♥ Tips For Long Haul Flights ♥

Summer has arrived, and more and more people are hopping onto a plane to escape to somewhere, to take a break fro their present lives. Me and Tj and our family are no different, in a few days time we are going to go to  Bangladesh to visit friends and family, and honestly we cannot wait! You guys may remember we also recently went to Italy, which we have dedicated an entire post to! In fact, I am blessed to say that at 14 I have been on many plane rides, and have gathered some tips along the way, and today I decided to share them with you guys! 😀 So, without further adue, here are some tips for long flights!


This picture makes me feel so excited 😀


1) Pack your carry on efficiently- If you’re given the option to take a carry on, make a checklist of everything you’ll need in the airport and on your flight, and check it before you leave the house. Make sure the bag you choose is durable, aswell as pretty 😉

2) Dress for comfort – Your flight is going to be extremely long, and the last thing that you want is to be uncomfortable throughout the entire thing! Wear layers if possible, as airplanes can become very cold

3) Wear sandals, or ballet flats-Avoid shoes with laces, as they may become a hassle when you are going through security

4) Invest in a neck pillow- Sleeping is a good thing to do with the long hours of a flight, but it can be uncomfortable sometimes. Using one of these helps ensure you don’t get crooked after an awakward resting position, and using it backwards will prevent your head from drooping onto your chest! 😀

5)Bring headphones- If you’re one of those people that just can’t hack noisy places, then grabbing a pair of headphones is a must. You can listen to music on the way, and a good quality one will also block out the rest of the noise.

6) Bring an eyemask- Airplanes have weird schedules for when they turn off the lights, and it may not suit your sleeping routine. An eyemask will help block out the light, and let you sleep comfortably.

7) Walk through the aisles regularly- You can also do in flight exercises or stretch when you’re in the bathroom to prevent your legs for aching after the flight.

8) Hydrate regularly- Don’t be afraid to ask for water during your flight, or ask for ice to be added to it

9) Moisturize regularly- The heavy air conditioning on planes can leave your skin and lips very dry, so remember to bring a moisturizer, as well as a lipbalm with you.

10) Chew Gum- This helps to prevent your ears from popping. Sucking on a lollipop will also help.

11) Don’t check the time regularly- It will make the flight seem much longer.

12) Bring entertainment- This could be books, magazines, or even a tablet. Airplane rides are long, so make sure you have pkenty to do. You could even try completing some work and being productive! 😀

13) Go to the bathroom before you land- Try and go half an hour before, to freshen yourself up. This could include, fixing your hair or headscarf and reapplying your makeup.

14) Bring your essentials- You are going to need tissues. And hand sanitizer because airplanes are germy places. Remember your toothpaste and toothbrush aswell, although most of the time these are provided for you on long flights.

15) Charge Electronics- Remember to charge any electronics you’re taking the night before the flight. If you are thinking of using them on the plane, you may want to invest in a portable charger

16) Choose seats that are suitable to you- You want to have an aisle seat if you move around a lot, a window seat if you’re planning to rest etc

17) Check the amount of liquid you can take- Most airlines have restrictions on the amount of liquid you can bring with you. Put all your liquids in travel size containers to maximize space, and put cling film on before screwing the lids to prevent spillages. Put all of your liquids in a clear Ziploc bag

18) Be polite- From being on so many plane rides since I was little, I had learnt that being polite is so important to avoid your fellow passengers from turning hostile. Don’t be too loud, or invade other passengers personal space. That being said I have made a lot of friend on planes! 😀

19) Sleep Well- The night before remember to have a good sleep. Flying can be very stressful sometimes and you want to be prepared

20) Enjoy the trip!- Have fun, relax and enjoy your flight to the best of your ability! 😀


To conclude this let me say I absolute love planes. Some people get bored or sick, but I just find the entire experience exhilirating if I’m completely honest! From the packing, to meeting new people… Just all of it! One of my families favourite aspects of being on a plane is seeing if the air hostess offers me the little treat bag they reserve for little kids, as I am extremely petite fora 14 year old.They find it very funny when I do get them 😛 I also vaguely remember climbing over the seats when I was a child which must have been extremely annoying haha 😀 I love watching movies and listening to music on airplanes, and trying to survive the food 😛 The view, is of course a huge plus!


