ARE WE NOT GOING TO DISCUSS HOW SHE FOLDED HER HIJABS TO LOOK LIKE THE HAIR OF THE CHARACTER, THAT IS SUCH A LOVELY AND GREAT IDEA. OHMYGOD
After seeing the latest Outlander episode, I realised something. I’ve actually got some clothes that are similar to what Claire was wearing in the later part of the episode! I might end up using this when I’m gonna cosplay for the first time ever at a fantasy festival somewhere in April.
Granted, it’s not perfect, but it’s not bad for a first try, I think? Now only to find a cape similar to this one and have the hood up while wearing a headscarf underneath to conceal my hair and neck.
Riiiight, so apparently ‘Geit’ is one of the attack modes on Doctor Who Legacy… *snorts* Pro-tip: It’s much funnier if you speak Dutch, since ‘geit’ means ‘goat’ in Dutch!
Today I walked for a total of 7 km (first 2 km to/from an appointment and an hour later another 5 km just for fun) using the “Zombies, Run!” app. I’ve used it a couple of times now and that app is completely awesome! It’s so much fun and it really motivates me to walk more and faster to get better statistics every time.
Today I walked in an area of my town I hadn’t really been in before and I came across these ruins. They got me really excited, since it really fit in well with the whole post-apocalyptic zombie storyline that the app uses!
Went to the thrift shop today and got these games and the puzzle for €5,- so yay! The Lord Of The Rings puzzle, Ganzenbord and Gouden Spellendoos are all complete. The Monopoly is only missing 1 or 2 cards and the Dominos is only missing 1 stone, so not bad at all!
TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE
Tagged by: alwayslabellavita
Rules of the tag: Quote one of your favorite verses from the Qur’an and explain how this verse has impacted you and why it is your favorite.
The Islamic verse that has impacted me the most is actually not from the Qur’an itself, but from the Hadith (sayings of the Prophet Muhammad). It goes as following:
"The merciful are shown mercy by the All-Merciful. Have mercy to those on earth, and the Lord of the Heavens will have mercy upon you."
This is my favorite, because it shows you how I approach life (and also how a good Muslim and basically everyone, Muslim or not, should act in a perfect world). I’m a very positive person and I always try to help people and make their life better where I can, whether it’s giving up my seat to the elderly on a busy bus, holding the door open for someone with groceries, donating my hair to a company that makes wigs for children with cancer or even something small like smiling at someone, greeting them or giving compliments to people. It makes them feel better as well as myself, so I try to do stuff like this whenever I can.
It talks about mercy specifically, but I try to follow other guidelines for a good character as well, some of them are mentioned in the Qur’an verse that I’ll put on the bottom. A few examples of these are: patient, compassionate, merciful, respectful, humility, gratitude, understanding, honesty, optimism, forgiveness, loving, caring, kind and gentle.
There’s a lot of darkness in the world and I personally don’t feel like contributing to that any more, if I can prevent it. Even if someone is less than awesome to me, I do my best to rise above that and either ignore them or have a peaceful and respectful discussion to try and change their mind, but under no circumstances will I use the same bad conduct that they might be using. I’m more of a live and let live type of person, I guess. To me, it doesn’t matter what religion, skin colour, sexual preference, race (or ‘smaller’ stuff like hobbies, dress code) etc. you have, I will treat everyone with the same respect and kindness.
This is the Qur’an verse I mentioned above, btw:
"True piety does not consist in turning your faces towards the east or the west - but truly pious is he who believes in God, and the Last Day; and the angels, and revelation, and the prophets; and spends his substance - however much he himself may cherish - it - upon his near of kin, and the orphans, and the needy, and the wayfarer, and the beggars, and for the freeing of human beings from bondage; and is constant in prayer, and renders the purifying dues; and [truly pious are] they who keep their promises whenever they promise, and are patient in misfortune and hardship and in time of peril: it is they that have proved themselves true, and it is they, they who are conscious of God." [2:177]
Lastly, I’m not gonna tag specific people because I’m usually not a fan of ‘chain letter’ things myself because of the pressure it might place on you (though I do like this specific subject!), but if you feel like you want to participate (Muslim or not!), please, feel free to do so!
George Birdseye’s poem “Honest and True”, read by Gretchen Mol in episode S5E01 of Boardwalk Empire. The text is as follows:
Be honest and true, boys!
Whatever you do, boys,
Let this be your motto through life.
Both now and forever,
Be this your endeavor,
When wrong with the right is at strife.
The best and the truest,
Alas! are the fewest;
But be one of these if you can.
In duty ne’er fail; you
Will find ’twill avail you,
And bring it’s reward when a man.
Don’t think life plain sailing;
There’s danger of failing,
Though bright the future seem to be;
But bright honor and labor,
And truth to your neighbor,
Will bear you safe over life’s seas.
Then up and be doing,
Right only pursuing,
And take your fair part in the strife.
Be honest and true, boys,
Whatever you do, boys,
Let this be your motto through life!
I need your votes to make a good thing happen during the Project 4 Awesome. I am in the finals round of a competition organised by Vodafone which will, if I win, help me to make a 24h project of selfies with Nerdfighters during the P4A.
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Detail from the frame of a painting of Hieronymus van Beverningk (painted by Jan de Baen) at the Rijksmuseum. The Latin roughly translates into: "Do not look outside of yourself."
What is meant is that human beings need to rely on themselves (their ideas), follow their initial instincts, and refrain from allowing society’s norms and ideals to dictate their thoughts.
Some of the things that I saw at the Rijksmuseum, photographed for different reasons; either because of their beauty, importance or simply because of the awesome story behind them.
The picture on the top right for instance, used to also include the father of the children, but after they got divorced, the woman decided to have him literally cut out of the picture.
The picture on the left next to Rembrandt’s Nachtwacht (Night Watch) is of (one of?) the first female ice skating contest in the Netherlands in 1805. The first, and for a long time also the last, because of the fact that the contestants had removed their coats and rolled up their sleeves to do so. It caused quite the scandal in society!
Directly under that picture is a decorative item that reminded me of a D12 dice and next to that an old board game that soldiers used to play.
The last two images are both drinking glasses. On the left a drinking glass disguised as a book, on the right a drinking glass which contains a dice in the silver globe.
We went to Amsterdam for a couple of days, to visit some museums. The hotel we stayed at (Tulip Inn Amsterdam Riverside) had this awesome van Gogh theme in the lobby and the restaurant.