Thursday, December 18, 2008

the best Christmas gift ever

and we can't ask for anything more!

kaya naman pala i was feeling so tired and sickly the past couple of weeks.  since we arrived in Manila, i had no appetite and couldn't eat properly.  i had no clue i was pregnant! and to think i even went for rides while we were in Ocean Park and Disneyland last week. it was a pleasant surprise!

blogging took a back seat and this explains everything. i know i owe you our HK kwento, and a few tags, but i promise to do them before the year ends.  stories keep piling up, but i will make it up.  just give me time, dear friends, ok? 

anyway, it's just a few days to go before Christmas. how's your preps so far?

Sunday, December 14, 2008

wonder woman award

thanks to Joanne for this award! :) sorry for the delay sis!

passing this on to all my blogger friends out there who are wonder women in their own right. 

Sunday, December 7, 2008

HK tomorrow

we're going to Hong Kong tomorrow...hooray!!

our bags are packed already and we're so excited! my niece is so thrilled about the trip she keeps saying she's riding an airplane and picked out the clothes she's gonna wear during the whole trip.

'till we get back next weekend! :)

supreme bathing experience

ever since i was little, i have always dreamed of having a bathtub in our home. i would always feel envious of my cousins who have bathtubs to bathe in and enjoy. that is why whenever i go on vacation at their house, i always look forward to having the chance to savor a nice bath, and imagine i am in a fashionable soap commercial. yes, i am that imaginative as a child!

when i got to Dubai, my dream came true when i moved in to a flat that has its own bath tub. it's not exactly like those whirlpool bathtubs you see on glossy home magazines, but i immensely like it. i can go for bubble baths anytime i want at the privacy of my own home. i also use the bath salts i received as gifts and those that i bought from the resort in the dead sea. i have loads of bottles of cream bath that i keep in stock, too which i choose from depending on my mood. i even light candles around the bathtub when i want a total spa-like experience. oh, it's so relaxing and heavenly!

i told Ryan that when we build our dream home, i want white clawfoot tubs on all the bathrooms. a clawfoot tub may look scary for some (reminds you of the movie "What Lies Beneath"), but i simply love the classic and vintage look of it. i'm always impressed with houses that have such bathtubs in their bathrooms. i'm simply attracted to its shape and the fact that it is not attached to a hard concrete that is covered with tiles. it's like a separate fixture to the room that gives it a distinct, tasteful look.

i'd also like to make a provision for discount walk-in bathtubs that i can order online. this bathtub will be ideal for my grandparents and for our parents when they get older so they can easily access the tub without the hassle and difficulty of getting in. it will be a real treat to them knowing that they can still savor a nice bath without the fuss.

i am a fussy person when it comes to bathrooms - it's one of my favorite parts of the house. i just hope i can turn my plans into reality as i would love to have a fabulous bathroom at home. one bathtub would be enough for me.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

we're home!

and so glad to be back! our flight yesterday was a breeze, though we barely had any sleep at all on the plane. the only movie i saw was the third installment of The Mummy. the rest of the time i was trying to get some sleep, but was so fidgety i never got some proper shut eye.

guess what our first meal was? yep, good 'ole Crispy Pata, what else? :)

gift hunt

for a change, we have started our Christmas shopping earlier this year. we didn’t want to be in the malls with crowded people, so we began building our list as early as August, and planned ahead with what to get for people. we have already bought plenty of items for our respective families, relatives and friends, both here and abroad, so you can just imagine how long our list is.

but despite being prepared for the holidays gift giving (or so we thought), we seem to have forgotten to include a few more people that we need to get gifts for. and it’s always a challenge to find nice gifts for men because they’re very particular with designs and styles. like for my Dad for instance. we have searched high and low for a suitable gift for him, but nothing comes up and we always go home empty handed. he’s very choosy with his things and would always go with tried and tested items that would last him for many years. if all else fails, my last resort would be to get him one of those mens sunglasses which he can put to good use. i remember he likes getting himself some dandy pairs before, and when i was younger, he would always carry one wherever he goes. i haven’t seen him sport a new one lately. i suppose one of those new arrival Ray Bans would do the trick. it would suit him quite well because their sunglasses are fashionably made to suit any facial shape. most importantly, i know for sure he would like it because that’s his sunglasses brand for the longest time.

