Preciosa shines at Downtown Design 2014

Downtown Design was held at Downtown, Dubai near the iconic Burj Khalifa from the 28th October 2014 to the 31st October 2014.

There were various designers at the exhibition, from the Gulf region and from other parts of the world as well.

One of them was Preciosa from Czech Republic, who have been in the industry since the 1700s.

They are famous for their exquisite designs using glass and light, originally with chandeliers.

They have designs in at least three renowned landmarks in the UAE.

They are responsible for the futuristic LED light structure that blankets the Yas Hotel at Yas Island, Abu Dhabi.

The extraordinary design fit right in as the Yas Hotel is right next to the Yas Marina Circuit, another acclaimed landmark in the country.

On the man made island, Palm Jumeirah, Preciosa designed the lighting fixtures of the One and Only Hotel, from the lobby all the way to the hotel rooms.

The lighting fixtures all over the hotel are a mixture of Arabian and classical style, a reflection of what Dubai is, a blend of cultures in one city.

Near the tallest tower in the world, Address Hotel Downtown in Dubai is also designed by Preciosa with 32 types of original lighting fixtures from crystal curtains to vases.

The lighting fixtures are the dominant architecture in the hotel, famously known for the loosely suspended style.

In the exhibition, Preciosa brought two of their glass cutters to do a demonstration of their most distinguished product, glass cutting.

When asked if glass cutting is difficult, Radek Spejchal, one of the glass cutters stated that it is not just about skills but more on passion.

He said that glass cutting is like painting, an expressive art where passion is seen through the finished product.

During the exhibition, Preciosa encouraged the public to try glass cutting with the help of their glass cutters and it turned out to be a big hit.

The intricate designs Preciosa produces are exceptional which is why it is not a surprise that they have been in the industry for a very long time now.

Dubai, UAE is an international hub and is rapidly growing with business flourishing to this region.

The high demand of quality in this region will see Preciosa shine even more with future projects in the Gulf region.

The flawless artistic style Preciosa are famous for fits right in Dubai, a jeweled oasis within the desert sands.

*This article was written last year for one of my projects.

Jollibee in Dubai Mall

This month, Jollibee, a popular fast food chain in the Philippines opened it’s branch in Dubai, UAE. It is located in Dubai Mall. Thousands of Filipinos flocked to the counter to taste their home-away-from-home Pinoy food. Many were willing to wait in line, as long as five to eight hours, just to order their favorite Jollibee food like the Chickenjoy, Jolly Hotdog and the Yum Burger.

Here are some snaps at location. I was patient enough to wait, I didn’t wait that long though, it was around 30 minutes only. I went on a weekday which had less people, which I highly recommend. I was told that they take their last order at 12.30am. To order you had to take a token and then wait for your number to come up from the screen. When your number is on then you can line up.

People lining up for Jollibee at Dubai Mall

People lining up for Jollibee at Dubai Mall

My turn to order

My turn to order

I ordered Take out Jollibee. Bought the favorites for my family.

I ordered Take out Jollibee. Bought the favorites for my family.

My order: Jolly Spaghetti with chicken

My order: Jolly Spaghetti with chicken

Natural calamities

Over the past few days, devastating news have been headlining the social media spheres and TV screens. The Chile’s Calbuco volcano eruptions and the Nepal earthquake. Whenever there is a national calamity, I always get emotional. Coming from the Philippines, we get typhoons and earthquakes every year.

I have seen lots of pictures and videos being shared around social media sites. For me I did not want to. It just breaks my heart to see the destruction and it just makes me more emotional. I can just imagine the effects this will have on the young children who have become orphans or parents that have lost their kids. Families are torn or separated due to this devastation.

I am glad that the United Arab Emirates did send help to Nepal and areas near Nepal like the neighboring countries India. All I can say is hope that everyone who survived to stay strong and for those who are still looking for their loved ones, don’t give up. #PrayforNepal #PrayforChile

#Hashtag trending challenges

Social media is a very fast paced and easy tool. Most teenagers in this generation.have their smartphones glued to their hands, it is like an extension or part of their bodies.


Recently, lots of awareness of certain issues are being addressed with the help of social media like the Ice Bucket challenge which is for a good cause. However, there are also weird challenges being made that are trending online like the Kylie Jenner challenge. People all over the internet are asked to post their experience after trying to imitate the lips of Kylie Jenner.


Just to give you an idea, you basically take a circular shape like a bottle cap big enough to cover your lips and suck the air in, let it stay there for a few seconds and then pull it out. The end result is you get thicker, pouty lips. Not everyone get the right results and they end up looking like a duck.


If this challenge can become a trend, why can’t other more meaningful hashtags online aren’t. Today it was Women in the World conference. They had the hashtag #WITW and I found myself seeing only a few posts of it. The Kylie Jenner challenge still had more.


