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    Hello! Bonjour! Namaste! Hola! Ciao! Ola! Ni Hao! As- salam ‘alaykum! :wavey::wavey::wavey::wings::wings::wavey::wavey::wavey:

    Either way Welcome everyone.

    Finally, the summer holidays have arrived. It’s that time of year where I will be visiting a few exotic countries, getting a part-time job, going to the beach, partying, hanging out with friends and having fun!..

    OK maybe not all of that is true :teehee:. I have a really bad record of spending my holidays being productive- I either get stuck into a part time job (like last year… working 3 hours a day) or I try to pull off a master-plan of passing the ticket-collector at the cinema to watch a 18+ movie when I am actually 3 years younger just for the thrill of ‘beating the system’ (2 years back):laugh::grin:

    A bit about Emirates06- Who am I?

    I have just finished my A levels. I am 18. I love exploring- If I had two options: A movie or hiking in the rain in a muddy field… hiking in the rain in the muddy field it is! And I also love (Sorry wrong word… I literally ADORE) airplanes- the sound of the A380 is just surreal!!

    So everyone buckle up and sit tight- we are scheduled to take off now! There are no storms looking ahead, so don’t worry we hope we won’t be facing turbulence during this journey. Please keep watching this space and I will be keeping you company for this journey as we travel through the summer holidays ticking off activities off my Summer Bucket List.

    The following list below will be hyperlinked. So after each blog has been completed after you have clicked onto each one- it will magically lead you to that specific blog- Fun, exciting stuff!:iiam:

    Green: Activity is completed!
    Amber: Activity is still Pending!
    Red: Activity Yet to Complete!

    Here is a list of the activities I will be completing over the summer:

    - Completing my National Citizen Service Award- I love meeting new people and doing new things! Exciting!
    - Go on Hikes- Hiking is so refreshing for the body and the mind! It also goes to show the beauty of life with the amazing sunset and calm breeze blowing with the town over you as you walk along a large hill! Life truly is beautiful.
    - Watch Hunted series 2 on Channel 4 - (normal) People go a real-life game run from the private detectives- Best person not to be caught= £100K
    - Attend wedding and eat until stomach bursts- When you are south Asian, you will know practically everyone is somehow related to you; so hence why I have stopped asking my parents whose wedding we are going to. And boy, I've seen a few wedding cards recently- I will make the time to attend these weddings for sure!
    - Organising my Brother’s wedding ~update 1~ ~update 2~ You see in our culture, a wedding means 4 events until the wedding is done and dusted! So, there's a hell of a lot to do- And I am will help organise he he!
    - Creating a Gym Membership and finally hitting the gym - Work out --> Leg Day --> Chest day..
    - Bike ride- My friend and I- Check! 2 Bikes- Check! Good Weather- Check! LET'S GO!
    - Finding a part time Job- ~update 1~ I want to find somewhere where I love and enjoy and love coming work to! Hopeful!
    - Have a PJ day - There is always one day where you HAVE to stay in PJ's. Rule number 1: If you gut instinct says stay in PJ's, you simply cannot NOT wear your PJ's. It's just gotta be done. Simple.
    - Bake a cake- Banned cooking in the kitchen - Burnt food, Burnt cake- same story, different day I'm afraid
    - Thorpe Park - Plan is to sit on Swarm, Stealth, Nemesis, SAW, Collosus and.... the teacups ride! Thorpe park is the ideal day out.
    - Try to make Dinner- Banned in the kitchen since making Chicken and Rice- Will have to convince Mum. A massage should do the trick.
    - Sightseeing in London - London the city of love.. Oops! sorry that Paris. London the city of congestion! But hey, I love sight-seeing and this will be great.
    - Go Bowling & Arcade - Have fun and relax- what's best than do that with your friends! This should be good.
    - Practising and Pass my Driving test~ update ~ I have started practising for my driving test. I have passed my Theory test! So Driving- Fingers crossed!
    - Learn to play an Instrument~ update~ *My weak point* But I will learn 1 song from any instrument- The triangles are exempt as a instrument!
    - Visit my Grandparents up North -Love my Family! I also have grandparents abroad, I have renewed my passport few weeks back but I forgot to renew the VISA. So pretty gutted.
    - Plane- Spotting at Heathrow Airport - ARGH! I cannot wait! I have never been plane-spotting crazy right? But I cannot wait as this will be the best thing probably to come out of my summer bucket list.
    - Go to Wales and Hike up a mountain- Cader Idris I have my eyes on you boy! The view is incredible and I am in the process of sorting accomodation soon. Edit: Accommodation Sorted!
    - Learn my native language- to become fluent- Have been told since I was 5 to learn MY language. My parents always told me when I'm older I will have to read letters from relatives back home and I will know nothing if I don't learn. But the best thing about this is back in the native land, practically all my relatives speak English. And god I am thankful to them but I've always loved our language and I will polish this in the holidays.
    - Create a scrapbook of my photography-This will be interesting to make as I have not tried this before!
    - Go to the Beach for the day - On a sunny day, Please summer give me a good sunny day, please! Edit: Weather was awesome!
    - Participate in Singing Competition- Local ~ update ~ I have been singing religiously since the age of 6. I love singing. I also have entered competitions at my local radio station being so young. Still love it, stronger than ever.
    - Visit a Zoo - Love animals! IT would be great to finally go to a zoo- first time ever.
    - Camping in the Back Garden with Friends- Torch, camping bag, tent and food will work tricks! Camping will be fun.
    - Feeding the poor - I seriously want to try giving something to the poor. It's sad to think sometimes we take life for granted when you have homeless people sitting in the rain to raise money. But it will be hard to do this as there are not many homeless people I've seen in my town centre.
    - Start preparing for University- YAY!! Cannot wait. University is a whole world of its own!
    - Watch Wardogs - "It's really good"- Recommended by a friend!
    - Make my family smile- Family. We take it for granted. I am blessed to have a family. So, I will do something for everyone individually to give something back as a token of my thankfulness.

