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Pink Rock Mountain, Dubai

My Yellow Bells is a blog about the life and adventures of a Filipino family in Dubai and beyond.

It aims to share experiences and give honest opinions about


If you are reading this, chances are you are visiting Dubai, planning to do so, or could be a local or Dubai expat looking for a new restaurant to try or hotel to stay on or maybe just planning on your next Dubai adventure. Please feel free to check the pages of My Yellow Bells and we hope it helps inspire your next foodie or travel adventure.

My Yellow Bells Beginnings
Carla came to Dubai in December of 2002 but started blogging in August of 2009. The first seven years of her life in the UAE was amazing. She landed in Dubai and was reunited with her immediate family. Got a job with a decent salary. Met the man she will love and live with for the rest of her life. Got married. Had her first baby and explored all the corners of the UAE with them. She cannot ask for more. But you know how expat life can be, it gets monotonous when you've been doing the same things over and over again. It didn't take long for her to feel depressed. That was when she felt that she needed to do something to break free from it hence My Yellow Bells was born. She writes to empty her mind, pour out her feelings through writing.

9 years later...
My Yellow Bells is still here and she is still in the UAE with her family. Now a full pledge blogger and a mother of two. So far there are 600+ posts on this blog. She blogs whenever she can because she's also a full-time employee, a mother, a wife, and a pet owner. Juggles all while trying to keep the balance.

My Yellow Bells became her constant outlet to express herself. To tell stories of the family life she loves. The blog flourished the way she never thought it would. She met new friends online who eventually became her real and longtime friends in real life. MYB has open new doors for her and she is truly grateful.

She who blogs works 5 days a week, an expat, a mother of two, and a loving and happy wifey. 

This is her squad and you will often see them in here.

Why My Yellow Bells?

Yellow bell is a flower. It is Carla's dads' favorite hence the name of this blog. It always reminds her of him, his kindness, and his love.

The yellow bells flower is also known as the allamanda vine, a bushy plant that her dad used to create an arch gate for their humble home back in the Philippines. It is a very common practice in her province. She was hovering around while her dad was working on it, watching carefully as he fixes the fence. 

It was a simple yet happy day. A beautiful memory.

Thank you for visiting My Yellow Bells and hope to see you back soon. Please feel free to leave a comment so we would know you were here. We would love to visit your blog or reply to your message. It is because of you why this blog is still online, it's you who's actually keeping it alive. 

Thank you!

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You can reach me at carlaroque (dot) dxb (at) gmail.com

Disclosure Policy

My Yellow Bells is a personal blog written and edited by Carla. This blog does not accept any form of cash advertising, sponsorship, or paid topic insertions. However, we will and do accept and keep free products, services, travel, event tickets, and other forms of compensation from companies and organizations however it will never influence the content, topics, or posts made in this blog.

The owner(s) of this blog is not compensated to provide opinion on products, services, websites, and various other topics. The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely the blog owners. If we claim or appear to be experts on a certain topic or product or service area, we will only endorse products or services that we believe, based on our expertise, are worthy of such endorsement. Any product claim, statistic, quote, or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer or provider. Any action you take upon the information on this website is strictly at your own risk, and we will not be liable for any losses and damages in connection with the use of our website.

This blog does not contain any content which might present a conflict of interest.

My Yellow Bells collects only the personal information that you provide. When you leave a comment, I only ask for your name, email address, and website in order to get back to you or visit you, at your own discretion you may provide MYB with other means of contact information. Analytics may collect non-personal information such as an IP address, browser type, operating system, the specific web pages you visit, and the duration of your visits to help analyze site traffic. You can turn off the use of cookies at any time by changing your specific browser setting.

This Privacy Policy may be changed from time to time. All original content such as photographs and writing are copyright Carla Roque My Yellow Bells 2009-2018

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  1. Good morning! I am Earvin Cabalquinto, a graduating student at UP Open University (Distance Education). I'm taking up Masters in Development Communication.

    I am doing my thesis right now and the topic is about OFW blogging. I would like to invite you to be part. Should you be interested, please email me at ecabalquinto@gmail.com

    I would love to have your blog as one of the respondents in this benchmark study at the University of the Philippines.

  2. My father traveled to the UAE many times as a part of his work. He always brought us back the neatest souvenirs and trinkets!

  3. I didn't know it got cold in the dessert! You really do learn something new every day.

  4. awesome! i love reading about different cultures and places. look forward to reading more. this is my first time on your blog :)

  5. Nice to meet you Carla! That Fossil Rock picture is pretty cool. Looks like a neat place to visit.

    1. Nice to meet you too, yes it is indeed a great place to see.

  6. Hi Carla! Great blog! I'd love to visit Dubai someday. Maybe this year my husband and I would try.

    1. Hi Lou, thanks! message me when you are coming, would love to meet you in person maybe even just for coffee

  7. Hi Carla! I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. You can check out this post http://glimpsesofpam.blogspot.ae/2015/03/versatile-blogger-award.html for all the details. I’m looking forward to your link up! =)

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    To contribute, it is not necessary to live in a different country from where you were born, but simply to know a bit of the world by having lived, studied, or traveled abroad.
    Please, sign up to our website at https://www.peopleabroad.org/register/ and send all your files with things you would like to share (your story and/or your posts) by email to people(at)peopleabroad(dot)org. In case of big files, send them by WETRANSFER.
    Since this website is still under construction, we do not have yet made it available to search engines for indexation. So, to access it, just type www.PeopleAbroad.org.
    We are just starting and that is why your help is essential. We would love to see you onboard!
    All the best,


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