Friday, December 5, 2014

All Things Happy Weekend

In my almost 10 years here in Dubai, I have made some close ties with some of the Filipinos I have worked with in the company.  Despite being from different departments, we have become friends because of that one thing all brought us together -- FOOD.  We would often gather around the fountain area to enjoy our lunch and finish it off with chit-chats and showbiz gossip for dessert, haha!

However, things changed and people shifted to other careers over the years while some have even moved to other countries, too.   But we still made it a point to meet up every so often to catch up.  Luckily, most of the girls are still working in the centre so it was convenient to grab lunch together or have coffee after work. 

Last weekend, Gina, who is now based in Lagos with her husband, came to town for a few days, and we decided to arrange a get-together to see her.  One of our friends who had access to a yacht offered a cruise at the Palm, and since the weather is just phenomenal the past few weeks, we went for it without any hesitation.

It was a glorious day, and the sun sweetly kissed us as we endlessly took photos of our group and of the beautiful architecture that we saw from the Arabian Sea's vantage point.     

the gang
who says married women can't have fun? 
group selfie with all those pearlies
a photo just for the heck of it 
preggo me at 20 weeks -- half way through!

Dubai Marina architecture
rare photo of Burj Al Arab taken from the sea

We were also able to spot the 534-foot Dubai owned by no other than Dubai’s ruler as we were cruising along.  It was moored off the shores of the man-made Logo Island just round The Palm. 

Dubai in all its glory

after disembarking (and so ready for our late lunch)
We capped off our day by having lunch at Eggspectation at The Beach, JBR.  We were so famished we ordered big meals for each of us.  I think with the exception of me though because I had to order extra pancakes on top of my All American Breakfast, teehee!  That was my preggy self craving for food!

All American breakfast with well done eggs 
my favorite -- banana walnut pancakes with Canadian maple syrup

Already looking forward to our next get-together when Gina comes back in March!

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