Ramadan 2014 in U.A.E.

Yesterday (29th June) was the start of the holy month of Ramadan for all having the Islam faith. Fasting and prayer is the main focus for this month. Anyone visiting the Arab Emirates this month needs to know that it is frowned upon to drink or eat in public as most of the residents are fasting and it is a disrespect to do so. But it is not prohibited to do in the privacy of your own homes or hotel rooms for that matter.

Another thing affected during this month are the timings of offices (government and private sectors), restaurants, malls, transport buses and trains, among others. As an expat and non-Moslem, I try to learn these timings as it is helpful to go about doing your everyday things without the hassle of being in an office just to find out it’s closed and will open at a later time only.

All workers will have shortened working hours. Instead of 8 hours daily, one has to work for 6 hours only this month. It is mandatory so anyone working in excess can and has the right to inform their employer that it is against the law.

The Dubai Metro according to RTA’s public announcement will commence from 5:30am to 1am (Red line) on Thursdays, from 1pm to 1am on Fridays, and from 5:30am to 12midnight during Saturdays to Wednesdays. While the Green line will commence from 5:50am to 1am on Thursdays, from 1pm to 1am on Fridays, and from 5:50am to 12midnight during Saturdays to Wednesdays.

Inter-city buses will be available throughout the week with timings of 5:30am to midnight. Fujairah station will be open from 5:50am to 9pm daily. The main bus station in Ghubaiba will operate for 24 hours during Ramadan.

Emirates Post in Fujairah will operate from 9am to 5pm from Saturday to Thursday. Aramex Fujairah will be operational in two shifts: 9am to 5pm and 8pm to 10pm from Saturday to Thursday. GMC Hospital Fujairah Outpatient clinics will operate from 11:30am to 1:30pm and 8:15pm to 11:45pm from Saturday to Thursday while Emergency services are available for 24 hours.

These are just some of the schedules that I know of for now. I will update as soon as I learn some more of the timings in other offices.

Ramadan Kareem to all our Moslem brethren around the world.

Thank you for reading.

 

Review: Glossybox May 2014

Glossybox is the first subscription box I subscribed to after I came across beauty subscription boxes on YouTube. With permission from hubby, of course. Wink! I talked about it here. I decided to do my reviews in the order I receive them to properly try out the sample-sized products in the box. Just fair, right? So if you’d like to discover it yourself, check it out with this referral link.

Before I go into each products of the May edition box, I’d like to commend Glossybox’s customer care. I complained to them via email that my box was missing (April 2014) and within a few hours they replied and tried their best to come up with a solution. Sadly, nothing could be done of the missing box because it was my own courier who messed up. As of this writing, I am still waiting for the refund.

So, without further ado let’s go dissect my May 2014 Special Edition Glossybox.

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This is the box I received in the mail especially featuring one of the most exclusive department stores in the world – Bergdorf Goodman. It’s in a cute purple color that contained 6 luxury products chosen for me by the Glossybox’s staff. The box is made of sturdy material and you can re-use it to store your beauty products or other knick-knacks that you might think of or use it as gift boxes to friends and family members. Using this box as a gift box is what I had in mind when I received it. Let me know of other ways how you’ll use it, will you?

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And because I was excited (it was my first subscription box, after all), I tried out 2 products that night. The first one I tried is the Lancer Lift Serum Intense. It boasts of a stem cell recovery formula that will immediately lift the skin where it is applied. As per instruction, the serum should be applied every night on the face, neck and décolletage. Due to its small size, 0.17 fl oz., I was only able to use a small quantity at a time but I tried to apply on my face full-on and my neck. I wish it could’ve been more, but it was better than none. [Full size: $275 / 0.84 fl oz]

In my opinion: The stem cell recovery formula is a great discovery because in two days’ time I saw my skin near the eyes and nose firming. Imagine how it would look if I continue using this serum with a full size one, right? Sadly, I cannot afford to spend right now for the full size product. However, I definitely recommend to you out there who has money to spare. The product works nicely. I’m just not sure if you have to use it continuously to maintain the effectiveness it brings.

