BELLION TRAVELS MONTHLY RECAP: July 2020

Not much has happened. I have been working every single day until late night because of data migration at the office and other things that are happening.

So here is a quick update of what happened in the month of July.

Destinations I’ve visited:

  • Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
  • Al Ain, part of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Highlights of the month:

  • Eid Holiday. Tim and I visited Al Ain since it is difficult to visit Dubai.

What I watched?

Series:

What music did I listen to?

https://www.deezer.com/us/album/153924652

https://www.deezer.com/us/playlist/7950518802

What I read this month?

What did I blog about?

Bellion Travels Monthly Recap: June 2020

BELLION TRAVELS MONTHLY RECAP: June 2020

I don’t know what it is but lately, I haven’t been in the mood to do anything. I don’t want to read, I don’t want to blog, I don’t want to go out……

Tim thinks its the early stages of depression. I just believe the quarantine, the lock down (not being able to visit my family in the same country), my job and many other factors are the reasons behind my current mental state but it is mainly work. I’m overloaded with work and we haven’t taken an annual leave for more than a year. I have been having high blood pressure which causes dizziness and nausea. So, I’m avoiding people at the moment and been eating healthy, going for walks, drinking cool drinks and doing things to reduce my stress.

I’m working really hard to distress myself and I do want to blog and I do want to surround myself with positive energy. I am doing my best.

Enough with negativity, here is a quick recap of my June.

Destinations I’ve visited

United Arab Emirates: Abu Dhabi

Highlights of the month

  • We stay at Intercontinental Hotel, Abu Dhabi

What I watched?

Series:

This is Us: I loved it from the moment the series started. Mandy Moore and Milo Ventimiglia have such amazing chemistry. Sterling is so handsome lol.

Movies: 

Your Name: I cried a lot towards the end of the series. Love the story.

Rocketman: It was so good. It exceeded my expectation.

The Lion King: I preferred the cartoon but the movie made me so sad especially because they look real lol.

What music did I listen to?

https://www.deezer.com/us/playlist/1390327745

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What I read this month?

I didn’t read anything but I have 3 books which are pending and currently I’m studying anthropology online.

What did I blog about?

Bellion Travels Monthly Recap: May 2020

 

In my next blog, I will write about our staycation at Intercontinental Hotel, Abu Dhabi.

 

BELLION TRAVELS MONTHLY RECAP: May 2020

Honestly, quarantine and the curfew is getting to us. Especially that work increased and on top of that all, Tim and I didn’t take leave for a year. We were suppose to be in England in June and now all our travel plans are on hold.

We’ve been watching a lot of T.V and Netflix and we are getting bored. Summer is here and it’s just so hot to go outside for a walk.

Anyway here is an recap of what we did in the month of May.

Destinations I’ve visited

  • United Arab Emirates: Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah

Highlights of the month

  • We celebrated the last two days of Ramadan and first day of Eid with my family.

What I watched?

Series: 

Suits: I thought whats the fuss about this series until I started watching it and got hooked.

Dead to Me: I found it funny.

Movies: 

The Willoughbys: Weirdly entertaining

Hundred Foot Journey: I fell in love with movie.

What music did I listen to?

https://www.deezer.com/us/playlist/1276787711

What I read this month?

Since I’ve been feeling down, I started reading Archie Comics again lol.

What did I blog about?

Bellion Travels Monthly Recap: April 2020

Ramadan started and I’m finding it very difficult. Like, I’m not able to meet my family because of lock down. The curfew is at 10 PM and Iftar is at 7 PM and I still don’t trust staying at a hotel with all of this going on.

Working from home got extended to 21st May 2020 and honestly, I’m not looking forward to working from the office anytime soon. I found myself productive at home and I always have the energy to cook. I hate washing dishes though even with a dishwasher.

My update for the month of April is just about Movies and Series that I have watched while at staying at home.

So here is my April Quarantine Update.

Destinations I’ve visited

  • United Arab Emirates: Abu Dhabi (Home to Supermarket – Supermarket to Home)

Highlights of the month

  • Being quarantined
  • Watching a lot of series

What I watched?

Series: 

Oh Gosh! I watched a lot of series this month.

La Casa de Papel (Season 3):

Abstract (Season 1):

The Story of God (Season 1):

Vis a Vis (Season 1 & 2):

Movies: 

Abe:

 

What music did I listen to?

