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Dhow Cruise in Musandam Oman

dhow cruise in musandam

Yesterday was the perfect time to escape from the busy, crowded city of Dubai. Finally, we are able to book our pending voucher of last years Cobone deal. Due to bad weather and tide they have to cancel the trip on that day.

It was half seven in the morning when we arrived at Spinney’s near Burjuman where the pick up point was set. I’m delighted to see that the bus we took is full of different nationalities. I can probably tell some are Chinese, Polish, Arabs, some westerners, of course Scottish and Filipino. It made me think how lucky I am to live and be exposed with different cultures.

Just a short wait until the other passengers/guests arrived and then we started our long drive to Oman. Roughly, an hour and half later we stopped at the border. Omani Officers got inside our bus and inspect our passports one by one, carefully eyeing us holding our passport.

Less than half an hour we stopped at the pier and walk towards the boat. We settled on the top and find a very comfortable area to relax. There are cusions on each side and beach recliners on the opposite side.

Fruits are served on the table, coffee, and tea are for free. I burnt my tongue as I sipped carelessly on the coffee – that’s how I welcomed the trip.

We sailed along the beautiful straits of Hormuz. Stunning scenery feasts my eyes as mountains greeted us on our way. The weather is cooperating as we head to Musandam.

One of the staff on the boat gave us options; to swim or snorkeling. We didn’t enjoy much when we head for shallow water. We find the sand too slimy and we need to walk further down for deeper water. So we ended up, going back to the boat and swim beside it.

The water is absolutely amazing. At first, it was too chilly for me but thanks to the sun’s heat it made it just the right temperature.

Had so much fun even for a short time of swimming. We were amused by some bunch of guys who were diving from the top of the boat. One guy attempted to jump but was so scared that it took him so long until he decided to make his move.

I felt a bit nausea after our lunch so I decided to have a nap and missed the experience riding a banana boat.

After the banana boat ride we sailed somewhere on an open ocean to where we can do fishing. We tried their hand at hand line fishing and waited for minutes… finally we surrendered. I guess it takes a lot of patience for this hard job.

Around half five, we gathered in the van to head back to Dubai. It was such a great experience despite the long travel. Total duration of the trip is eleven hours (from the start to finish). It’s such a convenience for us since pick up and drop off is arranged.
The tour includes:

  • unlimited soft drinks
  • buffet lunch
  • snorkelling
  • fishing
  • banana boat ride
  • pick up and drop off
  • Since you are entering a different country it is required to bring with you your original passport to cross the borderand should book a reservation 48 hours earlier

Thanks for reading! xoxo

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Dobbie – Living The Pug Life in Dubai

Dobbie Pug Scotland Team

I would like to introduce our latest member of the family. His name is Dobbie. He is six years old and is a rescue pug. We adopted him from K9 Friends last September 2012, it is a non-profit making, voluntary run organisation located in Jebel Ali, Dubai.

We were told by the shelter staff that he has been abandoned by his previous owners and found by the Municipality wandering around the street.

He looked very excited and overwhelmed as we met him for the first time. He was jumping at us,  panting with his cute muzzled wrinkly face. We fell in love with him instantly and thought that this pug deserves a home to live.

He was quite thin for a pug and his skin have spots and weathered. He is under treatment and the vets provided us his tablets. After a couple of minutes signing some documents we took him home.

It didn’t take long for us to adjust as we brought him. At first he was anxious that he frequently pee on the house and wreck our bin, we are aware that it’s normal since dogs are territorial. Until then, we managed to do his toilet routine walking him twice a day or more during weekends.

We just love his happy-go-lucky attitude – simply giving us priceless joy. I find it so amusing whenever he rub his flat face on my side. Just seeing him very happy and excited as I enter the door from work is such a heart melting experience. We are so blessed to find him and for sure we know that he is just as happy as we are now knowing he have a place he can call home.

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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

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.

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kimchi appetizer
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japanese korean cuisine in shogun
 Contact Info:
+9714 228 5568
Address:Al Ghurair City, Al Rigga Road
Area:Deira
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.

What is LOMOGRAPHY

LOMOGRAPHY

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.