Japan 2018

Hey! It’s been a while!

A week ago, I got back from one of the best vacations ever: JAPAN.

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I’ve been planning this trip for MONTHS and did so much research on where to go that it really paid off. I went with my mom and my sister for 10 days, May 10-20. So this trip was a birthday present for me / mother’s day present (best birthday ever!!).

We didn’t go with a tour because like i said, I did so much planning and preparation on what we’re going to do on each day, that i was basically the tour guide, which is wild because for the first time ever, my mom and my sister were following me and asking me what we’re going to do. I’ve never planned something this big before. I’m back home and i still can’t believe how i did it.

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the view from our hotel

This blog post is basically going to be pictures from our trip!

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Hachikō

One of the first photos i took was with Hachikō of course. I know the story of Hachikō and i was so pleased to find out how close our hotel is to this statue. Actually, our hotel was right in Shibuya Crossing, which is one of my favorite places in Tokyo!

Our first full day, we went to Harajuku to the Meiji-Jingu shrine.

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And then made our way to Takeshita Street, one of my other favorite places in Tokyo!

That night, we went to Shinjuku and walked around. We didn’t stay for too long because we were dead tired after walking around so much.

The next morning, we went to Asakusa!

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We absolutely loved it there. I think we all wanted to buy *everything*.

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Ramen Reyhan

After Asakusa, we stopped by Akihabara where i spent almost all my money on anime figures.

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We went to a maid cafe and made the cutest maids ever. I’ve always wanted to go to a maid cafe since i see it so much in anime.

The maid cafe we went to was called “maiddreamin” and it was super kawaii.

*delicious, delicious. mew mew kewwwwww!*

That night, things got even more kawaii because we went to the Kawaii Monster Cafe!

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We had so much sweets that day (not complaining).

The next day was mother’s day!

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We did a day trip to Hakone with the Romancecar and had a much needed relaxing day at the onsen (hot spring).

One our way to Hakone, we saw Mount Fuji, which was such an incredible sight to see, i can’t even tell you how much more beautiful it was to see Mount Fuji with your own eyes.

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Happy Mother’s day, Annem ❤

The next day was a hectic day: my birthday.

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I can’t believe i went to Disney on my birthday.. and not just any Disney, Disneyland Tokyo. best birthday ever.

After Disney, we rushed back to our hotel, got ready really quick, and went to Shinjuku for the Robot Restaurant!!

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I can’t believe we did that all in one day… unforgettable birthday, seriously.

The next morning, we went to the Tsukiji Fish Market. I had fish bright and early in the morning….and i don’t even eat fish ;P

After the fish market, we went to Ikebukuro! Durarara is probably on my top 10 favorite anime/manga list so to be in Ikebukuro really meant a lot to me.

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We all liked Ikebukuro a lot actually. We went to the Pokemon store too. I also made a couple comparisons with Durarara…

I almost want to watch the anime again just because now that i’ve been there, i want to pay more attention to where all the characters are. (peep Izaya and Shizuo in that one photo ;P)

When we got back to our hotel, we got ready again and took a taxi to the mosque in Shibuya!

It was beautiful there. It’s a Turkish mosque so we were talking to some Turks about Tokyo and about Ramadan too. Ramadan was starting back home the day we went to the mosque, so my mom prayed there.

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The next day, we woke up early in the morning and took the Shinkansen to Kyoto!

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I think when we got to Kyoto is where we all started to relax a bit since Kyoto is a lot quieter and more peaceful then Tokyo.

Also…this happened:

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Our first night in Kyoto, we walked around Gion, which was very pretty at night.

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Yasaka Shrine at night 😀

The next day was probably our favorite day in Kyoto!

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Kinkaku-ji Temple! Sooo so pretty. It was so beautiful, I loved the landscaping there.

After, we went to the Bamboo Forest which was breathtaking. 

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After we walked around there, we walked around the lake and went to the entrance to the Iwatayama Monkey Park. Getting to the top of the monkey park was a bit of a hike. We were tired, sweating, but we made it in the end to the very top!

