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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 🙂

Long weekend

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This is what our weekend will look like:
rixos

Can’t wait! It’s the Rixos Bab Al Bahr in Ras Al Khaimah.

Catch you all on the flipside. Be safe. And for those in the pit of hell that is the UAE, stay cool! Enjoy your weekend.

Life’s a park

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… especially in Dubai!

There are a number of recreational parks in Dubai and, on weekends, they are filled with expatriates and their families. There is usually barbecue involved, maybe some picnic mats and tents depending on the weather but definitely food. If you’re in a beach park, i.e. the usual park but has a beach access, then there might be swimming involved. I don’t like those though because the changing rooms are not well equipped.

Anyway, we decided one fine Saturday morning to go to one of the free access parks in the middle of a neighbourhood and just hang out, play games or whatever. It was great because the park was almost deserted, must be because of the wind that day, but we did have a great time.

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Friday again?

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It’s one of those lazy Fridays at home. Got no family get-together happening. Seems like we’ve had a bit too much of each other in the past couple of weeks so we’re taking a break from each other. I wonder how long it will last?

So I thought I’d blog about photos I’ve taken recently.

Over a round of coffees we talked about the usual things: what business would be good to start up back home, what we plan to do, places we plan to visit when we go home next month, etc etc. It seems that we always bring up the same ideas: a small restaurant, an internet cafe or a franchise of one of the most loved coffee or burger joints. In short, we have not decided, again.

While the grown-ups were talking around the dining table, I ventured around to check on the kiddos. I found the 3 youngest boys busy with toys, what else?

The older boys were in one of the rooms battling it out on the PS3.

Isabelle was still grumpy so her photographs that day were not the best. I managed to sneak in this frontal shot though. Look at those big brown eyes!

Then back to the dining table where I snuck candid photos of everyone. This is cousin Juvy, who is also Patrick’s godmother. She and her brother are going home today for a spot of vacation.

My sister and her husband, who is also Bernie’s younger brother in case you didn’t know that!

My brother-in-law Larry and his wife Linell. He was contemplating the cream puff which is supposed to be bad for him as he needs to watch his blood sugar levels.

My mother-in-law contemplating the idea of opening up her own kitchen in the garage of the family house. She is a good cook and would have students and neighbours come in droves with her infamous Pancit Bihon recipe!

My husband Bernie, in case you didn’t know.

Something’s tickling his funny bone. Shot at Starbucks, Deira City Centre last week.

An unusual photo of me. Unusual because I rarely get my photo taken. Aibi caught me by surprise while waiting in queue at the Etisalat cash payment machine, which wasn’t working by the way. So if you’re at Deira City Centre and need to pay your Etisalat bills, go to the Kiosk at the Magic Planet end. They accept bill payments there.

Patrick posing with my then-WIP. What a good sport eh?

And I may have just cast on another pair of socks today. The Northern Lights shawl was not doing it for me so instead of seeing a crumply ball of frogged Sundara sock yarn, I decided to cast on immediately with the patternI saw last night – Spring Forward from Knitty Summer 2008.

A few knitters in Ravelry recently blogged about this so I thought I’d check the pattern our. It seems really easy so I printed it out and read it a bit. It asks for a gauge of 30sts/4in on 2.25mm. I usually get 32sts/4in on 2.25mm so I took a big gulp and pulled out my 2.5mm Harmony fixed circular (which Hala recently gave me in exchange of Addi Turbos 2.5mm) and cast on.

It’s going great so far. I needed a diversion from the Shur’tugals. And not plagiarising Wendy Johnson’s teddy/sock idea, I just needed a helper with my teeny start of a sock so I grabbed one of the teddies from the kids and ploppled the sock on top of his head.