Week 15 – Footgolf!

This past weekend I joined the football girls on their social evening out – bringing 2 football teams together for a night of fun, laughter, action, and a bit of exercise thrown in for good measure!

We headed down to Montgomerie Golf Course for a round of Footgolf!

Now, if you’ve never played (nor heard of) it before, it’s really simple – it’s golf, with a football. Instead of using clubs to whack your golf ball across hundreds of meters of grass into a small hole, you’re using your feet to kick a football across (not so many) meters, into a larger hole.

Sounds easy right?!

Weeeeellllll, easier for some than it is for others (me being one of the ‘others’ 😛 )

Anyway, most of the girls had never played before (a few of us snuck in a round a few weeks ago – not that it helped me in the least this time around!) so it was a whole whack of something new’s for the week – new adventures, new outings, meeting a few new people too 🙂

I absolutely urge you to give this a try!

Week 45 – Fitness Fest Dubai

Fitness Fest Dubai is now in its second year here, but it was my first time to visit this weekend-long event filled with anything and everything that has to do with sports / fitness / healthy eating / healthy living.

JPEG was working there the whole weekend – the company she works for was putting on a football event for children and teens – and so I went through on Saturday to say hi to her and get my fitness fix for the day 🙂

I probably didn’t give the event enough of a walk-through, but the bits and pieces that I saw were really cool – from healthy-eating stations to kickboxing stalls to inflatable obstacle courses to the strongman competition. This place has it all!

Getting in was easy as I was fortunate enough to have a ticket arranged for me, which was waiting at the gate when I arrived, but for regular entrants, it didn’t seem to be too much of a bother – there were zero queues when I arrived, and even if there had been, they looked set up enough to cater for large queues.

I did hear of one major flaw on the Friday – they ran out of water! Not a very smart thing to do a) in the desert, b) at a fitness event! As I wasn’t there to experience it I can’t comment too much, but it’s still not a good thing to happen – definitely something they should consider for next year.

However, that aside, I found the afternoon enjoyable and it certainly looked like things were organised properly and running smoothly. I didn’t take part in any of the group classes / challenges that they had going on during the day, but it looked like there was always something on that you could be part of – great way to keep everyone involved!

And now, since I don’t actually have much more to say on it – here are some photos that I took of the day. Probably shows it off a bit better 🙂

As always, click on any of the pictures to open a larger gallery view

 

Week 37 – 5-day long weekends for EID

A belated Eid Mubarak to any and all of my Muslim readers 🙂

Eid-al-Adha, the long Eid, falls approximately 40 days after the end of Ramadan each year. Generally we are given 3 days of public holidays which almost always mean that we get a 5-day long weekend – bliss! And the schools really enjoyed it this year by being given the whole week off so a whopping 9 days off without having to apply for any actual annual leave!

Anyway, over this particular Eid break, I was here in Dubai so I tried to make the most of my days off by doing a bunch of things I don’t normally get a chance to do – visit the salon for a 2-hour long treatment during the day, go watch 2 movies in a row at the cinema, party it up hard with friends, chillax a bit, try out new lunch venues.

Over these 5 days I managed to do at least 3 brand new things so sit back and relax while I tell you about my fabulous Eid break 🙂

Friday night we had a games night at home so nothing new there, but a really enjoyable evening as always.

Saturday we chilled about a bit and were meant to go to dinner and then party it up but it was then announced that Saturday night would be dry i.e. no alcohol from sunset Saturday to sunset on Sunday 😦 So plans needed to be changed, and fast!

We decided to go to movies and instead of splurging our money on a night out drinking, we decided to splurge on move tickets – 7 Star cinema tickets which are super expensive (AED150 ticket only) but oh-so-much-fun! You sit in leather seats that recline fully, the legs lift up (like a lazy-boy), you’re given a blanket, and you can order food using the iPad that’s in the armrest of your chair, and they bring it to you during the movie!

We then decided that it was too early to head home so we bought tickets for the next movie (just the regular pleb type tickets) and watched a horror movie before heading home 😮

Sunday I visited the salon for a hair colour and to try out this whole brazilian keratin treatment that girls rave about…. and so far I’m loving it! I was a bit put off on Sunday when I walked out of the hairdresser because my hair felt incredibly oily but the girls assured me it didn’t look it. I pushed it for as long as possible before washing it again (made it to Tuesday morning!) and it now looks and feels great 🙂

My Hair's not quite that frizzy, but this is the idea...

My Hair’s not quite that frizzy, but this is the idea…

Sunday night we then decided to have a big girls night out partying which was the best fun! (And my hair looked amazing 😉 )

Monday morning was a total waste (haha) but I then headed off to lunch with some friends which was meant to be at a restaurant that none of us had ever been to, but the boys decided they wanted to have a few beers and this place is unlicensed, so we headed off to somewhere else… again not new, but another really enjoyable afternoon.

I followed that up by meeting up with the football girls to try out  a new escape room challenge which was SUCH fun and so hard and even scary to a point! This was then followed by dinner.

Tuesday – our last day of holiday… so Villa Kunterbunt (that’s the name of the house I live in 🙂 ) decided to go for breakfast together – and we tried out a place that none of us have been to before! Nathalie’s in Sport’s City. Just a simple café type place but done up really well, and the food was delicious (well, mine was at least – JPEG & Roomie were not that happy with theirs 😦 )

And that’s the end of the weekend! 5 days – Gone!