Wishlist: Society6 (July 2016)

I have pretty much been living on Society6‘s website for quite some time now. I hop on, go through all the different categories, click on the ones I like (and end up with 300 tabs), put some in my wishlist, and finally close them all because my laptop starts to overheat.

Here are 6 things that I keep clicking on!

overview*all images are from the Society6 website
  1. Watercolour Cacti and Succulent iPhone case by Vicky Webb
    This might be because I’m really looking forwards to getting some plants at home… plus a bit of watercolor never hurts 😁
  2. My Sleepy Pet Hoody by Picomodi (Budi Kwan)
    This is just really cute. There’s not much more that needs to be said 💁🏻
  3. Arabesque Universe leggings by Monika Strigel
    These are some happy colors! They remind me of adventure time, jewels, mountains, the galaxy, and The Rainbow Fish.
  4. Dinosaur Bath towel by Amy Hamilton
    It’s hard to say no to dinosaurs (I have 3 dinosaur candle holders, and a dollar store dinosaur I spray painted gold) especially when they’re so beautifully illustrated.
  5. Everything’s Gonna Be Super Duper mug by Marc Johns
    The phrase ‘super dooper’ makes me happy, partly because they make me think of Zooper Doopers and summer, but also because it makes me sing Super Trouper in my head. And the illustration reminds me of Quentin Blake!
  6. Gravity rectangular pillow by Tobe Fonseca
    The idea of black pillows seems like an amazing idea to me, but no one else seems to think they’re a good idea for non-decorative pillows. Honestly, I completely understand their reasons, but look it’s an astronaut in space on a pillow!
    I like-like with this pillow.

Is there anything you would like from this list?
Do you have any favourites from Society6?
Let me know in the comments below!

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Music on Repeat: Tributes to Christina Grimmie

Hello!

Today’s post is sort of my way of remembering Christina Grimmie, and hopefully helping keep her in our memories. I mentioned a while back that I was having trouble writing my tribute post and I still haven’t been able to write it the way I want it to be. Lucky for me, how I feel and what I want to express has been summed up in music and lyrics by these amazing musicians.

Here are my 3 most played tributes to the amazing Christina Grimmie.

Dodie (doddleoddle) – My Anthem (from Christina Grime’s With Love Album)

Max Schneider – Christina’s Song (an original)

Tyler Ward – A Song for Christina Grimmie (an original)

I’m currently doing a bit of travelling so I haven’t been able to get my blogging schedule down pat yet but on the bright side I’ve been taking lots of videos of my travels which was my 7th June goal (check out my goals here)!

I hope you loved these beautiful tributes as much as I did.
See you in a week!

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My First Meditation Experience

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I am someone who has trouble sitting still for long periods of time, am easily distracted and amused, and worst of all I come down with a terrible case of the giggles at the most inappropriate times. Seeing as I had been feeling anxious and antsy all week so I figured I had nothing to lose.

This isn’t my first attempt at meditation, but it is my first meditation class/session. This was the first time I managed to sit still and remain in a peaceful and clear state of mind for more than 2 minutes without a guided meditation (either that or I think I fell asleep for a bit).

Before the class

I had some questions had before going into the class and figured I couldn’t be the only one wondering so here they are + the answers!

Do you have to be buddhist/religious?
Nope. There are mentions of teachings based on certain teachers but in the end there is no need or pressure for you to be religious.

What happens in a meditation session?
Not every meditation session is the same but they involve at least some of these parts: guided meditation, walking meditation, silent meditation, a break, stretching/movement based meditation, and readings/discussion.

What to wear to a meditation class?
Anything you would feel comfortable sitting/walking in for 30 – 60 minutes. Most people come in athletic wear (leggings, basketball shorts etc.) and loose casual wear.

What happens if I want to leave?
No one cares as long as you are quiet. I waited for a designated break time to leave, but if you were to leave quietly during the meditation no one would do or say anything. After all, everyone’s focused on themselves.

What if I’m running late?
There were people in my session who came in late, but they were so quiet I barely noticed, but I did see that it interrupted some of the other people’s focus (yes my mind wandered haha). This might not be the norm for all classes so I would give the organizers a quick ring to double-check just in case!

My tummy gets grumbly and my joints crack, how embarrassing! Should I still go?
Yes! Gurgly tummies and joints that crack are actually pretty normal so other people also had grumbly tummies and cracking joints. I was probably one of the very few who noticed. No one else cared.

I don’t really know how to meditate. Does it matter? What should I focus on?
Make sure the meditation class is right for you! I went to one where no experience was necessary!

