Summer 2014 Part 2: England and Paris

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Continuing from Part 1 of my eventful summer!

Back in Guildford, we spent a peaceful afternoon with a picnic and seeing more green than I have ever seen in one day; Dubai is definitely a concrete jungle, but even my hometown of Phoenix lacks this much green!

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He took me to a place called “Silent Pond”.. while pretty, I’m not sure what its purpose is…

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We paid a visit to the amazingly astonishing Harry Potter Studio Tour, but it is so magnificent, it’s getting it’s own blog post and I will link it here when it’s finished!

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And at one point, I forced Alan to find a Chipotle, it’s my new mission to visit one in every country they’re in… (Yes, we did get to Chipotle in Paris but no pics! And I also have been in Frankfurt, too!)

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The weather had been so sunny and warm that we decided to have a barbecue at the end of the week on Friday, as it was near the end of our summer vacation and a good time to gather all of our friends around. As luck would have it, it rained all day, up until the late afternoon when we started to barbecue! Good ol’ English weather. Our friend Shaddy that we know from Dubai was staying in Southampton studying, so we invited him over.

Is he doing it right?

Is he doing it right?

Alan, Shaddy, and Alan's brother Tom

Alan, Shaddy, and Alan’s brother Tom

Alan’s friend, Alex, had asked me to bring graham crackers so that we could make authentic s’mores. FYI, a s’more consists of the said cracker, melted chocolate and slightly charred marshmallows. It’s a staple for American campfires. To be honest, I had never even had a s’more myself! But I happened to be on a US layover, so I picked up a few boxes and yes, I did pack it in my suitcase and take it to England.

I actually had to check Youtube for proper s'more preparing techniques...

I actually had to check Youtube for proper s’more preparing techniques…

Alan tries his very first s'more.

Alan tries his very first s’more.

Oh, did I mention we had more clotted cream, jam and scones?! Seriously, this is the best invention to come out of England. If you haven’t had it, have one PROPERLY! But I know the debate is on… I like my cream first, and THEN the jam.

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On the weekend, the family headed back out to Southampton for Alan’s cousin’s wedding. This one was a change from the Indian wedding, set in a barn with a nice, DIY vintage feel. It was complete with Pimm’s Cup during cocktail hour and a “wedding breakfast”. What is a wedding breakfast? Well, it’s simply the first meal the couple has as a married couple, thus the use of “breakfast” since it’s typically the first meal of the day. You weird Brits!

My second fascinator! My first was worn to the Dubai World Cup

My second fascinator! My first was worn to the Dubai World Cup

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Somewhere in the middle of all this British-ness, Alan and I spent a few days in Paris because.. well, why not?

I was back in Dubai in between Brit visits, so I flew to Paris and Alan flew from London to meet me. We booked our very first AirBnb.com apartment. It was very cheap and in a good location, and the host was very kind, but the apartment was literally just a box with a bed, kitchen and toilet. But it got the job done. We spent most of our time seeing Paris.

I’d been to Paris a few times before, but this was a first for Alan. So we hit up the usual spots, although no one told me how unbelievably HOT Paris summers are, and we became quite exhausted quickly. But we powered through!

First stop was of course the Eiffel Tower. I’d already been twice, but never climbed it. I couldn’t book an elevator ride because it was sold out all summer, but we were “pleasantly” surprised to find that you could climb to the second level via stairs. I wasn’t at all ecstatic at the thought of stairs, but I knew we shouldn’t miss this chance to climb it.

The first floor.. this made my legs feel like jelly!

The first floor.. this made my legs feel like jelly!

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The line below for the elevator. I believe the wait was 3 hours. We completed our tour in less than that.

The line below for the elevator. I believe the wait was 3 hours. We completed our tour in less than that.

Alan’s a personal trainer, so this was just like no big thang to him, but I needed lots of rest and breaks!!! And can you believe we climbed….

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SIX HUNDRED AND SIXTY-NINE STEPS WHAT?! And that’s only to the second floor. And note when I say “second floor” it’s actually about 38 stories above ground!! It marks about halfway up the tower.

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And of course, we had to do our usual pictures…

Our #elfie... no explanation needed

Our #elfie… no explanation needed

Love this photo so much, we are using it as our Save The Date cards!

Love this photo so much, we are using it as our Save The Date cards!

