Saturday, June 30, 2012

4.73 Life Is Too Short

The things we put Kirby through hahaha.

No time to do anything. That's my life these days. My to-do list keeps growing longer and longer as the hours on my days off grow shorter and shorter. Most of the time I like to go out shopping because I'm cooped up inside my house before work and then I'm cooped up inside again at my workplace. I get very little sun these days and very little time to myself. I commend my coworkers who do this for life as I could never see myself doing this forever. I find it rather a boring life that involves staying up late, sleeping late, getting up late, having only few hours to do limited activities since you don't have that much time anyway, go to work, and do it all over again- and that's not even accounting those who work two jobs.

There's a quote my sister shared with me after having this discussion with her, "Never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life". As understandable as it is in this economy for people to have two jobs, there are those who choose that path because they want two jobs to afford a bigger house, to pay off their expensive car, or buy other frivolous materialistic junk at the expense of quality of life. It's beyond me how they even find the time to enjoy the fruits of their labour.

Anyway, luckily we Canadians have a long weekend because of Canada Day this coming Monday July 1st. My sister has gone down to visit New York city with her friends so I have the room all to myself hehe. I'm usually stuck camping out in the living room at night because I'm a night owl and she usually goes to sleep early because she has work early in the morning. Tomorrow I'm heading out to, you guessed it, shop! I'm a shopaholic out of control. So I guess you can expect a ton of "hauls" coming your way. I detest using that word because it sounds ghastly even though I get excited it when that word pops up in my youtube sub box. I love the meaning of hauls, I just hate the word for it.

"Never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life." -Unknown

Sunday, June 24, 2012

4.72 CONVOCATION


I had my convocation on Tuesday June 12, 2012. I was done more than 6 months ago but I had to wait for the Spring convocation to graduate. Obtaining a degree is an accomplishment I'm extremely proud of. Before I got accepted to any of the universities I applied to, I was doubted since I wasn't the typical "bright" Asian child. While there are those who don't seem to need to lift a finger to get A's, I have to put in the effort to see the results. If you're curious, I did end up getting accepted to all 3 universities I applied to, heck, I even got offered a small scholarship to a science based psychology program. However, Ryerson was my first pick all along. Aside from how accessible it is by transit and it's downtown core location, there's just something quaint about Ryerson that made me fall completely in love. I'm so proud to join Ryerson's alumni. I can only wish for the best for current and future students, and wish the best to Ryerson in its continuing growth. Needless to say, I will miss reading the Ryerson's weekly Eyeopener student newspaper dearly.

The snazzy tickets that were sent to me in the mail.

Ceremony itinerary that were given to us before the ceremony.

Inside the ceremony! These pictures were taken by my sister with my Nikon d90. Yes, you bet I lugged that heavy piece of machinery all the way downtown -__- But the pictures were so worth it.

This was taken with my phone, the view from where I was sitting.

The Chancellor, the president, and Margaret Atwood (can't remember the other guy). I can't believe Margaret Atwood was there as our guest speaker. She was also there to accept an award or something.

Got what I came for! My diploma! The piece of paper that officially states that I've graduated. I blurred out information just in case.

And of course, I can't do a convocation post without a showing a couple of photos of me. Best picture of the day! Ryerson's mascot, Eggy!

My sister is pro-star at taking photos :D

And before I reveal the dress on me, I'll show it to you on a hanger first.

The day I went shopping for a dress I was quite successful in finding 3 dresses out of 10 or 12 that I picked up to try. The three dresses were by BCBG, Rachel Roy and Moon. I really wanted the Rachel Roy dress because it looked really nice but I thought the cut of the dress was just a tad bit short. The BCBG was a little too loose fitting. So I decided to go with the Moon dress. It was originally $59, then marked down twice to make it only $22!! I killed two birds with one stone- I found a dress for convocation and now I have that little black dress in my closet, yippee!

First time going to any graduation with a dress on :D I'm super glad I opted to wear a dress and heels (my mom's). I actually changed at the school into my attire. There was no way I was going downtown by transit wearing this.

We took a lot of awesome photos but I think these are enough for this public blog haha.

After taking pictures and returning the gown, we headed off to enjoy some refreshments.

Lots of sweet goodies and refreshments too.

And before I go on... you have no idea how great it felt to be able to go into the Ryerson bookstore and buy whatever I wanted without having money limitations be an issue (#studentproblems). I didn't want to let you guys know in this post (for obvious reasons), but when I bought the Ryerson cup as a little souvenir, it wasn't the only thing I wanted to get. I know it probably didn't seem like I held back at all throughout my time here blogging- but I have... secretly. As I was standing in the store that day, I had to actually debate between getting the cup and a little stuffed teddy Eggy (the mascot). I wanted him but I eventually put him back because I just couldn't justify spending money on something like that.

