Saturday, September 29, 2012

Snippets

random thoughts today:

- just when we thought we can breathe the sigh of relief because we are told that recession has passed and the termination scare is over, some companies are still downsizing. Companies are aiming to get back the businesses they lost as soon as possible with no leniency for underachieving staff. Seems like it will be a long time before we can feel secure about our jobs again.

- I have been watching Japanese teen romance movies recently (Hatsuyuki no koi, Tada Kimi wo Aisiteru...) and I noticed that it is common to have the characters play budding artists - a photograher, potter, painter... kinda cool coz you get to appreciate 'art' as you watch the movie.

- sometimes looking at other people's profiles on social networking sites make me feel depressed. I begin to envy them coz they have been to places, did a lot of stuff, are very succeessful in their chosen carrers, living their dreams and have started their own families - I am insecure like that - put some sense in me please...

- I know I have a lot to be thankful for - I don't always appreaciate it, but I am thankful.

- dieting sucks!!! - but I decided to start eating healthy and lay off sweets and junk food not for the sake of being 'sexy' (I guess that'l never happen! LOL) but for health reasons. I feel I eat way too much sugar that I just might have diabetes when I get older.

- I wish my hair grows longer faster. I just had a haircut a few weeks ago of course when you take a bath the next day you 'see' what your hair really looks like (of course it always looks perfect when you get out of the salon what with all the blowdrying and stuff). Mine was cut in such a way that it 'creates' waves pointing all in different directions... I miss my hairdresser in the philippines :(

- it's just the beginning of the work week and with our additional day off cancelled, I kind of wish it passes by quick enough so I'd get to have a restday (friday)
 
wish the days to come to be awesome!!!

Saturday, September 22, 2012

so what does your name mean?!


When real life adventures or misadventures run dry - I turn to random, quirky, somewhat accurate personality tests just to pass time and amuse my self... ... somehow when I read things like this - birthday, name, favorite color and whathaveyou personality analyzer, I get a little shocked at what it says about me - hahaha! somehow I don't see my self as the 'strong, spontaneous, popular, life of the party' person they describe - anyway it's all good I guess, at least all my analyzers don't say that I am a wicked axe weilding, chain saw carrying psychotic murderer!!! bwahahahahaha!!! - which despite the evil laugh I truly am not!!!
You Are Original and Innovative
You are very open. You communicate well, and you connect with other people easily.
You are a naturally creative person. Ideas just flow from your mind.
A true chameleon, you are many things at different points in your life. You are very adaptable.

You are truly an original person. You have amazing ideas, and the power to carry them out.
Success comes rather easily for you... especially in business and academia.
Some people find you to be selfish and a bit overbearing. You're a strong person.

You are friendly, charming, and warm. You get along with almost everyone.
You work hard not to rock the boat. Your easy going attitude brings people together.
At times, you can be a little flaky and irresponsible. But for the important things, you pull it together.

You are wild, crazy, and a huge rebel. You're always up to something.
You have a ton of energy, and most people can't handle you. You're very intense.
You definitely are a handful, and you're likely to get in trouble. But your kind of trouble is a lot of fun.

You are a free spirit, and you resent anyone who tries to fence you in.
You are unpredictable, adventurous, and always a little surprising.
You may miss out by not settling down, but you're too busy having fun to care.

You are relaxed, chill, and very likely to go with the flow.
You are light hearted and accepting. You don't get worked up easily.
Well adjusted and incredibly happy, many people wonder what your secret to life is.

Monday, September 17, 2012

snap happy - contrasting landscapes

Scattered around the Abu Dhabi metropolis is an abundance of public parks where friends and families can hang out and gather for picnics. Park are kept clean and the greenery is always well tended and alive with blooms even under the scorching heat of the sun.
Definetly one of the good things about living here - you can go bring a packed lunch, go across the road, walk a short distance or take a ten minute taxi ride from your office and sit down a park bench for some alone time.




 

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

organized chaos

The first concert I went to was that of Mandy Moore's when she came to Manila back in 2003. Eversince I saw her movie 'A Walk to Remember' I have been a fan and watching the concert seemed like the ultimate fangirl activity to show my support - cheesy I know but it's not like everyday that a favorite foreign artist comes to Manila and perform, so I decided I could not pass up the opportunity to see her live.
The concert was held at the Araneta Coliseum - an indoor concert venue which was quite tame as compared to outdoor concert venues such as the san manuel amphitheater tickets in San Bernardo California or the riverbend music center in Cincinnati Ohio. I have never been to an outdoor concert but I am thinking it would be mighty fun judging from the various youtube videos I have seen of concerts like that of indie artists in Coachella. I guess the reason I veer away from watching outdoor concerts is the fear pandemonium breaking out, but I guess nowadays there can be such a thing as controlled chaos as you can book tickets online like at the pnc bank arts center, check for performance schedules, location and even choose your seating.
Organized, controlled chaos – yes, it does sound like fun.

