Friday, September 4, 2015

Three Things To Inspire Your Weekend (24)

Quote of the day:
Life's challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they're supposed to help you discover who you are. -Bernice Johnson Reagon

image: Today

Sara Fleming from St.Louis has donated her kidney to a mother in Maryland, Akiba Allen, after reading about her story online. At 17, doctors diagnosed Akiba with lupus and she has suffered from Raynaud's disease, pericarditis and most recently, kidney disease. According to Sara, "If I needed a kidney, or one of my loved ones did, and we weren't a match for each other, I would have to rely on a stranger to help us out," Sara said. "How could I expect somebody else to do that if I'm not willing to do it myself?

image: HuffingtonPost

Fifteen strangers have banded together to help an elderly man fix the roof on his house. David Perez of Fremont, California took matters into his own hands after watching his 75 year old neighbor trying to fix his roof for months. He took a photo and sent out a Facebook message asking for help from anyone with roofing skills. In the end, 15 people showed up to work on the roof, with many others donating food and drinks. 

image: ArchDaily

As seen on ArchDaily, a weekend house located in Khao yai, Thailand. Designed by Architects Shinichi Ogawa & Associates. It is overlooking a rich natural environment, and is the world’s longest house, topping a hill in the Khao yai forest complex, Thailand.


Current Listen: Daft Punk -Get Lucky

Thursday, September 3, 2015

What I'm Reading Right Now (13)

Quote of the day:
A book must be the ax for the frozen sea within us. -Franz Kafka 

I continue with the 5th book in the series by Jeffrey Archer, the Clifton Chronicles. You can see my review of the first, second, third, and fourth titles in the series. Mightier than the sword is a recent publication, and the 6th installment may likely be out in early 2016.

image: Amazon

The book starts off by re staging the final cliffhanger moments from the previous book. Archer is a brilliant story teller, and he sure knows how to keep the suspense going. Mightier than the Sword is no different, with the spell bounding story of the Clifton and Barrington family, their sworn enemies and the plot that spans across different cities.

What books are you reading? Happy September!

Peace & Love. 

Current Listen: Jamiroquai -Space Cowboy

Tuesday, September 1, 2015


Quote of the day:
Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding. 
-Khalil Gibran

image: DeviantArt 

If life freezes over.
Like icicles in an abandoned cave.
A heart stained with darkness is still a heart.
Like a road freshly tarred.

If clouds weep forever.
Like toddlers on the first day of school.
A conscience with light passing through.
Like a tree penetrated by sunshine.

If love is a lever.
Like a rigid operated part in a factory.
A mind devoid of emotions is unstable.
Like a faulty traffic light.


Current Listen: Mi Casa -Heavenly Sent

Monday, August 31, 2015

Plans For The Week (21)

Quote of the day:
Setting a goal is not the main thing. It is deciding how you will go about achieving it and staying with that plan.  
-Tom Landry

One word I'd use to remember this month is 'animated', with a mix of emotions, highs and lows so to speak. I am glad its coming to an end on a high, and I am looking forward to the rest of the year, a busy period of new school terms for academics, and eventual holiday preparations and shopping for us all-and not to forget the grim and cold weather ahead.

I barely had time to follow up with pending plans during the past week, and I hope this week will be much better, as I decided how best to carry them out. Here are some of my plans.

1.Question myself everyday, and strive to be better than yesterday.
2. Have some quiet time for reflection.
3. Reduce energy zappers (resentment, worrying, overworking, toxic people, etc).
4. Read a new book.
5. Continue work on a new and exciting team project.
6. Just be happy, and show kindness to everyone.
7. Have a treat at the end of the week.
8. Keep dreaming big.

There goes some of my plans for the new week. So have you made yours yet? Have an exceptional week ahead. Happy September!

Peace.Love. Serenity*

Current Listen: Alt J -BloodFlood

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Three Things To Inspire Your Weekend (23)

Quote of the day:
No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. 

image: BBC

Four men who foiled a suspected terror attack on a Amsterdam to Paris train have been awarded France's top honour. French President Mr Hollande presented three Americans -Spencer Stone, Alek Skarlatos, Anthony Sadler and Briton Chris Norman with the Legion d'honneur at the Elysee Palace.

image: Today

An audiovisual and IT company has hired 28-year-old, Karrie Kemeling who quit her sales job, and later took an unconventional approach to applying for a job. After getting tired of sending applications over the internet without replies, she took her search to the street, standing at an intersection in New York with a sign that read "Not Homeless but Hungry for Success!! Take a Resume." According to her, an executive in the company had heard about her passing out her resumes on the street and sent someone to get one before following up with her.

image; ArchDaily

Vacation house in Henne, Denmark as seen on Arch Daily by Mette Lange Architects. It is located in big dunes next to the Northern Sea on the Danish west coast, with a courtyard facing south, to embrace light and sun. 

