Monday, September 22, 2014

Preview of Marks & Spencer Autumn Winter Collection 2014

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Just as I am excited about the change of weather in Dubai after a heavy sandstorm last week that signals the coming of winter, the people in the fashion community here are looking forward to see the new season trends.

I had the privilege to preview Marks & Spencer Autumn Winter 2014 line in a grand thematic fashion show "London Calling" held at the Waldorf Astoria The Palm Jumeirah Dubai last September 17.
London's beauty and contemporary sophistication set the stage to present the new collection. It was highly attended by a very fashionable crowd and members of the media.

The women's wear collection was divided in to five key trends


Gentle Women - Luxurious cashmere and wool layers in powder pastels set the tone with printed silks and injection of colorful faux fur creating a vivid tactile contrast. This sumptuous fabrication is match by intensely feminine hues creating a modern lady-like direction




Modernist - Minimal separates are graphically punctuated by block color in a dynamic print new direction. Striking primary highlights gives a sculptural shapes a bold update


The Arts - A rich collage of tone and fabrication build a dramatic textural landscape decadent embellishment and moody blooms meet blanket checks and statement faux fur in a collision of opulence


Downtown - Playful pastel offset with textured metallic create a chic mod-esque aesthetic.Iconic shapes are given a feminine overhaul in blush tones and cornflower blue. Vivid jaquard and high shine layers provide a striking modern edge




This lace dress is a crowd pleaser and my personal favorite.


Simple Lux - A purist exploration of luxury sees soft construction and chic tailoring meet in a minimal take on sophistication. Deep russet and warm grey create a sleek tonal backdrop with a subtle masculine sensibility.





Roselle of Kero Celebration and myself


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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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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Prince is now a school boy

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My four year old son started school today. We made him skipped the bus ride so we can drop him to school personally on his first day. We are excited and proud parents.




He sat quietly while waiting for the other kids to arrive and when the rest of the children settle down in class we prepared to leave. Everything turned out fine but tears are inevitable, he must be just as anxious as we are but the teachers consoled him and advised us to leave so he will not cry further. We left and when we came back to pick him up he was just so happy to see us.


We eagerly listen to all his stories. It seemed that all turned out fine. He showed us his first school work and we are very proud of him. Tomorrow is another day and he will go with his sister on the bus this time.

I cant wait to hear more from him tomorrow. Our son is on his way to exploring and learning outside of the four corners of our home and we are so excited.

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Hello and Farewell Pinay Flying High

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Dubai is a sad place to make friends sometimes. Just when you are getting along really well with your new found friends, one is set to say goodbye because he or she is moving to another place. It is one reality of expat life, people come and go into your life and you have no power over it. The only consolation is that we are in the era of modern technology where is it easy to keep in touch.

Still I was glad to meet Noemi, the adventurous Filipina behind the travel blog Pinay Flying High the day before she left Dubai for good. Along with my other blogger girlfriend Sheila of ABandMe, we chat, giggle and nibble the night away talking about blogging, girls stuff, family, work, and our life in Dubai. We really wished that we have met long time before (but what to do yanih) we can only hope that our paths cross again.

(me, Noemi and Sheila)

With maybe an hour left to us before we actually say our goodbyes, we moved to a different venue for some dessert I mean drink


and some fun. I never thought fruits could be this fun




especially with these girls wild imagination (sorry to be vague but I'm sure ma girls get what I actually mean)


One last selfie with the girls. Take care PFH and mabrook to you and the future husband.


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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Riding in Style For A Day

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Dubai road is crowded with luxurious cars, name it and they have it. It has become the norm to see a Ferrari or a Lamborghini sports car side by side on our daily commute. Limousine is not limited to a black Lincoln either, there are exotic limos like the Hammer and this...

a green Challenger limousine. 


I have never imagined myself riding in super expensive cars like this or even to rent one for a day, it's just not practical except of course if it's on my wedding day (maybe). It's surreal to see it down our building waiting for us.

The kids were super excited

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Kabayan Family Fun Day at Modhesh World

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Modhesh World is a gargantuan playground for the young and the young at heart. The sounds, the music, the bright colors, the entertaining games and rides makes it a popular destination among families in Dubai this summer. It also stage different shows during the day. Last August 26 was the day given for the Filipino community to showcase its talents in a concert and we were invited to see the event with our family and friends.

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Bowls and Burgers

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Eid Al Fitr is a two-day holiday after the holy month of Ramadan and this year 2K14 it falls in July which by the way is one of the hottest month in Dubai.

The beach and the park are not in our list of things to do this time of the year.

Thanks to the number of huge malls and to the many activities they offer. We headed to the Mall of the Emirates for some fun with the kids. Bowling is one of the activities we all enjoy a lot so we went bowling at Magic Planet.


Ferald showed the kids how to do and then he lets them do it on their own.


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Saturday, August 2, 2014

Katinas aka Muning: Fostering A Cat, What Have We Learned?

