Initially, we were looking at a one-bedroom flat and after scoring dozens of flats, we realized it is not worth the price for cramped bedrooms and large halls. So we thought of looking for two bedrooms but the rentals were over the roof! Finally, when we found a flat that was to our liking, the rent quoted was 1.5 lakh! What the f... So I convinced F to look for a studio apartment!
This is my birthday month! I got an early gift from F which was a surprise! With the gift in hand, we also went and watched the movie Manikarnika at the WTC mall. Felt weird doing a couple of things 🙂 If you knew Yanbu has no movies...But honestly, watching a movie in a theatre that is not even half-filled is no fun! I miss the 90s theatre where the hero's entry is celebrated and ends with roaring claps or booing down if it is not great.
The day we planned to register the flat, we went to have a good look again and then went to the office to complete the paperwork. As soon as we were done and about to step out, it RAINED! My first rain in AUH and it was pouring down heavily. We waited for the rain to stop while indulging in some coffee from their pantry canteen. When we stepped out, there was a cat which was blind in one eye and she came running to me. I always carry cat food in my bag for such time and hurried to catch up with F who was walking away... 🙂
For the mattress, I finalized an IKEA model after extensive research. But we wanted to get the real touch and feel, so off we went to Yas Mall in a taxi which was a long drive to the island. We did a complete tour of IKEA but we didn't pick a single thing as we thought we can order online. But right before leaving, we got to know that their home delivery takes more than 10 days sometimes!
We finalized on using Abu Dhabi Blinds service to fix all our windows with roman blinds.
My friend was all for pushing the cart claiming it as an exercise and I am sure we crossed 10k steps that day! Whatever said, IKEA shopping is tiring! Once we got all the bedding things, we went to the food section and refuelled our tummy and then moved to the warehouse and pulled out the 37kg mattress and triumphantly reached outside. The taxi we got had a lady driver and she was also very helpful. I asked F to come to the new flat so he can help us get the things up. After all that, we went to Chappan Bhog to treat ourselves!
@chhappanbhog.auh is undoubtedly a #chaat lovers haven and north Indian street food’s heaven! Some of the items we had over the past few weeks: #bombayvadapav #rajkachori #pavbhaji #dahiballa - could be better #panipuri Delhi’s famous sooji Pani puri is much tastier here! I have also tried their #punjabimeals 😋 Do you think chaats are junk food?😬 #dahikachori #vadapav #golgappa #indianfood #indianstreetfood #abudhabirestaurant #indiansnacks #tasteofindia #desifood #mumbaistreetfood #streetfood #abudhabiblogger #twofoodies
We tried dining-in in these restaurants and you can check my Zomato profile for reviews!
A bestie from Yanbu was coming to town with family for a short vacation! I had to meet her but I felt so bad my house was not ready for anyone! We had a quick coffee at Starbucks and promised to keep in touch. While I was coming back after meeting her, I wondered how much I actually miss Yanbu. But nothing is permanent and friendships go as long as you catch up and start right from where you left.
Galentine is when you celebrate valentine's day with your girlfriends! It was not planned with this intention though! It just happened to be the V day 😀
View this post on InstagramWithout realising... this year’s vday happened to be my first #galentinesday 😆 Breakfast at @dennys_me with @reshminavaneeth followed by a movie 🎥 #kumbalanginights and then some shopping at #homesrus. So Dennys is definitely not a place for vegetarians or vegans. My friend had a hard time customising and finally settled for a veg pattie in her burger minus bacon etc. And I am not a fan of their fries nor hashbrowns 👎🏼 but burgers and pancakes? Totally good 👍🏼 This is a double cheese beef burger, hash brown and fried egg and pancakes with ice cream 😋😋😋 #abudhabirestaurant #24hoursrestaurant
We literally live in our bedroom! Eat, sleep, watch Netflix etc. The rest of the flat is very empty and the only time I go in to have my morning coffee standing by the window watching the yellow buses taking kids to school...Our daily meals are now Zomatoed! 😀
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By now, I had updated my resume and got back on Linkedin and thought I would get back to paid working because it is expensive to live here and if I have an opportunity to work why not?
View this post on InstagramI recently went to the home centre and home box with my home decor-obsessed friend @reshminavaneeth 😄and lost track of time! almost 4pm... we saw this place right behind the shop and it was still open! #royalrajasthan A not-so-fancy cozy place. I went for the humble #dalkichadi and #alooparatha and #cholemasala for her. The food arrived piping hot! We wiped clean every bit as it was the tastiest simple #vegetarianfood I had in a long time! The very next day, I convinced F to go there and we had #ragdapattice and #panipuri 🤤🤤🤤 #abudhabirestaurant #vegrestaurantsinuae #eats #rajasthanifood #rajasthanicuisine #weekdays #indianexpats #twofoodies #indianfoodies #foodporn #foodcoma #foodgram #restaurantfood #whattoorder #yummylicious #nomnom
Shanaz the blogger at shanazrafiq.com invited us for lunch on Friday after Jummah. We happily agreed to go because by now our palettes are dead with eating out every day! Her homecooked meals will surely bring life into our tastebuds.
View this post on InstagramHmmm! I posted this half an hour ago but the post just disappeared! 😏😫 Will it reappear???? So this was @shakespeareandco in Marina Mall 😎 an early lunch with the vegetarian friend! Beetroot #hummus on toast for her and #beeflasagna for moi! 😋😋😋 #abudhabirestaurant #uaeblogger #abudhabiblogger #eatout #twofoodies
After the delicious lunch at Shakespeare's, we hopped on to Marina Eye and enjoyed the ride and the view!
Instead of looking for happiness outside or within, try making someone happy and you will surely feel the same!
Fantastic Feb as always! Alhamdulliah!
Ending the post a pic of my love for cats! This is a friendly and healthy stray cat and she is fixed. Some good soul made her a bed and kept food bowls. I go visit her most of the evenings and treat her with some dry food and water. In return she lets me cuddle her for a few seconds 😀