Friday, 29 August 2014

Dear August // Mini Series #2

Hi everyone! If you’re not sure about what this mini-series is about then you can check out my Dear July blog post which you can find here.

Dear August,
You have flown by too fast whilst I tried to grip and cling onto you for at least one more day. I thank you August for being so patient, kind and considerate; for being so good to me.
I have been hanging out with my friends more often than I originally expected I would which has given me a sense of hope and warmth. You delivered my first ever rejection email for one of my short stories and whilst it saddened and hurt it also taught me to not give up so easily and to keep going. In addition you’ve proved that I’m continuously growing since I’m on the terrifying brink of starting a new chapter in my life and writing my first ever cover letter in the hope of getting a job – it’s made me feel like an adult and I thank you for the internal boost that was much needed.
August you have been filled to the brim with celebration and I’ve been happy. Making everyone proud with my amazing exam results and achieving my first ever burst of followers on my blog has electrified my confidence. I will cherish and try my hardest to enjoy the last few days of summer whilst I keep in mind how unbelievable and truly inspiring you have been to me.
As I sit here with my cup of tea, my music blaring and a slice of homemade cake I’ll be remembering you August; see you next year.

Yours faithfully,
Nabeela


Thanks for reading, hope you liked it! Let me know in the comments what you loved most about August, I’d love to know! Also it would be great if you could follow me on Bloglovin’ as I have lots of ideas for upcoming blog posts. Talk to you all very soon.

Hugs & kisses,
Nabeela x

Monday, 25 August 2014

Papadopoulos & Sons Film Review

Me and my family sat down to watch the film Papadopoulos and Sons without knowing anything about the plot in the hope that we’d enjoy it – and it turned out we did.

Papadopoulos and Sons is a British comedy/drama about a successful business entrepreneur named Harry who seems to have everything he could ever dream of including a mansion, fast cars and a high status. That is until he is hit with a huge banking crisis which results in him losing his house and having to go back to running a fish and chip shop with his brother Spiros.


The acting was pretty good, not the best if I’m honest but the characters were well executed and it was easy to understand the type of people they were and what role they played. I really liked Spiros and the main character Harry’s development was really nice to watch. Also the implementation of Harry’s wife and her death was done well; it weaved in nicely with the storyline and added a really nice touch to his character development. The primary message of the film was simply portrayed and relatable to many people. It just proves how money can’t buy you happiness and how family and friends is what makes someone successful in life.

There was a quote from Harry’s character which really stuck out to me.

“What is the meaning of success?”

Can we really define the word ‘success’? He then followed by saying “success is the joy you feel” and I 100% agree. He kept telling himself that the fish and chip shop was temporary but he eventually realised he was happier with less. The relationship between him and his brother also improved dramatically and he understood the value of family and the love of people rather than materialistic things.


The only downside I would say is that you may find it a little boring at times and it may not be for everyone. Some parts I didn’t understand because they were business related and I had to ask my dad what some things meant but other than that it was a very enjoyable film that will make you feel a sense of gratefulness for what you have and feel satisfied with the simple things in life.

And if that’s not enough it will definitely make you crave a bag of fish and chips!

I would give this film a 4 out of 5 star rating.


Thank you so much for reading! I would also like to thank you for 15 followers on Bloglovin’! This may not seem a lot but it’s a huge achievement for me and I’m really grateful for everyone who followed. You can follow me on Bloglovin’ here.

Also I got my own short story published on a great site called Teen Ink and it would be amazing if you could give it a read, rate and share it with friends and family. You can find it here.

Hugs & kisses,
Nabeela x

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Top 5 Overrated Films I Didn’t Like

I wouldn’t really say I have a lot of knowledge when it comes to films and actors and actresses however I do love watching films when I get the chance to. There have been many times when I’ve had high expectations due to reviews and hype of films that everyone seems to adore but they just aren’t my cup of tea for various reasons. Here are five of those overrated films that I just didn’t enjoy; hope you like it!

1. Breakfast at Tiffany’s:
I’ve already done a full review on my thoughts for this film which you can find here so I won’t talk about it too much. All I’ll say is that it just wasn’t as good as I expected and whilst the acting was pretty good it just didn’t live up to my expectations. The storyline wasn’t very enticing and included too many pointless unnecessary scenes.


