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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...]

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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. The city is very easy to navigate and most of the interesting spots are just walking distance from each other (or a short subway/tram ride away). This is what I love most about this city. I already … [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 Facebook).  But these past days or weeks have not been idle. I'm still working full time, taking care of the kids at home, writing on my Moleskine planner using a pen in my hand. Making travel plans and … [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, we got into a little of traffic on the way to Al Ittihad Road. My husband took a detour and drove back towards Deira City Center onto Port Saeed area. We passed by Al Serkal Building - that gothic … [Read More...]

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What to do in Dubai for a short trip

What is a "short" trip? Well, it depends on an individual's perception of time. A few hours of layover time? 24 hours? A few days maybe? I often get emails like, "I'll be in Dubai for a short layover what do you suggest I do? Where do I go? Must not miss places?" "I don't want to see malls and new glitzy buildings. I want something with culture and character - is there something like that … [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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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

Piccolo Mondo from outside

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 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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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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World Art Dubai 2016

Did you know the art event last week at the Dubai World Trade Center? Were you there? World Art Dubai brought together global and regional accessible artists and galleries, and introduced them to … [Read More...]

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