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When in Nice, another attraction that must be visited is the baroque Palais Lascaris. This 17th century building was a palatial home of the Lascaris-Vintimille family that was turned into a public museum. Located in Nice’s Old Town, the Palais Lascaris is a hidden gem that is definitely worthy of a visit. The museum is home to a large and beautiful collection of antiques and ornamentations that date back to the 18th century. While here, the monumental staircase as well as the palace’s luxuriously decorated rooms are must-sees. There is also a 19th century apothecary’s shop, or French pharmacy here that is worth a visit. This free attraction is also a great option for tourists on a rainy day.   ...more

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When in Nice, another attraction that must be visited is the baroque Palais Lascaris. This 17th century building was a palatial home of the Lascaris-Vintimille family that was turned into a public museum. Located in Nice’s Old Town, the Palais Lascaris is a hidden gem that is definitely worthy of a visit. The museum is home to a large and beautiful collection of antiques and ornamentations that date back to the 18th century. While here, the monumental staircase as well as the palace’s luxuriously decorated rooms are must-sees. There is also a 19th century apothecary’s shop, or French pharmacy here that is worth a visit. This free attraction is also a great option for tourists on a rainy day.  

Ticket Price

Free

Opening Hour

The Museum is open every day, except for Tuesdays, from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Recommended Visit Duration

About 30 minutes to an hour

Suitable For

Adults, senior visitors, young adults, families

Must See

The staircase with murals, the pharmacy, and the baroque rooms

Prayer Facilities

While Muslim visitors will not find prayer facilities at the Palais Lascaris, the city of Nice is home to quite a few mosques. If unable to locate any mosques in Nice’s Old Town, Muslim tourists can ask the locals to direct them to the nearest mosque or prayer facility to the Palais Lascaris.

Halal Food

Nice’s Old Town is a fantastic place for those looking to get a bite to eat. Although visitors will not be able to find an eatery at the Palais Lascaris, they will be able to find a variety of dining options in town. While it may not be easy to locate Halal restaurants in Vieux Nice, finding seafood and vegetarian restaurants will be easy.

  • Planning To Travel After Covid-19? Here Are 10 Best Road Trips in Australia You Need To Check Out

