Dear Diary, Tiffany's Tales

5 Year Anniversary

Hey You, 

So… NBD, but this month makes it five (5) years since I have been living in the United States. It has been a somewhat fun and exciting experience living and learning about a new place. Jamaica is so different from the U.S., the people, the places and overall environment.

I missed my friends dearly and I couldn’t talk to them because they were all in a boarding school where no technology devices are allowed. When I got here I was also out of school for about two weeks so it sucked a bit. But life has been good so far, so no complaints on my part.

Here’s to five more years! Cheers! 

*** I would have cheered with a drink but my 21st birthday is yet to come!

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Until next time…

Stay Fabulous,
    – Tiffany♥

Philly, Travel

Spring Break- Philadelphia Flower Show🌺…

Hello You,

Spring Break, as I mentioned in my previous blog post, did not go as planned and so I decided to some activities around Philadelphia, so I decided to attend the annual Philadelphia Flower Show. This was my first time, but I had a blast. 

The theme this year was Holland, and the presentation and layout were absolutely beautiful. I am not the hearts and flowers type of girl, but if somebody can make some beautiful creations with flowers, I’m all yours. The entrance was absolutely beautiful, as were the decorations and layout of the entire event.

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The photos shown below are a display of how I made my way through the event.

 

 

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This experience made me feel like I want to be an artist. I suck at almost anything artsy, and I am not particularly a fan of flower or plants, but a girl can change her mind. The artistry was just fabulous experience, and it was so worth my time and money.

Stay Fabulous,
    – Tiffany♥

Philly, Travel

Spring Break – Chinatown

Hey, You!

My plan for Spring Break 2017 was to travel somewhere warm and tropical (preferably Miami) and be a beach bum for a week. Of course, I’d then return to the confused weather that swings from one extreme to another within hours or a day. It is 60° F here then the next day its 18° F. Why? I don’t know? Global warming is real people but that’s another topic for another day.

Instead, I decided to make the most of my time here in Philadelphia and explore some of the places that I have never been before, despite me living here for approximately five years. So I explored Chinatown a bit with a mate. I had a good day.

We went and I had Chicken Fried Rice but I didn’t enjoy it so I decided to make the most of the scenery.  But since it was snowing, I decided to take some photos outside before I left my house. Fun fact: My five(5) year old niece took these Instagram photos and I could not be happier with her and them. #FakeModelBehaviour

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All in all, it was a good day! #FatCheeksTiffany

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Next thing to do on my agenda this week is to attend the Philadelphia Flower Show on Saturday, March 18, 2o17. So, I have another update sometime this weekend or early next week. 

Until next time…

Stay Fabulous
      – Tiffany♥

Leisure, Miscellaneous

Social Media Interactions…

Hello You,

It has been over a month now since my last blog update. College is giving me a warm time, and let’s just say that the fact that the weather can’t decide whether it wants to be hot or cold does not help my state of mind or my health. Anyway enough about that, Spring  Break is something I look forward to next week.

From the title, you can see that I am here to be social with you all. I am all over social media like cream cheese on a bagel. I think we should network and be well acquainted with each other so that we can network and possibly be friends sometime in the future. Follow me and I follow you. 

My social media handles are:

INSTAGRAM @waywardtiff

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I am very active here and I share daily clips of what’s happening in my life and IG mini videos with my friends and family.

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TWITTER@waywardtiff

Twitter is bae. I mostly retweet and like and I occasionally tweet about my day, but it is mostly about my blog. I aim to be more active on here because it is such a good communication tool.

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SNAPCHAT @yuh_bombo

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I am also very active on Snapchat. I also share posts on what is going on in my life at that moment. Fun platform.

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FACEBOOK: Tiffany Chis

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TUMBLR: Jus Tiffany Blog

I do not use this much except for my blog and a few TV shows that I watch.

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I am always online though my profile may seem dormant. I prefer to look around and not post about the things that are around me and not my face. But, I shall do better. See you when you get to my social media.

Drop me a comment with links to your social media and I’ll take a look ar your account. We’ll be muggles together then by networking we’ll become wizards.

p.s. Please do not waste my time and yours by following to unfollow. It is a waste of my time and yours. And, time is too precious for us to lose. Plus, I have an app for that. 

Until next time…

Stay Fabulous,
– Tiffany♥

Dear Diary, School/Career

Career Tips from Roger Dow…

Tuesday (Feb.7.17), I went to an Event seminar at Temple University. It was a seminar with Mr. Roger Dow- President, and CEO of U.S. Travel Association (USTA)- as the speaker at the event. At first, I dreaded attending the event because I forgot it was required for my class, and I feared it would be long and tedious.

