‘DNA doesn’t make a family… Love does’


What is a family? Is it the people we call our close friends or is it the people we share DNA and blood with..?

Having always lived away from my grandparents, uncles, aunts and cousins etc. You learn to surround yourself with people you would classify as part of your ‘family’ – you may not be related but at least you have someone there to turn to in desperate  situations.

In the modern world today we see young couples move away from their families, settling elsewhere to create their own lives and achieve their own dreams and hopes, and although I’ve planned in my head about travelling the world, deep inside I know it’s not that practical, because whether we like to admit it or not we need our families – they are our major support system in everything we do.

Every year we go and visit my grandparents during the summer and spend time with our cousins. We may not do something interesting every single day, but the memories and bants we create is something I will cherish for generations to come. 

As our annual London trip comes to a close it made me realise how immensely lucky I am to be given the opportunity to return here and spend time with the people I share blood with. 

‘DNA doesn’t make a family love does..’ 


The calm before the storm… 

Through the constant hustle and bustle that plagues our lives, it’s extremely difficult to take the time to just sit and relax.

We often rush past life and barely notice the small things that surround us, which we have been truly blessed to have.

Earlier on around exam season we went up the mountains in Ras – al – Khaimah and just enjoyed the twisting lanes and small hideyholes and caves we spotted tucked away in the mountains, but the most interesting and intriguing factor of it all was the complete silence and peace you felt when you were up there, the experience of going up (even I’ll be the first to admit, was not the best, blocked ears is not exactly my cup of tea…) but once you were up there among the piles and piles of rocks the atmosphere was beautiful yet serene and relaxing all at once.

The looming prospect of exam revision sessions, revision notes and exam rooms with students packed inside like a can of sardines, is an idea every student detests, but taking a break before all the chaos and havoc erupts is important for us as students to find our inner calm. This day trip gave me a boost of energy and unexpected longing to return. You see I’m the type of person who takes pleasure in the hustle and bustle and excitement of a situation, but I would absolutely recommend a trip up there even if it’s for a couple of hours.

So if you need a getaway from the commotion plaguing your life take a day off and meander your way round these beautiful mountains, and not to forget you can take great photographs up there too.


That One Girl Z…


‘The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time’ – Mark Twain


Its not something we as humans, think about often, but it is a reality we need to embrace. We are all going to die one day or another, and that is the only aspect of death that we are 100% sure about. Yet we fail to ready ourselves for the unknown challenges of tomorrow.

But why is it when we are unsure of something like an exam we take the time to prepare ourselves for the unknown questions that we will face. Death is the same thing we have no idea when we will be gone, leaving behind our loved ones, yet we fail to prepare ourselves for the life we will lead beyond the realms of this earth. We find it easier to be oblivious and remain in the dark than understand our purpose and the reason we are here.

Its not until recently, when my uncle died, did I really start pondering about what happens after we transition from this world to the next. It hit me hard that the man I had spoken to only just about 6 months ago was no longer here. He was gone never to return. We were never close but due to the relationship he held with both my mum and dad it was only a matter of time before I had begun to share a bond with him. Every year when we visited London, he would be present, come home, ask me questions about life in Dubai and about life in general. Although we never really understood each other on a more personal level and we were much rather aquatiances than uncle and niece, he was ever present and the aura he held was unreal.

I only realised how unprepared and scared I really was of the unknown that was to approach in the second, minutes, days, years or months to come and how little I had done to prep my soul for death and the undeniable afterlife, when we held a majalis, a service if you will, in commemoration of my uncles life and the guest speaker, someone I really do admire in her eloquence and demeanour, reminded us all of how although death is seen as something frightening we need to be ready for when its our turn to leave this all behind.

She mentioned how nowadays with the evolution of technology, we have become distracted from the things that really matter and we no longer take heed of the advice we are given time and time again. We constantly see reminders of death all over the news but scroll through and take no heed in the meaning behind the words that are on the page.

She aforementioned how how we are still chasing the distractions of this world that are only here for us temporarily, and will not help us in any way whatsoever, once we perish. We need to realise that death is a reality waiting to happen. Death is not scary if we are prepared the only problem is that we are not, and are either to lazy, stubborn or have deviated to far from the right path to succumb and alter our way of living to be as prepared as we possibly can.

If not now, when, If not here, where?

That One Girl Z…




Welcome to my blog. I’m an artist, flatlay fanatic and love taking pictures. I’m glued to my phone and have a serious addiction to the internet. I love exploring and documenting my adventures in life, travel, food and anything that takes my fancy through a bajillion photos.

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