I’m back!

Hi, everyone!

It has definitely been a while since I’ve last posted anything. For a long time, I thought I had already deleted this blog and neglected it completely. Nevertheless, here I am, trying to revive it!

I’m starting uni now, so that is definitely exciting. I’m trying new things and gathering different experiences. I hope to share my thoughts on this blog again and will be back soon with some more posts!

Sincerely,
Annie

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December Favorites

During the month of December, I have come across many great books and shows. I want to share some of my favorites.

The Feminine Mystique

By Betty Friedan

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After learning about how this powerful book spurred the feminist movement in the ’60s, I vowed to myself that I would read it. A year later, I finally took the time to finish it.

The feminine mystique has succeeded in burying millions of American women alive.

Betty Friedan explores the phenomenon of women moving back into the domestic sphere after gaining suffrage. Instead taking a step further and utilizing their new-found freedom, millions of educated women chose to dedicate their lives to motherhood, willingly confining themselves to the home. She explores the psychology, the many causes, and the multitude of implications of the feminine mystique. From reading, I clearly understood the attitude and desperation for women of the time. I recommend this book to all feminists and those who want to understand the sentimentality behind the powerful movement of the ’60s.

The Beauty Myth

by Naomi Wolf

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Coming across this book on Our Shared Shelf, I found that The Beauty Myth is a modern version of The Feminine Mystique. In her book, Wolf focuses on how standards of beauty are holding women back in terms of careers, politics, education, etc. Dubbing the issue as “the iron maiden”, she illustrates how society molds a solid standard of beauty to bend and twist women away from their freedoms. She urges women, young and old, to push past those beauty standards and live to their full potential.

What girls learn is not the desire for the other but the desire to be desired.

I highly recommend this book! Although the books was published in the ’90s, many of the issues are still relevant today. The Beauty Myth is a huge eye-opener for me, and I’m sure it will be for you, too.

The Crown

 

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I cannot even begin to tell you how much I adore this show. Whether this show is accurate to the true events, I do not know, but the drama, the tension, the glamour glued my eyes to the television. There is a reason that The Crown has almost five stars on Netflix. Let me tell you why: the actors/actresses look almost like the people they depict, the film shots are stunning, the costumes are gorgeous, the accents are great. And, this is just my opinion but I think everyone should watch this show. If you don’t have Netflix, GET NETFLIX, so you can watch it.

 

If you are stuck at home with nothing to do during your winter vacation, these are just a few suggestions I wanted to make. I really enjoyed these books/film and I hope you do, too. If you have any book or movie recommendations, please comment in the section below. I am always looking for another book to read!

Thanks for reading!~

Back from a Hiatus

 

Hi there!

It’s finally winter break. Without the usual mountains of homework and material to cram, I can finally return to writing. A lot of school stress has been hindering me from writing during this past semester, but I managed to free up some of my schedule to finally be able to pursue some of my interest.

During this next year, I am making it a resolution to start writing at least one post a week, even if I have zero readership. The point of this blog is to document my interest and experiences, so if you are following this blog, please expect to see a post every Wednesday.

Thank you so much for reading!

30 Things to Do During a Hurricane

Without being able to go to school or leave the house, I found myself very bored at home, so I tried many things to keep myself preoccupied.

Here’s a list of things to do when you are stuck in a hurricane:

  1. Read a book
  2. Write a book
  3. Play cards
  4. Build a house of cards
  5. Play an instrument
  6. Write a blog
  7. Watch a movie
  8. Learn a K-Pop dance
  9. Sing a Song
  10. Compose a song
  11. Do stretching exercises
  12. Draw
  13. Write a letter and then throw it away
  14. Sleep
  15. Lay on the couch
  16. Eat
  17. Drink Water
  18. Listen to music
  19. Do cartwheels
  20. Clean room or closet
  21. Cook something
  22. Pamper yourself (face mask, etc.)
  23. Sharpen all of your pencils
  24. Recreate iconic pictures
  25. Study ahead for school
  26. Flip water bottles
  27. See how quickly you can roll across the room
  28. Jump on the bed
  29. Use sofa as punching bag
  30. Touch the rain with your toes

I wrote this blog post as Hurricane Harvey mercilessly swept the Texas coast. Thousands of homes are damaged by wind, rain, and flood waters. Bayous overflowed and trickled into neighborhoods. Torrential rains filled the highways and underpasses. Our roads became rivers and our neighborhood, lakes.

Please pray for the Texas’s recovery from the damages of Harvey.

3 Essential Apps for Ethical Shopping

As I get older, I am becoming more and more aware of the toll we put on the environment, animals, and other people, so I try to make more mindful purchases when shopping for groceries and clothes. However, that can be difficult when reliable information is hard to find. Recently, I discovered 3 Android apps that have completely changed my shopping experience and helped me choose more ethical products. I hope they can do the same for you.

The following apps are not listed in any particular order. Continue reading “3 Essential Apps for Ethical Shopping”