Sunday, February 28, 2016

Just Write

"Just Write" was something my favourite high school teacher always said. Whether it is a page a day, a paragraph a day, or a sentence a day. As an aspiring blogger and writer, I've had big dreams. I just never knew how to go about achieving them. All I've been doing is writing papers for school, blogging on this personal blog and reading other blogs. Now I realized that it was helpful to have been writing all this time. Especially out of requirements and writing just for myself here on this blog.

Last summer, I started freelance researching and writing for some start-up blogs. Incredibly low rates but what can a beginner do? I have to start somewhere. Right? Mr. E. Spanier would say yes. Oh and a great big shout out to Mr. Spanier for inspiring me in his classes and picking me up from my year of downfall. He is truly an amazing and caring teacher --he'd probably be the best guidance counsellors out there.

In high school I used to leisurely write pieces of fiction. None of it was ever published anywhere online or anything, but now looking back, I actually had some great ideas and great pieces. I think I'll continue a incomplete piece from a long time ago. I started it in 2011 or 2012 ...I can't remember, but recently I was sitting in my sociology of law lecture and I learned something about some societal structures that could place a great twist into the story. [Who wants to know the premises of the story?]

I was also rolling around the net and learned that Amazon's Direct Publishing was a eBook publisher that many people use to monetize their written books and stories. I plan to publish an ebook some time. It sounds like a fun to make something on the side. I mean the worst thing that can happen is that no one downloads my ebook. The best thing would be becoming like that author who published vampire fiction and made millions on Amazon Direct Publishing when no traditional publisher wanted to publish her books.

So there it is. My goal for 2016: Write an eBook. I wonder how many people would actually read a short story that I write.

Oh and I'm still freelance writing here and there so if anyone wants to hire me, give me a shout!

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Playlist for A Busy Week

Reading week is about to end and I have a hectic week ahead. Let's see what I have:

Monday - Human Rights in a Historical Persective Critical Reflections Essay Due
Tuesday - Sociology of Law Midterm
Thursday - Quantitative Field Research Methods Paper Due
Friday - FDA Interview

After a week of doing nothing for reading week (YAY procrastination!) I'd say this is a pretty heavy load of work for me. -cries- Wish me luck

Thought I'd share my playlist I'll be listening to to help me get through the pile of work and deadlines to meet this week. Enjoy~

1. Standing in the Dark - Lawson

2. Hotel Ceiling - Rixton

  • The music video was kinda funny to me. This is the lyric video though   just so you guys don't get distracted from the song itself. 

3. We Don't Talk Anymore - Charlie Puth 

  • This song is getting quite popular. I kinda like it ...might throw it out of the playlist midweek because it's starting to get over-played everywhere.

4. When She Was Minne - Lawson 

5. Learn to Love Again - Lawson

  • "and our hearts are stronger than we know" ahhh

6. Six Degrees of Separation - The Script

7. Plane - Jason Mraz

  • Throwback to my first-year final exam period playlist! Haven't heard it in a long time so I think it'll get me back in the working mode.

Yes I am now a Lawson fan. And no, I did not make a sad playlist because I am sad. I just happened to find these songs   with the pop rock style that I love   that happened to be sad.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Dumpling House

Dumplings anyone?

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The Dumpling House on Broadview and Gerrard is probably the best dumpling place in the city. Even the Mother's Dumplings in the core of downtown can't even compete. Dumpling Queen (?) doesn't have Xiao Long Bao -can you believe it? Xiao Long Bao (Soup Filled Dumplings) is the signature dumpling of dumplings! The Dumpling House on Gerrard St. though, mmmmm. They're amazing. You probably won't even find any Xiao Long Bao this amazing until you drive to Markham.We discovered it when my boyfriend lived in an apartment across the street from this place last year (we had a lot of dumplings that semester).

My boyfriend loves eating the Xiao Long Bao with the black vinegar I like eating it by itself. I also love their dish of rolled pancake with marinated beef! It is served rolled inside aluminium foil-- it's pretty cool.

The first time we ever got the Xiao Long Bao we didn't know how to approach eating it. We first started by putting the whole thing in our mouths and burning ourselves with the hot soup inside. Then we tried biting half of it at a time --which made us lose all the soup into our bowls. We finally figured out how to eat it after watching a DoubleChen video. We basically bite a small hole in the dumpling, cool it down by blowing in it a little bit, suck out the soup and then pour vinegar inside to eat the rest. It is probably the safest and most enjoyable way of eating the yummy soup filled dumplings!


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