Monday, July 26, 2010

Guess what...

I've got a plane ticket...

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Brambling Finch

This afternoon I searched to find my name written in Arabic.  I found this, which is actually Kathryn.

In the process, I found out that Kate means "brambling finch".  Finches are song birds like to eat seeds which coincidentally describes me perfectly...  Not surprising.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Session 8 is Great

My goodness....

Hopes for this week:

1. Hang out with my two favorite campers (I always say this, but this time it's true... they were my first campers my first week my first summer and I LOVE THEM!)
2. Laugh a lot celebrating Singapore Business Monday and Gno'em Wednesday!
3. Spend good time with God this week, rest in Him
4. Swim swim swim, play play play
5. Be a support to others

Sunday, July 18, 2010

I'm Despicable

Reasons why you should see Despicable Me:

1. Everyone loves a Russian accent
2. Pointy noses easily substitute for unicorn horns
3. Even if you're allergic to kittens, there are three that you will love (especially when they drink milk)
4. Everyone can relate to a grumpy evil guy
5. The minions are priceless and have the best facial expressions I've ever seen
6. You don't want to end up in the Box of Shame...

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

New Dubai, Schmoo Dubai

One last neighborhood!

Fact #19: When you run out of space on land, make your own way!

"Less than six years ago only a couple of beach resorts broke the largely deserted stretch of coastline running south from Jumeirah to Jebel Ali but, unsurprisingly, in the fastest growing city on the planet, all that changed overnight.  The modern skyscraper city of New Dubai, as it's called, is home to the self-proclaimed 'eighth wonder of the world', the Palm Jumeirah (suitably crowned with the mammoth pink Atlantis Hotel), flashy residential developments including the waterfront Jumeirah Beach Residence with its European-style promenade, the Dubai Marina with its luxury yachts, and the city's best beach resorts.  Judging by the number of cranes jutting above the skyline, New Dubai isn't done yet and continues to expand at a phenomenal rate- watch this space for the Dubai Waterfront, which is expected to add 800 km to the coastline.  It's a different world to neighbouring Jumeirah with its low-rise white villas and bougainvillea-filled gardens- and the antithesis of Old Dubai, down by the Creek."

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Architectural Jazz

Fact #18: I wouldn't mind some more freeform architectural jazz in my life right now!

"Dubai's residents speed down Sheikh Zayed Rd but visitors to the city should turn off and head into a hotel with a view to take in the striking architecture on this sleek strip.  A number of attention-grabbing edifices have opened here in the last few years, making the strip seem like a host to some kind of freeform architectural jazz, where each new development riffs off the last.  Check out the world's tallest building, the Burj Dubai, and the eye-catching Emirates Towers and Dusit Dubai.  Just a few blocks from the road are several sights that couldn't be more different from each other.  To appreciate these varied themes, check out Nad al-Sheba Racing Club, the pretty pink flamingos at Ras Al-Khor Wildlife Sanctuary and the art galleries of industrial Al-Quoz."  - lonely planet Dubai

Monday, July 12, 2010


Next neighborhood!!!!  Wooo HoooO!

This is what lonely planet says about Jumeirah:

"This beautiful stretch of coast with its namesake road running parallel to its white-sand beach boasts some of Dubai's best beach resorts.  It's also Dubai's most interesting residential area...  The largest villas are home to more affluent Emirati families with sheikhs' palaces occupying the prime beachside real estate.  To service local residents there's an incresaing number of chic eateries and shopping malls.  This area is also home to Dubai's most remarkable construction projects, including Burj Al Arab and the man-made island developments of The World and The Palm, which can be seen from space."

Fact #17: I wanna see Dubai from space.

Friday, July 09, 2010

Little Arthropods

We were infested with some little arthropods this week.  A.k.a. Lice.  And surprisingly, it has been a wonderful week.  I've loved the last three days.  As much as it has been a bummer to have less time to spend with second half counselors, it has taught me a lot.  And increased my drive to spend a lot of time with counselors on Friday and next week.  Who knew you could learn so much from lice?