Monday, September 10, 2012

what is a riddle??!!

Can the ignorant stranger qualify the crown?

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Applebee's

I have heard of my friends trying out Applebee's and saw pictures of their mouthwatering offerings all over facebook but it was not until a few weeks ago that we have finally tried it. I was my brother's birthday and because he said he is 'tired' of my cooking, we went out to eat. After going around the mall to build up our appetites we were down to two choices - one of them was Applebees. I could not really remember the cincher that got Applebees our vote but boy did we luck out on that one.
 
 

The food was the usual American diner fare, with big burgers, fajitas and steak platters. We went for orders of Sliders, Shrimp and Steak platter and a Grilled Salmon. I am not familiar with the practice of dipping sliders in aus jus - and it was a pleasant surprise - it gave the mini burgers more moisture but we agreed that the cheese (I don't remember which) used left a somewhat bitter aftertaste and it might have been better with our favorite mozzarella or monterey jack, but that is just us.
 
 
 
The shrimp and steak platter which was served with a side of mashed potato and buttered veggies seemed on the small side or maybe I just have a huge appetite because I was able to finish it all by myself - well I might have given my brother a small hunk of it, but still...  good thing the steak was tenderjuicy (I had it cooked medium rare) and flavorful enough that I didn't need open the steaksauce on the table and the shrimp was cooked just right and had a great garlicky flavor or it would have been a total bust.
 
the steak does look small innit??
 
The grilled Salmon was served on a bed of rice pilaf with ratatouille salsa - salmon has a tendency to taste bland but this one was seasoned just righ,t I specially liked the crunchy parts of the skin - might have been a cooking mistake but it was a good kind of mistake.
 
it taste good, but the presentation is somewhat lacking oomph don't you think?

 
As the usual routine with most food chains here - the manager in charge came to our table and asked about our dining experience, how the food and service was we told him all the things I've mentioned above, he thanked us and wished us to enjoy the rest of our meal.
 
As we are finishing our meal - a surprise in the form of a complementary sizzling caramel apple pie came! it was totally unexpected - we were just planning on having ice cream for dessert but I guess the dessert gods decided we should have something special to cap off a nice dinner and what presentation! as the lady poured the caramel sauce over the pie, the platter sizzled and the aroma or the caramel just made my mouth water!
 
do you see the size of that scoop of vanilla ice cream??? sweet sizzling goodness!
 
 It is soo good, not overwhelmingly sweet - it was just the right balance of sweetness from the caramel and vanilla ice cream that complimented the tartness of the apples,  it was the best non-chocolate restaurant dessert I ever had! and for someone who always insists on something chocolate for dessert - this is saying a lot!
 
Applebee's was not just a lucky pick - it was a good choice.
 
 

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

exploring abu dhabi

Having fun while exploring Abu Dhabi need not be expensive - as someone who is always on the lookout for 'cheap' thrills and adventure I am pleased to see an article on how one can enjoy being Dora the Abu Dhabi explorer for a day for free!!!

Visit museums, parks, beaches or just chill out and play some ball - am sure there is something for everyone. So put on your trusty walking shoes, slather on some sunscreen, strap on your camera, don't forget your sense of adventure and head on out for a fun filled day!!!


image credit to:http://budgettravelwebpage.com/?tag=backpacking-on-a-budget


Head over at Timeout Abu Dhabi for the complete list!!!

Saturday, September 1, 2012

ana ma-atkalam arabia shuaia!

... I have been working here in the United Arab Emirates for a few years, though I can somehow communicate using the arabic language I am far from proficient. I used to learn from my egyptian colleagues - by listening intently while they speak, asking them the meaning of each word I caught, jotting them down in small notebooks and practicing the use of each word and phrase with them. I would have been proficient by now had they not been assigned to other branches or have moved on to different companies, thus lessons were cancelled and my notes gathered dust under my cupboard since then.
... it wasnt until about a month ago that I unearthed and dusted my notebooks for a refresher course!
 
... in an effort to "enhance" our communication skills - the bank I work for arranged an arabic speaking (and little writing) seminar for non-arab staff. We were basically taught a few banking vocabularies and phrases that would be useful in dealing with clients. We took the 30 hour course in the span of 2 weeks and one month, going to class twice a week for one and a half hour.
...I am not a nerd but it was fun learning really!!! what with the free lunch and red "mumtaz" on my homework!!! haha!