Scoopi Cafe Jumeirah

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"Life is short, eat dessert first!" and "Life is like an ice cream, enjoy it before it melts!"

These were the words written on Scoopi Cafe's wall that actually defines our day, the day we visited the gourmet ice cream and chocolatier shop in Jumeirah. 

Scoopi Cafe serves what might be the most expensive ice cream in Dubai - the Black Diamond which cost a whooping 2,999 Dhs or 817 dollars per scoop. We didn't see it though but I did check it out online and it looks like this, it is topped with 24 karat gold, edible of course.

Instead we choose our own ice cream flavor and toppings from the menu. The ice cream was made fresh using liquid nitrogen every time and it was ready in minutes. Each scoop is 15 dhs, plus 7 dhs for an additional scoop.

I chose Saffron Pistachio topped with pistachio nuts on a sweet and crispy waffle cup. It was light and so refreshing, perfect for a very hot and very humid day.

Mica had Italian Nuttella Chocolate with European Chocolate topped with Oreo and Ferrero Rocher chocolates on a chocolate waffle cup. Prince had his favorite, a scoop of simple vanilla topped with Oreo after he finish his first scoop of Italian Nutella.

Ferald had a scoop of strawberry cheesecake topped with ferrero rocher. 

We definitely had one chilled afternoon and a delightful meeting with friends

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Unlimited Fun at the Atlantis Family Fun Factory

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Yes it is summer in Dubai and yes it is hot outside but we will not let it stop the kids from having fun.

Not now that Ferald and I are on vacation and not now that we found Atlantis Family Fun Factory at their Silk Ballroom.

Atlantis Family Fun Factory offers unlimited play with a fixed price of 75 dhs per child. Compared to the usual gaming zones around town where game and rides would normally cost us a minimum of 100 dhs, this one is a great deal. It is here until August 23 only from 3 pm to 10 pm so be sure the take advantage of it.

There are about 45 game consoles and small rides combined, my kids 5 and 11 had a good time. It is also suitable for children age 3 and above up to 65 or more as long as you are in for fun. 

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Birthday Giveaway: WIN a Tandoori and a Mexican Dinner for 2 at The Californian

Hello everyone! How is your Eid Holiday planning going on? While I am still waiting for my company's announcement of our holiday off, I am already day dreaming about this weekend's adventure.

I think I will have a breezy Eid adventure at sea this weekend. The husband said we will go fishing and I am really excited because I haven't gone fishing here before. I'm pretty sure the kids will enjoy too. If we are lucky enough, we might catch our very first fish on this fishing trip.

sailing on...

As promised, here is the second part of my Birthday Giveaway. Thanks to my generous sponsors, I am truly grateful.

The first giveaway is still running and if you haven't joined yet, you still have a few more days to join before I announce the winner on the night of my birthday which is a week from now.

Please go ahead, don't be shy, press the other link above, the more entries, the more chances of winning!

This time around, I am giving yet another Theme Nights Dinner for 2 but not just one but to two lucky winners. Each will received a dinner voucher for 2 at The Californian located at the 24th floor of Dusit Thani Hotel Dubai.

The Californian is the hotel's international buffet restaurant, plays host to wonderful dishes from around the world with its theme nights giving guest unlimited options.

I will be giving away vouchers from Tandoori Night on Sundays as well as Mexican Night on Mondays 

The newest addition to the famed Themed Nights is a haven to lovers of Indian cuisine, showcasing the Indian blend of spices’ subtle aroma and delicious taste in every dish.

Mexican Night on Mondays features Palmito Salad with Spicy Dressing, Stuffed Tomatoes with Rice, Mayo and Peas, Ensalada de Pescado and Tortilla with Aioli and a whole wide spread of Mexican delights! Need I say more?

They also have other theme nights such as New Orleans BBQ Night on Tuesdays
Sumptuous ribs, barbecued prawns and traditional jambalaya are just some of the delights featured on the menu. Enjoy the stunning views of the Burj Khalifa while sampling delights from the city of Jazz.

South East Asian Night on Wednesdays
Try out the finest quality dishes from South East Asia. A region well known for its spices and curries, offers a unique and varied menu options. Whether you are looking for Chinese Fried Rice, Vietnamese Noodles or Thai Green Curry, there will be something to suit every taste.

Deep Blue on Thursdays
Submerge yourself with the finest selection of fresh seafood from the coastal waters and deep ocean. Try carefully crafted sushi or choose your own fish and have our chefs cook it to your liking. Only the best cuts make the menus to ensure the finest quality enjoyment.

Around the World on Fridays
Dubai has become the global capital, attracting culture and flavours from all over the world, so what better way to celebrate than bringing together the best in International flavours. Why not start off with a delicately spiced Tom Yum Goong from Thailand before digging into a Sri Lankan Biryani, and topping it off with Italy’s finest Panna Cotta.

