Best of 2016

Hey everyone so it’s been a while since I’ve blogged but I really should do an end of year post of the best things of 2016…it hasn’t been a great year for the world BUT GOOD THINGS DID HAPPEN!

Whether it’s politics, violence, celebrity deaths or the GBBO being moved to Channel 4…

So here’s my little list of things that made me happy in 2016: Not everything I read/watched came out in 2016

Books:

Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo- This duology is everything. It will ruin your life but you will be happy about it…PLUS I GOT TO MEET LEIGH BARDUGO THIS YEAR!!!


Born on a Tuesday by Elnathan John- This book is so beautifully written and incredibly heartbreaking and the end you’re just like???

Remembrance by Meg Cabot- THE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED 7TH MEDIATOR NOVEL WAS AWESOME. it was so nice to revisit old friends and omg the wedding was perf and urgh it was just a lovely read.

Sofia Khan is Not Obliged by Ayisha Malik – amazing to read a book about a hijabi Muslim woman living in London and working in publishing and trying to find a guy lol…awkwardness ensues. it’s full of laughs and cringey moments tbh but it’s a great read and I’m really excited about the sequel next year!

The Lumatere Chronicles by Melina Marchetta- finally finished this amazing trilogy. I will hopefully be doing a post on why you should read this soon! But if you love fantasy then YOU NEED TO READ THIS!

Adulthood is a Myth: A ‘Sarah’s Scribbles’ Collection by Sarah Anderson – I love Sarah’s comics and so for my birthday I decided to treat myself to her book since I am in denial that I am in fact an actual ADULT lol.

The Good Immigrant edited by Nikesh Shukla (Non-Fiction) – The is a timely book on what it’s like being an immigrant in the UK from a range of amazing artists! A MUST READ FOR EVERYONE ESPECIALLY WHITE PEOPLE! Full review coming soon!

Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig (Non-Fiction)-  This is a book about depression. An important book that everyone should read as it gives you perspective on what depression is like and how sometimes IT JUST CAN’T BE EXPLAINED and also has some awesome quotes in it and life advice!


I Call Myself A Feminist: The View from Twenty-Five Women Under Thirty Edited by Victoria Pepe et al (Non-Fiction)Really enjoyed this as it’s very accessible and has some amazing quotes but also it’s so relatable and relevant and an important read!



Movies:

Deadpool- one of the funniest movies I’ve seen. even better than Guardians of the Galaxy tbh

Moana- I am so so so happy with this because they consulted anthropologists for the movie and Lin-Manuel Miranda did the soundtrack and Moana is adorable and I just love everything about this movie. Plus I love the ocean.

ALSO BABY MOANA IS THE CUTEST THING

Zootopia– wow this is a children’s movie that dealt with racism and i just loved it. really funny and just a great movie.

Masaan independent Bollywood movie that dealt with various themes from untouchability to sex etc.

Omar   this was such a heartbreaking movie about being in love in Palestine and how the israelis really make their lives miserable 
TV

Brooklyn Nine-Nine – everything about this show is perf. It manages to be funny without being racist/homophobic etc and it has a diverse cast and it’s just so a feel good show. Also now I only say ‘noice’ thanks to b99.

Stranger Things – the kids are adorbs and Nancy slays and it wasn’t as creepy as I thought it would be!

Reign – Mary and Francis are too cute plus the outfits are amazing…this show is not exactly historically accurate but it’s just fun to watch and so damn emotional smh

iZombie – I love this show. It’s about a doctor who becomes a zombie and ends up working at the morgue and helps solve murders by eating the brains of the victim so she gets their memories etc. It’s really funny and perfect for fans of Veronica Mars!

Firefly – THIS IS SUCH A GREAT SHOW AND I AM SO UPSET IT ONLY HAD ONE SEASON BUT THE MOVE SERENITY WAS ALSO AMAZING AND I WILL NEVER BE SATISFIED BECAUSE MAL AND INARA NEVER BECAME A THING.

Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life-  was a letdown tbh WITH THAT DAMN ENDING and also Rory just was unacceptable. Luke and Lorelai were super cute and EMILY GILMORE WAS AMAZING but sad we didn’t get to see more of Lane!!! Rory x Logan 5ever SORRY NOT SORRY

Planet Earth II – Sir David Attenborough is a national treasure and I love love love learning about the earth and nature and ANIMALS!!!

Other stuff:
Hamilton – truly a blessing. If you don’t know what it is you clearly have been living under a rock or just don’t care. but it is a Broadway musical about the life of Alexander Hamilton one of the lesser known founding fathers of America. sounds boring right? BUT WAIT…the cast is diverse, and the music is everything. how to become a fan: listen to the soundtrack while reading the lyrics and you will be hooked. my fave songs: My Shot, The Schuyler Sisters, Helpless, Satisfied, Non-Stop, Wait For It, Take a Break, Burn, It’s Quiet Uptown and many more.

Finally went on holiday to Turkey and it was magnified end getting to read and relax on the beach and swim and be my true mermaid self again. Dalyan is one of my fave places.

'the ocean is a friend of mine'

‘the ocean is a friend of mine’

Made some new friends…making friends after school is really hard but Alhamdulilah I have had some random opportunities to meet new people and make new friends so yay for that.

Dealt with my anxiety by going to the doctor and group therapy and now i have to use the methods i learn and put them in practice…easier said than done.

Baking- did a lot of baking and learn new techniques and improved my piping etc. don’t forge to check out my baking account on Instagram for pics and also my Instagram stories!

A lot to be grateful for despite the horrendous year it has been what with all the death and violence and war and suffering and political turmoil *ahem* Brexit and US presidential election

Some pics of the Floofs

So I have been meaning to write a post about the death of my cat Neo, but it has been too emotional so hopefully I will post it soon. Well, we did get two other cats and they have truly been a gift and blessing and have made life a bit more bearable. Alhamdulilah for cats.

here are some pictures of them being goons: IT IS SO WEIRD THAT THEY ARE BROTHERS EVEN THOUGH THEY LOOK COMPLETELY DIFFERENT!

This is Oscar

This is Toto

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Also, this guy made an incredible rap about his cat having a bath.

Despite everything, I am proud of you guys for surviving 2016 and I hope and pray that 2017 is better.

Thanks for reading and following my blog!

All the best

Happy Reading!

Juwi

xoxo

PEACE. LOVE. BOOKS. =D

“The pages I’ve consumed since I first started to read, through today, have become essential to me, building and changing and rearranging all the parts of me at different times in my life.” — Nadia Hashimi
“I’m not everything I want to be, but I’m more than I was, and I’m still learning.” — Charlotte Eriksson
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Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium

Greetings fellow ailurophiles!

Ailurophile- Lover of Cats

I am a self-confessed Crazy Cat Lady AND PROUD!!!

So obviously when i heard that London was going to have its very own CAT CAFE i knew i had to go!

It’s called Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium and is based in East London.

You HAVE to book in advance because places are limited and they are usually fully booked for months so you should check their twitter for any free spaces or their website. Also, there are different times so mornings are good as the cats are usually playful but it really depends on their mood!!!

My friend from the US came to visit me in April and i thought I’d surprise her and take her to the Cat Cafe and SHE WAS SURPRISED which was awesome.

We both had a really good experience. I obviously wore my cat lady attire (my red cat dress)

We entered this glorious place

Cat Cafe

We had to wash our hands (obviously) and then we were taken downstairs to a table. We ordered some snacks which were delicious and then we explored the place and tried to find some cats to play with!

Cat Cafe

I love how they put a cat on my hot chocolate!

The decor was basically full of cat related things like this:

Wookie being adorable. he was so fat!

Artemis was keeping an eye on the pigeons outside

Artemis

Romeo took a fancy to me…

Carbonelle is one of the prettiest and sassiest cats i’ve had the pleasure to meet.

You can find out more about the cats at the cafe here

All in all, it was a lovely experience as we were surrounded by cats and cat people. The service was good and I did actually go again with another friend and she enjoyed the experience too. It’s great if you can’t have a cat or really like cats.