    Planning a getaway to restart your life after the pandemic? Great idea! Why not plan for a road trip, especially in Australia since it has some spectacular routes and scenic drives as you traverse this large island continent? A road trip will also give you an opportunity to revive long-standing relationships with friends whom you have been social distancing from recently. And, you can do this while taking in the awe-inspiring scenes, hidden natural wonders, and some out-of-the-way places which can only be reached via a road! What is more, a road trip does away with the tedious tasks of extreme budgeting, applying for visas, considering travel restrictions, and embarking on a long flight to reach your destination. It allows you to travel at your own pace, it can nicely work out on a limited budget, and there is no fuss on what to wear – comfort-wear is the way to go! Most importantly, it enables you to create your own unique route while traveling.  Road trips are a convenient way for you to travel with your friends after Covid-19 and it is expected to rise with domestic travel will begin to recover first. To help you plan for your next road trip, here are 10 best road trips in Australia!  via GIPHY  1. The Great Ocean Road, Victoria Image Credit: Mateusz Glogowski on Unsplash This is one famed road trip route taking you across the southern coast of Australia from between Torquay and Warrnambool, Allansford, or a little further to Port Fairy in Victoria. The Great Ocean Road, completed in 1932 as a First World War memorial, showcases breath-taking clifftop vistas, wildlife, shipwrecks, and the never-ending coastlines while passing through quaint towns and rain forest. Things to do and see: Bells Beach, 12 Apostles, Erskine Falls, Apollo Bay, Port Campbell National Park, Loch Ard Gorge, the Island Archway, the cliff-face Gibson Steps, Cape Otway lighthouse, Great Otway National Park, Lorne, Anglesea, Peterborough, the historic fishing village of Port Fairy, and many delicious eateries along the way. Time frame: The route is about 9.5 hours (approximately a 250-kilometre drive). So, a day-trip is possible and done often if you want to enjoy only the passing scenery. But the best way to take in all the sights and sounds and venture further afield is a three to four-day road trip along these most famous road trip routes. 2. The Great Beach Drive, Queensland Image Credit: Tim Foster on Unsplash; You can get a nice view of the beautiful sunrise at Hervey Bay while on this route. For those of you living in Queensland, you need not go too far to catch some scenic views and some of the best routes for a road trip. The Great Beach Drive is the famed road trip on some of the Sunshine Coast’s most stunning beaches leading to Fraser Island and the Fraser Coast while meandering through UNESCO Heritage sites, national parks, and many historically significant landscapes. While traversing this most wonderful of road routes, you will be privy to whale, dolphin, turtle, platypus, kangaroo, and rare bird sightings. Don't miss out on the Hervey Bay; you can get a nice view of the beautiful sunrise and sunset here! Things to do and see: Noosa Biosphere, Great Sandy Biosphere, wildlife sightings, picnics, camping inside national parks, off-road driving, Double Island Point lighthouse, Hervey Bay, Teewah beach, Rainbow beach, surfing, kayaking, swimming, Great Barrier Reef, hiking and trekking, and Fraser Island - the largest sand island in the world. Time frame: The route is about 168 hours (a 380-kilometre drive). Take a three to seven-day road trip along the Great Beach Drive or even longer, depending on how long you want your getaway trip to be and what you want to explore with your friends. 3. The Grand Pacific Drive, New South Wales Image Credit: Mara Page on Unsplash; The Grand Pacific Drive will lead you to some of the iconic places in Australia such as the whitest sand beach, Hyams beach at Jervis Bay. For those in New South Wales, the Grand Pacific Drive will lead you along some of the territory’s most memorable places and coastal scenes through a 140-kilometre bitumen road. Things to do and see: Sydney’s Royal National Park, Wollongong, Shellharbour, Sea Cliff Bridge, booming blowholes at Kiama, Austinmer Beach, Nan Tien Temple, hang-gliding, paragliding Minamurra Rainforest, whitest sand beaches in the world at Jervis Bay, and Jamberoo Action Park. Timeframe: The route is just a few hours (approximately a 140-kilometre drive) and an ideal one-day road trip for anyone from Sydney, Canberra, or other neighboring areas. However, there is nothing to stop you from making this road trip a longer vacation by staying over in any one of the towns or reserves along the way. 4. Great Alpine Road, Victoria Image Credit: Linda Xu on Unsplash; Experience the beauty of lush mountains at Mount Buffalo National Park  Another scenic drive starts off at Wangaratta in Victoria and traverses through the Victorian High Country and ends at Metung in the Gippsland Lakes region. The Great Alpine road trip will stun you with its fabulous Alpine scenes, mountain ranges, deep valleys, wine country, and sparkling waterways. This route will let you revel in the beauty of the mountains while enjoying some relaxation time with close friends whether you live in New South Wales or in Victoria! Things to do and see: Be inspired and rejuvenated by the lush mountains and rain forests, Mount Buffalo National Park, Gorge Lookout at Mt Buffalo, unique rock formations, and waterfalls. You can also try activities like mountain biking, trekking, and horse riding with your friends. Drive through Victoria’s highest alpine village, and view the 1,750 meter above sea-level Mt Hotham. Don't forget to visit towns such as Beechworth, Bright, and Omeo to experience the local hospitality.  Time frame: The road trip is approximately 500 kilometres and best enjoyed through a week where you can take in the scenes and enjoy the local hospitality. 5. Cairns to Cape York Peninsula, Queensland Image Credit: Photo by Pierre-Henry de Soria on Unsplash; Drop by the Palm Cove while on this route, and spend some time with your friends, catching up.  