Some Last Few Words...

...before the year is officially over, of course.
Alright, so, ever since going to college, I've had the opportunity to refine my fashion, both personally and aesthetically. Seeing everyone with different style sense allowed me to question whether or not there was any more room for improvement in terms of refining my taste; there was.

1. Equestrian chic

Riding boots, elbow pads, cable knits, the whole shebang. There is something so inexplicably chic about equestrian attire. Although it was used to for riding shoes, it has managed to integrate itself in many closets across the globe.

2. Ivy League

There are times where I wish I attend an Ivy League school (unfortunately, my SAT scores won't allow that) because of the style usually associated with going there. The shoes, the tops, the bags, the headbands. There is just so much fashion crawling on those campuses.

3. Pan Am 

the '60s. Need I say more? Apart from the transcontinental travel and espionage, and attractive men, the fashion is absolutely ravishing. Amazing. 

2011 At a Glance

January: SAT'
February: Florida
March: Got my acceptance letter from university
May: Celebrating my baby sister's 2nd birthday
June: Turning 18
July: Attended university orientation
August: Moved to university
September: Had a minor setback when I injured my knee
October: Canadian Thanksgiving
November: American Thanksgiving
December: Enjoying the last month of the year

Needless to say, 2012 is going to be even better.


Typical College Quandaries

I wouldn't trade being a college student for anything. For the record, I think that high school is exponentially over-rated, with all the drama, animosity, and cliques that pertain to high school. And I must admit, I am extremely fortunate enough to attend a relatively small Christian university that are true to their values and the students are honest and real. But this past week, with all my assignments (2 papers, 1 test, 1 quiz, 1 discussion post, 1 response post, and beginning my study schedule for finals), I've begun to realize that college literally isn't all about fun and staying up last two in the morning. And while I have been doing that since school day 1, it's really caught up with me this week. And even with all the stress and potential difficulty I could have endured, I would not trade this not even for one second. Even with stress and difficulty, that doesn't mean that God doesn't want me here. I mean, the logic that it's harder and poses more obstactles should prompt the fact that this is God's will for my life. I could have easily have quit, said this is much too hard, and refuse to go forward. I know several peers that when are in the front of hardships, they will cross their arms, and say, it's much too hard and quit. No sirree, not for me. I don't usually vent, but I think this is a reason why I created this blog in the first place: so that I can respectfully list my ideas and opinions.

This week though, I've been struggling with the fact that I cannot change who I am so that I present a "better" form of myself. Or, vying for attention as if I'm in some sort of competition. I reject that. Just because some type of girls are more "outgoing" that I am, that does not justify the fact that you can flirt with every guy that crosses your path. I mean, seriously! Is there no discretion or prudence anymore! Whatever happened to mystery and keeping yourself quiet? The more you don't say, the more he has to wonder (in a good way). Isn't that the whole point of keeping the chase alive? No, apparently not at my school, because every single girl throws herself at the first guy she sees in hopes that he'll make a move. And with some of my friends (lady gals), I feel as though I'm always in a competition to see which girl gets which guy, which girl gets which guy's attention and can keep it, and which girl can make which guy like her back. I am so sick and tired of all that crud! And because I refuse to succumb to that type of behavior, I appear anti-social and taciturn when I don't have a good reason to! Sometimes, I honestly wish guys weren't eating that flipping BS up. I know guys like that and all, but have they truly lost the desire to find their precious and begotten treasure? Aren't they interested in finding their Proverbs 31 woman?

And another thing, if a guy likes a girl, I find, he will not tease her and joke menacingly with her. Not if he really likes her. I understand the playful jesting and the poking and childish teasing, but not headlocks and neck. Sometimes, I am so fed up with the immaturity some guys on campus have; they do not know how to treat a girl properly sometimes. And if they do, they get labelled as a "gentleman" and will finish last. I gaurantee you, gentlemen, that you do not finish last. While girls like a sense of adventure and find rebellious guys attractive, at the end of the day, they want a guy they know will cherish them, protect them, love them, and respect them. I think it's time for guys to stop being hormonally driven sex creatures and stand up and be a freaking man already!

Phew! I apologizing for ranting like that. Usually, I'm much more civil and can hold my thoughts together, but this week...I felt the need to let it out. And this is my blog, after all. Again, I'm not revealing anything personal, like people's name or voicing my opinions over Facebook as if it was my journal or diary entry. This is real life and refuse to be fake or hide things. This is how I feel. I've said it and now I can move on.


