Ways to be productive this Ramadan!!

First week of summer is always wonderful. By the second week you’re bored and want to go back to school and see your friends (at least this is the case with me). But what are some awesome things you can do if you’re not travelling this summer?

Here’s what you can do, if not travel!!

  • Make a film.

It’s all about VINE, SNAPCHAT and YouTube these days!! So get together with your friends and make videos. it’s an awesome way to make memories. I have plenty of dancing videos that I am too embarrassed to show anyone, but they bring back so many golden memories.

  • Start a podcast

Unfortunately for me I am not really interested in one particular thing, and it is kind of complicated to talk about my endless interests. So if you’re really passionate about something, why not share it with the world?

“If you have knowledge,
let others light their candles in it.”–Margaret Fuller

  • Invite people over

Since Ramadan falls in summer this year and people come back to Saudi Arabia to spend Ramadan with their loved ones, because it is the best can’t deny that! So invite your friends over. What better way to earn some Ajar (good deeds) if not to feed the hungry? Lol.

Besides they wouldn’t even complain, if the food is bad. I am not saying it “will” be, i’m just saying It “MIGHT” be.

  • Volunteer!!

Volunteering can be satisfying and uplifting, because you’re not only working towards a good cause but also being productive with your time. Ask around and get busy!!

  • UPDATE YOUR WARDROBE!

As much as I love to buy new clothes and look at them every now and then, I hate giving away clothes I don’t wear ( DON’T JUDGE ME). I have an emotional attachment to them, even if I have never worn them (I know you do too). Pick out the clothes you haven’t worn in 2-10 years ( please don’t tell me i’m the only one who has clothes from her middle school still in her wardrobe) and donate!

  • Redecorate

What better way to spend time than redoing your room OR YOUR ENTIRE  HOUSE? Okay I got a little too excited there. Use your creative side and impress your parents or anyone else you want to impress. I am doing our family bathroom, can’t wait for the end result. I MEAN’T REDOING!!

  • Just sleep!

If everything else is too much for you, just sleep. But I’m not saying sleep like  a corpse and give up on life for 2 months.

PEACE!! \/

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Ramadan Resoluuuu–fooooooooooodd!!!

Every New Year, I make a list of resolutions that I follow till the end of January and then I forget about it. I know I’m not the only one doing this, and if you’re reading this and denying it, who you foolin’, son?

Since Ramadan is the month of purification and you’re told to refrain from daily distractions, I thought why not make Ramadan resolutions and I know I will stick to them since shaitan is locked up and can’t distract me, unless my own mind plays some sort of games on me due to hunger. Like Hunger games, only less violent.

You can have your own list of resolutions, anything you want to do or try to do every Ramadan and unfortunately you fail.

I try to finish the Quran and always alwayyyysss end up finishing it after Ramadan, so resolution number 1 is to finish the Quran in time.

Another bad habit is to listen to music. It just makes everything fun and the beats get really catchy especially during Ramadan time. Hold your horses, and don’t judge me just yet, I only listen to music in the last 10 days, which I just realized makes it even worse since that is the most pious time of Ramadan. Well, here we have it, second resolution of Ramadan. Oh you can judge me now.

Internet is a necessary evil. It’s useful, but it can waste a lot of your precious time (Facebook, twitter!!) So what we have to do is to make an honest effort to not go online that often. Obviously you can’t spend a month without it, but limit the time you spend online (we all know how easy that is 🙂 ), instead spend time making Dua for yourself and others and pray Taraweeh.

Happy fasting!!!

How To Survive Airports

I love planes and flying and traveling and learning about cultures and just pushing my limits, but as much I love that, I HATE EVERYTHING about airports i-e immigration, thefts, transits, and germs. A lot of germs, all kinds of germs.

I was travelling recently and thought why not share my Airport survival tips with the world, or whoever reads my blog. :p

1) Travel Pillows

I don’t understand people who don’t carry a travel pillow with them. I find it so comforting. it’s already hard to fall asleep on those germ-filled-uncomfortable airplane chairs, why would you distress yourself more by trying to rest your head on your shoulder ? Or perhaps the person next to you.

Some time ago, a man fell asleep on my shoulder. Since he was pretty old, i didn’t mind.

I am already pretty uneasy, now a stranger wants to get too close ? HELLO HEARD OF PRIVATE SPACE!

