My Top 6 Moments of 2014!

Hello everyone,

Well I have written my end of year music post, but now I thought of sharing with you my Top 6 Moments of 2014. Just like any year, 2014 had its ups and downs because that’s how life works, but this time the happy moments prevailed.

So I thought of sharing my best moments with you all and in return I would like to hear about your favorite moments of 2014.

Let’s get started.

6. Attending the Circus Du Soleil: Kurios Show!

I’ve been dreaming for years to go and see the show because I love the circus. To me it is the most magical thing, so when my friend suggested to go I jumped to the chance to buy a ticket. To make this long story short, it was the best show I’ve been to in years and it really exceeded my expectations. I will be going to their future shows for sure 🙂

5. Going to my first Indian Wedding!

Going to my first Indian wedding was very exciting for me, but what was even more exciting was to wear my first saree. I knew exactly what I wanted when I went to the store, I got royal blue saree. I bought bangles and my friend lend me a beautiful necklace, the wedding was at a beautiful temple. Sadly, I couldn’t taste the food when I ate it because I had a horrible sinus infection. Nevertheless, it was great seeing my friend walk down the isle!

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4. I went zip lining.

I used to have horrible phobia of heights, I still have a little bit of it but it’s not as strong as before. This experience was the most memorable for me because I actually fought my fear and I won. It inspired and showed me that when I stop being scared I can accomplish a lot more than I can imagine. Next year I’ll be trying the Edge Walk on the CN Tower, oh boy it’s going to be quite an adventure 🙂

Yup, I went down this zip-line and it was an incredible feeling.

3. Buying my Bridesmaid Dress.

My best friend is getting married in July 2015 and I will be part of her wedding, this will be my first time being a bridesmaid. It will be such an amazing and memorable day for me, there will be so many fun events to attend before the wedding day. I am so excited and I can’t wait to be a part of my friend’s special day!

2. Buying my first guitar.

The day I bought my guitar was the happiest day of my life, well of 2014 to be exact! I’ve been wanting to have one for ages and now I will work hard in 2015 to learn how to play it. I am ready to make my childhood dream a reality!

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1. Being on TV.

What, you were on TV? Haha, I’m guessing that’s what you guys are thinking right now. It wasn’t for a long time, but I was shown on TV for ten seconds answering questions about the Winter Olympics. I was at the mall and there were reporters going up to people to ask them questions. The reporter came up to me and asked what I thought about the Olympics and which country’s costume seemed unique. They showed the clip where I talk about the the costume and I said that Germany’s costume seemed interesting. I’ve always wanted to be on TV when I was child and for me this was the most exciting thing from this year. There is a TV show here in Toronto called Pop Quiz, maybe I’ll audition and be on TV again 😉

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I hope you guys had a great 2014, if you didn’t please remember to leave the bad stuff in 2014. Do not drag it with you in to 2015, start fresh with a positive state of mind. I wish you a healthy and happy 2015, make it a year to remember. I am excited for another amazing year with you all!.

Cheers to 2015!

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Top 20 Songs Of 2014!

Hello everyone,

It is time for my end of the music wrap-up, I have to say that 2014 was not the best year for music. If I had to completely honest, I was very disappointed! Nevertheless, there were some songs that were pretty good and will be known as classics in a few year. So sit back, grab a beverage and enjoy 🙂

TOP 20 SONGS OF 2014!

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20. G-Dragon and Taeyang – Good Boy.

I have to show some love to my favorite Korean song at the moment, “Good Boy”, this song received mixed reviews from fans. However, I think this song was something new and refreshing from G-Dragon and Taeyang. It has an upbeat funky beat that makes you want to dance, the dance version of the song is so much fun as well. Many fans have stated they do not like the song because it is too “Western”, I do admit it that reminds me  of “Turn Down For What” by Lil Jon. But who said that Western music is the norm, I highly disagree and I think GD and Taeyang have delivered an original fun clubbing track! Even if you are not a K-POP fan, trust me you have this song on replay when you listen to it!

