Review: Le Meridien Fairway Dubai

It was our family weekend Valentine’s date at Le Meridien Fairway in Dubai.

Travelling to Dubai on Thursday night is always a nightmare. I knew that but I didn’t realize that its worst in reality. Because I decided not to drive, we headed to bus station hoping to catch a late afternoon trip to Dubai. To our dismay, the queue was long, really long and the buses were few.

So we took a private car which charged us for AED50 per person until Ibn Batuta.

After an hour, we arrived in Ibn Batuta train station then we were off to GGICO station, the nearest train station in Le Meridien Fairway in Dubai.

After 3-5 minutes walked, we were in the reception area checking in for the weekend.

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Lobby and Reception Area

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I requested for connecting room but it was not available. We stayed in room 315 and 316, just rooms opposite to each other. Our room was spacious. It has a kind of an ‘old but fancy’ touch.

 

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The breakfast was in Petit Restaurant, a name that describes best the outlet. The selection was minimal. Honestly, the food was not really tasty. It was quiet a disappointment.

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I promised my little boy that we would swim. So we headed to the pool after breakfast but there was no available lifeguard and they would not let us in. We had to check couple times until the waitress from the Petit Restaurant had to call the lifeguard.

Apparently he was in the hotel already but not yet in his station.

What I liked most was the morning newspaper. Sounds very shallow, but really it has been awhile that I haven’t received any newspaper delivered in our hotel room. This benefit used to be there but at some point it was stopped, maybe to cut costs or maybe depends with the hotel.

So I was so glad when I opened my door in the morning. The familiar small bag hanging in our door was there. **smile**

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Anyway, our overall stay was still great. The service and the staff were excellent specially the waitress trainee in Petit Restaurant. She’s very helpful.

I personally recommend the hotel if you are looking for a place to stay.

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Review: Nova Restaurant in Corniche, Abu Dhabi

 

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When the weather is pleasant, I always grab this opportunity to go out and maybe enjoy a lunch outdoor like the one we had last time in Nova Restaurant in Corniche area.

No complaints. They have a fantastic beach view. No wonder that they are always full. We actually waited for around 10 minutes to get a table. Worth the wait because our view was fantastic.

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We did what we came for (LOL!) – ordered our food and enjoyed our lunch.

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The food was ok however the service really sucks. I felt that they are arrogant maybe because they really have an advantage, a unique selling point – beside the beach.

I felt disgusted when they served this colored glass where the yellow film seemed to peel off. I requested to replace it and the waitress was a bit upset about it. Their staff has some sort of ‘attitude’. Maybe because I was an Asian dining there. Mind you, the waitresses were all Asians too.

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My recommendations – Well, I cannot complain about the view. It’s great specially when weather is pleasant. The service was really bad.

The bill? It’s up for you to judge. LOL!

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A Tinge of Regret: Buying our Own House

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We purchased  our house and lot December last year. As a new couple, we were ecstatic about the idea of having our own home.

2-bedroom house. spacious living room. 600 square meter lot. located in a residential area that is not congested. just one ride to the town proper (market place,  pharmacy, shops and stores).

I was a proud owner of that property until recently.

There’s a big chunk of monthly mortgage to be paid. We are paying also the care taker because we are currently based in Abu Dhabi. Payments for monthly electricity and water bills. Small repairs and renovations to make.

After almost a year of shelling out monthly expenditures, I realized that indeed a house and lot is a liability. As what Robert Kiyosaki in ‘Rich Dad, Poor Dad’ said, ‘Your house is not asset’. True enough.

And I think it will never be an asset unless it’s converted to an apartment or room for rents.

So why I have a tinge of regret now for owning a house and lot?

  • I felt that we could have invested that amount for monthly mortgage payments in some investment vehicle to yield more. We don’t have plans yet to settle back home soon. Maybe in the future but that will be 5-7 years or more from now.
  • I could have save more funds, invest in equity funds, and then buy a property a year or two before we decide to go back home for good.
  • In any case, we can always rent an apartment until we manage to buy our own property.

I am still happy to own that property but I wish I didn’t buy it too soon.

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Understanding the Importance of Emergency Fund

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I was asked to sell his stocks.

As I went through the process, my heart sunk especially when I saw he was losing money because the prices were low for few selected stocks.

I wish he could hold on further until the prices go up again.

This scenario hits me hard.

You know why?

If he had just stashed some emergency funds, then this would not happen.

If you have been reading financial related books or educating yourself about personal finance, then you know that Emergency Fund is one of the basic foundation for sound financial goals.

Yet oftentimes it is taken for granted (I’m guilty of this too!).

I never learned to be a good steward of my financial blessings until I hit the rock bottom. When you experience deep financial shit that you can barely breathe, then you will surely come out from this mess with financial lessons that you will not forget for the rest of your life.

That’s what happened to me.

Don’t wait until you hit the rock bottom. Start saving for your Emergency Funds now.

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The new direction of frugal expat

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I embraced frugality and eventually this led me to love subjects like personal finance, investment and entrepreneurship. A natural course, I think.

Now I have a clear picture of what I really want to achieve though I am still trying to figure out the ‘how-to-do’ part of it. So I will be shifting gear my blog to topics that interests me most nowadays.

  • Expect me to blog more about personal finance, investment and entrepreneurship.
  • I will touch bits and pieces of my plan to retire early from being an Expat or OFW (Overseas Foreign Worker) here in Middle East.
  • I will still be writing about frugality, life, family and work in UAE.

So I hope that you will stay tune as I shift my direction this year and the years to come.

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New Year.. New Beginning

How’s your new year? I hope you had a blast celebrating it.

It was very quiet in our home. It was only my son and our nanny who celebrated the media noche. Hubby was working and our borders were out. **smile**

I have been thinking of some New Year’s resolution but really nothing concrete and grand. The only thing I can think of is to prioritize my health. It means eating healthy and exercising more (and consistently).

My mantra this year is summed up into BBHB. Can you guess what is that? **big smile**

Be Bold. Be Beautiful. Be Healthy. Be Grateful all the time.

Be bold means I will be more daring in life, take things with more courage and astray from being boring. **wink**

Be beautiful means being beautiful inside and out. I am not vain as a person but still this should not be an excuse for not taking care of myself. I want to be beautiful – to feel good. I owe it to myself. This is long overdue.

Be healthy is self explanatory.

Be grateful all the time. I would like to embark my 2015 journey with a grateful heart. Taking few minutes of quiet time everyday and just be with the Man up there. I owe it to him. Oftentimes I ignore this because I have been very busy. Again, a lame excuse.

Last year I can only count the times that I was alone, spending time with the Man up there. I am not really religious person but I believe in God.

What about you? Have you thought of your New Year’s resolution?

All the best for 2015!

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The sweetest ever..

I was busy in my laptop this morning, well late morning, then I heard my son’s voice.

Good morning Mommy…Then he stretched his arms and legs. Then he screamed ‘I love you Mooommy’.

Isn’t that sweet coming from my 3-year-old son?

Every day of my life, I am very thankful to the Man up there for giving me the opportunity to be a mother. It is the best thing that ever happen to my life.

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