    Thank you. This is my summer bucket list -Bit ambitious? But I will ensure I get every single one done with your motivation and my tenacity! Please join me on this journey, as I cannot wait to see where we stand at the end of the Summer Holidays!
    :party::party::party:

    EDIT 01/09: YaY! This has been completed. Whoop! Whoop!

    :dancing::dancing::dancing::dancing::dancing::dancing::dancing:

    THANK YOU :grouphugs:

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    Where Have I been?

    Welcome back. I have been working hard (majority was fun, fun, fun!) to completing my National Citizens service. My initial plan was to complete the entire journey and create a whole article stating what I did and how was it- which would really help with the hyperlinks keeping everything organised than short snippet blogs everywhere like this one! :burnout:

    I seriously have loved every single second of NCS! I would so recommend anyone to go on the NCS Programme. Tomorrow is my last day for my NCS programme:dance: and after that I will update what has happened and how it was in the upcoming days

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    Sounds like you're in for a fun summer :party: Good luck!
    I'm a big fan of aviation too The A380 just looks wonderful!
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    [QUOTE=qasim_96;73092960]Sounds like you're in for a fun summer :party: Good luck!
    I'm a big fan of aviation too The A380 just looks wonderful![/

    Yeah, I can't wait to just tick them off one by one. Hey, Good to know! Would love to work in aviation in the future (flight attendant, airport or anything) for the experience!!
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    Sounds like you're in for a fun summer :party: Good luck!
    I'm a big fan of aviation too The A380 just looks wonderful![/

    Yeah, I can't wait to just tick them off one by one. Hey, Good to know! Would love to work in aviation in the future (flight attendant, airport or anything) for the experience!!
    I would love to work in aviation in the future too. My dream was to be a pilot
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    Hey, planes are cool! (Not as cool as trains, but still really cool. ) I'm going to be pretty close to Heathrow for uni and I'm kind of worried about noise, but I think that's just me being inexperienced with planes as a whole. Give me the Eurostar instead.

