Thursday BBQ Night at The Terrace Millenium Airport Hotel with Blues Brothers Tribute

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I did not get a free Baskin Robins ice cream nor Tim Hortons coffee being given away around Dubai after Dubai won the bid for Expo 2020 but boy I got something better than ice cream and coffee. It was a real treat to have watched the Illinois Blues Brothers Tribute last night at The Terrace Millennium Airport Hotel, I'm sold to the idea that it's their act whose all other acts must be judge. The energy of this duo is incomparable and they are really really good. The crowd just love them, and speaking of crowd, The Terrace was full and was very busy last night, way to go guys!

And yes they did not leave without a fan pic...I mean I didn't let go of them before having this photo here. Epic? I guess so! 

Another thing grand last night was the spread prepared by Gozo Garden Restaurant for Thursday BBQ night. There are many options for your BBQ - there's marinated meat, chicken and seafood with all different sauces. 

You can also opt for a stir fry cooked right before your eyes.

The carving station reminds me that it was Thanksgiving Day and I thought of all the things I should be thankful for. I ordered a slice of turkey topped with cranberry sauce for celebratory feel.

All fresh at salad bar, very appetizing.

Here's what goes on to my plate, BBQ of course, steak and prawns grilled to perfection

some maki rolls, corn salad, some greens with butter-lemon sauce and my turkey slice topped with cranberry sauce

The bigger plate had some grilled salmon wrapped in banana leaves, pasta penne with four cheeses, barbacoa pork ribs and mixed seafood then all were washed down with some refreshing orange juice.

All dinners must have good endings and my sweet tooth couldn't be any happier by the sight of these mouthwatering delights

Gozo Garden Restaurant is preparing every night a feast like this one and since it's Thursday it's BBQ night, at AED 149 per person including selected house beverages with live entertainment, you get the best deal.

Head down to The Terrace located at Millennium Airport Hotel for 7 Days 7 Feast of gastronomic journey around the globe

Sunday: Latino Samba
Monday: Mediterranean
Tuesday: Oriental
Wednesday: Out of Africa
Thursday: BBQ Nights
Friday: Seafood Galore
Saturday: Arabian Night

It was a perfect way to start the long weekend. Call in some of your friends, bring in a special someone, go solo, come in a group, The Terrace and Gozo Garden Restaurant at Millennium Airport Hotel never disappoint. You will surely go home sated. 

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Health Insurance Mandatory in Dubai starting 2014

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Dubai is starting the day right while it awaits the announcement of who will be the next host for Expo 2020 tonight. Dubai is a strong candidate and people in the UAE are all in support of the countries endeavor.

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Starting 2014, health insurance will be mandatory for all residents in Dubai, it will be tied with the residence visa and none will be renewed without having a health insurance. Hurrah!!!

At the moment there are one million residents in Dubai out of three million who have insurance coverage. Many blue-collars workers are not insured and this law will ensure they will have access to essential health services.

The Health Insurance Law was approved by His Highness Sheihk Khalifa Bin Rashid Al Maktoum-Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai. Implementation start by 2014 and expected completion is by 2016.

Additional cost will be born by the companies as it is the employers responsibility to provide employees with health care benefit although expatriates will have to pay for his wife and children but DHA is working with insurance companies to have low cost coverage plans. The basic coverage will cost AED 600 (USD 163) premium per year.

The Health Insurance Law will have enormous benefit to all residents in Dubai and the health care market in general.

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The Great Outdoors

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Yesterday's weather was perfect with white puffy clouds, clear blue skies and temperature of roughly 26-27 degrees with lows of 3-7 degrees in the higher areas. The cold weather is here to stay and the rain is gone after it soaked most parts of UAE during the weekend.

My daughter and my son are the happiest when it rained, we are in the balcony staring at the heavy rain cloud and when it came down pouring they cannot hide their happiness and so do we. They even went down with their aunt after the rain to play in the puddles.

Now that the weather is good, there are a lot of reasons to stay outdoors.

Dining out on The Terrace at Millennium Airport Hotel Dubai this Thursday night is one of them. Join the fun evening of dining, socializing and entertainment as Gozo Garden host a BBQ dinner buffet with live entertainment on the background by the Roadhouse. By 10 pm get ready, sit back and relax while sipping your drink and enjoy the show as Illinois re-live the 80's classic movie "The Blues Bothers"

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Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

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Someone told me that putting up the Christmas tree in November is way too early...

but not the case for us.

The Philippines has the reputation of a country who celebrate Christmas the longest in the world starting as early as September and last until January 6 of the following year.

I grew up in this tradition and this year is not different from any other year we celebrated Christmas even I am away from home and even I am in a country where Christmas is not celebrated by everybody.

