What’s in the Egg?

I know, it’s still a month before Easter :-) but here I am wondering what’s in the egg?

What's inside?

What’s inside?

I got this recently at the Flower Festival in Yanbu. The boy seller told me to put water in two days and see the surprise, Alright, let’s see.

1st day :-)

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After opening

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As instructed, I put water on it, lets see what will happen tomorrow?


Ladies, stay tuned!


Wordless Wednesday

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Serenata “Opus 10″ one word – Spectacular!


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Challenging..blessed..grateful.. were the words to described the Serenata journey to 10th year according to Ms. Charo Hipos the chairperson and executive producer of Opus 10.

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SERENATA is a non- stock,non-profit, cause oriented organisation in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia founded in 2005 through the pioneering efforts of Ms. Sylvia de los Santos, Ms. Desil Manapat and Mr. Louis Bautista. Serenata hold annual benefit concert and to date, they have produced 29 scholars and 7 college graduates.


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I have attended seven of their concerts and I was so eager to attend the eight concert but it didn’t coincide with my tight schedule and I was not lucky to find a ticket on the ninth and so when Ms. Lolit Cua invited me, I was jumping with joy (literally :-) ) and immediately blocked my schedule , for once, let me attend please!

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And to echo the words of Ms. Charo, my attendance was also “Challenging” I have to make sure my patient’s schedule were all specially booked well in advance though dental treatment will always be challenging to finished on time :-) nevertheless, I did it! Unfortunately another mishap happened, my bank card was retained at the ATM machine and to talk to customer service was a menace at times (rolling my eyes..at all time!..this is KSA) Anyhow, I went home and hurriedly changed my clothes ,took a taxi and alas! I reached the alma mater of my chef Kevin, AISJ (American International School of Jeddah, hosted the event for the eight times).As I was waiting for my change, the blue guard came and reprimanded the taxi driver not to park  (taxi cab was on the side before the gate entrance) , waving his hand on me to get into the car and let the taxi move OMG! don’t bark! only dogs do that!

Anyhow, after checking my ID and ticket, the receptions was like attending the  Oscars! ,not that I attended it :-) but I like the photo shoot, the little poses hahaha. I was ushered to a special seat and I felt so “blessed” that actually I am in the “Opus 10″ concert. I will always be” grateful” to Ms. Lolit for the invitation. :-)

Yes! SERENATA..I have only one word to describe the concert..SPECTACULAR!

And last but not the least, the special participation of Ms. Precy Ann Cua was stunning! not to mention she had undergone Oral Surgery twice before the concert :-)  This soft-spoken lady holds a BS degree in Music (major in voice,minor in piano) at St. Scholastica’s College in Manila, Philippines. Bravo! (hats off)

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And while I was enjoying the show, suddenly I can’t remember If I unplug my flat iron :-( I was in a hurry so I was not sure and later it became so obvious that I didn’t..OMG! concert or fire? yeah you’re right, I’m on fire so I left the concert without seeing the String Orchestra. Grrrrr.

Beautybeyondfifty was so frustrated. ahh blame it to the age! hahaha

To the members and participants, parents, siblings, committees ,sponsors and guest a big THANK YOU and Congratulations!


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The Amazing Flower Festival 2015 in Yanbu Saudi Arabia

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Friday the 13th when we started talking about going on road trip to see the 2015 Guinness World records – The Largest Carpet of Flowers in Yanbu, Saudi Arabia. The Flower festival was opened to the public Feb. 9 ,2015. A week after ,there was no available car to take us all and surprise! the Festival got extended to March 1 , lucky us :-) My friend got his new car and off we went ..336 Km from Jeddah to Yanbu – 3 hrs and 12 minutes. And another lucky day for us, we were under the care of a very hospitable friends of friends :-) we arrived in Yanbu just in time to have lunch.

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Yanbu al Bahr “spring by the sea” is simply called Yanbu, a very clean and well organised road of Al Madinah western province of Saudi Arabia.After lunch, we went around china harbour (I don’t have an idea about the name) why not yanbu harbour?

