Endings and Beginning

So I’m sitting here writing this one day before my last day in teacher’s college.

When I sat down in my teacher education classroom, back in September, I flipped through the course calendar and tried to count how many months, weeks, and days there were until April. It seemed like too many.

Especially when my life was devoured by countless assignments, reflections, lesson plans, and quizzes. As the year wore on at an infuriatingly slow pace, it felt like April would never come. That this week, this glorious last week before a long weekend, in the middle of April wouldn’t come. But it’s finally here.

Unlike the past few months, these last few weeks have passed with a blazing fury. I’ve been so busy finishing up the last few assignments that I didn’t even realise the end was so near. And I find that I’m not quite ready to say goodbye to it all yet.

Despite the insanity of this school year, I’ve made some amazing friends, friends that I hope to keep for life. Without them, I don’t know how I would’ve made it through the year! :)

As someone who loves to look forward all the time, I sometimes forget to enjoy the present. But as I approach my last day at teacher’s college and my last day with my friends, I plan on enjoying the day as it comes. Because it won’t come again.

There’s no point worrying about the future just yet, not when there’s today to enjoy. In the words of my favourite half-giant, “What’s comin’ will come and we’ll meet it when it does.” (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire)

Thanks for reading,

Ikhlas

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Review: Defy

Defy (Defy, #1)Alexa quickly became Alex after the brutal death of her parents by an evil sorcerer. Disguised as a boy, Alexa and her brother Marcel join the King’s army and rise within the ranks.

Before she knows it, Alexa is stuck guarding the country’s spoiled Prince Damien, with her friend and fellow guard, Rylan, by her side. Alexa tries to ignore her growing attraction to the prince and focuses on her guard duties- she’s virtually unbeatable.

But when a sorcerer sneaks into the Palalce and kidnaps Prince Damien, Alexa has no choice but to insist they take her too. Travelling in the wild jungle with both the prince and Rylan, Alexa can’t help but be torn between the two men in her life, especially since they don’t know who she is. But quickly it becomes clear that Alexa’s not the only one hiding things. Not only is her heart at stake, but so is her nation. Read More →

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Nutella Rolls

Nutella Rolls

Dear Internet,

I have a confession: I never liked Nutella.

Yes, this seems strange, especially since the title of this post suggests that I like it enough to bake with it, but let me rectify my statement: I never understood it.

When I was a kid, I was a big peanut butter fan. My lunch all through grade 1 to 6 was a peanut butter sandwich and fruit punch. When Nutella broke out onto the playground, I didn’t get it. Why would anyone ever want to eat a chocolate sandwich? It made no sense to me.

Nutella Rolls

Flash forward several years later and to my Pinterest obsession. I see Nutella all over Pinterest, and it’s not just on toast. It’s used for frosting, ganache, poured over pancakes and waffles, brownies, and anything else you can think of! So after seeing Nutella everywhere, I decided to give it another chance. An experiment if you will.

My mom bought it one day and my brothers looked at me strangely, since all throughout my childhood, I’ve been known to rant about the uselessness of a chocolate spread. I told them I was trying it, for research purposes. One spoon in and I was a GONER.

I proceeded to finish the bottle within the week (hello tighter jeans) and begged my mom to buy another. As a kid, I always had this idea that Nutella would be too rich, too chocolatey (is there such a thing, my adult self asks), but one spoon in and I realised how wrong I was! There’s a delicious nutty hazelnut taste to Nutella which takes away the super sweet-ness. Instead, it’s rich enough, without being overpowering.

Nutella Rolls

Before finishing off that first jaw (and naturally the second), I made these Nutella Rolls. I had a few sheets of puff pastry in my freezer and one cold, dreary Winter afternoon I got the idea for these. Cocooned between layers of buttery, flaky puff pastry, the chocolate just melts in your mouth. With a dusting of confectioner’s sugar, these little Rolls get a little makeover which make them perfect for guests or for yourself.

My family devoured these and begged for seconds. Lucky for me, they’re SO easy to make. Try them out and see if your family asks for seconds too! :) Read More →

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The Zoo

We live in gilded cages
The sun glinting off the golden spires

Crowds rush in and out
Trying to find the most attractive attraction

We wait, patiently, with baited breath
Our hearts pounding silently

We wait and we wonder
Will this be the day?

That we are deemed worthy
That we are selected

They arrive with pomp
Inspect our ruffled feathers

Invite themselves in
Read over our pedigrees

Look us up and down
Ask very pointed questions

To know whether we are a match
To know whether we are good enough

When rejection comes
They leave without a thought

As if we do not have hearts
As if our souls do not cry

We try not to show our feelings
Pretend we are not heartbroken

But there is no time to cry
Or ask why and turn away

For there is another crowd coming in
Another handsome, brilliant man looking for a match
And we are just an animals, waiting to be sold.

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Dreaming of New York City

Hello friends!

So I have exciting news to share with you (which you might be able to guess from the title lol): I’m going to New York City!

This is my first time going to the Big Apple and I am just tickled with excitement. :)

We have a long weekend coming up in Canada, the Easter weekend and I’ll be finally done with classes, with a week off before I begin my internship. And so I decided that I needed a break and go on a mini vacation.

It’ll just be my mom, myself, and one of my brothers and we’re going to brave the 7 hour drive there. After the 20 hour drive to Orlando, Florida 2 years ago, I think it’ll be a breeze! I’m already dreaming of the snacks I’ll bring along, because obviously a road trip needs good snacks. :)

I’m excited to do some shopping and see the sights. But the number one reason I’m going to NYC is to see my bff Fatima who moved there 3 months ago after she got married! It’s been 3 months since I last saw her, and I am SO excited for our reunion. To be honest, I’m more excited about seeing her. :D

So I’ve been researching for the past few days (naturally on Pinterest lol) to find out all the things we can see and do in New York City in 3 days. So if any of you have been to New York City and have any recommendations on where to stay, what to do, where to shop, and (obviously) where to eat, let me know in the comments below! My list gets longer by the day, but I’d love to know if any of you have been and what you loved.

I’m hoping to bring my laptop with me so I can do a travel diary of sorts- not sure how much time I’ll have given how packed our itinerary will be, but I want to try! I love watching vlogs on Youtube and while I can’t do the same because of being camera shy, I want to do my own version of it so I can share with you all what I’m doing. :)

I’m so excited I can hardly sleep lol! Only 14 more sleeps to go. :)

Thanks for reading,

Ikhlas

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