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WIN! a photo session with Racha Hallak Photography

Every time I ask my parents if they want anything special for Christmas, for their birthday or for any other occasion, I get the same response: Send us some nice pictures of the little ones.

So, I take quite a few pictures of my kids *hubby next to me raising an eyebrow*. Ok, I take a lot. I take A LOT of pictures of them. I also think it’s important to get some nice family pics taken from time to time. By a professional photographer, I mean. I want my kids to be able to look through some beautiful pictures of their childhood later. And I want my parents to see their grandchildren grow up now (I suspect them to show the pics to all of their friends and neighbours and probably even the postman, but that’s ok😉 ).

Sounds familiar? Then I have a little gift for you. I’ve teamed up with dear friend Racha from Racha Hallak Photography to offer one of you lovely ladies (and gents) a photo session and 5 digital high resolution pics that you can send home to your loved ones for the festive season. If you simply want some nice memories for yourself, then that’s of course totally fine as well.

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How can you win?
To participate, simply follow Racha Hallak Photography and Our Big Dubai Adventure on Facebook and tell us in the comment section below where and how you are planning to spend Christmas this year. Just be spontaneous. There are no wrong answers😉

A winner will be picked on Friday, December 9 and notified by email.

Terms and conditions
The competition is open to readers in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. The winner is requested to contact Racha within a week time to confirm and agree on a date for the shoot. The prize must be redeemed before the end of February 2017. The offered photo session is for family and kids portraits only and cannot be used for birthdays or any other events. Extra pictures may be purchased for AED 50 each.

Good luck xxx

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This could be a love letter

I never wanted you in my life. You looked so fake on Instagram. Your tan was too tan, your muscles too perfect. You looked like a flirt, maybe a summer affair. I was looking for something more serious.

Of course, I watched you. Couldn’t take my eyes off your beauty, your sparkle, your exciting life. But I always thought you were not right for me. You were no British gentleman. No elegant Parisian homme d’affaires. You seemed so young and I felt so old.

I saw you party until late at night. You seemed to be loud. Superficial. Not stable at all. “And I think he’s Muslim”, people would whisper at me. “Don’t go there, you will lose your rights.” Of course, people talk. And they talk a lot. I simply didn’t know you back then. You scared me. And I just had a child.

Now that I am standing in front of you, that you’re hugging me with your big, strong arms, I tell you I am sorry. How could I even judge you back then?

You are a romantic. An artist. A family man.
You have so much to tell. To show me. You amaze me every day.

You care for my kids. You love them as if they were your own. You play with them. You build sand castles. And run around in parks. I watch you. And you make me smile.

I love how you look forward and never look back. How you focus on the positives in life. And build the future every day.

I love how you make me feel safe, how you care for us. And make me want to explore you even more.

Above all, I love your open mind. How languages mingle in your living room. How they make your home look colourful and bright.

Of course, you are not perfect. Nobody is. There are days when you make me cry. There are days when we are having a fight.

When I feel lonely.

I also know that, one day, I will leave you. The unstable one might be me after all. The one who’s not ready to settle down…

But, my dear Dubai, for now I am here.
And you are pretty perfect to me.

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Gingerbread Decorating Afternoon for Kids

Looking for something fun to do with the kids to get them in the mood for the festive season? Why not decorate a gingerbread house together? I really wanted to do this last year with little L but didn’t get a chance to buy (let alone bake!!) a gingerbread house…

So, this year, I got myself organised😉 On December 12, I will be hosting a gingerbread decorating afternoon for parents and kids at lovely boutique café Spontiphoria. I’m sure it will be a great afternoon for Luca – and I hope you will join us for some Christmas fun!

Bring your kiddos aged 2 to 5 and let them assemble and decorate a gingerbread house and man, sing along to some Christmas songs and even decorate a Christmas tree. We’ll provide freshly baked gingerbread, colourful candy to decorate and some treats and hot chocolate to keep the little ones from eating all the decorations😉 There will also be some refreshments for the adults.

The decorating workshop will take place at super trendy boutique café and bakery Spontiphoria, owned by Sidiqa Sohail. Sidiqa is a mummy herself and will be there to give some great tips and tricks for the decoration. The gingerbread will be baked fresh in store using only the best ingredients for your little ones.

Address: Al Wasl Square, Al Wasl Road, Jumeirah 2, Near Safa Park, Dubai
If you come by car, note that there is parking and valet parking close by.

Time: 3.30 to 5.30pm

So, if you are, like me, not such a good baker and, let’s be honest, not a big fan of doing messy activities at home, register by simply dropping me an email (tani@ourbigdubaiadventure.com) with the name and age of your little one ;-)

If you have questions regarding the event, you can also give Sidiqa a call (056 955 71 88).

It’s AED 130 per child (for one gingerbread house and man to assemble and decorate). Spaces are limited, so booking is essential. Every child should be accompanied by an adult.

Can’t wait to see you there!!

xxx

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