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Roger Dow- President and CEO of USTA (via sthm.temple.edu)

At first, I was uncomfortable at the start of the event because I stuck out like a sore thumb. Everyone in the crowd was all dressed in business attire and there I was in my ripped cap, rain boots, a pair of distressed jeans and a coat as big as Alaska. I am a communications student, so I have a more relaxed and casual dress code. Also, it was freezing and wet. Eventually, I acknowledged that I was already there- nowhere near home- and moved on because I could change nothing at that point.

Anyway, Dow gave an excellent speech and even better advice for working in the event industry. It may also be applied to life. So, here goes some of his tips that I have picked up along the way.

1. Take risks! Stretch yourself.
He spoke about being on the diving board, and you are halfway down, and the only option is to enter the water or… well, enter the water. Make choices to disrupt the normalcy and expand your creativity.
***p.s Avoid belly-flopping. You might as well dive head in and avoid injuries.

2. Work on relationships!
Network, network, network everywhere you go. You may never know beside whom you are sitting. Everyone you meet can make even the slightest of difference in your life. Also, familial relationships, friendships, and other relationships are also important. You must not lose sight of what is important to you.

3. Depth- Know a little bit about a lot of things.
It never hurts to expand your knowledge base and be more intelligent than you currently are.

4. Learn to write!
He said this is one of the first impressions you get to make on people. If you have typos and grammatical errors on resumés, cover letters or documents it is never a good look.

5. Learn to speak!
Speak properly and with confidence. Your words are your tools, and it also makes an impression upon making contact with others.

6. Focus on what is weird!
Make observations and write down all that seems strange or out of place. You get six months to fix it, and after six months it all fits into the decor of whatever room/design you observe. After six months it all becomes routine.

7. Tell people your dreams.
You never know who can make them come true! People can hear of opportunities and think of you in an instant because with them you shared your goals and dreams.

8. Evaluate your career choice.
If you are no better than you were a year ago at your job, if you have learned nothing new and your pay sucks, it is time to move on and challenge yourself to do better things.

9. Be curious!
Ask questions like an annoying six-year-old child. I know they can give you a massive headache, but ask why until you are happy with the answer you get. They say curiosity kills the cat, but satisfaction brought it back, so ask away until your curiosity is satiated.

1o. Do your research.
Know what you talk about so you don’t look a fool. Read and know what is out there. When you stop reading you stop learning.

11. Have a business mentality!
Think outside the box and see the world as your garden to plant and reap fruits of your labor.

12. Know how to sell yourself!
What is unique about you? Find out what makes you stand out from others and use it to your advantage.

All in all, the event was great, and Mr. Dow was hilarious- made some funny comments here and there- which made the seminar much easier and fun to get through.I shall be using some if not all of these along with my way, especially since I will enter the workforce in the next year or so.

What are your thoughts?

Until next time…

Stay Fabulous
       – Tiffany♥

***Credits to Mr.Dow.

Dear Diary, Thoughts

#Blessed

Day 28- January 2017

This is a bit late… I have been tired and busy, but I am determined to complete the blog challenge for January that I have set for myself. Go check out the other posts.

#Blessed

I am genuinely happy and excited that I am blessed to be living a good and healthy life filled with fun, boredom and mild adventures and wonderful friends and family.  I am in college right now pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Communication with two concentrations. I also am doing a certificate and a minor, so no time to waste really. Sometimes I dislike school overall, but I guess we all have those days. 

I am also alive and well. Breathing, healthy, the works, you know. That is something to feel thankful for as it could be much worse. I could be dead, lost or in a ditch somewhere, so I’m good. Also, you beautiful people take the time out of your day to read my blog, so I am thankful and happy about that. My family is also doing well- in one way or another- and they are smiling so how can I complain. My friends are also still alive and kicking. Happy is what I am. I think I sound like an old person here so I’m going to go now.

All in all, I am blessed. I’m sure yo are too. You have a great and wonderful day now!

Share with me why you are blessed.

Until next time…

Stay Fabulous…
      – Tiffany♥

Leisure, Music, Thoughts

Songs That Make Me Emotional…

Day 30

This is a list of songs that make me feel some type of way. What way? I can’t really describe, but sometimes they get me teary eyed, especially if the video that goes along with the song is mad beautiful.

An example of this is the first song on my list “Fools Rush In” the Hailey Reinhart’s version. The video is simply beautiful. It goes with an extra commercial (like a short film), and it is the most beautiful and best commercial I have ever seen. It can make anyone believe in love. Follow this link to watch. The songs below are in no particular order.

