Saturday, March 2, 2013

Spice Island, Crowne Plaza Deira

Its been a while since my last post but I never really forget to find time to keep my blog up and running. My entry is now getting fewer every month hopefully once I am done with what I am doing, I will be back with my every Friday Post. I already with fulfilling my long time dream, my birthday gift to myself and my "learn a new skill" this year 2013. Learn how to drive.
I started the driving by attending 8 hours of theory lessons. I have asked around how long they took the lessons and learned that some schools do it in 1 whole day, tackled everything for 8 hours. The driving school where I am currently enrolled had it on an everyday basis for 2 hours each. I don't know which one is better though. Nevertheless, I am more aware of the road rules and regulations and I tried to learn more whenever we are travelling or I am riding in a public transport.
There were 2 things that really stuck with me. The difference of speeding and overspeeding. You will think that they have the same meaning, I thought so too. However, overspeeding is when you go beyong the speed limit, speeding is when you are at the speed limit on a bad weather condition - fog, rain, flood, etc. I hope you learn something from me.
Also, I vowed to myself that I will apply another thing that I learned from the lessons - "if others drivers make mistakes, help them instead of making it harder for them, in the same way you would like them to help you when you are in difficulty". I know some of you will disagree with me because there would always be irresponsible drivers on the road but driving with responsibilty, care, consideration and courtesy will help to reduce the risks on the road. There is also a theory test that you need to pass to proceed with the driving classes after you completed the lessons.
Anyway, enough of the heavy. I actually started with the basic. Checking the external of the vehicle, entering the vehicle, familiarication with the instrument panel, driving posture, passenger safety and load security, familiarization with controls (I will elaborate further), starting the engine and the likes. Now I am in the process of learning how to park with garage parking, angle parkng and parallel parking.
Its not easy to get a license in UAE - you need to complete 40 classess (for new students) or 20 classes (if you have already have a valid license from your home country) and then you be scheduled for a road test.
There still long way to go. Hope to learn a lot from this new skill I am working on.
On another note, I would like to share with you the place where we dine in last Valentine's day. The Spice Island Crowne Plaza in Deira.
This is the best place for me so far for the ultimate buffet dining experience. They have international cuisine to offer.
Cold Smoked Salmon and Shrimps

Cheese and biscuits

Different type of bread.

That's it for now - blogspot is having sa uploading issues. Till next time.

All the best,