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Magical deep blue water of world’s largest aquarium #DAUZ

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I always play the tourist card in Dubai, well duh! the city is full of wonders – Dubai doesn’t do small, it’s a place of extremes. This weekend I got the chance to experience the magical deep waters of world’s largest aquarium #DAUZ (Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo) located in world’s biggest shopping mall. Perhaps, it’s the city’s glitz and glam, superlatives, and passion of breaking records we love.
While shopping in Dubai Mall, I always enjoyed DAUZ from the outside. So there I was at the entrance ready to unveil the hidden secrets of this place with my Explorer Tag on  (120 Dhs per person) which includes an aquarium tour and boat ride too. Surprisingly, the tickets price was decent. And if you use the Entertainer App: Enjoy a one buy get one free deal on the Researcher tag (100 Dhs per person).
Oh yes, the guest of honor for the day was my mom who is my biggest fan since day one (love you, mom!) Well, all my reviews are a joint collection of experience as I always take serious notes of my partner’s opinion (you never know what they might point out!)
You start off on the ground floor, with a complete panoramic experience of the aquatic life (mark your first encounter with sharks) while walking through the mystic blue tunnel. A perfect place to snap an insta-worthy moment!
After the tunnel, we proceeded to Underwater Zoo, on Level 2 of Dubai Mall which has EVERYTHING! (I mean in terms of marine animals, they even had Nemo & Dory). This is the part which is hidden from the public eye and worth every penny you pay. Quickly we joined others in a queue to our special stimulator submarine experience which was basically a major disappointment for any adult. (you don’t wanna follow a random looking turtle into the sea on the screen).

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Unlocking more secrets of DAUZ,  we made our way to the glass bottom boat ride (your boomerang game goes strong here). Our super cute guide informed us with real facts & figures (who knew world’s largest aquarium contains 10 million liters of water with 33k aquatic animals, well I had no clue!). The ride was so fascinating,  I found myself giggling and going “Mom, look at this!” every few seconds.
May be my Aquarius star sign took a toll on me but I spent the entire day admiring each session of their underwater zoo (completely forgot about dinner) which is divided into three zones – Rainforest, Rocky Shore, and Living Ocean. Well, my information about aquatic animals was limited to penguins, dolphins, and Nemo, so you can only imagine my smile when I spotted water rats, sea horses, giant squids, Veiled Chameleon and our tiny friends – Neon Tetra, glass catfish, white cloud mountain minnow.
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Well, my information about aquatic animals was limited to penguins, dolphins, and Nemo, so you can only imagine my smile when I spotted water rats, sea horses, giant squids, Veiled Chameleon and our tiny friends – Neon Tetra, glass catfish, white cloud mountain minnow.
dubai-aquarium-and-underwater-zoo-with-rahma talwar rthijabstyles dauz dubai adventures my dubai lifestyle blogger uae blog top lifestyle (2)Though the main attraction is said to be the 40 year old King Croc from Australia, I couldn’t take my eyes away from those adorable penguins doing somersaults in the water. (Future husband, kindly note I may ask for a penguin on my birthday!)
Side Note: DAUZ did break my heart in one aspect, throughout the journey the photographers clicked us with random looking pose and asked us to collect them at the final counter. News flash! The photos cost double the ticket price, like are you kidding me? Not once, we were informed during the whole ‘say cheez’ extravaganza about the price (honestly, you do get a bit tempted but 300AED, No Never Nada!).
Overall,  we very much enjoyed our experience at #DAUZ (you know a place is amazing when it has a hashtag) and finally, something I can strike it off from my bucket list. For more details about their prices please visit http://www.thedubaiaquarium.com
PS: This is a collaboration that I did with Ewaan Properties. Having said that, everything that I stated here comes from personal stories. I am just a Small Town Girl joining the glitz & glam army of Dubai every now and then. Sharing my genuine opinion to help pick out your next adventure without revealing many secrets about the place.
Cheers Dubai!

