This Friday marked our successful completion of one week here in Kiwi land, alhamdulillah. I mean seven days are already up and we are still trying to settle in our temporarily rented home, in so many different ways (some of which I have mentioned here earlier as well).
The place is miles apart from where we came from, in both literal and inferential ways! Days start with the first ray of sun (sometimes before that), even the construction guys come sharp at 8 (a house is getting revamped in the area we are currently living in that’s why I know this).
Nights on the other hand are calm and peaceful here; the malls/ shops/ activities everything closes/ finishes by 5 or max 6 here. Seriously? And you won’t believe, E and HI have started behaving like Kiwis already, they sleep at 10 and wake up early in the morning. But that is a good thing I guess… right?
And oh, it’s too cold. Period.
Typically the temperature ranges from 7-13 degrees these days which is obviously very cold for people like us *facepalm*. We are also struggling with the heaters in hand, the heater which keeps the living area warm works on it’s own accord, thank god we got an smaller alternate. On top of that, it rains here like crazy.
Rain-> Sunny-> Showers-> Partly Cloudy-> oh RAINBOW ❤ -> Rain-> Sun-> Light Rain-> More Rain…. these all are observations I made in a single day. Lol
Don’t miss this video that I have recorded while I was getting wayyy too excited about the rainbow 😛
Talking about food… The conditions are totally upside down here as compared to Dubai. Dubai is a foodie’s paradise for sure (I am definitely gonna miss Dubai for this). I have stated in the previous post that we had our first lunch here at Ray and Noman bhai’s place. They both have been really helpful in every possible way, may Allah reward them for this (Aamin).
Ray afterwards packed loads and loads of food for us which lasted for 4 days, that was extremely generous of her. And thank God she did because the first 2 days I was only sleeping and lazing around all the time. The feeling that we have enough food in refrigerator was so reassuring and satisfying in that state. It helped me to regain my long lost energy.
As soon as we ran out of those takeaways we went for grocery at Lotus Supermarket which is an Indian grocery store and stocks every kinda desi stuff. I even found Shan masalas and many Pakistani sauces there. We shopped for basic items to survive for now because our cargo items haven’t reached yet and the kitchen I am cooking in has the following items available for cooking:
- A 2 litre Sauce pan (Apparently for making tea)
- A frying pan
Thats IT! and the saucepan doesn’t even has a lid. Lol :p Wanna see how am I cooking these days… Check out the pictures below.
Also, I and HI are sharing this single lappy hence not a new post every other day. The other laptop is in one of those cargo boxes which have not arrived yet.
Having said all this, I’d add that I am pretty much enjoying this phase of life. The changes are big but are for betterment. I remember reading this on Facebook and it fits in here perfectly:
“An arrow can only be shot by pulling it backward. So, when life is dragging you back with difficulties it means that it is gonna launch you into something great”–> MOTIVATION!!
Even though the temperature is cold but bearable and enjoyable to be honest. I am loving the way sky looks when those thick black clouds clear out just for an hour or so and the rainbow peek-a-boos ❤ (those who follow my Instagram and Snapchat stories must be enjoying with me).
No matter the kitchen is devoid of many items but at least it has got the basic things which I can make use of. I have made Karahi, Qorma, Daal Chawal and Qeema with these up till now. What if I did not have any utensil here at all? Also, this is fun-camping-kinda-experience which is not gonna last forever 😀
And the best part is that the Television in this house has Netflix, so I and E both are enjoying movie marathons in HD on daily basis. We have watched Shrek, Shrek 2, Shrek the third, Smurfs, The Princess Diaries, Tangled, Over the Hedge and many disney cartoon episodes to name a few and still lots more to go 😀
Migration is not easy at all, it is a life changing BIG step indeed. Moving from one house to another is an exhaustive task, relocation is such a PRO level of this game I tell you. I have been hearing sentences like ‘you will feel homesick’, ‘you won’t like it there/here’, ‘It’s too far‘ blah blah but I am not paying heed to any of it because I know the moment I’ll feel weak will be the last moment I’ll be happy about this development. Expect the worst and relish the little things that come along while focusing on the positives more, it’ll be much more easier this way. Also, New Zealand is BEE-YOU-TEA-FULL!! ❤
Allah is everywhere, I have faith on him, I am praying and he is listening. We have been blessed with the best alhamdulillah and he will keep on bestowing his favours upon us Inshaa Allah. What else do we need? Can’t thank Allah enough for all these blessings 🙂
Let the journey begin… I AM EXCITEDDD!! 😀