THE THREE WISE MEN IN MADRID

Hi dears,

I am on holidays, back home, in Spain. Madrid is absolutely gorgeous in Christmas, although this year I missed the Christmas and the New Years Eve and flew right after. Yes, good guess.. I had to work!.

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Now I am here and it feels like a dream as we are visiting family, friends and .. well, the new house!. It is as beautiful as I remembered it in August- when we fell in love and decided to purchase it-. Just now, it is not summer anymore and we don’t have the gas connected as yet which means.. No hot water and no heating. Brrrr! It is really cold now, ..our first winter in the mountains… We are not sleeping there as yet, well we don’t have anything there.. imagine, we bought one of those inflatable beds to have at least somewhere to sit while we are cleaning and finding all the tricks of the house.

It is raining like crazy in Madrid these days and surprise!!.. we found a damp spot and even a balling pump in the corner. So this area we will need to study and take good care of before we go back.

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We had already the house warming event ( not party, although we were all very merry!).. as some friends came and helped us to start the chimney (now you see the house warming part of the event! ;). It was great. I loved the smell of the wood and the chimney, together with the pines and trees around the house. Just amazing! To you all, Cheers!!

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Today it is the “Dia de Reyes Magos” in Spain. This tradition is very unique to us, as everybody just do Santa on the 25th of December.

In Spain we have three “santas”.. the Three Wise men of Orient. Maybe they are coming from Dubai with the camels and all, who knows!..

 

Every child has one favorite wise men. Mine was Baltasar (black one), the others are Melchor (white beard) and Gaspar (blonde/red beard).

They were the ones that on the Bible, when Jesus was born in Bethlehem, came following a star to adore him. They gave Jesus three presents: myrrh, gold and incense. Probably because they were the first ones giving presents to a child, that they stayed with us and our traditions. So children will write a letter to the Reyes Magos and ask for their presents and try to convince them that they were good during the last year and they deserve them.

The Reyes are very clever and if you didn’t behave properly during the year instead of presents they will bring you coal (it is sugar, so still it is nice..). well, I wish you lots of love and happiness, no matter if the Reyes or Santa are the ones delivering.

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Luv,

Lil

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LEARNING HOW TO BETTER BLOG

Hi my dears!

I love attending events.. Some would say.. Really?.. Well, yes! I love to meet new people, go to new places, and as project manager, I appreciate the effort behind every little detail. You have seen quite a few events here in the blog, some totally un-fashion related.. I dont mind, we are far too complex to fall under one little category anyways.

There is an event that I would love to invite to attend to all my friend bloggers and people interested in blogging in this side of the world. It is to happen very soon and in my dominion (Dubai Marina Kingdom) so block your time on the 4th December between 19.00 and 21.00. and join us at The Curve to learn about how to grow your blog (even to make it a business). The class will be lead by Teresa Karpinska from Styledrifter.com. The Dubai Fashion and Lifestyle Bloggers Community, which I am very proud of being a co-founder, has a special discount of 15% for all the members.

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It is very easy, check in the page of our meet up and join the community. Let us know a bit about yourself and make sure you mention your blogs url. Inside the group there is an event created for Teresa’s class.This is the link.

The normal cost would be 200 Dhs and with the discount it will be only 170 Dhs. We have only 10 seats available, so please if you are interested, act fast. Also it is a pre paid event, please take it into account and dont leave it for last minute.

In a nutshell

  • Join the Dubai Fashion and Lifestyle Bloggers Community here.
  • Confirm attendance to the event here.
  • Await for email with the rest of instructions and confirmation details.
  • Enjoy the class!

These are the details of the class.

  • The business of blogging with Teresa Karpinska.
  • 4th of December 2013
  • 19.00-21.00
  • Elken cafe, Pearl Marina Hotel in Dubai Marina. No worries, I also had to look where it was and live super close by.. hehehe..

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Hope to see you there!

