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Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Book Addict Q&As


Hello world!

So I was reading my blog (yes, I normally do that) and I realized it’s been a heck of a long time since I wrote a book/novel review. Also, as I was scrolling through my Goodreads account, the last book I had read was the Power, by Rhonda Byrnes.

In the world of reading, I have failed totally.

I know, it is not the end of the year yet, but we are almost ending the first half and it sucks.

Today’s post is some questions I am answering in relation to books and my reading pleasure.

Honestly, I do not remember where I got these questions from, but it will be fun to blog about it. I wrote the questions and answered them in my writer’s journal, so I just thought I should share it.

Where do you like to read?
Mostly in my room, or at a cozy part of my home.

Bookmark or random piece of paper?

Bookmarks. I usually make my own. They are not really pretty ones, but I’ve been doing them as long as I can remember.

Bookshelf or box

Definitely bookshelves. I have library dreams. I can even make the under of the bookshelf my bed.

Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop at a chapter?
I have to stop reading at a chapter. I just can’t stop reading at any page. If I do, then I start the chapter all over again.

Do you eat or drink while reading?

Not at all. If I do, I normally do it when I am done reading a chapter or on break.

E-Reader or physical book?

Real book! I want to feel the pages and smell the book. Once, I read John Grisham’s The Litigators. The smell of the book made me feel like I was working in a law firm.

Music or television while reading?
None. I tried it once, it did not work. At the end, I was singing along and creating music videos in my head.

One book at a time or several at once?
One book at a time. I want to feel the moment of one book before moving to the next.

Reading at home or everywhere?
I prefer reading at home but it depends. I tried reading in a public transport. It was quite uncomfortable but I was able to read 5-6 chapters. I still prefer reading at home.


Reading aloud or silently in your head?
I read silently in my head most of the time, but I read dramatic conversations out loud, especially when I am alone. (Confession time)


Fiction or non-fiction?
Both! But, most of my books are fiction.

Do you read ahead or skip pages?
I read every line ahead. I like to picture scenes in my head. So, I read everything, including the dress she wore and how it looked good on her.


Break the spine or keep the book as new?
It depends. If it’s an old book I bought, I break the spine. If it’s freshly bought from a bookshop. I’d keep it like new.

Do you write in your books?
I used to when I was a little girl. But now, I prefer to keep a notebook and a pen nearby.


Your top 5 favourite books
I really do not like answering questions like this, because there are several books I have read that deserve to be part of the top 5. I am also yet to read more interesting books but for the sake of this, here are my top five books:

Tell Me Your Dreams by Sidney Sheldon
Hidden Rainbow by Christmas Carol Kauffman

Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella
A Promise for Ellie by Lauraine Snelling
Christmas After All by Kathryn Lasky


Next time, don’t ask me this question, hahaha xx.

Favourite genre
Mystery. Suspense


What made you love reading?
My parents put the reading spirit in me. I started reading when I was a little girl, and now it’s a part of me.


Any other materials you love to read?
Comic books!

Now I tag you to answer these questions. Anywhere on social media. If you have a blog, that would be cool. Do not forget to tag me!


Currently reading: The Artist Way by Julia Cameron


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Monday, 19 June 2017

Weekday Scribbles



So I decided to blog about nothing in particular today. I just felt like writing something but I didn’t know what. Even the title is a problem. Please enjoy my useless updates on nothing.

Going Home


Going home from work/school/whatever has this kind of atmosphere that makes going home a happy destination. As we walk, we meet other people with different expectations. The smell of popcorn less than 100 meters away, the smoke of barbecue on the grill, the grilled corn seller tempting you makes life seem so full to the extent that the annoyance or stress you acquired from wherever you are coming from seem to disappear. Just because you are closer to home. Your bed just awaits you.

Poetry


Can we ever get tired of poetry and the lines we do not understand? Sometimes, you feel like you want to write a poem so bad, but the words aren’t floating in your head, but rather above your head. You stare at your journal or your computer screen but the words are just laughing and making fun of each other above your head. Can anything get any worse?

Dear words, just sit still in my brain! I am closing my eyes, by the time I open them, I should see some words before my eyes.

More laughing, more mockery of each other.

Oh well. They just want to play with each other before I play with them.

The John and John Movie



Life is too short…..for long story.

Thank you for reading my useless updates.


Pray I don’t write another one.


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Thursday, 15 June 2017

25 Things to Do During the Long Vacation


We are always in a hurry for school to be out. But, as soon as we reach home and eat Mummy’s best home meal, we start to say things like

We are bored.

The house is boring.

I have nothing interesting to do.

Do not weary about these things. Long vacation holidays are the best time to reflect on the school year and build yourself to a better semester ahead. It is also a time to catch up with life, slow down and have fun.

Here are 25 ways of spending the long vac.

1. Spend the day at the mall and go into every store. Even if you don’t have interest in Lego toys, just enter.

2. Create an art journal. You do not need to be an artist before you can keep one. You can even turn your art journal into a junk journal.

3. Go to a movie premiere or go to the cinema to watch a movie. Never say “I’ll get it from a friend.” Life is too short for that.


4. Go for a hangout. After a busy day, call some friends and just hangout and talk.

5. Start a blog. It’s a way of talking about your interests.

6. Meet up with people of your same interest and talk about those things you love.



7. Sign up for a class. Whether it is academics, or just a hobby you want to build up on.

8. Do an internship. You want to build upon your CV and earn some skills, don’t you?

9. Give one of your friend’s a complete makeover. Just for fun. This can help you practice that makeup trick you learnt on Instagram or that hairstyle on YouTube.
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10. Read a book…..or books


11. Go for a camp. This is the period when organizations organize camps for various age groups. As you go, make new friends.


