Christmas Wishlist #1 and #2

Christmas is just around the corner and it is the best time of the year for me. There is no other holiday that excites me the way I get excited about Christmas and of course New Year. Me and my husband almost finished shopping for Christmas presents for our friends and loved ones and are now waiting to be wrapped in fancy shiny colorful papers with beautiful ribbons of red and green.
Today is exactly ten days before Christmas and I wonder if I will received any gifts from anyone. It doesn't matter at all whether I will get one or not, what I like to do is to distribute gifts to friends and loved ones that I carefully pick and wrap for them when the clock strikes twelve on Christmas eve along with my hugs and kisses. I hope they will like what we've got for them.
I wanted to write a wish list this time...not to give you the idea of what you can give me :) but what I really wanted to get for myself when I have enough cash to stash.
Wish list # 1 - A Red Wallet
My sister once told me that a red wallet energize your finances. These are the most auspicious and excellent for generating more money according to Feng Shui. Why not, red also drives away evil and plus I have been hanging around for long with the black Francois Marithe Girbaud wallet I have. It is time to get a new one.
Wish list # 2 - A New Mobile Phone

This is the phone that I am using now. I bought it last September 2006 so that means that we have been together thru thick and thin for the last 3 years. Mind you it is really the best phone I had in years. It is in its best condition only needing to change the cover but it functions so well that I really scared to let it go. My N70, my companion, my on the go camera, my mirror for its front camera, my iPod, it's everything to me. I might keep it or give it to my mom when I decided to ditch it with the iPhone above. Hopefully I will get it soon. Wish me luck. Need to start shelling out some money in my piggy bank.
I actually do not remember how many phones I had, well I do, I change phones only four times, yes only four times... I am not a phone enthusiast who changes phone whenever something new came out in the market but I carefully choose which phone I wanted to buy then when I have it I will tell myself how long I wanted to keep it and use it as long as it is working and serving me its purpose, getting connected with people and a tool for my daily use.
I intend to list at least 10 things in this wish list and I will be thinking harder for tomorrow. I wanted to add here the things that I really wanted and what my heart desires. So please keep coming back and see what's up for tomorrows post.
The thing is we don't get things immediately when we say we wanted it. But keeping in mind what we really want keeps us on track and we set goals to get it.
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Eid Al Adha or Feast of the Sacrifice

I actually don’t have any plans this coming three day holiday in relation to the Eid Al Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice). Some of our friends are asking us to join them beach hopping in Jumeirah but I am not in the mood to stay out in the sun at this time, I am avoiding it as I am prone to having dark spots because of hormonal change in my body. Staying for three long days at home surely sounds too boring and I don’t want to slave myself cleaning the house but I am going to devote some of my time to it as the closets needed to be arrange as they are already messed up.

Oh dear, I need to think harder what I can do to keep my family busy and happy this holiday, for sure L would love to play a lot outside, I am sure she will request to go to the park or swim in the pool, go to the mall for movies and caramel popcorns (caramel popcorns @ Candilicious in Dubai Mall is a sure hit). I would love to shop for maternity jeans by now, the last pair of jeans I am using is totally killing me, too tight for my growing tummy and unfriendly to little one inside me.

Hhhhmmmm...what else? Gee!! Do I really have to write what I am actually thinking? Well I guess so.

There is just one thing I keep pending up to now, still contemplating whether I should have a hair makeover or not. I am a brunette and my mane is too long and unmanageable but I like it and I am willing to keep it until April of next year. The problem is that whenever I look at myself in the mirror, I am feeling too old because of my hair and you know what most people say, that shorter hair can make someone look younger, I am not too old though but I need a little boost of confidence, specially I am preggy with a baby boy and there is so much change in my appearance lately. Maybe I need a mani and pedi too.

It seems that even unplanned, I have so much things to do this holiday. Just some pending "me" time.

An oh yeah...don't forget to celebrate with our Muslim brothers, it is important that we respect this special occassion of the year for them.

Gulfnews announcements of Eid Al Adha Holiday in the UAE
Ministries and federal bodies will remain closed from Thursday, November 26 to Thursday, December 3 to mark Eid Al Adha and National Day, according to a circular issued by Humaid Mohammad Obaid Al Qutami, Minister of Education and Chairman of the Federal Human Resources Authority.The extended break for Eid Al Adha and National Day was announced in line with the directives of President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan.Ministries and federal bodies will resume work on December 6.Al Qutami seized the opportunity to thank Shaikh Khalifa for his noble initiative linking the Eid holiday to the National Day holiday.He congratulated the President and His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, as well as Their Highnesses the Supreme Council Members and Ruler of the Emirates, and the UAE people on the glorious occasion.Al Qutami also congratulated the Arab and Muslim nations on the occasion.Meanwhile, the private sector will get a three- day holiday from November 26 to 28 to mark Eid Al Adha, and one day on December 2 for the National Day, according to a circular by Saqr Gobash Saeed Gobash, Minister of Labour. Work will resume on Sunday, December 3.

