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Your Guide to Visiting Dubai on Tight Budget – Travel Preparations


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Dubai Chronicles: Your Guide to Visiting Dubai on a Tight Budget – Travel Preparations

The Dubai Chronicles

A journey never begins until you take the first step. These are the basic steps.

Dubai Creek at Night

Dubai Creek at Night

Documents:

  1. Passport – check expiry
  2. Visa ( This can be paid for but can be provided by your relative in Dubai)

You can find visa from https://www.facebook.com/mcfabia

  1. Good Reason to come back to the Philippines

Any traveler going to Dubai will be considered by the Philippine Government as a potential expense as many Filipinos plan to find work and get deported by the Philippine government. As great as the OFW’s are to the economy, they are not paying a penny for their government to send them home. It’s the taxpayers back home paying for their repatriation.

 

Dubai Airport Passengers

Dubai Airport Passengers

  1. Petition Letter

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Batam, the Key Island of Indonesia


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Batam, the Key Island of Indonesia

Indonesian Cuisine

Indonesian Cuisine

Living in a foreign land evokes different feelings. Yet living in South East Asia gives that familiar feel – the food, the buildings, the sound of a local dialect so familiar but different.

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But here in this island, I have found passionate Christians living like no other! What else do you expect from the island named to be the Key of Indonesia. Keys are objects of authority. Keys are small objects but they hold great power over doors, gates, rooms and entire palaces!

What you will find.

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Batam is the Northern most tip of Indonesia. It is closest to Singapore. Within Indonesia, it is very prosperous even though it is not an urban center like Jakarta.

I have found lots of Chinese Cuisine around. And to my surprise I have found a martial arts booklet.

Chinese Buildings

Chinese Buildings

 

Exotic Asian Lamp Light

Exotic Asian Lamp Light

Martial Arts Handbook!

Martial Arts Handbook!


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Singapore: Flower Dome and the Cloud Forest


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Singapore: Flower Dome and the Cloud Forest

“Architecture is man’s attempt to tame and imitate nature.” Arch Ian Jay Bantilan

The aim of man

Let’s see the Flower Dome.

The Flower Dome is the lower but larger of the two, at 1.2 hectares (3.0 acres). It replicates a mild, dry climate and features plants found in the Mediterranean and other semi-arid tropical regions (e.g. parts of Australia, South America, South Africa).

The Flower Dome is 38 metres (125 ft) high and maintains a temperature between 23 °C and 25 °C, slightly lower at night.

The Flower Dome features seven different “gardens” as well as an olive grove with a bistro and a central changing display field has also been incorporated to enable flower shows and displays to be held within the conservatory.

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Regrets: the Comeback


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Regrets: the Comeback

What to do when you are a former rockstar, or not.

Life's misses - Regret

Life’s misses – Regret

It started with an insurance presentation. I had a good but emotionally draining day. She talks a lot. And I also get to talk more. I got to visit parts of my life. And it became a little time for reflection about my life. Sorry guys, this is another melancholly post.

While listening to Goo Goo Dolls on back ground, I took the time to check why the lyrics kind of hit me well. “Iris” was a song from an angel wanting to give up immortality – to be human. All for love.

And then Sympathy. It was written by Johnny Rzeznik, while he was going through his divorce – the song is based on mistakes he made, taking fame for granted and not seeing what he had when he had it.

Sympathy by Goo Goo Dolls
Stranger than your sympathy
And this is my apology
I’m killing myself from the inside out
And all my fears have pushed you outAnd I wished for things that I don’t need
(all I wanted)
And what I chase won’t set me free
(it’s all I wanted)
And I get scared but I’m not crawlin’ on my kneesOh, yeah
Everything’s all wrong, yeah
Everything’s all wrong, yeah
Where the hell did I think I was?And stranger than your sympathy
I take these things, so I don’t feel
I’m killing myself from the inside out
And now my head’s been filled with doubt

It’s hard to lead the life you choose
(all I wanted)
And all your luck’s run out on you
(all I wanted)
And you can’t see when all your dreams are coming true

Oh, yeah
It’s easy to forget, yeah
When you choke on the regrets, yeah
Who the hell did I think I was?

And stranger than your sympathy
And all these thoughts you stole from me
And I’m not sure where I belong
And nowhere’s home and I’m all wrong

And I was in love with things I tried to make believe I was
And I wouldn’t be the one to kneel before the dreams I wanted
And all the talk and all the lies were all the empty things disguised as me

I’m getting isolated in this cycle of changes in my life. A work in transit in Iloilo and Bacolod, trying to find myself. Highlights of my life fly back to me. I don’t have a wife yet, or a “fame” past. But I don’t have to get there to experience what he had. I believe we squander memories reaching for the money, the fame or the girl. You lost track of what really matters – friendships. This is my way of grieving for seasons that have passed. There are many things I take for granted that other people yearn only in their wildest dreams. They say “Life happens when we are busy making other plans.” – Allen Saunders. We were busy chasing dreams when those that really mattered were there all along.

Regret and Frustration

Regret and Frustration

Being gifted is both a blessing and a curse. It’s the temptation of feeling you are invincible and wanting to conquer the world. I’m just glad, God didn’t give it when I wanted it bad. But the lost time is full of frustration of things that could be.

I guess grieving makes you better.

When you have time, take a moment to coffee with the friends you treasure. The cost of the cup is irrelevant. When you can take your friends out to lunch or dinner. Do a favor that your friends don’t expect. Let them know you care. Spend time with your siblings, mom and dad. Joke around and play with your cousins.

I also wished then that I had the muscles of gratefulness. Contentment happens when we trust that God knows our needs better than we know our own. Wish I knew instead of losing more years. But again, instead of rushing thankfulness to make up for lost time, trusting Him again that His timing is perfect.

Thanks Bianc.

What can you be thankful for today?

Regret changes into thankfulness

Regret changes into thankfulness


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Singapore: Leaving for Batam, Indonesia


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Singapore: Leaving for Batam, Indonesia

Staying in a country no matter how delightful leaves one gasping for $$$$. My theory is the more enjoyable the journey the more expensive it becomes. Only time will tell, how enjoyable you became. For every day of stay, is dollars! dollars!

We had to go to our next adventure: Batam, Indonesia.

On a sidenote, Singapore as a city is the way it is because of its laws. They have very green roofdecks and very few hanging laundry on major streets. In our urban commercial streets, our roofs are filled with hanging lingeries.

Singapore's Green Roof Buildings

Singapore’s Green Roof Buildings

Roma Pizza Italiano

Roma Pizza Italiano

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