Vanilla cupcake with m&m minis


Happy Birthday Laiza! xoxo



I baked these yummy cupcakes last weekend for our birthday girl - super sweet Laiza. This is how the cupcake looks like after frosting it with whip cream (the one you'll find in supermarkets in an aerosol can) and adding the m&m minis on top. Just a reminder, if you want to use the whip cream in can make sure you whip it at your cupcakes just before serving.

Ingredients
1 1/2 cake flour (if you cannot find cake flour you add together 1 tbsp of corn flour to 1 cup of all purpose flour)
1 1/4 tsp of baking powder
1/2 tsp of baking soda
1/2 tsp of salt
1/2 c. plus 1 tbsp. of butter, softened to room temperature
1 c. of sugar
3 large eggs
1 c. of buttermilk (for buttermilk, squeeze half a lemon into a measuring cup then pour in enough whole milk to measure one cup)
1 tsp. of vanilla extract

Procedure
Preheat oven to 180C

In a bowl, sift together cake flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.

In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition. Stir in the vanilla. Add the flour mixture and milk alternately.

Line 12-hole muffin pan with paper cups. Pour in equal amount of batter to each cups. Tap pan lightly to remove air pockets at the bottom

Bake for 20 minutes, allow to cool down before frosting.
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Kangkong - Chowking Style

I recently discovered how to cook kangkong (swamp cabbage, native in China and South East Asia) - the ChowKing style and I am ecstatic because Ferald ate it, he usually eats kangkong only in sinigang (Filipino sour soup/stew). Ferald is a veggie picky eater so when I saw him eating kangkong cooked differently, it makes me feel happy. It makes me more determined to introduce more veggies to him. I just don't understand why some people like my husband won't eat vegetables when I myself can live on veggies alone. (sigh :( )

Let me share to you how I cooked the kangkong - ChowKing style, just a note to my readers, I did not google this nor bug a ChowKing waitstaff to get the recipe, it was all an unexpected discovery in my kitchen.

Sorry for the grainy picture


You'll need:
a bunch of kangkong (swamp cabbage)
2-3 cups of water boiling hot
1-2 tsp of olive oil

Procedure:
Remove the hard stalks of kangkong using a knife, hold the bunch and cut
Wash in running water to remove dust and dirt then place it in a sauce pan
Pour in boiling water (Tip No. 1: blanching keeps that bright green color of the vegetable and not overcook it)
Put the pan on the stove medium heat and let it boil for 2-3 minutes, drain the water and place kangkong on a plate and drizzle with olive oil
Served with bagoong (shrimp paste) and enjoy

I also fried two aubergine and galungong for last Fridays lunch. It was boiling hot outside last Friday but in Philippines it was raining cats and dogs. Reminiscing the rainy days, we had this all for lunch.

Oh, they also celebrated the feast of St. John The Baptist last 24th of June, I missed those days of basaan (wetting) (we throw/pour buckets of water to passersby :) though sometimes lands us in trouble *wink*)
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Peace Lily - Natural Air Cleanser

After my sister-in-laws family went back to our home country, my mother-in-law left some thriving peace lily which we gave as a present on her birthday but since she cannot take it with her, the plants are left under my care. I love plants, I always do eversince childhood, but I have doubts with the green thumb after some plant did not survive while under my supervision.

I have three pots which are currently recovering from sun burns beacuse I left them at the terrace in direct sunlight, did not know it was not good for them and I guess the sun and heat here is more than plants and people can handle. I felt bad  for taking little care of the peace lily so I put them indoors although I have doubts that they will thrive. I am afraid that this is another story of a houseplant that won't survive like the beautiful anthurium I got from Ace Hardware in twenty-O-nine, well it is still alive but in a very bad condition don't really know if it will still grow, after its red heart shaped flower dried up, it did not bloom new ones anymore.

