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Rolling Stones at Yas Island | Abu Dhabi

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The only part of Abu Dhabi that I’ve been to is in Yas Island. The first time is when we went to Ferrari World with my cousins where I nearly died of heart attack after boarding the fastest roller coaster in the world!

Yas Island is one of the must-see destinations in Abu Dhabi. It is a massive place ideal for family that seeks leisure time. You will find amusement parks just like Ferrari world, Du Arena where big concert takes place, Yas Links where golfers can be found, Yas Marina circuit where F1 and Grand Prix are hosted and the recently opened massive waterpark the Yas Waterworld and etc.

Just a week ago we were together with the thirty thousand crowd who witnessed the legendary Rock N’ Roll band. The Rolling Stones! I am not much of a big fan but I’ve known them ever since and the thought of seeing and hearing them live makes the hair of the back of my neck stand.

Imagine they started playing and got famous the same era as The Beatles around 1964 and now it’s 2014 and they’re all still kicking ass on the stage which is totally exceptional.

These are some of the songs that the crowd have loved:

  • Paint It Black
  • Shine a Light
  • Gimme Shelter
  • Satisfaction

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Where to stay in Boracay |Dave’s Straw Hat

For a few minutes of walk from where we were dropped off, we then found Dave’s Straw Hat.

Beachfront Boracay Island Philippines

It was a quiet afternoon in Boracay when we arrived. The lady receptionist greeted us  without me first introducing myself (impressive). She already knew and assisted us to our room. She came back after 5 minutes handing us our “welcome drinks”. It’s a frozen lemon iced tea drink. Just perfect after the long journey!

welcome drinks standard bedroom daves straw

I was very pleased with how it looked so much nicer than in the pictures. I chose the place because of the reasonable price and has been voted as Travelers’ Choice  in Tripadvisor. All the reviews are good so that makes me feel confident with my choice .

Our room is a standard type for 1,950  pesos per night. It has one double bed, TV, toilet and a box locker.

The best thing is that our sheets and towels are clean all the time. You don’t need to ask them they will just take care of it for you.

For our 6-day stay at Boracay we were very confident that our stuff is secure.

Dave’s Straw Hat’s location is perfect for people who seeks quiet and relaxing place away from the noisy area known as Station 1 and 2. It’s quite a long walk (15 mins)  to the center of Boracay where you see D’ Mall – but it’s a holiday so you’re suppose to be out and about right?

Tip: Make sure to book in advance to avoid disappointment.

I’ll surely stay on this place again if ever I’ll visit Boracay.

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Daves straw hat staff

Thanks for sending us this picture Dave’s Straw Hat! We will surely come back 🙂

Sugaholic Cup Cakes | Karama | Dubai

Sugaholic Cupcakes Dubai

I was browsing through my old Instagram photos and found this cute little pugcakes that I received last birthday from my dearest.

Before Sugaholic was formed, the two sisters Sneha Bhatia and Ravisha Bhatia from India treated it as a passion and hobby. Later on by the strong demand and  encouragement of their friends who got so gaga over their delicious cakes decided to open a business and now became one of the cutest and trendy bakeshop in Karama.

Sugaholic Cupcakes in Karama
Dobbie is always grumpy – never contented tsk

The normal cupcake costs 14 dirhams and the customised one is 18.

You can find their cute little shop in Karama behind Yoko Sizzlers.

My First Boracay Island Experience | Philippines

Airplane to Boracay

This is the part where the awaited holiday experience starts.

We arrived in Kalibo Airport on the 3rd of September boarded in a Cebu Pacific Airlines.

I have booked all our flights with Cebu Pacific because of its cheaper Promo Sales.

I have done it months before our holiday and have been impressed with the service. Well there are  some cases where it’s a bit delayed but it’s not that bad.

