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 

2021 Update

Hi readers,

I couldn’t blog for weeks because I had a lot going on and I’m still busy but I’m glad I found the time to write. To write about how my 2021 started.

It started with a lot of sleep as we spent New Years at our friends place and my usual bed time is 10PM. The next day, Tim and I went to IKEA to buy cardboard boxes and other packing items to gradually start packing our place. Tim signed a lease contract in Dubai which starts on 1 March 2021. It is funny how people are leaving Dubai and moving back to their home countries but after Covid hit, we decided we won’t be leaving U.A.E anytime soon. Work wise, Dubai still looks promising.

Why we decided to move back to Dubai? The decision was initially made when Tim was informed that he had to work permanently from home due to Covid. Also, we haven’t seen my family for months because of the border restriction between Abu Dhabi and Dubai so it is bazaar that it is difficult to meet my dad and brothers who live in the same country. So, Tim and I agreed it would make more sense if we live in Dubai since he is working from home and my family and friends live there.

My concern was my job. I ruined my career by moving to Abu Dhabi and I took a massive step backwards with a very low salary and position which made me realise my capabilities because unfortunately, I was not able to see that before. I was so stressed about moving back to Dubai due to the commute and border control. If you do not know the reasons, it is because you need to take a covid test to enter Abu Dhabi. Anyway, I was fortunate enough to find a job in Dubai and I’m currently serving my one-month notice.

Another reason why moving to Dubai makes sense is my University is located in Dubai. I enrolled in a Masters Degree at Heriot Watt, I’m studying Commercial Management and Quantity Surveying. After having doubts about my career and what I want to do next, I concluded that my work passion is real estate. My mind is not as creative as it used to be and I think I’ve become more logical. Either it’s Tim’s influence on me or just as life goes on, we realise things and our passion in life. Definitely travel is my passion but I realised I do not want to be a travel vlogger but rather I want it to be my hobby and real estate to be my job.

One of the biggest things that happened this month is that I was indirectly forced to take the Covid vaccine. Since I had to take it, Tim said he might as well take it. It is a live together, die together decision. I took Sinopharm and I didn’t find any major side effects other than speaking fluent mandarin. Just kidding. With all seriousness I do not feel anything. My second dose will be on 2 Feb 2021 so lets see how that goes.

So, so far this is our update and we are just busy working, studying, packing and exploring Abu Dhabi on weekends before we officially move.

I will post a separate blog about places we have visited in Abu Dhabi in the past 4 months and show you another side of Abu Dhabi. Catch you later.

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:

 

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