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From The Emirate of Sharjah to Dubai

My second day in UAE is fun and a memorable one.

Sharjah isn’t too bad. I find it very clean and peaceful .It has a vast area with big road highways . Buildings standing tall – most are residential areas mixed with offices. Shops are located on every bulilding and all the signs are written in English and Arabic. People living in Sharjah are in mixed nationality including Fililpinos. This gives me a sense of security and comfort knowing I can ask my compatriots for assistance.

It’s amazing to know that Filipino uses “kabayan” to address a compatriot, like a term used ages ago as an OFW (Overseas Filipino Worker). Well it will be so weird to use that when you’re in Philippines. I remembered taking a metro and someone asked: “Kabayan?” I was surprised at the expression and term. Maybe because I am a Cebuano – not used to Tagalog dialect.

My cousin Richan who is residing in Dubai convinced me to stay with her for a while as I search for a job. She explained that Sharjah is like a province type of place and the culture practice is based in Saudi Arabia. Without any hesitation my brother agreed on my decision to work in Dubai. He is very supportive in all my decisions and I’m thankful for that.
As we headed to Dubai, my cousin noticed that we are passing unfamiliar way however I dont have any idea that we took the opposite side of the road. Considering my cousin who just received her new license so we anticipate the experience but I enjoyed it. We drove for nearly two hours and somehow managed to finally see some progress we suddenly got bumped by another car and was caught up with a minor accident.

So what’s the next step? Again we waited for another hour in addition to our misadventure. I felt exasperated that time that I badly needed a toilet and trust me it was not fun at all getting stuck up in the middle of the road seeing cars passed through us and staring at us.

A traffic officer responded an hour later. My cousin explaining her heart out to what had happened. An Indian guy bumped our side as we pass the round about near Al Quoz to where we are dropping Michael (Richan’s brother). After a long investigation the Indian guy was given a penalty and was issued to pay for the damage.

Bright sky scrapers welcomed me as we drove to Dubai Marina.

We finally overcome all the obstacles. “Its better than late than never” is our motto on that day.

Al Quoz Traffic

Dubai Sky Scrapers

Dubai Marina Yacht at Night

Ladies in Dubai

A Filipino Expat Moving First Time to Dubai – UAE

Dubai Marina at day

You probably have wondered and think about the idea of moving to Dubai. Let me share my experience on how I made it through in setting foot in the glamorous emirate which is Dubai. Just a heads up – some confuse Dubai as a country however it is not a country. It is one of the seven emirates that make up the country which is United Arab Emirates.
Seven months ago , I made a very important decision which I know would greatly change my life. The plan was to work in Dubai – leaving the comfort zone that I have grown up with. With the support of my dear brother I was able to received my Visit visa quickly as expected which took a month to process.

The idea is to come to Dubai under a Visit visa and to find a job while using a months duration. You can also choose for more than a month and may need to pay for extra. Most cases, some will just extend another month and pay for it.

The thought of moving overwhelmed me and as I draw closer to my departure date I felt anxious and nervous. Reality hit me the moment I received my itinerary, for me there is no backing out. In no time I will be leaving my family and friends not seeing them for 2 years or so whatever the future holds.

I was quite prepared for the decision I made. I wanted to achieve the experience of being alone and independent in a foreign land. The thrill and excitement of living is ahead of me. I wasn’t sure on how my life works once I arrive but I aways think: “I will cross the bridge when I get there”.

I felt my heart sank as I stepped in the airport terminal in Cebu and bid farewell to my mom, sister, aunt, and the rest of my family. I cant stand to watch their faces that it made me cry as I was sitting in the boarding area.

I took the connecting flight from Cebu to Hongkong and Hongkong to Dubai. Total time duration from Cebu to Dubai took roughly eleven hours.

I am boarded in a Cathay Pacific airline, the plane is huge and is so insanely cold that I can barely sleep. Fighting the urge to get some sleep I ended up watching a film. I entertained my self by constantly checking the small LCD screen for the distance, altitude, estimated time of arrival and the location we are in.
Flight attendants are nice and approachable and have kept supplying us food. Unfortunately, none of the meal served is appealing for my palate. The only thing I managed to have was the hard baguette and butter.

Finally, I arrived safe and sound through a long and stressful journey. I looked down to the surface to mark my first step in UAE. The airport is so wide and spacious but Hongkong is the far most biggest that I’ve seen.

All passengers bound to Dubai are required to queue for eye scan and to have our passport checked and visa. These are mandatory in entering Dubai as it records individual identity.

My brother Manuel (Kuya Jun-Jun) waited for me outside the arrival area. I am so pleased to see him again. It was like 3 years that we’ve been apart and at last I get to finally reunite with him and his wife, Kathleen. It was still dark outide – around 4am as we headed out for a taxi to Sharjah, (a 30 minute drive from the airport) an emirate of UAE which is more conservative than Dubai. Then I thought this will be a bit boring to live by.