Sunday, 2 July 2017

Journey to Malaysia 2017

So one day after our wedding, my other-half and I got on the plane to Malaysia. We started off the journey absolutely knackered and that's the way we stayed for the next day or so. When I say absolutely knackered, I say it because we had a few days worth of mini events that happened before the wedding day(s). My family had come around mid-week before the wedding and people had been popping in during that time anyway. It was so good to have the family round. There aren't many times that we see everyone - weddings and funerals are the two main occasions that bring people together. I much prefer weddings.

Anyway, these days consisted of food, lots of laughter and late nights and alhamdulillah, everything went well.

Our journey started with an early morning start (like seriously early) and we made our way to the airport. How we even made it to the airport I still do not know but it turns out that, together, we aren't too bad at timings and making plans come together - even if they are at crazy times in the morning when people normally sleep. Alone, I'd definitely have made it to the airport but it would have been a struggle for me - I don't do mornings, not going to lie.

Foot Selfie in the Airport
We got to the airport in good time and were ready to board the flight that would get us to Malaysia...eventually, via Dubai. It was LONG but not as long as it could have been - if we were flying to Australia it would have been a whole lot worse.

The flight to Dubai was as one would expect. The plane had that slightly unpleasant plane food smell during meal times but otherwise, all was as it should have been. It took off later than planned and that meant that by the time we landed in Dubai and made our way to the next plane, it was time to board...perfect.

When we were boarding our next flight we actually met some people we knew - turned out they were on the same plane as we were the whole time! It was super weird seeing them sitting there on a different continent and even weirder when they told us they were on our flight. Freaky!

Oh well, all I could think was Malaysia here we come!!

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Friday, 16 June 2017

Fever Season

Hay fever sucks. Every year in the summer since I can remember I've been battling this allergy - boy does it suck. Unfortunately there's no cure but thankfully there is medication that helps to calm my symptoms down a little...a little.

I have found the solution to my problem but it proves to be an expensive one  - to go on holiday exactly when my hay fever starts for the whole of hay fever season. That way, if I'm away for the time my allergy level is high, I'd miss it.

Sadly for me I can't do this every year for reasons that would go on for days so I'll have to plough through it. What a shame!

Nevertheless, there are still many things one can enjoy - ice cream being one of them.

Do you have hay fever? Know someone who does?
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Tuesday, 30 May 2017

It's Hot and It's Cold

It smells like it's going to rain. I hope it does and helps to cool things down a little. The other day I decided that I'd like to go somewhere cold because I quite like cold weather.

I met Kylo Ren
- this photo makes my arm look weirdly long.
So there I am in winter wanting to wear my sandals and in summer wanting to wear my boots. This made me stop and think and realise how ungrateful I sounded. I'm fortunate enough to live in a county where we get pretty decent summers and decent winters, yet I'm always finding something wrong in these months. It's too hot, not hot enough, too cold, I have no summer clothes or I have no winter clothes, I want more of something or less of another thing. Unbelievably selfish sounding right now. I'm not too bad, even though what you just read sounds quite bad. It's just sometimes I get, like most people I expect, a bit of a moan and groan feeling. 

But I've come to realise that what I was moaning and groaning about wasn't really worth the moan and groan. It wasn't worth any time at all because I have so so so many more things to be grateful about. We all do. So I've decided to just enjoy everything, appreciate things more and make the most of moments.

Comes at a good time really because it's Ramadan and I'm more than happy to add 'be more grateful' to my list.

Be more grateful, appreciate things more, say thank you and Alhamdulillah.

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Wednesday, 10 May 2017

To Know

We all know people in different ways and the people that know you well enough can often look at something and it'll make them think of you. Like your sense of style, or love of something particular - like wearing boots, lipstick, eating cheese, anything.

