RAINDROPS WILL STOP FALLING

I know that day seems all went wrong.

For you, it was a sudden and thorny condition to be acknowledged. That’s how this life appears to be; straight and suddenly throwing you curve balls and getting you into a string of pieces.  I know you are terrified, we are. Cancer is horrifying.

But we know you are strong and filled with so much faith. We believe that everything will end very fine. I don’t know how to comfort you in words, but never forget that you are always within our prayers. God will hear us and will never abandon you.

I will be keeping fingers crossed for your successful and speedy recovery. The thought that you will be much better after this trial is very comforting to all of us.

Until then, don’t fall in there.

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IT FEELS HEAVENLY

Nothing happens in a week. I don’t mean it literally like there is lacking important events in my life. What I mean is, everything sorts of in total stasis.

There is this getting up early, and the showering, the taste of coffee and going to work. There is also after five, and the train to home, the dinner, the chatting, the bed to sleep and the rising in the next day.

This may sound a little bit repetitive, but I don’t mind at all. Who am I to complain my life when there are so many out there who are lacking what I have? It may look like n ordinary days, but I have learned to enjoy it. I always used to appreciate the normal progress of my life, and that I have concluded, though I am more becoming a dull person, I think it will be okay.

I will try to make the best of my life from what I have because it feels light, and it feels heavenly at times.

Happy Sunday to all!

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PERFECTLY IMPERFECT

“One of the luckiest things that can happen to you in life is,

I think, to have a happy childhood.”

That is me. I had a happy childhood which I always look back to with fond memories.

Even though I was fully aware of our financial struggles at that time, with our parent’s disagreements, siblings arguments and when I couldn’t have the things I wanted, this sort of things never stops me from becoming a normal happy person. Why? because my parents allowed me to fill my childhood memories with excitement, adventure, challenges and a lot of time to play despite their shortcomings and lapses.

I have so many precious memories of my childhood; outdoors in the dark with moonlight seeing, climbing high up the trees, riding bikes in the streets, making wood guns, street games, hide and seek with friends, digging holes at the beach, jumping in the waves, summer spent in the countryside, reading pocket novels, infatuation, and some church activities. In those years, a lot to said about how good life was.

And now getting old makes me yearn for the simplicity of life. I want to feel that every new day is more interesting than the last. I want to turn back time as a child when I have only to believed that nothing was impossible, that small things seem big of importance. When all my fears just fade away, and only the cuts from my knees getting me pain.  I want to remember the joy with which my mother’s touch gave me tranquility or my father’s beautiful kiss on my cheek.

I wish “I could take a single childhood memory and blow it up into a bubble and live inside it forever.”

 

 

SHE BANGS

I know you used to see me in my long and straight hair.  The time I started to dye my hair, you commented that black is still better than light brown.

When I cut my hair short, you flattered me.

After I cut my front hair to full bangs, you told me I looked like an alien, seriously? I should have felt offended, but to my relief, I did not.  It seems that I have annoyed you of my new hairstyle, sorry for that, but why do you hate my bangs?

I think it’s not all about my hairstyle. Maybe you hate my guts and the way I anticipated changes. The fact that I am not anxious about the circumstances made you think I am silly and careless. Oh please, it’s just a hair.

There is always an ample room for improvement and of course, we need to get out from our comfort zone to achieve it.  If changing something for yourself leads you to open the door for transformation, then why to hesitate.

Change is constant and “the only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.”

Yes, let’s dance my friend, she bangs, she bangs, oh baby when she moves, she moves..

 

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SHADES OF GRAY

For the last couple of weeks, I have swallowed in astonishment of my own conflict between my reason and emotion. I simply thought I was living in the life where black and white clarity is well defined.  I assumed that I can insist something from my limited perspective of what is really happening around.

I know it is uncomplicated to identify what is wrong and right, I was taught by that since I was born,  but then I realized that we are all living in shades of gray.  It’s not always black and white, right and wrong, good or bad, just like there were two sides to every story and the truth was probably somewhere in between the two.

