Bucket List

Bucket List

Hey folks, this is my Bucket List. Feel free to feedback your suggestions.

If you have a Bucket List of your own, feel free to share it on the COMMENTS BELOW.

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  1. Travel oversees to watch England in a test match

  2. Go to an event at the MSG

  3. Walk on Times Square

  4. Watch a Middlesex county game

  5. Go to a United game at Old Trafford

  6. Go to the San Siro and watch AC Milan.

  7. Watch a game from the German Bundesliga

  8. Watch the LA Lakers in Staples Centre

  9. Go to a UFC event

  10. Watch a cricket match at the Home of Cricket (Lord’s)

  11. Visit York

  12. Watch Darts at the Lakeside Frimley Green

  13. Go to the Crucible in Sheffield for the Snooker World Championships

  14. Visit at least one English Heritage property outside London

  15. Visit at least one National Trust property outside London

  16. Pass my driving test

  17. Go on the Eurostar

  18. Participate on a quiz show on TV

  19. Participate in a pub quiz

  20. Visit Toronto and explore Canada

 

 

 

 

 

 

Songs of 2016

Songs of 2016

Lush Life – Zara Larsson

This song was probably the first song I listened to of Zara Larsson’s. I listened to this pre-summer, I don’t have a clue why but I remember listening to it when it had just over 100M views on YouTube. It has elements of Rihanna to this song. This is very much of a feel good song and should be on the NEW YEAR’s PLAYLIST.

On Fire – Luke Bond feat Roxanne Emery

This song is some years old but I religiously love this song and brought up this song as a suggestion in recent blog this year. It makes no sense for people to like this song about being on fire but noise or instrumental to this song speaks for itself. It falls in well with the same category as Martin Garrix’s version of Animals.

Tilted – Christine and the Queens

I originally listened to the French version called ‘Christine’, I remember putting it up on Facebook and didn’t realise she had a French version of it at that time. I only heard about the song because it was a five second advert on YouTube where you could hear the same to the track. Even though I didn’t understand French, I still like the song so I don’t really have a preference if it is sung in French or English, it doesn’t matter. What matters to me that this is on my list of songs of 2016!!!

If I Was Sorry – Frans

How this song didn’t explode in the UK charts is beyond me. I love the lyrics of this song, the song was probably one of the most talked about song in Eurovision this year but the song was very catchy. Reminds me of why the Swedes are good at what they do in presenting the story behind the song.

Alone No More – Philip George & Anton Powers

This song is so ideal for a wedding reception or dance to in Ibiza. The music video so reminds me of what life is all about in that film, being able to record a video like that is very creative.

Something in the Way You Move – Ellie Goulding

One of my favourite tracks of Ellie’s. Belonging to her third album, she still continues making great music. To me the song is very uplifting and feel good song. Put it on my party list.

I originally heard it in an advert which I think is L’OREAL but might be wrong. Ever since, I just loved the song although I have no idea what Ellie is putting across. All I know is the chorus reads: ‘Something in the way you move, something in the way you do it, something in the way you move.

Army – Ellie Goulding

I just love the lyrics of this song. It is authentic and original. It is to do with friendship and thinking about the positive of friendships and relationships. To me it is more about how competitive the music industry is, when people write up songs, it can be stressful and pressurising. But friendship is clinging on to people who you love the most.

Speeding Cars – Walking on Cars

Gosh, it gives me chills when listening to this song. The song has grown on me, I discovered the song through a sample on YouTube. Since then, I have brought the album ‘Everything This Way’, it is definitely a song I would recommend to listen to. 5*.

Fire in the Rain – Mans

I love this particular because it describes life and life in what a relationship needs to be. Relationships also need a special purpose or an attachment to someone no matter what their sexualty, ethnicity, background or anything that is judged against. It has a country feel to it but I’m not that bothered about it.

Deception – Christina Grimmie

I couldn’t make up a list of songs of 2016 without this song. I covered this song in a previous blog I did earlier this year but this song truly gets me on how talented Christina was. This was the first song I listened to of her’s and it’s a shame that her presence is missed because I think she could have been one of the greatest. That song blew me away and it was mainly on the repeat button.

