Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Musings of mine: Rambling Mind on This and That #1

Quote of the day:
I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free. 

1. The Watcher

I watch people.


I imagine things in my head about them. Instinctively, the first being their origin. I try to piece together their faces, hair texture, and accent. And then I start with my guessing game. If I happen to overhear their name though, it cuts the game time down considerably. If not, things get more interesting. Different people with different faces. We all walk past one another each day, like ants scrambling around for food.
In the end when my eyes connect with someone, those two seconds of silent stillness...if time was slowed down to a sort of slow motion replay, two seconds may end up being like eternity.

2. Nails of Steel

Do you ever have that feeling about your nails growing longer for no reason? One minute its all cut nicely and trim, and the next its all grown back- like weeds springing forth in the most unlikely places.
What use is of these fingernails and toenails, except to scratch one's back and itchy regions of the body. What use are they, if not to peel off annoying things or have people ask you for help -just because: "you've got long nails, can you assist with peeling off this label please?".

3. Ringtones & Drones

A ringtone says a lot about one's personality. Especially the volume at which it is set. If its too loud, and you don't have hearing problems -you are impassioned and insensitive. This personality mirrors other things. In my mind's eye I can picture this clearly, like a drone flying with precision. A man in a notable outfit makes a show of answering his phone, gesturing with his manicured fingers and conversing in a loud voice. Ten feet away I look on as he gets into his car and drives off with loud music blaring. The torment of his ringtone, fading into insignificance.


Current Listen: Ray Charles -Hit The Road Jack

Monday, September 28, 2015

Plans For The Week (25)

Quote of the day:
Live your truth. Express your love. Share your enthusiasm. Take action towards your dreams. Walk your talk. Dance and sing to your music. Embrace your blessings. Make today worth remembering.
-Steve Maraboli

The transition from one season to the next, of Summer to Autumn, is an inevitable change. I like this month that we are in. Its got its uniqueness. Just like all the other months. But it has duly run its course, like runners completing a marathon. But yet it must now make room for a new month...October. In life there are things we can't change, the weather, the passage of time and calendar months for instance, but yet we must continue living and existing.  Life stays interesting still.

Below I have outlined some of the things that I have planned for the coming week.

1. Give more to help others in need.
2. Meditate and reflect daily.
3. Embrace change and starts things over where necessary.
4. Go over my long term plans and finances.
5. Buy myself a gift.
6. Do more cooking, and get more rest.
7. Be kind to everyone I meet.
8. Read a new book.
9. Continue dreaming big.

As always, those are my major plans out of many. Its good to structure it in such a way as to be easily feasible. Have you made any plans for the week? Have a joyous week and happy new month ahead!


Current Listen: Craig David -Seven Days

Saturday, September 26, 2015

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Three Things To Inspire Your Weekend (27)

Quote of the day:
Whatever you are, be a good one. 
-Abraham Lincoln

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A 5 year old girl in Kentucky, Isabella Gregory, bought ice cream from her allowance money for state troopers who were mourning the death of one of their colleagues. The little girl had noticed that they had long faces, when she was at a McDonald's with her mother. Isabella's mom, Yockey said "Isabella wanted to treat them because she knew that their friend had died, and she wanted to make them smile". 

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A 16 year old girl from Connecticut, Oliva Hallisey, has won this year's Google Science Fair by creating a revolutionary new test to detect the Ebola virus. Olivia's test kits -which are simple, yet cheap can detect ebola in around 30 minutes. Her unique kit can be stored at room temperature for 3 weeks. She won the top price of a $50,000 scholarship in a group of 22 other finalists.  

image: ArchDaily

As seen on ArchDaily's best houses of 2014, an estate bungalow by Architects- Narein Perera, this house is located in Matugama, Sri Lanka. With a selected elevated siting, it is surrounded by a rubber plantation, and allows an undisturbed view of the valley below and the hills beyond, a view that is always in flux with the changing seasons and the cycle of the paddy cultivation.

Current Listen: Disclosure - Holding On

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

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What I'm Reading Right Now (16)

Quote of the day:
A book is a box of words until you open it.
-Ursula K. Le Guin

There are millions of books to chose from on a daily basis. How does one begin to sift through what to read, what theme, what author, genre and so on.

For the week, I'm reading a new book but with a familiar author.

