May 25, 2016

Carinderia ni Tandang Sora Now in Karama Dubai

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There are many new Filipino restaurants now in Dubai with brands originating from the Philippines and there are many are others that are home grown too, owned by Pinoys working and living in Dubai for many years who have the guts to venture into food business. One of it is the humble eatery named after a Filipina revolutionary Mechora Aquino also know as Tandang Sora (Elder Sora) hence the name of the eatery Carinderia ni Tandang Sora.


A little info about Tandang Sora: In her native town, Tandang Sora operated a store which became a refuge for the sick and wounded revolutionaries. She fed, gave medical attention to and encouraged the revolutionaries with motherly advice and prayers. Secret meetings of the Katipuneros (revolutionaries) were also held at her house. Thus she earned the names "Woman of Revolution", "Mother of Balintawak", "Mother of the Philippine Revolution", and Tandang Sora (Tandang is derived from the Tagalog word matandâ, which means old).

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Our Children's Birthday Parties-Two Ways

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My kids have a six year gap. Both were born in April but one in the beginning of the month and the other at the end.

We thought that celebrating their birthday at the same time is both practical and economical which we did during our daughters 7th birthday and sons 1st birthday. We chose a date to celebrate it (Friday since it's the weekend and many friends can attend) and pour all efforts to make it a memorable one.

Easy.

Then they grew up and the day came when our pre-teen daughter and our six year old son have different ideas of a birthday party. The latter still wants a children's birthday party while his sister wants just a hang out with friends and schoolmates on her birthday.

Ferald and I only wants what's best for our kids and we imagined the type of birthday parties we can give them but they are both growing up and their opinion matters so we ask them what kind of birthday party they want and they gave us totally different answers.

Prince: I want a birthday party at Mc Donalds. (totally for kids his age)

Mica: I want a birthday party at Al Mamzar Park with my friends and classmates.

Ferald and I who swear to provide enough to our children put on our genie hat and zhazammm!!! gave them the party they asked for. Not an extravagant one but something that we can afford.

Prince 6th Birthday Party at Mc Donalds. 

Why a birthday party at Mc Donalds? Because he ask for it, and his decision made this birthday party planning simple for me because all I have to bring is the birthday cake and Mc Donalds takes care of the rest. They provide the venue with decorations and sound system, party host, food, loot bags, game prizes, a gift for the birthday celebrant, and special appearance of our all time favorite mascot Hamburglar.

Prince is six and I think this one will stick, something he can remember vaguely probably but will feel happy about it when he remembers. (I hope so)

I mean like this happy!


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May 18, 2016

Garage Clothing Ripped Boyfriend Jeans 3 Ways

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When Garage Clothing had a giveaway tour last year, I got myself a ripped, distressed boyfriend jeans. Thanks to one of the staff who literally ask me to turn around for her to see my hips and behind to tell me exactly which size will fit me. I have an hourglass body shape (or not) and I wasn't so sure in the beginning that what she gave would fit me but when I tried it at home, it was a perfect fit. I always have a hard time shopping for denim jeans and most of the time after trying it on, I end up returning it in the rack because it doesn't suit me.

Now, this Garage Clothing ripped boyfriend jeans that I got by chance is one of my favorite pair of jeans in my closet. Although I find it hard to style it sometimes, I already wore it three times, three different ways and I love it. Being an almost plus size me is challenging but as they say you have to learn how to dress your body type and not the size you want to be. Finding inspiration from Pinterest and Instagram helps a lot.

I can't wait to wear my ripped jeans again. For now here is how I wore it three ways.

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May 13, 2016

Sufra Friday Brunch at Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights

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When I mentioned to my family that I received an invitation for a Friday brunch in Hyatt, Ferald and Mica looked at each other and said kunafa in unison. I can't help but laugh and reminisce that day with them. It was at an Iftar dinner at Grand Hyatt some years ago where we had the best kunafa in town, the best we've ever had until now. Even if we tried other kunafa's already, we always say that the best kunafa can be found in Grand Hyatt.

