10 Reasons to Love the Winter Holidays

Christmas is my favourite time of the year, and the thought of it honestly makes me so happy

Here are 10 reasons why you should love the winter holidays 🙂

Christmas Lights

  1. MUSIC

    With Winter comes a lot of Christmas music, and Christmas music is so cheerful
    and you get an excuse to blast loud music or sing 😛
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    And you don’t have to search up the lyrics of the songs, because by now you should probably know most of them by heart

    Christmas music just never gets old

  2.  Winter HOLIDAY= NO SCHOOL

    and who doesn’t like no school? Yeah, learning can be fun and all, but it’s nice to have a break sometimes

  3. Presents

    You might be at that stage in life where you give more presents than you receive, but it’s still fun to open those few presents you have, right?
    And there’s those secret santa exchanges which are really fun
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  4. It gives you something to look forward to

    Christmas Day isn’t actually that fun and special as it’s hyped up to be, but looking forward to it and counting down is the best part
    and if you ever feel a little down, you can just tell yourself that there’s only __ days till Christmas!

  5. Hot Drinks

    I think most places around the world at least get a little more chilly near the winter time. Like right now, I am wrapped in a warm blanket because it is very cold.
    But even without snow, it can get really cold sometimes, and the best thing on a cold day is a warm cup of apple cider or hot chocolate
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  6. Decorations

    Decorations just cheer me up automatically. Bright lights, Christmas trees, all the green and red.
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    Everything looks so nice 🙂

  7. Cold Days (?)

    Cold days suck if you’re outdoors, but if you’re indoors, snuggled up in a comfy blanket with your flannel pajamas on, that’s the best thing.
    Doesn’t it feel great when your room is all cold, but you’re buried under a pile of warm comfy blankets? I love that feeling
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  8. FOOD

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    There’s no need for an explanation 🙂

  9. CHRISTMAS PAJAMAS

    Gotta love winter pajamas!!
    (insert really basic, stereotypical pictures of cozy people in winter PJs)
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    A nice pair of flannel pants and warm fuzzy socks is everything

  10.  Everyone’s happy

    If you were to walk into a mall, you just see everyone so happy, walking around, buying gifts, wearing some cozy jackets and layers of scarves, talking to friends
    drinking hot chocolate
    listening to Christmas music

    Or when you’re at home, you can just cozy up in your bed and read a book and just feel happy because everyone’s happy

    Christmas is just a great time in general

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If you need a laugh

I made this wix website a few years back for a computers class, and here it is

http://cfung6391.wixsite.com/photography

If you want to skip to the funny parts, check out the “Meet the Team”, “License” pages and the bottom of the “About” page 😉

**note: I am Chinese and there are some potentially “racist” stuff there about Chinese names and stereotypes, but I’m just making light of the stereotypes against Chinese and asians

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PicMonkey Alternatives

I used to use picmonkey for everything but now, unfortunately, they changed it so that you need a membership in order to download your edits 😦

So here are some equally great alternatives to use instead!

(click on the images to go to the sites)

Pixlr

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There’s a pixlr express and a pixlr editor option
Pixlr Express is more of a basic editing thing, kind of like VSCO, where you can add filters, etc.
Pixlr Editor is more of an advanced editing program, very similar to Photoshop, I’ve found, but if you were to make more basic edits like you would in Picmonkey, it might take longer because of the complicated tools.

Canva

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I really like using Canva for design, and creating more “word-heavy” pictures, rather than editing/filtering photos.

I know a lot of people use picmonkey for word art, youtube thumbnails, facebook covers etc. and Canva is really good for that 🙂

Fotor

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So far, I think I’ll be using Fotor the most, because the layout of the actual website is a good mix between Canva and Picmonkey. Also, there’s a lot of really cool fonts and templates that you can use.


Comment if you know any good online editors!!

Another one I use (that’s currently down right now), is lunapic, which I use for making transparent photos, and sometimesss editing

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PSA: READ HARRY POTTER

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT: READ HARRY POTTER WHILE YOU’RE YOUNG

So I was always one of those stubborn kids who thought “oh harry potter probably is over hyped, I won’t read it”

I now regret it.

The thing is, I went to the Harry Potter Land in Universal Studios a few years back before I read Harry Potter and I experienced all the wonders….. without knowing a single thing about the book

do you feel my regret (if you’ve read harry potter, you know)

All I can do now is rack my brains for glimpses of hogsmeade and diagon alley in my memories 😦

I just finished the last book in the series and I’m sad and some deaths I can’t get over

And my friends that have read it, did so when they were like 7 or something, sooo I’ve missed the Harry Potter bandwagon :/

Anyways, guess who’s spending hours pouring through Harry Potter memes and theories and basically everything related?

