Slice of Life

I've seen this place, in dreams.

Day 1

After landing in Istanbul from Toronto, I was absolutely exhausted. Didn’t sleep well on the airplane and it was really uncomfortable.

At one point of claiming my suitcase, I was just done. I asked about getting a taxi to Kadikoy, a central location near my current apartment, from the airport. Well, to be fair, I had a cheaper, more convenient option of taking the ferry near the airport across to the Asian side, Kadikoy. But I was just utterly exhausted that I took a taxi, settled on a deal with the driver…no taxi meter yay.

2 hrs and A LOT of traffic later, we finally arrived in Kadikoy. I jumped in an old favourite care/restaurant of mine, ordered up a Turkish coffee and met my friend not too long after.

In the taxi ride, I don’t know how many times I dosed in and out of sleep. Exhausted. That taxi driver had a lot of patience with the traffic and didn’t try to engage in minor conversations with me, bless him.

Day 2 just started. Woke up ripe and early at the first call to prayer, 5:15am. Couldn’t fall back asleep. Played some candy crush, finally crawled out of bed, showered, made my coffee, about to have breakfast and I’ll be heading to school to start some preparations for the year ahead.

Packing sucks.

#istanbul #turkey #packing #100lifechangingdays

"When all your desires are distilled you will cast just two votes: To love more and to be happy."
Hafiz (via alternative-health)
"When the mind is still, tranquil, not seeking any answer or solution even, neither resisting or avoiding, it is only then there can be regeneration, because only then is the mind capable of perceiving what is true, and it is the truth that liberates, not our effort to be free."
Krishnamurti (via alternative-health)
"All mankind’s troubles are caused by one single thing, which is their inability to sit quietly."
Blaise Pascal (via alternative-health)
"You might be poor, your shoes might be broken, but your mind is a palace."
Hoppy O’Halloran, Angela’s Ashes  (via psych-facts)
"The world of today is that of heartbreak. The thing that defines you as an individual is how you put the pieces back together tomorrow."
AngelicDraconic (via psych-facts)




"Never compromise your values."
Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free (via observando)
sun, beach, TOMS, Bahamas

sun, beach, TOMS, Bahamas

Feathers in white balloon.

Feathers in white balloon.

What have I done…?

Traveling and living away has made me so different.  I have changed.  For the better?  Well, who knows.  All I know is that I’ve changed.  A lot.

I’m a bit scared of who I’ve become.  I’m not this super amazing and brave person, I’m just…different.  I take risks, I enjoy people and I do things that I would normally never have done in my entire life.  Good risks.  Risks I can look back on and say “yeah, I did it!”  Whether or not they worked out, I still did them.  

I hate the “What if’s” in life.  You’re in the moment, why not just enjoy it.  Who cares about the past and who gives a damn about the future.  I’m not an oracle and neither are you!  Just enjoy it.

This is my life. Not a life of missed opportunities. But a life of catch and release. It’s quite tragic really, to recognize that there is a time when things come to an end and its time to leave. But it’s good. To not get too consumed in everything and everyone. 

I am Kapha

The primary function of Kapha is Protection…

Physical Characteristics: Kapha types have a strong build and excellent stamina. Large, soft eyes; smooth, radiant skin; and thick hair are also important Kapha characteristics. Those who are predominantly Kapha sleep soundly and have regular digestion. But when Kapha builds to excess, weight gain, fluid retention, and allergies manifest in the body. When they’re out of balance, Kapha types may become overweight, sleep excessively, and suffer from asthma, diabetes, and depression.

Emotional Characteristics: Kaphas are naturally calm, thoughtful, and loving. They have an inherent ability to enjoy life and are comfortable with routine. When in balance, Kaphas are strong, loyal, patient, steady, and supportive. People with an excess of Kapha tend to hold on to things, jobs, and relationships long after they are no longer nourishing or necessary. Excess Kapha in the mind manifests as resistance to change and stubbornness. In the face of stress, the typical Kapha response is “I don’t want to deal with it.”