The Sunday Currently: Girl Next Shore vol. 1

Photo taken by the incredibly talented Francis Perez

This morning I woke up feeling rather different; there was that familiar flicker of light I haven’t seen in a while. Drowning in the confines of my larger than life duvet and pillow-laden kingsize, I felt strangely small against the possibilities life has suddenly dropped on my feet. Life has been surreptitiously peachy in the past seven days, and though I often think we get given more than we deserve from time to time, I am absolutely grateful for such blessed feeling.

Which comes to this. I’ve decided to join The Sunday Currently collective. This blog has been mostly reviews – of food eaten, songs played, places visited, products tried and tested, etc. That’s probably not going to change but I’m taking some time to review life as well, in an attempt to be a bit more wholesome and reflective. I started blogging ages ago for that very reason (read: the era of Livejournal and adolescent issues) and in a way, doing it helped recalibrate my focus as well as cleanse my soul.

End of the day, we’re all trying to look for ways towards betterment. Here’s my first step.

READING
Paula Hakwins – The Girl on the Train. I’ve only read the first chapter but the character’s perspective reminds me of how often I make up stories of people I watch on the daily commute as well. Do you people watch, too?

WRITING
A few blog posts on delicious food (but of course) I’ve been blessed to have last week.

LISTENING

I sleep with this new girl I’m still getting used to
My friends all approve and say “She’s gonna be good for you”
They throw me high fives
She says the Bible is all that she reads and prefers that I not use profanity
Your mouth was so dirty
Life of the party and she swears that she’s artsy
But you could distinguish Miles from Coltrane
Our love was comfortable and so broken in.

THINKING
…about how much unnecessary stress that Life in the UK test was and how breezy it turned out to be.
…about various permutations of friendship, and how incredibly funny life is.
…about proximity and whether we are really always where we need to be.
…about Nasim, the super helpful chap from EE who helped me sort out my SIM card and offered to sponge off his personal HotSpot so I can restore my back-up files. It’s wonderful how good service can really make your life heaps easier.

SMELLING
Diptyque’s Ambre scented candle lit by my bedside table.

WISHING
for sleep to be a bit easier. I’ve had the longest bout with insomnia my whole life but this week has been rather excruciating.

HOPING
to never lose my phone ever again. I lost my phone Friday and it was such a hassle. Moreso, the feeling of losing something married with the feeling of irresponsibility is never good. Anyway, I got myself an iPhone 6 and I’m not sure I love it. It is too big for my small hands, but it does have a better camera.

WEARING
A plaid fleece jacket and bright blue underwear. Under the duvet, of course. #notflashinganyonetonight

LOVING
…how social media has made the world so connected. I’ve been lucky to have met cool and ridiculously insightful characters through blogging, Twitter and Instagram IRL. They’re quite inspiring.
…my absolutely comfortable bed.

WANTING
Another plate of bacon, s’il vous plait.

NEEDING
To sort my settlement status and prep for our Company Day.

FEELING
Grateful to have met ridiculously awesome people in my life.

CLICKING
Wander To Wander. HecticophiliaBloomzy. Chopstick Panorama. E Cooks. French Gourmet. Fresh and Fearless. Give them a follow, interesting real people.


Well, that was a good exercise. Here’s to hoping next week is as pleasant as this one has been.  Have a great week ahead, folks x

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7 Comments

  1. Keho from Nuovomondo
    30th March 2015 / 2:25 am

    What great words you write!

  2. 30th March 2015 / 5:27 am

    iphone 6 is the best!!! love your photo above btw 🙂 sexy lady!

    • 30th March 2015 / 9:14 am

      HAHA Franny I wanted a 'raw, naked' photo for this because this post is meant to be 'raw, naked' writing. Haha. Kaya lang parang mas "Can we wrap up as I'm cold?" the look e. Haha!

      I'm still trying to get used to its size. I've dropped it na a fair bit. Once on my face pa. Haha!

    • 30th March 2015 / 2:52 pm

      i've dropped my phone a number of times too the first time was while at the threadmill grabe my heart stopped for a few seconds then haha 😛 love love love your photo above!!

  3. 3rd April 2015 / 10:37 pm

    I know how you feel, sometimes you just need to get things off your chest and withdraw some thoughts and feelings from deep within. It's a lovely series. Thank you for giving me a tag in your post too Honey, it was must appreciated. 🙂

    Aftab | Fresh And Fearless

    • 5th April 2015 / 8:18 am

      No worries, Aftab! See you soon! x Enjoy Bournemouth!

  4. 5th April 2015 / 10:13 pm

    I love this and look forward to reading more in the series! gratitude is so important, especially when you feel least like remembering it. thank you for the shoutout love 🙂 x