Italy, Venice

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Currently in Italy strolling around Venice. It’s a beautiful place here and I feel so comfortable around here. People are happy, enjoying themselves in the sun. Eating Gelato, food and laughing out loud. I’ve always wanted to visit Italy and I finally did. It was on my to-do list for years and I was never able to go until recently. I came down here with someone special to me which made the whole trip even better. I don’t want to go back.

– Siara

Best Music Between 2000-2006

Wanted to dedicate today’s post to nostalgic music that I grew up listening to. Thought it would be a fun post to do and hopefully make other feel the nostalgic too.

Black Eyed Peas – Shut Up (Released: 2003)

This one is a classic of my early teenage years. I used to listen to this song none stop.  I fell in love with it. I really enjoyed listening to the Black Eyes Peas back then. Fergie looks bomb.

Hey Ya! (Released: 2003)
This music…I listened to this song over and over again and this was the time when I was living in the UK. This is one of the best songs of OutKast in my opinion (Roses is the second) If you haven’t heard  this one then you’ve been living under a rock.

Britney Spears – Oops!… I Did It Again (Released: 2000)

My favorite female artist when I was a kid was Britney Spears. I thought she was the coolest chick ever and I wanted to be just like her haha I even learned the whole dance of this music video. I bought the same style of shoes she would wear in her music videos and try to have the same hair styles like her. Good times.

*Nsync – Bye Bye Bye (Released: 2000)
If you haven’t listened  to this one before then I must say you’ve been missing out. Shame on you. Make sure to watch it now instead and I’ll forgive you. This one is a classic.

Nelly Furtado – Promiscuous (Released: 2006)

Anyone remembers Nelly Furtado? This one is a good one with Timbaland. I loved it back then. It was catchy as fudge, still is. Need more music like this one. I feel like the music has died today. Another goodie is “Say it Right” and “Maneater”.

The Pussycat Dolls – Stickwitu (Released: 2005)

This brings me a lot of memories of my first love (Looool joking) but seriously this was really good back in the day (still good) So much Nokia branding in their music videos though lol it screams promotion.

JoJo – Leave  (Get Out) – (Released: 2004)

Last but not least JoJo. This one is a huge classic to me. I played this none stop in the UK all the time. She was on the radio none stop too. Never got tired of her voice. She is still bomb today and I am looking forward to her journey.

– Siara

A Little act of Kindness

How often do you to get on a bus? Everyday? Once a week? How many of those times have you greeted the bus driver? Do you even smile when entering? Or do you just walk in without lifting your head up?

You pass by strangers all the time and you probably don’t even think about showing some act of kindness to some of these people. I have a habit of saying hi to the bus driver every time. Some get surprised because nobody usually greet them. When I listen to music I tend to just smile instead but at times I take my headphones off just so I can say hi.

Complementing strangers. Yes that sounds weird doesn’t it? But why wouldn’t you? You’ve been checking out that girls outfit for a while and been wondering where she got that skirt. Why not go forward, compliment and ask her? She would be flattered.

Years ago I stumbled on a guy at a electronic store. He was helping me out with some wires. I just could’t stop staring at his eyes. One of his eyes were brown and the other was blue. I thought that was the coolest thing ever. I told him he had beautiful eyes. He thanked me and smiled. He probably had heard that one before though, I am sure of it.

In America I was waiting in a queue in the bank and this girl was standing in front of me and I kept looking at her hair. She had her whole hair braided in a cool way. I kept thinking how long it must’ve taken to braid all of that (my friends do it all the time at a specialist and it takes HOURS) she thought I was looking weirdly at her but it was the opposite. I complimented her hair and she immediately smiled and thanked me.

Over a year ago in Santa Monica, I was waiting for my Uber ride to arrive to pick me up. Out of nowhere this random guy just walked towards me, excusing himself and said that I looked beautiful. I smiled and thanked him. Then he wished me having a wonderful day and walked back to the restaurant. I still remember that compliment because it was random and he just came out to me just to say that. Usually when that happens to me, guys always asks for my number in return (never gave my number out to strangers) so for someone to come and just give me a compliment without anything in return was a bit unusual for me, but those few seconds made my whole day.

A little act of kindness can make someones bad day turn into their best. That’s why I think complimenting strangers isn’t something weird. You can turn someones day to be their best highlight of the week and you know what? It doesn’t cost anything, it’s free : )

– Siara

The most underrated singer of all time: JoJo (Joanna Levesque)

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The most underrated singer of all time, JoJo (Joanna Levesque)

this chick is absolutely amazing. I became a huge fan since she released her first single (2003) and it sucks that she doesn’t have a lot of followers because she deserves so much more. I blame her previous record label for not letting this wonderful human being grow. Holding her like a hostage for about 7 years is just sad (it’s a very long story but she wasn’t allowed to release any albums after her second one) I want to dedicate today’s blog post to her because she’s bomb.

If you haven’t heard her music then I won’t judge. A lot of people don’t know who she is but she is slowly blooming out to the media once again which is nice to see. I am a bit bummed  that I wasn’t able to see her in LA when she had shows. She would sing around the country even when she was still stuck with her old label. It would’ve been nice to hear her live.

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One of my favorite songs of her is André. This song was released in Dec 2012 (remember this clearly because I was living in LA at the time)  Make sure to give a listen here. The song was released along with the Agâpé Mixtape ( Agâpé is the name of her dog ; ) )

Damn I used to workout with this song at the time. It’s so damn catchy. Another fave on that came with the mixtape was Can’t Handle the Truth. She made another song called Thinkin out Loud but it was sample which left us fans greedy and wanting more. So, 3 years later she finally released a full version on Soundcloud. Finally! This song reminds me of LA a lot. Brings me back good memories. So I don’t mind the 3 year waiting, I finally got it.
I have a bunch of favorites from her “High Road” album that was released in 2006. “High Road” was one of the songs I played none stop on repeat back in the days. This song was just perfect in every way for my teenage year. I feel like her music suited my life situation perfectly. We are about a year apart with the age gap so that’s probably why, teenage hormones haha. Another song of that album that was awesome was Like That. Catchy Catchy.
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And of course, I have to mention her official (NOT EP) three singles that she released 11 months ago with her new label. When Love Hurts, Save My Soul and Say Love. Damn it Jo, stop being on fire. Love these singles.
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A few days ago she released a new single, F*** Apologies ft Wiz Khalifa and boy, this singles is on fire. Been playing it none stop these passed days.  You can have a listen to that song here. I really hope that they play this song on the radio everywhere, it’s really good and catchy. The music they play on the radio nowadays aren’t the best.

She also announced that she’s released her new album “Mad Love” in October 14th 2016. I can’t wait to hold that album. #PhysicalCopy4Life

I am happy that she’s finally free and I can’t wait for her to release her new album.

#FreeJoJo —- #JoJoIsFinallyFree
– Siara

Not perfect

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I’ve lost count on how many times I’ve tried to be “perfect”, how many times I’ve wanted to show how strong and powerful I am as a person, but the truth is, I am really not like that.

I know nobody is perfect in this world yet I keep wanting to show that I am more than just that. It’s just part of my personality. I don’t like to show my flaws, my weaknesses it makes me look a bit pathetic but I am human too, I can have flaws, right? I compare myself to other people, which is wrong, you’re not suppose to do that, yet I can’t help it. I am not saying my personality is made up or anything, I am who I am but I may not show everything on the surface because it’s something I’d rather not do. I’ve done a lot of things in life that a lot of people would never dare to do yet I keep calling myself weak. Maybe because I expect myself to be more than that? Who knows.

Why am I venting this? Good question, I don’t know. This is my place to think out loud after all so I just went ahead and wrote it all down.

– Siara

It’s not About the Money

There are so many people that I’ve met in my life that have complained about their jobs and how unhappy they are with their situation.

I understand that it can be hard to find something you love to do and the struggle of finding something interesting to study. What I don’t understand is that people who has a job, complains that they don’t like their job. I am not saying it’s wrong to vent out about your situation but if you really are unhappy then why the hell are you working at that place?? People might not admit this but the real reason behind this is because it’s scary and it might lead to discomfort when quitting your job.

