With Bond away I made a few plans to keep myself busy! On Thursday I indulged my love of Sushi and ordered in from Sushi art and then made skype calls – thanks to modern technology I actually had dinner with friends from the comfort of my sofa!
On Friday morning (post yoga of course) I went to meet the legal eagle for a breakfast at Leopold’s which was yummy. My poor friend is going through a rough break up so I was glad to be able to see her and offer her a friendly ear and some advice. I am hoping that soon she will be back in good spirits! Until then though I will be here for her whenever she needs. It’s tough enough to go through a break up but when you’re far away from your parents it’s even harder. Luckily her mother is going to come out for a visit which is usually a great tonic.
After lunch we may have gone for some shopping…there was a HUGE sale at Essential Antwerp which is a store I love. We went in and of course I left with new trousers and a bag! The Legal eagle got a really fun t-shirt too. All in all a big success and a lot of fun having a mini fashion show. That said it was a wake up call to really stick with my new regime as I have gone up two sizes! Now is the time to crack the whip before it gets any harder.
We then went for a walk but it got rather too hot as we had both dressed for the rain in the morning and so we ducked in to ‘Pots, Pans and Boards’ for a restorative beverage. Yet more chatting and enjoying the view and then it was time to head home to see Bond cross the finish line of MdS which was an amazing moment, I felt so proud of him for managing it! Luckily I had plans with another friend so I was able to celebrate a bit – though of course the real celebration will be when Bond gets home!
For the evening I met an old friend from London who is visiting at the moment with a view to moving here eventually, I can’t wait till she does. We agreed to meet at Sho Cho in Dubai Marine Beach resort so that we could have yet more sushi. Music to my ears of course as I love it! I would THOROUGHLY recommend Sho Cho, the atmosphere is relaxed and fun, not at all pretentious which is always a bonus for me. The food is really excellent, very fresh and there are lots of great choices too. They even have a happy hour so it’s not too expensive. All in all a fantastic evening had by us both and we are keen to go back one day. Dubai Marine Resort is lovely, you sit right on the water which is fabulous and the whole place is just really well done – it’s low key but chic, just my kind of place!
As my buddy drove we decided to go back to her hotel for a night cap, a decision we both regretted rapidly. She is staying at Vida Hotel and the service at their pool bar is actually non existent…we waited for AGES to get our drinks (bailey’s on ice, so hardly complicated!!) and then having drunk said drinks at a table shoved out of the way we waited a ridiculous amount of time for our bill. It was really a shame because the hotel otherwise is lovely. Beautifully decorated and the restaurants are all terrific (I LOVE La Serre) and the other staff are all charming and helpful. My friend requested to move rooms and was moved within half an hour. It’s just a shame the pool bar let it down!
The next morning I woke up and had a great skype with another old friend, she was on fab form and it was so lovely to hear all her news. As I was in such a good mood I decided to keep up the high and did my yoga session. This was the hardest yet but I got through it – even if I did question why a dog would choose any of these positions, as for the cobra he really needs to be told what the word comfort means!!!! Still I finished it off and then got ready for the rest of my day.
I had agreed to go and be a mystery shopper for NARS so off I headed to Mall of the Emirates. I would THOROUGHLY recommend going there for a make over or even just some tips. Their products are fabulous anyway and the make up artists are super helpful and don’t blind you with science. She talked me through the process of what she did and even advised me against certain products she thought it was unlikely I would actually get much use out of. I really liked that she wasn’t pushy at all, it made me want to go back. The final tick in the box – my friend thought I looked GREAT!
Having met said friend at her hotel we pulled on our gym kit and headed to Kite Beach for a nice walk. It is absolutely beautiful there, and we watched the sunset which was perfect. We would have walked further but hunger defeated us…off we headed back to her hotel to change and then head to PF Changs for dinner. We walked over to Dubai Mall and managed to catch the fountains which were playing to my grandmother’s favourite song ‘La Vie en Rose’, it was really beautiful and moving for me. If you haven’t seen the film then definitely do…but make sure you have tissues! She really had a tragic life and your heart will break for her. Once the fountains had done their thing we grabbed a table and got to grips with our ordering…we went for the lettuce chicken wraps, prawn dumplings, schezuan beef and VIP duck. All of it was delicious, though possibly we had eyes bigger than our stomachs as I couldn’t even begin to finish the duck. Clearly I am not quite the VIP I think I am…
Post dinner we headed back to the hotel for a cup of tea and a chat and suddenly it was 11.30 so I high tailed it home with a bid to being fresh for work this morning…that was somewhat foiled by Bond who finally got his phone back and called me for a chat! I was so happy to hear from him I kept him on the phone for AGES, sleep be damned! I can’t wait to see him now…it feels like a lifetime since we were together.
All in all I have to say I had a really lovely weekend and I am so lucky to have good friends to keep me company while Bond is away!