Old Dubai Tour

I needed an excuse to make this trip. And so when my friends came down last weekend and worked this out.

A walking trip through the old Dubai. Every city almost in the world has this stark divide of Old and New and so does Dubai.

The new Dubai being the Downtown, Marina, and Jumeirah side, whereas the Old Dubai is around the Creek, surrounding the Fort.

Breakfast at Arabian Tea house Cafe

We started the day with a Traditional Arabic breakfast , with a pot of tea at the Arabian Tea House cafe and that still remains to be the highlight of the day! It was delicious, and the place is just beautiful! Those below are the best Falafels I have ever had here in Dubai , but to my disappointment, they don't serve more than three.  And the tea was simply excellent!

Then we walked around the Bastakiya neighbourhood, which was full of pretty sights.

Spice Cart
Souvenir Shop

Then we walked through the BurDubai Old souq and along the creek to reach the House of Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum

House of Sheikh Saeed Al Makhtoum

We still weren't hungry after the heavy breakfast, so we decided to take the Abra to the other side of the Creek, Deira. That was very pleasant, and the Abra driver was very funny much to my two year old's delight.

Ride an Abra ( checked off from the list)

Then we reached the most exotic looking place ever- The Spice Souq. It was crowded and smelled spectacular!


Arabian Lamps and Artefacts

Then we reached the reached the Gold Souq and saw the ultimate of CRAZZYYY!!

Then we took the Abra back to Bur Dubai and ended our tour at  the Local House Restaurant with some camel burgers. We were too hungry to click pictures of our meals!

One place I wouldn't want other visitors to miss is the Al Fahidi Fort, which is currently the Dubai Musuem. We didn't have enough time for it, since we had to head to the Global Village.

 Our favourite Pavilion every year has been Africa and this year too it did not disappoint us. ! Colorful, vibrant, and such  warm people in there! See our li\l boy trying his hand at this Xylophone like instrument.

Another breath taking moment we had when we took the Wheel of the world ride and reached at the top exactly at Sunset! And we saw THIS!

Lighting up our minds at the moment
He loved this !

It was such a delight to walk around taste various scrumptious delicacies from around the world. Be it the roasted chestnuts, the Turkish Kunafa , or the Syrian tamarind Tea. They were all simply beautiful!

And at last , we ended our full day trip with Dhow Cruise, which honestly was mediocre! But our spirits were still high !

Ice cream cake

I made an Ice cream cake for my husband's birthday. I also tried fondant icing for the first time!

And now everyone thinks, I should start a business.  So now I have one more in my bucket list- Learn to bake professionally!  And once I'm done I can think of starting a Vegan bakery , also I should find a substitute for flour.

On Mommywars

I wrote another post for Parentous. This time on Mommywars.
Find the link here 

Before becoming a mother, I had never come across this term – Mommy Wars. We have Leslie Morgan Steiner to thank for coining it. As she defines the term, Mommy Wars are the struggles mothers go through to come to terms with the choices they make as parents against society’s standards.
Which means, just when you are dealing with all the guilt that inevitably comes along with being a mother, blows in a cartload of judgmental ‘advice’ and ‘in-my-opinions’ from your so called well-wishers.
Don’t get me wrong, I genuinely want to know and do what’s best for my child. And I’m open to every view and suggestion. But I reckon it’s only fair if I eventually get to decide what is right for me and my baby. And I also understand how easy it is to fall into these conflicts when you are a new mom. You’re naive, clueless about mommy life, and you might be too quick to pass judgment on another mom, while you’re still figuring out how to handle your own little one.
Mommy wars may have been only about stay-at-home and working moms initially. But now it has extended to every single aspect of parenting.
– Natural birth vs. induced/epidural/C-section birth
– Breastfeeding vs. bottle feeding
– Cry it out vs. attachment parenting
– Disposable diapers vs. cloth diapers
– Co-sleeping vs. sleeping in their own bed
– Strictly organic foods vs. fast foods
– Strollers vs. Baby wearing
– Spanking vs. not spanking
– Television time vs. books only
The list never ends.
mommy wars
Blame it on the information explosion – social media, blogs, websites and what not; we mommies tend to get all sanctimonious about OUR way of parenting. And this discord exists not just between mums and their other mommy friends, but also with grandparents, relatives, and caretakers.
From grandmas who insisted on cloth diapering and aunts who couldn’t stand baby mittens, from relatives who swore by hammocks to friends who found natural birth extremely risky, I’ve seen them all. And men also fervidly contribute to the debate, sometimes even on birthing preferences, and I find myself quoting Rachel Green from ‘Friends’, “Hey! No Uterus, No Opinion!”
As Steiner herself would say, these mommy wars do nothing to promote self acceptance or balance in individual lives. Then why have them?
So here’s how I pull myself out of it. I constantly remind myself with these pointers:
a. To each her own – This phrase helps me remember not to jump to judgment of another mommy. As it loudly plays in my mind, I immediately fall back from shoving my opinion out there.
b. Her side is my side – I always decide to take the side of the mother. That’s the team I’m always on. Her opinion or style can differ from mine, and I compliment her anyways. She’s a mom and that’s reason enough to earn my respect.
c. If you are already in the middle of a strife, always ask yourself – is it worth risking the relationship you have with your friend or relative.
d. It’s not a race or competition, it’s your life with your baby. Enjoy your time!
e. Stay away from offending remarks – If I ever do come across such statements, I tell myself not to take it personally. Most of the time they are just trying to propitiate themselves and might be sincerely unaware of the hurt they are inflicting.
So dear mommies, can’t we all just get along? Don’t we already have too many battles lined up in life, and do we really need another one? On a personal note, I have always found meeting new moms very helpful. It has made me flexible and accommodating. I really hope motherhood becomes that factor which brings us all together and inspires us to support and encourage each other. So from one mommy to another, let’s promise to keep it always positive and uplifting among us. You are all wonderful! And you are all doing a terrific job! Love you all!

P. S : I chose this pic with my Cousin Brother's wife. 'Cause, whatever very little I know of her, I adore . I think shes really cool!