Friday, 25 May 2012


Hey! It's me! Yerrrr... what can I say, I just couldn’t stay away and I’m back. I'm tempted to say that it's unseasonably hot this week (typical, just when I couldn’t go outdoors to enjoy it) but I realised it is the end of May so it's probably more appropriate to say it was just unreasonably rainy before. Exams done and dusted, I'm hoping, fingers, toes all crossed, that the gorgeous weather lasts on through the weekend because summer starts today for me. Now in fact. It would have been yesterday had I not fallen asleep first in the park, and then at my boyfriend’s house. But I'm free now and best of all, I'm completely without a to fly. What more could a girl ask for?


(the spot where I fell asleep.)(And then woke up at an absolute loss as to where I am.)(:O)

Saturday, 19 May 2012

Getting Hit

Sometimes, when you're down and out, a friend, a confidante, someone who cares will send you something like this. And this is what keeps you going. Wishing you all a wonderful weekend.


Wednesday, 16 May 2012


So…. three exams, a couple of interviews and one wedding pending; I think it's fair to say I'm stressed. Super-stressed. As excited as I am about the Saturday wedding bells (it's the first time I get to see a church ceremony, that too of a very sweet and close friend), I'm having slight palpitations over what to wear. I don't want to be over-dressed (let's face it, attendees of Indian weddings tend to be vibrantly attired and dripping gold and jewels) but neither do I want to look like I just rolled out of bed. And with looming exams I’m not enjoying traipsing from store to store, centre to centre, without even a dash of luck, at all. Hmmmm. Any suggestions?


(My only salvation during revision - good dessert!)

Sunday, 13 May 2012

One More Waffle

So the sunshine has finally returned - one weekend, at last, to brave the outdoors sans anorak or umbrella. Following a lovely, luxurious, lazy morning reading the Sunday paper and a really rather epic walk through Shenley countryside, I'm now ready for revision. And then waffles with my two favourite people. Waffle House, here we come.


P.S. Have a great Sunday.


Friday, 11 May 2012


If I had to be entirely truthful, I'd have said that the delicate art of giving a surprise, of planning and preparing, of calculating and culminating, is more my forte than his (look back to December if you think I'm being boastful). That butterfly-ey flutter of jittery anticipation in the moments before a surprise is revealed is a sensation hard to beat. The only better thing in life? Probably being on the receiving end. One surprise after another, I feel like I've been blown out of the water recently, whether it's random trips to Westfield with even random-er gifts appearing in my shopping bags, or surprise dinner dates here and there. It was only last week that the bf picked me up after work and sped me off "somewhere secret" for a meal (Blue Ginger, more info to follow I promise) - In truth, I feel completely and utterly spoilt, well beyond anything I thought I deserved.

But it's only recently that I've been able to muster the courage, really muster the courage to appreciate the happiness that has come to me, rather than live in fear that one day it will be gone. I don't know if I'm waffling (sorry if I am) but predominately, this week, my thoughts have centred around surprises. And it does surprise me, often, how close we have to get to losing something before we really understand its value in our life - be it love, life, family, health or even money. We take these privileges for granted and assume they are rightfully ours; when in truth, each one of them and every single day is a gift that many others are denied. Down and out last year, I remember itching for an iPhone, pleading and pledging eternal gratitude (to whom, I'm not sure) if I could have mine back again. Look at me now - I throw it around in my bag without a protector, leave it lying around and lose it on almost a weekly basis. Same for the iMac. I'd walk by the Apple store day after day, coveting after the shiny 27'' screen, willing that it would appear, as if by magic, in my bedroom. But it was months of arduous savings and calculated thriftiness that enabled me to afford mine, my baby, one of the loves in my life; yet today I bat not an eyelid when I enter my room. It's just there. As though it always has been, always will be. It all sounds cliché but really, my message is just to live life like nothing is a given. I've learnt the hard way - I just hope you'll take the heads-up because the contentment you'll feel is absolutely priceless.


Wednesday, 9 May 2012

India Calling


If you've ever had, have or are about to have exams, you'll know it's at times like this that the desire to escape is rife. All you can dream of is a white, sandy beach, glowing, golden sunshine and the glinting azure ocean as you look on from a gently swaying hammock, cool cocktail and novel in hand. Do you know what I'm talking about? I'm consumed, if not tortured, by thoughts of holidays and freedom and carefreeness - all I want to do is book my summer getaway when really, all I should be doing is revising. The worst thing is, it's not only about holidays. It's escapism in all its forms; sleep, music, food - whatever it takes.

So I think it's quite probable that the sudden craving for Indian street-side food (more specifically pani puris, mini-crispy-fried hollow bread, filled with potato, tamarind, chili and onion, which, wait for it, pop straight into your mouth yummmmmm) was the result of this prisoner’s desperation; longing for the crashing waves on Chowpatty and the spicy chaat stalls that dot the dirty beach, the still, stifling heat and the dusty, noisy roads. Oh India, India, India. It has been far too long.


Friday, 4 May 2012

Radha - Krishna

The best thing about Indian weddings has to be their sheer colourfulness. Bright saris in every hue imaginable, sparkling golden jewellery and of course a beautiful bride, dressed head-to-toe in red. It's quite odd that the wedding we'd been anticipating for so many months (literally since I first met Sav) is now behind us; as though we might have dreamed it. Yet unopened gifts and conspicuous RSVPs that remain dotted around the house serve as a reminder that there's now a lovely new member in Sav's family. Of all the gifts and blessings they received, this painting has to be my favourite - isn't it beautiful?


* Radha Krishna is a Hindu deity. With Krishna, Radha is acknowledged as the Supreme Goddess, for it is said that she controls Krishna with Her love. It is believed that Krishna enchants the world, but Radha "enchants even Him. Therefore She is the supreme goddess of all. Radha Krishna"


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