Monday, September 28, 2015

What's Making Me Happy This Week | 1

what's making me happy this week maraisms blogger week 1

Ahoy! I am taking a cue from my favorite podcast to date, Pop Culture Happy Hour, and rebranding my Friday's 10 Happy Things to What's Making Me Happy This Week

But to be honest, I just really can't keep up with a scheduled Friday post of 10 things so I am throwing caution into the wind and posting whenever and whatever - but weekly! - happy things.

On to the list!

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Oh hell yeah "Fresh Off the Boat" is my new favorite show!

ABC's Fresh Off the Boat poster
I tend to remember my years by the TV shows I've seen or obsessed about. The year 2004 will always be The O.C. years. Years 2006 to 2009, years that I considered the golden years of my TV watching life, will always remind me of House M.D., Veronica Mars, The Office, Arrested Development - I was a very voracious TV viewer then. And although 2010 onward has given us your Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, and other epic TV shows, my heart still bleeds for the now defunct The Newsroom and the McAvoy Team of Champions.

I was pining for TV shows of days of yore, wishing there's another grumpy, foul-mouthed doctor or news anchor to come my way soon, because Veep episodes couldn't come faster. Until my friend Z, who happens to be my supplier of awesome television shows, told me to look up Fresh Off the Boat, I was hooked so fast enough that I think I will remember 2015 as my Fresh Off the Boat year.

When I asked what's it about, Z answered a universal truth: it's about us. "What do you mean?" I asked again and she only answered "it's Asian funny and what we find funny," a statement I'd like to think ubiquitously acknowledged because even my Singaporean friend understood what I meant when I described the show as being about us.

So am I saying I'm part of a Tawainese family trying to make their way in America in the 1990s? No, but I'm saying anyone with the same upbringing can totally relate to having rice as a basic food group and this show.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Friday's 10 Happy Things | Week 1

"Really? Mara? Looking at the brighter side of things?" you may ask. But I just want to have a mini celebration in honor of me this week because for some weird, fortunate reason, I do not hate everything as much as I used to. So on with my list!

Also posted on a Sunday BECAUSE I CAN.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Beauty Hack #2: How to make your foundation look like skin

Without using the Blur Tool!

So it may seem like I'm sliding back to thinking this is a beauty blog again, but TBQH, I just really, really, REALLY love beauty-related things that I can't stop talking about it. There are so many beauty knowledge out there, and it gets me so frustrated to not have anyone to share it with.

But anyway, I am trying this new thing where I test drive tips I find online so I can share them with you or anyone who cares to read. So I hope you enjoy this tip and let me know if it works for you!

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Beauty Hack #1: How to give your hair volume with just one hair product

Living alone stripped me the luxury of time (chores all around!), so I always try to find ways to make my life simpler and my day-to-day going ons faster. I know some people plan their outfits for the week or have an outfit "uniform" to take the guesswork out of dressing up. But since my first love is Beauty and I just randomly pick whatever is in my closet, I tend to find ways to hack my Beauty routines. Of course, this beauty hack is not universal, but feel free to try it out and let me know how it works for you.

Please expect gratuitous photos of my face.

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