Coffee Coated Buns in PappaRoti – Dubai Mall

Papparoti bun in dubai mall

What a perfect way to reward your self from a stressful week for a Mochachino blended coffee and a Coffee Coated Buns in PappaRoti – Dubai Mall.

Ever since I came to Dubai this has been my top favourite coffee shop – PappaRoti.

They served only one food item in their menu which is the coffee-coated buns. It tastes just the right of sweetness with melted butter on the interior. God it tastes heaven! This goes well perfectly with their wide array of coffee brews and tea blends.

I just can’t avoid the delicious aroma of freshly brewed coffee and the mouth-watering smell of buns every time I pass by the shop. We usually visit the Dubai Mall Branch because it has a bigger area.

I highly recommend this one! You should try it xoxo

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Shogun Japanese, Korean and Thai Cuisine – Deira Dubai

shogun restaurant

Finally, we had our Valentine’s Day dinner in one of the famous Asian restaurant in Dubai. We had been hearing good feed backs and recommendations from friends on how good the food and service are. Shogun restaurant offers Japanese, Korean and Thai cuisines so this is a a very good variety for those who are looking for mixed Asian tastes.

We booked a table for two at 6PM and arrived on time however to my surprise the place is full packed that it leaves us waiting for 20 minutes more. It only shows that the place is seemingly popular and that gives us a good impression. More and more customers came but are informed that restaurant is full and aren’t able to accommodate more. The lady in the reception is nice as she followed up our table for the staff to clean and we patiently waited because we are quite intrigued and excited with the surprise we are about to experience.

The place is fairly big that it can accommodate less than 70 persons or more. Inspired by asian accents having wood interiors makes you feel you have just visited Japan or Korea.

The order taker is an older man which is maybe on his early 40’s greeted us and walked us over to our table. He looked more of a Japanese feature.

He gave us six different delicious appetizer. It has bean sprout, radish, egg pancake and more delectable Korean kimchi. I have been a fan of Korean food ever since my Korean boss back in Cebu introduce it to me.

I ordered beef bulgogi which is absolutely mouthwatering. The beef is so lean and soft with a bit of sesame seed. Before you order it they will ask you either you wanted them to cook it for you or have it cooked by yourself on the table. I requested for them to be done because we are just absolutely famished.

Ricky ordered his favourite Japanese food – Sashimi. All praises to his sashimi, according to him it tastes like heaven, melts and bursts in his mouth that it makes his feet kicking out like a child. Unfortunately I am not a fan of raw food however judging by his expression we both are glad to what we have ordered.

As you can see in the picture the portion is quite big for us so we aren’t able to finish it. Leaving the restaurant very full and contented we gave the guy a generous tip that it makes his smile bigger.

We will definitely be going back to try the rest of Shogun’s menu. Hope you enjoy my brief review. Comments and feedbacks are greatly appreciated.

shogun gong
kimchi appetizer
sashimi shogun
japanese korean cuisine in shogun
 Contact Info:
+9714 228 5568
Address:Al Ghurair City, Al Rigga Road
Location: Location Map
Cuisine: Asian | Japanese | Korean | Thai

From The Emirate of Sharjah to Dubai

My second day in UAE is fun and a memorable one.

Sharjah isn’t too bad. I find it very clean and peaceful .It has a vast area with big road highways . Buildings standing tall – most are residential areas mixed with offices. Shops are located on every bulilding and all the signs are written in English and Arabic. People living in Sharjah are in mixed nationality including Fililpinos. This gives me a sense of security and comfort knowing I can ask my compatriots for assistance.

It’s amazing to know that Filipino uses “kabayan” to address a compatriot, like a term used ages ago as an OFW (Overseas Filipino Worker). Well it will be so weird to use that when you’re in Philippines. I remembered taking a metro and someone asked: “Kabayan?” I was surprised at the expression and term. Maybe because I am a Cebuano – not used to Tagalog dialect.

My cousin Richan who is residing in Dubai convinced me to stay with her for a while as I search for a job. She explained that Sharjah is like a province type of place and the culture practice is based in Saudi Arabia. Without any hesitation my brother agreed on my decision to work in Dubai. He is very supportive in all my decisions and I’m thankful for that.
As we headed to Dubai, my cousin noticed that we are passing unfamiliar way however I dont have any idea that we took the opposite side of the road. Considering my cousin who just received her new license so we anticipate the experience but I enjoyed it. We drove for nearly two hours and somehow managed to finally see some progress we suddenly got bumped by another car and was caught up with a minor accident.

So what’s the next step? Again we waited for another hour in addition to our misadventure. I felt exasperated that time that I badly needed a toilet and trust me it was not fun at all getting stuck up in the middle of the road seeing cars passed through us and staring at us.

A traffic officer responded an hour later. My cousin explaining her heart out to what had happened. An Indian guy bumped our side as we pass the round about near Al Quoz to where we are dropping Michael (Richan’s brother). After a long investigation the Indian guy was given a penalty and was issued to pay for the damage.

Bright sky scrapers welcomed me as we drove to Dubai Marina.

We finally overcome all the obstacles. “Its better than late than never” is our motto on that day.

