Nabblo’s Music Playlist 💜


I’ve been thinking about this for a while and I’m finally starting a music playlist😂🎉

Every now and then I do share songs on my public Facebook page that have meaningful or interesting narratives etc, but I also want to share music that is on my current playlist!

The reasons are two-fold… Firstly, I want to share different music with you. Secondly, I want to create a ‘sound diary’. I think memories can be trapped, or ‘saved’ within our senses. For me ‘smell’ and ‘sound’ are the most potent for triggering memories. My theory is that if I have a playlist of songs to look back on, I can remember certain memories from the periods of time I was listening to them in. Let’s trial this till the new year👀

I’m thinking this will be a weekly thing, unless I’m stuck listening to more or less the same songs, in which case it will be less frequent. I’ll aim for about 5 songs in each regular upload, and who knows, some songs that didn’t make it in one week will more than likely roll over to the next. Due to the 5 song limit I’ll be going for the songs I’ve been listening to the most, rather than the ones I just think are unique (I can share those separately, and actually I have a few lined up). Also, I will try to limit explicit language with the songs that make it to the playlist (not just in terms of swear words lol), or opt for ‘clean’ versions if I think you really gotta hear it. Lastly, in the probable case that I really am stuck on the same songs, I’ll probably add in a few that are ‘throwbacks’ to me because I rinsed them during a different period of the year, but will basically be new to the playlist✌️

The first upload will be a longer one to keep us going. I’m going to share some of the songs I’ve been listening to over the past few weeks, and in less chronological order then I’d usually hope for. Let’s see if I can make this a regular Sunday thing so you get time to possibly add some to your weekly playlist!

Follow this link for the first playlist!:

Also I’m debating whether I should simply add the songs to the playlist and share it to Facebook, or do the upload and separately give some points introducing the songs in a blogpost, like I have done in this post. I think due to tiredness I will probably do the former on a regular basis, and occasionally add a blog post for ‘stand out’ choices. What are your thoughts? 🤔

I just realised the title makes it seem like I’m finally debuting as an artist😝 AND I just reached 700 subscribers on YouTube😂🎉-a humble feat we can celebrate through music. I’d love to keep you all involved in this playlist process, so please feel free to send me songs you think I may like and maybe they’ll make it to the playlist one day~ 😉

I think my music variety may surprise you hehe. If you make a public playlist, good luck 世界!

此致敬礼,欣妍– From Nabeela.

Guess what, I kind of already know what will be in next week’s playlist lol





Halloween 2019 look

This is a quick look I did the other day with the excuse of Halloween. I wrote a mini Halloween (鬼节) post years ago, you can read it here. The rest of this post is just more photos. I posted different photos to each of my social media sites (Instagram, Facebook, WordPress), so take a browse if you’re a real one👀




If you try a makeup look, good luck 世界. Stay safe xx

此致敬礼,欣妍 – From Nabeela.




Rituals Holi Collection


Screenshot 2019-10-03 at 14.48.21

Photos I shared to Facebook from the Rituals Holi collection

Hi, so I’m stress writing rn, just wanted to tell you. I just submitted an edited piece for an exciting South Asian project. I just realised, that kind of ties into the theme of this post, but we’ll get back to that in a second. I have two pending blog posts that I need to write soon, something I need to write for an OUISOC advice series, a video that needs to be edited and uploaded for Sunday (I’ve been doing weekly uploads on Oxford Subject advice videos), job applications and things in that genre that need tending to – and here I am…writing a new post that wasn’t even on the list! I think I can ease the burden a bit by posting this, so here we go~

I’m currently in the city of Birmingham visiting family. Yesterday we went into town, visited the Bullring, Grand Central, (two high street shopping areas) and I forced my cousins to take me to the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. When we were in the Grand Central, my cousin wanted to visit Rituals, a luxury body product store.

