5 Travel Movies I Recommend

There are so many travel movies that I’ve watched but here are 5 of the Travel Movies that just crossed my mind while typing and I would want to share it with you and I hope you’d enjoy my recommendation.

5. Vicky, Christina, Barcelona

4. The Bucketlist

3. Eat Pray Love

2.  The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

  1. Motorcycle Diaries

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ABU DHABI – A Weekend at the Eastern Mangrove

We found a great deal on groupon that includes pool access, food and drinks all for AED 270 that’s approx. £60.

So on a Friday, we packed our beach bag and headed to the hotel at around 12 in the afternoon. We got lucky to find a spot right by the pool and has shade. We spent 6 hours swimming and eating. We had such a nice relaxing time. We had Lemonade and I ordered Mushroom Pasta and Tim had a Beef Burger.

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Eastern mangrove is managed by Anantara Hotel and is connected to the residential building that has restaurants, coffee shop as well as Waitrose.

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It’s a lovely hotel but it’s not the best one from all the other Anantara chains.

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5 Inspirational Travel Quotes

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”― Marcel Proust

“Travel brings power and love back into your life.”
― Rumi Jalalud-Din

“Travel far enough, you meet yourself.”
― David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas

“Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.”― Terry Pratchett, A Hat Full of Sky

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”
― Mark Twain, The Innocents Abroad / Roughing It

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ABU DHABI – Dinner at Kuya Juan

Filipino restaurant in UAE that serves alcohol and pork so that is why a lot of Filipinos recommend it. I do not drink or eat pork but was like YEAAH LETS GIVE IT A TRY LOL.

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Tim and I ordered seafood Kare Kare and Chicken Inasal Bacolod style hehe and had ensaladang talong and garlic rice as a side. We ended our meal with a dessert called Leche Flan.

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Leche Flan: Filipino Creme Caramel
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Chicken Inasal Bacolod: Grilled Chicken marinated with Filipino BBQ Sauce
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Seafood Kare Kare: The sauce is made out of peanut butter

Every night, the restaurant has a band that performs old songs and the vibe of the restaurant really does remind me of the Philippines.

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Tim and I give 5/5 for the restaurants service. They are so nice and friendly and make sure you are happy and having a good time.

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MARAMING SALAMAT KUYA JUAN

DUBAI – Hyatt Regency Creekside

I had to go to Dubai for a doctors appointment so we decided to turn it into a weekend stay. So we booked a night at Hyatt Regency Creekside since it was very close to the clinic.

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Tim enjoyed his stay at the hotel, he went for a swim and a massage. I spent the time with Renee talking and catching up and consuming the stuff in the mini fridge and mini bar. Guess What? IT WAS ALL FREE LOL since we booked a Club Member room.

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The hotel offers a variety of restaurants and we had dinner at La Tablita, an authentic Mexican restaurant. The hotel is huge and has a lot of things to do and the location is really great, it has easy access to all parts of Dubai and also has a mall (Wafi Mall) near by and 15 minutes walk to the metro station.

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Bellion Travels: 3 Days in Taipei, Taiwan

Tim and I have noticed that Taipei has an art district with lots of galleries and museums to visit but since our trip was short and we didn’t have enough time, we just walked around the district but couldn’t make a quick stop but here is what we’ve done in 3 Days.

Day 1:

We bought our transport ticket at the airport to be able to use the metro and the bus, it is very easy to navigate around the city, and you will not find any difficulty.

Our first stop was the National Palace Museum located in the Shilin District. The Museum has a collection of almost 700,000 pieces of ancient Chinese artifacts and artworks.

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Afterwards, we decided to visit temples so we managed to see the Longshan Temple, which was built in 1738, and we saw the Confucius Temple.

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We had a lot of time to kill before the Night Market so we took the train and visited Taipei 101 and went on the 88th and 89th floor. Unfortunately, we could not visit the 101th floor because we had to book in advance. As it got late, we went back to the Shilin District and explored the Night Market.

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Day 2:

Tim booked a tour online to explore another part of Taiwan and we really enjoyed the tour.

The tour included Yehliu Geo Park, Jiufen Old Town, AMei Tea House, Pingxi Lantern and the Grand Hotel Taipei.

Yehliu Geo Park: North of Taiwan. Formations include the famous Queen’s Head. We did a quick stop at the famous Golden waterfall.

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Jiufen Old Tower and AMei Tea House: It’s located on the seaside mountain area in New Taipei City. The place is filled with really old markets from the 14th Century and we visited the famous Amei Tea House for tea and cakes which was also shown in the famous Japanese cartoon called Spirited Away.

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Pingxi: A very old town known for Lanterns. We bought a Lantern and wrote our wishes and we let it go up in the air. I ticked that off my bucket list so it was an experience 🙂

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The Grand Hotel Taipei: Before dropping us to Ningxia, we did quick stop at the Grand Hotel to take pictures.

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Ningxia Night Market was our last stop and the place known for the famous Taiwanese traditional street food.

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Day 3:

We decided to dedicate our last day to shopping and massages. Therefore, we visited Shi-men Ting and the Underground Mall at the Taipei Main Metro Station. Afterwards, we walked around the area of the National Museum and went for a massage.

