In Darts, We Unite!

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In Darts, We Unite!
5 is the number of years F. stop from hitting the bulls eye after receiving his last trophy. There are many reasons why he stopped playing darts, one of them was when three trophies were forfeited by the club he was in, they reasoned out to him why it was not awarded and he just let them go away like that, he didn't want to argue anymore. So with a heavy heart he packed his pins and forget about it for five years not literally of course he still play at home and during tournaments. I was upset but I respect his decision. If it was me, I would not let them take away my passion but that was just me not him.

Mang B., F's fellow darter back then, usually contacts him if there are tournaments, this man never gave up on him and he is a firm believer of F's. talent and skills in darts. Mang B., a respected member of the Filipino community is in his fifties and lived and worked in Dubai for many years now, he also got tired of the non-Filipino darters in the old club they were in and so decided to put up a club of their own. The club is all Filipino which they now call as Gulf Darters Club under the patronage of the Philippine Consulate General in DubaiF is now in Mang B's team and playing in the winter league every Friday at 8:30 to 12:00 pm at Ratsky's Bar in Ramada Continental Hotel Deira. There are atleast 10 teams vying for the Champion this season.
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Re-Discovering Al Ain Part II

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Hello there and Salam to everyone. I'm back after a long halt here. This is a continuation of our trip to Al Ain last December 2, 2010.

These are my favorites among the display we have seen at Al Ain Museum, an 18th-century armor and a bucket of coin minted in the 17th century.

After Al Ain Museum, we headed to Al Ain Wildlife Park and Resort, also known as Al Ain Zoo.

We are here to see the white lions of Sambona or African lions, well I have never seen a white lion before so I am excited as a child. AWPR  is committed to protect and preserve these stunning endangered wildlife that's is why they are here in their new home.

Are you familiar with meerkat or suricate Suricata Suricatta member of the mongoose family? During my previous visits at Al Ain Zoo, these social mammals are not there yet and I think that they are a new addition to the growing number of zoo animals. They became one of my favorite animals after I have seen a documentary about them from Discovery Chanel Abu Dhabi. What I like most about them is when they all stand on their two hind legs in the morning when the sun rises and another was they do care for their family specially the young ones.

We enjoyed roaming in the zoo and looking around at all the animals. The zoo is so big we almost spent about two hours and it was almost sundown when we left. My daughter complained that she did not see the penguins yet. Well, probably that would be for our next trip since I learned that the park will soon to open a children's garden including a butterfly house and I am really looking forward to seeing that. Oh and the photo of meerkats above is courtesy of AWPR.

The sun was setting and we will not have enough time to see other places so I just randomly took some photos of the locals performing a local dance on our way out.

Our next stop is supposed to be the Green Mubazzarah but when we reached the entrance, the police would not let vehicles into the park, they said it was full and the road is completely blocked. So we changed plans, we headed to Jebel Hafeet instead even we are starving just to let the traffic ease out and we will be back later for bbq and picnic.

As our car ascends the mountain I can feel the pressure from both my ears and my little boy started crying. He felt it too. We gave him his pacifier to soothe him and some bubble gum for my daughter. They say it helps just like when you do a jaw exercise while on the plane when the pressure goes up due to altitude.

We, adults, are busy looking from the window starring at the view below. Al Ain at night is amazingly beautiful. So much has changed since I last climb Jebel Hafeet. Back then, only half of Al Ain view at night have lights but now almost the whole of Al Ain is gleaming brightly in the dark.

After taking all the pictures we want and after contemplating whether we will have to settle somewhere atop Jebel Hafeet for our dinner like some kabayans, we finally decided to go down and luckily we were allowed to enter the park. We rolled down our windows so the police officer will see that we are family else there will be no luck. Even it is already late in the evening, the park is still crowded. The smell of bbq and kebabs are all over the place. The voices of children reverberate in the air and the people look all happy and gay.

We succeeded in finding a good spot and begin to unload our stuff from the car. Tired and starving, we lay down the food we have prepared, one good thing is that I brought some hot water for tea and coffee stored in the vacuum flask that keeps it warm for long hours if we would have frozen in the cold night while waiting for our dinner to get warm and cooked.

The boys busy with the bbq and me busy taking photos of Jebel Hafeet mountain. :)

It was a tiring day but all worth it because we had so much fun together with friends and family. A time to unwind and have some quality time for ourselves far from the bustling city of Dubai. Not only we had a good time but learned some of UAEs heritage, culture, and history. See you on our next trip.

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Heavy Rain Lashes Dubai!


