Get me through the day

View your life with kindsight. Stop beating yourself up about things from your past. Instead of slapping your forehead and asking, β€˜What was I thinking,’ breathe and ask yourself the kinder question, β€˜What was I learning?’ – Karen Salmansohn

Feelings are just visitors. Let them come and go. – Mooji

“The arrows. What they mean is, you control who you are by moving forward, never back; you move forward. That’s what I do. That’s what we’re going to do.” – Joe Pike, The Watchman by Robert Crais

Raine
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Things I miss about home

Today’s post is… about homesickness and all the things I miss about home.

It’s weird to say ‘home’ because where I come from doesn’t exactly feel like home so when I say ‘home’, I usually mean the house I grew up in. But in this case, it’s the things I miss about home and some of the things from where we come from. Have I confused you enough yet? Don’t leave, we’re just getting to the bittersweet sad nostalgic+homesick parts.
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I miss the coffee hangout sessions with Skye and our mom. Truth: all the weight we gained last year and the year before? It’s all the weekend trips to the mall that usually end with us sitting at a table in Coffee Bean or San Francisco Coffee, sipping on coffee and occasionally having cake (especially around Christmastime). I miss sitting at ‘our’ table, chitchatting about everything/nothing and just whiling away the afternoon. curry1

Curry. I miss good spicy curry. I miss all kinds of curry. I miss curry with rice/noodles. I want curry now. I like my rice swimming in curry. I like anything with curry. Curry everything!!!

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I miss dim sum. I’m sure there are lovely dim sum places here but they’re probably expensive as all heck. Okay, back home, dim sum isn’t exactly cheap but I’m going to place a safe bet that it’s somehow cheaper than here. I cry, just thinking about how I took dim sum for granted. Fried yam dumplings, I love thee.
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I miss Nando’s peri-peri sauce. Seriously. They’re freaking expensive here and for such a small bottle too. I wish we had hoarded Nando’s sauce and brought them along.

I also miss my bed. I miss my bed so much. And my pillow.

And the malls. Not the people in the malls. But just the malls in general. There are 10x more things to see and do than here.

Oh, and I also miss the fact that at home, we have an upstairs and downstairs. Here it’s just one measly tiny space. I can’t believe I took my house for granted. All that glorious space, how I regret not using theeeeeeeee.

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Most of all, I miss our pup. He’s the naughtiest little thing ever but he holds such a special place in my heart. I miss seeing his silly antics, his ‘it wasn’t me who brought down the flower pot’ look, his bright and mischievous eyes, his wet – sometimes dry – leathery nose, his lopsided grin, his endless energy, his ridiculously strong will to do anything to get his way (beagles, you know), the way he drags us during walks, the way he slowly succumbs to baths (the most precious sight is seeing his ‘get this bath over with already!’ face), the way he will sometimes wink at us, the way he always sits up and begs whenever he sees food, the way he figures things out quickly almost like an intelligent child (he learned to open the door and to whine whenever he topples his water bowl over and wants us to refill it).

I miss his presence. I wish he could have come with us but that’s just wishful thinking.
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Here he is, looking in with that wildly curious and intelligent look.pup2

Who wouldn’t miss this face? I miss you, baby!

Okay, I’m crying (sort of). I will sign off now.

Raine
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that can’t match up to the real thing

I confess, Parachute is my new favorite band. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE them. Now that I’ve listened to their songs over and over again, I have come to a conclusion. They are of their own genre! They’re not a version of Maroon 5 or anything. They’ve got a really indescribable style. It’s not exactly pop, not exactly alternative, not exactly pop-rock but a mesh of good stuff.

And their originality is refreshing. I can also relate to their songs because they stick to real stuff, not nonsensical stuff about being rich and spending money in clubs and things like that. I especially love that some of their songs tell a story. Forever and Always is one of my favorite tracks off their newest album The Way It Was (released 17th May 2011). Okay, who am I kidding? I love all the songs on the new album. But I do favor Philadelphia slightly more…

I had no idea they were the band that sang She Is Love. In the beginning, I wasn’t quite into that song but now I admit, I love it. Also, I’ve watched almost ALL their videos on Youtube. HAH, watching band videos for hours is my sign of love for them. I don’t know how anyone can dislike their music!!

And it would be so unlike me to NOT talk about the band members in my giddy lovesick band post. Will is cute! LOL. At first I thought he looked like Jesse McCartney. He doesn’t. Will is… cuter, definitely. I can’t decide which member I like best but I’ve got this crush on Kit French. Who can deny the attraction of a tall blond saxophone player who reminds me of Jesse Spencer (yes, I do mean Dr. Chase on House)? All of them are hilarious. Alex looks like he’s a serious guy but you should watch their videos. He’s funny. πŸ˜€ Nate as the Table Scrappa (I made C watch it and now we’re commonly referring to various people as Table Scrappas) was adorable, especially when he was wearing those nerdy glasses and plaid shirt. Johnny is cute and totally funny! And he’s supposedly the ladies’ man. πŸ˜‰

So that was half the point I wanted to make in this post: Parachute = amazing band with cute members.

The other half is… (I feel that this is an appropriate moment for a drumroll. Move over, royal family!) … Parachute has inspired me to want to learn the guitar again. How freaking awesome is that?!! I blame it on the sweet guitar parts in their songs. After 2 years, I’m inspired again. The first band that inspired me to learn how to play the guitar was Simple Plan. Since then, my inspiration has spiraled downwards to nothing and I haven’t touched the guitar in two years.

Maybe I’m not musically talented but I’ve always had this love for learning an instrument. Our guitar lessons were a struggle because the teacher was bad and we tried to learn it ourselves but somehow failed. And school and other things were always something that came between our practicing time. After we began to lack inspiration, we made excuses not to touch the guitar.

Now I’m inspired again. I’m ecstatic but I’m not sure if we’ll be successful in learning it again. Wait for more tales of the guitar. πŸ˜€



x



Hold my gun and watch the door
Pick the lock and cut the phone
Keep your head up, love,
Nobody here can stop us

Grab the bags when sirens call
We’re out the window, through the yard
Keep it locked up tight
Nobody here can stop us

Baby, I’ve had this same dream
Where I wake up wondering
What it really means
If the world came running down

If it was you and me against the world
Baby, they’ve got us under but
We’ll take whatever we want.
If it was you and me against the world,
You get the car, I’ll get the cash,
We’ll take the money and run.

They’ll come running through the door
Shattered glass across the floor
Oh, they think they know but
We both know they don’t.
Oh, we did our crime and got away,
We stole the gold and made the day
And we both smile knowing that they saying
Nobody here can stop us

Baby, I’ve had this same dream
Where I wake up wondering
What it really means
If the world came running down

If it was you and me against the world
Baby, they’ve got us under but
We’ll take whatever we want.
If it was you and me against the world,
You get the car, I’ll get the cash,
We’ll take the money and run.

Oh, I keep waking up
In an empty bed
And I’m wondering why you’re
All the things I should have said
And, oh, we could have had

If it was you and me against the world,
Baby, they’ve got us under but
We’ll take whatever we want.
If it was you and me against the world,
You get the car, I’ll get the cash,
We’ll take the money and run.

If it was you and me against the world,
Baby, they’ve got our number but
We’ll take whatever we want.
If it was you and me against the world,
You get the car, I’ll get the cash,
We’ll take the money and run.

You get the car, I’ll get the cash,
We’ll take the money and run.

It’s you and me against the world.

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