There’s light at the beginning of the tunnel (100happydays-day16) 

Isn’t that a nice thought?

I’ve never heard anyone say that there’s light in the beginning of the tunnel. As many of you are aware, the saying goes “there’s light at the end of the tunnel”It helps people hold on to whatever strength or patience they have left, just hold on for one more day (things will go your way, hold on for one more day) since there is light at the end of the tunnel.

Whilst driving home (I love driving, but I’m getting ahead of myself, please read below) I saw this tunnel, I pass by it everyday but I never really looked at until today and since it’s quite late here, I had the whole road to myself (what blissful joy!), driving at 15km/hr, really taking my time, I take this photo. It’s probably the most inviting tunnel anyone has ever seen, it’s not dark at all. How lovely 🙂

So, driving, well that’s a love affair that goes back about 7 years now (wow, psychologists say that if a relationship lasts more than 7 years, it will last a lifetime, that’s promising :D). We go way back. Anyway all silliness aside, I love driving, it’s my favourite thing to do.It’s relaxing, just the road, my car, my music and I. This past year, since I go back and forth from Abu Dhabi to Dubai every weekend, thank God I love driving, otherwise that drive alone would take so much out of me.

Something I haven’t mentioned about me, I’m very emotional as a person, but I don’t get angry. It’s quite odd and when I do get angry I don’t actually know what to do with my anger, so I either cry it out, however I really do not like crying. Recently, I have discovered the most perfect outlet for my anger. I get inside my car, put my music on and sing at the top my lungs. It’s the best form of release. 🙂

That’s all for tonight, folks. Good night, sleep well, tomorrow awaits another wonderful day, filled with possibilities. 😀 x

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Scotland (100happydays – day 15)

Just got home from work, it’s been a wonderfully long day.Today’s post will be short but sweet (maybe?).

The featured photo is a photo I took when were on our way to Inveraray from Edinburgh and it’s one of my favourites. I love how there’s a lake in the photo and it almost looks valleyesque (yes, I’m aware that is not a word but it’s so perfect for the sentence so maybe one day the Oxford Dictionary will determine it to be a word). I love nature and I love being in nature, especially in England (mostly because it doesn’t have dangerous looking creepy crawlies). Looking at this photo is nostalgic and takes me back to when I was there. I can almost feel the cold air as I inhale. I do miss it.

Here are a couple of photos of Inveraray:

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Oh I’m slightly confused now, my snapchat comment appears to be wrong I think (oops). Oh after double checking, it’s correct (false alarm!). I may be dyslexic, the spelling in the photo is actually wrong (triple checked, third time’s the charm, so many/too many r’s).

Sadly, the castle was closed, but look how beautiful it is 😀

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Scotland always reminds me of the movie “Brave Heart” which of course it should because William Wallace was Scottish. Random fact as the tour guide told us, William Wallace was actually a lowlander rather than a highlander. On the way to Inveraray  the tour guide did point out all the famous landmarks in relation to William Wallace and I thought that was quite cool.

It’s a shame my trip was quite short there and due to the weather we had to make it shorter (my friend was pregnant too) and a lot of the attractions were closed too as a result. On the bright side it gives me an excuse to go back. 🙂

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The mysteries of the sky (100happydays – day14)

Don’t you just love pink skies? Why is it pink?

It’s like candy floss (or cotton n candy as some may call it). It’s delicious.

Scattering is a phenomenon which determine the colour of the sunset (or sunrise). Scattering occurs when the direction of light rays change due to molecules and small particles in the atmosphere. The phenomenon affects the colour of light coming from the sky and the details are determined by the wavelength of the light and the size of the particle.

I kind of regret looking up the answer, sometimes physics ruins the beauty of things.

Out of all the beauty in the world, my favourite part of nature is the sky. It reminds me of a huge canvas and it’s so beautiful to look at, it has the moon, the sun and the stars. It’s a sight which can be be enjoyed by all who can read this blog post. Some nations have mountains, some have seas, some have valleys, some deserts but the beauty of the sky can be admired by everyone and that’s wonderful. Even prisoners have the right to have a window because sky for most is a sign of hope, which is why many look up to the heavens when they pray and it makes people dream.

The featured photo is one of my favourite photos, I couldn’t take my eyes off of the sky that day and I wished that I could pause time so I could stare till my heart’s content.

On a side note, I’ve decided that I will write in my blog earlier in the morning rather than at night as I am currently doing. I think it will have a good difference in my creativity in relation to my writing. Let’s see how things progress.

Whenever I think of the sky, I think of one of my favourite quotes by one of my favourite philosophers (artists, inventors, scientist, he was pretty much an all rounder) Leonardo Da Vinci “When you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with you eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will always long to return.”

Having said that, I am not particularly fond of flying, but being in the sky is actually magnificent and it’s amazing that flying has become so common and it was impossible in the time of Leonardo. “Flight” in his quote was him referring to his flying machine, I’m assuming and it can be applied in other contexts too. For example, once you have tasted high standards, it’s rare for you to lower them. I believe one must always strive to be better, even if it’s difficult. Positivity, perseverance and prayer can really do wonders.

I guess the quote can be looked at, in so many ways. Sky’s the limit.

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Relax, take your time to trust in me and you will find infinity (100happydays day 13)

I love being near the sea.

For some curious reason, every time I look out into the sea, I think of the title of this post and sing the song (by Guru Josh). It’s such a chilled out song, I wouldn’t call it beach music, it’s got a really cool beat though. I’m actually listening to it as I type this. 🙂 Maybe it’s the endless horizon which makes me think of infinity, or the sky above the sea. I’m not entirely sure what it is. It’s probably both.

