Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Happy Post :)

Keep smiling for smiling is an act of charity...
Be happy, you owe it to yourself :)

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Thursday, 6 February 2014

Guess who's getting hitched??!!

Excitement galore! That should sum it up. Yep, the time has come for my crazy  sister Hajra to get married. To make some sense of it all let me tell you how it all went down...
Hajra is as crazy as wild as I am so I couldn't even begin to imagine her with someone. She's moody, hot tempered and loud as hell. So when she said she's bringing a guy home for us to meet it was shocking yet exciting. After meeting "the victim" (as I would affectionately like to think of him :p) late last year, fast forward to January this year when he comes home with his family. The supposedly meet and greet turned into a full blown affair resulting in an engagement. Just like that! And it was decided that 6 months later, in June, they were to be married. Talk about not beating around the bush. 

So as you can imagine in my mad household things are buzzing. Fights, tears, excitement and plenty of laughs, and it's only February! But time is of the essence. A wedding of such short notice needs careful and intricate planning which leaves very little room for mistakes and hiccups. I naturally have taken on the roll of "Event co-ordinater" leaving my creative juices to flow all over the place. Unfortunately time doesn't permit us to go through hundreds of themes and designs so I have already shortlisted a few options for the bride. I have become so involved in this planning that it almost feels like it's my own wedding!

Nevertheless, this is wonderful news and Hajra deserves the most beautiful wedding ever. With 4 months to go, plus the excitement of me buying  a new car (more on that next time), I, as everyone else in my family, are on a natural high. We have so much to look forward to this year and I can tell that there's so much more great things to come...


Thursday, 16 January 2014

All Hail 2014

Yes I can most certainly believe that it is 2014 already. How? Because the days are long, the nights are far too short, and no matter how loose or thin your clothing is it still sticks to you like gum under your shoe. And that's all fine by me. More than fine because I simply adore Summer. But what is bugging me about this year is that I can already feeling it owning me instead of me owning it.

Work has taken the sharpest curve up the steepest road this year. Now I love my job because I love architecture, but what do you do when the one thing you love the most is slowly turning into a nightmare. There are options of course, there always are. The problem is choosing is the right one.
I never quit and I don't know how to lose. For me that narrows my options down drastically. Basically, I stay, I fight and I conquer. That is my only option..

So that is how 2014 has started off for me. As a battle ( a winning one hopefully). Funny how life is always waiting to stir things up for you as if there you are sipping on your chaise lounger, saying "everything is so good right now" and then life, with this annoying smirk, comes along and says "lol oh now hold on a sec"... Well I suppose all I can say is, challenge accepted.

This year is already one up on me and I have major plans on changing that but in the mean time, best I be giving credit where it's due: All hail 2014...... for now*

Friday, 20 December 2013

Jumuah Mubarak

On this glorious day of Friday, the day of Jumah, I wish everyone a beautiful day. May all your needs be fulfilled and all your duas, supplications and prayers be answered. May you bask in the mercy of God and be guided by His light... Jumuah Mubarak..

Saturday, 14 December 2013

New Beginnings and Happy Endings

Whoa. So the last two months has been an absolute whirlwind. From a new job to my first car and then my birthday celebrations. I'm so glad to be on holiday and finally have the time to take it all in. I seriously haven't had the chance to process it all. And in all honesty, I'm glad and grateful for that. Work has been so hectic, stressful, exciting, challenging and most importantly, fulfilling. Not being able to sit back and take it all in simply means that I have been on a fast track to the success I had been craving this year..
Buying my first car was completely terrifying yet exciting. Making a decision to let go of hard earned money is never easy. Even though it was a second hand I couldn't help feeling a sense of pride in accomplishing such a major milestone at the age of 21 on my own. And now that Ford holds a special place in my heart..
That car has since then been to various destinations, far and near. The most memorable trip being to the outskirts of Hillcrest on a journey to find the best paintba arena. And boy was that a journey! Okay, so it wasn't as far as Jhb or something but nevertheless it was truly epic. My six friends and I had made the decision to go paintballing for my birthday. And we stuck to that decision regardless of the fact that Durban was a dreary, rainy sight last Saturday. None of us has regretted that decision. From falling in the mud to getting shot in the face, we couldn't have had anymore fun. The rest of the day was just amazing as we sat around the lunch table relating the tales of the paintball fights.. sigh...

