Okay. I have taken the plunge. Indulged. Splurged.
…on a diary.
How many pennies does it take to make a pound? They say it depends on the year the penny was made. But one thing I know for sure, it took a lot of pennies to buy my Smythson Diary which costs about 48pounds!
Smythson of Bond Street is a British manufacturer of luxury stationery, leather goods and diaries. Clients have included the current Royal Family, Queen Victoria, Grace Kelly…and now me! Yey!
Frank Smythson made history in 1908 when he created the world’s first practical (tho price-wise now it’s not sooo practical I must say) and portable diary. With its featherweight paper, it is lightweight thus gaining its nickname “the Panama Hat of Books.”
I bought my Panama Diary from Boutique 1 Dubai. It is a part of their exclusive collection made up of 15 international brands that have created a limited edition black and white pieces to celebrate Boutique 1’s first decade as the Middle East’s ultimate destination for fashion.
I was ecstatic when I saw this diary as I have been wanting to buy me a Smythson diary for the longest time. And the gold-stamped FASHION WISHLIST inscription was icing on the cake as I have also been looking for the perfect notebook to write down my
looong list of …well, fashion wishes that I hope my husband will fulfill when he sees the book innocently lying around.LOL
It came in a beautiful blue box and as I held this leather beauty and flipped through the gold-edge pages, I started to doubt if I can actually write on them. Would I dare damage this work of art with my not-so-arty penmanship? Would I dare scribble and doodle on this pale blue paper? And oooh cross outs would definitely be a crime!
So if I cannot use it as I would a regular notebook, then what’s the point you might ask and to be honest I asked myself too. Wellll, I like it and I have always liked “luxurious” items. Maybe silly but we can be silly at times. To spoil ourselves and splurge a little. So Indulge me 😀
Dubai summer is here. It’s hard to miss the heat. And boy you can’t ignore it! At 30+ degrees, its just warming up. Yep welcome to the desert! So as an expat here, and even the locals too, we need to just chill out this time of the year. And in case you didn’t know, there’s a perfect place here in Dubai to chill out and it’s simply called Chill Out…how cool is that?! 🙂
Chill Out is an ice lounge hidden away in a mall called Time Square. A place to eat, drink, and chill at minus 6 Degrees! But don’t worry about freezing, they provide you with thermal jackets, hats, gloves and boots.
Cobone has a current deal with this cool place and for 45aed per adult (30 for a child) you get to have a soup or barbecue, and hot chocolate or tea. So I bought 2 vouchers for husband and myself 🙂 Ooh I can’t wait to just chill baby chill…
Update: Last Friday I brought my friend to finally check out the place. Husband is away at the moment and the voucher is due to expire, I thought it’ll be great to catch up with my friend anyway and chill at this ice lounge 🙂
To be honest, I was a bit disappointed as I was expecting an actual ice lounge where you relax, snack, drink and the occasional must-snaps of the food and the place. With the help of their website, I was picturing bartenders making mocktails (they don’t serve alcohol) behind their ice bar, people drinking their teas and hot cocoas, having their kebabs and soups, and even fondue whilst taking pictures of the ice interior.
But when we walked in, the place was nice but it was showing a little neglect. No one was actually chillin’ here. Rather, people were standing up and busily posing for pictures. The place did not feel like a lounge. It was like walking into an ice sculpture exhibition, but a good one with cool lighted ice sculptures of swan, horse, the Burj al Arab, and of course the functional tables and chairs.
A waiter were handing the warm drinks. We chose hot cocoas and kebabs. To my dismay, they no longer serve kebabs on the tiny fire pits 😦 And I didn’t have soup solely for that…sigh.
But that aside, having paid for it and all, I chose to change my mindset and make the most of it! 🙂 Would I go back? Yes of course. For the affordable price, the novelty of being in an ice lounge in hot Dubai is still a super cool idea. And everyone else and even myself, had a good time.
- Chillout Cafe: Dubai’s First Ice Lounge Makes its Chilling Debut (greenprophet.com)
- Guests chill out in subfreezing cafe (wwlp.com)
First thing I did, afternoon tea with the sisters. It’s quite our tradition now I reckon. And we are constantly on a lookout for exciting afternoon tea escapades. So I am glad to stumble upon Cinema Nova here in Melbourne. It is a contemporary cinema, an art house, showing special movies of interest from the classics to the latest.
Cinema dining is not new, I know. We have it in Dubai, which by the way I am yet to try. But high tea at the movies was something new for me. Excited and all, we booked to watch the movie Gatsby which by the way I have seen already, but this time no popcorn and soda thank you.