    Your list sounds amazing, though. Good luck with completing it all! I'm rooting for you! <3
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    (Original post by Jinkx Monsoon)
    Hey, planes are cool! (Not as cool as trains, but still really cool. ) I'm going to be pretty close to Heathrow for uni and I'm kind of worried about noise, but I think that's just me being inexperienced with planes as a whole. Give me the Eurostar instead.

    Your list sounds amazing, though. Good luck with completing it all! I'm rooting for you! <3
    I don't live too far from Heathrow either. The noise can be an issue, however, planes are getting quieter and quieter. Some of the newer planes (A380, A350, Boeing 787) are so quiet! I've had the privilege of flying on the A380 (twice) as well as the 787 and they are very quite, especially in comparison to other planes.
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    I would love to work in aviation in the future too. My dream was to be a pilot
    My dream job used to be pilot too! Ah..
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    (Original post by Jinkx Monsoon)
    Hey, planes are cool! (Not as cool as trains, but still really cool. ) I'm going to be pretty close to Heathrow for uni and I'm kind of worried about noise, but I think that's just me being inexperienced with planes as a whole. Give me the Eurostar instead.

    Your list sounds amazing, though. Good luck with completing it all! I'm rooting for you! <3
    Hey, Planes indeed are cool- just love when they takeoff- queens of the sky! Trains of course are cool too!.. :^_^:..

    We are on the opposite spectrum here-->> would love to live near Heathrow haha. Thanks!
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    I can finally say I have ticked one activity off my bucket list. YaY! :adore::^_^:

    You may not have heard for me for a few weeks that’s because guys I have been away to complete my National Citizen Service. I have completed it yay!.. Ok celebrations over now lets get on with the blog!

    I signed up for the NCS last year during the October half-term but there was some issues shall we say, so my friend and I were told we could do it in the summer at £20 rather than the normal £50. It’s so hard to summarise in one sentence. I would probably say once in a life time experience, one of my best experiences. It was fun doing it in the summer as this runs longer than 2 weeks in the October half-term.

    First stop: Lancashire

    A coach took us to Lancashire. I loved the journey as I generally love long car-journeys, so from the beginning it was great.:f1:



    Rooms were four-people shared with bathroom. I slept in a bunk bed; top bunk of course.

    First day we went on a hike, it was long but the view was absolutely great and the weather was great also, so I was definetly mesmerised by it all. And the rest of the 3 days, there were bonding activities and activities like Canoeing which was cool but throughout the water activities, the water soaked my socks so my feet were really uncomfortable- Yeah…

    Second stop: University

    On the second week we stayed in accommodations in Buckinghamshire at Bucks New University in Uxbridge. I liked this a lot as I got a feel of uni life but without a doubt the best experience as I got my own room.. yes my own room and… And EN-SUITE BATHROOM :daydreaming::dance::dance:! Loved it- we learnt lots of life skills during the second week in the classroom and outside.:danceboy:

    Third stop: LOVED IT! Making a difference

    So with this part, I loved it the most. We have to make a difference in our area. So each group had to pitch their ideas to dragons dens. So as far as I can remember one group was pitching woods to have wooden pathways for walking made from scrap wood whilst others wanted to create an event day to feed the homeless. In my team we came up with the idea of having a tea day at the local nursing home with the aim to reunite the elderly and youth as we want to break the barrier.

    Draft for our campaigns- our logs to present to the dragons dens:



    After pitching each group was offered £50 but the scrap wood idea for our local woods won the dragons dens hearts and extra funding was provided to them. We went out and bought food and tea (and biscuits) from poundland and Iceland for our day.

    Final group logo:



    The next day we went to the elderly home and socialised with them and played board games as well as play group bingo and have food. I absolutely loved it as I was talking with a number of elderly. I really connected with Timothy as he started talking about how he fought in wars and was married twice. I just love their spirits and liveliness, for example I met a few elderly ladies and trust me they are like the Mother’s of the group- they raise the atmosphere with their laughter and their engagement with others, it was lovely-hence why I loved it.