I am actually late this year, my mind was occupied with so many things and I don't have the will to bring out tree from its box and dust off the ornaments. If not for the three little kids at home, the tree would have not come out from hibernation. Christmas is for the children anyways.

Prince was the one in charge to put the star on top of the tree. 

Our tree is not real, we never had a fresh tree for Christmas but yes fresh trees are available in Dubai by order from ACE hardware, All Spinneys, in Fresh Flowers, Satwa or at Dubai Garden Center. Due to the rising demand of fresh trees in UAE, fresh trees has become widely available. Just be sure to call them first before going to be sure they have it already.

The fresh trees comes as trees only and what's a Christmas tree without the ornaments and lights. I have seen huge stock of Christmas decorations in all colors, shapes and sizes last week at Ace Hardware and IKEA in Dubai Festival City. There is another place called Falcon Gallery where you can get beautiful decors (branches in Dubai and Sharjah) and many supermarkets around UAE are selling Christmas decorations. Have you been counting down the days? We do. 35 Days to go!

This wreath is an up cycled wreath made from materials I got somewhere it is no longer needed and I turn it into a pretty wreath that now adorns our front door. No matter how small or cheap or old the decors you have or even you don't have any of it, the most important is the spirit of Christmas that lives in our hearts.

Christmas might be difficult to celebrate for those who survive the strongest typhoon that hit our country recently and those who have lost everything they have including their loved ones but Filipinos are resilient people and we all have united to help them get back on their feet again and hopefully things will be in order before the Christmas day so they can have a Merry little Christmas too.

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Pinoys in the UAE to Raise Funds for Typhoon Haiyan Victims

Noel Celis/AFP via Getty ImagesResidents walk past the debris of destroyed houses in the aftermath of Super Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban, on the eastern island of Leyte in the Philippines, on November 9, 2013.

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To all Kabayans in the UAE, the UAE community is conducting a fund raising event on Friday November 15, 2013 at Zabeel Park Amphitheater/Megabowl  from 8 am - 5 pm for the victims of typhoon Yolanda in the Visayas region in the Philippines. There will be donations boxes by Red Crescent Society in coordination with Red Cross Philippines. There will be lots of activities for the whole family. Filipinos United for a Cause

Brunch-For-A-Cause organized by FilCom Dubai and NE  will be held on Friday at the POLO-OWWA compound in Al Qusais from 11 am to 4 pm at a minimal cost of AED 50.00 The office will also be accepting donations in kind. All proceeds will be sent to our kababayans who needs our support in this trying times.

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Teaching my expat kid her correct identity

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I married a Filipino guy not knowing that he has some Chinese roots, I only learned later on that his dad’s mom is Chinese. That’s why he has this “chinito” eyes which attracted me to him in the first place. lols

In many occasions people confused my kids and their dad as another nationality because of their looks. My daughter grew curious about her roots because of these encounters. We explained to her that her great grandmother is Chinese that’s why she has the Chinese features but the rest of her grandparents and great grandparents are of Filipino origin.

In the recent children’s birthday party that we have attended, the host asks Mica where is she from and she eagerly answered “from the Philippines.” The host joked that he thought she was from China and then Mica without hesitation said “I am half Chinese” and everybody accepted the child's' answer as it is.

Ferald and I are smiling at each other about our daughters answer. Later on I explained to her that she can tell people that she has Chinese roots instead of saying she is half Chinese because her dad and I are both Filipinos by birth and origin and so is she and also even if she was born in the UAE. 

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Guest Blog: Apps for the Foodie

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Hi guys thanks for visiting My Yellow Bells!

Today's blog is an article written by my guest blogger Antonia. She is an enthusiastic writer from the north of Germany, living and studying in London to pursue her dream of becoming a journalist.

Be passionate about food: share it with the world wherever you are

If you’re as passionate about food as I am, you might be looking for ways to share your culinary experiences with others. Whether you have just mastered a tasty new recipe or dined out at an excellent restaurant, your mobile device will allow you to provide real-time updates about food you’re craving, creating, or currently consuming. Let’s take a closer look at the smartphone features and apps built with the foodie in mind:

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Smartphone apps are a wonderful tool for the modern-day foodie, as they allow you keep apprised of new recipes and restaurant recommendations and share your culinary adventures with others. The SnapDish Food Camera app for iOS and Android-powered devices has got to be one of the best food apps on the market. The app acts as its own social network for foodies, allowing you to take stunning photos of your own culinary creations to share with the world or search out dishes made or enjoyed by others. Another social networking app for foodies is Platter for iOS and Android, which even allows its users to search for recipes and tag photos according to their ingredient lists.

Looking for a great place to eat in an unfamiliar city, or just want to try something new with the family close to home? No problem. Apps like Foursquare and UrbanSpoon allow you to browse reviews to find great food no matter where in the world you happen to be. Want a visual as to what your fare will look like? Browse the photos on FoodSpotting to find mouth-watering dishes near you.