Reckless – Gareth Emery feat Wayward Daughter

I fell in love with the video itself, (I put it up as a suggestion in a recent blog). It talks about the hardships about being split from a relationship or something that wouldn’t work when it started. Reminds me of how heartbroken I was at the start of March. Looking back it, I didn’t feel that the girl from Ireland was convinced at the start that a long distance relationship would work but at least we gave it a try anyway. That isn’t why it didn’t work because it could of. I think there was a lack of hope and promise missing. Yes, I hadn’t a job, didn’t live nearby, didn’t drive obviously but obviously that can come intime. By having faith in someone and able to trust their path is key in a relationship. I didn’t feel I had that support and I didn’t feel she truly symphases or understood my situation. Obviously now I am able to go on now months down the line and my life is becoming easier. Hmm enough said.

Gallant – Bourbon

Many of you will not have heard of Gallant or the song Bourbon. I only heard of this song and Gallant by watching JOOLS HOLLAND. To me the song is a real classic tune. When I say classic, it has melody and soul. His voice just blows me away. I would see it being played on MAGIC FM.

Chvrches – Bury It

To be honest, I purchased this song in the Chvrches album ‘Every Open Eye’ last year but I only heard it recently when Hayley Williams sung in the music video. I don’t know why I get addicted to this song, the song is very catchy which is looked at full of noise, anger and frustration.

Amir – J’ai cherché

I don’t really associate this song not just as a Eurovision entry but I use this song as a way of staying positive, being positive and use it to inspire me in life. I always want to get better, I still have a long way to go to be a master of any craft. Ideally, I want to use the inspiration from this song to learn French, Italian, German and as many languages that interests me. This song is about believing in yourself and you can accomplish anything with dedication.

Poli Genova – If Love Was A Crime

One of the Eurovision hits that stole the show. It doesn’t really matter to me if I hear foreign lyrics, I still understand at least 80% of the song.

Frans – If I Was Sorry

This was probably the song that got best remembered after Eurovision ended. The song grew on me after. Thinking about it, how it isn’t storming the UK Charts is beyond me.

The song is so well done. Sweden should be proud of this song representing their country in 2016. Since Eurovision ended, I still have listened to the track at least once a week. It doesn’t matter if you like Eurovision or not, I regard this as a cool trendy song that can be covered on The Voice.

Francesca Michelin – No Degree of Separation

This is probably the song that inspired me to learn Italian. When listening to it, I hardly understood most of the words that was said but I loved the song very much. It reminds me of where the positives of life can take us. Grazie per farmi sapper l’italiano. (Thanks for getting me to know italian).

Reflecting on 2016

Reflecting on 2016

Hello folks.

Welcome to my reflection of 2016.

The year of 2016 has been an interesting one.

Where do I start?

Briefly this year has been about proving to people that I am worthy of a job, being in love, overcoming obstacles in the way of getting a job, attending a wide quantity of job interviews and finally getting offered the job. It’s been nothing short from impactful.

Worthy of a job

I probably covered this in the early part of the year. I went out volunteering not solely to have a fun and interesting thing to do outside the house. I want to show people I can graft. What I mean by that is taking advantage of opportunities that were available where I can acquire knowledge and experience to help build my career prospects.

Attending a large quantity of job interviews

Although I’ve not gone as far as Cheltenham or far far away, I’ve had large number of job interviews in interesting locations and organisations.

I once had an interview in a hotel in the village of Waddesdon, it was a shame I didn’t get the opportunity to visit the Manor when it wasn’t open because I could spend the day there.

I had numerous interviews I can be proud of, one of those interviews was based in Roald Dahl’s Museum in Great Missenden, I felt I got the job by the end of the interview but it turned out it wasn’t to be. Being a football fan, I was invited an interview to go to Wembley Stadium, it was something I was extremely proud of as I wouldn’t have thought I would be considered. I would say the same about the MacMillan charity, I was invited to their office in Vauxhall, they share the same building as Comic Relief does, sadly my downfall was when I was doing an online test on Excel, now I know where I need to improve on.

I was also proud to have had two individual interviews at Westminster Abbey and another two at Imperial War Museums. I was more prouder of Imperial War Museums because of the fierce competition. I remember at the group interview, I was amongst twenty other people. In the next interview I had, I had an individual interview and test assessment where they had two people booked for each hour.

I also was proud to have an interview at Chiltern Railways as well in their head office in Marylebone so although I wasn’t successful with the outcome, I at least know that looking back on this year, interviews aren’t my strong point but I have shown in the information I have given that I am determined.

