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Food trip plan while on holidays

The family will fly this Thursday for 2-weeks holiday and I’m looking forward to just take a break.

I’m quite stressed this past few days and taking some time off would be good for my mental health. Aside from my brother’s wedding and our trip to Hong Kong, I have no other plans on this trip. Oh actually, the only plan is to eat, eat and eat.

That’s why I’m trying to lose weight drastically (I know that’s bad) so I can afford to gain a lot and not end up looking like an elephant after.

I already have an idea of what and where I want to eat. (more…)

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Relaxing Friday

I was supposed to do some shopping for the salon yesterday.
But the almost 50 C temperature is turning me into an old asparagus lately.
Around 2pm, I knew that there’s no chance we will venture out so I decided to just go to our neighborhood salon.

The idea is to have pedicure and facial.
I try to do my toenails done every 2 weeks and have facial once a month.
And it’s been months since I visited a salon.
It’s about high time!

While browsing the menu, Simply Beauty has some combo offers.
Moroccan bath and Facial for AED 250 and 30-minute Foot massage and Pedicure for AED 100.
Hmmm… not bad.
And the most important question I always ask – how long are these treatments?

Moroccan and facial will be 2 hours, foot massage and pedicure is another hour.
Should be fine. Gibson and kids were having a nap and they would only missed me for 1 hour or less.
So let the pampering begin! (more…)

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My thoughts in 2015 – Revisited

I have been browsing my draft folders to see if there’s a blog post I can continue working on so I can just publish it.
Then I found this:

Five things I’m thinking today

1. When will I stop being employed and start my own business?

2. Need to fill-up our Italian visa application.

3. Waaah! Tita Beth left for good. Who’s in charge now?

4. Can I just shop without thinking of a budget?

5.

 

This is very amusing for me.

The draft is dated November 28, 2015.
I reckon the reason I didn’t publish this was because I can’t think of a 5th point, and then day ended.
If I continue working on it the next day then I’m not only thinking about these things that day but also the following day.
So it’s not only today. Get it? (more…)

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I just want to be average

My son never studies.
And I don’t push him as much as I need to.

I never review my lessons as well when I was as a kid.
But I know myself, I am quite bright.

I can memorize fast if I want to.
So I would review a few days before an examination or quiz and I would get an above average passing grade.
Sure, I will forget everything after the test, but who cares right?
As long as you passed the exam then that’s more than enough.

I think my son has the same attitude in studying.

I never saw him do his homework voluntarily.
And if he does, there’s always nagging and threats involve.
And he never reviews.

Surprisingly, he gets above average grades too.
He never gets awards or honorable mentions
But at least I am not called by school for failing marks.

And I always wonder, am I doing the right thing?

Every single day I tell him to be a star.
I heard Kris Aquino telling the same thing to his sons.

Cole never replies back until that day when he said
“I just want to be average!”

I was taken aback by his reply.

Is it bad to be average?
Should I push him to be the best?
Explore his potential and excel?

OR

Should I let him be him?
Let him figure out what he wants on his own?
And what’s wrong of not standing out?

Ask him what he wants to be when he grows up and his reply is to be a Youtuber.
Seriously.

And I have all these ideas that he can be a Chef and Restaurateur one day.
Or a business magnate.
Or a CEO of multi-national company.
Or the President of the Philippines.

But no.

He wants to be a Youtuber.

So I told him that being a good Youtuber means being good speaker.
He has to be good in something to attract attention.
He should never be shy in front of camera.

Youtuber is not bad.
Sure it’s different from what I had in mind but at the end of the day, I want my son to be happy.
As long as he isn’t hurting anyone, is respectful and contributing to the world, I think I am fine with whatever he wants to be.

Anyways, he is only 10.

There’s still chance he can be the President of the Philippines.
Help me God!

 

 

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Al Hamra Residence & Village – Ras Al Khaimah

In a month’s time, the family will go for our annual trip to the Philippines yet it’s not soon enough and I just want to take a break.
I sent some hotel deals to Gibson but he didn’t reply.
When Cole asked if we can stay in any hotel this Ramadan I knew I have to remind the hubby.

It’s always a good idea to avail various hotels’ summer promotions throughout UAE because rates are really low.
And I know I can easily convince Gibson if it won’t leave a dent on his pocket.
But I have to find a place that will be acceptable to kids, specially to Cole.
That boy has some standards yah know.

I found Al Hamra Residence & Village thru Booking.com.
Prior to this, I haven’t heard of this property.
The reviews are generally positive and the fact that it’s only AED 249 per night with breakfast (yes, AED 249 with breakfast) then it’s a place worth to try.
If it turns out to be bad, I won’t feel cheated considering that we only pay for a dinner’s worth.

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Word connoisseur

When I first came to Dubai, I thought I’m a word connoisseur (is there such a term?)
Since I love to read, I got exposed to different words and though I don’t use them often, I have fair grasp of their meaning and know how to spell them (like the word connoisseur).

And then I came to Dubai.

This is how skinny I am when I first came to Dubai. Global Village 2006.

First few weeks were struggle. I think I know how to speak English but why the hell I can’t understand my colleagues?
British, Indian, Arabs- they all talk gibberish.

This is what my ears were hearing:
Indian:  Wer ken I get ye-four and delephone? 
British: Can you shed-jool sem-ee prive-et yat?
Arabs: Akhaamed wants bizza and bebsi.

