Monday, December 11, 2017

April

What an amazing month March turned out to be, we celebrated our tenth wedding anniversary for an entire week, starting of at Le Meridien Al Aqah and finishing at Al Maha Desert Resort and Spa, with a trip to Jumeirah Beach Hotel and Emirates Golf Club inbetween!!  The weather has finally broken and we are experiencing a rise in temperatures, it's no secret I prefer the hotter months over the cooler ones. It's Easter this month, so I hope the Easter Bunny is really kind to you all. Have a fabulous month wherever are you are.

GA

Geordie Armani

 

The lovely team over at DMG Events, in association with Pipeline Magazine, have very kindly given me two tickets for the Oil Barons Charity Ball which is taking place at Meydan on Friday 18th of November.

I have written about this event previously as I have a vested interest in it being a success due to the charity; Friends of Cancer Patients, who became the official Charity Partner of the Oil Barons Charity Ball in 2008.  To date this collaboration has raised 1,247,385.00 AED.  Websites don't run themselves and sadly my partner in web based crime has lost both her Brother and her Mother to cancer in the last year. I don't think there is anyone in the World who hasn't been touched by this horrific disease.

This year to celebrate in real style, under the stars at the amazing venue of Meydan Racecourse the Oil Barons Ball is going for it's ultimate challenge, to raise 1 Million AED for Friends of Cancer Patients. It will be a night to remember for all of those who attend.   The theme for the evening is *Everyone needs Someone* and a Blues Brothers Tribute Band, "let the good times roll", featuring Aretha Franklin and James Brown tributes is being flown in for the occasion.

I have a pair of tickets for the Charity Ball which includes all your food, drinks and entertainment, the face value for these tickets is 350 USD each.  All you have to do to be in with a chance to win this pair of tickets is Read more...

BBC 3 came up trumps again this week with a documentary entitled "The Worst Place in the World to be Gay".  Radio DJ Scott Mills heads over to Uganda to investigate media allegations that Homosexuality is totally unacceptable in Uganda.

Homosexuality is illegal in Uganda as well as another 17 African countries.  The Anti Homosexuality Act of 2009 states that any form of sexual relations between persons of the same sex is illegal. The punishment for having gay sex is to be sent to prison for life, if you have gay sex more than once you can be executed. Sadly they are taking this stuff pretty seriously.

Various people were interviewed and they all felt the same. Comments like gays should be killed, hung, murdered, beaten were common place in conversations surrounding gay people in Uganda.  Anyone who comes out openly as being gay is disowned by their family and alienated by the local population. The Rolling Stone newspaper prints names of people who are gay to create awareness to the authorities.  There is a strong belief that it is because of the Bible that they hate homosexuals with such a vengeance.  I rather think it is more to do with the fact that AIDS originated in Africa but no one seemed to bring that up.

The ignorance of homophobes globally has been something I personally have never been able to come to terms with, the attitudes in Uganda are beyond comprehension, sickening infact.  How people can hate someone because of their sexual orientation is beyond my way of thinking.

Sadly in January of this year, David Keto, a well known gay rights activist was beaten to death with a hammer, Police however were quick to report it as a robbery and not related to his sexuality, I believe it was due to his sexuality. (http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/28/world/africa/28uganda.html)

I am not a particularly religious person but for research reasons I did look up homosexuality in the Bible and the Koran, but I have no desire to publish either view on here.  I did however find this statement, I have removed the name of the author, but it just shows quite clearly how ignorant some people really are.

"Homosexuality is a moral disorder. It is a moral disease, a sin and corruption... No person is born homosexual, just like no one is born a thief, a liar or murderer. People acquire these evil habits due to a lack of proper guidance and education."

All I have to say on the matter is that religion has alot to answer for; and that I hope and pray that no women in Uganda have the misfortune to produce a gay child .....


http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00yrt1c

As some of you are aware I have an iPhone, which I absolutely love, too much at times it has to be said as I missed half of Coronation Street the other night as I was busy downloading and investigating this new application that hit the App Store a few weeks back.

There are a few different money saving concepts out there and as you know I am a big fan of iShopaholic too.  iVoucher however is completely different and offers us individual discount vouchers for various outlets around the UAE. Quick and easy to navigate, paperless, and with a GPS to find locations a the tip of your fingers, it is well worth the $3.99 price tag.

