Tuesday, April 30, 2013

rainy Abu Dhabi

It has been cloudy with an occasional drizzle in Abu Dhabi over the past week, quite unusual but a welcoming respite from the undeniable summer heat that has been slowly creeping in.

I don't mind walking in the rain, it reminds me of my childhood when we used to pray for rain so that we could run around and play outside in it.

The pitter patter of raindrops on my umbrella reminds me of those days when we trekked to school, wearing brightly coloured raincoats and boots and of Saturday mornings watching cartoons eating a hot bowl of porridge or soup.

I do love the rain.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

happy hot pot!

After attending Easter Sunday mass, me and my brother decided to walk from the church to the main highway and from there hail a cab to the nearest pizzeria from out place. We 'thought' we wanted pizza for dinner but neither can finalize the choice we to decided to walk a bit further and investigate the restaurants and fast food joints that we passed.
 
Indian food? - nope, we don't want anything too flavourful. Fried Chicken? nah, we just had chicken for dinner the previous night. Arabic grills? hmmm... let's check, the next restaurant...
 
... as we walked a bit more we chanced upon Inner Mongolia Xiao Wei Yang Restaurant (whew!) in Phoenix Hotel... so Chinese? okay lets have a look... inside we saw tables with steaming big big hotpots and decided we could try something different and go for the hotpot.
 
 when the hotpot was placed on our table, I couldn't believe how big it was!

 fresh add ins of veggies, thinly sliced beef, fresh shrimp, squid balls and a variety mushrooms

 

 







chili garlic oil and chili garlic soya sauce
 
the hotpot hit the spot! it was a great happenstance and we really we full to bursting in a very satisfied way. The soup base was flavourful with Chinese herbs and spices, the add ins are fresh and there are a variety of sauces you can pick to complement your taste.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

a happy bunch

I had just recently read an article written by an Emirati highlighting the happy disposition Filipinos have. Come to really think about it, Filipinos really are a happy bunch - you wouldn't know from our smiles, the problems and trials we face.
 
Take being an expat for example - as an expat it is our unspoken responsibility to send money back home to support not only our immediate family but our relatives and occasionally our friends as well never mind not having enough to survive before the next payday comes, as long as we can fulfil our responsibilities we can happily live on boiled eggs, canned tuna and instant ramen. It can be difficult at times but we know how to set our worries aside and de-stress even if it is only by letting off steam over a cheap cup of coffee.
 
The downside of this happy pill that we constantly have it that sometimes we loose focus of the matter at hand, let everything be, live by the phrase 'que sera sera' and make no effort whatsoever to improve the situation. This is the other side of the coin - sad but true.

read full article here

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

tremors

I consider myself very lucky indeed for being spared from experiencing any devastating events caused by natural disasters or human acts of violence. When I was in high school a powerful earthquake hit the Philippines. I was in school but other that the shock of seeing chairs, tables and potted plants shake and the panic that ensued, we all went home safely unlike the countless of other students across the country who were caught between rubles of collapsed school buildings. I am very lucky indeed and I thank the Lord for always keeping me and my family safe.
 
Today tremors and aftershocks from a massive earthquake in the Iran-Pakistan border again hit the region. It is the second time this week that it happened. Holding office in the ground floor, I didn't realize what was happening until a colleague pointed it out. I was standing wearing three-inch stilettos that I thought I was just loosing self balance as I'm not used to standing too long in heels.
 
I got goose bumps and my heart skipped a beat when what happened dawned on me... I pray for the Lord to keep us safe...

Friday, April 5, 2013

hats off to you ladies!!

Other than the occasional baseball cap I wear during a jog or walk, I feel rather awkward donning on any type of head gear - I just don't think I could pull it off so you could just imagine my admiration for these women who gracefully wore these funky, colorful, extravagant and elegant hats at the Dubai World Cup.

photo credit to TimeOut Abu Dhabi


Check out Time Out Dubai's Gallery | Dubai World Cup 2013: Ladies

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

100 bucks of summer

Free beaches have been one of the top things I like about Abu Dhabi. I have, countless of times went to the beach on a whim just so I could soak up the sun and feel the fine sand between my toes as I walk barefoot collecting shells. I didn't worry about anything and went with sometimes just enough change for taxi fare and a cold beverage.
 
Imagine being charged a 100 dirhams for that!!! nooooo!!!! in this news article, it is said that Yas Island public beach goers will have to shell out a hundred big ones to enjoy the beach. Oh my! that seems too much, specially for families - yes granted that it is in Yas Island and yes they said a beach club would be introduced complete with amenities but then again if that is the case then it won't be a public beach anymore now would it?
 
The project is said to be completed by the end of this year - and only at it's completion can we say if paying the 100 dirhams would be worth it or not. As for me, I am sticking to going to the free corniche beach - I just know I can relax better knowing that I did not blow a huge chunk off my budget just so frolic under the sun - I am after all just a middle class abu dhabi expat!