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Melt Cosmetics.

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I got crazy over these  Melt Lipsticks and bought each and every color they have!

Definitely a must buy. Very matte and long lasting. Highly recommended.

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Being a cat Mom — Mimi’s surgery.

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I grew up in a house with a lot of dogs. When I say a lot.. i mean like could to up to 15-20 dogs in a time. My grandma loves dogs and I still remember each and everyones names and from different dog breeds. We had german shepherd, shih tzu, labrador,  terrier, doberman to bulldog.. we had all different breeds. They were family.

2015-04-18 17.02.59I never really expected I get to love cats as I do now. Coming here to Dubai, there were certain restrictions to pet allowed in the building. So me and hubby decided to adopt a cat. Coco a ginger 7 y.o. moon faced  Persian.

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It didn’t take long we fell inlove to this jet black 1 y.o  Persian-Chantilly girl Mimi. We took her home and since then she was our princess..

2 weeks before my travel to Oman for visa change exit, mimi transformed from being so feisty and playful to being severely weak. I was so worried that I had to rush her to the clinic and needs immediate surgery. The doctor did xray and ultrasound, and some IV fluids were given to rehydrate her as she was severely dehydrated– her skin was mottled and her BP was very low that time. I was in total panic and worried that it hurts to think  that she might die.

We got her admitted and did whatever was necessary for her surgery.
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I hear her cry, I think it was when they were trying to insert her IV and because of the severe dehydration it was almost impossible for them to find a vein. It was hurting me.. as if she was my child and I’m imagining that they had to poke her with needle several times. I know because as a nurse I know how difficult it is to find a vein to a severely dehydrated patient.

 PHOTOS below during her hospitalization – she was so weak and lost a huge amount of weight during the 3 days of suffering.

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Me and my partner waiting for 3 hours while Mimi is in OT.

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It was gruesome wait we don’t know what to expect or how everything will be. He’s a doctor and me being an icu nurse I feel sick  to my stomach thinking that Mimi as if she’s our child to undergo such pain. The anxiety was definitely killing us. We were so restless but there was nothing that we can do.

Finally, after surgery the vet came out and told us that we can see her. They did laparoscopy and took out bundles of thread blocking her gut. My mimi had obstruction. We knew from the time before I rushed her to the hospital that she hadn’t passed stool or even urinated, she wanted to eat and drink but unable to.. minutes out from surgery she was groggy from the sedative but she knew that we were there and she wanted to come to us. She even peed after a while. The doctor said it was a good sign. Seeing her fighting to be strong I am deeply proud of her. Our Mimi is a very strong girl.. ❤

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We had to leave her at the clinic and checking on her everyday til she fully recovers and ready to be back home with us.

After 5 days of admission, I received a call from the Petzone personnel that we can take her home. Without any delay we went to pay off bills and took her home. Below is a photo of her and her daddy tired and asleep.. So happy to have her back!

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2nd time in Oman. Mahadha Hotel

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2015-04-19 17.48.093 months after coming back from exit in Oman, my long term visit visa expired again which leaves me to exit again for visa change at the same place — Mahadha Hotel, Buraimi, Oman.

This time I decided that I will stay with the people in the room and just suck it all in. I met friends at the agency while we were waiting for the bus to arrive.

I remember last January we took the shuttle or a minivan  and 24 people were crammed up on a 7 hour road trip to Oman not mentioning the 3 borders/checkpoints before finally arriving to the hotel.

This time, 41 of us and surprised that they gave us a bigger bus and definitely more comfortable.

Luckily, the people I knew were also from my previous exit who they say they saw me and actually talked to me at the reception — after that, we immediately clicked.

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Compared to 3 months ago, travel time is a lot longer  the bus took off 7pm and we arrived 2:30 am. An almost 8-hour road trip that we had to endure for visa change.

The border checkpoints also increased.

  • 1st checkpoint was for Dubai exit stamping where we had to pay 35aed and for those who have overstay, they had to be paid in this station..
  • 2nd was for Oman visa checking and entry stamp.
  • 3rd was for luggage check
  • 4th checkpoint was for Oman entry stamp verification.

we had to get in and out of the bus several times and even had to have a final stop around 1:30am at a restaurant in Oman for food and toilet. Everyone was so glad to be able to stretch a little, have food and coffee, and all of us were definitely anxious to get to hotel and settle ourselves in.

Internet connection is always an issue. During my first exit here, I bought myself an omani sim card and purchased a month of unlimited data connection, but even with that, signal is either weak or unstable.