Volunteering and Temporary Work

I remember at the start of the year that my life was so hectic, I was volunteering at Oxfam, Old Royal Naval College, Sir John Soane’s Museum, Museum of the Order of St John, Churches Conservation Trust and Harrow Museum at the same time. I was volunteering at all these places at once. I didn’t do it to impress people. At the time, I was busy doing six days of this. I literally gave up on the Old Royal Naval College shortly after as the travelling took its toll. It was my choice to carry out all this volunteering, as I repeat, I didn’t do this solely just for the fun of volunteering or an excuse of not working. I choose to do this because I realised I wasn’t having much luck getting job interviews or finding much luck in the process.

Each individual work I was doing was completely different. For myself, it is about making the most of these opportunities that are given because I can confidently say that I’ve not gone back after a long absence and carried out the same task/job that was given. I am an ambitious person with dynamic values where I have full of enthusiasm, desire to learn and new ideas which I feel are values that an employer would be proud of.

After May of this year, I took up temporary work for the first time based in Whitechapel, unfortunately I didn’t enjoy it and so I resigned after three weeks. I’ve posted the first week of it, (more to follow soon). Then shortly after, I did temporary work again in a membership organisation, the work only lasted about two weeks so it wasn’t ideal.

After the temporary work, I did find it struggle to know what to do next. I didn’t feel that I recovered much confidence from that.

Around August to September time, I was looking for new challenges and searching for new motivation. I got this by being successful with volunteering with English Heritage which got me experience in Hyde Park of actively engaging with the public and building my knowledge up of historical events. I was quite proud of this as I had my aspirations on getting experience at national organisations. By this time, I was also successful with having my application as a volunteer successful at IWM and V&A. I consider both IWM and V&A as two heavyweights. Unfortunately, I was only able to spend just a day at IWM because of the application process but at least I can say I have spent one day at IWM. Both working at V&A and IWM demonstrates I am highly ambitious individual and I am someone who is determined to get to the next level. Because of this thought process, I know I am doing something right and shows how far I come in the last twelve months.

Offered the job

In an ideal scenario, i would like to be offered a job rather than be decided upon a criteria in a job interview. The feeling of getting offered a job and not worry about upon finding a job is quite fantastic. I can get a massive payday now which is great. It has taken me over three years to get myself a permanent job. I’m not looking back and say to myself I have wasted three years of my life because I don’t feel I have. Every experience I have gained has been valuable. I have the mindset to prosper and make the most of the opportunities that are given.

But just because I have been given a job for life doesn’t mean that I will sit back and watch time go by. I want to show people in the workplace what skills and experience I bring and that I am a valuable entity.

Conclusion

As I said at the beginning of this article, its been impactful. On a side note I was delighted to see my cousin get married early this year, CONGRATS.

I just want to finish this post as I normally do by adding a music suggestion. Since I heard this song, it basically sums up my life in some words. I am powerful, wonderful and I AM ME.

As Robbie gladly put it “I am where I wanna be”.

 

HAVE A HAPPY NEW YEAR !!!!

3 Year Anniversary

3 Year Anniversary

Hello folks.

I don’t usually write a blog in the middle of the week but I am rolling with ideas at the moment so just wanted to give this a go.

I was inspired to write this blog from a fellow blogger who had a blog called Seven Reasons Why You Should Start a Blog.

It got me thinking about why I started writing a blog in the first place.

If you saw my home page and looked on the right hand section, there is a long list in the Archive section so you can see that I’ve been writing blogs for quite a while.

This was the first blog I wrote.

At the time there were a few reasons I started a blog and looking back at it, it’s has been a good decision that I have pursued over.

At the time back in November 2013, I finished university and had no idea what I wanted to do in terms of what to jobs to look at and I didn’t have a plan. My only thing going at the time was to write a blog. These are my reasons of why I started blogging. ENJOY 🙂

Develop my writing skills

I thought a good way of developing my writing skills is to write blogs on a consistent basis I would like to point out that I don’t come from a journalism background but it doesn’t prevent me from entering the world of writing. A blog can be a film review, a poem, something you have brought, somewhere you visited or just a collection of photographs. It doesn’t have to be long either.

Get Marketable

Similar to my writing skills, I want to become marketable, get myself out there in the blogging community and worldwide is what I am trying to say. You can’t be a great blogger overnight, it takes a few blogs to get noticed.

Got Inspired To Write

I want to get myself out there for people to hear my story. I felt inspired to express my opinions and to inspire others to share their own blogs and stories. So why not share this with people in the way of writing? There was one particular instance that I wanted to  write. Before I taken up blogging, I noticed that a friend was writing a blog and shared it on Facebook about her time in Norway, this encouraged me to write a blog myself because if she can do it then I can also.

