tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-14277530162734361052017-11-05T04:39:14.795+04:00Al Ain City Daily PhotoA purpose-driven photoblog and tales of an expat nurse (and her family) about her travels around the city of Al Ain and beyond plus anything in between. Marhaba! Welcome to my blog!JTG (Misalyn)http://www.blogger.com/profile/12138503340985714804noreply@blogger.comBlogger495125AlAinCityDailyPhotohttps://feedburner.google.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1427753016273436105.post-29884769965994650952013-06-03T16:11:00.000+04:002013-06-10T00:06:19.080+04:00Al Ain City Daily Photo Goes to Caramoan: Our Accomodation<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div style="text-align: justify;">Hello everyone! Has it really been a month and 17 days since my last post? Whew! Just whew. Oh! I can even see some cobwebs here. Well, to be fair, I've been really busy with various responsibilities being a member of the International Nurses' Day 2013 Committee. Mostly taking photos for the different activities during the week-long celebration.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br />But I'm back on the blogging wagon (yay!) and ready (shall I say determined?) to write blogsposts that I could share with my readers. And to start with, allow me to continue my vacation stories. So please bear with me, okay? This might bore you to death. Hahahaha!<br /><br />From Guijalo Port, it took us about 20 minutes of land travel to our accommodation. It was a pleasant trip since our tour guide was very accommodating. Yet I found it so irritating to have a bumpy ride because of the rough road. Yes, there's smooth road (thanks to Survivor!) but I think it is more of rough road leading to the town of Caramoan. <br /><br />As I've mentioned in my previous post, we wanted to stay at Gota Village Resort (by the way, who wouldn't want to?) but due to budget issues, we opted to stay at <a href="http://istaran.wordpress.com/about/"><span style="color: #783f04;"><b>Istaran Budget Hotel</b></span></a>. No regrets. Why? This economy hotel offers various amenities just like other budget hotels in town. The only difference is the absence of indoor or outdoor pool. For budget vacationers like us, it was fine; but if you're longing for a luxurious Caramoan vacation, you better start checking the Gota Village Resort or Tugawe Cove Resort.<br /><br /><div style="text-align: justify;">Here are some of the photos of the budget hotel. These are straight out of the camera shots(DSLR and mobile) so don't expect to see nice photos (okay, okay I must admit that I am too lazy to do even minor editing argh! Not to mention that I was not in the mood for clicking before or after the island hopping----yeah right! excuses, excuses!). You can click the photos to enlarge.</div></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-small;">this is how it looks like from outside</span></div></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><img border="0" height="209" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-yK9pOCqLvZg/UaxvOw1jifI/AAAAAAAAHlU/DbNfQESQbxU/s320/_MG_4517.JPG" width="320" /><img border="0" height="209" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-nsfGJxj1BbA/UaxsyvZGWCI/AAAAAAAAHkw/cEjLeOuWpus/s320/_MG_3910.jpg" width="320" /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-small;">&nbsp;my family at the reception</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-qjliSH1cTXY/Uax3dhs4xNI/AAAAAAAAHmQ/DAHJiA2WeAA/s1600/_MG_3913.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="133" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-qjliSH1cTXY/Uax3dhs4xNI/AAAAAAAAHmQ/DAHJiA2WeAA/s200/_MG_3913.JPG" width="200" /></a><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Epj3I9FkFx8/Uax3HbhVQvI/AAAAAAAAHmA/__z8NyL5uUQ/s1600/_MG_3914.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="133" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Epj3I9FkFx8/Uax3HbhVQvI/AAAAAAAAHmA/__z8NyL5uUQ/s200/_MG_3914.JPG" width="200" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-small;">sir Fernan, Malyn and Ivy at the reception</span></div><span style="font-size: x-small;"></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-small;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-WYNVsM0DijM/Uax3IfH1_8I/AAAAAAAAHmI/cn0Umqq0nLU/s1600/_MG_3915.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="200" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-WYNVsM0DijM/Uax3IfH1_8I/AAAAAAAAHmI/cn0Umqq0nLU/s200/_MG_3915.jpg" width="133" /></a><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-P1rC0sQ5VwQ/Uax3fJX1cQI/AAAAAAAAHmY/j498rBafrfg/s1600/_MG_3916.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="200" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-P1rC0sQ5VwQ/Uax3fJX1cQI/AAAAAAAAHmY/j498rBafrfg/s200/_MG_3916.jpg" width="133" /></a></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-small;">hubby at the pocket garden </span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-small;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-8geR6XkDA_M/Uax6FQ6ZzfI/AAAAAAAAHm4/pHobsQMi7Uc/s1600/280320131513.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="150" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-8geR6XkDA_M/Uax6FQ6ZzfI/AAAAAAAAHm4/pHobsQMi7Uc/s200/280320131513.jpg" width="200" /></a><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-j3IFrXEntfg/Uax504J-AMI/AAAAAAAAHmw/1_Jy2reG4_U/s1600/280320131515.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="150" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-j3IFrXEntfg/Uax504J-AMI/AAAAAAAAHmw/1_Jy2reG4_U/s200/280320131515.jpg" width="200" /></a></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-small;">wash area located at the reception with hand-made earthen jars</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-small;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-DC1Fz8Cs0f8/Uax6NMOWexI/AAAAAAAAHnA/pMKkvIsUk0o/s1600/280320131518.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="240" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-DC1Fz8Cs0f8/Uax6NMOWexI/AAAAAAAAHnA/pMKkvIsUk0o/s320/280320131518.jpg" width="320" /></a>&nbsp;</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-small;">&nbsp;<span style="font-size: x-small;">&nbsp; </span></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-small;"><span style="font-size: x-small;">wooden stairs with chandeliers and small souvenir shop at the reception </span></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-small;"><span style="font-size: x-small;"></span></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-small;"><span style="font-size: x-small;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-mseGfpHk3vs/Uax6Pa3dj3I/AAAAAAAAHnI/FDKOk9VmQkw/s1600/280320131520.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-mseGfpHk3vs/Uax6Pa3dj3I/AAAAAAAAHnI/FDKOk9VmQkw/s320/280320131520.jpg" width="240" /></a><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-92faoeazjww/Uax6QSkQLtI/AAAAAAAAHnQ/BAnA0EQ1c0A/s1600/280320131517.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-92faoeazjww/Uax6QSkQLtI/AAAAAAAAHnQ/BAnA0EQ1c0A/s320/280320131517.jpg" width="240" /></a></span></span></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-small;"><span style="font-size: x-small;">Standard room and dorm-type room-equipped with A/C, bath and toilet, bidet, hot and cold shower.&nbsp;</span></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-small;"><span style="font-size: x-small;">Installed with flat screen TV and cable connections, side table and intercom.&nbsp; </span></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><img border="0" height="211" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-_Njgkde60BE/UaxtqPzA4SI/AAAAAAAAHk4/N4SbFmyAaFQ/s320/_MG_4502.JPG" width="320" /><img border="0" height="211" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-fVyVVE71Trg/UaxuUQeMeoI/AAAAAAAAHlI/wiYYQurauZU/s320/_MG_4514.JPG" width="320" /></div><div style="text-align: right;"></div><div class="" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /><span style="font-size: x-small;">lobby (wifi and play area)</span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-5pDSXSmmzAM/Uax9XXUUoFI/AAAAAAAAHng/i-OCfKQpAJ4/s1600/_MG_4509.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="133" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-5pDSXSmmzAM/Uax9XXUUoFI/AAAAAAAAHng/i-OCfKQpAJ4/s200/_MG_4509.JPG" width="200" /></a><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Ed6au6uD0b8/Uax5elOssvI/AAAAAAAAHmo/AUZ0Z1wsCFE/s1600/280320131508.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="133" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Ed6au6uD0b8/Uax5elOssvI/AAAAAAAAHmo/AUZ0Z1wsCFE/s200/280320131508.jpg" width="200" /></a></div><br /><span style="font-size: x-small;">function hall</span>&nbsp; <span style="font-size: x-small;">(we do looked sore here hahaha! but ready for our day 2)</span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-cJxTtnJ9wRA/Uax-Uc3kxBI/AAAAAAAAHns/sTSUy8Y-Q-U/s1600/_MG_4155.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="213" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-cJxTtnJ9wRA/Uax-Uc3kxBI/AAAAAAAAHns/sTSUy8Y-Q-U/s320/_MG_4155.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: justify;">What I liked about our stay in Istaran Budget Hotel was the service that they have provided. The employees were kind and courteous. Most of all, I loved the food especially the relyenong bangus....the best relyenong bangus that I have tasted so far!&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">This is the usual table presentation at the function hall for a budget meal. With this type of package, our tummy were always full! I must say that our gustatory desires were always satisfied especially during dinner time. </div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-zNRc6frZPTI/UayBet9BUfI/AAAAAAAAHoQ/xotMwatwpaY/s1600/270320131493.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="223" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-zNRc6frZPTI/UayBet9BUfI/AAAAAAAAHoQ/xotMwatwpaY/s400/270320131493.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Here are some of the best Pinoy cuisines from Istaran Budget Hotel.</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-small;">relyenong bangus</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-7ZOJ5UjrYSw/UayBdBbUMLI/AAAAAAAAHoI/H_qCBRx4uUk/s1600/270320131495.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="179" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-7ZOJ5UjrYSw/UayBdBbUMLI/AAAAAAAAHoI/H_qCBRx4uUk/s320/270320131495.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><span style="font-size: x-small;">liempo and grilled chicken </span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-40DPvF-CIhk/UayBipzuhVI/AAAAAAAAHoY/B_n2glDEgSg/s1600/270320131496.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="179" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-40DPvF-CIhk/UayBipzuhVI/AAAAAAAAHoY/B_n2glDEgSg/s320/270320131496.jpg" width="320" /></a></div></div><div style="text-align: justify;"></div><div style="text-align: justify;"></div><div style="text-align: justify;"></div><div style="text-align: justify;"></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-small;">chopsuey</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Xkw8OSogUzY/UayEXNi_p8I/AAAAAAAAHos/RqzSjZEaevw/s1600/270320131494.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="179" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Xkw8OSogUzY/UayEXNi_p8I/AAAAAAAAHos/RqzSjZEaevw/s320/270320131494.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-small;">tapsilog for breakfast- I wonder how they marinate the beef, it was so yummy!</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ZWuMCixnpWg/UayAiMKaHnI/AAAAAAAAHn8/a_ZxloxDAjE/s1600/280320131522.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="240" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ZWuMCixnpWg/UayAiMKaHnI/AAAAAAAAHn8/a_ZxloxDAjE/s320/280320131522.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><br />I would like to thank Mr. Darius Mirasol of Northlink Events and Travel Services and Mr. Angel Naval, the owner of Istaran Budget Hotel, for accommodating us. <br /><br />By the way, I'll be posting my tips on how to get there and things to do in Caramoan at the end of this series of posts. You don't wanna miss some new stories, right? :)<br /><br />That's all folks for today. My next post is all about our 1st day of island hopping, so keep on visiting this page. Salaam!