Baby Shower Game Ideas

Baby Shower Game Ideas

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I asked my cousin, Shayne, if she wants to have a baby shower and I volunteered to organize it for her. Short story, she just asked me to take care of the activities part and assigned me to host the event as well. Now, I don’t do hosting really. No one asked me before so I’ve never tried. Surprisingly, I enjoyed it. Maybe it helped that Ian and Shayne’s guests were very receptive. A lot of them are family and friends so there was no pressure. And the fact that I used to teach before helped me overcome my public speaking jitters. Continue reading →

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IL Forno Restaurant – Sahara Centre

IL Forno Restaurant – Sahara Centre

If you are resident of Al Nahda, Dubai or Sharjah, chances are you’ve been to Sahara Centre. I honestly think that this is one underrated mall. If you’ve never visited before, I suggest go and visit on a weekend, or park in the Dubai side of the road and enter the boundary gate which is used by people to cross over.

Sahara Centre has it’s anchors shops like Spinneys, Debenhams, Home Centre, Adventureland, Fitness First and so on. It also has several fashion brands like Mango, New Look, Bershka, Tommy Hilfiger, Promod, and H&M among others. And there are several restaurants to choose from. Chilis, Applebee’s, Paul, Hatam, Chopsticks and Hatam to name a few. If you can overcome the traffic hurdle, I promise you that this mall won’t disappoint. Continue reading →

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Dim Sum Friday – The Royal Budha

Dim Sum Friday – The Royal Budha

I don’t know where am I hiding but I just recently stumbled upon The Royal Budha in Holiday Inn Al Barsha. This restaurant is consistently being recognized in Dubai dining scene and how come I’ve never been here before? Oh well, better late than never! And thanks to Instagram (Follow me! Handle name: filipina_expat), I learned about their Dim Sum Friday offer for just 78 dhs. Wow! It seems like a good value to me.

So we braved the sand stormy weather this morning and went straight to The Royal Budha after our visit at St. Mary’s Church. We arrived a few minutes early so what better way to wait than to snap some photos.  Continue reading →

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California Pizza Kitchen

Last week, My son Cole had complained of severe stomach pain as soon as he woke up. We gave him breakfast and forced him to drink water. He also visited the toilet and did that ‘thing’. But nothing changed, he was still crying in pain. I suspect UTI and we immediately went to Medcare Clinic in Mirdiff City Centre. I thought UTI can’t be treated without antibiotic. Surprisingly, even though we didn’t have an appointment, Cole was immediately seen by the pedia doctor. I guess they saw how bad he was in pain, he was really limping. Continue reading →

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Thank You Giveaway Winner!

Thank You Giveaway Winner!

A small number of friends and readers joined my small thank you giveaway 2 weeks ago.

These Bioderma products are worth more than 700 dhs!Giveaway

Filipina Expat is online for 1 month now and it has already received thousands of page views and visitors. That’s more than the number of my immediate family members! 😂 Continue reading →

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Last Part: Roaming in Rome – DIY Tour

This is the final part of our Roaming in Rome Do-It-Yourself Tour. You may want to read first Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3.

Last Part: Roaming in Rome – DIY Tour

Day 4

We really dedicated our last day on visiting places that kids will enjoy. As I said earlier, Cole never complained once with all the walking we did but I can sense he had enough of the culture. So we had breakfast first at the Pantheon area. Continue reading →

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Part 3: Roaming in Rome – A DIY Tour

Part 3: Roaming in Rome – A DIY Tour

Click here for Part 1 and Part 2.

Day 3

Third Day was when we visited famous landmarks and had DIY walking tour. Handed with a map, we started the day with a visit to Trevi Fountain. This is where you toss a coin to ensure return to Rome. It was on restoration when we came and I read that it should be completed by October 2015. There is however, a small pool of water from the fountain where tourists throw their coins. Of course, we followed the tradition and threw a coin each. I threw an extra penny and made a special wish. Continue reading →

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Part 2 : Roaming in Rome – DIY Tour

Part 2 : Roaming in Rome – DIY Tour

This is the second day of our DIY tour in Rome. For first part, click here.

I now understand the importance of eating brain food. I’m racking my memory to remember the sequence on how we did things. It’s just a few months ago but it feels like it happened years back.

Anyways, in my last post, I told you how we missed collecting our Papal mass tickets for Maundy Thursday’s mass. We decided that we’ll still go and hope for Divine intervention. Continue reading →

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Roaming in Rome : Do-It-Yourself- Tour

Roaming in Rome : Do-It-Yourself- Tour

I already posted our Rome trip on my other blog but I don’t think it matches the blog’s personality so I moved it here. I’m also updating this post so it will be more useful to anyone who plans to visit Rome and do all the arrangements by themselves.

I started planning for this trip as early as December of 2014 but the actual bookings were only made in February 2015 as soon as we got the visa. I booked the apartment in February and then purchased the fight tickets in March. I will try to tell things chronologically just the way I planned them. Note that this post is quite long as I want this to be as informative as possible. Continue reading →

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Stirfry Bok Choy and Mushroom Recipe

Stirfry Bok Choy and Mushroom Recipe

As much as I love cooking, I don’t like the tasks associated with it such as a) preparation – cutting, peeling, etc b) staying very long in the kitchen and c) cleaning the mess afterwards. That’s why I’m always on the look-out for simple, easy and quick dishes that requires minimal effort and won’t slave me in the kitchen. Continue reading →

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