The Heat of the Fad


Snow had fallen heavy last night. The heaters are working hard keeping the rooms cozy. You open the window and gasp at the wondrous haven of immaculate serenity, untouched snow blanketing all what your eyes can see.
It is calmer today, more chilly than yesterday. While your breath fogs the window your thoughts drift on how to take advantage of that snow. Grab your wide-angle lens, shoot away? Pull on your reliable snow boots and trample away on the great white and make a snow angel or two? Maybe sit down with a warm coco and laze the day away?
The choices are endless, that is just for the snow. How about your taste? Your life? Your expression? How to silently cast your thoughts away?
Facebook? Twitter? The net? TV? How’s about a shirt? I am going basic, ill be expressing myself today with a shirt. I placed my photo down for you to see. Would you like to express yourself like me? Go to my reference link, they are awesome. Typically like me! Seize your day!


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Believe you can and you’re halfway there. – Theodore Roosevelt


Hmmm, food for thought, quite a chunk. We always get inspirational quotes, motivational speeches and encouraging dialogues that moves us forward for whatever decision we have to make. Accepting a promotion, becoming a parent, getting married, that sort of life altering decision in life.

We need that, aware or not, that is one factor why we go ahead with a decision, when we get told to. I always had qualms, and most of the time my mind is made up but I just can’t go ahead sometimes, specially if it concerns other people’s welfare, I need an accomplice.


In my life, I always had my mentor, Pascale, she’s different from me like night and day, that was the first day I met her. She was my mentor, financial manager, for 10 years and had been the greatest motivator in my life. She never really told me what to do but she makes me ‘say’ what I want to do. She narrows everything down that made me select the best answer like a quiz. For the last 14 months I haven’t seen her yet as we are continents away. She made me believe and she made me who I am. She was and is the friend, adviser, boss, logical judge and french connoisseur, best I ever had. Thankful for the lessons given. The best advise she gave me was, I am great and I should believe I am. There is no better person who could think less or more of you than yourself.


Merci beaucoup Madame! Gros Bisous!





Sunset in Vancouver


Yellow back draft with hints of gold glittering on the air before darkness sets it. Sunset in Vancouver, today that is at 8:48pm. Nice to play a round of golf before heading home.


Talked to an old friend yesterday. She still lives in Dubai and is still running with the crowd to make it to the finish line. I told her I started a blog, and she smiled (skype 🙂 ) she said, “Ah finally you have the time.” And she still doesn’t. Life in Dubai with its numerous perks are so tempting. Malls are open until 10 pm on normal days and until 1am in Ramadan for a whole month. It’s a festivity!

Do I miss it? The shopping, well yeah! My brother and his family, definite yes! But other than that, hmmm, not really. I miss the people but my life there as a whole, no. I work long hours, I barely see my son. I had witnessed my office plant grow though. Not a very good sign.

Vancouver with its heart is different. I am human here. I finally get to watch movies (not to exaggerate but I could squeeze a movie or 2 only in a year) with the pace I was living in.

Less money, less pizzazz, more life? I was more alive in Vancouver, alive to see life not running pass by you but with you. I am finally living it! And enjoy watching the sunset in Vancouver at 8:48 tonight.

sunset walk



Odds and Ends 2


As promised I am bringing in your midst the sights and colors of my migration.

opp La Plage

Speaking of migration, these are migratory birds, often a common sight during winter season. In case you were wondering where do the birds from your place go during the freezing winters well here are some of them. This shot was taken by Michael Jarabelo, 4 years ago at the back of my previous office in Jumeirah 3, Dubai.

It was a beautiful day then, but aren’t all days? hmmmm

Not to be out done, here’s a burst of color last winter in Vancouver,IMG_1549


I took this shot, its almost evening. Isn’t life glorious?


Life the tent ladies days, there are colors, represented by the untoward happenings to her life that made a surprising turn of events when she was crowned queen. Her grays turned into gold. Things happen for a reason. No one can explain why (I can definitely argue with you endlessly but I could never confirm nor can anyone does) it just the way the universe works. We can perceive and receive. The best advise “en garde” and don’t delve. Life is too short.



Odds and ends


This is a typical sunset in Dubai, very rare that doesn’t appear. Sunset could be from 5 – 7 pm only. For all seasons, by the way, the seasons there are hot and hotter remember? Predictable, short spanned, sunset times.

Now let’s talk about Canada, image

This is whistler in summer, thank you Michael Jarabelo, another great shot! It’s like a dream. The brilliant sunshine and amazing temp comes almost predictably between July to September, unless global warming starts challenging my statement, this is the time to enjoy.

Vancouver is indeed beautiful. I’ll be posting some more pictures in my next blogs, so stay tuned. Feel free to ask. I’ll be pleased to reply. Have a great weekend!

Summer Babies! Mommy’s Brainies?


Two of my friends are giving birth this summer, they are both excited and anxious to start motherhood. I’m a mom and its intense in a profound way.

Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, holds her baby Prince George. Research shows pregnancy can affect women's brains.

Makes me think about the article I read on shrinking brain size during pregnancy in CBC news on May 2, 2014. Quite unnerving on the fact that the brain size decreases 8% and bounces back near normal, but not the same size about 6 months after birth.

I could just imagine the sacrifices our mom’s had and now us as mom’s to endure all of this for our child. Nevertheless, I have survived, still am surviving and loving every minute of it 🙂



MD, Medical Doctor? Music Director? Message Digest? Modern Drummer? Madarina Duck? Marriage Degree? I could go on for the next 3 pages pondering on the meaning of md at the end of my blog name. This being my first blog, I let you decide which one you prefer. I dreamed of being a doctor once though fate has other plans for me. Pushed by responsibilities at a young age, I had to cope with life early. Lost my mom at a very young age, deserted by my father years later on (though he waited for me and my brother to finish school at least). Tried to win him with the step mom but lost that battle eventually. I am now left with the bittersweet memory of settling in the “as-long-as-he-is-happy” notion. I guess I am done. Moved to 2 countries, 14 years in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (now that is an exciting adventure, on the food and exotics alone I could talk for a year non-stop) and now in Canada for almost 2 years, here I am still trying to get as much exciting things to talk about and enjoying the journey so far. I was motivated by friends to start my blog and see how this goes. I was told I give good advice and not be judgmental about it (so true, I will even research it for you! I find it fun). To some, knowing stuff takes interests, to me, its a new fact, just get a glimpse of what it is and dive down further if it gets interesting. If it involves income, then hey, let’s roll out those sleeves and get to work. Evidently, that’s my sneak preview. See you next post.