Monday Travel Songs – Relaxing the Mind 

Welcome to Monday Travel Songs, where I post and share geographic songs from all over the world. In this week’s post, we’ll be travelling to India with a beautiful song that’ll take your mind away.

Week Number Seven – Pi’s Lullaby by Mychael Danna: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KlCYCV1nuZc

Why Did I Choose This Song?

Life of Pi is one of my favourite life action films ever and this song gives me chills and relaxes my mind very time I listen to it. It’s a fantastic, peaceful and beautiful song that I highly recommend to listen. You’ll mind will be instantly relaxed in no time. 🙂

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Monday Travel Songs – Start Spreading the News and Begin to Be Apart of It!!!!!!

Welcome to Monday Travel Songs, where I post and share geographic songs from all over the world. In this week’s post, we’ll be travelling to New York City in America with a song you’ll recognise instantly. 🙂

Week Number Six – New York, New York by Frank Sinatra: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9KJQNMqVIug

About the Song

New York, New York is a theme song, sung by Frank Sinatra from the Martin Scorsese film of the same name. This song is composed by John Kander and the lyrics were written by Fred Ebb.

Recorded in 1979, Sinatra realised the single for his album, Trilogy: Past Present Future which was realised a year later. Even though it is a single, Sinatra occasionally performs the song as a duet with Liza Minnelli (who the song was originally written for).

Why Did I Choose This Song?

I choose this song because of it’s classic, catchy tune. It’s an ionic theme that makes me say to myself, “I want to go there” and “I’ll be there someday”. One day, I will go to New York and I’ll have a blast. 🙂

Monday Travel Song – Sweet Flamenco Paradise

Welcome to Monday Travel Songs, where I post and share geographic songs from all over the world. In this week’s post, we’ll be travelling to Spain with a instrumental piece that’ll get you up and dancing.

Week Number Four – Pure Paradise by Armik: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDMbOU7S1Z8

Why Did I Choose This Song?

I choose this song because of its beautiful melody, which (every time I listen to it) transports me into Spain itself. It’s worth a listen and to dance to – you’ll be like this for weeks on end. 🙂

Now, it’s over to you. What’s your favourite from Spain and why? What part of the world would you like for me to go next Monday? Please let me know in the comments below. 😊

Waiting For A Rainbow: Catching Dreams – 5th September 2015 (Continued)

Bucket List

  • Participate In An Open Mic Night
  • Practise and Travel Independently
  • Go On More Holidays (Local and Aboard)
  • Do Driving Theory and Test
  • Look For Voluntary Weekend Jobs
  • Sign Up For Activities/Volunteer Jobs
  • Talk More Openly About Anxiety Issues
  • Make Sure to Return Library Books on Time
  • Go To Bed At An Earlier Time, Rather than Later
  • Complete Kat Ashley Novel
  • Help Around the House More
  • Do More Drawing and Photography and Zentangles
  • Plan for the Future; Look into Independent Living, Work Places, etc.
  • Work on Anxiety, Drama and Vocal Exercises
  • Cut Down on Fizzy Drinks
  • Study Extra Hard at Drama School
  • Do More Yoga or Mediation
  • Open Up My Imagination A Bit More
  • Don’t Be Afraid to Say “No”
  • Do More Creative Writing
  • Be A Zoo Keeper For A Day
  • Learn to Play Guitar
  • Be Friendly to Everyone
  • Don’t Be Afraid to Share Ideas with Teachers
  • Do Extra Work with UniversalExtra
  • Practise Sign Language Weekly
  • Cook More
  • Be thankful with What I Have or Got
  • Enjoy Life, As It Is
  • Keep On Believing and Never Stop Dreaming

Okay, so you may be wondering – why the sudden change in attitude?  It’s down to a couple of changes made during these past two weeks.

The first thing that happened was participating in an actual Open Mic Night. After my sadness over the Blue Tea Rose situation, my Dad suggested that I should try and sing on stage. And that’s what I did – and to my delight, the band, and Dad, were playing, and singing with me while the entire audience (including my Mum) were cheering and singing along. I couldn’t have been happier, than to have shared the spotlight again with the most wonderful people on earth.

Song #1: Bitch by Meredith Brooks: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ge53QaDpKQ

Song #2: Valerie by Amy Winehouse & Mark Ronson: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cHCrfXCSKg8

These were the songs I sang at the Open Mic Night. 😉 

The second thing was my life, over my online dating. However, I’m not going to tell you what it is because a) it’s a surprise and b) I need to be sure before I can say what it is; it’s still in the early stages and I don’t feel I’m ready to announce this news to the world (yet).

The last thing was Kat’s surprise return.

This week, Kat text me to say (too my delight) that she was staying in the city for the weekend. So, we met up today, having coffee and then, shopping! We really missed each other and didn’t want to be apart. Kat’s going back tomorrow; however, she’ll be back in two weeks. So, it won’t be long before we’ll be partying again. 🙂

All of these wonderful gifts have got me thinking – surprises can happen, in a way that you may not expect. I feel like I am the luckiest woman in the universe right now. And as I am preparing to start a new year at Drama school, I pray and politely ask to the Universe to help me achieve my dreams and to make them a reality. I’m opening up to anything and possibility that special someone…

Song #3: Fight Song by Rachel Platten: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e8qDOGLCSFo

I am taking back my life – in a whole new direction. 🙂

Monday Travel Songs – Italia-rific!

