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Easter family picnic at The Address Montgomerie

First of all, Happy Easter to those celebrating! And to those who are celebrating but had to report to work today - may you get twice as much Easter chocolate eggs to compensate. Erm...that would be me. I am at work today while all of my Christian friends have taken a special day off. Oh well. I've had a wonderful time yesterday at The Address Montgomerie Easter family picnic. See this … [Read More...]

Expat Life

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Does being an expat make you fat?

"You were a lucky bitch!" A friend snapped at me when we were talking about expat life and how it makes one fat - most of the time. But the first time I became an expat, I was not fat - and because … [Read More...]

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BLOGGING

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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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Safer Internet Day 2014

Did you know that the 2nd day of the 2nd week of the 2nd month of the year is Safer Internet Day? In today’s digital world, we rely on our mobile devices more and more to access the Internet, find information, and connect with friends and family. With this increased use, it’s critical that we […]

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Everything Japan

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Week four in Japan

* We’re back to Dubai, this is just a recap of our trip to Japan. * On our last week in Japan, the older child asked, "why do we have to go back (to Dubai)"? I understand her plight - it's hard to … [Read More...]

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Travels

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Bring on the travel blogging!

When I was in Thailand in 2011 and in Turkey in 2013 for a blogger's trip, I regretted not being able to share my photos online as soon as I wanted to. My phone had no internet connection in Thailand … [Read More...]

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What’s cookin

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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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Almond flour Chocolate Cake

We had a lovely weekend last week and I thought, what better way to celebrate it but by baking a chocolate cake. Because even if you're watching your diet, there are times that you just need a … [Read More...]

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Personal Stuff

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A little man of few words…

This weekend, my boy recognized and pronounced the letter 'S'. I couldn't be happier because he can say all the letters in the alphabet except S. That sneaky little letter 's' that escapes him all the … [Read More...]

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OPERATION: DEFLATE

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Insanity: Month 1 complete!

It’s funny how this post comes after a chocolate cake post but hey, a chocolate treat once in a while helped me retain my sanity…while doing Insanity.  Sorry for the lack of updates. Work has been really hectic and I’m a bit exhausted and can’t think or do anything than dinner and bed time by […]

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Weight loss and the Vitamin D connection

Listen up. This is a long-ish post but this might solve your stalled weight loss mystery, so read on, OK? Hi my name is Grace, I live in the desert where the sun shines 330 days of the year but I’ve just been diagnosed with severe Vitamin D deficiency. Dangerously low level. Ah, how ironic can […]

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Just. Keep. Going.

After doing my daily pre-shower workout, I went to the kitchen to drink water. Huffing and puffing from the intense, short burst workout (only 12 minutes!), Pristine looked at me and said: “So when are you going to lose all the belly?” I explained that it will be a long process as I need to […]

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WE TRIED. WE TESTED.

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Icho Teppanyaki Night!

What brought me to Icho? Teppanyaki Nights! The last time I had teppanyaki was in 2011 and since I heard Icho at Radisson Royal Hotel started teppanyaki nights on Wednesdays and Sundays from 7pm to 11 … [Read More...]

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