Mini Lust


I mean I am currently lusting over this Pink Mini. Don't you just love it. It is soooo cute. Well first of all this is not mine and second of all who ever owns this baby, I'm sorry but can't help taking photos with your car and I hope you don't mind. We just saw this lovey parked outside ACE harware at Festival City. I can only wish that I own this car but darling it's priced more than my annual salary combined. I hope your not looking for a ferarri or a lamborgini here but frankly speaking, these cars that I've mentioned are like normal cars running in Dubai roads, there are so many of them. hmmmmm Car Lust!
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come take my hand

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 Frienship is a union of spirits, a marriage of hearts, and a bond thereof virtue
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le Love

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le Love is a very cute website for hopeless romantic people like me. I stumbled upon this website while I was searching for some nice love quotes, stories and photos. The articles are mostly readers submission. It is about love, the good, the bad and the unknown and oh btw it's the Olsen sisters blog, the best part is the header photo, very intriguing! :)

Happy reading!!!
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Dubai Museum-your cultural heritage in the UAE

A lot has been said about Dubai Museum as I read over the Internet but first hand experience is always the best way to know and learn about a place. Our own experience last Friday, the same day we visited the Dubai Creek and The Old Bur Dubai Souk, was not just merely a family bonding but also a discovery and in-depth understanding of the cultural and historical background of our host country city. Imagine standing in the courtyard of the oldest building in Dubai which is the Al Fahidi Fort - the father of all buildings and skyscrapers of Dubai :), a silent witness of everything Dubai has been through over the years, if only it can talk then it would be the best story teller ever of Dubai's past.

The fort was built more than three centuries ago with coral and shell rubble from the sea then sealed with lime, it still stands today offering a glimpse of the countries heritage to its present local people, its resident expats and tourist alike and a visit to the Dubai Museum that is housed in Al Fahidi Fort is not to be missed while it is also important to note that the fort was once the the residence of the Ruler of Dubai, it also serves as a prison and storehouse of  ammunition in the previous years.

In the courtyard is a life size model of al khaima and al arish. Al Khaima is a typical local house with several rooms of different sizes made of palm tree branches and fibers, these houses are inhabited mostly during summer as it let draughts of air pass through it. To tell you the truth, it looks like our bahay-kubo (nippa hut) in the Philippines that is made of coconut and palm trees too, the difference is that this one is a bunggalo type while the bahay kubo is elevated a bit from the ground. I can't help myself to compare, people might be different but also the same, here they'd used what is indigenous in their region to build homes.

Al Arish is a summer house with barjeel or wind tower made of burslap pieces place on top. The wind tower is an effective means to get in breeze in all direction. I stand at the bottom of the barjeel and it really does the trick. My husband joke "old type of air conditioning". well he is quite right about it.

Inside these houses are interesting and beautiful furniture, the ideas are somewhat similar to the ones used in my country ages ago too (again :)), the huge wooden mortar and pestle is used to separate the rice grain from the husks however I don't know if this one is used for the same purpose. 

One can easily fall in love with this wooden cabinet, an antique, can I take it home as a souvenir? Please? ;p.

While in my country we have the tapayan (jar made of clay) used to store water, they have the one below in metal or steel. If we have the duyan (a wooden hammock) to put the baby to sleep, they have the one below in a triangular shape.

This bed frame reminds me of the bed in my grandfathers house photographed in one of my moms wedding pictures.

On to the next part of the museum was a a gallery of swords and khanjar or daggers and in the courtyard are some canyons and old wooden boats. A waterhole or waterwell (without water) is also at the courtyard with coins at the bottom thrown by people trying to make it as a wishing well.

Entance to the main gallery is at the tower in the south-west corner of the fort where we descent in a spiral stairs. Life size dioramas with interactive videos can be seen. It all portrays the life in Dubai before the discovery of oil in the 1960s. The street is filled with vendors, buyers and traders. A tailor, a spice shop, an iron smith, a textile vendor, carpenter line the streets.

I wanted to take souvenir photos but my family walk ahead of me as I was busy taking all these pictures. I met them almost at the end of the hall where there was one room dedicated to dhow building and marine life including UAEs pearl industry.

As I move looking for them, I passed a date farm, a falaj or an oasis just like what we saw in Al Ain before, a man pulling his camel and a diorama portraying the desert life.

Finally, in another hall are archeological finds from Al Qusais. The last stop is a suovenir shop before you are taken by the spiral stairs to the sounthern exit.

All the while, I thought Al Fahidi Fort was all that comprise the Dubai Museum untill I was taken into the tower entrance down to the winding stairs into the museum. It was all beneath the dhow that seats on this flatform lies the rich heritage of Dubai.