<br /><br />Related Posts:<br /><a href="/2013/04/al_ain_city_daily_photo_goes_to_16.html"><span style="color: #b45f06;">Al Ain City Daily Photo goes to Caramoan: Planning our Trip and Journey to Guijalo Port</span></a><br /><a href="/2013/04/al_ain_city_daily_photo_goes_to.html"><span style="color: #783f04;">Al Ain City Daily Photo goes to Caramoan (Prologue) </span></a></div></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/AlAinCityDailyPhoto/~4/3HfMnPZJ_cQ" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>JTG (Misalyn)http://www.blogger.com/profile/12138503340985714804noreply@blogger.com5http://www.alaincitydailyphoto.com/2013/06/al-ain-city-daily-photo-goes-to.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1427753016273436105.post-55398187336001531222013-04-16T13:21:00.003+04:002013-06-11T15:09:09.602+04:00Al Ain City Daily Photo goes to Caramoan : Planning our Trip & Our Journey to Guijalo Port<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div style="text-align: justify;">Tic, tac, tic, tac. The clock says it's 02:00 AM. I've counted the sheep to fall asleep but to no avail. This insomnia thing is really irritating me. Shall I blame it to my duty requests? Ugh! Yeah right! I am on a perennial night shift and when it's time for my day off, I'm having difficulty falling asleep. Or shall I blame it to my dry cough and sore throat? I am on day 4 of Augmentin. Though I feel better compared to the past few days, this sore throat is really painful. I'm tired of coughing and counting the sheep. I don't want to spend the rest of the night doing nothing. Ok, let me see what I can write for today.&nbsp; Oh! Let me continue the story about our Caramoan adventure (*sips lukewarm tea*).<br /><br />Caramoan has many beautiful off-shore islands scattered across its vast water. Known internationally as the setting of several foreign <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Survivor_%28TV_series%29"><span style="color: #cc0000;">Survivor TV series</span></a> like Survivor Italy, Bulgaria, Israel, France, Serbia, Sweden and recently, the USA. No wonder that it has risen to one of the hot tourist destinations in the Philippines. I came to know about this tropical paradise not only because of the Survivor TV series, but because of the photos posted in Facebook by my Auntie Adore, a long-time resident of Caramoan. Since then, I've been dreaming of spending my holiday enjoying the sand, sea and beautiful sceneries of Caramoan. Hurray! At last another one ticked off my wishlist!<br /><br />A few weeks before our holiday, I reminded my hubby about our plans. Though we had a limited budget, I still insisted on a 3D/2N adventure. Initially, we were planning to go to Bohol on our first week and then to Caramoan on our last week. We had to change our plans upon arrival in the Philippines when we've learned that Joel had to attend his final week in the school.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br />At the start of our week 2 in the Philippines, I phoned Darius Mirasol of Northlink Events and Travel Services. We paid a visit at their office in Metropark Village in Daet, Camarines Norte to book for a 3D/2N package for 7 pax. We wanted to stay at Gota Village Resort but eventually chose Istaran Budget Hotel due to budget constraint (I will give the details of Northlink Event and Travel Services and Istaran Budget Hotel at the end of this post).<br /><br />Everybody was excited when we got the booking. We started packing our beach stuff and there was one day that we've spent the whole time buying for our "anik-anik" (you know, girl thing :)).....can't live without it). We were a bit sad because my mother declined our invitation for some reasons. I couldn't change our booking and we really had to go since I have already paid the 50% of the total travel cost.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div style="text-align: justify;">After few days from the time we booked our travel, the day has finally arrived :)). Allow me to share our travel time from Daet to Guiajalo Port with our photos.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-JJ052QRSHIs/UWzzrQYonRI/AAAAAAAAHfY/bWdOFgKbspI/s1600/_MG_3877.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="213" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-JJ052QRSHIs/UWzzrQYonRI/AAAAAAAAHfY/bWdOFgKbspI/s320/_MG_3877.JPG" width="320" /></a><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-kbOM-G9QHzc/UWzzq72eBgI/AAAAAAAAHfU/iTFRTKMGS-Y/s1600/_MG_3876.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="213" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-kbOM-G9QHzc/UWzzq72eBgI/AAAAAAAAHfU/iTFRTKMGS-Y/s320/_MG_3876.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div style="text-align: justify;">We had to leave Daet at 01:00 AM going Sabang Port, thus those haggard looks. Kids were still sleepy because they had 3 hours of sleep. Adults didn't sleep at all. In the first photo, I was with my niece Ivy, our "maid-in-heaven" Marlyn, my sons Joel and James with my hubby being the photographer. Obviously, I was the photographer in the next photo. </div><div style="text-align: justify;"></div><div style="text-align: justify;"></div><div style="text-align: justify;"></div><div style="text-align: justify;"></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Oh! I forgot to mention that we had to go back to our house because I forgot my tripod. Good thing that we were still at Calasgasan when I noticed that it wasn't beside my camera bag. Clicking adventure isn't complete without a tripod hahaha! (my piece of advise: do check your things before leaving).</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">On our way to Basud, we dropped by at Brgy. Laniton to fetch Sir Fernan, my son's Chemistry teacher and eventually became a family friend. </div><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Mlw8mrpijNo/UWz3h5RTUSI/AAAAAAAAHfo/s3RaZwHqoec/s1600/_MG_3878.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="213" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Mlw8mrpijNo/UWz3h5RTUSI/AAAAAAAAHfo/s3RaZwHqoec/s320/_MG_3878.JPG" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Inside the van: Ivy, Joel, Marlyn and sir Fernan</td></tr></tbody></table><div style="text-align: justify;">And our journey to Sabang Port continues. These are some of the photos while we were traveling (you know I have to two sons who doesn't want to be photographed at all times, even just for fun. I have to say please or bribe them before I get them to pose for the camera).</div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-BV6NjNYC9dA/UWz5kx6in0I/AAAAAAAAHgE/W3k_orR8vmM/s1600/_MG_3874.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="133" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-BV6NjNYC9dA/UWz5kx6in0I/AAAAAAAAHgE/W3k_orR8vmM/s200/_MG_3874.JPG" width="200" /></a><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-403poyzkBTc/UWz5h_N4ehI/AAAAAAAAHf0/lSCaUVwYm4I/s1600/_MG_3872.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="133" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-403poyzkBTc/UWz5h_N4ehI/AAAAAAAAHf0/lSCaUVwYm4I/s200/_MG_3872.JPG" width="200" /></a></div><div style="text-align: justify;">It was approximately 3 hours of travel time when we reached Sabang Port. We were an hour early for the first boat trip going to Guijalo Port (di halatang masyadong excited hahahaha!) leaving us without a choice but to wait. It was cold and a bit windy, we had to drink something warm to ward off the coldness. Good thing we found a store where we drunk our first cup of coffee for the day.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"></div><div style="text-align: justify;"></div><div style="text-align: justify;"></div><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ubiW87kkEsc/UWz9bRe1OGI/AAAAAAAAHgU/LVfyQzs2eKI/s1600/_MG_3879.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="213" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ubiW87kkEsc/UWz9bRe1OGI/AAAAAAAAHgU/LVfyQzs2eKI/s320/_MG_3879.JPG" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">in front of Sabang Port</td></tr></tbody></table><div style="text-align: justify;">At exactly 05:15 AM, we were on board of the first boat trip going to Guijalo Port. I have to list down some of my observations while boarding the boat. </div><div style="text-align: justify;"></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br />1. It wasn't organized. Some passengers didn't even bother to write down their names in the manifesto (not sure whether it was checked by the Coastguard, leaving us afraid while on board, thinking that they have accommodated more than 120 passengers).</div><div style="text-align: justify;">2. Life jackets were available but nobody bothered to inform the passengers that it can taken when the need arises including its location in the boat.<br />3. Some passengers were throwing their garbage in the sea aboard of the boat. Spell DISCIPLINE. Huh!<br /><br />Aboard of the medium-sized boat, I managed to take some pictures though I was afraid of the water splashes while clicking (my piece of advise: bring a plastic with you to protect your camera if you don't own a cover for camera).</div><div style="text-align: justify;"></div><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Opm1aAIr-xs/UW0Fu1GyvkI/AAAAAAAAHgo/cE5KUV-o7xI/s1600/_MG_3882.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="265" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Opm1aAIr-xs/UW0Fu1GyvkI/AAAAAAAAHgo/cE5KUV-o7xI/s400/_MG_3882.JPG" width="400" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">docked at Guijalo Port</td></tr></tbody></table><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-SDXWjB9emuc/UW0Fwk6gb2I/AAAAAAAAHg0/tNYecFXIVEw/s1600/_MG_3886.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="133" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-SDXWjB9emuc/UW0Fwk6gb2I/AAAAAAAAHg0/tNYecFXIVEw/s200/_MG_3886.JPG" width="200" /></a><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-89YksdXFS2s/UW0FuJhiLtI/AAAAAAAAHgk/Wy2FIIK7edA/s1600/_MG_3883.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="133" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-89YksdXFS2s/UW0FuJhiLtI/AAAAAAAAHgk/Wy2FIIK7edA/s200/_MG_3883.JPG" width="200" /></a></div><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-FtvrCTr-m6k/UW0JtvcxPTI/AAAAAAAAHhs/CFAA-a9N-hw/s1600/260320131436.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="223" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-FtvrCTr-m6k/UW0JtvcxPTI/AAAAAAAAHhs/CFAA-a9N-hw/s400/260320131436.jpg" width="400" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">my clicking partner in action!</td></tr></tbody></table><br /><div style="text-align: justify;">As skywatcher and sky lover, I patiently waited for the sunrise but I was unlucky being seated at the middle with passengers or luggage blocking my vantage point . I got these two photos though :((...........</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-TIZ6lr3TvrE/UW0HeYjZJII/AAAAAAAAHhI/qbAsKWfBNY4/s1600/_MG_3890.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="213" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-TIZ6lr3TvrE/UW0HeYjZJII/AAAAAAAAHhI/qbAsKWfBNY4/s320/_MG_3890.JPG" width="320" /></a><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-fKT61Ejhzq0/UW0HbQ8Zc2I/AAAAAAAAHhA/KBqCQQby2f8/s1600/_MG_3887.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="212" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-fKT61Ejhzq0/UW0HbQ8Zc2I/AAAAAAAAHhA/KBqCQQby2f8/s320/_MG_3887.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><br /><br /><div style="text-align: justify;">but still happy to appreciate the beauty of nature while looking at these when the sun has finally risen above the horizon.</div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-d1j1qJdR0Mc/UW0HjwOrvGI/AAAAAAAAHhY/NgxCIOl3gt4/s1600/_MG_3903.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="133" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-d1j1qJdR0Mc/UW0HjwOrvGI/AAAAAAAAHhY/NgxCIOl3gt4/s200/_MG_3903.JPG" width="200" /></a><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/--srrcOXXEJc/UW0HgtKk26I/AAAAAAAAHhQ/Rq0HqWyEAt8/s1600/_MG_3900.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="133" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/--srrcOXXEJc/UW0HgtKk26I/AAAAAAAAHhQ/Rq0HqWyEAt8/s200/_MG_3900.JPG" width="200" /></a><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-UC9kNGTLQaw/UW0LMd-F8WI/AAAAAAAAHh4/mB129xEUy6I/s1600/_MG_4543.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="133" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-UC9kNGTLQaw/UW0LMd-F8WI/AAAAAAAAHh4/mB129xEUy6I/s200/_MG_4543.jpg" width="200" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-p9amuDWaGAw/UW0O9DwjToI/AAAAAAAAHic/Aat3UIKg0pU/s1600/260320131437.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="223" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-p9amuDWaGAw/UW0O9DwjToI/AAAAAAAAHic/Aat3UIKg0pU/s400/260320131437.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">It took about 2 hours when we finally reached Guijalo Port. We were welcomed with busy atmosphere----people transporting their things or goods out of boat, tour operator employees patiently waiting for their guests or sending off their guests back to Sabang, and porters asking for the passengers to avail their services.