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The second one I tried that night was the RéVive Intensité Volumizing Eye Serum. I think I got this product because in my beauty profile I specifically wanted something for my under eye problems such as little crow’s feet, bagginess, etc. I used this cream after cleansing and toning my face for the night. Just a pinch size of this cream is more than enough to apply around the eyes. So the sample size of 0.17 fl oz will go a long way. [Orginal size: $350 / 0.50 fl oz]

In my opinion: RéVive Intensité Volumizing Eye Serum is a quality product that is not only talk. It works, actually. It is cool and soothing to the eyes and it has no overwhelming smell that I’m allergic to. After two weeks of using it, I feel the teeny-weeny wrinkles on my eyes’ corners have visibly reduced. I feel my eyes are finally coming out of its shadows, so to speak. Unfortunately, I don’t think I’ll be buying this product in the near future as it is a bit out of my spending range at the moment.

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The next day of receiving my May Glossybox, I used Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot Pre-Foundation Skin Primer. My sample was 15ml/ 0.50 fl oz. The primer is best used after toner and before foundation or BB cream application. [Original size: $45 / 1.7 oz.]

In my opinion: Honestly, I never knew what’s a primer supposed to do. My sister, Jocelyn, always ask me to apply one on everytime we get ready to go somewhere special when she is visiting. Otherwise, after toner I apply some pressed powder only. How clueless was I? Of course, the first time I tried Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot Pre-Foundation Skin Primer, I knew what a primer is supposed to be doing that time. This primer glides over the skin easily. It does not give an oily finish. And it even smells wonderful. Not overpowering or anything. Of all the products in this box, this primer is the one I’m ready to buy for myself.

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The fourth product I tried was Aerin Rose Hand & Body Cream. It’s supposed to soothen, moisturize and invigorate the skin. This sample comes at 0.50 fl oz. It has a “delicate rose scent” to it. [Original size: $40 / 4.2 fl oz.]

In my opinion: This cream is soothing when I applied it on my hands. It moisturized  my skin for a while but the moisture didn’t last. Perhaps my hands are way too leathery due to frequent handwashing in the hospital. However, it didn’t do wonders to my hands. And I really like my hand cream to be penetrating my very dry hands. Another thing the scent was lovely but it wasn’t for me. After using it on my hands, the scent kept on overpowering the other smells around me and I hate it when my skin care products do that because I have difficulty to breath. Weird, I know. But that’s just me.

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The next item on the May Glossybox that I tried was Alterna Caviar CC Cream 10-in-1 Complete Correction (for hair). It comes at the sample size of 0.85 fl oz. It is gluten free. It boasts to perfect hair in not one but ten ways. Thus, the 10-in-1 highlight to its name. It is suggested to be applied to towel-dried hair, but it can also be used on dry hair. [Original size: $25 / 2.5 fl oz.]

In my opinion: I wasn’t expecting anything spectacular with this product. But I was amazed at how it gave my hair the sudden smoothness and manageability it almost always lacks. And this hair cream smells terrific especially after shampooing. This product is definitely a must have to anyone’s hair care regimen.

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Last but not the least, I was able to try Sulwhasoo Time Treasure Renovating Cream. I know it was included in my box because I wanted something to reduce my wrinkles and aging signs. I applied it at night but it can also be used in the morning.[Original size: $400 / 2 fl oz.]

In my opinion: By far, this is the most expensive in my May Glossybox at $400. It easily glides on application, but it is somehow thick looking on the face after. Although it moisturizes the skin, it leaves it a bit on the oily side after. It is too visible and you have to use it when you’re not going somewhere soon. Anyhow, I liked its smell and how it somehow penetrates the deeper layers of my skin. It has a soothing effect after application as well. Sadly, it is way too expensive for me.

Finally, the May Glossybox didn’t disappoint. I got to try out some never heard before luxury products that I may never get the chance to use otherwise. Included also in the box is a $25 gift card that can be used at Bergdorf Goodman in New York or on their online store. The products plus the gift card was more than what I paid for.

Until my June Glossybox. Thanks for reading.

[For further information on Glossybox, please refer to their website: www.glossybox.com.]