Before you begin, here are some of the Terms and Conditions
The giveaway will run from July 14-31, 2015

1 Use Rafflecopter app below and follow instructions to enter the giveaway. There are 2 giveaways, on the app, press the small arrow tab on the right to navigate between giveaways
2. The Voucher is valid for three months from the date of issue
3. This Voucher is non-refundable
4. This Voucher is not valid on Public Holidays or combined with other promotions
5. Prior booking is needed.
6. Winner will be announced here on the blog and on My Yellow Bells Facebook Page
7. Voucher can be collected from the Concierge of Dusit Thani Dubai and a valid ID must be presented.
8. Everyone can join as long as you can collect the voucher from the hotel.

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Birthday Giveaway: Theme Nights Dinner for 2 at Arabesque Cafe

Hello everyone!!! Since it is July and it's my birth month, I will be hosting a series of giveaway here on the blog so be sure to visit from time to time this month.

It is my simple way of saying thank you for all the blessing I received this year and I wanted to pay it forward. To be able to share my culinary adventures here on the blog is one thing but to have one lucky reader to actually experience it is another. That's what we are doing here right now!

So, without further ado, I am launching this giveaway series with a Theme Nights Dinner for 2 at Arabesque Cafe at Arjaan by Rotana. One lucky reader with a loved one will have a chance to dine at Arabesque Cafe with a themed nights buffet of their choice inclusive of soft drinks.

Go on a culinary adventure with Arabesque Cafe Theme Nights Buffet.  

Go and Travel to the East with Sunday Exotic Asian. 
Savour an International Feast on Mondays and Fridays. 
Pizza and Pasta anyone? Tuesday serves Authentic Italian. 
Fire up the barbi and sizzle with Wednesday Sizzling BBQ 
and last but not the least
Go back to your roots with Thursday Arabian Flavor.

For more details about the Theme Nights Buffet click here
For more of Arjaan by Rotana's Food and Beverages Promotion Offers click here

Excited? Me too!!! Giveaway runs from July 10 to 12 midnight of July 21, 2015 so what are you waiting for?

Here are some of the Terms and Conditions
1. Use Rafflecopter app below and follow instructions to enter the giveaway
2. The Voucher is valid from July 31, 2015 to October 30, 2015
3. This Voucher is non-refundable but transferable
4. This Voucher is not valid on Public Holidays or combined with other promotions
5. Prior booking is needed. For reservations call 04-4360143
6. Winner will be announced here on the blog and on My Yellow Bells Facebook Page
7. Voucher can be collected from the Concierge of Arjaan Dubai DMC and a valid ID must be presented.

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Tape a'loeil Original Kids

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School holidays is in full swing and both my kids are at home with limited play resources. With play I mean the ones that will make them move and sweat and not the games on their tablets or smart phones. The problem is we can't take them out to the park nor the beach this time because it is summer in Dubai and it is very hot outside. I'm talking about 40-50 degrees here (no kidding). Options are mostly limited to just the mall or any indoor play area.

Ferald and I will have our local annual vacations very soon (yipeee!!!) which means more time with the kids. We normally take them out on weekends (after work during weekdays is difficult and not practical at all) and when we take the kids out, we wanted them to enjoy. We let them be kids, playful, silly and fun just like this very nice video of original kids I saw on YouTube. Reminds me of the days when I was growing up in the Philippines.

Kids are playful and imaginative more than us adults. They see things a lot differently.

The picture below was taken at Tape a'loeil's flagship store at Mall of the Emirates launched recently.

Tape a'loeil is a French fashion brand for new born children to age 14, exclusively distributed in the region by Jawad Business Group.

I found their clothing line edgy and fashionable at great prices. Not only suits my kids personality but also my pocket.

They have a wide variety of colors in clothes and accessories for your young ones from rompers to dresses, pants, jeans, T-shirts, shorts. jackets and accessories

That's my son Prince, running around the store with other kids shopping with their moms and dads.

Since it's summer, shorts and light color clothing are what we wanted Prince to wear. He can move freely with it and his body can breath. Apart from that, we wanted him to look cute and fashionable.

On the other hand, my daughter Mica wanted a faded jean shorts and a cute top with some artsy design in front. Not my choice anymore, gone are the days when mommy chooses her clothes but I do love what she chose.

Tape a'loeil Ramadan special range are also in store if you are looking for your kids outfit this Eid.

Tape a'loeil flagship store is located at the first floor of Mall of the Emirates. Other stores are located at Al Wahda Mall, Marina Mall, Mushrif Mall and Dalma Mall in Abu Dhabi, Bawadi Mall in Al Ain, Dubai Mall, Mirdif City Center and Arabian Center in Dubai and Mega Mall in Sharjah.

*The clothes used in this post are provided by the brand however all pictures and opinions are those of the author except otherwise stated.
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Ramadan 2015 Iftar Round Up

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If you have been following me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, you must have seen that I have been around town joining nightly Iftars hosted by different restaurants in Dubai.

No, it's not every day, it was just a few invitations but thought I'd share it with you in case you are looking for other places to break your fast with your family or friends.

A few suggestions wouldn't hurt so here's a round-up of the Iftars I've tried and enjoyed during the season.

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