Showing posts with label explore. Show all posts
Showing posts with label explore. Show all posts

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Palawan: Mangrove Paddle Boat Tour

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On our second day in Palawan (August of 2016), the Mangrove Paddle Boat Tour is one of the two side tours/trips that we enjoyed doing. It is a great side tour for anyone visiting Puerto Princesa Underground River.

The Mangrove Paddle Boat Tour aims to help the locals earn a living whilst protecting the environment and educating visitors about the importance of mangroves to the ecosystem of Palawan.

It actually occurs to me that it could be a mundane activity. I was wrong. It was just because I was looking forward to doing the Ugong Rock adventure and it wasn't offered to us. It was something not everyone in my family will enjoy so we push through with the mangrove forest tour. 
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Monday, February 20, 2017

Dubai: Sunrise At The Top of Burj Khalifa

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Sunrise at the Top of Burj Khalifa

Burj Khalifa construction began in September 2004. We saw what will be the tallest tower in Dubai and the world today slowly rises up from the ground until it was inaugurated five and a half years later in January 2010.

I've always wanted to go up there since it opened. Now the long wait is over. I finally get to tick it off my bucket list. My family and I went up to the observation deck of Burj Khalifa located at the 124th and 125th floor of the tower and watched the sunrise painted the whole of Dubai in golden hues. We literally saw Dubai awaken that day. Observed it unobstructed with 360 degrees view 452/455 meters above the ground. I've Instagrammed photos of Burj Khalifa so many times from different vantage points before, but this time it is the other way around. I'm taking photos of Dubai from where I stand, At The Top of Burj Khalifa itself.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Our First Flying Experience with Philippine Airlines

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Our first flying experience with our national carrier Philippine Airlines was our flight from Dubai to Manila last July of this year. It was a good flying experience for us with just a few reservations. If you will ask me would I book with Philippine Airlines again? Yes, I would. Flight PR 659 Manila bound uses Airbus A330-300 if I'm not mistaken and it is quite a big airplane, however full with passengers, it was a quiet flight for us.

Few days before our flight, the kids were dreading the nine-hour flight (we don't fly often) and the nonexisting in-flight entertainment of Philippine Airlines or so we thought. I planned on bringing some activity materials for the kids but I was too overwhelmed by the things I needed to complete at work before our vacation plus just thinking about packing for a month-long trip was exhausting. I didn't have time to work on that plan so I just relied on the available games on the iPad hoping it would entertain them. I chose a night flight so we can all just go to sleep after we ate our food and when we wake up, we will all be in the Philippines.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

At The Top of Jebel Jais Mountain in Ras Al Khaima

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Where are you guys headed this Sunday?

It's Hijri New Year so we are getting another long weekend. (Yippee!)

We're still figuring out where to go. I feel like going on another road trip somewhere.

Our last road trip was on the first day of Eid Al Adha at the top of Jebel Jais mountain in Ras Al Khaimah with our friends and family.

We left Dubai at three in the morning to catch the sunrise!

It was our first time to go to Jebel Jais. Clueless of how to get there, we used Waze-GPS Navigation app to find our way plus some help from our friends for directions.

The travel time from our meeting place in Muhaisah to Jebel Jais mountain was about 1 hour to 50 minutes to 2 hours reaching the top by 5 am-ish.

The road leading to the mountain top is one of the best in the world if not the best. Just be careful because it has a lot of sharp turns and there is no lamp post yet. There are also animals crossing like goats and wild fox like the one we saw.

The weather was lovely, it was 10 degrees colder up there that day. It's snowed there last year during the winter months and that's what we want to see next time.

Camping is also possible as there are designated stops and campsites with a roof. Just remember to bring inflatable beds and thick blankets/comforters to place under the bed if you are planning to sleep, the rocks are sharp and it might damage your camping gear. Regular mats are fine, however, seating won't be as comfortable. Folding chairs are a better option. Toilets are also available at every stop unfortunately, water supply could be insufficient.

If your planning to go to Jebel Jais this holiday, please don't have second thoughts. Just go! You will never regret it. Bring the family, take the kids with you! They'll definitely enjoy it. Just watch and keep them close to avoid any mishaps.

No, you need more company? Then bring the whole gang!

It's one for the books! I promise!

Want to see more of Jebel Jais story? Check out my friend Arence story here and Abigail story here!
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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Last Exit: Dubai's First Food Truck Park

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A full blown food truck craze has hit Dubai. Now we have them all in one place!