<br /><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">My bladder was full and I couldn't hold it anymore for another 15 minutes or so (travel time from Guijalo Port to our accomodation). With the uneasy feeling, I just managed to take one photo when reached the place. :((</div><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-qCDkc9rqXY8/UW0Mnv1Oo4I/AAAAAAAAHiI/9mbRkLdQEUs/s1600/_MG_3907.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="266" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-qCDkc9rqXY8/UW0Mnv1Oo4I/AAAAAAAAHiI/9mbRkLdQEUs/s400/_MG_3907.JPG" width="400" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">some of the porters at Guijalo Port</td></tr></tbody></table><div style="text-align: justify;">That's it!&nbsp; I know that you will be bored to death with this post, but just in case you are planning to travel to Caramoan, reading this post will be beneficial especially for photobloggers like me.<br /><br />As promised, here are the contact details of Northlink Events and Travel Services and Istaran Budget Hotel:<br /><br /><a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Northlink-Events-Travel-Services/168105279877666?fref=ts"><span style="color: #990000;"><b>Northlink Events and Travel Services</b></span></a><br />Metro Park Village<br />4600 Daet, Camarines Norte<br />Telephone Number: <span class="fbProfileBylineFragment"><span class="fbProfileBylineLabel"><span itemprop="tel">0063-54-7310525</span></span></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span class="fbProfileBylineFragment"><span class="fbProfileBylineLabel"><span itemprop="tel">Mobile Numbers: 09175548297 and 09994449853<br />E-mail: northlinkcamnorte@yahoo.com<br /><br /><b><span style="color: #990000;">Istaran Budget Hotel</span></b></span></span></span><br /><span class="fbProfileBylineFragment"><span class="fbProfileBylineLabel"><span itemprop="tel">Caramoan office:<br />Sirang St., Tawog, <br />Carmaoan, Camarines Sur<br />Philippines 4429<br />Mobile Numbers: 09482290915 / 09165861646</span></span></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span class="fbProfileBylineFragment"><span class="fbProfileBylineLabel"><span itemprop="tel">E-mail: istaran@ymail.com / angelnaval205@yahoo.com<br />Naga Office: </span></span></span><br />Faxtel: 054-475-1986<br />Look for Angel Naval <br /><br />Next post:&nbsp; <a href="http://www.alaincitydailyphoto.com/2013/06/al-ain-city-daily-photo-goes-to.html"><span style="color: #783f04;">Our Accommodation</span></a><br />Related Post: <a href="/2013/04/al_ain_city_daily_photo_goes_to.html">Al Ain City Daily Photo goes to Caramoan (Prologue)</a><br />Salaam!!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/AlAinCityDailyPhoto/~4/c8Xn6619h6w" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>JTG (Misalyn)http://www.blogger.com/profile/12138503340985714804noreply@blogger.com3http://www.alaincitydailyphoto.com/2013/04/al-ain-city-daily-photo-goes-to_16.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1427753016273436105.post-30336929302329660902013-04-09T18:04:00.003+04:002013-05-11T22:01:56.138+04:00Al Ain City Daily Photo goes to Caramoan (Prologue)<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div style="text-align: justify;">Hello dear readers and followers! I'm back! How are you doing? I hope everybody is doing well. <br /><br />It's good to be back but I feel a bit sad at the same time because I had to leave my kids again. I'll be seeing them again after 5 months. Anyway, I'll just keep myself busy to ward off this homesickness. To start with, I would like to share these random vacation shots taken at <b><span style="color: #783f04;"><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caramoan,_Camarines_Sur">Caramoan Peninsula</a></span></b>, Camarines Sur, Philippines. If you are familiar with <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Survivor_%28TV_series%29"><span style="color: #783f04;"><b>Survivor</b></span></a>, a reality television show, then I think you have an idea about the place. I've been there with my family and we did enjoy the sand, sea and beauty of nature. Indeed, it's more fun in the Philippines! Another one checked in my wishlist. :)</div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-JIlI4bPW4WI/UWQYdx0srHI/AAAAAAAAHd0/RcGjVEvhuiE/s1600/matukad+2+-+Copy.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="213" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-JIlI4bPW4WI/UWQYdx0srHI/AAAAAAAAHd0/RcGjVEvhuiE/s320/matukad+2+-+Copy.jpg" width="320" /></a><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-XW7pojPthZA/UWQYZAVupWI/AAAAAAAAHds/f4-Cs7zym-4/s1600/vacation+1.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="213" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-XW7pojPthZA/UWQYZAVupWI/AAAAAAAAHds/f4-Cs7zym-4/s320/vacation+1.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-iIaZDwG43uQ/UWQYxx2nAtI/AAAAAAAAHeE/5VC2vRHoJTM/s1600/matukad3.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="213" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-iIaZDwG43uQ/UWQYxx2nAtI/AAAAAAAAHeE/5VC2vRHoJTM/s320/matukad3.JPG" width="320" /></a><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-e7DLYs6wcGA/UWQYk8t2J5I/AAAAAAAAHd8/EbWm6Ltuz1w/s1600/vacation+2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="213" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-e7DLYs6wcGA/UWQYk8t2J5I/AAAAAAAAHd8/EbWm6Ltuz1w/s320/vacation+2.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-1lvINen9SUI/UY6Ha_dR-uI/AAAAAAAAHkI/YN-fk6CyKcA/s1600/_MG_4038.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="266" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-1lvINen9SUI/UY6Ha_dR-uI/AAAAAAAAHkI/YN-fk6CyKcA/s400/_MG_4038.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><br /><br /><br />I'll be posting my vacation stories in a series, so keep on visiting this page. Salaam!!<br /><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-iifHuLR_BsA/UWQe9gMkVLI/AAAAAAAAHeU/lqXYyYyF-O0/s1600/_MG_3935.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="213" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-iifHuLR_BsA/UWQe9gMkVLI/AAAAAAAAHeU/lqXYyYyF-O0/s320/_MG_3935.jpg" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">at Bikal, on our way to island hopping (day 1)</td></tr></tbody></table></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/AlAinCityDailyPhoto/~4/lLQ0KZWys00" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>JTG (Misalyn)http://www.blogger.com/profile/12138503340985714804noreply@blogger.com2http://www.alaincitydailyphoto.com/2013/04/al-ain-city-daily-photo-goes-to.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1427753016273436105.post-61460868387790887992013-03-24T23:52:00.003+04:002013-03-24T23:53:46.811+04:00Hello!<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><img border="0" height="425" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-SOxQSS-2VJo/UU9W_ZUJbDI/AAAAAAAAHdc/UsjZ4F5i6Is/s640/IMG_3689.jpg" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" width="640" /></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">sunrise somewhere in Quezon Province, taken from the bus window</td></tr></tbody></table><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span class="userContent">Good day dear friends and readers! Apologies for the lack of posts and updates for the past few weeks. I am currently on vacation and I'm loving the sunny weather here in the southern part of the Philippines. My blogging activities will hopefully return to normal pace after this much-awaited holiday. For the meantime, please visit us at <span style="color: #b45f06;"><a href="http://www.facebook.com/AlAinCityDailyPhoto"><b>Al Ain City Daily Photo Facebook page</b></a></span> for more updates.<br /><br />Salaam!! Blessed Monday to everyone!</span></div></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/AlAinCityDailyPhoto/~4/e1fiRo_-C3s" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>JTG (Misalyn)http://www.blogger.com/profile/12138503340985714804noreply@blogger.com1http://www.alaincitydailyphoto.com/2013/03/hello.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1427753016273436105.post-6776966179583819592013-02-18T02:34:00.000+04:002013-02-19T09:34:16.477+04:00Jahili Fort by night<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div style="text-align: justify;">Photos shown below are the products of photowalk with hubby dear---a nice way of de-stressing (we should do this more often, I reckon).</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">If you wish to read the info about the fort, click <a href="http://adach.ae/en/portal/alain.fortwatchtowers.aspx"><b><span style="color: #b45f06;">here</span></b></a>. </div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><img border="0" height="265" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-qRt35zXto6M/USFLN5qZytI/AAAAAAAAHZ4/YxPx0SbaC5c/s400/Jahili+Fort+2.jpg" width="400" /></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><img border="0" height="265" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-hIvRUZxJubw/USFLMXp2ObI/AAAAAAAAHZw/ugcSyHQ6-AM/s400/Jahili+Park+-+Copy.JPG" width="400" /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-UXG1FWvqgkg/USIqJOpgviI/AAAAAAAAHbo/K_MSVMWRmqU/s1600/Jahili+Fort4.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="266" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-UXG1FWvqgkg/USIqJOpgviI/AAAAAAAAHbo/K_MSVMWRmqU/s400/Jahili+Fort4.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br /></div></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/AlAinCityDailyPhoto/~4/cFNgelUFi1M" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>JTG (Misalyn)http://www.blogger.com/profile/12138503340985714804noreply@blogger.com14http://www.alaincitydailyphoto.com/2013/02/jahili-fort-by-night.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1427753016273436105.post-3390476776187696072013-02-14T15:59:00.000+04:002013-02-14T15:59:27.416+04:00Congratulations Patty!!<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><span style="font-size: small;">While everybody seems to be enjoying and celebrating the Heart's day, a friend of mine is busy with her new bundle of joy. I know this is super late, but it is better to be late than never<span style="font-size: small;"> </span>(cliché I know)...Congratulations<span style="font-size: small;"> on your new role a<span style="font-size: small;">s a proud mother of a new <span style="font-size: small;">and healthy <span style="font-size: small;">bab<span style="font-size: small;">y boy!!</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-EMzKOZCzFEM/URzLz0dwEfI/AAAAAAAAHWQ/gR7dQmkDZWw/s1600/patty%27s+baby+shower.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="283" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-EMzKOZCzFEM/URzLz0dwEfI/AAAAAAAAHWQ/gR7dQmkDZWw/s400/patty%27s+baby+shower.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ZWwhakwH3FA/URzOtpidqZI/AAAAAAAAHYA/cPah5126yUU/s1600/_MG_3383.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="281" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ZWwhakwH3FA/URzOtpidqZI/AAAAAAAAHYA/cPah5126yUU/s400/_MG_3383.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-small;">Taken with help of my ever reliable camera with 50mm f/1.8 lens :)</span><br /><span style="font-size: x-small;">manual mode, manual focus, handheld</span></div></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/AlAinCityDailyPhoto/~4/_jWnrcEvnnA" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>JTG (Misalyn)http://www.blogger.com/profile/12138503340985714804noreply@blogger.com2http://www.alaincitydailyphoto.com/2013/02/congratulations-patty.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1427753016273436105.post-1577490007042527042013-02-04T22:48:00.000+04:002013-07-06T15:18:57.742+04:00Sad (a monochromatic Monday)<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div style="text-align: justify;">I feel like posting a black and white photo whenever I am sad. I don't know the reason why. I've been trying to figure out the connection between myself and this hue. Ahhhh! My mind is actually too tired to think further. I had a long day and I believe I deserve some rest. I think everyone feel sad at times, the way I feel today. I guess I just need a big and warm virtual hug from you guys, my blogging buddies. *power hug!*<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-eLt_2242ovs/UQ_y5cWCVLI/AAAAAAAAHSw/KVu8ipb0XsQ/s1600/drift+wood.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="430" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-eLt_2242ovs/UQ_y5cWCVLI/AAAAAAAAHSw/KVu8ipb0XsQ/s640/drift+wood.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br />On another poignant note, if you were reading the news online or following the headlines on the television and social&nbsp; media, I'm sure that you are aware of what had happened today. <b><a href="http://www.thenational.ae/news/uae-news/death-toll-rises-to-22-in-al-ain-bus-tragedy"><span style="color: #b45f06;">As of&nbsp; 04:30 PM, police have confirmed the death toll to 22 with 24 injured victims from the tragic Al Ain road accident.</span></a></b> My prayers are with those of the victims and their families. May God give their families strength. </div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br />God bless everyone!</div></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/AlAinCityDailyPhoto/~4/ijmlwOFN9gA" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>JTG (Misalyn)http://www.blogger.com/profile/12138503340985714804noreply@blogger.com2http://www.alaincitydailyphoto.com/2013/02/sad.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1427753016273436105.post-11329516980270451132013-02-03T16:49:00.003+04:002013-02-05T15:40:37.648+04:00Al Ain Weather and Me<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;">Being a city photoblogger, I get a chance to record so many things about Al Ain and that includes the weather. And if you're a regular follower of <a href="https://www.facebook.com/AlAinCityDailyPhoto"><span style="color: #b45f06;">Al Ain City Daily Photo Facebook page</span></a> (oh! do click the like icon if you're not-thank you!), I'm quite sure that you have already seen most of the photos posted herein. Having said that, I assume you all know that I'm loving the weather these days.</div><br /><div style="text-align: justify;">For the past few weeks, especially when the fog started to appear and enveloped the city, I started taking photos whenever I get the chance. There was a time, around the last week of January, when I had a flu because I took photos as early as 05:30 AM without wearing any cardigan or jacket to keep me warm. How stupid of me to do that. Yeah right! Ahhh! The crazy things I do for the love of photography and photoblogging. :)) Even if I don't have my DSLR camera with me, I make sure that my ever reliable mobile camera does the job. Here are some of the photos that I would like to share with you.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-small;">sometime in <span style="font-size: x-small;">the last we<span style="font-size: x-small;">ek of <span style="font-size: x-small;">January</span> (phone cam)</span></span></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><img border="0" height="150" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-3a9IBbOUzHc/UQ5JYEm4OYI/AAAAAAAAHLY/nz-yyptANeU/s200/foggy+3.jpg" width="200" /><img border="0" height="150" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-nzwNiS_4I-w/UQ5JaBweqoI/AAAAAAAAHLg/GpFpc6TIIbA/s200/foggy1.jpg" width="200" /><img border="0" height="150" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-bIrW0V-CXvE/UQ5JbbkOVYI/AAAAAAAAHLo/SaU6Vs6CgDs/s200/foggy2+.jpg" width="200" /></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-small;">January 23<span style="font-size: x-small;"> and 24, </span>2013</span> <span style="font-size: x-small;">(phone cam)</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><img border="0" height="150" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-BmHi-z8XxqE/UQ5L1c2vMvI/AAAAAAAAHNk/KQ6w5bMmijw/s200/foggy3.jpg" width="200" /><img border="0" height="150" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-wu17CqAmjag/UQ5L0JZ6KiI/AAAAAAAAHNc/4z2BNlA6HKM/s200/foggy2.jpg" width="200" /><img border="0" height="150" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Pzbfp-d93cA/UQ5LxQqJTSI/AAAAAAAAHNU/hJ3vB4pKu5I/s200/foggy1.jpg" width="200" /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><a name='more'></a><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-small;">yesterday (February 2, 2013)- gloomy sky in the afternoon showing the chance of having rain showers</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-V88elJKdtgs/UQ5Ia2sXhNI/AAAAAAAAHLQ/Kont1z7SFb0/s1600/020220131082.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="222" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-V88elJKdtgs/UQ5Ia2sXhNI/AAAAAAAAHLQ/Kont1z7SFb0/s400/020220131082.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-small;">last night (February 3, 2013) at around 11:00 PM-light to moderate rain showers at Al Mutaredh District</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><img border="0" height="212" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-PntoM-xKN20/UQ5QRrDBBDI/AAAAAAAAHQ8/nd9UrUO1HMU/s320/_MG_3363.JPG" width="320" /><img border="0" height="212" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-vBYgWS-5FNY/UQ5Q3oiFRmI/AAAAAAAAHRE/pCkXnxxrAAw/s320/_MG_3366.JPG" width="320" /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><img border="0" height="212" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-FpYHxFfKwGI/UQ5Dc8F0WVI/AAAAAAAAHHw/Q6CkWHD7_MU/s320/_MG_3370.jpg" width="320" /><img border="0" height="212" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-5FEWNmEFzeU/UQ5DW955P-I/AAAAAAAAHHg/keaKgYb9iIk/s320/_MG_3368.JPG" width="320" /></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-small;">today (February 3, 2013) Windy and sunny but partly cloudy</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-nxOu67ZzGKI/UQ5DcImOHEI/AAAAAAAAHHo/6r0AD4wsIuQ/s1600/IMG_3373.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="266" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-nxOu67ZzGKI/UQ5DcImOHEI/AAAAAAAAHHo/6r0AD4wsIuQ/s400/IMG_3373.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-lf1kkRxBcxI/UQ5OPvj2H1I/AAAAAAAAHPQ/pfg6dNsVoaI/s1600/IMG_3372_tonemapped.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="266" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-lf1kkRxBcxI/UQ5OPvj2H1I/AAAAAAAAHPQ/pfg6dNsVoaI/s400/IMG_3372_tonemapped.jpg" width="400" /></a> </div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-small;">I turned these photos into B&amp;W to make a different perspective</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ArnxD0X_368/UQ5Gw-UMYXI/AAAAAAAAHJc/iPXbsc3FLtY/s1600/cloudy1.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ArnxD0X_368/UQ5Gw-UMYXI/AAAAAAAAHJc/iPXbsc3FLtY/s320/cloudy1.jpg" width="213" /></a><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-AFU_uZFlB4k/UQ5GzkpZ7KI/AAAAAAAAHJk/09htLnTQyAs/s1600/cloudy+2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-AFU_uZFlB4k/UQ5GzkpZ7KI/AAAAAAAAHJk/09htLnTQyAs/s320/cloudy+2.jpg" width="213" /></a></div><div style="text-align: justify;">It is a fact that it seldom rain here in Al Ain, and when it does, it is certainly a cause for celebration and an opportunity for photo enthusiasts like me to capture the amazing movements of water, rain drops, and sand including the dust and wind.<br /><br />There's a sunshine after the rain....literally! Sure, I love the rain but I feel sad knowing that it is a sign of impending summer. A reminder that summer is just around the corner!<br /><br />A blessed Sunday to ya'll. Enjoy the rest of the day. Salaam!</div></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/AlAinCityDailyPhoto/~4/R4DWFj3t2yA" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>JTG (Misalyn)http://www.blogger.com/profile/12138503340985714804noreply@blogger.com6http://www.alaincitydailyphoto.com/2013/02/al-ain-weather-and-me.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1427753016273436105.post-72184333390715681442013-02-02T06:08:00.000+04:002013-02-05T15:39:30.519+04:00Super late celebration of my brother's Natal Day (with resto review)<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div style="text-align: justify;">My youngest brother's natal day is every 20th of January. Though we don't normally celebrate it with lavish food or a party (we can't afford any of the two anyway), we always make sure that we eat out or cook something special. This year, my brother's birthday fell on a weekday here in the UAE (Sunday as the start of the week, with Friday and Saturday as weekends). Gab is working in Sharjah from Sunday to Thursday. His current workplace and accommodation is almost 3 hours drive from Al Ain City. By public transportation, it will take him around 3.5 hours of travel time. Aside from that reason, his birthday fell on the last few days before the salary day. Those were the crucial days where in few bucks were kept in our wallets. <br /><br />To make the story short (the excuses :)),I reckon), we celebrated it last night at Applebee's -Al Ain Mall. Since we were all craving for steak, we agreed to dine in at Applebee's. It was my brother's first time while I and my sis-in-law were both second timers. After the much awaited haircut at the salon, off we went to Al Ain Mall. Since I don't want to write further about my <strike>excuses</strike> reasons, let alone these photos do the talking on how much we enjoyed our dinner at the said restaurant. We had sizzling mushroom steak with mashed potato, rib eye steak with shrimps, and double-glazed beef back ribs.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-small;">a photo collage made easy with mosaic maker application from <a href="http://bighugelabs.com/"><span style="color: #783f04;">Big Huge Labs</span></a>.</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-_zj7ZyloL-Q/UQxRwZq7AaI/AAAAAAAAHEI/USVj79ZseKI/s1600/Gab%27s+birthday.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-_zj7ZyloL-Q/UQxRwZq7AaI/AAAAAAAAHEI/USVj79ZseKI/s640/Gab%27s+birthday.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div style="text-align: center;">Belated happy 30th something (*coughs) birthday Gab!&nbsp;&nbsp; <br />&nbsp;<img border="0" src="http://www.pic4ever.com/images/cancan.gif" /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Emjqltk788Q/UQxU6v0J5CI/AAAAAAAAHF0/W8sVJcedy4g/s1600/_MG_3333.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;">&nbsp; <img border="0" height="266" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Emjqltk788Q/UQxU6v0J5CI/AAAAAAAAHF0/W8sVJcedy4g/s400/_MG_3333.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div>On another note, allow me share these few sentences for my resto review.<br /><div style="text-align: left;"></div><a name='more'></a><br /><br /><b><u>1. SERVICE </u></b><br /><ul style="text-align: justify;"><li>The service is outstanding. As soon as we walked into the restaurant, one of the crew members greeted us with warm and friendly smile. She asked me how many people want to be seated and walked us to the vacant table, handed the menu,&nbsp; and told us that there's somebody assigned to take our orders. Since yesterday was the beginning of the weekend, it was expected to see lots of customers. Though it took around 8 minutes before a server came and took our orders, I appreciate her greeting us with friendly smile after she introduced herself. We managed to ask one of the crew members to take few photos for us. Oh! She was so sweet! She said yes without any hesitation even if she's busy.</li></ul><div style="text-align: justify;"><u><b>2. PLACE and AMBIANCE</b></u></div><ul style="text-align: justify;"><li>Well lit. I simply loved their colorful lamps.</li><li>I liked the combination of earth, primary and pastel colors on their walls, ceiling, chairs and tables, counter, and floor.</li><li>I liked the framed and mounted photos of Al Ain on the wall.</li></ul><b><u>3. FOOD and PRICE</u></b><br /><ul style="text-align: left;"><li style="text-align: justify;">Delectable and the wait for food was okay---I mean 15 to 20 minutes waiting time was acceptable since it was a weekend.</li><li style="text-align: justify;">The steak were cooked exactly the way we wanted it to be---well done, though slightly greasy. </li><li style="text-align: justify;">A bit pricey but it was okay (since we don't eat there often). Looking at the portions, one order of double-glazed beef back ribs is good enough for 3 pax. AED 296 for 3 pax...hmmmmm, not bad.</li><li>About half way through our meal, we asked for a refill on our iced tea and we had it after 5 minutes.</li></ul><b><span style="color: red;">Over-all rate: 4 out of 5 stars.&nbsp; </span></b><br /><br /><div style="text-align: justify;">There you go! It's time to hit the sack. I have household chores waiting for me when I get up at 09:00 AM (Oh my G! This insomnia thing is really killing me). Opppppsss, today is February 2, it's my kuya Dan's birthday (kuya is the Tagalog word for elder brother)! Kuya Dan is currently living in London with his family and working as a Charge Nurse in one of NHS Trust hospitals in UK.&nbsp; Happy, happy birthday kuya Dan! Have a blast! <br /><br />By the way, we walked around the Stars Court of Al Ain Mall and took several photos after we had our dinner. We wanted&nbsp; to get rid some baby fats (ehermmm). :)) Lol!<br /><br />Enjoy the rest of the weekend everyone! Ciao!</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><u></u></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><u></u></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><u></u></div></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/AlAinCityDailyPhoto/~4/0N1K_ygYYe0" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>JTG (Misalyn)http://www.blogger.com/profile/12138503340985714804noreply@blogger.com2http://www.alaincitydailyphoto.com/2013/02/super-late-celebration-of-my-brothers.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1427753016273436105.post-14209929344839615832013-01-31T01:11:00.001+04:002013-02-05T15:45:25.135+04:00A dose of nostalgia <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div style="text-align: justify;">This being alone thing is making me a bit nostalgic. I keep on digging my old files and photo archives. Perhaps I should start doing something else because if I will continue with what I am doing, I guess I'll go crazy. Anyway, let me share these photos for today's post. Don't mind me if I bawl my eyes out. :) Tissue please!<br /><br />It is undeniable that Jebel Hafeet is one of the famous tourist destinations here in the United Arab Emirates. Being the second highest mountain in the UAE, it offers a scenic view of Al Ain from it's peak. No wonder that whenever we have friends or families visiting the UAE for the first time, we always make sure that it is included in their itinerary. I've been living here in Al Ain for nearly 8 years now and I couldn't remember how many times I brought my family up in the mountain to enjoy the wonder of nature. Even I and my hubby keep on coming back whenever we feel like hitting the road. Here are some our photos, from the very recent to the oldest. </div><br /><div style="text-align: center;">with hubby (December 2012)</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><img border="0" height="212" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-wAYW5BW6ajA/UQlyTZtnTCI/AAAAAAAAG1U/YNi28OaLkuI/s320/_MG_2283.JPG" width="320" /><img border="0" height="212" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-mSFrF9Bbtdc/UQmM0C-pvyI/AAAAAAAAG5Q/vrMCJ_fstMc/s320/_MG_2279.JPG" width="320" /></div><a name='more'></a><div style="text-align: center;">with Yhet, JM, hubby and Joel (April 2012)</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-5vv0S6Ma9oI/UQlyTtfxR5I/AAAAAAAAG1Y/2tlEwzUiaj4/s1600/family+2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="265" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-5vv0S6Ma9oI/UQlyTtfxR5I/AAAAAAAAG1Y/2tlEwzUiaj4/s400/family+2.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;">me (January 2011)</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-3v4D9FsiNZE/UQl51oFTfAI/AAAAAAAAG3M/B_Evxz8ebyE/s1600/ako2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-3v4D9FsiNZE/UQl51oFTfAI/AAAAAAAAG3M/B_Evxz8ebyE/s400/ako2.jpg" width="266" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-dHgHORpMOsQ/UQmZLgJ3IvI/AAAAAAAAG7A/a4sWVYkhG8U/s1600/road+trip+120.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="133" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-dHgHORpMOsQ/UQmZLgJ3IvI/AAAAAAAAG7A/a4sWVYkhG8U/s200/road+trip+120.jpg" width="200" /></a><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-vdrIYqRqgJo/UQmZLPpUxnI/AAAAAAAAG68/SN95mqK_wIY/s1600/road+trip+100.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="133" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-vdrIYqRqgJo/UQmZLPpUxnI/AAAAAAAAG68/SN95mqK_wIY/s200/road+trip+100.jpg" width="200" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">Ghet (November 2010)</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">&nbsp;<a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-uNpChkDK93g/UQlyhlon0II/AAAAAAAAG1k/ylLG9wKiC3k/s1600/Ghet2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="265" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-uNpChkDK93g/UQlyhlon0II/AAAAAAAAG1k/ylLG9wKiC3k/s400/Ghet2.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div>me (January 2010)<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-BsRZGXIAPkI/UQmbgMSvquI/AAAAAAAAG7M/Ur4NVHPZ5mM/s1600/DSC01736.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="300" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-BsRZGXIAPkI/UQmbgMSvquI/AAAAAAAAG7M/Ur4NVHPZ5mM/s400/DSC01736.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">hubby (February 2009) </div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Pgde4YQW2tM/UQl5_yJi--I/AAAAAAAAG3U/vDrfzc1byss/s1600/canon+shots+124.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Pgde4YQW2tM/UQl5_yJi--I/AAAAAAAAG3U/vDrfzc1byss/s320/canon+shots+124.jpg" width="213" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;">With my brother-in-law Milton, Joel, Shiela, hubby and James (October 2008)</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">&nbsp;<a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-KNUa7sj7PkQ/UQl8zBLQjHI/AAAAAAAAG3g/KG-Ue-K5Beg/s1600/family+3.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="280" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-KNUa7sj7PkQ/UQl8zBLQjHI/AAAAAAAAG3g/KG-Ue-K5Beg/s320/family+3.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">With my mother, brother Gab, sis-in-law Yhet, Shiela and the kids (May 2007) </div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">&nbsp;<a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-6THH9k1L1JQ/UQl8yzZvhmI/AAAAAAAAG3c/wPrAJKlx4EU/s1600/family+4.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="230" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-6THH9k1L1JQ/UQl8yzZvhmI/AAAAAAAAG3c/wPrAJKlx4EU/s320/family+4.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Our photos taken way back 2005 and 2006 are still intact but I have yet to upload them from a video camera to my PC. Sounds like I need to make a part 2, I reckon. :)) Hey! Where's the tissue box? Gone? Oh! Never mind, I'm done with this post. :))&nbsp; <br /><br />I guess you wouldn't want to think that I am having a split personality because of this post. Why? Because I am smiling and at the same time, I am crying. Ahhh! Tears of joy perhaps. <br /><br />Good day everyone!!</div></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/AlAinCityDailyPhoto/~4/xsbsVS4Lg8Q" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>JTG (Misalyn)http://www.blogger.com/profile/12138503340985714804noreply@blogger.com3http://www.alaincitydailyphoto.com/2013/01/a-dose-of-nostalgia.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1427753016273436105.post-16586259578254117942013-01-30T00:46:00.002+04:002013-01-30T06:20:41.856+04:00I miss home <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div style="text-align: justify;">I am alone and hungry while writing this post. I could even hear my stomach growling. I haven't eaten any proper meal since yesterday :(((. You see, I am fine with chips, breads and noodles. I really don't feel the need to eat something heavy (who would want to eat anyway when you're alone ?) not until I saw these images in my computer. All of the sudden, this bout of homesickness just sink in.....the feeling of wanting to be home and eat these type of food. I am not a masochist trying to hurt myself while looking at these photos, but I ended up creating a new file and transferring all the food photos that I've got over the past two years.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"></div><div style="text-align: justify;"></div><div style="text-align: justify;"></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br />I couldn't bear the aching stomach anymore....the borborygmic sound is increasing. Grrrrr! I have to leave this computer and look for something to eat. I'm leaving you with these images to enjoy and imagine how scrumptious they are. Links are provided if you wish to read something about these food that I am craving for. Simply put your mouse over the word(s) and click them. Ciao!</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-9rhcp_RC32g/UQgimHrhS_I/AAAAAAAAGy0/W95I2JmKD2s/s1600/_MG_2940.jpg" imageanchor="1"><img border="0" height="266" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-9rhcp_RC32g/UQgimHrhS_I/AAAAAAAAGy0/W95I2JmKD2s/s400/_MG_2940.jpg" width="400" />&nbsp;</a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="color: #ea9999;"><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pandesal"><b>pandesal </b></a></span></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-1p4aU2CuORg/UQgmhBaZI0I/AAAAAAAAGzM/Zmsa441H-EI/s1600/_MG_2625.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="278" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-1p4aU2CuORg/UQgmhBaZI0I/AAAAAAAAGzM/Zmsa441H-EI/s400/_MG_2625.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="color: #ea9999;"><a href="http://www.yummly.com/recipe/Coconut-Curry-Tofu-Stir-Fry-MyRecipes-222943?columns=4&amp;position=3/10"><b>fried tofu with coconut milk</b></a></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-A68QpSbZHLk/UQgjjQxy6II/AAAAAAAAGzE/MT_kGY-LimM/s1600/laing.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="266" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-A68QpSbZHLk/UQgjjQxy6II/AAAAAAAAGzE/MT_kGY-LimM/s400/laing.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="color: #ea9999;"><a href="http://www.filipinofoodrecipes.net/laing.htm"><b>laing</b></a></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-rwbhmH13wTg/UQgjLf1UbxI/AAAAAAAAGy8/16u_Ddxe2tM/s1600/_MG_1416.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="277" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-rwbhmH13wTg/UQgjLf1UbxI/AAAAAAAAGy8/16u_Ddxe2tM/s400/_MG_1416.jpg" width="400" /></a> </div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="color: #ea9999;"><a href="http://www.jollibee.com.ph/menu/chicken"><b>fried chicken and palabok from Jollibee</b></a></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-q25kkJ_f0lA/UQgnp8tx0-I/AAAAAAAAGzU/kmwGE4El6wg/s1600/_MG_2624.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="276" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-q25kkJ_f0lA/UQgnp8tx0-I/AAAAAAAAGzU/kmwGE4El6wg/s400/_MG_2624.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #ea9999;"><a href="http://www.overseaspinoycooking.net/2008/06/inihaw-na-bangus-grilled-milkfish.html"><b>inihaw na bangus</b></a></span></div></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/AlAinCityDailyPhoto/~4/7yUlMsQ28QU" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>JTG (Misalyn)http://www.blogger.com/profile/12138503340985714804noreply@blogger.com5http://www.alaincitydailyphoto.com/2013/01/i-miss-home.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1427753016273436105.post-47797729263641248362013-01-29T12:57:00.001+04:002013-08-15T23:28:03.782+04:00Reflections<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div style="text-align: justify;">I love night photography but with the nature of my job, being on a perennial night shift, I seldom get the chance to practice. What I love about this type of photography is the reflections created by the lights. Here are some of the images taken last Sunday when I watched the <b><span style="color: red;"><a href="/2013/01/water_fire_and_light_show_at_downtown.html">Water, Fire and Light Show at Downtown Dubai.&nbsp;</a></span></b><br /><b><span style="color: red;"><br /></span></b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-9zoJ9uf5JjE/UQd9bRZaYiI/AAAAAAAAGvU/dHpPC9qn2pw/s1600/_MG_3284.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="265" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-9zoJ9uf5JjE/UQd9bRZaYiI/AAAAAAAAGvU/dHpPC9qn2pw/s400/_MG_3284.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><img border="0" height="266" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-SJTVvWsV6X8/UQd-GIQwEXI/AAAAAAAAGvc/SntG5TaR7r0/s400/_MG_3134.JPG" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" width="400" /></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">The Burj Lake with Souq Al Bahar and The Address</td></tr></tbody></table><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-1o_nmpQhy-A/UQd_yzpvCaI/AAAAAAAAGxM/Lc6SP94w9sQ/s1600/_MG_3282.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-1o_nmpQhy-A/UQd_yzpvCaI/AAAAAAAAGxM/Lc6SP94w9sQ/s400/_MG_3282.jpg" width="266" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">The Address hotel</td></tr></tbody></table><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;">Here are some tips when shooting this type of photography. I came to know these tips with my endless trial and error stuff. Well, I can always commit several mistakes but I can always learn. Anyway, learning is an endless process. :) Oh! One day my camera's shutter life will come to an end because I can take 50 to 100 shots just for one subject. :)) lol!