Tuesday, April 2, 2013

A plea.

So I came back to Male' for hols and met up with some of my YLP friends. The meeting went great except for this one discussion which shocked me utterly.
It started with the discussion about 15 year old girl who was flogged recently in Maldives. It went on to a horrifying story about how one of my friends was labelled as an infidel just for standing up for this girl in her Islam class... on to how a single father refused to shower his own baby and how some people pointedly keep posting stuff encouraging such things on fb. Today  my 6 year old cousin comes home from school and tells me to stop talking. I ask her why and she replies, "My teacher said naraka (hell) would have mostly women, because women talk too much nonsense. You shouldn't talk too much I'm scared you might go to hell." Seriously, from a SIX year old, I swear!

So respected teachers,  leaders,  politicians, dear parents... Before our kids are scarred for life, before they grow on to be women without courage or bravery  and men incapable of humility or humanity, before our society goes on to be worse than it is today.. Please, stop.

Stop telling little kids that women would go to hell if they talk.  Stop creating a monstrous image of people from other religions in their head, our religion tells us to respect them too. And please, for the love of god stop telling them to not laugh and not have fun, they are kids.. laughing and having fun is what they are supposed to do. Please stop calling people (your students included!) infidels, you do not have the right. Please stop creating fear, hatred and jealousy. We adults have enough of it already, those kids might be the only hope for this country. 

To you is your Religion and to me is mine. (Qur'an 109:06)
Don't judge others, just make sure you are a good person yourself. Live and let live. 

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Random 100 questions tag!

1:Do you sleep with your closet doors open or closed?
Yes. Not only sleep, I just can't even stay in my room without closing the doors. All the doors.

2:Do you take the shampoos and conditioner bottles from hotel?
No and I always use my own shampoo/conditioner, but I do take the shower caps because they are always packed and are great for travelling!

3:Do you sleep with your sheets tucked in or out?
Top sheet tucked out, other tucked in. I need my feet to be free :P

4:Have you ever stolen a street sign before?

5:Do you like to use post-it notes?
Yes, love them!!!

6:Do you cut out coupons but then never use them?
No I don't like filling out coupons :l My dad loves them,so even if I get any he uses them (y)

7:Would you rather be attacked by a big bear or a swarm of a bees?
 big bear it is  :|

8:Do you have freckles?

9:Do you always smile for pictures?
Yes, most of the time.

10:What is your biggest pet peeve?
I dont know what the biggest one is, but this could turn out to be a VERY long list! Includes a variety of things starting from religious extremists who make hypocritical comments to cutesy intentional misspellings (” kwl", "gr8" "bby"), using the word "gay" to mean "lame", people who will write something borderline mean, but then follow it up with a smiley face :), and many more.

11:Do you ever count your steps when you walk?
No, but I sometimes try to sync with the other person when I'm walking with someone. I tried with my boyfriend, turns out he takes much MUCH bigger steps than me so I have to take like a hundred smaller steps of mine to keep up, so it never works. Meh.

12:Someone you've known from childhood, who would surely make it to your bridesmaids list?
My cousin sisters Noorie, Dish, Itthu. I'm always thankful for having these crazies to brighten up my days no matter what.

13:What is your favorite childhood memory??
Shopping with my mom...just the two of us. We havent done that in a VERY long time and I would love to. I especially remember the "exam" shopping when she would buy me this pretty barbie stationary set right before every term test, if I studied well. I looked forward to it every term.  

14:Do you ever dance even if there's no music playing?
Hahah, YESSS.

15:Do you chew your pens and pencils?
No :l

16:Have you ever cheated on someone before?
No, and I couldn't imagine doing it. Not even a little something that could be counted as cheating. I couldn't live with that kind of guilt.

17:What is your 'dream wedding' ?
That could be a very long answer but I'll make it very very short. It's the big white wedding all little girls dream about. :P 

18:What song have you played most this week?
Skid row, I remember you.

19:Is it okay for guys to wear pink?
Yes, perfectly alright!

20:Do you still watch cartoons?
Yeah, I love Phineas & Ferb, Tom & Jerry (never gets old), Powerpuff girls, Barbie, Spongebob and a lot of other stuff.

