A tale of the Humble Tree

What do you feel when you see trees?

I truly believe that there is no proper substitute for nature when it comes to its benefits to a growing child and to adults in general, but here in Kuwait, we find ways  and we found one gem right in the middle of Salmiya where you can find this beautiful humble Tree. I called her “Tree of Humility “. Upon spotting her, I immediately transformed into a Zen state of mind. In my daily quest to find beauty in everywhere, I was rewarded with great solitude upon gazing and meditating under this Tree. There’s no other way that I can look at trees the way I find wisdom in nature.

I wanna share with you 4 Life lessons I’ve learned from this “Tree of Humility “.

  1. Bend but don’t break. Be flexible yet firmly rooted.The body & the trunk of this humble tree is  hard and firm and yet her leaves sway gently in the breeze while their trunks stay rooted firmly in the ground below. Their foundation is solid even though they move and sway harmoniously with the harsh winds, sandstorms & dust, never fighting against it. In time, even the strongest wind tires itself out, but this tree remains standing tall and still. A bend-but-don’t-break or go-with-the-natural-flow attitude is one of the secrets for success whether we’re talking about trees, answering tough questions in a Q&A session, or just dealing with the everyday vagaries of life.
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Humility Tree reduce violence -Neighborhood and homes that are barren with nature have shown greater incidence of violence in and out of the home than their greener counterparts.When you see green landscape, your fears are reduced,giving you a sense of security & peace.

 

2.Remember : What looks weak is strong.– Remember the words of a great Jedi Master: “Size matters not. Look at me. Judge me by my size do you?” We must be careful not to underestimate others or ourselves based only on old notions of what is weak and what is strong. You may not be from the biggest company or the product of the most famous school, but like this tree, stand tall, believe in your own strengths, and know that you are as strong as you need to be.

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Humility Tree shields children from harmful UV rays.Imagine a park without any shade or trees where children spend hours playing outdoors? She gives refuge to children, to the future.

 

 

3.Find wisdom in Emptiness – It is said that in order to learn, the first step is to empty ourselves of our preconceived notions. One can not fill a cup which is already full. The hollow condition of this tree during the hottest months in Kuwait reminds us that we are often too full of ourselves and our own conclusions; we have no space for anything else. In order to receive knowledge and wisdom from both nature and people, we have to be open to that which is new and different. When you empty your mind of your prejudices and pride and fear, you become open to the possibilities.During the barren months of summer, this tree is humble, yet resilient enough to endure the heat. She understood that spring soon will come and the day she will blossom once again.

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Humility Trees Heals studies have shown that patients with views of trees out their windows heal faster and with less complications. Children with ADHD show fewer symptoms when they have access to nature. Exposure to trees aids concentration by reducing mental fatigue.

4.Commit to continuous growth -speaking of Kaizen or continuous improvement that is more steady and incremental, where big leaps and bounds are not necessary. Yet even with a commitment to continuous learning and improvement, our growth — like the growth of this humble tree — can be quite remarkable when we look back at what or where we used to be. Even though this tree is just there in the park, nobody really see its growth everyday. We too, even when we are making progress, may not notice our own improvement

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Trees as Teachers & Playmates-Whether as houses for children or creative spiritual inspiration for adults, The Humility tree have provided the space for human retreat throughout the years.

 

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Most children appreciate this tree because of its beautiful red flowers. Nobody gives compliment to her when she’s dry, leaves falling out & barren.

Most of us respond to the presence of trees beyond simply observing their beauty. We feel serene, peaceful, restful and tranquil in a grove of trees. We are “at home” there.A tree can add music to your life by attracting birds and other animals.Sound waves are absorbed by tree leaves and branches. A belt of trees 100 feet wide and 45 feet high can reduce highway noise by 50 percent. Prolonged exposure to noise can cause hypertension, higher cholesterol levels, irritability and aggressive behavior.

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Teach your child about nature.. let her feel its course, let her hear how she talk.There she will find wisdom.
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How to raise a nature-lover in your child-Be one.

So on your next trip to the park or along the line of trees in your neighborhood, take time to adore, take time to ponder. Take time to be Humble.

Arab Organizations HQ Building

Last Saturday I visited the Arab Organization HQ building. I needed to satisfy my curiosity why this building is acclaimed to be world renowned for its beauty in the Middle East and has been attracting visitors around the globe. Now I know why.