What is Eid al-Adha
At the end of the Hajj (annual pilgrimage to Mecca), Muslims throughout the world celebrate the holiday of Eid al-Adha (Festival of Sacrifice). In 2009, Eid al-Adha will begin on approximately November 27th, and will last for three days.
What does Eid al-Adha commemorate?
During the Hajj, Muslims remember and commemorate the trials and triumphs of the Prophet Abraham. The Qur'an describes Abraham as follows:

"Surely Abraham was an example, obedient to Allah, by nature upright, and he was not of the polytheists. He was grateful for Our bounties. We chose him and guided him unto a right path. We gave him good in this world, and in the next he will most surely be among the righteous." (Qur'an 16:120-121)

One of Abraham's main trials was to face the command of Allah to kill his only son. Upon hearing this command, he prepared to submit to Allah's will. When he was all prepared to do it, Allah revealed to him that his "sacrifice" had already been fulfilled. He had shown that his love for his Lord superceded all others, that he would lay down his own life or the lives of those dear to him in order to submit to God.

Why do Muslims sacrifice an animal on this day?
During the celebration of Eid al-Adha, Muslims commemorate and remember Abraham's trials, by themselves slaughtering an animal such as a sheep, camel, or goat. This action is very often misunderstood by those outside the faith.
Allah has given us power over animals and allowed us to eat meat, but only if we pronounce His name at the solemn act of taking life. Muslims slaughter animals in the same way throughout the year. By saying the name of Allah at the time of slaughter, we are reminded that life is sacred.
The meat from the sacrifice of Eid al-Adha is mostly given away to others. One-third is eaten by immediate family and relatives, one-third is given away to friends, and one-third is donated to the poor. The act symbolizes our willingness to give up things that are of benefit to us or close to our hearts, in order to follow Allah's commands. It also symbolizes our willingness to give up some of our own bounties, in order to strengthen ties of friendship and help those who are in need. We recognize that all blessings come from Allah, and we should open our hearts and share with others.

It is very important to understand that the sacrifice itself, as practiced by Muslims, has nothing to do with atoning for our sins or using the blood to wash ourselves from sin. This is a misunderstanding by those of previous generations: "It is not their meat nor their blood that reaches Allah; it is your piety that reaches Him." (Qur'an 22:37)
The symbolism is in the attitude - a willingness to make sacrifices in our lives in order to stay on the Straight Path. Each of us makes small sacrifices, giving up things that are fun or important to us. A true Muslim, one who submits his or herself completely to the Lord, is willing to follow Allah's commands completely and obediently. It is this strength of heart, purity in faith, and willing obedience that our Lord desires from us.

What else do Muslims do to celebrate the holiday?
On the first morning of Eid al-Adha, Muslims around the world attend morning prayers at their local mosques. Prayers are followed by visits with family and friends, and the exchange of greetings and gifts. At some point, members of the family will visit a local farm or otherwise will make arrangements for the slaughter of an animal. The meat is distributed during the days of the holiday or shortly thereafter.

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What's in a Dream?

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I hate waking up in the middle of the night to go to the W.C. I really wanted to continue with my sleep but the urge to go was stronger than my sleepiness. Even while half asleep half awake I was still contemplating wether to go or not to go. In the back of my head its says "I do not want to have urinary track infection just by holding it" so I decided to head to the W. C. with my eyes half shut.

Back to bed and I am trying to put my self to sleep but the annoying thing is that all kinds of dream started coming. It keeps coming and I would wake up with each thirty minutes or every hour. It seems that from 2:30 I am no at all sleeping.

The last dream I dreamed was... It was in the porch of my late Lolo's house in Malolos with all big and small crabs on the floor. I was with someone I dont remember but we were using a kitchen thong to catch each one and put away. I bravely thong one of the big crabs and went to the kitchen to put it aside on a big red pale. I try to open the light but it did not open so I tried searching for the pale hanging behind the door with my hands, when I get hold of the pale, one big spider like crab started crawling into my arm and I started screaming and jumping fearfully. Then with a loud scream, my husband started waking me up asking what is happening to me. I was still shaking and my heart pounding while I am telling him the story. I am an arachnophobic and the spider like crab really make me scream and jump out.

