Planet Earth, my home, my place.


There is something that has been bothering me for quite some time now and I wanted to vent out here about it.

“Where are you from?”

This question is one of the most commonest questions people end up asking when they meet for the first time. I have been so sick of hearing that my whole life and I always wondered why I thought that way.
It took a while for me to realise why and it was because I was too young to understand it. When I would reveal that I was born in Sweden, people would always have that look on their faces…that judgmental, confusing look. Then, they would ask more questions regarding my looks.

“Why aren’t you blonde?” “Are you really Swedish?” “Where are you really from?” “Why do you have dark hair?” “You look too exotic to be Swedish”

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind when people ask me about my origins but there are nicer way of asking than the “Why aren’t you blonde?” question. “What is your heritage?” is a perfect example and I bless the people who have asked me that in the past instead of the other questions above.

My parents are from Iran, hence the reason why I don’t have any scandinavian features. Although, I still consider myself as Swedish because I was born there, I grew up there with the culture and the people.
But that’s not why I am writing this, it’s something else that is bothering me.

All my life I have been questioning where I actually belong at and where I would call “home”. I’ve always felt so lost and confused when I dwelled about it. Traveling made me forget all that, it made me feel like I was welcome wherever I visited.

Planet earth, my home my place is a poem made by Michael Jackson and the way he described the Earth was very simple yet unique.

I would read and listen to that poem multiple times when I was a kid and I couldn’t quite understand it back then but when I got older, it made more sense to me.

“Planet Earth, my home, my place
A capricious anomaly in the sea of space
Planet Earth are you just
Floating by, a cloud of dust
A minor globe, about to bust
A piece of metal bound to rust
A speck of matter in a mindless void
A lonely spaceship, a large asteroid
Cold as a rock without a hue
Held together with a bit of glue
Something tells me this isn’t true
You are my sweetheart, soft and blue
Do you care, have you a part
In the deepest emotions of my own heart
Tender with breezes caressing and whole
Alive with music, haunting my soul.
In my veins I’ve felt the mystery
Of corridors of time, books of history
Life songs of ages throbbing in my blood
Have danced the rhythm of the tide and flood
Your misty clouds, your electric storm
Were turbulent tempests in my own form
I’ve licked the salt, the bitter, the sweet
Of every encounter, of passion, of heat
Your riotous color, your fragrance, your taste
Have thrilled my senses beyond all haste
In your beauty, I’ve known the how
Of timeless bliss, this moment of now
Planet Earth, are you just
Floating by, a cloud of dust
A minor globe, about to bust
A piece of metal bound to rust
A speck of matter in a mindless void
A lonely spaceship, a large asteroid

Cold as a rock without a hue
Held together with a bit of glue
Something tells me this isn’t true
You are my sweetheart, gentle and blue
Do you care, have you a part
In the deepest emotions of my own heart
Tender with breezes caressing and whole
Alive with music, haunting my soul.
Planet Earth, gentle and blue
With all my heart, I love you.”

We are so focused on “my country” “their country” etc. etc. but in the end, we all live on the same planet, the same planetoid. We share the same water, the same soil…we are all one. So why can’t I say that I live on “Planet Earth” ? Why do I have to say Sweden? Why does it have to be so specific and why do some people despise other races around the world? We aren’t strangers, we are all the same..we are humans.

This is why I enjoy traveling, I can visit different places on our beautiful planet, enjoy the moment, the history and the beauty from different perspectives. I don’t like saying Sweden is my home, because it feels so limited, it makes me feel empty and sad.

For the past 10 years I’ve whispered these words to myself and it’s something that keeps me going towards my destinations in life.

I am from..Planet Earth. It’s my home and my place.

– Siara

Expectations

What is the first thing that pops into your mind when you read that word out loud? “Expectations” ? Is it a negative word or a positive?

Whenever I hear that word I think about, success, failure, sadness and happiness at the same time. I used to have expectations a lot in the past because I always thought positive back in the days but in the end, I realized that doing that would just hurt my feelings. I am not saying that you should think negative, not at all. My point is that if you have high expectation of things, you’ll end up getting disappointed and hurt. Nowadays, I end up not getting too excited over things and just take it as it comes. Sometimes, people might say things in the heat of the moment and when the time actually comes, they have already changed their minds. It has happened to me so many times and I just ended up changing my way of thinking to make me feel better.

So next time when you hear some news, take it as comes, don’t get super excited. That’s my advice for you.

But then again, you can do whatever you want. I am just a goofball writing this early in the morning whiles eating pizza, don’t listen to me.

