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early to rise, early to hike

One friday morning’, the only friday off I have 😦 after working for five consecutive days, here I am waking up early at 4:30 in the morning, so I can meet my friends and hike in a mountain full of dust 🙂 and not to mention hills full of rocks and sands.

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but don’t get me wrong, I always looked forward to the weekend activities with friends, full of laughters and of course, our tummy is full of food as well 🙂

So, here are some photos we took in between hiking up and down the hills.

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biker and hiker in tandem

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missing home?

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long walk to shopping mall 🙂

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bikes on top

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sunrise

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happy

Cheers,

Jamilamimi @beautybeyondfifty

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My Lady no. 7 – Sophie Defensor- Victoria

so3aI lost two kilo in ten days and when my best friend came for a short holiday, I regained it in two days hahaha. That’s how we bond! We find happiness in food! Who cares we’re the beauties beyond fifties 🙂

My lucky lady at no 7 is a BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) graduate of University of San Agustin, Iloilo City, born September 18, 1962.

Wow blooming at 53!

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She lives in London, UK . She comes to Jeddah, every six months to visit her husband and her friends, she has only one very handsome son, who is currently studying Chemical Engineering in UK.

Sophie is a very devoted mother, her dreams revolves around her only son..

Do you have any other dream for yourself?

– of course I do! I like to travel around the world.

You travel a lot! isn’t it? how long you’ve worked as expatriates?

– I’ve been in Jeddah for 26 yrs, I travelled around the world but it’s like a working holiday. I would like to explore the world without thinking about work. I have worked hard and I would like to retire while I still have energy and can enjoy the scenery.

What is your motto in life?

“Dream big, work hard. Stay focused and surround yourself with good friends “

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My friend Sophie is a very energetic woman, she exudes a happy-go-lucky attitude but beware when she is not in the mood, her tongue is like a sword that cut deep 🙂

We didn’t have enough time to do all the chitchat, I still have to go back to work after we did the impronto photo shoot. Hopefully , I will do another photo shoot when I have the chance to visit her in London.

Cheers,

jamilamimi

Weekly Photo Challenge : Endurance

Friday endurance at the pool 🙂

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Home baked Cheesecake Challenge-Double 3 for a triple treat :Flavour # 33 Pineapple-Mango-Coconut Cheesecake

Here’s another batch of my official taster 🙂 I really do have good friends who can spend a day just having tea and Cheesecake. We spent 8 hours of good conversation, drowning ourselves with home-made tea concoction over an experimental home-baked cheesecake flavour #33, Yay!

Flavour # 33 Mango-pineapple Coconut Cheesecake

Flavour#33 Pineapple Mango Coconut Cheesecake

Flavour#33 Pineapple Mango Coconut Cheesecake

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and one with a sweetened coconut and fresh mango bits on top

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and I also did, a no bake Cheesecake and matcha green tea roll cheesecake, so it’s really a treat for everyone, or should I say..

” Sweet overload” 🙂

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Ingredients:

Crust:

1/2 cup crushed digestive biscuits

1/2 cup roasted coconut flakes (desiccated)

3 tbsp sugar

1/3 cup butter

Filling:

3 pkgs (300 g each ) Philadelphia cream cheese

1 cup sugar

2 tsp vanilla powder

4 eggs

1/2 cup whipping cream

1/2 cup sour cream

1/8 tsp lemon

a pinch of salt

Toppings:

roasted coconuts

sweetened coconuts

fresh mango puree and cut bits

pineapple chunks

Directions:

Pre-heat oven Gas mark #3

Mix biscuits,coconuts,sugar and butter. Press onto the springform pan (i used different sizes). Set aside

Cream the cheese at room temperature, add sugar slowly while beating at medium speed. Add one egg at a time.Combine mixture of whipping cream,sour cream and vanilla powder,add it to the cream cheese mixture, add a pinch of salt and continue mixing until smooth and well combined. Pour onto the prepared pan. Bake at 1 hr, let it cool for another 30 minutes, leaving the oven door slightly ajar. (sudden change of temperature will result to cracking in the middle). Remove and let it cool for another one hour and chill for another 4 hrs or overnight before topping and serving.

hmm yummy but so sweet

hmm yummy but so sweet

Ladies, even though there’s a lot of sweet indulgence ( tummy rumbling) we manage to give a sweet smile!

HAPPY NATIONAL CHEESECAKE EVERYONE!!!!

Cheers,

Jamilamimi

 

Age 39…43…54…60 and more… who’s counting?

Year is ending so as our age is increasing, so far we celebrated 4 birthdays in a row and two more are coming. Who’s counting anyway? Does it matter if you are 30’s…40’s…60’s?

First celebration…to feel young and look young, we decided to change the colour of our hair and get some new hairstyle.

What else to do after pampering yourself? of course, celebrate with the family and friends.

nothing is more enjoyable than to eat rice and fish 🙂

2nd celebration

3rd celebration

brunch surprise!

brunch surprise!

4th celebration

barbecue at the poolside

barbecue at the poolside

and more are coming next week end…age are only numbers, we continue to count and enjoy the blessings.

God bless,

Jamilamimi

Photoblog: Friday Splash part 2

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My bff’s (best friends forever)

Friday splasher in action

Friends that cooks together, eat together, stays together

When Ruby becomes Thursday with friends…

Ruby Tuesday

It is always good to see old friends , not old beyond fifty, I mean friends that I haven’t seen for a while. We had late lunch at Ruby Tuesday in Thalia St. the ambiance is just perfect for us.

They have a lot of  good menu but we’re not interested actually of what are we going to eat, were just happy to see each other again, just us…, without a husband…though the 2kevs (my youngest and my friend’s son) tag along, they have their own table and world of their own (as usual).

We spent the afternoon, catching up of the past things and latest news that’s happening to our everyday’s life. Sophie is working in UK and comes back to Jeddah every six months to see her family and Jo and I are both  in Jeddah but she is busy with her kids and helping her husband to run their small business and me?I am busy with my world too (home-kids-clinic-home). Some of our friends are still on holiday, lucky them!

Friends makes your life better,especially  in this place, socialization is a key to make your day if not your week a pleasant experience.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/21/health/21well.html

Researchers are only now starting to pay attention to the importance of friendship and social networks in overall health. A 10-year Australian study found that older people with a large circle of friends were 22 percent less likely to die during the study period than those with fewer friends. A large 2007 study showed an increase of nearly 60 percent in the risk for obesityamong people whose friends gained weight. And last year, Harvard researchers reported that strong social ties could promote brain health as we age.

huh! research or no research, everyone knows how going out with friends relieves some of your stresses in life.

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staff at ruby tuesday

the manager

the bartender

My favorite shots:-)

my images: flickr

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