Saturday, January 21, 2017

How to Host A Murder Mystery Party!

Last weekend, I hosted my first ever murder mystery party! I've been wanting to host one for ages, really (and since I've been watching The Big Bang Theory where Raj seems to throw one so often but the rest of the group hate it) and finally, I got a free kit from the *dun dun* interwebz and invited a bunch of friends and we had so much fun actually. I was a bit strapped for time (go figure, hahahaha) so we rushed through it but in under 3 hours, we managed to murder and find the killer. One person (who wasn't a character) got it the closest and it was good fun. 
So, here's how to host your first murder mystery.


1. Get the story/kit
As this is your first, you might wanna start with something easy. Kits are super duper expensive and free ones usually don't have that much detail. I did manage to find a free one called Sour Grapes of Wrath, which came with all the instructions so it was a breeze! If you don't want to get a kit, you can make one yourself but it will take quite some time and you need to be very clever in order to not give away the killer too easy!

2. Confirm everyone
This is important cos characters those who play need to be perfectly chosen for their roles. I did invite people who are not a character, but more as extras and they had a lot of fun too, so you can totally involve more people than just the characters

3. Print everything/prepare
You need to have the suspect dossiers, clues and story line printed and ready before starting. Make sure everything is correctly marked. You can have around 4-6 rounds depending on how much time you have. You can also get notepaper and pens for everyone who participates.

4. Start the party!
You can get people to come dressed as the role! That adds to the fun. You can also have short-eats and drinks so no one goes hungry. Make sure you follow the instructions and get people to not disclose too much details

5. Have fun!
The whole idea of the murder mystery is to have fun, so don't make it too technical/strict. People may get out of character every now and then, just let them have fun while figuring out the killer. If your friends do enjoy intellectual and mystery solving, they will have a wonderful time. 

Hope you have a great time 

Monday, January 16, 2017

Currently: January 2017

Happy new year. I've been extremely busy with work, so many classes and trying to have an inkling of a social life that I haven't had time to tell you about how last year was, but I do have a master post coming. In the meanwhile, this is what I've been doing.

The Legend of the Blue Sea | I really love Korean shows and this is my first time watching a fantasy show and it's so beautifully done. Being a fan of Lee MinHo I didn't need much convincing and now I'm hooked. The scenes are beautiful and the story line continues with so many twists and turns, with a comedy element + historical fiction. 

The Thin Man | Last weekend, I hosted my first ever murder mystery party and so this movie was a must. I really liked the whole mystery as well as the outrageous costumes and dialogue. What a nice fun treat. 

Victoria S1 | I am a sucker for anything historic and Jenna Coleman is the star of the show, so I didn't need much convincing. I recently finished watching the first season and I loved all of it. The era, the costumes, the portayal of the characters, everything was so nicely done. The only sad thing is things I so wanted to happen boviously didn't because this was based on real events and reality so often disappoints. 

Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult | I really like Jodi's writing style but this book is slightly confusing because it moves within characters and timelines but the story itself is so interesting with many three dimensional characters. However, the topics discussed are a bit heavy but definitely makes you think. It's about a school shooting but also deals with suicide and parents relationships with their children. 

The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin | I've lived all of my teen years being shaped by self-help book and this just called out to me. As everyone, I am also in search of happiness so this sounded perfect, plus it seemed to much more feasible than some of the soul-searching self-help books out there because I knew this book talked about things I could do within my life to add some more happiness into it, and I'm all about that. I will talk more about my journey as I do more exercises in the book. 

Shape of You by Ed Sheeran | Since this song came out, I've been listening to it non-stop. It's very catchy and maybe not the most sensible song out there but it's fun to listen to so until I find another song to be obsessed about, this works, haha. 

What are you currently watching, reading, and listening to?

Monday, December 12, 2016

Monday Playlist: Anxiety Playlist

The last month has been really hard for me. I've felt so much anxiety in doing even the smallest things, something I didn't feel to this extent ever before. I listened to quite a lot of music to cope with it, and here's the playlist I had on repeat all last month. 