21:Whats your least favorite movie?
can't think of any, but I'm a chick-flick kind of person and do not care much for action-based movies.

22:Where would you bury hidden treasure if you had some?
I will probably lose it too, I'm not very good at hiding stuff.

23:What do you drink with dinner?
Anything choclatey.

24:What do you dip a chicken nugget in?
Tartar sauce, YUM.

25:What is your favorite food?
I dont know, nothing in particular. I love food, all kinds of food :| I'm also chocoholic. 

26:What movies could you watch over and over and still love?
All chick-flicks :P

27:Last person who hugged you?

28:Were you ever a boy/girl scout?
Yes, girl guides count right?

29:Would you ever strip or pose nude in a magazine?
No, I don't think so.

30:When was the last time you wrote a letter to someone on paper?
A lot of letters, for my boyfriend. I never got to send them. Sad.

31:Can you change the oil on a car?
How about no

32:Have you ever been arrested?

33:What do you get scared of, the most?
Lots of things, I'm actually considering therapy, maybe after I start a job. The dark, thunder, ghosts (I KNOW!), and a recent addition: buglers! 
And these fears aren't normal fear-fears. :| I cant do normal everyday things and it's getting very annoying. 

34:Favorite kind of sandwich?
cheese sandwiches

35:Best thing to eat for breakfast?

36:What is your usual bedtime?
varies.. morning 4 these days :P

37:Are you lazy?

38:If you could go on a dream shopping trip, where would it be?

39:What is your zodiac sign?
I'm a virgo ^_^


What’s the cheesiest compliment that you have ever received, by a girl or a guy?

You are "charmingly" fabulous.
I'm serious, a guy actually said that! I'm not sure how that works but then again, he is well-known to have a weird vocabulary.
41:Do you have any online newsletter subscriptions?
Yes. A few include Vera Wang, Martha Steward Weddings and Harpers Bazaar.

What is the one thing you assume people find annoying about you?
Well I can't say for sure but I really am a lot to handle and I know it. Starting from the worst and silliest insecurities to things like being too fussy. 
The people in my life must love me A LOTt to tolerate all those things I am and I can't thank them enough for doing so :P

43:Are you stubborn?
Yes, prolly another annoying thing. Lol

44:Who is better...Leno or Letterman?
Ellen Degeneres :|

45:Ever watch soap operas?
Yeah. and TV series too. 

46:Are you afraid of heights?
Maybe a little? I'm not sure, Ill have to check sometime :| 

47:Do you sing in the car?

48:Do you sing in the shower?
Oh, a lot!

49:Do you dance in the shower?
Not so much now, after a bad experience when I fell in the bathtub and my mom had to come in and take me out. It was a little embarrassing. 

50:Ever used a gun?
Water gun, yes. Gun-gun, no.

51:Last time you got a portrait taken by a photographer?
For my last birthday, in August 2012

52:Do you think musicals are cheesy?
Absolutely not! I love musicals.

53: Do you plan on having a kid?
Some day, yes of course, 
I like to not think about the "having" part and focus more on the dressing them up part :|

54:Do you like Indian food?
Yes. Like I said, I'm a "food fan". I love Indian food, especially tandoori chicken and their tea.

55:Favorite type of fruit pie?
not sure if it could be considered as "fruit pie" but I love Lemon Meringue Pie. The best lemon meringue pie I've has was this one my aunt made for us at a sleepover.

56:Occupations you wanted to be when you were a kid?
Let's see, my first "occupation to be" was barbie. (Traces of this particular dream still remain :P )
And then came, whole lots of other dreams like a pilot, policeman (crazy phases), model, fashion designer, even doctor!
Through this all the one thing that never changed was, cabin crew! I would still LOVE to work as an air hostess in a good airline.

57:Do you believe in ghosts?
Yes, especially when I'm alone. lol

58:Ever have a Deja-vu feeling?
Yes, a lot.

59:Take a vitamin daily?
Not now, I used to when I lived with my mom. Oh and hated them.

60:Wear slippers?
Yes! I love slippers especially those really cute, fuzzy ones.

61:Wear a bath robe?

62:What do you wear to bed?
Depends. PJs, nighties, you know.. stuff all the normal people wear O_O

63:First concert?
My own concert in kindergarten, I think.

