One Fine Outing

It’s been a while since we got active on out blog, so we thought we could restart by posting few glimpses from our recent outing.

It’s always a gratifying feeling when the country we live in is always aiming to build a bigger and better lifestyle for us to experience. There is always something new here, and that’s their speciality.

 

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End of the year post 

It’s December and New Year is 2 weeks away. Now, if it were my low days I would complain about how New year is not a big thing it’s just another year – blah blah, but I won’t. ‘Cos, that is just bullshit talk. New Year is an official restart to your life. Agree or not, that is the truth (note to self, as well)
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Lesson of 2016 : PATIENCE

It’s funny how all throughout the year I kept looking out for the end of everything – ‘end of week’, ‘end of month’ and even when good things are happening around me, I would worry about the end of it, about ‘why‘ it has to end (well yes, when you see my face I may look like a blank canvas, but there’s a whole messy mindmap up there). So now that the year is all set to graduate, my feelings are – “wait, what?!” – well, this was my feeling yesterday. Today, it’s different. (Gotcha!). Today my mind is all ready to start digging a grave for all the mess-full thinking this year has given me, and (now that I’m on a gardening term of explanation) – I will TRY to plant in the good-stuff this year has given me (just so it grows for next year you see ;))
Okay, yapped enough, time for some bullet-ing.
3 lessons of this year that I MUST obey for the next  (obviously there’s more, but whose got the time, right? )
Point no. 1: Shits going to keep happening (of course). But gotta you juuustt gotta deal with it. Right now if things don’t work out the way you want it too. Take some time for thinking a way out, and there is ALWAYS a way out. Shitty day is going to pass anyway, tomorrow maybe worse for all we know, but today is definitely going to pass (unless you have the remote to pause /fast-forward time, then please leave me your address, I’m coming to you)
Point no.2: If people don’t get you at a certain stressful situation, leave it. When the storm is calmer, come back later to explain yourself better- but just don’t let things hanging everywhere (no I’m not talking about your messy room!.. I’m talking about those awkward unresolved issues hanging in between formal conversations.
Point no 3: The only way to get pass a mess is to get through it (this is my worst, I could do the first two and delay action-izing the third). But yes, no matter how much we hate to face a crappy situation, you will somehow have to deal with it – and the more time you waste avoiding it, the crappier the situation is going to be (ok, gtg slap myself now to de-stress now).
Well then, until another 3 bullet points pop into my tangled mindmap, it’s time to chill with the last of 2016.
Sayonara!
Arunya

 

A little bit more.

Whatever you  do, you “need to be a little bit more”. I have been having this thought of how we are either being pushed or being told to ‘be a little bit more’. This is in regard to ‘a better you’ context.

Alright, in one way the idea is all about personal development and is for the betterment of your being, but what if that is just a social pressure that is silently damaging what we are as a person and our character. I’ve got no scientific research or philosophical proof of how exactly we are manipulated by our environment, but it’s obvious that we definitely are being pushed and pulled towards the perceptions of either individuals or the media.

Why do I have to listen to them?

It’s not even the general idea of being a better person – it’s the intricate details that these individuals and media go through. From the tiniest ways to live your life to get on a quest for major life changing decisions – why do you want me to listen to you? Why am I told to always be more than now?

 -No better you than the you that you are- (1)

Recent song release that got me thinking :

“No better you than the you that you are”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Em7vc8NWUNY

What you do is never enough.

Alright, so you come to a conclusion to change, just be a little more ‘open ears’ and listen to them. You understand their point and ‘try’ to change and you succeed too, but guess what, that’s not enough. You should do more. You should try harder. Apparently, the effort you made now is just tiny compared to what you should be doing – based on what the WORLD is doing. Why is that a concern – why are you telling me it should be MY concern? Can’t MY efforts be enough to satisfy MY goals? – nope, we just have to try harder.

“Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do.”

The flip side

Remain calm, if it meant to be it will happen. Like, what now? After all the messages about trying harder and takings efforts to be better, now you tell me to just remain calm? Please media, make up your mind.

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On a serious note, I don’t think I can find an apt solutions to the weariness of this unbalance of having to ‘strive better’ and having to ‘be happy with at where you are’ – it does, of course differ based on your personal situation but the concern is – we are clung on to social media so much that before we start to understand if the message is personally relevant to us or not, we are already ready with conclusions.

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Until next time..xxx

It’s that day – Feb 29th!

