 

Hope you enjoy.

Sorry if spelling 'yoghurt' with the 'h' bothered you. I like to hold on to old spellings of certain words.


9.18.2012

The Yetee


I just want to start off my saying that I am not being paid for this post. I just want to share this contest with all of you because it’s being put on by one of my favourite companies. 

The Yetee 


It would probably be wise to tell you what The Yettee is. Glen O'Neill and Mike Mancuso are the awesome guys running this magical company. Every 48 hours a new t-shirt design is up for sale ($11 +shipping). Then another and another and… You get the idea. Once all the orders for a design are in, they get printed so that they don’t have leftovers flying around. So all you’re the tees are limited edition! How cool is that? Then within 7-10 business days, your new shirt is on it’s way to you.

Now all your friends are jelly of your wicked cool shirts. Ok, that’s not nice. Spread the word. Let the world know.

The artwork on the shirts are submitted by artists from around the globe, and include “pop-culture based designs, designs based around films, music and awesome original art tees.” You have no idea how excited I get when I see a Pokémon design up. Click here for more info.

OH!! I forgot the best part; they accept paypal.

NO WAIT!! That’s the second best part. The best part is that they’re having a contest right now! 




Grand Prize

Blue Nintendo 3DS XL + Limited edition Yetee hoodie + One Yetee t-shirt

Runner Up

Limited edition Yetee hoddie + One Yetee t-shirt

The other eight finalists also get a Yetee shirt.

How awesome is that?

So how do you enter? 



Taken straight from their youtube page.

Easy. Here are the links… 

twitter facebook youtube 

Make sure to follow them. I missed so many great tees because I kept forgetting to check back every two days.

Here's the contest video...


Don't forget to check out their official site here to see past designs. There's something for everyone. But remember, they only print the tees after the sale is over and they only make what is ordered. 



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"Forest Spirit Nouveau" by Karen Hallion (wallet not included)
Check out her site here.

Good luck to everyone. Better luck to me. (^_^)v


Yetee/DS image taken from The Yetee fb page.