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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…

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

Filed under: All About Dubai,Confession Box,Uncategorized — joiedevivre79 @ 11:06 am
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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

Filed under: lomography,Uncategorized — joiedevivre79 @ 11:51 am
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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

Filed under: All About Dubai,travel,Uncategorized — joiedevivre79 @ 2:01 pm
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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

Filed under: RECIPES,Uncategorized — joiedevivre79 @ 10:27 am
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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! 🙂


Lime Cilantro Tuna Steak with Honey Glaze October 15, 2008

Filed under: RECIPES,Uncategorized — joiedevivre79 @ 11:53 am
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I got this recipe from All Recipes . It’s supposed to be grilled, but I just fried it coz we don’t have a griller. I modified it a bit. It’s really good. My hubby liked it, parang pang-hotel daw hehe 😉



1/4 cup olive oil

1/4 cup lime juice

1/8 cup balsamic vinegar

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger root

1/4 cup chopped cilantro

1 pound tuna steak/fillet

salt and ground white pepper



1/4 cup honey

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 tablespoons chopped cilantro


Rub salt and pepper on tuna steak (easy on the salt, it’s not supposed to be very salty). Marinate in lime cilantro sauce for about 3 hours. Cook 1-2 minutes on non-stick pan (don’t add oil anymore), then flip. When almost cooked already, pour glaze on top.

Feel free to adjust ingredients according to your taste. 


Bon Appetit! 🙂


Chicken Inasal and Garlic Fried Rice Recipe (Fried version)

Chicken Inasal is my hubby’s favorite (hmm on second thought, anything that’s chicken is his favorite). We craved for some a few nights ago so I looked up recipes and tips online. The recipe I found didn’t really indicate the exact proportions so I just adjusted the ingredients according to my taste. This is the best I can remember coz I added more of this and that to suit my taste… By the way we fried this coz we don’t have a griller… It was yummy pa rin! 



3/4 kilo chicken pieces

3/4 cup cane vinegar

juice from 1 lime 

3-4 stalks lemongrass, sliced thinly

approx 12-15 cloves of garlic, finely chopped or pounded (in my case, i chopped and pounded)

a dash of brown sugar (I used white sugar coz i didn’t have brown. I think this is to caramelize the chicken)

1 1/2 tsp. salt (adjust accdg to taste)

1 1/2 tbsp. ginger, finely chopped

achuete/annatto (optional) – I used achuete powder coz I can’t find annatto seeds here in Dubai

ground white or black pepper (optional) – I just added this coz we love pepper on everything

garlic powder (optional) – I just added this too to give it a stronger garlic flavor

Mix all in a big bowl and marinate chicken pieces for about 3 hours. I read in Market Manila that it should be marinated for just an hour, but I like to taste the vinegar flavor in the chicken so I prefer to marinate it longer. 



Cooking oil

Achuete Powder

1 slice butter or margarine 

Heat the combined ingredients. When achuete oil is hot already, fry the chicken pieces until browned and caramelized. 



4 cups cooked rice (preferably the previous night)

5-8 cloves garlic, finely chopped


ginisa mix (I used what’s available to give it more flavor. Others use patis or fish sauce) 

garlic powder (optional)

crunchy garlic bits (I used bottled)

Fry the chopped garlic in achuete oil until slightly browned. Add the rice. Mix to separate the grains. Generously sprinkle salt, ginisa mix, and garlic powder and mix well until the flavor is spread evenly.

You can mix crunchy garlic bits in the rice or you may just sprinkle it on top.



Strain the marinade and separate the solid bits. Fry them in about a tbsp. of the used achuete oil. (or you may just saute it with its own juice). It tastes great and goes well with the chicken inasal and fried rice. 🙂


Bon appetit! 🙂