I promised that the peace lilies shall recover, become healthy again and flower. One of the pot has recovered and has beautiful green healthy leaves, two more to go. I placed it near the window in my bed room where there is enough light and heat, water it once a week. The second pot is on its way to recovery but the other one is still outside the door because I don't have space for two pots on top of my dresser. The first is now making my room looked eco-friendly, I placed it next to the window where it can be exposed to more natural day light.

I made a research about peace lilies and discovered that spathyphillum are natural air cleansers, it purifies the air of many environment contaminants such as methyl, acetone, toluene, benzene and ammonia. . It cleans the air within 10 m²/plant. The more these plants grow and thrive, the more clean air we will breathe at home. I am waiting for a bloom and I hope soon, when that happens I will share a photo here at MYB. Wish me luck :)

Do you have house plants too? How do you care for them?

Update: 27/06/2011 for the benefit of the followers and readers of MYB here is the photo of my peace lily still sans the flower



my peace lily (spathyphyllum)



A very healthy peace lily with flowers

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Consulate General of the Phillippines in Dubai

Consulate General of the Phillippines in Dubai

Address
Villa No 48, 35 Beirut St., Extn no. 2
Al Quasis 3, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
P.O. Box 94778

Contacts
Tel: +971 (04) 2544331
Fax: +971 (04) 2544229
Mobile: +971 (50) 6544047

Office Hours
Sunday to Thursday (except official holiday)
8:30 am to 12:00 pm
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm (Lunch Breaks)

*Cashier accept payments untill 4:00 pm only

For Inquiries you can write to mailto:mrpdxb@yahoo.com%20regarding regardingPhilippines Passports

For all other inquiries you can send an e-mail to info@pcgdubai.net

Location Map

Road Direction and Land Mark
The consulate in located opposite Al Quasis Police station, it is near the corner of Beirut St. and Baghdad St.
You are near when you see Light Cafeteria, you can also spot the Philippines flag from far

Consular Services Include
Passports
Application for New Philippines Passport (Babies born in the UAE)
Renewal of Philippines Passport
Ammendments of Entries to the Philippines Passport
Replacement of Lost Philippines Passport
Notarial Services
Affidavit of Support and Consent
Delayed Registration of Birth
Affidavit for Lost Passport
Marriage
Birth
Death
Visa
Information about Dual Citizenship (available at the website)

For more information, please visit the official website of The Consulate General of the Philippines in Dubai and Northern Emirates

*Details will be updated anytime there are any changes
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List of Filipino Organizations in Dubai

These are a few of the many existing Pinoy organizations in Dubai, if you happen to stumble upon this list and some details have changed kindly notify me so I can update it and if you are not listed here, just comment here and I will be happy to add your org, I hope that you find this list useful.

Alpha Phi Omega
Contact: Choy Reyes
Email – choy_719@yahoo.com

Computer and Aided Design and Drafting Group
ENGR. Orandantes Delizo
http://www.caddgroupdubai.com/

Filipino Association for Computer Excellence
Contact: Olympia "Ollie" Pineda
http://www.facegulf.net/

Filipino Chess Player League
Contact: Mars Marcial
Email – marz.fctluae@yahoo.com

OOPPS - For Photo Enthusiast
Joel Macalma / Jeff Biteng
http://www.oppps.com/

Pinoy Expat Auto Club in Emirates (PEACE)
Email – admin@pinoy.ae
http://www.pinoy.ae/

Philippine Guardians Brotherhood, Inc
Contact: Lindon Largo
Email - xnodz@yahoo.com

Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Contact: Olive Mara – President
http://www.fdsc-dubai.org/

Filipino Digerati Association
Contact: Justino Arciga, Sr. - President
http://www.pinoydigerati.org/

Filipino Dance Club
Contact: Connie Paguidopon- President
http://www.fdcdubai.com/

Lingkod OFW
Contact: Charles D. Medillo - President
http://www.lingkodofwcdm.com/

Society of Filipino Engineers and Architechs
Contact: Art Saquido
Sfea1007@yahoogroups.com

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Filipino Restaurants in Dubai

