Happiness in Life is Made

"O, happy the soul that saw its own faults" – Rumi

On dieting…

I reckon, if by window e-shopping handbags and watching Sugar on cable make me eat less, why bother dieting?

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This is no Louboutin but the smiles say it all.
It is 128 am here, I cannot sleep because I still wonder what shoes to wear tomorrow and I have an early flight to catch. But I know I cannot get to sleep before I read this. My heart goes to everyone who does good to other people regardless of the “whats”. In the end, I think I will settle with my black walking shoes and will probably feel the joy just as much as the children featured in this article.

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Thoughts of the day

Many people are poor not because they do not own enough money, but because they spend it on wrong priorities.

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Domesticating children

I am in the process of letting the children to be more involved with housework much more than before. They need these skills which are useful when they finally spread their wings. Chores such as setting up the table for dinner, washing the dishes after meal, cleaning bathroom are just few examples of how children can develop abilities to look after the house when they are on their own. The boys are able to use the electric kettle for hot water with supervision and make simple breakfast. Even though the girls seemed to be adapting quicker, regardless of the gender they should know how to run a house, and stuff included in it. Munawwar has been quite helpful at home which makes it easier as the boys would have a role-model to look up to.

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Terukir di bintang

It is February and you can see “hearts” virtually everywhere, on the cards, the banners, the parfum parlours, the diamond shops, the restaurants, the florists and the chocolate advertisements on tv. Personally, I don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day. But it seems that this year’s February has more charm than it has ever been before. Maybe because I have been watching too much of The Pawn Stars, The Pickers and King of Restorations over History Channel lately. Perhaps the all rustic, old and vintage  antiquities have caused me to be slightly airy-fairy. Romanticism on TV or film is highly over-rated I must say.

Having said that, I will make this my February theme song. Terukir di bintang literally means Engraved on the Stars that somehow fits well with February and vintage and oh so Venice!

Gondola anyone?

 

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Fun in the sun

It is a long weekend  til today and the weather outside is pretty warm. It is a beautiful day and would be a waste if we were to spend it inside. Itqan has been extremely helpful with rearrangement of the boys’ beds and study tables into our room because their bathroom needs major plumbing job soon. So, for a treat, we head to the nearby swimming pool for a dip.

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They enjoyed it as much as their sisters.

As for now, I would savour their childhood as much as I could, along with the mess that comes with it, ha!

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Ad campaign by Legas Delaney for Plant for the Planet, using cut leaves symbolizing their ability to absorb CO2.

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City of lights (love)

Somehow, I was so into Paris since last year. Maybe it was because of the DVD or a novel, I seriously could not recall now. Or maybe it was because that the fashion scene decided to make Paris (read: vintage) the theme last year, until you can see everything Parisian as the exhibits and decor on the window.

Thanks to Dan Brown, I once thought of visiting the Louvre just because I wanted to trail back all the places mentioned in the Da Vinci’s Code. I am currently on Bonjour Happiness and thoroughly enjoyed it so far. For now, I think that if I ever get to Paris, I would like to savour it as everything that she is: Mysterious, Lights, Love and Living well.

Two novels, a non-fiction, a DVD, a free bookmark, this and this were too much of a coincidence. After all, happiness is made. Someday.

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Just be…

Calm
Content
Aware

Ambitious
Kind
Creative

Happy

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A heart of a what?

So went the fable that I heard on the radio this morning. It was about a mouse who were so stressed out when he was bullied by cats. The mouse went to see a witch and asked her to change him to a cat so that other cats would not bother him anymore. Wish granted, he was made miserable not long after by dogs. So he went and asked the witch to change him to a dog, only to be stirred later by lions. So he asked the witch to change him again to a lion, and he was then changed to a lion. His life was still miserable because at that point the hunters would want to catch him. He went to see the witch, so that the witch can change him into a hunter. However, unlike the last 4 attempts, this time the witch refused to change him to a hunter. She said ” you will never be the person you wanted to be for as long as you have a heart of a mouse!”

This discipline and rough treatment are a furnace to extract the silver from the dross. This testing purifies the gold by boiling the scum away“. – Rumi in Rumi Daylight.

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