Happy new 2018!

New goals. New you. Who doesn’t want a happy and peaceful life everyday especially this brand new year? Whatever stages you’re in right now, I’m sure your intention is to live each day as smooth as possible. What if unexpected chaos are serve in front of you, will you have the courage to remain calm and smile for what happen?

Everything is fine when my officemate and I leave the office last Thursday. She’s driving the car and I’m her passenger. Our simple wish to reach our place early, safe and sound didn’t happen as we faced an unforgettable scenario with our own car. There’s a sudden thick smoke come out on our front side causing us to stop our car immediately. We’re both terrified thinking it may cause fire and explode as what we normally seen in a movie. We decided to move out and just stand in a small gutter next to our car. Imagine 2 ladies stranded in a 5 lane road, helpless and scared-that’s us.

Lot of things pop up on mind on that particular moment. What we’re gonna do? It’s really alarming to see how our car cover with smoke and much more of our concern is our safety as we stand in the middle of the road. After I compose myself, I called our Admin. Mgr. to ask for assistance. No response on my first attempt. My officemate did the same thing trying to call other colleagues in our company. I even call my cousin to inform her what’s happening on us right now. After a couple of minutes, both our phone is busy exchanging information between different parties. “Another 45 minutes before the road assistance reach here”, as quoted by my officemate.

We patiently wait for immediate help. Lot of drivers and passenger who happen to pass on the same road where we stood is looking on us. Like most of them, we also wanted to go home but the unfortunate event unfolds surprisingly. I was battling with colds for 3 days already and embracing the wintry wind while standing for too long on that road doesn’t matter to me anymore. My officemate and I were thinking of other options while waiting for assistance. In between our silence, I say a little prayer and tried to reflect on what happen.

Thank YOU – a message sprouted deep in my heart. The same scenario could happen in the Sheik Zayed Road right after we felt something wrong in our car for the first time. Thank YOU for controlling our steering wheel. Again, the same scenario could happen in a tunnel after we heard a ghastly sound. Thank YOU for diverting our mind that sound might come from other car and YOU still allow us to drive further. Then that ‘smoke scene‘ takes in. Still in the road but this time YOU gave us the opportunity to easily move out from our car and find enough space (gutter) to stand. Thank YOU that one driver stop for awhile, open his window, ask for what happen and go. I understand if he can’t stay for long as he was on the other side. Another car stop, a Filipina came out, walk on our side and ask for what happen. When my officemate told her that we already requested for road assistance she eventually leave us behind knowing that will get help somehow.

Though the road assistance we’re waiting takes time to arrive, another gentlemen stopped and curious why we stood there. We already told that ‘help‘ is on the way but he insisted to check our car. He even warned us that police might see us and give penalty for unnecessary cause of delay. Well, that’s another point to be thankful for. No sight of police car on that busy road even we’re standing there for how many minutes.

Back to my story, Mr. Road Samaritan offer to drive our car away from that unsafe road. He give his key to my officemate to drive his own car and he will drive our company car. I’m hesitant at first because I’m a bit frightened that if he start the engine the smoke will appear again. When we’re moving already, he told me not to worry because he is Technician. What a relief! Thank YOU.

It’s a rush hour but we got available slot to park our car. We need to refill the water and there’s a restaurant nearby whom a manager is a Filipina who allowed us to replenish our small bottle for consecutive times. There’s a leakage and our pipe is broken and believe it or not, Mr. Road Samaritan has a big bag of tools in his car. To sum it up, he repair it on the spot, our car is out of danger and both of us reach home safe.

As I walk towards our building, I can’t help but to ponder on how those challenging situation help me to be a grateful person. Thank YOU for this notable experience. Thank YOU for those people who drop by and check if we’re okay. Thank YOU for sending Mr. Road Samaritan – of all people who will help us – he is a Technician, he know exactly to fix the problem in our car, he even teach us that in case we’ll send it to service center only that radiator has to be change, he doesn’t mind if we consume his time and he didn’t even ask for any charge. Like what he said, he’s happy helping other people in need. On that moment, we are the recipient of his generosity. Thank YOU so much.

