I’ve noticed that I’m thirsty all the time. I don’t know whether it’s the weather or being in the constant air-conditioning, but I’m always parched. I wake up every morning needing to down a litre of water. I’m definitely not drinking enough. Water, that is.
On Day 10 I started working from home. That evening we had family dinner at Shang Palace at the Shangri-La Hotel next door. The food and service were close to perfect. After dinner my cousins and I decided to go to Caramel, a bar/lounge not too far away. Tuesday is apparently a ‘happening’ night there but it was quite dead when we got there soon after midnight. We had a couple of drinks and called it a night.
On Day 11 my new desk and chair (the swivelling kind) arrived. It was delivered flat-packed but the delivery men assembled it for me. It took them about 15 minutes. Had they left it for me to do it might have taken me two days.
Once my desk was in place I was able to open my new laptop and sort that out. I’d left it in the box for so many days as I had nowhere to put it.
When I was looking at laptops last week, I noticed that they all have Arabic letters on the keys as well as the English letters. And there are so many of them!
I had the place to myself in the afternoon which was amazing. No Sony TV or CNN on full volume! I did some work while sorting out the new laptop.
I had to go to the Mall of the Emirates in the evening to register for my photography course which starts next week. I’m quite excited about it but need to get a tripod before the first class. I know nothing about tripods so this should be interesting. I was there for about 15 minutes as I had to rush home – I had a friend in town with whom I was having dinner.
I met him at the Monarch Hotel on Sheikh Zayed Road. I’d booked a table at Okku – I’d been hearing good things about it since I arrived and wanted to try it. Our table wasn’t until 10pm so we had a couple of drinks at the bar before dinner. The food was worth the wait.
We had sake and sashimi salad:
Sake and dumplings:
Sake and sushi rolls:
Sake and tuna with crispy rice:
And my absolute favourite – black cod with miso and truffle fried rice:
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