Luv,

Lil

 

 

FIESTA FOR A CAUSE.. FOR A VERY GOOD CAUSE

Hi my dears,

Yesterday it was one of the events that I mentioned in a previous post to assist and gather funds for the Yolanda Victims. Dubai is a generous city and that showed yesterday with people coming and going during the entire day.All the money and goods collected will be sent by LBT to the disaster area.

The food was awesome, the people amazing and the cause a really good one.

Let me show you some of it..

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Amore Rosso, the restaurant of the venue, has an italian chef and a filipino chef -actually a wife and husband team!- when we arrived it was filipino food available as they were doing batches. I am not too familiar with it and the names are kind of difficult to remember but the chicken caldereta and the buko pandan (a green dessert that looks atomic and it is just delicious!) will stay with me forevaaaaa .;)

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Nada and the Buffet

As it was a buffet, I picked up a bit of every dish and enjoyed all of them. The company was the best of the best, as I went with my friend and blogger Nada from Undefined Declarations and there I finally met Naomi from PinayFlyinghigh!! She was the brave organiser and soul of this project.

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There we met other amazing people too as we were so lucky to share the table with other two bloggers friends of Naomi too. Sanne from Mitziemee and Pia from Expiatriatewife ( I love the name Pia!!). Please check their blogs as these ladies have a lot to say.

It is funny that we all come from such a different backgrounds, countries, culture, languages, professions,.. and still we all have such a strong bond through our blogs. Blogging is an amazing connection and I love it!

After the event and to make things even better we went to have a coffee to Reem Al Bawadi in Downtown Dubai. After getting lost for quite a while – who on Earth designed the roads on Dubai was planning to use helicopters and not cars!!- we reached. There we met Sarah and Yessenia. I loved the conversation and could have stayed there with them for a week chatting non stop!

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With the girls!!

The place was very nice although the service was not at all. Still we got to enjoy a beautiful view of my favourite building.. Burj Khalifa. I have some many pictures of my beloved BK in my phone that looks like I built it!!

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Impressive eh?

What can I say, I love my life and I love Dubai. I am very thankful for all the amazing things that come my way and all the private “gurus” and “teachers” that I am encountering here.

Talking about which, remember to be part our new project : The Happy- list. All the explanation is in this Happy Post. You can access to the facebook event in this link and see all the beautiful thoughts shared so far. I love them and wanted to thank you all for the great response and I must confess that your comments are so amazing and moving that you are transporting me there.. with you.. Thanks, Gracias, Merci, Danke, Grazie Mille!! Dont hesitate to share the event with friends and family, specially if they are having a tough time. There is a lot of happy thoughts there.

I have also done some other changes on the facebook page. You will see some new icons on the header.. Like the Pinterest and the Instagram icons.. if you click in the “more” buttom the Twitter and Youtube accounts will open up too. If you have no Instagram or no Pinterest now you can follow the pins and pictures from the Facebook page directly.

In case you have direct access, these are the links, please like and share as it makes me so  happy to know you are there.

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Lots of Luv,

Lil

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHAT I JUST LOVE.. THE PINK WALKATHON

www.whatijustlove.comHi dears,

I just saw this great initiative and had to share it with you. Every month of October is the month of Breast Cancer Awareness. Since 1997 Burjuman has a Programme called Safe and Sound to raise awareness about this particular cancer.

Most of the breast cancers if they are detected in the early stages can be cured, so don’t be scared.. go to your doctor, get checked, get peace of mind. I know it is a bit uncomfortable sometimes, but it is way worthy.

During this entire month, Safe and Sound have a lot of activities, but the pink walkathon is the one I am not going to miss. The coming 1st of November, Friday, starting 8.30 at Zabeel Park, Area A, Gate 1 you will find me ready to mambo together with many other people, not only women. Cancer may affect all of us one way or another.

The fee to join is of only 50 dirhams, 30 for children between 8-12 and totally free for children of less than 8 years old. You can pre register at the Burjuman Information counters and if you don’t have the time, on the same day, directly at the park,  between 7 and 8.30. So tell your friends, bring your family along, tell your neighbor, your colleagues, your yoga teacher..

