The Questions: Places

Posted by Clarie on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 Filed under: #Icebreakers 14

imageI’ve been receiving a lot of Tag questions from Tumblr friends eventhough I barely answer them nowadays. It’s been a long time since I last answered one here on Tumblr. Anyways, thank you so much Liza (of thelostlassie) for tagging me. It means a lot… 

What country do you come from?

I’m from a place where everything is ‘more fun’, where people are resilient and everyone’s a hero , the Pearl Of The Orient Seas, the Philippines. 

What country do you live in?

I’m currently living in the city of Gold — Dubai, UAE. 

What’s good/and or bad about the place you live in?

Good. I’ve got a JOB in here so basically, that’s one point. Next, SAFETY. I felt safe in here, no one’s gonna run after you and rob you your cellphone. The METRO STATION — I haven’t tried our very own MRT but I will be biased at this time. Dubai’s Metro Station even looked nicer than our airport. DISCIPLINE — yup! People here are afraid to break the rules. Why? It would costs you a fortune to break one. You’ll definitely know who’s local or not in this place when crossing the street. Mostly, Filipinos would wait for the Pedestrian signal light to go green before crossing the street while the other nationalities doesn’t care at all. SALES… yeah, definitely a haven for shoppers. Being a MULTIRACIAL country, you’ll definitely encounter a lot of nationality in just one day, got to learn their language and interact with them. FOOD - you can buy anything you want especially chocolates!

Bad. The HEAT. Too Hell to handle. HOUSING COST — one room would cost you Php 20,000, a bed-space is like Php 5000+ when converted to Philippine Peso. 

What is/are your favorite places to go?

The whole world is my favorite place I guess. I can’t think of anything particular because by then, I will be mentioning each and every country in the world. However, the loveliest place for me is no other than our HOME where I spent my 23 years of existence.

Where is your dream place to live?

I’m more of a countryside-type-of-a-person. So basically, that would be somewhere mountainous like New Zealand, Ireland, Canada, Switzerland, North Carolina, Italy, Japan, South Korea, etc. 

I may not be a beach bum, but I would love to build a house where the beach and the mountains meet like those white-blue houses in Greece, or somewhere in Hawaii or in Australia.

Where do you want to be right now?

At HOME, eating beef nilaga on a rainy day, talking to my parents and playing with my dear cousin, Abby.

There you go. :)



Sweet Treats: 08.23.14

Posted by Clarie on Tuesday, September 09, 2014 Filed under: #Sweet Treats #Pleasures 19

#KrispyKreme doughnuts from Daniel’s mom. (Daniel’s a regular customer in our splashpad and so is his mom, and oftentimes, she would give us a box of delightful treats). :)



Life Lately

Posted by Clarie on Tuesday, September 09, 2014 Filed under: #Daily 28

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Hello there, whimsies!

I’m still alive!

Many of you have been wondering where I’ve been, what I’ve been doing since I haven’t posted that much. My life was pretty jammed between work and rest. Unlike in the Philippines where you can get 2 days off a week, only those working in offices are lucky enough to get 2 rest days per week. I missed spending my time here on Tumblr and everyone as well. Here’s a little update about me and my life here in Dubai. 

I wasn’t able to tell you much about my work. (Well, as I said in my previous posts, I’m going to have a separate story for this but I’m going to give you an overview of about it.) My work involves assisting, talking, and playing with the kids as well as having conversations with their parents with different cultural backgrounds. Pretty interesting, though.

Every morning, I used to watched from my window seat those tall buildings that surrounds the entire city. For almost 4 months that I’ve been living in this city, medyo nakaka-adjust na rin ako — well, except for the heat though. It’s getting hotter everyday! Don’t get surprised if you notice that I turned 10x darker!

I’ve watched She’s Dating The Gangster and I must say, first time kong kiligin sa #KathNiel. Seriously. 

Tiffany’s Butter Cookies are now my new favorite!

I saw a couple of good finds from an ukay-ukay here in Dubai, at the same time, a marked-down dress from Forever 21 and New Look. Yey!

Val of Bloggersph sent me some questions weeks ago. I totally feel like a legit blogger. Wahahaha. #ThankYouVal 

I just wished I could update my blog as often as possible :) Anyways, have a great day today!

(Dubai Marina, Dubai)



Sweet Treats: 07.22-24-29.14

Posted by Clarie on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 Filed under: #Pleasures #Sweet Treats 26

For my first salary, I treated my brother and my sister-in-law, a box of Papa John’s All The Meat Pizza with Cheese sticks as a starter. Love it!

Double Dutch Ice cream have always been my favorite among Selecta’s flavors. A glass of this yummy bliss for myself!

Macaroons from Spinneys! Arriving from work, I was welcomed with a bag of sweet macaroons! Hooray!

Megha’s Mom Sandwich. A yummy treat from a new-found-friend. It’s like empanada and french toast rolled into one with a spicy twist. I really like it. You’ll meet Megha soon!

