Best waffles ever

I wanted to take a photo as soon as the plate came to my table but instead I indulged.

There’s a cafe in the building opposite the one I live in called Circle Cafe, I never noticed it much. Two weekends ago I went there to have breakfast, on the weekends they do all you can eat breakfast, very decently priced and it’s not a buffet but rather breakfast made as and when you order it.

It was crowded first time I went and because it was just me, I ended up sharing a table with another group of people. On the table I saw a lady order waffles and the way she ate it made my curiosity spike up so when I was done with having my plate of eggs and pancakes, I ordered the waffles. Best. Decision. Ever. I felt my eyes widen and pupils dilate as soon as I took the first bite. Since that day, I just can’t seem to get enough.

This weekend, I’ve been a little under the weather. At first I thought I had the Coronavirus (don’t you just despise the paranoia the media inflicts sometimes?) so cried a bit but then got over it and had the waffles for lunch and basically I’ve now had it for three consecutive days. #noregrets #noimnotobsessed.

These waffles are rich, decadent with the perfect combination of having a slight crunch when you bite it with a soft middle. It’s got caramelised bananas, caramel syrup, maple syrup with Greek yoghurt and pecans on top. YUM

They’re called Elvis Waffles, curious name. I know Elvis loved bananas, peanut butter and booze… this only contains one of the ingredients he loved. Not that I’m complaining, just a curious choice of name for it. However, just as I have phases when I’m hooked on Elvis music, currently I’m hooked on Elvis waffles.

Stay curious, my loves. Xx

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Notes of the morning

Journeying my way through the mall every morning has become almost therapeutic. I love that I get to see the mall at its quietest in the mornings, before the shops have opened and arguably at its loudest in the evenings. I love how the tourists pop in around the time I make my way to the metro, all dressed up ready to explore this concrete jungle that is currently my home, until I move to the next place.

The weather has been delightful, cold and crisp in the mornings. The morning air is beautifully refreshing and it’s probably the first time in the UAE I’m enjoying every moment of it before the heat seeps in. We don’t get many “cold” days but the days we do get, having lived here most of my life, I don’t think I’ve ever savoured it as much as I am this year. There isn’t really a walking culture here, to get around, you need a car. Driving makes you miss out on the good weather and positive effects it can have on you. It’s one of the reasons I miss London and look forward to moving back.

One thing I’ve definitely noticed is that people are always on the rush or on their phones. There’s no interaction and God forbid there be any eye contact. They say a silent retreat is challenging because you can’t speak or communicate with anyone, not even with your eyes. Ironically it will probably be more challenging for those that are fixed on their phones not interacting with “real” humans around them than the ones that aren’t glued to their phones all the time. It’s a bit sad that no one makes eye contact anymore. Makes me curious why some people fear the zombie apocalypse, it’s already here and we’re surviving.

Stay curious, my loves. X

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Sometimes it’s best to do nothing at all.

I consider myself to be a problem solver. I don’t like to dwell on things without taking some sort of action. I’m quite decisive so I usually know what I want, when I want it and I strive to acquire it.

Lately I’ve been curious about the outcome of letting go of control and to just be, simply me. There’s peace in that, there’s a bit of selfishness in that and ultimately it’s about trusting the process and more importantly trusting the resistance.

To trust the process is trusting that whatever is happening in your life right now will amount to some form of greatness and being positive about that very outcome. If I have learnt anything by my endless hours of reading about the “law of attraction” and wrapping my head around how it works, is this: want something enough, sit with the feeling of joy you would feel as if you already have it and think about it as long as it brings you that feeling of joy and then. Let. It. Go. Easier said than done, without a doubt, and the reason why we must let it go is because the more you think about not having something the longer you’ll probably not have it.

Let’s look at it in another way, have you ever really wanted something in the moment and then thought “meh, oh well, if it’s meant to be, it will” only to then, sometime later to have that very thing? I have. Sometime ago I went to an open day at UCL for a random event and as I stepped into the quad to go to the hall the event was being held, I thought to myself “I would love to study here” and then after the event, I just didn’t think about it again for maybe a year or so. When it came time to apply for my masters, I wasn’t even sure I wanted to do a masters and the only place I applied to was UCL and I got an unconditional offer to start on the programme I applied for starting that September. Every time I would walk across that quad I would think of that first night when I had thought to myself “this is where I want to be” and there I was. It’s only now, about 7 years later that I have come to realise that you must really, trust the process.

I’ve gone off on a tangent and so will talk about trusting the resistance at another time, mostly because I’ve only heard about the concept yesterday and I feel the need to sit with it a little longer before I can share my thoughts on it.

