London

A while a go I went to London for the day with my family, it was really fun because I saw a lot of the sites and took quite a lot of photos.

Here are a few photos that I took..

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I also dropped by patisserie Valerie and bought a gateux, it was soooooo good as you can see.

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And I dropped by Hardy’s, I have an obsession with sweet jars..

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The best part was that I visited the London dungeon which was amazing, the tour was so great, I loved it all.

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Trivial stuff

Today I dyed my hair…
Not really an interesting post but it is something that has happened so why not post it ?
So yes I’ve been wanting to dye my hair for a while now, I guess I just wanted some change, apparently one of the symptoms of depression is wanting to change your look.. I’m not sure if that’s connected to my constant wants of messing with my hair, anyhow, recently I cut my hair pretty short though it’s kinda grown out of it a little but I still wanted a new colour. It’s been a while since the last time I dyed m hair although that was more of an experiment than an actual want. My natural hair colour is a mousy brown, not very interesting but I’ve always liked it up until recently. So I used a blonde dye on my hair, I didn’t want to bleach it so I guess I was kinda curious as to how it would turn out without it, but it’s actually a really pretty colour, a very light auburn, with mousy brown low lights, it reminds me of the colours of leaves in autumn, I suppose that’s why I like it so much. I feel different now, more confident and refreshed (as strange as that is) it’s odd how one alteration on my outward appearance could possibly have such an effect on the rest of me.
My natural hair colour is now back to it’s original brown so I’m thinking of dying it raven black next…

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Ramadan Mubarak!

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For all those who do not know, Ramadan is the fasting period in Islam, which goes on for 30 days from sunrise to sunset. Today is the first fast of Ramadan, and this year it is for 19 hours! Very long, very difficult but definitely not unbearable. I love Ramadan, it’s my favourite time of year which some of you might find quite odd to read because it’s a period without any food or drink, and I do love food a lot. But I love Ramadan more, because it’s the time of year I feel strong, and proud of what I’m doing, I feel this sense of accomplishment when I open my fast, and I feel an even stronger sense of faith when I think of the reasons behind the Islamic fasting period which is mainly the idea of us being lucky, to have such ease in gaining food, and the great advantage we use it unlike millions of people who aren’t as fortunate.

And it makes me feel closer to everyone else, for we all eat at the same time, there’s this idea of community, we’re not fasting as individuals we’re fasting together. We pray together, we eat together, and we fast together. That’s why I love Ramadan, because it’s the time of month where everything is so much better in my mind.

I read this passage that I think genuinely describes why I love Ramadan:

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to those who are fasting how are you finding it so far?

An adventure of sorts.

On the weekend I went to a woodsy area with my friend totally on the whim, just because I felt spontaneous, and slightly adventurous.
And may I say It was a lovely day! It was the perfect sunny weather and everything felt right.

first we had a picnic..

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And it was nice to just sit down and smile without having to worry about anything, to feel at ease, it was just lovely to be able to relax and enjoy moments passing by.

For me it’s when you’re finally at ease, that you choose to remember these moments most favourably, for you are truly paying attention to that moment, and that moment alone.

We then ran off and scurried around the fields, filming ourselves as we went, lying on the grass and looking at the skies, climbing the trees and yelling down so loud, I think it made me feel rather nostalgic, it’s been so long since I can remember running around like a child in the grass, and looking up at the clouds with someone else. I like these moments, the ones where the little things which we may have forgotten slowly appear to rise in the surface, blossoming that warm feeling inside. The day was so childlike and simple it felt like an adventure, and that’s something I hope to remember, me 16 remembering what it was like to be a child.

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Summer Plans.

Sorry everyone for my inactivity, I’ve been so tied down with studying, and the boredom of not having anything remotely exciting to do thus blog about.
Things have been relatively mundane lately. I’m so excited for the end of my exams though, I have so much planned for the summer. I am determined to make this summer the best of summers…

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I’ve always thought about summer as being the time of year where I’m stuck in this limbo of boredom, succumbed in my thoughts, but I want it to be different this time, and I guess when you really want something, then you make sure it happens. Which I’ll try to do.

But I do love summer so much because, not just because there’s no school, no priorities, no work, and there’s more sense of freedom. I like that, very much but also because it makes me think of nostalgic things.

When I think of summer, I think of ice cream,

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I think of the sea, all blue, and calm,

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The idea of making fresh home made jam,

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Receiving letters in the morning, savouring every word,

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baking fresh cakes in the afternoon

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And reading books as I lie in my sheets,

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This will be my summer, the perfect summer, for me , to be happy and to see things, and to do things. Things that will make me smile, give me hope, and give me memories.

