Sunday, February 24, 2019

Black! Pink!

Wow ok hi is this thing on? 

I've missed blogging!!!! What have I not blogged???? Not gon' lie, some days I completely forget I have one and that I haven't updated it in ages. As I'm typing, I'm watching my friend's Instalive (she has a show on Awani called 'The Society with Farhana', 10:45pm every Sunday) and waiting for my laundry downstairs. 

This is my life now, guys! To be fair, it's always been my life. I'm not all exciting. My nightlife is... Netflix. And I love it so I'm not complaining but that's not a whole lot of blogging content I have for everyone. 

But hello, hi, how's everyone doing! I've been really good - just really really busy at work. We've just launched a new website and I had to spearhead that one with a lot of help from my boss and we also have a lot of marketing plans to put in place in time for Raya. It's... a lot. I'm coping but... I'm just so tired. I like to be the kind of person who's always on hand when my bosses reach out for work, whether it's at 11pm on a weekday or in the day during the weekend, I like to be... dependable? I think? But anyway. Bottom line is I'm just v tired from work. I wish there was a rest day mid week. But good all around, alhamdulillah. Better being busy than being a veg all day.

Since I last blogged, I have turned 26. Yay! Closer to 30 than to 20 and my mum was like ugh whatever still young. I'm not going to be too hot and bothered by age, it's just inevitable to realise that wow I'm already 26! I still remember my 16th birthday! I had a makan makan at my house because I still love the idea of having friends come over instead of celebrating it elsewhere where most of the time you'd have a 10pm-11pm curfew when the restaurant closes. And at home, you can eat as much as you'd like and be loud as you'd like and play games as you'd like and stay back as long as you'd like. Used to go to so many house parties when I was in high school so kinda wanted to bring it back. Complete with party packs!

Would you believe it? I actually went hiking on the morning of my birthday. Don't know what I signed up for but gotta admit, the hike up was refreshing and surprisingly (haha) very fun. I loved it and can't wait to do more.

I had sent out invitations to everyone and told them that to RSVP, they have to send back a photo of them with a thumbs up. Cute idea because umm cute results.

Got loads of really lovely presents but Tania really went all in and gave me all of my favourite things! The Zara white polka dot blouse that I've mentioned in passing, a copy of High Cut (a Korean editorial print) with Jennie on the cover (!!!), Glossier lipbalm and blush and a ticket to watch BTS' movie concert!!!

Ok a bunch of really random updates/photos:

Have been thinking long and hard about it but I finally did it! After a good 5-6 years, I've coloured my hair again! Colour's calmed down a bit now and I've gotten used to it but I flipping love it. I love my black hair but felt I needed to change things a bit.

Also my forever friend Anis turned 26 just a day after I did. Ugh, can she not copy me!!!! Luh you.

My Galentine dates.

Cousins 4eva. We have a chat room of all the cousins and then these kids have their own also just for themselves haha ok FINE no adults jeez.


Also guys, yesterday I went for my first ever K-Pop concert and omg was I glad that it was Blackpink. Concert tickets are notoriously expensive so if I had to spend money on a K-Pop group, it had to be a favourite one. And Blackpink is BIG favourite. SO SO happy that I decided to just go. Had a blast! Wished I sat nearer to the stage but that's fine! Still danced and sang and screamed so all's good. 

So happy also that I went with Nana! Ever since I started getting in to K-Pop, Nana has always been my go-to. So in Bristol, we bonded because of that and she's become such a good friend to me and I'm so glad that we went for our first kpop concert! I mean, she's been to a bunch already but this is the first together! To many, many more, Nans! To Seoul also maybe this year hahaha


Already March next week, wow. Was looking through holiday photos the other day and all that it's making me do is day dream of the day I become rich enough to leave work for a bit to go travelling. But that just means I have to snap out of that daydream to continue working haha. A bit of a catch 22 situation here.

Sincere wishes that everyone's doing well at work. Think of it as the early hustle you have to put in before everything goes into place. Like you know when in a business podcast, these successful entrepreneurs talk about their first jobs? And they have really interesting stories about it? Yeah, try and make a good story out of yours. Who knows? You'll be on a podcast one day talking about your whole career and how you started small.


Wednesday, January 2, 2019

My 2018 in Photos (by my iPhone)

My January

New Year spent with Marissa at Publika, with our 2018 headband filter.

My babes.

My bestfriend, Anis and I. We have been wanting to go to Dolly Dim Sum since our birthday in 2018... and it's now our birthday month in a brand new year and still no Dolly Dim Sum.

Tanners' birthday dinner at The Social on the 17th.

And for my birthday I asked for Muhibbah, it's one of my favouritest place to eat.

And a big fat dinner with some of my closest friends at Naj & Belle. Can't wait to do the same this year!


My February

Didn't take much photos in February but I did go to London for work. It was a pretty last minute trip and I really didn't I'd be in London. Was there for a week and although admittedly I was dreading the idea of having to travel to London, I immensely enjoyed it and it was just all that I really needed and wanted at the time. It was my first time back since graduating so I was just a touch bit emotional like the whole time I was there. Can't wait to go again. Don't know when but soon hopefully.


My March

We're still waiting for the full performer list for this year's Java Jazz Festival. I think maybe regardless, we'll still make a trip to Jakarta - loved it loads and didn't get to eat much ayam penyet and nasi padang when I was there.

Early birthday present for Mama was a ticket to watch Ola Bola. Cost me a bomb but worth every cent.

