Sunday, June 26, 2011

keeping up with the regulations

When it comes to being up to date on what's going on in the rest of the world, Dubai seems to be really making the effort on keeping pace with most regulations and requirements of the western world. Something that I was quite surprised by, actually. I wonder if they will follow the US regulation that all public pools must be fitted with pool lift in the next year or so. Of course, it would be an expensive proposition, but for the sake of being seen as a forward thinking state, I think these will probably make their way here too, although not in this short time frame. But, that would still be a good thing in the end, after all it's the end user who will benefit.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

photo: simplicity

I love taking photos of things around me, but sometimes, I love just taking simple abstract shots. Sometimes one doesn't need more than that. These were taken behind our old house.

time to kick it up a notch

Ok, so you all know that fitness has been on my mind for the past year, since I had a baby, but I haven't really done much about it at all. For the most part, it all seems like work, and too much of it at that. But something like a dance fitness theme seems like a fun thing to do, right! I came across an article about getting fit by dancing to the best zumba dvd and that really seems like a much more fun way to feel fitter and more peppy. Dancing is a great way to feel good about oneself isn't it? But somewhere along the way one forgets to do simple things like this and relegates them to the past, but I think it's a wonderful way to be a kid.

So, who is creating the latest buzz!

Each time a celebrity goes into any kind of treatment center, it gains a huge following from everyday folk, almost as if they were bookmarking it for a later time, if ever required. Well, at least that's how I read it when I find the buzz and searches of a particular center shoot up after someone enters treatment. Most of the best rehab treatment centers are located either in California or in some more secluded surroundings, making it ideal for time away from the root problem, time away from temptations, time away from escaping reality.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

the rise of air evacuations

Did you know that even though air evacuations are expensive they are on the rise, partly due to their coverage by some insurance companies and partly due to the new sense of understanding of the system that has given the average consumer the freedom to opt for a medical air evacuation if required and not be in debt their entire life thereafter. The rise of these services has led to a boom in this part of the medical services and even though the rest of the economy has been making a slow return to stability.

Thursday, June 09, 2011

photo: in the morning

A shot from a morning walk in my old neighborhood. As much as I am enjoying living in our new apartment, I do miss certain things about the old house, and having lots of trees around the house is one of them.

craving for a new netbook

Ever since E was born, I've stopped carrying my laptop on my trips, since it's just too much to carry on board the aircraft and I don't want to worry about it if I check it in. So, I've been thinking that a lightweight tablet netbooks is just what I need for when I travel, so I can just slip it into my purse and keep up with mails, photos and everything else online. It's a very tempting thought, don't you think! It's been almost three years since I bought my laptop and even though I still think of it as my new laptop, I always think it's good to replace them every 3-4 years. And, anyway the technology has changed so much since I got my last laptop too.

announcing the right way

It's getting tougher and tougher to keep in touch with friends and family, isn't it? There was a time that the telephone and letters were the primary source of communication, but now everything is online, which is especially handy when you're sending out birth announcements from the comfort of your home sitting in pajamas! I like the idea of planning it all ahead of time and then just sending it to everyone in just one click. These days the variety of these announcements is fantastic and I loved spending time searching for just the right one!

Thursday, June 02, 2011

back from vacation

It's good to be back from vacation. As much as I love to go home and travel, it's nice to come home and sleep in one's own bed. After a while, I start missing our routine and the simple things one does together, and it's nice to come back to that. Here's a shot from Kasauli where we spent a few days.

party planning mantra

Party planning is mostly all fun isn't it! It starts out as a lark but bit by bit it can get too much to handle all by oneself, so it's often best to get it done professionally, right from sending out invitations from to having a caterer take care of the food and drink. If you're planning a party for your family and have to do all the work yourself, then it's not much fun, so I think it's always better to let the experts handle part of the work right from the start.

time for a redo

The list of things that I'm not that familiar with anymore seems to be growing by leaps and bounds. It used to be just an odd thing here and there, and now suddenly, I'm not in on what half the world is up to. It's not just the teenager things but one thing I do know and like are these Nike SB shoes, which I plan on getting so that I don't have to wear my keds for anything except for exercise. I used to have a pair like these back when I was in college and I think it's time to re-do it all. Thanks to my little girl, I feel tired and old, so I need every little thing that will give me some pep.