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Sunday, May 29, 2011

Busy Month of May

The first week-end of May was a quiet one. The second weekend we had Tau's 3rd birthday. The third week-end we hosted a farewell do for our dear Swedish friends that are leaving us this year. It was a bitter-sweet occasion as we bid adieu to Ulf & Anette. It was lovely to have known them and wish them all the best in their next venture.
Magic Fans
The very next morning I took a flight to Dubai for friend Jemma's hen do which some of the girls decided to celebrate in Dubai. We can't make their wedding in Australia in two months so the least I could do was go to the hen's night to celebrate Jemma's nuptials-to-be. My bff picked me up from the airport and we headed to Dragon Mart to pick up cooling fans that are magical during summer. Dragon Mart is a big mainly Chinese Mall in Dubai where you can buy everything for a cheap price. It's huge and it has anything you can think of. So some of our friends found these fans that blow mist which cools you down in the heat of the Middle East. Our other friends have one and the things are awesome. It actually gives you the chills when it's 40 degrees outside so of course you're not supposed to sit right in front of it!
So Bff and I headed to this mall and bought us a fan each. I had no luggage so I was going to bring it back on the flight. It wasn't too heavy, just right for my allowed kgs.
Hen Do & Dubai Nightlife
Armed with our fans we went home and got ready for the Hen Do. We headed out to Deira to the Golden Sands apartments where our friends were spending the week-end. We got there in time for the games they organised. It was loads of fun. There were 13 ladies all up. After about 2 hours of games and drinks we cabbed it to the Cuban Club in Jumeira near Boudoir. Yummy dinner, more games and dancing there. The band was awesome until the clock struck 12 and Cinder-Ela couldn't handle the smoky air anymore.
People were freely puffing their ciggies in this enclosed restaurant/club it was disgusting. Let's put it this way, it's 40+ degrees outside so I imagine the club is enclosed to keep the cooled air from the A/C units within the walls. So after inhaling second hand smoke for almost 3 hours my eyes started to water uncontrollably and the mascara was starting to run, thank you nothing to do with the amount of alcohol consumed thus far. I ran to the bathroom to get some fresh air and then two dolls came in and lit up in there too!!! Utterly grossed me out and just about ruined my night. I decided then and there that the night was over for this chick at the hen do! I came back to my Bff to find that she too was about to whip out her inhaler due to the smog:( It was not a bad night up to that point. Never mind that I was so in to it that I'm sure they thought I was vulgar though I thought that's how Hen do's are supposed to go!
ANZO white tie and tiara ball
Last week-end was the ANZO white tie and tiara ball in Muscat. Get this it's the Australians and New Zealanders in Organisation in Oman. This is probably the few times these two countries do something together! It was held at the Hyatt Ball room. It was just beautiful. The way they decorated the ball room with candles, white roses and lillies on all the tables. Simply splendid. We were lucky to get tickets as apparently they sell out in minutes. It just happened two people couldn't make it and returned their tickets which we happily scooped up. We shared a table with one Kiwi and friends whom we didn't know till then. Nice bunch of people, we had gone with our friends J & E. After the formal dinner everyone moves around so it worked out. The band and DJ were great so we were on the dance floor as everyone else once the dinner was over and done with. It was just pure fun with some great people. Met up with two SA friends too and one other Kiwi and his English fab wife. Funny how everyone arrives all glam-ed up. The ladies looked beautiful and the men looked smart. After the formal dinner the guys lost their ties and jackets loosened their collars, relaxed and started slugging back those beers. Bahaha Well at least they held it together for 2 hours. I'm sure the staunch Europeans would have shaken their heads and tsked tsked at this sort of behaviour but I guess at the end of the day it's a piss up so why restrict one's airways/throat with the tight 'white' tie! The food was good overall but the main meal which was a piece of rib eye steak was not warm and a bit over-cooked when it got to our tables and our whole table agreed it wasn't the best. Nevertheless that was the only slip but otherwise it was a well-organised event. Kudos to the fab organisers. I'm glad to say I've discovered two fabulous balls in Muscat and those are the Crystal and ANZO balls.

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