- Friday, September 30, 2011
- By Ion Gonzaga
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Calling all Developers, Entrepreneurs, Students, Webmasters, IT and Business Professionals!
For the first time ever in the United Arab Emirates, Google will be hosting g|uae on October 19 & 20 in Dubai.
"Google is very excited to meet with computer science students, software developers, small businesses and tech entrepreneurs in the UAE. We will be demonstrating Google's suite of products that are driving innovation in technology and business across the globe, and here in the Middle East."Visit this link - as it will be updated regularly and will soon include details on the agenda, so make sure to come back to the site for regular updates! Registration is free but slots are limited. You may take the quiz, err, register on the same link and choose which day/s would you attend to, and your registration will be confirmed until some few weeks (which is weird though). Be sure you're ready to answer a few algorithmic and syntactical questions eh...
Again, visit the site - https://sites.google.com/site/guae2011/
- Tuesday, September 27, 2011
- By Ion Gonzaga
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Simply visit www.yasalam.ae to sign-up and get a chance to win two of 10,000 invitations to see Britney Spears perform at the Yasalam first after-race concert.
YASALAM AFTER RACE CONCERTS happen on 11 to 13 November at the Yas Island, Abu Dhabi.
Aside from the pop princess, American rock band Incubus, British rock band The Cult and music legend Sir Paul McCartney are set to light up Abu Dhabi as part of this year’s ‘Live on Yas Island’ concert series.
Ushering the main events is BEATS ON THE BEACH, happening on 09 to 12 November. It has become one of the hottest events within the Yasalam programme – ‘Beats on the Beach’ has acted as a platform for local artists to showcase their talent alongside some of the most popular performers from across the region and the world.
Expected to perform on the BEATS are: Example, Fat Boy Slim, Jay Sean, Najwa Karam, and Saber Rebai among others.
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- Sunday, September 25, 2011
- By Ion Gonzaga
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We've just had one fine Thursday evening again, this time at The Rib Room in Jumeirah Emirates Towers. This newly re-launched steakhouse already boasts of its stylish cozy interiors, before you even savor with what's on the menu. The serenading live saxophone adds class to the already-posh atmosphere. We were welcomed and ushered politely into our table by the receptionist. Offered and asked about what we wanted to have for a drink.
The Rib Room is famous for their, well, signature rib dishes. The appetizers are more of seafood varieties (oyster, mussels, prawns, calamari, lobster) than beef and salads. The mains have classic steaks and ribs. Chateaubriand, Australian Beef Tomahawk, Beef Fillet Wellington, Wagyu Beef and Pork Baby Spareribs are some of their drooling main course. Rest of the menu you'll find Grilled, Fish and Shellfish, Vegetarian Options, and of course the side dishes and sauces.
Have a look at The Rib Room PDF menu here.
We were served with a complimentary bread. Also, recommended with a Zinfandel Red Wine (I forgot the name), rich in taste and is very smooth. Perfect match for our meaty and seafood orders.
I had Prawn Cocktail for appetizer. I've seen this one on a cooking demo during Taste of Dubai and finally I've had a taste. It's a 7-8 layers of medium-sized prawns with slices of avocado in it, in a ketchup-mayo-like dressing, topped with some herbs, and a rye bread at bottom of it. It was served semi-chilled. It's excellent! The combination of the tasty prawns and the medium-sweet avocado is perfect. But I guess I would have preferred it better when it's not chilled when served.
|Spicy Fried Calamari with Tartar Sauce|
|Australian Wagyu Beef Stockyard Rib Eye|
|Atlantic Lobster (and the bowl of Tempura Wasabi Fries)|
For me is the Atlantic Lobster - the typical grilled one. One thing about big lobsters is sometimes they have less flavor than the smaller ones. I'm not sure if there's a better dip for it than the Hollandaise - that was what our server recommended. Maybe because it's too big, I find it a bit slimy in the long eating. Generally, this one's a winner! My side is a Baked Potato with Sour Cream, not bad.
|American Cheesecake with Strawberry Ice Cream|
|Warm Chocolate Liquid Fondant|
We left the restaurant happy, satisfied and thinking of going back again. We left with a complimentary cupcake each.
The Rib Room, located on the Lobby Level, Jumeirah Emirates Towers, is open for lunch from 12.30pm and dinner from 7.00p. Visit their website here.
Are you new in Dubai? Still getting into it? Want to know the things you could do, or not do? Where and when to go? Then NEW IN DUBAI is an event for you. New in Dubai is an event full of useful information on clubs, sporting activities, art groups, doctors, dentists, help in the house, banking, insurance, green issues, job opportunities, ladies groups, charities, children’s groups, talks on local etiquette and regulations, language schools, driving schools, your pets and a whole lot more.
