Expat Life in Dubai


November 23, 2013

So the charity event is over. I feel elated right now, not because a heavy burden was lifted off my shoulders but because the event was a success. I may not have reached my target of raising AED10,000 but I’ve reached something which I won’t be able to do without your help, you who supported me from the very start.

I have received a lot of thank you messages from friends and strangers for putting up this event, for taking the initiative and acting on it. I think it’s wrong. Very wrong. It’s the people that I will be mentioning below who did a greater part on this event, I was just the brains behind it but it’s the people around me who acted on it. Sure I can organize a charity event but without them, this wouldn’t have happened.

My sincerest thanks to the following people:


Maricel and Simone of Rosso Amore Restaurant – I cannot thank you enough for all the help you have given me to make this charity event happen. My sincerest thanks to Maricel who immediately said yes without even thinking twice when I asked her if she wants to help me with a charity event that I’d like to organize. The decorationsย  and the ticket stubs were all her idea and she did not even ask for any financial help from me to organize those. Her fiance Simone, who did not only provide us his expertise in Italian dish cooking but also gave us his support for this cause from the very start. You two are amazing and I can only wish you all the best and success in life. You deserve it.


Mitzie Mee – it’s really amazing how I felt so good knowing you through your blog posts without actually meeting you prior to this event. You’re amazing and your kindness radiates even from your blog posts. Thank you very much for the support you have given me (for all the reblogs, retweets and blogs you’ve done about this event), for being the first to volunteer when I asked for help and for just being an awesome person. I am so lucky I stumbled upon your blog and I wish to see more of you. ๐Ÿ™‚

Jay for doing this amazing flyer for me for free. Again, with just one Facebook message – he said yes, he’ll do it without even asking for anything in return. Also, for picking up the LBC boxes from their office in Karama and for being my official photographer even for half a day. ๐Ÿ™‚


For the below bloggers who reposted/blogged about the event:

What I Just Love

The World According to Mitzie Mee
Stuff by Rhey
and another one from Stuff by Rhey
Longhorns and Camels
Kenneth Surat
Abby’s Roads
Lady and Her Sweet Escapes

It was great to meet some of you yesterday:


From left to right:

ExPIAtriatewife and her adorable daughter, the very kind Mitzie Mee , Undefined Declarations and What I Just Love.

with Ken of KennethSurat.com and Joan

with Ken of KennethSurat.com and Joan

Ahlan! also included this event on two of their articles:
Dubai School Launches Philippine Disaster Relief Campaign
Philippines Typhoon Haiyan: How To Help Those Affected

Many thanks for the following people for retweeting the event:






Retweeted by Jasmine of @peartreediaries

Retweeted by Jasmine of @peartreediaries


Retweeted by @rakro11

Retweeted by @rakro11

Retweeted by @shoutingwind

Retweeted by @shoutingwind

My gratitude to the below bloggers who shared this event on their Facebook pages:
Find Me A Break
Mitzie Mee

Also very happy to have met Myla of Find Me A Break:

Myla and friends! :)

Myla and friends! ๐Ÿ™‚

For these people who shared my posts (sorry, I am unable to see all of the names of people who shared my Facebook page posts due to privacy settings but you all know who you are :))


Can you see how many people saw this post? Look at where the arrow is pointing. :)

Can you see how many people saw this post? Look at where the arrow is pointing. ๐Ÿ™‚


For these people who volunteered and gave up their whole day off (or some of it) to be with me for this cause. I cannot thank you all enough:


That’s Honey and Michelle who stayed with me from the start until the very end. Special mention to Honey for all the extra help she gave me.

My other volunteers namely, Jean Leyco, Syed Sadiq, Mike Napire, Marissa Discaya and Jay Lovete. I had fun with all you yesterday! ๐Ÿ™‚

Last but not the least, to all the 116 people who came to the event, donated some in-kind goods and donated extra money for this cause. This event is a success because of all of you. You guys are amazing! ๐Ÿ™‚

The total amount we’ve raised for the day was AED5950 which is equivalent to PHP71,043. I cannot express how great this makes me feel and it’s all because of all of you who’ve supported this cause. Thank you so very much!

Photos, as promised are posted on my Facebook page.

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  • Reply Mitzie Mee November 26, 2013 at 20:13

    Some people just talk, but you act, and you managed to make a difference. You deserve all the “Thank Yous” in the world. It was really nice to finally meet you, and I hope that we can get together soon again:)

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