A Quick Tour at Masdar Insitute *Plus* Sumo – Sushi & Bento Experience! :)

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It was a a normal Thursday evening. After work I invited my good folks – Chris & Alex to join me for a dinner at Sumo – Sushi & Bento Japanese Restaurant located inside the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology @ Masdar City. For the record, this is already our second attempt to go there. It was me and Chris only who went there first time after attending Sunday mass in order to satisfy my cravings for Japanese foods because I really love it! Unfortunately, we were lost towards Masdar and my GPS device headed us to Masdar City office located in Musaffah. However, I did not give up and yes, finally we did it last October 10, 2013.

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The Masdar Institute of Science and Technology (Masdar Institute) is a graduate level, research-oriented university which is focused on alternative energy, sustainability, and the environment. It is located in Masdar City in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (Wikipedia,

Masdar Institute is an integral part of the non-profit side of the Masdar Initiative and will be the first institution to occupy Masdar City. The Technology and Development Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is providing scholarly assessment and advice to Masdar Institute. (Wikipedia,

Heading towards inside in the institute is through riding the PRT (Personal Rapid Transit). I would say that it is truly a once in a life time experience too since it is the only facility here in Abu Dhabi where such type of transit is available and can be experienced. PRT is an on-demand transportation system that combines the adventure of a private car and public transportation.

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The PRT runs on lithium batteries which are powered by solar energy produced at Masdar City. It carbon-free and environmentally friendly. Manufactured and it is designed by the legendary Italian designer Zagato which has designed cars for Ferrari and Aston Martin among others.

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The PRT uses a virtual software to guide its journey, using magnets within the floor surface. Designed to the highest international safety standards, it uses advance collision avoidance sensors. The network is constantly monitored to ensure a safe and an uninterrupted journey.

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Our last stop is at the SUMO – SUSHI & BENTO Japanese Restaurant where we enjoyed sumptuous Japanese delight cuisines! 🙂 🙂 🙂

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Would you like to visit also Masdar Institute and try riding the PRT? Are you also fond of Japanese foods like us?

One night of Comfort @ “Comfort Inn Emirates Hotel…”

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It was on a friday sunny afternoon (20.09.13) and since I’ve really wanted to spend some “me” time that weekend which I really needed (for some freaky reasons 🙂 ) , I’ve decided to use the Groupon Voucher I purchased online for a One-night stay at Comfort Inn Emirates Hotel located at Muroor Road, Abu Dhabi.

The Comfort Inn Emirates Hotel offers 3-star accommodation in Abu Dhabi’s Al Ittihad district. Al Wahda Mall and Al Nahyan Stadium are within a 10-minute drive away, and the property provides free parking. All the modern and elegant rooms at the Comfort Inn Emirates Hotel include a flat-screen TV, cable / satellite channels and tea and coffee making facilities. Each has amenities such as a mini bar, a hair dryer and a refrigerator. Bathrobes and slippers are also included for extra comfort.


What to do and see:

– Rent a bicycle and enjoy the scenery at the Corniche
– Get your adrenaline pumping with a drive along the Yas Marina Circuit
– Admire natural beauty as you go kayaking through the mangroves

While marveling the beauty of living/relaxing on this haven, I happened to find some time to read the book I purchased online last month via… 🙂 You might want to try it and see how the law of attraction works on you and finally meet your soulmate.

Image*** The Soulmate Secret by Arielle Ford ***

So excited to wake-up in the morning and for your information, my stomach is designed to digest a big breakfast now a days because of my changed lifestyle when I started going to the gym 2 months ago and my metabolism is really improved a lot… 🙂 As early as 7 A.M., I went down to the dining area where buffet breakfast is served.


Image*** My Own Version of Breakfast Starter ***

Image*** The Main Course (Yum! Yum!) ***

Image*** Lastly, My Healthy Dessert (Priceless!) ***

I check out around 1 P.M. (a day after) and head on to my folks accommodation. Jesse cooked “Ginisang Munggo” (Sauteed Mung Beans) and really loved it! Since Chris, Jesse, Cris Vincent and Jenica (new acquaintance) has this strike-anywhere attitude like me, especially if its our first time – I’d invited them to come with me and have some beer while singing our hearts-out @ “The Buzz” – A Video Karaoke Bar located at Al Diar Regency Hotel, beside corniche hospital along corniche-salam road. We grab a few buckets of Heineken and some french fries and fried chicken wings! Boom!!! We really had a great time! Everyone went home with a smile! Truly an A-M-A-Z-I-N-G Weekend we’ve all had… 🙂 🙂 🙂

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How do you usually spend your “Me” time, your weekend after a stressful week from work?