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My First Musical (that i watched)!

Assalamualaikum!

I haven’t been updating because nothing interesting has been happening for the past couple of months except for what I’m going to write about (and also a trip which I may or may not talk about. we’ll see).

So, a month ago, while I was watching tv, I saw an advertisement about a musical at Ordway Theater in St. Paul. I’m usually not interested in musicals, especially since I have never been to one before, but this one seemed to catch my attention. Why? Because it’s from a classic movie that I LOVED watching as a kid. I even watched the movie again earlier this year. Oh wait. I haven’t even told you the title of the musical so you must be wondering (unless you’re the group of people who I know about this already haha). Tadaaa…

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We still have a VHS tape of this movie back at home. Oh, how the time flies.

I arrived at the venue around 6:30 pm, an hour early because it’s a new place and I don’t want to be late. The moment I stepped in, I felt a different vibe, in a good way. The lobby was so posh. (This is my first time stepping into a nice theater, dan and phil tour not included, so for the people who are used to theaters, i’m sorry you had to read this ๐Ÿ˜ฌ. Also, I have never been exposed to theaters and live musicals when I was young so this is totally brand new for me). I also felt a teeny bit awkward because nearly everyone that came, came with their family or at least they had company. I came alone. I kind of wanted to ask my friends to come along but it’s a couple of weeks into the finals and I didn’t want to take up their time.

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Anyway, when it started, I became so excited. The songs that they performed just made me have childhood flashbacks and made me so happy. Also, the fact that it was live just was so refreshing to me. I did sing along to the songs (inside my head of course) though not all. My top favorites were definitely “Hard Knock Life”, “I Think I’m Gonna Like It Here” and “Tomorrow”. They added some humor to the characters, especially to Mrs. Hannigan, that was pretty hilarious.

Since this is my first musical that I watched, it just amazes how well the performers act and sing (yeah i know, they should be good at that or else, it’s not going to be a good one). The energy, the confidence. It makes me wish I had that. And also I thought, it must feel good and relieving to just sing (or scream) your heart out without annoying anyone haha. Nevertheless, I genuinely enjoyed it from the start to the end and it was definitely nice to take a break from reality. (Seriously, my friend told me that the chem eng midterm results are already out exactly after I got home just now and I am NOT ready to face it).

So yeah, my ๐Ÿ‘ first ๐Ÿ‘ musical. Definitely a great experience ๐Ÿ™‚ I don’t know if anyone near me lives near St. Paul, Minnesota but I absolutely recommend watching it whether or not you have watched the original movie! The link for tickets is here. Just to give some sense on the musical, here’s a scene from the movie:

Wassalam โค

p/s I feel like it’s a must now to add in ‘p/s’es in my posts and also insert a music video that I have enjoyed lately. Here’s one:

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Assalamualaikum!

I’m finishing up my 6th week here since classes started and I had my first midterm last week. I’ve only gotten one of the results back but alhamdulillah, they were satisfactory even though it was pretty hectic during the exam.

Anyways, immediately after my exams, I joined a trip that my senior invited to Duluth, Minnesota. Just for the weekend. To recall, we left on Friday night and came back Sunday afternoon. It wasn’t long but I had so much fun, seriously. It’s not usual of me to join trips with new people but I had the instinct to go and I did. I thought it was going to be awkward (considering that I’m one of ‘those’ people), but the conversations that we had during the trip was simply casual and didn’t make me feel uncomfortable at all.

We stayed at a Malaysian family’s house during the trip and omg, they reminded me so much of my parents and home!! They were so friendly too! On Saturday night, Uncle Nik and Aunty Nani invited us to join a potluck at their Islamic Center and we had our dinner there. Honestly, for the past two years of me living in the US, I have never been to muslim gatherings because it took two buses to go there, which is sad. But yeah, it was fun and I talked to a couple of locals there.

If you want to look at photos, please do click on this link. It’ll take you to my Google Photos album —> this link
Also, if you’re in the mood for being sentimental, play this song ๐Ÿ˜‚:

Switching gears, I was having a snack this evening and my mind kind of wandered to a place where I thought about everything that has been going on for the past month. And I came to a conclusion that I will never want to take things for granted. Ever since the beginning of my study in the US, I have always been confronted with the fact that there is something (this ‘something’ is my secret haha) that I can never get, no matter how much I want it. And yeah, even until now, it’s still in my head.