That road troubled us for some hour.
The road that teach us to stand still.
I will definitely pass on that road again.
I will never forget – once in my life I faced abrupt inconvenience on that road and at the same time, I met a good Samaritan.



Dear 2017,

I started your first month wandering in a shaky situation. Every working day it looks like I was facing a battle of holding on or letting go. I never imagine that the challenge most people experience last year will also happen to me but I have no option than to accept it. As they say, life must go on.

Instead of allowing this circumstances to affect me I embrace the fact that there must be a purpose behind it. It actually help me to realize lot of things. To still count the blessings that come my way. Despite of unexpected turn of events, I continue to list down each day (starting on February) those simple things that makes me smile and thankful for what you have done for me:

Feb1: you’ve been in a place unfamiliar to you when someone open the door and welcome you with a smile.
Feb2: it’s a rush hour and you easily get into the bus without any hassle.
Feb3: a joke that gives you and your cousin a good laugh.
Feb4: found the food your looking in the supermarket after returning 3 times.
Feb5: an amazing formation of clouds visible in your office parking lot.
Feb6: when you arrive in your appointment on time.
Feb7: a text of confirmation receive from your agent.
Feb8: a good and undisturbed sleep you had last night.
Feb9: when your group answered wrong and still you’re all happy with the result.
Feb10: fun watching your fellow kababayan playing some outdoor games.
Feb11: nice design of nail polish you saw from someone inside the elevator.
Feb12: able to watch full length show after a year.
Feb13: when you feel undecided and your cousins are helping you to weigh the options.
Feb14: an opportunity to go back home to get an umbrella without worrying that you will be late.
Feb15: a different color of ballpen available in department store.
Feb16: when your classmate invited you to come along with them during breaktime.
Feb17: the tshirt you wash last night is easily dried today.
Feb18: you are already inside the bus when the rain start to pour.
Feb19: a transaction you always pay in cash is now change into 30 days credit.
Feb20: a heart-shaped formed in your sleeves when you wash your hands.
Feb21: some interesting facts shared by your colleague.
Feb22: when someone ask your help to familiarized the procedure despite you failed onit last time.
Feb23: a leftover which is enough to eat as your baon.
Feb24: appreciating an spectacular show provided by the mall management.
Feb25: a series of encouraging songs you heard in a contest.
Feb26: watching a makulit panda online.
Feb27: witness an act of generosity in the street when a driver stop and gave some food to the storekeeper.
Feb28: able to cook something despite waking up a bit late.
Mar1: went home with cooked meal for dinner prepared by your cousin.
Mar2: an encouraging story shared by someone you haven’t met for a long time.
Mar3: a conversation with your friend that end up to an exciting idea of going vacation to another country.
Mar4: when your niece can understand and translate tagalog terms.
Mar5: receiving a quick response on your private message after asking some queries.
Mar6: a info. provided by your friend that you might use in the future.
Mar7: a ‘kilig‘ episode post by someone on her social media account which is the actual episode you watch last night.
Mar8: a photo shared by your classmate that reminds you of how much laughter you had that moment.
Mar9: when you don’t need to use your cp flashlight just to read your book because there’s already natural light comes from outside.
Mar10: an scheduled power interruption that didn’t happen.
Mar11: a performance that stand out among other contenders.
Mar12: multitasking in a short period and still go home on time.
Mar13: unexpected call from someone just to ask your permission.
Mar14: when you heard the alarm before your mobile become lowbat.
Mar15: an image of ‘smiley’ you seen in the wall.
Mar16: leaving the office at much earlier time that gives you another round to study your lesson.
Mar17: a famous personality showing her talent in singing.
Mar18: a priceless reaction of your niece when she answered correctly the puzzle.
Mar19: a testimony of wife why her marriage is successful.
Mar20: not required to buy food because your cousin cooked already.
Mar21: a different color of umbrella you saw everywhere.
Mar22: a side dish that complements the main course.
Mar23: when you remember your nephew after you saw a mini-airplane because of his interest on it.
Mar24: thinking of a song and suddenly it was sang in one program.
Mar25: a group photo that is not complete without you.
Mar26: when your officemate inform you not to bring food because she will treat all of you for lunch.
Mar27: the person you met in the lift on way down in the morning is the same person you met on the way up in the evening.
Mar28: a DIY canopy turn out beneficial to you.
Mar29: when someone consider you to do an important job.
Mar30: getting seat immediately during rush hour.
Mar31; a new game introduce in a birthday party that draws laughter to everyone.