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DSC_7036 DSC_7032The 9th Flower Festival in Yanbu started Feb 9 – 24 but extended until  March 1.  I am not sure what time it opens regular days but every Friday it opens at 4pm, there’s no entrance fee, it is open for the public. Again, there was no brochure and I noticed there was no sign or card names to identify what kind of flowers was planted. However, It is fascinating to note, this is a dessert and to grow flowers like that is really amazing!

entrance to the festival

entrance to the festival

flower portrait of the Custodian of the two Holy Mosque King Salman

flower portrait of the Custodian of the two Holy Mosque King Salman

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World’s largest carpet of flowers – 10712.75 sqm(s) created by Royal Commission landscaping and Irrigation Department, Yanbu Saudi Arabia – officially Amazing!

look at the smiles :-)

there were also souvenirs for sale ,fresh flowers and plants and a place to buy foods and drinks after a long walk .

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A close up look of the flowers :-) Enjoy!

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A very rewarding day!




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Weekly Photo Challenge – Reward

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Officially amazing and rewarding to see the Guinness World Records The largest carpet Flowers of Yanbu Saudi Arabia. (more photos on my next blog) :-)

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thank you!



Wordless Wednesday



Not all Honey are created Equal!



In search of Honey..my friends and I decided to visit old town Jeddah once again :-)  We went early afternoon only to find out the place was packed with cars and people, it was hard to find a parking place. We have to move around twice before we discovered an old parking building. On top of the building we can see the “Bab Mecca”  (Makkah Gate) and an old cemetery. creepy.. but not really, there was a lot of shoppers around the vicinity.

at the top of parking building

at the top of parking building

bab mecca (makkah gate)

bab mecca (makkah gate)

an old cemetery

an old cemetery

friday afternoon

friday afternoon

Honey shops are all connected or next to each other, I wonder if everything they sell are real Honey. I was in disbelief when I saw all these containers, asking myself, are the Honey really pure? real? organic? The seller said mostly of the Honey are imported from Yemen, Afghanistan to Pakistan  but some are locally made in Saudi Arabia.

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name of the shop - Al Muharam

name of the shop – Al Muharram

the ceilings looks like honeycomb :-)

the ceilings looks like honeycomb :-)

We tasted each one, how I wish I can really understand what he is saying, but from what I understood, there are many kinds of honey, the best and most expensive are Honey coming from Yemen.

made in Yemen

made in Yemen

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this honey is good for Diabetes

this honey is good for Diabetes

The taste and colours of Honey differs from each kind depending on what flowers visited by the bees.So, you see not all Honey are equal :-) I kept on tasting each one, trying hard to differentiate, as if I was having a liquid caramel on my palate or at times, it taste like medicine. Huh! this is fun :-) If you need to research more try this site http://www.benefits-of-honey.com/honey-varieties.html

warm water wit a tbsp of Honey and lemon juice

warm water with a tbsp of Honey and lemon juice

Ladies, I heard a lot of stories about losing weight with the help of Honey-lemon cleansing tonic. I like to try it, this is why I got interested to find a real honey.It says, with an empty stomach before breakfast drink a glass of warm water with  a tbsp of Honey and squeeze of lemon juice. With its anti oxidant and antibacterial property, Honey improves digestive system and helps to boots immunity system. It also soothes sore throat, because of the slight acidic pH level, it helps prevent the growth of bacteria. And if at night, you have trouble sleeping, a glass of hot milk with one teaspoon of Honey will help induce sleep.

each cost Sr50

each cost Sr 50 (USD 13)

How do you know a real Honey from an adulterated Honey anyway? Searching my friend google ,I gathered:

– pure Honey won’t solidify, meaning even if you put it in Freezer, it will stay liquid, hmm alright, let me try ..the result is..

it hardened but still  I can see the clarity

it hardened but still I can see the clarity

– pure honey does not immediately dissolve in water.. let’s us try once more :-) Oh yeah it took awhile before it mixes with water.

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Hmm so far so good :-)

– pure honey when you put it in white paper, it doesn’t absorbed or leave a blot.


