FRIENDSHIP GOALS

Finally, summer is about to end.  While the Starks from Game of thrones prepared for the winter with warning and vigilance, for us, it is the most anticipated season of the time.

Since the weather in UAE is starting to get cooler especially at night with less humidity, the gang decided to have our first change season outdoor activity away from home.

We headed to Umm Al-Quwain open beach which is perfect for a night-time barbecue, crabbing, swimming and storytelling with friends.

 

Such a wonderful feeling to just lay on the sand, thinking nothing else for a while. 

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Beachside around 8:00 in the morning. No one was able to meet the sunrise.

 

This little guy woke up before us and enjoying most of his time walking, swimming and playing in the sand.

 

Happiness is walking on the beach.

 

 

If you were stung by a Jellyfish, I’d totally pee on you.

 

 Relationship goal.

 

Clear your mind of CAN’T.

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Be your own kind of beautiful.

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Only dead fish go with the flow.

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If you don’t drink how will your friends know you love them at 2:00 am?

You don’t need too many people to be happy just a few real ones who appreciate you for who you are.

SEOUL GARDEN DUBAI

This is not a paid advertisement.

If happens you are in Dubai and you want to go to an authentic Korean restaurant, well,  I recommend this place, Seoul Garden Dubai Restaurant. It was clean, with the decent price, the Korean foods are lovely and the taste was unexpectedly better.

The serving is huge which is good for sharing, the ambiance is quiet and there is a room for privacy.  You may choose to sit on a chair or experience sitting on the floor in partitioned rooms too.

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My stomach needs a hug.

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Kamsahamnida for the good food!

 

AJMAN, UAE

Ajman is the smallest of the seven emirates of the United Arab Emirates. It’s located on the Arabian Gulf coast of the northern part of the UAE. Approximately 95% of the population of the Emirate resides in the city of Ajman, possibly because it’s away from the hustle and bustle of the larger Emirates like Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

Ajman’s quite scenery
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It was 39 °C with 53% humidity.
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Ajman is near to the ports of neighboring Emirates. This was taken from the Fish Market.

We booked Ewan Tower Hotel Apartment which was more affordable. What I liked in this 3-star hotel is the huge space in the living room, good enough if you are in a big group and for a party held. I think the room is sound proof too, at least no one was complaining when we are loud. It was a very comfortable place to stay.

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And of course, everything will be memorable if you spend the day with good friends.

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Since the temperature of that day was super hot, we decided to stay only at the hotel. But in case, if you want to visit Ajman, here are the fun things to do and best places to go.

  1. Ajman Museum
  2. Ajman Dhow Building Yard
  3. Beaches
  4. Mowaihat archaeological site
  5. Hajar Mountain towns of Manama and Masfut
  6. Sheikh Zayed Mosque Ajman
  7. The forts and Castle
  8. Corniche
  9. Ajman City Centre

KADAWAYAN FESTIVAL

 

I miss my homeland today, especially they are celebrating the KADAYAWAN FESTIVAL 2017. This Festival is an annual celebration held in Davao City, Philippines, the hometown of our President Duterte. This feast marks a celebration of thanksgiving for life, nature and abundant harvest.

Along with it are the extravagant floral and fruit floats parade with ethnic street dancing which we called Indak-indak sa Kadalanan competition.

 

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                                                                                                  Photo credit to the owner

 

 

 

BAGOBO TRIBE.   Photo by: Tambok

Since Davao City, Philippines has a golden rules to live by when you are there. Here are some to be followed to keep the Festival safe and for you to avoid any unnecessary problems.

  1. No smoking in public places.
  2. No alcohol beverages after the 1am liquor ban.
  3. No driving beyond the 30kph speed limit in the Davao Central District. No drunk driving. No driving or riding motorcycle without helmet.
  4. No carrying of firearms and bladed weapons.
  5. No carrying of backpacks and water containers/bottles that are not transparent.
  6. Bring identification cards always.
  7. Foreigners are advised to bring passports and other proofs of identification.
  8. Call 911 for emergencies.

 

Madayaw Dabao! Happy 32nd Kadayawan!

 

 

GIRLS THEY WANNA HAVE FUN

There are several adventure sports and games in Nepal. Paragliding, Bungy Jumping, Ultra Light flights, Rafting, Zip flyer and etc.  I wanted the Ultra Lights Flights, but it was too expensive for us and the weather was quite unpredictable too.

 

So, we have decided to do the Zipflyer.

ZipFlyer Adventure

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The speed of the Zip comes 100 miles per hour with 2000 ft vertical down. The ride is about 2 minutes. It begins from the hilltop of Sarangkot, the view point of Pokhara valley with the overview of the beautiful Seti River and dense forest from a platform overlooking the Himalaya.

 

One of those guys stuck in the middle for 10 minutes.

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This is my second time, I had my first in the Philippines. Still, I was feeling nervous, but excited.

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So here it goes, the real me shouting like crazy.

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It was a fun ride.

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Bungy Jumping

Location: Hemja, Near Tibetan Camp, Pokhara.
Hight: 80 meters / 50m & 32m Cliff Steel Tower
Price: Rs 3,000/- Nepali Citizen
Price: Rs 6,490/USD 63 – Foreigner Citizen

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It wasn’t me there. I still have no guts to do this thrilling activity.

 

Nightlife

Yes, there is a nightlife in Pokhara.