When we say Middle East, it is usually hot and dry and some people are asking whether it is raining in this part of the world. The answer is yes of course but not all the time, maybe once, twice or three times during winter.

Those of us who are used to rainy weather like the Philippines misses rain so much that's why when it rains, we are among the happiest people around here. Once we captured in video, the rain coming from the Northern Emirates towards Dubai and the video here in the post is what I am talking about.

Happy winter everyone, let us enjoy it while it last.
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Re-discovering Al Ain

Al-Ain is a beautiful emirate and we have visited it a lot of times already. During our previous trips, we visited Al Ain Wild Life Park and Zoo, The Green Mubazzarah and the Top of Jebel Hafeet.

This time around we planned to see other tourist destinations such as Hili Archaeological Park, Al Ain Oasis and Al Ain Museum but of course, we wouldn't want to miss the ones that we have seen before, our trip will never be complete if we were unable to visit those famous places again.

It was UAE National Day when we hit the Dubai-Al Ain highway. It was a holiday so the road is free flowing and I am happy that it was accident-free as well. On our way, we stop by the gas station to load up on fuel (long drive ulit) about 120 km from Dubai to Al Ain. A group of Dubai Bikers is on their way to Hatta, Oman. I read it in the news earlier this week that they are doing this for a cause. Oh man, they really have beautiful and expensive bikes!

We reached Al Ain by 12 noon and we didn't know where to go first. The good thing was that I researched the day before and familiarized myself with the names of the places we want to see. As I have said we have been to Al Ain many times however still we let the road signs guide us to our destinations.

Our first stop was Hili Archaeological Park, literally, it is a park where people come for picnics, b-b-q and relax a little but the main attraction here is the archaeological findings dating back to Bronze Age. It is the biggest bronze age site in UAE which dates back to 3rd Millennium B.C. Some of the remains we have seen are falaj or underground irrigation system, the Hili Grand Tomb that belongs to Um-an Nar culture and early settlements with unique architectural designs. Finds from the site are now displayed at Al Ain Museum which we also visited later on.

Al Ain Oasis is the largest oasis in Al Ain and it is famous for its "falaj" which bring water from boreholes to water farm and palm trees. The falaj irrigation is an ancient system dating back thousands of years. Al Ain Oasis is among the many oases existing in Al Ain.

They allow cars to enter the Oasis however the narrow path can only accommodate one car to pass and the winding road can take you to the other side of the city if you wish to or can go back from the main gate but manueovering is a bit of a hazard. It is green inside the Oasis, with tall trees and the air was undeniably cool and clean, that is the effect when lots of trees are there to filter air.

We felt like being time warped back to our provinces in the Philippines."Parang nasa Batangas lng tayo!"-my husband commented. I myself felt like being transported back to the place when I grew up surrounded by big acacia tree. Our friends say it's like being back to their tumana on a sunny day. We are used to greenery back home and we have been missing it a lot so being in a place like this brings back old but beautiful memories.

Al Ain Museum is the oldest museum in the UAE and it is just right around the corner beside Al Ain Oasis. We headed to the museum where the finds from the Hili Archaeological Park are displayed. The rich culture of Al Ain City and the UAE itself was well illustrated in this place. The museum is categorized into two sections, the ethnographic and the archaeological. The museum is open Saturday to Thursday from 8 am to 7:30 pm and on Fridays from 3-7:30 pm only. There is a small fee of 3 AED for adults and 1 AED for kids below 10 years old.

It is worth coming here specially if you have kids. Exposing them to the tradition, culture, and heritage of the country where they are growing is good. As much as we want to expose our kids to the Philippine culture and heritage our resources here abroad are limited. Visiting places like this in the Philippines is an addition to our itinerary when we head back home for our annual vacation.

One of my favorites on display was the metal soldier armour dating back to the 18th century used by Arabs during the war. Another was the hoard of about 300 silver coins minted in the mid to -17th century, accidentally discovered near Al Ain.

to be continued...Part 2
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My 2010 Facebook Status!


Who doesn't know Facebook?... probably even the youngest of us know what FB is all about, it's a great social networking site everyone LOVES, some are even addicted to it ^_^.

The best thing I like about Facebook is I am able connect with family and friends in real time, the second best thing I like about Facebook is the apps like this one below..a summary of all my status during 2010, I get back to each one and read what I wrote and try to remember the reason why I have written those lines and shared it with everyone. It is good to know that I have shared only the good ones, not the ones that makes a lot of trouble, that I keep to myself, the happy ones is what I'd like to share publicly.

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