Shrine of the Báb

In May, I will be fortunate and lucky enough to go visit Haifa, Israel yet again.

To get super pumped for it, I will be releasing a few blogs in which I will share with you pictures and stories from my last visit in which I went on a pilgrimage to the Baha’i holy land.

This is the first blog of the series.

The Shrine of the Báb is found in the heart of Haifa, Israel on Mount Carmel. This beautifully built structure was made as a burial ground for the forerunner of the Baha’i Faith, named the Báb. In it has also been laid rest the body of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, the son of the founder of the Baha’i Faith.

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By night, the shrine is lit up and acts as a golden beacon for the entire city.

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I did not take this picture – The picture can be found at: http://www.corriegraphics.com/ftp/pub/1984.2005.Israel/Shrine.of.the.Bab/05.01.25-28.Ben.Gurion.night.jpg

In all honesty, I truly think it should be considered as one of the wonders of the world – its architecture is exquisite, such that every single part of the shrine and the gardens surrounding it have some meaning behind them.

The grounds of the Shrine of the Báb are open to the public (and no admission fee is necessary to go visit) – if you are ever visiting Haifa, I would highly recommend visiting this peaceful, tranquil, and stunning place.

 

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Set my heart ablaze

Sometimes, the best thing to do is to sit beside the warm fire and gaze upon all its glory.

There is just something so peaceful about its sparks flying all around, embers blazing in its heat, and smoke dancing playfully.

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The warm touch of the fire brings comfort in the coldest of nights and is a friend that keeps you company under the thick blanket of darkness.

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The fire reminds me of a quote that I love and would like to share with you all:

“O SON OF BEING! Busy not thyself with this world, for with fire We test the gold, and with gold We test Our servants.”

I would like to know everyone’s thoughts on this quote. What do you believe it is trying to convey?

 

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BElieve in YOUrself

No matter what path you take in life, you will have to be okay with the person that you are.

Don’t become someone to please others – be who you want to be.

Because at the end of the day, it is you who has to live with yourself. Whatever path you take, you will always have to be okay with who you are.

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Wherever you go, there will always be people who will want to criticize something about you. Perhaps it’s the music that you like, perhaps it’s the activities that you enjoy – it could be anything in a wide range of possibilities. But are you really willing to give up the things you like just so that you can please someone else?

Are you happy with the person you’ve become? If you aren’t, it’s not too late to change.

xx

Boxing Day

I can’t really say that Boxing Day in Canada is the best thing ever, hell, it’s getting worse year by year if I had to be brutally honest. What was once a haven for those who could buy 10 years worth of toilet paper for the regular price of 3 rolls (this is probably a very big exaggeration) on boxing day has now become a regular day where store owners don’t really put out much cheap stuff.

However, I still love it.

The whole hustle and bustle in the stores, the rush-rush-rush-go-go-go environment, the excitement of seeing chocolate on sale (yaaaaaas) – it’s great!

Its been this type of tradition for me and my family to get up early in the morning and go boxing day shopping – first, we stop at the electronic stores (because typically my dad gets things from there), then we head off to Superstore, London Drugs, and Walmart (where my parents stock up on 5 years worth of chocolates and I buy myself as many DVDs and TV show boxsets as I can afford [i.e., buy all the Supernatural seasons or Marvel DVDs that I don’t have]). Finally, my dad will go back home and my mom and I will go raid the mall to see if there’s anything reasonably priced and nice to buy.

This year we didn’t really follow that ‘tradition’ because we had guests over, but it was nonetheless a nice day. I splurged a liiiiiittle bit too much, but I’m really excited about the stuff that I bought.

Numero uno → Holiday gift bags!

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Number 2 → Rings (i.e., the best accessory)

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Number 3 → Gold metallic nail polish

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Number 4 → FOOD AND CHOCOLATE

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This is my very favourite – I buy it once every year

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Number 5 → DVDs! (Unfortunately, no Supernatural boxsets this time around…)

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From left to right: X-Men Days of Future Past, Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, Kingsman: The Secret Service

Number 6 → THE BEST PART OF THE DAY

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What ever could this be?

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Can you guess what it is now?

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Watta rebel

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In addition to the 18-55mm lens, the deal included a 75-300mm one
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An extra battery was also included

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YAS.

YAAAAAS.

YAAAAAAAAAAAS.

That is all. I will control myself now.

 

What is boxing day like for everyone? Do you have boxing day in your country? Is there another event that happens the day after Christmas where you are from?

xx

 

 

 

 

 

Delicious Noms

Sometimes, it’s the most simplest of foods that make me happy.

STEP 1: Grab a bagel!

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Done.

STEP 2: Cut the bagel – BECAUSE YOU CANNOT EAT THE ENTIRE BAGEL, I REPEAT, YOU CANNOT DO IT (unless you are this girl: https://www.youtube.com/user/kinoyuu0204)

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STEP 3: Grab le raspberries

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Side note: Make sure you take additional pictures when the raspberry is sort of semi-heart shaped

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STEP 4: CHEESE.

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STEP 5: CHEESE!!!!

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STEP 6: Masterpiece complete! Commence eating 😛

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Put it down

If someone asked me if I had two hands – I would probably have to say no. Why? Because one is literally always glued to my phone, so not quite sure if it can be considered as a hand anymore. A cell phone appendage…maybe?

This past little while I have been trying to make a conscious effort to stay off my phone. To me, it seems like the more and more I am on my phone, the more and more I am losing contact with reality. My cell phone acts like a black hole. One moment I am on Facebook, and the next I have watched 8 YouTube videos, stalked 10 celebrities on Instagram, and re-blogged 23 Supernatural posts on Tumblr. It’s madness I tell you!

All those times I spent on my phone, I could have been doing something more productive. I could have been studying, I could have been enjoying time with my friends, I could have made plans to take over the world figure out my life.

Not only does my phone royally waste my time – but it becomes an arena where I judge and compare myself to others. Because of apps such as Instagram or Facebook, I tend to compare my life to other people’s – which I should not be doing. My life is my life and I should be making the best out of it. “Oh look they always go on such great vacations” “Oh look they got another award” “Wow, look, they got into med school, and what am I doing?” “Why can’t I look as beautiful as them?” “Why Why Why”.

These thoughts destroy dreams and crumble hopes – they should not be let in. The moment they are let in is the moment you start doing things to look good in the eyes of others instead of doing things for yourself. Why am I comparing my life to the way others live theirs? What I need to focus on is what makes me happy and follow that – not look at what makes others happy and follow in their footsteps.

This post isn’t meant to hate on cell phones – on the contrary, I think cell phones are great! But I know that, at least for myself, I need to limit my cell phone use and live more in reality than in the virtual world.

I would love to know everyone else’s takes on cell phones – what are your thoughts on this matter?

xx