I currently subscribed and joined Deezer but here are some music I listened to.

What I read this month?

I’m still deciding on what to read. I’m having lazy weeks and enjoying watching Netflix lol.

What did I blog about?

Anyway here was the quick recap.

Stay Home Stay Safe x

How we are spending our time at home due to Covid-19

Who has ever thought that when the virus was announced in January that it would turn into a world wide catastrophe. It is sad what the world is going through and how everyone’s life turned upside down and how businesses are not running smoothly but the planet is healing.

Tim and I are considered lucky and blessed that we are working from home, we have a home to keep us safe and a job to cover our expenses. Although I had a pay cut, I still consider it a blessing. I pray for each and every individual who is going through a difficult time during this crisis and I hope this will end soon.

Tim and I have been keeping ourselves busy and making sure we always have something to do. One of the pros of staying at home and being quarantined is that people get extremely bored and discover their hobbies and creativity. The amount of TikToks and videos that are going viral to entertain everyone in the globe is just wonderful.

We haven’t been doing anything crazy or anything extra ordinary but I would like to share with you, how we keep ourselves occupied all the time.

So here goes…

Weekdays from 8 AM – 5 PM: We have our breakfast and start working. During working hours, we put on music we never heard before or sometimes in my case, I listen to podcasts while working. Sometimes I do laundry, organise few things and cook lunch.

After 5 PM, we exercise a little then have dinner while watching Netflix. We also read books and take care of stray cats. We turned our porch and our back garden into a feeding station so cats can eat and we also place water for cats and birds to drink.

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On weekends, Tim gets to sleep a lot. He usually wakes up at 11 AM – 1 PM. I’m a morning person so I’m awake by 7 AM and make breakfast and read a book and by 10ish AM, I watch one episode of any series that I know Tim might not find interesting. When Tim wakes up, we prepare lunch then we either read, watch old movies or paint.

In the evening, we have crackers and cheese and sit and discuss things while having tea. We also arrange Zoom Meetings with our friends to catch up. We always end up talking about the pandemic. I try to avoid the topic but people keep bringing it up. When friends or families send me a whatsapp message about it, I ignore and not reply. I believe in energy and if it is constantly being brought up, you attract the negative energy on yourself and the universe. I believe in praying or asking the universe for good health and to decrease the illness and make the world a better place.

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Keeping our home cozy
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worked on my scrapbook 

Anyway this is what we have been doing at home and as soon as I finish reading 2 books, I will sign up for a Master Class and also an online language course to learn new things.

Let me know what you do and share how you spend your time at home.

Stay Home & Stay Safe

Favourite British Words

This is a random post I’d like to share with you. I wrote a blog post about  ‘15 Things To Know About Being with An Englishman’  and I mentioned “They say things differently and it’s a good thing because it expands your vocabulary” which is so true so I would like to share some British words that are my favourite.

Peckish: Slightly hungry.

HUNGRY

 

 

 

 

 

Bloke:  Referring to a man.

Bloke

Fit: Attractive or Hot so not necessary hitting the gym.

FIT

Knackered: Tired

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Quid: 1 pound. As in ONE GREAT BRITISH POUND.

quid

Nutter: Crazy Person

Crazy Person

Here are some of favourite British words. I will share more words some other time.

CHEERIO

 

Bellion Travels Monthly Recap: March 2020

Here we are entering Q2 of 2020. Time is insanely fast and with this virus that is all over the world. Everything is just INSANE. We’ve been staying at home for 2 weeks now and although we are working from home, I find plenty of time to focus on organising things, learning to cook, I found time to paint and read a book and just working on myself.

I will blog separately about things I have been doing at home but anyway here is a recap of March 2020.

Destinations I’ve visited

  • United Arab Emirates: Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah

Highlights of the month

  • Being quarantined
  • Seriousness of Covid-19 in the UAE and the WORLD
  • Visited my family and friends before this chaos.
  • Staying at home and discovering creativity lol.
  • We booked tickets for an orchestra that would have happened on 31st March 2020 but it got cancelled and the event coordinators will refund the amount.

What I watched?

Series:

Narcos – Season 2 (MEXICO):

Elite – Season 3:

The Chef Show – Volume 3:

Movies:

The Platform:

Spenser Confidential:

What music did I listen to?

