I think I’m healthy…

Today was definitely one of those “this is so strange yet interesting” experiences, one of many I’m sure to experience in a new culture.  In order to become a fully fledge resident of the United Arab Emirates, all expat adults have to undergo a thorough medical check.  Whilst in the process of arranging my new classroom, I was quickly whisked away into a school bus that took 15 of us to a location not far from school.  When we arrived at the medical centre, the ladies were shown to a “Ladies only waiting room” (something you soon become accustomed too).  We were directed by our ever so friendly bus driver, who I have to commend for his logistical rigour…

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The first room was for the biometrics and I really hadn’t realised how many different prints existed on my hand!  We were asked to take a photograph, of which I was told not to smile, after my first take.  Our driver then showed us to another smaller room, where each of us were interviewed for about 2 minutes; I was asked if I’m married (hopefully soon and very soon).  The herd of expatriate sheep were then herded to the bloods room for a blood test. Hats off to the ladies there who get through people very quickly and with minimal pain!  Having had a pint of blood taken (hyperbole at its finest) we were then taken to an x-ray room for our chest scan.  Again, the ladies only waiting area was about the size of a shoe box and we were directed to remove our blouses and bras and to fashion an appealing x-ray gown.

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“Deep breath in and hold madam”

Back to the shoe box to change and then out into the sweltering corridors to join the rest of my group.  All in all, I have never seen a medical screening happen so efficiently and in such detail. Like I said it was a strange yet interesting experience but I am excited to know that my Emirates ID should shortly be on its way!

P.s. Good news is the children don’t have to do a medical, as they would need an army to get Ri’s bloods!!

Kym & Arianna

 

Our UAE adventure

We have arrived safely in the UAE, as you’ve probably seen.  This is such an exciting adventure and journey for myself and Arianna, which we so want to share with those who take the time to read.  We hope that from our adventure you will feel empowered, inspired, encouraged and determined to seek out and fulfil your own dreams and ambitions.img_6369

Please feel free to leave your comments, questions and of course share with all!

 Kym & Arianna

and welcome to the beginning!

It’s our 5th day in Ras Al Khaimah, although time and days all seem to be blended at the moment! It feels like we have been here much longer!

We arrived early hours on Sunday morning having experienced great hospitality and a lovely flight from Emirates airline. The immigration and baggage collection went smoothly and the air conditioning disguised the scorching 42 degree heat outside. As we arrived in the arrivals hall, we were pleasantly greeted by members from my new school; they immediately took us to set up our UAE number at one of the local Etisalat stands. It’s at this point that the realisation of migrating to a new country and setting up from scratch truly kicked it! New number, emirates card, residency visa…wait a minute this isn’t a temporary holiday but a permanent move! Emirates polaroid

We were taken to our new apartment which was huge! Immediately, Arianna began unpacking her toys and making herself at home. We are privileged enough or for me tempted by one of the many malls, across the road from our building. After an hour or so, we were collected by a lovely couple (from the school) who took us over to buy some essentials bits and bobs and an unofficial meet up. It didn’t take long before the “Mummy I’m bored” ran through my ears; luckily for me the UAE malls are packed with endless amounts of entertainment for children! We managed to navigate our way around the supermarket aisles, recognising many brands and purchasing ingredients for a first meal. P.s. My cooker and fridge are huge!

Later that evening, a very tired mummy and daughter fell asleep whilst waiting for our amazing family who had flown in the night before, to arrive into RAK. I am very thankful for the powerful AC in my apartment which stopped us from melting! After the arrival of my family at 9.30pm we decided to have a late night shopping/ eating session in RAK mall (closes at midnight) to purchase more bits for the apartment. MATALAN! The runs across the road by now were becoming familiar; the driving and road etiquette is very different from the UK…

By day 2, our TV and WIFI had been ordered and awaiting delivery/installation. THANK GOD! I hadn’t realised how much we relied on internet and how alien it is living without it! I suppose with all of this, setting up from scratch was a bigger task than I expected!

