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My Cup of Tea: Succumbed To Fear



I am beginning to be afraid. I've become too comfortable with my current status in life that I am quite fearful of taking steps further or even making a new path that is in line with my passion and interest. Ever since a child, I have been too ecstatic about change and adventures. Although I am not the kind that will drool over roller coasters and mountaineering, I do like adventures such as getting lost in a new place. But these days, the wanting of new heights somehow vanished. And it is what I have been dreading of.

My adventurous self came from my mother's genes, especially on the facet of traveling. My father likes to travel, but the destination will always be the same. My mother, on the other hand, likes new places and new people. That is one major difference of the two. Being their daughter, I might somehow have gotten both perceptions.

A lot of times, quitting this job and moving into a place where I can nurture myself further have crossed my mind. By a lot of times, I mean gazillion times. I would tell myself that I would like to try living the fast-paced life of the city. I want to try that. Then... I get scared.

And being scared scares me the most. If I can't be in the place that I want to be just because I am scared is really dumbfounded.

What I was doing lately is conditioning myself about the possible change that will be occurring in my life. I am starting with what I have always loved - traveling. After that, I will start moving into the field that I really want and the place that I have been considering a lot.

If not now, when? If I don't battle with this fear, I will succumb to it. And that will not be happening! I will never be surrendering to anything called fear.

I am free! 

And I will be free from this fear in time. No one was able to dictate me on what I need to do aside from Allah SWT and my parents. And this fear will not be the one to dictate me - not now, not ever!

Here's to the people who are not afraid to chase after what they really like. Here's to those kind of people that inspire me a lot!




My Cup of Tea: Being a Social Media Whacko



I admit that I have two lives: normal and social media. As part of the modernized millennials, I, too, have accounts on various social media platforms, have this blog and goes online almost 12 hours per day.

In light of being a social media whacko, there has been a lot of times when I question what I post. Sometimes, I already published something only to take it back. Or I will be spending a few minutes contemplating if what I have posted is really beneficial or just superficial. Other times, I would publish, edit and further reedit because there were grammatical and sentence construction errors in my posts.

It takes a hefty time to be in social media. Being a blogger, however, adds to the need to be in this and that platform. I do blog for passion. I don't blog to be famous. However, there are times when I need to be in one platform because of blogging.

My photos are all over. Sometimes, people use them without my consent. It is hard having to report every single account there is that has my photos in it. There are times that I suddenly snap and wants to stop everything - take down my blog, social media accounts and just vanish into thin air.

Then came the point when I learned about this really private individual. She only has her closest friends and family in her accounts. Her accounts are all set to private. You will see nothing from the outside, not unless you are friends with her. However, someone still stole her identity. Like really! That someone who used her identity even became more famous than she is (as she is not really that famous).

This is when we all contemplate about privacy. Who's private nowadays, anyway? You have your information everywhere - from receipts to CCTV footages to government documents. Noone is private anymore.

On a lighter note, this blog and social media has brought enough blessings to me, too. From college till now, I earn from this blog an ample amount. I used to finance myself from my blog earnings during my CPA review. I gained a lot of great friends online, not to mention I was able to befriend my all-time favorite blogger, Shea Rasol. How cool is that?

Social media can make or break anyone. We just have to be careful. We now live in a globalized nation. The entire world is one nation that is Earth. From my place to the Antarctica to North Pole, we are all within reach with just a click of the finger.

Social media may have negative effects, but like anything else, it also have its positive side. 


3 Recommended European Holiday Destinations



Europe is packed with epic history, scenic beauty and culinary diversity. You may feel a little overwhelmed when you first dive into this continent, but soon you will be filled with wonder and fascination. Holidaying in Europe will surely push you on to new experiences and unexpected discoveries. When looking for holiday destinations it can be hard. There are so many things to look at for example hotels, flights, travel insurance and even shuttles buses. If you are looking to find the best deal on your hotel I would recommend visiting a hotel comparison site . Here are the top 3 European holiday destinations:

Dubrovnik

The old Croatian city sits snugly on the beautiful Adriatic coastline. Dubrovnik is a perfect blend of sea and city. Whether you are a first timer or have visited it several times earlier, the sense of awe never fails each time you set eyes on the old town. The walled medieval city enthralls you with historical buildings and relics. You will not get tired of the city’s Baroque buildings, the tranquil pedestrian-only ,Old Town’ filled with aristocratic palazzi, bars, cafes and nightspots, and the endless crystal-clear Adriatic Sea. The pristine beaches, informal eateries serving the best seafood, adventure sports facilities, and classy star hotels, will surely make your holiday. George Bernard Shaw was so enchanted by this beautiful city that he said “those who seek paradise on Earth should come to Dubrovnik”.

