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13 Jun 13 at 1 am

Ebrahim + Khairunnisa,

A Honeymoon in Turkey.

Ebrahim, one of my very very good friends for nearly 8 years now recently got married a couple of weeks ago and i am very very very happy for him!

i am very honoured really to be able to take photos of them, especially on their honeymoon (dont worry i didnt crash them the whole time!) but really, i am sooooo happy to take these photos for them! alhamdulillah.

and also they’re so easy to work with! (good job guys!)

 anw, turkey has really been AMAZING. i am in love with this country. i never thought i would love it this much, but i really do. the people are so warm and friendly, the food is good, there are mosques everywhere (its really amazing when you hear several azans going on at the same time!), it has so much history and of course, it is so so so beautiful.

and insyaAllah i would like to bring my parents here one day, and of cource not forgetting my wife insyaAllah for my honeymoon! (HAHA doa for me to find a good wife that will be the coolness to my eyes first!)

the thing is, i only spent a week there, which is really reallllllly short, but it was enough to make it like it a whole lot, especially cappadocia! it was a beautiful old town, with fairy chimneys all around, very relaxed atmosphere with not many people at all, and of course i got to stay in a cave room!

i’ll post more photos of turkey when im free, but i was too excited to work on these photos before i wanted to do anything else.

i hope you guys like this set as much as i loved being a part of it.

with love,
Haikal Aziz

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29 May 13 at 12 am

IPA 2013 Submission

Life in SECMOL
by Haikal Aziz

These photographs were taken while volunteering at the SECMOL school, a school with the aim to reform the educational system of Ladakh.

Not only do they have regular classes, SECMOL also teaches students important life values by having a system in which each student given a role and responsibility as leaders in charge of different areas of the school from cooking to cleaning or to be in charge of the solar panels and even recycling, in hope that by giving these youths tasks and responsibilities, they are able to grow and become an overall a better person in the future.



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21 May 13 at 10 pm

antwerp, belgium

another beautiful, city of belgium.

i liked it alot here, they have some nice old architecture with a sort of modern twist. you see all the new shops and brands within these old, but beautiful buildings.

it was just me and the korean dude, we packed sandwiches from breakfast so we saved some money on lunch and walked all the way to the river and just sat there, talked, had sandwiches with some music for about an hour or so before we walked back to the station.

oh and the station was really pretty! it wasnt really huge huge, but the main hall was really incredible, it looks like it should be some church or something..

the old lady in the last photo looks so cute in her blue coat.

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20 May 13 at 6 am
Big Air Package, Oberhausen

by
Christo and Jeanne-Claude.

today we headed down to oberhausen for this exhibit of the artist christo. it was really impressive. on the lower level, below the huge air package, there was an exhibit of their works before, with the photos all blown up, on walls, and also hanging on metal wires.

i really like their stuff man. they’re all so large scale, beautiful, controversial.

the huge air package was like a giant happy place i wish i could have all by myself.. if anyone of you are in the area, check it out really. plus there’s the largest mall in europe nearby. haha.


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20 Apr 13 at 4 am

busstations,

sayram - narrati.

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09 Apr 13 at 4 am

sunday afternoon in Museum Folkwang,


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07 Apr 13 at 7 am

hiedelberg,

another old, beautiful old town but with a castle!

i spent the easter weekend in this city, cycling around town. i wanted to visit the others in either paris or eindhoven but the tickets were too expensive that weekend so i decided to get a bus down to hiedelberg and spend the weekend here.

it was really pretty, the pebble stoned grounds, the old buildings..

anyway last post for tonight, guten nacht!

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07 Apr 13 at 6 am

wetzlar,

an old town and ancient city, well known for the production of leica cameras.

Assalamualaikum, alhamdulillah I have arrived safely here in germany. i was here 2 weeks ago but was moving around and busy with getting some admin stuff done. but alhamdulillah everything is finally settling down and i cant wait to start the sem!

