About Me

Name: Ali Hassan
Age:   32
Location: Dubai (UAE)




Life with Multiple Sclerosis....

Last year sometime around April 2014 I was diagnosed with MS and my first reaction was "really?" .. I mean I had heard about this condition but never imagined I could ever get that which is probably true for almost all cases when you realize you have it.

Life hasn't changed much expect for the flare up's here and der..Initially I experienced issues with my eye sight and had double vision for about 2 weeks, life was tough because I couldn't drive or see properly at night because I saw double of everything! and that was accompanied by some facial tension on my right side along with a constant burning sensation on my tongue. That was when I had decided to consult a neurologist and get a MRI of my brain done with with a lumbar puncture procedure where they insert a needle into your spinal cord and take fluid out to confirm the diagnosis... Its not painful but feels so bloody weird when they do that!

Once confirmed I was told that this is a benign MS and not a progressive one which was some consolation I suppose but none the less they wanted me to start taking steroids to reduce the re-lapses and flare up's but I decided not to because I dont want to take steroids for the rest of my life and after reading about steroids and the side effects they have I took a call not to take them... I dont know if that is the right thing to do but that is just my personal choice.

After the episode of my double vision I didnt have any major re-lapses until now where it looks like the left part of my face has turned weak and I cant move it freely and my speech is a little slurred, this has been going since 4 days now and I am seeing a doctor tomorrow in the German Neuroscience Centre here in Dubai and get myself examined again. Its going to be the same thing I suppose of taking a new MRI to see how far the MS has progressed if at all and see what needs to be done. Since there is no medical cure for this condition I have to live with this for  the rest of my life unless some medical whiz comes up with a cure! 

So as of now I just have to maintain balanced low fat diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables and avoid processed food as much as I can. Life isn't really miserable at this stage but a little annoying that's all... I can still pretty much do what I want to and my normal day to day activity isn't hampered but when your speech is affected that's kinda irritating with the headaches that happen on and off so here's hoping it goes away sooner rather than later and now since I will make an effort to live healthy and avoid foods that are not good maybe the flare up's wont happen again or at best be short lived!

So lets see how it goes tommorow and here's keeping fingers crossed!



Moving to a full frame camera! --- Cannon 6D

Ah finally after all these years of shooting video with my awesome cannon T2i which is still a bloody good camera for the price I got in for.. I am moving to my first full frame camera the "Cannon 6D". Now I thought about this real hard because this is my camera upgrade after like 3 years so I wanted to be sure.

There were couple of factors that drove me into buying this camera out of which the main one was the price... If you ask me I would love to buy a Panasonic GH4 or Sony A7S but since I was on a tight budget and wanted to buy a full frame camera at this point I choose the Cannon 6D. The reviews on for this camera are pretty impressive and its being compared to the Cannon 5D Mark III with regards to its video capability and sharpness but having said that I know that Mark III is a more well rounded professional camera when it comes to video.

Speaking of video that is the only thing I use my DSLR for since that is the norm in today's world of independent short films isn't it.. I already have a Cannon 50mm 1.4 lens with me which I might end up using on this new Cannon 6D but other than that my old Tamron lens will not work coz its mainly for crop sensor cameras.Still not sure what I am going to do with my old T2i and the Tamron 17-50mm.. I might sell it and see how much I get and then invest that into buying a new lens..

So anyway for now I am pretty satisfied with my decesion and as I use it going forward I am sure I am going to love it!



A new chapter...

I should have mentioned this a while back but laziness had the better off me until now! Alright after being jobless for about over a month something finally came through and it is even better than the previous job I had....

I have accepted an offer from a company called Atkins as an Infrastructure Engineer in the IT department. All I can say at the moment is that the learning experience in this role is going to be immense and I am glad that this one clicked, I am tentatively scheduled to join the team in Dubai towards the end of this month as I am waiting for my work visa to be issued by the labour department in UAE. Also since the job is again going to be in Dubai (a city that I love!) on a personal front I am happy that things are going to seem familiar and I cannot wait to get back!

So all in all lets see what this holds in store and I hope I have a long relationship with this company and continue to do what I love doing!!



Losing track of time...

Alright into my second week since I left my work and the rules I had made to sleep on time and keep a check on my sleeping clock has literally gone into the dustbin! I have been sleeping late and getting up late as well.. Also I have noticed that I have lost track of days and the date!

The good news is that the packing of luggage is on schedule and I think that should not be an issue as I am set the leave Dubai on the 21st of this month, I have some interesting developments on my professional front but I don't want to talk about them just as yet because I am afraid I am going to jinx the whole thing so fingers crossed for that!

