I am so inspired by this video. As for what I fantasise about: Writing again (fictional, non-fictional defence pieces, researching) Exercising regularly (a regular fitness or walking schedule)

Black Lives Matter

Nathan Zed is one of my favourite YouTubers for his comedic skits, and not least for this balanced response to the Black Lives Matter movement. He mirrors my own thoughts: I hope this stays a trend with long-lasting impacts, rather than a fleeting spurt of FOMO. There is an upsurge of people who I have…

Reviving my love for instax. I downloaded a new app that turns my images into watercolour and I finally understood what was missing from my previous attempts.

Eid Mubarak

It’s Eid! I don’t know how the month passed so quickly. But all I know is that it’s the fastest-moving Ramadan I ever experienced. Without coursework and deadlines, I was able to comfortable adapt my routine around my super-flexible part-time job instead. And there’s so much comfort in working in limited hours — whereas for…

Day 2 & 3

Oh dear, I am already behind on this journalling commitment :’) It’s okay; I’ll conflate Days 2 and 3 in this post. I don’t think I have enough fingers on my hand to count the times of Allah’s mercy, but I think the most recent example is my Honours year. Most of the  distinctions/high distinctions awarded…

Day 01

In a Nouman Ali Khan lecture, I listened to the suggestion that the most accurate translation is: With every difficulty, there is ease. The nuance is that sometimes the difficulty itself is the ease; we just lack the wisdom or understanding of alternative timelines to truly appreciate this. My family had moved wherever my dad’s…

Ramadan Mubarak (And Commitment to Journalling)

Alhumdulilah, I have lived to the beginning of another Ramadan. For this month, I have a few goals in mind including: Commitment to no music for the month. Wow, this is going to be hard. Commitment to sugar reduction and management of iftaar and sehri. I want to try and make this month entirely one…

Goodbye March, Hello April

I haven’t done monthly reflections on this blog since, well, my high school years. But what better time to return to the cathartic world of blogging than amidst self-isolation? DREAMING ABOUT:  I sent a structure for a short story to my best friend for potential entry into the SLQ Young Writers Comp, and her support…

somebody else // the 1975

Officially one of my favourite videos. Everything about her is naturally cosy and extraordinary — her incredible voice, her little dance moves, the casual manner in which she cooks (and drops lol) her food. I thought at first this video was her cooking to the original song, but this has been the best turnout of…

Quarantined

It has not escaped my attention that it is 1:45 am and I am sad reacting to this meme. I think everyone’s lives have changed in the last month. The pandemic declaration of the COVID-19 has sprung anxiety, tension and uncertainty into the nation. It started as something far away in China, but now feels…

Hello 2020!

My happy DIY project involved: Buying a kikki-k diary at a discounted price; Printing a beautiful picture at Officeworks by virtue of Unsplash; and Covering it with a discounted book cover. This was the result!