Whilst my cousin was roped into signing up to the rewards scheme (which I too later gave into) I went around the shop smelling the different perfumes and hand creams they had on offer. At the back of the shop I noticed a colouful display for the new ‘Holi Collection’. Here’s a slideshow of three of the products I photographed:


This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Holi is the Hindu ‘festival of colour’ which celebrates the triumph of good over evil. You can read more about its origins here. I’ve taken part in Holi celebrations twice whilst at uni, and I know it has become typical for universities across the UK to host open Holi celebrations. What I saw then was a fun event that brought people of different cultures together (and please tell me if you disagree), but what I saw yesterday in Rituals was a cheesy attempt to commercialise a minority culture. I’m weary of the term ‘cultural appropriation’ because I prefer to emphasise cultural appreciation, however it did seem like the collection was walking on thin ice. I mean, take inspiration from and share different cultures, but at least ease up on the cringey puns in your marketing.


Instagram: @nabblo

Since I’m not Hindu I wasn’t sure if it was right for me to find discomfort in the marketing of this collection. Actually, let me rephrase that. I wasn’t sure if I was being too sensitive in thinking the collection was insensitive. I’m personally not a fan of the overhyped social justice warriors of our age, but I think it’s sad that the general perception we have of them has meant that we now invalidate our own thoughts, and constantly question if our emotional response to things are ‘too sensitive’. I think we should share discomfort and empathise in issues faced by cultures dissimilar to our own. The threat of not doing so is that we will all share an insular view of the world and only hold concern for issues that directly affect us. So with regards to this Holi collection, I wanted to know if any Hindu people found the marketing to be insensitive.

I shared the above photos onto a Facebook group for South Asian girls (‘Subtle Curry Girl Traits’) to learn people’s thoughts. At present there are eleven comments. They all express disappointment in the collection, besides one user who expressed that people should “stop venting and ranting and go make your own products”.



I’d say the majority ruling from this small respondent pool is that the line is quite insensitive.

I didn’t want to get into this too deeply because I’m stressed and have other things to get back to now, but I want to know what your thoughts are. Let me know what you think of Rituals’ Holi collection, or perhaps their other collections too. For example, the ‘Happy Budha’ range that I’ll let you explore in your own time.

While we’re here, feel free to follow my Facebook page~ Although the above post was from my personal account, I share a lot of content onto this page that you may be interested in.

Also: YouTube:


Why are we still selling the ‘Golliwog’?


It’s 2019 and yet people in Britain can still quite easily get their hands on racist toys.

A few days ago I went on a trip to the quaint market town of Stratford Upon Avon. Famed for being the birth-place of Shakespeare, there’s a lot of picturesque places to see. One thing I came across was the cute looking traditional toy shop, pictured below. If you know me, you’d know I love toys and thus I was quite looking forward to seeing what was inside. So when I had some free time, I took to explore the shop and its neighbours.

Screenshot 2019-09-08 at 20.29.24.png

I wasn’t particularly blown away by what I came across during my browsing but I was quite impressed by the craftsmanship of traditional English teddy bears (for the most part they’re more stiff than they are cuddly). This all changed when I took a look at the toys by the counter and came across a small Golliwog. I was completely taken aback and did not expect to see it. Heck, I never thought I’d ever see one in person, and was quite comforted by that. In my surprise, I told the shop worker and his potential colleague/friend that “I didn’t know people still sold these”. Their faces transformed into eerily friendly grins and a simple “Yes, they do” escaped from the worker’s lips.

I asked the man “Don’t these come from questionable origins?”. They smiled and the man responded; “Well it depends on whether you still regard them as a racial stereotype, or just an innocent toy”. I told him that I did regard them as the former and then succumbed into the awkwardness of their stifled smiles. I wanted to discuss it further and bounce around thoughts, or simply walk out like a boss; but alas I took my cue and walked to the other side of the suffocatingly small shop.


hi, thats me

I took the photo above as I turned from the corner of the till to look around the remaining section of the small shop. Eventually, I saw even more Golliwog toys and photographed them too. These are what you see at the start of the post.

