Summer Sunshine Mix

30 July 2015

After all that waiting, summer is here! Lovely sunshine basking your skin on the day. Cool milkshakes to drink away the heat. The ability to leave your footsteps on the sand in the sandy beach. Such a beautiful feeling! Here are some songs to add to your summer playlist.

Songs Guaranteed To Be Heard on Television

27 July 2015

During my dedicated hours of television watching throughout my life, I couldn't help but notice that there are a number of songs that I would hear pretty often. Songs that are just so universally aesthetic, they can be applied to a number of situations, providing different meaning every single time. Maybe it's the fact they are pretty versatile - that they can relate and even be extracted to fit certain sequences. Through using particular parts of the song, or highlighting particular lyrics by the increasing the volume on certain aspects.

I've found these eight songs on more than one television show I've watched at least, and so here they are in their fine glory.

Overcoming Fear

23 July 2015

The biggest obstacle that stops you from doing things in life is fear. It's crippling and paralyzing. Fear can bring even the strongest person down to their very knee and brings down even the strongest of people to their knees. Sometimes, fear is irrational. Other types it may be from a bad experience you once faced. But just because something scares you does not mean it's impossible to overcome it. You are more than what you give yourself credit for. Here is a guide of how you may be able to overcome your own fear or anxious state of mind over a situation that causes you distress.

My Advice to University Graduates (Old and New)

20 July 2015

It's that time of year again  - where graduation caps fill Instagram feeds, and universities get busy with preparing graduation memorabilia. I remember graduation day pretty vividly. Walking up those steps onto that grand stage and claiming my degree, was a feeling unlike no other. I remember feeling like I has truly conquered education, and I was on top of the world. Seriously, I wouldn't stop jumping up and down that day with such excitement. Embrace that moment, and remember that feeling as you take your first steps into adulthood.

The Men I Admire

13 July 2015

Admiration - most people mistaken it for a crush or developing love. But true admiration is when you respect and are impressed with a person or a subject, and you can't help but feel drawn to them. And these men are exactly that - impressive and inspirational. They have accomplished so many great things in their lives, and conquered the world in ways I can only hope to do myself in future. They are people who I would love to meet someday, and would love to know more about. If only, someday could be today. So without further ado, we have ...

How Fanfiction Changed The Way I Read

9 July 2015

When I was younger, I was never really fond of reading. That may surprise you considering how I regularly post about novels and book signings. Believe me, I tried. I just could never find the right book that peeked my interest. My parents tried hard too - taking me to the library every Saturday, and asking the librarian to help find books of interest. But no matter what I read, I did not care of the stories I was reading, or the characters in these books. 

In hindsight this lack of interest probably had more to do with the fact that, all the books I read were written in third person narrative. I've always preferred an much more intimate personal connection to others - a first person narrative, which is probably why those books I read never appealed to me. Somewhere along the way I just gave up. It just wasn't for me. Well ... just then anyway.

Life Lessons learnt from Bride Wars

6 July 2015

It's time for another Life Lessons segment, and today we're going to be talking about the movie Bride Wars. At first glance, Bride Wars is a cheesy rom-com - capitalising on the bridezillas of the earth, and the billion dollar wedding industry that profits from them. But the movie surprisingly has some very thoughtful and insightful moments. Not only was I entertained, but I also took away some valuable teachings from this film. So without further ado, let's begin!

022. The DUFF

2 July 2015

In The DUFF, 
Bianca actively seeks to change the label attached to her name, through enlisting the help of her neighbour Wesley Rush - a charmer amongst the ladies. She finds herself on a journey discovering her identity and road to self-acceptance.

I remember when I read The DUFF at seventeen - barely out of secondary school and learning to explore the world around me. I found myself captivated by this story because it addressed so many important issues that teenagers face in the modern age; politics between families, social hierarchy between their peers, and defining labels that are so hard to get rid of. I loved the message of the book, so I was excited when I heard it would be brought to life.

Although the movie was enjoyable - it was so far from the story I had envisioned on screen. I had waited so long, only for the story to be sabotaged and destroyed on screen for no true purpose. This movie slaughtered the book I fell in love with. And while it was enjoyable, it was so far from it's true potential. What had the makings to be a brilliant story in it's own right was completely upstaged by the producers attempt to become the 'next big teen story'. So heartbreaking indeed!

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