Sunday, December 27, 2015

International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) 2015

What an incredibly fun format! My first time watching this league and it was an interesting blend of fan engagement and team sport. Totally different vibe and less tense compared to any ATP tournaments I've been to. Caught up with the UAE Royals led by Roger Federer against Japan Warriors on the third day of International Premier Tennis League at the Dubai Tennis Stadium. My only concern was it falls on a weekday. I'm sure there were a lot of tennis fans out in the UAE who wished to attend minus the hassle of skipping their work.


Thursday, November 26, 2015

Recipe: Chia Pudding

Drop that sugar-filled cereal bowl and stick with this healthy and delicious breakfast. Here's a basic Chia Pudding recipe that you can pull together in minutes packed with enough protein and nutrients to keep your energy in a considerable level.


Monday, November 23, 2015

Abu Dhabi Art 2015

Abu Dhabi Art kicked off at Manarat Al Saadiyat on 18-21 November 2015. I've been following this event since 2013 that amassed the best collection of modern and contemporary art installations, which are exhibited by galleries around the world. The programme also includes workshops for children, panel discussions and performance art.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Travel: Discovering Paris on a Seine River Cruise

The waters of the Seine River have always been the heart of Paris. Even its river banks are protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From the Eiffel Tower to Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, a bateaux cruise is the best way to discover what the City of Lights has to offer.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

A Visit to Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

The Grand Mosque was a physical representation of the Late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan's lifelong vision to build a site of great symbolic significance on Islam and the country's cultural and national values. Construction began in 1996 by artisans from several different countries with intricate designs inspired by Moorish and Mughal architecture. The majestic edifice incorporates the use of natural materials such as white marbles, crystals, gold and ceramics. The prayer halls were initially opened in 2007.

Monday, September 14, 2015

GoPro Adventures: Maldives

Maldives, a tiny country in the middle of the Indian Ocean is a chain of  atolls made of coral reef encircling a perfect turquoise lagoon. I have found myself nestled in the most perfect exotic destination. If Maldives is somewhere in your bucket list, move it to the top!


Friday, September 11, 2015

Recipe: Vietnamese Iced Coffee

Vietnamese Coffee is a rich and intensely brewed coffee using a traditional Phin filter (or French Press) that drips down into a glass of sweetened condensed milk, served either hot or iced. If you want a unique gourmet coffee experience with very minimal effort, then you're in for a brewed awakening.


Thursday, September 10, 2015

How to Set Up a Blog in One Day

So you want to start your own blog? It's quite easy. I may be a Web Developer but I assure you, this can be done even without any programming background. All you need is an hour or less to set up everything. Most people assume that the process is very complicated, expensive and time-consuming. Well, it's not. It won't take you days or weeks to launch a blog. I'm here to help your blog up and running in one day.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Falling Back In Love With Blogging

Before "blogging" became popular in dot-com forms, I've been keeping a journal since grade school. You know the kind with a lock and key so no one could snoop your deepest secrets. It was sort of a personal habit for self-reflection and a way to remember things by documenting my day-to-day activities. Then Internet happened so I moved my thoughts online. My peak was during teenage years writing posts full of angst and pseudo poetry. I was so feisty back then not caring how much information I share out for the public to read. At some point, it became a cathartic release even if I don't have a huge following. Blogging turned a lot personal. That's when I had to stop myself and take a few hiatus in between. I tore down my emotional walls and allow myself to vent forgetting to shield some things from the Internet's prying eyes.


Sunday, September 6, 2015

Recipe: White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

Have you tried the White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies from Subway? Their cookies are perfectly balanced - soft, thick and chewy filled with the crunch of macadamia nuts. I always prefer firm yet almost crisp-free cookies. Here's a recipe, which is the best knock-off that has the same taste and soft texture of the much-loved Subway cookies. I could find every excuse to always bake a batch of these delicious treats!


Thursday, September 3, 2015

How to Apply for a Schengen Visa in Abu Dhabi

Every year I set a goal to travel to at least one country. This time, I'll be heading to the city of love and be seduced by its charm. Think of architecture, arts, history, beautiful parks and oh dear... my eternal weakness, my kryptonite - pâtisserie! I've been planning a trip to Paris since July for a week long holiday. Everything is settled from hotel accommodation, airport transfers, airfare and tours by Flight Centre UAE. They've been very helpful from the start regarding my demands and concerns about the trip. Now that I have all the bookings, I need one last thing: a Schengen Visa.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

30 Life Lessons I've Learned As I Turn 30

I turned 30 a couple of months ago.  For some women, this age means a deadline on things you should have done before saying goodbye to youth. I was expecting a tug of fear to take over. Surprisingly, a sense of liberation begins to settle in. I may not be at the place I imagined I would be when I was in my 20s. But that doesn't make me unhappy. The big 3-0 is a symbolic point that I was proud to embrace. I feel like I have mostly figured things out as I look back at my past decade of uncertainties. Although those years were fun, there were a lot of lessons I had to learn in retrospect.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The Ultimate Guide To Surviving Your First Day at a New Job

Securing your first job out of college is a big milestone. You're grateful and relieved but also feeling a little anxious. You're confronted by the pressures of having new faces and personalities to deal with, new territory to explore and making a good impression without looking totally clueless.

