- I have a brown belt in Wado-Ryu Karate-Do
- In 21 years, I have lived in seven houses with my family (for more than a few months)
- I like sport
- I speak English with a native accent, enough though it is not my first language
- I am not fluent in my first language, Creole
- Liv Tyler is my favourite actress
- I support Manchester United
- Water is my favourite drink
- I like handwritten letters
- I’m a Leo
- I love mornings
- The person I am closest to is my mum
- I don’t like phone calls
- I am 10 years old, at heart
- I believe in simple living, but high thinking
I want to go shopping. I want to buy more beautiful clothes.
My mum did say this was going to happen.
When I boasted loudly to everyone who would lend an ear, “my wardrobe consists of less-than-50-items of clothing”, I thought it would be easy to refrain from buying beautiful but un-needed items. Alas, it is hard.
Notably, I have not actually bought anything yet that I don’t actually need. My last wardrobe purchases were: a cotton Oasis dress and kohlapurri chappals. That’s it. I haven’t yet worn the dress since it is at home in England and my dad will bring it for me when he arrives in the country. The chappals however, made me fall in love; I seriously needed some open footwear and these beautiful beings were my dreams come true.
Right now, I don’t need any new clothes. I have everything I need.
- Drink lots of chilled water. Lots and lots.
- Eat light. Cut out rice, pasta etc… Consume fresh vegetables, fruits. Make interesting salads.
- Wear light clothes. Invest in cotton, linen fabrics in neural, light colours.
- Rise early. It is usually cooler in the mornings than in the evenings. Besides, you get more stuff done (and make the most of your holiday) when you wake up early.
- Laugh. And do fun things.
- Wear spf all the time. Even when the sky is cloudy and seems depressed.
- Invest in a high-spf sunscreen. I use La Roche-Posay; loving it so far.
- Wear a hat. All the time. Otherwise, use an umbrella.
- Stay out of the sun from 12-4pm. 5pm is a good time to hit the beach. There will be breeze usually and you can catch a beautiful sunset later on.
- Drink coconut water. It is incredibly refreshing and will keep you feeling full.
- Wear less makeup; it does not look very good to have a face full of makeup in the bright sunlight. It will look scary. Look natural.
It is the 18th February in the supposed year 2014.
Okay so today I’ve decided that I will write at least a paragraph every day. I am an observer. I love to study people. I love to study environments. Everything. I’m usually the one, the-not-so-subtle one, who is always looking around, pointing out stuff to my friends and family.
My writing might not be so great. It does not really matter at the moment. I just want to write. Anything and everything. I had become so complacent and stagnant. Actually, no. I was growing and improving in other areas of my life. It’s just that I am usually lazy to write.
This morning, I am still in Mauritius. It is sunny, with mostly a blue sky. The mango leaves are rustling gently in the cool breeze. It feels very familiar and yet, unknown to me. My future still feels up in the air. That’s probably why I am writing. I always write when I have no idea what I am doing. That makes me smile. Mosquitoes still love me. Right now, my left arm is red, from all the scratching!
I only drink chilled water since tap water is tepid, and in such weather, practically impossible to swallow.
I am not sure what I will achieve by tonight. At least a paragraph of writing. Haha.
Yesterday, I walked to the beach at midday with Yesha. It was not sunny; only cloudy. It was nice. Today, I think I might be going to town with her, but I am not sure.
What is the purpose of this post? I am not sure. Just words, so far. Anyways, they are my words. When I look back at these words, when I am away from this place, I will still have these memories and these words.
I think Chacha Nazir is back from Rodrigues today. So I can buy les gateaux from him for my Nani. Or maybe he was back yesterday. I don’t really know.
I think I have learnt a lot in these last couple of weeks. Only by living with someone can you learn to learn things about them; if you just meet them casually, not all is revealed. Everyone has problems and insecurities. Some people are better at hiding them than others. Lots of people boast about themselves. Living/sharing a room with someone is hard. In the first year of university, I did share a room with a friend, but it was different then. I also learnt that I am a country-girl. Although I did spend three years in London, I am a country-girl at heart. A country-girl and a beach-girl. I grew up in the suburbs and in a village.
I like open spaces. I like big gardens. I like trees. I am used to smiling at strangers as I walk down a road. And I dislike crowds.
