Friday, 15 August 2014

Days in French Life

The days, I had been waiting for, have arrived. Two family weddings are happening and I am trying to cherish every moment. My uncle got married yesterday and on 16th of Aug , my aunt will get married. How lucky days! This 16th of Aug will also mark my 17th birthday. Life's so good , people ;)
While I am busy as bee (yikes!) in wedding stuff , I have lovely Lala from Three Samosas blog. She's a fellow Pakistani living in France.
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Bonjour to all the lovely reader of the Noor's Place. I am delighted to be  doing a guest post for her. A little about me, well, I along with my dear friend Zoya, run our own little space on the inter-webs where we write about everything that makes up our lives, be it professional life, dreams, reality, fashion, entertainment and even our deep thoughtful moods.
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I am a Pakistani who lives in Bordeaux, France. My routine in Pakistan was all about work, work and some more work. I used to be traveling all over the city to attend and cover media events for radio and God, how I loved doing that. And than the entire plot of Lala's life changed, for good. I found myself in France questioning my french grammar, french vocabulary and my ability to bear cold climates and untimely rains.
14 months later, today, I feel like a well placed character in this new scenario of life. I may not be working for radio today but nothing can keep me away from people, great conversations and learning all that comes along with the deal. A regular day for me in France, let's see:
1. Coffee: This is one genuine French habit I have picked up without even trying. I was a tea lover in Pakistan and coffee meant creamy cappuccinos back than. Here, however, coffee means pure black goodness.
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One can see that the coffee maker is bearing it's spots as medals from working hard
As soon as I wake up, the first sound I wanna hear is the whistling of my Italian coffee maker telling me that my Coffee is ready. The first smell awakening my senses is that of fresh grounded coffee. My mornings are perfect with me,myself and my steaming hot mug of black coffee.

2. Groceries: Pakistani food is a catch worldwide and you are in for a good thing if you know how to cook well.
I go almost every day for groceries during the early hours of the day to get the best pick from the fresh lot. I also cook Pakistani food part time for friends (and even get paid for that) which requires me to also put aside some time to buy those kind of vegetables which I have never seen back in Pakistan. The idea is to try "desi-fying" them and so far, yours truly has come up with quite a few personal recipes with a french twist.
  
3. Gym: I brought this desire to stay fit and healthy with me from Pakistan to France. Back home, being in the limelight required me to stay fit. In here, staying fit has become rather just a regular commitment to self. When I feel fit, the limelight just always succeeds to find me, Ting!
For me, the most preferable time of the day to workout is before lunch. I normally eat a banana with a cup of coffee and then run to gym. On a good day, my workouts can last for as long as one and a half hour but then there are also days when I have to drag myself to the gym for at least 30 minutes of treadmill run. My motivation to run? My favorite bollywood songs.

4. Blog projects: I run a blog with my friend back in Pakistan and not only through it's means we stay connected but it also requires us to go out and about to find things worth writing about.
My late afternoons, especially on bright sunny days, are dedicated to city searching. I discover malls and local french brands, speak to them about their products and do the needful learning. Pleasantly enough, the blog has helped me a lot to ease up in the new city with the new people and even newer lifestyle practices.

5. Playtime: All work and no play..... is an idea that scares me. On a regular day, however not regularly enough, I fiddle with my Ukulele. I fancy the idea of learning musical instruments and of them all, Ukulele seemed simple and yet interesting. The reality, however, is different. Ukulele is simple but it needs time like anything worthwhile does. Something I am sharing with you in order subconsciously remind me to practice this on a more regular note.
6. Pixel - The jojo-gogo-bogo of my life: Meet Pixel, the reason of my wide fixed smile ever since he entered my home.
I believe in giving dedicated time to my pet. A pet is not a decoration item that can be left aside on its own or something that needs nothing but only constant availability of fresh water and food. I take out one hour every evening to do nothing else but play with him. It is such a relaxing time for me! On daily basis in evening, one can hear my loud giggles and laughter from right outside my apartment with randomly thrown cries of "Ouch!" and "Pixel, be nice!
Oh and he is a budding writer himself. Here is his first ever post: I am the pixel of Lala's life. 

7. My time: I am always on a run normally. Between cooking and doing trips around the city in search of blogging ideas while simultaneously studying for upcoming French exams and even showing up for job interviews, I remember to take care of myself on all levels.
Not regularly but as often as I can, I give myself time to do nothing! Yes, doing nothing is also an important thing to do. I put aside my phone, shut down my computer, make a cuppa cappuccino, put some zen music and relax. I call them "thought-less hours" because the idea is to not let random thoughts keep me mentally busy. If anything, I think about good things in life like a freshly baked cookie, a plate full of biryani, the possibilities of automatic refills of my cappuccino and the happiness I experience whenever I find a certain spice that never was available earlier at the local Asian store.

 8. TV Time: I am studying French full time and after all that, who wants to watch French TV anymore?
I am lucky to have full seasons of How I met your mother, the back up of Grey's anatomy and many other great series. I am not a TV person but normally I put any random DVD on re-run while I am doing my manicure or trying new make up styles. 9. Blogging: Late night for me is the best time to blog. My day is done, all that could have been done possibly is done, no worries, just me and my laptop and the golden words flowing out of my fingers, ting! 10. Affirmations: Oh, don't be surprised. I know I sounded very normal and sane till this point but affirmations is something that helps me stay that normal and sane.
I made it a point to practice this on regular basis. There is no indeed razzamatazz in few self affirmative phrases but rather a reminder of who I am and how I live. My affirmations remind me of how far I have come and how much more awaits me ahead. It's how I appreciate myself! Et voila, Obviously I have avoided mentioning the details of my breakfasts, lunches, teatime snacks and dinner menus and other totally time-wasting, staring in the air, day-dreaming pauses but hey, that is no secret. we all share that, now don't we? Thank you for living a day with me. I hope you enjoyed the read. Please, please and please do let me know about your days by commenting below. You may possibly have a very good practice in your life that I would like to adopt in my life. And let me know, if anything about my day made you consider making any new choices.

2 comments:

  1. first reading, I thought that you are currently in France :D the next part told me for the other thing! love your guest post! nice photos also! :)

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  2. Ahhh...I was wondering where you went!:) I would love to learn a foreign language!

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