International day

 

 

Raffles International day: students from 92 different countries

With almost half of Dubai being populated by expats. It’s only fitting that the schools here celebrate their diversity. Thus I present to you, International day. It’s one of the or maybe THE most looked forward to event on the school calendar. And why shouldn’t it be? There’s music, there’s dancing, you get to learn different cultures, you get to see each country’s landmarks and natural resources, you get to hear different languages being spoken to all around you, and of course there are a lot of food for you to sample!


Each country is assigned a stall which is usually represented and designed by a parent/s who shares and talks about all sorts of interesting facts to the kids about their heritage.

In both of my children’s schools it became like a food stall festival, with every country offering us famous foods they are known for which I thoroughly enjoyed!

It was like my boys and I travelled the world in 3 hours and we are definitely better for it. Living with so many different nationalities opens your minds to different cultures and it makes you more accepting of each of our differences.

 

JINS: “Everyone Belongs” I love this mural (?) they have on the school lobby

If there’s anything I could hope for my boys to understand after all this is that people are different, but no matter who we are and where we come from, no one ever has the right to belittle one another, whether through words, actions or in their thoughts.  And once they’ve had that maybe they can teach it to me too.

 

Aden and I circa 2013@ JINS for Adrian’s International day


Aden and I 2016 @ JINS for his International day

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Dome Box Dubai

The Dome Box is a dome theatre with a state-of-the-art 360-degree screen that offers a unique audio-visual experience.¹ In lay man terms it’s like going in a planetarium but like 1,000 gazzilion times better!!! Totally blew my inner geek nerd mind away…

We got the tickets by winning it from Dubai 92, 5 months ago. I’ve had it for the longest time but never really got to doing it because to be really honest, I had second thoughts of bringing my 3 year old. His attention span is so fickle that I’m always so scared that he’s going to blow a fuse any moment. (FYI, it is getting better at least i’d like to think so…)

But then, their nursery class got to go on a class trip and he absolutely loved it!!! He has been talking about it non stop that it raised our curiosity and we finally decided to go last weekend before the 6 months validity of the ticket expires.

When we arrived there had just been a birthday party at the site and my curious side asked the staff if it was possible for me to see the set up and take pics while they were cleaning up. It really looks like a cool place to hold a party especially for those around 7 and up ages. Upon inquiry the birthday party starts at about 125 aed per head with a minimum of 10 kids. Of course ++ if you want them to have popcorn during the movie or for their adult companions to have a small snack, anything is possible, if you have deep pockets (as it goes in Dubai😉).

The movies are 30 minute shorts that are educational and at the same time entertaining. I learned so much on “The life of trees” that I didn’t know about. Our second one was about astronauts which takes you to the everyday life of an astronaut living at the space station. I’m not sure how often they change the movies but I’m hoping they change again before our other tickets expire.

 

Check out their website for more info but personally I found it more interesting once I walked in on their space. Plus the staff was extremely friendly so inquiring alone was a pleasant experience in itself.

¹http://www.thedomeboxdubai.ae

Little Bangkok

I’ve been meaning to try this place for awhile now, so imagine my excitement when the husband said he wanted to eat here for Friday lunch.

They open at 12 noon on Fridays and we were the only ones there. Susi our server said people usually come in around 2PM on Fridays but to be honest I didn’t mind it at all that we were the only ones there

As soon as we came in they escorted us to the kid’s play area which was a great surprise!!! (First impression: 5 stars!!!) We ordered in peace while the boys played in their own area. I loved the quiet time alone with my iPhone husband that I didn’t even pull out my big ball of yarn 😜

Here’s what we ordered:

Now, normally I’m a water only please type of girl but the drinks menu looked soooooo good that I thought to myself “Hey! Maybe, it’s worth it!”I’m sorry to say this but it wasn’t.

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From left to right: Cha Nom Yen: Street Styled Thai iced tea with milk 😃; Oriental Fuse: Iced Jasmine green tea with mint leaves😕; Nana: Honeydew, cucumber, and mint😕

A staple order for my husband: Cream of Tom Yum with Seafood

Best dish of the day: Yum Talay Krob: Crispy seafood salad with celery, onion, and tomatoes in a spicy Thai dressing
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Left to right:Guay Tiew Gai Ruam:Crispy batter-fried chicken and red roasted chicken, and your choice of noodles; Bamee Poo Nim Tod:Crispy fried soft shell crab served on a bed of egg noodles (picture grabbed from Little Bangkok website);Guay Tiew Ped Yang: Crispy-skin roasted duck and aromatic gravy, with your choice of noodles

I was having a ramen craving and I guess the boys got it too because we all ordered noodles with different toppings. You get the noodles dry with the toppings on top and a separate bowl for the broth along with that an array of condiments to suit your taste. So in other words I guess it’s like a make your own noodle bowl mix kinda thing. Which I loved but  I have to say the boys didn’t appreciate, My six year old who had the chicken, ate the chicken and asked for white rice and left the noodles alone. My husband ate his crab but said he didn’t taste anything mind blowing, it was all batter. But if I can put his comment in an emoji, it would look like this 😐. Meaning it wasn’t bad but it wasn’t good either. I on the other hand didn’t care for their comments because…I LOVED IT!!!!! Susi our server asked us if we wanted my son’s leftover noodles for take away and my husband said “No!” but until now I’m kicking myself for not saying “YES!

So all in all it was a good Friday lunch, we tried something new and our tummies are bigger and better for it.

😋😋😋 3 yummy face out of 5.