BELLION TRAVELS MONTHLY RECAP: JANUARY 2021

AHHH! I wish we could go back to our “normal” life. I miss travelling and exploring new places but being stuck in Abu Dhabi during the pandemic, allowed us to discover the capital. However, now it is time to leave the big city and move back to Dubai. The city where I was born and the city of life.

Everyone is moving to new countries and new places but I keep going back to Dubai. I guess it is not yet our time to relocate to another country but we never know what tomorrow brings. Many things are happening now and I cannot wait to settle in our new home and start over.

So, let me share what has happened in the first month of 2021.

Destinations I have visited:

  • Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: I visited many new places and explored the city during 2020 and I will definitely write about it on a separate blog post.
  • Dubai, United Arab Emirates: I had to visit the city for an interview. Tim and I spent 24 hours in Dubai. We ate at Vietnamese Foodies and stayed at ROVE Downtown.

Highlights of the month:

  • I would say the biggest highlight is that I resigned from my job and will start a new career soon.
  • I enrolled for a Master’s Degree in Real Estate.
  • We finalised a new place in Dubai.
  • Packed 90% of our stuff in Abu Dhabi.
  • I was indirectly required to be vaccinated because I work for a semi-government company. Tim and I took the first dose of Sinopharm in January 2021.

Series I watched:

  • Wanda Vision: HBO is releasing an episode every week so we haven’t finished the series but so far I’m loving how weird it is. 
  • Ramy (Season 1 & 2): As a Muslim half Arab, I can relate to some of the issues in the show. I personally prefer the other characters stories, they are a lot more interesting and I’m not fond of Ramy himself. I love that Mahershala Ali plays the Sheikh. He is one of my favourite actors. I cannot wait for Season 3. 

Movies I watched:

We did not watch any move this month since we were super busy packing and watching series. Also, I have been super busy catching up with uni. but we made plan that once we move to Dubai and settle, we will have movie night.  

Music:

A Mix of EVERYTHING.

Follow me on Deezer

Books I read:

I decided not to read anything but my studies. I also packed all my books and are waiting to be moved to Dubai.

Blogs: 

2021 Update 

BELLION TRAVELS MONTHLY RECAP: DECEMBER 2020

OMG! Today is the last day of 2020. It was such a weird year and I hated it. Besides the Virus, Explosion in Beirut, Kobe Bryant Death, Fire in Australia, Taal Volcano and many many many other tragedies… I hate it because I didn’t get to see our families. Tim couldn’t visit his family in the UK and what is even worse, I couldn’t visit my family in Dubai and we are in the same country. 

Anyway I am a strong believer that everything happens for good reason. So, I will state the big things that happened in the month of December under highlights and I will write a separate post about 2020. 

Destinations I’ve visited:

  • Abu Dhabi and Al Ain, United Arab Emirates

Highlights of the month:

  • Tim and I decided we should move back to Dubai.
  • BBQ with Mimi and Priyanka in Al Ain.
  • I got accepted at Heriot Watt Dubai. I enrolled for a Master Degree in Commercial Management and Quantity Surveying.
  • I will start studying Hebrew as a 5th Language on January 2021. 
  • I turned 32 on Dec. 10
  • Celebrated my birthday at Emirates Palace (7 stars hotel)
  • Spend a night at Ritz Carlton, Abu Dhabi

What I watched?

Series:

Movies:

What music did I listen to?

Follow me on Deezer 

What I read this month?

Follow me on GoodReads (NBELLION)

What did I blog about?

BELLION TRAVELS MONTHLY RECAP: OCTOBER 2020

BELLION TRAVELS MONTHLY RECAP: NOVEMBER 2020

BELLION TRAVELS MONTHLY RECAP: NOVEMBER 2020

Here I am blogging about November 2020 Recap on 30 Dec. 2020. I can’t believe we are approaching end of 2020. 

Today morning, my husband and I were discussing how we learned a lot from 2020 but also he said it was a useless year. We had a lot in mind, we were suppose to visit England to celebrate my sister-in-laws birthday, we were suppose to travel to Colombia and this year was suppose to be the year our condo in Philippines will be handed over but none of that happened. We spent 99% of our time in Abu Dhabi. I have a lot that happened but that will be a December 2020 recap because weirdly it all happened in December.

So let me share a quick recap of our November.

Highlight:

  • We were asked by the Government to quarantine for 14 days wearing a tracker because we were exposed to someone with Covid.
  • I was quarantined for 21 days in the month of November because I met someone who had Covid. Thankfully, we had no symptoms and were tested negative.
  • November 2020 was mainly spent at home.

What I watched?

Series:

Movie:

What I read this month?

Still trying to finish the books. 

Here is a look at my GoodReads.

What did I blog about?

Nothing lol. 

BELLION TRAVELS MONTHLY RECAP: OCTOBER 2020

I can’t believe I did not blog for almost 3 months. Seriously, I don’t know what is wrong with me. It’s not like we are not doing anything. We are actually going out almost every weekend but I think I find this year extremely depressing and I just don’t have the push and I’m not even motivated to write/ type. 

Anyway here is a quick recap of what happened in the month of October. 

Highlights of the month:

  • Night Kayak at Abu Dhabi Louvre
  • Visited the Sheikh Zayed Mosque at night
  • Visited Al Ain Zoo and Jebel Hafeet

What I watched?