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The monkeys were so cute. I loved that they were running around freely and that they weren’t caged in.

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the view from the Iwatayama Monkey Park

That night we went to Gion Corner for a very cool performance of traditional Japanese art.

It was so interesting to watch. Afterward, we hung around Gion for a bit.

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i love Kyoto at night 🙂

Our last day in Kyoto, we made our way on the Metro for Fushimi Inari-taisha!

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After that, we went to the Nishiki Market and did some shopping before going back on the Shinkansen to Shibuya.

The Kyoto Tower was really beautiful at night. We loved Kyoto and i think we really needed some peace after traveling nonstop. I really kept us busy 😛 but even though we spent 3 days in Kyoto, my heart was aching for Tokyo, i missed Shibuya so much.

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Our last full day in Tokyo, we went back to Asakusa to buy last minute gifts and things we wanted from the market that we liked so much. There was also a festival happening so we were able to see festival celebrations as well which was very cool and interesting.

After nonstop shopping at Asakusa, we went to Kawasaki station that night to see Anata No Warehouse (my sister and I actually thought this was an outdoors arcade because of the pictures we saw online, but it was in fact indoors!).

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This arcade was so well done, the three of us loved it! We were so surprised it was free. I wish we had something like this back home. The inside is based off of Hong Kong.

After the Warehouse, we went back to Shibuya Crossing to enjoy our last night there. We just sat down and watched the people cross, taking it all in.

Our last and final day: we went to Takeshita Street again, early in the morning for last minute shopping again (the shopping never ends!) When we were sure we got everything we needed, we went back to Shibuya Crossing on our last hour before going back to the airport 😦

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I miss this sight sooooo much 😦

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I left my heart in Japan so i definitely need to go back to get it! 😀 This trip was unforgettable. I went with the best people ever to the most respectful country i’ve been to yet. I cannot wait to go back to Japan. Japan is such a beautiful country with the best and nicest people. The culture is absolutely gorgeous and I will recommend a vacation to Japan to anyone!

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i miss you Hachikō

ありがと ございます 

Until next time xx

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Some Spring

It’s officially spring!!!….

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Or is it? Some spring we’re having..

It’s been so long since I posted! Not much has been going on. This is the second snowstorm we’re having in NJ. The first one, two weeks ago, was so bad that we lost power for 3 days. We never lose power in our house, so that was quite a cold time for us. This second storm isn’t so bad, not as bad as the first, but it’s supposed to be spring! The snow is supposed to be over already!

Always, I haven’t been up to much. I’ve just been playing lots of games lately (Crash Bandicoot, Animal Crossing, lots of Sims 4) and haven’t been updating my blog.

My cousin is actually going away for a bit so I’m actually taking care of her betta fish!

How cute are Brooklyn and Bronx?! ^u^

Other than that, nothing new! I’ll be in Jersey trying to enjoy spring in the snow..

xx

LA to the Moon

We saw Lana Del Rey last night!

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Last night, I went to the Prudential Center to see Lana Del Rey for the LA to the Moon tour with my sister and friends.

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Lana was amazing! We were all amazed at how perfect she sounds. She literally sounds exactly the same live and when you listen to her songs. There was no difference.

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It was definitely the calmest concert I’ve ever been to, not that I’m complaining. The atmosphere was so chill and relaxing just as she is. Lana was also talking to us in between songs and is sooo cute! She is the sweetest. After the show, she went down to the crowd and took selfies with everyone up front.

I love her last record, Lust for Life. If you haven’t listened to it, listen to it!

My favorite songs that she performed were Diet Mountain Dew (I literally screamed when she performed this), Video Games, National Anthem, Lust for Life, and Serial Killer.

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After the concert, we decided to get burgers from a Portuguese place nearby that my sister’s been to, and let me just tell you that this burger was HUGE.

A great way to end the night.

take off take off, take off all your clothes xxxx 

Eggplant

Happy 2018 everyone. I hope this year is a good one.

Unfortunately, my first blog post for this year isn’t a very happy one. Yesterday night, my dear sweet betta, Eggplant, passed away.