Apr1: a relatable quotes you heard from a motivational speaker on one of his talk.
Apr2: when your laptop start again after 2 hours of non-working.
Apr3: when you got the courage to voice out your opinion.
Apr4: someone followed your request to leave the door open.
Apr5: manage to do your morning routine despite waking up late.
Apr6: two of your currently favorite sng play consecutively in the playlist.
Apr7: found an alternative site where you can watch the series.
Apr8: recharging your card faster because there’s no other people lining up in the booth.
Apr9: reminiscing your childhood memories over lunch.
Apr10: the smell of homemade meal when you pass on the street.
Apr11: when they granted you request for more size of a product with no additional cost.
Apr12: an SMS response of your friend that means she read your message.
Apr13: a boss who pass by to your room just to say thank you.
Apr14: reading almost 60% pages of one book.
Apr15: when your cousin accompany you in doing some night work.
Apr16: a weekend getaway photos of some families posted online.
Apr17: an article that help you answer some of your queries in mind.
Apr18: unexpectedly saw your old photos taken a moth ago in your school website.
Apr19: a pasalubong from your housemate where your name handwritten on it.
Apr20: another achievement of yours mentioned on your certificate.
Apr21: when your cousin bring some food and share it with all of you.
Apr22: a lyrics in a song that really captured your heart,
Apr23: an inspiring segment in one tv program that make you stop what you’re currently doing just to watch it.
Apr24: saw a vintage car in a public parking.
Apr25: being aware for a new budgeted airline flying to the country in your bucket list.
Apr26: no need to wear long sleeves because the temperature in your room are back to normal.
Apr27: unexpected dinner treat from one of your classmate.
Apr28: watching how your cousin crush the ice without much effort.
Apr29: the end of the series set in a beautiful garden.
Apr30: a chance to dine-in in a must-visit restaurant is discuss over lunch.
May1: knowing your boss are now openfor any suggestion advise by someone no form his team.
May2: some chair and table outside the restaurant were removed to give way for any passerby.
May3: when you don’t feel the heat of the sun because its windy.
May4: saw a big emoji smiley posted in a famous building.
May5: heard some opm song again from local radio.
May6: saw someone you never thought would come on that place.
May7: a contestant who get a high score on first attempt.
May8: found a temporary shade while waiting for your service.
May9: when you remember an old joke and still you can’t help but to have a good laugh.
May10: a garden of tulips pop up on your desktop screen.
May11: a new tricks in your mobile that you learn from your classmate.
May12: when someone you never seen for a long time still remember you.
May13: a special poem shared by a famous tv host.
May14: a different ‘mother’s day’ greetings posted online.
May15: a smell of newly cut grass.
May16: when you were awaken from your nap because of someone who’s trying to rap.
May17: a message sent by your teacher to keep you informed in advance about some changes in location.
May18: when you didn’t get lost in finding the room because there’s another person who’s also looking for it.
May19: a photo sent by your brother that encourage you to push your next project.
May20: a father who doesn’t mind how he looks like just to entertain his daughter.
May21: the smile of a happy family when they unexpectedly won a big prize.
May22: found something you’re looking for in a department store.
May23: been to an old place and saw new establishment surrounds it.
May24: a tasteful desert shared by your colleague.
May25: a chance to bond with other group of students.
May26: unplanned weekend staycation at your cousins’ abode.
May27: bought the thing you been planning for so long because someone in your group request to visit that place also.
May28: carrying a 1 month old baby for the first time.
May29: experience to sit on top of a double decker bus.
May30: saw a photo of someone who enjoy his vacation in your town place.
May31: taking a bath with a cold water running in the shower.
Jun1: read a graduation speech found from bunch of scratch paper.
Jun2: a booklet of coupon given by your cousin.
Jun3: a delivery of cabinet done as per schedule.
Jun4: able to get a free magazine in a metro station after such a long time.
Jun5: completing your bath despite of water stoppage announcement.
Jun6: watching a stand up comedian who can also sing wel.
Jun7: when your boss finally back out from the plan not accepted by many of your team members.
Jun8: a current promotion in 1 store that gives you an extra item for free.
Jun9: a support receive by a contestant from those people not related to him.
Jun10: saw a photo of someone who can afford some luxury yet choose to wear a simple dress on her wedding day.
Jun11: when you learn a simple technique how to unlock the door in a most easiest way.
Jun12: a low fare quoted by someone that falls within your budget.
Jun13: when your colleague realize no need to buy a particular item.
Jun14: when someone help you to return your desktop into its original position.
