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Interview with the rattan peddler

"How old are you?" "I was born in 1917." One of the things I love about traveling is meeting unique, interesting people. This morning, my mother came home from her exercise (she goes to an outdoor zumba class every day, except Sundays) with an old man carrying a roll of rattan on his head and other stuff hanging from his shoulders. "I have no vice. I don't drink or smoke and I walk/run … [Read More...]

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At the grandparent’s house

Hello friends, sorry for the silence. My blogging life has ceased to exist since the kids and I arrived at my home town. I am on vacation - which means no work but it only meant no official desk work but there are tons of other work to do because we do not have a house help here. There's cooking, washing clothes, cleaning, etc... the usual household chores which takes up so much time. Then there's … [Read More...]

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Getting around the islands: Domestic flights in the Philippines

It may not look like it but the Philippines is composed of thousands of islands big and small, inhabited and uninhabited. There are 7,107 islands to be exact (though so many claim that number could change, depending on the tide). The main point of entry to the country from abroad is mainly from the capital city of Manila, Cebu in the Visayas region and Davao City in the south. There are … [Read More...]

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It’s been 7 years

Even the airport in my home town has changed. The kids and I are in the Philippines right now. It's been seven long years since I was here. More than the fact that I'd be travelling with two children, the youngest being just 3, alone, I was anxious of the unstable Philippine weather in July. Just a few days before we flew, typhoon after typhoon made landfall in the capital of Manila where we'd we … [Read More...]

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Where we stayed: Yas Island Rotana, Abu Dhabi

We had an impromptu trip invite to Abu Dhabi last week to attend the press conference of the "Kids Rule on Yas Island" at Ferrari World. My husband had been out of town so me driving all the way to Abu Dhabi was out of the question. (I never drive past Maktoum bridge - shameful, I know!). Thankfully, another blogger friend Sheila of AbandMe blog was going so we squeezed into their car for a fun … [Read More...]

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I used Groupon to save. Yeah, right.

Are you using Groupon/Living Social and other online deal websites because duh, who would like to pay full price? Since these sometimes "too good to be true" deal sites sprouted in the internet, I've … [Read More...]

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Working mom in the train

  I just got to my seat at work and a quick check at my inbox, I know today's going to be a long day. A work colleague went for his annual vacation (we get 30 days off each year) and I need to … [Read More...]

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Everything Dubai

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Street Nights at JBR

NOTE: This event ran from 30th April to 9th May so it has ended at the time of this writing. However, I'll be offering tips you can make use of to make your street nights experience better the next … [Read More...]

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The worst dust storm in 8 years

We woke up this morning with a little haze outside. Another sandstorm/dust storm? The above pic was taken Thursday morning (it's Tuesday now). Dubai had one hell of crazy weather last week. It … [Read More...]

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Travels

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Interview with the rattan peddler

"How old are you?" "I was born in 1917." One of the things I love about traveling is meeting unique, interesting people. This morning, my mother came home from her exercise (she goes to an … [Read More...]

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At the grandparent’s house

Hello friends, sorry for the silence. My blogging life has ceased to exist since the kids and I arrived at my home town. I am on vacation - which means no work but it only meant no official desk work … [Read More...]

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BLOGGING

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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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Meet up with Michael Hodson, travel blogger

Traveling. Writing. Writing while traveling. Traveling to write something. I’d really love to do that. I mean, that would be the best way to live my life, for me. I am passionate to do both until the day I die, so to speak. So naturally, I stalk travel blogs and do a lot of arm […]

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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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Everything Japan

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Personal Stuff

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Don’t overthink summer!

I was at the Gap store a few days ago buying a pair of jeans. Gap has the only type of jeans that agrees with my body type especially the thighs - they have my type of jeans that has enough stretch … [Read More...]

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