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You Never Know Until You Ask

If you follow my Twitter you would have seen some tweets already complaining about the workload of my IB classes. But when given the opportunity to take on the entire IB Diploma program, I said yes, fully aware of the intensive course load.

Last year, I had asked my school’s IB coordinator if I could join the Diploma class after the initial class was chosen. He told me that if he could see that I can succeed in it by the end of the year he would put me in. Well by the beginning of this school year I saw I had gotten into three IB classes (one HL, two SL), and I felt content with that.

When I went to the program coordinator, he became confused because he believed he had already asked me in. When he realized I wasn’t in the program, he offered me a place because school was only just starting and they had enough room for me.

Gladly I accepted. So now I’m going into my junior year as a full IB student, in English HL (the class I was talking to him about moving up in). Obviously I didn’t just get my position in the two by asking, but with the effort I put in, my wish came through. And I hope if this one post can teach you anything, it’s that if you want something and you work hard enough, take the initiative to ask for it. There will be so many opportunities coming your way in life, but if you don’t reach, no matter how embarrassed, angry, or shy, you can’t get them. After all, nobody knows what is going on in that head of yours except for you.

Hot Picks: Back to School Tunes for 2014

As you guys know I am a student. I’m going into my Junior year of high school, and honestly, it is daunting. I feel a lot of pressure to do my best this year in order to pick up the slack from the previous three years (not that I’ve done horribly, but I don’t feel I have reached my potential yet).

To lighten my heart I find myself escaping through music more than anything. When, in June, I felt all of this end-of-the-year pressure from my teachers, and from exams, and definitely from myself, I would sulk alone to The Script.

Side Note: The Script are incredible and you’ve probably heard “Breakeven” as well as a bunch of other songs like “For the First Time”, but they’ve got four great albums and multiple singles to listen to for any or no reason, but particularly if you’re in a bad mood. I call them The De Facto Sad Band.

With that said I have a playlist for going back to school. Correction: an upbeat, non-depressing playlist for going back to school. It’s fairly chirpy so we can feel alive as our environment dies during the last stretch. So without further ado I present you with this year’s back to school playlist:

1. Wake Up by Hilary Duff — Wake Up is a positive, upbeat song by Hilary Duff released oh so many years ago. I had completely forgotten about it until I heard her new single, Chasing the Sun, which inspired me to go listen to songs I loved when I was younger. Back when I was about 10, I loved Wake Up; now I love it for the nostalgia rather than the actual music, but I will still listen to it.

2. R U Mine? by Arctic Monkeys — I have no idea why but I had never listened to the Arctic Monkeys until this year even though all of my friends loved and recommended them. When I first heard AM, R U Mine? was not a favourite; I liked it but I preferred Arabella and I Wanna Be Yours. But I don’t know, I just randomly started listening to it on repeat, but it’s not my favourite, just the song I listen to all the time.

3. Defying Gravity by Idina Menzel (from Wicked) — I was going through lyric videos on YouTube and came across this. Randomly I played it but then instead of moving on to another song to listen to I had this on repeat for a half hour. Now that I’m preparing to go back to school I want to listen to this instant Broadway classic everyday going in to school.

4. Someday We’ll Know by New Radicals — This song was included in last year’s playlist as well, but I just don’t think I’ll ever get over it. I listened to the whole of Maybe You’ve Been Brainwashed Too and this one is the best, better than You Get What You Give. If there is one song j could not recommend more to you guys, it’s this.

5. Landslide by Fleetwood Mac/Stevie Nicks — Landslide is a classic. It’s been covered by Glee, The Dixie Chicks, The Smashing Pumpkins, by all these people on YouTube, practically everybody has heard this song. It is very mellow and calming and, I believe, can be appreciated by everybody.

6. Raging Fire by Phillip Phillips — if you follow me on twitter, you would have seen that I attended a Phillip Phillips concert recently. About midway through his performance, after Gone, Gone, Gone, he played Raging Fire and it was pretty good, though I didn’t think much of it at the time. But when I was driving home after the concert what I was remembering most vividly was the chorus of Raging Fire. So when I got home, I turned it on full blast and I can totally sing it out (not really, I’m practically tone deaf).

7. Not Ready to Make Nice by The Dixie Chicks — “Forgive sounds good/Forget I’m not sure I could.” Yes, yes, boring high school drama in a nutshell (I think, I actually try to stay away from that). But seriously, this song is personal for The Dixie Chicks and when you listen to this powerful song, you really feel it and that is something I think all music needs.

8. Edge of Seventeen by Stevie Nicks — In contrast to Not Ready to Make Nice, I don’t actually feel too connected to this song, but I really like it and have always ever since Jack Black and Joan Cusack sang along to it. Nothing more I can say.

