Why not explore a different country this weekend?

It’s the weekend and here you are daydreaming to go to a far-flung place wanting to achieve inner peace while watching the serene sea and birds touch the tip of a cliff.

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What if I tell you that you don’t need to day dream anymore and you won’t even need to spend more than Dh 200 on a full-day tour going to Oman? And mind you, it’s just a two-hour drive and you don’t need to drive if you want?

Sounds great?

Oman has some 3,000 kilometres of coastline, most of which are pristine, stunning and secluded beaches that face the Indian Ocean with soaring sand dunes or rugged rocks, flourishing coral reefs and unique wildlife and Musandam Dibba is one destination, we Pinoys can enjoy with no visa required on a full day tour.

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This part of Oman draws a lot of UAE residents because of its crystal-clear waters and fjords. Residents and tourists alike come to swim, snorkel, play waboba (balls that bounce on the water) or just get the important vitamin sea.

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A lot of travel and tours companies offer to arrange your trip from A to Z. All you have to do is be on time. Call time is 7:40 am (no lates!) at selected pick-up points in Dubai. You will be dropped at the same location at around 8 pm or earlier.

The adventure at the Land of the Fjords is truly an out-of-this-world experience. Nature lovers will love the place, hands down! The price of the trip is nothing compared to the breath-taking scenery, cliffs and mountains and rich underwater world that you will get to enjoy.

You will be boarded together with other tourists on a traditional Arabic ‘dhow’ and sail northwards. You will spend the afternoon on an island where you can choose to swim, go snorkling or do a banana boat ride. Of course, you can do all. There is also a lunch buffet and a magic show in between.

On the way back, you will be handed a fishing rod and if you get lucky, you might catch a barracuda. Some even get luckier and see dolphins.
Just make sure your original passports are with you when you go to this weekend trip.

Netizens gushing over Scarlet Snow Belo dressed like Belle of Beauty and the Beast

In time for the opening of the new Beauty and the Beast movie, Scarlet Snow once again blows away her Instagram followers by dressing up like Belle.

Dr Vicki Belo and Hayden Kho posted photos of Scarlet in Belle’s iconic yellow gown as she sat and posed in a set with roses and candelabra and again earned 100’s of thousand likes.

On Scarlet Snow’s Instagram account, photos of her shoot as Belle were also posted, along with a picture of her pet, Amitee. The dog was dressed up in the Beast’s blue outfit.

And her captions says “today I get to play as baby Belle and Amitee gets to play as baby Beast. I love Amitee but I don’t want to kiss him. It’s yucky. Maybe when he turns into a prince charming I will, so I’ll wait for Ate @emmawatson to kiss him. #BeOurGuest” -KCO

Photo: Instagram/ @scarletsnowbelo

GITEX Shopper Spring 2017

GITEX Shopper Spring 2017 is an event not to be missed with the best deals and offers on the latest consumer electronics from the biggest brands and retailers – all under one roof.  Loyal buyers await this shopping bonanza year after year for exclusive deals and bundled offers which are not available anywhere else. Entry is just Dh 25 and it is open from 11am to 11pm every day. Visit gitexshopperdubai.com for more information.

Date: March 28- 31, 2017
Venue: Dubai World Trade Centre

Fashion Forward Dubai

Calling all fashionistas and trendsetters with an eye for style. Fashion Forward Dubai is back. This event shines the spotlight on the fashion industry and cultivates an ever-higher standard for designers in the Middle East. Pinoy pride Michael Cinco will be showcasing his newest collection fresh from the runway. Know more at www.fashionforward.ae.

Date: March 23- 25, 2017
Venue: Dubai Design District (D3)

Parokya ni Edgar to headline ‘Tagfest’ on May 12 at DWTC

Filipino rock band Parokya ni Edgar will return to the UAE with their headline show at the inaugural TagFest at the Dubai World Trade Centre on May 12.

Rescheduled from February to allow for additional festival performers, the festival will launch with five leading Filipino performers – Ebe Dancel, Sandwich, Gloc-9, Marion Aunor and PNE.

With the first 911 tickets sold will be available at just Dh 99, the festival will also see a wide range of F&B options and unique activations targeted to the Filipino market.

‘We are pleased to be able to bring PNE back to the UAE to headline our inaugural TagFest which is our brand new festival offering to the Filipino community in the UAE. We can’t wait to see everyone on May 12 for what will be a busy day of great entertainment!,’ Girish Bhat, Managing Director at Done Events.

This event is brought to you by Done Events in association with Tag 91.1.

Bryan Adams still sings straight from the heart

It seems nothing has changed with Bryan Adams. He still has that rocker edge (despite the age) and emotional connection with the audience through his songs. This was evident at his recent Get Up Tour at the Autism Rocks Arena in Dubai on March 9, 2017.

The jam-packed Thursday show witnessed an unforgettable performance of the music icon. He made the Dubai crowd’s hearts beat faster and he successfully took a trip down the ‘90s lane.

He sang hit after hit with most of the crowd putting their hands up in the air, singing to his song’s every lyric.

“Tonight, ladies and gentlemen, I am happy to play with my band and I have some love songs for you: We got new songs from my new album, we got old songs and we got very old songs,” said Adams with which he heard a loud cheer as an eager agreement to his repertoire.

Adams sang new songs from his album Get Up like Do What Ya Gotta Do and You Belong To Me but it was his old hits that melted the crowd’s hearts. Think Heaven, I Do It For You, and Please Forgive Me.