– Siara

P.Keys – Art & Soul

Today I want to write about an indie artist named P.Keys. Some of may probably not know him, because he isn’t mainstream (unfortunately). I support a lot of independent creators because of their drive and creativity. Their art makes them unique and there is no limit to their creativity, the same goes to indie developers in the gaming industry. There are so many possibilities when you have more freedom and control.

P.Keys (Paul Kim) recently released an album called Art & Soul. I have been waiting for a new album since his last one, “My World” back in early 2015. Of course, he kept on releasing covers here and there on his channel but it felt like a tease to me.

I decided to give my truthful review on this album and spread awareness of this artist because he has his own type of style and I wish more people would notice him. If you’re into soul/RnB then you should definitely listen to his work of art.

Speaking of art, I really love the album cover. It’s different and I like different. Whoever drew it did a great job, well done.

album track:

1. Teach Me
2. Cleopatra
3. Passport
4. Sleepless in Tokyo
5. Lost in Translation
6. Fluently
7. Hoodies
8. The One
9. Know Your Worth
10. Vibe With Me
11. Naked

I am not gonna lie, it was quite hard to choose my top 3 from the list so I ended up picking 4 instead. I enjoyed every song but some songs didn’t suit my taste. That’s always the case with me with any artist. Big or small to be honest. All the lyrics were great but some of the beats were not my cup of tea (don’t hate me please).

Anyways, after 1 week of listening none stop of the album, I ended up choosing my top 4.

4. Teach Me

This song was released as a single/teaser before the album release and I must say, it’s one of my favourites still. It reminds me a bit of his old album, but a little twist to it somehow and I loved it.

3. Passport

This reminds me of the time I used to travel a lot when I was living in The States. So this song made me smile when I thought about those time. It’s the kind of song you want to listen to on a sunny day when you’re out and about.

2. Fluently

The chorus caught me to be honest. It had that slow vibe that made you want to listen to it on repeat and not getting tired of it. So I kept on doing it and now I can’t stop.

1. Cleopatra

My favorite track goes to “Cleopatra”. Why I fell in love with this piece was because of the intro, it gave me that midi/8 bit sound which reminded me of old school gaming. The beat and the lyrics just matched together along with his voice.

But I must say, this album is quite different compared to the previous album, it’s a good change though, nothing bad.

People like him needs to be noticed more, it’s a waste of talent.

P.Keys Music:

If you’re curious about his previous album then you can have a listen here:

– Siara

Talking to Strangers

Weird title I know.

So recently, I’ve had the urge to talk with strangers. I randomly compliment them, talking to them with a big smile on my face. Most of them always get surprised when I do that, they think I am actually crazy. I used to have this habit before too, just randomly smiling and saying hi to people. I feel like if my existence can make someones day a little brighter then why not give it a go. It’s free and you can actually make someones day or entire week, it doesn’t hurt to try it.

Challenge of the week.

Compliment 3 strangers by the end of this week. If you fail, you have to donate $10 to a charity.

– Siara

Happy New Year #BunnySquad

I might be a little bit late (a tiny bit) and I also missed Christmas (I know, I kinda failed) but I wanted to start this year by sharing this with you all.

In December, I had a Christmas Giveaway to my subscribers on Twitch. A few ended up winning 1-2 kg of Swedish chocolate/candy from me. So I ended up shipping tons of sweetness all over the world. I asked the winners to take some selfies of themselves with the prizes that they won.

and here they are:

I just wanted to thank everyone who supported me in 2017 and that has been there for me since day one of my journey. I can never thank you enough. From the bottom of my heart,Thank you, thank you, thank you!

For those that didn’t win, don’t worry! I will have more giveaways in the future. So better luck next time!

– Siara

GIVEAWAY!!! The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses concert

I’m having a huge giveaway on Wednesday guys! Thanks to GAME I am able to give you the opportunity to go to The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses! I have 4 tickets to give out to 2 lucky winners (and their plus ones). The concert will be held next week on Tuesday 21st of November in London, England. Anyone can apply BUT I will have additional requirements due to the distance. I have to be 100% sure that you can attend the concert in London, otherwise you are not eligible to enter. Please do not apply to the giveaway if you cannot go. I will have to get the full name of the winners plus their + 1’s by the end of Thursday (LATEST) so please make sure to DM/PM me your personal info on Discord so you can pick it up at the venue (ID required).

 If you know anyone that wanted to go but didn’t managed to get their own tickets let them know about this giveaway! I will be live streaming tomorrow on Twitch, 15th of November 18:00 PM (CEST) and I will give you more details of how to apply in stream.

The winner will be announced at the end of the stream.

