A Small Space And Some Pretty Little Things

People who come to UAE for work would probably have shifted accommodation minimum 3 times depending on how long the contract is or in my case for an indefinite amount of time.

Those who are blessed with a good salary package also gets a good crib on top of that; some will have to allot part of their income to renting  a flat and most survive by sharing space (housemates/ roommates).

Being that I moved into a new space  recently,  it was in my mind to already plan the essentials. Calculating every move.  Which items I should take with me and which are the ones to go for storage.

It is a  3 x 3 meter room— what could fit in it?


These were my concerns:
Where my bed should be? Feng Shui much…. Do I need a bed?

Where to put my clothes in?  Do I need a closet?

Is there space for toiletries?

What about my shoes?

I started with a rug.  A smart purchase I believe because it was on sale, 50% off and on top of that it was the last piece- I asked the store manager to give me another 10%.


Then I found this charming and somewhat unusually fashioned sofa bed on Dubizzle for 300 Dirhams ($82).


This is when it dawned on me—i need pillows.  Lots of them.


It’s kind of like a therapy; seeing an empty space with infinite possibilities, no matter what the size and then turning that space into something that can become home.

It has been almost a week now.  I am adding little pieces every day.  Most are my old stuff; some gifted.

And if there’s one thing I really enjoyed, those are the  cheap buys from Daiso, Tchibo and Dragon Mart. I was on a mission and I can say I came out swinging.


Now I have to rest my soul as I begin to settle in because yeah my room has reached it’s limits.

 

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Why I Didn’t Get Flowers On Valentine’s

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February 14th is that time of the year where your man buys a dozen of red roses for about AED 200.00 or more, depending where he gets it from.

But I say bring her to Dubai Miracle Garden on Valentine’s day and you both will get to share the “flowery” experience together for less the price.

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Photo Shooting A Friend’s Wedding… Fingers Crossed

A while back a friend of mine got married, both of them being old and good friends so you could only imagine how excited and euphoric I was for them.

Especially since I was photographer for their pre-wedding.

Whether I was asked or volunteered or volunteered myself for the role; I don’t exactly remember, but either way I enjoyed every second of it. Given, I’d never done it before and it would be my first foray into photography for other people and one of, if not the most, important event in their lives (no pressure there) but really, it’s fun to try new things.

And I did have fun. It was all so beautiful and wonderful. The place we chose was a very quiet park in Green Community DIP, a place teeming with life and colorful flora, so there was practically no need to decorate. Bright and cheery was the theme, things that reflected the nature of my two dear friends and their relationship but also quaint and simple because truly it doesn’t take extravagance and material possessions to nurture a good relationship.

I wasn’t nervous if I remember it right (on wasting their time and mine and of course the “moment”) , because these two were my friends, people I care about and hold close to my heart.  It was a labor of love.

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On Being Original And Unique

So I came up with an idea, a brilliant one I believe and I start googling to back it up.

And the minute  I clicked the “search” button I was flooded with if not the exact same idea, something much better.

But wait I haven’t clicked “image” yet.

Then there’s youtube, need I say more?

Reality is with the kind of technology we now have and the way we exchange and handle even the tiniest information, it’s hard to make a claim on something that is natural, obvious or given…how can I say

this quote is mine

this pattern is mine

this title is mine

this photo is mine

This thought came to me while waiting for someone in Marina (I got inspired); I’ll be posting this maybe day after tomorrow (today is Tuesday October 16th–it took me a while).  I am 101% sure that if I google, someone out there has written something in the same context years back.

I breathe the same air as everyone else and best I can do is to just keep on doing what I love to do.  Be it penning down my own crazy quotes, crocheting here and there, writing every now and then, or taking not so professional shots of sightings that in my eyes are breathtaking.

I want to believe that I was born not to please but to share.

Marina Walk

The wind brought me here last night by chance,

the setting is so perfect I didn’t mind walking alone.

Harbour lights and luxury yachts moored nearby.

Friendly people doing casual walks and kids so free and giggly.

Soft music playing here and there…it’s something good but not Wael’s.

And yes that fruity sheesha  aroma

mixed with the salty scent  of a gentle breeze that brought me here.

Marina. Marina.

What To Do And Where To Go In Dubai

There were like 3000 photos taken during my sister’s 12 day visit and here are some of my favorites.

The Dubai Fountain At Dubai Mall, Souk Al Bahar, Ewaan Lounge The Palace Downtown

At The Top, Burj Khalifa

Burj Al Arab,  Majlis Al Bahar (Al Fresco) and Skyview Bar

Bab Al Shams, Al Hadheera Desert Restaurant

Gold Souk, Madinat Jumeirah, Old Souk Bur Dubai

Desert Safari

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http://www.desertsafarisdubai.com/desert-safari-dubai.html

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