Last month, I was invited to attend this year’s Young Muslim Writer’s Award. This is my fourth year attending, and my second attempt at vlogging the event. I really enjoy filming and editing but I get really anxious doing stuff publicly which is why last year’s vlog was voiceless but this year, I decided to bite the bullet and record a short voiceover as well. It was quite daunting, and I feel like I stumble over my words a lot but this was a big step for me. Especially since I don’t like listening to my voice 😂
If you don’t know what #YMWA2019 is, it’s annual award ceremony to showcase and celebrate young literary talent within the UK’s Muslim community. A Muslim Hands project in association with the Institute of English studies and the School of Advanced Study (University of London).
I absolutely love going each year and celebrating the nominees and winners of each category each year. The first time I attended, I actually brought my younger cousin as a guest, and she was inspired to actually submit her own pieces every year after.
Anyway, this is a small head-up about the vlog (?) I made about the event. I hope you enjoy my shaky voice and hopefully, this is a step forward to making more visual content because I absolutely love filming and editing videos. I hope that once I graduate I can make more videos. For now, enjoy the video!
Just over two years ago Nintendo released The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (BotW) on the Nintendo Wii U and the Nintendo Switch. And almost five months ago, I bought the Switch version and fell in love. Please note: This post will have spoilers from throughout the game.
Growing up, I wasn’t allowed to play games. The closest game I could play as a kid was The Sims. And even then, my parents hated that I spent so much time on it. My older brother, on the other hand, has grown up with the privilege of being the first son and that meant he was allowed to play whatever he wanted. And that meant excluding us, the younger siblings, from playing anything because it would cut into his game time. So, my experiences of games as a child was always through the view of a bystander.
I had watched my brother play most of the Zelda franchise and when I grew out of being the bystander, I turned to YouTubers who would post their walkthroughs online. When we had first bought Breath of the Wild (BotW), it was on the Wii U. I remember being captivated by getting to experience a Zelda game for myself, with me in control and not someone else.
But then school came first, I couldn’t play much and by the time, I got around to picking it up, my brothers had decided to sell all our Wii U games in order to buy the Switch. I had, of course, played games on the Switch but most of them were either shooting or platform games. It wasn’t until last year December that I came across a BotW video and I realised that I had to play it again. Now that I’m older, and with a job, playing games is a little easier now. Sure, my mum would cuss me out for spending money on games, but I didn’t care. So, I bought it and I cannot explain how captivated I was by the game. Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against platform or shooter games, but it just wasn’t my style. Most of the ones I had played, I found them too fast paced and I didn’t enjoy the speed.
BotW was truly the game made for
me. It was adventurous and fast-paced in a way that didn’t overwhelm me. The
way the entire world was unstructured allowed me to move in a pace that worked
for me. The beauty of BotW was that there was no one set pathway. I’ve seen
hundred of videos ranging from people finishing the game 100% to people waking
Link and rushing straight to Ganon. I’m over 150 hours into my gameplay and I
still feel like I haven’t discovered everything in the game.
But, in honour of the games two-year anniversary, I wanted to share some of my favourite places and parts in Breath of the Wild, whether that be a side quest, location or person. My initial list went well over the twenty mark, so I decided to whittle it down to just ten, which was hard enough.
A Gift of Nightshade (Side Quest)
This side quest is located in the Faron Region and I found it by accident. It’s a pretty simple quest, you basically become a matchmaker for a Hylian and a Gerudo by giving the Gerudo woman a flower. I only climbed up this mountain because I was making my way to Faron Tower to unlock the map, and a Yiga clan members was on my tail and I did not have the hearts nor food to deal with him, so up I went. And there I found these two people standing at opposite ends of a river. At first glance, I was wary because I had expected something bad to happen to me. But then I went up to the Hylian to find that he was just being a chicken and couldn’t work up the courage to talk to a girl he liked. It made me laugh. The game, for those who don’t know, is set years after Ganon had ruined the Kingdom, villages and safe spots were sparse with Guardians and camps of enemies in most of the world. At first, I found it so odd, but I instantly loved it. And it’s a prime example of what makes BotW so good. There was something good to be found in even the strangest of places.
Today’s post is going to be a little different. I’ve decided to do an unboxing review of ASTRO’s Second Makestar Photobook. For those who don’t know ASTRO, they are a six-member K-Pop boy group, and they are my absolute favourite!
I became a fan around the time the first photobook was happening. But I never bought it because of 1. I hadn’t yet realised how much I would love them and their music yet 2. I actually couldn’t afford the photobook at the time. So when the second time came around, I knew I had to purchase one!
I will include a youtube video I made of me unboxing the photobook, the toy stamps and the extra goodies we received every time we reached a stretch goal. (We received photo cards, postcards, bookmarks and then a poster) I also do a little flip through of the book. (Not all of the book though, it’s pretty massive and would’ve made the video twenty minutes long) I did intend this to be a speaking unboxing but I, unfortunately, was sick at the time of filming but imagine me fangirling as I go through the goods because I was!