Hope you all are well and still staying safe. We’ve had news updates on COVID-19 and restrictions have been lifted on social distancing. Please look at news outlets for more information.
I haven’t been able to do photography, because my digital camera is broken. However, despite the technical issue, I still captured great photography shots.
These pictures were taken on a city staycation near Southbank, London. The roads were empty which helped photograph the moment. It enhanced the scenery and mood of the area. All I could hear were river tides and a silent atmosphere, unless there were forms of transport passing by.
This weekend, I treated myself to a DIY shellac manicure and pedicure. I had to wait for the gel polishes to arrive in the post. You’ll need a LED/UV nail lamp, gel polish base and topcoat, and the gel polish colour of your choice. The lamp cuts the drying time significantly, so you won’t have to worry about smudges or wasting all the hours in the day.
Getting the nail salon experience is accomodating at this current time. Previously, I spoke about Coronavirus and how we’ve been forced into isolation. The safety measures implemented caused nail shops to close, so we’re unable to get our nails done. However, it shouldn’t stop us producing a replica environment at home. It’s recommended to have a nail kit to recreate this setting. I posted a picture (see above) because I was highly pleased with the outcome and it’s advisable to share your results with others too.
I did a matching set with the colour Raspberry. It’s similar to a hot pink but much fruiter. I like the thickness of the polish texture and consistency, so I’ll be purchasing more. I want to build up a gel polish collection, so I have more to select from. I might on my way to becoming a nail polish addict (within moderation). I’ve used normal nail polish, but shellac gel far outweighs them all. They are expensive so tread carefully entering this territory.
After Quarantine, I’ll still continue to do my own nails. It’s a financial saver and an option to consider while stuck indoors. Doing your nails can balance and focus your energy on the task at hand. Also, a bi-weekly or monthly routine comes handy between salon visits to nourish your nails.
With all the catastrophe going on due to Coronavirus. I decided to lighten the mood since we’re in solitary confinement. It’s a time to find ways to keep occupied despite the magnitude of the current crisis we’re in. Understandably, we’re unsure how long it will last but indulging in our favourite hobbies or activities will ease the stress during this difficult time.
I’ll be continuing with the  series and sharing my online finds. It’s media which has captured my interest so why not show it to the rest of the world.
See what’s made the list…
The Sims 4 Gallery– They’re so many beautiful creations from other Simmers and I built a celebrity rooftop mansion in Del Sol Valley. You’ll find the showcase by searching my ID ‘chandademi’ in the game. Currently, I’m ‘selling’ parts of the house:
Plead The 5th– Young T and Bugsey released a new collection of songs. I tend to not listen to albums/mixtapes but because it’s these two I did. They are both from Nottingham, one of my favourite cities in the UK, so I took the time to listen and enjoyed what I heard. Their music is available on all major music platforms to stream, listen and buy. Also, I’ve written a review on one of their earlier tunes – Young T x Bugsey – 4 x 4 :
I didn’t realise I’d be back so soon, but I was encouraged by last week’s post to continue the ‘Top’ 5 series. Who knew one article could spurt another.. well it’s happened now so I’ll have to share them. The songs I’ve chosen are not necessarily based on popularity or what’s current. The tracks can be played on repeat.
It’s the first post of the year and I’m glad to be posting again. This time I’ve returned with a new interior design project. The renovated home is a 3-storey house in Britechester.
I’ll be giving access to the completed project and have broken the pictures into categories. It’s easier to look and find a specific room you’re looking for.
It was newly furnished for a family of four. The house has 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. They recently moved during Summer and were previously located in Honeydew Fields. Eventually, the house became too small, because the family was expanding.
Master bedroom (with office) + ensuite bathroom (top floor):
Middle floor bathroom, second + third bedroom:
First/ground floor – living room, kitchen , and small toilet room:
For more content, check out the other posts and also, I have an Instagram account dedicated to gaming too.
In this article, I’ll be discussing dreams because it ties into the sleep topic.
What Are Dreams?
“Dreams are stories and images that our minds create while we sleep. They can be entertaining, fun, romantic, disturbing, frightening, and sometimes bizarre” (Adam Felman , 2018)
We’ve all experienced good or bad dreams in our lifetime here on Earth. It can be puzzling to figure out what they mean or even decipher them. There are websites which provide detailed explanations and reasons on the meanings of dreams. However, they aren’t actually 100% accurate so it’s subjective to the individual.
