March 28, 2015

2015: Road Trip to Ajman, UAE

Among the group, I was the only one who haven't experienced the life in the Middle East. So it was nice to have a sneak peak of the UAE via road tripping. Seeing all the Emirates (except Fujeirah which I am going to take a sneak peak soon I hope!), I could say that each of them is distinct from one another. Though I have to figure out more  to have a clearer view of their distinctiveness.

Anyway, so we passed by Ajman. And we took a lot of photos in front of the Palace. Portraits, jump shots, group shots were taken until a guy passed by us. He looked at us while we were cam-whoring (in a nice way! Hehe). I don't know exactly how it happened but he just became a part of our crew~ Let's just say we're friendly! Hehe.

We learned that he was also a tourist from Nigeria. And he's a CEO of a company somewhere in his country. Cool!

It was just a short stop and drive along the city since it is the smallest among other seven Emirates. Next stop: Ras Al Kaimah.

March 20, 2015

2015: Road trip to Umm Al Quwain, UAE

Next stop: Umm Al Quwain. What really made me very excited about this trip is to see a desert because I have never seen one before! I see photos and videos from all sorts of media but it's so much exciting to feel the authentic desert feel (what? haha!). So there we were devouring the Arabian desert and taking photos of all angles of hills shaped by air! So cool!

Unfortunately, the museum was closed. We saw some kids playing around the area so we made friends with them! This kid wearing a red clothing is Usman. He isn't talkative but he's not shy to smile for the camera!

The other kids didn't wanna say their names but they said they came from different places such is Iraq. When I looked at them playing around, I reflected on my childhood days. These guys are lucky to be playing around with real friends under the afternoon sunlight. Made me smile a lot and reminisce my early years so I decided to teach them hompyang! Hahaha

It took them a while to get how it is! Hehehe

They even let me borrow their bike! Isn't it so much fun to have a wide area to play with your friends? Than having to be stuck in a room playing computer games on your own... These kids are lucky!

In 5 years, certainly, these kids will be adolescents and will be much more taller than I am! I wish them more joy growing up! And I hope they will remember us somehow. :p

March 14, 2015

2015: Road trip to Sharjah, UAE

My first road trip in the United Arab Emirates are with these people: Kuya Ariel, Kuya Richie, Kuya Mel, and Ate Rachel. First stop is in Sharjah. I don't know if this beach has its particular name though but it looked nice to spend a weekend with family and friends with some food on the side.It's a nice beach!

Someone left this can of soda for me to take a photo of. Heh.

A panoramic view of the beach.

It's so great to have roamed around the city of Sharjah. I would love to see more of Sharjah including different museums and some parks.Soon! Next stop is: Umm Al Quwain.

March 7, 2015

First weeks in Dubai, UAE

Here are some photos I took during my first weeks in Dubai, UAE. I arrived a day after Christmas Day with my sister. We spent days around the city. It's a very diverse place! I am excited on what's ahead. :)


I finally saw the tallest skyscraper: Burj Khalifa. Also, we witnessed the dancing fountain!


The sun is bigger here! Awesome.


Inside the Dubai Mall is an aquarium. I would love to visit it soon.


Then there's the Burj Al Arab. 

I have been to Atlantis, malls, other places. I am looking forward to seeing more of Dubai and the other Emirates. I have been to all emirates (via road tripping) except Fujeirah. So I am looking forward to visit it soon as well. I am very excited on what's ahead. :)

March 3, 2015

New Year 2015

It's the first time in a very long time (13 years?) since I saw fireworks display bursting beautifully in front of me amongst others. The Burj Khalifa and its adjacent buildings were bursting colorful farts to celebrate the new year and people were so happy; individually shouting their happy emotions to see such beautiful farts. Including me. Happy New Year, internet! I know it's late to greet but, as cliche as it may sound, it's better late than never! :)

We stayed at Business Bay. We were lucky to find a good and comforting spot that is near a comfort room, a store, restaurants, and people can walk freely. I can imagine how it was like in Dubai Mall although you'll have a perfect view.

Here are some highlights during that night prior midnight:

1. "Pare! Pare! Pare! 2005?!", shouted the middle-aged Indian guy referring to our 2015 glasses that we wore while walking around Business Bay.

2. "Happy new year!", said the cheerful Arabic girl who walked towards me with my 2015 glasses on. I replied back to her, joyfully, "Happy new year, too!". A fleeting but joyful moment.