</div><br />1. Use your tripod. Always mount your camera on a tripod and make sure the base is steady to prevent camera shake.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;">2. Turn off the optical stabilizer of your lens (VR/IS) to prevent the 'shake return'.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;">3. Use your remote shutter release cable. This will prevent you from pressing and holding your camera. Or use the camera's timer if you don't own one.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;">4. Shoot in manual mode and choose a small aperture: f/14 and above. Ideally, exposure should be longer, shoot anywhere between 1-30 seconds (shutter set on bulb).</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;">5. Turn that white balance from auto to daylight to create warmer colors.</div>6. Keep the ISO to 100 and increase depending on the distance of your subject.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">These are merely suggestions but don't take them seriously since I am just a plain photoblogger. :)</div><div style="text-align: justify;">Do you find this post useful? Simply hit that LIKE icon at the bottom of this page. Thanks!</div><br />I'm sharing this post to <a href="http://ourworldtuesdaymeme.blogspot.com/2013/01/our-world-tuesday-week-75.html"><i><b><span style="color: #660000;">My World Tuesday</span></b></i></a>. Join us and have fun!<br />Have a nice day everyone!</div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/AlAinCityDailyPhoto/~4/PpRrXhL0uH4" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>JTG (Misalyn)http://www.blogger.com/profile/12138503340985714804noreply@blogger.com5http://www.alaincitydailyphoto.com/2013/01/reflections.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1427753016273436105.post-89122878702692152022013-01-28T06:26:00.000+04:002013-02-02T20:33:48.321+04:00Water, Fire, and Light Show at Downtown Dubai<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Georgia,&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif;"><span style="font-size: small;">If you're a follower or a regular visitor of this blogsite, I'm sure you know that I missed the water, fire and light show during the New Year's Eve celebration hosted by EMAAR at Downtown Dubai. Actually, I was a bit frustrated when I went home with fireworks photos and few decent images taken during the start of the show. Not to mention that I was unlucky with the location where I set up my tripod. <span style="font-size: small;">Some of my friends an<span style="font-size: small;">d<span style="font-size: small;"> </span>follo<span style="font-size: small;">wers of AACDP <span style="font-size: small;"><span style="font-size: small;">on </span>Facebook w<span style="font-size: small;">e<span style="font-size: small;">re <span style="font-size: small;">sad t<span style="font-size: small;">oo<span style="font-size: small;">.<span style="font-size: small;"> </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span><span style="font-family: Georgia,&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif;"><span style="font-size: small;">Enough with the rants on frustration <span style="font-size: small;">stuff</span>. :))</span></span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: small;"><span style="font-family: Georgia,&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif;">Moving on with my post for today. I've been to Dubai last night and captured the spectacular show while standing on a comfortable nook <span style="font-size: small;">of</span> the Burj Park and Souq Al Bahar<span style="font-size: small;"> (<span style="font-size: small;">I shoot in two different locations- 8pm at <span style="font-size: small;">the Burj Park and 10pm at <span style="font-size: small;">Souq Al Bahar)</span></span></span></span></span></span><span style="font-size: small;"><span style="font-family: Georgia,&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif;">. I've been wanting to </span><span style="font-size: small;"><span style="font-family: Georgia,&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif;">do </span><span style="font-size: small;"><span style="font-family: Georgia,&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif;"><span style="font-size: small;">this</span> ever since I read from the D</span><span style="font-size: small;"><span style="font-family: Georgia,&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif;">owntown Dubai-Centre of Now'</span><span style="font-size: small;"><span style="font-family: Georgia,&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif;">s FB page that </span><span style="font-size: small;"><span style="font-family: Georgia,&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif;">th</span><span style="font-size: small;"><span style="font-family: Georgia,&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif;">ey </span><span style="font-size: small;"><span style="font-family: Georgia,&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif;">will be </span><span style="font-size: small;"><span style="font-family: Georgia,&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif;">hosting the show from 4th of January to<span style="font-size: small;"> 4th of February</span>. With </span><span style="font-size: small;"><span style="font-family: Georgia,&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif;">the nature of my job, I couldn't seem to follow my heart's desire not until yesterday-the first day of<span style="font-size: small;"> my</span> week-long holiday, and when hubby agreed<span style="font-size: small;"> to Drive me to Dubai</span>. You see, I am very bad when it comes to roads and directions. Not to mention that I need somebody to carry my camera bag while I'm shooting. ;) Thanks, hubby dear! :) You really made my day!!</span></span> </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span><br /><br /><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><span style="font-family: Georgia,&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif;">Anyway, this spectacular show marks the coming together of the 3 elements---water, fire and light, in celebration of the different cultures of the world and international friendship. It was depic<span style="font-size: small;">t<span style="font-size: small;">ed with the display of <span style="font-size: small;">the national flags <span style="font-size: small;">of</span> different countries<span style="font-size: small;"> from different continents<span style="font-size: small;">. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span><span style="font-family: Georgia,&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif;"><span style="font-size: small;">Located at Downtown Dubai, set up and stage at the Burj Lake, with Burj Khalifa as a backdrop, the show was incredibly breathtaking. EMAAR built a 210 meter-long seamless projection screen along with 10 semi-transparent screens on water flat forms, with dancers wearing white Lycra body suit performing gracefully leaving the spectators in awe.<span style="font-size: small;"> </span></span></span><span style="font-size: small;"><span style="font-family: Georgia,&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif;"><span class="fbPhotoCaptionText">The Dubai Fountain swayed to the exhilarating rhythm of sound while the fire flames and water jets in a harmonious manner making the ambiance so surreal.<span style="font-size: small;"> </span></span></span></span><span style="font-family: Georgia,&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif;"><span style="font-size: small;"><span class="fbPhotoCaptionText">Adding to the surrealism were the smoke and colorful and stunning lights leaving me astounded while I was pressing the remote shutter cable.</span></span></span></div></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-H39hmOe-gzU/UQW_maTPpVI/AAAAAAAAGjA/tF5DI9fYDpU/s1600/_MG_3190.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="266" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-H39hmOe-gzU/UQW_maTPpVI/AAAAAAAAGjA/tF5DI9fYDpU/s400/_MG_3190.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-lFUoRfzw9Xs/UQXhKBiu5EI/AAAAAAAAGtk/Zw3QWE6i3uM/s1600/_MG_3215.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="266" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-lFUoRfzw9Xs/UQXhKBiu5EI/AAAAAAAAGtk/Zw3QWE6i3uM/s400/_MG_3215.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><h5 class="uiStreamMessage userContentWrapper" data-ft="{&quot;type&quot;:1,&quot;tn&quot;:&quot;K&quot;}" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><span style="font-family: Georgia,&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif;"><span style="font-weight: normal;"><span class="messageBody"><span class="userContent" style="font-size: small;">I don't want to write everything about my experience because I don't like<span style="font-size: small;"> to </span></span><span style="font-size: small;">bore you to death<span style="font-size: small;"> with<span style="font-size: small;"> words of superlat<span style="font-size: small;">ive degrees (on describing how great the show was) ;). Le<span style="font-size: small;">t alone the pictures do the talking<span style="font-size: small;">. Hope you like these photos. If you wish to see <span style="font-size: small;">some more, <span style="font-size: small;">simpl<span style="font-size: small;">y visit the </span></span></span><b><a href="https://www.facebook.com/AlAinCityDailyPhoto">Al A</a></b><span style="font-size: small;"><b><a href="https://www.facebook.com/AlAinCityDailyPhoto">in Ci</a></b><span style="font-size: small;"><b><a href="https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.401900843234520.92069.102586739832600&amp;type=1">ty Daily Photo's Facebook </a></b><span style="font-size: small;"><b><a href="https://www.facebook.com/AlAinCityDailyPhoto">page</a></b><span style="font-size: small;">. I will post the rest of the photos anytime soon.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></h5><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-VW6tBOIhXCo/UQXcRFVFD0I/AAAAAAAAGow/Rqo5fMaUxuo/s1600/_MG_3181.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="266" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-VW6tBOIhXCo/UQXcRFVFD0I/AAAAAAAAGow/Rqo5fMaUxuo/s400/_MG_3181.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-lxGPxApYiCo/UQXWsxWEMdI/AAAAAAAAGkw/TcND7UGwUcE/s1600/_MG_3214.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="265" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-lxGPxApYiCo/UQXWsxWEMdI/AAAAAAAAGkw/TcND7UGwUcE/s400/_MG_3214.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">&nbsp;<a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-2snIxtJwTIY/UQXWUCWHYII/AAAAAAAAGko/l-PTFItqB9I/s1600/_MG_3146.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="265" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-2snIxtJwTIY/UQXWUCWHYII/AAAAAAAAGko/l-PTFItqB9I/s400/_MG_3146.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-r0tIZEsuC5Q/UQXYEx0j79I/AAAAAAAAGlA/RDIqSYD_4KE/s1600/_MG_3225.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="266" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-r0tIZEsuC5Q/UQXYEx0j79I/AAAAAAAAGlA/RDIqSYD_4KE/s400/_MG_3225.JPG" width="400" /></a><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-u5ttUbkXSy0/UQXXXI3_hQI/AAAAAAAAGk4/-srqZ-a24O4/s1600/_MG_3217.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="265" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-u5ttUbkXSy0/UQXXXI3_hQI/AAAAAAAAGk4/-srqZ-a24O4/s400/_MG_3217.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-I7Hj-CV4rp0/UQXaSaoetTI/AAAAAAAAGmw/ZNCDSimMObA/s1600/_MG_3256.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="266" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-I7Hj-CV4rp0/UQXaSaoetTI/AAAAAAAAGmw/ZNCDSimMObA/s400/_MG_3256.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Xd1NXokuaYM/UQXaU4AFPBI/AAAAAAAAGm4/RJAlLZeIe0M/s1600/_MG_3257.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="266" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Xd1NXokuaYM/UQXaU4AFPBI/AAAAAAAAGm4/RJAlLZeIe0M/s400/_MG_3257.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-AjTS5di7Vpw/UQXZskVoNUI/AAAAAAAAGmo/5AzGFVg0_04/s1600/_MG_3246.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="266" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-AjTS5di7Vpw/UQXZskVoNUI/AAAAAAAAGmo/5AzGFVg0_04/s400/_MG_3246.JPG" width="400" /></a><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-wtMUFKYyACc/UQXbcLfBLZI/AAAAAAAAGnI/rm0RrAV1-c0/s1600/_MG_3125.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="266" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-wtMUFKYyACc/UQXbcLfBLZI/AAAAAAAAGnI/rm0RrAV1-c0/s400/_MG_3125.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-VM63NMUV0ro/UQXfi9qCjlI/AAAAAAAAGr0/E3Ffjcv-OFc/s1600/_MG_3243.