How to survive winter in Toronto!

Some people love winter, while others don’t. Especially Canadian winter! Canadian winters are known for their harsh temperatures, especially in the northern part of Canada. I am not a Canadian born, but I do come from a country with four seasons and our winters were never this extreme.

Over the years I noticed I hibernate a lot from January to April, and here the winter season lasts longer. It can get boring to stay at home all the time, so I decided to put my thinking cap on and come up with a list of ways to survive winter in Toronto. This list can be also helpful for anyone suffering from Season Affective Disorder.

Let’s take a look.

1. Catch a movie at TIFF Bell Lightbox.

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TIFF Bell Lightbox has a unique selection of films to see, and if you are a TIFF volunteer then you have vouchers to redeem. The cinemas at TIFF Bell Lightbox are cozy, they also have the concession stand and the TIFF Lounge. For example, you got there early and there are some minutes to spare before you go in the cinema. Go to the TIFF Lounge and enjoy a beverage, sit by the window and enjoy the view of King Street. By the way, you don’t have to order anything, you can just sit there and enjoy your time. In the building, there is also Luma restaurant, the Canteen, and a gift shop. You can also go to a regular movie theatre ūüôā

2. Indoor Mimico Skating Rink.

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u skate you can warm up quickly, but if you prefer to do this indoors head down to the Mimico Arena. Oh, and did I mention that it is free? It’s better to go out on a Friday night and enjoy some skating.

3. Find cute coffee shops.

The good thing about Toronto is the dynamic lifestyle. You will find so many aesthetically pleasing coffee shops. You can grab some coffee, or tea and a yummy dessert. Enjoy your time there with a good book or bring your laptop to do some work or watch some Netflix. Some coffee shops to visit are:

Himalayan Coffee House

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This coffee house creates the cutest coffee art!

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Dineen Coffee Co.

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Manic Coffee

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Boxcar Social

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Balzac’s

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Sense Appeal Cofee Roasters

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Neo Coffee Bar

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Of course, there are more coffee shops to explore, but these are a few options.

4. Going to the Toronto Reference Library.

I am a bookworm, and I love discovering new books to read. I still love going to the library, when I immigrated to Canada I used to go all the time because I didn’t have a computer. Now I continue to go but I like to explore the history and geography section. Lately, I’ve been interested in learning more about the world. So while you are there, grab a good book and sit there for hours reading. You’ll be nice and toasty, don’t forget to bring a snack with you too. In fact, any Toronto Public Library will be a good choice. another unique library to visit is the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library which is a library in the University of Toronto.

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Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library

5. Trampoline Park.

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If you want to have some real fun, I recommend going to the trampoline park. Go with your friends and feel like a kid again. This is also a great way to get rid of the winter blues and have some fun. The most popular trampoline parks to visit are Skyzone and Air Riderz.

5. Comedy clubs

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If you’re in the mood for some fun entertainment, check out the comedy clubs in the city. There are so many comedy clubs to choose from and if you want a cheaper deal, Groupon is your best resource. Laughing until your stomach hurts is the best way to cure your winter blues. Some comedy clubs to visit are Second City, Yuk Yuk’s, Absolute Comedy, Comedy Club, Bad Dog Comedy Theater, Social Capital Theater, The Corner, Rivoli and 120 Diner.

6. Going bowling.

Another fun activity to do in the winter is to go bowling, spend time with family and friends and have some fun. There are some bowling places in the city and here is a list:

Bathurst Bowlerama, Rexdale Bowlerama, The Ballroom, Playtime Bowl, Planet Bowl, Parkway Bowl, North Park Bowl, Newtonbrook Bowlerama, Kennedy Bowl, Danforth Bowl, C4Centre Bowling and All-Star Interactive.

Some of you may say I missed adding West Bowlerama to the list, but I recently found out that location will close permanently. That’s okay because there is much more to choose from.

8. Going out to see a music show.

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We are so lucky in Toronto to have so many entertaining music venues. Here are a few suggestions:

Roy Thompson Hall, The Royal Conservatory, The Rex (jazz and blues club), The Canadian Music Centre (they offer very affordable tickets), Lee’s Palace (for rock music lovers), The Garrison (for indie music lovers), and Clinton’s Tavern (it has indie music, karaoke and 60s/90s dance nights.

These are a few venues but there are many, many more.