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May 9, 2016

Alison Nelson's Chocolate Bar

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Alison Nelson Chocolate Bar located at The Golden Mile, The Palm is their 11th branch in the UAE. ANCB is a popular cafĂ© in New York City’s West Village, founded in May 2002 with regular guests celebrities like Sarah Jessica Parker, Gwyneth Paltrow, Julia Roberts, Scarlett Johanson, Jake Gyllenhal, Leonardo DiCaprio and Uma Thurman, is continuously expanding here in the UAE, giving locals and us, residents a taste of the best from the west.

The restaurant is immaculately charming with champagne colored soft leather seats, chocolate brown tables, marbled floors and floor to ceiling glass windows.



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May 4, 2016

WIN 2 VIP Tickets to the Arabian Bubble Celebration in Dubai

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This competition is now closed!

Congratulations to all the winners

From May 4, 2016 to May 7, 2016 - 1st Winner - @zoaoh (Zohaib Wahid)
From May 8, 2016 to May 11, 2016 - 2nd Winner - @k1w024 (Kim Paysan Infante)
From May 12, 2016 to May 15, 2016 - 3rd Winner 0 @shadanazeer (Shada Nazeer)

For the first time in Dubai, 18-time Guinness record holder and Broadway specialist Melody Yang and Deni Yang will be performing at the World Trade Center from 19th to the 21st of  May for the spectacular Arabian Bubble Celebration - an event for the entire family to see and enjoy. One could certainly look forward to 12 shows with performances featuring laser and 3D effects in a 70-minute show guaranteed to leave every member of the audience in awe.


I am very excited to announce that My Yellow Bells has teamed up with Yardstick Marketing and Arabian Bubble Celebration to give not 1 but 3 lucky winners, each of the winner can take their best buddy to watch the show.

Instagram contest duration:
From May 4, 2016 to May 7, 2016 - 1st Winner - @zoaoh (Zohaib Wahid)
From May 8, 2016 to May 11, 2016 - 2nd Winner - @k1w024 (Kim Paysan Infante)
From May 12, 2016 to May 15, 2016 - 3rd Winner 0 @shadanazeer (Shada Nazeer)

1 winner will be announced at the end of each competition duration at my IG account @myyellowbells and on this blog post

To join, all you have to do is

1. Follow @ABCinDubai and @myyellowbells on Instagram

2. Answer this question and write your answer as a comment on my Instagram post.
    Q: Name the artists who will be featured at the Arabian Bubble Show?
    Note: A new question will be asked each duration

3. Tag a friend you would like to see this spectacular show with.

4. Repost the competition for more chances of winning and use the following hashtags #ABCinDubai
#bubblecelebration #ABCD #Dubaievent #MyDubai

Terms and Conditions:
- Must do all 4 steps to qualify
- Open to UAE Residents only
- Instagram account must be public to be eligible
- Tickets are not convertible to cash
- Timings and dates stated on the ticket cannot be changed
- Seat assignments stated on the ticket cannot be changed
- Winners will be chosen at random from valid entries
- Winners must dm me on IG their contact details so I can get in touch on how to collect their prizes

Best of luck to all! 
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April 26, 2016

Review: Eyefi Mobi PRO - 32GB+Wifi

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I own a 16 GB smartphone and I don't have plans yet in upgrading it. I am saving up for our vacation to the Philippines this July so I am reserving the idea of buying a new phone for next year. I love my phone and I love taking pictures with it, I don't think I'll ever need to buy a DSLR camera (maybe in the future) but yeah I only want a compact camera with a DSLR capabilities. I had a DSLR camera before but it was too bulky and I can't stand taking it to events I attend every time.

I take lots of photos, I guess we all do, (it's quite addictive right) so my phone storage gets full very quickly. A big chunk of my phone storage goes to the images and it always happen that I ran out of storage while out and about so I have no option but to delete some of the photos which I haven't downloaded yet to my computer and that's kind of frustrating most of the time.


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April 25, 2016

Fly A Boeing 737 with iPilot Dubai

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I've only been to the airplane's passenger cabin few many times but never in the cockpit.

