7.28.2012

London 2012 – Opening Ceremony

I love the Olympics. I have been watching them for a very long time. My earliest memory of the games is watching Muhammad Ali light the torch at the 1996 games. I remember watching Donovan Bailey make history and celebrating his victory with my family in our basement. The Olympics are very special to me, and always will be.

One of my favourite parts of the whole thing is the opening ceremony. I never miss it. I still remember Sydney’s and Beijing’s ceremonies, and I couldn’t be more excited for this one. London 2012. This was supposed to be big. Beijing set the bar extremely high, and I wasn’t sure if London would come close. And you know what? They didn’t.


The ceremony started off beautifully with all the greenery, livestock and such. The ladies were looking all lovely in their poofy dresses, and the men looking smart with their top hats and whatnot. Everything was just so pleasant and happy. Cricket and maypoles, the whole bit. And then all of a sudden, the Industrial Revolution happened. I’m sorry is this supposed to be a good thing? Are we supposed to be happy about the Industrial Revolution? Don’t get me wrong, the transition was brilliantly done and the set was amazing for what it was. But I always thought of this as a dark time in the world’s history. I was disappointed. To me, it was all; "Look at what we destroyed with our machines and technology". Pause. I am not one of those people who completely rejects technology. I do realize that a lot of good came from the Industrial Revolution, but I also think that it made way for a lot of bad things in the future. I look at it as the beginning of the end. 



Also, I was really disappointed that the rings didn’t change colour. But I’m just getting nitpicky.

Moving on…

James Bond and the Queen

I was waiting for Bond, but I wasn’t expecting the Queen to show up in the same bit as him. I am Canadian, but I am in no way shape or form a fan of the Queen. I wasn’t looking forward to seeing her in the show in any form, but I was actually really impressed and entertained by that little bit with her. From the group Brazilian children taking a tour of the palace, to the Churchill statue waving to Bond and finally “the Queen” jumping out of the helicopter. I thought it was fun and cute. I can’t complain.

GOSH (Great Ormond Street Hospital) 


I don’t much about the history of this hospital, but from what I understand, it is very dear to the British people. Good times with J.K. Rowling. I was so impressed when all these different characters, from stories we all know, came into the show. The giant Voldemort… I can’t. It was too good. The old classics to the newer ones. It really opened my eyes to what Britain has given to the world in the form of children’s literature. And then I silently freaked out. Mary Poppins?!?! Are you kidding me right now? I was so happy to see all the Poppinses. (How do make Poppins plural?) Anywho, I just remember sitting with a big grin on my face wishing that I had a nanny. Mary Poppins to be specific. A definite highlight for me.

London Symphony Orchestra


Brilliant. I think we can all agree that this was one of the, if not the biggest highlight of the whole show. Everyone knows Mr. Bean. I don’t think I have ever in my life heard a bad thing about this character. It was the perfect choice for Boyle to put Rowan Atkinson in the show. I feel a little bad for the orchestra being overshadowed, but it would have been a little boring to just sit there for the duration of Chariots of Fire watching them play. It was a great way to put that piece in and keep people watching. (I also like that Mr. Bean has the same phone as me. ^_^) A+

The Family (TV) / Boy Meets Girl (Music)

I wasn’t too impressed with this part of the presentation. It went on for too long, but I lit up a little every time I saw a bit from a show I know. From Queen to Muse, the musical journey through the decades made me appreciate the music that has come out of Britain. I was actually kind of shocked that they would play Uprising by Muse, but very pleased at the same time. It’s such an epic song. And then the rapper. Who was that? And why? When I think British music, the last thing that would come to mind is rap or hip hop. Is this the direction they’re heading? Ah well.

Tim Berners-Lee typing away on the computer. All I can say is thank you. Not a single soul would be reading these words I’m typing if it weren’t for you. “This is For Everyone”

Abide with Me

Next to Mr. Bean, this next part is my favourite. The dance performance was great. The choreography was stunning, and I love that we got to just enjoy the dancers with a simple heartbeat drumming through the stadium for a good minute or two before the talented Emeli Sandé started to sing Abide with Me.

Parade of Nations


I’m amazed that I always manage to sit though the whole thing year after year. The outfits that the athletes were wearing seemed a little too conservative for my liking. There were some countries that wore traditional clothing, and I really appreciated that, because almost everyone else seemed to be wearing a blazer with a skirt or pair of pants. How boring is that? The designers don’t seem to have been very inspired this year.


