Sunday, February 24, 2013

snap happy - Terry Fox Run 2013

Sharing with you pictures from the annual Terry Fox Run in Abu Dhabi. It's my third year participating in the run and wrote a blog post about it  a few years back, its a cause I support having lost relatives to cancer. Here's hoping we finally outrun cancer.



















 

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

forever young

Today is my birthday!!! Happy birthday to me! Today is my birthday!!! Happy birth-day to meh!!!
I woke up singing this song in my head and I felt good!!! Unlike last year where I got a surprising jolt when I realized I turned another year older, this year I kind of anticipated it and welcomed it with open arms – age is but a number they say and as much as we try to run away from it, unless we discover the fountain of youth anytime soon it will always, always catch up with us.
Getting old sure is damn scary and I don’t just mean getting a few more wrinkles and gray hairs. I want to be forever young.
Getting old is scary for me because as the years go by, the less I can get away putting my hair in ribbons and braids; licking an ice cream cone with great gusto and eating a cake not in a dainty ladylike way but in a ‘smash your cake’ kind of way and with finding joy in blowing bubbles and dandelions with out looking silly. Getting old means less play and more work; less cartoons and more news and current events which more often than not brings depressing news of poverty, crime and political drama.
Getting old means I can not get away with spending my time lazing around daydreaming and playing without a care in the world, no – getting older means working hard to achieve your goals, handling responsibilities, preparing and anticipating what the future might bring. 
Today I realized that people are scared of getting old not because of the wrinkles, sagging skin and going bald. People are scared to grow old because they think their lives are not what it's supposed to be. They think they ought to be richer, more popular and more accomplished – I am not saying it’s a bad thing, dreaming big and accomplishing goals is what makes us strive and work hard in life, I am just saying that sometimes we see age as some sort of a marker.

Birthdays are like a life marker that makes you take a look at the years that have passed as opposed to the things you have done and accomplished. I guess that is why we ‘dread’ birthdays because we are scared to discover that we have wasted another year and haven’t done as much as our potentials would allow.
So you see its not really the age that scares me, and I bet someone out there will agree with me on this, more that growing a year older, it’s the process of looking back at the years that passed and discovering I have not done, accomplished, changed for the better and gotten wiser as much as I should have is what scares the shit out of me.
Today is my birthday!!! happy bithday to me!!! today is my birth-day!!! happy birthday to meh!!!

I might be scared but scared in a good way! as I look back over the years of my life - I know its not perfect but I am thankful nonetheless because everything that has happened led me to this day and tommorow as I start a new day of being a year older I tell my self  'work hard, improve yourself but don't forget to smell the roses along the way, its a difficult journey so be sure to find the beauty in the simplest things'
I might age and wrinkle but I will never stop finding joy in bubbles, balloons, cakes and ice cream!!!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

snap happy - I ♥ you

Happy Valentines everyone!!!

snaps of ordinary things made extra ordinary in celebration of Valentines, remember we don't have to give in to commercialism - the simplest things, words or gestures can mean the world to someone when expressed with wholehearted sincerity - all we need is love!

 flowers and chocolates
 
home made chocolate cake bites

candy heart
 
heart's a flutter
 
mall display - captured heart


Saturday, February 9, 2013

discounted relaxation

So I though I'd start celebrating my birth month with a full body scrub and relaxing massage. I had a day off from work today and took the opportunity to make an appointment at Sunitha salon/ spa. I got a 49AED discount voucher from Groupon and though it a very good deal as the aforementioned services costs 300AED.
 
When I got to the salon 10 minutes before my appointment, I was greeted with a nice receptionist and was told to wait. I placed my self in the comfy couch and started flipping thru magazines. When I was done with all the magazines in the rack, I realized I have been waiting for over 30 minutes. The receptionist who I guess noticed my building annoyance came up to me offered me beverages, her own snack and apologized for the previous clients who were BFF's and apparently did not want to share the steam room and wanted their each own separate time, even the lady who handles the 'scrubbing' duties apologized. I am not one who would make a fuss so I settled back into comfortable position on the couch and busied my self with taking pictures of the interiors.
 
When my scrub time came, I found out that the nice lady giving the scrubs and moroccan baths have been at it since the morning, she does not have any reliever and though she was tired she still seemed cheerful and jokingly said she was thankful that although she maybe small shes got a strong body. The scrub lasted just 15 or 20 minutes tops and then it was time for my massage.
 
The previous clients who had their massages were attended to by 2 masseuses and I was worried that my case would be the same. I didn't want two masseuses because I want the session to be longer, I want to feel relaxed with the massage and not hurried, thank god I was attended to by just one person. The session was shorter that the usual but at least, I am guessing she took care of the knots on my shoulder and calves so I was contented enough.
 
When I was done and spending some rest time before heading out, I was contemplating how much I should tip. On one hand I spent more time waiting than getting scrubbed and massaged - I guess with the influx of clients with discounted vouches they have to work fast enough to acomodate everybody without them feeling that they are being shortchanged; on the other the ladies were nice and I did get a discounted voucher so I decided to tip the two ladies a modest amount, thanked them, walked the short distance home, made myself a cup of tea and settled in bed with my laptop..aaahhhhh.... I wish I'd have more realxing days like this...
 




 

Friday, February 8, 2013

bright and beautiful BFF!!!

I don't know why but seems like my mother's love for jewelry didn't rub off on me. I am happy and content with a watch and a piece of eye catching statement accessory to give a bit of oomph to my staple jeans and blouse attire, but if I was asked to wear this piece of jewelry man oh man! what a statement it would really be, I'd wear it proudly and call it my bestest best friend ever!!!
 
This 25 Million diamond necklace worn by Nicole Kidman at the 80th Academy Awards red carpet in 2008 is on display at a jewelry store in Deira City Center in Dubai. The necklace which combines 7,645 pieces of rough and polished diamonds totals 1400 carats and is on display until February 16th.