Thursday, August 27, 2015

Welcome to New York

'Welcome to New York, it's been waiting for you', I've always wanted to sing this verse of Taylor Swift's song in New York and I made it! Hehehe! I WENT TO NEW YORK CITY. Okay I still can't get over it, yet. For me, travelling to New York city was reallllly fun! I didn't really have a high expectation on New York but I had so much fun! Tak tipu.

It was on August 11 when my friends and I departed from KLIA to New York. We stopped at German for two hours and after 8 hours of flight, we arrived at John F. Kennedy Airport. Right after we were done with customs, we went straight to our booked Airbnb's house. I've always liked Airbnb, the place was cleaned and well-maintained and it just felt like home. Our host were Xiaoyan (from China) and his boyfriend, Berat (from Turkey). We didn't communicate a lot (since they were working) but they were both friendly and easygoing.

The first place we went to was Central Park. It was really beautiful, and big! It was so big that we didn't get to tawaf every inches of Central Park's area.

My travel-mates, also my housemates. 

An awkward me :(

Views at Central Park

Monday, August 3, 2015

A Lion & His Teeth

When the lion bares his teeth, do not 
fancy that the lion shows you a smile. 
I have slain the man that sought my heart's blood many a time. 
Riding a noble mare whose back none else may climb, 
Whose hind and fore-legs seem in galloping as one  
Nor hand nor foot requireth she to urge her on. 
And O the days when I have swung my fine-edged glaive 
Amidst a sea of death where wave was dashed on wave!  
The desert knows me well, the night, the mounted men, 
The battle and the sword, the paper and the pen.


I found this poem while I was reading a blog of a very talented artist, Izziyana Suhaimi. She posted a video of Persian miniature painting with this admirable poem of al-Mutannabi. You can watch the video here

One of Izziyana's works in her 'Friends To Keep You Warm' collection.
She's an amazing artist, she makes me feel like learning hand embroidery!