Dubaian Secrets

Hello once again from Dubai.  I know I promised I would blog every day from here but for some unknown reason I have totally wound down and relaxed so much, I have not felt the need to blog.

Feeling rather guilty so am now sitting in the club lounge blogging.  Apologies but this post is probably going to be quite long as I would hate to leave anything out.

We arrived early on Friday morning.  (Refer my post from a few days ago).  Our room was not yet ready so we sat in the lounge for awhile.  My son and his girlfriend arrived not long after and we went to have some breakfast.  While eating, reception called to say they had a room available for us.

We went up to the room and it is enormous.  We also have a beautiful view from our window as we are right on the end of the floor.

After a quick shower, we decided to go to the Dubai Mall for some shopping.  Dubai Mall is the biggest shopping centre in the world and is situated at the foot of the tallest building of the world – The Burj Khalifa.  In case you hadn’t noticed – Dubai does nothing is small doses.

The only shops on my list were the Harley Shop, The Virgin store and Victoria’ Secret of course.  So as we walked in, we spotted Victoria’s Secret.

So Hubby and my son went for a walk while my future daughter in law and I went drooling in Victoria’s Secret.  We ended up in the the dressing room trying loads of saucy under things on and of course I walked out a little poorer.  Found the dressing room a little ostentatious – something you would find in a bordello rather than a shopping mall  (not that I know what a bordello looks like of course)

We then walked over to the other side of the mall to see the Harley Shop – yeah, was not too impressed.  We definitely have a better selection in South Africa.  So by then it was time to think about something to eat.  My son has been dying to try out the Cheesecake Factory so we found ourselves there for lunch.  Was not overly impressed with the food.  Found the menu selection to be far too big and so hard to choose something from.  Quite honestly they would be better off selecting 20 or 30 signature dishes and sticking with it, than the huge menu they currently have.  We were too full after our meal to actually have some cheesecake but I did have an awesome milkshake.

Yummy!  I also love the cherries which no one else seems to like.

We then headed back to the other side of the mall again near where we parked and I had my dose of looking and drooling over gadgets.  Didn’t find anything that new and exciting to buy though.  Looked at the new “I’m Watch” and considered buying one for Son no 3 back home but in the end didn’t think it would be that great a gift.  No one wears watches anymore and I think looking at your messages and emails on a watch is just naff.  Hey, maybe it will be the greatest thing in the future, I’m just not into in at the moment.

We then headed to the bookstore (biggest one I’ve ever seen) so see if they had a new book Son no 4 wanted – they had received it but it was not on their inventory yet and as it was a Friday, there was no one to add it and they would call us in the next few days when they had added it.

We then left the mall and went to see my sons apartment over in Sports City.  Apartment was lovely.  They have 2 gorgeous cats who decided to friend us quiet easily (we are privileged).  The ginger cat is Bonsai and the other is Gypsy.   I have a few more cute pics of the cats and I know how everyone just loves pussy pics so I thought I would keep these for later and show them as a separate post.

By this time Hubby and I were getting a little tired, so my son took us for a quick trip around Sports City and then dropped us at the hotel.  We opted for room service and an early night – in bed asleep by 8.

I woke with a fright at around 8am on Saturday – wow – 12 hours sleep.  Can’t remember when last I slept for 12 hours.  It must be years and years.  About 5 minutes later my son messaged to say they were on their way to join us for breakfast.

After breakfast we decided to spend some time at the pool.  It was awesome out at the pool.

It was great just doing nothing and not having to worry about work or kids or anything else.  My future daughter in law and I spent hours making bitchy comments about others at the pool (yes we are typical women!).   The pool also overlooks the Dubai Marina and there was huge yacht parked in front of us – it was just gorgeous – wonder what it will take to be invited aboard that!

The one thing I wanted to do on this trip was to go skydiving – in tandem as I have not done this before (Another personal challenge of mine).  Unfortunately we did not pre-book so we were not able to make it happen on this trip.  Skydive Dubai is right next to the hotel so we also sat at the pool watching loads of parachutes in the sky.  There are about 10 in the sky in this pic – not sure if you can see any of them though as the pic was taken with my phone.

We then went for lunch with Hubby’s brother and family.  It is always nice to see family and catch up on life.  They have lived in Dubai for around 21 years now.  Their daughter has grown up into a beautiful young lady and has just started college in Dubai.

We then received a call from the bookstore to say the book was now on their inventory and they had kept one aside for us – Son no 4 will be pleased.  So we went back to the Dubai Mall to buy the book.  Spent another hour or 2 there browsing and having coffee.

By then Hubby and I had had enough for the day and we headed back to the hotel.  Room service again and Hubby had an early night while I read and communicated with the big outside world.

Again had an amazing nights sleep.  Woke up at around 7am.  We went for breakfast in the club lounge as we did not have guests with.  Just as we finished breakfast, my son called to say he had arrived in reception.  We went upstairs and I donned my going out face and we went to the Mall of the Emirates.  One of my favorite shopping centres in Dubai.

