Saying goodbye to February 🙋🏻

Roseberry Topping
Saltburn Beach
Angel of the North
Penshaw Monument
Satlburn Beach

Manchester United Football Stadium

It’s almost time to say goodbye to February 2017. February hasn’t been too bad in the sense of wanderlust. I have been doing some thing or another during my weekends and some times also during the week days. 

My highlight of February was going away for the weekend with A. Since he’s moved in with my parents and I, we spend very little time together. So getting away for the full weekend felt like luxury and we had been majorly excited for this. We drove to Manchester to watch a man united game. Last year in October I had bought tickets for his 30th birthday as a surprise. He has always dreamt of watching a live game and I wanted to make it a special one. So despite the cold and the flu, we wrapped up warm and watched the game! Man united one 2-0 which obviously made it even more worth it! Although I don’t watch football nor do I support any particular teams, the atmosphere and crowds were incredibly awesome. 

We then decided to eat at an Asian Cafe/Restaurant called ‘My Lahores’ which is my ultimate favourite due to it’s reasonable pricing and delicious foods. It also remind me of my university days living in Bradford! 

We also spent the other weekends exploring the local and nearby areas such as the Angel of the North, Saltburn Beach and Roseberry Topping. The North east of England really does have some beautiful places. 

If you ever want to visit the North East of England, do get in touch!! I would love to tell you about some of the beautiful places we have! 

The Instagram obession 

The Instagram obsession and addiction is real. I have been obsessed with my cocktailofemotions account for a number of weeks and months. I guess I use it as a platform for share my weird and wonderful travel pictures and stories. I also use it to broaden my knowledge of what’s out there as well as getting inspired by hundreds and thousands of traveller. 

The one thing however that worries me is the amount of hours I can spend looking at people’s profiles and stories. I can easily ignore my nearest and dearest as I edit pictures and am completely absorbed by other peoples lives. It’s a frightening realisation that social media can do that to do. It can save you or destroy you. 
Anyways. It’s Friday. It’s been a long and tedious week of social worker, so I’m going to call it a night. Good night folks. And if you’re on Instagram, do follow our Instagram profile. 

Hey Monschau 🙋🏻

December was a fairly dull month, hence why I didn’t post for All of decemver. however I started January 2017 by surprising my Mom to Germany for her 50th birthday. Yeaaaah, that’s right. I’m a good daughter! She was completely and utterly blown away by the surprise. 

We went for a weekend, Friday to Monday and met my cousin in Germany. She ended up taking us to a few different cities and even Vaals in holland. These were the cities we went to:




Last but not least, Monschau. 

Here is a sneak peek into the details 🙂 overall Germany exceeded my expectations as it was full of quirky little cafes and wonderful architecture. 

Day trip to York 

Aaaahh. A quick train trip to York for the day is the best decision I have made in a while. Despite being cold and rainy, the Christmas decorations and cobble streets were perfect. 

things to do in York:

– The trip to the York Dungeoun is the best thing you could do in York. You can spend about 2 hours and it’s worth £14.95! Especially when it’s cold and windy outside. 
– there are so many beautiful and quirky coffee shops in York that you must try. 
-the boat trip is also a must, however we were not able to do that as it was freezing!

About Amsterdam. 

A mini break to Amsterdam was just perfect in so many ways! Getting away from the daily hustle and bustle of life. The cobbled streets and canals in Amsterdam combined with the crisp autumn leaves hanging over the sides was everything I could have wished for. Along with the best company ever of course and the tastiest crepes accompanied by illy coffee. 

We landed on the Friday, dropped off our luggage and headed straight to Amsterdam, where the streets were echoing of laughter and madness. There were people on foot and people on bicycles. I had never seen so many bicycles in my life. The smell of ‘green’ overpowering and taking over my five senses, making me feel somewhat sick. 

The streets were lit up with Christmas lights and surrounded by people celebrating Halloween. 

Here are some pictures from Amsterdam. What a beauty Amsterdam is. 

