Journal Entry

*So for some reason I couldn’t publish this article yesterday. Anyway, it has become a #belatedmondaypost~

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I thought of not making anything, but I had the urge to cook and because I was disappointed yesterday at myself, I wanted to prove my family that I am a good cook. So, I decided to make Hara Bhara Kebab and the result was…

It became a little too salty…

Okay, yesterday it was sweet, today it was salty so maybe tomorrow, it will be perfect?

I mean, come on! What’s happening to me?! Why can’t I get the proportions right! I know I’m still learning but gosh, it’s so annoying when the dish you’re preparing with so much thought and care, ends up with criticism or in the dust bin. But, like it wasn’t so bad either. If you just ate it with tomato ketchup, it was pretty good.

Well, I’m trying to console myself by saying that “We learn by our mistakes.” And we really do. Now I know that salt and sugar are pretty tricky things that can either ruin your dish or make them Gordon Ramsay’s dish.

But, let me be clear here…I won’t give up! Not yet, not ever. I don’t want to lose this passion of cooking just because a couple of my dishes turned out bad. I’m trying and I’m confident that someday, I will open my own restaurant and you all will be there to taste my cuisines! YES! AMEN!

Sorry, I know I’m a bit hyped but I don’t know why, all of a sudden, I got possessed with cooking and I’m enjoying every single minute I spend in the kitchen; except washing the dishes…It makes me tired.
But, I’m also glad to say that my family is proud of me for trying. I’m running with the mindset of cooking delicious foods for my future family and husband (which I hope you guys know who I want my husband to be by now…It’s Kim Jongin…No joke…) And I’m already 20 so I at-least got to do this much, right?

Nowadays, outside food is just not tasty anymore. Forget healthy, it just lacks the crave and the umph of it all. I don’t know about you, but I’m done with fast foods and restaurants.

Sister: Hey, do you want to eat wings from KFC?

Me: Heck yeah!

So, where was I? Yeah, no more fast foods and restaurants.

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A Good Week

This week was good for me, because all I got were good news. I am so happy that everything is turning out fine right now. God is always good and I can’t thank him enough.

Although we were in pain, He has finally given us happiness.

Verily, with hardships comes ease.

Quran 94:5

I know that we can’t always have a good life. We live go through so many tests and trials that sometimes we might end up thinking of giving up on our life. But that’s what life is, isn’t it? Life needs to have its ups and downs so that we can understand why we were created in this first place.

We weren’t created for this world. No, we were created to Worship our Lord, so all of these problems are nothing but an obstacle in your final destination which is the Eternal Paradise.

We must leave everything to our Lord. We must put our entire trust in Him and just live without any stresses and tension. We must realize that whatever happens, happens with His Will only. So, why stress over something which is already written in your life?

Just thank God always and see how everyday will turn beautiful and joyful.
I pray that everyone has a good week ahead and please don’t forget that God is always watching. He knows what you’re going through. All you gotta do is pray to Him and everything will work out just fine.

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5 Ways I Can Start Taking Care Of Myself

Nobody’s life is perfect. Everyone is stressed, worried and just trying to live their life as simply as possible. Even though we all smile, we are sad, angry, and just fed up of the burden collecting on our shoulders. Consequently, all of this makes us anxious and greedy and selfish. At least that’s what I think because I know how desperate a human can get to achieve what they want to achieve.

However, I have realized that taking things in this life seriously will do you no good. Whatever happens, happens with the Will of God and I truly believe that God is the Best of the Planners.

So, here are 5 ways I think I can start taking care of myself this year.

