Street Nights DXB

It has been a dusty yet colourful and awesome weekend last 20th and 21st of February as I was able to attend Dubai’s largest street party in Al Quoz! Imagine closing one street to showcase DXB’s street culture.

In collaboration with the Dubai Food Festival, the streets of Al Quoz came alive with street art, music and delicious street-food. For two nights, lots of local and international artists performed and shared their talents which was attended by thousands of visitors. Yup, thousands of Dubai peeps chose to get out of the mall, braved the sandstorm and attended this event. Street Nights is a community project which aims to promote public art in Dubai.

Street art in UAE is emerging and growing rapidly like you can’t imagine.  International and local street artists like L7M, Bandi, Zomby, Weik, FWC were among others who shared and exhibited their talents during the event.The best part is the entrance was free and open to everyone – kids and adults!

So here’s a quick photo bomb of what happened during that crazy weekend.

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2014 Highlights & Lowlights (a year in review)

Can’t believe it has already been almost a month since 2015 started and i’m still missing the holidays. To be honest, the thought that it’s already 2015 hasn’t sunk in to me yet. ‘Til now i’m still confused on what year to write on forms.  2014 brought so much change. It has been a year full of adventures, heartaches and emotional windwhirl.

So here are the highlights and lowlights of my 2014:

January: usual drill, i was a happy owl, I was able to go back home to spend the new year with my family.

February: based on my facebook posts, it was a pretty boring month and nothing extraordinary happened.

March: Visited a few of Dubai’s historical landmarks e.g. Dubai Museum and Bastakiya.

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Rehlatna: Taking Street Art to the Next Level

It’s official, Dubai now holds the world’s longest graffiti scroll for the Guiness Record. The whole graffiti scroll is three times the height of Burj Khalifa which more than 150 local and international graffiti artists participated from around the world.

Before they have broken the record, I had an awesome opportunity of seeing the “Rehlatna” process first hand. It was such a cool experience since I got a chance to see “the journey” of how they did the record breaking scroll.

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Contagion Run Dubai 2014

Contagion Run is Dubai’s First Zombie Themed 5km Obstacle Course. A contagion has infected humanity, turning people into zombies. The only way to escape this contagion is to RUN! Yup, run for your lives!

I’m a huge zombie fan. You could probably name a zombie film, book or series and there’s a 98% chance I’ve already read and watched it (and that even includes zombie films from the 80′s!). So when I’ve heard that they’re doing this zombie themed run, you wouldn’t even imagine how excited I was. I have joined this kind of event last 2 years ago in Manila (Outbreak Manila) so this is not so new to me. I was a survivor then so this time, I’ve decided to try being a zombie which was so much fun! If you have chosen to be a survivor, your goal is to finish the course with at least one of the three flags you are given, if you’re a zombie like me, well you have to chase some humans and get as many lives (or flags) as you can. I swear as a zombie, we kinda took it seriously, we chased survivors and ran so much (yes with the annoying pencil on my face). I was literally dead the next day with my body in too much pain (plus extreme hangover because of the afterparty). Rule #1: CARDIO

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Tasty Eats at Taste Kitchen

In celebration of Eid Al Adha, me and my friend decided to ditch the overrated malls in Dubai (e.g. dubai mall, mall of the emirates and the likes) because we’re pretty damn sure it’ll be overcrowded. Instead we’ve decided to go to Mercato Mall in Jumeirah.

We really wanted to eat at Paul but we saw this nifty restaurant called Taste Kitchen. We saw their ads inside the mall and since we’re suckers for healthy clean food, we decided to try it. Apparently it is owned by Nick Alvis & Scott Price, the creative guys responsible for Table 9 (ehem, Gordon Ramsay trained chefs).  Think of fresh ingredients, creative cooking and friendly service in a very relaxing ambience, this is Taste Kitchen.

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Game of Thrones Inspired Greeting Card

One Saturday morning, I was strolling around Kinokuniya Bookstore in Dubai Mall and found some glittery silver pens. I instantly thought of an idea for a greeting card. Since I have a cousin abroad who’s celebrating his birthday soon, I have decided to make my idea into form and created a card. My cousin is a huge fan of Game of Thrones so I googled some nice GOT wallpapers.

