Thursday, April 27, 2017

April

What an amazing month March turned out to be, we celebrated our tenth wedding anniversary for an entire week, starting of at Le Meridien Al Aqah and finishing at Al Maha Desert Resort and Spa, with a trip to Jumeirah Beach Hotel and Emirates Golf Club inbetween!!  The weather has finally broken and we are experiencing a rise in temperatures, it's no secret I prefer the hotter months over the cooler ones. It's Easter this month, so I hope the Easter Bunny is really kind to you all. Have a fabulous month wherever are you are.

GA

Geordie Armani

A few days back my friend Frockexchange and I decided that enough was enough and we were going for a little day out to the shop that sells the sparkly stuff, the stuff with the bubbles in it ...

So of we doddle up the Emirates Road taking in the countryside, first thing we came across was a group of caravans for sale!!  Gypsies we shouted! sadly we were wrong but it funny all the same. Got there in no time at all and decided to have a bit of breakfast, so we headed to the little restaurant for some quick refreshment.   Walked in and standing at the bar with a whisky in one hand and a cigarette in the other was a man dressed in local dress.  I have seen it time and time before so it just goes over my head, Frockexchange was tickled pink, especially when he moved out of our sight of vision and the barmaid served him with a bottle of red wine!!

True to form the continental breakfast of pastries and condiments turned out to be four slices of white bread and jam!!  had a good laugh at it all though.

Just makes you think, what a weird and wonderful place we live in!

No it isn't fair and isn't lovely in my book, it's downright racist and demeaning to those of us who are not "white'.  How on earth in this day and age can people feel that being white gives them a hand in life?

For me it doesn't make a blind bit of difference and products like this are just encouraging racism. I watched a series of adverts for Fair and Lovely on youtube, each and every single one of them pertains to achieving success if you are white or light skinned.  We all know that sales of Fair and Lovely are massive in Asia and maybe it is the mindset that being born Asian is not as priveleged as being born "white" and doesn't afford you the rights that others achieve due to their Nationality?  I wonder if President Obama uses Fair and Lovely?  course he doesn't, he knows that he is not being judged on his colour, however many did during his election though were reluctant to admit it. There were plenty of reports about him being American's first Black President, personally I didn't see what the colour of his skin had to do with his professional capability or success as the Nations Leader.

Here in the UAE racisim is rife and has become a daily routine for most Aisan's residing here. Recently my friend Shelina wrote on her blog at her disgust that a local celebrity magazine had printed pictures of the guests at a recent Royal Wedding event, all of them being "white".  Were there no Asian people at this event?  well the magazine in question would like to think so, shame on them. 

Dubai is a multicultural hot tub of so many nationalities, I wouldn't know where to start with listing them.  One thing we must all be is tolerant, we mustn't judge someone because of the Country they hail from, but from their values as a person. Each and every person in this world is special, God made each and everyone of us that way, regardless of which God you are following.

Anway I think that would be Fair and very Lovely unlike that horrid bleaching cream!!

GA

 

A few years ago I met, Chris Combe, via British Expats, he has written and self-published an e-book about his time in Dubai. He was offered a job as a Quantity Surveyor in the Construction Industry back in 2006 when things were probably at their peak. He took a chance, moved his wife and two young children over to Dubai. He only stayed for a year, but during that year he blogged regularly and that blogging spawned this book. It follows a familiar pattern of early amazement gradually being replaced by a realisation that Dubai isn’t exactly as advertised in the glossy magazines and brochures. Chris and his family experience all the good and bad bits of life in the Middle East. There are moments of humour and others that provide food for thought. Overall, the book is a good read for anyone who is thinking of coming to live in Dubai or the Middle East and also an interesting memoir for those who have experienced it themselves.

One Year In Wonderland: A True Tale of Expat Life in Dubai is available on Amazon (86p on UK or 99c US), and on Smashwords for those who prefer non-Kindle formats.

Available via Amazon in the United Kingdom and the United States and via Smashwords.

You can follow Chris on Twitter too @bighippychris

Last night I managed to convince Mitten that she would be much better off staying at Nanna and Grandad's than she would be with be, as all I was going to do was watch Coronation Street, it worked and she was duly packed off for a little holiday in Satwa.

My plan then came together, with Atilla out at Golf in Sharjah I decided to have a nice hot shower, put on some PJ's and ensconce myself on the sofa with some good television and the real Blue Cat.   After a couple of hours I had an early night, slept well and got up early this morning (7.30 am is early for me).  After breakfast I headed over to Juan Salon for a morning of pampering.  To most of you this isn't really that special, to someone who hasn't been the salon for more than half an hour since last Summer, this is a MAJOR pleasure.  Three hours later with pink hair, nails and toes I head over to Mall of the Emirates.

Now seeing as I am having a day of indulgence and relaxation I had a Pinkberry with fruit for lunch, naughty but nice I have to say.  I suddenly remembered as I was sitting there that I hadn't been to the Mall on my own since the Summer either and thought it was about time I got myself a new pair of jeans. Now I am already having a super day, out on my own, hair and nails done, Pinkberry consumed when I try on a pair of jeans two sizes smaller the ones I was wearing 4 months ago!!  did a happy dance in the changing room!!

I nipped into Boots quickly for some of my secret "how to stay young cream" which you can read about here, then headed home to find an e mail from my bridesmaid in the UK to say that her and husband have confirmed their flights to celebrate our 10th Anniversary with us in March.

Did I deserve my day??  I wouldn't normally say this but yes I did! I hope you all have a day soon which makes you really really smile!

You will find me and my pink hair and nails, in my smaller jeans at Arte this weekend, Times Square from 12 Noon, why not pop in and say Hello, you will find me on the House of Colour stand right next to @toffeeprincess.

GA

Which put into English means the folk on Twitter are having a night out.  Yes there seems to be a whole new language to learn when you enter into the world of Twitter, it's all harmless good fun however.

Next Friday (16th March) the local twitterati  have decided to have a bit of an offline get together at The Dubai Harbour Marriot Hotel, in the fabulous setting of the AZ.U.R Restaurant.   Dinner kicks off at 8 pm with two dining options, 160 dhs a head without the collapso, and 240 dhs a head with the collapso, the menu is an International Buffet. 

You really do need to reserve as the Organiser @digi_designer_  needs to liase with the hotel to confirm table bookings etc.  You can find all the information via this link.

If you are new to Dubai, or just fancy meeting a new group of friends don't be shy, get yourself along to the Tweetup, trust me you will enjoy it. 

GA

 

 

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