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This cutie-patootie went back home yesterday after staying with us for 10 days. Prince already missed him, everyone at home misses this ever curious, sweet and playful cat. This is Katina aka Muning.


I happily volunteered when my work colleague said she is looking for someone to take care of her cat while she goes to her home country for annual vacation.

The kids especially my daughter has been asking me for a pet for quite some time. I thought that since we are not going to get a permanent pet in the near future, why not be a foster home for someone else pet for a few days so the kids can also experience having a pet.

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Friday, August 1, 2014

Avocado Toast

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For most Pinoys, avocado is classified as a fruit dessert. Mashed and mixed with sugar, milk in powdered form, a little cold water and some ice, chilled in the fridge and served after lunch or dinner meals.

Little did I know that in other parts of the world, avocado is used as nacho dip, accompaniment in salads, sandwich spread and pasta sauce until I came to Dubai. I know I was naive but I am also a brave soul. A natural foodie, an adventurer. I am now testing unchartered waters and trying avocado in all its possible ways in food preparation.


I gave avocado toast a try and even the picky eater husband loved it. Best for breakfast or quick lunch at the office.

It is a no brainer recipe, all you need is one ripe avocado, two bread slices toasted (I used brown bran bread) a pinch of salt, pepper and chili flakes.

Mash your avocado, keep it a little chunky, spread it on top of your toast, sprinkle with salt, pepper and chili flakes. Voila, you've got a very healthy, curve flattering avocado toast.

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First Suhoor Experience at Sofitel JBR

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I almost cancelled an invitation for a Suhoor gathering last week thinking that it's going to be a very early morning event. I was glad I didn't because this suhoor invite was from 10 pm to 1 am only. It was my first and I was eager to know how a proper one is done.

For those who needs to know, Suhoor is the meal a person consumes every day before dawn during the holy month of Ramadan. According to Islamic traditions, it is a blessing as it holds the fasting person in his healthy state during the fasting hours. It is very important not to skip suhoor because skipping it only makes fasting even harder and more challenging.

The common practice is to have suhoor at home since it is a pre-dawn meal, say before 4 am in the morning. Many hotels in the UAE also serve suhoor and service is between 11:30 pm to 2 am mostly catering to hotel guest and companies hosting suhoor. Compared to most iftars I have tried here, here, and here which are mostly buffets, suhoor at Al Samar Sofitel JBR was a la carte.

This was SellAnyCar.com's hosted suhoor party and my friend Roselle graciously extended her invite. SellAnyCar.com is a company that offers car buying service without a fuss. They'll take care of the entire sales process of your used car. SellAnyCar.com is a call away and they'll do the rest for you, they also have branches in KSA and Turkey.

Al Samar Sofitel JBR was a casual dining scene made intimate by two pillars and three huge cylindrical sculptures dividing the restaurant giving each group of diners some privacy. The water fountain and a crystal chandelier at the middle gave the ambiance its natural feel.


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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Atelier M

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If the Gate Village in DIFC has La Petite Maison and Downtown Dubai has La Serre, Dubai Marina's Pier 7 has Atelier M.

Atelier M is an exclusive, soulful, multi-level dining and lounge restaurant serving French culinary masterpieces with modern Asian and Mediterranean twist. The same transcends to its interior and decor where each element are carefully and skillfully put together to create this awe-inspiring classic art deco setting.


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Friday, July 25, 2014

Thailand Toursim Iftar Dinner at Kris Kin Restaurant With A View

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This was our breathtaking panoramic view from Kris Kin With A View Restaurant at Park Regis Kris Kin Hotel Karama Dubai during the Middle East Travel Professionals and Media Iftar dinner hosted and organized by the Tourism of Thailand (Dubai and Middle East) in cooperation with the Royal Thai Consulate General - Thailand Trade Center Dubai and Thai Airways.

Kris Kin Restaurant With A View serves irresistible Pan Asian specialties. Taste and experience the combination of greatest culinary traditions from Thailand, China, Japan, Malaysia, India and Arabia.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Cheap Eats in Dubai: Shawarma

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Shawarma in Dubai cost between 3-5 AED or 1-1.5 USD per sandwich. One is enough to fill you or two if with a bigger appetite. Usually shawarma are sold at cafeterias you can find around the city. You can also have shawarma in restaurants but if you want an authentic experience I bet you will enjoy it most street style, the way it should be. It is dubbed as the city's best snack. One can never really call oneself a true blue Dubai resident if you haven't eaten shawarma coz it is a staple food over here. If you're a tourist, then it is a must try.

Shawarma stalls in Dubai opens at night only except of course those in the mall or the restaurants. Shawarma comes with slowly roasted beef or chicken, with some lettuce or cabbage and parsley, then drizzled with tahina sauce before it is wrapped in pita bread (kubus) or with flat bread. I like mine wrapped in flatbread persian style just like what you see in this picture.


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