Outgoing Wednesday II

Hello everybody! I just want to share some postcards I sent out today. I am still so behind in my correspondence but will try to catch up soonest.

So, here goes the three postcards I sent out for Postcrossing.

To Ruru in Taiwan… featuring several of the things one might see in the U.A.E. The upper three photos feature some traditional architecture of the country while the third row of photos show the men and women in their traditional dress.

10365To Katya in Russia… she loves cats so I am assuming she would like a postcard featuring animals especially camels. I find these creatures quite adorable. I haven’t had the chance to ride one yet but it is in my bucket list. Surely.

10366Finally, to Ellen in Germany… similar to my first postcard highlighting the cultures and sights in U.A.E.

10369Well, I hope everybody’s week is going just grand. Until the next post. Thanks for reading!

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My First Zipper Pouch

Sewing my first ever Reversible Tote Bag got me inspired to try to get more confident by sewing more easy projects. However, I didn’t want to use the same fabrics I had on hand. Thus, I tried to search for textile stores around Dubai. I was trying to avoid shipping costs with ordering online, you see. After much browsing, I was directed to Naif Market. Actually, the site said “Naif Mall” which was technically incorrect as there was no mall per se in that area of Dubai but a smorgasbord of shops from electronics to textiles to housewares to furniture, etc. With my husband tagging along, I scoured the shops for the fabric I wanted but all they got are light cotton, linen, and more silk. So I got myself some pretty light cottons to use for the meantime.

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Pretty, aren’t they? But the catch is they’re very light and thin and wobbly. What’s a girl got to do but make the most of what she got right? Hehe. Also, in the insert photo I showed the fusible interface and fusible fleece I managed to buy online over the holidays which came yesterday in the mail. Therefore, I got myself the fabric and interface necessary for my next project.

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As you can see above, I was able to finish a zipper pouch following the free tutorial at Craftsy by Kristin Link from Sew Mama Sew. The free class was easy to follow with important tips from an expert craftster. I was hesitant when I came to the part where I had to attach the zipper. Good thing my new Singer Promise had come with a zipper presser foot that allowed me to sew on the zipper. It was tricky what with me having a wobbly lining fabric but manageable for a beginner sewer like me. 🙂 I am so happy I finished the project! Although there were some imperfections like having the incorrect sized zipper for the project. Overall my sewing experience was satisfying and it made me eager to have another off day (since I am starting work again) to sew more zipper pouches.

From the experience, I learned to sew on a zipper and use a zipper presser foot on my machine. I also learned that it would be best to have a lining that is a bit heavy next time to make the sewing easier. Lastly, I learned that with practice one gets more confident to take on creating new things.

Anyway, gotta go for now. Work awaits in four hours. Thanks for reading.

Outgoing Wednesday

A lovely day everyone! Just wanted to share with you some postcards I sent out today. 🙂 Hope the recipients will love what I chose to send them.

To Savannah in USA.. the biggest mosque in the U.A.E. (if I’m not mistaken). I saw it in the daytime but it sure looks majestic in twilight.

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To Rainer in Germany… my favorite color of the desert sand.

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To my wonderful penpal, Usi in Germany… how I wish to sit on a camel someday. I have seen it up close and personal but to travel by it. Nah.

usiLast but not the least, to another awesome penpal, Kalliopi in Greece… another type of water transportation used to cross the Dubai Creek. If you’re seasick, well, I don’t advise you to ride on one of these as you can really feel the flow of the water. 🙂

kalliopiWell, that’s about it for today. Thanks for reading.

Getting Police Clearance Certificate in the UAE

 

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I still have several leave days remaining so last Sunday I decided to secure a police clearance certificate here in the U.A.E. I browsed the internet for some basic knowledge on how to go about the process. I have learned that Police Clearance Certificate is also known as Good Conduct Certificate here in the U.A.E. I thought it was going to be a tedious process but lo and behold, it only took exactly five minutes to apply. The travel time and photocopying of my docs took more time than the application itself. Perhaps it helped that hubby and I arrived at a quarter to eight in the morning. 🙂 Or maybe not.

Anyway, their official website is quite understandable. The requirements a person has to bring are the following:

  • Original Passport with copy
  • Visa with copy
  • 2 pcs. 4x6cm-sized coloured photograph (although I was only asked for 1 pc. photo)
  • Valid Emirates ID (no copy required but it would not hurt to bring one with you)
  • Fee: 210 Dirhams (around USD 57) for expats

Once you have all the documents required, just go to the Dubai Police General Headquarters near Al Mulla Plaza. Actually, once you exit Al Qiyadah Metro Station, the police station is very visible. The personnel are helpful and courteous and they have more than ten counters to cater to the general public. Just get your queue number and wait for it to be called then present all your documents plus the fee. A receipt voucher with original signature will be given to you to present during the specified date to claim your clearance certificate. In my case, it only took two days to process.

Just bear in mind that expats must have at least completed six months of their visa and the Good Conduct Certificate is only valid for three (3) months from the date of issue. There is no need for fingerprinting if you have a valid Emirates ID. Dubai Police Headquarters are open from 7:30am until 2:30pm.

Well, I hope this has been informative. Thanks for reading.

[Photo courtesy of Google search engine. It shows a sample of the newest Dubai Police app for Android phones.]

 

Goals

Hi everyone! It’s that time of the year again when almost all are making resolutions to start anew. As for me, I fail whenever I make resolutions at the beginning of the year. Hence from last year I have started to set goals for myself. Achievable ones only, of course. For this year, I have 5 goals written down in black and white in my new planner. Hehe. Two of which were carry overs from last year’s list. The list may grow as the new year progresses but these five goals are my main focus. Hopefully, I achieve all of them by end of the year.

In this note, I would like to share to you my planner for this year. I am determined to cut back on my expenses so I had to forego my favorite planner for this year. It makes me sad to do that but I comfort myself with the thought that the little I was able to save will go a long way to adding to our savings account for this year. Always a silver lining somewhere. 🙂 So, while browsing the net for some free printable planners for this year, I came across The Handmade Home. Naturally, there are a lot of free planners out there but I chose this for its funkiness and simplicity. I’ve printed out January to March to start with. If any are still deciding on the kind of planner you’d like to try, why not head over to The Handmade Home. Perhaps you’ll like it as well.

Here’s my version of the planner… IMG_4957 IMG_4958 IMG_4959 As you can see I have started my Week #2. 🙂 Finally, I hope you all are having a great start for this New Year 2015. Thanks for reading.