5 Powerful LatinX Women

On this International Women’s Day, I would like to take some time to look at some powerful Latina women who have made incredible strides in the world. We must always acknowledge that there are some incredible women all over the world and their stories deserve to be told.

Rigoberta Menchu

Rigoberta Menchu is an indigenous woman from Guatemala who made strides in the indigenous women’s rights movement. She did so much for women in Guatemala that in 1992 she won the Nobel Peace Prize. Menchu is still fighting for indigenous rights to this day.

Eva Peron

As the First Lady of Argentina, Eva Peron was a very controversial figure in Argentinian culture. With that being said, Peron fought hard for women’s rights in Argentina, eventually leading her to give women the right to vote in 1947. Powerful.

Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo is a household name, everybody knows her and her beautiful paintings. She is a cultural icon. She channelled her pain she endured in her life into art and eventually made it big. Frida Kahlo is definitely a female figure to look up to and well deserving of a worldwide name,

Isabel Allende 

One of the most famous literary masters from Latin America is Isabel Allende. Over her entire career she has sold 37 million copies of her books as well as having her stories translated into countess languages. In 2014, Allende received The Presidential Medal of Freedom from Barack Obama. She’s incredible.

These 4 women are incredible representations of Latin culture. Keep it up ladies! Lets celebrate women not just today but everyday.

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

March 8, 2014, was a day that changed so many peoples lives. It brought so many people from all walks of life together for the worst possible reason. Their friends and family went missing on Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

Its been 5 years and there’s still little to no evidence as to what happened on that fateful flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. Although the general consensus is that the plane went missing around or over the Indian Ocean, there has been little to no debris found anywhere. The missing plane and lack of evidence has left the world baffled. The black box was never found so we don’t know what truly happened during the flights last moments.

The flight’s captain seemed calm when speaking to the people on the ground the whole time until it lost contact with the ground.

So what exactly happened? There are so many theories and none have really been proven or debunked. Some people think that it might have been an inside job or terrorist attack. That the plane wasn’t actually crashed but it landed safely somewhere in order for it to be used for a future terrorist attack. Others think that the captain himself took the plane down as a suicide attempt. Who really knows.

Honestly, it is quite possible that we will never know what happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. There just isn’t enough evidence to determine anything. Will we find the airplane anywhere? All we can do is hope that in the next 5 years we get some answers to anything.

The Story Of Milli Vanilli

On March 7, 1989, Milli Vanilli released their debut studio album. No one expected what came after.

Milli Vanilli was an R&B/Pop duo from Germany that came into the mainstream world and took it by storm. One day they were nobodies and the next day their songs and likeness’ were all over the media. They had hit after hit and sounded perfect each time they performed live. They won countless MTV VMA awards and the coveted Grammy for Best New Artist. Their songs “Girl You Know It’s True” and “Blame It On The Rain” were hits on the radio. Everything seemed to be going great for these 2 guys from Germany. Until it wasn’t.

During a performance of “Girl, You Know Its True” at an MTV event, something went wrong. Their backtrack got stuck. The 2 singers froze on stage until eventually, one ran off. This incident kicked off a slew of questions. Were they lipsyncing, who were they really, had they been lying this whole time? The publicity got so intense until one November day, they admitted the truth. They not only lipsynced to their songs but they didn’t even sing them. A whole other band was behind the scenes writing and recording the vocals. The 2 friends were merely the face for the band. This set off a firestorm of angry fans and critics alike.

Milli Vanilli was forced to give back the majority of their awards including their Best New Artist Grammy. In a matter of days, their story fell apart. All that happened 30 years ago.

It’s crazy to think that back then, lipsyncing would have cost you your career and today it seems as if all the artists’ lipsync. Oh, how times have changed.

 

5 Incredible Biopics

Will Smith was recently announced to star as the lead role of Venus and Serena Williams father, Richard Williams in the upcoming biopic of their lives. His casting has been controversial, to say the least, but it did get me thinking; what are some amazing biopics? There have been so many and some of them hit it out of the park while others strikeout. With that being said, these are 5 of my favourite biopics.

