Review: Meteor Garden Beauty Salon

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Honestly…This is a very awkward topic for me to write but I really enjoyed my experience in Meteor Garden Beauty Salon so allow me to share it to you.

If you have been reading my blog, you may notice that I hardly have any posts related to beauty and fashion. Before I used to feel ashamed for not sharing the same interest that most women have – beauty and fashion. It made me feel insecure and weird but no matter how I tried, I am simply not that kind of person and I have accepted that fact.

That’s why sometimes I envy other women who are vain. I am jealous because they can fix their hair, they accessorize well, they know how to put on make up. They look so nice and pretty really. Seeing them everyday is  a pleasant sight. There’s variation. Unlike me – I am boring, keeping the same style of clothing and make up, day in and day out.

Anyhow, back to our topic. I discovered this Meteor Garden Beauty Salon like two months back. I heard about this salon already but I never really cared about it.  When I cut my hair shorter last June,  it was a total mess. Unmanageable.

So I forced myself to go to the salon for hair rebonding. It was my savior for a ‘wash and wear’ hairstyle. The receptionist convinced me to take their Beaver product, a hair treatment, and the service would be free. All you have to do is go to any of their branch. I was sold out with her proposal so I took the package.

The hair rebonding was successful. I have no regrets.

Beaver Hair treatment

My only regret is the Beaver hair treatment product that I bought. It was sitting only in my room. I haven’t had the chance to visit the Meteor Garden Beauty Salon until I was desperate for a proper manicure and pedicure. I am not really a full blood anti-fashion (**smile**). Actually this is the part of the beauty regime that I really do enjoy. Who doesn’t want to have a well polished nails?

I had my nails done always in one of the Nepali beauty salon. The salon trip was handy. I went for my eyebrow threading and nails at the same time. I was a happy client when it comes to eyebrow threading but for manicure and pedicure, it was kind of ‘better-than-doing-it-myself’.

So we (my sister and I) went to Meteor Garden Beauty Salon in their branch in 6th street (the same building with Kamayan Barrio Fiesta) but we were turned away. The salon was packed so they referred us to their other branch in Cassells Hotel Apartment in Electra Street.

I was upset. It was summer. The weather outside was around 40 degrees. But when I set foot in their salon, I was glad that they turned us away because the Meteor Garden Beauty Salon branch in Cassells Hotel Apartment is far better than the other branch.

Meteor Garden Beauty

 Now, we (my sister and I) are their regular happy customers already.


Meteor Garden Beauty Salon

O1 Floor, Cassells Hotel Apartments

Electra Street Branch, Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.

Telephone: 02 643 3263


I find it very reasonable. Quality is good.

Why I am a happy client? heart

Aside from the price point, I love their ambiance.

Clean. Neat. Well organize.

What I like most is their manicure/pedicure chairs and ‘feet bathtub’.

Their staff are very friendly and accommodating too.

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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.

Cantina Mariachi

These were the rest of the orders.






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?


Orange & Carrot


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).


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.


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.

Nando's Abu Dhabi

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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