Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Going Vegetarian at Govindas Jumeirah Dubai

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I discovered a new dining spot with some seriously delicious Indian vegetarian fare. They are in Umm Suqeim 2, Jumeirah, on the Beach Road!

It's called Govindas!


They have a branch in Karama which has a 15-year successful history. Well known among the huge Indian community in Dubai. We aren't vegans so I guess it's one of those restaurants that we would not normally look for but thanks to this dinner invite we discovered a gem. I also didn't expect vegetarian dishes to be this good and satisfying compared to its non-vegetarian counterparts.

Now, if I'll be asked where is the best vegetarian restaurant in Dubai, I would definitely point fingers to Govindas.

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Monday, November 21, 2016

Cavite: Motorcycle Road Trip to Kaybiang Tunnel via Tagaytay & Nasugbu Road

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Ferald and I went on our first motorcycle road trip together when we were in the Philippines last July. It was a spur-of-the-moment kind of trip. We were only supposed to visit his dad's grave in Taal Batangas but what I didn't know was he has other plans and that I was in for a road trip I've never done before.

Feralds brother is a seasoned rider in the Philippines. With the growing traffic in Metro Manila, he chose to ride their motorcycle on a daily basis rather than to commute and use the public transport. On weekends and free days, he used to go with big riding groups to places like Baguio, Cagayan, Rizal, Cavite, Batangas and many other wonderful places.

This idea of traveling by motorcycle thrilled us both. Just in time, his sister got herself a brand new motorbike. A Yamaha Mio-Soul 125 CC. Ferald borrowed it and took it for some sort of test drive to Batangas with me as his back rider. I've never been to any far-flung places in the Philippines on a motorcycle. This was the first.

We kicked off from my in-law's house in Laguna past 8:00 am. From Cabuyao, Laguna, we rode via Tagaytay without stopping and reached Taal, Batangas roughly around 11:00 am. I only managed to take this photo of Taal Volcano whilst on a moving motorcycle. I promise to take you around Taal if you read on.

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Sunday, November 20, 2016

Seafood Sundays and more at Millennium Plaza Hotel Dubai

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Millennium Plaza Hotel Dubai recently introduced Epicurean Nights. It's a journey of discovery of some of the finest cuisines from across the world.

Embarking on this epicurean journey, I was invited to try their Seafood Sundays. 


Metro! is the hotels all day dining restaurant located on the 5th floor. The floor to ceiling windows gives you sweeping views of the busy Sheikh Zayed Road and all its skyscrapers. It's bright green furnishings gave accents to the clean white wall finish.


The dinner service starts at 6:30 pm but the invitation I received says 7:30 pm. I decided to come half an hour early to be sure I can have a good look at the spread as well as take photos while everything is still intact but I guess the good stuff are not meant to last.

Steamed Grouper Fish
but there are far better things if you know where to look

Live cooking station and fresh seafood
the live cooking station was the highlight of the buffet. Freshest catch of the day in a bed of ice where you can plate your pick and the chef will cook it for you.

There was not a time that the station got vacant so I settled for nevertheless equally delicious and satisfying dishes on the spread

chef preparing the seafood dishes at the love cooking station
the cold seafood station has succulent prawns, muscles, crabs and lobster ready to eat. Have it plain or build a salad. It's all up to you

cold seafood station

smoked fish

smoked salmon mousse
I started my dinner with some hearty seafood minestrone soup followed by some seafood ceviche uniquely served on a shell and different smoked fishes.


then there's my plate of everything else. I took small portions of each so I can have a taste. There's cheese sambousek, steamed fish fillets, steamed vegetables, mixed vegetables, prawns, grilled salmon with mint sauce, beef medallions, potatoes and beef kadhai.


Every single dish on this plate was delicious but the one that really stands out was the fish I got from the almost finished steamed hammour. No wonder it was the first to go but I wonder why it was not replenished during the service.

We're not so keen to queue at the live cooking station just because there was no chance. Every time we come to choose, there were so many people that beat us to it plus the main dishes on the spread was enough to satiate our seafood and meat cravings.


The husband indulged and dug in seafood literally.


I let the kids chose their food. Prince ate prawns and crab from the cold seafood station with some steamed rice while my daughter who ate very little these days watching her waistline had prawn tempura, beef medallions, and potatoes.

For dessert, we had some exotic rice pudding which I find very comforting because it is somewhat similar to one of our native sweets back home. Then my favorite sweet cheese rolls and some fresh fruits from this beautiful arrangements.



The service was exceptional. I was happy with our server, she speaks English fluently, she was pleasantly chatty, attentive and clears our table quickly; the chefs, knowledgeable of their dishes. We are also pleased to meet the Management that night and was able to thank them for having us.

