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Capturing warmth

The second task of the basic photography #developingyoureye  blogging course was to capture warmth.

The email explained that this is used by capturing images using natural light which often is referred to as sunlight.

My pot plant (: Pastel, sits by the lounge window to get some sunlight during the day. I captured this in all hope of using sunlight to capture the warmth

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I’m so excited to be doing these free courses that WordPress offers. 

Here’s to building the TayTells brand by mastering all the tips and tricks to make my posts more Appealing to the eye and interesting to read.

Here’s to spreading love and light across the world, one post at a time.

An ameteur picture taken by just an ordinary girl 

 

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Home

Part of the blogging course that I’m doing , takes one through the fundamentals of basic photography.

The first task was to capture an image that looks like home to you.

heres mine:

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This is captured with my iPhone SE back camera.

When I walk through the front door, this what I see and that’s when I know, I’m home.

bag down, shoes off, and feet up.

 

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Lamb trio – radio interview 


Many of you who know me, know that I am my baby brother’s biggest fan.

Lotus Fm hosted him on their Food lab show earlier today. 

Take a listen below by clicking Here or by clicking on the link below:

He shares his personal, cost efficient recipe of serving lamb three ways. This is using three of the cheapest cuts of lamb and preparing them in three different ways. 

He also gives ideas of side dishes that will compliment the lamb, leaving the guests in your home feeling like they’ve eaten a meal at a fine dining restaurant 
Hope you guys enjoy 😊 

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Who am I?

My name is Tasneem Amos and I  am a twenty something year old female from Durban, South Africa.

I am currently a Client Relationship Manager at one of the leading medical insurance groups in South Africa and am a soon-to-be student, hoping to get my BA in communication science.

I enjoy reading, writing, blogging, cooking and baking, listening to music, socializing, public speaking, hanging out with friends and family and trying new things. I’m drawn to anything that allows me to express myself artistically.

I am an aspiring author and blogger, I’ve been blogging for about two years but really only got INTO it recently. I would love to one day do a photography course just for hobby sake.

I was married and now divorced and lost my son at birth four years ago. This actually inspired me to start writing and has helped me in my healing process. I write when I’m sad, angry, happy or even confused.

The  purpose of my blog is to write about things that affect normal folk like myself, whether it’s about  love, life, beauty, music, work etc.

it’s a place where we don’t judge, we own our flaws and do not conform to the sometimes absurd norms of society. We focus on the little things that can make one happy and appreciative.

I would love you to join me on my journey to self discovery through me blogging. I’ve signed up for blogging courses and this piece about myself was the first assignment to put out (:

So welcome, that’s pretty much all to know about me. I’m human, I make mistakes, I cry then laugh. I’m moody, I’m colourful, I’m me (:

a wonderful Wednesday to you all.

a truthful post from just an ordinary girl

 

 

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#QOTD #28

Today’s quote is one that makes so much of logical sense, definitely one to widen our perspectives.

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Albert Einstein once said:

Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish 🐟 by its ability to climb a tree 🌲 , it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid”

Now how absurd would that be: judging a fish by its ability to climb a tree right?
Similarly, we cannot judge people based on what we FEEL or THINK is right.

I can relate to this so much. We could never understand why my baby brother just didn’t do well in school, academically. He would pass subjects like Maths but fail English and Afrikaans. Yet today, he stands as a junior chef that is quickly gaining popularity because of his skill and work ethic in the kitchen.

Who would have thought? We thought he was doomed because he couldn’t do one grade just once, he always repeated and didn’t even complete his matric!

Some people fight different struggles, they have different habitats and background stories. It really isn’t about where they are, but rather, where they are going. Then, we put them in situations that they’re just not cut out for, Whether it’s academically, socially or even professionally. It doesn’t make them any less of a person, it simply means that God created a different path for them, he gave them a different gift to bless the world with, an essential gift just for them.

Let’s remember this whenever we feel we’re about to judge a person’s ability to do something that maybe is just not set out for them.

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An insightful quote shared by just an ordinary girl 

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The Chef’s Table: Capsicum diploma class of ’17 edition

Last year I was blown away when I attended my baby bro’s (well he’s not a baby anymore but he will always be our “boy”) banquet. I was amazed at the effort, team work and skill his class had. If you didn’t make it to read that post or see the pictures, click here

My boeta ❤️

This year was even more emotional. 

My brother is currently doing his diploma at the Capsicum Culinary Arts Studios here in Durban . They hosted their Chef’s Table on Friday, 26 May 2017 at their campus. He was chosen to be the head chef for the function and so this was a big deal for me. So much so that not even bronchitis could keep me from attending his special day.

