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Monday, June 15, 2009

Native Quarters

Native Quarters at Bastakiya, Bur Dubai

Check out other interesting monochrome shots at Monochrome Maniacs.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Fiery Water

I just love it when the sky makes beautiful reflections on the water, just like this one... it looks like the water was burning (hmm.. how crazy does that sound?).

Get wet at Watery Wednesday today...

Monday, June 8, 2009

Yellow Boat

Brighten up your day with other yellow entries at Mellow Yellow Monday.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Samal

Samal Island, Davao
July 2007

Get wet today by checking other entries at Watery Wednesday. Get mesmerized by photos with a sepia twist, check out Sepia Scenes.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Autumn Leaves

Visit other entries at Ruby Tuesday and feast you eyes on all things made beautiful with a touch of red.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Golden Dawn

Deira Creek, Dubai

Check out other fascinating skies and sceneries at Skywatch Friday and Scenic Sunday.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Romancing the Creek

View along Bur Dubai Creekside which sets the romantic mood for those enjoying a Dhow Cruise dinner along the creek.

See other interesting parts of the world at My World Tuesday. If you love red like I do, get your red dose from Ruby Tuesday, then head over to Watery Wednesday for a splash. Go and see the entries also at Wordless Wednesday which may leave you speechless. (Hmm, looks like I b-b-qued a lot of memes with this one shot).

Monday, May 25, 2009

Light Drapes

A shopping souk in Dubai Mall complex used (Christmas) lights together with soft Georgette-like tulle fabric to decorate its entrance area and hallways. This decor gave a very elegant and relaxing ambiance to the place. For some reason, I liked the photo even better in B&W than its original color, the mono gave the lights a better "starry" effect in the photo.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

"Ribbon Flower"

I saw this tiny flower bud at Dubai Marina a couple of weeks back, so sorry I don't know it's proper name, but since it has ribbon-like buds at the center, I took the liberty of calling it "ribbon flower" (I wish there's a Google or Wiki image search specific to flowers and other species so I don't have to guess or invent a name next time).

Feast your eyes on other lovely flowers, visit Today's Flowers.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Gloom

Something about the tone of this photo makes me feel somewhat gloomy, I guess that's just the effect of an overcast sky, but I'm still loving the drama in this sepia shot.

Check out other moods and interesting captures at Sepia Scenes.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Burjuman

Burjuman Mall, Bur Dubai District

This very classy mall - just a 5 minute walk from our house, is quite famous among locals and tourists, having Saks Fifth Avenue as its mall flagship (the quintessential icon of New York taste and style, synonymous with high end fashion).

Most shops in Burjuman sell signature brand items that are comparatively cheaper compared to same brand Western located shops, but my particular favorite in this mall are the interiors! The interior details within the mall and its conjunct office tower are superb. The restaurant spot in the above photo is my favorite place here...I love the lighting, the aesthetic water effects, the palm trees and the ceiling and restaurant interior finish they used for this particular area - all very impressive details.

See other people's world, visit My World Tuesday.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Puffy Clouds

Al Rolla area, Bur Dubai District

Altocumulus clouds like these are my favorite, their puffy appearance are so reminiscent of cotton candy (makes me crave for one now...I couldn't seem to remember the last time I had one, it has been so long). Anyways, back to the clouds... I really enjoyed capturing this beautiful sight on one hot afternoon. While walking along the street, I saw this lovely building which I thought would add character when framed with the sky, I believe it did add a nice touch.

See other fascinating skies from around the world, visit Skywatch Friday.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Blue Green

Beautiful Boracay waters (Philippines)... this is the perfect spot for snorkeling.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Ghaf Tree

Ghaf Tree along Karama Street, Bur Dubai District

Sometimes referred to as the umbrella tree, Ghaf trees are ancient native trees of the Arabian peninsula, now designated as the national tree of the UAE. Numerous campaigns have been launched in the past years to spread awareness about Ghaf, but more importantly, the objective of these campaigns is to support the effort of preserving this endangered tree.

The indigenous ghaf (Prosopis cineraria) has been an integral part of the UAE's distinctive desert environment and the civilization that developed here. Ghaf is historically and culturally as valuable as it is ecologically. This wild tree can survive for hundreds of years with little water.