I can go out with my friends and they can immediately tell me if something I like, for example a top, would suit me. In fact, they'll probably pick something before I do and show me because they know I'd like it. They know me well. At first I was never sure if that was a good thing because I knew people who would say 'oh that is so you' because they didn't actually like the thing. It was a nicer way for them to say that 'I don't like it but I'm not honest enough to tell you that'. In my head I would be thinking - 'What?! Am I that predictable?! Should I take this as a compliment or be offended?' But now I can tell if they genuinely think that it's nice or are just being nice. I think it comes with time but mostly it comes with not caring much.

What I love is that feeling when I see something and immediately I think of a friend. I love seeing little reminders of people and being able to pick something they'd like. I admit I can't do it for everyone, there are some people I've known my whole life or longer than others and picking a gift for them is so HARD. It takes ages and ages and sometimes when I do finally pick something, I'm still not sure!

What's amazing tho, I mean it's taken me some time to see it in this way, is that feeling of acceptance. Having people who know you well and knowing people who you know well, in a way, means they've accepted you for who you are, including the weird and wonderful. It means you can be comfortable with yourself, your sense of style and have fun!

Have you found this place yet? I know it'll come along soon.

My advice: get to know people. It's quite wonderful.

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Thursday, 20 April 2017

Turkey 2016 #2

So I actually sat down and wrote a whole post out about Turkey but then decided to scarp it all. Yes, I deleted the whole thing. The thing is, I liked my photos but I wasn't really happy with what I'd written. Therefore I ditched the whole thing and am letting you all see some photos instead. Feel free to have a nose, after all, a picture is worth a thousand words!

Pirate Ships 
The open road
A traditional house 
Jeep Safari
Dinner Restaurant 
I like taking photos of roads
Local sellers 
Shoe rack outside mosque 
Minaret of the oldest mosque in Alanya

Straw and sand 
The Hamam - Turkish bath
A sign in the market

Do you like taking photos? Have you got any you'd like to share? Share them! Any questions? Ask them!

Alanya was truly very beautiful.
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Sunday, 2 April 2017

Rules of (un)Attraction

Good morning! A while back, my friend Steph and I decided to write a post in how to not attract the attention of someone you liked, as in fancied, and I've finally got round to making this post! 

And when I say 'a while back' I mean ...over three year ago!! *deep breath* was that a sigh I heard? A sigh of wonder, anticipation, excitement and eagerness to read on mixed with confusion as to why the post took so long to be written and posted? Who knew a sigh could mean so much ey?! 

Anyway, back to the post....

We asked a bunch of people - seeing as we were then of the few 'young girls' (their words, not ours) that were single - how to score a good man/woman. Instead we were presented with a whole host of ways that were not suitable at all!! Done right I'm sure they could gain attention but we never managed to, each time we did something went wrong!

So, after being given some very useful advice (thanks all) on how to unsuccessfully attract peeps, Steph and I think it's appropriate to share our knowledge and findings with you all. Here goes!

p.s. We tested all this stuff and well..... hahahah :)

  1. Wide Eyes: If you have sweet puppy dog eyes that sparkle, the wide eyed look might work. For us, it, ahem, looked like we were on drugs...
  2. Show that Shoulder: Unless the garment you are wearing is supposed to show your shoulder, it looks odd and can suggest you aren't too good at getting dressed properly. Done right, however, this could work! 
  3. Flex those Muscles: When we tested this, it, unfortunately, didn't quite work because apparently my bingo wings just weren't attractive enough to attract attention - the right type of attention. For us it looked odd but fear not, effort is being made to turn those bingo wings into attractive, attention seeking arms!
  4. Flutter those Eyelids...but when I did this it just looked like I have something stuck in my eye and needed medical attention...ooopsie.
  5. Buy some new Tights: The last and most shocking piece of advice that was given was, by far the most funny and gruesome one. Around that time, I was sent this article about these amazing stockings that could avert attention...take a look and you can see for yourself. Anyway, they unfortunately didn't help us to attract attention that we wanted. Epic Fail.
Update: Since then, our relationship statues have changed but I can assure you none of these tips really helped - not when we purposefully carried them out anyway.

The best piece of advice I CAN give you is this: be yourself. You can never go wrong with being yourself.

Have you tried any of the above things? Did they work for you???

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