October 28, 2013

My Weekend in Pictures

 Happy Monday!!!
Here is a quick review of my weekend. Had a blast and already counting down the days until the next one comes around. Lol

Selfie!!! Heading out with my girlies.
Hanging with my awesome friend and travel buddy 

Seriously, my cleaning lady hooked up my house. Almost couldn't bring myself to get in bed cause she did such a good job. 

Yummy Grilled Salmon. Paleo isn't so hard after all. 

Weekly Wishes #6




Greetings folks,
I hope that you had a wonderful weekend and that your week will be nothing short of awesome. 

I myself had a great weekend. I went out to eat a few times, met up with friends for tea and did some relaxing. It was nice. Nothing beats a good time with friends and belly busting laughter.

Check out how I did with my wishes. Also head on over to The Nectar Collective to check out Melyssa's wonderful blog. She is the hostess of this little get together.



Last Week's Wishes

1. Blog about my recent camping trip to Oman over the Eid break. 

Done!

2. Edit pictures from said trip.

Done. Check out my previous post y'all. Oman is beautiful. 

3. Finalize Thailand trip. 

Done. Ticket bought, hotel room booked and I have a rough itinerary in my head of all the things I want to do.
Man, I am sooooo excited. I've always wanted to go to Thailand and I never in a million years dreamt that it would be possible. I am so blessed to be living my dream. 

4. Clean my house. It is a HOT MESS. 

I kinda cheated on this one. I had a cleaner come over and clean for me. I just couldn't be bothered to do it myself. Lazy...don't judge me. It gets overwhelming sometimes and the place was in desperate need of a deep cleaning. She did an amazing job which I couldn't have done myself. 


This Week's Wishes

1. Submit my travel photos to www.passionpassport.com. 

2. Do laundry. 

3. Go to church on Friday. 


Inshallah, Inshallah it will all happen. 

Good bye for now and see you soon. 

October 27, 2013

Images from Oman

Here are some more of my photos from my recent camping trip to Oman.

Enjoy!



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October 25, 2013

Lately


Oman last December. My mind is already in vacation mode. 

I've been ...thinking about my future and where I'd like to be in the 3-5 years. Not sure yet. I definitely think I'll be here in Abu Dhabi for at least another year or two. Inshallah. I'm leaving it up to the Big Guy to work it all out.

I've been ...eating Paleo. Like seriously. My whole life now revolves around Paleo, but not in an obsessive way or anything. Just in a new lifestyle kinda way. I am loving the journey and I am always excited to cook and try something new.
I feel tons better and the other day one of the Arabic teachers (very honest people) commented that now I am thin and not fat anymore. Lol, thanks.

I've been...going hard in the gym. I am focused on working on my health and wellness. I am seeing results. Slowly but, I am feeling stronger and my butt is looking perkier which is always a good thing.

I've been ...listening to the new Justin Timberlake and John Legend albums. Love, love them. You need to check them out if you haven't yet.

I've been...planning my vacation and I am happy to say I am booked and ready to go. Thailand, here I come. Wohoooooo!!!!!


What have you been up to these days?

Ciao!!





October 22, 2013

Sitting on Top of the World





That's how it seemed in my mind when I went to the top of Jebel Akhdar.

A friend from my building called me up a couple weeks ago and asked if I was interested in going camping in Oman.

I love Oman and the prospect of camping, something I had never done before seemed really exciting.
Readily, I accepted the invite.With a 9 day holiday and no other plans, I figured it would be a good way to spend my time.

So last Tuesday I loaded up my borrowed camping gear and hopped into a 4-wheel driver we'd rented and set out for the mountains of Oman.
We arrived late that night and set up camp.
It was my first time camping and the setting couldn't have been more perfect. Being surrounded by the mountains and sleeping under a sky blanketed by stars was blissful.

