I have had the pleasure of living in the United Kingdom, the USA, and currently, the United Arab Emirates. These are some of my experiences.
Why Rixos Premium hotel It was the only hotel that met our three requirements: be in Abu Dhabi have a private beach the 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… Continue reading Staycay At Rixos Premium (During The Pandemic)
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
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
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… Continue reading Onboard the Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2), Dubai
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”
Ladies’ Nights are wonderful in Abu Dhabi. They are different to ones I’ve seen and been to around the world because they usually involve FREE drinks and sometimes, some free food! There are no other T&Cs apart from you a) have to be female, b) be of legal drinking age, c) go on/at the right… Continue reading Ladies’ Nights in Abu Dhabi
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
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
This is a story about really, really good luck. The Late Show with Stephen Colbert studio is just around the corner from our apartment. Husband and I walk past huge lines of people waiting outside the venue. Last year, I thought that I should finally start applying for all the live show filmings around New… Continue reading The Late Show With Stephen Colbert & Stevie Wonder
What is the PaleyFest? The PaleyFest: Made in New York was an organized event by the Paley Center for Media. The event ran over a couple of weeks in October 2016. Actors from different TV shows filmed in New York came out to discuss their show on stage. Fans got to see a screening of… Continue reading 2016 PaleyFest – Elementary & Gotham
Finding the NYC speakeasy bars was one of my NYC bucket list to-do’s. What is a speakeasy bar? It is an establishment that sold alcohol during the Prohibition which meant they were out of sight (hidden) from the general public. How did you come to the list above? I collected a list of bars from… Continue reading NYC Speakeasy bars
Eek, this post is long overdue! Especially since our 3rd wedding anniversary is coming around the corner! I gave Husband a cotton shirt with a panda on it as his 2nd wedding anniversary gift, because in the US the 2nd year gift is cotton. Husband’s parents had gifted us a restaurant gift voucher at Christmas… Continue reading Jean George, NYC
Coney Island has always been on my NYC bucket list, and on Easter Saturday I was able to tick it off. Husband and I caught the Q train from 57th Street station straight down to Ocean Parkway station. It took roughly an hour each way, and for some reason, the subway wasn’t very busy during… Continue reading A Visit To Coney Island
I recently celebrated my 35th birthday in February. I’m not shy about disclosing how old I am because as I just noted, it’s a celebration! I love celebrating birthdays and it doesn’t even have to be mine. There is nothing to dislike – birthday cake, birthday cake ice cream, birthday cards, birthday parties, birthday presents,… Continue reading Murder. Mystery. 2017 birthday!
Food trucks are always lined up on 55th Street & Broadway on Friday. It is close to our apartment building and I have always termed it “Food truck Friday”. I decided to finally write about these food trucks and take my photos this past Friday, 3 March. Unfortunately, only 3 food trucks were parked on… Continue reading Food Truck Friday
I am so grateful to have a job that allowed me to stay at The Plaza. Otherwise I don’t think I would have had such an opportunity in this lifetime, unless I won the lotto or some sort of prize, because the rack room rate is approx $800-1000+tax. I stayed at The Plaza for a… Continue reading My Stay At The Plaza Hotel, NYC
Almost any New York guide book will tell you to head to Levain Bakery up on the Upper West Side and grab a cookie, or two. Not being one to turn away from a cookie, or two, Husband and I headed up to UWS in November. The ‘thing’ about Levain cookies is that they are… Continue reading Levain Bakery, NYC
Husband celebrated his birthday in December. Since his parents were in town, I planned a full day of events for all of us to enjoy. First up – breakfast at Sarabeth’s Tribeca. There is a Sarabeth’s near our apartment at Central Park South, however the reviews on Yelp for that location were hit and miss… Continue reading Husband’s 2015 birthday – NYC style
I am not sure what date you’re allowed to wish someone a Happy New Year until but I am guessing it would be around now (late Feb). So.. Happy New Year, Happy Chinese/Lunar New Year. Apart from the post I made about eBates (where I just received over $200 in cash back – so get… Continue reading A New York New Year (2016)
I have always loved fall/autumn. And by “always” I mean since 2007. In Australia, especially Queensland where I am from, we don’t tend to get distinct ‘seasons’. Sure – we were taught there are ‘seasons’ – we are not that uneducated as some other countries may believe – but in reality, for me while I… Continue reading “Fall”ing more in love…
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