Everyone wants a bargain these days and there are plenty of great special offers to choose from in this App, with a good variety of choice from Hotels, Restuarants, Spas, Cruises, Tours, Special Venues etc. The App can be downloaded to your iPhone, iPad or iPod so plenty of options for you to try. 

Choose your offer, then all you have to do is show your screen at the participating venue offering the discount/promotion, easy as 123!! And don't panic if you aren't in Dubai, there is an App for Abu Dhabi too! All you have to do now is head to the App shop and search for Dubai Voucher. Let the fun begin!

www.ivoucherdubai.com or follow them on twitter @iVoucherUAE

Enjoy

 


Yes at long last it is September and the last minute rush to buy school uniforms, school bags and healthy snack box foods is upon us.  For some of us we have had years of experience of this, what seems like an enormous task when in reality we do the majority of it every Saturday evening throughout the term time.

I am sure I am not the only Mother who has spent 20 minutes battling in the stationery section of Carrefour pleading with their child, begging them not to buy yet another Pretty Kitty rubber or Ben Ten pen. It's just another commercial revolution, the "Back to School" bonanza, what a waste of time and energy. Stick some pencils in a fluffy 7 dhs pencil case from Daiso and pack them off to school with a smile on their face.

This year Mitten enters year three, I can't believe where the years have gone, this is the start of her 5th year at school and she is only 7!

Just remember that it really doesn't matter what they achieve or if they have the trendiest school bag known to the Beckham's.  What is important is that they are happy and that they enjoy their time at school, each and every minute of it.  School is not a competition created by parents to ensure their child is the most liked, but a place where children develop their skills and personalities and become the people we hope and pray they will come.

Tomorrow, with pride, I will thank God for giving me the opportunity to me a Mother, it's the best thing in the world.  I know the house will feel empty without her, it's going to take me a while to adapt to the silence but at least it will give me a chance to write, something I haven't done much of over the Summer due to one thing and another.

All children are a blessing, just make sure your remember that.

GA

All week I have been fancying having some fish/seafood so this morning I asked what people thought of Jimmy's Killer Prawns, the response I got back was not good so instead we decided to check out Barracuda Restaurant on the Beach Road, and I am so glad we did!! The restuarant which is located between Al Manara and Al Safa on the sea side of the Beach Road is quite small but big enough if you know what I mean, the decor whilst tasteful is a little drab but the place was very clean.  We got there around 1 pm and it was pretty quiet but was nearly full when we left, let me tell you why.

The concept of Barracuda Restaurant like most fish restaurants is that you buy the fish, get it weighed and then sent off for cooking. The fish was beautifully displayed in a glass cabinet at the back of the restaurant. The types of cooking they offer are Singary, Lemon and Oil, Lemon and Oil Sizzling, Radda, Potatoes, Potatoes Shredded, fried or Tagine.  I decided to have the Lemon and Oil Sea Bream (53 dhs/490g) and my husband opted for the Sangary Sea Bass (75.00 dhs/625g).  Whilst they were off preparing this were presented with a small trolly of starters to choose from, all at 10 dhs a dish, we took some hommous and bread. The hommous was superb, real nutty flavour to it. 

We ordered a green salad (15 dhs) which was huge so if you do go make sure you order to share as one is too big for just one person, same with the french fries big enough to share.   Eventually (after 45 minutes) the fish arrived, it was well worth the wait, absolutely fabulous. I tried my husbands Singary, very tasty with just the right amount of spice. My Lemon and Oil was also amazing, I could actually taste the lemon through the fish.  The fish was also served with a side dish of tiny limes which complimented the dishes so well.

I noticed on their menu that they have a Seafood Mixed Grill which contains fish, three prawns, crab meat and grilled cuttlefish at just 105 dhs, I thought that was good value for money and will probably try that the next time we go.  They also had a calamari Pane, firm favourite of mine at just 35 dhs. Our total spend today came to 193 dhs.

Nothing more to say other than I have found myself a fabulous fish restaurant and can't wait to go back!!  I have uploaded some photos of our experience to my facebook page, click and like, thank you!


Barracuda Restaurant aren't on Twitter or Facebook but you can call them on 04 3940408

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