Pop music stars described in one sentence

Pretty much.

I naturally tend to summarize things in my head: make lists, use bullets and as few words as possible to capture the essence of what I’m trying to say. So to challenge this skill to its limit, I would like to describe the music of some music artists by summarizing them into one succinct sentence. Feel free to disagree with me or make up your own summaries ๐Ÿ™‚


Neverending White Lights: Soft, blue and cold music.

Franz Ferdinand: Music to get up on a bar and dance like a fool to.

The XX: Hauntingly naked music, stripped down and left vulnerable.

Placebo: Listen to Placebo when you want to make fun of your own angst.

Eric Clapton: Timeless blues

Muse: The soundtrack to the epic moments in your life.

Kyo: Les chansons pour quand je veux sentir plus comme une jeune francaise.

Shakira: Sway those hips like you’re proud of it!

Katy Perry: Giving drunk people anthems since her debut.

Lana del Rey: Sultry hipster pop.

Marketing tangent: She is my favourite popstar, and not just because I like her songs. Her songs match her persona, fashion, lyrics, the music videos…she sends such a clear, cohesive image that touches the perfect nerve on the correct target market.ย 

Maroon 5: Songs for jane album only – Drips sex.

Coldplay: Space and water scapes.

Alicia Keys: Hot chocolate on a winter’s day.

Pink Martini: Entertaining the guests at your cocktail parties and living the yuppie life.

Jamiroquai: Complete satisfaction while you’re smoking hookah.

Rock on, kitty. Rock on.


Happy listening!

– Shiv ๐Ÿ˜‰


Hidden gems of Vancouver – Les Faux Bourgeois

One of my favourite aspects of travelling is wandering and discovering new, delightful local places. But why not explore our own backyard once in a while? Having recently moved from one corner of the city to another, my first step in settling down was…unpacking the boxes. And then walking around the neighbourhood to get oriented and connected to my new place! As soon as I passed by this restaurant, it went on my list of places I have to go to.

Les Faux Bourgeois, on the corner of Kingsway and 15th Ave.

Les Faux Bourgeois, on the corner of Kingsway and 15th Ave.

Les Faux Bourgeois.ย Amazing food. Impeccable service. Romantic and simple, this tiny French restaurant in the middle of nowhere is by far my favourite place to eat in Vancouver.

From the menu, I recommend…

The Boudin Noir to start, and i had no idea what I was in for. Two dark, delicious cutlets were presented beautifully with sauces and puree, and it was to die for. It’s the chefs take on traditional French blood pudding. Delicate, creamy, and savoury, it only made me want more.

Canard confit was the main dish of my choice. Described on the menu asย “Confit duck on a warm salad of Sarlandaise potatoes, goat cheese, arugula and port jus,”ย this was the perfect marriage of flavours on one warm dish. The duck was crispy and tender, just salty enough. I had no idea what Sarlandaise potatoes were, but I found its main ingredients: potatoes, garlic and fat. Yum. The tartness from the arugula and goat cheese lifted the heavy potatoes and duck and balanced the plate nicely.

And finally, creme brulee for dessert. It was simple, elegant and light on the tongue.

I would honestly order the exact same meal every day if I could.

Who to bring?

This is a food descriptive post, but it doesn’t even do the food justice. If you’re looking for a great place to take a date you need to impress, your in-laws from out of town or schmooze a client, this is a sure bet.

Who else thinks Les Faux Bourgeois is great?

Urban Spoon currently ranks Les Faux Bourgeois as Vancouver’s #1 French Restaurant (2014). And I honestly couldn’t agree more.

Happy feasting!

– Shiv

5 career tips for the clueless student – Interview with successful BCIT Grad Kemp Edmonds

Kemp Edmonds, Sales Engineer and overall awesome guy who works at Hootsuite (@HootKemp), graced us BCIT students with his presence and delivered an insightful presentation full of tips for clueless students.

It was great to hear from a fellow BCIT graduate who achieved professional success so soon after his graduation. But more importantly, he told us how he did it. His insider tips were so useful that I decided to interview him myself to get some concrete, actionable tips all students can use to get that dream job after graduation (or at least get closer to it).

1. Use the ‘student’ status to network and get to know professionals

Being a student in the eyes of a working professional means that you have the “I’m just here to learn” protection, and are not another job-hungry post-grad. It is paramount to recognize that this is a power that all students possess and need to fully leverage. Email people who work in positions you want to get to someday, and ask them for career advice. Actually apply their advice and mine them for more information. Follow up with them and show how you are actually applying their advice, and they will remember you the next time an opening comes up!

