Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Night

I got a discount code for the Mary Poppins show in  the Dubai Opera last week. I rushed myself to book in order to get a good slot. Fortunately, I got the second front row which was close to the stage. I was booked last Saturday evening and left the house early to meet my friends in Dubai Mall but end up running to the venue as we caught up eating and  forgot that it will take time to reach the area. We reached the Dubai Opera on time (thank God we didn’t miss any acts) .

It was an amazing experience for me as I am fond of watching plays even when I was still in the Philippines. If you watched the movie and enjoyed it , I can assure you that you will have a fantastic night after watching it. Here are some photos of me and my friends during the 30-minute break from the play.

P.S You are not allowed to use your mobile phones or any camera during show as it might distract  the artists.

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Burj Khalifa back drop

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good show, good company

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in between breaks

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Upper Box

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Mary Poppins souvenirs

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yes, they do serve foods here

The Girl Who Once Dreamt Of Becoming A Flight Attendant

It all started when my second grade teacher asked us to write our ambitions on a piece of paper. Most of my classmates wanted to be a doctor, a teacher or a policeman but I always wanted to be a flight attendant. I wanted to travel the world for free, see different people and culture. Whenever I see an airplane or go to the airport to meet my sister from abroad, I get so excited and always tell myself that soon I will be one of those girls walking straight and proud.

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Until I reached college and took up Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, I still dreamt of becoming a flight attendant. Then, I landed my first job on an export company but I never forgot my ambition. So I tried applying on local airlines but they were too strict with the requirements and I lost confidence. I’m just 5’2 in height and you see, they require at least 5’5 (Poor me). I quit my first job and got an offer in an NCLEX processing center before I decided to work abroad as an admin staff.  I have a fair job here, outside of the Philippines. I work in a transportation company and  almost everyday I get to ride in luxury cars. From Ferraris to Lamborghinis, Mclarens to Mercedes with a driver on my way to work. From an economy car to a stretched limousine ride. I tried it all. My friends envy me because aside from the rides, I get free VIP tickets to concerts. Sure, it’s fun but you’ll feel bored with the same routine everyday.

While living abroad, I have learned that you don’t need to be that tall  nor have a fair skin to be a flight attendant and hey, they accept high school graduates (so, rejoice!). I have tried applying to International airlines and in fact, I got invited for an interview many times but I didn’t have the courage to attend them. I was scared, scared because I am so comfortable with the place where I am working now but too bored that I want to quit. I just realized that I don’t want to be a flight attendant  and don’t want to work as an admin staff. I want to be a traveler and write about my travels.  You may think that that’s what your ambition in life is but you will soon see that life has much more to offer. It will take a lot of detours and patience but I’ll be there soon

Tips for Traveling Solo

Traveling alone can be scary specially if it’s your first time. It maybe outside or within the country. Traveling solo has it’s  pros and cons, such as safety concerns and getting bored. Here are some tips on how you can survive out there and enjoy your trip.

 

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be cautious when hitch hiking

 

  • In booking a hotel/hostel make sure there’s a 24-hour reception service. Inform the hotel/hostel in advance that you will arrive late or early so you will have time to rest and freshen up inside your room before exploring the place.
  • Leave your travel details with your family or your friend.
  • Don’t bring a lot of cash, just enough.
  • Know your destination. Search online on areas that needs to be visited. It will save you time.
  • On getting to your destination learn how to get there before jumping on a ride. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Your hotel concierge personnel  knows better than anyone else.
  • Make friends with the locals but trust no one. After all you are a stranger on the area. Take extra care especially walking alone on dark roads or on a lonely street.
  • Dining outside alone can be boring. You can always look for a diner if you don’t want to feel lonely. Try checking local restaurants or go for street foods if your adventurous enough.
  • Know what you want to get out of your trip. This will help you plan you daily itinerary.
  • Ask for your hotel’s business card and bring it along with you when out. If in case you get lost, you can hail a cab and show them the card to take you back to your hotel.

 

 

 

 

Armenia Travel Guide

I just returned from a 5-day trip from Armenia and people were asking about my itinerary since they were in an awe with the photos that I posted on my instagram (pinklinger).Before giving you all the details of the trip, I want to give you some facts about the beautiful country of Armenia which few of us are aware of.