Oh there is so much to tell but I guess that's the beauty of experiences, the memory it leaves. That feeling of nostalgia.. 2013 is coming to and end and I continue to sense greater things to come.. So here's to New Beginnings & Happy Endings....

A special and huge thank you to all my friends for always being there and making this year, as every other, a memorable one... ♥

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Glorious Spring haze..and daze

I lay out here in my balcony basking in the beauty of the crisp blue sea as gentle waves caress its surface.. I have the honour to laze in this gorgeous Spring afternoon as I make the most of my time at home between leaving my old job for a new one (more on that next time). For now it's late mornings and sundowners. I can't help but feel this calmness that watching the ocean brings to me. But at the same time my thoughts are so scattered. Hence the title of this post. Im in an inbetween place. Between anxiety and elation of my new opportunity and the extreme build up of the December Summer that's teasing me from around the corner. Oh how I cannot wait for her to come out and play.. As much as I'd like to wrap this year up I know that there's still so much to come. But for now I shall lay here and drink in this moment while I smile and ponder whimsically in my Spring haze..and daze...

Saturday, 28 September 2013

Heart to heart

Ok so I'm breaking a personal record and blogging two posts in one morning. That means there's little cheerleaders dancing in my head cheering "woohoo go Kathija!!".. This post was also conjured up yesterday but has been influenced by friends, family and experiences from the past weeks. As the title suggests, this is going to be a long but real and hearty post. Issues and thoughts that I feel need to be opinionated. So here goes..

Recently I have been introduced to blogs come short stories about peoples's experiences in life and love. From Muhammed Ismail's "To find a bride" and Tasneem Basha's "To find a groom" I have been inspired to do a post of my own. Whilst the thought of creating a 130 piece long post is quite tempting, I do have a full time job and architecture kind of has a possessive personality. So I use this cold grey Saturday morning to think out loud.

After reading the said blogs I think about how lucky those two individuals are to find love and each other in such an exciting way. And here I am faced with the dillema of either surrending to the "samoosa run" where my family picks out a nice guy for me and I'll be subjected to the awkward meeting of this stranger Or do I set on on a quest to find my soul mate. Both the latter and former are daunting tasks so what happens then. For those women who are just unlucky in love what do they do? Should they tweak their morals and ethics to please a man's needs with the hope that he'd want more and possibly form a meaningful relationship or should they stick to their good old "friends" with the hope that she will be seen as more than just that? It's just not fair. The journey of finding ones own mate isn't easy for everybody. How do we know if the guy is serious or just playing around? How do we know what he's really after? And trying to find someone with the hope that it will be an exciting tale to your kids one day seems so far fetched. I mean most of the males I know are either from school or campus. The closest I can come to a "how i met your mother " kind of scenario is with a close friend of mine who we both met by accident and coincidence twice and then went on to what we call now as "good friends"..

Really there surely is an easier way. Do us good and homely girls settle for our families choice in partners? What if their choice is your destined mate that will reap in years of happiness and beautiful children? That's always a possibility.. Or do we fall for the wrong men who just don't feel that way about us, get hurt, repeat the process, until we meet "the one"..

There are people who change their promiscuos ways, heck, who even change their religion for their partner but then there are those who wont even want to hold up a conversation with you unless its about sex..

These are just some of my thoughts. Quite profound for being conjured up in a shower. They aren't facts or solutions. Merely my opinion that millions of women face around the world regardless of colour, creed or religion. And while some women are lucky enough to have found their fairytale , this is real.

I sincerely hope that we all find what we looking for. For those who are too proud, jump off your high horse before you pass the stop. For those who are too scared, take the chance and surprise yourself. For those who have been hurt, not everyone is the same, give another the chance..

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