Thursday 24 March 2016

Shanghai, China Itinerary: Tourist Sites, Restaurants, Mosques, Shopping, Pinned Map

After recently visiting Shanghai, we now understand the importance of doing your research before landing. There is a lot to do and see, and surprisingly, a lot of halal food available! Shanghai is a tourist friendly city in which people will commonly speak English, but you should still be prepared and have your destination's addresses written in Chinese in the case that you need directions.

Gardening Project 2016: Update 2

Week 4

Alrighty so continuing from Update 1, this is an update on week 4 of my seed-sprouted plants.

Everything has been going pretty well so far and haven't had any major problems alhamdulilah, but I did come upon a few issues that needed remedying.

Tuesday 8 March 2016

Gardening Project 2016: Update 1

Continuing from my last post, exciting things are happening since I first planted my seeds!

Red & Green Salad Scallions (Renee's Garden)
Date Planted: February 29th, 2016
Date Germinated:  March 5th, 2016
Days to Germinate:  6 days

Sunday 6 March 2016

Toronto to Dubai for $665 CAD

Toronto to Dubai
$665 CAD /w taxes return Saudia Airlines

Normally $850+ CAD for Toronto to Dubai, this is a fabulous deal!

Friday 4 March 2016

How do I get an Umrah Visa? - A Guide for Canadians

How do I get an Umrah Visa for 1437 H / 2016?
A Guide For Canadians

So you've taken advantage of a deal and booked your flight to Saudi Arabia, so, now what?

Say Bismillah, take a deep breath, this guide will help you through what's needed to get that visa!

To apply for an Umrah Visa, as of 2014, the Saudi Embassy (in Ottawa) requires that you apply through an authorized travel agent. The Embassy will no longer honour direct applications.

The requirements for an Umrah might be overwhelming, so we've written down the requirements that most agents will need for you to be eligible.

Thursday 3 March 2016

Toronto to London Flight + Hotel for $875 CAD for 5 nights!

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Toronto to London Flight + Hotel for $875 CAD for 5 nights!

Came across an exclusive offer for Canadians on British Airways' Facebook page.

Found some great prices flight and hotel taxes inclusive!
British Airways is marketing this as book for 5 nights for the price of 3.

Terms and Conditions for the hotel deal states: The flight(s) must originate from a Canadian gateway. The flight(s) must be purchased between February 29, 2016 and March 21, 2016 and travel must occur between March 1 and September 30, 2016 . Airfare and any additional charges must be paid for in Canadian Dollars.

Toronto to London Flight + Hotel taxes inclusive 
Starting at $857 CAD for 5 nights
3 Star Royal National 857 CAD
Sample Apr 22-28 
4 Star Kensington Close 1426 CAD
Sample Apr 3-8

Wednesday 2 March 2016

New York to South Africa & UK for $608 CAD

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New York to South Africa & UK 

$608 CAD /w taxes open jaw Qatar Airways

This is an open jaw deal
New York JFK to Johannesburg JNB (or Durban)
Johannesburg JNB to London LON
608 CAD /w taxes open jaw Qatar Airways open jaw for a 9h layover Doha (with hotel)
655 CAD for a 2h layover Doha

Tuesday 1 March 2016

Gardening Project 2016: A Beginner's Journey

Note: This is going to be a really long post, mostly to organize my thoughts and provide a reference for future years. 

If you're thinking of starting out gardening, I'm a beginner and some of this info might be beneficial to you! There's a ton of information I've added from sources I've compiled over the past couple weeks.

Some of my earliest memories as a child involved my mother's plants. Equipped with a set of green thumbs, my mom grew massive plants both indoors and outdoors, and as I grew older I was often enlisted to help her water them, and gently, of course, or else!

Gardening has numerous benefits for the mind, body, and soul.
  1. It encourages a healthy and responsible lifestyle by having your own fruits and veggies to eat for very little money.
  2. It's relaxing and therapeutic being surrounded by green things, and it puts your mind at ease having your own piece of nature to go back to after a busy day.
  3. It is a constant reminder of the blessings of your Creator, seeing the miracle of a tiny seed growing into something lush and green which benefits you in so many ways.