Saturday, April 13, 2013

Sigh of Relief!

When was my last post?  Feb?  Gosh!  I thought iIwas gonna get better at this.  Boy, was I so wrong!  Since we planned for the little girl's birthday party #1 (yes, she has another in Manila this coming July), we've been very, very busy at home.  Never thought that celebrating a girl's birthday party is a lot difficult than a boy's.  So many elements, so much DIY projects!  More on that later.

Now that my little one's party is through, I will finally get to have time for myself.  And me-time for me means pampering time and writing time. I'm planning another party but that will be a lot easier because I'll have suppliers that I can book who can handle everything without me having to burn the midnight oil.  I'll leave everything to the experts this time.

Tata for now and I promise to be back again soon.  No more idling this time.

Take care peeps!

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Giving Back to Mother Earth

Fridays are always precious for me because it is the only day of the week that I can get to sleep in.  However, for the sake of personal social responsibility, I sacrificed one Friday morning to spend with nature and give a fraction of my time to save the earth in my own little way.

Last weekend, I had the honor of joining the “One Day To Make a Difference” CSR event in Emirates Marine Environmental Group (EMEG) in Ghantoot.  EMEG, who warmly welcomed us in their reserve area, is a non-profit organization that deals with the environmental issues in the UAE.  The morning activity was well-attended by EMEG volunteers as well as individuals from Deutsche Bank, Barclays, Transguard, Johnson Controls, DIFC and Goumbook.  I think all in all we were about roughly 200 in the area including kids. Each of us were given t-shirts that were actually made of recycled plastic bottles and nylon ropes.  Isn't that cool?

We started the day by watching a film about EMEG and their endeavors.  Then the real work began.

The group was divided into two.  The group where I belonged to were assigned to do the planting first. So yes, we were the first to get wet.  Not that it matters, really :p Each of us picked out a mangrove seedling and planted them in the muddy area of the reserve.  Mangroves are quite useful to sweeten the water and provide homes for species of plants and animals.  That helps a lot in the circle of life.

me & my mangrove seedling

After we’ve planted each of our mangrove seedlings, we proceeded to another section of the reserve to clean the algae.  Do you know that dried algae is used to clean oil spills?  I’ve seen the video of it and it’s amazing!  Works like magic!

that nifty contraption

buckets of algae

The next task was the most challenging of all -- cleaning up the beach at 11:00 am.  We had to walk about a kilometer from the reserve’s central to reach the area that needed cleaning.  I forgot to put sunblock so my skin had turned red and my watch had already made a mark on my wrist.  So are my flip flops on my feet!

At first, we thought there was nothing to clean because the water was crystal clear.  But when we were inching our way towards our destination, we saw how bad the shoreline looked!  We picked up lots of plastic rubbish.  And by lots, I meant piles and piles of garbage bags! 

rubbish i found 
(oh those pesky water bottles that aren't disposed of properly!)

all these in just 3 hours!

beautiful , untouched Dubai beach

By half past 12, we were all done and headed back to the central to replenish and rehydrate ourselves.  It would’ve been lovely to see the turtles and their eggs but it wasn’t their season so we found none.  The eggs were off limits while they were being incubated in a gated area so no desert fox could get through to them.  We did see paw prints of the elusive four-legged creature, as well as of hares. 

It was a tiring yet fulfilling day for each one of us.  I’m so glad i went.  I hope that my teeny weeny share in giving back to mother earth would someday pay off. 

Next time, i’m bringing the husband and Dade with me.  

Monday, January 21, 2013

What's In A Name?

This has been sitting in my drafts for so long already and thought I'd finally publish it while I'm at it.  So please pardon the 9 months delay.  I just want to share with you how we came up with our daughter's name and where we got them from.

our baby girl's birth announcement

Having a daughter equates to being girlish so I went ahead and created a birth announcement for our dear daughter, Lexie.  The same birth announcement was shared with our friends and family, and I thought of doing the same here in my blog.

Long before we decided to have another baby, the husband had already picked out the perfect name for his princess.  I had no choice but to give in because in as much as I hate to admit it, his personal picks are truly unique and special.  except for one name that i fought tooth and nail to be written in her birth certificate, haha!

Hubby's choice for the first name is Calliope \c(a)-llio-pe\.  as a girl's name, it is pronounced as ka-LYE-ah-pee.  It is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Calliope is "beautiful voice".  Ryan first heard of the name from the PSP game, "God of War".  Calliope is the name of the protagonist, Kratos's daughter.  Yes, men and their video games.  Really mature, haha!

To be fair, he gave me the free reign to choose the second name.  Now I've always been fascinated by the name Yvaine.  If it rings a bell, it is because it is the name of the fallen star in Neil Gaiman's first solo prose novel in 1998, Stardust portrayed by Clare Danes.  it is of Scottish origin which means "evening star".  Now ain't my baby a star in her own right?  It just suits her perfectly (stage Momma mode).

Not meaning to state the obvious, Lexie's nickname was taken from her third name, Alexia.  \a-lexia\ is a variant of Alexandra (Greek) and Alexis (Greek) which means "man's defender".  This name was taken from our first baby, Alexis, a black labrador retriever who is currently living with hubby's family back in the Philippines.  She was my 2004 Christmas present to dear husband before I left for Dubai in 2005.

We get a lot of comments on the length and difficulty in spelling and pronouncing our daughter's name but we don't give a care.  We love how precious and extraordinary her name sounds!  It is only but befitting to a royalty.  After all, she is a princess in her own right who lives in the simple castle we call home.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Fresh Start, New Year

Welcome 2013!  I hope this year brings us all good health, genuine happiness, family solidarity, warm friendships and awesome memories.

cheers to 2013!

God bless everyone!