I’m in Bali!

The last time I was here, it was 20 years ago when I was 5ish. I don’t remember much, but I do remember the sweet roasted corns and the street shops bustling with tourists, also that time at the safari when the giraffe poked his head in the window of our car and smiled at me. 😂😂

This is the twins’ first time here, though and we have new memories to make. ☺️

 

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Ali

Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. His hands can’t hit what his eyes can’t see. 

Rest in peace, Muhammad Ali. May God grant you the highest place in paradise, Ameen. ❤️❤️❤️

I grew up watching your fights on tape, on repeat. Hundred times a day, my brother would rewind, forward and pause and rewind again, and make me and my sister watch all your fights and interviews and glorious moments continuously.

You were really handsome, and tbh, you have set the bar really high for me. I admit I developed a crush on you, from the moment I first saw you on TV. You were so sassy, and beautiful and confident, you stole my heart right there and then!

A couple of years ago, I set up a google alert on my email to get news about you, and I wasn’t prepared for this. It’s so heartbreaking. I was really dreading this day. The good are always the first to leave early. And surely the world is a lot gloomier now that you’re gone.

You will always be remembered by this tomboyish girl. I love you. ❤️❤️❤️

My best friend’s wedding 

Two of my really good friends got married earlier in January. I cut my vacation short just so that I could attend their wedding. No way was I gonna miss it!

We arrived at dawn of 9th January and their wedding was at night the same day. I only slept for two hours after unpacking. I had called this talented mehndi (henna) lady at my house at 10 am. She came an hour later, and the whole time she was putting henna on my hands, I was so sleepy! She was slow in the art and it obviously shows. In the end, I had her hurry up but she designed so well! 😍😍😍👌🏼

My mom had her designer friend make my dress while we were in the UK and this is what she made and I’m absolutely in love. Felt like a princess! 👸🏼👸🏼👸🏼☺️☺️☺️

Unfortunately, I don’t have many pictures of myself 😏 because my brother who usually only takes my pictures was sleeping.

The wedding was a lovely event. Iqra looked so pretty as a bride and Zain, the groom. It was so fun because I’m their mutual friend and their families know me, I didn’t feel as if I was intruding. A few of my friends were there, too. Odd enough not many showed up! 🙄🙄🙄

Here are a few pictures!

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I wore this fancy skirt with a high waisted top and a teeka, it’s that thing on my forehead. Huge earrings are my trademark. 😚 Usually everyone dresses fancy at weddings, however, niether of my two friends who were at the wedding dressed fancy. 😏😏😏

The Valima was two days after the wedding. The Valima is a reception party thrown by the groom’s side of the family.

It was a grand event, with beautiful flower arrangements! There was even a video collage that played for some time and I was featured in it! Yayyy! 💁🏽💁🏽💃🏽☺️☺️☺️

Pictures:

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Miffi’s Wedding Week: Wedding Reception

My friend Mifrah got married today.

It’s very hard to believe because she was the most adventurous type and had no plans of settling down. Well, at least not for a few years. 😂 But I guess, things have a way of playing out for the best. She married her friend today. They’ve known each other since school, and I am so happy for them! May they have all the happiness and love, amen! ❤️

Today was her wedding reception. And it was beautifully set up and she looked absolutely gorgeous! MA, MA ❤️❤️❤️

Here are the pictures! Btw, most wedding occasions in Pakistan happen at night, that is, after 8 PM. We arrived at the banquet hall at 9.30 because we had to receive the groom and his family with flower necklaces and bracelets. ☺️🌸💐🌷




  
  

In the end, I was so much in love with my teeka, that I didn’t want to take it off. 😂

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).