Meraas call it (E11) the Last Exit.


Because the new food truck haven is located in Jebel Ali near the last exit on Sheikh Zayed Road towards Abu Dhabi going back to Dubai.

It's near Ghantoot, the border of Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

"Last Exit is a unique food truck park destination offering commuters and visitors alike a wide selection of fresh and tasty street food and many other convenient services in a fun atmosphere. Inspired by the American food truck stops, the Last Exit is the first of its kind in the region and serves breakfast, lunch, dinner or simply, a snack on the way – 24/7."-Meraas

For you to reach this place, you have to drive all the way to the last exit on E11 road, take the Ghantoot Interchange, take a u-turn towards Dubai, drive a few hundred meters and you will see it on the right side

You will be greeted by this pretty awesome pile of cars!

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Modhesh World ++

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Modhesh World hasn't changed in years, after fifteen years in operation it is still one of the happiest place in Dubai keeping kids entertained summer after summer.
My nephew and kids taking a selfie
It did got better and better each year as they bring back old and new characters kids love like hello kitty, Transformers and Angry Birds. They have also added a lot more interactive games and activities aimed at educating young minds. Prince loved lego duplo, Mica was into more physical and ask me to join her into high ropes and as a family our favorite was the famous Angry Birds interactive games and we also went ice skating.

My kids day out at Modhesh World was one of the best they have had this summer vacation including a stretch limousine round trip from our residence to Modhesh World.

Now that my daughter is back in school and my son has just started his, I have the time to share our wonderful experience.

Thank you to Modhesh World and Ahlan Dubai.

Related post is our Stretch Limo Ride and Kabayan Family Fun Day

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Monday, October 11, 2010

A Trip to Wadi Wurayah

It was a sunny Friday morning of September 24 when my husband and I headed east towards Fujairah.

This mountain (or part of it) is famously known as the Hajar Mountain. Even if you see it as all rocks, the mountain is rich in flora and fauna. On the other side of the mountain are beautiful pristine beaches with crystal clear waters belonging to the Gulf of Oman.

Fujairah is about 150 km away from Dubai and it is about 2.5 hours drive, so whenever you are planning a trip to this Emirate, pack a good amount of food and bottles of water and make sure the gas tank is full. Well actually, it won't even be a problem because there are a lot of gas stations along the way where you can stop to buy all you needed but it is worth being prepared for a long trip like this so you won't waste your time queuing at the counter.

This road trip is a little unique and special this time as me and my hubby are celebrating our 7th year wedding anniversary and we decided to experience something new together. Deep in the Hajar Mountain lies lots of wadis and we are on our search for the fountain of youth! Kidding (wink)! We are heading to the famous Wadi Wurayah waterfall which was the first protected mountain area in the UAE last March 16, 2009, and is believed to be home to the country's last Arabian leopard.

The road to recovery of this famed wadi still goes a long way but it is not impossible when many people are already helping each other towards its rehabilitation and protection. The aim is not to drive away people but to bring in people to see it, to become another tourist attraction for Fujairah, for UAE.

To those people coming to visit Wadi Wurayah, I personally appeal to you. Please do not leave any carbon marks to this valuable part of nature, do not vandalized the rock walls. Take back everything that you bring in on your way out and remember nature has its own way of returning the balance to it so we better be cautious of what we do to it.

After more than two hours we reached our destination, the mouth of the wadi. The sign says: warning deep water, children must be accompanied by their parents.

We continue to venture deep into the mountain heading to the wadi waterfall. It was really stunning and you need to see it yourself. 

The rocks, dry and dull as it may seem but still I could not stop myself from admiring the mountains majestic form.

Many people use this dangerous winding path to get to the wadi, mostly Pakistanis are braving to come down from this stiff route. Beware, there are no ropes or steps. I personally wouldn't dare.

Behind us (above photo) is where the water cascade down to the waterfall straight to the wadi pool. I shy away to take photos of the waterfall and pool because there are already too many half-naked men bathing in it. The water as you see above is crystal clear, cool and fresh, some small fish swims in it too.

 Ferald and I on our way out of the wadi

Look at that height, probably more than a twenty story building.

We promised that this will not be our first and last trip to Wadi Wurayah. Now that we know how to get here. Next time we will take our kids with us. Probably swim at the wadi pool.

So ciao for now!
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