now that i am considering getting this gift for Dad, i might as well get my Mom a pair, too. i’m leaning towards Arnette sunglasses because they look casual yet so chic. i love their designs and I’m so certain Mom will like owning one, as well. like my Dad, she likes wearing sunglasses when traveling. she lost her favorite pair a couple of years ago, and she hasn’t replaced it since, so this will be a nice surprise for her this Christmas. well, that and a new pair of earrings.

it’s good i still have enough time to pick out gifts for my parents. thank goodness i’m already done shopping gifts for the rest of my family! for Ryan’s side, we’re done buying gifts 100%, which is a first. in fact, when we went to Duty Free this afternoon, we only shopped for chocolates and a few groceries. what an achievement!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

one more night

...and we'll be home in Manila! i can't wait...i'm so excited already!!! we're taking the 3:45 am flight tomorrow early morning, so we'll be at the new Terminal 3 of Dubai International Airport by midnight.

wala nang tulugan 'to! :D

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

a dose of me time

before leaving for our holidays in Manila this coming Friday early morning, i managed to squeeze in some time for myself earlier. i went to the office to pick up my laptop and fixed my desk to see if there's anything important that i missed. i stowed away my notebook and cleared my table, hoping that when i come back next year, it will be not so cluttered from all the mails that will be coming in for me.  

after a quick dash at the 14th floor, i went to the B1 level to make it to my salon appointment at 8:00 am. i had my hair's oil bath and went for a mani-pedi, too. it was all done in an hour so i had breakfast first at Testa Rossa to kill time. i needed to go to the Emirates Towers Boulevard to have my watch adjusted, but they won't open 'till 10:00 am. i just took advantage of the moment to read a few magazines and enjoy my breakfast leisurely. at 10 to 10, i made my way across the building.  

the adjustment of my watch didn't take that long - i guess only about 5 minutes. near the exit, i passed by Coach, and decided to check what's new - with no intention of buying anything. but when i saw the silk scarf that was similar to the one i lost recently, i decided to purchase it right there and then. let's just say it's a souvenir from my first paid gig as a photographer (wow, i'm starting to love the sound of it!).  

here's the Christmas packaging of Coach, which i love:

and my new (and definitely last) scarf for my black hobo bag:

i swear, i'm really gonna secure it with a pin this time! i bought it for a full price as opposed to the first two scarves i got, which were on sale at 50% off, so this should last me long.  

after that impulse buy, i went home by cab and did some last minute packing. in a little while, i should be preparing dinner for me & the husband. the weather is gloomy today and it's been raining since morning, but i love it! the bed is so enticing i just wanna curl up and read a book 'till i fall asleep. 

from strangers to friends

when we went to Petra last summer, we met a lovely Chinese couple who are of same age as us.  we had dinner altogether after the Petra by night, and chatted away like old chums. we learned that Charles was on a study leave (he's an MBA student at Harvard), and during his break, he decided to tour the middle east with his fiancee Vivian. 

they were ecstatic when they found out Ryan and i were from Dubai! turns out the next leg of their tour was Dubai. Charles felt doubly excited when i told him i work at the DIFC 'cos apparently, he really did wanna see the centre.  so a week after, we met up and toured them around the district. we had dinner at Noodle House and helped them choose some dates to bring home. we also accompanied them to buy souvenirs and check out some diamond rings for Vivian at the Gold Souk.  

since then, we've kept in touch. and the other day, just before our offices closed for the holiday, i received this parcel at work:

when i opened it, this is what i saw:

goody - a Sex & The City DVD! and an extended cut at that! i was so happy 'cos i haven't seen the movie yet ('cos it wasn't played here), and i've been dying to get my hands on a clear copy via torrent. i've been tormenting the husband for months now to find me a decent copy, and it looks like he doesn't need to bother anymore.

to Charles & Vivian, thanks again for the gift. you shouldn't have sent us a thank you gift - it wasn't necessary. we were quite happy to tour you guys around. nonetheless, we do appreciate the gift a lot, especially me. you remembered that SATC wasn't played here, and i find that really thoughtful. 

see, i told you being chatty pays well :)

LV's latest ad

...made me gasp! and no, not by any of its leather items, but by its new face. i've just seen it and i was totally thrilled. it's none other than my favorite James Bond of all time, Sir Sean Connery. i just love how Annie Leibovitz captured that famous look of his for the 'Core Values' campaign. boy, oh boy, he still looks very much dashing even at the age of 78!

