It is seriously such a relief to know that we have escaped the horrid desert summer in the nick of time. When I say the word “horrid”, do I really, really, really mean it is HORRID. For those of you back in Manila, who are complaining about the heat waves, you guys ain’t felt nothing yet. There is NOTHING in the world like the horrible Dubai desert summer.
The Husband hates layovers because he’s just one of those people who do not want to waste time and energy in another place, so he always wants to fly direct to whatever destination. He was flat out disappointed when he learned that we had a 5-hour layover in Amsterdam, instead of flying direct from Dubai to Atlanta.
I, on the other hand, enjoy layovers. It is an insanely cheap-ass way of visiting two countries in one go. And if you know me, I am all for cost efficiencies. I know we won’t get the chance to step out of the Amsterdam airport (all because we didn’t have Schengen visas. Boo!), but still I knew that these 1st world airports (Please let us not talk about my home country’s sh*tty international airport. The thought itself is a downer.) would provide us with much fun and entertainment that the 5–hours would just whiz by. And oh my, did the time at the Schipol Amsterdam airport really fly by.
The USA has never been in my list of dream destinations, which is odd for a Filipino, who I think are generally American obsessed colonials from the equator. Except for the fact that the original Disneyland is here (every child does want to meet … [Continue reading]
There was nothing great about Panorama Hotel in Bur Dubai, a hotel plucked right out of a bygone era: the dim, flickering lights that signaled dodgy activities, the musty fragrance of damp carpets and the elevators that climb at the speed of sloth. … [Continue reading]
Okay, technically, Al Mukhtar isn’t really in Dubai. It’s located at the edge of Dubai and a bit into Sharjah. Well, it is in Sharjah. But who cares? Al Mukhtar Bakery is an institution and was not missed as part of my Dubai Last Suppers, which … [Continue reading]
If there is one thing that the Middle East can do extremely well, it is grilling meats. And it was just fitting to have our official last supper in Dubai at Cabrito Mandi in Umm Suquiem, Al Barsha (our former neighborhood). … [Continue reading]
Before we’ve left for the US, we were invited for home cooked meals made by our friends. The invitation was an honor in itself. And who in their right mind would decline an invitation to be served a meal made from ingredients carefully chosen by … [Continue reading]
It’s been a crazy 3 weeks of packing up the old and unloading into the new. Today is officially our 1st week in the United States of America. If you’ve been following my posts, I’m sure you’ve read it in my last post that The Husband and I … [Continue reading]
The last two weeks have been cuh-razy busy because of all the packing and ticking off things from our short Dubai bucket list (as aptly visualized by TimeOut Dubai's cover...just in case you have not seen the social networks, The Husband and I are … [Continue reading]
One can easily get lost living in the city of Dubai, which does seem a growing and evolving mutant blob, sometimes sure and yet still unsure of how it wants to take shape. Buildings are torn down and, at the same time, pop up like mushrooms. One is … [Continue reading]