Category: Non fiction

4th July 2017. When it finally hit me.

Find your home

in a person 

and you will be

homeless

in no time.

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Rain

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I’m trying
I’m too invested in things more beautiful than poetry
So I’m trying
I’m getting requests to continue
And I don’t wanna refuse
I know the magic words can do
So I wanna continue
But about what
And where do I start
And how

The weather’s nice
It rained today
Like the tears that I shed yesterday

But the rain is mercy
Unlike my pain
So I know I’ve healed
I felt happy
And excited

And I took my parrot out to the balcony
And he screeched and sang from excitement
And that was my heart.
Happy and joyful
Dancing inside from joy

I don’t get why people use umbrellas during such beautiful weather
It’s ungrateful and idiotic
Especially for people in Kuwait
I can’t believe they could be so dumb
After months of being roasted under the scorching Kuwaiti sun
You’d think people would cherish this beautiful weather

Cool breezes
And drops of sweet water from the heavens
And the weather’s gift to the people of Kuwait
And they have the nerve to be so ungrateful
With umbrellas over their heads
And pacing speedily out from under the sky
So desperate to get inside

How ignorant
They don’t cherish it when they get it
And yet they complain all year round about how much they would love if Kuwait was breezy and cool

We live in a world where people who don’t have time
To cherish and enjoy the things they asked for all year round
What a strange world…

What a strange world…

 – Hiba

We quit like a boss

A result of my years worth of efforts and contributions to this cause 🙂

I’ve quit though.

We all have.

Long story as to why.

But here it is: my shield:


Pakistani Blood Donors In Kuwait.

This organization was founded by Pakistanis to raise awareness among all citizens of Kuwait about the importance of blood donation. It was run mostly by Pakistanis encouraging people of all cultures and backgrounds to save lives.

Apart from hosting blood donation drives and campaigns, the organization also held monetary donation drives for certain individuals who required financial backing up for their cancer treatment and also for individuals that needed kidney transplants.

The organization had been recognized among the top ten humanitarian causes in Kuwait  by the Kuwaiti ministry of health and had been honored by the minister as well.

It was the best experience and I met the best, most committed and dedicated individuals via this organization. They had admirable loyalty towards this cause and I absolutely adore these people.
May Allah reward them all for their efforts 🙂

We’ve all quit though. But not before we treated ourselves to a celebration for all our efforts and contributions towards this cause.

This event was hosted by the executive members of the team to honor their general council team members as well as their ex executive members whose efforts had never been acknowledged before. The shields were presented by senior executive members and our sponsors and the Pakistani ambassador.

I’m glad I was part of this team and I will forever cherish the memories.

Here’s my brother’s shield:


P.s. Yes they spelled the name wrong on mine 😛

– Hiba

Salaams everyone, this is just to notify you that I’m minimizing my use of wordpress. I have to sit my exams in June and I haven’t so much as touched my textbooks and I really have to start studying. Like hard. So yeah. I’ll hardly be posting or reading, but I swear I love all the stuff you guys are gonna write in advance.

Have an amazing time you guys, I’mma be takin’ a break.

Take care

– Hiba

“Food Challenge”

Okay so I got nominated for this challenge very long ago by Inky and by Sana. I’m not sure if any one else had nominated me… I just remember my nominations, lol. Not my nominators 🙄

So Inky’s got an amazing blog full of poetry, photography, and very random but relatable thoughts and very motivational pieces as well. Do check her blog out. And as for Sana, she’s got a brilliant blog. Truly. I love the way she breaks different quotes down so as to relate them with life and all her comics and her poetry too. Here’s her blog. 🙂

So I’ve got the rules here:

RULES:

  1. You have to write your feelings not the recipe.
  2. You have to tell the person who is nominating you what is your favourite food(so He/She can also give it a try if they like. 🙂 )
  3. You have to add a picture of the dish.
  4. You have to nominate 7 persons for this challenge.

Now first of all, I cannot pick just one dish, okay? So I’m gonna talk about a bunch of different foods that I like. ‘Cause, yes I’m a foodie.

So to break it down, I’ve tried a bunch of different cuisines. I was raised on Desi and Arabic cuisine. And other than those, I’ve tried Italian, Thai and Chinese, and some bit of Mexican too.