– pure honey, no ants hover around it..well, I guess the ants favours the taste of processed sugar than pure Honey, well, did I try this? yes! the ants stayed away from it. believe it or not :-)

Well, this is only a test that I made at home to know if the Honey I got is pure! I am not really an expert on this matter. But to tell you the truth, I love the taste of the Honey I got! Next time, I’ll just go to the same seller.



Does he sells only Honey? Nope, I saw Honey with nuts too, honey in honey comb and even organic soap. Oh! This organic soap is made from the Philippines, hurrah!

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made in Philippines

made in Philippines

2015-02-20 at 22-48-07After we drained ourselves with different kind of Honey , we decided to buy few of each kind in little cute containers. I wonder why they don’t repack it in a more sterile way? or it is better this way,so it looks more natural?

In the middle of the Honey shops, there are shops that sells colourful dresses, it was fun and fancy to roam around but at the same time, we also want to get out as fast as we can before the crowds swell!

Till next time ladies!




Weekly Photo Challenge: rule of third

I wish you  many more happiest birthday my dear Alexis!

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Just give me this day!


how do I begin? the story of my rant..oh yeah, just give me this day! I usually forbids myself not to rant in writing but today is the day I like to ..

the moment I reached home today from walking 2 miles, not to mentioned carrying two heavy bags (lap top and personal ),I hurriedly open my notes and started writing what’s in my mind..before I blew myself up (of course! I’m exaggerating). Anyhow, this week at work was not different from last week, we were so busy, my appointments were fully booked. Am I complaining? of course not, no matter how difficult the task, no matter how difficult the case maybe or how difficult to manage the patient or the staff, I always reached the optimum result and I find satisfaction at the end. Nevertheless, I am not a super woman, yes I am passionate about my work, Dentistry in particular but being the Manager as well, at times it just hit me, what am I doing to myself?

Am I getting old? I know, Age has nothing to do with it! really? what about the aching body, heels pain, back pain, fingers numbing? named it, count it..and you can include your toes too! arms in limbo and eyes rolling ;-)

And so, I came home late from hard days work, about to take a nap when I received a call that I have to go back to work and I did! after a while he asked me to do some task (not dentistry but secretarial stuff) I really don’t mind, I was working for him 27 years and he had help me a lot so I am just returning the favour. Enter another consultant (dummy owner) been bugging me to call technical support for company’s tax payment, I complied but hey! I took Dentistry not to meddle with mathematics (huh! that’s my Waterloo). Anyhow, alright cool down, I still have two college students, (I need my job.. got to do it)! I have patient’s in between, I haven’t had a break yet and paper works on the side? So I asked my staff to help me out, deadline Saturday!

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And finally, work done! started walking and I just realised I forgot my wallet (or no money to say the least) exaggerating again? nope! I only have ten riyals in my pocket and no taxi driver wanted to accept it.. what? they claimed ten riyals is not worth waiting in the traffic jam.Lucky me!

Some drivers were too polite to stop when they think I will cross the street but others were just so rude (honking) and impatient (rushing as if no pedestrian on the street ). Alright calm down (talking to myself), walking is good for the heart, oh yeah try it! wearing abaya (a black long dress required for ladies when in public) oh! well, the lap top bag looks like I am doing  weight lifting (dumbbells hello).

It was a long wait before I was able to cross the main road, while waiting, I noticed I was the only lady walking with two heavy hand bags on my hand. Two old men wearing nice suits, on my right and two middle-aged men wearing old shirt and jeans on my left and in front of me, was a young man in his thirties (maybe).

my thoughts..

hurray for this men, working hard for their families..

middle-aged woman walking alone..

age 55..working hard..

old woman family provider from day one..

mom be careful when you cross the street..you still have two sons waiting for you..

woman you’re not the only one.. a lot of OFW are working hard for their family..

a lot of irresponsible men out there..

selfish men..

to err is human or to err is woman..

huh! hmm.. (lip biting)

you’re not alone!

life goes on.. waiting for my day and I know sooner or later it will come..

So, thank you for giving me this day!



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