Updated: 06/04/2016

Chowking-various locations

Agemono-Al Attar Shopping Center Karama, International City and Al Quoz

Tagpuan- Al Karama 2

Goto King-Al Attar Shopping Center Karama

Barrio Fiesta-Burjuman Center Bur Dubai

Salt n' Pepper-Warba Center Deira

Big John Restaurant-Satwa

Pinoy Grill-Al Rigga St. Deira

Kita-Kits-Marco Polo Hotel, Deira

Rocky's Cafe-Regent Hotel, Bur Dubai

Smiling Bar-B-Q and Shabu Shabu-Satwa

Kabalen Restaurant-Karama

Far Eastern Restaurant-Karama

Bulwagang Filipino Restaurant-Karama Shopping Center

Fiesta Filipino-Karama

Max's Restaurant - Sharjah

Max's Restaurant - Dubai

Bodega Street Food

Yellow Cab Pizza

La Mesa Restaurant Asiana Hotel

Seafood in a Bucket - Karama

Little Manila - Deira

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Tagalog Mass & Churches in UAE



Are you a Filipino and Catholic? Are you new in Dubai or in the UAE? Are you looking forward to attend church mass in your language every Friday or during your day off? Are you in trouble and you need to talk to Him? Would you like to offer thanks and praise but you do not know where to go?



Here is the list of Catholic Churches in the UAE and Tagalog Mass timings for your convinience
 Dubai


St. Mary's Catholic Church, Dubai

Tagalog mass every 2nd, 4th and 5th Friday of every month 12:30 pm (obligatory)
Come early if you need to park your car and to secure a seat inside the church, many Pinoys attend the holy mass every Friday in St. Mary's church and parking lot gets full quickly.
if you need to know more about other church activities like wedding, baptism and holy communion, click HERE
Location Map

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Jebel Ali


St. Francis of Assisi Parish
Tagalog Mass every 3rd Friday of the month at 12:30 pm

Location Map
For more information click HERE

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Sharjah

St. Michael's Catholic Church
Tagalog mass every 2nd, 4th and 5th Friday of every month 6:30 pm (obligatory)
For more information click HERE
Location Map

 




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Al Ain


St. Mary's Catholic Church
Tagalog mass every 1st. 2nd, 3rd, 4th Thursday at 8:00 pm
Location Map
For more information click HERE

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Abu Dhabi


St. Josephs' Cathedral
Tagalog mass every Sunday at 7:30 pm at the Parish Hall
St Joseph's Cathedral is located between Karamah St and Airport Road, close to the Immigration Department and Al Khubarat School.


Tagalog mass in Musaffa area (obligatory) every 3rd Saturday at 8:30 pm


Location to reach the place   


Marthoma Community Center, Mussafah (Behind Abu Dhabi  Motors   or   Behind First Petrol station in the Mussafah Road).


For more information click HERE

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Ras Al Khaima


St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church
Tagalog mass every 1st Friday of every month at 12:00 noon

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Fujairah


Catholic Church Of Mother of Perpetual Help
Tagalog Mass: 7:30 Pm (2nd Tuesday of every month)

Disclaimer: Schdule and mass timings is subject to change as per your parochial church
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Mi Ultimo Adiós by Dr. Jose Rizal


Below was the text of Dr. Jose Rizals Mi Ultimo Adios written the night before his execution, we sang this song (song version of the poem) in Luneta on the 100th Philippines Independence Day celebration in 1998, I was in high school back then.

I started a self study of the Spanish language hoping that someday I will be a fluent speaker. I find it adaptable and easy to learn since most of the Tagalog words we use are rooted from the Spanish language unlike if I will push myself from learning Arabic or French.

Warning: This poem is somber
Mi Ultimo Adiós by Dr. Jose Rizal

Adios, Patria adorada, region del sol querida,
Perla del Mar de Oriente, nuestro perdido Eden!
A darte voy alegre la triste mustia vida,
Y fuera más brillante más fresca, más florida,
Tambien por tí la diera, la diera por tu bien.

