Showing posts with label Lanna Micaela. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Lanna Micaela. Show all posts

Saturday, March 28, 2015

A White Number

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So we came down to see the International Street Theatre and Comedy Fair at Al Ghurair Center, better known as DubFest 2015.

My daughter Micaela told me she wants to be a blogger like me, a fashion blogger to be exact. I have no objections, she is free whatever she wants to do as long as she is safe and keep school as her priority.

I asked her if she wants to co-author My Yellow Bells and she was ecstatic. I know it will not be easy but we can start with small steps until she is ready. She already shared too many ideas with me but for now she will be my model for each fashion post.

Dress: Forever21
Shoes: Max Fashion
Bag: H&M



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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Micaela's First Holy Communion

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One more thing I like about Dubai and that one thing that is special apart from the millions things I like about this country is the liberty to practice religion.

As a practicing Catholic I am glad that we have our own churches here in the UAE and the people are allowed to practice their religion inside the church premises.

There are a couple of churches in Dubai that I know, one is St. Francis de Assisi in Jebel Ali and St. Mary's Catholic Church in Oud Metha where we usually attend the holy mass, it is also where Prince was baptized. There is another church in Sharjah, the St. Michael's Church, it is where me and Ferald exchanged vows and where our first child Micaela was baptized.

Micaela recently received her first holy communion at St. Mary's Church after two continuous years of attending her catechism classes. Unlike in my home country, it is not included in her school program so we have to enroll her in a separate catechism class in Dubai.

Mica and her friend after the holy communion ceremony

I felt different that day. I felt pride in having to raise a God loving, God believing child. I am so proud of her for having to receive her first holy communion. I had goosebumps as I watch her and all the other children received their very first flesh and blood of Christ. I thank the Lord for such a blessing.

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They looked angelic on white gowns provided by the church for a minimal fee including accessories (headdress for the girls, candle and scapular)



I bought for her a pretty white dress from Forever 21 to wear under the gown.


while I wore this blue dress from Iconic, there was this pretty maxi blue dress I found online but could not get it before Mica's event, I still want it so much and will have to get it.


I really wanted Ferald to be present on this special day but he was at work and there's no way to take a day off. No one's off during Saturdays at his workplace since it is the busiest day of the work week for them.There's another chance anyway since Micaela will have to continue her catechism classes, this time in preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation or kumpil in Tagalog.

If you would like your child to receive his or her first holy communion in Dubai at St. Mary's Church in particular, your ward needs to attend two consecutive years of catechism class held every Friday and Saturday at the church followed by children's mass.

Here is the new announcement from the parish for the new catechism school year, you can also view it here should you wish to register your kids.

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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

25 Rules for Mothers of Daughters

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Thank you to the people who had been sharing this article on Facebook that it reached my wall.  And thank you to Sarah Driscoll of Diapers and Daisies for writing the rules, it slowly melt my heart until it's as soft as a s'more.  After reading it, it makes me ponder for the dept of  love I have for my daughter and my mom too. Every one knows that no rules exist about motherhood because this job do not and must not have any reservations, when you're a mom you have to give it all out,  right moms? (did I see you nodding?) I am a mother with a daughter who just turned 9  today. I am posting this to constantly remind myself that a mother's love is endless and has no boundaries and that there are certain things that only mothers can give. 

Mica, happy happy birthday! I love you so much and I want you to remember that I am not a perfect mother but I will give everything for you to be happy. When you grow older you will understand and when you have a daughter of your own (in case) I would like you to read these rules guidelines too and in no doubt follow these rules like I did.




25 RULES FOR MOTHERS OF DAUGHTERS

1. Paint her nails. Then let her scratch it off and dirty them up. Teach her to care about her appearance, and then quickly remind her that living and having fun is most important.

2. Let her put on your makeup, even if it means bright-red-smudged lips and streaked-blue eyes. Let her experiment in her attempts to be like you…then let her be herself.

3. Let her be wild. She may want to stay home and read books on the couch, or she may want to hop on the back of a motorcycle-gasp. She may be a homebody or a traveler. She may fall in love with the wrong boy, or meet mr. right at age 5. Try to remember that you were her age once. Everyone makes mistakes, let her make her own.

4. Be present. Be there for her at her Kindergarten performances, her dance recitals, her soccer games…her everyday-little-moments. When she looks through the crowds of people, she will be looking for your smile and pride. Show it to her as often as possible.

