Summer Songs To Listen To!

It’s that time of year again! Summer is creeping up and we are ready to share the ultimate summer playlist to get your summer started early! Crack a cold one this weekend and jam to these hits!

  • I Like It – Cardi B
  • Mi Gente – J Balvin and Willy William ft. Beyonce
  • Guatemala – Rae Sremmurd and Swae Lee
  • Summer Paradise – Simple Plan
  • Santeria – Sublime
  • Summertime Sadness Remix – Lana Del Rey and Cedric Gervais
  • Smooth – Santana ft. Rob Thomas
  • Unforgettable – French Montana ft. Swae Lee
  • Swalla – Jason Derulo ft. Nicki Minaj and Ty Dolla Sign
  • Despacito – Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber
  • Young Dumb & Broke – Khalid
  • Motorsport – Migos ft. Cardi B and Nicki Minaj
  • Shotgun – George Ezra
  • Don’t Take The Money – Bleachers
  • The entire Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1 album – Calvin Harris
  • One Kiss – Calvin Harris ft. Dua Lipa
  • This Is What You Came For – Calvin Harris ft. Rihanna
  • Promises – Calvin Harris ft. Sam Smith
  • My Way – Calvin Harris
  • Summer – Calvin Harris
  • Feels So Close – Calvin Harris
  • Nice For What – Drake
  • Signs – Drake
  • Hotline Bling – Drake
  • In My Feelings – Drake
  • Gods Plan – Drake
  • Too Good – Drake
  • Sorry – Justin Bieber
  • What Do You Mean? – Justin Bieber
  • Beauty and the Beat – Justin Bieber
  • Pumped Up Kicks – Foster The People
  • Call Me Maybe? – Carly Rae Jepsen
  • Girls Just Wanna Have Fun – Cyndi Lauper
  • Nunya – Kehlani ft. Dom Kennedy
  • Honey – Kehlani
  • September – Earth, Wind & Fire
  • Temperature – Sean Paul
  • Jumpin Jumpin – Destiny’s Child
  • Independent Women Pt. I – Destiny’s Child
  • Cool For The Summer – Demi Lovato
  • Sorry Not Sorry – Demi Lovato
  • On The Floor – Jennifer Lopez
  • I Luh Ya Papi – Jennifer Lopez
  • Dinero – Jennifer Lopez ft. DJ Khalid and Cardi B
  • Finesse – Bruno Mars ft. Cardi B
  • Sorry – Beyonce
  • Drunk In Love – Beyonce ft. Jay Z
  • 7/11 – Beyonce
  • Formation – Beyonce
  • Side to Side – Ariana Grande ft. Nicki Minaj
  • God Is A Woman – Ariana Grande
  • The Way – Ariana Grande ft. Mac Miller
  • Wild Thoughts – DJ Khalid ft. Rihanna and Bryson Tiller
  • I’m The One – DJ Khalid ft. Justin Bieber, Chance The Rapper, Quavo, and Lil Wayne
  • For Free – DJ Khalid ft. Drake
  • Shut Up And Dance – WALK THE MOON
  • Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • Holiday – Green Day
  • All Night Long – Lionel Richie
  • This Is America – Childish Gambino
  • Redbone – Childish Gambino
  • All Night – Chance The Rapper
  • Stay – Zedd and Alessia Cara
  • Thrift Shop – Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
  • Take Back The Power – The Interrupters
  • Level Up – Ciara
  • One, Two Step – Ciara ft. Missy Elliott
  • We Found Love – Rihanna ft. Calvin Harris
  • You Da One – Rihanna
  • Pon de Replay – Rihanna
  • If Its Lovin’ That You Want – Rihanna
  • What’s My Name – Rihanna ft. Drake
  • Work – Rihanna ft. Drake
  • Cheers (Drink To That) – Rihanna
  • SOS – Rihanna
  • B*tch Better Have My Money – Rihanna
  • Kiss It Better – Rihanna
  • Needed Me – Rihanna
  • Sex With Me – Rihanna
  • Malibu – Miley Cyrus
  • Party In The USA – Miley Cyrus
  • Don’t – Ed Sheeran
  • Run Like The River
  • In Too Deep – SUM 41
  • Santa Monica – Theory of a Deadman
  • Rockstar – Nickleback
  • Summer Of ’69 – Bryan Adams
  • Please Me – Bruno Mars and Cardi B
  • Taki Taki – DJ Snake ft. Cardi B, Selena Gomez, and Ozuna
  • Body Like a Back Road – Sam Hunt
  • You Wanna Know – Alanis Morissette
  • Man! I Feel Like a Woman – Shania Twain
  • What Makes You Beautiful – One Direction
  • Beverly Hills – Weezer
  • Island In The Sun – Weezer
  • Teenage Dream – Katy Perry
  • Pretty Fly (For a White Guy) – The Offspring
  • Fireball – Pitball
  • Timber – Pitbull ft. Kesha
  • Old Town Road (Remix) – Lil Nas X ft. Billy Rae Cyrus
  • Body – Loud Luxury
  • Lean On – Major Laser
  • Tighten Up – The Black Keys
  • Fever – The Black Keys
  • Hips Don’t Lie – Shakira
  • Can’t Remember To Forget You – Shakira ft. Rihanna
  • Feel It Still – Portugal The Man
  • Some Nights – Fun.
  • Cake By The Ocean – DNCE
  • Kissing Strangers – DNCE ft. Nicki MInaj
  • Sky Walker – Miguel
  • We Are Young – Fun. ft. Janelle Monae
  • Sucker – Jonas Brothers
  • Roses – Chainsmokers ft. ROZES
  • Something Just Like This – Chainsmokers ft. Coldplay
  • No Promises – Cheat Codes ft. Demi Lovato
  • Solo – Clean Bandit ft. Demi Lovato
  • Latch – Disclosure ft. Sam Smith

Are Women Given the Respect They Deserve?

