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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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Age 57 and counting…bucket list?

new-doc-34_1At age 57 and beyond… Do I still have a bucket list?   You bet!

I have plenty of it! A bucket of fats… extra kilo 🙂  a bucket of wrinkles and bulge…kidding aside:-) yeah of course, I still have things I haven’t done and would love to try to… things that I have done and would like to do it all over again.

I guess all I have done since I got married, have children and got separated …is a bucket list of how to survive for all of them,support them in any way I can, caring and loving them more than myself.

Well, I guess it’s about time to remember my bucket list for myself before I even forgot I have a list too!

Love  Oh yeah! that’s the top on my list. I have given so much that I forgot how it is being in love. Sure, my sons will always be there but I know sooner or later they will also have their own family, their own love .I would like to find someone who would inspire me to get out of the bed with a smile on my lips, start the day right and energized.I would like to have someone who can make me laugh and not cry.I like to find someone who appreciates my value in his life, who would take an extra minute to listen to my boring stories and to take me to a movie (no matter how boring it is) to a dance (even though he doesn’t know how) in short, I would like to find someone who love the way I do.Call me crazy ! (with my eyes rolling up high) And one day ,I would also  like to hold his hand, look into his eyes and take our vow, no promises of extravagance just a simple life of togetherness and love, in sickness or in health, Alzheimer or  not, till the sun rises and set…wow! I am really into this 🙂

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Travel If I have a chance I would like to see “The great pyramid of Giza” the only one surviving from the seven wonder of the Ancient world. Next is to visit the new seven wonders of the modern world.I had the chance to visit Petra in Jordan, so I have five left. The great wall of china, the colosseum of Rome ,Chitchen Itza of Mexico,Macchu Picchu of Peru,Taj Mahal of India and the Christ Redeemer of Brazil. And I also would like to go back to Paris and more 🙂 you know if you’re putting something on the bucket list, make it grand! at least there are choices and it doesn’t hurt if u can travel to one or two. It’s a blessing!

Learn an instrument I enjoyed listening to music, watch live orchestra or musical concert and it is my dream to learn how to play piano or violin. I know someday I gonna do it.

Self publish a book I would like to publish my own memo, though I am sharing my experiences on my blog, there are a lot more to explore like how and why I am still here in Saudi Arabia? or then and now of living in Saudi Arabia or who knows? my own love story (the rise and fall) really? let’s see 🙂

Learn how to swim Yeah! I only knew how to float but not to really swim. I love to go to the beach , who doesn’t? but can’t really explore because I am scared to drown. I also want to learn how to snorkel and even scuba diving. wow! I see your eyebrow is up!

Learn how to drive everyone knew, women are not allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia, so there’s always from the back of my mind, I wish I can drive so I can go to places without being at the mercy of unruly drivers.

There are more things I would love to explore but I’ll reserve it when I am sixty 🙂

Ladies, I think if you feel like doing something different or learn new things, this is NOW, children are already grown up, chasing their own dream…don’t just sit there because you feel old, be a part of the now generation, be young in mind and spirit.Continue to be an inspiration,be active and you will find a new breath of life.

So, what am I doing on my birthday? snooze! Z Z Z Z Z Z  two thumbs up!

next blog pls! the bday dinner 🙂

 

Cheers,

jamilamimi

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The Amazing Binurong point – Baras, Catanduanes

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When my nephew told me, we will be going early morning (4 am) to Binurong point, I said..”yes” happily not knowing, were going to ride a motorcycle and trek a mountain. Wow! exciting! at age 56 here I am 🙂 riding a motorbike and trekking. binuronpoint-1-2

It was a cool morning and suddenly the rain poured, instead of protecting myself, I wrapped my jacket around my camera 🙂 there was no shelter to stop so we just went on. It’s about an hour of joy riding with a group of health workers. Yep! It was like a medical mission, our group consist of a surgeon, anesthesiologist, doctors and nurses 🙂

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Binurong point is located in Brgy. Guinsaanan, Baras Catanduanes, Philippines

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It’s an amazing sight of beautiful cliff and hill, so clean and green.

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flowers, the green grass, the trees…

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Beware of bushes and low trees, I bumped my head not once but twice 🙂

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and of course, my signature jump and pose!

at the end of the trip, it was refreshing to find out a make shift store selling cold drinks and chips and a hammock to just sit for awhile before heading back to Virac town proper.

and what more can you ask, after having “nilagang baboy” (pork stew) as lunch 🙂 Yummy!

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it was a wonderful day!

Thank YOU!

Cheers,

Jamilamimi

Serenata – Beyond the Horizon

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Once again, I have the best moment to witness the 11th season of Serenata, courtesy of Mr. Gerard Cua. This is also the first time in 29 years, my big boss and I took time out from work to watch a concert. See ? This is really the best moment 🙂  We always took turn to attend to personal matter so as not to close the clinic but tonight was different, we went together to enjoy the concert and we did!

