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

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!

SHOUT TO HEAVEN

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On the road again, going places that I’ve never been. Seeing things that I may never see again. Go rest high on that mountain, go and shout to heaven, thank you Lord, your work on earth is miraculously done. 

ODE TO MY FATHER – K-movie

 

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Cast: Hwang Jung-Min / Kim Yunjin / Oh Dal-Su

This movie became my favorite instantly, it’s perfect.

The cinematography is absolutely stunning. The plot is flawlessly well written. The transition between the present and the past is executed purely.  It takes you to some of the big parts of Korean history.

I think I cried for an hour and my heart tugs at my heartstrings.  I was into this man’s extraordinary life throughout scenes of laughing and weeping.

This movie is truly an epic.Beautiful.

Verdict: 10/10

 

THE LIAR and HIS LOVER

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I’m not going to lie. I really don’t like this drama in the Korean version.

I love musical drama, but in here, the music seems to become exhausted because conflict is an integral part of the plot, it was overloaded to handle.

For the first few episodes, it was fun to watch, but then they failed the consistency to set back the settings of what a musical drama should be.  The balance of melody has been turned off and the harmony vanished by adversities.

Only this drama showcase an enjoyable music list and fresh faces. Aside from that, nothing stands.

Verdict: 6/10

REAL WORLD

It’s the first thing I always say at our new employee training seminars. I gaze around the room, pick one person, and have him stand up. And this is what I say: I have some good news for you and some bad news. The bad news first. We’re going to have to rip off either your fingernails or your toenails with pliers. I’m sorry, but it’s already decided. It can’t be changed.

I pull out a huge, scary pair of pliers from my briefcase and show them to everybody. Slowly, making sure everybody gets a good look. And then I say: Here’s the good news. You have the freedom to choose which it’s going to be—your fingernails, or your toenails. So, which will it be? You have ten seconds to make up your mind. If you’re unable to decide, we’ll rip off both your fingernails and your toenails.

I start the count.

At about eight seconds most people say, ‘The toes.’ Okay, I say, toenails it is. I’ll use these pliers to rip them off. But before I do, I’d like you to tell me something. Why did you choose your toes and not your fingers? The person usually says, ‘I don’t know. I think they probably hurt the same. But since I had to choose one, I went with the toes.’

I turn to him and warmly applaud him. And I say, Welcome to the real world.”

― Haruki Murakami, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage

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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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I ❤❤❤ YOU

My last vacation in the Philippines was quite peaceful and sweet.  Most of the time, I stayed only at home and hanging out with my son. It was not really an extravagant vacation as what other people expected. In fact, It was really my plan to spend my 35 days with my family especially with my kid.

During my entire break, I have seen some changes with my son. He is no longer my baby, but not quite a teenager too. He doesn’t want to be kissed and hugged in the public. We don’t walk together holding hands, but he just put his arms around me. He keeps on checking with my schedules when he was at school and never skip a day without following me around.

We both still love watching movies and do some food trips. He never has the patience to wait for me when I do shop. He’s not a branded person, to buy a casing for his cell phone is a major spending for him. Still, he doesn’t want me to wear shorts and sexy dresses. When I put some dark eyebrow makeup, he said ew, that I don’t look good at all. He just wanted me to be simple and unnoticed.

We never stop talking about this and that. He still sleeps in my room. I always reprimanded him for being lazy and giving too much attention to his mobile and play station. I am happy that he has good friends around, who helped him to improve his personality from being a killjoy to cool guy. See, he talks with my friends now, unlike before. Yes, still he has his mood swings, but it becomes irregular now.

We still argue and fight, but we knew we always have each other.

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If I am still in the Philippines today, he would be my pretty date.

Who says Valentine’s Day is exclusive only for lovers?  We can date anyone!

