Leibster Award

A huge thank you to Shannan Wiltshire of NOLITE TE BASTARDES CARBORUNDORUM who nominated me for the Leibster Award. I feel very honoured, thank you! 🙂

Lately, I’ve been having internet connectivity issues as a result I had to copy Shannan’s post and edit it on Word so I can type my response post and then post it back to my blog

So due to this unfortunate event, I have broken some of the below rules (*covering my eyes*):

The rules:

  1. Create a Leibster post
  2. On the post include a thank you and a link to the blogger who nominated you.
  3. Choose other bloggers to nominate and list them in the post – I’m loving all the blogs I’ve been following so far. Each with their own uniqueness that contribute to my leisure time of entertainment reading.
  4. Make a list of 11 new questions for your nominees to answer.
  5. List the rules on your Liebster post

These were the questions for me:

When did you start this blog?

I started blogging about 3 years ago, however I ended up not being consistent in my writing. The blog was about my journey of relocating to Cape Town and that’s when I also came up with FrenchToast blog. I sort of stopped writing when I eventually relocated and this year I’ve started again, let’s see where it will take me.

What makes you smile?

Little things from favourite song, nature around me, being with loved ones and reminiscing on great times.

Do you have a weird talent?

Uhhmm does being partly psychic count as a talent?

Who is your hero?

My mom and grandma are my heroines. I can’t imagine how my life would have turned out had I not had such incredible women in it.

What is your favourite season?

I love both autumn and summer.

Do you prefer a home cooked meal or takeaways?

Cooked meal! Well only when it comes out as perfectly as the pic on the recipe book haha

What’s a great memory from your childhood?

Going on surprise trips/adventures with my mom while I was still in 1st Grade. I’d come home after school and my mom would just say “Get dressed, we are going out”. I wouldn’t hesitate taking off my school uniform. I loved those moments! They were better than the planned trips.

Breakfast or lunch?

Definitely breakfast, well provided it’s a full (English/American) breakfast – yum!

Are you organised or spontaneous?

I’m 75% organised and 25% spontaneous. It drives me knuts when I don’t plan ahead but every now and then I just let my spontaneous side run wild.

What is your biggest regret?

Wasting my early twenties by making a lot of excuses and not working harder in terms of career, education and other life choices.

Do you believe in yourself?

YES! Yes! And yEs!!

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The Pecha Kucha night of inspiration…Prt2 of 5

They say an inspiration can come from the littlest OF things and is everywhere YOU OPEN YOUR EYES TO.

A year ago I attended a Pecha Kucha event for the first time and all I knew was that it’s a crowd of entrepreneurs/creative coming together to share their work and inspirations. We (my boyfriend and I) arrived just in time as the crowd was being led to the main hall. The hall was huge, antique chandeliers hanging from the high ceiling and huge brass organ pipe that must have been there from the ages of time stood in the far background at the end of the stage. Two projector sheets were placed on the front of the stage with a couch, three chairs and table nicely decorated in between the sheets. Good music was playing in the background as people slowly filled the empty chairs and the room satiated with a vibe of excitement.

Each speaker is given 6min40seconds to talk about their work or inspirations in a presentation format of 20slides displayed for 20seconds per image. I was glued to my sit and waiting patiently for the show to start as the slides displayed every city around the world that hosts Pecha Kucha event in the background. It was impressive to learn that the event is held in so many cities around the world. The nights are open to anyone wanting to inspire or be inspired, and seeing how successful this has been in all these cities was just incredible. The Team Leader and Pecha kucha license holder David Cotton opened the ceremony and right before he handed the mic to the MC he said simple words yet they moved me so much “everyone is a designer”. I felt inspired and wanted to feed more on his wisdom.

For some reason I had always believed that I should patiently wait for that single moment where a light bulb will come on in my head and at that very second I will know my calling in life. I cannot express how much I would love to create something of an artistic nature yet not sure which route to head and so I keep waiting for the bulb to come on. And till then I will continue writing.

As the charming MC took over the mic, I could see myself rubbing my hands together in excitement. What can I say, I easily get excited and feeding on inspiring wisdom is what I crave for the most in life.

As one speaker came after the other, I felt extremely happy and grateful that I had attended the event. I expressed my feelings to the good looking guy sitting next to me and told him about the light bulb moment I’m impatiently waiting for. He then replied, “a lot of people believe in exactly that, ‘the light bulb moment‘ that will turn their lives in the direction they always wanted to go in, but there is no such moment. You have to start with the little things that you can do right now and stop waiting. Keep doing what you love as you are now and with those things you create, they may eventually lead you to something bigger”. I took a moment to ponder on that, as part of me felt that he wasn’t understanding what I mean or it’s maybe the fact that I’m not expressing myself well. But later that evening, it dawned on me that he was right!

