Ignorance is Not Bliss. It's Ignorance.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Can you tell I'm coming at y'all with something serious today? Just in case you're not in the mood to read about my frustrations, I suggest you hit the little red x and come back another day.

Still here? Ok then, you've been warned.

If you ask me, in this day & age, there is no reason for the amount of ignorance and blatant disregard that I have seen regarding people who are of color or of a religion different from someone else. We have access to so much available through the media (and I am not talking about all the biased news stations these days) and more than that through face-to-face discussions with people who are different than us.

The problem, in my opinion, is that so many people don't care to have those conversations. We don't care to research what is actually happening versus basing all of our judgments straight from what we hear on the news. We don't want to talk to other people about their experiences, what they believe in, how it's the same and how it may differ from our beliefs. It's just easier to have someone spoon feed us what we should be thinking & saying, "yep, that's how I feel."

No. No, friends. This attitude that we have that we can ignore what is really happening in the world - or that it doesn't really affect us - it's ruining us. What has been and currently is happening around the world affects us all.

Today, I was playing around on Facebook and I came across the page of a friend who I have known since middle school. This friend had posted up a bunch of pictures of the gorgeous mosques that they are getting a chance to see while visiting Istanbul. As I opened up the pictures to look through them, I saw that someone had commented with this gem "I've always known you were a potential terror suspect." 

So then I wrote this post on my page:

And then I commented on the pictures with this:

Just as predicted, the poster of the "potential terror suspect" commented back to me about how their comment was a joke. Um, no. It's not a joke. And here's why:

This kind of behavior that everything that is said can be a joke whenever we want it to be is not okay. It is our duty to speak up. To say something when we see people being ignorant, hateful, spiteful and overall, uneducated.

I guess the point of this whole post is to ask you all to please take a stand when you hear/see this kind of bigotry. I know it's not always easy, but just because my skin color and my religion is different than yours doesn't mean my heart doesn't bleed red too.

Let's do our part to stand up for our fellow humans. 

Loves || Hates

Friday, June 26, 2015

Hallelujah, it's Friday! I have been dragging butt lately, y'all. I'm still trying to readjust to being back home and getting into a normal schedule but 3:30 am wake-ups to start fasting are murdering me. Which would also be why I'm slacking in blogging, but eh, eventually it'll all sort itself out. Right? 

BUT anyways...

The super sweet Nikki tagged me into a game of Loves & Hates and hey, what better way to get the weekend started than with a fun little get to know me session :)

>> Netflix: I mean, am I right? Or am I right? Binge watching TV shows might be my favorite love language ever. And really, watching Gilmore Girls over & over just never gets old.

>> Reading: Ok, if there's something that could rival Netflix, it's a good book. There's something about getting lost in a new world for a few hours that just soothes my soul. I finished a couple of books last weekend and am ready to dive into another! 

>> Traveling: This should come as no surprise seeing as how Amir & I are seemingly always on the move. I don't care where we travel to, just that we are out seeing the world. Ever since I was little, I have always wanted to visit as many countries and see as many cultures as I possibly could. Luckily for me, living in SE Asia has afforded us the opportunities to visit many places I never thought I would make it to. 

>> My Family: That's a given, right? My parents, in-laws, all the siblings, hubby, and puppy...love them to pieces. They are my foundation and the people I run to whenever I need something. I'm a lucky gal to have them. 

>> Nail Polish: I know that sounds so silly, but I have loved painting my nails ever since I was in high school and it has carried on for years. There is something relaxing about cleaning up my little digits and having them look sparkly and pretty whenever I want them to :) 

>>  Ice Cream: Seriously if you ever ask me if I want to eat mint chocolate chip ice cream and I say no, rush me straight to the hospital, okay? I could literally eat ice cream after every single meal and in between too. 

>> Baking || Cooking: I love to bake & cook and ever since I've been a stay-at-home Myra, I've had even more time to hone my skills. It's a good thing Amir likes to eat because he sure gets random food throughout the week, haha. 

>> Handbags: Some girls love shoes, some love clothes, but for me...my first love will always be handbags. Give me a pretty bag and I will probably love you for all of eternity.

