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Iftar at Radisson Blu Deira Creek Hotel

Another week and the holy month of Ramadan comes to an end. Have you tried the best Iftars in the city? We were guests at the grand Iftar at Radisson Blu Deira Creek Hotel - one of my favorite hotels in Deira. It has majestic views of old Dubai, Dubai Creek in particular. We were seated at the Persian restaurant, Shebastan, but actually Iftar guests can sit in other areas like in Minato … [Read More...]

Expat Life

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That one thing to remember on Iftar

I had a major Ramadan related faux pas last night at Iftar. You would think - 8th Ramadan in the UAE, nothing could go wrong. Culture, tradition, special events, I should've covered all the bases in … [Read More...]

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Kids and UAE summer don’t mix

I heard a very familiar scream over the phone. One of my children having that annual tantrum fest. The one that happens at this time of the year where they just snap. It has been easier on the older … [Read More...]

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Perfect time for the beach!

It's the weekend again tomorrow and I remember, it's going to be a week since we went to the beach. We had a long weekend last week so my brother who lives in Abu Dhabi came over and my sister too … [Read More...]

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Everything Dubai

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In Dubai, you can eat for less

My husband "discovered" this restaurant some years back while wandering around the vicinity while we wait for our turn to vaccinate Benjamin at a government health clinic in Qusais area. He was … [Read More...]

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I wish I knew better

Whenever I go somewhere, I would take the Metro, pair it with bus or taxi. I opt to take the train instead of car because it is more environment friendly and the small walks to and from the station … [Read More...]

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Playing tourists in Dubai

Back from the two day weekend and I am so tanned, exhausted but happy to have toured around Dubai and Abu Dhabi, proudly pointing the this and that that puts Dubai (and Abu Dhabi) in the map to our … [Read More...]

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BLOGGING

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Blogger Outreach: Travel edition

Just right after I wrote about blogger outreach a couple of days ago, this landed in my inbox: “Hello. We’re looking for expat bloggers living in Dubai to blog about our airline client. Our client will fly the selected bloggers to a city in Asia and they will have to blog about their experiences.  Can you send us your […]

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Blogger Outreach: is it worth it?

Lately, I’ve seen more and more companies in Dubai catching up with what is called: blogger outreach. Blogger outreach is simply defined as the authentic pairing of your business with bloggers who create quality, engaging content about YOU! A blogger outreach campaign can be an opportunity to spread the word about your brand across numerous sites.  […]

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Safer Internet Day 2014

Did you know that the 2nd day of the 2nd week of the 2nd month of the year is Safer Internet Day? In today’s digital world, we rely on our mobile devices more and more to access the Internet, find information, and connect with friends and family. With this increased use, it’s critical that we […]

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Travels

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We’re off to The Maldives!

Same time NEXT WEEK, I will be dipping my toes in one of the world's most beautiful waters. We will be guests at The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi (formerly a Hilton property) in The Maldives to … [Read More...]

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What’s cookin

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Gourmet Cooking Class at Benjarong

Sometime last week, I got a random email saying I've won a place in a cooking class at Benjarong Thai Restaurant in Dusit Thani Hotel. I've been to a cooking class before, at Amita's Cooking School in … [Read More...]

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Almond flour Chocolate Cake

We had a lovely weekend last week and I thought, what better way to celebrate it but by baking a chocolate cake. Because even if you're watching your diet, there are times that you just need a … [Read More...]

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Personal Stuff

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A little update on the kids

Small update on the kids. Ramadan, which started more than two weeks ago, has dramatically changed the way Benjamin rolls with regards to his nap time. He used to sleep at around 12 noon and wake up … [Read More...]

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That third baby

Pristine and Benjamin greeted me at the door as if in a contest who gets to hug me first. We wrestle and fall down on the sofa and I said, "Awww, my two babies!" My daughter looked up at me and … [Read More...]

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OPERATION: DEFLATE

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How to survive your first round of Insanity

I survived Insanity! Not the mental insanity but Insanity the workout program. During its release, it was dubbed as the hardest workout ever put on DVD. I think it still is! Do a Google search and all articles will tell you it is not easy. But it works so more and more people who want […]

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Insanity Workout: Finished!

I lived to tell the tale. Today, I am officially an Insanity graduate! Sweaty high fives all around, please! It seems it was just yesterday I finished Month 1 of Insanity and now, I’ve completed the last 4 weeks. For those of you who don’t know what Insanity is, it is a Beach Body workout DVD […]

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Insanity: Month 1 complete!

It’s funny how this post comes after a chocolate cake post but hey, a chocolate treat once in a while helped me retain my sanity…while doing Insanity.  Sorry for the lack of updates. Work has been really hectic and I’m a bit exhausted and can’t think or do anything than dinner and bed time by […]

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WE TRIED. WE TESTED.

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Iftar at 3in1, Vida Downtown Dubai

* This is part of the series of reviews for Iftars I have been to this Ramadan. * ** SCROLL DOWN FOR A CHANCE TO WIN IFTAR FOR 2 AT 3in1** Usually, almost everything in Dubai can be described … [Read More...]

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