Monday, March 24, 2014

6.204 Let's Reconnect

I've had a revelation. And it all started with Claire Marshall aka heyclaire. I began watching her videos after Lisa recommended her and since then I've been totally hooked. She just seems so cool and badass. I find her very inspirational and I really admire her sense of style. She's inspired me to reconnect with a part of myself that I've lost connection with for years; the part of me that was more tough and didn't care about what people thought of me. Since watching Claire's videos and stumbling across this article (which by the way was enlightening) I feel like I've been woken up from a deep slumber ready to get myself back.

So, on this journey, I figured it be easiest to tackle my blog first. We all have a public and private face, and we always strive to put our best face forward. My blog was no exception when it came to that. Of course there will be exceptions since this is the internet, but there are many other things that I shouldn't be hesitant to blog about. I often find myself holding my thoughts back because I'm afraid of what people might think of me. But really, I shouldn't care. Everyone has their own opinion and I do too.

And when it comes to purchases, I admit, I do sometimes feel uncomfortable sharing things because let's face it, I buy a lot of stuff. To be fair though, I've gotten a lot better at not buying so much "crap", but still, I buy a lot of things because I like spoiling myself with wonderful things. And yes, I realize that they are just "things". I value experience more but I don't think it hurts to get the things I desire along the way too. So from this point on whenever I have doubts about sharing, I will remind myself that it doesn't matter because there will always be someone judging anyway. We're all being judged by people, and it could even be happening right now. So why bother care.

Oh, you might have noticed I added a few new widgets on the sidebar. I'm trying to be good, I've reconnected with my twitter, instagram, and tumblr accounts again. I'm hoping I will keep up with it, but as you know I'm horrible at best when it comes to keeping up with social media stuff (with the exception of my blog).

p.s. my memory card has now failed at me, I've lost the little "lock" switch on it and now it refuses my request to take pictures. I can still retrieve data from it but that's pretty much it. Don't know when I will be able to buy another memory card but I think I'll just borrow my brother's for now.

"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." -Maya Angelou

Monday, March 17, 2014

6.203 Simple Weekends

Nowadays the Mister and I spend most of our weekends just relaxing at my house. Date night is dead for now but hopefully it'll pick up again when the weather gets warmer.

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Yesterday, Sunday, we decided to grab a bite to eat at Pizza Pizza before taking a quick stroll on a cold evening down near the lakeshore.

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On the way we spotted the house that we admired when we last came down here in August. I wish that we could live in a grandiose house one day.

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It was eery quiet but very peaceful- well except for the massive group of seagulls that decided to hang around on the lake.

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Because it's winter a lot of the paths weren't "open". It was all iced over so we couldn't go down that way.

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So peaceful and serene but so cold too! We didn't stay long because it was starting to feel too cold since nightfall was coming. The Mister and I will definitely be taking evening walks here often in Spring, Summer, and Fall.

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And a couple of random photos, I was at Ocean's and discovered that they sell a few FaceShop products. If you can't make it downtown to get their masks, you can get it here instead!

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These strawberries are the biggest strawberries I've ever seen in my life. My mom bought them and apparently they were direct from the farm. And as if they weren't magnificently big, they were very sweet and juicy too!

"You'll never know how true someone loves you, until you know how true they can love you in your worst and weakest conditions." -Unknown

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

6.202 Jokes On You

Only Canadians would say that 6 degrees outside is warm. But that didn't last very long because mother nature decided to pull a fast one on us. Yesterday it felt like Spring was right around the corner and today there's a crazy winter storm happening outside my window. That's Canadian weather for you. Why am I even surprised? I've pretty much had my share of winter now, I'm totally ready for Spring. Before I didn't mind that it was still winter but now I'm tired of the cold, gloomy skies, and snow. I want Spring!

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Wonton Chai Noodle
4040 Creditview Rd. Mississauga, ON L5C 3Y8

This past weekend my mom took my family out to eat at a Wonton Chai Noodle that a friend told her about.

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It's a small restaurant with an open kitchen in the back.

Their menu is straight to the point. I like that it's simple because it means that they don't spread themselves out too thin and stick to what they specialize in; plus it made it much easier for me to pick what I wanted to order.