So tell me guys… Give me an airplane memory that you treasure, GO! 😀

I cannot wait to jump on the plane on Sunday eeek so happy 😀

Bye guys ♥

Tia ♥♥♥♥



It’s The Little Things… ❤

It’s the little, everyday things that can be seen as totally ordinary and insignificant that make me truly happy. Here is a list of tiny things that make me glow on the inside, and make me grateful to be alive. These are the things that make me happy in my heart place ^-^

-Birds singing

-Laughing until my stomach hurts

-Being with my friends

-Being with my family

-My big sister Tj

-Having good food





-Reading a book until my eyes droop, and picking it up first thing in the morning and finishing it before breakfast

-Having no homework

-Having family time

-Going out with my awesome sisters

^To name just a few. i have a feeling this list would go on forever if I let it. I totally support the saying ‘Happiness is a choice’ because it really is true! Sometimes you have to make your own sunshine. You, and only you, are in charge of how you view the world. I’ve seen documentaries about children in third world countries, who are poor and have nothing compared to what we have, and yet they are delighted by using a can to play football with. If children living in conditions as bad as these can still find reasons to be happy, why can’t we?

Imagine if everything we ever wanted in life was given to us: You had those shoes you always wanted. You’re rich enough to buy that car you’ve longed for, aswell as that house you have pined over. You were healthy, as were all the ones you love. You were married to the love of you life. You had the grades you wanted, and the career you had dreamed about ever since you were a little kid. Imagine it. Think about it. Do you think you would be truly happy? Do you not think that you would just find more things to be upset about, or more things you want? Do you not think you would look for more reasons to be miserable?

Situations are different for everyone, and everyone reacts differently to different events. Depression is a major cause of suicide and suicidal thoughts for people all over the world. Life may seem bleak and dark right now, and you may feel incredibly alone in a world full of billions of people who you feel do not care. Trust me, there is always someone who cares about you and someone willing to try to make you smile again.If you feel like there is no reason t be happy again, believe me you are wrong. There are a million reasons to be happy. You will survive because you are a strong person. Don’t believe me? Well your definitely still alive as you’re reading this right now.Life is an everlasting challenge, and yet some  glorious moments make the struggle worth it. Happiness is not a destination that you can reach, it is a journey. Find joy in the ordinary. If you can’t find a hint of happiness in the little things, you will never be truly happy.

Have a collection of good memories, because life is too short to be anything less that happy. You are in charge of how you feel – Why not choose happiness? Be so happy that when other people look at you, they’ll smile and be happy too. I saw a qoute somewhere like : Happiness is the highest level of success. And it’s true, it really is.


And for now, being the huge potterhead I am and being cool enough to slip a potter reference in just about ANYWHERE ( And driving my awesome muggle of a sister Tj mad in the process.. oops :P) I will leave you with the wise words of Albus Percival Wulfirc Brian Dumbledore,’Happiness can be found in the darkest of times, if only one remembers to turn on the light’. One of my favourite quotes ever 😀 Smile my friends! It really is contagious 🙂


-Tia (a very happy 14 year old ☺)


Spring/Summer Photography 2014

It’s that time of the year again, when your bulbs are re growing and your buds are blooming with so much colour all around it’s a shocker I haven’t been snapping pictures like crazy like I did last year. This year the daffodils have already come and gone *sigh* I’ve just been so sick and I’m recovering painfully slow, which has caused me to become overly lazy and miss out on so much excitement in my garden.

This year we haven’t been all that much into gardening, we’ll be going away to Italy and Bangladesh soon, so I thought I’d write this up before we disappear =)

I recently went to one of my uncles houses and was amazed to see so many different plants and shrubs and amazing greenery’s, I just couldn’t help myself, and snapped up a few pics hehe

I must admit though, I took these pics on my phone, but I think it turned out pretty good =D

Close up

Close up – Just look at the amazing intricate details

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Super awesome yellowness, my friend Sheila would be proud of me for putting this one up 😉

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I love the red ones, the colour of poppies but I’m pretty sure they’re not poppies, hmm

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Yellow overload =D Eeek I love these!!!

