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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Touring Abu Dhabi!

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Started the morning with a selfie! :X 

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We could choose between Golfing, Shopping or Sightseeing for the third day in Abu Dhabi. Most of us opt for sightseeing and the first stop was Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Grand Mosque! The mosque was really strict so the ladies have to be fully dressed up, that is long sleeves till the wrists and ankles and scarf over the head. A few ladies couldn't get in cause their sleeves were 3/4!! It was really hot that morning, almost killed us being wrapped up.

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So how do I look? Most of them say I look like a Malay lady hehe! :D 

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Took so many pictures of Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Grand Mosque, here goes! (:

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With my GM, Anna and AIPL ladies! (:

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With Francis and Desmond!

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With Francis and Sui Hunn!

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Next stop was Heritage Village where there was a beautiful beach and a row of shops that sold mainly shawls, leather goods and souvenirs! 

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Moved on to lunch which was nearby at Intercontinental Hotel Abu Dhabi! We probably covered all the hotels there were in Abu Dhabi! And we visited Ferrari World which was a tad disappointing. 

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A lot of rides were down and the rides that were available were no kick at all. The place was so big and empty, so we really didn't enjoy ourselves. Spent about S$40+ on a Ferrari Cap for Daddy, and that's about all. 

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Went back to the hotel after 2 hours to prepare for Gala Dinner Awards Ceremony at Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi. Our last dinner in Abu Dhabi! 

Jumpsuit which is upcoming on Hollyhoque!! (:

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Dinner was outdoor so it was pretty warm and I didn't take too many photos! Awaiting the photos from the official photographers! My biggest client, BCD Travel was awarded Top 3 for Singapore but the boss wasn't able to make it and I had to accept the trophy on stage on their behalf :X

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Dinner ended with a beautiful dessert with a sugar Abacus Logo! 

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We didn't continue with round 2 that evening and all went back to hit the sack early for our morning flight back to Singapore! It truly was a great experience to have visited Abu Dhabi! (: 

Monday, October 27, 2014

Abacus International Conference 2014 in Abu Dhabi!

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So I'm back from spending 5 days at Abacus International Conference 2014 in Abu Dhabi! It wasn't exactly an exciting place to visit but it was really a great experience for me! So Abacus holds a conference for our top travel agencies once every 2 years! The markets in Asia Pacific will all send in their top agencies for some fun and product updates.

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At the departure hall's Killiney before our flight!

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Arrived at the hotel at around 1am and here's a hotel tour. We resided at Crown Plaza Abu Dhabi! The room was fantastic! (;

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Dressed in Hollyhoque for the whole trip, some of the clothes are to be released so look out for them!! I woke up really early every morning cause of the 4 hours time difference. So every morning, I wake up at 2am, 4am Abu Dhabi's time which is actually 6am/ 8am Singapore's time. But thankful I still kept my energy high for the sightseeing, shopping and conferences!

So I woke up on the first day early, I went to the gym to do some yoga!!

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Came back and had a hot bath tub shower before heading down to roam the hotel.

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My colleague, Paul, was already at breakfast so I had company woohoo! After breakfast, we roamed the hotel and the hotel vicinity!

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Breakfast!

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We walked about 30 minutes before heading back to the hotel to meet up with the rest of the delegates for a day of visit to Etihad Innovation Centre and shopping at Souk Market at the Central Market!!

Some pictures at the Etihad Innovation Centre of the upcoming planes. Probably my only chance to get into First Class and Suites in this lifetime, the mock up that looked soooo real :P

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Selfies in the bus! :D

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Off to lunch at Yas Viceroy!

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And a few group shots outside the hotel! (: 

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and shopping at Souk Market is a place where you can get all the traditional lamps, decorative, clothes and also spices, nuts and dates!

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We spend the longest time at this snack shop!  Bought some almond and cashew nuts, chocolates dates for the family. We were allowed to try so we had a great time sampling! :D

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We made the owner super happy that he decided to join us in our group photo outside his shop hahaha!

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Went back to the hotel after 2 hours of shopping to prepare for the Welcome Dinner at Rosewood Abu Dhabi.

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Day 2 started with Conference and Exhibition at Yas Events Centre. The set up was so beautiful, holding about 400 of our delegates.

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More beautiful Etihad air stewardesses.

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Went back to shower and prepare for the Conference Dinner at Ritz Carlton Hotel Abu Dhabi where the theme was Arabian Night!

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I didn't prepare anything grand and to the theme except for the ling ling long long head piece which Sheila lent me! :D

Selfies! :D

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Group shot with the Singapore team before we left for Ritz!

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Truly taken aback when we arrived at Ritz Carlton's lobby! It was so well decorated to our Arabian Night theme! The mar comms of AIPL always does such great job!!

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With Francis and Desmond from Travel Media!

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Benny from Philippines, Paul and Andy from AIPL

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My GM, Sui Hunn with Steven from UOB and Jaslyn from Corporate Travel

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With Andy!

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With Catharine from AIPL!

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Hot belly dancers doing their thing on stage!

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The Singapore team took advantage of the beautiful set up and went on stage to take some group photos!! The other markets followed suit after that, no one can resist! (:

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Shot with the Etihad air stewardesses!! I'm so short :P

We continued the night with round 2 at Yas Viceroy's Burlesque! Burlesque was AMAZING!! It was a really private place so we almost had the whole place to ourselves!

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It oversees the waters, with such a breathtaking view!

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The bill was so expensive, S$3000 for 2 champagnes, 1 macallan and some small food. Nothing in Abu Dhabi is cheap anyway.

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Ended with a group shot of those who came! (: 

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