Post I Like: Rule Number 6

Rules are certainly life savers!

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Love Letters From Istanbul, Turkey

A nephew traces his uncle’s lost love in Turkey, some 40 years after his uncle’s death

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Post I Like: 15 Blogging Mistakes Every Blogger Should Avoid

Whether you are new to the world of blogging or hanging out for long enough to consider yourself an old blogger (I’m getting to that point, seriously 🙂 ), we aren’t prone to mistakes while maintaining our blog from time to time.

Luckily for us blunder makers, help is always around the corner on WordPress community. Hugh Roberts is one such person who regularly share tips and tricks about how to keep our blogs nice and tidy, so that our blogs can do what we want from them.

Today, he is sharing tips about 15 mistakes every blogger, new or experienced one, should avoid. Head over to his blog for details by clicking below:

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Whether you’re a new blogger or somebody who has been blogging for many years, make sure you avoid the trapdoors to these fifteen common blogging mistakes which I come across daily in the blogging world.

Allowing spam comments to show in the comments section of a post.

Spammers are getting smarter at trying to deceive us by making their spam comments look genuine.

Be careful if allowing comments to appear immediately on your blog posts without any kind of moderation. Some spammers are leaving a first comment that doesn’t look spammy, before leaving further comments that contain links that lead to sales, business, gaming and pornographic sites.

If in doubt, hover your mouse over the web address of the person who has left the comment and preview the website in the window that opens. In most cases, you’ll know straight away if the comment is genuine or not.

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Post I Like: City Libraries – Sehba Akhtar Library

Sad I’m over the slow demise of mental stability!

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Post I Like: City Libraries – Taimuria Library

A five minute drive from my home in North Nazimabad takes you a library, which is filled with books but sadly not with people.

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Re-blog: Travel Series – Celebrity Eclipse

Oceans are mighty and they do call us often.

Not many can hear their call but those who do, often pack up their bags and head towards their nearest dock to board a cruise liner or cruise ferry. On those giant floating cities on water, those individuals can enjoy every luxury they can dream about under one roof.

Various indoor and outdoor activities on such cruise ships provide unlimited amount of travel pleasures to the passengers, who either seek an escape from their hectic daily routine or to finally enjoy all the pleasures they were dreaming about during their prime years.

As far as I’m concerned, I haven’t stepped on a cruise ship yet. I had seen one, an out-of-service giant which was docked on Gadani ship-breaking yard back in the spring of 1998. Since it was there to be dismantled up completely, I didn’t got the chance to step onboard and check it out.

So yes, I do like to step on a cruise ship and sail towards the horizon, where there’s nothing but water wherever you look. Though I may get seasick within a minute or two of my boarding, I may want to try it out. Just for fun 🙂

But until that dream turns into a reality, I can enjoy the snaps taken by Reymon de Real as back in December, he answered the call of the seas and boarded Celebrity Eclipse on a two-week South American cruise.

Head towards his blog for more lovely snaps and details about this magnificent cruise ship!

Reymon de Real Photography

I easily get seasick so I’m probably the last person you’d think would jump on a cruise ship in an instant. Surprisingly, I have been in more than a dozen cruises and am looking forward to my next one June of this year. I have sailed around Europe, Alaska, the Caribbean, South America and across the Atlantic Ocean and my goal is to have cruised around the world before I eventually leave this planet. A month ago I was on a two-week South American cruise on board the Celebrity Eclipse and had an amazing time even meeting new friends. The cruise started in Buenos Aires, Argentina sailing down to Cape Horn, Chile, which is the tip of South America, then up to Uruguay before docking back in Buenos Aires. The ship is almost 10 years old but is still in great shape thanks to regular maintenance. Celebrity Cruises is the…

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Re-blog: Survive or Thrive

A world getting crowded up with materialistic wows each passing day but losing the true spirit of human nature and peacefulness.

What it is we are running after? A question we must ask ourselves every now and then because it can give us an insight about our own self.

I read this simple but amazing piece of thoughts at Kate’s blog about surviving or thriving in today’s world, which can be used as a set of good reminders about our own self, about what we do everyday and for what purpose.