Closer by The Chainsmokers ft Halsey

This song has been my number one, and yes, I know it's very mainstream but because it's so good and it calms my nerves whenever I get too fidgety. Even though the lyrics isn't something I can relate to, I think it's the unfamiliarity that really speaks to me. 

High High from A Gentleman's Dignity OST

I don't know much Korean even tho I watch quite a lot of K-dramas and this is my pump-up song from the last K-drama I finished, A Gentleman's Dignity. I love the fast beats mixed with soothing Korean words, haha. 

Cup of Tea by Kacey Musgraves

This song is about tea, not really but it's about how we're never everything for everyone and I love the message and the tune. It's perfect background music when you're walking, really calms you down. Kacey's voice is nothing short of magical. 

Girl in a Country Song by Maddie & Tae

This is the country feminist anthem and I love it. It talks about all the sexist things in country songs (and if you don't know by now, country is my favourite genre) and it just plays the right vibes for me. Perfect anti-country country song. 

World Shut Your Mouth by Julian Cope

Thanks to this indie (but absolutely fantabulous) series called The A Word, I got obsessed with this song. It's just the kind of song you need when you just want to shut out the world, some days you really need it. 

Kya Khoob Lagti Ho from Dharmatma

Since we first sang this song in a karaoke birthday celebration, I've rediscovered my love for this gem of a song by Mukesh and Kanchan. The original song is lyrically so beautiful and so mesmerizingly sung it just keep your heart happy.

I know this is weird mix of songs but hey whatever works for you, eh. What songs calm you down?

Friday, December 2, 2016

November 2016 in a Nutshell

I've missed blogging, to be honest. I miss writing down things I would later look back on and reminisce over. Last month was quite possibly the worst I've had this year and this year has been a mixture of some good, and mostly bad. Here are some things noteworthy from November.

There were quite a lot of birthday celebrations, which is always fantastic because cake, and also because good company. 

Here's Mick and my cousin celebration cousin's birthday with the cake we made!
Here is us celebrating Bafa's birthday with caaake. Also picture I shamelessly stole from Humadh's snap.
More birthday celebrations! This time Bayyad's with some new friends and old ones. 

There was also some charity/volunteer work because this year I haven't had time to do as much social work as I would like, but it still felt good to give something back!

After the run for charity with some of my futsal teammates. 
With some work colleagues after we finished the Vilimale' clean up event
 I also tried the new Cheery Soda at Meraki, which is absolutely amazing but still don't beat the Red Velvet Latte there.

I love getting mails and tho recently I haven't been mailing much it's still nice to get and send mails, to keep up with people around the globe that I have yet to meet. 

 The end of November had been riddled with sad news, but the little things sure does make it all seem bearable. I hope your November was nice.

Friday, July 29, 2016

July Favourites

I've had a great July so far. Here are some of my favourite products and such. 

1. Freeman Charcoal and Black Sugar Polishing Mask | It doesn't really apply like a mask but is more of a cleanser + scrub which works really well to remove dirt and keeps face fresh and smooth. I love the rubbery charcoal feel. 

2.GOSH multi-color blush | This is my everyday blush and sometimes I wear all four colours swirled together but mostly I love the peach which gives a subtle soft, rosy cheek!

3. Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur | The illustrations add so much value to Rupi's words. She's writes right from her soul, raw and unpolished yet so poignant. I love this book and have so many favourite poems from it. 

4. Manicare Blush Brush | Ah this is so soft and perfect for applying blush.

5. Klevercase To Kill a Mockingbird Kindle Cover | Ever since I saw this cover on an instagram post, I knew I needed it in my life and I love it more everyday. 

6. Sweet Pea Fragrance Mist from Body Collection | Has the sweetest smell, I mostly just spray the room with it because it leaves a whiff of earthy yet sweet fragrance. 

7. Index Cards | I am an avid index card user. Throughout uni, I made my own index cards from hard paper so imagine my excitement at finding this at Asrafee, I basically squealed and got it.

