Sunday, August 23, 2015

Day 6: Al-Habab Desert Safari, UAE

Right. Procrastination kicks in. It's not a surprise. We were picked up by the driver late noon to go to the Al-Habab Desert Safari, quite a distance from our hotel. There were few other guys in the jeep.

Yeap, all the 4WD. That's the beginning of the dune bashing. It's an experience. A wonderful one. Something very different from other holidays. If there is a highlight of my Dubai trip, it's the dune bashing. The driver I must say, is damn skillful. Knocked my head few times, and I am still mentally okay.

Then, we stopped at wherever we were to take pictures.

You get 4WD stuck in the sand. It's very common. There's this rope in every of their 4WD to help the others. Awesomeness.

After we bash around, we arrived. Tadaaa. That's the Arabian night. Food were served. Had nice food. We did henna. Before the place was packed with tourists like us haha.

That's the camel. My first encounter with a camel. OMG SO CUTE!

There were dancing too! I don't know what's the first dance called. The guy were spinning spinning and spinning at the same spot for like half an hour. He must be really damn that fit. It's insane.

Then, there comes the belly dancing. Probably, I have seen better ones, so I am not that impressed. It's good, I enjoyed it, but not impressed. I watch the belly dancing girls from the other studio every year. Probably that's the reason.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Edited Pictures

I've heard a story from a friend recently, whereby her friend has been active on Tinder, okc and the apps that are similar to that.

Let's get real. Those apps are very physical based. People don't look at your behavior, your attitude, your personality in the first glance. What they look at? Your picture, whatever you decide to show e.g. your face and etc.

Of course, you can photoshop your pictures to be an entirely different person. You can be the bomb in tinder or what not. To be the hot, gorgeous person there. But, how much can you hide? It's only so much.

Then, those guys started asking her out. This is a context of a girl. She found it weird that every guy disappear after the meet up session. The problem lies in her for sure. She photoshopped her picture until her friend could not tell that it's her. From the face to the legs, meaning, improved her skin texture, she became much fairer, looked much younger, she became taller, slimmer and everything else.

When you finally meet a person, people generally will be shocked. Reason, they feel cheated. When they feel cheated, they disappear from your sight. Stop being weird, put up your own pictures without any edit and things will get better. Secondly, don't be desperate. Don't meet every Tom, Dick and Harry. If you choose to do, then don't  blame others for having such weird behavior.

Maybe, these kind of girls should be prohibited from these applications. Instead, the best is to actually go for an arranged marriage and lock her in the house. But again, she's so weird. Her aim is to find anyone as long as she has someone to get married with. Regardless. She even tried finding among her own friends and attempted til the point that the guys are running away from her. OMG? Why are there such human I wonder.

Day 6: JBR Beach, Dubai

I had a great sleep on Day 5. Day 6, there was no plan in the morning and tadaaa.... it was an impromptu again.

SK picked me from Internet City. Then, went to JBR Beach. Ever wonder why there's a beach in a desert? Haha, of course it's man-made.

It's Jumeirah Beach Residence or commonly known as JBR. I love the sand.

This is a very nicely developed place. They have restaurants, hotels, shopping mall, residents, cinema and etc built here. This is a very popular area for Al Fresco dining. On the night of weekends, it's a place where locals flash their sports cars!

It's not a big beach or anything like that. Just 1.7 KM long.

Oh my sunnies. Some may have seen the video or read the article about Starbucks spelling your name incorrectly. It's a way of marketing. This, is the most unique way they have ever written. Ever.

Then, it's time to get back to SP's place. SK dropped me at Internet City then it's about time to prepare for the desert safari tour! Yay!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Day 5: Dubai, UAE

OMG. Time flies like rocket. Just a blink it's already Day 5. Noooooo~

Again, there are no plans. I figured out to stop by here, the Emirates Mall. It was really close by to SP's place.

This is so nice.

This is part of the Mall of Emirates with 22,500 square meters. Of course, this is man-made indoor ski. With the hot weather in the desert, this is the chance for you to experience the cold weather, and the snow.

Pricing depends on the packages you take. Being an amateur, there are trainers available. If you're a pro, then you can enjoy the 5 slopes of different steepness.

Hehe ... I just have to do this. Thank you, stranger!

In Dubai, the buildings are very interesting with various shapes and designs, unlike the typical shape of a building back home.

Another one

We went for Ladies Night and there is an overview of the Burj Khalifa and the night scene here. Or probably, when the sun slept. Splendid!

It's a nice view of the Financial Hub in Dubai

It starts at 7PM. We get 2 drinks per person. This was in Mint Leaf, all the way from London. Hooray! The cocktails selections were great!

That night when we went, they served Indian food. Imagine, you get this big portion and it's called finger food! Just do bar hopping and you will be bloated. You don't really need to sit down for a proper meal anymore. That's something good in Dubai for the ladies. It's free for ladies night.

We weren't there for too long, as we need to fill in our stomach with this. Uh .. the amount of food we had.
That's us! SP's kingdom. This, I have no idea where was this.

