Two weekends ago, we watched Alegria Cirque Du Soleil. I never wanted to miss it since the organizers and the cast are not traveling so often and only to selected countries. It was month-long shown in Dubai and luckily we’ve got very good seats few weeks before the tickets were sold out. The tickets were expensive. But it was worth every fils (cent).
Photo and video taking were strictly not allowed. I only managed to take a single shot, that was when the actors were already taking their bows. The show was very organized and restrictions were dutifully enforced. Such that my mobile was almost confiscated because I had to secretly reply to a very important SMS. Obviously, I didn’t turn off my phone because I should not. I was coordinating with a number of friends.
Alegria is a 2.5- hour showcase of breathtaking performances (i.e. contortion, Russian bars, flying man, manipulation, synchronized trapeze, and a lot more) while there’s a live singing of awesome songs (Not English songs, although I didn’t understand any of the lyrics except for the Spanish term “Alegria” which means jubilation, it’s just too awesome.). I even bought a DVD aside from the worthkeeping souvenir items. I thought I shall share this with my family and friends who didn’t have access to the show. Most of the performers are Russians and Canadians, with singularity of the Mongol who’s a very good contortionist. If they’re performing in your country, please do try to see if possible. No wonder it’s called a theatrical masterpiece.
After the show, we had dinner in Cafe Japengo. It specializes in sushi but also serves Italian, Chinese, Arabic and other cuisines. Not just because I was hungry, but I really think everything we ordered were good. But I must say that I enjoyed more the food because I happened to be dining with friends-former officemates who are based in Dubai.
We were supposed to go on a road trip, peek in Old Town and Atlantis in particular. But of all the days, it rained much that night. Would you believe it was raining hard in UAE for one week straight then?
While chilling and savoring the breeze brought by the once in a bluemoon rainshowers, we reminisced about our good old times in our previous office, talked about some generic and specific plans, and anything. We were probably the loudest group that night.
You’d probably want to ask me if the newly issued rules, especially the dress code, are implemented in Dubai. I hope yes. But per my observation, no. I was laughing whenever I’d remember how much extra care I did before going to Dubai, fearing that I’ll be deported not for the sexy dress but for doing non-permissible type of photo taking. Surprisingly, I was so tamed.
Have a great week, everyone!