5. Encourage her to try on your shoes and play dress-up. If she would rather wear her brother’s superman cape with high heals, allow it. If she wants to wear a tutu or dinosaur costume to the grocery store, why stop her? She needs to decide who she is and be confident in her decision.

6. Teach her to be independent. Show her by example that woman can be strong. Find and follow your own passions. Search for outlets of expression and enjoyment for yourself- not just your husband or children. Define yourself by your own attributes, not by what others expect you to be. Know who you are as a person, and help your daughter find out who she is.

7. Pick flowers with her. Put them in her hair. There is nothing more beautiful than a girl and a flower.

8. Let her get messy. Get messy with her, no matter how much it makes you cringe inside. Splash in the puddles, throw snowballs, make mud pies, finger paint the walls: just let it happen. The most wonderful of memories are often the messy ones.

9. Give her good role models- you being one of them. Introduce her to successful woman- friends, co-workers, doctors, astronauts, or authors. Read to her about influential woman- Eleanor Roosevelt, Rosa Parks, Marie Curie. Read her the words of inspirational woman- Jane Austen, Sylvia Plath, Emily Dickinson. She should know that anything is possible.

10. Show her affection. Daughters will mimic the compassion of their mother. “I love yous” and Eskimo kisses go a long way.

11. Hold her hand. Whether she is 3 years-old in the parking lot or sixteen years old in the 

mall, hold on to her always- this will teach her to be confident in herself and proud of her family.

12. Believe in her. It is the moments that she does not believe in herself that she will need you to believe enough for both of you. Whether it is a spelling test in the first grade, a big game or recital, a first date, or the first day of college…remind her of the independent and capable woman you have taught her to be.

13. Tell her how beautiful she is. Whether it is her first day of Kindergarten, immediately after a soccer game where she is grass-stained and sweaty, or her wedding day. She needs your reminders. She needs your pride. She needs your reassurance. She is only human.

14. Love her father. Teach her to love a good man, like him. One who lets her be herself…she is after all wonderful.

15. Make forts with boxes and blankets. Help her to find magic in the ordinary, to imagine, to create and to believe in fairy tales. Someday she will make her 5 by 5 dorm-room her home with magic touches and inspiration. And she will fall in love with a boy and believe him to be Prince Charming.

16. Read to her. Read her Dr. Seuss and Eric Carle. But also remember the power of Sylvia Plath and Robert Frost. Show her the beauty of words on a page and let her see you enjoy them. Words can be simply written and simply spoken, yet can harvest so much meaning. Help her to find their meaning.

17. Teach her how to love- with passion and kisses. Love her passionately. Love her father passionately and her siblings passionately. Express your love. Show her how to love with no restraint. Let her get her heart broken and try again. Let her cry, and gush, giggle and scream. She will love like you love or hate like you hate. So, choose love for both you and her.

18. Encourage her to dance and sing. Dance and sing with her- even if it sounds or looks horrible. Let her wiggle to nursery rhymes. Let her dance on her daddy's feet and spin in your arms. Then later, let her blast noise and headbang in her bedroom with her door shut if she wants. Or karaoke to Tom Petty in the living room if she would rather. Introduce her to the classics- like The Beatles- and listen to her latest favorite- like Taylor Swift. Share the magic of music together, it will bring you closer- or at least create a soundtrack to your life together.

19. Share secrets together. Communicate. Talk. Talk about anything. Let her tell you about boys, friends, school. Listen. Ask questions. Share dreams, hopes, concerns. She is not only your daughter, you are not only her mother. Be her friend too.

20. Teach her manners. Because sometimes you have to be her mother, not just her friend. The world is a happier place when made up of polite words and smiles.

21. Teach her when to stand-up and when to walk away. Whether she has classmates who tease her because of her glasses, or a boyfriend who tells her she is too fat - let her know she does not have to listen. Make sure she knows how to demand respect - she is worthy of it. It does not mean she has to fight back with fists or words, because sometimes you say more with silence. Also make sure she knows which battles are worth fighting. Remind her that some people can be mean and nasty because of jealousy, or other personal reasons. Help her to understand when to shut her mouth and walk-away. Teach her to be the better person.

22. Let her choose who she loves. Even when you see through the charming boy she thinks he is, let her love him without your disapproving words; she will anyway. When he breaks her heart, be there for her with words of support rather than I told-you-so. Let her mess up again and again until she finds the one. And when she finds the one, tell her.

23. Mother her. Being a mother - to her - is undoubtedly one of your greatest accomplishments. Share with her the joys of motherhood, so one day she will want to be a mother too. Remind her over and over again with words and kisses that no one will ever love her like you love her. No one can replace or replicate a mother's love for their children.

