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Thoughts on turning 38

One rainy day in 1996, my father came home with an unusual glow in his face. He looked like he wanted to tell me something but couldn't. It's the first time he'd acted like that and it felt weird. He is usually pretty chatty about everything and would exaggerate stories with elaborate hand gestures and facial expressions that never fail to entertain. However, when he came in the door that day, he … [Read More...]

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Precious time in paradise

As working parents, my husband and I juggle too many things at the same time so once a year, we hit that point where we tell ourselves we need to get off the rat wheel. We need time to decompress. … [Read More...]


That one thing to remember on Iftar

I had a major Ramadan related faux pas last night at Iftar. You would think - 8th Ramadan in the UAE, nothing could go wrong. Culture, tradition, special events, I should've covered all the bases in … [Read More...]

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Everything Dubai


Dubai tram and metro woes

Most times, I am that type of person that would just brush off things in favor of peace. I am an INFJ and I hate conflicts. I don't like debates and debacles and I'd rather spend my energy writing … [Read More...]

Dubai Tram

Finally, the Dubai Tram is here

November 11, 2014 and Dubai had another very important milestone! The long awaited Dubai Tram is now operational. Residents and tourists can use the trams to get around Dubai Marina, Jumeirah Beach … [Read More...]

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Disney on Ice comes to Dubai!

If you live in Dubai, you could not miss the huge billboard of Disney On Ice Rockin Ever After in Sheikh Zayed Road. It has been promoted and advertised extensively for months and then finally, it was … [Read More...]

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Meet up with Michael Hodson, travel blogger

Traveling. Writing. Writing while traveling. Traveling to write something. I’d really love to do that. I mean, that would be the best way to live my life, for me. I am passionate to do both until the day I die, so to speak. So naturally, I stalk travel blogs and do a lot of arm […]

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Blogger Outreach: Travel edition

Just right after I wrote about blogger outreach a couple of days ago, this landed in my inbox: “Hello. We’re looking for expat bloggers living in Dubai to blog about our airline client. Our client will fly the selected bloggers to a city in Asia and they will have to blog about their experiences.  Can you send us your […]

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Blogger Outreach: is it worth it?

Lately, I’ve seen more and more companies in Dubai catching up with what is called: blogger outreach. Blogger outreach is simply defined as the authentic pairing of your business with bloggers who create quality, engaging content about YOU! A blogger outreach campaign can be an opportunity to spread the word about your brand across numerous sites.  […]

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It’s been a year since Istanbul

About a year ago, by some sheer luck, I was whisked to Istanbul, Turkey. That destination that always tops every traveler's bucket list, Istanbul is ranked the world's most popular travel destination, … [Read More...]

Pristine and tea plantation

Road trip from Nuwara Eliya to Kandy

I've been meaning to write about Nuwara Eliya, that charming town located in a mountainous area in Sri Lanka right after we came back from our trip last July (wow, that really sounds like a long time … [Read More...]

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Gourmet Cooking Class at Benjarong

Sometime last week, I got a random email saying I've won a place in a cooking class at Benjarong Thai Restaurant in Dusit Thani Hotel. I've been to a cooking class before, at Amita's Cooking School in … [Read More...]

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Personal Stuff


Thoughts on turning 38

One rainy day in 1996, my father came home with an unusual glow in his face. He looked like he wanted to tell me something but couldn't. It's the first time he'd acted like that and it felt weird. He … [Read More...]

Benjamin birthday

Me, the party pooper

I feel bad every time one of my children's birthday nears. Don't get me wrong, I am very grateful for another year of good health and thankful for each of the 365 days I hold them. But the usual and … [Read More...]

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#GraceGetFit Week 8: The difference one year makes

It’s my birthday today. I feel like one whole year just flew by. Last year, I wasn’t doing anything exercise or diet wise. My fitness life was zero. I had zero motivation and used breastfeeding as an excuse to eat anything. Mindless eating and inactivity – it shows in my body and in my face. […]


#GraceGetFit Week 4 and 5: Cardio is not enough

Holy smokes, what has happened to my fitness posts? They are all in my head and have yet to escape through my fingers and onto the keyboard. In case you are wondering what has happened in the fitness front, I am still doing my 14 week fitness challenge. Here’s a wrap up of Weeks 4 […]

Week 3

#GraceGetFit Week 3: Why I workout in the morning

Last week for Week 2, I talked about Why I workout during the weekend, so for this week, I’d like to share what time of day I choose to do my workouts. Three weeks has passed since I started my 14 weeks fitness challenge. THREE weeks! I am proud for keeping at it, without missing […]

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Oktoberfest in Dubai!

What do you do when October ushers in? Some prepare the Halloween costumes, some prepare the good food and good beer! At JW Marriott's German flagship restaurant Hofbräuhaus, it's a month long … [Read More...]

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