3. "Where you buy?", asked the beautiful Arabic woman as we were walking towards Spinneys. I said, "In the Philippines". She got very excited and thrilled upon hearing it and said "I want one!"

4. All those smiling faces staring at us while we were walking around the area. It felt good to be silly for a while!

5. A series of 'wow!', 'oh-sum!', 'wooo!' among other terms of excitement and amazement as we watched the fireworks display at Burj Khalifa and its adjacent buildings.

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We had a simple celebration after the fireworks. We just ate honey cake, red velvet cupcakes, a platter of assorted fruits, and some soda. Some chit chats... then we decided to sleep in the car.


We woke up to a freezing early morning. It was 13 degrees Celsius outside. We had to walk so fast to enter the building to feel warmth. It was a good night! Happy new year, everyone. I hope all your resolutions will be done this year, if you have some! :)

February 27, 2015

You’re still figuring stuff out, and that is OK.

As much as you would want to go back to live a life you have known so well, why don't you try to use that time to get to know a different kind of lifestyle. It does not take a month or two. Not even a year, I suppose. Even though sometimes you feel that people are looking at you differently and might be angry at you because you don't know what they know. You’re still figuring stuff out, and that is OK. Move forward. Don't stop moving forward.

February 20, 2015

Alone With My Own Thoughts

I had forgotten how beautiful it was to be alone with my own thoughts. And every time I think about the things that I used to do, the more I miss home. I miss my sanctuary. My old self. I remember coming home from school or work feeling blessed to have a peaceful place welcoming me and reminding me to take it slow. Everything is so different now. I keep telling myself that it's okay to think about my then-self but a part of me wants to say adios and move forward.

I remember a few nights before I left. I was in the terrace at night looking at the starry sky. It was a peaceful and cold December night. The sea breeze touched my skin as the palm trees swayed to and fro. "I'm going to miss this place", I whispered as I stood looking at the neighborhood. Then I came rushing down towards my room, locked the doors, sat down and cried. "I'm going to miss this place big time".

Tears fell down my cheeks so rapidly that I couldn't stop making sorrowful noises. It was such big tears. I was the saddest of all. Then, I stared at my ceiling wondering how my life will be. If I could say something to my then-self, I would say that things are not as exactly as how you are thinking right now but not opposite either. Life is entirely different but not as bad as you think it would be. However, cry if you must please.

This is a journey of an entirely introvert walking towards a road that seems to be too loud to adopt but trying to learn how to roar. In a nice way.

February 10, 2015

In-transit: Changi. Singpore to Dubai.

I left Davao City, Philippines on Christmas Day. Arrived at Changi Airport on the same day and stayed overnight roaming around inside. On the next day, I traveled for 8 hours from Singapore to Dubai with my sister. It was my first flight abroad and so it was full of thrill despite the lack of sleep.


My sister and I tried to visit all the nice spots inside the airport. Aside from visiting shopping stores, we visited different kinds of gardens including the cactus/succulents garden. It was nice to see different kinds of succulents! Unfortunately, though, we didn't get to visit the Sunflower and Butterfly garden! Another reason to come back to Changi for a tour. Haha I love that the airport itself is a destination!

Aside from meeting different nationalities wherever we went, what excites me most is actually talking to some them: (1) The Chinese girl who took photos of the large bouquet of Mickey and Minnie Mouse golden balls which later on I asked if she wanted a photo of herself taken by me. She generously offered herself to take a photo of me and my sister as well. (2) The cute Japanese couple who were alternatively taking photos of each other. I offered to take pictures of them with one of the tallest Christmas trees inside. (3) The Indian Family who were curious about how the foot massage machine felt like. And lastly, (4) the Indian woman from Australia who was on the same flight with us. She asked what I use on my hair. She thought it was shiny and healthy. Heehee~ she also shared about her life in Oz and showed me photos!

 In flight, I read a book: A Tree Grows In Brooklyn by Betty Smith. I was able to read the introduction and was fascinated by how Betty is. I have yet to read the book soon. If there weren't any entertainment in the plane, I would have probably read it but I was curious to watch Transformers 4 and listened to Taylor Swift while looking at the window.


Our plane safely landed in Dubai Airport at around 8 in the evening. I had a mix of emotions about being in a different place. Excited of what lies ahead... it was a beginning of a new journey in life! Thank you for this opportunity, Kuya Mel and Ate Aking! :)
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