Street Nights DXB – Bay Avenue

Street Nights DXB is back! In collaboration with the Dubai Food Festival, Bay Avenue came alive with street art, music and delicious street-food. Last night was a good night as I got a chance to witness some of Dubai’s best graffiti artists paint live as well as a BBOY battle while munching on some good street food.

Just to give you an idea of what’s going on here are some snaps last night.


Of course I had to start the event by eating. I already started to have a good time with my mouth-watering doner from Doner Deli while enjoying the view of the tallest building in the world.

But to be honest, I had a hard time choosing what to eat. There were so many choices. It was food truck overload.

After my food coma, I was able to wander around and catch up with some friends who also went to the event.

One cool part of the event was the street art.

Really cool guys from FWC who are passionate with graffiti. You can see more of their works and visit their instagram page here.

different forms of art were present during the eventThe crowd was just amazing. Unfortunately, I was too short to take a pic of what’s happening on the BBOY dance battle. But it was too fun to watch.Aside from the dance  battle, street art and food. There were also lots of different stalls which sells all sorts of stuff.

People were just chillin while listenin to some mad beats by DJ Lobito Brigante. Seriously, who would still want to stay at home, Netflix and chill when you’ve got these types of events? (believe me I had a hard time getting out of my bed as well and stop myself from binge watching House of Cards and Dexter abut I was so glad I did).

Check more info about Street Nights DXB here.

Escape Quest Dubai

I had an awesome weekend last week as me and my partner tried Escape Quest: A unique live escape game experience.

So here’s the drill: you are trapped in a room with no idea of what to do. Basically you have to find clues, , solve puzzles(I think it has at least 20 puzzles or maybe more?) and put lots of information together to work your way out in under an hour.  Forget Google and forget Wikipedia as it will not help you. This is a real life brain teaser, a test of brainpower and a test of willpower.  

Escape Quest reminded me of those escape games online I used to play before (college computer laboratory days haha… those simple flash based point and click games where you need to click around to find clues e.g Doritos’ HOTEL626 and SINTHAI’s The House ). But in real life it was my first escape game experience so I really don’t know what to expect.

Just a tip: don’t take clues unless you really need them, challenge yourself.  I’m highly recommending this activity for team building exercises or it could be a great idea for a first date as  it allows you and your partner to enjoy each other’s company while working together. In our case, I was quite amazed how escape quest showed me and my partner’s teamwork skills and it made me appreciate him more.  I was amazed how we trusted each other and we didn’t argue at all. ;) I also love the adrenaline rush while we’re solving the clues under time pressure. We were running around the room finding and solving clues like crazy little kids. We felt so accomplished after solving the game with still 10 minutes time left remaining. It left us with a feeling of achievement and we can’t stop talking how awesome our experience was even days after.

P.S. I would love to get my hands on the Mensa Puzzle Box and that DaVinci Cryptex once again!

Thank you very much Steve and team! We heard there’s a new Mad Scientist themed room comin’ up and we can’t wait to try it.

Escape Quest is open seven days a week from 10am to 11pm, and prices range from Dh90 to Dh120 a person, depending on the size of the group. They are located at Office 2004 (20th Floor) HDS Business Centre, Cluster M, Jumeirah Lakes Towers. You can book online here.

There are also other room escapes which I have yet to try soon! Challenge Chambers in Sunset Mall and HintHunt in Times Square Center. :D

 

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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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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