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I ended up ordering Two Kinds of Topping in Soup without noodles. I chose to have shrimp wonton and dumpling in mine ($6.50). To be honest I wasn't expecting much since I've tasted quite a few wonton soups in my lifetime and I've always find them mediocre as a dish. But when I ate this, wow... just wow. I've never had a more delicious bowl of wonton and I never knew it could taste like this. First of all the wontons and dumplings were huge, and secondly you can tell that the ingredients were high quality and fresh. It was really good and the soup remained hot even halfway through my meal. I don't know how they made wontons taste so good because I never imagined it could be possible. I'm not even that big of a fan of shrimp but their shrimp wontons are bomb.

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All finished. Oh and by the way the only odd thing was their plastic cups. I found it was out of placed at a restaurant and it didn't even match with the rest of their cutlery. And what's even more odd is that they even traced the outside cup with chalk which I suppose marks where they should fill it up to. Other than that, I highly recommend this place. My bowl doesn't look like much but I was so full in the end after starving because I didn't eat anything before we went. If you get the Three Kinds of Topping, you'd get a bigger bowl. And if you're appetite is even bigger you can always have it with egg or rice noodles. Two thumbs up! Oh and p.s. they also sell raw ingredients too like if you want raw beef etc.

Then we went grocery shopping and it was perfect since I was wanting to go for weeks now. We first went to No Frills and then to BTrust (BTrust now looks like an Ocean's) and then to T&T. I haven't been to T&T in ages, and when I went, to my surprise they changed things up!
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They now have huge signs for every department, which makes it very cohesive as a supermarket. And their bakery section stepped it up with yummy looking cakes and sweets! I was tempted but I was good and resisted.

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And best of all, their beauty section expanded greatly. I was in heaven. They have Tony Moly products and they even have a men's section. The only thing I picked up was Tsubaki Damage Care Hair Treatment. I've been waiting to buy this forever and finally I came across it here.

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And this is my grocery haul. I know what you must be thinking, my gosh there's a lot of drinks up in there. I like to drink coconut water at work and sometimes I like to bring soy milk too. The Coca Cola cans were cute and so I thought it would be nice to have outside my room on my little shelving unit in case anyone wants to drink it (I have a little area outside my room where anyone can help themselves to anything there). I also got some other random tid bits and some bean paste and red pepper paste to cook with.

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After we got home I also went to Walmart with the Mister and got a few boring things that I thought wasn't interesting to show and we also dropped by the LCBO so that I can pick up a few drinks to add to my little "bar" (essentially at the bottom of the small round table in my room). I can drink apple cider and I'm trying to get myself into white wine (which is working). Barefoot is a white wine my sister introduced to me and it tastes delicious. It's the first wine I tasted that I could actually drink haha. The Jack Daniels cola is for the Mister.

"Don't let somebody else be responsible for your happiness." -Unknown

Sunday, March 9, 2014

6.201 January & February Products

When the new year came I had planned to do a "favourites" post each month but was unable to do one in January because of how busy I was with work. So, in this post I paired both January and February products together to make up for it. I also thought it would be better to not limit myself to only "favourites" because I think it's important to mention other products I've been using that didn't work out. If this all works out and I'm able to keep up with it, it will be a great way for me to start sharing my thoughts on products I've shown you guys in my haul posts. The products shown aren't the only things I've used but more so things that stood out to me.

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I prefer to use liquid foundation in winter because it feels less drying than powder. The foundation I found myself gravitating towards was the YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat Foundation. My colour is "Beige Dore 10." It has a lot of rave reviews and for good reason. My skin looks flawless and incredibly radiant when I put this on. It has a very glowy and dewy finish and it looks very natural. Definitely a really great foundation and I highly recommend it.

The other face product I have been using a lot is the Chanel Les Beige Healthy Glow Sheer Powder. You can actually see how much I've been using it evident from the dent in the powder. I have it in the colour N20 because N10 is a little more on the pink side which doesn't suit my skintone. At first I used it like most people would, as a foundation powder, but I found that it was a little dark and too peach for my light neutral coloured skin. After putting it aside, I came back to it and started to use it as a contour powder to sculpt, define, and give an ethereal glow to my face. The result is subtle but beautiful. Bronzers can be a little harsh for me but this gave me the perfect sun-kissed glow. The powder itself is very finely milled and the finish looks very natural.