For  those who may be super out of loop with life, Nipsey Hussle had sadly passed away at the age of thirty three from a run-by shooting in LA right outside his store, Marathon Clothing. This has caused quite the shock and heartbreak through the music industry, specifically the hip-hop and rap industry. Many celebrities have, for weeks now, been grieving and giving their respects publicly to Nipsey and his family, specifically his long time partner Lauren London.

Lauren London and Nipsey Hussle have been partners for eight years while also sharing a baby together in August 2016. According to many, their bond was unbreakable, as the two were madly in love with each other. Nipsey’s passing has affected Lauren in unspeakable ways. She recently dedicated a tattoo to Nipsey on her arm with the words ‘God Will Rise’ which is a translation of Nipsey’s name Ermias. She stated, “When You See Me, You Will Always See Him.” 

With the love and support coming from millions of Nipsey’s fans, you wouldn’t expect someone to ruin the moment, especially after the tragic passing of a well-respected icon. However, it’s sadly true. Kodak Black, a popularized trap artist, gave condolences to Lauren London in the worst possible way, leaving many in disbelief.

Kodak Black stated on an Instagram live that he would “be the best man I can be for her.”

“I’ll give her a whole year,” the rapper said in the video. “She might need a whole year to be crying and s*** for him.”

His comments caused such an uproar that many male rappers came into Laruen London’s defense, bashing Kodak Black for even trying to get with Lauren while she is grieving. Radio stations have boycotted the singer, refusing to play Kodak’s music on their stations after the disrespect he had given to both Nipsey Hussle and Lauren London.

I completely agree with the rappers and radio stations standing up against Kodak Black, but I wish they had done it earlier. Are women given the respect they deserve? I’m not so sure. Nipsey Hussle is a well respected figure in the music industry. Lauren London was given respect from other men because Kodak had disrespected her position as a partner to Nipsey Hussle.

Now remember, Kodak Black had previously been arrested, charged, and accused of sexual assault/rape towards other women. He has disrespected dark skinned black women as well as given gross comments towards Young MA, a prominent LGBTQ+ figure in the hop-hop industry, yet even after all that he was still given praise and respect. Male artists still continued to work with him and create music on his behalf, yet it took Lauren London’s case for men to finally start stepping in.

When it involves another man, that’s when men start giving respect to women the most. If the woman is standing on her own, she has to work for that respect. Women should not have to beg for respect and dignity from men when it should easily be a given. Kodak Black should have been cancelled and boycotted a long time ago! The minute the news hit of his sexual assault charges, that itself should be enough to shed light on Kodak Black’s character.

Nostalgic TV Shows

It’s always nice thinking about the good ol’ days. One thing that is a great conversation starter is thinking about the old television shows you watched when you were younger. Many shows have reflected a lot on us and many can agree that shows nowadays will never be the same as what we use to watch when we were younger. Our character and kiculture has revolved around a lot of past media without a doubt. Here’s a good throwback list of shows that will leave you feeling quite nostalgic.

  • Kim Possible
  • Recess
  • That’s So Raven

  • Lizzie Mcguire
  • Hannah Montana
  • Zoey 101

  • Phil Of The Future
  • The Amanda Show
  • Hey Arnold
  • Rugrats

  • Fresh Prince Of Bel Air
  • Jimmy Neutron
  • Fairly Odd Parents
  • Suite Life of Zack and Cody
  • Sonny With A Chance
  • Wizards of Waverly Place

  • Power Puff Girls
  • Even Stevens
  • Arthur
  • Franklin

  • Mister Rogers Neighborhood
  • Big Comfy Couch
  • Rolie Polie Olie
  • Barney

  • Teletubbies
  • Johnny Bravo
  • Zaboomafoo
  • Blues Clues

  • Magic School Bus
  • Madeline
  • Baranstein Bears
  • Pokemon
  • Dragon Ball Z
  • Sailor Moon

  • Dexters Lab
  • The Care Bears
  • Babar
  • Caillou
  • George Shrinks

  • Clifford The Big Red Dog
  • Teen Titans
  • MyScene Dolls
  • 6Teen
  • Totally Spies

  • The Weekenders
  • Wee 3
  • Max & Ruby
  • Toy Castle
  • The Proud Family

  • Crazy Quilts
  • Timothy Goes to School
  • Dragon Tales
  • Sagwa The Chinese Siamese Cat

  • Maggie and the Ferocious Beast
  • Cyberchase
  • Zoom
  • Naturally Sadie

Best Hangover Cure

Imagine: You have a party, concert, or some sort of event that involves drinking in some way, but you have to be up early the next day. Maybe it’s work, school, or maybe you are worried about waking up with a nasty hangover. Well, I got some pretty solid news for you right now. After much experimenting I have finally found a resolution to cure hangovers once and for-all: WEED.

Just to give a disclaimer, I’m no pot-head whatsoever, but I have come to the complete conclusion that weed is the best hangover cure before you even get up in the morning. Have a couple drinks, go ahead spoil yourself for a night. Once you’re done take a little puff here and there with a friend or by yourself, whatever works, and let the night play out! Be careful, make sure you aren’t crossing both dangerously. I prefer hitting it up a bit after you have drank so you pace yourself out more! Also, avoid edibles because too much and you may green out.

