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20 things before 20

18 May

Hello everyone! So I have a 20 things before 20 list which is a list I compiled of 20 things to do before I turn 20 this September (19 to be specific). I have some time before my birthday so this list is to help me go through things that I would never do if I didn’t have a timeline. So here is my list:

1. Finish my embroidery project.

2. Read Watchmen.

3. Buy an iPad 2… enough said

4. Go to Animethon 18 which is on Aug 5-7 this year. I will be planning to go for only one day I don’t think I can get off work that easily.

5. Finish Wa-loli Kuro outfit. I started this project 3 years ago and have never finished it better late then never right?

6. Obtain a mushroom farm… kinda like this:

7. Pay mum & dad $100 from my first paycheck as well as my brother $100 (cuz I owe him for all the lunches he’s treated me to) and for my little sister $40 (she complains that she doesn’t have money all the time). Hopefully this one will be soon. ^-^

8. Get a library card… since I’m an adult I have to go get my own library card but I’ve just been lazy to go get one… I will get one though.

9. Start Youtube videos… something I’ve been wanting to do since last year but never had courage or time to make videos and put it up. I will do it for sure!!

10. Determine birthday present wishlist. I know that the iPad is on this list for a reason…

11. Determine 2 year financial plan. Since I plan to go to Japan in the upcoming 2 years I have to plan to make sure that I have enough money while travelling and such. Thus this plan… it’s going to take a lot of brain power that’s why I keep putting it aside.

12. Stay a neat freak… yeah this photo really shows how much I need to stay a neat freak.

13. Continue to study Japanese and Chinese. This one I won’t be doing anytime soon until school starts in September. I will be attending a Sat language class in Sept.

14. Try out a different martial arts even if it’s just one class I would like to try something different. Perhaps kung fu?

15. Attemp yoga/pilates. I would really like to try this but I don’t have much money to spend it on a class (financial plan) so I will learn from a book/video from the library (need library card) or Youtube is a great resource as well.

16. Try food from Sbarro, Thai Express, and Taco Bell. I just want to get out of my usual going to McDonalds or Subway to eat. I never try different foods so here are three places great to try out my taste palette.

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17. Go to a spa. I have never gone to a beauty salon so I would really like to go to one. Perhaps from Eveline Charles.

18. Go on a staycation. I am planning with my brother and sister that we should go to the car museum in Wetaskiwin and possibly the Aviation museum in Alberta. But other things for a staycation is attending Capital X (summer amusement park) and Heritage festival (showcasing different cultures from different countries) as well as Animethon of course.

19. Play Spyro: Ripto’s Rage (PS) and finish Pokemon SoulSilver (DS). I have not finished these games and would really like to for sure.

20. Attempt to make curry flavoured popcorn. I heard about the elusive curry flavoured popcorn and since there is not a big chance to come across curry flavoured popcorn I might as well make it myself.

I will be updating every time I finish an item on the list and there is no set order to complete the list as long as the list is completely finished before I turn 20.

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Japanese Cakes

1 Apr

Hello everyone! I just borrowed a book from the library and it was on Japanese cakes. I love cakes and the Japanese way of making them are really really delicious. The book itself is all in Japanese so I will have to whip out my translating skills to read it. I will update on recipes and photos of when I make the items that I really like. For now I’ll leave a photo of the book cover.

Languages How Many?

16 Nov

Hello everyone! I was inspired to post this today because of well, a picture.

So how many languages do you know? Fluently?
Just to let you know I can confidently say that I fluently know Vietnamese, English, and Japanese while I’m still in the process of learning French and Chinese.

Helicoptor Parents

3 May

Ever heard that term? Just basically means over-protective parents and I’m sure lots of people have experienced them. Though I am no expert in this area I definately know that I have a VERY over-protective mom, my dad is also protective but he’s lenient (which is good… hooray!).

I feel like this type of issue has to come out as I am having those types of troubles at home and there is technically no one that I can talk to except the internet.

Either way, my story is that the karate group that I am affiliated with is hosting 5 Japanese guests who are great karate masters and I’m translating for them as I know Japanese. I am told that they are going to the shooting range to shoot guns at targets so I have to go because we don’t want our guests to shoot themselves. I tell my parents and my mom is totally against it mainly because it consists of the fact that I am a girl and that I’m going to go to a shooting range…

Back in the day when my brother started going to a Junior High school I felt like my parents abandoned me just to support my brother. Because of my brother who had to go to a far away high school my parents enrolled me in a new school. Not knowing anyone there, I was scared but my parents said that it would be okay… to be honest it was not okay. I was bullied but I didn’t let anyone know because I felt that if my parents knew they would yell at me for being a weak child and I felt like I had no allies to help me along the way. To forget that people were bullying me I got myself involved in many different things; patrol, office monitor, and the most important was karate.