Series:

Movies:

 

What I read this month?

Trying to finish ‘Landfalls’ by Tim Mackintosh Smith

Landfalls: On the Edge of Islam from Zanzibar to the Alhambra by Tim  Mackintosh-Smith - Books - Hachette Australia

What did I blog about:

BELLION TRAVELS MONTHLY RECAP: SEPTEMBER 2020

BELLION TRAVELS MONTHLY RECAP: SEPTEMBER 2020

September was a busy month. Besides working late which became the new norm, Tim and I decided to drive around Abu Dhabi and explore new areas. We thought it would be great to see new places before we move back to Dubai next year.

So here is a quick recap of what we done

Destinations I visited:

  • Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Highlights of the month:

  • Tim’s 32nd Birthday
  • Exploring New Areas in Abu Dhabi

What I watched?

Series:

Modern Family

Movies:

Enola Holmes

Expendables 1

What I read this month?

I am currently reading ‘Landfalls’ by Tim Mackintosh Smith. Work has been hectic and I have no time and no energy to read but now that I am almost done with the major projects, I think I will definitely make time to read and watch less TV series.

Landfalls: On the Edge of Islam from Zanzibar to the Alhambra by Tim  Mackintosh-Smith - Books - Hachette Australia

What did I blog about:

 

Current State of Mind

In the initial stages of quarantine I was doing great. Keeping in touch with family and friends, working from home, being able to do laundry while working from home, cooking, reading, exercising, etc.  That was for almost 2 months until I had to go back to work and the government closed the Abu Dhabi borders. 

I thought getting back to the office would mean work life balance but I was wrong. There is a lot of work or as we say WORK OVERLOAD. For months now, I have been working like crazy and I work late nights and even if I finish a bit early, I’m too exhausted to do anything especially cook. We’ve been eating bread, eggs, cheese with chutney or instant noodles for God knows how long because of my lack of energy and motivation. I stopped reading and all I do right now is just sit on the sofa and binge watch series. I can’t even visit family and friends back in Dubai and Sharjah. Funny that we are in the same country and it is difficult to meet. I understand it is for the safety of the Abu Dhabi residence since the cases have been increasing but it is not helping my current mental state. I’m falling into some kind of depression. 

I have no will to live and this is why I do not even want to blog. Thankfully, Abu Dhabi Malls, beaches, cinemas, etc have opened with restricted rules but I can at least go out and breathe. This is something to be grateful for but honestly, it is not the quarantine that is bothering me but the amount of work that is affecting my mental state and my physical state. I have been gaining a lot of weight due to sitting in front of the laptop for more than 10 hours. The only time I manage to walk is to  the toilet and back to my seat. Unfortunately, I do not get along with almost everyone in the office which is demotivating. My office is in the basement, my position is much lower than what I was doing in my previous job, low salary for what I’m doing, I listen to insults, scolding, orders….. and they show no respect. I wish someday I could find something new but the economy isn’t  great and I have loans to pay and dreams to achieve so money is what I need at the moment. Everyday I remind myself, I’m doing this job to get closer to my dream. I’m doing my best to stay positive and smile. 

Last week was Tim’s birthday week which made me excited. I booked us a nice staycation in Abu Dhabi desert and had dinner at a fancy Peruvian restaurant on Al Maryah Island. I made sure I fought my inner demons and stayed positive for Tim. We went to the beach and I enjoyed listening to travel podcasts while looking at the water but I knew I was going to go back home and get ready to work which made me feel miserable. I’m really fighting this negative energy that I have. I want to start blogging, sketching, reading, exercising and I want to learn a new language and practice the other languages. I want to be able to see my family and friends whenever. I know the only person who can change this attitude is myself. Tim and I discussed this and since we have no plans living abroad at the moment or moving to a new place because of the economy, we want to move back to Dubai where my family and friends are so I can see them whenever. Also, with work I will just keep working until something changes but I know for a fact that this is all for a future plan and everything that is happening now is temporary and all I have to do is be patient. 

As for hobbies and blogging, I will do my best to get myself back on track. I just hope the work load will decrease and I will be able to just focus on myself. I just want to remind myself this is all temporary and I’m just working for the money. 

This blog post has no meaning just a venting platform. 

 

BELLION TRAVELS MONTHLY RECAP: August 2020

I’m writing this blog post with no enthusiasm but I need to keep the recap going. I personally don’t know if I want to continue with this blog or just focus my time on my current job. A job that doesn’t excite me. Anyway this is for another time to post about. 

Here is a quick recap of what happened in the month of August. 

Destinations I’ve visited:

  • Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
  • Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
  • Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Highlights of the month:

  • My brother got engaged hence the reason we visited Sharjah and Dubai. Even though there is border control. 
  • Tim and I had to do a medical test to be able to cross the border and enter Abu Dhabi. Thank God! Our corona results were negative. 
  • I managed to take 2 weeks off after a whole year of working and for some reason the company I work for wants to illegally take away my remaining days off. Therefore, I have no other days off until next year. 

What I watched?

I just watched series

Vis a Vis (Season 4 & 5)

What did I blog about?

Bellion Travels Monthly Recap: July 2020

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

https://www.deezer.com/us/playlist/7811372402

https://www.deezer.com/us/playlist/7811355302

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?