Creating a Radio Show

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Recently I mentioned how I’ve been asked to work in the radio station, it was something out of my comfort zone so I was nervous to accept it. Everyone was literally pushing me to go for it so I gave in and started working there as part time. I felt it’s a good opportunity for me to do something different and go out of my character for once, part of me was burned out from being the IT field for so long.

The producer contacted me few times to suggest songs to air, I didn’t know he was making me choose to play it live instantly. I said few and he sent me a picture that the songs are live at the moment.

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It was evening and I tuned my phone to the station frequency and heard my playlist being played and obviously freaked out. The producer later informed me that his boss wants us to create a show to be aired and I got so excited to work on this.

In the past week, I was working with this guy on this radio show. We were choosing the name of it, writing scripts and I created a playlist for the demo episode so we can record it and show the big guys.

So clearly the radio show was going to be about Rock music and it diverse from there to punk, soft and alternative. It was an interesting idea to them because they’ve never done something like this, basically the head of that department has that principle of “If it’s not broken, don’t fix it” that’s why they never thought of developing it.

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Everything is going well so far and hopefully I’ll have a date for my show to be aired, I’m very excited about this.

Here’s the second playlist if you are interested.

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Sleepless Nights

Sleeping … It’s a human activity I said goodbye to on the day I gave birth. I love being a mother, I honestly feel like I found my purpose in life when I look into my son’s eyes. At some point my son was sleeping perfectly throughout the night but sometimes wakes up and it wasn’t tiring for me because he sleeps fast when hug him and return him to his crib.

Lately he’s been waking up at 3 or 4 am and doesn’t sleep unless he’s on my arms, if I returned him to his bed he’ll wake up and cry till I hold him again. At some nights I would get too exhausted and make him sleep next to me, between me and my husband but it wouldn’t be comfortable with me so I would stay awake till it’s time to go to work. For two weeks I’ve been sleep deprived and always tired, I would sleep in the afternoon if I found someone to babysit my son.

Me and husband decided to break the sleep time rule and keep him awake till he’s tired and wants to sleep, and from there start teaching him to sleep on his own in his crib. It made me sad I’m not going to lie, I like hugging him to sleep.

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By night, I would let him watch few of his favorite shows till he tells me it’s sleep time and points at his milk bottle. In the first night, he was very upset that I left him in his crib to drink the bottle alone and not me holding him as usual. I had to come near him few times to show him I’m still here and I didn’t leave him. Now comes the hard part, trying to get him to sleep on his own. He cried and tried to hold me to get him off his crib, repeating my actual name. It was nerve-wrecking and I really wanted to cry with him, it was very hard hearing him cry that much and calling for me. Finally after an hour of trying, he slept but woke up at 4 am and wouldn’t return to sleep in his crib so I said I’ll let him sleep next to me because I felt he just wanted to be with me and obviously it’ll take time to teach him to sleep on his own.

The second night he was more understanding when I left him in his crib with his bottle, of course he took time to sleep on his own but didn’t cry as much as before. He slept throughout the night which is a great progress and I finally got my deserved sleeping hours. By the third and forth night, he was fine sleeping on his own and didn’t require me to be in the room with him anymore.

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This whole thing was mentally exhausting to me, he’s growing up too fast and it’s making me emotional.

Next step is potty training and it will definitely take a while …

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My Figure Collection

I don’t know how to start this post, I mean for me it doesn’t really sound like an original idea but I thought of sharing it. I like collecting figures but for some reason my collection consist of 90% Funko Pop ones but I like showing them off anyway so let’s start …

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Ezio Auditore Action Figure

The first item which I totally forgot to take an individual picture of, is my favorite character Ezio from Assassin’s Creed. This action figure was a birthday gift from my brother. I think he gave it to me 4 or 3 years ago and I didn’t open package because I like this preserved form.

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Elise De Laserre Figure

Another Assassin’s Creed figure, let me confess I was obsessed with that franchise so I bought plenty of items related to it, from shirts to wallets and keychains. Elise has a special place in my heart, I love her personality and I love how Assassin’s Creed Unity plays out in Templars against Assassins. I got this figure also as a birthday gift from a very close friend of mine who’s also a figure collector but his collection is way more beautiful than mine.