For me, even though karate was hard the best part was not just doing well in it but knowing that I could leave everything at the door. Nothing could bother me for the two hour long class and because of that class I could totally forget all the bad things that were happening to me.

I basically owe most of my life to karate because it has shaped me into the person I am today by meeting all those wonderful people who helped me along the way. But the fact that my mother does not accept that I should affiliate any further with the club is ridiculous! Because she and my father was so concerned about my brother she forgets me and she does not see that she was NOT a good role model for me. Thus for me karate is very important and to ban me from helping out and contributing to the club that’s like banning me from going on the internet. Utterly impossible.

I’ve grown up a lot since those bullying days and it has made me a stronger person but words will still be able to hurt me. The saying that ‘Stick and stones can break my bones but words will never hurt me’ is utterly untrue. Words hurt and once they are spoken they can never be taken back.

But seriously, does she have a point in being extremely protective of me going to a gun range just to translate for our guests? (I am NOT I repeat NOT touching a gun) If she didn’t care about me back then, why should she care now?

Here’s a link of a website article that I read through to help me after the hour long criticism speech from my mom. (Criticism speeches always make me question myself and makes me feel like dirt… not a fun feeling)

http://www.drrobynsilverman.com/parenting-tips/helicopter-parents-helpful-or-harmful/

Rub my Tum Tum

9 Apr

I am going to talk about something UBER delicious… CUPCAKES!!!
I made some yesterday just for my Japanese class mainly due to our skit which was a reenactment of Food Network shows borrowing inspiration from Hell’s Kitchen, Iron Chef America and other similar cooking challenge shows.

Here’s what they look like:

As you can see a very well done cupcake if I do say so myself. Today has been a fun day but now it is time to study hard for finals. So not that many posts will be up for the next two to three weeks as I will be concentrating on my studies but I will attempt to try and update as best as I can.

The weather has been absolutely horrible lately… curse Alberta weather it’s like winter outside… there’s even snow on the ground!

Planning + Studying + Working on a video

7 Mar

Oh… a post so late at night… I should be studying for my Japanese midterm tomorrow but I got so off-track!

Anyways… I finally got an Youtube idea going on through my head and since your first video that you put up on Youtube is very important I decided to start putting together a foundation video. Now there are lots of how to put on your foundation on Youtube already so I really shouldn’t be doing that sort of thing but thing is those people only show one way of many. So I decided to put together a makeup basic foundation routine based on what sort of sources an average person has and which technique is fast or requires some sort  of skills. Not going to go much in depth but I’m going to try to make it as professional as possible so it’s going to take some time…. if I calculate right then it should take about a month to put up that video. Yeah… a month and I’m not going to start filming just yet mainly because I just don’t have time… I now have respects for those people on Youtube who put up a video like everyday… crazy!!

Anyways… the photo of the day…

 
The question of the day is…  Am I winking or am I blinking?

Guess who’s back?

5 Mar

Yeah! I’m back to blogging!!! I felt like the time I took off from blogging was horrible!! I think I have found my addiction…. I’ll add blogging into my list of addictions… and I thought I was trying to quit!!

Putting all that aside all the posts this week starting from Sunday were posts that I scheduled before-hand so I’m glad to be back. Some pretty exciting things is going to happen next weekend so I’m preparing this weekend for next week if that makes any sense. So the plan for next week will be post every other day and I have changed the face of the site… I’ll see how much I like it and if not I’ll change it back.

The plan:

Saturday ( Mar 6 ) – Blog post

Sunday ( Mar 7 ) – Beauty review

Monday ( Mar 8 ) – Blog post with a super exciting surprise!!!

And so goes on the week… I’m going to stop for two days so that I can focus on the preparations for the Super Exciting Surprise Event which you will all know on Mon. ^_^ So the day that I will stop blogging is…. let’s see Wed March 10 and you’ll know why I will need to stop.

Anyways, so excited for the Super Exciting Surprise Event on Sat. Mar 13. ^_^ I’ll do my best to take some photos but we’ll see. ^_^

But putting all the planning aside I have discovered some things today!

1. Michelle Phan put out another video this time in celebration of Tim Burton’s new film Alice in Wonderland!! I want to go see that movie but I have no time and theatres scare me… anyways, here is the video

2. The Body Shop has released out some of their Spring makeup collection online! There were only two things that caught my eye…

 A reusable bag for $5.00CDN AND….

 It’s a cheek stamp! And it comes in two colours… Rose and Coral. They kinda remind me of Etude House’s blush from a few years ago…

 Only Etude’s has nice pink packaging. Anyways, the Body Shop one is $14CDN kinda pricey for a blush but I would really love to try it out.

Well, that will be it for today… I posted a lot of stuff…. anyways off to clean and work on some Japanese homework.