365 Photos Just to make sure that I will not be late with uploading photos for this year’s project 365, I just want to let you know that my photos are all uploaded straight over my flickr account under the “365 Days / 2011” album. I’m so happy that I’ve finally got my flickr under pro (thanks to my Mommy Santa for making my wish come true).

Click on the image above to direct you over my flickr account and view these photos. I love Instagram! I’m gaining friends as well over that application. Before me and dear friend Shey are the only ones on my feeds, now I’m following 10 and have 9 followers. You can follow me too. My name si “Jhari O. or @omjulia”.

Black is Beautiful

The most loving celebration is just a few weeks away. For those looking for an engagement ring or planning to have an idea for their wedding bands, why don’t you try a Black Diamond Jewelry for a change? I just browsed some photos over their site and I was stunned by the beauty of a black diamond. Why didn’t I think of that?

White Gold Ring with Black Diamond & DiamondSterling Silver Ring with Black DiamondRound Black Diamond White Gold Ring with DiamondRound Black Diamond White Gold Ring with Diamond

I will look for a replacement with my current engagement ring. But it’s just a thought. There’s a lot of things needs to be prioritized for now.

Our Baby is 19 Weeks


How your baby’s growing:

Your baby’s sensory development is exploding! Her brain is designating specialized areas for smell, taste, hearing, vision, and touch. Some research suggests that she may be able to hear your voice now, so don’t be shy about reading aloud, talking to her, or singing a happy tune if the mood strikes you.

Your baby weighs about 8 1/2 ounces and measures 6 inches, head to bottom — about the size of a large heirloom tomato. Her arms and legs are in the right proportions to each other and the rest of her body now. Her kidneys continue to make urine and the hair on her scalp is sprouting. A waxy protective coating called the vernix caseosa is forming on her skin to prevent it from pickling in the amniotic fluid.

See what your baby looks like this week.

How Am I feeling?
I feel weird. My tummy’s getting a bumpy already. I’m wearing my maternity pants as well every time we go out. Still craving for a lot of food which I couldn’t find here in SAR right now. I’m loosing weight – which is not what we all expect. I’m now weighing 45kgs. The last time I checked, I was 43kgs. We’re thinking that the 2kgs is because of the baby not because I’m getting bigger. I don’t eat that much as well. I don’t have my appetite to eat and it’s killing my husband for it. So my in-laws are trying their best as well to feed me. We had to go out every 2 days just to change my mood. I hate my hormones – honestly! and I don’t like the feeling that I’m special just so because I’m pregnant. But never the less, I’m thankful and blessed to have such a supportive family-in-laws during the absence of my parents.

I’m emotionally inclined as well with my mood. I hate seeing my husband in the morning. So what he usually do is that he will not talk to me that much in the morning instead, he’ll just give a quick kiss good morning to avoid me being in a bad mood. Yeah I know, I’m one lucky girl.

On A Bed Rest

I was MIA for quite some time. I was (again) on a bed rest. I felt pain on the lower part of my back and my body doesn’t have the strength as well to go out of bed. I lay down on my sides twisting from side to side every now and then. I realized those days while I was at rest that I missed my Mom and my Dad so much. Really thank God for technology, Skype is just a click away and I was able to talk to them yesterday. Sigh… but I’m lucky and thankful as well because my family-in-laws are the greatest people beside me right now. Mama and Papa, SILs and even BIL was there to look after me for the last 2 days. Thank you so much to all of them.

I feel much better now, thank God. But I have to do some work errands online and need to finish reading some article about lipozene reviews as soon as possible before it run out of me.

Thank you for my Twitter Prayer Warriors for praying for me at times when I needed it most.

“My Name is Khan…”

“…and I’m not a terrorist.”

The other day, I had the most tearful day ever.

We were eating lunch and BIL said that we should watch the movie entitled “My Name is Khan”. I’m not really sure at first since he said that the movie is played by a leading and Bollywood actor. Though the story is based in the United States. So I said “Ok, let’s go for it…”

And just as the movie reached it’s first 20 minutes, I found myself in tears already. The leading role is autistic. And with this type of people, I feel hopeless already putting myself in his shoes in the movie.

The movie for me is a way of saying to people that, crime is not based on religion. Here’s a summary for the story for you to read.

I guarantee that you’ll love this movie too. Hope you have time to see it soon.

And for that reason, while watching the movie, I ate too much. Hahaha! MIL baked Béchamel – one of my favorite pasta. Now we need to find the best diet pills as soon as possible.

The Girl’s Room

image I love this idea for a head to head bedroom design for my girl’s room. Since Julia will be staying for quite some time alone, we might put a sofa on the other bed, what do you think? I’ve already saved this image for reference. Baby #2 will be sleeping on the crib anyway. I hope the idea will be liked by hubby.

There’s another a lternative for it if Hubby didn’t’ like the idea.

And to occupy the space for her school things, this will do great too.

Thinking of these designs makes me hungry. Let me think of some ideas for the mean time about some appetite suppressant that works and then I’ll go ahead to search for some home ideas once more.

I Miss This…

Before doing a review on motorcycle insurance, let me tell you that I surely miss to digiscrap! Waaaah! Seeing these beautiful calendar set makes me feel like crying *sniff *sniff.

See this on frame.
I wish that I can find myself scrapping just in time for sweet home to be build. I could use up my abandoned PS actions for this type of template. Such lovely photos of Julia awaits to be framed. Sigh… I really do miss scrapping, is it that obvious? Hahaha!

Find this lovely set over Oscrap store and save up to 20% of purchase.


DAY 11 – This was taken at the hi-way on our way up to the mountains going to Beirut Lebanon Tuesday morning. The snow tops on top of the mountains are such a wonderful view from afar. So sad though we were not able to come up due to the limited time we had to stay in Lebanon. Probably next time we can go up once more and let Julia experience her first time in the snow.
Day 11
DAY 12 – A very happy Julia while having our lunch at Shrimpy – a sea food restaurant, famous for their delicious shrimps.
Day 12
DAY 13 – Just another sunny afternoon play time with Papa dear. My little girl is such a daddy’s girl indeed.
Day 13
DAY 14 – Our last trip along the Corniche of Beirut. We left early just in time for sunrise and view of their light house.
Day 14

iPhone’s Radio App

I’m so thankful that I was able to download an iPhone app recently and it’s called “Radio PHI”. It’s connected via wireless and it has this buffered features that enables a listener to enjoy live music played locally in the Philippine FM Radio stations. Feeling myself like home. I suddenly missed having a real surround speakers that I can use while listening to the songs over the radio. Sigh… sorry for ranting. I feel home sick right now. 

Philippine E-Passport Experience

This is a long over due post. But I had to post it for a remembrance. Hahaha! During our stay in the Philippines, I had to renew my passport since I will not be able to apply for a visa going for a short vacation here in Syria. My passport will expire originally next month. But according to Syrian Embassy, passport should at least be valid for 6 months.

I found out that there’s a new way to renew Passports in the Philippines since you have to undergo appointments online. When I visited DFA’s official site regarding this new procedures, I found it very convenient honestly speaking. However, the dates which you have to wait to set the appointment is a burden for all. During that time (which was last month) the next slot to go to the DFA’s office was January 18th 2011. It will like take me a month to wait. I was left with no choice but to ask help from my 2nd sister to go over DFA’s office personally to seek guidance as to what we can do to expedite the procedure for renewing my passport. Thank God my sister’s good PR was a good help at that time. She was able to go inside and talk to the Director and asked approval for my immediate personal appearance. I was able to visit DFA the next day.

I was given 2 choices by the clerk. First was to renew and at the same time change my last name on my passport, but the releasing of my new passport will be on the 28th of December. That was like 17 days of waiting, which was way too long for us to wait.

The 2nd choice was just to do an amendment on my passports saying that it’s extended for another 2 years (up until 2012) and another amendment saying that the bearer of the passport will hold my married surname. If this will be done, I will just wait for 3 days then I can pick-up my passport. I chose the 2nd one obviously.

We were so thankful for the lady who helped us. She made it very easy for us – without bribing anyone.

So for anyone of you readers who wants to renew their passport, take my advice and do it 6 months before the expiration date. If you’re out of the country, better consult your embassies regarding the procedure as well to avoid inconvenience on your part. Good luck!

We’re Back!

…From Lebanon. No access to internet for days.

I’ll try to update by tomorrow about:
- Philippine DFA’s Passport Renewal Experience
- My Beirut’s 2nd time experience
- Jeddo’s current health situation (Hubby’s loving grandfather)
- 365 days photo upload


DAY 9 – This is on KESHK AL ‘OMARA meaning “The Sweets of the Princess”. Hubby’s uncle went over to visit and dropped this delicious sweet made of milk and some other ingredients I don’t know in particular actually. But the taste is delicious, it’s the most important thing.



DAY 8 – Monster Inc for the nth time again. I’m lying in bed right now making the little one busy for some time. Hubby’s not feeling well right now. So he’s outside in the living room gaining some strength.


It’s quite cold right now here and a lot of my friends are all not feeling well too. Stay safe everyone and back up your daily routine with vitamin C.