When Friends Meet

Having been here in Dubai for a month now, one would think I have met a lot of people already, well, I haven’t. I have friends around but we never really get the chance to bond. Yesterday though, exactly that day I am celebrating my 1st month here, I met up with a long time friend at Dubai mall to do quite a number of stuff. This was also the day we went to get our personalized Nutella jars (which explains the same outfit). Read about that here. She’s celebrating her birthday in three days and since she lives in Abu Dhabi (a different city), she decided to do a pre – celebration here in Dubai.

First stop was the nail spa session (review on that soon!), followed by a visit to the brow bar of Benefit inside Sephora. You can try visiting Sephora branches and see if they have it near you if you’re tired of the usual threading for your brows! It costs 80AED, though I suggest you either call or drop by to book your slot in advance since they’re normally packed. Happy that the “brow master” was a Kabayan (we call other Filipinos that) so we got a free mini-makeover too!

Posing before the whole waxing and tinting happened, with Kabayan inside Sephora

After the “make-over”

We also saw “The Other Woman” – really hilarious, it actually gave us both “life pegs” and a whole new desire to go to Bahamas! If you haven’t seen it, run to the nearest cinema – it’s worth your money! ๐Ÿ™‚

Up next was the highlight of the day: cooking “Filipino” dinner for AIESECers all over the world. We made a mad dash to the grocery for the ingredients and as soon as we were able, we started making the dishes. I don’t have photos of the food though. We prepared Chicken Adobo, Adobo flakes, Beansprouts with Tofu and Turon (baked banana).

Preparing ingredients…

An incomplete group shot

Here’s everyone!


The Nutella Experience

Nutella is celebrating it’s 50 years of creating good memories. I’ve seen their display at the mall a few days back but it was only on their last day that I actually went and saw what they’re doing. Now, Nutella has been a household staple ever since I can remember and I was more than happy to be there, celebrating their 50th birthday! Read along as I share with you the Nutella experience.

We got to the exhibit at around 4:30pm, and since we wanted whatever it was they were giving away, we fell in line. Boy was it long. Everything starts with your Nutella story. Best story wins 500AED! Follow the photos!

This is where you get your paper and write your story!

On their paper, you have to write your name and mobile number, as well as your “Nutella story”. Then you line up and wait for your turn. The line was really long, and I had the chance to take photos of the venue, and of us with some other people using my selfie pod which I got back home. It took us over an hour and a half for our turn and by this time, we knew how to sing “Happy birthday” in different languages.

my Nutella story

This is us with Nutella man, trying to entertain people around us!


Getting bored now..

an hour later, with our new found bored friends. haha!

more photos of the set-up

Finally, it was our turn. You just give out some details, hand your story, and then you have to sing depending on the number of jars your group has. We had two so we sang “happy birthday” in Italian and then in German.

my friend Denise, giving out her details

and mine!

remember, you have to sing along to this! ๐Ÿ™‚

Denise with the screen. haha!

After singing, you get your “PERSONALIZED NUTELLA JARS”. This is what made it all worth it! ๐Ÿ™‚ One jar filled with Nutella goodness, with your name on it! Love this!


NICOLE Nutella. Want one?

All in all, if I had to do it again, I would but I wish there’d be a better and faster process. The whole thing took us about an hour and a half! At any rate though, I have to thank my friend who I met up with for wanting to get in line so bad, I agreed!

Happy 50 years, Nutella! Keep making delicious spreads! ๐Ÿ™‚