6 Reasons Why Braces Suck

Ugh. My teeth are killing me. On March 7, approximately almost at the beginning of the month, I got my braces. And it’s caused a lot of changes in my life, and not just my mouth.

  1. No More Biting Apples For This Princess.

Yes, that’s right. I won’t be able to pretend play Disney Princess Snow White biting a poisoned apple. Unless they’re apple slices. But ain’t nobody got time to peel the skin and slice ’em up. Oh, and no more gum, popcorn, and pretty much the rest of the delicious foods out there.

     2. The Brushing and Flossing Craziness.

Yes you’re right, with braces, you brush and floss after every meal. Yes, I’ll repeat that. EVERY. MEAL. If you don’t have a brush near you, them rinse your mouth with some cool and refreshing bathroom sink water.

    3.  The Food That’s Stuck In Between You Braces That You Spend Hours Getting Out Even When You Could’ve Used A Toothpick.
I think tile says it all. Don’t you?
   4. When The Braces Start Slicing The Inside Of Your Mouth.
Okay, but for real, it hurts. The wires of your braces rub against your skin.That’s why we have dental wax. Such a mouthsaver. I mean lifesaver.
  5. The Deceiving Dentist
The dentist always tells us,”It’ll hurt the first few days, but after that you should be fine.” Yeah right, more like first few weeks. My front teeth are still having trouble biting.

 6.   Loose Teeth

This was more of a scare. I wake up on a normal morning, and when I bite down, my back tooth seemed loose. I did what any other normal person would do, yeah that’s right, freak out, then look it up on Yahoo Answers. Turns out it’s because I’ve been grinding my teeth together at night. Just what I needed, another problem.
Thank you so much for reading!! Until next time! ❤ Asalamualykum.

Why I Homeschool

   

Before I say anything I just wanted to apologize from the bottom of my heart to the top, for missing a week of blogging. It was truly a busy week for me and I could not find the precious time to sit down and blog. You may be asking what I was busy with, it’s not like I’m in college, or about to give my SAT. Well, I’ve been studying studying studying studying studying studying studying, or also known as a student dying. Nevertheless, I’m glad to say I’m back. ❤️☺️
Now, I want to say that I have been to private and public schools. And now homeschooling. I’ve pretty much done it all. 😜 

Although I’ve only been homeschooled for a few months, I am loving it. On the contrary, it was (and still is) very hard for my extended family to accept the fact I am now homeschooled. My grandparents, don’t seem to understand at all. They say school is for school and the home is for home and that you can never mix those two. What they fail to understand is that I am no longer living in the United States. The nearest American school happens to be an hour away, and two hours with the traffic. Women cannot drive, and having to sit in the back seat, while a man drives for you, makes me feel very uncomfortable. After saying all of this I just wanted to say that I did indeed go to school in Saudi Arabia. For a week. 

I begged my parents to withdraw me from that school. Having to drive two hours in the morning and two hours back, while sitting in the back of the car with a man you barely knew, would no longer work. It was now that my mother and father started looking for solutions. Several of the families living here suggested homeschooling is the best way to receive my education. One of the radiologists working at my fathers hospital gave us the number to a woman who lived not too far from us, and was also homeschooling her children. We immediately got in touch and went over to this woman’s house and she provided me with all the information I would need. 

Flash forward to a month later, and I’m homeschooling. The first few weeks were hard. Getting into the routine of waking up going to sleep on time and finishing all of my schoolwork without turning the television on. They have not sent it directly to me but I can tell that my aunts and uncles also view homeschooling negatively. But it’s my choice, and my life. Not theirs. 
Through homeschooling I have now started a blog (been wanting to start one for years), made friends all over the world (Jordan, UAE, Canada, you just name!), have more time to focus on the things that mattered such as family and religion, and even have some spare time to learn Arabic. 
Homeschooling is not bad at all, as other people had informed me, in fact I think moving to this new amazing country has only expanded my knowledge of the world. 🙇

Lastly, to all those out there who are thinking of homeschooling, I would recommend to go for it. You never know, it could be for you! ❤️

Fun Fact: I am using the SAME homeschooling program President Barack Obama used while he was living in Indonesia! This was primarily the reason why I decided to choose the homeschooling program I am using. After all, I do want to be the president. 🇺🇸

 

Ayesha In Bahrain! 🇧🇭

Asalamualykum all, or, to translate, May Peace Be Upon You! Muslim or not, we all deserve some peace in our lives. 😛

On Friday, 3 AM, we began our six hour drive. Where? To Bahrain of course! This was a much anticipated vacation so no time was wasted.  