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– Google Home page

Don’t you think an extra day that you know for sure doesn’t come in the next four years is like a gift worth appreciating? It may seem silly for the people who think ‘too practical’ – who say ‘nah, it’s just another day”… Well yes it could be, but imagine scientifically (which is obvious THE most practical belief ) it is in fact proven that this day does not come in another four years. So, why not believe a little in that silly science fact and do something that is out of the ordinary?

For the questioners, here’s something quoted from Telegraph UK :

  “The Roman calendar did have 355 days with an extra 22-day month every two years, until Julius Caesar became emperor and ordered his astronomer Sosigenes to devise a better system in the 1st Century. Sosigenes decided on a 365-day year with an extra day every four years to incorportate the extra hours, and so February 29th was born.” Source:  http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/12177017/Leap-Year-2016-Why-does-February-have-29-days-every-four-years.html

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Not sure how you see this but I see how beautiful this fact is.  In between our busy norms and our serious/not-so-serious thoughts in our head – we must acknowledge that this extra 24 hours isn’t something that will come again – that fact by itself is amazing. Do something or not is not the concern, but just appreciate the time –  not only for today, but in general as well.

#keepcalmandcarryon

Arunya x

The day we went for the Colour Run 2015

The day of Colour Run 2015 – 21st November 2015

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Us in Yellow!!

After a year of wanting to go for the Colour Run – We finally made it .

Last year Shahana had brought up the idea of wanting to go for the event but we missed the deadline ‘cos of so many pending decisions like I had to travel to Qatar and the dates weren’t confirmed and many other tiny issues…

This year, it was a lot better because we got better compaanyyyy :). We got to pull along our mutual-work-colleague who is now our new-found bestie – Ranjeeta and her little sister -Rachna!

We received the Colour Run pack with some merchandise waaayy ahead of the event so it got us some time to feel the excitement for many days that the excitement did turn towards wee bit of nervous-ness (considering it was our first public run and that saying it includes colour!), but it was all well in the end.

We had to be there at 7am as the gates apparently closes by 9.30 am- the thought of waking up early and to drive to a location far away was by itself a mission for us. As dramatic as it sounds, we did make it on time, well 8.30 ish to be exact, ready to face our next mission to begin the race.

Runners were released on to the tracks on batches and we were (safely) the last batch of runners. Although the hype and attraction, we guessed, would have been more for the first batches, we could see the organizers/ hosts did their best to keep up the excitement till the very end.

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Map of the Colour Run 2015 .

To sum it up, as it looks on the map it was surely one colourful event!! We were super excited go for the run and glad we can tick it off our non-existing bucket list! 😀
Colour runs like these happen in different countries and if you happen to spot one in your place don’t hesitate to sign up for it enjoy the event!

 

Signing off now,

Arunya  🙂

Glasgow, Largest City in Scotland

Known for its People, Architecture, Weather, Local Life and History; Glasgow is the Largest city in Scotland. Here are some clicks from our 5-hour self tour exploring Glasgow by walk. Hope you like them 🙂

Argyle Street - Outside Glasgow City Bus Station

Argyle Street – Outside Glasgow City Bus Station

Our Tour Guide - Followed the Old Fashioned Way of using Street Maps to walk our way exploring the Local City Life of Glasgow.

Our Tour Guide – Followed the Old Fashioned Way of using Street Maps to walk our way exploring the Local City Life of Glasgow.

Fountain at Glasgow Green

Fountain at Glasgow Green

People's Palace - Was a Vacation House for the Royals and now a Museum with interesting Life Histories.

People’s Palace – Was a Vacation House for the Royals and now a Museum with interesting Life Histories.

Glasgow Brewery View from Glasgow Green

Glasgow Brewery View from Glasgow Green

Winter Garden at Glasgow Green

Winter Garden at Glasgow Green

The Famous Barras Market - A walk away from People's Palace

The Famous Barras Market – A walk away from People’s Palace

Barras Market of 1920's still in Function - Known for its Traditional Trade of Used Goods.

Barras Market of 1920’s still in Function – Known for its Traditional Trade of Used Goods.

Tolbooth Steeple - Major City Landmark

Tolbooth Steeple – Major City Landmark

Merchant Square - Old Fruit & Vegetable Market

Merchant Square – Old Fruit & Vegetable Market

Merchant Square, Now - An attraction for Dining, Shopping, Street Entertainment and Seasonal markets

Merchant Square, Now – An attraction for Dining, Shopping, Street Entertainment and Seasonal markets

George Street - Walk towards the City Chambers

George Street – Walk towards the City Chambers

Glasgow City Chambers

Glasgow City Chambers

George Square

George Square

Streets of Glasgow

Streets of Glasgow

Climbing up to the peak of the Lighthouse - Just 136 Steps x2

Climbing up to the peak of the Lighthouse – Just 136 Steps x2

View from the Lighthouse

View from the Lighthouse

From the top most point of the Lighthouse

From the top most point of the Lighthouse

~ Shahana

The day I met a newborn and a beautiful realization strikes.

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Saturday Morning, we met a family friend’s new born baby.
We’ve known her for quite some time, was even baby-sitting her first born for quite some time. Talking about the first born, we now get to know she is one mischievous little one, Those stories her mom tells about her mischievous acts on playground and supermarkets are so hilarious you might even even wonder if she is this high-profile ninja in-the-making.
So as we finally found our way inside the hospital and inside the room of the friend. Considering the many times we’ve visited a hospital – this was THE one time – I know I could be happy about the result –  that reason by itself had the ‘cherish-able’ feeling.
Once we finally found our way through the many rooms, we entered the room of our friend and her baby.
And then.. all I felt in the room was magic.
That same yet greater ‘cherishable’ feeling that cannot be reasoned based on scientific facts or religious beliefs.
A mere realization of how much process goes into the making of a life and more importantly when you understand how much power a woman has in bringing out a life that has been nurtured for around 280 days/40 weeks/ 9 months!
                     
(ps: discussed this with a colleague she suggested to to check this post – and it just adds the greater awe to this fact –  ‘Lennart Nilsson – A Swedish Photographer’s work’ – <http://www.unbelievable-facts.com/2014/03/lennart-nilsson-swedish-photographer.html> )
         (pps: please excuse the girl in her twenties realizing this flabbergasting fact in her head ATM!!!)
So, back to where I was…
After all that this woman has gone through in that amount of time, you see the smile on her face welcoming us in (how do they do it?!?) aaand more evidently next to her is a cradle in which you see those tiny pink feet popping out though the many layers of pink blankets.
Yep, I felt it.
Of course, there are many billion women and mothers who you have seen or experienced this by themselves or for their sister/friends/daughters- but maybe because this is the first time I’ve known a friend go through the same and so I felt it more.
What you may ask? That power of giving/creating life.
It may be just the nature of science or a blessing of how we are created – but it’s still one of those precious moments that enriches the experiences in our life.
Since it was the first time for me, it made me quite emotional – just the thought of how little our human minds maybe but there also exists a power superior to us that gives us, women the power to give life –  is it not beautiful?
A beautiful realization indeed. Those tiny hands and such pink skin.. This little one was inside her for 9 months and she is finally out to the world. The whole concept seems so magical – and only then you tell yourself – we humans are definitely not the limit or the end – there is a power superior to us, humans – again, some point towards science some point towards God. Whichever you would like to believe in, we as humans should be grateful for what we are than take our life for granted….and yet at times we do take it all for granted, don’t we? – Now that would be another discussion for later.
On that note, its over and out from,
Arunya

The Ultimate Spaghetti… A Holiday Season Must Try!

It’s not one of the first dishes I have learnt to make yet it’s the dish I make best (in my opinion). It took me while to understand it’s just the magic of mixing in the right kinds of sauces in their right amounts.

I was in my 2nd year of University and had friends coming home to complete last-minute assignments. Take outs wasn’t an option we wanted something healthy and filling enough to finish those never-ending assignments. Aannd *drum rolls* ‘The Ultimate Spaghetti’ was created.

Since then it’s been my favorite as it’s easy to make and tastes yumm..

INGREDIENTS:

1 packet whole-wheat spaghetti

1 Green Capsicum Sliced

1 Carrot Sliced

2 Celery Sticks

4 Cloves of Garlic Chopped

2 tsp Soy Sauce

2 tsp Ketchup

2 tsp Thai Sauce

1 tsp Hot Sauce

½ cup Cooking Cream

Salt as required

1 tbsp Cooking Oil

2-3 Chicken Burgers (fried or grilled)

METHOD:

Method

  1. Heat a deep bottomed sauce pan. Add oil and saute the chopped garlic in.
  2. Add the chopped vegetables into the garlic and oil. (Can add more kinds of vegetables if you wish. The vegetables can be chopped anyway you like, I prefer them being chopped in Julienne)
  3. Once the vegetables soften, add in the sauces and cooking cream.
  4. Cut the chicken burgers into cubes and add them into the spaghetti sauce
  5. Finally drop the boiled *spaghetti into the sauce and mix on warm heat

NOTE: The sauces already have amounts of salt in them plus I usually add salt while boiling the spaghetti so please be mindful on adding salt.

