Visiting an abandoned village in the desert

Visiting an abandoned village in the desert

It's not often that I get time to explore the country I live in, the UAE, and even when I do, I usually visit restaurants or attractions within the city. However, this week when I had a few days off school I knew I had to spend them exploring something out in the desert. I had read about the 'ghost village' or 'abandoned town' in Al Madam and I was curious to see it myself. So my family and I got in the car, drove up to Sharjah, and decided to search for this ghost village.

Sustainable DIY – Upcycle your old denim!

Sustainable DIY – Upcycle your old denim!

In this blog post, I'm going to share a way to upcycle your old clothes so that you can bring life back to your old items and you don't have to live with a closet full of old, worn-to-death outfits. Not only is upcycling your outfits a fun activity, but it's much more sustainable to re-work your old clothes, rather than constantly buying new outfits and throwing away the old ones.

Thailand through my camera lens

Thailand through my camera lens

Over the past couple of months, I've been sharing more travel photography posts with you and the responses I've been getting have been lovely! That's why today I thought I would share some photos from my trip to Thailand in spring break that I never got round to sharing. We visited Phuket and Thailand, and while I had a cold during the trip and couldn't do much 😦 I still enjoyed the places I did manage to visit! I'll leave descriptions of some of the places in the photos in case you want to take a look. So without further ado, here is Thailand through my camera lens... Enjoy!

Beirut through my camera lens

Beirut through my camera lens

A while back I traveled to Lebanon with my family and I never got round to sharing my photos online. Lebanon has always been a place that intrigued me, and living in the Middle East I knew that I had to take advantage of my location and schedule a quick trip to Beirut. Lebanese food is one of my favorite cuisines, but other than the food I didn't really know what to expect of Beirut. I was only there for a weekend, so I spent most of my time in the city discovering cool places; if I had the opportunity to go back I would take some day trips out of the city, as I have heard that there are some must-see attractions outside of Beirut. I hope I managed to capture the essence of the city through these photos, so without further ado, here is Beirut through my camera lens...

A little food for thought: change

A little food for thought: change

When I first moved to Dubai almost six years ago now, it was such a scary change for me, something completely out of my comfort zone. However, looking back on it now this new life in Dubai seems so familiar and comfortable to me, I can't imagine what it would have been like if I had never moved. The unfamiliar became familiar. The changes and choices we decide to make each day determine things in our life years down the line that we don't even know about yet. Each day we are forced to make thousands of small choices: what time to wake up, what to wear, what to eat, and each choice has a specific outcome that will affect something else in turn. We can't control everything in our lives, but we can control the choices we make. We have to ensure that with each choice we make, we make it with purpose and passion so that the few things we can control are exactly what we want to be doing and we can make positive change. We can set a tone for everything that follows by making purposeful choices. 

Wisdom on Well Being – #EXPATWISDOM – Cate

Wisdom on Well Being – #EXPATWISDOM – Cate

This week I have another Expat Wisdom post to share with you, and I have to say, it's one of the most insightful ones that I've shared. If you don't already know, the Expat Wisdom project is something I set up to share the stories of you guys: other expats around the world who have something valuable to say. Each month I invite a fellow expat to share their story and advice on this platform. This month I was lucky enough to have Cate from Incheon and Beyond write for me and share her story. Her writing is truly amazing, and she shares some very useful wellness tips as well. I hope you enjoy reading what she has to say as much as I did! “Well being: the state of being comfortable, healthy, or happy.” The late July humidity was expected but instantly concerning. Sweat stung our eyes as the automated glass doors of the Incheon International Airport closed behind my then boyfriend and I, the pace of these doors glacial, their glass faces fogging at the intersection of an air-conditioned terminal and the unforgiving Korean heat. Our clothes were a new level of damp. Any rational or coherent thought our jet-lagged brains attempted had already evaporated. Left in their exhausted wake were the hollows (at that point, crevasses) of other thoughts that once took up space: what’s going to help get us through this? What is perseverance? What is going on, team?