When I mention the word scary, I don’t mean it like it’s spooky, I mean it like the world out there is scary and leaving your job might get you into a situation you might not like. Getting into a situation that you’re not familiar with might make you a bit worried, it could be that you won’t find a new job anytime soon and you have to keep spending your savings (if you even have any). Perhaps you find another job that doesn’t give you the same wage (that is mostly the case if you change your roll). All of these things might leads to discomfort. But if you don’t make any changes, how are you gonna move on? How are you gonna grow and be happy? Is money really everything? People got it all wrong. Even if you earn a lot of money but you’re doing something you hate 40 hours a week, 160 hours a month, then what’s the point? This is what I hate with the society.

Someone I know is studying to become a doctor so I asked her one day why she wanted to be a doctor and her answer was: “Duh because of the money” I seriously got speechless when she said that (and then I scolded her afterwards for saying that)

I would NEVER want to be treated by someone who is a doctor due to the wage, what kind of bull is that? That makes me uncomfortable. It makes me feel like the person don’t want to help me at all. This is a major problem, people are getting the wrong idea. Becoming a doctor is about helping people not stealing money from them. Sigh, we’re living in a sad world. This is only one example out of many but you get point where I am going with this.

I was at the hospital the other day (long story) and this nurse told me she was working overtime (not sure if she was complaining or not) and then I said – “It’s good that you love your job” she looked at me and chuckled, “Not really I am just doing it because the pay is really good” she laughed out loud when she said that. I then smiled awkwardly back and said “You should’ve probably not have said that right before poking that needle in me” she laughed out loud once again (she thought I was joking but I was not). Things like this makes me angry. I know there are people out there that don’t know what they want to do but they keep doing their same routine over and over again. I am not saying she should change her job but she could’ve at least kept it a bit professional rather than mentioning that she’s doing it for the money.

It’s not about the money, it’s about happiness.

– Siara

Stuck at home

I didn’t think I’d be stuck in bed this week. I feel like someone has punched my stomach 100 times in a row and I feeling the after effect of the result. I want to do things but I can’t, I feel so unproductive. Doing nothing sucks and I have no patience at all. It’s quite funny that I am reacting this way. People would normally love being stuck in bed, watching movies all day and just chill. I am quite the opposite, I want to go to work and be creative. Meh, no streaming too…boo.

Oh well, enjoy this awesome photo from Disneyland. Pineapple icecream…take me back.

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– Siara

Gyros and climbing (well..sort of)

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The other week was a nice sunny day and me and a lame person decided to enjoy the weather and just go on a lame adventure. I wanted to have Greek Gyros soooo bad so we ended up going there just to eat some. This stuff, is good stuff. My life would’ve been ruined if food was considered as a drug. I would’ve been struggling so bad : ( so I am happy that food isn’t bad for you c: unless it’s something super unhealthy and it reduces your life span by half…then again I would eat it anyways lol

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So I ended up playing around at the park with these bars. I am so weak though but I tried my best to do one at least haha (I held on like there was no tomorrow :’ ( )

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In the evening I decided to buy pizza lol so bad for you but I was craving for pizza so bad. I wish pizza was healthy and spinach was not…I don’t like spinach.

– Siara

Bought a “Penny Board”

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I am not sure if this was a good idea or not yet. I have fallen once but it was on a quite soft surface…what if I fall on a harder surface next time? What if.

There is one thing that I always wanted to learn and that was how to skate. I think skateboarding is the coolest thing ever. I’m so fascinated how people can ride them AND do tricks! I did own two skateboards when I was a kid but I was too scared to learn how to ride one properly (due to my clumsiness) so I just sat on it and rolled down a hill with it lol  Man I must’ve embarrassed the skateboard community by doing that.

FYI –> I looked up the definition of a Penny Board and saw that it’s not a type of a skateboard but just a brand name in Australia, so this kind of skateboard is just a short cruiser skateboard made in plastic with bigger wheels. So I ended up getting this kind of a skateboard rather than a regular.

So yeah,, it’s been like two weeks days since I got it and I am able to ride it very VERY slowly lol but I’m gonna practice until I am a more confident with the balancing. And yes, there are bunch of what if’s here and there but how am I suppose to live life if I keep thinking what if? That’s why I decided  to buy one. Butt away “What if” !

– Siara