Dubai Fountain and Sharjah Waterfront Fountain

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When I first saw the Dubai Fountain, I thought that it was AMAZING and until now when I took my son to see it for the first time and even every time I come to watch it, I am still amazed by it. The tune on the video below is a classic tune but it also dances in other tunes like Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On" and Michael Jackson's "Thriller" and many more.

Dubai Fountain is world's biggest water fountain, its spray heights up to 500 ft. It is set in Burj Khalifa Lake right outside Dubai Mall

Dubai Fountain Schedule (every 30 minutes)

First afternoon show: 1:00 pm
Second afternoon show: 1:30 pm

Evening Shows

6-11 pm Sun-Wed
6-11:30 pm Thurs-Sat

In Sharjah where I live, there is another beautiful and amazing water fountain that is attracting the attention of many. Al Majaz Waterfront has its own musical cybernetic water fountain that is set in Khalid Lagoon Corniche. Compared to Dubai Fountain - this is one is using LEDs lights with multicolor capabilities, not only that it also has special water screening shows with laser although I am yet to see that

Show is every 30 minutes from 7:30 until 12:00 am daily except Sundays

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A not yet so spooky Saturday

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Can you call this spooky? What I see in this is pure FUN! The kids had a great time yesterday and I had fun too.

We are two weeks away from Halloween but thought that we can make something out of the orange and black crepe paper that we have at home. I thought that the kids would love to do crafts since they are already doing some art stuff. We made paper spider webs like the ones you see in the photo, we got the idea from here. We also made some orange and black  crepe hanging decors and with a little bit of make faces, we already achieved a little bit of spooky atmosphere. Hey look at the little guy and and and .........the man behind you!!!!

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Siblings Reunited

My sister who’s now based in Doha came to Dubai the other day for another work related assessment. It is a very short trip though so we try to maximize the time we had with her. My older brother Dinoh and my sister Jhoce did not see each other for the last three years and the last time Jhoce was here in July, kuya (brother) was vacationing in Philippines. I couldn't remember exactly the last time we all three were together. It's been many years ago that's why I am so thankful that Jhoce had this chance to come to Dubai.

Me and my brother meet up at Airport Terminal 1 to pick her up and headed by taxi to the hotel where she'll stay for the night. Apparently some guest did not check out and left their luggage in the room and could not reach them, the room booked for her wasn't ready and there are no available rooms. To compensate the situation, the guest relation officer offered a suite upgrade in the next hotel apartment which my sister graciously accepted. The place was huge, three bedrooms, two and a half bathroom, and a separate dining and living room, not bad at all. The only thing was she will be alone in the suite for the night because we can't stay since its weekday and there's work the following day. The stories were pouring; we have so much to catch up with so little time and our stomachs are growling so we headed out for dinner.

We all fancy Chinese food so I took to them to China Palace, one of my favorite restaurant in town that serves authentic Chinese food. The restaurant interior is completely Chinese. My sister have this little obsession with Feng Sui lately and she was so curious about everything inside, she liked the two huge wooden eagles that is standing by the entrance and there is this nuts-chili like curtains that serves as divider in the restaurant. This restaurant was so successful that one may think it's because of all the lucky charms that adorn the place but I will tell you that it is just part of it; the reason why this place is so successful is because the food is really good and it won't leave you bankrupt even after treating all your friends.

Me, my sister and my husband and at the background was the eagle and chili-nut curtain

The two Chinese waitstaff who hardly speaks English took our order and we communicated via the menu book which is inscribe in English and Chinese with food photos. I liberally gave the orders and they were laughing at me as I try so hard to make them understand what I want hehehe!

We can't get enough of this prawn steamed dumpling with vinergar and garlic dip. It's uniquely flavourful so we ordered a second set.

 Part of our dinner was this sweet and sour chicken, we also had seafood fried noodle with bean sprouts, egg fried rice, spicy crispy chicken with Chinese parsley.

We didn't order anything exotic like sea cucumber or shark fin soup but they also have it in the menu.

