Saturday, June 30, 2012
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Yesterday, my younger sister-in-law and I went out for a mall stroll after dropping the lessons at the Post Office. It was actually our first time to go the mall together since we usually go out as a family. Lately, I had been 'seriously contemplating' and 'thinking' of going to a coffee shop with a cozy atmosphere, soft-cushioned chairs, quietness,, and an affordable cup of coffee while browsing through a book (something which I didn't even brought with me).
I did some surveying as we walked past the shops, and after a few stops, we ended up at Krispy Kreme. The place was warmly-lit, with printed mural, comfortable furniture, and it has a cozy appeal. I had a cup of Latte, which for me is quite expensive (a small-sized cup is worth eighty pesos), and I still had to add sachets of brown sugar and creamer to neutralize the bitter taste, but it's really good tasting after all. We bought two pieces of spicy samosas from Passport Food just before we headed to the coffee shop, and my sister, who doesn't drink coffee, ordered a peach tea drink instead. Before going home, we stopped by at a quaint vintage shop, with many special goodies. I bought a scrap book which I'm going to convert as my new photo album. I haven't updated my personal album for years now and it's been a plan which I had been delaying for such a long time. Finally, here it is! We bought some samosas and an egg pie to bring at home.
Another mid-week adventure!
P.S. Though using public transportation allows one to observe and walk with the common folks, I couldn't help but feel disgusted with the huge amount of air pollution brought by motor vehicles. The polluted air that we breathe is not going to be good for our health.
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
I was supposed to write some things that are happening to my life right now, some thoughts that occupy my mind every now and then. And when I came up with that line from a book by Aidh Al Qarni, I realized that it sums up the life reflections that I had been undergoing through these days. I must say that I'm a person who likes to reflect about life and its meanings, and learning about where I came from. I look both at unfortunate events and beautiful blessings as both that God had willed to happen. Everything that God plans for every person is ultimately for his own good. I had also written many times before that I always look back at the past not only to learn from it but also to come to terms to it and bring a past chapter to end and eventually, to let it go. I guess my days in psychology school had a very huge impact on that particular mindset and perspective of mine. I don't know exactly why, but I have such a fondness for nostalgia - memories that bring warmness to the heart. And this fondness may sometimes even couple with despair and sadness because these memories are also accompanied with many unfortunate events.
I often wonder why I find myself so distant from people (except my family), particularly from from my so-called friends and acquaintances from many years back. Could it be because I love introversion? Or is it because they accuse me of being aloof? I don't think so. I could be the warmest and understanding person if they will only take the time to know me better and not judge me merely on the surface. Probably, it's because I just hate many things that I see around me, including the many nonsense that I see them doing right now. I could go on and now ranting about the many things and people that I dislike, but who am I to judge them? I may dislike so many things, but those are just based on my personal preference or opinions. I believe that though I'm saying my opinions, it is only God who has the right to judge between the differences of His creations. So I eventually stay away from the things and people that I dislike and which God orders me to be distant from and avoid. Through the help of God, I constantly evolve as a person, and I never stop learning. I stay away from the artificial and focus on strengthening my mind and my faith.
As I grow older, I look forward for changes of perspectives and priorities. And among those changes include having a general concern for those who are less fortunate, suffering and those who are in need of understanding. Maturity with proper wisdom comes as a result of growth. And maturity also entails transcending beyond judging others, constant complaining and self-centeredness, towards reaching out, making a positive impact on other people's lives, and doing good for the sake of God.
Finally, I wouldn't mind if nobody won't recognize me anymore when I walk on the street. This might end and I will not apologize if I stay away, because what I'm running away from are the things that will bring me farther from the faith that God had given me. And it's no longer my business to keep up to date with the news of other people's lives if the artificial relationships fostered through the internet are not based on the genuine reality that real life affords. So be it. I don't like the noise, the artificiality, the showing off, and bragging, much less the seeking of attention, popularity, approval, and fame. I am only a quiet girl who lives a simple life. I prefer truth, humility and genuineness. God willing, I always strive to become a better and mature person, and Alhamdulillah, slowly, I'm coming to terms with the past with better hopes for what the future brings.
Monday, June 25, 2012
I finally finished my long-pending watercolor painting last Friday, and it was almost midnight when it got finished. I even signed it with a wrong date-stamp! I'll be coming back to making a new oil painting, and a bit of journal updates, soon! :)
Saturday, June 16, 2012
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
I cooked an egg omelet for dinner, and for a change, I added some mayonnaise to make the egg mixture creamier and fluffier. And yes, it tasted good! Try it, just make the flame a little gentle while the egg mixture is being cooked on a pan.
Sunday, June 10, 2012
Last Friday, we went to Baguio City, a city located on the mountain province of Northern Luzon, Philippines. It's one of our family's favorite places because of its cool weather, clean environment, many trees and flowers, friendly and gentle people, and its fresh fruits (like strawberries and oranges) and vegetables readily available. It was a one-day travel only because by afternoon, the rain began to fall, so my parents decided that we must go home as it's not convenient to stay there while the rain was falling. It was a very wonderful trip as we traveled with our new car and got to visit the many parks. We're planning to go back at this beautiful place, hopefully with our whole family by the end of the month of Ramadan and celebrate the incoming 'Id this coming July or August, God willing. : )
Road filled with pine trees.
Horses and stairs at Wright Park.
While on the Highway.
Sidewalk at Burnham Park lined with white, cup-shaped flowers.