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).

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xx,

Stella.

Lifestyle

It’s really a Happy New Year!

 

Happy New Year!!!

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I am happy to introduce my new site to you. This has been in progress for the past few weeks (Okay, last year), and I’m excited with the way it turned out. I feel it would make accessing my posts easier …let me know if you feel differently.

It’s been fun sharing my little scribbling space with you all, and how some of you have become friends. I wish you all a happy and prosperous year … Let’s do it again this year!

xx

Stella.

Lifestyle, Parenting, Travel

Al Bustan Christmas!!!

The last Christmas was Zani’s first Christmas …Yippee!!!

Unlike other years when we used to be in a hurry to travel out of Oman for Christmas, this year we were so reluctant to travel. We wanted to experience Christmas in Oman, we didn’t want the hustle and bustle of traveling. I particularly just wanted to lounge around (but definitely not at home … hahaha!) …We agreed on Al Bustan Palace Hotel (which is also a Ritz-Carlton Hotel).

The usual me always waits for the last minute before packing. I succeeded with this ‘last minute‘ style of packing before the kids came (because it was easy for me to remember all I needed for a journey), but to be honest, last minute packing is not fun with kids (not with a toddler and a baby), I kept running back and forth, and always remembering an item almost forgotten … I guess I need to improve on my ‘mummy planning skills‘ (does this phrase ever exist?).

Anyway, we got to the hotel on the 24th of December to spend few nights. We were warmly received, and check-in was so quick, and also with an upgrade to Lagoon access room. Normally while booking hotel rooms, we usually avoid ground floor rooms (so that we can get good views of areas we visit), but being informed that the rooms with the Lagoon access were their best, because it has direct access to a private pool from the room, we accepted the upgrade …I loved waking up to this view;

The room was neat but I didn’t like the setting of the bathroom, It has a shower demarcated from the toilet with a curtain (Hotels of such category usually have both the Shower and Bath option) …Apart from this, I cannot fault this hotel

We were welcomed with chocolates when we got to the room …and yes they kept sending more through out our stay (Very nice of them …but not good for me …I know!!!)

Meals at their restaurants were nice, and I really enjoyed breakfast at Al Khiran.

We got this delight delivered to us on Christmas day;

Santa, the elves and local musicians gave us a surprising appearance, and kept us entertained at the poolside.

I also noticed they had great customer care service. Every one from House-keeping to Management always greeted with smiles and were always wanting to know if we were enjoying our stay. They usually ended each conversation with ‘Thank you for choosing us’.

We enjoyed our stay …Thank you to the members of staff of Al Bustan Palace Hotel for making our Christmas memorable.

xx

Stella.

Food, Lifestyle

China Mood

Our Christmas Eve Dinner was at China Mood in Al Bustan Palace Hotel.
It was a 5 course set dinner in two options;

We were welcomed with Green Tea cashew and Green Tea poured out in style;

I went for option A in the set menu, which had these;

Sliced beef shank with sesame, marinated cucumber, orange peel, vegetable spring roll

Traditional Chinese Sea Food Soup

Crispy duck in two styles (Crispy fried spiced duck with pancake & Wok fried minced duck with lettuce)

Wok fried prawns, asparagus

Classic mango pudding with green tea crumbles, and coconut ice cream.

…And we were entertained with live performance;

 The 5 course set menu was 45 OMR per person.

The meal tasted lovely, but I wish a rice or noodles meal was included in the menu.

xx

Stella.

Lifestyle

Saturday Market in Muscat

This post have been in my draft since last Saturday. I guess due to Christmas activities (which I would post later), I was not able to post it until now.

“Souq es Sabt” (which means ‘Saturday market’), took place last Saturday the 20th of December, 2014.  Since I missed their last event (which was on the 6th of December), I made sure I wouldn’t miss this.

Actually, I was curious to attend and see what was sold in the market …And yes, I took some pictures.

There were a lot to buy from, like beautiful beaded spoons;

Jewelry;

Fresh Organic Produce;

Various edible items;

 …And drinks too

Skin Products;

Clothes;

…And other items

It was a good way for families to relax and catch up with friends.

…There was also live music to keep everyone entertained;

Santa was there, but I couldn’t get a picture of him because he was leaving when I came.

It was a successful event, and I hope it finally becomes an event for every Saturday.

xx

Stella.