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We were going to have him for two years in March.

I’ve had a lot of great memories with him, mostly on my Snapchat memories. Anyone who follows me on Snapchat knows how much he meant to me.

For the past couple days, he’s been suffering from swim bladder disease. From what I understand, it means the betta’s stomach gets bloated from bacteria, air, or is constipated. When the betta is going through that, they will tend to swim on their side and lay down sideways to rest.

We noticed that he lost color from stress, but thinking maybe something was wrong with the bowl he was in, I went to Petco and got him a tank with a filter and a heater. This, unfortunately, resulted in Eggplant getting even paler. He just worse and worse. I treated him best as I could by consistently cleaning the water so he can stay in a clean and comfortable environment, but I knew I needed to do something else.

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Yesterday, after work, I went back to Petco and got him some medicine. When I came home, he was still living, but on the brink of death. I put the medicine in, but soon after, he died. I guess I was waiting for some kind of miracle to happen when I put the medicine in.

My mom and my sister buried him out by our fountain. My poor baby baetta.

Eggplant lived a good life. Everyone in my family loved and cared for him. He is no longer suffering now. We love you Eggy.

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One of the last and coolest pictures I took of him. We’re gonna miss you baetta.

Fictional Female Fighters

For Halloween 2017, I was my favorite fictional female fighters..

Sailor Mars & Kim Possible

I was honestly meant to be Sailor Mars in another life. Her name is Rei- my name is REYhan, we have the same hair style and I favor fire-type everything. We’re basically the same. I was so excited to be her.

I went out on Friday night and saw some pretty cool costumes. No one really knew who I was though, but a few people did. The few who knew were really excited when they saw me :p

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And KIM POSSIBLE. My childhood fav. Kim Possible is and always will be my favorite Disney Channel show. I wanted to be just like Kim when I got older. I thought she was so cool how she saved the world and was always so confident when she said things like, “I can do anything.” She was so amazing to me. That was like a dream come true.

I dressed as Kim to my cousin’s Halloween-themed birthday party and my family dressed up too.

There’s my goofy family.

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And this was last night- but with a twist! Dark Sailor Mars.

This past October, I didn’t really do anything too spooky. I went to Six Flags Fright Fest this year as usual, but nothing else. However, I did watch some spooky movies that I would like to share.

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The Collector (2009)

I watched this movie by myself without knowing anything about it. I had no clue. So as I’m watching it, it was pretty interesting in the beginning, but then once the plot becomes clear and you realize the situation the protagonist is in, it takes a completely different turn of events. After I watched it, I spoke so highly of it that I made my entire family watch it the next day. My dad didn’t fall asleep so you know it was good when he doesn’t get sleepy haha 😀

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Sadako vs. Kayako (2016)

This is a Japanese movie that I’ve heard about. I’ve been meaning to watch it for a while and I finally did. It was very spooky. I quite enjoy Japanese horror. It’s a cross-over of two different iconic franchises: Ju-on (The Grudge) and the Ring. The title speaks for itself. Sadako is the main villain in the Ring and Kayako is the villain in Ju-on. It’s a battle between two evil curses. I really like the Ju-on movies and of course, the Ring, with the cursed video tape is iconic. I actually just recently finished reading the first Ring book by Koji Suzuki. I highly recommend reading that too if anyone is interested.

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Eyes Without a Face (1960)

This is a French horror film. This is an adaptation of a novel by Jean Redon. I never read it, but I think I will in the future some day because I thought this movie was subtle and a bit disturbing. It was just the right amount of creepy. The things that happened in this movie, I wouldn’t wish that upon anyone. It’s frightening and also kind of sad. I felt very sympathetic too when I watched this.

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Need I say more?

Stranger Things (2016-present)

Last year, everyone (including myself) fell in love with this Netflix show. Last Friday, Season 2 finally came out (hooray!). I’m still not finished watching it, but hopefully tonight I’ll finish it. I kind of don’t want to finish it because then, I’ll have to wait a full year for the next season wahhh 😦

If you haven’t checked out Stranger Things yet, stop what you’re doing and watch it. Also, I love Eleven. That is all.

