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  1. Just popped in to say to everyone.! I haven't been on much for several reasons, been so busy with so many things, family, cooking and major 'spring cleaning' and especially with hospital appts this year, I have Thyroid surgery coming up * sigh* in few days, so everyones's prayers/duas please. It has been on my mind for over a year while recovering from broken arm and all the physiotherapy stuff and blah, blah. I have been dreading this for a long time, as it is not exactly on an easy area, but alas, the time is close and it has to be done. There have been a couple of delays owing to having colds and coughs which seems to have affected everyone this year. Coughing is not good for this surgery so its is difficult trying to keep clear of it at this time of the year. Also, trying to avoid going out, which is difficult when you have to buy groceries. My car is down today too so that is a problem. Oh, well. I have been spending the past few weeks doing major cleaning in the house which I normally do before Ramadhan but since I will have surgery and can't do heavy stuff afterwards, I changed the schedule round. Today, my outside kitchen was thoroughly cleaned, everything out out of drawers and cabinets and completed disinfected. Got rid of old stuff, made a list of new stuff required. Put new labels ( which I make on computer) , did all the spice containers and the like. Sooo, I can do happy dance that , that is all done- al Hamdulilah! Still have lots to do but will see how it goes. That's my news ( well, part of it to be honest). so pray everything is going okay for everyone out there too :) Take care and best wishes.
  2. Sooo, how is everyone?Where is everyone ? hehe

    Ladies :) :) Nice to see you are still popping in ! Welcome Back!! @Smiffy , the dreaded viruses have been getting to everyone around the world,, Trying to keep it away with surgery coming up. Thank you all for your best wishes Funny, yesterday was watching Castle Hunters on TV- didn't watch it all but it is about couples buying a castle as a home, and out of three they had to pick the best one they liked and according to their budget. That should be fun Smiffy :) Please take pics!! This year, started to write a Journal Bulletin Diary, I like the idea of how people design and jot things down etc.. So, getting into that during my free time. I think it is good for when I get into detailed writing, this gives me a topics of events ( both personal and world-wise) to remember and recall. My grand daughter too loves this. :) Something we share when she is not tired of writing for school. Take care ladies and have a nice day :) :)
  3. *****HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!*****

    Wishing everyone a happy new year!! God bless and best wishes everyone!
  4. First Days of Tax

    So How is everyone else finding the first couple of days... Tax is not the problem, but retailers are really getting out of hand with it. Last week simple cheese sandwich , that was even dry and they keep for at least three days ( Petrol stations shops ), there was a price tag of Dh 10 over a 3:50 price tag! They claimed it was tax before even it being implemented. Yet there was no VAT on receipt. Now, today, fast food places in Maqtaa area have increased their items by DH1-thus every item you order, you pay a DH extra then plus the tax.. The tax is not the issue but the fact that retailers think its okay to be greedy and grab more is just wrong. They have to pay tax like everyone else, and not take more than that. While the tax is 5% the extra dh added to each items can end up being far much more. How are your experiences been? Oh, I keep previous receipts too, that how I observe.
  5. arranging 21 huffaz for Quran recitation

    Try the Shiekh Hamdan Misjid, it is a school too , between the two bridges, in Maqtaa area, there are other places but don't know much about them.
  6. Congrats to New leaders on the Leaderboard

    Ohhh! Thank you very much :) :) ok Jilly bean where are you.. happy dance time hehe* :) Thank you Tri-geek!
  7. With all the big sales going on, I was just wondering if anyone managed to get any super bargains or something you really wanted...I heard the super sale on in Dubai caused huge traffic jams too. I wasn't planning to go sale shopping but heard there was one at Home Centre, Dalma ( now over though) so, that changed my mind. A few months ago I saw this really beautiful, hand painted canvases of a set of vases -at the time it was a bit expensive so wasn't encouraged to buy it as much as I really did like it. I went again, and it must have been waiting for me as it was staring right at me lol. It was almost half price.. and the size, the colours and the actual vases were perfect for the upstairs living room. Sooo, you guessed it, it is now on my living room wall. I would have definitely bought another painting had I found the right size too but they were all bigger.
  8. The Big Sales Going On..so, what did you buy?