I don’t want to perplex myself anymore thinking what it really is. It’s just like we are looking at the same thing but means something different. I want to believe that some part of this world fall on shades of gray because, in every situation, there is always something hard to explain, acceptance, though it is not that simple to do, it is one of the ways to pull yourself out from distortion of confusion.

If going back to the roads means I have to believe in circumstances, then I must be, because I want to live my life in black and white and lots of grays.

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SEOUL GARDEN DUBAI

This is not a paid advertisement.

If happens you are in Dubai and you want to go to an authentic Korean restaurant, well,  I recommend this place, Seoul Garden Dubai Restaurant. It was clean, with the decent price, the Korean foods are lovely and the taste was unexpectedly better.

The serving is huge which is good for sharing, the ambiance is quiet and there is a room for privacy.  You may choose to sit on a chair or experience sitting on the floor in partitioned rooms too.

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My stomach needs a hug.

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Kamsahamnida for the good food!

 

TYPES OF HOUSEMATES I CAME ACROSS.

There are no perfect housemates. For nine years of living here in Dubai, going here and there from different flats and been with different kinds of people, my life has never been that easy.  It certainly tests the level of my patience and defies my endurance to survive.

Having a housemate not related to you was fun and quite annoying, tiring but challenging and the same time it gives you experience, friendship, and learning. Based on my experience, here are the types of housemates I came across.

THE NOISY ONE.  A kind of housemate who doesn’t care if someone is sleeping or having a rest as long as they can do whatever they want like they wouldn’t stop talking or playing music aloud. They love to disturb anyone.

THE DIRTY FREAK.  Oh, a lot of them!  Someone who left the dishes and pots on the sink, and never clean the house even though there is a house cleaning schedule. Always ignoring the piles of garbage and never initiates to clean their surroundings. They are someone who acts like they have a maid.

THE PLANNER.  The mind of the whole household.  This will make your stay fun and exciting. They usually organize your getaway, parties or any other activities inside and outside your household.

THE THEFT.  Someone who has a thick face. They will take your food in the fridge, your shampoo, toothpaste, water and much worse, your money. Never leave your important things unsecured.

THE CHEF. I love to have a chef housemate. They will not only prepare food for themselves, but they love to share it with their housemates.

THE GHOST.  They are the ones you feel never existed in the house. They never complain, they just do their works. They stay at the house, eat, sleep and just leave anytime they want to without saying goodbye to everyone. You’re never sure of the whereabouts of this housemate.

THE GOSSIPER. This is the person I definitely do not want to be a housemate. They will try to know everybody else business. They are truly a pain in the ass.

THE BULLY. Someone who has nothing better to do than to torment their housemates in any chance they can.  Tips, at the moment they’ll try to mess around, never give them the liberty to do it -again.

THE BUYER. This is common to some expat. Since the sale is always on the go here in Dubai, people tend to buy dozens of things but will send them to their home country after 6 months or more. This will consume the space of the shared room and it becomes untidy.

THE PARTY ANIMAL. This is very common in all the flats I have stayed. You’ll often hear this person complaining about their hangover all the time, but still, they never missed out every single day to party.

THE NOCTURNAL. This is me your housemate. Usually, on weekends, I stay all day in my bed. At night I became active. That’s the time I clean my bed, do the laundry, doing this and some sort of things that normal people can do in the daytime.

Coming from different backgrounds and upbringing, we are always bound to meet all kinds of personality when we live together under one roof, for very reasons we must need to prepare ourselves. Don’t worry, you might get used to it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AJMAN, UAE

Ajman is the smallest of the seven emirates of the United Arab Emirates. It’s located on the Arabian Gulf coast of the northern part of the UAE. Approximately 95% of the population of the Emirate resides in the city of Ajman, possibly because it’s away from the hustle and bustle of the larger Emirates like Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

Ajman’s quite scenery
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It was 39 °C with 53% humidity.
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Ajman is near to the ports of neighboring Emirates. This was taken from the Fish Market.

