NTC Tour Dubai 2015

Hey Blissful people! I know I have been MIA for a while, but sorting my schedule again to be back on posting regularly, as mentioned before I am still working my way in this blog. Meanwhile let me share with you an awesome experience 2 weekends ago. NTC Tour came to Dubai last Friday, 15 June 2015!!! 😍 Nike Training Club is a global fitness community of girls driven by self-expression in movement and training. It embodies Nike’s commitment to inspire and enable female athletes through its products, services and experiences. NTC or otherwise Nike Training Club organizes an annual tour around the world bringing together thousands of female athletes and fitness enthusiasts to ignite a year of fitness. NTC tour is a day of training challenges ranging from studio to high intensity. And this year, it is NTC’s very first time in Dubai. When I learned about it, me and my friend Eggie had to join right away. 😆 I signed up more than a month before the event and was so excited. So excited that I had to prepare for it even my workout routine is focused on lifting. Nike exceeded everyone’s expectations with how they organized the day. Nike really knows how to pamper us ladies, and with that let me share you photos, ‘coz what better way to tell than pictures right?

*** Warning: extremely photo-heavy.

This is a photo from an aerial view. *Courtesy of Nike Running Middle East (from their Facebook page)

This is breathtakingly captured. 😍

The group training warm-up, which we weren’t able to attend since we have queued at the braid bar for like 45 minutes already and behind us is an even longer queue. 😃 So yeah, braids it is, but we managed to get to the last 5 minutes of the warm-up.

The countdown.

Here we go! #ntctourdubai #betterforit

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This is the event schedule, the workout schedule is based on the color of your wrist band, we were given “yellow”. Event 11275931_10205455888309754_1628840857_n Yes, we were also given free Nike headbands. I really thought that we’d be getting just a T-shirt for the event considering that the registration is only for AED 100, but Nike went the extra mile to make sure we are well-taken care of. See below. 😍 NTC1 These are what’s inside the goodie bag. I love the statement. The bag’s also filled with vouchers from different health and wellness companies. This shirt was supposed to be printed with my name, but since it was already too late and the event was already over, I practically had to beg Nike staff to allow my shirt and Eggie’s to get printed even with just a ready-made fitspo quote. And yes he did! Thanks to you! Not bad eh? I think the quote gets me pumped up. 😆 DSC_0436 The towel made me feel relieved, since I got a little scolded by the Schatz just because I forgot to bring my own towel. Thanks Nike, you saved me from getting dripping-wet with sweat. Wait a minute, did I just create a short tongue twister? 😎 DSC_0435 In between our workout sesh we hit all the “experience stations” and yes, these stations and everything else I’m going to tell you about are for free! 😮 😍 How cool is that? The braid bar.

*Credits to Nike for the photo above. 11330465_10205455885909694_1630321746_n 11351358_10205455885949695_498388110_n The nail bar. I was the nail technician’s last customer. We hit most of these stations after the workouts, next year if there will be an NTC tour again, we know the drill- hit the event early to experience everything. 😋 11328838_10205456346561210_457856144_n 11358789_10205456326800716_685141503_n 11301343_10205455867869243_1825157039_n The recovery station with facials and massage, which unfortunately we did not have enough time to visit and yes, people were crazy and there were long queues. 11261472_10205456326920719_389424967_n The energy bar by KCal and Essentially, our goodie bag came with a food stub from Kcal. Eggie and I excitedly hoarded the healthy juice. 😆 11119930_10205456346601211_128330421_n 11120561_10205455882229602_300073771_n 11301377_10205455868509259_1782623279_n They had the T-shirt personalization bar I was talking about earlier. And the snapping spots for all the selfies that shouts, “beast-mode” and “fitspiration”. These inspiring messages were all over the event area.

*Credits to Nike for photo above. 11355418_10205455880229552_1221724128_n 11355376_10205455880749565_1701540114_n 11350240_10205455875589436_690075185_n 11272285_10205455867909244_443074457_n 11351488_10205455867749240_356975666_n 11292840_10205455867829242_1916720484_n*All sweaty. 11328854_10205455867669238_1883897195_n Sorry for the quality of the photos, we only had mobile phones with us, because who would bring an HQ DSLR camera to an event full of workouts??! 11287077_10205455867589236_1534039697_n And onto the workouts! We started with strength training where I found my “fitspo” and ultimate fitness girl crush!!! Aaaaah! I know, I sound super excited but her body is literally fitness goal! Follow Salma on Insta by the way and you guys will see why I sound like this.

About last night. #Focus #BetterForIt #NTCTOURDUBAI #NTCTOUR #NikeWomen #Salb

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Then we did dance fusion.

We skipped HIT training for dinner, then we capped off the workouts with a yoga session.

