Expat Life in Dubai

Be Right Back!

June 5, 2014

I haven’t been blogging lately which might come as a surprise for most of you since there’s a post on this site just yesterday. Well you see, I wrote that last post 2 weeks ago. My website has been running on scheduled, past write ups for a couple of months now and sadly I ran out of posts. I haven’t visited this website for a very loooong time. I’m not trying to abandon it (NEVER!), it’s just that a lot of things are happening in my life all at once these days. I’m surprised I can even keep up with it.

I moved to a new house (FINALLY!) last week and I’m now an official resident of a studio apartment which I actually might leave soon. It’s a weird and yet, fortunate turn of events. To cut the long story short, Pinay Flying High might be moving to another city which is yet to be disclosed. I’ll probably just write about it when I’ve finally done the move and will be writing from that new city. I’m both excited and sad about it.

Dubai has been my home for 7 years, I can’t even believe that I’ve stayed in this city for that long. Throughout those years, I’ve had my ups and downs but the city never fails to make me feel blessed and happy. I can’t believe I might soon be giving up the comfortable life that I have here. Sure I may not be earning the best salary there is but the comfortable way of life this city is giving me is quite hard to beat. An open-minded Middle Eastern city, tax-free salary, the metro, the city being a safe place to live in, the friends I made and I hate to say this but I may also miss the glitz and the glamour of Dubai. However, just as how everything else in this region is – nothing is final until it happens. I’ll keep this blog updated for sure.

So in line with the move, I’ve got a lot of things to prepare and organize which is taking a lot of my time. Work is sh*tload and on top of that I’ll have to prepare all these documents for my move. I sometimes feel like I’m superwoman with all these things I’m managing all at once. Trust me, getting the official documents alone in Dubai is kinda like being in an episode of Amazing Race:

1. Fill out hundreds of application forms and get it attested by your country’s Embassy in the UAE.
2. Translate to Arabic.
3. Go to a government office to make sure that the translation is correct.
4. Get it stamped, red-ribboned, signed, sealed and delivered.
5. Go to another government office to make sure that the red ribbon is in proper place.
6. If the color of the ribbon is not red enough, go back to step 1 but this time – include 100 passport photos of your great grandmother’s first teacher.
7. With all the documents in place, cross an alligator-infested river in the Amazon and proceed to the finish line which of course is in the middle of a city which the zombies took over several years ago.
8. If you survived, that piece of paper you require awaits you at the finish line only to find out that they spelled your name incorrectly.
9. Go back to step 1.

I don’t think that hypothetical process only exists in Dubai though, I think I’ll have to go through the same thing anywhere. So yeah, wish me luck and I’ll be right back as soon as I have enough time to write about my shenanigans in this city or who knows, maybe I’ll write the next post from the new city that I’ll be living in. 🙂

Talk soon! xxxx


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  • Reply thewanderblogger June 6, 2014 at 12:10

    I’m impressed that you’ve been able to run on scheduled posts for so long! I’m doing good to have a week scheduled in advance!

    Good luck with all of the changes going on in your life. I’m excited to see where you go next!

  • Reply Jello June 6, 2014 at 03:45

    Awww.. but, you are one of my favorite Dubai-based pinay bloggers 🙁 Oh well, I’m sure you’d still be my favorite anywhere-based blogger. Hehe. Goodluck on your new endeavor! Will be waiting for that new post. God Bless! 😉

  • Reply aBs June 5, 2014 at 15:31

    Ahh! Excited for you!! (Obviously) I love the idea of moving around a bit, while we’re young and wild and free 🙂 Good on you! Cant wait to see where things take you!

    • Reply Pinay Flying High June 5, 2014 at 15:41

      Thank you abby! I haven’t had the time to read your updates from the land down under. I hope you’re doing well.

  • Reply Lady Anne June 5, 2014 at 10:01

    OMG! You’re leaving! 🙁 But just like how you feel, I’m sad yet very excited for you! I’ll miss you and Pinay Flying High.

    PS. Let’s have another Bloggers’ night before you leave please. 🙂

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