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From left to right: Chanel Rouge Coco Shine #78 "Interlude", YSL Rouge Volupte #1 "Nude Beige", YSL Rouge Volupte Shine #9 "Nude in Private", and Dior Addict Lipstick #222 "Beige Casual".
For the months of January and February I was obsessed with nude lipsticks. All of these four lipsticks are beautiful but if you're looking for a simple natural nude I would definitely recommend Dior "Beige Casual". It's the kind of lipstick that I can rely on to work anytime; a my-lips-but-better lipstick, it's also nice because I don't need a mirror to apply it.

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I've mentioned this Macadamia Healing Oil Treatment before in my winter essentials post and it still remains a staple in my haircare routine. I'm more than half way finished and will need to replenish it soon. Still works great and protects my hair from the dry elements.

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As for body moisturizer, the Olay Silk Whimsy still is the best in my books. The lotion is creamy and it makes my skin feel so silky smooth and keeps it moisturized all day and night long. The scent is light and very pleasant.

I've been using the Bath and Body Works Anti-bacterial Gentle Foaming Hand Soaps from the Sweet Shop Collection vigorously ever since I got them. They are a joy to use as the scents are wonderful to take in every time I wash my hands. I like how they come out as foam so it's easier to lather and wash. The only downside is that I find them a bit drying probably due to their anti-bacterial properties.

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I've been trying to burn up the Target candle I bought (left) because it does nothing as far as scent goes. So far I've had no luck with candles at Target so I'm hesitant to purchase any more. I've also been burning the Bath and Body Works French Baguette. It smells exactly like baguettes and every time I burn it my room smells like a bakery. It's definitely among one of my favourite candles.

And that's the products I've been using a lot in the months of January and February. I hope to keep this up for March! Hope you enjoyed.

"An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea." - Buddha

Thursday, March 6, 2014

6.200 Society's Idea of the Good Life

Too often do I get asked about what I'm currently doing, what I plan on doing, and why my answers don't reflect the ideal path of what they call "the good life". That is to, go to school, get a degree, land a job in my field, and make some good money (that's as far as it goes for now; although I'm sure the whole "when are you going to get married?" and "when are you having kids?" will come soon enough). I did half of what I've been told all my life which was to go to University (there was extreme emphasis on University and not College) and I got my degree. In fact, that $20,000 diploma is currently hanging proudly on my wall, while I, am currently working my butt off trying to pay for that fine piece of paper.

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So then the next question begs to ask, "Why are you working at a factory when you have a University degree?"And that, my friends, comes down to two things: convenience and fear. It's very convenient for me to work at this workplace right now because it's close to my home and what I do is relatively easy. It's not good money but it doesn't require much to do the job. Fear you ask? Given that I never grew up with a great support system, I've been led down the path of fear. The fear of trying and the fear of failing; because failing was never an option for me. But all successors know that the path to success is to have tried many attempts before one reaches their goal.

If I could go back in time and be able to give my young self a piece of advice I would say, drown out the outside noise and listen to what your inner voice tells you. Do what you feel you must do, not what others are telling you to do. The conventional path is not always for everyone, and if it turns out that it is for you, at least give some time to really think about it and plan out your vision. You're very young and you still have your whole life ahead of you. You're not running out of time and you don't need to feel like you have to try to keep up with everyone else. You won't get left behind, I promise. Just make sure you know what you want and go for it.

Ironically, even though I went to school and got my degree, I still feel like I got left behind and that I've failed. But you know what? It's okay. And I'm okay. I'm okay with my situation right now. I'm not saying I'm thrilled but I'm okay. And I want those who judge me to know that I'm okay. Because that's what matters right? If I'm okay?