My first job in Dubai was a receptionist so you can imagine the number of people I encounter everyday.
I am so embarrassed whenever I ask them to repeat what they said since they already repeated it twice.
They might think I can’t understand english or I’m just plain stupid.

I clearly recall an Indian colleague repeatedly yelling ye-for,Ye-For, YE-FOR since I don’t get it.
He was so frustrated. I’m so dumb.

As it turned out. He was asking for A4 paper. In the Philippines, we call them ‘typewriting’
Even if he had a heart attack screaming YE-FOR, I wouldn’t be able to give it to him.
Because I DON’T FREAKING KNOW!

Over time, I told myself it’s not me, it’s them. If I can’t understand an English man, it’s not because I don’t freaking know English, but his accent is at fault.
There are some people who speaks english in neutral accent and I don’t have a problem in conversing with them.

Also, there are so many words added on my vocabulary in 12 years I’ve been living here.

Toilet – does it sound very vulgar? We’re used calling it CR, comfort room, washroom but toilet?! No.

I recall going to a mall and asked the cleaner
Me: Excuse me, where’s the CR?
Cleaner: No
Me: Bubble thoughts ‘for sure there’s CR in the mall’. Oh, I mean comfort room.
Cleaner: No. No.
Me: Washroom?
Cleaner: NO.
Me: Bubble thoughts ‘WTF’

I then started using sign language as if I’m washing my hands.

Cleaner: Ohhh! Toilet, go straight then left.
Me: Almost peed on the floor… 

Pantry – If I tell my mom to grab coffee from pantry, I will end up just taking it myself because what the hell is a pantry. We call it cabinet on our side of the world.

To Let – my first thought when I read this in 2005 – “Have they stupidly forgot the I in the banner? But why are they promoting toilet?”

Tiffin box – when my son asked if he can have a tiffin box, I googled it right away.

And you know how we are taught of US English in school? It’s quite an adjustment to write centre, colour, organisation.

And the most difficult adjustment is using day-month-year when writing.
So 5-6-2017 is not May 6, 2017. It is June 5, 2017.

When we got married in 2016, Gibson and I discussed how we should write the date on our wedding ring.
He said that we are Filipinos and we should write August 6, 2006 as 8-6-06.
I agreed.
After 11 years of marriage, I am now confused on what’s our anniversary date since I always rely on my ring to help me remember. Don’t tell my husband. I’m really bad with dates.

Overall, I’m grateful being exposed to different nationalities and learning different accents and new words.
Now, me and my family can survive going to any parts of the world and be able to communicate as long as English is the medium of conversation.

Have a good day!

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Tong Ren Tang Dubai

I told Gibson last week that I have vouchers from Air Miles and we can dine in any of the restaurants in Le Meridien Dubai.
We really enjoyed Yalumba’s Thursday buffet last January so it’s time to revisit them.
But I don’t want this dinner to be our couple’s date for the month of May.
I want our date venue to be different every month.
Note: Yalumba didn’t accept our Air Miles so we use our Entertainer vouchers instead. 

Then I thought why not try an activity together.
We had a massage at Dreamworks Spa in March and we enjoyed it.
So I just need to think of something that Gibson will be willing to try.
Nothing too girly, too expensive, too dangerous and I might be able to convince him.

I remember that our insurance covers alternative medicine which includes acupuncture, ayurvedic and the likes.
Acupuncture is something I always wanted to try but never get the chance to experience.
My dear friend Sheila always had acupuncture therapies when were both working at Tetra Pak but I never asked her how’s the experience.
I think that’s a good thing so I won’t have any pre-judgement.

Tong Ren Tang Dubai (more…)

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Cole’s 10th Birthday Celebration at Aquaventure Waterpark

This post is 5 months late but as they said better late than never!

Cole's 10th Birthday Celebration in Atlantis The Palm

My kids are not excited having their own birthday parties.
They prefer simple lunch or dinner and then receive birthday gifts.
That’s it.
Big factor on this attitude is having a mom who doesn’t like to plan party celebrations.
How ironic that my job requires me to organize meetings, dinner and events on regular basis. (more…)

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Westin Dubai Al Habtoor City

I have so many things on my draft folder and let me try to finish and post them one at a time. Today, let me share with you our experience at Westin Dubai Al Habtoor City.

Our family loves staying in hotels and before the year ended last year, we decided to have another hotel staycation.

With several SPG points to use, I started searching for hotels that we can stay in. We just wanted a Dubai-based property that we’ve never been before and Westin Dubai Al Habtoor fits the criteria. Quick Google search shows that it’s a brand new hotel just opened in September 2016. It’s part of a multi-use development in Al Habtoor City and one of the 3 hotels in the complex. The other two is the luxurious St. Regis, and urban and hip W Hotel.

As usual, I tried to check reviews and photos before our visit but since it’s the hotel is quite new I haven’t really found anything on the net. So let me make my own review.

Online reservation was smooth. Check-in was supposed to be swift but Gibson didn’t have his Emirates ID that time as his visa was under renewal. He searched through his mails to find a copy of his passport. So our check-in took longer than expected.
Good thing that check-in counters were not busy considering it’s UAE National Day. (more…)

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Bentoya Dubai

Bentoya Dubai

Bentoya has been in Dubai for at least a decade now so you must have visited this place before but for those who haven’t this is for you.
I’ve dined several times in their Jebel Ali branch (inside JAFZA) when I was still working there and have been recently visiting their Garhoud branch nowadays.
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