Expat - Abu Dhabi · Middle East

Staycay At Rixos Premium (During The Pandemic)

Why Rixos Premium hotel It was the only hotel that met our three requirements: be in Abu Dhabi have a private beachthe price per night needed to be close to the amount of our hotel voucher The Rixos Premium ended up being the most expensive hotel available in Abu Dhabi for the dates I wanted,… Continue reading Staycay At Rixos Premium (During The Pandemic)

Asia · Cruising

14 Night Taiwan, Vietnam, Japan Cruise (Celebrity Millennium)

In July 2019, we booked our Celebrity “14-night Taiwan, Vietnam, Japan” cruise onboard the Celebrity Millennium. We liked the itinerary and since I had not been to any of these countries, I was happy to visit them via ship to get a ‘taster’. I tacked on a trip to Sydney and Brisbane after Hong Kong.… Continue reading 14 Night Taiwan, Vietnam, Japan Cruise (Celebrity Millennium)

Cruising · Sth America

15 Night Argentina & Chile Cruise (Celebrity Infinity)

In December 2017, we sailed around South America on board Celebrity Cruise's Infinity ship. The cruise spanned over Christmas and New Years which we thought could be quite fun. We flew the red-eye from JFK to Buenos Aires on December 22, via American Airlines, without much drama. Due to the flight costs and unpredictable New… Continue reading 15 Night Argentina & Chile Cruise (Celebrity Infinity)

Middle East

Qasr Al Watan (Presidential Palace), Abu Dhabi

Qasr Al Watan (aka The Presidential Palace) opened up in Abu Dhabi earlier this year (circa March) - and a visit there is an Abu Dhabi/UAE "must-do/see". We visited the Palace in October when our friends from New York were over for a holiday. The Palace is so grand and stunning outside and in, that… Continue reading Qasr Al Watan (Presidential Palace), Abu Dhabi

Expat - New York

Summer Of Chipotle: Chiptopia 2016

This is a tribute post to Chipotle’s Summer Reward program that was held over the summer of 2016 (1 July to 30 September) in the States. From my knowledge, Chipotle never ran this same Summer Reward program again. And this is probably why… Back in in 2016, Chipotle just couldn’t shake off all their bad… Continue reading Summer Of Chipotle: Chiptopia 2016

Expat - New York · Nth America

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Experience

Back in 2015, Jon and I had bid and won some "priceless" Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade grandstand seating tickets at a charity event.  On the day of the Parade we managed to sit between 68th & 69th Streets along Central Park West. Our seating location was amazing! It gave us an awesome view of the parade.… Continue reading The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Experience

Expat - Abu Dhabi · Middle East

Onboard the Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2), Dubai

We celebrated Halloween this year with a mini staycation onboard the QE2 in Dubai. We booked their Halloween promo which included the “haunted tour below the decks”, a night’s stay, breakfast, and Halloween brunch, for two. 🎃The QE2 was once a Cunard cruise ship and liner before retiring in 2008. It operated between 1969 and… Continue reading Onboard the Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2), Dubai

Expat - Abu Dhabi · Middle East

Zaya Nurai Island – “the Maldives of the UAE”

I had the privilege of visiting Zaya Nurai Island twice this year. This luxury private island off the main part of Abu Dhabi is something I would class as a “hidden gem” and a “must-do” when visiting or living in Abu Dhabi. I would rank this experience in my Top 3 places worth visiting and seeing… Continue reading Zaya Nurai Island – “the Maldives of the UAE”

Expat - New York

Applying for a New York State Driver License as an expat

Do you want to transfer/convert/exchange your Australian Driver License (or nearly any other nationality license) for a New York State license? According to the New York DMV site: “You can drive in New York State with a valid driver license from another country. You don’t need to apply for a New York State driver license… Continue reading Applying for a New York State Driver License as an expat

Expat - New York

FreshDirect Thanksgiving Dinner Feast Kit

This is a review for the small 2016 FreshDirect Thanksgiving Feast kit. I am posting early so that people (in New York area) that like to plan ahead (like me) can consider this as an option! Our first Thanksgiving in New York was in 2015 when we went to the Thanksgiving Day Parade. That year… Continue reading FreshDirect Thanksgiving Dinner Feast Kit

Caribbean · Cruising

Celebrity Equinox – 11 night Southern Caribbean (May 15-26)

We booked our 11 night Southern Caribbean cruise with Celebrity back in July 2016 via http://www.crucon.com during one of their big sales. Celebrity Cruises and Crucon.com had an amazing deal for this cruise onboard the Celebrity Equinox because it was originally supposed to sail around Europe. So, when Celebrity canceled the Europe route, they had to… Continue reading Celebrity Equinox – 11 night Southern Caribbean (May 15-26)

Caribbean · Cruising

Celebrity Equinox – Dutch or French? St Maarten or St Martin?

Husband and I were in St Maarten in 2008. During Hurricane Omar. We visited the island with Husband’s parents and stayed at the Royal Palm Beach Resort (I think – I mean, it was almost 10 years ago!). What I did remember from the trip, apart from buying a lot of ice cream, watching the… Continue reading Celebrity Equinox – Dutch or French? St Maarten or St Martin?