Wednesday, 19 June 2013

The Perfect Weekend Getaway

This weekend, I went on a trip to Lake District with Coventry University Malaysian Society. I had 
such a fun time, I didn't want to go back home. These are a few photographs of the things we did :)

All set to leave for our first outing at Lake District
Everyone is quiet when eating 
Amazing scenery at the park
Hiking! I never realised how much fun hiking is. The view at the top is totally worth it.

We had a picnic on top of a mountain!
An amazing view, wherever we turned (except for the ground because there was sheep poo everywhere)

If you ever want to see the world,  climb to the top of a hill or a mountain. It will make you realise the beauty of Allah's creations, and how small we and are problems are, compared to our surroundings. SubhanAllah...
Beautiful flowers and trees everywhere
Our cottage was right next to a stream. The place we stayed at was very nice and calm.
I love gardens!... but I don't know how to garden :(
Making friends. Kak Sue thinks I'm gedik... which I'm totally not, by the way.
Kak Umi always takes care of me. I wish I could be as kind, hardworking, and as passionate as her.

A classic group photo in front of our beautiful cottage.
This sounds so cliché but we made some great memories. I had fun, so I'm extremely glad that I decided to go on this trip. They make me laugh a lot and I've learnt a few things from them. I hope to get more involved with the society.
President and Ex-President helping to prepare for din-dins, and kak Hannah bossing them around, haha.
Our table looks fantastic. I have never dined like this before!

Unexpected visit to Liverpool, but sadly, we arrived after The Beatles museum closed,  and I did not even have a chance to check out the Tate. Damn... I like Liverpool! It's such a nice place, and seems to have a lot of things. If I were to study or work there, I would be very happy! If not, I will come and visit again, another time!

I've learnt quite a few things from this trip. I've learnt that it's important to mix with different kinds of people with different opinions. Just because we do not agree with some things, does not mean a friendship cannot form from the little similarities that we might have. If we start listening to what the other has to say, even if we do not agree with it, we might learn something new and understand each other better. It's because of our lack of understanding, that we judge...

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

A little preparation never hurt nobody

Last night, I did a short performance with Ahmad for Warwick's TESL "Bring A Dish" Party, and it got me looking back on all my previous performances. Every performance that I've done so far, I've always done something wrong, whether it's with my singing, forgetting the lyrics, or being too nervous to interact with the audience. But I'm actually quite surprised at myself and how much I've achieved. I've gained so much and my confidence has boosted massive amounts. Don't get me wrong, I still get nervous and tend to feel like I'm not good enough at times, but every performance, and every new song written, is an achievement unlocked in my book. And the thing is, I don't feel like stopping. I want to keep going. I feel like God has given me a talent and I don't want to let that go to waste. I finally found something I'm good at.

But one thing that many people fail to understand is that life is about balance. Just because you're good at one thing, it doesn't mean you should put everything into that. This is actually a reminder to myself that I need to try and put a little bit of passion and effort into different things, and keep my options open. Because in life, you'll come across a corridor full of doors and when the time comes for you to choose a door, you want to make sure you have a number of them unlocked before you decide which one you want/need to open. You never know what God will give you in this life. We can plan, but we will never know. So prepare because surely, Allah is the best of planners.

Sunday, 9 June 2013

Feeling vunerable

"Guard your heart, guard your mind, and guard your soul, because shaytaan is always looking for a way in."

Oh, Ya Allah, please help protect me. Help purify my soul. Lead me towards the right path and make it easy for me to know what is good for me, because I want to be good enough for You.

Friday, 7 June 2013

I'm back


Gosh, it's been a while since I've written a blog post. I never realised how much I missed it. It's only been a month or so but a lot has happened. I wouldn't know how and where to re-begin. I guess I should start off with why I've been neglecting this space in the first place...


If you really knew me, you'd know how much I love to write. I don't do it often, but I love it. And it's actually quite strange since I'm a designer yet I've never been able to visually express myself. That's where SoundCloud comes in. Many of my close friends know that I write songs and recently, I've been doing it at a more regular pace. I've found that songwriting is such an amazing, fun, and creative outlet where I can experiment with music and lyrics, but also express how I feel about something. And I guess that's why I completely forgot about this blog: I found an alternative way to talk about what I'm thinking and feeling. I don't know much and I'm not that talented but I enjoy it, nonetheless, and insyaAllah, I hope to improve and get better!

In other news, 

I've just finished my degree, alhamdulillah, and am planning to apply for a Masters in Creative Advertising or Graphic Design. It's so difficult to get enthusiastic about it when all I want to do at the moment is sit and write songs. But I need to remember, that life is about balance and I need to do what I can now to build a supporting foundation/platform for myself, before I can start making my way to where I want to be. Gradually but eventually, insyaAllah.

Okay, that's all I can be bothered to type about, for now. Bye.