Internalized Racism? Or a bad sense of humor?

Hey guys,

I hope you are all having a great week so far. Did any of you suffer from the Monday Blues? I did! And it was partly because the weather in Melbourne dropped from 30 degrees during the weekend to 17 degrees on Monday (well,more or less). It was rainy and cloudy and downright depressing! I need to get used to such inconsistencies in Melbourne.

And while we’re on the topic of inconsistencies (great segue huh *nudge nudge*), I’d like to talk about the unofficial Queen of inconsistencies,Raven-Symonè. If you guys are unfamiliar with the name and/work of Raven-Symonè, here it is in a nutshell – She first came into the limelight at the tender age of 3 when she was cast as Olivia Kendall on The Cosby Show.She then rose to prominence in the early 2000s with her own show on the Disney Channel called That’s So Raven in which she plays Raven Baxter, a psychic teenager who gets into a lot of sticky situations because of her visions. Apart from her comedic skills on television, she is also musically gifted and has released four studio albums – Here’s To New Dreams(1993), Undeniable (1999), This Is My Time(2004) and Raven-Symonè(2008). Her most recent works include guest starring on the hit TV series, Empire and joining the panel of the popular daytime talk show,The View in 2015.

For someone who has such a strong body of work to her credibility and experience being in the limelight, you’d think that Ms.Symonè would know better than to spew verbal diarrhea (to put it mildly) on national TV. And we could’ve forgiven her if it was just an accidental slip of the tongue, once. But that wasn’t the case with her.

Her most recent comment on The View sparked a lot of controversy and had the internet,especially #BlackTwiiter ablaze! Last Thursday, while on the discussion about a study on people who make racial assumptions based on names, she said that she is discriminatory and wouldn’t hire somebody with the name “Watermelondrea” !Tch tch. Even though she is trying to back-peddle from her original statement now (she recently said that she heard the name “Watermelondrea” on a viral video online and wasn’t targeting a particular race), I believe it is a little too late to redeem herself.

And I say this because, this isn’t the first time Ms.Symonè has said something in poor taste. Watch my YouTube video down below where I have made a list of things she has said in the past.

While you’re on my video, comment and let me know what you have to say about this! Also, don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE to my channel because I make videos every Friday and Sunday talking about a range of topics. Also, spread the love by SHARING this post and my video on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and wherever else you can 🙂

My new online venture!

Hello children!!

It’s been almost a year since I wrote you guys. I’m not going to go through the same drill where I apologize, promise to be more regular in posting and then not write for another year! So I’m just gonna skip it…

I have some exciting news!! At least I am super excited about it. I have finally decided to film my thoughts and opinions on video and put them on Youtube (link at the bottom of the article). Yes folks, I get even more vocal. Starting a YouTube channel has been on my mind for a few years and I am happy that I finally have the opportunity to make it happen. While I enjoy writing, I have often found it difficult to remain consistent (Well there’s a surprise). Plus, I have always been more of a talker. Trust me, sometimes it feels like someone needs to pay me to shut up.

I will try and continue to post some stories here as well. But I will mainly be focusing on my channel and will post related material over here.

I want to thank you all for being very supportive so far and I hope you guys will continue to support me on my new adventure. Go check out my videos on the link provided and show some love by clicking the SUBSCRIBE bar and the LIKE button!!

As always I’d love to connect with you awesome folks on my other social media links as well.Thanks kids!!

http://www.youtube.com/c/DeepakMatthews90

Lentils anyone?

Hey hey everyone,

It’s been a long time since I’ve written something for you.
Between my last post and now I had been juggling work, an unpaid internship, finishing up my Masters and most recently moving apartments (yes, I have moved yet again!). But the storm has finally begun to calm down and although I don’t see myself having a lot of free time for the next few days(maybe even a week or two), I shall try and be more frequent at posting articles (key word here :TRY).

Besides the above said reasons, another factor that put me off writing for a bit was simply the lack of something worthwhile to write about.
That is, until now.

