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[1: 1,800 of 10,000] I Am Blessed With The Best Childhood Neighbor

In Journal on November 11, 2016 at 4:09 PM

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I am the eldest amongst my sisters, so I think the vulnerable and precious child in me was quite excited when I found out we’re having a new neighbor and I could actually end up having a grown up sister. She was kind, patient, and the purest soul who gave perfect answers to my inquisitive young mind.

This beautiful person was used by the divine to deliver a message, a hint and direction of what I should I be serving the world. She planted a very strong and healthy seed that inspired me to write. She said, “If you want your dream to come true, write about it,” that advice never went away. I daydream so much that wishfully magically my dreams will all come true. Then my motivation evolved in my teens that I will write to entertain and tell the original stories that are blazing in my mind. Today, I write like it is part to keep my soul, my very essence to be breathing… with a purpose that is nothing less than showing and living my purest reply to love.

After more than 2 decades, I found early this week that she’s vacationing in Dubai for a few days. I was ecstatic to meet my favorite neighbor in my childhood… actually one of the treasures in my lifetime who I will forever thank God for. I truly consider her as a very precious and important person that not anyone will have the privilege to meet. It is truly an honor to call her my eldest sister. So despite my tight schedules, I really have to make it happen that I have dinner with her.

At dinner, I asked her with my adult stature but with the same enthusiasm as my young self, “You were also young then, so where did you learn about to make my dreams come true, I have to write about it?” Her answer blew me away, she said, “We were kids, for every questions that you throw at me, I tried to come up with an intelligent answer.” Was it the work of the Holy Spirit who gave those words to her lips and my truly present consciousness was able to believe, accept, and understood the message?

Life is truly perfect, may you treasure your version of best childhood neighbor and may all children have their childhood neighbor that lead them to the right path.

[1: 1,797 of 10,000] Enjoy The Silence

In Article on November 8, 2016 at 12:36 AM

silence

I am typing this blog at 12:25 in the early morning, my housemate is in deep slumber, and only the air conditioning unit and my tapping on keyboards make a sound in the whole Dubai apartment… and it is heavenly. I immensely delight the silence where all I could hear are the words in my head and bring them to life through my laptop screen.

It is a blessing to know when my heart is at peace, my head has its space, and act upon my creative output. It is at these moments when I dream that a masterpiece comes to life with every fibre of love and soul magnificently shining through.

Enjoy the silence, which is a luxury to a safe country. And in those moments, I find the time to also utter a prayer that this peace be experienced by beings whose solace is scarce or impossible.

[1: 1,783 of 10,000] Out

In Journal on September 13, 2016 at 11:32 AM

road-trip

My best cure right now for not being bored is to go out! Drive and go out of town for a day.

It was really refreshing to see things for the first time! I remember doing things I’ve never done and it lights up my curiosity and become a true sponge soaking the experience.

It was fantastic to visit two new malls that I’ve never been – The Galleria from Al Maryah Island and The Outlet Village, that satisfied both my palette and shopping therapy requirement. It was a true delight to find a very delicious and satisfying Caramel Macchiato from Godiva Chocolate Cafe and dining to a new Chinese restaurant called Dai Pai Dong. I scored a 70% off leather Tod’s loafer and 60% off Dolce & Gabbana baby jacket. I was having fun getting new work dress from Armani Exchange and Banana Republic with a totally ripped off price.

I am trying to contain myself not to go out again today; otherwise this becomes my new addiction. Yay! 🙂

 

[1: 1,657 of 10,000] My Realisation For Having House Guests In 10 Days

In Journal on November 20, 2015 at 2:37 PM

 

Travel

My sister’s friend together with another sister and mother visited Dubai. With our tiny studio apartment, we tried to fit ourselves in 10 days. These family love to travel and they used to include my sissy in their exploration and they also open their home for her.

I love my sissy and whoever is kind to her will automatically have plus points from my end and I would try to make them comfortable, welcomed, and have good memories by being a very pleasant hostess. My sister was teasing me that I was acting like a radio for telling different stories about UAE, I’ve been here for 7 years, so it must be natural to my perky me.

