Showing posts with label family bonding. Show all posts
Showing posts with label family bonding. Show all posts

Full Moon Desert Drumming in Dubai

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African Drums
The Full Moon Desert Drumming season will begin its first session one week from now. We went in March last year and had an amazing and unique experience. I was organizing my photos and saw the album, remembered that I haven't shared it here yet. It was something different from all the other desert trips we've had and I wanted to share them with you. We played music using the djembe drums (a native African drum) under the bright moonlight. Felt like we were in Africa. With our own tribe. And, we sound good, really good.

We arrived at the desert edge at 6 pm and transferred to a Toyota Land Cruiser that took us to the camp deep inside the Al Aweer desert. The ride to the camp was a mini dune bashing for us especially our driver was extra enthusiastic to give my kids a fun ride.

Planet Torus 4x4 fleet 
Even with a bumpy ride, I couldn't help but notice the full moon and this amazing sunset

Dubai desert sunset

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11th Wedding Anniversary Dinner at Royal Orchid Restaurant at Downtown Dubai

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Ferald and I celebrated our 11th wedding anniversary last month and chose to take the whole family out for dinner instead of just the two of us. If you follow me on Instagram, you must have seen the voucher I've won during the Amazing Taste of Thailand 2014 Launch at the Armani Hotel.

We put it to good use and took the family out to try some authentic Thai food at the Royal Orchid Restaurant in Downtown Dubai.

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Modhesh World ++

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Modhesh World hasn't changed in years, after fifteen years in operation it is still one of the happiest place in Dubai keeping kids entertained summer after summer.
My nephew and kids taking a selfie
It did got better and better each year as they bring back old and new characters kids love like hello kitty, Transformers and Angry Birds. They have also added a lot more interactive games and activities aimed at educating young minds. Prince loved lego duplo, Mica was into more physical and ask me to join her into high ropes and as a family our favorite was the famous Angry Birds interactive games and we also went ice skating.






My kids day out at Modhesh World was one of the best they have had this summer vacation including a stretch limousine round trip from our residence to Modhesh World.






Now that my daughter is back in school and my son has just started his, I have the time to share our wonderful experience.

Thank you to Modhesh World and Ahlan Dubai.

Related post is our Stretch Limo Ride and Kabayan Family Fun Day


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Bowls and Burgers

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Eid Al Fitr is a two-day holiday after the holy month of Ramadan and this year 2K14 it falls in July which by the way is one of the hottest month in Dubai.

The beach and the park are not in our list of things to do this time of the year.

Thanks to the number of huge malls and to the many activities they offer. We headed to the Mall of the Emirates for some fun with the kids. Bowling is one of the activities we all enjoy a lot so we went bowling at Magic Planet.


Ferald showed the kids how to do and then he lets them do it on their own.


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Applebee's

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This post should have been up here a long time ago but every time we eat at Applebee's, I never had any blog worthy photos to post up here.

So on the next couple of times we ate at this American casual dining joint, I tried to take better photos of the food and the restaurant.

They had their interiors redesigned and I like it more this time because the ambiance is fresh and fun. They removed many memorabilia that used to clutter the walls and replaced them with photos framed nice and neat. They kept that signature wall murals though showing the best of both worlds which I find really cool.



The two photos above are taken in two different occasions and location. The first was in Dubai branch where me and my colleagues had our lunch one Thursday and the second was in their Sharjah branch last Father's Day to celebrate our dads day.

Applebee's have big servings so ordering three different dishes is good enough to share with this two hungry birds whether it is a salad or a starter.


Lunch break is just one hour so we wasted no time and ordered our food fast. We had burger slider, fiesta salad and poblano pasta. This fiesta salad is true to its name. It is not only colorful, there is so much texture in it.


The burger slider was fantastic, the beef patty was freshly made and it was sooo juicy. I promise that I'll come back only for their real big burgers next time.


Do I need to say more for this pasta dish? Look at those prawns, yum.


Wanna have lunch/dinner, they have this ongoing promotion.



We are too full to have dessert but if you are visiting, these are worth dunking your forks into


They have great sangria s too, this was mine, the red apple


Closer... did you notice something?

These two sangria photos were taken in different times but as you can see it is my favorite, and I order it all the time, isn't it pretty?


Fathers Day cannot be ignored especially when it is the only topic on your Facebook wall for almost three days and nothing else. lols!

Of course we took the man of the house to Applebee's for a treat. Unlike the hurried lunch I had with my colleagues, this out dinner is at leisure, unhurried and slow and fun.


When you eat at Applebee's this sampler tower is a must, best shared with family or friends and it's really delicious, that boneless BBQ wings is a winner. You can actually build your tower sampler if you like with starters of your choice.


Our food came in big servings, just look at these plates.

This one's my daughters - Mac N Cheese


My sister-in-law ordered Parmesan crusted chicken and pasta


Prince ordered burger slider.


The celebrant had 7 oz sirloin cooked medium well with mushroom sauce (not pictured). I didn't order anything for myself because the burger slider have three mini burgers which Prince cannot finish and we also had that sampler tower for our starter. I knew that we will have enough food to share.

Dessert was moist chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream with five spoons, I shoot and we demolish.


Happy daddy, happy tummy and happy family.

Oh, I haven't tried that real big burger yet so yeah I'll be back...soon.
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Easter Egg Hunt and a Rare Farm Visit at Al Tamimi Stables

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 Happy Easter everyone, how did you celebrate your Easter?


