Posted at 8:55 pm by witsandnuts, on June 6, 2016
Largest chandelier in the world, at the main dome of Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi, UAE. This mosque is no. 2 on TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice World’s Most Beloved Landmarks in 2015. You may check the blog entry I wrote in early 2012.
I am quite amazed at how my perception changed about observing Ramadan from close to hating it to willingly embracing it at the moment as an expat and Non-Muslim who is on her 8th Ramadan in an Islamic country (UAE). I remember my first Ramadan when I had to eat inside a washroom (toilet) and other unbelievable and crazy things I did and thought of to survive and not offend those who were fasting. I realized that my untowardness at the early years mainly emanated from lack of preparation, limited empathy and focusing on my own interest and excuses of being a newbie in UAE. Fast forward to 2016, I am glad that I was able to walk away from that immaturity by trying to understand how meaningful Ramadan is and the beauty of it. Why do I look forward to observing the holy month of Ramadan? Continue reading →
Posted at 7:05 pm by witsandnuts, on August 7, 2013
He serves juice coming from the fascinating container.
Today’s the last day of Ramadan and everyone has braced themselves for the Eid holidays. I’m amongst those who will be on staycation as I haven’t really recovered from the whirlwind travel (I was in the Philippines for a week last July) and other stressful activities/ chores. I thought I must dedicate some time while it’s holiday for the things I really I miss — like blogging and bloghopping (I hope to do this, too *fingers crossed*). I extend my appreciation to those who never fail to drop by once in a while although the last time I jotted an entry was over 3 months. It’s good that there’s a substantial number of entries in the archive that some of you opted to check.
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Posted at 7:23 am by witsandnuts, on July 8, 2011
(The 7th Liwa Date Festival is going to run from 12th to 21st of July)
It’s impossible to miss the sight of ripening date fruit in Abu Dhabi nowadays. It’s interesting how nature signals what’s going to happen next. Remember the days when people would depend on the aura of clouds, behaviour of animals, how starry is the starry, starry night, and other “metrics” to tell the weather and what is yet to come?
Yes, that means Ramadan is near.
This is my entry to Photo Cache’s blog anniversary giveaway.