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Moving Pts 2 & 3

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The initial plan was to move on the 4th and 5th, however since my roster kept on changing, I thought it would be a good idea to move as soon as I could so that we won’t have to do too much work later on, especially with family coming over and all.

However, the best plans are laid to waste and we have to make the best of what we have. In the midst of moving on the 28th, I got called to say that they need me to work to Sao Paulo the next day, so a little bit more hectic, but things worked out in the end.

We won’t be having internet connection for awhile, and with the move, I have been to busy to update the blog. In Sao Paulo today, and thankfully a little time to do some stuff on the net and get the pictures uploaded. These ones below were from the 26th till the 29th Jun, covering our activities from that date and the actual move process.

The summer sale is already on, and Linda is under a lot of strain not to go shopping! So moving house will act as a distracting, for awhile at least!

The summer sale is already on, and Linda is under a lot of strain not to go shopping! So moving house will act as a distracting, for awhile at least!


Took Icad for maghrib prayers near a friends place. It had a nice fountain at the front and of course Icad was intrigued.

Took Icad for maghrib prayers near a friends place. It had a nice fountain at the front and of course Icad was intrigued.


A nice shot of the mosque with the sun setting on the background. It has been warm the last few days, with the temperature hitting 45c during the daytime. But once the sun goes down, it actually is quite bearable to go on walks outside, just that the humidity will make you sweat a bit la.

A nice shot of the mosque with the sun setting on the background. It has been warm the last few days, with the temperature hitting 45c during the daytime. But once the sun goes down, it actually is quite bearable to go on walks outside, just that the humidity will make you sweat a bit la.


We dropped by Arabian Center on the way back home. And due to the sale, they had a lot of activities going on. Behind Dina was a procession of juggling clowns making their way through the mall centre yard. Icad was a bit nervous of the clowns, so he kept out of side next to Linda.

We dropped by Arabian Center on the way back home. And due to the sale, they had a lot of activities going on. Behind Dina was a procession of juggling clowns making their way through the mall centre yard. Icad was a bit nervous of the clowns, so he kept out of side next to Linda.


The kids on the bean bag

The kids on the bean bag


The sale was on, and Linda was cotemplating on new furniture to go with the new house.

The sale was on, and Linda was cotemplating on new furniture to go with the new house.


The twins really loved this swing, it had this wicker type of seats and all. However, even with the sale, the price was Dhs 19,999! I wonder who would spend on a swing the amount of money that would get you a 5 year old Toyota Camry!

The twins really loved this swing, it had this wicker type of seats and all. However, even with the sale, the price was Dhs 19,999! I wonder who would spend on a swing the amount of money that would get you a 5 year old Toyota Camry!


One of the activities going on in the mall was this search for UAE's talent singer. However, the Food Court stage was filled with bollywood types and Hindi songs the whole night through! We were wondering when the Arabs were going to come on stage to do some local singing...

One of the activities going on in the mall was this search for UAE's talent singer. However, the Food Court stage was filled with bollywood types and Hindi songs the whole night through! We were wondering when the Arabs were going to come on stage to do some local singing...

The next day, since it was Saturday, we went over to the new place to do some cleaning and all. Alan and Cindy came to help, and between us, we managed to put up the hall and dining room curtains. By the time we were done, Alan and I got really good at it, and had a system that allowed us to finish up the curtains in a jiffy. Linda and Cindy made good use of the time gossiping!

Casey had invited us over to her place, together with Rose, thus after a late lunch we ambled over to Al-Badi. Since Guy was at work, it was a good opportunity for me and Icad to drive across to Satwa and get a haircut. Its Dhs 15 a pop here as opposed to Dhs 30 in Mirdif!

Took Icad to the barbers. Linda has been cutting his hair the last few months, and while it is short, it definitely needed some professional touch to it. He was a really good boy, sat still throughout and was waiting patiently till I was done with mine.

Took Icad to the barbers. Linda has been cutting his hair the last few months, and while it is short, it definitely needed some professional touch to it. He was a really good boy, sat still throughout and was waiting patiently till I was done with mine.

The kids had a blast playing together. Running all over the place and making such a ruckus!

The kids had a blast playing together. Running all over the place and making such a ruckus!


And yet, thorugh it all, baby Joydn slept peacefully!

And yet, thorugh it all, baby Joydn slept peacefully!


And when the sun came down a little bit, the kids went out to play at the swing set. Look at the glee on Jaydyn's face as Vicki gives her a push!

And when the sun came down a little bit, the kids went out to play at the swing set. Look at the glee on Jaydyn's face as Vicki gives her a push!


But the heat was too much still! In minutes they were back in, a quick shower and while the adults had an early dinner they were absorbed back in front of the TV, regaling in the adventures of Little Einsteins.

But the heat was too much still! In minutes they were back in, a quick shower and while the adults had an early dinner they were absorbed back in front of the TV, regaling in the adventures of Little Einsteins.

The next day we made the move, hired the by roadside movers instead of the professional ones as we do not really have that much stuff and the cost is almost half of what the professional movers wanted! All in all, not bad la, nothing broken, two trips in what turned out to be the warmest day of the year, so far!

The transport truck, the garden stones and also the Veracruz which i used to make many trips ferrying things across the 37km from Mirdif to Al-Waha.

The transport truck, the garden stones and also the Veracruz which i used to make many trips ferrying things across the 37km from Mirdif to Al-Waha.

The garden is coming along fast, the irrigation system is being fixed with a large water tank for the sprinkler system, the stones for the paving is also being fixed. At the rate that he is going, I suspect that the landscaping will be done in less than 4 days!

A 300 Gallon tank being fitted behind the house.

A 300 Gallon tank being fitted behind the house.


The holes being dug out to insert the water hoses for the lawn, the flower beds and the trees.

The holes being dug out to insert the water hoses for the lawn, the flower beds and the trees.

Part of not getting professional movers meant that I had to dismantling of all the large furnitures like the beds and the dining table. So, after the move, the process of putting things back together was a major chore. Luckily Alan and Cindy turned up to help. We did most of the stuff, including putting up the kitchen door that had to be taken down to fit in the refrigerator, while Cindy helped Linda clean up the kitchen.

Alan busy with the cooker wiring installation.

Alan busy with the cooker wiring installation.

We went over to Alan’s place at DSO for dinner and pick up the kids from Rose’s place. Thankfully she offered to help look after the kids after school as they would be running around the house during the move otherwise.

So, we spent the first night in Al-Waha, with the kids in their own separate rooms. Icad woke up crying in the middle of the night, and managed to make his way to our room. Dina followed soon after. I had to leave pretty much after breakfast for the flight, and instead of the usual 10 mins drive to the airport, this time it took 35min, without traffic. But, I think it is worth it, the new place is more like a home and the kids would enjoy the surroundings a lot more than at Mirdif.

The sun setting over Rio De Jeneiro. I was a beautiful winter eveing with the temperature a very nice 20C. A big change from Dubai!

The sun setting over Rio De Jeneiro. I was a beautiful winter eveing with the temperature a very nice 20C. A big change from Dubai!

Author: madnoor

An expat family in Dubai.

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