We booked Ewan Tower Hotel Apartment which was more affordable. What I liked in this 3-star hotel is the huge space in the living room, good enough if you are in a big group and for a party held. I think the room is sound proof too, at least no one was complaining when we are loud. It was a very comfortable place to stay.

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And of course, everything will be memorable if you spend the day with good friends.

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Since the temperature of that day was super hot, we decided to stay only at the hotel. But in case, if you want to visit Ajman, here are the fun things to do and best places to go.

  1. Ajman Museum
  2. Ajman Dhow Building Yard
  3. Beaches
  4. Mowaihat archaeological site
  5. Hajar Mountain towns of Manama and Masfut
  6. Sheikh Zayed Mosque Ajman
  7. The forts and Castle
  8. Corniche
  9. Ajman City Centre

LATER, WHEN I COOL DOWN.

We all experienced anger. If some words tossed out with annoyance, it would flare up the temper. It is impossible also to clear the issue when we are in the midst of an emotional tornado.

I’ve been there, I regret few of what I have said.  I have learned my lesson, let me strike the iron when it is cold.

 

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Eid al-Adha Celebration

It’s holiday!

We will leave the busy and hustle street in Dubai right now in celebration with our Muslim’s festival, the Eid al-Adha.  We are heading to one of the seven Emirates States of the UAE, Ajman.  I might share something about it after my returns.

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What is Eid al-Adha? 

“It is called the “Sacrifice Feast” where it honors the willingness of Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son, Ishmael, as an act of obedience to God’s command. Before he sacrificed his son God intervened by sending his angel Jibra’il (Gabriel), who then put a sheep in his son’s place. In commemoration of this, an animal is sacrificed and divided into three parts: the family retains one-third of the share; another third is given to relatives, friends, and neighbors; and the remaining third is given to the poor and needy”

I haven’t celebrated this festivity with a Muslim friend so I cannot share anything about it. But I would like to greet our fellow friends to have a wonderful celebration and may all our prayers be answered with Allah.

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NAKED TRUTH

“I am still learning how to separate myself from people who aren’t on the same page as me.”

Honestly, this is not simple. There are things to contemplate before letting go of yourself to someone. It is not like someone ask you to give them space, I think that would be easier for me, but I am the only one who wants to detach myself from people that I cannot get along with anymore.

Actually, nothing really happens badly that I would think of this way, but I woke up one day that I could see the difference.  You know, like when you don’t have any more to talk about and laugh. Unlike before when you were just sitting together, it doesn’t matter if you do have a conversation or not, the sense of comfort was still there. And I’m feeling the contrary now.

So I am starting to separate myself from them. Hoping one day they will ask why and I can tell them the naked truth.

 

 

 

 

LOYALTY

When my cat came to my life, it teaches me about love and patience, but when she departed, it gives me the loss. She's never been replaced with a new cat ever.

I think, she trained me about loyalty.

 

 

 

 

AGE DOESN’T MATTER

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This picture that I posted to my Facebook created a little discussion within our group. Well, my father also has spoken about my short-short. I'm in the middle with these two young and vibrant girls.  I think I am 15 years older than them, to be exact.

There are some people who are bitter enough to think that we should belong to a group based on our age, which I think is really nonsense. I believe, if you don’t have the list of friends that are older and younger than you, then you’ll be missing something good in this life.

Well, I have friends who are older and younger than me.  I have an oldie, but goodie and young, but lots of fun. Oldies are full of experiences and bring certain wisdom to me while the youngsters offer involvement in the current situations and create new ideas, plus, they will release your energy, bring you to life that you have almost forgotten.

So, I don't see any problems with this, having “all sorts of people" give me balance. I enjoyed being with them because I always have the liberty to learn something vast and new. I don't care if some people will criticize me that I am "trying"to be young, what the heck! Don't break the fun, yo!

And I'm proud of my age too because God gave me this long to live.  And to my basher, please don't think you are younger than me, I can still be able to wear my "short-short" than you.