The featured photo was taken on one of my fishing trips. I love going fishing, even though I do not actually take part in the fishing (animal lover, can’t be responsible to kill anything). I tag along to these trips because I love the serenity I feel when I’m out at sea. The weather is always perfect and it’s excellent for taking photographs. I don’t much believe in star signs, but as a water sign and a pisces I feel the sea and I have a strong bond, that’s inexplainable.

Water is soothing, when I am very upset, all it takes is a shower and I’m back to being my happy self. If I happen to nap after I’ve showered, well, then I’m in a state of euphoria. Pure bliss. I’m sure I am not the only one who feels a certain degree of peace because of water. To quote John. F Kennedy “All of us have in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea — whether it is to sail or to watch it — we are going back from whence we came.” I love that he said “whence we came” old English is so charming. We are tied to the ocean, I do believe that.

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List of things I wonder about (100happydays – Day 12)

Hi all, so I started this blog and I just wanted to talk about what inspired me. 

I’ve been wanting to have a medium to sort my thoughts for while so last year on the 31st of December I decided to create one. The title of my blog was inspired by my cats and my personality trait of being curious. I can safely say that I am curious about everything but I guess everything is an exaggeration because it’s impossible to be curious about everything, hence I am selectively curious.

The following is a list of things I was curious about today:

  • A friend of mine was having some trouble with a guy she is interested in. They’ve already established that they like each other but it doesn’t seem to be going in any direction. I’m curious about what he’s thinking, his behaviour is odd and I’m curious if it’s all just a game to him. Most of all, I’m curious about how it will work out.
  • I’m curious about why places of worship always seem to have the best architecture. In some ways it almost appears to be some sort of propaganda to lure people into a religion. Don’t get me wrong, I have an endless amount of love for good architecture and maybe it’s just coincidence that such places are always beautiful.
  • I strongly believe in “what goes around comes around” and it makes me curious, what if you didn’t go around so you don’t come around? In other words, what if you only do good but you get bad things come your way. Feels like the balance of the universe is flawed and that’s thought provoking
  • I was curious about why some people were a part of my life briefly. There are certain people I was close to and we are no longer on speaking terms. It’s weird when that happens. They say that everything is a learning experience but what if there was no lesson to be learnt, then what’s the point? Pondered on this for sometime, trying to figure out if it’s worth it to reach out to those people and ask how things were, or if it’s better to let thing lay as they are
  • I watched “say yes to the dress” and I was curious about what type of dress I would decide on and

Lastly

  •  I read somewhere that you can be a millionaire in 27 days if you start with $0.01 and double that amount daily. I did the math and I was surprised by the accuracy of the outcome. 🙂

(Featured photo: Google)

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Make the most of it (100happydays -day11)

I saw this sign on the car as I was walking towards my car. It made me smile.

I like the emphasis on life, the sign doesn’t say “Enjoy life” or even “Enjoy your life” which is a more usual sentence in this context. It says “the life” because we’ve all only got the one. Food for thought?

It’s funny how people say life is short when the reality of it is that the act of living your life will be the longest thing you will ever do. I’m sure many of you have been curious about what your purpose is in life. I cannot say for certain but I think mine is to be there for people who need it most. I’m naturally a giver and it gives me joy to spread joy. I guess with time, the purpose will reveal itself. Until then I will explore all options and see how I can make the best use of my time in this world.

Hasta Mañana (aka see yo tomorrow) 🙂

 

 

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Rain in the desert (100happydays – day 10)

I fell asleep before I published this.

Yesterday was a long day and as I did my weekly commute from Dubai to Abu Dhabi, it was raining. Unlike London, rain is welcomed in the desert such as the United Arab Emirates (UAE). It’s considered a blessing as it means that temperatures will drop to about 15 degrees (celcius). Those of you who watch Game of Thrones, I’m sure you are familiar with the wonder of when “winter is coming”, here in the UAE we often wonder the same thing.

Yesterday’s rain has determined winter to have arrived. (huray)

When I first moved to London, I loved rain, however after the first few days of rain my love was changing into something less favourable. I didnt want to get out of bed to go to my classes. I felt my body crave sunlight desperately. Having been in the desert for most of my life, I was used to having 360 days of sun, so I am very much a sunny, warm weather person. It took a lot of getting used to.

Have you ever been curious about why the weather effects our mood?

Since this post is about rain in the desert, I will only explore two types of weather, sunny days and rainy days.

Rain causes you to eat more. Rainy days can cause your serotonin levels to dip, which increases carbohydrate cravings.  It has been scientifically proven and according to Judith Wurtman, former scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and co-author of The Serotonin Power Diet, eating carbohydrates helps people feel better because the carbs immediately increase serotonin levels.That explains why I wanted to have a jacket potato, every single day whilst in London. All day, erryday.

Now for sunlight, the positive effects are, to name a few, people are more optimistic, open to possibilities, helpful and makes people spend more money. Well now, if you’ve been to the middle east, which is filled with fancy cars, fancy buildings, basically endless fanciness (mashaAllah) the last point explains a lot. Lack of cloudy weather and increase in positive mood makes people shop and well in the case of the UAE, build a wonderful nation.

Over the years I have learnt to not be effected by the weather, of course it is much easier to remain a positive person back in the UAE, however even in London the last couple of years I was there, I would embrace the weather, whether good or “bad” because I knew, the sun would shine again. In the words of John Ruskin, who was Irish and I would like to take a moment before I quote him to emphasise how much I like Irish people. They’re so warm at heart and honestly one of the nicest people I have come across. Anyway this is what he said “Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather. We may have bad weather in Ireland, but the sun shines in the hearts of the people and that keeps us all warm.”

(Featured photo: Someone I used to know sent it to me last year)

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