             SONGS THAT MAKE ME EMOTIONAL:

Can’t Help Falling In Love- Hailey Reinhart 

Somebody to Love- Jordan Smith/ Queen

Knocking on Heaven’s Door- Bob Dylan

All I Could Do Was Cry – Etta James

Skinny Love- Ed Sheeran

Someone Like You- Adele

Make You Feel My Love- Adele 

Hallelujah-  Alexandra Burke 

Stay With Me- Sam Smith

Love On Top- Beyoncé

Ave Maria- Beyoncé

Higher- Rihanna

Halo- Beyoncé

Jealous- Labrinth

At Last- Etta James

Fucking Perfect-P!nk

Let Her Go Passenger

Just Give Me A Reason-P!nk

Love On The Brain- Rihanna

I’d Rather Go Blind- Etta James

Talking To The Moon- Bruno Mars

Thinking Out Loud- Ed Sheeran

Rolling In The Deep- Adele

These are not all sad, at least not to me. It all a matter of perspective, really. 
There are songs on here to satiate almost any mood. What are your favorites? Let me know in the comments below! It’s free! Say hey!

#Thefeels… 

Until next time…

Stay Fabulous…
      – Tiffany♥

Dear Diary, Thoughts

Winning the Lottery or $1 Million…

Day 29

Winning the Lottery or One Million Dollars?

I would be one lucky gal if I ever won the lottery. I have never won anything in my life actually, and the chance of winning the lottery is 1 in 13.8 million, and considering my unluckiness, that chance is probably even lower. If that is even possible. So for me to win the lottery would be a testament. The same goes for me ever getting a million dollars to spend. But a girl can dream. 

What would I do? The better question is what would I not be able to do because I don’t have any more money to spend because it’s all used up. 

HERE’S WHAT I’D DO (of course depending on the amount):

  1. Firstly, I’d buy myself a burger, lemonade, a large fries and some pillows to really lay down and ponder upon my luck in my room. 
    • Because this is all new to me and I have to make sure it’s real and not in my head, for sure. Then I’d cry my eyes out and sleep on things… no, I’d laugh until my body is cramped and there is no sound leaving my throat.
  2. Go on a trip to ponder upon my new found wealth.
    • You know, clear my head and not let the money make me make rash and unreasonable decisions.
  3. Save money to pay off my current and future tuition.
    • Because the struggle is real out here! College is mad expensive, and when we leave, for the life of me, some of us cannot get a job- but this is a rant for another time.
  4. I would use about 10 percent to start investing in stocks.
    1. Investing I hear is always good, so I would actually take a chance and push my luck here.
  5. Buy my momma a house!
    • Like all ’em rappers wish to do!
    • And why not? She did give me life, after all, it’s the least I could do.
  6. Buy me a flat/loft too. 
    • I would be independent and do my own thing when I want to.Come and go as I please. Preferably somewhere cheap and warm, or just warm.
  7. Buy me a Jeep Wrangler
    • Dream vehicle. Takes me through all types of weather.
  8. Travel the world!
    • For a year because this is still a goal of mine! And blog too.
  9. Give 5 per cent to a charity/scholarship of my choice.
    • Most likely an education charity/scholarship fund based in Jamaica or the Caribbean- It hard enough out here!
  10. 15 percent is to be saved as part of my rainy day fund.
    • Because it cannot last forever. This my friends is a smart move.
  11. Whatever is left over goes into savings.
    • Yes, because I never know what might happen!
  12. Find a bloody job because it can’t last forever. Now, can it?
    • Besides, I don’t want to be that lazy person who had it all and then have nothing left when hard times come a knocking
    • Plus, shxt ain’t free! 

Does this make me a bit shallow? Maybe, IDK. But that is most likely what I’d do! At least that is what I have in mind right now.

Until next time…

Stay Fabulous…
      – Tiffany♥

Dear Diary, Thoughts

This Year I Look Forward to…

I hope this will be a great year for me filled with happiness and beautiful things, times, and experiences.