  1. Be more Patient. I am a very hasty person. I want things to get done quickly and I think that’s my biggest flaw.
  2. Be more Hopeful. I am also slightly pessimistic. Not to the extent where I might end up committing suicide but sometimes, I get so stressed that I end up thinking that there’s nothing more I can do now.
  3. Work more. I procrastinate a lot and that’s the thing I hate about myself. I know that I have a lot to do but eventually, I end up watching Korean Drama (I’m not addicted to My ID is Gangnam Beauty! Oh my gosh, it’s such an amazing drama!)
  4. Be more Positive. My sister always tells me things like, ‘Faith can move mountains,’ and ‘Where there’s a will, there’s a way.’ and I like to hear those words from her because it certainly gives me more positive vibes and I feel good throughout the day. I don’t know what I would’ve done without her but when she’s married and gone off, I need to remind myself these things every now and then so that I don’t become depressed. (If you leave me be, I get quite depressive at times.)
  5. Listen to my body. I’m very conscious of my body and if I even miss a few extra days of workout, I get really really really stressed about it. So even when I’m not feeling well or have a headache, I still workout and that just leaves my body even more tired. That’s another flaw I have and It’s hard to get rid of but I’m trying now. I don’t want my health to deteriorate and I hope whoever reads this post, will stay healthy as well!

I know it will be hard for me to follow these steps but I’m confident that I can become a better person. I just need some time and I’m good to go.

Are there any different ways you guys take care of yourself?
If yes, then please do let me know! I would love to try your way as well!

Until then,

Peace neighbors,

See you in my next post~

I’M THE WRITER NEXT DOOR!

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If I could go anywhere…

I love travelling as much as I love Hot Chocolate. It makes me happy and gives me so much knowledge about other cultures that it’s definitely mind-blowing.

This year, If I could save up some money to go anywhere, it would undoubtedly be Korea because after getting into K-pop and Kdrama around 4-5 years ago, It became my dream to go there at least once in my life.

Korea is such a beautiful country with such beautiful people. It’s like you’re literally walking among idols (hahah) Their dishes look so delicious and colorful. Their habits and nature and characteristics makes me eager to meet them and to get to know them a little more.

At first, my dream was to go Japan because I was a huge anime fan, but over the years, I stopped watching anime and got more into watching Kdramas and the more I watched, the greater my dream/wish got to go to Korea once and wander around the streets until I’m fully satisfied.

Also, another reason I want to go to Korea is because I love someone deeply and he lives in Korea and I know this sounds unrealistic but chances are, if I go to him then there might be a teeny tiny possibility that we might meet…

Hopefully, a ticket to Korea won’t be that expensive…

Is there any place that you would want to go this year? If yes, then please comment down below because I would love to know! Who knows, we might even end up meeting~

Until then,

Peace neighbors,

See you in my next post~

I’M THE WRITER NEXT DOOR!

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What I Am Most Looking Forward To This Year

So, 2019 is finally here. Time flies so fast doesn’t it? It’s like you never know when the world will end. I’m excited and also worried for this year because last year didn’t go pretty well (not complaining though because life has its ups and downs) but I only pray that this year would go smoothly and that there won’t be any problems whatsoever.

I want to escape from all the stresses, I want my dreams to come true, I want to be selfish and pray for my own happiness because I’m so tired…Of course, I won’t do that because I want my family, friends and those people who are suffering from different issues to be happy too.

I realize that I am asking for too much but you have no idea how strong prayers are. One prayer can change everything. I am a very religious person so all my optiscim comes from my Lord. I can’t thank Him enough for giving me such a good life.

This year, the thing I am looking forward to is my sister’s wedding! She will be getting married this march and I can’t wait for it because after 10/11 months, my family will get together again!! It would be so much fun but It’s also sad because then I won’t be sharing the room with my sister anymore. It will definitely be hard for me but she has to live her own life, right? She can’t always stay with her family.

I also am looking forward for miracles this year. I want to publish a book and I hope it happens this year. I want to do so many things but because of my financial disability, I’m unable to do the things I love the most. I just pray that everything settles itself and that it goes back to how it all used to be four years ago.

I want to travel to places, I want to experience new things and I want to meet my one and only…If God Wills.

So yeah, hopefully, 2019 will be less stressful and more merry for all of us!

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Finally In Dubai!

