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My UAE Chronicles: Talking Art – Louvre Abu Dhabi

August 21, 2009.

Talking Art: Louvre Abu Dhabi is an event that has been conceived to celebrate the continuing development of the Louvre Abu Dhabi project. Its objective is to present the principal architectural and cultural aspects of the project.

Louvre Abu Dhabi is one of the five iconic cultural institutions within the Saadiyat Island Cultural District development. A universal museum for the 21st century, this program of tours and events reveal the spirit and concept of Louvre Abu Dhabi for the first time.

I remember the first time I saw the actual Madonna and Child of Bellini. I told myself I could die right there and then. I could not believe that it was really happening. That I was staring, and at the same time admiring, the very same painting which I only saw in art books and slides in my art class. It was really in front of me and I was just filled with awe right that very moment.

It's me! :D

It’s me! 😀

Giovanni Bellini (Venice, 1430-Venice, 1516) Madonna & Child Venice, circa 1480-1485 Oil on panel

Giovanni Bellini
(Venice, 1430-Venice, 1516)
Madonna & Child
Venice, circa 1480-1485
Oil on panel

I have asked my friend’s parents, Tito Manny and Tita Olga, together with my flatmates to go with me to the exhibition. They said ‘yes’ in an instant. This was my second time to attend an art exhibit at the Emirates Palace. The first time was the Picasso Exhibit, which is another chronicle for me to tell. 😀

Here are some of the photos from the exhibition. I only took these photos from the brochure they provided since it was not allowed to take pictures inside.

Black Figures Amphora Greece, circa 520 BC Ceramic Attributed to the Antimenes Painter (2nd half of the 6th century BC)

Black Figures Amphora
Greece, circa 520 BC
Ceramic
Attributed to the Antimenes Painter
(2nd half of the 6th century BC)

“Sosibios” Vase
Athens, circa 50 BC
Marble
Musee du Louvre, Dept. of Greek, Etruscan & Roman Antiquities — at Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi.

Head of Buddha North China (from Henan to Shandong), Northern Qi Dynasty (550-577 AD) White marble

Head of Buddha
North China (from Henan to Shandong), Northern Qi Dynasty (550-577 AD)
White marble

Standing Bodhisattva (Maitreya) Gandhara region (present Pakistan), perhaps Takht-Bahi or Sahri-Bahlol, 2nd-3rd century AD Schiste

Standing Bodhisattva
(Maitreya)
Gandhara region (present Pakistan), perhaps Takht-Bahi or Sahri-Bahlol, 2nd-3rd century AD
Schiste

Lamp inscribed with the name of Sultan Hassan Egypt, 1347-1361 Glass, blown, enameled and gilded Loan from the Musee du Louvre, Dept. of Islamic Art, former Spitzer collection

Lamp inscribed with the name of Sultan Hassan
Egypt, 1347-1361
Glass, blown, enameled and gilded
Loan from the Musee du Louvre, Dept. of Islamic Art, former Spitzer collection

Christ showing his wounds Bavaria or Austria, circa 1515 Limewood, polychrome

Christ showing his wounds
Bavaria or Austria, circa 1515
Limewood, polychrome

Jean-Francois de Troy (Paris, 1679-Rome, 1752) Esther fainting before Ahaseurus Paris, 1730 Oil on canvas

Jean-Francois de Troy
(Paris, 1679-Rome, 1752)
Esther fainting before Ahaseurus
Paris, 1730
Oil on canvas

Bartolome Esteban Murillo (Seville, 1617-Seville, 1682 Jacob's Dream Seville (Spain), circa 1665 Oil on canvas

Bartolome Esteban Murillo
(Seville, 1617-Seville, 1682
Jacob’s Dream
Seville (Spain), circa 1665
Oil on canvas

Edouard Manet The Bohemian Paris, 1861-1862 Oil on canvas

Edouard Manet
The Bohemian
Paris, 1861-1862
Oil on canvas

Vessel depicting the Feast of Cupid and Psyche Urbino (Italy), 1541 Earthenware

Vessel depicting the Feast of Cupid and Psyche
Urbino (Italy), 1541
Earthenware

Tsonga Headrest Zambia, 2nd half of the 19th century Wood

Tsonga Headrest
Zambia, 2nd half of the 19th century
Wood

Paul Cezanne Rocks near the caves above Chateau Noir Aixen-Provence, circa 1904 Oil on canvas Paris, Musee d'Orsay

Paul Cezanne
Rocks near the caves above Chateau Noir
Aixen-Provence, circa 1904
Oil on canvas
Paris, Musee d’Orsay

This is how the Louvre Abu Dhabi will look once the construction is done.

