Week 23 – Burj al Arab!

Finally – after 9.5 years living in Dubai, I have made it inside Burj al Arab!!!

While it is pretty much the height of ‘kitsch’ with everything either covered in gold, or with gold flakes or even crystals, it IS The Burj al Arab, and you can’t help but respect the greatness of it all.

Inside the lobby – Ramadan themed lights and water fountain ๐Ÿ™‚

When you drive across that little bridge to reach it from the main road, and then drive up to the valet (embarrassingly in my tiny little Mazda 2 ๐Ÿ˜€ ), you can’t help but go “WOW!”

We had ventured to this 7-Star hotel on a Saturday night for dinner, as part of Nat’s farewell. Yum!

We were seated at the window, which unfortunately did not offer great views because the night itself was not fantastic, but I took a walk outside to look at the pool & terrace. Also WOW!

Dinner was an international buffet – we dined at Bab al Yam – and the food was exceptional. Normally buffet dinners are difficult to get excellent-tasting food as the whole idea of buffets does not make it easy (nothing is freshly prepared), but these guys know how to do it properly!

There is a stir-fry station where they freshly make chicken, beef and prawns. They have roast beef, your usual salads, potatoes, rice, other ‘main’ dish types of food, mini pizzas, a pasta station, cheese & bread sections, and dessert. And then, they have the CAKES! Freshly made cakes of various flavours, and just absolutely delicious! I felt a bit out of place taking a photo of any of the food so you’ll have to just imagine it… sorry. But take my word that it’s amazing!!!

CAKE!!! (Snuck in this photo at our table ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

We sat at the restaurant for about 3 hours, taking our time to enjoy as much of the food as possible, and still have space for the cakes and cheese. There was no way we were leaving there without ๐Ÿ˜‰

After dinner we asked if we could head up to the Sky View bar to have a look. Unfortunately we weren’t allowed to have a look out the window as the bar was full, but the ride up & down in the elevator was enough fun. It’s a glass lift that allows you views of Dubai as you shoot up (and then back down). Good fun!

Total fancy-pants stuff – next time, it’ll be the High Tea ๐Ÿ™‚

UPDATE – Shaun Beukes leaves us

Thank you so much to everyone who shared / read / sent thoughts and comments regarding my friend, Shaun Beukes, who went missing in the Bahamas / Florida region recently.

We were given the devastating news yesterday that he passed away on 3 May – asthma attack ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Unfortunately due to many different authorities / countries involved, it took a long time for everyone to be made aware of what had happened which is why we only found out now, and why he was a missing person for a while.

I’m still trying to process it all so I don’t have many words… RIP my friend. You will be missed!

Shaun Beukes

Just numbers

Dear me, I haven’t posted in almost a week and after reading a post this morning about blog abandonment, it got me thinking that I should come over here and let you all know that I’ve not disappeared!

So, here’s a quick post in numbersย just for the hell of it ๐Ÿ™‚

0 = the amount of times I have run this week ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

no running

1 = the number of times I’ve done stairs training


3 = the number of times I’ve done abs, as part of the 30-day abs challenge…. currently on Day 25 and believe me it’s starting to HURT, but in a nice way ๐Ÿ˜‰


47 = the expected humidity percentage for Saturday… luckily my plans involve recovering on my couch from a big weekend


3 = the approximate number of days until Ramadan starts (hence the big weekend) – it all depends on the sighting of the moon


5 = the numbers of times since Friday that Cliffy has woken me up at 6am (or earlier) !!!

Evil cat ;)

Evil cat ๐Ÿ˜‰


10 = the numbers of days in which I hope to have “Colour of Magic”, the first Discworld series book finished

colour of magic

2 = the number ofย goodbyes I said on Friday… 2 more Dubai’ans hit the road, moving on to greener other pastures



I promise I’ll be back on a more regular basis soon… just got lots going on at the moment (all good though so fret not!)