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28 Mar

Whoah! 6 years in blogging! I know I haven’t update my blog for a few months now, but today i had this strong feeling that I need to log in after over a month of hiatus. I was surprise to see my notification from WP, congratulates me for my 6 years.  I really missing the old time, old blogger friends, old readers.

Thanks WP! I hope I can find more time to update my blog. See you next post. Its hard to make an entry using iphone. Seriously it took me half an hour to finish this short message. Lol

Happy 6 years to me!



Eid Staycation: Al Maqta Hotel (formerly Rocco Forte Hotel)

7 Oct

Late post

Hotel Stay + Vacation = Fun

Every eid holiday, my family religiously organized a get together, a sort of relaxation for the whole family. Me being the leader of the gang assigned in  scouting for a nice hotel in a nearby place.  After looking for some several options, we finally chose Al Maqta Hotel.

I booked the hotel through with the early booking rate of  AED 300 which is fairly reasonable since it’s peak season.

Al Maqta Hotel (formerly known as Rocco Forte Hotel) is a 5 Star hotel situated in the center of Abu Dhabi, less than 15 minutes from Abu Dhabi Airport or 10 minutes’ drive from Abu Dhabi Exhibition Centre or 5 minutes from our home. Yes it is a stone throw away from where we live.

Al Maqta Hotel features a unique curved glass design, each room offer a stylish space to relax, complete with a mini bar and a flat-screen TV.

Ok,  Let me tour you around the hotel.


Hotel facade


Hotel lobby


Swimming pool area


Mom at the pool lounge


Room lobby


Our comfy bed


Tangerine Couch inside the room

If you want to have a quiet and peaceful vacation, Rocco Forte Hotel is definitely for you. The amenities is great but not much activity for children. The interior is very minimalist there’s actually lot of open spaces. I think they need to re-design the interior especially the lobby and corridors to become more sophisticated and cozy. I like the room though,  spacious enough to accommodate kids, beds and pillows are very comfortable, the orange couch is my favorite.

I have heard that this hotel will be taken over by Hilton Management, so I’m expecting lots of improvement in the hotel in the future. Overall it was a nice stay, we enjoyed the pool area, the only reason why we stay in a hotel is because kids love swimming, so as long as the pool is outstanding our kids will be more happy.

Overall rate: 7.5 bananas


Ramadan Staycation: Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana

20 Aug

Hotel Stay + Vacation = FUN

I’m one of the lucky person who managed to avail the 48 hour Ramadan Sale by Rotana. It’s a 2 days sale valid only for stay during Ramadan. I booked the hotel for AED 250.00 (Regular rate AED 500) which include Complimentary internet and 30% discount on all food and beverages.  On the top of that they also upgraded our room into sea view room, ye’y so happy and excited it’s indeed a steal for a 5 Star Hotel.

rotana 48 hr

Khalidiya Palace by Rotana is located  5 km away from Abu Dhabi City Center (opposite the very famous Emirates Palace).  It offers a private beach, a very good restaurants, and the biggest swimming pool in Abu Dhabi.  Guests can enjoy top-class recreational facilities such as gym, spa, tennis courts, playground for kids, water sports activities. Please note that hotel doesn’t serve alcohol (sorry guys).

Okay, let’s take a look what this gorgeous hotel has to offer.


Hotel Lobby


View from our room… Isn’t it lovely?


Our lovely room


Kids Playground


One of my favorite spot!


Picture picture muna with my lovely daughter


They really had fun swimming!

We enjoyed every minute of our stay in this hotel. This is so far  the best hotel for me to stay in Abu Dhabi. From room, staff, amenities, location everything is perfect. I will definitely coming back here.

Overall Rate:  9 bananas       bananas


5 Years!

20 Mar

When I opened my WordPress Account this morning and click some notifications, I was surprised to know that 4 days ago I am in my 5th year in blogging.

5 years

I can’t believe I almost missed my 5th Year Anniversary in blogging. March 16, 2008 when I published my very first post in WordPress. It is indeed a milestone for me, Five years of sharing my feelings, thoughts, experiences, everything about me, being an OFW, family life.

As much as I want to update my blog, It is impossible for me because of my very hectic sched. I was trying to squeeze my time in work, family, business, sidelines in 24 hours. I just hope I can find time to share my stories. I terribly missed blogging.

I’m thankful to those people who still visiting my blog despite luck of updates. I hope you find something useful in my blog. Glad to have 123,555 visitors up to this date.

blog visitor

So, what else should I say… THANK YOU! Happy 5 years to me. Hope for more blogging years! 🙂

Thank You 2012!

31 Dec

Yeah! It’s the last day of the year. There’s a lot of things happened to me and my family during this year. God gave us so much blessings in 2012 and I’m very thankful for that. It’s been a fruitful year for us.  I am counting my blessings!