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Be Retro at Roxy

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Photo Credits: The ultimate guide for women in Dubai – She Wants Dubai 💕
Growing up we were crazy movie lovers, you know those insane families with a pre booked weekly cinema visits. Of course, I’m talking about a mystical time in UAE when tickets were as cheap as AED 15 and kids below the age 6 were honored with free entries. (Oh wow, how the time has changed) In fact, the whole IMAX, 4Dx, 3D choices (for good or worse) has remodified movie experiences altogether. Yet, I still believe in the magic of rusty old conventional 2D movies 📽
Now imagine a movie theater tricked out like an old school Retro boutique, with stunning vintage movie-themed decor, classic ticket booth, epic 70s and 80s movie posters at every corner (even the washrooms) and those legendary red seats & curtain (more like the luxurious red paradise of leather). The off screen magic did strike a cord, and I had to check out this place.
If you have been following my vlogs for a while, you know that not too long ago, I had a lavish date with my mom in Dubai from a 4 hour brunch at Carnival By Tresind which I featured on the #GuiltyPleasures Column ((lol I totally just made that up) to watching Beauty & the beast at Roxy Cinema, Box Park.
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Believe me, all it takes to be in my good books is blankets and pillows. (lol, I’m such a couch potato 😚)
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Vintage Ticketing Booth
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Photo Credits: Times out Dubai !
So what makes the perfect movies experience?
Personally, I think it’s a combination of a ‘Paisa Vasool’ (money worthy) entertaining movie, a relaxing adjustable seat with ample armrest (believe me, sharing is not caring in this particular case), pillows, and blankets are just icing on the cake but if you tell me I get to order snacks from the comfort of my seats. My answer? “Please take my money” 💰
I got to be honest, it felt amazing to experience the delightful gourmet menu, retro ambiance and a blanket (oh God, the amount of time I sneaked in a quilt in an obvious fluffy tote bag is quite embarrassing) while watching one of the finest actress ‘Emma Watson’ sing and dance along Disney’s live-action remake of Beauty and the beast.
The experience is unlike anything else! I’m surprised myself to admit this but watching movies in such a lavish place is quite pleasing. Of course, the oozing margarita pizza and hot nacho cheddar cheese box were something that made this small town girl extremely happy (You may ask why I call myself that, and the answer is quite simple though I live in the ever so busy UAE, unlike the crazy city life of Dubai, I was raised in the peaceful less crowded city called Ajman, which draws complete tourist like vibes).
Overall we loved our experience at Roxy Cinemas. I totally recommend it if you’re looking for a piece of Retro Culture in Dubai. And if you have second thoughts, my partner in crime who happens to be a Desi Mum approves of this lavish splurge (AED 99/per person)
Of course, it’s not your everyday place to watch a random movie but definitely a spot to create lovely memories with your better half but make sure you select a good movie with real high ratings.
If you want to check out the live reaction to this epic retro bar, check out my youtube channel, please!
Cheers Dubai!
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Royal Tea Party @ Palace Downtown, Dubai

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I was forever a daydreamer, hosting make-believe fancy tea parties for my soft toys and troubling my mom to bring down those elegant china dishes and order miniature cupcakes and cookies, pretending to be a royal princess. Though I’m a messy eater and surely not sophisticated enough for regal ballroom parties, I just had to jump on the chance to bring back those childhood memories with Palace Downtown’s BVLGARI Afternoon Garden Tea Party.

Relaxing and quiet, with live music accompaniment in the background. The lush Garden of Palace Downtown with a view of the waterfront and beautiful white aesthetics on the tables exudes an elegant sophisticated charm the moment you step in. My date for the afternoon was Momna from @mytasteperspective, a darling to share some of here travel stories with me while we munched on some truly satisfying pieces.

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We began our high tea set with a choice of tea or coffee for each of us. After serving us our chosen beverages fruity green tea for me), we were then presented with the highlight of the afternoon – an ornate 3-tiered tray with colorful and delectable sweet and savory snacks. So what did we have? Take a deep breath and unbuckle your belt …

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Overall, The Hi Tea Garden party is somewhere you could certainly impress your girlfriends at. Of course, this is perfect for a baby or bridal showers, nice catch-up with close friends, have a girly session or just to enjoy the water dance too. One thing to note is that there are relatively few tables, so we really loved the privacy too!

