Kimchikin Al Ghurair
A few days after our quick vacation in the Philippines, we were invited to try Kimchikin in their newest branch in Al Ghurair Centre. The place is cozy with contemporary, minimalistic design. A big TV plays Kpop music videos on the background. Being a Kpop fan, my niece would have loved it here but alas! she isn’t here and I was at a loss. I had no idea what I was watching. LOL.
Many Filipinos are unaware that they can now pay travel tax online . For Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) this do not apply. OFW’s are exempted from paying travel tax provided we have a valid Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC). However, we do get visitors from time to time and any amount of time saved by eliminating unnecessary trips to the Department of Tourism or waiting in line at the airport is time that we can spend better on other things.
Online Travel Tax
Blogger in Focus: Working Mother of 2
I’m Haneen, 27 years old, mommy behind Working Mother of 2. I’m Lebanese moved to UAE 5.5 years ago and now living and working in Sharjah. I have a 2.5 years old daughter and a 10 months old son.
How did you start blogging?
I started in November 2015 when I found myself advising expecting and new moms & answering too many questions on motherhood, experience with my kids, deliveries, balancing life between family and work so thought why not giving it a try. Plus, writing is something I love since ever. And thus Working Mother of 2 was born.
What do you write about?
Working Mother of 2 is mainly about my personal experience with motherhood journey. I only write about things I’ve been through, things I tried before & things I’ve learned since 2013 when I had my 1st baby. My primary goal is to help mommies out there in a way or another as I’ve been through it all and maybe what worked to me, will work for other moms and the things I’ve learned might be of benefit for others. So why not have each others’ backs, support and share our experiences and get to learn from each other.
I recently experienced the scariest drive of my life when we went to the Philippines to celebrate my Mother’s 60th birthday.
From North to South
My family is from Las Piñas which is in Southern Manila, “S” family is from Meycauayan which is outside of Manila but on the Northern side. We arrived NAIA terminal 3 on 9th of September and headed straight to Meycauayan to spend a day relaxing before the festivities. Our plan was to spend 2 nights in Club Balai Isabel in Talisay, Batangas which is again in the South.
It’s another long weekend guys!
I’m going to make this quick. I’m listing down some of the things you can do during the weekend without putting a hole in your pocket! Here goes:
These are just some of the things we were able to do. I’m sure there are a lot more hidden gems in the UAE, and just like Pokemon Go, we gotta catch them all!
Stay at home! It’s really not a big deal. Catch up on some sleep. Clean your closet. Read a book. Chill!
As for me, I’m hoping to catch up on my blogging backlog. We promised B that we will be staying in a hotel (don’t worry, we used our Entertainer app so the budget is intact!). Have a guess at which hotel. It’s the oldest hotel building in the UAE!!
Happy long weekend guys!
Has it really been almost 3 weeks since my last post? Time really flies fast, huh? This month has really kept us on our toes.
First week was the start of the new school year. That means I’m back to making some bento boxes for B! So glad that our schedules are working well, otherwise I’d be one cranky mama! (I can’t cope with very little sleep, don’t test me. ;P )
Second week was the Eid break. Long holiday + a couple of days off meant we got to go home! Yep, we went to the Philippines for a short (tiring!) break.
It’s Blake’s birthday month. She’ll be five soon. Where did the time go? Wasn’t it just yesterday when she was this big?!
She also started “big” school this week. I’m both happy and sad at the same time. I’m happy that she’s finally going to school, she’s going to meet new friends, she’s going to have fun instead of just staying at home doing nothing.
Blogger in Focus: SuperMomy
My name is Tina Mathew, I’m an expat mom brought up in Dubai and living here for the past 33 years. I have been working in Dubai for 11 years and quit my corporate job to look after my son. I have only recently started blogging as I got some time for myself.
Name: Tina Mathew
Blog: Super Momy
How did you start blogging?
I started blogging only this year ie after my family suggested to started a blog. I was interested in writing so I thought why not try it since I am a mom and I have a lot of experiences I wish to share with the world.
I have been here in Dubai for 17 years and I can’t say that I have sampled Authentic Emirati Cuisine until recently when we got invited at Aseelah.
Al Ghurair Rayhaan by Rotana
Al Ghurair Rayhaan by Rotana is a 5 star hotel at the heart of Deira, Dubai. The hotel is linked to one of the oldest malls in Dubai – Al Ghurair Centre. With its recent expansion adding the hotel and a major revamp on its retail and F&B tenant mix, Al Ghurair Centre is once again becoming a favorite destination in Dubai.