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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...]

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7 Reasons Why I Love Traveling with my daughter

I've written about it before, having children did not stop me from wanting to travel. The time I told my husband I'm going to visit my parents in the Philippines (we were living in Japan that time) bringing a barely year old baby, he thought I was crazy and was only asking for unnecessary extra challenge in my life since he will not be there to support me (because of yeah, work commitments). My … [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 the international community here in Dubai. The massive exhibition hall at the World Trade Center temporarily housed a collection of several hundred modern, contemporary and fine artworks comprising … [Read More...]

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How does watching a sunset make you feel?

The one thing I look forward to when going home after work and aboard the Dubai Metro? Sunsets. I know they are beautiful and Instagrammable. I wish more would really notice and appreciate the show in the sky at the end of the day, no matter where they are. I love that for a few minutes, the sky is a spectacle of color ā€” and then it's over. I am drawn with sunsets not just … [Read More...]

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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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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...]

The Hide Meatery and Bar

The Hide Meatery and Bar

I've not been 'restaurant hopping' lately. You know, checking out new, interesting restaurants around the city but I had to get out and go as far as Al Qasr Madinat Jumeirah for The Hide - a meatery … [Read More...]

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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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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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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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