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Finally, my dreams had come true. I wanted change in my life, and I got it. I love traveling and when Dad said we were going to Dubai, my heart burst out of happiness. I love Dubai, I love it’s culture, it’s delicacies, it’s scenery and its people.
Dubai is a place where I feel the safest. Actually, all of Middle East feels the safest for me, of course, in terms of women.
Anyway, we booked our ticket and just waited for the day to come when I would place my feet on the soft sand of Dubai.
September 26th. 
My flight was on 10:00 am, so I got up at around 5:30, prayed my morning prayer, took a cold shower since it would help kill my sleepiness and ate two slices of brown bread with butter and jam. I took a cab and left for the airport that was just 20 minutes away from my house.
It took an hour for the check-in and the immigration to complete. After that I drank some eye-opening Karak Chai at an Indian stall. By the time I reached my gate, my boarding had already started.
I always choose Emirates because it’s comfortable. It has spacious seats, patient and loving air host and hostess and savory foods. Also, they have got a wide range of latest Movies and T.V shows you can watch on their channel called ICE.
Unfortunately, that long list of movies confuse me every single time. Like there are so many things I want to watch, but so little time! I selected a few, but I couldn’t concentrate on it. Perhaps it wasn’t interesting, or I was too sleepy.
However, in the end, I watched Ferdinand. It was a good movie and it surely made me laugh. There is another half hour left for me to complete though…I don’t know when I’ll do that…
Since it was already around 11, they gave us lunch. I like non-veg, but I didn’t feel like eating chicken curry and rice, so I chose veg. They gave me potato and bring all fry, with rice and dal. On the sides was a lentil salad with tomato and cucumbers. Bread with butter. Mango pickle and for the dessert, there was rasmalai. It’s a saffron cottage cheese dish that’s dipped in with sweet condensed milk. It’s definitely a must try! For the drink, I asked for orange juice but I don’t know if she heard me wrong or if she didn’t have it at that moment, but she gave me apple juice.
Anywho, I like apple juice too so no complains.
When there was just an half hour left for the flight to land, I took a nap because my eyelids were heavy. I usually don’t sleep I the flight if the journey is short, but since I woke up early, I couldn’t help it.
After taking my suitcases, I prayed my afternoon prayer and got out. However, we first needed to rent a car since we are planning to stay in Dubai for quite some time. Unfortunately, we dropped the idea of renting a car from Dubai because it was too expensive. Like the least expensive car for rent was coming around 2000 AED and the most expensive was around 4000 AED.
We couldn’t afford it because we had to pay for the hotel too. So, we took a taxi and went to Sharjah to stay for the night so that dad could rent a car from here, plus, he had some work to take care of as well. But once again, we dropped that idea too because the hotel wasn’t a hotel apartment; like with the kitchen and the washing machine and stuff and it was expensive too.
After pondering for a while, we came to Ajman. We searched for few hotels until we found an affordable one with a nice sea view near the port. From the hotel we are staying now, you can see the ships and the old types city that don’t have tall buildings or anything.
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It’s truly stunning. But from the other window, you can see another city with skyscrapers and sunset.
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After coming to our apartment that’s on the seventeenth floor, me and dad went out again in the heat to bring water bottles and something to eat because we were super hungry and tired!
We both first went to this hyper market that’s just a few blocks away from the hotel and bought water bottles, tea, milk, sugar and washing machine powder. Right opposite the market, there is a tea house. I ate chicken Shawarma because when you come to Dubai, that’s the first thing you need to eat to satisfy your hunger. Mom, dad and my sis ate fried chicken bucket with tea.
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After that, dad went to work and me, mom and sis slept for a while. We didn’t do much until after we prayed our last prayer of the night, I took my mom and sister to a restaurant that was beside the tea house for dinner because dad said he would come home late from work. Since we had to stay in budget, we ate chilly chicken and butter chicken with chapati and thumbs up that refreshed me completely! Ah…the fizz just shot open my eyes. The dinner came around 30 AED for three people.
The food was delicious. After all, it was a Malabar restaurant. There were hard-working people and a fine lady served us. She took care of our needs quite well. We enjoyed our dinner but mom wanted to take some things from the hyper market, so we went there. Again.
We strolled around a little, took some more essential stuff and came back home.
I was exhausted and I wanted to sleep, but I also had to wait for dad to come.
So, until dad arrived, I watched a movie with mom because I didn’t had the energy to even write my blog or my novel.
Nonetheless, I had a good day. I just hope we don’t go back to my hometown soon…
I probably won’t do anything tomorrow so it would just be a waste of time to write about it.
But once I do something interesting, I’ll let you guys know for sure!
Until then,
Peace neighbors,
See you in my next post~
I’M THE WRITER NEXT DOOR! 
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Today I feel…

Happy.