The Arab Organizations HQ building houses 4 major Arab organizations namely  : 1. ) Arab Fund for Social and Economic Development,2.)  OAPEC (Organization of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries), 3.) Inter-Arab Investment Guarantee Corporation and the 4.) Arab Maritime Petroleum Transport Company. This building costs USD $ 150 Million & was completed in 1994.

The exterior of the building itself offers a lot of history & functional concept behind it.  I don’t know about you but beyond every aesthetics, I’d like to know the concept behind it since what lies behind the facade is quite interesting.Outside it looks like a box-type massive structure with deep recessed windows but these features are intentional.In a climate where day time temperatures can reach 50° C, heat and light posed critical design challenges.  The virtually maintenance-free rough stone and granite exterior creates a natural sand trap.  Windows on each face of the building are deeply recessed and angled to offer indirect sunlight.The whole building blends modern architectural techniques with traditional Arabic artisan crafts.

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As I entered the building, I am faced to this massive hand-carved door. A total stunner which is labor of love considering the thousand pieces that this door needs to be assembled. This door is used as the main entrance of the building. Each door weighs one ton, and they’re so well-balanced that they will open at the touch of a finger. A Tunisian carved stone surround the entrance of this building.

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The colossal Moroccan wall fountain & giant tile work on both sides of the interior of the lobby area which gives a delight surprise to any visitor.This building houses approximately 2,500 kinds of indoor plants all imported from the Netherlands .

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A historical carpet hung just above the information area of the lobby.

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Wood screen carved in traditional Arabesque design.

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This beautiful view of a chandelier from Germany above the spiral staircase leading to the second floor of the Library.

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Woodwork of the base of the spiral staircase.

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The outer view of the wood frame separating the Main Lobby to the Library. Once inside the Library, the viewer has a different view of the movements from the outside and the reflection of light creates a rather formidable pattern.

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Beautiful Tunisian woodwork pattern inside the Tunisian Room.The highly polished surfaces of the Tunisian Room  reflect the exquisite craftsmanship of the Tunisian ceramic tile panels and exquisitely carved stone work.  The huge marble conference table is surrounded by arches gracefully supported by double columns.  The walls are carved Tunisian stone and the floors, columns and arches are hewn from Jordanian stone.  Decorative panels of wood and stone repeat the ceramic designs.  The Moroccan cedar wood of the ceiling flagrantly scents the air.

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So much adore for this majestic Atrium of the Arab Organization HQ building. These trees are revolving to get equal amount of sunlight and aged 40 years old.Once in the Central Atrium, the trees are positioned in gravel using Hydroculture.  Since there is no soil around the trees, their nutrients are supplied in the water.  Their under floor pots are regularly turned to prevent any natural tilting towards the sunlight from the Glass Wall.

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The majestic Egyptian Mashrabia towers the full 9 stories in height in the center of the  main Atrium surrounded with 40 years old revolving trees .

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Imagine the feeling of lightness created by nine stories of pure air in the core of the building. The sky seems to stretch endlessly upward, unhindered by the large glass skylight in the ceiling and the enormous suspended glass wall on the north east.Here we see many of the traditional features. The majestic Egyptian Mashrabiya towers a full nine stories high. Lush vegetation and central trees (each over 40 years old) provide additional shade. The Syrian fountain adds soothing water music.  The marble floor repeats the geometric star patterns of the skylight and fountain.

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This Syrian fountain located in the center of the Atrium depicting the traditional hoash or central courtyard of classic Arab house design. The gentle water sounds lend a cool tranquility. It’s concentric star design repeats in the inlaid marble of the Atrium floor.It serves as a common ground for the building’s occupants and visitors, a comfortable area for socialization and interaction.

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The ground-floor Pre-function Hall displays Moroccan design from the refined detail of the gypsum ceiling to the zellige mosaics adorning each wall and a fountain . The marble pillars are inlaid with Moroccan tiles. A Moroccan carpet covers the center of the floor. Even the small brass table surrounded by four chairs boasts an intricately designed base. Hand-painted door from Morocco lead from Pre-function Room. And every ornament, every stitch here has been executed by hand.

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Another interesting feature of this building is the ceiling lights designed to coordinate the whole design of this VIP receiving area.

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Furnished in black leather and cherry wood and equipped with remote controlled programmable lighting and simultaneous translation services, the Multi-function Hall is the largest conference room inside the Arab Organization HQ building.

Large hand-woven wall-hangings, designed by a Kuwaiti artist, depict Arab history and culture, while enhancing the room’s acoustics.  A carved wooden suspended ceiling incorporates subtle lighting, enhanced by the indirect light that filters through the marble screen.  The traditional star design of the floor is repeated in the inlaid tops of the cherry wood tables.

