2011. április 27., szerda

The Vera Wang Fashion Show

My dear friend, Dalia has invited me to the Vera Wang Charity Fashion Show last weekend. So I gladly said yes:-). The event took place at The Pearl, the runway was outdoors facing the marine, just fabulos!!! After the show we were all invited for dinner at the Mango Tree Restaurant. Nice experience, thanks to Dalia:-)!

The show was a Charity event to support the Occupational Therapy Unit in Rumaillah Hospital. Vera Wang was of course NOT present, so the show was held in quite a Doha-style, but I really enjoyed it anyway, and afterwards the dinner was just fantastic! This was a ladies only event, so it was nice to see the Qatari ladies taking their abbayas and headscarfs of inside the restaurant and actually dancing and having fun!

The best kitchen helper ever:-)

Soffi is just so incredibly interested in cooking, that I sometimes still cannot believe it, I cannot recall me having the same kind of interest ever... She brings her small IKEA stool from the bathroom every time we enter the kitchen, even if it's only for preparing her oatmeal and spreading raisins on top...

So I always let her help me with something, the degree of the help depends on my level of patience at the time:-) and the task of course...

My creativity

Well, this is my new hobby:-), I've started making wall stickers by hand, and I quite enjoy it... We have all these huge white walls, you need permission to paint them if you want any sort of change, and also DIY shops are not on every corner here, so that you could just start painting yourself, it demands a lot of planning and strangers coming and messing up your house... So I found this owl family sticker in a Hungarian creative magasine and I made it for Soffi,,,, Then I thought to myself, I have now these big rolls of selfadhersive wallpaper, I might as well use it for something else too, so I looked for inspiration on the net, and started decorating the rest of the house:-). Then my friend Dalia even asked me to decorate her bedroom, so now I'm almost ready to start to start a business on this:-)!


Soffi's room:

Our bedroom:
Our guestroom:
This is my friend, Dalia's bedroom:

2011. április 21., csütörtök

Grandma&Grandpa Labancz visiting in Qatar

Here I am again, finally about to get back in our weekly routine... First of all we've had Peter's parents visiting us here in Qatar for about two weeks. The first family members we could welcome here, Soffi was delighted to have her grandparents around for so long and being absolutely in the center of attention all the time, she stills asks for them sometimes, here now two weeks after they've left.

We've tried to show our guests the true Qatar, and I think for that to see, you do need about two weeks if you don't want to be moving constantly, but also want the opportunity just to chill by pool and enjoy the 35 degrees Celsius in the beginning of April as for a European it's pretty unusual.

The first week Peter was working but was free in the second week, which gave us the chance to see even more. We've been at Katara and saw the Qatar Marine Festival, went to the Souq, The Pearl, walked on The Corniche, visited Peter at his office, well we were not allowed inside the office only in the hall; Peter and his parents - without us girl took a half day desert trip, went to see the Hospital where the youngest Labancz will most likely be born, had breakfast at the Four Seasons Hotel (a typical Friday/Saturday morning for most people here-first time for us though), went to see Soffi's Nursery, have been to several Malls, have done Fun City for Soffi's biggest enjoyment, and of course had a lot of fun at the pool...

At the end, I believe that we've succeeded and have been able to show how people live here and how our everyday looks like, and I believe indeed they've left relieved and could see that it's not that scary to live here as people tend to imagine it when they first hear that we live in Qatar, that it's actually a very good life you can have here (with bad Doha days of course;-) ).

After the visitors have left Soffi returned to the nursery for two days, then we've been sick, and I mean sick... Soffi has started out for three days, and then I followed her for three days:-(, now we are back in normal all of us, and looking forward to our weekend together where we will try to get the most Easter feeling out of our possibilities here...

You'll find the rest of the pictures here from the visit: