winter blues


Winter, a lingering season, is a time to gather golden moments, embark upon a sentimental journey, and enjoy every idle hour.  

Winter must be cold for those with no warm memories…

If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant:
if we did not sometimes taste of adversity,
prosperity would not be so welcome.

Hello everyone! Hope you’re all doing well. It’s getting chillier here, time to hibernate. Having said that, this time of the year is the most festive in England, we’ve been out and about a lot of late. Joining in all the festive fayres to keep our winter spirits up. You have to somehow, especially with young children. I need to create as many happy memories for them as my parents have done for me! I have posted many photos on my Instagram, so less of that here. I now find posting photos here a bit tedious to be honest, takes up a lot of time for sure! But one or two doesn’t matter I suppose. So as you’re aware my family and I are still around! As you know, this time of year usually makes me extra melancholy. The weather does get to you, especially the lack of bright sunshine and shorter days (dusk around 4 p.m right now). But it’s kind of nice in a way, time to reflect in front of the fireplace, curled up under a soft blanket with a cuppa tea. All the heartaches of the world can just stay outside with the cold. Adele couldn’t have chosen a better time to release her latest album ’25’ either, lovely numbers to keep my winter blues intact. In the nicest way of course, melancholy but warm. Knowing that I’m happiest right now, Alhamdulillah. When you’re middle-aged like me, you get to look back upon your adolescent years, your 20s and your 30s, and be grateful for all the good times. And you learn from the mistakes you’ve made along the way, as painful as it might have been. You also realise the road less travelled which you took turned out to be the best thing you’ve ever done! Enough chattering, I’m going to bid farewell with my favourite from Adele, enjoy! ❤

me in nov

me by a giant Xmas tree, cold but warm!


my younger two with The Victorians!




november thoughts


I hope I can be the Autumn leaf, who looked at the sky and lived. And when it was time to leave, gracefully it knew life was a gift. — Dodinsky

Greetings all! It’s been a while, hasn’t it? I hope everyone’s doing well, wherever you may be. A lot has been happening in my little world, Alhamdulillah, mainly good stuff. But life is neither perfect nor all the time rosy, we’ve had our share of downs too. Nothing that cannot be dealt with though, as hurtful as it was at that moment in time. Life goes on, people move on, no point pondering over issues beyond our control and stay miserable. There’s so much in life to experience and explore, there’s many good people out there we can relate to. Always focus on the positive. Away with the negativity in life which saps your energy away!

As mentioned in my previous post, I am now more active on Instagram, like many bloggers before me. My main reason for switching my online presence mode is time factor of course. My 4 children are all growing fast now, I have to cater to their different needs. My duties as a wife, mother, home educator and homemaker seem endless these days. So much easier to update what’s happening in picture form, with an accompanying sentence or two! But I miss blogging to be honest, so occasionally you shall find me chattering away here like usual!

This is my 19th year in England; 18 years as a wife and 16 years as a mother. The first year, I was here as a postgraduate student. I have certainly come a long way. As time passes by I feel more comfortable in my own skin. I no longer feel like I have to be someone else in order to fit in. I have now learnt that I can only be myself at the end of the day. That’s when I’m happiest. My hubby sometimes says that I’m too serious. My younger self wasn’t like that, I used to laugh a lot. As we age, we change, hopefully for the better. But it’s nice to remain our old selves too. Positive changes are always welcome, it’s very enriching to adapt different cultures and backgrounds into our own. But I hope to rediscover more of my old self too in the process. I need both the old me and the new me to become a more wholesome person, I want to continue to sparkle, Inshallah!

I leave you with several recent Autumn pictures and a relaxing Autumn music. Do enjoy them. Autumn remains my favourite season, always. So serene and beautiful despite the cold and gloom. Till next time, Au Revoir!


my middle daughter writing a story at the local farm during her younger sister’s pony riding session

Autumn leaves

My younger two enjoying Autumn!

My younger two enjoying Autumn!

october leaves


The sweet calm sunshine of October, now
warms the low spot; upon its grassy mold
The purple oak-leaf falls; the birchen bough
drops its bright spoil like arrow-heads of gold.
– William Cullen Bryant


Picture taken today (14 October, 2015), during our scenic drive through the countryside, Autumn leaves are everywhere now in England!

Listen! the wind is rising,
and the air is wild with leaves,
We have had our summer evenings,
now for October eves!
– Humbert Wolfe


Have you found me on Instagram? A closer look into my life in England, mainly for fellow Easterners. Those interested can find me as glevum_rose.

Enjoy the song!

september ends



my beloved family, sept end 2009

my beloved family, England, September 2009


my beloved family, Malaysia, August 2015

Greetings everyone! Just a quick post so as you know I’m still around! I can’t believe we are already in October, where has September gone? Has it flown past just like that? Before we know it we’ll be heading into winter and New Year 2016! I just wanted to share a photo of my family back in 2009 in this post, when my youngest was just a few months old. Seems such a long time ago, but at times I feel like it was only yesterday. Such is life, we just have to make the most of every precious moment with our loved ones. Those times shall never return, but the memories will remain. Good or bad, they’re our memories, something we take along with us till our last breath. I get a bit melancholy with the passing of time; the changing of seasons, the children growing up fast, losing my loved ones. I also worry more as I get older. But life goes on. Let’s cherish and celebrate the good times, and learn from the bad. I stumbled upon this song whilst reading another blog, how apt to end my September posts. As mentioned previously, I might not be blogging as often as before. But I will return now and then, InshaAllah. To fellow Malaysians who wish to follow me on my Instagram, do find me on Zuraida’s (We Tell Sweet Stories) IG, I’m usually there. A bit cryptic, but you shall find me eventually! Goodbye now, take care all! ❤

elephant trekking


The forest, makes your heart gentle, you become one with it. No place for greed or anger there.

We have forgotten how to be good guests, how to walk lightly on earth, as its other creatures do.

Nature is pleased with simplicity.

Hello everyone, how are you? I know, it’s been a while. Have I lost my mojo in blogging, I wonder? I realised many bloggers have somewhat abandoned their blogs and resort to Instagram these days. I’m afraid I’ve also gone down that route. It’s just so much quicker, that’s for sure! Though not quite the same like blogging, IG is rather fleeting. Do forgive me if I do not blog as often as I’d like to anymore. But I do miss my blog, so when I get a chance to myself like this evening (family’s tired out from a hectic weekend and have retired), I shall carry on! This time around I’d like to share our elephant trekking experience in Krabi, Thailand. It was one of the strangest but most wonderful thing we’ve ever done. We didn’t know quite what to expect, we just relied totally on our tour guide. He also took us to view a beautiful waterfall prior to the trekking. He was a lovely person, just like majority of the Thai people. They’re very warm and friendly, well-mannered and polite. Before we knew it, we were sat on the elephants and away we went! It felt strange, yet exciting!

We trekked through the dense forest, river and little village. The weather was rather cool on that particular day, not blazing hot like the day we went island hopping. There was a shower that morning but we were fine as the guide provided us with macs each. We made several brief stops in the forest as the elephants grazed on branches here and there. They were gentle obedient creatures, despite their massive size. Towards the end we all felt attached to them, my children especially warmed up to them in a big way. We were exhilarated from being so close to nature, we felt a sense of sheer joy and contentment. I can tell you it beats shopping in a mall any day, at least for my family and I anyway. My adventurous daughter bought a little souvenir from the centre, the money goes into maintaining the well-being of the elephants. The children got to feed the elephants at the end, and then we were given some refreshments before we called it a day. They say a picture tells a thousand words, so enough of mine for the time being! Take care everyone, till we meet again!

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