Mesmerized and awestruck by how beautiful God’s earth is. The blueness of the sky,the freshness of the clouds and the greenery of the land felt like a dream.
Hello peeps. Yesterday I went to Niagara falls with my sister and cousin and I must say that the falls were beyond amazing. Experiencing it was so much better than what I saw in videos or photos, it can not be expressed in words. We went all the way from Whitby to Niagara on the lake which was a 2 hours journey. The weather was cool and the scenery was breathtaking. There were vine trees and green houses on the way making every area better than the previous. After doing the boat cruise and cheering at the Americans on the other side, we went to Clifton hill and took a five attractions pass. Overall it was a great trip and to everyone going to Canada as a tourist, visiting Niagara falls should be in the top of the list. Here’s some pictures of the trip.
Bridge connecting Canada and US.
I have created some amazing memories living in Lahore for almost three years which I would cherish for the rest of my life. It’s a small, beautiful city with greenery on both sides of the road all the way from DHA to Canal view. I loved the experience of living as an independent person and going out for cold coffee to beat the extreme heat of summers in rickshaw. The food in Lahore is amazing especially the chicken kebabs and meetha paan which I ate at food street and stuff chicken of gourmet. It’s a city with rich history and I enjoyed visiting Badshahi mosque, minar -e-pakistan, fort and various other historical monuments which made me re-live the moghul history. Often on my way back from internship, I used to see buffalos and kids showering in the canal. As a person who loves traditional things, I will miss wandering in shops to find the right bangles,paranda, kola puri sandels and the embroided clothes especially near eid season. Being surrounded by people who all speak my own language made me feel comfortable although at a subconscious level.
I am really gonna miss this city when I leave it after an year but I am glad I got to live here. 😀
I haven’t been able to write any blogs since almost an year as I had numerous projects to finish. Now that I am on a 5 days spring break, I thought of finally writing another post.
So peeps, its been almost 3 (actually two and a half years) of my university and I already feel sad that the university life is about to finish soon. At first, I used to think of getting all the semesters to be done with fast so that I can go back to where my family but now I want the time to slow down. The feeling of leaving your friends with whom you have spent your hostel life, the late night gossips and ordering of food at midnight and leaving behind all the amazing memories is depressing.
On a positive side, I have learned a lot of new things in these years. How to handle the pressure of studies, research and projects work have made me a better and a responsible person. Apart from studies, I have learned how to bargain with the rickshaw walas as my friends and I often go for shopping 😛 Also I now know how to negotiate with the shop keepers which previously my mom used to do. University life has made me an independent person.Also, I have started loving Lahore so much that I dont feel like leaving it. It is a beautiful historic city of Pakistan and I find it very peaceful.
Now that only an year is left, I need to start preparing for the Gmat in order to get to a good grad-school or maybe get good job. Lets see what happens!
P.S if you have suggestions for a good grad univiersity, let me know
I have lived about four years in Al-Khobar which is one of the peaceful cities of Saudi Arabia and wanted to share my experience with all those who are planning to and have lived there. I did my O and A- Levels from there and had quite a difference experience if I compare it with my life in Pakistan. I consider my self lucky to have lived in Saudi Arabia because I was able to visit the holy places- Makkah and Madina almost after every six months. Moreover, I got to explore a lot of deserts and different kind of mountains along the highway. On the route from Dammam to Riyadh there are red mountains which darkens as we move further and turn completely black with gold mines near Jeddah. Although its hard to find greenery but there are always lots of camels on the sides of the highway. The locals love their camels so much that there is a fine of thousands of riyal if anyone hits a camel on highway so we always had to be careful.
On the contrary, the weather is hot most of the times and sometimes wearing Abaya (a black gown compulsory for women) in the scorching sun annoyed me. Though most of the times, I felt abaya as a blessing as it didn’t require me to change clothes and dress up every time I had to go out. Other thing is that all the shops close down during the prayer time which I have never seen happening in other Muslim countries. I found it to be a good thing as it motivates people to leave all their work and pray.
Moreover, there are separate family and bachelors section in all the restaurants and women are not allowed to talk to any non- Mahram otherwise Muttawa’s are always there to give lectures. Also, women are not allowed to drive which is considered peculiar by many. However when in compound, a women can drive on her own. One more thing, there are no cinemas in Saudi Arabia so when ever we had to watch a new movie, we had to go to Bahrain…yes, a different country just for that.
Overall, I found the country to be safe and peaceful. I consider it as a good experience of my life.
So it was the first time I was travelling alone and coming from Lahore to Dammam after the end of semester.I was so excited to meet my parents and siblings that I did all my packing two days before going. Moreover I reached airport 3 hours before the flight timings.However the weather was foggy and I had a feeling hat something wrong will happen and it did. t 7 pm there was an announcement that come to gate no.24 where we were informed that due to the foggy weather, he plane was unable to land and instead it has now gone to Karachi so kindly either go home or wait if you want to get a hotel.I felt so sad as it meant to live one more day without my mom 😦 Anyhow because the hostel was entirely empty as everyone has already left for their homes so I had no other option but to take hotel. Worse still there were very few ladies and the rest were men.Also most of the ladies did not even knew Urdu properly but thankgod I met two girls in the car on our way to the airport which provided me with the confidence.Finally we arrived in the ‘Crown Plaza Hotel’ which was a lot better than I expected.Never the less the dinner was not free and then I bought a burger of 45o rupees which did not taste so good.I was so sleepy but the two girls and I talked till the morning and then they took us to the airport at 8 am.Just imagine that we had to sit in the airport for almost 8 hours.I felt that today even we wont be able to go and finally the staff announced at 4;30 in the afternoon that your flight is ready to depart. This announcement gave me immense joy as finally I would be able to go back home for 3 weeks.It was a 5 hours long flight almost which ended my journey and I came to Saudia Arabia.I really wish that there is no such problem or fog when I go back to Lahore.
