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Heal The World

Heal The WorldThe one Michael Jackson song that especially stands out for me.

When I was a kid, there was this community event happening in a hall downtown.  I can`t remember why but one of the Aunties wanted a whole bunch of us to sing a song together in front of everyone.  So every weekend for I forget how many weekends, we went to her house and rehearsed this song.  These rehearsals I still remember to this day.  All my friends, ones I still talk to, ones I used to talk to and ones I wonder about all used to come and sing.  We used to have so much fun during these rehearsals that it became something that will forever be embedded in my mind.

We presented and sung the song and everyone loved it.  I can’t remember if we were good or not.  All I remember is it lifted the spirits of everyone who was in the audience and set the tone and mood for the rest of the night.

Just a few weeks ago I remember I was in an HMV during one of my out of town trips and I came across this greatest hits album of Michael Jackson.  I looked at it and for some odd reason, I just had to have it.  For some reason I was drawn to it and knew that I had to buy it.  Later that night, as my friends and I were driving home, we put the CD on and begun to listen.  This urge to buy the CD was so great that I didn’t even check the back to see what songs there were.  And while I was driving, this song, Heal The World, came into my head.  I asked my friend if the album had the song and sure enough it did.

As the song played, all these memories flooded my mind of the rehearsals that one summer and how joyful a time it was.  The song itself is so beautifully written that it warms the heart when one listens to it.  I have never felt happiness to that degree  in such a while as I did that midnight driving home on the highway while that song played.

Heal The World by Michael Jackson will forever have a place in my heart as being that one inspirational song that literally shaped and defined that one summer when I was once a child.  If this song was not written, that particular summer would have just been another one lost in memory.

May Allah grant you Jannat.

I Am Back and I Moved!

September 6, 2008 4 comments

Greetings Strangers.

You may or may not have noticed that I have taken a break from blogging for the summer.  There are a few reasons for this.  The main reason is that I ended up moving from one house to another.  We built a house and after some delay we finally got possession about a month ago.  Before that we were busy doing renos for our old residence as we decided to put it up for rent and use it as a revenue property.  Getting that house ready for tenants was a lot of work I must say.  But yea…domestic duties have been keeping me occupied this summer and away from my precious blog.  School begins on Monday so I figured now is a perfect time to begin writing my blog once again.

This entry would not be complete without talking about the big move.  My family and I have been searching for a house for the last few years.  The only problem is that we began our search during the real estate boom in the city.  If we had bought a house early in the boom, we literally could have made something along the lines of anywhere between 100-200 thousand dollars.  But the only problem was every show home that we would visit would not have any lots to sell because they would be all out.  Then in the coming years, the prices of new houses got so expensive that we weren’t able to afford the house that we wanted.  The boom began to subside around last year.  And literally, this time last year my dad and I were driving around and decided to check out some show homes.  We went to this one builder and it turns out they were having a promotion on a house that was suited just right for our family.  We booked the house right there and then.  The odd thing was they didn’t have a show home for the house.  So literally all we had to go by was a rough outline that the builder had provided for us and some blue prints that they managed to give us.  You won’t believe this, the builders themselves didn’t know what the front of the house would look like as they hadn’t even designed it yet.  But by the grace of God, the house was built and it has turned out beautiful.

We have been busy for the last week or two trying to buy some furniture for the new place.  Mainly we were looking for sofas which we found.  We need some coffee tables and I am always on the lookout for decorating accessories.  I am starting to develop a good taste for interior design.  I actually picked out the entire colour scheme of the interior and exterior of the house when it was being built.  I am trying to go for that warm cozy feeling inside the house.  This involves a colour scheme with a lot of browns, light browns and earth tones in general.  I chose this scheme because for the most part, its always winter in the city.  Those browns and earth tones actually make me feel relaxed and cozy in the winter time.  Plus, they will surely fend off depression for my parents if it ever happens.  My whole philosophy behind it was that during the winter, one wants to feel good when they enter the house.  Hopefully, I will be able to achieve that look in a few months (decorating isn’t cheap!).

The area of the city we moved into is actually considered a higher end area.  Even though our house isn’t all that big (1800sq ft.) its a very sought after community.  The house itself has three bedrooms on top with a huge master ensuite complete with a shower and tub, a bonus room as well as another washroom for the top floor.  The main floor consists of a huge foyer, a living room/dining room and a family room.  We have a double garage as well.  Also, our basement is a walk out basement which is really cool.  The community itself has about a 120 acres of environmental reserve and so there are plenty of pathways to ride your bike and walk. 

Overall, I am really happy with the house.  To be perfectly honest, this is the first “nice” house that we have ever lived in so its kind of cool like that.  I feel like this new house is part of a new chapter in my life.  And with the new semester literally 36 hours away, I feel that this academic year is going to be filled with new and positive changes. 

*fingers crossed*