Next, we paddled on over to the Louvre Museum, hitting up only a few exhibits since we were a bit strapped for time. The ancient Egypt exhibit is always my favorite!

Cat mummies!

Cat mummies!

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Later that evening, we ventured down to the world famous Moulin Rouge! Of course I love the movie, but it was just a must-do on our short Paris trip. It’s too difficult to get there while on a layover, so it was the only chance I had. The tickets were a steep 100EUR without drinks, so we snagged them, but somehow were must have been mysteriously upgraded to a table right by the stage and a bottle of bubbly!

Unfortunately,  I couldn’t take any photos of the show (Understandably so, but I snuck one in!) but it was incredible! I loved that every routine had a theme (I think my favorite was the Egyptian/Asian one.. I couldn’t pinpoint it, but it ended with the stage floor opening up to a huge tank of water with three HUMONGOUS snakes and a girl jumping in to join them!). I would have loved to see more of the traditional can-can dance, as it was only their final number, but I highly recommend checking it out. Honestly, I don’t care if people say “Even Parisians don’t go to the Moulin Rouge!” it’s quite a spectacle and if you can afford it, get a bottle of bubbly!

You guessed it... our #meflie

You guessed it… our #meflie

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The next day, we ventured out to Disneyland. If anyone knows me, they know I love Disneyland! But I have only been to the one in Anaheim so far, so this was quite exciting. Although I mostly enjoyed our day at Disney, there were loads of downsides. Firstly, it was extremely hot. It must have been about 90F and in the wait tunnels there was absolutely no AC or fans, and the temperature must have been climbing to 100F in some of them. Secondly, the staff weren’t really into it. I have heard they often have disputes over the working conditions and pay (although didn’t I just read that Air France pilots are on strike? Again? It seems to be a common thing in France…) and don’t really adhere to the “magic” that makes Disney what it is. Thirdly, some of the sister rides were a bit disappointing, like for example, the Indiana Jones ride in Anaheim is probably one of the best rides in that park, but in France, it’s a silly little outdoor coaster. But to make up for it, Space Mountain: Mission 2 in France is by far THE BEST ride of both parks, even outdoing its predecessor.

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Sadly, I lost those clip in Minnie ears on the Indiana Jones ride! :( They don’t sell them anymore.. in fact, they were for babies!

And because I have waaaay too many photos, here are the thumbnails, just click on them for the larger size:

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The closing show was absolutely spectacular! They used Sleeping Beauty’s castle as a screen and projected images onto it. Amazing.

On our last day, we paid a dutiful visit to the Ponts des Arts bridge to do what every crazy couple in love does… seal their love for eternity on the Love Lock bridge! I know they’ve been removing locks as of late to preserve the bridge, so I was thoughtful and brought a small lock.. I was shocked to see people STILL putting ridiculous massive locks on the bridge.

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Here’s me throwing the key into the River Seine…

We spotted some awesome street art…

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And last but not least, picked up an appropriate souvenir from Thomas Sabo…

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And that wraps up my pretty epic summer vacay! With the exception of the Harry Potter studio tour, which is coming soon! How was your summer?

Summer 2014 Part 1: England

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Wow, I am REALLY REALLY behind… I have just been super busy with my upgrade (I’m still in my probationary period), having been on leave a few times and planning a wedding with 8 months to go!

So I’ll break it down quickly what happened over the summer. Alan quit his job at the gym that hired him to move to Dubai, and with a partner, has started his own mobile fitness company, Universal Fitness. (Would be great if you could like them on Facebook! :) So during Ramadan, he spent a month back home in the UK. I went there and back, I had two weddings to attend (one of my friend’s and one of his cousins’) but had to work in between. We also spent a few days in Paris! I took loads of pics, so I’ll try and post only my favorites, but that will be difficult..

If you’re interested, you can see what I did while on my Layovers In London.

Before we start, I was surprised to find this gem in Alan’s hometown, Guildford:

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Our first objective was the drive to Bath to attend the wedding of my friend Raksha, who was my batchmate. We joined our airline on the same day and became fast friends. She resigned about a year later, and we kept in touch. She is Indian-British and her now-husband is just British… so it was a fun mix to see. :) I got a sari from a friend who no longer needed it, and I crafted the sari top myself. I basically bought a white cotton crop top, dyed it, and then hand beaded it.

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The ceremony was a traditional Hindu ceremony, about 2 hours long. Raksha looked like a Bollywood star!

