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Maagang Pamasko from PEBA-MYB @ No 8


I would like to thank Pinoy Expat Blog Awards 2011 and all its core members and volunteers and to express my sincerest appreciation for the award given to My Yellow Bells in the recently concluded awards night last December 9, 2011. It is such an honor to be a recipient of this award ♥.  

I would also like to congratulate my fellow bloggers, OFW or not, for their commendable and very inspiring articles and blogs.

And of course kudos to my fellow UAE blogger McRich (ikaw na ang Rich-sa tagahanga) who bagged first place (Top 1) for this year.

Dear PEBA,
Thank you for keeping the spirit alive, thank you for giving life and uniting us all in one faith and advocacy to inspire many and to share the OFWs expereinces to the world.

This years winner of PEBA 2011-OFW Blog Division

TOP 1
Ako'y Magbabalik, Hatid Ko ay Pagbabago
blissfully RICH, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Richard M. Macarubbo

TOP 2
The Boomerangs and the Three Hunters
JP Quidores' Window,
Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei
Jyppe A. Quidores

TOP 3
UUWI NA SI TATANG Pinoy Samut-Sari,
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Ponciano U. Santos Detektibgapo

TOP 4
Alohagems Online,
Lihue, Hawaii Alohagems Online, Lihue, Hawaii
Shirley P Mandel

TOP 5
I'll Go Home and Shall Bring Change (A Dare for OFWs) OFW Chronicles,
Pinoy Abroad, Doha, Qatar
Ronald S. Mallari

TOP 6
Michael's Shades of Blue, Riyadh, KSA Michael's Shades of Blue,
Riyadh, KSA
Michael C Juha

TOP 7
THREE The Gasoline Dude, Singapore, Singapore Alex T. Molina


TOP 8
My Yellow Bells, Dubai, UAE My Yellow Bells, Dubai, UAE Carla Roque

TOP 9
WATAWAT SA PALIPARAN Buhay OFW,
Doha, Qatar Alex P. Flores


TOP 10
Sa Muling Pagbukas ng Tala_larawan Kuya Poklong, OFW Ako,
Kuwait City, Kuwait
Rodel M. Jaboli

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the joys of baking


These are my freshly baked homemade cinnamon rolls, baked it with my darling mica last night.

While preparing our baking needs, mica asks me of a particular question as to how to delete friends from facebook. I wondered why? I jumped into conclusion that she must have had a bad day at school and I am guessing that it is about her girlfriends.

I hugged her tightly and make face to make her smile and then I asked her if she is sure she wants to delete some friends and what if after some time they kiss and make up? She thought about it for a while and changes the subject of our conversation."Every mother is a great chef", she said to me and even I heard it the day before, it is like a beautiful song ringing in my ear and then another hug before we proceed with baking.

"Baking makes me feel super happy", she said again, in hearing this, I thought that it is not the baking that made her feel happy but the companionship, an undivided time, a bonding moment of a mom and daughter. It is a special moment that I would want her to remember about us when she grows up.
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How to get an OEC

A lot of our kababayans here in Dubai are very happy that the Philippine Consulate and POLO-OWWA in Dubai are right in one place now and in a newly built huge twin villa opposite Al Qusais Police Station. (it used to be in two different offices far from each other and POLO-OWWA's office was the one that is difficult to locate) It is visible from Beirut Street and it is just behind lighthouse cafeteria, very easy to spot, just look for the Philippine flag that hangs on a pole in front of the offices.


We were there yesterday to get our OECs (Overseas Employment Certificate). It is a document that certifies us as OFWs in UAE and it is mandatory for returning or vacationing workers in the Philippines. Immigration officers will be looking for it as well at the passport control by the time you are leaving the country to go back to your host country.

It was as early as 8 am when we reached, outside the Philippine Consulate were like a hundred people waiting while POLO-OWWA have only a few so we were smiling big until we enter the gate and saw the long line, when we finally have a number we were already at #106.

