Thursday, July 19, 2018

Goodbye Christopher Robin

A happy melancholy

Last night we watched the movie Goodbye Christopher Robin. Personally, I would say I loved the movie. I love how they manage to capture the whimsy playfulness of the 100-acre wood, the sweet innocence of Billy Moon's (Christopher Robin) playtime with his father, author A.A Milne, and the aching, undivided love that is between Billy Moon and his nanny, Nou.

Also, I love how the movie is able to still sustain that sad, melancholic note of the whole story despite the easy, lovely, and cheerful landscape and setting; how a small child grew up feeling so unloved, so unimportant, and so betrayed. As if his whole childhood was taken away from him, and his life growing up was a misery being bullied and made fun of because of the book.

To those not in the know, the book Winnie The Pooh by author A.A Milne was inspired by his observations of his son's (Christopher Robin) adventures with his stuffed toys in their home in Ashdown Forest, East Sussex.

The movie touched my heart.

I would say that I am now a big fan of the book >_<

Before this movie, I have never taken any interest in Pooh. I just couldn't make sense of his physical being. Is he a bear? What is he? Why is his skin smooth and yellow? If he's really a bear, I couldn't brain the fact that there's no fur. I couldn't comprehend the very idea of Pooh. Apparently I was more familiar with the Disney version of Pooh. Since then I just rejected the very idea of Pooh. I didn't even get to meet and know the original version of it. A more teddy-like pooh which would have made more sense to me.

And somehow, I used to always sense some sort of melancholy to the story

Seems like I have been right all along. It was actually a sad, sad story. It's about finding comfort, in times of war. It's like a beacon of hope, when all else was crumbling. It's that light they seek, when overwhelmed by fear.

It's the idea of a warm, cosy, story-time... with everyone all snuggled up in front of the fireplace.

No wonder the book never left people's hearts. It's a book, written from the heart. Therefore, it will reach hearts.

Should get a copy of the book!



Sunday, July 15, 2018

take a breather

and keep calm

This morning I managed to bust our car tyre on my way out to work. One of the rear tyres hit the road divider and busted. I even heard the tyre went pssssss.

It was a bummer and I felt so bad to have caused this unnecessary trouble. I had to take the day off and stay home. Big A needs to get the tyre fixed before tomorrow and I feel so so bad. I created the mess and he has to come clean it up for us.

Definitely not a very good start to the day.


Since I've got so much time at home with Little A today, while dully scrolling through facebook I found a post about rezeki. And after reading through it I felt much much better.

It's about rezeki (sustenance) and redha (acceptance).

It's about how as muslims, we should be able to have the patience to accept the different kinds of trials that Allah bestows upon us. From my understanding, trials could also be regarded as rezeki as with it, we are tested and with tests, come the remembrance of Allah. With the remembrance of Allah then comes patience and acceptance. With acceptance, we will be rewarded. With patience, we could get into heaven. Reading this reminds me again of my favourite verse in the Quran.

But perhaps you hate a thing and it is good for you, and perhaps you love a thing and it is bad for you. Allah knows while you know not.

Who knows just what dreadful mishap I may have avoided because of the incident this morning. Allah knows, while we do not know.

As muslims we are always taught to think and stay positive. Always take the glass as half full. Always have good thoughts and of course, good intentions. 

Therefore, I choose to stay positive and have acceptance on the fact that the tyre was only meant to be of good use to us up until this morning. And with it gone, we may have avoided a worse outcome somewhere along the way, and with that thought I will choose to be grateful.

Alhamdulillah. May Allah grant us all His mercy, protection, and blessings. May we always be in His good favour, and guidance.

What has reached you was never meant to miss you and what has missed you was never meant to reach you
-Prophet Muhammad SAW-

It really touches me how Allah taps into our lives and gives us subtle reminders when we need them most. It's His little ways of showing His love and mercy onto us.

Have faith in Allah and keep calm.



Sunday, July 1, 2018

Tea People

My palette

I used to be an anti-tea person. I hated tea. I couldn't for the life of me understand how people can even tolerate tea, let alone profess to be a tea person. For me tea was just a yucky concoction of some dried ground leaves, sometimes made too bitter or sometimes too sweet. Manis leting.

But everything changed when I went abroad. 

Care for tea?

One of my friends' places had always served teh O whenever anyone came over. This particular place was the house my friends and I used to spend a lot of time just hanging out with each other. We used to get together in some of the freer evenings, just because, and made goreng pisang (banana fritters) together, while some of us got to making the obligatory sambal kicap that accompanies the fritters. It was during this time too, did I discover the bombastic pairing of these two food items. A combo that is very foreign to those from the more northern part of West Malaysia. A combo, once tasted you can never forfeit. Makan goreng pisang, mesti kena cicah sambal kicap. I kid you not.

And of course, the tea. It was also during these gatherings that my taste buds were slowly bent into accepting the flavour of tea. I discovered that tea, was not that bad after all.

From then on, I started trying different kinds of teas. Well, to say that I began to become a tea enthusiast would be an exaggeration though. It was just that I started opening up to tea, and all the flavour possibilities. I was a bit surprised at this too. I have always not been able to tolerate caffeine. And I have attributed my disdain toward tea to this. But somehow tea finally managed to pass my caffeine restriction level I guess? Maybe I got more mature and my caffeine tolerance increased just a tad? 

Well now, I'm still not crazy about tea. I wouldn't say I will be dysfunctional without my cup of tea (like coffee people do *eyeroll*) but a cup of tea a day, makes a dull day all the better I think.

I just simply love tea. And I am very keen on learning more about tea, and the art that lies behind it. The different kinds of leaves, flavour, steeping time, water temperature, etc. 

Ahmad Tea Jasmine Green Tea

For the time being, I would say that my most favourite flavour will be JASMINE GREEN TEA. And out of the two mainstream brands that I have tried (Boh and Ahmad Tea), I would say I very much prefer the latter. For me, I feel like the bitter taste of green tea is quite strong and more dominant in Boh, and Ahmad Tea tastes lighter, and the floral note is more prominent. Which is why I love it. I also love the quite elegant box design and the fact that it is very cheap. One box of 25 sachets like in the picture above is only RM 5 plus.

Well, it all comes down to your preference. But every now and again, a cup of warm Boh Jasmine Green Tea is all I need for that kick from robust green tea flavour. 

I love it when brands care to slip a little note in their product packaging.
I think it makes the products worth a little more than what they already do.

There's just something warm and comforting in a cup of warm tea, right before bed. I always have my chamomile or jasmine green tea right before bed. It makes me feel slightly refreshed, and all ready for bed <3

What about you. Do you love tea?