Saturday, 25 April 2009

Farewell @ the Dubai International Airport

A grandmother's job never ends. Many grandmothers in our society step in to raise children when their mother is unavailable. Even in the best of situations, having a grandmother to help with child raising and to provide a softer touch is often a welcome intrusion. The other side of the issue is that grandmothers have to realize when it is time to step back and keep their mouths shut. If there is a healthy father and mother, they are the ones with the final say in how to raise their children.
As my Mom say bye bye to Gabriel it felt sad that my mom have to go back to philippines without Gabriel. Ofcourse we always have a conversation that she wants to take care of Gaby in the meantime so I can focus work..I know somehow in a way that my mother is all the time correct but "the only words I had told her " How will I know if I dont let the Boy stay with me I have to experienced and try to give my best with Gaby..I also want to share and experienced him stilll being a little boy 2 years more and he will be a grown up Boy. Last words my Mother said " Im always here anytime you can send Gabriel back we are going to miss him especially his tita Rachel". I have so much to thank to my big sister Rachel for taking good care of my son for raising him such a sweet, loving, God fearing boy,smart and intellegent one (plus his being super naughty lol!). And also to the rest of my family who supported me through out the years till this moment on. Thank you guys this will never happen without all of your outmost support to me.

At the airport Johan and his kids join and give a very warm farewell to me Mom

Laughs and fun with Benthe, Merthe and Gabriel

Our farewell lunch @ the Old Town opposite Dubai Mall

Friday, 24 April 2009

My Mama's last day in Dubai

Wärtsilä is a global leader in complete lifecycle power solutions for the marine and energy markets. By emphasising technological innovation and total efficiency, Wärtsilä maximises the environmental and economic performance of the vessels and power plants of its customers. Wärtsilä has been operating in Dubai since 1992 and already has a number of premises here. On 22nd April 2008, Wärtsilä moved to its state-of-the-art workshop office in Dubai Investment Park-2. The majority of the Wärtsilä employees in Dubai will work in the new premises, amounting to around 310 people.

During my mom's last day in dubai we made a visit to my work place at Wartsila LLC DIP, i showed her where exactly is my table. Johan was very hospitable so kind to take us there to show the workshop area where i used to walk every morning first thing at work, in the workshop I meet and greet all our service technician and other engineers that I may passes during the whole day. As proud girl showing my work to my mother and to my Son it's a nice feeling to see how your mother was empressed and proud. I really had hope that i showed this as well to my father but we ran out of time.

Strolling our way to the workshop, johan took us to the propeller workshop area...well ofcourse it's my mom's first time to see a big propeller but it just one of the few bigger one that she h
ad seen.

My Mama pays a visit to Abu Dhabi

Welcome to Abu Dhabi, where luxury and style are infused with traditional values of hospitality and respect. Where sunny weather, tranquil beaches, lush oases, vibrant city life, and a mixture of culture and traditions come together to create a holiday experience like no other. Explore the emirate’s old souqs, sip a fragrant Arabic coffee, ride the dunes on an exhilarating desert safari, or dive into a dazzling marine life - there is something for everyone in Abu Dhabi.

A drive to Abu Dhabi with my Mom!

Saturday, 18 April 2009

The Dubai & Al Ain Zoo

Al Ain Zoo opened in 1969 and has since expanded into one of the largest collections of both common and rare animals. Arabian antelope and deer comprise a large area of the zoo. A variety of African antelope, such as oryx , eland , gazzelle and lechwe can be found in the tree shaded paddocks which offer excellent breeding conditions.The big cathouse features lions, tigers, pumas, black and spotted leopards and jaguars. Gorilla and monkey compounds, a reptile house and aviaries are other highlights of the Al Ain Zoo.The zoo is also famous for its research facilities, in particular the ongoing breeding program for endangered native animals.

Benthe, Gabriel and Merthe
Three kids had a great time exploring the Zoo, running around and been amazed by different beautiful wild life. It was all our first time to visit the historical Zoo, Whole day became tough with emotions and reactions including "Stress Lol" And the temperature is highly ge
tting more warmer.
I took the family to Dubai Zoo which is the highlights of wild life in Dubai

The very moment when Gabriel starts to get moody (guess it's because of the weather Lol)

Friday, 17 April 2009

Al Hamra Fort Hotel @ Ras Al khaima

The Al Hamra Fort Hotel is located two kilometres from the ghost town of Jazirat Al Hamra and 20 kilometres from the city of Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates. Dubai is 75 kilometres from the hotel. Hotel Features. Set overlooking the Arabian Gulf, the Al Hamra Hotel comprises a main residence built in the style of an Arabian fort, and a village of sandy-coloured townhouses. The resort features three outdoor pools, two at the main building and one at the Village. An onsite health club...

Fun begins @ the beach

They say that's it is thier first castle ever made (Johan try to be friendly @ Gaby) hahaha
With Tita Ailene

Gaby stayed under the sun

While at the Pool Gabriel's first time to swim alone ofcourse with the life jacket

My mom really tried to hide in the sun " afraid to get dark skin lol "

Wednesday, 15 April 2009

First Day @ Hope Montessori Nursery

It's Gabriel's first day @ school, while getting ready he start with his PE day its every wednesday free day. Kids will have fun and play during school, gabriel have 2 filipino classmates. With us is Ed my collegue who live next to my building and volunteer to take and drop Gaby, the school is just at the back in my place a walking distance just few blocks away. With my mother who waited till Gaby finish his day at school.

Gabriel's first friend Kim
On our way to school With Ed