Woke up crying on Christmas Day

For the past 20 years of my life, Christmas was always meant to be spent with family. On my 21st, it isn't. So today, Christmas 2017, I'm not even surprised I woke up with a heavy heart and started my day crying. I came to think about how different life would be if I am [...]

Emirates Palace: And Why It’s Worth 3 Billion USD

A visit to UAE's capital, Abu Dhabi, won't be complete without visiting its iconic structure, the luxurious Emirates Palace Hotel. Opened in 2005 after more than three years of construction, welcome to the second most expensive hotel built in the world. 3 Billion US Dollars! Can you imagine how many pizza and fries you can [...]

That one time I felt unsafe in Abu Dhabi

Good news: I think I'm okay with bus rides now. If you've read this post, you know that there was a point in my life where I stated and claimed with all my heart that I am not okay with bus rides. I'm taking it back. I've been using the bus as my mode of [...]

Why you should go out of your comfort zone and explore more

After being so stressed out mentally and emotionally over the past few months, I realized that I need to take a break from the city life. I want to relax and not be disturbed by anyone. I want to be away from so many people. I want someplace to think. So I spent the weekend [...]

Cups & Mills Café: Food Review

(+ Meeting up with a fellow blogger! Guess who!) I've been posting too many personal posts lately that you might have forgotten I also write food and book reviews sometimes. If you've been with me for quite a long time now, you'll know that I have always had a thing with beautiful cafés and the calming ambiance [...]

Rice Overdose: Food Review

As I have said on my last food review with Hooked Seafood Restaurant, there is never a day that I didn't check out Agoda or Zomato on my phone. There's just something in me that loves looking at hotels and restaurants, dreaming of staying or eating there. I love daydreaming. Anyway, I promised myself to always check out [...]

The Heart-Warming Reason Behind Wahat Al Karama

Let me tell you some facts about my younger brother. He used to compete for Math competitions locally and internationally. He's competed in three countries - Singapore, Malaysia, & Indonesia - (and won) in a span of three years. An expert when it comes to computer - can hack different internet providers, can make his [...]

LA Vlogs: First Date in Abu Dhabi

A little backstory: My partner, Wel, and I are currently both based in United Arab Emirates since the first quarter of the year. But even if we're both living in the same island, walking under that scorching 40 to 50+ degree-celsius heat and breathing the same humid air everyday, we are still a few hours [...]

The Beautiful Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Two words: breathtakingly beautiful. Say hello to United Arab Emirates' largest mosque: Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. Located in the heart of Abu Dhabi, this mosque is established and named after UAE's first president Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. This beauty took almost 12 years, more than 38 contracting companies, and 3 500 workers just [...]

Hooked Seafood Restaurant: Food Review

Let me tell you something about myself. A day won't go by without me scrolling through Agoda, AirBNB, and/or Zomato. It has become a part of my daily routine. And so one night when I was doing my thing, scrolling through Zomato and checking out every restaurant's menu, taking notes of what I would be [...]