We filled up 3 forms - 2 duplicate forms, one for OWWA membership and one for OEC and another A5 size paper for PAG-IBIG funds. The processing of the documents is fast and easy but it is the long queue that is upsetting. Even if we showed up early it still took us almost three hours to get the certificate, well maybe because it is December and a lot of people goes home for the holidays so large number of people turn up to POLO-OWWA for this matter.

When were done with the OEC renewal, we proceed to processing the travel tax exemption for our kids, I ask for the form from POLO-OWWA but it is available at the consulate so we have to walk to the other office (well at least it is just the next building office and need not to grab a cab just to get the form.) It was not so hard to get it either as I was properly directed to where and whom to get this form, I filled it up and attach the passports of my kids, they stamp and signed it and it's all done.

I was thankful that the process went smoothly and I am thankful if not proud of our Philippine Foreign offices here in the UAE for the improvement they are making to serve the Pinoy's here in Dubai. I just hope that soon they will think of incorporating automatic numbering system for the people to use.
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a not so creepy crawler

if a caterpillar looks like this, would it want to become a butterfly?


just the size of my thumb. can you guess whose work this is? according to mica this is a caterpillar and a catepillar it is. this is one of the many instance that mica surprised me with her art skills and imagination-kids have loads of it. they say let them play, learn and dream.
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Winter

in the middle of two swimming pools





it's november and the morning chills get into my skin so for addition warmth i added this blue sheila/scarf to my outfit. i love the combination of the solid colors of orange and blue here. these photos were taken in an open space at our building which I guess is suppose to be a small garden too, it is in between floors of the building which is quite a fantastic idea but the thing is it is a bit poorly maintained unlike the one on the lower floor. i'd only hope that the building management will pay attention to it a bit more, im sure with a little imagination this area can be transformed into something more admirable. btw the person behind all this beautiful shots is my colleague, of course i did not produce this pics myself, please meet my buddy the ever beautiful Jeah. woot!


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shoes and clothes makes others happy, photos does it for me









these photos were taken at a small garden in my work place. greenery in dubai is a luxury and it cost so much money to keep the plants thriving in this part of the planet. they need a life support that is water pipes/tubes to water them from time to time without the help of a gardener. the clothes i wore here is nothing special, just wanted to capture the look to keep it in my wardrobe capsule
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Vacation

my blog suffered from a long halt. it went for a three week hybernation just like its owner who is in a vacay mood already after holloween. i am (we are) very excited because we are "coming home for christmas"

normally our christmas tree would be standing in some corner of our dwelling by now like the rest of the years but since we are celebrating the yuletide season in the philippines with our loved ones, we skip the christmas tree decorating tradition we used to have here in dubai. we are saving those precious moments done with the family back home and my mom for one is actually waiting for us to decorate the house.

what's keeping us busy right now is shopping for presents and more presents. it is more costly to come home in december than any other time of the year and i think almost all ofws can attest to that but we cannot have it compromised with all the joys and love one can receive and one can give to the family and relatives during this season.

mica is counting down the days, she can't wait to see all her cousins, aunties and uncles and of course her grannies. I missed mom so much and it is a must that i see her, she just recovered from  illness and i am teribbly longing to be with her make sure she's alright, ferald on the other hand didn't set foot since five years and the dude needs a break. this vacation is also very special because we will be taking prince home for the first time and introduce the little guy to the family.

our excitement grows day after day and me and ferald is looking forward to all the things we want to do togethter back home. I can imagine the all authentic pinoy food we can eat again, the places to visit and bring the kids, to experience old pinoy culture and tradition during the holiday season. much has changed in the last five years that we have not seen our provinces but it's home and we will never grew unfamiliar with it.

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Prayers for the Faithful Departed


MYB offers this prayer to all our departed loved ones. May your souls Rest in Peace.

Dad, Daddy Ray, Auntie Hubeng, Tito Venus, Aunti Moodie, Tito Buddy, Lola Dorang and Lolo, Amang Anse and Tita and Lola, Tito Pablo, Tito Johny, Tita Mercy...and all of those I can hardly recall
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O Lord, my Creator and Redeemer, I believe that in Your justice You have willed purgatory for those who pass into eternity before having completely atoned for their sins.

