Monday, May 22, 2017

Dusit Thani Hotel Dubai's Impressive Friday Brunch

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Ferald and I were invited to a Friday Brunch by our good friend Doc Gelo to join him celebrate his 10th-year anniversary in blogging.

The venue, the 24th Floor of Dusit Thani Hotel Dubai where three of the hotel's finest restaurants joined together to create one impressive brunch offering. PAX ItalianBenjarong for Thai, and The Californian, their all-day dining restaurant for Arabic, Mediterranean, Indian, Mexican and other international cuisines.

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Firefly Watching at Iwahig and Dinner at Kinabuchs Bar & Grill

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Fireflies are nature's indication of how good the ecosystem in a particular area is. It signifies a healthy natural environment. Although Puerto Princesa is a city, it remains to be about 75-80 percent forest hence the name "city in a forest"

While growing up in our province, I used to catch fireflies at night whenever I see one. My husband shares the same childhood experience.

The mention of fireflies in the Filipino romantic TV series Dolce Amore is how my kids came to know about this pretty little insects. Growing up here in the desert, our kids never had the same experience as we have. We wanted them to experience it too so when I was planning our trip to Palawan last year, I included firefly watching to our itinerary.

Once we've reach Puerto Princesa, I called Mangrove Eco Tourism & Wildlife Park to book our visit. Booking ahead of your visit is necessary especially during peak season as it gets quite full easily. We went in August so it was off-peak but I still called to make sure we can be accommodated.

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Family Visit to Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park

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My bucket list used to be a long list of things that I wanted to do. Things that I don't know when I can fulfill and whether I can fulfill so I decided to just delete it.

Of course, I change my mind and so I wrote another one. A shorter one this time with fewer things in it. It does not include the trip to Puerto Princesa Underground River anymore because I got to tick it off last year when we went to Palawan. It was the highlight of our last year's vacation. I guess it is on everybody's bucket list.

Our second day in Palawan was spent going on a paddleboat cruising down the river surrounded by a lush mangrove forest and a hike up the mountain before zipping across the sea on a zip line into an islet off the coast of Sabang. Although both were just a side trip, it was both enjoyable and a must do when you visit the island.

The main reason though for this family trip was to see the UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the 7 Wonders of Nature - the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park.

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Monday, April 3, 2017

Creekside Dubai

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As much as we love visiting new and futuristic project locations like the Dubai Water Canal and Dubai Creek Harbour, we also love Bastakiya, Meena Bazaar, and the Old Dubai Creek. These places remain to be some of our favorite places in Old Dubai. If you want to know more about Dubai's tradition, architecture,  heritage and culture, these are the right places to visit.

It was one rainy afternoon in March (I know it is odd to say it was still raining in March in Dubai but we had a bit of a crazy weather lately) that I found myself dragging my family to visit the creek in old Dubai again.

Well not really raining, we only had overcast skies and a bit of drizzle.
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Sunday, April 2, 2017

American Friday Brunch at Original Wings & Rings Dubai

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I have not been to Original Wings & Rings in a while but it seems nothing has changed since the last time I was here. It remains to be that relaxed sports bar with large TV screens and floor to ceiling glass windows I used to know.

We arrived around 1 pm last Friday with a group of young adults also heading for the restaurant. Naturally, they were asked at the reception to present their IDs and while they produce their IDs, the receptionist asks for my name to confirm my reservation and showed us to a table at the non-smoking side of the restaurant.

I used to be asked for my ID as well when I was younger and it feels strange but now that I am a grown up with my own kids, seeing these young adults head for a bar that serves alcohol, I cannot agree more with the establishment. I think it is a good standard practice.


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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Max's Restaurant New Menu

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Max's Restaurant, our favorite authentic Filipino restaurant here in Dubai, has recently launched a new menu.


The new addition to their ever-growing menu of Filipino dishes varies from beef, chicken, and seafood dishes as well as some addition to desserts with a new take on its presentation plus a couple of new refreshments.

I missed the launch but we were invited to sample the new dishes and had a taste of these new offerings from Max's Restaurant in Bur Dubai.

Max's Restaurant New Menu

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