Has Love Become a Kissing Show?

If you look around, you'll likely not find a tv show where its main characters will not kiss. In fact, it might happen in the pilot episode! And then, in class series premise, complications will follow and then comes the drama...But on a serious note, is that to what kissing has become? Just something two sexually-charged people do? In Switchfoot's song, Easier Than Love, the lyrics are, "sex is currency, she sells cars, she sells magazine. Addictive, bittersweet, clap your hands with the hopeless nicotines. Everyone's a lost romantic, ever since love became a kissing show, everyone's a Casanova, come and pass me the mistletoe..." Whatever happened to kissing being a sweet, tender way of showing your significant other how much you love them? And I'm not talking about swivelling your tongue down his/her throat and you're practically eating each other's faces. No, no; I'm talking about that long awaited moment when your lips would touch his (or if you're a guy, touch hers), and it would be so sweet, so wonderful, that you will replay it in your head a thousand times over because you want to feel that again. Your kiss can be passionate but have no sexual motives. I think the problem is that we have lost what passionate, love, and the meaning of a kiss means. Back in Austen's day, a kiss was something reserved for special occasions. These days, people kiss (several times) without even being in a relationship! You're just succumbing to potent hormones! That's not what a kiss, or love for that matter, is supposed to be. It's time to go back to the times when a show would wait at least several seasons before writing for 2 characters to kiss, instead of the first episode. A kiss is supposed to be something special...Honestly, it seems that the significance of a kiss has lost its meaning...



I wish I could paint. Moreover, I wish I had artistic abilities within me. Perhaps then I could express more of myself on canvases, paper, and so on. I like writing, but there is something about visual that captivates people.


November Style

This is what is on my mind in the mild month of November. Clearly, I'm not in Canada anymore!


Should Christians Do Yoga?

This is really controversial topic simply because different people have different views on this. You can practice yoga while mediating on the Word of God; there are "Christian yoga", doing the poses and not the mediation doesn't constitute as actual yoga, and etc. Now, I'm about to discuss why I think Christians should not make a habit of practicing yoga. I repeat: this is simply my own opinion. And this article specifically to Christians. If you're reading this, I encourage that you learn something new, but you do not have to take this to heart. Christians, I hope you get something from this and make you ponder...

First, you should know some things about yoga:

  • Yoga means "to yoke" or "to unite" 
  • Yoga is an Eastern pagan tradition that dates back to 5th century B.C.
  • Namaste means "I bow to you" in Sikh (Sikhism)
  • Ommmm…is a common phrase associated with yoga. Om is the deepest pitch the throat can produce and therefore signifies the most deepest part of the human soul
  • Each of the positions in yoga is a worship stance for one of the 330 million gods in Buddhism
To those who say that practicing the poses are harmless, perhaps you did know this:

  • Sun salutation = sun god 
  • Headstand poses = achieve even mind, partial enlightenment, and even fearlessness 
  • Animal poses = get some of the attributes each animal possesses (lion = bravery; eagle = clear mind) 
  • Tree pose = calm, balanced, and in control 
  • Warrior stance = spirituality 
  • Lotus = self-mediation for a deeper state of enlightenment
Those poses are worship stances to different gods. You are not just doing arbitrary poses to something non-existent; you are bowing down to a pagan god.

1.Karma yoga−it appeals to ethics or the active temperament. The objective is selfless service.
2.Bhakti yoga−appeals to the emotional temperament. The objective is pure love and devotion
3.Raja yoga−appeals to the mystical and scientific temperament. The objective is self-control and self-mastery
4.Jhana yoga−appeals to the philosophical/enlightment and intellectual temperament. The objective is wisdom and knowledge

I've seen Christians say that "I'm a level 1/2/5/etc. level yogi" and there is something you should know about these so-called "innocent and inevitable" levels:

1.Yama−universal morality
2.Niyama−personal observances
3.Asanas−body postures
4.Pranayama−breathing exercises, and control of prana (vital energy in the body)
5.Pratyahara−control of the senses
6.Dharana−concentration and cultivating inner perceptual awareness
7.Dhyana−devotion, Meditation on the Divine
8.Samadhi−union with the Divine

The first 3 levels are just beginning levels, to help you test the waters, so to speak. But I assume you'e familiar with this type of scheme: the evil lures you in with innocent looking tactics, and when you give in entirely, he won't let you go without a fight. As you go to the 7th and 8th levels, you begin to realize that implementing the spiritual aspect of yoga. 