Jun15: the clothes ou bought is well-fitted to you when you try it.
Jun16: found out that there is remaining half lemon in the ref.
Jun17: someone added you in their couples group chat though you are not yet married.
Jun18: unexpected message from your brother’s ex-girlfriend.
Jun19: found a correct name and pronounciation of a famous song.
Jun20: learn to cook 1 dish and serve it in differcnt way.
Jun21: going home with an extra bucket meal ready to eat for dinner.
Jun22: able to sip a coffee before taking a bath despite waking up late.
Jun23: when you and your cousin found a perfect size of blouse at a very affordable price.
Jun24: try to use new ingredients in your pasta dish.
Jun25: a news that your other cousins will come to visit you.
Jun26: no leftover from the boodle fight that you prepared.
Jun27: someone stranger inform you that atm machine is not working just before you do a withdrawal.
Jun28: witness how the baby behave while lying down with only her nanny around.
Jun29: sorry..can’t retrieve.
Jun30: a decision made by someone that will help in lessening the weight of your supposed baggage allowance.
Jul1: when the tv signal were finally fix and back to its normal operation.
Jul2-Aug31:preparation, vacation, back to work.
Sep1: a combination of color painted in the clouds during sunset.
Sep2: playing a same game after a long time.
Sep3: a timely message you wanna hear at this particular moment.
Sep4: thinking that your food is not enough for the whole day then someone offer some snacks to munch on.
Sep5: watching a 7 minute vlog that is full of substance and lessons.
Sep6: a magical feeling when you discover the correct way of saving photos from an email.
Sep7: an opportunity to order the food advertise in the billboard.
Sep8: a different design of bag available online sent by your friend.
Sep9: when the baby was in good mood while you’re taking care of him before his mom arrive.
Sep10: laughing while watching an improvised street games online.
Sep11: when you finish the laundry without worrying if the water will leak.
Sep12: a photo sent by your friend overseas showing her baby bump.
Sep13: when you finally make time to recreate the recipe you watch on TV.
Sep14: a live wedding proposal heard over the radio.
Sep15: when you feel the coldness of aircon in a room full of people.
Sep16: an effort done by your cousin to cook several meals.
Sep17: picking up the remaining last basket in the supermarket.
Sep18: saw a cute and chubby baby girl on your way to work.
Sep19: when you and your cousin finish cooking before your other housemates come in the house.
Sep20: unexplainable dedication you had today to finish the task assign to you.
Sep21: thought you forgot your lipstick then you found it in the corner of your bag.
Sep22: a new package of toilet roll is available in the CR.
Sep23: knowing that bidet is still functioning.
Sep24: saw a fellow pinay who hold a same brand of facial cream you’re using.
Sep25: an improvised kitchen cabinet made by your co-employees.
Sep26: when you saw the mother and daughter in salon the other day then now in the photo shop.
Sep27: when your decision to leave early paid off because the metro is still uncrowded.
Sep28: no need to wait for so long in the food court because your cousin already found a table before you cam ein.
Sep29: when you finally taste the varieties of meal in the buffet in the same restaurant you dine in before.
Sep30: a new bus enrooting a business hub area.
Oct1: remembering your dream last night and your crush is part of it.
Oct2: a fellow kabayan who offer his seat to you.
Oct3: saw a senior citizens who were holding hands while walking.
Oct4: a viral photo of a guy wearing his Gf’s high heel shoes that has positive comment from netizen.
Oct5: when you saw a sibling’s twinnings with each other.
Oct6: trying a condiments that perfectly blend with recipe for today.
Oct7: when you came in just in time in the kitchen before the boiling water overflow.
Oct8: last minute of crossing the street before the ‘go’ signal.
Oct9: when you found a right color of thread that will match your dress.
Oct10: an initiative of your colleague to go to foodcourt and bought your food for lunch.
Oct11: watching an inspiring video of hope early in the morning.
Oct12: unable to ride on the first train but git enough space when the second one came.
Oct13: an opportunity to cook a meal that you never tried for a long time because the main ingredients is available now in the market.
Oct14: when you can read the magazine while waiting in the hospital.
Oct15: thought of missing your ponytail but you found it again when you’re about to go out from the car.
Oct16: a celebrity who testify how an ordinary person help her to get through on her struggles.
Oct17: a group performance that moves people into tears of joy.
Oct18: some word of wisdom about marriage share by a tv host.
Oct19: heard some fireworks outside that reminds you of your festivities in your home country.
Oct20: when they easily take out the mattress without waking up the baby.
Oct21: another passenger who arrange your seat because she saw you having a heavy load of things.
Oct22: staff in one company who was consistent in their attitude of gratitude.
Oct23: when the idea you presented to the consultant is understood and used for the entire team.
