Category Archives: Around The World

Hot Air Balloon Ride Over the Arabian Desert

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I have always wanted to fly in a hot air balloon, this has been on my bucket list for a long time. On a cold December morning and far from the glitz and the glamour of the city of Dubai I went on a hot-air balloon flight over the Arabian desert with endless ocean of sand dunes and emerald green oases. we spotted native Arabian animals such as oryx, gazelles and wandering camels in their natural habitats.

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Up in the air just like that. on the ground one minute and 500 feet in the air the next! Stayed in the air for about an hour. Apart from the “burn” needed to keep us buoyant, it was the most quiet, peaceful, blissful experience on Earth. I absolutely loved it, a very unique combination of exhilaration and serenity.

No words can really describe it, you have got to try it ;)

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I ♥ Cape Town

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Cape Town, South Africa 

P.S This post is dedicated to one of my long-life friends Thabang Titotti, I had an amazing tour with him to one of the townships in Cape Town (click here to read more). It was truly an experience of a lifetime . Check his website here for more info.

City I love

 

Vancouver, the beautiful city I fell in love with ♥

I enjoy every single scene of this laid-back city, the nightlife, ocean breeze, the snowy mountains and even the drunken beggars who fill the streets and shake their paper cups demanding money.

Vancouver, the grown-up city represents a buzzy cultural life and a cosmopolitan population that includes diverse ethnic mix from Asia, Africa, and Europe.

I don’t mind living here forever, home is where the heart is, and this lovely city not just have captured my heart but seduced my mind too.

XOXO

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Lots of us have a thing called a “bucket list,” those experiences we wish to have before we pass on from this life. And I’m no different.

Few minutes past 5PM last 19 July, 2014, Saturday, I crossed off one dream that was on my bucket list: a visit to the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi. It was a wonderful spiritual experience.

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque was initiated by the late President of the United Arab Emirates Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. It is one of Abu Dhabi’s top tourist attractions and the largest religious center in the United Arab Emirates and the 10th largest Mosque in the world.

This mosque is not just a place of tourism but primarily of worship and must be considered sacred at all times. The size of the Mosque is 22,000 square meters and has a capacity of 40,000 people to pray at once.

Dress codes must be observed. Long, loose fitting, ankle length trousers or skirts for women and men. Women must wear a headscarf. Footwear must be removed prior entering the main prayer hall.

I went there for Maghrib (sunset) prayer and stayed there till Isah (night-time) prayer. I wondered around and was stunned by the Islamic architecture, I was really mesmerized by its white and gold color design. While the prayer halls of the mosque are grand and luxurious, the corridors are simple and yet a treat to the eye.

Simply, it’s beyond beautiful.

Hope you will have the chance to visit it one day and see this one-of-a-kind place on Earth.

Peace! 

#BlogshopSF

Hello Beautiful People,

Hope you’re all having a wonderful week so far :)

I’ve been interested in #Blogshop for a while, and recently I had the opportunity to haul myself from Vancouver to San Francisco just to attend this workshop. It was such an amazing experience and one of the best investments of my life. 

It was ideal learning climate and a wonderful opportunity to free the creative spirit and learn some new Photoshop skills.

If you’re interested in taking Blogshop, you can learn more here

Be Grateful,

I am back after a bit of a hiatus from writing. And I am here today to share with you one lesson my life has taught me.

I have been blessed to be able to travel so much around the world over the last few years, and this helped me to gain some insightful thoughts about myself, others and life. One of the most profound things I witnessed was how much we take for granted.

While I was studying English in South Africa, I did not want to be a furiously-picture-snapping tourist; I wanted to be a traveler who goes deeper and makes an effort to understand and honor the culture and not just obey what the tour guide says to do. So, I decided to take the plunge to explore poverty-stricken areas in Cape Town. I knew that I was about to dive into the rabbit hole. I visited some townships built on the edge of the city, lacking life essentials like sanitation, electricity, paved roads and clean water.

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I went through the alleys of the slums where people walk around without shoes or jackets in the freezing cold. Life is the battle they fight every day to survive and feed their hunger. Their homes are made of corrugated iron and any materials they find to shelter them from rain, heat, and other adverse conditions.

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In spite of this harsh life, they manage to keep their smiles up, offer tourists a cup of tea and be kind with each other. They don’t have the wealth and the means that we have. Instead, they appreciate what they have, are generous despite their limited means, and have sense of humor. If they have to live without these spirituals and those who love and care about them, that would be the poverty they would fear the most. Money and materialistic things are so irrelevant to their happiness.

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This taught me to value the blessings that I have and not to take them for granted, to be simple, less materialistic, and more importantly be HAPPY.

Be grateful for everything you have. Count your blessings and count them again because I am pretty sure you will forget at least two.

Good Night :)

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