Manny Pacquiao vs Jeff Horn

The WBO welterweight title defence of Manny Pacquiao versus Jeff Horn just started around 9am today, 02 July 2017, in Manila time.  Live streaming is available at, BoxNation.

The fight begins at 1:30pm local time in Brisbane, Australia or around 4am British summer time or 5am Dubai time.  The main event is expected to start around 11:30am (Manila time), 7:30am (Dubai time), 4:30am (UK time).

Manny Pacquiao holds 59 wins, 6 loses, 2 draws with 38 knockouts while Jeff Horn stands undefeated with 16 wins with which 11 are knockouts and 1 draw.

Manny Pacquiao won his last 2 fights with unanimous decision to Jessie Vargas (November 2016) and Timothy Bradley Jr. (April 2016) afterlosing to Floyd Mayweather Jr last April 2014.

Jeff Horn won his last 2 fights with technical knockouts against Ali Funeka (December 2016) and Rico Mueller (October 2016).

Father's Day 2017

Father's Day is celebrated on the third Sunday of June every year.  This year, Father's Day falls on 18 June 2017.  Though not an official holiday, Father's Day is celebrated to appreciate our daddy, papa, baba, alab, ama, tatang or tatay.  Here are some list of activities where you can take your father for this special day in Dubai.

Karting @ Dubai Autodrome The Dubai Kartdrome operates an INDOOR and OUTDOOR circuit with a fleet of leisure karts that deliver an excellent racing experience.   The Dubai Kartdrome provide suits, helmets, balaclavas and gloves as part of this rental experience to ensure you are fully immersed in the racing experience with a high level of safety.

Horseback Riding @ Mushrif Park Go for the outdoors and ride in a huge desert park at AED 300 per person.
+971 4 257 1256 or +971 50 103 0243,,

Skiing @ Ski Dubai Located insi…

Iftar in Dubai

One of the religious practice during Ramadan is fasting.  When the sun sets, people gather together and they break the fast with iftar.  Some people usually go to the Mosque where food is provided for iftar as a religious devotion.  Some companies organize iftar parties for their employees and clients.

There are websites that offer good deals from restaurants and hotels for iftar with prices starting from as low as AED20.  You can check Cobone or Groupon before heading out to have iftar or dinner to get the best deals.

There are also luxury iftar organized in 5-star hotels with very reasonable rates.  They usually organize iftar in a tent or ballroom.  Below is a list of some of the iftar organized by hotels with their corresponding rates.

Al Iwan @ Burj Al Arab - AED 290 per person
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Boulevard Ballroom @ Address Boulevard - AED 250 per person
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Free Things in Dubai

Dubbed as one of the most luxurious cities in the world, it is sometimes surprising to find things to do in Dubai totally free of cost.  Below is the first batch of things you can do while visiting Dubai without shelling out even one dirham.  Aside from the open beaches and shopping malls, there are several fun activities you can do in Dubai for free.  Some activities are seasonal and others require prior booking or registration.  Make sure you check the terms and conditions of the activity before proceeding to avoid disappointments.
Things To Do in Dubai for Free
Burj Khalifa
Burj Khalifa can be seen upclose from the Dubai Mall's fountain area for free. Location: Outside Dubai Mall
Direction: Take the metro going to UAE Exchange in the Red Line and get down at Dubai Mall Station. It will be a long walk, with walkalators, going to Dubai Mall, just follow the signs going to Dubai Fountain.  Best shortcut is to go inside the bookstore beside Virgin Megastore and look for the elevator…

Experience the Philippines

The Department of Tourism (DOT) launched a new campaign with a promotional video entitled 'Sights' during the celebration of the 119th Philippine Independence Day with a new tag line 'Experience the Philippines'.  The video features a blind Japanese retiree named M. Uchimura narrating his experience while in the Philippines with the following copy:  "Here you don't have to see the sun to discover radiance.  You don't have to see color to experience vibrance.  You don't have to see smiles to know you're safe.  You don't have to see to feel at home."  At the end of the video he takes out a cane revealing that he is blind.

The video found similarities to another video by the New South African Tourism entitled 'Meet South Africa' launched last 2014.  However, the DOT and its video producer McCann Philippines was quoted denying claims of plagiarism as the video was based on a personal testimonial of a real retiree.

Telephone services while in Dubai

Although internet is available in the airports, hotels and malls, it is best to activate your roaming to be able to receive SMS while abroad.  It is useful when doing online banking and for emergencies.

You can activate your roaming 24 hours prior to your departure instead of doing it at the airport at the last minute.  Just make sure you have the required load before boarding the plane.  Your request will only be approved once you arrive in Dubai.  While in the Philippines, you can still enjoy local services.

Here are the codes for the various mobile prepaid service providers in the Philippines with incoming messages usually free of charge.

Smart / Talk N Text - Text ROAM ON to 333 with P100 load.

Globe - Text GROAM ON to 2884 or dial *143# choose ROAMING & INT'L > ACTIVATE ROAMING.

Touch Mobile - Dial *143# choose ROAMING > …

Philippine Independence Day in Dubai

The 119th Philippine Independence Day was celebrated in Dubai World Trade Centre last 12 May 2017, one month earlier since the actual date June 12 falls during Ramadan this year.  Activities included on-the-spot painting contest, Pinoy Hair Style showdown, Original Pinoy Music (OPM) singing competition, Battle of the Bands and a pageant for Mr. and Miss Teen Philippine Independence Day.  Rannie Raymundo and Filipino rock band Nexxus performed during the event.

There was also a job fair organized by FilClub, a non-profit group based in Dubai, and an expo featuring businesses, restaurants and shops owned by Filipinos.  One of the highlights of the day was the raffle draw of airline tickets to Philippines for 20 lucky participants.

In the Philippines, you can feel the spirit of celebration all over.  Malls are decorated with flags and tv shows feature various independence day themes like hosts wearing the national costume.

Let the Filipino pride shine all over the world.  Happy Philippi…