Details
Day: Every Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday in March
Timing: 1pm to 4pm
Price: AED 200 per person inclusive of unlimited tea infusions and coffee; AED 300 per person inclusive of unlimited juniper beverages; AED 550 per person inclusive of unlimited premium bubbly.

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9 Mobile Apps We Love (And You Should, Too!)

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Being a content creator is not a job you can turn off at 6 pm, it’s fascinating, highly planned lifestyle, that I’m still getting used to even after one year on field. As a blogger, digital marketing specialist and more so an Instagram addict, I’m 24/7 behind the screen of my laptop or mobile. Yes ! I’m one of those lame girls who bump into you in a mall while reading something on her phone.

“To step on to the success ladder, we all need to bring out that famous #GirlBoss hustle.”

My life is a constant juggle between my mobile phone and agenda. Writing, editing and publishing a blog post can be a daunting task in itself, but when blended with a full-time job and studies, you sometimes feel like an exhausted lifeless baboon. Burden of multitasking often overpowers your productivity.

In this post, we are going to unfold my handy dandy mobile apps list that gives me a power boost to stay ahead in the blogosphere and just makes my daily chores easier while on the go.

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Now, this baby is my latest discovery and a powerful tool for all my Insta fanatics. Planoly helps to plan & schedule your visual Instagram feed days or even months in advance. Why I love this App? One, you upload bulk images and two, the Drag & Drop feature lets you fiddle around your feed just the way you like it before posting.

You can also track and reply to your comments directly from the app. Plus, it has a monthly calendar which shows all your existing and scheduled posts. The free version of this app allows a maximum of 30 posts to be scheduled which it doesn’t post automatically. Quite a bummer. Planoly sends you a push notification at the scheduled time.

Price: Free for 30 posts; AED 32 for unlimed posts.

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My lifelong complaint with Apple.Inc is the level of difficulty when you want to transfer music files from a Windows laptop to an iPhone. And my god, I hate operating iTunes. This is a dream come true app for those who are tired of the entire iTunes mess. Tubidy is an offline alternative free video downloader via Youtube.

It has an inbuilt user-friendly search engine connected to Youtube and Soundcloud, you can watch the videos online to download them for later. The beauty of this app is you can choose the quality to video, to save more memory you can select from 240p and for high quality, you can download in 1080p. Unlike youtube, this app doesn’t shut down the audio when you lock your screen. Hurray!!

Price: Absolutely Free 

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When it comes to my Tv shows, I’m hands down a loyal fan who watches all shows on the same day. This gem has made a permanent place on my iPhone mainly because it tracks all my favourite shows and lets me know on which episode I left off and the dates of upcoming seasons.

Another exciting highlight is the whole community where passionate followers of all different kinds of shows interact with each other, vote on polls and even upload creative memes.

Price: Free !!! 

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Every blogger, YouTuber or Instagram influencer raves about this particular photo editing app because it magically enhances your ordinary snaps to KIM Kardashian’s picture perfect level. Ever see a picture on Instagram and wonder how their skin looks so smooth and eyelashes on fleek? Facetune has a smooth & details option. The former hides all imperfection and the latter highlights all the right places.

Another pretty decent feature is the whiten tool; which doesn’t need any explanation I guess. Great for taking out stubborn yellow tones on white backgrounds & removing small shadows. If you are into black-white-grey insta feed or a selfie lover, this app is a MUST Have.

Price: Only AED 21 

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Every time I need to create a banner for my blog posts or a contest picture for Instagram, I freak out with the different font design, size & colours. It took me hours to finalise a text image. Finally, ENTERS … Typimage a powerful typography generator that beautifully turns your text into amazing typographic designs with zero design skills needed.

There’s is an option to add the text design onto your or web images, solid colour background or just create transparent PNG text images. It is a quick fix to replicate your favourite Youtuber’s thumbnail designs.

Price: Free, but cost around 7 AED to remove the watermark.

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Managing your finances is a pretty darn hectic job but a relatively important one. Believe it or not, I use Coin keeper from the moment I started to earn. A week before my salary is due, I spend the most time with this app in which I segregate my monthly payments in different expenses columns which you can rename and also set a certain monthly budget to spend on so called ‘luxury items’.