This summer I will:

~ complete my story, to every lovely word, and every little finish, and people will know about it
~ make a new friend
~ listen to music all day, everyday
~ make a scrapbook filled with memories
~ go on an adventure, and film the whole occurrence
~ take photos of anything and everything
~ write letters; send postcards
~ drink frappuccinos all the time
~ ignore anyone who’s not worth my time
~ change my hair, change my look
~ paint all the time, just make a mess
~ do something worthwhile, simply dream.

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Cute camera :3

Today I received a letter from a friend in Manchester, it was a really sweet gesture, so I thought I’d show you all c:

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The camera doodle is really cool, I love how she personalised the letter, it’s really cute c:
So a little bit about my friend; she is 15, from the UK, loves blogging, doodling, writing stories, and not to forget photography. So yes she’s a pretty cool person 🙂
I guess sometimes it’s nice to notice the small sweet gestures in life, and to appreciate them, so that’s what I’m doing, c:

SUPER SWEET AWARD

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SO, a while ago I was nominated for this award by the lovely Bonbon but because of exams and having to study for them I haven’t had time to post this until now. As I am a nominee, I must answer 5 ‘super sweet questions’ and then nominate a bakers dozen’ bloggers, i.e. 13 very lucky people who must pass this on! so let the questions begin :3

1. Cookies or Cake?

They’re both delicious, I think I prefer cookies just ever so slightly because I’m always in the mood for a cookie, any kind of cookie, whenever, :3

2. Chocolate or Vanilla?

Definitely chocolate, chocolate always makes me feel better 🙂

3. Favourite Sweet Treat?

Hm…I love so many sweet things, but I’d have to say my favourite sweet treat would be hot sticky toffee pudding, because it’s all gooey, sticky and chocolatey which I LOVE :3

4. When do you crave sweet things the most?

24/7 I’m always in the mood for something sweet, but I do tend to eat a lot of sugary things in the evening, with a nice cup of warm milk :3

5. Sweet Nickname?

Oh my, does my blog pen name count as a nickname? If so, it’s ‘Marci Pann’ which is derived from marzipan, because I absolutely love marzipan!!! :3

So now onto the blogs I’ve nominated:

http://ediblesandtravels.wordpress.com/

http://whattheducks.com/

http://nanacathydotcom.wordpress.com/

http://thegreendragonfly.wordpress.com/

http://activeintuition.wordpress.com/

http://mydearbakes.wordpress.com/

http://serenityspell.com/

http://skiesdreamblue.wordpress.com/

http://happsters.com/

http://theyoungwritersjourney.wordpress.com/

http://thecreativepanic.com/

http://sugarandcloth.com/

http://thebookybunhead.wordpress.com/

After this article is published today, I will be messaging all above nominees on their ‘About’ or home pages. If you choose to accept a nomination, just have a peek at the rules below :3

The Rules:

Thank the Super Sweet Blogger that nominated you.
Answer five Super Sweet questions.
Include the Super Sweet Blogging Award image in your blog post.
Nominate a baker’s dozen (13) other bloggers.
Notify your nominees on their blog.

One of the best days ever!

Today, was one of the best days I’ve had in a long time, it was my last day of my year at main school, (year 11) so no more uniform, and a lot more freedom next year. As a school tradition we all sign each other’s school shirts to mark the end of our school uniform wearing days!
This is my school shirt:

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Lots of people wrote very nice comments, which I found very sweet to read!

We also had a leavers assembly where I was rewarded with a certificate for completing a first aid course and I was recognised for my work in maths, that also made me smile.

Also when I got home, I was elated to find a package addressed to me from my pen pal, since she lives in America, it takes a while for me to receive her letters but the wait was definitely worth it!

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She sent me not only a letter, but a really pretty American flag printed scarf, a bracelet, a pair of glasses, a pen, and a bundle of photos of lovely sights! I also spoke to my friend from Abu Dhabi and talking to her also made me very happy. It’s these little things which all add up to make a perfect day just like today c:

A nice day

Today I went to Thorpe park!!!

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It was a school treat, since year 11 is coming to a close and the teachers always plan a trip out to Thorpe park for the year 11s as a nice celebration. The weather was great. It was so sunny that it made the day perfect. Before we set out for Thorpe park we saw a video of photos of each and every one of us from our 5 years at our school compiled together by several students. It was such a sweet film because I suddenly felt so nostalgic about my growing up at school, I saw a picture of myself from year 7 and realised how much in fact I’ve grown up and how different I am to how I was then. My years at secondary school have gone by so fast and though that makes me nervous it also makes me hopeful for the future.

These are the roller coasters I went on…

saw -the ride

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the swarm

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colusses

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rush

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vortex

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X

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tidal wave

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it was a great day, and I just thought it was awesome c: