Incredible Arabian Night

 

 

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If you are in Dubai, and not been to desert safari, you are missing out the most incredible experience in life.

After magnificent Jabel Jais mountains in Ras Al Khaimah, it was our next adventurous trip in Dubai. The most exciting, thrilling, fun filled dune bashing, camel ride, delicious buffet dinner, bonfire, bbq, belly dance and a lot more. The beauty of the desert was so magical when the sun go down. The colour of the sky turned into orange,so stunning and spectacular view which was reminding me of a beautiful song “Aafreen Aafreen” by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.IMG_9498

We have booked for the tour a day earlier. Next day, we were waiting for the the pick up at 3 PM afternoon and we reached there on time, not to miss the  lovely sunset. The thrilling sand dune bashing was no less than a rollercoaster ride with so many ups and downs, just afraid not to hurt my back. My 2 years old was scared a bit but she enjoyed the ride. Then we stopped to see falcon, the national bird of UAE which is considered very special creature in Arab tradition and culture. As I was too scared of camel ride, didn’t give a try. We have tried to capture the mystic beauty of sunset over the sand dunes. Whether you are a good or bad photographer, the desert makes your photographs look amazing with dramatic landscapes.

 

My baby enjoyed playing on the sand, jumping, running and hopping around. Just for a moment, I felt as if I was walking on the moon. Then, we arrive at traditional Bedouin style camp where a delicious bbq, buffet dinner awaits along with enchanting belly dance and dazzling tanoura dance. There were many stalls to take pictures in Arabic costumes, henna painting, souvenirs,  beverages, drinks and many more. But I was too tired to try on anything and was relaxing on the carpet while my husband was busy with the little one. The entertainment show begun with a wonderful tanoura dance. Then, a beautiful and talented belly dancer charmed the stage with her enchanted dance moves.

 

After delicious BBQ dinner,  we decided to come back. It was an wonderful Arabian night experience, something you shouldn’t miss, lots of fun, adventure, entertainment, most memorable experience that you can cherish lifelong.

 

Ghazal Night in Dubai

IMG_9407After a tiresome day with my super active daughter at home whole day and my husband who had to go to work on weekend, we decided to dine at Gharana, an Indian restaurant in Holiday Inn, Dubai Al Barsha. It was an awesome experience with relaxing, warm ambience and beautiful live music by talented singers and musicians. The flute music was amazingly soothing and stress buster.

I have visited many Indian restaurants earlier but this one was amazing.The cool and calm ambience, ideal for family gatherings and friends meet. I would say it’s one of the best Indian restaurants in Dubai that serves the most authentic Indian food. We have ordered Murgh Soorkh Tikka, Chicken Tikka Biriyani, Adraki kheema, Butter naan, tandoori roti, a glass of red wine for husband and martini for myself. We enjoyed our dinner while the singer was singing songs requested by the guests there and one requested by us, a beautiful ghazal “Koi Fariyad” from Tum Bin movie. It was a beautiful evening spent.

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A Day in Mommy’s Life

I think it’s normal for moms like me to feel frustrated and heartbroken many times. Definitely, staying at home makes us low, lonely and depressed sometimes.IMG_9296

Yesterday I have spoilt my day being negative and creep about the things that I have seen in social media. I was frustrated to see some people losing their weight so easily without any workouts, diet control, etc etc., which I was doing like a crazy to lose some weight. Lucky are the people who can stay slim without compromising with their food and without doing any exercise. To look beautiful has become the most important thing for today’s women, no matter what and the worst thing is the comparison with others. Not only that, my stay at home mom status was bugging me. I am a proud stay at home mom to look after my kid and spend most of the time with her. But whoever I meet, always asking me questions like, “Are you working? “,”When you go back to work”?,”Why you aren’t working?”, etc. Most of the time I responded saying that my kid is too little to leave her with someone else and go for work. My daughter is four years old now and when she also asked me why I am not going for work, it confused me and rethink my decision of being a housewife and a stay at home mom.

When I was struggling with all these feelings, my husband comes  home late and not to blame him, but his stressful work which has exhausted him like anything. Looking after my kid, feeding her, helping her with homework, playing with her, fulfilling her demands etc., keeps me so occupied, hardly gets time for myself. Sometimes it’s difficult for me to handle everything and feel like screaming out, which I know not going help anyway.

No one can help me unless I help myself. So, ignoring all my negative thoughts, prepared myself for a new day. Next day, I woke up early and after my daily morning routine, cleaning, cooking, sending off my daughter  to school , husband to work, I had my breakfast. Then, went for shopping and bought some new dresses for myself. Really a great mood booster. Next, I always love doing something with my hair, so gone to saloon and added some highlights to my hair. It look fantastic ! I was much happier at the end of the day. Being selfish is not bad, it makes you happy and a better person. “When you take care of yourself first, you show up as a healthy, grounded person in life,” says Bob Rosen, which is very true.