Darling,

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It’s the 25th of June now and I can’t help but smile that it’s your birthday and I’m spending the first second with you thru Skype. As I look at you over the screen, sound asleep, I can’t help but feel DSC_3174grateful. So as your special day begins, I want to say thank you for all the big and little things you never cease to do for me, for us. Thank you for the weekend lunch and dinner you prepare for me whether I’m on or off duty. Thank you for the shared laughs over anything and everything. Thank you for being my elephant when I go to Lulu and City Centre and buy stuff that can feed an army. Thank you for the novels you try to surprise me with but never succeed because you’re not sure whether I already have them in my collection. Thank you for wanting to hold my hand in public and especially when we are just chillaxing side by side on the bed ~ you watching Kevin Hart while I’m reading City of Heavenly Fire. Thank you for never forgetting that I always love flowers on our anniversary. Thank you for buying me a new mobile phone after I complained my old one dies at inopportune times. Thank you for always making me feel that I have you, always, to fall back on when things get rough out there. Thank you for pushing me to reach for my dreams. Thank you for the friendship and love. And most of all, thank you for the pleasure of being your wife.

If I had to do it all over again, I’ll always choose YOU to do it with. Every time.

Happy birthday, labs ko. See you later.

I love you.

Your beautiful mess

 

My Increasing Addiction to Subscription Boxes

A Friday in April, hubby and I were at the movies. Afterwards, both of us had to use the cinema’s wash rooms. When I met hubby at the lobby after, I irritatingly commented that I never seem to remember to bring something to freshen up my face. He remarked that he has never seen me carry a kit just for that purpose from when he knew me a million years ago. Ouch! His remark made me think that yeah I’ve always been so out-of-touch with hair, make up and beauty trends. I’ve always been contented with my easy-breezy style. Clothes, shoes and bags I dig but make up? Nah-uh.

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To make the long story short, I started browsing YouTube for make up tutorials for beginners like me who wants to enter the world of beauty, etcetera. Lo and behold, I came across with names like Ipsy, Birchbox, Beauty Box, Glossybox, GoodeBox among others. I learned they are subscription boxes that for a certain price you get beauty products mailed to your doorstep every month with deluxe-sized products for well-known brands all over the world. To appease my curiosity, I browsed each of the boxes’ websites. Surprisingly, I was interested to subscribe. In my defense, I really don’t know what to get for myself whenever I go to the drugstore or supermarket or even Sephora. I tried going to Boots but all I did was browse their aisles of beauty products without buying a single thing. Now you must be laughing at me. Wink!

My first subscription was to Glossybox. Unfortunately, I had a bad experience. My April box was rerouted by my courier to someone with the exact same name as me so until now I’m still waiting for the refund of the invoice price. Good thing I got my May box just in time for I was planning on cancelling my future subscription. But the experience didn’t stop me to subscribe to two more boxes namely Ipsy and Birchbox UK. I’ve received my June Birchbox and am waiting for Ipsy to mail my July glambag. As of this writing, I have subscribed to still another box i.e. Birchbox. This time it’s from the US. Talk about compulsion, eh?

In conclusion, I think I’m hooked to these subscriptions. I’m discovering brands and products I’ve never heard of before that I wouldn’t have given the time of day unless someone gave them to me as gifts for they’re way out of my league. At least with these subscription boxes I am able to try them out and it has pushed me to at least take more care of my body’s outer appearance. However, don’t bet I’ll be putting on a lot of make up in the near future for I still am (at the very core) an easy-breezy kind of girl.

Thanks for reading.

[Photo courtesy of Google search engine.]

Discovering Audrey Hepburn

On my off days, after the errands and chores, I like to chill out with my books. At other times, I watch movies or the latest tv series’ episodes online which I know does not help my eyes. 🙂

My go-to series, among many, are CSI, Castle, NCIS Los Angeles, Grimm, Arrow, Big Bang Theory, Game of Thrones, Melissa and Joey. Sometimes I venture out and try to look up shows that have even stopped airing but seems good enough to while away time. This time, however, I was drawn to sample out a movie of the 50’s, Sabrina, which stars the legendary stylista Audrey Hepburn.

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Honestly, it was my very first time to watch an Audrey Hepburn film. I have heard of her (duh) but I know not of her. To make the long story short, I liked the movie and her acting. So I Googled her and read as much as I could about her. I think I fell in love with Audrey Hepburn. She’s so classy even when she had the role of a chauffeur’s daughter. I believe I would be watching more films with her in it from now on. Actually, I have downloaded Breakfast at Tiffany’s and plan to watch it on Wednesday after my morning duty.  I couldn’t believe that I haven’t discovered her until now. But it’s better late than never, right?

 

[Photo courtesy of Google search engine.]