So, do nothing? That falls within the sphere of trusting the process too (and trusting the resistance too I guess), sometimes it’s very discouraging to keep trying to do something and going nowhere or even reacting immediately to a situation which at the time seems like a big deal because emotions are flared. However, things aren’t always as big a deal as they may seem at the time. I’ve been blessed with having a bit of a poker face and my first instinct in situations where everything is a bit much for me, I take a step back and I don’t react. Much like when I’m on a roller coaster (which is super rare, I’m not an adrenaline junky) I don’t scream. Something inside me shuts off and a lot of the times I’m unable to react rather than it being a conscious decision not to. Therefore, it’s important to do nothing sometimes. In that action of no action, you sit with yourself, with your thoughts and may even come up with a solution that is well thought out as you have had time to examine the facts and situation better.

This year has flown by and I’ve learnt to trust myself, to be patient, to be grateful for what I have and who I’m becoming. I’ve learnt to be kind to myself to such an extent that I check in with myself as I would for anyone I love. I’ve learnt to depend on myself for emotional comfort and support. It’s been the most liberating journey, so I say 2019 has flown by but so much has happened that now it doesn’t seem to have gone by that quickly at all.

For the remainder of the year, I’m going to sit back, put my feet up, admire my shoes, let go and watch how brilliantly life can unfold.

Stay curious, my loves. xxx

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I hope…

It’s been a while since I’ve been back and I guess a lot has happened and at the same time not much has happened.

To summarise, I went to Greece, Turkey (will post about my adventures soon) and I quit my job. Safe to say things are quite unstable, I have a plan because I can’t live my life willy nilly, however everyday I have a mini panic attack. I don’t know where things are going and hoping for the best is in my DNA even if things seem “all doom and gloom”. I have learnt that things are never as bad as they seem, in hindsight.

The inspiration for this post came from an aspect of my personality – hope (duh!). Not only do I just hope for the best but I think it is important to do everything possible in one’s control to turn that hope into a reality. However, this post isn’t just about my ambitions or goals in life but more of a general hope for the world.

Sometimes we get so intertwined with our own problems we forget the bigger picture. This post is my way of taking a step back and looking at the bigger picture. There is so much suffering and injustice in the world so I would like to send my positive vibes, for whatever it’s worth in the hope that maybe one day I am able to make some good difference in the world and leave a legacy behind.

So here goes:

I hope that whatever you are going through, know that nothing is forever and this too shall pass. I hope that you are not too hard on yourself, we tend to be our own worst critic. Let’s mix it up and I hope you become your own number one fan, it won’t make you a narcissist. I hope that you find your true calling and I hope that it makes you love your life. I hope that you are loved and that love makes you kinder. I hope your kindness spreads and infects everyone.

I hope you have the courage to walk away from anything that doesn’t serve you, the unknown is scary but sometimes it is important to make a bold move and deal with the consequences later. I hope that you have faith that things will all work out for the best. They say ghat belief alone get you half way there.

I hope world education becomes a reality and that everyone gets educated as easily as they can breathe. The ones that have trouble breathing, I hope that you have access to the right medical treatments so you can enjoy life the way it is meant to be lived, one breath at a time.

I hope that you find the love that you have been waiting for, someone who is whole and someone who compliments you in every way. The kind of love that makes you want to be a better person. The kind of love that when you are around him/her, you’re home. The kind of love that cherishes your soul the way you deserve to be cherished. The kind of love that supports you and always only lifts you higher. The kind of love that will make you excited to wake up the next morning and find them next to you. The kind of love that you fall in love with everyday. The kind of love you want to have when you’re in heaven after having spent a life time together. I hope this for you and more.

Lastly, I hope that you have a wonderful day, leaving the worries of yesteryears behind you. It’s a new day, cherish it, love it and most importantly… live it.

Stay curious, my loves. X

Selectively Curious©

Ramadan Kareem

I was born a Muslim.

I say “was born” rather than “I am muslim” because now I choose to be one, even though my faith has taken it’s fair share of hits, especially with the way the news portrays the religion.  I have lead a pretty sheltered life, up until university, I could say that I was a devout Muslim, not that I have done anything that is against my religion to date, however, my devoutness has gone up and down, much like a roller coaster. When I went to university, I did some exploring, as most people would do. I read up on other religions, not because I didn’t believe what my religion taught but I suppose to better understand my own. I wanted to understand other people’s religion to better understand the way people think and to make sense of it all. It’s a daily mission, I suppose, it’s not easy to just follow a religion, without understanding it 100%. It opened my mind up as I have tried to look at things from various other perspectives. We live in such a diverse world and it really does amaze me. I have been fortunate enough to know and encounter people who are very different than me, in everyway and it’s a privilege to call some of those people my friend.

