Category Archives: Positive and Cheerful

Beautiful Music That Touches My Soul

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I love these two tracks:

God Help the Outcasts (from The Hunchback of Notre Dame and sang by Bette Midler):

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What Do I Know of Holy? (by Addison Road):

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I am truly blessed for my faith and devotion in God and love for God and I hope that this grows as each day passes… And that it helps me to be a better, more compassionate and loving person with each passing day…

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Please note that I do not assert any rights over the copyright of the above music videos.  I do not own any such rights and do not intend to infringe on any copyright.  The copyright for each music video is owned by the respective owners.  Some of the owners (and further information) may be identified by going to the video on You Tube.

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I can’t see it, but I know its there…

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Photo of London sky with grey clouds with a quote

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Savouring Heavenly Chocolate on National Chocolate Week

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photo of billionaire shortcake chocolate and coffee and walnut milk chocolate

A friend and I recently decided to sign up for the most fabulous chocolate tasting club… one membership between us (if we had one membership each we would end up eating far too much chocolate!)… Its a flexible monthly membership with one box of the finest wonderfulness sent to us each month.  The first box arrived just in time for National Chocolate Week (running from 8th Oct to 14th Oct).

We decided to go for the milk chocolate collection because we both prefer the mellow and creamy taste of milk chocolate over the more deep and bitter taste of darker chocolate.  The free box of nibbles that were provided with the first box are already finished…  How could they not be?  Crunchy caramelised almonds and hazelnuts coated in delicious chocolate…

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When I opened the chocolate box I was greeted by the inviting and irresistible aroma.  Each beautiful and exquisitely crafted chocolate is testament to the care and attention to detail of these chocolatiers.  Indeed, an exquisite chocolate can and will engage all your senses, not only your taste buds.  Aesthetically, it will be a work of art.  Its aroma will fill the room.  You will hear that first satisfying bite.  Textures and tastes are an exciting paradise, just waiting to be explored and relished.  Beyond my five senses, even my mind was engaged by the wonderfully unusual creations hidden in the box!!!  “Salt and Pepper” chocolate… “Raspberry Mousse”…  This is after all, a chocolate tasting club!!! 

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I had never before tried raspberry chocolate… until now that is!  The “Raspberry Mousse” is described as being “made with plenty of white chocolate, cream and raspberry juice whipped together to make a refreshing mousse that’s brimming with rounded creamy notes cut through with the zing of raspberry.  Encased in a milk chocolate cup and finished with raspberry pieces for even more fruity explosions” (The Chocolate Tasting Club 2012).  As wonderful as this description is and the connotations it gives, as evocative and as sensual the description  is, the actual chocolate is better.  My words cannot do it justice, but I would describe eating this chocolate as a bite into a crisp, solid, chocolate shell, that releases a full and tangy but also creamy burst of fresh raspberries with cream onto my waiting taste buds, covering them so fully with the refreshing, sunny and satisfying taste of summer, before adding smooth chocolate with each subsequent bite.

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The “Whisky Truffle” was a bit too strong for me… I later read that its enough to “knock your socks off”!!!   Hmmm….

Another one I have to mention is the “Caramel Crunch” which is described as “a celebration of contrasting textures and complementary flavours with an utterly harmonious result.  Inside there’s a melt-away hazelnut praline made with a drop of caramel, which blends and mingles perfectly.  And outside comes the contrast in the shape of a whole roasted hazelnut for a bit of crunchy bite.  Enrobed in mellow milk chocolate” (The Chocolate Tasting Club 2012).  Its absolutely delicious and the contrasting textures completely held my attention, bringing intrigue, “fullness” and variety to the experience, defining it further.

Milk Chocolate Close up of billionaire shortcake coffee and walnut and raspberry mousse

There are still many more to go and i’m looking forward to trying the Billionaire’s Shortbread…  and i’m so curious about the “salt and pepper” chocolate!

How have you been celebrating chocolate this week?  If you haven’t done anything “chocolate-related” yet, don’t worry there are still four days to go!  How are you going to treat yourself this week?