This isn’t publicity, I’m not bothered by how many likes I get if I share my blog on their or put it on Twitter, it’s just me expressing my story so that family, friends and relatives or just strangers in this world can look into my life through the looking glass and can appreciate a work of writing as well as keeping up-to-date with how I’m getting on with life.

To gain a social interaction

I’m just a little surprised that no one close to me has gone the same route, I have contacted bloggers who I only communicate through their blogs or just by an online conversation on WordPress. On WordPress, there is a post called the Community Pool where you can simply submit a new post and ask for feedback. I found this a great way to interact with bloggers that share a love and passion for writing and then to keep in touch with bloggers soon after. On the Community Pool, I particularly help those users who are blogging for the first time and just give them constructive feedback.

At the end of the day, I’m here to write but also support others. I found this enjoyable because it is informal and it’s not pressurised. If anyone has any feedback, simply send your post on the comments section and I can always look at it for you and pass along feedback 🙂

The main thing is, I don’t speak a lot but WRITE a lot lol.

Sharing my views across

If you’ve seen my first blog, It’s obvious that you would have seen that I have a huge enthusiasm for cricket. Over the past few blogs, I am passionate about various topics I write about.

I have a range of topics ranging from Music, Television, Sports, History and Attractions.

Ok that might just be four topics but BIG topics none the less, there is also life stories.

Reflection

Ok, that’s probably enough from me.

To sum up really, I have up to this point published 72 posts. I am quite happy that I have published a considerable number of posts,

For me it’s more about the quality of my blogs rather than how many I write as long as it is relevant to put up.

I have drafted up blogs that are in the pipeline at the moment so in case you don’t see my posts that I share across the social media. You can use the Follow button that will allow you to receive my blogs as soon as it gets published.

Tips for Newbies

If you aren’t a blogger and want to blog but you don’t know what to write about, I would encourage you to write a blog called “Five Things I learnt from reading a blog” and then link my post to your profile.

Alternatively, you could write about:

  • A film view,
  • Something you brought
  • A holiday/vacation you went on
  • A reaction to BREXIT or TRUMP becoming president

It doesn’t have to be a written post either. It can be just a short video or an audio clip.

Hope you found this article informative, hope to go on for many years to come.

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Optimistic and Hopeful

Optimistic and Hopeful

 

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This weekend …….

How would I describe it?

It’s been thrilling really.

Loads have happened.

  • FINALLY GOT A PERMANENT JOB
  • AC Milan winning 4-1 away against Empoli
  • The Lakers got back to winning ways against Atlanta Hawks
  • Started my first day volunteering at V&A

Just want to start off by saying that I am delighted with getting offered a permanent job, it has taken about three years to have an employer say “I offer you this position”. I instantly accepted the position, it didn’t take long to come to that conclusion. I am yet to hear a starting date but I hope the verbal agreement comes to a written agreement.

Having said that, I am a little disappointed that this event has occurred at an unfortunate time. It is part of life that we make our own sacrifices. As part of accepting the position, I am going to no longer be working with the Church of England on an ongoing project that will last till June next year, I started the work beginning of September, even though I have been there for the best period of three months, I have learnt a lot and developed my skills that I can use and take onto my future employment. I was able to learn how to coordinate a team, written loads of professional emails, booked and arranged meetings, taking minutes etc. I was also supposed to start volunteering with Imperial War Museums, I conducted the training a fortnight ago so it’s just unfortunate about the timing. I may do a small amount of volunteering before I start.

The only voluntary work that hasn’t been affected is the weekend work I’ve started at V&A. I am a highly ambitious and want to face bigger challenges and to a busier environment. In fact, the V&A was very busy indeed this past Saturday. I started the past Saturday and it brought a few challenges. The first challenge which was obvious at the time was that I hadn’t been a regular visitor at the V&A so I started off getting lost finding the main entrance. I then met a volunteer who originally comes from Italy who showed me round the behind the scenes areas. I had to think off my feet some of the times when visitors were approaching for directions but that is basically what is expected. I was left to wonder around the V&A for the duration of an hour which was a good experience. I was wandering through the rooms and going to various staircases just to get a general idea of which is which, the whole museum is a complete maze. If you are ever going to the V&A or a museum of that magnitude I would suggest buying a map lol. During my time wondering around, I introduced myself to some of the staff and they were very nice. I browsed around the Underwear exhibition, although I’m not really into much fashion, it was quite nice seeing the exhibition. The advantage of working in the V&A is that I can get access to the exhibitions that the V&A hold in the main museum. I will look to see if I can get a sniff of getting to see the Pink Floyd exhibition when it starts in May next year. But that is why I’m just glad to be associated with the V&A, because I want to see what is out there, learn from the best and build a network of contacts from there.

