7 Fundamental Rules of Happiness

Remember when I wrote about the 21 Rules to My Life? Well, the following is a list of 7 fundamental rules of happiness that I read somewhere  written by someone unknown. Just how I write down everything that I like, I jot these down, read them every now & then upon need and thought to share them with all. This list has helped me recover from my not-so-happy-Rima-personality and always make me smile and I hope it does the same for you.  

  1. Make peace with your past
    so it won’t disturb your present.
  2. What other people think of you
    is none of your business.
  3. Time heals almost everything.
    Give it time.
  4. Don’t compare your life to others
    and don’t judge them, you have no idea what
    their journey is all about.
  5. Stop thinking too much.
    It is alright not to know the answers.
    They will come to you when you least expect it.
  6. No one is in charge
    of your happiness. Except YOU.
  7. Smile.
    You don’t own all the problems in the world!

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Much Love…

Things NOT to Worry About

Few days ago, I randomly stumbled upon a letter that F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote to his daughter in 1933 about things to worry about. Worry about courage, worry about cleanliness, worry about efficiency, and so on… His letter stroke a chord in my brain and made me think of all the small things that occupy our minds on daily basis and prevent us from moving forward. The list is longer for things not to worry about. Definitely a must read. You may read the entire letter here.

Thigns to worry about

Have a worry-less Thursday!        

Wedding in Mina A’Salam – Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai – Nouf & Ammar

Last weekend, I had the honor to work with Klassna Events (again) to document he wedding of Nouf & Ammar. Nouf is cousin of my past client/dearest-friend. The wedding took place at Mina A’Salam in Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai. Klassna Events showed their magic again with their creativity, countless details, & thoughtful combinations. Following are some of the photos from the wedding.    

Grand Wedding Kosha (Stage)

Grand Wedding Kosha (Stage)

Corsages for Guests

Corsages for Guests

Wedding Decoration Details

Wedding Decoration Details

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Hanging Candles on Wedding Stage

Hanging Candles on Wedding Stage

Wedding decorations

Wedding decorations

Peakocks

Peacocks

Wedding Centerpieces

Wedding Centerpieces

Wedding Kosha (Stage)

Dancing Lights on Wedding Kosha (Stage)

Klassna_Events_Dubai_Wedding_Photographer_Rima_Hassan_0030 I wish the beautiful couple, Nouf & Ammar, a lifelong of love & laughter together. May they dance to their own version of love tunes and happiness find them in every corner of the globe as they begin their new life together, ameen.

Love, – Rima

21 Rules to My Life

Some might wish to receive a magical packet with a list of rules or even a blueprint of how to live a perfect life. But me being me, always the most rebellious chic in the family, it has always been difficult for me to live by rules that someone else imposed on me. Today, I’m jotting down my list of Twenty-One Rules to Living a Wonderful Life (according to me). Some are my very own, some are borrowed/learned from people I admire.  

  1. Party hard. Work harder!
  2. Talk to the people sitting alone.
  3. Admit your mistakes.
  4. Be the bravest in the room. It is perfectly fine to ask stupid questions.
  5. Keep promises.
  6. Give credit/appreciation to the deserving one.
  7. Travel at least twice a year.
  8. Friendship is impossible with a liar.
  9. Be kind to one another.
  10. Don’t give bad news via text message.
  11. Smile often but be a tough cookie upon need.
  12. Say hi to strangers.
  13. Give presents without occasions.
  14. Dream big.
  15. Stay humble.
  16. Always make time for friends & family.
  17. Do good for people without expecting anything in return.
  18. Focus on the little things.
  19. Pray / meditate regularly.
  20. Be the best version of yourself.
  21. Live out loud!
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Photos make blog posts pretty so here is a refreshing one.

Have a great week!

Wedding in Four Points by Sheraton, Dubai – Shama & Shahid

“Although I may try to describe Love, when I experience it, I am speechless.”
~ Rumi ~

This is how I felt when I met Shama & Shahid for the first time. The way they looked at each other was always an ‘awwwww’ moment. The classy Shama’s eyes sparkled, literally, with her shy smile. As if her & Shahid just shared a funny secret, or thought of an inside joke, or just spoke in secret language of their own.  We all know that ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’ so I will make this blog post super short of words but definitely want to share some highlighted moments of Shama & Shahid’s wedding. They exchanged their vows in the presence of their family and close friends at Four Points by Sheraton in Dubai and became the Man & Wife!               