see what i'm talking about?

on another note, i wish i could get the hubby the same Keepall he's modeling for Christmas :) but because the world is currently in recession, so to speak, i'd opt to get him the more practical gift i had in mind.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

a new challenge

last night, i officially became a photographer. i earned my first paycheck and it feels so good! :)

a week ago, my bessie, who is a part-time events photographer, called me to ask if i'm available to help her cover an Emirati wedding. she needed a 2nd photographer, and that photographer must be a lady. reason being is that in an Emirati wedding, parties for the couple are held separately per gender. normally, the bride will only be escorted by the groom to enter the hall before midnight, and then he leaves her to party with her family & friends. he will then come back to pick her up after a few hours. so you expect that the guests to this kind of party are only women (poor groom, he must be feeling awkward being in a room full of women of all ages!). anyway, since i haven't been to an Emirati wedding before and wanted to experience one, i happily obliged.

while bessie was busy with the bride's preps and the couple's shoot before they made the entrance, i was assigned to take pictures of the guests, details and the venue. i would be lying if i'd say it was pure fun, 'cos it wasn't. i was so tired from standing all throughout the night! plus i had to run around the place to cover much ground (500 guests!!) and talk to people to ask them if it's ok to take their photos or not (some local women are not willing to be photographed). the garden of Four Seasons Golf Club was huge i had to work double time!

but despite feeling worn out after the shoot, i felt a sense of fulfillment knowing that photography is for me. being a camwhore that i am, it feels strange being the one behind the viewfinder, but i realize that i like it. i know i still need to learn more and practice a whole lot to improve my skills, but i know i will slowly get there. i'm simply happy that our investment is already starting to pay off. Ryan earns a few hundred bucks, as well on similar gigs, so the 40D is being put to good use. oh, we just love our cam!

going back to the wedding, i wish i can show you pictures of what i had taken last night, but i couldn't as the pictures are exclusively for the bride & dashing groom's eyes (and their families) only. i can only describe the garden as magical - adorned with the most beautiful flowers you could ever imagine, with a backdrop of brightly lit man-made waterfalls that could mesmerize you. the Anne Hathaway look-alike bride was radiant in a Monique Lhuiller wedding gown (which she says is the most flattering wedding gown she's ever tried on), while the groom was simply dashing, even in his traditional dress. they make a beautiful couple! :)

now that the photographer in me has been unleashed, expect this blog to filled with more photos. yes, i am up for a new challenge, and i'm loving it!

Monday, December 1, 2008

long holiday

remember i posted the other day that we’ll be having a 2-day holiday in celebration of the UAE National Day? turns out the government decided to extend it to one more day because Thursday was sandwiched between a holiday and a weekend. they declared it yesterday afternoon, much to my disappointment because we could’ve booked our trip a couple of days earlier than planned! now there are no more seats available on any flight starting tomorrow early morning *big sigh!*.

i wanted to take advantage of the 2-day holiday to pack our stuff and do a last clean-up of the apartment before we leave, and devote Thursday as an errand day to go to our banks for the bank transfers for our online payment of bills come end of December. with the last minute change, we had to amend our plans and squeeze all the banking stuff today. oh well, what else can we do? i guess we’ll just have to ride with the tide.

lovely award

thanks very much, Vannie for this cute award!

The rules of this award:

1. Put the logo on your blog or post.
2. Nominate at least 10 blogs which show great Attitude and/or Gratitude.
3. Be sure to link to your nominees within your post.
4. Let them know that they have received this award by commenting on their blog.
5.Share the love and link to this post and to the person from whom you received your award.

my nominees are these online friends i've made since i started blogging:
Joanne, Jacqui, Mandy, Mich, Pheng, Pat, Valerie, Jody, Kelly & Tracy

Sunday, November 30, 2008

my new dream car this:

ain't she beautiful? too bad i can never own her...because she's only 7 of a kind. yep, there are only 7 units of the 2009 Rolls Royce Phantom Special Mirage Edition released in the whole world! did i tell you she costs a whopping AED 1,900,000 (USD 517,430)? goodness - i bet only a tycoon like Donald Trump could afford one!

(photos courtesy of Ryan & ehem...ME!)

