Returning Home: Wherever that may be.

Returning Home: Wherever that may be.

Having moved to Dubai for more than 3 months now, a new question has been becoming more and more common - "How long do you see yourself staying in Dubai for? When are you going move back home?" It was a question I did not give much thought to - just replying that probably not in the immediately foreseeable future but it would be hard to predict. Until this morning, I came across this amazing TED Talk today by Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of Eat, Pray, Love and why she does what she…Read more
Singapore Day at the Asateer Tent in the Palm Jumeirah

Singapore Day at the Asateer Tent in the Palm Jumeirah

It is the practise here to celebrate National Day about a month late. Each year, the UAE Embassy/Consulates organizes a large get together for all the Singaporeans in the country. Coming from all the various emirates, this year it was held at the luxurious Asateer Tent, on the tip of the Palm Jumeirah. I took the chance to use the free promo code Uber was giving away with one of the major banks that gave me a discount on my ride to the event. Which was totally hassle free (unlike getting a cab here).…Read more
Desert Force and my week watching Mixed Martial Arts

Desert Force and my week watching Mixed Martial Arts

Disclosure: I was given tickets to attend both Desert Force and One FC due to the nature of the work I do. Opinions stated are mine and unfiltered, as they will always be. MMA had always occupied a bit of a weird space for me. Like most people in my generation, I grew up watching WWF/WWE and play-acting the Royal Rumble with my friends all the way up to my teenage years (much to my parents chagrin). In theory, MMA would have been the perfect progression for me, like for so many others.…Read more
Learning to cook

Learning to cook

Photo by Stephan Geyer, Creative Commons The biggest difference between living in Singapore and Dubai, for me anyway, is the distinct lack of good old hawker food. Instead of $3.50 cai png or wanton mee, I now have almost-satisfying wraps or fast food. Or restaurants that charge a pretty penny. And thus, I've started to (re)learn cooking again. I've tried it a few times before, during my six months at USC in 2009, but despite all the polite smiles from my friends, I know that I am mediocre at best. And proud of it.…Read more
Q43: A Return to MediaOne

Q43: A Return to MediaOne

Having moved out of the MediaOne Hotel for three weeks already, I've had not gone back despite hearing a lot about their bar, Q43. It was Linda's last day on Sunday(still getting used to it being the first workday of the week), and lo and behold, Q43 was picked for her farewell for its close proximity to the office. So as the workday drew to a close, we made our way there, iPhone camera in hand. When we got to the hotel, one of the staff recognized me from my stay and waved a quick hello…Read more
The Dubai Marina and Jumeirah Lake Towers

The Dubai Marina and Jumeirah Lake Towers

And just like, that I've made it through my first month in Dubai. With Ramadan now freshly in the rear view, it was time to break out the Groupon I bought in my first week. Blessed with relatively good weather (never thought I'd ever call 36 degrees good) and armed with a camera, I took the waterfront walk along the Marina to my destination, a small cafe at the other end of the Jumeirah Lake Towers. When looking for a place here, we prioritized an apartment in a nicer area while giving up square footage. So…Read more
Goodbye MediaOne, hello Dubai Marina!

Goodbye MediaOne, hello Dubai Marina!

After two weeks of staying at the MediaOne Hotel, I've finally moved in to a tiny apartment at the Dubai Marina. Weighing in at a 'massive' 604sq feet, I must admit I'm somewhat concerned that not everything will be able to fit in when the container comes in a couple more weeks. Despite that, Cheryl and I finally have a place we can call our own! Without the internet to distract me (the earliest I could get it installed is tomorrow, so I'm writing this offline and will hopefully post from cafe later today),…Read more
A Walk down Jumeirah Beach

A Walk down Jumeirah Beach

Since I've moved to Dubai, it has been pretty much go-time, all the time. Sitting at the computer trying to decipher the internet service provider offerings for the umpteenth this past weekend, it dawned on me that since moving here, I've hardly given myself downtime to explore the city. I quickly found a dinner place and plotted a rough walking route through the beach to get there. For the first time in months, I headed for a photowalk armed with nothing other than an iPhone. Enjoy!Read more
Being an Urban Hunter/Gatherer

Being an Urban Hunter/Gatherer

The intense human survival instinct has driven many a person to do things they never imagine. In the case of a Singaporean, the need to find viable (and delicious) food options is right up there on our list of priorities (and I guess even more so during the Ramadan season). Our first few days here we were conservative and did not want to venture out too far in the scorching heat in our quest for food. We stocked up on granola bars and instant noodles, and sat at the food courts of large malls desperately waiting for the evening prayer call…Read more
Ramadan Kareem and the Desert Heat

Ramadan Kareem and the Desert Heat

"Are you crazy?! It's Ramadan during the summer. Couldn't you have gone after the hot season?" came the protests from one of my buddies after hearing I was due to start in Dubai on 1 July. Why not, I reasoned. If I was going to move, I might as well jump into the deep end and figure it out by fully immersing culturally right? Our first brush with the practical effects of Ramadan here came on our first full day in Dubai. We had just ended a morning of apartment viewing and was…Read more
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