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Yellow Aesthetic

I’ve been really liking the color yellow lately so here are some aesthetic yellow pictures (stolen off tumblr) 🙂

Generally, I have two moods- “life is awesome, i love life” and “life sucks why am i here”

yellow is usually from the “life is awesome part” because its such a happy color :))

anyways, sorry for not posting much

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How to extend your knowledge and improve your writing drastically without really trying 

Read.

I learned this the hard way

I used to be an avid reader, one of those students that frantically tried to read as much as they could before the bell rang, or snuck books under my desk and read during boring lessons.

Unfortunately, I discovered Netflix and YouTube and that was the end 😂😂

So tip of the day: read more

Even if it’s just a book that you read a little bit of in the span of 6 months or if you read book after book, without fail, just read, and I promise it’ll help you extend your knowledge and your writing skills drastically

When you read, you subconsciously accumulate knowledge and learn new words which really helps and which is why I wish I read more, and I’m currently trying to read more

If you have any book suggestions maybe we could all help eachother out in the comments?

The only non-mainstream book that I’ve really enjoyed is “Splintered” by A.G. Howard, great for Alice in Wonderland fans 🙂 

Also Flowers for Algernon is a really great book that opens your perspectives- I wanted to do it for my lit circles in school but they didn’t have enough books 😩

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Lightroom Photo Editing App

I’m not trying to one-up Briar’s post or anything (I use a lot of those apps and theyre all amazing) but I started using Lightroom to edit my photos today and it’s AMAZING.


I’m not kidding 

I find that normally with editing apps, the more you filter and edit, the blurrier the photo gets but Lightroom keeps the photo crystal clear and the quality of it’s filters are so nice

Here are some examples-

(bottom is edited)

^here, even with such a dark photo, it can lighten it and yet keep the quality of the picture


If you know me in real life and follow my insta and stuff, I apologize because I’ve literally posted these photos everywhere LOL I’m wayy too proud of these pics

Anyways, Lightroom is a really great editing app, and it’s completely free in the AppStore so I’d reccomend giving it a try 🙂 

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MUSIC TO ADD TO YOUR PLAYLIST!

MORE MUSIC! WOW!

I usually really like a song for about a week and then I find new ones

Anyways, I recently started using the Apple Music 3 month-trial and it’s SO GOOD

I know a lot of people like spotify but I can’t seem to find my way around spotify.

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Sometimes when I’m painting and stuff, I like to play the “recommended songs” list on Apple Music and I find a lot of good songs on there 🙂

Disclaimer: Generally, I don’t search up or really listen to the lyrics of songs, I mostly listen for the tune so if there’s a song with strange lyrics I am most likely not aware of it.

Also I’m not a very musical person, like I couldn’t tell the difference between pop/alternative/indie/rock and other genres until a month ago (still can’t really tell the difference)


This is a really good song

I found this song on the Music app and I searched them up on youtube and they only have 94 subscribers??? whaatt

The 4 songs that Far Places has made are all really good

Camila’s first solo song 😀 (i think)

It’s really good, I listened to it on repeat for about a week, and I still listen to it now

Honestly all of the Brood’s Conscious album songs are really good, I just didn’t want to post every single song in their album on here, so here’s my favorite song 🙂

Here’s a link to their album

I never really liked one direction songs very much but THIS SONG IS SO GOOD

The genre is “soft-rock”, so it’s quite different from one direction songs.

Another good song from his album is Two Ghosts

Not that 1D songs were terrible, but in my opinion, their solo songs are so much better- including Zayn and Niall’s solo songs (speaking of which, Slow Hands is a pretty good song too)

This was the first Halsey song I ever listened to and it’s so goodddddd

I like how every song she tells a story and they’re all really unique stories

also her voice is amazing- I’ve heard her live vocals are not that good but I just like how smooth and “ethereal” her voice sounds

Another Halsey song worthy of having it’s video on this post 🙂

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The tune itself isn’t all that good, but I just really like Halsey and Lauren’s voices together

Also the pronouns in this song- very diverse

Other really good songs in her album include Angel on Fire, Sorry, Hopeless ft. Cashmere Cat

My teacher plays this song during workblocks and ITS SO GOOD AFSJBIHE

This is another really chill song, and it’s really good 😀

Not really sure how everyone knows Sabrina Carpenter (is she from a movie or smth?)

but her songs are really good and she has a nice voice 🙂

This songs kinda weird but it’s pretty good and I keep going back to this song

Honestly I can’t understand anything she’s saying in this song but it’s really good and the tune is nice and it’s always stuck in my head

There was an ad for this song on youtube and I listened to the full song and it’s actually quite good and Vanessa Hudgens sings here and high school musical memories y’know


That’s all I have for this post

And to bless your day

Here’s a hilarious video

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Studying Tips!