Peace & Love.

Current Listen: Celine Dion -I'm Alive

Thursday, August 27, 2015


Quote of the day:
If you look closely at a tree you'll notice it's knots and dead branches, just like our bodies. What we learn is that beauty and imperfection go together wonderfully. 
-Matthew Fox

Everything has beauty...

I repeat over and over again with eyes wide shut.
I open them...and blink several times...

'Still I saw nothing'.

'How do I see the beauty in everything.' I thought out loud...

Reminiscing, wishing...
...Living on impulse and existing -despite life's inelegance.
Like a rose growing from a concrete.

I close my eyes once more...
Slowly...face to the sky and the heavens.
I inhale...I exhale.

'And then it came to me', that for beauty to be revealed...
...It has to be a buried light that starts within. 

Beauty is imperfection. 
Beauty is truth. 
Beauty is you. 
Beauty is a seed that never stops growing. 


Current Listen: Sade -By Your Side

Monday, August 24, 2015

What I'm Reading Right Now (12)

Quote of the day:
I cannot teach anybody anything. I can only make them think. -Socrates

This week I continue with the Clifton Chronicles, the fourth volume in the Archer series. The last volume was a roller coaster and 'Be Careful What You Wish For' is proving to be so too. The beauty of this entire series is that it feels like one giant book -like I've only been reading one book as the stories are woven brilliantly into each other.

image: Amazon

The book starts off on a fast pace with a gripping plot twist, and recounts a series of events that may well change the fortunes of the family forever.

In this fourth volume, the story continues from the late 1950s to the mid '60s, with the Clifton family saga, and an unlikely villain who will stop at nothing to seek revenge-even if it destroys everyone. Its filled with suspense, and intrigue. It is indeed a wonderful page turner.

So tell me, what book(s) are you reading? Have a wonderful week ahead!


Current Listen: Ryn Weaver -Pierre

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Plans For The Week (20)

Quote of the day: 
When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves. -Viktor E. Frankl

I don't need a calendar to remind me of how much time is left in the month. Even the weather is changing for good with summer starting to prepare for its exit. I am reminded though of how far into the year we are, and how little time is left before the year ends.

With that in mind I can only commit to focusing more on my goals for the year. Its a new week and I've put down some plans as always.

1. Get enough sleep daily.
2. Workout twice during the week.
3. Connect with old friends & network with new ones.
4. Evaluate my long term goals & intentions.
5. Read a book.
6. Take mini breaks every hour.
7. Think, act and live better each day.
8. Dream.

There goes my plans, have you made yours yet? Have an amazing week!


Current Listen:- Orla Gartland -Lonely People

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Three Things To Inspire Your Weekend (22)

Quote of the day: 
Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact. 
-William James

image: SunnySkyz

A Golden retriever service dog in the U.S named Yolanda, saved the day by dialling 911-on a specialized phone, and pulling the owner to safety after their home became engulfed by fire in Philadelphia. The owner, Maria Colon who is blind woke up to her house on fire and kept shouting 'danger' over and over, in order to get her service dog to help her. 

image: Dwayne Johnson -Instagram

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has attended the graduation ceremony of prison inmates -part of a six-month inmate boot camp program run by the Miami-Dade County Corrections and Rehabilitation. A summary from his Instagram page reads "6 months ago these youth offenders all faced prison time... In front of the judge on the day of their sentencing they accepted to be placed in an extremely hardcore one of kind bootcamp. I gave them my word that they would be broken down in ways they never knew imaginable... but if they stuck with it and didn't quit, they'd be built back up to become better men. That was 6 months ago. TODAY, in front of their families, drill instructors and judges they graduate and become free men. Stronger men. Better men."

image: ArchDaily

As seen on Arch Daily, a vacation house in Monemvasia, Greece, by Architects LM Architects and others. It is situated in a high pitch ground with panoramic view to the sea, allowing a great exploitation of the panoramic view and offering continuity between indoor and outdoor spaces.

