Dubai is buzzing with art fever at the moment. We’ve had Comicon, World Art and with the onset of Fashion Forward over the weekend, the art and fashion scene is at it’s adrenalin peak, and I’m loving every single minute of it !
World Art Dubai took place at the DWTC from the 8th to the 11th and it had exhibits of artists from all brushstrokes of this world. Naturally I took like a million pics but I’ve just selected a few from the many that caught my eye. Read more…
I was really excited when I got my Fashion Forward passes – an event that could be considered as ‘Fashion Week’ for Dubai – but was later disappointed when I found out that I was working on most days. Luckily though, I was able to make it for the two biggest shows in my opinion; Ezra and Michael Cinco.
Last week, I had the pleasure of meeting, Sarah Sillis, the Managing Director, Creator and Designer for SaQueena, a brand designed to cater to the needs of hijaabi women interested in swim and sports wear. SaQueena is a combination of the Arabic word ‘Sakeenah’; which means tranquility, and the word ‘Queen’. The name represents the philosophy of the brand of standing out like a queen, feeling beautiful and yet peacefully protected, all at the same time. Read more…
I grew up in these deserts, and although I have no Emirati roots, this country is embedded in me. No matter where I travel to, be it the streets of Manhattan or visiting family back in Manila, it’s only a matter of time before my heart starts to crave for Dubai. The streets of Satwa were my hood. Riding my BMX around my parking lot was how I spent time as a pre-teen. Sinbad, was the only amusement centre at the time, and the few dirhams I got as pocket-money was spent playing Street fighter in the arcade machines. Dubai City Centre rocked our teenage years when it first opened, we were so over Al Ghurair by then.
I remember my dad driving us around Trade Centre, and my sis and I would look at it in awe mesmerised by how tall it was. And now, it’s the skyline of JLT, the Marina and JBR that attracts all the newbies.
This country survived the empty deserts, the emptiness and the depths of the recession, and I know, it’ll always find a way through whatever the future holds.
Dubai is a goldmine for most, tax-free, and a place most ordinary people can easily become millionaires. But for me, it’s more than just a money ground. Most of my friends have been raised here, some even born here, and although we’re still not entitled to a passport, citizenship, or any ‘privileges’, this is a city that will always live in my heart.
Happy 41st ya Emarat ! Can’t wait to live many more years in this beautiful country !
So The Cheesecake factory finally opened up @ DXB mall over Eid, and my crazy friends and I decided to head there. Why do I call them crazy ? Well, anyone that knows Dubai, knows that any opening of any kind, Taco bell to Laduree, it doesn’t matter what it is, if it’s new, then expect madness and chaos. Believe it or not but we had a 2 and a half hour wait before we could be seated ! Yes, I know, and we still waited. Luckily, H&M was just round the corner, so one part of the problem was solved.
This is how we decided to kill some time:
After our little Geek VS. Mafia escapade, we finally headed back to the Cheesecake Factory. The restaurant, though extremely spacious, was completely packed. I was excited as I’ve been to the one @ Irvine, spectrum in L.A. Needless to say, even after a 2 and half hour wait, they managed to mess up my order of Jamaican chicken & shrimp, which came only with the shrimp and a 15 minute wait to get my plantains ! I guess I’ll just have to hit up the one in the States to get the real deal.
Alhamdulilah, the Holy Month of Ramadan has been bestowed upon us, and those that have been fasting are now accustomed to the hunger pangs and parched throats. For most Muslims that are active in their Deen, this is the one time of the year where we look forward to promoting our devotion, reflection, repentance and most importantly, our test of patience. I’d like to think of Ramadan as a month that is dedicated to spring cleaning your soul. Read more…
I am totally overdue on writing my review on the Capster’s hijaab but I’ve been too busy using it when I hit the gym that I haven’t had much time to write about it ! 😛
Anyways, I was totally overwhelmed when the product designer of the brand, Cindy van den Bremen, emailed me when I had written an earlier post on hijaab and sports. Lucky for me I was able to pick out a style of my choice and color to do a test run. I opted for the RUNNER in black and grey, and I actually went for a jog at my local park and also at the gym. For those that don’t know, living in Dubai comes with certain extreme weather conditions – burning heat with sprinkles of humidity – not fun!
Well, considering the circumstances, the Runner hijaab did pretty well, I didn’t feel claustrophobic wearing it as the material was quite lightweight and the great thing is that DRI-FIT material has been used. So even if you’re soaking in sweat it helps in rapid evaporation of moisture on top of the skin, so no matter what you don’t feel drenched. However, I did feel that it was slightly short from the front. Maybe this was designed accordingly due to sports regulations but I could only wear it with a high collared shirt. I would suggest that there should be an option of a longer front, as many sporty tops are V-necks and a high possibility of some skin showing through.
Asides from that, this is a definite must-have product for women that actively enjoy their sports in outdoor areas or mixed gyms. Now only if I could find a burkini that isn’t so daunting !
After many months of waiting I finally managed to get my hands on a copy of “Desperate in Dubai” by Ameera Al Hakawati, a close friend of mine, from the Kinokuniya bookstore in DXB mall. I had initially started reading it around 9pm and was still going strong till 4 am when my body started to cry out for sleep. Needless to say, I overslept, but went straight back to it as soon as I could muster my eyes to open.
Getting ready for your ‘big’ day can be daunting with a million questions springing to mind ” Where do I start?” “Who do I go too?” “How much will this cost me ?” Well, luckily all these questions can easily be answered in an online portal designed specifically for the Emirati community in the UAE called yebab. The recession may have caused a ripple effect around the world but one thing that was untouchable was the wedding industry within the UAE. It’s been estimated that an average Emirati wedding costs around 300,000 AED – that’s a whooping $80,000 ! Read more…