This week I have massively slacked off on my blog, I just got really busy and I am only now finding time to write this over due post. This is now going to be a roundup of the weekend and the week…here goes!
So this weekend we decided to have a quiet Thursday night and tried a new Pizzeria which was great! Now if only I could remember the name…sorry!! Still I am sure we will order again and I will update you all then. It was a lovely evening in and we finally started watching ‘Mad Men’ – I know I know we are WAY behind the times! So far I am really enjoying it but I am waiting for it to really kick off.
On Friday we met up for a pool sesh which was lovely! Then I even managed to fit in a gym session, I powered through and did an hour on the treadmill…I seem to have twinged my knee a tad so I took time off the C25K and took some advice from a gym buddy. I upped the incline and reduced the speed and the calories seemed to MELT away. I nailed through nearly 400 calories. I stretched off afterwards and even felt fresh in spite of the fact I had pushed myself quite hard. I figure if I do this a few more times I will lose some of the weight I have gained quick enough to make a difference to how my dresses fit…fingers crossed!
In the evening I undid my hard work by going for dinner with Bond at Nezesaussi at Souk al Manzil. It’s a great South African Sports bar and if you like your meat then I can’t encourage you enough to go. The food is EXCELLENT and super fresh. The pork ribs were especially wonderful, the marinade was delicious. We ordered some divine wine from Stellenbosch which was a definite highlight. I am so keen to go back and try the sausages as I bet they are excellent. I definitely recommend it if you want a relaxed night out with excellent food! I had most definitely overdressed for the occassion so to make up for it we decided to go for champagne cocktails at the Manzil courtyard hotel. It was really great to toast Bond’s success with the marathon. The manzil is really lovely, very laid back but chic and has a nice buzzy atmosphre. also if you like Shisha then definitely check this out as they had lots of flavours! All in all it was a really fun Friday night!
On Saturday we decided it was time to run some errands…so off we went to Mall of the Emirates. First Bond needed new shirts (need is a stretch, he said need but I think it was more ‘want’) so off we went to Hackett and he got two new additions to the collection. From there it was time to get a vase and we lucked out as Marina Home was having a sale. From there new flat shoes for me from H&M (which were an actual need!) and then on to the dreaded Carrefour…which I will not regale you with, one because I don’t want to bore you and also I don’t want to relive it!
Sadly the weekend had to end sometime and so on Sunday it was back to work. I braved the gym again but it was really full of people which was a shame as I wanted to do some toning. I also did a yoga session so I felt really smug by the time I got home! In fact I have begun to enjoy yoga this much I got up this morning and did two sessions to make up for the ones I missed while I was doing all the car madness. Who knows I may soon be like Adriene…well a girl can dream!
On Monday it was the leaving do for one of my closest friends at work. We have had lunch together practically every day since I got here so it is quite a wrench to say goodbye! She is off back home to China and I miss her already – even though I know this is the right move for her. Anyway we had cake during the day with everyone and my boss made a lovely speech which moved us both to tears! Then in the evening a load of us met up to go for drinks at the Jetty Lounge at the One and Only. The Jetty lounge is a really lovely spot where you can enjoy a luxury experience right on the ocean! They do great food and cocktails and have a decent wine list too! We all had a really good time hanging out together and reminiscing about old times. It was an oddly sad but fun evening…
Tuesday night I said goodbye to Percy Peugeot…I had decided to buy my colleague’s car when she announced her emigration. This meant it was time to return Percy to the owner all the way in motor city. Anyway it was not the most emotional goodbye really as I was SO excited to have my own wheels the next day.
For those of you who have not bought a car in Dubai yesterday I learned the hard way that it is not the easiest process!! One of the guys from work came too so he could say a last goodbye and also to save myself taking a taxi. The three of us got to work…first you take your car to the ‘testing centre’ where they apparently check the car is safe. Then you fill in some forms which turned out to be a major hassle as my insurance company had in fact registered me incorrectly! Anyway two and a half hours later I had my car registered, insured and salik tagged (for the toll booths throughout Dubai)…if any of you are going to do this then for sure take the VIP service like we did, I can only imagine how many hours it all takes otherwise!
Anyway now I have a new car, it’s another Peugeot 308, silver this time and with a much nicer interior. So far it’s driving really well and I like the feeling of responsibility of car ownership!
All in all a hectic but fun week really!
This weekend we are off to brunch at the Westin to celebrate Bond completing the marathon madness!!