I was extremely lucky to be employed even before I graduated. It can be a tough competition out there for fresh grads so I had to make a move early on. The company took me under training for two weeks before starting the actual work. I recall spending a weekend absorbing as much information as I can about the company to alleviate some of that stress. I know it's a lot to take in but this new chapter in your career can be exciting, almost bearable when you know how to survive the first day. 


Monday, August 24, 2015

Cafe Hunt: Yamanote Atelier

If there's one place I've been meaning to visit in Dubai for the longest time, it's Yamanote Atelier. A quaint cafe tucked away down the street of Al Wasl is known to have the most authentic Japanese pastries.

Yamanote Bear with chocolate custard filling | AED 11.50

Thursday, August 20, 2015

How To Avoid Post-Vacation Blues

Think of the beach, soaking up the sun with margarita in your hand. Now imagine the first day of getting back into your daily life routine. This thought could instantly turn anyone's face in utter cringe. I had a rough start digging through unread work emails after my holiday in Maldives. That feeling of weightlessness wishing you could extend your trip will burden you for days. You would even start to compare your vacation lifestyle with the realities at home. Let's be honest, it's just so hard to drop everything and go back to the familiar. What was the point of having all that pleasure if it can cause you such distress after?

Not everyone wants to talk about post-vacation blues. Others may see it as a "first world problem" or being overly dramatic. But it's real, depressing and downright brutal. If you ever feel sad after returning from vacation, you're not alone. Here are a few ways I've done to beat post-vacation blues and bounce back smoothly to my happy place.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

How Women Should Thrive in a Male-Dominated Field

When I was studying engineering in college, men disproportionately outnumber women in class. I remember we were only five women in a class of 40. Pool of students turned much smaller once you get to major courses until you realized you are the only female making you feel like the odd one out. Breaking into a male-dominated field is not impossible but staying in it is the real challenge. I took Computer Engineering because of my passion for technological advancement and innovation. When you love what you do, it becomes easy. But how can women compete in a man's field?

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Recipe: Blueberry Muffins

Blueberries are my favorite option for an afternoon snack. I blend up some with yogurt, banana and almond milk for a glass of healthy smoothie. Blueberries may be small but they're packed with a lot of nutritional benefits. I love it so much even if they are tucked inside a muffin, pie or bread.

I'm going to show you a very easy blueberry muffin recipe that is just as good as the bakery ones. I added a subtle twist of fresh lemon zest making these muffins the perfect treats for any day - smells amazing as they bake too! These incredibly moist muffins bursting with juicy blueberries are a sure hit with the whole family.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Do's and Don'ts of Facebook Usage in the UAE

Social media is not only an absolute game-changer on how we communicate but how we interact with one another on a daily basis. UAE has one of the highest penetration rates on Facebook with over five million active users, which amount to more than 56% of the population. The number has tripled from 1.6 million over the past four years! Can you imagine?

As social media continues to be a highly influential and powerful medium in the UAE, so is the need to uphold moral obligation on content to be posted. The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has launched a white paper regarding Facebook usage. The document offers a set of guidelines and actions to be taken on social media issues. Users should be aware of the risk under UAE laws involving the use of social media especially for the expat population, particularly in places like Abu Dhabi and Dubai. It is important to be educated about the general restrictions on Facebook usage, which are already similar to the existing laws in the UAE.


Thursday, August 6, 2015

What goes on in your mind and how does it work?

My mind thinks infinite. Bursting with possibilities. It is a constant battle of juggled thoughts. Scribbled with memories, discoveries and paradoxical sentiments. It acts like the weather. Unpredictable in many ways. Beaming with ideas or clouded with indecisive choices.

My mind is a runner. Focused and determined. Passing through a vast tunnel, my consciousness knocks at the realm of my soul. Balancing on a stream of compassion. Perceptive of the aesthetics. As it bridges the gap that lightly touches my heart, it is when my mind finds peace. Slowly drifting into the ocean of my own universe.

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