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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Indonesian Iftar

We are enjoying our time in Dubai. Today is our third day. But we were so tired from yesterday's tour that we barely went out. I took the kids to the hotel pool and they got to go crazy. Even though I was sitting under a parasol, it was so hot on the roof, that I wished I could join them.
Here is what I wore:

Black scarf - Walmart
Sunnies - Daiso
Jellabah - Gift from hubby

I got this dress along with several others as a gift when my husband came back from Mecca last year. The dresses are pretty and comfy but unfortunately I think that only the green one fits me perfectly. I had another one in brown that is a tad short and another one that is way too tight. I think that with a good tailor, the dresses could be altered to fit me. Anyway, I have been wearing the green one around the clock since I arrived in Dubai, particularly to lounge around the hotel room. My hubby also brought his in white and he is wearing them everytime we go out, trying to blend with the local scene.
And that brings me to the local fashion. Dubai being an international city with a foreign population of over 80%, the city is very tolerant. You see foreigners wearing all kinds of clothes. Sometimes at malls, it is the rule for women to cover their shoulders and wear something below the knee. But, many Emirati (local) women I see around town wear black Abaya (Black cloak). Most of the people in the West (and even myself) thought that it is a simple cloak in black but in reality it is more than that. There are several designs and different textures. And the price varies. You can buy a cheap one at the Souk or get an expensive one tailored around town. I really like those Abaya. I am thinking that if I was living here, I would love to get some. I may even try to get one as a souvenir from this place before we head back to Japan. They are so hassle free and comfy, which is exactly what I look for in clothes...

I tried to snap a pic of an Abaya in Dubai Marina (woman on the left). This one has lace sleeves. So cute!

For Iftar (or diner that ends the fast), we were invited by my husband's friend who is Indonesian. He treated us to some very delicious Indonesian food such as Chicken Satay, Chicken noodle soup, potato croquettes, spring rolls and much more. I never had Indonesian food before (apparently dining at a Indonesian restaurant in Japan does not count). But I have to say that it was really really good. We even had some left over for breakfast. During dinner we discussed life in Dubai with my hubby's friend and his family. They gave us an idea of what it is really like to live in Dubai. From outside we all see the glamour and the glitz but it seems that it is not the case for everybody from inside. Not everybody is rich here. Our hosts told us stories of immigrant construction workers who are building this city under the worse conditions ever. And they do not have enough money to bring their families here to stay with them.  It was good to learn that even in Dubai everything that glitters is not gold. As far as I am concerned, I need to come back here for a longer time (10 days at least?) to really enjoy this place.  I also need to spend more time with my girl. I am happy that I got to see her but it was not enough. We need some well deserved girl talks.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Dubai is Disneyland

This is our second day in Dubai. In the morning, we went to the mall near our hotel called Mall of Emirates. This mall is huge with luxury brands such as Louis Vuitton, Chanel but also the ones where I usually shop like H&M, and Zara. We walked around the mall without purchasing a thing and later let the kids play in the huge playground called Magic Planet. Inside the mall it was really cool but outside the temperatures reached 48 degrees. I have never experienced such a heat and we were crazy enough to walk around the neighborhood under it.
Thankfully I wore this:

Black scarf - Walmart
Black dolman open cardigan - Shimamura
Maxi dress - Chatujak Market (Bangkok - Thailand)
Shoes - H&M
Accessories - gifted and 777 store in Vivre Yokohama

The dress is super light and airy so I did not feel the heat as much as I would have. But I cannot say the same about the scarf. Yet it kept my head burning from the UV rays. And to think that it could get hotter according to the locals.
Speaking of which, a friend of my husband who have been living in Dubai since last Winter, picked us up in the afternoon for a ride around town. He took us all over Dubai, to the crazy Palm Jumeirah with the Atlantis hotel, to the Bastakia or old Dubai, near the Burj Khalifa buidling where MI-4 was filmed, to the Souk...practically everywhere. We got to see all sides of Dubai, the luxurious ones and the normal one. During the ride, we realized that Dubai was a big amusement park. My husband called it Disneyland. There were so many attractions such as aquarium, playground, theme parks and other tourist traps. We have not done any of these things because of the lack of time, but also because of Ramadan. It is kind of hard to fast and do some sightseeing. However, we are saving it for another time when we will come just to visit and enjoy Dubai more.

Off for a stopover

The family is on its way to Senegal via Dubai. We stopped over this fabulous land for four days. For the trip I wanted to be comfy but a tad sophisticated so here is what I wore:

Scarf - Langkawi night market
Shirtdress - Thrifted
Pants - H&M
Shoes - Thrifted
Bag - Pratunam market

I think that shirtdress are the next big thing for me after maxi dresses. They are so practical and classy. I already own three but I am thinking that adding two more to my closet would not hurt. Plus this one I am wearing is very pretty with the prints. I just wished it did not wrinkle so I could take it on all my future trips.

The accessories: watch, gifted charm bracelet, the bag and...

...the wedges

Our first day in Dubai was ok. We arrived in the early hours of the morning after a long but relaxing flight. We arrived at our hotel appartment which is located in a district called Al Barsha. The room is spacious enough with a living room, kitchen, toilet, and bedroom with bathroom. We all dove in the bed for some well deserved rest.
When we woke up, we went to this huge supermarket called Lulu 10 mns walk from our hotel.
Outside it was burning hot with temperatures nearing the 40. I have never experienced such a dry heat. We rushed to the supermarket (by the way very few cabs in Dubai will take you for short trips; they get paid on comission so for them ttravelling short distance does not make sense). There in the cool environment we bought food for our Suhoor (breakfast as we are in Ramadan), lunch for the kids and other stuff needed in the apartment.
After lunch and a nice nap, I took the kids to the pool. Then we all headed to Dubai Marina where my girl has a flat. Her husband and she invited us in their cozy place for Iftar. We all had the occasion to chit chat about Dubai. We stay till midnight. I was so happy to see my friend after almost 3 years. I cannot wait to visit her again.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012



Hello my friends. How are you doing? I am fine but hunger is killing me. Yep, the hunger games have officially started for me on Saturday as it is Ramadan, holiest month of all for Muslims around the world. Ramadan is not only a great time to reflect one one self, one's doing and one's shortcomings, but it is also a time to make more Duas and praise GOD more. However, this month brings other not so good things like starvation, binge eating, bloatedness, tiredness, sleepiness and much more. However, it is just for 30 days or less and all for a good cause so let us bare it all.

Anyway, had to go out today so I wore this:

White scarf - Walmart
Cardigan - Old navy
Top - Gift from the hubby
Pants - Shimamura
Shoes - Thrifted

I am wearing all primary colors in this outfit: yellow, green, red....my bag was blue but I forgot to include it in the pic. Actually the outfit was inspired from a pic  I saw on Pinterest. I think it was from last year's J Crew collection. Check it out here

I did not have a top with a dramatic bow but I had this one in linen the hubby got me as a souvenir from a trip to Bangkok me some 6 or 7 years ago. It is sleeveless so I had to layer with a cardigan. Fortunately it was not too hot. Truth be told I wanted to wear heels but I did not see myself running in heels...Fasting, hungry, hot and in heels...not for me! Maybe another day!

I really dig the simplicity of the outfit inspired by the J Crew pic. I have to say that I am not very familiar with the brand. However, I own a thrifted J Crew tee and it is the softest tee I ever worn. I wished all my tees were that soft. And with a glance at the J Crew lookbook for this Fall on Pinterest, I see a lot of J Crew inspired outfits in my future. Call me clairvoyant!
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