My sister was a bit nostalgic that night, she missed her three kids and husband back in Qatar and longing for them to join us for dinner and that they would definitely love the food as much as we do. I have the same feeling since my kids are at home, I didn't have the chance to take them with me since both Ferald and I went straight from work to meet up with my siblings.

To sum it up, the night was fun, full of stories and our gustatory needs were satisfied. China Palace is in Al Maktoum Road after the Clock Tower R/A and we each took a souvinir photo with my sister.

We will miss you and we hope to see you again next time in Dubai.

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Kids Got Talent Audition

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Kid number ten's music was playing in the background, my heart's pumping, my knees shaking and my hands are sweating. Nine kids to go and she's  up. My husband was looking so cool watching the other kids perform their piece for Dubai Festival Center Kids Got Talent while I was nervous as hell. How is he doing that?

Moamen Noor - famous Arab artist escorted Lanna on stage. She was all smiles concealing her nervousness. Next to me I heared someone whisper "I suddenly feel nervous, I wasn't a while ago!" my husband said and I was laughing. :) so I am not the only one hahaha

The kiddo was under the weather and voice was exhausted with practice. Audition schedule cannot be re-schedule due to the heavy numbers of registrations received hence we have to show up. She did her best during the audition and received positive feed backs from the judges and the DFC Mall crowd.

We are still waiting for the results of the audition. In the mean time I am sharing with you my daughter's audition vid.

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Dubai Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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One night in the beginning of October on the way home, we saw the moon from the horizon that looks like a giant orange ball in the night sky. Tried to chase it to capture its beauty using only my phone camera. Did not succeed though I've tried hard but instead without realizing I captured something else bigger than the moon.

The hotel building at the Dubai Festival City was illuminated with pink lights and ribbon that symbolizes the Breast Cancer Awareness Month that is October. A lot of people, goverment organization and private companies in Dubai are supporting this cause.

Today I read about an expat woman from Abu Dhabi with three young kids who was diagnosed last year with breast cancer . She was undergoing chemotherapy although the disease had spread in her body that makes her terminally ill. She died last August in her home country in Scotland.

Cancer is the 2nd cause of women's death in the UAE and breast cancer is the most common form according to the country's experts. Women as young as 17 years old has recently been diagnosed. Early detection is the key and a healthy lifestyle and less stress.

Another iconic edifice turns pink this october in support to the Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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Oh Christmas Tree

The weekend was still great even I was sick as a dog. I promised the kids the other week that we will put up the Christmas tree, I don't want to leave them disappointed. Ferald was at work that day hence we waited for him to come home. Decorating the Christmas tree has always been a family affair for us and the kids enjoy it the most. This Christmas is Prince second year and he was given the chance to put the star on top of the tree after we finished decorating it with gold and red ornaments. This tree was the biggest tree we ever had, it is 6 ft tall and require a bigger floor area. I am yet to buy those twinkling lights aka Christmas lights to complete it.
After having the tree ready I suddenly realize that Halloween is not over yet. I checked the web for events in Dubai for the Halloween, all are paid events and are happening quite far from our place. I was thinking of asking neighbors to join trick or treat, those who would like to participate can decorate their doors with spooky designs. We live in an apartment building and I actually have second thoughts in doing that as I am not sure how it will work. Still mama needs to find something for the kids this Halloween.
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What's for Dinner: Pearl Meatballs

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I cooked these pearl meat balls long time ago and the photo was in my iomega hard drive all along but I haven't forget about its recipe and how heavenly it tastes like. Very easy to prepare and very easy to cook, it can quickly disappear from the plate too. sarap kasi!

I was thinking to have it for dinner tonight although the meat is still to be thawed and the glutinous rice are still to be soaked so as much as I want to eat this tonight, I'll have to leave it until tomorrow.


