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Could not get enough of Christmas markets.

Meanwhile in Dubai…

We had a Christmas market too. I know. I know. Dubai is a Muslim state. It is a desert. What could a Christmas market be doing in here? Well, anything is possible in Dubai, remember?

Our Christmas market was not bad at all. In fact, I honestly thought that it was one of the best that I have visited ever. Not that I have visited a lot, but I have visited enough to have a say on this one. First of all, it was huge. Second, it was well organized. Third, looked like they paid big bucks for the decoration. There was Santa Claus waiting for a free photo opportunity. A huge Christmas tree glittering with all kinds of Christmas trinkets stood in the middle of the venue while a train went around it. There was an ice skating rink. There was a fake snow blower. There was a play pen where kids could make snow angels and pose with the snowman, which my son AND (especially) MY SISTER really loved. There was a stall to make gingerbreads. I loved it. There was a huge inflatable slide, a trampoline and so so so much more!!! They even sold mulled wine over there and a blonde guy sang Christmas songs and played the guitar live!

Other than the “fake snow”, the Christmas market was overall a fantastic idea. The fake snow part sounds really awful but what to do. Dubai is pretty good in faking things. Whatever. At least they are spending their money on something worthwhile. What else should they be doing? Keep riding the camels and make sandcastles? 🙂

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Speaking of…er, not original…I took my husband to the pyramids of Egypt. Not the real ones. Just over there at the mall. 🙂

So today, I took my husband to Wafi City for the first time in four years. This mall was the first mall that I visited in Dubai. I loved it then, I still love it now. It looks like a glass pyramid from the outside that is guarded by giant statues of the sphinx and pharaohs. It is definitely not your ordinary boring mall. The interior design is just crazy. In fact, it felt more like a little museum tour rather than a trip to the mall. Even if you only have a few days to spare in Dubai, this mall is still worth a visit. You might even find this more interesting than the more famous Mall of Emirates.

While it is unsafe to travel to Egypt at this time, this would do my Egypt tour for now.

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Devoured Wagyu beef burger from SoHo grill at the Food Court.

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Forget the Wagyu patty. This apple pie was a culinary explosion in my mouth. I scraped the plate clean down to its last few drops of melted ice cream. Scrumptious! I think I even ate it a little faster than normal so I did not have to share half of it with my husband. Hahah!

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Happy monthsary to you, darling!

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My new neighbors.

We moved in to a new flat to save ourselves from that daily ringing of the fire alarm in our old building. Good riddance! It was a lot of fight just to get out of that flat. Dubai landlords just like siphoning money from your pockets as a hobby.

Guess what was the first thing I saw from our new bedroom window.

The originality made me smile.

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#3rd world living in a first world country.

We are not in the best area of Dubai but we feel really good about all this. Most importantly, I found the perfect bedside table lamp for our bedroom.

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Cars and groceries.

Yesterday was grocery day. Who would have thought I would bump into Bumblebee. 🙂

This was just a normal scene at the Mall of Emirates entrance. Adorable.

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And a few Lamborghinis with V-12 engines lying around.

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Wait until you see the new collection of Dubai police cars. You know what they said about if something is too good to be true? These are all true. 🙂

Bentley police car

Bentley police car

$550 000 USD Lamborghini police car

$550 000 USD Lamborghini police car

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Mercedez benz police car

Mercedez benz police car

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Now, go to sleep and start dreaming.

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Valentine’s Day 2013

Found this really neat photo of an Emirates airplane that is very appropriate for Valentine’s day.

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While I could not say that we are the best airline in the world, we are definitely one of the top bests. If you are looking for valid reasons to fall in love with us, I would say, check out our in-flight entertainment system and well…have a look at our cabin crews. Ahem. 🙂

So, today is Valentine’s day. For this year, hubby and I planned to keep our Valentine’s Day celebration simple. Instead of splashing serious cash on a dinner outside, we have decided to just stay at home and cook our dinner specialty. But that cannot be done without the help of a chilled bottle of Moet et Chandon rosé Champagne sitting in the fridge right now. 🙂 Thank you hubby for surprising me with the bubbly.

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Meanwhile, our V-day started early at the JBR beach.

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Starting the day early with a little picnic by the beach. Time check: 0630 in the morning.

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Breakfast at IHop across the street.

Swiss Mocha coffee for her and French Vanilla coffee for him.

Swiss Mocha coffee for her and French Vanilla coffee for him. Plus a large plate of hot breakfast on the side.

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With that, my day is more than solved!

We also received a precious love note from our little Cupid from faraway. We love you too our one and only.
Love, Mom and dad.

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A beautiful veiL.

Had a date last night with my hubby to watch Hansel and Gretel and Django consecutively. Watching two movies back to back reminded me of the good old days in my province (circa 1998) when movie blockbusters were shown in couples for only 15 pesos. Right now, the cheapest movie seat is a hundred and fifty and that is only for one film. So, that is a thousand percent increase in fifteen years.

Anyways, on our way home, we took a cab by The Palace hotel, which was right beside Dubai Mall, because the taxi queue at Dubai Mall was snaking as far as the eye can see. True enough, when we got to The Palace, we got our cab in the first second. It could have taken us a good hour if we waited from the mall.