I  first did the layout in illustrator and printed then using my silver pen, I drew the “Stark” emblem? or symbol? then added “Happy Name Day” to it since that’s the way you greet Happy Birthday, the Game of thrones way.

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Quick Visit to Bastakiya: Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood

When the glitz and glamour of Dubai gets a bit too much, then better get out of the hotels and malls and I suggest you pay a visit to Bastakiya, the old neigbourhoods of Dubai. It’s just a couple of walks along Dubai Museum. Here, you’ll step into Dubai’s past and get a glimpse of what Dubai looked like in the days before oil. This is the other side of Dubai. Visiting this place keeps on reminding me that I’m in the middle east after all.

Bastakiya, located along the Dubai Creek, is known for its traditional homes, wind towers, and labyrinth of narrow alleyways. This is where the first settlements of Dubai were built. It was named after Bastak, a province in southern Iran, from where merchants emigrated on the invitation of the Emir of Dubai in the early 20th century to avoid taxation by the Iranian state. Today the restored quarter is filled with art galleries, cafés, museums, and boutique hotels.

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Impromptu Summer Escapade: Musandam, Sultanate of Oman

If you live in Dubai and you’ve had enough sun and tired of the malls, or maybe when it’s too hot to stroll around Dubai’s iconic landmarks. What should you do? Do as the locals do and drive to Musandam, Oman.

This is what me and my friends did a couple of weeks ago. But since we don’t have a car and no one has a license, we opted to just do what a normal tourist would do: search for tours in Groupon! With just a click of a button and for only 179 dhs, we found ourselves one weekend with a group of strangers travelling to Oman for a day trip to Musandam.

Why Oman?

Located on the north, eastern point of the Gulf, a peninsula separated from the rest of Oman by the Emirates. It is a place where the Arabian Gulf meets the Indian Ocean, whose waters are called the Gulf of Oman.  It is the land of the Queen of Sheba, a land of deserts, rolling sands and shifting dunes. A land of spectacular mountains and wadis.

Meetup point for the tour was in Mall of the Emirates at 8:00 am sharp. From there the van and our very cool driver slash photographer was waiting for us. In over three hours we drove all the way to Oman – one of the Arabian Gulf’s most dramatic drives in the Peninsula. We’ve seen some of the region’s most breathtaking views. The drive is somewhat harrowing, climbing a steep, narrow dirt road that winds around the rocky mountain. The scenery is extraordinary, from stone houses built into the sides of precipitous cliffs to the surprisingly fertile Sayh Plateau with its farmed fields of almonds, mangoes, and date palms. ANearby, there are birds-eye-views to Khor an-Najd, a breathtakingly beautiful, glassy turquoise bay.

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Sushi Express Café: Not just another sushi place

There’s a new sushi place in town called the Sushi Express Café. It’s located at Jumeirah Lake Towers (Dubai marina) side. Since we are big fans of sushi and it’s just a couple of walks near our office building me and my colleague Cathy decided to check it out.

Ok let me start out by saying the staff was VERY VERY nice! Especially the manager, they are all very accommodating and friendly. Although when we entered the place we greeted them first but that’s because we’re just too friendly.

They are almost too nice we were being checked on by the staff every few minutes. The best thing is they are all fellow Filipinos. According to the manager, Mr. Romy Banoyo, the place is owned by a Pakistani and Japanese couple. It’s a very unique combo don’t you think? It’s good to think that the place serves authentic sushi because Romy said that everything on the menu is planned and prepared by the Japanese owners. There is a window to the kitchen so you can see the chefs at work, which is very nice, but the best thing is the quality of the food.

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Kebabz and Bunz Branding: My First Take on a Fastfood Branding and Identity

Sometime during the last quarter of 2013, I was referred by a friend to take on a re-branding of an Emirati owned food stall. Their business has been on for 2 years until they have realized that they needed some spice to their marketing so they felt the need to rebrand.

This was their old branding:

I can’t say that it was bad but I can’t say that it’s that good either.

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