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  2. This is a new post from Expat Child by Carole Hallett Mobbs Expat Child - Moving overseas with children. Relocation advice. When expat life doesn’t work out Despite our best intentions, relocations don’t always work out the way we hope and ... Read More The post Expat failure – when and if expat life doesn’t work out appeared first on Expat Child. View the full article
  3. Struggling with bloating, IBS, leaky gut, SIBO, gas or constipation? Around 80% of our entire immune system is located in the digestive tract! Recognised as our second brain and the root cause of disease by scientists. A disrupted gut have also been linked to a number of other imbalances such as depression & anxiety food sensitivities skin problems like eczema fibromyalgia gas & diarrhoea poor concentration joint pain diabetes hormonal imbalances autoimmune diseases Here are some simple and easy ways to improve your digestion to get a bloat free happy tummy #1 Food combine food combining boosts improves overall gut health and helps ease existent digestive distress There are many ways to properly food combine, here is a easy to follow example you can follow If you find food combining too tricky to follow use this one take away. Always eat fruit alone and never after meals. Fruit is the quickest of foods to digest and will cause fermentation. Think bloating, pain & strange noises . #2 Digestive enzymes/Boost stomach acid It is a myth that heart burn is caused by too much acid within the body. Instead, we should focus on increasing the amount of acid to help alleviate digestive discomft. This helps the natural digestive enzymes to do their job properly – improve digestive and boost acidity How? Chew food REALLY well. This allows the enzymes to be secreted optimally. Add apple cider vinegar (amazon link) before each meal. ACV is high in digestive enzymes which naturally boosts stomach acid Include a raw element to each meal. Raw foods are full of naturally occurring digestive enzymes # 3 Drink more water (but not with meals) water hydrates our cells & allows finer to transmit through the colons effectively. However, when we drink water with meals we dilute the digestive juices and enzymes. This is why we should avoid drinking with meals and instead opt to drink 20-30 minutes before and after eating. *TIP* drinking warm lemon water first thing in the morning – boosts digestive process and cleans out colon. You can even add ACV (link) for a quick detox drink Sipping on warm herbal tea pm can help calm any digestive upsets. #4 Increase Fiber The majority of us are simply not getting enough fiber in our diets. There are 2 types of fiber. Soluble & Insoluble. We need both types to help the digestive process. Together they: Act as a binder to help form stools. Eliminate cholesterol out of the body Facilitate in weight loss (link to weight loss blog) Act as a sweeping brush for our body helping to clean out our colon. Both types can be found in various plant foods such as: Wholegrain’s (quinoa, millet, wholewheat bread, brown rice) Beans (kidney, adzuki, chickpeas, pinto, lentils) Fruit (tropical fruits, oranges, strawberries) Vegetables (dark green vegetables, squashes) For a comprehensive list of the top 20 high fiber foods see here # 5 Add PRE & PRObiotics Not only do probiotics help feed the good bacteria in our bodies (our micro biome)but they increase the absorption of nutrients in our foods To boost the micro biome include fermented foods in your diet. This includes: fermented vegetables sauerkraut kimchi kombucha However, if you are new to fermented foods start slowly. *Supplements* When choosing a probiotic in supplement form, ensure that there is at least 25-50 billion strains. These can be difficult to get hold of but this brand is excellent. #6 Lower Stress stress lowers the digestive enzymes, break down food slower so there is less absorption of vitmains, minerals and other nutrients. To prevent this from happening, put these tips in to practice eat slowly chew food properly eat more mindfully eat without distractions Also…. Meditate find ways to find more zen in your life. # 7 Eliminate Inflammatory Foods certain foods can trigger inflammatory responses in the body causing food sensitivities, IBS and leaky gut. Although there are many foods that can trigger this response the main culprits are: Dairy Gluten Processed foods Processed oils Doing an elimination diet can greatly help most digestive problems but if you’re not ready for that yet, simply omit one of the above for a period of 30days and monitor how you feel. # 8 Add movement Getting just 30minutes a day can help stimulate the bowels and keep everything moving in the right direction! Moving the body also helps stimulate the lymphatic system No motivation to exercise, watch this:Exercise for beginners: How to Stay Motivated to Workout, Achieve Goals & Stick to a Workout Routine You can also find my 10 best home fitness workouts (for free) here #9 Supplement with glutamine glutamine (an amino acid) can help heal the lining of the gut, improves digestive health and greatly reduces sugar cravings Glutamine can naturally be found in: spirulina asparagus cabbage beets spinach papaya brussel sprouts fresh vegetable juices. Healing digestive issues can take a very long time to fix and as you can see there are many ways to improve gut health. With these tips you already on your way to drastically improving not just your digestive health but also your health in general. What is the one tip that you can implement straight away? Leave a comment below and share with the community The post 9 Simple and easy ways to improve your digestion appeared first on Holistically Lizzie. 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  5. An educational afternoon at Wild Flight Dubai.

