When I fell in love under the sea

 

​​​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.

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Diving meant seeing the hidden beauty you can never see from the surface.

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.

 

Purchase Experience in Holiday Factory

Holiday factorySo, 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 mosunnamedt 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.

Adventure of the Amateurs

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Canyoning at Challenging Adventure Ras Al Khaimah UAE

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.

 

“Before I die” in Ras Al Khaimah

Before I Die2How 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?

 

8 years of Distance;10 years of just knowing.

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My fellow Lasallians. My batchmates. A real good friend and a new bonded friend. 
 
One weekend not far from today. I had a few visitors from California and Dubai.
 
Surprisingly they were the visitors I never expected to have at my paradise home.
 
Rawlin is a good friend of mine back in highschool. Since she migrated to California, (I think) I never had the chance to see her or spend time with her. 
 
While Ivan on the other hand was just a random friend in high school as well  whom I just say “hi” or nod my head a little whenever we bump each other at the hall way of our classrooms or by the discipline office. Just a typical batchmate to make it short. 
 
So there it was, an afternoon to spend and have some fun with this two along with Ernan and Grace whom I also met here in UAE.
 
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Few bites of chicken by the Sea shore. Few gulps  of cola from the plastic cups. Few pieces of french fries. Then comes a moment of fun by the sea of such a wonderful place where I live. 
But then again, it didn’t end there. We then went on for a dip by the pool. Then it was time for the ladies to sit back and relax as the two chefs we were with do their thing at the kitchen. 
 
It’s one of the priceless things in life I really appreciate at that very moment. Sharing stories while having dinner and having a few drinks after. Appreciating a renewed friendship and the new ones. 
 
For once which hopefully won’t be the last I have shared my relaxing then with a good old friend and the new. 
 
I appreciated life more as I took a few relaxing moments with them. 
 
 
 
 

Escape

Royale Breeze, Al Hamra VIllage ( Al Hamra Group L.L.C)
Royale Breeze, Al Hamra VIllage ( Al Hamra Group L.L.C)

There are those moments when thoughts are just over flowing my mind and I couldn’t just take any more.
I go home, change my clothes from corporate to the “just me-comfy clothes”.
I go out of the balcony and appreciate this view.
To some, this is just like any other balcony view, but for me, it is my escape.
My escape from thinking about the paper works I have to finish for the next day.
My escape from the things I fail to accomplish within the day.
My escape from all the worries of life that lies ahead.
My escape from all the thoughts of my life’s struggles and challenges.
My escape from missing my family.
My escape from the sadness of living alone.

Every day, looking at this view clears my mind and for some minutes I become relaxed.