Life continues to move on and on.It brings new challenges and oppurtunities in everyones life.There are some difficult,gloomy moments but they too gets passed.All that remains with us are our memories-some bad and some good.
It was in Febuary,2009 when I came to Saudia Arabia.My dad got a job in a community college in Hafr.Shifting from Karachi-a huge metropolitan city to a small alien town was very difficult for me.I left all my friends(which I still miss)and came to a place where everyone spoke Arabic and I knew nothing.
For first three months I had no internet and neither did I make any friends in the small school in Hafr.Finally my dad decided to shift our family to Dammam-which is a big city and has all the facilities.It took me more than a year to adjust myself in the new environment.I changed school which was a lot better and made some friends.
Time passed by too quickly that I didn’t realize.It now been more than 4 years in KSA alhamduillah and its now time to say goodbye and to go back to my country inorder to continue my studies.I have mixed feelings as it really difficult to readjust my self in Pakistan.
Some of the best things that I like about Saudia Arabia are:
1.I could go to Makkah and Madina at any time of the year which was so expensive from Pakistan.I am very happy that God gave me an opportunity to come to his home for Umrah several times.I’ll really miss this.
2.My family and I went to Jordan,UAE,Bahrain and Dubai by road from KSA.The high ways here are awesome and there are good restaurants at stops.I was able to visit so many countries from here.:)
3.KSA is a corruption free country.At least there are no streat crimes here unlike Pakistan
Well,I am gonna miss this chapter of my life.I really wish that the next chapter of my life will be much better and full of cherishable memories.
In 2005 we went to Lahore.In the same trip we took the Daewoo bus and went to Islamabad.It was a 4 hours journey and the motorway was very well constructed.Islamabad was so clean and green.I had never seen such greenery in Karachi.We all were so tired and were half sleeping,so couldn’t see the view properly.All I remember is that in was night(late evening)when we reached the central islamabad.We took the taxi and went to the Faisal Mosque.After that we asked the same taxi driver to take us to Murree which is about 58 km from Islamabad.We trip the whole time in taxi.Just imagine what would happen if the driver took us somewhere else or would have kidnapped us.Anyways Murree is located in the Northern part of Pakistan.It is a hilly area and the weather was very pleasant.At first I thought that the mountain is covered with snow cap but later I came to know that it was just the smoke when I went near it.We sat on the Chair lift in Patrita.It was so much fun.My memories about this trip are as vivid and clear as if it was just yesterday that all this happened.I really wish that I can revisit Murree again with my family.(Ameen)
We had spring holidays for a week.My dad is an adventurous person and he loves to make some random plans.At the first day of our holidays,there was a blast in Karachi and a cerfuw was put on the whole city.It meant that no one was allowed to come out of their homes.We were so bored so my dad decided to go to Lahore for 5 days.I forgot to mention that people were allowed to go to airport and hospitals.
Me and my siblings were extremely excited as it was the first time we were sitting in the plane.I had visited airport 100s of times but just to pick and drop my relatives and I had always wondered what it was to be inside the airport.We hurridly packed our clothes in our school bags since we had no suitcases(It was an unplanned trip) and went to Jinnah International Airport,Karachi.
Those were the times when I had no tension of studies and external board exams as I was just in grade 5.Since it was a domestic flight so we got the tickets immediately and we went in the lounge.The airport was huge and well-organized from the inside.
We got the tickets of Aero Asia(which is now closed) and went inside the plane.Now me and my siblings were fighting on who is going to sit on the window side because we all wanted to see the view when the plane is taking off and landing.Well it was decided that I will sit on the seat during its taking off.My sister will exchange and sit on the window seat during landing and my brother will sit the next time when we would be coming back.
Now the most funny part was when the plane was taking off.I started screaming as the plane went under a slight turbulence.The airhostress came and calmed me down.how embarrassing.And how can I forget the food…it was delicious although I don’t remember what it was exactly.
After we reached Lahore,my dad took the bus from the airport and took us to Minar-e-Pakistan.It was amazing to see a monument which I had seen in my history books.Then we went to Badshahi mosque , Shahi Qila and the Wagah border.I had a great time.Lahore was so green and it had a natural beauty.I sat on Chingi(a cycle rickshaw)for the first time.
The most memorable place in Lahore was the food street.There were about hundred restaurants in a line and the mesmirising smell of food urged me to taste most of the things.We ate hareesa,baked fish,chicken tikka and katakat.We stayed in our aunts home for 3 days.I also shopped from Liberty and fortress stadium.It was a remarkable trip overall.