Browsed the Virgin store and a few others.  Decided to go to the Cheesecake Factory to actually have some cheesecake this time.  It was okay – not the best I’ve had.  After some more shopping, we went for a quick lunch at Chilli’s and then back to the room for an afternoon nap (It’s bad when you get old and have to have an afternoon nap as you are planning a night out!).

Tonight we are having Chinese at the fast food court at the Ibn Battuta mall and then going to see a film.

Not sure yet what we are doing tomorrow.

Hope I didn’t bore you all to death.  More to come tomorrow.

Lanthie Ransom

Hello from Dubai

Good morning from Dubai.  Arrived at 5am this morning and was greeted by 32 degrees C and a light morning breeze.  Hubby and I are in Dubai to visit our son who we haven’t seen for awhile.
We left Johannesburg last night at 7.15.  I was quite happy to sit back and sleep but hubby convinced me to have the obligatory meal.  I’m not fond of airplane food but thought what the hell.  The flight attendant eventually came around.  We had a choice of chicken or beef (no surprises there).  She asked what I wanted and I said surprise me!  She didn’t quite understand what I was saying and had to repeat myself 3 times.  She still didn’t get it (speaks 8 languages except humorous) so I opted for the beef – only to be told the beef is finished!  So not quite sure why she asked what I wanted in the first place.
Watched a girlie movie and went to sleep.  Was woken for breakfast – I can usually tolerate a dead croissant and a cup of tea.  
Being in Dubai is like being home again.  We lived here a few years ago so it is all too familiar.  And things just work here.  And I don’t need to worry about my phone being stolen (haha).
Anyway, we arrived at the hotel at about 6am.  Our room is not ready yet so I am currently sitting in the club lounge waiting for my son and his girlfriend to arrive and join us for breakfast.  Pics below are from the balcony – amazing view.
I will be blogging daily while here and letting you know what I get up to over the next few days.
Ciao for now,

Tantalizing Tuesday (Pierre Spies)

I thought I would showcase another South African Rugby player today.    This is Pierre Spies.  He is 194cm tall and weighs 111kg’s. Wow this is a big guy!  Apparently he is known as one of the best ball carriers in the game – he can step, run around or over a defender – I can see why.  I wouldn’t mind finding myself in a dark alley with him.

Pierre Spies

Lanthie Ransom

To Catch A Thief

Hiya All!

I see Dale has been keeping you amused while I’ve been otherwise occupied.  My life has just been hectic lately and I have had little time for blogging.  Which of course has left me feeling a little down.  I need to blog as it is my ME time.

Anyway – I went to a Bridal Tea on Friday afternoon and took loads of pics on my phone. I was going to tell you all about it.  Unfortunately my phone was stolen yesterday afternoon before I had the opportunity.

I went shopping with my Daughter-In-law to Sandton City on Saturday afternoon.  Sandton City is an upmarket shopping centre in the middle of Sandton near where I live .  We were window shopping really.  Anyway, I went into a small make-up store to buy some eye-liner.  It was a quiet store with the odd woman popping in for some eye-shadow or some form of face gunk.  I was at the counter paying and put my phone in the front pocket of my bag to free up a hand,

Someone bumped into me and I didn’t think anything of it at the time and about 30 seconds later something made me look for my phone.  Which of course was nowhere to be found.

Besides being really pissed about it, there is not much one can do about it.  I reported it to the centre security and we went to the security control room to fill in a report.  There was another woman there who also had her phone stolen – except they had actually cut her bag open.  She was a foreigner from Kenya and her passport was in her purse which they also took.

I then went to my mobile operator and had my SIM blocked and got a replacement SIM.   Um’ed and ah’ed about what to do about another phone – my phone was only about 2 months old.  Anyway, I ended up buying another phone which cost me a small fortune.

Luckily I had backed up my phone 2 days earlier when updating it to IOS7 and was up and running again as if nothing had happened.

I suppose it is one of realities of living in Johannesburg.

Lanthie Ransom

I’ve been married a frigging long time

It was my 26th Wedding Anniversary yesterday.  So before I go any further, let me just wish dear Hubby a Happy Anniversary publicly (I wished him in private already wink wink )

I went to the card store a few days ago and asked the lady for a “I’ve been married a frigging long time” card.  She thought I was very funny.

I got a gift voucher for a “Tantric Massage” with a therapist who is not based to far from where we live.  I did blog about this a few weeks ago and must admit I am slightly curious.  Feeling a little cowardly about it at the moment but I am sure I will pluck up the courage to see what it is all about.  Hopefully it will be a blogging moment.

Last year Hubby gave me 25 flower bouquets – one delivered on a Friday every 2 weeks.  Hubby is not very romantic and I was blown away by the gift.  I received my last bouquet on Friday and will miss getting them this year.  I thought I would share them with you.  Each one beautiful and original.

They are beautiful!

Lanthie Ransom