I have a week of final exams starting tomorrow and I’m still reviewing term 1 of science…..

I should be studying right now but I’m procrastinating 

Also, this is more for like long-term studying, so if you plan to spend an entire day studying this is for you.

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TIP 1

Open your window- let the fresh air come in because fresh air is good for you and you can think better in an environment that isn’t stuffy. 

Also if you live in a quieter place, it’s nice to have some natural background noise while studying.


TIP 2

Set your work space.

Personally, I can’t study in a messy environment so I have to clean up my ENTIRE room before I can start, or I can’t think.

It’s also good to have a glass of water or a drink of your choice on hand so you don’t have to interrupt your studying and go and get water.

TIP 3

Wind down and relax. Take a shower, wash your face and get all your ~problems~ or discomfort out of the way. I like to wear comfy clothes to study so I don’t have any added stress ontop of studying.


But don’t be too comfy or you might fall asleep!

TIP 4 

Get or use a bunch of really colourful highlighters and pens and colour code EVERYTHING

It helps to have a little legend on the side to organize your colours. For example,

Red- Vocabulary Terms

Green- important points

Blue- for titles and subtitles 


Maybe it’s just me but this makes studying more fun

TIP 5 

This is more for people who study by making study sheets like me- when you’re copying down things, say it over and over in your head while you’re doing it to help yourself memorize it.

TIP 6 

Quiz yourself!

Learning from mistakes is one of the best ways to learn and memorize things.

TIP 7

Spray a perfume or a scent you wouldn’t normally smell. And then on exam/test day, spray it in yourself.

This helps you remember facts from when you were studying.

TIP 8

Work in a BRIGHT, well-lit room.

If it’s possible, open your blinds so that sunlight can pour in! Unless you live where I live and it rains every day.

Your environment and the amount of light in your room greatly affects your mood.


TIP 9

If you’re in a time crunch and you study well by reading, Times New Roman is proven to be the easiest font to read. 

TIP 10

If you need help understanding a concept, watch a crash course video!

The guy who talks is John Green’s brother and all the information is really informative and it’s FAST (which helps if you need to relearn a whole years worth of science like me)

You might find that these videos explain things better in 10 minutes than your teacher does in a whole term!


TIP 11

Teach someone! 

Pretend you’re a teacher and teach someone everything or maybe even film a crash course video yourself. This helps you apply your knowledge and helps you memorize way better.

TIP 12

Take breaks! But efficiently.

Take breaks once your finished a certain topic and not halfway through so that you can remember it as a whole. 

Also, don’t just go on your phone during your break- take a walk! Ride your bike or something and excercise so you can get your brain moving.

TIP 13 

Use a mnemonic!

What is a mnemonic, you ask?

It’s a word or phrase you memorize to help you memorize stuff (I know, great explanation)

For example,

ROY G BIV helps you remember the order of the rainbow.

Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet.

Here’s a mnemonic generator so you can type in the letters you need to remember, and it helps you generate a sentence

http://www.mnemonicgenerator.com/

TIP 14

Before you let yourself sleep at night and while you’re laying in your bed, quiz yourself briefly on what you’ve studied that day.

What’s a nucleus?

What goes on during anaphase?

Studies have shown that this actually helps you remember things better.

BUT this does not mean studying at 3AM in the morning before you sleep helps, because you’ll be too tired to remember any concepts. This means that before you sleep at a good time (preferably before 11:30), reviewing what you’ve studied helps you lock in all those facts

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Hopefully these tips help.

For those of you with exams, good luck!!!

Also, don’t procrastinate like me right now. 

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School Life Hack

It’s very possible that this “life hack” is already commonly used and I just suck at life


Have you ever struggled remembering math formulas before an exam?

Have you ever spent 10 minutes flipping around your book for a phrase or a formula?

Well forget no more!

If you have a math (or any subject) workbook, simply look at the front or the back pages of the book and you should find a blank page somewhere

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There, you can write any key notes, errors you commonly make, or any formulas.

That way, you don’t have to flip around your book everytime you’re studying, especially when it comes to finals, where you have to study everything 🙂 18575265_1558940340782732_1107242929_o

What if you don’t have a workbook?

You can use painter’s tape and tape a blank page behind your textbook cover. Make sure to use painter’s tape or a light tape so that it doesn’t peel the paper

OR

You can buy those giant sticky notes and stick it to the front or back of your book

OR

You can just write in pencil (not too hard) and erase it at the end of the year 🙂


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