This year I look forward to:

  • Becoming a senior– I literally have only two more semesters in college excluding this one. I want to be done and start my life with a job.
  • My 21st Birthday– I will be legal to drink, not a big deal but kinda! #Cancerbaby
  • Traveling more– which means finding a steady paying job.
  • Photography- This a hobby of mine and I hope that I get to capture beautiful thing so that I can keep them still for a while. I also want to scrapbook or have a portfolio of all my pictures.
  • Do/try cool things
    • This means leaving my comfort zone and my house to do ‘fun’ things that I wouldn’t usually do. Like exploring the city and trying different cuisines. 
  • Enhancing my style– I could actually use it. I need to add more color to my wardrobe, less black more colors that make my skin pop as oppose to easily hiding in a crowd.
  • Summer– I know this is a bit trivial but the warmth makes me feel at home plus I despise cold weather. My birthday is during this period which is even better. 
  • Working on my blog– uploading exciting and interesting content to my blog. Back to point six where I do cool things to share. 
  • Being in a right placeemotionally, financially, personally and academically. 
  • Netflix– Stranger Things season 2, Sense8 season 2, among other shows. Also, though this isn’t on Netflix, I’m looking forward to the return of Prison Break.

These are just a few things that I look forward to this year. What are you looking forward to? Let me know in the comments.

Until next time…

Stay Fabulous
     – Tiffany♥

Dear Diary, DITLO

Old Photo of Me…

This photo below is the oldest picture that I have of myself. I think I was a cute kid, don’t know what is happening to me right now. Puberty did me wrong.

In the photo, you’ll see two hideous twists above my forehead. I always hated them, but my mother would twist them whenever she would comb my hair. Thank goodness she comes nowhere near my hair nowadays!

Here, I was about two years old, and I think this was a picture that was taken for my passport. My tiny adorable smile. This has been a throwback to the days when I had nothing to worry about.

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Stay Fabulous…
      – Tiffany♥

Dear Diary, Tiffany's Tales

Why Blog?

Why do I blog? As of this moment, I blog mostly for three reasons: leisure, to be social and for reflection. They, of course, have sub-categories which are listed below.

SOCIAL
1. I could possibly meet new people and make new friends [networking, building an audience].
2. I am PR student, and I am told it is great to have an active online presence to build credibility and out my character [traits] on display.
3. People may learn something new about me and this way we can have actual conversations about shared interests as opposed to awkward silence upon meeting.
4. It may look nice on my resume, especially when applying for internships/jobs.
5. My family and friends can catch up on my life and understand what is going on in my head.
6. I share thoughts/ideas/art that would otherwise be a jumble in my head.

LEISURE
1. It is a way for me to pass the time/ use my time to do something worthwhile as opposed to sleeping or simply doing nothing.
2. Enhance my writing/written communication skills.
3. It makes me more creative. I consistently rack my brain on what to write about and how to make my blog more interesting.
4. I can also write when I want because I love it, not because I am assigned a certain topic to write about.
5. Practice makes perfect, it is a new and beneficial hobby that may just help in my future life.
6. It’s free, and everybody likes free. Am I right?

REFLECTION
1. My life is being documented (now a 20-year-old college student). So, it will be interesting to look back years from now to see how I have changed/grown as an individual [personally.
2. It is a diary/journal that I choose to share with myself and others. I can reread my thoughts from previous days, months, years etc. It’s like a love letter to myself that I choose to share with others.
3. Look back at my previous life as a reminder of my thoughts, life, and experiences in my final years in college.

I am still learning as this is so new to me. I resolve to have more original content with regards to the photos and gifs that I use for my posts.

What do you think so far? How am I doing? Let me know in the comments, it’s free!

Until next time…

Stay Fabulous…
      – Tiffany♥

Dear Diary, Thoughts, Tiffany's Tales

Why Am I The Way That I Am?…

It is said that our environment, experiences, choices and family (genetics) influence our behaviors, opinions, and attitudes and who we are as a person. I must agree with that because I make my choices as to how I behave and some of my personality traits, my experiences also affect my behaviors and my family, most definitely.

Being Jamaican gives me a whole different schema than most Americans and people from other nationalities. Where I come from people are comfortable in their skin, say exactly what is on their minds, and if they dislike someone, the other person will know. I think this is why I am so blunt and I never beat around the bush with my opinions (I only share them when asked). 

I am comfortable in my skin, whereas I meet other people who want to distort their bodies to be what is ‘accepted’ during this time- whether it be by having surgeries, too much exercise, wearing uncomfortable clothes to fit in and doing unpleasant things, etc. I am not one to judge, but society does not dictate how I should behave or look just for its benefit. I do not let people dictate how I should feel.

I am from a go with the flow culture; we deal with things as they happen. Therefore, I am more relaxed and easy-going in my daily life. However, whereas most Jamaicans tend to want to be in the hype, I am a bit different in that aspect, among many others of course. I am also more accepting on a broader spectrum than most of my fellow Jamaicans.

