Falling in love at a coffeehouse

It was just another night after classes in university. It was a rainy afternoon when I accompanied you to your club activities on campus. While you had your chorale activities to tend to, I was outside sitting on a bench just admiring the afternoon rain under a grey orange sky. We’ve been friends for two months and I’ve only started dating you five weeks ago and have already told you that I love you in our third week of dating. I sat there wondering what could have made me said that so soon in a dating stage. I’ve know myself to hold off for a month or two before I tell a lady I love her, but in the back of my head it just felt right. Two hours have passed with me still deep in thought while swatting the mosquitoes away and I realized I haven’t even started on my assignment for the next day. You came out of the club room, tired but happy and I invited you to the coffeehouse so I can finish my report.

After ordering our usual down at the coffeehouse we sat down at our usual spot and I took out my laptop to do my report. Halfway through my report, you started acting differently; more cute and clingy while trying to get my attention. I really wanted to just stop what I was doing and pinch your cheeks but I couldn’t because I enjoyed what you were doing. Finally done with my report we decided to head home and right when we got down the stairs outside the coffeehouse you grabbed my arm and pushed me against the fence and just kissed me. I didn’t know if I wanted to kiss you again or scream from the sudden pain inflicted on my behind by the pointy fence. After a couple of seconds you told me you’ve been thinking about how you felt about me for the past few days and how you’ve come to realize that you love me too.

Fast forward to five years, we’re still together although a thousand miles apart. I know we’ve had our ups and downs but that’s what made us stronger as a couple. To that special lady in my life, happy 5th anniversary and cheers to more years together.

Immerse and reconnect yourself with nature

Hi Folks,

It’s not everyday you just stop in the middle of your busy schedule and appreciate mother nature’s beauty before you.But if you get the chance, just grab your stuff and head out to where you think you can connect best with nature.

For me that special place is the beach; the place where land meets water. The one area I know which helps me reconnect with myself to a deep level. I could sit there all day and just immerse myself in thought. You don’t really have to be there by yourself. You may choose to go with your family or friends, which ever floats your boat.

Take the chance to find yourself and get some well deserved R&R

Let’s eat: cheap filipino buffet

Hi Folks,

Le Chad here again and I’m back to talk about buffets!

Don’t you love buffets? Especially one where you could just keep coming back to? How about a place that’s cheap?

Well if you’re in Dubai then you’re in luck. There are a lot of hole in the wall buffet restaurants that serve some pretty decent meals. One of the place I was able to check out was near the ADCB metro station called Sweet Pepper Restaurant (Filipino and Chinese buffet restaurant). Besides this place there are a lot of other locations with the same setting. You just have to be really hungry and not picky to appreciate the food.

Prices range from AED 20 – 35 for this kind of places.

Keep chillin’ till my next foodploration.

Le Chad

Reviving a childhood memory catcher

Hi Folks,

So I happened upon my old camcorder from back when I was a kid. It was around this time i made the decision to document 1 year of my life or what I would like to call my first vlog (before it was even cool to vlog one’s own life). Unfortunately, the tapes were already unreadable and beyond repair.

Even so, just holding it in my hands again brought back a lot of memories and I just could’t help but smile while relieving them. I know I never got to thank you little guy before I left for the Philippines but I might as well do it now. You’ve done me a great service and I’ll be keeping you around just a little while longer as a memento from my childhood.

Keep chillin’

Le Chad

Let’s eat: Angus Steakhouse Burger and Shoyo Beef Don

Hi Folks,

We’re back again to feature 2 sets of meals I enjoyed eating during this week

Angus Steakhouse Burger from Hardees (Carl Jr.) – UAE

Get a load of this quarter pounder accompanied with melted cheese, onion rings and shredded beef. It’s mouthwatering as much as it is hard to bite into. The price is set at 32 dirhams (I think?), and it’s worth every penny if you were as hungry as I was that afternoon.

 


Shoyo Beef Don from Umami Restaurant, Burjuman, Dubai

Here’s another one from 2 nights later. I was in Barjuman, Dubai around 6:30 pm craving for cheap japanese fast food when I happened upon Umami Restaurant in the food court.For just 34 dirhams you get a full course meal of Shoyu Beef Don, Miso soup, Salad and a drink of your choice (I went for diet pepsi). I have to say it was more than I could handle but nevertheless I powered through and finished my meal like a good boy.