Selena 

2 years after the untimely murder of Tejano superstar Selena, Gregory Nava took on the task of recreating this beloved singers short but impactful life on the big screen. Jennifer Lopez stars in her first lead role as Selena alongside veteran Edward James Olmos. This film was so important, powerful and heartfelt. It is unanimously agreed that no one could have played Selena other than Jennifer Lopez. If this woman deserved an Oscar for any role it is for her portrayal of Selena. Iconic.

Hidden Figures 

This Oscar-nominated film tells the story of the 3 African-American women behind NASA’s first man-made mission of the moon. Starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monét, this film is so powerful and tells their story so beautifully. Before this film came out, many people did not know of these women and their impact on the space race. Their story was told and received. Hidden Figures is a reminder that we need to not forget of the people behind the scenes who are pulling the strings.

Ray

Ray Charles was and still is a cultural icon. Everyone knows that laugh, smirk and voice. Its almost haunting how well Jamie Foxx played him in this 2005 biopic. There was no one that year who deserved the Oscar more than he did. This biopic tells the story of R&B legend Ray Charles. What is great about ‘Ray’ is that it focusses on 30 years of his life, therefore the story can be told through a deeper lens unlike if it focused on all aspects of his life. Definitely in my opinion one of the best biopics of all time.

The Social Network 

With Social Media being so prevalent in our lives, why not have a biopic about the start of the biggest social media platform of all time? I remember when this movie was announced, I was very hesitant to watch it because it seemed like just a movie about Facebook but once it came out I was mindblown. The Social Network really dealt with a lot of tough subjects and dove into the truth behind the scenes of this startup website. It was so well written and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Milk 

Harvey Milk was a pioneer in the Gay Rights movement and the first openly gay politician to be elected into California public office. His biopic starring Sean Penn in the titular role, tells the story of his life and his political campaign in San Francisco. A critically acclaimed biopic that represents the time and this important story. Milk is a must watch. It has everything that you could look for in a film. So great

Make sure to check out these 5 incredible films. Biopics are amazing and you can learn about someone you might otherwise have never heard of.

Phoenix Lights Phenomenon

UFO sightings are constantly coming out. It seems like every day there is a new video on Twitter or Facebook. Although these videos usually turn out to be hoaxes, there is one UFO sighting that to this day has never been explained: The Phoenix Lights Phenomenon.

On March 13, 1997, a series of lights was seen over the skies of Nevada, Arizona and the Mexican state of Sonora. These lights were not seen by 1 or 2 people, they were seen by hundreds of people. Many people said the lights were in a distinct V-like formation and were just hovering over them.

The Phoenix Lights have 2 distinct times. The first incident occurred over Henderson, Nevada where people began seeing these lights just hovering over at around 7:30. There isn’t much video or photo evidence of this incident as not many people reported it. People reported seeing it for a while until eventually, the lights went over the mountains.

A little while after this first sighting, the lights were seen over Phoenix. The photos and videos of these UFO sightings are mostly of this time. The reason this incident is one of the most well known UFO sightings is because of the number of people who witnessed it. Almost everyone in Phoenix saw these lights. They were so large and bright you couldn’t miss it.

The Phoenix Lights Phenomenon didn’t get much traction until months later when an article was published in USA Today. This got worldwide attention and people began theorizing and analyzing. The story got so big that even the governor of Arizona jokingly addressed it with a mascot of an alien. Now what makes this weird is that years later, the governor admitted that he too had seen the lights over Phoenix that night and he didn’t know what it was.

So what were these lights? A government aircraft? A missile? Or something not from earth? The Phoenix Lights are unexplained to this day. Maybe one day we will know what that giant object in the sky was. Or will we?

Let your kids watch Andi Mack

A children’s television show making waves across social media is not something you normally hear of. Disney Channels Andy Mack is doing just that. What is the reason you may ask? Well, because Andi Mack is the first show to prominently show a Gay main character and storyline.

This is so important to show on television in 2019. Children need to see people of different colours, shapes, sexualities and religions on children’s television in a positive light. It’s time.

For myself, growing up around ages 8-13, all I watched were shows on Disney Channel/Family and Nickelodeon. By that age, I was beginning to understand more and more about the world around me. What I’m saying is that children’s television gives kids new and different views of thinking in a way that they understand it. I learned about body issues, racism, discrimination and even divorce. It made me aware of these issues.

