8 Things That Are Actually Really Big in Texas

In the words of President Trump, they’re HUUUGE. Last week, I flew to Dallas to attend my cousin’s wedding. I’d been to Houston in 2015 and I hated it because it was really hot and I’m Canadian. Anyways, being 5’2” in a Dallas suburb left me conflicted on whether everything in the Lone Star State…

The Prettiest Airbnb I’ve Ever Stayed In

For a girl who’s often gotten lucky with stays in heavenly hotels, hip hostels, and hearty homestays, this Airbnb was by far the winner. Our one night stop in Saint Catharines, Ontario was a really small part of the travel schedule. It was a quick walk away from the bus stop and downtown Saint Catherine….

What a #MuslimBan Means to a Muslim Travel Blogger

I was originally going to post about my cool new haircut but this week has been quite shitty. Being denied entry into countries is nothing new as a Pakistani passport holder. After all, we do have the second least appreciated documents on the planet. Having the privilege to also be Canadian, I climbed up the…

An Open Letter to My Brother-in-law

  Hey bro, When we moved to Canada in 2005, our family reduced to 5 from 8. Then to 4, then 3 after Batool left for university, and now we’re just 2, thanks to you. It’s okay, I forgive you for taking what never cuddled back, even after 21 years of sharing a bed. There…

December Diaries Part 2: Rideshare Horror to Ottawa

The rideshare to Ottawa ripped me off by not having Wi-Fi in the van that they advertised on Kijiji. The dude driving was on his phone the entire time through the storm and didn’t even let me sleep! Me, on transit, not sleeping?? Impossible!! So I did what I had to, I fake cried. He…

December Diaries: Part 1 in Toronto

December 2016 itinerary: Toronto > Ottawa > NYC > Ottawa > Toronto > Karachi > Toronto > Ottawa > Toronto December Diaries is a series of craziness put together by yours truly to reach the full potential of 2016. It is also a 21st birthday gift to myself where I planned to be in places…

How my absent immigrant father raised 3 feminists

It is not uncommon for immigrant families to have broken homes because a parent educated in a different part of the world is deemed unqualified to work in Canada. A child’s identity is not only divided between culture, religion, and language but also between their caretakers. I’m not sure what I’m writing is considered daddy…

Digital Death

Originally posted on RUSL There is a new side to death: digital death. Our inactive accounts have become carcasses of ourselves. “Pics or it didn’t happen” is a real cultural phenomenon attesting to the legitimacy of our existence. Is the award you won actually something to be proud of if no one “likes” your accomplishment?…

4 Useful Things I Learned While Road Tripping Across India

Originally posted on RUSL Travelling teaches you new things no matter how often you leave home behind. But road trips are a whole other ball game. Here are some things I learned while doing a road trip through India. You will have poo issues It happens to even the strongest of digestive systems. Because your sleep…

The Best (Job) I’ve Ever Had

Now that you’ve acknowledged my Drake pun, let’s move on. With McDonald’s as my first job, I looked at the customer service industry with pity and a promise to never go back. But this summer changed everything. I cannot be more grateful for the experiences I’ve had and the people I’ve met through my summer…