Things to Do This Summer!

Lifestyle

I hope everyone is having an awesome summer. If you are not, here are some fun tips from my favorite YouTuber! Please make sure to SUBSCRIBE to my YouTube channel and follow me in Instagram @rafafarihah to keep up with my summertime adventures. Comment down below what you are up to, or what you hope to do this summer ūüôā

A few things you can do without traveling:

  1. Netflix (I will post my favorite movie sites and my movie list for you this week!)
  2. Get a pet and play with it all day long (as you watch Netflix maybe? Hmmm..)
  3. Suntan in your backyard.
  4. Go on a picnic at the park.
  5. Go window shopping
  6. Go on a long drive or a day trip with friends.
  7. Visit your town’s local attractions! If you live in Houston, you NEED to see this list.
  8. Start a YouTube channel.
  9. Have a Barbecue!
  10. Camp out in your backyard in a tent (or even better, make your own tent. Be creative!)
  11. Star gaze in your backyard.
  12. Have a karaoke night.
  13. Volunteer and help somebody out.
  14. Learn a new language.
  15. Get a summer job so you have money for a spontaneous trip.
  16. Go mattress sliding down your staircase in your pajamas (works everytime)
  17. Take on a new hobby. Cooking, baking, arts & crafts, a sport, skateboarding, sewing, hacking. It can be ANYTHING. You have YouTube to teach you everything you desire to learn. I took up video editing and started YouTubing ūüôā Subscribe and I will love you more!¬†https://www.youtube.com/c/RafaFarihah

10 Signs You‚Äôre Ready for Spring Break

Self, Thoughts

It is that time of year when the weather is adjusting to reach that ideal breezy spring getaway weather we all dream of. Say goodbye to scarves and riding boots because it’s time to whip out the sandals and palazzo pants. SB2K16 is just around the corner! College is just not appealing anymore because the only things on our minds are fun, food, and friends. Here are some signs you are ready to sprint home the moment college lets out:

1. You have started slacking off since the end of the first cycle of exams

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You have a whole week to catch up. Psyche! Not happening.

2. Your to-do list consists of salon appointments and beauty products to buy

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3. You are constantly checking to see when the weather is above 60 degrees

 

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4. You already bought concerts tickets months ago

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5. Your suitcase is stuffed with rompers and swimsuits even though you haven’t              worked out since last summer

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6. You can’t wait to meet the crew from High School. You called shotgun a LONG time ago

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7. Your best friend is your bed: No shame girls

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8. There is nothing better to do in your spare time than binge eat because you’ve finished all the good shows on Netflix

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9. Your skin is suspiciously too soft and pampered

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A little too suspicious… ehh Mrs. Doubtfire?

10. You piled up all your laundry to take home because you are just too lazy. That explains your clothing choices lately

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What You Missed : 2016 Oscars

Thoughts

Last night, ABC aired the 88th Academy Award ceremony live from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Due to the controversy of not having any nominees of color for two consecutive years, host Chris Rock did not hold back from making some humorous remarks about the”White People’s Choice Awards”. We have to give him a round of applause for his approach to this heated matter but some may not have appreciated his sense of humor so much.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rOMhz2d0qJM

 

Leonardo DiCaprio finally won an Oscar! He tried his luck five times before, but the sixth time is always a charm, right? At least he didn’t have to wait 19 consecutive Daytime Emmy nominations¬†like Susan Lucci.

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Leo tried to keep his cool in his acceptance speech but we all know he was bursting with¬†exuberance and relief on the inside. He added a tinge of¬†environmentalism after thanking the director and other cast/crew members. The Revenant¬†was critically acclaimed for the performance and direction, receiving a total of 12 nominations in the 88th Academy Awards. I am yet to watch the film but I am sure¬†I won’t be let down.