That is why today in 2019 I believe a show that showcases a Gay preteen in normal light is amazing. I would have really appreciated seeing that when I was watching these channels at a young age.

I understand people being uneasy with certain subjects but at the end of the day. television is supposed to represent the real world. The real world has people from all walks of life and they should all be represented.

We need to start teaching this new generation at a young age that being different is okay and valid. Don’t shelter your child from reality but instead have real age-appropriate conversations after watching shows like Andi Mack with new topics. It’s important.

One Day at a Time

Season 3 of One Day at a Time has been out for a few weeks now, and the show is still delivering amazing storylines. Centred around a Cuban American family and the daily struggles they face. A LatinX show is always amazing, but what sets One Day at a TIme apart from other shows is that it tells stories that so many people face.

One Day at a Time is a remake of the 1970s sitcom of the same name but with a 21st-century twist. The shows are both different but similar at the same time. They both tug at your heartstrings.

The show deals with tough subjects like depressions, PTSD, teenage sexuality and so much more. But as tough as these subjects are, the show addresses them in a very realistic and light-hearted way. The show is a sitcom at the end of the day.

Another great part of One Day at a Time is Rita Moreno. A Hollywood legend, EGOT winner and all around amazing woman. She brings so much light to the show and steals each scene that she is in. A show can only be as good as its cast. The writing can be amazing but a good cast with amazing chemistry to showcase the writing is truly something magical.

One Day At A Time is a show that has something for everybody. It will make you laugh, cry, get angry and then laugh again.

Check it out today! Shows like these are important and need to stay on television.

Jonestown

November 18, 1978, is a day that many people around the world will never forget. This day marked the largest amount of American lives lost until 9/11. A mass murder in the town of Jonestown, Guayana led by cult leader Jim Jones. It was almost as if it was a terrible nightmare that no one wanted to continue seeing on their televisions. A true American tragedy.

The People’s Temple was a community church founded by Jim Jones in the 60s. Jones wanted to create a community for people to come and feel safe. Initially, he seemed like an extreme liberal socialist. He has one of the first blended families in the country.

 

As time moved forward, Jim Jones seemed to be getting more power hungry. He became more controlling of his congregation, making them live at the church and work full time for him. This control took an extreme turn when he convinced his people to relocate to the Guayana jungle and begin a new community there. The community seemed to thrive but as many things go, soon people began wanting to relocate back to the United States.

After some of the congregations family members in the States began the process of showing Jonestowns true colours, an NBC camera crew that included Congressman Leo Ryan went down to Guayana to see what was going on. Jim Jones wanted to make it seem as if everything was going smoothly and welcomed them with open arms. People soon began sliding notes to the crew letting them know that they wanted to go back to the USA with them.

the congressman and the camera crew left, Jim Jones made a couple of his workers escort them to their plane. As they were getting on the platform, shots were fired and they killed the congressman as well as some of the camera crew.

Realizing he was going to get in trouble. Jim Jones gathered his people and gave a speech about how their time on this earth is up. He made everyone take a drink mixed with cyanide and as soon as they drank it, everyone instantaneously began throwing up and falling left and right. Once all was said and done, a total of 909 individuals died of cyanide poisoning in Jonestown. Jim Jones shot himself in the head.

Jonestown is said to be a mass suicide but in reality, those survivors and audio evidence show that people did not want to die but were forced to.

This event is truly a tragic tale that needs to be remembered. These innocent people had lives and stories to tell.

Rest In Peace.

Black Excellence

With Black History month coming to an end, I think it’s an appropriate time to look at the young black trailblazes paving the way in our present day. It’s always amazing to look at our past, but with all the struggles that Black people face today, it’s very important to highlight the positive role models of today.

Chloe X Halle

These 2 young ladies are making moves in the music industry. Nominated for 2 Grammys in 2019, these Beyoncé protégées were discovered in 2013 after their Youtube cover of ‘Pretty Hurts’ went viral. The girls have been working hard and touring ever since then and have released incredible pieces of music. Keep an eye out for these sisters as they are incredibly talented and good role models.

Marsai Martin 

Imagine the youngest executive producer for a film. That is Marsai Martin. This 14-year-old actress and producer is making big moves in Hollywood. Beginning as an actress on the hit TV show Black-ish, It just goes to show that anybody of any age, race or colour can become a success story and do whatever they set their mind to. Marsai is a prime example of black excellence. You go, girl!

