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After a full year of crazy colours, I have decided to end 2018 with a BANG!!!!

jk, actually just wanted to end the year with a normal hair colour…finally…

After swearing off using box dye (see my blog post about Why you shouldn’t try to save money when it comes to bleaching hair) I stupidly decided to use it again. Why? because i’m a broke a$$ student so I guess that gives me a PASS on making stupid decisions – although my friends would argue otherwise.

So, what did I do?

Well I used Garnier Nutrisse Cream box dye in a dark golden brown to dye over my blonde balayage.

Apparently, because of my ashy blonde, my hair colour was stripped of its warm tones, so if I had just used any old brown box dye it could’ve turned my hair green

(yup, I was thiiiiiissssss close to messing up once again)

Which is why I used a dye with a golden undertone to put some warmth back into my hair to avoid that whole situation.

So, all in all, I went from these crazy colours: Coloured Hairstyles you NEED to Try, and DIY: how to get grandma hair to a dark golden brown – which is almost my natural hair colour.

I say almost because my hair is a Very cool dark brown, and this dye added a lot of warm tones to it, as you can see below

clearly, I should brush my hair lol

It is pretty crazy, I actually did my research this time, perhaps I did learn something???

…and this time I had no mishaps or howling stories to share of my stupidity. Thank god.

Why you shouldn’t try to save money when it comes to bleaching hair

Everyone knows that being a university student automatically entitles you to cut some corners to save money$$$

But honestly, when it comes to your hair…PLEASE DON’T!

I learnt the hard way… and I mean the real hard way.

As most of you know, I used to have an ombre fuchsia coloured hair…until I decided, well, to not.

I had this brilliant idea to to buy a package of bleach and to bleach out the fuchsia colour. My roommate stood beside me in horror as she watched me kill my hair (although she secretly was edging me on… do it, do it, DO IT)

SO what the heck happened???

Long story short, I went from thisIMG_9554

 

To this (my horrific $20 DIY)

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and 5 horrendous hours later….

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Alisha (my amazing hairdresser), turned my hot mess into a spectacular ashy brown balayage. How did she do it? BEATS ME!

Recap: you cannot cannot bleach out wild colours on your own. And if you try? it will definitely not cost 20$ but rather think about adding another 0 on the end of that 20$.

 

What it’s like being half asian

What are you? what’s your background? what’s your ethnicity? where are you born? These are just a few questions that I get asked on the daily by total strangers. The answer to these questions? I’m a mix kid: half Taiwanese and half caucasian and born in Canada.

Some people often ask me what it’s like being half asian and like everything else, there are definently some pros and cons (but more pros, now).

Cons?

It kinda sucks not quite fitting in – in either culture – it’s like, you are an outsider to both.

For the Taiwanese part of me, whenever I go back, I can only understand about 70% of what people are saying; however, when it comes to just a common conversation I can  understand 100% – but as soon as people start whipping out some fancy lingo my eyes glaze over and people look at me with sad eyes.

As for the caucasian part of me, growing up in school, I had always felt like I didn’t quite fit in. I felt brain washed into a society where white supremacy was everything: and since I was not fully white, I couldn’t be that great.

However, that mind set quickly changed as soon as I hit high school. I went to a high school where about 70% of the students were asian. And there, I felt superior to my white friends who couldn’t understand all the whispers of foreign language in the hallways like I could.

Pros?

It kinda rocks being able to talk secretly with your mom in mandarin: secrets can be kept from my dad and friends. It’s great!

It is also a huge advantage being able to speak another language when it comes to the job market. Ironically enough, I had never really had to use it for customer service – at least not yet – but I’m sure the opportunity will present itself soon enough.

As I mentioned earlier, I went to a high school where the majority of students were asian. My mandarin proved to be a HUGE asset when it came to group projects. Especially, when this one time, I was put into a group where everyone could speak Chinese, and so could I. So although we had to present our project in English, we communicated in mandarin when sharing ideas and planning out our project – it was a really neat experience.

Although I grew up thinking I was somehow not good enough and where I was brainwashed by my own prejudice, NOW, I have never been so thankful for being conceived by a white father and an asian mother. I feel like I am blessed to have a head start into a world where being bilingual has never been more of an asset.

‘Must Haves’ for Living on University Residence

With school fast approaching, there is a tempestuous sense of excitement in the air, along with a fair bit of anxiousness: What do I get for school? What kind of supplies do I need? What should I expect? Well there are a few ‘must have’ items you’ll need if you are living on university residence.

