I have been feeling very clearheaded lately and what I want to write about today is the sea. It contains so many colors. Silver at dawn, green at noon, dark blue in the evening. Sometimes it looks almost red. Or it will turn the color of old coins. Right now the shadows of clouds are dragging across it, and patches of sunlight are touching down everywhere. White strings of gulls drag over it like beads.




It is my favorite thing, I think, that I have ever seen. Sometimes I catch myself staring at it and forget my duties. It seems big enough to contain everything anyone could ever feel.



Dark and light striking each other, vividly etching wild colors through the horizon.


The sun rises, the sun falls, the wind blows and the birds sing no matter where you are. These are experiences that unite us all. Something we can all enjoy together.


Fujairah Escapade


Relay for life took place for the first time in the UAE last November 17-18, 2017. This relay is a team fundraising event where team members take turns walking around a track for 24 hours. Each team is asked to have a member on the track at all times to signify that cancer never sleeps. Cancer patients don’t stop because they’re tired, and for one night, neither do we.

Since our company was one of the sponsors, we are able to participate the event as to celebrate cancer survivors and carers; remember loved ones lost to cancer, and fight back by raising awareness and funds to support the work of Friends of Cancer Patients.




The human spirit is stronger than anything that can happen to it.




They have also some recreational activities for kids and adults.





Camping Side
May the CURE be with you



“The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles but to live in the present.”


Goodbye summer. Hello, winter.

Al Mamzar Park is my favorite beach park here in Dubai.  They have all the facilities you needed for; beach amenities,  barbeque areas, swimming pools, children game areas and etc. Entrance fees are reasonable for AED 5 per person, AED 30 per car and free for people with special needs and kids below 2 years old.

If you don’t want to mingle with the big crowd, it is better to go on weekdays (Sunday-Thursday) and Saturday.  Friday is too crowded since it’s a weekend here in Dubai.


Let’s enjoy the beach! the weather is kinda super nice.

Meet the future LIFEGUARD.

Sea Food Fiesta!


Share the blessings with anyone!

“After nourishment, shelter, and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.”

Let’s enjoy life, eat well and laugh often!


Finally, summer is about to end.  While the Starks from Game of thrones prepared for the winter with warning and vigilance, for us, it is the most anticipated season of the time.

Since the weather in UAE is starting to get cooler especially at night with less humidity, the gang decided to have our first change season outdoor activity away from home.

We headed to Umm Al-Quwain open beach which is perfect for a night-time barbecue, crabbing, swimming and storytelling with friends.


Such a wonderful feeling to just lay on the sand, thinking nothing else for a while. 



Beachside around 8:00 in the morning. No one was able to meet the sunrise.


This little guy woke up before us and enjoying most of his time walking, swimming and playing in the sand.


Happiness is walking on the beach.



If you were stung by a Jellyfish, I’d totally pee on you.


 Relationship goal.


Clear your mind of CAN’T.




Be your own kind of beautiful.



Only dead fish go with the flow.




If you don’t drink how will your friends know you love them at 2:00 am?

You don’t need too many people to be happy just a few real ones who appreciate you for who you are.


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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.










My stomach needs a hug.


Kamsahamnida for the good food!



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
It was 39 °C with 53% humidity.
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.



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


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

Dubai’s here & there

Winter has ended here in Dubai, and it means summer with extreme hot, windy and humid is about to come.  I hate going out in summer, no one will love the temperature around 41 °C for sure.  So, winter is a little paradise to us where we can enjoy the short period of warmness.

I went here and there and took some pictures while visiting some places.


The weather feels like heaven; warm and relaxing.


Emirati men wear the traditional  clothes such as the kandura and local women wear an abaya.IMG_20170302_164059.jpg

Falcon is the national bird of UAE and is a symbol of force and courage.


Camel is part of UAE’s rich heritage. It is famously known as the ship of the desert. Historically, camels in the UAE were a dependable source of not only transport but also food and milk.


Never miss to experienced the most popular tourist activity in Dubai with adventure and thrilling ride, Desert Safari.


Shisha is a water pipe used to smoke tobacco through cooled water. It has a sweet and fruity smell.  Smoking shisha is about socializing and has been part of life in the Middle East for centuries. You can find also them in the restaurant where with both men and women equally taking part.


And of course, don’t forget to buy Desert Day Sand Bottle for Souvenir.




Weather Details


Dubai weather is at its worst during the summer months, which is the period from June until September. For those who has low heat tolerance, you better, spend less time outdoors to avoid heat exhaustion and any exposure that is bad for the body.

“Here are some tips for a safe and healthy summer.

  1. Avoid direct sun exposure.
  2. Be physically fit.
  3. Drink plenty of liquids, like water, natural juices or sport drinks, to replace fluid lost from sweating.

  4. Wear comfortable/loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing such as cotton.
  5. Personal Protective Equipment. Use hats, sunscreens, umbrellas and sunglasses.

  6. Healthy eating. Avoid oily/fatty foods, sodas – eat fruits & vegetables instead. Eat smaller meals more regularly

  7. Learn to recognize the signs and symptoms of heat stress.

  8. Head out early for outdoor activities.

  9. Try to rest as much as possible and get sufficient sleep at night.

  10. Take advantage of air-conditioned shopping malls.”

Let’s beat the summer!




Respect the LAWS


This is an urgent call to all Filipinos living and working here in Dubai. I don’t have to expound further, I don’t have 1 million AED to pay. 🙂

Some people would think there is no freedom in this country, you have to be discreet in everything to avoid damaging the image and character of their homeland. For all the right reasons, we are no longer in our own country so  we must respect their rules or you can leave.