En campos de batalla, luchando con delirio
Otros te dan sus vidas sin dudas, sin pesar;
El sitio nada importa, ciprés, laurel ó lirio,
Cadalso ó campo abierto, combate ó cruel martirio,
Lo mismo es si lo piden la patria y el hogar.

Yo muero cuando veo que el cielo se colora
Y al fin anuncia el día trás lóbrego capuz;
Si grana necesitas para teñir tu aurora,
Vierte la sangre mía, derrámala en buen hora
Y dórela un reflejo de su naciente luz.

Mis sueños cuando apenas muchacho adolescente,
Mis sueños cuando joven ya lleno de vigor,
Fueron el verte un día, joya del mar de oriente
Secos los negros ojos, alta la tersa frente,
Sin ceño, sin arrugas, sin manchas de rubor.

Ensueño de mi vida, mi ardiente vivo anhelo,
Salud te grita el alma que pronto va á partir!
Salud! ah que es hermoso caer por darte vuelo,
Morir por darte vida, morir bajo tu cielo,
Y en tu encantada tierra la eternidad dormir.

Si sobre mi sepulcro vieres brotar un dia
Entre la espesa yerba sencilla, humilde flor,
Acércala a tus labios y besa al alma mía,
Y sienta yo en mi frente bajo la tumba fría
De tu ternura el soplo, de tu hálito el calor.

Deja á la luna verme con luz tranquila y suave;
Deja que el alba envíe su resplandor fugaz,
Deja gemir al viento con su murmullo grave,
Y si desciende y posa sobre mi cruz un ave
Deja que el ave entone su cantico de paz.

Deja que el sol ardiendo las lluvias evapore
Y al cielo tornen puras con mi clamor en pos,
Deja que un sér amigo mi fin temprano llore
Y en las serenas tardes cuando por mi alguien ore
Ora tambien, Oh Patria, por mi descanso á Dios!

Ora por todos cuantos murieron sin ventura,
Por cuantos padecieron tormentos sin igual,
Por nuestras pobres madres que gimen su amargura;
Por huérfanos y viudas, por presos en tortura
Y ora por tí que veas tu redencion final.

Y cuando en noche oscura se envuelva el cementerio
Y solos sólo muertos queden velando allí,
No turbes su reposo, no turbes el misterio
Tal vez acordes oigas de citara ó salterio,
Soy yo, querida Patria, yo que te canto á ti.

Y cuando ya mi tumba de todos olvidada
No tenga cruz ni piedra que marquen su lugar,
Deja que la are el hombre, la esparza con la azada,
Y mis cenizas antes que vuelvan á la nada,
El polvo de tu alfombra que vayan á formar.

Entonces nada importa me pongas en olvido,
Tu atmósfera, tu espacio, tus valles cruzaré,
Vibrante y limpia nota seré para tu oido,
Aroma, luz, colores, rumor, canto, gemido
Constante repitiendo la esencia de mi fé.

Mi Patria idolatrada, dolor de mis dolores,
Querida Filipinas, oye el postrer adios.
Ahi te dejo todo, mis padres, mis amores.
Voy donde no hay esclavos, verdugos ni opresores,
Donde la fé no mata, donde el que reyna es Dios.

Adios, padres y hermanos, trozos del alma mía,
Amigos de la infancia en el perdido hogar,
Dad gracias que descanso del fatigoso día;
Adios, dulce extrangera, mi amiga, mi alegria,
Adios, queridos séres morir es descansar.

English translation


My Final Farewell



Farewell, dear Fatherland, clime of the sun caress'd
Pearl of the Orient seas, our Eden lost!,
Gladly now I go to give thee this faded life's best,
And were it brighter, fresher, or more blest
Still would I give it thee, nor count the cost.

On the field of battle, 'mid the frenzy of fight,
Others have given their lives, without doubt or heed;
The place matters not-cypress or laurel or lily white,
Scaffold or open plain, combat or martyrdom's plight,
T is ever the same, to serve our home and country's need.

