Welcome! My name is Nadia. My husband and I are both expatriates in the United Arab Emirates. No, Dubai is not its capital city. I was born and raised in Karachi, a city that I will always love despite its flaws, and later moved to the Philippines to attend university. In November 2006, I finally made peace with India by marrying one of her very responsible and brilliant citizen. Due to visa and logistics issues, the wedding took place in the U.A.E.
I started blogging at The Purple Journal in mid 2008 before moving to my own domain here in February 2011. The idea of blogging began when I returned from my very first trip to India. I came home with tons of stories, memories, and photographs that I knew I had to share.
What’s this blog about?
Travel, food and photography, the halal type. This means my travel stories do not include getting drunk, skimpy clothing, or gambling. So far I’ve covered the U.A.E. (of course), Saudi Arabia, Oman, Pakistan, and India. You can click on the “Travels” tab that’s sitting right below the blog header, and browse through the travel posts. I also have a few recipes up on the “Food” section that contains links to recipes that turned out great and have become favorites. Oh, then there’s the “Reviews” section, where I try to write about the hotels that we’ve stayed in and the restaurants we’ve dined at.
Who is Masood? I see him mentioned in almost every post.
He’s the boss. The guy who finances my food, trips, photography equipment, and this blog. He also keeps me happy and safe.
What photography equipment do you use?
- Nikon point & shoot — Amazing landscape pictures. A lot of noise in low-light settings. Takes decent video, has a projector, and is very slim.
- Nikon D40 — My first and only digital SLR camera. I love it to bits.
- iPhone — Extremely useful to take a quick (or discreet) photograph. It belongs to Masood.
- An unbranded, lightweight tripod.
- A 70-300 mm zoom lens — Borrowed from my sister, Sophia, every now and then.
What editing software(s) do you use?
- Picasa 3 –
I use this the most.Makes organization of photographs easy.
- Photoscape - I use this the most.
- gimp – I have this but don’t remember ever using it.
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Have a nice day!