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THE SPLENDOR OF SHEIKH ZAYED GRAND MOSQUE

A person regardless of faith orientation should be prepared to be filled with amazement as one makes its way to the halls of Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.

As with the other mosques that abound in the emirates, Grand Mosque is fundamentally a place of worship but it stands out far above the rest both in structure and grandeur. It has become an attraction for tourists and residents alike. I would like to believe though that it was indeed built to inspire awe and wonder. (more…)

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PECULIAR ANIMALS AT EMIRATES PARK ZOO, ABU DHABI

What to do on Christmas Day?

Well, I badgered my family our family decided  to visit the local zoo – the Emirates Park Zoo.

Surprisingly, even the adults had a really good time based on the lively conversation we had in the car on our way back home. The hot topic was the peculiar animals and even the common ones that stood out and those that we saw for the first time.

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1.. The white-haired goatWhatsApp Image 2016-12-26 at 12.19.44 PM

What a cute sheep!!! Or so I thought before I took a closer look into this goat’s name (which by the way I did not bother to take a photo of). As you can see, she has a white hair coat, short in length and is distinctively curly. Her drooping ears however are uniquely hairless. Her horns are curved downwards. She looks very much endearing, cute and friendly. As in other goats, she also feeds on grass which made the toddlers race in feeding her.

 

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EPISODE 10: YACHT CRUISE IN ABU DHABI

May 6, 2016

Ahoy! Who does not love to take some time to rest and feel the open air in the sea? More so aboard a yacht with loud music and laughters of friends and family!

What was initially a plan to visit Emirates Palace became a first time experience on a yacht cruise!

This time we were joined by my very first friend and roommate here in UAE, Irene and her friend Mods. When I first arrived in Al Ain almost four years ago, we clicked right away and she cooks yummy menudo (that pretty much explains it ;). (more…)

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EPISODE 9: NEIGHBORS’ REUNION IN DUBAI

[Jesus speaking], “and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31The second is this: ‘Love yourneighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these.” -Mark 12:30-31

April 22,2016

Let’s face it. While Mader enjoyed her stay with us and our company, she missed our dearly beloved Inalad and her chats with our neighbors on a daily basis. So the prospect of meeting our Inalad friends who lives here in the UAE thrilled her immensely. She constantly reminded my sister to connect with the sisters Lotlot and Ate Jasmin so we could meet them. Their house is not exactly near ours (like 5-7 minutes walk) because their family lives in Baybay (Visayan for coast) near Uncle Nasing’s residence but in our bario, we still consider ourselves neighbors. We particularly love their hardworking mother Antie Sita who is very active both in their family’s livelihood and in church activities. Mader and Antie Sita are really good friends. (more…)

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EPISODE 8: MEETING MASDAR

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16 April 2016

I really feel grateful to our hosts, Bro. Anthony’s family. They brought us to Masdar City, a green city within Abu Dhabi. Masdar is an eco-city, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mubadala Development Company which in turn is owned by the Abu Dhabi government. In short, Abu Dhabi owns Masdar. Since this is a mega-community, there are school (Masdar Institute), cafes, restaurants, apartments and business offices. The miniature display shows that they are still in the phase one of the development and more structures are soon to rise. (more…)

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EPISODE 7: JUST A WALK IN KHALIFA PARK

KHALIFA PARK

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16 April 2016

One of our new friends in Abu Dhabi, upon learning that Mader is on vacation here, graciously offered to bring her to places not all tourists get to know and visit. Even my sister and I were astonished!

Our first stop was at Khalifa Park. Do not be deceived. This is not your ordinary park. Established in 2007, this 38-hectare expanse of land houses the Abu Dhabi History Museum, an aquarium, a train where its route circles the park’s perimeters, a public library, and a large mosque. Really, this is an underrated, underadvertised attraction. (more…)

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EPISODE 6: SEEKING SOUK MADINAT

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15 April 2016

Before the rise of malls, there were souks. Whilst the closest to the traditional Arab souk in UAE are those found in Deira, the souk in Madinat Jumeirah relives the age-old marketplace setting.

A trip to the souk resembles a cultural tour as it provides a little glimpse into Middle Eastern shopping style during the olden days. (more…)

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