My friend really wanted to go to the cat cafe but it was fully booked when she was in London but she said my house is like the cat cafe because of my baking and the floofs (more on them soon).

Don’t forget to like them on Facebook and Follow them on Twitter and Instagram

Hope you get to visit them soon! There are plenty of other cat cafes around the world too. My goal is definitely to visit the Cat Island in Japan!!!

Happy Reading and Cat Petting!

XOXO

Check out more amazing comics on her website

Also this awesome comic on why it’s hard to get things done when your cat is being adorable

Also i LOVE Felines of New York a take on Humans of New York.

what the cat cafe looks like

“Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.” Robert A. Heinlein

PEACE. LOVE. BOOKS. =D

 

Youtubers/Vloggers

greetings

i hope this post finds you well and if not

PANDA SAYS SMILE SO SMILE

if that doesn’t work then …

Finnick (Sam Claflin) and Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) in Catching Fire still

come on…that smile…those dimples…HOW CAN YOU NOT LOVE FINNICK ODAIR?!

yeah so lionsgate decided to give us a heart attack and release some CF stills…

you can read the full EW article here

jennifer lawrence is perfect your argument is invalid. basically she’s been nominated for an oscar and she won like a critics choice award and THG won like 6 people’s choice awards.

Jennifer and Josh at the PCAs

it’s been a stressful past weeks but Alhamdulilah i’m good now i think this year…i’m gonna try and be more positive and inspiring and LESS LAZY

so on to the post…

if you don’t already know

i am obsessed with youtube

and there are a few youtubers/vloggers i am particularly obsessed with: CLICK ON LINKS TO GO TO ONE OF MY FAVOURITE VIDEOS

WARNING: SOME VIDEOS ARE NOT SUITABLE FOR ANYONE YOUNGER THAN 12. if you’re younger than 12 why are you on my blog? go out and play? read a book? WHAT DID I DO WHEN I WAS 11? draw. a lot of bad drawings but i loved drawing.

charlieissocoollike 

charlie talks about being introverted and how he is shy in real life but youtube has helped him grow as a person. i love Charlie McDonnell not just because he is a hilariously hot nerdy dude who sings and plays guitar and is a nerdfighter and reads books but because he is just a genuinely nice guy and i hope one day to meet him…accidentally on the tube…and he’ll fall in love with me. Charlie is basically the perfect guy for me…he’s more realistic than Josh i mean AT LEAST WE LIVE IN THE SAME COUNTRY.

danisnotonfire

so that is Dan Howell who i also have a crush on for his pure awesomeness and his smile and just yeah. his videos are funny and this is about hardcore internet fans…i am not THAT bad but i am a fangirl and i am proud to be enthusiastic and passionate about things i like because life is boring otherwise. so haters gonna hate. also he’s moved to london so yeah…daydreaming about meeting him on the tube someday LOL.

vlogbrothers

so. John and Hank Green are two incredibly awesome and amazing brothers. john is an author. hank is not. but their plan is to rid the world of suck. they are king of the nerdfighters. watch their videos. every week. they are hilarious and intelligent and just super awesome and inspiring. also crazy. totally insane. brilliantly insane.

crashcourse

this is basically john and hank green teaching you stuff in a fun, interactive and engaging way. ie not boring

from history to science to literature. excellent videos to show in class or to revise from or just get some  background knowledge. also hilarity ensues.

cassyjaytuck

she basically talks about what happens after reading certain books. how do you continue to live your life?! can you ever get over the death of fictional characters? no i live in a permanent state of denial.

carriehopefletcher

she is the sister of tom fletcher yes the dude from mcfly. she sings too. this is one of my fave songs Boys in Books

that song is my jam. boys in books are just better. UNLESS WAIT *GASP* I FIND SOMEONE BETTER? better than peeta mellark and augustus waters?

