As the year is coming to a close, I'm starting to reflect on and evaluate myself. The past few weeks alone has been a whirlwind of events - scoured Dubai to find a new place and began moving in, did my first part-time job for Formula One in Abu Dhabi and happily ended the month in Al Ain! To spend Thanksgiving on a weekend adventure (tagging along with the Power Puff Rangers) made me come full circle and know that 2014 has not disappoint. I am forever grateful for everyone, for everything and for what's to come in my life... Can't stop won't stop.
Sunday, November 30, 2014
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
How can I not be overly excited and grateful to spend such an amazing 3-day weekend with Formula One race cars, work with an international crew, serve the likes of Kylie Minogue and share the same room with Etihad CEO - James Hogan or Prince Harry perhaps?
Getting into the-very-last-minute for my very first part-time job gave me a lot of firsts and brought me a whole new lifetime of experience! Like I've always said, I have the FOMO. Therefore, you might see me running, chasing to get into events and trying to make things happen... With a wonderful stroke of luck, I got in an international events group catering for big events, organizing races (F1 racing, for that matter!) around the world - that is Do&Co. With the season ending in Abu Dhabi, I'd do anything to be in that event! I don't mind having only 4 hours of sleep, shuttling back and forth Dubai and doing hospitality work for very. important. persons. Waiting tables (for the first time!) even just part-time wasn't easy! It was nerve-wracking the first day - thinking if I might trip, break a glass or get the wrong order. I'd say it's a skill and even a form of art. I've learned how to serve champagne with the correct arte and realized the magic that's happening behind the kitchen!
The crew from Do&Co, who specially flew in from Austria, were absolutely meticulous and quality consistent professionals - they were perfect in what they're doing. More so, they were kind-hearted, genuine and needless to say, beautiful people. We too worked side by side with the world's best Cabin Crew, and what made me feel proud is that they're Cabin Managers were Filipina! I am so glad to have worked with a multicultural crew who know the value of teamwork, who has a sense of leadership and one who upholds standards. They're energy is contagious and I hope to keep those values in me for the rest of my life. Plus, the new friendships I've made along :)
I've been designated in the Etihad Airways lounge which I had no idea would cater to the VVIP guests and was the among the important box in the Paddock. The view from our window was right next to the Pit Lane and the Finish Line of the Yas Marina Circuit. Hearing the zooming loud sounds of the F1s pumps my adrenaline too! It took me some time to soak everything in! The job was definitely exhausting but more rewarding. And though I've lost my favourite sneakers during the finals, I have gained way more! I cannot contain myself for this wonderful experience. It's as close to me as a deja vu which is why I came up with this blog post though having only limited photos (since taking pictures or filming the event is strictly prohibited). Guys, the final word I'd want to leave with you is get. out. there. It is these moments that make us feel more alive. Mabruk to Lewis Hamilton whom I've heard from one of my guests was a very down to earth and prayerful man. No wonder he won the race and the heart of Nicole Scherzinger.
It must be the Ferrari.
Sunday, November 23, 2014
Everyone needs that quick inspo to get through the day... And a simple Birthday invitation at Al Mamzar Beach Park, turned out to be all that! It's a beach and a park in one! (Pun intended.) Of course it's ought to be fun with family and friends together, not to mention, the scrumptious Filipino foods we enjoyed while we happily seated ourselves on the banig... I really missed that! I didn't mind going back and forth for another round of liempo and sisig! But other than that, I was glad to meet the waves Mamzar Beach can boast of, since most beaches here in the UAE are calm and serene. Us girls enjoyed riding the waves and only did I realize there how powerful waves can be. I shall dedicate a more detailed post on that, InshaAllah ;)
For now, I wanted to share this dreamy bougainvillea sweet spot I kept eyeing on since we came. It was only in the afternoon, when it's about time to go home, that we had seconds to take pictures of it! There couldn't have been any perfect time of the day. I've always had thoughts of having a dreamy photo against what seems a floral heaven, an inspiration I might have imbued from Gary Pepper and Miss Jones. Life is but a dream... come true.
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
I'm not just a Christian, I'm a Catholic. No matter what religion you're coming from - be it Islam, Hindu, Orthodox, Sikh, Shinto - I believe there is one powerful God watching our lives. The movie "God's Not Dead", isn't just a Christian movie catering only to a particular sector of the world's religions but is a very insightful, engaging, mind-boggling (if I may say) film that tickles your brain and makes you look deep into your self of who you are, where you're from and where you're going. With the setting in a University where the main character is a Freshman with a great love for God, debating and presenting arguments with his Atheist Philosophy Professor, relived in me my College life and how exciting it is to be in a 'think tank' room exchanging thoughts and insights. The movie was amazing in crafting it in such a way that it's relatable to different kind of people.
This wasn't only a movie to me but an experience that strengthened my faith in God. I personally believe that one's religion or belief is an individual choice. Your faith is a personal relationship you have with God. It's been quite some time since I last went to Church before seeing this movie (unexpectedly and unintentionally) with my cousins last night. I would've even chose to sleep on them. But again... I really do believe that things happen for a reason. And the reason I've acknowledged from this is that God made me want to remember that He is my Lord and Saviour. Jesus is my Friend.
And before putting myself to sleep, I opened my tiny Bible app in my iPod feeling so inspired. I want to share the open verse that popped up highlighted in green...
"For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.
There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male
nor female - for all of you are one in Christ" Galatians 3:27-28
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
As seen in my consecutive instagram posts, I've been posting pictures of my dear cousin Maha's 18th Birthday Party! It's hard to even stop and convince myself it's enough, thinking that my followers might get fed up seeing posts from the same event. But I couldn't be more happier with my cousin's concept and theme of her Debut - pastel and bright solid colours, hundreds of balloons, big bold flowers, a quirky photo booth and a tower of cupcakes - some things I really love (and so do most girls) creating our very own Alice in Wonderland! The outcome of the balloons we pumped, the crepe paper flowers we meticulously handcrafted, and the venue's set-up on the photos was exciting! Unashamedly, we're goofy teenagers and I still refuse to believe I'm in my 20's! I thought these memorable photos needed a dedicated post. You just might want us to plan your next. big. party.
We're all about that bass, no treble ;)