I was 15 when my father asked me, if I am going to ride on a plane?
” No..I will not. I don’t want to die yet.”
Well, lots of plane crashes excessively reported that time. Who’s to blame anyway.
But never would I imagined that the day will come for me to ride on a plane. My heart pumped loudly, I can hear them the moment the plane takes off.
The funny thing was..I’m on the window side.
It’s one of my most unforgettable experience. You’ll appreciate nature more plus the scenery when your on top.
My first stop over was in Hong kong via Cathay Pacific. I travel 4 hours from Manila.
Hong Kong airport is in a whole island and I’ve read that it is the world’s largest airport.
After 4 hours of waiting, I went aboard to my last destination. I traveled 8 hours from Hong kong and arrived at exactly 8:20 in the evening GMC time. Finally, I’m in Dubai.
After 3 days staying at our home in Ajman, I went to Deira, Al ghurer and Carrefour : the two famous shopping malls. Wherever I turn Filipino faces are everywhere so I feel like at home.
The popular landmark in Deira Dubai was the clock tower. Going inside and outside the city, all land transportation will pass here and foreign people like me is easy to remember the road back home.
The next place I visited was the Gold Souq in Sharjah. They said it is the meeting place of Filipinos during weekends.
From Ajman you’ll ride a bus for 5 dirhams or you can take a cab for 15 dirhams. Gold souq is where all pure golds are sold in a low price.
When I finally got my Pataka and work there too, I learn to love the place already though it’s totally different from a warm Filipinos to a strange mix races plus the climate of sunny/ rainy to sandstorm and winter I embraced it as my second mother place.
During winter, they will open a great place to unwind and that is the GLOBAL VILLAGE. Where all places in the world are here.
You can buy perfumes, cultural clothes, furniture and foods from each country which participated in this event. Countries like Egypt, Thailand,China, India, Australia, Japan and Europe. etc. at least you can feel you’ve been there and see some of their pieces and culture.
Summer time. we went to the side border of Emirates which is Oman.
Along with me are some of my closed friends. It was really a great adventure for the rest of the team. The place was different from the lights of Dubai.
We can see lots of dates here. Dates are the native fruits from a date palm tree and cultivated for thousands of years. It can be eaten fresh or dried. For people living in Middle East they will served it as a dessert or a snack.
Hatta Heritage is a place where you can also see some of the historical events, cultures and preserved things from their ancestors.
After staying 1 night and 1 day in Hatta, we went to DRAGON MART. A Chinese store where you can’t room around in 1 day. It has a dragon like structure. All you can find here are Chinese stuff. Prices is lower than malls. You can buy items in wholesale too.
It will never complete your stay in Dubai if you don’t visit their hot spot pride. THE DESERT SAFARI.
It is my first time to see a real camels and a donkeys. You can also ride in this bike for 100 dirhams.
Promo tours is also available to experience desert safari with belly dancing, dune bashing, sisha, sands ski, BBQ dinner and camel ride. Around 500 people a day would come here just to visit.
For 2 years of staying in Dubai, I met new friends, learn how to speak Arabic language, adapt their culture and environment.
Gain experienced both good and bad things that help me develop more of my personality. Discrimination is always there but what’s important is you have principles in life. Mostly you have faith in Christ.
I experienced 2 Christmas eve in UAE. Although, they have Christmas trees in homes, fireworks and gift giving Christmas in the Philippines still the best, nothing compares to our warmth season.