Weed somehow helps to soothe the effects of hangovers, so when you wake up the next day you feel like nothing happened. You can go on about your day without having a killer headache, feeling dizzy, or nauseated. I’m not sure how it works, but its magical and it helps me to have some fun at night with friends but also focus on my life properly the next day.

Give it a try next time you go out! I prefer being with a friend just to make sure the effects of weed stay on a good note, and of course be of age peeps!

 

Netflix TV Shows Worth Watching

Netflix has countless numbers of movies and television shows to snuggle up and binge watch on. It’s hard at times to find a show to watch that is worth your time and attention. You don’t want to start a series to then later realize it wasn’t worth the hours of dedicated watching in the first place. Let me save that precious time of yours and recommend some worthy television shows airing on Netflix!


THE OFFICE


BROOKLYN NINE-NINE


GOSSIP GIRL


DYNASTY


YOU


STRANGER THINGS


ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK


MAKING A MURDERER


 

YouTube Stars To Watch

YouTube has become an open platform for many to produce creative content on the daily. Starting as a video sharing website, YouTube has now become a platform for people to create their own business, share their hobbies/talents, and so on. Famous YouTube stars such as PewDiePie and Jeffree Star have gained such a large audience that they end up making $15+ million on YouTube alone.

YouTube holds endless possibilities for many, but it’s hard to always track down or find the right YouTube star to follow regularly that may fit your taste. We made a list of some YouTube stars that are SO worth watching.


JUSREIGN

Toronto based YouTube star JusReign has been a well-known content creator for years on the famous video sharing site. With hilarious videos, JusReign has found a way to connect with his audience through relatable content targeting mainly the South Asian community. He has teamed up with other famous YouTube/social media stars to better his content as well as spread his audience reach even further. Being South Asian myself, my friends and I loved watching his videos growing up especially knowing he was a visible minority.


II SUPERWOMAN II

IISuperwomanII aka Lilly Singh has taken her YouTube content to a whole other level. Starting off making videos in her home back in Scarborough, Ontario, to now becoming the only female late night show host on television, she has taken big steps in her career! She has pushed her agenda of women empowerment, sexuality, as well as love when revealing her bi-sexuality recently. Her humble personality has created connections with many celebrities as well as catching the attention of big brand names such as Vogue.


BRETMAN ROCK

This Hawaii based makeup artist has caught the attention of many through not only his fierce makeup looks, but also his hilarious, blunt personality. The difference between Bretman and other makeup artists all root down to his content. Not only does Bretman publicize makeup tutorials/looks, he also posts videos showcasing his personal life, family, and so forth. I guarantee he us definitely worth the watch.


NIKITA DRAGUN

Nikit Dragun has become a YouTube icon as well as a role model as a public transgender makeup guru. With fierce looks on YouTube and social media, to heartfelt videos revolving around her transition, Nikita has no filter on her life and what she shares to the world! Her content holds quite the weight with relativity as well as hope for other POC Transgender individuals out there.


These YouTube stars are filled with humerus and personable content that will you make you wanting more. Whether you need a good laugh or some life tips, these YouTube stars have exactly what you need.

Real VS. Fake

If you zoom into most Instagram photos you’ll notice curves and dents around torsos, thighs, arms, and so on. Airbrushed faces display little to no imperfections whatsoever. Photoshop has become such a norm in our everyday lives, where Instagram models go the extra step to make themselves look unrecognizable than their appearance in person. Many of these trends are rooted from Instagram’s most influential users: The Kardashian-Jenner family.

What once started as just lip fillers, has pushed to un-achievable curvy body types and lifestyles. These images have influence social media users everywhere to fit that expectation by either changing their diet, exercising, surgery, or if that doesn’t please them, photoshop. Alongside looks comes the rich and lavish lifestyle this family lives. This has influenced many to display a similar lifestyle in order to fit in, when in reality many of these users are drowning in debt.

Social media started off as a way of connecting with others and now has transformed into a platform of validation and acceptance. Instagram especially has caused insecurity issues within young adults and teens, where users have now resorted to Photoshop to be seen as someone they’re not. Social media has become the sources of insecurities, anxiety, and depression due to the high life and body expectations given.

We wonder if social media platforms will continue to have those expectations pushed further, or will there be a change in the near future?

Inside the life of Billionaires: Dynasty

Run out of television shows to watch recently? Keep watching Friends and The Office on repeat? Put those show on temporary pause because let me tell you, I got the perfect show that can leave you both on edge and wanting more!

CW and Netflix have both released Dynasty, a reboot of the 1980’s television series revolved around the lives of the Carrington’s, a family worth billions that deal with issues revolved around business, love, and of course family. Basically the mature version of Gossip Girl with developing characters. Money, fashion, business, and drama. What more can you ask for?

Not only is the series filled with heat, but each episode ends with cliff-hangers that leave your jaw dropping. Every character has such unique qualities and hidden secrets that continue to unravel. I have lost count the amount of times I have either screamed or gasped at this point. I have convinced almost all my friends and co-workers to start the series, and they don’t regret it one bit (except the fact that they barely sleep at night from binge watching).

With just two seasons currently (and many more to come), this show has captivated the heart and minds of countless viewers that live off of the drama of the rich and the secrets hidden within the money. Money may buy temporary happiness, but the Carrington’s prove time after time that even being billionaires doesn’t mean you are content with life.

Meaning Behind A Star Is Born

Just last week my friends and I took a quick trip to the nearest Cineplex and watched the extended version of A Star Is Born! I have already watched it when it had first come out in theaters, but how can I miss the chance of seeing it once again. With one extra song and 12 minutes added to the film, these small details meant a lot to us fans.

