November 28, 2015

Ice Breaker #7: What expectations do you have for yourself that were borne from childhood?

I don't remember much of my childhood expectations however I have always known that I want to have my own garden (when I have my own home) with all kinds of flowers, all hues of green, butterflies here and there... yep. I still live in a fantasy world sometimes.

As a kid, I mostly spent the weekend afternoons in my parents' garden. I treasure those memories forever in my heart and will be forever grateful for my parents for creating such a place I won't find anywhere else in the world. Yes, there are beautiful gardens anywhere else in the world but it's a different story (and a special one) when you actually have a garden that you call home.

Yesterday, we had a BBQ night at my colleague's home. I was pretty excited about the food and company but I honestly wanted to see her garden.

It made me smile when I saw her garden. I was reminiscing my childhood years while walking around and intently looked, smelled and touched the flowers! It made me think that I will be the kind of person who would tend a garden in her 40's and so on.

November 17, 2015

I'm Grateful For

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


"oh she,
silent smiles
trembling words
maybe dreams
but never plans
bright eyes
misty vision
different, but
a person too."

November 8, 2015

Jebel Hafeet

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

Missed Connection: What's your shampoo?

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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