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[1: 1,953 of 10,000] Living A Decade In Dubai

In Journal on September 23, 2018 at 6:23 PM

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2001 was my first attempt of living in Dubai that only lasted for 6 months. I left when my body was literally bursting skin allergy due to stress caused by my sales job, constantly outdoor, and a part of it is introducing condoms to hypermarkets and hotel shops. Then in 2008, I came back, and I never thought I would ever step in this country again after my not so endearing first-time experience, but 10 years later I’m still here and not in a hurry to leave because I like my job being in the healthcare industry.

Here are the 10 things that a decade of living in Dubai has made me experience:

  1. In my early days, there is a different impression towards women, like men entice women to get into their car that sort of uneasy feeling. I do hope that’s not the case now, I don’t experience it anymore, maybe because I now lived in a better neighborhood or it completely stopped.
  2. I am grateful that I am in a pretty awesome apartment and a quiet neighborhood where there is a proper and charming boardwalk that I can use for jogging.
  3. The feeling of security that I will never be robbed in broad daylight or even if you accidentally left your house open overnight. My sister forgot her mobile phone from mall shops several times, and we always get it back.
  4. I have experienced working in a company that didn’t pay salary on time. I’ve heard from employees today that they don’t get paid on time even if they try to resolve it through the labor office. It’s not fair that companies do this especially that expat are here to work to support their loved ones back home. I also don’t like it that some companies pay a meager salary, taking advantage to people who were trying their best to stay in the country before their visa expires. After 4 companies, my 5th was when I knew what I am looking for and I knew exactly what I was demanding. Great companies exist.
  5. I love it that Dubai always offers something shiny and new to residents and tourists.  It may be a city that has malls open until midnight or even at 2am during Ramadan, but it still sleeps. There are moments that I am still wide awake at 3am and I watch the quiet street and the thought that most people are in their dreams at those moments, that’s absolutely giving me comfort, to be a witness of the subtle energy. It’s one of the reasons I like living in the city, it is alive by day and sleeps at night.
  6. If you have the money, you can enter anywhere. There are probably very exclusive places but most of the time, when you have the cash, then you’ll be able to experience luxury. I like the fact that it doesn’t discriminate. This is also the reason why I am always tempted to spent instead of learning to save.
  7. Having a residence visa in UAE allowed me to easily secure other visas to visit other countries. I felt that it’s easier to travel abroad and it’s such a wonderful feeling that I can be anywhere I fancy.
  8. The weather usually is hot or hotter (42-degree Celsius) but during winter time (14-degree Celcius) it is possible to enjoy alfresco dining and makes you want sun again. Despite the country being too hot, all establishments are equipped with airconditioning unit including the little grocery nestled within communities.
  9. You don’t see beggars or homeless scattered anywhere. I’ve been to Australia and France, and it shocked me to see people living in the streets, they also scare me a little that I try to avoid them and avoided eye contact.
  10. The Emiratis that I’ve encountered are very humble and welcoming to foreigners. It makes me feel at home. Last June, I went back to the Philippines for 12 days (after 6 years of not visiting), and I felt more at home to come back to Dubai. So right now, Dubai is my home.
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[1: 1,848 of 10,000] Seriously, Work Laptop At Home Again?

In Article on January 4, 2017 at 11:42 PM

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It is truly a decision whether I am utilizing my work hours 100% on just work; or I astray and get distracted to lose focus and end up carrying my work laptop home.

There are so many times that I have carried that laptop bag only to not open it when I reach home even though I do have the intention because my body like a mobile device that found a charger… accepts only hibernation.

I applaud myself whenever I felt like I did my best at work, confirmed that it is worth leaving my laptop at the office, and I get home with a fresh mind. I need my free evening time so I can enjoy my dinner, I can blog, I can dream, I can write about my next book to publish, drink my tea peacefully, bathe leisurely, and then squeeze some essential household chores (wishing for a butler like what Bruce Wayne got).

As Emily Charlton said, “I love my job, I love my job, I love my job.”

 

 

 

 

 

[1: 1,719 of 10,000] Outgrowing

In Article on June 11, 2016 at 8:26 PM

Scandinavian Apartment

My sister and I have been cleaning our apartment this weekend. We’re not moving again but we both feel like we’ve successfully accumulated so many stuffs that are cluttering our small space and we feel that it was time to have a new sense of energy within the house. Last night I went to bed with a different direction, I don’t particularly feel different but change is good.

I still remember the days that we’ve played with our small pots, doing make believe grocery stores, and my sister playing with her house Barbie. Now, we’re adult and we are responsible with ourselves. We need to be committed in paying bills on time, showing up for work, and in this lifetime do what would let us get up in the morning without the use of an alarm clock (I’m watching a lot of Elementary from Netflix – yes I find time to watch t.v. – and that means I am thrilled with work if I don’t need an alarm at all).