Of course It was a crying sesh the first time I had seen the film, but that did not change the second time. It seemed I was even MORE emotional watching it twice, even though I knew exactly what was going to happen. I resonated with the story line personally. I had left a relationship a couple months ago due to reasons revolving around addiction abuse and mental health, so this movie hit close to home.

A Star Is Born is a remake of the 1937 film where Ally, a struggling artist meets Jack, a famous country music singer who pushes Ally outside her comfort zone to be the star that she was born to be. As the two fall in love, many obstacles come in the way that halt their everlasting connection. The inner struggles that Jack faces have suddenly surfaced, revealing his mental and emotional instability that he has held back throughout his whole life.

This movie highlights such important issues throughout. It displays a glamorous life of money and love, yet mental health and addiction can become major obstacles in allowing that ‘perfect life’ to exist. No matter how much money you have, how much someone may love you or care for you, your mental health can come in the way as a barrier.

Make the effort to put yourself first. Allow yourself to heal, obtain help through counselling and therapy, and treat yourself every now and then. I highly recommend everyone to take a look at A Star Is Born. The soundtrack is killer but the film and theme itself is what makes the film so meaningful. Kudos to Bradley Cooper on taking the role of Jack and Director of the film. Warning: you will cry for sure.

The Best Drama Filled Reality Shows

Television shows hold a special place in my heart. I can spend HOURS watching various television series just for the hell of it. I’d rather be invested in a series than a movie on its own. My favourite television genre you may be wondering? REALITY SHOWS. You can never go wrong with some drama and fun given though reality shows. You never know what happens next, constantly leaving you on edge. The cliffhangers, the shock effects, the juicy drama, reality shows hold a special place in my heart. Here are some of the best drama filled reality shows you definitely need to binge on ASAP.


1. Keeping Up With The Kardashians

Families are never perfect and many times family drama can be pretty intense. Keeping Up With The Kardashian dives deep within the Kardashian-Jenner family clan and their years of drama, love, sadness, and joy. This show can keep you entertained and on your toes. Who is your favorite Kardashian? Mine is definitely Khloe 🖤 Koko!


2. Real Housewives Franchise: Atlanta, Beverly Hills, New Jersey, Orange County, New York

The Real Housewives are anything but normal. This entire franchise holds various different housewives in different selected locations. The series to watch the most? 100% Real Housewives of New York, but the other top picks that follow close after are Atlanta, Beverly Hills, New Jersey, and Orange County. Top housewife will forever be NeNe Leakes 🖤


3. The Bachelor/Bachelorette

You can never go wrong with The Bachelor and The Bachelorette. With a single person to find their soulmate through a single delicate rose, this romantic drama infested series is addictive to say the least. Last seasons Bachelor we can all agree was a major a-hole, to say the very least 🙄 💔


 4. Jersey Shore

Did someone say GTL? Jersey Shore is my FAVOURITE television reality show since I was a kid. These Jersey kids who are heavily invested in their tans, gelled locks, gym toned bod, and of course the drinking are the life of the party. From messy drunken nights, sleeping with each other or random club go-ers, or getting arrested numerous times, what other surprises could this group give us? Let’s be real, Pauly D is the OG forever and always 🖤


5. RuPaul’s Drag Race

The glam, the performances, the looks, RuPaul’s Drag Race is everything but boring! Each season, scratch that, each episode brings something new and exciting to the table of creative, humorous contestants. No one can top the glamorous Naomi Smalls 💖


6. Vanderpump Rules

Bringing the Housewives with a twist. Vanderpump Rules is just… you need to watch it to understand because my oh my the drama! This show has been credited and talked about through so many celebrities who have fallen in love with the series. From Jennifer Lawrence to Kristen Wiig, Vanderpump Rules has gained quite the popularity with its interesting content.


7. Big Brother

If you haven’t watched one season of Big Brother, than you are missing out real bad! The best series though is definitely Big Brother: Celebrity Edition. With different challenges. drama, and competition, its the perfect series to watch and witness the true or desperate side of others.

For South Asians out there, a Bollywood version of Big Brother does exist called Bigg Boss and let me tell ya, it is AMAZING. So much twists and surprises, it leaves you on edge wanting more every episode!


8. Hell’s Kitchen

Hell’s Kitchen makes you never want to be a chef, but its all entertainment and loads of stress. The constant swearing, yelling, and sabotage is perfect for what any reality show needs. Gordon Ramsey’s persona plays a huge role within the show, which also adds more stress to the contestants. Team red or blue?


9. Bad Girls Club

hahahahahahahahahhahahahahaahhhaah the BEST show to watch. Everything messy, dramatic, and wild all in one show. This series is encompassed around a group of women who claim to the “bad girls.” Not only do they live up to the title, but living through that personal brings some insane drama and fights (yes, even physical) to the table.


10. Love & Hip Hop

How can we ever forget Love & Hip Hop. Many famous faces all in one show? From Joseline Hernandez, Joe Budden, Remy Ma, and of course the star of the show, Cardi B! Surrounded around women empowerment in the music and entertainment industry, this heavy woman based show is everything you’ve always needed and more.

10 South Asian Food You Need To Try

Every time I go to a South Asian restaurant with friends I notice a distinct pattern. Many of my non-South Asian friends order the most generic, popular dishes. I can’t blame them since it’s hard to tell what dish is something you can enjoy and not waste money on. So to help out my non-South Asian friends who love to eat our cuisine, here are some of the best dishes you should try the next time you hit up the nearest South Asian restaurant.


Gol Gappe/Pani Puri

This appetizer is both light yet filling. With a crisp, hallow ball filled with a chickpea filling, which then gets a spiced water poured over–this appetizer is quick finger food yet is one of the most favored dishes in South Asia. You can catch people eating this at any time of the day and to make it better, it’s healthy for you! This is also vegetarian friendly.


