Dubai – My First Love

Half of 2017 has passed by and it has indeed been a life changing year so far. Too many changes in life happening this year hehe, can only keep fingers crossed and pray to God these changes lead to some of the best memories, moments, chances and decisions in life, and open up a new chapter of my life which I am yet to explore. Chapter 2 – Relocating to my home country, has just begun, but I never got a chance to bid a proper farewell to the place I will always consider a home away from home.

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Chapter 1 – Dubai

Dubai, the city that cares they say. How true is it. The people, place, culture, hospitality, atmosphere, environment, is some of the best things I love about the place. We do not realize the luxury the city provides us with till we are away from it. Being born and brought up here, there is no other life I have seen. I have lived in a protective cocoon all these years, where I have enjoyed and had the privileges of living in an Islamic country and being a woman. Me and my family have grown up with the city, seeing it develop from being a desert to one of the most envied metropolitan cities of the world today. Sigh, just wish they offered citizenship to expats. But I have no complaints and I am happy that I got to live in such a wonderful place for so many years, and I thank my mom and dad for putting in all their hardwork and effort to nurture us and give us a good life in this wonderful city. With doing my entire schooling, university and also gaining some work experience in this country, I hope I was able to give back and contribute in some way to the goodwill of the country’s economy. Thank you to all the lovely people who were part of my journey back then. Thank you to all those who still keep in touch with me despite being far away. Thank you for all the beautiful memories dear Dubai, insha allah will see you soon once again:)

Chapter 2, you have just begun. Lots to deal with, new place, new people, new workplace, new weather conditions, new relations, new friendships, and new adventures each day. Looking forward to new happenings and events in life, but hope the almighty’s presence and hand remains on me always to be able to deal with and overcome any situation in life. Here’s to new beginnings!

 

 

Tbilisi I Love You !

This year has started off so beautifully, I couldn’t thank God enough. My trip to Tbilisi, Georgia was one of the best experiences ever. Honestly, I felt it will be quite a dull, historic and quiet kind of trip, but the place truly exceeded my expectations. For UAE residents this is one of the nicest place to visit as:

– No Visa Issues (One does not need a Georgian visa if they have a 3 months valid UAE residence visa).
– No Time Difference (You will feel you are back home and in tune with the timings out there).
– Not much currency difference too (Things are almost priced the same as back home, except the handful of beers and wine of course 😉

Besides all of these, it is so rich in its scenic beauty. Whether you are in the sun or on top of the cold mountains, you are sure to enrich and value the best nature has to offer you. The Bridge of Peace is an iconic symbol of Tbilisi and the kind natured and honest people out there won my heart. I could trust them that they would not cheat me. However, beware of the beggars there. Tbilisi is crowded, but they do manage to maintain a good amount of safe distance while driving.

Some of the cons: Vegetarian people didn’t have much choice in eating except cheese and bread. Besides that, none, literally. The people enjoy their food along with a drink over there. I was however surprised to know that there is only one per cent of the Indian Population which is based in Tbilisi.

We were lucky we got to experience snow in the mountainous areas this time of the year, and I could just imagine how beautiful Tbilisi would look when it is fully white coated. There are shopping streets out there too so there can be many things to purchase but are slightly overpriced for it’s worth. Some of the best purchases from there would be Honey, Souveniors and Wine/Beer.

So if you want to spend some time home away from home, in a land of love, Tbilisi is the place for you 🙂

My traditional 2015 roundup post

Hey, I just noticed I have not been very active on my blog this year. My apologies for that, I guess the reason is that I have been sooo super busy this year. And being ‘busy as a bee’ would not even be an exaggeration this time.

So the year began with me starting off my MBA, and working towards achieving a new milestone in life. Little did I know, I will have no weekends any longer for almost one and a half year, hehehe. With work, studies, family, friends, and personal issues, this has been such a roller coaster of a year, and it has been hard to catch up with the pace, but I will admit it has been a joyride.

