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november thoughts

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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!

november

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!

marhaban ya ramadan

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Ramadan is, in its essence, a month of humanist spirituality.

The philosophy of fasting calls upon us to know ourselves, to master ourselves, and to discipline ourselves the better to free ourselves. To fast is to identify our dependencies, and free ourselves from them.

Fasting is, first and foremost, an exercise for identifying and managing adversity in all its forms. With faith, in full conscience, fasting calls women and men to an extra degree of self-awareness. Professor Tariq Ramadan

MAY THE SPIRIT OF RAMADAN

STAY IN OUR HEARTS AND

ILLUMINATE OUR SOULS FROM WITHIN.

HAVE A BLESSED MONTH

PEACE AND BLESSINGS TO ALL.

ramadan2015

 

 

young summer

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What is one to say about June, the time of perfect young summer, the fulfillment of the promise of the earlier months, and with as yet no sign to remind one that its fresh young beauty will ever fade. Gertrude Jekyll

It is the month of June, The month of leaves and roses When pleasant sights salute the eyes, And pleasant scents the noses.  N.P. Willis

No price is set on the lavish summer; June may be had by the poorest comer. James Russell Lowell

february gloom

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Greetings again everyone! Are we still in wintry, grey February, by any chance? It is the shortest month in the year, but here in England, it seems like the longest month ever! Because Spring is round the corner (supposedly), most people here just want February to end quickly and make way to the warmer, colourful March. But such is not the case of course. February lingers on, like an annoying relative who just wouldn’t leave (just an expression, I don’t have any annoying relatives, at least, I don’t think so anyway). Oh well, you just have to find some clever ways to beat the gloom I suppose!

my son, a picture of permanent gloom, can't wait for his GCSEs to be over!

my son, a picture of permanent gloom, can’t wait for his GCSE exams to be over!

As for me, I decided to join a weekly evening yoga class (set up for women in the community). I just can’t tell you how good it felt afterwards. It’s just the thing for me right now, I love it. Having some time to yourself is extremely crucial for busy moms like me. As a home educator, I always have my children with me. Therefore it is necessary to create some ‘me’ time to avoid feeling ‘burnt out’. Apart from that, I also had the opportunity to attend the local inter-faith gathering this month (my hubby’s an active participant). It has certainly broaden my horizon in many ways, meeting many lovely people from different backgrounds but with one common goal. The aim is to foster greater peace, understanding and equality in our global society. I felt rather overwhelmed when a couple of them approached me to have a chat, they knew I was my hubby’s other half. My hubby ensured I was introduced to several of them. I hope to attend such gatherings more regularly now. I feel that it’s important to make a difference in any small meaningful way I possibly can, especially in today’s complex world, seemingly full of hatred and violence. These great words of the famous Sufi poet Rumi struck me:

Beyond our ideas of right doing and wrong doing,

There is a field. I’ll meet you there. 

When the soul lies down in that grass,

The world is too full to talk about.

Ideas, languages, even the phrase ‘each other’ 

don’t make sense any more.

My older two when small, at peace. I wonder what sort of world their future holds

My older two when small, at peace. I wonder what sort of world their future holds

I continue to home educate the younger two now that the older two are at secondary level

I continue to home educate the younger two now that the older two are at secondary level

All that aside, delicious food almost always cheer us up of course! As mentioned before, I’m not a food blogger, I don’t make it a habit to display what I cook daily. But from time to time, I guess I don’t quite mind sharing a few dishes. I cook a variety of food; mainly Indian and Western. I don’t really cook Malay cuisines that much anymore, even though I used to love them a lot. These days my big daughter is in the kitchen too; she loves baking cakes, desserts and making her very own home-made ice-creams. I’m not one for sweet dishes much, I wasn’t raised that way. We tend to focus solely on the main meal usually! But my hubby has a sweet tooth, just like the majority of the British people. So I guess it’s good that his big daughter loves preparing the last course! Okay folks, I have to end my chattering here. Hope to see you again in March, all being well! In the meantime, I shall be patient as I hang on to the last few days of February with this quote:

No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn. Hal Borland

my big daughter, loves her books (like the rest) and preparing sweet treats!

my big daughter, loves her books (like the rest) and preparing sweet treats!

feb food

my curry spice pot, lamb bhuna; my big daughter’s butterfly cupcakes, raspberry tart