For me I love social media. It allows me to get massive information like a fire hydrant in one area. However, getting sprayed like a fire hydrant of information is also overwhelming and at times frustrating to get the right information you want. Trying to fill up a glass of water from a spraying fire hydrant is a challenge and I think that’s what we face everyday in social media.

Global passport

As I was going through my Twitter feeds, one thing stood out from all the news headlines all over the world. The different posts about which passport is the most powerful in the world. What do they mean by powerful? I am confused. They make a list (according to their liking), which one is the most “powerful”. I think the word “powerful” is overrated. They should have used influential or friendliest. The criteria they always mention is how many countries each passport can have a visa free entry.


You will be surprised that the most influential passports can also be sometimes political and dangerous. That’s why I would rather go to the most friendliest passport. Some of these countries are not on the headlines so much but have a good reputation to have multiple countries of visa free entries. There are also countries that allow their citizens to have a dual citizenship. They can keep their old passport while getting a new one. Therefore they will have two citizenships, two passports.


Emirates Airlines A380s at Dubai Intl Airport

Emirates Airlines A380s at Dubai Intl Airport


Yes the world is becoming a smaller place. Is it a good thing though? Whenever it’s a good thing, there’s always a disadvantage to it too. I am not against having dual citizenship but it does cause confusion of how many people we have in each country. One person will be counted twice for world population which will then reflect our world population to be double.


However the double in numbers also compensate for the people that are not registered. There are so many people in the world that are not registered due to many factors. I was reading an article about whether the poor is not really that poor anymore. It mentioned that how can we call people who say they don’t have roof over their heads, food to eat but has a smartphone in their hands. They are active on Facebook for example.


There are thousands of people traveling every single day, transiting from one country to another for business or personal reasons. We as a society have always been travelers and now we just travel faster with planes and high speeding trains. In fact a new speeding record has been set in Japan by the Maglev Train at 375 miles per hour sustained for 11 seconds. The previous record was 373 miles per hour by the same train.


Japan's Magley Train

Japan’s Maglev Train


The world is getting smaller as we reach places faster, multiple visa free entries (depending on the type of passport) and for multiple citizenships. I feel it is great that we as a society are able to reach this feat. We are able to understand each other better and learn from each other faster through technology and innovation.


Would you as an individual adopt a kid? There are many abandoned children in this world that end up in the wrong hands of people. Many of them end up in human trafficking and it is very sad as they do not know that they are being taken advantage of. Different countries have different laws when it comes to adoption. Ever since I was a young kid, I have always wanted to become a parent. I would pretend to be my doll’s parent and play house with them.


Reading through news headlines you will see children becoming orphans every single day. It is so sad that they have to go through so much devastation at a young age. Most of them would not even know where their parents would go or where they are right now. Wars, natural calamities are some of the reasons why children become orphans. Some of them may end up in the right home with the right family but not everyone is privileged to be chosen.


Our population is at millions and growing more in the coming years. I don’t understand why it is so difficult for many people to accept adopting a child. It has become a business, adoption is a business too unfortunately. I wish that people would not look at adoption as a headache or think that organizations can handle the orphans as there are donations funding them. Donating money to these organizations is not enough. Adopting one kid is always better. These organizations should only be a temporary home for these children. If one of us adopt one child, there will be less orphans in this world.




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Sniffles season

Sniffles season

It has been a few weeks now that a lot of people have caught the bug, the infamous sniffles. It is that time of the year again. However, this time many people have been hit so bad that they ended up getting to the hospital to be nursed back to health. Many doctors, general practitioners to be more precised, are probably reciting the same line each time a new patient enters their clinic. Why is the sniffles so easy to catch yet hard to beat?

One of the main reason is because everyone do not take the right amount of nutritious intake for the body to combat against the virus. One of the easiest way to prevent the sniffles to conquer you is to drink lots of liquids, water and fresh juices. Take vitamin C also if you can. Sleep at the right time also helps. A proper rest and right intakes during this season can overcome the sniffle easily without any hurdle.

For some who have already caught the bug, nurse oneself back to health by getting lots of rest and drink plenty of liquids. If you have a fever take Panadol if not, then go to the hospital and get yourself checked. Get well and stay healthy everyone!

Doctor's appointment

UAE Drones For Good

What drones can do

I recently had the privilege to attend UAE Drones For Good Awards. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Prime Minister and Vice President of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, launched a competition last year for drone makers or enthusiasts to present their best ideas for a drone to do. There were three categories: International, National and Government. Around 800 submissions were received. It was a two day event to highlight the semi finals all the way to the finals to award the winners in the end.

It was so fascinating to see so many ideas of what a drone can do, from agriculture to civil uses. The drones were first developed for military purposes and we all know how it is used during wars. They have reduced the risk of lives in the army. In the event that I attended, different shapes and sizes of drones were present. Each drone had its own ability to do a specific job. I wrote a feature story on it for my project. I also had pictures. I will share it once I have graduated which is later this year. For a sneak peak I’ll share two snaps at the event.

UAE Drones For Good

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