    Presentation day:

    As it was our last day, we had to create stage performance at which an audience would attend to watch… obviously our parents! So each group had to create a performance which would be entertaining and educating as to what we did in our NCS journey. It was so funny because we were so bad at it- especially as I start mentioning ‘oh love hold my stick’ in the stage act when we had no stick in the first place. So awkwardly, the other person had to pretend to pick up a stick that was not even there :laugh::mmm::mmm:- It was hilarious at the time as the other person was very, very confused. But it was great!

    There’s so much to talk about from the hike, canoeing, everyone going crazy on the trip back from Lancashire- adding each other on Facebook and giving out numbers on the motorway to the university days, skills we learnt, people we met, dumb and funny things we did because at this point everyone knew everyone especially your own group. Loved the experience.


    Cannot wait for graduation day! :smartass::rambo:
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    I can finally say I have ticked one activity off my bucket list. YaY!

    You may not have heard for me for a few weeks that’s because guys I have been away to complete my National Citizen Service. I have completed it yay!.. Ok celebrations over now lets get on with the blog!

    I signed up for the NCS last year during the October half-term but there was some issues shall we say, so my friend and I were told we could do it in the summer at £20 rather than the normal £50. It’s so hard to summarise in one sentence. I would probably say once in a life time experience, one of my best experiences. It was fun doing it in the summer as this runs longer than 2 weeks in the October half-term.

    First stop: Lancashire

    A coach took us to Lancashire. I loved the journey as I generally love long car-journeys, so from the beginning it was great.



    Rooms were four-people shared with bathroom. I slept in a bunk bed; top bunk of course.

    First day we went on a hike, it was long but the view was absolutely great and the weather was great also, so I was definetly mesmerised by it all. And the rest of the 3 days, there were bonding activities and activities like Canoeing which was cool but throughout the water activities, the water soaked my socks so my feet were really uncomfortable- Yeah…

    Second stop: University

    On the second week we stayed in accommodations in Buckinghamshire at Bucks New University in Uxbridge. I liked this a lot as I got a feel of uni life but without a doubt the best experience as I got my own room.. yes my own room and… And EN-SUITE BATHROOM! Loved it- we learnt lots of life skills during the second week in the classroom and outside.

    Third stop: LOVED IT! Making a difference

    So with this part, I loved it the most. We have to make a difference in our area. So each group had to pitch their ideas to dragons dens. So as far as I can remember one group was pitching woods to have wooden pathways for walking made from scrap wood whilst others wanted to create an event day to feed the homeless. In my team we came up with the idea of having a tea day at the local nursing home with the aim to reunite the elderly and youth as we want to break the barrier.

    Draft for our campaigns- our logs to present to the dragons dens:



    After pitching each group was offered £50 but the scrap wood idea for our local woods won the dragons dens hearts and extra funding was provided to them. We went out and bought food and tea (and biscuits) from poundland and Iceland for our day.

    Final group logo:



    The next day we went to the elderly home and socialised with them and played board games as well as play group bingo and have food. I absolutely loved it as I was talking with a number of elderly. I really connected with Timothy as he started talking about how he fought in wars and was married twice. I just love their spirits and liveliness, for example I met a few elderly ladies and trust me they are like the Mother’s of the group- they raise the atmosphere with their laughter and their engagement with others, it was lovely-hence why I loved it.

    Presentation day:

    As it was our last day, we had to create stage performance at which an audience would attend to watch… obviously our parents! So each group had to create a performance which would be entertaining and educating as to what we did in our NCS journey. It was so funny because we were so bad at it- especially as I start mentioning ‘oh love hold my stick’ in the stage act when we had no stick in the first place. So awkwardly, the other person had to pretend to pick up a stick that was not even there- It was hilarious at the time as the other person was very, very confused. But it was great!

    There’s so much to talk about from the hike, canoeing, everyone going crazy on the trip back from Lancashire- adding each other on Facebook and giving out numbers on the motorway to the university days, skills we learnt, people we met, dumb and funny things we did because at this point everyone knew everyone especially your own group. Loved the experience.