8. Tealia Strawberry Tea | My very good friend Oppo got this for me and even though I'm not a fan of green tea, this tastes great and the tin is so precious.

Here are some other things I've been loving this month. 

BrainDead S1 | I didn't think I would like a political drama but the bugs angle to it is hilarious and I mostly watch it for the "Previously on" part because it rocks. 

Lush Life by Zara Larsson | I'v been playing this on repeat so much because this song is so nice and it reminds me of some time back. 

BooktubeAthon 2016 | This is my second year taking part in the Booktubeathon which is a week long reading marathon hosted by Ariel Bissett where you just read as much as you can. I love the energy and the fun challenges and giveaways going on as well as the lovely community. Booktube is just wonderful!

What are some of your favourite products and things?

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Currently: July 2016

I don't know why but this month's going in a blur. I honestly can't remember what I've done so far except for a couple hangouts and Booktubeathon. I have been reading and watching quite a lot of things. 

Another Period S2 | I've been watching this since it started and loving the satire and the humour. It's basically Downton Abbey meets KUWTK + way too much drama and comedy. The jokes on the era are on point. 

Cougar Town S6 | Last season with the gang. I love the gang, especially Jules and Ellie. They're so much fun and the title jokes never get old. It's crazy but then again, I'm a fan of crazy. I'm going to miss them once I catch up with the season. 

Downton Abbey S6 | I recently finished watching the last season of Downton Abbey and it gave me the shock of my TV show life but that ending was so perfect it mad my heart happy. It was definitely sad to see them finish only through 20's (I was secretly hoping they would continue until 50's, if only just to see the fashion) but it ended on the best note. I will miss the folks of Downton Abbey, especially Lady Edith and Mr. Branson. 

Purple Hibiscus by Chimimanda Ngozi Adichie | I honestly got this only for the author cos I've heard great things about her and it's true. Her writing is beautiful and this story is so far extremely close to heart and so rare. I'm only halfway through and it's already filled with so much emotion, I'm slowly devouring this book. 

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken | I'm reading this book for two of the challenges of Booktubeathon (read a book after sunset, read a book you bought after hearing on it on Booktube) and so far, it's alright. I'm not that big a fan of the characters but the time travel aspect is interesting. I'm allowing this book to catch me off guard. I've heard way too many booktubers rave on about this book (which was why I bought it just when it came out but for some reason never got around to reading until now)

This is Why You're Single | This is such a fun podcast by the two funny and remarkably witty ladies; Laura Lane and Angela Spera. Each week, they dissect at a reason why you're still single, and as a singleton, I find it so very appropriate and hilarious. 

What's keeping you entertained this month?

Monday, July 25, 2016

Inspirational Women | Hannah Brencher

If you know me at all, then you know I am obsessed with Hannah Brencher ever since I found out about #moreloveletters!

image from HB 
Hannah is the founder of More Love Letters, an organization that promotes writing and sending letters of love and encouragement to those around you and strangers. You can check out her TedTalks below so she can explain what she does better than I could ever. 

She's so smart and wonderful and undeniably kind. I would like to have coffee with her and have deep conversations, of raw emotion and pouring of the heart. She makes it seem that you could be her best friend. She's so talented and she's inspired me to keep going, to put more love out there despite not getting it in return. She's made me fall in love with letter writing all over again.

image credits
I've enjoyed being able to share in her journey and to see how far she has come and how many people she has inspired on the way. I haven't read her book yet but I got it as soon as it was out because I knew this girl was fire and I needed to feel her fire. She inspired me to create my Sunday Newsletters which have in return made me so happy and accomplished as well as do humbled to know I'm putting myself out there all vulnerable and ready to accept people. 

She has shaped my life in ways she will never know and I'm so glad to have stumbled upon her blog three years ago because I know my life is better because of it. She's a kick-ass, talented writer and a constant cheerleader, always ready for what life throws around her words are magic. They've healed and given hope. 

She's magic. 

Wednesday, May 18, 2016


There has been quote a lot of cool stuff happening. Where to start? Hmm.