Shangela

At the 2019 Oscars, Shangela made heads turn. A large part of the Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper film ‘A Star Is Born’. Shangela is one of the most successful drag queens of all time. Beginning her career on the 2nd season of RuPaul’s Drag Race, Shangela has truly made her mark in Hollywood. From All-Stars to movies and tv shows as well as music. Shangela can do it all. She represents so many young black gay kids looking to find a way out of some unfortunate situations. Let’s keep on supporting Shangela. A wonderful Drag Queen.

The Ladies of The Real 

These women have made their mark on daytime television. Yes, they’re not all black, but Loni Love, Tamera Mowry-Housley, Adrienne Bailon and Jeannie Mai represent minority culture in a space where not much has been seen before. Loni and Tamera represent 2 different types of black women who have gained success in different ways. Many times we see a staple black person on a talk show but in reality, black people come from all aspects of life and there is no token black person. The Real is deserving of all their Emmy wins and will continue to be a success story for people of colour.

Let’s continue to celebrate these black women who represent so many people today and every day. Cheers!

2 Canadian True Crime Cases

Everybody loves an interesting true crime case. Whether it be an unsolved murder, serial killer or break-in, for some reason it’s fascinating. Although we hear about cases like these from all over the world, there are Canadian stories that are just as fascinating.

Jennifer Pan and her Kill-for-hire plan

This chilling story comes out of Markham, Ontario. Jennifer Pan grew up in a strict overprotective household with her 2 parents and brother. Her parent’s tried to give her the best life possible but Jennifer always felt that they were too overbearing. One night in 2010, 2 burglars came into her home and shot both of her parents but left her unharmed. Sadly, her mother died that night but her father managed to survive after being in a coma. The evidence against Jennifer began to pile up as her story did not line up. Eventually there was enough evidence to arrest Jennifer Pan, her boyfriend and 2 other men on murder and attempted murder charges.

Murder of Lindsay Buziak 

This story begins in Victoria, BC. in 2008 Lindsay Buziak was an aspiring professional real estate agent who seemed to be living her best life. She had a great family, boyfriend and seemingly no enemies. One afternoon, she had set up a showing for one of her homes just outside of the city. Lindsay had felt a little bit off about the phone calls regarding this appointment so she asked her boyfriend to accompany her to the showing. When Lindsay arrived, her boyfriend still was not there but the couple who she was meeting was. She began showing them the house but what came after was truly shocking. During the time of the showing, the couple stabbed her multiple times and left her there to die. Her boyfriend arrived shortly after to find her dead body in the house. To this day, there is no solid evidence pointing to any suspects. Her boyfriend has been ruled out as a suspect and so the case remains unsolved.

These are just 2 of the countless true crime cases in Canada. Stay vigilant and safe.

A Moment In Time

When you hear the term “Iconic photo” what images come to mind? It might be the Vancouver couple kissing during the madness of the 2011 Stanley Cup riots or the Afghan Girl cover on National Geographic. Regardless, the images I’m about to show represent a specific moment in time. Good or bad these images are iconic.

Wait For Me, Daddy – 1940

This image taken in October 1940 shows a young child running out of his mother’s hands towards his father in a lineup during a march on 8th Street in New Westminster, British Columbia. The image is seen as innocence in the wake of darkness. It has been seen worldwide and is now an iconic image of Canadian wartime.

 

 

 

V-J Day in Time’s Square – 1945

This image is arguably one of the most iconic images of all time. Taken in August of 1945 as soon as Japan surrendered in World War II, the image is supposed to capture the happiness of that day by showing 2 people kissing in the middle of celebrations in Time’s Square, New York. While the image has taken on a life of its own, it is interesting to note that the woman in the image has said she did not want to be kissed by the man and was simply grabbed in the heat of the moment. There’s some history for you.

 

The Agony of Omayra Sánchez – 1985

Omayra Sánchez was a young girl who died after a Volcanic Eruption destroyed her village in Colombia in 1985. Omayra was under water unable to get out due to house debris trapping her legs. She died 3 days later. The image of the young girl with black eyes serves as a reminder of the Colombian governments’ negligence with this and many other Volcanic eruptions throughout the country. A truly stunning image that will never be forgotten.