Another thing you should realize is that yoga incorporates Buddhism, Hinduism, and various other Indian and Eastern religions. (Just type in "yoga" in Wikipedia and you'd be surprised what you will find out to as what yoga actually is.) In fact, David Frawley, an American Hindu author, and founder and director of the American Institute for Vedic Studies ties in Buddhism with yoga. “There are eightfold (ashtanga) system of Yoga emphasizing an integral spiritual development including ethical disciplines (Yama and Niyama), postures (Asana), breathing exercises (Pranayama), control of the senses (Pratyahara), concentration (Dharana), meditation (Dhyana) and absorption (Samadhi). This constitutes a complete and integral system of spiritual training.” He is clearly knowledgeable in this field and if he says that yoga incorporates spiritual aspects, then it would be wise to adhere to his words and consider that yoga isn't as harmless as it seems. 

“You shall have no other gods before Me. “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God…Exodus 20:3-4
When you practice yoga, do the poses, or even the mediation aspect, you are bowing down to another god. And you committing idolatry towards God. When you enter a yoga studio and say Namaste, you are entering the temple (figuratively speaking) of that god (or gods).

You adulterers! Don't you know that making friends with the world makes you enemies of God? Therefore, whoever chooses to be the world's friend becomes God's enemy. (James 4:4)

Why are you practicing yoga? Have you ever asked yourself this question? Now, before you say it's because it promotes wellness and boosts healthy benefits, are you doing it because it's popular and everyone else is doing it and celebrities are doing it (helping its popularization)? You need to understand that as a Christian, you are alienated from the world anyway because you have Jesus Christ living in you and that makes you strange, not like everyone else. When you do yoga, you are making friends with the world, finding an ally in the evil one, and God will have to respect your decision, and His hand will come off you. Yes, I realize that sounds austere, but the truth of the matter is that you need to decide: God or the world (and yoga constitutes as the world because, according to the Word, the world is anything that does not bring God glory).

Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God's will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. Romans 12:2
One thing that yoga primarily teaches is that you are your own god, you are the center of your own universe, you must empty your mind in order to align yourself with the world. Now, does it say anywhere in the Bible that we worship ourselves? No! Also, the first part of this Scripture tells us not to copy the customs of this world. Yoga, as you guessed it, falls under that category. Yoga tells us that we don't need God since we are our own god and that we rule our universe with our own moral code. 

If you want the health "benefits" that yoga gives, practice Pilates. If you were to be honest with yourself, 100% complete honesty, you call yoga "YOGA" for a reason, even though you are not doing mediation. Practice Pilates instead. It's stretching, increases health benefits, and there is no spiritual adultery against God. Plus, it's not a practice that is done by religious Buddhists, Hindus, Sikhs, or New Agers. But that decision is up to you; I'm just providing you with an alternative.

To conclude, I will ask you this (and I realize this might cliche): what would Jesus do? Seriously, what would He do? Would he practice yoga to connect more with His inner Self? (If so, what job would the Holy Spirit have?) Would He enter another temple and worship that god(s)? The decision is ultimately yours, but for me (as this is my own personal opinion), I don't see the need to do yoga. I exercise (to promote wellness and health), I pray and have His Word in my heart so that it never departs, and I'm constantly close to Him. So I have no need for a tawdry counterfeit when I have the real thing.

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What Your Style?

After much speculation due to many inquiries, I have finally been able to label my "style". For a long time, I wasn't sure what my style because I was reinventing myself, so to speak, and therefore, I was unsure what my style was, or if I even had one. Now, after 3 year since deciding that, I have been able to identify my style:

  • Retro/vintage a la Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Jackie O, and Babe Paley
  • Blair Waldorf (that preppy, collegiate, and feminine look)
  • Equestrian
  • Frenchy and nautical
  • Preppy/collegiate (remember Rory Gilmore's prepster days during her first year at Yale...?)
  • Euro-chic (I get an infusion of this every year when I gaze at the mode in downtown Zurich)
I like having my own sense of style and being individualistic about it. I don't like shopping at stores and buying certain things just because everyone else is doing it. Nuh-uh, I don't follow that path; I make my own.


Is Home Where the Heart Is?