Saturday, November 29, 2008

dead tired

i am so exhausted all i wanna do is just sleep. this weekend was really great & we got to meet a lot of friends we haven't seen in ages. but i guess all the fun i had is taking its toll on me now. my throat hurts like hell & any moment now my colds are sure to break out. haaay! my curse before traveling!!

and as if that's not enough, yesterday, i chipped my molar while eating pork sisig. i went to see my dentist this afternoon for a filling, and because i was so tired, i dozed off while sitting on the dental chair...with my mouth wide open. no kidding! i felt myself falling into deep sleep that i had to wake myself up. i hope the doc didn't notice that.

pics of our escapades this weekend will be posted sometime during the 2-day holiday owing to UAE National Day. for now, i'm just gonna catch up on some much needed rest 'cos i still have a long week ahead.

Friday, November 28, 2008

an early rise

yep, it is bizarre that i am awake at 7:18 in the morning...on a Friday. i usually wake up late during the first day of the weekend because that's when i catch up on sleep. however, since we're going on a picnic today with my fellow Pinoys at the office for our early Christmas Party, i had to get up earlier than usual.

we are supposed to bring Pineapple Upside Down cake as our share, along with 2 dozens of Krispy Kreme that we are buying later on the way to the park. but late last night, we found out that the fuse in our kitchen's socket got busted. hence, the hubby couldn't use the oven to bake. what a bummer!

now we're trying to fix the problem hoping that we could finish the cake and get to the park in time.

run, Gracie, run!

i haven’t gone to the gym in weeks. apart from feeling lazy to attend classes and work out on my own, my real excuse is that my favorite pair of running shoes called it quits on me. i loved that pair so much because it had my favorite color splashed on it, and it was so comfortable! i’ve searched high and low for a replacement, but couldn’t find the right pair. you see, apart from the nice design that i look for in any pair of shoes, the ultimate decisive factor to consider my shoe find as “the perfect one” is comfort.

my bestfriend, who is very much into running, advised me to make a research on the right shoes to match my feet’s needs. i didn’t realize that i also need to check on other aspects such as foot types and the best shoe type for each. she also suggested that i check out other running items that i can use to motivate me to run properly and enjoy the exercise. good that she told me because i’d also need to consider buying from a shop that has a lot of options i could choose from. now i’m thinking of buying not just the running shoes, but also a
heart rate monitor and a few good pairs of running socks, too, for added comfort.

gee, i can’t wait to get that right
cushioned running shoes for me! wish me luck!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

the cuppy cake test

What Your Cupcake Says About You

At parties, you tend to be a social butterfly. You enjoy making conversation and making sure everyone is having fun.

You hardly have any restraint. You only hold yourself back when absolutely necessary.

The most important thing in your life is fun.

You are laid back, flexible, and easy to get along with. To know you is to care for you.

hmmm, sweet! :)

going entrepreneur

the husband and i are planning to start up a small business back home, but we are still trying to think of what business is suitable for us to manage. we do not have any business management background, so we thought of researching on the best educational institution to enroll in so that we can prepare ourselves. we came upon Nouveau University, which we believe is a good niche for us to learn the ropes of establishing our own business and running it well.

being currently led by one of the premier leaders in the academic excellence in the US, we are certain that
Nouveau University can hone us into competent business people. i may take up a course on Business Management as a second degree and understand the basics of setting up a business. it will definitely help me become confident with what i’ll do because i will be capacitated with the appropriate tools to manage a small business that i can also administer to grow.

meanwhile, Ryan can focus more on a specific field that he may be interested in and apply what he knows to the business. we also found out that
Nouveau University has acquired a new institute which focuses on the construction technology. maybe Ryan could switch industries and get a new degree, too. from thereon, we can design and roll out a business plan for our dream entrepreneurship.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

in a frenzy

with my holiday about to commence in a little over a week’s time, sadly, work is still up to my neck. i have to finish everything by Sunday max, and given the amount of work on my plate at the moment, i really don’t know if i’ll be able to enjoy the rest of my last few days in Dubai before i fly out. *sigh!*

well, just venting out my worries here. i’m getting all stressed out, to be honest, and i hope this feeling goes away soon.

building a dream hospital

i have a brilliant friend who is a devoted doctor back home, and is always active in participating in medical missions. he is very much into caring for the needy, and finds immense fulfillment in providing medical aid to those less fortunate people, especially in the rural areas.