    Who says Dubai is all about shopping malls and soft play areas? We explore Wild Flight Dubai and take a stroll through the newly revamped Heritage Village in Old Dubai. View the full article
  6. Mommy Time Out: Ink Crate Review

    Carve some time into everyday life for yourself and all things bookish with Ink Crate - perfect for the bibliophiles out there! View the full article
  7. Decision fatigue

    This is a new post from Expat Child by Carole Hallett Mobbs Expat Child - Moving overseas with children. Relocation advice. Decisions, decisions, decisions…. For most of us, it starts before we even get out of bed… should I get up ... Read More The post Decision fatigue appeared first on Expat Child. View the full article
  8. International surrogacy

    This is a new post from Expat Child by Carole Hallett Mobbs Expat Child - Moving overseas with children. Relocation advice. International surrogacy laws Surrogacy often features heavily in discussions amongst aspiring parents wishing to have children through alternative measures. At ... Read More The post International surrogacy appeared first on Expat Child. View the full article
  9. Adjusting to expat life as an accompanying partner

    This is a new post from Expat Child by Carole Hallett Mobbs Expat Child - Moving overseas with children. Relocation advice. Moving abroad with your partner: What happens if you can’t work? Your partner gets a fantastic new job abroad and ... Read More The post Adjusting to expat life as an accompanying partner appeared first on Expat Child. View the full article
  10. Severe weather warning – or, as Gary put it, Armageddon is upon us. I was somewhat surprised earlier in the week to receive an email from the school Health and Safety Officer warning us a severe weather for this weekend. Now ok, it is cold in the mornings, ie 15degC, and it has been windy but the tone of the email was slightly alarming. However, when we received almost the same email from the compound facilities management company, we realised that it must be standard authority issue. I quote: Dear Valued Resident, Rain predicted for the coming days as per National Center of Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS): Friday to Sunday (15 to 17 December 2017) – unstable weather condition, cloud amounts will increase with convective thundery clouds accompanied with different intensity and heavy at times over scattered areas especially over Northern and Eastern areas from time to time. Wind – Southeasterly to Northeasterly moderate to fresh at times causing blowing dust, with speed 30 – 35 km/h reaching 50 km/h with convective clouds. Sea – rough to very rough at times in convective clouds in the Arabian Gulf and Oman sea. Safety Tips:  Check weather update www.ncms.ae before departure / journey;  Drive Safely! Slow down and should be extra careful.  Double the distance you leave between your car and the car in front of you, as stopping distances are increased by wet roads.  Make sure your headlights are on – Be Visible Be Seen! Obey all road and traffic signs – Safety authorities post this information with good reason.  Be prepared for the road conditions to change over relatively short distances. Allow yourself enough time and space to react to a sudden emergency and move from harm’s way or to come to a stop safely.  Increase your following distance – Remain well behind the road user in front as stopping distances can be ten times greater than on dry roads.  Be aware that in reduced visibility conditions, drivers tend to follow the tail lights of vehicles in front of them. Avoid unnecessary lane changes – Stay in one lane as much as possible.  Keep two hands firmly on the wheel and two eyes on the road at all times;  Restrict outdoor pesticides application / spray / fogging;  Ensure all equipment’s / materials are secured.  Ensure to wear appropriate personal protective equipment’s (PPE’s).  A dedicated stand by team with all needed equipment’s will be available around the hour (Friday – Sunday) for any emergency. For any in house emergency, please call the Tafawuq maintenance team Thank you! Healthy Regards Brunch – We had a Brunch booking for today. I say had, it’s been a bit tricky from beginning to end. Last month Gary won a ‘Family Brunch for four’ in a competition. As we’d arranged to do something with some friends this weekend, a brunch seemed a great idea. It took over a week for the prize voucher to arrive, the driver didn’t arrive when he said he would, it was for two adults and free kids (apparently that is brunch for four) when it did, the restaurant didn’t reply to Gary’s request to book a table, the voucher is only valid for four weeks, the list of niggles goes on. Earlier in the week the restaurant rang to say the brunch would now be a barbecue. Which was fine until we were informed that the package was soft drinks only. After much discussion and three phones calls and two emails on Gary’s part, they agreed we could have complimentary drinks for two adults, and the additional charge for our two guests was acceptable. Then came the weather warning. So Gary rang again to ask how Armageddon was going to affect an outdoor barbecue lunch. ‘We don’t anticipate any problems sir, the rain isn’t expected until after 5pm.’ And the wind? ‘It will be fine.’ Needless to say, we are no longer attending a barbecue brunch, but are going Mexican instead. Así es la vida. View the full article
