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Destination: Heritage Village, Abu Dhabi

In response to the Weekly Photo Challenge:  HERITAGE

We attended a free Science show for kids and their families in Abu Dhabi Theater earlier this year.  I was glad to see that the HERITAGE VILLAGE is just nearby!

I have been here for almost 2 yrs and unfortunately, I haven’t visited this site yet so I didn’t waste the chance to finally visit the place and it didn’t disappoint us. 

Here are some photos and in case you are around visiting the Capital of UAE which is Abu Dhabi and not Dubai, mind you 🙂  I have other posts that you can also browse or read if you are keen and see for yourself how beautiful it is here too!

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Heritage Village1, vinneve foto

I would like to think the liquid pouring in this clay pot is the “black gold” meaning Oil from the desert as Abu Dhabi is an oil-rich City. 

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The view of seashore inside HVAD, vinneve foto

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Abu Dhabi City Skyline, vinneve foto

And some resident inside the Heritage Village as below photos.

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Restaurant inside HVAD picnic rugs, vinneve foto

As you can see, you can have a nice time with your friends and family here.  A quiet time to be by yourself too if you like and some local foods to savor while waiting for the sunsets.  It is a beautiful sight to see, better than the photos here.  I have so many photos but I cannot share it all here otherwise I will run out of space.  So come and visit our beloved Abu Dhabi City now!  🙂  

Thanks for visiting my blog and enjoy some more post here by checking the links below or browse and like as per categories.  Shukran!  

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AD Events: MON Festival

via Daily Prompt: Timely

Abu Dhabi, UAE.  Mother of the Nation Festivals

The great weather before it turns to nasty hot so it is timely to finally have this festival just finished a couple of weeks ago and how I wish we have visited twice as we didn’t see it all in just one late afternoon to late night.  Some are tourists from another GCC Country.  Some are locals and expats like us and their visitors.

So many events going on from January to April but I only managed to come to a few and enjoy them.  It seems life is becoming busy for me since I have accepted that I will be here for quite some time to support my wonderful hubby and son.

Here are some photos.  I hope you will enjoy viewing them too but the thrill and excitement were to be there in person.  Anyway… see U again next year!

Please click this LINK to view my post last year RE: Abu Dhabi & MON Festivals 2016 LINK.  Thanks! 

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Beautifully decorated lanterns, vinneve foto

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Mini car route with Nation Towers @backdrop, vinneve foto

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Zorb over the water, vinneve foto

Lots of activities for the children for all ages and some of them are free.  Of course, you just have to go on the queue and be patient!  We went to see a documentary about water in UAE and it was a mini Museum and beautifully presented to people.  My son loves doing his own kite and there are some markets (souq), music/concerts, and lots of restaurants around the Corniche where they built this event.  Last year we went to see a magic show & acrobatics and a Comedy stint but we were late on a schedule this year so we missed it and walking back to the next zone was too far away!  Still, we enjoyed and my son was happy that’s more important than the one we have missed.

Cheers!

Daily Prompt: Abandoned

This is in response to The Daily Post/Prompt: ABANDONED.

“Humans are not the only animals trying to survive each day”  by Antony Douglas Williams (sourced: pinterest.com)

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Abandoned cat **

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Pukeko, A Duck, and some sparrow birds

How about these birds?  will they feel abandoned now that I left them?  I am wondering if the new tenant of the house will care enough to feed them.  Nobody owns them, they are free as a bird as how they are and it’s the way they should be. FREE but never abandoned.

Updated note,July 2016 ** I call her puss puss (yeah, usual)… unfortunately for some reason I haven’t seen her for a long time now.  I was sad as the last time I saw her was when I fed her and she was hungry as she is pregnant at that time.  Not sure what had happened to her but I really wish that somebody helped her or adopted her for the better.  Poor cat. 😦

 

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Daily Prompt: Whisper

This is in response to The Daily Post: Whisper.

“Difficulties come when you don’t pay attention to life’s whisper.  Life’s always whispers to you first, but if you ignore the whisper, sooner or later you’ll get a SCREAM…”  by Oprah Whinfrey

Missing you a lot…. wish it is easy.

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This is TRUE.

So I better end this with….

 

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Abu Dhabi: Activities Galore!

