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More BZ20

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While we’re in the subject of fangirling and bands playing in Dubai, here are a few more photos I took from that very hot evening spent singing along with and watching Boyzone in Dubai. Dear me, this was 3 years ago!
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A Year of Sundays

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Photo credit: Gulf News

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Night and Day

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Thank You

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A belated but heartfelt thanks to everyone who made my birthday a special day.

My family for the phone calls, private messages, silly Facebook posts (yes, I’m looking at you, Bee!) and virtual and real hugs.

My work colleagues for the birthday card, the cake which I shared with fellow November babies, Josica especially for the roses and the homemade tiramisu.

My friends online and offline who remembered the day and sent messages throughout the day; having friends in all time zones mean I celebrate my birthday well over 24 hours. Thank you all.

Another year over, another year wiser I hope. Looking forward to the challenges of the year ahead and making new memories and achieving more life goals.

Salamat x

Weekend at Ripe

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What else do you do when you are child-free on a beautiful Friday morning? Go on a Fridate, of course!

Bernie and I went out to Zabeel Park today for Ripe Market, one of the many farmer’s market type that pops up during the cooler months. Ripe Market has been going on for a few years and they have other events in Abu Dhabi and Sharjah too. They even have an evening market in Al Barsha Pond Park.
Ripe Market

We made a beeline for the Raw Coffee truck and were both amazed at the never-changing quality of their coffee. Kim was at the till too! She is one of the owners of Raw Coffee and it’s great to see her being so involved.

Since we didn’t get to have breakfast at home, we walked around the stalls to decide what to eat. It was so difficult to narrow it down to just one choice! So many good food on offer, so little time. Essential, Book Munch, S’wich, Moti Roti, Fraiche, Taqado…and so many more food outlets offering amazing food. In the end, we decided on a chicken wrap with fries from S’wich and mini pancakes from Holland House to go with our gorgeous flat whites from Raw.

It was a beautiful day, a little windy but that was welcome. It does get really hot if you stand under the sun for too long. Thank goodnews for the trees in the park! We even found an area with table tennis equipment, free for anyone to use, so we played for a while.

Days like these are one of the best things about living in Dubai. The sun still shines strong but as long as you slap on an SPF50, you’re good to go. It’s also a waste of a beautiful day to stay indoors and not bask in the glorious winter sun.

I hope you’re enjoying the weekend. Belated happy Thanksgiving to my friends and family in America. Enjoy your turkey coma 🙂

Randomness on a Sunday evening

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How can I be blue when I have ribbons of rainbow on my feet?  

Dusk in early Dubai winter is quite pretty, esp when you have the silhouette of the world’s tallest building in your sights.
 

The sunrise is not too shabby either!   

It’s common place to see vintage cars like this on the road too.
   

Or super sleek, matte painted, top of the line Lamborghinis like this with special license plates.  That’s 777 by the way, in Arabic the number 7 is written resembling the letter V.
  

I hope you’re enjoying your Sunday. To those who are on the other side of the world, enjoy the rest of your weekend! To those on this side of the globe, have a great rest of the week ahead.

Knit Workshop 

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All set, ready, go.

Wish me luck!   
   

Before and After

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This was most of Dubai and Sharjah yesterday:

And this is us today:

I love the rain but I also love the day after it. Everything washed clean and clear. Fresh start, fresh morning.

Bernie and I are off to the pool; my knee and most of me needs a work out.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Culture clash

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…in a good way!

Our Hindu friends at work are celebrating the festival of lights, Diwali, this week. We cannot complain because there had been a steady flow of delicious sweets and treats!

Today being Thursday and everyone’s in a more relaxed mood, the ladies decided it would be fun to have everyone dress up in sarees. They, and I say this with affection, our Indian friends, brought spare sarees and blouses and earrings and glass bracelets for everyone! They even helped us get dressed in these flowing, colourful and pretty outfits.

I always assumed it took a lot of effort and tugging and sucking the belly in when you put these on. But all it took was a couple of twirls, a couple of tucks and a pin here and it was done!

I did not come prepared so I kept my white shirt and denim jeans underneath the saree. It did feel quite girly!

Thank you, Khushboo! x 

Wordless Wednesday

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