To me, our experiences are one of the many essential functions in life. Scenarios that I have been a part of and have seen happen are what help to shape me into a more vigilant, calm and collected individual who likes to listen, know more, and talk less. What I think is that through my experiences that I have become less judgmental, more reserved and more appreciative of the little things in life. I learn more every day, and I hope to change for the better.

I  have some traits from my family. Most my character traits I get from my father. He is serious, takes shit from no one, and he is a no nonsense person. He will take and listen to people’s crap for but so long. He’s quite something really. In contrast, my mother is friendly, polite and beautiful until you insult someone she loves especially her children- bad idea. 

Overall, I would say I am an OK person. An average human who believes that people must gain my respect, I am neither too good nor too bad. What can I say? I am my daddy’s child, though I do laugh and giggle a lot once you get to know me.

I could lie and say I am good and everything about me is all peaches and rainbow, but I ceased telling lies in 2012. It no good for me or the people around me, so what’s the point, right? I am still fabulous, don’t get me wrong but I am a fabulously OK person (sounds like I’m stroking my ego here, but I’m not, just being honest). I can also be a drama queen!

What do you think?

Until next time…

Stay Fabulous
      – Tiffany♥

Dear Diary, Lifestyle, Make- Up, Tiffany's Tales

Twenty of My Favourite Things…

Hey you there,

As a continuation of my oversharing January Blog Challenge, 🎶these are a few of my favorite thing my favorite things🎶(to do, eat, and acquire).

1. HAMBURGERS
Double Bacon Cheeseburger with pickles, lettuce, tomato, ketchup, jalapeño peppers and even more bacon and cheese with fries on the side. If you ever asked me to describe love in a sentence.
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2.JAMAICAN CHICKEN PATTIES
This is a prime staple in a Jamaican’s diet. Patties are made from a meat/seafood (beef, chicken, shrimp) soy or vegetables. Most people prefer Beef Patties- I prefer Chicken- with Coco Bread and Cheese. (My mouth is watering just writing this).

3. GRAPEFRUIT
I pretty much like anything that has a sour taste is one interpretation of my heart. I like lemons, limes, passion fruits- anything that will make me squeeze my eyes closed.121207_hol_grapefruit-crop-rectangle3-large

4. POMEGRANATES
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5. EATING/ HANGING OUT WITH MY FRIENDS
I particularly like this because it does not require much energy. All I have to do is show up, eat fatty foods, and not move for like an hour and a half. This is my definition of working out/exercise.  There is always good conversation mostly about nothing or we act out conversations of the people around us who are on dates.

6. LEMONADE… This was way before Beyoncé too.. lemonade-640-dm

7. MY OWN SPACEpersonal-space

8. MY FRIENDS
I don’t go around liking random people, but I do like my friends when they become that. Since starting university, I have made two (kinda sad right), but I do like to keep my circle small as I have become somewhat of a loner. But they are A-OK. Love ’em.img_3634

9. READING  📖
I just want to live vicariously through the characters.

10. MUSIC
Like reading, music also allows me to escape reality for a bit. It brings to life events and scenario that we encounter daily but often fail to put in words. It is a beautiful thing really. 

11. BLOGGING/ WRITING✍🏽
As long as I find the time to blog and there is an interesting topic I will blog. I quite like and prefer sharing in the written form of communication as opposed to oral communication.

12. MOVIES
I am down to watch any movie as long as there is an acceptable storyline to follow. I can watch any genre -romantic comedies, fantasies, action, musicals, etc.- and have a fun time. I do have an intense dislike for the horror genre which is another story in itself.

13. WATCHING YOUTUBE FAIL VIDEOS
Having a bad day? Feeling down? Bored? This is the best way to lighten your mood guaranteed. Unless you start crying because their failures are so sad. X-Factor/ American Idol, any singing competition fail does it for me. Try it out. Yes, I know I am a horrible person. Some of them are truly delusional. Check out this one.

14. MI FAMILIA
They’re great. A force of nature they are, and though sometimes we don’t get along you can’t choose ’em, right? Love them to death still. Good thing is… they can never be rid of me… ***witch laughs***

15. DANCING💃🏾💃🏾beyonce2Because it makes me happy and it takes away the pain. Ladies, you know. 

16. HAIR CONDITIONER
As a black girl with tangly, nappy hair (wait… when have I ever been anything but? I guess it is now up for debate) consuming conditioner is a must. I have 4C kinky hair and if the breeze so much as pass through it I have major problems with which to deal. So, conditioner is a must have in my house or else absolutely nothing will be done to my hair. That’s not a suitable option now, is it?