You would have read in the piece I wrote last year, why seeing him do so well is such a great joy for my family and I and boy oh boy, there is no prouder sister than I. All I can do is keep praying that the almighty guides him and keeps him steadfast and keep thanking the almighty for this gift that he has blessed my baby brother with, because he is darn gifted when it comes to food!

Ok, enough with all the mooshy talk, 

look at the pictures of this year’s chef’s table. The class he has this year is a lot bigger than the class he was with last year. But that didn’t stop them from wowing us all. From the friendly welcome greets, to the nervous smiles, the team work and the delicious food, we experienced it all. It was evident that they put their hearts and souls into this evening In all hope that it would be a success.

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Winter wonderland was the theme
Chef Mags, their lecturer
Their table settings


Now brace yourself for the food!

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The starter

The starter was ” A taste of Harrismith” It was a salad comprised of a bed of rocket with beetroot, pomegranate seeds, biltong and their own mayonnaise which served as the dressing. I’m not a salad girl but my tile was cleaned out. Yes, you read right, they served us on these super cute hectagon tiles! How cute!!!


Each meal was paired with a non alcoholic drink. 

The main course

The main was ” lamb trio with veggies on a hill” this was lamb done three ways, with three different kinds of mushroom, a burnt onion, butternut and beetroot purée, and baby potatoes. This by far was something you’d eat / order at a top Restuarant! The flavours were amazing and the meal was presented beautifully, you almost didn’t want to indulge! 


We also had pallet cleanses in between, beautiful citrus flavours and jelly cleanser to allow us to appreciate all the flavours of the dishes to come 

The pallet cleanser

The dessert 🍨 was absolutely amazing. Guys I swear, I’m not being biased but we have amazing talent coming up in the Chef industry. The world isn’t ready I tell ya! 

Dessert 🍨

The dessert was “Brrrrrr” made up of panacota with orange infused short-bread crumble on a bed of a raspberry reduction with chocolate and strawberry and mini meringues. 

One would think that it was a lot going on and that the flavors would clash yeah?

Absolutely not, if anything, it was the total opposite! The flavours married together so well. I was truelly blown away.


The night ended off with games, laughter, heartfelt speeches and cheers from all who attended.

It was a ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ experience indeed🙏🏼♥️

This class should really be proud of themselves because I felt honoured being apart of this amazing evening that they prepared for.

Well done you guys! 

My brother and I
The head chef ( my brother ) and the sous chef
Some of his fellow class mates

Are you guys hungry yet? 

A proud post from just an ordinary proud big sissy 

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#QOTD #27

” The first reaction to any calamity, should be patience.”

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Prophet Muhammed (May peace and blessings be upon him)

I believe that a calamity can be anything difficult that you’re facing; an argument, anger issues, loss of a job or loved one, car accident, health issues etc.

I chose this as the quote of the day because this is something I need to work on, patience. I’ve been getting it right on a few occasions and then the rest, the savage, dramatic coloured in me gets resurrected and well yeah, things don’t end well. So I definitely need to practice this more. I came across this quote and I knew that I needed to share this with you all because I feel it’s something that we all could use or practice more of.

Through the spiritual journey that I am embarking on, I’ve learnt that patience is a virtue indeed. I once read that a moment of patience in a moment of anger can save you a hundred moments of regrets, for a word spoken can never be taken back.

This resonates well with me as I was once extremely tempremental. But, by the almighty’s will and permission, I’m working progress 🙂 and it feels good, you actually feel a sense of power when you can control your emotion towards the difficulty that you may be facing.

So, the next time anything difficult strikes, remember that God is well aware of all that happens and then be patient, he knows what’s best for us.

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Character goals of just an ordinary girl.

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He 


He inspires me to write,Leads me to light ,

Although we may sometimes fight And thats all Thanks to the distance between us’ might.

He inspires me to love.

To let go and soar, like the beautiful white dove, to spread my wings and go Up up and above. 

He gets me, feels me, believes in me. He confuses me, challenges me, and sometimes peeves me. He secures me, assures me and respects me. He makes me laugh, he gives me hope. kisses my forward. He makes an effort and holds my hand. He cares for me. 

He is my kind of perfect. 
He. The creation of God himself. Talented, young and full of aspiring goals. He. The son of beautiful parents, and brother to his diverse siblings. He. The well known and well received guy. He, the guy with the colorful friends. He, I now get to call my person of honour. 

I, am not perfect, I’m not always kind. I get scared and I sometimes cry. I get angry and I curse out , sometimes without any reason or without any doubt. I get defensive, I’m scared of being hurt. I’m not always patient or understanding but I’m human. And he. He gets that.

He is love and light personified. He is my blessing in disguise. He is the closest thing to real I see when I look around. He is amazing even when he’s moody or emotional or imperfect but He, he is mine and I am his. 