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2) DRESS APPROPRIATELY

Whether your flight is 40 mins or 24 hours, please wear something appropriate. Don’t wear too many accessories or clothes with studs or metallic detailing. There are people who have had little to no sleep and they just want to get done with this airport hassle and rest.

Also wearing heels at airports is hella irritating( not to you, but to other people). Keep those babies in your bag and wear flip-flops or something comfortable. No one wants to hear the clunk your heels are making.

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Learn from the best ^

3)STINKY POO!

People really need to shower before they get on a flight. You might think you’re wasting water, but actually you’re saving a lot of humans, if you just wash yourself.

For this purpose, I always keep a body splash or deodorant with me. I sometimes spray my perfume on the person sitting next to me too, when they are sleeping. 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Go with H&m, M&S or Sephora sprays, perfumes, body splash. They smell brilliant and are cheap!

http://www.hm.com/gb/product/25154?article=25154-A

http://www.marksandspencer.com/l/beauty/fragrance/womens-perfume

#sharingiscaringtheysay 🙂

4) Sneaky Airport Thieves ( YOU LITTLE BUGGERS) 

Airport theft is very common. Most of the time you don’t find your stuff, unless you’re lucky because well.. I think nobody really cares. So, either I am always very careful or keep extra’s of everything. Keep an extra copy of ticket, passport, all important contacts and extra money in pants, socks or bra. Yep. People do that.

5) YUMMY YUMMY IN MY TUMMY TUMMY!

Airport food can be expensive and yucky. What I do is that I always keep granola bars, chocolate, peanuts or small snacks like that in my hand carry. You never know when you might get hungry. What if you’re at the immigration, there is a long queue and feel hungry ? You can take out your snack and munch on it. 🙂

#nomnomnomnom

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http://showiteer.com/lifestyle/travel/9-easy-snacks-to-take-through-airport-security-without-getting-arrested/

http://www.self.com/wellness/travel/2013/02/airport-snacks-slideshow/

6) Delayed flights or missing flights 

Weather is unpredictable and your flight can get delayed anytime. Or you’re lazypants like me and have missed your flight way too many times. Missing your flight is no fun, especially if it’s an international flight. I like to keep things that can entertain me in my hand carry.

These are my hand carry essentials:

  • Headphones
  • Portable charger
  • Music GOOD MUSIC
  • A book
  • Coloring book or scribble
  • Ipad or computer
  • Sweat pants, if you’re wearing jeans
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste or breath mints
  • A body splash or deodorant
  • A face cream and HAND SANITIZER!!
  • Lip balm
  • Pads and tampons (if you’re a woman)
  • an extra pair of underwear ( or you can just flip them over. No don’t do that) 😐
  • Hair ties ( always great to keep extra)

7) Luggage Tags

Incase you lose your luggage, it’s always good to clip a luggage tag to your luggage with your permanent address on it. If someone finds it, they might send it or the airport definitely will.

Always be prepared, they say. 😉

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http://www.amazon.com/luggage-bag-tags/b?node=1234358011

8) Be Prepared:

When you know you have a long transit, google the airport before going so you know if there is a lounge of some sort where you can rest instead of walking for 2 hours looking for one.

I once had a 5 hour transit somewhere and I spent 4 hours looking for the lounge. Needless to say, it wasn’t so useful after that.

9) Web check-in!

I hate long queues, so i always web check-in. Some airlines don’t have that option, but if yours does YOU SHOULD DEFINITELY DO THAT, instead of waiting in the line for 2 hours and going to the airport 3 hours earlier.

-Thank you for reading, share your tips!! 🙂

6 rules to know before going to an Arab Wedding!!

All you need to know about before going to an arab wedding.

1: DON’T BE PUNCTUAL

if the wedding invite says to be there by 10, leave the house at Midnight. Even that’ll be too early.

2: Eat your dinner:

You’ll be served breakfast, so you might want to have something before you leave.

3: PUT 30lbs. OF MAKE UP

if you think you’re overdressed and putting more than necessary, you’re not! When you reach the ball room, you will see all types of people and mostly overly done relatives and friends.

4: Take pictures before going

your phones will be taken away.. sadly.

5: Be ready to PARTAY!

You will dance.. you will dance all night

6: Wear comfortable Heels

…because you will dance.

You’re welcome! 🙂