17. MATTE LIPSTICKS💄💋
Lately, I have been wearing matte lipsticks because when I do it makes me feel as fabulous as ever. Kat Von D is my favorite brand so far, and the colors that I wear are Vampira and Damned.

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I’m wearing Kat Von D-Vampira.

18. THE SOUND OF MUSIC AND THE HOME ALONE FRANCHISE
These are some guilty pleasures of mine- watching Home Alone is an X-Mas tradition and then The Sound of Music on New Years.

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19. MOI… Cause I’m fabulous honey!!fabtiff

20.PHOTOGRAPHY📸
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Granted, I am an amateur, but it is a keen interest of mine. I just need better equipment.

Thanks for bearing with me. Let me know if you have anything in common.

Until next time…

Stay Fabulous…
      – Tiffany♥

Dear Diary, DITLO, Tiffany's Tales

My Happy Place…

Hey there! You lovely people.

Day 19 of 31 huh. I am still pushing through. I think for once I might actually accomplish a New Year’s Resolution (yay me!), but let me not jinx it. My happy place is wherever I get to be myself (not that I am not always myself) and be as happy and chirpy and free as a bird. These photographs are representations of some of my happy places.

PhiladelphiaThe City of Brotherly Love which has been my home for almost five years.

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Fairmount Park

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Ben Franklin Parkway/ Philadelphia Museum of Art

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The Sun… my best friend because I am a child produced in the Caribbean.

Mis amigos 😉 

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Not pictured:

  1. Applebees/Five Guys (because they provide good junk food for my tiny frame).
  2. My family (because I have no group picture of them, but they know I love them).
  3. Home/ My room- because I have no pictures and I am not home when this is written, and this post is a bit late. I love it because it is my own personal space and I get to control what happens here. I shall do a future blog post on this.

Let me know what your happy place looks like.

Until next time…

Stay Fabulous
      – Tiffany♥

Dear Diary, Tiffany's Tales

Meaning Behind Blog Name…

Why hello!

Jus Tiffany! Why ‘Jus Tiffany’?

There is not much but then, so much behind my blog name. I was appointed the name Tiffany at birth. It is the English name from the Greek word Theophany (or the Egyptian holiday Epiphany), and I quite like that it means “appearance of God,” which I love my name. However, over the years I have been given nicknames that I just don’t like.

 

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I love my name, I do. I just hate when it is shortened as a term of endearment from others. I do not like being called ‘Tiff,’ and I get that a lot, mostly since I started college and everyone decides to shorten my name because they are not bothered to say the rest of my name. I will accept the nickname Tiff but only if we are friends or I if I am familiar with the individual.

My last name is a whole different story. I have a surname that is somewhat difficult to spell and pronounce. When people attempt to use it, letters are either added or subtracted for their benefit, so I usually shorten it to avoid any confusion. Plus, I hate people spoiling my name, it kind of a pet peeve of mine.

So… when I share my name with others I tell them to refer to me as just Tiffany, and that;’s fine. This means that they will avoid shortening my first name and never using my surname, unless necessary of course. That is why my blog is called Jus Tiffany.

Oh, and the ‘Just’ is spelled ‘Jus’ because that’s how it is pronounced in Jamaica- without the T. I endeavor to insert my Jamaicanness in everything that I can whenever I can.

Until next time…

Stay Fabulous
        – Tiffany♥

Dear Diary, Tiffany's Tales

My Favourite Person…

My favourite person at the moment is my niece. She is the only one I have, and she is the most beautiful kindred spirit in my life. She is one fiery, witty child, who if I am not careful will make a fool out of me if I let her. She is sometime-ish (moody) and loves to get her own way in everything. Mischievous and bossy little thing she is. She makes me want to be warm and fuzzy all over.

She is a 5-year-old by the way and quite a spectacle.

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How do you possibly describe a tiny human that you love beyond words to people you don’t know? I don’t I possibly can. She may be my favourite child and person for a while because her cuteness is simply adorable. She uses that cuteness to her advantage which has me fawning even more over her. Does she always feel the same way I do? Not necessarily… she may say I am stressing her out (poor kid wouldn’t be able to handle stress if it was staring in her face) and she sometimes refuses to talk to me but I don’t mind. I am just like her so it would be a bit hypocritical wouldn’t it?

Her aura is just beautiful. I don’t usually gush over people, but she has earned it, and she will always be a beautiful light at the end of the rainbow. She has everyone wrapped around her tiny little fingers and she knows it too. Oh, and her tiny enchanting little giggles. Cute.

