Desired Things

If the title of this post made you expect a wish list of sorts, you have been misled.
Desiderata (“desired things” in Latin),  is a poem by Max Ehrmann, and the last line carries the weight of the whole poem (pun intended).
Be cheerful. Strive to be happy this week and every other week. 🙂

I Stand Alone

“Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons.

Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.

Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul. With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.”

Cluster

All pictures taken on my Google Nexus 5 phone.

Coffee by The Fort

MIkaye
Mikaye

I have a feeling I will enjoy this ‘vacation’ more than I usually do. Every so often, the family travels to Mombasa to keep Bibi (my grandmother) company. Eid is one of those ‘every so oftens’.
To mark the end of Ramadhan, Muslims celebrate Eid-al-Fitr, a day to celebrate family, love, friendship and food. And in my opinion, there’s no better place to enjoy Eid than Mombasa.
That being said, Eid was two days ago, 28th July 2014. The house was super busy, guests coming in and out. Family. Neighbours. And the occasional stranger who needs a glass of water and perhaps some fare because they lost their way..
I wasn’t able to take many pictures as Mama needed help in the kitchen but my little brother managed to snap a few that I’ll upload on my next blog post, in’shaa’Allah.

Now for today’s subject material. Fatma has a new favourite coffee spot.
The lovely place is called Mikaye Restaurant and it’s just by The Fort. I can literally smell the ocean breeze from where I sit as I listen to Florence and The Machine ‘Ceremonials’. The air is cool as it rained just a few minutes ago. And my bladder is slightly full as I just downed a cup of cappuccino. A blogger in a coffee shop, how cliche. Hah!
I recommend this place to anyone who loves their space and just wants to look outside at the clouds, contemplate and drink some coffee as they are at it 🙂

“Shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, ooh whoa
And it’s hard to dance with a devil on your back
So shake him off, oh whoa”

Lots of love
XX

Mikaye 01

Fat_Nas_Shoes

I belted up my abaya. Idea from Miss Sharon Mundia
I belted up my abaya

I got this idea from Miss Sharon 🙂 XX

Nassor and the lattes
Nassor and the lattes
Sugar
Sugar. It’s a must.

All photos taken on my Google Nexus 5 phone.

Truth and Beauty.

Everyone appreciates Truth and Beauty, but both are understood almost entirely differently amongst us.
This blog will be my way of expressing Truth and appreciating Beauty.

I do not need to explain myself to anyone. My intentions and actions are as a result of either impulse (like my blog, it may have felt right at the moment so I did it) and sometimes a well thought out plan.
Nevertheless, I will explain why I decided to embark on this journey. Yes, blogging seems like a journey to me for I don’t know my destination, but I hope I’m heading towards self expression and growth.

The past year, 2013, has been a roller coaster ride for me. Funny I should use this reference as I’ve never been on one before. I am a Kenyan girl, born and raised in the capital city of this beautiful nation, Nairobi. It would be a lie to say that I have explored this city to it’s fullest. My parents are good people, and practicing Muslims, and so am I. They have always been overprotective of me since a very young age. I am now 23 years old, and they still see me as their little girl.
‘When I gave birth to you, you were so tiny I was scared I’d break you,’ Mama always says. But I’ll bore you with these details in good time.

So much has changed in my life, but more profoundly my perspective on life. And well, I now have a blog! 😀
I’ll share my story with you, for however long I can, in hopes of putting a smile on your face, or at least teaching you something you didn’t know before.
I’m not a great writer, but it’s something I aspire to become. Bear with me until then 🙂

I’ve been racking my brain on what my first post would be for quite a while now, and I think I have the perfect piece.
My dear readers, I share with you ‘Beauty’, a poem by Moshe Safdie. It HAD to be something architecture related, I mean it’s only fair. I am an architect after all, or am I not?

Lots of love, Fatma XX

He who seeks Truth
Shall find Beauty

He who seeks Beauty
Shall find Vanity

He who seeks Order
Shall find Gratification

He who seeks Gratification
Shall be Disappointed

He who considers himself as the servant of his fellow being
Shall find the joy of Self-Expression

He who seeks Self-Expression
Shall fall into the pit of Arrogance

Arrogance is incompatible with nature
Thru the nature of the universe
and the nature of man
we shall seek Truth

If we seek truth we shall find Beauty