>> Eating Out: For as much as I love to cook and bake, I love eating out. Sushi? Yes please. Tex-Mex? ANY.DAY. Chinese? Hand me the phone...and the chopsticks. There is something so fun about going out for food with Amir & just having some time enjoying a nice meal together where we don't have to worry about cleaning up the kitchen or wash dishes, lol. 

>> Christmastime: Y'all, I love snowmen, Santa, reindeers and of course, all the amazing Christmas movies. The only thing I don't love - living where it's 100 degrees around Christmas time. Lol. This could explain why every year Amir & I end up on a trip in some cold weather in December. 

>> Scream-Talkers: You know those people who scream/yell whenever they talk? Yeah, no thanks. My ears work just fine, thank you, so let's bring it down a notch, shall we?

>> Open Mouth Chewers: Disgusting. Did you learn no manners? Did you never learn to chew with your mouth closed and to not smack your food around? No? Okay, well consider this your lesson. 

>> Tardy People: I cannot stand people who are late. I'm one of those people who leave super early for every appointment and I'm usually 10-15 minutes early to wherever I need to be. My time is important. Your time is important. So let's agree to be on time so no one is sitting around twiddling thumbs. 

>> Fake Friends: As I've gotten older,  I've noticed more and more how some "friends" are really not my friends. They are around when it's convenient for them and then poof, they disappear. I'm not saying every single person I know or am acquainted with needs to be my BFF, but if you never speak to me and only get in touch when you need something, don't mind me if I don't think you're actually a friend. 

>> Bad Drivers: And unfortunately for me, Manila is FULL of them. They won't stay in their lanes, cutting people off is second nature and they are more than happy to mow down pedestrians so they can speed through whatever light/stop sign there is.

>> Public Grooming: Is there any need to explain this one? Please clip your nails, trim your beard, clean your ears in the privacy of your own home, okay? Cool.

>> People Who Only Talk About Themselves: Do you ever meet up with someone who spends the whole time they are with you talking about themselves? Their life, their kid, their job, their everything? I don't know about y'all, but my etiquette training always said the polite thing to do is to see how the OTHER person is before you launch into everything about you. 

>> Line Cutters: Are you kidding me? If I have to stand in line, homie, so do you. The end.

>> Movie Talkers: No. If I've paid money to sit in a theatre to watch a movie, please have some decency to be quiet. Unless of course you'd like to pay for my movie ticket, then please talk away and buy me another seat. 

>> Know it Alls: I'm all for having an intellectual debate with people (and abstaining from speaking if it's a topic I don't know much about), but I cannot stand when people throw their opinions in my face (with zero to slim actual facts to back it up) and then have the audacity to tell me I don't know what I'm talking about. We're adults, y'all. Can we have real discussions and actually research before we shoot off our mouths? That would be great.

And now, I nominate ALL of you gorgeous people to share more about yourself! 

How are y'all on the love/hate list, folks?! Do you love the same things or hate the same things as me? 

Happy weekend, loves! 

What I'm Loving Lately: Fitness Edition.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The other day I told y'all about how I fell off the workout wagon while I was back in Houston (which let's be honest, I'm not that heartbroken over) and how I'm slowly getting myself back into the groove. 

A few gym sessions later with some of my new toys, I thought I would share some of my fitness favorites! 

FitBit Charge HR
Remember how last year I got the FitBit Flex and loved it?! Well that love never really ended. I loved that I could quickly pull up the FitBit app on my iPhone and check to see if I was meeting my daily goals or not. 

The only thing I didn't really like was having to ALSO wear my Polar watch every time I went to the gym so I could keep track of my HR. So I started debating over the Charge HR so I could eliminate the need for the Polar. After some research, I figured I would take the plunge and give it a go.

Here's the thing - it's similar to other HR devices where sometimes it kicks out for a few seconds and then comes back alive if I'm moving my arms too crazy or the sweatiness makes the band slip a bit BUT it keeps up with my HR fairly well. And that, I'm a fan of! 

Anyone else have one? Thoughts on it?