Twitch Channel

More info about the concert here

– Siara

How to Achieve your Goals

Have you ever had goals you couldn’t achieve? Goals that were impossible to achieve that you could only dream about? Well I’m here to tell you that those goals can be possible as long as you follow them the right way. It’s not easy to get there without knowing the basics first. I’m here to give you some advice on that and hopefully you’ll get a hint of what to do after you’ve read my post.
1. Don’t aim too big yet.
I’m not here to crush your dreams, I’m here to guide you to your ultimate dream. You might have one goal in sight but you have to remember that to be able to get where you want to go, you need to do smaller goals before you’ll be able to reach the ultimate one. So rule number one is to not aim big…yet. Just divide your goal into sections so that you can achieve them, step by step in your own time/tempo.
2. Surround Yourself with Positivity and with Encouraging Friends.
This is really a important one. Achieving a goal isn’t easy at all, if it was easy then everyone would be successful in life. There is going to be ups and downs and you’ll end up having negative thoughts about it. Being negative won’t get you anywhere, matter of fact, it will slow you down on your journey. Negativity will lead you to take a break from it all and it will suck out all of your motivation. It will help a lot if you have good friends to vent this out to, to people who understands you and your situation. They will help you out emotionally and be by your side during the hard times and of course the good times. Keep your chin up and keep fighting.
 3 –  Plan Ahead
Planning is your best friend. Make sure to have a list of things to do, schedule and prioritize things in life. If you’re aiming something like “losing weight” then start researching what diet is suitable for you and how many days a week you just start working out, time etc. You have to plan ahead, if not then everything will lead to chaos and frustrations. If you have a hard time writing your schedule/planning down digitally then get a planner that you can have in your bag. Writing things down can be more motivating than using your phone. I prefer using a planner, it works better for me.

4 – Never Compare Yourself with Someone else

 This rule is a critical one. Comparing yourself with someone who is successful or your “goal” will lead you to misery. You will keep thinking about fast tracks/shortcuts to your goal and there is no such a thing as shortcuts. It’s your path, your journey and it will take a X amount of time to achieve it. Along your journey you will experience lots of failures and mistakes, that’s how it works. Nothing will be served on a silver platter for you. Although, mistakes will lead you on and learn. You’ll grow from your mistakes, failures and become better and better.
Note that there is a difference between looking up to and compare to though. You can have someone to look up to! The result will give you hope and positivity which will make you strive for your goal more.
5 – Motivation Boosts

Motivation is so important for your journey. If you don’t have any motivation then how are you going to walk forward? It’s important to be inspired! Find things that boosts you up! Save your favorite quotes as your background picture on your phone, computer etc. Have a poster somewhere in your home/office. Small things like that can boost you up and give you more energy! Put up some “post-it” post around your working space. It helps, trust me.

6 – Find a Mentor

If things gets out of hand of your journey and you don’t know what to do, find a mentor. It might be hard to find someone to guide you towards your goal, a good one especially. The mentor should be experienced in the subject you’re interested in (music, sports, design etc…).

7 – Don’t be “perfect”, be Original 

Yes that sounds a bit crazy doesn’t? But I am being 100% honest. Don’t be perfect. No one is perfect in this world, there is no such a thing as perfection and if you try to be perfect then you’re trying to be someone you’re not. Everyone has flaws in this world and it’s nothing to be ashamed of. Being someone you’re not will wear you out. Just keep fighting to your goals step by step and you’ll get there as the person you are today. You will shape yourself  and become a better person along the way of your journey, no need to do so since day one. Be original, be yourself. There is only one of you in this whole wide world! Just be you.

 

 

I hope these pointers will get you were somewhere with your goal. Remember, it all depends on you and no one else. This is your life and your journey and it’s up to you to make things happen.

– Siara

Is the Super Nintendo Classic Mini worth it?

So I am having a bit of a dilemma…

Nintendo released a miniature version of the Super Nintendo on the 29th of September 2017. The Super Nintendo is my favorite console of all time and of course I became interested in this tiny cute console. In America this console was on sale for $70 dollars (£70 in England) which wasn’t a bad price in my opinion. When I checked the price in other countries I found out that this tiny console was charged 3 times more. $200 dollars, $200 freaking dollars, yes that’s insane. You can actually buy the original Super Nintendo on eBay and other retro sites for less. I do actually own the original Super Nintendo as well. So in the back of my head I was thinking “Is it worth getting it for $200 dollars?” The answer was of course no but then a voice came in my head saying “but it’s limited edition”…I hesitated once again.

I did miss the opportunity of getting the NES Classic Mini and I do regret that. I hate having regrets, especially when it comes to video games.