So now here’s some overdue historical context. A ‘Golliwog’ (aka: Golly, gollywogg) is the toy you see at the start. [Btw I took a few days off from writing this as I was commemorating Ashura but I was still as annoyed by reading into the topic as was when I first started thinking about writing this. For this reason, I shall give you a summary of key points and articles you can for further elucidation.]

An aspiring artist ‘Florence Kate Upton’ from New York drew illustrations for childrens books as a means of raising funds for her tuition fees. Her book ‘The Adventures of Two Dutch Dolls’ (1895) was written by her mother Bertha and illustrated by herself. The main characters were two Dutch dolls, Peg and Sarah Jane, and the Golliwogg. The Golliwogg was a caricature, described in the story as “a horrid sight, the blackest gnome.” It had red trousers, a red bowtie, a white shirt and blue jacket. In essence it was a caricature of an American caricature, the American black faced minstrels. Upton used to play with a minstrel doll when she was young. Interestingly and unsurprisingly, Upton’s family did not favour the “negro minstrel doll”. For instance when they played with it in the garden they would use the rag-doll to knock over items as they all thought it was ugly. Fast forward a bit and the Golliwogg became a popular character across England and Europe. Upton did not copyright the character and so it featured widely in storybooks and other merchandises. In England it was commonly found on the side of jam jars and many parents made the doll for their children. For some time in the 1960s there was a ban on Golliwoggs due to an increase in racial tension in Britain. Now the character is seen by many as a symbol of nostalgia. I find this very strange.


American black faced minstrel

I felt kinda sick inside after seeing those toys. I know, sounds dramatic but it’s not a feeling you can control. Even browsing past the photo in my phone gallery feels weird, and so I had to delay writing this for a day. If you want to read more about the history of the Golliwogg for yourself then you can click here.  I’m not sure what it is specifially that makes me so uncomfortable. I’m not black (if you didn’t already know), but I don’t think that matters. Part of me sees this toy as a symbol of power, or the lack thereof. The ability that a mere ‘artist’ has to turn a beautiful and complex people into a tacky object of ridicule, an insignificant plaything; it does astound me. I think we forget the power that people and images, or so called ‘art’ can wield. Today this is translated into more modernised mediums…


Yes, this is real

I’m getting off topic now but I’m sure I’ve talked about something along these lines before.

What do you think about the Golliwog? Are they a symbol of racism or is it just an innocent toy? Have you heard of them before or ever seen them in person? I’d love to know. To my disappointment, the majority of the British public do not regard the character as a racist toy. You can read more about that here. 

I thought I should add the toy shop and stall that I did actually enjoy perusing…


Creepy old dolls I found in the market.

If you come across a toy that makes you feel uncomfortable, good luck 世界。

此致敬礼,欣妍 – From Nabeela.




P.s. I just iht my 5 year blogging anniversary!🎉Thanks for reading💜

Screenshot 2019-09-08 at 20.19.27.png

Time flies, but look its been 5 years! Thank you if you’ve been around for a while and welcome if you’re new💜




I finished my Oxford degree🎉

I sat my last Oxford Finals exam 2 weeks ago and officially ended my degree🎉 Above is the video I edited to show you my trashing. Trashing is an Oxford tradition whereby a person’s friends throw things at them after they’ve finished their last exam. It’s oddly liberating. Usually, the items they throw consists of confetti, shaving foam and coloured powder. However I saw a video of someone I know being taped to a tree stump whilst their friends threw eggs at him…they’re not all like that though. After being covered in all that stuff, the people who have been trashed tend to jump into the River Cherwell to wash off a bit. So if you want to see me go through all of the above then press the video link above.

