Le Pinay in Dubai… :)

Welcome to my world! My happiness.. my favorite things… my travels… my journey… My life. :) I’m a rookie housewife in Dubai- trying to be a domestic goddess! “JOIE DE VIVRE” – (FRENCH for joie, “joy”; de, “of”; vivre, “living”; “THE JOY OF LIVING”) is a term sometimes imported into English to express a cheerful enjoyment of life; an exultation of spirit. Joie de vivre, as one scholar has written, can be a: JOY OF CONVERSATION, JOY OF EATING, JOY OF ANYTHING ONE MIGHT DO…

Moving to a new blogsite… for the last time I hope! :) November 3, 2008

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    Sheeesh, I decided to change my blog URL for the simple reason that my blogname’s too hard to  

    recall (for some) hehe… 

    So please do me a favor… please see me at http://ketchupplease.wordpress.com 🙂 If you can link    

    my site, that’ll really make me happy too. 🙂

    Thanks so much!



Cheated… Confessed…. Rewarded?

Filed under: Priceless Snippets of my Life!,Uncategorized — joiedevivre79 @ 9:00 am
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Last night, I reminisced with a friend and realized that I MUST document my priceless memories and personal anecdotes… Here’s my first one:

I was a Sophomore in high school and one day, our class was given a surprise exam based on a story that we were assigned to read. Problem is, we didn’t do our homework! How on earth were we supposed to answer the questions if we hadn’t read the story in the first place?!

We all panicked.  Fortunately, “Ms. G”, our teacher, left the class briefly to go to the restroom. We instantly grabbed our books and copied the answers. Alas! We were too busy looking up the answers that we didn’t notice Ms. G watching us from across the room.  She stormed into our classroom and threw a fit… she was so angry, outraged… “monstrously MAD” if there’s such a word!!! She was yelling at the top of her lungs and gave us a very long sermon.


Then she screamed:



Well, I’m basically an honest person and after a while, my conscience was bothering me… so I gathered my wits and stood up, confident that my other classmates would follow my lead.


To my horror, nobody else stood up!!! And there I was, the only one standing up in the middle of about 50 students… the only one who admitted to cheating. You can just imagine how embarassed and scared I felt!


And then my teacher said…

     “Very good, Trina. I give you a PERFECT SCORE for your honesty. All the rest of you will   get zero.”


Wow. Unbelievable huh? It’s been 15 years since this happened, and it’s so enlightening to think about it now. Back then, I had a different perspective. But now, reminiscing about this makes me feel so good about being honest, courageous, and morally upright.


At 14 years old, I stood up… and it made all the difference.

Or shall I say… I MADE A DIFFERENCE.


A Housewife’s Struggle with Bird Phobia :-O October 24, 2008

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(Cartoons edited from http://www.toondoo.com and sketchedout.wordpress.com - hope they wouldn't mind coz it would be too gross if I put actual pics to illustrate hehe)

I used to love birds…  In fact, when I was still a kid, I used to have lovebirds as pets.. until I had some really appalling experiences which led me to have this hounding fear of birds… especially dead ones. I’m actually tempted to enumerate those experiences but on second thought, I don’t want my readers to turn into ornithophobic themselves. Hehehe…


I was relieved to read online that there are other people suffering from the same fear.  I am so terrified of dead birds that I always jump whenever I “THINK” I see one (even had nightmares before). My hubby says its all in my mind coz 100% of the time, what I thought was a dead bird was never one (unless he just didn’t wanna tell me). For some reason, I’ve had a lot of encounters with dead birds (like bird falling on our windshield, twice!!! Good thing I wasn’t with my husband in the car when it happened the 3rd time! And that happened both in Philippines and Dubai).


And now that I’m married – and cooking everyday – it got worse… It became quite a struggle for me to cook chicken (weird huh..) after buying a frozen chicken which still had some bits of feathers left… To me, a chicken with some feathers makes it look more like a dead bird rather than a “main course”. When I saw it, I was alone in our apartment and I really felt like crying, but I had no choice but to cook our dinner.  It was so nasty that I wrapped my hands in plastic bags coz I couldn’t touch it.. ughh.. After that, I couldn’t eat chicken for days… We started buying skinless chicken in the grocery but that didn’t really make my chickenholic hubby very happy, hehe. Now, I have my husband inspect first if the chicken is totally clean before I even touch it. It’s his job to pluck the tiniest bit of feather left, harharhar… and I hardly eat chicken skin now… 😛


Here in Dubai, it irritates me that I see so many feathers around! Bird feathers on the streets, sidewalks, everywhere! So I always have to be extra careful when walking, lest I see or – God forbid! – step on a dead bird somewhere. It’s common here for PEOPLE to suffer from hairfall due to the quality of water and the climate…  but it’s quite surprising that birds suffer from falling feathers too. hehe. 


