ARTSPACE Gallery Opens Mouneer Al Shaarani's Calligraphy Exhibit

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When I was invited in the launch of the calligraphy exhibit of the famous calligraphy artist Mouneer Al Shaarani opening at ARTSPACE Gallery in DIFC, I didn't have a second thought even I couldn't read or write in Arabic.

I know it wouldn't be hard for me to appreciate Arabic art as I always try to see things beautifully in everything.

HE Mohammad Ahmed Al Murr, Speaker of Federal National Council of the UAE inaugurated the opening ceremony attended by VIP guests, friends and followers of the artist including the media.

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The exhibition featured some of the most acclaimed works of Mouneer Al Shaarani who is a celebrated calligrapher, designer and writer, living and working in Syria. Describing his works, Al Shaarani said they are the “outcome of pondering over the rich calligraphic heritage with a critical eye. "I endeavored to produce a calligraphic work which does not depend on borrowing from other arts, and it doesn't derive its aesthetics but only from pairing between general aesthetic bases of the arts, and the essential aesthetic characteristics of Arabic calligraphy. I chose some extremely ancient calligraphy styles as Kairouan Kufi, square Kufi, and Almashriki Kufi. I studied the characteristics of each style, developed their letters, completed their shortcomings, amended their ratios and reformulated them structurally and synthetically with modernistic logic.”

The Mouneer Al Shaarani exhibition show will be in exhibit until 16th May at ARTSPACE Dubai Bldg 3 The Gate Village Podium Level, Dubai International Financial Center. For more information about the artist, please contact ARTSPACE at 04 323 0820 or send email to
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Frozen Sisters Anna and Elsa in Dubai this June with Disney On Ice 2nd Edition

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Disney On Ice comes back to Dubai on its 2nd Edition bringing Academy award winning and number one animated film Frozen with sisters Anna and Elsa, hilarious Olaf and Kristoff on skates come June 10-13, 2015.

Frozen which has taken every household by storm is the highlight of the show. Other well loved Disney Princesses and Heroes that was not part of Rockin Ever After last year such as Cinderella, Aurora and Snow White will also skate their way to the audience hearts, kids and adults alike, this summer.

Tickets are now available at all Virgin Mega Stores and online Price starts at AED 150, AED 250, AED 450, VIP AED 1000, and Royal AED 2000.

Take note of an "After School Special" show on June 11, Thursday at 3:30 pm with 25% discount on bronze, silver and gold tickets.

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Guess caught me off guard when their invitation for the SS15 Exclusive Fashion Show and Party to be held at the picturesque Bab Al Shams Desert Resort arrived on my inbox. I palpitated for a minute before coming back to my senses.

I didn't know what to wear!!! I don't have anything to wear!!! I am officially panicking.

Then I remember that I have this new maxi dress I've been saving for some event that I don't even know what is.

Yes I am very excited, it's GUESS and I don't know anyone who doesn't love Guess!!!

Although I have received a few invites for spring and summer fashion shows, this is the first fashion event I am attending this year. Thankfully, Krissy of K Vanity Project accepted to join me.

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Nour Arjaan by Rotana: A Contemporary Hotel at the Heart of Fujairah

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It's been a long time since we visited Fujairah, the only Emirate of UAE facing the Gulf of Oman and the Emirate which has got beautiful rock mountains.

We have explored the mountainous side and beach front during our previous visits and you can read about them here, here and here.


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Go to Italy with Itzza Pizza ItzzaSelfie

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Italy is one of the few places I'd like to visit with my family.

When I heard about itzzaselfie, a contest to selfie your way to Italy, I was very eager to take the family to try Itzza Pizza in Jumeirah. So far I only got twenty three likes.


you can help us win this trip of a lifetime :P. It's this one here, posted on my instagram account @myyellowbells the same photo below.

Several friends who already selfie their way ahead of me have racked up in likes in their IG and FB pages already so it seems that my chances of winning is looking a bit gloomy, but that's just me.