I die just when I see the dawn break,
Through the gloom of night, to herald the day;
And if color is lacking my blood thou shalt take,
Pour'd out at need for thy dear sake
To dye with its crimson the waking ray.

My dreams, when life first opened to me,
My dreams, when the hopes of youth beat high,
Were to see thy lov'd face, O gem of the Orient sea
From gloom and grief, from care and sorrow free;
No blush on thy brow, no tear in thine eye.

Dream of my life, my living and burning desire,
All hail ! cries the soul that is now to take flight;
All hail ! And sweet it is for thee to expire ;
To die for thy sake, that thou mayst aspire;
And sleep in thy bosom eternity's long night.


If over my grave some day thou seest grow,
In the grassy sod, a humble flower,
Draw it to thy lips and kiss my soul so,
While I may feel on my brow in the cold tomb below
The touch of thy tenderness, thy breath's warm power.

Let the moon beam over me soft and serene,
Let the dawn shed over me its radiant flashes,
Let the wind with sad lament over me keen ;
And if on my cross a bird should be seen,
Let it trill there its hymn of peace to my ashes.

Let the sun draw the vapors up to the sky,
And heavenward in purity bear my tardy protest
Let some kind soul o 'er my untimely fate sigh,
And in the still evening a prayer be lifted on high
From thee, 0 my country, that in God I may rest.

Pray for all those that hapless have died,
For all who have suffered the unmeasur'd pain;
For our mothers that bitterly their woes have cried,
For widows and orphans, for captives by torture tried
And then for thyself that redemption thou mayst gain.

And when the dark night wraps the graveyard around
With only the dead in their vigil to see
Break not my repose or the mystery profound
And perchance thou mayst hear a sad hymn resound
'T is I, O my country, raising a song unto thee.

And even my grave is remembered no more
Unmark'd by never a cross nor a stone
Let the plow sweep through it, the spade turn it o'er
That my ashes may carpet earthly floor,
Before into nothingness at last they are blown.

Then will oblivion bring to me no care
As over thy vales and plains I sweep;
Throbbing and cleansed in thy space and air
With color and light, with song and lament I fare,
Ever repeating the faith that I keep.

My Fatherland ador'd, that sadness to my sorrow lends
Beloved Filipinas, hear now my last good-by!
I give thee all: parents and kindred and friends
For I go where no slave before the oppressor bends,
Where faith can never kill, and God reigns e'er on high!

Farewell to you all, from my soul torn away,
Friends of my childhood in the home dispossessed !
Give thanks that I rest from the wearisome day !
Farewell to thee, too, sweet friend that lightened my way;
Beloved creatures all, farewell! In death there is rest!

translation by Charles Derbyshire - 1911

Trivia: Dr. Jose Rizal birthday is June 19.
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Cubby House


Last night, me and mica played bahay-bahayan (cubby house), she would not go to sleep and still looking for some entertainment. I thought that it would be nice if we play together, read her stories inside the cubby house and role play as if she was my mom and I am her daughter, it was a nice feeling having to make her feel happy and I feel good being able to give her an undivided attention. Add to it our little visitor who invades the house and seemed interested to play as the dad, he sits inside and watch what we were doing, he wanted to play too but her ate (sister) thought he was so small and was just trying to wreck our cubby so the real dad was called in for rescue to take the little guy out and make him busy with run and catch me game.
I used to play bahay-bahayan when I was small with my friends, I remember bringing in my cooking play set with some flowers and leaves cut from the garden to disguise as ingredients for cooking. We bring dolls for baby's and we act like moms feeding them. But we never had a real cubby house, what we had was a makeshift using carton boxes and bedclothes using clothes pin to attach.

Now that we have started playing that game, knowing Mica, she will surely ask me to do it everyday. It is summer vacation and I need loads of ideas to keep the kids entertained. I was planning to enroll Mica to a ballet class but since she had an accident almost two weeks ago hurting her ankle, that is not feasible now so probably we will go ahead with the guitar lesson.