Juicy Reads and Mouth-Watering Views

Smartphones make it possible to have food-related content and photos available at your fingertips at all times. Instead of subscribing to print-based magazines, you can get expert advice about where to dine and what to cook delivered straight to your mobile device. Web-based subscriptions to food-based publications run the gamut from high-end magazines like Saveur and Food & Wine to cookbooks like Jamie Oliver’s 20-Minute Meals and Mario Batali Cooks.

Of course, you can also stream cooking videos straight to your mobile device to prepare meals alongside expert chefs in real-time. Whether you’re a fan of The Food Network or the BBC’s Good Food, you’ll find plenty of great recipes and videos available from these food networks and many others online. YouTube channels like Food Wishes and Vahchef are also excellent resources for cooks looking to follow full cooking demonstrations when preparing new dishes for their family and friends. It can be a little overwhelming to
browse the millions of videos available to modern-day cooks, so look to family and friends for suggestions about videos they've found useful in the past to narrow down your search.

No matter what kind of food you’re in the mood for, make sure you have the tools you need to help you prepare or find a great meal near you. Shop top-of-the-line smartphones from Lenovo, iPhone or Blackberry to start finding new recipes, streaming cooking videos, or sharing your favorite dishes with your networks today! 

I will also be posting this in my other blog Mommy's Cookbook

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Da Vinci's Wine and Dine Part 2: Red White and Blue Meets Italy

I was honored and pleased to be invited by one of the most influential lifestyle bloggers in Dubai for a night of gastronomic indulgence and tasting luxurious wines from America at Da Vinci's Wine and Dine Part 2 at Millennium Airport Hotel last Thursday. I am completely elated to meet Grace of Sandier Pastures and Ms. Farah - the Hotel Marketing Director. It was a night of fun interaction with remarkable people.

Grace and I were an hour early from the expected time of the dinner and I am really glad because we had enough time to chat and get to know each other. We were offered Cook's Sparking Brut, NV for a welcome drink paired with a variety of canapes while waiting for the dinner to start. I had two glasses and became a little tipsy already (not a heavy drinker here), already thought SMS-ing hubby to come and get me later on. 

We were joined by the very bubbly Ms. Farah and the chatting is unstoppable. It is so overwhelming to meet such lovely people.

Moments later, the host introduced us to the entree of rich asparagus timbale with parmesan cheese cream sauce (Flan d' asparagi con cream di parmigiano) perfectly paired with fresh and citrussy Blossom Hill, Sauvignon Blanc. Asparagus is a veg that is hard to pair with wine due to its asparagusic acid which is an organosulfur carboxylic acid that makes the wine taste metallic and harsh. To counter that, Chef Maurizio Pisoni slathers the asparagus timbale with parmesan cheese cream sauce which makes the asparagus entree a wine friendly dish, a commendable daring act. 

The night is young and Da Vinci is buzzing, tables occupied mostly by families who probably favor a quiet dining experience than a Halloween party.

Our second course is an indulging Lobster risotto blended with herbs and extra virgin olive oil (Risotto all'aragosta mantecato alle erbe e olio extra vergine d'oliva) paired with Cook's Sparking Brut, NV. Grace, on the other hand, is allergic to prawn and another crustacean, instead she opted for the risotto sans the seafood. I find the risotto a little salty for my palate but the wine balanced it well and my plate was empty even before I know it.


A medium rare Filetto di manzo al pepe nero con purea di patate e carote pan fried beef fillet coated in black pepper with brown gravy, mashed potatoes and carrots matched with Stonehedge, Merlot. The main course was my favorite, the meat is succulent, juicy and tender and cooked just the way I like it, the freshly cracked pepper and mashed potatoes and carrots just simply compliment it further. Stonehedge, Merlot is rich and deeply flavored, the aroma and flavors of black plums and dark berries are so enticing. I can still smell the scent of it while I am writing this.

Chef Maurizio has designed and created Delizia al cioccolato con gelato alla nocciola chocolate mouse served with hazelnut ice-cream especially for Da Vinci's Wine and Dine: America meets Italy. Our sweet ending was paired with Elysium, Black Muscat. 

It was a wonderful evening spent with good company, good food, good wine from America. This trilogy started with Chile meets Italy and the last leg will be on November 28 when Australia meets Italy, something you don't want to miss so mark your calendars.

My overall experience of that night was engaging. It was a perfect night and I left the Da Vinci with a happy heart. Of course, I wouldn't leave without having a photo with Grace.

Millennium Airport Hotel
Airport Road, Casablanca Street,
Al Garhoud, PO Box 13018 Dubai, 13018
The United Arab Emirates
T. +971 4 702 8888

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