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Prayers for the Faithful Departed

MYB offers this prayer to all our departed loved ones. May your souls Rest in Peace. Dad, Daddy Ray, Auntie Hubeng, Tito Venus, Aunti Moodie, Tito Buddy, Lola Dorang and Lolo, Amang Anse and Tita and Lola, Tito Pablo, Tito Johny, Tita Mercy...and all of those I can hardly recall *** O Lord, my Creator and Redeemer, I believe that in Your justice You have willed purgatory for those who pass into eternity before having completely atoned for their sins. And I believe that in Your mercy You accept suffrages, especially in the sacrifice of the Mass, for their comfort and liberation. Enliven my faith and grant me sentiments of compassion towards these suffering brethren. Eternal rest, grant to them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen. O Lord Jesus Christ, King of glory, through the intercession of Mary and all the saints, please free from purgatory the faithful departed. I pray you, O St. Michael, prince of the heavenly army, tak

multigrain goodness

Multigrain bread topped with cream cheese smoked salmon and cucumber slice was my dinner last Friday night and my lunch for today. We were at the supermarket last weekend for the much-needed grocery list when I pass by this multigrain bread. I flip the box to see which grain it is made of, it has whole grain rye, whole grain oat, barley, and millet. By the simple knowledge that multigrain is healthy, I toss it into the cart. Then I wonder what should I put for the toppings, I plan to have it for dinner so I mustn’t go home without the ingredients. I took the box again and just look at what’s on the photo, bought all the toppings. As soon as we get home I prepared it on a plate in less than 10 minutes and a minute later we were munching on them. As usual, it is new to our taste buds but something I am very eager to try. Dad and Mica had one serving each and Prince and I continue to munch up to our heart's content, my little guy seemed to like it and helped me finish all of it

New Generation of Backpackers

                         "high tide or low tide, gagala kami" The photo above is for bulakbolero s photo contest

Crabbing in Umm Al Quwain

Sometime in March of this year, when we still had Aero (our Pajero), we went crab hunting in Umm Al Quwain. Crabbing or crab hunting is some sort of safari or recreational activity offered by many hotels and tour company's here in the UAE mostly in the marshland of UAQ. But we like ours DIYed. It is fun and no need to pay extra money for something you can do on your own. Crabbing is done at night until early morning and it is best to follow moon tides - when the moon is new and full, tides are higher and crabs tend to feed more, the more they are out feeding, the more chances of catching them. :) It is important to locate a good spot in the marshland to have more catch. There are no lights to guide you so bring your own torch. The brighter the light the better because it is the same light you will use in spotting crabs in the water. Bring a long kitchen thong for catching them. Some use arrows/spears and of course a covered bucket. I say covered because your catch is alive, th

Above the Clouds

So the foggy mornings continues. On the third day I captured interesting photos of what you can see above the clouds when it drapes the city below.

Spell "FOG"

Hello foggy mornings :)! Two days in a row and I just love it. It felt nostalgic sometimes because it's like driving in Tagaytay or Baguio. Today was more dense than yesterday as in zero visibility after a few hundred meters, 500 to be exact. This weather phenomenon happens in pre-winter and pre-summer time and many UAE motorists used to put their hazard lights on when dense fog draped the roads but Dubai Road and Transport Authority (RTA) warned that this will only confuse other drivers and might cause accidents. Dubai motorist are urged to open their fog lamps and not the hazard lights, do not over speed on highways and keep safe distance between cars. In the morning news today, 3 people were injured in a 35-car pile up in Near Academic City in Dubai Bypass Road, in April 2 of the same year, 127-car pile up on Dubai-Abu Dhabi high way killing one and injuring more than 60 people. According to The National Center of Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS) the fog will con

Applaud the early doodles

Prince is 18 months now and the first time he gets hold of crayons was on his first birthday that was celebrated in Chili’s - Mega Mall. At Chili’s, kids once seated are given three different colors of crayons along with a comic like kids menu with puzzles and games to keep them busy until the food is serve. This was the first time also that we have noticed that our little guy is a lefty, according to baby experts it is too early to determine now if he is a lefty or a righty but as we observe, he seem to favor his left hand over his right. Take a look at these photos of Prince at 12 months trying to make doodles. This is Prince almost 18 months when we gave him a notebook and a pencil to write. Expert encouraged parents to applaud early doodles to cultivate a whole raft of new activities. Drawing with crayons includes fine motor skills such as holding and grasping as a well as boosting your child's visual insight and tapping his imagination. We even captured it