I have my reasons for doing so and somehow, these reasons kind of make up on how I go through life here? Ugh, it’s so hard to explain without giving away the details but I hope you get the point. Even though I’m not on the road of getting what I want, these reasons smoothen my journey, although there are the ups and downs. Is that clearer? idk.

Anyway, I’m going to stop here. Toodles!

Wassalam โค

p/s *fangirl mode* i snagged a ticket to a hippo campus concert in st. paul on feb 17 next year! was a bit disappointed that i couldn’t get the vip tickets but that’s okay. i’m still hyped though! if you happen to go too, let me know on tumblr!

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Minnesota State Fair

Assalamualaikum!

Feeling a lot better now, mainly because classes have started for a couple of days now and I’m aware of how they’ll be. So since I’ve nothing to do tonight, I thought why not put up the photos that I took at the State Fair last Saturday? It’s kind of a big thing here and I’ve been encouraged to go there a couple of days before that (even an uber driver talked about it). It was my first time there and there were SO many people! (feel free to go over the pictures, or click them, to see my captions haha)

I’m a total newbie so I don’t quite know what the state fair is for? (Is it held every month? year? well, yeah I gotta make some research about that). But just a little input that I can give is that there were so many different things there. Like… cattle/goats/sheeps/horses barns, displays of large vehicles, varieties of food (of course~), some fair rides and there was an international bazaar. It’s pretty big, physically, to be honest.

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(found this on twitter) so close yet so far though ๐Ÿ’†

Anyways, it was tiring, hot but a nice experience. After going to the state fair, I also found out that hippo campus was performing the last two days (!!!). I was hyped but I couldn’t go.

So yeah, that was fun. I had fun. Did you have fun (reading my post)? I hope you did hehe.

Okay, see you soon!

Wassalam โค

p/s brief shoutout to my mum for her **th birthday! Thanks for being there for me (even when I fangirl) and I hope you’ll always be blessed by Allah ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’– Love you xx

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The New Start

*wakes up from a super long break*

Summer break has (almost) passedโ€ฆ i have already arrived in Minnesota, now getting ready and familiarizing myself for the coming semester (no more ‘quartersโ€™ huh). I couldn’t agree more that new places never fail to cease me. The buildings and even the atmosphere are significantly different.

However, i have had some doubts and worries about how my life would be when i get here. Even during the summer, they’ve lingered throughout my mind. I’m not going into details as it shouldn’t be yours to dwell on. But yeah, it’s no simple problem. The only thing i can hope for is that Allah gives me the strength to go through this.

Looking at a different perspective, ‘with every hardship comes easeโ€™. (‘With’ is highlighted due to the fact hardship does not come with itself). Despite going through such situations, Allah has met me with people, in this case, friends, who genuinely care about me and wellbeing and that is not something to take granted for. That is the ‘easeโ€™ that somehow enlightens me though not much, a little.

(Also, the freebies that i have been getting during orientation and, unexpectedly, from Target, cheered me up a bit haha)

Classes haven’t even started but i can already feel the challenges that I’ve yet to encounter (Am i overthinking? Probs yes but i just needed to vent a little ๐Ÿ˜‰). Let’s just hope for the best, shall we?

See you soon!

Wassalam โค

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PINS

Assalamualaikum!!

I’m feeling tremendously happy today ๐Ÿ˜€ . And it’s not because of a ‘very important’ reason at all haha. Sooo, around two weeks ago, one of my favorite youtubers released his new merch. And no, it’s not dan and phil (they did release some merch for spring but it didn’t make me feel as excited as this). So, you know how I’m like, I bought some ngeeee. And they arrived just now…

Here they are!!! (For some reason I wanted to write ‘Here are they!’ haha)

all of them are from kickthepjshop.com

My first impression was, OHMYGOSH THESE LOOK SO PRETTY (especially when you look really closely to them) and THEY REALLY ARE. I don’t know if I’m exaggerating but again, they really are pretty. One of the reasons why I was really into buying them was because of this video that pj did:

You can obviously see how much effort he put into his merch that it actually turned out well. You can feel the quality of his pins even by touching it. (anyway, casually sliding this in, i also ‘coincidentally’ bought another pin from doodlecats which is very cute :B but you can see the difference in the quality of the pin compared to pj’s).

As an avid viewer of youtube, such as moi, there’s this strange feeling of appreciation. One way is by pj showing his appreciation by doing the best he can to make good merch and another way is by me, a viewer, appreciating his appreciation by buying his merch. (omg what have i just written??? ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚)

Anyway, I know I’m being very particular and meticulous and even very specific about these kind of stuff and it’s just because that’s who I am. Some people might not even care about such stuff but hey, I can’t avoid it ๐Ÿ™‚ .