Tank Man – 1989

Everyone knows the image of the Tank Man. A symbol of resilience towards the Chinese government during the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989, the image speaks volumes. Nobody knows what happened to the ‘Tank Man’ after the picture was taken. He could have died, been arrested of just be living somewhere in China. Still, the man gave us one of the most iconic images of a protest in history.

The Falling Man – 2001

This eerie image taken of a man jumping to his death during the September 11th attacks puts everything about that day into perspective. Throughout the chaos and agony of that terrible day, this man chose to jump to his death for reasons we will never know. So much was lost that day and this image reminds us that at the end of the day we are all just human.

 

 

Death of Alan Kurdi – 2015

The image of Alan Kurdi’s lifeless body on a beach in the Mediterranean Sea will forever be implanted in the minds of people. This image represents the struggle families have to face in order to give their children a better life. Alan was 3 years young and sadly lost his life. His image, however, will live on forever as a symbol of the Syrian refugee crisis.

These 6 images represent different moments in history. They serve to remind us of things we should continue or stop doing. Iconic images become iconic because we can see our human side through them. They tug at our heartstrings and remind us, we really aren’t all that different.

5 incredible LatinX films

Growing up in a LatinX house, I enjoyed some amazing things. Passionate love from my family, danceable tunes, delicious food and of course movies always in the background. Because being LatinX Is considered a minority, some of the films that represented me were far few in between. The movies that I did have to watch were so beautiful. So today, let’s dive into these awesome LatinX films.

Selena

Selena tells the story of the beautiful life of the late great music icon Selena. Jennifer Lopez stars in this biopic filled with fun music, heart, adversity, laughter and tears. Selena is a name everybody knows, and this 1997 film still holds up as much as her story does to this day. Out of all these films, this is the one you must watch. She is an Icon who will live on forever.

El Norte

This beautifully shot film by LatinX director Gregory Nava, tells the story of 2 humans who have to leave everything they know behind in order to make the trek from war-ridden Guatemala to “El Norte” or the United States. This all too familiar tale will really ground you and put your everyday life into perspective. A must watch.

La Bamba

This movie, starring Lou Diamond Phillips, tells the tragic American tale about Ritchie Valens, a rising Mexican-American rock sensation who hit it big with his rendition of “La Bamba”. The film showcases his struggles with fame, family and his untimely death on that day the music died.

Mi Vida Loca

This film dives deep into the lives of Latina women living in impoverished Echo Park, Los Angeles. It tells the story of women struggling to cope with friendships, gang violence, pregnancies and trying to feel like you don’t fit in anywhere. A truly captivating tale from the start.

Quinceañera

This award-winning film tells 2 stories. One about a teen girl who gets pregnant right as she is preparing for her pivotal Quinceañera and her cousin who gets kicked out of his home due to his homosexuality in East LA. The trials and tribulations that so many LatinX folk face is shown in a very real and innocent light throughout this film. A tearjerker but still beautiful.

All of these films are beautiful. It doesn’t matter your race, language, country or colour. Anyone can relate to these films and everyone should watch them.

Pop Culture is called that for a reason

I’ve been a fan of pop culture for as long as I can remember. I remember growing up wanting to know about the Britney and Christina feud (I still do), wondering whatever happened to Jonathan Taylor Thomas or what Nicole Ritchie was drinking. All of that and more was and still is so fascinating to me.

One thing, I have always noticed being a fan of pop culture is that others look down at people like me for admitting that we’re fans. It always perplexes me because everyone loves pop culture. Why is it so wrong to enjoy celebrity culture? Sometimes it’s nice to just get lost in that world because everything else around us is terrible.

The same thing goes for loving a different type of music. I am a person who enjoys all kinds of music. With that being said, if I’m listening to a pop song, so many times I get odd faces or responses. I don’t understand what is up with that.

In a world that is so interconnected, I find it laughable that judgement still happens. As open as I am with what I enjoy today, growing up, I felt the need to conform to what I thought the world wanted me to be. And that was why I felt that I had to hide my loves.

I was super young back then but now, who cares? I wish we could all just live our lives not caring what other people think. No one is doing anything wrong, we like what we like and that’s what makes us great.

