What Kind of Flower Are You?

When I was reading blogs last week from my Blogging 101 community, I stumbled upon the posts from Karuna where she talked about her journey in the blogosphere. I love the theme of her blog as it centers on the lessons on living, learning, and letting go. Having conscious awareness on the lessons from all our experiences give our inner self the opportunity to grow into a more loving and caring character. “Lessons on lessons” is a direct and concise way of saying it.

Karuna’s post took me to “This Garden is Illegal” blog where they feature What Kind of Flower Are You? Quiz. I’d been liking Hyacinth and Lilies for a long time now, and curious if that confirms it. It has 20 questions which didn’t take a while to finish, and got the result below.

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Look Up – Full Transcript Available

Full Text of the ‘Poem for Online Generation’

Last week, I shared with you the spoken poetry film of Gary Turk that became viral around the web. When I posted that, the youtube video had already about 3 million viewers.

Today as I’m writing this post, I am overwhelmed to see it had gone to about 33.9 million viewers. And now, I’m back with the full text of the poem.

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A Tale of Two Cities (or Ages)

I always love how Charles Dickens opened his novel of A Tale of Two Cities with these lines:

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way…

Our journey offers too many beginnings and endings, obstacles and aids, struggles and thrives, defeats and celebrations. And if we look towards our inner self, we juggle between love and hate, happiness and sorrow, faith and worry, hope and despair among other mixture of emotions.

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Look Up – A Spoken Word Poetry Film For Digital Generation

The National Poetry Month just concluded, and here goes a spoken poetry film that just went viral and still is after the release on 25th April – written, performed and  directed by Gary Turk.

Look Up.

It is a lesson taught to us to stop looking down through our digital screen, and switching-off the display. Instead, we lift our head up and see the surroundings to not miss any chances we can make to interact and communicate to those around us. With social media interaction, it can be the best and worst of times. When too busy looking-down:

We’re a generation of idiots, smartphones and dumb people.

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Liebster Award – Be Connected to Budding Bloggers

liebsterawardI got nominated for the Liebster Award! Thank you so much to lovely Lyra for nominating me! I love the energy and the vibes that her blog is emanating. If you’re looking for new challenges in your writing journey, you should definitely take a look at her blog Lyrallya.

These are the rules:
The Liebster Award is awarded to bloggers with under 200 followers to try to promote their blog a little and also bring together a community of bloggers. The rules of the competition are as follows:

  • The nominated user must provide a link bank to the person who nominated them.
  • Provide 11 facts about yourself.
  • Answer 11 questions set by the person who nominated you.
  • Choose 11 more people and ask them 11 questions.

~~ 11 Facts About Me ~~

  1. I drink coffee (a lot), even before I go to bed. If there’s any herbs on it, like mushroom, spirulina, ginseng, hibiscus, and the like, then it’s the best coffee.
  2. I like photography. I think no need to elaborate that. 😉
  3. I live in a tropical country for my entire life, but had skied on a beginner slope in a snow mountain resort thrice after practicing in the bunny hill once. This was during a company trip to a snowy country.
  4. My taste buds aren’t train to distinguish which dish tastes good or not. As long as it’s edible, I eat them (with some exemptions, though).
  5. I am an introvert.
  6. I like working behind the scenes.
  7. I wander on streets, stroll at the park – watch people in both times.
  8. Poetry is a re-live passion.
  9. I first watched Disney fairy tales and stories when I was already in High School.
  10. The first time I watched movie in cinema was when I was in college.
  11. I always find joy in what I do.

 ~~ 11 Questions from Lyra ~~

1. What is your greatest passion?

If there is one thing that I do that will continue beyond time is servicing to people, especially with children. Volunteering is one of my greatest happiness.

2. What is your favorite color and why?

My most favorite colour is BLUE. It’s the color that reflects in the vastness of sky and ocean. That is simply because blue is a slow-moving wave of light – just as myself. I love slow-moving pace of life. It gives me enough time to contemplate what is happening in every moment. This color also represents confidence, harmony, and faithfulness.

3. Have you ever been in love?

Romantically in love? I never been, and every day, I’ve been praying that moment will come. While patiently waiting for that, I’m loving life every bit of it.

4. How do you deal with difficult moments?

I’m a type of person who don’t dwell on difficulties. I think, I had enough of them when I was growing-up. My perceptions had changed to only look at the god side of things. Everything happens for a reason, and no difficulties we encounter has no resolve. I always take control of my emotions to not be affected of them, and be on a sense of finding solutions. Going on a nature trip, doing meditation and yoga helps to bring me to that sense.

