Rushing to Graduate

I have failed to change my daughter’s mind to “not” take summer class, rather, spend her time here in Dubai with us. I mean, it’s not bad to ask for something I think and feel will benefit the well-being of our daughter. However, she had other plans – she’s rushing to graduate on time.

I tried hard to convince her that it’s okay if she doesn’t graduate on time. What matters most is that she’d get good grades and that she’d enjoy school because of lately, I feel she’s more stressed than having fun and yet, she still enrolled for the gruelling summer class.

Then I saw this…


(Photo credit: from FB, kudos to the owner of this photo quote)


I felt this message was very appropriate to her and to the younger generation who are rushing to get somewhere they shouldn’t be yet – in the corporate bondage. While there is nothing wrong with working, there is a time for that.

I have posted this in my FB wall in the hopes that my daughter reads it and will internalise as well. And for the younger folks to chill a bit.

I have told our daughter this many times. No one is rushing her to finish on time, albeit it would be nice to graduate on schedule. It is NOT mandatory and no one is pushing her to do so.

I finished a term late because of my thesis but I wasn’t disappointed. Heck, I even bummed around for another half-year; enjoying my freedom from collegiate studies, just savouring the moment of not having to attend class from then on.

And this is what I have to say to all you millennials, “kids, enjoy your pace.” Life’s too short. It moves too fast and with a blink of an eye, you’ll find yourself in the corporate world and wish you were back in school. I hope you become the “boss” or be an entrepreneur to create jobs for others. Wherever your future takes you, just enjoy the journey – term projects, exams, and all!

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August 20, 2016

Best Fashion Catalogues for the Home Shopper in You


Between taking care of the children and keeping the house organised – and meeting with friends as well doing other things – it can be pretty difficult to find time to shop, especially to shop for the latest, most beautiful fashion items on the market. Shopping online and through fashion catalogues can be the perfect solution in this situation. I’ve recently turned to fashion catalogues for most of my fashion needs. Here are a few I like the most.



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Fashion World

The name of the catalogue says it all. Fashion World is filled with gorgeous fashion items for both men and women. You can find anything from couture dresses to casual fashion pieces for your next day-out with friends on Fashion World. It is safe to say that this is one of the best UK catalogues for fashion today.

The catalogue is very well-organised too. You can search for items based on categories and style. There are special pages for select items too. I found a gorgeous swing dress for £25 in the seasonal catalogue from Fashion World. The catalogue also hosts accessories, sports apparels and footwear.

What I particularly love about Fashion World is the amount of deals and special offers available on almost a regular basis. We all love discounts, don’t we?

Fifty Plus

If you’re going for a more mature look, Fifty Plus is the catalogue to browse through. The shapewear collection available in this catalogue is simply to die for. It also has collections for both men and women, but the women’s section is what you need to focus on here. Oh, and check out the catalogue for accessories too! Stunningly sleek shoes and high heels are waiting for you there.

Fifty Plus is very good when it comes to options. Most of the items available in this catalogue are available in different sizes (some even go up to size 36) so there is always a suitable fashion piece to pick no matter what look you’re trying to achieve and what body shape you have.

It is also worth mentioning that the Fifty Plus’s catalogues for home appliances and electronics are among the best I’ve seen so far. Check back regularly to find new deals and more discounts.

La Redoute

The last catalogue in this list is La Redoute. This is the go-to catalogue for wearable couture pieces and gorgeous fashion accessories. If you’re shopping for sophisticated jackets, beautiful tops and accessories that match those items, La Redoute is definitely the catalogue for you.

La Redoute also has a very good Style Hub. You can find fashion tips, style guides and inspirations by visiting this part of the catalogue. With discounts of up to 60% on items from top names like Soft Grey and Ellos, I couldn’t recommend La Redoute highly enough.

There are still plenty of other fashion catalogues to browse through, but these are the best I’ve found so far. There are more than enough deals to keep shopping from home very exciting too. If you have your own favourites, be sure to leave them in the comments section below.


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August 15, 2016

Using a call and text monitoring app for the protection of your loved ones

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I stumbled across an article about a monitoring app called that elaborated on the features and uses of the app. The article went on explaining how a call and text monitoring app can be an ideal tool to track someone and get a glimpse of their lives. I found the article quite engaging and it got me wondering: ‘Why would anyone want to monitor someone?’ Before reading the article I always thought of spying someone as something negative; the word spying itself made me think of stalkers, crazy partners or something done on a higher level like the government invading the privacy of its people. But after reading that article, I got to learn a positive side of this practice. I realized that monitoring someone doesn’t necessarily have to be a negative thing, in fact if used with right intentions it can be an extremely useful way to make sure your loved ones are safe and secure.

