January 03, 2016

Welcome 2016 !

With much enthusiasm, I am excited to welcome the great things that will come this year 2016.

We opened the new year at home this year, and the family table had food that I prepared. We made noise from the pots as we watched the Dubai fireworks streaming from the internet.





The past year has been for me about trying new things and learning the lessons from these. 
Now comes 2016 and I feel I am ready to move forward and higher :-)

Forward and Upward 2016 ! :-)



July 07, 2015

Iya and her love for the puzzle pieces

Our Little Girl got a box of puzzle pieces on her third birthday in April this year.

This is her today completing the picture. She definitely loves her puzzle but not for me when it becomes a mess on the floor :-)


November 15, 2014

Family Play Time

Hello blog! It's been awhile.

Something hit my heart yesterday. We had an 8pm dinner yesterday. After keeping away the dishes, husband was obviously tired for the day, a normal scenario. He lied down on the couch and napped. Our charming wee girl on the other hand was energetic and playing and wants a play mate.

And it hit me, I saw my previous myself in that scene. When my kids deserved my after work time then and I cant. Either my shoulders were just too tired and wished to nap, or I have to come home late, at times 1am. Or I need to face the laptop until 2am or even 4am. Or work during weekends. (That was not everyday though, but let's say more than half of each month).

It's been five months since I've been out of work, staying at home. I never thought I'll love being this way this much. For the longest time before (I've been in the sandpit for 10 years now) I've been conscious of how much I earn for the family -- except for the last 5 months. But realistically, I need to be back to the work routine soon if we are to survive the desert life. I blogged about this to remind me that my kids will not be kids forever, they grow and we don't want regretting missing to play with them.

And to add more charm to the reminder are these photos of my babies  (^-^)









October 19, 2014

Filipinos and Changing Visas in Hatta

My two Gremlins and I had our visas cancelled and are now processing the family sponsorship under the Father/ Husband. After our entry visas, we should either exit the country or pay the in-country change visa fees. Hearing some people doing the visa runs to the Hatta border (UAE- Oman), we decided of exiting the country by driving towards the border. We did so on Friday, but returned unsuccessful :-( . Filipinos did not have privilege for the visa run by the UAE border, this we learned later.

Apparently, we need a stamp from Oman, however based on Husband's previous travels, he would see fellow Filipinos unable to get a stamp. Also, we assumed that since I and the kids have no residence visas at this time, Oman may not grant us visa upon-arrival. So we decided to turn back. We actually reached the Oman border offices (to try our luck), but because Husband was avoiding the car procedures as well (and any possible hassle of entering Oman soil), we turned and drove straight back to UAE soil.

We could have researched first, yet it was an experience to call :-)

Anyhow, there was still respite for the day. We drove off-road before reaching the border and unexpectedly saw this small oasis. I thought next chance we are there, I will trace the water source. There were small fishes, bees, a pelican --  that for a hot weather and most dry land we see, this is refreshing for the eyes.

By around sunset, we were back at Lahbab. To reward the Gremlins for their patience on the long drive, we brought them into the sand dunes. By night, Husband switched the car lights. The surroundings were generally dark, hence the lights invited insects and even a white rat to where we were. We still had packed food so we had dinner under the clear skies where our Gremlin Girl pointed to the stars.






This beetle ran away with some few rice


A mantis came to say hello

October 08, 2014

Back to Hajar Mountains

We've been on the roads and Fujairah's mountains again over the Eid break. We were moving with our phone's google maps, and it was pretty exciting seeing that  we were driving between two Emirates within minutes because of the inclaves and exclaves.

The tracks have since been developed since we last passed them, making it faster to move around. However we were blocked twice to our destinations because of the ongoing construction and development. 

We looked for the scenic spots for some photos and here's some BTS shots.

It was still quite warm even around nightfall as dragon flies came near to greet us. :-)


Behind the shoot

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