Daily Prompt: Turn, Turn, Turn

The Daily Prompt today:

For many of us, winter is blooming into spring, or fall hardening into winter. Which season do you most look forward to?

Muscat basically has two seasons: summer and not-really-summer-but-we-can’t-do-anything-about-it-so-let’s-just-call-it-winter.

The second season – for all practical purposes, let’s just stick to calling it winter – is perhaps the best thing about this place. The days are warm, yes… But not overbearingly so. And sometimes, if you’re lucky, you get the chance to show off you ‘winter’ wardrobe. My favourite thing about these not-so-warm months are the evenings… usual addas morph into languid sheesha sessions… weekends are interspersed with BBQs… long walks by the beach… Bliss!

True our winters don’t comprise beautiful snowy-scapes or the charm of Mediterranean winters.. but winters in Muscat have a certain je ne sais quoi you just can’t beat.

 

Ps – Here’s another post on winter from ‘back in the day’ ;)

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Daily Prompt: Share the Love

Still on a high after reading this lovely post :)

Life of a Momo

 

Daily Prompt: Share the Love

Tell us about another blogger who has influenced your own online journey.

Since I was small, I used to write a diary. Some would say its a good habit and some would ask why not express it on a public platform? Well either way I was too shy to write for people to read because Im not that great on grammar and neither am I very good with the tenses oh wait no dont run away Im pretty decent and oh so very funny I promise! :)

I used to be very amused by the writings of my best friend because she was so damn good and just to make her laugh and get to her Id make fun of the big big words and the deep meaning because momentarily it was fun! So after coming to college I remember ouu Journalism professor asking us…

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Daily Prompt: Prized Possession

Today’s Daily Prompt:

Describe an item you were incredibly attached to as a child. What became of it?

I like to think I wasn’t petty or materialist as a child. But who am I kidding? Growing up, I had quite a few “prized possessions” – most of which I don’t even own anymore – like my Enid Blyton books, Polly Pocket, My Little Pony figurines, troll figurines (the ones with funky coloured hair), a gigantic teddy I called ‘papa bear’ (yep, from Goldilocks)… you get the idea.

However, today’s daily prompt couldn’t have come at a better time (for slightly different reasons). Here’s why:

When I was about 6 or 7 I had a navy blue dress with white polka dots. It was my FAVOURITE. During my summer vacations, mom and I made our annual trip to India and of course, the dress came along with us. And like every time, my maashi (aunt) and her daughter dropped by to meet us. My cousin is just a few years younger than I – yes, I guess at this point you know where this is going.

For some reason, which I do not recall at the moment, my cousin needed a change of clothes. Needless to say my maashi grabbed that dress and (unfortunately) it fitted my cousin perfectly. “I’m keeping this dress, alright?” she announced to no one in particular and my mom being her typical nonchalant self, just shrugged and said, “Sure.”

I couldn’t believe it! My favourite dress! My eyes welled up with tears but I didn’t say anything – and that’s where this particular memory ends…

But it’s not where this post ends though.

A few weeks back I shared this story with a friend of mine. And guess what? He surprised me by ordering a similar dress online and had it shipped over. I’m still stunned by his act of kindness.

THANK YOU! Thank you! Thank you!

But most of all, thanks for adding yet another item on my prized possessions’ list: an awesome friend.

Daily Prompt: Menagerie

Yes! Yes! Yeeeees! :) Although I’m taking a little time off from blogging, I had to try out today’s Daily Prompt

Right now I just a have batty lil dog, Rusty. But I hope to live in a huge farm one day and own at least 5 :)

Rusty means the world to me. He’s my lil baby and I love him to bits. I mean, have you seen that cute lil face? How can anyone not wanna just grab him and cuddle… Hold on a sec… Need to cuddle him for a bit… ;)

It’s hard trying to take a pic. He just doesn’t sit still:

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It’s obvious I’m bribing him with a treat in the next one:

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Just two for now…. And one from an old post aka the hungry dog:

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And yes, I’m blogging from my phone! Woot!