From where the taxi was parked, we had one of the best views of the Burj Khalifa. That night, the Burj was nothing less than majestic. It rose so proudly to the sky, its body of steel illuminated in electrical lights against the blackness of the night, and a third of which just disappeared into the white clouds. I wish I took a photo of it. It was just magical. And then I saw this photo again in my Facebook account. Last night was almost just like this minus the broad daylight. We do not have snow in the desert but we have this.

This photo is not mine. This is a re-post from other people's re-post in Facebook. Unfortunately, I do not know who owns this beautiful photo.

The tallest structure in the photograph is the Burj Khalifa. However, this photo is not mine. This is a re-post from other people’s re-post in Facebook. I would love to name the owner of this photo if I knew.

More foggy photos when I landed in Dubai last October. The visibility from twenty feet away was absolutely zero.This could be a scene from a Zombie movie. No fog machine necessary.

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Señorita Resort Collection

Today is just one of the days that reminds me how lucky I am to be constantly surrounded by talented and ambitious colleagues. A friend of mine showcased her gorgeous resort collection whose hotness can only be equaled by herself.

The lovely designer, Señorita.

The ever fabulous and stylish designer, Señorita.

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Before anything else, a HAPPY HAPPY 2ND YEAR ANNIVERSARY TO US, BABY BOY.

It has been two years of Rock 'n Roll with you, daddy.

It has been two years of Rock ‘n Roll with you, daddy.

Fooling around in the dressing room with Madame Rita.

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The butterfly bolero.

The butterfly bolero.

Judy Ann wearing the butterfly bolero.

Judy Ann wearing the butterfly bolero. Those sexy heels look like Gucci.

MINE. MINE. MINE.

The "barely there" dress.

The “barely there” dress.

Señorita's pair of Louboutins.

Señorita’s pair of Louboutins.

Warming up before the show.

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All about Ning. She's single and very excited to mingle.

All about Ning. She’s single and very excited to mingle. For date appointments, contact +97150….Hahah!

A party can't start without a good red wine.

Starting the party right with a good red wine.

AND IT BEGINS…

My party look.

Bringing out my party look.

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Opening by the sister/hot momma, Bekah Luzuriaga.

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Our beautiful colleagues walking for the fashion show.

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Another dress that I like very much–the Peekaboo.

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Juday’s butterfly bolero.

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Bekah closes the show.

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The final walk.

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The models with the designer.

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A series of photo ops.

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Work hard, party harder.

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Double the fun. Double the trouble. The party host with the Guevarra sisters.

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DJ Major–part time deejay, full time husband.

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The go go dancers after the show.

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What can I say? It was a sweet night so sweet dreams to yah. 😉

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Trick or treat?

TREAT!!!

As I have said, this year’s Valentine’s Day will be my first time since birth. I am a late bloomer, I guess. 🙂 But it was worth waiting for 26 years. After a long 15-hour flight from Sao Paolo to Dubai, I found these waiting for me. They are the biggest roses that I have received in my entire life too.

We had a date by the poolside under a clear but almost starless night sky, Bossa Nova music, heart cutouts sprinkled on our table,  a whole bottle of Champagne, a special person in front of me, lovers all around us and some lonesome hotel guests watching us from their balconies.

The night was wonderful so husband, thanks to you. One day, I will surprise you too. And it’s going to be a good one.

We were booked on a date that night in here. Shades Bar, The Address Hotel at Dubai Marina Mall

Shades Bar, The Address Hotel at Dubai Marina Mall

GETTING READY FOR THE NIGHT

He finally got to wear the bow tie that we bought a year ago from Folded and Hung.

I gave this cufflinks to him on our wedding day.

He’s got junk in his trunk, yeah.

The sizzling menu on my plate tonight

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Some of my favorite things that can be found on my vanity table.

If you are not sure what color of shoes to wear, go nude. Nude-colored heels will look good on anything.

The things a girl will do to look good on a date.

My good ‘ol watch

2 hours later, I am good to go.

Another good 'ol trusted friend, my leather jacket that I bought on a bargain somewhere in Nottinghill.

Ready for dinner. And very excited too.

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We have arrived.

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Dinner by the infinity pool

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bubbly for my bubbles

We downed a whole bottle for the night.

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They say about shoes, "If it ain't hurting, it ain't working." That was partly true for tonight.

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1st dessert for tonight. Second dessert was me.

We stayed a little longer and smoked mint-flavored shisha.

Can you spot me?

Two very satisfied customers. While waiting for by the ladies’ restroom, he already made a long conversation with a Russian man who was also waiting for his two dates. It is good for me that my husband is uber friendly because then I wouldn’t have to. 🙂

My restroom photo. If only they can set up the same lighting in all dressing rooms.

cute purses by Ted Baker

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Happy away and happy to be home too. Dress by Topshop. Shoes by Charles and Keith.

My swag from our Vday date.

Thank you husband for indulging me in my top worldy sin--vanity. 🙂 Mwah!

A very disappointing movie that annoyed us too much we had to stop it after 20 minutes into it.

Culminating the night with steaming cup of organic tea from South Africa, a sweet kiss and much much more. 😉

 

P. S.  This year is a leap year. Just so you know.