The Arctic Monkeys were a pleasant surprise. Didn’t know they are an English band. Learn something new every day. The fact that they performed Come Together, the only Beatles song worth listening to in my opinion, was just great. I loved their performance, and the doves on bikes.

Then we have the Olympic flag entering the stadium followed by the speeches by Sebastian Coe and Jacques Rogge. Seeing Muhammad Ali there… Wow. Just wow. The greatest boxer of all time, right there. Emotional moment for me, and many I’m sure.

Lighting of the Olympic Cauldron

Can someone say “underwhelming”? By far, the biggest disappointment of the night. I was happy that Beckham was not going to light it. I can’t stand that smug look he has on his face all the time. Honestly though, I wanted to cry. It was the biggest flop I’ve seen when it comes to opening ceremonies. Beckham hands the flame to Steve Redgrave. Great. Redgrave hands it to a bunch of young athletes. Wonderful. And then, and then what? These seven youngsters light up seven of the pedals, and that’s it? That’s how you light the cauldron? The way the flame spread to all 202 pedals was beautiful, and all the nations symbolically join together. That’s all great. But the actual lighting of the cauldron? Awful, completely awful. And to top it off Paul McCartney goes on for what seems like forever. Somebody hold me.


Beijing set the standard way too high. No one's going to top what they pulled off four years ago. Still, I can't believe how awful the end of the show was. I complained about a lot of things in the show, but I also really appreciated most of it. The terrible unclimactic ending ruined the whole experience. All I can do now is hope to see Adele and Coldplay at the closing ceremony.

Overall, the show was good. Unfortunately, good isn't good enough when you're following something as epic as the Beijing opening ceremonies. And anyone who says that this was the best one ever, or that it was amazing or breathtaking, clearly wasn't tuned in four years ago.

How do you think it went?
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7.23.2012

Six Things That Need To Stop


6. Hating On Socks and Sandals

There is absolutely nothing wrong with socks and sandals. It’s so comfortable. You haters are just jealous that you're not fabulous enough to pull it off. 

However, socks with flip flops are a different story. 

5. UGGs

Why? Just why? First of all, I would just like to let you people know, UGGs are dry land boots. They are not meant to be worn in slush and snow. They already look awful on you as it is, but then because you decide to be stupid and wear them in the snow, and they get salt stains. WOW! You actually managed to make ugly boots more ugly. If you're gonna wear the damn things, wear them on a cold dry day. Then I see people wearing them in the summer. O.o Wait. What? Are you serious? I can’t even comprehend the stupidity that is wearing UGGs in the summer. Please stop the madness.

4. Canadians Claiming to be Vegetarian for Environmental Reasons

Let’s see here… Cows from Alberta, pigs from Manitoba, chickens from Saskatchewan and ostriches from Ontario versus mangos from Mexico, oranges from Florida, lychee fruit from China and bananas from Guatemala. Environmental reasons eh? Just stick to the ethical reasons. It makes more sense. Or, stop eating food that isn’t home grown.

3. Leggings for Pants

I don’t care if you’re skinny, thick or fat. You look awful when you replace pants with leggings. Leggings are meant to be worn under short shorts, skirts, tunics and under pants in the winter time. No one needs to see every crease and crevice of your backside. You don’t look good. Sorry. Not really.

2. Strollers on Buses


I suppose strollers will never be banned from the TTC, because people are still procreating, and strollers seem to be the item of choice most of these people turn to when transporting their children from A to B. But three or four on the bus at the same fucking time!?! (Yes, I have been on a bus with four strollers.) How does that even happen? Why do bus drivers allow this? People can’t even move to the back if they’re getting on after the strollers, or get off if the aisle is being blocked. It’s so stupid. I can’t. I just can’t. The TTC is crazy sometimes. But why are strollers so damn big in the first place?

1. Hashtags on Facebook

Need I say more?

Okay, I’m done telling people what to do. 
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7.19.2012

What’s Wrong With This Picture?

First off, I would just like to say that my thoughts are with anybody and everybody who has been affected in anyway by the July 16th shooting in Scarborough. I cannot begin to imagine what you are going though right now.

I wasn’t going to post anything on here about the shooting, but then I saw this… 




At first I thought I was looking into this a little too much. But then I started asking around and have come to the conclusion that yes, there is something wrong with this picture. This is the cover of yesterday's Toronto Star.

I don’t have a problem with the write-ups done on Shyanne Charles and Joshua Yasay, but I do have an issue with the pictures that were printed. Did anyone from the Toronto Star bother to ask for Shyanne’s graduation picture?