  11. Customer service(1) – one of the things we have just about got used to in the UAE is the level of excellent (but sometimes eccentric) customer service that we get. You know, things like taxis that turn up within 10 minutes of them being ordered, couriers that will actually ring you to arrange to deliver when you are in rather than just dumping a box on your doorstep, shops that only charge you £3 to replace stones in a Pandora charm and, with the exception of Khalifa City Pizza Hut who are on our blacklist (2 hrs when they promised 40 mins), restaurants who will deliver when they say they will. This week has been another example, and from a telecoms company at that (this is where everyone in the UK, who are used to the likes of BT, Sky, Virgin etc. will have to believe that we are not writing fantasy stories). A couple of weeks ago Gary realised that the TV box thingy wasn’t working. We use it so rarely that, to be honest, it could have been broken for ages. Anyway it is only this week that he got round to speaking to Etisalat about having it sorted. So on Tuesday he engaged someone on the online chat who did some “line tests”, asked some questions about what happens when we turn it on (nothing, hence the assumption that it is kaput) and proceeded to tell him that it will need an engineer to call. ‘When?’ Gary asked, well, he has only been here nearly 3 years so, with memories of trying to get BT to fix a problem in the Worcester house still relatively fresh, he was expecting the worst. ‘All of our service calls will be addressed within 24 hrs,’ came the reply. ‘Oh,’ replied Gary, ‘that’s not really going to work for me, can I actually book an engineer for Thursday morning as I know someone will be in?’ ‘Not a problem,’ came the reply. So there we were, no TV, not missing the TV, but very happy that it was going to be fixed just so Will can occasionally watch Teen Titans Go, Phineas and Ferb and Scooby Doo. And here is the fun bit; since he booked the call he has been plagued by Etisalat engineers wanting to visit the house. One particularly persistent soul rang no less than 5 times while we were at Will’s end of term concert on Tuesday night and twice afterwards. (I will add at this point that the phone was on silent and unlike half the audience, we didn’t spend the entire performance either on our phones, checking our Facebook or running up and down the steps in the auditorium.) All have been told to come on Thursday morning but our service call seems to be have been passed on from shift to shift without this vital piece of information – on Wednesday he had calls from 3 different engineers all wanting to come and solve our problem for us. Which would have been fine if there was someone at home. Anyway the engineer duly arrived on Thursday and had our TV box up and running within 5 minutes. Mind you, he did say that it was out of date and tried to sell Gary a new one for £140!! Customer Service (2) – Gary also witnessed one of the worst examples of taking advantage of good customer service this week in the local Spinneys. At the checkout in front of him was a woman who only had 3 small items. They went through the till, the bag packer put them in the bag and then she told the bag packer to pick up the bag and follow her out to the car (with Gary mouthing ‘lazy cow’ at her back as she walked out, being trailed by a man with her shopping bag). The worst thing about this is that the car park is less than 10 metres from the door of the supermarket. Some people!!!! Oh Christmas Tree – I was quite impressed with our Christmas tree this year, despite it being artificial and not having a ‘real’ smell, but having been to Emirates Palace last night for their tree lighting, I feel like the poor relation View the full article
  12. Parking fines – this weekend is a busy one, with Commemoration Day, National Day and the Prophet’s Birthday all occurring in the space of three days. As usual, this has resulted in a long weekend, and also free parking for the four days – http://gulfnews.com/…/free-parking-for-abu-dhabi-residents-…. One colleague was hoping that, as in previous years, parking fines would be reduced by 50% over the holiday weekend as well, allowing residents to clear their fines at a reduced cost. As we’ve mentioned before, in order to re-register your car, you need to clear all your fines and as her registration ran out last month and she has racked up in the region of 4000AED of fines this year, she could do with a helping hand. Mind, so could another colleague who has been fined twice in the last fortnight for parking outside the building he lives in, though admittedly not in his designated spot. To say nothing of Mr K, who managed to collect our first fine in over 12 months last weekend on the way to the pit walk. Some folk have all the luck – a couple of weeks ago a work colleague said she’d been to a restaurant on the Corniche for lunch. She and her other half had been out running (mad fools!) and decided to stop for food. Sweaty and dishevelled, they tried their luck at a couple of restaurants and were turned away. Until a waiter came running out after them to say that although the restaurant was closed for a private function, she and her partner were very welcome to come in for lunch. But only them, no one else. Ten minutes later the place filled up with local dignitaries and VVIPs (as an aside, the nanny of one of the children I teach told me last week that anywhere they went, they went as VVIPs. I said if they went anywhere with me, it would be as ordinary people.), and when I say VVIPS, I mean VVIPs. You know, the type who live in a palace. Anyway, they ate a very enjoyable lunch and asked for the bill. ‘Oh sir, ma’am, it’s complimentary to compensate for any inconvenience we have caused you.’ Right, that will be the inconvenience of allowing me into your restaurant, in my gym kit, on a day you were closed for a private function. Please, inconvenience me again! Christmas – is in the building. The cakes are baked, the (artificial) tree is up and decorated, and the elves delivered Will’s Lego Advent calendar this morning. Though I’m not sure where mine is. The Molton Brown Advent calendar I ‘shared’ on Facebook a few weeks ago seems to have been delivered to my sister in law’s, rather than to me in Abu Dhabi. Gary’s reaction when I asked where mine was? ‘Catch yourself on, the postage would be more than the calendar!’ Maybe the gin baubles – https://shop.pickeringsgin.com/produ…/pickerings-gin-baubles – are on their way instead. View the full article
  13. VAT refund – at last! When we were in the UK in the summer I filled in several forms for VAT refunds (you may remember the palaver we had in Fenwick when the woman wanted to see my brand new, never used British passport as proof that I was entitled to a VAT refund) and posted them in the box at Newcastle Airport. I’d heard many a tale about this magic box in Newcastle Airport – it was a black hole from which the forms were never retrieved and no one had ever had any money back after posting the forms in this box for a start. I was a bit worried as everyone else I knew who had made a claim had flown out through Heathrow where you have your forms stamped upon entering the airport and collect your cash airside, but there wasn’t really any other option. Weirdly, the postal box is after check in, passport control and security, making it really quite difficult to ‘provide the customs official with sight of the purchased goods before the form is stamped’. Anyway, weeks (and months) passed and to be honest we’d given up. Then a couple of weeks ago I happened to notice two payments into the bank and I am now the proud recipient of a VAT refund. The only downside is that as part of the terms and conditions, I have to reside outside the UK for 12 months from the date I left. It’s a hard life. Grand Prix – speaking of a hard life, the season finale is this weekend and whilst I’ve not really followed the racing this year (blame the time difference, and the absence of JB) except to know that Lewis has already won, the GP weekend is always a good one. I’ve had my nails done in the obligatory Yas turquoise and we’re in the front row of the South Stand, near the turn, as usual. The only problem we’ve encountered so far is the absence of a decent ice cream van, the only options on offer being Nutella or Biscoffi. No, I didn’t bother either. Nor did this seem to be an issue for the car park supervisor. When we left this evening, he was having his tea. Though probably not in a fashion any of you have experienced before. As they say, if you can’t get to your Majlis, your Majlis must come to you. And it had. He was laid on a rug on the grass with his spirit burner, kettle, coffee pot and tureens of hot food. It’s a hard life! View the full article
  14. Christmas is coming – as evidenced by the amount of Christmas trees already on show, and the Christmas displays in the shops. I went to Carrefour last week and their Christmas section is a fair size, particularly bearing in mind that as a country, all its citizens are Islamic and don’t celebrate. I could sort of understand the tree in the hairdressers (I’m red and straight again today) as people will now be having their last appointment before Christmas and looking for stocking fillers (that’s ‘stocking fillers’ as in ‘something that fits into a stocking’ rather than ‘cheap tat to keep the kids occupied’), but Will and I were slightly perturbed by the tree in the window of someone’s house as we walked to Spinneys on Thursday evening. It is, after all, only the middle of November. We’re having an artificial tree this year as opposed to a real one, mainly because just after Christmas last year, someone offered me a 7’ artificial tree. After I’d squeezed it into the boot of the car (bear in mind we have a Mitsubishi Pajero, the ME version of a Shogun, and it only just fitted in and you’ll get some idea of the size of the bag) I realised I had to pick up Will, my parents and three sets of golf clubs from the golf club. I did consider putting them in a taxi, but my dad was adamant that everything would fit in the car. Anyway, Gary came home and relegated the tree to the maid’s room where it stayed for 10 months before we took it out to have a look a couple of weeks ago so I could decide if it was usable or if we needed to order a fresh one. It’s actually quite a decent tree, and I’ve loads of decorations, but I think I might miss the smell of the real one. But never fear, Bath&BodyWorks had candles on offer a couple of weeks ago – 35AED each – so