August 20, 2008
Two days ago, Ross, Eena and myself took a very relaxing and well deserved recharge trip to Fujairah. Fujairah is one of UAE’s seven emirates and is known for its rocky mountains and rich seas. It is also home to UAE’s oldest natural forts. The ruling family of Fujairah is the Al Sharqi Family with Sheikh Hamad bin Muhammad holding absolute power.
Fujairah’s natural territories are somewhat confusing because one can find sub-territories of the emirates of Sharjah and Ras al Khaimah within its jurisdictions. Even the country of Oman has a city within Fujairah. Now that’s a little screwed up, isn’t it?
Since the weather in Fujairah is way cooler than the other emirates, we decided to take our little vacation there.
We stayed in the Rotana Al Aqah Beach and it was a marvelous resort! The 2+ hours drive from Dubai was definitely well worth it. Along the road going to the hotel were rocky mountains which provides for a scenic trip. The hotel itself was great and the staff were all nice. Although I could still say that Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai is the best place to be.
We went into action straightaway upon arrival by kayaking into the vast Indian Ocean. The ocean was pretty calm so we had a great time paddling and checking out the whole scenery. Word of caution, the currents can be very unpredictable , so it would a smart idea to always check the weather forecast and speak to the boathouse people. It was pouring in neighboring Oman when we did our open sea kayaking and we were kinda lucky the seas didn’t get rough.
Determined not to get the downpour in the mountains get into the way of our snorkling, we headed out to an isolated island off the coast to explore the underwater life of Fujairah. The sky was a little overcast and the sea was a little choppy on that day. But for us, that did not seem to matter.
The water was a bit murky because of the rain on the highlands, but I think these shots are still fairly decent.
We spent the afternoon of the second day exploring the city of Fujairah. We stopped by the museum, which was empty save for one ticket guy. The exhibits were very disorderly and were poorly labeled. I even thought that one fire extinguisher was an exhibit item. Considering how small a place Fujairah is, I wouldn’t wonder why people don’t bother visiting their museum.
Dinner was at Pizza Hut. Not the most original idea for a dinner in Fujairah, but Ross and Eena were so hungry and insisted. Funny part of the story was Pizza Hut was about a only couple hundred meters from where we stood, yet the cab driver did not know where it was!!! The hilarious thing about it was the look on the poor guy’s face when Eena and Ross instructed him to drive us to Pizza Hut and he did not know what to do! Not until Ross mentioned KFC did he realize where he was supposed to take us (KFC was just right beside Pizza Hut).
When we got back to the hotel, we lounged by the pool until late. I had a pint of Becks, Ross a breezer and Eena a Stella Artois. The weather cooperated the whole day. At around midnight, when the ladies went up to their rooms, I hit the sauna for some serious sweating (which was what I needed) before going to my room for a very nice shower and some leftover pizza from Pizza Hut.
TO BE CONTINUED…
June 2, 2008
for the steamed fish…
1 whole (equivalent to about 1 to 1.5 Kgs) fresh Red Snapper (Hammour or Halibut or any white fish).
2 large onions, quartered
1 whole lemongrass stem, washed and pounded
4 tsp. rock salt
Drizzle of olive oil
for the sauce…
1 cup ginger, peeled and sliced into thin strips
1/2 cup spring onions, sliced into 1/2 inch strips
1 cup Kikkoman soy sauce
1 cup olive oil
Fresh coriander leaves for garnish.
for the steamed fish…
1. Wash the fish thoroughly, ensuring that the gills, intestines, fins and scales are removed. Drip Dry. Rub with salt and olive oil.
2. In a large steamer, bring about a pitcher of cold water to a rolling boil. Put the steamer tray in place.
3. On the steamer tray, loosely arrange the onion and the lemongrass and arrange the fish on top. Steam covered for 10 minutes each side.
for the sauce…
1. In a heated non-stick skillet, drizzle olive oil and cook the ginger for 15 minutes to infuse the oil with the flavor. Add the spring onions and the Kikkoman soy sauce. Cook for 5 more minutes.
2. On a separate pan, heat the remaining olive oil until it becomes boiling hot. Be careful not to leave it as hot oil left unattended may ignite.
1. On an oval plate, arrange the fish and spoon the cooked ginger and spring onions over it. Save the sauce for later.
2. Pour the heated oil over it and take a bow as your guests enjoy the sizzle it creates. This is your ten seconds of fame.
3. Before everyone starts to dig in, pour the infused Kikkoman sauce on the fish and garnish with freash coriander leaves. Enjoy!
This recipe is good for a party of four and is best served with plain steamed jasmine rice. A perfect accompaniment to this is a very bottle of white wine.
*the above picture was borrowed from http://picasaweb.google.com/cathy.danh/DaNang/photo#5106173798069398594.
May 22, 2008
May 9, 2008
Bon Jovi is coming to town! This followed by the ‘Under the Same Sun’ band Scorpions. Wooo Hooo!!!
That’ll be two days in a week to look forward to!
Concert photos coming soon…
May 5, 2008
April 22, 2008
Earth Day is either of two different observances, both held annually during spring in the northern hemisphere, and autumn in the southern hemisphere. These are intended to inspire awareness of and appreciation for the Earth‘s environment. The United Nations celebrates an Earth Day each year on the March equinox, a tradition which was founded by peace activist John McConnell in 1969. A second Earth Day, which was founded by US politician Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in in the late 1960s, is celebrated in many countries each year on April 22.
April 17, 2008
I am a Filipino-
inheritor of a glorious past,
hostage to the uncertain future.
As such I must prove equal to a two-fold task-
the task of meeting my responsibility to the past,
and the task of performing my obligation to the future.
I sprung from a hardy race-
child of many generations removed of ancient Malayan pioneers.
Across the centuries, the memory comes rushing back to me:
of brown-skinned men putting out to sea in ships that were as frail as their hearts were stout.
over the sea I see them come,
borne upon the billowing wave and the whistling wind,
carried upon the mighty swell of hope-
hope in the free abundance of new land that was to be their home and their children’s forever..
I am a Filipino
born of freedom and I shall not rest until freedom shall have been added unto my inheritance-
for myself and my children’s children-
April 17, 2008
April 1, 2008
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