Lifestyle

Happy to be back

It’s really been a while, and I must admit that I did miss this little space of mine.

A lot has happened during my hiatus. They were exciting and actually got me busy and carried away that I couldn’t come back to this my little space ūüėČ

There were lots of travelling (which would pop up in my posts from time to time), we welcomed a new addition to the family, and I am now based in Canada.

 

 

So much has been going on this short while right? ūüôā Don’t worry, Oman is still like home to me, and I will be visiting.

Watch out for regular updates because I’m back!!!

xx,

Stella.

Lifestyle

Oman Tech Awards Nominee

First of all, I’ll have to clean the dusts, molds and cobwebs that must have accumulated on my blog site due to the fact that it’s been a year since I last posted on this site …Gosh!!! I can’t believe it’s been One Year!!!

I have been busy with a project that has been taking up my time, and then when coupled with work, mother & wife duties (hahaha!!!), something had to suffer neglect, and that was my blog (Sobs)… it started with days, then weeks, months and now a year. I missed this my little space, and I’m glad to be back. Everything on my dashboard looks new to me, guess I have some learning to do again …lol

It was a surprise to me when I got an email from my web designer, informing me that my blog was entered for the Oman Tech Awards, and it has been nominated as a winning website. I had no knowledge about the awards, but I was happy that it was entered, and the organizers after going through my blog, found it worthy to be nominated.

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This blog was created to let¬†my family and friends back home know what I have been up to in Oman, but with time, I realized I was¬†no longer writing for just family and friends, but for¬†people around the world¬†…I was not able to make it to the award ceremony, but do appreciate this recent recognition.

I would also want to use this opportunity to thank all of you for the emails, I am so sorry that I couldn’t reply some emails due to time schedule¬†… I missed you all.

 

xx,

Stella.

 

 

Food, Lifestyle

Shang Palace

If you are a lover of Chinese cuisines like me, and if you also find yourself in Dubai, then Shang Palace is a place for you.

Two weeks ago, I got that taste of Chinese cuisine that I have missed for a while. For some reasons (I don’t know if it’s my taste buds), I have not really gotten that satisfaction here in Muscat.¬†If anyone can suggest a very good Chinese restaurant here, that would be be great!

Shang Palace is located  in the Shangri-la Dubai Hotel on Sheikh Zayed Road.

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The Dim Sum Dice game was going on for a discount on meals while we were there, but we didn’t give it a try (All I wanted at that moment was food!!! )

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Their food tasted real good as a Chinese dish should taste, their staff was friendly and attentive …and our dessert was complimentary because it was our Wedding Anniversary (winks).

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It was not just the restaurant that gave us a treat for our Anniversary …The hotel (Shangri-La Dubai) also surprised us with this delicious chocolate cake and room upgrade (I actually forgot to get a picture of the room) for our Anniversary.

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It was a nice experience, and we would definitely be coming back when next we visit Dubai.

 

xx,

Stella.

 

Lifestyle

Braids Again!!!

Hmmm! This year seems to be in a hurry …I can’t believe we are already wrapping up the first week in March.

I would like to start this post by making reference to my previous post on braiding and fixing salon, and the innumerable emails I have received with respect to it. I’m glad a reasonable number of people benefitted from that post, but sadly the¬†lady that braids there is no longer in Muscat, she is now based in Salalah (as at the last time we communicated).

Since she left, I resorted back to traveling to Dubai to make my hair (sad, I know) … I was just recently introduced to another lady that makes hair (but this time not in a salon), she has weaved my hair once and it was really nice.

Anyway when hubby suggested a getaway weekend in Dubai, I jumped at it because I was already considering making box braids. I like making braids in salons that have more than one braiding stylist (as found in most places including Dubai) because it takes lesser time when you have 4 or 5 people pulling your hair at the same time (Ouch! I can guess your imagination right now).

When listing the reasons I love visiting Dubai, hair braiding is definitely one of them …I made box braid yesterday. Although my scalp still hurts, I’m already loving it, and can’t wait to style it the way I want.

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Despite the fact that braiding takes a longer time to make when compared to other hairstyles like weave, I still look forward to braiding my hair because;

  1. It is a protective hairstyle;

  2. It is easy to maintain;

  3. It can be rocked in different styles;

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Photo credit: natural belle

 

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Photo credit: Bella Naija

 

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Photo credit: Headquarters for hair

 

xx,

Stella.

Lifestyle, Reviews/Giveaways

The Winner!!!

Thank You to all those that entered for the Free Gift draw, our winner has emerged.

Congratulations!!!¬† Nigel, you won the “Free Gift: The Entertainer 2015”. I just discovered today is also your birthday. Happy Birthday!!! …what a good surprise!

An email has been sent to you on how you would pick up your package. When you receive your package, it would contain two booklets, One is the Entertainer Oman and the other is Entertainer Travel.

On the cover page of Entertainer Oman, you will find your membership number, go to their website and register your book with the membership number. With these, you can download the application on your phone and start enjoying your membership offers (no need to move about with the books or vouchers).

 

See below a Snapshot of the draw result;

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xx,

Stella.

 

 

 

Lifestyle, Reviews/Giveaways

Free Gift: The Entertainer 2015

The month of February is believed to be a month to show some love to loved ones (Although I don’t believe in this, I believe love should be expressed and shown to loved ones everyday), I would like to show some love to my Naija Expat Wife readers in the little way I can. This is my own way of saying ‘Thank You’ for the encouragement I get from you all .

