Wednesday, March 26, 2014


   Before I get to my post I just want to say I had 634 views yesterday!?    What!!!!???? I am sure that my blog is on a Facebook page/group cause every time I see a spike in readership that is the reason. No matter THANK YOU FOR READING! 

  I actually spoke to one of my readers who is preparing to apply with ADEC and it was such a great experience. I never thought of myself as a wealth of knowledge in terms of life in the UAE, but it seems as thought I am. She had a lot of questions and I think that I helped ease her fears. She had so many wonderful things to say about how the blog has helped eased her fears. Thank you, I never thought that the blog would help so many people heading to the UAE.  If you have any questions, feel free to write them in the comments and I will get to them as soon as possible. You can also email me at Haneefa underscore c at hotmail dot com if you have any questions or comments or just want to tell me how wonderful I am ;) .
      Last post I was in a bad place. I am much better now, but I have cancelled my trip to Sri Lanka.  Shocking I know.  Since last Thursday I have had a bad feeling about the trip. I have done my share of travelling and I have only felt this omninus sense once before when I was suppose to go away for the weekend and I didn't go.  I listen to my body and I trust my gut.  In this case I thought about it all weekend, hard, really hard. 

     Yesterday I decided I am not going. I am going to stay in Abu Dhabi for my vacation, much to all my friends' surprise. I am very close to my mother and often consult her. I told her how I felt, I explained that I had this nagging feeling about the trip, not so much travelling alone but going to  Sri Lanka itself. My mother's response; this is God's way of telling you not to go. I never go against my mother, even at 33. I contemplated going somewhere I would be more conform with like Thailand, but when I calculated how much I have already spent (and probably won't get back, I am working on it) another vacation is not in the cards.
     I had set aside spending money for the Sri Lanka trip and I will use that the next two weeks to explore Dubai and Abu Dhabi. I am going to do all the touristy things that I am never able to do because I am at work:  tour the Grand Mosque, go to the top if the burj Khalifah, go on a mini shopping spree.
    I am bummed, I even cried and if you know me the last time I cried was in 2010. But then I remembered HANEEFA,YOU ARE IN ABU DHABI! You are an hour away from Dubai! People pay big bucks to travel here. People honeymoon here, staying 'home' is not a punishment it is a gift. I am in Dubaaaaaiiiiii! Yolo! Turn up! Let go!!! The only kinda sad thing is so many of my friends are going away that I may have to do most of these things alone. No matter, I can do whatever I wanna do!!! Spa day, check! Sleep in, check! Watch Netflicks, check! Go to the beach for 8 hours, check!

The more I write the more I am loving the sound of this Staycation.

    This weekend I will head to the beach in Abu Dhabi , don't worry I'll post pictures.

Thanks for the support. 

Have a great week. 


  1. You should always go with your gut. Good for you! And I hope you have a wonderful staycation and get to do all the fun stuff, and most importantly, relax and recharge for the rest of the school year. Have fun!

  2. I think you can't go wrong with listening to intuition, and your mom!! I am a huge fan of the staycation. I bet they have amazing spas in Dubai, you could have a wonderful spa day to unwind. Glad you are feeling better. Can't wait to see you this summer. Mashallah, as ya'll say.