Prom Already?!

Hey guys!

So I was at Walgreens looking at the magazines since Borders is no longer around, I update with current events at Walgreens now… sad, I know. I couldn’t help but see Shay Mitchell whom I love on the cover of Seventeen magazine! I also see Elle Fanning who I think is so adorable (I like her better than her sister) on the cover of Teen Vogue. On one of these magazines, one word seemed to just pop out of nowhere…”PROM!”

I am 24 years old and occasionally buy Seventeen magazine depending on who is on the cover. I get bored with the more mature magazine sometimes. You see the same kind of fashion and stories. When I buy Seventeen magazine, everything seems so much more colorful and lively. The fashion seems more experimental and exciting and fun, the stories are more interesting… (it’s not always on sex and cheating or motherhood or something), the celebrities have much more to say and they seem to express more on their own experiences of themselves in teen magazines. And the makeup is way better in teen magazines as well. If there is a magazine I want to write for, it would definitely be a teen magazine… maybe a food magazine too.

So I started thinking about my experience with Prom. I didn’t exactly go to a regular High School with cheerleaders and football and basketball teams. I went to an art school with actors, singers, musicians, dancers, writers, you nae the art and we had it, at least most of it. Just think of the show or movie back in the ’80s, “Fame.”

Prom was not always the best experience for me but they were all fun! Freshman year, I could have gone with my boyfriend at the time (who I believe is now gay) but I had a dance competition out of town. He went to prom with someone who I wasn’t too fond of and I can remember my friends telling me that she would mock me and imitate my voice and my walk behind my back. Yeah, he went with her. After my competition, my best friend Lil and I crashed the prom. At least, the end of it. We wore my dance costumes and made it look cool. The Vice Principal loved me and she just let us in. Later, I got scared to see my bf and so I ran out when my friend told him I was there. I ran into an alley and hid and just got scared and didn’t say hi. Supposedly, he ran after me and looked for me everywhere like a Cinderella story!

Sophomore year, my bf and I broke up but he asked me to prom that year anyways. Of course I said yes. I wore my cousin’s dress that she used for one of her beauty pageants. It looked fabulous on me. I wonder where those pics are. It was black and white. Prom was in a boat… or a ferry or whatever it was. It was fun.

Junior year, I was with another guy, David. It was like a fairytale. I wore a pink tulle like dress. And he matched me by wearing a grey tie! People described me as a fairy. All of us dancers and our dates had dinner and we all met at the restaurant. All of our parents were there being all excited and taking pics! We took a limo and took tons of pics! It was fun. The next year, David was with one of my close friends.

Senior year, I was dating a trouble maker. He got expelled and people knew we were together but because he was never around anymore, people assumed we weren’t. I was asked by different people, but I guess I just didn’t know what to do. I thought I was going to go solo. But my friend who wears sunglasses all the time with red lenses, (he looks like a younger and cute Cyclops from X-Men) asked me and I said yes. My mom and his mom knew each other, it was all good and innocent. Note, that I was still with someone else. My dress was long, satin and creme colored. We had fun and before we went to prom, our other friend had a dinner at their house. There was a bunch of us and of course and we also had a limo. After prom, I couldn’t help but want to hangout with my own bf and so I sort of blew my prom date off. Plus, he was a pothead and I wasn’t into that. My friend Sissi and her bf who was 40 years old or something (he did not go to prom) and me and my bf just had fun and ate dinner for the second time and walked around the city. I slept over my bf’s house that night.

The dress, the corsage, the boutonniere, the shoes, the limo, friends and memories. It was all so worth it! Time seriously goes by so fast and I am so happy I went to prom… four different times! Including crashing it my freshman year. I do not regret one single moment of it. Prom is about having fun with friends before becoming an adult. I did not buy the magazine because… well, I don’t really like looking at prom dresses page after page. I’m done with the whole prom thing and am more interested in… wedding dresses! Lol… not that I plan on getting married anytime soon! I guess I just wanted to write my prom experiences out there. Date or no date, you’ll have have fun anyways!

Ten Things I will accomplish in 2012

1) Dance

Aside from writing, dance really was my first passion. I signed up for Jazz and Afro-Haitian at school and would love to sign up for ballet this semester too. I’ve always loved ballet, but the requirements to be a ballerina sucks… one look at me and already disqualified. But hey, I love it and no one is stopping me.