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never mind his expression in this photo 🙂 he was amazed by the performance and even took out time to take photos and records some songs

One thing though, my camera didn’t work well so I ended up taking photos by iPhone.Good thing, our seat is in the 3rd row and because I wasn’t into taking pictures, I enjoyed the show better than as a guest rather than as a photographer 🙂

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“into the woods”

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“Spiderman”

opps..I missed the action!

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“Chua Ay”

This a cappella rendition of “Chua Ay” is spectacular, though I didn’t understand the meaning, it was so amazing to watch. I guess this is an Igorot song (a northern tribe in the Philippines).As much as I enjoyed another folk song “Paruparung Bukid”,the performance of the Knight Movers was also breathtaking!

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“Singkil” performed by The Knight Movers

The second part : Serenata String Orchestra

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under the musical direction of Ms. Sylvia Delos Santos

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“La Cathedral” a solo guitar performance by Ms. Nadine Cua

Here’s a sample video of her performance 🙂

 

 

The finale

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“Somewhere” a joint performance of Choir & String Orchestra with Ms. Precy Ann Cua (Soloist)

 

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A plaque of appreciation to the sponsors

Thank you All!

Cheers,

Jamilamimi

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29 years after, she looked back

“There are moments which mark your life. Moments when you realise nothing will ever be the same and time is divided into two parts, before this and after this.” – Unknown

Oh how time flies! A young mom with 1 ½ year old boy wondering what future will bring. A people’s power brought sad and good news but ours was unfortunate, young dad lost his job. A young family caught up with uprising, unstable employment and unable to sustained for house rent… she left overseas.

She said…

Two years contract to have a small house and open up a clinic of her own

She work hard to pay for placement fees and bought a land to build a house.

Homesickness sets in… dad came and followed by their son.

The two years became four years…

Dad didn’t finish his job contract and went back home.

He said..

No future in this company, will look for a better one.

Mom and son stayed.

She said…

Working overseas will help finish building the house and the clinic.

Dad came back

Four years… six years

Dad found another job and went back home again.

He said…

Better salary…better opportunity

Six years became ten years

Another son bring joy and happiness

Mom has better position, better salary, house done, children in good school

Dad left again for a better job, better salary and better opportunity

Twelve years….fifteen years…

Twenty years …

Mom did post graduate…career bloomed ..children happy…better education

Dad not happy…company closing down

He said…

A business of my own is better

And the day came, he left again…

Mom said…

Sons follow your dream… so she work harder…and… harder

a single parent… a single provider… a career woman

Dad got his own dream… a business of his own

While mom’s dream clinic is on hold

Twenty five years…

Trust gone…respect gone…marriage collapsed…

She said…

Letting go is a gift you owed to yourself

Twenty nine years later…

Children finished their studies…gone to pursue their dreams

Mom is alone again…

Twenty-nine years of a beautiful struggle.

to be continued…

” Your hardest times often lead to the greatest moments of your life. Keep the FAITH. It will all be worth in the end.”

Cheers,

Jamilammimi

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Valentine’s date.. for fifty and beyond

Happy Valentines everyone! Getting ready for your date? At age 56, I still think of having a date on Valentines day,..hmm, don’t roll your eyes on me! why not?

because…

… because… because..

See, I can’t think of a reason..hahaha

Well, have you been in love? Isn’t it the best feeling? Remember your first date? the impeccable rhythm of heart beat, the sweaty and cold hands, tantalising eyes and the never ending smile. Would it be nice, if you still feel the same way, long years after you get married?

yeah, you’re right! We became too familiar to each other that romance was like..hello and goodbye. The flowers became an ornament, an obligation to give because it’s Valentine’s day,my guess.. everyone will be posting their flowers and gifts on Facebook. you’re smiling..I know but it’s true..selfie with my Valentino/a..or selfie with my love or thank you love.Ahh..we just wished everyday is a Valentines day!

I think, that’s the missing part in a relationship..the “beyond” the giving, the attention and the courtship. We sometimes forget to set aside a day to celebrate and appreciate each other.Flowers and chocolate means nothing after a day, it will dry and we can eat a box of chocolates in few minutes.

What do you think beautybeyondfifty?

Well, I would love to celebrate this special day not necessarily on Feb. 14 , it can be before ,during or after. I would like to feel special, be appreciated. I don’t need flowers, though jewellery is an option (hahaha) ice cream over chocolate 🙂 cold pizza over hamburger 🙂 kidding aside..the best gift is TIME. yes, time to each other without being pushed or obligated to sit and talk. Perhaps a walk on the beach or park either sunrise or sunset, reminiscing the moments of togetherness, no calls, no work ..just “US”.