IMG_8337Whenever you feel low or worthless, just get up and do things you love. Not only you feel good , it will boost your self confidence, self esteem and your attitude towards the life.Be a happy mommy.

 

 

My Baby’s First Day at School

Happy Mother’s Day to all Gorgeous Moms! Today, I would love to share one of the my most beautiful experiences. My daughter’s first day at school, very exciting and an emotional moment. Just a week before her third birthday, she was about to begin her new journey, her school life.

The most awaited day, 14th January 2016, when I had to send my little one to school. Staying at home, spending all day with her, chatting, playing, singing, dancing, doing everything together while her dad is off to work, made us so much attached that sending her to school was a tough decision. How can I send my little baby with someone? Can anyone take good care of her? What if she gets hurt and cries? So many questions running through the mind and separation bumps had frightened me. I was happy, excited, at the same time very worried. But I was telling myself that it’s the good decision for my child, for her growth and future.

Earlier, when we visited the school, we were pleased to see the lively classrooms filled with cute little furniture, colorful pictures, numbers, alphabets on the wall and an amazing play area with different toys all around.

Finally, the big day had arrived.I woke up early in the morning with some great feeling. Before waking her up from her sleep, I just looked at her beautiful face, kissed her on the forehead and whispered, today’s her first day at school, then she opened the eyes with a beautiful smile on her face . She was very much excited to go to school. By the time, I dressed her up for the school, my husband got ready too and we had our breakfast happily. We were all set for the school.  I packed her lunch box, water bottle and carried an extra clothes and diapers etc., as listed by the school. Finally, we walked to school, feeling nervous and anxious but hidden my feelings, pretending to be happy and preparing her for the first day.

As soon as we stepped in the school, the teacher greeted us and before I could say goodbye and hug my little one, she rushed into classroom accompanied by another teacher. The teachers were nice, experienced and they assured us about her good care and guidance. My husband and I spoke to them, finished all the formalities. My husband had left for his work and I was waiting there and watching her from the window, but out of her sight. I was happy to see my baby happily playing with other kids.

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Later, I left the school bidding goodbye to the teachers. I came back home with a heavy heart leaving my part in a new place, new environment among new people without me. I missed her terribly, the house looked so empty and I burst into tears. My husband called me and was trying to console me, and asked me to call up my mom. I felt better talking to my mom and was waiting for my baby to come home. I reached the school to pick her up, seeing me, she ran to me and gave me a big hug. I was so happy to see her, I kissed her and lifted her on my arms.The teacher told me, she was happy most of the time, just cried a bit at the end. Reaching home, we were talking about her new school experience. I was proud that my little girl has grown up and stepped into a new life, to the real world. A great milestone for parents and children. So, the big day has ended much smoother and happier than expected.

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Today, she has completed almost one and a half year and she’s a very happy and confident child who loves going to school. Great, that was a right decision, filled with joy, excitement, and tears.

A Trip to a Beautiful Mountain

Our first trip from Dubai, a long drive to Jebel Jais mountain in Ras Al Khaimah, UAE. Jebel Jais is a magnificent mountain, tallest in UAE, which is located on the border of Oman and UAE. It was nearly 176 km from Dubai and takes about 3 hours to reach there by car. We started early in the morning at 7:00 AM and reached at around 11 AM. Traveling with a 2yrs old toddler our speed was limited.  That was her second road trip and I was nervous if she gets irritated or cries on the way. As I was little prepared, I have packed all the essentials along with like food, diapers and extra dresses for her. But I was really pleased to see her enjoying the trip without being cranky. I am truly blessed to have such a wonderful child. On the way, we stopped for a coffee break. The view was amazing with uncluttered and smooth roads surrounded by spectacular rocky mountains.  Situated at the height of 1900 m from sea level,  it was cooler, calmer and relaxing atmosphere than the city and a great spot for a picnic, trekking, biking and long drives. But of course, need to be very careful while driving because the road has many twists and turns. It was a fantastic road trip and one of the most unique and amazing travel experiences. An awesome place to visit when you are in UAE, one can enjoy the beautiful scenery while driving, a best getaway for a weekend when you are in Dubai.

 

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My First Arabic Dish, Kunafa!

We are truly amazed by the beauty and the lifestyle of this city, Dubai. We love this city for many reasons, not to mention the bad ones. I am a great foodie, and Dubai is a heaven for foodies like me.In Dubai, over 80 percent of its residents are expatriates from other countries so you can enjoy the food from all around the world, including Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Indian, Pakistani, Lebanese, Turkish, European and much more. One day my husband asked me to cook something Arabic. A few days ago we had dined to an Arabic restaurant and ordered a dessert, named, Kunafa. The dessert tastes so sweet, creamy, crunchy, and utterly delicious. Eventually, I have decided to try my hands on my first Arabic Dessert, Kunafa.

