Music Monday! Spatial Unity – Knock Me Off My Feet.

Hello everyone,

Welcome back to Music Monday! I am sorry to keep you waiting with today’s post, but here it is now. Today’s song pick is “Knock Me Off My Feet” by Spatial Unity. I discovered this song from a YouTube video and I really liked it.

It was difficult to find information about the band, but what I did find is that they are a British pop/rock band that was formed in 2006. There are only two members in the group and they are Andy Pearce (composer/producer) and Andy Murray (creative guitarist/song writer). So far I like the few songs I’ve heard from them, but I need to do more exploring. This song is has a happy melody and I think it’s nice to play it during a relaxing weekend afternoon. You guys might laugh, but I listen to this song when I make a bubble bath, haha. I like to listen to happy music when I’m trying to relax šŸ™‚

Enjoy and let me know what you think of the song!

See you soon!

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Top 10 VMAs Performances!

Hello everyone,

In honor of the VMAs, I decided to put together a post with my Top 10 Favorite VMAs Performances. I’ve been watching the VMAs since I was nine years old and I used to prepare snacks with my mom and call it “VMAs Weekend”. I still do that! šŸ™‚

Let’s get started and have fun taking a trip down memory lane!

10. Chris Brown ft Rihanna (2007).

I have to admit that Chris Brown was flawless in this performance, from his dancing skills to his singing abilities. Some people claim that he is lip syncing during this performance and it sounds like he is, but I’m not 100% sure. IfĀ someone can offer their opinion and let me know if that is for sure, that will be great.

These wereĀ the good old days when Chris Brown and Rihanna were the talked about couple by the tabloids, I like Rihanna performance, but Chris Brown seemed just fine without her appearance on the stage. I love this performance because of Chris Brown’s awesome dancing skills and hisĀ catchy songs. This wasĀ Chris Brown’s first VMA performance and he did a great job.

9. Eminem – The Real Slim Shady/The Way I Am (2000).

How can I not include this performance on this list? ThisĀ is aĀ classic!

8. Beyonce – Single Ladies.

This is a more recent VMA performance and it definitely made me get up and dance along when I watched it for the first timeĀ . Beyonce showed everyone she is an unstoppable performer, by far my favorite performance of 2009 VMAs show.

7. Backstreet Boys – I Want It That Way/Larger Than Life (1999).

I have to show some love for my BSB boys, they wereĀ a big part of my childhood and I remember the day so well when this performance was showed on TV. This is what I miss about present day music, BSB have the dancing and singing abilities. They don’t need to lip sync and they don’t need auto-tune. In this performance they sing my two all time favorite BSB songs, it feels nostalgic to look back on these old school VMA performances.

6. Jay Z ft. Alicia Keys – Empire State of Mind (2009).

The piano instrumental at the beginning of this performance is what won me over and this performance had to be added to my “Top 10” list. Ā Alicia Keys and Jay Z are flawless, I am very happy they decided to write this song together.

5. Nsync – This I Promise You/Bye Bye Bye/It’s Gonna Be Me (2000).

I love how this performance transitions from song to song, from a ballad and then to a upbeat song. When I watched this as kid, I remember thinking to myself “Wow, great dancing, but also kind of sexual”. Haha, to this day I still think that! I thought the performance was unique, but my favorite part was the screen faces. Little did they know that technology was slowly making it’s way to the music world to deliver stunning concert experiences.

4. Britney Spears – Baby One More Time/Crazy (1999).

The first thing I did when I saw this performance was to memorize the choreography, I love the futuristic/classy theme. When I saw this performance, I knew that Britney will become a huge star!

3. Michael Jackson – Dangerous (1995).

What else can I say about this performance, except for: PERFECTION!

2. Janet Jackson – Doesn’t Really Matter (2000).

Miss Jackson happens to be my second biggest music inspiration, I always memorized her choreography. Ā I also remember the day as if it was yesterday when I watched it on TV. Time really flies by and for me this is a special performance from the VMAs.

1. Britney Spears – Satisfaction/Oops! I Did It Again (2000).

The Queen of Pop ladies and gentlemen! This will forever be my all time favorite VMAs performance, for me nothing else can top this. Maybe I am being a little biased since she is my all time favorite musician, but I think many people can agree that this performance was epic. I remember sitting in front of the TVĀ mesmerized, I recorded the entire 2000 VMAS on a VHS tape (remember those) and kept re watching this performance.Ā Epic, epic and epic!