Tenerife

This striking island is in the Mediterranean Sea and is perfectly poised in-between Spain and West Africa. Tenerife is blessed with a hot climate throughout the year and it is the best place to enjoy the sun. Here you can get lost in nature, walk through the tropical forest, relax on the beaches, climb Teide, go shopping, have fun at the world’s largest water park, play golf, watch a show, or just roam the cobbled streets of the old town. The old town is a historical, artistic and monumental treasure with many cultural points of interest. The beaches boast a variety of sands ranging from snow-white to yellow and black. As you enjoy the sea views, do not miss the local shrimps, which is a delicious experience.

Berlin

The German capital Berlin is a perfect city getaway. This relaxed city is steeped in history and packed with entertainment. History buffs will love the museums, the still-standing fragments of the Berlin Wall, the iconic Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag Building. Berlin has become one of the most stimulating, creative and cultural centres in Europe. The sprawling Tiergarten, the Mauerpark Sunday flea market and the Volkspark Friedrichshain have made this city a good destination for families. There are a variety of restaurants, lounge bars and food stalls that sell local and international cuisine.

Europe has some of the best destinations for holidaying and it is the perfect continent for your vacation.


Renovating on a Budget: Tips for Average Homeowners


The idea of renovating your home might send you into a state of mild panic, or perhaps you’re having a full-blown panic attack just because you saw the word renovating in this first sentence. The fact is that renovation and remodeling projects can drive homeowners crazy before they even get started. Once your house is full of home renovation contractors, the process can get even worse.

However, renovating your home doesn’t have to be an awful chore. It’s also something that’s essential for most homeowners at some point. In fact, it’s pretty much the only way to get your home up to date and looking its best. 

Whether you’re doing a big project or not, you likely have a budget. If you’re like most homeowners, your budget isn’t as big as you’d like it to be. That doesn’t mean you’re doomed to low-stakes decorating projects.

Keep reading to learn more about renovating your home on any budget and how even the average homeowner with no construction or design background can do it.

Planning is Key


Whether you’re putting in an entire new bathroom, or you want to simply update what you already have in the kitchen, planning is the first step toward a remodel on a budget. This isn’t what most people like to hear, but planning is so important when you’re on a budget that it can’t be neglected.

Take the time to figure out what you want and plan the renovation piece by piece. Only once you have everything squared away should you actually start the job. That way if something comes up, you’ll at least know what must be done and what can be skipped.

For most homeowners, the planning stage could take about one month. Don’t neglect that time though – it’s important if you don’t want to go through your budget without finishing the project.

Hire Skilled Contractors


The contractors that you hire for a home renovation project are obviously important, but many homeowners make the mistake of assuming that all contracts are the same. Of course they are not, and not all of them can do the same work.

Take the time to interview contractors and see if they understand your project. You should also ask about past work that was similar to yours and see some sample photos or schedule an in-person visit if possible.


Modest Evening Dresses for Special Occasions


Hi ladies. Don't you just hate it when there is an occasion you will attend such as proms and weddings and you don't have the dress to wear? 

It makes me really sad to think about what to wear when I don't have anything in my wardrobe. Of course, one of my saviors is online shopping. I am working; so, I don't have much time to roam around the mall and look for ready-to-wear dresses nor have a dress tailored especially for me. The convenience of online shopping has taken me by storm ever since I learned how to do it back in college days. 

Recently,  I stumbled upon a site called StyleWe. I looked at the dresses that they are offering. Of course, being a hijabi, they have to be modest or can easily be hijabified. I love dresses that are minimal with extra less details. Here are some that you can find at StyleWe.



You can buy fashion evening dresses for prom or wedding. Moreover, you can also find fashion designers that are available in the roster of designers at StyleWe. A number of designers boasts their creations at the fashion site.

Moreover, if you are the type that could hijabify short dresses into modest ones such as wearing a maxi skirt or trousers under them, then the following beautiful dresses are exclusively for you!


Shop clothing online in the comforts of your home. However, it is to be noted that online shopping have its pros and cons. While it is very convenient in other terms, the fact that you can't have a personal look at the dresses and have to wait for its arrival at your doorstep should be taken into consideration.




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