I’ve stocked up on ‘Christmassy’ smelling ones. It’s a small world – we had a great night last night at the Poppy Ball Abu Dhabi. The Band of the Royal Marines was, as always, on top form and the trumpeter had the most magnificent moustache. Thanks Iain and Erica, Ruth and Craig for coming with us. We hope you enjoyed it too, and bearing in mind the state Gary was in at midnight, I’m not certain how he’s in such good condition today. Of course, when a group of ex-pat ex-servicemen get together, you’re bound to know more people than you think. As Hennie put it, it was the who’s who of anybody who’s anybody in Abu Dhabi. We’d seen a chap a couple of times at events before and Gary knew he knew him. As it happened, he and his wife were seated on our table, and he and Gary have several mutual friends and acquaintances, though as Tony (as we discovered he was called) said, ‘Who? I can neither confirm nor deny that I know that man.’ But the funniest moment was Gary meeting someone he last saw 20 years ago. Elly-from-choir-who-also-lives-on-our-compound told me that her-lovely-friend-Claire-from-work’s-husband-is-also-ex-Navy. Oh, that would be Claire-from-choir? Yes, Claire-from-choir. So I relayed to Gary that Claire-from-choir-that-Elly-works-with’s-husband was also ex-Navy. Claire had done the same and later in the evening we introduced them. You could tell they were both thinking ‘I have to meet a random ex-matelot who I might (but probably don’t) know as there were 40 thousand others, not quite literally, in the same boat at the time.’ I say introduced them; they took one look at each other from a distance of about 5 metres and fell into a typical ex-matelot-type hug, yelling their pleasure at being re-acquainted. Those of you married to ex-Servicemen will understand when I say that I’m just glad they avoided a full blown snog! View the full article
  15. Thursday evening – we were invited to a barbecue last night; ‘come any time after 6,’ the hostess said. ‘Mind, the barbie’s not built yet. I’ve that to do when I get back.’ I don’t think Gary quite believed me, but when we rocked up, at about 6.15, having spent 10 minutes trying to find the underpass to take us to the apartment block which we drive past at least once a week but had never been in, Gary and Will were presented with a barbecue, still in the box. But you know them, never one to shy away from a challenge, the thing was built and lit in less than half an hour. Carrefour please note, the instructions were rubbish. At one point in the evening someone opened the door to let in what they thought would be more guests, only to be greeted by two maintenance men. ‘You have pictures ma’am?’ ‘Er, yes, I have two pictures which need putting up on the wall. But we’re having a party.’ ‘No problem ma’am, it will only take 10 minutes.’ And in true Abu Dhabi style they proceeded to drill a hole in the wall, insert rawl plugs and picture hooks, and hang the pictures while 20 people carried on having a party around them. Just when you think you’ve seen it all! We left at about 8.30, as the ‘youngsters’ were getting into their stride. A message from the hostess this morning: ‘Thanks for coming. Appreciate you making the bbq. So… after you left, we took the kitchen door off to play ping pong, the balcony door fell off, and the aircon (you can tell she’s new, once you’re a true expat you call it the ‘a/c’) leaked. All fun in this house!’ I’m just amazed that the barbecue, which was held together with a wing and a prayer, was still standing on the balcony when we drove past this morning! Vintage – a child asked me this week why my watch was like it was. You know, a ‘proper’ watch with a face that tells the time and without any bells or whistles. I explained that in England it’s traditional that you receive a watch for your 21st birthday, and that this was my watch, bought by my dad, from my 21st birthday. ‘Oh,’ he said, ‘it’s vintage.’ ‘Yes,’ I said, ‘I suppose it is. Does that make me vintage too?’ He looked at me as if I was mad. ‘People can’t be vintage Mrs Kelly. They are old.’ View the full article
  16. Long post warning!! – It’s been a bit of a sporty week this week. As you might have seen, last Saturday Will came 2nd in the HSBC Future Falcons golf par 3 competition that he entered and also qualified for the final in January where he will be playing at the Abu Dhabi Invitational. Then on Wednesday he and two golfing team mates from Brighton College AD competed against other International schools from across Abu Dhabi and won the School Golf Skills Challenge held as part of the Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open Golf Competition (where we will probably be by the time the UK people read this). And we though the highlight of the week was going to be the cricket last Friday night! Cricket (by Gary) – Growing up in Yorkshire in the 70’s and 80, unless you were a hooligan who attended football matches just for a fight, the only real sports that anyone really followed were Rugby League or Cricket. 