I am grateful for a lot of things. Specifically for today, I want to write about the people whom I am very grateful for -- The people I met in this new city that I am in. I have met a couple of people who seemed like they hate the world but I have also met those who are absolutely happy inside. No matter the situation is, there is that spark of light inside their heart and they let you feel that everything is going to be alright.
The people who sing their hearts out. Those who are very passionate about what they believe in which keeps me motivated to do the things I love -- and not question why I do so -- just because my heart wants it.
The people who never thinks sadly about the situation that they are in. Life goes on. Bad things pass by and so do good things. Keep it balanced that way as long as it isn't so bad. The funny thing in this city is that, the problems common people stress about is not as bad compared to where I came from. The difference between what they call 'first world' and 'third world'. It's funny sometimes.
The people who are calm. The beauty of calmness. It's just a beautiful thing. Being calm is also accepting something as it is. These people remind me that to appreciate the beauty of something, acceptance is the key. So accept whatever it is, however it is.
The people who are cheerful. These people remind me to take things lightly and sometimes comically. I mean, we do not want to live life seriously at all times. Don't forget to be merry and make others laugh! You know, as cliche as it may sound, laughter is the best medicine.
I am grateful for everyone who came into my life actually. They shaped who I am today somehow. And honestly, even though I have been through a lot of bad situations, I still love myself for not giving up. I would not exist if not because of the people who surrounded me and those who are still around. So thank you. I am so grateful for you! :)
November 11, 2015
November 8, 2015
For a girl who grew up in a city surrounded by mountains, I was excited to visit and see Jebel Hafeet. It's located in Al Ain, Abu Dhabi.
I especially enjoyed seeing a different view on the road: the trees, mountains, less cars -- something that I am used to see back in my home country (in my city, at least!).
From the top, the view was spectacular. Looking down, the cars on the man-made road reminds me of those little Tamiya toy cars I used to play when I was a kid.
"The mountain rises 1,249 metres (4,098 ft) and offers an impressive view over the city. Jebel Hafeet was a well-known landmark throughout the area's history and is a contemporary tourist attraction. An extensive natural cave system winds through Jabal Hafeet."
The whole area is fenced but there's a path where you can go towards the top. I would go if I could. Maybe if I have the chance to visit it again, I would wear appropriate foot wear. There were gazebos and canteens for everyone. The weather was perfect as well.
This mighty mountain is built to see the beauty of the vast desert from above. I feel lucky to experience that!
November 7, 2015
It all happened after waiting for 8 hours in Changi Airport. We finally checked-in the boarding area of flight SQ 494. I sat right next to my sister; you sat on the opposite side. I was about to read my book when I noticed you looking at me (not in a creepy way). And right before I opened my book, you asked me what shampoo do I use for my hair. I was not sure if I heard you correctly so I gave you a friendly "question mark" look.
You stood up and sat right next to me and asked the same question, "what shampoo do you use for your hair?" You wanted to straighten your hair and make it shiny. I think it's always better to go natural but then since you asked if there's any way you can achieve such hair, my sister told you about different procedures that you can ask from a hair stylist.
It was your first time in Dubai as well. And you went to visit your husband. You told me you live in Australia and how you love it so much that you showed me random images in your smartphone. You showed me the mountains and the beautiful scenery like you know me from the inside. Honestly, you made me homesick right there but that's fine. You sat back on the opposite side doing your thing and I started reading my book and watching planes take off...
It's been 10 months since that flight, I wonder how was your first vacation in Dubai? I hope it was fun! I hope you did not straighten your hair though since you're good with your natural hair.
That was weird and spontaneous but thanks! Thanks for approaching, at least we killed some boredom. :)
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October 24, 2015
So I couldn't sleep last night.
Lights were off and everyone's asleep.
I am laying comfortably on my bed
looking at the dancing shadows on my wall.
For a second I felt I was home.
This is not new to me --
overthinking is my expertise.
At night, ideas come and go.
I wouldn't write them down
because I trust I could remember them
when the morning breaks.
It is not usually the case.
Mornings are routines.
Routines wash away every little emotions
from the night before.
