London, so far

TOMORROW I AM GOING TO WARNER BROTHERS STUDIO LONDON, WHICH IS THE HARRY POTTER WORLD! AND NO, THE CAPS LOCK KEY ISN’T BROKEN, I AM SCREAMING INSIDE! 💥💥💥💥


So this whole month is prebooked. And I wasn’t getting tickets online. The nice guy at our hotel took notice of my obsession and he talked to his contact there and voila! :’) we got tickets for tomorrow! 😍👌🏼☺️😇 *cries happy tears, bawls like a baby*


The tickets are expensive but Dad said it doesn’t matter. My whole family knows how long I’ve been waiting for this and how badly I want to  visit. ❤️❤️❤️

I will be so emotional, I’m going to cry!

Also, London is beautiful. This is my first time in the UK. It’s not like Europe, or Turkey. But it has its own charm and beauty. And I really want to visit all monuments and places related to writers and authors and poets.






  
  
The other day, I was looking at the play timings at the Lyceum theatre and turns out the show for Peter Pan has been finished, which is a bummer because I really wanted to see that. Finding Never land is one of my favourite movies, not because it stars Johnny Depp, no. Johnny Depp is amazing. But I am much more interested in James Barrie who wrote Peter Pan. 💖

So I suggested Charlie and the Chocolate Factory instead, but my whole family wants to see The Lion King. 😐😕 we can never agree on the same thing. I want to visit museums and historical places and do you know what my siblings want to do? Shopping. Pffffffffffft. 😒😒😒😒😒😒😒

We went to Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! yesterday and my brothers made faces because they said they have seen it in Malaysia before and they can shop at Oxford street instead. 😐😐😐

 
I begged Parents to see the Tower of London today and my siblings are really upset because they don’t want to go.

Anyway. I gotta go now. It’s 11.30 am and we are already late. My brothers are so annoying! We have been waiting for them to get ready since 9 am. 😑😑😑😑

Hello, Istanbul. We Meet Again

Hey guys! I’m in Turkey! ☺️👌🏼


  
  
  
  
Today was a very hectic day. We arrived at Istanbul at 7 in the morning. It was a 5-6 hour flight from Karachi, Pakistan. And since it was the middle of the night, we couldn’t even get any sleep. 😕😓😓😓

This is the first time we flew Turkish Airlines, we always fly Emirates. But Dad wanted a direct flight to Turkey, and Emirates stops at Dubai for a few hours. (Dad hates connecting flights) And yeah, the people were nice and kind. The breakfast was also good. But the main problem was the seats. 😕 They were not at all made for tall people like my dad and brother and me. Very uncomfortable! My feet hurt afterwards. 😔😔😔


Anyway. So, we landed around 7 am and after getting our luggage (7 suitcases and one carry-on), Dad realized his phone was missing.  We retraced our steps, and the security guard told us to go to the Lost and Found, which was at the other end of the airport. First, Dad went with my brother while we waited. But they came back with nothing. Said the guy at the Lost and Found was very rude and unhelpful. That didn’t sit well with me and Mom. We decided to head down to the Lost and Found. We both were quite angry and frustrated because we were tired and sleep deprived and cranky. In the end, they miraculously found Dad’s phone. 😑😒😒😒

After that, we called a car from our hotel and by the time we arrived, it was 12.30 pm. Since my family is big, and we needed 3 rooms, we couldn’t get them on the same floor. Dad insisted, and after making us wait 3 whole hours, we got the rooms on the same floor.

The hotel is lovely and the view is breathtaking. We could see the Bosphorous Bridge from our hotel lobby. Very beautiful! 😍💕


  
  
  
  
  

As soon as we got settled in our rooms, all of us went straight to bed. As much as we wanted to go out for sightseeing, we couldn’t as we were so tired. We slept for 5 hours, and afterwards, had dinner at a fancy Turkish restaurant at Raffles City Mall.

Love the Art Direction here: 
  
  

Also, there was this really cute dessert shop where we had ice cream🍴👌🏼🍦😋 and I couldn’t help but notice that the guy was really cute. ☺️☺️😍😍😍😍😍

  
   

Now I’m going to bed. It’s after 1 am and Mom will wake me up early for breakfast. Long day ahead. 😌

Here are a bunch of my selfies because why not ☺️😇😄




  
  
  
  

Eid: the second day

Since I slept after 6 am last night, my parents let me sleep till late today. However, around noon, my Dad’s cousin arrived at our house with his family. His daughter, Hira, is of my age, give or take a couple of months. So, I had to wake up and dress in fancy clothes to meet them. Also. I got more Eidi (money). Yayyyyy 😀

After they left, I changed back into my PJs and cleaned up my room. Sorted out all of the jewellery and clothes and shoes. My sister is really messy. :/

The mehndi lady (henna artist) came at 4 pm. Here are the pictures:

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So. I finally put on mehndi. :l The smell is bothering me a lot. And when it was time to wash, I totally freaked out. Hyperventilating. Seriously. I called Mom to come upstairs to do it for me. But she was busy downstairs. So, my sister was the one who washed off the henna off my hands, while I was looking away in disgust. :l But can’t say it doesn’t look pretty. ❤

PS: people say girls whose mehndi (henna) leaves a really dark color are very lucky because they get husbands who love them very much. Desi superstitions.