You must know that Bahrain is an island. Well..uh..how do you drive to an island you may be asking? You simply just cross over a 16 mile long bridge, called the King Fahd Causeway. And let me just say by far, this bridge is ten times better than the Golden Gate Bridge! It’s amazing, or amaze, as Barbie would say. 😀

First thing on our list? Go to IHOP (International House of Pancakes) for breakfast. The last time I had been to IHOP was way back in the USA, which was basically months ago. I was especially excited that I could now eat the bacon and meat choices! I was able to discover why so many people LOVE (<3) bacon. It is delicious! And eating them with crispy waffles and cinnamon glazed apples makes me want it everyday. 😉

Our hotel room was located right on the corner of the mall, which was very convenient. And expensive…😱

As we were strolling around in the mall, I noticed nearly 75% of the people within the mall, were either from the West, or Europe. Suddenly I wasn’t confused by the crazy fast Arabic being spoken around me because frankly, it was all English! I was able to connect with people for the first time in months without having to degrade my English accent. I felt like I was, at home, without the plane ride. <3😊

You may not know this (or may) but movie theaters are completely BANNED in Saudi Arabia, so we did not waste this opportunity to watch some movies. I was finally able to see the new Star Wars movie and find out why it was such a hit. Without watching any Star Wars movie before in my life, this was….confusing. But at the same time, enjoyable.

Due to the ice freezing weather, we were sadly not able to visit the beach, but I could see it from the corner of my hotel window, looking beautiful, as always.

Bahrain may be more Westernized than the West itself! Knowing that such a free country, where movie theaters are allowed, and women can drive, is located next to one with the complete opposite rules, truly showed me just how different our world can be.

But seriously, even though Bahrain was paradise in the middle of the sea, I prefer Saudi Arabia. ❤

The 100 Questions Tag!

Hello all! Asalamualykum, or, may peace be upon you! I was recently tagged by one of my close friend (:))to do this. So let’s get started but before that, please check out my friends blog https://mostlymariacom.wordpress.com!!