Oh how much she is loved, she shall always know #thefeels. She is my sunshine, my only sunshine, she makes me happy when skies are grey (or when she feels like it because I did say she was moody). 

***As I am writing this she is singing her tiny little face off and CLAIMS that she’s mad at me. Beautiful soul.***

Who’s your favourite and why?

Until next time…

Stay Fabulous
     – Tiffany♥

Food, Recipes

Favourite Recipe…

Hello there again!

Thank you for coming back. So, now to my favorite recipe. My favorite food and the best thing ever is Jerk Chicken (I may be a bit biased considering my heritage). I have never prepared Jerk Chicken by myself, so I don’t know the recipe by heart.

However, I will be sharing the recipe for what is called Jamaican Toto. It is a bit similar (if not the same [as]) to Coconut Cake. This recipe I know by heart, and I am better at baking than cooking, so I might know what I am talking about. 

It is also better for everyone’s safety if you know what I mean 😦.

Jamaican Toto

Ingredients:
2 cups grated coconut
1 cup sugar
2 cups flour
1/2 cup milk
1 beaten egg
1/2 lb melted butter
a bit of browning for coloring (optional)
vanilla for flavoring
2 tsp baking powder

Method:
1. Cream sugar and butter.
2. Sift together all of the dry ingredients in a bowl. Mix together and then add coconut.
3. Add creamed sugar and butter to the batter and mix until the coconut is evenly distributed. Add milk, vanilla, and egg. Mix until the dough makes a firm dough.
4. Add browning for a darker color if you wish. (This is optional).
5. Add to greased baking pan/tin. Bake for 1/2 hour at 350 degrees Fahrenheit or until a bit dry in the center. It should have a nice golden color without the browning.
6. Ready to serve. 

It is truly yummy, and the best thing about it is that it has coconut which I like and it gives it a bit if a tropical feel.

This the best that I can do for now. I will do the Jerk Chicken recipe sometime in the future. Thanks for reading and let me know if there is a recipe you think I should try

Until next time…

Stay Fabulous
   –  Tiffany♥

Dear Diary, Tiffany's Tales, Travel

Places I’d Like to Visit…

Where would Tiffany like to go?! The better question is where wouldn’t Tiffany like the to go? Traveling and seeing the world is a big deal to me. I shall, I will, I must.

Traveling will give me a chance to have new experiences and explore diverse cultures. I want to stay woke. I want to know how and why people are motivated by their cultures.I also am interested in languages so I’ll learn while doing so.

I wish to backpack through Europe (cliché I know). This is by far a long shot and most likely wouldn’t last very long because sleeping outdoors is so not my idea of a fun time. I want to try out the excellent French cuisine and excite my taste buds with the best wine they offer. I want to see The Louvre, The Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Eiffel Tower, The London Eye, Buckingham Palace, the Colosseum, and definitely the Palace of Versailles among other places. 

After I wish to explore Africa. I have been recommended Sierra Leone by a friend because she is from there, but I also want to see Nigeria, Ghana, Morocco, Kenya, South Africa, Madagascar and everywhere else I manage travel to. 

Visit extremely cold countries. Iceland, Antarctica, Russia, Finland, and Greenland are some predominantly cold countries I would visit for no more than two weeks at a time.  I sincerely do not like cold weather. And the dearly beloved Canada.

Asia and Australia are the other continents I wish to visit. I want to do cliché stuff like climbing the Great Wall, going to the more beautiful and congested Asian cities like Tokyo, Beijing, Shanghai, Osaka, Kyoto and also the less popular ones. India seems like a good destination too. I would then travel to the smaller islands and try some new foods and live among the people and do some touristy stuff too.

Australia, Fiji, New Zealand, Indonesia, Thailand more exotic countries.

Roadtrip throughout the 48 mainland States. Because what better way to learn about the place where I live than to travel if that is the only traveling I ever get to do. Hopefull not.

The Caribbean. I want to start in Miami and travel throughout the Greater Antilles and Mexico and then further down into the other Caribbean Islands. I especially want to go to Trinidad & Tobago and Barbados during Carnival/ Crop Over season.  Next summer I have high hopes of traveling around the Caribbean. I especially am looking forward to going to Cuba.

I just want to travel especially to exotic places and do exotic things and photography. Where do you want to go? Leave a comment and let me know. 

Until next time…

Stay Fabulous
     -Tiffany♥

Dear Diary, Tiffany's Tales, Travel

Top of my Bucket List…

There are a lot of adventures on which I would like to embark. There is so much for me to do, so hopefully I don’t die young #fingerscrossed. My goal is to take as much as I can get out of this life and die a happy gal. I shall be like a bird in the sky someday…free; so I need to start working on this list.