Yesterday was my day off from work and I had intended on getting some shopping done for my new bedroom. I called some of my friends to come join me on this task because shopping is fun in numbers and also, I get super confused when shopping! I decided to head to Broadway Shopping Center and get my things from Target and Adairs.
An hour into shopping, we started to get hungry. So we put the rest of the shopping on hold and decided to take a drive up to Newtown in search of a good restaurant. This task proved to be even more difficult than shopping! And this is because one of my friends is vegan while the rest of us aren’t (I am an on-and-off vegan/vegetarian. I like to eat healthy and therefore have begun to eat a lot more veggies and a lot less meat/dairy/dairy products). After what felt like an endless debate of where to eat, we decided to go to a vegan restaurant that one of my non-vegan friends suggested.
The next seemingly impossible task came almost immediately. Finding this restaurant was not exactly easy as my friend neither knew the name of it nor where its precise location was. All he could remember was that it had a red sign-board and that it was crowded with people the last time he drove by it. Not exactly the best leads in the world and for a while I did think we were on a wild goose chase.
Finally we did manage to find the restaurant and it was, LENTIL AS ANYTHING. Not only was their sign-board a daring red but so was the entire outside wall. The menu board placed outside boasted some of the healthiest vegan/vegetarian dishes. And truth be told, I was highly doubtful that any of it would fill my stomach. I was convinced however, that it would definitely make my wallet a lot slimmer (because it’s a vegan/vegetarian restaurant in Sydney, enough said). Boy, was I wrong on both accounts!
We ordered two of their Mexican beans with cooked barley & salad and one of their broccoli and corn bake dishes (I can’t remember the name of it, sorry!:( ). After an anxious wait of 8-10 minutes, our food arrived. While it looked to be delicious, the portion size affirmed my initial doubts of it fulfilling my appetite. I dug into it thinking that it would be easy-peasy and that I’d have room for more. But the Mexican beans intended to prove me wrong. In the end, the beans won and I happily and gracefully accepted defeat. The best part was that unlike a meat-filled meal, this scrumptious lunch did not make me feel sluggish afterwards. It instead left me with a pleasant feeling of having had a hearty meal that was both tasty and healthy.

But what makes LENTIL AS ANYTHING a great restaurant is not just its food but what comes after. Now, not having inquired about the prices I was ready to fork out a pretty hefty amount. But when the waitress nonchalantly said that we could pay (or rather “donate”) WHATEVER amount we felt was appropriate, at first I was confused and then surprised. This restaurant had a Pay-What-You-Feel-Like policy; the first time I’ve ever come across something like it. It functions on the principle that “customers give what they feel the food is worth and have the opportunity to contribute towards a world where respect, generosity, trust, equality, freedom and kindness rule”. Customers can donate anything from $2 and above and this helps pay the wages, rent etc. And did I mention that the staff at this place comprise of volunteers?

I think this is a fantastic initiative of serving the community by generous community members through the powerful tool that is FOOD. Founded by Shanaka Fernando, LENTIL AS ANYTHING was first started in St.Kilda, Melbourne and its immense success led to the opening of 3 other outlets before they finally arrived to inner-city Sydney. And I am sure there are many like my friends and I who are extremely happy with this decision.
After speaking to two of their friendly volunteers, I have decided to provide my services as a community member someday soon.

I strongly urge all my readers in Sydney and Melbourne to give LENTIL AS ANYTHING a try, if you haven’t already. Even if you are not a vegetarian or a vegan I’m sure you will enjoy the meals that are definitely cooked with love. Not only that, but you would also be helping this restaurant serve its lesser fortunate community members with healthy, delicious and very affordable food.
And if you are considering volunteering for them, do take a look at their website, facebook page or simply ask one of their enthusiastic and very friendly volunteers of the procedure. Trust me; it is not a complicated or elaborate process at all.

All in all, I give LENTIL AS ANYTHING a 5/5 rating and I wish to thank them and its patrons, volunteers and suppliers for their amazing contribution to the community as well as for giving me a strong reason to write again! I wish them luck and success and hope they continue to spread the spirit of community in more parts of Australia. I once again urge all my Melbourne and Sydney based supporters to go and check out this fabulous food-joint.

