IT FEELS GOOD

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“It’s like one of those scenes from a feel-good Hollywood movie. Where everybody is happy and nobody’s hair fizzes in the wind. Where it doesn’t rain, your shoes stay comfortable all day, and everybody’s jokes are funny and turning the page is the best feelings in the world. Ahhh it feels so good.”

ODE TO BEER

You’re sparkly and light like a soda pop
But you fill my head with a fuzz
When I drink you, I never want to stop
I just want to keep building my buzz.

And at times, I cheat on you with whiskey
Sometimes vodka, tequila, or rum
But I know when I’m gone that you miss me
And I’m sorry for being so dumb.

You’re perfect for burgers or pizza
And sometimes, you’re great on your own
But when I drink, I usually don’t eat much
I’d rather get full on the foam.

Dear Beer, you are such an old, dear friend
I’ve known you and loved you so long
You’re always there for me to depend
Thank you sweet beer, and my bong.

Written by: Arlo Disarray

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ALL BY YOURSELF

“And I realized that some things just don’t work that way. Life isn’t a fairy tale. And the person you fall in love with doesn’t always love you back. But that’s ok because at the very least it makes you stronger and brings you to a place where you can fall in love with yourself.

And that to me is more important than finding someone that only makes you complete when they are around, it’s really about finding the person that will teach you ALL the lessons you need to know so that you feel complete all by yourself. ”

Image credit to Tzardy

PARK OF LAUGHTER

Goodbye summer. Hello, winter.

Al Mamzar Park is my favorite beach park here in Dubai.  They have all the facilities you needed for; beach amenities,  barbeque areas, swimming pools, children game areas and etc. Entrance fees are reasonable for AED 5 per person, AED 30 per car and free for people with special needs and kids below 2 years old.

If you don’t want to mingle with the big crowd, it is better to go on weekdays (Sunday-Thursday) and Saturday.  Friday is too crowded since it’s a weekend here in Dubai.

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Let’s enjoy the beach! the weather is kinda super nice.

Meet the future LIFEGUARD.

Sea Food Fiesta!

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Share the blessings with anyone!

“After nourishment, shelter, and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.”

Let’s enjoy life, eat well and laugh often!

DON’T CALL IT QUITS

I think I have learned anything about friendship, it’s to hang in, stay connected, fight for them, and let them fight for you. Don’t walk away, don’t be distracted, don’t be too busy or tired, don’t take them for granted. True friendship reveals itself through adversity.

 

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COLOR ME

Coloring allows me to switch off my brains from unnecessary thoughts. It also helps me focus only on the moment of alleviating my anxiety.  When I color, it reminds me of my younger days where life was simple and happiness was just ordinary.

Here’s my imperfect and unfinished coloring work for the past few months. Honestly, I was able to calm my anxiety.  The patterns of my negative thinking restored to positive ones. I know, I might need it again for the coming days and I have lots of them waiting to paint and ease my angst.

You can try it too. Calm your stress with beautiful colors.

 

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YEARS OF LOVE

That’s my mom and my paps.  Today is their 39th wedding anniversary.

I would say that their marriage is not perfect at all. Just like the other couples, they have lived in the joyous moment and painful times.  They don’t claim always that they are madly in love with other, but obviously, they can’t live without each other.

Their opposite character made them weary fitfully, but they have shown that unlimited sense of understanding and accepting each other are really necessary for any relationship.

Marriage with them is no fairytale.  All my life I have witnessed them grow old together and closer with each passing year. They’ve been in a ride of turbulence and how they managed to land safely is such a blessings.

Sometimes, I still heard them complaining about each other, but never lost their sight to what they have promised 39 years ago, for better or worse.

Happy Anniversary to my wonderful Parents. Your togetherness in good and bad times has taught us teamwork. Your tolerance for each other’s habits has taught us patience. Your support during each other’s crises has taught us solidarity. Your lives as our parents have taught us how to live.

Lots of love.

