Expat Life in Dubai

Closing A Beautiful Chapter of My Life

August 20, 2014
Burj Al Arab

6 years and 11 months ago, I arrived in a very humid Dubai with no clue of what to expect and no friends nor family whom I know. The only thing I knew then was that it was going to be hot and this I tell you, no matter how much you psych yourself up on how hot and humid Dubai is going to be, it’s still not going to be good enough until you actually experience it. It’s that hot in here!

Pinay Flying High

Yacht Cruise at the Marina with The Atlantis The Palm View. πŸ™‚

I was ecstatic and over the moon to be in this city specially because of the fact that I was hired to work for a company I have always dreamed of working for – Emirates Airline. I was also excited to finally prove the world that I can live a life of my own without my parental unit’s financial assistance. I was a completely useless individual living off my parent’s money before I came to Dubai. Lol. I have documented my life in the city through this blog which has worked its way up to the (almost) top of the blogosphere without even me knowing it. So as you can see, Dubai has opened up a lot of opportunities for me which is why I have such a heavy heart to leave this city.

Working for Emirates Airline.

Before I came to Dubai, I have received some other airline job offers in the Middle East but for no particular reason – I knew that an offer from Emirates will come my way. I can just feel it, so I waited. For 6 months. I was patient and that patience was rewarded. I’ve never had any regrets since then. Working for Emirates Airline has opened a lot of doors for me in terms of exploring the wonderful world that we live in. I was able to go to places which I thought I will only see in movies, books and travel magazines with discounted/free tickets and the Embassies are much nicer to me and gives me a visa easily when they find out that I’m working for the airline of Dubai. My work experience has also expanded through this company and whoever I am right now and whatever skills I have at the moment, I owe it all to Emirates. I will definitely miss working for the number one.

The Glamourous Life of Dubai.

I got a bit crazy during my first years in Dubai, I was enjoying the glitz and the glamour of what this amazing city has to offer. Nightlife, weekend getaways, shopping – all these amazing things at an arm’s reach, who can resist? I was spoiled in Dubai! Those were probably the best years of my life, I was young and free! I felt like a bird suddenly freed from the cage that’s been sheltering me all my life. As I look back to those crazy years now that I’m older (and hopefully wiser), I just chuckle to myself and wonder where in the world did I ever get the energy (and money) to do all those things?

The Friends Family I’ve Made.

Someone once said that if you put me in a room full of strangers, I will walk out of it with a group of people trailing behind me who I have personally rounded up. That said, I do make friends quite easily BUT I have this thing of knowing who to value the most. I do have a lot of friends yes but I know that not all of them I can rely on with my life. The real friends I’ve made here are the ones who I will definitely keep for all my life. I have developed a very close relationship with some of them which is kind of inevitable. Living in a city not your own, you will definitely connect with some people more deeply than the others. These people will be like your family, you’d do everything for them and they’d do everything for you. I’m lucky to have met quite a handful of them in this city.

The Blog.

Pinay Flying High in Dubai

They claim to be fans which I find ridiculous as they are awesome Dubai bloggers too. πŸ™‚ (Sheila of abandme[dot]com and Carla of myyellowbells[dot]com)

I can only thank Dubai as well on the success of this blog, although my statistics may probably not be as remarkable as what some of the more successful bloggers have, I still consider it as a success as never have I imagined that this website that you’re reading now will even come close to what it has become now. I started this site when I was still in the Philippines to write my brain farts, nothing really important nor life-changing articles, just brain farts. When I moved to Dubai, it became huge probably because the things I’m writing now make a little more sense as compared to the previous posts, comes with maturity I guess. A huge chunk of my readers come from Dubai and I can’t thank them enough. I still can’t process it in my head though, I probably never will get used to it. Ever.

The Boyfriend.

Pinay Flying High in Dubai

The fiance and I. πŸ˜‰

I met the boyfriend in this city, the love of my life. And because of this, I will always be indebted to Dubai for making it happen. I’m also very happy to announce that the boyfriend will probably be called The Greek MisterΒ soon on this blog. πŸ™‚ Yes, we’re getting married.

Having said all those things, I don’t think it would be hard for anyone to figure out that I had the best times of my life here in Dubai. It was truly amazing to have spent all those years in this amazing place. So with a heavy heart, I bid adieu to Dubai. It has been a fantastic ride which I have enjoyed thoroughly and I can only wish that I’d find myself back in the arms of this wonderful city.

My Crazy wonderful life in dubai

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26 Comments

  • Reply ROVIE HAZEL GOLINO December 8, 2016 at 20:00

    I have read your blogs. Thanks for sharing. #DubaiSurvivor

  • Reply Carla September 4, 2014 at 01:13

    wow special mentioned ang mga fans thank you. We will miss you, funny enough I was writing about our meet up when I visit your blog and read this. Congratulations in advance to you and the soon to be husband. TC and keep in touch

    xoxo

    • Reply Pinay Flying High September 10, 2014 at 06:40

      Thank you Carla, it was really nice meeting you. πŸ™‚

  • Reply ashesc August 31, 2014 at 20:59

    Aw, sad that I never actually got the chance to meet you in person ay. All the best and congrats on the engagement! πŸ™‚

    • Reply Pinay Flying High September 10, 2014 at 07:09

      Thank you Cindy, it has been a hectic week for me… πŸ™

  • Reply ann ray August 21, 2014 at 18:02

    Fly higher dear! All the best!

  • Reply Mrs C August 21, 2014 at 13:45

    Always happy for you, Neomi.. have some great adventures ahead and I am sure you have plenty! xxxooxx

  • Reply trainwestcan2espano August 21, 2014 at 07:25

    Forgot to add CONGRATULATIONS. Xxxoxxo

  • Reply trainwestcan2espano August 21, 2014 at 07:20

    What news, you never cease to amaze! Happiness we wish you the greatest. Love to keep up to date with you, and regret only you won’t be there when we next pass through. Brian & Lynne from “down under”

    • Reply Pinay Flying High August 21, 2014 at 13:50

      Thank you Brian. I will make sure I will be in dubai for your stopover. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Myla Laurel August 20, 2014 at 18:11

    This made me teary eyed πŸ™ We will miss you Pinayflyinghigh but will still look forward for a new chapter of your life. It means new place and things to blog about. Congratulations on your engagement and best wishes to both of you πŸ˜€

    • Reply Pinay Flying High August 21, 2014 at 13:51

      Thank you Myla! I will be waiting for the same news from you. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Matthew Curry August 20, 2014 at 18:06

    Looks like you had an amazing time.

  • Reply Rhey August 20, 2014 at 15:52

    Congraaaaaaaats!!!
    Dubai will always be home to me too…
    But the best is yet to come for us. πŸ™‚

  • Reply aBs August 20, 2014 at 14:51

    Good luck with the next chapter! And congratulations on your engagement πŸ™‚ Lots of new and exciting changes…

  • Reply Lynda August 20, 2014 at 08:10

    Sounds like you’ve in the midst of a lot of big life changes. Best of luck you!

    • Reply Pinay Flying High August 21, 2014 at 13:52

      Yes I am and quite excited about it. πŸ™‚ thank you Lynda!

  • Reply lindsaycummingswrites August 20, 2014 at 07:59

    It seems bittersweet. I’m excited to see where life takes you and this blog next! I’m sure it will be amazing πŸ™‚

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