Learning to travel without wifi


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I may be addicted to my data/internet on my phone. Is it a first world problem? Yes, definitely. I don’t feel the need to use my phone as much when I’m in India for example, but in ‘first world countries’ such as the USA and Europe? Yes, please and thank you.

Connecting to my online life is so crucial that one doesn’t realize how dependent they really are. Try walking around New York without wifi. You soon realize that: oh you need to check google maps for what’s around you, never mind the fact that you have a list of cafés and bistros you wanted to check out, or you need to tweet an observation or Instagram your lunch (true story bro), or just whatsapp your mom about a cool dress.

While it’s great that main public areas offer wifi to travellers, and I can sideline the possible privacy and data research invasions while I refresh Instagram and check Facebook; it makes me wonder: while it’s great that this online connection makes me feel less homesick and FOMO is out the window, is this a healthy way to travel in terms of exploring what’s around you?

I really noticed this when we were taking the bus into the city. Now this bus offered free wifi to it’s clients but it wasn’t working right. I was instead forced to put my phone away and look out the window and watch the Manhattan skyline form. What a novel idea: put your phone down.

Sometimes in our excitement, we forget that we need to experience with our physical biological senses, not only with our technological senses.

3 ways to get back in the study zone


IMG_3482.PNGNow that summer is over and I’m hitting the books again, I’m finding that I’m in a summer funk and I just can’t focus. Here are a few tips that I’m using to get in the zone and hopefully they help you too!

Change your study space - your study space may now be filled with too much fun and relaxing atmosphere, making it hard to focus and create a studious space. Try going to the library for a few days to change up the feel.

Set a routine – summer is horrible to those of us that sleep in late and stay up late. Set yourself a new routine to get up in the morning and sleep at a proper time.

Exercise – I always like to start big in the beginning with doing everything and eventually I turn into a hermit. This is something I add to the mix before I start living in my cave for the next few months. Start an exercise: whether it be swimming, dancing or yoga, get those endorphins running!

Good Luck and let me know what works best for you?

Big apple anyone?


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John F. Kennedy Airport

New York New York! What can be said that already hasn’t?

This was my third visit to New York, and it seems that one really cannot tire of the big apple. It’s like every visit shows a new side of the city that has yet to be explored and seen. I went for the weekend and it might have done the trick for my wanderlust, for now!
Friday night was Times Square night. All those lights and people is really amusing to chill around in, unless you don’t do well in crowds. The stores there remain open till 2am which was horrifying yet amazing at the same time. Omg best part, saw Seth Rogan filming his Christmas movie!!! Needless to say, I was quite excited lol
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Flatiron Building, by Madison Square Garden

Saturday was spent wandering down to Madison square garden. Hitting up the Empire State Building, then walking down 5th to union square and into the flatiron district was really nice. It’s really helpful that most squares also offer free wifi, making it really nice for social media-internet addicts to connect on the go. Eataly is a really nice cafe by Madison square garden with really yummy desserts so I would def recommended going there.

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Central Park

Sunday was the lazy day at Central Park. I love Central Park, it really shows the juxtaposition between the hyper urban metropolis of the city and the relaxing nature of the park. In some parts, you would honestly think you aren’t in New York City anymore. Walking through the park can easily take up half a day, maybe more if you are going at a more lewisite pace. I managed to get half way through before I remembered that Laudree was near by and went off to get some macaroons. Opps. Ending the day by shopping on Lexington and dinner at Times Square was nice.

Observations


Inspired from Jenay Ross, so I figured I would give it a try :) I tag all of u! lol

MAKING / smoothies 
COOKING something my mom made?
DRINKING tea and smoothies
READING Sadly my study notes :(
WANTING a trip
LOOKING for a full time job.
PLAYING something on Spotify, right now “Nevergreen” by Emancipator
WASTING time
SEWING nothing at the moment, but I do have a fish I need to finish
WISHING for a successful 2nd half of 2014.
ENJOYING time with friends.
WAITING for something
LIKING these heart glasses and ice tea
WONDERING why I’m not concentrating as best I could

LOVING family

HOPING things work out.
MARVELING at new music discoveries.
NEEDING a massage.
SMELLING fresh flowers.
WEARING tank top and palazzo pants
FOLLOWING my heart and my gut.
NOTICING character flaws.
KNOWING myself more.
THINKING about making a proper blogging schedule
BOOKMARKING lifestyle blogs.
OPENING a million files for projects.
GIGGLING at sloth and wombat pictures
FEELING overwhelmed but excited.

Nude cover


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Mani Monday is back! After almost a whole summer off (lazy summer and basking in sunshine takes it’s toll) I’m back with this weekly post!

With summer almost over (darn you Canadian bipolar weather) it seems that autumn is not far which made me feel like I really need to have a proper nude polish. The kind that doesn’t wash out my hands but still looks clean and cute. Lo and behold, the Sally Hanson in Grey-T escape. I found that this one works the best with my skin and it has a slight pinkish yet grey hue.

What’s your go-to nude polish?