Oreo from Sir Jo. :)

Pretzels from a customer. He’s one of those regular Dads who came with her 2 daughters in the Splashpad. I was at the gate when he gave me this pretzels. :) Thank you Sir!



Sweet Treats: 07.19.14

Posted by Clarie on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 Filed under: #Pleasures #Sweet Treats 17

Boss: There’s a cake here for you guys.

Me: (thinking) Umm, thank you Sir. (with a smile)

Boss gave us a slice of cake from Paul. Yum! It tastes like brownies! :) Thank you Sir Phillip!



Sweet Treats: 08.03-09.14

Posted by Clarie on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 Filed under: #Pleasures #Sweet Treats 18

I’m back!!! With a sweet vengeance!!! Hey there! I’ve been receiving quite a number of messages who miss my food posts. 

I misses it too! Well, here’s a treat for everyone!

Krispy Kreme!!!

08.03.14. Since we managed the entire month without a day-off, our boss treated us with a dozen of doughnuts as what he had promised. We shared it with the rest of the gang also! Ate Maymay, Yuka, Kuya Bernard, and Carlo! 

08.09.14. Me, Yuka and Ate May-may kind of miss eating doughnuts, so we ended up buying a dozen for ourselve. We split the doughnuts among the 7 of us - that’s me, Yuka, Ate MayMay, Carlo, Madi, Michael, and Madam Norie. 

That’s it! :) 

Hope everything is well with you guys!



On Being Grateful

Posted by Clarie on Thursday, August 14, 2014 Filed under: #Writings 30

imageI know I’ve been Missing-In-Action for a few weeks now, well almost a month, I guess, and I really missed writing. There are a lot of things that had transpired during these past couple of weeks and I couldn’t be any more thankful. As promised, I’m back! Let me start.

WORK. I already had a job and I started working last month. I actually turned one month yesterday. I am so grateful to my work right now at the same time, I am happy. I’ll write a separate post for this. 

HEALTH. For the past month that I didn’t have a single day-off, I am so grateful that I didn’t get sick (except 2 days ago). 

TRAVEL. I’m grateful for the privilege of seeing new places and experiencing different cultures. For being here in Dubai although the summer is just too hell to handle at this time, but then, I’m still happy that I was given this chance to experience the other side of the world. And finally, I can save up for my future travels with the best people in the world.

NEW FOUND FRIENDS. Well, umm, I’m happy that I was able to meet new set of people here. And they’re super nice. Even though it’s only three days, but then, it’s nice to meet these people having different backgrounds. 

SEEING SUNSETS. The sunsets here are way beautiful. There are days when it’s orange-y, and in some days, it would color the sky with purple and pink shade. I feel blessed to witness every set of it each afternoon. 

TUMBLR. Yey! I’m back! And I’m so happy because I have lots of stories to tell and I miss all of you guys!

BANANA AND NUTELLA. My meal wouldn’t be complete without this perfect combo. These two just made me happy.

DAY OFF. Finally! 4-Days-Off! My work was the main reason why I couldn’t find time to just sit down and write my thoughts. Since the 17th of July, I have been so busy, plus the fact that the other employees need to stop working because they need to have their visas change because they transferred to the company where I belong. It was quite a whirlwind for me because of the transition that had happened. I eventually became a temporary receptionist-slash-cashier-slash-play attendant and all. We were only 3 at that time and we had to manage the place plus the Eid holiday. We all had to wait for like 3 weeks for them to come back. And now, they’re back! Yey!

This is just a start of my many stories so watch out for the rest :)



Posted by Clarie on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 Filed under: 15

I wish I could just sit here and let my thoughts wander but I can’t. As much as I wanted to and how I missed writing on my site, I have to go to work. Thank you guys for not leaving me and to the new ones, welcome and be my friends! 

Anyways, I’ll be back and I have lots of stories to tell! I PROMISE! 

Ciao for now!



Sweet Treats: 06.122024 - 07.0112.14

Posted by Clarie on Sunday, July 13, 2014 Filed under: #Sweet Treats #Pleasures 45

06.24.14 - KFCs Chicken with Yellow Rice and Chicken with Burger and Fries. The first one, humaygas, I can’t stand the smell. The taste is good but the smell is just *uggghhh. Mapanghi lang talaga yung pang-amoy ko sa kanin na yun. Sorry! Their chicken is good + the fries and the bread. 

06.20.14 - KFCs Twist with Fries, Corn and Coleslaw. The twist is like a shawarma. However, instead of shredded meat, it’s chicken nuggets and I love it. There’s a whole bunch of goodies din like fries, coleslaw and buttered corn.

06.12.14. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts and munchkins. Love it. ‘Nuff said.

06.20.14. McDonalds Vanilla Sundae. My brother would always treat me with this 1AED ice cream sundae from McDonals. But the Philippine version is way better. 

07.01.14. Chowking Halo-Halo. Their version is better than ours. They’ve got 2 ice cream scoops (strawberry and mango - but it tastes like melon), leche flan, ube, and a lot more. I love it.

