My name is Cassandra, a Filipino expat living in Ras Al Khaimah, UAE.
I'm not smart. I'm not talented. Nor am I have the potential to be a writer.
This blog site is merely a reflection of what I see in life. How I see life.
I capture magical moments in some days.
I write what I feel at some bits and pieces of life.
I write not to impress. But I write to definitely express. Nothing more, nothing less.
I write not to show the whole world that I am that smart one who always have something to say. Who has an opinion that always matter.
Frankly, I know I am just me who say what I got to say.
I’ve always been the type of person who never gets tired of the water. I sometimes take a day off from work when I feel exhausted and you’d find me by the beach. 2017 has been so great to me, giving way to new experiences and adventure. This year marked the very first time I have properly explored the water. This as well marked the time I have decided to take diving lessons and eventually aim for diving license, and I mean PADI thing.
Before this experience, I thought of diving as purely something part of my bucket list, but I ended up knowing it is so much more than that. It was more than just getting into the water and seeing all sorts of fish pass-by you. Discovering that such type of fish or creature is silently beautifying beyond the surface.
I have found my type of luxury in life. We call it, EXPERIENCE. As I grow older, I aim more to forget my fears and embrace chances. The moment I ended my very first diving experience, I knew I left my heart underneath. I knew as well that I’ll be coming back for more.
I’ve done my fair share of goodbyes to 2016. Now it’s time for a new chapter of life. Hello 2017!!!
We’ve all stumbled and hit the bottom rock over the span of 2016. Hope you’ve decided to get up and give it another try, eventually learnings are meant to be received and every fall.
I’ve decided to start a new this year and I hope you do too. So, I have come across this thing on pinterest about having 30 days to be grateful for something. As I go through the list 30 things to be grateful for in 30 days, I told myself, “I don’t need this list”. Surely enough I don’t. Believe me, you don’t need it too. You only have to decide for yourself. What are the things you can be grateful for in life? Most important question is, what are the things you can be GREAT in life?
Everyday, you can start by being grateful for is having another day to wake up and start a new. Be grateful that you have another day to correct your mistakes yesterday. Learn from every single one of them and do things in a much better way.
On the aspect of being GREAT, decision is yours. Who wouldn’t want to be great on something right? I mean, I do, I want to be a great person to start with. Be a better daughter or a better sister, to be a better friend, colleague or simply be a great ME.
As the new year starts, you don’t have to make a list of the things you want to change within yourself or your perspective in life. You only have to decide to accept yourself and make a better version of you.
So, I’ve been hearing and seeing a lot of fuzz about Armenia and its beauty. I have decided to look for the cheapest way to get there. Been searching left and right then I found several options including Holiday Factory
I wasn’t really the cheapest I guess cause the 999AED was no longer available plus, I preferred to stay in a 4-star hotel so there was like about 400AED price difference. The way it actually work is that once you purchase the travel voucher, you are suppose to submit an online request for your travel date through their website. Now, I have indicated my first name and last name on the online form and submitted hoping that they can inform me when I can travel. 3 days later, I received a voucher and invoice confirming that my alternative travel date has been approve. Mind you, it was all find with me. I later realize that it was only my first name and last name which was on the ticket which kind of freaked me out. I tried getting in touch with the holiday factory team to get hold of the situation, but the conversation started to heat up when Sally from their team called me up to say that I have to pay AED 500 to add my 2nd name which appears on my passport and said that I may not be allowed to travel because the name on the ticket is a different person. Guess what, IT’S NOT! It is the exact same first name and exact same last name that is in my passport. I have decided to get hold of the Fly Dubai social media team to have much better assistance and better understanding as you can see below.
As you can see on the image, Fly Dubai has confirmed that first name and last name are the most critical information. What I don’t understand is why Holiday Factory did not even manage to inform me about this (which I am pretty sure they already know) instead, tried to make me pay the amount of AED 500 just to add my freaking 2nd name on my ticket?
I just hope nobody falls into this kind of trap. As a consumer, I sort of felt as if I was attempted to be robbed. Considering that it was my first experience purchasing a holiday with them, I might be 200% extra careful next time. I hope you are too.
I’m going to tell you a straight up answer just not to put you into a massive boredom.
I got locked out of my own snapchat account because I bought this application from app store called snap upload. Snap upload is supposedly a good application for people like me who is into social media (of course excluding the fact of being locked out of your account). It will allow you to upload photos & videos straight up from you camera roll, which of course snap chat doesn’t allow you to do so. However, you should be aware by now that these certain activity is currently unauthorized by snapchat developers. You might be able to download it for free which I also did in the first place but I decided to purchase the full version. You see, the free download that you can get will only give you 50 coins as initial credits, believe me, you wouldn’t want to know how much ads you had to watch to increase your coin counts.. One upload, one coin.
Eventually it was only in the later part of enjoying the app did the disappointment hit me. I got locked out of my snapchat account due to the fact that I did not even bother to check if this particular app is even authorized to be used for snap accounts. Actually, so far nothing is confirmed to have the authorization from snapchat to do these sort of uploading.
So I would suggest for you to forget about these kind of “third-party-apps”. Unless of course announced by the developer of snapchat.
Hope you won’t make the same purchase and mistake I have done with this 3rd-party app.
We all had our own experience of being excited to do something, which you thought would take some more time or years for you to do.
I’ve always been the adventure seeker kind of person. Not that I am very keen on adrenalin rush, because really, I have my own fears and restrictions on my definition of adventure.
Anyway, I have living about 4 years now and Ras Al Khaimah and believe me, it’s only now-a-days do I get to discover most of the active things you can do in this northern emirates of UAE.