9. Going to see some art and history.

 

If you are interested in arts and culture, Toronto has got you covered. The downtown core is buzzing with venues for culture lovers. Here are a few suggestions:

AGO (Art Gallery of Ontario), The Rom (The Royal Ontario Museum), Aga Khan Museum, The Music Gallery, Bata Shoe Museum, Gardner Museum, and so much more!

I’ve always loved going to museums and galleries!

10. Going to karaoke.

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I love singing so naturally I love going to karaoke venues. It is a great way to spend some time with friends and bring some snacks. Here are a few suggestions:

XO Karaoke, Bar + Karaoke (one of my favorites), Freezone Karaoke, and many more.
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11. Netflix, Dance, and Relaxing.

 

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Now, this is not a location in Toronto, but if you really don’t want to go out, staying home and creating a fun atmosphere can cure your winter blues too. Find your favorite show, or pick a new one and snuggle in your bed with some tea and a delicious snack. Find a fun Youtube video and dance your heart out, you’ll get those happy endorphins. Open your blinds or curtains, let in some light, and just relax. I know how to have fun at home and enjoy my time alone, so if you guys want a post dedicated to that, please comment below.

Honourable mentions:

Ripley’s Aquarium, Gladstone Hotel, The Drake, and The Ballroom.

Thank you so much for reading, I hope you enjoyed this post! My next post will be part of my Self Care January segment and it will be published this week.

See you soon!

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East Coast, Meets West Coast 2016! Part II – Granville Island & Gastown.

Welcome back everyone,

Today it’s time for part two of my traveling story! I will be telling you a little bit about Vancouver and the¬†beginning of our road trip to Portland, Oregon.

Where did I leave off? Oh yes, it was the end of our crazy, but fun hiking day. After my intense hike, I remember waking up and feeling really sore. Hiking is the best workout you can get! Even though I was sore, I was happy because I was improving my stamina and getting back into shape. I woke up around noon, my friend slept in a little bit longer so I took advantage of my free time and edited some pictures from the hike. After my friend woke up and we got ready, we went out to grab some sushi. Apparently, sushi in Vancouver is cheaper than in Toronto. That’s actually, for seven bucks we got a nice meal and it was very filling.

Simply delicious

Before my friend went off to work, we drove down to Granville Island by the Harbourfront. 

The scenery of the boats and the mountains in the distance was lovely.

The mountain is hiding behind the bridge

Granville Island is a shopping district located at the end of Granville Street Bridge. My friend and I hung out near the water for a bit before she went off to work. I decided to go and explore on my own, I walked around taking pictures of the scenery and recording videos for my video montage I’m working on as we speak. When I was done, I decided to put away my camera so I can enjoy my time without feeling the need of documenting every little detail. I decided to go inside the Granville Market and look around for any souvenirs (I used this word a lot on my trip, haha). You could find everything there, meats, pastries, more delicious food and unique homemade products. I bought a Granville Island coaster, I wanted to take a little piece of Granville Island with me to Toronto.

IMG_7340¬†¬†After I finished browsing around the market, I decided to go and take the bus to Gastown. Gastown is a historic part of Vancouver and a place I’ve always wanted to see in person, it is a beautiful part of downtown with a European vibe. I am proud of myself because I managed well on my own with the bus and directions. I always get nervous navigating through an unknown city because I have a poor sense of direction, but I did well. The bus ride was pleasant, I talked to some tourists as well and it was fun to find out from where people are coming from to visit. As soon as I got to Gastown, I was super excited to go and see the famous steam clock in person.

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Arrival in GaGastown

Before that, I came across a souvenir shop and of course, I had to go inside and buy some gifts for my friends and family. When I was done, I went to take pictures of the clock tower and then I went for a short walk.

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I decided to head back to my friend’s place because I had to finish packing for our U.S. road trip. I went to catch the SkyTrain, but I was slightly confused about the transit system. For example, they didn’t have a ticket booth to buy tickets or ask questions, while in Toronto there is one at every station. I almost took the wrong train for the wrong travel zone, but my intuition guided me to ask a couple how to get to my destination. They guided me and I took the train to my stop. I like the transit system in Vancouver because 1) it’s cheaper 2) we travel above ground and there is actual cellular service. Hallelujah!

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Inside the Skytrain

When I arrived at my stop, I hopped on the bus and went home. My friend’s roommate was already at home, so we ended up cooking a delicious healthy dinner, chatting and going for an evening walk to the park. It was probably one of the most relaxing and enjoyable evenings I’ve had in a long time.

