Hey guys!

Hope you are all keeping well.

As mentioned earlier I was lucky enough to explore Budapest together with my best friend. She is a med student and currently finishing up her studies in this beautiful city.

I was so lucky with the weather during my stay. Allhamdulillah for the most part I did not even need to wear a jacket. That is big considering just the week before it had been snowing ❄️

There was so much to see and as long as you are comfortable walking you can explore the whole city by foot. The city is very European and that is highly visible through the buildings in the city and their architecture.

The city is divided in two: Buda & Pest, both connected by the bridge. On the pest side of the city you can climb up towards the Statue of Liberty and see how the city is connected. Truly a beautiful walk. Be prepared, it is a bit steep in the beginning, but once half way the rest is a piece of cake.

Have you been to Budapest?

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Long time no see

Salams everyone!

Hope you are keeping well. It has been a while since I was able to update you guys.

Now if you follow me on Instagram (@nuhasgram) you will know I have been away. I got the chance to finally visit my best friend studying in Hungary. It had been long time coming Allhamdulillah.

And right after that it was Easter so we took that chance to meet up with my family in UK and boy was that an amazing vacation together too Allhamdulillah.

Might share more on that with you later, but for now here’s a picture from this passed weekend.

Outfit details: Abaya from Podur, handbag from Prada, shoes from Steve Madden and hijab from Sharjah central souk.

The Dubai Frame

Salaams everyone!

Yesterday I was finally able to check out the Dubai Frame. If you live in Dubai you know what I am talking about, if not you might be slightly confused.

It is basically this huge landmark they opened this January. It has been in the works for some time and it is so huge you can spot it miles away.

As you can see it is a giant gold frame. The height of the team is between the height of The Eiffel Tower and The Statue of Liberty.

When you go to the top you will be able to clearly see the difference between Old Dubai and New Dubai. And it is a breathtaking sight from each side of the frame, subhanallah.

If you ever visit Dubai you should check out the Dubai Frame. For sure #Recommended.

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Away, but not away

Salaams my loves! Hope you are all keeping well. 

We are already at a new week, why does time fly like this?!

This weekend was meant to chill and we spontaniously decided to spend a night away from our apartment and normal daily surroundings. But at the same time we did not want to go too far or anywhere that required too much driving…as that would just make us more tired. 

Something about working life/adulthood means weekends are meant for relaxing. Anyone remember those days where weekend meant Β«Let’s go out and do somethingΒ»/run around/party and what not?!πŸ˜‚ #WorkingLife

We landed at Sheraton Dubai Creek. Though hubby was still caught up with work it truly was nice to spend it a hotel where no cleaning is required and we wake up to one of the most beautiful views. 

So pretty mashallah 😍

We took an evening stroll along Dubai Creek, had lovely Italian food at Oregano (one of our staple Italian go to places). However, a small side note: avoid ordering the smoked aubergine ravioli..yes, even if you love aubergine like me. I know it is a love or leave it type of veggie. And for me I love it, have never had a bad experience with it e-v-e-r. But this one was not good.. other than that we love the food at this place and keep going back.

In addition we had their cheesy garlicbread (A+), the tuna in pesto gnocchi (A++).

The bread on the side is complimentary with the order and generally speaking has always been good and somewhat filled us up before dinner has arrived. So be aware of that 😜

It has been an amazing an beautiful weekend. Though it was just a small drive from home it honestly felt like a mini vacation and the weekend flew by a lot sooner than we would like. Allhamdulillah though, not complaining what-so-ever!

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Take care everyone πŸ’•

Chasing the sun

Good morning everyone!Hope you all are having a good weekend in sha allah. 

Wanted to share a beautiful little spontaneous roadtrip my husband and I took Friday morning. 

We wanted to catch the sunrise from the mountains of UAE and what better time than on a beautiful weekend. We left right after fajr prayers and set our way to the mountains. Unfortunately we came to realize that would be a little late to actually see the sunrise from the mountains. None the less we enjoyed a little drive and beautiful viewing of the sunrise while driving.

Subhanallah, truly a beautiful sight!

And the mountains here are so different from what I am used to in Norway. The look and feel is very unique, either country in each is own way. 

Jabal Jais is the mountain you can see we are heading towards, and from the top is another magnificent and beautiful view. 

With us we had some homemade sandwiches and delicious ginger tea. Sat there and enjoyed the moment as we zoned out for just a tiny bit. 

If you come to UAE I do recommend a drive to the mountains. It is such a calming experience and beautiful sight. 

Hopefully next time we do catch the sunrise from the top in sha Allah. 

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Wedding bonanza

After all…this is the season for getting married. 

This time around it was my hubbys cousin brother. 