A Sunshine Coast epic journey is the road trip starting from Cairns and ending at the Cape York Peninsula. While this route is not common, unlike the Cairns to Cape Tribulations road trip, it will take you through the World Heritage-listed, Great Barrier Reef to the ancient World Heritage Daintree National Park across red sand, rain forests, many national parks, indigenous history and culture, and scenic views like no other. While the drive is said to be bumpy and does not boast much comfort, it is a once in a lifetime adventure and a chance to experience a simple lifestyle! Things to do and see: Palm Cove, Port Douglas, Daintree National Park, river crossings, ancient rock art at The Quinkan Galleries at Laura, rainforests, Cape Tribulation, Mossman Gorge, camping, Lakefield National Park, traverse the Old Telegraph Track, and walk to The Tip – the northern most point of Australia. Time frame: The route is about 14 hours (approximately a 1,000-kilometre one-way drive). Considering the dirt roads, raw terrain, and the need to do a round trip while exploring places and experiences the region, a minimum two-week road trip is called for. If you really are short on time, consider a one-way drive and return by air. 6. Gibb River Road, Western Australia Image Credit: jancolaco from Pixabay; Enjoy the Kimberley gorges on the Gibb River Road.  Western Australia’s Gibb River Road is another epic Australian road trip route for the adventurous. This route beginning and ending from Derby to Wyndham, or vice versa, will take you through the Kimberley region. Traveling through the outback on dusty roads will require a four-wheel drive, but the journey will take you through national parks, waterfalls, plateaus, gorges, natural wonders and lets you soak in the 50 to 60 thousand-year-old indigenous Australian culture. Things to do and see: Crocodile sighting; Windjana Gorge National Park; Mitchell Falls and Mitchell Plateau; El Questro; ziplining; King Leopold Ranges; visit outback cattle stations; compare and contrast between the Adcock, Manning, Galvans, Leonard, and Bell Gorges; Zebedee Springs; and Tunnel Creek. Time frame: Approximately a 660-kilometre route with only two roadhouses along the way – at Imintji and Mt Barnett. An ideal road trip would be a week-long, and more if you plan to stay and visit some out of the way places. Be prepared with extra fuel which can be expensive to purchase. 7. Red Centre Way, Northern Territory Image Credit: Philippe Wuyts on Unsplash; Kings Canyon, a must-visit to enjoy spectacular views!  The Northern Territory’s Red Centre Way is another epic and very cliched Australian road trip over sealed and unsealed roads. The route takes you through several mountain ranges, red earth deserts, isolated rocks, fresh swimming holes, ancient Aboriginal rock art sites, and historic towns. So, get ready for one epic Australian outback road trip experience! Things to do and see: Uluru, Kata Tjuta, Kings Canyon, and West MacDonnell ranges; walking and hiking; Finke Gorge National Park; Watarrka National Park, the only place to see the red cabbage palm; the spirited lands of mulga forest; and the spinifex. Time frame: A loop route of about 1,135 kilometres starting at Alice Springs and taking you through Uluru and Kings Canyon is a 5 to 6-day road trip. 8. The Nullarbor Plain, South Australia to Western Australia Image Credits: Simon Maisch on Unsplash; Create unforgettable memories with your friends here at Nullarbor, South Australia If you are living somewhere in South or Western Australia, consider taking the Nullarbor Plain road trip which stretches across Ceduna/Adelaide in South Australia and Perth in Western Australia. While quite remote, the desert highway is an easy route meandering through the goldfields of Western Australia and the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia. If you enjoy off-road driving, then use a four-wheel drive to ride through wide-open spaces, sand dunes, and wooded hills while re-hashing some legendary UFO stories and old-time myths with friends.  Things to do and see: Bragging rights to having seen and driven on the largest piece of limestone on earth; strange landscapes which the Nullarbor Plain is renowned for; wildlife such as giant wedge-tailed eagles, emus, kangaroos, dingoes, and camels; whale watching beneath the world's longest line of sea cliffs; the world’s longest golf course; unique caves; riding over sand dunes; ruins of Eucla Telegraph Station built in the 1870s; and camping under the starlit skies. Time frame: An ideal 6-day road trip of 1,256 kilometres which requires some preparation due to it being remote. So, carry enough fuel, water, and other essential supplies. 9. Heritage Highway, Tasmania Image Credit: Samuel Scrimshaw on Unsplash; Rural Building at Tasmania, Australia.  Living in Tasmania? No worries… This little island has quite a few road trips on offer from the Tassie Loop, to the route from Hobart to Freycinet, and of course the famed Heritage Highway. The Heritage highway which runs between Hobart and Launceston is a 200-year-old road built by convict road gangs in the 1800s. The highway meanders through some scenic views of farmlands, Georgian villages, grand rural estates and the authentic scenes of Tasmania’s historic midlands. Things to do and see: Visit the towns of Oatlands, Longford, Evandale, Cressy, and Perth; enjoy some gourmet food; Heritage Highway Museum and Visitors Centre in Campbell Town; Shene Estate & Distillery; and the Chauncy Vale Wildlife Sanctuary. Time frame: A short 2 to 3 days road trip of approximately 200 kilometres. 10. The Big Lap, Australia Image Credit: Martyna Bober on Unsplash; Visit the Bondi Beach at Sydney, one of the most famous beach destinations.  Last but certainly not the least… we have “The Big Lap”, a spectacular adventure around the entire country. Try this fabulous road trip of 15,000 kilometres using Highway One around the edge of Australia as you take in the changing scenes and landscapes of the country’s diverse territories and mixed natural environs. The big lap route will take you through seven capital cities, ride through rain forests and the red earth deserts, cruise along the coastline, and enjoy the vast emptiness of the outback. Things to do and see: Everything and anything that you fancy from the coastline between Sydney, Brisbane, Cairns, Darwin, Broome, Perth, Esperance, Adelaide, Melbourne, and Hobart. Time frame: To truly experience the big lap, you will need at least six months, so, consider this a final hurrah kind of road trip adventure!   In ending this article, let me say that depending on the amount of time you have for a vacation, some of these road trip routes can be combined with some fun activities to make it a super adventure. So, take this chance; do not agonize about limited overseas travel, but instead, make the most of exploring your own country and enjoying a relaxing, fun-filled time with your friends! Don't forget to download the HalalTrip App, here, for more travel tips, prayer times and Qibla Direction, and many more!    via GIPHY...

  • Ramadan 2020 | A Productive Morning Routine

    Ramadan is a very special moment for Muslims around the world. Ramadan is not only a moment of celebration, but also a moment of spiritual and self-improvement. In this Holy Month, we fast, worship, pray and also abstain ourselves from pleasures. The purpose of those activities is to bring us closer to Allah SWT and to celebrate the moment when the Holy Qur'an was first revealed to Prophet Mohammad. In this year’s Ramadan 1441 H, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some of us may have to keep within the confines of our home to prevent futher spread of the virus. Thus, let's take this chance to really try to understand our inner-selves and to spend more quality time with our beloved family.  via GIPHY To celebrate Ramadan in the midst of the COVID-19 situation where some of us are still trying to adapt to these new changes, we must maintain not only our physical but also our mental health. This could be tricky, but the first step to obtaining this is by having a good Ramadan Morning Routine, Insha Allah. In this article we will give you some tips of how to have an ideal and productive Ramadan morning routine, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.  بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّحِيمِ “Bismillahirrahmanirrahim”   3:45am - Wake Up Image Credit: Jp Valery on Unsplash Miracles can be found in the simplest activity that we often ignore, and today we are able open our eyes from our deep sleep. In this time of the day, our body has its full energy; our mind and soul has been refreshed. So, let’s start the day with Bismallah followed by this Dua. "الْحَمْدُ للهِ الَّذِي أَحْيَانَا بَعْدَ مَا أَمَاتَنَا وَإِلَيْهِ النُّشُورُ". “Alhamdu lillaahil-lathee 'ahyaanaa ba'da maa 'amaatanaa wa'ilayhin-nushoor.” “All praise is for Allah, Who gives us life after having taken it from us and unto Him is the Resurrection.” (Al-Bukhari, cf. Al-Asqalani, Fathul-Bari 11/113; Muslim 4/2083) After performing Dua, we suggest you to do a little muscle stretch. Therefore, you are ready to start the day! 4.00am – Perform Tahajjud and Recite the Quran Image Credit: Masjid Pogung Dalangan on Unsplash Performing Salah Tahajjud and reciting the Quran afterwards has a lot of benefits, as the Holy Quran explains: أَقِمِ الصَّلَاةَ لِدُلُوكِ الشَّمْسِ إِلَىٰ غَسَقِ اللَّيْلِ وَقُرْآنَ الْفَجْرِ ۖ إِنَّ قُرْآنَ الْفَجْرِ كَانَ مَشْهُودًا “Establish prayer at the decline of the sun [from its meridian] until the darkness of the night and [also] the Qur'an of dawn. Indeed, the recitation of dawn is ever witnessed.” (Surah Isra, 17:78) وَمِنَ اللَّيْلِ فَتَهَجَّدْ بِهِ نَافِلَةً لَّكَ عَسَىٰ أَن يَبْعَثَكَ رَبُّكَ مَقَامًا مَّحْمُودًا “And from [part of] the night, pray with it as additional [worship] for you; it is expected that your Lord will resurrect you to a praised station.” (Surah Isra, 17:79) This Ramadan, let’s dedicate our time to perform more Salah Sunnah, read or recite Quran and Dua. Like performing Tahajjud for example, it is believed to have many benefits. Without doubt, it is easier to gain khusu while praying in a quiet night. Therefore, we can perform our prayers and ask forgiveness in khusu too. It is also said that our prayers will be granted by performing Tahajjud. “Every night Allah Tabaraka Wa Ta’ala descends (to the heavens of the world) when it is the third of the last night. He said: “Whoever calls me, I will allow his appeal. Whoever asks me, I allow his request. And whoever asks forgiveness of Me, I forgive him. “ (HR Bukhari and Muslim) Furthermore,by doing salat sunnah and reading the Quran often, you can be in the state of Wudhu for the entire day. This will keep you clean and fresh, both physically and mentally throughout the day. 4.30am – Prepare a Meal for Sahoor Image Credit: Rosalind Chang on Unsplash Preparing a meal for Sahoor could be a fun activity. You can try and explore new recipes online like French Toast with eggs, avocado, fruits or meat, or maybe smoothies and cereals. Or simply check out HalalTrip's Sahoor Recipes here. For most Asians, we usually have Sahoor with rice and simple side dishes. However, we don't have to limit ourselves to just that as the Internet provides endless possibilities for us to explore new recipes. Voila! Now that you have the recipe, you can start cooking but, “beforehands - make sure you wash your hands!” Having a nutritious meal for Sahoor is important. Make sure to eat nutritious food that contain carbs, protein, fat and vitamins, also do not forget sugar. This is to ensure that you will have enough calories to bring out your best selves for the day. Well, maybe drinking some tea will help too.  5.30am – Do Daily Household Chores Image Credit: Nathan Dumlao on Unsplash Now that you have finished your Sahoor, you could do your daily household chores like washing the dishes, sweeping or mopping. This will not only make your house clean and sanitized but could also reduce stress. A study by The British Journal of Sports Medicine proved that doing physical activity for only 20 minutes could decrease stress levels. Furthermore, having a clean and sanitized house could improve your overall mood and work performance. 6.00am – Subh Image Credit: Jeremy Yap on Unsplash After finished cleaning your house, now you have sometime to pray and Salah Subh. Remember that performing Salah could keep you in the state of Wudhu which could benefit us, especially during Covid-19 pandemic where sanitization is very important. 6.30am - Get Ready for Work Image Credit: Luke Peters on Unsplash For those who work at home, taking a fresh shower in the morning could definitely energize your body. Furthermore, it also important to dress up nicely for work even though you are just working from home. Either ways, you can present your best self with the nicest work outfit you have in the closet. Play some mix and match, put on some perfume, do your hair and maybe put on some make up. This can help motivate you to work better and more productively. 7.00am - Schedule Itinerary for the Day Image Credit: Emma Matthews Digital Content Production on Unsplash Once you are ready for work, you can start planning for today’s itinerary or work. So, whether you are working from home or still working in the office, you can make sure everything is well-thought and planned. Do not forget to use face mask and bring your pocket hand-sanitizer when you are out of the house. Dua when leaving home: بِسْمِ اللَّهِ تَوَكَّلْـتُ عَلَى اللَّهِ، وَلاَ حَوْلَ وَلاَ قُـوَّةَ إِلاَّ بِاللَّهِ. “Bismil-lah, tawakkaltu AAalal-lah, wala hawla wala quwwata illa billah. “In the name of Allah, I place my trust in Allah, and there is no might nor power except with Allah.” (Abu Dawud 4:325, At-Tirmidhi 5:490) 10.00am – Take a Short Break from Work Image Credit: Katee Lue on Unsplash Taking a short break from work is important to maintain our mental and physical health. We could use this short break to stretch, do some light exercises or walk around the house. Those could help you maintain your body health concentration. Also, try some breathing exercise to relax and calm your mind. 11.30am – Afternoon Break (Self-Reflection, Maintain Social Life) Image Credit: Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash Fasting requires us to refrain from temptations. During this period, we detox our body, mind and soul. Therefore, self reflection is best done during Ramadan. In that way, we can be sure of what must be improved or maintained, both in the field of work and personal life. After a quick self reflection, maintaining social life is also important. Have some time to talk to your peers, colleague, friends or family members. Keep them updated with your condition, vice versa. You could also set aside some time to check your social media, read books, or keep up with the day's news. Just make sure to obtain information from reliable sources.   via GIPHY That’s all we have for our Ramadan Morning Routine! However, let us remind you that this routine can be adjusted according to your own preferences or country timings. These activities can also be modified. For example, over the weekend, since we may not have to get ready for work, we can use that time for other meaningful things like doing fun activities with our family at home, watching movies or playing games. Let's put our chin’s up and have khusu fasting, khusu prayers and salah even though we have to celebrate Ramadan and fast amidst this Covid-19 pandemic. We have to strengthen our faith and belief in Allah SWT. We have to believe that this pandemic is just temporary and that good things are bound to come. Amin. رَبِّ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ وَمَا بَيْنَهُمَا ۖ إِن كُنتُم مُّوقِنِينَ “Lord of the heavens and the earth and that between them, if you would be certain.” (Surah Ad-Dukhan, 44:7) وَلَنَبْلُوَنَّكُم بِشَيْءٍ مِّنَ الْخَوْفِ وَالْجُوعِ وَنَقْصٍ مِّنَ الْأَمْوَالِ وَالْأَنفُسِ وَالثَّمَرَاتِ ۗ وَبَشِّرِ الصَّابِرِينَ “And We will surely test you with something of fear and hunger and a loss of wealth and lives and fruits, but give good tidings to the patient,” (Surah Al-Baqarah 2:155)...