But now that I have a steady income...
Here he is! Mine at last! ^^ And I was lucky because there was only a few left too. It's my plan to put him in the rear window of my car if I ever get around to getting one. Love you Eggy! #schoolpride

And truthfully I promised myself the day I first came to Ryerson that I would gift myself with a Ryerson sweater the day I graduate.
I was even more excited to find one that had my program on it! I got size medium to fit extremely comfy and to lounge around in. 

Initially I had told myself that I would just come back and buy a sweater when I had the budget for it. But nothing feels as good as buying it immediately after you're done school or after graduation. That's why if you're a student with little funds, save little by little throughout the years and you'll be guaranteed with enough money to buy at least a sweater by the end of your studies. I'm now glad I had to wait for my convocation to come around as it gave me the chance to go back into the bookstore with my head up.

Oh and lastly, as if lugging around my heavy dslr wasn't enough... I had to lug this heavy thing around too!

And you know how much it was? $120!! It was the second to last cheapest one they had. The cheapest was $80 but it was just a gold metal framing which looked tacky to me. The other ones available went as high as $200. I love you Ryerson, but seriously? Ripping off student all the way to the end, LOL.

And if you're wondering why I didn't just buy a frame outside of Ryerson for cheaper, it's because I wanted the embedded Ryerson gold printing and blue framing. I'll show you the finished product when I get around to putting it together.

Oh and I still have to blog about the gift my sister gave me and my little graduation dinner I had with both my sisters. I'm doing some major blogger catching up today. MAJOR.

"The youth today are not leaders of tomorrow, they are the leaders of today." -TED

Saturday, June 23, 2012

4.71 Weekly Indulgence [June 3-9] Essie Good To Go Top Coat + Sally Hansen Diamond Strength "Glass Slipper"

Beauty can be a curse. And someone in my life finally gets that. After witnessing first hand what I go through, I finally feel like I'm not crazy for thinking that beauty can be a pain in the butt. Being pretty isn't everything. It attracts all sorts of characters. The worst are those who think I'm some of accessory or trophy that they can brag to their friends. And it sucks because a lot of genuinely nice good guys are too shy to approach me or assume I'm already taken or out of their league. I guess I should just keep reminding myself, good things do happen to good people. Got to keep my head up.

Nail stuff for the first week of June.

I had been eyeing the Essie Good To Go top coat for the longest time ever. I never got it though because I thought it was money that I could save since I did without a top coat for so long already. But after getting a job and catching this going for $9 at Walmart (I've seen prices go for about $11.99), I thought it was the perfect time to get it. I really love it. It makes my nails dry much quicker, it's very shiny, and I think it does make my polish last longer.

The polish I picked up (which hardly shows up in the picture above) is Sally Hansen's "Glass Slipper". I wanted to get this polish after seeing swatches of it online. It's a clear/white flakie polish which similar but opposite to my beloved Essie "As Gold As It Gets". I love flakie polishes which is why it was a no brainer when I saw the swatches online. I would love to show you guys how it looks like against dark polish (heck I would even like to see it against a dark background in person myself), but I can't at this present moment because I'm not allowed to wear polish to work (although I do sneak clear or subtle natural colours lol).

Don't worry though, I do have something that I'll share soon which will allow me to go nail swatch crazy for you guys =)

"Don't judge until you know. Don't underestimate until you challenge. And don't talk about others until you talk to them." -Unknown

4.70 Weekly Indulgence [May 27-June 2] Well.ca - Method

A few weeks ago Well.ca had a major sale on Method products. I came to know about Method a few years ago at Shoppers when their products were relatively new in Canada. What drew me into this company was their stance on being green and their emphasis on the environment.

Taken from the site: "Adam Lowry and Eric Ryan, proud brainparents of method® and the very first people against dirty. Eric knew people wanted cleaning products they didn’t have to hide under their sinks. And Adam knew how to make them without any dirty ingredients. Their powers combined, they set out to save the world and create an entire line of home care products that were more powerful than a bottle of sodium hypochlorite. Gentler than a thousand puppy licks. Able to detox tall homes in a single afternoon.

When it comes down to it, we’re here to make products that work, for you and for the planet, ones that are as easy on the eyes as they are on the nose. It’s a tall order but we wouldn’t want to do anything else."

Their focus are on clean, safe, green, design, and fragrance. I encourage you to read more about the details here.

Aside from the Kleenex box which isn't from Method but was on sale too, this is what I ended up buying from the Method sale. 

The product I adore most from Method are their gel hand washes. I love the smell of their sweet water scent. The smell isn't overpowering and pleasurable to use. The soap itself is super gentle, foams well, and does not dry out my hands.

I bought the refill because I saved an old bottle I bought years ago (shown above). Less waste, better for the environment!

The other product I picked up from Method was this all-purpose surface cleaner. I've only used it a couple times to clean the surface of my tables and it works pretty good. 

