From Skype With Love

I received a good news on the email yesterday from Skype. I thought it was just a spam.

It says:

To our customers impacted by Typhoon Haiyan,

Skype®

Following the devastation and loss of life brought about by Friday’s typhoon, our thoughts are with everyone affected.

At this time, we know that getting in touch with friends, family and colleagues is vitally important. To help you do this, we’re giving you a credit voucher that will allow you to make up to 60 minutes of calls, depending on where you call in the world. You can also use it to send text messages directly from Skype. This can be redeemed immediately.

Isn’t that so nice?! The overwhelming help from all around the world because of the recent typhoon in the Philippines is one of the many reasons why we should always be thankful and think positive about life.

I know I don’t talk much about current events here on my blog, but just for you to know, I’m aware of everything. It’s just that I feel like things are always not to be blogged about. I’d rather pray for it and talk about it personally with my husband for example, but yeah. I’m aware of everything. We don’t have TFC, but thank God for online browsing/live streaming. Hehehe! ;)

So anyway, I hope that help will find their ways to reach out fast. And we will continue to be strong Filipinos and stand up.

Tulong Na, Taban Na, Tayo Na!

My family are all safe Alhamdulillah. We are living in the city far from where the calamity struck, but my family felt the hit of Ondoy a few years ago. It left our town proper flooded.

Be safe everyone. Stay positive.

Highlights of 2012

WARNING: Photo overload hehehe!

So here we go. Before I totally forget. Just to summarize the year of 2012.

JANUARY

It was our first family photo to be complete after what happened last 2011. I can’t believe that we’re finally here in UAE and looking forward to start our new life. This was the month that we first see the beauty of Burj Al Khalifa (that still give me jitters up until now whenever I see it in person).

Day 7/366 - Dubai Mall to meet up with friends and to see this amazing building Burj Al Khalifa.01.01.12 - US at Sahara Mall. Our first family photo for this year. Alhamdulillah!

February

Had the opportunity to finalized or visa. In return, we had to exit UAE and stayed overnight in a hotel in Muscat Oman. Hubby went first and within that week, me and my kids flew to Oman. My MIL arrived as well to stay for a short visit.
It was this month that we experienced life in Dubai through riding the means of transportation: Bus and Metro.

Our flight going to Muscat Oman. Feb28/12MIL's first time in Dubai Aquarium and to see the beauty of Burj Al Khalifa.Our first ride over Dubai Metro w MIL.Nahuli sa parade ng National Day ng UAE ✌✌✌

March

Everything was back to normal. Hubby started to look for a job while I on the other hand are still coping up with our new life.
Yazan celebrated his 6th birthday too. It was a month of roaming around because MIL was here and then she had to leave and go back to Rabegh that time too.

At Dubai Festival City. Alhamdulillah! To God be the glory.❤Julie & Julia❤Goofing around during their cousin's birthday.

April

Opportunities come and go. We still don’t have work and we’re still looking for chances as well. But we know that Allah’s with us. We may not have what we’ve always wanted to have, but we’re still blessed that we are complete and we’re together through thick and thin. Met with my cousin and they showed us more of Dubai’s finest places. Burj Al Arab was very beautiful.

While waiting for Papa, me and the kids stroll down along Jumeirah Beach Residence. Nagutom lang ako pano puro restaurants. Mag lu-lunch pa naman. After strolling for 30mins, Julie and Julia's face were so pink. Even when walking under the shades, ang iniTGIF w my cousins at Souq Madinat Jumeirah. First time to see Burj Al Arab.Ansaveh ng Rayban?

May

It’s my SIL birthday month. We treat her in Applebee’s Dubai and she loved their steaks. But I wasn’t impressed with their service though. Nothing can compare the hospitality of Applebee’s Qatar. Having a SIL like ate Rana is one of the best gift I’ve received from God. My family-in-law are the best and I’m one lucky WIFE indeed. Masha’Allah.

Taken last Friday: (L) Hubby, Yazan, SIL and her husband + their "Still-thinking-what-to-order" faces.Celebrating SIL's birthday. Her Cake topped with the free Syrian flag. We love you ate Rana!!! @ranaowainy5.25.2012 • Julie & Julia • ApplebeesSIL and I

June

Our dearest Julie turned 1. Hubby’s cousin celebrated her birthday as well for this month. Went out to Zaabeel Park with cousins and Hubby was preparing to leave to Jeddah this month as well. It was a heartbreaking month because we will not be with him for a month.