Ezio and Edward Funko Pop

By now you would pretty much understand my obsession with Assassin’s Creed. I got Ezio one as a free gift along with PS4 which my husband bought for me on our first day of being a married couple which was nice of him. Edward one was on sale actually and it was an offer of buying 3 Funko Pops for a certain amount of money, which was cheap so I got Edward along with these two below.

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Jesse from Breaking Bad Funko Pop and Cook Edition

I got these two along with Edward as I mentioned earlier. I love Breaking Bad series, it’s one of my favorites and obviously I’ve been recommending it to everyone I know.

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Soot Sprite in Miniture Bottle

Okay I wouldn’t consider this as a ‘figure’ but it’s related to my geeky side, I’ll let it slide in this post. I love Ghibli Movies and mostly Spirited Away and Howl’s Moving Castle so these cute soot balls grabbed my attention and I had to keep one with me, I promise I don’t shake it. I don’t remember from where I got it, I remember it’s somewhere online but you’ll probably find plenty of variations of this on Etsy.

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Dancing Groot Funko Pop

I’m not exactly a fan of superhero movies but Guardians of The Galaxy .. I like it because of Groot honestly. I bought this with few games I got for my Nintendo 3DS and I remember it was the last one left, I was so excited when I got it because it’s super adorable and it’s a bobble head so EXTRA cute.

DobbyHermione and Gus Funko Pop

I got all these three from OwlCrate, Dobby from the Good Vs Evil box, Hermione from Epic box and Gus from Royalty box. Hermione and Gus are both minis from mystery boxes and they are super adorable, as for Dobby he looks so cute holding the socks.

Lara Croft and Adam Jenson Figures

I got those two from Loot Gaming when I was subscribed last year on July and August. I like the fact that they are exclusive so I feel special having them.

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Overwatch Reaper Funko Pop

Also got it from Loot Gaming even though I’m not exactly an Overwatch fan but it’s a nice addition to my collection.

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Deadpool Chibi Figure

I’ve seen this figure in an Instagram story on an account that sells gaming and anime items, and I instantly asked a friend of mine to get it for me because I LOVE Deadpool so this figure is one of my favorites.

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Hermione Funko Pop

I got this one from LootCrate’s Wizarding World which I didn’t post about but it had some awesome stuff along with this figure, my problem was it’s a bit expensive so I cancelled after getting my first box.

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Sora Bobblehead Figure

I got this figure as a birthday gift from my friends back in college when they threw me this amazing surprise party which we got in trouble for because apparently they stole tables from classrooms to prepare for the whole thing. I love this figure because it reminds me of that day and makes me appreciate having such friends.

Pagan Min Double Sided Figure

I got this figure also as a birthday gift from my brother along with the game itself. Since it’s double sided I was having hard time to position it in a way to be seen from both sides but it’s a cool figure and I like the details in it.

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Okamiden Figure

I got this on Loot Gaming as well and it’s probably the heaviest one compared to the smaller figures I have. Quite detailed and I like it.

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Ryuk Figure

Finally my latest addition and definitely my favorite figure, Shinigami Ryuk from Death Note and I’m in love with it. I recently watched the Death Note movie and … Let’s not talk about it again because it makes me mad but anyway I got this figure as a gift from a friend who knows how invested I am in Death Note.

I’m definitely planning on growing this collection and having a decent shelf to show them off, I would love to see your collection so please comment and let me know if you posted something similar. I hope you enjoyed this post and as always have a great day.

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The Time I Got Asked to Host a Radio Show

This might come out as a shocking post to the people who know me because this is totally out of my character.

I’ve been inconsistent in posting in the past 2 months as I mentioned before because of my work and recently I finally finished this project so this event happened during that time. We were updating all computers within the firm to Windows 10 and that took awhile since we had over 800 machines to work on, anyway this happened when I was working in the English Radio department.