Focus on:
1. your breathing – count each in-out cycle of your breath as 1, up to 10 or 15 and then repeat. It doesn’t matter if you lose count, just keep doing it.
2. feeling grounded – feel connected to the earth and aware of you.

How did I do?

I made it through a 20 minute guided meditation, 15 minute walking meditation, and a 20 minute silent sitting meditation. 🙌🏼 Woo! Then I got really hungry and wanted to leave.

The guided meditation was simple enough, but the only issue was that I had a tiny case of the nervous giggles. I just focused on my breathing and listened to the guided meditation.

The walking meditation was surprisingly the hardest for me. I took a step for each in-breath and each out-breath. It was excruciatingly slow. There was no cutsies/sneaky overtaking in this walk. We walked in single file around a medium-sized room. I made exactly 1 lap of the room. 1 lap in 15 whole minutes. 

During the silent sitting meditation I found that my mind wandered like crazy. I basically had a good mental chat with myself and thought about all sorts of stuff like my grocery list, to-do list, and what to have for dinner and dessert (it was actually really interesting). Luckily, this is supposed to be normal – it’s all part of the process. Once I got into the groove of counting my breathing everything got really calm, my anxiety and jitters melted away. The 20 minutes went by the fastest surprisingly.

After

I left during the break and before I left I contributed some money for the class. It’s totally optional so no pressure. I found that the session helped a lot and I appreciated the time, effort, and knowledge the organizers and meditation leader gave.

I definitely would say to give meditation a go! Start at home for 5 minutes with no distractions and just focus on breathing.

*** I feel it’s important to note that meditation isn’t a magical quick cure-all. It can play a wonderful part in your search for physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual clarity/awareness, however meditation alone won’t rid you of suffering (self-inflicted or not). If you feel that you are struggling and need help, please talk to someone who is qualified to give you all the help you need and deserve. This does not mean ‘don’t practice meditation’, but just make sure you don’t dismiss your feelings.

Have you tried meditation? Would you? Let me know!

Video on Repeat: Lin-Manuel Miranda ‘Love is love’

 

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Hello, this post is going to be a little shorter than usual. I originally planned on doing a tribute post to Christina Grimmie, but after spending hours and hours writing and re-writing, the post still feels so incomplete. I’m unable to clearly express my thoughts and ideas while floundering in my emotions. My brain and heart are so utterly confused and devastated by her passing and the shooting at Orland’s Pulse nightclub that happened soon after.

I’ve watched and cried listening to Lin-Manuel’s Tony acceptance speech. I haven’t been able to stop replaying it along with some of my favorite Grimmie songs. I’ll try get to finishing that post soon, but for the meanwhile here it is.

The transcript of his sonnet:

My wife’s the reason anything gets done.
She nudges me towards promise by degrees.
She is a perfect symphony of one.
Our son is her most beautiful reprise.
We chase the melodies that seem to find us
Until they’re finished songs and start to play.
When senseless acts of tragedy remind us
That nothing here is promised. Not one day.
This show is proof that history remembers,
We live through times when hate and fear seem stronger.
We rise and fall and light from dying embers.
Remembrances that hope and love lasts longer.
And love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love
Cannot be killed or swept aside.
I sing Vanessa’s symphony, Eliza tells her story.
Now fill the world with Music, Love and Pride.

– Lin-Manuel Miranda

Please take a few minutes to sign this petition.
I’m not too sure when or if I will have a tribute post up so I’d love to take this opportunity to ask you to help catch Nintendo’s attention and possibly have Christina Grimmie memorialized in the upcoming Legend of Zelda game – her love for Zelda and Nintendo was apparent from the very beginning 😊 (check out her youtube username if you’re confused).

Also, please go check out this video – Hannah Hart: What you can do. 
Every voice makes a difference.
Just because there are alternative ways to commit crimes doesn’t mean we should keep things the way they are, we need preventive measures. We need to be doing our very best.

 

June Goals

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You’re probably thinking that it’s a bit late for me to post my June goals on the 10th of June, but I’m going to do it anyway haha. It’s pretty much been a full year since I last posted here and I feel like so much has happened, and so much as changed! I really can’t wait to update you all. I have a few travel posts planned from places I’ve visited in the past couple of months and some other fun stuff thrown in there, so be excited!

