Riverland, Dubai: Experience Europe For Free

If I could be anywhere in the world right now, no doubt I would be in Europe. Mainly because I have always been fascinated by everything related to it. Its architecture, food, history, and – not to mention – its beautiful people. It’s something! Parang iba kasi ‘yung aura talaga, eh. Ang lakas maka-mayaman, ganon. Hahaha!

Europe is one of those places I’ve never been to yet holds a special place in my heart.


Dubai Parks and Resorts is Middle East’s largest leisure and theme park destination which consists of three theme parks – Motiongate, Bollywood Parks, and Legoland – and one water park: Legoland Water Park. It is also where the Polynesian-themed family resort, Lapita Hotel, is located; same as Riverland Dubai, a themed retail-and-dining destination, which a lot of people don’t know is free admission.

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I only knew about it when I worked as a Web Research & Data Entry Associate for a short time online; so when my Dad and I went to Dubai to meet some of his friends, I told him that we should head to Riverland after because I’ve seen how picturesque the place is. Plus it’s free!

He didn’t believe me at first and was all like, “Why would it be free? It’s in Dubai Parks & Resorts!” Well, maybe because there isn’t really much to see and do aside from dining, shopping, and taking photos. All the fun and entertaining stuff are at the other parks and cost very ezpenzive tickets! In other words, ito ay kainan lang ng mga burgis at picturan lang ng mga feeling burgis like me. HAHA!

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As I’ve said I while ago, if I could be anywhere in the world right now, I’d be in Europe.

I would be sitting outside a cafe in front of the Eiffel Tower, watching tourists passing by, and writing about how life has been in my favor lately. I would be roaming the streets of Italy, with a gelato on my hand, a camera strapped around my neck, living the Lizzie McGuire out of me.

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I would be in my Airbnb in London, drinking a good cup of hot chocolate, listening to Michael Buble while the rain is pouring outside. I would be in Santorini, watching the sunset with the love of my life, probably in tears because the universe is treating me right.

I would be in downtown Lviv, taking photos of its beautiful old buildings; I’d be in Iceland or Switzerland, gazing at the northern lights; or maybe I’d be in a coffee shop in Plovdiv, turning a dream into reality.

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Europe has always been a dream and I’m claiming it β€” I will be there soon. I’ve reached my dream of stepping foot in the US when I was 18 – thank you, parentals – so I’m sure experiencing Europe in my 20s wouldn’t be impossible. Syempre, through my hardwork na ngayon.

For now, I am grateful that I get to feel a Beauty-and-the-Beast kind of feels even for a few hours and just by looking back at these photos, I can say that I am happy.


You can also watch how that day went here! It’s a day full of cars, European vibes, and unlimited seafood! (Maybe you want to subscribe to my channel, as well… Hehe, just maybe.)

Those aren’t the best clips I took so far since my cam isn’t really meant for videos, so…. know that I’m accepting a stabilizer or gorillapod for Christmas. Hahaha! Nothing can really beat GoPro’s stabilization feature, that’s for sure. Here are some videos where I used a GoPro: Banaue – Sagada – Baguio 2016Ilocos 2016, & My US Family 2015.

I’m happy with how the editing turned out, though! Hope you guys are all doing great and may we all enjoy the last week of October!

Love, Amielle

126 thoughts on “Riverland, Dubai: Experience Europe For Free

  1. ANG GANDA AMIELLE!πŸ’— ang dreamy lang ng entry na ‘to. gusto ko rin ang Europe pero hanggang ngayon di ko pa rin naasikaso ang passport ko wahahaha!

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  2. SO CUTE. I had no idea this existed!! I hope you get the chance to see Europe one day. But in the meantime it looks like you’ve found a really neat spot!:) Thanks for sharing Amielle, I loved reading this xo

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    1. Yeahhhh and Holland! πŸ’•I love thr Sagrada Familia. Granada is also beautiful and Santander in the north. There is just soooo much to see in Spain, all beautiful 😍 I’m in Valladolid, one hour by train from Madrid. Yeahh πŸ’•

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    2. Yeahhhh of course I will be your guide πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’•πŸ˜ In Spring time so april, may and june. Also the Summer months are amazing, july and august but it’s really hot haha and depends where you are going to. September and october are also really great because it’s still good weather and less tourists and much cheapier. Anytime is okay haha Christmas time is nice too πŸ’œ

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  3. I don’t know how I missed this post! :O Beautiful shots…!

