Sunday, December 13, 2009

Rain, Food and Shopping

Posted by Kero at Sunday, December 13, 2009
It is Sunday now and rain is pouring harder. News says this is the season's heaviest rainfall. I hear thunderstorms outside and started to worry about hubby's travel to Abu Dhabi. But just now as i'm typing, hubby calls and says he just arrived back in UPC. I thank God for keeping him safe.

Anyways, I am writing to wrap up our weekend. I probably won't have time to blog tomorrow with so much Christmas related task :)

Friday, we had breakfast at the balcony as usual. Dark clouds were looming but we still decided to attend the BAYANIHAN Festival and The Emirates Parents Plus Family Fun Fiesta since both events are held at Zabeel Park.

I packed our lunch and we headed to Gate 1 of Zabeel and straight o the Megabowl. Andreas found the speaker not pleasing so he kept on going farther away. We decided to watch the event from the elevated area. When some performers sang a medley of Basil Valdez, Andreas sat down and decided to listen. I thought he enjoyed the whole performance since he would smile from time to time. When a cheer group performed to a rock music, Andreas immediately took off.

A ballet dancer performs at Family Fun Fiesta

So we decided to check the Family Fun Fiesta at Stargate. There were Christmas Bazaars, kiddie shows, trampoline, and loads of entertainment. But by then Andreas was feeling sleepy. When he finally dozed off, the rain started to pour so hubby and I went inside the Stargate.

We headed first to the food court. I saw Popeye and cheered excitedly. My last meal with the fast food was back in 2006 with my siblings. Hubby said i order so we can add to our packed lunch. I asked for some biscuits, cajun fries and spicy chicken strips. The chicken was good but i have to say, it is not as good as the one they serve at Taza. No, we won't be coming back to Popeye soon.

I had a saver's coupon for Donut Empire - a new player in the market. We decided it will be our desert so we asked around for the location. After Mars and Earth space wing, we found it and the Filipina gladly honored my coupon. If I buy six, i will get six donuts for free. Normally, a dozen donuts costs 45 AED.

Clockwise: Double Heart, Almond Pit, Choz O'Latte, Choz O' Nutter, Green Tea strip

The staff just arrived so we witnessed how they filled and decorated the donuts. After waiting for 30 minutes, we finally seated and sank our teeth on those litte mounds. I enjoyed the Green tea flavor and T'Misu. Hubby liked them as well because they were not sweet. But he said it was too oily compared to Dunkin Donuts or Krispy Kreme.

We are not a huge donut fan. I crinkle my nose at the thought of icing sugar so that's enough donut for now.

We checked fellow Cordillerans and gave them a box of Donut Empire. By then, the program has halted because of the rain. After brief chats, hubby said we go home least Andreas will catch colds.

We spent the rest of the afternoon at the balcony - Andreas extremely amused with the rain and cars, and hubby stamping books for donations to Special Education Classes in Ifugao.

Saturday, we visited the church and started our way to Sharjah Golf and Shooting Club. Hubby was to buy gift vouchers to award two of his design engineers for a job well done. This is not our first trip to the shooting club but we were taking a new route and we keep on missing exits. The hard rain was not making our trip easier as well so i told hubby it is best we go back. It was scary. Most drivers here are not used to driving on wet, slippery roads.

We ended up at Dubai Festival City for quick lunch at Ikea. Hubby had vegetable mousaka and I had seafood pasta. Hubby's order tasted much, much better.

I tried to finish my Christmas shopping before we went home.

Dinner was Chinese Panda and Karam Express at Dubai Mall. We visited Marks & Spencer as well and made two purchases for gifts. Boy i was bent to finish my gift list.

Then we headed to Dubai Mall Aquarium and bought two gift vouchers of the Ultimate Aquarium Package. We don't have time to go back to the Shooting club so hubby thought of this as a replacement :)

Now I only have 30 more people to buy gifts. waaaaaaah!

Holidays are really stressful yet fun!

5 sweets for Kero:

darly on December 15, 2009 at 10:46 PM said...

tell me about it momi K, im not even half way through my christmas shopping too. mahirap mag-isip ah.

super busy naman ninyong mag-anak. by the way if you haven't seen this site, check it out. More gimik and lakwatsa ideas for the month of december.

♥peachkins♥ on December 16, 2009 at 2:29 AM said...

ang sarap ng donuts! I wonder how that green tea strip tastes like?

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♡ N o r e e n on December 18, 2009 at 4:55 AM said...

OMG those donuts look divine!!!! Gusto ko kaininnnnn!!! Hahhaha

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