About my goals this month: I’ve been travelling for a while and I feel like now is the perfect time to get my home life sorted. This means getting rid of things I’ve ‘collected’ over the years (I think I would make some hoarders proud), making my place feel like my home, and getting a routine down. Basically, I want a clean house, lots of good sleep, and delicious food – at least until the next time I’m off again.

Before I end up rambling anymore, here are my goals:

  1. Get a proper sleep schedule going
    – I’ve also banned the laptop from my bed, next to go will probably be the phone…
     
  2. Go for a walk/jog/run at least 2 times a week
  3. Get my space life organized
    – Take down blinds
    – Paint walls white
    – Fix my dinosaur magnets
    – Go through clothes to donate
    – Get a cleaning schedule/system down
  4. Shop at a farmers market and Chinatown (Cheaper and fresher produce!)
  5. Try a new recipe (and possibly blog it?)
  6. Buy someone flowers
  7. Learn to capture everyday on film + enjoy being filmed (snapchat I’m looking at you!)

I think I’m going to make these monthly goals a thing. Then I can visit them the next month and see how I’m doing. It’s like a long-ish short term goal list! Plus putting it out into the world publicly will hold me accountable haha!

I’d love to know what your goals are, so let me know! 

5 Netflix Shows to Watch

photo-1422433555807-2559a27433bd Now that I’m in Hong Kong, I’m unable to hop onto Netflix resulting in a very sad Tiff. Here are 5 shows that I have watched and loved!

1. Mixology

On KFC night my cousin and I were flicking through Netflix trying to find something to complement our lovely nutritious meal. This was actually the night I made the DIY Holographic phone case while watching Mixology (multitasking woohoo!). We just randomly picked it and ended up loving it, but I would probably say it took the first few episodes before we were enthusiastic about watching the next episode. The humour is a bit dry and not what most people would consider politically correct(?) but still pretty funny. The part that impressed me the most was that the entire series (which we finished within the night) was based on what happened over the period of just one night. I had never watched a TV series like that so it was a really fresh and fascinating concept.

2. Full House

I really do love Full House, I had never watched the entire show until I came across it on Netflix. I forgot how there would almost always be a moment in each episode that would make me tear (or cry. I cry at almost anything) so in total, I probably spent hours crying thanks to Full House. It was so weird to watch everyone grow/age knowing what they were like now.

I’m hearing things about a reunion: ‘Fuller House’ which will be on Netflix! AHH! (Mary-kate and Ashley Olsen aren’t coming back though)

3. Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

I hadn’t watched the show and was always confused when people would break out into the theme song. It seemed to be a thing that everyone knew. They would all be enthusiastically rapping the song and I was the awkwardly bopping kid.

I finally gave in and didn’t really ‘get’ the show until a few episodes in. Like all shows that you become familiar with, it became a bit repetitive. I could guess what would happen next, the reactions, the jokes etc. I was also a bit taken aback by the actress swapping for Vivian Banks. The type of banter between Vivian and the others changed so much, the atmosphere felt pretty different. To be fair, the actress who played Vivian Banks did bring a different side to the character we hadn’t fully seen before.

4. The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

This was one show (along with Suits and a few others) that I put off watching because I heard so much about it and there was so much hype. It’s so disappointing when expectations are high and the show/movie/book/event etc. fall short of those expectations. I can vouch that The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt was just was fun and entertaining as everyone else said. I found slight amusement that Dong a Vietnamese character was played by a Korean actor (guy from maze runner) with a very generic asian accent.

5. Gilmore Girls

I rewatched Gilmore Girls for the 3rd or 4th time a few months ago. I think I killed my internet because I just ploughed through the series over a short period of time. I get sucked in by the witty and fast-paced banter every single time! It’s a ‘blink and you’ll miss it’ kind of dialogue. It’s one of those shows that feels like home.

If you haven’t watched Gilmore Girls yet and don’t want spoilers don’t read the following bit. Come back to read it after you’ve watched it!

I feel like I have to mention this haha: I’m probably ‘Team Logan’ with Jesse being a very close second (if my friend is reading this, I know she’s rolling her eyes/shaking her head at me). I really loved the excitement Logan brought and how the concept of responsibilities was always present and so real. Oh and the Life and Death Brigade! They all seemed so passionate, alive, and in the moment.

Let me know if you have any favourite Netflix shows I should put on my list 🙂

Travel: Melbourne Trip Round up (+ Links)

Hello! I’m back! I’ve missed blogging and just sitting down and going through all the blogs I’ve subscribed to, so I’m really glad I’m back 🙂 As you might have seen, I just got back from my 2 week trip to Melbourne where I saw family and friends and ate (and ate and ate and ate and ate). I’ve been awful with keeping up with my Instagram so I decided that I would make a post about my trip using some of the photos I took and have yet put onto Instagram. Hope you enjoy it!

