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JUMEIRA ROTANA HOTEL DUBAI : A STAYCATION REVIEW

Here are 7 reasons why I enjoyed my 2-night-staycation in Jumeira Rotana Dubai. Accessible location. Conveniently located at the heart of Dubai, Jumeira Rotana is about 16-20 minute-away from Dubai International Airport, 10-minute away from Dubai World Trade Centre and Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), and also a short-distance-away from Dubai Mall and the iconic,…

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IFTARS IN DUBAI THIS RAMADAN

Iftar is the meal eaten by Muslims after sunset to break their fast during the Holy month of Ramadan. It’s supposed to be shared by a community, a family or even with friends who gather to break their fast together. In celebration of Iftars, restaurants in Dubai (and other places where Ramadan is observed) usually…

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A SPECIAL FRIDAY BRUNCH AT DUSIT THANI DUBAI

Today, May 8th, 2017 marks my 10th Anniversary in Blogging. Staying online for exactly a decade now despite the frustrations and disappointments at times, has never been easy. There had been a moment that I wished to quit and shut down everything. There’s a tug of war between feeding my passion and creativity, versus trying…

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10 EVENTS IN MY 10 YEARS OF BLOGGING

I always smile and cringe whenever I think of my first blog post. It was a very short narrative about my trip to Roxas City in Capiz (one of the southern provinces in my country, the Philippines). If you must know, I wrote about how sweet the mangoes I tasted from Guimaras; I briefly discussed…

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ARMENIA : WHERE MY FEET TOOK ME IN 4 DAYS AND 3 NIGHTS

Starting the day literally in another country has been one of the best rewarding stimulants to my senses. Witnessing how the sun rises in a different place, strolling around to familiarise myself with the unknown,  trying to figure out how to go about a day while getting lost in translation are a part of the…

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40 BEAUTIFUL CHURCHES IN THE WORLD

Maundy Thursday for the Roman Catholic community is usually celebrated by Seven Churches Visitation or what we call in the Philppines as Visita Iglesia. If you must know, I grew up memorising the major streets of Metro Manila and nearby southern and northern provinces because our mother back home used to take our whole family…

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IRAN : VISITING MOSQUES IN SHIRAZ

Traveling has been compelling enough for me to accept differences, and to embrace diversities including religion. With acceptance, comes respect. Because of this, it becomes natural for me to involve places of worship in almost all my itineraries. Visiting churches, temples, shrines, and mosques, and learning even a bit of their practices, architecture and history…

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IRAN : A VISIT TO NECROPOLIS & PERSEPOLIS

“So, what made you choose to go to the devil instead of Heaven?”  I was greeted by a smile under dark sunnies with such query. “Excuse me? I didn’t get you.” “What brings you to Shiraz? Hi, My name is Ivan, and she’s Sabina.” “What brought me here? Probably the same reason why you’re here.…

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IRAN : COLORFUL MORNING AT NASIR OL MOLK MOSQUE

Spending almost an entire morning inside a place of worship, that’s built not even for my own religion became one of my most remarkable travel experiences to date! I reckon, it’s an extraordinary and unforgettable moment that’s worth sharing. Although, I’ve already been to a few impressively stunning mosques in the world (Masjid Putra or the…

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IRAN : PARHAMI TRADITIONAL HOUSE IN SHIRAZ

Although the Visa-on-arrival procedure at Shiraz International Airport took me an hour to wait before I passed through Passport Control and collect my check-in luggage, finding my accommodation for my first 3 nights in Iran wasn’t an issue. I was armed with a print out of the address of Parhami Traditional House, where the location…

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