Although I've seen it in movies and in many occasions on TV, I am always curious about (and probably you are as well) how it feels like to sit with the pilot flying the plane or how it feels like to be a pilot yourself and fly a commercial aircraft.

My curiosity was put to rest and my dream of seeing an airplane's cockpit in real life came true when iPilot, a world leader in flight simulator experience with locations in London, Munich, Berlin, Dresden, Hamburg, Dusseldorf, Prague, Dubai, Basel, and Zurich, invited us to experience and fulfilled our dream of flying an airplane - a Boeing 737.



It wasn't the real one though, but the one that aeronautics students used to train and prepare for their exams with. It gives you the same flight experience, only this time you are the captain.

iPilot is located at the 2nd level of Dubai Mall opposite Sega Republic. It is a small shop with deep red and white interiors. The first part of the store is the reception, merchandise display and a flight simulator machine used by trained pilots. The second part is the closed cockpit with two rows of passenger seats behind it where we had our first flight simulator experience.







We were booked for a two hour simulator experience for four people. The cockpit was free when we arrived so we get to start immediately.

Mica was the first to go. Jeetu, iPilot's first officer showed my daughter everything she needs to know to fly the aircraft and she listens carefully. Mica took off from Dubai and flew over Dubai overlooking famous landmarks such as the Burj Al Arab, Burj Khalifa, Atlantis, The World and The Palm Islands to name a few and landed back to Dubai International Airport




Prince flew and landed the plane to Dubai, he was still too small to see the view from the windshield above and reached the pedals below that control the plane's direction while on the ground but nonetheless, he was happy to touch the control wheel, throttle and flap.



When it was Ferald's turn, I requested Jeetu to give him a challenging flying experience. So he added some turbulence, rain and thunderstorm. Ferald hates flying because he get nauseous and I told him to please try not to throw up this time (pun intended of course). We laughed and he said that this is completely different because this time he is in the front seat and he wouldn't feel as much movement compared when he is sitting in the economy seat behind.




Jeetu gave Ferald a rundown of all the controls and they took off from Dubai and landed in Hong Kong Kai Tak airport, the one that's between the city and the mountains. Ferald said it was very challenging and the plane wasn't easy to maneuver but he was so thrilled of the experience.

I on the other hand took off from where Ferald landed and landed at St. Maarten airport, few meters away from Maho Beach. Hong Kong and St. Maarten airports are two of the most favorites among the 24,000 airports in the iPilot system.

Before my flight, Jeetu explained to me the use of all the levers (throttle, flap, landing gear) buttons (autopilot control), pedal and switches in front of us and I listened carefully (note: each of us got a one on one training and I must say he must be a very patient man).


I tried to comprehend as much as I could but for a first timer like me, it was not easy to remember all the uses of each switches and what's on the screens all at once. Am I nervous? Very much! I am scared that I will not to be able to manipulate the aircraft quite right but Jeetu would show me how and fly the plane with me.



We landed safely at St. Maarten airport and I didn't crash the plane, thank goodness and thanks again that I have a co-pilot that knows what he is doing. This is just a flying simulator and yet everything seems so real.

Imagine, pilots learn and train for years and years. No pilot can fly an aircraft before knowing all the antics and in this profession, as they say, there is no room for errors. So next time when I/you fly and get to your destination and landed safely, thank God and thank your captain and the crew

It was a total immersion experience for my family and an experience we will never forget and just maybe, can be used by my kids in the future.


I had a short conversation with the iPilot store manager and he mentioned iPilot was looking to introduce the service to schools here in Dubai which I honestly think is a good thing to do. Students in higher levels can have the chance to try the flight simulator and who knows it could give them an idea of what they'd like to do in the future.

iPilot Flight Simulator Experiences starts at 349 AED for 15-minute flight.
Packages and Gift cards are available at iPilot eshop.

iPilot Dubai Mall - 056 738 7444
For more information visit their website at www.flyipilot.ae

We were invited to experience iPilot Flight Simulator but all opinions and photos in this blog post are my own.
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