Anyway, I researched online, and the cure for this seems to be only thru hypnosis… Well I guess I’m not yet in such a bad state to go through that… no… uhmm… Am I? Hmm… 😛


Attempts at Lomography October 22, 2008

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I’m a newbie and I know I still have a lot to learn…

Just wanted to share some of my first shots from my Holga 135 and Fisheye2 cams. I took these using expired color films (learned it from one of the online forums)… but heck, I misunderstood… according to Jed (my lomo guru *wink*), I should have used expired SLIDE films (box says “chrome” instead of “color”). I can also have it developed using C-41 chemicals instead of the usual E-6… voila.. Cross Processing!   hmmm.. I’ll try that in my next lomo sessions. 😉

By the way, I definitely need a flash for my Holga.. which one can you suggest, Colorsplash Flash? Ringflash? and what’s this Holga Filter set? 

Hope I can shoot better pics in our Aussie trip next month 🙂 Would love to hear more tips. Thanks!

Ciao! 🙂


Eiffel Tower lights at night... Taken under the Eiffel while turning around.. Whewww, this made me dizzy! 🙂


A beautiful accident... double exposure


An alley in Stockholm

"Panis" in Filipino means "spoiled food"... hehe how cute 🙂

Eiffel thru Fisheye


Gold Fever in Dubai October 20, 2008

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 Dubai is damn rich and overflowing with gold… 😉


 24K PURE GOLD VEST                

 – 70,000 pcs of 24k gold links,       5,064 grams
 – 304 pcs of flowers and butterflies made with 21.6  karat gold with diamonds
 – 53.42 carats diamonds
 – 35 people involved in design    and manufacturing
 – 6 months creation time 

  (Being sold at PRIMA Gold, Mall    of Emirates… like duh? hehe)












Surrounded by so much  gold and diamonds at the  Gold Souk!

 (The reason why I’m  thinking of looking for  work here in Dubai – so I  can shop at the Gold Souk!  haha!)













Dubai is a super wonderful place… The constructions are unbelievable… seems like they just wanna be the BEST in everything! I just haven’t taken a lot of pics yet. Will post more pics next time… 

But let me share with you this interesting piece of info:

A full tank of gas here (for a 2007 Honda Civic) costs about 600 pesos (US $12.50). Ain’t that neat? 😉


Fish Surprise! October 19, 2008

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This fish dish was a yummy surprise! A couple of days ago, I was too lazy to cook lunch coz I was hooked on my Harry Potter book… but I felt so hungry already that I just had to eat something. Too hungry to cook from scratch, I just dug in our refrigerator for leftover food. I found leftover spaghetti sauce (with no more meatballs) and frozen hammour fish fillet. 

I cooked the fish and tomatoey spaghetti sauce together, and it tasted soooo good! I just had to take a picture of this last piece. 😉


My Tomatoey Spaghetti Sauce


fresh white mushrooms

1 bottle bolognese spaghetti sauce

1 can chopped tomatoes

grated cheese

dried basil

white pepper

beef cube dissolved in a small amount of water  (learned this from Rachel Ray!)

beef meatballs (but since I used leftover sauce for the fish, there were no more meatballs hehe)


Saute garlic, add mushrooms, then spaghetti sauce and chopped tomatoes. Add the beef broth and stir. Add grated cheese, salt and pepper and basil according to taste. I prefer to use larger chunks of grated cheese so it won’t melt completely. Simmer until cooked.



White Fillet Fish, preferably Hammour or Cream Dory


Saute garlic in oil or butter. Cook fish for 1-2 minutes. Flip the fish.  Add the spaghetti sauce and simmer until cooked completely.


Bon Appetit! 🙂


Allergy attack… Looking for a Good Air Purifier :P

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Lately I’ve been having allergies and breathing difficulties… I haven’t eaten anything unusual, and I haven’t been going out at all… so there’s only one culprit… dust! And when I surfed online… I was so surprised to find out that “indoor pollution” is 5x worse than outdoor pollution… that includes microscopic dust, fumes from detergents, from cooking, from food, dust mites, and the list goes on and on…

I usually spend the whole day in our flat (with aircon on coz I didn’t want the dust from outside to get in), so I guess I’d been breathing all these indoor pollution the whole time 😦 no wonder it triggered my allergy.  Anyway, my hubby and I have been looking for an air purifier at different stores, but we couldn’t find any. I don’t need the big ones coz our flat’s small.

By the way, does the air purifier with leaf design and swishing water work? (pls refer to pic)… There’s a lot of brands with this same design… If this kind works for you, hope you can let me know what brand you use…

If anyone can suggest a good air purifier (available here in Dubai), please do let me know. Thanks! 🙂