Oct24: when you found an alternative item to use in cleaning.
Oct25: found a different way of presenting a document.
Oct26: sign of sweetness shown by a guy to his girl in the party.
Oct27: when your cousin take out the food from the freezer and now ready for cooking.
Oct28: knowing someone adjusted her needs to accommodate the needs of other member of your family.
Oct29: found an alternative lunch box while your own ‘baunan‘ contain some leftover.
oct30: no single amount of leakage while doing your laundry.
Oct31: when your colleague submit a report without any mistake.
Nov1: someone did a major cleaning in the kitchen.
Nov2: finally found the correct way after a series of detour.
Nov3: a woman offer her seat to a mother holding a baby.
Nov4: when you found your online crush has a talent in singing.
Nov5: when your office boy clean the CR before all staff came in the office.
Nov6: found the scent your looking for when you visit a supermarket.
Nov7: receive the same email from your bank informing you about exclusive privileges as client.
Nov8: a new re-paint pedestrian lane in your neighborhood.
Nov9: when your body clock awakes you despite turning off the normal alarm.
Nov10: when you found the specific ingredients in one supermarket.
Nov11: a free afternoon where you could only watch movies.
Nov12: an appreciation by your colleague when he see your work.
Nov13: a bulb that is illuminating than normal standard.
Nov14: receive a text message informing you on the readiness of your ID.
Nov15: heard a playlist of opm song from the building next to you.
Nov16: bought a body wash on sale with extra liters.
Nov17: when your niece abide your instruction of discharging your mobile while you were sleeping.
Nov18: found a quotable quotes pasted on the wall when you visit your friend’s house.
Nov19: when you found a way on how to re-heat your burger without using oven toaster.
Nov20: confirming that the beef you cook was tender and easy to chew.
Nov21: found a comfortable side of seat when using public transportation.
Nov22: a good samaritan in your office offer to drop you off in the metro.
Nov23: when you realize the meaning behind the instagram accounts name of an actress.
Nov24: when your nephew enthusiastically follow you using his stroller.
Nov25: a flock of birds flying in the sky early in the morning.
Nov26: an opportunity to sit in the public train much earlier than expected.
Nov27: saw a creative way of designing a plant box.
Nov28: when you discover a page unexpectedly where you can relate to every words written on it.
Nov29: an initiative of your colleague to inform you about the reimbursement of your transportation allowance.
Nov30: visit to new places within a limited period of time.
Dec1: when you got extra hour of sleep after you turn off your alarm because it’s weekend.
Dec2: a helpful driver who assist a PWD passenger to ride on the bus comfortably.
Dec3: watching series where a guy makes a simple effort of making her girl happy.
Dec4: when the place you plan to go is near in the pedestrian lane where you need to cross the street.
Dec5: when the song you wanted to hear were finally played in the playlist.
Dec6: withdrawing some cash from your ATM easily after it was decline yesterday.
Dec7: wake up super late and manage to take a bath within few minutes.
Dec8: reveal that someone who works behind the scene is actually a cumlaude graduate.
Dec9: a talent of creating a song on the spot showcase by a tv host.
Dec10: discover a new way to finish your typing job a bit faster.
Dec11: a funny things that a child did in reality versus what you expect.
Dec12: thinking of ways to send a parcel to other company when their representative drop by in your office and he took it automatically.
Dec13: found a blouse that match your budget.
Dec14: when your plan to pay for something were pursue as per schedule.
Dec15: when an equipment in the kitchen are finally put in use after a very long time.
Dec16: discover a way on how things work.
Dec17: an affordable distribution on the total value because of the voucher use by your colleague when you dine in a restaurant.
Dec18: a free cake given by someone as a token of appreciation.
Dec19: when a cashier smile and remember someone else after she heard your name.
Dec20: found enough number of paper bag to use as gift wrap.
Dec21: when your office mate entrust her plants to you while she’s on leave.
Dec22: a sound of happiness from your aunt when she saw the surprise visit from her daughter.
Dec23: waking up as per your planned time even without the use of alarm clock.
Dec24: when you feel the festive season because you heard a holiday greetings even from a group of stranger.
Dec25: when all of you came home safe despite the foggy road.
Dec26: no need to travel far when you want to remit some money because a new branch is located near your place.
Dec27: understanding an explanation on one topic because of simple drawing.
Dec28: able to catch the sunrise while standing in the road.
Dec29: a sermon that clear all your current worries in mind.
Dec30: watching your cousin who is shy growing up is now dancing in front of many people.
Dec31: when there’s enough cup of rice in the box to cover your lunch and dinner.

