Week #46 Incoming Mail

Feeling cooped up in my room, I went to the post office to send out several letters and swaps.  Happily went home with two incoming mails from (right to left) Miles in Florida and Heidelind in Germany. Happy me!

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Our Cancelled Oman Day Cruise

My sisters and I planned a big day out to Musandam, Oman last Friday after a very long time of not having the same off day.  We arrived at the UAE-Oman border via Dibba ready and excited.  Boarded the boat that will take us to the much advertised Musandam with its vast mountain range and clear blue waters.  Unfortunately as we were crossing Gulf of Oman, the waves became so big and unmanageable that we had to turn and head back to port.  I admit I had moments of trepidation as the boat was hurtling here and there, but thankfully the boat’s driver was skilled and didn’t show outward stress and panic which calmed me in a way.  Expectedly all of us were disappointed that our day cruise was cancelled, but it was better to go home than be stuck in an island during the storm which passed most parts of the Middle East that day.

Anyway, we channeled our disappointment by watching a hilarious comedy after getting back home.  Still, I’d say I’m glad I had some quality time with my sisters, hubby and bro-in-law.  Below are some pictures we took of our almost day cruise.

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Maraming Salamat Po

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Hello, dear friends.  I know I said I’d give updates on how my local vacation is going, but the recent events in my home country, the Philippines, made me decide to keep a low profile for the last few days.  It seemed thoughtless of me to post so many happy moments when so many of my countrymen suffered so much loss after the recent super typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) hit the Philippines.  I’m sure most of you have heard of it, and I’d like to take this moment to thank everyone who have extended help in any way to the victims of this super typhoon.  It means a lot to all of us, Filipinos.  Maraming salamat po sa inyong lahat.  (Thank you very much to all of you.)

[Photo courtesy from Facebook.]

A Homemade Fabric Postcard

I was out and about this morning ~ went to the bank, post office, and legal translation office for errands.  It is a very sunny day, but the heat was offset by the cool wind that made my walking to these offices bearable.  Although I do feel a headache starting.  Tsk tsk.

Anyhow, I got a wonderful surprise from my mailbox.  Included in Melanie’s (in Ontario) letter was a homemade fabric postcard.  It is my first time to receive such and I think I’m inlove with it.  LOL.  To immortalize my falling hard (excuse the pun), I’m sharing to you the postcard.  I hope you’ll like it as much as I did, dear readers.  🙂

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Isn’t it great?  I feel like a little girl opening presents on her birthday.  Hehe.  Well, gotta go now.  Much, much things to do today.

Have a wonderful day to everyone!

Annual Leave ’13 Diary, Part I

Hello, everyone!  I found some li’l bit of time today to update this blog of mine.  Thank heavens!  I have been very busy.  With what, frankly, I really don’t know.  Anyway, today marks the 4th day of my vacation from work.  Yes, it means I am a free bird ~ no erratic work shifts for 45 days!  Yoohoo!  Hence, I decided to put down into writing what I have accomplished every week of my vacation.  I so wish I could go home to the Philippines, but it is not practical since my parents are scheduled to be here in the U.A.E. by January.  And financially, hubby and I are just starting to get out of our overdrafts, so to speak.  So here goes…

1st November –

My first day of vacation started with me oversleeping that I almost wasn’t able to attend church worship services.  Good thing, my military-like upbringing did me good this time.  Hubby and I arrived in church with about 5 minutes to spare.  Whew!  You may ask why the hurry.  Aren’t there other times to attend services?  You see, here in the U.A.E., Christians are not persecuted to practice their religions but the schedules are strictly limited to Fridays which is most of the expats’ off day.  And our church only has a Thursday night and Friday morning schedule.  So, that’s why.

Later in the day, hubby and I spent malling and I bought myself four skinnies.  Hehehe.  Well, I don’t think it was too much because the last time I bought myself jeans was in 2011 yet.  I spend most of my time here in skirts so didn’t see the need to purchase pants.  But lately I’ve been addicted to Pinterest and some posts especially on fashion are to die for.  Besides, it’s the Fall season alrealy even if during the day it’s still very hot here in the U.A.E.

To cap the day, hubby and I enjoyed some very delicious Pinoy food at Pinoy Lomi House several blocks away from our apartment building.  Walking to and from the restaurant gave us some quality bonding time.

2nd November –

Second day was supposed to be my lazy day.  All I wanted was to stay under the comforter.  Unfortunately, I got some nasty bites from bed bugs that I had no recourse but to clean our room.  Bed bugs are very common here in the U.A.E. and even if you’re very clean one single bug can make your life hell.  So, we threw out our bed foam, pillows and assorted other things that we feel housed these bugs.  I just hope I have annihilated the last of the bugs.

3rd November –

Third day was correspondence day for me.  I rearranged (for the nth time) my incoming and outgoing mails.  Had to sort out which I still haven’t made a reply to.  I’m still not done but at least my ‘to answer’ pile has slimmed down.

Well, that’s about it.  Some of what I wrote may not be accomplishments per se, still it feels nice that I just didn’t sleep the three days away.  Until my next annual leave diary post.  Thank you for the time.

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[Photo courtesy of Google.]