Anddddd I’m back…

Guess who’s back! Yep, me! :D I had a blast and a half in the States. SUCH an amazing vacation; I feel so blessed to have been able to get that time off and away and afford what we did. It started in DC as we sat at the national mall watching the fireworks, moved to Charlottesville for two days and then back to DC for a couple of days of walking around, visiting the Smithsonian museums and chilling in Georgetown. Was great to catch up with mine and talk and romance and steal little kisses here and there. PDA is so lost in a third-world country like my own! We then went to NYC for one night only to go clubbing at Cielo in the meat-packing district. I’d forgotten how much fun that could be – and also how expensive!! With aching feet and a woozy head we drove to Jim Thorpe and spent a day at Pocono Whitewater where we indulged in a “Big Adventure Day” – some 25 miles of biking, 2 miles of hiking and 8 miles of rafting. Amazing! I felt so alive and so impressed with my stamina!! Having checked that off our list of things to do, adventure, we went back to the Big Apple to absorb some more of the sights and sounds. DC & NYC are things I’ve done many times before but wanted to share them with M. He’d lived in DC and wanted to revisit with me. It was nice and somewhat intimate as I took him around NYC and saw his eyes fill with wonder at the big flashing lights in Times Square, a stone’s throw from our hotel. Two days in the city and we were ready to make our way to Orlando, again M had visited as a child, but Disney has been on my bucket list since I was 5. I’m so glad he was there when I finally did it! In six days we swam with dolphins, snorkelled, went to Seaworld and their water park, Aquatica, went to Universal Studios & Islands of Adventure and of course visited all the four Disney World parks x) BEST TIME OF MY LIFE! We ended by heading back up to the Poconos to attend my cousin’s wedding where I was a bridesmaid (also something I always wanted to be!)

I’m so grateful to M for taking me and showing me such a good time! I’ve never been happier!

Check out some pictures!

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Random Thoughts of the Day!

I’ve been so busy this week I haven’t had time to blog. Just wrapping things up, fasting, not getting time to nap, visiting people to say goodbyes, last minute shopping, packing etc. And would you believe it, I’m leaving for the airport in less than eight hours, work in four, and I STILL have stuff to do in between! I guess I’m not as organised as I pride myself in being!

Still, I’m excited. So excited, in fact, that it’s hard for me to sit still! In some 30 hours I would have landed at Dulles International Airport and from there on it’s fun fun fun! I’m ecstatic to not only be holidaying with mine, but also for all that awaits us. So many adventures! Here’s one I’m really stoked for: http://www.poconowhitewater.com/specialty-trips-2/big-day-out/

Then of course there’s DISNEY WORLD! x) But it’s also super awesome that we get in on the 4th to see the fireworks. I’ve been reading lately that there’s quite a bit of anti-muslim feelings, which makes me a little sad. But what can I do, I guess the terrorists are giving us a bad name. All I can do, is go out there and represent the good ones so people can see we’re not all whack jobs. It would be nice if people weren’t so quick to judge, stereotype and generalise. Get to know people and respect them for who they are – personality wise, before labelling them based on their religious (or any other) beliefe, nationality etc.

Anyyyyyyywayyyyyy! What I’ll miss most while I’m gone is my catss! They’re being babysat by my grandmother for the next 4 weeks and I’m a tad bit nervous. I can’t imagine what a madhatter I’d be if I ever had to leave my kids (not that I have any at the moment!) Gaaah!

Everyone please pray that I have a safe flight, safe trip and safe return because I’m a very nervous flyer!!!

Here are some pics of my three little munchkins! I’m sure you can tell which one is my favourite :P

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Quotes of the Day!

I’m having one of those days where I just wanna screeeaaaaaaammmm an unending scream and just let out my frustration and maybe have a go at a punching bag. Really give it to the damn thing. Gah! For starters, I didn’t sleep well. The voltage was low and the airconditioner kept conking off. This is after the house baked in 45 degree heat all day. Then there’s the fasting. I didn’t eat much at dawn, and now my tummy feels like an empty pit and the nausea is setting in. I got called into a 9am meeting via call at midnight. It’s now noon and I still have four hours of sitting at this desk like a zombie to go… When I get home I have to organise dinner for five – we suddenly had surprise guests (of sorts) this morning! Way to wake up to THAT! My head is spinning just thinking of all that needs to be done and there really isn’t enough time. It’s so stressful in fact that I don’t wanna go home. To top it all off, my maid is having issues and hasn’t been coming in. So every day after not-nearly-enough-sleep I go home to messy rooms, unmade beds and cranky cats. I deal with all of that and then organise iftari (when we break our fast), dinner & the next day’s seheri (dawn eating thingee, pre-fasting meal). And all along, all I can think is, wow, I must be really selfish for not having a better attitude about this. Fml.

Also, check this out: http://www.thoughtcatalog.com/heidi-priebe/2015/06/23-quotes-that-will-inspire-you-to-be-the-bigger-person

Sometimes other people’s attitudes towards me or my loved ones gets me really agitated. These quotes help me take a deep breath and just let it go. I try and have some faith that justice will be served. Eventually.