And I believe that in Your mercy You accept suffrages, especially in the sacrifice of the Mass, for their comfort and liberation.

Enliven my faith and grant me sentiments of compassion towards these suffering brethren.

Eternal rest, grant to them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them.
May they rest in peace. Amen.

O Lord Jesus Christ, King of glory, through the intercession of Mary and all the saints, please free from purgatory the faithful departed.

I pray you, O St. Michael, prince of the heavenly army, take them into the eternal light which was promised by God to Abraham and his descendants.

I offer You, Lord, sacrifices and prayers of praise. Accept them on behalf of those whom we commemorate this day. Admit them into the eternal light and joy.

Eternal rest, grant to them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them.
May they rest in peace. Amen.

O good Master Jesus, I entreat You for the sake of all to whom I am bound by motives of gratitude, justice, charity, and relationship: my parents, brothers and sisters, spiritual and material benefactors, the members of our Congregation and my relatives.

I recommend to You the forgotten persons, those who were more devoted to You, to the Blessed Virgin, persons who on earth had great responsibility: priests, the authorities, superiors, religious. Call them soon to eternal salvation.

Eternal rest, grant to them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them.
May they rest in peace. Amen.

I thank You, O Jesus divine Master, for having come down from heaven and redeemed the human race from so much evil with Your doctrine, sanctity and death. I pray You for the dead who are in purgatory because of the propagation of evil through the press, radio, television, and the motion picture industry.

I believe that they, once freed from their sufferings and admitted into eternal happiness, will pray for the modern world so that all the means given for the elevation of this present life may be used for the attainment of everlasting life.

Eternal rest, grant to them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them.
May they rest in peace. Amen.

O merciful Jesus, for the merits of Your sorrowful passion and for the love You have for me, I beseech You to forgive me the punishments I have merited for the present or future life by my many sins.

Grant me the spirit of penance, delicacy of conscience, hatred for any deliberate venial sin, and the necessary dispositions to gain indulgences.

I bind myself to help the poor dead as much as I can, and You, O infinite Goodness, give me an ever-increasing fervor so that when it is time for me to leave this world, I shall be admitted at once to contemplate You forever in heaven.

Eternal rest, grant to them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them.
May they rest in peace. Amen.

(source: http://undasonline.com/?p=75)
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multigrain goodness

Multigrain bread topped with cream cheese smoked salmon and cucumber slice was my dinner last Friday night and my lunch for today.


We were at the supermarket last weekend for the much-needed grocery list when I pass by this multigrain bread. I flip the box to see which grain it is made of, it has whole grain rye, whole grain oat, barley, and millet. By the simple knowledge that multigrain is healthy, I toss it into the cart. Then I wonder what should I put for the toppings, I plan to have it for dinner so I mustn’t go home without the ingredients. I took the box again and just look at what’s on the photo, bought all the toppings. As soon as we get home I prepared it on a plate in less than 10 minutes and a minute later we were munching on them.

As usual, it is new to our taste buds but something I am very eager to try. Dad and Mica had one serving each and Prince and I continue to munch up to our heart's content, my little guy seemed to like it and helped me finish all of it up to the last bite.

It is best paired with fruit flavored tea or any tea you have at home. Very light but filling. To make it more guiltless, you can substitute the cheese with hummus or any other healthier spread you can think of. The result would be just the same, it tastes good.

I googled FINN CRISP and I discover more amazing recipes for this healthy bread.
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New Generation of Backpackers

                        "high tide or low tide, gagala kami"



The photo above is for bulakboleros photo contest
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Crabbing in Umm Al Quwain

Sometime in March of this year, when we still had Aero (our Pajero), we went crab hunting in Umm Al Quwain. Crabbing or crab hunting is some sort of safari or recreational activity offered by many hotels and tour company's here in the UAE mostly in the marsh land of UAQ. We like ours DIY, it is fun and no need to pay extra for something you can do on your own. But we were cautious too.

