Chimes of our Lives, Crab Fest 2014

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Last week my friends and I headed to Chimes Dubai - one of Al Barsha's casual Far Eastern restaurant that caters delectable street food of the Eastern Pacific rim including Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia

October is the beginning of the crab fishing season around the world and Chimes Dubai Crab Fest 2014 is still on offering six crab dishes, perfectly marinated crabs smothered with your favorite sauce served with steamed rice or Mantau buns for only 99 Dirhams. Each crab weighs about 500 grams and is good for 2 people.

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Barefoot Lounge is Back!

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After a long and warm summer, the cool season has finally arrived! Yay!! 

I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one excited, in Dubai we all have been waiting for this day to come because it means outdoor life and the end of hibernating inside our temperature controlled homes.

To welcome the return of this great outdoor weather, Dubai Marine Beach Resort and Spa's Barefoot
Lounge, one of Dubai's most romantic open-air lounges has opened its doors. Ferald and I with fellow bloggers and members of the press were invited to celebrate this event.

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Pinoy Themed Restaurants Making Waves in Dubai

This next feature is about two hip, trendy and innovative restaurants that are currently making waves in the Filipino community in Dubai. We tried and tested their toothsome recipes and did not fall short of our expectations.

The first one specializes in seafood served in galvanized buckets lined with wax paper. Here you can chose your seafood (fish, clams, crab, calamari, lobster) and the sauces. You can also have it mild, hot or fiery. The place is hip, trendy and not hard on your pockets, it's called Seafood in a Bucket.

The new place has more spacious dining area and has a light and airy atmosphere. We needed to wait in line to get a table, they are very busy especially at dinner time and on weekends. They are serving breakfast now but that we still have to try.

Here they provide you with plastic apron and gloves to wear to keep your hands from getting too sticky and shirt getting stained but mind you no forks and knives needed no plates either. How do you eat then? All you need is your bare hands, yourself minus your inhibition and a big appetite for a good meal. Be ready to get dirty literally.

calamari, tilapia and prawn in buckets of course

Our order consisted of unli-rice (unlimited supply of steamed rice), calamari in sweet chili sauce, tilapia with pepper sauce and prawn in sweet chili sauce. Drinks were cucumber and apple, and watermelon.

This was Ferald and the kids first time here. Seafood in a Bucket got my family's vote of goodness which only means that this ain't going to be the last time dining in this joint and the next visit would most probably be for breakfast.


It wasn't planned, it just happened and it ended up in a fight.

We went to the beach on the first day of Eid Al Adha. The weather was good so we headed down to...

The Beach

Eid holidays are made of these 👙🏊🍸☀️😍😎👌

After the much needed vit. D and salt water...I mean dip, I wanted to take the family for breakfast at the Arabian Tea House, they have good breakfast over there but then my daughter realizes that we are driving along Jumeirah road and suddenly suggested that we visit...

The Dubai Zoo

Life is so much better when I am with you #roquefamily #teamroque #saturdate #familyday #prince #mica #dubaiblogger #mydubai #myyellowbells #eidindubai #eidaladha

That's what happened when you have kids raised in the Emirate, they exactly know the places where to go. I said yes of course, it was a day for the kids to enjoy.

Breakfast became a quick trip to the nearest fast food we could find before driving back to the zoo. Spent an hour or so watching, observing and photographing animals before we head home to rest for a while and change outfits.

We declared it a free day so we can go anywhere we like. Ras Al Khaima was part of the plan, yes a long drive on a whim but an impulse to get lunch was even stronger. There came in the idea of a boodle fight and we found ourselves on this table at Asian Flavors Restaurant in Al Qusais between Beirut and Damascus Street by lunch time.

Boodle fight is a Philippine military style of eating where long tables are prepared and food are on top of the banana leaves. Viands and rice ready to eat using your bare hands, jugs of water are prepared on the side to wash hands before the "eating combat". With the signal to start the boodle fight, everyone aims for his/her position.Urban Dictionary.