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="266" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-VM63NMUV0ro/UQXfi9qCjlI/AAAAAAAAGr0/E3Ffjcv-OFc/s400/_MG_3243.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-UlFUoONNazw/UQXgAOE6uoI/AAAAAAAAGr8/vz_ft4uhYDs/s1600/_MG_3264.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="266" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-UlFUoONNazw/UQXgAOE6uoI/AAAAAAAAGr8/vz_ft4uhYDs/s400/_MG_3264.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><h5 class="uiStreamMessage userContentWrapper" data-ft="{&quot;type&quot;:1,&quot;tn&quot;:&quot;K&quot;}" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><span style="font-family: Georgia,&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif;"><span style="font-weight: normal;"><span class="messageBody"><span class="userContent">Oh! By the way, If you're a resident of UAE or a tourist visiting the Emirates for the first time, this show must be included in your list. You can watch it for free! Yes, it is for free! Where in the world you can find one huh? ;)&nbsp;If you are a fellow photo enthusiast, I'm sure that this is <span style="font-size: small;">the right</span> event where you<i><span style="font-size: small;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"> </span></span></i>can practice long exposure and slow shutter photography. There are so many good vantage points, like Burj Park and Souq Al Bahar, from where you can take amazing photos. What are you waiting for? Get that body moving and head on to Downtown Dubai! Yallah<span style="font-size: small;">!</span></span></span></span><span style="font-weight: normal;"><span class="messageBody"><span class="userContent"><span class="fbPhotoCaptionText"><br />&nbsp; </span></span></span></span></span></span><span style="font-size: small;"><span style="font-family: Georgia,&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif;"><span style="font-weight: normal;"><span class="messageBody"><span class="userContent"><span class="fbPhotoCaptionText"><i><br /></i><span style="font-size: small;">One more thing, do you liked the photos posted above? If your answer is affirmative, click that "like" icon located at the bottom of this page or tweet it to your friends. Thanks.</span></span></span></span></span></span><span style="font-family: Georgia,&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif;"><span style="font-size: small;"><i><br /></i></span></span></span></h5><h5 class="uiStreamMessage userContentWrapper" data-ft="{&quot;type&quot;:1,&quot;tn&quot;:&quot;K&quot;}" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Georgia,&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif;"><span style="font-size: small;"><span style="font-weight: normal;"><span class="messageBody"><span class="userContent"><span class="fbPhotoCaptionText"><i>"Marhaba! Welcome home<span style="font-size: small;">. </span>Welcome to the Center of Now!"</i></span></span></span></span></span></span></h5></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/AlAinCityDailyPhoto/~4/JSNGfIowHxQ" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>JTG (Misalyn)http://www.blogger.com/profile/12138503340985714804noreply@blogger.com2http://www.alaincitydailyphoto.com/2013/01/water-fire-and-light-show-at-downtown.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1427753016273436105.post-25468238623808856752013-01-24T09:35:00.002+04:002013-01-24T10:05:28.828+04:00Foggy and misty<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ixmkDlaPTag/UQDGJCvecmI/AAAAAAAAGf4/P0JNKED09qs/s1600/240120131056.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="358" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ixmkDlaPTag/UQDGJCvecmI/AAAAAAAAGf4/P0JNKED09qs/s640/240120131056.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-_A5IlBbzFU8/UQDNuhXRbJI/AAAAAAAAGhc/Wyy0hz05G6U/s1600/240120131052.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="356" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-_A5IlBbzFU8/UQDNuhXRbJI/AAAAAAAAGhc/Wyy0hz05G6U/s640/240120131052.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: justify;">It's foggy and misty Thursday morning! I took these photos with my N8 mobile camera at 06:45 AM at Tawam Hospital, in front of the VIP building. I just love the weather these days.&nbsp; It has been 3 consecutive days that we're having foggy and misty mornings. Hope it will continue for few more days. :)<br /><br />By the way, it's holiday here in the Emirates. Our Muslim brethren are celebrating their Prophet Mohammed's birthday. Blessed Thursday to everyone!<br /><br />It's time for me to hit the sack. I'm done with my 3rd PM shift. Ciao!</div></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/AlAinCityDailyPhoto/~4/7QHToKe3SIk" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>JTG (Misalyn)http://www.blogger.com/profile/12138503340985714804noreply@blogger.com2http://www.alaincitydailyphoto.com/2013/01/foggy-and-misty.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1427753016273436105.post-32764843415557399272013-01-20T14:41:00.000+04:002013-01-24T09:35:58.876+04:00Glorious sunrise<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-zC8Nb76tHc8/UPvGwmhDOFI/AAAAAAAAGcw/94fdZUy7A-g/s1600/deser+sunset+021.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-zC8Nb76tHc8/UPvGwmhDOFI/AAAAAAAAGcw/94fdZUy7A-g/s640/deser+sunset+021.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: justify;">Glorious sunrise spotted at Al Dahmaa District on my way to Al Ain International Airport to pick up a friend. What a nice sight to encounter! A constant reminder that there's hope no matter how difficult life can be.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Looking forward to seeing another Mr. Sun tomorrow despite of the coldness of weather. Currently, it's sunny at 23 degree Celsius but according to the weather forecast, nights minimum temperature could touch down to 5 degree Celsius.<br /><br />A blessed Sunday to ya'll!</div></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/AlAinCityDailyPhoto/~4/OvqDyYV5jEQ" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>JTG (Misalyn)http://www.blogger.com/profile/12138503340985714804noreply@blogger.comhttp://www.alaincitydailyphoto.com/2013/01/glorious-sunrise.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1427753016273436105.post-22367441567908823792013-01-15T17:51:00.002+04:002013-01-15T18:11:59.224+04:00Al Towayya Park<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div style="text-align: justify;">Looking for a quiet place to unwind? Try this one. Opppssss! Please put on your cardigan or jacket to keep yourself warm. You don't want to end up shivering while the wind is blowing right? :) I don't want you to catch some kind of pneumonia either. You can bring your picnic basket with you and don't forget your flask full of hot coffee. Tag along your friends or loved ones too.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br />By the way, Al Towayya Park is located at Al Towayya District along 2nd Street of Al Ragayeb Community. Click <span style="color: red;"><b><a href="http://wikimapia.org/11917334/">here</a></b></span> if you wish to see the map and coordinates from Wikimapia. If you don't own a car, you can always try the public transport like Bus #940 with Bawadi Mall-Al Towayya route. Bus fare is only AED2.&nbsp; More info about the Al Towayya Park can be found <a href="/2011/11/al_towayya_park_by_night.html"><span style="color: red;"><b>here</b></span></a>.</div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-kfYyYeR6sXk/UPVYmFF3KFI/AAAAAAAAGZo/RAMkBJWoo-o/s640/towwaya+park+012.jpg" width="640" /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;">On another note, according to the weather forecast, this cold weather is expected to continue over the next few days, Thursday being the coldest at 7 degree Celsius. Click <a href="http://gulfnews.com/uaessentials/weather/al-ain-1.442091?utm_source=gulfnews&amp;utm_medium=homepage&amp;utm_campaign=homepage_weather"><u><b><span style="color: red;">here</span></b></u></a> if you'd like to check the latest weather forecast.</div><br />Wishing everyone a wonderful evening. Enjoy!</div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/AlAinCityDailyPhoto/~4/laYx-9tJx7o" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>JTG (Misalyn)http://www.blogger.com/profile/12138503340985714804noreply@blogger.com2http://www.alaincitydailyphoto.com/2013/01/al-towayya-park.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1427753016273436105.post-11223888925104632572013-01-13T14:37:00.000+04:002013-01-13T14:44:43.114+04:00"Proud"<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><span style="font-size: small;">A weed spotted at Jebel Hafeet, standing "proud" and tall despite of the extreme weather condition here in Al Ain. The weather can be arid and hot during the summer months and can be "freezing" cold during the winter months.</span></span></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://s1269.beta.photobucket.com/user/MyMisalyn/media/proud2_tonemapped_zps18ddadd3.jpg.html" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;" target="_blank"><img alt="Photobucket" border="0" height="426" src="http://i1269.photobucket.com/albums/jj581/MyMisalyn/proud2_tonemapped_zps18ddadd3.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><br />On another note, according to latest weather forecast, the cloudy and windy condition is expected to prevail over the next few days. Time to wear our cardigans or jackets and put on our boots!<br /><br />A blessed Sunday to all!</div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/AlAinCityDailyPhoto/~4/TNnR6lO2qaI" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>JTG (Misalyn)http://www.blogger.com/profile/12138503340985714804noreply@blogger.com3http://www.alaincitydailyphoto.com/2013/01/proud.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1427753016273436105.post-32405312323512417782013-01-01T18:35:00.000+04:002013-01-03T03:09:55.592+04:00Happy New Year!!!<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #333333;">I must admit that I have a thing for skies and clouds. Few minutes before the fireworks display at the Burj Khalifa, I saw a thick layer of clouds hovering at the tower. Thought it was a nice background, I pressed the shutter :) Here are some of the images that I have taken few minutes before the fireworks display. You can visit the Al Ain City Daily Photo FB page for more.</span></div><br /><a href="http://s1269.beta.photobucket.com/user/MyMisalyn/media/1_zpsa7f8af3b.jpg.html" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;" target="_blank"><img alt="Photobucket" border="0" height="400" src="http://i1269.photobucket.com/albums/jj581/MyMisalyn/1_zpsa7f8af3b.jpg" width="266" /></a><a href="http://s1269.beta.photobucket.com/user/MyMisalyn/media/6_zpsc6d49b25.jpg.html" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;" target="_blank"><img alt="Photobucket" border="0" height="400" src="http://i1269.photobucket.com/albums/jj581/MyMisalyn/6_zpsc6d49b25.jpg" width="266" /></a><br /><br /><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #333333;">On another note, I wonder how many photographers were frustrated last night because of the thick smoke from the fireworks preventing them from capturing decent images. I believe I was one of them but still thankful for having few decent images to share. Yes, the show was specular especially the&nbsp; light, water and fire dance but&nbsp; from a photoblogger's standpoint, the fireworks display was surprisingly difficult to capture. Here's the image that I have&nbsp;captured during the first ten seconds of the fireworks display. This is actually one of the few images that I have taken, I'm keeping the nice ones just in case there's a competition this year.</span></div><div></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://s1269.beta.photobucket.com/user/MyMisalyn/media/_MG_2869_zps0d1298a5.jpg.html" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;" target="_blank"><img alt="Photobucket" border="0" height="400" src="http://i1269.photobucket.com/albums/jj581/MyMisalyn/_MG_2869_zps0d1298a5.jpg" width="267" /></a></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /><span style="color: #333333;">As of this writing, I'm still sorting out the photos that I have taken yesterday. Guess it will take time for me to finish my task. For the meantime, allow me to pause for a week. Wishing everyone a blessed and prosperous new year!!</span><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: inherit; line-height: 18px;"><br /></span></div></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/AlAinCityDailyPhoto/~4/2rZjKmikt-s" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>JTG (Misalyn)http://www.blogger.com/profile/12138503340985714804noreply@blogger.com4http://www.alaincitydailyphoto.com/2013/01/happy-new-year.