I think that we all need to look a little closer at what the media is presenting to us and how they’re presenting it. This is nothing new. It’s 2012, and clearly we still have a long ways to go, but the media is not going to change any time soon. This upsets me so much. I don't even know what else to say about it.

And then of course there’s this… 

Also in yesterday’s Toronto Star. 

Did the Toronto Star really think this was appropriate? In a time when everyone is the media, thanks to social networking and blogs, one would think that the professionals would be a little more careful about what they are presenting to us. I don't think they realize how quick people are to go elsewhere for news. Upsetting people during such a painful time for many is not the way to go. There are so many reasons why this picture should have never been printed. This is just irresponsible, and it's causing you to lose readers.

Some food for thought. Thanks for reading.



Any thoughts?


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7.16.2012

PSY


He’s back everybody! And he’s better than ever. I can’t remember the first time I came across one of his videos, but whenever that was, I know I fell in love with PSY right then and there. His music is amazing, and all of a sudden the rest of the world is finally starting to notice this too. This makes me so happy.


Out of all the YG Artists, PSY is definitely in my top 3, along with G-Dragon and Tablo. He's unique, he has great energy and his music is awesome. But I feel like he gets lost in the YG Family mix. Well lost no more. PSY is coming back hard...

Here’s his latest single, Gangnam Style (강남스타일) off of his new EP, 6 Rules (6 ) Part 1:

P.S. It's Oppan Gangnam Style (오빤 강남스타일) not Oppa Gangnam Style (오빠 강남스타일).

I can’t get over how amazing Little PSY is. ^_^
700,000+ views in less than 2 days.

I wasn’t even expecting anything new from PSY this year. Clearly I don’t pay close enough attention to what YG has on the go. I have been paying so much attention to what BIGBANG and 2NE1 are doing in 2012, that I have forgotten about the rest of the YG Family. This is honestly going to be their best year ever. Korean and Japanese releases from BB and 2NE1, and a new G-Dragon album next month. (That better still be happening.) And if Gummy comes out with something this year… I can’t. I can’t even think about it. How great would that be?

Anywho, back to PSY. This is my favourite of his songs, and up until yesterday, my favourite of his music videos. It's Art (예술이야) from the album, Psyfive:


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7.11.2012

Finally!! New Hair


For years now I’ve wanted to dye my hair, but my parents would never allow that. But over the past few years I have found it easier to get away with things that I would have been punished for before. First I start wearing nail polish, I started going to the movies and then I stopped wearing skirts and dresses when I go to visit my mom’s side of the family. Then last year I did Katimavik and got my ears and nose pierced. So I figure by now, no one’s gonna case or be surprised by anything I do.

I have been planning to get my hair dyed this summer for a while now. But then my pay cheques started coming in and I saw how little money I was making. I knew I wasn’t gonna be able to afford to get my hair done by professionals, I have to save up for school.

On to plan B.

Yesterday I was in the mall cause I had to buy some stuff, and I just took a quick look at the hair products section in a store that shall remain unnamed. When I saw the hair dyes I got so excited. I didn’t realize how little it costs to do your own hair. I’m so slow to catch on to these things sometimes. So I bought 2 boxes of 374 Rich Auburn by Dark and Lovely, $6.97 each. And I bought plastic caps for when the chemicals are in, 6 pack for $2.96. I also bought some deep conditioning packs and new shampoo, but that doesn’t count as the colouring costs. So a total of less than $20 after taxes to colour my hair at home. I can maybe get my hair washed at the salon at that price.

When I woke up this morning, I knew that I wanted to do it, but I was so scared. But then my friend Melissa tweeted this: @MelissaEggert "Time for a change I think. May or may not go blonde today". I took it as a sign. ^_^ Check out her blog here. Maybe she'll do a post about her hair too.

So here it goes...

This is what my hair looked like on Friday. 


The test piece. I cut off a bit much eh? Dried and straightened.


With all those yummy chemicals.


When the cap was on, I used a blow dryer for about 10 minutes. Apparently this is supposed to help the colour stick a little better. Also, I got rid of half of my sideburns last night.

And out of the shower. I freaked out a little when I saw how light my baby hairs at the front are, but that only last a couple of minutes. The colour's pretty noticeable right? 


So light at the front, but I like it.



