Happy New Year! It has been a year of old and new, in and out and what is and what is not.
How did your old year go?
Here’s my 2015 in a flash:
The first month of my year started on a positive note yet ended quite grimly. I thought I was settled on a new job but the stars had its way of telling otherwise and I found myself going back to square one. I knew from then on that it was going to be hard times again but, I kept my faith and took the time to reflect on what was really happening and prepared to move on.
Because of this work-related mishap, I needed to exit the country to amend my visa status. Fortunately, I have good friends in the neighboring country of Qatar so, after obtaining a visa, I packed my bag and flew to the city of Doha. There, I played job hunter-slash-turista then I gave up on job hunting and went on full turista mode. I wasn’t ready to say goodbye to UAE, after all! 🙂
MARCH and APRIL
These months were all about meeting up with friends, checking out new spots in Dubai and hanging out at old favorites.
MAY and JUNE
I was beginning to think that the source of my stressful year was a serious case of homesickness. So, when my new company asked me (again) to exit the country to (again) amend my visa status, I chose to go back to my beloved homeland. Though it was spontaneous and needless to say, less economical, seeing old, familiar faces and places brought hope back in my heart – and you can’t really put a price tag on that.
And I was right. An overdose of family, friends, laughter, starbucks (oh yeah, definitely starbucks), crispy pata, sunshine and ocean – and I was packed and ready to give a new life another go.
New life = new job. And so I left the bustling city of Dubai and moved to the much simpler, Al Ain. Though I miss the accessibility to everything that Dubai provides, Al Ain’s vibe screams just the right amount of simplicity without being boring that I can’t help but feel right at home. And although my new job involves some serious eye-rolling moments, I am still grateful for my new, nature-friendly environment.
I turned 29. One more year to adulthood!
Busabos Adventures goes to Oman! Lol. Because of my new job (aka long weekend-dependent holidays), a budget reset and two separate trips to the Philippines, Chat and I couldn’t afford going on a full-blast adventure yet; so on a long weekend that we couldn’t just let pass without doing anything, we invited my beki friends to go on a day trip to the nearby Musandam in Oman. A short, but sweet escape that’s definitely one for the books.
This isn’t really my story to tell, but still a huge part of my life was welcoming our precious, #SouthLove baby, Zoe Avery! My trip to Doha at the beginning of the year was highlighted with Baby Z letting her presence be known and felt. It was a funny story how my friend, Anjel, discovered that she was expecting. Though I missed her coming out to the world and becoming a Christian, I’d like to think that I was still part of Baby Z’s big reveal 🙂
NOVEMBER and DECEMBER
These months flew by with me being swamped with physical work. Not really a lot has happened as I spent the days on a sleep-eat-work routine. Social life? I barely had any. But who needs it when you live with your friends and got a fantastic love life to boot, anyway? Not me. Charot!
2015 started with a damn and ended with a daaaaamn (does it make sense?). I was overwhelmed with the changes that occurred that I am still trying to cope up with it up to this day. Nevertheless, I am very grateful for this year’s blessings and challenges, motivations and inspirations, and exciting new goals.
October photo courtesy of Mr. and Mrs. Cruz.