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such a spectacular shade of pink, it’s the pink version of the white flowers that grow on cherry trees before the buds come out methinks, what does thou think?

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Just thought I’d stick a green one in there, for no apparent reason of course…

Anyhoo enough of my uncles plants, I’ll show you what’s growing on my trees so far (nothing that amazing really – but we’re not too fussed as we will probably not be around to eat it all)


I think this ones an apple tree, I can’t remember, we’ve moved a few around and brought new ones, it’s difficult to tell them apart at this stage. Well I think most fruit trees look the same, but I might just be the odd dumb one – urm.. sorry about that =/

Oh and excuse the bright orange fences, our fences came down last month with the harsh winds, as did a few of our neighbours, so now were stuck with a few bright orange fences which look hideous *face palm* and apparently no one stocks up on fences in Luton ugh!



I absolutely love these itty bitty cherry tree, we had one that was planted in our old house, it was humongous and it bore many fruits each year. I have great memories with that tree, so much so, that as a child moving out of my first home I asked my dad if we could take the tree with us – but of course, we couldnt just lift a huge tree of the ground *sob* and there you have it, a forever tree friendship ends in misery ='( nothing will ever replace you Miss.Humongous Cherry tree, I shall forever remember you *sheds tears* ok enough drama, i’ll try to move on *sniff*


Ok half these plants haven’t bloomed yet, but since I’ll probably be in Italy or Switzerland I thought I’ll upload them anyway!


I love that the sun was out, this is the first day I went into my garden since FOREVER and I love that my dad let me take the pictures on his phone, because let’s be real, I have the worlds crappiest phone, (note to self – Must invest in a camera!!)




more pretty flowers – near this plant are lots of blackberries yum, but I guess I forgot to take a pic – oops


The back end of my garden, excuse the broken greenhouse – caused by the neighbours kids playing football in our garden – hehe



Hope you enjoyed all my pics, my next picture post should be on fruits if all goes according to plan. However there could be a slight delay what with all the holiday plans and Ramadan round the corner =)

Hope every ones having a happy sunny and joyous day,

TJ 😉


Books you HAVE to read this Winter!

Hey Guys!
Today I’m going to help you find that perfect book to read this winter. I love reading in the winter because when it’s cold outside, your stuck inside the house. Thats when I like to sit next to the heater , curl up with some chocolate and get stuck inside a great book. But it can be hard to find a book you know you’ll enjoy so I’ve picked some of my favourites and some I can’t wait to read. I’ve also made sure there’s a variety of Genres so there’s guaranteed to be a book for everyone in the family.

1) The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games

Every year, 24 teenagers of the 12 Districtsof Panem are forced to try to kill each other. This is a gruesome punishment for the rebelling which happened against the cruel Capitol many years ago. The twist? Only one survives. When Katniss’s sister Prim is chosen, Katniss knows she will go in for her. Fight for her. If it comes to it even get killed for her because she cannot let her younger sister go through the pain. Fighting against teenage warriors that have trained all there lives, Katniss depends on her instincts to get back to District Twelve alive. But to do that she has to kill innocent teenagers, and she doesn’t know if she can do that. This book has romance, adventure and fantasy. A book that everyone can read, young or old.

2) Journey To The River Sea – Eva Ibbotson

Journey to the River Sea

Journey to the River Sea

13 year old orphan Maia is sent away from England to distant relatives living in Brazil, in the Amazon Rainforest. Little does she know that her two cousins are looking for friendship, and her uncle and aunt didn’t want her for who she is but rather for the huge amount of money Maia brings with her. Then Maia meets Finn, the heir to a grand throne back in England. Finn however doesn’t want o go back and much prefers the wild forests of the Amazon, where his father ran way, many years ago. Maia doesn’t want to let go of Finn and when she is almost killed in a fire, she takes the opportunity to runaway to the tribe Finns mother was bought up in. This book features young love, true love ,adventure and reality. A wonderful book for any age.

3) Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte

Wuthering Heights

Wuthering Heights

When a man is caught in a storm he takes shelter in the dark sinister house of Wuthering Heights. He will never forget the house, which will haunt his dreams. he will learn Cathys story, of having to choose between her lover and an evil man that she grew up with. Of how her choice led to danger and death. How love can kill and torture people forever. A book of passion and romance. A classic full of surprise, wit and true love. This book is a must have for all full time romantics. It’s a true classic, one of my favourites. If you love stories full of passion, drama and love than this is the one you should borrow from the library.

4)Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth – Jeff Kinney

The Ugly Truth

The Ugly Truth

Chuckle as Greg learns the truth of growing up, and giggle when he makes his mistakes. Greg tries to be the perfect teenager but trying to be cool has its consequences. Also in this book Gregs and Rowleys friendship is put to the test in there last year of middle school. Greg worries that he still has not hit his growth spurt yet whilst Rowley is already sporting a pimple.This book is utterly hilarious and easy to read. Its accompanied with funny comics that will make your insides tickle with laughter. The book is perfect for early readers and also readers that aren’t s keen. It’s my little brothers favourite, probably the only books he reads!

5) Breaking Dawn – Stephenie Meyer

Breaking Dawn

Breaking Dawn

The last book in the Twilight Saga, this book is guaranteed to make you laugh as well as cry. Bella is to marry Edward herVampire boyfriend. But Jacob her were wolf friend is in pain at the thought and longs for Bella to see the truth. And when Bella is soon pregnant the were wolves and vampires lives are quickly put into chaos. The baby is sucking the life out of Bella but still she doesn’t want to kill it. And will all the pain be worth it when they don’t even now if the baby is a monster or not? A novel full of mystery,love ,tears and laughter. You should definitely read this book if you enjoyed the movie.

6) Amy, Number Seven – Marilyn Kaye

Amy Number Seven

Amy Number Seven

Amy Candler is a perfect 12 year old. Literally. She does exceptionally well in everything, and has supernatural powers. She can hear, see and feel things stronger than the average human. When she has to research her past life, Amy learns about her dead fathers past and the secrets begin to unravel. She cannot remeber anything about her past, and a strange man is taking pictures if her, because Amy Candler is not the person she appears to be. This book is full of mystery and will keep you hooked until the last page. A book for all sci- fi lovers, a book for the whole family.

Because I don’t want this post to be boringly long, I’m also thinking of doing a part two, so watch out for that!

Take Care!

Tia xoxox

Al-Hikmah Presents…

Al hikmah

Al-Hikmah Girls School is pleased to announce an event by the Nasheed Artist Kamal Uddin.


The event will comprise of Nasheeds, childrens programmes, talks by local scholars and much more. An absolute must for the whole family!

Child (Under 16s)/Student: £5:00
Adult: £10:00

Date: Saturday 15th December 2012
Time: 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Venue: Dallow Road Community Centre
234 Dallow Road
Contact: 01582 410 333

Organiser: Al-Hikmah Girls High School/Sixth Form

Maulana Rayhaan – 0769278661
Maulana Fokhruz Zamaan – 07852988704 / fzaman@alhikmahschool.com

Book Your Tickets Now:



Power to the Peaceful

The Hijab That I Wear

Don’t ask me why
I voice a little sigh

And sometimes I cry
From wondering why

The world can be cruel
People can be vicious

But sometimes I think
Life is so precious

People see me different
Sometimes they even stare

I want to call them rude
But I don’t ever dare

I have a strange dress code
Some like to think

So they stare so badly
And they don’t even blink

They don’t even realise
I don’t want the attention

Instead of receiving blank stares
I’d like some affection

At the end of the day
I try to walk with a smile on my face

I walk with my hijaab on my head
Full of modesty and grace


I love that I’m a Muslimah
I think it’s just great

But others like to mock me
And give me some hate

They give me creepy looks,
And sometimes they swear,

Sometimes I think,
Why do they even care?

As I ignore them,
And cover my hair,

I walk with humility,
With the hijab that I wear.©

Written by myself T.johura

Power to the Peaceful