Yes, I admit its not a good start but I will close you with a grateful heart. I’m okay now. Thank you for teaching me a wonderful lesson that your year is full of ups and down yet you contribute a lot to improve the best version of myself.

Thank you 2017….I’m excited to share another story next year…Let’s spread blessings, positivity and love on 2018. See you!

Thanking you,
Me, Myself and I


Visiting any country in Europe fascinates the dreamer in me. I can’t do it for now as I priories my time and budget for something else. So when I saw the replica of Europe on our day tour in Riverland my heart shouts like I almost won on the lottery. Riverland is part of Dubai Parks and Resort which is gaining a popularity to most of the tourists/locals in UAE. You only need to pay AED20.00 per car for parking fee and voila…you can enjoy Europe in the heart of Dubai free of cost.

This newly opened Dubai Parks and Resort is so huge that each visitors needs to ride in a mini-tram to reach the main gate. We came around 2pm and the queue is lengthy but worry no more as you don’t need to wait much longer because this mini-tram is always available every 3 to 5 minutes.


There’s 3 theme park (LEGOLAND, Motiongate, Bollywood) and 1 water park (LEGOLAND water park) inside Dubai Parks and Resort. Of course, there’s an additional entrance fee on this 4 parks. If you’re short on budget and still want to see the best of Dubai Parks and Resort, then go ahead to Riverland which is the 1st station and portal to all parks.

When we start our walkaton on Riverland, we notice the architectural design of each houses. It’s not a residential house actually but it’s more of stores, establishment and restaurant whereas you only see most of these structure in European country.

Each and every spot in Riverland is a good scenic view. They call it French Village. I was in the bridge when I took this photo and it makes me relax while looking on this man-made river and towering houses.

I’m here in Dubai yet I feel I was in Europe because of these houses. Yehey!

This side of Riverland look likes an alleyways in one of European country I only see in the internet.

Not a typical house you can imagine in Dubai. This is why you must visit Riverland and see it by yourself.

If there’s no sign of Havaianas, I will jump into conclusion that this is a house. Even their store match with European theme.

LEGOLAND is a walking distance from Riverland. Someday, we can pay a visit to you but for now…we’re happy being outsider.

Look at this intricate design made of lego. Amazing!

I’ve been to different Mc Donald in the UAE but this branch is a bit different. Well, it is situated inside Riverland.

On my first  visit with my Dxb family, I took the photo of this restaurant and imagine the feelings of dining inside. Little did I know that simple imagination will attract the possibility when my office mates invited me for pre-Christmas dinner on this restaurant.

This is what we ordered for dinner. The food is good and comes in big serving.  We order some main course, and as per their promo, we got unlimited soup, bread and salad for free. Their gnocchi soup is something you would like to try again and again.