24. Comfort her. Because sometimes you just need your mommy. When she is sick, rub her back, make her soup and cover her in blankets - no matter how old she is. Someday, if she is giving birth to her own child, push her hair out of her face, encourage her, and tell her how beautiful she is. These are the moments she will remember you for. And someday when her husband rubs her back in attempt to comfort her...she may just whisper, "I need my mommy."

25. Be home. When she is sick with a cold or broken heart, she will come to you; welcome her. When she is engaged or pregnant, she will run to you to share her news; embrace her. When she is lost or confused, she will search for you; find her. When she needs advice on boys, schools, friends or an outfit; tell her. She is your daughter and will always need a safe harbor - where she can turn a key to see comforting eyes and a familiar smile; be home.
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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Who's the bad girl?

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My seven year old daughter is having difficulty getting up early for school, will not take shower in the morning and keeps it until late afternoon or untill F and me reach home from work, wouldn't obey what she was asked to do, refused to eat vegetables, refused to do her homework without me beside her, refused to wear her house slippers even if her aunt reminds her for the hundred times  and while she is defying everything being ask of her, mommy tries to get nice and calm and do some reverse child psychology. Most of the time it works but sometimes it does'nt and when it does'nt work mommy gets cranky and frustrated. Am I the only one here, am I alone or do I share the same experience with other mothers?

Last night all my efforts fail to make her do her homework, well almost, I tried to win the situation in a peaceful way but the Al Rifai nuts and a little head ache gets in the way. Moms patience is put to the test and I needed to cool down for me not to blow it off. I started ignoring things that happens around the house, I am frustrated not just because of  the homework thing but with some other matters that happened yesterday.

She finished her homework inside her room while I was left frozen in the living room staring at the tv without understanding anything. I reached for the remote control and switch off the tv and went to bed. This morning I woke up at 5:30, not my usual wake up time, but I did and I prepared breakfast and pack lunch for M and me. F volunteered to wake up M, the tickle strategy works out and she was up and about. While M was having breakfast I spill it, "you will have to take shower, everyone must have a shower in the morning before school." M started crying and the bouts of NO can be heard allover the house, I AM determined to be tough with my rules and with M lying now on the floor, I gather my strenght to carry her to the bathroom. It wasn't a pleasant day for both of us.

With all this in my head, I did not even have time to even check my mobile until after my morning exercise, I saw two messages from Princess M, "ITS ALL MY FAULT, I AM A BAD GIRL ALL DAY." My heart melts in pain to read that sms from my daughter, I started typing the words but I contemplate on what I should tell her. I put my mobile back to my bag. While I am having my morning coffee, I open my phone again and reply to her "YOU ARE NOT A BAD GIRL. WHAT IS BAD IS NOT OBEYING YOUR PARENTS. MOMMY LOVES YOU VERY MUCH."

I am afraid to see her today, maybe it is me who is the bad girl, maybe its me who should understand more and adjust more, be more tender, loving, understanding but I already am. I am reading this now (5 Big Kids Discipline Dilemmas - Solved) and I hope it helps.
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Sunday, October 21, 2012

A not yet so spooky Saturday

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Can you call this spooky? What I see in this is pure FUN! The kids had a great time yesterday and I had fun too.


We are two weeks away from Halloween but thought that we can make something out of the orange and black crepe paper that we have at home. I thought that the kids would love to do crafts since they are already doing some art stuff. We made paper spider webs like the ones you see in the photo, we got the idea from here. We also made some orange and black  crepe hanging decors and with a little bit of make faces, we already achieved a little bit of spooky atmosphere. Hey look at the little guy and and and .........the man behind you!!!!

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Friday, May 04, 2012

Texas Roadhouse Dubai Mall

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Thai, Chinese, or Steak? I asked this question to myself while I was thinking where to take my family to dine and celebrate my daughters 8th birthday last Friday. You know a mother needs to weigh her dining options too with regards to the food preference of the family members. As much as I want to try some Thai food that day, I couldn't since I have a bunch of meat lovers with me so steak wins unanimously.

Texas Roadhouse offers hand-cut steaks, award winning ribs, fresh baked bread, and made from scratch side items, the branch in Dubai Mall is located in the Fountain Restaurant Area, Lower Ground Level Tel: 04-3253862

It was half past eight and we were all starving, the restaurant was full so we were asked to wait between 20-30 minutes although it didn't took that long to get a table for eight, just after 10 minutes we were already giving out our orders.