  1. Do you sleep with your closet doors opened, or closed? Closed.
  2. Do you take the shampoo and conditioner bottles from hotels? Always!
  3. Do you sleep with your sheets tucked in our out? Out!
  4. Have you stolen a street sign before? No…?
  5. Do you like to use post-it notes? Not too much.
  6. Do you cut coupons out and never use them? No, that’s my mom.
  7. Would you rather be attacked my a big bear, or a swarm of bees? Bear. Definitely bear. I could easily out run it. 😛
  8. Do you have freckles? Nope, but I have dimples if that counts. (I know it doesn’t)
  9. Do you always smile for pictures? I don’t take many pictures but when I do, I smile 😀
  10. What is your biggest pet peeve? Scraping your nails against paper.
  11. Do you ever count your steps when you walk? Nope.
  12. Have you ever peed in the woods? Never! That’s way too gross for me!
  13. Have you ever pooped in the woods? Refer to the answer to question 12.
  14. Do you ever dance even if there is no music playing? Yup.
  15. Do you chew your pens and pencils? No, I just bite them when I’m frustrated.
  16. How many people have you slept with this past week? Just myself. 🙂
  17. What size is your bed? It’s a twin, although it used to be a queen.
  18. What is your song of the week? I don’t listen to music.
  19. Is it OK for guys to wear pink? For Breast Cancer awareness? Yes.
  20. Do you still watch cartoons? Of course!
  21. What is your least favorite movie? The Last Airbender!!
  22.  Where would you hide buried treasure if you had some? No where, I would share!
  23. What do you drink with dinner? Water always!
  24. What do you dip a chicken nugget in? Ketchup and ranch.
  25. What is your favorite food? Anything that is halal. 🙂
  26. What movie(s) could you watch over and over again and never get tired of it? The Lion King, and Muhammad: The Last Prophet!
  27. Last person you kissed/ kissed you? My younger sister. ❤
  28. Were you ever a girl/boy scout? Yes I was!
  29. Would you pose inappropriately for a magazine? Never.
  30. When was the last time you wrote a letter to someone on paper? Years ago.
  31. Can you change the oil on a car? No. 😦
  32. Ever gotten a speeding ticket? No.
  33. Ever run out of gas? Look, I don’t even have a license!
  34. What’s your favorite kind of sandwich? Grilled cheese, tuna, basically any kind as long as the bread is white.
  35. Best thing to eat for breakfast? Waffles from IHOP! ❤ ❤
  36. What is your usual bedtime? Midnight or 11:00 PM.
  37. Are you lazy? Well, it depends…of course I am!
  38. When you were a kid, what did you dress up as for Halloween? My family doesn’t celebrate Halloween.
  39. What is your Chinese astrological sign? I actually don’t know…
  40. How many languages can you speak? Three.
  41. Do you have any magazine subscriptions? Nope.
  42. Which are better, Legos or Lincoln Logs? I guess Legos. What are Lincoln Logs?
  43. Are you stubborn? Nah, I wouldn’t say.
  44. Who is better, Leno or Letterman? Who?
  45. Ever watch soap operas? No, too boring.
  46. Are you afraid of heights? No.
  47. Do you sing in the car? Sometimes.
  48. Do you sing in the shower? Never!
  49. Do you dance in the car? I’m not even sure how you do that.
  50. Ever used a gun? Long time ago, but I’m sure it wasn’t real.
  51. Last time you got a picture taken by a photographer? Last year, when I went to an actual school.
  52. Do you think musicals are cheesy? Yeah…
  53. Is Christmas stressful? I wouldn’t know, I don’t celebrate Christmas, I celebrate Eid!!
  54. Ever eaten a pierogi? No.
  55. Favorite typed of fruit pie?  American apple pie!
  56. Occupations you wanted to be when you were a kid? Firefighter.
  57. Do you believe in ghosts? No.
  58. Ever have a Deja-Vu feeling?  Yes!
  59. Do you take vitamins daily? No.
  60. Do you wear slippers? Nope.
  61. Do you wear a bath robe? Nope.
  62. What do you wear to bed? Just pajamas.
  63. What was your first concert? Never been to one.
  64. Wal-Mart, Target, or Kmart? I always loved Target because they gave us free cookies!!
  65. Nike or Adidas? None.
  66. Cheetos or Fritos? Cheetos!
  67. Peanuts or sunflower seeds? Peanuts!
  68. Ever heard of the group Tres Bien? Nope.
  69. Ever taken dance lessons? Nope.
  70. Is there a profession you picture your future spouse doing? Doctor.
  71. Can you curl your tongue? Yes I can!
  72. Ever won a spelling bee? Yes!
  73. Have you ever cried because you were so happy? No.
  74. Own any record albums? Nope.
  75. Own a record player? Nope.
  76. Do you regularly burn incense? No.
  77. Ever been in love? No.
  78. Who would you like to see in concert? Like I said, I don’t listen to music.
  79. What was the last concert you saw? None.
  80. Hot tea or cold tea? Tea gives me headaches.
  81. Tea or coffee? I don’t like either…
  82. Sugar cookies or snicker doodles? Sugar cookies!
  83. Can you swim well? Yes!
  84. Can you hold your breath without holding your nose? Of course!
  85. Are you patient? I try to be.
  86. DJ or band at a wedding? None.
  87. Ever won a contest? Yes! A $25 gift card!
  88. Have you ever had plastic surgery? No, I am fine the way I am.
  89. Which are better black or green olives? Black.
  90. Can you knit or crochet? Yes, I can knit.
  91. Best room for a fireplace? My room!
  92. Do you want to get married? Yes!
  93. If married how long have you been married? I’m not married.
  94. Who was your high school crush? I’m not in high school yet…
  95. Do you cry and throw a fit until you get your own way? Nuh uh!
  96. Do you have kids? Nope.
  97. Do you want kids? Yup!!
  98. What is your favorite color? Blue, red, pink, pretty much every color. 😛
  99. Do you miss anyone right now? My friends in the USA.
  100. Who should answer these questions next? Anyone reading this!

Hopefully you enjoyed! See you next time!

25 Things You Should Know About Me 

Hello all! Asalamualykum! Can you guess what day it is? That’s right! MONDAY! Which means you can be expecting an amazing new post from yours truly, me! 😏

Today, I decided that I wanted to share with you guys, twenty-five facts about myself. I apologize for not having an exciting post you may have been expecting, but this week I was traveling and I am gong to share my traveling experience with you next week. Stay anticipated!!

