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Moms day with bff!

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Do you wish it’s always a mom’s day?

I do 🙂

Why it’s only once a year?

I’m lucky that I celebrated twice ! Last month was mother’s day in Jeddah and this month is for Philippines mother ‘s day.

Actually, we can always celebrate any day we wish! Speaking for myself, I always appreciate the simple things that my son’s were able to achieved. We’re living so far apart, literally in three different continent :-). Every time that I was able to video chat with them is a celebration for me! I feel awesome hearing their stories,ideas, practically anything that’s happening to them is a bonus. Sharing each stories makes me feel I am still a part of their growth even though they are both independent adult. Though ,I wish we live together I am happy for their achievements no matter how small or big it is, I know that one day they will make a mark in this complicated world. Yeah it’s complicated but hey ! let’s just be happy of what we have and continue to move forward to achieve our goal and if life becomes more complicated, look back who were you before and now, think of the struggles, think of the accomplishments and blessings and life would be simple to take in!

So, what’s the big deal of celebrating Mother’s Day?

Well, this is a day you receive smiling faces celebrating your day. This is the day you receive greetings from your love ones attesting how you are as a mother. This is the day you can have a day off and be surrounded with love ones and receive flowers and chocolates too!

Ok cut out the drama 🙂 in reality I think mothers would like to pamper themselves too! what’s the first in your list? Come on.. don’t giggles ..I know what you’re thinking!

Shopping!

right? but have you wish someone will give you a gift of shopping spree 😮

Spa? beauty treatment? jewelry?

Yes, now we’re talking, have you thought that each day of your life you think of your love ones and not yourself? Each day spent is for them? cook, clean, work!

So… today is the day! It’s a one day in a year… Happy mother’s day to all! I do hope you enjoy your day and this day is not just an ordinary day for you.

What about me?

Hence , I’m so far away from my sons, I celebrated “ME” day with my sister (from another mother), pampering ourself in Eric Zeimmour salon.

She did her hair, isn’t she gorgeous?

I did my nails and eyebrow .. we’re ready to party hurray!

After the salon date, we went to Uptown and celebrate the night with the family.

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Cheers to all mom!

Jamilamimi

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Serenata – simplicity at its best!

” nothing is more simple than greatness; indeed to be simple is to be great”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Indeed! The Serenata annual benefit concert last Saturday ,March 18,2017 was so simple in terms of the costumes and frills but the performance was superb and its charitable cause made the concert great! This was their 12th season and for the record I only missed two of their concert 🙂  addicted!

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The Serenata Children’s Choir

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The concert was under the musical direction of ever so beautiful Ms. Sylvia Delos Santos. Directed by Mr. Jerry Lagrimas and the ever energetic host of the night Mr.Ahjid Sayas. The ever supported husband of Ms. delos Santos – Mr. Teddy Delos Santos spotted playing Cello as assistant principal.

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The introduction of all male Chamber Chorale was impressive noting that it was only formed five months ago and to gather each one for practice was challenging to everyone involve.

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All male chamber chorale

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The string orchestra was as usual in their best performance !

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The Serenata String Orchestra

I enjoyed the participation of Knight Movers with their Aladdin dance intermission

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The Knight Movers

 

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The finale

Here’s some of the clips of the performance taken by iPhone 🙂 I could upload more but my storage plan is not enough..and so .. let me advise you to come and see them in action next season.

Congratulations to all!

Cheers,

Jamilamimi

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The Amazing Flower Festival 2017-Yanbu, Saudi Arabia

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Yanbu flower and garden festival started March 14 and will ends on April 7, 2017. We visited year 2015 and we had a chance to visit again last Friday, March 17,2017. There were a lot of visitors and I think it would be better to come as early as 4 pm to appreciate the flowers.

Timing: Sat-Thurs 8:30 – 5pm Friday 4 pm -11pm

 

Admission : Free .. but there’s a minimal fee to get up to the Flat form and see the areal view of the garden. Another fee to Yanbu Butterfly garden. Beware, it was a long queue. Sorry, I was not able to ask how much the entrance fees.

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So, whats new?

The addition of the fountains, made the place more refreshing and you can have your ice cream yoghurt too 🙂 The weather was cool so we just passed it!

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One new thing that I like the most is the addition of recycling items.

Do you know how long a plastic bottle decompose? 450 years! Omg!

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See the white and blue? It is made of 41000 bottle caps which represent sea waves.