Finally, my prayers, my hoping, my wishing, my dreaming, my longing have been answered.

I feel blessed. I feel content with everything now.

Not many people get what they wish or desire and some get it too easily.

But not many are grateful with what they have, while others complain even though they have everything.

But the joy of getting what you want is quite different, isn’t it?

The hapoiness you feel after hearing some good news or seeing something good happen to you is undescribable.

I like that feeling. I like to smile and I like to feel good.

Well, don’t we all?

I wish these happy moments would keep on coming.

But I have also realized that patience plays a big role in our lives. If we don’t have patience, then we wouldn’t really feel the joy that we thought we would feel.

Patience is connected with contentment. Both have to be equal if you want a taste the sweetness of the thing you have been eagerly waiting for to happen.

I wonder how you’re feeling today?

I hope you’re feeling happy too. This world is large, but hey, we’re living in the same planet aren’t we? We might be strangers, but we’re looking at the same sky and moon, aren’t we?

Why not tell me how you’re feeling today?

If you’re sad then maybe I can be a shoulder for you to cry on.

And if you’re happy then maybe we can share a delicious chocolate cake and party all night!

Just kidding. I don’t party.

 

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Death

Are you afraid of death?

I’m being completely honest here. No, I’m not afraid of death.

If death comes to me right now, I’d happily let it take my soul.

What is there to be afraid of? You’re just going to go to a much better place where there would be no sin, no fear, no hunger, no poverty, no bad things. So why shouldn’t I be happy to die, right?

In this world, we’re just travelers. Just people who are living on rent. Our home is the hereafter. A place filled with light, happiness, limitless provisions and eternity.

I’m prepare for death. It can come anytime. It can come right now before I publish this post.

I’m not afraid of it. Rather, I’d take its hand and let it lead my soul wherever it wants to take me.

You shouldn’t be afraid either. Its just death. Not torture. Its just a passing moment. You’ll feel pain for a few seconds but then its done. The extraction of the soul is done and now, you’re free. All of that pain, anger, torment, stress and depression will be over.

And I tell you, you’ll be glad. Glad to just leave the wordly worries behind that were unimportant and unncessary.

I’m not afraid of death.

Are you?

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One thing to do today

Hello everyone.

I hope you all are having a great day. If not, then I apologize because I know, it sucks. You might be annoyed or angry or just feeling gloomy, but you know what? Its life.

If life doesn’t have any ups and downs, how can you discover new emotions? New things and new opportunities?

Everyday is a good day, its up to us how we handle ourselves and our surroundings.

Its up to you how you can control your anger, how you can forgive others and how you can be patient with the problems you are facing.

Eventually, problems will die. They are not everlasting. But your patience can be.

We are made strong. We can handle anything that comes in our way if we just stay positive and strive to achieve our dreams and our goals.

But to do that, you know what is the one thing you have to do now?

Its to be thankful to yourself, your family, friends, your surroundings and the way you’re living now. So many people wish to have a life like you, but here you are, all healthy and reading my post on your phone or tablet or laptop or whatever…

Be thankful to everything you have or get. Don’t be proud. Don’t be careless, but know the reality of things from everyone’s point of view.

Everyone has bad and good days, but think of all the things you have while others don’t.

Be grateful.

Smile like its your last day.

Thank everyone in your family for being there for you. Thank yourself for being strong and know that this life is temporary.

No point in worrying about small things, okay?

Have patience, pray, and everything will set on its own.

Perhaps, your time of happiness hasn’t come now, but one day—it can be tomorrow or an hour from now or after reading my post—your time will come to shine and to feel glad and to feel as if you’re on seventh heaven!

I hope you guys felt a bit motivated by this post of mine. I just want you all to stay happy, okay? Stay strong and don’t let anything break you down.

Peace neighbors,

See you in my next post~

I’M THE WRITER NEXT DOOR!

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