Now let’s get on with the facts 👉

  1. I have been a Muslim since birth. ❤
  2. My family comes from Pakistan.🇵🇰
  3. I’ve lived in Cleveland, OH, Mayfield, OH, Bartlett, IL, Streamwood, IL, Needham, MA, and lastly, Colombia, MO.
  4. I currently live in Saudi Arabia.🇸🇦
  5. I’m the eldest of my three siblings who are aged 11, 9, and 4.
  6. I’m homeschooling eighth grade.
  7. I skipped seventh grade.
  8. I do not have a phone. Yet. 😛
  9. I have not made any friends in Saudi Arabia.
  10. My favorite colors are always changing, however they usually tend to be blue, pink, and red.
  11. I hope to be a doctor, philanthropist, author, professional writer, a politician, and make my way up to the president. 😄
  12. I’m 5 feet and 2 inches.
  13. I love taking part in debates and public speaking.
  14. I can swim and love diving into deep waters.
  15. I can read and write Arabic, except I do not know what I am reading or writing. I can understand Urdu, but I do not know how to read or write Urdu. 😎
  16. My favorite Disney movie is The Lion King. 😍
  17. I absolutely love traveling! My family is the traveling kind!
  18. Some of my closest friends are back from kindergarten! Yes, we’ve kept in touch!
  19. I do not listen to music at all (!) and I am not interested in Hollywood or Bollywood.
  20. I do not have ANY social media because I find it a waste of time. 😁
  21. I don’t like watching television or playing video games as opposed to my siblings.
  22. I despise junk food and have never enjoyed soda or chips. I only eat chocolate occasionally.
  23. I have high hopes that I get into a well-known college, in sha allah! 🙏
  24. They say an apple a day keeps the doctor away. Both my parents are doctors….
  25. By the end of my blogging experience, I hope to be some one special and phenomenon in this world! 🌎❤️

Thank you so much for reading those unusual facts about me. I hope to see you soon! Don’t forget to like, comment, and share! See you soon! 👋💕

 

 

Must Read📖- The Pearl

Asalamualykum! Hello all! How is everyone doing? I would love to know!

It’s Monday! Which here means I need to update my recent posts! I have for you today a breathtaking short story because I understand not many people have time to read a full lengthy novel. 

The story is called, The Pearl, written by the American author John Steinbeck, who also happens to have won the The Nobel Prize in Literature, 1962.

The Pearl, is a novella. An Italian word which here means “a short novel.” Makes sense, as the novella itself is just ninety ( B| ) pages long. However, the story just isn’t short, it is a parable. There is a meaning behind it all, and it’s up to you to figure it out! Wondering how long it took me to finish reading the book? I was able to finish The Pearl in a mere two days, reading about an hour and a half each day. 

Here is the synopsis, but I must admit, it is much too humble.

“There it lay, the great pearl, perfect as the moon.”
 
Like his father and grandfather before him, Kino is a poor diver, gathering pearls from the gulf beds that once brought great wealth to the Kings of Spain and now provide Kino, Juana, and their infant son with meager subsistence. Then, on a day like any other, Kino emerges from the sea with a pearl as large as a sea gull’s egg, as “perfect as the moon.” With the pearl comes hope, the promise of comfort and of security….

A story of classic simplicity, based on a Mexican folk tale, The Pearl explores the secrets of man’s nature, the darkest depths of evil, and the luminous possibilities of love.

The story itself uses numerous kinds of literary devices, including similes, metaphors, foreshadowing, personification, and symbolism. You can imagine the story is far more interesting than what it says on the back cover.

Interesting? Want to read it right now? No worries. There are tons of PDF files scattered over the internet of the (full) parable.  😄 So… what are you waiting for? Go! And let me know down below how it was, or if you are planning on reading it!

Much ❤ 

 

First Blog Post of the Year 😍

A new year! So what better way to start fresh with a new blog? ❄️ ☃️ ❄️

Welcome to my blog! I hope you’re having a fantastic day, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart, for taking the time to read this. It truly means a lot to me! ❤️ ❤️ ❤️

My name is Ayesha Malick. I was born in Mayfield, Ohio, on December 30, or, the very end of the year.

My life has been a constant travel. From the time I was just a year old, I have moved a grand total of  six times, with five of those moves within the United States of America. This summer, my life took an unexpected twist, and I wound up living in my new home, here in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. ✈️

Here, life is a bit different. Or maybe a lot different. And I know everyone reading this is wondering how living an Arab lifestyle is, from a girl raised in the USA. Well, it sure is interesting! Stay anticipated for a blog post all about my time getting used to foreign customs and lifestyle.

I got to a school called Calvert Home Schooling, or in other words, home schooling. I didn’t really like the schools here, so after two weeks of the private schools, I left, and started home schooling. It is my first year ever, and I would love to tell you guys all about it!

If you have read this far, I would like to thank you once again. Thank you. I can’t wait for this thing to get up and running. Feel free to explore my blog (even if there isn’t really much to explore). New blogs will be up every Monday for now, and I can talk and discuss about anything, from makeup to DIYs to my daily life! Doesn’t that sound exciting! So click that follow button and don’t miss a second! ☺️ ❤️ ☺️