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Camp life

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Summer is well and truly here. Daylight comes far too early in the mornings and leaves much later in the evening; not complaining about this as it means quicker drying time for the laundry. The humidity is the worst though. Sooner or later, it would be unbearable to be outdoors even under the shade.

It’s an annual ritual for residents of the UAE, and the Middle East, to moan and complain and bitch about the summer. It’s fun, and quite exasperating at the same time esp for those who have been living here when Clinton was the president of the USA. And by Clinton, I meant the male version ;). No matter how many summers you have endured in the UAE, each time it comes it’s different.

So I am going to reminisce about clear blue skies, crisp cool air and count the days until they come again.
Jebel Hafeet
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Baker’s Dozen

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At every single birthday, I reminisce about the day, the moment that each of my children were born. It does sound gruesome and icky for the most part but it’s my own way of cherishing a wondrous moment of both my life and that of a newborn offspring.

This year’s birthday for my youngest is bittersweet; this year he turns 13. *sigh*


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Georgia {on my mind}: Part 2

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Take me back to this amazing place…

A very quiet spot in the woods. We just had to stop our tour bus and get off and smell the crisp clean air and take photos while dodging cars!
into the woods

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Georgia {on my mind} (Part 1)

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It seems like a lifetime ago now but we recently visited Georgia for the first time. Georgia the country in Europe, not Georgia the state in America. It’s one of the Eurasian countries where Filipinos can travel without requiring a visa, that is if you have a valid residence visa in the UAE, which we have. Yay! We are allowed to visit visa-free for up to 90 days. We only needed a few days so that was great for us. In fact, there were quite a few Filipino holiday-makers in the same flight as ours. Why not take advantage of visa-free travel, yes?

bye dubai

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Adventure awaits

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destination:london

“Whatever’s good for your soul – do that!”

We’re going back to London tonight! It will be a very different place from the last time that we visited in August. We’re packing layers and hats and gloves and an umbrella. We expect to shiver down to our toes and we will love it. We have a jam-packed itinerary for the few days that we are there including a trip to a magical place. So excited about that one.

The UAE will have a long weekend from tonight so I hope everyone has a wonderful time, whatever you are doing. Enjoy and see you on the other side.

London: Family and friends

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My output rate in blogging is way behind than my output rate in taking photos and going on adventures. This was the main reason why I succumbed to the appeal of micro blogging on social media sites. But still I’m the one at fault – if I make time to write up a post to go with the photos without such a delay, I’d be up to date.

No matter, I still have a few favourites from our UK trip so let’s get started.

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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 

One week of being anti-social

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It’s not as difficult as I thought it would be.

I stopped checking and posting on Facebook and Instagram beginning this Sunday, and I have been able to stay away so yay me! If you have seen updates on Facebook, it’s because I have set my blog to publish on my Facebook wall too. If you have left comments on my blog’s mirrored posts and I have not replied back, it’s not because I am ignoring you. I just haven’t seen your comment. Yes, notifications were turned off too.

It has been an interesting week and I like it. I find I have more time to do other things which I have taken for granted before, or ignored completely because I was busy checking my newsfeed or looking at comments on Instagram.

I have also been able to meet and surpass my self-imposed quote of 6 hours of sleep every night. Every day since Sunday. That’s one of the main reasons why I have been less grouchy this past week.

So, in summary, I believe I can keep going and not feel cut off or deprived. Not having my phone in my face every chance I get had given me back valuable minutes to do other more important things. I like that very much.

Enjoy your weekend, all!

Late post: I Knit London

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Note: I hit “Publish” too soon so the first post went up without any text! Sorry about that.

Okay, so I Knit is this cool shop and sanctuary for knitters and crafters tucked away on Lower Marsh in London, just off the Waterloo tube station. The owner, Gerard, is the sweetest thing, soft-spoken but warms up to you after a while. Oh and he also dyes some amazing colours on yarn!

Here is what I purchased on our little trip there with the Amiras. The project bag is a prize I won from a competition on Two Go Crafting‘s Facebook page.
iknit haul
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Farmer’s Market

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Earlier this year, we visited the Farmer’s Market at the Terrace in Emirates Towers on its very last day. They were handing out leaflets stating that it was the last time the Terrace was hosting the event. In a few weeks, this market will open again in a new location, still unknown. Shame that I discovered it quite late but happy that it will come back.

It’s worth getting up early on a weekend for. You have a great selection of cheap, local-grown organic vegetables alongside artisan breads, pastries, coffee and a free cooking (and tasting!) class from local chefs.

Check out the link above to get notified when the new venue and the market opening is announced.

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