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Scrapbooking Dubai Summer 2011

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Summer in Dubai is almost over, shops in the malls are already on back to school promotions and kids are gearing up for the term 2011-2012 starting September 14. My daughter will be in Grade III this year and can't wait to see her classmates, teachers and friends again. But before that let's first enjoy the upcoming Eid holiday as it marks the end of Ramadan. Where will you be this Eid al Fitr and oh don't forget your Henna OK, I mean for ladies only.

Summer 2011 was a not-so-boring-summer at all, summer here was actually the time when a lot of expats go for vacation in their home country while those that remain to spend their summer here benefited to less traffic, not so crowded parks and malls, not much queueing at the supermarket, easy to find a parking spot and most especially I need not wake up very early to prepare Mica for school .

We had loads of fun indeed but we also had our share of bad times like when Mica had an accident before the school closes , she hurt her ankle while taking the bus to school and my mom was recently hospitalized. I really hope and pray that her health will improve fast. 

A visit at the Dubai Dolphinarium to watch the Dolphin and Seal Show was the first thing we did this summer. The well trained seal and dolphins are awesome and the almost one hour show was amazing. Me and Ferald enjoyed it as much as our kids.

We also enjoyed our annual summer getaway in Abu Dhabi while checking in at Rotana Yas Island with its two free adult tickets to Ferrari World Abu Dhabi-home to the worlds fastest roller coaster. Mica learned traffic signals at junior GT and drove a Formula 1 mini. The all for free dining experience at Mazina The Address Dubai Marina, Essence Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi and an iftar dinner at Al Ameera Ballroom-Grand Hyatt Dubai all courtesy of 104.4 Virgin Radio Dubai was enjoyed by the whole family and shared a bonding moment.

More often Mica and my son stays home during weekdays while me and Ferald goes to work, She spends her time playing, drawing, reading, watching television, playing games on the PC or chatting with her classmates on facebook etc. During our bonding moments after I arrive from work, we squeeze our creative juices to make some Popsicle fairies, paint wooden dolls, origami, sewing bead jewelries, story telling and sometimes a puppet show. Growing some flowering plants was another idea she had and the zinia and sunflower seeds are now seedlings, sometimes she gets board waiting for it to grow and have its bloom and so am I. I told her to keep watering the plant and we will soon see its flowers. Here are some of Mica's crafty ideas . The real scrapbook project is still waiting for us, we have 3-4 days holiday so we might finished it this time.

We also went around Dubai to our favorites spots such as Dubai ZooAl Nasr Skating and the Fruit Park.

The Flea4Charity event which I featured here was also a success-once again the people of UAE, locals and expats alike prove how generous they are in helping the needy with raising some funds to help the famine stricken Horn of Africa. Also, MYB supports Illustrado and the Filipino community in its campaign Pinays Take Charge - uplifting the image of Pinays in the UAE and the world.

I am happy that this summer was fruitful, not just for family bonding but a learning experience for Mica and Prince. Education is not only obtained from school, another form of learning is outsourced out of the four corners of the classroom, education starts from home and then from the community. Mica will soon start her catechism class and religion is another important thing she should learn, her school does not provide catechism lessons and the community church here in Dubai is where I see that my daughter can obtained knowledge and wisdom about religion and God apart from the things I already taught her and we are looking forward to that.

Today maybe is the last day of Ramadan and we get to spend the rest of the week on holidays so stay safe and share the blessings, lets be thankful to a wonderful month that pass. Happy Eid everyone.
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Henna Art & Eid Al Fitr

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Henna art has long been a tradition in the Mediterranean and a growing popularity among other countries. It is widely used as a body art during weddings and other occasions and festivities like Eid, Diwali and Passover.
My hand with Henna Art (Floral) waiting to dry.

Henna is a flowering plant use to dye skin, hair, fingernails, leather and wool. The henna plant is native to regions of Africa, South Asia, and Northern Australasia however it is widely and commercially cultivated in countries like the UAE, Yemen, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, India, Iran, Pakistan,Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Somalia and Sudan. These countries are wide users of processed henna used to adorn young women's body as part of social and holiday celebrations.

Speaking of celebrations, depending on the sighting of the moon, tomorrow or the day after (8th or 9th September) will be Eid Al Fitr or the end of Ramadan (a month long fasting of our Muslim brothers). "Eid" is an Arabic word meaning festivity and "Fitr" means to purify and so the holiday symbolizes the purification after completing the fasting month. During this celebration, Muslims wake up early in the morning for prayers, customarily they eat a light breakfast as a sign that they do not fast on that day, they also wear their best clothing, women apply henna art and children receive gifts from elders.

Eid Al Fitr for expats in UAE means HOLIDAY! It coincides with the weekend but still we are getting one day off from work. If Eid falls on Thursday we don't come to work on that day but if Eid falls on Friday then we don't come to work on Sunday! Either way is good! I still don't have any plans but sure to have something before the holiday starts.

This is my hand with henna art after drying. hmm looks pretty! Thanks to Sarah for this cute design.

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