He’s Home With The Minions

My husband arrived last Monday morning. And we are truly thankful for a safe flight back and forth.

The kids got up in an instant when I told them that Papa is here. A happy smile from Lily and exciting face from Julia.

Lots of pasalubong too. I’m glad that he didn’t forget my bilin. Hehehe!

But here’s one thing that is making me happy:


I’m so happy that he’s finally home. Alhamdulillah!

He has so much stories of China. And one major thing he noticed is that they don’t know how to speak English. If you’re on a business and leisure, a help from a translator is highly recommended. Even taxi drivers from the airport itself don’t know how to speak English. He said that the only way for them to reach a certain location is by giving the drivers a business card with an address. Well that explains why they were able to go to their hotel. He even noticed the text messages from networks. Not a single English word can be found. He wanted to subscribe for a data package. How can he follow instructions if it looks like the pic below? Hahaha!


Let’s inset a hashtag here #KamotUlo hahaha!

Anyway, I’m just glad he’s home. Alhamdulillah. Hopefully we can tag along to his next trip to China.>

He’s The Man

Say hello the the man of my life. My better half, my husband. It’s been a rough road for us for the couple of years especially last 2011. But through God’s grace and blessing, we’re all alive and well – and that he’s with us too. Alhamdulillah for everything. I’m just so proud to make a layout for him – as always.

I made this layout using the kit and templates below.



Alpha Male, a collaboration by Traci Reed and Brook Magee, takes another look into your little man’s antics or your big boy’s lovely quirks. In richer shades of primary colors and generous references to the alphabet, Alpha Male is perfect for documenting adventures and play time, even memorable quotes, and mischievous moments of the boys in your life.

Alpha Male by Traci Reed and Brook Magee Brook's Templates - Trifecta 01 - Try Angles by Brook Magee
A digital scrapbooking template pack by Brook Magee. These layered templates are great for scrapbooking your memories with ease and style. Templates can be used multiple times to create a variety of unique layouts for your scrapbook albums. Just switch out papers, photos, and add your own special touches!

The credits are above with their respective links. Enjoy :) Oh and I’m getting ready for a project because I want to have it print for her upcoming photo book. An online print solutions is the solution for this. Yahoo!

From China With Love

I’m in the process of composing myself right now. Blogging direct from my mobile phone. Hubby will be away again for a maximum 10 days. He has some business in China with his boss. I wish we can tag along but In sha Allah next time. I cried too much last night now my head is spinning. Huhuhu!

Since Julia don’t have any school, we’re staying here in the house until he comes back. It’s gonna be a borring week I’m telling you, but all is good Alhamdulillah.

The downside on this one though is that the girls will be watching and getting most of the time using the laptop. I have to keep them busy otherwise they will turn the house upside down. Hahaha! Perks of being a SAHM.

Abundant Love

As much as I want this man to be in love with playing instruments, he’d rather watch the news and be updated with the current events around the world. Say hi to my Sweetheart for 6 going 7 years.

I would love him to play an instrument, but I guess people are meant to not be perfect in everything. He loves listening to slow music rather than rock and roll. He loves watching series than watching any contest that has something to do with singing. You see how simple and I guess bored he is? LOL! Just kidding. Was thinking of him and music because I was in search for a jupiter brass instrument accessories for a friend that I couldn’t find online yet.

Oh by the way, this layout is from one of these awesome templates. Can you find which one I used?


CREDITS | Abundant Love by Amber Shaw | Fuss Free: Hip To Be Square 2 by Fiddle-Dee-Dee Designs http://scraporchard.com/market/Fuss-Free-Hip-To-Be-Square-2-Digital-Scrapbook.html fdd_ffHTBS2 #fiddledeedee #fussfree


Creating this layout is just right on time for my husband’s 33rd birthday. I never thought that the released of this layout will be a day before his birthday, and what a coincidence that I chose our photos together. Just perfect to show how much lucky I am to be married to this awesome guy!

LO181 – Because Of You

Because of You by Jennifer Labre Designs
Jargon by Zoliofrope


Because of You is a fun and whimsical kit that is perfect for capturing the people you love, the reasons you love them and the person you are because of them.

Because Of You

Yeah I got the title because of Keith Martin’s “Because Of You”. I love that song. So when I created this layout using Sweet Surrender by LDrag Designs, featuring of course the star of my life, my husband, I said I’ll give that as a title for this layout.

Here’s a preview of the kit that I used.

This kit contains
1 full grey metal alpha with uppercase, lowercase, numbers and some punctuation!
16 papers
5 solids
and 11 patterned papers
and 43 ellies!

And here’s my layout for it. It’s nice that one my favorite color is here. That is turquoise. Glad that hubby loved it too. But of he has to question on why I used this photo (like usual). But I like his smile on this one so that’s why I had it featured.

Sweet Surrender by LDrag Designs
Triplets Volume 1 by Jamie Seawards Designs

He is Mine Forever

As I’ve told you, this month of February will all be for my better half and how lucky I am because Litabells just did an awesome kit which is name “My Better Half”. Coincidence right? Click here for a larger view and see below for the credits.

My Better Half by Litabells
2-5-13 Tuesday Template by Cluster Queen Creations

You can check out this awesome kit on the store as well.

So This Is Love

It’s the month of February. It’s the love month. So I’m dedicating all layout for this month for my loving husband. Thank you so much for being there to support me all through out this simple hobby of mine. May Allah blessed and keep you safe as always. I’m lucky to have you as my partner.

Bliss by Meagan’s Creations
Paper Hearts Templates V2 by Meagan’s Creations

Highlights of 2012

WARNING: Photo overload hehehe!

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


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!


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 ✌✌✌


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.


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?


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


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


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


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.


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


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.


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.

Everything Is Better With You

I was so inspired the other week when I made this layout for my better half. That I realized that I used the same photo that will be featured next month hahaha! My mistake. But it’s a different kit anyway. That’s why Hubby said “Why is it that your designs looks the same?” — well, that’s because the photo is THE same LOL!

Better With You Part 1 | Better With You Part 2|A Collaboration by Mye de Leon and Gennifer Bursett
Former Freebies Set #2 | Cindy Schneider of SSD

We Thank You!

On behalf of my husband, we would like to thank our family and friends who prayed with us while Hubby undergoes Laparoscopic cholecystectomy. The procedure including the waiting time exactly took 2 hours and 7 minutes. Yep, I was that conscious with the time.

My reason for being MIA over IG for 2 days.Thank you for praying with us. The procedure took exactly 2 hours. Konti nalang nakuha sa kanyang gallstone. Siguro kung hindi kami nag flush out 3wks ago, baka mas marami pang nakuha. Hehehe! He'll come home insha Allah tomorrow (that's today na pala kas

I had to take photos while he’s in the hospital for remembrance. His stones were so small. I think we flushed most of it 3 weeks ago. We had to do something to reduce the pain he was going through every other day. So we tried the cleansing procedure which includes fasting, 1 pint of Olive oil and half pint of squeezed lemon. I can’t bare the pain of seeing him in pain while waiting to be scheduled for this operation. We waited for 3 months for this, so we’re really thankful that it’s now finish.

Hubby’s home and is currently recuperating. We hope that he’ll get to his normal activities in a week’s time. Again, thank you for keeping us in your thoughts.