Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Wild Wadi Water Park

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Part of the privilege of staying in Meydan Hotel is unlimited access to Wild Wadi Water Park. It is situated between the Burj Al Arab and the Jumeirah Beach Hotel. Long before Aquaventure came, Wild Wadi was the most popular outdoor waterpark in UAE. It is actually what I learned first about Dubai while watching Discovery Channel. It has heated/cooled artificial waves, surfing machines, and the park has the largest water slide outside of North America.

Juha's Journey (Lazy River) Wild Wadi has over 30 rides and attractions
Always a water baby, my son extremely enjoyed himself that he refused to take his afternoon nap. He tried all the slides in Juha's Dhow and Lagoon, and we rounded Juha's Journey five times! Sometimes he would float on his own, at times opting to use the ring when his legs get tired from flutter kicks. We had lunch at Sinbad's Galley and after a Wild Wadi Pizza and pasta, we headed to the fantastic wave pool.

Wild Wadi's most famous background: the 7-star Burj Al Arab
I could say that among the three water parks we visited, my son enjoyed himself most in Wild Wadi. Hubby is now considering buying a season pass lol! He was very impressed with the concept as it incorporated the Arab culture very well (Wadi means oasis in Arabic).

A visit to any of the UAE's water park is a must for tourists!
Other park features I admired is the cashless system (you can top-up your watch-like band with money for use inside the park and refund whatever the remaining amount when you get out), free drinking water, and the free plastic bag for wet swimsuit. Don't you hate going back to the car with water dripping from your beach bag?

Entry for adults: 200 AED
Kids below 1.1m : 165 AED
For further information call Wild Wadi at +971 4 348 4444

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Proud To Be In UAE!!

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Happy 39th National Day Celebration
         to The People of United Arab Emirates!!!!! 

Thank you for having us here.
We love DUBAI, We love UAE!!!

Coupon Site For Web Hosting

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Oh wow, two blogger friends today asked for their URLs to be updated. They are now blogging on their own domains. How cool is that!

I made a list of things to do once we move to Abu Dhabi next year and on top of  it is to look for cheap hosting service that hopefully will give a free domain as well teehee.

I've blogged about this before but what was hindering me was insufficient Paypal funds. Now that I can actually pay for a hosting service, I am now thinking if I will be able to sustain it hahaha.

But it seems, a patient and resourceful blogger always find a way. Notice of Payment on my Paypal arrives every now and then and no matter how small I am always thankful. When it all sums up, I get a big smile. I am aware that I can earn more once I will be blogging on my own domain. Plus the fact that my blog will look more professional =)

Our move to Abu Dhabi means new internet connections so I will not be able to access my blog 24 hours a day. I shall probbaly be blogging on internet cafes until such time we can get a connection which often takes about 3-4 weeks. So as not to waste money, I am putting it off until we can have a stable online connection in our new place.

Meantime, I am reading as much as I can on tips and trick on finding and choosing a web host. I learned that WebHostingFocus.com is generous enough to provide us with hosting coupons that will give discounts on web hosting services. Cheap hosting deals are now more easier to find!

Monday, November 29, 2010

BabyBond Couture Nursing Sash Review & Giveaway!

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My son was entirely breastfed for the first six months of his life. No supplemental feeding, not even water. Naturally, I had to breastfeed anywhere and anytime he gets hungry! Public parks, shopping malls, restaurants, coffee shops, by the beach, car parks... name it and I have probably sat there and fed my son. Although I would sense that it makes other people uncomfortable I  simply ignored the stares. and raised brows. I was feeding my child the most nutritious food and that is all that matters. 

I tried to cover up my chest and my baby while he is content suckling. I even thought of buying those nursing wraps available in baby shops but money was very tight then as I gave birth via emergency Cesarian section. So when Missy Reeder sent an e-mail requesting a review for their BabyBond product, I was thrilled! Finally, I am able to get hold of such fashionable nursing Mom accessory.

I was sent a BabyBond Couture Nursing Sash which can also serve as a belly band. It is adjustable creating a custom fit as your body changes after the baby arrives. When worn as a sash, it functions like a nursing top - covering Mom but not the baby - so that Mother and child can converse, socialize, with unhindered eye-contact. When worn like a belt under your shirt, it  functions like a belly band. It rolls up in a self storing pouch and the stylish black color means it can complement your entire wardrobe.

YOU can win the BabyBond Couture Nursing Sash!

For some Christmas cheer, I want to spread a little love to all breastfeeding Moms, expectant Moms, or family friends of brand new parents. I am giving away the BabyBond Couture Nursing Sash sent to me by Missy. It is worth $35 and it makes for a really fabulous gift! The product also has a winning design on the iParenting Award.

Feed your baby. Nourish your relationship. Enter to win!