2) Continue my path on getting my Bachelor’s in English.

I know my mom wants me to quite school and work full time. But I want this Bachelor’s for me, not anyone else. I have always wanted to teach Middle Schoolers but I wouldn’t mind being a writer for some girly magazine either, or maybe one of those people who edits papers or something. I need that Bachelor’s degree and I am so close! There’s just some people who don’t think I need it. But I do need it!

3) Find a part time job.

I need to find a part time job. It would be nice to pay my parents a bit of money and also support myself by buying my own stuff too!

3) Get my Driver’s License.

This has been put off for way too long. I am terrified of it and love to walk and take public transportation but I need to do it, especially now that I am living in the suburbs.

4) Get my wisdom teeth extracted.

The date is set! Yes, I have heard horror stories and haven’t been able to sleep thinking about it, but I have to get it done otherwise my braces were pointless.

5) Go to Church more often.

I have been going to Church more than once a week lately and I love it. I just need to maintain this.

6) Eat less chocolate.

I don’t know if this is possible, but I can try.

7) Write more.

The fact that all Borders bookstores are gone really has affected my daily journaling. My emotions are everywhere if I do not write. This shouldn’t be a reason for me to stop writing. I do miss Borders though!

8) Stop swearing so much.

It’s unbecoming. Once I stopped working with kids, my mouth was just on vacation or something… “F* this” and “Sh*!” It was a sense of release somehow but it really needs to stop.

9) Continue to volunteer.

This past semester, I did a lot of volunteer work with Project Shine and tutoring students with English for a student success program. I did good considering one of the few students who saw me received in A in her class. It was very rewarding.

10) Love myself more.

This year, there was a lot of “fat” comments towards me. It hurts. I know I am not skinny and I know I am not fat. I did like myself the way I was, but my emotions about myself are up and down. Everyone is beautiful, including myself. Accepting myself is something I need to work on.

Happy New Year!

Pacquiao vs. Marquez 3 Afterthoughts

Okay so the fight is over. It wasn’t exactly Pacquiao’s best fight… nor was it Marquez’s. In several ways, it is politics. The judges had to have Pacquiao win in order for the Mayweather and Pacquiao fight to happen. Otherwise, the fight was very close.

My own personal highlighsts are as following:

The Joe Frazier Memorial

Round 6 because the fight gets dirty

Round 9 because Marquez started clinching

Round 10 because Marquez slowly dropped on the floor… on purpose?

The score which was 114/114, 115/113 for Pacquiao and 116/112 for Pacquiao

The interview with Pacquiao right after because of his answers

The interview with Marquez because he was naked and still believes that he was robbed.

Although, the fight concluded the way it did, both fighters still kept going. Pacquiao took some pretty brutal punches from Marquez and did not get that affected except for the head butt and bloody lower lip from Round 5. On the other hand, Marquez also took some good punches from Pacquiao and still kept up but got tired as they reached round 12.

I will be getting rather harsh now considering the fact that I am a proud Manny Pacquiao fan. Yes, people are saying that Marquez should have won the fight fight. I disagree. Looking at all three judges score cards, obviously Pacquiao won.

Here are the reasons why I believe that Pacquiao won and why I believe that Marquez should not have won:

1) Marquez consistently stepped on Pacquiao’s foot. You can see this in Rounds 4, 6, 7, 8 and 12.

2) Marquez drank his piss yet again! This is against the rules. During the fight, you are only allowed to drink water.

3) In order to gain the Championship Title, Marquez is supposed to KNOCK OUT Pacquiao. Clearly, that did not happen.

Here’s my reaction video and some other sources to prove my point.

http://rkmagfeelingexpert.wordpress.com/2011/11/14/juan-manuel-marquez-dirty-boxing-trick-exposed/

PACQUIAO vs. MARQUEZ Fight 3 (highlights of fight 1 and 2)

As it is Saturday, November 5, 2011, I bet there are tons of Pacman, Marquez and boxing fans anticipating next week. If you do not already know, Pacman and Marquez will be fighting for the THIRD time next week. Their first fight happened in 2004 and then Marquez asked to fight again in 2008 which Pacquiao agreed to. It has been three years since their last fight and I am sure Marquez would like to prove that he is the better fighter; while Pacquiao just wants to prove that he is the best and would happily do so. Both fighters have improved tremendously from fight 1 to fight 2. It is very exciting to see how much they have improved physically and mentally since fight 2. For the next seven days, fans will be counting off the days until next Saturday.