I hope you guys enjoyed this post, let me know which is your favorite VMA performance and enjoy tonight’s show!

See you soon!

Back To School Advice!

Hello everyone,

Guys, it’s that time of the year again and most of you are probably saying, “Noooo, don’t say it”. I’m afraid I have to, it is back to school time and that means buying school supplies and new clothes. Instead of focusing on what you might need for school, I want to give you some valuable life advice. Basically, things I wish I did and didn’t do when I was in middle school and high school. I hope you find these points helpful, whether you are starting middle school or high school.

Enjoy.

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1. Be outgoing.Ā 

One thing I wish I did in school was to be more outgoing because I could have made more friends than I had (which were 2, haha). I came to Canada when I was 13 years old, so I became very introverted and shy. I never used to be like that and when I was little I used to walk up to kids and asked them to play together. However, when I came to Canada I changed, but now I am going back to old self. My advice is to not be afraid to walk up to people and make friends with them, if theyĀ don’t respond nicely, move on to people who are worth it.

2. Study Hard.

You heard me and do not say “Ugh, yeah right. I’m not going to”, yes you will becauseĀ if you want to get into a good high school, university or college, you need to buckle down. I never liked studying and who does, right? However, sometimes in life you have to do things that you don’t like, so you canĀ achieve something great. If I studied hard in middle school and high school, I would’ve gone to a high school that focuses on performing and arts. Also if I studied more in high school, I would’ve studied the program I really wanted to study. If there is a subject that’s not your strong point, go to the teacher for help and plan study groups with friends or with Ā people in your class that canĀ help you. Remember, there is no such thing as “I am stupid”, we are all smart and have to put more effort into anything we want to accomplish.

3. Don’tĀ obsessĀ over joining the popular crowd.Ā 

When you leave high school you realize many things and one of them is that the popular crowd is not that awesome. Every one may know them, they might have a lot of friends and feel worshiped by other students, but they aren’t worth your time. Some of them can be nice, but others can be quite mean to kids who aren’t popular. If you feel that you have to act a certain just to be liked by them, then don’t. Friends like you for you and when you act like someone you are not, then you won’t feel happy. I never tried to act any different than I did, but I did admire them. Until I saw that they are mean bullies to other kids, so who would want to be friends with such people. After many years I found out that some of them were not that successful and didn’t accomplish too much. They may be the kings/queens in high school, but it doesn’t last long. Life is not high school and eventually people learn that!

4. Find a few good friends.

When I was in middle school/high school I didn’t have many friends, I was very shy and introverted. Back then I wished that I had a ton of friends like the popular kids, but now that I’m older I realized that you only need a few good friends. Friends you can trust, talk about anything, who are honest with you and most importantly to be able to be yourself around them. That is all you need and you will be just fine! Be careful who make friends with in school and make sure it is people you can trust.

5. Say no to peer pressure.

If someone makes you do something you don’t want to, you have every right to say, no.Ā Luckily I haven’t experienced this and even if I did, I was very good at saying “no”. I’ll tell you a story, I knew my best friend since were in grade 8, but in high school she started changing. She was out until really late, like 4am kind of late, so one day she said to me “You are never out until late, my other friends are not like that”. I wasn’t the type to go out partying, my definition of fun was different. Yes, I wasn’t a wild party animal, but that’s ok. So when she said this to me I thought to myself, “I don’t have to do anything I don’t want and if people don’t like it. Too bad”.My point is to be firm and say no when your gut instinct is telling you “don’t do it”.

6. Think about your future.

One thing I wish I did when I was in high school is to think seriously about what career path I wanted to take after graduation. Unfortunately, I didn’t and now I am stuck in rut trying to figure out how to start over. I have decided to go back to school and change my career and I’m scared, but I am ready. It is never to early to start thinking about what career path you want to take, you will be doing this for the rest of your life, so you have to think about it seriously. Do research, go volunteering and participate in extra curricular activities, it will help you to figure out your career path. Always remember to listen to heart, but listen to your head too and follow your dreams.Ā People may try to to tell you how to live your life, but in the long run you know what’s best for you. Most importantly, believe in yourself!

