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Adventure Time, Blogosphere, Expat Life

Picture Perfect – The Outtakes

February 2, 2016

Escapism. Blogs can be interesting and informative platforms but many also use it as a form of escapism. They want to visualise a different world, learn from it and feel like they are with you in that exact moment doing what you are doing.

This is my motivation to think up fresh ideas to show you the world I live in through my eyes and my camera lens.

Recently on a trip to Wadi Qurai my adventure buddy, Lucy, commented on the extreme lengths I go to just to try and capture a photo worthy to be on the blog page. It amused me to see the photos Lucy took of me whilst I’m in my creative mood clambering around with my camera.

Hauling my ass up to the highest rocks for the best vantage point, teetering on the edge of a huge drop and lying belly down in the mud – all things I do just to try and get that great shot. Sometimes it’s not worth the effort but when I get that one great shot then I know it is worth it.

My photography is amateur at best and I’m learning but I can hold my head up high and tell everyone that my content is honest and raw. That is the most important thing for me. You won’t catch me copying photos from Google and passing them off as my own and I won’t churn out posts just for quick hits. I prefer to put the effort into my blog posts to make them genuine, fun things to read and visualise.

If I get more dirty from attempting to capture the perfect photo rather than the activity itself that is ok, I’m sticking to what I love and having fun in the process.

I hope to have more adventure pictures for you soon,

Heather x

Blogosphere

Postcards From Scotland

July 17, 2015

Well, hello there old friends!

I know, I know, I’ve been gone a long time and I didn’t call. I didn’t even write to you. I’m sorry, I truly am but I was taking a bit of a break from the blogging world and just life in general.

Little Spencer and I hopped on a plane and headed back to the mother land so the past 5 weeks have been spent in the UK doing the family thing, catching up with a few friends, eating a little too much food and generally escaping the summer heat of Oman. If you were keeping up with my Facebook and Instagram you might have seen some photos of our travels.

Hopefully over the next few weeks, once I catch up on some much needed sleep, I will share some blog posts with you and we can catch up on everything that has been going on.

Heather x

Blogosphere, Food & Entertainment

More Options with More Café

May 25, 2015

This past weekend I headed along to More Café at The Wave for their fun media and bloggers event. We were invited to come along and sample their new catering menu. And you know what that means, lots of food. Yay!!

I’ll level with you here, As a blogger in Oman we do get invited to some events, openings and media things but these aren’t always my kind of thing. Mostly I decline the invitation for a number of reasons- I don’t need a free dinner, I don’t have a baby sitter/too busy or I don’t like the expectation to then write lovely things about their brand.

More café is different – I actually enjoy eating there! I will never promote something to you that I don’t like myself. Infact, That very same day I had already been to More Café on a breakfast date with Mr Duncan. I would highly recommend their Eggs Benedict, yum!!

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This event at More Café was a lot of fun. There was lots & lots of delicious food to sample, good company and lots of games and props to keep us all entertained and chatting through the afternoon.

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Of course if they want us to talk about a catering menu then we have to sample the food itself… Time to tuck in!

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There was a varied spread of delicious nibbly bites from mini quiche, prawn skewers, chicken tandoori sandwiches, mini burgers to sweeter treats like chocolate brownie bites. These are the perfect ‘finger food’ if you are hosting a party or get together. It definitely takes the stress out of cooking yourself!

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After generously helping ourselves to the food on offer it was time for some games, the first being blindfolded food tasting. How cute are the personalised eye masks?!

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Next up we joined the barista to try our shaky hands at making some fun coffee foam shapes. He showed us how to make some ‘basic’ shapes like a tulip or a bear. This was so much harder than I expected it to be but very amusing to watch everyone trying it.

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In a panic my tulip coffee foam turned into a spider web which then resembled a flower, or maybe a star if you really squint. It definitely did not look like the example above. I need to practice this for next time.

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It would be a shame to let all that good coffee go to waste…

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Hanging about with the fellow Bloggers and social media addicts is always a lot of fun, it’s like a club no one else understands. Plus, no one cares how often you use your phone or update Instagram whilst holding a conversation. Great for a multi tasker like me.

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Here are the links to some of the other Bloggers present that you may be interested to read – Fat Su, The Style Cradle, Muscat Mutterings, Life Outside the M25 and Aish Elaqtta.

The scrumptious catering menu can be found on their website, mOre cafe catering. Click on the link to see the huge list of options and prices available.

I’m hungry again just writing this post….

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(photo credit for portraits and group shots to More’s own photographer)

Blogosphere, Expat Life, Other Stuff

What do you want to see?

March 30, 2015

The summer heat is creeping in and the humidity levels are rising to gross, sweaty levels. This sadly means that I can’t blog much about outdoor activities or fun places to go because, like the rest of you, I will be spending the majority of my summer indoors. Booooo!

Please let me know what kind of blog posts you would like to see over the summer months. Below are some examples;

– Expat Life
– Baby/Toddler things
– What Spencer is up to
– Life in the Duncan House
– Outfit styling
– What I am cooking
– Fitness
– Summer Hibernation

Let me know what floats your boat. You can send me an email by using the ‘contact’ tab, or head to my Facebook by clicking here.

Thanks

Heather x

Blogosphere, Expat Life, Other Stuff

Oman’s Blogging Scene

March 5, 2015

The blogging scene in Oman is alive and kicking.