    By the way, I am shutting down my blog for a lil while, going to focus on work for a while and other things, Before I travel to maybe Manila again in February ^.^

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    1. Ohh gosh I’m envious of people with the money to travel haha πŸ˜‚ if I had it, I’d just travel for awhile. I want to see the world! There’s so much out there haha

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    1. Naku Kuya! May want-hate relationship ako sa drone na ‘yan. Hahahaha. Kapag nakakapanood ako ng vids na may drone shots, edi inggit ako kasi wooow ganda HAHAHA tapos kapag marerealize ko na ang mahal at di ko naman lagi magagamit, wag nalang. Pang travel ko nalang πŸ˜‚

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    2. Oo, sobrang mahal tapos bihira mo lang naman magagamit. At isa pa, maraming cases ng mga nagka-crash na drone. Kahit sikat na brand pa, nangyayari daw talaga yun. Mas masakit yun diba? Kaya tama, sa stabilizer na lang tayo. Heheh..

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    3. Hahaha.. Oo, trulalu. Tingnan mo sila Wil at Alodia, nag-crash din yung drone nila. DJi Mavic na yung gamit nila, isa sa mga advance model ng drone yun. Good thing lang nakuha nila uli.

      Kaya kahit dati ka na nagpapalipad ng drone at kahit maganda pa yung drone na gamit mo, hindi talaga maiiwasan yung pagka-crash. So kung prepare ka sa ganung scenario, go ahead and buy some drone. Heheh.. Sabagay, mura lang naman sayo yun eh. 😁

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    1. D’yan sa Riverland, free admission Kuya! :) Kasi magpipicture ka lang talaga tapos kainan at shopping lang. Pero ‘yung ibang parks, ang mahal ng tickets per park/day. Hahahaha

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  4. wowwww, ang ganda :D open na pala yan! nung asa UAE pa ko, ung dubai mall lng ata napuntahan ko haha, asa bundok kasi ko ng ras al khaimah,

    Web Research & Data Entry Associate?sang website ka nagapply?interesado tlaga ko sa work online hahaha

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    1. Ang layo! Hahaha. ‘Di pa ako nakakarating dun pero nakarating na ‘ko Fujairah πŸ˜‚

      UpWork lang, Ate! Kaso medyo mahirap talaga makapasok and makahanap sa umpisa. Tyaga tyaga lang. ☺️

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    2. haha, mas malayo pa ata kami sa Fujairah, malapit na kami paOman eh,

      nagapply na nga din ako dun sa mga job post sa UpWork hindi pa lang sinwerte, kaya tutor tutor lng muna :D

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  5. Ahhhhh. I love thiiiiis! Europe’s one of my dream destinations, too. Sitting in a cafe near the Eiffel Tower and just soaking in the people and the culture and the scenery???? COUNT ME IN. :p

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    1. Paris, London, Italy & Switzerland are on top of my list. Oh, and Iceland too! And Ukraine! OMG so many! Hahaha

      And thank you for the kind words. I appreciate it so much. πŸ’–πŸ’–

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    2. Paris, London, Italy & Switzerland (check), Iceland still awaiting. However, I visited only northern Italy, and there’s so much too see.
      Let me add a few more for you-Greece (esp.Athens and the islands, the more, the better), Portugal, Spain (a must) Russia, Hungary, Germany, Austria.

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    1. Are you refering to Riverland? Yes, you can even explore it for an hour or two because there really isn’t anything much in it except a few restaurants and shops. All the rides and entertaining stuff are on the other parks next to it & I believe a day is enough for those? I’m not that sure. :)

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