Then I wonder, why was I dreaming of crabs, is it telling of something or I was only craving for crabs these days? I tried to analyze the dream myself but could not figure it out. I decided then to check it on the internet and below it what I found out.

Meaning of Dreams about Crab: Dream Interpretation - Crab

At first glance a crab seems to be a very negative dream symbol. It could represent a "crabby" or unpleasant personality. The claws could be symbolic of a clinging and hurtful person, or a side of your own personality. There may be too much dependence, clinging and forcefulness in your life. The crab may also symbolize your inability to effectively move forward and address your own difficulties. (Remember the crab often moves sideways or backwards.) Some folklore interpretations say that the crab is an omen of poor health. However, there is a more positive interpretation for the crab in your dream. In some areas of metaphysics, the crab is a representative of the sea and the sky. It represents physical nourishment which can be obtained from the sea and also intellectual nourishment. As with all water dwelling animals, the crab could also represent something in the unconscious and the emotions.

Whatever reason I am dreaming about crabs, I hope that it will be for the better.
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Corporate Birthday Celebrations

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Today we celebrate the birthday of two of our dear colleague and friend Ehsan (one of our office boy) and Syed (our IT officer). I was in charge of ordering the cakes. I ordered two chocolate cakes since everyone in the office like it. We used to send the drivers to pick up the cakes from the confectionary store although today I have to make a call at Caesars for delivery as we lack of drivers in the office…they are out and busy.

I pick up the handset and called Caesars, I don’t have their number so I check it out on the internet. Finally I got it and an Indian male voice answered me. I ask for the flavors they have then I decide, they several chocolate cake flavors. I gave our exact office address and it was delivered on time, 3 o’clock as promised. Two cakes for the cost of AED 170.00

This was not the first time we celebrate birthdays in the office, it becomes a company tradition that we celebrate the birthday of each one of our officemates in the office apart from an extra celebration outside after work.

We do celebrate everyones birhday, all the way down to the bottom of the organization.We feel that it is important to greet one on his or her special day. It tightens the bond that we have as co-workers and it keep us as a family working towards the same goal.

My birthday last July

Hiba and Inaam's birthday

Jana's Birthday

Maher's Birthday

Raja's Birthday.
I wanted to post all the photos but some has been removed from the drive and they are not available for posting. Jeah, Eleonor, Simona and Veronika's birthday are well celebrated too. You will notice that we have been using the same round tall glass table all the time for blowing the candle and most of the photos are taken all of us sitting in a one blue couch that we love to use during birthday photoshoots.
We just love to celebrate birthdays...
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Crabbing and Craving


Friends were asking us to join them this coming Friday early morning to go crabbing in Um Al Quwain. They had been there last week and the treasures of the sea are bountiful, they had a full basket of fresh live crabs. When F told me this, I actually jump into conclusion that we are going with them for the crab hunting this weekend. F told me that mama can’t come (I am not allowed to stay up late for some reason) and I felt too upset, how come that I can’t come where all I can think of is to eat crabs and prepare them into different dishes. I am not sure if crabs are good for me this time of the year. Crabs have high mercury content that’s why I have to eat it in moderation.

Um Al Quwain is the best place for crab hunting. Most of the tour companies offer crab hunting for tourist in Dubai.

You can cook your crabs in many different ways. I always wanted my crabs steamed with little salt and served with vinaigrette. F loves it with squash and string beans in coconut milk with a little bit of spiciness. There are so many ways to cook crabs depending on your taste.

I wish we could go, one of F friends told him later on that he won’t be able to come as both of his kids are sick. I really wanted to go on this trip, it is more than an hour drive from Dubai but I think the experience is worth it.
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Forgive and Forget

I saw a picture of you lying next to me
But in the middle was someone not you baby
I wanted to be close to you
But I want to hide this in the blue

I am sad and I am frustrated
I am sad and I am mad
I am sad and I am pretentious
I don’t want it to be obvious

I cried myself to sleep last night
Though you did not notice
I went to work feeling awful
Cause I did not return your hug

I am sorry but I can’t live with it
I am sorry I have to let it out
I am sorry but this is not all the time
Only when I get it too much

I forgive you
I will forgive you
I have forgiven you
And I will forget that I have forgiven you I can forgive you

Carla Roque
October 11, 2009
5:42 pm Dubai
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