Day 3: My Favourite Television Programme(s)

Woot! I’ve been looking forward to writing this one. (Is it just me or do these challenges remind people of the ‘Slam books’ we used to fill out for our friends back in high school?) Anyway, by the end of this, it might seem I watch a LOT of television but trust me, I don’t. Also, I’m only sticking with shows that are currently being aired; So no Buffy or Lost or Charmed

1. The Walking Dead: Zombies!! Do I even need to talk about how awesome this show is? I love how each of the characters in the show have developed along with the story. I went from completely despising Daryl (played by the uber sexy Norman Reedus) in season 1 to outright falling in love with him by the end of season 2.

2. The Big C: I admit, the only reason I started watching The Big C was because I found out that Laura Linney is in it. I am in love with her and everything she does. She’s just. so. perfect! Anyway, The Big C, as you might have already guessed by now, is about cancer. Laura plays the role of a mid-aged suburban wife called Cathy who’s diagnosed with terminal melanoma. The show basically follows her journey, and how she comes to terms with her illness, etc. Season 1 was brilliant! The next two were OK too and now I’m keenly waiting for the fourth – and sadly the last – season which will be aired in the month of April.

3. Game of Thrones: What can be said about this show that hasn’t been said before? I can’t wait for Season 3 – it airs next month.

4. Girls: Lena Dunham, I hate you for ruining my social life (not that I had much of a social life before). I remember the weekend I finally decided to give the show a shot and ended up staying awake ALL night to watch ALL the episodes. Unfortunately, I haven’t kept up with the second season – but that’ll change soon.

5. New Girl: It was just out of a whim that I downloaded the first episode of New Girl and needless to say, completely fell in love with the show, Zooey’s quirky character, Jess – and Nick! Umm.

6. Beauty and The Beast: Yes, yes, please go ahead and judge me. But both, my mom and I totally love the show. Kristin Kreuk is one fine lady! (I was a major Smallville addict as well, but mostly because of Michael Rosenbaum.)

Other honourable mentions: 666 Park Avenue, Arrow, The Big Bang Theory and Modern Family.

TV Shows I really should start watching but haven’t gotten around to yet: Boardwalk Empire, Sherlock, Elementary, Parks and Recreation, Breaking Bad, Community, Six Feet Under, Suits and The Newsroom.

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Day 2: Something I Feel Strongly About

Right. I wish there was just ‘one’ thing I felt strongly about. But there isn’t. So here goes… (expect a rant-y post) ;)

1. Gender Stereotypes: Before I begin my rant, I want to stress on the fact that I’m talking about ‘gender’ in general… not only women. There are crippling stereotypes on both ends on the spectrum. From frivolous ones like, women like pink to subliminally more damaging ones in mainstream media today (thank you MTV) – I simply hate the gender-defined roles we are expected to maintain and follow. She enjoys sports? What a tom-boy. He takes an interest in fashion? Must be gay. She’s extremely career-driven? Must be a cold hearted bitch. He’s a stay at home dad? He isn’t a man. Enough already. Can we all please realise that we are PEOPLE first?

2. Slut shaming/Calling women ‘whores’: Where do I even start with this one!? This particular topic is a subset of the previous one, but I really wanted to address it separately. Why, why, why do we constantly keep judging women based on the number of men they’ve slept with? Sometimes, it doesn’t even need to go that far. We see a girl who’s a little scantily clad and immediately begin judging her, call her a whore, etc. In fact, calling women ‘whores’ makes for a separate blog post itself. Just take a look at these tweets:


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3. Living life on auto-pilot: … And expecting others to live meaningless, consumer-driven lives like yours. AND then judging them when they don’t.

I’m just going to stick with three for now. Don’t want it to turn into a boring, rant :)

Cheers

Day 1: Five Ways to Win Your Heart

This blogging thing is addictive! Rekha and I have embarked on another 30-day challenge. And this time it has been directly inspired by Melissa’s blog, A Boles Undertaking. So, five ways to win my heart?

1. Be kind. I’m talking about straight-from-your-heart, unadulterated type of kindness. Kindness that’s reflected in your eyes, smile, and voice. Kindness that isn’t contrived. Kindness without an agenda. Be kind to me, to those around you but most of all, be kind to yourself.

2. Love your life. Every minute of it. Be that person who lives – or at least tries to live – a full life.

3. Amuse me. I am instantly enamoured by people who possess a wry wit. Be punny. Some women like sweet nothings whispered into their ears – I’ll take a double entendre please.