Walked and we headed to this nearby bar. I don't know what bar was this. Haha.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Day 4: Dubai, UAE

Day 4 was a chilled out day. Nothing too hectic to recover from the day before. It's pointless to have a holiday and you are all beat. So, this is just a day to rest before the next hectic day, which is the next day.

We went to the Dubai Outlet Mall, a 30 minute drive away from the city centre. Nevertheless, don't expect too much from this place. The price isn't THAT cheap. You gotta hunt for it. To me personally, I am not someone who goes for brands, so I wouldn't enjoy it. Again, from a normal shopaholic perspective, I think it's quite a let down. I only got a football jersey. I think it's not worth it to go all the way there.

For dinner, we went to Deira, a restaurant called Al Tawasol. It's actually a Yemenese Middle Eastern restaurant. It served really GOOD food and for the first time, it was cheap and I was all damn satisfied.

SP gathered the Malaysian. I met my long lost friend, and SP brought her other Malaysian friends, and of course, Malaysian gatherings come with great food. haha.

We then headed over for dessert. It's baklava. It's a Turkish rich sweet pastry and today, it's a well-known pastry all over the the Middle Eastern countries. When visiting this country, I was really thankful that my first job really opened my eyes and somehow, introduced me to a certain extent, the culture of the Middle Eastern community.

He was nice enough to pack and seal my baklava for me even though I didn't buy the minimum amount. Shukran! Yeah, I learned that back in KL. haha.

That's my long lost friend. The first we met was in 2007 over this blog when both of us were studying in Swiss. When there was no smart phones, nothing like what you get today, yet, there were ways to meet people over an online platform. I'm amazed.

I don't know what's this place called. It was after dinner, a third round. It has a very nice windy ambiance. 

They serve alcohol, and shisha, the past time of the Middle Eastern. Oh and the shaky boat. haha.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Day 3: Dibba Musandam, Oman

We started Day 3 early. The plan was to go over to Dibba Musandam in Oman for a day cruise tour. More like boat tour. The journey over to Oman is about 5 hours drive. That's a hectic one. Since I didn't have enough sleep the night before, it's my opportunity to just sleep all the way. I couldn't even open my eyes.

We have reached Oman. It's a very quiet, peaceful area and you don't see anyone on the streets at all. I wonder where are all the humans.

 That's us, before getting down

Look at the boats! haha. The weather was good throughout the day.

Of course, you can jump down whenever you want for a swim. It's sooooo salty.

Then, we got into a small boat, we went to this small island here. The donkey is a really sad donkey. He's alone! He doesn't have any friends there :(

This is a proof I was there in Oman haha. We did try to fish and no result. I realized, I just can't do fishing. It's really not my thing haha.

We went for another boat ride, it was nice with the wind blowing us though those people with us were not nice at all. It doesn't harm to be nice. They took us around the area.

That's us. There were supposed to be other activities like kayaking, banana boat and stuff like that but all were canceled due to an accident that happened just days before that.

Yoohoo ... and the sun tells us it's time to go home.

That's the shore. Auction for fishes!

We then had our dinner, and we went home and ... fainted. There's no way we can do anything early the next day, it will be too exhausting. Back to work for those who are working. As for me, time to rest.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Day 2: Global Village, Dubai

After the comatose, we got ready to get going again. It doesn't end just like that right.

We headed over to Global Village. A little bit about the place. It runs only during winter, from November to March. I was THAT lucky, managed to be there as that was the last few days before it closes for the season. It's a huge place, get ready for some walks. It displays a little bit of culture of every country and every nationality. It's a definite successful project to attract tourists and locals alike. Apart from that, there are fountains, performances both dancing and singing, and fireworks too.

The face after comatose. Jang jang jang! Oh and we took the shuttle bus from Union station and it's about 30 minutes travel time or more, depending on traffic. Another way, is from Al Ghubaiba station. I think we tried that first but couldn't find any bus station there. 

That's the first country at the entrance, took a picture with Habibi. Maximizing opportunity with the camels. Without a doubt, that's the homeland, UAE. They closed that early! Right after we reached, took pics, we saw them closing o.O

If I were to give a conclusion, Africa is the most interesting compared to the others. They were selling things that represent Africa, and there was a guy who dresses up in African's traditional costume taking pictures with tourists, along with African music.

Turkey was alright too. They were selling a lot of Turkish things as well as Turkish delights.

There comes my country, which is very disappointing. Whatever they were selling is not a Malaysian thing. They were selling clothes, phone casings? Mops? Oh except for the biscuits. Our country is so small that we had to combine with Singapore.

UK was not impressive either. They had only this backdrop. Other than that, there wasn't anything.

That's the dancing performance I mentioned earlier in the post. Yay!

We walked, walked and walked and still, we didn't cover every little corner. We were beat already.

If you have not taken any food, not to worry. There are so many food stalls around, and restaurants, you will not go hungry.

Oh and Egypt. The pavilion is nice, it is their famous pyramid.

Of course, there are many many more countries and it's not that I can include all in a post. But, these are the highlights. South-east-asians were just not accurate.

For 15 AED, I think it's worth a visit at least once. There are people who really love the place that they visit every single year. I guess, once is enough for me. It is open til 12AM on their normal weekdays (Saturday til Wednesday) and Thursday, Friday & Public holidays til 1AM.