We’ve examined our stuffs and some things that seeemed to be worth keeping ages ago suddenly was quite easy to dismiss to either give-away or simply throw. We’ve outgrown quite a lot, we’ve been a lot, and yet life is not over until it is just is. I so wanted to have my own home, with a good place to dry clothes just out of the washing machine, a library, a home office, a good kitchen with island white and grey marble table, a cozy but elegant dining room, a garden, a breathtaking room that opens up to a beach view with waves putting me to sleep and waves humming to wake me up every single morning, a lovely foyer leading to a roomy living room, and lots of guest rooms to accommodate my family and friends who will come to visit me. Right now that I don’t own that home yet, I do hope that I live with the basic, with cautious on not spending on unnecessary stuffs so I can breathe.

We’re not done with the clean up but it’s quite fun! 🙂

[1: 1,665 of 10,000] My Dream Is My Wallpaper, Sort Of

In Journal on November 28, 2015 at 11:05 PM

This is my laptop’s wallpaper –

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I am not just craving for a vacation, I want that house by the beach, I want to fill the cabinets with my favourite books, and to wake up so grateful and get on writing novels or basically having the life of Elizabeth Gilbert.

It would be nice to have a gentleman beside me that I could kiss and love and could give me a hug and more. It would really be nice managing my own business without having to impress anyone or tip toe on how people would feel about the fruit of my labour.

I wanted to sleep on my own bed every night and perform a mission in life that is bigger than myself. I want my money to multipy and be always abundant in my life to support my every whimp and project.

It’s good that I have a dream… now I need to come up with a plan to make that happen! 😉

[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: 1,336 of 10,000] Building an Ikea Blue Chest of 2 Drawers

In Article on August 10, 2014 at 1:03 AM

I don’t like puzzle but I like furnitures. My sissy and I got a blue chest of 2 drawers from Ikea and attempted to build it ourselves. It looked like a chest of 2 drawers isn’t it proven by the photo below and I can’t believe we were really able to put it together after looking at the instruction, screwing, and there was even hammering of baby nails involved.

I am not very patient so I don’t think I would agree on building another cabinet by myself in the future. As I’ve said, I hated puzzle but with the presence of my industrial designer sister I was willing to do it with her. I am glad it went well and we didn’t need to disassemble the whole thing and reassemble; although at some point, the lower drawer almost didn’t work.

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[1: 1,134 of 10,000] Take 2 for Rest Day

In Journal on September 3, 2013 at 12:58 AM

Rest

  1. I needed hugs badly.
  2. I need to sleep.
  3. I should prevent myself from checking my business email.
  4. I need to rest.
  5. I have to stop thinking about work.
  6. I need to fill me with lots and lots of love.
  7. I need to drink correctly.
  8. I need to smile.
  9. I need to laugh.
  10. I need to be inspired.

[1: 875 of 10,000] Happy Christmas

In Journal on December 25, 2012 at 10:58 AM

ParteRecipe for a perfect Christmas

1. Prepare a great Pasta for dinner.

2. Drink Jose Cuervo Margarita Mix while preparing for Noche Buena. Complete with salt on the glass rim.

3. Do the food preparation with your loved ones.

4. Play a Christmas Song at the background that filled every corner of the house.

5. Make sure the Christmas Tree are lit and the gifts happily awaits.

6. Cake should be on the table with a candle to wish Jesus a Happy Birthday.

7. Pray before the grand feast starts.

8. Eat with your heart desires.

9. Laugh while you eat.

10. Take pictures to remember the day!

11. Open at least 1 gift.

12. Christmas Morning – open all the gifts!!!

13. Prepare a hearty Christmas Breakfast.

14. Go to church.

15. Chill. Smile. Be thankful for a beautiful holidays. ♥

[1: 863 of 10,000] Work Mode

In Journal on December 13, 2012 at 9:29 PM

Fortune

For the first time I was able to work at home, love the part where I didn’t waste my time traveling.

Not a single time did I check WordPress and Facebook and guess what I still didn’t able to eat my lunch on time and what the heck I am still not finish for my long to do list until now. I have been working for about 12 hours and still counting.

Success is a staircase, not a doorway. I am still thinking positive and I am going to finish the impossible.

🙂

[1: 799 of 10,000] My Nasi Goreng Lunch Treat @ Home

In Photo on October 12, 2012 at 7:59 PM

I love Nasi Goreng and I love my egg sunny side up that’s not well done please. Delightfully good and I am definitely skipping dinner especially after having a drink composed of Mountain Dew + Red Bull + Vodka + Tequila on the rocks with Pompsticks chips.