He. He is…. #PS and I? I love him 

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#DurbanBigwalk 2017


It is exactly one week since the Discovery and East Coast Radio (ECR) big walk. 

The big walk is an annual event that takes place in Durban along side the promenade.  Tens of Thousands of people gather and walk / run all in the name of being healthy and having some fun whilst at it.

It’s a social/health inspired event that quickly gained its popularity over the years. 

Birds eye view of the event. Photo cred📸: ECR
My family and I, amongst many other families, were up at the crack of dawn, setting up refresher stations for the walkers/runners. Yes, we volunteered. And it was amazing. 

Our morning view. Photo cred📸: Me

The theme for the year was “we are solemates”. Seeing a city flock out in numbers and walk/ run side by side irrespective of age, colour or creed was one of the highlights for me. I’ve attended the past 3 annual events however, this year I was amazed at the number of kids that took part in the event. It really was such a beautiful thing to see. 

What was even more amazing was that I got to meet one of my all time favourite radio personalities. THEE Jane Linley.


She is just as amazing in person as she is on radio. 

Our refresher station saw every person that took part in the race/walk and boy oh boy was it a sight to see and a thing to feel. 

We saw people laugh and literally cry but what we didn’t see what people give up! We cheered them on and they did it! 

We came. We laughed. We danced (at certain refresher stations, ECR radio personalities were there to encourage and cheer on the walkers/ runners). We hydrated. We felt. We ate. We were present and it felt oh-so-goooood.

You’re welcome to click Durban big walk for more information on the event. 

Our day in pictures

Some of our stylish walkers. Photo cred📸: Me

Hope to see you there next year. To all the participants, you guys were super amazing. 

Love and light,

From just an ordinary volunteer

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I’m not a terrorist but you might be one. 


So I was recently browsing through facebook and I came accross a beautiful post on the Manchester United fan page. It basically was wishing all their Muslim supporters a Ramadan mubarak. 

I thought it was such a beautiful thing for them to do especially in this time that their city is facing … that was until I read the comments. 

It was absolutely appalling at the extent of hate some people have for my faith, Islam. And please don’t ask me ” can you blame them” coz here’s my response to that. 

I am Muslim, it does not mean that I am a terrorist or that I condone terrorist acts. Sheesh! When did we ever depend on media to think for us? Yet these days, media says jump and we’re all screaming “how high”

Logic people… The Muslim population makes for almost 25% of the worlds population. Get that? A QUATER of earths population… one in every four people if we had to narrow it down.

If we all really were terrorists, I’m sure the world population would seize to exist by now because if we killed 3 or four others with us then boom. Population is gone. Kapoot….

…last time I checked, the world was very much a place filled with the human kind and moreso over populated in some places.
When you hear these horrid stories about kids going missing , being raped and gruesomely murdered ( You know the ones we come across daily when listening to the news or browsing social media, the ones we been going in frenzys for on social media, the gruesome murders in Capetown, PE, JHB and KZN), yes, those ones. Majority of the perpetrators of these horrid acts, belong to religions other than Islam.

Does this then make it Ok for us to call out christians , hindu’s and other faiths and refer to them as terrorists? Because I can assure you kidnapping , raping and murdering are all acts of terrorism.
Ofcause not right? Because only Muslims are terrorists…yes?Or, the logical thinkers would agree that we can’t do that because we cannot judge or blame a religion for the doings of one man. 

Here’s my 2c piece: Wake up and stop being sheep.

If you really want to judge, I will encourage you to learn about the faith and then challenge the facts. In fact, Anything that you want to pass judgement on, you should ALWAYS learn the facts first. Mainstream media wants you to believe what they want you to believe. 

As a 20 something year old Muslim female in South Africa, it is appalling to see how grown adults are so easily influenced. The so many freedoms that we have available, narrow down very quickly thanks to society and their double standards. It’s sad to say,  but we don’t have societies looking to build us ( the teens and young adults) up, if anything , if you don’t look like them, act like them, or follow their religion… you’re pretty much doomed. They will strive to break you. 


Sad times indeed but I still choose to mainly focus on the positives of our current situation. 

Whilst majority of the people are just messed up, I firmly believe that there are tons of good people out there. It is those very people that give me hope. And I will be the first to say that they don’t all come from my faith. I know some amazing Christian, Hindus, Tamils and even Jews. All of a kind nature, looking to help with no condition.
So yes, I am Muslim and no,  I’m no terrorist. You may just as well be a terrorists if you terrorise followers of  the Islamic faith based on acts that individuals play out… so whilst you pointing a finger, know there’s four pointing back at ya. 


Feelings, very indepth feelings of just an ordinary Muslim girl