  • Family. Being an expat here in UAE, we are very lucky to have our whole family here. Not all OFW has a privilege of bringing their family with them, and we are one of the few. Thank you Lord! I’m still praying that the UAE Immigration will be more considerate in approving Residence visa for the expat’s family next year. The rules here in UAE nowadays is quiet unpredictable. May the Lord give us more years to be together.
  • I’m very thankful for all our jobs, Our Bread and Butter!  Our generous companies, for supporting us financially. It’s not easy to live here seriously, but because of our job we can still manage to support our family.
  • Friends, We are truly blessed with amazing sets of friends, really feel grateful to have them. Our extended family… the so called “Dimagiba Family”. Someone to laugh with, to cry with and of course to eat with. Someone who are willing to lend a helping hands when you need it. Thank you so much! Can’t imagine life without them.
  • Our supportive relative back home, my Cousins, Tito’s & Tita’s,  and of course my In laws. Thank you for taking care of my family during my absence. I hope we continue to support each other.
  • Our car, “KC”. This car is such a blessings in our family. She’s making our life easy, not only for taking us to all the places that we need to go,  but also help us  financially. KC is my hubby’s  Great Buddy. And of course My Bro. and Sis Car Fordy and Mitzi as well. Thank you!
  • Our Doctors for taking care of our health especially my Baby Kat. Our Medical Insurance for shouldering medical expenses. I pray to God to give us  Good Health in the coming years. No more sickness please, only healthy and strong body.

As 2013 approaches may we become a better person,  learned from our mistake, take all the opportunities that may come our way. And with the Lord Al Mighty in my side. I’m now ready to face all the challenges of 2013.

Happy New Year to All!

Christmas Collage

Thanks to you!

2 Sep

To all my family, relatives, friends, colleagues, on line buddies who greeted me on my Birthday a very “BIG THANKS”!

Thank you all for making me feel Special! God Bless!




It’s my 4th Year!

16 Mar

What a special day indeed…. It’s my 4th year in blogging!

Grabe! ang bilis sobra parang kelan lang nung unang taon ko sa blogging na nasundan ng pangalwa at pangatlo.

As I celebrate my 4 years share ko lang yung 4 favorite post of mine, mga post na tumatak sa puso ko at mga readers.

1. My Cebu – Bohol Trip – Very special sa akin tong post na to kase ito yung 1st out of town trip namin ng family ko… yung as in malayo, madalas kase sa mga malalapit na lugar lang kme nakakapamsyal dati. Ito yung unang sakay sa airplane ng junakis ko at ng mga pamangkin ko. Sobra ang bonding moment namin ng family ko , super saya!

Aside from that ito yung post ko na sandamakmak ang comment and till date pinaka maraming views. Feeling ko madami dami rin akong natulungang mga gustong mag travel and ang dami na rin kinita ng mga nirecommend kong driver and tour guide.

2. Pamilyang OFW – Super memorable din tong post ko na to kase ito yung 1st time kung sumali sa blogging contest. Hindi man pinalad na manalo yung entry ko It’s my previledged pa rin na I became a PEBA Nominee and also I had a chance share my experience being an OFW.

3. 1st Eye Ball with UAE Bloggers – Remarkable din itong post ko na ito kase ito yung unang meet ups ko with some bloggers from UAE. First time ko makipag EB and I enjoy it. Iba rin pala talaga yung magkakilala lang kayo sa blogsphere tapos nameet mo in person ibang iba ang personality nila may maingay sa blogsphere sa personal naman tahimik meron namang mayabang sa blog pero humble naman in person.

4. Balik-bayan box – Isa din ito sa mga paborito kong post kase para sa akin ito yung pinakajoy ng isang OFW ang makapag pa package sa mahal sa buhay natin sa Pinas. Priceless talaga pag nakita mo kung gaano sila kasaya sa mga pasalubong mo. I experienced din kase makatanggap nito galing naman sa Dad ko na isa din OFW.

Ito din yung entry ko na naisama sa talakayan sa isang pagtitipon ng mga eksperto sa lingwistiko sa Filipino na ginanap sa UP. Medyo nakaka proud din na kahit papaano na rerecognize yung blog ko.

I just want to say thank you for all the readers of this humble blog. I hope I am able to help you in anyway, entertained you and enjoy some of my entry. Sana lang I can find extra time to update this blog more often. Miss those days na sobrang active pa sa blogging and I can interact with my fellow bloggers.  I think my blog needs make over… medyo matagal na rin kase simula nung nagpalit ako ng header and themes. Kailangan ko na rin iupdate ang blog roll ko … karamihan kase ng links hindi na active. Medyo mga napamahal na rin kase yung mga bloggers na nasa link kaya I want them to stay in my side bar kahit hindi na sila active sa blogging…. but need to update it soon… wanna join my blogroll? just give me a shout 🙂

Happy 4th Year to me! 🙂