People always go on about how bad colouring your hair is, and how fried it feels afterward, but honestly my hair doesn't feel that much different than it did before. The only complaint I have is, my hair is more frizzy now. My hair didn't get frizzy very easily, even on a hot day, but now it is. That's pretty minor though. At least my hair didn't fall out, and hopefully it won't. Not that it matters now. It’s been done. No regrets.



Before and After
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7.05.2012

Frank Ocean


I’m not going to make a habit of putting in my two cents every time a celebrity comes out, but this one’s important. I talked about Anderson Cooper because I’m a fan of the man. But Frank Ocean? I didn’t even know who he was until yesterday.

When I first heard the news, I thought he was a basketball player. Don’t ask me why my mind went there. I immediately got excited, because an athlete coming out is kind of a big deal. But then my brother told me that he’s an R&B singer. Then I thought “Oh. Okay, well good for him.” Tried to move on with my day, but I couldn’t drop it for some reason, and now I know why.

Frank Ocean is black. Ok, well that’s obvious. But that makes this so much more of a bigger deal, to me at least, than Anderson Cooper coming out. How many famous black people do you know of identify with the LGBQ community or anything else that isn’t heterosexual? Wanda Sykes. That’s it for me. She’s the only person that comes to mind. This doesn’t happen often. And let’s be honest with ourselves, the black community on a whole, at least in North America, has never been on the supportive side of things LGBTQ related. So the fact that a black man would let the world know this about him is a huge step forward. There’s always gonna be haters, but look what I just found on tumblr

Amazing. Don't remember seeing Ocean identifying with a specific label, but you get the point.

The world is changing people, and it’s changing for the better. After Cooper came out, I had a little convo with one of my cousins on FB and he thinks things are getting worse. I got the impression that he liked it better when people weren’t so open about themselves. But I told him, and I’ll tell you. “I think things are better now than they were in the not so distant past. And I would love to live to see the day where everyone feels safe and comfortable with who they are. No more closets. No more fear.”


So here’s to you Mr. Ocean. I may not be familiar with your music. But I’m supporting you anyways. You have made a difference, and for that I am thankful.

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7.04.2012

Nail Polish, Ice Cream & Mr. Hiddleston


I went back to Market Village and Pacific Mall again a while back. I didn’t even get what I went there for, but I did get a few things.

More nail polish. I love these new colours. So much sparkles.

Of course I had to get something Hello Kitty related. I got it at Pacific Mall. I don’t think I really need another earphone plug, but w/e


I got two new dramas, 99年の愛~Japanese Americans~ and モリのアサガ. I have to stop buying these. It takes me forever to get through one episode. I'm gonna watch one of them without subtitles so I can just watch and enjoy.

Ice Cream

I am lactose intolerant, but I really miss ice cream. So I was watching the overly dramatic Dr. Oz Show some time last month (I think), and I remembered hearing something about a banana/blueberry treat. So basically, it’s just frozen bananas and blueberries put through a food processor. I can’t remember what else was supposed to be in it, if anything, but here’s what I came out with.

So yummy. Really does remind me of ice cream.

If you’re gonna make this, don’t use *ster. Figure out the first letter yourself. I regret not bringing my Magic Bullet with me back from school. The *ster took forever to blend this. I had to put it back into the freezer for a while after I was finished blending cause it got too soft. Either way, I loved it, and next time I’m gonna try using different fruits. But I think a banana is necessary to get the right texture.

And now...

My favourite video of Tom Hiddleston. A compilation of some impressions he has done during various interviews. Too good.


7.03.2012

Anderson Cooper


As I was waiting to start at work yesterday, I decided to go on my phone and check my twitter, just cause. And I saw this tweet from Neil Patrick Harris, “Good for you, @AndersonCooper. You're awesome. http://tinyurl.com/chw8qyu”. So I opened it, and whaddya know? The Silver Fox is out. I was so happy, I honestly wanted to cry. I always get so emotional when famous people come out. It gives me hope. I know it’s not something that anyone has to share with the world, but when they do, it truly makes an impact. It’s kind of the same as children seeing their ethnicity represented on TV. It gives them a boost, and shows them that they can do whatever they want in life. And it shows them that whatever they look like, whatever they feel is alright. We are who we are, and there’s nothing wrong with that.


Here’s one of my favourite parts of Cooper’s email…

“In a perfect world, I don't think it's anyone else's business, but I do think there is value in standing up and being counted. I’m not an activist, but I am a human being and I don't give that up by being a journalist.

I couldn’t agree more. There’s just so much good in those two sentences.

Thank you thank you thank you. You are an inspiration to many, and I’m so happy that you decided to share this with us all.


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