Yours Truly

Salam. I’m Shahirah Elaiza. A 26 year old self-proclaimed born-again Muslim. I'm from the cosmopolitan city of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia but I lived in South Island, New Zealand for 7 years and I absolutely loved it. I graduated from the University of Otago in December 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Communication Studies (alhamdulillah - all praise belongs to God) and I am currently back in Kuala Lumpur. I miss New Zealand but I had the strongest feeling that Malaysia is where I need to be for a while. So I packed my things and returned to Kuala Lumpur. Duration of stay: undecided.

My passions include Islam, humanity, reading, writing and watching documentaries; and if you already know me this goes without saying; I’m also an ardent lover of fashion, travel and culinary adventures.

This blog is my creative outlet and an avenue for me to articulate my never ending stream of thoughts. As a fashion enthusiast, I tend to think of life and everything it entails in colours. My parents were both involved in the design industry - my late father, an industrial designer and my mother, a fashion designer and an academician - therefore discussions about forms, textures, patterns, and colours were a big part of our life as a family. Creative expression is definitely in my genes.

The blogosphere allows me to connect with many interesting people around the world and I find that illuminating. I thrive on finding the common ground between myself and others who differ from me in terms of race, faith, gender, nationality and culture.

As a Muslim who is always rediscovering the true meaning of Islam and what it means to believe in God, blogging is a great way for me to learn and discuss the many issues that catch my attention as I like sharing my perspectives and also gaining new ones from others. I personally believe Islam is for those who like to question and think about the world they live in. One of the biggest changes I've ever made in my life was my decision to become a more practicing Muslim and wear the hijab in March 2010 after my family and I performed the Umrah pilgrimage in Mecca in December the year before. It was an easy and difficult decision at the same time but I knew in my heart it was the right thing to do. This is how it started.

So that's a little introduction to who I am and how I choose to live my life. Like television, life is so much better in colour and there’s no experience more eye-opening, exhilarating and humbling than exploring life's various colours.