If feeling blue and need some actions then head outside and look for some activities that are currently on offer in Abu Dhabi, UAE.  To be honest my son and I needed this to be sane especially in this school holiday season!  I have compiled some events that we went to and still on-going.  So hang on in there. 🙂

PUT IN ON THE RITZ... “If you’re blue and you don’t know where to go to, why don’t you go to fashion sits? puttin on the Ritz”.  Have you heard about this song? well we didn’t dressed fashionably for the occassion, besides there is no dress code for this Venetian Festival.  Of course as what the song inspired for … The Ritz Carlton AD Grand Canal website is HERE for you to peruse as my photos and other details may not justify the beauty of it.  I only use my dutiful Samsung mobile cam.

Anyway, check out the photos and you decide for yourself.  There are many restaurants lined up inside the Venetian Village and the view is the opposite of my earlier post that links HERE please check it if you haven’t seen it yet. The festival is now finished but you can visit anytime and may I suggest this is another “romantic avenue” you can go to.

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One of the many restaurants lined up inside the Village

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Now to the next one… MON “Mother of the Nation” website is HERE for more details and yes you can still GO as the last day is tomorrow from 4pm-Midnight.  For other readers people here are nocturnal so we have to learn and adapt this way or you will miss the FUN!

Yes lots of activities for young and old. The problem is the looooong QUEUE!!! for the duration that we were there (4:30-10:30pm) unfortunately we have only been to 2 activities to my son dismay.  Perhaps we went on the wrong day or it is what it is because it’s school holidays and though this events has been going on for about 2 weeks now there is no decline of people going but the location is huge so you don’t have to worry about bumping with each other.  There are some live shows to watch and we have enjoyed it at least we were sitting down nicely.  Do not worry of getting hungry either, lots of stalls and they even have a restaurant set up on the scene for people who don’t want to eat with the crowd with a beach set up table and chairs.  I find our food delicious (chicken paratha) for ten dirhams!  Up to you if you are good in scouring the long stretch of the beach to find a good deal.  I am used to doing so when I travel to South East Asia.  Here are the photos.

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LAST but not the least… International Motor Show Abu Dhabi 2016 link is HERE for more details.  Last day is tomorrow April 2nd and the venue is in ADNEC where you can always find some activities to go to every month.  Another form is from the informative ABU DHABI WEEK magazine free for all every Thursday in AD.    My son loves motorsport so it’s no brainer that we have to go and visit this and make my son happy.  He is only 7.

There are some more to see and do in Abu Dhabi but I guess I have to stop and only showing the ones we went and will go to.  For all adrenalin junkie out there, there is YAS WATERWORLD and of course, FERRARI WORLD and not to mention the coming theme park WARNER BROS. construction is now on-going in Yas Island and expected to be finished by 2018.  Still long to go but hey, at least, something to look forward on to, yey! Yap this is in response to Dubai new theme park which is also under constructions and will open in October hopefully!  LEGOLAND AND BOLLYWOOD PARK.   Gosh so many! how about the small to medium entertainment?  I cannot count anymore, sorry.  I am excited like a KID.

I leave you now with some smile on your faces, I hope!  and knowledge is POWER!

Thanks for reading until next time.  Cheers!

 

 

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Sadiyaat Island & it’s Turquoise Sea

Yes, our next family adventure goes to this currently developing island near Abu Dhabi City.  Though we are not too far from this place (approx. 30 mins. away) we still don’t find the time to get here so finally last weekend I managed to persuade the hubby to drive to here without any plans just to have a look around and what it can offer.

Sadiyaat Island means “Happiness Island” in Arabic according to my fave Wikipedia. 🙂  To know more about this beautiful Island please click the LINK here and I am looking forward to coming back again when we have more time to explore the Island and its international standard beautiful beach where the endangered Hawksbill Turtles return annually to lay their eggs and the only unique Grey species of mangroves that can only be found in the UAE.

Our little troll peanut, accompanying us to our destination.

We managed to stop and admire inside the very posh St.Regis Sadiyaat Island Resort.  It is surrounded not only the pristine Turquoise sea of the island but also a golf beach club and gosh! everything is like so luxuriously simple for people who can afford to do so.

While admiring the view… why not have a cup of coffee or tea on one of their many lounges, each has a different theme.  Up to you which one you prefer.

Have a great relaxing school holiday for those parents like us and wander away!