*COOKING THE SPAGHETTI:

Cooking the Spaghetti

  1. Take 1 packet of wholewheat spaghetti and break into half.
  2. Put it in a saucepan with boiling water (the spaghetti must be completely dipped in water) and add 1-2 teaspoons of salt.
  3. Let it boil on high flame for about 20-25 minutes until the spaghetti is cooked
    (I check by chewing a small piece, if it sticks to your teeth then it’s not cooked yet. Be careful not to over boil it).
  4. Once done drain the water and bathe the spaghetti under cold water. Then add 2 teaspoons of olive oil to it so that they don’t stick to each other.

Tadaa… the Ultimate Spaghetti is ready. I love this dish it’s so easy to make and tastes so good plus it stays for the next 2-3 days if kept in the fridge. Hence, it’s a holiday season – must try! 🙂

~Shahana

Why the trashing, the cynicism and the rude behaviour?

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The world is much bigger than our mind could even imagine.

It may scare us with the abundance of factors that influence people and their behaviour – the hate, the love, the criticisms, the racisms, the judgements or appreciation.

You may get completely lost and feel extremely minute when you get in contact with this wider world…

But just  think broader with a general perspective.. aren’t we all biologically atleast 5% ( I could say more though) similar to each other – ignore the different factors – colour of the skin, nationality, the ‘I am from this place, therefore I look like this’ factor, the body sizes, the lifestyles, the educational background – anything – just about ANY factor OTHER THAN that we are all humans with one mind, one heart and a body that carries it?

That person who just passed by –  is just another reflection of yourself. That person is made of the same ”materials’ , you are made of. Each of us grow a year older the same way you do. Each of us breathe and need the same things you need to survive in the world we are given.Yet, we pass on the slightest negativity of judging and stereotyping one another –  we comment, demean, or pick on one another.

Given that we have a mind of our own, we could take the slightest effort to consider ourselves thankful to even have the capacity to think straight and have concious thoughts to get us through events that take place in a day or so. Yet..what some of us do/say to one other indivudual / group of individual is beyond atrocious.

You are as equal as that person next to you. You are as equal to that person you commented on the internet. You are as equal as the person that waiting in que for the cashier.

We are all equal to each other more than we can imagine.  We (or atleast some) just don’t see this only because we utterly refuse to believe this, and so ‘being equal’ APPEARS to be out of topic.

Where you stand now, is where someone stood earlier.. and who you commented on now could be you later. Would you appreciate if you swapped places? Would you show much hatred to yourself? No right? – Then why the trashing, the cynicism and/or rude behaviour.

In hopes to hear of an increase in the no of safe places for people to live in,

I sign out.

(ps : A genuine post on an un-influenced opinion – not intended to harm any)

(pps : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PIh2xe4jnpk )

Balance!

Its all about that balance.
One can be completely passionate about something they truly enjoy doing, but what could bring more satisfaction would be to manage that balance. Finally things are starting to heat up in my routine , I can finally tell myself maybe this is how things should go. But then some other event comes up and I start to think wait, maybe I should concentrate more on that than this, maybe since I like that more I should spend more of my time and effort and  thoughts on that factor than another I am forced to do.
Yest we visited my Bro’s suit designer. Boy, was she one passionate designer! The excitement when she looks at the suit, the details , the specifics of the material, stitching, how the suit should look when bro stands, walk, sits, front view, backview side ways, in angle and also how it should look indoors and outdoors – *phew* But as much as she has been involved in this 14year passion/ career path ;  she has an extremely beautiful house, a sweet family with two kids and just looked like a balance – . Now, I’m sure, she does have to go through a lot to manage them.. she spoke about losing out on family time with her husband who is also highly passionate about his career, two pre-schooling kids, her clients – their specifications, alterations and what not. This got me thinking.. as young yet-to-discover-ourselves ladies, why are we stressing so much about our paths?
The issue is – we as young, still-free, independent women/ladies/young adults shouldn’t stress so much about the ‘focus’. Its not about how much STRESS is involved in what you are involved in, but it’s about the Effort you take to create and manage the ‘focus’  you put yourself into. This ‘focus’ can be something you are passionate about – your work, your hobby, an activity, – just anything you enjoy doing without stressing out on the fact that you ARE DOING IT – this is your focus. But next? — it’s the Effort; ie how much we can physically involve ourselves into this focus.
The ball is on your side…. the decision to kick it for a goal or to pass it on to a team mate or to just stare at it until the opponent kicks it away from you – is yours.
-Arunya