Monday, March 27, 2017

The Art of Brunch at Movenpick Hotel & Apartments Bur Dubai

Our brunch experience at the Art of Brunch at Fountain Restaurant, Movenpick Hotel & Apartments Bur Dubai was nothing short of grand. It was stellar. Definitely one to repeat over and over again.

Location and Ambiance

Movenpick Hotel & Apartments Bur Dubai is one easy hotel to locate. If you are taking a cab, just tell them it is opposite of American Hospital and Al Nasr Leisureland in Dubai and the driver can easily take you there. If using the metro, the closest metro would be Oud Metha metro station, part of the Green Line, but you still need to take a cab to take you to the hotel, about a five-minute drive. For those driving, finding a parking was a breeze. We could have asked for valet but the husband was in the mood of finding his own.

The weather was glorious outside that day! Surprisingly, it was also all bright and sunny inside the hotel.

It was all thanks to the high glass ceiling overhead the hotel's lobby. It lets the light in. Highlighting the grand staircase carpeted in blue tones, where a big spread of desserts was laid beautifully at the bottom of it, serving as a focal point. I can't help to imagine my daughter coming down this grand staircase on her 18th birthday. I'm sure it's going to be a dramatic entrance.

It was Friday but the restaurant was already full when we arrived and the brunch service was in full swing.  It only tells me one thing. A restaurant full of people means good food and good service. The sound of that made me all the more excited to dine here.

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary

Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary is a protected area in Dubai. It is home to about 20,000 birds mostly migrating to Dubai in winter from East African and West Asian countries. This wetland covers an area of 6 kilometers and a combination of salt flats, mudflats, mangroves, and lagoons.

This is one attraction you can enjoy in Dubai during winter that is free of charge. It operates from Saturday to Thursday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

When you visit, you can expect to find a flock of greater flamingos, probably about 500 of them as well as other species of birds.

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Family Adventure at Sabang X Zipline

Another activity we enjoyed doing while in Puerto Princesa, Palawan was zip lining at Sabang X Zipline's 800 meters zip line.

It is one of the reasons Ferald and I were so looking forward to this trip. We've been seeing a lot of this fun and exciting activity everywhere in the Philippines and we knew it is something we wanted to try. Since we are in Puerto Princesa to see the world famous Underground River, the Sabang X Zipline was our perfect idea of a side trip. If you are a fan of Amazing Race, Sabang X Zipline was popularized by Amazing Race Philippines Season 2.

We were so excited to do this and we have two kids thirsty for adventure brave enough to do things with their thrill seeker parents. Before we could zip ourselves from the mountain, across the sea and onto an island off the coast of Sitio Sabang, we needed to pass through a beautiful untouched beachfront with silky soft powdery sand and hike up through a lush green forest.

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Thursday, March 2, 2017

#DaycationBrunch the Polynesian Way at Lapita Hotel Dubai

Have you been thinking where to go or take your family this coming weekend? If you're looking for something really nice and unique to try, then I might have just the right place for you.

We've tried Lapita Hotel Dubai's #DaycationBrunch last Friday and we really think it is something every family in Dubai must try. Especially this Friday, March 3, when adults get to eat for FREE!

More details below. 

Warning: Heavy with food photos, salivating can happen, read with caution :) book tables immediately if symptoms persist.

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Lapita Hotel Dubai 

Lapita Hotel Dubai is a beautiful Polynesian-themed resort located in the heart of Dubai Parks and Resorts where Riverland, Legoland, Legoland Water Park, Motiongate, and Bollywood parks are right at its doorstep.

It was a long drive from where we live but it was worth it. It is one place inside Dubai that can make you feel you're somewhere in the tropics, whereas for us, feels like home. We are from the tropical islands of the Philippines but since this is a Polynesian-themed hotel, you can think of Fiji, Samoa, or Hawaii of course. Your choice, wherever you fancy. I'm sure to add this hotel to my weekend staycation destinations list.

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Palawan Mangrove Paddle Boat Tour

On our second day in Palawan (August of 2016), the Mangrove Paddle Boat Tour is one of the two side tours/trips that we enjoyed doing. It is a great side tour for anyone visiting Puerto Princesa Underground River.

The Mangrove Paddle Boat Tour aims to help the locals earn a living whilst protecting the environment and educating visitors about the importance of mangroves to the ecosystem of Palawan.

It actually occurs to me that it could be a mundane activity. I was wrong. It was just because I was looking forward to doing the Ugong Rock adventure and it wasn't offered to us. It was something not everyone in my family will enjoy so we push through with the mangrove forest tour. 
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Monday, February 20, 2017

Sunrise At The Top of Burj Khalifa Dubai

Burj Khalifa construction began in September 2004. We saw what will be the tallest tower in Dubai and the world today slowly rise up from the ground until it was inaugurated five and a half years later in January 2010.

I've always wanted to go up there since it opened. Now the long wait is over. I finally get to tick it off my bucket list. My family and I went up to the observation deck of Burj Khalifa located at the 124th and 125th floor of the tower and watched the sunrise painted the whole of Dubai in golden hues. We literally saw Dubai awaken that day. Observed it unobstructed with 360 degrees view 452/455 meters above the ground. I've Instagrammed photos of Burj Khalifa so many times from different vantage points before, but this time it is the other way around. I'm taking photos of Dubai from where I stand, At The Top of Burj Khalifa itself.

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