For 39 Aussie dollars you get one drink (I chose Pimms cocktail), savories and the sweets, and your movie ticket. A sweet as deal I reckon even with the extra 3 dollars for a pot of tea. Did I mention the joys of a not crowded cinema? Served by a waiter, cushions for extra comfort and yes…that warm feeling too 🙂 Definitely will come back.
- Fancy some tea, old sport? (chefig.wordpress.com)
It’s been two months since I resigned from my job and turned in my “wings.” But it has only been 2 weeks of staying put at home. I went downunder in Australia to spend time with the family and then to Beirut to visit the in-laws. So I have been leisurely flying around and not so close to the term housewife yet. I came back to Dubai earlier than the husband so tomorrow will be the first day of me being a stay-at-home wife. No big deal for most perhaps.
You see, when I decided to stop flying, I thought I would love having all the time in the world. No rosters to follow. No early report times and tiring night flights. No minimum rests til you fly out again to yet another destination that totally wrecks your body clock. No more waking up in a hotel and wondering which country you are in. No more packing for both winter and summer as you are on standby to fly anywhere in the world, dreading that one phone call from crew control. And no more missing Christmas, New Years or other special occasion meant to be with loved ones, because you are in the other side of the world.
I loved my job as a flight attendant as I love traveling. But after 8 years, it was time to move forward. And as any other job, of course I had something to complain…like wearing red lipstick for most of the 365 days in a year! Watching your weight and your hair color to 2 shades lighter as instructed by our grooming officer (yeah we have fashion police and all). Now as I lay at home, I miss it a lot. The whole of it. Well perhaps not all including having to explain to an adult who throws tantrums inflight like a 2 year old because god forbid we run out of chicken!!! Seriously let me sidetrack a bit here and say that you will not die if you don’t get chicken! Otherwise order special meal prior! And of course we have to explain this to that person in a professional way even when he is shouting and acting like a baby. And don’t forget your flight attendant smile. Oooh please do fly with us again~noooot! :p
As I was saying before my ranting there, I miss being a flight attendant. Do I want to go back flying? No…well not yet anyway. For now, I chose to be a stay-at-home wife and start a family with my husband as the provider~turn in my wings and be the wind beneath my husband’s wings instead. lol
For someone like me, who was constantly on the move country to another and across continents, being at home for 2 weeks is already long. And my travel bug is starting to show it symptoms. Itchy feet! Ahhh travel somewhere and fly first class (or business at least) and smiling at other passengers as you know you only paid 10 percent of that. Now I’m back to coach and it hurts when you have seen the other side and saw that its greener…redder with french wines and bubblier with champagne!
Anyway, in this 2 weeks, of course I caught up with friends, gone to the mall and the salon and all. But still I am bored. Perhaps til the husband gets home. Perhaps when we get a baby soon. A hobby, a new routine…
Wait, is this what mid life crisis is?!!!
Should I just enjoy being a lady of leisure like those we see on reality shows…The Real Housewives…of Dubai perhaps. Maybe Ill take on my masters now? …Or a new job? But I did not quit my job for no reason so whatever I decide to do, I have to keep that in mind. I know that if I want to, I can be like those mums who are doing amazingly in having a career and raising a family. But first thing first, I need to figure out the kind of life I picture to be in. I reckon, we create our own life and are free to define ourselves. Terms and titles can be restricting. Instead, we should be more like the Renaissance man or woman.
Til then…New life is under construction 🙂
People that know me would agree that I’m not a big coffee fan. Except for the occasional frappucino from good ol’ Starbucks, coffee and I have a distant relationship. As for tea, I start to enjoy it because of the ritual of afternoon tea~scapades that I so love now, poshness and all. But hot chocolate? Ooh that’s different. My love for this dates back childhood! It gives me this cosy feel like a night-in on winter, sitting beside the fireplace while reading a good book.
Hot chocolate can easily please me. Milo, Ovaltine, Nesquick, Holicks, Cadbury…put in some mallows and they’re goooood. But if you want a proper hot chocolate than powder and water, in Dubai you can head to Rich, a cafe in the Mall of the Emirates and order one. I’m sure the food is great and all ( didn’t try yet) but their hot chocolate is to die for! A friend brought me here one day and told me to try the famous hot chocolate and yes I could thank her forever for introducing me to my old love but richer and yummier! 😉
Paying it forward, I brought a friend to this cafe yesterday. He ordered a cappuccino tho (guys *rolling my eyes now) but who cares I still ordered my love HC. And we got free carrot cake!!! A giant carrot cake! I didn’t know that my friend has friends in this business giving free cakes just because they like you! I’m so dragging this friend around now tho I just borrowed him from husband :p
- Hot Chocolate & Mexican Hot Chocolate | Pottery Barn (potterybarn.com)
- Agave Sweetened Hot Chocolate (modernmanofthecloth.com)