However, 5 days in and our house is looking a lot more like home! We have visited the area of Al Hamra (which is very plush) and have our first excursion booked for this weekend. I’ve had 2 days in school, going through some logistics, however after the Eid holiday our first full week of induction will begin.

img_6376img_6365Arianna and I have already made some lovely friends and the entire newbie crew and welcoming committee have been fab!

Signing out for now lovelies but will have my next blog post up very soon!

Kym & Arianna xx

 

 

p.s. This evening we found a bat on my balcony, evidence below…

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When life takes over…

It has been a little while since I last posted but mainly because I didn’t want to bore you all, with my moans and groans of life! Yes I admit, as much as I try to stay positive life does sometimes take over! As I spend time reflecting, daydreaming and thinking, it is inevitable that at times life will take over but that doesn’t have to be a negative thing!

I have really enjoyed the last week or so, basking in the sun, spending time with my loved ones, recharging my batteries (Easter half term) but really just aspiring and creating. I tend to find that I do that quite often in my moments of peace;I have the most innovative ideas and ‘light bulb’ moments. I’m not sure about you but that often seems to be in the shower!?

Needless to say, I think it’s always important to ensure that you make life productive!

I’ll be back soon with a more meaningful post!!

K Vinnice xx

Sun, Sea, Sand and…

It’s fair to say that day trips at the beach are an imperative part of childhood. I can still recount my endless trips to the seaside with my family; fish and chips (with added tartar sauce); waltzer ride (that literally made me sick); sandcastle building and treasure hunts (with my treasured bucket and spade); trips to the local sweetie shop (rock of course). All of these memories are ones that I strive as a parent to provide for my child.

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There is something about the sight and sound of waves against the shore, which creates a complete sense of awe. I don’t think I was designed for the confinements of bricks and cement, as the outdoors provides a new realms of existence for me.  Continue reading

From annoyance to determination!

Just a quick one this evening…after spending the majority of today working on my “1st Date Chronicles” vlog, I was devastated when the finished video, refused to upload and subsequently I lost all my files!

Technology doesn’t seem to be my friend today and in all honesty a part of me wanted to give up (flight mode) but instead I have decided to channel that frustration and annoyance to motivation (fight mode).  In my opinion, there is nothing wrong with feeling frustrated or annoyed but do some rechannelling to transform those negative feelings into something positive!

The new and improved vlog will be up by the weekend! dscn0333

K Vinnice x

A day of lurvveee

Across the world, 14th February marks the day of love.  You’ll often wake up to a mixed bag of messages from doting husbands/wives; super shocked and excited girlfriends/ boyfriends; empowered or depressed singletons.img_3530

As a ‘singleton‘ I don’t dread this day neither do I rant about being proudly single, instead I choose to embark on a recruitment campaign for the “Self Love Club.”  P.s. My journey of “self love” will need a whole separate post.

In case you need a lil pick me up, I have gathered some interesting, funny and real dating stories, that just might make you chuckle!

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It was our first date and he told me to dress up…

 Video post will be up later! 

“Fire Fire” Our day at the museum.

Today I witnessed clear evidence of Spring; sun shining and blue sky, with a hint of cold wind.

We decided to venture out to the Museum of London today, as my daughter is studying the Great Fire of London.  They have an exhibition called “Fire Fire” which runs until April 2017; it does cost (not much though) but in my opinion was worth the money. It re-told the historic story in a clear and interactive way, suitable and enjoyable for young children and adults alike. I would highly recommend!

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I am a terrible mother!

It’s hard enough being a young single working mum but even harder when your child is not ‘lil miss perfect.’

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I was not the best behaved in school and by fate (and some stern words from my parents), I managed to succeed to University.  Suffice to say, the realisation that my child would experience issues with her emotional behaviour, somewhat broke my heart!  Read more!