Meanwhile, I’m just trying to remember: 10 days to vacation!! *woooo!*

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Quotes of the Day!

First off, a quote:

“When you feel happy, really happy, it somehow seems that you’ve always been happy and that you’ll always be happy. The same is often true when you feel sad, or lonely, or depressed, or broke, or sick, or scared. Something, perhaps, to remember.” —Notes From The Universe

And now, I know I’ve been mia for the last week. It was hard. Swamped with work, improper internet connections and the start of Ramadan. For those who don’t know, that’s when Muslims around the world fast from dawn to dusk. In this sweltering heat, reaching temperatures of 45C degrees it’s quite the killer. The worst thing is that I’m saying that as one of the fortunate ones who has the luxury of being in an air-conditioned environment over 90% of the time. My heart goes out to those who are working in less than pleasant conditions and the homeless out on the street.

I’m counting down the days to my vacation, 11 more working days till I leave. 12 actually, if I count today! I am sooooo excited. We’ll kick things off with the 4th of July fireworks (and parade if we’re lucky and not toooo tired from our 20 hour journey) and from there on it’s going to be quite packed with fun & adventure. Let’s hope we don’t crash with all the fun! Super excited on the one hand but have a tonne of stuff to deliver at work before hand. Gah! Oh well… imma keep my eyes on the prize. Americaaaa here I come! :D

So I’m afraid my comings and goings here will be scattered until then, and while on vacation, you can follow what I’m doing on twitter! Have a great week readers!! :)

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Quotes of the Day!

I know I’ve been mia for a while. I keep doing that, don’t I? :/ Been a little busy, caught up with work and vacation planning and running the home/house. Being a grown up is hard stuff yo! Anywayyyy, today friendships are on my mind. I had a friend who I was quite close to. We talked a lot. We shared secrets. We spent a lot of time together. We were in school together, in different grades, but still we played sports together and hung out every now and then even though we both had different friends. A couple of years ago things got weird and now we barely ever talk. Every time I try I’m shot down and it really hurts because we were inseparable. The worst part was, she was my best friend but she was also family; my cousin. And now we only ever meet at family gatherings, and every time I’m reminded how much I miss her companionship and how much fun we had because it’s always just as good. And then just like that she disappears again from my life.

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Quotes of the Day!

“Life has no meaning. Each of us has meaning and we bring it to life. It is a waste to be asking the question when you are the answer,” said Joseph Campbell. Interesting, and thought provoking, isn’t it? I’ve been soul searching and confused and maybe it’s just the full moon, but something in my head (and heart) seems not quite right. I’m agitated and anxious. I feel overwhelmed. I feel like I’ve bitten off more than I can chew and I kind of just want to go hide somewhere under a rock. Or not get out of bed. But I do, every day. This is just a random feeling that’s come yesterday or day before. I feel like sometimes not only do people take me for granted, but they also take advantage of my kindness and the nice things I do and then have expectations of me. So when I’m just being nice because I feel like, they expect me to go one step further and expect me to be NICER than that and do even more.

I sometimes feel like I’m losing myself, the essence of who I am, or was. I didn’t stand up for who I was, or the things I wanted or didn’t want. I let people I cared for trample all over my dreams and wants. Now they’re happy, and I pretend to be, till suddenly, the curtain lifts sometimes, and I see that maybe I’m not. When things fall apart, and I remember all the ways I’ve been wronged. Or have wronged myself. How I let other people dictate my life. How I gave in for stupid reasons. It makes me hate myself. Hoping this is just the moon talking and that once I land in the US (30 days away!!) all this unnecessary stress and anxiety will melt away. Rawr.

“Anxiety is love’s greatest killer. It makes others feel as you might when a drowning man holds on to you. You want to save him, but you know he will strangle you with his panic.” And that quote is reason enough for me to want to change and stop being such a stressball all the time. No one will love me, I’ll drive everyone away, and I’ll be left to fend for myself.

Enjoy the quotes, and happy Wednesday! :)

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Quotes of the Day!

Worry not! I’m alive. Just had an uber busy week and therefore didn’t get much time to blog! But here I am today… on a Monday, buzzing with energy. My vacay is almost fully planned and I can guarantee it’s going to be super duper fun! I’m most excited about Orlando and Disney and omg SEAWORLD! I don’t think 6 days is enough, but oh well. Got to fit in other things also, like the Big Adventure Day at Poconos whitewater rafting that’s only available on one of the days that I’m there. Gah! So much planning done, but still, so much more to do. I’m also excited to be at the mall in DC to watch the fireworks. Any of ya’ll gonna be there? I wonder if I have any readers from the area… haha

The Dalai Lama (apparently) said that you should visit some place new every year. This year I’m doing Orlando & the Poconos so woop! I’m sorry, but you guys are going to have to bear with me for the next few weeks or month as I get more and more excited about my states trip :P

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