19. Gwen Stefani – Baby Don’t Lie.

Gwen Stefani being back to the music scene is like getting a piece of my past back, I used to listen to her music non-stop since middle school. Hearing that she would make a comeback made me very happy and her song “Baby Don’t Lie” is definitely as catchy as her old music. This song mixes pop/reggae and it never sounded so good, it did not perform that well on the song charts. However, in my books this song is a number one!

18. Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk.

Bruno Mars can do no wrong, he proves over and over again that he is a force to be reckoned with. This retro inspired music video makes me feel like I’m in the 80s, it also reminds me of classic Michael Jackson music videos. “Uptown Funk” turned out to be the most streamed track in the United Kingdom, streamed 2.9 million times in a week. Funky song indeed 😉

17. Maroon 5 – Animal.

Maroon 5 are so good at writing and producing catchy tunes and “Animal” is one of them this year. I love the song, but I have different feelings about the concept of the music video. Showing a stalker obsessed with a girl, following her around and taking pictures of her is quite disturbing.  I think there could’ve been other ways to make the music video so it doesn’t seem like it glamorizes violence. The song debuted number one on the US Mainstream Top 40 and US Adult Top 40.

16. Calvin Harris – Summer.

I am all about an upbeat song that can’t make me sit still, Calvin Harris brought to us funky tune that makes us want to dance. The song debuted number one on the UK Singles chart and the US Hot Dance/Electronic Dance chart.

15. Charli XCX – Boom Clap.

“Boom Clap” is the first song featured on The Fault In Our Stars soundtrack, this is a catchy pop tune that you will listen to over and over again. The song debuted number one on the Billboard US Mainstream Top 40 and US Dance/Mix Show Airplay.

14. Selena Gomez – The Heart Wants What It Wants.

Selena Gomez has never been the type to convey her personal emotions in a song, but this year it was an exception. Selena sang a beautiful, tear-jerking ballad that  I assume is written about Justin Bieber. I think the song is beautiful and I love it when an artist pours their heart and soul into a song. Also Selena’s performance for this song at American Music Awards was stunning and beautifully done.

13. DJ Snake ft. Lil Jon – Turn Down For What.

This is probably one of the most popular clubbing tracks of 2014, it does have a fun beat, but a terrible music video. The single has sold about 3.4 million copies and it debuted  number one on the US Rhythmic Chart and the US Hot Dance/Electronic Songs.

12. Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea – Problem.

I think it’s safe to say that Ariana Grande is modern day Mariah Carey, her voice is amazing. When I first heard one of her songs on the radio, I literally thought I was listening to a new Mariah Carey song. We had a lot of newcomers this year, but Ariana Grande is my favorite because every song she releases is my liking. The song she sings are so catchy and “Problem” is one of them! I initially liked this song because it gives me a retro vibe of the 90s music and I love the saxophone instrumentals. The song debuted number one on many songs and won a few awards i.e. MTV Video Music Award and a Teen Choice Award.

11. Iggy Azalea ft. Carli XCX – Fancy.

It’s been quite a year for newcomer rapper Iggy, she received some backlash from the hip-hop community, but she also received her very first Grammy nomination for Record of The Year and Best Pop/Duo Group Performance. I’ve never seen someone have such a bumpy road to stardom in the music community, especially from her peers. However, she made it in the music industry for a reason, so kudos to Iggy. “Fancy” became one of the most streamed songs on Spotify, it received a Grammy nomination and overall it had positive reviews from the music critics. The song also debuted number one on many songs charts in multiple countries. Keep up the good work Iggy!

10. Katy Perry – Dark Horse.

Despite there being some controversy about the song, “Dark Horse” did really well. The song millions of copies worldwide and it was nominated for a Grammy Award: Best Pop Duo/Group Performance!

9. Ed Sheeran –  Thinking Out Loud.

When I listen to this romantic ballad, I imagine dancing to this song at my wedding one day! “Thinking Out Loud” debuted number one on the Billboard UK Singles Chart, Ed Sheeran always delivers beautiful soulful music. I can’t wait to see what he has in store for us in 2015.

8. John Legend – All of Me.

“All of Me” was released on August 12, 2013, but it reached popularity in 2014 with the single debuting at number one on Billboard Hot 100. This power ballad reaches into our hearts and makes us feel the emotion John Legend is trying to convey.