4. Reddit.

5. Don’t support ManU or Chelsea – or even Bayern for that matter. Oh, and don’t be a frickin’ bandwagoner ;)

Travel Theme: Bridges

Alright, this is my first shot at a Travel Theme post and this week it’s bridges. This one was fun! And I had a great time going through all my photos… The first one’s from my trip to Italy in December 2011 with my mom. It was taken at Torcello. It’s called Ponte del Diavolo or Devil’s Bridge:

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Torcello is an island just off the Venetian mainland. And speaking of Venice, how can we not include the famous Rialto Bridge:

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A closer shot:

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The following three are from my trip to Amsterdam in December 2012

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And finally, this one taken during my visit to Kolkata, India in February 2011. This bridge is across the Hoogly as seen from the Dakshineshwar Kali Temple.

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More, more, more

All this talk of growing up in the 90s, boybands, etc. really made me nostalgic. I spent a good hour during the weekend going through my journals and laughing at the stupid things I said, laughing over my high school crushes (not to mention the drama!)… and as much as I’m glad, all that is in the past, it’s always fun to look back and recall the things we used to enjoy. Books that we’d read… Movies that we’d watch… So this week, not only have I decided to take this blogging challenge a notch higher, I’ve also decided to dedicate an entire week to ‘Nostalgia’.

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Today, it’s going to be my favourite cartoon/anime themes from back in the day. Thank goodness for YouTube and the Internet. Otherwise, I’d truly be lost & lonely.

1. Duck Tales

2. Gummi Bears

3. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

4. Chip N Dale Rescue Rangers

5. The Real Adventures of Johnny Quest

6. Captain Planet (outro)

7. Pink Panther

8. Tom & Jerry Kids

9. Jungle Book/Mowgli

And since I grew up in Oman, I’d watch cartoons dubbed in Arabic as well:

10. Little Princess (We knew it as Sally)

11. Daddy Long Legs (I used to call it Judy)

12. Boumbo

13. I was just going to wrap up this list when I remembered He-Man!! So by the power of grey-skull, I bring to you, the intro :)

Weekly Photo Challenge: Forward

This week’s Photo Challenge:

In a new post specifically created for this challenge, share a picture that says FORWARD to you.

Perhaps it’s a path you yourself have taken, the building where you’re starting a great new job, or the curve of your partner’s pregnant belly. It could be an image that shows a physical move, or something that evokes a major life change.

Every once in a while, you read a book that completely changes your world view. For me, The Art of Non-Conformity by Chris Guillebeau did exactly that. I picked it up during my recent trip to Amsterdam and finished it on the six hour flight back home. What a brilliant book! And it couldn’t have come at a better time. If you haven’t read it, I strongly suggest you do!

Anyway, this book certainly mark’s the beginning of a new journey in my life. And I hope in the following months I get to blog about it all. SO without further ado, here’s a picture that represent’s “Forward”.

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Not the best photograph. It was taken on my cellphone during the wee hours of the morning. But will have to do.

Laziness…

You know those lazy Thursday afternoons when you don’t feel like doing anything at all? No? Nothing? Really? Alright, I’ll just tell you then. It’s too hot to go outside, you’re sick of reading… all you want to do is veg-out… And today happens to be just one of those days. Usually, I do randomly idiotic stuff… things that I’m too chicken to otherwise admit. If you’re curious (if not, just skip this blog post and try your luck some other time) here are some ridiculously stupid ways how I kill time:

– Delete people from my friends’ list on Facebook. Yep! In fact, the number of friends on my list is inversely proportional to how much free time I have. People with whom I haven’t spoken to over two years: Delete. People I know I’ll never meet again: Delete. People I’d like to completely erase from my memory: Delete. Show no mercy : )

– Organise my iTunes library: Like, categorizing my music according to genre. Missing album cover? Add that. Wrongly spelt song titles/artist names? Fix that too. As mundane as it sounds, I love it. Apart from all the fun that comes from organising things (yes, you indeed read that right), I get to re-discover the ‘lost’ tracks and sometimes come across music I don’t even remember having.

– Reddit: The sole reason why I have no friends or social life. But hey, I got Karma.

– Check airfares to random destinations. Sometimes I plan out vacations in my head. Puerto Vallarta, Cape Verde, Samos… you get the idea. I’ll check airfares, places to see, things to do… and then just leave it at that.

–  Watch tutorial videos on YouTube. Ok, I’ll be a little more honest here, I mainly watch make-up tutorials. Nail art tutorials, date-night eye makeup tutorials, Anime inspired girls’ night-out look tutorial, double your underwear as a scrunchie tutorial… It’s all very fascinating!

So there you have it. Just a few ways I kill time, when I’m not in the mood to do anything else. Many a precious weekends have been spent doing ‘nothing’. When I step into the office, first day of the week people usually ask how my weekend was. I just shrug and say, “Pretty uneventful!” Now you know what I mean : )