Ours was celebrated at Al Tamimi Stables with an Easter egg hunt and a farm tour. It is a rare occasion to visit a farm here in the UAE as most farms are private properties so the experience felt a few inches more special. :p

We arrived almost 11 am at the farm, we didn't find our way too quickly though, without navigation maps, it is a tini-tiny bit challenging to get here. Although we are from Sharjah, we have never been in this area of Sharjah.


Al Tamimi Stables thought genuinely about the welfare of its community and opened its doors to the public in 2013 and from then on, this family-friendly farm and activity center has become a popular destination among schools, companies and even for families who seek outdoor and edutainment for their children away from the husle and bustle of the city

The farm is situated in Al Zubair, Sharjah just opposite Al Zubair Municipality. From the gate, you get to walk in a long dramatic entrance covered with tall trees, the kids couldn't contain their excitement, already running towards the a flock of ducks resting under one tree.





The mercury is rising ever so quickly so off we go for the Easter egg hunt and farm tour with our beautiful tour guide Aefa who has wealth of information for us about the farm.


The vast property is 30 acres of greenery and about 500 exotic and domestic animals are housed here, has also a number fruit bearing trees, a banana and dates plantation, and vegetable patches all over the farm.




Al Tamimi Stables has a state of the art stable and has a number of horses, each one has a different background and different breeds from countries around the world. These beautiful creatures are royalties here at the farm and they are well taken care of.

I remember Aefa telling us that the Arabian horse might be small in size but it has a big heart which makes it good for racing while a horse in the other corral is big in size but has a small heart. You cannot really judge our equine friends by the way it looks.



As we continue with our tour, we are in for more and more surprises each and every step.



There are so many activities available both indoor and outdoor here at Al Tamimi Stables. There is a football field, a basketball court, a horse racetrack, a petting farm (indoor and outdoor), studios for dance, cooking and arts and craft lessons, giant chess board and maze and if you are feeling hungry after all these activities, they have a cafe too and if you fancy a party here at the farm it can be tailor made for you.

After the farm tour and the egg hunt, we went back to the welcome center to freshen up, the kids got their sweet treat for aq job well done. After recovering from the heat outside (boy it was really getting hotter each day), the kids got busy with the arts and craft and petting turtles and rabbits at the indoor petting zoo.





Our almost four hour stay at the farm was well spent. We had a great time and learned a lot especially the kids. I am sure their young minds pick up and absorb almost everything that they have seen, encountered and experienced at the stable. It is an unforgettable experience for the whole family.

Thank you to Al Tamimi Stables, the staff (Aefa, Paula, Glenda) and to the General Manager Mr. Brian Galligan for making our visit so memorable.


Kudos to Al Tamimi Stables for allowing the people in the community to experience the more natural UAE.

Entrance fee to Al Tamimi Stables is AED 60 for adult and AED 35 for children above 3 years
Family package is AED 180 for 2 adults and 3 children above 3 years. See full pricelist here
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Max's Restaurant Sharjah

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Max's is a family business dating back to 1945.After almost 70 years, from a single restaurant it now boast more than a hundred branches all over the Philippines and still expanding. Expansion reached the UAE with two branches, one in Karama and Sharjah City Center.



We entered the restaurant already starving; it was I guess after 10 pm, we had a very late dinner last night. We went grocery shopping first before deciding where to eat. 

You know you really cannot confuse a good Filipino restaurant because it gives you the feeling of nostalgia, it is something that you know by your heart and it always makes you feel home. Max's was like a time machine and it transports us to home. This was the first time we are dining in here after it opened its branches in the UAE. 

The restaurant is no longer crowded like the earlier time when we pass by it, did I say we are eating xx minutes past ten? So we were ushered to our table, there were only few tables occupied by diners so we almost have the whole restaurant to ourselves.

The menu consists of all time favorites from kare-kare to pancit to sago't gulaman for drinks. My sister-in-law attest by the taste of the crab fried rice so we were enticed to order three plates not knowing that one plate is good for two to share and it is so good that we finished it all up.


We also had fiesta plate for ate and Max's tapa for Mica. The only disappointing piece on my sister's plate was the lumpiang sariwa because it looks so good, big, and fresh on the photo but it lacks this quality once served, it looks more like unfried spring roll to me.


While Mica was without complain about her food. It came as a surprise to her to have two yolks in an egg but by the looks of it, I think these are two eggs cooked together actually.



This is the fried chicken that built the house, must be millions of these. It's a sin not to have it if you're at Max's Restaurant,  :p it has a secret recipe that's been concocted by Nanay Ruby (pictured above.), evidently we are sold. As always this chicken is crunchy on the outside and soft and juicy on the inside like the way we want our fried chicken. It comes with some sticks of fried sweet potatoes on the side.


And what's a fried chicken without ketchup? They are selling these ketchup bottles for AED 5


We washed down our sumptuous dinner with iced tea and sago't gulaman



All meals should have sweet endings and a dessert plate sampler was a beauty but before I could even snap a photo of it, my kids were already digging in so yeah just to give you a view I nabbed a picture from a fella who have a very good review of Max's too.


That concludes our dinner and we left the restaurant happy and sated but we didn't leave without taking a picture with the ever hot papa endorser of Max's - Coco Martin un oh!!!!


And the kids with the chic! :)


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