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Pleasant walk in the park

After we got back, I started packing and waiting for my friend come home from work, because we were planning to start driving to Portland, Oregon in the middle of the night. Yes, I am serious! The reason why my friend wanted to leave so early was because of the traffic, we didn’t want to get stuck in traffic for a long time and waste the day. My friend got home a little bit after 12:30am and we were on the road around 2ish ( I can’t remember the exact time). I was super excited to finally go to the States, it was a very exciting moment for me. I’ve never had such a spontaneous trip in the middle of the night, and in general I always plan things ahead of time. ¬†I’ve learned that the best things in life happen, when you are spontaneous and go with the flow. Now back to the story! Soon we arrived at the border, when all the technicalities were taken care of and we showed our passports, we were on our way again. As soon I knew we were on U.S. grounds, I squalled so loud that my friend thought something bad happened. I grew up watching American movies with my family back in Bulgaria and to us the States were a big deal and I was happy to finally see what the fuss is about.

I am going to end this story here and continue with my U.S. road trip story in another post because there is so much to talk about! What I want to know from you guys is, what was your most memorable road trip you’ve had? Share your story below, I would love to read it.

Thanks for reading and see you soon ūüôā

 

East Coast, Meets West Coast 2016! Part I – Stawamus Chief Hike.

Hello everyone,

After 15 years of living in Canada, I finally went on my first big vacation. I know, what have I been doing all this time? Well, not too much but the top two reasons why I haven’t traveled anywhere is because of 1) financial reasons 2) busy with other daily life demands. I did travel to Montreal three times and to Niagara Falls once, but I don’t count these locations as big travel trips.

In Fall 2015, my friend moved from Toronto to Vancouver City, if you are from Canada then you know BC is popular for its beautiful nature and scenery. When my friend moved away, she kept asking me to come for a visit, but always said ” I don’t know, should I splurge money like that” and in that moment I decided, “Yes, now is the time and if not now then when?” I began to save money and in March I purchased my flight ticket, which was relatively cheap for what you usually get. When I say cheap, I meant from the $400 dollar range and that’s pretty good. The countdown began and the excitement started to build up as the departure date arrived closer and closer. I even downloaded a countdown app on my phone and I checked it every day.

July 23, 2016, finally arrived and I was so excited I’m finally going somewhere different, and being stuck in one place all the time is very dull. My plane departure was slightly late but my overall my flight experience was enjoyable. I made sure I had items to entertain me for 5 hours such as a book, my music and one of those adult coloring books.

 

Life worries seem so trivial when you have a bird’s eye view of the world

Cotton candy clouds!

My flight going to Vancouver felt longer, but the minute we landed I was overwhelmed with excitement.

Arrival at Vancouver Airport

From the airport I took a cab to my friend’s place, I wasn’t planning on taking the SkyTrain when I had so much luggage and the transit system would be confusing for a first timer in VanCity. The car ride was nice, the first thing I noticed was the clear sky and how well the moon was seen. In Toronto, you can’t see the moon very well and it appears very tiny, in VanCity it appears larger and closer to Earth. It was cool to witness that and I could also see the stars in the sky, in Toronto you have to go to cottage country to get that view. That’s what impressed me the most on my first night in Vancouver.

 

Bright big moon over Vancouver harbourfront

I arrived at the house in 20-25 min, and surprisingly I didn’t feel jetlagged at all. That was good because the next morning we had to be up early to go on a six-hour hike. Yes, six hours but it turned out to be a bit longer. One of the things I’ve always wanted to do in Vancouver was to go hiking and I was thrilled I got the chance to do that. We went to Squamish which is¬†an hour away from Vancouver, where the Stawamus Chief hike is located. It offers a beautiful scenic view of Howe Sound and several mountains in Garibaldi Provincial Park. The views were incredible, I’ve never seen anything so beautiful before and I was in awe of the British Columbia’s beauty.

Before you enter and begin the to hike up to the top of the Chief, near the parking lot you will find Shannon Falls. Shannon Falls is a beautiful waterfall surrounded by trees and there were a ton of tourists taking pictures and simply enjoying each others company.

Shannon Falls

After we finished admiring the Falls, we started walking through a short trail to enter the Chief.