I had an overdose  of artworks displayed in this building. I’ve said to myself to myself that it’s no wonder people flocked to see Arab Organizations HQ. Now, I have high respect for each of the intricate wood carvings and in every detail of this structure. I cannot even give justice to the actual views compared to my photos. One must need to be in this tour to learn about how rich the culture behind the walls of this building. This is indeed a fusion of Moroccan, Egyptian, Tunisian,Syrian and overall Arabic design & culture into one.

A visit to this place turned an ordinary Saturday morning into a memorable one. I am so grateful with Aware Center for enabling this tour to be accessible for Expats like me. It was a pleasure once again to discover beautiful building like the Arab Organization HQ building. The tour itself was very well done & executed in a very detailed manner. I highly appreciate even the coffee break in the Atrium’s cafeteria which offered a delightful snack with a majestic view of the glass wall panels with a view from outside & the Artwork inside the Atrium.

I highly recommend for anyone who is in Kuwait to try to visit this building, you won’t regret it. Should you want to learn more about this beautiful architecture, then you can explore their website here. You can even view their virtual tour here. This place has contributed to my cravings to see much more of Kuwait cultural heritage,its amazing architecture & advanced engineering designs.

Have you visited any important building or structure lately? What was it significance?

If you would like to visit any monumental structure of architectural importance, what would it be?

 

 

 

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Life in the Sea in Kuwait

Kuwait is more than desert , oil and delicious dates. I have seen beautiful sunsets here & extensive marine culture. Kuwait’s history is closed to the sea .But one thing that is very evident in Kuwait is either the lack of things or the complete abundance of it. Everything is in extremes, just like their love for leisure boats.

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Life in the Sea in Kuwait

Kuwait is one of the largest leisure boating markets in the Gulf. According to figures from the Kuwaiti Government, there are now an estimated 15,000* registered leisure boats. Kuwaitis have always been sea people and the boat ownership ratio is estimated at one boat for every 44 Kuwaiti nationals and expatriates with higher incomes, a figure that is very high even for developed boating markets in Europe and the United States.

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It is a typical scenario for me to see that boats are parked beside their cars in front of their villas. Some has been out there in the dust for times I don’t recall since when. There are many beautiful marinas around here where you can see huge number of boats docked. Here are my personal favorites, which I highly recommend for you to checked out  :  Marina Crescent, Souk Sharq, Al Kout , & The Yacht Club.

Water sports are the most popular activity in Kuwait, with the warm waters of the Persian Gulf, the coral reefs and a multitude of marine life attracting many scuba-divers and snorkelers. The KIM Center at the Hilton gives instruction and can arrange trips to the best dive sites, as well as offer kite boarding, water skiing and kayaking. For canoeing and kayaking, Dive Caroline is another good source for underwater adventure.

If you are a yacht enthusiast and interested to buy one for yourself, you can check out Al Boom Marine for their collection & prime boats & yachts for sale.Al Boom Marine is the biggest distributor and dealer in Kuwait for luxury yachts and pleasure craft; largest number of workshops; marine engines; diving equipment; spare parts and various other marine equipment & accessories. Al Boom Marine has various workshops and showrooms situated throughout Kuwait and caters not only for the recreational market, but also provides its services to commercial as well as various governmental departments and institutions.

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Unlike the cozy houseboats along the Amsterdam canals, these boats exudes quite a different face.They are mainly used for leisure purposes and not to live into.The market is almost exclusively an imported one for small boats and yachts with a small network of boat distributors associated with all of the major Gulf boat builders and European and US shipyards. The boating season in Kuwait is from April to September, the opposite of that to the lower Gulf states such as the UAE, Qatar and Oman.

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This shot is taken in front of Souk Sharq in Kuwait. This is a famous mall with an adjacent Fish market. On the far end of the promenade you can see these huge amount of boats docked in a rather picturesque view. It’s quite a sight to see different types of boats & yachts with the view of some of the prominent towers in Kuwait like the Commercial Bank of Kuwait, Al Hamra Tower & Kipco Tower.You can also see from this side the area where the traditional fishing boats are docked. If you want to see how the fishermen unload their fresh catch of the day then this is just the right place.Many Expats frequented this place to get their favorite fish sold in the Fish market nearby.

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These boats are Kuwait’s national pride. It reflects their personality & rather lavish lifestyle. Some of the private collection of yachts are displayed during the prestigious Yacht show in Marina Crescent yearly. If you wanna have a glimpse of how the event looks like & how sleek the boats on display then you can check it out here.