(Links of the places I’ve mentioned will be at the very end)

Has anyone else noticed that Africa looks like a sad person with a beard, horn, and oddly shaped head?
Right before I got off the plane, this caught my eye. Has anyone else noticed that Africa looks like a sulking person with a beard, horn, and oddly shaped head?
My cousin and I were too hungry to take a photo of our lunch (Jimmy Grants - I had the 'Nonna Maria' So. Good.) but I snapped a photo of her paying for our pre-dinner snack - froyo @ 'A Thousand Blessings' The chocolate hazelnut was my favourite!
My cousin and I were too hungry to take a photo of our lunch (Jimmy Grants – I had the ‘Nonna Maria’ So. Good.) but I snapped a photo of her paying for our pre-dinner snack – froyo @ ‘A Thousand Blessings‘ The chocolate hazelnut was my favourite!
Brunch at 'Sardie'. I got the Acai bowl, my cousin got a raspberry muffin(?), and we shared sweet potato fries with a really yummy avocado dip. I would definitely go back!
Brunch at ‘Sardi’. I got the Acai bowl, my cousin got a raspberry muffin(?), and we shared sweet potato fries with a really yummy avocado dip. I would definitely go back!
Reunited with one of my most favourite people ever and what do we do? We spend 4 hours making felted wool animals from Daiso for $2.80 AUD each. She made George the Penguin and I made Percy the Pig. They're best friends.
Reunited with one of my most favourite people ever and what do we do? We spend 4 hours making felted wool animals from Daiso for $2.80 AUD each. She made George the Penguin and I made Percy the Pig. They’re best friends.
Also reunited with the lovely Belle (the best friend of Putt Putt) who (as we can all see) was stoked to see me.
Also reunited with the lovely Belle (the best friend of Putt Putt) who (as we can all see) was stoked to see me. It’s okay, she loves me. Really! She came to snuggle in bed with me 🙂
We went to the  Abbotsford Convent then snuck over to the Collingwood Children's Farm and stared a lots of animals. We met....
We went to the Abbotsford Convent’s bakery to check out their lovely baked goods, then snuck over to a part the Collingwood Children’s Farm and stared a few animals. We met….
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a bunch of goats/sheep, cows, horses, and a donkey.
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This one was NOT amused… or it just had a RBF (resting beach* face)
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While this one kept posing for me. I have about 15 shots of this one smirking/grinning 🙂
We also sent to Lux Bite for some dessert. It was really cute and relaxing and the service was fantastic. The desserts we picked were beautiful but was lacking the wow factor taste-wise.
We also sent to Lux Bite for some dessert. It was really cute and the service was fantastic. The desserts were beautiful but lacked the wow factor taste-wise. Not too sure if I’d go back.
This is one of the deserts we chose. It was a giant raspberry and lychee macaron. The other one we picked was a chocolate mousse which I think I devoured before even realizing I should have taken a photo.
We picked a giant raspberry and lychee macaron and a chocolate mousse (which I devoured before even realizing I should have taken a photo).
We also got a hot salted caramel chocolate drink. It was less 'hot chocolate-y' and more 'hot cocoa/malt' (which I think was written on the menu but we were too eager and misread it).
We also got a hot salted caramel chocolate drink. It was less ‘hot chocolate-y’ and more ‘hot cocoa/malt’ (which I think was written on the menu but we were too eager and misread it).
We also visited Phillipa's Bakery. We thought we would have made it early enough to snag ourselves a nutella cronut but at 10:30am we were too late. However we bought ourselves a loaf of sourdough (we also wanted the brioche loaf but it was sold out) and also....
We also visited Phillipa’s Bakery for a nutella cronut but at 10:30am we were too late. However we bought ourselves a loaf of sourdough (we also wanted the brioche loaf but it was sold out). Lesson learnt? Get there EARLY.
A tuna sandwich on a charcoal bun (which was delicious) and also....
Just because they were out of cronuts didn’t mean we were going to leave without food though! We split a tuna sandwich on a charcoal bun (which was delicious! Sorry for the awful photo, it’s so hard to make tuna filling look good…) and ….
a cup of really nice coffee. The service was on point. We found that one store was friendly than the other. When we popped into the other store in the city to see if they had any other bread left, the workers seemed a touch impatient and fed up. However, I would definitely recommend popping in to try their stuff!
a cup of really nice coffee. The service was on point. We found that one store was just a bit more friendly than the other. Regardless, I would definitely recommend popping in to try their stuff!
This photo is actually in my instagram feed (Whoops!) but I could't not mention the amazing macarons from La Belle Miette. The macarons are  so good I could easily polish off a whole box of them (who's to say I haven't done that before....). The boxes are gorgeous and so lovely to keep or give as a present.
This photo is actually in my Instagram feed (Whoops!) but I couldn’t skip past the amazing macarons from La Belle Miette. The macarons are so good I could easily polish off a whole box of them (who’s to say I haven’t done that before….). The boxes are gorgeous and so lovely to keep or give as a present.
It's a shame I didn't get a better photo but anyway,in that cup is a scoop of ice-cream and waffle. It was perfectly coffee-y and hot and cold and mmmmmm.
In that cup is a scoop of ice-cream and waffle and I swear, something else… I just can’t quite remember. What I do remember is that it was perfectly coffee-y and hot and cold and mmmmmmMmmmm. Well done Waffee!
It didn't hurt that their store was so cute too. The place was decorated all over, had a cosy feel, and the staff who worked there were smiley, jokey, helpful and really sweet. It was the perfect place to sit down for waffles and coffee and a good old chat :)
It didn’t hurt that their store was so cute too. The place was decorated all over, had a cosy feel, and the staff who worked there were smiley, jokey, helpful and really sweet. It was the perfect place to sit down for waffles and coffee and a good old chat 🙂
We went to Messina's twice.... It's so flippin amazing. I'm sad I didn't get any photos because we went at night and it was dark and a tad crowded but umfgh. We had apple pie + 2 special flavours the fist night, then the lychee + mandarin + panda coconut sorbet the second night. If you're around this area, its a place you should visit!
We went to Messina’s twice in a row…. It’s so flippin amazing. I’m sad I didn’t get any photos because we went at night and it was dark and a tad crowded but umfgh. We had apple pie + 2 special flavours the fist night, then the lychee + mandarin + panda coconut sorbet the second night. If you’re around this area, it’s a place you should visit!
We also stopped by Brunetti for some dessert. the Minifreddi (? the one that is pictured) tasted like a giant Ferro Rocher. If I could... I'd have this everyday. This is a place you must stop by if you're in the city.
We also stopped by Brunetti for some dessert. The Minifreddi (? the one that is pictured) tasted like a giant Ferro Rocher. If I could… I’d have this everyday. This is a place you must stop by if you’re in the city.
Spent my last day being silly with my cousin and my aunt :)
I spent my very last day (Queen’s birthday!) being silly with my cousin and my aunt 🙂