Haleem

This dish consists of wheat and barley. Lentils and meat/chicken can also be added to the dish if you desire. Topped with freshly squeezed lemon, cilantro, green chilies, ginger, and fried onions, you can never go wrong with a nice bowl of Haleem. This is both filling and healthy and is stacked with flavors. Honestly this is one of my favourite dishes of all time.


Biryani

You think you’ve tried seasoned, flavored rice before? Nahhhhh think again buddy. Biryani is THE best rice dish to date. With its warming aromas, colourful appearance, and of course spices and flavors, you can never go wrong with a nice plateful of Biryani. You have to be careful though, not everyone can make a good Biryani dish. It is a complicated dish to make and a lot of people can’t nail the perfect Biryani recipe.


Parathay

The best possible way to describe Parathay is a potato pancake with spices and flavors! Just take a roti and stuff it with potato goodness and that is exactly what Parathay is. This can be eaten as a snack with chai or as a full meal with yogurt and chutney. You can never go wrong with Parathay, especially if it’s topped with some butter!


Nihari

If you wanted to devour within various mouthwatering flavors, Nihari is the perfect dish to eat. This beef stew is so good I literally have no words to explain it. Topped with freshly squeezed lime, cilantro, and ginger, Nihari makes you feel just at home. This is my Dad’s favourite dish of all time and it can be quite addiction to say the least.


So the next time you hit up a South Asian restaurant, don’t hesitate to try these dishes asap! Obviously I can’t describe every dish out there that is worth eating, so here’s a little list of dishes you can look into as well:

  • Chicken Jelfrazi
  • Shahi Paneer
  • Chaat Papri
  • Saag
  • Malai Kofta

Get Lit for Cheap

Have a night out coming soon but are budgeting hardcore? Need to save money but want to have fun at the same time? Trust me, I’ve been there (and still am) and have found the best ways to save money while also having the best time with your friends. Especially being a full-time student, it’s hard to take up a part time job, school, and keep your money on check. Whether you have birthdays coming up or even a night out with friends, money can be an issue. Here are the tips and tricks I use to have a lit night with a good chunk of money leftover.


1. Liquor Stores

I always catch myself getting invited to dinners before hitting up the club. I can’t see myself spending a huge chunk of money on drinks at a restaurant so I do the next best thing: hit up the liquor store. I grab myself a mickey which is usually around $12-$15 and make myself a tolerable mix before heading out. I have a coke plastic bottle and mix both the coke and drink of choice (usually fireball), and once the dinner is done i just drain the entire bottle and have the best time of my life! Super cheap and so worth it.


2. Earls


If you want to plan a dinner with friends that isn’t fast food, yet is affordable I definitely recommend hitting up Earls during happy hour. With drinks and food starting at $4 who can say no to such a cheap offer! They have their happy hour twice a day, 3-6 and 9-close. My favourite part you may be asking? Their tequila shots! Each shot during happy hour is $3.75! Who can say no to that?!


3. Urban Behavior/Planet

Need a new outfit for your night out but are in a money squeeze? Well, Urban Behavior and Urban Planet are the best places to go for cheap clothes. I’m not gonna lie, their quality ain’t bad either! I have far too many outfits from there for YEARS and they have not once stretched out, faded, lost buttons, or ripped. Trust me, I do beat these up pretty badly when I go out so it shocks me that it stays in such good condition after. 10/10 would recommend.


4. Don’t Coat Check

Sometimes you gotta freeze to save that mula! In order to save money I never take my jacket with me, even if it means freezing outside. Alcohol helps warm you up and clubs/bars get pretty hot inside as is, so a coat might not be needed after all. Sometimes it’s worth saving that money by not coat checking. However, if you can’t handle the weather that well I also recommend having one bag and stuffing all jackets in the bag and coat check the one bag itself. There you can split the cost with others and still save money while staying warm!


5. Get Stamped First

Many do the mistake of heading to the club too late and paying for cover to get in. We all get caught up with pre-drinking that we lose track of time to get stamped in for free. Here’s a little trick: head to the club once it opens, get stamped from guest-list, and head down to the nearest restaurant and bar to get more lit. You not only don’t have to wait in line when the night gets real poppin, but you also save that extra $15-$20 on cover!


The next time you plan to go out with some friends for whatever reason, act smart and find those loopholes that can leave you with cash at the end of the night. Of course stay safe! Having fun doesn’t have to be expensive whatsoever!

Last SkyTrain Struggles

This weekend was quite eventful to say the least. My friends and I were stoked to finally go clubbing after such a long time. Each weekend would be another excuse. Whether it was exam season, family events, or being sick, there was always something that stopped all of us from going out, but not this time. Saturday we made a clear plan on what to do, where to go, and of course what to drink!

Hitting up Granville, we visited the biggest hot spots for clubs and cheap drinks. As the night was rolling through, we lost track of time and realized we were about to miss the last skytrain back home. My friends and I booked it down blocks and caught the train right on time. Holding the doors back we made sure all of us made it on since some girls wore heels so running was a real struggle for them.

See, we all live either in Surrey or Coquitlam so that last skytrain means life or death, especially for our wallets. We never want to catch ourselves spending more than a hundred dollars on a taxi. Not happening with our student-life budget.

If you live far you know the struggle. Spending the night in Downtown Van with a group of friends is so fun but with all that fun comes mad prepping. How to get there, how to get back, what time to get back, what skytrains or buses to use. It’s a hassle for sure.

