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Inigo loves frozen yogurt

2 Aug

playing with the chimes at Yogurt Froz

After a day of running errands, Mommy, Daddy and Inigo stopover for a froyo break at T. Morato.  Inigo is one of the rare kids who would prefer frozen yogurt to ice cream, and I am attributing it to the fact that I ate froyo a lot during my pregnancy.  Also, being breastfed up to now, he has probably acquired a taste for its tartness, since it is a known fact that the taste of foods consumed by a lactating mom often makes its way into her milk.

 

 

 

You can't come between a boy and his froyo

It is also a wonderful thing that at 1 1/2 years old, Inigo can already use a spoon by himself.  Ever a sweet boy, he makes sure that Mommy also eats by feeding me.  Probably payback for all the times when I was the one who would spoonfeed him.  I adore how he checks in, by asking me “Okay? Okay?”  He sure is growing up fast…

after the siege

 

 

 

 

 

 

At the end of this post is a link to Inigo’s video. Meanwhile, this was how the yogurt cup ended after Ego wound up eating almost all of it himself. Note that it is a large cup– that tummy does have a lot of space! Sorry for the picture and video quality, but Inigo played with the digicam before and drained all the batteries so I had to make do with my crappy camera phone.

Inigo’s video

Parenting Survey? Pass!

31 Jul

I was online browsing for references for an article I was writing for a client when I received a survey asking me to input some data for a parenting research.  It asked me to provide some information about me and my kid. I declined to answer the survey, fearing that it would eschew their sample and thus mess up their study.  Here is why: Continue reading

Coping with Single Parenthood

30 Jul

I consider myself a single parent, despite being legally married (in a church and all) for several practical reasons.  First, my son and I live in a separate home from his dad; second, I no longer concern myself with whatever (whoever?)  my (ex?) husband chooses to do in his spare time; and three, when push comes to shove, I am the one who must adjust and accommodate to make sure that Inigo gets taken care of.  Continue reading

Mommy and Inigo’s Ordinary Afternoon

29 Jul

Warning: this is an ego-centric post.  Only for family, friends and avid Inigo fans.  Written due to insistent private demand. Continue reading

Mommy and Inigo's Ordinary Afternoon

29 Jul

Warning: this is an ego-centric post.  Only for family, friends and avid Inigo fans.  Written due to insistent private demand. Continue reading

Bitchy or Assertive? What’s the Difference

25 Jul

So far, readers on my blog have been treated to a nice, mellow version of me.  I guess that some of you, especially those who don’t personally know me, may be thinking that the “bitch” in the title of this site has been a misnomer.  Well, you might want to stand back and hold onto something, because a bitch fit is bound to come your way… Continue reading

Bitchy or Assertive? What's the Difference

25 Jul

So far, readers on my blog have been treated to a nice, mellow version of me.  I guess that some of you, especially those who don’t personally know me, may be thinking that the “bitch” in the title of this site has been a misnomer.  Well, you might want to stand back and hold onto something, because a bitch fit is bound to come your way… Continue reading

What will scammers think of next?

23 Jul

I have been receiving a lot of scam emails lately, all of them trying to play on my heartstrings in one way or another.  Here is the latest one, which I just retrieved from my inbox:

Hello My Dearest,

With deep sorrow and tears in my Eye, I know that this mail might come to you as a surprise because we have not met each other or see face to face before. I am Miss.XXXXXXXXX, 23years old an orphan, originated from South Sudan, East Africa, Female, tall, slim, and fair a very good looking girl that loves to be loved.

My father of blessed memory by name late Mr. XXXXXXXX who was the President and Chief Executive Officer in Sudan Petroleum Company, SUDAPET at the Block 9/10, Resident 22/1Africa Street P.O. Box 13188 AlKhartoum 11111 Sudan, The brutal killing of my mother and my father, one kid sister and kid brother took place one early morning by the rebels as a result of the civil war that is going on until now in my country Sudan.

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My email has been hacked!

19 Jul

With my site stats going so well (my Alexa rank moved from 9M to 3M in just 5 days, plus 46% of my readership is in the US) it was with pleasurable anticipation that I opened an email message from someone in PR who is considering my blog for sponsorship. Imagine my dismay when the message turns out to be a disapproving note about me spamming her. Continue reading

The Heart of Qatar

15 Jul

With Disney and Bryan being in Qatar (and likely to stay there unless they find a better offer somewhere else) I thought it would be a good idea to know a bit about this place.  In this guest post are some of the pertinent information about Qatar, its politics and culture. 

map of Qatar

The independent state of Qatar was a former British protectorate that parlayed its oil and natural gas resources to make it one of the most developed countries in the Middle East. It currently has a per capita income higher than many of the countries inWestern Europe.

The common medium of language is Arabic, with English coming in as second owing to its British colonial past. The following are some of the guidelines for safety in the country:

  • Women may experience some form of harassment. So when going out, do go with others or remain in areas where there are many people; (note to DIS!)
  • Abayas are recommended. These are long black cloaks and headscarves worn by local women;

    women in abayas

  • Do expect haze, dust and sand storms during the day. Be always informed of weather conditions especially when traveling on the road;
  • Keep hydrated. Drink lots of bottled water and take the necessary precautions for the sun such as sunscreen and shades;
  • Respect the local customs. Do be aware of the clothes worn as revealing clothing may be subject to police action.

As can be seen, one of the burgeoning metropolises in the Gulf region is located right in Qatar. Capitalizing on its economic development, the country has just recently hosted the 2006 Asian Games and is scheduled to host the 2022 World Cup. With such hospitality and development, making Qatar as one of your must see destinations should be made when jaunting through the Middle East.

While many of its neighboring countries are undergoing political turmoil, the country has remained stable despite the brewing crises of its neighbors. The government has remained firm in making the country further flourish and become the model of economic development in the region.

Its capital is Doha, where most of the business and economic activity in the country is centralized. There are other destinations in the country namely:

  •  Khor Al Udeid. This is an area of rolling dunes famed for offroad racing by both locals and tourists. A normal trip to the region would include the off-roading, a campfire and a traditional Arab meal;
  • Zubarah. This is the ruins of an old fort city built back in 1938. Also in the area is planned theQatar-Bahrain Friendship Bridge allowing travel between Qatar and Bahrain;
  • Souq Waqif. This is the traditional ancient marketplace of Qatar. Now, it has many restaurants with many sellers allowing bargaining for traditional Qatari items;
  • The Pearl. This is the man-made island connected to Dohaby bridge where there are high end restaurants and shops for the populace;
  • The Villagio Mall. This Venetian-inspired shopping mall has a canal with gondolas. The mall boasts of many shops, from thrifty to high end for every buyer’s taste;
  • Museums. The most famed museums of the country are the Mathaf and the Museum of Islamic Art–Doha. The former showcases Arabic modern art while the latter provides a glimpse of traditional and ancient Arab pieces;
  • Katara. This is the cultural village housing many international and Arab restaurants, with a beautiful beach and host to many cultural events;

In order to enter the country, visas are required. There are exemptions to this requirement allowing for a thirty (30) day stay after payment of the visa fee.

Most Western European countries, some Asian cities, the US and GCC countries are exempt from the required visa. For others, one needs a guarantor or sponsor in Qatar to be granted a visa. The most common entry into the country is through Qatar Airways, and they can also provide hotel accommodations and visa assistance if needed .

For more information on travel to the Middle East, do check out the various Expatforum articles at our site or join the discussions at Expat Forum