[Mis]Adventures in Arabic Class

I couldn’t take it off of my mind.
I tried to focus back but it was useless.
I couldn’t stop looking over my shoulder to the floor…..   

Since 99.9% of my clients in UAE are Arabs and although they speak fluent English, I have been dying to learn the Arabic language.

Few days ago, I saw an advertise on Facebook that a so&so place is teaching Arabic courses. Their schedule, course fee, and duration of the course seemed perfect for me. So I applied and next thing you know, I was on my way to the class only to find myself stuck in Dubai’s traffic.

Arabic_Course_DubaiI firmly believe that a lady can do her entire makeup or even read a book if there is a traffic jam in Dubai. Although the route was 20 mins, I was in the class an hour later.

Late as I was, I grabbed the last empty seat in the corner which was next to a locked door that apparently opened in the back of the expanding building (which had on going construction).

I checked my course packets, handbooks, a perfectly sharpen pencil, and my dream of speaking fluent Arabic language was about to take off of the ground…until, from the corner of my eyes, I something moving on the floor.

Of course my curious soul had to look and I am still regretting that moment. It was a 4 inch lizard-looking-snake crawling a feet away from me…. Let me repeat that again: A SNAKE! CRAWLING! A FEET AWAY!

Panicked I gasped and picked up my feet off the ground. I think I scared the snake just as much as it scared me because I saw it making its way out from under the locked door.

The girl sitting next to me asked ‘what happened?’.  I turned to look at her speechless and pointed to the floor. She looked on the floor confused and shrugged because nothing was there. I texted my husband the entire situation and he responded with “RUN!” but I didn’t had the guts to put my feet on the ground again.

I dare you Internet, sit with your feet above the ground for 45 minutes.

I was the first to literally run out the class as soon as it ended and I think I’ll probably just learn Arabic on youtube or from another place which is not on the ground floor.

Why am I telling you this? Because I don’t want to be the only one thinking about it.
It is not fun….at all!

Wedding in Al Raha Beach Hotel, Abu Dhabi – Hadeel & Othman

What a gorgeous sight it was when the pretty & petite Hadeel walked the ramp of her glorious kosha (stage) in her beaded-long-tail off-white gown. Othman was left speechless and seemed to fall in love all over again. Since I can’t share the lovely photos of the bride & groom, here are some photos of the wedding details of Hadeel & Othman’s wedding that took place in Al Raha Beach Hotel, Abu Dhabi.

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Congratulations to Hadeel & Othman. May they love each other immensely and keep cracking jokes to make each other laugh, forever.  Cheers to their Happy Ever After….

Love,
~ Rima

Keep Calm because…

I held my phone and smiled.

I posted the following photo on my Instagram and got busy with work. I checked back after a few minutes and received lovely messages by my past and current brides on both Instagram & Whatsapp. Oh I love my brides!     

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Since people have been sharing Keep Calm posters on social media, here are my version of Keep Calm messages:

Keep Calm & Count Your Blessings.
Keep Calm & Work Harder.
Keep Calm & learn from your mistakes.
Keep Calm and have karak chai.
Keep Calm & buy new shoes.
Keep Calm and watch movies.
Keep Calm & Google it.
Keep Calm but be prepared.
Keep Calm. Game on.
Keep Calm & keep Kaam se Kaam (mind your business)
Keep Calm and call your mom.
Keep Calm and read.
Keep Calm & do yoga.
Keep Calm & Love Life.
Keep Calm when saying I Do!
Keep Calm. Then dance on Gangnam Style!
Keep Calm & Dream on.
Keep Calm if people talk behind your back. They are behind you for a reason.
Keep Calm because You are Loved!!!

Keep Calm & Shine on!
~ Rima

Wedding in Sharjah Ladies Club – Shaikha & Farid

Although I couldn’t see her face through the phone, I was 100% certain that she was smiling. Smiling wide while speaking about her wedding. After a few days we met over coffee to discuss more details and I was just mesmerized by her gracefulness.  With gorgeous white teeth, beautiful skin, and deep-deep-deeeep-sparkly eyes, Shaikha can sure win a beauty pageant if she ever runs for it. This smart, independent, soft-spoken girl can steal any heart.   

