Browsing All posts tagged under »United Arab Emirates«

My two feet

August 11, 2013


I met a friend running around the Marina yesterday and we chatted about it being nearly a year since I went carless. You see, last summer I made the decision to sell my car with the intention to change or upgrade. It sold quickly and then various adventures got in the way of sorting another. […]

Why trawl the mall?

April 28, 2013


When it comes to buying gifts for people, I often find myself taking the whole ordeal far too seriously. I want to give gifts with thought, that have meaning or purpose, something that someone might have chosen on their own. This, combined with my oft inability to make snappy decisions has led me to more […]

fashion. fitness. food.

April 3, 2013


Is there any better combination that these three? I think not, well, not legal in the UAE anyway! It’s no secret that I, and anyone reading this, loves keeping fit.  Put all the health and wellness benefits aside and it really boils down to looking great and feeling great, taking care of ourselves inside and […]

Love & luck

January 24, 2013


Today’s post has nothing to do with health and fitness … it relates instead to wellness  … emotional and mental wellness … matters of the mind and of the heart. Here goes. Earlier this week, I received a call from my ex husband aka H1 to say he was getting remarried.  If truth be known, […]

Brazilian butt

January 5, 2013


Want one? Here’s what you need to do. Head down to Flywheel Dubai at Downtown’s Burj Views. If you’ve yet to check this place out it is AWESOME. First made famous for its Flywheel classes, it’s about to become more famous thanks to its FlyBarre classes. I went yesterday and I swear I left with […]

Rally for Rich

November 25, 2012


I try as I might to find a silver lining in every situation … try to find meaning or a lesson to learn … but sadly, sometimes tragedies happen devoid of rhyme and reason. And this is one of those times. You see, on 11th October 2012, the life of a guy called Rich Holland, […]

Another cracker from les Francais

September 8, 2012


I remember when travelling around New Zealand a few years back … in what we aptly named the Brown Beast, a huge poo-coloured car Aiden had bought in one of another of his (regular) scams … we used to laugh at all the Fish & Chip shops we passed because every one seemed to have […]

Inspiration at work

September 5, 2012


Back in late 2009, I remember sitting in Guillaume Mariole’s bachelor pad on the Palm plotting and planning the launch of his new fitness and wellness company, Ignite.  We’d spend hours buzzing with ideas, brimming with thoughts and discussing everything from logos to taglines, websites to merchandise. And then in early 2010, Ignite fitness & wellness […]

Getting hot & sweaty in the sand (Part 2)

August 28, 2012


To recap Sunday’s post … when running recently with Lee aka the Sheikh of Showka from Dubai Trail Running, I recall telling him that I attribute any success I’ve had running with two key elements … running in the sand and running in the heat.  I try to do most of my running ‘off-road’ albeit […]

Getting hot & sweaty in the sand (Part1)

August 26, 2012


When running recently with Lee aka the Sheikh of Showka from Dubai Trail Running, I recall telling him that I attribute any success I’ve had running with two key elements … training in the sand and training in the heat.  I try to do most of my running ‘off-road’, albeit within the confines of the […]

AC conquers the Ice Trail

August 24, 2012


The end of August is fast approaching which hails time for one great issue of Outdoor UAE to be replaced by another.  Before the September issue hits the shelves, check out August’s issue and my Adventure Chick column about my running rendez-vous in Val D’Isere with a little race planned in between girly catch up time!

I heart Organic Glow

July 26, 2012


Organic Glow Beauty Lounge is a stones throw from Safa Park but when you enter the villa gate and breathe in the lush aromas that await you, the fast paced traffic of Al Wasl Road slips as far from your mind as your to do list of chores, errands and looming deadlines … I spent […]

Wonders of the wadis

July 25, 2012


Back in May when running Action Asia China in Lijiang, my fab friend and roomie, Rachel Jacqueline (a.k.a HK Adventure Baby) mentioned that she planned to write a HK trail running profile for … Bryon Powell, the king of the hills on the site has a great section of trail running destination guides. I […]

I’ve been AeroFit-ted …

June 8, 2012


Being the purist that I am in terms of training without schedules, watches, heart rate monitors, gizmos or gadgets, you might think would make me shy away from some scientific performance analysis … but when AeroFit came to town, I read all about it and felt just a little intrigued.  Then when I started seeing […]

AC does Via Ferrata

March 25, 2012


As published in Outdoor UAE – March 2012. We’re fast approaching the end of March so if you haven’t picked up a copy of Outdoor UAE magazine yet, do so now before the April issue hits the shelves! This month, Adventure Chick hit Muscat for a spot of Via Ferrata … turned out to be […]

Musings from Muscat

February 25, 2012


I write this post from Muscat airport consoling my imminent departure with a Massimo Americano (with skinny milk Rob!). The purpose of my trip was a Via Ferrata adventure with Muscat Diving & Adventure Centre.  And the result?  A truly fab weekend that I’m not ready to see end. My Via Ferrata experience will soon […]