Wedding Kosha (Stage)

Wedding Kosha (Stage)

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Gorgeous Pakistani bridal dress that Shama bought from England

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“Don’t let fear of change cause you to hesitate. Toss some confetti in the air & CELEBRATE! Good things are coming!” – Unknown

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Shama was nothing short of stunning.

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I feel honored that Shama & Shahid allowed me to capture their love. I wish endless joys of life for them. May they have the funniest secrets to share, be kind to each other, & always be the reason behind each other’s smiles, ameen.

Love,
~ Rima

15 Reasons Why I love Dubai

Every time I visited Pakistan from USA, my uncles used to ask me the same question repeatedly. “What do you like better – Pakistan or USA?”

When I got married and moved to Dubai, the question remained the same with the addition of “What do u like the best – Pakistan, Dubai, or USA?”  My patriotic heart screams ‘sab se pehlay Pakistan’, the head shakes & my brain smirks with the thoughts of USA, but my answer is always the same – DUBAI!          

Although I dearly miss my family and cousins in Pakistan, and friends from college, university, and mosque in USA – I have to admit that Dubai has won my heart and following are 15 personal reasons why I love Dubai.

  1. HALAL FOOD! (yes, in big bold+italic+underlined capital letters). Born a foodie, I can dine out or order something to be delivered, tension-free.
  2. Best of both worlds i.e. a perfect mixture of Pakistan & USA. You can easily find Ragú and Shan masalas in the aisles of any grocery store. From Khaadi’s shalwar-kameez to Forever21, you’ll find everything in Dubai.
  3. Easy access to the rest of the world. Countless airlines fly to all parts of the world and reach any destination in no more than 13 hours (including USA).
  4. Winters. If I were given a choice, I can spend allllllll the winters in Dubai for the rest of my life. Lots of outdoor activities and dinning out in beautiful weather, Dubai’s winters are like Paris (on desert).
  5. burj_khalifa_Dubai_UAE_why_i_love_dubaiSelf-Made. Dubai might seem artificial to many people but you have to give credit to the people and government for their efforts for building an artificial paradise on sand.
  6. Dream cars, signature brands & authentic restaurants. Although I’m not a crazy-car-junkie but I have never, ever, seen as fastest, most expensive, beautiful cars in the whole wide world as I have witnessed in Dubai. You’ll know you are in Dubai when you see Police roaming around in Lamborghini, Ferrari, Bentley, and Aston Martin. Ohhhh Yeah! As far as brands and food is concerned, simply goto the world’s biggest mall – The Dubai Mall – and be in awe.
  7. Big grand weddings. If you want to witness the grandness of Dubai’s weddings, go look through the wedding photos I photographed.
  8. Women facilities & Safety. You may go out in jeans, skirts, shalwar-kameez, or abayas, no one cares. I love the women’s only gyms, clean separated public bathrooms and mosques for ladies in the malls.
  9. Tax Free! The salaries, shopping, dinning, etc are all tax free. Don’t get your hopes too high, everything is pretty expensive here but if you are a bachat-pack-person, you will survive just fine! I also have to mention that Dubai’s money has lots of barakat (or may be I’m one of the bachat-pack)
  10. Crowd. I love love loveeeeeeeee the diversity in Dubai. You’ll find here educated, humble, helpful, and people of all races, accents, and colors (except for purple).
  11. Architects’ dreamworld. From the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa, sail like 7 star hotel Burj-ul-Arab, to the twisted building (that I don’t know the name of) in JBR – Marina, Dubai has some fascinating buildings and the number is consistently growing.
  12. Free home delivery service (I can write an entire blog entry on this). Imagine calling the grocery store 5 times a day for 1 lemon, 2 tomatoes, and chocolate and all these are delivered to your apartment. For FREE!
  13. My apartment. The place I call my very own home. My dream come true!
  14. Maids!!! A shout out to Dilwara (my maid). I adore you!
  15. And last but not least, muslim showers in the bathroom!!! I don’t know why some racist would name the hand showers ‘muslim showers’ but I had to convey the point. I mean, Pakistan is still in the Lota-mode, USA doesn’t have those, the entire Europe didn’t, and even Turkey didn’t have those. I almost hugged the hand shower when I came back home after a month.

I loveeee Dubai. Every bit of it. Next time you are in town, holla!
Let me know where you are from and what the city is like. I may visit it next time! ;)