In 2004, Marquez was the best fighter. He was the fighter that had to be beat, he was undefeated! He had won his many titles and belts with his counter-punches and is also known as the strongest Mexican fighter. Meanwhile, Pacquiao was still not very familiar to boxing fans. He won several fights and lost few against other boxers who were also not very well-known.  He won his first fight against well-known Marco Barrera in 2003. As I was watching the first fight of Pacquiao against Marquez, you can tell that Pacquiao was very young and still needed some learning to do. But, you can also tell that he had a drive to just… fight. He seemed a bit arrogant and uncontrollable. He was definitely good, but Marquez definitely came back with his counter-punches. In the first round, Marquez got knocked down three times by Pacquiao! But I do believe that Pacquiao gave all his energy in the beginning of this fight. After that, nothing really stuck out to me. That first fight was a tie, the scores were 115–110 for Marquez, 115–110 for Pacquiao, and 113–113. The scores obviously made a big controversy on both parties. Some people say one of the judges messed up counting his scores in favor of Pacquiao winning and others say it was political and the reason why Pacquiao did not win is because he was still not very popular while Marquez is supposed to be undefeated.  All I remember is Marquez was bleeding like crazy and it showed with the white shorts he was wearing. ~Ew!~

In 2008, the two fought again. In Round 2, Pacquiao got hit right in the head pretty badly. But you know, he always acts as if one hit is nothing. In Round 3, Pacquiao knocked down Marquez. Once he got up, Pacquiao just kept hitting him toward the ropes.  Pacquiao’s punches were so strong that Marquez had to hold onto the ropes to help stay him up. Marquez even followed Pacquiao to his corner. The referee assisted him eventually into his own corner.In Round 8, Pacquiao was hit pretty badly a few times. Pacquiao won the fight and Marquez’s face looked pretty hurt. At times, it looked like Pacquiao’s punches didn’t look like they were reaching and hitting Marquez, but with the way Marquez’s face looks you can tell that his face was not missed. The judges scores with were 115–112 for Pacquiao, 115–112 for Marquez, and 114–113 for Pacquiao. Of course there were tons of blood with both boxers. Yet, when I saw Marquez’s cut, it was so big and deep compared to the previous rounds. ~Ew!~

As November 12, 2011 approaches, there still is much controversy and speculation with the fight against Pacquiao and Marquez. Some say that Marquez will finally claim victory when he should have won the first two fights, and Pacquiao just wants to get this over with and prove to people that he won the second fight fair and square and to also gain respect back from Marquez who supposedly wore a shirt saying he was robbed by Pacquiao in winning the victory belts. The next fight will take place on November 12, 2011 at 6pm. Look out for my reaction video after the fight next week!

Leggings = Possible Fashion Faux Pas


To those of you ladies reading this. Don’t take this the wrong way if you may be one of those who wear leggings on a regular basis. But I cannot keep this inside any longer. Leggings. You should not wear leggings in public unless you are wearing it with a sweater dress. What is a sweater dress? Easy, it is a sweater that is as long as a dress. In short, make sure you wear leggings with a shirt, sweater, whatever top that covers your derriere. I am a college student and am at school five times a week and I can not help but want to tell each and every girl who wears leggings inappropriately to put some real pants on. Believe me, more than half the girls at school wear leggings inappropriately.  You can seriously see through that thin material and you can see granny panties and it’s revolting. I used to work retail… not my favorite clothing store but even they had a rule that specifically said, “Leggings are not pants, do not wear leggings as if it is an actual pair of jeans, cargo pants, khakis or dress pants.” Really though, leggings are more like tights. So when you wear leggings with a top that does not cover your arse, remember it is basically wearing tights and stockings without a skirt. Do yourself a favor and wear a skirt over it. Better yet since it is Fall and Winter is just around the corner, keep yourself warm and put some pants over those disgusting leggings. Rant over.

Mayweather Vs. Ortiz/ Mayweather Vs. Interviewer (?)