7. Do no procrastinate.

Don’t get used to procrastination, if you fall behind in your studies it will be hard for you. I am the biggest procrastinator, but sometimes you have to learn to motivate yourself. Find something that motivates you and use that as a source of positive energy to push you forward. Do not let a subject intimidate you because it seems hard, use it as a way of motivating yourself and tackling the challenge. There is nothing more rewarding than the feeling of conquering something that you thought you could never conquer.

8. Say NO to bullying.

I would be lying if I said that I wasn’t bullied in school, in my opinion, everyone goes through it at one point in their life. I didĀ to go through it in middle school and high school because I was the new kid from a foreign country with an accent. Kids/teens can be cruel with their words, one thing I wished I did back then is to stand up for myself. My challenges helped turn into the person I am today and not that naive little girl I used to be. However, one advice that I have to anyone who might be going through bullying is to talk about it. Seek help from a teacher, go to your school councilor, talk to a friend but do not let it go on. I would also suggest to stand up for yourself, but not in an aggressive. Just show these bullies that you cannot be pushed around and show them that their words are not affecting you. Most of the time bullies go through their own personal struggles, therefore they releaseĀ their frustrations on someone who looks naive and easily pushed around. I have witnessed this as a child and youth care councilor, so try to keep this information in mind. Remember to stay strong and you will get through it. I promise that it does get better šŸ™‚

9. Be Yourself.

In school you might feel the pressure to act a certain way or act like someone else because you think the person is cool or this is how you are supposed to act. Do yourself a favor and be only one person……Ā yourself. There is a quote that resonates with me and it is this one:Ā “Never change who you are so that people will like you. Just be yourself and the right people will love you for just being you”.

I think this is so true, don’t care about what people say about you because you will find people who like you for you. I am a geek, I can be gullible, I am silly, I have times when I’m difficult, I can be sensitive too, but I found friends that like me just the way I am. The same thing will happen for you all, if you just learn love yourself the way you are. People are attracted to confidence and to people who love themselves, you deserve to love yourself.

I hope you found this post helpful, if you did then click on the “like” button! I wish you all a great start to the school year and be confident.

See you soon!

 

International Wonderland! KARA – Mamma Mia.

Hello everyone,

Welcome back to International Wonderland and today I am taking you to the world of K-pop! I will be sharing Ā KARA’s anticipated brand new single, “Mamma Mia”!

KARA is the first K-pop band that introduced me to K-pop and I instantly fell in love with their music. The first song I heard by them is “Lupin”,Ā I thought the song was cool,and catchy, so I decided to check out their other songs. KARA was formed by DSP Media in 2007 and the group was composed of Park Gyuri, Han Seungyeon, Goo Hara, Nicole Jung and Kang Ji-young. The group made their debut in 2007 with their single “Break It” which had a strong R&B image, however, there wasn’t positive feedback from the public. After one of the original members, Kim Sunghee left the group, that’s when Goo Hara and Kang Ji-young were brought in the group. After the addition of the new members, KARA changed their image to the “pretty but natural”. After that, they had countless of hit and the led to becoming more well known in Japan and the States. Unfortunately, on January 13, 2014 Nicole Jung announced that she will be leaving the group to focus on her solo career. Following her announcement, on January 15th Kang Ji-young announced she will also be leaving the group to pursue her studies in London. In May 2014, DSP Media launched a reality TV show called KARA Project, where seven trainees competed to be the new member of KARA. In the end,Ā Heo Youngji won the competition and she is currently the new KARA member.

I have admit that I thought KARA will not be successful after the members departure, but their new music video proved me wrong. I thought the song was great and everyone has strong vocal abilities. I do have to admit that Heo Youngji seems a little bit out of place in the group, but I’m hoping the members will eventually get used to her and accept her. I think her voice is really good and she has that KARA appeal, KARA is going strong and I’m happy for their success.

Now enjoy the song and if you are a KARA fan, what is the first KARA song you ever listened to?

See you soon!

 

 

Music Monday! Whitney Houston – I Wanna Dance With Somebody.

Hello everyone,

Welcome back to Music Monday! I hope everyone is having a good Monday so far and if you don’t, then I hope some 80s music will cheer you up.