 

 

GOT A LITTLE GIRL TOO.

“It’s really special to have a niece because I have a son, so I get to have a little girl, too.”

 

Avery Edquilang – 8 months old

“Not all women are blessed with a daughter, but those who don’t have daughters can comfort themselves with the love of their niece.”

GOOD FOOD, GOOD MOOD

I am not good at cooking.  When someone says that I lose weight, I always tell them to eat what I cooked, then you can understand.  If you want to visit my place, I would ask you to bring something to eat or expect I will just call for delivery.  I can cook, but have no confidence to serve it to other people with my limited skills as if I have one.

I recall, when my family criticized my cooking, I got mad and pledge not to make food anymore.  Eventually, their criticism doesn’t affect me anymore, I have learned to take it. And of course, they accepted and devoured my own taste and style of cooking in their system. In short, they just have no choice. Seldom, I got compliments too, it’s called improvement.

Actually, I’m feeling starving today and there’s nothing special in the fridge to cook. I just have eggs and Paratha.  While scrolling my photo gallery, I saw all this mouthwatering food that instantly I wanted to eat. But hey, I didn’t cook all these, my friends do.

This is BULALO. It’s a dish with a light colored soup that is made by cooking beef shanks and marrow bones until the collagen and fat have melted into the clear broth. This is best on cool nights or on rainy days.

 

GRAB the CRAB. Steamed, baked or with oyster sauce, it’s all the same; tasty and delicious. They said this seafood supplies key vitamins and minerals that support good health, but of course, there should be only an amount of serving. Too much love will kill you.

 

Oh, my KINILAW! as one of my favorites. This a raw fish dish of (Tuna/Marlin). It is prepared to make raw cubed fish mixed with vinegar along with a calamansi or lime. It is flavored with salt and spices like black pepper, ginger, onions, and chili peppers commonly siling labuyo along with cucumber. I’m always feeling hyped when this is the food on the table. Also, it is best served along with cold beer.

 

I choose PANCIT or NOODLES over spaghetti. Yes, I can eat it any time of the day- lunch, dinner, snacks and even for breakfast.  This dish is always present in any celebrations I have. It is also believed that eating noodles will bless us with a long lasting life ahead. Well, without any reason, I just love this dish.

 

FRIED CALAMARI. My friends don’t want to make this food regularly because they said, it takes too much of their time preparing. You have to clean it,  sliced into rings, dredge the squid in flour then dip in beaten egg, etc etc. I usually cook it in adobo style which is easier for me.

 

PAKSIW NA ISDA. I hated this dish when I was young, maybe because I don’t like the taste from the vinegar, salt, garlic, and ginger.  There’s a joke that this food is common for poor Filipinos which is not really true. Paksiw Na Isda is very tasty especially if you will cook it with eggplant.

 

TANDOORI CHICKEN. This dish is very popular for Indians, but as a Pinoy, I till love this food especially if it is grilled to perfection.

 

I should stop this. I need to eat at least one of this dishes today. Happy eating everyone! Always remember GOOD FOOD, GOOD MOOD.

 

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.

FOREVER HAS NO END

Sometimes in life, you find a special friend.

Someone who changes your life just by being part of it. Someone who makes you laugh until you can’t stop. Someone who makes you believe that something is really good in the world. Someone who convinces you that there is an unlocked door just waiting for you to open it.

When you’re down and the world seems dark and empty, your forever friend lifts you up in spirit and makes that dark and empty world suddenly seem bright and full. Someone who changes your life just by being part of it.

Your forever friend gets you through the hard times, the sad times and the confused times. If you turn and walk away, your forever friend follows.  If you lose your way, your forever friend guides you and cheers you on. Your forever friend holds your hand and tells you that everything is going to be okay.

Those are forever friendship.

If you find such a friend, you feel happy and complete because you need not worry. You have a forever friend and forever has no end.”

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Credit Tzardy

SEOUL GARDEN DUBAI

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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