Puff! ..it’s only a wish! 🙂

Well, ladies, so much about having date, here are few Valentines posing tips for you!

1- lean forward, pull the chin forward to avoid a little bit of flabby fat under the chin.

2) Lift the arm to make it smaller;turn the shoulder, don’t face the camera head-on, this will create a bigger body.

And for those who are alone on Valentine’s Day, have a “me” time, go and pampered yourself, have a spa ,do your hair and nails or watch movie with ice cream and popcorn on the sides. Remember this day will also pass so enjoy it!

Cheers,

Jamilamimi

Dress: Banana Republic

Shoes: Primadonna

 

Age 56: bold and never mind :-)

golden girlSix years ago, the first photoshoot taken by my son landed a page in Star studio magazine, middle East edition. His first camera was Nikon D90. Last year I got him D7000 and we went on holiday together. This time, I told him I want something bold as bold as my decision to let go of things in life that gives me more stress than meaning.

Hmm at 56? bold ? hahaha I know, I am crazy to even think about it. I guess, it’s a part of growing up, rather a part of ageing process (middle age crisis?)..a make belief of things I would have done when I was at younger age. Well, if i don’t do it now, when i gonna do it?  on my senior years? That’s more than crazy 🙂

I tried my luck in Santa Catalina Island. hahaha I was trying hard to posed sexy to no avail. If I can’t be sexy, how can I be bold? Well, how bold are we talking? in two piece bathing suit? No way! with bulging tummy and stretch marks 🙂 bold? as in receding hairline? come’on that’s Bald! with an “a” hahaha.

Sometimes, there are things and events in life that we have to dealt with, we have to be courageous in making decision. I am fifty six and a single parent. Through the years, the journey was not easy but we continued to pursue our dream. I have to continue  encouraging and inspiring my sons and other people around me.

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After so many trials and errors, “relax mom” be yourself relax” I think I heard the word “relax” a thousand times! my son’s gave up on me. Finally he said, ok mom, just posed! and wallah! 🙂

This picture is so me…bold and never mind 🙂 seriously, I love this photo, a 56 years old woman,bold but classy, fierce but gentle,confident but profound,strict but funny.

I had so much fun during the shoot, both my sons and best friend were all goofing around..now, you know why I love being a mother and a dentist..modelling is not my forte. I can now go back to my dental clinic and say..”relax” to my patients 🙂

Ladies,soon, I’ll be blogging about  beauty and fashion for beautybeyondfity!

stay tune!

Cheers!

Jamilamimi

Photographer: Edge M. Suarez

Location: Santa Monica/Santa Catalina Ca USA

 

 

Weekly photo challenge: vibrant

Bloom and keep growing even you are fifty and beyond..

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Photographer: Edge M.Suarez

Location: Santa Monica, California USA

Photos were taken last October 2015 on my 56th birthday, I got a surprise flowers and cupcake from my two sons.Sweet!

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Cheers,

jamilamimi

 

 

There’s no Santa this year!

Being a OFW (Overseas Filipino worker) we look forward to go home to Philippines every December to celebrate Christmas with our love ones, but there are few circumstances we can not.. for various reasons such as, company disapproved the leave,financially uptight etc. So for those, who are celebrating Christmas in Saudi Arabia, Jeddah in particular, we tried to gather every friends to be with us , decorated our home with Christmas tree and tried to make the atmosphere and food like Christmas. Oh how I miss the real Christmas celebration with family.

For the last two years, we had Santa made in China https://jamilamimi.com/2013/12/26/our-santa-is-made-from-china/and from Lebanon.https://jamilamimi.com/2014/12/25/to-you-and-yours-our-santa-is-made-in-lebanon/  this year , it’s different! There’s no Santa and no food on the table.

Yes, Santa is nowhere to be found 🙂 we decided to celebrate our Christmas eve at Sheraton Hotel. And of course, before we dine, we had some photo shoots at home (we anticipated we can not remove our abaya covering) and some few shots at the lobby of the hotel.

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It’s a Seafood buffet at Sheraton Hotel, Jeddah KSA.. forget the Cholesterol and Uric acid.. here comes the Christmas celebration 🙂

After the sumptuous dinner, we strolled along Boulevard and enjoyed the ambience and the breezy air of the night. Oh! We miss going back home..the boneless lechon,puto bongbong, pancit palabok etc. well, we miss our family too! not only the food 🙂

For all expatriates here in Saudi Arabia, especially for those who set aside their own personal happiness in leu of Holiday festivities because of economic reasons to fulfil their obligations and responsibilities.. I salute you! Cheers for all the sacrifices you made and will still be making. You are not alone!

Have  a Merry Christmas and A prosperous New Year!

Cheers,

Jamilamimi

 

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