LOL she is awesome and her vids are funny and she’s just adorable

jacksgap

Jack Harries

Finn Harries

TWINS

HOT

TWINS

OH MY GOSH…

basically they’re these two hot guys and they’re really funny and adorable and cool and weird and they look like models and they do youtube videos and travel a lot and i just love them. i also fantasise about accidentally meeting them on the tube…

fouseyTUBE

if you love hummus watch this

my friend and i…it’s our dance. i have never been once to learn dance moves as a kid but this…yeah i learn it when i was 17 or something and yeah it’s the best dance ever also just i don’t know hummus dance…HAHAHA I BET YOU THOUGHT I WASN’T REALLY THAT CRAZY. ha. you’re wrong.

the saaalllaaammmm is the new waaazzaaappp is also funny. yeah just some middle eastern/american dude doing funny youtube videos.

AmazingPhil

he’s a dude named phil. and he’s pretty amazing. amazingly weird. he’s also chums with danisnotonfire

and you thought i was weird. oh wait i am. i make funny faces to make myself laugh…not in public of course.

i liked this guy luanlegacy for a while coz his vids were hilarious but too much swearing. and got kinda boring.

and some of my fave videos happen to be animal ones or proposals

pandas on a slide

cat hugging kitten

Slow loris tickle

this prank is hilarious

sweet brown’s cold pop escape aka AIN’T NOBODY GOT TIME FOR THAT

bed intruder and there is a SONG

bon qui qui King Burger -RUDE

can i have your number?

daayyuummmnn girl the back of your head is RIDICULOUS 😉

and yeah i use youtube for listening to music but then i can get distracted and watch random videos

like

cat using hedgehog as a brush

funny cats compilation

yes because i am a crazy cat lady AND PROUD

so anyways Tom Fletcher from McFly just got married and this was his wedding speech/song

talk about *swooooonnnnn*  i was crying because it is SO CUTE

so

anyways this week is going to be good because i’m going to see Les Miserables with my friends and then my birthday is on 19th jan so my friends are coming over to watch Pitch Perfect. yay and i think my mum and peeta are baking marshmallow cupcakes. nomnomnom.

ALSO: february my grandparents are coming to visit for 2 weeks yay AND i’m going to see John and Hank Green. SO. EXCITED. ASDFGHJKL;

FANGIRLING COZ JOHN AND HANK GREEN KSJDHGJHADFKFBDGJ

first week back at uni wasn’t too bad Alhamdulialh =) no friends yet but i’m not sad anymore..i think i’m back to my old self woop.

anyways have a lovely weekend and week ahead. wishing you all a lovely January.

keep warm if it’s cold or keep cool and hydrated if it’s hot.

DFTBA

Happy Reading

well obviously.

basically me.

yeah you tell em josh 😉

and lastly

this is a valid excuse/reason for ANYTHING

hank green everyone

thanks for reading this. =)

so if this post has introduced to, to many wonderful hours spent on youtube procrastinating your life away pining over guys who live far away from you or authors who you love or people you want to be friends with

sadie says it sarcastically. i mean it genuinely. lol

“When we feel love and kindness towards others, it not only makes others feel loved and cared for, but it helps us also to develop inner happiness and peace.” Dalai Lama

“It takes a lot of guts to stand up anonymously in a western democracy and call for things no one else believes in – like peace and justice and freedom.” Banksy

“A man told me that for a woman, I was very opinionated. I said, ‘for a man you’re kind of ignorant’.” Anne Hathaway

PEACE. LOVE. BOOKS. =D

I’m such a bibliophage…

Shalome. 😉

What is a bibliophage you ask? A fancy word for saying a bookworm. =P

I don’t like the term bookworm because it just makes me think of a worm in a book or something and that’s kinda dodgy.

So I’ve been obsessively buying and reading books…

I READ MEG CABOT’S ABANDON.

Awesome Cover- love the texture of the font!!!

