A surprise weekend!


What a weekend I’ve had! Plenty of surprises, guests and events have been going on! No need to worry, guys.. LET ME FILL YOU IN!

The weekend begun on Friday after work (however, the planning for these events have been going on for around a month for me)! So after work, off I went to collect my cousin Miss A. the Olympian from her house! It took quite some time because of traffic etc and we arrived home at around midnight!

Now.. The Bubble household is fully aware, on the days that Miss A. comes round, it’s going to be a late night so of course we went to bed around 5am!!! I woke up the next morning at around 10am and got dressed! I left the house as soon as Miss A. got in the shower as, I knew she would ask plenty of questions!

I grabbed my dad and we ran out to our local grocery store where I had already got a list of all the shopping I needed! I knew exactly what I was going to cook and the reason I left the house so early, was because I needed to let the meat marinate whist I was out with the girls!
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After I arrived home, the questions began from my cousin but I carried on as normal and began to put all my shopping away whilst my lovely dad made us all breakfast! After we had finished. It was almost time to head on out and almost time for the surprises to begin!
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On the way to the shopping mall, I had put little goody bags under mum and Miss A’s. seat! They were full of all things girly like jewellery and shoes and bags that I knew they would all love! Luckily they were so excited and I could tell they were very happy with their presents!
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I knew work would be packed and the first surprise was Miss A. getting her iPhone 5! So I got all all the staff at work to know I was coming and we had planned a big prank on her.. But, of course.. My luck meant that we got stuff in traffic and the prank would have taken some time and so I let them know that we’d have to leave it! It’s a good prank though, so I shall use it to play on someone else for another time!

We got to work and she got her phone! A very good deal on it too and off we went to surprise number 2.. A MANI/ PEDI! Now my cousin wanted a back massage instead of a pedicure so I complied and made sure she got what she wanted! I had told the staff in the salon to expect 3 people and I told them to book us into a basic manicure and pedicure but this could be changed later! The reason being because I’m not sure what my mum would want and what my cousin would have liked! It was so nice and my mum got her first ever spa-like treatment!

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After this, we had a little stroll around the shopping centre and I had planned for a fellow florist to hand over some BEAUTIFUL flowers to my mum and cousin! They were gorgeous and even better than I had planned them to be! Mum as Miss A. Were very surprised and I think they liked them! It was quite funny because Mum saw the stall for the flowers and said we should get some flowers for decoration but little did she know, I had already or her some!
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We then went into a jewellery store and chose some really nice pieces of jewellery!

After this, we were exhausted, so headed on home where everyone was STARVING! We hadn’t eaten since the morning and so I started to make dinner! I had planned a 3 course meal! (Want to see the menu..? I can do a blog post on it) The dessert… decided everyone could make their own ice cream cones and had to decorate them accordingly! The best people would win prizes!
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So of course, after the ice cream challenge, I thought everybody had very creative designs and they all won!
• My brother got a Manchester United football shirt with his name on the back
• Mum got an electric toothbrush thing she had wanted for a while
• Dad got a jacket cause he is OBSESSED with them!
• And wonderful Miss A.. A trip to Paris!!!

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They were all so happy with their gifts and I could tell that they were shocked about my planning! So to all my French readers: BONJOUR!!!! I’ll see ya soon!

I had no recollection of what happened after this point because I fell asleep straight after and I was EXHAUSTED!!
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The next day arrived and Miss A. Got ready to go home however, we had a busy evening planned and so after she left, I got in the shower and began getting ready for a fun-filled evening In central London!

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We had planned a dinner at a South African style restaurant in London as my cousin had recently got a new job! It was brilliant fun and the food was fantastic! They had amazing South African style drinks which tasted so nice!

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We had then planned a comedy show for my favourite comedian Michael McIntyre at the O2 arena (millennium dome) and we had such a laugh! The atmosphere, the place and the journey were all so FANTASTIC!

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This was then topped off with a coffee stop which really refreshed us and off we went home! By this time it was quite late and so we all parted ways and off we went home!
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Just wanted to share the weekend with you guys as I had so much fun and I know I’ve been MIA lately, but I’m back now with plenty of posts to keep you guys busy!

The art of being a student!


So as some of you know, yesterday I had bought some presents and clothes for a very special someone!
What you dont know, is that I teach the Qu’ran to a ten year old! Now I’ve been doing this for.. 1 year and 4 months as she kindly notified me when we finished! However I wanted to make deal of the occasion!

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Reading the Qu’ran is a big thing that needs to be done at some point in a Muslims life! The earlier you start, the better (just like when learning a new language). Tania is 10 years old and started when she was 9! She’s a very good student and tries her best (most of the time) and to tell the truth, I was quite a strict teacher to her! Her mum was taught by MY mother and when Tania started reading with me, she had NO CLUE about Arabic and I think it’s fair to say.. Not a lot about Islam! From a shy and timid girl, she’s growing into a strong and confident woman! I’m so proud of her for learning the Qu’ran and coming so far because her hard efforts have now paid off!

She was getting a surprise party!!!! Me and her mum had this planned for a while! To a ten year old, I think a party is the way to show one of the most important times in a persons life! And September 1st will never be forgotten!

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When she finished the Qu’ran, after the last word she read, THE WHOLE FAMILY JUMPED IN THE ROOM WITH PARTY POPPERS, BALLOONS, CAKE, SILLY STRING AND GIFTS! It took a lot of planning and was very hard to keep it from her.. And the secret was sure to come out at some point but I’m so glad it didn’t! Tania didn’t suspect a thing! I know that Tania can sometimes feel that people don’t care about her and it’s hard living with a disabled brother who gets a lot of attention.. But today was JUST about her! And I’m so glad she enjoyed her party!

