Monthly Archives: November 2016

My Dubai Desert Safari

30Since beginning of my Dubai trip I got to hear about Desert Safari. Many people around advised to go for this on weekend. My first two weeks (& obviously weekends) went in settling down, digging down project details (naturally that was first priority!!) and getting used to schedule. And so first two weekends I spent in Hotel room settling down and solidifying the project scope, boundaries & documentation stuff.

First week of December ’07, everything about project was clear and I was ready to go out n N’joy. I decided to grab the first opportunity; this weekend was 3 days long. I rested on first day. Second day morning I ringed up travel agent office and booked the safari seat. I was waiting eagerly till afternoon since safari was scheduled to begin at 4 pm. Driver ringed up around 2.45 in noon, much earlier than scheduled time of 3.30 pm. Driver, Amin Mohammed; a typical Arabian guy, 6 feet in height, wearing traditional Arabic gown was waiting downstairs with his big plushy Landcruiser for me. Looking at the Car itself I guessed my trip was going to be one of the best travelling experiences I ever had. 🙂

We started our journey after finishing up “introduction ceremony” with each other. Meanwhile 4 more people joined us for tour. Being first to be picked up I had grabbed the front seat in landcruiser which later proved to be the best place in Safari. With front seat you get the clear big view of desert in front of you and the best chance to shoot video and good pictures of other cars in “cafila” as well. Also you get an opportunity to interact with driver easily to know more wherever required.

I started bugging Mohammed with questions: “Where are we going? What is the name of the place?” Mohammed could speak okay English if not good. AL Awir was the name of the place we were visiting. 30 Kms away from Dubai, this is the place where actual desert starts and stretches it’s boundaries up to far parts of UAE and touches OMAN.

We reached the place after half an hour journey on highway. It was a small break of 10 minutes at base camp for this tour organizer where around 10 landcruisers got together to start the actual DESERT RIDE. The tyre pressure of cars was reduced to cope up with softness of the sand.

The landcruiser started cruising in desert against immense resistance being created by softness of sand. Soon the monstrous machine picked up high speed with its strength and we were riding on desert sands up and down, on small n big waves, diving deep from top of the waves and climbing up small sand hills. It was altogether nice experience along with bit of excitement. The only thing I missed was; I couldn’t drive the machine myself!

Soon we reached the desert resort where dinner and belly dance show was arranged. Welcome drink was Traditional “Kahwa” and tea. Kahwa is sort of black coffee. Me being coffee freak, enjoyed 4 – 5 cups of Kahwa w/o sugar in 2 hours duration. People started relaxing a bit and went for mehandi and “SASHA”. Sasha is traditional Arabian flavoured smoking pipe similar to Indian HUKKA.

After an hours time, Arabian style grilled chicken and meat kebab were served along with some Indian veg food. I was surprised to see the dominating use of Indian food over western and Arabian food. Even Rajma Rice and Dal was available!!

Half an hour’s passed by, people were relaxing after dinner and Belly Dancer’s arrival was announced and in a flash, even before people would start to understand what’s happening; the belly dancer arrived on stage wearing bright red Arabian belly suit and she literally took the stage by storm.

HR Carriages Expands Fleet with Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG, Plans Further Additions


LONDON — HR Carriages, London’s premiere chauffeur service, has recently taken delivery of a 2016 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG, with other fleet additions planned for the near future. A cornerstone of HR Carriages’ commitment to providing elite chauffeur services is offering luxury vehicles that reflect the high standards of clients. The new Mercedes-Benz joins other fleet vehicles like the Bentley Mulsanne, Range Rover Vogue, Rolls Royce Phantom, and Jaguar XJ V6, all pictured and described at adding a distinctive mix of performance, refinement, and luxury.

Regular fleet additions like the powerful new Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG ensure that HR Carriages is able to respond effectively to the desires of clients. In addition to allowing clients to select from its own stable, HR Carriages also accommodates special requests for vehicles outside of its fleet from manufacturers like Ferrari, Porsche, and others, as well. With further permanent additions planned for the near future, clients of HR Carriages can always be confident in a selection of fleet vehicles appropriate to the company’s uncompromising service and reputation as an elite industry leader.

