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Where we stayed: The Bellevue Manila

I have a confession: Metro Manila makes me anxious. In fact, I wish I don't have to go through the Philippines' capital city whenever I go back to my first home, in the south. Why? Because I am not familiar with the place and the stories and news of crime don't help erase my anxiety. I hate the traffic as well. However, since there is no international airport near or in my hometown, I have no … [Read More...]

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Beach time during Ramadan in Dubai

Ramadan, the holy month in the Islamic calendar, started last June 6 and with it, the world's 1.6 billion Muslims fast from dawn to dusk for the next 30 days. During this period of fasting and prayer, followers of Islam will abstain from eating and drinking until they break their fast each evening after the sun sets. This is our 10th Ramadan in the UAE. Wait, let me think about that for a … [Read More...]

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Prague with kids

I took my two children to Prague last month without any fear. The city of a hundred spires is pretty easy to navigate, safe, with excellent public transport and offers lots of things for adults with children to enjoy. Just for reference our trip to Prague was a short one: arriving Wednesday afternoon and leaving Saturday afternoon. We were there for 4 days and 3 nights so here are the places we … [Read More...]

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A little change around here

I woke up very early on a weekend, as I always do and realized, it's been six weeks. Six weeks since I've been sleeping with my two precious children. Just the three of us in one bed. We're not neatly lined up like in the picture all the time, sometimes, I'm in the middle and sometimes there's a feet on my face. Anyway... It's been quite a while since I stopped writing something … [Read More...]

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Checking out the all day dining at Counter Culture Cafe

What do you do on weekends? Us - we sometimes just take the Dubai Metro without any reason but just to enjoy the ride. Benjamin loves riding trains and the tram so we just hop on and go to the farthest end on some weekends, usually on Saturdays. Last weekend's metro ride took us to Dubai Marina. We walked around and found ourselves near Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel and Suites. I remember we … [Read More...]

Expat Life

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I survived driving to Kite beach

Last weekend, I woke up and decided I would take the kids to the beach, never mind I'd be driving for 30 minutes to get there. If you know me, you know how I feel about driving, especially … [Read More...]

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We’re nine years in Dubai

The above photo was taken exactly NINE years ago, today. It was the morning after we landed in Dubai from a long flight from Japan (my camera even still showed Japan time). Our daughter Pristine had … [Read More...]

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Start of my life as an expat

It's Thursday again! I was drafting a little personal #ThrowbackThursday story that was meant to be published in my blog's Facebook page but then it got longer and longer that I thought, what the … [Read More...]

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WE TRIED. WE TESTED.

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Where we stayed: The Bellevue Manila

I have a confession: Metro Manila makes me anxious. In fact, I wish I don't have to go through the Philippines' capital city whenever I go back to my first home, in the south. Why? Because I am not … [Read More...]

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Salero Tapas and Bodega

What are tapas? Tapas are a wide variety of appetizers, or snacks, in Spanish cuisine which can be cold or hot. When it comes to Spanish restaurant, I already have a favorite in Dubai but it's always … [Read More...]

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Everything Dubai

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Beach time during Ramadan in Dubai

Ramadan, the holy month in the Islamic calendar, started last June 6 and with it, the world's 1.6 billion Muslims fast from dawn to dusk for the next 30 days. During this period of fasting and prayer, … [Read More...]

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Accidental find in Deira

Don't you love how unexpected/wrong tuns end up with wonderful and surprising finds? We were out for lunch earlier today (the husband don't want me to cook on my day off...cough) and on our way home, … [Read More...]

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Travels

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Prague with kids

I took my two children to Prague last month without any fear. The city of a hundred spires is pretty easy to navigate, safe, with excellent public transport and offers lots of things for adults with … [Read More...]

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Prague in May

Prague is...a very charming and beautiful city. It's so easy to fall in love with it, I know because I am in love with it. One of the best things to do while in the city is to simply wander around. … [Read More...]

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BLOGGING

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Hacking could happen to any of us (even Verified Twitter users!)

A couple of nights ago, I woke up to check on Twitter and learned that one of the Philippine’s fastest rising star in the entertainment world today, Maine Mendoza’s VERIFIED Twitter account was hacked and the hackers were maliciously posting on her accounts. Maine is half of the phenomenal love team ‘AlDub’ (AlDub is a […]

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Is social media killing blogging? (and little updates about me)

My brain is not working to find a sensible title, so apologies. Sorry for the lack of updates. Maybe I am suffering from blogger’s burnout so this blog seems like a ghost town these past few days but I am very much alive in other social media channels! Follow me on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook? […]

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Closing the gap between F & B PRs and bloggers

I’ve been fortunate to have been invited by different restaurants who wanted bloggers to sample their dishes. As a blogger, I will admit that receiving these invites is really exciting – I won’t lie. And I do go to a few food tasting and opening events. I say “few” because I am not a food […]

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Personal Stuff

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A little change around here

I woke up very early on a weekend, as I always do and realized, it's been six weeks. Six weeks since I've been sleeping with my two precious children. Just the three of us in one bed. We're … [Read More...]

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It’s been a while

I drifted from blogging for a while. And if you may have noticed, on social media lately too (though I am still posting on Instagram but not Snapchatting, tweeting or updating my personal … [Read More...]

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