Art from the Heart – Interviewed by Zatasha Kiran

Eclectic Yemeni is a young female artist who shares her talent through social media. She combines her contemporary style with traditional themes to create moving, thought provoking pieces that appeal to people of all backgrounds. We speak to her about her work, inspiration and future plans.

Zatasha Kiran: Tell us a bit about your childhood.

Eclectic Yemeni: Growing up I always wanted to be the person I am today, I wanted to be content with whatever I had at hand. Growing up in Yemen didn’t really allow me to be exposed to art or artists, it wasn’t that important, at least to my environment it wasn’t. Continue reading “Art from the Heart – Interviewed by Zatasha Kiran”


Insistence: The Formula for Success – By Shatha Akeel

Whenever the doors close in my face, I feel frustrated, disappointed and in my mind, I start to ask myself many questions mainly like: Why should I try again? What will I get from trying and repeating after every failure? Continue reading “Insistence: The Formula for Success – By Shatha Akeel”

Consider This my Dear Before You Volunteer ~ By Shatha Akeel


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Taking time out of your day to provide a service, help someone, or do something for free is the rent we pay for a room on earth, as the saying goes.

I  heard about volunteer work before, but I was not interested in it. One day, I had the chance to join a voluntary group to serve the elderly and orphans, which opened my eyes to many things I didn’t know about, like some of the existing systems in Saudi Arabia. Also, I got to know some of the citizens’ rights, but the greatest thing I learned from voluntary work was how to be patient and expand the circle of communication. This has given me back a lot of benefits.

So, if you want to do some voluntary work, you must ask yourself some questions to help you make the right choices.

1. What are my interests?

Are there specific issues that interest you and grab your attention? For example, are you into health care, special needs, the elderly, environment pollution, or any issue you might be interested in.

2. What are my skills?

You should know your skills because you have to link them with your interest/s in volunteering. For example, if you are interested in health care, one of the skills that you will need is to have good communication to share health awareness.

3. What do I want to learn from this experience, OR what will I gain from it?

Some people do it to get a new experience, and others want to improve their communities. Think about it and make sure you know what your goal is.

4. Will my volunteering affect my other commitments?

What are the things that need to be considered before committing yourself? Time, flexibilty, location, family, school, work. It won’t be wise to start a generous act like volunteering and not be reliable.

Anyway, I think that voluntary work is one of the most fulfilling life experiences that we must learn from and evolve.

To Plan or Not to Plan – By Samir Sarfraz

The foreseeable future.

How much can you see?

What can you see?

What colour is it?

Who is there?

I can see the day. The day ahead is what i picture and capture. I see shopping bags, bin bags, handbags, phones, and i see a lot of phones. The elderly, Manchester’s former frontier that now breathe the scars of what went by back when the scuttling gangs commanded the streets leaving the Coppers coy.

My city trying to battle with nature for some early spring sunshine. This annual conflict is underscored largely by the proverbial rain.

I see faces, i see a lot of faces. Each with a story worthy of their own time. I can only talk of what I am drawn to. The hurried ones, phones plastered to ears as if it were an extension of sound.

Continue reading “To Plan or Not to Plan – By Samir Sarfraz”

4 Benefits of Traveling – By Shatha Akeel


1. There are many types of people you can meet. By getting to spending time with them, you can make new friends, and who knows, you might even meet the love of your life 😉

2. While you’re there, you can explore yourself and your independence by learning how to be responsible for yourself and for your money.

3. You can also spend your time in a beneficial way by learning a new language from a native speaker or by finding new hobbies.

4. There are many activities: You can try new things like for example, skydiving, parasailing, canoeing, paragliding, and even taking cooking classes. Make sure you visit lots of different places so you don’t miss out on what our spectacular planet has to offer.

Remember: By traveling to unique destinations, you can enjoy yourself and gain many new experiences at the same time.

My Childhood: Me, the Vet, and the Spider – By Natalia Oparka

Lately, I’ve been doing absolutely everything to postpone the remote possibility of womanning up and doing whatever needs to be done to finish the God-forsaken to-do list of mine. So after hours of careful reflection of exactly how dirty my window pane really is, I moved on to some serious existential stuff to avoid  thinking about my dissertation (or any other important task on my agenda). I recalled my childhood dreams (and yes, they did involve having French fries for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I also wanted to be a vet (a dream magically disappears whenever I see a massive spider…) and started wondering if I’ve become a person my childhood me would be happy with. Continue reading “My Childhood: Me, the Vet, and the Spider – By Natalia Oparka”

Luggage Tag – By Dalia Al Saad

Each person comes with a unique baggage set that is carried along in this wonderful journey of life only to increase in number and vary in shapes, sizes, colors, and most importantly, in content. This baggage set that we carry around day in and day out can either make us or break us, if we allow it to.
This load that one is carrying can build muscles thus strength or just pull ..down. Continue reading “Luggage Tag – By Dalia Al Saad”