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In addition to the sumptuous seafood dinner in possibly the longest table ever, it is the FUN that I am most excited about this festival - the fun dining with friends, and the fun of sharing the culture of boodle fight to the larger community of Dubai.

Boodle fight is a Filipino style of eating a meal without the use of cutlery and china. Diners instead practice kamayan, or "eating with bare hands". Typically, the food is placed on top of a long banana leaf in a long table and in the true military practice, diners do not sit in chairs but instead stand shoulder to shoulder in a line on both sides of the table. Eating, or "attack" begins on a command of the leader.

Showcasing our very own culture to the world stage is huge. How beautiful it is to see people from all walks of life share a table and share a meal? This is the good essence of this Guinness world-record attempt.

On December 1, dinner time, Seafood Fest UAE, as part of 47th UAE National Day celebration, aims to gather and feed participants up to 27,000 from different nationalities at Dubai's new Waterfront Market in Deira. The meal preparation will be spearheaded by one of the most loved and most successful Filipino celebrity chef Boy Logro of Paluto Restaurant.

About 4,700 tables representing the colors of UAE flag will be setup.

Other records such as 'Largest waving human UAE flag" and "Most number of people lighting a glowstick" will be attempted.

The previous record for the longest seafood boodle fight was set, where else, in Laoag City, Philippines in 2015. Participants tool 30 minutes to finish the food on a table of 4.858 kilometers long. 

These fun world-record setting activities is just an ushering event of what could be an annual seafood festival in the country.


So if you are free on December 1, and fancy having a boodle fight, head on to Deira Waterfront Market. There will also be food shows, play areas for children and entertainment.

A ticket costs AED 50 inclusive of welcome kit, shirt and cap. For more info, follow Seafood Fest UAE on Facebook.
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I am a proud 90s kid, a big fan of everything 90s - especially music.

Without any major personal influence, I was integrated to the kind of music we’ve had in the decade. This was the time when Filipino bands consistently create unforgettable music with identity. Tunog Manila, tunog kalye, and rakenrol were very popular then.

Back then, jamming was a lifestyle - whether in school, office or even in jeepneys. Feel good songs fill the air.

Tapsilog na naman? Pagkatapos lumaklak? Cool ka lang! Habang may buhay, pagsubok lamang yan.

I’m pretty sure many OFWs share the same sentiments. How would you feel about the chance to hear all these greats again live under one roof?

90’s UPLOAD is happening. December 28, 2018 at DUBAI WORLD TRADE CENTER, SAEED HALL 1.

Lead vocalists Wency Cornejo of After Image, Glenn Jacinto of Teeth, Lei Bautista of Prettier Than Pink, Cooky Chua of Color It Red, and Naldy Padilla of Orient Pearl will take you back in time.



COOKY CHUA
The promising, woman-in-black alternative pop/rock vocalist that gave us “Paglisan”

Many bands have come and became defunct, but not Cooky’s Color It Red which is still around after 26 years. Up to this date, the band still performs in gigs, mixes genres and produces albums. Its most outstanding one under Alphanumeric Records entitled Hand Painted Sky went platinum and placed the band in the OPM Map, largely due to Cooky’s sigh-singing style.



WENCY CORNEJO
The 90’s alternative anthem song-maker of “Next In Line”

Undoubtedly he is known for creating immortal tender love songs that become movie soundtracks. He is the lead vocalist/songwriter of the defunct band Afterimage which ruled the music charts of the 1990s. “Habang May Buhay,” “Tag-ulan,”and “Mangarap Ka” are just a few of those songs strummed popularly in guitar sessions by most Filipinos up to this day. The bands album “Tag ulan Tag araw” was awarded a Gold Record and was named Album of the Year at the 1995 Awit Awards.



GLENN JACINTO
The rock and grunge vocals behind the drinking anthem “Laklak”

At a time when phenomenal rock bands dominate the still-profitable music boards, Glen Jacinto formed Teeth, a band that has become the item in the general drinking and barkada sessions in the local areas. The song “Laklak”was and still is a representation of the reality of youthful lavishness. Up until this day, Filipinos are very familiar with the song and probably head-bangs to its beat. It was chosen as Song of the Year at the 1995 NU 107 Rock Awards.



LEI BAUTISTA
The girl-power lead singer and guitarist of an all-female pop-rock band that produced “Cool Ka Lang”

The frontwoman of the girl-band Prettier than Pink, who is known for her “cool”-themed songs. Her and the members of the band do not just sing as what is usually common for most sing-and-dance girl bands, but each one of them played instruments. Lei wrote and composed the single “Cool Ka Lang” and reached no. 1 in the OPM charts in 1995.

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So, titos and titas of Dubai, bring your millennial pamangkins. This is gonna be classic.
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After opening several stores in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Sharjah and Ajman, Jollibee launches the first Filipino restaurant in a food truck concept in Dubai. The truck called, "Jollibee on Wheels," is located at Dubai Marina promenade, where the community is dominated by non-Filipinos. This presents a great opportunity to introduce the taste we love to the world.


Here are some photos from Jollibee UAE Facebook page:




Here's the most lovable bee entertaining the crowd:


Kudos Jollibee UAE for an amazing concept. We love to see more please.
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It is the group's first time to perform in Dubai or anywhere else than the Philippines. Here's what they had to say about the show, the crowd and their music:

Ben&Ben After Live Performance In Dubai - YouTube

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It's great to know that the simple activities I do at work allows me to stay fit and become healthier.