“We’re happy to report that we have recently added a new 2016 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG to our fleet,” said HR Carriages representative Zee Hussain, “The AMG division at Mercedes-Benz rarely disappoints, and the 2016 S63 is one of the group’s most impressive achievements yet. Our clients are already enjoying the highly refined power, luxury, and advanced technology our new S63 brings to the table. We have plenty of further additions planned for the near future, too, so our well-rounded fleet is only going to get better.”

While London is home to many chauffeur companies, HR Carriages stands clearly at the top of the market. Providing discreet, reliable, punctual transportation in every case, the company caters to the most discerning clients, maintaining standards that ensure faultless experiences.

This means vetting and selecting only the most experienced and qualified professional chauffeurs, with every driver always striving to exceed the expectations of clients. It also means maintaining a fleet of the world’s most striking and desirable vehicles in pristine condition at all times, so clients will never want for the perfect choice for any requirement or occasion.

The addition of a new 2016 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG edition to the HR Carriages fleet reflects this commitment to always offering the best. Visitors to can learn more about HR Carriages, its services–including private jet and yacht charters–and the vehicles in its fleet.

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As London’s premier luxury chauffeur service, HR Carriages maintains the highest standards of discretion, punctuality, and professionalism, delivering faultless experiences to every client.


Doing Transportation The Right Way

Key Information You Need To Know About Smartphone Transportation Apps

Many people out their loves to go around and travel a lot. It is the taxi cab that is the only option to go around and that is what most people think. That is why for most people, they hope that they can really rely on these types of services and hope that they would never be taken advantage of.

How to get around the place is one thing that you should consider especially if you are not familiar whit the place that you are going. In some hotels, you may be able to book a shuttle service for your convenience. It is only the operating hours of tees shuttle services that you can avail of what they have to offer. What will do if you have no choice, you do not have any friends or relatives in that area and you cannot avail of the shuttle service of the hotel, what is your option? When you are in this kinds of situations, one of the things that you can do is to hail a taxi cab. A Ride-Sharing program is what you can also have as an option. For about 10 years, this kind of option has been available for passengers.

Based on its history, the taxi cab has been around in the US for about 100 years. The have started their operation during 1870. It is this type of transportation that has been effective in providing solutions to passengers. By the technology that has been around us, we have been provided with more and more options. The new age of transportation is what we call a the ride-sharing apps. These applications can be accessed with the use of your smartphones. The app can provide you a ride with just a click of a button as long as the application is available in the city that you are in. In just 10-15 minutes, you will already have a car in front of you which can take you from point A to point B.

There are a lot of transportation application that you can choose from but two of the most well-known are Uber and Lyft. When you use these apps, you basically will have the same smartphone applications. The moment that you will download more transportation apps, then you will have more options. There are basically the same services provided by both companies but Uber has more driver network. More locations also cater to Uber’s services. More car options can be provided by Uber where Lyft is a more laid back type.

The very first step that you should do is to make sure that you will be able to download the app to your smartphone. The next thing that you will do is to verify if there are services available to you location. Requesting a ride is a next step that you should do. Once you are in a tricky location, you can text the driver of the instructions on how to get to that location.

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My Wife’s Trip to Thailand

29As a female Martial Arts gym owner, I find myself among mostly men as peers in my chosen profession.

It didn’t start that way. My husband and I opened this gym together, but he has since opened his own gym, and left me to run this one on my own.

I, very much, enjoy what I do. I don’t really consider what I do ‘Work’, as I get to work out, and meet new people every day. I have seen young people’s lives be changed through Martial Arts, and with the recent addition of our Fitness Kickboxing classes, I have had a direct hand in helping a multitude of adults reach their fitness goals.

That said, I wasn’t 100% confident in my knowledge of Kickboxing as an instructor. I have been around the gym for nearly 20 years, and have a pretty solid understanding of the fundamental principles of kickboxing, but have never actually been in a fight, so it’s hard for me to look my members in the eye and say with any degree of confidence, that I ‘KNOW’ Kickboxing.

Fortunately, my son, Nickolas teaches the instructional portion of our classes, but I really wanted to be able to teach my Fitness Kickboxing members the proper way to throw a punch, kick, knee or elbow.