I hope everyone had a nice Halloween and has a nice November! xx

The Little Girl On The Carousel

When we first got to the carnival, I noticed her right away.
The little girl on the carousel.
I asked my friend Sally if she could see her, but she said she did not see anyone who fit that description. No one else was paying attention to her. It is like I am the only one who is able to see her.
And she was looking at me too.
The little girl on the carousel. She had ghostly pale skin, her black hair in pigtails, red piercing eyes, and chocolate ice-cream all over her mouth. She wore an old-fashioned black velveteen dress and tattered up knee-high socks without any shoes.
I decided to ignore her and try to have fun with Sally, but I felt the girl’s red eyes on me.
As it started getting darker out, the lights in the carnival were disappearing one by one and the night was still.
All but the carousel.
Everyone left and went home, even Sally. But not me. I could not go just yet.
Without even noticing what I was doing, my feet were bringing me to the carousel- to the little girl. And there she was, sitting on the pony. The only sound there was in the night was the sound of loopy circus music playing as slowly as the carousel was moving, round and round.
I knew what I had to do. I went on the carousel and sat next to her, on the tiger. As soon as I sat down, every seat was filled. They were all little boys and girls with the same red eyes. Every single one of them were looking at me.
I looked at the little girl and she gave me a crooked smile, her chocolate ice-cream dripping down the side of her chin. And she sang with the loopy music:
“We’ll all be merry if we keep going round and round and round and round….-”

October Mix

I made an October playlist, not necessarily Halloween-themed, but just some music I find myself listening to in the fall for this spooky season. This mix is a bit heavier.

Enjoy xx

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“Vices” by Brand New

“Universe” by Ghost Town

“Walls Could Talk” by Halsey

“Somebody’s Watching Me” by Rockwell feat. Michael Jackson

“Who Dat Boy” by Tyler, the Creator feat. ASAP Rocky

“Don’t Threaten Me with a Good Time” by Panic! At The Disco

“Blood” by My Chemical Romance

“And The Snakes Start To Sing” by Bring Me The Horizon

“Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)” cover by Marilyn Manson

“I am Who Am (Killin’ Time)” by Mac Miller feat. Niki Randa

“Carousel” by Melanie Martinez

“Carnival” by Gorillaz feat. Anthony Hamilton

“Tiptoe through the Tulips” by Tiny Tim

“Voodoo” by Ghost Town

“Fear and Loathing” by Marina and the Diamonds

“Helena” by My Chemical Romance

“Tainted Love” cover by Marilyn Manson

“Mercenary” by Panic! At The Disco

“She” by Tyler, the Creator feat. Frank Ocean

“Night Time, My Time” by Sky Ferreira

CHANCE

September 27, 2017

I was breathing the same air as Chance the Rapper!

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My uncle won two free concert tickets for Chance the Rapper on the radio. I went with my cousin to Forest Hills Stadium yesterday. It was a General Admission concert and we were pretty close!

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The opening acts were Francis and the Lights and DJ Oreo. DJ Oreo has impeccable music taste. When Francis and the Lights was performing, Chance came out to dance for a minute and everyone lost their minds.

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After about an hour and a half, he finally came out..

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He opened the show with Mixtape. It was chaos.

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I highly respect Chance as a musician, lyrically, and how he brought himself up. Chance is one of the rappers that deserves all the success. The fact that he isn’t signed to anyone and gained recognition on his own is so inspiring, we must protect Chance.

My favorite songs that he performed were Sunday Candy, Cocoa Butter Kisses, Juke Jam, and No Problem.

I’m a huge Kanye West fan and I know that Kanye West is one of Chance’s musical inspirations, so I was so hyped when he did Yeezy songs.

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He did Waves, Father Stretch My Hands PT. 1, and his verse on Ultralight Beam.

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Chance the Rapper is one of the greatest, no lie. His music is phenomenal and I can’t wait to hear more new music from him in the future.

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Everyone go see Chance the Rapper xx

Washington D.C.