March 4, 2016 my colleagues and I had a chance to experience one of the countless awesome things you can actually scrap out of your bucket list. One on my list is canyoning. Man, was I excited, really excited to the point that I woke up at around 5am despite the fact that we had to meet at around 8:30am. Challenging Adventure‘s headquarters is situated at Wadi Al Beih, Ras Al Khaimah, this is just about the same way as going to Jebel Jais (Tallest Mountain in the whole UAE).
The have a lot of professionals who will be able to guide you on your experience and ensure your safety. Before we went for our adventure, we were oriented and properly briefed. Then out we go to the starting point and then again, we were taught of how we can be the support for each other to ensure that no one gets hurt and for us to be cautious of what we should be avoiding.
Up we go, our group was mostly girls and of course, it didn’t stop our group to have fun, share laughters and enjoy the experience. We all started having our own set of fears but as we went on, we get to take turns and realize we don’t have to be scared but rather enjoy and appreciate the beauty of the nature. At the end, we were all very proud of each other that we all did it from start till the end of the journey.
Challenging Adventure, Ras Al Khaimah
Challenging Adventure Ras Al Khaimah UAE
Canyoning at Challenging Adventure Ras Al Khaimah UAE
Amateur Adventurers Ras Al Khaimah
Things to do in Ras Al Khaimah
Mountains in Ras Al Khaimah
Challenging Adventure, Ras Al Khaimah Mountain Adventure
How often do we take each day of our lives for granted?
How often do we fail to appreciate every single thing that comes our way?
How often do we fail to acknowledge every single opportunity that faith gives us?
How often to we fail to thank every single person that comes into our lives and make a change?
I know for myself that often meant more than what it is suppose to. Clearly, I’m not a perfect person nor am I anywhere near that perfection. Often, I fail and I forget. But one thing is for sure, I wi
ll never fail to remember how precious life is and I will never forget how beautiful life is. I have been brought here as the being that I am with a purpose and no different than anybody else.
Al Hamra Village (Al Hamra Real Estate Development LLC) Ras Al Khaimah had launched the “Before I Die”project which I myself never knew it existed. It took place last April 16 & 17 along with their Al Hamra Market at Al Hamra Marina Royal Yacht Club. This project actually was done and put up for a great purpose. For every single person, may it be a UAE local or expat, to realize that life is precious. Reminding every being that each day has to be lived by heart, embracing both success and hardship knowing that everything happens for a reason. Just keep the faith up and running, smile and keep fighting the battle you are destined to win.
On a personal note, seeing this board makes me remember the people I have loved and lost. Asking myself what could have been their last goal before departing. Remembering how much they have influenced me as a person and my life. In my heart I could only end up to one single thought, they have inspired me to be the person that I am right now.
I know I have written only one thing. “Before I die, I want to be somebody”. I want to be someone who have touched at least another person’s life. I want to be someone who will always be remembered by a smile that hides all the pain and hardship. I want to be someone who could be successful and being accountable for it alone. I want to be someone who simply dreamed of proving my worth in this earth. How about you? What do you desire in life before you die?
Perhaps one of the most tiring yet fulfilling day so far.
Been running here there and everywhere. Then again preparing for an event is and will always be the most tiring thing you could ever encounter. At least in most of the industry there is. Sometimes you just have to extend your efforts up to the extent of your job description, it’s being a team player. 😊
It’s not enough that you put your company profile on linkedin or create a page on facebook. Setting-up your twitter, instagram or youtube account is just a tiny slice of your beginning. Yes, everybody can do social media as it is. Probably most of us understand how it works. Most often than not, would only be according to ones own experience.
Common misconception about working on social media is that it is purely fun and easy. That you can sit and relax at the office and just make your brain work on what to post next. Let me speak on behalf of other social media practitioner. Yes, social media (i.e facebook, twitter, pinterest, instagram, youtube, google_ linkedin etc) may sound so easy to handle, but it’s not, at least on business perspective. It isn’t taught in universities, where you can get a degree on. Yet, there’s way more things you have to learn in doing it, and when I say “doing it”, I mean doing it effectively. Dealing with your company’s social media is way harder than you think, because there’s more to it than just having online presence to support your website.
These are the things I think you have to keep in mind. Social media for your company;
Means, you being present on the online universe, but not in all social media channels. It’s not a requirement for you to have a profile in all social media channel you may know of. Decide, study and analyze which one of these could help you reach your market.
Is time consuming at least during the time that you’re venturing to this kind of universe. Simple as it may look like, to tell you the truth, it’s not. You have to constantly be active on it. In all necessary platforms. Your target market has to have that constant reminder to be much more aware as to who you are, what you do, what you have and where you are.
Requires constant creativity. Yup, 5 o’clock, time to drive home. Nope, it does not end there.
While it is clear that you have to be selling yourself (as a company) to the market, keep in mind that it’s not just through marketing yourself that matters to public. It’s how you cater to their interest, that would mean you, having humor or simply a “good morning” messages and so. Not only bo be remembered by what you offer but be remembered by your humor, inspiration and just by being human.
Not just about selling, creativity and humour. You have to have that kind of presence online that can also provide customer service.
These days, it’s not just the call center hotline that they try to raise their issues. Most of the time, they consider reaching out a company through facebook page or twitter. Of course, they would also expect a response from you addressing their concern. You wouldn’t want to upset them by having to post promotional stuff while they haven’t got any response from you regarding their complain. That would only give you a negative image.
Requires endless learning. Just like any other professions out there, dealing with social media would mean, you as a practitioner, to learn new things. Things that would allow you to execute your ideas efficiently and effectively. Trust me, the list is endless considering the culture of your target market and “the do’s and don’ts” and as I have said, the list goes on.
These are the things I have for now based on first hand experience. 🙂