Also, I can do things for myself. I like being able to do things for myself. I like going places myself; because that’s what I am used to. I don’t like depending on others. I just wish my parents would hurry up and come, so we can go home.
Next week is Maha Shivratree. I am quite excited because the last time I celebrated the festival here, I was a little girl. It feels weird not to be a little girl anymore. Haha.
When I see Yesha, I think we missed out on growing up together although we have beautiful memories of our childhood together. She still remembers. I thought I would be the only one who would remember. She is now eighteen, going on nineteen in July. She is growing up too. I think I am making her more girly. I used to be like her; I grew up with boys too and had no elder sister role model. Actually, I do have elder sisters (cousins) but I do not want to use them as prototypes – is that a bad thing to say?
By coming here, I have realised how close I am to my parents and family. Extremely close. Kids here (at least, kids that I have seen and know) are not. There is no right nor any wrong; just a different perspective, a different way of living.
I have realised how fortunate I am to have lived the life I have. I have realised how fortunate I am to have the family I have.
You can probably guess that I am feeling homesick at the moment.
I think I’m going to go for a walk in the glorious sunshine now to buy a newspaper.
(Sorry, I know this post is higgledy-piggledy and topsy-turvy with no real purpose, but at this time, this is what I feel like; it feels quite liberating though)
The cyclone came and went.
There were heavy rains. Not really.
There were sudden gusts of wind. I cannot recall.
There were bouts of sunshine. Most of the time.
It was a curious cyclone; a well-behaved one.
“Life is like a landscape. You live in the midst of it, but can describe it only from the vantage point of distance.” – Charles A. Lindbergh
I am sitting with my nani at the moment, in the shade of the terrace of her house. A motorcycle just zoomed past on the road, leaving an annoying echo in its wake. Another just went past. And another. On the mango tree in her garden, blackbirds sit and chirp. Sometimes they land onto the gravelled path and hop hither and thither. The mango tree is comforting. Many happy and sad memories were left here many moons ago. I played under this very tree with my cousins. A ritual for my nana’s funeral was performed there.
The sky is blue and the sun beats down onto the tarmac on the road ahead. The heat is stifling. There is somewhat a cooling breeze, but it is very errant.
Smartphones are useful for checking emails on the go, checking social media, handy apps, capturing moments, listening to music…Truly, they are useful for many things. And, these days everyone seems to have one. The commercials on TV portray smartphone owners as beautiful, living in amazing places and happy and naively, I used to think, “Wow, this looks really impressive.” (Note: I have been told I’m somewhat gullible.)
However, I resisted getting a smartphone for a long time. All my friends had one. I knew, that I had lived my whole life without a smartphone, I am sure I can survive without it now. I did not want to become one of those people, “OMG, I just cannot live without my phone!”
Sometimes, I used to wish I had one too; it would make things easier. However, I stuck to my guns and did not.
I received a smartphone as a present this December.
Yes, I have started using it. And yes, it is undoubtedly useful.
But, yes, I can live without it. If tomorrow, I were to lose my smartphone, I would not be that upset.
On Sunday, I was having lunch with a friend and I happened to mention that I got my first smartphone, she showed me some tricks on how to use it (since she uses practically the same phone). This was all good, but you see, when I am socializing, I do not put my phone on the table (or if I do, it is rarely!). I leave it in my bag or in my pocket. But this time, all too soon, we were both engrossed in our phones, (if only for a moment).
I have been out with many friends over the last few years (when the smartphone phenomenon really started), and I have noticed a pattern – people usually put their phones on the table and if they receive a text or a phone call, they immediately answer it, as if their life depended on it. It’s sad. And sadly, on Sunday, I was a guilty of that too. Sorry Emma. What is even sadder, is that very few people actually excuse themselves when answering their mobile phone. All too often, I have literally been staring at the back of a friend’s mobile phone as he/she surfs on her gadget while we are supposed to be “socializing”.
It might not seem like a big deal to you. Actually, it probably isn’t a big deal since this behaviour seems to be replicated across the world. But, it is a big deal to me. Alas, I cannot change other people nor is it my place to teach others manners. I will carrying on practising some etiquette, which unfortunately is becoming all too uncommon.