- Maldivian theater performance at ITB Berlin

This showcases our culture very extensively, from literature and fashion to craftsmanship. It makes me so very proud to have such a diverse heritage that is distinct and have our own spice of everything. We truly under-appreciate the culture and Maldivian-ness of it all. Bravo to Theater Mirage for this wonderful and amazing piece.

- Squad Goals by Space Parade

I will never be not impressed by Space Parade. These guys are hilarious, both in real life and when they make amazing stuff like this. You know you're in for a fun ride whenever they release a video. Don't we all wish we were a part of this squad? hahaha

- Disney Princess of Cinderella's Castle

This mockumentary is delightful and funny. The cast is so well chosen and fits every princess so perfectly and the reality TV spoof style is just what you need, bringing all the princesses and the nostalgia back. It's super short you'll just binge-watch the entire series.

- Me Myself & I / Urvashi Cover by KHS

I was already obsessed with Me, Myself & I and I was in for a fun surprise because it's a Hindi song (I'm convinced I have some Indian blood in me because I get way too giddy whenever anything Indian happens) mashup and this song was so cool I checked the original and I've been playing it non-stop. Of course it was made by A.R Rehman in 1995 and its still so relevant. I just can't deal with all the awesomeness.

- Product X by Aal

Aal is just funny. I've missed his videos. He's such a cool and adorable person it's hard not to love his videos. This video was short but you can see Aal being the weirdly funny guy he is. Make sure you watch his IdenticAals, that's my favourite thing he has made yet. 

What has caught your eye recently that you just had to share to your friends?

Monday, May 16, 2016

Currently: May 2016

I've been on an entertainment spree this month. My reading and watching and listening has actually become improved which ofcourse means I havent properl exercised or worked on my thesis at all. What is a balanced life anyway hahaha. 

A to Z | I am 5 episodes in and loving this entire series, especially Ben Feldman. He was so adorable in The Perfect Man which is my favourite movie ever. Even though this ended only a season in, I think this is going to become one of my favourites. 

The Real O'Neals S1 | The premise of this show is hilarious. I love the quirky family and especially Kenny and his mom Eileen. Its about a Christian family whose son comes out and soon everything is changed. It shows lots of growth and such a wonderful family dynamic. 

The Catch S1 | Yet another series I'm obsessed with. This is a Shonda Rhimes masterpiece that is both thrilling and dramatic, in the right amounts and keep you wanting more. It's about a private investigator and a con artist along with lots of murder, mystery and mayhem. 

An Ember in the Ashes - Sabaa Tahir | This month's Page Turners book club read. I'm halfway done and absolutely loving the story line and where its taking me. It's a dystopian YA novel but has its won elements of mystery and action. 

Devil's Cub - Georgette Heyer | I adore rhetorical fiction and despite how anti feminist it all is, it has its own whimsy and beauty. This book is adorable and funny and dramatic at times and I really should be finishing it. 

No - Meghan Trainor | I actually have been loving Urvashi Irvashi but couldn't find a picture so I'm gonna go with my second favourite song I've been playing non-stop this month; which is NO by Meghan Trainor. I love Megan's bubblegum pop and this song is so catchy and fun and I just sing it in my head all the time so I'm basically saying no to everything in my head, 

What's keeping you entertained this month?

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Perks of Dating Caleb Haas

Ever since Quantico started, Caleb and Shelby has been my new favourite ship and I've been loving them on screen. Caleb, especially is so wonderful and would make an amazing fictional boyfriend for the following reasons

1. He's super adorkable

I mean, just look at how adorable he is. *swoon* He's like the American version of Draco Malfoy.

2. Despite his hardcore shell, he's a softie. 

He has this sensitive, protective side which is great when you really need someone to talk to.

3. He'll always be there for you.

Even when you're 5 feet deep in some terrorist shit or your mom's trying to drain you dry, he'll be there.

4. He calls you by celeb names

Who doesnt want to be called Reese Witherspoon?

5. He cleans up really well. 

He looks absolutely amazing in a grey tee as he does in a Calvin Klein suit. Plus, he can pull off anything he wears.