Finally i read it and yes it is SO DIFFERENT from any of her other books…it got me interested in Greek Mythology and I’m glad it didn’t solely focus on the love story- that’s just kind of a bonus. =)

It’s the myth of Persephone and Hades except Persephone is Pierce (seventeen year old girl who had a near death experience when she was 15 except she DID DIE…she just came back to life…but is NOT A ZOMBIE) and Hades is John Hayden who is a death deity….they kinda work in the Underworld etc. it’s all very cool and yeah i guess it’s supernatural but hey it’s GOOD…it’s not like…oh mysterious boy and of new girl in town…oh wait…yeah it kinda is except she’s not a TOTAL IDIOT and he is not all like I AM SO GREAT. he’s funny and helloo….she THREW TEA IN HIS FACE. =P

An awesome quote from the book is:

“It’s only in fairy tales that princesses can afford to wait for the handsome prince to save them. In real life, they have to bust out of their own coffins and do the saving themselves.” Meg Cabot

She does escape the Underworld but the real world isn’t exactly safe when people are after her…or John…because they DON’T want him to be happy and Pierce (when she’s not throwing tea in his face or calling him a jerk) makes him happy. Cue cheesy grin…awwwww. 😉

All in all i really enjoyed the novel and YAY it’s a trilogy but DAMN i have to wait a while because of course she still has to write in and review it and sort covers and the whole writing and publishing process takes a while so hopefully sometime later next year it should be out…UNDERWORLD the sequel to  ABANDON.

Meg Cabot…it’s been too long since I’ve read one of her YA books but it think i shall read some of her adult books now. 😉

Good Things Come To Those Who Wait. =)

Next…BUMPED by Megan McCafferty- author of the FAMOUS JESSICA DARLING SERIES…

I'M OBSESSED WITH HOW AWESOME THIS COVER IS

Firstly the cover…yeah it’s a giant egg…but it’s matte compared to the rest of the cover which is  GLOSSY so when you run your hands over the cover it’s all different textures!!!! then IT DOES GET BETTER MY FRIEND…once you take ot the jacket…THERE’S AN INDENT OF AN EGG…

Indent of an EGG!!! =)

That is just too epic…

Okay i’m over it for now so i can talk about the actual NOVEL. which was HILARIOUS!!!

“And then he breaks into the most deranged grin I’ve ever seen on anyone, anywhere, except maybe my own crazyface in the rearview mirror.” Megan McCafferty

THIS MEANS I AM NOT THE ONLY ONE WHO GETS THAT GOOFY GRIN when i see someone i like…teehee. 😉

The book is about this Virus which means that you can’t get pregnant over 18 so couples over 18 get teenagers to be surrogates etc it’s some crazy business and things can go wrong if you WANT to keep your baby…

Twins Melody and Harmony- DUH…things go wrong because Harmony comes from Goodside- raised by a Church so she only knows whatever they’ve told her…when she venture to Otherside to find her IDENTICAL SISTER Melody she has NO IDEA WHAT SHE’S GOTTEN HERSELF IN FOR. oh and she’s married.

Melody is waiting for her egg to be matched with the best sperm and that happens to be Jondoe- the famous guy and yes…stuff happens and it all goes wrong…but what REALLY annoyed me was how it ended. JUST LIKE THAT.

There’s me thinking ooohh i have a few more pages left and it’s getting really quite exciting and then BAM…it ends…and those last few pages are BLANK. oh…they are EVIL for doing that. sigh…now i have to wait patiently for the sequel…but i thoroughly enjoyed it because it was rather funny…like seriously laugh out loud funny…i mean ‘fertilicious’?! seriously?! Haha.

If you like Megan McCafferty or you’re interested in dystopian novels….or just a mix of futuristic and realistic fiction then you should read this. =)

Also…Religion is really important in this novel

“Faith is accepting what makes no sense, what we cannot prove, but know down deep in our souls is real.” Megan McCafferty

I think this is really true because it’s NOT about the image or whether you APPEAR to be pious or ‘holy’ or whatever…we shouldn’t JUDGE people on whether they are religious or not because it’s not between you and the world…faith is between You and Your Creator…and God knows what’s in YOUR heart whereas other people can only see the OUTSIDE…and that’s not the most important thing. Yes it’s best to follow the rules and be modest etc but Remember God is EVERYWHERE not just in a Church, Mosque or Temple.

Next is…The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

I love this cover!!!