After finishing Finals I got busy again quite fast😂I organised timings to film with various students for a new video project I’m starting. I won’t say too much yet but it’s pretty much an independent access initiative that I aim to launch in August or September. So stay tuned! At the same time I was meeting friends too which was sweet, and attended Balliol college ball!~

I returned home (London) a few days ago! My brain is slowly becoming less…frazzled. I spent the day sorting out my wardrobe and unpacking properly. I can’t think properly when my rooms messy and I think I needed to declutter to help me relax, lol. It’s quite satisfying sorting things out. I actually kinda like cleaning😂 And one of the things I was most looking forward to for the past 4 years of this degree was doing the final packing up!😂 I knew I could finally donate some of my last items for good. I tend to donate things at the end of each term, but this time I could get rid of things I definitely wouldn’t need again because I wouldn’t be moving back into to student accommodation, you know? The last person I spoke to before I left Oxford was a lady I interviewed for my documentary on homelessness ‘Pray it Doesn’t Rain’. It was quite meaningful to see her again and I ended up giving her my bedding and some other items💜

Anyhow that’s it from me for now. I should be graduating soon so maybe I’ll touch base again then. Take care x

If you get trashed, good luck 世界。

此致敬礼,欣妍 – From Nabeela.





Late night story rambling. I wrote this in Chinese and then read it out in English lol.
















Good luck world.





Have some music🎉


Photo on 04-05-2019 at 00.46 #4

Me with a dried red carnation flower (also my first self photo on this blog of 5yrs😲)

So I was meaning to write a few ‘heavier’ posts recently but I’m tired and kinda busy revising. I’ll get back to them soon though so dw~

I’ve wanted to create blog posts compiling playlists of my fave songs for ages now because I thought I could show you some new interesting sounds! But I kept having this 矛盾 about music being ‘haram’. We can talk about this another time because today is not heavy or deep🙅‍♀️ The short version though is that music motivates me a lot so *cough* here we are.

Today I wanted to show you some of the music I’ve been listening to very recently, as opposed to my current absolute faves (some of them haven’t had time to grown on me yet)! These are all from my current revision playlist although the tempos are quite varied. I think I can listen to anything if I’m focused, but before I get there some can be distracting😅😂

  1. ‘Thama – Sing It’ This one’s really chill and I like it
  2. ‘Jay Park – Ben Baller’ My fave part is 1:07🤷‍♀️
  3. ‘Beyoncé – Formation’ That mint car is so pretty wow
  4. ‘Ilira – Diablo’ An artist I’m still discovering
  5. ‘Will Smith – Arabian Nights’ The instruments👌🏽
  6. ‘Katie – Love Kills’ Her whole album ❤

I’ll leave you will six for now✨

I have my Oxford Finals (the exams at the end of an Oxford degree) next week! It feels like I’m about to start my Finals, but I’m actually just resuming exams. My coursemates and I had our oral/listening/interpreting exam a week before this term started, which was technically our first exam (although its counted as 1.5 exams, only worth 5.5% of my degree, and not even put on the exam timetable🙄). Next week we’ll be wearing the pink carnation flower to signify our ‘middle exams’ (theres an Oxford tradition for students to wear a white carnation flower for their first public examinations, pink for all the ones in the middle, and red for the final exam). It’s weird because there isn’t usually an 8 week gap in between wearing your white and pink carnations. Anyhow, I’m done in about 2 weeks🎉

We just had our final revision class and my friend was telling me about how they’re stressed and feel underprepared. I feel the same but I’ve accepted it. I’m predicting what my degree outcome may be and I don’t think I’ll be fully satisfied with it, but for now there’s no point externalising this and forcing myself to be miserable at times when I’m not. I just want to finish. I guess I’ll be back for more content on here and on my YT Channel once I’m done✌️

I made this to take a break from revising Chinese characters. The method was similar to this lil throwback. Also if you wanted to explore some more new music, I made some posts a few years back as introductions to different genres of modern Chinese music. Click the following links if you want to learn more:

  1. Chinese Pop, ‘C-Pop’
  2. Chinese Rap and Rock
  3. Chinese chill music, ‘ballads
  4. Bonus 

If you have Finals and need a new music playlist, good luck 世界。

此致敬礼,欣妍 – From Xinyan.