Seriously, the fight was a little ridiculous. If there is a reason why I hate sports, it is because of cheating. Both parties purposely cheated. Ortiz head butted Mayweather. Ortiz was very apologetic afterwards. Then after hitting gloves which symbolizes the fight is over, Mayweather punches Ortiz twice! The fight was over! And because he punched Ortiz twice to the ground, he won?! And that referee. Was he drunk or what? He was not even paying any attention whatsoever to the boxers. He just let Mayweather hit him. He didn’t stop him at all. That referee needs to improve his game and prove that he’s a good attentive referee.  And when Ortiz was on the ground he started his count on 3… maybe even 4! That’s not fair either. Ortiz could have gotten up if he started counting at 1.

Then as Mayweather was being questioned by his “victorious” win, he accuses the interviewer of not siding with him and “doesn’t know sh*t about boxing.” At least, the interviewer took it in a comedic way that if he (the interviewer) were 50 years younger, he’d kick his a*s! Haha! Loved that! It was entertaining, but not worth watching. But to me obviously, worth blogging about!

We all just need Mayweather to shut his mouth about being “victorious” or what not and the true victory will show in the fight most anticipated. PACQUIAO! He ain’t on steroids, he’s got pure talent and strength, so Mayweather needs to stop being a scaredy cat and bring it to the ring. Even I can’t wait to see Pacman KO Mayweather!

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (SPOILER ALERT)

Stop what you are doing right now (that includes reading my blog) and go to your nearest movie theater and watch Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2! Seriously, GO! Flying broomsticks, magic wands, the horcruxes, the deathly hallows and the heroic characters all make this final movie an epic one. This is the last Harry Potter film and as a loyal fan, I will do the best of my ability to help this last movie reach a billion dollars in 3 weeks. (NOTE: I am only a sales associate at American Eagle so I do not have loads of money where I can watch it everyday but I can work with what I’ve got.) On a brighter note, I get paid this Friday and will watch the film at least 4 more times. And will probably buy HP magazines and one more HP shirt and I need to replace my time turner necklace that came in a box from Borders. It was made out of plastic and broke after a few years.  Today, I saw the movie with my boyfriend :). He did not fall asleep like when we watched the midnight showing of the last film Part 1 so that is a REALLY good sign. He also predicted the end and his prediction was wrong. He obviously does not read the books. For the most part, he LOVED it.

As I enter the IMAX theater, I can not help but feel excited and calm. Considering that one of the workers told me it was a sold out show, it looks less than half full. I sit somewhat close… too close actually, but in the center. The theater was not too full yet. I realize that sitting in that row, we would be looking up into the screen and the color kind of fades at the top nor do we get a full view. So I move two rows higher. Center of course. Perfect! My boyfriend comes to join me with the curly fries (I get nauseated when I eat movie theater popcorn) and soda and we have 16 minutes til our show. I go to the bathroom. I come back and we have 10 more minutes and I get soooooooooooooooooooo excited. As the lights are dimmed and the only lights in the theater you can see are the EXIT signs and the lights from below the screen, a movie theater worker’s voice comes on intercom telling us where to exit and silence are cell phones. The rest of the screen lights dim and I get goosebumps. And it is not because of the air conditioning.

As the movie rolls, I am enjoying every second of it. My heart was racing and I needed to use the bathroom again…probably because of all the excitement I have inside. I didn’t go to the bathroom until after the movie. The characters that have stuck with me are Neville, Luna of course (whomI have a kinship with), the Malfoys, Mrs. Weasley, Lavender Brown, Professor McGonagall and of course the trio. Oh my goodness, I’ve almost forgotten Snape! The memories he has given Harry got me to cry. And I was crying throughout his entire memory as Harry puts it into Dumbledore’s Pensieve. I cried a great deal after since Harry just figured out that he is basically a Horcrux. Neville. Boy, how happy I was to see his face when he first entered the screen. I love that he has his own poster for this movie, I loved every part he was in and I love that he has become a major hero in the last book and movie. This movie shows why he was chosen to be in Gryffindor. As much as I would like to tell my favorite characters and what happens with them, I do not want to spoil anything either. The movie deserved a standing ovation and this certainly will not be the last time I would be watching it. Writing about this just makes me want to watch it again. So just watch it and you will soon be pulled into this magical world where evil tries to conquer our most important lessons in life. LONG LIVE HARRY POTTER!