This book blew me away in the sense that the cover HAS SO MUCH TEXTURE and inside there are pages like this:

This is a common occurrence

The character Lennie frequently writes notes on scarps of paper or trees or walls…you could call it vandalism if it was in the girls bathroom of a cafe but it’s more of her writing to let go…

This book is insanely sad…but i didn’t cry. i was surprised that i didn’t cry because i usually cry in books (The Book Thief, Mockingjay to name a few)…but this book is HEARTBREAKINGLY SAD yet so so beautiful.

Lennie’s sister Bailey dies. Lennie finds it extremely difficult to cope and deal with the loss because although she mostly felt she was her sister’s shadow…she doesn’t know HOW to function without her…and then INCREDIBLE JOE comes along and woah…she falls in love.

An amazing quote from the book:

“But if you’re someone who knows the worst thing can happen at any time, aren’t you also someone who knows the best thing can happen at any time too?” Jandy Nelson

The worst thing is that Bailey died but the best thing is falling in love.

Although it’s incredibly sad, there are a few laugh out loud moments and moments were no matter how hard your heart is…you have to smile because it’s so sweet. I’m such a hopeless romantic.

This book is beautifully written and just wow. i loved it. =)

I’ve heard a lot about Libba Bray’s (Author of the Gemma Doyle Trilogy) Beauty Queens so i had to buy it on Amazon…sigh. i’ll let you know how that goes when i get it. YAYNESS. =D

So that’s books done…me being a bibliophage and everything…just consuming books because they’re so yummy and tasty. =)

“The buying of more books than one can read is nothing less than the soul reaching toward infinity.” A. Edward Newton

Yes i am trying to JUSTIFY me buying so many books when i already have plenty to read. Sigh.

i was on twitter and read this article…

http://www.ksl.com/?nid=1010&sid=15609384

Apparently Romance Novels kills…romance for women…and can destroy marriages. but YOU can help FIGHT THE ADDICTION. i don’t know if i can take that seriously i mean imagine going into a therapists office and be like:

‘yeah…I READ TOO MANY ROMANCE NOVELS that is why my husband forced me to make this appointment.’ and the therapist would be like ‘i see…and do you spend more time reading and fantasising about these romance novels then with your husband?’ and you’re all like ‘um…well i wouldn’t put it that way but hmmm…yes i suppose it would seem that way…that’s why i’m here…’ HAHAHA. 😉

Sad Times. Well i guess they DO give you an unrealistic perception of men and expectations are usually unfulfilled since i haven’t met a guy with a six pack and an amazing smile who can make me laugh. As yet. there’s still hope i’m sure. But yes…i have this whole thing that Boys In Books Are Just Better *cough Peeta COUGH*

Well…fictional guys in general…um…SETH COHEN

Yeah…he is ‘quel dork’ (as Lennie says in The Sky is Everywhere when referring to Joe…) but i’m into that kinda guy…who is goofy yet sweet. cue GOOFY GRIN…

Okay so TV…

The Secret Life of the American Teenager: it just gets even more annoying, i don’t even know why i still watch it. i mean the worst characters have got to be Amy’s ‘friends’ Madison and Lauren…how are they representative of American teens i don’t know…and if they are i am staying FAR AWAY from them. Ben and Adrienne’s wedding…awww but i don’t think they should be getting married. oh well…too late now. Seriously…they know NOTHING about babies…i know more about babies and i’m not pregnant, getting pregnant anytime soon and none of my friends are pregnant…i mean…Adrianne wants to go back to school A WEEK AFTER GIVING BIRTH…yeah…very realistic. NOT. Ever heard of maternity leave? it’s there for a reason…time to recover and ATTACHMENT with your child. Gosh…clearly SHE doesn’t do psychology. Amy and Ricky…Amy should just tell him she’s scared because she’s worried she won’t live up to expectations and it’s gonna be something so big and dramatic…it should just be in the moment and yet still romantic.

Doctor Who…OMG…so i thought that the baby would be The Doctor’s but noooo…OMG…I CANNOT BELIEVE IT..well yeah i can it’s Doctor Who…okay so River Song is Amy and Rory’s child and The Doctor’s lover…haha. his GRIN…so cute. 😉 but Autumn…SUMMER JUST BEGAN. sigh.