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The Old Souk-Bur Dubai

After our water adventure in Dubai Creek, we headed to the Bur Dubai Old Souk. There many souks in Dubai actually and this is just one of them, we'll see the rest next time. (Souk is the Arabic word for market or traditional street market where any kind of goods are bargained, bought, sold or exchanged) The entrance is just on the left corner coming from the Bur Dubai Abra station. You will know you're there when you see this detailed wooden structure.

Many shops are still closed when we get there but there are a few of them that are already trading like this one on the photo below. The shops usually opens at 4 pm and close at 10 pm on Fridays. Beautiful printed textiles like scarves, pashminas, Arabian dresses decorated with glass beads, pillows with beautiful and arty detailing, some camel stuff toys and rugs are available.

We got this two cute camels for the kids and they just love it. I got them a bit cheaper after I asked for discounts from a kabayan who works in the shop.

I wanted another color but Mica just love the beige and Prince was hooked on the brown one. I know I should have taken on for myself :) We continued our stroll in the souk until we reach one souvenir shop. If only I have extra money for beautiful and tempting although unnecessary stuff (quote - docgelo of beyond toxicity), I promise I would have bought one of these exquisitely crafted lanterns in front of the store.

These are bedlah, it is an Arabian costume worn by women. Bedlah is the Arabic term for "suit". These costumes are normally seen worn by belly dancers just like when you go for a desert safari and you stayed overnight in the desert camp, there would be belly dancers to entertained the guest as night falls and this is what they wear.

These are colorful Arabian footwear. I had one before but never used it that much because the one I have is the one with a curled toe, I feel like Princess Jasmine when I am wearing it. :)

We stopped by a cafeteria to get some water, the kids ask to rest for a while. The young coconut must have come from the neighbouring country Oman where soil is more fertile.

Colorful hookah shisha base bottles for sale

Fly Emirates Ts for sale too

I wanted to buy this elephant rug but don't have an idea where to put it in the house

We continue walking through the souks alleys and as you can see even in this modern days of Dubai, they try to preserve the traditional architectural designs of the souk

The old and new water vessels that sails along the creek

We have reached the end of the Bur Dubai Old souk and again in the face of the creek where we took these lovely  photos


The kids had time to play with the birds feeding on the grains given by the tourist and passersby before we went back all the way the same route of the souk. Outside is the Big Bus Tour parked in front of the water station waiting for the tourist to board the bus and move on to the next tourist spot.

Our day trip is not done yet, after the souk, Dubai Museum up next...
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Revisiting Dubai Creek-Tourist Style

Last Friday after attending the holy mass at St. Mary's church and having a simple lunch of steamed rice with kare-kare, bopis and caldereta at Tagpuan restaurant in Karama, me and my family went straight to Dubai Creek. It's been a while since I told my husband I wanted us all to go ride an Abra which we have never done before (Abra is a traditional wooden boat of the UAE used for transporting goods and people back and forth in the waters of Dubai Creek. It is considered one of the oldest means of transportation in the country).

Abra ride in Dubai Creek
 An Abra full of passengers mostly Pakistani, Indians, a few Europeans, and some other Asian people

Wooden Boats in Dubai Creek
TODA ng Abra :) hehe

Without a set of things to do in mind, I thought of taking them around Bur Dubai to ride the Abra and cross the Creek towards Deira Old Souq Abra Station then take a stroll at the Deira Old Souq. Shop for some spices but since we arrived too early on Friday, the old souq was still close and opens only at 2pm after the people have gone for prayers. Since we have no business in Deira and we can't wait for an hour for the souq to open (the kids will get bored), we just took some photos, marvel at the beauty of the place and enjoy the hustle and bustle happening around us, we decided to cross the Creek to go back to Bur Dubai Abra station.

What's fun is the ride itself. It was beautiful scenery and then adds to it the winter feel on a sunny day. It was the perfect way to enjoy the Old Dubai and the Abra ride like the tourist does it.

Prince and Mica as we depart from the Bur Dubai Abra Station

For tourist who wish to enjoy and experience the Dubai Creek for a longer time, you can ask for a private Abra ride for 30 minutes or an hour for 60 AED or a hundred for the latter. We didn't take the offer because we want to bring more friends with us next time so it will be a more fun ride.

view of Deira with the Twin Towers
view of Deira with the Twin Towers

Migratory birds fly passed an RTA waterbus berth in the Dubai Creek
 Migratory birds fly passed an RTA waterbus berth in the Dubai Creek

Fishing boats
 Blue wooden ships docked in Dubai Creek, only wooden ships are allowed in these waters to keep the traditional feature

Fishing boats in Deira Creek

Deira Creek

 Migratory birds flock Dubai Creek in winter and find homage for food in its unblemished waters

After we arrived at the Bur Dubai Abra Station, we headed next to see the Bur Dubai Old Souq...
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