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An elephant for luck

Most of the time, writing is like giving birth to me. I keep parroting that I want to write but at the same time I also feel that doing so is an ordeal. Ironic, isn’t it? When I write about my reflections on life, I tend to dig deep within or look back and see how my experiences or other’s experiences can enrich my write-up. The process can be so dragging and at times I get stuck.

I was lying in bed face down while writing “Of regrets and lessons from Malala Yousafzai”. When I got stuck, I just stared at the elephant print on my malong.  I was gonna give up writing and just go to sleep but then I started doodling. While drawing the elephant my brain seemed to be extracting creative juices. After drawing I regained my focus, ready to finish writing. Now I know what to do when I face writer’s block. All I need is another creative outlet like drawing or photography.

Here is my drawing! Elephant is believed to bring luck and fortune. And luck it brought to me indeed because the next day I was able to write the speech I have been meaning to finish since 2 weeks ago.

The love of music

If I have to list down the things –obviously people are not included– that I cannot live without, music will definitely be among the top 3. Not that I already know what the other 2 are but I’m pretty sure about music.

For most if not all of us, music is a great part of our life. Upbeat songs cheer us up. Love songs make us fall in love all the more. Instrumental music allows us to look deep within our souls, relaxes our minds or lulls us to sleep. Sad songs make us remember the past or the people in it and the longing for those people brings melancholy that the same songs, no matter how sad, can ease simply because it remind us of special people and wonderful memories. Religious songs can strengthen our faith and empower us to face life’s trials.

Different kinds of music create different effects and feelings in a person.

My choice of music depends on my mood. This evening I opted to listen to Christmas carols because they remind me of home and bring the spirit of the yuletide season.

Listening to music is my main de-stressing activity. But being a lover of anything artistic and beautiful, sometimes I’d prefer to watch music videos on Youtube. With millions of music videos available though, I seldom find ones that would really make me feel as if I found the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

Omar is very good at finding really nice music videos. This one, I Won’t Give Up by Jason Mraz is his latest find. It may not be so nice for others but for me it is because I love letters and anything that looks vintage! And the lyrics is meaningful too 🙂

I would love to know your favorite music videos too! Feel free to share them as comments 🙂