Expat Life in Dubai

Day 18: I live to travel.

July 11, 2011


So I got my Schengen visa yesterday. I was fighting the urge of blogging about it because my colleague (who’s also a blog reader) told me before I left work yesterday that she already knows what I’m going to blog about. It’s a good thing that I already have a scheduled blog to post yesterday so she was not able to get that satisfaction of telling me: “I told you so!” earlier at work.

Anyway, so yeah! I got my Schengen visa finally! Woot Woot! I still have more than a month to prepare my travel which is a relief as for the past couple of years that I’ve been applying for a Schengen visa, it’s always been a last minute thing. Anyway the process took about 14 days (including weekends) and I was interviewed on the 10th day which came as a surprise for me because I was never interviewed before for a Schengen Visa but anyway, apart from the fact that I’m a pessimistic freak show and that I worry too much about things that I really shouldn’t worry about, everything went smoothly as planned.

So now, I am all go to Europe. Woot Woot! I live to travel. Some people like having lots of money and spending it on fancy cars, fancy bags, fancy clothes, fancy shoes and all the fancy things the world can offer. Well, I’m not really like that. I will take the bus if necessary and I don’t really mind buying those China/Korea-made clothes that you can find online – well, I would wear a paper bag if necessary even just so I could save money to travel. That’s actually the very main reason why I am working in the travel industry – I’m after the perks and the benefits of the job itself. A friend of mine who used to work for the travel industry went to a totally different and unrelated industry which offers a huge amount of salary. I didn’t feel a pang of jealousy when I found out that it’s only 1 ticket per year that she will be getting (that was my first question to her when she told me that she’ll be moving jobs hehehe). In my line of work and in the company that I’m working for now, for as long as you’ve got days to go on leave and someone can fill in while you’re gone – you can go anytime and anywhere you want. The holiday that I’m going to take next month is my 3rd vacation for the year. I went to the Philippines to attend a wedding last January then I went to Goa in India the month after. Having said that, I don’t really know why I kept on ranting and ranting about my job for the past couple of days when I’m getting all these leave days. Well ok, I’m stressed and would like to have a major career change but would like to do that shift within the company – if I get the chance.

So, the destination is Greece: Athens, Santorini and Lefkada are the places on the itinerary. I’m planning to throw in another country for 3 more days. Where would you go?

A. Istanbul, Turkey
B. Salzburg, Austria
C. Prague, Czech Republic
D. Larnaca, Cyprus

Istanbul is my first choice because it’s cheap and the flight from Istanbul to Athens is short and also cheap but I’m dying to see Prague. The only problem is, the flight from Prague to Athens (apart from being quite expensive) is only one flight and will be departing at 10 in the evening and arriving in Athens at around 12 midnight. Now, with what’s going on in Athens these days – I don’t feel very comfortable frolicking around the city by myself at that bewitching hour. Salzburg is also a place I’d like to see specially after I saw a tour being offered which brings you to the Von Trapp Family mansion – I’m a big fan of Sound of Music so I really would like to see it and sing DO-RE-MI. Larnaca was just thrown in there just like Istanbul because of the proximity it has with Athens and the cheap airfare as well.

Having said that, where would you go? What would you do? What will you eat?

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  • Reply Rmg December 30, 2014 at 06:43

    my dear i m also plan to visit Portugal. i wont to know about embassy interview & witch kind of document i have to saw

  • Reply Nomi December 4, 2014 at 17:03

    Hey you rock thanks fingers cross so u applied your first visa after 6 months in UAE and you got it ?
    you are doing awesome job keep it up

    • Reply Pinay Flying High December 4, 2014 at 19:13

      Yeah I got it. I was actually surprised myself as well. Lol.

      • Reply Nomi December 5, 2014 at 02:17

        Wow that’s was nice which embassy did you apply ? They took how long I mean how many days processing time ?
        So you are in Qater ? How is there you like it ?

        • Reply Pinay Flying High December 5, 2014 at 11:05

          I applied a German visa that time. It took them the normal time to process it, around a week.
          I am not yet in Qatar, I will be there by the end of the month.

          • Nomi December 5, 2014 at 11:07

            Hmmm cool thanks for answer well good luck for new life in Qatar 🙂

          • Pinay Flying High December 5, 2014 at 11:11

            Thank you. 🙂

          • Nomi December 5, 2014 at 11:36

            Welcome 🙂
            I think you should open your ien travel agency and orginized tours we can be partners in crime 😉 lol

          • Pinay Flying High December 5, 2014 at 17:06

            Oh no! I’ve done that job for a over a decade and I am totally burnt out already. :p

  • Reply Sai July 11, 2011 at 06:38

    I Say PRAGUE!!! been daydreaming a lot about that city hahaha

    • Reply Pinay Flying High July 11, 2011 at 15:24

      Hehe, I have actually decided already earlier that the final decision will be Prague. Hihihi. Join me? 🙂

      • Reply nomi December 1, 2014 at 13:59

        Hey whats up so how was your trip? i need some tips can you help me pls?

        • Reply Pinay Flying High December 1, 2014 at 22:26

          Hi there,

          Well the trip was great. If you’re looking at going to Greece, you may want to go through my posts about it as you might be able to get some tips as well from there.

          • Nomi December 2, 2014 at 04:44

            Hey pinay flying high yeah thanks for your answer yes I read all your posts you are awesome you rock I tottly agree with you instead of buying fancy stuff brand name clothes and luxury cars it’s much better to spend money for traveling and exploring new places Atleast for you and me this sounds great anyway I’m big fan of you I’m new in dubai UAE don’t have many friends yet the people I met here they are always busy in work may I ask if you know any website or any club that we can find travel partner or friends I love traveling I have been to Europe 14 years ago did my back pack all over Western Europe it was awesome at that time I was in my early 20s I have question since it is my first year in UAE and it’s my first job I’m going to apply my first schengen visa from here any tips how to make process smooth ? As I lost my old expire passport and I don’t have any proof of that I being to schengen area before ? Any comments welcome

          • Pinay Flying High December 4, 2014 at 16:41

            Hi Nomi,

            I think the best thing to do is for you to make sure that all of the requirements are in order. I applied for a Schengen visa 6 months after I arrived in Dubai with very little money in my bank account. 🙂

            Good luck!

          • Rmg January 2, 2015 at 03:00


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