My husband has been fighting all his life, and had finally had the opportunity to fulfill a bucket-list items and train Muay Thai in Thailand. He spent 3 months training with some of the best trainers in the world, and was raving about it.

Afraid of going over there and getting demolished, so I chose to stay at home and let him have his ‘fun’.

Toward the end of his three months in Thailand, my son decided he wanted to go and learn from REAL Muay Thai instructors as well. I don’t know what I was thinking, but I decided I should go with him.

This wasn’t a hasty decision. I had labored over it for a long time. I have always wanted to test myself, but fear was keeping me back. I was AFRAID of what might happen to me in Thailand. After a great deal of thought, I decided having both my son and my husband there, I would be OK… Hopefully.

The trip to Thailand was exhausting. I’m glad I had my son to lean on! When I arrived, I spent the next 12 hours sleeping.

My husband had been training at world-renowned, Tiger Muay Thai in Phuket, Thailand. By the time I woke up from my nap, my son had already signed up at Tiger as well.

Upon touring the place, I was petrified. There were REAL fighters everywhere, and the Thai trainers didn’t seem very nice either. I saw a sign outside the beginner training area that read as follows: ‘To all students: I have stick. If you are lazy or naughty, I will hit you with stick.’ Uuuuh, OK… maybe, this isn’t for me.

I decided I would stick my toe in the water, rather than just dive in. I signed up for a private a session, along with my husband, to work one-on-one with a trainer, rather than hop into the group sessions. This ended up being the best decision I have made in a long time.

The private sessions ended up being more grueling than the group sessions, and there was no escaping the wrath of your trainer, but as mean as they seem from the outside, the trainers truly are genuinely there to make you better. They will push you to your limits, and they will make you want to cry (OK, I might have shed a tear or two), but they really are there to teach, and help you learn Muay Thai-and perhaps a little something about yourself.

Battered and bruised, I came home knowing I could endure what few people have ever experienced. I also learned a lot of technical aspects of Muay Thai that I just didn’t grasp before. I came home with a new confidence that I ‘KNOW’ Kickboxing. This is not to imply, I know everything about Muay Thai, but I feel very comfortable with fundamental principles, and a pretty solid grasp of advanced Muay Thai that will allow me to offer my members something I could not before my trip.

At 40 years of age, I have no pretenses about becoming the next Thai World Champion, but I did conquer my own fears, and am very happy I went. As a side note, Thailand is a beautiful place. The people are amazing, and the countryside is as green as anywhere I have ever been.


6 Facts About Golf Everyone Thinks Are True

Benefits of Joining a Golf Country Club It is true that joining is offering a place where people can play golf and perfect on their game. Another point to remember is that some golf country clubs also offer health clubs that have trained staff that conduct exercise programs to golfers to maintain their flexibility as they play rounds. The beauty of these clubs offer a great opportunity to work out for people who do not go to the gym. The beauty with country clubs is that they are less crowded thus give the player ample room to practice their game. Another merit is that country golf clubs offer an opportunity to form regular groups of people with similar interests and backgrounds. In addition the staff is also very cooperative and provides guidance in getting to play with groups that match the interests of a new player. It is a known fact that country clubs also offer an unlimited use of practice facilities with various types of range balls and even instructors to help the golfer run new tips. Even if trainers are lacking, new golfers can get to interact with professional golfers who can show them a few about golf.
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Another advantage is that country golf clubs also offer a family membership that caters for the entire family. Another surprisingly true fact is that country clubs are also a great way to participate in the club’s tournaments because many clubs have inter-club matches that allow a club member to compete with other members from other clubs. It is a known fact that this is an advantage to a club member since the games happen at home and the player also has an opportunity to play other courses.
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Other benefits that come with membership to golf country clubs comes other advantages such as getting discounts on merchandise, beverage and food. Golf players also get the chance to play as many or as few holes as they want. The other benefit of being a member in a country golf club is that the player can always come to play no matter the weather. Another thing to remember is that this flexibility also applies to the number of rounds played. The other benefit is that rounds that are affected by weather are compensated for in the unlimited holes that one can play. It is a known fact that joining a country club is also a great financial decision because it offers the golfer a chance to network with new people and maybe even meet new business contacts. It is a known fact that The benefits of joining a country golf club span beyond the game of golf and even affect the career and even the family of a golfer.