Monday, December 1, 2014

Festivals... lots of festivals!

Let's play a game called, How Many Posts Will Start With "So it's been a while"'s Game!

SO it's been a while...

I haven't posted in almost 2 months! I missed blogging about random things but lately, I've been really busy with course work and volunteering.

But before any of that, these are the stuff that's been happening in my life over the past two months in my life.

Club Festival

Day 1

Cultural Clubs

Since I joined the Japanese club, I decided to be a part of the club's performance during the festival. For weeks, we worked hard and rehearsed hardcore in order to perfect our performance. There was a lot of fluid movement, footwork, jumping and running. My feet were sore and had blisters that went on for days. To be honest, I had no idea how on earth we were going to be able to do the dance seeing as it seemed quite complicated. However, as we progressed, everything came together and oh my god, we were amazing.

We performed a Japanese dance called, Senbon Sakura which means A thousand (sen) cherry blossoms (sakura).  The best part about being in this performance was that we get to wear a Yukata. A Yukata is a casual summer kimono with lovely patterns designed on the fabric and a pretty obi to tie it around with. 

Our club borrowed some yukatas from a few Japanese friends and the first time I saw the yukatas, I was so overwhelmed. When I was asked to pick one, I became indecisive. I just wanted to wear them all. By the end, I chose this one.

I wish I could keep the yukata forever but they had to be returned to their rightful owners. Bless their souls. :))

We didn't win the competition but in the end, it was an overall fun experience.

Day 2

Recreational Clubs

As I've previously mentioned, I auditioned for the music club and I got in. The club decided to play a mash-up of two songs, I Won't Give Up by Jason Mraz and Say Something by A Great Big World ft. Christina Aguilera. I played the ukulele, of course. I was asked to sing but honestly, I'm not that confident about my singing voice yet and quite frankly, I'm a bit terrified of ruining the song with it.

We had a wonderful piano solo at the beginning accompanied by a nice silhouette dance about this woman who found out she has cancer and it was pretty sad along with our song but the performance was pretty good. There was a smoke machine which I thought was pretty cool. The only issue that we had was the technical difficulty we had with the microphones.

The good part, though, was that we won! And it was great because our club leader was happy and everyone was cheering for our club to win.

Volunteer Work

Besides club activities, I've also been busy with volunteer work. So far, this year, I've volunteered for two festivals: Our local Film Festival and our local Science Festival.

 Film Festival

What made me excited to volunteer for the film festival this year is that I am actually legible to do so since I am a university student now. I was pretty bummed last year when I found out that I was not allowed to volunteer since I was not 18 yet nor was I in university.

Sad to say, I didn't fully get the experience out of  this year's festival that I expected because it felt incomplete. My best friend wasn't around to volunteer with me and there weren't a lot of people just like the last time I volunteered two years ago. 

It just didn't feel the same. I'm still glad I got to volunteer, eat free food and see films though.

Science Festival

So I had to work, or volunteer considering I wasn't getting paid, as a science communicator during the science festival this year for my natural sciences course. 

Of course, I did not simply volunteer just for the free twenty percent of my marks but as well as for my simple interest in volunteering. 

We had a training day off-site and on-site. I got to know a few of the instructors and found them really interesting since they came from UK or Australia and I think their accents are pretty cool. 

I met a few people like Gus, Imi, Fiona and Lewis who were all amazing and talented at what they do. 

I was placed in two workshops: the Animal Agents and the zoo (which is more of an exhibit than a workshop). 

In Animal Agents, I had to deal with little kids and help them dig up some fake specimen which was kind of fun but also one of the most challenging things I've had to do ever. Some kids are just evil. 

The best experience I've had was the zoo since it was my first time ever to hold a lot of reptiles. We had turtles, tortoises, a milk snake, an albino Burmese python, an iguana and a bearded dragon which were all pretty cool. 

I held a snake and a blue-tongued skink, touched a python and witnessed a tortoise take a crap out of a zoo educator's hand.