It's happening on 1 October, 2011 | 10am – 6pm at Conference Centre, Knowledge Village
Join the New to Dubai facebook page for a chance to win some exciting prizes at the event! Click here to register.
Check the website for more info: http://www.newtodubai.org/
Here's a clip on who will be there and what else to expect on the event:
- Sunday, September 18, 2011
- By Ion Gonzaga
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We had a great time at the Snow Park inside Ski Dubai, Mall of the Emirates.
"Ski Dubai is the first indoor ski resort in the Middle East and offers an amazing snow setting to enjoy skiing, snowboarding and tobogganing, or just playing in the snow. Young or old, there is something for everyone, from the beginner to the snow sport enthusiast. Ski Dubai is a unique mountain-themed attraction that offers you the opportunity to enjoy real snow in Dubai all year round." - SkiDxb.com
You can enter the park for AED120 per person that comes with a complete snow suite. You have to buy gloves though (you need to) at the Ski Store. The cheapest, yet really usable, you could get is the Ski Dubai branded cotton for AED20 each.
Strolling in the -3*C Snow Park is one among the basic things you can do inside. You can roam around the park except the ski and cable cars area. You can glide and slide, climb the rocks, cross and pose on the hanging bridge, and you can pull and ride some sleighs too.
Here are some of our photos taken at the park:
|One of the foot bridges in the park|
|It's free to slide and glide - and you can repeat it until you get tired|
|If you want to roll with this giant ball, you need to pay additional AED 30|
|Feels like Christmas - there are lots of pines in there|
|At the back of that huge glass is the mall. That small hut sells coffee (if you can't stand the ice) and some snacks.|
|The biggest open area at the park|
|The "caves" near the entrance / exit - where the ice are so close to you|
|Mist in our camera just minutes upon leaving the park; and it stayed chilled for few more minutes out|
- Sunday, September 18, 2011
- By Ion Gonzaga
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The way taxi drivers in Dubai introduced themselves to me was generally unpleasant. Well, majority of them. SEX MANIACS On my first month, I sat on the front passenger seat. This frolic taxi driver, from the beginning of the trip talks about "What is peni* in Philipinni?", "What is puss*?" and nothing but sex and trash. And then he's trying to teach me what it's called in Pakistan. I'm a bit aloof, but jolly that I may, and for the sake of maintaining a friendly conversation (because I'm inside his cab), I talked, answered his every question. When I'm about to go, as I was handing him my bill, he grabbed my arm and wanted me to touch his effin' b*lls. I pulled back and to my shock, I punched him on the chest. I shouldn't have left my cash but I was so shocked and ran inside home quick. I thought of reporting to the police - but since I'm new in the city, feared this kind of things - that I may be the one to get the raw end of it. That disgusting incident has earned the Dubai taxi drivers a too bad reputation from me. After that, I never rode a cab seating beside the driver. I always sit at the back. One time, I'm opening the back door but the taxi insist that I sit in front. No way! I also avoid conversations with them. Other taxi drivers are plainly too noisy and trash talkers too. They thought every Asian loves to talk about sex. Even if I ignore their non-sense blurbs, they don't stop. There are other drivers who will enumerate all the trash Tagalog words they learned: "P*tangina", "Gag*", "Baya*", "GLORIA ARROYO" name it they know it.
TOO FAST TOO FURIOUS
Majority of them drives like they want to take you to hell, not just because they're too fast, but they're rude. They don't know customer service. In taxis here, the customer is not always right. Some of them shout at you. AND, everywhere you may want to go, they will always complain 'traffic.' If you're going in a short distance, they'll drive the cab against their heart, and you'll hear them talking to themselves loud in their language. They prefer not too cold temperature. Sometimes when you ask to turn the A/C cooler, they're pissed. Oh man! They get pissed off at little things... Hot tempered.
GETTING CARRIED BY THE SYSTEM THEY'RE IN?
Most, if not all of them work 7 days a week, up to 12 - 16 hours a day, or even more than that - until they reach their daily quota of 200 - 250 Dirhams. And their living conditions in the labour camp is horrendous.
I feel for that. If we put ourselves on their shoes you just can't bear the conditions for sure. I truly understand. What I don't understand is why their employers put them in such "uncharacteristic" conditions. But anyway, these should not be reasons for them to be rude to their passengers. Customer service / relations is lacking.
A FEW GOOD MEN
But of course, there are a few really good taxi drivers. Silent all throughout the trip would be best. There are also wholesome jolly ones. Once, an old man cheerfully sings "Pinoy Ako" by Orange and Lemons. He knows. Another one recites all the presidents of the Philippines. Others talk using "Saan ka papunta?" and directions "kaliwa, kanan, diretso, hinto." Another one, knows Wowowie by heart. There are funny and gentle drivers as well. Some would really care to help you load and unload your groceries in compartment. There are those who start intelligent conversations too. Some talk about world politics, and our own Gloria and Marcos government. But sadly, only A FEW of them.