It is now being adopted as another way of dining among Filipinos because it is fun and it symbolizes unity among friends, family and community, no inhibitions, no reservations. Asian Flavors took this idea to another level by serving it in their restaurant and since then, they've been flocked by Pinoys here in Dubai. 

Here is what we have tried

Masskara Festival Boodle Feast. It has garlic and plain rice, prawn, noodles, crispy tofu, salted eggs with tomatoes, chicken inasal, grilled milk fish, fresh green salad and grilled eggplant salad. all for AED 199 or $ 54, this meal is good for 3-4 people or more depending on your appetite.

There are other boodle fight sets inspired by the different festivities in the Philippines like Lab-As Seafood Festival, Buglasan Festival, and Tanjay Fiesta. They also have Indo-Chinese Feast, Mumbai Festival and Taj Festival and lastly a Birthday Boodle all prices at AED199 only.

Everything on this set was cooked just right, the way it should be  and good enough for me and the family with a promise to come back. The only question on our mind was from where do they get the banana leaves and how do they replenish the stock? Can someone enlighten me.

If you would like to try it, be sure to call to book a table. They are very busy and it waiting time can be up to an hour.

Have you been to Asian Flavors and dine this way? Share us your experience below.
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A Peri Peri Special Treat


The family was out and about during the last three-day Eid holiday. On the second day of Eid, we went to Qanat Al Qasba in Sharjah for a Peri-Peri special treat.

QAQ is a stone throw away from where we live, it is the place with the iconic Ferris Wheel called Eye of the Emirates which you cannot miss when you drive around Sharjah Al Khan corniche. Funny enough, I haven't blog about this gem of a place even I have been here for so many times. (I didn't mean to keep it for myself!)

Qanat Al Qasba #qaq Eye of the Emirates #sharjah #sharjahblogger #myyellowbells #smileyoureinsharjah

 Al Qasba was a picturesque display of festivities during the Eid Holiday. It was bright, buzzing with people, children running around wearing happy faces while their baba and mama seat and relax al fresco in front of packed eateries. Live mime comedy acts and some science experiment show was there for the kids too. On both ends of each of the two buildings were quirky and exciting fun rides for kids and adults as well. This outdoor amusement area is a permanent thing here in QAQ so if you are looking for a place to take your children during the weekends, it's one  place I can recommend. Rides doesn't come cheap though but almost the same with those in the malls.

When you go to QAQ, you are suddenly transported to another place. It is said to be the Venice of UAE with abras and self operated motor rafts with flashing blue lights ferrying passengers to and fro the canal waters. We wanted to try it but it was fully booked already when we asked the operators, they were really busy.

It was actually dinner time when we arrived in Al Qasba. As initially planned, we took a table for five at the newly refurbished family-friendly Nandos Restaurant. We actually needed to wait for a few minutes to be seated because the diner was full.

 I've been to other Nandos branches a couple of times before and was always impressed by its ambiance and the food never disappoints so when I heard the news that the QAQ branch reopened after the renovation, I did not pass the chance to visit.

Keane, the interior company in-charged of its beautiful design did a great job. Keeping Nandos Afro-Portugese roots, the restaurant features large willow suspended rafts, which are inspired by unique South African textiles, while the perimeter wall sees rammed, earth green plaster combined with the curved oxide metal louvered screen adding a warm, natural texture to the space.

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Colorful, handpicked artworks, provided by the Nando’s Arts Initiative, adorn the walls ensuring that whether South African or not, customers will feel right at home the moment they walk into the Al Qasba outlet.

The signature open kitchen and grill allows customers seated nearby to watch as the grillers prepare sizzling butterfly-cut halal chicken pieces, fresh crispy salads, perfectly seasoned fries, and of course delicious kiddies’ meals, ready to satisfy the whole family! When you enter the restaurant, you will be greeted by the wafting aroma of the peri-peri chicken.

We were seated in this beautiful nook with birds eye view of the whole restaurant. It feels snug and homey yet chic and elegant.