When it is a family wedding one knows not to plan anything the days before and the days right after…because unlike the “most common” weddings it does not just last one day. There are dinners and festivities happening the before and after. 

The day we arrived was the day of the mehendi. A fun evening just for us gals. Bright colours, music, chit chats and lets not forget the food…we are asians after all😜

This was the first time I attended a Nikah in SL held at the mosque. Usually in SL only the men go to the mosque for the nikah, or it is held in a big hall for both men and women.

For those un-aware of what Nikah is, that would be the registration of the marriage. I can’t deny that this brought back many beautiful memories from our nikah. Such a beautiful thing to hear and witness two hearts become one allhamdulillah. 

As said in the Quran: “we created you in pairs”

In the evening of that very same day there was a dinner held for both the families that just united their son/daughter. 

This was taken just outside the mosque. 

Just had to take one at the throne for old times sake 😝

After the Nikah is the waleema. This is where we celebrate the couple. The now mr & mrs.

Such a beautiful throne and cake mashallah 😍

Wedding outfits

This time around I wanted to wear saree and did that for both the weddings we attended.

For the first wedding I got the opportunity again to wear some of the beautiful garments I had during my own wedding time. And they still fit Allhamdulillah, even the saree πŸ˜… Hehe, did not expect that tbh. But Allhamdulillah, no adjustment needed which was good as there was no time for that after our arrival. 

Outfit worn at the mosque where the Nikah was performed. Location of this picture was taken somewhere else. Lol. This was taken at the Mount Lavinia hotel (had to pick up my outfit at the dry cleaners for the nikah dinner πŸ˜…)

Speaking of is where I got to wear my mehendi outfit. Unfortunatly I did not take an outfit picture from this dinner. But I have one to share from the mehendi itself. 

For the Nikah I carried the shawl in a simpler style over the shoulders. A bit more classic and not so bridal. 

Excuse the location, this was post nikah fun at carnival ice cream. 

For the waleema I got the chance to wear one of my virindu (post wedding dinner) outfits. A beautiful Saree gifted by my mother in law. For those that remember the virindu I wore it in a slightly different style. For this waleema I went a classic. 

The last and final wedding outfit was also a saree. Not one I had worn before. 

I just love how elegant a saree can make you look and feel. Not the most easiest thing to wear and a bit of a task to drape it and remove it. That could also be because I am a bit picky on the draping of a saree mind you πŸ˜…

But do try to have your washroom needs out of the way before you drape it on. 

Either way I just love a good saree drape. Pure elegance wrapped in a long piece of material. 

Food must haves in Lanka

This post is dedicated to all foodies. Lanka has a lot of food gems and for each time I go I learn about more places. My husband has introduced me to places I now feel I can’t leave Lanka without going there. 

Allow me to share some of them with you. If you follow me on instagram (@nuhaa.ma) you may have seen some of this already. 

One of my must haves is a fiery cracker of a maki roll. This is found at yumi in Taj Samudra. 

I will share what I wrote on my instagram post:

“{For all those asking me about sushi in Lanka}

Little over a year ago, on my birthday my husband introduced me to one EPIC maki roll. A long overdue craving satisfied again this year and I must share with all of you. Go to this location and order the ‘chefs special volcano Maki’ (and whatever else you may fancy) and the sushi lover in you will be grateful πŸ˜‰”

It seriously is one heck of a maki roll and must have if you live or travel to Colombo, Sri Lanka. 

One new place my husband introduced me to this trip is Lagoon at Cinnamon Grand. Now this is for the seafood lover, the experience is something. Why? Because as you enter you will be greeted with a variety of fresh seafood. Fresh that day and you can have your pick. From any crab and prawns to lobster and variety of fish. The experience is different because you don’t just order from a set menu. Together with your waiter you order your choice of seafood, how many grams and how you want it. 

I left the order up to hubby, obviously he has been there and was familiar with it all. And my oh my. We started of with baked crab. And it was creamiest, yet generously filled with crab meat..oh my mouth is watering already.. it was the deal

We then went over to mains where we had garlic rice, Thai red fish curry, hot buttered cuttlefish and kankun. I think I went in to a deep food coma after this. 

If I was to pick one from the mains as top contender it would have to be the Thai red fish curry…and with the garlic rice..mmm🀀. I am a big Thai food lover! But I swear nothing comes close to Thai food in Lanka. Other than maybe obviously in Thailand. I kept telling my husband how I actually felt like I had forgotten how good Thai food can actually be!! The spices and flavors are so fresh and vibrant. 

Thanks to my husband I now have two places I must go to for Thai food in Sri Lanka πŸ’•

This is where I would have to end this food post for now. So much food and so little time πŸ˜‹

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 ❀️