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The Amazing Flower Festival 2017-Yanbu, Saudi Arabia

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Yanbu flower and garden festival started March 14 and will ends on April 7, 2017. We visited year 2015 and we had a chance to visit again last Friday, March 17,2017. There were a lot of visitors and I think it would be better to come as early as 4 pm to appreciate the flowers.

Timing: Sat-Thurs 8:30 – 5pm Friday 4 pm -11pm

 

Admission : Free .. but there’s a minimal fee to get up to the Flat form and see the areal view of the garden. Another fee to Yanbu Butterfly garden. Beware, it was a long queue. Sorry, I was not able to ask how much the entrance fees.

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So, whats new?

The addition of the fountains, made the place more refreshing and you can have your ice cream yoghurt too 🙂 The weather was cool so we just passed it!

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One new thing that I like the most is the addition of recycling items.

Do you know how long a plastic bottle decompose? 450 years! Omg!

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See the white and blue? It is made of 41000 bottle caps which represent sea waves.

How about a rubber tires? It will take 50-80 years!

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made from old tires

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flowers are made from plastic bottles

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made from papers

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It’s amazing to see the flowers bloom in Yanbu, remember this is Saudi Arabia 🙂

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If you got tired of walking, you can also catch the cho – cho train 🙂 hahaha and you will reach your destination in 2 hours, just kidding.

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or maybe just sit down a bit 🙂

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or when you got bored, you can always call FB 🙂 or play games?

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or maybe after seeing all those flowers, you will feel the sweetness of your heart 🙂

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If you are from Philippines, this is “Enrique” and you will know who he is 🙂

and of course our “Liza”

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Ladies, relationship goal? the “lizqen” of jeddah 🙂

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How sweeeeeet…. so what are you waiting for? smell the flowers, feels the breeze and fall in love..wow!

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Cheers,

Jamilamimi

if you would like to see flower festival 2015 pls click The Amazing Flower Festival 2015 in Yanbu Saudi Arabia

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Mermaid’s Secret Haven – airbnb

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Photo credit: Edge Suarez

AirbnB – stands for airbed and breakfast, but that was then …today you can actually rent the whole place and make your own breakfast. 🙂

I heard about airbnb from my two sons, the first time I was going to visit them in Los Angeles. It’s cheaper than hotel and it feels like your home, but I want to feel like I’m on vacation… I don’t want to cook my own meal, clean my place, I like to stay in a hotel.

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Photo Credit: Edge Suarez

Try mom!

Alright! We stayed one week in Sta. Monica, the host is kind and the place is neat and clean, though I still think , hotel is way better but if you’re thinking to save some money for shopping 🙂  airbnb is a choice!

This is the second time I tried airbnb, this time in Hawaii for two weeks. My children would like to feel local, ok ladies, I am not rolling my eyes but my kind of holiday is like..staying in the hotel, spa,guided tours and shopping, I guess that’s my definition of a tourist. (in my own vocabulary)

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Photo Credit: Edge Suarez

What is like being a tourist and a local at the same time?

 

One thing is to rent a house far away from where the tourist usually crowds. I rented “Mermaid’s Secret Haven” in Kaneohe,Hi. Indeed, the place is far from the airport and a car is a necessity . If you have used the airbnb app, the pictures are exactly what you can find at Katrina’s place. I find her very charming and polite host.

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welcome treat from the host

It’s a one bedroom/bathroom apartment which is attached to the main house but has a separate entrance. It is complete with all the things you need while on vacation, plenty of different kinds of towels, even picnic basket,cooler and snorkelling gears are available.

Though the place is far from the centre, it is a few minutes drive from the malls and nice beaches around the island. Nearer to the North shore and Kailua beach.As the days passed, I really didn’t feel that was a far place.

I love the serenity of the place, the garden …though it was raining every now and then, I had the chance to enjoy my coffee outside and taste the sweetness of the freshly pick papaya every morning, it was heaven to my palate. Thanks Katrina!

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Photo credit: Edge Suarez

This is our family photo on rainy days inside the Maiden’s secret haven. I love it!

I’m looking forward to another family holiday,another adventure.

Will I use another airbnb?

Hmmm… maybe yes..maybe no!

Cheers,

jamilamimi

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Al baha road trip (part 2)

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(ancient ruins of 400 years old village) Dee Ayn Village

Al baha is a region in Saudi Arabia nestled between Mecca and Al abha. It is known as the region of 1001 towers,though we have seen several towers, which usually at the top of the mountain, mostly are not protected and inhabited either completely gone or partially ruined.

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palm trees and banana trees can be seen around the tower

 

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it is built on the top of a marble

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neatly arranged slate of stones

On our way back home, we passed through a town called Al Mikhwah, looking for a restaurant to eat breakfast but everything was closed probably due to Eid holiday. So we continued on until we found a huge bridge with fresh water flowing from the nearby mountain.

Is it a river?  lake? oasis?

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We went down under the bridge and had our breakfast with the sound of fresh water and after around twenty minutes a herd of camels apparently the caretaker would like to have some rest too.

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We supposed to pass by Al Leith hot spring but the weather was so hot to even attempt to pass by. 😦

Happy Eid to all!

