Week 20 – Hysteria!

It was time for something completely random and different for my something new… and so, knowing that Roomie was pretty much the only person who’d have a go at the haunted house with me, we met up at Dubai Mall and gave it a go.

We’d read up on it – 15 rooms of haunting scariness that you walk through. You stay in there for as long as you can manage, or until you reach the end… which possibly takes about 10 minutes. Easy peasy, right?!

I don’t really want to give too much away, however, I will say that if you’re someone who is scared of dark, confined spaces, or you battle with flashing lights, then yes, this is going to get under your skin.

Roomie and I pretty much laughed our way through it, and were done in less than 10 minutes.

It’s probably aimed more at kids / teens, but it was still a bit of fun for an evening out ๐Ÿ™‚

PS – they’re in the Entertainer which makes the cost a lot more bearable to handle at AED105 pp (or AED105 for two when using the Entertainer).

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Week 19 – Dining in the dark

The date night where you can’t see your date, or your food ๐Ÿ˜‰

A while back I bought a voucher online for Dine in the Dark since I’d never experienced it, and this week J and I finally made it there – and what an experience it was! I’ve had very little something new on the go for the last few weeks and this just totally made up for all that loss! It was the best fun!

On arrival, you’re sat outside and brought a welcome drink, and the waiters then walk around to everyone reconfirming dietary requirements etc. and once everyone has arrived, they give a little talk on how to proceed for the night. A quick stop off at the washroom and you’re then led into the restaurant IN PITCH BLACK!

You’re led in by a waiter who’s wearing night vision goggles, and your group follows in, in single file, with hands on one another’s shoulders because you literally cannot see a single thing inside there! They show you to your seat, assist you in sitting down, and keep going until everyone is seated.

And that’s when the fun starts!

You are now given a ‘tour’ around the table in front of you as you feel your way around, trying really hard to not knock anything off the table (!) and they then start bringing out the food, and guiding you around your plate for the first course.

While most people will follow the common sense plan of action and use a finger to gently guide food onto their fork or spoon, I personally found it a lot easier (and so much more fun!) to actually just use my handsย ๐Ÿ™ˆย Needless to say this brought many giggles, a few squeals as I touched something gooey, and lots of very careful concentration to not spill anything down the front of my top! I loved every second of it! ๐Ÿ˜€

All in all you go through 4 courses which include paired drinks – again a challenge in itself to not miss yourย my mouth! (Un)fortunately for the last round, the dessert, I literally had to use my spoon because it was ice cream! But it was my favourite because one of the spoons I managed to get into my mouth had POP ROCKS in and I had the best giggle as I let them pop in my mouth… and then even more fun as I tried to find more of them (yes, using my hands ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

Of course, it was far too dark to take any photos, but once everyone is finished with their meals, they let us out and have a display of the food that we had eaten… and you can see how right (or wrong) you were in guessing what you were putting in your mouth ๐Ÿ™‚ I was mostly right, which I was quite impressed with because I know that I’m not very good at recognising foods or flavours!

This was really one of my most favourite experiences ever and I highly recommend doing this! I will definitely be going back!

Week 18 – Exams, and post-exam celebrations!

I am finally done with studies and exams – well, for the next 5-ish months at least ๐Ÿ™‚
What a week it has been!

I had the week off work last week to assist me with my exam preparation – I had no idea how stressful it was going to be and decided that since I had the leave available, I may as well spend my hours at home studying instead of trying to cram everything in in the evenings when I got home.. and it was the best decision I’ve ever made! I woke up each morning when my body was ready, then hit the gym, and then got stuck into studies for a good 6 hours or so each day… and then wrote 2 exams!

What an experience that was! Obviously I’ve experienced a similar situation before when I left school, but honestly, I barely remember that time in my life (it was very many years ago!) and doing it all again as a full-blown adult (GAH!) has been a massive challenge. And I still have at least another 3 years ahead of me before I get to say that I do indeed have a degree to my name… but, we’ll worry about that as the time goes on.

For now it was just focusing on these 2 exams… which I’ll only get my results for in July/ August so watch this space!

And of course, writing exams meant that there needed to be some post-exam celebrations and my friends did a fabulous job of helping me through that ๐Ÿ™‚

The celebrations started on Friday immediately after the exam when I went past J and we cracked open the first beer… and then carried on that night at a pub with friends.

And the big one was then going to watch Monty Python’s Spamalot at the Opera on Saturday evening! What fun that was!!! I am a massive fan of Monty Python and when I saw these tickets go on sale I immediately bought a bunch and then recruited some friends to join me ๐Ÿ™‚ And it was the best time! I laughed away all the stress from the past few months… definitely a perfect way to end off the post-exam celebrations!

If you’re a fan of Monty Python, I highly recommend seeing this show! The actors are absolutely brilliant, and the cast have been chosen so well for their parts that they actually look very similar to the cast of the original ‘Holy Grail’ movie! It is super impressive!

I now look forward to having my evenings to myself again (am expecting a fair amount of boredom!) and having the time to get out there each week and work on these something new’s again!