one of his dreams is to be able to hub in his grandfather’s hometown, which he deems is in dire need of medical attention the most, and set up his very own hospital, which he will name after his grandfather. he envisions a small hospital where he may be able to extend a helping hand to the disadvantaged people and allow them to have the benefit of affordable medical treatments. he is currently sorting out ways and means to make this dream a reality.

as my friend’s father is also a doctor, you can imagine how proud he is of his son’s aspirations. in fact, to show support and encouragement, he is also sorting out ways to help him, too. his primary move to assist him is to find a place to set up his son’s own hospital, and fortunately, he managed to find one. since my friend’s father is dealing now with all the formalities involved in building a hospital, all he needs to do is start scouting for medical staff to have on board, as well as find some reasonably priced
used medical equipment that they can operate in the hospital. he has a long list of equipment that he needs: a defibrillator, a patient monitor, a blood analyzer, an ultrasound equipment, a few anesthesia machines, a number of electrosurgical units, and some power tables and chairs, just to name a few. he would also need to stock up on some medical supplies that has to be ordered as early as now.

he is concerned though that he might need to shell out a lot of money for all of these, but i suggested that he should check out some refurbished medical machines and other
medical products online, where he can get a huge chunk of savings. it wouldn’t hurt to check out some items that are on the clearance sale category, too, because that would mean more savings for him.

i can see that he is very much into this project that he barely has time to stop and rest. i advised him to try and slow down a bit as he might suffer a nervous breakdown or something. with all the stress he’s experiencing, he might just end up using the
EKG machines he initially ordered. now that would be an ironic picture!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

tapsilog forever

everyday is a tapsilog day - thanks to Chowking’s Tapsilog Meal!

whenever we dine at Chowking in the morning, it feels like we’re brought back to Manila because all we see are fellow Pinoys in the resto, too (well, except for one busboy who’s an Indian, and the guard who looks Bengali to me). the crew also plays OPM music, so it gives the place a nostalgic feel to it. recently, they’ve been playing Christmas songs that warm our hearts and make us wish the days would pass by so swiftly so we could finally be home. to be honest, it is the only place in Dubai where i actually feel the holiday spirit.

aahh, just a little more time…

specs for me

i am 90% done with my Christmas shopping, and i am so proud of myself. this year is a lot better than the previous holidays because i was more organized and prompt in getting gifts for our families and friends. but amidst all these shopping hoopla for others, i also need to find time to get a few gifts for myself. and one of the gifts i’m thinking of getting for me is a new pair of glass frames. how timely because there are Holiday Glass Frames From Zenni Optical, which i can pick from. The popular online eyeglasses shop has a wide array of choices, and this is what caught my fancy:

all the selections are really nice. and what’s more, they have $ 8 Complete Rx Eyeglasses, too, which are friendly to the pocket. good designs at a steal price indeed.

Monday, November 24, 2008

that tweed plaid dress

this is me in Hong Kong 23 years ago:

January 1985 at the Ocean Park on a nippy morning, barely 7 years old.

this is my niece, Ysha taken a few days ago…wearing the same dress. she is only 3 ½ years old. my gawd! either i was a midget when i was a child, or that kids are just mutants nowadays.

(sorry for my lomo pic – you can’t see much of our resemblance)

it’s so sweet of my Mom to send me my niece’s picture all dressed up with my old plaid dress. brings back fond memories and gives me happy thoughts, too :)

Sunday, November 23, 2008

countdown to Manila

12 days from now, we will be flying in to Manila for our much-anticipated vacation. we haven’t been home for the last 22 months so you can just imagine our excitement over this trip. would you believe we have already started packing our stuff? talk about being eager-beavers!

Ryan & i are fortunate that we have been approved by our respective employers a 5-week long holiday each. but why do i feel like it’s still not enough? only 4 days will be spent on a short trip to Hong Kong & Macau, but the rest of those days are gonna be spent in town. i guess i’m just feeling overwhelmed because we need to attend lots of events like weddings, baptisms, and Christmas parties, not to mention family gatherings from both our sides. i can already picture the week of Christmas being the busiest of all. i just hope Ryan & i will find time to celebrate our anniversaries properly (church on the 27th Dec and civil wedding on the 4th Jan). planning for a weekend get-away on these dates is impossible at this stage because it’s fully booked everywhere. there goes our plan to spend 2 nights in Tagaytay! *sniff*

the OC me has already created an itinerary for all the things that we need to do back home. most of our days would involve food, and as early as now, i’ve already compiled a list of restaurants that we will dine at. thanks to my fellow blogger’s blog posts, i was updated of the new restos that sprouted since we were in Manila last. can’t wait to try them all!

besides seeing our respective families, i’m also very eager to see my friends, especially those who gave birth this year. one of my girl friends gave birth a couple of months ago to a baby boy, while 2 are expected to pop anytime soon. then two of my guy friends’ wives gave birth, as well, so i’m due to see 5 new addition to our barkada’s family.

