Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Cooking with Sam!

To think that unemployment and vegging out on the couch would give me an excuse to blog more often, I have been doing a terrible job of keeping you guys updated.

Geez, even the busiest of bloggers who have school, work, events and photoshoots still have time to update their readers by writing a post in five minutes!!

But what's the use in updating your blog with just a couple of photos and a few words?? 

I believe in quality over quantity!  But since a lot of people have small attention spans these days in staying interested, I have decided to keep this short and sweet and provide a little "cooking" video that I did.

I am by no means an excellent cook.  And this banana-avocado smoothie I tried was really just an experiment.  I wanted to see if avocado tasted good in a smoothie!!

So here it is...enjoy!!

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Sorry about the hiatus..

So it has been a while since I last posted.

My apologies...I really hope you haven't missed me too much!

(By the way, that was to the four dedicated readers I have...)

But I have a legitimate reason! I swear!!

In a previous post, I have mentioned that I was interning at  Canculture as a student reporter.  Although my tasks involved mostly one day assignments and 400 word articles, I was asked to write a feature on Ontario Place.  Being the rookie reporter, I obviously took the chance and took on the task. 

But wow, did I not realize it would take so much work. 

I've written features before...but never were they as thorough as this one.  Most of them were pretty much written in a span of two to three days.  Interviews would probably take about two weeks to be completed.

But for this feature, by golly! Not only did I have to make multiple phone calls to the same people, I had to do a lot more work in terms of getting facts, history and statistics. Not only that, it took three drafts and nine hours to edit with my editor!  It was absolutely exhausting.  

But now, I am delighted to announce that it finally got published onto the web at approximately 1:22 a.m eastern time. I am proud to say my hard work is finally online (not to mention with the help of my editor Andrew), even though I am aware that there are many quotes in the article.

For next time, I will try and make it flow better. If there are more critiques, please let me know.

Read the article here.  WHEW. I'm finished!!!

Saturday, 11 June 2011

Asian Girl Can't Dance.

Yesterday I watched Billy Elliot: The Musical and I absolutely LOVED EVERY SECOND OF IT.

But as much as I enjoyed watching the play and oogling at how cute and little Marcus Pei (the boy who played Billy at the time) was, one thing kept recurring in my mind.

Man! I sure wish I could dance!

What? You might say. "Anyone can dance."

Of course...anyone CAN dance. But to DANCE WELL?  Nope. Sorry. I'm not the girl you're looking for.

Hell,  I can't even pass the Very Easy level on Dance Dance Revolution let alone dance in a decent way.

Let's face it. I'm probably one of the most ungraceful human beings on the planet.

I trip walking UP the stairs. I stumble on uneven grassy fields.  I ROLL my ankle from a simple jogging exercise.

So seeing all the risk that I go through, how can you expect me to do something like dancing?!

Sure, I have rhythm.  I have played music for a good seven years.  But do I use that musicality effectively in my dance moves?  No.  Instead, I'll probably be flailing around with my arms in the air with no sex appeal at all.

Maybe that's why guys rarely (if ever) ask me to dance.

But now that I've covered my lack of dancing ability, I can't help but wonder how dance has evolved (or lack of) through the years.

What I saw yesterday during Billy Elliot, that is what I would call dancing. What I see at the clubs and at school dances...that is what I would call...sex on the dancefloor.

Because seriously, how the hell is that dancing?  When I see my peers grinding up on the dance floor (if you don't know what grinding is just think of two people rubbing against each other really closely), all I can think about is...WOW. MAYBE YOU SHOULD DO THAT IN PRIVACY. NO ONE WANTS TO SEE THAT.

But maybe that's just me.  I've never been a big fan of grinding in the first place.  Partly because I'll feel self-conscious doing it (GAWSH AM I DO THIS RIGHT?!) and partly because I don't even think it's dancing! 

What ever happened to those dances from the 70s and 80s?  Haven't you seen that dance sequence from Grease where everyone was doing the Hand Jive?  Why can't we do dances like that anymore? Those dances were simple, choreographed and included everyone.

Today. PFFT. None of that. People like me will have no one to dance with because we can't "grind".

So you know what?  Fine. I don't need a dance partner. I'm just going to flail my arms in the air unstrategically and move my body around unsexily just for the sake of it the next time I go clubbing. 

If you're a "bad dancer" like me, feel free to join.

P.S. If you live under a rock and don't know what the hand jive is..YOU'RE WELCOME.

P.P.S(But seriously...I am willing to offer cookies for anyone who can teach me how to dance...)