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Lesley Carter shares her teaching experience:

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About the writer of this post:

Born in beautiful Norway, I have a background in Graphic Design, the travel business and a Bachelor in Interior Architecture. My home is now in Portugal, where I moved 3 years ago to find the love of my life. Now we live in Algarve where the sun shines most of the time with our two cats Fluffy and Chilli.

My company  Enjoy My Design is the beginning of a dream to start an independent life, where I can work wherever I want. My body likes the sun and gets very cranky in the cold. I studied Interior Architecture in London 5 years ago, that’s about the time I realized I need to slow down. I don’t do very well with stress. But changing something that’s incorporated in your system can take time.

Working and designing in my own time and space works for me, I’m much happier and I feel more energetic.

So, what do I do?

I make art for kids, other passionate paintings , create textiles and much more.  I’m even writing a bookfor kids right now. I also take freelance jobs. Right now I’m testing out factories, print shops etc to deliver my designs to the best price and quality!

Have a magical day, and may all your dreams come true!

Anne Onsøien

Anne Onsøien

One day I get an offer that could be a dream come true; I’m offered a possibility to work for a large interior design firm in Portugal! Could this be it?

Sometimes it’s hard to see yourself from the outside. But after five minutes into the interview I see myself clearly. I’m not sold. I’m overqualified. When somebody is telling you that they want your expertise, but are not willing to pay you untill you get what they want, a very loud bell is ringing in my head. So loud I’m laughing.

Basically they want me to find million dollar property owners in Algarve who wants interior design done (this is an interior design company who has factories, architects, the whole package). But they are new to Algarve, so they want me to smell the rich people. Then after I find them, I can do the design, BUT I will…

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I want to share a couple of websites that students across the globe may find useful:

http://www.freevideolectures.com  My sir told me about this site in class. He said it’s for people who like to learn. The lectures are of really good standard and quality. I usually watch the workshop or presentations related to Entrepreneurship from Stanford University, but there are many other subjects too.

http://www.opentuition.com (specially for accounting students).

http://www.theexpgroup.com

Najma Aijaz 25/02/2012

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I am introducing a new column to my blog and that’s called Student Life. I will be writing posts about my own personal experiences as a student and will be interviewing students from other professions as well. Plus I want to write about any events that happen for students (especially in Pakistan and U.A.E.). If anyone interested would like to post about this topic, feel free to e-mail me at najma.aijaz@hotmail.com

Samuel Johnson
Your aspirations are your possibilities.

Najma Aijaz, 23/02/2012 

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Pakistani Bloggers: Pakistan Blogs. I found this blog just now through google and I am having so much fun reading what other Pakistani bloggers have to say. It’s something I can relate to. The topics they discuss, be it political or relationships.  I am glad I found it.

Najma 23/02/2012

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Perfumes are very popular in the Arab world. Back in 2009 my roomie, Sahar,  was from Sudan.  She was very fond of scents.  She used to lit Oud in the evenings and I began liking it. It used to make me feel lighter.

Oud 

Fortunately I have brought Oud with me here in Pakistan. I haven’t used it as yet. I am waiting for a special moment. It’s only now that I am here I realize there are so many little things and details that I know of the Arabic culture. I mean obviously I am born there but it’s only now that these things seem different to me, because they aren’t here. People rarely know stuff called Oud.  Plus here, like my neighbours, use Agarbatti on special occasions. But it’s not the same. I don’t like Agarbattis! 

Agarbatti

Anyway, this isn’t what this post’s about. I used to travel everyday to school and then to college passing by The Perfume Roundabout in Fujairah. I used to think it’s called The Perfume Roundabout because there are perfume shops near by but recently I saw it’s pictures on facebook and realized this is not the reason! And I thought I was observant about things. 🙂 I remember I used to wonder why it’s made this way:

It’s only a few days back I ‘noticed’ that the hand is sprinkling perfume! This is what Arab people often did at their place. They used to use the above object and sprinkle it on people and their homes. Beautiful isn’t it?

The Perfume Roundabout as it looked at night during the UAE 40th National Day celebrations:

Najma Aijaz, 21-2-2012

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The first image that came to my mind was when I was ‘about’ to diveeeeee. I looked down and felt so excited.

The second image that I thought of was how when parents look ‘down’ at their kids either lovingly or when scolding them. I found this funny image on google :):

Najma Aijaz

 

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