12 days is just an arm’s length away. i can already picture ourselves walking in the streets of Manila, seeing Christmas decors everywhere, hearing Christmas carols at every establishment we’ll step foot into, listening to Chico and Delamar on the radio in the mornings, eating lechon, sorbetes, halo-halo, bibingka and puto-bumbong anytime we want and basically just feeling the unique vibe of the Metro that cannot be felt in other parts of the world. yes, home is where the heart truly is…and that’s where we’re headin’ to.

shower to shower

winter has finally come to sunny Dubai. you can imagine how each morning is a struggle for me to wake up, more so jump in the shower for a bath. i’m the type who easily feels cold so i need to keep our heater switched on for my bath. although we have flowing heated water in our shower stalls, an upgrade wouldn’t be such a bad idea. i mean., taking a bath is something we do on a daily basis, and sometimes we do it twice even in one day. a bit of luxury would really be nice for that holistic shower experience.

personally, i would love to have our own
steam showers, just like the ones they have at the fitness club we go to. it’s so relaxing i could stay in there for hours, if not for the wrinkled look i’d get afterwards. it is always a delight stepping out feeling rejuvenated after a good bath, and i hope i could do that in my own home, too. oh, if only i could afford to have one installed in our bathroom at home! that would be really lovely, don’t you think?

anything about bath really excites me, so yes, you guessed it right - i already started scouting for some nice shower equipment prices online today. i went and surfed at because i heard they have a good range of all shower-related products that i can look at. more importantly, they have some inexpensive collection, too, which are also of good design and quality. i just hope i could find something that will fit in our budget. the collections they have are so appealing that i’m seriously contemplating on talking to the husband to check if we can allocate a portion of our savings to revamp our bathroom. i’m crossing my fingers that he agrees because they currently have a clearance sale, and i don’t know how long i can hold to control myself from impulsively buying something. blame it on the easy payment option they have. i can just drop my credit card details and purchase is instantly made! safe and efficient, too.

if we cannot afford the stalls, then perhaps we can start with the
shower columns first. for as long as we could find something nice to update our bath, i’d be the happiest home maker on earth! i will be more inspired to clean the bathroom and may just do it more than twice a week. i’m sure the husband will like that.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

special birthday greetings my drop dead gorgeous best cuz, Sarj. happy, happy birthday, my dear! i am so glad you were born and became part of my life. it will never be as colorful as it is without you. much love! xoxo

nocturnal caller

just when i was about to fall into a deep slumber, my mobile rang. goodness! it’s already past 3:00 am and this girl is still awake looking for a certain lady who she claims is her friend. i politely told her she’s dialed the wrong number and hung up. after 2 minutes, she called again. i decided to drop the call so she’ll get the point that she got the number all wrong but she was persistent she tried to call again thrice. argh! exasperated, i decided to switch off my mobile. and because she disrupted my trip to lala land, i will log her number to Report Phone Numbers. that will at least help me vent out my irritation and help others know what kind of caller she is.

pimp my blog

it is quite obvious that my favorite color of all is pink. well, what can i say - it’s just too girly i can’t resist its charm. and that explains why my blog’s color is of such hue. sweet, isn’t it?

while i’m happy with my blog’s design, i’m on the lookout though for other free backgrounds with shades of pink, or perhaps backgrounds with textures or designs that have my favorite color. i’m leaning towards the abstract designs because they look clean but funky to me. i might check out Backgroundlabs since it has a good range of nice backgrounds to choose from. i like browsing through their categories because the designs are quite attractive. not overly flamboyant or anything. simple just the way i like it.

since it's already late, i'll hit the sack now and postpone prettifying my blog to tomorrow. goodnight everyone! pleasant dreams.