So I couldn't sleep last night.
Lights were off.
I made my way to the kitchen.
Guided by my instinct, carefully.
I've been here enough to have familiarity.
I sat down in the darkness.
I felt I was home.
I wanted to be home.
So I couldn't sleep last night.
Tears fell on my cheeks.
I couldn't wait to be awake.
July 25, 2015
The last Emirate that we visited (to complete our Emirates Road Trip~) is Fujairah. It's probably my favorite as I always enjoy seeing mountains when road tripping just like I used to see back in my home land! :)
|My sister Rachel and her husband Melbert|
|Kuya Melbert's officemate, Robert.|
We had a quick stop over at the Sharjah Monument and learned that in 1998, Sharjah was named as the Cultural Capital of the Arab World by UNESCO.
I admit I kind of miss the green environment in the Philippines but I also think that this country has something special to offer. It is beautiful & diverse yet rich in culture.
We spent some time resting & having a picnic at Khor Fakkan Beach.
The boat ride was fun~ The waves were extra playful and the view was grand as the sun was setting down making everything golden. What a memory! My pictures couldn't even give justice to the real beauty that I saw that afternoon :)
That wraps up our Emirates Road Trip! I am happy to say that I've been to all the seven emirates but the adventure doesn't stop right here since I still have a lot to know more about this country. :)
June 21, 2015
Let It Be -- this song has been stuck with me for years and I'm glad for its existence. First of all, thanks to my brothers for being such cool rock stars -- they play The Beatles everywhere from then and now! I'm influenced by these good bands and learned good lyrics that actually guided me and calmed me down for years in good times and in bad times. There are only a few songs that speak wisdom and this is one of them. I find myself singing this song in my head sometimes when I feel like I couldn't get around something. It calms the shhh out of me. There's a beautiful imagery in my head whenever I sink myself into such melodies. I see our simple & happy home! It's perfect because those were great years hence the calming effect. ;)
So anyway, I honestly was not so sure about bringing myself here where most people live in buildings instead of having a good backyard & a garden. It's totally the opposite from where I am. As I was adjusting to the kind of lifestyle here, I was looking for signs or for any thing actually to make me feel calm. There's my sister, her husband, my cousin, a few family friends but there's something missing -- something that would keep me moving on. I didn't see it right then and there but when I saw this coffee cup at one of the malls we've been to, I thought that this was a good sign. I was not being too cheesy -- or maybe I was! -- but it made me smile and somehow thought I should give this kind of lifestyle a good try.
So, for now, I live in Dubai for most of the time but Abu Dhabi feels home to me. It's basically because my family is there. And generally when I ask some people, they'd say life in Abu Dhabi is easy & calm.
I remember when I was still studying in the university, I wondered how would it feel to be away from home and studying. My friends would go home on weekends to their hometown which is around 5 hours or so away from the city! Now I understand that travel time does not really matter at all for as long as you reach home & be with your family. Such a great feeling.
It's great to see life unfold itself for me without expecting much. I know it will be alright as long as I have a handful of positive light in my heart. I'll just let everything flourish and unfold its beauty. I don't know exactly the point of me writing this... but I am just grateful for this day, for this life.
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June 19, 2015
This update is too outdated but lately I have been reflecting on the recent months that passed and how fun they were. Most especially when I saw a camel for the first time! We we're just cruisin' around the road somewhere in Ras Al Khaimah trying to spot some camels. I was the only one who has never seen a camel among the group so it was not so exciting for everybody else or so I thought. We were driving along and after some time I just thought that maybe it was not the right time for me to see a real camel until they were all enthusiastic to see a group of camels on the opposite side of the road. I didn't quite see it but I remember Kuya Mel drove straight ahead trying to find a good place to take a u-turn, which took a couple more minutes!
We spotted them right there along the highway and parked a few meters away. And then we started chasing them camels! I felt like a child for once. It was probably because my nephew used to have some plastic toys of different animals and I was partly excited to see it myself for him and partly for my childhood.
What an experience! It would have been awesome if I were able to ride on it but I am not sure about doing that either as I am writing this. Maybe soon -- desert safari, anyone? ;)