So after I had read that article, I went on doing some research on my own. The more I read, the more I learnt about the various features and advantages of a tracking software. First of all, I must say, I am amazed at how far the technology has come. This one app, that is affordable and easy to install, has so many features and it basically gives you access to the phones and tabs of the person you are tracking. Let me share with you some of the things I learnt about a monitoring app.


The features of a tracking app:



First let’s talk about the features: basically a tracking app lets you read the text messages, IM Chats, view contacts and call logs, browse through pictures and multimedia files, view internet browsing history and track location of a person through GPS tracking. Now ideally speaking these features are enough to keep an eye on someone. It tells you they are in touch with and their current location. But if you think about it, they only provide half the information. What about the conversations happening on messenger apps like Whatsapp or viber and how about information being shared on social media sites like Facebook? That is why, the features of a tracking app don’t stop there; in fact the latest version of the software includes features that leave no end uncovered. There is a feature in XNSPY that allows you to watchlist words and contacts. This means that you can mark certain words on the device and if they appear on it you’re immediately informed. Also, if you specify certain contacts from the contact list and the person you’re tracking gets in touch with them you are sent a notification. Not only can you watchlist words and contacts, but can also specify certain locations so that whenever the person enters those areas you are alerted.

As I said, tracking calls and text messages is not enough to monitor someone effectively; that is why the latest version of the tracking software also lets you screen the chats and calls on messenger apps and allows you to block them as well. A tracking app also allows you to remotely lock the phone and erase its data, something that is extremely beneficial in case a phone is lost or stolen. One feature of the app that really blew my mind away was the surround recording. It lets you record the sounds that are surrounding the target device. Which means that you can pick up conversations and the background noise can give you more info about the whereabouts of the person.


Installing the app:


Downloading the app is also very easy. Once you purchase the app, the company sends you an online link for downloading which you are supposed to open in the target device. Once you download it, you are given a username and password for a personal control panel that you can open in your cellphone or computer. This control panel is from where you control and monitor the target device. The app runs secretly and the person you are tracking does not get a hint about what is going on.

As a parent, I considered it as an ideal tool for parents to make sure that their kids are safe and not in the wrong hands. But, as I read more about a tracking app I got to know that it can be used by employers to keep a check on their employees’ behavior and spouses to ensure the safety of their partners. I must say that I’m really impressed and would love to use a tracking and text monitoring app myself to monitor my children.

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August 5, 2016

Parents’ Tough Love

It is every parents’ desire to see their kids grow up to be responsible, respectful, loving, compassionate, grateful, and God-fearing people. If they fail, we, as parents feel the pain too. Do we start loving them less when they stray? The answer is NO. But we need to let them figure things out when they trip and fall. We have to let them know the consequences of their actions when they compromise with their judgment. And as good parents, we need to let our children pick up the pieces, figure things out, and learn on their own on how it is to live in the real world, away from the protective cloak we have covered them while they were young.

We call it “tough love” but it is LOVE, nonetheless.

Some parents go easy with their kids when they stray. Some are strict and disciplinarians only because they want to correct and address the bad behaviour, the wrong doings, the untoward character that could blossom if left unattended. Does that make them bad parents?

Kids these days think they have everything figured out. I appreciate the younger generation’s point of view, and logical approach to situations in life. I respect them for that. But when someone questions our authority as parents, our expectations, our aspirations for our children’s future and well-being, and when someone tells us how we should be as parents, then you have definitely crossed the LINE.

This is for the younger generation of this millennia who think, talk, and feel that they know it all, “UNTIL YOU ARE NOT A PARENT, DO NOT LECTURE US ON HOW TO BE ONE.”

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July 31, 2016

Watercolour Art To Destress

I have always been inclined to arts. It’s probably a gene thing because my dear Aunt Raquel (RIP Auntie) was blessed with good eyes for beauty and graceful and skillful hands creating nice handmade crafts. She was also very good in hand lettering, actually most of my mum’s siblings were good in hand lettering. My dad was too. So, I think I got it from them.

I tried my hands in sports. It wasn’t for me. I didn’t have the arms and legs coordination. When it comes to arts and crafts, I am in one with it and everything just coordinates and falls into the right places.

I have been doing watercolour art aside from brush and hand lettering of lately. I am so obsessed with it. I find myself in that direction where I can turn my passion into my other income. Well, it’s always my dream to open up a creative studio where I can turn my creativity into $$$. LOL! Well, not exactly but yes, I want to earn on the side too.