He also sang, “Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?” while sitting down on a stool mesmerizing the crowd with his unearthly vocals. He also sang his upbeat hit Summer of 69.

The Canadian singer’s raspy voice and charisma with the crowd still haven’t change a bit. He serenaded the people with his two-hour set.

The event was organized by 117 Live. The same organizers of the phenomenal Guns ‘N Roses comeback concert in the UAE on March 3, 2017.

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LSE BATCH 48

Consul General Paul Raymund Cortes officially opened the PCG-PBC-Ateneo School of Government Leadership and Social Entrepreneurship or LSE program on Friday, March 10, 2017. The 7-month course provides Overseas Filipinos training on project, personnel, and financial management to eventually allow them to become social entrepreneurs of their own. Some 60 students joined Batch 48 of the LSE program, now on its 5th year in Dubai and the Northern Emirates.Cortes remarked that the LSE program is a call for OFs to exert greater efforts to harness the creative and innovative talents and skills of the Filipino.

All-Filipino choral group wins at Choirfest

A 19-member strong all-Filipino team of Dubai Duty Free (DDF) employees has won the Best Corporate Choir award at the recently concluded ChoirFest Middle East 2017, their second since 2015.

Colm McLoughlin, DDF executive cice chairman and CEO was all praise for the choir, saying he was “absolutely thrilled” with the team, Dubai Duty Free (DDF) Nightingales, for winning the “Best Corporate Choir” for the second time at the singing competition.

“The choir worked extremely hard in the weeks leading up to the competition. Well done and congratulations to all!” he said.
The Nightingales is made up of 19 DDF staff members, representing a number of different departments, among them Marketing, Finance, IT, HR, CSR, Display and the Operations department.
Now in its fifth year, the annual choral festival organized by The Fridge, showcases top choirs from across the Middle East, including those from the UAE, Jordan, Morocco and Afghanistan.

The competition was judged by some members of Europe’s premier gospel singing group, the London Community Gospel Choir, which has graced many of the UK’s greatest stages such as Wembley Stadium, the Royal Albert Hall and are regulars at Glastonbury Festival. The Gospel Choir also performed a soul-stirring gospel music at the gala evening and also held various workshops for the participants during the week-long choir festival.
The “Dubai Duty Free Nightingales”, have participated in ChoirFest Middle East for the past four years and were awarded “Best Corporate Choir” in 2015 and “Most Dynamic Choir” in 2016.
The event was held on 3rd March at The Els Club.

Get your closet ready for summer

The styles we all have been waiting for before heading to our vacation destinations and quick getaways have been released and the brands we love didn’t disappoint.

Starting Feb. 10, Spring/Summer ‘17 collections will hit the shelves of stores and boutiques across the emirate.

“Dubai is a leading global retail destination and is known as the fashion capital of the Middle East. For discerning shoppers looking to stay at the forefront of the latest high-end fashion trends from around the world, Dubai is the place to be this season,” said Saeed Mohammad Measam Al Falasi, Executive Director, Retail and Strategic Alliances, Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment (DFRE), an agency of the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism).

Here are some brand launches we can’t help but love. Get your hands on them, too before they go missing.

Charming Charlie
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Charming Charlie’s SS17 collection ranges from purple perfection to nautical charm with classic colors, effortless style, set sail for chic. The Girl on the Go collection is consisting of laid back looks and all the accessories ready for workouts, play or just relaxing. The Sea Life collection has a hint of coral, a splash of mint, beachy details.

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AllSaints’ new collection welcomes Spring Summer 2017 with the new pieces that combines softness and romance with attitude and boldness.
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The British fashion retailer is known for designing contemporary collections, which reflect an individual’s personal expression of creativity, providing a modern, modular uniform, without uniformity. AllSaints can be found at the Mall of Emirates.

Philipp Plein
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Philipp Plein does a sexy take on athleisure, transforming everyday uniforms like jeans and tracksuits into super-luxe pieces with the addition of croc-prints, intricate embellishment and layers of heavy gold jewellery. With SS17 pieces that outline every curve like high-tops and bomber jackets, these sporty additions elevate your street-style couture this season.
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Tory Burch
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Tory Burch’s SS17 is all about the East Coast meets West Coast. The collection opens with a graphic garden motif, regatta stripes and nautical prints—followed by bohemian batiks and patchwork florals. While a relaxed, effortless mood extends down the accessories, from mules and moccasins to pearl-embellished slides and ruffled sneakers from Tory Sport.
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A convertible handbag with wooden handles brings nostalgic appeal while jewelry draws inspiration from the sea with articulated fish collars and cuffs and cowrie shell charms.
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From blush-on to concealer and mascara, Glamazle.com has got you covered

Glamazle.com, an online fix for all things beauty and fashion which is also known in the region for having the best brands at a standard price, has reached a milestone and celebrated it via a beauty high tea at the Salon Prive, St. Regis Hotel, Al Habtoor City on March 7, 2017.
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The event was graced by Glamazle.com’s loyal clientele, including the most well-known of beauty gurus and makeup junkies in the region, beauty world influencers, and the media.
Amanda Steele x ColourPop Palette and ColourPop lipsticks
Neelam Keswani, a beauty enthusiast and founder of Glamazle.com, introduced brands from the company’s sponsors such as Khadi Natural, Beauty Point Trading and Madi International.
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The event also provided professional makeover and touch-up stations on site.

“It makes me so proud of this wonderful journey that we have embarked on together with our loyal customer base and those brands and suppliers that have trusted and believed in my venture and have supported me thus far,” Keswani said.