THE HONEST ONE
The best experience so far for us is riding on this old man's cab. He's the silent type. My wife left her bag in the cab with the mobile and other important cards in it. We tried calling her mobile several times to get the attention of the driver. No answers in the first half-an-hour. Then he called us back using my wife's mobile saying that he noticed it late and asking how he can return it. I asked where is he that time and we'll go to meet him. Instead, he offered to pass to where he dropped us off to return the bag. After an hour, he came back and handed the back and phone and everything. His name is Salahuddin - I won't forget because he's rare. I do hope we'll have more of him. These are just my stories. I've been hearing more of the worse stories from others. One is, you might end up in a desert with the cab driver and you know what happened.
- Sunday, September 04, 2011
- By Ion Gonzaga
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Here's one great reason why you should follow Pizza Express Dubai on Twitter (@PizzaExpressdxb): They will be giving 5 lucky followers a supply of pizza every week for a whole year round. So that's 48 FREE'ZA huh!
Pizza Express is known as one of the most genuine Italian pizza chain in the country - best known for their authentic toppings. You may also Like Pizza Express Dubai on Facebook for more info. Check also their Cool Prizes section in their website, and get a chance to get an exclusive entry and swim with the dolphins at Dubai Dolphinarium.
Pizza Express outlets are on the following locations (with their telephone numbers):
- Bin Sougat - 04-2852393
- Jumeirah (Park n Shop) - 04-3945616
- JBR (2nd level) - 04-4370171
- IBN Batuta Mall - 04-3685134
- Dubai Mall Kidzania - 04-4485221
- Dubai World Trade Center - 04-3318480
We had a blast at the Max's VIP Tasting Experience last night. It's the first time they let the public try what's on their 'Dubai' menu. The night is exclusive for their Facebook participants and Bloggers. Feel sorry for others who excitedly wanted to come in but have to be told to comeback at the real opening day.
From the entrance into our table, everyone's smiling and courteous. Everyone's introducing themselves - you can befriend anybody. The mood is happily upbeat. The friendly staff takes great 'pleasure to serve' you. They're dancing too.
Max's, as we all know, serves one of the best, if not the best tasting fried chicken (since 1945). Its popular classic crisp and texture makes it all unique from other fried chicken out there. They also serve famous Filipino cuisine like Kare-kare, Bulalo, Chopsuey, Sinigang, Fresh Lumpia and their famous desserts Leche Flan, Buco Pandan, the GIANT Halo-halo and the Caramel Bars as well. I need not go further to say how excited we Filipino expats are.
The menu looks pretty similar to Manila minus the pork dishes. Interestingly, they've got Lamb Adobo and Crispy Lamb Shrank as alternatives. The Lamb Adobo doesn't quite fits my liking - it could be the lamb that makes it acerbic I guess, which we're not really used to. I'm sure those who eat lamb could appreciate it as the flavor remains Adobo. Not really bad, I'm just not used to it.
|The Lamb Adobo - it comes with an appetizing Kangkong Ensalada on the side|
The batter-free fried chicken lives up to its reputation - crispy, tender and juicy - and still served with sweet potato chips known as Kamote Fries. Balsamic. We've learned that the chickens are imported from Saudi. Price is unarguably reasonable. At AED24 for half and AED44 for a whole - way better than a AED20 3-piece Fastfood fried chicken somewhere else eh.
|Still... Sarap to da bones!|
|Chopsuey is fine. Lots of chicken in it, and lots of cabbage too...|
|Camaron Rebusado - breaded prawns|
THE SWEET PART
Sugar and the caramel syrup is just right on the Leche Flan. Firm as cake, soft as jelly. Rich and creamy in egg and milk flavor. Mouthwatering from the time we ordered.
We're almost about to leave when the brand manager approached us for some interesting foodie chit-chats. The Bakery Corner and Coffee Shop has yet to open, yet he asked us to try their signature Caramel Bars. So fresh from the fridge and unpacked, we tried. And yeah, tastes really similar to the original. I wish they'll also have Ube Cakes and Lenggua De Gato.
|The Caramel Bars (still on Beta mode) :-)|
They say the store can accomodate about 170 guests, including the al fresco. They've got a private section, a bakery corner and cafe in the house. Ambiance is not really what you're expecting in a posh fine dining, but generally it's clean, orderly, and amply spaced.
MINI-TOUR AND THE STAFF
We were invited by the managers to check the kitchen as well. Wow! Everything in is brand new. Clean and organized. 99% of the staff are Filipinos. They brought in some managers from Manila, and they also sent some to Manila to train for at least 3 months prior to opening here in Dubai.
|at may uwi pa si totoy...|
Click here to view what else are on the menu... and other photos too.
Max's is located at Bur Dubai - Karama juncture, within the Spinneys building near Burjuman..