Their mom travelled with them so I just have to give up my bed and slept in the sofa. It was hard that I couldn’t blow dry my hair everyday. I couldn’t move too well. I slept late. I worry a little if they’re not yet home. We couldn’t open the air conditioning all the time because they feel cold too easily and my sister and I are sweating.

I realised that having a small apartment originally domiciled by 2 isn’t advisable for 3 new visitiors. I crave even more to really have my own space. I may be bubbly and accommodating but once I reach home, I want to hear my own thoughts or be simply at ease and peaceful.

I really hope that they had fun, despite the little mess. The good take away is it was nice to have a new experience by meeting new people. All is good! I move on until the next guest at home. 🙂

[1: 1,648 of 10,000] Gloomy Day In A Sunny Country

In Article on November 11, 2015 at 7:32 AM

Sand storm

Dubai is a little gloomy today with a mild sand storm. We have house guests and they were supposed to see Dubai’s outdoors. The little dust could hurt the eyes but the day though a little musky, just a bit gloomy, and subtly windy, still delivered interesting places to visit.

A hush news is spreading that it will rain on Friday! I have not seen that in a long while but wait we’re going out of town, good thing that the final destination is an indoor park, I’ll see you again Ferrari World Abu Dhabi.

Whenever friends or families visit, I feel like a tourist myself, but I’m telling the story. I now happened to be the tourist guide. 😀

[1: 1,499 of 10,000] What Are You Grateful For Today?

In List on June 16, 2015 at 5:43 PM

Thank You

I would like to share what I am grateful for today:

  1. I have a home.
  2. I have food to eat.
  3. I had a bubble bath.
  4. I sleep.
  5. I am free to pray.
  6. I have good books to read.
  7. I love my sissies.
  8. My body functions the way it should be.
  9. I have an adorable baby niece.
  10. I have relatives.
  11. I cry means I can feel.
  12. I have internet connection.
  13. I have phone connection.
  14. I have a bed.
  15. I have a sofa and blanket.
  16. I saw the bright sun in Dubai.
  17. I have peace.
  18. I blog.
  19. I smile.
  20. I posted a photo in Instagram.

[1: 1,495 of 10,000] Home Hair Cut

In Journal on June 12, 2015 at 9:33 PM

HaircutI am saving a buck and I’ve seen my sissy cut her own hair so today I told her to not go crazy but she may cut my hair. She complains about my silly waves and then swoosh there it is!

I’ve seen the hair on the floor, it doesn’t look a lot at all, I go in front of the mirror and surprised with the length. I wasn’t really disappointed and crying, I like the length but the edges don’t looked very legit.

It’s summer in Dubai and the weather is now reaching a hot 45 degree celsius. Short hair will be just fine! 😉

[1: 1,485 of 10,000] Birthday Present

In Article on June 2, 2015 at 12:10 PM

I like doing things for the first time because it means I am exploring a new way. Since it felt like I have nothing significant to offer in this world except living peacefully on my own with full of gratefulness for all the blessings and on top of that I am celebrating my 35th birthday, I thought of a way to give a piece of me to give thanks for this healthy life.

Dubai accepts blood “donation” and I don’t see Dubai accepting blood for payment. I thought that’s really a beautiful gesture for people in Dubai to donate blood for someone’s need and yes it’s one of those that it is actually healthy for me to give too, that’s like exponential goodness.

It’s my birthday, I’ve eaten cake for breakfast (timed it at 8:00 AM end of food so I can donate blood by 12:00 PM without disrupting the rule), I’m nervous about the process of getting close to a needle (this is the first ever donation in my entire life), and so by the time I reached the blood pressure test, the machine was alarming of my overly fast heartbeat and high blood pressure. I was laughing of the incident and told myself I didn’t come all the way here just to screw this up so I calm the hyper in me, inhale and exhale repeatedly, stopped talking, and it worked. I was too happy!

