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Meet Our Bundle of Joy ~ Sky..

“And then my soul saw you and it kind of went “Oh, there you are. I’ve been looking for you.”

It was a day after Qatar’s National Day, I was 37 weeks and 3 days pregnant and was scheduled for induced labour. My OB-GYN was against in waiting until my due date since I have Gestational Diabetes and asthma. But he allowed me to try normal delivery through induced labour.

I was scheduled to be induced at 8AM, 19th December 2018. My husband didn’t have any sleep as he came directly from a restless workweek due to the celebrations. He was so tired, but he was with me at the labour room waiting for the contractions to happen.

We waited for around 3-4 hours for any strong contractions that would help me in my labour and they already gave me the full dose of medicine, still, I could only feel slight thumps on my belly. They checked the baby if she was in any distress or anything was wrong. They found nothing, the baby was just sleeping soundly inside and my OB-GYN said she was just too big for me to come out normally.

At around 11AM, my OB-GYN finally decided that I’d be on an emergency cesarian section at 130PM since he didn’t want to wait for the baby to be distressed. He was so nice to explain to me in English then to my husband in Arabic (my OB-GYN is Egyptian and my husband is Moroccan) so that we both know the situation. My husband who had not been able to sleep for even a while had to go back to the restaurant he manages to check his staff and eat something as his last meal was the night before.

It was already 130PM and my husband was nowhere to be found. His battery was empty and we couldn’t reach his work phone as well. The OB-GYN was waiting for my husband since I couldn’t be sent to the operating room without his consent as it was major surgery. We tried all ways to contact him until finally, he came before 230PM stating he was stuck in traffic and had no time to charge his phone.

I was sent to the operating room at 230PM and the last thing I remembered was that I was being told to just calm down and relax. And boom! Off to dreamland.

My baby came out at exactly 258PM, 19th December 2018, weighing 3.65kgs and has the chubbiest cheeks ever! She has the cutest red lips and chinky eyes. I wasn’t able to see her until I was brought back to my room (I was knocked out from the anaesthesia for an hour). My husband was the one who held her first (I am uberly jealous!).

And just like that ~ I am completely, madly in love with this little Filipino-Moroccan… ♥♥♥

A Quick Trip To Seychelles

There were a lot of places we were considering for this trip but due to my condition (I am currently pregnant!), we decided to go to Seychelles instead as it is just 5 hours away from Doha.

Seychelles is an island in the Indian Ocean just east of Africa and the Maldives a little farther east. It is famous among its African neighbours as well as European visitors due to its amazing and calm beaches. It is not as popular as the Maldives but I think it is for the better as it is not so commercialized yet. It almost has the same tropical vibes of rural Philippines with its trees and environment. Continue reading A Quick Trip To Seychelles

5 Things Not To Miss In Istanbul

If you are a first-timer in a place, it is best to discover things that most tourists don’t do. We learned that you’ll best experience the culture of a certain country by checking things randomly. On our trips, we usually mix tour packages (so we won’t miss the main attractions) and DIY if we are a little familiar with the place after the tours.

Here are some of the things you shouldn’t miss when you are in Istanbul. Continue reading 5 Things Not To Miss In Istanbul

Inexpensive Travel to Turkey

In my last blog, I discussed the process on how to obtain a Turkish Visa for Filipinos in Qatar as well as the fees involved. Now, I’ll inform you how we planned our trip (tour packages vs DIY) and the expenses.

As I have mentioned before in one of my previous blogs, we are now accustomed to planning our trip at least six months ahead. It gives us enough time to discuss our options for accommodation, routes/flight duration to take and if we will have private or DIY (do-it-yourself) tours. We think that if we plan our trips carefully, it makes our trip enjoyable and stress-free since everything has been taken cared of aside from our meals and other personal expenses.

Continue reading Inexpensive Travel to Turkey