Dose of my own meds



It’s a tale as old as time, husband and wife arguing about how one often disregard ones needs.

You hear it over and over and even see it on comedy sitcoms.

My husband and I are no different. I always expect him to help me even without me asking and of course he never does because well simply he didn’t know. He never says anything and just lets me fume on my own resulting to me feeling stupid in the end. There was one time I think he felt he had to say something and it actually struck a chord. He said that he’s not a mind reader and I cannot simply expect him to know what I need by just looking at him, I have to actually say it…

After that I think I backed off him (a little – I think).

Today, I got a dose of my medicine and it was awful!!!

Long story short: We had to renew our residence visa and prelude to this I had to take a medical exam. Me being Mrs.  Spoiled Rotten thought all I needed to do was just show up. Of course there was more to it than that. I didn’t prepare a thing for my medical and of course like any smart wife I started to blame him. He said he texted me what I needed and of course I had to check. All the text said was

Medical for visa renewal, Thursday

I didn’t know that was code for bring passport, 2 ID pictures and a photo copy of visa page and 1st page of passport.
In the end we managed to do my medical and in his true “gentlemanly” fashion I never heard a word. Which made me feel worst because if I were in his shoes I’d never stop talking. But all I could think of was “How was I suppose to know?” which made me think of all the times I get frustrated by him not doing what I wanted him to do (in my head). This had such a big impact on me that I simply had to write about the experience

I guess the lesson for today folks is this:

Never assume. Never assume that the person knows what you are talking about and /or knows what you need. And if you don’t tell the person what you need NEVER GET MAD at the person because at the end of the day, you didn’t marry a mind reader so deal with it!



Din Tai Fung

Intro: Weeks before I had to get out of the house at night to help out a friend. This made me very nervous because it was the first time I left the  boys on their own(FYI boys including their father). I’ve left them a couple of hours before but never at night and never until bed time. When I got back, the house was still standing and the boys were all tucked in which gave me the inspiration that maybe I can have a mommy night out. Ever my no. 1 supporter my husband agreed to take the kids one night and me and my friend M planned a nice dinner out.

We had our eyes, heart and tummies set at Din Tai Fung. They opened at the Mall of the Emirates around September of 2015 and as expected there was always a line and although it is a Michelin star restaurant, it is not fine dinning which means bringing the boys (which are 1/2 monkeys) would’ve been possible. But because of the line, I’m afraid that the waiting would trigger tantrums from all three of my boys.

My friend M on the other hand has picky eaters, husband and son. Which means trying anything new is her personal nightmare –  that’s why they don’t.

So for our first mommy night out we chose Din Tai Fung. We were both so happy to get out of the house that I think we ordered the whole menu. The table was so small that our food barely fit on it.

Here’s what we tried:

Of course we had to order some Seafood Xiaolong Bao since that is what they are known for.

Screen Shot 2016-02-12 at 8.50.54 PMJa Jian Noodles in minced Chicken sauce. I don’t think Ive ever had these type of noodles before but it was surely yummy.

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Hong Kong style Roast Duck, these came with the usual pancake and cucumber plus plum sauce yummy but really nothing to write home about.

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Shrimp Fried Rice, I love fried rice so this was a no brainer.

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I’m not a food critic but to be honest I didn’t know what was the fuss about…I can’t say I’ve eaten at better Chinese restaurants before because to be honest they all taste the same to me…sorry.

My first Michelin restaurant and I can’t say it blew my socks off.

*All pics I’ve grabbed from Zomato’s menu pics


nix can stitch

Time flies when you are having fun

– says every crochet enthusiast ever!

Yes, Hi! my name is Nicole and I am a crochet and yarn addict.

It’s been a year since I started to go down this path to spinsterhood but I have to tell you I’m loving every step of the way. I’m not trying to persuade you to take it up but if you were like me who was juggling a house, a carpool, a 3 year old (then 2 clingy toddler), and just need some time to escape think about crochet my friend! It’s changed my life.

What started out as a project for Christmas presents for friends has now evolved into a small business aptly named nix can stitch. It hasn’t raked in the BIG bucks (yet!) but it has stirred in me a certain drive that makes me want to improve myself (naks! all that from crochet 😱 imagine).

I could talk about it on and on and on or you could just try it for yourself and discover the joys of a new found hobby. There are lots of online tutorial on youtube that may help you start this journey and if I can help in anyway please don’t hesitate to ask.

The genesis of my crochet and yarn addiction as documented by Facebook…

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…and the rest as they say is history.