Posted in Diary of Newbie Mom Recommends, Dining Out - Sharjah, Sibling LOVE, Sister bonding, Tried and Tested - Food Galore, Uncategorized

Sharjah Dining – Applebee’s at Sahara Centre

We hang out, we help one another, we tell one another our worst fears and biggest secrets, and then just like real sisters, we listen and don’t judge


If there’s one thing that I loved about Raquiza is she really knows me well. Some people are asking us if we are also fighting. To be honest yes! And that’s because of me and my big mouth.😆

Most of the time we also have differences and arguments but at the end of the day we choose to believe that like Joseph forgiveness, love and humbleness should reigns in our heart.

Raquiza is the youngest among our four siblings and she’s the sweetest. Kaya lagi niya kong nililibre pag sweldo or she’ll see that I need time out from all the mother duties. Ang chweeett😍

And today is no exemption, we had our shopping bonding and dinner date at Applebee’s Restaurant – Sahara Mall.   


The Applebee’s concept focuses on casual dining, with mainstream American dishes such as salads, shrimp, chicken, pasta, and “riblets” (which is considered Applebee’s signature dish)

The orders – We started with their Ultimate Trio Appetizer. We settled upon with Twisted Pretzel and Dip, Fried Calamari and Cheeseburger Sliders.

Then we also ordered their new Cowboy Ribeye Portobello. It’s a bone – in steak seasoned with salt and pepper and topped with sauteed Portobello mushrooms. Instead of baked potatoes we replaced it with fries.

  To satisfy our thirst we also tried their Mango Banana Smoothie. It’s a combination of banana and mango purees blended with vanilla mix, apple and orange juices, garnished with fresh apple and pineapple. I highly recommend this!   

The verdict – A great night out with my sister! Nothing beats great drinks and great food in a casual dining setting. The service here was friendly and efficient, and staff were confident to offer advice on the menu.👍 

Applebee’s Sahara Centre
Applebee’s Sahara Centre

Sahara Centre, Sharjah

East Atrium, Restaurant Area 

Phone: +9716-555-0245

Home Delivery : No

City : Sharjah

Timing: Sun – Thu: 10:00 am to 11:30 pm

Fri: 2:00 pm to 12:00 am

Sat: 10:00 am to 11:30 pm  

***Restaurant timings and services may change during the Holy month of Ramadan. Please directly confirm with the restaurant for operations during this month.

Posted in Weekend escapades

My First Pandora Promotion 

It’s official Ramadan starts yesterday, June 18 and end on July 16 2015.

For those who are living outside UAE, Ramadan is a holy month when Muslims commemorate the revelation of the Holy Quran to the Prophet Mohammed. It is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. During this month Muslims are required to fast from dawn until dusk, abstaining from eating and drinking and smoking.

And for Non-Muslims like us we are not expected to fast during Ramadan.However we MUST respect the holy month and refrain from eating and drinking in public places in the daytime.

Since most of the shops and malls are closed during daytime Raquiza and I decided to go on date right after Iftar na lang. 

Although there are many hotel restaurants open but they are covered up behind black screens. Most food outlets at shopping malls are closed, but some offer delivery and take-away services.

Now it’s Ramadan there are lots of on going SALE and we end up buying charms from Pandora. 

For Pandora fanatic  My first Pandora promotion is still going on. The offer is good till June 24, 2015 only. 

My First Pandora offers one bracelet, two clips and one charm for a special price of aed 549. 

If you don’t want to add clip to your bracelet and just a charm you can also get it in a discounted price for aed 349.  You can choose from these charms.    


 The offer is so tempting! 😂 

Posted in DIY Kids Photoshoot, Family matters, Jelly Bean Our Princess, Our Little Princess, Uncategorized

Letter to Jelly Bean @ 5 months

Dear Princess Isabelle… You’re 5 months old!

My sweet, smiley, squishy little girl . . .  I simply can’t believe it. You are changing so much every day, giggling lots, always full of smiles and very laid back. You love watching your surroundings, especially your brother, and being held & snuggled.  

This month you have really discovered how funny it is seeing yourself in the mirror. It cracks me up when we are playing and hearing your laughters.  Your neck muscles have really strengthened and you like to be on your tummy, especially when you are sleeping.

You are putting everything in your mouth. Toys, blankets, anything you can grab and especially your fingers. It seems to soothe you when you can stick those tiny fingers in your mouth and suck on them that’s why I bought Sophie to minimize eating your fingers.

You have gotten really good at purposely grabbing toys and items and it’s fun to see you focus on a moving toy and grab it.

You are very mellow. You talk and scream at us when you’re hungry or tired.

You are getting so big! At your 4 month appointment you were already 5.9 kilos. You were so tough our princess during your 4 month shots and barely cried. Brave girl!

You have several nicknames… your daddy and I call you “Princess Isabelle a lot because you are daddy’s little princess. Your kuya Inigo is calling you “besh” while Kuya Angelo still calling you “kutchi-kuychi baby”.  

You are so squishy, adorable and we love you so much!


Daddy A, Mommy, Kuya Angelo and Kuya Inigo

Posted in DIY Kids Photoshoot, DIY Maternity Photoshoot, Jelly Bean Our Princess, Motherhood, Our Little Princess, Uncategorized

Happy 5 months old Princess Isabelle..

There is just something about your smile. . . seriously, my princess, you have the most infectious, beautiful smile. It warms my heart when you look at me and squish your beautiful eyes and grin.   

You are so special to me and already our bond has grown tremendously. I am so proud to be your mommy. You are a good baby and I am thankful every single day that I get the extraordinary blessing of watching you grow up.   I hope no matter what happens to me, for the rest of your life you know how much I love you! It’s endless.  


Happy 5 months old #princessisabelle!   

Posted in Kids Ministry

Teaching bible story to the kids – The story of Healing the Demon -Possessed Man 

We are now on the 3rd week of our series EPIC  which means . . .  

E Everything is 

P Possible 

I In 

C Christ  

Everything is possible in Christ. As we have been discussing for the past three weeks, these miracles were only made possible because Jesus was involved in the situation

Our Power Verse if from John 8:36So if the Son sets you free, you are truly free. 

Let’s look at a man in the Bible who was set free by Jesus. 

This EPIC story happened right after Jesus calmed the storm. As He and His disciples reached the other side of the lake, Jesus climbed out of the boat, and then a man possessed by an evil spirit came out from a cemetery to meet him. Because this man was possessed, people had tried to put chains and shackles on him, but he would just snap and smash them. No one was strong enough to stop him. 

Our arts and crafts is based on Mark 5:13 – 13 So Jesus gave them permission. The evil spirits came out of the man and entered the pigs,and the entire herd of about 2,000 pigs plunged down the steep hillside into the lake and drowned in the water.


At the end of the lesson kids will learn that Jesus is our Deliverer; we can live in freedom.   


Posted in Cooking experiment, Family matters, Married Life

Cooking for someone you love- Our 7th year Wedding Anniversary

How did i missed to post our simple  seventh wedding anniversary. This year we decided to have a quiet dinner at home and opt out of the expensive supper date . And for me there really is nothing more romantic than cooking a wonderful dinner for the person you love. Someone once told me a way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. 

I cooked Spinach Carbonara, Chicken Parmigiana and Ham and Cheese Roll.          Part of cooking a romantic anniversary dinner is not spending the evening in the kitchen away from your loved one. So i didn’t bother to bake sweets for dessert.After all, this was MY anniversary too and didn’t want to spend the day baking away.  

An evening of delicious food and great company made this a romantic anniversary dinner at home.