Don’t you feel good about yourself why you buy something that actually makes you feel happy?

Gotta go now! See you when I see you ๐Ÿ˜€

Wassalam โค

p/s here’s the pin from doodlecatssss

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focus on this… or that?

Assalamualaikum!

Before I start, Ramadhan Kareem to all muslims around the world! May this Ramadhan would be better than before. Let’s all make the best of it ๐Ÿ™‚

Soooo, the end of the quarter is near- just two weeks away. It’s also the last quarter, which means, I need to pack up ALL of the stuff that I’ve had since nearly two years ago. Some I need to throw away, which I find hard to, ugh. Even yesterday, I spent, plus-minus, more than 3 hours of packing and thinking of what to and what not to bring. Oh yeah, I also have to think about what to bring back to Malaysia this summer. Even after that, I’m still not finished.

On the other hand, I have plenty of homework and important exams coming through, including group projects that need to be thought out, even though it’s not due a.s.a.p. If that’s not even enough, I still have to finish a couple of online orientation checklist stuff for UMinn.

With a LOT going on, I have no idea how I’m going to go through these last two weeks. There’s too much, that I can’t dedicate myself on a single task so that it can turn out good. The only thing I can hope for is that it will go by fast so that I won’t need to dwell on this. And since I’m such an ‘overthink-er‘ , I really REALLY hope so.

I even tried listing down things that I should do but it’s scaring me since there’s literally SO much to do. So, I’m barely grasping on ‘taking things one by one‘.

*sighs*

Anyway, let’s hope (much repetition lol) I have the physical and mental strength for these last days/weeks here in green river โค Gotta continue my life.

Wassalam โค

p/s my mood right now is steven universe ๐Ÿ˜€ (they just released an album of soundtracks from the cartoon and i love it bc it makes me happy!) Here are some of my favsss ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Assalamualaikum!

*compulsory birthday post coming through*

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Left is Malaysia, right is WA

Living in a different timezone feels like I’m cheating birthdays haha. But yeah, it’s my birthday today! *throws virtual confetti at you* Alhamdulillah, I’ve reached the second decade whoop. My mind literally can’t process everything that has happened by far. TWENTY? YEARS? woah ๐Ÿ˜ฎ .

And to think how I was last year? It’s just totally different but totally the same at the same time.

*looks through my old posts about my birthday* here and here

Okay so I take that back, I’m a COMPLETELY different person from where I was one, even two years ago. It’s surprising what time and experiences do to you. Back when I was eighteen, the confidence I had about myself was very high and I felt very good about myself (you can see how I wrote in that post). Going on to nineteen, I seem a bit low profile. Now? Hoho I’ve hit rock bottom (excuse my exaggeration, but you get my point).

Why is this happening and what am I doing about it? I ask this question all the time to myself and I, too, know the answers. Some of the reasons that I just want you to have an idea about but don’t want to dwell about, are basically ‘maturing‘ myself, keeping up with studies (oh, I now get easily disappointed for not getting the desired results in exams) and standing out from others (as in skills that I may or may not have?).

The more birthdays I celebrate (tryna avoid the word ‘older’ here lol), the more pressure it takes to be ‘that’ person I have in my mind. But sometimes, I get conflicted with myself. Should I push myself or should I take it easy?  These aren’t just choices that you get to choose and go on with it. That’s my problem, give and take the rAndOM, unnecessary emotions I have :\ . If you have any tips on life, please share?

Well, that was deep. I was actually thinking of posting some fun and happy writings because it’s my birthday but hey, that didn’t work. I feel like this blog is turning into that kind of blog that’s just sad all of the time. Pleaseee I don’t want that to happen. (To think of it, my blog’s either full of sad thoughts or fangirling, right? hmmm)

Anyway, wish me luck in the future! Oh, nearly forgot, I got accepted to University of Minnesota, alhamdulillah ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m going to start this fall for the next two years. Just wanted to let you know heeee.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY AGAIN, TO ME ๐Ÿ˜€

Okay goodbye ๐Ÿ˜€ (This feels weird but IF you want to follow me on updates or on random thoughts or if you can put up to me on my rants, feel free to follow me on google plus. I like that platform bc literally no one casually uses it hah)

Wassalam โค

p/s have been repeating this because it makes me happy ๐Ÿ™‚