Monday, January 3, 2011

Farewell to Dubai

When I first arrived to Dubai, I thought that I can never live here. I thought that it’s such a soulless place and I can survive here maybe maximum two years. And then head off to somewhere else. Most likely back to home.

As they say, home is not where you’re born but where you actually live your life! Not sure if that’s what they say though but I started to feel that way! :)

By the time I live here, I realized that home is actually the place that you build your life and your network in! And Dubai became my real home. I started to enjoy every moment that I spent here and completely forgot that one day I will need to leave my home behind and move to new places.

During my three years in Dubai, I met some of the most amazing people of my life who touched my heart; who changed me and my life forever. I learned to create more time for myself, at least I tried. I found the passion of my life and became a Pilates instructor. I met so many different nationalities, cultures, many new holiday celebrations. I started admiring Japanese food and found my best restaurant ever, Nobu! I lived next to a beach and had a luxury of 365 sunny days every year :) I tried to became a citizen of the World.

Still so many things in my little black to-do list but that time has come! And now it’s my time to move away from Dubai and make that new place my next home.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Why blogs die out!

According to surveys 50% of the blogs on the internet die out after the completion of their first 3 months or perhaps even less than that. Mine was 4 months but it's not because I do not like blogging or I have nothing to say anymore. It's other way around! I have been hanging out so much that I have no time to write about my experiences.

Soon I'll need to get out of my box and write about the trip to South of France, visits to malls especially new extension of Mall of The Emirates with it's cafes and Fashion Dome, DIFC, new discovery of the decoraion shops like Andrew Martin, Crate and Barrel. The list is long and I am running out of time.

Thursday, June 17, 2010


Carol Bartz says: "I have a belief that life isn't about balance, because balance is perfection....Rather, it's about catching the ball before it hits the floor.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Cavalli Club Party Night

Couple of days ago I had a chance to party at Cavalli Club that I completely forgot to write about.

Cavalli Club has been in my ‘Visit List’ since the day it’s been open in May 2009 and finally I went there the other day.

Club is set at the Fairmont Hotel which is by the Sheikh Zayed Road and very famous with its unlimited Moet Chandon Friday Brunches. That’s the topic of another blog. The entrance of the club is at the back side of the hotel so you really do not see it at first. Once you get to the red carpet you can tell that you’ve arrived to Cavalli Club.

You can enter the club via the dark staircase or via the elevator with music and cat walk shows on LCD’s.

I liked giant sized the Swarowski chandeliers; they give extremely nice glamour look to the huge space. I also liked the several different lounges and bars however I can not say the same for the zebra print decoration or cowhide textures of the seating groups. That strange soft feeling irritated me a lot.

It was a very busy Friday night and I must say that all the girls were there as if they just got off from Cavalli’s catwalk at Dubai Fashion Week (!). Super mini dresses, extremely sexy tops, super high heels were worth to see. As usual there were more gentlemen then the ladies which is another very usual scene in Dubai night life.

I love fashion but when it comes to the night life I like good music and dance instead of pose and stay put. Cavalli Club is definitely a place if you like to show-off more than the partying.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Armani Hotel Visited

You would think that it would be so easy to find the entrance of the World Tallest Building, right? After all, you can even see it from 100km away. Well, I have to tell you this, when you are just too close to it, it’s extremely hard to find how to enter in it!

I went to visit Burj Khalifa the other day to check-out the Armani Hotel, which finally open it’s doors in Dubai after several changes in the opening date. It’s now available for all luxury visits The World Tallest Building, Burj Khalifa. After spending about 30 mins driving around the building, - this is too long for Dubai condititions-, managed to find the entrance of Burj Khalifa. And it was worth of all trouble. Burj Khalifa and Armani Hotel entrance is really nice with the fountains.

It’s not necessary to book a table at Armani Hotel if you’re planning to go there just for drinks however you need to have a reservation number to be able to access the building. I must say that the personel at the hotel were really nice from check-in till check out. Beautiful, model like, selective personnel however I can not tell the same for the ones who were answering the phone. When you live in Dubai too long, you get really spoiled with the quality of service. So Armani reception failed the first test.

Hotel’s decoration was fabulous. Very masculine, simple and bald lines as usual Armani Casa style. Armani Prive, the nightclub is worth to check out for it’s very impressive big Cat-Walk wall. Very stylish. Armani Delicatessen and Armani Florist are now the new fashion to make the girls happy.

I was there on a Tuesday night, to be honest there were more personnel than the guests. Although I like the hotel, it didn’t really feel like being inside the tallest building at all. I guess it’s more impressive to look at the building from a distance rather being inside of it. Still a must see masterpiece for fashion addicts.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

This weekend in Dubai

Tomorrow will be an emotional day due to being Children’s Day. But other than that, this weekend will be very busy starting already tonight.

This evening sundowner planned at 360 at Madinat Jumeirah. I have been to this fabulous place several times for a drink late in the evening but this time I want to be there for sunset. This place has 360 degree view just at the side of Burj Al Arab. Nice view of Dubai’s signature buildings Burj Al Arab, Madinat Jumeirah and Jumeirah Beach Hotel.

Tomorrow, dinner booked at Zuma. Yes that will be a true indulgence.

Saturday, I booked a massage at SPA at The Address Downtown. I selected this place since it’s very close to Dubai Mall and has the best view of (New) Old Town view from the relaxation rooms. I have so high expectations form the service as well.

After the SPA some time will be spent at Bloomingdales.

Children’s Day at Dubai

I do not remember when was the last time I got so excited for Children’s Day. But this week, time does not pass! I wish it’s already tomorrow and we’re already at Dubai American University to celebrate this Big Day in Dubai, for the first time.

The Grand National Assembly of Turkey was established on 1920, April 23. Then, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk presented that special day to children as Children's Day. The day is celebrated annually in Turkey with the participation of Children around the world.

This year Children’s Day is also celebrated in Dubai for the first time in this big scale. Sultans of Dubai, together with the support of Turkish Consulate of Dubai organize an event with the participation of Dubai’s international schools and a girls folklore group has arrived from the Northern City of Turkey, Trabzon, and now they are accommodated by their ‘Local’ families. Everyone is so excited, messages do not stop, I even bust into tears when I read the reviews when the girls arrived to Dubai from Trabzon.

Thanks to everyone who made this happen. One special day will be memorized forever.