I've sort of delved back to Japanese author Haruki Murakami. My current read is 'The Elephant Vanishes', a tremendous collection of short stories that make for fine reading.

image: www.exorcising-ghosts

This is taken from the back cover:

When a man's favourite elephant vanishes, the balance of his whole life is subtly upset. A couple's midnight hunger pangs drive them to hold up a McDonald's. A woman finds she is irresistible to a small green monster that burrows through her front garden. An insomniac wife wakes up in a twilight world of semi-consciousness in which anything seems possible - even death. In every one of these stories Murakami makes a determined assault on the normal.

His writing is refreshingly authentic, in a shadowy kind of way. The stories are all set in Japan, and each story is about everyday life and events, with the usual signature Murakami references.

All in all a brilliant book so far.
What books are you reading at the moment?

Peace & Love.

Current Listen: Nat King Cole -Unforgettable

Monday, September 21, 2015

Plans For The Week (24)

Quote of the day:
We have to dare to be ourselves, however frightening or strange that self may prove to be. -May Sarton

I am aware of the days, with hours seemingly shrinking as the weeks go by. It feels as if there aren't just enough, although at times it does feel like the opposite.

The past week was a hectic one, filled with project work, a mini trip, deadlines, and a lot more. The month's pretty much moving at a fast pace, and I hope to accomplish a lot more this week than the previous one.

I have some plans for the coming week, and I'm happy to share it below.

1. Workout at least twice weekly.
2. Read a new book.
3. Do a lot more writing.
4. Find new places to spend leisure time.
5. Meditate.
6. Work on a few proposals.
7. Set new sights on new challenges and goals.
8. Dream big.

There goes my plans for the week. Have you made yours yet? Have a great week!


Current Listen: Coolio -Gangster's Paradise

Saturday, September 19, 2015

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Three Things To Inspire Your Weekend (26)

Quote of the day:

Don't let life discourage you; everyone who got where he is had to begin where he was. 
-Richard L. Evans

image: HuffingtonPost
An investment Bank, Sandler O’Neill & Partners,that was once headquartered in the old World Trade Center’s south tower, has paid for the college tuition of 54 children of employees who died in the September 11 tragedy. The Sander O’Neill Assistance Foundation was founded to offer 100% educational support to 66 of the employees who died. Siblings Johnny, Emily and Robert Wright, are pictured above at a game, children of John W. Wright Jr. who was one of the employees who died. 

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A lawyer, Mike Morse, in Detroit has given full backpacks to every elementary school kid in Detroit. Many students show up to class with used or secondhand school supplies. His company, The Mike Morse Law Firm invested nearly $500,000 to purchase 23,000 backpacks filled with school supplies, for each student up to Grade 5. 

image: ArchDaily

As seen on ArchDaily, a home by Architects Pitsou Kedem Architects. It is located in Ramat Gan, Israel. With the design, the variations of opaque glass yields a colossal appearance of yet more concreteness unifying the building’s construction and yet still appear natural -with the glass acting to embrace the light. 

Peace & Love*

Current Listen: Linkin Park -In The End

Friday, September 18, 2015

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What I'm Reading Right Now (15)

Quote of the day: 
Elegance isn't solely defined by what you wear. It's how you carry yourself, how you speak, what you read. 
-Carolina Herrera

For this week, its back to John Grisham with a book titled 'The Racketeer'. It's a bit slow in the beginning, but things pick up pretty fast. I find the story disjointed in places and the narrative can be quite disruptive at times.

image: Amazon

The story is about a prison inmate, Malcolm Bannister- who is halfway through a 10-year sentence for money laundering charges. A sudden murder of a Federal Judge suddenly changes the dynamics of things, and with the belief that he knows who the killer is, he senses an opportunity for his freedom and fights to get himself out from prison -as a free man.

Its a fascinating read so far and is interesting for the most part.

What books are you reading at the moment?


Current Listen:- Hoobastank -The reason

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Plans For The Week (23)

Quote of the day:
Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose. - Lyndon B. Johnson
I find the start of a new week incredibly refreshing. I develop a mindset slightly different from the previous week, and push ahead with old tasks and even newer goals.
So here are some of my plans for the week.

1. Meditate.
2. Make the most of my mini trip.
3. Help others achieve their goals.
4. Do something daily to take me nearer to my dreams.
5. Meet up with family and reunite with old friends.
6. Read a new book.
7. Write at least 250 words for my book project.
8. Eat healthy and sleep early.
9. Dream Big.

So do you have any plans for yourself? Here's wishing you a fantastic week.


Current Listen: Dr.Alban -Its My Life

Saturday, September 12, 2015

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Three Things To Inspire Your Weekend (25)

Quote of the day:
You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help other people get what they want. -Zig Ziglar

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A California -based moving company called Meathead Movers (Team picture above) founded in 1997 by brothers Aaron and Evan Steeds, is in the spotlight due to its incredible mission of providing free moves to victims fleeing abusive relationships. Recently, the company has partnered with Good shepherd, a non profit for helping women & children who have experienced domestic violence. 

