Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Kabayan Family Fun Day at Modhesh World


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.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Bowls and Burgers

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.


Saturday, August 2, 2014

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

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.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Avocado Toast

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.

First Suhoor Experience at Sofitel JBR

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.