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.

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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.

Revenge

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

HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!!

HAPPY 4TH OF JULY TO ALL MY AMERICAN FRIENDS AND FAMILY, FROM THE LAND DOWN UNDER!!!

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I hope everyone has a great time celebrating with the ones they love!! Remember to always stay safe!

I so wish I was in New York right now, to watch the Macy’s Fourth of July fireworks!! Wahhhh 😦

CHEERS EVERY ONE!!

KBYEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

SMH: Beyond Belief

Hello there good people,

Let me start by apologizing for not posting anything on Monday. I have been super busy of late, with both work and apartment hunting taking most of my time. I thought graduating from university would give me some more free time, but I guess not.

Anyways, without further ado, let me start off today’s article. My initial post was supposed to be something entirely different from what is written below. However, after typing down the first part of my article I felt that I should stick with just that and omit the rest of it. So I did.

And why have I titled it, ‘SMH: Beyond Belief’? Well, read on and you’ll know.

This morning I woke up to find out that, the most trending news article is that Jeremy Meeks – the internet dubbed ‘Hot Felon’– has signed a $30,000 modeling contract! What in the world!?

Jeremy Meeks

Here is a little background information on Meeks for those of you who don’t know who he is. Meeks is a convicted felon currently serving jail time in San Joaquin County Jail. He has against him, charges of weapons possession, gang membership and probation violation. He was recently pulled over by authorities and a search of his car yielded a 45 caliber semiautomatic handgun, ammunition and a small amount of marijuana.
Meeks shot to fame last month, when his mug shot went viral all over the internet. I stumbled upon his photo while surfing through Tumblr. Many memes have been created out of his mug-shot, with most of them replacing his plain white T-shirt with designer suits. If you read most of the comments surrounding his photo, you will notice that they are all about his “chiseled face and baby blue eyes”. And these are the features that his current agent, Gina Rodriguez, is cashing on. She believes that his past should not affect his bright future.

While I agree to some extent with that, I personally feel that unless Jeremy Meeks has really turned a new leaf and has decided to contribute positively to society in some way, he doesn’t deserve the recognition he is getting right now; especially when they are purely based on his looks.
But then again just by looking at Gina Rodriguez’s clientele, you can get a vague idea of this woman and why she represents those that she does. Fox News reported that Rodriguez has “guided the careers of Teen Mom-star-turned-porn-star Farrah Abraham, Nadya ‘Octomom’ Suleman, and most recently, V. Stiviano, the woman at the center of the Donald Sterling scandal.” And I’m sure that in each case she believes that the individual’s past should not affect their ‘bright’ future.

*Slow clap* for Ms. Rodriguez. Sigh!

If you ask me; if anyone deserves to gain recognition and modeling contracts it should be this guy.

Kyle Carpenter

Retired Marine Cpl. Kyle Carpenter.

Carpenter received the Medal of Honor – United States’ highest military honor- for trying to rescue a fellow Marine from a grenade thrown at them during a firefight in Afghanistan. In the process he lost his right eye and most of his teeth. His jaw and right arm were also shattered and he had to undergo several reconstructive surgeries.
Now this right here is a true a hero. I don’t understand how he hasn’t received as much attention as Meeks has! Is this really what today’s society has become? How has this man not received a $30,000 modeling contract?! I mean, look at him.
That right there is not only a very handsome man, but also a very courageous one.

I understand that the Fashion and Modeling industry is primarily concerned with physical appearances. And I’m not denying that Jeremy Meeks is an attractive dude. But by this very act, the industry sends out a message to many out there, that no matter what you do or how harmful you are to society, you will nonetheless be glorified if you simply LOOK GOOD.

And this is precisely why I titled the article, ‘SMH: Beyond Belief’.

So that was my rant for today. Let me know if you agree or disagree with my views. Also if you happened to come across similarly bizarre news stories, do let me know.

Till next time,
BYEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

From ‘Same’ with ‘Love’

Hey there fellow Sydney-siders,

I’m back with yet another post. I must be honest with you, I did not intend on writing a post today. I was planning on going out with a friend today because the weather is soooo good outside. However, my friend has a few errands to run before that and in the meantime I was just catching up on some daily news. That’s when I stumbled across an article that said that the issue of same-sex marriage in NSW is a step closer to being achievable. I think that’s fantastic news for the LGBTQ community here.
I strongly believe that everyone, and I mean everyone, has the right to share their love and life with that special someone and the fact that it is still a right that ‘needs to be fought for’ is quite saddening. And that’s where such news comes as a silver lining.

And as you’ve guessed this post is about same-sex marriage. Uhmmm No. I’ll save that for another post. As I was reading the article on same-sex marriage in NSW, I had the radio on and what song should come up but ‘Same Love by Macklemore’. Perfect timing I’d say! And that got me thinking about the acceptance of homosexuality in the music world. Until now, every male singer in the biz has sung his songs for the lovely ladies and every female singer has sung her songs for the handsome men, respectively. No-one, ever imagined there would come a time where singers would openly sing about acceptance of the LGBTQ community and furthermore openly gay singers would make videos of same-sex love.  I for one was doubtful that singers would ever dare to portray gay love in the music videos.

However, my doubts were soon put to rest when I found the two clips below:

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 Watch “Young Love’ by Eli Lieb at http://youtu.be/0jPba9WJCzE

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Watch ‘All American Boy’ by Steve Grand at http://youtu.be/pjiyjYCwNyY

It is refreshing to see that young gay singers are finally stepping out into the limelight with music and music videos that depict their true self and feelings. Kudos to them! And kudos to the many supporters who’ve made it possible for them!

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