7. Pharell Williams – Happy.

There is just no way I cannot include this fun and cheerful song on the top 20 list, it is an absolute must. “Happy” is a song from the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack and it became such a success that people made their own versions of the song i.e. Happy in Tokyo, Happy in England and etc. The song received an Academy Award nomination, but unfortunately lost to “Let It Go” from Frozen. The chart performance for this song is so impressive, it was number one in many countries around the world. If this song doesn’t make you smile, I don’t know what will!

6. Idina Menzel – Let It Go.

Let it go, let it gooooo, I can’t begin to tell you all how much the children at work sang this song, every single day this year! There is something about it that you can’t get it out of your head, the song won an Academy Award for Best Original Song. I’m sure the children will continue singing this song in 2015 as well 🙂

5. Meghan Trainor – All About That Bass.

The media gratifies people with skinny physiques and even resort to Photoshop to create that “perfect” body, but Meghan Trainor showed some love to people with curvier bodies. I think  songs like “All About That Bass” need to happen more often, so young people can feel more confident. However, people have been saying that she is shamming people with skinny physiques, here is what she had to say about it:

“Oh God man, I don’t criticise skinny people! I would never shame a skinny person! I don’t know who would want to. I guess they stop listening immediately after I say ‘skinny bitches’ and just turn it off. But I say, ‘…just kidding, I know even you think you are fat’. For instance, I have skinny friends and some of them will stand in front of the mirror and go, ‘eugh, I’m just like so big’. And I’m standing there going, ‘Jesus! If you’re big then what am I!?’ That’s not right. So I was just saying that. There was a huge Twitter account that made a blog about ‘this is a body shaming song’. I was like, ‘oh my goodness, okaaay…’ I don’t get it. No, I would never shame a skinny person. It makes no sense.”

I think sometimes people’s words can be misunderstood, but I understand what she meant. Despite everything, this song became a hit in 2014 and it even received two Grammy nominations: Record of The Year & Song of The Year! Not to mention that it did fabulously on the singles charts, Trainor has a long and bring music career ahead of her.

4. Sam Smith – Stay With Me.

Sam Smith is like a new gem in the music industry, his voice and talent is absolutely amazing. I am such a big fan of this song and my mom has it on replay almost every single night (yes, she is obsessed). Sam Smith’s vocal power is out of this world, the music industry needs more amazing talent like this. This wonderful ballad not only slayed the song charts, but it earned three Grammy nominations for Record of The Year, Song of The Year and Best Pop Solo Performance!

3. Taylor Swift – Shake It Off.

Taylor Swift proves to us again that she can top those charts and get those Grammy nominations! This time Taylor came back with a brand new album titled “1989” that has a different sound from her past work. It looks like Taylor decided to take a break from country music and enter the pop music world. As someone who doesn’t like country music, I am very happy with her decision to try something new. “Shake It Off” is such a fun song to listen to, the music video also seems very creative and entertaining too. The song earned three Grammy nominations: Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year and Best Pop Solo Performance.

2. Sia – Chandelier.

Sia is known as a musician who does not show her face in public, during live performances and in music videos. For this song Sia chose Maddie Ziegler, a young child dancer who stars on the hit reality TV show, Dance Moms. Sia personally contact Maddie to perform a contemporary routine for her new song, Chandelier. The song is written about Sia’s past struggles with alcohol and prescription drugs.‘”Chandelier” received four Grammy nominations for Song of The Year, Record of The Year, Best Pop Solo Performance and Best Music Video.

1. Lorde – Yellow Flicker Light.

My number one choice for the best  song in 2014 is Lorde’s single, “Yellow Flicker Light”! When I heard the song for the first time and listened the humming part, it made me question whether or not I’ll be a fan. After I watched The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, my mind changed and I fell in love with this song. There is something about the lyrics and overall feel of this single, it sounds so eerie and cool! A little fact you guys might want to know is that Lorde was the one who handpicked all of the songs for the Mockingjay Part 1 soundtrack. Wow, I know! The song was written for the main characters of the series, Katniss, rising to be the symbol of rebellion. Not only that, but “Yellow Flicker Light” was nominated for Best Original Song at the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards.

