Uni Days vs Work Life

Salaams everyone,

You know when you sometimes scroll through your camera roll and it takes you back to all sorts of moments and memories? The other day I came across this video I had taken while I was living in Southampton (you can check it out on my instagram @nuhaa.ma).

Boy oh boy did that take me back to my unidays. I can’t believe how fast time flies, because that video made me feel like it was taken just some months ago. While the fact of the matter is that was taken back in 2012!!

The years at uni were without a doubt some of the most fun times. I always say to people currently studying: enjoy it! Soak it in and enjoy your days. Cause this time won’t come back.
Only if you have graduated and currently working will you understand what that means.
It may sound strange, but compared to the working life your time at uni is pretty carefree and indulgent.

Why you ask?

Well, it is not that uni is easy with all its deadlines and exams – one after the other – one on top of the other. No, trust me, that is hard and the pressure feels immense.
The difference however comes down to the pressure during uni is all on you. You kind of control your own destiny. By that I mean, if you fail you fail, if you succeed you succeed mashallah. Whatever happens no one else is really afflicted by it, does not change or do much for anyone else out there. While when you are in the work force people are depending on you, your company depends on you. What you do and achieve means a lot to everyone around you. You fail means your team fails, your company fails. You succeed means your team succeeds and your company wins. For many that could also mean I keep my job or I loose my job, what is my next move? Get what I mean?!
The pressure is so different that it really makes uni feel like a breeze (which obviously at the time I never felt). You get a lot more mentally exhausted.

The other bonus about uni is for the most part you control your own schedule. Now for some that is not good, and for others that is amazing. This also means you have to discipline yourself. But other than a few lectures here and there you control your time. As long as you get it done by deadline and have done your best and/or prepped your best – you good. Wether you work best at night or early mornings, with your friends or alone, at the library, cafe or at home. Thats your choice. After some years at uni with this flexible schedule, it can be hard to adjust to the 9-5 life, monday to friday..

Uni also means for many the true start to adulthood, taking responsibility and being in charge of your life. Taking charge and finding your way in life.

Don’t get me wrong though about working life, every month when that paycheck comes it does feel good. And everytime you succeed it feels twice as good.
The best part about working life is always trying to improve yourself and the people you work with. Always strive for the better and breaking ground. That feeling when you and your company succeeds is pretty darn good. And let’s face it, you will always want to work towards a possible higher paycheck.

Let me know your thoughts, wether you study, work or anything in between, I am curious on your thoughts.


Birthday Girl

Salaams everyone!

So lucky me turned a year older yesterday, yay! But it’s only a number … mentally my age could be at times more disturbing.

Anyways, put aside me and let’s bring my husband in focus. Because my oh my am I a lucky girl or what. Yesterday I was in for a whirlwind of surprises, almost literally too.

My husband being the amazing man that he is started of the day by saying no work today and surprising me with the most beautiful flowers, balloons and cake😍 Yes, as if he does not already melt my heart it just went into a big puddle of love-goo ❤️

Aren’t those just the most bright and beautiful flowers?! 😍❤️

Oh, and guys, he did not stop there..

I got the message to start getting ready, we had to be at a certain location by a set time. Also to be ready to take a lot of pictures. My mind started to race thinking what could this be?! I honestly had no idea and would have never guessed what was in store for me.

So a little while later we arrived at this location and I see my husband holding papers that say “HeliDubai”

O – M – G! We were going on a helicopter ride to see Dubai from above 😵😍 Something I have really wanted to do, but never thought it would happen this soon.

It was seriously one of the most amazing and breathtaking views ever and what an experience allhamdulillah.

I will share some picture, but tbh the pictures do not do any justice to the beauty seen from above mashallah.

So breathtaking! And to see the palm from above and with your own eyes.

A m a z i n g !

If you come to Dubai and you get the chance I would for sure recommend it. Something to see with your own eyes and HeliDubai was a top notch choice for it. Crew were on top of everything and really put safety and security on the frontline with all passengers. Our pilot was so much fun too. Friendly man with humor and made sure you saw everything.

Thank you hubby! You spoil me way beyond and I don’t know what I do to deserve such treatment ❤️

Wedding Outfits

Weddings are always the perfect excuse for dressing up a little more than you would another function. And for me I finally had another opportunity to wear some of the beautiful kits I got during my wedding time.

For anyone with same/similar background as me know that as a bride you are blessed with some of the most stunning gifts from your husband and in laws. And your own family will also make sure you are set and stone from head to toe with anything a new bride could need. Allhamdulillah.

I grabbed this opportunity to get more wear out of them. Pulled my always ready niece to take some outfit pictures and have some good old picture fun.

For the waleema I wore this beautiful royal blue kit from India that my husband got for me 💙

Thank you to my amazing hubby and niece, ever ready for my picture madeness 💕


Our main purpose for this visit to Sri Lanka was to attend my cousins sisters daugthers wedding. Can you believe it..third generation is now getting married?!? 😱 I feel old…although there is like..what..2-3 years difference between me and my cousin sisters daugther 😅


The long awaited day(s) arrived. It truly was a beautiful celebration of two people uniting, starting a new chapter in life. Allhamdulillah.

One question I got asked a lot on these days was how do I feel/how is it for me now when just one year back it was me getting married.

The memories are indeed still fresh and was brought even more to life these days. You can’t help but smile and be overcome by joy watching as another person, and someone you kind of grew up with, going through the exact same emotions of love, excitement and happiness for what’s to happen and what the future holds. May Allah protect and preserve their love and unity.

She made a beautiful bride mashallah and I wish her all the best for the future together with her husband.


I wrote this draft back in October, but forgot to share it. Hope you enjoy the read. 


There are times, times that need no reason or explanation.. times where you just crave some pure comfort food. Dip your head in a bowl full of food and eat. So thats what I literally did.

As hubby was working late I took a cab out to meet him when he was done. Tired as he must have been – he still took me out for dinner.
Both our tummies were feeling for Asian food and the choice landed on Wagamama.
Fun fact, never been here either.. though it is wordy known and I don’t know how many times I must have passed this place living in UK.


My choice of food landed on Duck ramen. Living in UAE one of many great things is the fact that I need not worry or go hunting for halal food. Seriously, might not be a big deal for many.. but if you lived where I did this is BIG! 😀
So I indulged in some duck ramen. Mind you this bowl is super huge.. most people sharing one bowl like this. yeah, not me.. shared a spoonful or two with hubby and the rest .. I don’t know how.. it just disappeared somewhere..in my tummy.. don’t ask me how.

This just hit the spot of comfort. Thank you hubby!



Post “Vacation”

Why the “” you ask?

The meaning of vacation is to take a break, possibly travel and relax.

Our vacation this year is Sri Lanka. And for anyone that has roots in Sri Lanka, but don’t live there know that… that visit is not usually anything relaxing.

Don’t get me wrong, our trip to Sri Lanka was super fun and spent good quality time with close and extended family allhamdulillah. But we did also come home slightly bit more exhausted than when we left

For my husband and me this was our first trip back to Sri Lanka after our wedding. And due to work and other reasons we could only stay a week in Sri Lanka..so as you might have guessed our trip was pretty packed. Oh, and with my typical Lanka luck I also had to fall sick 😅

Lets put that aside, we got to see family and friends again, attend weddings, go on a mini family trip, laugh and create memories. Allhamdulillah. And I will update more on that another day in sha Allah. For now let me share a few pictures with you. 

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