Recently Discover UAE, a project based Instagram account aiming to explore United Arab Emirates, held their first instameet/instawalk in Qasba located in the Emirate of Sharjah.

“Qasba – 10,0000-acre project including a 1 km-long man-made canal and 60m high observation wheel, it was made open for the public in 2005. It includes Masrah Al Qasba, a theatre, the Maraya Art Centre, the Multaqa Al Qasba meetings and conference centre and a children’s Fun Zone. The project, managed by the Al Qasba Development Authority (an affiliate of Shurooq) has an architectural design including pedestrian bridges, boats, and lagoons. It attracted two million visitors in 2011. (Source: Wikipedia)”

I am very happy to have returned and explored around this place again with other fellow Instagrammers/Instafriends.

Here are some of the photos I took of Qasba and its tunnel and gorgeous mirror like canal.

PS: i just learned how to create a watermark on photoshop hehe.. 🙂

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Small Town Called Al Rams

We arrived at around 4 in the morning. It was 13 degrees Celsius. Too chilly for me and too early for the fishermen to start their day. The small village is called Al Rams, in Ras Al-Khaimah. As we waited patiently, my friends and I  scouted the whole place, looking for a good location to take photos. I have never been a landscape photographer but the place was screaming long exposure shots, lol! Good thing I brought my tripod. I checked my phone to see what time the sun will rise, it says 7AM. Soon enough, the fishermen started to come around to the fishing area one after the other.

We were greeted with warm smiles and offered us to have some Karak chai. Even the local men who are inhabiting the place are friendly and welcoming. What I like about the place was everything that I don’t usually see in Dubai. The simplicity of their daily lives and the calmness of their village made me realized that life is short not to appreciate these basic things around us.

Slow down, breathe and start again.

Here are some of my captured moments in Al Rams. Hope you all have a Happy and Prosperous New Year! Here’s to another year of photography 🙂

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Community members of Instagrammers Dubai and Peeta Planet team actively participated the 10th Worldwide Instameet held last October 5th. The theme was “Chasing Sunrise”. The members gathered at the Creek Metro Station at dawn. During this time, each members were given some Instagram freebies such as stickers, badges and pens.

First, we covered Saif Mohd Belqaizi Shipbuilding Yard which is located just a few steps away from the Creek Metro Station. The place may be an unlikely place to have an Instameet but I was fortunate that I woke up at 5am and witness a hidden gem behind those high walls of Jadaf. I am truly amazed at the ships being built and according to a shipbuilder one ship can take 5-10 years to be finished.

Here are some of my photos taken at the #WWIM10_Dubai. I was trying to mute the colors and decided to go B&W this time.

And oh by the way, Instagram just made me their SUGGESTED USER follow me if you haven’t @needlez_and_pinzz

Peace and love x

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My First Pre-natal Photoshoot

On a lighter side of photography, I was invited by an Indonesian friend of mine to help and assist her with her first (yes her first too) pre-natal photoshoot last week. Due to lack of light, we made some improvisation. We didn’t use any soft box or beauty dish or what not. With the help of her lamp light and the ambient light, coming from the window as our light source.

Here are some of the photos I took during the photo shoot session. Also, I learned something in Photoshop. I now know how to add borders, watermark and some 3D effect which I’ll use very soon in my future photos 🙂

Peace and love x

Camera: Fuji XE1

Lens: Fujinon 18-55mm


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#MyDubaiTrip part 1

One fine Saturday. I woke up at 5am. Made sure my camera batteries were fully charged. As usual, I wore black and my vans sneakers. I know we will be out all day and I don’t know what to expect at the camel racetrack. All set for what seemed to be a whole day activity with some of the best Dubai based  and International Igers 🙂

First stop at the Al Marmoum Camel Racetrack along Al Ain – Dubai Road. Here are some of my photos.

Camera: Fujifilm XE1

Lens: 18 -55 mm


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