Eid Mubarak!…Eid-al-Fitr 2019/1440

Wishing you all a lovely Eid and hope it’s been a fun celebration for you all!

I’ve had wonderful week of food, family and fun this Eid (which I’m sure will carry on onto the weekend for me!)

We had lots of guests over at my mum’s house for lunch (and dinner!) which meant an abundance of food, and lots of cheeky kids running around!

Here’s a peek at my Eid celebrations this week, I actually managed to put on some henna on myself for once, and everyone looked amazing all dressed up! And of course after a special month of Ramadan, we all very much enjoyed our food : )

Carnaby Street Eat

I was lucky enough to be around central London last weekend with a friend, so that we could make the most of the annual Carnaby Street Eat – a mini food festival perfect for foodies like us!

I love hearing about events like this around London, especially since it’s such a diverse, busy place with plenty happening (like my favourite event from this year, Lumiere London) – and the the best thing is that a lot of these are free (if you hear about them in time and know where to find them!) and usually involve wandering around discovering London!

My friend and I headed down to Carnaby Street and found plenty of food stalls, which was perfect with the summer weather and the beautiful surroundings. I didn’t take as many pictures as I wanted to, but here’s a few pictures from my Snapchat app!

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One of the things I love about Carnaby Street is the decor – there’s plenty of colour all year around and the shops regularly have funky decor to match. Carnaby Street had some added decor around the street, with plenty of food trucks, DJ decks for music and even a long strip of (false!) grass patch for people to sit and relax in.

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The food, of course looked amazing – most of them were from restaurants and bars nearby, so it was nice to see that you can sample food from new places. Unfortunately not a lot of these places had halal food, but there were a few vegetarian options, and we did manage to find an Indian restaurant selling burgers! As well as savoury food, there were plenty of desserts – rainbow meringues, cupcakes and biscuits, as well as free lemonade and ice-cream sandwiches being handed out.

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My friend and I managed to find a spot on the grass to sit and relax (and also manage to snag a huge floor cushion to sit and relax in!) and we enjoyed the beautiful sun and sights. We also stopped for desserts and plenty of drinks!

 

I like that there were things around all of Carnaby Street to catch your eye and add a little colour – from silly signboards and beautifully decorated walls to foosball table games and deckchairs – something for everyone. It’s not often an event like this comes to London, and it was great to see everyone come out to enjoy themselves.

We had a great time at Carnaby Street Eat, and manage to catch a little suntan as well – although I don’t think my tan lasted too long! I’ll be keeping an eye out for more events like this in London, especially as summer as finally arrived and there’s plenty of sun to enjoy!

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Giant Monopoly in the Square

Last weekend my sister and I took the chance to go to Trafalgar Square to play Monopoly – a giant version of the game, that is. The Giant board was installed for a short-term by the London Games Festival team to promote the festival over the week, and also get some of the public to join in with the fun.

Although the board wasn’t as huge as I expected (I expected it to be literally the same size as the square!) it was still a fun idea and people could still play the game by downloading the game app on their phone or with the game organisers. There also weren’t many pieces (just the cat and the racing car, no top hat which is always my piece!) they made nice pieces for display.

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We were able to have a quick round on the board before it got really busy – there were a lot of tourists who loved the idea! I also liked that fact that the colours and the ‘properties’ were put together pretty well, but as a game version rather than road names.

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It was a pretty sunny day out so perfect for some gaming, and afterwards my sister and I climbed up the lions next to Nelson’s Column (which was scary because my shoes were not climbing shoes!) and took in the view of the Square.

You can see more pictures here on my sister’s blog as well – let me know what you think : )

Weekly Photo Challenge: Beginnings

Thought I’d show you what we spent our holidays doing (and crying over), playing Monopoly and spending time with the family. I always pick the top hat by the way, which is why it’s on the ‘GO’ tile, about to pick up the salary, probably after losing all of my money!

I also picked this picture because it made me think about the things I want to prioritise this year, like looking for a new job and also making big changes in my life, both personal and financial. 2013 was an interesting year for me because I spent a lot of time with family (mainly the two newest additions in the family!) and also because it made me realise the things I need to change about myself as I get older.

I’m hoping that 2014 will be a better year in terms of having a positive attitude about things, as well as focusing on the things I love doing. I have a friend who has quit her current job to fully concentrate on her love for art (she’s a brilliant artist!), crafts and also to focus on the charity she runs, which I envy because it takes a lot of guts to tear yourself away from the security a job brings and risk going free-lance. I don’t think I’m quite ready for that stage just yet, but it’s nice to remind myself that the option is always there if the time comes.

