Author: Myla Laurel

Khao San Bangkok

Our 6 Day Bangkok Itinerary

Visiting Thailand this year was not in our plans until I came across a good deal through Skyscanner. Without any second thoughts we jumped on the opportunity and booked our flights from Dubai to Bangkok for just 1,300 dirhams (350 USD) each with Gulf Air.  Although the trip included an hour stopover at Bahrain, we were not bothered because we love a great deal and the flight and service was amazing! Our aim was to see as much as we could on our brief trip, so we made sure to plan ahead for our itinerary.  We decided to spend our first 3 days in the old part of Bangkok near Khao San Road and the following 3 in the newer Sukhumvit district. It was our first time visiting Bangkok so you can only imagine the excitement we had. We couldn’t wait for the mouth-watering street food and cool cafes. Without further ado, here is our 6 day itinerary: Day 1 Arrived at Suvarnabhumi airport around 9am Thailand time (3 hours ahead of UAE) Bought a …

Luxury-hotel-Jumeirah

Park Regis Boutique | 21 Grams Balkan Restaurant Jumeirah

One of the best things about living in Dubai is all the completely different places you can visit with just a small drive. Whether it’s the breathtaking dunes in the desert, the relaxing beaches, the bustle of the business districts, the peaceful public parks, or the area like Bastakiya with the inspiring Arabic architecture; there is so much to see and do depending on your mood. This is why I love staycations in Dubai – after a 20 minute drive I feel like I’m staying in another part of the world! Needless to say I was delighted to be invited to spend a Thursday night at the new Park Regis Boutique hotel in Jumeirah. We arrived early on a Thursday evening to find a beautiful hotel that looked more like an elegant villa with 21 rooms. The rooms are spacious and have a unique nautical theme, with lovely, comfortable furniture and well designed fixtures. We had a balcony view which was perfect for sitting outside to relax after a busy day of working or exploring …

Where to find Filipino comfort food in Dubai | Manila Grill Asiana Hotel

Having just returned from Philippines for our wedding, Ricky and I were commenting how hard it is to find good Filipino food here in Dubai, especially with pork!  It was a pleasant surprise then that we were invited to try out the Manila Grill; a restaurant serving Filipino food (and yes, pork!) in the Asiana hotel in Al Rigga area. Although we were a little unsure of what to expect, after looking at the menu we were very excited to get stuck in! We started off with Sinigang na Hipon which was delicious, and packed full of massive juicy prawns. The soup itself had a lovely coconut flavour with a spicy tang. It reminded us a bit of Tom Yum Soup – which we are huge fans of. Our first main was the Sisig.  Ricky loves sisg whenever we are out (he says it’s the perfect drinking food!) and this dish was made in the Pampanga style.  I was informed by our very helpful waiter, RJ, that the chef is from the Pampanga region and …

Best rolling roast in Dubai

Rolling Roast at Jekyll and Hyde DIFC

My first taste of a classic British roast was when I visited UK and Ricky’s mum cooked me one of her signature roast. Ever since I’ve been craving for that wonderful dish with so many flavours. I was delighted when Jekyll and Hyde invited me to try their new Rolling Roast concept. Jekyll and Hyde is located in Al Fattan currency house in the DIFC area. It is a really smart venue that reminds us of a modern British pub. I was a big fan of the music they played and the smiling faces of all the staff as we arrived. When seated, we were served by the lovely Ryan who suggested that we try their signature cocktail the Jekyll martini with passion fruit and the Mango Daiquiri (this one was buy 1 get 1 as part of happy hour) both of these drinks were lovely. I love the bitter tang of the Jekyll martini and Ricky was a huge fan of the sweet Mango flavours in the daiquiri.     After a short wait Ryan arrived with our two roasts. …

Fiesta Filipino at Skye and Walker

     We were feeling adventurous on a Thursday night and decided to take up an invitation from Skye & Walker to try their Filipino Buffet night. It had been a while since we’d eaten some of my homeland cuisine – were excited for our trip to a new place and we were not disappointed! Upon arriving at S&W the first thing we noticed was the stunning interior, it is a beautiful modern style restaurant that reminded us of the sort of places you see in Bay Square or Citywalk. We were met by the lovely staff who sat us down and took our drinks orders (fruit juices). The buffet selection is in line with S&W’s principles of healthy cuisine along with some Filipino classics (especially for the Thursday promotion). We started off by sampling the salads, which were packed full of fresh and tasty ingredients. My favourites were the macaroni salad (a Filipino classic!), whilst Ricky loved the eggplant and tomato salad – which he said reminded him of the Arabic staple baba ghanouj. After …