64:What household chore would you despise the most?
Laundry! Not the folding and ironing part, just the washing part.

65:Nike or Adidas?

66:Cheetos Or Fritos?

67:Peanuts or Sunflower seeds?
Peanuts! (Even though I'm allergic)

68:Ever hear of the group Tres Bien?

69:Ever take dance lessons?
YES.  last one would be cha cha classes. such fun! 

70:Is there a profession you picture your future spouse doing?
Not really. 

71:Can you curl your tongue?
I think so.

72:Ever won a spelling bee?
Ooooh yes!!.

73:Have you ever cried because you were so happy?
yes :')

74:Own any record albums?

75:Own a record player?

76:Random little thing you plan to use in the long run?
Well off the top of my head..scented candles :P

77:Ever been in love?

78:Who would you like to see in concert?
Adele, Coldplay

79:Tea or coffee?

80:Hot tea or cold tea?
Hot tea!

81: Chicken, pork or beef?

82:Sugar or snickerdoodles?

83:Can you swim well?
No :(

84:Can you hold your breath without holding your nose?
No I panic.

85:Are you patient?

86:DJ or band, at a wedding?
Band of course.

87:Ever won a contest?
Yes, lots in primary school.

88:Ever have plastic surgery?
No I'm quite happy with how I look :P

89:Which are better black or green olives?
Hate them both

90:Can you knit or crochet?
No, but I want to learn sometime.

91:Best room for a fireplace?
Sitting room

92:Do you want to get married?
Yes, to the point it gets creepy,

93:If married, how long have you been married?
Not married.

94:Are you romantic??
A hopeless, hopeless romantic!

95:Do you cry and throw a fit until you get your own way?
No!! Nevner!! Maybe a little.. sometimes :| Just a teeeeeeeny tantrum. I repeat, teeny.

96:Do you have kids?

97: What makes a really bad a little bit better?
Talking to Nashwan helps almost always. Other than that, a kind word, a hug, depression food, any nice gesture! oh and SHOPPING!!

98:Whats your favorite color?

99:Do you miss anyone right now?
A lot.

100. Crowds or small groups?

Crowds, definitely. 

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Before the rains..

I wish you could see
The place where I was free
I wish you could see
Me when I was happy
I think you would have liked me

I wish you could live
The times I wasn't as pensive
I wish you could live
The day I had nothing to forgive
I think you would have liked me

I wish you had known me,
Before life drained me,
I wish I had known you,
Before I lost faith in people.
You would have liked me.

I wish you could have laughed
With me, till the day faded
Seen how carefree I was
Before darkness took over
You would have liked me

I wish you could have heard,
The music in my heart,
Felt the way I loved,
Before it was wrenched out of me
I think would have liked me

I wish you could know that girl
Who was once brave and beautiful
That girl who didn't know of malice or jealousy
Or pain, evil or life's cruelty
I think, that girl would have blown you away.

I wish she could have known you,
Seen the love in your eyes,
The kindness in your heart,
And the hope in your smile
I know she'd have fallen in love with you a million times over.

I wish you could understand
When people fail you so much,
When life disappoints you to no end,
How it could break a heart beyond repair.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Happy day, happy thoughts!

Today is one of those few days I felt truly like my usual happy, crazy self since moving here. Ramazan is over and today is eid so we went to galle face to have fun. I flew kites with the kids and it was sooooo much fun. After that we rested on the beach and had delicious cornetto. There were beautiful breezes and there were birds and colorful kites in the sky. As I sat there on the beach and watched the kids play, and the adults trying to feel comfortable on those blankets while they ate.. I felt thankful for being there.

I do not have the perfect everything. It might seem perfect but no, my life is not perfect. There are tough times and happy days like today. I don't have even half of everything I want.

But I realize that it could have been worse. I dont have everything but the little things I have make me so happy. Like nail polish and pretty hair bows. My family might not be the perfect family, but dad sent me chocolates and they make me happy. My aunts, uncles and cousins are soooo crazy that they make me scream sometimes but they are fun and they love me a lot. And above all, I'm with an amazing person and he makes me the happiest. Sooo... LOTS of things to be thankful for.

Here is a million silent thanks heavenwards.

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