  • Armenia became the first nation in the world to adopt Christianity
  • The first church was built in Armenia
  • During the Ottoman Empire, millions were exterminated. This was called the Armenian Genocide

Travel planning is quite a work but is a must. You can’t just decide to visit a country without an itinerary. Here I am to help you with this which I hope will help you.On a side note the country only exchanges  major currencies like EUROS and  U.S dollars.We had to exchange our dirhams to U.S dollars here in the U.A.E. There is an exchange counter inside the airport who will change your U.S dollars/EUROS to AMD. It’s available before the immigration.

The below are the expenses:

Airfare – We flew via FlyDubai (https://www.flydubai.com/en/). FlyDubai only offers one flight to and from Armenia per day. From Dubai to Yerevan, the departure time was 2:30am. From Yerevan to Dubai, it was from 6:50am. It’s a fairly short flight of 3 hours and 20 minutes. The price per person was AED 1,112.
Visa  – Most countries are visa upon arrival.You can check the list of the countries who  are eligible for visa upon arrival at http://www.mfa.am/en/visa/ . You can also apply online if you hate long queues.The visa will cost you  AMD3000. Philippine passport holders can obtain visa upon arrival or thru online.

Hotel – The prices in Armenia are really cheap. We opted for a 4 star hotel instead of a budget-hostel. We stayed in Paris Hotel Yerevan (http://www.parishotel.am/)for 4 nights and 5 days with breakfast. The breakfast was really good. The room was also spotless and their furniture were all new. The staff were also commendable as they were very helpful and professional. The total price was AED 1,580.
Tour – We took our tour from Best Travel Tours (http://www.besttravel.am/en/). We took all their daily tours (a total of 4 days). I was travelling with a friend that was passionate about photography (which means she will take time in taking some photos) so we opted to take the private tours. Total cost was AED 1,300. The tour includes airport pick up and drop off. I was in contact with the agent, Anika who assured me that it will be worth it and I had the best driver/guide, George who was more like a father than a driver.

The tour covered most of the tourist attractions Armenia has to offer. The tour usually starts at 10-11am which is good since we stay up late and wake up late.

DAY 1: Yerevan city tour (Mother of Armenia, Genocide Museum,Cascade,Republic Square)

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Genocide Museum-I had goosebumps inside the museum.I can’t stand the feeling of knowing that a lot people including children had been tortured and murdered

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Republic Square

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Yerevan Cascade

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Mother of Armenia- The current statue replaced a monumental statue of General Secretary Joseph Stalin that was created as a victory memorial for World War II.

DAY 2: Lake Sevan, Sevanavank,Tsaghkadzor,Kecharis

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Sevanavank Monastery overlooking the frozen lake Sevan (photo credit: https://www.instagram.com/the.lightstalker/ )

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Tsaghkadzor

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Kecharis Monastery Complex

DAY 3: Garni,Geghard Monastery,Vernissage (flee market)

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Temple of Garni. The best known structure of pre-Christian Armenia

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Geghard Monastery  (photo credit: instagram acct. the.lightstalker)

DAY 4: Khor Virab,Noravank,Areni winery (wine tasting), Tatev

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Noravank Monastery which is my favorite, I cried seeing the monastery (photo credit:https://www.instagram.com/the.lightstalker/ )

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Khor Virab Monastery

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Tatev Monastery

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Areni Winery-They offer different types of fruit wine. You get to taste each wine for free and if you opt to buy a bottle, it will cost  around aed10.00

DAY 5: Transfer to Airport

Meals – Average meal per person is around AED 30. By average meal, I am referring to rice, grilled pork/chicken and drinks.

I wish we stayed longer. Armenia surprised me in a way that it offered much more that the attractions that I was able to find in google. The people were very kind and don’t discriminate nor take advantage of you just because you are a tourist. I have encountered a couple of people who went beyond their service. You should see Armenia for yourself for you to experience on what the place has to offer.

Obtaining Schengen Visa in UAE

Getting a Schengen visa can be a pain in the ass.A lot of Filipinos can relate to the agony that i felt while waiting for my visa.It took me 4 weeks to receive my visa due to the EID Holidays in the UAE. Here’s how to process your visa and the preparation that you need.

There are 28 countries that are under the European Union. You can check the countries below.

Member states of the EU (year of entry)

You can travel to all these countries with only one valid visa.

WHEN TO APPLY?

I suggest that you apply 3 months before your departure date to avoid the hassles and worries.I processed my own visa a month before my departure. I had to hire an agent to do the processing for me because i ran out of appointment slots ( schedule date that you need to book for you to submit your documents and your biometrics/fingerprints ). Make sure to check the website of the country where you will process your visa.