Among Desi food, I love literally everything. From Biryani to Daal to Pulao to Korma. I think that the only desi thing I don’t like is Paratha and Nihari and Paye (yuck). I’m sorry, I just don’t X-( (Buakh)

But I specifically wanna talk about those south Indian dishes that I had the honor to try due to my Indian friends. (Those friends rock btw) So I had tried Dosa the first time very long ago when I was in grade four. A girl named Farhana used to bring Dosa for lunch and we all used to share our lunch, so yeah. Haha. It was delish. The one thing I really tell my Indian friends to make for me is that. Then there’s idli which I had tried with mint chutney/sauce a few years ago and that day had been legendary. It’s a very long story as to why it had been legendary but me and the friend who had made me try idli had made amazing memories that day. I cannot even put it into words.

Btw, my dad and I really like Sambar 😀

Oh and I had tried curd rice a few months ago at my friend’s place and it had been so good that I had taken the recipe from her so I could make it for my mom. 😀

My mom had loved it 😀

Too bad I don’t have pictures…

But I really really really love Arabic food. It’s usually always very light and refreshing. You will feel full but never overfull. You’ll feel just satisfied. From Fatayer to the falafel sandwich to Ruz Bukhari to Shawerma to Cuzi to Khubz and Hummus to labneh and olives for breakfast. I literally love the Arabic style of eating. I can spend my entire life living upon this cuisine. It’s the healthiest and most refreshing kind of cuisine. It’s majorly built on wheat and grains like rice and chickpeas and herbs that include thyme, parsley and sage and dairy products like yogurt and labneh etc. And you’ve got the favorite fruits: pomegranate and orange. And most usual vegetables include spinach, cucumber, tomatoes, olives, carrots, and eggplant and zucchini. And of course, olive oil 😛

Olive oil is love okay? I never ever cook my food in anything other than olive oil.

Actually I’m too conscious of what I eat.

No I’m not dieting, I’m a foodie, remember?

But I just like to eat healthy, that’s all. I’ve got the Arabic gene in me, lol. So I never ever consume white sugar either. Sorry I don’t. (Not even in my beverages. Not in my tang or in my kahwa. Not even in my coffee) Very rarely do I make dessert and when I do, I make sure to use refined brown sugar instead of white. White sugar is poison. If by mistake I consume white sugar, I go hours feeling horrible and guilty. I start saying to myself: Hiba, apne upar itna zulm? Ainda mat lena white sugar…

I mean okay, I can ignore it on the rare occasions when I visit someone at their place and they serve me with white sugar products and food cooked in ghee or butter. On those rare occasions I cannot be impolite. It’s against my Arabic values. According to the Arabic tradition, if you visit someone at their house, especially if you’re visiting and Arab itself, and he offers you something of the food in his house, you cannot and you should not refuse. Even if it’s just dates and water. It’s considered incredibly disrespectful to decline the offer. I mean come on, they’re doing good. Why snatch their chance? Have from what they offer you. Unless you’ve got health problems of course.

So yeah, I can ignore my food consciousness when someone offers me from their food with that much of love. 🙂

But usually I’m very conscious. No white flour, no white sugar, no butter or ghee, or simply anything other than olive oil. In fact, I even avoid frying my fries. I bake ’em 🙄

Yeah kill me now.

But who said that being a foodie means not being conscious of health?

I mean I don’t wanna end up with diabetes and all those heart problems when I’m in my forties okay? Forties and fifties is too young. 🙄

I mean yeah I love McDonald’s and KFC and Dominos Pizza and all but it’s not like I order it everyday. Look you’re allowed to eat everything as long as you know how to balance it. Maybe once or twice in a month you’re allowed to eat all that stuff but you’ve gotta eat healthy. Be kind to yourself. You can’t keep poisoning yourself like that. (Haraaam!)

Okay, and then there’s all those other cuisines and I like ’em too. I mean who doesn’t like Italian or Chinese? I feel sorry for you if you don’t 😛

I especially love the aroma of those herbs that are used in Italian food.

I recently learnt an amazing recipe for pasta which involves those herbs. It is only when I read the recipe that I realized where that aroma comes from. It’s from the Italian seasoning which is not even all that difficult to make. All you need is dried basil, oregano, dried parsley, rosemary, thyme, garlic powder and onion powder. Just but ’em in a chopper and let ’em grind. So next time you wanna make good pasta, add it to your sauce or mince or however you make your pasta.

Also desis, stop adding that much ketchup to your pasta. That’s not how you make pasta. 🙄

Btw, here’s a pic of the pasta I had made. It’s my favorite dish to make.It’s too easy and I actually enjoy making it. 🙂

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Thai and Mexican I like but not all that much. Not as much as I like Arabic or Desi or even Chinese. But it’s still delicious.

