My Travel Photo of the Week: Rockefeller Christmas Tree Marker

It must be so magical this time of the year at Rockefeller center! I took this photo from our spring holiday to New York this year.

Not much to share. Just feeling a little nostalgic while doing my online shopping for families and friends in the US. I am looking for Christmas hampers to send including saxaphone reeds online as gift to our god child who is showing early signs of music inclination.That is so good to know as we are all aware people who can play an instrument do have higher IQ.

I wish i have done my shopping earlier as some of the items are no longer available yaiiks! Got to go and I hope you too are ticking off your gift shopping list!

“The first Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center was a spindly balsam erected on the construction site in December, 1931.” According to Time Magazine, “On Christmas Eve 1931, with the nation mired in the Great Depression, a group of construction workers erected a 20-ft. tree on the muddy site of what would become one of the city’s greatest architectural and commercial monuments. Despite their grim faces, the men had cause to celebrate. Unlike most of their colleagues, they were about to get paid.”

Taste of Abu Dhabi Rocks to Four Seasons Music

Taste of Abu Dhabi will rock to the sounds of the Four Seasons, as a leading tribute band featuring members of the cast of Broadway smash hit Jersey Boys play a one-off celebration concert as the centrepiece event of the festival’s premiere night on Thursday, 6 November 2014 at the du Arena on Yas Island.

The Four Seasons, the American rock and pop band who stormed the charts in the sixties with a string of hits qaccompanied by ibanez rg370 , inspired Jersey Boys, which has become a success on both sides of the Atlantic. Cast members from the show will perform from a catalogue that includes Sherry, Big Girls Don’t Cry, Walk Like a Man, Candy Girl and Ain’t That a Shame.

Chris Fountain, MD of Turret Media, the organisers of Taste of Abu Dhabi, said The Four Seasons tribute band would offer an amazing opening evening to the event:

“The Four Seasons’ music is timeless – and is a massive part of why the Jersey Boys has been such a soaraway success. This performance will be the centrepiece of the premiere night at Taste of Abu Dhabi.”

Taste of Abu Dhabi will run from 6– 8 November 2014 at the du Arena on Yas Island. Brought to the capital by the organisers of Taste of Dubai, now in its seventh year, and the publishers of Abu Dhabi Week, Taste of Abu Dhabi will carry the same momentum to ensure it is one of the most memorable events to take place in Abu Dhabi year on year.

Taste of Abu Dhabi will celebrate all that is great about food, drink and music, with a line-up that includes more than 50 exhibitors, 20 signature restaurants from Abu Dhabi and fantastic features

Visitors will be delighted with live demonstrations, tastings and book signings by world renowned chefs Jun Tanaka, Eric Lanlard, Steven Edwards, Reza Mohammed, Jenny Morris, Jonathan Phang, Josh Stanzl and young Emirati baking sensation Bader Al Awadhi, whilst the line-up includes local and international restaurants such as Avasa, Rozanah, Angar, Blue Grill, Sho Cho, Flooka, Belgian Beer Café, Safina, Koi, Ushna, Café d’Alsace, Carluccio’s, Caramel Lounge, McGettigan’s, Noodle Box, Turqoiz, Villa Toscana and Nolu’s Café.

Tickets for what is set to be the capital’s favourite food, drink and music festival start from as little as AED65 and are available from

Geisha Halloween Party at Okku

Multi-award winning OKKU, Japanese restaurant and lounge will be hosting the special L.O.V.E. Halloween Party on Friday 31st October 2014.

A leading and renowned event in the Halloween calendar, this year’s thrilling party will not disappoint as OKKU brings you an eccentric bloodthirsty night, full of scary surprises with the help of bluetube . The theme couldn’t be any more exciting and links with OKKU’s very own roots, dipping into Japanese mythology with Geisha Lust. The already intriguing world of the most famous Japanese icons will be taken to a whole new level, when the wickedest geishas return from the afterlife.

Expect some twisted cocktail creations that will shock yet delight all at once including The Jor?gumo, which is a soft and sensual cocktail blending the soft flavours of passion fruit with the aromatic and vibrant Triple Sec and Vodka. Partygoers wanting to grab an extra quick fix can do that with the set of six punchy Geisha Potion Syringes which is a fresh and intense concoction drawn by OKKU out for the evil Geishas. For those seeking extra vision should choose the Eyeball Martini that our Mixologists magical potent elixir of vodka, Lychee liqueur & juice jasmine tea garnished with a third eye.

Ladies should forget their tans and be prepared to plunge into the whitest make-up and reddest of lipsticks, shred a kimono and bound up the hair. Gentlemen, should get set to encounter ferocious Samurais, so are advised to don Nippon inspired armour, snatch that black long wig and channel an inner warrior’s gaze.

Prizes will reward the best costume of the night including first prize of a table for 6 to dine and party to the value of 10,000 AED at OKKU, Executive Suite for 1 night including full Club benefits, plus a 1 hour signature massage for 2 people in Mandara spa worth up to 5000AED, and a bottle of Magnum Ciroc.

The wickedly unforgettable L.O.V.E. party and dinner will commence at 7pm and stay alive until the early hours. This event is strictly guest list and invitation only so reservations and bookings are advised so as not to be disappointed.