The (Un)necessary

This is my first post from my new home in Bahrain. We moved on the weekend so that my son could start school on Sunday. (Over here we have a  Friday/Saturday weekend). My son’s school is less than 5 minutes away by car which is really convenient for me especially because I am still finding my way around.

Our main shipment has not arrived yet and all we have is our beds, pots and pans and a plastic set of table and chairs. We can actually function with just these things and that gets me to think why do we have to pile up so many unnecessary things. We don’t even have a TV and nobody is missing it. My son has not asked even once about it. (He does keep asking when the new car will arrive though!)

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Of course we couldn’t function without the Internet so while the DSL broadband company was taking long to provide home services, we installed a Wifi Dongle with my laptop. So I’m online now and working on the same plastic table and chair that I ate dinner on.

When I went to my son’s school today with him for his orientation I had to complete some forms and they asked me for an emergency contact number if the parents could not be contacted. I couldn’t give them any because for the first time we have no close family here and it’s too early to make friends. I hope that we do make friends soon to make up for the absence of family. I am looking forward to it.

Chores no more

Congrats — you’ve been handed a robot whose sole job is to relieve you of one chore, job, or responsibility you particularly hate. What is it?

In fact I have a brilliant person in my life who has relieved me of a lot of chores that I hate, cleaning, washing, ironing. Her name is Rubie and she’s the 4th member of our family. I can leave my son with her and know that she’ll treat him like her own. Here are Rubie and my son “protesting” for more holidays.

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Thanks to her I get time to pursue my hobbies of writing, crafting and photography. I can go out on the weekends on a movie date with my husband knowing that my son is in safe hands.

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Goodbye, Dubai!

It’s my last night in Dubai. Tomorrow I fly to Bahrain to start a new chapter of my life. Dubai was exciting, magical, awe-inspiring, entertaining and hot (temperature-wise).

My son was only 8 months old when we arrived here. His got his first tooth here, he took his first steps, he spoke his first sentences, he drew his first drawing, he joined nursery, he learned to make friends, he was the main character in a school play, he shot a commercial and got his first pay check. That’s pretty much a lot for a tiny tot who’s not yet 5!

Dubai gave us a chance to live life to the fullest without any fears. It gave me a chance to make friends with people of other nationalities and to understand other cultures. It gave me a chance to discover new hobbies and have time for them. It gave me the chance to play host to my aged mother. For this I will be forever grateful.

P.S It also gave me the chance to own a few designer shoes and handbags, for which I am also very grateful!

Friday Fictioneers: The Beanstalk & a Principled Mother

parkedWhen Jack woke up, a beanstalk had sprouted next to his window. Jack felt queasy just looking at it reaching the sky. He was afraid of heights. “We’ll climb up together!” declared his younger sister Jill, who always had adventure on her mind.

At the top, was a castle with a large table on which sat a golden harp. It played the sweetest music ever. “Mom has taught us never to steal, but wouldn’t she be happy to see this harp?” said Jack.

So they climbed down with the harp. When their mother saw it, she made them climb back and return it.

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Magical Tunnel

You’ve been given the ability to build a magical tunnel that will quickly and secretly connect your home with the location of your choice — anywhere on Earth. Where’s the other end of your tunnel?

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How I wish I had a magical tunnel right now! I’ve been having all my belongings packed so that they can be shipped to our new home in Bahrain. It took 2 1/2 days to have everything packed and the air freight and the sea shipment will take 5 days and 3 weeks respectively to arrive. It will go through customs clearance, a lot of paper work, and several agents to finally reach its destination. How I wish I had a magical tunnel I could have used to bypass all that!

Having said that, I must say that the packers and the company handling our relocation have been very professional and efficient. Although it is a big job moving from one country to another, they have made it very comfortable for us and helped us in every way.

For my son, so far, it has been an adventure moving into a temporary accommodation until we fly off to Bahrain. Especially since he gets to go to the swimming pool every day!

The highlight of the move so far has got to be when a big school arrived at our house to pick up a carpet I was selling. It will be used in a school here in Dubai. How lovely that the carpet I bought for my son’s nursery will bring joy to other children as well!

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Unforgettable

Tomorrow we move out of the house that has been our home for 4 years and into a temporary accommodation until we fly off to Bahrain a week later. I will never forget this beautiful oasis in the desert that we called home and will always have fond memories of it. I can easily credit it for nurturing my love of photography, who wouldn’t want to photograph such beauty?

No Surprises

You return home to discover a huge flower bouquet waiting for you, no card attached. Who is it from — and why did they send it to you?

Having been married for nearly 11 years, when I get a huge bouquet, it can only be from my husband who wants to say “Happy Birthday” and apologize for being out of town on that important day. It doesn’t have a card because, well, he forgot to attach it and obviously I would know who it was from.

Here’s the bouquet I got on one of my birthdays…

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