Price: Free !!! 

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As a blogger, there are times we have to make our life more exciting for content, YES we all do that. Instead of our regular restaurant & favourite spas, we purposely try out new ones. Entertainer lets you make the best of life in UAE with Ah-mazing offers on anything and everything, you just name it.

How this app works? You buy the yearly package once and you get over 1k Buy one get one free offer for dining, attractions, leisure activities, health & fitness and hotel accommodation across 40 destinations worldwide. I applied for the package just one week back and I have used it on Booba Tea, Tim Hortons, Krispy Kreme, Burger King, Kozma & Kozma Spa.

Price: Free !!! But the packages cost around AED 400. 

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Probably the most popular and used graphic designing site out there by Instagrammers, bloggers, and photographers is Canva, a sleek and powerful app that acts as an alternative to Adobe Illustrator for rookies. A mobile app in conjunction with the site just came up and OH MY GOD, I’m super thrilled.

You do not need to feel as though in order to have great photos on your Social media, you need to learn Photoshop. Canva has an inbuilt collection of separate professional templates for all social media sites according to their dimensions,  which you can easily tweak to your liking. But it’s most than SM posts, you can design highly sophisticated & creative Magazines, invitation cards, flyers, posters and even your Resume with very limited graphic designing skills.

Price: Free !!! 

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Wanna get some work done? Change your procrastination to productivity? Tide is your go-to app. It’s a straightforward and extremely simple app with no unwanted distractions based on the popular time management method, Pomodoro Technique,  Basically, you divide your time into a 25-minutes fully concentrated periods, separated by 5-minutes short breaks. Tide lets you dedicate your time exclusively to one task at a time accompanied by sounds of the natural environment which make it super easy to identify when 25 mins are over and you don’t need to constantly check your phone.

Price: Free and super effective. 

Please don’t think you HAVE to buy these apps, I’m offering my personal opinion to those of you who asked for it. These little babies make my life easy, fun and organised.


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THE ONE WITH 17 GOALS

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Last year went exceptionally well, with my blog receiving so much love from all you lovely ladies to meeting new people over a cup of tea, 2016 had 365 wonders of joy packed in it. A year of hard work, love, dedication and standing up for myself & what I believe in dearly. One major lesson I carry forward from last year is the huge impact of keeping optimistic people around you who create such positives vibes and change your outlook towards life for the better.  On 31st December 2016, while I scratched out every single goal I set for that year, I took upon new challenges for 2017.

The thing with making your goals public on social sites or talking more about them with your closed one is it often creates social expectations and rather develops a further commitment.

So here they are.

  1. Read a pile of 24 books and wander into different genres other than Fantasy & Romance.
  2. Face the fear: Perform at a Karaoke Bar
  3. Meet, play or at least touch a Gaint Panda because why not? They are freaking adorable !!
  4. I always played safe with my hair, this year I wanna do something wild with my hair colour & get some highlights too. Red? Pink? Purple? Ombre?
  5. Let the Anger out: Go on a BANG BANG spree at a Shooting range.
  6. It’s finally time to invest in a good DSLR camera for my blog & Instagram pictures.
  7. Save up a chunk to make a really good investment.
  8. Travel back to my homeland, INDIA. With almost 12 years of no contact the country, I would love to see how beautifully has it changed.
  9.  Study with me: Get 5 certifications or diploma in my career field and a new language.
  10. Work actively on a new book reading initiative with #DubaiReads Campaign and get other bloggers involved in it.
  11. Plan out a Staycation in Abu Dhabi with my mum, I so wanna break the 5-year record of not visiting the emirate.
  12. Keep it healthy: Have an “all veg” week each month. But Eggs are allowed !!
  13. Try 24 new recipes, I was on cooking rust last year, so it’s a must.
  14. Leave a 100% tip for the server at the restaurant.
  15. Walk for a charity/cause I believe in.
  16. Travel your goals: Make one international stop to Bali, Sri Lanka or any other country.
  17. Make it Happen: Go for a Friends Reunion.

Bonus: Find out my favorite Hot Beverage from Starbucks !!

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