the Box Appeal is back

The Box Appeal is back

Please support this worthy cause and put together a box (or two) of essentials for someone less fortunate than yourself. Boxes can be collected from any of the participating Radisson or Park Inn hotels in the UAE from 1 September 2013.

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camp ka champ

This year I watched the TV show “American Idol” all the way through – from the amusing first rounds (complete with horrendous singing and blindness inducing outfits) to the somewhat disappointing finale (my favourite was out of the running so I wasn’t that interested by then). Despite the fact that the show has now had it’s TWELFTH season it is the first time I have persisted with watching it (no judgements please!) I think I mostly enjoyed Keith Urban’s presence as eye-candy, and the continual bitchiness between Maria Carey and Nicki Minaj. I can’t imagine what it must be like to go from nobody to a household name over a period of a few months. Scary, and exciting, I would imagine.

Camp Ka Champ in Dubai

Camp Ka Champ 2013 kicks off

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Ramadan Kareem

Yes it is that time of year again. Ramadan begins today. I can’t believe that this will be my sixth Ramadan in Dubai. I am not sure where the time has gone.

But that isn’t the point of this post. I wanted to wish all my lovely readers a peaceful and successful fasting period and a blessed Holy Month.

Ramadan Kareem

To those of us that aren’t fasting please be mindful of our friends and colleagues who are. That means no eating or drinking in public (in the UAE at least) and the wearing of more conservative clothing please girls.

If you are spending the summer in Dubai, or visiting for that matter, and wondering where you can grab something to eat or drink during the day then I recommend reading (and saving) Foodiva’s blog post today on just this subject (thank you Samantha for the useful list).

Ramadan Kareem 
رمضان كريم


self-service??! whatever next?

Living in Dubai can make you lazy. Actually no, scratch that, I think it is more accurate to say it most certainly does make you lazy. Not only do we have valet parking at every hotel, but you can also valet park your car at the shopping mall, the golf club and the hospital! And of course if you do happen to park your own car you can have it washed while you shop for less than 5 dollars. Inside the malls you can catch a ride on a golf buggy type thing if you really can’t find the strength to walk back to your car after all the shopping and lunching with friends. At some of the cinemas you can even order your nachos or pizza to be delivered to you during the movie.

Pretty much anything that has to be done from a red-tape point of view has a VIP option which allows you to pay more and sit on your behind whilst someone else queues for you and runs around getting hot and sweaty (well ok why not I say!). People take their maids along to the grocery store to manage the trolley, the food selection, the packing of the groceries into the car and of course to make sure the kids aren’t throwing tomatoes at each other. Not an easy task let me tell you based on what I have seen. Having domestic help is relatively cheap here and most stay-at-home mums will also have a full-time maid – well someone has to walk the dogs (*grin*).

The only time you really see some people getting involved and helping themselves is at brunch on a Friday.

self service petrol in the UAE

self service petrol coming soon – image thanks to modernmechanix

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restaurant week

So I am sitting here writing this from our lovely hotel room in Chablis, France. The birds are tweeting in the trees, lovely green trees, outside. Its slightly chilly, about 19 degrees C, but the sun is shining and the air is free of dust. All good. But I thought I better get some thoughts down about last week, when Stu and I visited two restaurants during the Jumeirah restaurant week in Dubai. That is before the wonderful food and wine we are having here in France makes me forget all about it.

The restaurant week runs for…a week obviously, and is intended as a way to encourage you to try new restaurants in the group. Offering a set menu for a special price, excluding grape beverages sadly, the idea is to highlight a few of the dishes on offer in each case.

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Animal Rescue

If you would like to contribute a few dollars towards my TNR work with stray cats I would be most grateful

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