For the two days we were there, we did a lot of hiking into the mountains to visit old ruins of Omani villages and to see the landscape. It was hard but well worth the hours spent making the climb. The view is spectacular and is actually the highest point in all of eastern Arabia.

Our guide knew all the best spots and even took us to a swimming hole deep into the mountains.

One of the villages we hiked to. 
Making our way back from a remote village carved out in the mountains.

One night our guide summoned us on a secret rendezvous. I had the opportunity to witness an Omani drumming circle. It was a group of men who had gotten together to dance and play the drums.
It was a local tradition for the men to do this either in times of celebration or war. This time it was for the celebration of the Muslim Eid holiday.

It was really special for us as foreigners to share the experience with them. Definitely something I will never forget.
Part of the drumming circle

My only challenge on the trip was the lack of bathrooms. Oy vey, I struggled with "going" outside. But when nature calls, trust me you have no choice but to answer.
After the second day I was over my issues and it became second nature. Lol. My friends still can't believe I survived. I guess I'm not as prissy as they thought.

Let me just tell you, if you have never heard of or been to Oman, you seriously need to look into visiting. It is a really awesome country with a rich history. It's just a few hours ride from Abu Dhabi but the contrast between the two countries is incredible. It rains in Oman and there are places (Salahla) where there is amazing greenery and even snow.
The mountains that surround the city of Muscat where I spent part of my December 2012 break will take your breath away as they did mine.

The people are friendly and down to earth. They will stop their car without hesitation if they see that you are in need of help. We experienced this selflessness on two occasions when members o our convoy experienced car issues.

Fixed the blown out tire. Time to get moving again.

The nice guy who stopped to help

So that is my little PSA for Oman. Go visit if you ever get the chance. It is totally worth it.







I climbed to this place, seems impossible right?


I had a blast and I think I've been bitten by the camping bug. There is another trip coming up in November. Hopefully I will be able to make it, this one's in the sand dunes of Liwa. Should make an awesome venue for photos.
More pics to come!


October 21, 2013

Weekly Wishes #5




Last Week's Wishes

1. I need to practice my photography. I have a new camera and I've rarely used it, that needs to change. My wish is that I will find make the time to actually use my camera.

I did it! Well, I went on a trip to Oman and it was the perfect opportunity for me to get some practice. I took lots of shots and I am really excited to share them with you at some point.

2. No sugar this week. I want to lose 2 pounds and I need to stick to my plan. The weekend is the problem so my wish is that I will have the will power to resist the temptations.

Not sure if I lost the 2 pounds but I am feeling way better. I haven't had any sugar in 2 weeks. Yay! It's a lot easier than I thought to give it up. 

3. Plan for my December vacation. My wish is that I will have a solid plan formulated so that I can buy my ticket early while prices are still relatively cheap. I'm thinking Thailand. Any suggestions???? Feel free to offer them up.

I booked a hotel in Bangkok. That's one step in the process. I just need to buy the plane ticket and I am set. 


This Week's Wishes

1. Blog about my recent camping trip to Oman over the Eid break. 

2. Edit pictures from said trip.

3. Finalize Thailand trip. 

4. Clean my house. It is a HOT MESS. 

October 13, 2013

More of Paris

Ok, these are the last of my Paris pics. Honestly, I have to draw the line somewhere because I have a million and one photos. I was obsessed, obsessed I tell you with taking pics.
You can't help it, it's Paris after all.
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October 12, 2013

Picturing Paris

These photos were originally on my photography blog. 
Since that blog is no longer, I've decided to share my work here. 

I am still working on perfecting my craft. There is still a long way for me to go and I hope to continue to grow each day. 

These are from my summer travel to Paris.  There was just so much to see and I had a blast trying to capture all the amazing things around me.
Enjoy!


seen near the Eiffel Tower


Seen at Jardin du Luxembourg




Pont Des Arts Bridge
A window at Notre Dame

The trip was amazing. I would  love to go back some day. It felt like I didn't have enough time to take in everything.
Fingers crossed it will happen.