How about a rubber tires? It will take 50-80 years!

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made from old tires

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flowers are made from plastic bottles

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made from papers

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It’s amazing to see the flowers bloom in Yanbu, remember this is Saudi Arabia 🙂

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If you got tired of walking, you can also catch the cho – cho train 🙂 hahaha and you will reach your destination in 2 hours, just kidding.

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or maybe just sit down a bit 🙂

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or when you got bored, you can always call FB 🙂 or play games?

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or maybe after seeing all those flowers, you will feel the sweetness of your heart 🙂

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If you are from Philippines, this is “Enrique” and you will know who he is 🙂

and of course our “Liza”

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Ladies, relationship goal? the “lizqen” of jeddah 🙂

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How sweeeeeet…. so what are you waiting for? smell the flowers, feels the breeze and fall in love..wow!

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Cheers,

Jamilamimi

if you would like to see flower festival 2015 pls click The Amazing Flower Festival 2015 in Yanbu Saudi Arabia

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Healthy Cookie Challenge #4 Thumbprint blackberry cookies

Challenge # 4 Thumbprint blackberry cookies

img_9115How nutritious is blackberry?

It contains a big dose of vitamin C. An excellent source of both soluble and insolluble fibers. I used peanut butter and brown sugar with a tablespoon of flaxseeds. Each tablespoon of flaxseed contains about 1.8 grams of plant omega 3s.Ground flaxseed is also a good support if you are trying to lose weight because it contains fibers which make you feel full.

 

To make this cookie more healthy I used organic wheat flour.

 

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Ingredients:

1 cup whole wheat flour

1 cup oatmeal

1 tbsp ground flaxseed

3/4 cup chopped walnut

3/4 cup peanut butter

3/4 cup honey

2 tbsp canola oil

1 egg

Instructions:

Pre -heat oven to 350°F. Mix all dry ingredients together. In a separate bowl, mix peanut butter, oil, egg and honey together, Add the mixed dry ingredients, wall nuts and mix it well. Scoop with small ice cream scooper and flatten it with your thumb, pressed the middle, add the blackberry . Bake for 15 minutes.

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Enjoy!

Cheers,

Jamilamimi

Healthy cookie Challenge #3Cranberry brown rice/almond flour cookie

Cookie Challenge # 3

Cranberry brown rice /almond flour cookie

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Cranberry is a good source of Vitamin C, it has also anti inflammatory benefit thus helping in lowering the risk of periodontal disease, yes ladies, it helps to make our gums more healthy, besides thorough brushing of our teeth everyday 🙂

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Instead of using all-purpose flour I used brown rice flour and almond flour with a little combination of oatmeal too. How healthy can you get? img_9098

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Ingredients:

1 1/4 cups brown rice flour

1/2 cup almond flour

1/2 cup granola flour

1 cup fresh cranberries

1 egg

1/2 cup canola oil

1/2 cup honey

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350F. Mix all dry ingredients together in a medium bowl, set aside. In a separate bowl beat the egg, add oil, vanilla, honey and mix it with the dry ingredients, add the fresh cranberries. Mix thoroughly. Scoop and flatten on top, if you desire you can add berry on top. Bake for 10-15 minutes.

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Ladies, this is good for breakfast too, try it!

Cheers,

Jamilamimi

Weekly photo Challenge – solitude

Find beauty in solitude

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“Souk Juman” at KAEC

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The weather was beautiful yesterday, our first weekend out of Jeddah and we visited “Souk Juman” at KAEC (King Abdullah Economic City) located approximately 100 kilometers north of Jeddah. It is a crossroads between East and West, on the cost of the Red sea and less than an hour by rail (we saw the train station along the way, though as of this writing, it is not operational yet) from Mecca, Medina and Jeddah.

Souk Juman was held Feb.16-17 at Juman Park at Bay La Sun District. We got the ticket through on-line … 75 Sr per adult and 20 SR per child.

It’s a beautiful lush green environment, with a large waterfront amphitheater ovelooking the blue water of the Bay La sun canal.

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There was a mixture of small stall selling homemade goods, jewelry,abaya, fruits,popcorn and cotton candy and a lot more.The atmosphere was festive and the cool breeze wind added more vibrance to the event.

There were also cooking,fashion and art competition among the kids and young at heart

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The best thing I saw are these two guys giving away a free juice drink for everyone! What a cool way to dress and pour three glasses in one go!

