Of Death, Infinities and Stars

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Picture Credit: Urban Dinosaur

I’ve been hearing rave reviews about the book “The Fault in our Stars” by John Green but I, of course, put off reading it. Lately I tell myself there are always better work related things to do than spend the weekend snorting into tissues and being emotionally overwhelmed by other people’s love stories. So I did what other normal people would. I caught the movie instead. Man.

IT GAVE ME SO MANY FEELS.

Wow. This movie/book is not just about love. It’s about death and life. I mean it in that order because these protagonists receive their death sentences first then commit to live their lives while they can. How many of us take these things for granted?

I loved it to the point that I couldn’t sleep.

We all have our epic love stories but in the end, they’re only relevant between the lovers themselves. I have my infinity too. Like how Hazel and Gus have their limited time, I have my long winding road with multiple hurdles. No matter what, even if everyone tells you “What’s the POINT?”, you’ll just have to continue to love. Love like there’s no tomorrow. Love like there’s no one around.

Love like this was God’s last and best gift to you.

And Gus’ idea about leaving an impact, a name when you die. I’ve always thought about that too. How unaccomplished I am, how much more I can actually do and how people will actually remember me as. But I guess if I can change the life of even just one person or even one cat, that would be enough. Because someone knows my value. Something knows my capability to love and to do good. That is enough. In the end, it’s not people who keep score.

God has His own way of keeping tabs on things.

There were just too many great take home messages in the movie. I think I’ll curl up with the book during the Eid holidays. If you haven’t watched or read it, you should. If you have, let me know your favourite parts and perhaps we can share a box of tissues. :’)

Sandwiches at Weddings

Having sandwiches at a wedding is not the norm for my culture. We’re a rice and coconut-milk-rich dishes kinda folk. Even our fellow countrymen of different races tend to pile on the rice rather than have sandwiches.

However, a few of my customers have requested sandwiches for their wedding and this has piqued the interest of my other clients. The prevalent question I’ve received lately is “How do I incorporate sandwiches in my wedding?”

Easy Peasy!

Firstly, the best way to serve them is in bite sizes and as Hors d’oeuvre. Hand them out during cocktail hour or while waiting for the event to start. For example, perhaps you could serve these to your guests while you get ready for your Nikah or between church and tea pouring ceremonies.

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BLT Mini Sandwiches at a wedding via Style Me Pretty. Photo by Landon Jacob Productions.

Make sure you pick simple and light flavors as you wouldn’t want them to be too full for the main course.

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Tomato finger sandwiches as appetizers via Style Me Pretty. Photo by Sean Money & Elizabeth Fay.

Next is to add them alongside the buffet table as a healthier or kid friendly option for your guests. Children prefer fuss free food that can be gobbled up quickly so that they can continue playing. Sandwiches, especially of the finger variety, would be ideal for them.

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Sandwiches at the Buffet Table via Style Me Pretty. Photo by Ken Kienow.

Last but not least is to have them as main dish for your picnic/garden/park themed wedding. One of my favorite bloggers, Danni of Oh Hello Friend had her nuptials at a beautiful park where she and her husband had their first date. There were mats laid on the grass, vintage furniture arranged perfectly and the sun cast warm rays throughout the day. The guests were treated with individually wrapped sandwiches right before the ceremony.

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Pictures via Oh Hello Friend Blog. Photos by Christian Cruz & Hope Feathers.

Something out of the box but very meaningful for the couple at the same time. Perhaps you could try it! A picnic reception is easy on the pocket and a great way to be closer to your guests.

Hope these three suggestions have given you inspiration to add sandwiches to your wedding.

Any other ways to incorporate sandwiches to a wedding?

Another Beginning

Source: typeverything.com via Ashley on Pinterest

Poster by Studio Muti

We’ve arrived at 2013. My God, how time flies. Judging from my previous post, it whizzed by at breakneck speed. :)

As I’ve mentioned, I have learnt a lot in between this post and the last. Applying what I’ve learnt though has been an arduous task. Business leaped as soon as we left the seminar which resulted in me having less time to actually sit down and review what needs to be done. I know, this sounds like another excuse but life just finds a way to get to you.

Nevertheless, I’ll have to consciously make a decision to review what I’ve learnt and actually take the baby steps needed to start my journey to wealth. Wish me Luck!

On a side note, I’ve written down some mini goals inspired by Emma Chapman of A Beautiful Mess fame. Last November, she laid down four simple goals to achieve for that month. Considering I’ve got the motivation and attention span of a fish, I’ve decided to focus my goals one month at a time just like Emma.

Here are mine for January 2013:

1. Write for 20 minutes, 3 times a week. (Yes, this was inspired by her as well) A blog post, a couple of tips, a fictional story. Anything. As long as I WRITE.

2. Read the Quran, at least 3 times a week. I find that this brings the most peace and clarity than anything else I usually do. Even a few sentences make all the difference.

3. Drink between 3 to 3.5 Liters of water a day. Water, the cure for most illnesses and yet, the hardest thing for people to be consistent in taking. Apparently you need to take 7% of your body weight to get to your optimum body water level. If you’re quick you will roughly know my weight now. ;)

Well, you’ll probably be seeing me more often here now since I’ve committed myself to writing a little more than I usually do.

Do you have any goals or resolutions? Have you broken any of them yet?

Countdown to 26!

