AN ILLUSTRATED PILGRIM’S NOTE

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Oct 21, 2013 – DUBAI, UAE

A wake up call at around 5AM was made by the receptionist of the Hotel and then Mass was celebrated at 6AM in Qadar 2 of Grand Belle Vue Hotel, Tecom Media City, Dubai.

Fr. Roming Subaldo was the one presiding at the Mass and preached. He preached about Tithing and Sharing. “We buy many things in Dubai and the Holy land to be brought to Philippines and hope to unload them by sharing them to others too,” according to him.

Fr. Roming Subaldo presiding the Mass in Grand Belle Vue Hotel, Dubai
Fr. Roming Subaldo presiding the Mass in Grand Belle Vue Hotel, Dubai

Me and Fr. Estong in Grand Belle Vue Hotel lobby-Dubai checking out
Me and Fr. Estong in Grand Belle Vue Hotel lobby-Dubai checking out

Outside grand Belle Vue Hotel-Dubai
Outside grand Belle Vue Hotel-Dubai

Outside, at the entrance of grand Belle Vue Hotel-Dubai
Outside, at the entrance of grand Belle Vue Hotel-Dubai

After the Mass, we had our breakfast. Mary Ann Rodis, a friend of mine working in Dubai fetched us at the Hotel and brought us to the airport for check in at around 9AM. After checked in we went to Dubai Mall, strolled for awhile, have pictures at the Aquarium and proceeded to Burj Khalifa for a ride.

Me and Fr. Estong at Dubai Aquararium in Dubai Mall
Me and Fr. Estong at Dubai Aquararium in Dubai Mall

Me at Dubai Aquararium-Dubai Mall
Me at Dubai Aquararium-Dubai Mall

Fr. Estong, at Dubai Aquararium-Dubai Mall
Fr. Estong, at Dubai Aquararium-Dubai Mall

Me at candalicious-Dubai Mall
Me at candalicious-Dubai Mall

Me at candalicious-Dubai Mall
Me at candalicious-Dubai Mall

Marryann at Dubai Mall
Marryann at Dubai Mall
 824 Me and Fr. Estong at dubai aquarium-Dubai Mall

Dubai Aquarium-Dubai Mall
Dubai Aquarium-Dubai Mall
 826 Me at Dubai Aquarium-Dubai Mall

Burj Khalifa, at 828 meters and 160 floors is the world’s tallest structure by a long shot, over 300 meters taller than the previous contender in Taipei, Taiwan. The observation deck at the 124th floor, where we took pictures, is the 2nd highest in the world after the Shanghai World Financial Center. Already dominating the Dubai skyline, this newly opened tower houses nine hotels and a Las Vegas-inspired fountain system. The visitors’ entrance is located at the lower ground floor of Dubai Mall. Although the tour is called At The Top be aware that it is not! Although the observation deck is the highest open deck in the world, at 452 meters it’s just over halfway up the tower itself. Console yourself with the knowledge that most of the rest of the of the tower consists of service areas and the view below looks suitably ant-like. Tickets costs Dhs 125 for a timed entry tickets, usually later the same day, or Dhs 400 if you do not want to wait. Tickets can sell out several days in advance, and it is advisable to book them online ahead of your visit.

At the Entrance of Burj Khalifa
At the Entrance of Burj Khalifa

Silver replica of Borj Khalifa-Dubai
Silver replica of Borj Khalifa-Dubai

Me and Fr. Estong at a Silver Replica of Borj Khalifa-Dubai
Me and Fr. Estong at a Silver Replica of Borj Khalifa-Dubai

Me at the top of Borj Khalifa
Me at the top of Borj Khalifa

Viewed at the top of Borj Khalifa
Viewed at the top of Borj Khalifa

At the entrance of Elevator bring us to the top of Borj Khalifa with a Borj Khalifa employee
At the entrance of Elevator bring us to the top of Borj Khalifa with a Borj Khalifa employee

Guinness Book of World Records Cert of Borj Khalifa as the world's tallest building
Guinness Book of World Records Cert of Borj Khalifa as the world’s tallest building

Height of Borj Khalifa in Meter
Height of Borj Khalifa in Meter

where we ate last night (TGIF Restaurant) viewed from Burj Khalifa
where we ate last night (TGIF Restaurant) viewed from Burj Khalifa

Me at the top of Borj Khalifa-Dubai
Me at the top of Borj Khalifa-Dubai
 845 Me at the top of Borj Khalifa-Dubai  846 Me at the top of Borj Khalifa-Dubai

 Burj Khalifa level 124
Burj Khalifa level 124

Still at the of burj khalifa
Still at the of burj khalifa

Sign of the making of Borj Khalifa-Dubai
Sign of the making of Borj Khalifa-Dubai

Me at the Sign of the making of Borj Khalifa-Dubai
Me at the Sign of the making of Borj Khalifa-Dubai

Me at a Replica of burj khalifa during new year
Me at a Replica of burj khalifa during new year

Sign before the exit of Burj Khalifa
Sign before the exit of Burj Khalifa

Me at a Flowing water at dubai mall
Me at a Flowing water at dubai mall

After the ride to the top of the Burj Khalifa, we went to Dubai Mall and I bought a McBook for around P 61,000.00 in Philippine peso. We have lunch at Atlantis Hotel and then proceeded to Dubai International Airport at around 4:30PM.

The road going to Atlantis Hotel where we had our lunch
The road going to Atlantis Hotel where we had our lunch

Washbowl in Atlantis Hotel where I put my hand on a hand sign so that water may pour out
Washbowl in Atlantis Hotel where I put my hand on a hand sign so that water may pour out

My lunch at Atlantis Hotel-Dubai; It's a buffet style
My lunch at Atlantis Hotel-Dubai; It’s a buffet style

Me, Fr Estong and Maryann at Atlantis Hotel-Dubai
Me, Fr Estong and Maryann at Atlantis Hotel-Dubai

Me at the Atlantis Hotel Aquarium-Dubai
Me at the Atlantis Hotel Aquarium-Dubai

Atlantis Hotel Aquarium-Dubai
Atlantis Hotel Aquarium-Dubai

Atlantis Hotel Aquarium-Dubai
Atlantis Hotel Aquarium-Dubai

Sign of Atlantis Hotel Aquarium-Dubai
Sign of Atlantis Hotel Aquarium-Dubai

Sign of the name of atlantis hotel dubai after lunch and proceeded to Dubai International Airport
Sign of the name of atlantis hotel dubai after lunch and proceeded to Dubai International Airport

We left for Manila, Philippines at 6:15pm (Dubai time), on time, and arrived Manila at 6:20AM (Philippine time) on October 22, 2013 the next day. Marigem Wright, one of our co-pilgrims, fetched me and Fr. Estong Bendita at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1. We had our breakfast at Aristocrat Restaurant at Roxas Boulevard, courtesy of Marigem. She brought us to V Hotel in Adriatico Street, Malate, Manila and rested and slept the whole day.

MORE PHOTOS IN DUBAI COURTESY OF MS. MARY ANN RODIS

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