I have so many things in my head lately and so far those things are still in my draft folder and unfinished. That's why I couldn't post anything here and it has been awhile. Forgive me.
I just thought now to post something, some blatherings or some non-sense, just to keep this blog alive. Anyways, I've been staring at this magazine named, UAE Live, Work, Explore. I like it, the images are amazing and the information are helpful for people like me who need a break. I mean, something to try out while living, working in the UAE, I should explore the place as well. I hope that in my future posts, I will be able to share with you interesting places that we can both enjoy. Meantime, it's time for me to work to able to live!
I know how it feels when you suddenly have to change your lifestyle. I have been living in U@E for 10 years now. It was like coming to another planet. From the Airport, I felt like I was just dreaming, I can’t take my eyes to look around with the elegance design of the place. It was like a 5-star hotel. As I approached to the Immigration, the Arab officer greeted me “Magandang umaga po, Salamat and Welcome to Dubai”. I was delighted with their hospitality. I gave him a smile and replied “Magandang umaga rin po at Walang anuman”. Since Dubai is an “Open City” we (expat) are not forced to wear their national clothes. However, here you’ll see Arab Men and Women wearing Candura and Abaya, respectively (their national clothes). But only a quarter of the population are Arabs; almost one third are from India, and about the same from Asia and the Far East; the rest are Europeans.
Life in Dubai is not as hectic as the other foreign land, here just one job you can survive for the daily expenses, compared to the other countries you have to have at least 2 jobs or more. By the way, we are tax free here. But of course there’s pressure on me, since I am supporting my family. What I always do is go to the beach, stay online and chat with my family & friends and this is what you could call foolish habit. But I have to be very patient since I choose to stay here and work.
I realize that even though I have moved to a different country, I can’t let go of the images of my life in Manila. In Manila, life is so different, life is so fast. Prices increase fast, chauffeurs drive fast and snatchers run fast. Seriously, even though my life back in Manila is a routine, I love it. There you can go to the mall, bar hopping, drink to death, go home early in the morning and when you wake up, lunch is served, clothes already ironed, dishes are washed, dinner is ready, and then, repeat the routine. I miss that. For some people, coming here is a dream come true (same with me), a chance to make enough money to escape from the lifestyle of poverty they had in Manila and to return there after a few years to a better life.
I miss my family, friends and the things I do.
I ate “pritong manok”. But the best way to eat “pritong manok” is when you are with your family. I went to the café one time. But I felt weird to have a latte and oatmeal cookie alone. The best is when you mix latte + oatmeal cookie + friends. Then you can have a good time in the café. I tried to do things that I used to do before. But the best ways to do all these things are with your Family and Friends. But I don’t have a choice. I still have to stay, somebody had to pay the bills.
I guess one thing that makes me sane here is the sniff of the salt or smell of the sea, “the beach” a 15-minute drive and a no entrance fee beach. Coral reefs and wonderful fishes made me appreciate life underwater. When I’m down there, I watch them freely go in different ways. Just like when I was in Manila, I had my freedom to do “this” and “that”, go where I wanted to go, just like those fishes at Jumeirah.
While writing this article at the beach park, I suddenly noticed myself, watching the endless stream of people walking on the sea-shore. I remembered my Dad told me “People-watching is the greatest therapy for a lonely soul.”
Prince William is the elder son of Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana, of Wales.
He was born on 21st of June 1982, the second eldest grandson of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
He is the second in line to the British Throne. He was educated at four schools in the United Kingdom and obtained a degree from the University of St. Andrews.
As of 2010 he completed the special-to-type helicopter training and co-piloting duties on the Sea King search and rescue helicopter.
Last year, November 2010 it was announced that his long-term girlfriend Kate Middleton are to marry and the wedding will be held at Westminster Abbey, London on 29th April 2011, 11AM.
Who is Kate Middleton?
She was born on 9th January, 1982 as Catherine Elizabeth "Kate" Middleton. She grew up in Berkshire, after attending Marlborough College she went to the University of St. Andrews where she met Prince William in 2001.
Her mother was a flight attendant and father as a flight dispatcher and later became airline officer for British Airways.
How they met?
They met in University of St. Andrews in 2001. Since her relationship with Prince William, there's a widespread media attention with much of speculation that they would marry eventually.
The good news is?
There an upcoming Lifetime TV movie entitled William and Kate which is scheduled to air in the U.S. on 18th April 2011.
Middle ton will be played by Camilla Luddington and William by Nico Evers-Swindell.
Last week, was a busy week, I took my car out of the casa*, and she look gorgeous. Collected the clearance certificate from the bank, went to Majlis* office to get my shoe voucher and went back to the flat* and stay online. It was a fruitful week.
Unfortunately, with all those “things to do” list, I was unable to update this blog. So I have to catch up, since I promise myself that I have to post 365 informative blogs for 12 months. I hope it is informative :)
Madinat Jumeirah, Amphitheatre, behind is the Burj Al Arab
Madinat Jumeirah and the Cruz Family
casa = is a Spanish word, which means "house" in English. Since Philippines has been conquered by Spanish for 400 years, we use the word casa as house and some Filipino's use the word casa as the place where cars are being fix.
majlis = is an Arabic word, which means "a place of sitting".
flat = is a British English which means Apartment in American English.