Photo Below- is at the Grocery store. This building located at the back of the Main hotel and one of the 3 areas where they have installed a router for public usage. In any situation where you get connected, you will never want to leave otherwise no matter how much you try.. reconnecting will be such a pain in the ass.2015-04-20 04.01.32

The following day, we were so bored and all of us went to Lulu Hypermarket. This hotel offers a free transport to Lulu for an hour but limited to only 4 trips everyday. If in any case you wanna go and they say free trips are over, then you have to pay 25aed at the reception and request for a  special transport — still limited to an hour to do grocery, eat out, or send and/or receive money .

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3rd day and we receive our visas. We spent the whole day making it worth being there:  we went to the Disco area where they have a huge swimming pool, it was quite a bit of a walk and it wasn’t necessarily clean either so we decided not to stay  there. . We resorted to buying  fish and lamb chops to grill… something like a little get together at the poolside.

 

And after 5 hours of travel from Oman – Dubai the following day, we all got together for a hopefully not last meal together at a chinese hot pot restaurant just near the agency. And we each went our separate ways not knowing whether we will see each other again. Our individual stories and shared experience during our visa change exit will be the one thing that we will all share and bring us close together.

Middle Eastern Style Mint Lemonade

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When I was working as an ICU Nurse in Saudi, I used to go to Sunset Beach to unwind, I love their Mint Lemonade version and I recently found a recipe online.

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  • 1 cup of fresh mint leaves
  • 1/2 of  medium sized cucumber
  • 1 lemon cut in quarters
  • 2 tbsp honey melted in 1/4 cup hot water
  • 1 1/2 cups cold water

– blend everything, and then strain.

– serve. Enjoy!

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Chicken Farfalle

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I was browsing more easy recipes online and this one is just super quick it’s actually a 30-minute meal.  And it’s really good. I found this recipe online and tweaked it a little instead of using shrimp, I used skinless chicken breast. Inspiration of this Farfalle recipe is from DOMESTIC GEEK in youtube, she’s got awesome posts

1 box farfalle pasta (bowtie pasta)
1 tbsp butter
1 tbsp olive oil
1 shallot, finely diced
2 cloves of minced garlic
2 medium sized chicken breast
1/3 cup chicken stock
salt and pepper
chili flakes to taste
2 medium sized tomato
2 cups baby spinach.
fresh parmesan for grating on top

Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
In a large frying or saucepan, heat your butter and olive oil over medium high (The olive oil prevents the butter from burning.)
Add shallots and garlic and saute for two minutes.
Add sliced chicken breasts
Season with salt, pepper and chili flakes to taste.
Add chicken stock and bring to a simmer.
Add tomatoes and kale.
Cover and cook until kale wilts and tomatoes are heated through; about 3-5 minutes.
Pour over cooked pasta and stir to combine.
Grate fresh parmesan over top.
Serve..

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Double Fish Cake Sandwich

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My partner bought me this Black and Decker Mini Chopper. I was so excited to try it because it’s one of my first kitchen tools. What better way to try it… fish cake! Especially when he came home really hungry from work so I decided to give this baby a try.

FIsh Cake:

  • 1 can tuna in water (I used Al alali tuna)
  • 1 small size shallot
  • 2 tsp thai garlic (or can use 2 cloves of garlic)
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Paprika
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp flour
  • 1 egg white (removing the yolk drops the calories)

– Add them all together in the Mini chopper and blend them until its mixed enough and you’re satisfied with the consistency. Then heat the not stick pan with about 2-3 tbsp of olive oil, once the pan is hot, you can roll the mixture into patties and then fry it until it’s golden brown about 2-3 mins each side.  Once done, let sit into a paper towel to drain the oil.

– Then assemble your sandwich as how you wanted it. For mine, I did regular white bread (although whole bread would have been more preferred), then lettuce, top with fish cake, cheese (I used mozzarella, I would have used goat cheese slices but I finished it the day before), another fish pattie, cucumber, and tomato. DONE!

– Add your sauce of preference, but he likes it as it is.. I just served it just like that.

It’s fun to see him really enjoy it. and next time I’ll use a healthier bread. 🙂 

You Pick My Next Five Novels!

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I challenged myself to read 50 books for 2015. As per my goodreads, I read 5 and I’m behind 6 books already. .

Gotta focus and up my game!
I think this is a nice preference for books to read..

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So praise baby Jesus that I’m wrapping up Naked Lunch, and it’s time to pick the next five novels I’ll be reading from the Time list.

We’re starting down the homestretch here. The next novel will be my 80th, meaning I only have 21 novels to read before this whole project is finished.

Every now and then, I solicit your votes to help determine which five novels I should read next, and that’s what we’ll be doing today.

So here are the 22 novels I have left to read:

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