So, here’s to new beginnings in the New Year – not to mention playing more games with family! Dibs on the top hat : )

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Journal Your Ramadan – Day #14: Now Playing

I’m not really playing any games at the moment (I do like to play computer games every now and then, or just mobile phone ones), and I’m partial to my board games, but I haven’t really been playing anything recently.

So I thought I would just show a picture of what I would LIKE to be playing, since it’s been years. I used to play chess more often when I was younger (we bought a glass set for my eldest sister years ago because we all played it so much) – I have no idea whether we were playing by the right rules, and we probably cheated a little, but it was still fun.

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Oh, and in case you have tuned in recently and weren’t aware of my Lego obsession, I’ve been having a bit of fun with these as well. Here’s a picture of some Lego, seeing as it’s been a while. These are some Star Wars-themed Lego key rings I bought a while ago, the Darth Vader one is the one I carry around at the moment (and has been nibbled on quite a few times by my niece now), and the Darth Maul one I gave to a friend. There’s something very cool about them both, even though they’re only about three inch high, they’re still mean and proud.

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Modern TV Re-Imagined in Pixel Art

I love these series of pixel art created by designer Robert Penney from Penney Design, showing modern TV shows and films re-imagined as retro, old-fashiobed games. Take for example, the tv show Lost, which has been designed as a traditional point-and-click game, very strongly reminiscent of the Monkey Island game (they’re both on an island after all):

I also love the designer’s other pixelated interpretations of famous TV shows and popular films from the 21st century (click on the link to see more) my favourites are below and there’s also some great Transformer pizels which made me giggle:

I love the imagination of this designer, the overall effect is simple yet extremely realistic (I’d certainly buy a few of these games!). Plus in terms of giggle-factors, this ratches up a few notches in my funny-book : )

The images are also available to buy on print, this designer also does other images and commissions (have a browse, everything looks absolutely amazeable, and the designer seems like a terribly nice chap).

Machinarium: A Cute Robot on a Quest

Machinarium is a beautifully drawn, quirky game by relatively unknown company Aminita Design, and is the company’s first full-length computer game. Created and funded by the game designers themselves, this game has had its own cult success due to it’s kooky style and beautiful, hand-drawn imagery. What appealed to me most about this game is it’s haunting, yet beautifully detailed drawings in each scene. Looking at the company’s other games and artwork, there is a certain trademark style to their designs which shows a similarity in its detailed, dream-like landscapes, endearing characters and clever puzzle scenes.


The hero of Machinarium is a cute little robot called Josef, who goes on a quest to save his kidnapped girlfriend in a labyrinth maze of rooms, tunnels and unusual characters to interact with. And of course to go with all that lovely drawing is a melodious, quirky soundtrack in the back ground. The game itself is surprisingly elaborate, and well-crafted despite the fact that there is no written language in the whole game, and no speech communication, with clues being given in thought bubbles or picture images which in themselves need to be worked out. This is one game I would recommend to all, whether you are a gamer, a reader or just an observer of lovely thing; it’s great fun, and there’s numerous small details which will make you laugh or poke your tongue out in concentration.

Everything in Robotville is made of metal cogs, parts and and metal rubbish, turning the functions of many objects on their heads.
Similarly, even though the entire city’s cast is made up of robots (and mechanical animals), each have their own personality, cartoonish little figures which we can relate to. There are bullies, romantics, musicians and robots on weed, a whole society in its own world here and each discovery is something new to marvel at.

I also love the flexibility of this game, it allows you to fully explore the world without the worry of making a  mistake or suddenly dying – meaning you can tryto jump off a cliff or run in front of a baddie robot without risk, as you will only get stopped by our cute hero robot in a stern little worried way to avoid real danger. In this world, the robots are just as elaborately developed as the plot and the beautiful backgrounds, and almosts everything  has a function to explore.

There are several scenes which number among my favourite (the cute robot sitting on the toilet and the stoned prisoner robot are definitely among the top) and it’s these quirky little gems which keep the game interesting and draws on the imagination.

I would definitely recommend that you try out this game, or at least browse the lovely artwork by this company.

And if not for that, then certainly for the antics of our gutsy little hero who discovers this new world with us : )

All images from Machinarium, by Amanita Designs