There are plenty of us doing our thaaaang and thankfully there is more than enough room for all of us. We are a diverse group of keyboard addicts, gossipers and photographers who all like to tell a different story and find our niche. That is what makes it so interesting.

Many of the previously well known (and also controversial) bloggers have faded away and as we now hear so often “the blogging scene just isn’t what it used to be”, yeah that is because we are trying to stay out of jail, thanks! We keep it clean. Mostly.

So here we are, the best/most interesting/popular/diverse/fun blogs that Oman has to offer at the moment.

(These are in no particular order)

The Duncan Adventures

Muscat Mutterings

How to live like an Omani Princess

Badermania

Oman Collective Intelligence

Fat Su

Aish elaqtta

Life outside the M25

Jo in Oman

Sew Chic and Unique

Salim Al-Harthy photography

Scottie Hack

Oman Coast

Rummy’s Scriblings

Omani Cusine

Foodishly In Love

Dhofari Gucci

Terence Pereira

Najia Expat Wife

My passion for cooking

Adopt a pet in Oman

Shots and Socks

Thank you to everyone who takes the time and effort to write these blogs to keep us updated and in the loop with what is happening in Oman.

If you spot that I have missed anyone then please drop me a line and I’ll add them in!

Blogosphere, Other Stuff

Featured in Y Magazine

December 30, 2014

This morning I am having a quick cuppa and catching up on this weeks Y Magazine.

To be included in their feature of “notable” people in Oman is very flattering. Little old me is in there next to some very impressive people. Thank you for all your support!

If you can’t get your hands on a hard copy then you can read it online here.

Now I’m going to try and write some New Years resolutions.. Lets see how long these last hee hee.

Blogosphere, Other Stuff

Subscribe To Email Alerts

December 22, 2014

Keeping up to date with all the new blog posts and juicy gossip has never been easier. By subscribing to email notifications you will be alerted as soon as there is some sparkly new content online.

Signing up is super simple. So c’mon slow coach, What are you waiting for? 🙂

On the right hand side of the page (under my picture) go to “subscribe”, then pop in your email address and follow the instructions.

Easy peasy, lemon squeezy.

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You can also keep upto date on Facebook and Instagram.

Heather x

Blogosphere, Uncategorized

First Public Speaking Event with the AWG

November 6, 2014

Months ago I received an email from the American Womens Group (AWG) in Oman. They were planning to hold a blogging event in a few months time and wanted to invite me to take part and present to their audience on my experiences. Of course I replied accepting their invitation with the mindset that It would be good exposure for my blog and it is very flattering to be asked.

Then I remembered…. I hate speaking in public.

Online I have a confident persona where I can project the version of myself that I want the world to see. In real life I’m actually quite shy and constantly doubt myself. Being able to hide behind a computer screen where I can edit images of myself and I don’t have to use my weird Scottish accent is more comfortable for me. Standing up onfront of an audience is horribly daunting.

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As the event approached I was horribly nervous spending HOURS working on my presentation to include fancy colors and pictures for people to focus on rather than actually listening to me. This was my defense tactic.

What made it even more scary is that this was a paid event – people were actually parting with their money to hear me speak. I just didn’t want to let them down.

On the day of the event I stood at the podium and opened my mouth to speak and the strangest thing happened, all the nerves melted away. Suddenly I was confident in what I was talking about, people were laughing at my jokes and were genuinely interested in what I was telling them. I didn’t feel like I was wasting their time/money or that I was boring or confusing them.

With my new found confidence I told a few more jokes and stories making people laugh. My original planned talk was to last around 20 minutes but I finally managed to wrap up the real thing after questions at 62 minutes – quite an achievement.

I’m so pleased that I managed to surprise myself and enjoy the experience!

Thank you to April and the AWG ladies for taking the chance and inviting me, I think we both taught each other something that day.

Blogosphere, Family Life

The All New Duncan Adventures

November 5, 2014

Well, hello there you pretty little thing!

Welcome to the all new Duncan Adventures website. You may have noticed a few changes around here lately but don’t be scared. Come on in and join the fun!

Sure it still looks pretty similar to the old page and the main difference is that this site is now a grown up ‘.com‘ and we have peeled away from the ugly ‘.blogspot.com’ – big cheer!!

One of the main aims of the new site is to move more towards lifestyle blogging and sound a little less like a tour guide. Sure my web name has “adventures” in it and I like to roam up the odd mountain or two but this is a site about my life and my personal adventures, not taking people on day trips into the wilderness with a Thermos.

I would like to encourage you to leave comments, come find me on social media by using the icons in the top right of the page and just generally have a good time. No pressure, we’re all friends here.

Thank you for all your support

Heather x

Blogosphere, Expat Life

Social Media Icons, Come Find Me!

July 8, 2014

I’m guilty of spending far too many time online and stalking through other peoples social media accounts checking what they have updated on Instagram and who pinned what where on Pinterest.

I’m giving you, Dear Reader, the chance to do the same with my crazy life. You might have noticed that I have updated my social media icons on the top of this page, I have also posted the links below each post so you can share and join me with each post.

Instead of searching for my name, please come check out ‘The Duncan Adventures’ on Facebook and leave me a comment 🙂

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