Another favourite pass-time which has developed over the past few days is to watch old bollywood B-Grade horror movies at night from Ramsay Brothers! for people who don't know who these brothers are they are film makers who started making really crappy Indian horror movies during the 80's, i mean the movies are so dam horrible that even a blind person can make a better motion picture than these guys! I absolutely have no idea why I am seeing these movies and torturing myself!

Movies watched so far...

Thaykana (1986)

Purani Haveli (1989)

Bandh Darwana (1990)

Ghutan (2007)


First week of un-employment...

Let's see.. Its been a week since I have left my previous job and the positive thing is that I still haven't gone into "panic" mode! I am pretty relaxed and using this time to learn new things and update my skills... So I have about 15 days in Dubai after which I have to exit the country because of the visa laws in this part of the world but I am going to come back sometime by the end of august to look for new job in this city.. I do get calls from consultants but then its a period of silence from them after the initial call which is one thing I hate about job consultants... I mean all it takes is an email to the person who you have interviewed and say "Sorry mate, you weren't selected" (How tough is that!!) but they choose to just ignore!

Anyways I would be heading over to India in the interim and meet up with family and friends so that should be all kinds of fun! I am trying keep a tab on my sleeping clock and not snooze like a log for hours which is so tempting and try not to eat everything I see at home!

More updates to follow but for now all is well and kicking!


Last day @ KBR

Today is my last day at my present job which I have been in for the last 7 years ever since I came over to Dubai sometime in late 2007, working with people in this organisation has taken up quite a large portion of my time which is obvious and I will miss the time I use to spend and the interactions I had with the folks.

I really like what I do and I am fairly good at it.. maybe this time off can be a well deserved break after all those years of working as opposed to taking annual vacations when the time arrives. At this point in time I dont really have any plans with regards to my professional carrer but hoping something will work out soon!

I think they have planned a "surprise" for me towards the end of the day which isnt really a surprise as it is done for everyone who leaves, it would be a surprise if they didnt do it for me! :-) ... Anyway I dont really have any famous last words just that I am going to miss getting up early morning and driving to work for some days in the future and maybe I can use this time to do something constructive!



Obsessed with Card Magic!!

Off late I have been spending WAY too much time learning card magic and its almost reached a point of pure obsession! Back when I was in college I once saw an episode of David Blane on "AXN" and how he goes out and performs magic to random people on  the street and I wondered how he did those cards tricks that he did and was completely fascinated with that but back then I didn't invest time or pay too much attention to learn the art behind the tricks because I was too busy growing up I guess!

Now when I finally have patience to actually learn what happens behind the scenes of all those tricks it makes me wonder how simple they are once you learn the logic behind them, thankfully its not really an expensive hobby because all you need a deck of cards and you are set and its magic so you get to show off your skills to people and they think you are a wizard which in real you are hardly that!

My favoutite deck so far has to be the "Aurum" deck, but I also own a bunch of Bicycle card decks which are reasonabily good... So I guess until this obession wears its all magic for me!


Possibility of time travel...

Every since I saw "Back to the Future" .. I always wanted my very own Flux Capacitor so that I can travel back in time or forward!!  but too bad that is only possible if I star in a movie...


To think of it even the great Albert Einstein never dismissed the possibility of time travel in his equations, he said that time and space are inter-linked into something called "Space Time" and if you can bend that then you can travel in time that's of-course easier said than done and no one who has ever lived on this planet has managed to figure that out!

But thinking about it the only way to bend space-time is by using extreme gravitational force and by extreme I mean EXTREME and where do we find this in the universe? Near a black hole YES! so lets go near a black hole right?! aaa No! If we ever dared come close to a black hole in the universe the only way you will go is inside that and probably be dead in minutes!

Another theory is to travel at nearly the speed of light in a space ship and then come back, becasue if you travel that fast then time for you goes slow as compared to the people who are still on Earth, which has been experimentally proven too...

What people did was they placed a clock on a space aircraft and then measured it when the journey was completed and when it landed back on Earth and they found that there is a very small difference in time between the two clocks.. the clock on the spacecraft moved a slower as compared to the one on earth and the space craft was no where even close to travelling at the speed of light.

Interesting! ummmm

The sad part is that nothing can travel faster than light as yet and even if we figure out how to fly a space craft faster than light where would be get the energy from to make that happen? and by energy I mean fuel.

Its also possible if we discover a Worm Hole in the universe.. but more on that later!

So time travel at this point can only happen in fiction!