I think that it would be nice if she can have a real cubby house or something like this homemade fabric cubby house. Do you play with your kids too? How do you keep your kids occupied?

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Bento box sans the doggy

Japanese food preparation is an art in itself. It is carefully prepared using fresh and healthy ingridients. I read that japanese diet is also amazing and if followed strictly will result in proper weight loss. I watch this video of a Jap woman preparing a bento box and I could not stop myself from clapping after the video but sans the dog, I think its unhygienic. I would love to have that bento box for lunch at the office. Enjoy watching

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2nd Annual 5K Women's Run - this time a volunteer


This year on 11-11-11 will be the second year for the "5K Women's Run" and in addition, the organizers decided to have a 10K category. I ran on the first UAE 5K Women's Run 2010 and it was worth the try. Finishing that 5 kilometers is an achievement for me, my first run ever, I may be not be the first to the finish line but I am happy to be part of that historic moment.

This year I decided to put away my running shoes and become a volunteer. Thank you to Ms. Lisa  Euton the Event Manager, I am looking forward to this wonderful event. 

If you need a kick start to that diet or you simply want to get fit, this might be the opportunity, so I am inviting you, on behalf of the UAE 2nd Annual 5K Women's Run, all ladies out there to participate in the event. It's fun and its exciting. For more information click here.
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Boyfriend Blazers-Sweet

Today's outfit was unplanned because I didn't prepare my clothes last night so I just pulled the pieces from the closet randomly this morning while imagining how it will look when I put them on together. I bravely sport the boyfriend blazer style which I immediately voted sweet when I read the article from youlookfab. I like it because it's trendy and playful. I paired the blue pinstripe jacket with a white T and a pair of jeans and then  added a bronze heart shape long necklace for a 70s edge. There were no regrets even though I fall short with the animal print ballet flats because they are comfy and my feets loves them. My sister suggested that a black patent two inch heels shoes will actually nail the look.


I am always cold in the office so the jacket keeps me warm all day plus it gives a more polished look




The silver Citizen 21 jewels watch was my moms and it is something that I treasure, love wearing it too.

Next time I must follow Angie's tip about length and my sisters 'bout the shoes to elongate the leg line . I will soon update this look. ciao for now.
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Dubai School Transport Safety

Accidents happen and school bus drivers must  be cautious and mindful their driving to avoid it. I think that the school bus driver and school bus nannies must make sure that the children are seated and buckled up before they move the vehicle, afterall these are children they are transporting everyday, they are not adults who have strong body motion control. The slightest impact or sudden break can throw a child to a few meters. Please practice safe driving school bus drivers.


photo credit

This morning I received a call from my daughters teacher telling me to come to school immediately because Mica had an accident. I was terrified but try to get first hand information over the phone from her before storming to the school. She said Mica slipped while getting on the school bus this morning and when she reached the school her right ankle was already swollen and that it was painful. She said that the school nurse already gave her first aid but it needs to be checked by a doctor. I grew more worried, I knew it was something serious.

I just finished my morning exercise and I was getting ready for work when she called, good I was dressed and was ready to go. I called my husband to tell him what happened he was so worried but I told him not to worry as I am on my way to her, then I hit the road. When I reached the school they are already waiting for me, I found her at the school clinic bed with her right foot wrapped with bandage. The school nurse briefed me again how the incident happened and the status of her foot. My daughter told me the other side of the story. She was just in the middle of the bus and not yet seated when the driver started moving the vehicle and because she lost her balance she slipped and hurt her foot, it must have landed on a wrong position. I told them this but I don't want any argument, I am more concern of my daughter and to which nearest hospital I can take her.

A friend and I took her to Zuleka hospital, the one nearest to the school. The pediatric-orthopedic doctor was not available and we were referred to the orthopedic doctor. He examined Mica's right foot and after we were taken to the lab for an x-ray. It shows that Mica had fractured her ankle. The doctor put an orthopedic cast on her foot and she was ask to stay home for seven days where she has to keep her leg elevated at all times for at least two days. I was thankful enough that the school year was almost over and they had finished their assessments before this happened but I was also upset because she will miss the remaining school days, those are the days when the kids are having fun, playing with friends whom they will not see untill the next school year, Mica was actually excited about her year end school party so I will make sure she is able to attend.