Travel Theme: Roads

This week, Ailsa’s travel theme was roads. Her blog Where’s My Backpack is amazing. Do take a look, if you haven’t already and join the challenge! My images are from trips and non-trips over the past 3-4 years. These are either taken with my cell-phone cam or my trusty point & shoot (Warning: My enthusiasm for this particular post went a little over board.)

The first one is of this beautiful little town of Callander in Scotland:

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Next on the list is Glasgow. The pic was taken from a moving bus, so it might be a little blurred, but I wanted to include a picture of one of my favourite cities:

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It’s funny how I don’t have too many pics of Muscat. I need to take more and make the most of my stay here. This one was shot with a cell-phone cam. An ex-colleague of mine had taken me and another colleague out for a spin in the Porche that’s pictured (woot!) – a test drive, of course. Fun day!

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On a different note, here are a couple taken in Winderemere/Lake District:

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OK, I’m sorry. I couldn’t stick with just two. Here’s one last picture from the Lake District: :)

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This one was shot just outside a pottery factory in Delft:

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The famous Closing Dike, The Netherlands

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Florence! What a beautiful city!

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The streets of Calcutta are never empty. This was taken from a cab on our way to the famous Victoria Memorial

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Paris, France:

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And finally, Amsterdam:

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Day 10 of Blogging Challenge

I’ve been a little lazy and not stuck to the challenge. But I guess that’s OK. I don’t want to push myself too much and just take it a day at a time.

So here we are, Day 10. Today’s topic says “Put your music player on shuffle and write the first ten songs that play.” Fun! I wish I could do more music based blog challenges. Scratch that, I will try and figure out a blogging challenge which revolves around music. Anyway, back to the topic. I will link each song to a YouTube video as well in case anyone’s interested…

1. Wolfmother – Mind’s Eye : This is a great sign. It used to be one of those I-want-to-listen-to-this-song-on-loop-forever kind of songs. Great stuff!

2. Dream Theater – Afterlife : Not one of my favourite DT songs, but still a great one.

3. Eleni Karaindrou – The Weeping Meadow : OST from the first film (titled The Weeping Meadow) of Theo Angelopoulos’ trilogy. A beautiful, emotionally vivid instrumental piece.

4. Blue Oyster Cult – Flaming Telepaths : A favourite by BOC. Check it out if you haven’t heard it before.

5. sHEAVY – Invasion of The Micronauts : General consensus is that sHeavy sounds very ‘Sabbathy’. At least the vocalist does. Check out Electric Sleep – my favourite track by the band – if you haven’t come across their music before. (Of course, only if you’re into Stoner rock  or Doom metal.)

6. Jaco – Malaysia : Oooh, electronic music! It’s a pretty decent track.

7. Ruth Brown – Looking Back : I actually came across this song while watch My Blueberry Nights. I love Ruth’s voice… she’s divine!

8. The Hot Rats – Crystal Ship : I prefer the original by The Doors. Even Nevermore did an awesome cover. This is decent too.

9. Rich O’Toole – In a Minute or 2 : OK, I have no idea how this song is on my playlist. I have no recollection whatsoever.

10. Pink Floyd – Interstellar Overdrive : No list is complete without a Pink Floyd song. Haha! So there you have mine.

I’m glad no potentially embarrassing songs popped up. Like, say, if someone had a whole playlist of boy band songs. But of course, I’m not that person. So I didn’t need to worry about that. I mean, who listens to 98 Degrees or a1 anymore? Not me, that’s for sure!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Lost in the Details

This week’s Photo Challenge theme is all about getting Lost in the Details.

Once you’ve found a subject you want to photograph, challenge yourself to work a little further into the scene. Here, I use a landscape as an example, but this approach can be applied to other types of photography.

Funny thing is, I’d done something similar – just for kicks of course – when I went to Jebel Sifah a couple of months back. A walk on the beach with my cousin Jhinx turned into a fun photo session!

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