The combo appetizer includes boneless buffalo wings, tater skin topped with cheese and bacon bits (potato skin), and rattlesnake bites (potato balls with jalapenos) all perfectly cooked until golden brown and it was gone before I knew it.We also had Caesar salad which I find a bit salty but the lettuce are fresh and crunchy while the chef’s salad was just plain ordinary.

The kids ordered ranger meal chicken critters with mashed potato on the side and orange juice. Mica couldn't finish her food, she was busy counting her kidzos but when I asked her she said it was spicy that's why she didn't liked it so is her friend.
My brother ordered 12 oz medium rare rib eye steak, he shared it with me forking juicy cut pieces to my plate while I shared with him some of my grilled salmon with steamed veggie on the side. The servings are big and ideal for sharing. My husband was seated across me on the table and he was eating quietly enjoying the tender and flavorful half slab ribs he ordered. The grilled chicken and shrimp was shared by my sister-in-law and Sarah with their rice side dish, I am salivating by the looks of it but I couldn’t comment further. We washed down our meal with some fizzy drinks, not even a beer they don't serve alcohol.

Someone was celebrating a birthday at the table next to us and it seemed traditional for Texas Roadhouse wait staff to ask the celebrant to seat in a chair resembling a horse saddle just like a cowboy to his horse while they announce and greet him for his birthday. After our sumptuous dinner, then it's Mica's turn to be cowgirl.


What is a birthday without blowing a candle in a cake but instead I ordered a big brownie topped with vanilla ice cream and smothered with melted chocolate and that's our sweet endings
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Thursday, February 16, 2012

come take my hand

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 Frienship is a union of spirits, a marriage of hearts, and a bond thereof virtue
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Wednesday, December 07, 2011

the joys of baking

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These are my freshly baked homemade cinnamon rolls, baked it with my darling mica last night.

While preparing our baking needs, mica asks me of a particular question as to how to delete friends from facebook. I wondered why? I jumped into conclusion that she must have had a bad day at school and I am guessing that it is about her girlfriends.

I hugged her tightly and make face to make her smile and then I asked her if she is sure she wants to delete some friends and what if after some time they kiss and make up? She thought about it for a while and changes the subject of our conversation."Every mother is a great chef", she said to me and even I heard it the day before, it is like a beautiful song ringing in my ear and then another hug before we proceed with baking.

"Baking makes me feel super happy", she said again, in hearing this, I thought that it is not the baking that made her feel happy but the companionship, an undivided time, a bonding moment of a mom and daughter. It is a special moment that I would want her to remember about us when she grows up.
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Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Mica draws again

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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 love her and how important she is to me just like what Mica is doing to me now.

We tend to have different ways of saving precious memories and this is one way of how I thougt of keeping them - online. I just hope that my blogger account will last forever for my next generation to see and read it.
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Sunday, August 14, 2011

when she gets lost, she calls my number

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I was paying at the counter the last time I saw my daughter following her dad who was heading out the door of the department store to keep my toddler busy of something else instead of ruining the shop display. I was confident that she was with him only somewhere in the mall and as we usually do, we will be calling each other later on to meet-up.

I reach for the change and collect my shopping bags and then head out towards a sport shop instinctively like I know where to find my husband. As I walk my phone rang, it was a missed call and then another so I ring the number back, an unknown man's voice was at the other line asking me if I lost my daughter, he said he handed her over to the security and he is just calling to tell me about her. I was confused how it happened but I did not wait a second to run back to the shop, I met Mica at the door teary eyed. I can only hug her tight and kissed her and hug her again while feeling ashamed to the people who found her that I lost my daughter amidst the chaotic mall scenario.

After I consoled her, I thank the man and the security personnel. The man said he was grateful that my daughter knows my phone number and told me not to lose my child again. This was the very first time I lost her and promised myself it will never happen again. I am so thankful to the man for being so concerned.

I am grateful and yet I am proud too, for my daughter knows my number, she memorized it. As we reunite, I told her lovingly how proud I am of her, for being so brave and for knowing what to say to the people who helped her find her way back to me. She smiled at me feeling proud of herself too. But then again, I reminded her that she should not go far away or get out of sight from dad or mom while in the mall as things like this is likely to happen especially during the busy hours.

Over to you, have you ever lost your child in the mall? How did you find them?


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Monday, July 11, 2011

That precious mane

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Hair brings one's self-image into focus; it is vanity's proving ground. Hair is terribly personal, a tangle of mysterious prejudices. ~Shana Alexander


Warning: When it comes to hairdressing, better leave it to the professionals.