 I gave the medical report to the school supervisor and I raised my concern ragarding transport safety. The transport manager assured me that a proper measure will be taken and they will make sure that drivers adhere to safe driving.

**Dubai imposes new rules all bus drivers must know
• Be driven by a qualified bus driver who has undergone RTA training
• Be painted yellow
• Have ‘School Bus’ clearly marked in English and Arabic, on both sides, the front and the rear
• Be fitted with a lit, red pop-out ‘Stop’ sign to warn oncoming traffic that children are alighting and angled mirrors so the driver can see all sides of the bus
• Have at least one warden travelling on every bus so that children under 12 can be guided on and off safely
• Carry a fire extinguisher, a first aid kit and have lap belts fitted on all seats
• Not have middle aisle fold-down seats, armrests, ashtrays or other solid fixtures on which kids could bang their heads
• Have emergency exits on both sides of the bus
• Not exceed 80kmph
• Be properly air conditioned


Have you ever been in the same situation? What kind of action have you taken?

**Time Out Dubai
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Reflection - Reasons Why I Stay In Dubai



two reflection of me on the silver vase with a fish eye effect
This photo was taken while waiting for my number to be called - passport collection at the DIFC Govt. Office. Another three valid years of visa has been stamped on it.
Been here for so long I guess I don't know when to call it quits.I get used to my life here, our life here. Why I kept on staying in UAE? Well there are many reasons.

The main reason is that I am working and earning a living here plus having to support a family member at the same time in Philippines  apart from that
1. Dubai is a safe place  - crime rate is low, it is actually regarded as top five safest cities in the world to live in. Locals and expats alike are well protected by vigilant police officers. This is a kind of place I want my kids to grow. People respect people and people respect the authority.

2. Affordability - Things that I thought that is hard to afford in my home country is within reach here. Food is not cheap nor expensive. Electronics and high end gadgets are everywhere and selling like pancakes. Dubai is one of the best shopping destinations in the world with the Dubai Mall as the largest shopping mall, and a number of huge malls around town, there is everything for everyone. There are also souks for budget shopping.
3. Tax Free (big grin) -  There is no income tax, I get my salary in full and I don't have monthly mandatory deductions. There is gratuity after the contract finishes (gratuity is end of service pay) a month of vacation w/ PAY too and free annual ticket to home country. Corporates enjoy 100% ownership of their businesses in free zones and freehold property developments.

4. Strong Government - The ruler knows what he is doing and people loves him. Look at the UAE now with all developments I have witness in the last decade, I would say countries like mine must learn from them. The systems developed and implemented in this country makes it more wealthy and they earn the respect of nations around the world.

5. Vibrant City - Full of life and there is so much things you can do from simple stroll at the park to desert safari to swim at the beach to a ride in the fastest roller coaster built at the Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi. You will never get board.

6. Multicultural - There are roughly 202 nationalities thriving, living and working together. Over 80% of population are expats who coexist in harmony. I even enrolled my daughter to an international school to have the benefit of her mingling with kids of different nationalities and of course to have good quality education.

7. Conservative Society - Driven by religion Dubai even being a cosmopolitan city stays conservative in many ways. In the mall you will find signs about proper dressing, on the street public display of affection is taboo, alcohol are serve only in hotels bars and roaming drunk will land you in jail, priority for women in government offices and other establishments, men still practice chivalry. Everywhere there are mosque and non Muslims can practice religion freely in their place of worship.

8. Weather - I love winter because it is more pleasant to tour the city when the weather is much cooler. It is sunny whole year round and occasional rain during winter which means you can always go out and about every weekends.some

I don't know when to call it quits, I am actually thinking of settling in Dubai as long as it allows me to.

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