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The adventure that tops my bucket list is me traveling all around the world to meet new people, see new things and eat foods I dare try not to pronounce and those that I do. I want to live new experiences and see the world, broaden my horizon and live among the citizens and not some fancy hotel. Ultimately, the goal is to be happy. I also hope to take beautiful photographs and do a travel blog.

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Here is a list of other activities that I’d like to do:

Learn to swim. For the life of me, I cannot swim, and I was born and raised on an island. I also lived near a lot of rivers, and I am probably the only one in my family who knows not how to swim.

Work with non-profit organizations... in support of human rights (gender equality, LGBTQ rights, racial rights, etc.) I someday hope to work with the United Nations (UN) and the Human  Rights Council (HRC).

Learn at least 4 new languages. I am working on two (Spanish, French) at the moment so at least two to go.

Achieve my goal weight of somewhere between 120-140 lbs. I try every day to gain weight, but I shall see what the future holds.

I must go to Alaska…during the periods when it’s 24 hours of complete darkness and 24 hours of full sunlight. I just imagine how much of a beautiful of a time I will have. It must be nice to stargaze when Alaska experiences total darkness.

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Photograph someone or something for an entire year. Photography is a hobby of mine and capturing certain moments to relive is always great. It’s like being stuck in time.

Play a musical instrument. I really really love the drums. A guitar or a piano would also suffice.

Learn to dance…Native Spanish dances tickle my fancy, so I am leaning towards those (flamenco, salsa, merengue). I also want to be superb at dancing to Dancehall music.

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Write and publish a book of some kind. I am leaning towards romance novel because I’m a sucker for love; oddly enough I’m not touchy-feely, but it shall work out. Mix up my career choices a bit.digital-self-publishing

Live with no regrets. Know that everything happens for a reason somehow no matter how bad or inconvenient a situation may seem. Besides, life is too short to be worrying and having regrets. Do the things that I love and those things that make me happy.

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I shall also try to make it my life duty to work hard and establish a scholarship or grant program in Jamaica so that the young people can afford to go to school without racking up millions of dollars in debt when trying to get a higher education. It’s hard out here I tell you.

What do you want to do? Let me know in the comments.

Until next time…

Stay Fabulous
  – Tiffany♥

Dear Diary, Tiffany's Tales

What am I Afraid/Scared of?

Each person has legitimate fears of some sorts, whether it be a character, clowns, spiders or even snakes. The average person is scared of horror/scary movies. I, on the other hand, hate everything about them. Frankly, I find them rather annoying and a waste of my time. Should I ever go to the theatre to see a movie in the horror genre, I inevitably will fall asleep. Needless to say, I have no money to waste, so it’s never going to happen. The sounds are never where they are supposed to be- in my rather humble opinion. I also know that it is meant to scare/horrify me I expect it, so it is somewhat pointless (to me that is).

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This is a rather weird phenomenon on my part: Watching Pretty Little Liars (PLL) scares the living daylights out of me. I will not budge from fear during a scary movie, but this high school teen drama makes me want to flip out. It is one of my favourite TV shows, but it stresses me out constantly. Like who tf is A, aka red coat, aka AD…already? Everyone at some point in that show has been suspected to be A.

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Me too Hanna… me too.

***I always wanted it to be Hanna- the dumb blonde outsmarts everyone.***

Those girls truly have it to deal with. For six years I have been watching, and sometimes I don’t know what to expect, at times I do, and other times I’m like WTF? I haven’t had any nightmares…yet, and the show is a bit predictive but it is so so well written. People are rising from the dead, some wacky family relationships and situations, sharing a boyfriend, perversion. Need I say more? I mean the scenarios that the girls are in are just freaking bizarre.
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Like I said WTFLuckily, not everyone’s high school experience could cause them to has PTSD. There are a lot of WTF moments in that TV show.

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On a more serious note. I fear the day my mother decides it is OK for her to just walk towards that bloody light because she thinks it is her time to go. I know I sound selfish but she is my mother for crying out loud. Firstly, I am not ready to be a full-blown adult where I no longer require guidance from my mother. And, let me be honest, that’s never going to happen. I just want her to live forever, because.. well… she is just supposed to live forever, or she may die after I do or we can die together.

I don’t want to be without my mother is the point. She should be able to witness everything I do, the good, the bad, and the frigging ugly. I am so not a Mommy’s girl, which makes this even more heartbreaking. I am such a sap now so, I’m gonna go now…

Until next time…

Stay Fabulous
      – Tiffany♥