The Pink Book Sale at Burjuman

Oct. 7 Friday - 11am - 6 pm Book sale is a fantastic way to grab great titles without spending a fortune. Good books can be found in a book sale like hidden treasures in an island. The plus factor is the books here are donated and the tripple play was all proceeds are going to the Dubai breast cancer charity- safe and sound . There were 15,000 books donated and are sold at bargain prices. Fiction, novels, learning, and childrens books are amongst on sale. Approximately, there were 15 to 20 table for the books priced only between 5-20 dirhams spread at Burjuman last Friday and a handful of volunteers assisting the buyers. The book sale was heaven for my daughter as it was for me. I try to guide her in chosing the books she will buy but I myself was lost, with so many option to chose from, it was a hard decision which one to take and which one to be reserve for some other time. I got for myself "The Testament" by John Grisham and Chicken Soup for the Soul-a best se

things i love about you...

you may frown purposely but your eyes still smiles :) your eyes are your best asset when you texted me love messages i knew you copied that from the little book of quotes you own how you pulled me close and locked me in your arms while saying the three famous words when you send me flowers at work, it makes me feel so special how perfectly your hand fits in mine when we talk long hours on the phone with just about anything until it heats up when you smile how passionately you kisses me like there's no tomorrow when you eat the food i love that you don’t actually eats how happy you are while playing with our kids, it makes me realized all the time how lucky we are - we have you the scent of your perfume mixed with sweat after you play ball, it is very sexy how you pretend you didn’t know what’s happening around you but guess you’re fully aware of your love for adventure when we go food

Sharjah Open Beach

We experienced foggy mornings twice last week which only indicates the changing of the season. This week was a bit humid though. We are happy to welcome this change for we know that the best is yet to come. WINTER - our favorite season here in the UAE. But before we cover up and add layers to our clothing, let us first enjoy the milder summer weather by hitting the beach. Now is the best time to go swimming without the fear of burning your skin, it is advisable go there early morning or late afternoon. We took our kids to an open beach in Sharjah two Saturdays ago at around 6 am in the morning. The wind was cool and the water, still warm and calm. Small waves crashing on the shore and were only made because of the boats passing by. An early morning trip to the beach is always a good idea. Our little Prince is a brave young boy. He wasn't scared of the water at all. Mica was hesitant but couldn't resist the water and joined us. We stayed an hour and left just befo

We ♥ Del Monte

We all grew up seeing and eating products from Del Monte, its products are now in the supermarket shelves lately in UAE. Pineapple juice, tomato sauce and fruit cocktails are mainly some of the products we love from Del Monte.

RAVI RESTAURANT DUBAI

Who doesn't know RAVI restaurant? If you have been in Dubai for quite some time now, you must have encountered the name if not dine. It is the most popular Pakistan restaurant in Satwa, Bur Dubai flocked not only by cabbies for lunch and dinner but also five star chefs. It has been reviewed by TimeOut Dubai magazine and featured on Out and About show in Dubai One. Ate there twice and it never fails to fill my growling tummy with good Asian food but also never fails NOT to stash cash out of my pocket which is really good. I want to quote Lonely Planet's description of this place "you can eat like a prince and can pay like a pauper" which I find true to its sense. Some of the foods I have tried are my favorite butter chicken with a little hint of chili; we say medium spicy when we order and some mutton peshawari. I don't normally eat mutton but it was gastronomically delicious not to dip pieces of freshly baked flatbreads in its spicy sauce. Last night was a

Mica draws again

Meet me and my daughter Mica :)  I am the one in the yellow dress with heart prints and she is the one in the blue skirt. I wonder why she is blonde while I am brunette and me with a microphone. It just feels good when my kiddo associates me in a lot of things she does and I love to be the subject of my little Picasso. I am compiling these pieces of art she created and I wish to publish it here to compile and to show her again when she grows up, you know how these smalls things gets lost and forgotten in time. My mom used to keep my letters, greeting cards and small art pieces in her bible, a very old one - like she had it 20 years ago, that old. When I get to visit her, I look at the bible again and see some of our old photos and greeting cards we gave her when we were young, she uses them as book marks in her bible to mark her favorite verses, it makes me nostalgic but at the same time it makes me happy to see those things, things that reminds me how I showed mom how much I l

Poetry: bl!ss

Wind blows as the sky darkens Sun peeps and hides uncertain Trees dance in the gusty wind Petals torn and flown again Lightning and thunder tear the sky Furious, fuming, enraged, and mad Thousand crystal falls into the ground Unearth bliss from the sorrow bound The rain had stopped and the sky is clear The sun peeps before beamingly appear The wind is quiet and the trees are green The flowers bloom and the scent is sweet A storm had passed and left a mark Etched an imprint in my weary heart Strength, courage, hope and love The storm left me happy and sound Written by: My Yellow Bells 1:41 pm Dubai UAE