I enjoyed watching and listening to each presentation. It made me want to do more with myself, wish I had been born in this lovely city so that way my creative self would have awakened long ago. Right now I have this present moment and have to start working towards my final, bigger picture where my creative spark will hit in all directions.

I loved a lot of the presentations however these are the ones that stood out for me:

Jacques Bloom – ISTYLA

He was this smartest 15 year old who self taught himself Programming from an early age. He is a genius and exuberates his passions amazingly. He also creates design applications and runs a community workshop where he reaches out to under developed schools teaching kids how to be programmers. He believes it’s a must for children to learn programming as it increases intellectual/IQ. His presentation made me want to be a programmer. He was very entertaining too. He also created an application called Istyla that allows one to change themes on Facebook.

Contact: admin@istyla.com

Carmen Davila – Faces of Cape town

Mexican born and now stays in Cape town. She is a photographer and her presentation was about telling a story in single picture. She does this by taking pictures of random people in the park to help tell their story. She takes portraits of these people, prints them off and days later tries to locate each person so they can hopefully see the beauty in themselves that she saw when capturing the image. As she captures the picture, each person is asked what is the most important thing in their lives and their responses ranges from Love, Family, Money, Faith, Nature, Environment etc and on all pictures shown, there was only one old man who felt Air was most important and that was more moving of all pictures as he mentioned something that we often take for granted. The pictures are taken in black and white this minimizing the differences of color and the focusing exclusively on the person whose portrait is taken.
“We all have one heart, after all” she said.

http://www.carmendavila.com/info.htm

Didintle Ntsie – 100 in 1 day

Didintle is part of the creators/organizers of 100 in 1day, a social event that help people connect with eachother as they share the dreams they have for their communities, city and society. Different activities are held around the city bringing everyone together to share their interests and to participate in the fun of unity. The activities include playing chess, tango, cultural dances, painting etc. I’m yet to attend this event.

 Lisa Huang – Food and chatter

Originally from Asia, Lisa and her partner Ovi hosts events in different restaurants where people (whether new in town or wanting to try something new while making new friends) come together to share the pleasure of trying new food experience. The menu is always a surprise and specially created for that night. The guests get the pleasure of meeting the owners and chefs of the restaurant who then share the personal story of the restaurant, how it came about etc and also the food they will be making for the evening. Depending on the type of restaurant, guests have the chance to watch the food while being made. Once the food is placed on the table, guests can relish the moment, food and the new company they just made. To describe her in 3 words, she is a Food Story Teller.

I had the pleasure of attending one of her events, which was held at an Ethiopian restaurant in town. The experience was phenomenal.

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So, what was my plan after that night? To continue expressing my creativeness in any way that I possible can, till I find that mark that sets me aside from the rest. And to never cease to let each moment inspire me until that moment when my dreams slowly turns to reality.

“Love what you do and do what you love. Don’t listen to anyone else who tells you not to do it. You do what you want, what you love. Imagination should be the center of your life.” ― Ray Bradbury

The 10 Most Missed Things..

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As I prepare for bed after a long busy night shift, I can’t help but to let my mind wander with happy thoughts of things I miss the most:

1. Food Markets.

2. My mom, sister, friends and everyone back home. It feels like a long time since I’ve been home.

Beautiful night lights of Jo’burg.

3. Adventurous road trips with my boyfriend.

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4. Taking photos. (Most pics here were taken a year ago and others longer)

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6. Enjoying Live band.

7. Getting Henna-Temporary Tattoos. This was my favorite of all the ones I ever did. (don’t think I’ll ever get a permanent one)

8.  Printing out cool pics I find online. I had this one saved as a cover of one of my personal folders.

9. Cooking food that I actually enjoy eating. My cooking skills have been going downhill lately.

10. Stand-up comedy.

Yep, this will still remain one of my favorite shows.

One Lovely Blog Award:)

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One of the most blissful moments in the universe is to receive an unexpected heartwarming surprise. And this is what I found waiting for me as I read an notification on my email that one of my readers Nomadic Panda has nominated me for the One Lovely Blog Award. I was ecstatic! Thank you so much:)

I followed The Nomadic Panda blog a month ago after being intrigued by his travelling adventures and tips. As someone who would love to travel the world one day, reading his post makes me wish I was part of the adventure and the little music video posts he throws in now and then are just awesome. If you didn’t get the link above, please do check out his blog on http://thenomadicpanda.wordpress.com