9. To the Lost by The B-List — The B-List is a fairly small band from New York; I hadn’t heard of them until I found them on twitter, do I wandered over to their Bandcamp ( theb-list.bandcamp.com ) and listened to their February 2013 demo, and they remind me so much of Green Day and a little of Every Avenue, two of my favourite bands. They’ve got a rad pop punk sound and I’m pretty excited to see what they do in the future.

10. Boom Clap by Charlie XCX — Boom Clap is featured in The Fault in Our Stars (which I unfortunately still have not watched yet, but I have listened to this song multiple times). It’s got a nice catchy hook that you can bet your bottom dollar will wake you up on lazy autumn mornings.

11. You Can’t Stop the Beat from Hairspray (2007) — I honestly hadn’t heard this song in years, but like with Defying Gravity I randomly played it and fell in love. It’s supremely danceable, so for me, that makes walks on slow, dreary mornings enjoyable.

12. All I Do is Win ft. Ludacris, Snoop Dogg, Rick Ross & T-Pain by DJ Khaled — This is a surprise for me because I don’t normally like rap, but this song is so catchy. Plus when I hear this song I visualize Emma Stone lip syncing it on Jimmy Fallon (psst… you can find it here)

13. Fancy ft. Charlie XCX by Iggy Azalea — again, I’m really surprised I like this song. When I first heard it I only heard the chorus. When I listened to the whole thing, initially I was thrown off but I then rolled with it. And so it became my summer jam. It’s so good! I don’t know, maybe I’m just a white girl inside.

So there you have it folks, my Back to School Playlist for 2014. If you like it, yeah I guess that’s pretty cool. If you’re interested in last year’s Back to School Playlist, you can find it here. Don’t be shy and leave me some rad music suggestions. Until next time, bye, chums!

Quick Update to Some Changes

So you  guys may or may not have noticed, but the blog is getting some work done. You can check my “About Me” page to find some more quirky, for lack of a better word, facts about me, obviously. I have also made a twitter and Pinterest in case you guys wanna follow that. The layout will stay relatively the same, it’s just that I’m seriously thinking over adding and removing a widget or two. Don’t worry, nothing too drastic, but hopefully changes for the better! That’s it for this update and you’ll hear from me soon. Ciao bellas!

A Family Vacation to Saskatchewan Featuring Stars Hollow, I mean Banff

Hello again, my readers! Let me start off by saying that I’m sorry I missed last week’s post, but I was on holiday. Why, and where? We’ll let me tell you.

I have some family over in Saskatchewan, so my family and I traveled from the Pacific North West, through Highway 1, around Calgary, all the way to Regina. It was lovely and I got to see some family from Saskatchewan as well as from America. While it was a sweet reunion, it was also extremely tiring. I was on the road for about four days but stuck around only one town and rested for three.

On our first day on the road, we had our first “Pit Stop”, as Jon Montgomery would say, in Banff, Alberta. Our hotel was marvelous. It was about a kilometer from Banff’s downtown, which we most definitely made sure to check out.

I can honestly say that the downtown in Banff is the cutest I have ever been to. It’s so kitschy and dinky and reminds me greatly of Stars Hollow in Gilmore Girls! My family also decided to check out these gardens near the downtown, obviously. I mean, Banff is the epitome if a tourist attraction. In fact, we met this family who were visiting Banff, with members coming in from Manitoba, Alberta, and ever the Philippines. So because this town is one of the most adorable towns I have been to, I of course took some pictures for y’all. Take a look:

Then we traveled another day to get to Regina, getting lost along the new highways built around Calgary until we got to our destination. The next day was totally my definition of fun (absolutely no sarcasm): we went to the RCMP Heritage Centre, Depot, and the Saskatchewan Legislative Building. I’m not actually the most politically-interested person out there, but I find it fascinating nonetheless. I have to say that my diehard left-wing Social Studied teacher was ringing in my head during my tours, and I did ask questions I feel like a left-wing person would ask.

The rest of my time in Saskatchewan were both down key; mainly just hanging out with my lovely family and eating these feasts prepared by my talented uncles and aunts.

And then came the day we had to wake up at 5 am so we could make it out to head back home. My family traveled with my extended family from the States up until we separated in Swift Current. Then quietly we drove to Calgary, but unlike when we stopped at Banff, we only just sought rest. After driving so much in just that one week alone, boy we were all glad to get home the next day.

And so that is my vacation tale! Sorry I didn’t take that many pictures, but I really just wanted to thoroughly enjoy my holiday. I know it’s probably more quiet than most of you guys’ holidays, but I guess that’s why the comment section was created. Tell me down below what y’all have done over the summer and you’ll hear from me soon. Ciao, bellas!

Explanations: What Happened All That Time?

Well hello again! First of all, let me just apologize for my lack of posts for all of those seven months. I didn’t mean for my break to go for that long, but I never found the time.