Sigh, so did I end up getting it? Yes I did. Would I recommend getting this fellow console? Yes and no. If you’re young and living in a generation with the newer consoles then yes, I don’t see why not if you want to give it a go. Although, if you’re a 90’s kids like me (or older) then I would suggest you to get the actual original SNES. Why? Because the cartridges gives that retro feeling to it. So worth it.

Why did I get it? Because I am an idiot…and I love Limited Edition products. Although I must say, I would not have gotten it if I didn’t already own the console because then I’d rather just get buy the real deal.

Unboxing post will happen when I receive it.

– Siara

California – May 2017

For those who didn’t know, I was away during May. I was in California, mostly in Los Angeles. I had a lovely time with my other half and I spent time with my best friend who I had missed dearly. Two whole years since I saw him and it meant the world to me to see him again.

I met some of my friends who I had also missed dearly. I didn’t have a lot of time so I wasn’t able to see everyone which was a shame. Doesn’t mean I don’t like them less or anything it was just lack of time and place. For those who were able to meet me, I was very happy to catch up.

We rented a car and traveled all over the place. The longest route was to San Francisco. I had been there before so it wasn’t anything new but I went there to see my friends and to explore once again. I went to San Jose for the first time and it was quite warm compared to San Francisco. I was so surprised. The place we were staying at was in San Bruno and it was foggy AF there, like Silent Hill foggy. I was not fond of that weather at all. The place we stayed at had a indoor pool so I was freezing when I went to point A to B just for that swim. As soon as you leave that area, the fog is gone and you see the sun shining through, crazy. Not staying there next time I am down. *Shivers*
I think I lost time of how many times I went to the Cheesecake Factory but one thing I was disappointed was that I didn’t have my cheesecake : ( of all the things to miss. Vanilla Bean and Oreo Cheesecake…I will get you next time.

I had my Korean BBQ though, bless. I love Korean BBQ and we don’t have that self frying pan, whatever you call it here and I am mad disappointed. All you can eat BBQ is like heaven, gosh I am drooling just writing this. Calm down Siara.

Tender Greens is nice too. Not the comfiest place to sit and eat but the food is worth it. Kinda healthy…I guess.

The only fast food I actually enjoy eating is In N Out, nothing beats that. It’s not AMAZING like everyone says it is, because I feel like everyone is overrating it but it’s definitely a go to place if I would pick a fast food place. The animal style fries…yes please.


Okay I just realized that I am writing about food again which is a bit depressing. I did do other things than eating food. I went hiking in west LA, I went to the beach, hired a bike and biked around the boardwalk. I also went to the Santa Monica Pier (my hoooood) and went to the small cozy Santa Monica arcade like the good ol times.

I went to Little Tokyo in Downtown LA and had Japanese Udon noodles. (damn it food related again)


All of this made me so emotional and it’s crazy how my three years in LA went by so fast. It’s a place I adore and it will always be my home no matter where I am in this world. I have moved to a lot of places and whenever I wonder back on memory lane, LA pops into my mind. I will never let that go, it’s my happy little place and I was blessed to be able to live there.

I hope this post didn’t get cheesy and too much food related. There is also a video montage if you’re interested to watch. Hope you enjoy.

– Siara

Dish of the Month: Eggs Royale @ Muriel’s Kitchen (April)

(Note that this was written in April and published in May)

Name of Resturant: Muriel’s Kitchen
Location: United Kingdom, London
Dish: Eggs Royale
Price: £10.50/120 kr/€11/$14
Size: One Size
Gluten Free: No (might have gluten free bread)
Vegetarian: Yes
Lactose Free: Yes (exclude sauce)

Menu: poached eggs, smoked salmon and fresh spinach served on a sourdough toast

This was my first time trying out this place and I went there during breakfast hours. I am really fond of Salmon so I wanted to give this a try and I was not disappointed with my choice. The only thing I want to complain about this dish is the portion. Other people might think it’s enough as a breakfast but I felt like it was a bit too small for me. I would be able to eat another one without any problems for sure. I had my breakfast with some tea (like always).

I am not fond of sourdough but this bread did not taste like a typical sourdough bread which made me happy. You can eat this as “two” breads by separating the top and and the bottom bread, it also makes it easier to eat that way too.

Pricing was a bit too much in my opinion. £10.50 for breakfast in that portion = meh. I am curious about their lunch menu though so perhaps I will go back to taste something else from that menu.

Overall I think the dish itself was tasty but the portion and the size wasn’t the best combo. If you eat less than me then I would recommend it, or you can order two : )

– Siara