Cheers,

Jamilamimi

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Dhi Ain Village – the marble village of al Baha KSA (part 1)

 

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Dhi Ain Village (thi ain ancient village ) it is also known as Aqaba al-Baha. The 400 year old village was not easy to locate, we have to pass through 25 tunnels at 8,200 ft above sea level to get into al- baha. On top of that, due to numerous spellings we can’t google the place correctly. We have to go to Golden Tulip Hotel to asked for the direction. The scenery along the road was spectacular. There were few view deck along the area where you can stop and take pictures.

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built 400 years ago on a small marble mountain

Before reaching this place, we have seen ruins of abandoned stones and slate towers along the way. It’s amazing to see how the stones were arranged.

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We left our hotel early morning and we can’t just pass through without taking pictures. It was all foggy ,breezy but not so cold at this time.

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It’s a long winding road but its worth seeing the place specially we have a week Eid holiday. Though we were not able to see forest garden, we have seen few green bushes, banana ,olive, flowers along the area.

Creativity at its best!

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to be continued 🙂

Cheers,

Jamilamimi

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Thought provoking… Honolulu Fish Auction

At first when I heard from my son, Chef Kevin, he wanted to see the Fish Auction in Honolulu, I was bewildered! There’s a lot of scenic tours around the island why at the Pier 38?

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4 Am mom!

What? Why? Are we going on fishing? Are we selling fish? Why 4 am?

Do we have to take part in auction?

What about the smell?

Well, this is his holiday gift so I just went along with the idea. We woke up at 4:30 and was at Pier 38 5:30 am, the auctions starts at 6 am. Thought provoking? Yes!  you can say that again, a lot of things in my mind 🙂  Anyhow , as I see the excitement on his eyes , I begun to feel excited too!

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nice smile!

IMG_6618To my surprise, the place is clean and I hardly smell the fishes.Before going in, we passed through a small board with water ( i’m assuming it is mixed with disinfectant) .  I noticed a small portion of the fish tail is cut off and I learned later that it was done to show the color of the meat i.e.: bright red is fresh, streaks of white indicates high fat content and if brown, oxygenation has taken place. Would you still buy it? The guide said, are you going to eat it raw? or are you going to cook it? It depends 🙂

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a small piece of meat is cut off from the tail to show the freshness

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This is me just goofing around..

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Why are we wearing headset? Well, with all the people around trying to bid, it would be hard for us to listen to the guide. The auction is done like in the wall street trade but instead of suits,hand gestures and screaming, auctioneers are in jackets and boots,quickly moves in rows of fish and speaks in steady fast manner.

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The most common is yellow fin tuna and big eye tuna, but they also have opa – moon fish

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Well, I’m happy that I went along with chef Kevin’s idea. I enjoyed the tour as well. And here are the few things I learned:

-Tuna contains the mineral selenium (selenoneine) which is antioxidant and together binds with the mercury which lowers the risk of mercury-related problem. When we eat tuna we likely get the same antioxidant protection.

-Interesting to note, and tricky too :0 Tuna has a higher mercury content than other fishes so it was advise pregnant women should avoid eating it, but other researches shows when pregnant women eats more tuna, the kids are more smarter.

-Hawaiian name for big-eye tuna- (Ahi) yellow fin, blue fin (maguro)

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I enjoyed the tour as well 🙂  I had a better idea of what is going on in an auction like this. I  also have a better appreciation of the fishermen and the chefs who have gone through fish searching , so we can savour the menu on the table.

Way to go!

Cheers,

Jamilamimi

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wordless wednesday

last day in Oahu island

july 5,2016​

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wordless wednesday

29 june 2016

Honolulu County

Oahu Hawaii

weekly photo challenge: curve

postcard against nature

24 june 2016

currently on family holiday in Hawaii 

cheers,

jamilamimi

Shabuya-a review

Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles Ca USA

22 June 2016

My food adventures with Chef Kevin and my photographer Edge (though all photos here are mine😊) continues on. The beauty of being with them is …I got to try different menu and also learn new things, forget about putting on additional weight, it’s holiday time!

Today lunch choice: Japanese shabu shabu


I would say, so far this is the best hot pot I have tried in LA. The soup base even though it is spicy, i can still savour its tastes, so yummy!



well, is it obvious that I love shrimps😍



Chef Kevin says: put noodles at the last part!

why?

Because after putting all the meat, vegetables and sea food, the broth or soup takes in all the flavor and of course noodles will absorb all the flavors too!

love it! and I don’t mind to come back again in this restaurant. The price is also reasonable for ” eat all you can” hot pot.

Ladies, what are you waiting for? try now!

cheers,

jamilamimi

Age 57: my funny summer adventure (part 2)

San Diego, California 

21 jun 2016


we took an early road trip to San Diego. passing through scenic beaches of huntington, newport, laguna and dana point.

guess what’s the choice of chef kevin for lunch?

Brazillian steak!


ok what’s the funny part?

well, at the middle of the dining table there’s a fire which I thought we will be using to grill some steak😜 toink! its for heat on cold days😊


cheers,

jamilamimi 

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