The pricking was more painful that the actual blood extraction. It went smoothly, I drank cold mango juices. I noticed that my blood wasn’t bright red, it’s more like burgundy, and the expert asked if I was smoking and told him no (does second hand smoker applies?) and then he asked if I normally drink lots of water and actually no but for the sake of the blood donation I tried to drink more than usual, eat healthier food, and slept properly. The hardest part was actually squeezing a stress ball during the actual process, it’s tiring but it has to be done so I suck it up and comply. The centre needs to test my blood before it will be given to somebody else. I hope it’s a good 450 ml happy blood so it may help to make one to three people happier. I have another agenda for going through it, I wanted to confirm my blood type and to make sure that I am more into helping than my ulterior motive, I have to donate more from this point onwards.

Seeing all the other people who were there to donate, given their time to be there, were admirable. I have high respect for them for showing up and just giving. Once upon a time, UAE has helped my mother so much, and the only way I also know how to repay the kindness bestowed upon our family is to give back.

I was able to drive after donating. I went for lunch right after. Dubai’s weather is getting too hot nowadays that at some point after lunch on the way to my apartment, I felt like losing oxygen and so I cooled off as soon as I reached home with a nice air-conditioned room; and drink cold lemon iced tea. Because of the donation, I couldn’t drink anything with alcohol that night, so I stayed sober and enjoyed lots of dinner instead at a fancy restaurant.

Blood Donation

If you’re in Dubai and would like to donate, click here for more information. It’s advisable to just go to the centre and make sure to allot one hour for the whole process from signing up forms up to completing the donation. They are open from Sunday to Thursday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

[1: 1,484 of 10,000] My Night Stars

In Aphorism, Article on June 1, 2015 at 11:50 AM

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When I lay on my bed at night I could see the Dubai city lights from my window. They are golden, alive, and don’t flicker. They are my stars on Earth, on the ground, and they make me smile.

In the quietness of night, I am left alone with my centre, my silence, and my plead to God that I offer Him my worries so I may sleep in peace.

I could make stories and assumptions on what can I find in those lights but I don’t. I just enjoy their beauty that only the night can appreciate.

“Our strength are often hidden until it’s dark that we shine.”

[1: 1,459 of 10,000] Will Jollibee At Dubai Mall Serve Half A Million Filipinos First Before I Can Buy?

In Review on May 7, 2015 at 8:15 AM

I adore Dubai because I feel safe and there are always so many places to visit even with luxurious feel into it. Jollibee is a trusted and beloved hamburger (but I love their chicken + gravy + rice, palabok, and peach mango pie – yes, very specific) chain in the Philippines established in 1978 (just 2 years older than me) and it opened its branch at Dubai Mall on May 4, 2015.

According to Gulf News report, there is an estimated half a million Filipinos residing in Dubai (but news been told that Filipinos in other emirates were traveling to Dubai Mall to buy too), and so after 3 days that it is open, how was the queue looked like –

Jollibee Dubai Mall

There is still a long queue and I am not a fan of waiting 4 hours just to buy my favourite Chicken Joy with their own concoction of gravy and I was even dreaming I hope they’ve brought the rice grains that they use in the Philippines. People who have tried said that it is as authentic as the one served back home.

Can Jollibee a better basis for patriotism, too much? I tried to visit the store twice yesterday but the queue didn’t die down and I really don’t want to stand in line, I would probably taste it next month!!

It is one of the foods that my sister asks her friend to bring to Dubai when they came from their Manila vacation. And it will be definitely one of the food chains I will grab a bite if I visit Manila. Why do my sissy and I liked Jollibee?

Ultimate reason is the taste. The flavour is exactly the type of food that we love to eat. And maybe subconsciously, we have emotional attachment to it. It reminds us of home, childhood, and what is ‘familiar’. Memories, though should not be dwelt upon, are comforting and warms the heart. I would not blame or discourage my fellow Filipinos to be patient just to have that happy feeling, as for me, Jollibee Dubai Mall you’re on my list!