Crabbing is done at night until early morning and it is best to follow moon tides - when the moon is new and full, tides are higher and crabs tend to feed more, the more they are out feeding, the more chances of catching them. :)

It is important to locate a good spot in the marsh land to have more catch. There are no lights to guide you so bring your own torch. The brighter the light the better because it is the same light you will use in spotting crabs in the water. Bring a long kitchen thongs for catching them. Some use arrows/spears and of course a covered bucket. I say covered because your catch are alive, they will crawl out of the container and since you don't want to go home empty handed, it is a must. You should also keep track of the path you take, it is easy to get lost in the dark.

While the girls put out the camping gears, the boys went out to hunt. We got tired of waiting after couple of hours and so we camhore in the dark with a little help from the full moon for light. After contenting ourselves with all the photos we've taken, we waded through the marsh land in ankle deep water until we found the boys by the sea.


It is not easy to crab hunt, you will get wet, you may slip and fall and you might get bitten by the crabs fighting for their lives (lulutuin at kakainin mo ba naman sila eh :)) but more than that, it is fun way to chillax and bond with friends or family. It is also an experience that you can never forget, something extra ordinary.


On the shore we found a star fish.


Our bucket is not full but our heart is. A bountiful blessing.
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Above the Clouds


So the foggy mornings continues. On the third day I captured interesting photos of what you can see above the clouds when it drapes the city below.










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Spell "FOG"

Hello foggy mornings :)! Two days in a row and I just love it. It felt nostalgic sometimes because it's like driving in Tagaytay or Baguio. Today was more dense than yesterday as in zero visibility after a few hundred meters, 500 to be exact. This weather phenomenon happens in pre-winter and pre-summer time and many


UAE motorists used to put their hazard lights on when dense fog draped the roads but Dubai Road and Transport Authority (RTA) warned that this will only confuse other drivers and might cause accidents. Dubai motorist are urged to open their fog lamps and not the hazard lights, do not over speed on highways and keep safe distance between cars.



In the morning news today, 3 people were injured in a 35-car pile up in Near Academic City in Dubai Bypass Road, in April 2 of the same year, 127-car pile up on Dubai-Abu Dhabi high way killing one and injuring more than 60 people.


According to The National Center of Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS) the fog will contibnue to persist until the weekend so drivers are warned to be extra careful.


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Applaud the early doodles

Prince is 18 months now and the first time he gets hold of crayons was on his first birthday that was celebrated in Chili’s - Mega Mall. At Chili’s, kids once seated are given three different colors of crayons along with a comic like kids menu with puzzles and games to keep them busy until the food is serve. This was the first time also that we have noticed that our little guy is a lefty, according to baby experts it is too early to determine now if he is a lefty or a righty but as we observe, he seem to favor his left hand over his right. Take a look at these photos of Prince at 12 months trying to make doodles.




This is Prince almost 18 months when we gave him a notebook and a pencil to write. Expert encouraged parents to applaud early doodles to cultivate a whole raft of new activities. Drawing with crayons includes fine motor skills such as holding and grasping as a well as boosting your child's visual insight and tapping his imagination.


We even captured it on a video


hey little guy, this is you when you were little and see, we thought you will be a lefty, we will wait few more years to confirm that. love you mommy
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The Pink Book Sale at Burjuman


Oct. 7 Friday - 11am - 6 pm

Book sale is a fantastic way to grab great titles without spending a fortune. Good books can be found in a book sale like hidden treasures in an island. The plus factor is the books here are donated and the tripple play was all proceeds are going to the Dubai breast cancer charity-safe and sound.

There were 15,000 books donated and are sold at bargain prices. Fiction, novels, learning, and childrens books are amongst on sale. Approximately, there were 15 to 20 table for the books priced only between 5-20 dirhams spread at Burjuman last Friday and a handful of volunteers assisting the buyers.