Sadly, a huge number of trees has dropped due to land clearance for development projects, over grazing, and excessive water extraction (isn't it disheartening how nature always takes a back seat to give way to urban development?). Thanks to the diligent efforts of concerned environmentalists, strict measures are now being implemented by the local government to protect surviving natural ghaf groves. Unauthorized removal of this endangered tree is now prohibited by law and hefty penalties are imposed on violators.

See other interesting stuff in different parts of the world, visit My World Tuesday.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Shadows

This is just one of the rustic Arabic-style interior elements that make Souk Madinat in Jumeirah a very nice place to visit, there are so many unique stuff here that makes for a good photography subject.

Be sure to check out other interesting monochrome entries at Monochrome Maniacs.

Getting The Groove Back

Hi! We're back. We've settled and adjusted pretty well in our new place, but had to wait quite a while for the internet line to get up and running. We really missed blog hopping and visiting friends, now it's time for us to do a lot of catching up.

Thanks to everyone who still came by our site though we were on a break, special thanks to those who left comments and wished us well on our move.

Ok, time to pick up the momentum and get some nice photos posted...

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

BLOG BREAK

Hi everyone! So sorry we have not posted in a while, we have been so busy lately with our recent move to a new house and we're still waiting for our new internet line to be installed, so we'll be on a short blog break until our internet connection gets sorted out.

Thanks for the visit and do check back after a week's time. See you then!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Box Jellyfish

Photo taken at Dubai Aquarium, Dubai Mall

Box Jellyfish is best known for its extremely powerful venom -- being the most deadly in the animal kingdom. Stings from such species are excruciatingly painful, either initially or as an after-effect, and are often fatal to their prey and sometimes even for humans. However, not all species of Box Jellyfish are this dangerous to humans.

I've had my own awful experience of being stung with a jellyfish many years back, it's a good thing that the people I was with at that time knew exactly how to apply first aid, they quickly applied vinegar and removed the tentacles immediately. That vinegar proved to be a savior. That is why it is important to know at least some basics about first aid, you'll never know when something like this could happen.

By the way, that experience never did once scare me off from swimming or snorkeling again because I really love to swim. Nevertheless, I could never stress enough the importance of being more careful, and to never go swimming alone especially in beaches, and of course to know first aid... it can save your life.

Visit other Watery Wednesday entries HERE.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Fire Truck

I was digging for a photo I could submit as my first entry to Ruby Tuesday, and I found just the right one to jump start my participation to this very fun "all things red" meme.

There is just something fascinating about old vehicles that draws people's attention and curiosity. This sturdy looking fire truck (around early 1900's Ford model) was among one of the handsome displays in a car show at Dubai Festival City a few months back. Really cool fire truck, huh!

Make sure to stop by at Ruby Tuesday to check out other hot entries.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Flower Beds

Flowers beds like these are a common sight along the roads and roundabouts here in Dubai, as part of the local municipality's efforts to make the city green with palm trees, shrubs and flowers. With all the towering buildings and the construction works all around (which never seems to end by the way), it is nice to see how these attractive flowers add a soft and natural touch to a bustling city like Dubai.

Check out other interesting purple entries at PhotoHunt, see beautiful flower blossoms at Today's Flowers and get a glimpse of other people's world at My World Tuesday.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Skycrapers

Dubai Marina is branded as a city-within-a-city. This man-made marina boasts of luxury apartments and villas set against a background of shimmering water. Upon completion, Dubai Marina will be one of the world's largest marina with approximately 4.5 square km in size, 3.5 km long with an 11 km boardwalk, covering a total of more that 50 million square feet housing luxury residential and leisure facilities.

We were here a couple of weeks back and really enjoyed our stroll along the boardwalk. Mind you, this place is busy...busy...busy! especially during Fridays (weekend in Dubai is Fri-Sat). With its very posh and cosmopolitan feel, it's not surprising why a lot of tourists and expats hang out here and crowd the place.