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1427753016273436105.post-69032361274842244532012-12-28T11:35:00.000+04:002013-01-16T22:02:29.399+04:00Excited!!<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><h5 class="uiStreamMessage userContentWrapper" data-ft="{&quot;type&quot;:1,&quot;tn&quot;:&quot;K&quot;}" style="margin: 0px 0px 5px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px; word-wrap: break-word;"><span class="messageBody"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><div style="color: #333333; text-align: justify;"></div></span></span>&nbsp;</h5><div></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><div class="" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;">We are excited for the NYE fireworks at Burj Khalifa and to shoot to our hearts desire. Our ever reliable cameras are ready for this event too. :))</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Bxb9K_rHZXM/UPbq7szEpiI/AAAAAAAAGbM/11gtICpm7rE/s1600/fireworks1.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Bxb9K_rHZXM/UPbq7szEpiI/AAAAAAAAGbM/11gtICpm7rE/s400/fireworks1.jpg" width="266" /></a></div><span style="color: #333333;">Let me share this photo which was taken taken last year. One of our happy memories during the NYE fireworks (apart from winning the best picture representing crowd in Downtown Dubai-Centre of Now's Fireworks Photo competition. Click <a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=458627484153927&amp;set=a.458627354153940.104181626.180095318673813&amp;type=3&amp;theater"><b><span style="color: red;">here </span></b></a>to see my winning photo). Counting down...3 days to go!!!</span></div></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/AlAinCityDailyPhoto/~4/Sk1bJjLHZuo" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>JTG (Misalyn)http://www.blogger.com/profile/12138503340985714804noreply@blogger.com3http://www.alaincitydailyphoto.com/2012/12/excited.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1427753016273436105.post-86677898799243308302012-12-18T16:18:00.001+04:002013-01-13T15:56:25.755+04:00Foggy<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div style="text-align: justify;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div>It was one fine Saturday evening when I took this photo at Sanaiya East. I was trembling while clicking the camera because it was cold and windy. Fog were all over the place making it difficult to capture a decent image.<br /><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://s1269.beta.photobucket.com/user/MyMisalyn/media/_MG_2305-Copy_zps1a3a1e00.jpg.html" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;" target="_blank"><img alt="Foggy" border="0" height="426" src="http://i1269.photobucket.com/albums/jj581/MyMisalyn/_MG_2305-Copy_zps1a3a1e00.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/AlAinCityDailyPhoto/~4/xwnujDn3hxE" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>JTG (Misalyn)http://www.blogger.com/profile/12138503340985714804noreply@blogger.com4http://www.alaincitydailyphoto.com/2012/12/foggy.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1427753016273436105.post-79731647301068330412012-12-04T17:47:00.000+04:002013-07-06T15:45:24.243+04:00It must be the adrenaline!!<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div style="text-align: left;"><div style="text-align: left;"></div></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">We've been to Jebel Hafeet last Sunday morning after my 3rd night shift. I was so tired because I had a busy night at work and pissed off because somebody screwed up my schedule. Hubby said I was so grumpy. To ward off the anger, I've&nbsp;decided to hit the road. I was lucky because I have somebody to tag along.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: inherit;">We were descending from the mountain when we saw these guys having fun with their skateboards. Hubby said it's cool and awesome but I find it dangerous. It must be the adrenaline rush working with these guys. :)</span></div></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://s1269.beta.photobucket.com/user/MyMisalyn/media/dangerous.jpg.html" target="_blank"><span style="background-color: #b45f06;"><img alt="Photobucket" border="0" height="266" src="http://i1269.photobucket.com/albums/jj581/MyMisalyn/dangerous.jpg" width="400" /></span></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://s1269.beta.photobucket.com/user/MyMisalyn/media/_MG_2294.jpg.html" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;" target="_blank"><img alt="Photobucket" border="0" height="266" src="http://i1269.photobucket.com/albums/jj581/MyMisalyn/_MG_2294.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">Looks like it did worked with me as well. I am afraid of heights and I don't usually step out of the fence nearby the cliff just for a photo op, but this time, I did.</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://s1269.beta.photobucket.com/user/MyMisalyn/media/ako.jpg.html" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;" target="_blank"><img alt="Photobucket" border="0" height="266" src="http://i1269.photobucket.com/albums/jj581/MyMisalyn/ako.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/AlAinCityDailyPhoto/~4/beOQI8E6ltg" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>JTG (Misalyn)http://www.blogger.com/profile/12138503340985714804noreply@blogger.com1http://www.alaincitydailyphoto.com/2012/12/it-must-be-adrenaline.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1427753016273436105.post-64968916033244720372012-12-03T20:10:00.000+04:002014-02-20T13:56:43.556+04:0041st Spirit of the Union<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">I would like to greet all the Emiratis on this joyous&nbsp;occasion. &nbsp;Happy 41st UAE National Day!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://s1269.beta.photobucket.com/user/MyMisalyn/media/UAENATDAY.jpg.html" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;" target="_blank"><img alt="Photobucket" border="0" src="http://i1269.photobucket.com/albums/jj581/MyMisalyn/UAENATDAY.jpg" height="265" width="400" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://s1269.beta.photobucket.com/user/MyMisalyn/media/_MG_2219_1.jpg.html" target="_blank"><img alt="Photobucket" border="0" src="http://i1269.photobucket.com/albums/jj581/MyMisalyn/_MG_2219_1.jpg" height="265" width="400" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/AlAinCityDailyPhoto/~4/IqfhrDKXPMs" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>JTG (Misalyn)http://www.blogger.com/profile/12138503340985714804noreply@blogger.comhttp://www.alaincitydailyphoto.com/2012/12/41st-spirit-of-union.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1427753016273436105.post-46158414191934797802012-11-20T10:56:00.001+04:002012-12-03T20:33:30.100+04:00Simple fact<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-KF2HTFIzs2g/UKsowpRjAPI/AAAAAAAAGWY/oVrnc9Nhlvg/s1600/skywatch.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="441" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-KF2HTFIzs2g/UKsowpRjAPI/AAAAAAAAGWY/oVrnc9Nhlvg/s640/skywatch.jpg" width="640" /></a></div>Some of us are not aware of the simple fact that sometimes happiness can be found by merely looking up in the sky.<br /><br />Good day everyone!<br /><br /></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/AlAinCityDailyPhoto/~4/zvWqb8ujOeE" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>JTG (Misalyn)http://www.blogger.com/profile/12138503340985714804noreply@blogger.comhttp://www.alaincitydailyphoto.com/2012/11/simple-fact.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1427753016273436105.post-7227090188098766742012-11-11T18:04:00.001+04:002012-11-11T22:57:47.404+04:00Al Ain City Daily Photo turned 3!!<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><br /><div style="text-align: justify;">Good day friends, &nbsp;readers and followers! It's good to be back!&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Al Ain City Daily Photo turned 3 last November 7, 2012. I was too damn busy that I forgot my blogoversary. Shame!! At this very moment, I don't have a cake to slice or a glass of wine to celebrate my photoblog's 3rd anniversary, but I have these photos to share with you my dear followers. These images were taken sometime in October during my short holiday in the Philippines. These are weeds that I've seen at one of the herbaceous and shady nook of our clubhouse. Hope you like these photos.</div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-VpgKGlNyOLc/UJ-p6evu5RI/AAAAAAAAGTQ/j0l62uDkrkM/s1600/weed.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-VpgKGlNyOLc/UJ-p6evu5RI/AAAAAAAAGTQ/j0l62uDkrkM/s400/weed.jpg" width="266" /></a><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-FGad5P4eCDQ/UJ--Ffl2g-I/AAAAAAAAGU0/4_ksY_NdRNY/s1600/weed2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-FGad5P4eCDQ/UJ--Ffl2g-I/AAAAAAAAGU0/4_ksY_NdRNY/s400/weed2.jpg" width="266" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: justify;">On another note, I can say that this year has been good to Al Ain City Daily Photo. Having said that, I would like to thank the following:<br /><ul><li><a href="http://www.abudhabiweek.ae/lifestyle/73-your-life/8426-snap-it-up"><span style="color: #660000;"><b>Abu Dhabi Week</b></span></a> magazine for the feature on April 26 to May 2, 2012 Issue.</li><li><span style="color: #660000;"><b>Gulfnews</b></span> for publishing two of my favourite photos in XPRESS Readers Photos (May 10, 2012).</li><li><a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=458627484153927&amp;set=a.458627354153940.104181626.180095318673813&amp;type=3&amp;theater"><span style="color: #660000;"><b>Downtown Dubai-Centre of Now</b></span></a> (EMAAR) for honoring my photo as the Best Picture representing crowd in Downtown Dubai Fireworks Photo competition (I loved the prize).</li><li>Each and everyone of you for being a part of my online journey. Though I don't get to visit this blogsite often these days, please remember that you are always in my thoughts. Thank you for bearing with me especially during those times that I hibernated in the blogosphere.</li><li>My family and friends.</li><li>My host country and city.</li></ul></div><div>Above all, to Almighty God for all the blessings. Indeed, this year is a blessing!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><br /></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/AlAinCityDailyPhoto/~4/efLwqTuDhEs" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>JTG (Misalyn)http://www.blogger.com/profile/12138503340985714804noreply@blogger.com4http://www.alaincitydailyphoto.com/2012/11/al-ain-city-daily-photo-turned-3.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1427753016273436105.post-1075351396060933602012-09-27T16:27:00.000+04:002012-11-13T02:15:08.771+04:00Illumination Show at Al Jahili Fort (Video)<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">My apologies for the late posting of this video. This was taken at Al Jahili Fort last December 3, 2011 on the celebration of 40th UAE National Day. Being a person who knows squat about video editing and converting a HD video to flv format, it took me ages to work on it with the help of my brother. Not to mention that I lost the file and was able to retrieve it a few days ago.&nbsp;</span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">At the same time, please excuse us for the background voices that you'll hear at the beginning of the video. Hubby and I were talking in our native tongue...discussing about the possible ways to share it with you. This 7-minute video in flv format shows great images that portrays the country's development. I love the background music too even if I didn't understand any of the lyrics.&nbsp; :))</span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">By the way, the show was organized by Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage. If you'd like to see the photos that I have taken on the said show, please click <span style="color: red;"><b><a href="/2011/12/illumination_show_at_jahili_fort.html">here</a></b></span>. Please be informed that this video can also be viewed at my youtube channel, you can share it with your friends if you'd like to. A simple video credit will do. :)</span></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span id="goog_1012058639"></span><span id="goog_1012058640"></span><iframe allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" frameborder="0" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/xr--nOFowvI?rel=0" width="420"></iframe><br /></div><br />Have a nice weekend! Ciao! </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/AlAinCityDailyPhoto/~4/mNdZ0ZHEyIw" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>JTG (Misalyn)http://www.blogger.com/profile/12138503340985714804noreply@blogger.comhttp://www.alaincitydailyphoto.com/2012/09/illumination-show-at-al-jahili-fort.html