The book sale was heaven for my daughter as it was for me. I try to guide her in chosing the books she will buy but I myself was lost, with so many option to chose from, it was a hard decision which one to take and which one to be reserve for some other time. I got for myself "The Testament" by John Grisham and Chicken Soup for the Soul-a best seller. Mica got the craft book she wanted, the Miracles of Jesus and two classics-Black Beauty and Alice in Wonderland, and a small board book for Prince.

Safe and Sound Breast Cancer Awareness Program have weekly events this October. Cake for a cause this Thursday 13th Oct and The Survivor Fashion Show on the 21st with free check up for ladies and the Pink Walkathon will happen on the 28th of this month, Friday at 8am. Lets us help save lives of women.
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things i love about you...


you may frown purposely but your eyes still smiles :) your eyes are your best asset

when you texted me love messages i knew you copied that from the little book of quotes you own

how you pulled me close and locked me in your arms while saying the three famous words

when you send me flowers at work, it makes me feel so special

how perfectly your hand fits in mine

when we talk long hours on the phone with just about anything until it heats up

when you smile

how passionately you kisses me like there's no tomorrow

when you eat the food i love that you don’t actually eats

how happy you are while playing with our kids, it makes me realized all the time how lucky we are - we have you

the scent of your perfume mixed with sweat after you play ball, it is very sexy

how you pretend you didn’t know what’s happening around you but guess you’re fully aware of

your love for adventure

when we go food tripping

how you can easily change your accent to your native one and back to the normal

how you throw your dart pins with the little finger arched

when you forget about motion sickness and took all the fun rides with me

when we cannot stop laughing over a joke

when you stare at me

every time you walk me to the car and open its door for me, i really think guys who do that are gentlemen

i can keep writing on and on and on...

actually, all i really wanted to say is

 i love you
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Sharjah Open Beach

We experienced foggy mornings twice last week which only indicates the changing of the season.

This week was a bit humid though. We are happy to welcome this change for we know that the best is yet to come.

WINTER - our favorite season here in the UAE. But before we cover up and add layers to our clothing, let us first enjoy the milder summer weather by hitting the beach. Now is the best time to go swimming without the fear of burning your skin, it is advisable go there early morning or late afternoon.


We took our kids to an open beach in Sharjah two Saturdays ago at around 6 am in the morning. The wind was cool and the water, still warm and calm. Small waves crashing on the shore and were only made because of the boats passing by. An early morning trip to the beach is always a good idea.

Our little Prince is a brave young boy. He wasn't scared of the water at all. Mica was hesitant but couldn't resist the water and joined us.

We stayed an hour and left just before the sun was up. We picked some nice sea shells for Mica's scrapbook and headed home.

Days like this with the family is just incredible.
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We ♥ Del Monte


We all grew up seeing and eating products from Del Monte, its products are now in the supermarket shelves lately in UAE. Pineapple juice, tomato sauce and fruit cocktails are mainly some of the products we love from Del Monte.
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RAVI RESTAURANT DUBAI


Who doesn't know RAVI restaurant? If you have been in Dubai for quite some time now, you must have encountered the name if not dine. It is the most popular Pakistan restaurant in Satwa, Bur Dubai flocked not only by cabbies for lunch and dinner but also five star chefs. It has been reviewed by TimeOut Dubai magazine and featured on Out and About show in Dubai One.

Ate there twice and it never fails to fill my growling tummy with good Asian food but also never fails NOT to stash cash out of my pocket which is really good. I want to quote Lonely Planet's description of this place "you can eat like a prince and can pay like a pauper" which I find true to its sense. Some of the foods I have tried are my favorite butter chicken with a little hint of chili; we say medium spicy when we order and some mutton peshawari. I don't normally eat mutton but it was gastronomically delicious not to dip pieces of freshly baked flatbreads in its spicy sauce.

Last night was actually the second time I ate at RAVI. The first time was with a colleague who introduced me to the restaurant and this time with Ferald. He knew and seen the place many times but never had the chance to dine. We were starving and are on the lookout for a good place to eat, we are already in Satwa so I thought of taking him to the place. It iis packed and we think it's cool to see white collar employees sitting in this humble cafeteria. It all boils down to one point - if the food is good and inexpensive who can resist.

