Podcasts As My New Lectures

Back in February, CollegeFashionista emailed me about their new podcast series. I heard about podcasts as a medium vaguely in the past; they were explained as digital radio interviews.

I listened to Amy Levin’s, founder CollegeFashionista, first interview with Joyce Chang, EIC of Self Magazine. Amy Levin asked Joyce how she pursed a career in journalism. Besides journalism, Joyce shared her new habit of meditating in the morning to clear her mind.

Listening to Joyce’s talking about meditation made me make meditation a daily part of my routine.

The podcast interview showed me how information can be presented differently.

Podcast as a medium taps into the audio senses of the mind. Unlike print, you can actually hear the tone and attitude of a person.

On the contrast with video, you’re only listening instead of letting visuals distract you. When you watch an interview on YouTube, you can’t help judge what a person is wearing. That can distract you from understanding the ideas a person is conveying.

Thanks to CollegeFashionista, I have began listening to other podcasts. My favorite is 88 Cups of Tea by Yin Chang. I remembered Yin Chang as Nelly Yuki on “Gossip Girl”.

To my great surprise, Yin switched from acting to hosting. She interviews various creative minds, especially writers and directors, on how their creative process works. Plus, she asks them to give practical advice on deal with writer’s block, such as which computer programs to use.

Just recently, Yin interviewed David J. Peterson, on how he created the language for “Game of Thrones”. I learned the term conlag, which means a person who invents languages.

My new habit of listening to podcasts has shown me that you don’t have to gain knowledge from a classroom only. Podcasts are a free way to gain others’ knowledge and advice. Plus, they are a lot more enjoyable than a typical college lecture.

I recommend that you take the time to listen to a podcast. You will enjoy it.

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My Morning Routine

I would not call myself a morning person. I enjoy my bed deeply.

However, I’ve realized that getting up early helps me be productive.

Usually, I get my butt up before seven a.m. I first brush my teeth before making myself some breakfast. For breakfast, I usually cook ramen with egg or eat some yogurt.

While eating breakfast, I check my social media and emails.

Following breakfast, I read a few articles on NPR and fashion blogs (fashionista.com or Business of Fashion). My reading takes less than 20 mins.

Right after reading my articles, I start working on what I need to do for the day.

As you can see, my mornings are quite simple.

Top 5 Favorite YouTubers

YouTube is my favorite place to waste time. I have subscribed to YouTubers who are funny and entertaining. Some of them happened to be Jvloggers. I have a desire to visit Japan soon.

Here are my top five favorites YouTubers:

1. Texan in Tokyo

Out of boredom, I was trying to find videos on living in Japan. Grace’s video popped up randomly. Over time, I began watching her videos constantly, especially her “A Day In My Life” series.

A nice bonus is her husband Ryosuke! He breaks the stereotype of Japanese people being robotic.

2. Mimei

Mimei is a New Zealand Jvlogger. She doesn’t take herself too seriously. The silly vibe of her videos make them far more pleasant to watch compared to other Jvloggers.

3. Wengie

Wengie is a YouTuber I discovered last week. Just saw a random video of hers and enjoyed how she shows off her daily life. Her hair is sick! I sometime wish that I had rainbow hair like hers.

4. Clothesencounters

Jenn Im is a fashion YouTuber, who gives excellent style advice. Her videos are structured in a simple way, where she shows full lengths and closeups of her various outfits. She also incorporates her daily life into her videos in an adorable way.

5. Edward Avila

Avila is a Filipino-American who lives in South Korea. He shares his humorous stories of living in Korea, including the time he met Kpop star Taecyeon. Plus, he shares his beauty routines too. I enjoy watching his videos due to his jokey personality. Also, he also experiment with different hairstyles, which are cool.

Style Guide For Lazy Dressers

Fashion and style seem to be odd subjects for people to comprehend. Trends are constantly around us. We question what is in and what is out.

Yet, style is not really difficult to pull off.

Here is some basic guidelines on style:

1. Invest in classics

Classic items, such as jeans, khaki pants, t-shirt, dressed shirt, and trench coat, never go out of style. They can be worn all year.

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British model Jeremy Young

2. Bulk up on neutral colors

Your main clothing articles should be in in neutral colors (black, white, gray, blue, cream, and brown). Neutral colors can be worn in any season.

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Robbie Wadge

3. Wear colorful accessories

Wearing colors can make people afraid of looking odd. The best way to wear colors is by accessories like scarves, gloves, hates, bags, or shoes. Having a colorful accessory on adds a blast of color to your outfit.

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4. Incorporate different textures

Textures are a great way to change up your visual appearance. For example, try on a sweater with a basket weaving look.

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5. Be adventurous with patterns

Patterns can give a nice twist to an outfit. A pattern jacket is great for fall and winter. Another great idea is a plaid shirt because it’s a simple pattern for anyone to wear.

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Financial tip: be careful with spending too much money on clothes. Don’t waste $2o dollars for a t-shirt. You can go get t-shirts for less than 5 dollars. You can find great items in the clearance sections at department stores too.