I will make it very easy because like you, I am also a very busy Mom. Simply follow the three easy steps:

1. Blog about the giveaway. Share us why you want to win. Your post must include the word "BabyBond Couture Nursing Sash" linked to http://babybondnursing.com

2.  Like the BabyBond on Facebook. Follow the Baby Bond on Twitter.

3. Follow me on Twitter, Google Friend Connect, and Networked Blogs. All links can be found on my sidebar.

And as a token of appreciation, the winner will also receive a lovely Christmas backpack suitable for children ages 1-3.

When you are done, leave the URL of your post and your e-mail on the comment section below. Let me know as well if you posted the giveaway on Facebook or re-Tweeted about it on Twitter.

The last entry  will be accepted on midnight of December 30, 2010. The BabyBond Couture Nursing Sash Winner will be contacted via e-mail on January 1, 2011.

Good luck and thank you so much for participating!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. Tomoson Product review & giveaway Disclosure.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Barjeel Arab Art Collection

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Our weekend was spent again in Al Qasba. After a brief play at the dancing fountain, our son dozed off and we grab the chance to visit the Maraya Art Center. The security person enthusiastically led us in and requested us to sign the guest book. Then we were ushered to the third floor where we can watch series of contemporary videos filmed by Arab artists.

I found some of the videos too morbid but some were fun to watch, particularly the four rythmic musicians tapping the "kubos" or bread to create music. By this time, the security left us on our own to explore. We decided to go down the second level to see more arts we can soak up on.

We arrive on Barjeel Art Foundation, where we saw some amazing Arab art collections. Reading on, we learned that the Foundation was conceived by Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi (I think he is the same person I am following on Twitter and the same person I asked if Dubai will ever get the chance to host Olympics). Part of the intention is to make the art collection accessible to young people and other cultures.

I did not (or maybe I missed) saw a sign the photography was not allowed so I clicked to my hearts content for the purpose that I can share the art collection with you, my dear readers. Enjoy the following but I also hope that this will pique your interest and find time to visit Barjeel Art Foundation.

Title: Moon Walkers from the series "Women and the Veil"
Artist: Laila Shawa, a renowned Palestinian artist known for her use of bold colors and illustrative designs to tackle structural violence, political turmoil, the plight of children, and resistance.

Title: Olive Field
Artist: Suleiman Mansour, among the most recognized and distinguished Palestinian artist. He is also most famously known for his 1973 art work called Camels of Hardship.

Title: Red Circle
Artist: Layla Juma, an interdisciplinary Emirati artist.

Title: Snow White without the dwarves
Artist: Ghada Amer, a New York based Egyptian artist known for her intricate acrylic hand-embroidered artwork which employs threads and needles.


Title: Munich Glamour
Artist: Jeffar Khaldi, a Palestinian artist.
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Our Weekend Memoirs

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I Won Dining Discount Vouchers!

Posted by Kero at Sunday, November 28, 2010 0 sweets for Kero Links to this post
For the past couple of weeks now, we had been frequenting Al Qasba in Sharjah. My son loves all the outdoor entertainment there for kiddies. The outdoor play area costs 10 AED and the bouncy castles costs 15 AED. We visit even on weekdays that we mostly spend our dinner there. I only have one little problem though because the food establishments are quiet expensive. Except for Yogurberry, there are no fast food for a quick and inexpensive meal.

Being a social media (and a frugal) Mom, I try to think of ways how to extend out family budget without sacrificing what my son enjoys the most. So whenever Al Qasba shouts out for Twitter contests, I join hoping for discounts on whatever they offer. Last week, I won Al Qasba's PromoPackage which includes dining and entertainment vouchers. This is the second time I won - the first was Sumo Sushi coupons so I urge you fellow UAE bloggers to follow Al Qasba on Twitter. Don't worry though because I won't be joining anymore of their contests to give chance to other Twitter followers hehe.

For non-UAE residents who are interested to avail meal discount coupons, visit the link and save money through sweet tomatoes coupons. Although the coupons can be found anywhere on the net, beware because some are out of date and fake. The blog owner is kind enough to pool all the relevant coupons available and you can access them though his site Sweet Tomatoes Coupons.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Breakfast At Farriers

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Our stay in Jumeirah The Meydan includes complimentary breakfast. This is the fifth hotel we stayed this year and by far, they served the most lavish breakfast.

Our table for al fresco breakfast. Breakfast is served daily from 6:30am to 11:00am
Our breakfast is on Farriers, an all day dining restaurant situated on the ground floor. Guest have an option to dine inside or al fresco. It was only 7am so we decided to dine outside and get a good dose of Vitamin D as well.

In true Jumeirah hospitality, we were given one of the best table with a good view of the race track. As soon as we were seated, two attendants immediately asked for our choice of beverage. Hubby chose black coffee and I had my green cuppa.

After a sip of warm Ronnefeldt Japan Green Tea, I went inside to check the international buffet while Hubby immersed himself with the complimentary newspaper.

