Don’t forget your please and thank you!

Hey there! How’s everyone doing? Like I had said at the beginning of Summer I’ve been super busy being what I like to call a ‘grown-up’. It’s actually not too bad really. I’m getting used to everything slowly. I’m also, like I’ve said before enjoying Cisk and ice-cream as much as I can.

A few days ago a dear friend pointed out that I don’t post as often as I used to and when I told her that I don’t because I don’t have time to plan out fancy posts, she said something that shocked me. She pointed it out that I used to write all of these posts which were not planned, and she used to love them. That’s not what shocked me. What did was the fact that I used to love those posts. Heck, that’s what I used to love most about blogging…writing just because. I didn’t always have a reason to post.

I would for instance talk about my projects. This Summer I’m working on what I have called the ‘Thank You Project’. It’s not a project really, more like something I’ve taken up. I read somewhere that people are saying ‘thank you’ less and less. So I decided I would say thanks more often, to people I would usually not say it to. And it’s been such an amusing thing, so far. I said thank you to a worker at McDonald’s who had nothing to do with me, she did not take my order, she did not clear my table, she was just there on my way out. The look on her face when I said thanks was priceless. She was surprised then she smiled then she probably thought I was a weirdo.

Same thing happened at the Beer Festival last weekend. I ordered a pint (yes, of Cisk, of course) and this girl handed me my beer and said “Enjoy it!” so I replied “Oh thank you and you have a good rest of the evening” and again, she looked at me as though I had said that I’m Barack Obama’s daughter. She looked confused and just stared at me.

Now this is happening almost every time I do this which is only proving to me that we don’t say thank you enough. I used to work in retail and catering so I can understand why these people are surprised…because people have stopped saying thank you.

I remember as a little girl my mum used to always warm me before going to a party or someone’s house “And don’t forget your please and thank you”…I think we actually need to start printing that on T-shirts so people don’t forget.

Have a good week!
Claire x

PS Thanks for reading! ūüėČ

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Is-Soltu Storja!

For those who don’t know any Maltese, the title is an expression similar to ‘Same old, same old!

I’ve been thinking about this for a while now but recently I think it’s escalated and I had to write about it.

Let’s begin.

So if you go back a few years and check out my earliest posts (not sure if they’re on here as I used to use an older platform 4 years ago) you’ll probably find me posting about how limited Malta is, style-wise. I used to love going to London or Italy just because people there oozed style. I used to buy the craziest things from Oxford Street then come home and not be able to wear it.

Gladly, that’s changed. I can’t deny that we’re way more open minded (not enough, but anyway) and lots more stuff are accepted now.

But, and here’s where the expression comes in, Malta and the Maltese took it to the extreme, again. Is-soltu storja, insomma!

I’ve recently realised that there’s now a situation where from no sense of style, the Maltese have now become style obsessed to the point that everyone is once again looking the same, overly involved in fitting in. People want to be stylish now so we (I’ll use ‘we’ in the hopes of not sounding too harsh) open up all the blogs and online magazines we can see and dress accordingly. So the crop top is a ‘must-have’, right? So everyone’s wearing a crop top all day every day with anything and everything.

I love trends and I do follow trends, I must admit. But as a whole, we need to chill on the whole style thing. We can’t go back to how we were before, obviously, but I hope we don’t keep going in the same direction we’re heading or else we’ll end up looking like those people in futuristic movies. You know, the ones that look like robots where everyone’s wearing the same jumpsuit? Yeah, that’s where we’re headed!

A Bookworm’s Dilemma!

I’ve always been a bookworm. For as long as I can remember I’ve always loved reading, I always carried books with me wherever I went. I was the sort of kid that could spend hours, in Summer, curled up on the sofa reading. And although I’ve always been an avid reader, at 22, I’m still conflicted when it comes to watching movies based on books. I must admit, I always claim I won’t watch movies based on books because they leave out so much details I get so annoyed and end up in a bad mood which isn’t what I want when watchin a movie.

As The Fault in Our Stars¬†is everywhere right now, and having read the book last year, I’m still unsure whether I’ll watch the movie or not. From the trailer I can already sort of tell that they got it slightly wrong. The trailer made the story seem very similar to¬†A Walk to Remember,¬†which is not what I got out of reading the book.

But there have been cases where I’ve loved the movies as much as the book, even if in isolated cases. First that come to mind are the¬†Hunger Games¬†movies and¬†The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. The books were still better in general but I think these movies came quite close to the actual plot in the books.

Then there’s the movies I absolutely hate and refuse to watch because they are almost nothing like the books.¬†The¬†Harry Potter movies are one such example. All the Nicholas Sparks ones too. I was also disappointed with¬†The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo even though I read the book¬†after watching the movie. I won’t comment on¬†Twilight¬† because I believe they should have never made them into movies and just let them be the almost-good novels that they are. The classics like¬†Pride and Prejudice¬†for instance have had endless movie adaptations made, though I seem to not mind those as much.

There’s¬†Gone Girl¬†coming out soon, also based on a favourite book of mine. It stars Ben Affleck so I’m sure there’s going to be loads of hype around that. We’ll just have to wait and see.

What’s your take on books vs movies? Do you get annoyed as I do?¬†

Claire x