UK Mother’s Day

Last weekend we had celebrated the UAE’s Mother’s Day. Naturally, it didn’t mean that I would let UK Mother’s Day go by without a little fanfare… after all, I am blessed to have one of the most amazing Mum’s in the world! Hands up who can honestly say that having their mother stay with them for 9 weeks isn’t enough to send them reaching for the gin whilst wondering how many hair plugs would be needed to repair the damage of all the tearing out of hair!??!

Anyway, enough bragging…

Unfortunately Mother’s Day is always a Sunday in the UK, and as I live in the UAE, that means it’s a work day. I did however bring Mummy a cup of tea and her cards and pressies in bed, and then nipped home at lunch time to spend a little more time with her.

The main treat was that night though. I had booked to take her to one of my favourite restaurants in Dubai… Thiptara at The Palace Hotel!

I was introduced to this little gem a couple of years back when I had a work function, and I am so pleased I now live within walking distance!

Not only is the food outstanding, but the service is too. Also, with a backdrop of the Fountains and Burj Khalifa, what’s not to love?!

I honestly could go on and on about how pretty the hotel and the grounds are, and how amazing the restaurant is, but it would start to sound like an advertisement. There is literally not one thing that I can moan about… except that whole not being a cow with two stomaches thing! In fairness, we did manage to polish off everything that we ordered which was no mean feat as the portions are very generously sized. It is a little pricy, but again, entirely worth every penny/fil.

I would like a moment to say that every single time I go, and no matter who I am with and what they order, everyone is very pleased with their order. There has never been a complaint. They are also very good about allergies.  All their staff have been trained, and they absolutely always double-check with the chef so that he is aware, and come back to confirm. Seriously, I cannot recommend this place enough!!

The icing on the cake for this Mother’s Day is that my sister’s best friend was in Dubai for work, and managed to come and join us! We have known her since she was in infants school, and her and my sister have retained a lovely relationship all these years. We are so lucky to have this intelligent, strong and beautiful woman in our lives… even when it’s always somewhat of a whirlwind when we get to see her!

Thank you to everyone who made Mummy’s Mother’s Day the success it was! Mostly Mummy though, because if she wasn’t who she is, then no one would put in the effort that they do!

Love you Mummy!! xxx

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Chocoholics Paradise

Or, a recovering sugar addict’s hell!!

Each month my coworker and I top up one whole drawer of the fridge with chocolate goodies so that the boys don’t get too cranky in the afternoons.

However this is absolute torture for me, a sugar addict in recovery, well… I totally fell off the wagon this week, but will get back on it again!!

This week we didn’t have quite so many options, but we managed a good selection still. If anyone in Dubai sees mini-CurlyWhirleys though, please let me know! They are the boss man’s favourites!

On the plus side, I have convinced them to have a Fruit drawer too. On Saturday I will go and by a few tempting fruits to see if I can get them to be a little healthier. It’s unlikely to work, but we can always try! I have no doubt it won’t look as good and as mouth-wateringly appetising as our current treat drawer though…

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Cavalia

***!!!WARNING: SPOILER ALERT!!!***

If you want to go see this show, you need to go in with no expectations at all… just as I did.

Stop reading, please!!

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Right… now they have all gone… I can get on with it!!

http://cavalia.net/en/cavalia-show/about-show

Sadly, I don’t think words can convey just how blown away I was with this performance! Initially, the only reason I went is because Mum wanted to go. The idea of dancing horses and acrobats doesn’t fill me with joy. It mostly filled me with dread, actually.  2hrs bored out of my brain in cramped conditions, pretending not to be.

Thankfully, I couldn’t have been any more wrong if I tried! Literally, the only downside to this whole show was that it flew by and felt super short! I could have happily sat through so much more!!

The horses…. Where to start?  They are  honestly some of the most beautiful and well cared for animals I have ever seen.  I just wanted to break in back stage and give them all big cuddles!!  The love of the humans for these majestic creatures is so abundant, that you would be blind not to see it.  Everything that the hoses do is rewarded with whispered words and stroking.  They are always presented to the crowd for their own applause, which they are absolutely worthy of.

I just cannot get over how beautiful they are though.  Gleaming coats.  Flowing manes and tails.  Sparkly eyes.  Muscular and powerful.  Yet so well-behaved and gentle.  I wish I could meet with them.  I don’t suppose they would be allowed polos (my sister’s horse, William’s favourite snack!), but I want to give them all a treat!

There were a couple that stood out.  Sadly, I am not into horses enough to tell the difference between them.  There was a cheeky grey one that was performing with 4 others in a formation sequence.  I just think this horse had a bit more character than the rest.  A little cheeky and not quite in sync yet.  Made me think it was the baby of the group.  So pretty, and with the personality, he was my favourite!!

There was a TEENY horse!  A miniature, literally.  Didn’t look like a Shetland Pony to me, but then again I have never seen one run before so it could have been!

Then, there was the most stunning white horse with absolutely amazing coat, mane and tail.  Silky smooth and just perfect.  Also, I think this horse had the most soulful eyes I have seen.

The one thing I am not a fan of, and remember not being a fan the first time I saw this kind of show years back, is when they are jumping up and down on the horses backs.  I know they are light as a feather, that they are trained on exactly how to jump with minimum impact, that they are alway so on the hind quarters of the horse – never on the spine, and that the blankets are padded…. but I just don’t like it.  It’s not logical, I know, but it’s true.  I can admire the skill and balance and stuff that is needed, and I did politely applaud at the appropriate moment at the end, but I saved my real applause for the horse!!

Aside from the horses, there were a bunch of human performers too.  On top of the trainers, and the riders and the ‘jumping on the horses back’ people, there were acrobats and aerial performers too.

The humans, for me personally, were the fluff bit between the interesting parts.  With a few notable exceptions. 

The balance and strength it takes to pull off a couple of the pyramid type things, was insane!  Also, when they jumped off and caught each other just before the moment of ‘splat’, that was super impressive!!

The ladies on the aerial stuff though were super impressive.  Beyond so.  I really do not think that most people have a clue how much strength it takes to throw yourself around only using one hand holding onto a rope thing… let alone to hold someone else too!  I was so disappointed at our crowd for not giving them the proper recognition they truly deserved.  These ladies are athletic and balletic (is that a real word?) at the same time, and that is incredible.

My favourite of all though, just for fun factor was the man who was chased by the miniature horse!  I think he got the biggest round of applause of them all!!

Not much else I can think to say.  It was just phenomenal.  I want to go and see it again, and I want to meet the horses!  I know it’s unlikely, but it’s true!!!!!

Thank you so much to this amazing team of people and animals for giving me one of the best nights in Dubai I have ever had.