and we can't ask for anything more!
Thursday, December 18, 2008
and we can't ask for anything more!
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Saturday, December 6, 2008
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
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
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
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.
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
(photos courtesy of Ryan & ehem...ME!)
Saturday, November 29, 2008
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
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.
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
|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.
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
well, just venting out my worries here. i’m getting all stressed out, to be honest, and i hope this feeling goes away soon.
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
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…
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
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
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.
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 Unlimitedshowers.com 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
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
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
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
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:
i loved the bathroom the most because of its rustic feel!
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!
- had some dose of Vitamin D at the sun lounges
- 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!)
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!
how i wish we could do this again soon.