A different type of Valentine’s date

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! Today is the day of love and whether you have romantic someone to take on a Valentine’s Day date or not, don’t let anything or anyone discourage you! There are so many people you can spend time with on this Valentine’s Day! It’s a love day and love come in all forms!

My mom is my first love, she’s been with me since day 1. She’s raised me, fed me, given me a roof to live under and shown me what true unconditional love is supposed to be. Without her, I wouldn’t be the person I am today. So, if you’re like me and you love your mom. Take her out on a dinner date or just spend some time with her! She’ll really appreciate her being your Valentine.

My best friends are also some incredible people. I truly lucked out with having some of the most incredible people as best friends who I’ve known since grade school. Sometimes, we forget how much we love our friends and we don’t show them the affection they deserve. My friends have seen me through some of the toughest times of my life and some of the happiest. Show them you appreciate them by spending some quality time together! Buy them a gift or just tell them you love them!

See? Love day isn’t just for your significant other. There’s love everywhere. You just need to be looking in the right places. Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! Have a beautiful day.

Conspiracy Theories

I love a good conspiracy theory. I think they’re all so fascinating. It’s not a bad idea to question what the mainstream media tells us. Sometimes they sugar coat things and us as consumers need to question what we’re being told.

The term “Conspiracy Theory” is given a bad reputation by a lot of people. Yes, I understand that there are a few ones that can be a little bit out there such as the one about the government being Lizard people or PizzaGate, but on the flip side, there’s many that can possibly be true. Also, the fact that some conspiracies have turned out true just goes to show that it’s not always an insane thing to think.

The US government had a mind control program called MK Ultra that was swept under the rug and considered a conspiracy theory until it was revealed that it did happen from the ’50s to the late 60s.

The death of Princess Diana also has a lot of odd inconsistencies around it. No video or photo surveillance, multiple people reporting seeing different things, the quick clean-up of the sight just to name a few.

But on the other side of the spectrum, conspiracies like Avril Lavigne being replaced by a look-alike just fuel the idea that conspiracies are crazy.

It’s not a bad idea to look into things for yourself and come up with your own conclusions. Don’t believe everything and anything you hear and read. You’re the final decision maker.

Vancouver neighbourhoods that aren’t just in Downtown

With the minus temperatures finally hitting Vancouver, I’m sure many of us don’t want to go out on the town unless we have to. But Vancouver does have many vibrant neighbourhoods that you should check out when the weather warms up again that isn’t just in Downtown Vancouver or the typical ones you read on a Vancouver tour guide.

Punjabi Market
The Punjabi Market is located from E 41st to Marine Drive on both Fraser and Main Street. A majority of markets and Indian restaurants are located along this strip in South Vancouver. Looking for samosas, butter chicken, korma or anything Indian? Head over to the Punjabi Market. You won’t be disappointed

Kerrisdale
Kerrisdale is a neighbourhood on Vancouver’s westside filled with a lot of history and culture. It’s a cute spot to walk through, grab some dessert or coffee and people watch! Especially once the weather warms up, Kerrisdale is a place to go.

 

Davie Village
Vancouver’s Gay village is situated near the beaches on the West End. As one of the largest Gay villages in Canada, it never fails to disappoint. Filled with so much community, incredible clubs, bars, restaurants and much more! The Davie Village is a spot you need to check out when you’re in Vancouver!

 

South Granville
When you think of Granville, your mind automatically goes to the entertainment district in Downtown. If you just head over the Granville Street bridge you will get to a vibrant neighbourhood called South Granville. Head over to grab some great cheesecake, read a book, do some local shopping and enjoy the beautiful views of the downtown core! Definitely worth the trek.

These are just 4 of the neighbourhoods that aren’t spoken of much when thinking of Vancouver. Take a day trip to any of these (or all of them) and enjoy the beauty that Vancouver has to offer!

Where is the warm weather

This morning was a chilly -8 in Vancouver. It’s safe to say that I was freezing the moment I left my house.

I understand that us humans who are lucky enough to experience these Vancouver winters shouldn’t have to complain when comparing us to the rest of the country. With that being said, I’m still going to complain.

I hate cold weather and to me, anything in the single digits and under is freezing. I just can’t understand how people in any other part of Canada survive the winter year after year and still decide to stay. Maybe it’s just my body that’s never gotten used to the cold weather, the fact that my ethnic and cultural roots come from a tropical place or the fact that I’m a summer baby that add to my confusion.