VISA REQUIREMENT

  • Fully accomplished and signed application form.Here’s the link for the form http://www.immihelp.com/visas/schengenvisa/application_form_english.pdf
  • Valid passport (valid at least 6 months from the date of travel)
  • Passport-sized photos in white background (tell the personnel of your favorite photoshop that it’s for the Schengen Visa)
  • Passport photocopy
  • Emirates ID photocopy
  • NOC ( No Objection Certificate)
  • Salary Certificate
  • Travel Insurance
  • Bank Statement with bank stamp (3 months)
  • Round trip ticket reservation
  • Hotel reservation with contact details i.e telephone number and email address and complete address

Don’t worry too much about your bank statement if you don’t have that much money in your account. When i applied for my visa, the amount that was on my bank account was only 800aed (Php 8,000).The money that i deposited two days before i requested my bank statement did not reflect on the printed statement.However, you need to make sure that the salary stated in your certificate should reflect in your bank statement for 3 months, it should be an active account (with incoming and outgoing transaction).Maybe i was just lucky enough that they did not t look into mybank statement that much.

HOW MUCH IS THE COST FOR VISA AND WHERE TO APPLY?

The visa will cost you 60 euros but I spent almost 200 euros or 1000aed (Php10,000 more or less) because as i mentioned above that i ran out of an appointment slot thinking that i can have the appointment at any time. You can apply for your visa at the Embassy of your point of entry or to the country where you will be staying the longest.Note that there are some embassies that may require an interview. You will only need to bring all the complete requirements and  do the biometrics at the Embassy.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR THE SCHENGEN VISA TO BE RELEASE AND WHAT IF I’LL GET DENIED?

Some visas will only take 7 workings days, some will take up to 15 working days.Don’t count weekends and Holiday’s.If you’re denied, you can file for an appeal within 30 days. There’s no guaranteed that you will get the visa.

Here’s how the visa looks like.

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Good luck on chasing your dream

Prague, Czech Republic

Travelling to Prague is like going back to the Medieval time. I can still remember stepping outside the airport with our driver and newly met friends which happened to have the same itinerary as mine since we booked on the same travel company. I was not immediately impressed with the view till we reached our hotel. The location of our hotel was quite far from the old town and there was not much to offer. I took a little rest, put my bags and headed to the train station to catch a train going to old town. In old town, you will find the Astronomical clock ,the photographic Charles bridge and Vlatava river. The place was packed with resto bars and street foods.You can just relax as their were a lot of entertainment around area. Just 30 minutes away by  bus you will see the St. Vitus Cathedral and Prague castle where you can get a birds eye view of Prague.

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Old town square

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Old Town square and the Astronomical clock

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going to Charles bridge

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You can find a lot of musical concerts around the area for a cheap price


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View from Charles bridge

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beer and hot wine are so delicious

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the famous chimney cake in Prague is a must try.Thank me later.

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Statue of the boy with the golden penis

Paellas and Tapas at Seville’s

Craving for a Spanish cuisine with a reasonable price?Seville (http://www.pyramidsrestaurantsatwafi.com/restaurants/sevilles.html)is the right place to book your next food trip. The restaurant is located in The Pyramids near Wafi Mall and Raffles Hotel. The place is an Egyptian inspired. You can see the pyramids,sphinx and a lot more. The details of the place will make you feel  like you are in Egypt.

When i reach to Seville’s, the ambiance is a little bit gloomy but the paintings and interior designs brings bright to the place. I was greeted with a smile by one of the staffs.Staffs are really accommodating and friendly.They always cater to your orders.While i was checking the menu i was shocked coz the food price is not that expensive at all compare to the one of the Spanish restaurant i visited 2 months ago near creek park.I had Paella which good for for 2 servings, chorizo and Rose Sangria. I bet you are now salivating.After the food was served.It is about time to taste everything i ordered and to my surprised the food tasted really good. They even have one of their Paellas on the menu with a rabbit meat. I didnt order that coz i feel like eating my own pet at home.I also learned that they have salsa tutorial every Tuesday for only 50aed with one drink for free. Isnt it a good deal already?I would really love to try it one day.The whole place not just Sivelle’s is a must visit place this winter. Can’t wait to take more professional photo of The Pyramid next time. I highly suggest to pay a visit on this place and let me know about your comments.

