Monday, August 22, 2011


Here's a short video during our Dubai Desert Safari's dune bashing.
Now before you comment about how overacting, loud-mouthed girls we are, allow us to explain.  In the video, it seems like dune bashing is nothing terrifying.  It doesn't look THAT bad when the video is shot from inside the car, we guess.  Aside from that, we weren't able to take videos during the craziest parts as we were holding on to our dear lives and not the camera.  Seriously, it felt like we are fruits in a blender ready to be turned into your favorite fruit shake.  If it weren't for our seat belts, we'd probably be rolling and spinning all over the SUV.  Here's another dune bashing video (a much, much cooler one) we found on youTube, taken from outside the 4x4 so you can see how dune bashing really is like. 
Now what's up with all of us shouting Butong Pakwan?  
Read on about how that Desert Safari afternoon went... how we started the day looking prim and proper, hair neatly combed in place, and how we ended up looking like we wrestled with a hundred camels in the desert.
neat and tidy-turned-wangsta
prim and proper-turned-disaster

Dune Bashing at the Dubai Desert Safari 

We booked the tour by phone in the morning, and were picked up at around 3:30PM in our hotel that same day.  We thought a coaster or a coach will take us to the desert together with the other tourists before transferring to a 4x4, but no...  We were picked up by the very same 4x4, a Toyota Landcruiser, that we used for the dune bashing.  Basically, you hop on the SUV, drive past the city to the desert, and go straight to the adventure.

The SUV looked safe enough for us.  A roll bar/roll cage was installed inside the car to protect us passengers from getting squished in case the 4x4 rolls over. 
If there was something in the car that scared us, it was the furry friends of our driver Nur.
Our driver Nur is really fun.  We hit it off instantly as soon as we met him.  You can hear him say "I love Philippines" on the video, but when we asked him if he's been to the Philippines, he said... "uhmmmmm NO. HAHAHAHAH. I was just lying!!!". 
We stopped by a station to fill up our tank, and this is when we realized how much cheaper gasoline is in the Middle East.  A liter of gas is only 1.7 dirhams, or roughly 19 Philippine pesos.  If you come to think of it, it is cheaper than distilled water.
We went straight to the dunes and our driver started showing off his professional driving skillzzzz.  He maneuvered the car up and down the dunes calmly and effortlessly while we were shouting our hearts out as if we're being murdered.  Nur seemed to get some sort of satisfaction from hearing us scream, as he was laughing the whole time.  The drops are scarier than a roller coaster ride where everything is pre-calculated.  In dune bashing, one mistake from Nur is all it takes.  Fortunately, we didn't get stuck in sand, and the SUV didn't roll over.  We're alive!  We made a short stop in the middle of the desert to rest and take some photos.
Now here's whazzup with the butong pakwan.  Nur was eating the seeds and offered us some.
 NurYou want seeds?
Karol and MacyWhat kind of seeds?
Karol and MacyAaaah...  Butong Pakwan! (watermelon seeds in Filipino)
NurBatungpak- whattt??
Karol and MacyBu-Tong-Pak-Wan.  Butong Pakwan.  That's how we call it in Filipino.

We guess it sounds funny to him and he kept saying it the wholeeee friggin' time.  Haha.  Moving on...
We took off our sandals and played in the sand barefoot.  We went running around as if we're toddlers in a playground.
The sand, the wind, our sweat, and our excitement all contributed into making us look flithy, muddy, sloppy.
Nur is definitely one huge contribution to our day full of craziness.  He would carry us on his back, and toss us around as if we're toys.  Haha.
And as a finale of our temporary psychosis, Karol jumped off the roof of our SUV and Macy did some gaga yoga poses.

Our hair was a mess, we're exhausted, we're dirty...  
but it was one of the funnest days of our lives.

If ever you're in Dubai, by all means, DO NOT miss the Desert Safari.  We'll blog next about the 2nd part of our Dubai Desert Safari experience - at the desert camp!

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  1. Thank you for sharing about your dune bashing experience. :) I hope my sister and I can also try this when I visit her next year in UAE. Nur seems hilarious, hehe. Love the pics! :)

  2. Hi Karla! Yesss you and your sister shouldn't miss it! The desert safari is definitely a must-do! ;) We can't wait to hear about your UAE trip on your blog!

  3. saw your photos at PEX. great shots! wish i can go to UAE soon :)

  4. Nur's so big! He can carry you both at the same time! haha! Happy to see you having fun and crazy! =))

  5. That was one hell of an experience. Nur, in my own humble opinion, is definitely the star of this entry.

    (Of course, I'm kidding) ^_^

  6. Thanks Gladys! You'll enjoy UAE for sure! :)

  7. Jonah thanks! Nur's quite big that he's intimidating at first. But the Butong Pakwan broke the ice for us hahaha he's really nice and fun.

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  9. H0kage, yup Nur is definitely the 'bida' without even trying hahaha thanks! :)

  10. What's the title of the song in the first video? =)

  11. Jonah, that's Lasso by Phoenix from the Wolfgang Amadeus album :)

  12. Very Very Nice pictures. I think when ever you travel to Dubai desert safari is a must do thing.