Welcome to Monday Travel Songs, where I post and share geographic songs from all over the world. In this week’s post, we’ll be travelling to Italy, where we’ll celebrating their national anthem, in style. 🙂

Week Number Three –  Il Canto degli Italiani (The Song of the Italians or Mameli’s Hymn) by Goffredo Mameli and Michele Novaro: 

About the Song

The Italian National Anthem was composed in 1847 – the lyrics were first to see the light of day, in Genoa when a twenty-year-old student and patriot, Goffredo Mameli wrote them during a war against Austria; the reason for this was because Italy wanted independence.
Two months later, Michele Novaro composed the music.
Strangely enough, the Anthem was first created as a Hymn during the Risorgimento Period; it quickly became popular, spreading across the country. This popularity still continues to this day.
Why Did I Choose This Song?

Although I don’t choose National Anthems, I think this song is a wonderful example of celebrating a country and the Italian National Anthem is a really example of this. Another reason for choosing this song is that I’m quarter of Italian and I want to celebrate my Italian roots. 🙂

Now, it’s over to you. What’s your favourite from Italy and why? What part of the world would you like for me to go next Monday? Please let me know in the comments below. 😊

Monday Travel Song – Inner Beautiful Joy

Welcome to Monday Travel Songs, where I post and share geographic songs from all over the world. In this week’s post, we’ll be travelling to Serbia with a song I adore because of its beautiful lyrics.

Week Number Two – Ceo Svet Je Moj (Le Monde est a Moi/Beauty Never Lies) by Bojana Stamenov  

The Song in Serbian French and English:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKT4BwMq3h8 (Serbian, I think)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxJleRssy9k (French)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QAAz2VbuORw (English)

About the Song

Beauty Never Lies was an entry for Serbia, in participation for the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest. Although the country has a complicated relationship with the contest, this entry ended up being in the top ten in the results poll.

This song sends a message – that inner beauty is fantastic and we should celebrate it.

Why Did I Choose This Song?

When I first listened to the song on this year’s Eurovision contest (2015), this is one of the songs that I fell in love with. It’s inspirational, up-lifting and one that’ll make you smile when your feeling down. If you get the chance, I’ll recommend to listen (and a sing along) 🙂

Now, it’s over to you. What’s your favourite from Serbia and why? What part of the world would you like for me to go next Monday? Please let me know in the comments below. 😊

WAITING FOR A RAINBOW: CATCHING DREAMS – SUNDAY 10TH MAY 2015

“I’m ready to come out of my shell and face the world; how am I going to do it, I just don’t know”.

May 2015

Sunday 10th May

Well, here goes the end of another weekend; time to bring on another working week. Argh! This weekend has been very productive.

Yesterday, I went shopping and I had Pret a Manger lunch with my Mum. Today, I went to Oxburgh Hall in Norfolk with Ann. And oh my goodness, the hall is beautiful.

Oxburgh is full of English countryside with lambs, and kids, trees, dens, rivers, dams and wooden cravings. The hall is beautiful too; it has very fine Medieval, Tudor and Victorian architecture. The hall even has a priest hole where visitors can go into, but it’s a very tight corner. I went inside and I took a long time to get out as I took so many pictures of the hole. After I go out, Ann was tempted to go in, but she didn’t; that was when I discovered Ann’s fear of tight corners. I don’t blame her to be honest. If you feel claustrophobic, you shouldn’t feel or be pressured to do things you don’t want to.

In between our day out, Ann and I played games after we had a picnic lunch. There was a games cupboard where visitors can play within the grounds. The games we played were noughts and crosses, jenga and ring toss. Also, we sang along to songs (mostly Motown) when we travelled to the hall and back home. Gosh, it’s so much fun having a cousin; we generally have a blast.

Song #1: Dancing in the Street by Martha and the Vandellas: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qWS1j7ezqTg

This favourite, upbeat song of mine is one of the songs Ann and I played on our playlist. Originally  this was the likely song I was going to use to conclude ‘Waiting For A Rainbow’, but I’ve put it there as it shows that this song is opening it’s new doors to me. Every time I listen, I love to imagine myself, walking alone in a street into the setting sun, underneath a lamp post. I don’t know why, but that’s my imagination. He-he. 🙂

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Oxburgh Hall

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One of the moat bridges, near the estate

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16th Century tapestry, hand-made by Mary Queen of Scots  

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Entrance to the Priest Hole…

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One of the woodland walks

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Some of the flowers in the kitchen gardens

In between work, Ann and home, I’ve been planning on possible future holidays; Ann and I are thinking of going away on a weekend holiday to Liverpool in the summer holidays. We’ve been talking about it for a year and I cannot wait to go (if we can the plans in full swing). Also, I’m still trying to find holiday groups and NAS support workers who I could travel with for holidays too. I’m not sure how it’ll go, but I hope I’ll soon be coming out of my shell no time soon.

Song #2: I’m Coming Out by Diana Ross: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbYcte4ZEgQ

This song explains me, bringing out my confidence and bringing more positive experiences into my life. 🙂

This song explains about me, slowly coming out of my shell in my study and social lives. And truly, I want the world to know and I’m going to let it show! 😉