We should try the mixed grill next time!
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Mica draws again


Meet me and my daughter Mica :)  I am the one in the yellow dress with heart prints and she is the one in the blue skirt. I wonder why she is blonde while I am brunette and me with a microphone.

It just feels good when my kiddo associates me in a lot of things she does and I love to be the subject of my little Picasso. I am compiling these pieces of art she created and I wish to publish it here to compile and to show her again when she grows up, you know how these smalls things gets lost and forgotten in time.

My mom used to keep my letters, greeting cards and small art pieces in her bible, a very old one - like she had it 20 years ago, that old. When I get to visit her, I look at the bible again and see some of our old photos and greeting cards we gave her when we were young, she uses them as book marks in her bible to mark her favorite verses, it makes me nostalgic but at the same time it makes me happy to see those things, things that reminds me how I showed mom how much I love her and how important she is to me just like what Mica is doing to me now.

We tend to have different ways of saving precious memories and this is one way of how I thougt of keeping them - online. I just hope that my blogger account will last forever for my next generation to see and read it.
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Poetry: bl!ss


Wind blows as the sky darkens
Sun peeps and hides uncertain
Trees dance in the gusty wind
Petals torn and flown again

Lightning and thunder tear the sky
Furious, fuming, enraged, and mad
Thousand crystal falls into the ground
Unearth bliss from the sorrow bound

The rain had stopped and the sky is clear
The sun peeps before beamingly appear
The wind is quiet and the trees are green
The flowers bloom and the scent is sweet

A storm had passed and left a mark
Etched an imprint in my weary heart
Strength, courage, hope and love
The storm left me happy and sound


Written by: My Yellow Bells
1:41 pm Dubai UAE







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Daring Thoughts

Dubai is an open city and people have freedom to do what they want and need to do as long as it won't disturb public order. Rules are rules here, strictly implemented so you don't want to be messing up with anyone of the countries rules and laws or you will end up getting deported to your home country or worst you will land in jail. For most of the thriving expats here, we are already aware of what I have stated above but for new comers it is important for them to know this. Dubai goverment is serious with its rules unlike in any other parts of the world  where some are still able to getaway with the silly things they are doing. In here, every building, establishment and public transport has an intalled camera to monitor people's every move.

Why am I talking about these things? I was at the metro station yesterday and I noticed a lot of red buttons scattered in all of the escalators and walkalators. It reads " Emergency Button Penalty for Misuse 2000 Dirhams". Who would want to do that with its hefty fine but I had this naughty thought that what is going to happen to me if I dare to push that button? I was laughing at my own thoughts and then I looked around the station and at evey corner, CCTV cameras are intalled so if I will do what I was thinking,


I would hardly getaway with it. of course I am not going to do it, it is just a thought and maybe if I am still a teenager with no responsibilities, I might dare but if I am going to do it, this is definitely not the place.

Have a safe weekend, everyone.
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some good food, a romantic comedy movie and a dozen of red roses



Loui's Restaurant and Cafe is perfectly situated in downtonw Dubai at the foot of the majestic Burj Khalifa. Be seated at their fountain terrace and you have the best view of the Burj Plaza, the Fountain and the Burj Khalifa itself. The enormous golden hands at the center of the restaurant are engaging and unique but it gives me a strange feeling that someone is holding the ceiling so it won't collapse. Please pardon me for having that impression or maybe it is really what the designer wants to convey. Did you notice the ceiling, Arabic and english letters are written on it.


The place is vibrant and bustling with 90% percent of its diners are Arabs in the company of their friends and family chatting, enjoying and relaxing over good food, tall glasses, Arabic music, aromatic sisha, and board games.