We also visited the Peninsula. Another zone in the Riverland.

The bridge during daytime.

The same bridge sparkling at night.

We are still full after our dinner so we decided to stay a bit and walk around. You can feel the Festive spirit here with these lights in every corner and a Christmas carol serenading you.

A gigantic Christmas tree to complete the season.

Another bar/restaurant to try here next time.

A food truck if you want to buy More


No doubt that scenery in Georgia is superb and breathtaking. It is proven with all the places we visit in a span of 4 days. Aside from the awesome surroundings, our group also enjoy our bonding moment when it comes to food. Our guide, Giorgi, accompany us on a local restaurants so that we can try the authentic Georgian cuisine.

We actually ate from different restaurant and each has their own specialty. Though, some menu are almost alike but in every place we dine in they have at least 1 or 2  something new to offer. Our table is always full but due to our ‘gutom moments‘, these are some of the orders we take and captured by our camera.

We, Filipinos, are all for rice but when we were in Georgia, we often got a bread instead as part of every meal.

ADJARULI KACHAPURI (open cheese bread)


IMERULI KACHAPURI (cheese-stuffed bread)

SHOTIS PURI (traditional bread)





PKHALI BOARD (spinach with wallnut)

SULGUNI CHEESE (similar to mozzarella)


KHINKALI. After eating a lot of steam khinkali, it’s late to figured out that we don’t have any photo except for this fried one. Gutom na nga.

MTSVADI (grilled pork). This is one of the most remarkable cuisine we tried in Georgia. A very simple dish yet so juicy and tasty. Maybe it’s come from animals fed with grass only.

RICE. We thought that we we’ll have it again once we’re back in Dubai but we were surprised when the waiter asked if we want rice. Of course!

CHICKEN (in different cuisine)




CHURCHKHELA . Aka Georgian Snickers. String of nuts covered with dry grape syrup. This is what we bought as pasalubong to our family/friends in Dubai.

BEER. The boys in our group would like to try it. Okay.




Presenting to you..the happy visitors who fell in love with Georgian cuisine.



After our sightseeing tour in far places, we’re now bound to explore the capital proper of Georgia which is Tbilisi. Unlike any modern city where we used to see high-rise building , wide road, congested traffic and too crowded, Tbilisi has a unique way of presenting itself without the use of glamorous decoration yet tourist will be left captivated with it owns natural beauty.

Our Tbilisi tour starts with Aerial Cable Car. With just 1 Lari per person, we can go for a shortest ride to Narikala Fortress and had a fantastic view of the city.

While we were in the Ropeway, these our views from above.


In a couple of minutes we reach the Narikala Fortress. Narikala is a symbol of Tbilisi’s defense.

Lighted Wall of Narikala. A photo taken during night time.

Narikala Fortress which is located in a steep hill gave us the perfect platform to see the city of Tbilisi in a different turn.


We also see up close the Kartlis Deda or Mother of Georgia. The statue holds a sword and cup of wine which indicate their warm welcome to guests and deeply fighting off enemies.

Inside the Narikala fortress is Saint Nicholas Church where we also pay a visit.

Our camera does not only focus on the church but on these walls surrounding it.

Who would have thought that there will be Falls in the heart of the city? Leghvtakhevi waterfalls is located in between Botanical Garden and Bath district. The stunning view of running water brush off our weariness.

Glad to witness another Georgian couple who choose this site as part of their nuptial photo.

On our way out, these colorful and appealing houses makes our walk more at ease.

We also passed by to Sulphur bath houses: Abanotubani.

Though we already saw the Peace Bridge early in the morning on our first day, now only we got the chance to walk on it. The bridge composed of  glass and iron connecting old Tbilisi with the new districts and boasts a 150m roof of steel and glass.

This Pedestrian bridge is also dazzling at night because of its LED lights.

There is still a lot to see in Tbilisi. By simply walking, our eyes fall in love with its charming environment that help us to invest a happy memories in this place.

Thank you Tbilisi…we also love you.


We started our day 3 in visiting a Museum. Here, we watch a 10-minutes video on how Uplistsikhe cave town develop and some artifacts which they preserved until now.