One Bad Yogi
Here's the thing, I used to do yoga at least a few times a week, but then when I started focusing more on weights & cardio, I just kind of fell away from yoga. And my body knew it. My back hurt, my body was sore and didn't seem like it was nearly as limber as it usually was -- all in all, not great. A few days ago as I was catching up on all my lovely blogger friends, I came back across my soul-sistah, Alyssa, and all of her badass yogi-ness. So I did what any good blogger does...I stalked her blog like a crazy for some good yoga videos - and bada bing, bada boom, here comes Erin Motz. I've done a few of her videos so far and I am in love & really looking forward to more of her videos! 

Thanks A for sharing your yoga passion for crazies like me ;) 

Lululemon Wunder Unders
Wanna know a secret? I have had my eyes on these pants for probably 2 years now but just could never bite the bullet to spend so much money on a pair of leggings. While we were home this time, my sweet siblings-in-love got me these as a little present! And while I couldn't ever justify these pants before, I am so joining the Lulu lovers and justifying them. Haha. 

I have worn them for working out, for traveling back to Manila, for day to day errands and even as the leggings that I wear with my Pakistani clothes. Versatile? VERY. 

I'm officially in love and now am thinking I should add in the crop pants to my collection too! Any other Lulu lovers out there?!

New Balance Cush+ 
Before I left for Houston, my trusty little New Balance Minimus shoes finally died. RIP shoes, RIP. It was a great run (pun intended) but it was time for new shoes for this girl! I needed something with serious cushioning because my high arches cause me some serious foot pain at times. After a bit of asking around and not really getting much help from the shoe people I was talking to, I walked into Sports Authority on a whim. 

Lo and behold, I stumbled across the most beautiful, comfy shoes I have ever put my feet in! The New Balance Cush+ are a dream, y'all. I took them out for a test run and I felt like my feet were springing around without slamming into the pavement, which was really nice. Let's hope these babies last for a long time because I am loving them! 

What are some of your fitness favorites lately, friends?! 

Stuff & Things & All the In Betweens.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Hi friends, hi! Did ya miss me while I was all over Houston soaking up every single moment that I possibly could? :)

After 5 weeks away, we just got back on Sunday night and holy smokes, Batman, that jet-lag is kicking my butt in so many ways. Whenever I travel back to Houston, I can handle the time difference, but coming across the pond this way? Nope. My body freaks out & wakes me up at 2 am. Every.Single.Morning. BLAH.

But anyhow, I'll take the jet-lag any day if it comes with all the fun of the last month, know what I'm sayin'?

Linking up today with my lovely friend, Joey for Stuff & Things. Y'all ready?


The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer. Y'all, I have seen the name of this book all over Goodreads for a while now and since it was still in my to-read pile, I gave it a go. And that go turned out to be a super disappointment. I think the book could've been so much more than it was. Needless to say, I'm glad it's over. Up next in my to-reads: The Heir! I loved The Selection series so fingers crossed this is a good one. 

Orange is the New Black. Would ya believe that I have NOT watched any of Season 3 yet?! Between being jet-lagged and just over all trying to get my life back in some semblance of order here, I just haven't had the chance. I'm thinking I'll go back through Season 2 this week while I am taking care of house stuff and catch up on Season 3 next week! If you've seen it already, was it good?! No spoilers, please ;) 

Workout Failure. Ok. I'm going to say it. I totally fell off the workout wagon while in Houston. I walked quite a bit and also lost a couple pounds somehow, so we'll use that as a win, BUT, I literally went for ONE run while I was at home. One. And it was only about 3/4's of a mile. Normally, I'd be all down & out on myself about this, but in all honesty, I don't feel all that bad. We started back up at the gym on Tuesday & I'm slowly easing myself back into 3-4 times a week workouts.

Ramadan. If you follow me on Instagram (which, hello, you totally should - thelittleaslam) you've probably seen my post about Ramadan starting up today. Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar and it is believed to be the month during which the Qu'ran was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). Fasting is conducted from sunrise until sunset during which food and drink is not allowed. Muslims all over the world observe Ramadan in order to get closer to God, to learn more patience & to learn how to be more grateful for all that we are given. If you would like to know more about Ramadan AND how you can "help" those that are observing Ramadan around you, check out THIS article.

And now, because my sleep deprived brain is begging for a nap, I will give in and sign out for the day, hah.

Thank you all for stickin' with me while I've been MIA! I'm so glad to be making my way back to good ole blog-land :) Happy Thursday, lovelies!
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