Having said that, I’d like to emphasize my belief in God has been unaltered. It’s hard to explain it but my faith in Him has never changed. However, it is my belief in some of the stories of the teachings, which I find myself questioning and yet simultaneously, I am in awe of what the Qur’an has said. I won’t get into the details of it as the purpose of this post is to talk about one aspect of my religion, which is Ramadan.

It is the month where most Muslims fast in the name of the religion, to better themselves. It is a test for our patience, endurance and I suppose most of all, how grateful we ought to be that we are fortunate enough to break our fast at the end of the day with wonderful food. It teaches me to be generous and it is truly a month of giving. The reason for it to be a whole month, in my opinion, is because as popular theory also suggests, it takes 21 days to form a habit (though there are other studies that say 66 days). If we practice kind acts, after 21 days, surely kindness becomes a habit? This month we are meant to reflect (as the featured image shows, I suppose that’s what a person who is reflecting on life would look like?) and think about the bigger picture, to practice generosity, kindness, goodness and spread such acts of kindness. If people did follow this wholeheartedly, I do believe we would be living in a better world as I believe that kindness is contagious. Overall, at the end of the month, can’t speak for anyone else,  I feel that my soul is lighter, in terms of spiritually. I let go of petty things and there’s a lot about my faith that is reinforced, which has dimmed throughout the year, as a result of busy schedules.

As Michael Jackson said, “If You Wanna Make The World A Better Place Take A Look At Yourself, And Then Make A Change”

Ramadan Kareem everyone, may God bestow his blessings and mercy upon us all and may we all be better and try to make this world better, one person at a time. 🙂

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Greek is difficult

Today was a relatively free day at work and didn’t have any emails coming in so I decided to start learning Greek, because well, why not?

I love languages and the culture behind each language. I feel the best way to really understand another’s culture is to immerse yourself into their language, their arts, their cuisines and so on. I have a problem with starting too many things and not really finishing anything, I feel sometimes my life is like a taster appetiser, where I try a lot of things but don’t really commit to a main dish. Maybe it’s because my passion tends to fade as quickly as it builds up.

Until today, I didn’t know that Greek was not a latin language, it’s hellenic and Greek is the only language that is hellenic. Their alphabets are quite confusing, I’ve spent a good two hours today trying to read the words, simple words and haven’t gotten around to reading it, yet. I’m ok at languages, I guess it helps that I speak two languages fluently and a few others, though I cannot speak it, my understanding capabilities is pretty ok.

I usually use the app duolingo, I’ve used it for Spanish and French, but I have some background in Spanish (which isn’t a difficult language to learn in my opinion, nor pronounce) and French so maybe that’s why touching up in these two languages isn’t difficult and it’s quite fun. Greek on the other hand, maybe I need more than just a basic app to help me read the language and better understand it. I don’t even understand the audio, when the lady pronounces the word for me to repeat it. It’s quite bizarre.

However, I am determined and within a month, I will speak basic greek. I think I will use the down time I have at work at the moment to my advantage and also touch up on my spanish, french and arabic, because I just want to. Let’s see how I progress. 🙂

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Are you too hard on yourself?

Yes! 

I like to please people and I like to be liked and yet I also do what I like. I’m a people pleaser but not a carpet, so to speak. The inspiration for today’s post stems from a few things, such as my job, my friends and the way that I am. 

Today at work I was given a task, which I didn’t do incorrectly but it wasn’t as it was expected to be done and it upset my supervisor. My mistake, in hindsight, is poor time management. I was given another task by a partner which was just as urgent and I should have communicated that with my direct supervisor. The problem is that I really wanted to complete the task myself. I ended up taking too long to turn it around, because of the second task and then the work product I delivered wasn’t great. I feel just awful about it and there isn’t anything I can do fix that. Ugh, tomorrow should be a better day! #needaholiday 

Now the friend issue, it’s most inconvenient. I have learnt to not trust too easily so I chose not to share something with her. I have since shared the information and she got upset about it because I didn’t tell her sooner, she now has her guard up and won’t speak to me as before. I understand her point of view but I’m not sure how to convince her that it isn’t personal and I don’t share everything with everyone, it’s just the way that I am. 

Quite a dilemma, it seems. I’m curious to see how tomorrow will turn out. 

You maybe curious the connection of the featured photo to this post. Well, I like rainbows and in days where I’m disappointed, I love how the simplest things such as a rainbow shining in darkness, makes me feel like everything is going to be ok. 🙂 

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