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The Pyramid

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Souq Restaurant 

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I had Rose Sangria for drinks and yes i had my new watch since i broke my old one

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Paella

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 bread dipped on a tomato sauce

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Chorizo

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 Salsa Class every Tuesday except on Ramadan 

Ramadan Heat in Fujairah

I have finally completed the 7 emirates and Fujairah was my last stop. Ramadan is the perfect timing to go on a road trip because the office hours are shortened and the traffic is less. I hurried myself home to pack as i needed to catch the bus going to Fujairah at 16:45, The bus leaves every hour from Union Metro Station. The fare is 25aed per way and you need to top up your nol card since you will be using it to check in the bus. The bus will leave the station right away if it’s full and will leave on the exact time if it’s not full. The travel time will take two hours with no stops so better bring some food and drinks with you. While on the road you will see a lot of rock formations and some fruit and carpet stands which makes you wish that you used your own car instead of getting in the bus so you can take a shot of the rock formations. I arrived Fujairah around 9pm and took a taxi going to Hilton which cost me 10aed.The hotel was small and old but it’s clean and the staffs were very accommodating. The room was pretty neat. The only downside was the washroom. I’m very meticulous when it comes to the bed and washrooms. They don’t have the sprinkler in the toilet. I prefer water than tissues.

I checked the facilities of the hotel.They have one swimming pool, a gym, a bar and yes the beach. They even have a bar near the beach but since it’s Ramadan, it was closed. I also had my breakfast served in the room since i find it more respectful to the Muslim guests who are fasting. It was really hot during that day but i still took a dip. The water was cold which makes it equal to the weather.

I always opt for a late check-out which is 13:00.It gives me ample of time to enjoy the resort and to prepare my things. Fujairah has nothing much to offer aside from the rocky formation and some museums. I didn’t visit one since it’s Friday and most establishments opens late. Below are the photos i took during my trip.

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dinner buffet 

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glass walls

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the corridor  

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breakfast for the champions 

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sun bed near the beach

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they only have one swimming pool

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missing you

Have you tried dreaming of your loved ones who passed away and felt so surreal that it made you cry while sleeping?Well, i always do and it happens to me almost every night.I always dream of my mom.I dreamt that something bad  happened to her or that she’s dying and i always awakened by this kind of dream. It makes me want to call my sister back home and to remind her to take care of mom properly since i’m working abroad.Then the sad reality always hit before i press the call button – that my mom died almost 7 months ago. 
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I’m the youngest in the family and i was very close to my mom. I think  got my reserved- nagger, ambitious, stubborn and very sensitive kind of attitude from her.I feel like i’m the exact replica of her attitude.She’s my number one supporter, who cries whenever i travel and won’t go home for a day or two because i’m on a team building,vacation or just simply sleeping over on my friend’s place coz i’m too drunk to go home.
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we love goofing around 
The nanny that every mom wants to have to take care of their baby.She took good care of my baby and even  before my baby, she already took good care of my sister’s children.I’m so lucky to have her that even if i will be given the chance to choose a mom.I will still choose her. it’s because i see her hard work for us, her unconditional love and how she calls me “inday” (precious one).
I feel like no one can understand me on how i really feel inside.You may say that you understand me coz  you’ve been in the same situation before but we always cope differently and we all have different kind of level on how we love our parents. I have accepted the fact she’s gone a long time ago. I have let her go. It’s just that i miss her so much and i really wanted to kiss her, hug her and hear her voice.Sometimes i just wanna get my self so tired so that whenever i get home i would just sleep and hope that I won’t have the same dream again. Sometimes i drown myself to tears secretly at night while my room mates obliviously know what is happening to me under the sheet.No one can understand you like your mother does even your sister or your best friend.
Wherever she is right now, I know she’s watching over me and will always guide me to the best road of my life. I love you Ma Nesa.

Me on Ice

When was the last time you did something for the first time that you really wanted to try since you were a kid? I remember when i was on second grade my sister would always drag us to the mall to do ice skating. Yes, we used to have an ice skating rink in my hometown( Cebu ) before but, i didn’t know why they closed. Whenever my sister would bring us to the mall to try it, i always get sick a day before so i never got the chance to skate until the mall decided to take it off.

I’ve been here in Dubai for almost 3 years now and I’ve never really got the nerve to try it in Dubai Mall. I’m scared that i might fall down and someone might cut my fingers accidentally by the blades (I’ve seen it a lot in youtube). Okay, enough of these stupid imaginations. I finally had the guts to try it over a week ago. For the first 10 minutes, I was trying to find my balance and just kept holding on the side. Then, i finally learned to walk without any guide. I can even turn around. Infact, i was doing a great job. I never fell down or maybe i’m just trying not to because maybe someone might run over me and cutmy fingers. hahah .I had so much fun doing it and I will probably do it again soon

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i can skate…yahhoo!

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