I will be giving out a copy of The Entertainer 2015 for FREE. This 2015 Entertainer Voucher booklet is priced at 29.5 Omani Rials (76 US Dollars), but it is worth 24, 000 Omani Rials (62,000 US Dollars), which is the estimated total you would be saving as stated on their website. It gives you an opportunity to explore Oman with over 450 Buy One get One free offers in Oman covering Dining, Leisure, Health/Fitness, Spa etc. and also over 250 Buy One get One free offers in Hotels across Middle East, Africa, Europe and Asia.

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While trying to explore Oman, you can use the vouchers in this booklet in various outlets which includes; VOX Cinema, Almouj Gulf Club, Dunkin Donuts, KFC, Pizza Hut, Tim Horton’s, Chili’s, 360 Degrees, Bliss, The Spa, Rumba Lattina, T.G.I.Friday’s, Shang Thai, Just Grilled, Cafe Ceramique, Cake Gallery, Gloria Jean’s Coffee, O’Malley’s, Sports Bar, Cold Stone Creamery, City Cinema, Magic Planet, Dr. Fish etc.

It can also be used in 5 star and 4 star Hotels like; Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa (Al Bandar & Al Waha), Crowne Plaza Resort Salalah, Movenpick Hotel Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Radisson Royal Hotel Dubai, Sheraton Bahrain Hotel, Sofitel Cairo El Gezirah, Kempinski Hotel Soma Bay, Jordan Valley Marriott Resort & Spa, Le Royal Hotels and Resorts Beirut, Grand Hyatt Doha, Jeddah Marriott Hotel, Intercontinental Carlton Hotel Cannes, Fairmont Jaipur, Marti Instabul Hotel … The list is inexhaustible. It can be used in some hotels in Oman, UAE, Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Czech Republic, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam, Maldives, Mauritius, South Africa, Morocco, Kenya.

Terms and conditions on how to use these vouchers are explained in the booklet. The booklet comes with your membership number, and how you can activate your membership. Although I’m yet to start using my vouchers for this year, I’ve used some of their vouchers for previous years, and it was accepted in the outlets they stated for those years.

In order to win this 2015 “The Entertainer”, all you have to do is to write your name and email address below (this would be used to contact the winner). Entry closes on the 19th of February 2015, and the winner would be be selected using randompicker.com, and announced here on the 20th of February 2015.

 

xx,

Stella.

Lifestyle

January Favorite

I am adding something new to my blog posts this year. Towards the end of every month, I’m going to write about my favorite product of the month. This product could be anything, but it would be something which I really enjoyed using in that month.

My favorite product this month is my smoothie maker. It is very affordable and comes with two jugs, thereby making it easy to make smoothie for both I and hubby …”winks”.

Although I am a firm believer of eating my calories (maybe that is why I have never considered any of the juicing dieting options), I do not believe in drinking my calories …this product have and is still useful to me.

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Since I have a bad habit of always taking soda drinks especially after eating, this smoothie maker helped me stay of soda and other sugary drinks. It encouraged me to take in more fruits, and also made me to be sure of the ingredients I am actually drinking.

I am also able to try out various smoothies containing fewer calories … I’ll write the recipe when I finally loose the weight and confirm they work. Hahaha!!!

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xx,

Stella.

Lifestyle

Jumpsuits

Jumpsuit is an outfit you can hardly go wrong in (once you pick the right design for your body size) …There are designs for different body sizes, and it can be worn both in a formal or casual form … Oh! Yes, it’s never outdated.

 

 

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xx,

Stella.

Lifestyle

Shake it off

 

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Photo credit: Justgeensjourney

 

There is no better way to describe my Past few weeks than with the above picture … OK, I didn’t eat all that …Hahaha!

Watching your diet during festive season is Torture …In Order to make sure I didn’t loose focus during the Christmas season, I tried to cut down on my daily planned calorie intake, leaving spaces for unplanned calorie intakes.

So far, I have noticed that I didn’t loose much, and also didn’t gain. Since I have not attained my goal weight (I still have a long way to go), It’s time to shake it off with more vigorous exercise.

For those of you that are on the same journey as I am, how did you cope during the last Christmas Holiday?

 

xx,

Stella.

Lifestyle, Parenting, Travel

“Without Fireworks”

This post is coming a bit late because I have been taking more time trying to understand my new site. Moving from Blogspot to Wordpres is ‘kind of’ different for me (but I’m loving wordpress already).

Despite the fact that New Years Eve seemed slightly different without fireworks, I still had fun. It was nice having a taste of nightlife again with dear hubby (with a toddler and a baby, nightlife is a luxury)¬† … and yes, without the kids.

We celebrated the New Year at Shangri-La Resort, Muscat and their New Year’s Eve programme was lovely. It started with a buffet dinner and unlimited bubbly/beverage, then we proceeded to the Turtle Beach for the countdown party. There was live music at the party and also unlimited booze (drinks) and finger foods. We sang and danced until mid-night and then lit the floating lantern. Watching several other lanterns was magical to me, and also reminded me of our Thailand trip.

There was also an after party at the Shangri-La Ballroom. Instead of walking to the ballroom for the after party, I found myself heading to the room. I was already missing my little angels, and wanted to be sure they were coping fine with the nanny (she did a great job).

Below are some highlights;

 

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xx,

Stella.