Louvre Abu Dhabi

Louvre Abu Dhabi

After our so-called art appreciation experience, Tito Manny treated us for a cup of coffee at the nearest coffee shop.

With Cher

With Cher

Tita Olga and Tito Manny

Tita Olga and Tito Manny

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The coffee shop

The coffee shop

With my flatmates, Cher & Khendz

With my flatmates, Cher & Khendz

My cappuccino

My cappuccino

Going home :)

Going home 🙂

On our way home, I also took photos of the light decorations on the street, celebrating the Ramadan holidays.

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My UAE Chronicles: The Guggenheim – The Making of a Museum

February 2010.

The exhibit was organized in a collaboration with the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, which brings masterworks from the great collection of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum to the Middle East for the first time. It is the first exhibition to be organized under the auspices of the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Museum.

My colleagues (Monica & Erma) and I decided to check the exhibit after work. The exhibition was held at Emirates Palace, the 7-star hotel in Abu Dhabi.

And because I was an Art Studies graduate and haven’t been anywhere near Europe, this was the closest I got to all of those paintings I have studied back in college. I almost died after seeing the great works of Seurat, Cezanne and Pollock.
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It’s me! 🙂

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Vasily Kandinsky’s Decisive Rose. This was what was posted outside the exhibit.

The following photos are from the exhibit itself which I got from Arts Abu Dhabi website since it was not allowed to take photos inside. You can constantly check this website for more art-related events. 🙂

The planned museum will look like this once it is done.

Frank Gehry's Guggenheim Abu Dhabi

Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim Abu Dhabi

After appreciating all that beauty, we decided to stay a bit longer at the hotel to also take some photos.

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The ceiling of the hotel

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Look at that floor!

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With Erma 🙂

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The wall of the hotel bearing the typical Arabic art.

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With Monica

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Inside the lift 😀

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Where to Eat: Yakimix

Craving Japanese food? Then perhaps Yakimix is the answer to those cravings. Yakimix is a Japanese with Asian-fusion themed eat-all-you-can buffet restaurant with different branches all over Metro Manila.

Yakimix, Trinoma

Buffet prices are as follows:

Mondays to Fridays: Lunch – Php 499 / Dinner – Php 599

Saturdays and Sundays – Lunch and Dinner Php 599

Below are its branches:

YAKIMIX ATC: Upper Ground Level, Alabang Town Center, Muntinlupa City
Tel. (02) 553-4757, (02) 553-7433

YAKIMIX GREENBELT: 3/F Greenbelt 3, Makati City
Tel. (02) 475-5153, (02) 475-5154, (02) 998-8039

YAKIMIX MACAPAGAL: G/F Hobbies of Asia, Diosdado Macapagal Blvd, Pasay City
Tel. (02) 556-6673, (02) 736-7904

YAKIMIX MALL OF ASIA: G/F Entertainment Mall, SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City
Tel. (02) 836-1535, (02) 836-1536, (02) 836-1537

YAKIMIX PODIUM: 5/F The Podium, Mandaluyong City
Tel. (02) 806-4331, (02) 806-5367, (02) 634-0302

YAKIMIX ROBINSONS`S ERMITA: 4/F Robinsons Place Manila, Manila City
Tel. (02) 354-9289, (02) 353-4674

YAKIMIX SM MASINAG: G/F SM Masinag, Antipolo City
Tel. (02) 781-4182, (02) 781-4183

YAKIMIX SM NORTH EDSA: G/F SM North EDSA, Quezon City
Tel. (02) 921-9806, (02) 921-6375

YAKIMIX TRINOMA: 4/F Trinoma, Quezon City
Tel. (02) 861-1718, (02) 861-4022, (02) 901-0057

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Where to Eat: Zark’s Burgers

Just because we were in the office on a holiday, we decided to have breakfast in Eastwood City after shift.

My office mates wanted to go to Zark’s, which I had no idea about, so I tagged along.

I don’t recall anything special with their burgers except maybe for its gigantic sizes/servings. Our order included their very famous Jawbreaker which is a triple cheeseburger with spam, bacon and overflowing cheese sauce on top (value: Php275), Deep-fried Bacon Wrapped Burger (value: Php240) and Blue Cheese Burger, a mushroom cheese burger topped with blue cheese sauce (value: Php145).