  • Feeling Distracted? Here Are 10 Tips On How You Can Have a Productive Study Session at Home

    Each one of us may have our own preferred study spots. Some like quiet places like the library, while some may prefer parks. Some prefer cafes, while some prefer designated public study corners. For some students, choosing the right study area is important to ensure productivity. However, due to the recent COVID-19 situation, schools are disrupted as most students have been scheduled for home-based learning. The public is also encouraged to avoid crowded places and stay at home. There has also been recent closures of public spaces like the library, as a precautionary measure. As such, this has an effect on students who may no longer study at places they used to frequent.  via GIPHY We can all agree that home is always the best place to be. At home, we are away from the pressures of the outside world and we can do almost anything at home, comfortably. But of course, it's not all pros when it comes to studying at home. Trust me, when you are too comfortable at home, there comes the distraction. From watching shows on your favorite movie sites to checking social media every few minutes and worst still, not being able to resist the temptation of sleeping on your comfortable bed, your motivation to study slowly disappears. This makes it difficult for you to have a productive study session as you tend to dread studying and completing your assignments. But hey, don't get demotivated and fret about it. Who says studying at home is always unproductive? Here are 10 tips on how you can have a productive study session at the comfort of your home! via GIPHY 1. Study at a Conducive Study Space Credit Image: Daan Stevens on Unsplash  Studying at your bed is a no-no. This must be avoided at all costs because the next thing you want to avoid is taking too much nap and forgetting your actual goals for the day. If you don't have a study space for yourself, then it's time to create one! You can find your new favorite spot in the house, be it the dining table or the desk in your room. If you find your study area too dull or stiffle, you can recreate your study environment by introducing new decorations or colours. Houseplants are a good example as it improves air quality and makes your study place more serene. But most importantly, keeping your study space tidy and neat gives a positive vibe and will motivate you further to complete your daily tasks. 2. Create a Timetable or Schedule  Credit Image: Jealous Weekends on Unsplash We are all used to our school timetables; our class durations and break times are all listed down. Similarly, creating your own timetables or schedule for studying helps to keep you on track. Plan your day out and write them down so that you can visualize your time spent and refer to them whenever needed. You can be flexible (and creative!) but at the same time, discipline yourself to follow the timetable or schedule that you have designed for yourself. Segregate your time for study, breaks and also praying time. This is very helpful especially if you have multiple subjects to study so that you can keep track of the time allocated for each activity. Also, you can have a stopwatch or timer next to you, to help you keep track of the time.  3. Eat Healthy Fruits or Snacks Credit Image: Melissa Belanger on Unsplash Caffeine will definitely keep us fresh and awake but alas, since we are away from our favorite cafes that we used to frequent, we may no longer be able to drink the nice coffee we always do. Snacking while doing our work can also do the trick as it can keep us awake and alert. If you are alternating between sweets and crackers, how about a healthier choice like fruits or cereal? Before the word 'healthy' makes you back away, try dark chocolate or almonds. Both almonds and dark chocolate can boost up your mood and provide you some energy. Other nuts like cashew and walnuts can do wonders too. You can also mix different kinds of fruits to create a fruit salad. Not only will it provide energy to the brain, but it also provides vitamins and fibers to the body. Another great snack combination that you can consider are apples dipped in peanut butter. 4. Have a Healthy breakfast and Lunch  Credit Image: Monika Grabkowska on UnsplashWhile we are at healthy snacks, we should not forget to eat healthily for the rest of our meals too! Having a proper diet can help you to focus better and be more attentive. It can also improve your mood. A proper diet consists of meals built on a high protein, omega-3, healthy fats and fiber. On a side note, skipping meals is a no-no! You can lose focus and get distracted easily. Start your day right by eating a healthy breakfast to help you sustain for the day. As for lunch, you can incorporate more greens in your meals or switch to brown rice, depending on your preference.  5. Take Short Breaks Credit Image: Norbert Levajsics on Unsplash We are not robots. We can't work or study non-stop as it will definitely tire us out. Thus, taking breaks are important. It helps you to retain information better, increase your focus as well as reduce stress. But how can we ensure that taking breaks in between studying is effective? One recommendation is that you should take short breaks set every 20-30 minutes. Take this period to stretch your muscles and relax your mind. Look out of the window to enjoy the fresh air and to rest your eyes. Always remember to keep yourself hydrated too. Try to stay away from social media during this short period as much as possible as it can get you carried away. You can even take a short power nap to refresh your mind. 6. Form Mini Group Chats or Online Video Calls with Friends Credit Image: Gabriel Benois on Unsplash Having mini group chats or video calls with your peers for studying purposes, can boost your motivation to study. It is also the best way to keep yourself attentive and on track. This is because your understanding and perception of the subject may differ and through this medium, you can always discuss and share new ideas. This gives you a better understanding on certain topics and concepts. It is also easier to memorize information when you are discussing it with someone else. It is thus recommended that you create mini group chats or video calls with your friends to update each other on your daily study progress.  7. Ask for Help from your Teachers, Friends or Family  Credit Image: Helloquence on Unsplash  It can be frustrating when you continuously get stuck on a certain topic. One solution is to move on and try out a new topic, and come back to that previous topic later on. However, if you still encounter difficulties, you should ask for help and clarify the topic with someone. You can seek assistance from your teachers or peers, either through email or by sending them a text message. Remember that studying alone doesn't mean that you can't ask for help from anyone. Apart from breaking away from the state of confusion, you will also have a deeper understanding of the topics. Never be afriaid to ask! 8. Determine your Study Techniques Credit Image: My Life Journal on Unsplash As cliche as it sounds, we all have our own abilities and skills. Some things might work for you but not for the rest. Determining your study techniques and style will help you to memorize better and effectively. It is an ongoing process to find what out works best for you. Depending on your preferred style, you can write notes after every lecture or simplify your study materials to help you understand and retain concepts better. You may use charts or mind maps to help you visualize (and see if this works for you). This doesn't only simplify the information given but it also helps you to remember key words and concepts that stand out for the topic. Never be afraid to try out new studying techniques because after all, this is an on-going process! 9. Have Sufficient Sleep Credit Image: Gregory Pappas on Unsplash  You may have heard students burning the midnight oil regularly to study and if you were to ask me how effective it is, it actually depends on your learning style. The timing where one is productive differs as some people concentrate better in the morning while others are night owls. Of course, there is no denying that it is more peaceful and quiet to study at night when everyone else is asleep, but it is more beneficial to get enough rest. Getting at least eight hours of sleep ensures that you get sufficient energy to get through the day. It also allows you to process information better and makes you more alert. Studying too late at night can tire you out so we suggest you get a good night's sleep to prepare for the day.  10. Good Intention Credit Image: Masjid Pogung Dalangan on Unsplash We are taught in Islam to always have a good intention in everything that we do in our daily life. The same goes for studying. We can easily attain knowledge when we have good intentions. Apart from this, we should always seek forgiveness and protect ourselves from undesirable traits such as arrogance and self-pride. It doesn't only help us to understand the topic easily but it also makes us more open to learning new things. Always be humble and help our friends who are struggling in their studies. With mini online chat groups and online video calls available, we can always check up on our friends and guide them if they are struggling to complete a task. By helping to guide and teach others, we too can benefit. Insha Allah. via GIPHY There you have it, 10 tips on how you can have a productive study session at home! Who says studying at home isn't always effective? With these 10 recommended tips, you can plan your study sessions at home better and adjust to studying at home during this COVID-19 situation. With that, we wish all our readers great health. Stay safe and stay home.  via GIPHY ...

  • Travel to Sri Lanka for your Honeymoon!

