Abu Dhabi, travel

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is probably one of the grandest and most beautiful piece of architecture I have laid my eyes on in person. How could it not? More than 3,000 workers and 38 contracting companies globally¬†took part in the creation of the mosque using materials such as marble stone, gold, semi-precious jewels, ceramics, and crystals. Let’s not forget the gorgeous floral design!


The most iconic view – even hypebeast posted a near identical shot (from another photographerūüė¶ )

Some noteworthy features on its grandeur: Continue reading



Well, I’ve recently¬†made the financial and psychological commitment to getting LASIK surgery back around September long weekend. It is something that I had always wanted to do since I was a child as I had been unluckily sporting glasses since grade 2. I had a very bad experience with hard contacts as a child in gr 4/5, and thus did not try soft lens until really last year. I still didn’t enjoy wearing them as my eyes would get dry easily and it would cause discomfort.

I was scared about the slim chance of failure and complications but was more eager to get it however after a close friend of mine, Adrienne,  got the surgery about half year ago. In a sense she was my guinea pig to prove to me personally that it IS in fact safe. Continue reading

Abu Dhabi, desserts, food, travel

Afternoon Tea at The Emirates Palace

From Dubai, we took a day trip to Abu Dhabi on our own. ¬†Initially we considered buying a day tour but the tours only ran if a given number of people were interested in the same date and it didn’t really pan out for us. ¬†It was only about a 1.5 – 2 hour bus ride anyway.

The weather on this day was absolutely scorching that I literally did not want to do anything at all except to sit in the shade or indoors with A/C.  We visited a few musuems and looked at the foyer of Ferrari World, but the main highlight (other than the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Рmore on that to come) was Emirates Palace. From doing a quick search on their website, prices for 1 adult range from $1,000 CAD for the simplest room to $5,000 CAD for a suite (and then $15,000 CAD for the fanciest 3 room suite). Prices are insane, but met true to its name based on its luxurious interior and exterior.

The Emirates Palace is also well known to be a “7 star hotel” unofficially by the media.¬† Some of the suites are furnished with gold and marble and in the lobby floor, there is an ATM that dispenses GOLD!!!¬† Continue reading

Dubai, travel

At the Top, Burj Khalifa

Burj Khalifa, the tallest structure in the world at 829m ousting Toronto’s very own CN Tower (553m) for the title of tallest freestanding structure.

However for us tourists, we can only get up to L124 “At the Top” (452m) or ¬†L148 ¬†“At the Top Sky” (555m). Which realistically is still higher CN Tower’s observatory¬†as Burj Khalifa¬† held the record of highest outdoor observation deck until 2011. Continue reading

Dubai, events, food, travel

Champagne Brunch

Honestly a brunch like no other! The most expensive meal of my life costing at $180 CAD for non-alcoholic and $214 CAD for alcoholic per person. But definitely well worth it for the experience as it is a must-do activity in Dubai. Brunch on Fridays in particular are most infamous and keyed as ‘Champagne Brunch’ because weekends in UAE (and Middle East?) start after Thursday’s work day – so the drinking starts early by Friday morning!

After much research the venue we chose was Al Qasr at Madinat Jumeirah. Continue reading

Dubai, events, food, travel

Ladies’ Night is Every Night in Dubai

Being a lady is great in Dubai if you enjoy going to the bar for a few drinks after work. You don’t need to worry about cover or paying for your drinks – don’t even need to chat up guys for free drinks either!¬† A very popular and well known weekly event is Tuesday Ladies’ Night – most bars and clubs partake in this. And they give up to sometimes 3 or 4 drink tickets per person!!!! Why don’t we have this here?

In addition, you are likely to be able to find a Ladies’ Night for every night of the week somewhere within the city. In our case we went to four – Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.¬† Continue reading