The restaurant caters to Lebanese, Mediteranean and Japanese taste. Some of my favorite Japanese foods are maki and tempura. The salmon maki is very fresh, soft and made to perfection tempting us to order another plate. Ferald is not into Japanese food but agree to have more. The tempura was perfectly battered and was warm and crisp when it was served on our table, if only our eldest was with us, she would have ask for second serving. Knowing it was her favorite, we ask for one to go. Ferald and I are both into steak so after finishing our Japanese feast, we ordered each 200g of perfectly grilled rib eye and sirloin steak served with mushroom and pepper sauce separately, on the side is the undying French fries and steamed assorted veggies. I would say that it is not the place I had the best steak but it did not rank last on my list. To finish our sumptuous meal, we had a slice of American cheesecake, the tangy taste of lemon flavored cream on top give it a bit of a twist.

Tempura priced at AED 54 and Salmon maki priced at AED 24

Rib eye steak priced at AED 78 and Sorloin steak priced at AED 73
I did not forget to mention that we are celebrating a special occasion when I booked the table so when we arrived, the restaurant manager mentioned that he reserved one of the best table for us and for that I would like to thank the kind Mr. The service was excellent, and I am glad that a fellow Pinay was assigned on our table. She was polite and quick with our every request. Salamat kabayan for making us feel taken care of. Blessing comes in small ways and we should always try to recognize it. Small or big, a simple gesture of gratitude is music to the heart.

After a wonderful dinner, we are in the mood to watch a movie so we head to Reel Cinemas in Dubai Mall. It was almost twelve midnight but the cinema is still packed with people queing for their tickets. The rise of the planet of the apes was our first choice but it was almost sold out and there were no good seats anymore. We ended up seeing Friends with Benefits starring Justin Timberlake (Dylan) and Mila Kunis (Jamie). We are not so positive about this movie mainly because when we were ask to chose our seats, it shows only few tickets were sold. But guess what, we left the cinema smiling and giggling like teenagers. It was a great romantic comedy movie and cinema screen # 22 was almost full. It was rated R18 and even though it was already rated as such, there are still cuts made from the film which I am guessing is the two sex scenes Dylan and Jamie had. To sum it all up, we had a great night out together as we celebrate our eight wedding anniversary.

At the office, September 25, a guy came with a bunch of  big red roses for me (may pahabol pa pala)

Thanks dad. My only wish is for us to grow old together still madly inlove with each other. So cheezy you may say but it is our day and I guess there is nothing wrong feeling this way. pagbigyan nyo na ako :)

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The generous tooth fairy comes just before a child wakes up :D


As of today four of Micas teeth have fallen out already and just a few minutes ago I received a call from her

Me: Hi Mica

Mica: Hi mommy, you know one of my my front teeth is super wobbly!

Me: That’s good, but don’t panic when it snaps alright, just ask for some cold water from your aunt to rinse your mouth so bleeding will stop

Mica: Ok mommy bye mommy, I just called you to tell you that my other tooth is falling.

Then she hang up.

I feel so important at that very moment. I was with her when the first one have fallen out and then the next three. I am not beside her now but she thought of calling me just to let me know.

The funny thing was two of her front teeth start to wiggle at the same time last week and the first one of two and fourth in the batch snap out last night while we were having dinner. She was in panic running back and forth. We were giggling at the sight of her; it wasn't her first time anymore. Her dad took the tooth and wrapped it on a tissue paper. He knows what’s going to happen at midnight, we will have a visitor.

That same night, Mica slept early for school and didn’t forget to put the tooth still wrapped on the tissue under her pillow. She had a good night sleep and when morning comes, she visited her pillow and thirty dirhams was there as gift from the tooth fairy for her baby tooth. She was one happy kid that morning.

Good thing I woke up her dad before her otherwise the generous tooth fairy might not have come or might be on a day off  or something.

Today's call excites me, we will have the visitor again probably tonight at midnight and I hope not before Mica wakes up tomorrow morning.
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Finding beauty in the midst of towering concrete walls

Salam!

Its weekend once again, how do you plan to spend your weekend?

I just want to share some beautiful photos me and a friend have taken earlier. We found beauty in the midst of towering concrete walls. An almost 100 sqm park perfectly landscaped to provide some greenery for the tenants of the building.












Have a nice weekend everyone!
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