22 years in the Royal Navy changed my Rugby code for me (although I still do watch the occasional League game) and, although I used to watch cricket on the TV and went to the very occasional match, they always seemed to go on for ever and I’ve had no real interest since. Bear in mind that these were the days when David Gower still had blond hair (albeit in a very 80s style!!) and Geoff Boycott was still playing rather than being a controversial commentator. Anyway, roll forward 35 years or so, the advent of T20 games, the fact that we live 5 minutes’ drive from Abu Dhabi’s only major cricket stadium (It’s such a prominent landmark we actually use it as part of our address and, after a terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in 2009 in Lahore, has become the “home” ground for the Pakistan Cricket team), Pakistan (ranked 2nd in T20) were playing Sri Lanka (ranked 8th) in a night time T20 game, the cheapest tickets were only the equivalent of £2.50, and me, Will, and some friends were definitely up for a night out. (We did have the more expensive tickets as sitting on a sand dune didn’t really appeal!!) Don’t worry, I’m not going to go bore you to death by writing a ball by ball commentary but the evening was amazing, and not as my brother, Bob, said to me “like watching paint dry” when I told him we were going. As fairly neutral Europeans we obviously had a tiny representation, with the majority of supporters being Pakistani and the minority Sri Lankans making up, with the volume of their drum beating, cheering, singing and dancing, what they lacked in numbers. There was even the presence of HE Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development, who, as Kathryn has commented before, seems to go to all the same events as the Kellys. We couldn’t match his arrival by helicopter though. Always ones to support the underdogs, the boys decided to cheer for Sri Lanka (because, in Will’s words, “I’ve been there and its’s really nice”, and what better reason could you want!) which was fine until near the end, when, with just the last few overs to go, Pakistan in to bat, and it looking certain that Sri Lanka would win, the boys decided to be very vocal at every Pakistan wicket, mistake or failure to get a run. Now if you are an impala on the African plain, surrounded by ten thousand lions, the last thing you do is stand up and shout “all lions are rubbish”. As I jokingly said to Iain, one of the other Dads, we might need to bring our best escape and evasion techniques into play in order to get the boys out unscathed! But in the end, with 3 balls to go, Pakistan being 7 runs down, and a Sri Lankan victory looking certain, a fantastic Pakistan 6 followed by a 2 meant that the stadium erupted into an enormous wall of sound, with music, cheering, jumping and dancing by the Pakistan supporters, and we felt a bit safer. Congratulations to the Cornered Tigers for a fantastic come back from the jaws of defeat and thank you to both teams and the staff at Abu Dhabi Cricket for a great night out. The real test for the value of these sorts of events: from Will a definite “we need to go to the next one” and the fact that despite being up since 6am for a golf lesson and flatly refusing a little nap in the afternoon (I wasn’t so silly) he was totally transfixed all the way through, and never even realised that the match didn’t finish until 11.30pm. Result! Abu Dhabi Cricket, more T20 in Abu Dhabi please. Thanks to Iain, Oli, Dan and Hugh for being such good company! View the full article
  17. You can take the boy out of Wakefield – but you can’t take Wakefield out of the boy. The proof of this? Gary and Will’s choice of dinner tonight is corned beef pie, chips, and, er, curried beans. Heathens! Ants – as expected we get a lot of creepy crawlies out here and often will have a trail of ants across the floor. Sometimes it’s obvious what they are after – a dead cockroach, some flour spilt on the floor, but this week, a box of Weetabix. Somehow or other a whole colony of ants had found their way into a brand new, unopened box. Yuck. Half a half term – I hope everyone who has had a week off for half term is feeling well, rested and ready for the run up to Christmas. We’ve also been off for what is being referred to as ‘half a half a term’, or a long weekend. Because this term is so full of other holidays – Islamic New Year, National Day, Commemoration Day – and started late due to Eid Al Adha, there’s only time for a two day half term. Which has been nice, and it was lovely to see Sara and Jonny this week, but not the same as a full week. Still, only four weeks til the next long weekend, and only 7 weeks to the Christmas holiday. Speaking of which… Christmas is coming – as witnessed by ads for ‘adult beverage’, ‘beauty’ and Advent calendars in the UK and sales of ‘Winter Celebration’ cards here. But the real sign that Christmas is coming is the smell of Christmas cake cooking, which will be happening soon in the Kelly household. Just as soon as we’ve eaten the cake I’ve found, left over from last year. View the full article