2. Forrest Gump:
I watched this film recently because after hearing so many great reviews from literally everyone I had to give it a go. Firstly I’d like to say that the acting was brilliant and the simplicity of all the camera shots was fantastically portrayed. However it wasn’t necessary for it to be over two hours long. I thought it was close to the end but when I checked it had only just got past half way and I found myself wanting it to end numerous times. I get very emotional with sad films and I heard this would be one of those films but instead of crying at the sad parts I ended up getting annoyed at the characters, especially Jenny because of her inconsistency of emotions towards Forrest. Definitely not a film I’ll be watching again.


3. P.S. I Love You:
What even was this film? I’m trying to give constructive criticism with all these films but with P.S. I Love You there’s nothing I can say other than it was simply awful. Extreme boredom took over and I was close to switching it off many times throughout. It has been a while since I watched this film but I surely won’t be recommending it to anyone any time soon.


4. Remember Me:
Lots of people recommended this film so I thought I’d give it a go and what a waste of time it was. The entire film bored me so much and only improved towards the very end and even then it wasn’t great. The acting was okay but that wasn’t really the problem for me, I just didn’t understand what message it was trying to deliver to the audience and it was just a complete let down.


5. Mean Girls:
I know what you’re thinking – how could anyone possibly hate Mean Girls? I didn’t exactly hate this film but it is most definitely overrated. There are so many better ‘girly’ films out there and the whole thing is so cliché.  All the famous well known quotes bug me simply because I don’t understand why they stand out to everyone. And I think we can all agree how bad Mean Girls 2 was, or perhaps not? I don’t know it just didn’t appeal to me and I just don’t think it deserves the credence it gets.


Are there any films that everyone loves but you don’t? I hope I haven’t offended anyone’s favourite film but these were just some of my opinions. Thanks so much for reading guys, talk to you all very soon!

Hugs & kisses,
Nabeela x

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Entry for Bethan’s Writing Challenge

Firstly I would just like to congratulate Bethan from Think.Read.Write.Dream. for reaching 50 well-deserved followers, this is a great achievement - well done! As soon as I heard about this writing challenge I was buzzing to enter and to read everyone else’s amazing pieces of work.

For a while I was stuck on what to write about but the other day there was a refreshing downpour of rain and it sparked some inspiration. I ended up spontaneously writing this at 1:30am so it’s pretty raw and fresh off the tip of my tongue.


Good Mourning

I watched as the heavy rain splashed across my window and drummed down whilst drowning the sound of the cars on the busy high street. The warmth it radiated as it possessed the earth was truly wonderful. A smile grew across my face as I continued to watch with intensity whilst reminiscing the past few weeks and how they scarred and burned deep cuts into the earth’s ground with temperatures sky high. We needed change for us to see clearly, for us to realise that the past should stay in the past and the change will in fact bring greatness.

The sun will emerge soon enough from the grey rainclouds floating high above but will never steal the rain’s beauty. The sun will always reappear as people move on with their lives but your beauty, just like the rain, will never be forgotten. You came and went at the right time and I thank you for the integrity, knowledge and patience you gave me. Numerous times I was tempted to run out the house and embrace it. To accept the fact that you’re gone and spread my arms and dance with the droplets in celebration of your time in this world.

As I sit by my window in the safety and warmth of my bedroom I think about you. The rain soon turns to a gradual halt and sure enough the sun sprouts and kisses my skin softly.  A rainbow emanates and lovingly smiles down on me, curved like arms delivering a strong hug. My final goodbye felt right and I only hope that you will return in times of need and rain down on me, encompassing me with your elegance and sparks of hope.


Thank you so much for reading and a huge thanks to Bethan for doing this awesome challenge! I highly recommend you check out her blog – I always look forward to her posts. I really enjoyed doing this and it would be great if you guys give it a go as well. Good luck to everyone who participated!

Hugs & kisses,
Nabeela x

Monday, 11 August 2014

What I’ve Been Listening To

Hi everyone! I’ve discovered lots of great new songs lately from various different artists. I don’t know about you but I absolutely love finding new music – there’s just something so refreshing about it. So I thought I’d share ten songs that I’ve recently added to my ‘favourites’ playlist.