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During the cocktail hour, Alan and I ventured into the Fashion Museum. The wedding was being held in the beautiful Assembly Rooms, and we had planned on visiting the Fashion Museum the next day, but it was so convenient to pay a visit while the couple were taking photos.

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I had to put my arms through the front and tie it over my sari!

The reception was in a lovely assembly hall with ancient Roman detailing. It was an amazing mix of Indian and British culture.

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The next day, Alan and I spent an unusually sunny British day exploring the adorable little town that is Bath.

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Roman Baths

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Threw a UAE dirham coin into the bath! Wonder how many different currencies are in there..

Threw a UAE dirham coin into the bath! Wonder how many different currencies are in there..

We ventured around the city and stumbled upon a beautiful little park.

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We then went completely British and paid a visit to the very busy and very famous Sally Lund’s tea house for afternoon tea, appropriately, in the Jane Austen room:

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We started with their famous “bunn” with smoked salmon, and finished with amazingly delicious clotted cream, jam and scones!

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On the drive over, we had accidentally come across STONEHENGE! It’s so busy these days that we have to book in advance, so we booked once we got into Bath for the next day. So we stopped by to check out one of the Seven Wonders of the (World) Medeival Mind, Stonehenge.

Our #stelfie... yes, our Stonehenge Selfie

Our #stelfie… yes, our Stonehenge Selfie

The Stonehenge Exhibition and shuttle service was built in December of 2013 to help preserve the monument, as well as offer additional information. Up until then, you used to be able to drive right up to it. I think this way makes it a bit more of a meaningful visit.

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We drove up to London for the afternoon to check out the Natural History Museum:

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Our #trelfie!! Yes, can you see a trend here?

Our #trelfie!! Yes, can you see a trend here?

To be continued in Part 2 coming soon!

Feature on CabinCrewHQ

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Great news! I’ve been featured in an interview with the popular crew site, CabinCrewHQ.com. Their first interview with crew personality was with An International Fly Guy. Jay and I started our aviation careers on the ground in my hometown. I was very honored to be approached for an interview. You can find other flight crew interviews and their blogs there as well. It’s also a good site with information on cabin crew jobs and how to secure them. So please, visit the site and check out my interview!

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Upgrading to New Horizons

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Hi everyone! Wow, it’s been quite some time since my last post I see. I have started up some new projects during my absence, such as getting back into the cosplay circuit, starting up a new geek community in the Middle East, having various family visit, and most importantly, I just completed two weeks of training to move into the role of Senior Flight Stewardess, beginning as soon as June 3. I have one more flight working in business class to Colombo, Sri Lanka, and it will be my first layover in Colombo, since I have only been to Hikkaduwa on holiday and only spent time in Colombo to get to the airport. So to highlight some of the above mentioned stuff… In past entries and my bio, I have mentioned my geeky side, as well as attending the first ever Middle East Film and Comicon, as well as the second one last year. I also may have mentioned my past in cosplaying at various events in the US, most specifically, the San Diego Comic-con International for multiple years. Even though I was lucky enough to go back in 2012, I hadn’t really made any significant new cosplay, and I don’t really count the last minute female Louis from Left 4 Dead I made to join my family’s group cosplay!

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My brother and his kids make up the remaining Survivors of one of my favorite zombie video games.

Many factors had kept me from coming back to cosplay – the fact that I didn’t know WHERE to find supplies, what kind of events I could wear them to, the dress-code factor of the Middle East, and most of all, not having my mom around the guide me. She had been the mastermind of all my cosplays – she was a self-taught and talented seamstress who manage to create the perfect patterns and alterations that is the crazy world of cosplay. I could do a lot myself, but when I was stuck or needed help, she was the one I could go to. Because I no longer had her, I felt emotionally blocked from attempting to cosplay again.

My mom helped design the structure of this top - keeping it true to the character of Elika from Prince of Persia, but also making it functional, stable, and immune to malfunctions!

My mom helped design the structure of this top – keeping it true to the character of Elika from Prince of Persia, but also making it functional, stable, and immune to malfunctions!

I eventually met a friend who was currently cosplaying in Dubai, and she helped me find places to buy supplies, and I must say, AMAZING supplies that really inspired me to get back into cosplay. So with the comic-con coming up in April, I finally decided to start on a costume I had been wanting to complete for years, since I played the game in 2009.