I have plenty of inspirations lately. I just don’t have the techniques to apply and use when doing my watercolour art. I feel I need to practise more. But even if I have to, I am enjoying it and I get so calm when I am holding my watercolour pad and brushes.

I need more honing of skills though. I still feel I can do better but when I am into my arts, I am just in bliss!


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July 16, 2016

Taking Your Toddler on Vacation

One of the most common tips I get asked about is traveling with a toddler. In particular, taking a toddler on a vacation. Many new parents hear horror stories and worry that they can’t have a relaxing vacation until their toddler grows up. From experience, I know that taking a vacation with a toddler can be a positive experience, and they love seeing new things. The trick is to be prepared. I’ve put together my top three tips to help you enjoy a family vacation with a toddler.

It All Starts With a List

Traveling can be exhausting, and when a toddler gets exhausted, they want their comfort items. Teddy bears, blankets, you name it. The most common nightmare stories I hear could have been solved if the right comfort item was on hand. For one month before my last vacation, I made a list of all of the toys and comfort items my toddler asked for (or cried when it wasn’t available). When I was packing our family’s bags, I used the list to make sure I didn’t forget any.

Choose the Right Vacation

Before I had my little one, I never actually planned my holiday further than a flight and a hotel. When I became a Mom, I needed to change that. I learned that if my little one knew there was adventure ahead, they became excited instead of agitated. If you are new to planning ahead, look at the Groupon Coupons page for Great Value Vacations and find an ‘all inclusive’ package. Every time my toddler started to become tired at the end of the day; I reminded them of what else we had in store for the vacation.

Plan Your Down Time

During your vacation, there are going to be instances where there isn’t much happening. Times like traveling to and between destinations, or just resting for the night before sleep. During these times, entertainment is going to be your best friend. Before you leave the house, load your phone or your tablet with movies or educational games which can keep a little one’s mind occupied and off the idea of just waiting around.

Remember that if you bring movies and games, be sure that your toddler doesn’t just watch and play all vacation. Be clear that your phone/tablet is only available between activities.

Taking a family vacation is a great way to bond and enjoy a much-needed adventure. Instead of dreading the idea, take these tips in mind and enjoy!

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June 27, 2016

Picking Yourself Up

I was inspired by the ‘So You Think You Can Dance, Next Generation’ to write this post. I was just watching those super talented kids pour their hearts out on their performance to move on to the show. There’s this one kiddo whom I can relate to when I was younger and being bullied.

His name is Jarayn. He is very good in Hip-Hop but for that particular test, the kids were made to dance something that was out of their genre and comfort zones. I think they were asked to memorise a choreography for a Broadway-kind of dance stint. It is very obvious that the dance routine was really out of his elements so he struggled to keep up.  And after his stint, he bolted out leaving Fik-Shun (his team leader/coach) shouting from the sidelines, asking him why?

I was saddened to hear that Jarayn is a victim of bullying. I know that feeling. I was bullied too when I was in elementary, always being picked for my height, for my brains, for just being me. Jarayn was then let-go by Fik-Shun but has given him plenty of words to encourage him to keep pursuing his passion. Jarayn even mentioned something about how dance makes him happy. Fik-Shun told him that dance is there for him.  And the people gathered to give him a boost.

Well, if my younger “me” was there, I would tell him to cheer up, hold his head up high, and not to let those bullies get into him. Instead, pour his mind and heart to developing his passion further or even learning new skills. He doesn’t have to prove himself to his bullies. He doesn’t owe them anything. He must pick up the pieces of his broken heart and move on.

I can’t help but cry with him while watching the show. He is young, so vulnerable, and so intense at the same time. I know it is painful and difficult to be rejected in a place where you think you will be safe and where you get your strength, happiness, and security from. Kiddo, the real world can be cruel BUT that doesn’t mean you give up on your dreams. No. All the more you should develop and pursue it. Life can be tough and so is the dance world but never in your young heart and mind think that just because you failed one time, doesn’t mean you will always fail thereafter.  And as for your bullies, leave them be. I bet they don’t even know how to dance.

We all face rejections in life. I have had my many shares of rejections even up to this day but I guess, my resiliency (a better term for my stubbornness) just keeps me pushing and pushing until I achieve my goals and dreams. Rejections can either make or break you, use it positively to your advantage. Develop in your weak areas and you’ll be surprised how that rejection has made you a better, stronger, and a more confident person.

I learned to fend for myself at an early age, to fight my own battles and when to move on. Life’s like that. You win some, you lose some but you never, ever give up.


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June 21, 2016