Photography by Susan Wong
Making: friends in different parts of the world is something that Iâ€™m going to make an effort to do more. My focus has always been to see and experience different things but never really to forge friendships with amazing people. But thatâ€™s definitely changed.
Eating:Â Gelato from Osteria on Sundays is something I’ve officially turnedÂ into a ritual. Thereâ€™s nothing like some creamy caramel icecream on a homemade cone. Nom.
Drinking: breakfast smoothie bowls is something Iâ€™ve been trying out lately. Iâ€™ve made itÂ a couple of times and so far have loved that itâ€™s filling but also really pretty to look at. Also, forgive me if smoothies are actually eaten and drunk. I mean, I still donâ€™t get why you â€œeatâ€ soup and yet thatâ€™s what they say so, go figure.
Reading: All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven. Actually I finished it last night and Iâ€™ve got to say, it was a pretty epic read (regardless of the fact that itâ€™s a young adult book) and Iâ€™d definitely recommend it. And would you believe I finished the book in just a week? A week, you guys! Thatâ€™s the first time Iâ€™ve read a book that fast in years. It always takes me about a month â€“ two weeks if Iâ€™m pushing myself â€“ so Iâ€™m happy that I reached for my book more instead of tv shows this past week. Anyway, the book Iâ€™ve now moved ontoÂ is Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris.
Wanting: to cross paths with more beautiful, kind and gentle souls as I did from my recent trip to Club Med, Mauritius. Met some really cool people who work there that Iâ€™d consider friends now. It was definitely one of the highlights of my trip.
Playing:Â Heads Up! Have you downloaded that app yet? No? Ok, listen to me my friend, just step away from your laptop for a sec and if youâ€™re on your phone, just take a minute to go to your app Store and download it. Seriously, just go now. Iâ€™ll still be here when you get back but we just canâ€™t have you go another minute without that app on your phone. It was made by one of the loveliest humans on this earth, Ellen DeGeneres, and has left me in complete stitches after playing it with friends and strangers alike. So. Damn. Good.
Wasting: no time on negative energy, negative people, negative anything!
Creating: Lists of books Iâ€™d like to read this year and songs Iâ€™d like to listen to. I really want to try and get at least 20 books under my belt before the year endsÂ and so far I donâ€™t think Iâ€™ve even hit 5. So much to read, so little time.
Wishing: I could actually manage to have long nails without them breaking. I’m seriously one of the clumsiest people out there and I think I may have to embrace the fact that long nails are not really meant for me.
Enjoying: Libib. Itâ€™s an app meant for avid readers and nerds and people who like organizing so if you fit all three traits, get ready to be ah-mayzed. It literally categorizes all your books (perfect if you lend books out and never remember who/when you gave it out to) and you can rate them, list which ones youâ€™ve read and which youâ€™re yet to devourâ€¦ itâ€™s just perfect. You can thank me later.
Loving: Cadburyâ€™s White Chocolate with Biscuit. Yuuuuummy. I donâ€™t remember the last time I tried a different chocolate (Iâ€™m a KitKat kind of girl) and so this one took me by surprise with its beautiful, creamy texture and crunchy bits. You should definitely try it if youâ€™re into white chocolate!
Hoping: to see snow for theÂ very first time soon. Man, that would be so amazing!
Marvelling: at Game of Thronesâ€™ last episode. WHAT WAS THAT???? Iâ€™ve got to admit though, Iâ€™m one of those crap GoT fans who sometimes (read: always) forgets characters’ names and their back stories and has to ask people what’s happening. So what Iâ€™m doing now is watching it from the very beginning and making sure my fiancÃ© is around to explain anything that isnâ€™t too clear. Helps that heâ€™s watched every YouTube video on the characters so he knows everything about everything about everything about everyth…
Smelling: lots of lattes. Currently sitting at the Java at the airport waiting for my flight to Lamu! Canâ€™t wait to beÂ back.
Wearing: some new jeans that I got at Mr. Price for KES500! Can you believe it? Theyâ€™ve got a sale on now and I even grabbed a pair for my sister, Amani, so if you can, do check it out.
Following: Game of Thrones (from the beginning, as I said).
Noticing: that more and more people are going vegan in the world. Or is it just me??
Knowing: that Kanye is the only person that can pull a Kanye and get away with it for being Kanye. Have you seen his Famous video? The fact that he hasnâ€™t been sued over and over again is so shocking to me. Oh, Kanye.
Feeling: all sorts of things knowing that Amani is officially a teen! Can you believe that? 13. Thiiirrteeen. Wow. Her birthday was last week and because I wasnâ€™t around, we spent Saturday doing things that teens like to do. 🙂
Bookmarking: more videos about clean eating. Not that I want to be on a diet, but I just want to fill my body with healthier options when I can.
Opening: up to the idea that braids may not be that bad after all. I finally found someone who braided my hair and didnâ€™t pull or tug and Iâ€™ve actually enjoyed the experience of it all! Last time I had braids on was about two years ago and I may put them on again later this year.
Giggling: at this cute video of a dad and his little baby. So adorable!
Feeling: grateful that Iâ€™ve gotten the chance to witness such incredible, jaw-dropping sunsets and sunrise from different parts of this country and this world. And I pray I get to see hundreds more!
Thank you so much for reading and as always,
Love and Love!