Depending on if you are living in a dormitory style bedroom, or sharing a house (or cluster housing) there are a few differences in things that you’ll need to purchase. However, since I have only lived in a dormitory style bedroom, then that’s what i’ll be focusing on here today. A few beneficial things to get that really made a difference in my first year are the following:

  1. Get a mini fridge

I cannot emphasize enough how important this item is. Some university’s cafeterias are not open 24/7, so having a mini fridge to keep leftovers in, or just keeping some fresh fruit, really helps; especially if you are doing a late night study sesh and need something to munch on to keep you going.

And when I say MINI fridge, I do NOT mean buying the smallest size a fridge can come in. I made that mistake first year, and all I could fit in it was some ice cubes and a few apples, and ended up getting a new one that was much bigger. Please do yourself a favour and buy one that has a mini freezer on top (for ice cream of course) and a sizeable fridge space in the bottom. Keep in mind the fridge size restrictions for your university.

I believe mine was roundly 3.2 cubic feet, and I got mine from London Drugs. Below is a picture of my fridge.

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2. Get a Kettle

Being able to make coffee, tea, or ramen noodles are not even a want anymore at university, it’s a necessity. Make sure you invest in an automatic shut off kettle so you don’t accidentally burn down your residence building.

3. Get a Water Filter

I am not sure if tap water is drinkable at your university, but mine was. However, it was still heavily chlorinated so water filters are your best friend; but make sure you get one that’s small enough to fit in your mini fridge, or else you are stuck with gross room temperature water.

Finally, don’t forget to purchase some things to also help make your room, yours. The more it feels like your room, than it’s more likely you’ll do better at living away from home. You may be surprised, but it really does make a difference.

Tequila Cures Sore Throats?

Have you ever heard of Tequila curing sore throats?? Me neither, until I met someone who told me it does wonders.

The night before my FIRST final exam at university, I came down with an excruciating sore throat which left me incapable of focusing on studying for my English final. The night before, one of my friends told me that if you took shots of tequila that it would cure your sore throat. After hearing this, it sounded too good to be true; however, after surfing the web, I found that there are some stories claiming that Tequila really does have this function (click here to read about one of these stories). I figured I had nothing to lose, and decided to give it a shot! (no pun intended).

A few of my friends had come over to study together and I explained to them my plan of taking Tequila shots to cure my sore throat. They howled in laughter at me and thought I was insane and doing something really stupid (which i probably was).

I ran to my room and took a shot of tequila and waited…nothing happened. My throat was still sore. I then figured, well, it most likely was not going to work on the first shot, so I took another one. A few minutes passed and my throat still didn’t feel any better.

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“THIRD TIME IS THE CHARM,” or so I thought. After my third shot of Tequila, lemme tell ya, the only thing I was feeling was feeling a little buzzed in my head. I couldn’t even tell if the pain in my throat was still there. Nonetheless, I figured one more shot wasn’t going to hurt my throat. So yep, I had four shots the night before my English final and ended up doing zero studying.

The next day, I woke up OVERJOYED with happiness. The pain in my throat was gone and I had never felt fresher. I went into my exam, and OH MAN, the Tequila must have had some other magical properties because I finished that course with an A.

 

How To Keep Long Distance Friendships

Moving away from your BFF’s can be one of the hardest things in the world. Not being able to walk over to their house or meet up for coffee is like waking up without any hair on your head: traumatizing and agonizing. Well, at least that’s what it was like for me. I moved to a completely different island without my partners in crime by my side and I was absolutely devastated.

About one year ago, I left my childhood friends whom I’ve known for practically my whole life, and moved to a completely new place with barely any friends. My parents warned me that because I was moving so far away, that my friendships with my best friends would most likely fall apart; however, I refused to believe that.

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My first week away from my best friends was definitely the hardest: I cried everyday, for hours a day, until, one of my best friends came to visit me for the weekend. She came and  brought me lots of housewarming gifts to remind me of her and slowly she started to piece my life back together for me. Ever since she came to visit, she promised me that our friendship could never be broken, and this is how we have stayed close even with the distance:

  1. Visit each other

Yes, it is hard to see each other when you are going to school full-time and your best friends are working a few jobs at a time, however, if you really want to see someone, you’ll find the time. My best friends came to visit me at my university a few times throughout the school year because I couldn’t make it out. But during the summer season, I went to visit them whenever I could too! We took turns taking the ferry over and enduring hours of horrid public transport, but it was all worth it – even if that meant only seeing their faces for a few hours.

2. FaceTime and phone calls are your friend

FaceTime and phone calls are the best things invented. My best friend would call me at least once a week to keep me updated with her life, even if that means just ranting about a bad day she had at work.

3. If you can’t FaceTime, TEXT!

Texting is sooooo easy, especially in this day and age. If your schedules don’t line up, then simply send a text to see how your best friend is doing. It makes your best friends feel needed and appreciated while it provides a piece of mind to yourself, knowing that they are still there for you, regardless of the distance.

If you aren’t a technology person, then here are a few cute ideas that you could do also!

  • Write “Open when letters” to give to your best friend (Pinterest has some great examples). I made these for one of my best friends when she went to school abroad for a year and she loved it.
  • send each other snail mail: It’s old fashion and takes longer, but totally worth it!
  • send each other post cards! cute way to document where you’ve been and what you’ve been doing.

If you have any more ideas on how to keep long distance friendships or have any stories of how you’ve kept them, then feel free to leave me a comment!

 

 

 

What it’s Really Like to Live Alone

I often get people asking me what it is like living alone, in a new city, with barely any friends. Every time I reply with “It’s really lonely and I have no friends.” Thats an exaggeration no doubt, but however, there are definitely some pros and cons to living alone:

PROS

  1. You have your own space.

There is no one to tell you when you have to come home, you don’t need to worry about waking up your roommate at 2am. You can also walk around in your own home in a sports bra all day and not have a care in the world.

2. Safe Haven

Living alone means you start to really appreciate your home. It is a safe haven where you can let your emotions run free and know you are in a safe place. There is also the perk of not having to listen to some 19 year old boy screaming down the hall, unlike the university residence.

3. Cooking/baking

Living alone means you can cook and bake and HOG the kitchen all you want!!! With no one around to get up in my grill, I can have cookies baking in the oven and making a deluxe meal (no, I don’t mean instant noodles) at the same time and not having to worry about sharing with anyone else.

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CONS

  1. It really does get lonely

I wasn’t joking when I said it gets lonely. I am an extrovert and only having three friends (yes, only three) who live in the same city as me, really is hard. Especially, since they either all work full time jobs or have a significant other in their lives. You wouldn’t believe how many times I’ve face-timed my parents and bawling on the camera because I feel so alone.

2. Cleaning

You wouldn’t believe how much cleaning I do! At least once a week I need to take out a WHOLE day out of my week to clean my WHOLE home. Having a roommate and being able to split the duties would be really nice, lemme tell ya. On my cleaning day, I have to vacuum, dust, clean the washrooms, clean the bedrooms, clean the kitchen, and my least favourite; clean the fridge. Taking out everything in your fridge to wipe down all the food crumbs and spills gets really annoying.

3. Boredom

yep, I can honestly say that even with a job and chores, I get really bored. As a result, I spend WAY too much time on Netflix and binge watch a bunch of meaningless shows; which is partially why I started this blog. Gotta do something with all that free time.

To my roommate: Hurry up and please come back!

Hello internet, welcome to my hot mess

But, perhaps minus the ‘hot’ part.

With school fast approaching in less than 2 months (horrid, I know) I can’t help but look back at some memorable moments of my freshmen year and know that second year could very well be much worse.

I like to think of myself as a sophisticated woman with impeccable taste, however, my friends will tell you different.

During second semester and final exam period, I did a very, very, very stupid thing. In my defence, I was only running on 4 hours of sleep, but I guess the lack of sleep means I’m extra gullible.

My friends thought it would be funny to watch me suffer minutes before our biology final and let me tell you, it was not. One of my friends, let’s call her Sophie, told me (in all seriousness) that it was scientifically proven that eating excessive amounts of mustard right before an exam would significantly improve brain power. Being a biology student, I found that quite believable…perhaps the spicy flavour excited more brain cells and allowed for a quicker reaction time to the brain that could be beneficial for tackling multiple choice questions… but apparently, not.

Now to me, that didn’t seem like a far-off thing to say, and I clearly believed it, because seconds later I ran over to the condiment table in the cafeteria and started smothering my cup with globs of yellow mustard. I then brought it over to our cafeteria table and started stuffy my face with mustard. I was so focused on becoming smarter for my exam that I didn’t even notice my friends gawking at me and snapping videos and photos of me in this horrific moment.

My eyes started watering and my mouth was very, very HOT! I turn my head to see them all laughing their heads off and howling at my gullibility and stupidity. Not only was I embarrassed, but I also had to write my exam with a burning mouth and a full bladder from chugging so much water.

so, word of advice, don’t eat mustard and don’t be gullible.

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