Discovering Dubai

DubaiWhen I first landed in Dubai and alighted the plane, the very fist thing that popped into my head was “Damn it it’s HOT!” considering that it was Summer when I came here, I still cannot believe how hot and sticky the wind was against my skin. I was born and raised in a tropical country, so a sweltering summer is not new to me, but I tell you, heat in here is intolerable.

The sun here also sets late. It gets dark here past 7 PM whereas in the Philippines it’s already dark by 6 PM. But aside from a whether forecast, there are also a lot of things in Dubai I want to share to you, and I hope I could share these without shaming my own country, but alas, it’s impossible not to compare.

In Dubai, Laws are respected. That’s the number one thing I learned. People respect authority and they are afraid of the Police. Even the smallest little things like traffic lights and pedestrian lanes are honored. In our country, people does not care about the law because they can buy the police. Here in Dubai cars stay on one lane. and there’s no traffic because everything is in order. There’s a bus stop on the side of the streets with a bus slot so vehicles don’t have to go around them.There are no intersections, just roundabouts. There are no street litters and there are no street beggars. Everything is fully automated. The Buses and Metros use one transportation card known as Nol Card. The government own most of the things the public use so there is uniformity. Parking spaces can be paid via text. Toll Gates are not really gates but are just car stickers and scanners that automatically charge you when you pass under them and this is can also be paid via text. Streets has speed detectors and will automatically take a picture of your car and your face — probably in HD. There are no old card here as they are not allowed on the streets. The water and electricity is paid as one and is also run by the government. There are only two Network providers and one of them is run also by the government — The Etisalat. Etisalat provides cellphone, landline, internet, etc. You cannot buy a random sim card on the streets. To buy a sim card you need to provide your identity and this number will be tied to you from then on forward, so you cannot easily use a number to scam people. They have a centralized record here for each person wherein everything about your identity is kept — your address, your number, your work and even your fingerprints, so whatever you do, there’s no escaping once you get a record.

Despite the hot embrace of the air, I am learning to love everything about Dubai — especially the Arabic bread. But every time I see how efficient and organized everything is, I can’t help but look back in my country and it saddens me to think that while other countries are already in the future our country is still stuck and sometimes, even back pedaling. I realized that scenes in futuristic movies won’t actually come true in all places all at once. Some countries will arrive there faster.
And I keep on thinking how, oh how on earth our people keep on voting rotten leaders and why can’t they realize that they have the power to change the course of our country.

Okay, enough depressing thoughts!

On other matters at hand. It makes me think… Have I found a place where I can plant my roots?

Bisikleta

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7:00 PM

Para lang yang goma, kahit gaano katibay, pag binanat mo ng sobra pa sa kaya, mapapatid at mapapatid yan, kaya minsan kailangan din ipahinga para mag reset.

9:00 PM
Never pa ata ako naghanap ng father figure eversince I can remember. Never pa ako nangarap na sana meron akong tatay. Last week, na try ko.
Nasa supermarket kami nun, tumitingin ng mga gulay gulay na masarap gawing snack, nang merong biglang nagtawanan sa likod namin na nakapukaw ng atensyon ko. Pag lingon ko merong mag amang puti na mukhang merong ginawang kalokohan kung saan maluha luha sila sa katatawa. Dun ako nakaramdam ng kaunting pagtatanong kung ano kaya ang pakiramdam na magkaroon ng isa pang parent na pwede mo ding takbuhan pag kailangan mo o pwede mo maging kabiruan. Inggit ba ang naramdaman ko nun? Parang gusto ko ng father figure na akin lang. Hindi tito ko o lolo ko kundi tatay ko. Saakin lang. Siguro nga nainggit ako kasi merong isang tao jan na nakayang talikuran at kalimutan ang unang unica hija nya at nasakto pang saakin yun. Alam ko merong plano kung bakit nangyari ang mga nangyari kaya hindi ko naman hinihiling na sana nagstay siya, kasi maaring iba din ang buhay ko ngayon kung andyan siya. Naisip ko lang, baka masaya din.

10: 25 PM
May tindahan ng bike. Habang iniisip ko yung plastic na nakatakip sa pinto nun para hindi lumabas yung lamig ng aircon at kung meron na ba akong nakitang ganon sa Pilipinas ay biglang merong isang lalaking lumabas dito na tulak tulak ang isang maliit na pink na bike. Kumpletong merong basket sa harap at palawit sa manibela. Kasunod ng lalaking ito ay isang batang babaeng nakapalda ng puti na may ruffles at tumatakbo paikot ikot sa bike. Matapos namang itest ng lalaki ang bike paikot ay pumasok na silang muli sa tindahan.
Isang bata nanaman ang matutulog ng may ngiti sa labi ngayong gabi.

11:07 PM
Irog, hindi ko alam kung anong ginagawa ko dito at kung anong dapat kong gawin. Ang alam ko lang, lahat magiging maluwag at madali kapag kasama kita. Alam ko lahat kakayanin ko kahit pa ano o ilan o paano o gaano, basta karamay kita.

Sabi nga ni LeAnn Rimes:

 How do I live without you?

 

I’m in good hands. I’m in God’s hands.

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thSa totoo lang, ang negative ng takbo ng araw ko today at dahil ayokong ayokong nagpapakalat ng negative vibes, hindi ako nag blog. Pero ngayon medyo lumiwanag ang kalangitan kaya’t heto ako at nagkaron ng bagong pag-asa.

Sa sobrang dami ng stress ko na dedepress na ako dito, sobrang iba kapag mayroong ibang taong gumastos at gumagastos para sayo. Tapos ang weird pa dito everyday kaya dagdag stress. Tapos wala pa din ako nakikitang work. Tapos nawawala pa din yung bagahe ko. Tapos meron akong hinihintay pang isang sign.

And then naghapon, at dumating yung hinihintay ko last month pa, kaya gumaan yung dinadala kong problema. Thank God talaga. SI God ang lakas mangasar e. Pero ayun sabi niya siguro “Child, you need a break. Here you go.’

Eto naghahanap pa din ako ng work online and malapit ko nang igive-up ang nursing. Sumasakit na ang ulo ko (dahil na din sa mata ko) kaka internet. Hindi ko alam san ako magsisimula at narealize kong all I know is how to be a Nurse. Wala akong ka id-idea kung ano pang ibang bagay ang gagawin ko sa buhay ko. I need another sign!

Tapos sabi ni Bob Marley “Don’t worry about a thing, every little thing is gonna be alright.”
At kanina nabasa ko “Nobody makes a lock without a Key. God won’t give you a problem without a solution”
Kaya naisip ko na I’m in good hands. I’m in God’s hands. :)

Ang lagi kong advice sa iba ay advice ko ngayon sa sarili ko. Don’t worry. Don’t worry dahil ano man ang planuhin mo ano man ang problemahin mo, along the way merong bagay na mangyayari at magugulat ka nalang na everything worked out fine eventually at matatawa ka nalang kung bakit ka namroblema noon.

God is testing my faith right now and I hope I’m still in His good grace. I remembered that I am not alone and God is with me all the time. I won’t lose hope, I won’t lose faith. I know there’s a plan for me. I’ll just do my best and God will do the rest. :)

May God Bless you Dubai! I mean Allah. :)
Ramadan Kareem.

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