  18. Running out of things to say – Apologies for the lateness of this week’s transmission, but I’m a bit worried that I’ve run out of things to write. Despite trawling the papers every lunchtime, Gary hasn’t found anything particularly extreme this week, and the best I could do was a report that ‘Big cats continue to be sold in UAE via social media despite federal law’ (https://www.thenational.ae/…/big-cats-continue-to-be-sold-i…). This was only in my mind because this time last year – week 64 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kp3QGlt-nQA ) – I reported that wild animals were being removed from private homes and the owners were being fined if they didn’t have the appropriate permit. Which reminds me of a colleague who, at her previous school, asked a child from a very influential family if it was true that her father owned a family of tigers which wandered round their gardens. ‘No, of course not,’ was the reply, ‘that’s my uncle.’ Travelling in style – I’m sure I’ve mentioned this one before, but a child in my class announced they were going on holiday next week (half term is Wednesday and Thursday but they are away for the week) and it ‘just isn’t fair. My parents are travelling in First. I have to travel in Business with my nanny.’ Roadworks – delighted to inform you that the road outside the house has now been repaired. It took 7 men a total of 90 minutes to dig it up and relay the tarmac on Thursday afternoon. That’s 1 man to operate the pneumatic drill and six to check he’s doing it correctly. Choir – I’ve joined a choir! I’ve always fancied myself as a bit of a singer (though fortunately it’s a choir that welcomes allcomers as Gary’s response to the question ‘can Kathryn sing?’ was ‘not as well as she thinks she can’!) so I’ve joined the Sand of Music. Nice play on words there. Anyway, we’ve released a video in the hope Pink will invite us to sing with her at her F1 concert. We’d love to ‘go viral’ so if you could share it we would be very grateful. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kp3QGlt-nQA View the full article
  19. Roadworks – a couple of weeks ago Gary went out to wash the car on a Saturday morning to find a notice stuck to the front door saying a maintenance team would be arriving at 8am that day to repair the road outside the house and could we make sure our car was out of the garage if we wished to use it over the next three days. Well, we waited. And we waited. But no one turned up to repair the road. Until last Monday when, at around 3pm Gary heard a banging outside the villa and went to investigate. He was greeted by two cars, a pick up, seven men and a jackhammer right outside the garage. ‘Good afternoon gents, can I ask what you are doing?’ ‘Good afternoon Sir, we are here to repair the road.’ ‘Oh? Don’t you think it would have been a good idea to inform me first so that I can move my car out of the garage before you start?’ ‘We’re not here to dig Sir.’ ‘So why does that man have a jackhammer, which incidentally I notice you’ve got plugged in to next door’s electric socket, in his hand?’ ‘I mean we’re not here to do the repair Sir, just to remove this area of road here.’ ‘And when will you be coming to fill it back in?’ ‘Ah, that will be a different team Sir and I do not know when they will be available.’ ‘Then you are not digging up this piece of road.’ ‘But we have been told we couldn’t dig where we were scheduled to work today Sir so we’ve come here instead.’ ‘You were supposed to be here 10 days ago and you didn’t turn up. You can’t dig here today. Please assure me you will not dig up this road today and that when you are coming you will tell me in advance so I can move my car.’ Realising that no digging was taking place outside our villa that day, the reply was ‘yes sir, we’ll not dig here today’, at which point Gary left them to it and went back indoors. I fear we may have missed our ‘window’ and the road will never be repaired. The upside is that our garage isn’t out of action for the foreseeable future. Bad news – Lakeland has closed down. Where am I going to get clingfilm? Good news – Souk Planet (a rather upmarket supermarket) is stocking Greggs products. (photo courtesy of fellow Geordie, Karen Hammond) Bad news (2) – There are sausage rolls, steak bakes and cheese and onion bakes. But no corned beef. Philistines. View the full article
  20. Organising your move abroad – paperwork

    This is a new post from Expat Child by Carole Hallett Mobbs Expat Child - Moving overseas with children. Relocation advice. Sorting out your paperwork This doesn’t include any new paperwork you have to sort out before moving abroad, by the ... Read More The post Organising your move abroad – paperwork appeared first on Expat Child. View the full article
  21. Ikarian longevity stew

    Emilia is not great with eating “stew” like dishes. So my goal for the next few “winter” months here in Abu Dhabi is to try to change that:) I absolutely love the BLUEZONES study and follow up project – transform your community to live longer, better . You can find the following and many others amazing recipes on their website. 45 min cooking time Serves 4 people Ingredients: ½ cup extra virgin olive oil 1 large red onion, finely chopped 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped 1 fennel bulb 1 cup of canned black eyed peas 1 large, firm ripe tomato, finely chopped 1 small can tomato paste, diluted in ¼ cup water (220g) 2 bay leaves salt to taste 1 bunch dill, finely chopped Method: Heat half the olive oil over medium heat and cook the onion, garlic, and fennel bulb stirring occasionally, until soft (about 12 minutes). Add the tomato, tomato paste and enough water to cover about an inch. Add the bay leaves. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for about 30 min Add the beans and chopped dill and water to a desired consistency (depends if you like it more like a thick stew or soup) and season with salt and simmer for about another 5-10 min. Remove, pour in remaining raw olive oil and serve. Bon Apetite! View the full article
