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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 almost obligatory birthday parties (depending on which culture you came from!) or some sort of celebration - that always gets me. I suck at party planning. I admire people who can pull off party … [Read More...]

Expat Life

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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...]

iftar

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

Disney on Ice Dubai

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...]

Mall of the world

Mall of the World diorama

We were at the Emirates Towers a few days ago to dine at The Noodle House (see the review here and enter the contest to win a 3-course dinner for two) and saw an interesting diorama of the proposed, … [Read More...]

island restaurant

In Dubai, you can eat for less

My husband "discovered" this restaurant some years back while wandering around the vicinity while we wait for our turn to vaccinate Benjamin at a government health clinic in Qusais area. He was … [Read More...]

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BLOGGING

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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 […]

Grace in Bangkok palace 2011

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 […]

blogger outreach

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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Travels

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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What’s cookin

Thai cooking class

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

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...]

Blood Sample

Is it really IBS?

An update about my health. The chronic stomach pain continued after I published my last post. I spent Friday night waking up to pain, TWICE. Saturday was ok, Sunday was not, Monday not...I've lost … [Read More...]

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OPERATION: DEFLATE

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 […]

14 weeks sked

#GraceGetFit Week 2: Why I workout during the weekend

…or why the weekend is not my rest day. Week 2 of my 14 week fitness challenge is done! My cousins came to visit us last Friday and found me in front of the television, playing my Chalean Extreme DVD and dumbbells sprawled on the floor. They asked me, “Why are you working out? It’s […]

my weights

#GraceGetFit Week 1: Easing into the routine

Remember my pledge to do a fitness challenge for 14 weeks? Well, I just finished Week 1, working out for 6 days out of 7! I never missed a workout despite my battle with a strange and frustrating gastro-intestinal issue. I tried my best to wake up early in the morning to fit in my […]

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WE TRIED. WE TESTED.

hofbrauhaus

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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