    For the newlyweds (or any couples), start packing your bags for Sri Lanka! via GIPHY   Galle Face Beach - Galle Road, Colombo, Sri Lanka Morning walks along Sri Lanka’s beautiful beaches is a must! Even this beach that is located so close to the city centre is a breathtaking sight in the early morning. Take a romantic stroll with your spouse and just spend some quality time to get to know each other.  Beach on Colombo Plan Road However, if you seek more thrill, something like combining beaches with railway tracks, then walk along Colombo Plan Road. It is a tranquil sight of the sea with occasional loud train sounds as the trains pass by the tracks on its way to Galle station. While you are there, stay on to catch a little bit of sunset. All you need is your life partner by your side and a sweet silence as you both listen to the muse of the sea. Negombo beach - Negombo, Sri Lanka If you need some private time with your spouse, Negombo Beach is the beach for you. There are very much lesser people here so you can walk along the beach and have a romantic conversation undisturbed! Amagi Aria Hotel - 640/82 Suhada Mawatha, Puttalam - Colombo Rd, Negombo 11500, Sri Lanka Even better, why not stay at the Amagi Aria Hotel and whisper words of forever as the sun sets leaving you and your spouse with warm lovely feelings. This is the perfect spot to have a heart-to-heart talk with your spouse. Alright, enough about the beaches! Let's go on to talk about just how gorgeous the train ride in Sri Lanka is!  Image Credit: YamuThere are so many beautiful places to visit via train. Places such as Ella, Nuwara Eliya and Kandy are among the top few for the must-visit! The journey to the mentioned places itself is such a breathtaking sight. Views en route from Colombo to Kandy Kandy Train Station  Things to do in Ella: 1.The Nine Arch Bridge Image Credit: Salt in our Hair This gorgeous bridge is located right outside of Ella. It will take about 30 minutes to walk through the woods and reach a beautiful tea field. Be there with your beloved and sip a cup of delicious Sri Lankan tea while watching trains pass by.  2. Swim at Diyaluma Falls Diyaluma waterfall - in Badulla district on the Colombo-Badulla highway, about 6km east of the regional town of Koslanda, and around 30km south of Ella.Image Credit: Pinterest The Diyaluma waterfall is 220-meter high and is the second-highest waterfall in Sri Lanka. On top of the waterfall, it has different levels of natural pools where you can swim. To get to this waterfall is not an easy task! A two-hour tuk-tuk ride from Ella to Poonagala through quintessentially lush Sri Lankan tea plantations followed by a hike downhill through long, dry grass for about 30mins before getting to the upper Diyaluma falls. A short hike further would bring you and your partner to the edge of the world, watching the cascading water drop 220m to the valley below. This is the start of a very challenging honeymoon thus far in Sri Lanka. However, such tasks would allow for a different kind of bonding as you learn more about your partner and even yourself! 3. Climb Little Adam’s Peak  Image Credit: Wandervisions To get to Little Adam’s Peak, you need to follow the trail which is right next to Ella Flower Garden Resort (3rd Mile Post, Passara Road, Ella 90090, Sri Lanka). An alternative entrance is also located at 98 Acres Resort (Greenland Estate, Ella - Passara Rd, Ella, Sri Lanka) and marked by a white Buddha. Just follow the trails and you would only need about an hour before you reach the top and have a lovely sunset view with the-love-of-your-life.    Things to do in Nuwara Eliya:  1. Go to the Tea Plantations Image Credit: Travel Triangle Nuwara Eliya has so many tea plantation fields. One of them is the Pedro Tea Estate. Pedro Estate is about 3.5km east of Nuwara Eliya station and is a 20 minutes drive by rickshaw from the station. You both can have an educational tour of the tea plantations here and learn the process of tea planting!  2. Take a stroll in Victoria Park  Image Credit: Kingsford Residences Well, why not take a stroll in Victoria Park (Badulla Rd, Nuwara Eliya 22200) and have a lovely chat while sipping a nice cuppa tea? This lovely walk with your soulmate will leave you with a tingling feeling and many gorgeous photos together!  3. Gregory Lake Image Credit: Sri Lanka Finder This enchanting lake (Gregory Lake, Nuwara Eliya 22200, Sri Lanka) is a must to visit. It is just a 5 minutes ride on a rickshaw from Nuwara Eliya. Enjoy a breezy walk and cooling weather which definitely calls for a lovely picnic or a sweet ride on the swan boats. Over at this lake, it compels you to show how much you love your spouse by doing things together and caring for each other! THE THING to do in Kandy: Well, we did mention that this honeymoon destination is not for the weak-hearted as the hike at Little Adam's Peak over in Ella was just the start of all hikes. In Kandy, climbing up Adam's Peak is a must if you want to learn the ultimate truth about your partner's character and yours too!  Image Credit: Atlas And Boots Adam’s Peak is located at South Central Sri Lanka and the nearest town is Dalhousie which is the start of the trek up the mountain. Taking the taxi/Grab/Uber/Private car rental from Kandy to Dalhousie is the fastest option to get here as compared to coming by bus or train. The ride takes about an hour and a half. The best time to start climbing Adam’s Peak is in the wee hours (start at 12 am or slightly later) as the climb takes between 2 to 4 hours (depending on fitness levels). This climb will be an opportunity to encourage each other as the total number of steps is about 5000 to 6000 crumbling steps and inclined trekking. Reaching to the 1000th step is already a great achievement but will definitely test you as your legs may go numb or feel very sore. However, with constant coaxing from the beloved, the pain would turn into motivation as watching the sunrise at the peak of the mountain is a glorious sight which leaves you feeling a sense of achievement. It takes a lot for couples to reach the top but hey, love conquers all (even the challenging Adam’s Peak!).  Sunrise at the top of Adam’s PeakImage Credit: The Partying Traveler One of the best feelings in the world is to pray with your spouse. Sri Lanka has a gorgeous mosque located at 2nd Cross Street, Colombo, Sri Lanka. The mosque goes by the name of Red Mosque or Jami Ul-Alfar Masjid.  Image Credit: Atlas Obscura Well, this honeymoon destination has loads of challenging activities to do with your spouse. Despite the pain, it is definitely a worthwhile trip to do together. Marriage may not always be smooth. There may be challenges. Well, challenges are meant to be conquered together, just like how challenging-Sri Lanka was conquered together! ...

  • Furthering Your Studies In A New Country? You Need To Know These Tips!