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During the hot summer days, fishing & going on a boat trip is one the great things to beat the heat. The fishing excursion & boat trips can easily be arranged through the wide array of company who have boat rentals .

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If you’re an Expat living in Kuwait or you have visitors &  ever want to rent a boat for the day or go fishing in Kuwait, then this site is for you. FishFishME offers boat rentals and fishing trips for Kuwait and the GCC. Each boat comes with its own experienced driver, and they range from 25 footers to 33. You can rent the boats either from Kuwait City (at Souq Sharq) or from Khairan.

Their prices are very reasonable, starting from KD 25 for a 25 foot boat that carries up to 4 people to Kd 80 for a 33 footer that accommodates up to 12. Trips last 6 hours, and can be booked either for a morning or an evening tour. You can use the boats to go fishing, cruise the sea, or visit Kuwaiti islands.Booking have to be made in advance. You can check out their site for more details on how to book or call Abdullah on Tel. 67665606. 

Sailing and power boating are also favorite pastimes in Kuwait, with glorious views of the desert landscape from the Gulf an added bonus. Trips to a traditional fishing dhow are offered by SAS Sl-Gazeer Voyages, and ferries run daily to Failaka Island from the Marina Crescent Yacht Basin. Nuzha Touristic Enterprises offers yachts with or without skippers down the calm waters.

If you want to look further for fishing trips & boat rental facilities in Kuwait, then you can check it out Here.

 

 

 

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A frenzy Koi Gathering

Do you love Koi fishes?

A place where nature & man coexists. This is the place of Koi fishes as well.

How do you find the idea of seeing them swimming in agog twirling & twisting at the sight of the fish food being thrown into them.There’s something that we called many, something that we called plenty. But seeing them in real gazillions is a pretty frenzy sight!

I have seen the mouth of children being open for seconds & eyes sparkled with delight. Even adults are enamored by this pretty things called Koi, the lucky fish, the fish that legendary can swim up waterfalls! I am looking for another visit in this place, this time with my daughter. I am excited how she would react once she saw the Kois in the pond.

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Delightful world of Koi fishes

The oldest of the legends is the story of when Chinese philosopher Confucius was born a son in 533 B.C., King Shoko of Ro presented to him a Magoy, a black carp, as a gift. According to this legend, all modern-day Koi, and their bright colors, are from the Magoy given to Confucius by the king.

The legend says the Chinese then raised the Koi in their rice patty fields to be used for food, especially during the long winter months, and not for pets. The Chinese then passed on their knowledge of raising koi to the Japanese.

Raising koi in ponds began in Niigata, Japan during one particularly harsh winter.

Many of the attributes of the koi symbolize several lessons and even trials individuals often encounter in life. The Koi fish has a powerful and energetic life force, demonstrated by its ability to swim against currents and even travel upstream. Koi fishes symbolizes Good fortune, success, prosperity,longevity, courage, ambition & perseverance.

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Where’s our food ?

According to Japanese legend, if a koi fish succeeded in climbing the falls at a point called Dragon Gate on the Yellow River, it would be transformed into a dragon. Based on that legend, it became a symbol of worldly aspiration and advancement.

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Each color has a meaning, each shade has a significance to Feng shui & Zen

Another legend states that the Koi climb the waterfall bravely, and if they are caught, they face their death on the cutting board bravely like a samurai. In Japan, the word Koi refers primarily to the wild variety. As a result, many of the country’s symbolic meanings for the fish refer to the wild variety instead of the fish species as a whole. One of the primary reasons the fish is symbolic in Japanese culture is because it is known for swimming upstream no matter what the conditions are. These fish are even said to swim up waterfalls.

This is viewed as an absolute show of power because they will continue to swim upstream as if on a mission. They cannot be distracted or deterred by anything. Koi’s swimming downstream are considered bad luck.

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The gathering of Koi
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Partnership in Nature

This post is my Day- 7 and final Entry  in response for 7-Days Nature Photo Challenge which I was nominated by Stella of  Blog SimpleDimple .

Once again, Stella, Thank you  for  mentioning me in your post and giving this challenge. I felt that it’s really a challenge for me because of the time pressure, I have struggled to post everyday where in I don’t normally do. But in the end, I was pushed to post things with content that I love.

*The rule of this challenge is quite simple: Post a nature photo and nominate someone else per day for 7 days.

