Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Overheard in the Newsroom: Kitty cat edition

See if we had a cat room, this wouldn't be an issue. 

There must be a maker out there for false toenails.

That website is a waste of virtual space.

Editor A: I'm worried it won't be enough for you.
Editor B: Well I had like seven chickens last night so...

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Coming home for a visit: Still the best feeling in the world

If you are wondering what the two pictures on the right side are (as was I on first glance), top is Gord Downie, the lead singer of The Tragically Hip - who has lead news coverage after a brain tumor diagnosis and who basically shut down Canada with a performance that our national broadcaster CBC pre-empted the Olympics to show - and below that, a walkie-talkie. Because that's the last gift I got my gorgeous niece and nephew. 

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Snapchat Day: Opening night of Bounce at Marina Mall


I swear this place is the cure for the summer grumpies. Get there! The entrance is a bit strange and hard-to-find (it's at the back upstairs, via the restaurants) and I wish they would turn the music down. But just try not to giggle when you are bouncing around on a trampoline. And it's hard work! There are also loads of other things too, besides 100 trampolines in this 3,500 sq m space, like two slack (zip) lines, a two-story freefall and a pretty zippy 40-metre slide.  There's also loads of slushie flavours if you don't mind a cold headache.

Open 10am-10pm Sunday to Wednesday and 10am-midnight on weekends. The price is Dh80 for the first session, Dh70 after you get that pair of fancy socks. Go to Bounce.ae for more.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Thank you Expat Woman.com

I was thrilled to hear from the lovely ladies over at ExpatWoman.com, who named A Canadian in Abu Dhabi among their list of 9 of the capital's best blogs.

They pointed out I've been blogging since 2008, kindly not mentioning how much I've slowed down in recent years as life here has become my normal, writing:

"That's almost a decade of first hand experiences, advice, thoughts and tips on what life is like in the capital of the UAE."

To celebrate, I give you this post, which I wrote at the end of the year I became an expat. It was nice to read all that I learned in those early months, just for perspective, all these years later, when I often forget.

Thanks ladies! Keep up the good work.

There are some other cool blogs on the list too, a really nice cross-section. Check them out here

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

POUTINE! POUTINE! POUTINE! Where to eat it in Abu Dhabi and Dubai

In honour of Canada Day Friday, I resolved once and for all to find and add up all the places in the UAE serving this most fattening and comforting of dishes. It turns out there are 12. Please tell me what I've missed. It's a bit weird writing about something you know so much about. I'm not sure it works, but I tried.