Oh, an I got emotionally attached to an Iguana named, Steve. I officially want a pet green Iguana. 

Volunteering was pretty tiring and there are some days where I ask myself whether I should keep going or not. But then I am reminded of the fun experiences I've had on the events themselves and the amazing people I met during those few days I'm with them. In the end, it's something different and simply won't repeat itself. <3

Sunday, October 5, 2014

A New Chapter: Universit-eyyy

Almost five weeks have gone by since I started uni. I go to a local university in my city, about an hour away. I decided to major in Marketing and minor in Media Studies. But this won't be applied until my second year, if I stay that long.

During the first few days, I was quite ill and was not able to go by my first week as smoothly as I wanted it to be. My colds were awful and the chest coughs that came along with it were hard to suppress. This went on for weeks and became a downside to making good first impressions. :P

Me during the first week of uni

However, I did make friends on my first day which is UNBuhLIEVABOL. Before I went to uni on the first day, I was worried I wouldn't be able to make friends easily. It was honestly scary for me to think that I could possibly spend the rest of the semester alone, having a few acquaintances here and there. Thankfully, lots of people were friendly. But then there's also that paranoia that I might be too clingy.

Most of the time, my friends and I hang out in the student union which is basically like a student lounge with bean bag chairs, couches, a tv and some other forms of ways to entertain ourselves while we wait until our next class, or we eat in the cafeteria. The library is only an option if we want to go study or do our online homeworks. During my vacant times spent alone, I religiously use the PS3 whenever I have the time to do so or Skype with my boyfriend whilst eating.

First week down, and I'm already pretty sure that I've made a circle of friends that I constantly talk to on a daily basis.

Second week came and it was more of exploring the university and getting settled. Not much happened that week, I think. I did meet more people tho.

During the third week, the uni held a club fair which I took as an opportunity to socialize and be a part of cool clubs. This was honestly what I was looking forward to since the first day.This higher-ed(is that a word??) my expectations and so, I decided to join as many clubs as I could. And guess what? I overestimated myself to do so because now, I barely have any vacant time to go to all the club meeting which, by the way, are almost all held on the same time and day. I ended up dropping two clubs to make time for the others.

Fourth week happened like a blink of an eye. The music club told me that I have to go through an audition so I could get in and I decided to sing and play my ukulele. This made me incredibly nervous considering I've never played in front of a crowd but lots of people thought I did great. I played Riptide by Vance Joy because I knew it by heart so much. The rest of my fourth week consisted of people telling me how great I did and that they'd love to see me play more. I know it sounds wonderful but I swear, I cracked my voice at the beginning because I was too nervous and had to apologize to everyone.

Nailing it

So far, everything is okay, really. Except for statistics because kdfjbsdkjbsglkbr. It's oddly much more chill than high school but that's probably because I'm still in my first semester of freshman year. There are some downsides to being in this uni that I go to but I think I can live with that for a year. But for more than that? I don't know. It's comfortable to be here but that's one of the reasons why I don't want to stay.

My uni life seems so mundane but there are some things that doesn't make it seems so bad to me as I thought. OH and the great thing is that being in uni opened me to so many wonderful things like being able to volunteer in the film festival this year once again, volunteer as a science communicator for the science festival and a bunch of other stuff. I had my interview for my part-time job, had my CV made and all that and I NAILEDDD ITTT. I got accepted which is awesooome.

Most of it was of me talking about how I love volunteering, socializing with humans and being calm under pressure when really...

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Stuff I never knew about that happens...

 FINALLY! I've fought the constant urge to keep watching YouTube videos and start writing once again. The only time I ever visit my blog is whenever I make a change in my blogger theme. I think I'm more concerned about how my blog looks rather than its content. So I am having a rather hard time on being consistent towards writing but that's because a lot of things have kept me busy (or so I'd like to think) these past few weeks.

