Thursday, June 22, 2017

Q&A with Malan

Hello readers,  and greetings from Europe. Today I am doing a Q&A with Malan. I met Malan through Instagram  and discovered her blog. You can read her amazing blog here. The blogging community is so amazing and the ability to meet new bloggers. After a recent collaboration, I wanted to work with another blogger again. I was very happy when Malan agreed to collaborate. We decided to do an interview type post. I am interviewing her on my blog and she interviewed me for her blog. Here are some questions that I asked her. I love getting to know other bloggers better.

1- why did you start blogging ?
I started blogging because I love to write and I have a lot of different interests. I thought surely I could help or inspire someone!

2-What us your comfort food?
My comfort food would have to be Spaghetti! It's so good and reminds me of when I was a kid!

3- Favorite color?
Royal blue is my favorite color

4- what is your favorite subject to blog about?
I love to blog about movies! I do a lot of reviews and I love going to the movies so it's easy to keep up with them!

5- favorite book?
My favorite book is probably the outsiders! I just love that time period and the author. It's a good read!

6- favorite thing to get a Starbucks/ or other coffee shops?
I love iced caramel macchiatos! I can drink them before the ice melts!

7- Favorite movie?
It's hard to choose this one and it really depends on the day and the season but right now I'm just in love with Wonder Woman! It's mega inspiring!

8- Favorite clothing piece ( shorts, tank tops, skirts, etc)
This may be odd but I love crop tops! They are fun and and easy way to be cute but comfortable. I know that's not always the same for everyone but that's just how I am!

Malan is a great blogger and I enjoy reading her blog. Here are some of my favorite posts by her :

How to cut a watermelon ( love this life hack and watermelon)

Thank you again Malan for letting me interview you.  I enjoyed getting to know you better. Hope you all have a great weekend.

~ Liu Miao~

Friday, June 16, 2017

Coffee Time

Hello readers, how are you?  This is my last post before I leave the US. Don't worry! I will have posts while I am gone, I have a coffee post today. Many college students consume a lot of coffee. I like to have coffee all year long.  Here is a lovely picture of my Starbucks from last weekend.   This is an iced coffee with heavy  cream and  8 pumps of caramel in a venti size. It was also under $4.

I enjoy drinking coffee with friends or by myself. (Note:  I do not drink black coffee and I consider cappuccinos and lattes under coffee because you can get these drinks at most places that sell plain coffee.) There is much coffee consumed during the semester because of late nights of studying. I love going to Starbucks, but I like to make my own coffee.
Here is what I like to get at Starbucks:
  1. Iced coffee with heaving and 8 pumps of caramel in a grande size ( on a rare occasion venti size)
  2. Caramel Frappuccino with extra caramel.
  3. Java chip Frappuccino
  4. iced caramel macchiato with extra caramel
  5. s'mores Frappuccino (only during the summer time at least where I live)

Here is a list of what I like to get a other coffee shops 
  1. Hug in a cup hot version ( White Rhino in Cedarhill Texas)
  2. caramel frappe at McDonalds ( yes I know this isn't a coffee place but I like their coffee)
  3. Coffee at Quick Trio. It is tasty and cheap. 
  4. caramel iced coffee from various coffee shops
  5. I like cappuccinos( yes I know that it is mostly sugar)
  6. I like lattes as long as they are sweet.

Here is how I make my coffee at home. I do not go out for coffee a lot and mostly make my coffee at home.
  1. When I want cappuccino, I use a cappuccino mix.
  2. When I want iced coffee, first I make regular coffee. I love using strong coffee but sometimes I use instant coffee. Then I chill the coffee over night or for a couple of hours. I add flavor creamer and sometimes milk into the mug the coffee has been chilling in. Creamers I use are : vanilla, caramel vanilla, caramel macchiato , caramel  chocolate. It just depends what creamer is on sell. Then I put ice  in a travel mug or cup if I'm drinking it at home, After that, I add the coffee. I usually make 6-8 ounces of coffee.
  3. When I want hot coffee, I do the same process mentioned above except I dot add ice.

Hope you all have a great weekend. I would love to hear how you make coffee and what you like to order at coffe shops.

~Liu Miao~

Friday, June 9, 2017

What Not To Do

Hello readers! Hope your week is going well. This week I'm talking about disability 101. Who has seen the show "What Not to Wear on TLC"? It's a good show.  In this post, it's about " What Not To Do" when encountering someone with a disability.Over the years, I have been asked some personal questions and told some weird statements regarding my disability from adults. I think adults need to mind their own business; however; some people are ok with personal questions being asked. Here are questions that people have said and questions they should have asked.

1-What is wrong with your legs?(I'm just walking around the story and they just stop me). they should ask " Are you ok and need help?" It is rude to ask personal questions when you just met someone.

2-Can I pray for you?( then continue to pray for healing. Remember I don't know these people). I believe in healing, but I don't think you should randomly go up to someone like that. they should have said " Can I pray for you? Then ask if I have any prayer requests."

3-People assuming I need help with things. Just let me do it and I'll let you know if I need help. People assume I can't do something because I have a disability. Do not do this. It may discourage a person with a disability.

4-Don't describe someone as disabled. For example, Jenna who is blind is my neighbor. It would be better to say, Jenna is my neighbor who happens to be blind.

5-I have had people stare at me while I walk. Do not stare at people who have disabilities. I know they are staring at me because they start asking personal questions.

These opinions do not represent all people with disabilities. I hope that this post helps educate people. Just think before you start asking personal questions. Even though someone has a disability, doesn't give you the right to start asking personal questions when you first met someone.

~Liu Miao~

Friday, June 2, 2017

What to do after graduating high school.

     Hello, Readers! Many high schools had there graduations already. It is such an exciting time of transitioning to the college life. The summer before your first semester can be awkward because you are not sure what to do. There is  so much stuff to do for school, but you want to hang out with friends. In this post, I will share what you need to do for school and share fun activities to do with friends before you go to college. There needs to be a balance between work and play; and I will share how to do that.

For School:
  1. Take the TSI. This is very important to do before school because it helps determine what level of classes you can take. For example, you would be placed in remedial math class if you scored low on the math portion.
  2. Get your meningitis shot. I know it is required in the state of Texas( It may be different in other states of the US or other countries). This is so important to do and don't wait last minute.
  3. Go to orientation. Yes it  can be boring , but you learn important information. Campus info( location of buildings/classes, history, organizations/clubs) , how to register for classes, and  meeting new people are some of the things that happen at student orientation. Most orientations, you will also sign up for classes too.  
  4. Buy dorm/ school supplies. You will need things for college whether you live on or off campus. I order my books to rent from amazon a month before school starts because that gives me a great price. Some college items go really fast so get them early on in the summer.
Activities to do with friends:

  1. Have a movies night.
  2. Go out for coffees/ice cream/ milkshakes
  3. Have a sleepover
  4. Go to the park or museum
  5. Build something or do an art project.
  6. Go on a road trip.
Enjoy your last summer as a 'kid'. Once you start college, you are an adult. Take one day at a time to accomplish a task for school or activity to do with friends. I would love to hear about your summer plans. Have a great weekend and Happy June.

~Liu Miao~