2. Learn about what you want from life, and get work experience in that field



One of the most common career challenges people face is not knowing what they want from life. Take the time to experiment and get to know your strengths, weaknesses, and what makes you happy. If you can get paid to use your strengths and do something that makes you happy, do it!

3. Teach yourself when school doesn’t cut it

Self-learning should be an ongoing process, and you should expect that school will not teach you everything you need to know. Absolutely great ways I personally teach myself outside of school are through Ted Talks and the Khan Academy for business topics. Forbes.com is another great resource. But a tangible example of self-learning is to just start up a blog and try stuff out with it! You can easily put ‘Familiar with WordPress/Blogger’ on your resume, and hey, that’s an in-demand skill.

4. Say ‘yes’ to opportunities that come up through friends. Eg. “Hey I’m going to this thing … want to come with?”

You will not only have the best adventures if you say yes to this question, but you will get to know a lot of different people and heck, maybe even learn a skill or two. Best of all, saying yes to spontaneous questions like this show that you are an open-minded person who fits into lots of different scenarios, and people might be more willing to ask you to do things/refer you to other people ๐Ÿ™‚

5. Create content and get it published.

Start a blog, tweet, write for the local newspaper, and get your name published! Or even better, do some preliminary project work for some companies you really want to work at, and contact them with the work you did – maybe land yourself an internship with your initiative! It’s already tough to stand out from your colleagues with the exact same education as you. Creating content differentiates you from the crowd, and shows that you are an engaged individual who is curious about what’s happening around you.

Some food for thought: There are few who would say formalized post-secondary education is a bad idea, but it definitely doesn’t hurt to think about why we do what we do every once in a while. I encourage you to watch this video and redefine education ๐Ÿ™‚

Why I Hate School But Love Education || Spoken Word (Youtube)

Good luck!

Shiv ๐Ÿ™‚

Day -1: The night before I go on exchange to Paris

Words alone cannot express how I am feeling the night before the morning I leave for 4 months to study abroad…so I will use anime to fully express myself.

It’s the night before I leave for my loooooong awaited trip to Paris, France, to study Business at HEC Paris!! And needless to say, I’m pretty fired up.


But there are a 2 things I’m sad about:

1. It’s sad to leave my friends and family for such a long time

2. I leave in 6 hours (my flight is in the morning) and I’m STILL AWAKE!

Why can't I sleep?!

I’m pretty sure it’s because I’ve been waiting for this day for years so needless to say, I’m pretty excited.


Oh well. The next time I’m in a bed, I’ll be in my new dorm room in PARIS, FRANCE!!!

Insomniacally yours,

Shiv ๐Ÿ™‚

How to go to France and come back a d-bag

My friend posted this article, “How to go abroad and come back an a-hole,” and it’s pretty hilarious. ย And also super relevant to moi. Although I am not American, I will be going abroad to Europe and I anticipate many ‘reflective pose with my scarf on a cobblestone street’ pictures. JUST KIDDING….maybe ๐Ÿ˜‰


So if I may modify this list a little to make it a bit more France-centric…

Number 1

Complain about the crappy quality of food as compared to French cuisine.ย In fact, a true d-bag would spit out any wine that is not French. Can you even call it wine?

Number 2

Use any opportunity, appropriate or not, to show off your new ‘perfect’ French accent. And scorn the Quebecois accent – it is not ‘real’ French anyway.

Number 3

Upon your long-awaited return, sigh and audibly wish you were back in France.

Ok. So.

I definitely value food and wines from around the world, so the first bullet on my list will NEVER happen.

And my love of Quebec runs pretty deep, Quebec just has this great vibe that makes it a fun-loving, easy going place. I really have nothing against their accent, since I was taught French by both Quebecois and non-Quebecois teachers so they both seem normal to me.

But I make no promises for #3 ๐Ÿ˜›

Shiv debuts on the blogging platform!

My soundtrack as I type my first EVAR blog post is….

And there’s a good reason why I’m listening to French pop music: I am going to study abroad at the dreamy HEC Paris in September! While I am away having a fabulous, face-melting, world-changing and overall AMAZING time in France, I wanted to log my adventures in well…an online log.


And for those who do not understand French…there are 4 English crossover words in there, I’m sure you’ll figure it out. ๐Ÿ˜›

Questions answered in the upcoming posts include………….

1) What’s up with the weird blog name, iBark iBite?

2) Who the heck are you anyway, Shiv?

And more importantly..

3) Why should I read your blog?

So please be patient as I figure all this shizz out, I plan to answer all those questions very soon. But for now, I will take my leave.

Until next time!

Shiv ๐Ÿ™‚