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Here’s a few pictures I took of the event, so enjoy and I hope guys like the ideas we came up with :)

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For the days to the build up of Tania’s Qu’ran completion, I gave her a new colour, which she would have to dress up as a new character for! The main reason was because every colour stood for a word and I would give her a list of things to remember and live life like with the word as the ‘KEY to the Kolour’ :)
•Green was for Good
•Blue was for Best
•Orange was for Or (organic, original, oral)
•Pink was for Prepare
•Yellow was for You
•Purple was today which stood for Perfect and that was for Tania! We all wrote things which we thought Tania done the best and the things we all loved Tania for. We gave her a gift related to that speciality as well.

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Her mother is amazing! I think an inspiration to all women and she was so grateful for everything that me and mum done for her. I think all the hard work was down to Tania because through her struggle, she learnt a language which before looked like doodles to her!

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It has to be said that it wasn’t easy for me! For the best part of the year, I was working where I spent 12 hours out the house and still made sure she read to me! I made sheets for her, taught her how to pray Salaah as well as many countless surahs of the Qu’ran and throughout her whole journey, she put up with me being tired and unfair on occassions. So if you’re thinking of teaching anything, remember to put your all in it! Try your best and truly teach that person like you were them.. How would you like to have been taught?

Thanks for reading guys!
Let me know of any subjects you teach and what you do to keep the lessons fresh?
What did you like best / worst about your teacher?

U.A.E


U.A.E! The first country to have succeeded in my ‘talk of my top 5 views’!

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In particular, I’ll talk about Dubai as I went there recently! I’ll show you the things I bought as well as some pictures I took whilst there!

Ok.. So we recently had a tough time at the beginning of the year.. My brothers wedding got called off after 2 years of planning and of course.. He was distraught! Moreso than him, my mum was quite hard on herself and took the blame even though it wasn’t her fault.. The solution.. A secret holiday! Planned by my trust Mr. A and cousin Miss. A! I discussed which location to go to and it was tough! We kind of started off in the European region but my brother has seen so much of it, we decided against it! My cousin then said that Dubai was a brilliant place! Mr. A practically lives there and recommended it for sure! Literally, the whole concept, planning and booking happened in a few hours one night!

I told my brother from the get- go because I wasn’t entirely sure he’d want to go.. But he was happy to comply! My brother realised that my mother was down about the whole situation so we decided to surprise her! And that.. We did! Miss. A got involved and with a bunch of balloons and BIG bouquet of flowers, mum was in disbelief that she was going to Dubai!!

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This all happened the day before we were meant to leave for our holiday! Mum told all her friends, we cracked on with the packing and away we went! I was so excited I couldn’t sleep! My favourite holidays are near the beach and I’m definitely a city girl! But this was UNREAL! When we arrived in Dubai.. THE SUN! THE FRESH BREEZE! THE CLEANLINESS! It was amazing! There’s no feeling like when you’re walking through the plane isles to a new country.. And you haven’t even moved!

We arrived the morning and were fairly hungry so made good use of the hotel! Dubai is fairly small so our hotel was nearby to everything (located in Bur Dubai)! We found a small Paul’s cafe and that would be our stop for a few days every morning! Breakfast was at our hotel, but snacks and pit stops were there!

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The first day of arrival, as went to the beach! Oh My God! To all my fellow UAE readers.. You should be so grateful to have the most beautiful beach at your finger tips! I was in awe of the beautiful warm weather, the soft sand and the cool ocean! As soon as we went to the beach.. I could see the relief on the faces of my brother and mother! Like a weight had been lifted off! We found an ice cream man who would be our new addiction supplier (ICE CREAM) and we stayed at the beach until sunset! It was absolutely beautiful!

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Dubai mall as amazing because of the sheer size of it! I’m used to the size though because Westfiels shopping centre in London is quite big as well! Of course.. The main attraction of Dubai Mall is the massive building stuck on the side! Burj Khalifa was amazing! It is so big.. You have to stand quite a way back to see it! I thought it was really attractive and we looked like typical tourists just gasping at it and giggling as we tried to take pictures of us ‘touching the top’ LOL!

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Of course! Done quite a bit of shopping but more so than the shopping, we took advantage of the fact we could eat ANYTHING there because it was all halal! Tony Roma’s, Chillis, McDonalds! WOO! I’m a real food person and for me, having a lack of food whilst on holiday usually dampens it but I was very happy! One thing.. When we went to the Emirates Mall, we ventured into Chilli’s where my mum found a spider in her food :O LITERALLY! The manager tried to say it was a mushroom but mum knows a spider leg when she sees it.. The whole situation was handled badly! But we then went to Chilli’s in BurJaman and we LOVED the refreshing mocktails!

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On to the pictures some more pictures!

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The gold market was amazing! There was so much GOLD! Of course.. I has told mum about this so he bought her old gold and the jewellers were happy to do us a good deal in order to get some new bling!

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If I could have changed anything.. Rent a car! We had problems with regards to taxi’s etc just because they cost so much! Also, we should have gone to Abu Dhabi because everyone said that is a must see!

The people there were so friendly but obviously they’re used to getting tourists who don’t speak a word of their language! The taxi drivers were friendly and when we left something in a taxi, the driver came to find us to return our shopping back to use and we were so happy!

Thank you for the trip of a lifetime, UAE!

THINGS TO DO:
• Burj Khalifa
• Jumeira beach
• Burjuman
• Emirates mall
• Dubai mall
• Burj al Arab
• THE FOOD!
• Cinema’s, cafe’s
• Safari ( I went however, didn’t find it all that fun if I’m honest! Was just a long hot day sitting in sand filled with spiders in the middle of nowhere)
• Gold market
• The market around the gold market!!

Have you ever been Dubai?
What are your favourite things to do there?
If you live there, what do you like the most?

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