That wraps it up, I can’t wait to see what the music world will bring to us in 2015 and I am ready for it. Please share with me your favorite song of 2014 🙂

Happy New Year to you all and see you soon 🙂

Music Monday! Kodaline – Honest & All Comes Down.

Hello everyone,

Welcome back to Music Monday!

You know that feeling you get on Christmas morning right before you open gifts? Well that’s how I feel when I discover a new indie artist and I am about to go on a listening spree. Yet again, I found another amazing indie band called Kodaline and I am so impressed by their work. Mainstream music has changed significantly throughout the years and if I want to listen to something meaningful I turn to the indie artists world. Every song I listened to by Kodaline made me feel at peace and the lyrics always have so much emotion. There is meaning behind them and that’s what I miss about mainstream music, but thankfully I have groups like Kodaline. Sometimes simplicity is all you need!

Kodaline is a band from Swords, Dublin who first became known when they participated in talent show, You’re A Star. The band consists of four members, Steve Garriganm Vinny May, Jason Boland and Mark Prendergast! Back then the band was known as 21 Demands, but in 2011 they changed it to Kodaline. In December 2014 the band announced that they will release a new album titled “Coming Up For Air” and they also released their first song from the album called “Honest”. I will share this song, as well as one of my personal favorites, “All Comes Down”.

Enjoy and have a lovely Monday!

See you very soon with my Top 20 Songs of 2014 post! I’m working on it as we speak 🙂

Lifestyle Sundays: The importance of New Years Resolutions + my 2015 resolutions!

Hello everyone,

I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas, mine was quiet but relaxing and that’s exactly what I need. Working with children can be tiring and noisy, so I am cherishing every moment of peace and quiet I get during my break.

Now that Christmas is over, New Years is just around the corner and it is the time to start thinking about new years resolutions. I used to be the type who thought it was pointless to make any because for some reason I never followed through with them. In the past year this has changed and I want to tell you why it’s important to write down new years resolutions!

A new year is an indicator for a new beginning, some of us like to think of it as a time when you can start over. I used to think that, but I took it a step further and thought of it as a continuation of my unfinished work from the past year. I also think that we shouldn’t have to wait every single year for New Years to motivate us to take action. We should consistently try to work on our goals throughout 365 days of the year. However, we are all different in our approach to things and that doesn’t always work. So why should we even bother making a new years resolution list? Because it can motivate you, print out your new years resolutions and tape it on your wall. That way every day when you look at that paper, you can be reminded about what you need to accomplish by the end of the year. For 2014 I made a phone wallpaper with all of my resolutions and I set it up as my lock screen wallpaper. This first thing I do in the morning is to look at my phone and that is the first thing I see. Repetition is key to getting on track with your new years resolutions, reminding yourself of your goals is essential for success.

We have heard people have the following conversation:

Person #1: Did you make a new years resolution list?

Person #2: Oh yeah, totally! This year is going to be different, I can feel it. I’ll have them all crossed of my list.

A month later…

Person #1: Whoa what are you doing? I thought you said you are not going to eat chocolate anymore. Isn’t that one of your resolutions for the year?

Person #2: Ha, did you really think that was going to happen. I say that every year, face it, new years resolutions are pointless. No one actually follow through with them…

I have heard this kind of conversation manyyy times and I used to the one who would say such things! It happens, we have one tiny setback and we go back to square one. That doesn’t have to be a justification for giving up and making it seem like it’s okay to not try our best. The important thing is to be persistent, if you fail then keep getting up and pushing forward no matter how many times it takes. The good thing about new years resolutions is that it can show you how much progress you’ve been through an entire year. Two years ago I made a decision to start writing my resolutions on my blog and before I knew it, it became my biggest source of motivation. I have an audience of people who read my post and I felt like I have the responsibility to show them that I didn’t procrastinate. I also have the responsibility to myself to follow through with what I say, but when I write it here I feel that I have to report to you guys by the end of the year.