Our view before entering the Chief
The hiking trail that led us to the Chief

The estimated time of the hike is six hours, the level of hiking is considered intermediate but it didn’t feel that way to me. There are three peaks and to get to the first peak, we had to climb steep wooden stairs that slowly transitioned into rock stairs. At first, I was fine, but then it started to hit me, my heartbeat was off the charts and my face was almost as red as a tomato. Oh, and of course, I was sweating profusely. I stopped many times while I was climbing the stairs, but luckily I wasn’t the only one in the group who did that. I was starting to feel nauseous too, it wasn’t a good feeling but I knew I felt that way because I didn’t enough hiking experience. Halfway through the hike to peak one, we stumbled across a “lemonade stand”. There was a couple waiting for hikers and giving out lemonade to them! I thought that was the most thoughtful thing I’ve seen, it is special because they were regular people who only wanted to help out make the hiking experience a little bit more manageable. It wasn’t free, but there wasn’t a particular price you had to pay, you payed what you could. While I was enjoying my lemonade, I sat down to admire the scenery in front of me. All you could see was trees everywhere and I loved it.

Our view when we made a pit stop to enjoy some lemonade

We took a little bit of breather before we continued climbing up to the first peak, that’s when it got a little bit tricky. We reached a steep area where we had to use chains to climb up, it was challenging but I decided to push through. Even though this hike was difficult and we stopped many times on the way to peak one, I decided to keep going. I didn’t want to give up, I may be a less experienced hiker, but my willpower is stronger. My friends were impressed that on my first day in VanCity, I completed such a difficult hike. I gotta admit, I was quite proud of myself and it showed me I can accomplish anything I wanted. That’s not the end, when we reached peak one it was the most beautiful sight. We took time to rest, take lots of photos and eat to increase our energy for the second peak.

Peak 1
Breathtaking view from peak 1

After a much-needed rest, we started again! It was fun to do this hike a lot of people, we were chatting and enjoying this experience to the fullest. The hike up to the second peak was not so bad, instead of stairs, now we had lots of rocks. We took our time climbing, but then for the first time during the hike I got scared. There was some elevated rock¬†we had to jump on¬†while using chains to bring ourselves upwards. For one of the rocks, I had to lift my leg high up in the air and jump up to grab onto the chains. I was suddenly terrified, I have a fear of heights that subsided two years ago but I’m not completely over it yet. So when I looked behind and saw what would happen if I didn’t jump properly, I simply panicked. Embarrassingly, I screamed out loud during my first try! The scream was a genuine feeling of fear, but one of my friends stayed with me and encouraged me that I can do it. So my willpower kicked in again and I build up the courage to jump up and grab onto these chains. I pulled¬†myself up and I climbed onto the hill, I am lucky to have such supportive friends who encouraged me and helped me get over my fear. We had to climb a little bit further to get to the second peak which was more uphill, but eventually we made it to the top.

Peak 2
In the distance , ou will see the Garibaldi Provincial Park

At that point, I was absolutely exhausted and I rested for a while. We completed our usual routine of taking pictures, we were lucky enough to have some people at the second peak who offered to take a few group shots of us. I was dreading the next moment because that meant we had to continue climbing to the final peak, and I didn’t want to. My friends were contemplating a bit and the person who was taking our pictures told us it’ll take a long time to get there. I was hoping that would be convincing enough to change their minds and go back, but some of us were determined to complete the full hike. My friends knew I didn’t want to, but they told me it would be worth it in the end. It was worth it, I would do it again if I had to. I can’t remember exactly, but it took us an hour and half to get to the third¬†peak. The hike to the third peak was not that bad, it was actually easier than the other ones. Once we got the final peak, I felt a sense of satisfaction that I completed such a difficult hike with minimum hiking experience. I was so proud of myself and my friends were too!

Peak 3, just in time for the sunset

On our way down we decided to take a short cut, we were led by our friend who knows the way and if we didn’t have him, we would be lost. The short cut was not that easy, there were lots of rocks and steep hills, therefore going down was not easy. My pace was slow because I didn’t want to fall down and hurt myself, it took while to get down and our goal was to get back to those stairs we climbed earlier. Because we were in the forest, it was starting to get dark, not too much but we had to hurry to get down. Me and two of my friends were ahead, and I was on the lookout to find these stairs and also to the hear the waterfall. If I heard the waterfall, that meant we close to exiting the Chief in a hour. Luckily, I am very observant so as soon I heard the waterfall I told my two other friends who were behind us. We started climbing down the stairs, but it was getting even darker. I got a little bit nervous, but I knew we were going the right way so the feeling quickly went away. We were way ahead of our two friends, so as soon we made it down, we sat down to rest and wait for them. Shortly after that they showed up and we were all reunited. We started walking back to the parking lot, we walked by a camp site near the entrance of the Chief, one day I’ll go back and camp out there.