A meal platter with a whole chicken cut into four pieces, marinated and flame-grilled to perfection and slathered with our choice of lemon and herb sauce keeping it kid friendly, two super sweet corn-on-a-cob and some potato wedges for our side dishes and 2 bottomless drinks was good enough for us to share. I just added some Peri-Peri humus and pita as requested by Mica-she likes hummus a lot and an extra drink and a bottle of water.

my grilled goodness!! look at these!!!
side dish overload

While enjoying our meal, we couldn't help but notice how customers come and go that even the outdoor tables were already full. Nando's have a massive following in the UAE with 14 branches each has its won unique design but keeping its earthy design and colors.

All that starts well ends well and so dessert was served. We had cheesecake with caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream 

and then some nutella in huge jars.

and then a bike ride along the canals

We were actually expecting a fireworks display but we were told that it was only set on the first night of Eid instead of all three nights. With or without pyrotechnics, it was still indeed a beautiful Eid night at Al Qasba and a wonderful dining experience at Nandos.

Nando's Restaurant
Ground Level, Al Qasba
Al Taawun Road, Sharjah
+9716 556 6033

Bike Hire - AED 20 for 30 minutes
Abra Hire- AED 100
Self Operated Motor Raft - AED 50 for 15 minutes for 4 people
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Blog and Breathe Bloggers Meet

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Time for a beauty post.

I know it's a rare thing for me to do but I guess girls will always be girls. A midweek pampering wouldn't hurt anyway plus it's October, the pink month is all about caring for one self especially for us ladies.

Pretty colors #nailart #beautyblogging #tiisganda #myyellowbells

Last night's bloggers meet up was at the cozy Fellaa Beauty Care and Spa in Ansar Gallery in Karama. The place is owned by the Indian film actress Nisha Joseph. We also met the manager Gauri as well as the organizer herself, the bubbly Chhaya of Your Bubbly Butterfly, a full time beauty blogger herself.

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11th Wedding Anniversary Dinner at Royal Orchid Restaurant at Downtown Dubai


Ferald and I celebrated our 11th wedding anniversary last month and chose to take the whole family out for dinner instead of just the two of us. If you follow me on Instagram, you must have seen the voucher I've won during the Amazing Taste of Thailand 2014 Launch at the Armani Hotel.

We put it to good use and took the family out to try some authentic Thai food at the Royal Orchid Restaurant in Downtown Dubai.

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Meet up with Laurence Norah: Professional Travel Blogger/Photographer

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I have always been honest and tell people when asked that I haven't been to any other country except my own and the UAE. I do hope that one day I could travel and visit other countries with my family. The first on the list would be Hong Kong or Tokyo Disneyland for my kids, Istanbul and Izmir because I would love to see Pamukkale and the Blue Mosque, then maybe Morocco-it fascinates me, seems to be a very interesting place to see, Paris for the Eiffel Tower, Thailand for its food and beaches, Egypt to see the great pyramids of course, Rome and The Vatican, and the list could go on and on. Will definitely take the kids with me, can't imagine holidaying in a far away land without them.

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Original Wings and Rings DIFC

Great food. No Bull, Eat Drink and Talk Loudly

Casual ambiance, beautiful layout, lively colors, bright clean interiors, large screens, attentive/polite staff, and good old tasty bbq wings, succulent beef burgers and freshest salads promise you of a good family/friends day out and an awesome night out with friends, that is what this first American sports bar joint in the heart of DIFC offers its diners and patrons.

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My Thai Culinary Adventure with Thailand Consulate

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When I think of Thai food, the first thing that comes to my mind is Pad Thai, my favorite Thai noodle dish and the artistic garnishes in Thai cuisine.

The recently concluded Amazing Taste of Thailand 2014, a 10-day event saw me through the tastiest Thai food, astounding Thai music, incessant Thai creativity, and unabating hospitality of the Thai people here in Dubai. The experience got even better when I was invited to a cooking class organized by the Royal Consulate of Thailand in Dubai with the Thai diplomatic wives and ladies. Myself among other participants were given the opportunity to learn how to cook three famous Thai dishes the Pad Thai, Tom Yum goong (spicy and sour chicken/prawn soup) and Tub Tim grob also know as the red ruby (water chestnut in coconut sauce.) 

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