In January I went out of the country to the Philippines for my cousin’s wedding. I actually started a post explaining this but I didn’t manage to finish because after the wedding I spent my days enjoying the company of my wonderful family who I rarely get to visit. When I got home I was just swamped. During my last week I spent so much time having fun that I neglected all of my schoolwork. I ended up having to make up two weeks worth of work over the weekend after I got back, but even afterwards the work just kept piling on and on.

Because of the mounting guilt I was feeling for not posting, I planned on starting up again during my Spring Break. Evidently I didn’t. Instead I procrastinated with Netflix and Kurt Vonnegut until I ran out of time. When school started again, I was really thrown off because I had never been bombarded with schoolwork as I was during the last term. I will, quite proudly, add that though it was optional, I challenged myself to learn some IB mathematics early. Up until this past year I belonged to an academic program that prepares students for IB. This past year, my math teacher wanted to teach us the Math 10 curricula in half the school year in order to preview some areas in IB math for those interested. If I hadn’t worked so hard in all of my courses, including my math class, I might have been able to write, but I feel good knowing I was committed to my learning.

So now that it is summer I do have more time, which I will most definitely try to spend writing and reading. I am, however, currently involved in a sustainable gardening internship, but that won’t stop me from blogging! (Honestly it’s pretty hard; I’ve finished two weeks already and every day left me soo exhausted.) A perk of the internship is that the interns also get to write for the program’s blog!

 

Three of my Favourite Beauty Bloggers: Cathy Anderson, Amelia Liana, and Fleur De Force.

 

I haven’t been completely absent from the blogging world, though. I’ve started reading other blogs more regularly. I quite enjoy Amelia Liana’s because she is thoughtful and posts regularly (something I aspire to do), as well as Fleur De Force’s and Poor Little It Girl. I think I’ll grow up similar to Carrie Bradshaw from Sex and the City in that I will be fashion-obsessed because of all of the fashion blogs I’ve been reading as of late.

I have also created a tumblr (which you can find here), and it is basically just me. My tumblr has everything that I like and inspires me and makes me smile and tear up. It contains gif-sets of characters from my favourite fandoms, artsy black and white pictures, cute models and everyday people who may or may not have ever been told they’re beautiful, and hilarious text posts that keep me laughing for days at a time. And I love it. It might not make it the most popular blog out there, but it sure makes me happy.

I really hope you guys would still enjoy reading my blog even after my long absence. Again, I’m sorry it took so long to get back up on the horse. If any of you want to leave me a message you can always leave a comment. You’ll hear from me again soon. I promise.

 

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The pictures of Amelia Liana, Cathy Anderson, and Fleur De Force were taken from the owners’ respective blogs. The gifs of Emma Roberts was taken from knowyourmeme.com

UPDATE: An Insight Into My Life

These past few weeks I have not really had anything to write about, so I thought maybe I could try telling you guys what I’ve been doing. Truth be told, I haven’t actually done much except for these last two days.

I watched The Hunger Games: Catching Fire yesterday, on the 30th. I don’t think I’ll review it, though, because it came out over a week ago and I bet everyone has gotten around to writing one already. Unless of course you guys want me to write a review, so let me know if you do. I will tell you that Finnick Odair was breathtakingly gorgeous! All the girls I talked to after the movie were practically drooling over his hotness. Well it was the day after Black Friday, so after the movie my friends and I decided to go shopping. I live in Canada, as you have probably already inferred after reading some posts, so the deals weren’t exactly spectacular. Our little group decided to venture into Forever 21, though, and a friend of mine and I bought matching jeans for $7.80!! Can you believe how great a deal that is?! And they’re jeggings, which I am really excited about because I haven’t worn any sort of skinny pant since the seventh grade.

Today my family went out and watched my town’s Christmas parade. We were an hour late, though, so we didn’t really see much because everybody was crowding at the front to get all the freebies sponsors were giving away. The parade was alright; I saw some really adorable dancers for different dance companies, and I actually saw a Mountie. In the area where I live, we have separate city police departments, so I don’t see Mounties often.

So Black Sunday, right? Still some deals going on; my family went shopping. Dear Lord, we went shopping! You want to know the highlight of this shopping experience? You do, I know it. I went to Holts and bought a new wallet! It’s a beautiful rusty-brown colour by Marc by Marc Jacobs that actually folds. And it was on sale, so I saved $50 on the sucker. I was going to buy the black zip-around with the tarnished gold plaque that is like a wallet version of the Marc by Marc Jacobs bag everyone has, but that wouldn’t have been as practical. Plus mine comes in a beautiful colour. The black one was gorgeous, too, but I don’t know. This one spoke to me.

So that is the basic rundown of the happenings in my life. Yup, I don’t really go out much, and when I do, I shop. So tell me what you guys have been doing with your time. Any of you go Black Friday shopping? Are your lives more exciting than mine? Tell me in the comments down below.