I can hardly contain my excitement. No, not for my birthday. Well, not yet anyway. This weekend I’ll be attending an amazing seminar/course on marketing and business. We’re going to have a crash course on building a better business and pushing it into as many streams as possible. The final goal is to be wealthy and successful. :D

I know, some of you might say it’s not easy, it’s near impossible, that being wealthy means you’ll be a prick or worse, just trample everyone else in the process. However, that’s not how I see it. How do I provide for my family if all I’m earning is just a meager salary? How do I travel the world with just enough to get by? How do I make sure my family (including my kitty cats) are always in good health and happy if I only make just a little extra every month?

Money can’t buy you happiness but trust me, not having enough can make you pretty darn upset.

Therefore, I’ve opted to join this course and I’m absolutely pumped to absorb all I can for three days.

Now, the reason why I mentioned my birthday is that the start of said course will begin exactly 30 days before my birthday. I’m taking it as turning point for my life. I plan on learning as much as I can, applying as much as I can in order to build myself as much as I can before my birthday. That’s my mini goal.

I’m definitely not going to stop after my birthday. As we all know, learning NEVER stops and neither is improving oneself. I just want to use my birthday as a checkpoint of sorts and I want to be proud of myself, the day I step into the shoes of a 26-year-old. I hope to say to myself ‘I did my very best and worked very hard to be here’.

So here’s to a new beginning and I do hope to update you on my progress soon. :D

Weather Watch Fashion: Capes & Ponchos

It’s raining heavily where I am right now so a healthy dose of Pinterest is due. :)

I came across a new fashion staple for the changing season: capes and ponchos. Perfect for those experiencing fall and for us experiencing torrential downpours that’s a welcome relief from the usual hot balmy weather.

To be honest, at first I couldn’t figure out the difference between the two as both styles were labeled similarly on online catalogs. So, I decided to rummage through my brain back to my elementary school days and I happened to recall that:

Cape: a piece of cloth that’s longer in the back and can be tied or fastened at the neck.

-Classy right? When I’m a yummy mummy I’d wear this. It’s from Lanvin.-

Poncho: a piece of cloth that’s Mexican in history, has a hole in the middle to slip your head through and when worn, has the triangle side in front and at the back.

Isle of Sky Poncho by Wooden Ships via Free People

-Oh SOOOO comfy!-

Yes. I did learn all this in elementary school. Okay maybe it was with the help of Wikipedia. :B

Capes and ponchos serve the purpose of keeping us warm without sacrificing style at the same time. In fact, brides who want a little cover up while being able to show off their stunning dress can opt for a beautiful lacy number, like these ones from The Knot:

 Bridal capes via The Knot

And look! Kim K is looking absolutely hot in hers!

Kim Kardashian via Outfit Identifier

Lastly, the one other thing I like about capes and ponchos is how versatile they can be across the whole year. It just depends on the material they’re made out of. Heavy wool for winter, lighter knits for fall and chiffon or silk for spring and summer. Just like this one:

-Just GORGEOUS. Perfect to wear over a bikini at the beach.-

Have I converted you yet? Jumping on the bandwagon already? I have. In fact, I have a poncho of my own lying in the pile of clothes I call my closet. I’ll definitely have to pull it out this rainy season. Perhaps I’ll scour the internet for a cape of my own soon too. ;)

Which do you prefer, the cape or the poncho?

Dreaming of a Dream Job

 

I found this while perusing the internet and I now unfortunately don’t remember where I got it from. If you know the creator, let me know so I can credit them properly. :)

I just came back from a seminar on being an industry millionaire. The speaker said he could identify between 3-5 businesses that a person could delve in just by knowing their interests. I thought ‘wow. imagine being able to do ALL that at the same time!’ and you know what, the speaker is doing that exact thing now. He’s got about 15 companies under his belt and they are all based on his passions or interests.

Therefore, it would be easy to say that yes, you CAN form your dream job just by indulging in the different facets of your life while making money out of it.

You can open an online boutique while sharing your recipes at the same time. You can also publish a book about meeting new people while being a fitness instructor. The possibilities are endless! There’s no box to insert yourself into and claim, ‘I found it! My dream job!’. There are so many boxes that you can collect and tape them up to form an amazing shelf that is sturdy enough to hold all your belongings. And look at it this way, if one box crumbles, you’ll still have the others to support your things. Or just add another one!

The seminar got me really pumped up and motivated so my biz partner and I are going to do some heavy thinking and planning today for Simply Sandwiches. :D Wish us luck!

The Sky’s The Limit

Sky Series by Eric Cahan

I came across these beautiful pictures awhile back and they keep drawing me in every time I log on the computer. I have to admit, I have a thing for clear skies and the gradual change of color over time. It’s truly awe-inspiring to stare up and watch as the shades slowly morph into a different hue.

My favorite memories involve sunsets in particular. Ending my weekly jog at the top of the hill in Kingsford to watch as the fading sun slip past the Sydney skyline, leaving a trail of dark blues above me. There were also the times in Bali where the skies were painted with glorious pinks and purples. I caught my breath every time it happened, especially when I could see the colors reflected in the cool ocean.

I love sunsets and these pictures so much that I think I’ll model my wedding color scheme around them. Yes. That would indeed be perfect. Perhaps I’ll go the full spectrum from turquoise to purple to orange and ending it in pink.

What do you think? Would it be too much of an overkill? :B