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Momohime from the Wii game, Muramasa: The Demon Blade

While I did encounter many obstacles, I did try to think back at how my mom might have done things or what kind of solution she would have came up with. Getting back into the creative world of cosplay was so therapeutic for me, and I felt like a small hole in my geek heart had been refilled! I even managed to get in touch with Yaya Han (yayahan.com), a well-known cosplayer in the US I had met a few times and did a cosplay group with once, who was coming the MEFCC as a guest and offered to take her on some sites around Dubai.

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With cosplay legend Yaya Han, her boyfriend Bryan, and my family.

Any cosplay fans, please check out my Facebook page, Jinx Cosplay, and Like and share. :) In addition, I started up a website to try and link all geeks, whether local or expats, in the Middle East region to network and socialize. It’s still under construction but please take a look!

The Middle East Geek website, The Middle East Geek Facebook.

My sister, cousin (who lives in Bahrain) and his parents came to visit during MEFCC, and a month later, Alan’s brother and his girlfriend came to visit from the UK, so I will be highlighting those visits in my next few posts. Keep an eye out! I do also have a few new destinations I will be posting up soon. In the mean time, I’m still trying to analyze and understand all the knowledge I’ve gained throughout the last two weeks in my new role as a senior onboard. Being on ground for two weeks was a huge change to my body clock but I am back to flying in the early hours tomorrow morning! Thanks for those that stayed with my blog, even when it was dead for a while. :)

Alan’s Birthday Weekend

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Even though Alan only turned 29 (not like me, who joined the Dirty Thirties Club in December) on March 13, I felt like being in a festive mood and made some special plans for his birthday.  Instead of paying for a dinner somewhere fancy, I opted for the annual Taste of Dubai, a weekend long festival where restaurants all over the city, from casual to fine dining, sets up a booth and offers a “taste” of their menu. There’s also live musical performances, cooking classes, as well as live demonstrations from cooks from all over the world.

British Airways VIP tent

British Airways VIP tent

French Chef Jean-Christophe Novelli does a lot of talking and very little cooking...

French Chef Jean-Christophe Novelli does a lot of talking and very little cooking…

Alan and I taken by Ahlan! Magazine (no, really!)

Alan and I taken by Ahlan! Magazine (no, really!)

Food booths.. yum!

Food booths.. yum!

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Cooking competition

Cooking competition

Also, I had made it a goal to photograph each plate I got, but I had starved myself beforehand and devoured each plate as soon as I got it! So here’s the only picture I have of food.. and it’s half eaten…

Delicious Thai green chili prawns and crab cakes

Delicious Thai green chili prawns and crab cakes

Every dish we tried was amazingly delicious! I even cheated on my low-carb diet and had a really yummy red velvet cupcake with cream cheese frosting.. ohhh maaaan I can still taste it!

Afterwards, we stopped by a friend’s place for a nightcap, and spotted an almost aerial view of the festival:

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The next day, although weather reports were showing to be quite wet for normally dry Dubai, we hired a yacht and invited some friends out. We were fairly lucky as it was only semi-overcast and sprinkled lightly for a few short bursts, but we couldn’t sail anywhere and just stayed put in one spot. It’s ok, we all still had a great time:

Lots of boats out not sailing, just like us!

Lots of boats out not sailing, just like us!

And this crazy guy...

And this crazy guy…

All the girls on the boat!

All the girls on the boat!

Aaaand birthday boy!

Aaaand birthday boy!

Feelin’ Frisky in San Francisco

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I’m no stranger to San Francisco. Having lived all my life in Arizona, I spent a lot of time in neighboring California visiting family, friends and even going for work…

Working for GirlGamer at the Game Developer’s Conference..

And maybe a pageant or two…

Onstage at Miss Asian America at the Palace Theater, sponsored by Miss Asia Arizona

Onstage at Miss Asian America 2007 at the Palace Theater, sponsored by Miss Asia Arizona

So after moving to Dubai, a layover in San Francisco didn’t always spark the tourist in me, I usually went to meet up with friends a do a bit of shopping. But on occasion, when the crew was super friendly and keen to go out, I opted to join them and be a tourist myself. The first time I went out on a tour with the crew was in April 2011, we checked out good ol’ Fisherman’s Wharf, Pier 39, and took a boat tour.

Trolley fun!

Trolley fun!

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Fisherman's Wharf

Fisherman’s Wharf

Boudin Sourdough Factory

Boudin Sourdough Factory

And of course had to stop for a beer!

