Month: November 2011

Day 130: The Humble Warrior, Dalai Lama in Bed and The BodyHoliday…

Not just because humility is one of the things I’m trying to encourage through this blog, but how I do love this pose! There is nothing more unselfish and humbling than bringing your forehead to the floor and kissing the ground next to your feet… especially when you realize how to do this properly =) / I officially love the Dalai Lama in Bed… I could read (and be inspired by this!) for hours! =) / Favourite quotes of the day: “We must work together. Humanity needs more genuine cooperation… in bed.” / “Even more important than the warmth and affection we receive, is the warmth and affection we give in bed.” / “Appreciate how rare and full of potential your situation is in this world, then take joy in it, and use it to your best advantage in bed.” hahaha, I could keep going… but you might as well check it out yourself =) / Today is the 30th of November, the end of the month and the end of a lot of things. …

Day 129: Watch Listen Tell.

It’s all about the arts today, apparently. See when it’s busy? You can always find consolation in the music you discover and drip like wax into your ears, filling up the cold empty spaces of a room silenced by concentration and permeating the gaps with warmth and things that are real… Today I am thankful for stumbling upon Watch Listen Tell – a pure, untarnished and richly simplistic source of talent, creativity and inspiration that disguises itself, humbly, as nothing more than a “unique music channel, featuring new artists playing live music”. If Eden was captured on film and had a choir and chorus of bohemian musicians, I’d like to think it would look and sound like this. Can I just say how refreshing it was listening to the music on here today. It’s as if Dave Tree’s identified and filtered out the essential thread and soul of these artists, and stripped out all the fake crap and complexity of their songs (which, with today’s music, can often be detracting and distracting!). What Tree does is present …

Day 128: The Expressionism of Ballet, Homemade Spaghetti Bolognese and The Push that Comes to Shove…

I never really appreciated or thought much for ballet before, but after watching the Black Swan (and I know that probably doesn’t even come close to the real deal!), I have to say how beautiful and enrapturing this is to watch. Some people tell stories by acting. Others write. Ballerinas, they tell stories with every contortion, twist and control of their bodies, through the form, interpretation and expression of dance. Glad to have one in the family =) / Sometimes, you need the gale force of a push to shove you over the edge, because that is the only way you can soar. Today I am grateful for another opportunity to fly. Life is too short to burn your fuse over trifling matters. If you’re not happy about something, stop moaning and do something about it. I tell you, the second you flip that switch in your head and decide enough is enough… man… now that is liberating! =) / Thanks Aunty Donna for the massive pot of spaghetti bolognese, and the opportunity to have one …

Day 126: Granddad's 80th's, deep fried mars bars and my big crazy Scottish family…

Today, after about 5 years of searching, I finally finally had a deep fried mars bar. So here are photos to prove that they are not a myth and that deep fried mars bars actually do exist. And I really really wish I did not like them!! / Glad Dad and I made it up to Scotland for my Granddad’s 80th birthday and my Aunty Mags’ 50th. Always a riot when we go up the road =p / Thanks Aunty Pauline and Alan for putting me up. / Thanks Joy for being so patient with my indecisiveness shopping around town! Cannot wait for the snow 😉 See you in a couple months… =) x

Day 125: King's Cross St. Pancras, Glasgow by plane and Kavesh!

She said, “find the red hot chilli peppers in life”. And he did. =) Grateful I can just step out of the office and walk straight into King’s Cross St Pancras to catch my train to Luton. How convenient is that! / There is something about airports and the thought of getting on an airplane that gets me really excited. Glasgow is only 1 hour away but I tell you! – standing in that queue waiting to board; stepping out into the chilly cold and wet, wet night; hearing the high-pitched squealing of engines and seeing that orange and white plane all lit up with spotlights while I crossed the glistening, charcoal-coloured tarmac… I couldn’t help but do a little whoop and victory dance inside my head. Yesss, here we go again! / Today I am grateful for the text message that broke my intense concentration and nostalgia at work, and filled me instead with good news and happiness… Kav, am so happy and chuffed and proud of you! One year on and see how …

Day 124: Thanksgiving, Beyonce, Cribbin's Carbonara and being the Client for a change…

Today, it was reassuring and inspiring to know that all around the world, hundreds of thousands of people were taking a moment (or a few!) to be grateful and give thanks. Now imagine more people in the world practicing the art and patience of appreciation… Now wouldn’t that be something…    And wouldn’t that change the world…    =) / Happy day of thanks everyone! / Cribbin, thank you (and your mum!) for this Carbonara recipe. Such a simple yet effective meal that always hits the spot =). Made it for myself and Kavesh tonight. He loved it. PS – I added in some veggie stock and porcini mushrooms to your recipe. It’s the bomb, i.e. YUM! / It was nice meeting our key media agency today and being spoiled like a client for a change. Learned a lot and am sure I’ll be learning much more in the upcoming months ahead. Thank you Dave, Stacey, Vanessa and Zach. Pleasure to meet you tonight =) Looking forward to many more catch-ups and post-drink bevvies at …

Day 123: Charlie Brown, Princi Bakery, L'Eto Caffe & Russian Honey Cake…

I never really understood – or I guess appreciated – the point, subtle charm and humour of Charlie Brown until today. But I’m glad I stumbled upon this again. / Thank you, Coldplay, for the inspiration. Here’s to running wild and glowing in the dark. / Love Princi bakery on Wardour Street. / Love L’Eto Caffe, too! / And lord, if god ever made a cake – this would be it! Russian Honey Cake = YUM!

Day 122: A mountain of cushions and Amazon.com…

I love pillows. Full stop. Especially when they are handpicked with love from the street market vendors of India and Hong Kong combined =) Thank you momma! / I don’t think anyone quite understands how much joy these cushions bring to my life (except maybe Tom). If my room is my world and my bed, my haven, then these plump and vibrant squares represent and are constant reminders of the things I love and wish I had more of in life: more sunsets, more trees, more culture, more character, more spirituality, more yoga… more life. =) / I like starting and ending my day like this. =) / Thank you Amazon.com, that is a total of 12 books worth nearly £200 I purchased from you today. But I’m sure it will all be worth it =)

Day 121: Having no broken bones, Nurofen Express, The long wait at A&E and Brookmans…

Glad to know I’ve just overstrained a ligament and haven’t done any more damage than that. No running, yoga or dancing for at least a week… =O But party feet soon enough! =) / Thank god for Nurofen Express. Truly “targets pain fast”. Now here’s one painkiller I can definitely count on 😉 / 3.5 hrs at A&E = 3.5 hrs of uninterrupted fun playing Stackeo with my Dad and catching up on the thrills and joys of the last 3 months =) / Particularly loved the moment my dad started talking Tagalog to the back of a Filipino woman’s head saying “Paki dalian mo. Wag ka tamad!”. Or in other words, “C’mon. Hurry up! Don’t be lazy!” =p / Grateful for Brookmans, the moment my Dad asked me to get the second round and the moment our drinks arrived at the table. Cheers, to the friggin weekend. 😉 x