Face A Fear Everyday Don’t Rely On The Opinion’s Of Others

“You can’t pull off that lipstick”

“They’re only that successful because they were lucky”

“Sometimes we just have to settle for what we can get”

Face A Fear Everyday:: Don't Rely on other people's opinions

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Belgo :: The World’s Greatest Belgian Restaurants

‘You haven’t ever been to Belgo?! What have you been doing?!’

The Asian Destination :: Belgo

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Rape is Not A Women’s Issue

Rape is not a women’s issue or a humanitarian issue.

The Asian Destination:: Rape is Not a Women's Issue

It is a global issue.

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What We Wished We’d Known at 18…

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Tuesday Travels :: Florence

Florence is a TAD favourite. And no, we decided this way before Kimye’s wedding…

The Asian Destination :: Tueday Travels:: Florence

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You Choose What You Want To See

 

 

Bank Holiday Monday is off to a gloomy start…

But are you focusing on the shadows the clouds are making or the light that manages to peek through onto the fields?

The Asian Destination :: You Choose What You Want To See

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What is The Asian Destination actually all about?

Have a blessed day & #HappyMay💛

Ana | The Asian Destination

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Love, Prayers & Donations

There are certain causes that have become very important for The Asian Destination (TAD).

Avoidable Blindness was the reason why TAD Founder, Ananya, decided to raise money for the Rotary Club of Guildford’s Eye Project by doing a 10K charity run.

October was Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

November is both Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month and Movember (both of which we’ll be touching on, in further detail soon).

For now though, we wanted to focus on one cause that has dominated headlines for the last few days across the world.

Devastation struck the Philippines from November 8th by Typhoon Haiyan. Heart-wrenching images have been splashed across the media for the last few days and urge us to give what we can, in the form of a donation to the 600,000 people that have been displaced and to almost 10 million that require urgent aid.

For more information on how to donate or do your bit, visit Disasters Emergency Committee.

So many have had their lives torn up, let’s try and help rebuild some of their lives.

Love & Prayers,

The Asian Destination

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Do All Deeds With Love

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I find that any task I undertake that I love, does not feel like work. Instead, I look forward to planning it, carrying it out and completing it.

There are many things in life we may have to do in order to achieve a particular goal. However, isn’t life too short not to pursue the very passion that causes your spirit to lift?

Try to remember when you last felt inspired and then ask yourself, what did you achieve as a result? Did you use that passion-filled energy to do something great? Or did you package that inspiration and store it for ‘someday’?

Remember: TODAY is SOMEDAY</em and pretty soon you will only be left with 1 day.

Don’t be afraid to look stupid!

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Stupid

We hate to feel embarrassed, humiliated or to feel stupid, don’t we?

Throughout life, I have always been the shy and quiet type.

My report cards would come back with good grades but often with the comment: ‘doesn’t put her hand up in class’.

Why?

Whether in the classroom or in the real-world, we learn to fear ‘being wrong’ and this I guess is partly why, when I was a lot younger, I refrained from participating for fear of

  1. Asking a ridiculous question OR
  2. Replying with a completely incorrect answer.

Slowly though, in time as most children do, I realised that being too afraid to speak up was in fact counter-productive and detrimental to my own growth.

We learn through making mistakes, and one of the most important lessons I have learnt is to not take life so seriously.

Don’t get me wrong. Of course there are issues which need serious attention. However, there are certain situations where one needs to let go of a particular outcome and let things be.

Appearing stupid after asking a foolish question is one of them.

If you never ask, you’ll never know so why regret the decision?!

Today’s FAFE theme is in keeping with the above.

There are times when you want to ask intelligent questions (but they don’t come across as!)

There are times when you ask a person a question that you actually already know the answer to (yes, admit it, you’ve done that before…!)

and then there are those times when you ask a question that you really should know the answer to but don’t (and hence may end up looking a little ignorant).

My question asking went something a bit like this:

3/10: were intelligent (ish!) questions

3/10: I already knew the answer to

…and 4/10 I most definitely did not and *may* have ended up looking a bit stupid.

HOWEVER, moral of the story is that I’m glad I asked ALL of the questions since I have come away with a better knowledge of the subject.

So Today: Go on. Be Brave.

Ask the question that you’ve been meaning to.

Face the fear of looking stupid…and do it anyway. 

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Feeling blessed, overwhelmed and grateful at The Ramadan Tent

Yesterday evening, I went to The Ramadan Tent, situated in the grounds of The University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). Set up by Omar Salha, a SOAS alumnus, this Ramadan Tent welcomes Muslims to break their fast for Ramadan by serving iftar, the sunset meal.

The Ramadan Tent

News of the Ramadan Tent has travelled fast. One of my good friends learnt about it through her flatmate and now both volunteer there, helping in the iftar preparation and disposal, and ensuring that everyone feels welcome, and is accommodated with food and a place to sit.

Muslim or not, it does not matter. Committed volunteers have made this special iftar possible and welcome the public during Islam’s holy month, regardless of religious, socio-economic or political background making it truly an event that brings old and new faces together.