Top right: Jawbreaker Bottom Left: Blue Cheese Burger Bottom right: Deep-fried Bacon Wrapped Burger (Eat at your own risk!) Note: Correction on the year. It was 2013.

Top right: Jawbreaker
Bottom Left: Blue Cheese Burger
Bottom right: Deep-fried Bacon Wrapped Burger (Eat at your own risk!)
Note: Correction on the year. It was 2013.

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Where to Eat: Ramen Cool

Here’s my disclaimer: I am NOT a food blogger nor am I a food connoisseur in any way.  I just love to eat and I love to try different kinds of food and restaurants.

Soon, I will be posting photos of the places I have tried and maybe write a bit about them but expect that mostly it would just be a collage (just setting your expectations here). 🙂

Anyway, here’s a Japanese restaurant my office mates and I have tried that is located in Kapitolyo, Pasig.

My favorite would be the Spicy Alaskan Duo (value: Php195 for 8 pieces) and the Salmon Skin Roll (value: Php195 for 8 pieces) among those that we ordered. My friends’ favorites include the two I mentioned as well as the Nabeyaki Ramen (value: Php250), which I think is already good for two persons because of its enormous serving.

Lunch out at Ramen Cool

Lunch out at Ramen Cool

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Joaqui Goes to: Nia’s Dedication and 1st Birthday Party

Happy birthday, Nia! :)

Happy birthday, Nia! 🙂

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Revealed: 10 best burgers in Dubai

Source: Arabian Business

If you’re going to blow your diet, make sure you do it the right way.

We’ve been focusing on superfoods and health trends for quite a while now, so we thought that it’s high time we junk it out a little in celebration of the end of a long summer.While burgers have never been out of fashion, they’re trending in a whole new light right now: The interpreted version comes in the form of higher culinary pursuit and just the right mix of indulgence.

We’ve been focusing on superfoods and health trends for quite a while now, so we thought that it’s high time we junk it out a little in celebration of the end of a long summer.While burgers have never been out of fashion, they’re trending in a whole new light right now: The interpreted version comes in the form of higher culinary pursuit and just the right mix of indulgence.

Jones the Grocer: Jones Wagyu Burger is simply outstanding. The wagyu burger was juicy and not at all oily, while the wonderfully sweet and soft brioche bun was a great foil for the salty veal bacon. Opt for caramelised onions, which further accentuate the sweetness of the bread. Green salad added a slight crunch without taking away from the stronger flavours. Price Tag: AED69 with AED6 additional for the caramelized onions. Location: Sheikh Zayed Road.

Jones the Grocer: Jones Wagyu Burger is simply outstanding. The wagyu burger was juicy and not at all oily, while the wonderfully sweet and soft brioche bun was a great foil for the salty veal bacon. Opt for caramelised onions, which further accentuate the sweetness of the bread. Green salad added a slight crunch without taking away from the stronger flavours. Price Tag: AED69 with AED6 additional for the caramelized onions. Location: Sheikh Zayed Road.

The Counter: One massively filling burger, moderate prices, great service and an unfathomable choice of sauces makes this the new top burger in town. Your patty can be as reasonably sized as a third ponder, or you can go crazy with their one pounder option. The menu gives you the option to order a la carte or “build your own burger”: from bun to sides. You can even build your own shake or smoothie with an aray of unique options to chose from. Only downfall is that the burger patty can be a bit on the dry side, but it’s nothing that a little sauce can’t fix. Average Price Tag: AED45 (depending on the burger you build). Location: The Beach, JBR.

The Counter: One massively filling burger, moderate prices, great service and an unfathomable choice of sauces makes this the new top burger in town. Your patty can be as reasonably sized as a third ponder, or you can go crazy with their one pounder option. The menu gives you the option to order a la carte or “build your own burger”: from bun to sides. You can even build your own shake or smoothie with an aray of unique options to chose from. Only downfall is that the burger patty can be a bit on the dry side, but it’s nothing that a little sauce can’t fix. Average Price Tag: AED45 (depending on the burger you build). Location: The Beach, JBR.

Harvesters: Order a burger and you’ll not only be asked how you want your meat cooked – you’ll also automatically be furnished with specialist cutlery for the job and the biggest selection of condiments you’ve ever seen. Their Prime Beef Burger is out of this world, paired with excellent service and surprisingly warm environment for a pub. Price Tag: AED35. Location: Crowne Plaza Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road.