For my last post on this challenge, I wanted to nominate Becky  of In Becky’s head on this 7 Days-Nature photo challenge .If you haven’t known, Becky is a real head turner. Aside from her looks, she has a good head on her shoulders , majoring in Physics & working on her PhD in Materials for gravitational wave ,how cool is that?

Take time to pass by her page,I knew she has a lot to offer &  for us to learn from her posts.

She is also very passionate about reading, exploring new things & of course, food is close to her heart! Even without this challenge, I would always look up to her page for inspiration. I highly  recommend for you to give time to check her awesome Blog.

To Becky, I know your hands are full &  time is precious in our world, but if you would take on this challenge, I would appreciate it so much.If not, I still want you to know how much I appreciate you.

Thank you and I hope you have fun & enjoy the next 7-days writing about nature.

 

Hortus Botanicus : An Urban Jungle

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Wild entanglement,  Just like human beings, each plant has its own story.

Amsterdam has one of the oldest botanical gardens in the world called Hortus Botanicus. It was established in 1638 by the city municipality as Hortus Medicus, a herb garden with medical plants for Amsterdam doctors and pharmacists. The reasons for establishing a specialized medical garden were very serious: at that time the cities of Leiden and Utrecht experienced the plague epidemic (1634-1637) with thousands of victims. Additionally, several monasteries moved out of the quickly growing city and there was not enough space in Amsterdam to plant herbs.

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Do you have the mind of a Green Traveller?

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Lost in Plantation

The Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam is one of the oldest botanical gardens in the world. Although it is rather small nevertheless it offers you an excellent collection of different plants. It is a perfect place for everyone who wants to feel and experience the nature in the middle of the bustle Amsterdam.

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Do you want to be lost in the world of Plants?

The Botanical garden is home to one of the oldest potted plants in the Western world – the “Eastern Cape Giant Cycad”. This plant was brought to the Netherlands more than three centuries ago.You can also see an example of the tallest tree species in the World – the Redwood (Sequoia sempervirens), which is impressive not just because of its height, but also because of the reddish bark.

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Reach the skies!

The botanical garden in Amsterdam has some amazing plant highlights for its visitors: the Victoria water-lily, is a giant water-lily that flowers at night and only for two consecutive nights – the first night it is a white flower, the second night it’s a pink flower and then it closes and disappears under the water surface. The magic of nature! Another highlight is the Quiver tree, a tree-like aloe species from southern Africa as well as the Wood’s cycad, a dinosaur among the plants that is considered as an ancestor of flowering plants.

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A beautiful Urban Jungle in the heart of Amsterdam

Every Sunday there is a free tour at the Amsterdam botanical garden at 14.00 (2 pm). Reservations are not necessary, just find your guide under the large oak tree near the entrance.Every Sunday in July and August the Amsterdam botanical garden is open till 19.00 (7 pm) and Dutch jazz artists play live music on the outdoor terrace.

If you plan to visit Amsterdam, make sure you drop a visit to this amazing Botanical garden & get lost in the myriad of greens & serene beautiful nature. If you want to learn more about Hortus Botanicus tourist information & timings, you can check it Here.

 

This post is my Day 6 Entry  in response for 7-Days Nature Photo Challenge which I was nominated by Stella of  Blog SimpleDimple . Stella  has always been bubbly &, spreading warm love in the great community here in WP. If you have time, please do pass by her page & get to  know her through her soulful posts.

Stella, Thank you once again for  mentioning me in your post and giving this challenge.

*The rule of this challenge is quite simple: Post a nature photo and nominate someone else per day for 7 days.

For today, I wanted to nominate Amie of Becoming a Wild Family on this Nature photo challenge  my gorgeous Blogger friend, Yes, she is still rockin’ in her Blog entries even she has 4 amazing cuties tagged along in her wild adventures.

She is one of the Expat Bloggers that I met here that really shares her bubbly adventures about raising her kids out into the wild nature. What I admire about her is that She is a nature enthusiast  and homeschooling her children .

All these made Amie my perfect choice for  this challenge.

She is passionate about getting her little family get into nature as much as possible. She is a very hands-on mother &  instilling core values into her children relentlessly.Even without this challenge, I would always look up to her page for inspiration. and would recommend for you to give time to check her awesome Blog.

To Amie, I know your hands are full &  time is precious in our world, but if you would take on this challenge, I would appreciate it so much.If not, I still want you to know how much I appreciate you.

Thank you and I hope you have fun & enjoy the next 7-days writing about nature.

 

Malcapuya Island-Accidentally In love

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Island Hopping in Malcapuya Island

I fell in love at first sight to this island. Accidentally!

