And I totally got it why Tariq truly enjoyed Perth.
He got to watch the Humpback Whales swimming and 'dancing' in the Indian Ocean, he got to feed the giraffe and kangaroos, he got to milk the Cow, hug the Sheep and Goat, he chased after the Ducks, he learn how to shear the sheep, he saw briefly some Dolphins, a Lamb kissed him on his cheeks, he held in his tiny palm Dinosaur's teeth for the first time, he fed carrots to a Guinea Pig and did many other animal kingdom based activities.
Not to mention the beautiful cool crisp weather and clean city.
Perth is indeed an amazing classroom for Tariq.
I think Tariq's three biggest lessons from Perth are that Tariq learn how to care and love the animals, he learn the beauty of cleanliness and most of all he learn how to accept Allah's Plan that is different from what he wants. 💖
This last but most important lesson for Tariq comes from the Swim with Wild Dolphin experience. I promised to take him swimming with wild dolphins if he practiced hard for his swimming
competition. Needless to say, he was dreaming about it day and night. And when the day arrived, the Dolphins weren't cooperating. After 6 hours on the boat searching, they call it a day. Tariq was teary and sobbing sadly when I explained to him he won't be swimming with the Dolphins. He was heartbroken.
Then I explained that In life there are some things we can control and some things we cannot control. And this is one of them. No matter how much we plan and plan and plan, and work hard for it, if Allah said no, then it won't happen. But a good little Muslim knows that Allah loves him and will give him something better in the future. A better Dolphin. Maybe another trip to another country that has Dolphins. Or maybe the Dolphins are not healthy and if Tariq swims with them, Tariq will get their germs.
And amazingly, Tariq nodded slowly, his sobbing subsides and he started smiling again.
|Now Tariq knows how heavy he is! — at Scitech.|
|Beautiful tail captured by Tariq's Baba — at Indian Ocean.|
|City of Light.. Perth at Night — in City of Perth|
|Sample of Dino poopoo! — at Scitech Dinosaur Exhibition.|
|Komodo Dragon. Tariq's fav — at Perth Zoo|
|Feeding the Kangaroo — at Caversham Wildlife Park.|
|Playing with sand — at Sorrento Quay Boardwalk - Hillarys Boat Harbour.|
|Night Dinner Cruise — at Elizabeth Quay, Esplanade, Perth.|
|At Perth Zoo.|
|Here you go..|
|Feeding milk to the goat|
|Tariq reads map at everyplace we go — at Perth Zoo.|
|Cute little lamb — at Caversham Wildlife Park.|
|Cheeky time — at Kings Park, Perth City, Western Australia.|
|Feeding the Giraffe — at Perth Zoo.|
|Perth at nighy — at Elizabeth Quay, Esplanade, Perth.|
|Post at the majestic tree — at Kings Park and Botanic Garden.|
|Back of the humpback|
|A kiss for Tariq! — at Freemantle Market.|
|Tariq and the Boat Captain|
|Watching fish swim closeup view — at AQWA The Aquarium of Western Australia.|
|That's the Whale!! — at Indian Ocean.|
|Kesian the sheep after shearing.. — at Caversham Wildlife Park.|
|Dinasour storytelling puppet show — at Scitech Dinosaur Exhibition.|
|That hen looks so weird|
|Feeding the Guinea Pig with carrots — at Freemantle Market.|
|Playing with some Perth friends on this amazing swing — at Kings Park: Saw Ave picnic area|
|Entrance of Perth Zoo — at Perth Zoo.|
|Mama, I am tired...|
|At Scitech Dinosaur Exhibition.|
|This is the Dino teeth Tariq is holding — at Scitech Dinosaur Exhibition.|
|Map — at Caversham Wildlife Park.|
|Bonding time with Baba❤️ — with Hamid Sain at Kings Park and Botanic Garden.|
|Walking on the glass bridge — at Lotterywest Federation Walkway.|
|Can he see me?|
|In Wet Suit looking for Dolphins — in Rockingham, Western Australia.|
|Rolling in the Aussie sand! — at Sorrento Quay Boardwalk - Hillarys Boat Harbour.|