Dubai – Abra, Gold Suoq, Spices and more!
This blog post is a short photo blog of our recent visit to Dubai Creek’s GRAND SOUQ DIERA (the OLD DUBAI City Centre). It is where we ride the abra (at 1 AED per ride), a boat going to the other end of the souq and been greeted with a big tourist crowd also exploring the market. We found the Gold souq, souvenirs of all sorts, a pretty porcelain and hand crafted design plates, colorful spices, shawls, magnets and all other crafts plus more! It’s actually my second time here, and yet this time, I feel like I belong more than just a tourist from Abu Dhabi. This time I…
22 Feb 2019 | Dubai So Far . . .
It’s been a year. Well, technically, 9 months (not counting my 5 months in Cebu)… In this 8 months, our Fridays have always been booked for the community activities and Kokobear’s day off falls on the same day. Thus, it means our time to explore the new city is limited but it hasn’t stop us from enjoying some of its views. We’ve visited a couple of parks, toured the malls: IBN Battuta, Dubai Marina Mall, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai Mall. I’ve toured 3 Day-to-Day shops in Rigga, Burjuman and Union. hehehe – that “kuripot” (stingy) in me still love going to this type of shop. And of course, we’ve…
10 Things I love about UAE
Ten (10) Things I love about UAE As a continuation of my 10th year anniversary of being an expat in the UAE for the past decade, I am sharing ten (10) things that I love most in the Emirates. I could give more than 10 but this are the ones that comes first. 1. Accessibility Everything is accessible. I mean transportation is efficient and bus timing are on time. Of course not perfect but surely you can depend on it. Access to schools, hospitals, parks, malls are easy. 2. Baqala This is a mini-store (sari-sari store) version of Abu Dhabi. So far I haven’t seen this in Dubai. But…
HomeCycle Dubai – RECYCLING plastic bottles made easy!
* * * I recently saw a Facebook post regarding plastic bottles being collected by HomeCycle. This kabayan shared her little way of helping the environment and it has inspired me. So instead of simply throwing our empty plastic bottled water I started collecting them and have dedicated a space at home where I could store them until I reach the minimum quota for collection. * * * As for me and Kokobear, we are (unfortunately) using bottled water in 1.5 liters because this is an easier option for us due to accessibility of our location. And yes, some may say that we can opt for a better option which…
Dubai Metro Love Affair
No long write ups today, just this video of my love affair with Dubai Metro! 🤣 😂😅 Enjoy and please let me know how’s your first timer experience in a metro too! God bless,
Ten (10) Years, 10 Lessons (as an OFW)
Ten (10) Years, 10 Lessons as an OFW Disclaimer: All opinions are personal and I don’t generalize all. It’s what I learned and that I notice them too often that it definitely left a mark into this OFW life. This is my first passport bucketlist ✓: To have my first passport stamped before it expires. lol 🤣🤣🤣 So, I took my passport in 2005 without any intention of an international travel… only to have one solid ID on my belt whenever a government company would require. But at the back on my mind, I told myself – I want it stamped before it expires. Bucket-list checked! ✓ This is another post…
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On Honesty & Dishonesty (Transpo Edition)
This is a long overdue blog post. I’ve intended to publish this while I was still in Cebu. It’s actually a short sharing on #Honesty & #Dishonesty in these five (5) types of transportation in the Philippines. TAXI – LTFRB set a new calibration scheme for taxis in Cebu. That is a 40 PHP flag down, an additional 13.50 PHP for every kilometer and 2 PHP running for every two (2) minutes waiting in a traffic. This set up though is only applicable if the taxi franchise has calibrated the new meter and has installed the new requirements before using this fare format. As I sat on the taxi…
How to process a Husband/Wife’s Visa in Dubai UAE
How to process a Husband/Wife’s Visa in Dubai UAE (Guide for First Timers) For 9 years, almost 95% of this blog has tagged Abu Dhabi because I’ve been a resident there for that period… But this year a change has come. As I bid goodbye to 2017, I also waved bye bye to Abu Dhabi and moved to Dubai for a new challenge and chapter of our life (collectively together with Kokobear!) Yes, you read it right, starting now you’ll see more Dubai related blog posts and we are starting now! I spent 5 months back home (in the Philippines) and waited for the transition that both Darrelle and I…