So in the end, society's idea of the good life didn't work out so well for me. But when I think about how I'm employed, how I have a roof over my head (not to mention my own room), that I have a boyfriend who loves me, and the support of my two closest people- my cousin and sister, I remember that I don't need to live how society wants me to to have a good life. I have a pretty darn good one, if I do say so myself, and it could only get better from here.

p.s. I do have plans working at this factory though so it's not all for nothing.

p.p.s. This marks my 200th post!!

"Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life." -Confucius

Sunday, March 2, 2014

6.199 "Cheers to the Freakin' Weekend"

Oh gosh, I haven't had any time to blog because of work. These past few weeks we've been working a lot more hours than usual and it seems as though it won't be letting up any time soon. All I do is work and sleep- with only a couple of hours of free time each day. Everyone in the workplace is exhausted but we have to fulfill those work orders before we can go home. I'm hoping for a big paycheque next week otherwise all of this would be for nothing. Also, I don't think I've mentioned it yet but I no longer have Fridays off, I have the weekend off instead! Yippee! It started back in early February and I've been thoroughly enjoying the back-to-back break since then. On Saturdays I can stay out as long as I want and not have to worry about a 6am start work schedule the next day- what a relief. No more crazy tired early mornings for me.

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This is essentially what I do now, I put labels on containers (no more paperwork!). I currently work in a separate cooler from the rest of my coworkers. It's less cold here, it's dry, and less noisy. I have all the room I need to do my job which is fantastic given how I used to have to scramble to find an area to work in. And yes, I snuck a couple of pictures... shhhh...

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Labelling all day errday. I'm always surrounded with boxes.

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I never blogged about the other two work boots I previously had (both wore out) but these are my newest pair. I read a review that said these boots lasted them 10 years working on a farm so I'm hoping I won't ever have to buy another pair again. These were pricey at $100 but I figured I could also use it when I'm gardening in the backyard and shovelling snow. It's anti-slip and the rubber of the boot is much more flexible; I could already tell that it will last a lot longer than my previous two.

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Last weekend my mom bought some dim sum take-out from a new place that just recently opened. It was pretty darn good. I think this was the first time I've ever eaten dim sum take-out as we normally dine-in. I have missed eating it so much... I told myself that one day I should introduce dim sum to the Mister because I'm sure he would love it too.

Also last weekend I went out with my cousin to Square One to do some shopping. I ended up buying quite a few things that it got quite heavy carrying all the stuff back home. It was that day I realized how thankful I am when I have the Mister by my side because he always carries my stuff when I'm with him. I know it sounds a bit "bratty"and selfish but I think you guys know me enough and get what I mean when I say this.

While I was waiting for my cousin to arrive I shopped around in H&M- which is something I haven't done in a while. I'm totally looking forward to Spring so all I do is get excited when I go shopping for clothing for warmer weather.
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Funny enough I originally picked up this white top as a "tester" to see how it would look underneath a cropped sweater I was interested in. The only reason I picked it up was because it looked similar enough to the other tops I owned, otherwise I didn't care much for it. In the end, the cropped sweater didn't work out but surprisingly I fell in love with the cut and style of the white blouse (totally figure flattering!). Although it's similar to what I already own, it's different as well because of the buttons. I basically live in these tops for Spring and Summer so I don't mind owning a lot of them.

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This was a great find. Not only is it a blouse top that I love, it's a beautiful colour, and it was on sale! I had to size down since this particular blouse runs a bit big. I've been meaning to inject more colour in my wardrobe but it's harder to find colourful tops that I like versus the typical black and white tops that are mass produced everywhere.

After a full day of shopping (I bought a few other knick knacks that's not interesting enough to show), my cousin and I went to Whole Foods, which is by the way an awesome grocery store, and got some food to eat.
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This was what we got combined.

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And this was what I had. It was the first time I tried their hot food that they had there and omg... their Butternut Squash Soup is so good. I had it with some bread that my cousin shared and also a bit of bree cheese that she shared with me. The drink I got was good too, an interesting mix of coconut water infused with pineapple. Overall, a very successful meal. I'm definitely going to come back here with the Mister for some more soup because omgosh... it was so delicious. If you haven't tried it, you need to try it!

"The only limitations you will ever have are the ones you put on yourself." - Kristinna Habashy