 

Hope you folks get to try this 2 meals out.

Keep chillin’

Le Chad

Cats Vs. Climate Change

Hi Folks,

Now I was watching this video one day about this cat who jumps into a box, then he jumps out of the box, then he jumps right back into the box and just when I thought he was going to stay inside the box, he jumps back outside of the box again. Now he does this over and over again for 4 minutes and 20 seconds. I know this because I watched the whole thing and I had a blast. Millions of people have also watched this video and other related videos according to the view count.

Now this got me thinking how other videos with a more serious approach are doing. I decided to type in the keywords climate change and I noticed a couple of videos with narrations and talks by Al Gore and Morgan Freeman. After some thinking I decided to pick the climate change video narrated by Morgan Freeman, because his voice sounds way more cooler than the other dude. While watching the video. I noticed the view count below; 22,600 people. I felt so bad that I kept hitting the refresh button. I mean because this a well known veteran actor talking about something as serious as climate change and you’re telling me that he is getting served and losing to a cat in a box? That’s embarrassing. I felt so bad that I wanted to edit the same video and insert a cat into the background and let them do their thing because their approval rate never goes down.

So what if the reason why a lot of netizens love watching that cat video is because the inside and outside of the box represents the duality of a person trying to live a life demanded by our strict and cultural society while at the same time the same person is trying to hold on to his / her self identity and because those two worlds are always in conflict, he / she must constantly jump between them. Now that makes sense, doesn’t it? In the end, people will always get side tracked with their own personal problems while ignoring the bigger issues.

Keep chillin’

Le Chad

Technology; connecting family and loved ones

Hi Folks,

So just this recent weekend, I was on my way to the bus station in Ras-Al-Khaimah, UAE to travel back to Dubai. It wasn’t just a regular trip as the taxi driver was also busy conversing with his family in India via Skype (and of course he was on hands free mode). After their conversation he proceeded to create some small talk with me and of course I obliged.

We mostly talked about how glad he was that he invested in buying 2 smartphones for both himself and his family. It’s made working away from his family easier than it was a couple of years back when people in the area had to make expensive phone calls just so they can talk with their family for a few minutes. Even though the conversation was nothing special (as i know a lot of other expats are doing the same thing), there was just a certain way on how he told his story that warmed my heart.

For a lot of people working and living in UAE just to provide for their family back home is not only a physically draining task but also an emotional one. It’s quite difficult to come home just by yourself, with no one to talk to about your day. I applaud those who go through this everyday and have the iron will to still push through. As for those with their family and kids right here in UAE; these kind of people usually feel home sick from not only being away from the place they grew up in but also being away from their friends and the rest of their family. Technology has evolved so much that with just an online video call we get to see this people again and talk about how everyone’s day went.

I realized how much technology in this area has changed through the years as being someone who was born and grew up in UAE. I’m glad that the ‘greedy’ telecom companies here are doing their best to cater to expats.

If you happen to be an expat yourself who’s away from his family and home country, just hang in there, Fate always has a way to make things better.

Keep chillin’

Le Chad

Will you ever be a good parent as your parents were?

Hi folks,

I know, I know… The title says it all but bear with me for a bit as I elaborate on this topic, especially if you’re a millennial like me.

A majority of us who grew up in the late 80’s, 90’s and early 2000’s had a lot going on growing up. I believe that it’s safe for me to assume we all had different upbringings across different cultures but one thing is for sure, a majority of us all grew being raised by people we call our parents. I myself was lucky enough to be raised by 2 of the strictest yet coolest parents I’ve ever known. They always knew how to keep up with the times. Sadly, I can’t say the same applies to everyone else. Now, let’s summarize the average lifestyle of everyone that grew up or is currently undergoing this life stages (we’ll probably round it off till those who just entered college this year).

First we have infancy to puberty, the time when our parents were really hands on with us, and I just don’t mean giving us a bath, cooking our meals and teaching us how to read and write. This is the stage where they teach us what is right and wrong and instill their own version of principles in us.

Second, puberty but personally I think maybe those development psychologists should have been more accurate and called this the ‘trial and error stage’. I’ll be honest, this stage isn’t really the most crucial part yet but nevertheless our parents are at their most strictest at this stage.