Metro has different themed nights so make sure to check them out, chose your favorite foodie destination and have dinner with your friends and family

You can dine around the world without leaving Dubai at Millennium Plaza Hotel Dubai's Epicurean Nights

Seafood Sundays - Enjoy a mouthwatering variety of the freshest seafood delicacies including crabs, oysters, prawns and other treasures of the sea. The ‘catch of the day’ is prepared at a live cooking station with indulgent desserts offering the perfect end to the meal for AED 159* per person with unlimited soft beverages from 6.30pm – 11.30pm.

Mediterranean Mondays Delight your senses with an irresistible array of Mediterranean tastes and indulge your appetite with an extensive buffet complimented by a live food station and salad bar for only AED 129* per person with unlimited soft beverages from 6.30pm – 11.30pm.

BBQ Nights – Every Wednesday and Thursday Step into the weekend with the BBQ Nights as the air fills up with aromas of irresistible charcoal grill featuring the best of Asian, American and Oriental flavors with a succulent selection of delicious barbecued seafood and meats for AED 139* per person with unlimited soft beverages from 7:00 pm to 11 pm.

Far Eastern Fridays – Every Friday Embark on a timeless journey to the Far East and savor flavorful delicacies from the Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia and China for only AED129* per person with unlimited soft beverages from 6.30pm to11.30pm.

Family Brunch Saturdays Kickoff your Saturday with a cheerful family brunch buffet featuring a sumptuous selection of the best dishes from all of the epicurean nights. Gather your family or a group of friends and head to this fabulous brunch venue and enjoy discounted spa voucher giveaways while the little ones enjoy exciting and fun activities. The Family Brunch is priced at AED 159* per person with unlimited soft beverages from 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm.

Millennium Plaza Hotel Dubai
Sheikh Zayed Road Dubai,The United Arab Emirates
191055 Dubai UAE
T +971 4 387 7777Accessible via Emirates Towers Metro Station
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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

SOUQ.com White Friday SALE

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Mark your calendar guys and get ready for the biggest 4-day shopping festival happening from the 23rd - 26th of November coz it's SOUQ.com White Friday sale once again.

SOUQ.com is the largest retail and online marketplace platform in UAE, KSA and Egypt. If you love shopping SALE like me and if you like shopping  online, this is the best time to do it to bag the biggest deals and discounts.

White Friday Launch

Speaking at the launch held last nigh at Ritz Carlton, DIFC was SOUQ.com's CEO and Co-Founder Mr. Ronaldo Mouchawar and I quote ''After smashing all online shopping records during a momentous White Friday 2015, this year we have prepared for the C with an anticipated 1 million item expected to be sold via our website and mobile app during the four-day extravaganza."


It was such a wonderful event. Kris Fade - Virgin Radio's DJ was the host for the evening. Guest were given each a selfie stick and who ever takes the best selfie wins. Games were played and prices were given courtesy of course by SOUQ.com


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Sunday, November 13, 2016

The Palm and Burj Al Arab Sightseeing Boat Tour with Xclusive Tours Dubai

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It is not every day that we see the whole of The Palm and Burj Al Arab from the other side of the city, from the seaside. There's just one way and it's to go on a Dubai sightseeing boat tour or on a yacht cruise around The Palm islands.

Xclusive Tours Dubai offers a 90 Minute The Palm and Burj Al Arab Sightseeing Tour and a 30 Minute Dubai Marina Tour

The Palm Jumeirah is an artificial archipelago in the United Arab Emirates, created using land reclamation. It is one of three planned islands called the Palm Islands (Palm Jumeirah, Palm Jebel Ali and Palm Deira). However the smallest, it has many beautiful hotels in its branches with Atlantis The Palm Hotel, a major attraction located at the apex of the Palm Jumeirah island.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Batangas: Family Day Tour at Tierra Mercedes Nature Resort

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When I am in the Philippines, I like to immerse myself into lots and lots of greenery and nature tripping for I know that when I'm back to Dubai, I will miss it so much.

When we were looking for a place to treat the family during our last vacation in the Philippines, we found a beautiful mountain resort located in Cuenca, Batangas, the province where my husband Ferald grew up.

We found Tierra Mercedes Nature Resort. It is a beautiful property by Mt. Maculot trail and it has 7,000 sq. m. of resort space.



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We left Laguna early to be at Cuenca Batangas by 9:00 in the morning. We wanted to maximize our time to enjoy the facilities and to do as many activities as we can.

Before heading to the resort, we stopped by the local market of Cuenca to buy some fresh seafood. There are grilling facilities at the resort so we were able to cook the things we bought from the market.The resort has its own restaurant but they allow guests to bring in cooked meals. We brought with us some of our favorite Filipino dishes like chicken adobo, longanisa, and salted egg mixed with tomatoes. We grilled some aubergines, milkfish stuffed with onions and tomatoes, tiger prawns and pork marinated in barbecue sauce.

All this for our boodle fight style lunch later that day.
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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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