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Charicycles And Their Pretty Vintage Bikes

vintage bike in Dubai
Aloha! Spring is almost here in the sandpit and we, the residents of UAE, are trying to enjoy the remaining days of the winter season. Believe me, there are so many events in the community that sometimes I even want to extend the days and have my own weekend, ha!

I Got A Key And Found A Treasure!

ByParkers Key Hunt In Dubai

You will notice a strange gap on the days I have published new posts on this blog. Although my job requires to be online 24/7 (and I'm using this as an excuse to go OL all the time), I still do my very best to keep up with my life off the internet . Like I said, real conversation starts offline when we reach out to people. And this is what I've been doing since November.

Desert in December - Garage Giveaway Tour In Dubai

Garage clothing

I can't exactly describe how grateful I am to be part of something cool. The last quarter of my 2015 has been pretty busy (and was a hell of a roller coaster) but this one has to be shared because to be completely honest, events like this are something that I enjoy the most.

4 Other Things You Can Do Inside A Shoe Store In Dubai

not just a shoe store

Dubai spoiled us too much with splendid things. If you're a shopaholic, you definitely should go and visit this city because it has all the luxe and glam you'd be looking for - full package, with add ons.

Fitness First Golden Mile - The Palm Jumeirah

Fitness First Golden Mile The Palm Jumeirah

Meanwhile, a lot of my networks and friends reacted when they saw an IG post when I tagged Fitness First ME. Funny how people tend to stereotype photos of gym facilities. After all, being fit is not just about losing weight isn't it?

Things I Realized After A 48 Hour Digital Detox

dubai lifestyle blogger
Wearing H&M beanie, Forever 21 knitted black top, and American Eagle denim shorts

I turned 29 a few days ago and decided to go offline for 48 hours. You got that right, I was on digital detox on my birthday! :)))

The initial reaction I got from my friends are surprising. For somebody like me who breathe and live the online world (I work as a digital marketing exec), 10mins of not browsing my Instagram feels like forever.

But no, I actually connected to the world and realized that real conversation happens offline. Screw Whatsapp messages, FB posts which are always misinterpreted, and so on. Those who really care would pick up the phone and dial your number to say 'hey, you've been offline for a few hours now. everything ok with you?' or 'coffee tonight, we need to catch up' or even 'hey, happy birthday'. It's a very very simple gesture but honestly, these are the things that I treasure the most. In a city where everybody seems to be very busy, finding time and giving extra effort to communicate with people by personally meeting them only means that they really want to be included in your life.


There are many other things I was able to do when I was offline, to be honest. My laundry, fixing my things, creating more artworks, getting fit (by this I mean I get to walk in the neighbourhood), play with dogs in the park, take photographs, cook dishes I'm pretty good at, and reflect on how my year went. It's like I've been discovering myself again!


It's in the real world where you get to meet people and really talk to them. For the past months, here are some of the amazing people I met:


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I met Doc Gelo, went to his book launch where he presented his second travel coffee table book called People, Places, Memories. See, the good thing about the Filipino community here in Dubai is that bloggers really support each other. The illustrations on his book was made by Ken and the layout by Yna. More photos can be seen on his post right here.


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Was also able to meet The Travel Camel in a Tweet Meet at Al Ghurair Rayhaan where he shared a lot of things about social media. If you don't know anything about this person, you can check him out on Twitter. :)


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And of course, Ayang Cempaka! This lovely Indonesian Illustrator who still doesn't know how great all of her artworks are. She inspired me to pursue art.

There are many other people I've met who inspired me to do things and yes, I will be doing more meetups this year and start featuring people  and what they do. In the meantime, please please stay with me as I have lots of things coming on this blog which are pretty exciting.

See yah around Dubai! :)


Dubai Food Tour On A Bike With Tastecapade

Dubai tours and attractions

Biking in Dubai? Why not! This is a sport that I haven't done for awhile now and with the weather getting nicer everyday, it's the perfect season to make the most out of it before it gets hot again, ha!