I certainly do not have to do this, but I chose to do it because it inspires me! If people see that I did it and I was successful, someone who is reading my blog will feel inspired too. I always want to inspire people and show them that goals are possible to achieve! So do not take new years resolutions for granted and write down a precise list. Start with small resolutions, you don’t want to set high expectations and then fail. When I started working out one year ago, I started with a five minute workout and eventually I moved on to an advanced 45 minute Pilates workouts (I’ll talk about my workout routine in a upcoming post). Take it slow, you are not in a rush and all that matters is that you are actually taking action.

Now it’s time for the yearly check in and see how many of my 2014 New Years Resolutions became a reality. The ones that were achieved will be bolded, so let’s have a look:

  1. Participate in dance classes.
  2. Spend less and save more. 
  3. Relax more and cope better with daily stressors.
  4. Learn how to play a guitar.
  5. Learn Japanese! 
  6. Write more album review posts.
  7. Start my own YouTube channel. 
  8. Cook more. 
  9. Start running. 

As you can see, I need to work 10x harder in 2015, but five out of nine is not that bad. I am very happy that I became a frugal shopper and I manage my finances better, I attended a Japanese trial class and I am learning Japanese on my own at the moment. I started my YouTube channel and I uploaded two videos (my photography slideshow and a vlog from a Japanese festival). I started cooking more healthy dishes and I am getting better at cooking in general, I also started running in the summer and at the gym on the treadmill. As for the ones I didn’t accomplish, I will be working on those in the new year.

So now it is time for the updated 2015 New Years Resolution list!

1. Become more active on my YouTube channel! My goal is to make mini montages of my city and fun vlogs from my adventurous outings with friends.

2. Learn how to play the guitar! This summer I bought my  first guitar, but now comes the hard part…learning how to play it. This is a little bit intimidating for me because I don’t know how to read music, but someone told me “If other people can do it, why can’t you?” I’ll always remember this wise advice!

3. Attend dance classes! Unlike singing (it needs a lot of work), dancing is something I am skilled at doing and for the longest time I’ve wanted to go to a dance class. I’ve become a little bit shy over the years and my biggest roadblock is “But people will watch me dance”. That’s exactly what I want, I want people to see my talent but at the same time I am still a little bit nervous. I promise you guys, I will go to dance class this year!

4. Become more confident! I’ve always been confident, but I can be more confident and not be so hard on myself all the time. I don’t know if anyone can relate, but not being too confident in yourself is not fun. It makes you feel insecure around people and that is something I want to eliminate. I am very curious to know if anyone else feels this way, if you do let me know in the comments box. We can work together and motivate one another!

5. Figure out my career path! Even though I went to school for four years to get my education, I have this feeling that what I’m doing now is not meant for me. I am at a point in my life where I am trying to figure it out and there are a million things I want to do. I love working with children, but I also see myself doing other things. It is time to seriously think things over, ahhh the complicated life of the 20-somethings.

6. Stay vegetarian! It’s been three weeks since I stopped eating meat, I’m not sure how long it will last, but I don’t want to fail. I want see if I’ll follow through in the new year, if you are vegetarian and you want to give me some tips, please do so 🙂 ( I kind of miss Korean BBQ :S).

7. Relax better! I know the things I need to do to help me relax, but I need to stop thinking about the things that stress me out while I’m relaxing. That’s why this year, I am going to try to detox my mind from any worries that keep me up at night and just chill out. Being an over-thinker is a pain in the behind, so I definitely want to go back to my mellow self.

8. Sign-up for a running marathon! Now that I’m active and I do so many different workouts, it is time to challenge myself. I want to sign up for a marathon and see how well I’ll do, but before that I’ll have to train a lot. I am so ready and so pumped up for this.

9. Attend a cooking class! I know how to cook, but I always thought going to a cooking class would be a lot of fun and meet new people.

10. Continue studying Japanese! I want to learn Japanese well enough, so I can be able to have a conversation with a Japanese person. The reading part of the learning process is not a priority yet!

So here are my resolutions for 2015, I tried to think of any other resolutions I had in mind, but that’s pretty much all. Let’s work hard this and make our new years resolutions a reality!

Please share with me one resolution for 2015 and how you plan to achieve it, it helps to share it with someone.

Good luck and see you soon!

Friday Funday! The Book Tag.

Hello everyone,

Welcome back to Friday Funday!

