Wednesday, May 31, 2017

a thing post, summer edition

My mom & I are going to paint nite at the Surrey Animal Resouce Centre in 2 weeks - join us! It's a fundraiser for SARC, which is where we got Mr. Chucho. Happy Mother's Day mom!

I need to sign up for more Spanish classes... but possibly something a wee bit more intense than the ones I've been doing at the City of Surrey. They are great, but I don't think they force me to learn as much as a community college class would, for example. Any ideas?? 

I would reallyyyyy love this lululemon t-shirt but it is old and I can't find it anywhere now :(

We attended a fundraiser for a girl us Spier kids worked with the Y's sister recently, and she died of Guillain-Barre Syndrome. The story is quite sad.  However, they were able to raise awareness and money towards research of the disease which is great!

Speaking of fundraisers, the annual Run, Walk, & Roll in support of the Center for Child Development is coming up on June 4th! I need to register.

We had this dessert in Dubai, and I made made it at home recently. It is soooo good! They call it the Egyptian bread pudding. YUM.

I don't know why this was a summer edition thing post... it just seemed fitting as it has been so nice lately! :)

Sunday, May 28, 2017

happy summer!

Things have escalated quickly around here temperature wise, as you  may already know! Here is what we have been up to lately. Warning: it involves a lot of Chucho photos!

This is our blood donation crew. We've all been going together for the last few donations, and it makes it so much more fun to go as a group! It's almost a social event this way. And you know me, where there is social-ness, I am there! My dad, Edwin, me, Eliza, Justin & their son Kalan (who REALLY enjoys the juice & cookies)


Chucho also donated blood a few weeks ago! My cousin Meryl works at the Animal Emergency Clinic of the Fraser Valley and she let me know that they have a blood donation program for dogs. Chucho met the 50 pound criteria, so we signed him up. This is him wearing his proud bandana afterwards. He also got an adorable little bandage but I didn't get a great photo of it!

Reading books with some of favorite twins, Julia & Harrison

Edwin & I took Chucho to Cultas Lake over the long weekend as we read that they had a part of the lake sectioned off for dogs to swim in. Turns out, Chucho avoided the water like the plague! We thought he might be a swimming dog... we were wrong. But it was beautiful there!

JC is in town! Yesterday, her, me, Chucho, Edwin & JC's fiancee Cristian went on a hike at Golden Ears Provincial Park. We did the Lower Falls Trail, which was BEAUTIFUL! (and quite flat - my hiking requirement) You hike to the waterfall you see in the above photo, which is much more grandiose in person.

Chucho enjoying the view

There are lots of areas where you can go down to the stream and sit by the rocks. So pretty!!

Chucho has been a great motivator to get out and do things outdoors - it has been so good for us. We will definitely be going back to Golden Ears, and maybe hopping into Alouette Lake. (well, I will.... not Chucho!) Hope you are enjoying these warm days - and don't forget your sunscreen!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Dubai

It has been almost 3 weeks since we've been home from Dubai. I've been meaning to blog so much earlier than this, but I feel like I don't even know where to start with this trip! We have so many photos that it takes a while to go through them, plus getting back into the swing of normal life can be a bit hectic after a lovely, long vacation. (#reality)

We had a great time in Dubai! Here are my top 5 favorite things about our trip to the UAE:
- The food: did you see that one coming?! It is a mix of Indian food and mediterannean food. This translates to lots of spice, lentils, and flavor. I loved it all!
- The heat: it was around 35 every day there, which was manageable. Plus, everywhere indoors is majorly air conditioned! This was not even their hot season. I can't imagine what hot season feels like!
- The beaches: they are typical white sand, blue water beaches with awesome little food trucks and beautiful views. Our favorite, Jumireah Beach, had a view of the Burj Al Arab!
- The fanciness/grandiose-ness of everything: hotels are so luxurious, cars are so fancy, the malls are the biggest in the world etc. It is hard to not be fascinated by that!
- The culture: this sounds generic, but it is always so intriguing to see a completely different culture. This was so different than anything I'd ever seen! The mosques and the call to prayer 5 times a day is really interesting to read about.

Here are some photos for you! 

Have you ever flown with Emirates? I hadn't, and it was amazing. The food was pretty good for airplane food!

At the spice market - so colorful! I wanted to buy lots of things, but unfortunately you can't bring dried fruit etc. home.

I bought gold earrings! There was SO much gold. Crazy. Had to restrain myself...

At Jumireah Beach

My fave place to be!


Yup, that is me riding a camel!

I love this photo. Might be a framer!

We took a day trip to Oman, where we went on a boat trip. It has these beautiful rocky mountains on the edge of the blue water. We boated to a bay and swam around, had lunch, went on a banana boat, etc. It was one of my favorite tours we did!

Again, in my fave place, the water! See how blue the water is? Hard to tell in a photo!!

Edwin in front of the Burj Khalifa, the worlds tallest building. (fun fact - burj means tower!)

This had to be one of my favorite places to see as well. The Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi. It is so incredibly white, clean, and grand! As you see, I had to be very covered in loose clothing to be permitted in.

People keep asking "would you go back again?" and my answer is yes! It was a beautiful place with tons of unique culture and lots to do. However, I think I would rather go somewhere new and somewhere I've never been before! Edwin & I have lots of places on the good ol' bucket list... where do you want to go next?! Have I inspired you to check out the middle East at all?