Sleep Stages (5)
Dreams occur during our sleep cycles. There are five stages we go through every night and I’m going to discuss in detail stage 5 which is most related to dreams. This part is called REM – it stands for Rapid Eye Movement – our bodies go through a number of changes physically. The eyes move rapidly under the lids, breathing becomes shallow and the limbs paralyse. Also, blood pressure increases too.
During this time, you can experience yourself being half-awake half asleep. You’re in a state of rest but are still able to hear what’s going on in your surroundings. At this point, lucid dreams can occur so it’s a hybrid between day-dreaming and sleep thinking. Towards the end of this period, we start to wake up and start a new day.
Dream Memory Recollection
Not all dreams can be remembered upon rising in the morning. I’ve come to recognise there are two outcomes. One is you recollect all entirely and the other route is it’s forgotten about. The lost dream can be triggered back into the mind from stimulation in the external environment. It helps if you are able to log the dreams in a diary or notebook. It works if you’re a frequent dreamer and there are reoccurring themes discovered (or a feeling that comes up as a result of it).
Pre-Cognition & Dreams
It has been reported dreams can be a form of pre-cognition. Pre-cognition is the ability to see future events. I don’t know how popular this circumstance is amongst people (or those of you who are reading this post), but it has been noted it does happen. Dreamers have predicted the future; for example, you may have dreams about events or situation that will happen later on in life. The time frame within when it comes into fruition may vary between people, so you’d have to refer to stored memories or notes to clarify it’s action in reality. There’s an article on the validity of precognitive dreams (click the hyperlink to find out more and people’s experiences).
Dreams are complex and full of possibilities. It has become a subject that many scientists are still investigating. I believe this is because there’s no concrete method of proving its existence. The visuals happen in the individual’s brain and can’t be captured on sleep monitors. Personally, dreams are a great way to clear the subconscious and let go of repressed memories. Also, exploring their meanings and seeing if they are precognitive ones are interesting too. It’s similar to fitting a puzzle together as you search for the pieces (browsing for its prominence) to see the bigger picture.
All websites used have been referenced.
We’ve come to the end of the post now and I’d like to thank you for reading this post.
I’ll be doing a book review on Tell Us Something True. I picked it up from my local bookstore and finished it over the course of a couple of weeks. It was a slow read, but an enjoyable one.
For a synopsis of the book, the blurb writes “17-year old boy River doesn’t know what to do with himself when Penny, the girl he adores, breaks up with him. Soon he’s faking his way into a support group for teens with various addictions. He connects with them and meets an amazing girl. River wants to tell the truth, but he can’t stop lying and his tangle of deception may unravel before he learns how to handle the most potent drug of all: true love“(Dana Reinhardt, 2016)
The story was set in America and makes many references to locations in the area the characters are situated in. The plot was centered around River Dean, who was battling two conflicting narratives throughout its content. He joins a support group for overcoming addictions and meets an incredible girl called Daphne.
Does he have an addiction?
Suddenly, he experiences and develops a pure, true love for her. However, he fails to express his feelings towards her. As a consequence of this mishap, he goes through a number of obstacles to get her.
Did they get together?
‘Everything gets entangled because he creates a sticky spider web around him’(Chanda West, 2019)
It’s one of the ways to describe how he behaves. He tries to do the right thing in the wrong ways.
The book touches on sensitive matters, such as family and friendship dynamics and love. I’ve noticed young adult fiction Author’s approach these topics in a concentrated fashion. They are able to discuss it in an engaging manner, which is humorous and allows you to become immense in the storyline. There should be a follow-up, a part 2 because the suspense leaves you wanting more.
Overall, I was pleased reading this book because of the occasional light-hearted content. It balances out the other subjects talked about. It also tackles marijuana addiction and shows support groups are available. It’s relatable for people who have addiction problems because it can be hard to ask or accept external assistance. The author was able to portray multiple characters throughout. Every one of them had a distinct role and Dana wrote it well.
That leads to this point:
It was easy to read because of the language used. It was clear and consistent to take in the words. You could essentially appoint voices to them.
Thank you for reading 🙂
The story ends on a cliffhanger of what seems to be their happily ever after…