It always amazes me how authors have the ability to write a story and create characters that we relate to and make us feel like we’ve entered another world. When I read a book, I feel like I’m in the story with the characters because I always imagine the setting in my head. I haven’t always been the bookworm that you see today, in fact there was a time when I used to think books were boring. I am so glad this narrow-minded thinking is gone because I’ve missed out on a lot of great books. I began to like reading when I read the Twilight series, it was the first time I took an interest in reading books. I am so happy I like them now because I can’t stop buying books, I just love reading fun and exciting stories.

Since I’m such a book lover I decided to answer The Book Tag questions! Enjoy and join in on the fun on your blog 🙂

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1. Do you have a certain place at home for reading?

I do and it’s in my room on my comfy bed, that’s where I can really concentrate on the story without distractions. Sometimes I will read in the living room, but that happens  rarely.

2. Bookmark or a random piece of paper?

A bookmark and I use the one that is given to me when I purchase a book from my local bookstore. If I don’t have a bookmark with me then I usually fold the corner of the paper to show me where I stopped reading.

3. Can you stop reading anytime you want or do you have to stop at a certain page, chapter, part, etc.?

When I’m reading I usually stop at the end of a chapter, if I don’t do it that way I usually feel like my reading is incomplete. However, if I’m commuting to work or simply going out with friends, then I stop in the middle of a paragraph or the end of a page.

4. Do you eat or drink while reading?

Neither, I like to completely devote my attention to the story I’m reading. Every once in a while I might make some tea, but I never like to munch on something while I’m reading.

5. Can you read while listening to music/watching TV?

Yes I can, but I concentrate better when I listen to music. I do it a lot on the bus or subway when I try to tune out people around me.

6. One book at a time, or several at once?

That depends, if I have a few books that I am eager to read then most likely I’ll read several at once. For example, right now I’m reading Game of Thrones and Reached by Ally Condie at the same time. Typically though, I prefer to read one book at a time!

7. Reading at home or everywhere?

Definitely reading at home because that’s where I can get comfortable and cozy and that’s important to me when I’m trying to relax with a good book.

8. Reading out loud or silently in your head?

Silently in my head, of course 🙂

9. Do you read ahead or skip pages?

I get very curious about the ending of a book, so I usually go to the very last page and read the final sentence. After that I skim through the book and read ahead a little, but the stuff I read makes me question how it happen. So I go back and I patiently read until I get to that specific part of the book. I have spoiled many books for myself when I do that, but I don’t really mind that much.

10. Breaking the spine or keeping it new?

Breaking the spine? O M G, never ever will I do that! I am very protective of my books, hence why I never lend them to other people because I don’t know if they’ll give it back to me in a good condition. I like it when my books look like they’ve just been bought from the store, they’ll last longer and won’t fall apart.

11. Do you write in books?

Based on my answer in the previous question, absolutely not! The only time I’ve written in books was in university when I had to highlight and make notes on the side.

Wow, I actually wish there were more questions to answer because I can talk about books all day long. I hope you guys enjoyed this post, let me know  in the comments box, what kind of books you like to read! For me it’s dystopian, fantasy and love stories!

See you again very soon and have a great day or evening!

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to my amazing blogger family here on WordPress!

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Every year is better than the last and I have so much more new content to write in 2015, but for now stay tuned for my Top 20 Songs of 2014! 

Thank you for sticking with me and reading my blog daily, it means to me more than you know! My YouTube channel is not used as much this year, but in the New Year I want to start filming vlogs for you guys, so stay tuned!

I hope you have a lovely day filled laughter and joy!

See you soon!

Music Monday! Paul McCartney – Wonderful Christmas Time.

Hello everyone,

Welcome back to Music Monday!

Oh my goodness, Christmas is just a few days away and I am so so excited. I had a hard time picking a Christmas song for today’s segment because there are so many amazing songs. However, I finally picked one and it is “Wonderful Christmas Time” by Paul McCartney. The song was released in 1979 and it debuted as number 6 on the United Kingdom Singles Chart.

This song makes me think of home with the family and eating good food. I hope you guys like today song pick.

Happy Holidays 🙂

See you soon!