Check out other skies in other parts of the world, visit Skywatch Friday.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Winter All Year Round

The heat is on! After the much longed for winter months sadly slipped by, the usual hot and dry climate is now back in Dubai. In this part of the world, the sun can be unforgiving. During summer's peak, temperature can rise up to 50 degrees Celsius and you'll dread going out.

To battle the heat, this ever innovative city provides solutions (though temporary) to those wanting to experience and enjoy snow or a sub-zero environment all year round. Check these out...

SKI DUBAI - A snow theme park located within Mall of the Emirates, it has a size of 22,500m² covered with real snow all year round – (equivalent to 3 football fields). You can ski, snowboard or just goof around at the snow park.


CHILL OUT CAFE - located at Times Square Mall, Dubai's first ever Ice Bar/Lounge. It's minus 6 degrees inside.

Diffused lighting, from low-heat LED bulbs, constantly changes colors as it filters through the ice blocks. It's really very beautiful when the color changes, they set different moods.

If you'd like to know more about just how "cool" this place is, check out the article I wrote in my other blog about mine and hubby's experience at Chill Out, click - Coolest Date Ever!

See other people's world by visiting My World Tuesday.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Pathway

Taken at Souk Madinat Jumeirah

This type of rustic lamps and arches are just a few examples of common elements often used in Arabic inspired interior/exterior design.

Visit Monochrome Mondays to see other interesting entries.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Easter's Hope

A Blessed Easter to all!


And Jesus Christ our Lord was shown to be the Son of God when God powerfully raised him from the dead by means of the Holy Spirit. Through Christ, God has given us the privilege and authority to tell Gentiles everywhere what God has done for them, so that they will believe and obey him, bringing glory to his name.
Romans 1:4-5 (NLT)


Enjoy other scenic views at Scenic Sunday.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Speed Limit

Cloud movement limited to speed of 7 knots only? LOL! Just trying to amuse you.... Happy Skywatching!

To see other interesting skies around the world, visit Skywatch Friday.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Reflective

I really love the effect of reflections when taking photos, so here are a few photos imported from my other blog which really fits this week's theme for Thematic Photographic (my first time joining this fun meme by the way, make sure to check out other reflective entries there).

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Burj Al Arab

One's visit to Dubai would never be complete without seeing its famous city icon - Burj Al Arab, the world's most luxurious and only 7-star hotel, this beautiful structure was designed to resemble a billowing sail and soars to a height of 321 meters, dominating the Dubai coastline. It stands as one of the most photographed structures in the world.


It will cost you around US$75 just to get through the gates and see the lobby, and their most expensive suite costs a whopping AED 60,000 per night (US$16,500)...arghh!

The hotel boasts of first-class and royalty-like amenities -- with your chauffeur driven Rolls Royce, discreet in-suite check in, private reception desk on every floor and a brigade of highly trained butlers who provide around-the-clock attention, highly personalized service throughout your stay is assured.

See other people's world, visit My World Tuesday then get a splash by visiting Watery Wednesday, and be in speechless awe as you see entries at Wordless Wednesday.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Wind Tower

Souq Madinat, Jumeirah

A wind tower is an old traditional architectural element used for ventilation essential to residential houses in the Gulf countries decades ago. Although presently wind towers are no longer necessary as most residences and commercial buildings are now air conditioned, it remains to be considered as an important element of local identity and can still be seen in contemporary buildings in the UAE, only as an architectural feature.

Check out other interesting Monochrome Monday entries HERE.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Still

A lot of birds flock along Dubai Creekside, so it's the perfect place for taking snapshots of different lovely birds, you'd see some of them in their playful mode, and some just resting still like these two in the photo above.

Check out other snapshots of interesting animals at Camera Critters and see beautiful scenic views at Scenic Sunday.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Shining Through

These clouds look so heavy, don't they? (Nope, it didn't rain at all that day). But just the same, I love how bulky it looks and the sun rays radiating through it makes it even more beautiful, the power lines and light posts add character to the sight too.

Nad Al Sheba, Dubai

To get a glimpse of other fascinating skies around the world, visit Skywatch Friday.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Golden Waters

An enchanting gleam of a golden sunset on the waters...