We got onto the trail we used to enter the Chief and night view of the mountains was stunning! Of course, we stopped and took a few photos!

Photo credit goes out to my friend! Stunning view of the mountain at night, after we left the Chief

Soon we got into the car, and drove to Boston Pizza to eat dinner because we were starving. After dinner, my friend dropped off the others and we went back home. I slept like a baby that night, and the next morning I was very sore haha, but it was worth. I am so glad I spend time with these amazing people, for nine hours we got to know each other a little bit and I’ll never forget that amazing day!

As you can tell from the title of this post, this is part one of my story. There is so much to¬†share about this trip, so I’ll be splitting up the story into parts. The next part of my story will take place in the United States and the awesome road trip we had.

I hope you guys enjoyed this post, let me know if you go hiking and if you do share with us what’s the toughest hike you’ve ever done.

Thank you for reading and stay tuned for part two of my 2016 travelling story!

See you soon.

Lindsey Stirling, Brave Enough Tour 2016

Hello everyone,

It’s been a while, my apologies for keeping you waiting but I have a brand new post for you so I hope that makes up for the wait ūüôā

For those of you who are new to my blog I am not a professional music critic. Simply love music so much that I want to write my thoughts and opinions about albums, songs, and performances. So that’s exactly what I’m going to be doing today I will talk to you guys about the Lindsey Stirling performance I saw this Tuesday. Lindsey Stirling is one of the most innovative and creative violinist of our time. This may sound¬†like an exaggeration, but go on over to her YouTube channel and you will be blown away by her talent.

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Lindsey Stirling, Brave Enough, album cover.

Before I get into the good stuff, I want to give you guys a brief background information about Lindsey. Lindsey Stirling was born on September 21, 1986 she is an electronic classical performance artist. She combines both genres of music and dances while playing the violin, as you can imagine it takes a lot of stamina to be able to do that but she makes it look so effortless. Lindsey decided in 2010 to appear on America’s Got Talent, but she got voted off further into the show and was told she wouldn’t be able to sell out any shows with this kind of music. She then took her music YouTube, cinematographer David Gray reached out to¬†Lindsey in hopes of collaborating on a YouTube video together. From there her music started to take off and slowly she gain more following. She has released three albums and her first release was her self-titled album Lindsey Stirling. She has performed with many amazing singers such as Celine Dion, and she won¬†a Billboard Award¬†for Top Dance Electronic album. Do I need to say more, she is quite amazing!

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Lindsey Stirling, along side Celine Dion at the 2016 Billboard Awards!

I’m going to give you a breakdown of what the concert was like and what to expect if you are attending her. The concert¬†began with Shawn Hook as the opening act, who is also a fellow Canadian. He has performed with Elton John, so he is someone to look out for in the future. If I can recall correctly, he performed about 4-5 songs, including his famous single, “Sound of Your Heart”. He had great vocals, very clear and not auto-tuned at all and his piano skills were on point. The show began at 8:00pm, Shawn performed until 8:30pm and then we had a half an hour intermission.

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At 9 o’clock, the star of the night appeared on stage, she performed her song “Pheonix” and it was an electrifying introduction. The stage looked incredible, three screens were set up and on top the Brave Enough logo could be seen.

The costumes and stage effects¬†were quite impressive, in front of the main stage there was a net-like looking screen that was brought down. On that screen special effects were projected, such as leaves falling down or the effects of rain. It was definitely a very unique visual experience. Seeing Lindsey perform on stage you can see she definitely has the charisma and the energy to keep the audience engaged. She loves what she does for a living and this is her passion. The skill of dancing and playing the violin at the same time can be a very hard but she manages to pull it off very well. Lindsey Stirling is a very down to earth person who engaged with the audience and had conversations with them. She put together a little skit that supposedly was filmed backstage, it was quite funny and we were all laughing. Lindsey along with her drummer and guitar player, came out onstage with child sized music instruments and played a song or two. That just goes to show even with a child’s toy she can still pull it off.