This past weekend, I was in Washington D.C. for the Game of Thrones pop up bar!

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I don’t even drink lol iconic

I’m a huge fan of the series. I read the books and I love the show so much, so making the four hour drive to D.C. for this bar was worth it! Our plan was to get there on Saturday, spend one night, and leave Sunday night. We got there pretty late on Saturday due to some traffic and checking into the hotel, but we made it to the bar in the end.

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Unfortunately, the line to get in was very long and we ended up waiting four hours in the rain. Downpour.

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The line was actually not so bad since we had good company. My cousin lives in D.C. so he came with us and brought some friends with him. The people we were with made waiting fun and enjoyable. Everyone in D.C. is so nice and cool. I actually quite loved the buildings and the streets. Compared to New York, it’s very clean.

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And the artwork was everything.

If you’re a big Game of Thrones fan, you would *love* this bar. There was different rooms and each room was based off of different places in GoT. The places were Winterfell, The Red Keep, and the House of Black and White. There was another room with dragons, but I’m not sure about the location. I guess I would just call it the dragon room.

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These were the name of the drinks

From top left to right- The Lannisters Send Their Regards, I Drink and I Know Things, Dothraquiri, Shame, and The North Remembers. (When anyone got the drink called “Shame”, they would ring a bell and everyone would scream shame. It was pretty great. Cersei was triggered.)

And here is the best thing that happened that night (Thank you to Hakan for making it happen!) :

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I sat on the Iron Throne.

Lady Reyhan of House Yasar, first of her name, Protector of the Realm, the true Queen of the Seven Kingdoms. Bend the knee.

I was a queen for 30 seconds. It felt powerful.

Since we got to our hotel late on Saturday, we explored our hotel a bit Sunday morning before we checked out. We stayed at the Omni Shoreham Hotel. It. Is. Gorgeous.

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Before we left, we wanted to see some monuments so we explored for a bit!

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The White House (Obama’s old house)!

The Washington Monument!

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World War II Memorial!

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The Lincoln Memorial!

(We saw the Capitol too from a distance)

Afterwards, we went out to eat then it was time to hit the road again. We got home last night at around midnight. We left Washington D.C. when there is still so much to explore. I want to go back soon for the museums of course and hopefully for the Cherry Blossom festival. D.C. was so much fun 😀

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I’ll be back in D.C. again.. xx

Summer Mix

We are well into the middle of the summer already and I thought it would be a good idea to make a summer playlist! Being a huge lover of music, I wanted to share my taste in music and what I find myself listening to during this season. I picked the songs out very carefully and thought I would definitely like to listen to these songs out in the sun and by the water. I hope you enjoy what I picked out!

Reyhan’s Summertime Fine Playlist

PART I: The Waves

  1. “Rock the House” by Gorillaz
  2. “Ridin'” by A$AP Rocky feat. Lana Del Rey
  3. “That’s What I Like” by Bruno Mars
  4. “Good Life” by Kanye West
  5. “Positive Vibration” by Bob Marley
  6. “Up All Night” by Mac Miller
  7. “Come & Get Your Love” by Redbone
  8. “Unforgettable” by French Montana feat. Swae Lee
  9. “Dangerous” by The xx
  10. “Caught Their Eyes” by Jay Z feat. Frank Ocean

INTERLUDE

“Wipe Out” by Surfaris

PART II: The Shore

  1. “Rock the Boat” by Aaliyah
  2. “High by the Beach” by Lana Del Rey
  3. “Kids” by MGMT
  4. “We Don’t Care” by Kanye West
  5. “Stir It Up” by Bob Marley
  6. “Everyday” by Buddy Holly
  7. “My Favorite Part” by Mac Miller feat. Ariana Grande
  8. “Unforgettable Remix” by Pnb Rock
  9. “Island in the Sun” by Weezer
  10. “Good Vibrations” by The Beach Boys

Part I is more on the upbeat side, songs that make you feel good. I wanted Part II to be more about chilling and relaxing for the people who like to take a nap on the sand 😛

Give them a listen! Happy summer xx