Al Quoz Traffic

Dubai Sky Scrapers

Dubai Marina Yacht at Night

Ladies in Dubai

A Filipino Expat Moving First Time to Dubai – UAE

Dubai Marina at day

You probably have wondered and think about the idea of moving to Dubai. Let me share my experience on how I made it through in setting foot in the glamorous emirate which is Dubai. Just a heads up – some confuse Dubai as a country however it is not a country. It is one of the seven emirates that make up the country which is United Arab Emirates.
Seven months ago , I made a very important decision which I know would greatly change my life. The plan was to work in Dubai – leaving the comfort zone that I have grown up with. With the support of my dear brother I was able to received my Visit visa quickly as expected which took a month to process.

The idea is to come to Dubai under a Visit visa and to find a job while using a months duration. You can also choose for more than a month and may need to pay for extra. Most cases, some will just extend another month and pay for it.

The thought of moving overwhelmed me and as I draw closer to my departure date I felt anxious and nervous. Reality hit me the moment I received my itinerary, for me there is no backing out. In no time I will be leaving my family and friends not seeing them for 2 years or so whatever the future holds.

I was quite prepared for the decision I made. I wanted to achieve the experience of being alone and independent in a foreign land. The thrill and excitement of living is ahead of me. I wasn’t sure on how my life works once I arrive but I aways think: “I will cross the bridge when I get there”.

I felt my heart sank as I stepped in the airport terminal in Cebu and bid farewell to my mom, sister, aunt, and the rest of my family. I cant stand to watch their faces that it made me cry as I was sitting in the boarding area.

I took the connecting flight from Cebu to Hongkong and Hongkong to Dubai. Total time duration from Cebu to Dubai took roughly eleven hours.

I am boarded in a Cathay Pacific airline, the plane is huge and is so insanely cold that I can barely sleep. Fighting the urge to get some sleep I ended up watching a film. I entertained my self by constantly checking the small LCD screen for the distance, altitude, estimated time of arrival and the location we are in.
Flight attendants are nice and approachable and have kept supplying us food. Unfortunately, none of the meal served is appealing for my palate. The only thing I managed to have was the hard baguette and butter.

Finally, I arrived safe and sound through a long and stressful journey. I looked down to the surface to mark my first step in UAE. The airport is so wide and spacious but Hongkong is the far most biggest that I’ve seen.

All passengers bound to Dubai are required to queue for eye scan and to have our passport checked and visa. These are mandatory in entering Dubai as it records individual identity.

My brother Manuel (Kuya Jun-Jun) waited for me outside the arrival area. I am so pleased to see him again. It was like 3 years that we’ve been apart and at last I get to finally reunite with him and his wife, Kathleen. It was still dark outide – around 4am as we headed out for a taxi to Sharjah, (a 30 minute drive from the airport) an emirate of UAE which is more conservative than Dubai. Then I thought this will be a bit boring to live by.

Chocolate Hills And The Smallest Monkey in Bohol

25th of February 2011, 10:00pm – we were all gathered in Pier uno, Cebu City for our small weekend trip to Bohol.

Too bad, we waited for like 1 hour and a half for the departure of our small slow craft boat. Whew! I guess we were meant to get tired before we get to Bohol.

Well, everything goes fine as we sailed for almost 5 hours adrift to the sea of – i dont know what its called anyway, as we finally stopped we were having this plan to take note of which foot first stepped on the surface of Bohol, mine is the right. hehe


Its like late 4am dawn as we wander around the port heading to the city to finding somewhere to rest and to take a shower until we end up in a tapsilogan station. We waited for the van to pick us up. It was around 7am where we finally settled on our hired van.

panglao beach resort

Taken from the beach resort of Panglao, Bohol. Early in the morning we rush to the resort not to get soaked out in the beach but to make use of their shower area.

Since we dont have any place to stay around the city we dont want to start the day without proper hygiene. hehe  So we took a shower for us to start the day fresh. hmmm what a nice feeling!

panglao bohol

The shower area where we pay for P15.00

panglao sea shore

Sunrise at Panglao, Bohol

bohol bee farm

First stopped, we were in Bee Farm, located in Panglao island, Bohol.

A sanctuary for organic farming and also a resort for local and foreign visitors.

farm productsEncouraging the staff at Bohol Bee Farm to do livelihood activities and by doing supporting organic farm products.


They offered various products 100% natural with no preservatives. From bread to spreads.

blood compact

taken from the place where blood compact occured when they built a settlement on stilts in the strait between mainland Bohol and the island of Panglao.

bohol tarsiers




is the term refer to photography that emphasizes casual snapshots, sponteneity, ubiquity, randomness, and close-ups, rather than being concerned with the technicalities, aesthetics, and the conventional world of photography.

I am so fascinated with how a toy-camera-look-a-like would create much artistry rather than using the ever famous photoshop for creating vivid and vibrant vignette look. Been browsing for lots of different photos with unique colors and found out that some of it are just a product of  – lets say a plastic camera, its actually a LOMO camera. Its just so amazing how you can express your artistry by doing manual shots using films. Heres some photo shot taken from a lomo camera.

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