After the skit Lindsey took the time to talk about one of her crew members, Gavi, who passed away of cancer. She talked about how hard it was for her to deal with this loss and how she’s overcoming it. She performed a tribute song for Gavi with a special video montage she put together of him. After this tribute performance, Lindsey¬†talked about a song that Gavi and her started writing¬†together before¬†he passed away. They couldn’t finish it so she said that she worked very hard and she felt that she had Gavi’s support¬†from up above to finish the song. It was very touching performance. Afterwards, Lindsay changed costumes and played a few more songs before ending the show. When she performed her song, “Arena”, she talked about the adversity she faced when she was told that she will not be able to make it as a musician. Her positive message to anyone in the audience who had any special talents was never to give up and never to let anyone tell them that they cannot do it. Instead she said to use it as a way to get back up there and fight for what you are born to do. It was such a great message and it really hits close to home for me personally, because I have lots of aspirations and dreams for the entertainment industry. After she left the stage everybody were yelling encore, encore, we all wanted to see her back on stage and she came back for one final performance of “Roundtable Rival”.

What am I going take away from this concert experience? I have learned that being persistent to chase your dreams is vital. Never give up, Lindsey didn’t and now she is a star. Make sure you visit her YouTube channel, you are in for a treat!

Thanks for reading and see you soon!

 

Music Monday! F(x) – All Mine

Wow, it’s been a while since I’ve posted on this blog. Life for me has been very busy lately, because I recently returned from a trip to the West Coast.

It was one of the best trips I’ve ever had and it was a much needed one too. My friend and I went on a road trip to Portland, Oregon and Seattle, Washington. You bet there was a lot of music playing in the car to keep us entertained.

Today I want to share one of my favorite songs from the road trip, of course it’s a Kpop song. The Korean pop group, F(x) released their single “All Mine” on July 22, 2016.

The music video was produced and edited by fellow group member, Amber. The music video features all four member holding a camera on their own, at an individual setting. The music video feels more intimate and down to Earth, without the high-end production value. Nowadays, that’s more to my liking because it feels more natural and simple.
The song is a funky EDM inspired track, which is part of SM Entertainment’s new feature, SM Station. SM Station releases more EDM inspired tracks, and as a EDM fan this is a major A+ in my books. “All Mine” is wonderful song with a cheerful upbeat tune, that’ll make get up and dance. This is officially my summer song of 2016!

What’s yours? Tell me in the comments box below and don’t forget to tell me if you like this song ūüôā

Thank you for stopping by my blog, make sure you go to visit my lifestyle blog to read about my travelling adventures.

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See you soon with a much anticipated photography post!

Friday Funday! 40 music questions tag.

Hello everyone,

Hooray, Friday Funday is back! I am actually legitimately excited to have one of my original segments back on my blog.

I think it’s time for you guys to get to know more about my music likes and dislikes. I can’t recall if I wrote a post like this already, but if I did, this one might be slightly different.

Let’s begin answering this fun ¬†music question tag! Enjoy.

The Music Tag
1. Do you have any fan merchandise that is unusual?
What defines unusual merchandise? I would like to know if you guys have any unusual merchandise, as for me, no I do not. I usually purchase T-shirts, mugs or posters!

2.Which was your first album worth mentioning?
I am torn between “Baby One More Time” by Britney Spears and “The Writings On The Wall” by Destiny’s Child. I can’t recall which one I got first, but I do remember it was an audio cassette album. Remember those? ūüôā

3.When was your first concert? (Age)
My first concert was in 2009, I was 20 years old and I went to the Britney Spears’s Circus Tour.

4.Have you been to festivals?
Yes, I’ve been to the Beaches Jazz festival and it was so much fun. You can’t go wrong with food, live music and the view of Lake Ontario.

5.Ever considered to join a fan club? Which one?
No.

6.Which song was the discovering of a whole new genre for you?
It was “Every Heart” by BoA. BoA is a Korean Pop star who sings in Japan too, her Japanese song “Every Heart” introduced me to the world of Jpop.

7.What do you think about TV and Movie Soundtracks?
I love them, it adds character to the movie or TV show. Happy, sad, and suspenseful instrumentals make a TV or film scene more exciting.

8.Do you choose particular albums depending on the mood?
Not albums, but I pick songs according to my mood.

