Behind The Scenes - Instagram's 14th Worldwide Instameet in Dubai

Dubai instagrammers

My nth Instameet this year. Since I have missed #WWIM13 , I made sure I reserved the whole weekend to meet and interact with the community. We were up as early as six in the morning of the 17th, ready and all geared up so we can take as much creative photos as we can.

Jebel Jais Mountain, Ras Al Khaimah

Jebel Jais mountain top photo
Shot on iPhone 6, VSCO processed

Eid Al Adha Mubarak everyone! A few weeks back, I have listed a few short trip ideas from Dubai for the long weekend. As flights got a little bit pricey 4 weeks before the holiday, my roomies and I decided to 'stay-cation' instead. I have much to explore in the UAE anyways so I think now is the best time to do a little exploring.

Last Exit Dubai Preview

photos of Last Exit Dubai

The new food truck park in the UAE is now on full swing! I've been itching to go here because it's the kind of hangout place I'd like to be. The name's Last Exit by the way mainly because it lies between the boundary of Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

I'm A Cosmo Awards Finalist For Best Use Of Photography!

Best Use Of Photography for Cosmo Awards Middle East

Yes, you've heard that right! I've been nominated for Cosmopolitan Magazine Middle East for Best Use Of Photography category, YAY!

After receiving my certification for Google Street View Trusted, this blessing came in and I'm still on cloud 9 since last month. It's something unexpected really, as there are millions of very talented women here in the region who deserve it more than I do. But perhaps they (the judges) saw something in this blog that makes me unique and I'm humbled for the nomination.

I'm trying not to make this post long and I hope you guys can support me on this journey. I know it's cliche but like I said on my IG post, I even doubted my capabilities when I saw the list on the magazine. I'm not worthy of note, I don't have any numbers to show, and even my IG feed is a mudge pudge of things from my daily life. Never have I imagined that I will receive such nomination and be one of the finalists.

I offer this nomination to my readers who believed in my craft and to my friends and family who are also campaigning for the votes in PH. This is also for the Filipino community - even people abroad appreciate the simple things we do and it only goes to show that our photography is undeniably great. We are all breeds of creative people and be proud of where you came from despite the criticisms. Use them to improve your artwork, continue dreaming, and just create.

I can write a few more hundred words to thank Cosmopolitan Middle East for the opportunity but then again, the space won't be enough. I hope you can support me along with the other amazing ladies who you think are worth your votes for the prestigious awards dedicated for the amazing women shaping the region. You can cast your votes on Cosmopolitan ME and click the tab for Cosmo Awards. Do share them with your friends and follow Cosmopolitan Magazine on their Instagram and Facebook!

Short Trips for Eid Break: Holiday Ideas For Dubai Residents

The month of September is fast approaching and I can’t get any excited myself! Why? There’s gonna be long weekend starting Sept. 9, hooray! While many have already planned their holidays ahead, here I am doing a last minute search for get-aways within my 1000 km radius. It will only be a few days after all so there really isn’t a need to spend a lot to enjoy a short holiday.

I have always been a budgetarian and I travel cheap all the time so here are some holiday ideas that I’d like to share with you.

If you are already tight on schedule for a 4-day short trip, book a flight to Qatar and take a tour of Doha

photo of dhow cruise ships in Doha

Qatar is one of the closest countries near the UAE where you can easily book a return flight on Emirates Airlines or Saudi Airlines for as little as AED 700. I’ve been here last year and I pretty much liked the neighbourhood near the corniche and marina area. Aside from historical sites, there are places that you can see in Doha like Souq Waqif, the Museum of Islamic Art, Corniche, Kingdom of Aladdin amusement park, The Pearl, Al Bidda Park, and many others.