Till we meet again with another article,

BYEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

Links to LENTIL AS ANYTHING:
Website: http://www.lentilasanything.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lentilasanythingsydney
Twitter: https://twitter.com/lentilasanythng

July Favorites :)

Hello good people!

I am finally back with a proper blogpost! I know I’m late but as I said in my previous post, “Sorryy”, I have recently moved apartments and it is only now (two weeks later) that I have begun to settle in properly. There are still certain things that are taking up a lot of time; one being work. The other is, my new internship. It is only my third week at the internship but it feels like I dove, head first, into all the work.
I am yet to find the perfect balance between the above two, my domestic chores, social life (which has been seeing a decline of late!) and my blog.
Here’s to taking baby-steps towards achieving that goal.

Today I thought I might bring to you something completely different from what I’ve done before.

As we are approaching the end of yet another month, I thought I might compile a list of all my ‘July Favorites’. This basically includes everything I’ve tried, tested, experienced and loved this month. I hope you enjoy.

Since I usually start the week with a music related post, I’ll do the same with this one.

Music:
Some of the songs that I’ve been playing over and over again have been listed here(in no particular order):
Becky G – Shower
Chris Brown ft Usher, Rick Ross – New Flame
Justin Timberlake – Not a Bad Thing
Paloma Faith – Only Love Can Hurt Like This
Declan Burgess – Forrest Gump (Cover)

The last one (but certainly not the least) is a cover that I urge everyone to check out. Declan Burgess is a friend of mine and I am being completely honest when I tell you that he sounds amazing. The song has been on repeat for almost a week and a half now. Go check him out on the link down below.

Television Shows:
To be honest, I haven’t had much time to watch a lot of television shows of late. There are many new shows that I would like to start watching though. Perhaps, I will find the time soon and include those in my August Favorites. But for now the only TV show that I’ve been watching and enjoying is
Revenge.

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Fashion and Style:
Some of my current favorite pieces have been:
ASOS Cable Jumper in Oatmeal
ASOS T-Shirt
Topman loop scarf
I have mentioned all of the above in my previous blogpost, “Saturday bliss + OOTD/OOTN”. Be sure to check it out https://itssoovert.wordpress.com/2014/07/05/saturday-bliss-ootdootn/

Food:
For those of you who don’t know me personally, I am a huge foodie. So it was only natural to include my favorite picks in the food department. They are:
Jordan’s Chunky Nuts
The Vegan Teahouse – Hazel (Chocolate & Hazelnut spread)

Jordan’s is available at any Coles and Woolworths (for my Australian friends), so make sure to definitely go out and buy some.
I bought the Chocolate & Hazelnut spread from the Cruelty Free Shop on Glebe Point Road(Sydney) at Vegan Day Out. I’ve provided the links to both The Vegan Teahouse as well as Cruelty Free Shop in case you want to buy something.

The Vegan Teahouse: http://www.theveganteahouse.com/
Cruelty Free Shop: http://www.crueltyfreeshop.com.au/

APPS:
I haven’t really found any new apps that have blown me away. However a few that I have been using this past month are;
SaveMySnaps: I always wondered what the point of ‘Snapchat’ was if you cannot view a snap for more than couple of seconds. There have been several times, I’ve received some really cool or funny pictures from my friends, but before I can view the whole thing, it disappears – caput! And then one day I discovered this new app that would let me save the pictures for a better/longer viewing. Now when I get snaps from my friends in Tuscany, Madrid, Paris or Norway, I can always save them and view them better.
Audible: I know I’m late to the party with this one, but I have just downloaded Audible and have grown to like it. It’s a convenient way of enjoying a book, especially if you have to multi-task.
Gumtree: As you may all know by now, I have moved apartments. And this app was definitely a great help in helping me find options at times when I had no access to a computer.