As you may or may not know, I work in the Public Authority for Radio and TV so I work around studios and radio booths as everything related to this form of media goes through. I was working in the English Radio department as I mentioned and while I was working, there was an employee walking around helping me by opening the offices in that department so I can finish upgrading the computers faster by working on multiple machines at the same time. I’m a friendly person, I like getting to know people so I decided to start a conversation with this person and as the conversation went by, I asked him who chooses the songs for the radio.

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The guy told me about two employees who chooses the songs and also hosts the radio shows they air regularly and they both aren’t Omanis, so the guy was amused in my interest in music and he said “Why don’t you create a playlist for us of 60 minutes” and honestly my eyes lit up from excitement.

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If you know me, I’m addicted to music so I was REALLY happy when he asked me. I instantly agreed and we exchanged numbers so he can contact me later for the details and all because it’ll be like a part-time job for me. Later on he made me meet the managers and they asked me to speak to them in English so I did, they were impressed and all the sudden asked me to create a playlist and host a radio show with these tracks.

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Obviously I freaked out because one of my fears is public speaking, I don’t know how many times I tried to escape presentations in college since I get nervous I sweat and talk too fast and I start shaking. Then they said they ALSO want me to read the news on the radio as well because apparently I have a good voice and accent for it, which made me MORE scared. They tried to calm me down by saying we’ll help you to develop that side of you, we really like supporting such talents and we believe you’ll do great with us.

And here I am now, confused about this whole thing because it’s out of my comfort zone. I really want to do it because of that reason actually, it’ll definitely build my confidence and also strengthen my character. Hopefully I’m going to start by creating playlists and we’ll see what happens from there.

Thanks for reading and have a great day.

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OwlCrate – Something Wicked This Way Comes

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I’ve been scheduling posts in the past week as I’m writing this on last two days of August, I really missed blogging like this. I was busy in the past two months working on a project at my work place and because of that I didn’t have time to focus on my blog as before so my posting times were a bit inconsistent, I’m planning to get right back to a posting schedule and hopefully commit to it. Anyway to the main point of this post, OwlCrate my favorite subscription box. This month the theme was quite interesting and I was hoping it would be as good as Darkness box.

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Dark Arts Roast by Happenstance Coffee

I think this is the first time OwlCrate sends coffee in their boxes and let me just take my time to admire the packaging. I’m a Harry Potter fan so this definitely excited me, it’s a medium blend roast of orange, almond and dark chocolate. I posted on my Snapchat about it and a friend almost begged me for it so I gave it to him.

Ooly Fountain Pen

My handwriting is bad and according to my mother “Like a chicken passing on a paper” because it’s too tiny, well as long as I can understand my own handwriting I should be fine, right ? Anyway I can’t wait to start writing with this and hopefully don’t stain my hands with ink since I’m quite a clumsy person.

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Edgar Allen Poe Socks by Out of Print

Let me just say that I love Edgar Allen Poe because my first reading experience was his story The Tell-Tale Heart when I was in the third grade. These socks are hilariously creepy in my opinion and I love them.

Six of Crows inspired bookmark from Treehouse of Books

I love getting those bookmarks specially ones that include a quote from a great book, this bookmark is double sided and I really loved how detailed the feathers are.

This Savage Song inspired sticker from Evie Bookish

I really enjoyed This Savage Song, it’s one of my favorite books in fact so I was so happy seeing this sticker. It’s so pretty and I still don’t know where to put it, I was thinking somewhere at my office or my laptop. Also anything from Evie Bookish is amazing, period.

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Sleepy Hollow and other short stories by Washington Irving 

My eyes lit up when I saw this book, I love Sleepy Hollow. I’ve watched the movie and I was planning to start watching the series that recently ended, so this made me so happy to see this book in the box and I absolutely love the cover.

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As usual the book came with a signed bookplate which looks really cute, also a handwritten letter from the author.

Now finally book of the month …

The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jone

When Dee Moreno makes a deal with a devil–her heart in exchange for an escape from a disastrous home life–she finds her trade may be more than she bargained for. And becoming “heartless” is only the beginning. What lies ahead is a nightmare far bigger, far more monstrous than anything she ever could have imagined.

With reality turned on its head, Dee has only a group of other deal-making teens to keep her grounded, including the charming but secretive James Lancer. And as something like love grows between them amidst an otherworldly ordeal, Dee begins to wonder: can she give James her heart when it’s no longer hers to give?