Cougar Town– TRAVIS PROPOSED AND SHE REJECTED HIM. =(

Angry Boys: Chris Lilley is a complete GENIUS. i mean it’s not as good as Summer Heights High but it is still pretty awesome. but sometimes it can get a bit much.

Pretty Little Liars and The Nine Lives of Chloe King are premiering this week on ABC FAMILY. =)

Movies:

So  I watched Cruel Intentions…woah…

1 Guy- Three Girls. haha.

okay so Sarah Michelle Gellar and Reese Witherspoon…80s movie…yeah…DID NOT EXPECT THAT.

it was funny and kinda racy and everything (it is rated 15) but it was good…BUT THE END. i mean…REALLY?! yeah…sad times. but it was funny…after the incident…and damn Sarah Michelle Gellar’s character…what a BIATCH.

now…How To Deal starring Mandy Moore and Trent Ford…yeah the movie which combined Sarah Dessen’s two books Someone Like You (one of my FAVE Sarah Dessen books after Just Listen) and That Summer (my worst Sarah Dessen book…i don’t know…like there’s even a Meg Cabot book i hate *gasp* i KNOW…Avalon High…just never liked that book or the Disney Channel excuse of a film)

Now the reviews aren’t THAT GREAT but only if you LIKE Sarah Dessen or cute love stories THEN ONLY should you watch this movie because…i SMILED AND LAUGHED throughout the whole thing…but i was disappointed with the way they ended it but hey…it wasn’t REALLY THE BOOK so it’s all good.

One Fine Day- one of my favourite Romantic Comedies EVER! Michelle Pfeiffer and George Clooney.

i love the bit (2:15) where he picks her up and jumps around in the puddle. hehe. SO CUTE. =)

okay so if you love cats WHICH I DO you MUST watch this movie. It’s about cats. and they talk. and you might just find yourself…being attarcted to one…YEAH IT’S A CARTOON but hey I’m sure there’s some Disney guy you LIKE…*cough prince Naveen cough*

Haru in the Baron's House

Prince Naveen as a Frog

So The Cat Returns is an amazing movie about this girl Haru (Anne Hathaway) who saves a cat’s life and he happens to be the Prince of the Kingdom of Cats so they send her gifts…but they’re all want a cat would want and so she goes to see the Baron for help but then she ends up in the Kingdom of Cats and she gets turned into a cat because she has to marry the Prince and she might have to say as a cat unless they can get out…but yes it’s really funny and so cute and just wonderful. i Loved Spirited Away but this is about CATS. =D

on the subjects of cats this might just be the cutest thing I’ve seen…

SO ADORABLE!!!!

So whenever i watch the news or read the news it just makes me so depressed and i can’t help but SIGH all the time…i mean…it’s better than ignorance but i feel so helpless and frustrated.

Oxfam has recently reported that in the next few years food prices are going to escalate and the people it’s going to affect the most are the POOR. obviously. it’s ALWAYS the poor who suffer the MOST.

‘When the rich wage war it’s the poor who die’

Sigh…i mean Global Warming is taking its toll on everyone but it’s the POOR who are suffering the most. poverty causes diseases and a reduced quality of life and life expectancy. i understand that fishermen need to make a living but they can do that SUSTAINABLY without outsourcing species. I understand loggers and cattle ranchers need to put food on the table and have enough money to send their children to school BUT THEY SHOULD BE ABLE TO DO THAT SUSTAINABLY. they should be able to WORK without COSTING THE ENVIRONMENT…because it’s just going to have a negative effect on everything…this whole ecosystem is perfectly balanced but as things are removed it becomes unstable.

I know that there aren’t equal opportunities everywhere and I’m so grateful to live the life that I’m living now but it’s down to people’s greed and power-hungry ambition which causes the problems. i mean we are all consumerist. Think about the ‘War on Drugs’ i mean…Mexico…i swear it’s a COMMON OCCURRENCE to be walking down to get some milk and you see 3 dead people in a ditch. Nothing unusual. IT’S THE NORM. WTF?! what kind of a world do we live in where seeing a dead person is NORMAL?! MASS GRAVES AND GANG VIOLENCE. it’s actually disgraceful…and repuslvie and we are feeding it. we are the reason for it. well not me personally since i don’t do drugs but there’s a reason why people DIE for drugs…because it’s ILLEGAL and there’s a massive demand for it.