    Just wondering if anyone taking advantage of the National day offers to pay your traffic fines now ( then just pay half) as I know.
  9. Okay, we went to the Al Wathba Zayed Heritage Festival, It is a fairly straight drive. We went around 4 pm thus, finding parking close to the fort. It is a large beautiful fort too. Plenty of parking but with it being such a popular event each year the later you go, the harder it is to find good parking. When you enter, there is a check in screening procedure and there are tickets but not sure how much as son paid for them. Women go in one door with their kids and the men another but you end up same place inside. Wheel chair accessible too. The Festival is brilliant to be honest.. Last year I thought it was fantastic but this year is even better, it has more pavement area than sand now, it has many beautiful and different kinds of seating area, and also in the middle area lots of food stalls with all kinds of food to suit everyone's taste. Performances: We saw local performances ( dances) in various areas, and local children dance performances-and even international dance performances.. each having a stage in the center of their shopping stall area with each country labeled. All wonderful performances. I loved also watching a Chinese performance showing various slow fighting ?? or dance moves. That was really interesting to watch. Each country had their own costumes on and such beautiful colours too. It was really interesting to see the Ukrainians and other performers ( while on their breaks) dancing to the local folk songs. Shopping (local and International Stalls): I went to several places to shop like the UAE had a lot of traditional wear, houseware, ladies selling their homemade pickles of lemon, mangos, onions and the like, spicy butter, spice mixes, home incenses and so much more. We bought some pickles, and a couple of dresses for grand daughter. Then we saw the falcons so we got to stroke them too. Granddaughter kneeled near them but when they flapped their wings that was enough for her to move away lol. (Heritage) Traditional Sports: They have the camels, horses and Falconry of course, then you have the fishing village area where you to get to see fishing nets etc. being made. Local shows and Competitions: There is a live show like the Ramadhan competition where people are asked questions and win a cash prize--very popular with the locals- and even visitors. It ii live on TV too everyday from 7 pm-8 pm (Abu Dhabi TV), we watch it everyday if time allows, but yesterday we were there and are planning to go again and get a table nearby to watch the whole show. The male host in the show ( there is a lady too) gets the audience going and is really funny-he gives the show life and Mashallah everyone likes him, I think his name is Saeed and as my son said he is a very good actor in the threatre area regarding comedies. There are lots of Tv cameras everywhere at the ground. The Bands: The bands parade through the grounds in a circle, I loved that too. They go round one or two times, we were fortunately to see them twice and first was while we entered. The Fun Fair: There is a large fun fair on the grounds too, big Ferris wheel and all kinds of rides etc.. we didn't have time to go inside this area as we were already enjoying the Heritage area. Also , on the bridge ( where the lights are above you) at entrance and exit point, I saw people gathering around taking pictures of this man and asking a lot of questions. There was a statue there next to him, and I wondered what all the fuss was about lol, then son told me.. that isn't a statue, it is a man on some stick, ( that was absolutely still), wow, lol I was like so that's is why haha. You really have to see that! They have trolleys you can rent, and little car trolleys for kids to sit in, also saw those mall cars type transportation for anyone who needs to be driven around. I think I touch a lot of things but not everything to be honest. You really should go and have fun, the weather is perfect too -nice to feel the breeze on your face.! Well. that's it ladies, tried to give you a good detail above so , if you really want to see traditional ( and the world even) go here and see.
  10. The Lourve Abu Dhabi

    Just before UAE National day, I went with son and his wife to visit the Lourve Museum. I thought i would never get to visit but fortunately, I did. Such a beautiful and stunning place, People were fascinated with the architectural design of it all in and out not just what was inside it. On entrance, expect to get a check in airport -like screening, you walk through that doorway thingy and then you have your bags etc. screened. Lots of people had to hand over nail cutters, small scissors, etc. anything sharp. You are not allowed to place your hand on any of the outer wall area of those items that are closed in glass, even if you just wanted to get closer to read the fine print . Mind you i saw many placing their mobile phones on the ledges, leaning against it even and even some touching the mummies and not warned not to touch them .. hmmm.. Anyway, the visit was very nice and we got to see some famous items and art work such as The Whistler's Mother, Napoleon, statues of Roman figures, and Alexander the Great, pottery, flints, coins., and much more. We spent a reasonable good amount of time considering we had little grand-daughter with us, you might find children especially toddlers will get bored so take that in mind. They have a store there where you can buy souvenirs such as notebooks, key rings, magnetic badges ete. and books. They have a restaurant or cafeteria on exit of the Museum as you leave , but highly expensive, we bought juice for toddler-normal one you buy in bottles at store and it costs DH 25 !! so it was DH 50 for two, so be sure to take for baby if you need for afterwards. That was a shock to be honest! Overall: It is a trip I would happily want to go on again as it was all very interesting indeed. Definitely worth a visit!! It is a great thing to have The Louvre here in Abu Dhabi. It is wheel chair accessible also for those who want to know.
  11. Sheikh Zayed Heritage Festival 2017 -al Wathba