You can still visit Itzza Pizza in any of their five branches around Dubai (Sheikh Zayed Road Sahara Tower, Downtown Burj Views, Mirdif Old Uptown, Jumeirah and JLT Paradise Tower Cluster R) and itzzaselfie your way to Italy. Contest last up to 30th of April 2015. Share it on your IG and FB pages and don't forget to use hash tags itzzaselfie, itzzapizza and itzzapizzauae. The photo with the most likes (consolidated) will win a trip to Italy (1st prize) / an iPhone 6 (2nd prize) / an iPad mini (3rd prize).

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Max's Fried Chicken "Sarap Kapiling"

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It is one of those restaurants in Dubai that can help you cope up with your life as a Pinoy expatriate in the UAE, food wise, believe me. Whenever we crave for authentic Pinoy food, we run to Max's.

Sarap Kapiling eh!!!

Max's Fried Chicken became famous because of its signature fried chicken, created initially for the GI's by the owner and founders niece, now the best comfort food that all Filipinos love and grew up with. Without a doubt Max's Fried Chicken is also very popular because they are one of the restaurants  in the Philippines that serve the tastiest and most delicious Filipino food, now also serving in Dubai and Sharjah.

News Flash!!! On Monday, 13th April 2015 is the Grand opening of their Al Ain Branch.

We usually frequent their Sharjah branch but this time we went to dine at their Bur Dubai branch, near Bur Juman Center just next to Spinneys. As always, they are busy but despite that, we have always been well assisted by the staff. We were ushered to our table, the one at the corner tucked away from the hustle and bustle.

We ordered our all time favorites and tried some of the new addition to the menu.

While we were waiting for our food, drinks arrived and they are purple, white and brown. Exotic milk shakes we didn't expect to find, not new but something different, usually served as desserts now a drink. Ube macapuno (purple yam and young coconut) and buko pandan (young coconut and pandan flavored gelo) milk shakes. Yumminess overload!!!

Then the food parade started...

My vote is divided between the Beef Sisig and the Prawn Gambas con Aligue but it's going to be unfair to choose one because both dish are remarkable. The beef sisig reminded me of Aling Lucing's sisig and its really good I had to ask for extra rice to enjoy this seafood dish a little bit more. (Aling Lucing or Lucia Cunanan from Angeles Pampanga is the woman who invented variants of sisig that soon became nationally famous, she is dubbed as the "Sisig Queen" thus making her city Angeles the Sisig Capital of the Philippines) The Prawn Gambas con Aligue is so good I had to recreate it at home (for the love of prawns).

Juicy succulent Prawn Gambas con Aligue (aligue is the crabs eggs and fat that line its shell)
Maxs nailed it with their new Beef Sisig

Of course a meal at Max's is never complete without the chicken that built and made this restaurant famous for, lo and behold, Max's fried chicken served with sweet potato fries on the side. Crispy on the outside and soft and juicy on the inside.You can order half or full or a meal.

Another new on the menu is the Sinigang na Ulo ng Salmon or Salmon head in tamarind based broth loaded with asian vegetables served on a clay pot (just the way we like it). My son Prince couldn't get enough of the sour soup while I devour the soft savory fish and crisp veggies.

We also had spicy fried rice and crab meat fried rice (all time favs) to go with our viands.

I must say that Max's beef sisig is by far the best beef sisig we have ever tasted in Dubai. I am actually craving for it while writing this.

We came to the end of our meal but still high with excitement because we knew what's coming. Max's dessert sample it our favorite. You get all four desserts in one plate.

gooey brownie topped with vanilla ice cream / silky smooth leche flan (creme caramel) / creamy buko pandan / melt in your mouth ube panna cotta

served with a hot cup of coffee with a bonus of a caramel square. It is simply the best way to end our dinner.

Sometimes somethings so good you cannot get enough of them, no worries because Max's have a corner for baked goodies you can order a take-away. My recommendation, try ube macapuno swiss roll.

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