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happy spring!

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Yes, it’s been a long while since I last blogged! No apologies this time, I just have to accept the fact that I can’t keep up with blogging as frequently as I’d like to. Never mind, as long as I do pop in every now and then to leave a few words…I guess it’s better than nothing, right? Anyway, this post will be very brief. Just so you know I’m still around. Just been busy (or waiting endlessly for Spring rather!) as we all are these days. But that’s good I suppose, it keeps us occupied and focused. We all want to lead a happy fulfilled life at the end of the day. We all strive towards achieving this goal, we try our best anyway. Sometimes we make it, other times it’s a bit of a struggle. Such is the nature of this life! But we never give up, we keep on going till our last breath!

Well, Spring is finally here where I am. Hurray! What a joy to see the bright yellow daffodils and colourful crocuses everywhere. Along with the cherry and apple blossoms! It certainly lifts my spirits up many levels after a seemingly long miserable winter. Spring brings light and hope. Suddenly the days are longer and the skier is bluer. The birds are all chirping happily all day long. Squirrels come out of hibernation, there’s one that frequent my garden and he’s back scampering everywhere. We’ve started planting seeds for this year’s harvest and floral display, it’s just so lovely to be able to enjoy our garden once again. All in all, let’s just say I’m truly ecstatic at the moment. I look forward to the warmer months to come. So much to do, so much to look forward to, all being well, InshaAllah (God Willing)! In the meantime, I’m sending my happy vibes and love to all, till we meet again soon, take good care!

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cheery daffodils

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colourful crocuses

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cherry blossoms!

Let’s choose a beautiful warm uplifting song this time yeah? 80s simply the best! Till next time, enjoy!!!

winter blessings

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Whoa! A few weeks have gone by! Apologies for the rather long silence. I was hoping to blog fortnightly at least, since once a week seems almost impossible somehow. But looks like I can’t even manage that! I don’t know what it is, but the weather certainly doesn’t help at all. Winter seems endless this time around, I truly miss the sensation of warm bright sunshine on my skin! I know I’m guilty of complaining it’s too hot each time I return to my homeland Malaysia these days. But in reality I don’t really like the cold, my family and I have been down with one bug after another since December. What can I do to hurry Spring along a bit? Winter also makes me a tad miserable than usual, being in darkness most of the time doesn’t help. Can’t wait for the longer days to come again, I miss going out and about in broad daylight. I miss being out in my little garden (there’s not much life out there at the moment)!

Enough whinging, I guess I just have to be patient a little longer. Spring will dawn upon us before I know it, Inshallah. In the meantime I just have to keep busy with running my household as usual! Amongst the highs there’s also the setbacks that we face time and again of course, such is life. But as long as you have your loved ones, there’s nothing you can’t handle really. For me it’s my beloved husband, my dearest mom, both my younger sisters, my newly acquired brother in law (he’s a real gem) and several trusted friends. No matter what, I know they will always be there for me. For that I’m ever so grateful, Alhamdulillah! That’s all one needs at my age really. To know that there’s always a circle of people I can turn to. And my 4 children of course! They often give me headaches (all mothers can relate to this) with their antics but they are also without a doubt my very source of happiness.

I don’t like being miserable, no one does really. I want to count my blessings, not dwell on my misfortunes. I want to cherish those who are there for my little family and I, life is just too short. Sometimes you don’t realise who’s truly there for you until something eventful occurs. That’s when relationships are tested. That’s when people’s true colours emerge. Winter is certainly a time of reflection for me, I could go on and on! But enough rambling for now, I want to focus on being happy. You could say that’s my hope for this New Year. Life’s too short to be anything but happy! So good vibes from now on, I shall keep smiling and relate to those who bring out the best in me. I should take a leaf out of my friend’s book really. An old friend from my boarding school was in England for a visit, felt honoured when she took the trouble to see me! She’s just as sweet and bubbly as she used to be, laughing away at the end of each sentence she utters. I wish I was more like her!

I was struggling a little to find an appropriate title for this post, but finally settled on ‘Winter Blessings’. My old school friend who is terminally ill is in great pain at the moment, but she is still smiling and grateful for each and every day she has left. I should take heed; focus on my blessings and my loved ones, and be grateful for the chance and time to love and be loved. Despite all the suffering, injustice and evil around us, love still makes the world go round. I’m a great believer of true love, why, I travelled thousands of miles looking for it! I don’t settle for anything less. Celebrate love, no matter how small the gesture. Trust me, the outcome is always GREAT.

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Do small things with GREAT LOVE…

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As newlyweds, England 1997

This beautiful song came out in 1996, the year I met my beloved husband in England. I shall never forget how it made me feel. Euphoria! I had the soundtrack from the movie “One Fine Day” blaring away in our racing green car the day after our wedding. This song in particular I played over and over again. I dedicate this to you my dearest sweetheart! Meeting you was fate, becoming your friend was a choice but falling in love with you I had no control over. It was a huge blessing…❤

 

winter blues

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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! ❤

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me by a giant Xmas tree, cold but warm!

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my younger two with The Victorians!

MY CURRENT FAVOURITE, SIMPLY BEAUTIFUL…

 

 

autumn rose

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Beauty is one of the rare things that do not lead to doubt of God.

The fragrance always remains in the hand that gives the rose.

A life with love will have some thorns, but a life without love will have no roses.

Do not watch the petals fall from the rose with sadness, know that, like life, things sometimes must fade, before they can bloom again.

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my red autumn rose

my yellow rose

my yellow autumn rose

my pink rose

my pink autumn rose

fresh hopes

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Simplicity in life is part of faith. —  Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)

There is no greatness where there is not simplicity, goodness, and truth. Leo Tolstoy

Live simply so that others may simply live. — Mahatma Gandhi

Simple pleasures are the last healthy refuge in a complex world. — Oscar Wilde

I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures. — Lao Tzu

I see myself as a child all over again in my adventurous daughter

She was oblivious to the world around her, deep in thought, as she gazed across the waters. The new year 2013 is here, but she has mixed feelings about it. She has a few reasons to be joyful already, all the blogging awards she received recently have certainly perked her up. Along with being featured in the local newspaper back in her homeland (an article expanded from one of her 102 blog posts), that has certainly made the beginning of 2013 a promising one for her. Little rewards to remind her that she’s doing reasonably well in what she loves doing best at the moment, Alhamdulillah. Yes, she has found her feet again in the literary world, the world she once knew but have abandoned for so long. Yet, she can’t help but feel a bit low at the same time. Call her a sensitive soul if you must (a much-needed characteristic in expressing one’s self), but the tragic events towards the end of 2012 have left an impact upon her.

She hopes and prays that 2013 will be a brighter year, with more uplifting news around the globe rather than heart-wrenching ones. But then that’s life; there’s always ups and downs, good and bad, delight and sorrow. The main thing is not to lose hope, to carry on, to do what you must, to stick to what you believe. Her aspirations for this year is to live simply, to be grateful for every little happiness that comes her way, to appreciate everyone and everything around her that lifts her spirits up. Another year older, another year wiser, as she also celebrates her birthday this month. That’s what she wishes for, all being well. Happy New Year 2013 to all; beloved family, relatives, friends, fellow bloggers and blog readers, may you have a fruitful and peaceful year ahead…

A great English voice, for those who might also need a bit of cheering up to kick off the new year!

And you may find somebody kind to help and understand you
Someone who is just like you and needs a gentle hand
To guide them along so maybe I’ll see you there
We can forget all our troubles, forget all our cares…