By the way, if you are not fit, no worries, it is only 2 kilometers and it is a walk, no need to run. After the walk, there will be a live band, dancers, kids games, face painting, pink bazaar and food stalls.. It will be a fun Friday morning!

This is super worthy, so get pink, learn how to self examine yourself, tell a friend, make sure everybody knows that early detection saves lives. My aunty is a survivor and I am not missing my check ups thanks to her advice many years ago. By the way, you have a free check up thanks to the programme, so no excuses.. get your appointment.

This time I am going to ask you to like the Facebook page not only of the blog, but also of this great initiative.

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Pink & Luv,

Lil

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WHAT I JUST LOVE.. SPAIN Y OLE!

The Spanish National Day it is the coming 12th of October. We celebrate the discovery of the Americas by the absent-minded Columbus which insisted in going the other way around to India. Well, they say that most of the discoveries are done by chance. This is one of the most obvious ones!

The Spanish Embassy organised a very nice event at the Abu Dhabi Country Club instead of the 12th on the 7th. They didn’t offer serrano ham but we had paella, spanish omelette and croquetas.. Yummy!!!.. It was great to see some friends and some of my very stylish compatriots.

These are some pics.

The small paella- pronounced Pae i a, not paela. My delicious national dish. Dont ask me how to cook it, I have no clue!

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Me and hubby! The other Royal Family!!  hehehe.. Who is Kate? William? No idea.

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At the party there were so many beautifully dressed ladies that at the end I couldn’t help but to do some street style pics, well.. ok Embassy Style Pics this time.  I love the pink and the shapes that they choose to combine each of the outfits. The Flamenco skirt in fuchsia is just so gorgeous.

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I hope you like what you see and that it inspires you to dress pink, attend parties at embassies, follow, love and like the blog in any of the social media accounts and be happy forever and ever.

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Luv,

Lil

 

 

WHAT I JUST LOVE.. GETTING READY FOR THE HOLIDAYS!

This coming week I will be going on holidays ( yeii!). I can’t wait to get to the airport and start the disconnection process to the everyday’s routine.

This summer holidays we will be going to Holland and Spain- back home to friends and family. Yep! Home, sweet Home. As much as I love Dubai, this heat is something else!

We will be staying in Amsterdam 2-3 days and my hope is to visit different areas of the ones I visited many years ago. A little problem thought, I can not fully remember them! But it is alright, we don’t have too much time, so we will do the basics and a lot of walking or riding ( in one of those cute old style bikes) if weather permits.

After that we will fly to my beloved Madrid. I miss walking on the streets, the smell so unique of bars and cafes always full of people no matter what time during the day or during the night, all the warmth of this Latin blood of ours behind every smile and every Hola.

Madrid is indeed a truly amazing place, full of palaces, full of Museums, full of History, full of Art and full of Love. We don’t have the sea close by -minimum we need to drive around 4 hours to reach Valencia ( the beach of Madrid ;), but we have gorgeous mountains with pines aromatizing the atmosphere and we have great parks in the city too. Our Retiro Park has a huge lake  and you can rent a boat and paddle your way, or you can just seat under the trees and watch the squirrels do their jumping and hiding. We used to go there on Sunday mornings to read the newspaper or a book, have a cold Pepsi or just do nothing (well sometimes some stalking! hahaha).

The best thing is that in summer we have most of the festivals going on, so I just don’t have plans. Once we arrive there we will just decide what to do and where to go. Family and friends are the best advisors one can ever dream of having.

While I am away, I am not sure how the internet and time will be working, so just in case I get “missing in action”, don’t worry too much. I will be better than fine.

On the meantime, I found in Youtube a video that shows some of the best attractions of my Madrid for you to see what I am talking about. There is plenty of videos available if you are planning holidays or you can just drop me a line too and with pleasure I would assist you yo put together some nice itinerary.

Well, hope you like it. Please don’t forget to like the facebook page of the blog, share the post with your friends and make comments because I would love to know your thoughts.

Luv,

Lil