Harvesters: Order a burger and you’ll not only be asked how you want your meat cooked – you’ll also automatically be furnished with specialist cutlery for the job and the biggest selection of condiments you’ve ever seen. Their Prime Beef Burger is out of this world, paired with excellent service and surprisingly warm environment for a pub. Price Tag: AED35. Location: Crowne Plaza Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road.

More Café: A staple in Dubai’s restaurant scene, the MORE burger is an absolute must-try. The “build your own” towering mixture of ingredients is a playful take on the classic burger, and the 220 gram beef patty is the perfect thickness that comes on their signature corn-rye bread. Price Tag: AED64. Location: Dubai Mall, fountain view.

More Café: A staple in Dubai’s restaurant scene, the MORE burger is an absolute must-try. The “build your own” towering mixture of ingredients is a playful take on the classic burger, and the 220 gram beef patty is the perfect thickness that comes on their signature corn-rye bread. Price Tag: AED64. Location: Dubai Mall, fountain view.

Shake Shack: Double Shack Stack is encased in a vague excuse for a bread bun and filled with inconceivable concoction of beef patties (two of them – we ordered a double) and fried portobello mushrooms with melted muenster cheese. There was also an inconsequential lettuce leaf and a tomato slice, as well as an almost unnoticeable dollop of ‘Shack sauce’. It was fun to eat and certainly reminiscent of a trip to New York. But, only pursue experience if you are into the greasy burger vibe. Price Tag: AED49. Location: Mall of the Emirates.

Shake Shack: Double Shack Stack is encased in a vague excuse for a bread bun and filled with inconceivable concoction of beef patties (two of them – we ordered a double) and fried portobello mushrooms with melted muenster cheese. There was also an inconsequential lettuce leaf and a tomato slice, as well as an almost unnoticeable dollop of ‘Shack sauce’. It was fun to eat and certainly reminiscent of a trip to New York. But, only pursue experience if you are into the greasy burger vibe. Price Tag: AED49. Location: Mall of the Emirates.

Barasti: Their sizeable burger was served in a large, soft bap that made it all the easier to pick up (though not quite as easy to fit our mouth around). The beef patty itself was generous in size, though in spite of our requests for it to be cooked medium, it wasn’t as flavourful as its appearance suggested. On the plus side, the tomato relish was tasty, as were the accompanying curly fries and as the weather gets better, sitting outside across the beach is priceless. Price Tag: AED85. Location: Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort, Dubai Marina.

Barasti: Their sizeable burger was served in a large, soft bap that made it all the easier to pick up (though not quite as easy to fit our mouth around). The beef patty itself was generous in size, though in spite of our requests for it to be cooked medium, it wasn’t as flavourful as its appearance suggested. On the plus side, the tomato relish was tasty, as were the accompanying curly fries and as the weather gets better, sitting outside across the beach is priceless. Price Tag: AED85. Location: Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort, Dubai Marina.

Burger Fuel: The Hot Rod Burger is sandwiched between two halves of a more savoury, grainy bun than its rivals, the thick, generous patty was well seasoned, nicely salted and not too greasy – the bun held firm, but the burger wasn’t sloppy enough to make this a real battle. The relish was just enough to offer tangy flavour rather than an all-out soaking, and the acid heat of the jalapeños was balanced by the melted cheddar. The aïoli dip on the side was a nice, garlicky extra. Price Tag: AED32. Various locations including The Walk, JBR and the Boulevard, Downtown.

Burger Fuel: The Hot Rod Burger is sandwiched between two halves of a more savoury, grainy bun than its rivals, the thick, generous patty was well seasoned, nicely salted and not too greasy – the bun held firm, but the burger wasn’t sloppy enough to make this a real battle. The relish was just enough to offer tangy flavour rather than an all-out soaking, and the acid heat of the jalapeños was balanced by the melted cheddar. The aïoli dip on the side was a nice, garlicky extra. Price Tag: AED32. Various locations including The Walk, JBR and the Boulevard, Downtown.

Elevation Burger: The American chain boasts a healthier option with their organic beef pattys and olive oil cooked fries. Although neatly packaged, the burgers looked squidgy and small. But when we bit in, they were definitely highly enjoyable with good, tender beef in the patty and noticeable nicer cheddar cheese than you often find in fast food outlets. Although the fries were quite soggy and we didn’t quite get the health benefits frying in olive oil (doesn’t that kill the beneficial compounds in oil?), there was a noticeable absence of post-burger bloat which was reassuring as to their claim to fame. Tag Price: AED35-50 (depending on the number of patties you choose to stack). Location: Sheikh Zayed Road.