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Its World Smile Day Today!

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So Smile  

And …

Perform an act of kindness and make someone else smile    

Who do you know who really needs to smile?

Who do you know who has been down lately?

Perform an act of kindness and make them smile  

If you want, leave a comment to let us know what you are up to…
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Seven MORE Songs From My Happy, Chirpy and Cheerful Playlist…

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Circle of Life…  How can we ever have a “happy and cheerful playlist” without this song?!!!

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Aane Char Aane…this ones from a Bollywood movie called “Lage Raho Munna Bhai”… I couldn’t find a version with English subtitles… but it really is a lovely movie and the context of this song essentially is:  A group of people in the later years of their life decide that they want to make the most of this last quarter of their life and live it to the fullest!!!  One of the guys finally marries his childhood sweetheart!  🙂  

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I’m Walking On Sunshine

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A Whole New World

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Put Your Records On

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Musu Musu Hasi…  this ones from a Bollywood movie… I couldn’t find a version with English subtitles… but it really is a lovely and cheerful song… The song is apparently based on a Nepalese song (the first line is in Nepalese, while the rest of the song is in Hindi) and the lyrics mean (beginning only):  Smile a little for me, smile a little for me, smile a little, smile a little, oh happiness, share your sadness with me and take happiness from me, I’ve become yours now and you’ve become mine, Smile a little for me, smile a little for me, smile a little, smile a little, oh happiness…. 

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Let There Be Love… I love Nat King Cole and this has to be one of my favourites…

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I really hope you loved these and they cheered you up, or if you were already cheerful, I hope they made you more cheerful  🙂  

If you want more, then check out:

https://keepingtheglasshalffull.com/2012/09/24/seven-songs-from-my-happy-chirpy-and-cheerful-playlist/

Please let me know what you think…  🙂 

Please note that I do not assert any rights over the copyright of the above music videos.  I do not own any such rights and do not intend to infringe on any copyright.  The copyright for each music video is owned by the respective owners.  Some of the owners (and further information) may be identified by going to the video on You Tube.

Seven songs from my happy, chirpy and cheerful playlist…

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Now I should “warn you” that I have an extremely long “happy, chirpy and cheerful playlist”… and these are only 7 songs from it… but I really hope you enjoy them and that they cheer you up or if you’re already cheerful, that they make you even more cheerful…  So be as silly as you want and don’t care less what others think  🙂

The Lion Sleeps Tonight…  this is soooo cute  🙂

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Thats How You Know…  this is soooo cute as well  🙂

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Aal Izz Well… this ones a bollywood song (with English subtitles) from the Movie “3 Idiots” (love the movie – one of my favourites)… just one bit of advice – please, please, please don’t watch the last 15 seconds (I want you to be cheered up, not sad)…and I know you’re all gonna watch it now ‘coz I told you not to, but don’t do that…

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One Love… (Bob Marley)

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Ek Pal Ka Jeena (meaning “we only live for a moment” or “life only lasts for a moment”)… this ones a bollywood song (with English subtitles) … love it, love it, love it  🙂

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I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing

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I’ve Had The Time of My Life

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I hope you enjoy them and please let me know what you think  🙂

Please note that I do not assert any rights over the copyright of the above music videos.  I do not own any such rights and do not intend to infringe on any copyright.  The copyright for each music video is owned by the respective owners.  Some of the owners (and further information) may be identified by going to the video on You Tube.

Hello world!

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Hey 

I’m Mira.  I’m on a personal journey to treasure, explore and relish the different facets of life: to stop where we normally rush past, to see where we never look, to reflect on the experiences that are collecting dust on the shelves of my memory, to venture to little known realms and savour unusual experiences, to inhale, exhale and live the diversity that is “life”.  Some of the things I will be blogging on include:

  • Unique and interesting experiences
  • Things in and around London
  • Real-life stories demonstrating acts of kindness and compassion
  • Real-life humorous stories
  • Overcoming obstacles

…plus more.

So lets raise a half-full glass to skipping through a life less ordinary!

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