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Favourite Road Trip Songs

*Not a sponsored post

Tim and I love ROAD TRIPS and the best part of going on a road trip are the songs. I take music very seriously and created two folders. One is called ‘Drive’ and the other one is called ‘Chilled’.

Drive means a mix of Rock, Pop, Disco and R’n B which is played at the beginning of the Road Trip. Chilled is more like slow songs or chilled out, relax and zen kind of music sometimes I play love songs, sometimes breakup songs as long as the songs are slow.

I’m still new at Spotify but you can check out my playlist. I still have a lot to update and I would like to create my own mix album. Currently, I’m following albums recommended by Spotify.

Here are a few examples I like to play when we are on a Road Trip. Hope you will enjoy 🙂

DRIVE

  1. AC DC – Highway to Hell
  2. ABBA – Voulez Vous
  3. Enrique Iglesias – Do You Know
  4. J-LO feat Pitbull – On The Floor
  5. Bruno Mars feat Mark Ronson – Uptown Funk
  6. Queen – I want to break free
  7. Gun’s n’ Roses – Welcome to the Jungle
  8. Will Smith – Wild Wild West
  9. Backstreet Boys – Everybody
  10. Ricky Martin – Livin’ La Vida Loca

CHILLED

 

  1. Lionel Richie – EASY
  2. Bee Gees – How Deep Is Your Love
  3. Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud
  4. John Mayer – Slow Dancing in a Burning Room
  5. Maroon 5 – She Will Be Loved
  6. Marc Antony – You Sang To Me
  7. Bob Marley – Baby I Love Your Way
  8. Yusuf Islam aka Cat Stevens – Wild World
  9. Soha – Mil Pasos
  10. Abu ft. Yusra – 3 Daqat

 

 

Food Adventure in Taiwan

As the Eid holiday was approaching and my family are abroad and busy packing their stuff to move to a new apartment. Tim suggested lets go to Taiwan, for the Eid holiday. I was a bit hesitant at first because of the Typhoon but we said let us just book the flights.

Luckily, the wind redirected to other areas and we had sunshine during our stay. Since it was a last minute trip, we did not have a plan nor an idea of what to discover but I was adamant to have a meal at Din Tai Fung and try Taiwanese cuisine. Click Here to read about Din Tai Fung restaurant in Dubai.

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Din Tai Fung is the only Taiwanese restaurant we know of in UAE, as I mentioned in my Dubai blog, the waiting time to get a table is long and so is the waiting time in Taiwan. Although they do have several branches of the restaurant, it is always full. Nevertheless, it is worth the wait and so we did wait for 70 minutes. The restaurant has more options, is much cheaper than the one in Dubai, and has many pork dishes in the menu. Now, I do not eat pork so they customised my dishes and I loved it.

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Before heading to Taiwan, a friend of ours suggested to try the famous stinky Tofu, which apparently smells worse than Durian. I agree; it smells DISGUSTING but guess what? We tried it. Once you have it, for some reason you become immune to the smell. Tim and I enjoyed some of the street food at the night market but I did not have the courage to try intestines, organs, and all that so I just tried the basics.

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One thing that amused us about Taiwan was its history. The natives of the land are actually Filipino and during the Chairman Mao, many Chinese people fled to Taiwan and started a new life on that tiny island and afterwards Japanese people moved to Taiwan and settled there for 50 – 60 years so the Taiwanese cuisine is a blend of Japanese, Filipino and mainly Chinese. Tim and I went to two Taiwanese/Japanese restaurants that were artistically prepared and served. It was delicious and I would love to go back just to eat there again.

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I have a sweet tooth and if you love desserts, I highly recommend the sun cakes and the green tea cakes made of beans and matcha. I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE THEIR CAKES. I bought five boxes of cakes just for myself to have with my Chinese tea.

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Anyway, I will blog separately about our Taiwan travel itinerary and places we visited but I must admit Taiwanese food needs a blog dedicated to their delicacies and delicious cuisine.

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August 2019 Recap

Destinations I’ve visited

UAE: Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah

Taiwan: Taipei

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Highlights of the month

  • Travelled to Taipei for the Eid Holidays
  • My brothers are moving to a new apartment. We’ve been in the old apartment since 1996 so there are so many things to pack.

What I watched?

Netflix Specials and Series:

La Casa de Papel: It’s starts slow and gets really exciting and interesting afterwards. Diana, if you are reading my blog, thank you  thank you for recommending it.

The Chef Show: LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT and I love love love Jon Favreau. By the way, this was filmed after Jon’s movie ‘the Chef’.

Movies I watched on the plane:

Destination Wedding: Weirdly funny and loved their characters.

The Professor and the Madman: This movie was highly recommended by my friend Mimi and I loved it and couldn’t stop crying on the plane. The movie is about how the dictionary was written.

Wonder: This movie was recommended by my brothers and honestly, the cast they’ve picked for this movie is remarkable and you get to see the background story of each character and start feeling empathy and there are very emotional scenes that would make you cry and feel happy.

Us: REALLY CREEPY and the ending has a twist and the twist is CREEPY.

Movies I watched at the Theatre:

Fast and Furious Presents Hobbs & Shaw: One of the BEST ACTION Movies I’ve watched. Love them together.

What music did I listen to?

My mother loved Gloria Estefan and this is Emily Estefan performing her mothers songs.

What I read this month?

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What have I blogged about?