The Monday dread. 

After having a somewhat relaxed weekend, my stomach is churning at the thought of going back to work tomorrow. I left work on Friday after dealing with a crisis and spent the entire weekend worrying and fretting about it. And now I am feeling even more anxious about what is awaiting me. 

Social work takes over your life. A service user will never understand just how much your life is impacted by theirs. Or just how much their ups and downs have a knock on impact on your personal life. It’s not a job where you can just switch off and get on with it. It’s not a 9-5 job where you stop thinking about it. There are families and cases that linger on in the background constantly. But I suppose that is what social work is. 

Obnoxious colleagues. 

As I joined my fellow work colleagues for lunch last week, I was unsure about what to eat. The gentleman sitting next to me advised that there was ‘firecracker chicken’ that looked nice, to which I responded ‘oh, I only eat halal meat so I will give it a miss’. The gentleman smiled and continued to eat his jacket potatoe. 

The conversation then led to what everyone was up to over the weekend and people talked about getting ‘pissed’ and ‘hammered’ for the weekend. I just said that the only thing I would be drinking was tea as I don’t drink alcohol. This led to a colleague asking me why that was. So as you do, I explained that I was a Muslim and due to my Religious believes, I did not consume alcohol. The guy eating the jacket potato then said oh ‘alcohol is my religion’ and said it’s all ‘fucking bollocks’ referring to religion and belief. 

At that moment in time, I just sat there feeling numb. This was a social worker having such strong opinions about others belief. The whole values and ethics of being a social worker is to be anti- discriminatory and anti-oppressive. Yet he had the audacity to sit and speak about religion with such disrespect and hatred. 

I mean imagine if I started to have such hateful and aggressive opinion about the fact that his religion is alcohol. No doubt I would be labelled as an extremist or some other bull shit. 


My recent trip to Qatar 

Hey you guys. Totally forgot to post about my recent trip to Qatar to see my better half for his 30th birthday. 

After weeks and months of chaos I was quite looking forward to just kicking back and relaxing. And that is exactly what I did. 

Here are some of the pictures: 

I caught the connecting flight from Dubai and went to buy a costa coffee just for their free wifi which was a lot faster than the airport one! 

My first stop was at the Villagio Mall to get me some PF Chang dynamite prawns mmmmm. They the best!! 

The second day entailed of long walks around the Souk Wakrah and sipping my favourite frapaccino! 

I have this weird obsession with chilli fries from Chillis! I ordered them THREE times while I was in Qatar. And it was worth it every time. 

This is just a sneak peak of the better halfs birthday celebrations. 

Fancy celebrations in a pretty location in Qatar. 

The corniche is the most beautiful place in Qatar. I could sit in MIA park for hours! 

I spent the last day hanging out with friends at the Souk. I miss Qatar terribly 😦

Double whammy from casacobana! Yummm. 

A smoothie week 

Hey fellow bloggers! I feel so annoyed at myself as I always promise myself that I will blog more regularly. Buttttt that hasn’t been the case due to me travelling to Qatar and being busy with the daily commitments of life. 

So a friend of mine from Qatar drinks smoothies quite regularly and puts the photos on social media. After seeing her pictures, I felt so inspired to try it for myself that I went and purchased some fruits and decided to make a smoothie. At this point, I wasn’t eating any fruits whatsoever. Infact I can go weeks and months without fruits so thought this would be a good way of eating fruits. Anywaaays so I went and bought some blueberries and bananas and yoghurt and made this little beauty. And you know what? It tasted absolutely delicious!! 

The following day I made the same thing! Blueberries, banana, honey and milk! 

This was carrots and oranges! Yummm

And I moved onto strawberries and blueberries and banana. This was absolutely yummyyyy. 

Ps. How cute are these little jars? It’s worth the experience in itself! This was left over banana and oranges! 

I will try to blog more about the smoothies and which ones I try in the future. If you have any delicious recipes, please pass them on! I’d appreciate them massively.