And of course had to stop for a beer at The Wavehouse!

The weather was surprisingly (ok, maybe just to us) windy and chilly and pretty much all of us were not prepared, so a few were forced to buy their very own San Francisco souvenir sweatshirts to survive the boat ride… It was easy to find a tour boat. Many of them are privately owned and docked all along the wharf, with signs posting tours. Ours was just $15 for a nice tour of the bay.

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The Golden Gate Bridge

The Golden Gate Bridge

We circled the infamous abandoned high security prison, Alcatraz. I have yet to do a tour on the island itself, but I will someday!

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And here’s a funky piece of art from the airport…

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My next stint as a tourist in San Fran was about a year later, when one of the crew was excited to bike across the Golden Gate Bridge. I’m not exactly athletic unless I’m put up to it, but it did sound like a fun and interesting challenge. We picked up our bikes from Blazing Saddles on Pier 41 and started our journey.

They say riding a bike always comes back to you.. unfortunately that wasn't true for my friend, who had a bit of trouble on it!

They say riding a bike always comes back to you.. unfortunately that wasn’t true for my friend, who had a bit of trouble on it!

While we did stop many times on the way and slowed our pace, the bike ride en route to the Golden Gate Bridge was actually quite beautiful and serene. Little pockets of peacefulness hid along the pathway that most tourists don’t see if they are driving and or using public transport to get to the bridge.

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Doggie on the beach!

Doggie on the beach!

After many stops and much hardship (of my friend, not me!) we finally made it to the bridge!

After many stops and much hardship (of my friend, not me!) we finally made it to the bridge!

You can check out this video I took while biking on the bridge itself… just don’t mind the foul language! My friends said I shouldn’t have been filming while I was riding, but if you pay attention, I was in the bicycle lane (not marked but signs posted bikes to the left) and the potential accident was blindly walking into my lane…

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Once we crossed the bridge, we continued onto a small town on the other side called Sausalito. There, I was meeting up with a friend who would join us for lunch, and then we’d take a ferry back to the wharf.

Pretty talented on the bike if I do say so msyelf!

Pretty talented on the bike if I do say so myself!

Entering Sausalito

Entering Sausalito

Then we found my friend Raychul and looked for a yummy spot for lunch. If any of you readers are hardcore gaming fans, you may know Raychul and her famous gaming videos on Youtube.

My dear friend Raychul

My dear friend Raychul

We decided on a charming spot for some fresh seafood!

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Yummmm….

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Exhausted and with full bellies, we made it back to the ferry dock to go back to the wharf. While we waited, we encountered some of Sausalito’s finest locals…

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Jessy’s Journeys.. in Cooking

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cooking6If you’ve been following my blog long enough, you’ll already know how much I love food. Like, I REALLY love food. And I mentioned previously that I am just starting to learn how to cook. Well, not really, my mom taught me a few Filipino dishes before she passed away, and I do know bits here and there from helping her and watching her be an amazing cook. Unfortunately, I was so young and stubborn that I didn’t really care to learn from her. But nowadays, I try a little bit here and there. In Dubai, one of the biggest conveniences (but inconvenient to your health!) is that everywhere delivers. And Alan has tried to get me to be healthier, so I’ve dipped into what used to be No Man’s Land for me – the world of cooking.

Now, for the average person, cooking is probably something that is just second nature. Especially in the US, eating out is either too expensive or too bad for your health if you opt for the cheap fast food. So since Alan and I have moved in together last year, we’ve slowly been learning how to cook (he has a bit more knowledge than I do). To me, cooking, recipes and ingredients are quite like another language – I usually ask my sister or friends on the minor details usually left out of the generic recipe. I once asked a friend, “Do I need to put oil in the pan before I put the chicken in?” Yes, it’s true. Nowadays, I’m a bit better, thanks to Google, Pinterest, Youtube, and whatever I can stream from Netflix.

Christmas after my mother passed away, my sister sent me a really lovely gift – a recipe book with a few of my mom’s recipes. She usually hand wrote her recipes and kept it in a little box, and I had asked my sister to send me some recipes. I was quite surprised when she sent over this little gem:

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I’m considering sharing some of my mom’s recipes, but not sure I want to yet, for now I’ll just share what I have done so far. I had already been very familiar with her signature chicken adobo, and had made it for her a few times, even when I went back home to visit while she was having chemotherapy.

