Tag Archives: UAE

What are our stories in autumn 2017?

This is part 1 of our autumn 2017 stories. On 20170813, I went for a medical test (a blood was drawn and I had to take a chest X-ray) for my work visa. Since their system has my fingerprints, I do not have to go for fingerprinting collection again. My sponsor paid for a fast […]

What is your checklist for flying?

I flew a lot in years 2009, 2010 (one of my flights made an emergency landing and I unexpectedly had the chance to visit the first Starbucks outlet), 2015, and 2017. As inspired by The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande, below is my ongoing checklist for flying. Buy the best (cheapest, direct-flight) tickets [1] Few […]

What have we learned from visits to hospitals?

On 20170626, after Little Princess vomited thrice starting at 8.30pm, we rushed her to the main hospital with children emergency, where most parents in the country we lived in summer 2017 have brought their sick children to see a doctor, especially when general practitioners had closed. In the moment of rush, I still remember to […]

What are the essentials to instill in our children?

Towards the end of summer 2017, we received a flyer of a pre-school advertising its approach of engaging children in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics, abbreviated as STEAM; it seemed that STEAM is the new trend, previously it was STEM. Although they missed the s for the mathematics in their flyer, I was impressed […]

What can we learn from Sisters?

During our first trip to Scotland, I bought a novel entitled Sisters written by Danielle Steele for either 2 or 3 pounds from a charity shop. It was a bargain, but my father spent some efforts to carry our stuff (including the novel) especially in our dwelling in London [1]. In summer 2017, after my […]

How to nurture grit?

Albeit having relatively less experience than us, the young can always inspire us. Before Little Princess turned 9 months old, she could already cruised (walking while holding on to the edge of her play pen) – a milestone expected only from those age 9-10 months old. At the night of her 9-month birthday, she smiled […]

What are our plans for summer 2017?

“Spring passes and one remembers one’s innocence. Summer passes and one remembers one’s exuberance. Autumn passes and one remembers one’s reverence. Winter passes and one remembers one’s perseverance.” ― Yoko Ono Daily Goals: eat well + sleep enough (the basic needs that I did not enjoy sufficiently in Spring 2017 according to my beloved mother) […]