MERRY CHRISTMAS!

December 24, 2013 at 12:32 pm | Posted in EVENTS CELEBRATED | 10 Comments
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Merry Christmas to all my blog friends! Hope you are all having a great time!

Getting ready for Christmas

December 18, 2013 at 11:50 am | Posted in EVENTS CELEBRATED, MOMENTS WITH MOM | 4 Comments
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Mom did a great job wrapping these gifts, didn’t she?

The visit 2: Jebel Hafeet

December 15, 2013 at 12:50 am | Posted in IMPORTANT PEOPLE | 7 Comments
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One of the first places we visited to tour my grandma and the rest of my folks, is a famous landmark here in Al Ain. We went up to Jebel Hafeet, a mountain located in our place.

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Jabal Hafeet (Arabic: جبل حفيت‎) (variously translated Jabal, Jabel and Jebal) is a mountain primarily in the United Arab Emirates on the outskirts of Al Ain in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. The mountain actually straddles part of the border with Oman. The mountain rises 1249 meters and offers an impressive view over the city. Jebel Hafeet was a well-known landmark throughout the area’s history and is a contemporary tourist attraction. An extensive natural cave system winds through Jabal Hafeet. (wikipedia)

The climb up offered a splendid view of beautiul rock formations.

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The view of the city from above is simply breath-taking.

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We finally reached the peak!

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At the peak of the mountain is a park with a restaurant and playground.
 
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Hafeet Mountain Road

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The Jabal Hafeet Mountain Road extends for 7.3 mi (11.7 km) up the mountain, rising 4,000 ft (1,219 m). With 21 corners and three lanes (two climbing and one descending), the immaculate road was called the greatest driving road in the world by Edmunds.com. The road scales the mountain and ends at a parking lot with only a hotel and a palace belonging to the country’s rulers. Part of the climax of the Bollywood film RACE was shot on the Jabel Hafeet mountain.

The road was built by Strabag International of Cologne, Germany.

Hafeet Mountain Road is the challenge for cyclists who frequently come over to train. The Jaball Hafeet Mercure Challenge is an annual road cycling competition taking place somewhere in January. National and international riders take part in climbing the 8% average ascent of the mountain.

On top of the mountain, there is a radar station and a Mercure-Hotel.

At the foothills of Jabal Hafeet lies the Green Mubazarrah, a well-developed tourist attraction. At the Green Mubazarrah, hot-water springs gush forth in little streams and form a lake. Swimming pools and jacuzzis are scattered all over the Green Mubazarrah. Jabal Hafeet is also home to a wide range of animals including bats, foxes, snakes, etc.

It is often incorrectly labelled U.A.E.’s highest mountain (as it is certainly the most well-known); this honor actually belongs to an unnamed ca 1,910 m knoll just across the border from Jabal Bil Ays in Oman. Jabal Yibir is the U.A.E.’s highest named peak. (wikipedia)

The visit 1: Lola’s Visit

December 14, 2013 at 3:10 pm | Posted in IMPORTANT PEOPLE | Leave a comment

Last month, my grandmother, Nanay Medy, came all the way from the Philippines to visit me here in the UAE. She was with my cousin Kuya Franz, Uncle Bok and Aunt May.

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The arrival. Dubai Airport.

My next few posts will be about the different places we visited to tour Nanay Medy and the rest of the gang. So hope you come back and enjoy my stories.

 

 

Thank you, World!

December 14, 2013 at 1:13 pm | Posted in DOWNTIMES | 2 Comments

wpid-IMG_143846796128510.jpegI’m back.

I’m really sorry for not posting a while. My countrymen back home were suffering too much because of Super Typhoon Yolanda and I just felt it was not appropriate to post the happy adventures I was having here in Abu Dhabi. I couldn’t be posting the many different places I visit, the food that I eat, and the toys I have, while I know that many Filipino children out there who are hungry, and homeless.

It’s been more than a month now since the typhoon devastated central Philippines, and now the Filipinos are slowly recovering. I’m sure it will take a while before the situation becomes better. My home country still needs a lot of help.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who responded to the call for help – those who did something – big or small, to help in the relief efforts. My admiration goes out to all of you, because of all your selfless acts of generosity.

I am a small boy who has become a witness of how the world responds to a major disaster. Many countries donated, sent their troops, and brought in food, tents, and other disaster supplies. Organizations held fund-raising activities, went out of their way to provide assistance in the relief efforts. There were even people from the other parts of the world who traveled to the Philippines to volunteer. I am touched with all these love showered to my country.

Many of these stories of heroism are compiled in dad’s new blog HEROES OF YOLANDA. Please check it out and be inspired. Just click the link to be directed there.

Sometimes I feel so afraid of growing up – because of the many bad news I hear about the world. But after seeing all these acts of humanity, I know there’s nothing to be afraid of. The world is still full of loving and selfless heroes.

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