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happy list (I)

I started writing happy lists in my journal last year, a way to record moments and happenings of light and joy.  To find gratitude and contentment, especially in days that were particularly blue and foggy. These lists have served as wonderful reminders of cherished memories.

You may have noticed the silence around here lately. I’ve been trying desperately to catch up on studying but I’m still trailing behind unfortunately. I have an upcoming assessment that is worth quite a percentage of my final grade but all I can do is power on at this point.

Despite feeling rather helpless and overwhelmed, the past week or so has also been scattered with bright moments and I thought I’d share some of the things that made it on to my happy list.

chaophraya glass box

  • chinese new year and chaophraya

Saturday 28th was Chinese New Year and the boyfriend and I had an impromptu late lunch/early dinner at the rooftop Thai restaurant, Chaophraya. It’s one of my absolute favourites, with delicious food, friendly service and a warm atmosphere.  It was a completely last minute decision to go there but we were fortunate enough to be seated in the glass box, which offers even more spectacular views of Edinburgh Castle and the city. For starters, we shared fish cakes and tom kha gai, a creamy soup with tangy, spicy undertones. And for main course, we had chicken pad Thai and green chicken curry with jasmine rice – my go-to dishes.  Their cocktails are also not to be missed.  We had a lovely time and as if that wasn’t enough, we then went to our favourite cafe for London Fog and mixed berry waffles – there is always room for dessert, am I right.

chaophraya

  • passed my exams!

My results for exams from December have all been released and I’m so thankful, so relieved to say that I passed them all.  I was expecting the worse since I’d finished most of them with this horrible sinking feeling in my stomach. People always say 3rd year is the hardest because of the transition to clinical years so I was up to my neck in worry that I wouldn’t be able to tackle the first semester exams. But it turns out I did a lot better than I thought and it gives me hope that I will get through this year just as I have with the previous ones.

  • surprise flowers

I returned home after a long day of lectures and practicals to find that Michael had filled the vase that sits on my living room windowsill with a pretty bouquet of flowers. I adore flowers and have thought about keeping plants around the flat but I know I’d be awful at caring for them.  These flowers are quite low-maintenance though and have lasted for about a week, adding some much needed colour.

surprise flowers

  • ceilidh night

A ceilidh (pronounced kay-lee) is basically an upbeat night of Scottish music and Scottish dancing.  My friend is part of the committee that is organising an exchange trip with a group of vet students from Denmark and this ceilidh was part of their fundraising. I hadn’t been to a proper ceilidh in such a long time and it didn’t take me too long to decide to go when she asked if I wanted tickets.  I’m so glad I went because it was far more enjoyable than I expected- one of the best I’ve been to, in fact. If ever you have the opportunity to go to a ceilidh, please take up the offer because it’s guaranteed to be a lot of fun. Even if you have two left feet and can’t dance to save your life, you’ll still have an absolute blast and end up feeling breathless and energised at once.

  • malaysian food

I think you should know I really adore food and have a rather notorious appetite. On Sunday, Michael and I ended up taking a walk around the city centre, after realising the restaurant we wanted to go to was closed. We ended up in Kampung Ali, a quaint little Malaysian restaurant, after I declared my sudden craving for roti cenai.  We were the first customers there for the lunchtime run and stayed there for at least three hours eating and talking the time away.  We had roti cenai (of course) and pickled vegetables, beancurd and sliced pork soup to start. Then nasi lemak (apparently considered the Malaysian national dish) and char siu soup noodles. I do love Asian cuisine and I am so glad Edinburgh has a wide variety for me to try.

nasi lemak

Again, apologies for my recent disappearance. I’ve missed spending my evenings writing and visiting my favourite blogs but it’s also been a great time for me to think more about word drift and how I’d like to manage this little internet home of mine. I have a few post ideas milling around in my mind waiting to be developed so hopefully you can expect more from me soon.

As always, I’d love to hear from you. Please do share with me anything that’s made you happy or brightened your day lately!

Much love,
Beverley x

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3 Comments

  1. Reply 9th February, 2017 at 10:35 am

    Awh reading your happy list makes me feel so happy too, Beverley 🙂 Omg those Thai and Malaysian food look so yummy, I’m craving for some myself haha. The view from the Thai restaurant looks so gorgeous behind that beautiful girl in the photo. ;D Btw fun fact, did you know Chaopraya is the name of a major river in Thailand? 🙂

    Well done for passing your exams! You must’ve studied so hard for them, I’m proud of you. Also wow those flowers are so pretty, aren’t you one lucky girl :3 Good luck on your assessment. Remember to not get too stressed out about your studies, and find time to relax and wind down as well. Make sure to always stay hydrated :)!

    Hmm one thing that made me happy – yesterday – was visiting my boyfriend’s place in London. His parents and brother are so lovely, and his mom cooked soo many Nepalese dishes for us to eat there and to take back to uni. We even watched an episode of kdrama together hahaha. I had such a good time with them :’)

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  2. Reply 12th February, 2017 at 9:56 am

    this is such an adorable blog idea! i love reading posts like this as they tend to put a smile on my face, especially when the highlighted things that make one happy are the little things that can sometimes be easily forgotten. i personally enjoy reading a happy list filled with such things as opposed to reading a very materialistic one, if that makes sense. of course, everyone’s happiness varies – that was just my personal preference and how i view happiness as something that should be more than just materialistic stuff. no offense.

    all the food looks really delicious, by the way. asian food is awesome! i like western cuisine but asian food is just urgh and it piss me off when i encounter or see a foreigner says nasty things about normal asian food – e.g chicken feet in dim sum. (although as an asian, i can get grossed out by some…”authentic” food like um…balot / duck embryo)
    congrats on your exams though! 😀

    hm, one thing that makes me happy …i suppose that would be spending time or hanging out with the boyfriend. it’s cliche, isn’t it? lol it’s because he’s also my best friend and he started as my best friend so it’s always fun spending time with someone i fancy especially because i’m an introvert and i’m very selective with people. plus, both of us are geeky nerds and we’re huge video gamers so there’s that similarity as well 🙂

  3. Reply 19th February, 2017 at 5:53 pm

    Awww, I loved this post. It was such a positive and enlightening post to read! Happy lists are so important. I started writing in a 5minute journal recently and I really enjoy it because I can always look back and feel happy and more grateful for everything in my life. Thank you for sharing your happy moments with us. It reminds us that life is indeed freaking awesome!

    I love receiving surprise roses too! I actually got one for Valentines Day and it put the biggest smile on my face. 😁

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