Our scheduled visit to the hairdresser has long been overdue. My daughters long brunette locks and my mane is looking dull and badly needed some TLC. Mica is wishing for a shoulder length that must have been encouraged by the hairstyle of a loved one. She keeps on telling me about it every time she sees a salon.

Last weekend, instead of a trip to the hairdresser, I played Ms. Hair stylist and cut her hair shoulder length. It wasn't so bad at first cutting it straight but giving shape to it wasn't so easy after all. In short super-mom-pretend decided to take her little girl to the salon for the much needed haircut rescue before her dad sees what happened to his daughter's precious locks. TGIF and it's four thirty in the afternoon and the salon and all other shops in the area where we live are already open (it's Friday so customarily shops opens in the afternoon or after prayer) The Indian lady hairdresser sits Mica in front of the vanity mirror and start cutting her hair. It all looks so easy with some trimming here and there - me thinking. After blow drying and styling it a bit she's done. Mica looked at me and gave me a sweet smile.It only shows that she's happy with her new hair style.

After Mica, I told her to cut my hair too, V shape but same length only an inch or two to trim from the ends. She then ask me if my hair is naturally straight, it was wavy but I had twice re-bonding from the Chinese salon in Dubai. She said she will style it suited for straight hair, putting away my skepticism I gave her a go and the end result is not so bad, I actually liked it.

Mica and I went out of the salon happy with our new hairdo.
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Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Dubai School Transport Safety

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Accidents happen and school bus drivers must  be cautious and mindful their driving to avoid it. I think that the school bus driver and school bus nannies must make sure that the children are seated and buckled up before they move the vehicle, afterall these are children they are transporting everyday, they are not adults who have strong body motion control. The slightest impact or sudden break can throw a child to a few meters. Please practice safe driving school bus drivers.


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This morning I received a call from my daughters teacher telling me to come to school immediately because Mica had an accident. I was terrified but try to get first hand information over the phone from her before storming to the school. She said Mica slipped while getting on the school bus this morning and when she reached the school her right ankle was already swollen and that it was painful. She said that the school nurse already gave her first aid but it needs to be checked by a doctor. I grew more worried, I knew it was something serious.

I just finished my morning exercise and I was getting ready for work when she called, good I was dressed and was ready to go. I called my husband to tell him what happened he was so worried but I told him not to worry as I am on my way to her, then I hit the road. When I reached the school they are already waiting for me, I found her at the school clinic bed with her right foot wrapped with bandage. The school nurse briefed me again how the incident happened and the status of her foot. My daughter told me the other side of the story. She was just in the middle of the bus and not yet seated when the driver started moving the vehicle and because she lost her balance she slipped and hurt her foot, it must have landed on a wrong position. I told them this but I don't want any argument, I am more concern of my daughter and to which nearest hospital I can take her.

A friend and I took her to Zuleka hospital, the one nearest to the school. The pediatric-orthopedic doctor was not available and we were referred to the orthopedic doctor. He examined Mica's right foot and after we were taken to the lab for an x-ray. It shows that Mica had fractured her ankle. The doctor put an orthopedic cast on her foot and she was ask to stay home for seven days where she has to keep her leg elevated at all times for at least two days. I was thankful enough that the school year was almost over and they had finished their assessments before this happened but I was also upset because she will miss the remaining school days, those are the days when the kids are having fun, playing with friends whom they will not see untill the next school year, Mica was actually excited about her year end school party so I will make sure she is able to attend.

 I gave the medical report to the school supervisor and I raised my concern ragarding transport safety. The transport manager assured me that a proper measure will be taken and they will make sure that drivers adhere to safe driving.

**Dubai imposes new rules all bus drivers must know
• Be driven by a qualified bus driver who has undergone RTA training
• Be painted yellow
• Have ‘School Bus’ clearly marked in English and Arabic, on both sides, the front and the rear
• Be fitted with a lit, red pop-out ‘Stop’ sign to warn oncoming traffic that children are alighting and angled mirrors so the driver can see all sides of the bus
• Have at least one warden travelling on every bus so that children under 12 can be guided on and off safely
• Carry a fire extinguisher, a first aid kit and have lap belts fitted on all seats
• Not have middle aisle fold-down seats, armrests, ashtrays or other solid fixtures on which kids could bang their heads
• Have emergency exits on both sides of the bus
• Not exceed 80kmph
• Be properly air conditioned


Have you ever been in the same situation? What kind of action have you taken?