Malcapuya island is part of  the Calamianes group of islands and basically one of the hottest tourist spot in Palawan. Malcapuya island, together with the other islands of Calamianes, was a site of the Spanish politico-militar Provincio de Calamianes during the reign of the Spaniards. Later, it was dissolved by the American occupation forces and Calamianes was later joined to the Province of Palawan.

We were supposed to be going to the Banana island but our guide informed us that for some reasons, the island is not accessible and we are going to another beach as part of our Island Hopping trip. I visited Palawan with 3 or my girlfriends and we are so glad that we have made the decision to choose this place. It was beautiful. I couldn’t find any more words to describe this place. Just look at these photos . A real paradise tucked away in an endless horizon of azure,peaceful scenery.

 

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Malcapuya Island is one of the Island destination if you visited Coron,Philippines. This private island can only be accessed through the island trip arranged by the tour company and approximately 1.5 hours away from Coron. This island is owned by the Hennan Group of Resorts and regarded as the ultimate virgin beach, and it’s white sand beach can rival Boracay’s very own. The water that surrounds the island is crystal clear and almost like the morning sky with plenty of coral reef and offers a good  marine biodiversity where one can have the most enjoyable snorkeling destination. It has a very fine white sand ( better than Boracay!) and has the image of a virgin, untouched & genuine beach landscape. While you can enjoy the beach up to sky is the limit, the landscapes around Malcapuya could also leave you breathless. You can do a short hike & trek along its rough cliff and edges where you can have a great view overlooking the sea.

I could live in this place. It’s pure bliss just to look how blue the waters is against the cloudless skies.

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This little tree that managed to thrive on the edge of the cliff overlooking the Malcapuya beach. A real stunner. This is the most photographed part of the cliff.

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White and fine as a powder sand shores in Malcapuya

We stayed in a beach cottage with a hammock where we have a direct access of the beachfront. We enjoyed our lunch and just lazed around admiring our amazing view.  If you wanted to stay overnight, they have nipa hut cottages or you can bring your own tent to set up.

There are two restrooms with open air showers a few meters away from the huts.The island does not have electricity, but they have a generator which provides light and electricity at night.There are outlets in the huts where you can charge phones and camera batteries.You can also opt to stay in a simple house-for-rent on an elevated portion a few meters from the shoreline, which has a single room, basic yet comfortable beds, and a decent restroom.

For backpackers, Here are your must-haves when visiting this island : insect-repellent lotion, a hammock, beach blanket, flashlight, basic toiletries, sunblock, snacks, drinking water. Make sure to stash these items in your backpack.

There’s a small sari-sari store on the island where chips, drinks & beer are sold. However, it’s best to bring your own food for cooking for dinner if you’re staying overnight.The best meal of our whole trip  was the freshly grilled fish,  on the beach prepared by our guide from Mt.Tapyas Hotel along with a freshly picked coconut with its juice.

Fell in love accidentally-it could happen to you, just like a travel bug hits me. When you return to your home, everything seems strange, then you start to look forward for your next trip.

This is my  entry for Day- 5  on the challenge posed to me by Stella of the Blog SimpleDimple in response to her 7-Days Nature photo challenge. Stella  has always been bubbly &, spreading warm love in the great community here in WP. If you have time, please do pass by her page & get to know her through her soulful posts.

Stella, Thank you once again for  mentioning me in your post and giving this challenge.

*The rule of this challenge is quite simple: Post a nature photo and nominate someone else per day for 7 days.

For today, I wanted to nominate on this Nature photo challenge  my gorgeous Blogger friend, Minaxi of GameplanhappilyeverAfter. Yes, even her name is so unique!

She is one of the Expat Bloggers that I met here that really shares her bubbly adventures along with his hubby. Fairy tale love still exists and her love story is one living example.She takes you to a light tone on her creative approach in life, travelling, relationships & living the most of her life. Even without this challenge, I would always look up to her page and would recommend for you to give time to check her awesome but dreamy Blog.

She makes me smile with her kind comments & provocative posts, so I know she’s a keeper!

To Minaxi, I know time is precious in our world, but if you would take on this challenge, I would appreciate it so much.If not, I still want you to know how much I appreciate you.

Thank you and I hope you have fun & enjoy the next 7-days writing about nature.

 

 

Lost in the forest

The forest is filled with magic and secrets.

What do I feel?

I am thrilled yet excited to be in the forest.I can feel the nature embracing me, in a big warm welcome.Trees that are reaching the skies, dwarfing over me. A silent spell was cast.

