Purplemunchkim’s Reply to Luckilylenny

Dear Lenny,

Thank you for the lovely letter you’ve sent me last time. I promised to send a response and now here it is! Yay! 🙂

I’d like to start this by greeting you a Belated Happy Birthday! It’s so cool to know that we share the same birth month. Like what you’ve said in your letter, it does seem overrated, but I do wish the same good things for you and may all your prayers and heart’s desires come true. We may not know each other personally yet and writing this now made me feel like a have a “pen pal”, which I think is awesome.

I would love to meet you and fellow bloggers someday and be a part of those fun events and social gatherings you all have from time to time. Sad to say that it can be difficult as my work schedule isn’t always so accommodating. Maybe in time, I might be able to squeeze a few events on my schedule so we could finally meet and it would be perfect! ❤

Anyway, I am going to bore you with the story of how my birthday went, so I hope you won’t stop reading. ;D

I didn’t have a party as most people do. For this year, I endeavored to have a quiet and quality time with my beau. We had a  simple lunch at Applebee’s where I get to have the usual free dessert – because it was my birthday and I want dessert! It was a good thing that there weren’t many diners yet because being sung “happy birthday” to by 3 staffs while shaking their tambourines can feel kind of embarrassing. And yes, it was also fun 😀

After we had our lunch, I wanted to have a stroll in a park and was thinking whether we should go to MIA Park or Alkhor Park. Of course, Beau suggested Alkhor Park since he knows we can go to MIA Park anytime. So off we go to Alkhor Park and we had what you would say kind of a road trip with Bruno Mars singing 24K Magic in the background. As always, Beau and I were having a carpool karaoke moment. 😀


So I don’t know if you’ve been here yet but the place was quite charming. It would’ve been nice to see more people, but due to its location, it would be impractical to go here every time. However, there’s a huge play area for kids, an aviary, a waterfall, a battery-operated train etc. The place is both a zoo and park at the same time. I think you should visit the place if you haven’t yet. It’s a pretty place for some nice photography to add to your beautiful collection of pictures. ❤

Well, I have a feeling you’ve already fallen asleep with my letter so I’ll just cut to the chase and say that we ended the day with a movie at a mall (B Square Mall) and cinema (Roxy Cinemas) we haven’t even heard off until that day. Also, I was finally proposed to by my Beau. It wasn’t the most conventional way of proposing, and I was surprised, to say the least, but I said YES! And now I’m an engaged person… whatever that means. Haha!

Anyway, I really am stopping now. Would love to share so much more but one post would not be able to hold them all.

Belated Happy Birthday to you again! ❤




Prompt Halt

I have decided to put a halt on my journal prompt challenge. I am terribly disappointed that I had to do this because I was really looking forward to writing about the topics in the prompt. My aim for doing it was to have fun, which I did; however, I was busy with a lot of things in my life right now that I just needed to prioritize for a bit.

I don’t plan to take a break for a long time; I think a day or two of “reality time” would be enough and I know that continuing with the journal prompt will not allow me to do so, so I understand that I needed to stop.


Anyway, I guess that’s it. Ciao for now! ❤

FEB Day 17 : What do I want to learn?

A lot of things really, but mostly I want to learn a new language. I guess right off the bat that’s what I first thought of among the long list of things I want to learn. There’s a certain fulfillment I get when I learn a new language or at least when I’m able to understand foreign words when I hear them. Just being able to pronounce languages correctly makes me proud of myself already. 😀

I remember, because I aim of going to Japan someday, how I tried to self-learn Nihongo and even bought a Japanese two-way dictionary containing different phrases for specific situations that you can use to properly communicate with the locals. And because I was watching a lot of jdoramas and anime at that time, it helped me in learning how to pronounce words as correctly as I can without much difficulty.

Now that I’m an expat here in Qatar, I did thought of learning at least basic Arabic. I admit it was very hard for me, since my heart was not fully into it, but knowing that I live here and my profession puts me in front of locals and the arab speaking community on a daily basis, I know that I should try harder to learn.

Anyway, I’m ending this post with this video.

FEB Day 16 : An important quote

As a sentimental person, I go “aawww” for inspirational quotes (or just quotes in general), I have a lot of it in my repertoire. I have this habit of collecting quotes that demonstrates my inner thoughts and feelings.

I can think of several (meaning A LOT!) quotes that I would love to share with you guys, but as this won’t be enough in one post, I’ll be sharing just this one quote (out of a hundred) that inspired me and in which I try my best to incorporate in my daily life.

“If you measure your success by someone’s failure, then you are also a failure. If you aim to be like someone else, then you are limiting yourself on what you can truly achieve. But if you aim to improve on what you have already achieved, I consider you a winner because winners always want to do well in what they do without limiting themselves.” —  Anonymous

I regret to say that I don’t have an inkling as to who quoted above citation. I’ve read this quote years ago, sometime in 2009 or 2010, and I’m baffled why the name of whoever said above statement was not included with it. Either there really was no name on it or I just copy-pasted the quote and forgot to include the source. I did try googling it before finishing this post, but so far there were two persons appearing on my search. I’ll update as soon as I’m positive who it was.

Anyway, the quote was pretty self-explanatory – forthright and very clear. In life, we do feel unwanted jealousy towards others success and we feel defeated at times, which I think is normal. But what’s not normal is when our feelings of defeat cloud our minds and we thought that other people’s failure is equivalent to an achievement of our own, which is funny because you didn’t really accomplish anything.

This is something I’ve mostly observed in the workplace where unwanted jealousy towards your peers can occur. When someone is getting more recognition than you are and howthat person’s “moment of failure” no matter how small makes you rejoice for some reason, thinking you’ve won or achieved something. It’s totally twisted thinking and only proves how more of a loser and undeserving of anything you really are.

Not all of us excel at everything so always aim to be a better version of who you are now and refrain from comparing yourself from others too much. We all have innate talents we and others can be proud of. Just work hard and be happy ❤

FEB Day 15 : The movie you tell your friends to see.

Ok, I’m stuck! As much as I love watching movies, there isn’t a particular “movie” that I feel the need to tell my friends to see because honestly we all happen to like the same type of movies and they almost always watch them before I even did.

Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, White Chicks (if you’re looking for comedy), Star Wars Trilogy (I’m talking about IV, V, VI), Pirates of the Carribean, etc. – all these I would recommend to everyone.

However, If you’re going to ask me what movies that are “currently showing” in the cinemas that I would like my friends to watch (even if some of them already did) then I can name a few.

Return of Xander Cage xXx

Welcoming back Xander Cage! Donnie Yen’s fight scene kicks ass!

Resident Evil (Final Chapter) 

Giving me palpitations since 2002.

John Wick 2

Haven’t watched this yet actually, but I’m going to. 😀

Friends, please watch all these movies. Not only are they action-packed and have very cool fight scenes, but all three also have the very gorgeous Ruby Rose as well. And yes I’m promoting them because of Ruby Rose. Ha! ❤