1. Look After You - The Fray
2. Waterweight - Gareth Bush
3. Room on Fire – Elephant’s Laundry
4. Mother & Father - Broods
5. Eye of the Needle - Sia
6. Hold Your Breath – Chase Atlantic
7. Only One Week – The Honorary Title
8. Noah – Amber Run
9. The Wire - Haim
10. 30 Minute Love Affair – Paloma Faith

“MUSIC IS THE UNIVERSAL LANGUAGE OF MANKIND.”

Thank you so much for reading! What are some of your favourite songs to listen to at the moment? Be sure to follow me on Bloglovin’ here.

Hugs & kisses,
Nabeela x

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Spend the Day with Me

On Monday 4th August I woke up fairly early and got ready for a fun day out that I had been looking forward to for a good few days. My brother and I along with our friends from Voice 21 (the magazine I write for) had planned to go to the cinema to watch Guardians of the Galaxy in 3D! We arrived at the cinema to meet everyone perfectly on time (which is a rarity for me and my brother) and really enjoyed the film. It had an exciting atmosphere, the film was action packed and extremely entertaining and it was just really pleasant spending time with friends that I usually only get to see once a week.


The film finished around 5pm and after saying bye to our friends we wandered around the new shopping area that was opened recently nearby since we didn’t fancy going home just yet and I had never been there before. Me and my brother grabbed some food and browsed the shops for a good few hours before heading back home.

It got to around 8pm when we finally decided to catch the bus back home. Despite all the walking around we were feeling pretty energetic so we made a spontaneous plan to go to my friend’s house. We walked there in the space of fifteen minutes and had such a fun time. Through drinking hot cups of tea, munching on snacks and lots of heartfelt laughter we had a great catch up session since I hadn’t seen my friend since I left school. I realised spontaneous and out of the blue plans seem to go down so much better and we ended up making a great evening out of it.

“ENJOY THE LITTLE THINGS IN LIFE, FOR ONE DAY YOU MAY LOOK BACK AND REALISE THEY WERE THE BIG THINGS.”

When we finally got home at around 11pm we were still not excessively tired so we stayed up till around 2am just talking which I really enjoyed since me and my brother haven’t done that in a long time. Overall it was a fantastic day and it made me realise that days like this is what life is really about and with great friends and family it makes it all worthwhile.

Thank you for reading! Hope you enjoyed this blog post, it was more of a personal one but I had a really enjoyable day so I wanted to share it with you.

Hugs & kisses,
Nabeela x

Friday, 1 August 2014

Dear July // Mini Series #1

Hey everyone! This idea may be fantastic and really interesting or it may just be a complete failure but I’m willing to give it a go. For the next six months I’m planning on writing short pieces of creative writing addressed as a letter to each month. This will be a stream of thoughts and feelings of how the month went and will reflect on how good or bad it was.

I will be posting it at the end of each month until December. I really hope you like the idea and even try it yourself as it can be a lot of fun. I really hope I have come across well and this all makes sense aha! To start off with and to give you an idea of what I’m talking about here’s my first letter to the month of July.


Dear July,
A full thirty one days of ambiguity. You’re committed like it’s your job, persistent and determined to continue for the next thirty days with no consent or consideration. The thinking hurt the most; it was like a sharp burning pain constantly returning each night, taunting me to enter a brief period of insomnia as I silently screamed for you to stop. Entering and escaping my imploding head and imprinting scars with your pointy needles. You left me with no choice but to surrender, throw my hands in the air and wave a white flag in the hope you don’t have a return ticket.
The warm rays beamed down and kissed my skin softly, you had reached my expectations. Days spent sleeping, eating, crying and then to be repeated the following day like a never ending vicious cycle. July you seemed to have grabbed and tossed me around like an old rag doll, unable to be stitched at the seams. Why be so cruel and why leave me in fear of August? With children dying in Gaza and people’s humanity fading rapidly, is there really any hope left?
Despite the torture and heartache you have been good to me. The filming project was a huge success and I made lots of friends and broadened my knowledge. Most days were filled with relaxation and spending hours upon hours writing and reading and for that I am grateful.
As you come to an end and August steps in to take your place I realised that maybe it’s all part of a plan. That this is your way of making me stronger and better prepared for next time. So for that I forgive you July and I can only hope that next year will be even better.

Yours faithfully,
Nabeela

Thanks so much for reading! I really want to give this miniseries a go since I really enjoyed writing my first letter to July. If you try this yourselves be sure to let me know.

Hugs & kisses,
Nabeela x