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Was it luck or fate? You choose.

In response to the Daily Post: LUCK

In response to the Daily Post: VIVID

In response to the Daily Post: WISH 

Related link to this post if you have time to check: COINCIDENCE OR FATE?

Luck is where opportunity meets preparation. - Seneca

There is no such thing as accident; it is fate misnamed. - Napoleon Bonaparte

January 2015 – My hubby just resigned from his job in Australia about to go back home to New Zealand and in about 2 days before the landline being deactivated… an important surprise call came that changed our lives. An offer. A once in a lifetime opportunity not to be missed, however, changes we need to rearrange our plans.

February 2015 – Back in NZ and celebrating Chinese New Year Lantern Festival in Auckland.  A wish came true (after throwing a piece of paper with wishes on it on top of the tree) or was it just LUCK or fate destined to happen?.  

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Wishing tree, AKL NZ CNY 2015

Showing some VIVID images from Auckland Chinese NY Lantern Festival.  The last one we have attended in New Zealand.  It was fun and a good memory to cherish.

Cheers! 🙂  

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Glitters in Black Gold

This is in response to the Daily Post: GLITTER

Fortune is like glass - the brighter the glitter, the more easily broken. - Publilius Syrus

True.  Be careful what you wish for, for it may come true… it depends on who you are or who you will become to be when you get what you want in life.  Some become greedy and want more.  Some are just practical and just taking the opportunity as it comes and some just think that their life will never change be it good or “best” here in the land of opportunities.  Come to think of it… this is not permanent.

Life as an expat here in the desert with full of black gold (Oil) can come as a fairy tale to many.  From having lavish brunches, villas that look like a mansion, fast cars & so many benefits that included in salary package that you never had before back home.

Fame and fortune never stays for long. Beware… life is like a roller coaster, a Ferris wheel that goes up and down.  Not all that glitters are gold as what the old saying goes.

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Global village, Dubai. vinneve photo

Perhaps it is best to save some for rainy days.

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Discover Challenge: Finding Your Place

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I always see a quote “FIND YOUR HAPPY PLACE” somewhere, anywhere.  But what if the place you thought was a happy place is not within your reach at the moment though you can choose to be in that happy place but would it be really a happy place without someone to share it with?

THIS WAS MY HAPPY PLACE.  Sometimes it is not that easy to stay if you are alone and your obligations place somewhere else.

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AKL City, vinneve photo

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PIHA, AKLNZ, vinneve

Current Place: A place for an adventure, Luxuries in life, Opportunities & feeling ambivalent at the same time.  A mixture of everything.  Still finding my place…

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Daily Prompt: Giant Bird

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This is in response to the Daily Prompt: GIANT.

This “giant bird” helps me to go to a place, whether for business or pleasure it continue to amaze and give a constant feeling of adventure!

 

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vinneve photo 2, Swiss Mountains

 

 

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Horizon, vinneve photo

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UAE, AD. vinneve photo

Going back to UAE, Abu Dhabi.

For more posts about Switzerland please see the LINK 1 & LINK 2 and some decisions to be made as per this LINK 3.  More posts to come but please be patient as I always don’t have the Golden time to do so.  It is worth the wait, though!  Cheers!

 

 

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Daily Prompt: Trees Abundant @Al Ain Oasis

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We had a family weekend trip recently to Al Ain just an hour and 45 mins. away from Abu Dhabi City and visited a friend to complete it along with a quick visit to Al Ain Museum (will post about this next time) and see this link Al Ain Oasis where trees are abundant and you will wonder if you are in the desert at all.

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Al Ain Oasis, vinneve photo

It is estimated that 98% of fruit trees here in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are date palms. The Country is also one of the World’s Top 10 producers of dates.  It is part of their culture and traditions (gift giving etc.) and you can find this tree everywhere so it is not just a desert sand you see, for those people who think desert Countries are just full of sands.

Unfortunately, the water dried up (perhaps because it’s summer) and going to these plantations make it so hot walking along the pathways with walls throughout the walkways.  So it doesn’t look like an Oasis at all that day.  We didn’t finish the walk and call it a day!  Went to a cooler place which is the mall. 🙂

Now I leave you with an Inspirational quote from pinterest.com

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The Daily Post’s – Crush crushed

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “First Crush.”

Well …my heart desires at the time when I was in my teens speaks of a different language than what was whispering in my mind.

I was a late bloomer. I was determined to finish my degree and to pursue my dreams. I do not think of boys or even men seriously until my mid 20’s.  

Except for one boy who almost stole my heart and he was just a “crush”.

My ambitions in life will be “crushed” if I choose what my heart desires, besides “He” is just a crush.  Though my heart was hurting at the time of my decisions NOT to encourage the blossoming friendships… my mind was strong enough to pursue what I think is best for me and my future.  He was not ambitious enough and our views in life are more like water and oil.

There he is walking with a young toddler and probably his wife or partner.  He didn’t see me or perhaps recognize me as it was so many years passed already.  I do not have a child yet but is already married.  I smiled and glad that he seems content with his family and simple life.  That was 7yrs ago or so… not sure anymore but I haven’t seen him since every time I go back and visit my parents, relatives, and friends.

Perhaps that is my main point … I don’t want just a “simple life” and be content where I know I can achieve more.  The more I achieve in life the better as I am not thinking about myself alone… I need to help my aging parents financially.  Sometimes we only get one chance in life. So with that, I made my decision to be wiser and that to end the beginning with my “crush” is good enough reason.

After a decade I had a good career that I was proud of, a good husband who is very supportive of me of what I want in my life (not just being a trailing housewife, a mother, and an expat in a desert Country), finally have my young son, a blog to write when I have the time and leisure to do so and I want to travel the World while I am able to.  I probably have a different path in life if I have been sidetracked by my crush!

So what can you say about your first crush?