Touchdown Boracay
Touchdown Boracay

There are two airports that you can choose from in going to Boracay Island:

Caticlan Airport

  • only small aircraft can land at this airport
  • the closest airport to Boracay
  • has limited schedule of flights
  • passengers are given a limited luggage allowance of 10kgs
  • more costly airfare than Kalibo
  • From Caticlan airport you can either take a tricycle or just walk (10 minutes) to Caticlan Jetty Port.

Kalibo Airport

  • is the main airport that connects international flights
  • the runway is able to land larger aircraft
  • It is about 2 hours ride to Caticlan Jetty Port
  • 5-15 minutes ride until you step foot on the finest sand of Boracay

Once we picked up our luggages we were able to quickly purchase a transport package from Southwest Travels outside the airport terminal.  For just 1,800 each pesos we will be transported to Caticlan Jetty port through a van that also includes fee for jetty and Terminal. Best thing of choosing this package is that you’ll have a worry-free travel since they will drop you off and on directly infront of the hotel you’re staying.

Lesson learned never bring heavy baggage in going to Boracay. Both of us brought around 19 kgs each so it really is a pain in the arse.

We are so glad for the helpful porters who are very muscle-ly enough to carry our luggage from the boat to the surface. (make sure to prepare a couple of change to give “tips” to the porters)

Boracay Sunset
Boracay Sunset

The sky is so clear and the sun was so inviting as we step foot to the Island. I haven’t expected that Boracay will greet us perfectly. Days before the trip I was constantly checking the weather forecast worried about the predicted thunderstorms and rainshowers but boy I am lucky to brought some sunshine from Dubai!

Sunbathing in Boracay

Sunbathing in Boracay

Beachfront Boracay
Beachfront Boracay

FarEast Seafood Market | Regent Palace Hotel

teppanyaki at FarEast Seafood

What does Teppanyaki means?

Teppanyaki is a style of Japanese cuisine that uses an iron griddle to cook food. The word teppanyaki is derived from teppan, which means iron plate, and yaki, which means grilled, broiled, or pan-fried.

We are so glad to have visted one of Karama’s hidden gem, the FarEast Seafood Market. After reading good reviews from Tripadvisor and Zomato we decided to give it a go.

The setting of the restaurant is a bit similar to Shogun Restaurant in Deira.

One thing that impresses me is the glass floor made of water tank with live fish inside. That’s why it’s a bit darker when you get in so to make the aquarium more noticeable. Pretty cool huh?

As we settled to our chair, our lovely chef named, Julius greeted us.

He then starts to prepare our first dish. Our appetizer is a stir-fry vegetables with fish and shrimp and trust me the smell is so delicious I started getting full just by smelling it.

We had so much fun watching chef Julius as he showcases his talent and at the same time I am mentally taking note of the ingredients he used. Perhaps I could apply it in my future cooking.

After the appetizer, we ordered for a bowl of fried rice and chiken then followed by grilled beef.

I am not a fan of medium rare beef but I love the way he cooked it. The meat is so tender and soft with the soy and the rest of the ingredients absorbed perfectly.
For 80 dirhams you will enjoy an all-you-can-eat deal with:

  • Soups (Tom Yam soup / CHinese chicken sweet and sour)
  • Drinks (non-alcoholic)
  • Appetizer
  • Main Course
  • Dessert mixed fruit platter

I know we are suppose to be eating seafod menu as what the restaurant implies but it has been a good choice to try Teppanyaki as their other option. I can say that this is the best Teppanyaki I have tried.

I promise chef Julius that we will come back and will blog about it. He was genuinely pleased and happy.

ADDRESS:

Regent Palace Hotel, Mezzanine Level
Opposite Burjuman, Al Karama, Dubai
04 3963888

FarEast Seafood Market

Buffet in Regent Karama

Asian Restaurant

Regent Palace Hotel

Seafood Market in Karama

stir-fry vegetables

tom yum soup

chicken sweet and sour soup


chicken teppanyaki
fried rice
medium rare beef teppanyaki mix fruit platter

teppanyaki cooking

live cooking teppanyaki