Peace & Love*

Current Listen: Will Smith -Miami

Thursday, August 20, 2015

5 Ways To Conceive Blog Post Ideas

Quote of the day:
If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door. -Milton Berle

Does it ever seem like you lack ideas for your blog posts? As if every other blog you know seem to churn out great posts all the time? Well you are not alone. Thinking of a blog post can be such a herculean task. I used to have the same problem. I say used to -because I figured out a long time ago to blog about things that I LIKE!. Does that make sense? Yes indeed. And here I present to you 5 blog post ideas that you can write about.

1. Just Write Anyway
I've had many unplanned posts. And I'm sure most of you have too. Whenever I feel the urge to write, I create a new post and go from there. For example, my last poetry post was a spur-of-the-moment material. So whenever you have the urge to write something, just write anyway.

2. Share photos/hobbies
If you are into photography, or have recently come back from a vacation, sharing photos will make for a great blog post content. Not only will you show off your skills, but also you'll be able to talk about the meaning behind your images, and not forget your travel experience.

Or better yet, it could just be a hobby of yours to photograph animals, plants, buildings, and others. Its definitely a great way to share things that you enjoy. You could also be into art and crafts -whatever it is will help you reach out to your readers.

3. Review something
You can review a book, a movie, a product, or a fancy place you've recently visited. It is a good way to to reflect, analyse and share what you experienced with your readers.

4. Guest posts, hosting and Interviews
You can invite your readers to submit posts, or host a blogger on your blog, or go as far as interviewing someone who you feel will add value to your blog and readers. This is a good way to create content, and can turn out to be a win-win for everyone involved.

5. Blog about your Ideas
Put your ideas down, or make a list of things that you like/dislike, talk about things in your life that affect you, research topics on the internet, show others how to do or make something, write a poem or a story....these are all great ideas for you to create a post.

In conclusion, while it's not always easy to create fresh content at all times, finding a scope you feel comfortable with will make things a lot easier.


Current Listen:- Gnarls Barkley -Crazy

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

What I'm Reading Right Now (11)

Quote of the day:
Those who decide to use leisure as a means of mental development, who love good music, good books, good pictures, good plays, good company, good conversation - what are they? They are the happiest people in the world. -William Lyon Phelps

During the past week I picked up John Grisham's  'Gray Mountain' book -if there's anything as a slow page turner then this book is it, and after reading six chapters it didn't grab me so I discontinued reading in favour of the next book in the Archer series. I may come back to it after finishing the series -the 3rd book in Jeffrey Archer's griping family saga, The Clifton Chronicles.

image: Waterstones

Best Kept Secret continues with the story of Harry Clifton (In case you missed it I talked about the first two volumes here and here ), and it provides answers to so many questions, but then again poses so many more. It involves betrayal, loyalty, dishonesty, international crime, and goes to show just how far people will go to take revenge on their enemies, over and over again.

Its a brilliant read, and builds on the suspense from the first two volumes.

So its your turn, what books are you reading?


Current Listen: Zedd Feat. Jon Bellion -Beautiful Now

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Plans For The Week (19)

Quote of the day:
The world is a looking glass and gives back to every man the reflection of his own face. 
-William M. Thackeray

Imagine if we all had an extra hour -making 25 hours a day, how would you spend the extra hour? I'll probably spend mine reading.

We are half way through the month, but it sure doesn't feel that way. I'd rather learn to prioritize things in a better fashion, and to see value in every moment, a far cry from having to limit myself to always thinking "there's not enough time".

A lot of events occurred during the past week, and the most recent news about a missing Indonesia plane carrying 54 passengers and crew over Papua, is indeed sad.

Its the start of a new week, which is no different from the others, so here are some of my plans.

1. Spend 15 minutes on quiet reflection daily.
2. Prioritize things to maximize time.
3. Read at least one book.
4. Re-organize my work area.
5. Make each day a masterpiece.
6. Just be happy and stress free.
7. Work on a side project
8. Dream Big.

There goes some of my plans for the coming week, have a good start to the week and hope you've made your plans too. Be great!

 Peace & Love always*

Current Listen: Shania Twain -From This Moment On

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