Elevation Burger: The American chain boasts a healthier option with their organic beef pattys and olive oil cooked fries. Although neatly packaged, the burgers looked squidgy and small. But when we bit in, they were definitely highly enjoyable with good, tender beef in the patty and noticeable nicer cheddar cheese than you often find in fast food outlets. Although the fries were quite soggy and we didn’t quite get the health benefits frying in olive oil (doesn’t that kill the beneficial compounds in oil?), there was a noticeable absence of post-burger bloat which was reassuring as to their claim to fame. Tag Price: AED35-50 (depending on the number of patties you choose to stack). Location: Sheikh Zayed Road.

Manhattan Grill: What a beast. This huge and pricey Wagyu Burger, was crammed with veal bacon, Monterey Jack cheese, tomato, lettuce and onion, plus the fattest patty we’ve ever laid eyes on. Unfortunately, the multitude of fillings was a step too far and made it difficult to make out any individual flavour. After spilling most of it down our shirt, we reverted to deconstructing the burger and eating the meat with a knife and fork. Still, it was an experience worth trying. Price Tag: AED125. Location: Grand Hyatt Dubai, Oud Metha.

Manhattan Grill: What a beast. This huge and pricey Wagyu Burger, was crammed with veal bacon, Monterey Jack cheese, tomato, lettuce and onion, plus the fattest patty we’ve ever laid eyes on. Unfortunately, the multitude of fillings was a step too far and made it difficult to make out any individual flavour. After spilling most of it down our shirt, we reverted to deconstructing the burger and eating the meat with a knife and fork. Still, it was an experience worth trying. Price Tag: AED125. Location: Grand Hyatt Dubai, Oud Metha.

The Meat Co: From the list of five burgers, we chose the small-sized cheeseburger with lettuce, onion, tomato and relish, but there were certainly is much more decadent options. The meat was flame-grilled and served pink in the middle for maximum juiciness, as per our request. You can also pay AED12 extra to add a sauce: we chose creamy mushroom for an indulgent treat. Price Tag: AED60. Location: Souk Al Bahr, Downtown.

The Meat Co: From the list of five burgers, we chose the small-sized cheeseburger with lettuce, onion, tomato and relish, but there were certainly is much more decadent options. The meat was flame-grilled and served pink in the middle for maximum juiciness, as per our request. You can also pay AED12 extra to add a sauce: we chose creamy mushroom for an indulgent treat. Price Tag: AED60. Location: Souk Al Bahr, Downtown.

 

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In Pictures: Lady Gaga’s desert adventure

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Dubai Spice Souk

Source: Arabian Business

A general view of Dubai Spice Souk on September 11, 2014 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Getty Images)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Trip to Hong Kong: Regal Oriental Hotel

It was March 2011. It was my whole family’s first time to go out of the country. Flying at the time we were growing up was expensive then. But thanks to cheaper airfare and budget airlines like Cebu Pac nowadays, we are now able to fly without having to pay that much.

My sisters and I want our parents to experience travelling outside of the Philippines before they really get old and this was our chance. My sister, Kakie, was the one who planned and researched everything – from accommodations, airfare, budget for food,etc.

Our big plan was a trip to Hong Kong and Macau for exactly four days in total.

And so our journey began.

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Our flight was in the evening We departed from Manila at 11pm and reached Hong Kong at 1am, Manila time. Hong Kong Airport was big and I honestly don’t know anymore how we got out of there. All I remember was how confused I felt just seeing how enormous the airport was and finding signs in Chinese. I have always been poor with directions (that’s why I don’t drive) so I’m just guessing now that I basically followed my younger sister where she was heading.

We hailed a cab, informed the non-English speaking driver where we were heading by also providing the hotel’s details, which can be found at the bottom of this blog ;). The driver called someone on his radio to ask about our hotel’s location, traveled for almost another hour until we reached the hotel.

We stayed at Regal Oriental Hotel. We reserved two rooms, one for our parents and another for me and my two sisters.

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We were so exhausted, we just hit the sack immediately. Tomorrow will be a different story. 🙂

Hotel’s details:

The Regal Oriental Hotel is the signature hotel of international standard in Kowloon East – within the fastest developing commercial business districts of Kowloon Bay, Kwun Tong and the formerly Hong Kong International Airport.Address: 30 – 38 Sa Po Road , Kowloon City, Kowloon,

Hong KongTelephone: (852) 2718 0333

Fax: (852) 2718 4111

Email: roh.info@regalhotel.com

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