How To Make Pink Truffles With TheMeatCo

The Meat Co Souq Al Bahar

Looks like a dessert made by a pro? Ha! I made them myself! If you've been following my blog, you might have came across a post I did on how to recycle your left over chocolates for Christmas. This one's a different recipe though because (obviously) it's not yet Christmas but what we are trying to do is to raise awareness for breast cancer.

Plunch Friday Brunch - Estrella's Skyline Lounge

Estrella's Skyline Lounge, Melia Hotel Dubai

Ola! You might have seen this on my Instagram feed and yes, this is the crowd of Melia Hotel's Plunch Friday Brunch at Estrella's Skyline Lounge. Got an invitation last October 16 when they launched their Friday Brunch at the rooftop which was attended by cool people over great food and drinks!

Foodiac Has Arrived In Dubai!

order your own Chef

You hear that right! Foodiac, the marketplace-startup offering high-end professional private chefs, has expanded in the UAE through Turn8. It works like the AirBnB of Chefs: you find a private chef or catering of your choice in the UAE and you get a quote at once.

Classic Swing

Garage Clothing

Hola! I hope everyone's having a blast this weekend. I'm taking a rest for a few weeks of going out, geez I feel like I'm all over the city everyday! I'm a little lost for words for the week that has been but I am hopeful that things will get better in the next few days. Last week was really fun with the Instagrammers, that's for sure.

Instagram's 12th Worldwide Instameet in Dubai

instameet in dubai

It was just last September when I started joining the Instagram community here in Dubai. Like I said, finding a community with like-minded people here is easy because everyone seems to be active online. And if you are a photo enthusiast with an average post of 2 to 4 photos a day supported with a number of hashtags, there's no other platform where you can find these individuals but Instagram.

Sunset Watching At Jumeirah Beach Hotel

sunsets in Dubai

Sunsets are lovely especially when you get to watch it on different places. And living here in Dubai, oh God, it probably is one of the best countries to watch the sun shrink in the sea, ha!

Arabiska Restaurant and Cafe

Arabic restaurant in The Palm Jumeirah

Meanwhile in Dubai land, everybody's on holiday for Eid Al Adha. We got an invite for Eid Brunch at Arabiska, an Arabic restaurant located at The Palm, Jumeirah.

Eid Mubarak!

Dubai Street Style Fashion

Hi everyone, a quick note to greet you all an Eid Mubarak! It's the Eid Al Adha holidays here in the UAE - all tourism facilities are pretty busy this weekend and as for me, I get to enjoy my city!

Dubai Instameet - #MyShoesMyCity

Instameet Dubai - Level Shoe District

A long overdue post from an Instameet I attended last September 5. How I got into this event is through Instagram - how social media works here in Dubai is that, you just need to make use of the proper hashtags and viola, you'd be able to find the community you are looking for!

OOTD - White Spaces

White OOTD
H&M Dress and Hair Accessories | Forever 21 Necklace | River Island Wedges 
I'm trying to keep my promise so hello! I guess I already found "my studio" (inserts evil laugh here). My room mates and I discovered it last week when I was looking for a nice spot to take my outfit photos for a collaboration with a clothing brand. I'm excited for it as well!

Black and White and InstaMeets

OOTD what to wear on instameets

Ola aloha! As much as I hate posting OOTDs, I promised myself to regularly update this page with outfit posts as much as I can. The little miss was out yesterday for an InstaMeet event which was attended by several IG enthusiasts in Dubai, it was super fun!

Strangers of Dubai - Dubai Mall

strangers of dubai

A random post because it touched my heart. I took a photo of these two at Dubai Mall. They were watching the fountain show together. The image was stuck in my head until three in the morning today with the question: is there such thing as forever?

Dune London - Autumn and Winter 2015 Preview

Dune London Shoes Collection 2015

And little miss Joy C. is back to covering shoe collection previews! It's definitely not a secret that shoes are my guilty pleasures. Summer is almost coming to an end and when you are in Dubai, you'll notice that the season is changing with the sudden appearance of dundundundun ~ sandstorm.