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.

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The weather feels like heaven; warm and relaxing.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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

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Weather Details

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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!

 

 

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Respect the LAWS

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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

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MUSHRIF PARK DUBAI

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.

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AL MAMZAR OPEN BEACH

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.

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Kids are enjoying their race.

 

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SALAHUDDIN STREET, DEIRA DUBAI

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.

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I had a wonderful holiday. Back at work tomorrow.

The long way to go home

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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.

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This picture will explain our disappointment.

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

I AM AN EXPAT

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I have been working here in Dubai for 5 years and 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 from our love 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 when 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 is well. I have good friends. I have job.

Thank you to the most provider – Above.