November 29, 2015
Meanwhile, a lot of my networks and friends reacted when they saw an IG post when I tagged Fitness First ME. Funny how people tend to stereotype photos of gym facilities. After all, being fit is not just about losing weight isn't it?
November 27, 2015
|Wearing H&M beanie, Forever 21 knitted black top, and American Eagle denim shorts|
I turned 29 a few days ago and decided to go offline for 48 hours. You got that right, I was on digital detox on my birthday! :)))
The initial reaction I got from my friends are surprising. For somebody like me who breathe and live the online world (I work as a digital marketing exec), 10mins of not browsing my Instagram feels like forever.
But no, I actually connected to the world and realized that real conversation happens offline. Screw Whatsapp messages, FB posts which are always misinterpreted, and so on. Those who really care would pick up the phone and dial your number to say 'hey, you've been offline for a few hours now. everything ok with you?' or 'coffee tonight, we need to catch up' or even 'hey, happy birthday'. It's a very very simple gesture but honestly, these are the things that I treasure the most. In a city where everybody seems to be very busy, finding time and giving extra effort to communicate with people by personally meeting them only means that they really want to be included in your life.
There are many other things I was able to do when I was offline, to be honest. My laundry, fixing my things, creating more artworks, getting fit (by this I mean I get to walk in the neighbourhood), play with dogs in the park, take photographs, cook dishes I'm pretty good at, and reflect on how my year went. It's like I've been discovering myself again!
It's in the real world where you get to meet people and really talk to them. For the past months, here are some of the amazing people I met:
I met Doc Gelo, went to his book launch where he presented his second travel coffee table book called People, Places, Memories. See, the good thing about the Filipino community here in Dubai is that bloggers really support each other. The illustrations on his book was made by Ken and the layout by Yna. More photos can be seen on his post right here.
Was also able to meet The Travel Camel in a Tweet Meet at Al Ghurair Rayhaan where he shared a lot of things about social media. If you don't know anything about this person, you can check him out on Twitter. :)
And of course, Ayang Cempaka! This lovely Indonesian Illustrator who still doesn't know how great all of her artworks are. She inspired me to pursue art.
There are many other people I've met who inspired me to do things and yes, I will be doing more meetups this year and start featuring people and what they do. In the meantime, please please stay with me as I have lots of things coming on this blog which are pretty exciting.
See yah around Dubai! :)
November 12, 2015
November 09, 2015
November 02, 2015
Looks like a dessert made by a pro? Ha! I made them myself! If you've been following my blog, you might have came across a post I did on how to recycle your left over chocolates for Christmas. This one's a different recipe though because (obviously) it's not yet Christmas but what we are trying to do is to raise awareness for breast cancer.
October 31, 2015
October 26, 2015
You hear that right! Foodiac, the marketplace-startup offering high-end professional private chefs, has expanded in the UAE through Turn8. It works like the AirBnB of Chefs: you find a private chef or catering of your choice in the UAE and you get a quote at once.
October 09, 2015
Hola! I hope everyone's having a blast this weekend. I'm taking a rest for a few weeks of going out, geez I feel like I'm all over the city everyday! I'm a little lost for words for the week that has been but I am hopeful that things will get better in the next few days. Last week was really fun with the Instagrammers, that's for sure.
October 07, 2015
It was just last September when I started joining the Instagram community here in Dubai. Like I said, finding a community with like-minded people here is easy because everyone seems to be active online. And if you are a photo enthusiast with an average post of 2 to 4 photos a day supported with a number of hashtags, there's no other platform where you can find these individuals but Instagram.
October 04, 2015
September 27, 2015
A few more days and we will soon wrap ourselves again on knits and sweat shirts. I've been preparing for this for a few weeks now - gathering all my long sleeves and knitted tops I kept in my luggage because I easily get the chills even for the slightest wind. It's easy to find winter clothes here in Dubai but to be completely honest, it's hard to find an ensemble that fits my size, ha!
September 26, 2015
September 25, 2015
Hi everyone, a quick note to greet you all an Eid Mubarak! It's the Eid Al Adha holidays here in the UAE - all tourism facilities are pretty busy this weekend and as for me, I get to enjoy my city!
September 22, 2015
A long overdue post from an Instameet I attended last September 5. How I got into this event is through Instagram - how social media works here in Dubai is that, you just need to make use of the proper hashtags and viola, you'd be able to find the community you are looking for!