Ahhh the good old 80s brought usĀ some amazing hits and the one I’m sharing today is “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” by Whitney Houston. The song was released on May 2, 1987 and it debuted as number one in thirteen countries. The song also received a Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. It is no surprise that Whitney had (I hate using this in past tense) an amazing voice, I can’t have a voice like that, but she definitely inspires me. I love her style in the music video and I love the music video in general, people in the 80s knew how to partaeeee šŸ˜‰

Enjoy and tell me what’s your favorite Whitney Houston song šŸ™‚

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Happy Birthday Madonna!

Hello everyone,

Today isĀ Madonna’s birthday and in her honor I decided to share with you my Top 5 Favorite Madonna Music Videos. Growing up my mom used to play a lot of Madonna music and I basically grew up listening to her music. There will be a lot of amazing songs that will not make it on this list, but keep in mind that it is a very short list. These are songs that I love the most and I felt the need to share them you all. Now it is time toĀ take a trip down memory lane!

Enjoy and happy listening!

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1. Papa Don’t Preach. This song is a classic and it was a tremendous success! The single was released on June 11, 1986 and it debuted as number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

2. Cherish. This song bring a sweet memory of me and my mom dancing to it and laughing. I loved the music videos and the “mermaids” in it as well, it gave me a happy vibe. The song was released on August 1, 1989 and it became her 16th consecutive top five single on the Billboard Hot 100.

3. Like a Prayer. I alwaysĀ describeĀ this song as emotional and powerful, I get goosebumps wheneverĀ IĀ listen to it. This is also one of Madonna’s iconic songs, the elements of gospel music and pop music is pleasing to the ears (for me at least). It debuted as number one in many countries and the music video isĀ like you are watching a movie. Very entertaining!

4. La Isla Bonita. There is one thing I liked about this music video when I was growing up, Madonna’s dress!!! It is the most beautiful dress I’ve ever seen, but let’s get back to the song. The Spanish inspired music video was very well done, the single debuted as number one in a few countries. I love the simplicity of the music video, I wish music videos were like this nowadays.

5. Frozen. I remember the day as if it was yesterday when the music video debuted on MTV. My first thoughts were, “Wow Madonna looks so different, I like this new image”. TheĀ best way to describe this music video is eerie! The single debuted as number two on the Billboard Hot 100, to this day this is my most favorite Madonna music video.

I hope you enjoyed this post, please share with me your favorite Madonna song šŸ™‚

See you soon!

Robin Williams Top 5 Musical Moments!

Robin Williams was known for his comedy and being a talented actor, but he also had Ā memorable musical moments and today we willĀ have a look at some of these moments.

It’s time to take a trip down memory lane!

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5. I Yam What I Yam – Popeye (1980).

Popeye was definitely a part of my childhood, Robin Williams wasĀ the perfect Popeye and he really brought the character to life! I consider this a classic Robin Williams music moments.

4. Don’t Worry, Be Happy – Bobby McFerrin with Robin Williams.

Bobby McFerrin’s song hit features Robin Williams and Bill Irwin goofing around and doing silly dances. This brought a huge smile to my face and I hope it did on yours too.

3. Blame Canada.

In 2000, South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker asked Robin Williams to sing “Blame Canada” from the movie “South Park: Bigger, Longer Uncut”. As expected, Robin Williams delivered a memorable Academy Awards moment.

2. Dinosaur, No Meat, Big Feet – Mrs. Doubtfire.

Mrs. Doubtfire was a huge part of my childhood, growing up my parents divorced when I was 8 years old, so this movie gave me comfort. I realized that there are other children with divorced parents, so I felt better. To this day I will always look back on this movieĀ as something wonderful, I loved this scene and this had take a spot on this list.

1. Prince AliĀ – Aladdin.

My Favorite and most memorable Robin Williams musical moment, his voice acting is one of a kind, but who knew back then that he can also sing. Aladdin is one of my top 3 favorite Disney movies and Robin William’s ability to bring the “Genie” character to life will always impress me. Mr. William you will miss greatly, Hollywood lost a true talent.

I hope you enjoyed this post and please share with me your favorite Robin Williams music moment!

See you soon!

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