It’s not just the cold that I cannot stand, but also the snow is something that should not ever happen. People who genuinely enjoy this type of weather confuse me.

I get it, I sound like I’m complaining about every little thing that winter has to offer but, that’s just the person that I am. I would be totally fine with warm weather all year long. It’s just better.

You don’t need to worry about freezing, you can go out and spend time with friends without a jacket, eat outside, go to the beaches, wear less clothing and so much more. Cold weather limits you and why would I want to be limited?

All that to say, I hate the winter and summer need to come today.

Love your mom

I spent some personal time with my mom this past Tuesday. We decided to go for a walk around Steveston just to catch up with life, school, work and everything in both our lives. During our little afternoon excursion, a conversation came up where I asked her how she ended up finding her first Lower Mainland apartment in 1997 when she moved here with myself. From there forward she proceeded to tell me the whole story of her struggle in Vancouver for the first few years.

My mom has told me this story so many times, but I always enjoy hearing it each time. Every time she tells me all the things, she’s been through in her lifetime, I feel that it grounds me and makes me put everything into perspective. This woman is the prime example of how sometimes you can only rely on yourself to get ahead in life. I always say that now, as an adult, if I can be half the person that she was and just try my best to make her current life as smooth as possible, I will be happy.

Moms are incredible. The love they have for their children, family, friends and themselves is like something else. I appreciate all the mother figures that I’ve had throughout my life. Without them, I wouldn’t be the person that I am now. Appreciate your mom every day, they brought you into this world and you only have 1.

Ryan Murphys’ ‘Scream Queens’ could be making a comeback

Ryan Murphy’s cult classic ‘Scream Queens’ will hopefully be making its way back to the small screen in the near future! Creator Ryan Murphy announced that there are talks about reviving the short-lived series, which is a wonderful thing to hear!

‘Scream Queens’ came and went in the blink of an eye but left a lasting impact on the internet as one of Ryan Murphy’s most memorable shows. Whether it be the quotes, outfits, settings or the way they made a horror show campy and funny. The show was amazing and memorable.

Emma Robert embodies the mean girl character to a tea as both Chanel on ‘Scream Queens’ and Madison Montgomery on American Horror Story that she always steals the scene. All that is to say that it makes me happy to know that she, along with other actors on the show including Lea Michelle and Billie Lourde is on board for a reboot.

Sometimes shows are gone too soon or they are produced in a time which they are underappreciated, so it makes me happy to know that this reboot will most likely happen in a time when the show has been able to gain an appreciation and be released on hopefully an internet platform such as Netflix.

And just on a personal note, I really loved the concept of ‘Scream Queens’. I’m a huge fan of a campy horror storyline that can stand on its own as well as be an anthology series. The original cast was amazing, and I really hope that most, if not all of them are up for a reunion.

Vancouver concerts in Februrary

Happy February! It’s the month of love, groundhogs, family and so much more. With that being said, there are many concerts coming to Vancouver that you should check out all over the city. Maybe bring a friend along or go by yourself and enjoy a good night of music.

The Arkells are coming tomorrow, February 2nd to the Pacific Colosseum. Check them out singing hits like Drake’s Dad and Leather Jacket! Show them some west coast love as it is going to be a show that you will surely enjoy.

Mother Mother, known for songs like The Stand and Get Out the Way will be making their way to the Orpheum theatre on February 7th. This Vancouver band will be back in town with Said the Whale. You can catch both these groups on the same night! Don’t miss out!

HippoCampus is coming to the Imperial on February 8th. This band is known for their hits like ‘Bambi’ and ‘Violet’ will put on a show that you cannot miss out. This venue is a fun one with a good atmosphere but will also give you an intimate feel with the band! Get your tickets today

Dan Mangan is performing at the Vogue Theatre on the Granville strip on February 12th. This Vancouver artist will fill up the stage with his energy and intimate performances. Don’t miss out!

Beirut is coming to the Orpheum theatre on February 26th. You can’t miss out this stellar performance by this band! They will entertain you until the night is done and you wouldn’t want to have it any other way! Get your tickets soon!

Enjoy your time at these concerts. Don’t miss out!