Hi readers! I know, I's been much too long since my last post! Much has happened since then: friendships deepened, homework load doubled, and maintaining a social life is typical for a college student. Since coming to live in Virginia, I've come to see Regent as my home. I know that's such a weird thing to say since living in Canada for the past 16 years should be my home, but since settling in college, I feel as this is part of my home. When I visited Canada for fall break, it felt incredibly strange because all the familiar faces I see every single day weren't there anymore. The hallway, the scenery, the's part of my home. When I came back from fall break, that feeling in the pit of your stomach when you're approaching your house when your a little kid? Yeah, I felt that when I could see the campus. I've never felt at home as I do here. It's just the perfect fit.

I'll post more often now as I'm managing my schedule better now. Until next time! ;)



What would Blair Waldorf do?
With the fifth season of Gossip Girl currently airing, I've acclimated my favorite looks and continue to find her as my fashion inspiration.

Seriously. Every time I glance at Blair Waldorf photos, I am continually amazed at her style. There needs to be a Blair Waldorf line.

To be fair, there are certain photos of Serena that I admire and I have therefore added them here too:

American Vogue

Leave it to me to say something about American style. However, because of a myriad of reasons, people have constantly told me that the style between Americans and Canadians but after living in America for more than a month now, I can now say with certainty that that is certainly not true. While there are considerable difference between so-called "American" style in Canada and actual American vogue, I have to call out blatant disparities.

1. Urban Outfitters. A lot of people are really hipster here. With thick-rimmed glasses, indie band tees, record players, TOMS (see #2), and listening to underground music. That is something you definitely don't see in the streets of Toronto cause everyone wears Hollister or Abercrombie. People dress too similar back home while here there is some differences. Not much,'s there.

2. TOMS. Everyone wears TOMS here. In Canada, it's not quite a big trend; whereas here, every 1 in 2 people have a pair of TOMS. I considered purchasing a pair of TOMS simply because they're comfortable and versatile but after I realized that since almost everyone has a pair, I rallied against being like everyone else. So I wear my salmon-colored penny loafers and that makes me very happy. Plus, I receive countless compliments, which also put a smile on my face.

3. Feather extensions. I noticed that a lot of people are adding fake feather extensions in their hair. Interesting. Not that I'm against it but I can't put it in my hair lest my hair grows 4 inches in a matter of minutes.

4. Local hang out shops. Not really constituting as part of style, but I still felt that it was noteworthy. I've taken inventory and realized that many people (emphasis on the many) like to hang out in local, one-of-a-kind sentences that are not part of national chain restaurants.


Hey Y'all!

Hi y'all! If you've noticed, I haven't posted in a while. There are myriad of reasons, all include my time being consumed of classes, hanging out, studying, and dancing/surfing/movie watching. I haven't been able to commit much time to actually blog in terms of compiling my thoughts in an orderly fashion; however, I do have a tumblr (gasp!) so y'all are free to follow me. Just follow this link: Libelulas. College is so much different than high school but I often have to remind myself that just because I haven't attended public school in 3 years and because it is a relatively small school, it is not the same as high school. In other news, I have been obsessed with Coldplay. Oh, sweet mother of molasses, they are immaculate. I do plan on purchasing their new album and if you haven't heard their newest single "Paradise", you are seriously missing out.

Until next time!


College > High School

If you thought this post was going to be all the reasons why college is better than high school (it is), you are severely wrong. While I can elaborate greatly on why college is worth attending, pursuing higher education is a worthy pursuit, and why it's boss, I won't. Why? Because I want to focus on something hidden under the radar: music. (Dear readers, you should know by now that I am a self-professed music junkie.) I must say, the music scene in VA Beach is waaaaay different than that in Barrie. If y'all haven't heard of Pandora (an online radio that plays the music you like--also has an iPhone app), then you must check it out because it is the best invention since sliced bread. Don't believe me? Check it out for yourself.

Here is a preview of songs I've discovered from Pandora:

1. Rhythm of Love--Plain White T's
2. Two Door Cinema Club
3. The xx
4. In Search Of--Miike Snow
5. Hanging On--Active Child
6. Pumped Up Kicks--Foster the People
7. Voy a Comerte a Besos--G6
8. Runaway--Mat Kearney
9. Punching in a Dream--The Naked and Famous
10. Vanished--Crystal Castles



Fall-ing in Love with Fall

Ahh...Fall. Don't you just love when summer turns to fall, the leaves begin to change colors, the temperature steadily drops, and a new season fills the air. I've acclimated my favorite September looks, some of which I might not be able to wear...but then again, I might! After all, this is Virginia, not Canada.