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 - p√Ętisserie! 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.
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