Wanderlust

My Plans For A Dubai Getaway

Written as part of my "Wanderlust" series - where I'm doing the planning now for travel later. Dubai. Not the Capital of the United Arab Emirates like most people mistaken it to be. But certainly an incredible city which offers luxury shopping, ultra-modern architecture, and a lively nightlife scene. Unlike other big cities (like New… Continue reading My Plans For A Dubai Getaway

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”