Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Asian Style Steamed Sea Bream

We love a good seafood dish at home...

and we love sea bream. It is a delicious fish, a versatile one. You can do so much to it. It is good for steaming, frying and grilling. It is also an elegant looking fish to serve during gatherings.

What I'm going to share with you today is this Asian Style Steamed Sea Bream.
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Monday, January 16, 2017

Steak & Sizzlers Festival at Al Bustan Centre & Residence

Steak is always a good idea.

Steak for brunch on a Friday, is an even better idea and it was one of the reasons why last Friday was really awesome!

The second reason is, it was Ferald's day off. It was the first Friday that Ferald spent this day with us after two months (although those two months felt like forever.) His absence was work related so we can't really complain but our weekends are never the same without him. Last Friday was an official family day out after eight weekends.

We pop over to Al Bustan Centre & Residence FOOD COURT for lunch to sample their Steak and Sizzlers Festival dishes. From 11 to 21 of January, from 12 noon to 11 pm everyday, diners can enjoy delicious steak and mouth-watering sizzlers at amazing prices. The steak and sizzlers promo is good for 10 days only and I recommend you take advantage of it.

When I called Wyndee, she asked me to go to the food court. When we arrived, a long table, all dressed up in white linen was waiting for us. The staff, the F&B Manager - Ms. Vicky and their Executive Chef, Chef Bhupal Tamang was also there to meet us.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

25+ Captivating Photos of Puerto Princesa Palawan

When I look at my Instagram feed, I always scroll back to the part where I posted so many beautiful photos of Puerto Princesa, Palawan. I can't get over it. It was such an amazing place. I fell in love with it and can't help daydreaming about it over and over again.

I wasn't able to write about it though until now. I guess I was overwhelmed of its beauty. I was afraid that I wouldn't be able to give justice to it. Honestly, I think no one can. It is such a beautiful place and you know I'm not exaggerating. It's one of those places that you have to see even for at least once in your life.

Palawan has always been one of my dream destinations so when we had the chance to visit it last year, I never hesitated. It was such a wonderful experience for me and my family that it deserves to be written here. Of course, shared to all of you. Ultimately, for us to have an online diary of our trip.

Finally!!! Here are some of my favorite photos from our Palawan trip last year. It was taken using just our iPhones but still they look beautiful. I hope you enjoy looking at these photos. I'll soon be writing separate posts about our trip in the coming weeks, so please do come back.
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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Photo Diary Of Our First Visit to Riverland at Dubai Parks and Resorts

Hello everyone, sorry for being MIA. I was lacking the motivation to update the blog but I need to pick myself up from this January blues. I thought that sharing something nice to all of you will do the trick.

The first week of January wasn't actually busy for us except that the kids went back to school. We spent the first day of 2017 visiting a new Dubai attraction. We went to Riverland.

Riverland is the gateway to Dubai Parks & Resorts. A themed, fun, dining and retail destination which you can access without purchasing a ticket except but one. This should not put you off though because inside was amazing and it was worth every penny.  If you are visiting with your car, you will need a parking ticket. The cost of the ticket for regular guest is AED 50 and the VIP entrance parking ticket is AED 150.

From the parking lot, a shuttle bus service will take you to the first stop which is Riverland. Riverland has four zones. The French Village, The Peninsula, India Gate, and the Boardwalk.

I love the French Village the most. It gives you the feeling that you are travelling back in time with the setting of the Medieval era with beautiful and rustic architectural designs of the 16th century. Water wheel, brick roads, meandering alleyways and towers will draw you in.

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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Festive Menudo Recipe

And just like that Christmas is over. You must be ready for the New Year.

Well, as for me, I'm not. Still contemplating whether to go or not to go to see the NYE fireworks in Burj Khalifa in Downtown Dubai. (Oh oh! here we go again)

...and still working on our new years eve menu while trying to finish all the leftover food from last Christmas dinner.

We still have some of this delicious Menudo in the fridge. I cooked about a kilo and that's a lot for a family of four but it was actually done on purpose.

Menudo is Philippines traditional meat stew. It can be pork, beef or chicken. Unlike its counterpart in Mexico that uses tripe and chili, our Menudo dish uses lean meat, some pork belly and liver. Menudo is not an everyday dish. It is mostly cooked for special occasions like birthdays, baptism, fiesta and yes Christmas or New Year.

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Monday, December 26, 2016

Beauty Night at Vivaldi by Alfredo Russo Sheraton Dubai Creek

It's a pity that I'm not able to attend many wonderful events lately. Not that I don't want to, but because I can't.


there are some fabulous events that fit perfectly with my schedule like the one I attended just recently at Sheraton Dubai Creek.

It was an event I wouldn't want to miss.

I could not help but to feel festive as I enter Sheraton Dubai Creek.

Giant Christmas tree at Sheraton Dubai Creek entrance
Up until I reached the entrance of Vivaldi by Alfredo Russo, fully dressed up in pink baloons and silver ornaments. Suddenly my mood shifted, to more of a ladies night party mood.

The event is nothing if not the fanciest, after all...

it's the sixth and grandest edition of #SheratonDXBeautyNight hosted by Vivaldi by Alfredo Russo Restaurant and Lounge.

View from Vivaldi by Alfredo Russo's Terrace
It was a beauty night dedicated to all ladies from Dubai, inspired by beauty lifestyle.

It was a wonderful night made exemplary with the attendance of beauty ambassador, model, make up artist and fashion blogger Dina Akesbi and evening host Ghizlane Cherqaoui

Hair show by Mikeandjack hair & beauty salon

Mike & Jack in Action
Fashion show by Aya Al Jawhary

Latest and trendiest Abaya Collection
Aya Al Jawhary with her darling
and some live entertainment by Dubai Drums.

All through out the night, ladies were treated to some make up touch up and beauty treatments

Bourjois Middle East has put up a make up station where ladies get a free makeover or touch up on their make up for that selfie-perfect shot or mini fashion photoshoot by Hamza El Ghazy

Shiela and I at Bourjois makeup station

Glamour nails salon & spa are the ones who did my beautiful rose gold chrome nails. Perfect for the holiday season so you can, instead of shine, sparkle.

Rose Gold Chrome nails
Beauty On Click app was also launched. Available on App Store Store and Google Play. Ladies who downloaded the app during the event enters a raffle draw and get the chance to win fantastic prizes. I got lucky to received a notification and won a beautiful set of Kardashian Beauty Haircare products.

The night was livelier as guests swayed and danced to the beat of Dj Amer Sallah R&B and HipHop remixes while free flowing beverages are available for ladies.

Thank you and Congratulations to Vivaldi by Alfredo Russo and Sheraton Dubai Creek! It was a lovely evening of glamour and beauty.
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