07.12.14. Spinney’s Chocolate Caramel Cookies. I love this one. Not too sweet but kind of bitter-salty. But I love it. It has almonds and caramel. 

And there are days that I would always end my meal with Banana + Nutella. Heaven! Yesterday, I tried it with Selecta’s Vanilla Ice cream with Nutella and Banana. Pure Bliss!



Dubai Adventures

Posted by Clarie on Friday, July 11, 2014 Filed under: #Places #Middle East #UAE #Dubai 36

imageDUBAI, UAE — We had our last Tuesdate before the month of June ends. My brother mentioned this place once but he wasn’t very serious about it because it’s kind of a ‘not-too-far-yet-not-so-near’ kind of place and after all, it’s just another mall in Dubai. And it’s not really super ideal to travel that quiet far since Mr. Sunshine just seems to be in his hottest state at this time. I happened to find a blog accidentally on the web regarding this mall and I just can’t believe the blog’s content. I got so excited and thrilled at the same time that I was already pleading that we’ll push through with the plan. 

Take note that this will be quite a heavy photo post. As you’ll go through, you’ll discover why this has become my favorite Mall at the moment. 

IBN Battuta is an explorer and is considered as one of the greatest travellers of all time. And so Dubai created a mall named after him which is a travel-themed mall divided in 6 courts. And I believe that it’s the only one in the world - for now. You see, I am one of those who want to see as many places as I can. And to discover a gem like this, it seems that I already have traveled to many places in just one day. I don’t care if it’s just replicas because to me, it means HAPPINESS! Are you ready to travel to 6 places in just a day? Join me!

EGYPT

imageThe very first place we went to was EGYPT. On the outside court, you’ll see that the walls are carved with hieroglyphics. You’ll be amazed at how they designed the walls with pictures from the ancient time. I got so overwhelmed because it’s just so beautiful. 

imageimageThere were windows and lanterns hanging around to create a more Egyptian ambiance together with those tall Date Palms. 

imageOne of the things you’ll see in the Egyptian court was the Observational Armillary Sphere where astronomers record and observes the celestial bodies. 

imageA colorful spot in the center of the court. 

PERSIA

imageNext Stop: PERSIA. The Modern Day Iran. Upon entering the court, you’ll definitely notice that the place is mostly made out of blue tiles which formed beautiful mosaics.

imageThe floors have also colorful combinations.

imageOne of the most beautifully designed domes could be found in the Persian court. Look at that! It’s like a peacock feather. I fell in love with this! You’ll find cafe’s in here especially Starbucks. 

imageThis is the IBN BATTUTA map which features the places he’d been too.

CHINA

imageWe finally went to CHINA by this time. Upon entering this court, I can smell the Chinese burning incense that makes me feel like I’m totally in China. 

imageRed tiles and intricate floral designs surround the place with Chinese lanterns and dragon pictures all over the place. 

imageimageWe were looking for a place to eat when we saw this giant ship in the middle of the court. Blue, Red, and Gold blended so well within the area. 

imageimageA shipwrecked of Chinese goods surrounded by fountains. 

INDIA

imageI had so much expectation with INDIA. Since it’s one of those places I wished to visit someday, I was thinking of a more structured Taj Mahal in the middle of the court. 

imageimageOne of the features found in this court aside from being so white is this Elephant Clock replica. It was a tribute to one of Muslim’s greatest inventors Al Jazari. 

imageNonetheless, you’ll definitely feel the Hindi aura upon seeing these marble carved windows painted in white as what we commonly see in a typical Hindu Temple. 

imageimageSome of the features in the India court were inspired by the Pearl Mosque in India and also of the Taj Mahal. 

TUNISIA

imageNow, let’s now booked our flight going to TUNISIA. 

imageimageAmong the 6 places, this one is where I/m most excited to go. It’s like a miniature village version of the coastal towns of Tunisia. 

imageThe whole place was inspired by Moroccan palaces along with those stained-glass windows that perfectly fit the environment. 

imageLike a true house, eh?

imageYou’ll definitely love walking around this court because it will give you that feeling of being in another place. 

imageIt’s like I was brought back at the time of Jesus seeing those square-type stores and facades. 

ANDALUSIA

imageLet’s finish our tour by going to ANDALUSIA. Andalusia is found in Southern Spain, also referred to as the ‘Muslim-Spain’. 

imageimageThe ceilings were accentuated with beautiful chandeliers and tile roof. 

imageimageimageThis court features The Lion Fountain which is based in the Alhambra Palace in Spain. It’s surrounded by columns in marble. 

imageI know this is a heavy photo-post, thanks for dealing with it anyway. I should have posted this weeks ago but things got a little busy these past couple of days. I apologize for this delay. *hehe Overall, I totally enjoyed this day. I’ve got to see the world in a day!

CLARIE TRAVELS:
#IBN Battuta Mall
Dubai, UAE (June 2014)