    You're welcome Jillybean. Lol about the spending, yes, so many wonderful things to buy including some unique items. It really is very good you reminded everyone about the cash. I don't use cards anyway but I just put a budget in my purse and that way I don't overspend. Like you wish I had more money at times lol Discovered that I was portable pocket bank for family members when they realized I had cash!! But there was . by the way, a ATM machine there.
  12. The Shiekh Zayed Heritage Festival has opened ( just 2 days now) at al Wathba, it is a great yearly event.. a must see. lots of things to see there, buy, and even the food stalls . I enjoyed the one last year, so hope to go again this year. You can buy local food products, spices, traditional garments, winter shawls, and so much more. Lots of entertainments and firework events too. Last year there was a classic car show event there. So, something for everyone. Note: This will last until 27th January, 2018. Nice time of the year too!
  13. From today, the International Falconry Festival Starts, it is a three day event. The activities will be held at Telal Resort, in Rehmah, Abu dhabi. On 8th and 9th December, the festival will move to Khalifa Park in Abu Dhabi, Where various competitions and special tours will be help for the public too.
  14. Sheikh Zayed Heritage Festival 2017 -al Wathba

    More info about this: There will be fireworks everyday and dancing water fountain displays. there are still National Day festivities going on as well, so hope you all enjoy. I am planning to go to the festival this week hopefully with son and his wife, we love these events. Last year, they had all the old traditional candies that were selling in the past-still around today but hard to find.. you can find them mainly in area such as Ajman and RAK etc.. Having said this, a lot of them are from the UK ( since many were imported) such as the traditional uk bubble gum , milk chewies.. and the list goes on. The first time around I bought two medhana (s) ( locally made with palm tree fronds ( quite expensive but hand-made!) , these are use to perfume clothing and prayer mats etc.. Last year I bought some nice scarf and a real leather handbag..plus, son and his wife bought the traditional candy. There is lots going on with the cooler weather here now, so will keep you all up to date as much as I can.
  15. Fireworks at corniche tonight ? ? ?

    Sorry , I was late in seeing this - but I think what they seem to do now is on the eve of National Day, there are fireworks at after 12 midnight and on National day the timings vary in different places between 8-9 pm. Sometimes above Emirates Palace, the Corniche, Yas island Al Wathba ( festival and they usually do fireworks throughout weekends during festival times ) . I never go to see them, only on TV but I do love to watching mashallah the fascinating aircraft displays but never get there --see them when I am as they pass over. And saw them over the Lourve when i did go there-- another post though :) There will be New Year Fireworks as always.
  16. There are several things I have increasingly becoming annoying while shopping... and these are some: 1. Bar codes and price tags on shelves are not for the given products.. all in wrong places as if no one can be bothered to sort them out into the right places. Always, check the last three numbers of barcode on product with the tag underneath when not sure, it is highly likely even the product will not be in its right place. Take that in mind when shopping. 2. No, prices listed. Some times, you can even find a price for the item or you end up at the counter realizing there is no price tag on it( when the cashier asks you if you want it... noooo, of course I don't that's why it's in my trolley!!??) . 3. Quite a few products are open or cut. Such as sugar, foil, cling wraps and even candy. 4. Escalators in supermarkets are not functioning and are dangerously unsafe, the magnetic that keeps shopping carts stuck, are at times not working unknowingly to customers, and this causes carts to roll and tip over to the side, causing serious problems. Mothers should be careful. The specific supermarket has had this issue repeatedly and seems not to be taking it seriously. 5. Some vegetables such as potatoes are green and well into sprouting. Seems stocks are keep long in store room and spoil before being put into baskets in the stores. These potatoes were just put there at the time. 6.The eggs we are buying these days just don't seem right... when you beat then, they look curdled... weird! I wonder if anyone else has seen that? 7. Samoon bread from some shops, are very dry, even though the date seems ok. 8. A specific water bottle brand, has some bottles that are not sealed within the box. I have observed this for 3-4 months now. I could go on, but those have really bothered me... anyone else the same??
  17. Delivery Service for Remote Areas

