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No country uses a wider range of spices in its cuisine than India. Those spices give Indian food its distinctively complex fragrance and flavor, but they can seem like a bit of a hurdle for folks who haven’t cooked Indian food at home (like me). However the most common Indian spices can be found in grocery stores—the difference is how they’re combined and used in recipes. If you would like to learn more about Indian cuisine I recommend buying a cook book.

These are my top favorites whenever I’m having Indian food.

Indian Naan

Tandoori Chicken

Basmati Rice

Chicken Tikka Masala ❤️

Curry Chicken

They have a chunky look which is nothing like what I would be into. I Never thought I would say this, but I’m feeling this trend. I have been trying to find out when this trend started, unfortunately, no luck, because while searching online, I found that there are different dates and timelines as to when this actually became a thing. What we do know is that people have been rocking this since like forever, back then though, no one would want to be caught wearing one of these (were you one of those people, because I was surely one).😄 Migos, Asap Rocky and Kanye have been frequently spotted wearing dad sneakers, setting a trend that will stay strong for the whole  2018.

Oddly, what I found out about these “ugly sneakers,” also called “dad sneakers,” they don’t just look bulky because that’s the trend- these brands have actually done studies on its performances when rocking these ugly joints- yes they really do.

Often times these sneakers have double or triple soles, sounds familiar (see Balenciaga Triple S)? These extra soles give you the perk of looking a little taller, can’t be mad at that, and it helps walking smoothly without affecting too much of the back or the legs. 

“The dad sneakers for 2018  take us back to about 20 years ago when trainers had a cartoon-like design that imitated the look of video-games characters.”           Vogue Magazine

I am not able to remember the exact video games I was playing (only remember Mario Kart & Golden Eye; after a google search for video games in the late 90s, I was only able to find two that I feel was rocking the dad sneakers (Sonic The Hedgehog & Crash Bandicoot). Comment below and tell me what you think. 

I must admit it took a little time for me to see the statement that these shoes really give off, they are an acquired taste and definitely not for everyone. It is expected that these “statement pieces” will become more prominent over the next year. Comment below your Fave!

Traveling has become “a thing” today, and we all know that one friend on our Instagram timeline who takes more trips that you can dream about. Traveling can seem like an impossible luxury for us young adults. But with careful planning and research, your next trip could be more inexpensive than you think.

Create a Budget

The first step in this process is to create a budget, you must figure out how much you are willing to spend. When making the budget, keep in mind that there are other expenses beyond flights and hotels, these include entertainment, meals (if not all-inclusive) and shopping. Once the budget has been established, try saving some money from each paycheck until you reach your goal, says Jeana Salman, a CFP at Delta Community Credit Union.

You’ll enjoy your trip so much more if you can pay for it from savings instead of acquiring debt

Book Smart 👨🏾‍💻

Booking smart is all about staying within your budget and book where you will not have to spend a penny over. I for one love to book all-inclusive hotel resorts, this is a very smart way of staying within your budget and still have a good time. Most all-inclusive hotels once you check in you pay nothing for the remainder of your stay.

Related: The 5 best bang-for-your-buck all-Inclusive ever

Be Flexible

Flexibility is essential when looking for inexpensive travel. Although you may want to travel at a certain time in the year, you have to be open to the reality that those dates may not work for your budget. Try to book travel during the off-season and on weekdays; according to travel research flights and hotel are cheapest when booked at these times.

By now if your on my Instagram or Facebook, you may have noticed, myself my wife and my travel buddies (Kerry, Jodes Boo, Baddie and Jrod) decided to fly across the Indian ocean ( we still haven’t been across the Pacific 😂), to a destination I have been wanting to go since 2010. This trip was everything, our plan was to go to Dubai and live the Dubai lifestyle; the yacht, nightlife, the expensive cars, spending “Arab money” and of course experience the culture to the fullest. 

Our trip started off by visiting the Emirates mall which we did skiing and snowboarding, this was well needed because Dubai’s heat was no joke. Besides the fact that it was very hot we still managed to have a great time. On the second day, we went tot he Arabian Safari Desert where we rode the Dunes and got a full tour of the desert, rode the camel and ride ATVs. The next day,  we went skydiving which is a must do when you go to Dubai, nothing is more beautiful than overlooking one of the worlds best skylines according to Thillist.com. Right after skydiving we rented a yacht (again experiencing the culture to the fullest) to continue our turn up; we sailed from the dock which was located right outside our hotel and we partied on the yacht for about 3-4hrs then we anchored for about 15 mins to take a swim and to view the skyline from the ocean. 

Following that day we decided to go purchase gold at the Gold Souk, this in itself was another experience, picture going to a flea market except here they sell pure gold and more gold. On that same day later that night we went to the Dubai Aquarium, which is located at the Dubai Mall ( Largest Mall in the World), we wanted to scuba dive with sharks but because of Dubai traffic we were late (but hey! everything happens for a reason).

We then decided to take it a little easy the following day where we went to Abu Dhabi (UAE Capital) to get a tour of the city and the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque which is the largest mosque in the entire United Arab Emirates. This too is a must do when you get to UAE, it is a huge part of their culture and this means a lot to the people; so be mindful of what you say and also you will have to dress a certain way in order to enter into the mosque. We did a lot of activities in that short time and we enjoyed every bit of it. I promised myself that my blog post will not exceed 3 mins read so I have compiled a video of what we did while we were in Dubai enjoy!