Ginger and Scotch: Chinese Hot Pot in Al Barsha

Posted on the May 23rd, 2016 under Expat Bloggers by

The Chinese are taking over Al Barsha. So far this year, two hot pot restaurants and a Chinese grocery store have opened their doors in this bustling Dubai neighborhood. One of my favorite family dinners was when my mom invite friends and relatives ov...

Green Living in Dubai: Eco Talk at Dubai International Academy

Posted on the May 22nd, 2016 under Green Living by

Last month, month of Earth Day, I was invited to Dubai International Academy to deliver an Eco Talk to year 4 students. Without thinking I just said yes, as I believe students or younger generation are best recipients of talk on this topic.These kids ...

Green Living in Dubai: Organic Milk in UAE

Posted on the May 22nd, 2016 under Green Living by

Do you know what exactly is organic milk? In previously published post Sustainable food, I explained how organic food is farmed. Similar principles of organic farming are applied to make organic milk. The cows are fed organic food, given no antibiotic...

Fake Plastic Souks: An Alternative To That There Soulless Mall

Posted on the May 20th, 2016 under Personal Bloggers by

So you want to get up to something different this weekend? Something a little more off the beaten track than wandering around marbled malls listening to that swishswish of the mall walkers, too lazy to pick up their feet as they wander around the 'new ...

Ginger and Scotch: Behind the Scenes of our Mini Photo Shoot

Posted on the May 17th, 2016 under Expat Bloggers by

Looking at our family photos below, could you tell that minutes before, I was chasing my children around the small studio trying to get them to stand in front of the camera and smile properly? I had been toying with the idea of getting some professi...

One Nine Seven One: The Review AE: 10 Astoundingly Cinematic Music Videos

Posted on the May 15th, 2016 under Uncategorized by

With costs sometimes rivalling that of a mini-movie, filmmakers back in the 1980s to the early 2000s were often given free reign with their creative wits to deliver music videos that look like they could have been made for the big screen, or at least t...

Green Living in Dubai: Going Plastic Free In UAE

Posted on the May 13th, 2016 under Green Living by

Going plastic free is not as easy to implement when we are so trapped in 'Use and Throw' culture. We use so many different forms of plastic during our daily life, that sometimes we don't even give thought to the larger picture of plastic pollution wor...

Fake Plastic Souks: Beirut – An Explosive Thriller And The Dynamics Of Free Vs Amazon Advertising

Posted on the May 13th, 2016 under Personal Bloggers by

Warning. Very long post about book marketing.So here's the skinny. In Mid-March, I dropped the price of Beirut - An Explosive Thriller and Olives - A Violent Romance to FREE on Apple, B&N, Kobo et al.This then forced Amazon's Amazing Algorithms to ...

Fake Plastic Souks: Thirty

Posted on the May 12th, 2016 under Personal Bloggers by

(Photo credit: Wikipedia)It was thirty years ago when I first travelled to the Arabian Gulf (Wikipedia says Persian Gulf, but then Wikipedia has a distressing tendency to say tomayto, faucet and German Shepherd Dog) - on business, as it happens. Few, b...

Ginger and Scotch: Throwback Thursday – Ramen Noodles in College

Posted on the May 12th, 2016 under Expat Bloggers by

I’ve never done a throwback Thursday before but last night I had this crazy idea of posting what crazy things my college roommates and I used to eat in college. When my roommates and I were in college, there were times we’d have tons of fo...