One day my husband asked me to cook something Arabic. A few days back, we had dined at an Arabic restaurant and ordered a dessert, named, Kunafa and it tastes amazingly sweet, creamy, crunchy, and utterly delicious. Eventually, I have decided to try my hands on my first Arabic Dessert, Kunafa. I won’t say that was my perfect shot but delightful and everyone was admiring my cooking skill.

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Cream Kunafa Recipe:

Ingredients

1. Kunafa Pastry 500 gm (1Pckt)
2. 250 gm Melted butter
3. 3 cup milk
4. 3 tablespoon Corn starch
5. 3 tablespoon Sugar
7. 1 cup Rosewater
8. 1 and a half cup sugar syrup

Method
Step 1:
Cream Filling:

In a medium saucepan over high heat, add milk and sugar. Mix well.
Whisk a half cup of water to cornstarch and pour it into the milk gently. When the mixture thickens, add 1/2 cup of rose water.
Pour the cream mixture into a bowl & keep aside.

Step2:
Kunafa Mix:

In a large bowl, take kunafa pastry breaking all strings apart with hands. Add melted butter over the pastry. Some sugar and remaining rose water. Mix it well with hands.

Step 3:

In a pie pan, add half of Kunafa mix and press down evenly. Then add some Cream filling over it evenly. Add the remaining Kunafa pastry and press down gently.

Step 4:

Bake in a preheated 400F for 30 minutes. Turn it over the plate to serve.
Pour sugar syrup over Kunafa.

Enjoy your super delicious dessert.

Dau Jwng Ondla

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Ondla  Jwng Dau is one of the most authentic, famous and unique Bodo dishes. This is the most favorite among the indigenous people. It is mainly prepared with chicken/pork/prawns, rice flour(mostly grounded) and khaar (homemade Alkali). Khaar is one of the special ingredients of Assam and used in most of the Assamese and Bodo dishes.IMG_8750

Last weekend, I prepared Dau Jwng Ondla at home, predominantly guided by mom over the phone. I always lean on my mom whenever I prepare something authentic,  of course, she’s my guide, my philosopher, my teacher and my idol who keeps inspiring me.

Many times I prepared this dish but never came out so well. For the first time, it has come out perfect and everybody was appreciating my cooking skill. Proud Mommy and a wife!

Later I thanked my mom for her amazing recipe and the great success. She told me adding the right amount of spices is the key to making any dish delicious.

Following is the recipe for authentic Dau Jwng Ondla curry.

Recipe:

  • First, wash and soak 1 cup of rice (I used Joha rice) for about 3-4 hrs. Grind it into a smooth paste with little water.Keep the rice paste aside.
  • Take a pan. Heat 1 tbsp of mustard oil. Add 1/2 cup of sliced onions and 2 slit green chilies. Now add the chicken pieces (1/2 kg). Add 2 tsp ginger garlic paste, 1tsp crushed pepper, 1 tsp turmeric powder, salt to taste, 1tsp cumin powder, 1 tsp coriander powder. Mix it well and cook it for 10mins stirring at regular intervals. Add some water and let it cook till chicken pieces are tender.
  • Again, add water according to your requirement. I have added 2 cups of water. Once it starts to boil, take 1 cup of gravy and add 2 tbsp of grounded rice, mix it well and pour in the curry. Add 1 tbsp of khaar (homemade alkaline). Let it simmer for some time.
  • Stir it continuously so that lumps should not be formed. Finally, add chopped coriander leaves.
    Enjoy your delicious hot Ondla Jwng Dau curry with plain white rice.

DIY…Denim Shorts!

Summer is almost here! And there are many reasons, I love summer. Holidays, travels, beaches, food, drinks etc sound like a party time, right??and the best reason is Dresses!!!Yes, we can flaunt our favorite dresses in the summertime, a cute short floral dress, a beautiful long maxi or just a hot denim pants. I love wearing jeans because I feel so comfortable and they are acceptable for almost any occasion, formal, casual, party, sports, anything else, jeans never go out of fashion.

This summer, instead of buying a new pair of shorts I have decided to make it on my own. So, this being my second DIY project on my blog. It was simple, easy, quick and I enjoyed making it. I made two shorts, one for me and another for my lovely daughter, who has outgrown her jeans pants.  The shorts look cute, stylish, comfy and amazingly flattering.

Step by step method to transform old worn-out jeans into adorable shorts. You just need a marker, a pair of scissors, and an iron.

  • First, take your old jeans. Put it on and mark the length of the shorts, 2inches longer than the desired length with a marker.
  • Cut off the pants according to the mark. Make it sure it’s aligned properly. Flip the pants over the other side and cut accordingly.
  • Last, cuff up the bottom of the shorts and iron it.

Gorgeous shorts are ready to wear. The best way to renovate and revamp your old jeans.