Julie's Cake

I miss you Sweety! Come home soon.Taken during the last week of June. We visited Hubby and SIL's cousin for a surprise birthday cake. photo snag from SIL @ranaowainyFinally went boat riding at the corniche. Our first boat ride experience was in Doha Corniche last April 20, 2007 (Our first day as husband and wife) Now after 5 years, here we are with our two lovely treasures.TGIF with cousin Cyrille. Naipit ko ata si Lilypot

July

Hubby left to Jeddah to find work. While his brother, Ahmad arrived and stayed for a week since he’s going to Riyadh to finally Alhamdulillah start working there. Hubby went to make Omrah in Mecca that month as well. Hubby arrived at the end of the month too. You can see the last photo my girls giving him a welcome kiss. They sure miss their dad. Oh by the way, this was the month that ScrapMatters accepted my application as a Guest CT for their store for the month of December. It was a such a happy/sad/exciting month I believe.

All his bags are packed and ready to go...✈ Hubby's leaving again tomorrow. He's off to Jeddah to make Omrah in Macca and to also try his luck to search for a job. He'll be welcomed by my parents-in-law. Kagabi pa ako nagiiiyakBIL is here! We missed him. Sayang hindi sila nagkaabot ni Abed.He's in Mecca now. Alhamdulillah!Sensya na, masaya lang ako talaga. Hehehe!!! Kahit na mali username ko dito ok lang. Basta may JHARI pwede na sa akinBIL's tour at Dubai Mall. First time to see the Waterfall Atrium as well. Gondo lang!And Papa's home

August

It’s my mom’s birthday month. And Hubby got his gall bladder removed as well. He was confined in the hospital for 3 days for that procedure. Alhamdulillah he’s all fine up until now. Harry died on me the previous month and he was revived after being taken to another local store. Thank God! And August was a month of getting ready for Eid. A job opportunity knocked on my door. I thought that was it. Until now I’m still hoping that they’ll give me a callback. But I guess, it’s not okay to let your hopes up too much.

Mommy and DaddyThank you for praying with us.WB Harry!"I promise... Do you?"C is for Cookie. Stocking up for the Eid.

September

It’s Yara’s turn to celebrate her birthday. She turned 9 that month. The call that I was waiting for came in that month again. 2nd interview. It’s summer time so we went to Bab Al Shams and a swimming at Dreamland.

Waited for 3hrs and this was my view this afternoon. Sumakit ang fwet ko hahahah!⌚One Monday night at Bab Al Shams.After 2yrs, nakapag swimming rin. Hindi ko na uulitin. Ayoko na mangitim. Huhuhu!!! Yup, that's one of our ways to cover up. Exclusive Muslim Swim wear but there's one i want na Speedo ang tatak. Para may protection talaga sa sun. Hanap kami ni SIL next t

October

Hubby’s birthday month. Hoorah! He turned 32 last year and Alhamdulillah he’s with us and praying for more years to come. We spent the day along the beach with SIL’s family. Thankful for another year. We brought Julia to her 2nd dental Check-up too for this month. Went up to Green Mubazzarah a well. Picnic with Hubby’s family. And lastly, this month was a hectic month for our dearest Lily. She was nebulized for the first time. Wawa baby. Suffered due to cold and cough.

We're here. Alhamdulillah.2nd Dental Check-upMy ex-boyfriend cc: @abedoweiniMorning kisses from Julie and Julia for dearest Papa. Happy birthday Sweety @abedoweini. I hope you enjoyed your day with us from sunrise to sunset.Went this morning to the health center para pa-checkup si Lily. Nebulize ang bagsak. Ubo, sipon and teething stage nagsabay sabay kasi. Wawa naman sana ako nalang may sakit pag ganito. She cried too much that it hurts seeing her in pain.

November

The weather started to change this month. I started to arrange our clothes and pull out the winter ones. This was the month for the end of Twilight Saga. And hubby surprised me by buying a ticket for the first day showing here in UAE. I was really surprised and was shouting like crazy LOL! Our pretty Julia turned 4. Alhamdulillah. I couldn’t ask for anything more except for her to be safe and to grow up with full of respect to elders. We experienced our first dine in at the famous Golden Fork in Dubai. Hubby’s cousin and her husband took us there for a treat. Over all, November was  good month.

The celebrant with her birthday cake. Happy 4th birthday ate Julia!!!
A day at the park.Julie & Julia at Al Mamzar Bay. ❤ 11.26.2012Passed by the big tent on our way to the park this afternoon. So excited! Weeeee! It'll be my first time na makakita ng circus live!And there goes the end of Twilight Saga... Forever❤ 11.15.2012Golden Fork. Sarap ng Seafood soup nila. Grilled shrimp, the best! Treat from hubby's cousin.

Finally, December

National Day for UAE falls on the 2nd day of December. We experienced how patriotic Emirati all are. UAE flags are all over the place. And the Corniche was unbelievably crowded. The traffic enforcers had to close the whole street just for all families to be safe to cross back and forth. My birthday month. I was sick and it’s not a good sign at all. Got infected with the stomach flu. Me, my husband and my kids suffered with it for 2 1/2 days. Ugh! We had to move my birthday celebration on the 7th.  We dine in for the 2nd time in Applebee’s with and first time at Chilli’s. Thanks for the generous family of SIL. Oh yeah, this month ended with removing lice and nits. Yup, you heard it right. SIL’s kids got it and 2 of my kids obviously had it too. Good thing we were able to remove them all after 3 weeks of curing and shampooing everyday. Ugh! What a stressful month.

Oh yez! Traffic along Corniche. Saya ng National Day dito sa UAE. Ramdam mo hangang kahapon pa. Parang fiesta sa park dahil ang ingay and super dami ng tao. Families all group together for a picnic. Ang saya lang! Hehehe!Sick at 32Will be blowing my cake for my 32nd birthday. We call this, "dress up party". Kasi wala naman party. Hehehe!With cousin Hiba at Applebee's Dubai. [12.13.12]Untitled

That’s it. 2012 was a tough year for us all. Health, marriage, financial and relationship with each of us here in the house has been challenged a lot. But Alhamdulillah, things are great and Allah never put us down in times of need. We’re striving hard and we’re coping up as well. We can do this and we will not give up until we’re up on our own. We’re blessed and we’re thankful.

Be Happy

At 12:01 am today, God whispered to me:

Dear Jhari,

Surrender your stress to Me now.  Your body wasn’t made for severe stress. 

Be happy,
God

P.S. Jhari, I’m taking off from your shoulders all your worries and fears and anxieties today.  Don’t get them back! 

Yes, I’ve been really stressed lately. I’m thinking a lot of things that sometimes, I’m an inch of giving up hope. But when I read this, it made me realize that it’s not always dark. I mean, we sleep at night and then we get up the next day. And when we wake up, there’s the sun. And it’s bright. That means right now, whatever situation my family are into, I know that Allah God Almighty will always be there to lift us up on this dark side of our lives. It’s hard, but it’s ok. It hurts, but it doesn’t matter anymore. Because it’s in the past. What matters now is the present and future. AMEN!

Be Thankful

A friend sent me this message – and became an inspiration. Thank you Chief B :)

Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire.
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?

Be thankful when you don’t know something, for it gives you the opportunity to learn.

Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.

Be thankful for your limitations,
because they give you opportunities for improvement.

Be thankful for each new challenge,
because it will build your strength and character.

Be thankful for your mistakes.
They will teach you valuable lessons.

Be thankful when you’re tired and weary, because it means you’ve made the effort.
It’s easy to be thankful for the good things.

A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are also thankful for the setbacks.

Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive.

Find a way to be thankful for your troubles, and they can become your blessings.

14th Day

It’s the 14th day of Ramadan. So far so good. Alhamdulillah. I’m really getting used to not eat until it’s Athan or call for the Magreb prayer. I guess it’s because the willingness to fast is there and you really feel how blessed you are for the food in the dining table once you’re all ready to eat. Alhamdulillah, thanks be to God.

Kinsena’t Katapusan

It means 15th and last day of the month. Meaning, salary day. If you’re an employee in the Philippines, your company might be giving you your pay cheques already. Or for some, their salaries are transfered in their bank account. But if you’re a SAHM like me, everyday is a pay day. Not equivalent to money but equal to happiness seeing your growing kids and loved by a dear partner.

I was talking to a friend over Viber last night. We were talking about work and it’s worth. Yes, it can give you the pleasure of earning something. For what? So that you can buy the things you want in life and support the people you love. But then we realized that some things can’t be measured by money. I may not be earning much right now like any employees, but at least I’m blessed to be with my family. My husband, my 2 adorable kids – it’s enough to be called rich.

Just ranting. TGIF everyone.

MIA Because…

I gave birth already to a bouncing baby girl. We named her Julie just after her sister Julia. Yeah it’s odd. There’s too much letters in the alphabet that we can mixed up to have a name for her but, the moment we found out that we’re bearing another girl, my husband suggested to name her Julie. So be it then…

LO45 - Lily

Born 4th of June 2011 at exactly 10:00PM. Weighing 3kgs. Labored for such a long time. Contractions began at 6:15PM of June 3. But gave birth after almost 29 hours of pain. Normal delivery but no epidural since I was 4cm when we reached the hospital. It was 2cm the night before. But Julie was so in a hurry to come out that once we reached the hospital, the doctor informed me that it’s too late for him to give me pain killers, hence natural birthing method should be done. It was very very and another very painful journey of my life. But Alhamdulillah, thanks God even though I labored for so long, I was able to pushed her out on the 3rd call (or should I say, yell?) hehehe! :D

Right now, I’m still in the healing process but hopefully will be fully recovered after 2 more days. I thank all my friends and family who left their messages over FB and sent their warm welcomes over Twitter and IG as well.

A Place of Our Own

“A house is made of walls and beams; a home is built with love and dreams.”
“Home is a place you grow up wanting to leave, and grow old wanting to get back to”
“Home is the place where it feels right to walk around without shoes”
HSH

This is our blessing. A door house of our own. We’re thankful for this blessing. Most especially for the support of my in-laws. Without their guidance, this door will not be possible now. Our home is ready for us. But due to unexpected circumstances, we opt not to move in right now. I’m giving birth in a few weeks and we need someone to be with me. So we’re still staying with in IL’s house. Aside from that, the building is not yet fully occupied. We’re still waiting for some residents to occupy the available flats within the building and for them to build it since our building is more on a owned thing, you get what I mean? Build is as you want it to be. Designed it as you like.

What’s inside? Close friends have seen what we have in store for us. Hubby and I chose everything from A-Z. From the fixtures and furniture, the color of walls. FIL is our foreman. He organized the group of people to build the house. We’re lucky because the electrician in charge is Hubby’s cousin too. This house is built by the guidance of Allah God Almighty. I thank my friends for the support and for all the wonderful compliments we received. Thank you thank you! We await for a generous person who can give us a new samsung lcd screens to complete our living room, haha! :D Just kidding.

HSH Update

The other day, Hubby took me to see the updates on the house. I can’t believe that in 3 months time, they were able to finish a lot. A big change has been made since my last visit last end of December 2010.

  • Floor tiles are done.
  • The walls in the entrance and living room are painted already – but with the first coating only.
  • They are currently painting the doors as of the moment. Sliding doors for the pathway going to the rooms are already in place, they will then install the doors once done with the painting.
  • The places for the roll-up are ready for installation too.
  • The ceilings are all done. Ready for painting and the wirings for the light bulbs are ready.
  • The verandas are up too.

I found out that the veranda are too high. This was made for security reasons. I asked hubby that we can buy a rack to hang the clothes and just placed it just at the exit of the kitchen veranda. Or we could still hang the clothes at the veranda itself but we need to buy a step stool for me. Yeah, I’m that short! :d Otherwise, Hubby will be the one to hang the clothes which of course he don’t agree. So I searched for some step stool design that hopefully we can find here.image

Lastly, I thank God for all of this. Alhamdulillah, Masha’Allah for the blessings. I’ll update soon on our next visit.

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.

Realization

Thanks to Kerslyn for this wonderful email I received the other day. Read on and be inspired, because I really was inspired.

To get something you never had, you have to do something you never did. When God takes something from your grasp, He’s not punishing you, but merely opening your hands to receive something better. Concentrate on this sentence…

The will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you. 

Something good will happen to you today; something that you have been waiting to hear.  

There comes a point in your life when you realize:
Who matters,
Who never did,
Who won’t anymore…
And who always will.
So, don’t worry about people from your past,
there’s a reason why they didn’t make it to your future.