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Adapt the peace of Nature.Her secret is patience..

What do I see? 

I open my eyes and see green all around me, mostly trees and algae rotting the bushes.The grass beneath my feet are breathing out life.Gasping for knowledge. Only the grass knows who have set a journey in the same spot I am standing on.

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Steep rows of pine trees in the valley

What do I hear?

I hear the birds chirping, the frogs croaking, and other mysterious nature sounds. They have an orchestra here,a myriad of tunes & melodies in harmony. Did you know that the earth has music for those who listen?

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Nature is not a place to visit…It is Home.

What do I smell?

I smell the earth, the scent of the fresh blue sky,its rays piercing through the pines, the leaves have an intoxicating scent that goes in and out of my nose.

 

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What do I taste?

I taste the flavor of the beauty of nature.The rain nurturing the leaves. The dew that kissed the shrubs. Its pungent.Its all raw.

All my senses are alive. It got lost in this paradise. It got revived and my soul finds healing.I want to leave all my fears behind.Its only in the still silence of nature that one will find true bliss.

This is my Day- 4 humble take on the challenge posed to me by Stella of the Blog SimpleDimple in response to her 7-Days Nature photo challenge. Stella  has always been bubbly &, spreading warm love in the great community here in WP. If you have time, please do pass by her page & get to know her through her soulful posts.

Stella, Thank you once again for  mentioning me in your post and giving this challenge.

*The rule of this challenge is quite simple: Post a nature photo and nominate someone else per day for 7 days.

For today, I wanted to pass on this Nature photo challenge to one of my inspiring friend, Liz of Little house in Missouri. She is one of the few Expat Mamas out  here that I can totally relate to and have given enough encouragement in my posts. She has been posting powerful content that really comes from deep insight on raising her 3 multi-racial kids.She is very passionate about well-being, women’s issues, social justice,homeless/food bank & the arts. She also enjoys nature & embracing the changes of being an Expat family.She have been a great inspiration on her take on parenting as well.  Even without this challenge, I would always look up to her page and would recommend for you to give time to check her awesome but relatable Blog.

To Liz, I know time is precious in our world, but if you would take on this challenge, I would appreciate it so much.If not, I still want you to know how much I appreciate you.

Thank you and I hope you have fun & enjoy the next 7-days writing about nature.

 

 

While the leaves are gone…

With their leaves gone, the trees are ready to take on winter’s slings and arrows, then after another season prompt it for a change, it stoop down to evolve again and continue its course. While the leaves are gone, this tree armed itself with strength to take on the upcoming heat, another season which it cannot compel.

“Nature now, like an athlete, begins to strip herself in earnest for her contest with her great antagonist ,Winter. In the bare trees and twigs what a display of muscle.”

{Naturalist-Henry David Thoreau,1858 }

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Getting ready for the big changes coming on the way.

I caught this photo of this tree that stood just in front of the Mosque in our neighborhood.It stood so proud, so resilient against the arid climate here. It withstand the harsh changes. It always evolves,always ready for a change. I reflect on this tree as I embrace myself for seasonal changes..for embracing the natural drift in my life for I know that all these are vital for me to grow.

While the leaves are gone, I knew that it will bud soon.It just take time.

This is my Day- 3 humble take on the challenge posed to me by Stella of the Blog SimpleDimple in response to her 7-Days Nature photo challenge. Stella  is writing from her heart, spreading warm love in the great community here in WP. If you have time, please do pass by her page & get to know her through her soulful posts.

Stella, Thank you once again for thinking about me & mentioning me in your post and giving this challenge.

*The rule of this challenge is quite simple: Post a nature photo and nominate someone else per day for 7 days.

For today, I wanted to pass on this Nature photo challenge to one of my inspiring friend, Debra of CultivatingTime. She is one of the few people here that I can totally relate to and have given enough encouragement in my posts. She has been posting powerful content that really comes from deep insight.She is very passionate about well-being, enjoying nature & embracing the changes. This is exactly what I want too in my life.  Even without this challenge, I would always look up to her page and would recommend for you to give time to check her Blog.

To Debra, I know time is precious in our world, but if you would take on this challenge, I would appreciate it so much.If not, I still want you to know how much I appreciate you.

Thank you and I hope you have fun & enjoy the next 7-days writing about nature.

My daughter’s first love

Before my daughter was born, I knew that she will be the other woman in my husband’s life. I am sure all the other mothers out there can relate to my thoughts.There is no better view to look at for us to see when we see that our children are raised closely in the guidance of their father.

