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 ยซLetโ€™s go out and do somethingยป/run around/party and what not?!๐Ÿ˜‚ #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 ๐Ÿ˜

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 ๐Ÿ˜œ

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 ๐Ÿ’•

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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 all๐Ÿ˜œ


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 ๐Ÿ˜

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

Such a beautiful throne and cake mashallah ๐Ÿ˜

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 ๐Ÿ˜… 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 ๐Ÿ˜…)

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 ๐Ÿ˜…

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰”


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..mmm๐Ÿคค. 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 ๐Ÿ’•

This is where I would have to end this food post for now. So much food and so little time ๐Ÿ˜‹

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 cake๐Ÿ˜ Yes, as if he does not already melt my heart it just went into a big puddle of love-goo โค๏ธ


Aren’t those just the most bright and beautiful flowers?! ๐Ÿ˜โค๏ธ

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 ๐Ÿ˜ต๐Ÿ˜ 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 โค๏ธ

WeddingSeason

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?!? ๐Ÿ˜ฑ I feel old…although there is like..what..2-3 years difference between me and my cousin sisters daugther ๐Ÿ˜…

Anyways…

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.

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 ๐Ÿ˜…

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.ย 

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ROAD TRIPS & ABU DHABI

Bonjour Everyone!

This is actually from some weeks ago. My husband and I decided to take a road trip and drive to Abu Dhabi. My husband having bad experiences in the past with me and long car rides was not sure about this. No, not that I get car sick or anything close to that.. on the contraire.. I tend to get a little snoozy on long rides… ok.. I get very snoozy. Something about any moving vehicle makes me sleepy and I can sleep like a baby. I know I am not alone on this, or what do you say?

After having experienced my snoozy car life I was on a mission to prove him wrong.
Anyways I do love a good road trip, put on some good music and have a good laugh and chat! Always fun, and in my defence hubby, you know that your past experience with me could not count ;-D thihi

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The difference from Dubai to Abu Dhabi – city to dessert – skyscrapers to palm. And all along the one and same Sheikh Zayed road.

As it is Abu Dhabi, one can’t drive all that way and not drop by the beautiful Sheikh Zayed Mosque. Unless you live there or travel that way very often. If you have not visited this beauty I do recommend you do.

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It turned out to be a short trip cause of some other commitments, but it was a good drive and visit to Abu Dhabi. And I proved my hubby wrong, I can go for car rides without falling asleep *score* ๐Ÿ˜€

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