Read it out below!

 

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Is life busy but still a breeze

or just surviving with ill ease

Addicted to devices

Chasing desires and vices

Keeping up with trends

Catching up with friends

Botox to lips or face

World flying by at a rapid pace

Duties, commitments galore

Never satisfied, looking for that flaw

Fear and insecurities abound

Need constant entertainment around

Pause and reflect

to see what it is that you neglect

Living is much more than survival

Breath out, give calm a revival

Daily Prompt:  Survive

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Re-blog: Satisfied?

We eat until we aren’t hungry any more. Similarly, we drink until we are not thirsty any more.

But sadly, many among us don’t follow this same rule when it comes to desiring about worldly materialism. As per the current rule of: the more I get under my belt, the more pumped up I should be to get the remain ones in my hands, which is something truly absurd.

Satisfying inner desires is good but at the sake of ruining personal sanity. I really hate such individuals for whom every new shiny gadget of technological wonderment is a must or who just can’t get their hands full of what they already got.

On this very first day of 2019, I read a nice set of thoughts about satisfaction by Kate.

Read it out below:

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Ever wonder why we are so dissatisfied?
Unhappy with our lot?
Closely watch what others have got?
Our relationships lacking somewhat?

Not quite sure if we are successful?
Mind and body not so zestful?
The only offender is our own deluded mind!
Restless, wanting – check and see what you find?

We invent our own unrealistic fantasies,
Obsessed with self-concern.
Seldom do we stop, look and learn.
Our habit is to project what our delusions expect.

I should look-like, be-like; have this or that.
“Why does she wear that hat?”
“He shouldn’t speak that way.”
Why does contentment stray?

Our own fictitious fables we want to see.
Never pausing to let things just be …
Have you ever tried to go with the flow?
Stop trying to direct your own show!

Everything becomes our own melodrama
And we are centre stage unaware of karma.
Self-grasping the only cause.
Let go…

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Re-Blog: We Are So Fortunate!

Do you really need what the world is longing for?

Are you worthy enough to possess what many can only dream about?

It is good to ask such questions with our own selves from time to time. There are countless souls in this very world without the basic necessities of life, for whom every new day is like a grueling marathon with never-ending obstacles on its path.

I do feel highly blessed for not being one of them and for this, I say do thanks to THE ALMIGHTY ALLAH every day for providing me with not only what I didn’t asked for but also with what I honestly believe ain’t eligible for.

A gigantic blessings comparison I read today on Calm Kate’s blog, which struck my heart. You should read it too:

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I have food in the fridge, clothes to wear and a sheltered safe place to live …
   so I am richer than 75% of our world

I have money in the bank and some in my purse with spare change around
   that puts me among the top 8% of the wealthy

I woke up this morning more healthy than sick …
   I am more blessed than the millions who will not survive this week

I have never experienced the horrors of war, the degradation of imprisonment, the agony of torture or the pangs of real starvation …
so I am well ahead of 500 million people in our world

I can pursue spiritual practice of my own choice without fear of arrest, torture or death; those that harass are ignorant …
   so I’m more blessed than three billion others!

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Re-blog: Rescue Remedies

Speaking about being dragging along on rough surfaces of negativity since this morning, I received another helping hand from Kate Blake through this small but lovely piece of rescue remedies.

Use them frequently for your heart, mind and soul’s peacefulness 🙂

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Go for a mooch, more of a meander than a walk … stop look listen

Climb a tree, the world looks different and troubles seem much further away

Pick something, wash it under the tap and eat it raw – parsley is my favourite!

Make your favourite treat with all the embellishments – mint slice, scones n jam

Or make some bread, all that kneading and working is therapeutic

Give someone a bunch of flowers – a neighbour, a stranger, your grocer

Look at photos of old friends, good holidays – have a moment down memory lane

Plant a tree or a shrub – giving back to the environment is healthy

Listen by being still, call it pray or meditation or just connect with the earth

Eat a chocolate frog and offer one to the next person you meet

Buy a friend a coffee or leave one to be paid…

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