First thing's first, I'm the realest I'm going to university in my hometowncity after all. I'm not very happy about that, I'm not very upset about it either. Just kind of really bitter whenever the thought of it comes up. My fingers are still crossed for sophomore year, hoping to be a transfer student. Classes start next week and I can honestly say that I am not the least bit excited. Oddly enough, I feel way too neutral about it.

The past few weeks have been nothing but a series of clinic visits, dozens of blood tests(and more to come), going out, desert heat, gym and getting healthy. Apparently, I am quite sick. I also have a stupid summer flu(ish) that I just caught the other day which is just perfect timing since I have orientation tomorrow.

Metronome at The Space

Metronome Jam Night at The Space (credits to White Cube)
The Space Menu (credits to White Cube)

However, interesting things did happen. My friends and I attended something called, White Cube (Metronome), a local organization that holds gigs/events for people with many talents; mostly musicians. Things or events such as White Cube, Speak AD and other local events aimed towards artists, poets, musicians, an audience with artistic or musical interests etc. are quite rare where I'm from. So when I heard about White Cube for the first time, I could not believe that there's such a thing! At the same time, I was frustrated at myself for not knowing about it earlier. WHAT OTHER THINGS HAVE I BEEN MISSING OUT ON??

Maria, Nadia, Me and Rabab and the White Cube (credits to White Cube)

Panic Writing
(credits to White Cube)
The event was lively and wonderful. The bands, duos and solos that played during the set were amazing. We took a lot of photos with them. Unfortunately, I only have a few from my phone. It was honestly one of the most memorable events I've ever been to.

With the band member of When The Night Comes
With the band member of When The Night Comes

A selfie before the event
This dude named, Charlie, from the band called, "Nikotin" had a pick stuck on his forehead. He happily gave one of his to Maria. We asked him how he stuck it to his forehead. In response, he told us, "Just lick it and stick it on your forehead." which we happily did not get to do since our sweat already did the job. I think Maria's sweat and my sweat merged through this guitar pick as we took turn taking selfies with it. 
The event took place in The Space which was pretty far but it was a pretty cool space to chill in. Plus, the bus ride home was fun!

Art books and magazines at The Space's book shelf

Pretentiously posing and reading
It honestly did not feel like I was in the country that I'm in. It felt like a whole new environment. Like I'm in a cafe someplace else, enjoying a jam night as if it was something I do on most of my Saturday nights. Deep down inside, I secretly dream of performing one day with Maria and my ukulele. But first, let me get rid of the horrible fear that I might miss a chord or crack my voice during my performance.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Sexy Smooth Songs In a Sexy Smooth Playlist

Lately, I have been so obsessed with some songs and remixes, particularly Constant Conversations by Passion Pit, Gooey by Glass Animals and Latch by Disclosure ft. Sam Smith. These songs sound incredibly sexy, some smooth... but definitely sexy. It kinda gets me into that singing and weird dancing feeling. Kinda like how people are dancing in this Electric Feel music video by MGMT.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

The Grand Budapest Hotel | A Wes Anderson Appreciation Post

So I watched The Grand Budapest Hotel not too long ago.

The Grand Budapest Hotel is a film directed and written by the one and only, the amazing, the wonderful legendary person in the world of film, Wes Anderson. The film tells the story of Gustave H., the Grand Budapest Hotel's concierge, and Zero Moustafa, his bell boy who, later on, becomes a trusted friend. Together they go through a series of obstacles such as a stolen priceless Renaissance painting and fighting over a huge family fortune. Furthermore, it includes multiple disguises and traveling across multiple places at a time.


LIKE SERIOUSLY, the colour palette and overall theme of this film was way beyond amazing. I mean, LOOK AT THAT.

Of course, just like any other Wes Anderson film, Grand Budapest Hotel was an extremely funny film. However, I find that this film is particularly funny in such a way that the dialogues, scene transitioning, acting and characters all blend together so beautifully and really makes the film stand out.

I recommend this film to pretty much everyone or anyone who wants to watch a really good film and have a really good laugh. Props to Mr. Wes Anderson for making such a wonderful movie.