Death in Paradise: CSI and Island Life

I grew up watching every detective show on TV, and loved them. I have rewatched so many episodes of NCIS and CSI: Las Vegas that I can practically recite some of lines by memory. Despite my adoration for a good cop show, I find that the same clichés are often repeated with new faces and new locations. It was hard to find excitement in another detective show, but I think I have found the cure to my boredom. Welcome to the stage, Death in Paradise.

Getting Out of Your Lane and Changing Your Tomorrow

Breath in.
Now, breath out.
Breath in.
Now, breath out.
Take a glance in the mirror at yourself. Look deep in your eyes and ask yourself if you are truly satisfied. Does your work invigorate you? Have you explored all your interests  and pursued all your aspiration? I had to ask myself these questions several months ago before I started my semester at my university. My answer may surprise you.

My Top 10 Summer Songs for 2019

I find summer is when I spend the most time listening to music. I spend time flipping through old albums on the long road trips and vacations. Songs I haven’t listen to in awhile become new favorites again, and new discoveries are added to my ever growing playlist. So I decided to share my top 10 songs I am playing this summer.

Are Sins Truly Sinful?: A Deep Look At The 7 Deadly Sins

The 7 deadly sins has plagued mankind since the beginning of time according to scripture. The 7 deadly sins are the sins of lust, wrath, sloth, gluttony, greed, envy, and pride. We can all look at our life in section and find our own samples of these flickers of sins. However, in 2015 TED Talk decided to pursue the nature of these sins and the guilty pleasure of it in 7 Deadly Sins, which you can currently listen to online. In other words, are sins truly sinful?

Strictly Dumpling: Let’s get hungry

Do you know someone that seems to be able to find all the best restaurants in town? For me, it is youtube star, Mikey or Mike Chen. Don’t know him? Then you should definitely read on because you will want to binge on his videos after this. Mikey Chen has built a career filled with videos on his channel called Strictly Dumpling around his favorite food during his travels. He has traveled to far off destination such as Singapore, Philippines, and India. His passion for food shines in every video as he ‘fanboys’ over the beautiful crafted dishes. The most popular type of food that he features is Chinese. However he has featured anything from Japanese to Las Vegas buffets. He has eaten things that most would possibly shy away from like frog fallopian tubes. (Not a dish I personally I am going to try any time soon.)

Harry Potter Welcomed to AR in Wizards Unite

Pokemon Go gave the world of gamers a way to bring the fantasy world to our reality with the use of the camera in the back of our phones. It brought fans in different cities and shared communities together so they could play as a singular unit. However, there is a new game in the…

5 Reasons to Watch Queer Eye When You Need A Pick Me Up

We all go through rough patches. Patches were it seems impossible to pick ourselves up again, because we can’t see the end of the tunnel. However, it is never too late to get over a rough patch. You may just need a little pick me up, and some help. A show that truly shows the belief in this is Queer Eye, which you can find on Netflix now. It reminds us all that the we all need a little pick me up, which makes this the perfect show to watch when you need a smile. Don’t believe me? Then here are 5 reasons on why you should watch Queer Eye when you need a pick me up.

Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World’s Worst Dog

When you were growing up with your best friend having four paws and a tail?

Well that was my best friend, Billie. She was my best friend growing up and I wouldn’t change it for the world. She attended every tennis tournament with my family. She became my copilot when I got my driver license. She made me laugh when I was sad. She never judge and only loved. I can’t remember a moment she wasn’t by my side, and I wouldn’t have changed that for the world.

When you own a dog, they have a way of taking over your life. They teach you to laugh at all the silly things they do. They help you feel confident.  They become a piece of the family. Each dog has a distinct personality and unique quirk that leaves their mark on your heart. For me, Billie’s beautiful pointing is the distinct thing that she did thanks to her old hunting dog training before she failed her training, and I will remember for her for always. However, Billie wasn’t the only dog to leave such a mark on her owner’s life. There once was a dog named Marley, whose claim to fame was being the worst dog in the world. 

Tea: More Than Just A Leaf

I recently visited Vital Tea Leaf  in the neighborhood of Chinatown in San Fransisco, California. There I started to discover that there was more to tea than just the simple package of leaves. I mean let’s be honest. How many of you have ever taken a break to contemplate the creation of tea?

So with my curiosity awakened, I went to the one place a broke college student can go to learn without a major price tag. The local library. I found a book that does a wonderful job capturing the complexity of the tea making processes, the benefits of tea, and how tea affects the world in various ways.  The books was The Tea Book by Linda Gaylard. I was fascinated by what I learned so I am sharing it with you. Here are the top 10 cool factoids about tea that I learned.

Mr. Max: Little Piece of Japan Deep in the Heart of Texas

Tucked away behind a donut shop and insurance company is a nondescript strip mall. When you step out of your car, you can see the odd blinds covering the windows along with the crinkled poster listing when the are open. Past the unfinished wood door is supposedly one of the top 50 restaurants in Dallas called Mr. Max, but nothing on the outside would lead you to believe it. However, I promise you that with a leap of faith you will find a little piece of Japan that will transport miles away from the Texas heat.

Opening the door, you are greeted by the smiling hostess while shuffling to the side of the tiny hallway so guest can pass you. Peek around the bend to see, tatami tables full of guests speaking a variety of languages, and a long bar in front of the kitchen where you can watch the kitchen bustle out orders. The walls are covered in vintage Japanese poster along with Japanese Kanji listing the offering for the menu with tiny English handwriting underneath for those who do not read Kanji. Find the little figurines throughout the place that give the restaurant a homey feel. Just on appearance alone, I was beyond excited. This bar looked like it came off the streets of Tokyo but it was actually in Irving, Texas. I was convinced I entered my Japanese happy place.