12. Visit the beach. Take pictures of you running from the approaching waves.


13. Enter into a contest, whether it is a poetry slam, writing contest or singing competition.

14. Attend a summit. It can be an entrepreneurship summit or a relationship/marriage summit or a religious one.

15. Write a short story…or a poem. You can sign up for Wattpad and share your stories there.

16. Volunteer.

17. Open a Pinterest account. This helps you to pin your goals and dreams. Pin them, baby. Pin them.

18. Start a YouTube channel

19. Photo shoot….because whatever. You do not need to be a model before you enjoy photoshoots.
 Gather some friends and use your phone to take some fancy pictures.


20. Pamper yourself….have a spa at home day. Relieve yourself of stress. Show some self-care.

21. Attend festivals. Hello to you Chale Wote.

22. Bake. Baking is good.

23. Try new recipes. Improve upon your cooking skills.

24. Attend a reunion. Be it family reunion, high school reunion etc.

25. Invite me to all.

Have a happy long vacation holidays.



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Thursday, 8 June 2017

5 Healthy Tips I Am Adapting During the Long Vacation


Adore Me inspired this idea but all thoughts are entirely mine.

Hello world.

Can you believe we are almost ending the first half of the year? Does that sound shocking to you?
School was out a few weeks ago. I am very excited to finally have this break. School was a little bit overwhelming, but I am glad it’s finally over.

A few weeks before school was out, I wrote down some goals for the long vacation. One of the goals was to live a healthy life and to be fit.

Here are five healthy tips I would be adapting during the long vacation

1.       Have enough sleep

I was sleep deprived before the semester ended. I decided to use this break to catch up with some sleep and adapt the habit of having enough sleep. On the JUMP website, I wrote about steps in getting a good night sleep. Read the article here
2.       Drink a glass of water when awake before eating


I remember in 2015, I was learning the habit of drink water as soon as I wake up. Unfortunately, I could not continue with that habit. One of the health I have made for the long vacation was to continue such practice. Also, to make it more fun I have watched videos, read posts about infused water. Infused water is adding cut fruits and natural herbs to water in a bottle or container. I am eager to try these methods of drinking more water.

3.       Morning pages


I have read in some posts and watched some videos on morning pages. Morning pages is time set aside to write whatever comes into your mind in a book for 3 minutes. This should be the first thing to do when you wake up. Study shows that this practice increases our creativity and sometimes helps us to remember dreams we had the previous night. My goal is to do practice things to increase my creativity since I am write poems, stories and blog posts.

4.       Visit the gym

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I have never visited the gym before. Never in my life. I made a goal to visit a gym in town to make my workout more productive and help me reach my fitness goal like toning some parts of my body.
Do not know what to wear to the gym? Do not worry, Adore Me has got you covered. They have a wide range of beautiful and comfortable workout clothes. Check their workout clothes here

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5.       Spend more time outdoors



I am a dedicated indoor person, but I promised myself to spend more time outdoors. I have decided to attend more events and sit outside more.

Is there any health tip you would want me to try? What help tips have you adapted during the school break?




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Sunday, 14 May 2017

An Open Letter to My Mother


Dear Sweet Mother,

I always try to write a poem for you every Mother’s Day but I can’t because I end up writing a very lengthy poem. So, I decided, why not write a letter to you. You, I call my mother.

You know, I’m the best Christmas gift you have ever received. And with your name as Mary too, I can imagine your outburst of joy in your heart. Another Mary giving birth on Christmas day.

Mummy, you are an epitome of Grace, a living testimony. You taught me a whole lot of things, like dreaming big and reminding me that I can make it in life and live my dream life. Thank you for not giving up on me, and I’m sorry for not being the daughter you trained me to be. I can be very stubborn, but trust me Mum, I’m get better.

You sacrificed your life to take care of me. You’ve done crazy things to keep me alive, and I appreciate you, every day and pray for you.

Thank you for taking care of me and still taking care of me.




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Thursday, 11 May 2017

Wake Up With Me In Winneba: Aboakyer 2017


I have now gotten some rest and the energy to write and blog about Aboakyer 2017. I do not have much to write and enough pictures to add to it.


So they said the fun started on Thursday, when the #LemonThursday took place. Unfortunately, I was not able to attend. For me, the fun started Friday night, after my last class. Town was very full and alive. I bought a drink, Bricafi Drink, and laughed with friends, and laughed at them, especially those who fell into the gutter.

Saturday morning, I woke up…..late, watched some PrettyLittle Liars episodes and went out at 1pm. I could not attend the deer hunt, but I heard they caught a very tall one. Victory.


In the afternoon, there was a royal procession. This was my first time of watching the procession, even though I have witnessed the festival 4 times. Bummer.





At nighttime, Winneba was alive and full of people, music, drinks and food.

On Sunday, we went to the Run-Off Bar and Restaurant to meet Lil’ Win. He came to town. Who would want to miss dancing to “Mama Boss Papa”?

Monday was my resting day. Funnily enough, town was very empty.

Where have all the people gone?

This year’s Aboakyer was one of the best according to moi.

See you next year. You can’t afford to miss.

p.s. Wikipedia has got you covered if you want to know what the festival is all about

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