Tim’s 31st Birthday

Tim’s 31st Birthday was on 23rd Sept and I now managed to find time to blog about it. His birthday was on a weekday so I decided to invite him for a meal at Zuma. 

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Zuma is a sophisticated twist to the Japanese cuisine and was founded in 2002. It has 11 venues globally and is one of the best restaurant in the world. Zuma is located near Rosewood Hotel and Galleria Mall in Abu Dhabi.

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So here is what we ordered from their menu
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Spicy Beef Tenderloin 
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Black Cod
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Unagi
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Green Tea
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Salad: Spicy Fried Tofu
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Cold Dishes: Slice Seared Tuna
On the weekend, we drove to Fujairah and stayed the night at the Intercontinental Resort. We took Scuba Diving class, well I did because Tim already has the license. We went swimming and had dinner by the beach. On our last day, we decided to go for a massage and use the spa facilities and on our way back to Abu Dhabi, we made a stop at the local market to buy fruits and vegetables. We really enjoyed our stay at the hotel and the service was over the top. We highly recommend you visit the hotel.
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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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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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ABU DHABI – Lunch at Azkadenya

Since I got my first salary, I decided to invite Priyanka, Clint and the girls for lunch at Azkadenya. It is a Jordanian restaurant in Abu Dhabi located in Marina Mall. They also have other branches in Dubai.

The restaurants vibe is positive and colourful. They also have funny displays around and the artwork is extremely unique. The food was delicious and everything we ordered was really good.

So here is what we ordered….

Appetisers:

  • Spicy Hummus
  • Garlic Hummus (Beiruti)
  • Tabouleh Salad
  • Muhammara

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Main:

  • Meatballs with tomato sauce and freekeh
  • Beef Shawarma
  • Chicken and Mushroom
  • Kibeh with Laban

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Desserts:

  • Watermelons
  • Moroccan Tea

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We recommend you try the restaurant and order the Chicken and Mushroom and Kibeh hehe

Sahtein (Bon Appetite in Arabic)

 

ABU DHABI – Yellow Chilli by Sanjeev Kapoor

Tim and I decided to hang out at Dalma Mall to be closer to Mitsubishi Service Centre to pick up his vehicle.

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We were so hungry and we were meaning to try Yellow Chilli by Sanjeev Kapoor. It is an Indian restaurant located in the Mall and is also combined by a Chinese restaurant called Hong Kong. We felt like having Indian so we went for Yellow Chilli and honestly their food was delicious and they have one of the best Lassi’s in Abu Dhabi.

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Hahahha we were so hungry, we didn’t take pictures of the restaurant and the food but here is a food blog for you LOL. Sorry

ABU DHABI – Dinner at Katsuya

Yas Mall opened a new Japanese Restaurant and damn it’s expensive. The restaurant is called Katsuya. Honestly, it should be under fine dining.

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Since I started a new job, I thought it would be a great idea to invite Tim for a meal. This time, I decided to go full on meat since I was treating Tim and he is not really fond of vegetarian dishes.

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While reading the chef’s signature dishes, I came across Black Cod which reminded me of Zuma. It’s my favourite dish from Zuma, I LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT. Of course, I ordered the dish, it doesn’t taste as good as Zumas HOWEVER, it is the closest than any other restaurants I’ve tried and so was the price LOL.

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We also ordered Wagyu beef since Tim is a  massive red meat lover and I’m not but I gave it a try and the quality of the meat was fantastic.

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We also had crispy chicken and mochi for dessert. For drinks, we ordered Jasmine Tea and it was WOW.

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I highly recommend it but heads up, it’s extremely expensive.

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DUBAI – Din Tai Fung

Din Tai Fung was introduced to us in 2015 when they first opened in Mall of the Emirates in Dubai. It was my first time to try Taiwanese Food and it was extremely delicious.

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It is one of our favourite restaurants in Dubai and it is first come first serve basis but also fully booked so you’d have to wait 46 minutes to 2 hours depending on the amount of people.

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When Tim and I went to Dubai, we were craving Din Tai Fung so here is what we ordered. Hopefully once we visit Taiwan, we get to try the original restaurant.

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We highly recommend the restaurant and the chilli won-ton which we ate and forgot to take a picture of and is indeed worth the wait.

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DUBAI – Girls Spa Day at Waldorf Astoria

A perfect way to spend time with the girls is of course having a SPA DAY.

Tori was in the UAE visiting from Canada and wanted to arrange a girls outing and she did. She planned a Spa Day with the group.

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We  used and abused the facilities of Waldorf Astoria Spa, we used the sauna and Jacuzzi and there were two steam rooms, one had the Himalayan salt and the other room was filled with dry herbs which was relaxing.

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Right after our 90 minutes massage, we went to lay down on the water bed and yes, I’m not joking, it was a water bed. Hours later, we felt SO HUNGRY and decided to have lunch by the beach. We ordered quesadillas and truffle french fries with Parmesan cheese on top.

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When it was time to leave, Ivana planned a gender reveal. Tori and Lina guessed it was a girl but I said boy and guess what IVANA IS HAVING A GIRL MASHALLAH.

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Overall, we had an amazing time together and it was indeed enjoyable.

 

 

FUJAIRAH – ROAD TRIP WITH THE GIRLS

My friends Christina and Katherine are leaving the UAE and will be moving to Europe by the end of July. So we planned a road trip to Al Aqah Fujairah and booked our stay at the Intercontinental Resort.

The adventure started at 5AM when I had to drive from Abu Dhabi to Dubai. I picked up Christina at around 6:45AM and drove to Mimi’s place. We then had breakfast at 8ish and picked up Katherine at 10AM and embarked to Fujairah.

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We made a quick stop at the petrol station to get coffee and few snacks and arrived at the hotel at around 1PM.

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We had an awesome time hanging out by the pool, walking on the beach, we even had dinner at a fancy restaurant and enjoyed we enjoyed the hotel’s breakfast the next morning with unlimited COFFEEEE. ICE COFFEE, AMERICANO, LATTE, CAPPUCCINO, MY FAVOURITE TURKISH COFFEE……..

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We had the best time ever and wished we did it before rather than a farewell get together.

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I highly recommend the resort. It’s a 5 star hotel and has all the facilities and private beach access with the view of the mountains.

We had an amazing girls trip which was definitely needed.