Oh and I think that the only American food that I like is Apple Cinnamon Pie 😀

I love it.

It’s delicious.

In fact forget the pie.

Someone just make me the stuffing for Apple pie.

I’ll just eat it with a spoon 😀

Speaking of Apple pie, I’m not much into desi desserts. The only Desi desserts I like are Jalebis and Habshi Halwa. I used to like Gulab Jamun but I’m sick of it now. We used to eat too many Gulab Jamuns when we were little. Ab dil bhar gaya 😛

I also don’t like those custard trifles they make with fruits and cake and biscuits and jellies in Pakistan. Everyone likes to pretend that it’s something western when it’s really not. Plus Custard is baby food. I don’t like it X-(

I like Cheesecakes and brownies and cupcakes oh and Tiramesu *_*

Btw, I recently made triple layer cheesecake for dessert. It was delicious 😀

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And I had made a few vanilla cupcakes too some few months ago. (I like baking 🙂 )

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But that’s all for this challenge.

The one thing I do wanna share though, is that Inky’s post about how her mom reminded her that she got all that amazing food without even asking for it while there are people who beg for it, kind of struck me.

Now I think about that all the time. Every time I get to eat something good, I get reminded of that. SubhanAllah, may Allah have Mercy on us all and Alhamdullillah for all the privileges I’ve got.

Btw, I’m not really nominating anyone for this challenge. 🙂

– Hiba

 

 

 

My brother installed some game day before yesterday on my laptop which had some virus in it. First I was being bombarded with Wooden Seal ads. on Google Chrome and then Chrome stopped functioning altogether. It won’t even open anymore. 

So now I’m updating you guys via mobile application. 

I need to install a software that would rid me of the shitty ads. but I can’t cause chrome won’t even open. 

Hopefully dad’ll do something about it by Friday. So I won’t be posting much until the laptop gets fixed. :/

 Just thought I would update you guys since it’s quite frustrating to not talk about how annoying it is to not be able to do anything productive on my laptop. 

I was learning photoshop but with the help of YouTube. 

Now I don’t know what to do. 

Take care you guys. 

 – Hiba 

A few more

And there were swans and peacocks too. 🙂
And ducks 🙂

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Yeah, I’d been trying to zoom in on it’s pretty feathers.
Me and my friend tried sprinkling water on the birds in hopes of seeing them expand their feathers, but hah, who were we kidding? 🙄

We had fun nonetheless. 🙂

– Hiba

I made two new, most beautiful friends today ^_^

This parrot! ❤
I swear he’s so lovely, he loves when you rub the back of his head and neck ^_^
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Look so beautiful:

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I even had him sit on my arm 😀 ❤

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And oh, my other friend:

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This lovely, playful monkey, I swear it’s so adorable! ^_^
I had him hugging me when I held him XD 😀

And he’s so playful, he kept teasing and pulling the tail of it’s guardian bulldog! 😀 😛 ^_^

I had an amazing day today. I cannot put it into words.

Truly.

And this sunset:
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An amazing day spent with my best friend at the desert farm house among the cutest, most adorable animals.

There were swans, and ducks, and ostriches and the ostrich was pecking my friend’s head 🙄

But today was fun 😀

– Hiba

 

#GIRL LOVE Challenge

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Hello everyone.

Last night, Hiba nominated me for Lilly Singh’s #GIRLLOVE challenge. This Hiba who nominated me is a different Hiba though. It’s not me 😛

She runs this amazing blog called The Ramblings Of A Muslim Girl and she also co-runs this blog called The Pink And Powerful which is mostly a girls blog. Check the first blog out, ’cause I really like it even though she doesn’t post that frequently on it. But check both of ’em if you like 🙂

This challenge is mostly in response to THIS VIDEO which was published by Lilly Singh, a.k.a Superwoman, just a day or two ago. And I request that you guys watch that video cause all the money that Lilly makes from the views on this video will go directly to the Malala Fund for the education of Syrian refugee girls. And although, I’m not much of a fan of Malala, I do love my Syrian sisters and I hope you will all check the video out.

In fact, I don’t care if you watch it. Just go and refresh it a bunch of times and give it more views. By next Thursday, the donations will be closed. I think.

So yeah. Go give it a bunch of views.

Anyhow, the video is mostly about women and how they should lift each other up instead of tearing each other down. And I love the concept. Women are the strongest, most beautiful creations, and God has gifted us with the ability to encourage and support each other in mind blowing ways. I have always adored women. They’re the kindest, most devoting and understanding people and highly influential.

