Coffee Shop Chronicles _ 01

It’s a beautiful day!
I bet everyone is as grateful as I am for the long weekend, happy belated Jamhuri day fellow Kenyans!
I’m barely feeling this weekend though, it’s like the week went on. With exams and projects and all, you know? Best of luck to all sitting for their exams ๐Ÿ™‚

Coffee shops have this effect on me I can’t really put fully into words.
The smell of coffee, the ambience, the artwork and the distant sound of the coffee machine frothing up the milk or shooting(?) steam(you know the sound I’m talking about lol). Lovers holding hands and looking longingly at each other, friends laughing and having a good time. Coffee shops are happy places ๐Ÿ™‚
The Java House chain is easily my favourite. Recently, they have been rolling out new branches all over the city. They really are taking over the coffee business in Kenya guys!

A friend and I decided to try the new one at Clyde House, opposite Nation Centre. It has ample seating space, their ground floor can seat at least twenty and the first floor can seat probably fifty more. It also has a balcony/ terrace space that has a few tables for three / two that overlooks Kimathi Street. It got a little breezy up there so carry a sweater just in case ๐Ÿ™‚
I had the Homefries Heaven (420 Ksh). with a single cappuccino (200 Ksh)., and my friend had pancakes (440 Ksh I think). and the Malindi Macchiato (can’t remember how much but not more than 250 Ksh).
She let me taste her macchiato and the next time I go to Java, I will definitely order this drink! It was so good, had some chocolate syrup and cinnamon sprinkled on top I’m even slightly drooling as I type this out.
The prices are pretty affordable too, so treat yourself sometime ๐Ÿ™‚

Here are a few pictures of what our breakfast scene looked like.
Have a beautiful weekend all!
Fatma

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Homefries Heaven - with cheese, guacamole and salsa - and a cappucinno | Pancakes and a Malindi Macchiato I was joking with my friend how food sometimes has fancy names hehe. Guacamole is just avocado, and salsa is just kachumbari :-D
Homefries Heaven – with cheese, guacamole and salsa – and a cappucinno | Pancakes and a Malindi Macchiato
I was joking with my friend how food sometimes has fancy names hehe. Guacamole is just avocado, and salsa is just kachumbari!

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All photos taken on my Google Nexus 5 phone.

Pointless, somewhat bad writing, optimism and Instagram

Sometimes we get a little down because we’re upset or we upset somebody we care about. I am FAR from perfection, God knows. Depending on my mood,ย I either care too much about what others think of me or don’t care at all. I’m very clumsy, but a clean freak at the same time (you can imagine the chaos). I care too much, over think things and worry a lot, it’s not healthy and I bet it’s so annoying to my closest friends. Hey friends!

For example, back in 2008 when I was in high school, I participated in a play (bad idea) and forgot my lines and basically made a fool of myself on stage. I held the mic from my stomach people, no one could hear me and I just looked like a mute retard with bad dance moves (because I use my hands a lot, I’m very expressive). My best friend heard me fret over this for the rest of that school year, and it took me two years to get over it and get to the point where I can laugh about it (but secretly hope people can’t remember).

Anyway, this post is a little pointless. I just felt like babbling on the internet.
It seems incoherent and I keep throwing in all sorts of ideas. Confusion. Well, that kind of sums me up.
What I’m trying to say is, we were all created differently. Having people who love and appreciate me in my life made me realise that I am perfect with all my imperfections. I can be as quirky as I want to be, at least I’m real about who I really am right?
(It’s no excuse, however, to be rude or obscene in the name of being yourself. We all have to be ladies, ladies and gentlemen. But I appreciate anyone who can be themselves around me and the rest of the world).

Going in line with the randomness of this post, it’s not as pointless as I think it is. Someone very special to me is celebrating a birthday next week.
If you’re reading this, know that you are loved and I wish you nothing but good things in this life and the hereafter โค
I bet I’m the first to wish you a happy birthday, a week ahead.

I turned 24 about a week ago (a week ago) and to be honest, I don’t feel like I have it together yet. I woke up that morning expecting to feel like I can conquer the world, or that I can fly and get one million Kenya shillings in the bank with a click of the mouse. Nope. Still the same ol’ confused girl with nothing but good intentions.

I have come to accept who I am, and that for some progress comes slowly for some and that I fit in this category. I push myself to be a better person, and make sure I go to bed feeling like I have accomplished something meaningful at the end of the day (however small the progress is).

I am very optimistic despite my slow progress, I know I am capable of so much. I’m optimistic about life, and even if I make mistakes from time to time, I learn and grow from them. I believe in my greatness and surround myself with people who inspire me. And I TRY.
I am thankful to Allah for all the wonderful people and things He has bestowed upon me.

I’ll end this post by sharing a few of my Instagram pictures. It is, by far, my favourite phone app and I am addicted! Recently, I think of different scenes in my daily life as pictures and snap whatever catches my eye and edit on VSCO.
You can follow me on Instagram (fatma_bint_sultan) to see more ๐Ÿ™‚

Last thing, I’d like to thank all those who see potential in my blog! The feedback had been so positive that my morale has grown and I’m actually excited to write and post more! Thank you all, even if I’m sure you’re all my Facebook friends.ย Wishing you all a wonderful week ahead, positive vibes only ๐Ÿ™‚

Lots of love,
Fatma x x

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Sketch Life 01

Being an architect, I tend to gravitate towards art in whatever form it is.

My two favourites are photography and sketching.
I must mention, however, that I’m not a professional in both. I am a self taught amateur photographer and sketch artist.

I use my mobile phone to take pictures and sketch during my free time. My sketches range from abstract pieces and doodles, to those of celebrities and prominent people. They are not perfect by any means, some turn out really great and some are just pathetic attempts at procrastination. For example, my Bob Marley sketch has to be the best sketch I’ve done! But Malaika Firth and Jhene Aiko didn’t turn out too well, but I love the end result all the same!

Recently, I’ve been meaning to buy myself a painting kit and start experimenting with oil paints, but these things are expensive man! ๐Ÿ˜€
Note: Winsor and Newton products are the best for anyone who wishes to pursue art.
So until I can afford to buy myself the painting material, I’ll stick to my photos and sketches (Mama and dad I hope y’all are reading this because I’ve been saying this for months).
Or you, my readers, can help me buy my paints by purchasing some of my pieces ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€
Way to market myself huh? It is my blog after all hehe

I’ll share more of my photos in the next post in’shaa’Allah ๐Ÿ™‚
Wishing you all a lovely week!
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All pictures were taken on my Google Nexus 5 phone.

PS. What do you think of the new Google Nexus 6? From reviews I’ve read and watched, it seems like a better device than it’s predecessor (which is AMAZING) but I’m a little worried about the size.
If any of my readers is lucky enough to own the device, please leave a comment below on what you think of it!