    Cannot wait for graduation day!
    Congrats mate 👏🏼 Well done!
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    Congrats mate 👏🏼 Well done!
    Thanks Qasim!
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    (Original post by Emirates06)
    Thanks Qasim!
    Your welcome wishing you the best of luck for the rest of the bucket list too
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    I went on a hike today with my friend. First I travelled to Princes Risborough as my friend lives there and from there we went on a hike!
    We went from Princes Risborough to Chinnor. (5.3 miles) :absinth::music::music:



    The weather was cloudy but nice. We picked up the route:
    1. New Road
    2. Pict Lane and into Saunderton. It was nice to see saunderton again as my parents lived there whilst they were younger. Nice to walk down memory lane, very beautiful place!:nt:



    1. From there we entered into a shortcut through the fields but we somehow lost our way and got onto the incorrect road which led us to somewhere I don’t even know where. I looked at my friend whilst he looked back at me ‘reassuring’ me where we were. I’ve known him for 6 years and it was at this point I knew we were definitely lost :pierre::poke:. It was ok at first but when you have a Pay as you go phone with no internet and only hand-written maps, we were pretty baffled which turn to make then. Worst comes to worst, it just would have been a matter of ringing my friends mum and asking her to pick us up- which would’ve been quite embarrassing considering the hike would have been a epic fail and my mum would’ve definitely have been informed if somehow it slipped my mind to mention…:rip:Don’t you worry about that *cough!

    Fields were quite long and vast to walk through. We walked through a gate to end up in another field until we saw a car pass on a road. We walked along the field path to connect back to it to see where we are.:star::star:



    1. On a sign we realised we missed Bledlow Ridge road and were on another road which led to connect onto Chinnor road. Another sign further ahead read Chinnor 3miles. Princes Risborough 1 ½ miles. So we had some energy boost to know we were on the right direction now!:rambo:


    1. We stuck to Chinnor Road as we knew there was a single road leading right into central Chinnor.
    2. We have finally reached Chinnor
    3. We then made our way to the Chinnor Quarry

    We went into the Chinnor Quarry but not to near the water as we heard and read the news it is quite dangerous and has resulted in a number of deaths. The chalk is very brittle and dangerous, so we stay away from the cliff edge :whip::hmmmm::headfire:. We stayed at the quarry, took a few pictures and enjoyed the scenery and walked out.



    We then decided to walk into the Chinnor itself. We stayed there, had lunch :donut::drool::eating: and made our way back on the alternative route instead of the original given the fuss before.:hand:

    We decided to take the straight road route which led us near Longwick and as my friend knows his area we walked back into Princes Risborough easily. I definetly enjoyed the day out as it was fun and the weather was good considering it was in the back of my mind it would rain!:pirate2:

    A hike was fun! So happy to gone on a hike today as tomorrow it is wedding bells for relatives that I haven't ever seen! But the wedding is in the evening so, I may get another activity done by then. And then from Monday it’s my brothers wedding. Whoop whoop!:dancing2: So excited! So there wouldn’t be time to stick in a hike anytime soon after today.
    or reading my blog. :elefant::excited::elefant::dancing2:

    Thanks for reading my blog.:hello:

    p.s. Sorry for the late blog- I fell asleep when I got back :laugh:
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    *Disclaimer- this blog contains info. about winners of hunted,*

    Today, I woke up at 8am and literally binge watching Hunted. They are the best series ever since I've starting watching them!:banana2::blow:

    Hunted is a reality fugitive show where contestants try to escape detection by a group of highly trained ex-police and intelligence, and they are in with a chance of winning £100,000 prize after 28 days of not being caught and making an escape from a specific point in the UK after 28 days..:daydreaming::daydreaming:

    The funny thing is I came across this series when I was watching Goggle box on TV recently where I found out what this was :eek3::giggle:. Since then I completed Series 1- which I was so happy about to find out Emily and Lauren had won! When they reunited in the end, omg that was the best thing ever :eek3::eek3::eek4: :elmo: despite going separate ways and moving across the country, both of them they made it.