Restaurants:
Two new restaurants that I am happy to have found are;
Burger10 – This new fast food joint on Glebe Point Road serves some of the most delicious burgers I have had in a long time. I found this by chance while looking for a new joint to eat at with my ex-flatmate Ben, a couple of weeks ago. Their menu is quite different from any other burger joint, in that, they take inspirations from different cuisines from different parts of the world.
I chose to go with a Classic Beef Burger, which is a traditional American styled beef burger. And it was simply yummy. Ben on the other hand, ordered the Pork & Prawns Burge, a r Chinese inspired burger that uses steamed bun instead of the regular bun and uses Hoisin sauce in it (A little tip:- You may want to consider using cutlery for this one because it can get quite messy eating it). From what he said, it was very tasty.

Just Falafel: Those of you who know me personally know that, of late I have been reducing my meat intake. And ever since, I have been trying to find restaurants that serve good vegetarian food. While there are quite a few that serve elaborate vegetarian dishes, only a few serve vegetarian fast food. Just Falafel, caters to those who are looking vegetarian food on-the-go. This brand new eat-out on Lee St near Central Station serves vegetarian and few vegan sandwiches, wraps, salads and burgers.
While I was there two days ago, I decided to try their Indian Falafel and it was by far the best falafel I’ve had in recent times. The portion was huge, the falafels were succulent and the Indian sauces made for the perfect flavoring. Their prices are very reasonable and yes, they also make ‘Meals’ with fries and a drink. If you are ever around that area, make sure to go in and try some of their delicious food. I think this could be a healthy substitute for McDonald’s.

Drink:
I found out about this drink while I was working at Good Food and Wine Show, Sydney that happened a few weeks ago.
CascadeGinger Beer
Seeing me run from pillar to post every day, one of the guys who worked at the Cascade kiosk felt sorry for me and gave me a huge bottle of Ginger Beer to drink. I was thankful to him for two reasons; a) for coming to my aid when I was tired and b) for introducing me to this drink. Now, I am usually not a huge fan of ginger beer nor do I fancy any drink in particular. But this one tasted so good, it even surprised me.
If you haven’t already, I highly suggest you go buy yourself a bottle. It is a very refreshing and tasty drink.

Cascade

Youtube Videos:
I spend a lot of time on Youtube and I don’t know how I would pass time if it wasn’t around any longer. It is a goldmine for anyone looking to while away time 😛 So it was only natural for me to include some very interesting and ridiculously funny videos.


Website:
For almost 2 years now, I have been watching videos/ reading articles on a particular website. Through this site, I have been informed of many important issues that are happening around the world. The website is called Upworthy. Many of you may be familiar with the site. I follow them on Facebook and Twitter and think they do a wonderful job bringing newsworthy videos to young people.
Follow them if you want to receive informative and thought provoking videos like the ones below:
http://www.upworthy.com/bless-this-blogger-for-explaining-feminism-to-the-girl-from-the-fault-in-our-stars?c=ufb1
http://www.upworthy.com/if-you-like-porn-its-really-important-you-watch-this-if-you-hate-porn-id-still-learn-about-it?c=reccon1

Skin Care:
I’m a guy who has extremely sensitive/combination skin and applying products containing chemicals aggravates my skin rather quickly. One product in particular that I hadn’t found luck with for a long time is moisturizer. The problem I’ve found with most moisturizers is that they either dry out too quickly or they irritate my skin. After a long search for a good moisturizer, I discovered the Aussie brand, Delicious Skin. Those with sensitive skin like me will be happy to know that their range of products is all-natural and 100% vegan. The products can be used by both men and women. I particularly love the Delicious Skin Silk Serum.

DeliciousSkin
For more information go check out their website http://www.deliciousskin.com.au/

Memories:
If I have to sum up this month in one word, it would have to be – chaotic. However, there have been certain moments that I will go on to cherish for a very long time. This list wouldn’t be complete without including them.
– Topping the list is my recent trip to Hunter Valley with some of my very good friends

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– First time going clubbing with Ben (ex-flatmate) and my homies at Sidebar.

SideBar

– Being nominated for Very Inspiring Blogger Award.

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That concludes my ‘July Favorites’ list. I can’t believe how fast this month has gone by. But I am definitely excited to see what August has in store for me (only good things I hope).
If you guys enjoyed this post make sure to like, comment and hit that FOLLOW button. Also, if you guys have made a list of your favorites, make sure to let me know. I would love to read them 

Until my next post,
Take care!
KBYEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

Happy Monday. I’m so excited….