 

What I read this month?

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What did I blog about?

 

This was a summary of what happened in the month of March and hopefully things will get better.

Stay at Home and Stay Safe x

Bellion Travels Monthly Recap: February 2020

Yeah! So much for promising more content and all. I know, I haven’t been writing or posting anything. Although, I do have 7 drafted blog posts about Ethiopia and places we visited in U.A.E.

Sorry readers, I haven’t been keeping my promises. My colleagues resigned, some went on leave and others are planning to take leave so everything was being handed over to me. I have a lot of work and that is not an excuse, I know. So I wrote a schedule and will religiously follow it to implement time management. To be able to read more, to blog and edit photos. To be able to work efficiently and head to the gym. I’m definitely working on it.

If you are wondering, NO! I’m not quarantined. I have been asked to work from the office.

Anyway enough with negativity, here is a quick update of what happened in February.

Destinations I’ve visited

  • United Arab Emirates: Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Dubai

Highlights of the month

  • Attended a Filipino Indian Wedding.
  • Went to Hatta
  • Visited the Mangrove Walk, Emirates Bio Farm and Al Ain Oasis.

I will definitely blog about those places.

What I watched?

Series:

Queen of the South

Next in Fashion

Love is Blind

Movies:

To All The Boys I Loved Before

 

To All The Boys 2: P.S I Still Love You

What music did I listen to?

 

 

What I read this month?

I’m currently reading 5 books and almost done with 3 of them.

Follow me on GoodReads.

What did I blog about?

So here is my February 2020 Recap 🙂

Bellion Travels Monthly Recap: January 2020

I can’t believe we are in February already. Time really does fly and I have to admit, I haven’t been using my time well.

Work is killing me, I have been finding it difficult lately to switch off work mode and enjoy my evenings. I also feel like weekends are not enough time to relax and take my mind off of work.

I just need to relax and I still can’t apply for annual leave. Also, they are terminating people left, right and centre and my emotions are just EVERYWHERE. In addition to that, I barely see Tim, he is constantly working and I don’t spend enough time with him. So to whoever is reading my blog, I’m sorry I haven’t contacted you but I really need to clear my mind.

Tim and I are not travelling anytime soon, I’m extremely broke and need to focus on finances. I over spent in December and need to start saving. Hence, our outings have decreased and I’ve been spending most of the time at home.

In March, I will start putting a lot of effort and energy to get content and will share it on the blog.

Anyway, enough with my complains, here is a quick recap of what happened in my January.

Destinations I’ve visited

  • United Arab Emirates: Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah.

Highlights of the month

  • Experienced Theatre by Rhodes and watched Dr. Dolittle
  • Visited Sharjah to catch up with family.
  • Visited Global Village.

What I watched?

Series:

Movies:

What music did I listen to?

What I read this month?

I’m currently reading 5 books and almost done with 3 of them.

Follow me on GoodReads.

What did I blog about?

I will do my best with better content and use my time efficiently. I wrote down a lot of plans and it is time to implement them. 🙂

Happy New Year 2020

OMG! I can’t believe it’s already 2020. This is insane!!!!!!

Happy New Year Guys

2019 had it’s ups and downs. The down part was that some of my family and friends moved abroad and left the U.A.E for good. Other than that, Tim and I had a wonderful year together. We managed to travel to Philippines, Beirut, Taiwan, Indonesia and Ethiopia.

Here are the 2019 recaps:-

One of the highlights of 2019 is that I started a new job in Abu Dhabi. It isn’t my dream job and it isn’t my favourite but it does pay the bills.

I am no ‘New Years Resolution’ type of girl because it never works but I did write a few things in my journal that I would like to focus on.

Here is my “New Years Resolution” list and I will keep you updated on my blog, Instagram and Twitter.

  • Read more books.
  • Attempt to read books in other languages such as Arabic, Spanish and Tagalog.
  • Save money. (laughing inside)
  • Work hard to get closer to achieving the bigger goals.
  • Sign up for a writing class.
  • Blog more.

So far this is what I would like to achieve or “try” to achieve hehe! Actually there are few events happening in 2020 which I’m looking forward to.

  1. Expo 2020
  2. Our condo handover.
  3. Whatever comes in the way. 🙂

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Anyway I would like to wish you a wonderful 2020 and may it be a prosper year for you all.