Where to party? Don’t worry, Pokhara knows many bars and restaurants.  All the locations are easy to find because it’s just near in the lakeside area.

 

We are told that one of the best bars in town is Busy Bee, so we went there and found it without no trouble.

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Busy bee is literally busy. There were so many people at the time when we dine and drink. There are so many foreigners too, you wouldn’t feel out of place. There’s a live band playing good songs, a dance floor, and a good beer.

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We truly had a wonderful night.  Thank you Pokhara!

NAMASTE

To be honest, going to Nepal was not in my bucket list, just like some things that comes unexpectedly. Some people asked, why there? what was there? Well, Nepal is full of old age cultures and traditional religious beliefs that you would envy somehow.

 Kathmandu was hit by an eathquake two years ago, and it was a little bit devastated to see some of the historical places were destroyed, structures made of bricks shattered into pieces and the recourse is still going on. The city was not that extravagant, I was not expecting though, but totally I enjoy the simplicity, humbleness and the smiles from the locals.

Truly, in life we can’t have anything we want, just like in this city, but they vow and say Namaste with spirit. And oh, the traffic here is so horrible and the road is woobly! We called it, Nepal safari road! 🇳🇵🇳🇵

 

Dubai’s here & there

Winter has ended here in Dubai, and it means summer with extreme hot, windy and humid is about to come.  I hate going out in summer, no one will love the temperature around 41 °C for sure.  So, winter is a little paradise to us where we can enjoy the short period of warmness.

I went here and there and took some pictures while visiting some places.

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The weather feels like heaven; warm and relaxing.

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Emirati men wear the traditional  clothes such as the kandura and local women wear an abaya.IMG_20170302_164059.jpg

Falcon is the national bird of UAE and is a symbol of force and courage.

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Camel is part of UAE’s rich heritage. It is famously known as the ship of the desert. Historically, camels in the UAE were a dependable source of not only transport but also food and milk.

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Never miss to experienced the most popular tourist activity in Dubai with adventure and thrilling ride, Desert Safari.

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Shisha is a water pipe used to smoke tobacco through cooled water. It has a sweet and fruity smell.  Smoking shisha is about socializing and has been part of life in the Middle East for centuries. You can find also them in the restaurant where with both men and women equally taking part.

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And of course, don’t forget to buy Desert Day Sand Bottle for Souvenir.

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Weather Details

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Dubai weather is at its worst during the summer months, which is the period from June until September. For those who has low heat tolerance, you better, spend less time outdoors to avoid heat exhaustion and any exposure that is bad for the body.

“Here are some tips for a safe and healthy summer.

  1. Avoid direct sun exposure.
  2. Be physically fit.
  3. Drink plenty of liquids, like water, natural juices or sport drinks, to replace fluid lost from sweating.

  4. Wear comfortable/loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing such as cotton.
  5. Personal Protective Equipment. Use hats, sunscreens, umbrellas and sunglasses.

  6. Healthy eating. Avoid oily/fatty foods, sodas – eat fruits & vegetables instead. Eat smaller meals more regularly

  7. Learn to recognize the signs and symptoms of heat stress.

  8. Head out early for outdoor activities.

  9. Try to rest as much as possible and get sufficient sleep at night.

  10. Take advantage of air-conditioned shopping malls.”

Let’s beat the summer!

 

 

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Respect the LAWS

CONSULATE

This is an urgent call to all Filipinos living and working here in Dubai. I don’t have to expound further, I don’t have 1 million AED to pay. 🙂

Some people would think there is no freedom in this country, you have to be discreet in everything to avoid damaging the image and character of their homeland. For all the right reasons, we are no longer in our own country so  we must respect their rules or you can leave.

Personally, I don’t have any problems with this. I am quite adjusted. Beforehand, I am quite conscious of posting “whatever” that would consider destructive. Compare from other countries, social media and the freedom of information has been abused.  It is good that Philippine Consulate released this notice to stop the spreading natter because we Filipinos are inclined to post anything under the sun on our social media, now we have the reason to be more careful and responsible.

And to those who are curious about what is happening in here, we are all fine.

Dubai is fine.

I am fine.

Echoes of my Neighborhood

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MUSHRIF PARK DUBAI

Mushrif Park is one of the family park located in Mirdif (Al Khawaneej road) Dubai. Sorry I wasn’t able to take pictures inside the park because my phone was dead off. Anyhow, there are many slides, swings, seesaws, a merry-go-round and swimming pool for kids to enjoy. Adults will be content to watch the kids and chit-chat too.

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AL MAMZAR OPEN BEACH

Al Mamzar is a well maintained and clean open beach in Dubai. There is a wide section for winding foot and bike paths that make this one of the favorite spots for all kinds of nationality. There are also some kiosk, benches and swaying palm trees for you to relax while staring the sea water.

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Kids are enjoying their race.

 

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SALAHUDDIN STREET, DEIRA DUBAI

Backside of the right building is where I live. I’ve been staying in this area (Salahuddin) for eight years now, and though I have shifted five times from one flat to another, still I choose to live inside the vicinity. For me, there is no place like here. In my neighborhood, train station is very accessible, there are malls, hotels, restaurants, grocery stores and a lot. The place is quite crowded, but certainly safe.

That’s all for now. Happy Thursday To All!

For Echos of my Neighbourhood of Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha at acookingpotandtwistedtales.com