Hello good people!

I greet you this fine Monday morning bearing some awesome news.

Guess who’s nominated for a Very Inspiring Blogger Award……..yours truly!!

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I feel truly blessed to be nominated alongside so many inspiring writers. It is both humbling and gratifying to know that my blog and the things I have to say are pleasurable to many of you. I take this opportunity to personally thank Cameron from http://threadsluxury.com/ for nominating me! It makes me happy to know that you thought highly of my blog to nominate me 🙂
If you haven’t already, make sure to check this uber-cool guy’s blog out for some awesome fashion and style tips.

Thanks again mate!

Rules:

1. Thank and list the blogger who nominated you.
2. List the rules and display the award.
3. Share seven facts about yourself.
4. Nominate 15 other amazing blogs and comment on their posts to let them know they have been nominated.
5. Proudly display the award logo on your blog and follow the blogger who nominated you.

7 facts about me:

I hope that this will give many of my current readers (as well as future readers) a chance to get to know me better:
1) Summer is my favorite season of the year.
2) This is because my energy levels and mood depends greatly on the weather.
3) However, Christmas is my favorite holiday, period.
4) I have a passion for all things beautiful (people, places, cars, art, fashion, food)
5) My guilty pleasure is watching FRIENDS.
6) I love watching B&W movies.
7) I reached 5’9 and then I stopped growing.

Nominations:

This was such a difficult task. To pick 15 blogs/bloggers from a vast pool of talent was indeed not an easy thing to do. However, I have deliberated and these are some of my nominations. Good luck everyone 🙂

1) http://thepublicblogger.com/
2) http://celiafitzgerald.com
3) http://chasingmore.wordpress.com/
4) http://eatsleeptelevision.wordpress.com/
5) http://dranthonysblog.wordpress.com
6) http://theeditorsjournal.wordpress.com
7) http://aopinionatedman.com
8) http://somethingsweetforbreakfast.wordpress.com/
9) http://matt.wordpress.com/
10) http://urbanwallart.wordpress.com/
11) http://thedomesticman.com/2014/07/15/hu-tieu-kuy-teav-cambodian-pork-and-seafood-noodle-soup/#more-8247
12) http://simpleprovisions.com.au/
13) http://style-me-manly.com/
14) http://vintage-reflection.com/this-blog/
15) http://www.tulleandtrinkets.com/category/diy/

Thanks again! And good luck to all.
Have a fantastic day everyone!
KBYEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

Sorryyyy

Hey good people!!

Okay, I know I have been terrible the past two weeks with not writing anything. And I’m sorry!

The reason is because I’ve been so busy juggling work, an internship and moving apartments. And this is stressful to say the least.

So please bear with me for a little bit longer; until I’m relatively settled. I will start to post again once I’ve found the balance. For some this may come easy, but for others like me, we need a few days to cope with sudden changes.

Till then, you can follow me on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook where I do post some interesting (well at least to me) stuff.

KBYEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

Music Again :)

Hey there everyone,
Top of the morning to you!

I hope everybody had a great weekend and a goodnight’s rest.

I had such a lazy day yesterday and it involved a lot of sweet-treats such as, Adriano Zumbo macaroons, hot chocolate, Hillier’s chocolates, Rowie’s Rocky Road Bites and of course the staple of every Sunday morning, old Hollywood movies!

Here’s a picture of how I started my Sunday morning.

SundayMorning

Sigh, if I could only go back in time!

And I know many of you would like to travel back in time to your weekend and just stay there. Unfortunately we can’t. So the only thing left to do, is to make our Monday more fun. And what better way to do that by listening to some great tunes! I’m here to help you with that.

Here’s a list of what I’m listening to this morning.








Of course my actual playlist is a lot longer than this. But these are some of my favorite tracks.

Hope you guys enjoy these songs as much as I do. As always, if you have any comments, recommendations or suggestions, do let me know in the comments section. I would like to know what you are listening to!
You can also find me on various social media platforms. The links are in the homepage.

Have a fantastic day everyone! Till I come to you with another post,

BYEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE