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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

10 Lessons Living in the City Has Taught Me


I was born in the province and spent my idyllic time in a small town where everyone knows you by your kin. Mornings were for climbing trees and afternoons were often filled with adventures exploring the fields. As a child living a simple life, nature was my playground. By mid '90s, we moved to another countryfar away from the familiar, comfortable and happy childhood memories. I don't remember having bitter recollection on the big transition since my parents never forget to make us feel grounded. Moreover, Abu Dhabi in the early '90s was the ideal place to raise a family. My father has been there since 1990, and even my grandfather in the early days. Like a tectonic shift, my life was rearranged. I became the expat kid.

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Thursday, February 22, 2018

The Art of Slowing Down


You must have witnessed a sunset at some point in your life. If you haven't, I'm judging you. Get into it! Find a perfect spot. Relax and observe. I've always been a sunset seeker; attuned to the manifestation of oneness with nature. We often get caught up with work or cram in as much as we can to be productive. It's like we're constantly stuck in a cycle of rushing things. But at what cost? Why feel guilty of slowing down to nature's pace and admire everything around us?

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Our Wedding Suppliers


Whenever I get asked about wedding planning, I always say how much I enjoyed every part of it. There were a couple of pre-wedding freakouts but you really don't have to make it harder than it has to be. We decided not to get a full service wedding planner. This will be the first decision you have to make as a couple on the early stages of wedding planning. If you agreed to organize everything on your own, here's a dose of wedding wisdom: Learn to split up tasks. I work well under pressure, my husband can effectively communicate with suppliers. I love playing with design and ideas, my husband trusts my aesthetics. Heehee! We had a year of preparation but I suggest to start as soon as possible. Some wedding suppliers are already booked in advance so have your binder/folder/Excel file ready and start your research. Try not to get caught up in the stress! (See also: Your First Steps In Wedding Planning)

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Sunday, September 24, 2017

How Much is Too Much on Social Media?


From lunches to vacations, everyone seems perpetually compelled to share every mundane detail of their lives on social media. I used to be one of those who clog up my friends' timeline gushing about my life. Until I realized how I managed to craft an online persona. We use social media to put an ideal version of ourselves while minimizing the negatives. I wouldn't post my weekend nights alone watching Netflix or whenever I'm feeling emotional. There's a place for that, it's called Twitter. (No, really. Hahaha!) Well, I did once out of anger but later regretted it. People only get to see my highlight reels, what goes down behind is a whole different story. I don't want to get chewed up by others for pointing out my privileges because who am I to call out people's behavior online? But here's where the problem lies within, where do we draw the line between sharing and oversharing?

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