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One thing I’m not going to do is settle on my laurels. Just because I’ve been offered a permanent job, that’s it isn’t it? Well both internally and externally I will be looking for opportunities to prosper. I have been fortunate in my voluntary work is have a whole set of skills, that it’s both valuable to myself and the organisations I work in.

Time for my recommended song of the week:

I have chosen On Fire by Luke Bond feat Roxanne Emery. If you don’t know already, I am a big fan of Gareth Emery. The reason why I chose this song, I just love trance songs but when I first heard it, it sounded amazing and couldn’t get enough of the track. I have repeated this song twice just as I am writing.

 

Hope you enjoyed my blog and if you have any feedback share it below ………….

Like Fire in the Rain

Like Fire in the Rain

Yes, the topic I will be discussing is Fire in the Rain.

This is just an off topic random thing I just thought of.

Fire in the Rain seems like an oxymoron to me.

On one side you have Fire which seems to be unstoppable or hard to control. Then again, Fire can be used in a figure of speech where they speak positively about having the passion, drive or desire to achieve something or then again “Joe is on fire today”, so it can be referred to

Then the other side you have Rain, Rain reminds me of sorrow and feeling miserable. The first thing that came to mind when I thought of rain just now was the weather at the start of the film called Girl from Rio. Hugh Laurie who plays a banker in the film has to endure miserable London weather before setting off to sunny Rio.

The funny thing is this entire post is not meant to be talking about the weather lol. It refers to a cool and amazing adventure I had with an irish girl (which I will discuss later on in this blog).

The title of this blog refers to a song lyric by Mans Zelmerlow, (he is one of my favourite artists to listen to).

 

So the music video starts off with a young ambitious male traveller (like myself) who wants to explore the world on his own, he appears frustrated or disappointed because he has no one to share his ambitions with. Then, he sits inside the cafe and a girl stops just outside and offers him a lift on her motorbike (or scooter) and hop on to an adventure and fall in love. Then it ends with the traveller waiting outside her apartment (or pretty much stalking her) and it ends up with the girl flying away.

I’m not downbeat on the whole experience, I know that LOVE will comeback to me at the right moment and hope to connect with the RIGHT person.

The GIRL won’t know how lucky she will be.

On that note, I thought the song below felt romantic.

 

 

 

 

Where To Begin

Where To Begin

I’m not really sure Where To Begin. This was a blog that I was meant to publish over a month ago. Here it goes:

  • I’ve heard back from V&A but the process is taking agies to sort out.

I recently joined Match (dating site) to find a match to try again. The most important thing is not give up on hope these days. Things happen for a reason so I am going to get back on my feet and start again. I’ve not been offered a permanent job for over three years. I can see that people are giving up on me, I can just tell by their body language.

I’ve had a number of job interviews, the most notable one was the one at Wembley Stadium, it was my first opportunity to visit the stadium and I would have loved to work there in some capacity.

My birthday is in a month’s time, set your clocks for that. I have no real major plans for it but I am planning on buying three football shirts that represent the teams I support with my name on the back of it.

Congrats to England Cricket team for winning against Bangladesh in the ODI series, it is a tough situation to be in but I think England’s decision to go to Bangladesh should entice fellow countries to go on the same path. My prediction was that I hoped England will go out and win the test series but it turned out to be 1-1. It should prepare them well for the next tour of India. I would have loved to have the opportunity to visit India for the test series because I am quite fond of cricket myself. It is going to be in my upcoming bucket list.

In my earlier post this year, I mentioned my love of Craig David. He has a good vibe going right now. I love his version of Fill Me In 2016. I just find out the title for that song, I won’t spoil it for you guys. Just sampling his album called ‘Following My Intuition’ on iTunes, I love ‘Ain’t Giving Up’ (it’s very chilled and surprised it’s short), ‘When The Baseline Drops’, ‘One More Time’ and ‘Like A Fan’. I particularly like the next song I put on my blog and the song is nothing I’ve heard in a long time. But again, Craig David is a GENIUS.

I love listening to current music as a whole (apart from country). I literally put on faces when listening to music before the 80s, it’s a different timeframe of music back then so I respect that. Although when I was watching UFC 203, I liked listening to Mickey Gall’s entrance music of ‘Hey Mickey’, it can be addictive.