So to get down to business! The rules of this One Lovely Blog Award are: 
  1. Thank the person who has nominated you. Provide a link to his/her blog.
  2. List the rules and display the award image.
  3. Include 7 facts about yourself.
  4. Nominate 15 other bloggers and let them know that they have been nominated.  This is a way to introduce others to bloggers that you love.
Some facts about me: 
  1. I work in a Customer Services Industry.
  2. I’m an ambivert (one whose personality type is intermediate between extrovert and introvert)
  3. I love photography. 
  4. I prefer to buy secondhand books. I love the smell of old books and imagining the experience of the person whose read it before, how it must have kept them up late at night etc. It’s as though those old books have a story of their own.
  5. I’m easily inspired. Easy to please yet hard to impress.
  6. I love the color pink and that is not because my other name is Pinkie :$
  7. I live my life in faith. Faith in God, in others and the things I put my heart into.
In all  honesty I nominate all the Blogs that I follow each magnificent in their unique way, but since I can only choose 15 then these are my nomination (in no particular order):
  1. A Stairway To Fashion great posts on all that is fashion.
  2. Stephanie Eusebi Nutrition & Wellness on healthy living.
  3. Daily Pic(k)ture this is so far one of my most favorite photo blogs. Amazing photos!!
  4. Misterman’s take expressing his thoughts and views through poetry. Just wonderful!
  5. Celia Fitzgerald on her life events. Very moving, Inspiring and motivational.
  6. Obsessed beautiful blog on fashion and inspiring thoughts on everyday living.
  7. Hart Helps explorers ways to win the wars waged within the mind. 
  8. Aminelle Nali pouring Splendiferous Doses of Happiness in her blog.
  9. Jessica & Love fashion, food, beauty of life, photography and all the little inspirations.
  10. Sharen Raphael’s Blog short poetic story telling with intriguing images. Beautiful!
  11. The inside life of moi beautiful blog on Amanda’s life’s events, love&relationship, Parenting, Travelling, Tips etc.
  12. Humyn here Rebecca shares her thoughts on the human experience. Love it!
  13. Poems&Poems for the lover of poetry. 
  14. Nero Kein wonderful expressions through poetry.
  15. Paul Thomas Bell Giving a great look at life, dating &love from a male perspective. 

 

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My 5 most constant Habits

  1. Talking to myself – Who doesn’t?  hahaha okay maybe it doesn’t always get that stimulating. Well, not all the time.
  2. Calling my name outloud when I do something outrageously silly or uncalled for, as if I’m about to punish myself for that act –
    Pinkie!!!!

    (yep, that’s my other name. Don’t judge). New discovery – Pinkie is the traditional title for a portrait of 1794 by Thomas Lawrence. So I guess there is some beautiful meaning behind my name, apart from being taken from the color Pink.

  3. Creating stickynotes & making to-do list for day/week. How else can you effectively keep track of everything, right?!
  4. Purposefully getting dramatic. Okay I do not do this to intentionally irritate those around me but what harm can a little drama do every now and then. DRAMATIC KITTENThe importance of doing this is to know your crowd. Since most people know I’m not a dramatic person, this is like one of those LOL moments.
  5. Playing music while getting ready to go out. I don’t know if this is something I’ve convinced myself to be true but I always get this never ending brain-freeze if I don’t play any great tunes while deciding what to wear or getting dressed before going out. It’s like at that point my life is part of a movie and isn’t there always a cool track playing in the background as the girl on the scene gets ready to go out? Exactly. And just then as the volume goes high, the ideas of what to wear start floating. 

 What are your constant habits? 😉

Rethink Homelessness

Rethink Homelessness is an initiative of the Central Florida Regional Commission on Homelessness. They recently asked a few homeless people to write down a fact about themselves that other people wouldn’t know just by walking past them.

Being human can be hard. It’s easy to just judge the next person by their outward appearance, pass them by and carry on with your life. The world has become so competitive that we sometimes forget to take a moment to pause and see others as fellow humans, and not by what they have or lack. It’s become full of self-interest. 

I used to give money to homeless people until I realized that they might not always use the money with the same intention that I have for them when giving it. Some of them have fallen so deep into the homeless lifestyle that they’ve made peace with it. I’ve heard stories of people who would offer jobs to the homeless only for them to return back to the streets. It’s become the only life they understand and are familiar with. I now give old clothes and extra food when I’m able to. 

Some of the homeless weren’t just born on the streets either. Most made bad decisions that led them to the streets, while others were forced by circumstance and lost the courage, support and strength to fight. They can only dream, hope and wish for more as they live each day. To lose everything you have can happen to anyone, but the question is how hard will you fight to making it back on your feet if you had no support, opportunities or anyone who believed in you?

While we cannot make a drastic change when it comes to the less fortunate, small acts do go a long way. Each person has 24c07-images4their own story to tell. Others would take an opportunity with both hands, just knowing that someone believes in them is enough for them to get back on their feet. While with some, knowing you see them as human too is enough to get them through the day.

So, give if you have more than what you know what to do with. Share if you have an opportunity to give. To give wholeheartedly is one of life’s best gifts. A life is a life, even when others do not have the means to live it as extraordinarily as you do yours. But give because you want to and not to show off or boost your ego, for it means nothing when you do it for the wrong reasons.

After all, to be homeless only means to be without a home, and that does not make one any less human.