I would like to congratulate all those kids who were able to juggle the numerous life choices, circle of friends, clubs, sports, studies and our very own parents. It was hard but we made it. Now, let’s check back on our parents shall we? From their perspective I bet they were always at the edge of their seats when it came to us and I applaud those who gave it their best and were able to raise their kids either with their own version of what’s right or gave their kids enough leg room to grow right. Us kids may not have known it back then since we had our own thing going but if you realize it now, then I ask that you get up for a bit, go to your folks if they are there near you or call them and tell them you love them and you’ll always appreciate what they went through for us. Because in the end its not about them or us, it’s about the feeling of responsibility.

Third, late teens or the college mode. As much I would like to go into full detail in this…..  I won’t. We all know the memories we made here at this point are still a bit fresh in our minds and again the topic is about ‘parents’. At this point of their kids’ life, our folks  start to realize that we’re starting to build our lives away from them. Make no mistake about it. Not a day goes by where they stare at family pics or our childhood pics, reminiscing about a time where we proved to be a less of a headache and more a cutie little being.

At this point one way or another a majority of us begin to take our parents for granted bit by bit, some of us may not say it but then again who says you need to be vocal when your actions speak louder than words.

Now back to the topic at hand. Now a young adult myself, I have come to realize I will never be like my parents, I could never bring myself to go through what they did. Of course, it goes without saying that I do appreciate what they did for me but saying it doesn’t compare to showing it. I will never have the power to push through family life as my parents did and the patience they had while bringing me up. Maybe I don’t need to yet. At this point of my life I would like to dedicate my life to achieving my dreams and spending time with my parents. I’m going to do this not because I have to but because I finally understand that I will never be as good a parent as my mother and father are. I want anyone who comes across this article to just give your parents that one hug or show your parents how much you love them.

 

Stop contemplating and just act before it’s too late. You never know, maybe this is the first and most crucial stage of your life when you finally realize how to be a good parent.

Keep chillin’

Le Chad

Let’s eat: Beef Chilli Fry and Sheesh Tawook

Hi Folks,


I just wanted to share 2 of my favorite dishes I enjoyed eating when I was a kid here in UAE. I must confess that I still enjoy eating them till now. 


Some things just never grow old and here a few of them;


Beef Chilli Fry – 

  

Growing up eating this dish has always been both a rewarding and guilty pleasure. I remember that whenever we came from the Nakheel (being that this was the town plaza before the place started booming and getting malls) we’d always find time to drop by the Taj Mahal Restaurant and make our usual order. 


The beef chilli fry they make here is well known and sought after in Ras-Al-Khaimah.

 

Sheesh Tawook –

Back in Dubai there’s this regular hole in the wall fast food restaurant located in K.M. Trading, Um Hurair 2, Dubai that I frequented whenever I visited my Aunt’s place. For a cheap price you can get a hearty meal and one of those meals that I usually enjoyed was called sheesh tawook. It’s chicken breast portions, spiced up and accompanied by small portions of fries and salad. Let’s not forget the hummus and kubos that comes along with it.

Always enjoyed dropping by here.

 

Enjoy the pics and if you get the time to drop by UAE make sure you give this dishes a try.

Keep Chillin’

Le Chad

Let’s eat: Biryani & Samosa

Sharing some of my favorite Middle Eastern dishes over here…..

Chicken Biryani –

This flavorful dish right can be bought or made almost anywhere but since I was feeling a bit lazy I bought mine from a local restaurant near our place in RAK.  Biryani is a mixed rice dish originating from India or Persia (Wikipedia doesn’t seem sure yet). It’s popular in the Middle East, Central and South Asia. This dish is usually packed with spices, vegetables, rice and meat.

For the sauce I’m having yogurt.

 

Chicken Samosa –


While outside walking around, I came across on one of my favorite snacks; chicken samosa. Although small this dish packs a flavorful punch. A samosa is a fried or baked dish with fillings, such as spiced potatoes, onions, peas, lentils, macaroni, noodles, and/or minced meat.

Hope you enjoyed staring at these food pics as much as i enjoyed eating them and if you folks want to try making them here are 2 sites that seem to make it easy to make these dishes

http://indianhealthyrecipes.com/chicken-biryani-in-pressure-cooker/

http://www.instructables.com/id/Chicken-Samosa/

Keep chillin’

Le Chad