Possible Award Winner!!!

As far as I am concerned, I already won! A bit of background. Every year, the San Diego Fair has a photography contest. From my understanding many photographers from all over the world participate in this somewhat prestigious event. If I am in town in the summer, I am at the Fair. And the one thing I want to do at the Fair (besides eat chocolate covered bacon) is to go to the photography exhibition and see all of the images. I entered some photos many years ago and didn’t make it beyond the first round. But always in my heart,…

Timeless

Within my travels, there have been moments where time stops or it hovers over me like smoke from a cigarette. It’s a feeling of being timeless. And usually these moments occur when I experience beauty. But beauty that surrounds me with all of my senses being employed so that I am transfixed in that one moment. Without the aroma from the sea, the blanket of sand on my feet, the warm water touching my ankles, and the wind in my hair, the video below does not do this particular moment justice. But if you can use your imagination a little bit, I hope…

(Not a) Dubai Enthusiast

I am not a Dubai enthusiast. Part of the reason is the cost of living here. It is really expensive. The other reason is that everything is so spread out; one really needs a car. The metro is safe and clean but it’s time consuming and doesn’t go a ton of places at the moment (expansions are happening, just not right now). Plus it’s really hot here. I know, it’s Dubai. But, it’s really hot here! I realize that there are people out there who are going to disagree with me as they think Dubai is the bee’s knees, and…

Bling Squared

Even though I live in Dubai, I never really understood the wealth until I tried on a half a million dollar diamond ring. Half a million dollars. It was so pretty. As I was admiring the clarity and brilliance of the gem, the salesmen informed me that he recently sold a 10 karat ring for a cool million. Just someone who had walked in, looking for a new ring. Monili was the jeweller that was recommended to me to have a necklace made. So I cashed in a couple of very old gold jewellery pieces (which certainly did not add up…

Liquid Gold

I am vain about my hair. I admit it. It borders on obsession but just a smidge. I have been known to schedule exercise classes and excursions around when I do my hair. Put it this way, one of the biggest draw backs for me in Dubai is that my shower has the lowest water pressure on the planet. Yes, I have checked it out and mine is the weakest. I am bringing this up because in Morocco there is a tree called the Argan tree from which argan oil is produced. From my understanding, this tree is native to Morocco and…

Morocco (quickly)

Quick note: I only had one day of rest before I went back to work after returning from Morocco. So this post and the photos are not what I had hoped. Hopefully, it will give you a quick overview. More to come! Casablanca: this city is the economic capital of Morocco. It is growing by leaps and bounds. Walking around the city was such a treat as some of the older buildings are Art Deco which gave this city a unique charm. The Hassan II Mosque was breathtaking. As the waves from the Atlantic pounded on the shore, this mosque,…

Camels are not sexy.

Camels are dependable, strong, tough animals. Apparently, they can go for up to two months without food or water. They carried me in and out of the Sahara without a single complaint. But sexy they are not. Look. It is mating season for camels right now. The camel handlers do um… neuter the animals (you don’t want to know how) but it doesn’t always take. So when the male camels are looking for a mate, they make this really odd, bubbling sound that can be heard for miles because well, it’s the desert. And there is a lot of spit…

Hello Satwa!

Recently, I took a free, 4-week online course called ‘The Power of Colour’ through FutureLearn. I absolutely loved it… loved it. I ended up buying two books: 5000 Years of Textiles (it might take me that long to read it – it’s a large book) and The Brilliant History of Colour in Art. This course just opened up a new world to me; incredibly fascinating in my mind. So when I heard that Dubai had a textiles district, apart from the Textiles Souk, I quickly urbered it over there. When I lived in China, there were two main places to buy fabric…

Moving On

As I was sitting in my ceramics studio last week, trying to make rose petals for my new art project, I realized that during the past few months just about everything in my life was up in the air. During the time from March until September, I had all of the below going on (in no particular order): Skin cancer (knock on wood, all clear) Heavy trauma to both knees after a huge fall down some stairs #clutzforlife Looking for a new job with frequent interviews, paperwork, forms, etc. Packing up an apartment I had lived in and loved for…

My Happy Place

I found my happy place. My friend told me about the Antique Museum in the Al Quoz district. So this morning I went and found a warehouse full of handicrafts from something like 27 different countries. Sri Lanka, Morocco, India, Vietnam, Tibet, Syria… just to name a few. It was remarkable and for me, complete heaven. I loved discovering something from different cultures on the various shelves, all packed together, waiting to be unearthed. One of the highlights was discovering the drawer knobs/handles that I had first found in India. Even the gentleman that was helping me said these were only from India,…