    While you learn how to be independent, moving to a new country to study can be more stressful than fun. Rest assured, it doesn't have to be this way. The following tips will help you navigate this new life experience.   1) Documents Photo by Sam Johnson from Pexels It’s easy to get excited about the prospect of living in a new country but remember, without the right documentation you wouldn't be able to embark on your new adventure. Make sure all the necessary forms are filled, apply for visa months in advance – do not wait until the last moment as visa processing can take ages depending on the country you are moving to. Do not get discouraged if you fail a visa interview, you can always try again! Make sure you have all your dates right, try your best to leave a few weeks earlier than the commencement date of the course as this will allow you to adjust to the new environment and be familiar with everything before starting university. Therefore, it is important that you purchase airplane tickets in advance as well, look for student offers on tickets, most airlines allow additional weight in luggage for students. Before leaving for the airport do a thorough check of all the documents you need to carry on hand, especially passport and other visa documents. Most universities offer airport pickups for students, so register online for that prior to leaving.   2) Background search Photo by Marek Levak from Pexels Do a background search of the city you will be moving to, it is important to know the local culture and what kind of crowd resides there – not to scare you, but be sure to check crime rates, it is better to be safe than sorry. You can join online student forums, some may even be hosted by the university that you are be attending, and they can help you with any doubts or questions you have. Check cost of living in the area, what supermarkets and shops are close to your accommodation, how far the university is from bus stops and train stations or if it is possible to walk to university.   3) Choosing the right accommodation Photo by Vecislavas Popa from Pexels This can be a tough one, but you will be spoilt for choice with places to stay. There will be accommodation for every budget, the university will also have dorms or halls but they will be on the more pricy end of the spectrum. However, if you can afford it, go ahead as it comes with additional benefits like being very close to the university, having access to university gym facilities on a discounted price (check the university website for more info). The most important thing you need to know about finding the right accommodation is that the further you are from the university the lower the prices. Always find accommodation that you can share with others, as this further brings down the amount of money you will be spending on accommodation. It could be an annex, an apartment or even a full house! Sharing with housemates is fun as you’ll never be alone, and it won’t be as daunting as living alone, however, if you are looking for a place you don’t have to share, go ahead – cause that too comes with perks.   4) Cost of living Photo by Artem Beliaikin from Pexels Before moving it is important to check the cost of living, especially if your parents are going to send you a monthly allowance. This way, you can easily manage your expenditure. You might be able to find a part time job but that also depends on the type of visa you have and the country you are travelling to.   5) Managing finances Photo by maitree rimthong from Pexels The bulk of your expenditure might be your rent. However, it is so easy to spend your money excessively on food, clothes and other things which are not found in your country. The best way to easily manage your finances is to always opt to eat in and cook your own meals as this will save a lot of money! Do meal preps, cook for 2 days and store the food in the refrigerator for later and reheat before eating (using the microwave or stove). This way, you will also be managing your time. That does not mean don’t eat out at all, sometimes during exam season it might not be very efficient to cook all your meals so opt for takeout. Your student ID will be eligible for certain discounts at restaurants so do make full use of it. The other option you have is to go for precooked frozen food, however, this is not a healthy option so do minimise this as much as you can. Remember, maintaining good health is very important while studying.   6) Be open to anything (that's Halal!) Photo by Marcin Dampc from Pexels Don't enter the new country with preconceived ideas of them or stereotypes. You should keep an open mind because you’ll be surprised about how different the country is from your assumptions. Alongside that, do ensure that you also prepare prepare yourself for a culture shock. Perhaps you should spend as much time as possible engaging and learning from the locals as they know the ins and outs of their city and will help you navigate your way through your new environment. Keep track of festivals and events and attend them, especially things like the Sunday market and Christmas sales. The university is bound to host events as well, so do attend those and be a part of the university community!   7) Make new friends Photo by Min An from Pexels You may miss your friends back home, but it is so crucial to meet new people and make friends in your new city as this will help you immensely in the long run. It may seem daunting at first, especially if you are an introverted soul, however, you will be surprised at how nice people really are and they can be very accommodating. If you are very shy and don’t know how to start, join a club or society, universities have many – so sign up for something you like and you will meet enough likeminded people!Most importanly, make sure you surround yourself with people who make you feel happy and good about yourself, not people who have ill-intentions towards you or constantly try to bring you down. You don't need that kind of energy in your new environment!   8) Take public transport Photo by Vitaly Vlasov from Pexels Always opt for public transport because students usually get special rates. Regardless of which country you're traveling to and whether you are doing a part-time job, you need to save money and meet the local people. There's no better way to do this than taking public transport. Who knows? You may even save up enough money to get yourself a car! Yes, people who study in the USA and Australia are are known to be able to afford their own vehicle but that takes a lot of financial planning. If you live fairly close to your university, you could walk, or even cycle to your campus. This will ensure you maintain a healthy lifestyle!   9) Study! Photo by fotografierende from Pexels It is so easy to get distracted when you are in a new country and city especially since you are constantly meeting new people and being exposed to many new things at once. However, this is not an excuse to stay away from studies. Remember, the main reason you are here is to study so keep that as your main priority and plan everything else around that. Having said that, it's inevitable that at some point in time, you may feel homesick. But just keep in mind that during those days, you should take a breather and freshen up your mind. Recite a few prayers and then return back to studying. Rememeber that everything will be worth it in the end if you put in the effort. Studying abroad is a once in a lifetime opportunity, so make the most of it. You will come back with a list of new skills and experiences to boot, as well as fond memories that you will cherish forever. Remember to balance studies and fun! Good luck!...



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