**Time Out Dubai
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Monday, May 09, 2011

Identical

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So it was mother's day yesterday and everyone was greeting their mothers, mine was a mess because mommy's mobile was apparently switch off or out of coverage area. Northern Luzon was experiencing a tropical depression and it might be the reason of the phone signal interruption. :( well probably not-maybe my mom needs a newer gadget :)  and so I told my sister. :) :)

I ring my sister too and we share the same story of an unreacheable mobile phone of mom, I felt bad but what else can I do. I later on send her an sms hoping that she will receive it and might call me back. 

When I reached home last night , I saw my daughter working on a sheet  of paper at the dining table, she was excited and was in a hurry to finish whatever she was doing, she was hiding it from me, she said it was surprise. After sometime, she handed me an envelope, I knew that it was a mothers day greeting card but I was suprised more to see two identical drawings of me and her.  I liked the drawing a lot, Mica seems to have a talent for it, a budding artist. I showed it to Ferald and he had the same idea about the art. I asked her to add some colors but she refused but then I guess even without colors it is just perfect. My daughter emulates me is a fact that makes my heart leap for joy, well I hope not just in drawings but in real life. That only means that I must as her mother serves as a perfect role model. Parenting is a tough job for mothers but we are created by God for this job and we are entrusted with lives that we need to shape up untill they can live on their own.  My prayer is this "Dear God, thank you for the soul you have entrusted on me, may you give me courage and strength to endure the hardships of parenting and savour the joys of it. May I lead and shape the life of my children to the best path and form and that I may we worthy of becoming their mother. Amen"
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Monday, July 26, 2010

Dubai Summer Surprises Part 1

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This is my 4th post this evening, I don't know whats got into me, maybe I am making up for the days that I am not able to blog.

This post is about Dubai Summer Surprises 2010 activities installed for kids, since its summer and people cannot stay outdoors, the leading malls in Dubai big or small has arrange fun ways to keep the young ones busy during the hot summer months.

Our first stop, Deira City Center. A group of ballet dancers and acrobats from Moscow Russia stage a very artistic dance and acrobatic moves. The young and the young at heart were surely entertained.





















Ballet dance-solo






















Ballet dance-courtship
















Tiger dance

















Trio Dance

The Finale
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Sunday, July 25, 2010

Bratz Kidz

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My Lanna is a fan of Bratz, anything Bratz excites and interests her. She also has an obsession with bandages, I dont know why and where it all started. One box of band-aid will not last for a week, she plays with it, even a teeny tiny scratch needed bandages.
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Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Homemade Pizza

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Today is special. Prince turns three months. Since it is his birthday, I made three large pizzas and half a kilo of pasta carbonara for dinner. This isn't my first time to make a homemade pizza. At the beginning of my first pizza making experience, I thought it is hard to make my own dough but with a little research and a help from my partner, it is a breeze to prepare the dough and I was able to cook this wonderful-looking and great tasting homemade pizza.

For the Dough - you will need

3 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour, bread flour is even better
1 1/2 cups of lukewarm water-it need to be warm to make your dough elastic 
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp sugar
2 tsp salt
1 sachet of yeast

All you have to do is to mix all of the ingredients, kneed it for about five to ten minutes until all the water is absorbed and the flour looks evenly mixed. This recipe makes three thin crust of dough for your homemade pizza

To make your own Pizza Sauce you will need

1 small can of tomato sauce
2 tbsp of tomato paste
1/2 tsp of dried oregano
1/2 tsp of dried basil
salt & pepper to taste

Mix it all together and it is ready to spread on your pizza dough. The toppings depend on your preference, it can be vegetarian, meat lover or Hawaiian like our favorite. You can be more adventurous and may want to try seafood.

Most especially, the taste depends on your choice of cheese whether cheddar or mozzarella or mixed. Baking time is only about 10 minutes on the highest oven temperature. To achieve that crunchy pizza crust, use of pizza stone is recommended but if it is not available, pizza pan or foil is fine.

Isn't that lovely. Made at the comfort of your own home, as for me, my family love it, I love it!



Happy Three Months Prince
06/07/2010
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Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Not Just Scribbles

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What do you think about the drawing?

This is a self portrait of my daughter Lanna Micaela. Isn't it amazing how she captures the almost exact facial features of herself in this drawing? I was really in awe when I paid more attention to her drawing which I thought was just scribbles but then I realize how nicely she made this piece of art. If my daughter grow up to be an artist, a painter or inclined in arts, I know and she will know where and when it all started.
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