    So, since the start of the holidays I was on Series 2 episode 2. Today in the morning, I have binged watched episode 3, 4, 5 and 6. I underestimated Nick as in the first episode he was so nearly going to be caught as he rode near the canal whilst the hunters waited at one end! But as the episodes went on, I liked him so much as he evaded the hunters despite visiting his wife at one time and then hiding away in fields or hitchhiking, As he said he needed a energy boost from life as he was a house-husband and he felt his value was underestimated especially when his wife was a GP, society can make you feel useless sometimes as it assumes men to be the bread-winners. So I was so rooting for him from the start :five::fluffy:- I was so happy to actually see he won the show with Ayo!!



    My favourites from last series were Emily and Lauren: Winners. And from this series is was Nick: Winner! :happy2::happy2::happy2:
    Although, with Ayo having his smug nature he definitely won with style as he initially said he will! I.e. contacting the hunters personally with his little messages and trying to trap the hunters:laugh:- fun to watch.:itsme:



    I like watched these types of series - games and reality entertainment shows or I simply just stick to my usual Scary movies or Bollywood movies!

    Hunted was definitely gripping and had me glued to the series- and I did find it difficult to stop myself watching another episode. I thought I was watching the 2017 series, but on a news article regarding the winners, it was dated 2016 :shot:! So I checked on Channel 4 and I realized the 2017 series is to be aired in September!! So excited. :rofl3:

    Another activity ticked off!

    Weddings update :shock:

    We will be heading out in 15 minutes to go to Birmingham for a wedding in the evening today. It starts at 7.15pm, so time is tight especially as we are driving 96 miles up north. :sly::sleep:

    Also my brother’s wedding is around the corner :smug:. And the struggle for last minute wedding prep is real, especially when there is so much to do still and there is 1 day left until wedding starts. Finally got my ties and shoes, so that’s great. Tomorrow, my cousins and my sisters are going Southall for last minute shop but instead I will go out with my brother to help ensure everything looks shaped up for Monday’s event! I will hope to complete tomorrow bucket list activity but what I will do is to complete it early. On Monday, I will try to keep on top of my blog:youbetcha: and so I hope to update the blog but I will keep it short and sweet!:tee::top:

    It will be late when I'm back so expect a late blog! :wavey::wizard2:
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    * Tried to take a good picture of the Crown Plaza venue hall without anyone noticing. I think I've done a good job. Name- Check. Water fountain- definitely check! :cool:

    You may be thinking attending a wedding, how is that possibly part of a bucket list?:daydreaming: Well, personally I only attend close family or friend weddings. Occasionally, I attend distant relative wedding if I know it will be lit.:dancing: However with majority of distant relatives up north (B’ham or Rotherham), I don’t insist in going because going to Birmingham is an excuse for my mum to shop :doh::dontknow: but hey at least it saves a space for an auntie- for them it’s a day out as well as wedding as they shop in the well- renowned Stratford Road or Alum Rock Road in Birmingham. If your south Asian, you will definitely know these roads quite well!:getmecoat:

    I actually enjoyed today’s wedding. We went on the M40 with journey time being 1hr 45 minutes; I watched out the window enjoying the scenery as you do :grin: occasionally giving a cheeky wave to motorists :wavey:. I did take headphones to listen to songs on the way- that came in handy on the journey back of course.:music:

    We went to the venue straight away which wasn’t too bad. We wet to Crystal Plaza and it wasn’t too long until the groom/bride families arrived. So it was pretty cool- I’ve been to this venue a few times in Birmingham. Men and women are segregated- Men are downstairs and women upstairs. There are 2 stages: Upstairs and downstairs. The bride and groom were upstairs instead.:shakehand:

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    I forgot to take a picture of the food for the blog :unsure::zomg:; but there was fish, roast chicken and sheesh kebabs with chutney :eating:. For mains there was brown rice and curries with naan :yum:. For dessert, there was halwa- this is sweet semolina dish. I had too much to eat as the food there was so very tasty indeed!:dry: p.s. My stomach is going to burst! Everyone also had complementary small goody bag on their tables which contained 2 small chocolates in each.:parrot::perv:

    I think the main reason I enjoyed the wedding was not only the food was good :drool: but we didn’t go to Alum Rock or stratford road :elefant:- the ultimate clothes shop for asian women. The shops on roads are endless. Generally, weddings in Birmingham take place at 2-3pm- So we leave home quite early around 10am giving my mum a good open opportunity to shop for 2 hours until the wedding starts and then when the wedding does finish, my mum and aunties go back for round 2 :bricks:. Crazy right? So you can imagine how chuffed I was when my mum made the executive decision they will not be shopping around today :cake::bumps:. To add, they have been shopping quite a few times there since the wedding is coming up- so I suppose there’s only so many times you can shop right?:closedeyes:

    Overall, I enjoyed the wedding. Food was good. And we saw fireworks, I tried to take photos but it was too dark and with my phone- not the best photos (I love photography but this photo does not show off my skills whatever).:congrats::congrats:

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    I surprised myself by going to the wedding as initially I wasn’t too keen but I did really enjoy hanging out with all my cousins and family. So good stuff!

    I am really tired as we got back not too long ago:yawn:. So night guys- I’m happy to tick off something else today! :yeah::yay:
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    Welcome back, so let’s talk weddings! :rolleyes:

    I want to use this post to explain the different days and what I have doing to help organise.

    There are 3 events to the wedding:

    Mehndi (14/08) – I will be wearing the dark brown clothes in the cover picture on top :2euk48l:(same as all men as this is mehndi colour)– this is the henna day for both the groom and bride. Much like a hen-do and a stag-do. The groom and bride often tend to do this separately where families and friends apply henna and oil. This is a traditional trait.:albertein:

    Baraat day (19/08) – I will be wearing the white clothes as shown on top:afro:- this is the first day of the wedding organised by the brides side and the groom and families attend the venue. ‘Baraat’ simply mean the grooms wedding procession. After the venue, we often go to the brides home where her parents will give her away.:console:

    Walima day (20/08) - – I will be wearing the suit- This is the second day of the traditional wedding organised by the grooms side.:cool:

    Walima is derived from Awlam which means to gather.

    What have I been doing to organise the wedding?

    For the mehndi, I had the responsibility of buying the yellow and green scarves for all the men. So I went shopping to Southall to pick the scarves. I bought 35 altogether which will be given to boys and men to wear :crown:. For the stage and music hire, I rang various different wedding organisers to get quotes and passed this list over to my brother for him to decide which ones he wished to hire. Picking the venue with my brother was not too difficult as we generally use the venue close to us for weddings. :cute:Caterers were handled by dad of course.

    For the baraat day, there isn’t too much to do apart from hiring cars and ensuring we get ourselves to the venue:driver:. However, as per tradition the groom is given spoonful halwa- sweet semolina by everyone to eat beforehand:eating:. So, I bought quite a few packets of semolina from the local store- not too difficult. I bought decorations, balloons to decorate the house and confetti for when we greet the bride when we are back. :auto:

    For the walima, this is where all the work kicks in.:nooo: I helped my brother find a suitable banqueting hall. I went with my brother to hire a hummer and cars to travel in. As we have a colour scheme, for the suits I bought the ties for the men to wear.:gah: My sisters bought the complementary little goody sweets but I will ensure on the day- I place them out on each table for everyone.:pirateprincess::pirate3:

    And my favourite bit was posting the invitation cards to everyone’s house. I lost count :facepalm:but we had at least over 70+ cards.:present::date:



    Today, we went quite early to the venue for tomorrow’s event to do last minute organising with my cousins and my brother like organising the tables, giving a key to the stage/music organisers.:bee2:

    Mehndi event takes place during the evenings approx. 7pm and lasts till 10pm- but as I got quite a chunk for my bucket list, I will still be completing my activities as I cant wait to work through them all.:yeah::yep:

    Thanks for reading!:flybye:
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    So today, I have been working on creating my Gym Membership :banana2:. We have quite a few gyms around Buckinghamshire, especially in the town centre there is quite a few. I like Gym Fit as this is convenient for me :elmo:. The cost was £12.99! I am pretty impressed! I decided to create the Bronze pass :dumbells:. My friend and I both made memberships today. :dumbells:Everyday I think of going to the gym, however each time I somehow either tend to delay it for later or make 101 excuses as to why I can’t go gym today:facepalm:. So today it was early, rise and shine as I, the early bunny head out with my friend:laugh:. We placed our credit cards on the counter and said ‘£12.99 membership please’ and the reply was ‘a £12.99 pass coming right up boys!’:lol: It was at that moment I shouted “We are finally gym members!”- OK not exactly shouted but whispered to my friend.:popout:

    We created monthly passes… well theoretically a yearly pass as we need to be members for at least a year and money is directly taken out of our bank accounts:s:. Monthly pass cards:



    But now I cannot wait to go to the gym as my friend and I plan to go gym during the weekends:rambo:, occasionally weekdays- as my friend is working.:shakehand:

    Another activity ticked off the bucket list:shock:! I’m so chuffed at the moment.:sly:

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    As a matter of fact, I completed 2 activities off my bucket list. Today was so productive! :beer:

    The weather was so beautiful to miss out the opportunity to go on a bike ride :bike:. I love riding my bike- I would love to grab an opportunity to simply ride away somewhere I’ve never been before and explore. So that’s exactly what my friend and I did after gym today. :borat:



    We went into the woods far enough from where we live, and rode our bikes through the woods :charm:. As we rode quite a bit, it did become tiring some while later especially since we went to the gym in the morning but also the reason being there were some steep sections in the woods for us to walk up. Later, we saw a bat roost. :confused::eek4: A sign read ‘Beware Bat roost’ but as it was too dark inside the gate it was difficult to see any bats.:erm:

    But walking up the woods was definitely worth it :gah: as when the woods ended there was a very steep path that led straight to the bottom and with the wind pushing on my face and pushing my bike pedals faster- It was a-mazing! :fyi: Also given the beautiful scenery as I rode down, it was incredible :holly2:. I took a picture half-way down (the first picture title) but this does not do it justice as it was an incredible experience, especially as we’ve never been in that place before.:jumphug:

    Although I must admit, at one point after riding down the woods we were standing at the bottom of the woods. Trees surrounding all around us with the sound of trees swaying side to side :koala:; I saw a women walking her dog, but apart from that it was pretty much silent :rose::rolleyes:and pretty intimidating given I only had 19% battery left at that point as I decided to use my battery to listen to music on the way to meet my friend:noway:. Bad decisions!:hmmm:



    We went to the open ground; I’d assume this was a large public park:stupido3: as there were dog owners walking their dogs and people simply lying on the grass.:w00t: So we sat and had a good old chat :rock:and then using a map on my friend’s phone we got back en route to head home.

    But without a doubt, it was a crazy and mesmerizing experience:wink2: as the weather was great and the place was incredible! :wizard: This was a one-of-a-kind bike ride as my friend and I tend to visit parks or stay on the roads, we’ve never actually rode the bike in the woods- so that was pretty cool!:yikes::yy:


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    Activity: Complete! Crazy Bike ride done!:yay:

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    Welcome. :hi:

    I have some updates about the job hunt :innocent:. It’s going well to some extent- I have applied to a few places which are suitable to me in regards to hours and the place itself :mute::hat2:. Today I received a call from Starbucks to say I have passed the application stage and short-listed. Now onto the interview stage! :happy2:

    The picture show my to do list- It shows all the jobs I’ve applied to. I did apply to a few more than that but I can’t seem to find the list.:hmmmm::huff:

    The tick shows I have applied.
    The red X shows I have been rejected.
    The Yellow highlight shows I am invited to an interview!

    My interviews are booked; I will update you if there is any response regarding my job hunt!
 
 
 
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