The thing I love about it most is that it's not toxic and it doesn't smell of strong chemicals. I would say that the smell is similar to clementines which is nice to get away from the usual lemon scents. The nozzle is also very nice as it pumps with ease and spray pretty good too. 

Lastly, the Cool Touch Kleenex box I've been wanting to get ever since I tried the sample of it I got in the mail. I don't know how it works but it does. It'd be soothing to irritated noses- although I hardly get those anyway.

I highly encourage you to check Method out. I'm planning to get more of the hand gel wash in the future. The scents I'm interested in include: Hibiscus Flower, Mandarin Mango, Clementine, and Juicy Pear. Am I getting into some sort of Method soap obsession? Oh dear.

"We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the life that is waiting for us." -Joseph Campbell

Thursday, June 21, 2012

4.69 Garden Update #2

Yes as the title says, another boring garden update haha. I swear I have other more exciting things to share but I don't have the mental capacity to write up the posts for them right now. Hopefully I can do some major catching up on my day off tomorrow, since outside is too hot these days to work in the garden anyway.

And I know... my garden pictures probably look all the same to you, but if you compare the garden posts I've done, you'd notice how much it's coming along.

The tools I use to garden.

Before. Look at all the weeds and clovers growing.

After. Weeding and pruning.

Before. My lilac was growing out of control.

After. I really hope that next year it will be able to flower. I still need to look more into how to maintain and care for it in the best way.

The vegetable garden. Notice how I've built a little trellis out of bamboo for my snap peas to grow on.

My lettuce are growing pretty well.

The snap peas have flowered!

And they've even started producing already =)

"Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure." -Oprah Winfrey

Friday, June 15, 2012

4.68 Forever21 + H&M + Bath & Body Works Hand Sanitizers

Goodness... I've been reading my last few posts these last few days and each time I find myself having to re-edit my posts. Although I haven't fallen off the blogging bandwagon, being preoccupied with other things has made me lose sense with how to word myself.

I'm trying to catch up with my posts so I'm going to blog about most of the things I've bought over the last few weeks. When I get a chance on my days off from work, I like to spend my time gardening (which I'm doing later today), watching tv/youtube, spending time with the family, and... shopping of course! I like both online and in-store shopping which is so bad for my wallet! Oh, and speaking of my wallet, I got a new one when I got my first pay cheque 6 weeks ago. I've just been too lazy to take pictures.

I was specifically on the hunt for a long sleeve sheer loose buttoned up blouse with the high low cut. Unfortunately I couldn't find such a garment but did end up finding this awesome tank with metal detailing at Forever 21. I actually thought it was going to ring up as the original price of $17.80, but to my surprise, it came up to only $8 at the cash register! Don't you just love those moments when you get to cash and realize that the piece you're buying is less than what you were willing to pay for? Made my day for sure.

When I was waiting in line to be rung up, I saw this cute little tote for $1.50. I'm a sucker for things like this so I picked it up since it was so cheap anyway.

This top is from H&M. I normally don't gravitate to "I Love..." sayings, but I couldn't help but love the overall look of this top. It looks much better worn than when it's on the hanger.

I'm venturing out on loose fitted tops. This top has the subtle high low cut that I love.

The tank was actually suppose to be on sale but I didn't realize that it rang through as the original price until I got out of the store and walked halfway through the mall to our exit. The mall was also closing so I let it go. I got gipped $3. And of course I didn't think it was worth it to drive back another day to complain. Oh and if that wasn't enough, stupid me pulled on the price tag to get it off and ended up ripping the H&M tag off too which left a small hole in tank at the top haha. I normally use scissors to cut tags off but for some reason I thought different that day. I sewed the hole up already though, so it's all good.

Cheap tanks 3 for $10 at Suzy Shier to wear to work.

I haven't lost interest in collecting cups/mugs/bottles/beverage containers. I have been eyeing this glass water bottle at Chapters Indigo since Christmas. The moment I found out that it went on sale, I rushed out to go get it. It's normally $15 but I got it for $10 (haha I'm so cheap). It's seals pretty good, but I wouldn't necessarily recommend travelling with it. It's definitely just going to be a at-home use type of item for me since I don't want to risk breaking it.

Needed my hand sanitizer fix. I wanted to get these hand sanitizers back when I didn't have a job, but because I knew they were more of a splurge item, I never ended up getting them. 3 for $5 is still a lot more expensive than buying a big bottle of Purell. But I guess it's the price you pay for nice smelling hand sanitizers. Now I can store these in a couple of my purses and won't be without a sanitizer when I need one.

My sister went to Nadege Patisserie again. Forgot what flavour macron this was, but it was delicious!

Everyone knows of Nongshim Shin Ramyun... but have you tried Korean Clay Pot Ramyun? It was delish!

"You can't always control the circumstances in life, but you can control your attitude towards those circumstances." -Marcin Mrowca