Leaving Tampa Today

Well, it was really nice being home for part of my summer break. The two weeks went by quickly but I enjoyed them. Yesterday morning, I took my mother and my hairdresser, a good family friend, out to breakfast. A little later after that, I visited an old high school friend in Brandon. I had such a great time yesterday. 

All this visiting friends and family has got me so emotional. I’m fighting just to hold back tears everytime I see or think of someone. I’m a mess. LOL! But I’m really glad I had the opportunity to see everyone. Things happen in life. People retire. People change careers. Marriages begin. Marriages end. Children grow up and even at my age, children are born. I guess what I’m trying to say is life goes on when I’m away and things keep changing. I’m so glad that the people that I love and care about are still here. 


It’s My Birthday! It’s My Birthday!

Right now, It’s 6:17 in the morning and I’m smiling. Why am I smiling? Well, because I just had a couple of nice surprises. I woke up just before 6am and decided to check my phone to see if there’s a message from a particular someone. Well there wasn’t but what there was totally had my eyes wet and lips curling up. I had so many birthday messages from people abroad that I know and care about to people I only know on social media.

Yesterday, I received a birthday message from a beautiful friend that I worked with long ago in Saudi Arabia. She’s the first woman (another tough Aussie chick) I met that scuba dived and definitely the catalyst for me taking the plunge. 

What I’m trying to say is I didn’t get the message that I wanted but I got the messages that I needed and because of that I wasn’t disappointed. Today, I’m hopeful as I always am that I will have a blessed day. Well, so far, it’s going GREAT! I’ve lived to see another birthday, there’s a smile on my face and laughter in my heart. I don’t know what the day will bring. The only thing that I know or can say is that I expect good things to happen today, to me and through me. 

Under the Sea

So, next week, I will be dipping my toe and the rest of my body into the world of Scuba Diving. I’m taking an intro course (Scuba Dive & Learn) to see if I like the experience and would want to get certified. I’m not an adventure junkie but I do like trying different things and this is something that I’ve kind of thought about. I’ve always loved watching programs about nature underwater and now I’m going to get an opportunity to partake in it. Me, Sacha. I just so excited! Just a few months ago, I didn’t even know how to swim and now, I’ve gone snorkeling and I’m about to scuba dive. Unreal!

So, this past Saturday,

I did something totally cosmetic and the experience was truly interesting. Would I do it again? Yes, I would, say in about 11-12 months. So, what did I do? Well, I had my teeth whiten. Yep, I did it. I’m actually laughing right now.

I originally called to make an appointment for a cleaning, which is something I needed. As I talked to the assistant, I enquired about the procedure. She confirmed the price, which was much lower than what the average US dentist charges. So, I said, ‘Why not! Let me treat myself.’ 

So, I’m all excited for a day and half and then I walk into the dentist’s office. He takes one look at my teeth and tells me that I have a good shade and that my teeth are fine. I’m happy but I still kind of want a brighter shade. So, we get to work. We discuss the procedure and the results. He informs me that I will encounter some intense heat during the sessions which totalled four. 

After the cleaning, spraying, and applying the gel application to protect my gums, the laser was prepped, the protective glasses were put on me and we started. The first session went easy but in the second session, I felt my teeth moving. It was like they were shifting into position. It was strange.

In the third and four session, I felt the heat and it was intense and kinda painful. OMG! Thank God it was only on one tooth at a time. All in all, the laser process took about 20-30 minutes and the results are amazing. My teeth are about a shade whiter and I love it.

With proper maintenance, the effect can last up to 11 months. So, no coffee, tea, red wine, ketsup, red sauces, cola (which I really don’t drink unless I’m having a Pepsi craving) or any other dark foods or drinks. I think I can manage that. 

Boat (Dhow) Trip in Oman

So yesterday, I spent the day snorkeling in the beautiful waters off the coast of Oman (in Khasab), a country that borders the UAE and it was AMAZING! We took a traditional Emirati boat called a Dhow, which was used in the olden days. Now, they use them for boat tours which start in the morning and end in the early evening.

We got to see dolphins, sharks and other marine life. The dolphins were just beautiful. They swam along the boats. I took a couple of videos. I wish I had an underwater camera yesterday. Next time, I will be prepared. Anyway, the boat provided us a nice catered Omani lunch on the boat after snorkeling. They feed us well. After lunch, everyone just relaxed for a bit and then we were off to another place for snorkeling. I had such a great time and I can definitely say that I want more snorkeling experiences.

Thai Food is GREAT!

It’s been a week since I returned from Thailand and I must say, I miss all the great food. I had such a great time trying different things. I heard that street food was great and I must say, it was. The best food I had was on the streets and not in a fancy restaurant. I ate a lot of curry while I was there which is so funny since the weather was warm. Thai Green Curry is so good. So good that I will say that I like Thailand’s Chicken Curry better than Jamaica’s Chicken Curry and India’s Chicken Curry. It’s just my opinion. Anyway, here’s just a bit of what I indulged in.

I Can Swim! I Can Swim! I Can Swim! 

OMG guys! I can freaking swim. Today, I had my first lesson and it was Amazing! I glided through the water like a fish. My breathing was good when I was gliding. I could glide across the pool with my face under the water. 

When I was just practicing blowing bubbles from my nose and mouth, I was like a puffer fish. I couldn’t keep my body down which is funny because when I attempted floating on back, I couldn’t keep my body buoyant. On my back, my body wants to sink. Bending or kneeling down under water, my body wants to float. I never had these problems when I was a kid in my swimming lesson. 

Anyway, I swam freestyle. I was so shocked. Swimming is not easy. I had to fight to keep my legs from frailing. Then I had to fix my kicks. My flutter was totally off. Lol! I even did the breathing from side to side which is what I’ve been wanting to do. I did it all. 

My teacher actually wanted me to swim the full length of the pool because my gliding technique was long. It so funny because the first couple of times (9 or 10) it was short. I couldn’t stop smiling. I’m learning to swim and I couldn’t be more tickled.