Doing it al fresco

December 29, 2011


As published in In Dubai – Dec 11 / Jan 12 Still have family and friends in town but can’t face the thought of yet another lazy brunch or cocktail sesh? Check out these cooler than cool ideas to entertain anyone and everyone … all local, all fun, all al fresco …

Old soles for good souls

December 14, 2011


Don’t you love it when a fabulous idea quietly bubbles just beneath the surface then all of a sudden, when you least expect it, it bursts into life?  I do … and yesterday afternoon, as I sat nestled on my sofa, researching potential publishers for my planned book, this happened! The idea was borne in […]

Secrets of the stairwell

October 27, 2011


A few weeks ago I did a mammoth stair climbing session at the Grand Millennium Al Wahda.  I returned to our room feeling on top of the world and Emily immediately remarked on my sheer level of exhilaration after climbing 150 floors. My reply involved my pointing out that the particular stair well in question […]

Fruits of passion

October 17, 2011


I had a magical photo shoot in the beautiful Bastikaya with Wouter from Wouter Kingma Photography this morning. Amongst the many things we talked about was about passion.  Wouter said it’s easy to shoot people doing what they love to do because their passion shines through. In a similar vein, the talk I did in […]

Make a splash

October 16, 2011


As published in Aquarius – Oct 11  With Dubai’s white sandy beaches, crystal clear ocean and vast swimming pools on practically every street corner, it seems crazy not to take advantage of the endless options for water-based fun. Besides, what better way to beat the heat than to stay cool in the pool?! Check out […]

When losing means winning

October 15, 2011


I have just returned from a weekend at Abu Dhabi’s Grand Millennium Hotel to do a motivational talk to the contestants of their Biggest Shrinker Contest.  All in all, a lovely night away thanks to their awesome facilities, enormous hospitality and my exceptional company (thank you Mrs. O! x) But back to the purpose of […]

Get out the heat

August 21, 2011

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Imagine being in any city in the world and finding a giant centrally-located venue that is literally transformed into a giant world of sports in order to keep residents entertained and active during the hot summer months. Sounds pretty cool right? Well unbeknownst to many, we have exactly that … here … in Dubai … […]

Silver Saturday

May 22, 2011


A normal Saturday evening in Tori world is spent either tapping away at my key board, preparing for the week ahead, collapsed in a heap post a hot and sweaty run or perhaps even across the road at Caribou catching up on the weekend gossip with a girlfriend. Not this Saturday though. This Saturday I […]

The tragedy of the treadmill

May 15, 2011


Dedicated to AJ. You know who you are and you know what you need to do! Now that Summer has reared it’s hot head on our shores, I’ve had more than a few runners lament over moving inside and taking to the treadmill. Just the word fills me with horror so this post, Tragedy of […]

My Good Friday treat up Jebel Hafeet

April 22, 2011


This morning my dear friend Cath and I started Good Friday in style with an early morning run up Jebel Hafeet in Al Ain. For those not in the know, Jebel Hafeet is a mountain bordering the UAE and Oman, rising nearly 4,000 ft above sea level. A road winds up the mountain-side rock for […]

Combat for a cause

April 1, 2011


Fitness Beat in TECOM had a Charity Aerobathon earlier to raise money for Japan. A whole host of classes were free with the instructors donating their time to teach and all donations going straight to support victims of the earthquake. A fantastic cause without question so I headed down to the combat class to check […]

A Penny for your wellness

March 7, 2011


Yesterday the utterly charming Sean Penny swung by Park Place to put me through my paces with the Nerve Express and Dynamic Express tests. Together, as The Wellness Brothers, the boys are doing amazing things … literally revolutionising the fitness, health and wellness industry as we know it today. They are both super qualified and […]

Winning wellness

March 5, 2011


Today I went to the annual Wellness Day at Dubai Ladies Club. Despite being a pretty grim day weather-wise, with the sun desperately trying to shine but just not quite getting there and the wind causing multiple hair-on-lipgloss moments, the highlights for me were these: The all-female atmosphere at Dubai Ladies Club always creates a […]

Long live Wadi Bih!

February 11, 2011


Wadi Bih. What a day! Despite having risen at 1.30am to get there and despite having a poor tattered knee to contend with, today has been nothing short of fabulous and everyone involved in the day has done themselves proud. Two things now occupy my mind: 1) Wadi Bih is the oldest expatriate sporting event […]

G&T; Life on the rocks

February 9, 2011


Tomorrow is Wadi Bih-eve. For those not in the know, Wadi Bih is an annual relay event comprising teams of five running a total of 75km over (very) hilly and rocky terrain in Oman. It’s the longest running sporting event in the UAE and an institution amongst those lucky enough to participate. Last year was […]

Al fresco fun …

February 3, 2011


Calling all Dubai dudes and dudettes … if you’ve yet to make plans for the weekend and are keen to explore but need to know more … check out my feature in this months Aquarius Magazine – Hike the UAE PS.  One option is the infamous Stairway to Heaven.  I must re-iterate how taxing a […]