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On Sept 8, 2015, the world celebrated the International Literacy Day. Not only is literacy a human right, but it is also a very vital building block for learning and personal development. It is estimated that 781 million people are illiterate. On this day, communities around the world act as a united voice in raising awareness for those who cannot read, or write. 

image: ArchDaily

As seen on ArchDaily, a house designed by Architects UOSarchitects. It is located in Gyeonggi-do, in the Republic of Korea. The surroundings are spectacular, and the house is configured with outdoor zoneswith triple glass used for the exterior for seamless lighting and views. 


Current Listen: Justin Timberlake -Mirrors

Thursday, September 10, 2015

5 Things That Can Zap Your Energy & How To Avoid Them

Quote of the day: 
What makes the desert beautiful is that somewhere it hides a well. 
-Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Our energy levels fluctuate on a daily basis. A high Keeping a vibrant and positive energy can be a hard task, especially if you consider negative external or internal factors that may contribute to how you feel at any given time.

A good way is to identify energy zapping factors and work around reducing or even eliminating them one after the other. I have compiled a list of my energy zappers and decided to share below.

1. Stress
Life is a constant web filled with varying degrees of events and choices. At times things can get pretty overwhelming when we try to juggle too many things at a time. Its okay to take a break, to cut off the unnecessary things and focus on things that really matter. Going back to the things that make you happy is important.

2. Worrying
I have found that worrying too much about stuff does little to solve things. It not only clogs my mind, but it also makes concentrating on other matters difficult. It is an energy drainer, and can be linked to other energy zappers on this list.

3. Lack of proper sleep
Sleep is necessary for rejuvenation. Not having enough sleep can take a toll on the body and mind. And this could translate into other areas, leading to greater complications. Anything can keep you awake; stress, noise, insomnia, illness and so on. A good thing is to plan to sleep early enough, and resist anything that could interfere with your sleeping pattern.

4. Negative People
The people we surround ourselves with matter a lot. In the case of negative people, their actions can often lead to bad impressions- and that's not a very good one. It can leave us feeling drained to even be around them. The way forward is to try as much as possible to keep contact with them to a minimum.

5. Dehydration/Poor Diet:
Not drinking enough water and staying hydrated can lead to fatigue and dehydration. For me, sometimes not eating at the right time can lead to headaches or worse migraines. The ideal solution is to drink plenty of water during the day, and develop a good diet. Exercise, also helps.

There are loads of other energy zappers, the key is to identify them in order to minimize their occurrence. I hope this helps.


Current Listen: Coldplay- Fix You

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

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What I'm Reading Right Now (14)

Quote of the day:
My personal hobbies are reading, listening to music, and silence. 
-Edith Sitwell 

I am done with the Archer series for now. Moving on, my current book is by Japanese author Haruki Murakami. If he sounds familiar its because I started reading another book of his in March, although I never did finish the 800 pages to the end, I hope to get back to it at a later date.

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This current book is titled 'Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage'. It centers around Tsukuru Tazaki who has four best friends at school. One day they announce that they didn't want to see him or talk to him again. And since that day, Tsukuru, he floats through life, seeking meaning and acceptance. It's a haunting tale, dark, sensual and even poetic at times, and with detailed characters. It dwells on relationships and emotions. A brilliant piece of work, and its a great read so far.

What book are you reading, or what's on your reading list?


Current Listen: Hans Zimmer -Now We Are Free

Monday, September 07, 2015

Plans For The Week (22)

Quote of the day: 

Any idea, plan, or purpose may be placed in the mind through repetition of thought. 
-Napoleon Hill

And with that September is off to a wonderful and fast start. I expect nothing less really, and since its going to be a shorter month one may as begin to put things into perspective, to fasten on the seat belt of life and drive to our expected destination.

The past week went smoothly, and here are my goals for the coming week.

1. Conclude itinerary for a mini trip.
2. Write 500 words for my novel.
3. Workout twice during the week.
4. Reflect, meditate, focus.
5. Read a new book.
6. Clear out my email inbox.
7. Spend time with friends.
8. Accept the things I can't change.
9. Dream big.

There goes most of my list, have you made yours yet? Have a productive week ahead.

Peace & Love always!

Current Listen:- Felat Kuti -Gentleman 

Saturday, September 05, 2015

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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

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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?

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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 03, 2015

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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.

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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 01, 2015

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Poem: Lost

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

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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