As Sigmund Freud says;

 I cannot think of any need in Childhood stronger as the need for a Father’s protection. 

A child who knows they are protected can grow up feeling safe and secure. Emotions are strong in childhood, and often fear is one of the strongest emotions of all.  A Papa’s arms are strong and fearless and to a child, they bring safety and peace.

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Dear child , The world is your playground ,go on and explore.

A father’s perspective fulfills every child’s need for exploration and adventure

“Fathers represent another way of looking at life — the possibility of an alternative dialogue.” While we, as  mothers focus a great deal on raising perfect children, fathers have a different perspective. They let children dress themselves, choose their own breakfast, jump in mud puddles and swing on ropes tied to the rafters.

My husband let Natalie explore on her own but guiding her by her side. He encourages more free-play. He lets her climb & let her learn how to climb down. He has taught her how to safely descend safely from the  stairs & chairs. He is trying his best to make “palm tree ” ( or ponytails) in her ever messy hair. I love the way He put on her clothes that are totally as per his own taste and haste !

Fathers allow children to explore and give them freedom that usually isn’t allotted them by their mother. This different perspective is good for children because it gives them the opportunity to explore, to go on adventures, and to live in their make believe worlds.

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A father’s love is endless. When a father gets involved, He is parenting in his own way.

“The greatest mark of a father is how he treats his children when no one is looking.”

In Netherlands,  Papadag (Or Daddy’s day ) has become a standard norm. This is included in the calendar of every working father’s calendar. It’s the time of the week where in the father takes a day off from work to spend time & take care of his child. Isn’t this amazing?Dutch fathers take more an equal role in parenting and being more hands-on. 

Studies show that if your child’s father is affectionate, supportive, and involved, he can contribute greatly to your child’s cognitive, language, and social development, as well as academic achievement, a strong inner core resource, sense of well-being, good self-esteem, and authenticity.

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Any man can be a father but it takes someone special to be a Father.
I am writing this post to give credit to fathers who are involved in parenting their child. One of the things that I have learned as a new mother is that when your husband respect you as the mother of his child, eventually He is an involved Father. With the stress of bearing the responsibilities of being the head of the family, His efforts should not be underestimated.

So next time you see your husband spends more time with your child, be grateful.Let him. Give the encouragement that He needs & deserves.Your child will reap the benefits of this. Do not think of it as He is sharing the “chore “but rather look at it as “He is doing his own way of Parenting “.

It is important to recognize and reward fathers  for being there, and actively teaching important life skills to children. It is important to their children, and meaningful to dads everywhere when you say “Thank you, job well done.” This, after all, is what makes life worth living. This is our own  true legacy: ensuring the health and well-being of our children : the future generation.

What is your parenting style? Do you also value the concept of  Papadag?

Don’t hurry, Don’t worry

“You’re only here for a short visit. Don’t hurry, don’t worry. And be sure to smell the flowers along the way.  “

Walter Hagen

For my Day-2 for the 7-day Nature Photo Challenge, I wanted to post about my morning walk this morning. Friday is the day-off here in Kuwait so I always look forward to this day. This is the day where we as a family can enjoy the “Don’t Hurry, Don’t Worry “mode because we are free from the early morning rush when preparing to go to work.

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These beauties have greeted us with delight. They’re gazing up into the bright morning sun. At this time, we have these spring flowers in Kuwait just along the beach.I called them “wild silent spells “. 

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I spotted an orange butterfly hovering around these wild flowers and I just smiled.This is quite a rare sight here..I normally see more  flies, but not a butterfly!

If you just looked around, there’s so much beauty in simple things around us. If we just took a moment to not hurry, then we will not miss these special moments in nature.The basic pollination and beautiful metamorphosis. I decided not to hurry because I know I must take this moment while its still in front of me. After a month, the weather in Kuwait will soar high that I will no longer see these wild silent spells.

When was the last time you are actually in a “Don’t hurry, Don’t worry “mode?

When was the last time you took time just to adore & smell the flowers around you?

To end this post, I would like to pass on this 7-Day Nature photo challenge to Cheryl,  the amazing woman behind the Blog “Twobrownfeet” which is a very inspiring blog about travel, chasing your dreams & love to seize the day. I hope she accept this challenge & enjoy posting about nature.

*The rule of this challenge is quite simple: Post a nature photo and nominate someone else per day for 7 days.

Again, thank you Stella  of Giggles&Tales for inspiring me to do this challenge.X