I keep forgetting to document my travels, but I think that’s generally okay because I had fun and I still noted down all the places you guys should visit! I didn’t do many tourist-y things because I’ve lived in Melbourne for 4 years and so it was a really chill type of trip. Most of the things I’ve noted are more local-y things.

Other best parts of my trip were:

  • Getting to see my extended family and spend time with them. They’ve done so much for me and been there for me over the years, so getting to see them is always exciting.
  • Catching up with one of my oldest and best(est) friends who I haven’t seen since 2012/2013. She ended up in Canada while I was in Melbourne. It was really sad 😦 but it’s okay, we had Yum Cha this time.
  • I also got to spend some time with my best friend’s family (I pretty much consider them my family) and say goodbye to Putty (one of the best cats ever).
  • Got bahn mi (Vietnamese sandwich) twice from Phouc Thanh and had the biggest Vietnamese feast at Loi Loi.
  • Using my (new) camera!
  • Had Balinese food. They make surprisingly delicious ribs!
  • Remembered to take photo-booth photos with my best friend (it’s a tradition!)
  • Got coffee and donuts for breakfast from Adeney.
  • Saw an amazing video of my cousin’s wedding. I cried. It wasn’t any old video either, it was made like a movie/documentary thing. Eesh, setting the bar high much?

 Links to places I went to (that I think you should consider putting on your list of places to visit!)

Outside of the city: Abbotsford Convent (Bakery) Ripples (Yum Cha with the push carts!) Sardi Collingwood Children’s Farm Phouc Thanh Loi Loi Adeney Lux Bite

Within the city: Waffee A Thousand Blessings Daiso Phillipa’s Bakery La Belle Miette (Rating: 4.9 from ‎3,141 votes. Just saying!) Brunetti Jimmy Grants (They put chips in your souvlaki!!!! YES.)