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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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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 

Late post: Roadtrip to Stonehenge

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Better late than never, right?

Our side trip to Stongehenge was easily one of the most memorable moments of our UK trip. You’ve seen one cosmopolitan city, you’ve seen them all. Sort of. But seeing the English countryside, on board a proper train is something else. The train ride from Paddington Station actually went too quickly for our liking. But that meant that we were not late for our rendezvous with Paula at Newbury.

Without further adieu, I give you our Stongehenge trip in pictures.
roadtrip
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Throwback Thursday

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Juvy and Patrick, April 2011
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Juvy and Patrick, May 2015
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A parade on Sunday

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A parade, that is, of recently finished knitting projects!

I have been on a good finishing streak so this post is all about glamour shots of said FOs.

Who needs a cowl in Dubai? It might surprise you to know that it does get cold here, in the desert, despite over 360 days of glorious sunshine every year. Yes, we get an average of 5 days a year when the mighty Sun is obscured due to heavy fog or sandstorm, or heavens forbid we get rain! Out of the 360 days, about 60 of those are the actual proper “winter” when the temperature sometimes hits single digits. You can never go wrong with a cowl tucked in your handbag for the rest of the year because of over-zealous air conditioning everywhere. I mean everywhere! So yes, cowls in Dubai are a thing.

This one was a test-knit. It was more like a recipe because it’s brioche stitch and if you haven’t tried knitting brioche stitch then you are missing out on the fun, big time! However, the ever-talented Dieuwke has added an amazing twist to this cowl. See that braid of squishy goodness? Yes, that! Do you think you can figure out how to get that? Ha! Maybe you can after studying it and doing a trial-and-error for the next few weeks or months, but why bother when you can grab the pattern from Ravelry? I present to you my Experioche, knit in my own hand-dyed Dubai Knits Luxe DK. Well, the white yarn is undyed. I’m a bit partial, but I just love this yarn.
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Throwback Thursday

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Official photos from the Spartan Race. Proof that we actually did it! We crawled through dirt under barbed wire. We hiked uphill in the middle of the worst sandstorm this season. I did jump over the firepit but the camera caught me as I already landed and started walking away from the heat. I swear.

Good times. I feel exhausted just looking at these photos. Glad that’s over.

nikki and me

bernie

me sandbag

sandbag uphill

bernie sandbag

bernie fire

me fire