Please, Thank you and Happy Birthday

Aneesa:

There seems to be quite a few birthdays around this time of year. A few that struck me as important were my best friend Kerissa’s birthday, Buddha’s birthday and the upcoming birthday of this blog.

Firstly, happy belated birthday to my friend Kerissa who turned 23 (forgive me for posting your age online!). It was a privilege to be with you on your special day this year.

Being Muslim, I don’t know much about Buddha and Buddhism. What I do know is that Buddha’s Birthday is the biggest Buddhist holiday in Korea. Throughout South Korea, city streets and temples are decorated with lanterns for the week-long celebration. Lucky us, this year it fell on a Monday and we all got a long weekend. More about that in the next post.

Most importantly, today Faraaz and I returned from our respective long weekends away and found that in our absence the blog has reached over a 1000 hits! What… Really? I’m quite astonished because our little blog only turns one month old on Wednesday (30th May). When we started it, we never envisioned that we reach such a vast audience in all parts of the world. Thank you readers!

I know every time Facebook changes their layout, people complain for weeks on end. But in celebration of reaching 1000 views, I have revamped the blog layout for an easier, more user-friendly reading experience. Now you too can see how many hits we’ve had on the home page, search for information you require in the search bar and view our categories and archives easily.

Thanks for the support thus far friends, family and global audience. We are made of stories; our history, our future our present; an on going story of our journey and everyone’s journey. We write to make sense of our lives, to give meaning where there is none and to glean all the meaning we can from an inexplicable event. We write to make ourselves whole, to find the parts of us we have lost or never knew—like when we search for our genealogy—we need the story behind our life. It is flattering to know that there are people out there who want to read about our journey.

Now let me sift through my holiday photos and let Faraaz catch up on some much-needed sleep before we share our weekend stories with you.

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8 thoughts on “Please, Thank you and Happy Birthday

  1. Awesome blog guys. Really interesting visiting Korea thru’ your eyes. Feels like I am in Korea with you. Sounds like you are having a blast.

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