If you want to do a Random Act of Kindness then sign this petition please:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/end_the_war_on_drugs/

Sigh…then i look at the Middle East and the violence and deaths just keep on rising…GIVE THE PEOPLE THEIR FREEDOM.

"If you're not ready to die for it, take the word 'freedom' out of your vocabulary." Malcolm X

 

Poetry/ Spoken word: Boonaa Mohammed is AMAZING


‘We have a tendency to fear what we do not know…’

‘I no longer require permission to be who I am…’

‘I pity the cool crowd because your personalities need help…’ 😉

‘In school they always said loving math would help but I never once learnt to love myself…’

Also…Shihan..is like…WOW…his wife is one lucky woman…but i’m sure she DESERVES him as a husband.

‘Slow dancing in the middle of our apartment to the music of our hearts’

‘I want to try counting the ways I love her, lose count in the middle just so I can start again…’

‘fall in love with you in a different language and see if it still feels the same…’

‘i want a love that is unexplainable as she is…’

I mean…that is just SO BEAUTIFUL…makes me want to fall in love. i mean I’ve watched too many romantic comedies and read so many books with people falling in love and it being amazing i feel so left out WHERE ARE ALL THESE AMAZING GUYS?! staying far away from me i suppose. Sigh…my time will come I’m sure.

Have a Wonderful Week. Enjoy the SUNSHINE if you’re in the Northern Hemisphere and for those in the Southern Hemisphere Keep Warm.

Keep Smiling and Shining.

Remember: YOU HAVE EVERY RIGHT TO A BEAUTIFUL LIFE!

"Everytime you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing." Mother Teresa

Regina: Gretchen, stop trying to make fetch happen! It's not going to happen!

Smile. Be Grateful. Be Happy.

"Anyone can slay a dragon ...but try waking up every morning and loving the world all over again. That's what takes a real hero." Brian Andreas

 

 “The earth has music for those who will listen.” William Shakespeare

“We spend a good part of our lives dreaming, especially when we’re awake.” Carlos Ruiz Zafón

“Stay mad, but behave like normal people. Run the risk of being different, but learn to do so without attracting attention.” Paulo Coelho

“To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.” Eleanor Roosevelt

“The moment one gives close attention to anything, even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself” Henry Miller
PEACE. LOVE. BOOKS. =D

Strange But Funny

So i just thought i’d make a post on some mad encounters i’ve experienced or seen lately…

Firstly, when i had to get some milk for mi madre i saw a guy who had EIGHT MILK BOTTLES IN HIS BASKET…either he was a cafe owner or had a huge family or perhaps milk was a very important ingredient in some recipe…he’d have to carry four bottles in one hand and the other 4 in the other…duh…milk weight lifting?!

Oh and on top of that the guy behind me stank of…SHEEP. his stench pervaded the air…it was quite vile…and i was in that queue for a good 5mins or more and damn…i had to hold my breath for a while because it was THAT BAD!

The other day my friend showed me this HILARIOUS video…some guys translating what animals are saying/thinking.

SO FUNNY!!! =D

poor unsuspecting cat. 😉

And this is simply repulsive…and slightly worrying…

I recently watched Wayne’s World- PARTY TIME…EXCELLENT!!! Good Stuff.

and in the spirit of the Royal Wedding…these guys from St Andrews Uni (where Kate and Will met) did a tribute song for them…

Enjoy!

http://www.trendhunter.com/trends/royal-romance

Adorable Much?!

Anyways…have a wonderfully awesome week wherever you are in the world.

Carpe diem and SMILE!

Happy Reading!

=)

PEACE. LOVE. BOOKS. =D

“I’d rather be weird and happy than normal and miserable.” Susane Colasanti

“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” Charles M. Schulz