Who's your favourite from Quantico? Apart from Alex, I love Nimah/Raina a lot.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

4 Cool Local Mothers Day Marketing Ideas

Mothers Day has become a commercial holiday thanks to emotional marketing by florists and major brands worldwide.

Last Sunday, we saw an overpouring of emotion on social media and in real life as people bought bouqets, gifts, cards and delicacies to show their moms some appreciation. Here are 4 local advertising campaigns that caught my eye. 

1. SeaHouse
As one of the trendiest cafe's in town, SeaHouse is getting major mom points with this half off offer. Such a wonderful way to bring in more mom time to the already family-friendly cafe'.

2. Medianet

With a local hashtag, Medianet and their photo competition did pretty well showing that if you're out of novel ideas, a photo competition is a surefire way to get some engagement from customers.

3. Le Cute
Le Cute appealed to the last minute shoppers with a complete solution, because lets face it; people always forget till the last minute.

4.  Heat

Heat is heating up the scene with this joint promotion and appealing to a new target market.  

To keep up with trending days and celebrations, its important for businesses to create specific day based marketing campaigns that will appeal to their target market and increase their sales, while proving a value added service. 

Monday, May 9, 2016

Review: Vaashey Mashaa Eky

Dhivehi movies, as cheesy and weird as they are, is an art form. Recently, some of my friends and I went to see Vaashey Mashaa Eky, a film that describes itself as the first romantic comedy of the industry. I'm a sucker for rom-coms. That being said, before going to see the movie, I've heard and formed many different opinions on it. 

1. It was a copy of the English movie "Nine Months". 
2. Jumayyil and Majudha has brilliant on-screen chemistry as evident by their last movie Emme Fahu Vindhaa Jehendhen
3. The movie posters and artworks were pretty nice. 

The cinema experience for Maldivian movies are a form of art in itself. People shouting stuff at screen, random laughing fits, lots of yelling, etc. It's one of those things you have to do once in your life, go see a Dhivehi movie at Olympus. 

image from VME Facebook Page
The plot of the movie is quite simple. Girl and guy meets, falls in love, gets married, guy is afraid of commitment to kids, guy finally comes to his senses and BAM, loves the kid. Pretty cliche' stuff that has been overdone way too much. If you're looking for an original plot or a novel idea, then you won't find it here. The movie is predictable beyond means. 

But what you will find is, brilliant witty dialogue, some well placed references and lots of stereotyping. The shots and how it was done, moving form one scene to another (especially at the beginning) was great. There were lots of not so subtle sexual innuendos that were rather well done.

The songs didn't feel too pushed on you (except for the title song which was slightly weird being force danced on the living room). The best part of the movie for me wasn't even the drama or the main characters, but the friends. Rex was the friend you don't deserve. The actor brilliantly played the goofy friend they play pranks on, but gives amazing advice and is generally such a great guy. Thoabe was a pretty good "shit friend" and of course at the end, he had to be a changed man, we're still talking about a Dhivehi movie. The couple were sensible, somewhat annoying but an essential to the plot and made the movie slightly better. The ex-boyfriend provided  moments of comedy relief in the form of the every douche-y Maldivian guy ever. 

Some of the stereotypes were a bit bland. Maybe it's because I'm just tired of it and distasteful jokes aren't my cup of tea. For instance, the Russian doctor; I was eye-rolling at the screen throughout. The stereo typically "randu enviously gay guy", the guy not wanting kids, calling women Japan fish, etc made me cringe so much. 

The extras and little things were what caught my eye the most. The breaking of the fourth wall with Nimal and Jumayyil was the best. It was so well done. So were the little pop culture references and the cameo at the end, of one guy y'all will know from social media.

Overall, it was pretty funny. There were so many laugh out loud moments from beginning to end. The aerial shots were amazing. The whole cinema was laughing at some points and you can see it was genuinely funny. The extras were great. I had a great time watching the movie. 

If this is any indication of the future for romcoms in Maldives, I'm pretty happy. All someone can want now is that there's an original plot somewhere in the future for us moviegoers.