Personally, I don’t have any problems with this. I am quite adjusted. Beforehand, I am quite conscious of posting “whatever” that would consider destructive. Compare from other countries, social media and the freedom of information has been abused.  It is good that Philippine Consulate released this notice to stop the spreading natter because we Filipinos are inclined to post anything under the sun on our social media, now we have the reason to be more careful and responsible.

And to those who are curious about what is happening in here, we are all fine.

Dubai is fine.

I am fine.

Echoes of my Neighborhood


Mushrif Park is one of the family park located in Mirdif (Al Khawaneej road) Dubai. Sorry I wasn’t able to take pictures inside the park because my phone was dead off. Anyhow, there are many slides, swings, seesaws, a merry-go-round and swimming pool for kids to enjoy. Adults will be content to watch the kids and chit-chat too.


Al Mamzar is a well maintained and clean open beach in Dubai. There is a wide section for winding foot and bike paths that make this one of the favorite spots for all kinds of nationality. There are also some kiosk, benches and swaying palm trees for you to relax while staring the sea water.

Kids are enjoying their race.



Backside of the right building is where I live. I’ve been staying in this area (Salahuddin) for eight years now, and though I have shifted five times from one flat to another, still I choose to live inside the vicinity. For me, there is no place like here. In my neighborhood, train station is very accessible, there are malls, hotels, restaurants, grocery stores and a lot. The place is quite crowded, but certainly safe.

That’s all for now. Happy Thursday To All!

For Echos of my Neighbourhood of Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha at acookingpotandtwistedtales.com


Eid Holiday (Dubai)

It’s holiday in Dubai!

The UAE has announced a four-day holiday for public sector workers on the occasion of Eid Al Adha, including the weekend.  Meanwhile, private sector employees will receive three days, including the weekend too.

We are always waiting this long holidays for a year and we never fail to celebrate it with greatness.   With friends, we went to Acquaventure, one of the best water park in Dubai. check this out http://www.atlantisthepalm.com/marineandwaterpark/aquaventure.aspx




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I went to dinner with my other friends too, just had a good talk and laugh.


I had a wonderful holiday. Back at work tomorrow.

The long way to go home


Burj Khalifa (Burj Dubai) is the tallest man-made structure in the world, surpassing all the previous tallest structure ever built. The tower is situated on a man-made lake which is designed to wrap around the tower and to provide dramatic views of it.

This building bears the Emirates hope for restoring its reputation as an international business club in spite of all the concerning issues of its financial stability. It is a sign of hope and dream that came true. The opening ceremony yesterday was spectacular as what they have said, thousand of people in different nationalities gathered and waiting patiently for the event, particularly the FIREWORKS.

And I was there with my friends (Shiela, Maureen & Ella).

Shiela convinced me to witness the most awaiting one of a kind opening ceremony of this tallest building in the world.  I hate to walk off and go with the crowd but she assured me of only 30 minutes of our time to spend and we can go home.

Honestly, I didn’t exactly notice how stunning the firework was. While it was blasting from the building itself, bloating the craziness glowing colors up to the sky, we were feeling hopeless. We were stuck inside the Mall and couldn’t go out because of the crowd are unbearable to escape.

Obviously, the girls were very frustrated; unlike me, I can bear the disappointment. So with our take out hamburgers, fries and drinks we took a seat in one of the sideways and enjoyed our meal.

In the moment of nourishing our stomach, we talked about this and that. We laughed, we planned (basically to lie about this witnessing the fireworks), expressed with regrets and finally decided to go home.

I thought it would be the end of my misery. But going home is more difficult. I hate long walks. The train was full, and we could find both taxi and bus available. I was so exhausted. And thinking that I need to wake up 5:30 am the next day to prepare for work made me more so frustrated.

Time check:

11:00 pm -Still chasing taxis.

11:30pm – Inside the taxi. Fighting with the driver.

11:55 – At home.

12:30 – In my bed.

I want to emphasize something in this experience, to be fully aware of what we have forgotten.

  1. Be contented. (why we have to go inside the mall wherein we have a good view from outside)

  2. Be prepared. (like wear sleepers not with high heels)

  3. Get a car or go with someone has a car.


This picture will explain our disappointment.

*This blog was written by the year 2010 of Jan 24*



I have been working here in Dubai for Five years. I have never imagined I would stay until this time.  I thought I just need a little time to save, make a difference in the world, and bring new meaning into my life.. but it wasn’t the case anymore.

Things change as time goes by. I have seen better days, also seen worse.  For five years living and working, I have learned that there are some things that money just cannot buy, Like TIME that we have lost our loved ones back home.  You cannot witness how your child grows. You cannot see how your parents getting old. You cannot be present at weddings, birthdays, Christmas, New Years, and Christening, much worse at the funerals. Not all of us have enough luck going back home whenever we want, nor we cannot travel back time and fix what has gone.

There are times that we are afraid to give up what we have now, not because we enjoyed it but we are uncertain of the future. We are afraid for the circumstances to change.  We are scared to wane from our comfort zone even if it means away from home.  We would rather say let this be, this is now where we belong.

I may not know until I would call myself an EXPAT even though I have lost most of my time here. Same as you, I am still uncertain. I am frightened to start all over again. Five years has never been enough for me.

I believe the reward for work well done is the opportunity to do more.  After five years, am still grateful for everything where I am now.  I am alive. My family as well. I have good friends. I have a job.

Thank you to the most provider – Above.