Check out other wet Watery Wednesday entries HERE.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

The Rose

The Rose is gowned in petaled grace and lovely beyond telling;
She always lifts a friendly face, regardless of her dwelling.
Her golden silence can express to us, no matter where, joy shared;
give solace in distress from those who fondly care.
The Rose has ways of saying things we much delight to hear;
without a spoken word, she brings and keeps our loved ones near.
~Laura S. Beck

Check out other enchanting flower entries at Today's Flowers and things beautiful in monochrome at Monochrome Monday.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Perfect Get-away

Phuket, Thailand has always been a favorite destination among many for holidays, particularly for romantic get-aways. We had a lot of cherished memories from our last vacation there. Look at this photo... can anyone resist the charm of this beautiful island?

Karon Beach - Phuket, Thailand during our last trip in 2007
(used a Pentax compact digicam in taking this photo)

To see other fascinating skies around the world, visit Skywatch Friday. To enjoy other scenic views, visit Scenic Sunday.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

The Burj Dubai

Took this photo last January 2009, notice the construction works that goes on 24/7.

The Burj Dubai is now currently the tallest structure in the world with a height of 818 meters and having 162 floors (though it has yet to be completed by December 2009). It is so tall that the tip of the spire can be seen by a person from as far as 95 Km (60 miles) away.

The Burj Dubai was designed to be the centerpiece of a large-scale, mixed-use development that will include 30,000 homes, nine hotels such as the Armani Hotels and Burj Dubai Lake Hotel & Serviced Apartments, 3 hectares (7.4 acres) of parkland, at least 19 residential towers, the Dubai Mall (already open), and the 12-hectare (30-acre) man-made Burj Dubai Lake.

It was reported that the price of office space at Burj Dubai had reached $4,000 per sq ft (over $43,000 per sq m) and that the Armani Residences, also in Burj Dubai, were selling for US$3,500 per sq ft (over $37,500 per sq m).

Check out other interesting "Building" entries, go to Thursday Challenge.

Facts credit: BurjDubai.com, Wikipedia

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

View From The Top

Took this photo while on an airplane ride to Davao City, Philippines a couple of years back. One of the perks of getting a window seat is being able to capture beautiful sights like this and leaving you speechless...

Check out other wet entries for Watery Wednesday HERE and Wordless Wednesday entries HERE.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Countless Buildings

This is the view from our apartment's roof top -- lots and lots of buildings.


Visit other places in the world through My World Tuesday.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Rays


Check out other Monochrome Monday entries HERE.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Birds' Flight

Took this while taking an walk early morning along Dubai Creekside. You'll find a lot of seagulls flocking in this area.


Make sure to check out other beautiful Scenic Sunday entries.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Malaysian Mums

I took this photo during a visit to a flower farm in Cameron Highlands, Malaysia a few years back. Cameron Highlands is the largest and most famous hill resort and leading producer of flowers in Malaysia, you will also find an abundance of tea plantations and vegetable/fruit farms here.

This is my entry to Photohunt and Today's Flowers.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Disperse

Al Maktoum Road, Dubai

To get a glimpse of fascinating skies around the world, visit Skywatch Friday.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Money

A penny saved is a penny earned. - Benjamin Franklin

Posted for VXFY Weekly Photo Themes and Wordless Wednesday.

Dubai Aquarium

Built as the biggest mall in the world (to have 2,000+ shops when fully completed), the newly opened Dubai Mall is fast becoming everyone's favorite mall in Dubai, it's becoming famous not just for shopping but also for aquamarine sightseeing. This mall is located at The Burj complex where the tallest building in the world can be seen (another grand sight, will save that for another post).

Dubai Mall's central feature is the Dubai Aquarium and Discovery Centre which is right in the middle of the shopping center. It showcases a vast number of aquamarine life - lovely coral reef, huge sharks, and hundreds of different species of fish.

This huge aquarium proved to be a crowd drawer especially during it first weeks.

The aquarium's scuba diver staff doing the fish feeding, good thing we caught this on camera while he's mouth-feeding the Mantaray its meal for the day.

(Sorry for the photos' low resolution, only used a camera phone to take these).

Check out other very interesting Watery Wednesday entries HERE.
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