After she wore her custom-made wedding gown, I told her – “Shaikha, I meet, see, and photograph brides almost every weekend. If I can’t take my eyes off of you, I don’t know what Farid will do.” She laughed! When the ever so charming Farid entered the room and saw Shaikha as a bride, he stood absolutely speechless for a good 1.5 minute. Then I proudly said “I tolddddddddd youuuuuu….” She laughed again!   

Following are just a few glimpses of Shaikha & Farid’s wedding which took place at Sharjah Ladies Club. From wedding stage (kosha) to jewelry, each detail speaks high of Shaikha’s elegant choice.

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Wedding Stage (Kosha)

Wedding Stage (Kosha)

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Party Favors

Party Favors

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Bouquet made by Shaikha's sister

Bouquet made by Shaikha’s sister

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I felt honored and great pleasure to photograph such a beautiful couple who is extremely close to my heart and brought life to the photos with their remarkable love & laughter. I pray that Shaikha keeps mesmerizing Farid and leave him more and more in love with her everyday, ameen.

Love,
~Rima

Dua – The Answer to our Prayers

Meet Dua! The Life of my Life!

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Dua is my 6 (turned 7 today) years old niece with a mind of a 12 years old & is absolutely lovable. You know the type of personality that can light up the whole room? Yup! She’d be the one. Hands Down. No, Seriously! I’m not saying that because she’s my niece and I adoreeeeeeee her to pieces. Well, that too. But I’m saying that because she truly is a extremely smart for her age, is a character & has a personality with a spark.

Since the day she was born, I made it my mission to document her entire life. With cell-phone camera, to point&shoot, to my 5D Mark III, she never fails to pose with her endless expressions – spontaneous smile, broken teeth, questioning eyes, turning the computer with her toe, Lady Gaga style – she’s certainly my favorite model & it has always been a trip chasing her with my camera. I can never get enough of her photos & she knows it very well. It’s like I want to capture and save her smiles, evil smirks, bewitching laughter, sparkly eyes – her entire childhood. Part of it is also because I hardly have any of my own childhood photos.

So before you scroll down, let me WARN you. Do NOT be deceived by that innocent smile. She’s a little fire-cracker who adds flare, colors, festivity, and magic to our lives…

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Dua is answer to our prayers,
smiles to our blues,
spark to our eyes,
life of my life,
… & of my photos as well <3

Dua

~*~ Happy Birthday Dua ~*~

Love,
~Rima Khala

It’s a Big World out there

I twisted and turned sleepless in my bed because the room felt hot. My weather app showed 97 degrees Fahrenheit in Dubai. At 1 am. I closed my eyes and thought of the beautiful sunny days with cool breezes of Turkey from our three day stay at Turkey during our Dubai-USA trip.       

OhMyGod!!! I opened my eyes wide.

I wrote three blogs from Missouri, USA but none for NYC and Istanbul, Turkey. May be because I have seen everything there. Those places were not new to me. When I went to Turkey for the first time, both my husband & I returned with almost 3,000 photos in 4 days. I couldn’t find many from this trip. So, the next morning I insisted that my hubby makes me a video of this trip that can make us relive the experience.

And so he did! (how cute, I know)

With our favorite Turkish instrumentals by Taksim Trio and shot with GoPro and our youngest baby, FujiFilm X-E1, this video will take you from the famous landmarks to streets of Istanbul to the VIP cultural show to Galata bridge and will show you much more.

Here it is.
Enjoy!!!

It’s a big world out there. Explore!
Make mistakes. Try different things.
But keep exploring!

Love,
~ Rima

P.S. This makes me want to make another trip. To a new place. Hmm….If money wasn’t an issue and you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would you go and why???

Wedding in Mina A’Salam, Madinat Jumeirah – Mostafa & Alia

As much as I love big weddings, smalls weddings with great deal of details are my favorite. They are so intimate and personalized. It is a delicious cherry on the icing if the wedding is decorated by Julie & Romeo wedding planner. I guess the photos will do more justice to how Julie gloriously decorated the wedding of Mostafa & Alia in Al Majlis Ballroom of Mina A’Salam, Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai.

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Al-Majlis Ballroom

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Gorgeous Centerpieces

Gorgeous Centerpieces

Dance Floor

Dance Floor

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Party Favors

Party Favors

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Lots of best wishes to Mostafa & Alia for future. May they keep lighting up each other’s life with their smiles and warmth of their love, ameen.

Shine on
~Rima