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After that. I had to get ready to go to my Maternal Grandmother’s house. My Nani (Mom’s mom) hosts dinner at her place on the second day of every Eid. So, my aunts and uncles and cousins and other relatives from my Maternal side gather there, and my Nani cooks DElicious food. She made Biryani, Qorma, Zarda and Sheer Khurma for dinner tonight. And this time, I actually forgot to take pictures of our traditional food.

Anyway. I wore a peach Kurta, with a dhaka pyjama which resembles a gharara. My Mom actually made a chooridar (extremely tight tights) for this dress, but since I love dresses, I decided to wear this. I honestly felt like a princess! *_* ❤

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That’s me in peach

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Eid 2015

This Eid, which celebrates the end of Ramadan, is called Eid-ul-Fitr. Roughly translated, it means ‘feast that marks the end of the fast of Ramadan.” In Urdu, we call it Meethi Eid (Sugar Feast). Eid is celebrated for 3 days. Today was the first day.

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As traditions hold, we wake up very early in the morning, get dressed in new and fancy clothes, and head off to my Paternal Grandparent’s house where all of my family gathers for lunch and dinner. Extended family and distant relatives come to our house because my Dada (Grandpa) is the oldest in our whole family.

My Mom was given the job of cooking Mutton Pulao (Mutton Rice?), as always because she’s a great cook. She also made Chicken Ginger because four of her children do not eat red meat. My Khala (Mom’s sister) was in charge of vegetarian food (my Dada is a strict vegetarian) and she made the traditional sweet dish called Sheer Khurma. And my Chachi (Aunt) made Mutton Qorma (Mutton Curry?). I had pictures of the food, but my idiot brother deleted them from my phone. >.>

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All of my girl cousins wore mehndi (henna) on their hands. I didn’t because

a. The smell really bothers me

b. I think it’s disgusting

c. It stinks. Ugh.

d. AND WHO WILL WASH IT OFF BECAUSE I REFUSE TO DO IT ON MY OWN. Hashtag disgusted.

Anyway. My Dadi (Grandma) wasn’t too pleased, though. She’s making me put on mehndi (henna) tomorrow. How will I live with the smell. Ugh. Don’t get me wrong, I think henna looks really beautiful, and it is big in our culture, buuut the smell is really bad. And it lingers. .-.

So, I will be wearing mehndi on my grandmother’s orders. Mom’s already called the mehndi artist to come in again later tomorrow.

Anyway, so where were we? Oh yes. So I wore this really beautiful outfit. It’s a traditional Shalwar Kameez, the Pakistani dress. To be honest, when my parents bought this for me, I didn’t like it. But when I wore it in the morning today, I fell in love with the color. So pretty! *_*

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I LOVE wearing dangling earrings. In my family, none of my cousins wear long earrings. I don’t know why. Earrings are my favorite accessory. I own a hundred pairs, I think! 😛 And yet, every time I see dangling earrings when I go shopping, I immediately buy. 🙂 ❤

Today was a good day, all in all. 🙂 My cousins and I had fun today. ❤ ALSO. I got money! The biggest perk of this Eid is the money, tbh. :3 I received Eidi (money) from my Dada, Dad, two uncles and one aunt. :’)

My Dad gave his favorite nephew 15 grand. Well, that was probably because it was his birthday, too. And I gave my brother, Hassaan, who is one of the twins, 6 grand. (Pakistani rupees, btw) I only gave Hassaan so much money, because I wanted him to do a chore for me. And I had to bribe him. -.-

Oh. And I still have to give Safi (the other twin) the same amount of money. Because he says it isn’t fair since they’re twins. I will be broke. Sigh. Being an older sibling is hard. Yes, I am strict with my younger siblings, but one puppy-dog look from them, and I am being emotionally blackmailed. Haha.

Also, that reminds me. I have to give Eidi to Mina and Maryam, too. Yup, I will definitely be broke by tomorrow.

Here are a few pictures! The rest are on my cousins’ phones.

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This is Irsa, fellow Gleek and cousin. 🙂

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This is Maha- Mimi, for short. Everyone says we resemble a lot ❤

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I look really weird here. Bunny ears showing. :/ Here we are. The girls of Agha Family. Minus three (who are absent).