9.Ever made a mixed CD?
Yes, I made a mixed CD for my home when I am cooking deliciousness in the kitchen and as a birthday gift for my mom. She is a big Beatles and Queen fan!

10.Have you ever met a singer or band member personally? Were you impressed?
No, but I want to meet Britney Spears one day. If I had to pick any musician, it would be her. Also in 2009 when I attended the MMVAs, I saw Lady Gaga who was very close to the stage. At moment I realized, she is not actually that tall.

11.The old days of music were the better ones. Do you agree?
Every decade has it’s pros and cons, so I can’t say the old days of music were better. However, I have to admit that nowadays, music is not very original. Most artists do not compose or write their own music, and sometimes it sounds very unoriginal. I’m getting the impression that anyone can have a music career in this day and age because of auto-tune and computer effects added to disguise bad vocals. That being said, there are a lot of artists who still compose and write their own music. My favorite decade for music are the 90s, 80s and 70s.

12.Have you ever seen a band live and regretted it? Which one?
Never, I always make sure I buy tickets for bands that will be worth my money.

13.Would you be upset if your taste of music becomes mainstream?
No, because I’ve always listened to mainstream music, but now I am listening to more indie music than before. Mainstream music has become a bit plain for me.

14.Have a ever covered a song and recorded it? Which one?
Yes, many times but I’ve never published it anywhere online. Maybe one day ūüôā

15.Have you ever quoted lyrics and why?
Yes, because they describe a certain emotion or situation. You can express yourself so well through music, that’s why appreciate authentic lyrics that are written from the heart.

16.Craziest place to listen to music?
EDM festivals, I love EDM but I wouldn’t go because I cannot stand big crowds of people.

17.Do you think you’re listening to very¬†loud music¬†i.e. with your MP3-Player?
I always blast my music, whether I’m listening to it with headphones or on my computer. My hearing might be impaired one day, but let’s hope I get lucky and have good hearing for a long time.

18.Do you have a song as a ringtone?
No.

19 .Which CD Cover has the most beautiful Artwork?

That is not an easy question, but here it goes. Keep in mind this is the most recent one I’ve seen and I am not disregarding other outstanding CD cover artworks.

ZEDD’s album cover for “True Colors” really captured my attention. To me, the explosion of colors symbolizes what it feels like when you listen to EDM. It can be electrifying! I love the blend of colors and how they represent a tree.

20.In your opinion, who does the best stage show?
That is an impossible question to answer, but I’m going to pick my top three favorites.

  • Michael Jackson! That man knew how to put on a show, he made the crowds go crazy with his dancing, flashy attire and singing, with his signature, “ihiii”.
  • Britney Spears! I don’t care what anyone says, she slayed back in the day and she proved it to us at the 2016 BBMAs, that she has still got it.
  • Janet Jackson! I saw her perform last year, 49 years old and this an amazing performers with great energy on that stage. True talent.

Honorable mentions: QUEEN, Celine Dion, David Bowie, Madonna, Prince, Beyonce, Elvis Presley, P!nk (she has become creative with her performances) and many more.

21.Do you prefer a chronological order or alphabetical or both of your CDs?
I prefer chronological order.

22.Do you think the leader of the band has to be attractive in order to be famous?
No, it’s not about the person’s outer appearance, it has be about the art. I think that’s the problem with Hollywood nowadays, you have to be pretty to become famous, even if you may be talent-less. Music is supposed to be about the art!

23.Do you like to observe changes of music style of your favorite band?
In the past it was something that I didn’t like, but as I’ve gotten older I want to see artists evolve and try different styles.

 

24.Is there any artist that you like who is more than a musician i.e actor?
Yes, it’s Jennifer Lopez. I love her music and¬†her movies!

25. The saddest love song is…?
Every time I listen to “Unbreak My Heart” by Toni Braxton, it brings tears to my eyes.

26.Do you concentrate on listening or are you doing something else while listening to music? If so, what?
If I am on the bus, I concentrate on my music. If I’m at home and I have music playing in the background, I usually browse the web, write blog posts or read a book.

27. Do you listen more to music with English lyrics or lyrics in your first language?
I barely listen to Bulgarian music, but I do listen to a lot of Jpop and Kpop, along with American music.

28.The most overrated artist this year was….?
Well, the year is not over yet, but if I had to pick someone from other years, it would be The Jonas Brothers. They had catchy pop songs, but overall it wasn’t anything special.

