At Khorfakkan, UAE

Khorfakkan has a gorgeous beach and the boat ride’s lovely too.  I hope you like the photos!

Where the mountains meet the sea

Where the mountains meet the sea

The island at Khorfakkan

The island at Khorfakkan

So lovely when the water touches my toes...

So lovely when the water touches my toes…

I added a bit of drama to the sky...

I added a bit of drama to the sky…

Yes, I edited this a bit...

At the beach

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Happy Independence Day, Pakistan!

It’s the 14th of August, the day Pakistan was born and I pray for my beloved country. For peace, for prosperity, for guidance, and for happiness. For safety in Pakistan, for its people to be protected, for the land to become a haven of safety and security. For resurgence.

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The metallic macaroons

Appearances can be misleading. These were not so great to eat. Unfortunately... lessons in baking learnt!

Appearances can be misleading. These were not so great to eat, unfortunately…! Lessons in baking learnt!

I used freshly dessicated coconut, and I added some from the packet too… I think it was the packet one that was probably spoilt the macaroons.

Girls helped out... we made a big mess, but it was fun. I ended up burning them slightly from the base. Oh well, there's always another time! :)

Girls helped out… we made a big mess, but it was fun. I ended up burning them slightly from the base. Oh well, there’s always another time! 🙂

 

As a kid I loved coconut macaroons. Now my taste is less sweet, more bitter... these were for the girls mostly.

As a kid I loved coconut macaroons. Now my taste is less sweet, more savoury and more bitter… these calorie-laden metallic macaroons were for the girls basically. They weren’t exactly crazy about them. lol

 

Another lesson learnt — what tastes good raw, may not taste so good when baked! The coconut mixture we prepared was actually quite yummy.

Flowers on Eid

To all readers and friends,

Eid Mubarak! 

How was Eid? Well, mine’s been a bit boring to be honest. Never mind though, it’s been good to chill out a bit. Ramadan was kinda hectic, yet I am so sad it’s over. Eid ul Fitr is a kind of tug of war for me — on the one hand I’m depressed that Ramadan is over, and then at the same time, I am happy because it’s Eid.

Hope you enjoy the following photos!

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So if you think I received all of these lovely flowers for Eid, umm no. I was clicking at the flower arrangements in a hotel. 🙂 Oh and this was before Eid. But I figured this was a good time to share these photos.

Never really photographed flowers before... Not much anyway

Never really photographed flowers before… Not much anyway. I think I’d enjoy it.

Always thought I'd wait for the right camera you know.. DSLR and stuff... but I think my point and shoot ain't doing too badly here. Especially in bad light

Always thought I’d wait for the right camera you know.. DSLR and stuff… but I think my point and shoot ain’t doing too badly here. Especially in bad light.

I feel that detail in this could have better, besides I'm not too crazy about the composition of this picture.

I feel that detail in this could have better, besides I’m not too crazy about the composition of this picture. Don’t want to whine about the camera…honest

This was a beautiful bunch, flowers make me smile.

This was a beautiful bunch, flowers make me smile.

I like these tones. You?

I like these tones. You?

Umrah 2013 in pictures part 2 (Medina)

As promised, I’m posting the pictures I took in Medina, a city that’s truly special! Some phone pics, quality isn’t the best, but all the same…

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What a sight!

 

Sunrise in Medina

Sunrise in Medina

 

Open umbrellas, view from hotel window

Open umbrellas, view from hotel window

 

Opening umbrellas

Opening umbrellas

 

Enter in peace... the mosque of the Prophet (PBUH)

Enter in peace… the mosque of the Prophet (PBUH)

 

A shot from inside the ladies prayer hall, Bab Uthman Bin Affan (I think)

A shot from inside the ladies prayer hall, Bab Uthman Bin Affan (I think)

 

Peace and blessings on the beloved (PBUH)

Peace and blessings on the beloved (PBUH)

 

 

Fajr time. I loved this time.

Fajr time. I loved this time.

 

Zam zam? Yes please!

Zam zam? Yes please!

 

Through the hotel window

Through the hotel window

 

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The city of Medina glows at night, too.

The city of Medina glows at night, too.

 

Dubai: the lesser known side

I’m sure you’ve heard about the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building, and seen the pics in the Burj Series on my blog.

And you saw the architecture at Souk Madinat Jumeirah as well.

Heck, I even brought you the beaches!

It’s now time to see some greenery! Enjoy! 🙂

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Yes, some of these are edited and stuff, but a photographer is an artist. It’s a mixture of composition, perspective and feeling. Hope you liked the photos. Do let me know what you think.

-Mehmudah