I am not used to heavy breakfast so I opted for slices of fresh fruits, a lovely custard-filled crustless pastry, and chocolate-raisin strudel.

Melons in all colors!
Delightful pastries!
As soon as I was seated again, Hubby pointed out the Jockeys and horses exercising and soaking up the sun. We were informed earlier that the racing season for Winter Meet at Meydan started last week. You can view the schedule here.

I've always been fascinated with horses. It's in my bucket list that I have to ride one someday. Hubby promised that he is going to take us to Mines View Park in Baguio City next time we go home so we can try riding. So I sat there marveling my life's grace. I never, ever dreamed of breaking my fast with horses running past. Needless to say, I was over the moon! Thank you, darling, for a fabulous holiday. mwaaah!
The venue for Dubai World Cup - the planet's richest horse race with a  prize of $26M
When Hubby came back from the buffet area, his plate was full of  what he calls the cowboy breakfast.

Creamy egg omelette, turkey bacon, roasted tomato, baked beans, and sauteed fresh button mushrooms
Apparently, he went on to open all those lined-up food warmer, he saw some waffles and pancakes and he brought me a plate because he knows I am such a carbohydrate addict.

Hubby always the adventurous in food, brought Italian style Eggs in Cocotte. It's basically baked egg with frehly grated parmesan and Gruyere cheese, butter, salt and pepper. The original recipe calls for heavy cream at the bottom but Italians opt for herbs as seen here.

Everything about the food was wonderful. They waiters were smiling, cordial, and knowledgeable.This has got to be one of our best dining experience - next to Al Muntaha to be more specific.  And with such millionaire ambiance, it is easy to see why Farriers owns the "it" place to be for Dubai's Friday Brunch Culture. What we had was only complimentary and it seems they put all the stops to make every guest feel special and satisfied. I wonder how it is if you pay 495AED to dine in.

I notice one thing though, in Dubai, a buffet means waiters are on the lookout for emptied plates. Whether you are dining in Kaleidoscope at Atlantis The Palm or at budget-friendly Ponderosa in Deira, they are very quick to gather the plates you cleaned up. This is to make sure there is space on your table for the next course. With Farriers though, you have to call the attention of the attendants. I am not complaining but as we were about to leave our table, a waiter quickly came over to ask if we need anything else. When we informed we wanted to move to another table, the waiter quickly apologized for the uncollected plates. He said that they were waiting for us to signal them to clean up.

It was very nice to know that they want to give guests as much privacy as possible. But we wanted another table inside because the sun was getting unbearable on the terrace not because our table was full of empty plates lol!

For reservations, contact Farriers at +971 4 381 3111

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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Accessory & Apparel Shopping

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 For those who have been following my blog, you know I am a huge H&M fan. When words "Further Reductions" are emblazoned on their store window, I buy my Andreas' clothes, hats, jackets and Hubby's office wear and suits.

My son in his H&M First Birthday suit

Carrefour  Clothes section is also my favorite place for budget friendly clothing. Kids' apparel are known to be expensive but with luck, you can find bargains such as these:

Each costs 14 AED ant they usually sell for 50AED in other baby stores.

And because it is gift-giving season, I buy some from Marks & Spencer because of their gift boxes. It saves me time and still saves me money.

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Shop For Wholesale Clothing

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Currently, my favorite words are: Product Shipped. =)

Since the successful arrival of a watch I purchased online, I am now joining the numerous people trawling the net for online deals. The latest good news I can share with you my dear readers is an online shopping apparel that offers wholesale clothing. It is called ApparelCandy.com and they are based in Los Angeles, California.

Their wholesale products include dresses (with plus sizes), skirts. tops, jeans, accessories, cosmetics, and perfumes. Being a huge fan of shift dress, I share with you my top picks from their uber budget friendly collection.

Unit Price: $7.00  / Prepack of 6 $42.00
A white/cream dress is a must in sunny Dubai so I always make it a point to buy them in winter where they (together with summer clothes) absolutely sell at a cheaper prize.

Unit Price $7.00 / Package of 6 $42.00

I love the flirty, fun style and the metallic burgundy hue which is so bang on the trend this festive season. The dress is perfect for those office parties or ladies night outs.


Posted by Kero at Tuesday, November 23, 2010 8 sweets for Kero Links to this post
Fancy a plane ride around the city? This is the seaplane of Dubai tour operator called Seawings. They offer aerial sightseeing excursion across Dubai's coastal skyline. The World Islands, Palm Islands, Jumeirah Beach, Dubailand, Sports City, Burj Al Arab, Burj Khalifa, Maritime City, Port Rashid and Festival City are only some of the popular tourist sights you may see on Seawings scenic flight.

Seawings operates up to 16 flights daily. I took this photo from their base in Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa.

Cessna 208 Caravan amphibian aircraft takes off from their  second base, Dubai Creek Golf yacht Club. Hubby took the photo from Dubai Creek Park.

Photo credit here.

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