 

29.What’s your opinion on musicals and dance movies?
I absolutely love them, I am a bigger fan of dance movies, but musicals are cool too.

30.Do you play an instrument?
I own a guitar and an electric keyboard, but right now I’m learning how to play the piano.

31.Does a good band need a good video? Do have a favorite video?
Not necessarily, but good visuals and a good video can attract more fans more. It doesn’t have to be anything over the top, it can simple, but still engage a larger audience. Of course, the music is number one to create a big fanbase.

32.Would you get tattoo of your favorite band? Which one?
No.

33.What do you use to find new music? Internet(e.g. Lastfm, myspace), friend , shop..?
Myspace? Who is still using that website? Anyway, I find music through YouTube, I also use my app Shazam to discover new songs when I’m on the go and through Facebook.

34. What is your latest music discovery?
I’ve always been a fan of classical music, but this year I discovered Canadian classical music. It is lovely and it deserves more recognition.

35. What is your favorite music genre?
My top two favorite music genres are rock and pop! The rest are classical music, blues, swing music, soul, EDM, Indie, techno, jazz and so much more.

36. What is your least favorite music genre?
Country music, although I have some country songs that I like, it is not a genre I have in my music collection.

37. Do you still buy CDs?
Yes, I do and I don’t think I’ll ever stop.

38. Do you own any music merchandise that no one uses anymore?
Yes, I have two CD players and my Walkman from 1998. I am sentimental and I hold on to these items.

39. What is your favorite movie soundtrack?
Definitely, the Lion King.

40. What do you love about music?
I don’t know where to begin, I can talk about this for hours. Music is like oxygen for me, I can’t go on a day without listening to music. I need to be around it all the time, it gives energy and I love the endless choice of music genres. Music has an universal language and you can express so much emotion. Music is the best thing in the world!

Thank you so much for reading, I hope you enjoyed this post.

I’ll see you all soon and have a great weekend!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dive into the World of LIGHTS, CAMERA, PLAY!

 

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This has been long overdue, but the newly and improved version of my blog is finally here. Welcome to the world of Lights, Camera, Play!

Through time we all go through changes and evolve as people, that’s why I thought it was time for my blog to evolve too. I have worked on this big blog change for months to ensure every small detail is perfect. From brainstorming blog names to designing blog graphics over and over again, until I was satisfied with the final product.

Let’s go over what kind of content this blog will offer and what will stay and go!

  1. Uploads of my personal photography! This year I will be going away on vacation and it will give me the opportunity to take many new photos.
  2. Music reviews from albums, songs to music events! I will be exploring the multifaceted world of music by talking about different genres from classical music to Kpop.
  3. My segment Music Monday will continue to be a part of this blog, however my segment International Wonderland will not. International Wonderland was a segment I created that explored music from other countries. Since I will keep Music Monday, so there is no need to keep International Wonderland anymore.
  4. My segment Geek Corner that focuses on TV and film culture will be making its exit from this blog. However, I will be writing about TV and film music.
  5. There will be no more book and movie reviews, as well as beauty and fashion posts.
  6. There will be one more original segment that will remain on this blog and it is: Friday Funday! This is my little gift to my long time followers who have been with me since day one. This segment is all about fun random posts i.e. Q/A, tag questionnaire posts and etc.

This is what my blog will be in a nutshell, but I have more to share with you. My past blog posts were focused on lifestyle, even though I had a lot of music content. Therefore, I’ve decided to use my Tumblr blog for my lifestyle posts (http://jadore-fabulosity.tumblr.com/). I haven’t launched it yet, but when I do my followers will be the first to know about it.

I have also opened up an Instagram account dedicated solely for my photography, it would mean a lot if guys went to support my work and follow me here → https://www.instagram.com/lifethroughalens89/. I also want to know if you any of you want an Instagram account affiliated with this blog. Please answer the poll below to let me know!

That being said, it is time to end today’s post with a big thank for waiting patiently to make my return to the blogging world. I am excited to bring new content your way and evolve as a blogger. I will¬†soon be leaving the field of child care/counselling to follow my passion for the arts/culture field. With this blog I will watch myself grow professionally and improve my music review and photography work. I have 172 people who will be with me on this journey and I am so excited to share this chapter of my life with you all.

Thank you for reading and I will see you tomorrow with the return of¬†Music Monday„ÉĄ¬†