Uplistsikhe which is known by now as ‘Fortress of the Lord’ is described as one of the primeval urban settlement in the history of Georgia. It was built on the rocky bank of Mtkvari river. Back then, it serves as a center of pagan worship in Kartli region and was believed as a royal residence of the Kings for some times.

The rock-hewn formation is visible on the foothill where we had a briefing for our preparatory climb. According to Giorgi, the complex is divided into 3 parts: a lower, middle and upper section which is all included in a 40,000 square meters.

Climbing in Uplistsikhe is a bit challenge especially for us who were mostly seen in corporate office. It requires a strong physical stamina that will test your endurance while traversing the rocky and narrow road. Besides, the cold and windy airs impede our comfort level as we began our steps.

As they said, each step upward requires lot of effort but this view of Mtkvari river is worth the climb.

Would you believe they even built a Christian Basilica on the upper section of Uplistsikhe town.

Georgians who lived here before create a tunnel for easy hike. Going down from Uplistsikhe is pretty easier for us because of this tunnel.

We take rest in the mini-forest opposite of Uplistsikhe.

Well, ‘rest’ is not the correct word to use because each group are seizing the opportunity to have a good photo souvenir.

Part of our itinerary is to visit the 2nd largest church building in Georgia-Svetitskhoveli Cathedral. All girls are required to dress properly. No sleeveless and skirt above the knee. Though, we’re wearing pants already Giorgi suggests to borrow the scarf/long skirt available on the entrance door.


Locals believed that Jesus robe was buried on this site.

There’s a stone built mini chapel inside the cathedral as a replica of Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.

We’re so lucky that when we visit the Svetitskhoveli  Cathedral, we found a couple who got married that time. We asked them if it’s okay to have photo-op with them and they are pleased to say yes to us.



During winter season, some tourist appreciates the snow because of its massive existence in the area. The surrounding in Georgia became an instant canvass with pure white snow on its background. Well, that’s surreal when we were in the mountain but as we explore the Kakheti region, we had a quick stop in a not-touristy place which others might think as an ordinary road but for us who happen to see its natural beauty is something worth of stopover. Our tour guide, Giorgi, called it as his ‘secret place’. I don’t know why but we’re all grateful for he brought us here.

new found friends in Georgia….

Only few cars passed on this road so we totally owned it for some moments. The empty road gives us the opportunity to take a decent photo of jump shot, groupie, and slo-mo. Even the trees and dried leaves was all part of our photo session.

We proceed to the Castle on top of the hill. Gremi was once a  capital of Kakheti in 16th century due to its huge  contribution in the economy and silk trading activities in the region. Here in Gremi, we found a must-visit Church of the Archangels Michael and Gabriel, Castle, Bell Tower and Museum roll into one.

The Castle is nestled on the hill so we take several steps to reach its entrance gate.

The architectural wall is outdated, maybe because it was built long time ago, but still it serves a great purpose over the years. It was believed that during those time, this castle was a royal residence of King of Kakheti. As of today, it houses a small museum where you can see the artifacts used on that era.

Look…this is an old comfort room in the castle….

One of the advantage of being in an elevated place like the Bell tower is your chance to see the ground in 360 degree. Whoahhh…this is a panoramic view of Caucasus Mountain.

A flock of sheep greeted us on our way back to our bus.


We also visited the oldest tree in Georgia-Platanus Orientalis which is 900+ years old.

The sun was almost set when we’re about to leave but this view remind us that Georgia is beautiful no matter what time it is.

Georgia is also famous for their Sulphur bath. The bath district in Tbilisi is called ‘Abanotubani‘. The subterranean water is high in Sulphur and other mineral which they believed that after soaking will leave your skin relaxed and soft.

After our tiring but fulfilling day in Kakheti, our team book for a Sulphur bath experience at Royal Bath in Tbilisi.

Since we are group of 11, they gave us a private room where there’s an actual pool with continuous flow of hot spring water, our own changing room and toilet plus a waiting area where they serve some free tea.

While 8 of them were on bath-mode in the pool, me and the other lady from another group is just enjoying our tea break.

Past 10pm when we leave the Royal Bath House. To cap off our day 2, we treat ourselves in super late night dinner.


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