Wednesday, April 2, 2014

BIG NEWS

After years of trying and after almost giving up, my sister Jodie has found out that she is pregnant!

Hooray!

I found out when I was in Abu Dhabi.  She told me because I would eventually inquire about her non-alcoholic beer She was waiting a few more weeks to tell the family.  I went shopping while she and David went to their first ultrasound appointment.  Jodie was very nervous because she is considered too be in a higher risk category because of her age.


When they met me at the mall Jodie showed me this (above).  I had never really looked at many ultrasound photos in my lifetime so I couldn't sort out heads or tails.  Jodie had to point out that there were 2 heads and 2 tails!  

OMG TWINS!!!!!




I was better at sorting out the ultrasounds that were taken a few weeks later (above).

I am pleased to report that the babies are doing well.  Unfortunately, Jodie has been sick and exhausted the whole time.


She will be having identical twins.  She may find out if I will be gaining 2 more nieces or 2 nephews during her next ultrasound.  Her doctor could have told them last time but they wanted to think it over a bit more..... time will tell.

Gotta run.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The Call To Prayer....... The Adhan.

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Before I do the next post, I would like you to take a moment to listen to some of the call to prayer.  It is broadcast 5 times a day and can be heard everywhere (unless you're inside..... and sometimes even then!).    I am not going to go into all the Islamic countries as my visit was in the UAE.

I thought that it was quite beautiful.  It's an amazing feeling knowing that so many people are simultaneously worshiping and seeking insight. The prayer being sung is very calming and relaxing.  I know very little in terms of the Muslim religion; although I know much more than I did before this trip.

Their prayers remind me of meditation.  It is a chance to centre yourself and continue your day being mindful.  To remember what is important and that everyone is equal. There is a wonderful feeling of connectedness during Adhan.

"Muslims believe in making a direct connection to Allah through daily worship. Daily prayers incorporate special words and actions which symbolize and express a person's faith. In prayer, Muslims praise Allah, seek guidance and forgiveness, and develop self-discipline." from the About.com Islam page


Gotta run.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Camel racing

My 19+ hour journey was relatively uneventful. Time went by surprisingly quickly.


I arrived in Abu Dhabi around 8:30 pm Wednesday February 4th. Jo and Dave collected me from the airport.

Stayed up with Dave till about 11:30pm...... And then crashed!!

Jodie woke me up when she got home from work (Thursday @3:30pm). They took me out for Lebanese food; really good Lebanese food!!


Friday and Saturday are the UAE's weekend. We got up early Friday morning and went to the camel races.

I was a little uncomfortable at first as I wasn't sure how I/ we would be received.


It didn't take long to relax. The Emirate men were very welcoming.


They even offered us coffee and ginger tea..... The ginger tea is wonderful!!!!!


These camels run around an 8km track. I didn't know that camels ran, and I never expected them to run that far.

The camels are corralled into a chute. The race begins once the gate lifts up.

Then it's a free for all. The gaggle of camels come charging out.... They don't all go the right way (some get turned around and come back).

One of the highlights was getting to be a passenger in the video taping vehicle (not sure what to call it).

Camels are pretty graceful. The poor things do froth at the mouth something fierce!

This camel above was cooling off after his race.

The camels have electronic jockeys (pictured above). As I understand it, they used to have very young children doing the job.

-Camels are shy when you first meet them.
-Camels have horrible teeth.
-Camels can run fast.
-Camels have big feet.
-Camels have bristly fur/ hair (not sure if it's the former or latter).

Gotta run.