Showing posts from March, 2008

We're leaving on a Jet Plane.

Tomorrow nite we head out to Seeb Airport and hop on Thai Airways to make our way to New Zealand. My brother-inlaw and niece will meet us at the airport. I can't wait to see them all. We finally got our flight tickets yesterday and have yet to get our hotel vouchers for our transit in Bangkok. I must say my patience has been worn thin time and time again lately in this country. I think it's really due time to get out for a bit before coming back. Everything takes AGES to get done. We have to remind agents or whoever over and over to do something before they get around to doing it. Never mind that time is ticking. When you try to tell them what the problem is they go around and round in circles until you feel like you're seeing stars. However to be fair I'm sure it's like this to some respect in many countries.
Last night as I was trying to complete one of my applications to NZ. I asked my friend in NZ to call the intended office in NZ to confirm something for me bef…


Hmmm let me be a doting mommmy_to_be. I can sit and watch my tummy move all day due to baby's movements. The movements are more pronounced now and strong it's just amazing. I love feeling baby move knowing that baby's exercising and getting stronger. There are over two months to go now but it doesn't seem too long now. My tummy is quite huge now but I don't feel as stretched as I did two weeks ago. For some reason it feels like the skin is conditioning itself now for the further expansion it needs to go through in the next two months!!! I'm just amazed or shocked when I look in the mirror each day at how my tummy seems to grow overnight! Of course I'm using a couple of creams and lotions recommended by other mothers to help prevent or soothe stretch marks however according to the baby books it's all in the genes and something's got to give... ha ha!
Just last week I made a list of some last minute things I should get before the trip to NZ and then I…

The countdown continues

In 10 days we'll be heading to New Zealand for a new beginning! We can't wait. It's getting warmer now in Oman and I guess we'll be greeted with the cold weather that's autumn/winter in NZ. I look forward to catching up with our family and friends there. It's been awhile and it's always nice to see familiar faces.
So I just got the call from our friends in Dubai that they've picked up the cot and changing table for baby which I am very happy about. So now we got that part sussed. I'm also very appreciative of the fact that our friends are storing the furniture for us until we figure out delivery to our place! It's wonderful to have reliable friends! Thanks guys for doing that.
Yesterday I had my appointment with the gynaecologist to check on my progress. She just listened to baby's heartbeat which we could all hear beating loud and clear. Baby's been so active it's just beautiful to know that all's okay and that baby's growing…

Politics in Samoa

Last year around September the Prime Minister of Samoa announced to the country that come July 2008 Samoa will be driving on the left side of the road and Right Hand Drive cars will be the car of choice. However because there are already left hand drive cars at the moment he went on to say that both cars can drive on the road but no more left hand drive cars will be allowed in the country. To clarify, at the moment Samoans drive on the side of the world like most of the world do but now the PM wants the country to switch to the side that few countries like the UK, NZ and Australia drive on. The reasons given were that NZ and Australia are close by and by allowing cars from there the Samoan villagers will then be able to get cars from their relatives who live in NZ and Australia! That's about all the explanation he gave to the people.
In December more than 12 thousand marched petitioning against the road switch and they had a presented a petition with more than 30,000 names against…

27 Weeks and counting

So here I am 27 weeks pregnant. I had just gotten off a flight from Dubai in these pictures on March 8th, 2008

My nice comfy travel outfit.

Happy that we got baby's stroller from the shop. Yippee.

Dubai again

Came back from Abu Dhabi and Alex had to leave the next day for an overnight in India. As my friend Nets just arrived in Dubai and I'm leaving for NZ soon I thought I'd go to Dubai and spend the week-end with them. So off I went to Dubai to see Nets and Rich. Had a lovely relaxing time there. Went window shopping for baby furniture which were quite expensive. I was also checking online for used furniture that people were trying to sell in Dubai. We went to check out a wooden changing table at a lady nearby's house which was made of oak and really nice. She showed me the matching cot and said I can have both because her kids had grown too big for it and she'd rather someone else is using it. So I said I'd take it. Our darling friends are going to store the stuff for us for the time being.
On Friday afternoon we went to the Marina in search of the cupcake lady only to find the stalls were already packed away. So while Nets and Rich continued on their car search I went…

Abu Dhabi

Last week we went up to Abu Dhabi to see friends Finian and Heather and son Ronan who have just moved there about seven months ago. We stayed for three days and had a fabulous time there. Heather is also pregnant due in 2 weeks now. It was nice for Alex to catch up with them since it's been awhile. We had a bbq and met their other friends that live in the same area and as we the pregnant women waddled on to bed the boys kept the lamps burning till 5 in the morning. Our friend Nick who works for Etihad also came which was awesome. Finian and Heather took us for a ride downtown Abu Dhabi. It was our first time and wow I was taken aback by the cosiness of the city. I thought it was quite nice. Most of the buildings were at a certain height which was about 15 floors and they lined both sides of the streets. For some reason it had a cosy effect to it as they were'nt too tall and far apart. I think some planning went into that city. We also drove through the palace hotel with it'…