1 pound ground pork

1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon sherry
1 teaspoon light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg white
10 water chestnuts drained well and very finely chopped
2 tablespoons very finely chopped scallions
2 teaspoons fresh ginger,grated
1 teaspoon fresh garlic,grated
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
1/4 cup cornstarch
1 cup glutinous rice washed and soaked for 3-6 hours

Dipping Sauce:

1/4 cup good quality soy sauce
3 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
2 teaspoons light brown sugar sugar
¼ to ½ teaspoon sesame oil
1 green onion finely minced

Combine all ingridients except for the glutinous rice (soaked overnight) using your hands and refrigerate for an hour   Form pork mixture into 1 inch ball and roll in the glutinous rice pressing gently to coat   Arrange them in the steamer and steam for about 20-30 minutes. Serve hot with your dipping sauce.
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Scented Oil Burner and Candle Holders with a notice

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"Nice to look, nice to hold but when it's broken considered as sold..." :D
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Green Salad with Fuji Apples and Oven-Grilled Pork Belly with Pinakurat

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Dinners are special for my family; it's the only meal of the day we get to share food at the dinner table except for weekends and holidays of course. Last night was no exception. After my husband pick me up from work until we reached home, we couldn't decide what to eat for dinner. It depends on what's the fastest dish I can whip up in the kitchen. Pork barbecue was his answer and mine was some greens and apple salad.

Some of the ingredients are not available at home so we pass by the grocers. Some fruit, sack of rice and veggies are already in our cart and we are almost done shopping when we saw the shelf of sukang pinakurat.  The main ingredient of this Filipino dipping sauce was coconut sap or tuba and birds eye chilies or labuyo. I heard from friends that it's perfect for grilled dishes so we gave it a try.  It did not disappoint even if its smell is too strong for me. It does compliment the oven grilled pork belly though-sarap ng anghang di nangangagat.

For the oven grilled pork belly, I mixed 1 sachet of marinade mix to 1/2 kilo of meat and then oven grill it until it's well done. Very simple and quick but on other days when I have plenty of time, I create my own marinade mix from natural ingredients- mahirap yung laging instant di ba. For the salad, I had some romaine lettuce washed and roughly chopped, 1 medium size tomato cubed, a cucumber cubed and 1 Fuji apple cored, peeled and cubed, cut into bite size. For the salad dressing, I used the juice of 1 lemon and olive oil, salt, and pepper to taste. I pour the dressing just before serving the salad, this prevents the veggies from becoming limp-I like my greens crisp. Over dinner, we get to talk about what happened during the day at work and at school. Nothing beats family bonding like this.
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When I thought that there is just nothing to write and I am hit by the so called writers block, my sister was to the rescue, an inspiration.

I received a call from her this morning saying that she will travel to Dubai again and soon. She was here just recently for an assessment and now back for another assessment. "Jet-setter ka na, patravel travel na lng between Doha and Dubai" I told her. Of course she reasoned out that it's part of the job. Seeing you is a bonus. I was very happy that she has this chance and thank God they are sending her here, where we are based. Actually it is no coincidence, the company's HQ is here in Dubai. But still I'm glad that we have the chance to see each other more often.

"Except for your assessment, what else do you wan to do in Dubai?", I asked her. It's the same question I asked her the last time. In her last visit we went to dine in one of our favorite restaurants in Karama that caters both Japanese and Filipino food - Agemono and watched the Dubai Mall Fountain. This time she said I wanna go by Dubai Metro. Interesting isn't it? I know, even we are in Dubai and the train is just right there to use, me and my family rarely use it. We still travel with BEM, our car. (there is no train connection to Sharjah where we live-still wishing that they will extend it in all the Emirates). My sister left for Doha when the train is still under construction and I bet that she wanted to experience it like a tourist would.

I told you, we rarely use the metro but I honestly think that we should do more often (to cut on our carbon footprint). I took my family for a ride in the Dubai Metro one day, we took off from DCC and headed to IBN Batuta Mall, it's an hour ride at the speed of 80km/h. It's not the destination, it the ride actually that we want. My son continuously ignore the train even if he sees it passing in front of him but not after he experience it. My son is two and he would call out "choo choo train!" now when he sees it.

Looking forward to see my sister again and experience Dubai Metro with her!

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