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Sharab tamarhindi (tamarind juice)

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A beautiful way of serving tamarind juice

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After moving around the Juman park, we went to the beachfront dining, It was packed with people but we managed to get a table for us. There was a lot of restaurant to choose from and we settled for a burger and nachos in Bert’s coffee shop.

Ladies, it was an enjoyable bonding and hoping next year the Karting tract will be operational during the festival.  🙂

Cheers,

Jamilamimi

 

 

Healthy cookie Challenge #2 Blueberry oatmeal cookies

Cookie Challenge #2

Blueberry Oatmeal cookies – gluten-free

Have you been to Lulu supermarket in Jeddah? It’s a huge supermarket with a variety of products local and imported from all over the world. What I like most is the fruits and vegetables section. The prices are reasonable, where can you get a pack of blueberries for 6 SR? Only here in Lulu supermarket!

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Yes! My next healthy ingredient for my cookie diet challenge is blueberry.

Why blueberry?

Researched shows blueberry is a good source of vitamin C which is good for our immune system. It is also  rich source of anti oxidant and contain the health promoting phytochemical, anthocyanin.But of course, eating organic fresh is better than adding it in cookies. Take note ladies, my challenge is to make cookies more healthier and enjoy the process. If you would like to read more about blueberries, try this site:http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=8

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I used the same gluten flour and granola oats but instead of using sugar, I used honey.Another healthy ingredient .Not all Honey are created Equal! click on it to remember my post 🙂

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Ingredients:

1 cup baking flour – gluten-free

1 cup granola oats

1/4 cup instant oat

1 tsp baking soda

1/8 tsp salt

1 egg

1/3 cup canola oil or u can use coconut oil

1/4 cup honey

1 tsp vanila

1 cup fresh blueberries

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350°F. Mix all dry ingredients in a medium bowl. Set aside. Whisk egg, honey,oil, vanilla in a separate bowl. Mix together with the dry ingredients, mix well then add the blueberries. Chill for about 20 minutes.Spoon on to the silicon mat, flatten a bit and bake it for 10-15 minutes.

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This is more crunchy than the Healthy cookie challenge #1 Carrot oatmeal cookie, also I love the balance of sour and sweet nutty, oh! I forgot to mentioned, the granola oats I am using, there’s a mixture of pumpkin seed on it.

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A good breakfast cookie with a glass of milk.

Cheers,

jamilamimi

 

Weekly photo challenge: Shadow

Happy Valentine’s everyone!

“Love has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get, it’s what you are expected to give ” – unknown

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Healthy cookie challenge #1 Carrot oatmeal cookie

Cookie Challenge # 1

Carrot oatmeal cookie – gluten-free

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I love carrot cake so the first thing that came to my mind when I started this challenge is to make carrot cake cookie. I used gluten-free flour and gluten-free granola oats and freshly grated carrots.

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I like to imagine that I am eating a healthy cookie that won’t jeopardize my diet!

hello what diet?  ask my friend who said:

                             My hobby is eating and complaint about my weight…

Kidding aside, I would like to think having one or two cookie in between meals with carrots and oatmeal is not bad, its yummy and my belly is happy hahaha ladies ..excuses!

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One of the secrets for baking healthier cookies is to replace the all- purpose flour with oats and a bit extra of gluten-free baking flour. From my researched , it mentioned adding more fibers to your cookies makes it more healthy. You can use whole wheat flour or rolled oats flour. This is my first try 🙂  so I got my excuses again! Though the result is not crunchy but soft , I think it’s because I ran out of honey and I used rose syrup instead.

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aha! not so healthy one, well, I did not add white sugar because I know I should have used maple syrup or honey.

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alright, so much of excuses…here’s to the first challenge!

Ingredients:

1 cup granola oats with pumpkin seeds

1/2 cup baking flour gluten-free

1 cup grated carrots

1/2 cup maple syrup or honey (I used rose syrup) i cheated 🙂

1/2 cup canola oil

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 tbsp ground cinnamon

Procedure:

Preheat oven to 350°F, Combine all dry ingredients into a medium bowl. Whisk the egg on a separate bowl , add the oil and honey, vanilla and mix with the dry ingredients.Add the grated carrots, mix well. Scoop the mixture and drop it and flatten it on top. bake for 10-15 min.

Enjoy!

Cheers,

Jamilamimi

 

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