  22. When Gift Giving Becomes Life Changing

    What to get the person on your list that has everything? How about the gift of giving? During my time in Congo, I have seen first-hand what Mwana Village does for abandoned children and vulnerable woman. It is an orphanage… The post When Gift Giving Becomes Life Changing appeared first on Canadian Expat Mom. View the full article
  23. If unmarried expat couples with kids separate

    This is a new post from Expat Child by Carole Hallett Mobbs Expat Child - Moving overseas with children. Relocation advice. Financial Provision for children of unmarried international couples When unmarried parents separate, the parent with whom the child lives may ... Read More The post If unmarried expat couples with kids separate appeared first on Expat Child. View the full article
  24. Syrian Cooking in Africa

    Often times, when you hear of a country, your mind goes directly to one thing. Paris-Eiffel Tower Italy-pasta Russia-cold Unfortunately, when someone says Syria, for many people, their mind goes to the political unrest that has been in the news… The post Syrian Cooking in Africa appeared first on Canadian Expat Mom. View the full article
  25. VII. The best goals to physically recover are NOT the goals around your weight, size or shape of your body. So this is me 12 weeks after Samuel was born. People do comment about how quickly I went back to pre- pregnancy shape of body etc .. Firstly (not that it is important) but just to illustrate how looks and our perception are relative… I am really not back to my pre- pregnancy fitness level and shape as I still have about 5kg plus and my core strength and cardio is not even close to where I was. Though thank you! It is flattering you think that:) “How did you do that?” I often hear. You know what get me out almost every morning to do my exercises? Definitely not the idea of getting back to my favourite jeans. My little trick (my ongoing motivation- this works even if I don’t feel like to do exercise at all that day) is “to imagine that amazing feeling I have “AFTER” the exercise” for the rest of the day. The feeling of: everything is fine with the world, the positivity, the productiveness, the patience and energy I have for my children. It really is not difficult for me to eat healthily and do my exercise because my goal is not to loose a weight. My goal is to have enough energy for my day. I want to be happy and present for my children and for my husband and in the same time I would like to have some extra energy to spend little bit of time on my “job” I love. And that I know is only possible if I sleep enough, eat well, and EXERCISE. (I will write about a postnatal appropriate exercise in the later blog post) So what in my opinion are NOT a good fitness goals: Regain my body shape from before pregnancy – Your body will never be the same to start with!:)) It can “look strong again” but it will never be the same. And that is great! Your body did an amazing job to grow little people! How cool is that?! I would like my but to be bigger, smaller, rounder what have you… bla bla bla… I would like to loose a weight I would like to put on my old clothes etc These are all very short lived goals..if they work for you- great! But these just don’t work for me long term at all. So instead of beating your self about negative feeling about your physical shape why don’t you try something more positive that will improve the quality of your life??? I would like to have more energy. I would like to participate at this or that sport event. I would like to learn how to swim a front crawl. I would like to feel more positive. I would like to keep up with my kids. I would like to be able to carry my baby when it gets bigger. I would like my children to have me around for as many decades as possible! You can read about more tips for post-partum recovery here: View the full article
  26. This is a new post from Expat Child by Carole Hallett Mobbs Expat Child - Moving overseas with children. Relocation advice. An educational alternative Finding a school for your child when moving to another country can be an overwhelming experience. There ... Read More The post Moving abroad: Could online education be the answer for your child? appeared first on Expat Child. View the full article
  27. What I like about this “Nutella spread” is that it is made from super healthy ingredients and you can make a big batch in about 5 min and freeze it. Put on a warm toasted bread, enjoy as an ice-cream or use as a frosting on cakes;) I mostly reach out for it when I run out of “fresh” snacks, in hurry or when I want to please Emilia as I know she loves it (mummy too!) It is a bit of a treat in our house;) INGREDIENTS: 2 avocados 1/2 cup honey (or less depends how sweet you want your spread to be) 1/8 cup coconut oil 1/2 cup cacao powder 2 tbsp nut butter (I mostly use almond butter) 1/2 tsp salt METHOD: Add all ingredients to a food processor and blend until smooth Divide into smaller portions and freeze Put on a warm toasted bread, enjoy as an ice-cream or use as a frosting on cakes;) View the full article
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