All of us spend more than half our day in the office - most of our lives actually, so it is just fair to make our body feel good when we're in the workplace.

Dubai Fitness Challenge inspires me everyday to take small practical changes that bring big results. This program, happening on Octobe 26 to November 24, aims to turn Dubai into the most active city in the world. There's a month-long calendar of exciting events. DFC is all about motivating and involving Dubai’s residents to commit to 30 minutes of continuous exercise a day for 30 days.

But if you are "TOO BUSY" and can't allocate 30 minutes for it everyday, check our my list below. These are my recent health and fitness routines that helps me keep that zest, happiness and mental power at work. You can do them too.

GET PHYSICAL

1. Stand up and move from your workstation 
If some can have cigarette breaks and caffeine lovers have coffee breaks, why not have an exercise break?

Here's what you can do:

1.1. Staircase walk. Climb up at the fire exit staircase. I do 100 steps up and down every 2 hours, 2nd floor to 6th floor. It only takes 2 minutes to complete one round. It's not just plain walk - I use it to ignite thought processes too.

1.2 Outdoor walk. In cooler months, stroll around the work vicinity few hours after lunch, not only to burn calories, but also to unwind and de-stress with fresh air under the sun.

1.3 10 squats every hour. That's a total of 80 squats a day - do you think it will not do good to your body? If you can't do it in your cubicle, go to the washroom.

If you really can't leave your place, thy these stretching exercises you can do at your desk:

Desk Exercises To Do At The Office | Forbes - YouTube


I've heard one fitness guru (forgot the name) saying, if you exercise before going to office but spend more than two hours sitting, your workout is negated. 

2. Do not use lifts
If you're only going 1 - 2 floor levels up, use the stairs. Your body will thank you.


3. Park few blocks away from your building
If you have no parking space in the building, park about a block or 2 away so you'll have to take extra few minutes walk to your office.

The Daniel Plan encourages us to move more than we do yesterday.

WATCH YOUR DIET

3. Drink 2-3 liters of water at work
We don't usually drink too much at home, so make it a habit to consume 2 to 3 liters of water at work. Have a 1L bottle (or other measurable tumbler) so you could count your intake. Yes it will make you pee more often, but you can do it along with your hourly stretching breaks.

Hydration also saves us from headache attacks from work-related stress.


4. Munch on nuts and dried fruits for your snacks
If you can't avoid snacking, replace your chips and cookies with almonds, cashew nuts, walnuts or dried figs, prunes or fresh fruits.  You don't have to deprive yourself of eating. Just replace the junk with the right food.

Nuts are also brain foods. Photo from EAT THIS.

5. Have healthy and light lunches

If you eat breakfast like a king, you can lunch like a prince. Gradually change your diet.

I used to bring "rice cooker" at work. I'm an extra rice guy. I started the change by replacing it with brown rice and with quinoa until I learned and managed not to have rice at all - very non-Filipino you'd say.

Salads don't have to be boring. My wife is good at adding life to salads.  She mixes it with grilled chicken or beef, prawns or fish in it.  It's not costly if prepared at home.


6. Avoid, or at least limit coffee and sodas
Coffee is the staple office hot beverage everywhere. It is believed to keep us alert and battle sleepiness. But it can cause you to crash hard later on. If you have dependency on coffee, time to moderate a bit.

I addressed my cravings for sodas by drinking carbonated water - learn about its benefits.


HYGIENIC HABIT

7. Wash your hands often
Did you know that your computer keyboard have hundreds of times more bacteria than the toilet seat? Your mobile phone too. So it is advisable to wash your hands before and after food. Keep a hand sanitizer at your desk for that in between snacks.

Wash when you reach office - especially if you're taking public transport - the hand rails of the bus and metro is the favorite hangout of virus and bacteria.


DEALING WITH WORK

8. Work ergonomically
Your posture, your seat and the way you position your devices - especially the height of your monitor towards your eyes - play a significant part in reducing your body strain. It is essential to feel comfortable at work.


9. Manage stress
Work-related stress is unavoidable. But it pays to know yourself and know your limits. Say no if you have to. If you let stress into your body, you'll start getting headaches that will soon grow into sickness. Ans when your sick, your fitness habits stop.

Take a nap to recharge.


SOCIALIZE

10. Have a team or a buddy
Having partners in crime at work who shares the same health and fitness goals with you is truly helpful in keeping on track. Look for somebody who will tap you in case that sugar cravings come along. Somebody who'll walk with you outdoors and who'll agree not to use the elevator. Somebody who'll share a salad with you.

Also, conversations with like-minded people develops your emotional and mental health further. Two are better than one.


It helps to set health and fitness goals to get yourself that extra push to make these 10 a habit.
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The family that Crocs together, rocks together!


Another family day out, another great moments created. For a family like ours who loves the outdoors and long walks, it is important to feel comfortable all the time while sporting the simplest casual look. I'm happy to influence my family with a style that values function over form.
Aya fancies the graphic lights on her Crocband clog. And we love the extra softness and even lighter feel of our Literide.
Raqz who is 6 months pregnant now finds it really comfortable to wear for longer strolls indoor and outdoor.


Durability is one of many features you can find with Crocs. It's okay to pay more for something that you can wear for longer time. It saves you money.

Watch our little one as she finds what fits her style:

Crocs Disney Collection for Kids - YouTube



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