When Najihah was back from the States for like, a week. My high school girls.

March is also a month of birthdays for my favourite people - Iman, Pak Tok and Mama. In that order. I have a better snapshot of me hugging Iman with her actually reciprocating the hug but this was cute to not post. Iman will be turning 20 this year masyaAllah how quick we still think she's 12. When I mean 'we', I mean Mama and I. The rest of the family roll their eyes at my over affection for Iman.


My April

Literally have no other photos for the month of April. I do remember it being very busy with work because that was also when we started hustling for the Raya launch. But here's a cute pic of my cute friends and I after dinner. This was in front of KLCC though you can't see jack.


My May

Voted for the first time ever with my siblings! An experience I won't forget. But an inked finger (which lasted way too long) that I will.

My usual kids with Nabil the superstar at one of his plays.

At Jakel shopping for our Raya kain. This is my favourite thing to do - kain shopping. Quite tiring but v fun. Like a tradition now.

And this are the pages of our baju raya over the years. I love how old school this is. My tailor remembers my mum's name but refers to us (Tania and I) by the number of the page we're on hahah

A feast for berbuka! I miss Ramadhan. Sahur not so much.


My June

Started the month with a berbuka puasa at Muhibbah and celebrated my dear friend Sarah's birthday with a cake and all.

And my best friend foreverrrr was back for the summer before starting work in Glasgow. Miss you, Kanda.

One of the outtakes from a Raya shoot/campaign.

A late night mamak session with my cousin and Tania because they were both working at a booth (Misha just for a day but Tania for that whole month) at Publika. NH had a booth there also so I'd go quite frequently to check up on the booth and help out and to fetch Tania every night.

Last mamak session with Kanda before he flew back to Scotland. At Chidas (or Abadi if you ask Zaim), the only mamak place we ever go. So much so that the boys call the waiters by name already.

My favourite time of year - Raya.

All of us on opening day of The Incredibles 2.

Monopoly is *such* a long game.

And poker. Real spirit of Raya here.

At Hanna's open house.


My July

Kaveetha came back and organised a small get together with some of the KY kids. She texted me just the other day, "Hey, saw you that you've been listening to a lot of 'thank u, next' by Ariana Grande but like... you got ex meh?" hahahah what a 

Ahhh sweet memories of the World Cup. So began my interest (dare I say love?) (ok not there yet maybe) in football. So football didn't come home but it will soon! I have trust in the current and upcoming English players!

Tania graduated from university! And started working too. Always an admirer of her though we can't go a day without screaming at each other. With love, of course. Sometimes.


My August

Mama's cake for her farewell party. 

Game night at Bob's going strong! This was merdeka and I said MERDEKA COLOURS only but as usual, we half-assed it. No fireworks either! But great company.

Papa's birthday breakfast feast at home before work. 

Hahaha I feel like so many of my photos are us eating at Dolly Dim Sum.

My silly dad and I. Feel like he's softened so much over the years. Remember us being quite scared of him because he was quite strict when we were younger. He's always been pretty goofy but now it's all the time. He's turning 60 this year my god!!! Don't look a day above 45.

Also, my mum's colleagues at her old school gifted her with an oven and a mixer so for the first few weeks of getting it, she was baking something literally every day if not every other day. This was bread butter pudding for my dad. She's slowed down a bit but only because we were eating something baked all the time. Wanna try making apple tart soon!


My September

In our favourite colour.

Sigh. This was a dreamy night with the dreamiest singer.

The boys and I.


My October

My most wonderful grandmother celebrated her birthday in KL at Aunty Nat. Have you been? You should. It's great. I've pulled in some friends and they all love it.

Hot bestie turned 25. After dinner we went to have some jiving fun. The only time I stood up to dance was when they put on Sheila Majid's Sinaran. Ikr, totes wild.


My November

Got hospitalised for the first time ever. And it was a surprisingly pleasant experience. I mean, other than coughing my lungs out and not sleeping and in what feels like -10 cold. But great regardless!

Singapore for Khalid. Thanks Singapore but um see you when I really, really, really have to see you lah.


My December

My dear, dear friend Julian came back for the winter break and we all went out to have dinner with him. Haven't seen this group of people in so long so I proper missed them and it was a really good dinner at an Indian restaurant in Mont Kiara. Can't seem to remember the name now. We adjourned to Iman's place just opposite the restaurant for games and fun. I love games. Unnecessarily intense and silly but enjoyable just the same.

Love you lots, Jules!!!

Hafeez is married!!!!!! I love this boy, he made my high school years SO much fun and a lot of laughs were because of him. So happy he's now married to such a sweet girl. So funny that in my group of high school mates, most of the boys are hitched already! Geez. Wait for us innit?

And I've just blogged about my December so didn't want to be repetitive and put the same-ish photos. Anyway, that was my year. I'm sure a LOT more happened and it's all within the pages of my diary. Can't believe it's already 2019. I have some resolutions and I don't know how far that'll go but insyaAllah longer than half a year??

Hope you had an eventful 2018 and even if you didn't, y'know what, that's fine. You move at your own pace and you do your own thing on your own time. You take charge and decide what it is you want to do. No one can say anything about it. Take it slow, go on an adventure, eat your favourite food, dance when you feel like it, breathe in and out, spoil yourself, practice good habits, date, take a little risk here and there but always always always do it on your own time. This lifetime is entirely yours, you do what you want. I know I will.