My proposal here: make the skytrains run longer PLEASE. Not only is it safer for many people who need to get home, but it will also make others enjoy their night so much more without the headache of finding a way back. If skytrains ran even till 2:30 or 3, that gives more than enough time for us to say our goodbyes and end a good night well.

We all need a night of fun without the hassle of getting a hotel room downtown or being a designated driver for the night. Let those skytrains run!

Best Dressed Oscars Throughout the 2000s

Oscars rolled through this Sunday, and while many were fixated on who the winners were, many fashionistas were glued on the red carpet outfits. Throughout every award show, red carpet looks are a huge deal for many. It’s what catches peoples attention instantaneously. I’ve collected the best dressed celebrities throughout the Oscars from 2000 till 2019, and man will it be nostalgic!


Cate Blanchett (2000)


Julia Roberts (2001)


Halle Berry (2002)


Kate Hudson (2003)


Charlize Theron (2004)


Beyonce (2005)


Jennifer Lopez (2006)

Jessica Alba (2006)


Nicole Kidman (2007)


Katherine Heigl (2008)


Anne Hathaway (2009)

Miley Cyrus (2009)


Cameron Diaz (2010)


Halle Berry (2011)

Matthew McConaughey’s Wife Camila (2011)


Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt (2012)


Jennifer Lopez (2013)

Olivia Munn (2013)

Jennifer Lawrence (2013)

Jessica Chastain (2013)


Lupita Nyong’o (2014)

Jennifer Lopez (2014)

Kate Hudson (2014)


Jessica Chastain (2015)

Zendaya (2015)


Lady Gaga (2016)

Rachael McAdams (2016)

Jennifer Lawrence (2016)

Margot Robbie (2016)


Taraji P. Henson (2017)


Zendaya (2018)

Margot Robbie (2018)

Jennifer Garner (2018)


Billy Porter (2019)

Emilia Clarke (2019)

Amandla Stanberg (2019)

 

 

Is Single Life the Best Life?

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Relationships are such a beautiful, magical thing. To find similarities and a connection with a person. Wanting to spend days on end with them and endlessly care for their wellbeing. Finding that one person you can come home to and share all your stories with. You two may argue here and there, disagree on certain things, or find each other annoying at times, but at the end of the day you two still find ways to work it out and tolerate each other’s complex traits.

I got out of a long term relationship a couple months ago with someone I was truly in love with. I can definitely consider him my first love and once upon a time I thought he was the love of my life, until it sadly ended. I had cut the ties between us for personal reasons and we both continue on till this days as good friends. At times I check up on him and he does the same back. It’s mutual and we both still respect and care for each other as friends.

Before my relationship though, I was dreaming to be with someone. I wanted to be in a relationship and I felt that I would be happier if I was in one. I thought all my problems would be solved, I would have his shoulder to lean on, and my life would just be great. Well, I was wrong. I learned the hard way that happiness isn’t given by another person. You can’t achieve it and expect someone else to make you happy.

Now here I am. It’s been six months since my partner and I have broken things off and I feel…great. Of course it wasn’t easy. I’ve had many nights crying to myself because I missed him and I missed the feeling of having someone as my own, but I always had to remind myself that in order to be ready for any relationship I NEEDED to love myself and make myself the main source of happiness.

These past couple of months I’ve began to put myself first. I’ve been taking care of my physical and mental health, as well as looking out for my friends and family. I’ve lost every interest to be with someone. I don’t see myself being in a relationship anytime soon and I am definitely not looking. This focus on myself is something I have never done, but it feels liberating. I have always put everyone around me first. My parents, my brother, my friends, my ex-partner. This time, it’s me.

If you are in a relationship and feel unhappy or don’t love yourself, I may suggest that taking a break is the best option. If your partner truly cares about you and your well-being, they would completely understand the reasons why. ALWAYS put yourself first. In order to fully love those around you and to achieve happiness in the best possible way, you need to push to love yourself first. You are more important than anything else out there, so give yourself the love you deserve.

Best South Asian Restaurants in the Lower Mainland

Many people ask me about staple South Asian restaurants in the Lower Mainland. With all the flavors, fresh aromas, and colorful appeal, South Asian food is a massive favorite for those craving some spice. Myself being the token brown girl, I get asked this numerous times and honestly my brain goes one of two ways: blank or overpowered by too many restaurants to choose from.

So I finally sat down and finalized my top ten favorites and honestly these are ALL worth the trip.


TASTY INDIAN BISTRO (SURREY)

The God of South Asian restaurants in the Lower Mainland. Honestly if there is one place I crave and miss the most, it’s Tasty’s. Now why specifically the Surrey location and not the Yaletown one? Well from experience, the portions are bigger and cheaper in the Surrey location vs. the Yaletone one. The location is larger and the service is just a bit better.

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MIRCH MASALA

Attention all Muslims! This is this the staple spot for halal South Asian cuisine with exquisite food, friendly staff, and a soothing atmosphere. This is basically the halal version of Tasty’s.

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GREEN LETTUCE

Could you imagine Indian style Chinese cuisine? Well it’s here at Green Lettuce and it’s everything you can imagine and so much more! With the spices and seasonings of Indian styled food mixed with unique Chinese cuisines, this is the staple place for all Asian food lovers.

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MAYURI

South Indian cuisine is heaven in a plate, and for all vegetarian lovers this is the spot to be. Mayuri serves the best South Indian cuisine such as Samosa, Chaat, and most importantly their specialty: DOSAS. You can never go wrong with Dosas.

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INDIAN BOMBAY BISTRO

Spices. Flavors. Elegance. Literally every way you should be describing the food at Indian Bombay Bistro. This is getting me hungry…

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SPICY BOWL 

Sadly this place has no website, but they are a small restaurant located in Surrey that makes Pakistani Asian cuisine in the most perfect way. This family owned business creates freshly made meals with large portions and gourmet, authentic flavors. FYI Try their Lollipop Chicken ASAP. You will not regret it.


MUMBAI LOCAL

The flavors of Mumbai are brought to Vancouver and are executed in the most beautiful way possible. This place is not only delicious but very aesthetically pleasing to say the least! From their meals to their drinks, they are everything you need for a full tummy and a cute Instagram worthy photo.

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JAIPUR INDIAN CUISINE

From amazing vegetarian dishes, to well marinated meat dishes, this restaurant is everything you need for top-South Asian comfort food. Dive into the best flavors at Jaipur Indian Cuisine. You won’t regret it one bit. Let’s not forget they got some pretty good drinks to match.

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SAPPHIRE BISTRO

Honestly, just go and you will see why I’m speechless.

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HOUSE OF DOSAS

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Are your favourite restaurants on the list? If so, tell me your favourite dishes and if not, let me know what restaurants I missed at the comment section bellow or on our Facebook page!

Top 10 Netflix Romance Movies

It’s Valentine’s Day and you catch yourself either with your significant other or by yourself wanting to watch some movies on Netflix. You narrow down your options for a more Valentine’s themed film, but can’t decide on what to really watch.

Here are our top ten picks on what to watch tonight to get your Netflix & Chill going on… wink wink.

10. The Theory of Everything

9. Silver Linings Playbook

8. Kissing Booth

7. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

6. To the Bone

5. Friends with Benefits

4. Easy A

3. He’s Just Not That Into You

2. The Vow

1.The Notebook

 

I’m Single & I Love Valentine’s Day

It’s Valentine’s Day. The one day that those in relationships flaunt like no tomorrow while single people publicly share their disgust. I’m single this year for Valentine’s and honestly I love it. My single friends are pretty bitter today and continue to talk about their disgust for the holiday.

“I’ve got no Valentine.”
“This day is SO overrated.”
“Can couples stop shoving it in our faces already.”

I’ve been mad chilling today and I honestly have been enjoying it. I was in a relationship a couple months ago so I did spend Valentines last year with my ex. This year however, I’ve pushed to love and put myself first for once, where now Valentine’s makes me happy. I don’t need someone to appreciate me for one day. My life won’t suddenly end without me having a significant other. I’m perfectly content and spoiling myself all day today.

I have been helping my friends plan their Valentine’s day all week with such excitement. Picking the perfect outfit or gifts. This years Valentine’s Day has honestly been my favourite. I don’t have this bitter feeling towards other couples, instead I’ve been encouraging their successful relationships and their happiness together.

To all the single people out there, it’s just one day. Let those celebrate Valentine’s with their loves ones and let us celebrate the love we have for ourselves. At the end of the day, what matters most is our wellbeing and our ability to love us before we can love those around us.

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

Gaining Freedom from Strict Parents

Dealing with strict parents is hard. You want to be able to experience things without being held back. You want to share your wildest stories, but you know you’ll get in more trouble for it. Coming from experience, I know how it feels to deal with strict parents on a day to day basis. So how was I able to gain my freedom that I have now?

Growing up my mother always kept a close eye on my brother and I. She was very observant and proactive in what her kids were involved in or who they were friends with. I’ve never been to a birthday party as a kid and I’ve only went to my friends house once under my mom’s approval. I never understood why my mom was so overprotective of us until I got older.

Once I reached high school, I started to rebel. I did my own thing and maneuvered my way closer to a free-er lifestyle. Obviously it was cut because I would get caught from time-to-time. Nothing new when you’re a teenager. My real freedom kicked in once I graduated high school. I finally was able to put my foot down and tell my parents that enough was enough. I can come home at two or three in the morning without it being too much of an issue. How did I get to this point so successfully?

Communication.

I sat with my mother one day and we talked for hours. We both expressed our frustrations, hers being a mother and protecting us while mine was scavenging for more freedom. I finally understood why she was so protective over the years. My mother came to Canada without my dad since he continued to work in Dubai for a good 5-10 years. My mother was raising me and my brother on her own, and with that came a lot of responsibility. My mother was afraid she would lose us, so she kept her protective belt on. Even when my dad did come back permanently, she continued to wear that protective belt for years.

I was able to communicate with her, reassuring her that my brother and I have grown up. We are responsible and we are willing to stay safe at all costs without worrying my mother all the time. I always call and text my mom when I’m out the house to make sure she’s at ease with everything. I’m more honest with her and our relationship has definitely gotten a lot stronger since then.

I also had to push for my own freedom. Instead of asking my parents to go out, I would change my statement to, ‘I’m going out tomorrow.’ Making it less of a question and more of a statement. As I’m getting older, she’s slowly removing that protective belt she had clutched on for so long.

So if your parents are crazy strict, who knows maybe my advice and experiences might help. It may help some but not everyone. People deal with different situations regarding strict parents, but who knows maybe this might spark something in those reading. Communication really goes a long way and all parents really want is reassurance and responsibility from your end. Did you grow up with strict parents? If so, have you gotten out of the protective shell?

Highlights & Lowlights of the Grammys

The Grammys aired live yesterday and it was packed with many ups and downs. A lot of mixed reviews flooded various social media platforms, whether it be about the performances, winners, or outfits. Instead of enjoying the snow last night, I stayed cozy in my living room as I watched every minute of the award show. Here are the highlights and lowlights of last night’s Grammy awards.

 

Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys hosted this years 51st annual Grammy awards with such grace. She brought out such a genuine feel on stage and made it feel as if the Grammys were completely natural and chill. She invited four prominent women to the stage; Jada Pinkett Smith, Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, and the glorious Michelle Obama who all expressed their passion for music. My favourite part of the night was Key’s performance with her shoutout to Hazel Scott and her talent to play on two pianos at once. Keys played various renditions of popular songs throughout the century, while ending off the performance with one of her hit singles Empire State of Mind. Class, elegance, humour, and talent. Alicia Key’s was the perfect host.

 

Shawn Mendes & Miley Cyrus

Photo Creds: US Weekly

Shawn Mendes started off his performances on a gorgeous piano and mellowed out lights singing his hit song ‘In My Blood.’ Taking stage, Miley Cyrus joins Mendes, who adds quite the vocal power to the entire performance. Vocals and stage aesthetics definitely made this performance one of my top favourites of the night. With this being his very first Grammy attendance and nominations, Mendes showed what talent he had to offer in the perfect way.

 

Jennifer Lopez’s Motown Tribute

There is no doubt that Jlo is such an extravagantly talented artist. She can make a show with her vocals, dance moves, outfits, and so much more. Yet, this performance just wasn’t it. Yes, she executed a breathtaking performance, but she shouldn’t have been chosen to give tribute to Motown in the first place. One, she is not a motown singer and two, motown was historically built off of black talent. The Grammys did a good choice picking Nelly as one of the performers, but it would have been exceptionally better if the other performer was another black artist, not Jlo.

 

Drake

After being awarded the Grammy for Best Rap Song, Gods Plan, Drake went on stage to accept his award. Many were surprised by his attendance at the award show but what surprised others the most was the fact that his speech was cut off halfway through. After nicely sharing with his fans and other artists that in order to achieve success you don’t need a Grammy, the award show seemingly cut off the rest of his speech straight into commercial break. Was it on purpose? Many are still figuring that out.

 

Post Malone and Red Hot Chili Peppers

Who knew Post Malone could sing? I’m not gonna lie he is notorious for auto tune, so it was impressive seeing him sing on his own so well. He performed alongside the Red Hot Chili Peppers which was an interesting duo. My only issue was the performance felt VERY stretched out. Seemed as if it lasted forever, but it was good regardless. Many kept note of 21 Savage’s un-attendence due to his arrest by ICE officers. Post Malone rocked a 21 Savage printed shirt backstage in support of the artist.

 

Travis Scott

Photo Creds: Rolling Stones

I was already turned off by Travis Scott and Kylie Jenner’s red carpet look. I do love them as a couple and their adorable child Stormi, but last night was just not it. Scott’s performance was also a major disappointment in my eyes. When you have an artist that KNOWS how to pull off a show with lights, special effects, and so forth, you expect the same performance during music’s biggest nights. It felt off and mediocre. The cage itself excited me, but it wasn’t used in its best advantage. I love you Travis Scott, but you can honestly do so much better and you know it.

 

Janelle Monae

What a performance! ‘Make Me Feel’ was an outstanding combination of Prince and Janet Jackson through funk and groove. Her sensual movements combined with a robotic/electric theme displayed every artistic angle that Monae represents. Her powerful femininity and woman power are what encompass the feel of her song, as well as her “Let the vagina have a monologue,” cheer. Ending with a mic drop, Monae displayed exactly what how she gained that Grammy nominee.

 

H.E.R.

Such a beautiful, soulful performance. This R&B artist has proved to the audience and those watching back home what she is all about. Head to toe decked in a beautifully sequenced outfit, her signature rounded shades, and a transparent guitar, H.E.R. brings her hit singles to life. If there is one voice I would listen to for the rest of my life, it is definitely H.E.R.

 

Lady Gaga

Oh my GAGA. I am a huge fan of Shallow but her performance made me love the song and her so much more. Lady Gaga was not Ally at that moment, she was her true artistic self. She took the hit song and made it her very own. With crazy hair flips, a glittery outfit, and massive body movement, whatever Gaga does makes everyone go wild. This was honestly the performance we all have been waiting for and it was glamorously perfect. I was keeping eye of her almost hitting Mark Ronson a couple times while he played acoustic guitar, but she loves making her audience live on the edge.

 

Camila Cabello, Ricky Martin, & J Balvin

What better way to open an awards show than with some latin wave. With the stage lit up cascading bright colours and unique styles, Camila Cabello opens up the show with her biggest hit ‘Havana.’ Young Thug makes a quick appearance and in comes Ricky Martin and J Balvin who help Cabello end her performance all together. Brining the power of latino music, culture, and presence to the Grammy stage, these three worked wonders in getting the guests on their feet.

Many other performances have brought the audience to their feet such as the recognition of Dolly Parton and Diana Ross, Brandi Carlile’s stunning performance, and Cardi B’s eccentric depiction of her hit song Money. One upsetting thing I can point out is the loss of recognition for Mac Miller and the short performance for Aretha Franklin’s tribute. With all the star-studded power and glamour with Parton and Ross’ performances, it would have been equally great to give Aretha Franklin that same time and effort. Also, this has sparked some controversy but the Grammy’s did invite Mac Miller’s parents to the award show in hopes through everyone that he would win and he sadly didn’t which caused quite the uproar. On top of that, many believed there would have been a performance or some recognition piece for Mac as he has left quite the footprint behind in the hip hop/rap industry.

 

Other than that, the Grammys weren’t too bad after all. Many guests refused to attend due to other personal/political reasons, but other than that it was alright. Do I think it could have been better? Absolutely. What do you think. Did the Grammy’s do a good job this year or was last year way better?