Hey not saying that didn't enjoy or appreciate my trip to Abu Dhabi in U.A.E. bcuz yeah did as also enjoyed chilling at my daughter& husband's place! They are so hospitable and tried to arrange things I might enjoy like went bike riding a couple times on the sea wall almost like Vancouver but with no mtns!!! (last time they took me camping in the desert or guess beach but it's sandy everywhere lol and also went kayaking!) So when been there have got to do some things that never done b4! UAE is a Muslim country and although unlike Saudi Arabia there are Christmas decorations and Christmas trees all over bcuz well UAE is very commercial!! However it's not a Holiday but peep have option whether or not to work! So most figure wtf as save this holiday to take later with maybe the person's actual vacation to go some where! So my daughter & her husband decided to work that day as I told them shit have no trouble entertaining myself alone! Anyway got to enjoy Christmas dinner in an unorthodox setting & food! My daughter works with peep from all over the world with diff cultures! She works with this Chinese American dude who had his kinda traditional Chinese parents & brother visit him for Christmas! So they were kind enuf to invite them and me for a Chinese Dinner (what else as doubt they wud invite us to an Italian rest. lol)?? in an upscale hotel restaurants!! That was really different plus the family were very gracious, nice and polite as peep were nice like most peep with Chinese heritage! So tried to be on my best behavior as hell just like to go wit da flow!
Cuz a free Christmas dinner is a free meal and hey I'm always up for a free meal (espec while traveling)!!! But it was so different than any Christmas dinner ever had as kinda used to Turkey tho a few Christmases didn't even celebrate like when was in Ethiopia a couple yrs ago!
Cuz they celebrate Christmas on Jan 7 and was there on Dec 25 when my family celebrate Christmas (hey not religious as just look at it as a friendly family holiday)! Anyway that year didn't celebrate Christmas on Dec 25 and when Jan 7 came around I was out of that country so missed Christmas that year! But no biggie as celebrated following year!
So had a cool chill Christmas & got into some great Lebanese food (of all ethnic food love Indian and Lebanese/Mediterrean best!) https://www.google.ca/search?q=camel+racing+in+uae&espv=2&biw=1218&bih=659&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=afpfVLuGDIrvoAT_yYGICA&sqi=2&ved=0CCUQsAQ#tbm=isch&q=lebanese+restaurants+in+uae
Of course love Japanese but not stuff that food that most peep think is all they have as food like 55 diff types of sushi (duh sorry but most are Western inventions like chow mein is Chinese! but hey sushi is an appetizer not a fuking meal!!!), tempura, sashimi , etc. I love the traditional Japanese food which no one in my family cooks and can't get at Chinese/Korean restuarants passing them selves off as Japanese rest. http://dyske.com/paper/786 as lot are called Fusion rest so can get everything even hamburgers, pasta etc.)! But don't get me wrong as no authority but the food in those is not bad but fuk those places have no ambience and are kind noisy not serene which is why kinda like going to Japanese
If I have a craving I usually get pre-cooked Japanese sushi, tempura, munju, etc at a Japanese food store that bike to in Vancouver!
Guess I seldom go to a Japanese restaurant unless a special occasion or someone visiting!
Also love Middle East or Mediterranen food plus love smoking Shisha after or b4 eating lol along with some Turkish thrown in YUMMM!
We also went out to the Western desert part of Abu Dhabi for a Camel Festival and saw a Camel Race! https://www.google.ca/search?q=camel+racing+in+uae&espv=2&biw=1218&bih=659&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=afpfVLuGDIrvoAT_yYGICA&sqi=2&ved=0CCUQsAQ Now that's a different sport as shit thought do we bet or what? But shit what's strange is the owners of the camels drive SUV's on another track next to the one the camels are running! So fuking crazy as shit it's hard to tell who's leading, winning or anything plus a lot of fuking dust lol! Shit a couple of Camel Jock's fell off their camels and the camels kept running LOL! Would post a video got but shit don't have it handy so will try to post it later insha'allah!!
Was so awesome to visit, chill and enjoy the company of my daughter and husband! But after 10 days of enjoying Christmas in Abu Dhabi well went back to Capetown, South Africa!!