Friday, November 21, 2008

i’m a convert

since i started putting on weight, i have deferred buying jeans because i was so afraid of how i’d look in them. i’m not exactly the same pea sized girl i used to be, and just thinking about wearing jeans again scares me to bits. i couldn’t admit this to the husband who’s been pressuring me for the longest time to get a couple of new pairs to use during weekends.

however, one Thursday evening at the mall, i found myself trying on a few pairs because Ryan’s favorite jeans store is on sale. and to my surprise, i found two styles that fit me perfectly well – the Lola Straight & the Sundown Jeans. they create an illusion that my hips are bigger (my body shape is an inverted triangle) and my legs a little slimmer. what made me more ecstatic was the great price slash on my choices. the Lola Straight was originally priced at AED 599 (USD 163) and the Sundown Jeans at AED 549 (USD 150), but i got each pair for only AED 99 (USD 27). what a steal indeed! i must thank my husband for converting me into a Lucky Brand Jeans fan. the fit is snug and comfy, much to my delight. i should’ve heeded his advise earlier! their jeans could’ve spared me from all my worries for months now.

as they say, finding a perfect pair of jeans is like stumbling upon a four leaf clover. once they’re in your hands, you should never let them go. i hope these pairs bring me luck, too! :)

Thursday, November 20, 2008

hot, hot, hot!!!

tell me, who wouldn't love this pair of pumps?

it's so gorgeous i wanna have it! perfect for Christmas, don't ya think?

hmm, Gucci is currently on sale at 30% off on all items. gotta check out Emirates Towers Boulevard today and see if i can spot the pair.

*photo coutesy of Gucci's website

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

smack in the middle of nowhere

last weekend was one of the best Ryan & i had for a very long time! we finally used my prize and traipsed to Jumeirah Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa to spend some quality time together. after my training last Thursday, dear hubby picked me up a little before 6:00 pm, and headed straight to the hotel resort. after more than 45 kilometers drive away from the city, we reached this beautiful oasis that welcomed us delightfully.

i couldn’t believe what i saw! the place was amazing i was totally bowled over! it was definitely worth the drive! *two thumbs up*

our room has this quaint charm:

with dandy slippers provided, too.

i loved the bathroom the most because of its rustic feel!

and food was just superb! during our first night, we had dinner at their lovely Italian restaurant, Pizzeria Le Dune. we wanted to try their famous Al Hadheerah Restaurant but when i called the night before to book two slots for us, i was told that the restaurant was closed owing to an event. it was such a shame we weren’t able to book ahead of time because the restaurant was apparently open to public albeit limited seats only. the event was a showdown of the celebrity chefs of Jumeirah chain of hotels. it would’ve been a wonderful banqueting experience being served food by those Michelin star chefs.

anyway, Pizzeria Le Dune did a lovely job at feeding us hungry souls that night. we were so famished we gobbled down our Pizza Capricciosa and a bowl of seafood pasta in no time!

we were booked for two nights at Bab Al Shams, and during our lazy stay, these are the things we did:

- enjoyed buffet breakfast al fresco style at Al Forsan Restaurant

- had some dose of Vitamin D at the sun lounges

- took a dip in the pool (the tabachina me)

- enjoyed an alternative rainshower experience

- had drinks & shisha at the Al Sarab Lounge (their mojitos are the best!)

- read at our own leisure

- watched TV (we were hooked to Animal Planet)

- slept to our heart's content

- surfed the net & downloaded our favorite series (internet was really fast!)

- strolled around the property & took pictures

Ryan tried to convince me to sample their Satori Spa’s treatment menu because he knew how excited i was about their renowned service. but i decided against the idea when i saw how steep the prices were. i told him i can wait till we fly to Manila since the price i’m gonna pay in Bab Al Shams is enough for me to get at least 3 packages back home.

since we checked-in late last Thursday and attended a barbecue on Friday afternoon, we were not able to go see the horses and camels which were scheduled for guests from 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm. we also missed out on the archery opportunity, much to my dismay as i was hoping to polish my skills (naks, parang ang galing, 'no?). i only learnt that there were morning sessions when we got back to the city. sayang!

at the barbecue

to compensate, we just decided to take more souvenir photos before checking out.

our weekend was such fun it actually hurt going back to the city and face reality! *sigh!*

how i wish we could do this again soon.