I am 38 years old but young at heart.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ESPECIALLY FOR YOU

In the days of cell phones, Facebook and Twitter, letter writing can seem outdated. Even on birthdays, we tend to depend from Facebook notifications, Well,  I’m a little guilty of this.  I used to save all the birthdays to my cell phone's calendar and journal too, but lately, I was stuck into sluggishness wherein trusting to social media was the easiest way to remember and greet someone.  Well, in fairness, it is accessible expressly if the person is out of your reach and you can find them only through the internet.

So for this month, I started to give birthday cards to my two friends without greeting them in the Facebook.  I want to continue doing this old school style which I really enjoyed back when.  I really want them to feel my effort that is especially for them.

Well, I'd love to receive letters too, but I think I don't have any friends who are old fashioned enough. What about you? What is your style, are you the conventional or the modernist?

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WEATHER SICKNESS

Finally, Thursday is about to end. Tomorrow is my off from work until Saturday.

Usually, I got excited because I can stay out till dawn and sleep until night.  But today, I just wanted to go home and take some long, long rest.

This week is such an arduous for me; the work is very demanding, some people tend to be annoying and the weather is unbearable. It seems everything has joined to give me a combat. Because of this weather, which plays between 43 to 45 degrees every day with a high rate of humidity will really, really make you sick.

I am sick actually with colds and headache. If I tend to go out with this weather, I might collapse in the street. My morning walks have ended and I need to take a bus or train, but still never had the chance to escape the pestering sweats from Dubai weather.

Anyway, happy weekend to all. Stay away from illness and keep safe.

XOXO

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TELL ME THE DIFFERENCE.

I really don’t like to argue about religion. It’s not my thing. I believed that we will be saved base on our Faith and how the way we live our life. When the news spread from the Philippines about the Catholic Priest that has been arrested on child sex charges, I am expecting some comments from other believers regarding this matter.

Here is the abrupt conversation.

Muslim: Oh, I heard the news about your Catholic Priest who molested a child. Why does a servant of God is doing like that?

Catholic: Have you heard about the war that has still been going on in Marawi City in the Philippines? Why those who proclaimed the believer of Allah have no compassion and killed those innocent people?

Don’t give me a sigh when you started it. Tell me the difference?

Which is which?

Who is who?

Am I right or you are wrong?

It’s not all about religion my friend. It’s all about you, us and them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHUCKY DOLL

Chucky:If this is what it takes to be human, then I'd rather take my chances as a supernaturally-possessed doll! It's much less complicated! Think about it! What's so great about being human? You get sick! You get old! As a doll, I'm infamous! I am Chucky! The killer doll!

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I grew up with Chucky through watching all his movie since 1988. From totally feeling terrified, I became comfortable with his notorious killing to the point that he no longer frightens me. But, I just really like him, sounds weird? Some of my friends told me too.

When I saw the Chucky doll collection, I really wanted to purchase it, but the price is approximately AED 400 / USD 110.00 which is impossible for me to buy at this critical financial moment of my life. I’m pretty sure though, I couldn’t bring him at home because everyone hates him and it will be tragic for me to see that they couldn't love him enough.

So, just stay there, Chucky, for a bit of time, someone might buy and accept you for who you are. You will never feel alone again.Aja!

 

BONDING WITH WIFI

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Want some a real friendship bonding?

Stay away from your mobiles. For once, let's talk about me, you and us.

Honestly, I really don't like talking to someone who is pretending to listen to me while being busy playing with their phones. I get insulted. It lost my interest. It annoys me. It wants me to leave.

Why we need to meet up, then all we have to do is just stick our noses on the phone and taking pictures with sentimental captions like "happy to see them"? If you want to bond, let us enjoy the moment without thinking what is happening in the social media world. Don't ask the wifi password, challenge yourself.

If we can't do that, then shame on you, on me and on us. Let's stop this concealment and move on to our different lives.

I'm not happy to see you all  lost the essesnce of face-to-face interactions.