“It is said that those in the far places of the east, where the sun lives at night, lead lives of quiet and peaceful inquiry, simple laborers and scholars who have no need of war. That these people exist in a near poetic harmony, for all aggressors fear to attract the wrath of the mighty guardians who protect them.”
    ―   Jay Valdez  

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My new attitude to travel is to skip the iconic – and I thank my father for that
A lot of travel can be about pretending to like monuments and sights that you don’t really enjoy, but my father, the reluctant traveller, has shown me that what matters is only doing the things you are genuinely interested in
By Shahnaz Habib

As I grow older, I hope to become more like my father, who caused much amusement by firmly declining a ride by the White House when we went to Washington DC to visit my in-laws. “It’s the White House,” my mother-in-law said to me. “Anyone would want to go.”

Anyone except my father. Over the years of saying no to other people’s adventures, he has retained his triangularity in a world of round pegs with well-rounded to-do lists. He loved what he loved – the bridges of New York, the Halal street food vendors, the ferry to Staten Island – not because they were iconic but because they pierced his indifference.

This is Nomi, my friend’s progens’ firstborn! He’s so pretty! This accent looks fantastic on him~

This is my third dragon like this–the firstborn from a friend’s progens’ first nest! They keep offering their firstborn dragons and I just can’t say no, they’re so special <3

Q&A with Juliette Binoche
  • Q:When were you happiest?
  • A:Now.
  • Q:What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
  • A:When I catch myself judging.
  • Q:What is your most treasured possession?
  • A:I don't 'possess' my trees, but I love my garden.
  • Q:What would your super power be?
  • A:Silence.
  • Q:What is your favourite smell?
  • A:Roses.
  • Q:What is your favourite word?
  • A:Reconciliation.
  • Q:What does love feel like?
  • A:The path.
  • Q:What was the best kiss of your life?
  • A:When you become one.
  • Q:What has been your biggest disappointment?
  • A:That I wasn't able to share my life with someone.
  • Q:If you could go back in time, where would you go?
  • A:There's no way back, I learned that very quickly, that's why the present is so important to me.
  • Q:How do you relax?
  • A:Closing my eyes.
  • Q:What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
  • A:To move forward while letting yourself be carried.
  • Q:Where would you most like to be right now?
  • A:There's no escape.

I play this game called Flight Rising and I decided to make a human (well, sort of) version of my first dragon, Sanguis.  I’m a water element but I couldn’t resist adding some shiny magic.  Please click for full view!