September 2012 | Lady & her Sweet Escapes

Sep 30, 2012

Mini Vacation at Radisson Blu

I consider mini-vacations as one of my anti-stress medicines. I need to have a dose every now and then to keep me going. Early this month, in time for Ed's birthday, we went to Yas Island for a weekend break at Radisson Blu. I was so glad to be away from the hustle and bustle of the big city for two days. 

Radisson Blu is located at the prime spot of Yas Island. Tourist attractions like the F1 circuit and Ferrari World are near the hotel. It is one of the top hotels in the island, and we were lucky enough to book our stay on a promotional rate. 

Here's our weekend of rest and relaxation in a 4-star hotel at half the price.  

Radisson Blu Yas Island Abu Dhabi

Sep 27, 2012

Insta-pic of the Week: The Ferrari

I see this as a photo of a priceless moment, 
rather than a photo that costs a fortune!

This official photo at Ferrari World is worth 75AED.
Now, you know what I mean! 

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Sep 25, 2012

Thrills and Spills at Ferrari World

If you have been reading my blog posts, then you probably know how gutsy my husband is. On his birthday, I wanted him to have his kind of fun, that includes adventure, speed and thrill. I can't afford to buy him a Ferrari or let him test-drive one, so I bought tickets to Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi instead.  

Ed in Ferrari World Yas Island Abu Dhabi

Sep 22, 2012

Coming Soon: The Yas Island Series

A series of posts about our getaway at Yas Island

Authentic Italian Dinner
and much more

Ferrari World Yas Island Abu Dhabi

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Sep 20, 2012

Insta-pic of the Week: Infinity

Because it's Thursday, here's my fave Instagram Photo for this week...

Bright Lights + Pool Fun + Infinity

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Sep 18, 2012

5 Reasons Why I Love Jumeirah Open Beach

After several months of coping up with the 40-45 degrees C scorching hot weather, the temperature is  finally dropping down! A great time to go to the beach and enjoy Dubai's sunny weather. 

Our fave "beachscapade", as of the moment, is an early morning getaway to Jumeirah Open Beach. Here are 5 reasons why:

I love Jumeirah Open beach

Sep 15, 2012

Hot Pot at Xiao Wei Yang

Asian cuisine is always a delight for me. When a friend recommended Xiao Wei Yang Chinese restaurant in Deira, I immediately looked for the place to try the best authentic Chinese Hot Pot in town, so as they say.  

Hotpot Xiao Wei Yang in Deira

Sep 13, 2012

Insta-pic of the Week: Sunset

There is one iPhone app I totally rave. It is fun and easy. It can quickly turn a picture from nothing into something. And, take note, it is for free! Any guesses??

Yah, it's Instagram!

Every Thursday, I am going to share a photo from my Instagram account. As stated on my IG, each picture has a story. It can be about my sweet life, my cravings, my getaways, or my thoughts. It can be anything random, but surely, with the wonders of Instagram, it will be beautiful!

Here's my first Insta-pic of the Week:

Sunset at Dubai Creek

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Sep 11, 2012

Cheap Thrill: Abra Ride at Dubai Creek

What can you do with a dirham? You buy a can of soda or a bottle of water to quench your thirst. If your stomach grumbles, you can have 3 pieces of pan de sal (filipino bread) at Pan De Manila. You can also have some comfort food, treat yourself with a vanilla ice cream at McDonald's. But if you seek for adventure, then your 1 dirham can let you take an Abra (wooden boat) ride in Dubai Creek.  

The saltwater creek is known as the heart of Dubai. It served as a gateway for traders years ago, and now became a tourist spot. It divides the city into to two main areas, Deira and Bur Dubai. There are buses and trains that can take people to the other side, but the best and fun way to cross it is to ride the wooden boat.

1 Dirham Abra Ride at Dubai Creek

Sep 7, 2012

Cool Summer Fun at Ice Land Water Park

Ed and I are water babies. We love beaches, pools, waterfalls and the like. Here in UAE, we fell in love with water parks. We have been to Dubai's Atlantis, Wild Wadi and Wonderland. We also traveled to Umm Al Quwain just to frolic in Dreamland. Early this year, before the peak of summer season, we had an hour road trip to Ras Al Khaimah to visit a water park with a cool concept, Ice Land!

Ice Land's "Let's Freeze the Desert" tagline is catchy, but don't expect to be literally frozen! Sad to say, you can't find real snow and real penguins inside the park. Ice Land is just a water park with an Arctic theme.

Ice Land Water Park Ras Al Khaimah

Sep 3, 2012

Celebrate with Cheesecake!

After a month of self-study, my husband passed his 1st Microsoft exam. (Yey! Cheers to that!) To celebrate, we splurged a little bit last weekend. No discount coupons this time, sad, but worthy enough for a great dinner at the newly opened The Cheesecake Factory at Dubai Mall.

We arrived at the restaurant at 4pm. As expected, the queue at the reception desk for reservations was long, and the waiting time for available seats was even longer. We waited for 45 minutes for our pager, and another 45 minutes for our reserved seats!

Lady falling inline at the Cheese Cake Factory Dubai Mall
patiently queueing at the main entrance (in front of the Aquarium) for seat reservations