Again, this year I did things that I have never done before, I have been fearless in making decisions and experiencing new things, feelings and emotions, and taking a stand. This is so important to do in this world, coz in the end, it is your life and only yours, and you have nobody to fear in this life except the lord. But yes at the same time I love and respect my parents even more than I ever used to. I have learnt to grow up a little bit, heck its my 25th this year 😉 It wasn’t a very silvery one but some of the silver linings of my dream clouds moved across showing me the realities of life.

I have made mistakes probably, but I have no regrets as I have learnt so much from these. I only want to see myself as a nicer, healthier, and happier person and see a bunch of smiling faces around me. I have also realised that the Almighty has set plans for each of us, and how much ever we plan, things will work only according to what he has planned, which are the best laid ones for us. So I choose to leave my faith on Him and I know all my dreams will come true someday.

I didn’t travel anywhere as such this year, next year Insha Allah have some exciting travel plans in mind 🙂 There is one thing which is pending, and which I plan to do next year, is to learn to love myself. Hope 2016 is a blissful and a joyous year for all. Keep smiling and the world with smile along with you. Cheers Folks, Word hard, Party harder 🙂 Adios 2015.

Honour Me Lord

Honour me lord, bless my soul

My solitary presence now seeks your role

To you and only you shall I bow down and beg

For Almighty I trust you with my every breath

To love and be loved is a blessing for rare

My love has so much in store to share

For I know you have the best plans for me

I know your favorite child has the best yet to see

I’m not ashamed to beg to you my lord

For love is what seeks all the reward

I don’t seek a partner lord but a soulmate

Who will hold on to me till the very last date

– By Zainab D.

Bye bye 2014, Hello 2015 :-)

It is not easy to say goodbye, but 2014 is one year I would gladly like to bid farewell too. Lot of ups and downs this year and it has been a roller coaster ride. Many life learning lessons too this year, such as travelling alone 😉 Yes I’ve done alot of things in 2014 which have probably been the first time in my life that I have. Good or bad, every year does bring along new learning lessons alongwith it.

Ok that’s enough of cribbing, shall not forget the positives too, Allah gave me the biggest blessing this year and my prince charming in the form of my Nephew:* Here’s hoping for many more blessings to come in the years ahead. Cheers to all XD Happy 2015 !!

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Selamat Datang :)

Ever had a dream of waking up one fine morning and find yourself stranded on an island? Well, Langkawi is surely one island I would not mind being left stranded on. Langkawi, which is an island of Malaysia, consists of a chain or a cluster of 140 other islands surrounding it in the Andaman Sea. The place has no been developed for years, simply because the people out there did not want the island to lose out on its rich natural beauty which it consists of.

The first image from the skies of Langkawi is seeing it surrounded by water and small patches of land on it, and the sight itself is too beautiful to see. Of course the island is no comparison to your beautiful cosmopolitan luxorious developed cities which we have in the world today, but after all it is only an island. However, it provides the perfect escapade from your normal routine life, as it cuts you off totally from the rest of the world, by creating a world of its own.

So some of the activities one can do there? One can do alot of sports out there, like jet skiing, kayaking, para sailing, deep sea diving, scuba diving or even snorkeling. Or you can just laze around and enjoy the scenic beauty of the beaches and breathe in the fresh air it provides, or have a dip in the swimming pools. Langkawi has a wonderful marine life, and the underwater world is quite fascinating, with a number of unique species in the world being present there.

For those who have an adventurous streak in them can also visit the Geoforest parks and the natural wildlife of Langkawi. The crocodile parks, bat caves, fish farms are all ready for a warm welcome for tourists who visit them. Eagle is the bird which symbolizes Langkawi, and the Eagle Square is a must to visit as it signifies Langkawi’s existence. The black sands beach and the breath taking waterfalls is a visual treat for the eyes.

One can always go shopping to the oriental village and also on the cable car ride out there, and can visit the city centre as well as the rice gardens and the handicrafts centre. NOt to forget to try out some delicious Malay food once you are there. So for all you beach buffs and adventure lovers, (and also honeymooners ;)), Langkawi is the perfect place for you.