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Hey Gorgeous!

I’ve been spending this week mostly in bed, down with something. I’m alright and pretty good actually. The symptoms were not bad but I had a low-grade fever and low energy. So, I cancelled all my teaching work this week and spent an awesome few days resting.

Being in bed doesn’t mean that life stops happening. There have been some big things happening on all ends of the Life’s curves and spectrums. At the end of the day, everything that happened were great and I’d like to share one of them.

So, drum roll please…

I have my first writing as a guest author posted on someone else’s site!

 

It’s not Huffington Post or The Guardian and not even a local publication, but I think it’s small accomplishment and I’m proud of it, especially since it’s a personal story. I’m also happy cause by holding the intention of learning to be a better writer, I keep being led forward to various opportunities to share my writings.

I know that I’m more comfortable sharing my stories as compared others, but it’s still not an easy thing to do.

It was my friend’s – Alaine’s – idea of writing it. We thought it would be a good way to spread the word about Social Zen Retreats. She suggested a “spotlight on Meta” type of story. I hesitated at first because most of the stories on the site give advices on how to do this or that and live a better life. But I decided to go on with the idea of sharing my story and the guys at Retreat Place liked it!

So here is the link to the article.

Thank you for being around. Thank you for reading. Even if you don’t read it, thank you for all your support.

I’m progressing onwards and hopefully will get to the dream of publishing my own book one day :).

To infinity and beyond,

Blessed Eid

Last night, I posted the fireworks photo above on my cintagaia Instagram account. It was taken in 2009, during the 4th of July Fireworks at the Gas Works Park in Seattle, WA.

It was still the best fireworks display I’ve ever seen in my life. The  bloom of the fireworks were the biggest I’ve ever seen. The spectacle went on for about 30 minutes and it was such a memorable night for this fireworks lover.

I went to sleep dreaming about the 4th of July celebration that went on in LA, where I used to live. If I were there, I probably would’ve gone to the beach with my friends so we could spend the day doing some awesome picnic/ BBQ under the great California sun. We would then wait till the sun goes down and gaze upon the coastal line as the fireworks goes off at once like a dozen of magic spells, from Santa Monica to Manhattan Beach.

Tonight (5th July 2016), is the last night of the Ramadan month and it’s a time for celebration. So guess what, I am sitting on my balcony, and seeing tons of fireworks all over the horizon. I wanted fireworks and I’m getting fireworks :).

What a beautiful night this is.

All the mosques in the areas are broadcasting the prayers for tonight’s Malam Takbiran. Each mosque is sharing its prayer as loudly as the next one, resulting in layers of chanting forming a chorus of Allah hu Akbar (which means god is great) from all corners of the region. This chanting is enhanced periodically by the loud pops of fireworks and firecrackers blasted by people in my neighborhood. This is the orchestra that ushers in the glorious Eid ul Fitr tomorrow.

For me, the cherry on top for tonight’s spectacle is the electrifying energy formed by so many people praying the Takbir (Allah hu Akbar) prayers at this moment. What a magical end to the Ramadhan month.

With this, I’d like to wish all of my muslim family and friends a very happy Eid ul Fitr (or Selamat Lebaran in my language). Minal Aidin Wal Faidzin – which is loosely translated as “I seek forgiveness for my being“.

May your celebration be filled with a lot of love and blessings. In this crazy topsy turvy time where religion is being blamed for heinous acts, I feel the most love for my muslim friends and family for they have shown that they too stand for peace and harmony, just like the rest of us.

Have a blessed Eid!