5. What brings you peace?

The sound of the waves

that rushes through the shore.

The patter of raindrops

that dances on the roof.

The breeze of the cold air

that embraces in the morning.

The smell of the fresh flowers

that blossoms in the garden.

6. What is your favorite book?

I can’t say I really have a favorite book, but one of the best book I ever read was Mitch Albom’s “Tuesdays with Morrie.”

7. Do you have something that you’ve owned your entire life?

I don’t think so there’s still a thing that remained until now since my birth (if that’s what this means). Our house where I was born and grew-up for some years had been through thick times – fire, flood, and more flood.

8. What’s your best “birthday” memory?

Back in college, when my Mama wanted me to be at home on summer. I didn’t like going home back then because of the long travel – 12 hours of bus travel. But because seldom she requested it, I went. It was my best ever and the very first memory of birthday celebration. My Mama surprised me with a birthday party. It was the very first time I blew a birthday cake.

9. What’s the most original gift you were ever given?

I can’t remember it anymore, but I received some from Kris-kringles during Christmas.

10. What was your favorite holiday and why?

It’s always the New Year. It’s that time of year that my family is gathering to welcome the next season, my Papa, together with my brothers, are the one cooking, my Mama, together with my sister and I, is preparing the tables, while my nieces and nephews are entertaining relatives who visit.

11. What’s your favorite flower? Why?

Hyacinths. That is because of its mesmerizing fragrance.


~~ My nominations ~~

  1. Of Wishes N Whines
  2. Uninhibited Ladi
  3. Homeschool Tech Help
  4. Drawing with Light
  5. Dream. Wander. Emerge.
  6. Distinctly Denise
  7. Navigated to Blog
  8. A Sweet Bright Thing
  9. Horses Dirt and Motherhood
  10. Hopeful Circus
  11. The Wandering Woman

~~ My Questions ~~

  1. When was the last time you cried?
  2. If you were another person, would you be friends with you? Why?
  3. Would you do bungee jump?
  4. What is your least favorite thing about yourself?
  5. What is the first thing you notice about people?
  6. What is your favorite smells?
  7. Mountain hide-away or beach house – Why?
  8. What is the farthest you have been from home?
  9. Do you have special talent?
  10. Do you use sarcasm alot?
  11. Were you named after anyone?

 


I have received few other nominations for this award. I would like to thank you for the thoughts. I would make a response for them anytime soon. I’m really grateful to Sarah of My Name is Sarah Virginia, and Angie of The Odd Things.

 

Take a Ring of Fire for Spicy Life

Can you imagine a world without salsa? Or tabasco sauce, harissa, sriracha, paprika or chili powder?

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I read that statement in a feature article from Saudi Aramco World magazine, which arrived in our mailbox this morning. Then I paused for a second, and thought about it – Do I really love hot and spicy foods? What would it be like to have no chilis to spice-up our taste buds? I know some friends who really are against anything spicy, no matter how you bribe them with lots of wonderful gifts. They have never dared to, or yet they swear for their entire life not to dare.

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Blended – A Festival of Music – to Serenade Dubai

Blended

blend (blnd) v. blend·ed – To create a harmonious effect

Blended is another Dubai’s music festival to bring harmonious mixture of music styles whether you are a fan of blues, roots, jazz, soul or folk.

This will be a two-day annual live music extravaganza, and will kick-off on Thursday 1st May with Australian musical legend Xavier Rudd. To join Xavier on this first day are Aloe Blacc, who truly bridges the gap between pop music and a folk/soul fusion, and Joss Stone for a headlining set, famed for her gravelly but lustrous vocals.

Day 2 – 2nd May – brings a blend of Jazz and Rock-and-Roll by the most highly anticipated musical pairing of Diana Krall and Elvis Costello. What makes Blended more special for Diana and Elvis? This is the first time ever that they are performing together on stage. For a mix of classic soul and folk, we can listen to Irish-English singer-songwriter and rapper Maverick Sabre, known for his eerie vocals and guitar playing.

Blended is an all seated event with a range of ticket categories to suit all budgets.

Admission: From Dhs350-Dhs1,500.
Date: Thursday May 1 6pm-2am and Friday May 2 4pm-2am.
Venue:  Dubai Media City Amphitheatre
Website: www.blended.ae

Itunes offer a Free Download  of ‘Lift your spirit’ – the title track from Aloe Blacc’s new album. Visit this link for downloading instructions.