Now for the other winners:

BEST PICTURE–¬†Spotlight¬†

BEST ACTOR –¬†Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant

BEST ACTRESS–¬†Brie Larson, Room

BEST DIRECTOR–¬†Alejandro G. I√Ī√°rritu, The Revenant

BEST ORIGINAL SONG–¬†‚ÄúWriting‚Äôs on the Wall,‚ÄĚ Spectre

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE–¬†Ennio Morricone, The Hateful Eight

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM–¬†Son of Saul

BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM–¬†Stutterer

BEST DOCUMENTARY–¬†Amy

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT–¬†A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR–¬†Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies¬†

BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM–¬†Bear Story

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE РInside Out 
BEST FILM EDITING–¬†Margaret Sixel, Mad Max: Fury Road¬†

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS–¬†Ex Machina ¬†

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY–¬†Emmanuel Lubezki, The Revenant¬†

BEST SOUND EDITING–¬†Mad Max: Fury Road¬†

BEST SOUND MIXING–¬†Mad Max: Fury Road

BEST MAKEUP & HAIRSTYLING–¬†Mad Max: Fury Road¬†

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN–¬†Mad Max: Fury Road¬†

BEST COSTUME DESIGN–¬†Mad Max: Fury Road

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS–¬†Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl¬†

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY–¬†The Big Short

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY–¬†Spotlight

http://www.vogue.com/13387489/oscar-nominations-2016-full-list/

 

Confessions of a Photographer: I Cheated on My Phone With My Camera

Photography, Self

Dear Diary,

Two. Two days of pure ecstasy. I packed my bag, threw on my shades, plopped into the front seat of my car and drove off into the distance, enveloped by a palette of orange hues in the sky. The clouds formed transient animal silhouettes that seemed to ridicule my intentions of the journey. Where was I going?  The beautiful Pensacola Beach : Home to romantic getaways and clear waters.

*cue record scratch sound effect*

Okay, I may have stretched the truth a little. First off, I am not about that life of impromptu escapes from reality. Secondly, I went on a well-planned trip to Florida with my family, consisting of my parents and younger sister. Last weekend we drove 8 hours from Houston to Pensacola Beach just to cleanse our souls from worldly stress and the distractions of technology. During this trip, we¬†lived by the motto “Just close your eyes and relax. Focus on the beauty that the world offers.”¬†For two days I put aside my cell phone, forgot about social media, and picked up a tool that allows me to freeze specific moments in life, my camera.

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On the first day, I went to check out the beach with my family. Oh how wonderful the scenery was. Never before have I seen such clear ocean water. The tides rose and fell so elegantly that I wished to immerse myself in them and discover the places it would take me. I almost forgot that I deeply fear large bodies of water. The mere thought of a world existing beneath the surface of water whose mysteries I am unaware of, mortifies me.

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The sand was¬†a soft, pristine white, untouched from the wrath of pollution that seems to have diminished the beauty of nature back home. Myriad seashells lay by¬†the shore‚ÄĒ all unique in shape, form, and size. Just like humans. My sister and I hunted¬†down pretty sea shells and ended¬†up collecting a few dead sand dollars along the way. We freshened up and¬†tried the¬†Hemingway’s Island Grill.¬†The lobster¬†bisque was to die for; I slept like a swaddled¬†baby that night.

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Day two started with us waking up for a healthy¬†breakfast buffet in the hotel lobby, after which¬†we were all energized to check out the pier¬†and explore the town. Most of the visitors on the pier¬†came equipped with fishing gear to catch the fish we had been raving about last night. Fishing has been on my parents’ bucket list for a while so we were disappointed that we lacked¬†the training and time to complete the task. Consequently,¬†we resorted to experiencing fishing vicariously by talking to some of the visitors and observing them practice their skill. We ended the night with a mouth watering meal at Flounders Chowder House,¬†and a good night’s sleep for the journey in the morning. All in all, it¬†was a cathartic and much needed weekend getaway. A great way to kick off the new year!

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The sea swallows anything it deems trivial

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I don’t know why but I just find this so artistic.