Anyhow,

Here’s what you do for the #GirlLove:

  1. Tell your followers who inspires you, a famous woman who may be dealing with negativity on a daily basis. 
  2. Tell your followers who inspires you in real life, a woman you always interact with.
  3. Tag five women bloggers who you love. Compliment them and tell them why you love them, and comment under their latest post with the link to your #GirlLove post!

If you get tagged, do the post on your own blog. If you want to do it anyway, do it anyway! Add the tag ‘Girl Love’ to your post, so we can see them all! Let’s start 2016 with LOVE for each other!

So here goes:

  1. Now I can name a bunch of famous celebrities here, and the reasons would be very obvious. For eg: Emma Watson, Nicki Minaj, Taylor Swift, etc. etc. But screw that. I wanna name one of my most loved role models: Khadija (R.A.) – The first wife of The Rasul (S.A.W.). And I have multiple reasons for this. And this one is for those “Muslim” men that think that women cannot and should not work according to Islam. Khadija (R.A) was a well known, well accomplished business woman. So successful, that even in that era where women were equal to scum, she was well respected. She was the woman that used to decline marriage proposals of wealthy chieftains from well known, rich tribes. And this is for the men who feel insecure to marry women who are more successful than them. Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.) was an employee of hers. He worked under her and yet he was not intimidated. In fact, when after their marriage, Khadija (R.A.) took care of the finances, he respected her for it. In fact, after she died, he often cried, saying that she was His most loyal wife and the woman that supported Him both financially and emotionally when no one else did. It was something He liked about her and adored her for. Also, she’s the mother of Fatima (R.A.) who is one of my other role models.
  2. The women I adore in my own personal life are probably my mother, and my two amazing, most loyal friends: Javeriya and Tamanna. They’re the most loyal, strongest, wisest, inspiring women I know. May Allah bless them with the best of this world as well as the next’s. These are the people I yearn to see in paradise.
  3. Now here are my nominees:
    Jenn: For writing the best of everything. I love every bit of which you write. From your clever Six Word Stories to your Thursday Thrillers and everything in between. And especially for writing about those fictional incidents that reflect reality in one way or another. I quite adore you for that. 🙂
    Sister Sana: For writing about the most inspirational quotes and giving us constant reality checks about religion every time you make posts related to Islam and the Sunnah. And of course, the comics. 😀
    Maymoona: For having a mind like mine. You’re awesome. (‘Cause you’re like me. Which means I’m awesome too 😛 ) Haha, you’re probably the most relatable person I know on wordpress.
    Sumal: For all those short but efficient posts that have a strength of their own. Trust me, I love all those simple reminders. Don’t ever stop doing those posts.
    And Mahaah of course: For being so amazing. You’re an awesome writer and an awesome doodler (if that’s even a word) and an awesome person in general.

I love you all!

Do your posts soon, okay?

Take care and May Allah always reward you all for being such amazing women. ❤

– Hiba

New Year?

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I don’t believe in New Years. End it on a good note, begin on a better note, no thank you.

New Year simply means a change in the date’s digits. It’s not a new book. I’m not gonna “begin again”. It’s just a new page. And when the page number of your book changes, no one gives a damn.

It’s your story that matters.

Not the page numbers.

A new page doesn’t mean a separate story with new rules.

You’re gonna continue the same life, the same story, on a different page number.

I know.

I’m boring.

But New Year means nothing to me.

The only thing I’m excited for is the different year that I’ll write as a date on my journal every day.

That’s it.

And about resolutions, well, I’ve realized that I don’t need to wait for the year to end to make big decisions about my life or habits. If you really wanna change, you’ll change any day. You won’t have to wait for a New Year. So in that context, I make newer resolutions every other day.

Literally, nothing is special to me about “New Year”.

Sorry guys.

I know I’m bursting y’all’s bubbles, but no.

No New Year for me.

And I’m happy that way.

But in fact, what I am excited about is The Kuwait National day which although takes place at the end of February, is celebrated throughout January and the whole of February, by the Kuwaitis.

So much, that often people from Oman and Bahrain and Saudi Arabia show up, just in order to witness the celebrations. But they usually arrive in the month of February.

All the decorations and fireworks and the street dancing too.

No kiddin’.

Btw, the picture above is of the Eid-ul-Watani celebrations. Not New Year.

Here’s another one:

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(Yes I Had to google it)

Have a good next year you guys.

– Hiba