This is a very long overdue post. How long had it been since my last decent post? Two months? Three months? I believe now is the ripe time, at 40 minutes past one in the morning, with my husband snoring in the bedroom, and my eyes half distracted by the film showing on the television. Anyways, I need to put an end to this never ending procrastination. Big problem is–how? 🙂
P. S. This blog entry is two weeks in the making. Hahah!!! Did that really surprise me? No thanks, partly to my internet connection that kept on refusing my blog inputs and mostly to my disease called procrastination a.k.a. PanAm tv series. I have to have this blue vintage PanAm travel bag. I am very high on PanAm fever right now!
DECEMBER 18, 2012
My bag was ready for adventure. Recently, I have this obsession with traincases. Anything vintage just makes me feel like a rich, posh lady from the 80s. A girl can dream anytime of the day.
Mother and Buyugix had landed.
Met up with mother and baby at the airport for our Jordan trip. Caught my ever restless baby marching up and down the airport while mother did what she does best—pray.
Petra-bound on board Emirates flight to Amman.
TV games kept him busy.
Crew doing manual safety demo due to IFE failure before takeoff.
Landing at Jordan
Poor Buyugix. He was knocked out after hours on the flight. So proud of you, baby.
Finally in Dubai. Starting the day right by waking up early.
…and staying fresh with a bath.
What’s Christmas without gifts to open, right? Buyugix opening some of his pre-Christmas day gifts.
And the shoes that he loves “so very, very” much. Glow-in-the-dark Dr. Seuss chucks by Converse.
SECOND DAY IN DUBAI–to the world’s biggest mall, Mall of Emirates.
Contrary to popular belief, we do get to have our Christmas decorations in the mall in this Muslim country.
TIME TO SKATE ON ICE.
This was probably one of the best moments I had with Buyugix. It was a rewarding feeling to have shared my son’s first ice skating experience with me. I thought he would be having a very hard time with balancing because he has a fear of falling, but he aced it. He definitely did so much better than his mommy a year ago.
Visiting the house of Santa Claus…
These are the two lovely keepsakes of Buyug’s first time to ice skate. It was everything that is memorable.
A DAY FOR SWIMMING
It was winter in Dubai and the water was naturally freezing. But Buyog loved the water so much that nothing else could ever matter.
A trip to the Middle East will not be complete without doing the desert safari. Nothing like a crazy welcome of your car hanging on a 180 degrees angle of the sand wall and plunging down the sand dunes without warning.
The fun continues into a traditional Arabian welcome in a Bedouin campsite where guests can have a chance to ride a camel, savor delicious sips of Arabic brew, enjoy a shisha smoking facility, try a henna tattoo, feast on a splendid buffet Arabic dinner and be entertained with a graceful belly dancer. All of that at a price of only 100-125 United Arab Emirates dirhams, approximately 1, 300 Php per head.
But before all of that, I need to give my mother a makeover first. 🙂
Our pickup had arrived.
The entire dune bashing experience were on photo, thus, the absence of any photos. Let us just say that Mother was praying for her dear life for every minute and every second that we were in the car. 🙂
It was one cold day out there in the desert.
AND HERE WE GO…
It’s time for some Arabic entertainment. Too bad it was too cold in the desert that we left before the belly dancing show. I have seen it before and indeed, it would have been worth shivering out there in the cold.
Time to say goodbye…
But not without Mama Connie having her photo taken with our Russian buddies…
That is one adventure down, more to go…
A DAY BEFORE CHRISTMAS.
Morning. This was baby’s first trip to the gym and his energy level was up to the roof. I wish I could post here the video of him roughing it up with the treadmill then making a couple or more situps in the yoga mat. He told Mama Connie and I that we should go back the next day so he could grow abs in his tummy. 🙂
Afternoon. A long day trip to the salon. I am so proud of my baby for behaving impeccably for six hours at the salon while waiting for Mommy Lalang and Mama Connie do their hair. He got his training early in how to be a perfect boyfriend. 🙂
This was only the second Christmas that we spent together so this means a lot to me. The third time if I count the time he was in my tummy. I am a horrible mother and I miss my baby a lot.
Preparation. Grocery shopping together. He was very excited, like usual. I did not even have to carry him around the very huge mall. 🙂
Looking for the perfect Christmas Eve cake. We found one at Baskin Robin’s.
- …and food tester.
- MERRY CHRISTMAS 2011, WORLD.
MY CHRISTMAS EVE HAIR that cost Mama Connie 10K pesos and seven hours of my waking time.
OPENING OF GIFTS. Nothing for me to open on the eve of Christmas Day. Getting a Gucci bag a week earlier should cover it. 🙂
Baby and Mommy tandem
OPENING OF GIFTS. No gift for me to open. Receiving a Gucci bag a week before Christmas should suffice, I guess.
THE NIGHT BEFORE OUR FLIGHT BACK TO PHILIPPINES.
DUBAI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Manila flight was full as expected so we took the flight to Hongkong.