Happy ❤❤❤ day to all 🙂

The Legend of the Blue Sea (K-drama)

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Sometime during August 1598, newly appointed governor Dam Ryung (Lee Min-Ho) stays for a night at an inn run by Mr. Yang (Sung Dong-Il). During that evening, Mr. Yang shows Dam Ryung a captured mermaid named Sim Chung (Gianna Jun). Later that night, Dam Ryung releases her into the ocean and, before she swims away, Sim Chung reaches out her hand to Dam Ryung which he briefly holds.
In the present day, Joon-Jae (Lee Min-Ho) is a smooth-talking conman with magician like abilities. He works with Nam-Doo (Lee Hee-Joon) and Tae-O (Shin Won-Ho). For their next score, Joon-Jae impersonates a prosecutor and swindles a large amount of money from a wealthy suspect’s mother. Joon-Jae then travels abroad and stays at an oceanside resort. Meanwhile, Sim Chung is swept up in a tidal wave and washed ashore near the oceanside resort. She sees Joon-Jae.

This drama is like my comfort food; warm and familiar.

The legend of the blue sea managed to bring the characters into satisfying portrayal. The relationship of the two main leads stands out as the finest legend of sweetness and impressive fairytale.

Though we have Lee Min-Ho and Gianna Jun’s combined talent, the story writing has not become the perfect drama at all. It was predictable, and though there was an appearing of slight twist and turns, still there was no element of surprise. It was just so enjoyable and relaxing to watch, avoiding you not to be pestered with any inconsistencies that weighed down from numerous episodes.

The finale of the show seized with lots of emotions, apparently with goodbyes and reunions,  plus lots of love and kisses. They wrap-up all with perfections, giving everyone a happy and satisfying ending.

I’m pretty sure you will leave the screen with a big smile and a happy heart.

Verdict: 8/10

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Annyeong

Annyeong-haseyo everyone!

Just have some fun wearing this HANBOK, a Korean tradional dress during JOSEON period. 

I love to watch Korean historical dramas which caused me interest of their classical and elegant attire. I was just wondering how could they even carry with such heavy dress gracefully.  I can’t move fast while wearing the hanbok, I was even sweating, but I truly enjoyed it. I feel like I was doing kdramas too! 

FLYING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS.

This is a scheduled post.

Possibly, I’m in Dubai airport right now as one of the thousand rush travelers going home for Christmas. Yes, I will be traveling to the Philippines to spend the holidays with my family. I am just so excited!

I haven’t celebrated the Christmas and New Year with them for eight years. At least now, I am allowed to leave in this season, our company audit will be on summer so it never complicates my schedule. I am so free!

I might be very busy this week, so I want to greet you all in advance a Merry Christmas and have a wonderful New Year.  May we always have the spirit of blogging and sharing for the next year.

Enjoy!

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Kubo and the Two Strings (Movie 2016)

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An Impressive Emotional Animated Film.

How I will not love this film? Our Kubo has a remarkable personality of a loving, kind and brave young man. Along with his knight and puppets, it was fun to hear his magic tale with the melody of his magic guitar, blended with suitable costume designs, the dazzling stop-motion animation style and the story that balances with humor and dark moments.

The voice cast also amazingly fits in the story. The line was delivered clearly with probing the emotions near to reality.  It wasn’t hard to relate. It wasn’t difficult not to laugh and cry.

I had a wonderful and exciting adventure with Kubo. I hope you have some too.

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Verdict: 9/10

ALL IS NOT LOST

 

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“The struggle for acceptance is a struggle that begins with loss.

You may have lost someone so important that your life threatens to collapse into emptiness.

You may have lost faith in all-good, all powerful God.

You may have lost a relationship with someone who made you feel safe and good about yourself.

You may have lost freedom or control or a dream, shelter or safety or survival.

Search among the ashes of despair for the embers of courage.

God will rekindle your spirit.

ALL IS NOT LOST.”

FRIENDSHIP

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“Spend time with nice people who are smart, driven & like minded. Relationships should help you. Life is too short to spend time with people who hurt you without remorse, take you for granted, disrespect you & make you unhappy.

Surround yourself with people who reflect the person you want to be, who are uplifting, positive & true.

Choose friends who you are proud to know, people you admire, who love and respect you – people who make your day a little brighter simply by being in it. ♥