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.
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my nominees are these online friends i've made since i started blogging:
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