It truly was a special feast. Sustained by charitable donations, it was so inspiring to see so much food being provided for so many. As we sat on the ground around long mats acting as tables, it felt like a large family picnic was about to start. There was a sense of community, a sense of belonging and a feeling of togetherness. The homeless sitting amongst students and members of the public, no prejudice or judgment was placed. Each person was treated as part of an extended family.

Ramadan Tent

Before the call to prayer and breaking the fast, a speaker is invited to speak. Yesterday, Omar had invited Jehangir Malik OBE, director of Islamic Relief UK to talk. Malik reiterated how wonderful it was for so many people from across London to come together in the spirit of Ramadan. In a recent Huffington post article, Omar mentioned how not only did he hope this Ramadan campaign would challenge some misconceptions about Islam but also bring communities together.

Similarly, Jehangir Malik also feels that Ramadan Is a Time to Break Down Barriers, Not Build Them Up’.’ Having just completed a trip to Syria, his words had a lasting impact on me and I could tell on others too. Here we were sitting down, surrounded by a family we’d only just acquired, being provided with food and water whilst there were so many across the world struggling for just one of these basic privileges.

Dates were passed around to eat and symbolized the beginning of iftar. A change in the wind during the call to prayer made for a magical atmosphere. Despite not being Muslim myself, it was as if the summer breeze whispering around us had somehow cast an invisible spell, connecting everyone there. It did not matter what religion you were, where you had come from or what your economic situation was.

Ramadan Tent

As people, we were all the same; we all hoped and prayed for a world that we could feel proud to live in, we all desired an end to the suffering of those less fortunate and we all wanted to leave our positive mark in some way or another. It was an overwhelming and inspiring moment.

My friend told me how, on one occasion, due to the increased popularity and interest in The Ramadan Tent, there had not been enough food to accommodate all guests as well as committee volunteers. In this instance, volunteers refrained from eating to ensure every single other participant had food in front of them. Bearing in mind, the majority of these volunteers had been fasting themselves, it was moving to hear the extent of their charitable duties.

I have an immense sense of respect for those that are fasting during Ramadan. It requires dedication, commitment and perseverance -it is only when one is tested that one realises their true potential.

Ramadan Tent

Many are all too aware of how the media can misconstrue or demonise Islam and as a result alienate communities. This event however, as Omar hoped it would, disputes Islamic misconceptions and teaches non-muslims about the core values of Islam. There were times during yesterday’s iftar that I could not say a word. There was a spell I did not want to break. I felt proud and privileged to have experienced such sharing, generosity and sense of community. I left feeling happy that this was such a positive opportunity for others to appreciate the true spirit of Ramadan.

Ramadan Mubarak to all those participating!

Love, respect and blessings,

Ana at The Asian Destination xo

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Facing The Fear Everyday…Love without limits!

So I’ve been meaning to post a blog that is a bit more personal. A bit more vulnerable. A bit more me.

But the one thing that has been stopping me, is fear.

Fear of being judged, fear of expressing myself properly.

I felt like this the very first time I published a blog post. That scary few seconds before I hit send, my stomach was turning…yet after I had clicked ‘publish’, I got a buzz afterwards. Why? Because I love to write. I wouldn’t blog if I didn’t. I haven’t done many ‘written’ posts in a while (this is hopefully the beginning of more!) But, as some of you may have noticed, each day, there is a new quote hoping to inspire you all on your way through this crazy world we call life.

I love my quotes. I relate to the spoken word in a way like no other. I am one of those rare specimens that require a pen and paper just to make sense of all the thoughts competing for my attention and focus. Many of you reading this will agree and find comfort and inspiration in these quotes, as much as I do. I love hearing how each quote has had a positive impact on your lives; it makes me happy to know that someone’s day has been brightened just by a quote that I’ve found and posted. However, not everyone likes them. Some find them ‘cheesy’ or ‘soppy’ and have given me negative feedback over them. Initially, I took this feedback personally. I hesitated before uploading more, I found shying away from certain quotes I used, just so that I would get more positive feedback and for my content to be liked and accepted.

In doing so though, I realised I wasn’t being true to who I was. Some of these quotes have helped me through some of my toughest periods and denying their impact on my life and my writing, would be denying a part of who I am. What I have come to realise is that you have to do what you love, regardless of the negative feedback. Your passion is worth any hate you receive. Why?

Because when people hate, it’s not because they actually have a problem with you. Whatever they appear to ‘hate’ about you, is actually a reflection of what they ‘hate’ about themselves. The first time I heard this concept, it confused me. Yet, as I thought about it, everything became clear.

In addition to this, every single one of us is trying to forge our own path – we’re doing the best we can given our own unique circumstances. A person is the way they are because of their own individual experiences and so we have no right to judge. All we can really do is to love without limits.

So today: Love & respect & smile. Celebrate being you and keep facing your fears everyday #FAFE!

Love & respect,
Ana at The Asian Destination xo

 

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It’s only a bad day…

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Don’t be a thundercloud this Friday!

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