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13 Mar 13 at 5 pm

dinner at a small shack,

that day we wanted something different so we went walking around and stopped by this little ‘restaurant’ for dinner. they only had banmien (dry noodles) and mameng (the meat and fats on skewers) which was as usual awesome.

we ordered a big bowl of banmien and shared, and we also had a couple of rounds of skewers. :D

you can see woman wearing the head scarf, most of the kazakhs living there are muslims! in fact the family we stayed with are also muslim.

when we ate, there wasnt anyone else around except for these 3 little kids. they were a little shy and keeps stealing glances at us. but that was at first, until we spoke the little mandarin we knew and impressed them a little!

we didnt exchange much, just laughs and a few words here and there. they knew a little english though. they knew numbers and we had a little conversation about how much the meal cost.

anyway, this last kid, the one in the last photo, we were wondering is he was a boy or a girl. haha because i thought that shes was a girl, i mean, look at what she’s wearing! but someone thought otherwise..

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11 Mar 13 at 8 pm

horse riding,

sayram lake.

the best, best horse riding experience i’ve ever had in my life. one of the best experience i’ve ever had in my life.

it wasnt like the other horse rides we had, we had guides but they let us go on our own! and the best thing is, the horse listens! though most of the time he wants to eat some grass.

i even managed to get it to gallop! and that was pretty scary, cos i wasnt expecting it to run when i said the command for it to run. i heard the locals using it so i tried, it didnt work for awhile but then it SUDDENLY ran! and it galloped away for a good 7 seconds. haha!

and the view got even better as we went up. everytime we went a little higher, we were like, “whoa! subhanAllah!” and our praises just got more as we reached the top.

the mountainous valleys seemed endless, and it was so wide and magnificent. you see herds of sheep spread out on the open, with the one shepherd standing by the side.. subhanAllah.

and as we reached the top, it was freezing cold. the wind was so strong as there we no trees to  block off the wind, but really, to see the sunset like that was something.. Alhamdulillah.

then there was this little girl who followed us along, she was just wearing a piece of clothing and she didnt seem to freeze at all. we had multiple jackets on, with socks and gloves and all that and we were freezing.. you can see here in one of the photos, her squatting down with the grass and trees in the background.

masyaAllah.. i’m very happy just recalling these.. anw, ive been busy with admin stuff for exchange hence the missing of some posts.. im currently waiting for my german visa for already a month now and still havnt gotten any news about it.. doa for me, brothers and sisters out there that everything runs smoothly insyaAllah.. :)

i’ve also set up a facebook page for my photos, people who are not friends with me on facebook can see them. there’s not much uploaded, but i’ll slowly put them in insyaAllah. here’s the link to the page, if you like what you see like it and share it! ;)

Photos by Haikal Aziz check it out! :D

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01 Mar 13 at 5 pm

marriage by the lake,

we were walking by the lake and we saw this. they probably just got married, the was a crowd of family and friends with them and they were actually very curious to see us.

and look at her wedding dress!

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26 Feb 13 at 9 pm

THIS boy,

i have so many of his photos throughout the days and i will post a set of this cute boy soon. we were not really sure if he was a he or she at first, i mean, he’s wearing this cute flowery top!

but this little man is living the life. they let him walk about on his own with his little tricycle and that’s what he does all day.. he doesnt talk much, doesnt really seem to be bothered by anything and actually he’s very quiet, just a little shout of excitement once in awhile, but definitely an overall cutie.

he’s the youngest of the family we were living with. how could i forget his name.. but it definitely was something short and cute.

THIS boy,
i have so many of his photos throughout the days and i will post a set of this cute boy soon. we were not really sure if he was a he or she at first, i mean, he’s wearing this cute flowery top!
but this little man is living the life. they let him walk about on his own with his little tricycle and that’s what he does all day.. he doesnt talk much, doesnt really seem to be bothered by anything and actually he’s very quiet, just a little shout of excitement once in awhile, but definitely an overall cutie.
he’s the youngest of the family we were living with. how could i forget his name.. but it definitely was something short and cute.
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26 Feb 13 at 6 pm

riding young,

after putting our bags down at our yurt, we walked around a little to the other village nearby.

it’s pretty cool how young boys have their own horses, and do they sure know how to ride them! i would want a horse. they’re so cool.