September 11, 2015
|H&M Dress and Hair Accessories | Forever 21 Necklace | River Island Wedges|
September 06, 2015
September 05, 2015
September 04, 2015
August 29, 2015
Hey hey hey! Almost 2 months from my short vacation in the Philippines, oh my! One of my favourite part during my holiday was the post I wrote about my trip to Boracay. I guess I never really moved on from being an island girl after all, ha!
August 10, 2015
I'm almost done with my instalment post of the vacation I recently had and I'm pretty sure you will recognise Keij Ejercito on the photo above if you're a reader from the Philippines. One of her post about getting DELAYED in Law School went viral on social media a few weeks back, we are teasing her for being a social media queen.
Hello Earth! Too busy for the past few weeks and this was the only time I was able to touch my blog. A continuation of the trip I had a month ago, guess where the itchy feet took me? To my island home Boracay! 3days and 2nights yet I have crossed out a few things from my bucket list already!
July 28, 2015
You wouldn't believe me if I say I've been extremely busy since I came back from my vacation! Hello readers, I'm updating this page and this will be one of my instalment post of the recent vacation I had in the Philippines.
July 17, 2015
July 10, 2015
A long overdue post before I hit the road. Oh, hello Dubai and say hello to my friends Tareq, Tamim, and Deanne. We call our mini-family "Ganoush Fambam". These people are the guys I consider my family because it feels like home whenever I am with them. A common thing that keeps us together is food - which I love the most!
July 07, 2015
|H&M Long Floral Dress and accesories|
I'm back in Dubai friends! Had a short trip to my home country for a week and believe me, it was one of the most memorable trips I had my entire life. I've crossed a lot of things from my bucket list! Can't get any more excited to share it here but let me get my things back together first and I shall update you guys shortly.
People from my hometown have been asking if I will be back for good but no, I think Dubai is home for now. :)
June 23, 2015
June 07, 2015
Yes, you see that right! I've done a complete overhaul of thy online diary. Found a pretty cool template which I could work on especially on the design aspect, then I tweaked a few things on the pages. Was actually trembling before I hit save button because I know that there might be a few bugs around this template.
June 04, 2015
My 4-day visit to Doha Qatar wasn't enough for me to go to all of the touristy places. I got some good photos of Souq Waqif and Corniche that I'd like to share, both places are must-see (even my cousins who were there for more than a year liked it too much). I will definitely come back for winter!
Here are the photos I took. It was another moving experience like the one I had when I had a visa run in Kish Island Iran. Is it just me or I always tend to see the beauty of the simplest things?
May 29, 2015
Holla! The bouncing chopstick (that's me) is back in DXB from my recent trip to Doha, Qatar. Went there to shoot my dear cousin's pre-wedding photos. If you've been following my instagram account, you might have seen a preview of the shoot and tons of photos of me and my niece messing around. I'm missing her a lot as I write this post.
I'm always excited to share stories of my not-so-random trips (see, I'm half a jet-setter!). A few people know the purpose of my travel and I was surprised to I hear other people say "You're the first to tell me that Doha is nice". What's not to love about it?
May 23, 2015
May 20, 2015
May 11, 2015
May 05, 2015
April 27, 2015
April 25, 2015
Hello from Dubai!
I'm starting to document all my foodie adventures here in the sandpit - I came across the photos on my mobile and believe it or not, I have tons (like a hundred) of pics to share. Some of them are on my Instagram and some weren't published yet.
April 06, 2015
March 22, 2015
February 16, 2015
February 05, 2015
I have often wondered if I should go pursue a fashion blog. I mean I'm in Dubai, the luxe and glam of fashion and bling bling is quite a thing. Plus, I got a lot of stash from the bargains I got from DSF.
Hmmm. Still considering, maybe write something about spend or save and where to get fashion bargains? Maybe.
About the outfit today, kinda casual but you can never go wrong if you have a black blazer on top. And on days in between winter and summer, it's perfectly fine to dress up with something comfy like a light dress paired with comfy shoes.
PS: Mobile blogging is fun, have just recently joined the cult of "iposers" (iphone users). Don't get me wrong, I have nothing against them. I just find technology boring sometimes. But who am I to disagree, these uberly expensive mobile phones allow me to get connected to my social networks. So yeah, thank you technology for enlightening me. Lol.
February 02, 2015
January 23, 2015
Ohai from Dubai!
I found a USB stick that I haven't opened for months and saw a few photos from my travel agency life. If you've been following my posts about my life in the Middle East and Dubai, I used to work in a travel agency and just recently, I moved back to digital marketing. Geez, I didn't realize have so many backlogs, sorry!
January 08, 2015