The Hearts We Sold is a Faustian tale for the modern age that will steal your heart and break it, and leave you begging for more.

This is a very interesting summary and somehow reminded me of Kingdom Hearts for some reason, probably from the Hearts mention. It sounds very interesting and I can’t wait to start reading it.

Overall, I loved this box. Everything in it fits perfectly with the theme and I love every item, obviously Sleepy Hollow book mostly. Hope you enjoyed this post and have a great day.

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Games to Revisit in September

I’ve been into narrative games lately, ever since I tried The Stanely Parable. From there I discovered The Vanishing of Ethan Carter and The Beginner’s Guide which are both great games, and that’s why I chose this game for September …

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What Remains of Edith Finch is a collection of short stories about a cursed family in Washington State.

Each story offers a chance to experience the life of a different family member with stories ranging from the early 1900s to the present day. The gameplay and tone of the stories are as varied as the family members themselves. The only constants are that each is played from a first-person perspective and that each story ends with that family member’s death. It’s a game about what it feels like to be humbled and astonished by the vast and unknowable world around us.

You’ll follow Edith Finch as she explores the history of her family and tries to figure out why she’s the last Finch left alive.

First let me say, this game blew my mind. The narrative of the every story the player goes through is very creative and imaginative, the voice actress who tells the stories makes the experience very immersive as it shows that she’s vulnerable which really grabbed my attention.

Every story is unique and the way its’ portrayed gives a personality to every family member each story about. To be honest I did get emotional at some stories because I felt very immersed, but you would definitely go through a rollercoaster of emotions. Beautiful graphics and it’s definitely not just a walking simulator as some would say. It’s released on Steam, PS4 and XBOX, so you have no excuse you HAVE to try it.

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The Mystery Blogger Award #2

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I’ve been nominated again Lise, if only we were in the same country she would be my bestie ❤

Rules:

  • Put the award logo/image on your blog.
  • List the rules.
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link.
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself and answer the questions you were given.
  • Share a link to your best post(s)
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice.
  • Nominate 10 – 20 people.
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog.

This award was created by Okoto Enigma and it was created for the purpose of bringing bloggers together and allowing them to communicate which I think is really fun and a great idea.

3 Things About Me: 

  • I act stupid sometimes because I don’t want to explain something to someone
  • I did a Lasik Eyesight Correction surgery when I was 19 but recently my vision began degrading so I’m back on glasses again
  • I’m too obsessed with Sushi

Questions from Lise:

  1. What would be the title of your autobiography?
    A mother with a gamer parenting skills
  2. Is there an album you feel like totally represents you?
    Eternity ∞ – Eternity
    Jade Valerie – Bittersweet Symphony

    This was a tough choice for me because for the longest time I chose Jade album by Sweetbox as I related to the songs more than any other album but listening to it now, I feel like I grew out of that phase. That’s why I chose those two albums that both were sung by the same artist Jade Villalon who’s been my favorite artist since I was in school.

  3. Is there a movie franchise (or just a single movie) you would love to be in?
    I’m not exactly an avid movie buff but I would choose Harry Potter since it’s my favorite movie franchise, I would LOVE to live my life in that wizarding universe.
  4. If you had the chance to see yourself from someone else’s perspective, would you do it?
    No, I’m very critical when it comes to myself. Maybe that’s why I’m very insecure so I feel it’ll make me worst if I did.
  5. Have you ever thought about owning an exotic pet?
    Yes a Sugar Glider, they look so cute and adorable.

My Best Posts:

I don’t know how do you categorize posts as best so I chose these three posts as they got most views.

My Questions for you:

  1. Do you always smile for pictures?
  2. How many languages can you speak?
  3. What is your Song of the week?
  4. Do you eat fries with a fork?
  5. Tea or coffee?

My Nominees:

  1. Halsdoll
  2. kingdommysiren
  3. Karalee
  4. BrookeClarke
  5. ExoticNoor
  6. Michala
  7. Maggie Simple Life
  8. Lulu Luvs Makeup
  9. Vahrkalla
  10. dailylife330

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