Review: Cantina Mariachi in Abu Dhabi World Trade Centre

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It was my birthday two weeks ago and I decided to treat my selected colleagues for dinner. It was my thanksgiving treat too because I am thankful  for having them as my colleagues. They are all nice and very helpful.

I had quite a difficult time choosing the venue. I was looking for a restaurant that’s affordable and close to where I live. As you know, I have a little boy. Though I enjoy hanging out with my colleagues, I still prefer to go home early and be with my son.

After browsing the internet, I zeroed in the ‘Cantina Mariachi’, a Mexican Restaurant, located in Abu Dhabi World Trade Centre.

As we were all first timer in Cantina Mariachi, we couldn’t make up our mind on what to order. So we asked the recommendations of the waitress. :-)

I don’t know exactly what is the name of this dish but all of us  enjoyed this yummy sizzling chicken with generous cheese toppings.

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These were the rest of the orders.

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And the complimentary nachos

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Overall experience was great. I was personally satisfied with the food and service.

By the way, there’s wifi available. So our photos were uploaded in Facebook even before the dinner was over.

As for the price, it was reasonable. They extended 10% discount after following and posting our photo in the instagram.

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How juicing change my life and health?

 

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My cravings for morning coffee is gone. I am the kind of person who gets headache if I don’t drink coffee in a day.

I feel great every day.

I lost 3 kilos in three weeks.

My body feels light.

I am motivated to eat healthy foods all throughout the day.

These are some changes that I felt and experienced since I started juicing last 19 July 2014.

For three weeks now,I traded my cup of hot coffee with a cup of warm water with lemon followed by a green juice every morning.  My green juice is a concoction of kiwi, green apple, cucumber,  celery and green leaves (lettuce, kale or whatever is available).

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And oftentimes in the evening I have juice for dinner too. I go by the color of the fruits when juicing for dinner. For instance, I have orange, carrots and apple or pears.

One more reason that propels me to continue is my 3 year old son. He is very picky with food. Feeding him with real food is really a struggle and he likes to eat  rice with hot dogs and eggs only, nothing else.

We rely on his vitamins and milk only for nutrients but I know this is not enough. I still prefer him to eat veggies and fruits.

And Eureka!  I found the solution – juicing.

Now he is drinking different juice concoction like orange-carrot, pomegranate – apple or sometimes just a plain fresh juice like melon or pineapple. I am so proud of my little boy.

My new best friend now in the kitchen is my Philips juicer. Before I bought this one, I searched about what’s recommended juicer to buy and use. But then I thought that I really don’t need those expensive machines yet because I am a newbie. So I settled with Philips because this is what I can afford.

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The last time  my sister visited me, she commented that my skin was glowing. I couldn’t think of any reason as I didn’t change my body lotion, soap or creams. The only thing I changed in my daily routine is drinking green juice for breakfast and some juice for dinner. So I credited my glowing skin to juicing.

That’s another reason to continue.

I have no intention to stop juicing soon. I am actually motivated and every week I try to explore new concoctions.

The reason I really wanted to start juicing was to lose weight. Now after experiencing its great benefits, weight lose is not a primary goal anymore. Even I will not shed any pounds, I will still continue with this juicing because it feels good every day. It feels right do drink this green juice for breakfast.

My weekly food budget increases to approximately 20-25% because I am buying now more fruits and vegetables but I don’t mind. The benefits I gained from juicing outweighs the cost it involves.

 

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Review: Nando’s Abu Dhabi World Trade Centre (WTC)

My brother just arrived from Maldives and we decided to welcome him with a dinner in Nando’s in Abu Dhabi World Trade Centre.

We came around 7pm and it was almost full. The tables with sofa seats, which we preferred, were all occupied. So we ended settling in wooden table and chairs.

The waiter gave us the menus. Minutes later, still no one came to check if we would like to place our order.

Fifteen minutes was gone. Then another fifteen minutes. I could not believe that the service was so horrible in this restaurant.

We thought that maybe they prioritized those who were fasting as it was still Ramadan. That’s why it was taking time.

I was becoming impatient after half an hour. I was tempted to leave Nando’s to look for another restaurant. My brother waved his hand to the ‘passer-by’ waiter and finally we had his attention (though not really attentive).

He took our orders and advised that it would take around 20 minutes. After more than half an hour of waiting, they started to serve the barbecue in skewer and fries. Doubtful, I asked if it was our order.

Well, they realized that it was not ours but for the next table whom I heard making several follow-ups  too for their orders.

Ten minutes later, our orders were served.

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The food was good without doubt but when you had been waiting for so long for the food to come, your appetite and hunger dwindled.

We were joking that Nando’s in Abu Dhabi World Trade Centre (WTC) is not the place for hungry diners.

It takes them ages to serve the food and to top it – their service is really lousy. It sucks.

 

 

 

 

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Eid Al Fitr 2014

The Eid Al Fitr marks the end of Ramadan or the month of fasting and last night they declared that today is the first day of Eid.

So allow me wish you and your family a blessed Eid.

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Appreciating the Importance of Translation Companies

Everyday on my way to the office I walk pass through various translation companies. I really didn’t understand their importance until I started working in an admin office that functions also as an HR department.

Almost all legal documents here need to be translated in Arabic. For instance, my university degree has to be translated before I can submit it for attestation in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. When I processed the visa for our nanny, my documents were returned by Philippine embassy because our tenancy or accommodation contract needed to be translated in English.

Since my company is a branch office, we have important legal documents from our head office like power of attorney, trade license and so on. All of these have to be translated into Arabic.

There is indeed a business demand for this service. There is no wonder why there are many translation agencies available here. In the area where I live, there is roughly around 8-10 translation companies.

However, I learned one very importance lesson from our Arabic liaison officer. It is very important to choose a professional translation company. One time our liaison officer was reviewing some old translated documents and he was complaining because the Arabic translation was either wrong or confusing.

So it is very important to choose a translation company that has professional employees who will do the translation to ensure that it is high quality and the translations are correct.

When translating documents, quality is very, very important.

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Through the eyes of a child

We had some errands to do in Dubai and I was not keen on driving back and forth from Abu Dhabi . So we decided to stay overnight in one of the budget hotels in Al Barsha area.

The hotel has the exit signs in the corridors every few feet away and the signs are really noticeable. It is for safety reasons for sure in case there’s any emergencies like fire.

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My son, who will turn three years old this September, saw this exit sign every time we were in the corridor. He  would then insist that we run and follow the direction of the arrow like the man in the exit sign. Open-mouthed smile

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Focusing on my goals

I am not giving up my desire to be an entrepreneur. Now I have even more compelling reasons to materialize this goal.

Sometimes when I am feed up with my work – dealing with the same sort of shit day in and day out, five days a week – I remind myself why I am still keeping my day job.

I need my monthly pay cheque because I still haven’t reached my desired emergency fund and I need to save more for my business funds.

I illustrated the reasons as why I wanted to venture in various businesses. When I am down and wish to leave the corporate workforce, I look at this illustration.

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I would like to start a side business while I keeping a full time job. Testing the water as they say. I don’t dream of becoming a filthy rich, just enough to live comfortably and to have more in order to give more.

And most importantly – to live a quality life with my family.

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