And some more photos we snapped, told ya, this is photo-heavy: 11261099_10205455867069223_1956730354_n 11355359_10205455867149225_1181324125_n 11119679_10205455883949645_1955492018_n 11119171_10205455867469233_1748391464_n 11125226_10205455868589261_930556805_n 11124218_10205455868549260_607483929_n 11310958_10205455868149250_353126141_n Making silly faces. 😝 11297827_10205455867989246_1144130978_n Whoah! You go girl! 11262292_10205455868189251_1805574194_n It was indeed a day full of fun and fitness! Thanks to my girl, Eggie, really grateful that you did not hesitate to come with me the moment I asked you to. 😘 Nike did really well in encouraging and igniting fitness motivation that day, I was more inspired to push and work harder to reach my goals, so thanks Nike! I had a blast! Wherever you are in your fitness journey right now, don’t give up. Just do it! Don’t make excuses, soon you’ll see results, just keep pushing. Don’t be better for anyone else, be better for God and yourself. 😍 Remember, we honor God with our bodies. ‘Til next post blissful peeps! Here’s the official video from Nike:

“Feel a little confident the next time you work out by donning a braid.” 👌   Signature 2

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Liebster Award

Last week I saw a comment from Beth, of The Honey Blonde Life, she’s such a sweet gal and you should check her blog and cute cat, Bentley. 😃😺 Turns out she has nominated me for the Liebster award, thanks Beth.

It is said that the Liebster award was created to recognize and/or discover new bloggers and welcome them to the blogosphere. So, I am nominating my fellow bloggers below.

The Rules:

  • Link back to the blogger that nominated you–(The Honey Blonde Life)
  • Answers the 11 new questions
  • Nominate other bloggers (however many or few as you’d like)
  • Create 11 (or however many you’d like) new questions
  • Notify the new nominees of their award.

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1. What is your favorite under-eye concealer for dark circles?

I have really been loving the Maybelline Fit Me concealer, it’s good for highlighting the under-eye area to give you that “I got that 8-hour beauty rest” look even though I spent the whole night last night watching Vampire Diaries. 😛 It’s very light in consistency which means no cakey appearance but coverage is really great.

2. Favorite tea (if you drink tea).

Undeniably green tea, I have been loving teas lately. I can’t wait to try other flavors too.

3. What do you like to eat for breakfast?

I like big and heavy breakfast, I get really hungry after sleeping. If I’d have more willpower to rise up early I love eggs, toast and fruit shakes. But these days, a bowl of oatmeal with banana is my go-to quick breakfast which is also filling by the way.

4. Favorite fashion accessory?

I love fancy jewelries, I think they spice up any plain outfit, ,make it unique and interesting. To be specific, I like necklaces.

5. Do you wear BB or CC Cream?  And if so, what is your favorite brand?

Nope, I don’t really wear any of the two. I have tried the Garnier before once.

6. Favorite health snack when you’re on the go?

Fruits and granola bars! 🙂

7. Who is your favorite style icon?

It’s funny that ever since I have been reading this question in magazines and online, I am always clueless about my style and icon. Maybe that’s because I haven’t really paid much attention, I love dressing up but does not want my style to be labelled. It’s also ridiculously embarrassing to say that lately (I mean “a week ago” type of lately) I have a fashion conversion and enlightenment. I suddenly want to completely re-think and re-invent my fashion sense, invest in quality basic pieces, start from there and incorporate “classy” and “sophisticated” but with a trendy touch to it. Therefore, now I can answer the question above, I’m excited to say that my style icon is Miranda Kerr (her style is exactly a mix of everything I love- the class, the sexiness but with the right touch of elegance), Ivanka Trump, Sarah Vickers (URGH! Her closet is to-die for), and our very own (Filipina actress) Heart Evangelista. Gosh! Can’t believe I just got this figured out at 26. 😬

8. Favorite TV show?

These days I haven’t really been watching TV. Do I sound boring? Well, if I do, I’d catch up on TVD.

9. Fun fact about yourself?

I was born and raised in Saudi Arabia, in one of its strictest town. Growing up I had to wear an abaya and burqa (face cover with only eyes showing).

10. Would you rather live near the mountains or the ocean?

Ocean! I love water and the sun.

11. If you could bring three things with you to a deserted island… 😉 what would you bring?

I feel like this is the most difficult question. 😣Haha! If only humans are allowed, I’d bring my family, my Schatz and a boat to fit us all. But if this is stricly “things-only” question, I’d bring my Bible, a knife, and a lighter.

So, my questions are:

1. What is one holy-grail beauty product in your kit that you can’t live without?

2. Who gave you the best beauty tip you have ever received and what is it?

3. What’s your favorite store to shop clothes at and why?

4. What 5 things do you think that should always be in a woman’s wardrobe or closet?

5. Where do you want to travel in the next 3 years?

6. What are your healthy habits?

7. Fun fact about you that no one knows?

8. Describe your perfect weekend.

9. Who would play you in the movie about your life?

10. Why do you blog?

11. What is that one goal that you have not yet met, but are working to achieve?

I nominate:

Polished by Amy

Jaiful and Her Cheeks

Real.art.music.life

She is Joyful

Confetti and Curves

Dorkchops

Please feel free to copy the award icon and paste it to your blog’s sidebar. 🙂 Enjoy Liebster!

* Photo from here.

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