My mom would make cucumber slices in a vinegar/water/sugar mix to go along with the salty soy sauce taste

My mom would make cucumber slices in a vinegar/water/sugar mix to go along with the salty soy sauce taste

So I had already been quite confident in making it for Alan and my friend, Natalie. Because my lovely Brit and Irish don’t fancy meat on the bone, I made this with all boneless chicken, although my mom ensures that the real flavor comes from the bone, which is why I feel the flavor was slightly lacking, but still good. The next Filipino dish I attempted was a fairly easy one, it just took some time – bistek (translated to beef steak), which are thin slices of beef marinated in soy sauce and calamansi juice – tiny lime like fruits. Unfortunately, at the time I didn’t have any calamansi so I had to substitute it with lemon. I remember watching my mom slave over the stove for what seemed like hours frying the individual pieces of slim beef, and I’d always come over and steal one or two before she covered it in gravy. I actually preferred the beef without the gravy so when I made mine, I went without:

I used the marinade as the sauce, and cooked the onions in it after the beef

I used the marinade as the sauce, and cooked the onions in it after the beef

The next recipe I tried from my mom’s cookbook is a typical Asian style dish, lemon chicken. She did is a bit different by breading the chicken first, and I added onto it with vegetables. Alan, being a personal trainer, is a bit finicky when it comes to food. A lot of popular Filipino dishes lack vegetables and boast rice – because that’s how it was. So in order for him to enjoy it, I added extra vegetables to my mom’s signature lemon chicken.

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Now, being an Asian of course, I should know how to make fried rice. I wish I had the recipes I could link you, but it’s been a while since I cooked this up. I googled a few different recipes as well as asked my fellow Asians on Facebook and came up with this:

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While it was tasty, it was a bit too salty (too much soy sauce) and I haven’t really had the chance to make it again, since like I said, Alan wouldn’t eat just this as a meal and would have to supplement a main dish.

I looked through the rest of my mom’s recipes and decided they were to try later when I had a special event/more practice/the right ingredients. Food in Dubai is actually not that great. Most of what you find in the grocery stores are imported and previously frozen, so the taste is not always there. There are a few farmer’s markets but honestly Alan and I are quite lazy to go farther than our local shop, and also because we don’t have a car it’s not always convenient to just hop in a cab to go to the co-op. I have been exploring the grocery stores on my layovers more and more, and learning from the local crew from each area what is best to buy. I was recently in Capetown, when beef is king, and meats are good and cheap in general:

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And so, I’ve started developing a theme when cooking: Alan must always have a protein and lots of vegetables, and the starch is usually optional (mandatory for me!) so when I do cook I try and think of these three basic elements. What I have been cooking lately has been more “western” style and less Asian inspired, but don’t worry, I will get back to that someday soon.

 

Salmon in mustard honey glaze (recipe found from the Big Oven app) and sweet potato mash

Salmon in mustard honey glaze (recipe found from the Big Oven app) and sweet potato mash

Bolognese (with a jar of Arrabiata sauce and extra tomato sauce) loaded up on vegetables

Bolognese (with a jar of Arrabiata sauce and extra tomato sauce) loaded up on vegetables

Tacos!!! (Don't really need to know how to cook to make tacos)

Fajitas!!! (Don’t really need to know how to cook to make fajitas)

Many people have been keeping a Pinterest of various boards, and I keep one for cooking, and actually have tried a few of the recipes I found there. Here’s one really yummy salmon one that turned out really well:

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I used this recipe I found on Pinterest, which called for mixed spices for the salmon coating and salsa. The salsa I made fresh from a different recipe found here, which I make quite often now. I love having fresh salsa to use for snacks and for breakfast. The rice was a simple cilantro lime rice (which I need to improve on) I found somewhere on google that I used in my rice cooker.

This is the latest cooking adventure using preseasoned lamb chops I purchased in South Africa, and making carrot and potato mash, and vegetables cooked in butter and covered in thick layers of lemon pepper. Yum!

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I have to say that cooking is actually quite easy.. to be fair, I haven’t been too adventurous and I’m still learning how all these flavors mix together, but it does feel good to eat something you made yourself and know what was put into it. I’ll be posting more about cooking as the journeys keep coming and hope to gain knowledge about different ingredients and recipes from all the places I visit in the world.

Have a signature recipe to share? Let’s have it! :)