    aww sorry to hear that tangerine, that is annoying for sure then :( Have you check the names to be sure, as Khalifa City is now called Sheikh Shakbout City ? Some places like McDonalds have their own websites and as far as I know they delivery there. Try the restaurants individual services. Also. take a trip to the pink shop areas in Khalifa A, and just inquire which will deliver to your area and take their brochures. Usually delivery services will ask you for your location by Whats App these days. We used to live in Khalifa City A for a few years and those small restaurants are well known locally and sell good food. Place like Khafaif, sell freshly baked fataya and phillo pies, you can also buy great roast chickens in a restaurant near that, there are several other restaurants there. Near where use to be Gean't ( now Carrefour) there is Pizza Hut, Hardees, Kebab place and Maroush ( great shawarma sandwich place)-so much more too.
  18. Happy UAE National Day

    *~*~*~*~*~*HAPPY UAE NATIONAL DAY EVERYONE!!!*~*~*~*~*~* enjoy !! :) :)
  19. Please ask for receipts from small shops

    I have seen this hesitancy to give receipts at shops, laundries, and even Spinneys one time ( last week) too. I became suspicious when the cashier didn't want to close her till box straight away, she left it open waiting for me to leave. I always ask for my receipts now. I think laundries need to price the cost of each item also and not just place a large sum of total on receipt. Laundries are overcharging in some cases.
  20. Evening dress - looking for recommandations

    Wonderful! I hope you had/will have a wonderful time at the wedding :)
  21. Barbecue Ban in Abu Dhabi Parks?

    I have heard it is going on in some parks throughout the UAE , but you can only thank careless people for that- not clearing away all the garbage they bring with them, leaving an unsafe environment once they have left, and thus, the aim of all parks is to have a safe environment for families. There is a DH 500 fine in some places in the UAE.
  22. Delivery Service for Remote Areas

    Go to Talabat.com. or Zomato.com ( look for your area) which they have- make your online order, they will usually call you first time around for you to send them your location, and after several orders they will know your location already. Your mobile number will be associated with your location which they will have on computer until you change your address online ( edit). If you don't have the app. you can download it from apps or from google. They charge 5 dh for delivery so it's worth it.
  23. Significant UAE Events to Note:

    *UAE Commemoration Day: 30 th November, fixed Holiday to remember all those who lost their lives in the line of duty to their nation in both the military and humanitarian fields. All official departments lower their flags at a specific time and stand in one minute's silence. * UAE National Day, celebrated on Dec, 2-3rd. Expect celebrations, fireworks, car parades, concerts, exterior of buildings and homes decorated, and more. Note: Flag day in the UAE is celebrated on November 3rd each year.
  24. Name something (recipe question)

    Machboos the classic and much loved traditional dish in the Emirates -- it is even cooked a lot more often during the cooler months as it is a versatile dish to make when camping or for even taking on a picnic. It is a dish where rice is cooked in either a chicken, lamb, or a fish broth and thus, soaks up all the flavours . Our family loves it and eats it with ha'char ( mixed home made pickles) and daghous ( homemade chilli tomatoe sauce. A must try if any of you ladies get the chance! Ha'char is a must have for me lol. Also, can be eaten with a yogurt salad.
  25. Evening dress - looking for recommandations

    Can Can in Marina Mall, (not been there for a while though), Mango, Medinat Zayed Souq, cheaper than the malls, Zara, Marks & Spencer's-they had a huge sale awhile ago and I saw some beautiful stuff there.. it depends how fancy you want though in regards to personal tastes. there is a lot starting to come out with the Holiday season soon coming too.
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