My First Year in Dubai✈️

Horaaaaaaay! It’s been a year! Success!

For all the people who think going abroad is a piece of cake or a long-term vacation, you couldn’t be more wrong. It’s a daily battle that almost always leaves you questioning …What is life in Dubai like? And the things I didn’t quite understand back then makes more sense today.

Please allow me to share my journey — in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

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A little planning goes a long way.

Find out well in advance what you’re allowed to take with you… 10 shirts, 2 pants, 1 jacket, undies, shoes and some “pasalubong” (delicacies) that’s all haha (only few.. really). But don’t forget the important documents with you. (passport, visa and ticket)
As I get ready to embark on my first move abroad, I find I am hearing many of the same things as my relative and friends told me… “Be careful, work hard, always be positive, be courageous, be strong.. And so on.” And some discourages me like I couldn’t get a work, I’m too young I cannot handle. Well.. I proved them wrong.
You may be entrusted with things you never would at home, you will be independently work on your own, feed your yourself, take the risks, decisions to make, help your savings go further and gain new skills in tasks you never thought little old you would be capable of.

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From sorting out my tourist visa papers and flight ticket to negotiating immigration officers and convincing them…(Let yourself feel as nervous as possible, as hard as you can.) I know that sounds horrendous, but stick with me that feeling overwhelmed me. First time feels 😉

It’s a difficult decision to make. It’s hard to just leave everything and everyone behind but I always wanted to explore, learn and grow in maturity.

Lots of people will tell you how brave you are – they too would go abroad if they weren’t so scared. And you, even though you’ve been scared, too, know that courage makes up about 10% of life-changing decisions. The other 90% is purely about wanting it with all your heart.

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Finally! Arrived safe and sound.

Total time duration from Davao to Dubai took roughly eleven hours. Yala! Celebrate the goodness of the Lord. That was really amazing, though it was a bit dizzy and tired but happiness and joy filled me.

The thrill and excitement of living is ahead of me. I wasn’t sure on how my life works after I arrive but I always think: “The impossible can always be broken down into possibilities”. Journey never ends here…

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A good starting point, you will find yourself lost for hours as you start plotting and planning a move. I learn how to be patient and how to ask for help.

The simplest task can become a huge challenge. Finding walk-in interviews, knowing which bus to take and place to go. There’s always moments of distress, but you’re soon filled with more patience than you ever knew you had in you, and accept that asking for help is not only inevitable, but also a very healthy habit.

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There are numerous opportunities to experience life here in Dubai.

But gives you rare opportunity sometimes.

It wasn’t easy getting here! You need to go out in a very high temperature to look for a job. Sun kissed skin, dehydration, and feeling weak. But it never stop me! I can do it! (Philippians 4:13)

Dubai temperature is too much. Humidity increases! In September it starts to slowly drop, but it’s still very hot. October, enjoying the beach, and November is perfect. Winter! Brrrrr!

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Gods plan are better that our plans. (Jeremiah 29:11)

After being refused from multiple company I applied for, I can honestly say I am so thankful! everything worked out in the end, I just reaped what I sowed! Finally I got a job offer after 2 weeks and I was very fortunate. By God’s grace and favor, He presented me this gift and I’m happily blessed. (But that’s certainly wasn’t a cake walk) God is faithful!

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Tourist Visa to Employment Visa

I’m sure you’ve heard about life-changing trips. Well, they’re not a commonplace – working abroad is a trip that will profoundly change your life and who you are. It will shake up your roots, your certainties and your fears. And if it weren’t for that experience, we probably wouldn’t be about to embark on our next life adventure right now.

Photo was taken at Muscat, Oman for an Airport to Airport Exit (A-A)

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With the support of my dear sister I was able to receive my Visit visa quickly as expected which took a month to process. I am blessed to have both of you. Many times we’re fighting and arguing but still we encouraged one another. We hang out often times because of different schedules but still manage to have time. During our birthdays, Christmas and New Year was great even away from our family back home. We’ve learned the importance of seeing problems as an opportunity to grow.

From the moment we decide to jump, we’re no longer cowards nor courageous, whatever comes our way we deal with it.

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I missed them so much.

I face new challenges, I get to know parts of me I didn’t know existed. I learned, I broaden my horizons. Embracing a few lessons, I start growing in humility. I evolve. I feel homesick. The odds have turned out differently.
I soon realize that now, most things and people in your life are just passing through, and I instinctively play down the importance of most situations. Learned the right balance between bonding and letting go – a perpetual battle between nostalgia and pragmatism.

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Isn’t great to have celebrated a birthday with your boss and colleagues? This is awesome! Though I felt it before with my workmates when I was in college but this is different. It’s so nice of them. We all had slices of the cake. It’s very tasty also because it‘s mixed with their love and respect for me.
God bless me a work where I belong to. I love my Job. I am happy. I am blessed. We are a family.

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The best thing that ever happened to me is Jesus! All the glory belongs to God!

1 Corinthians 12:12
“For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ.”
Absolutely love this. God bless me a church, a family. This fellowship is priceless. This is the best moments I have while living in Dubai. Simply yet meaningful.

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The best thing that ever happened to me is Jesus! ☝🏻All the glory belongs to God!👏🏻

Matthew 18:20
“For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”

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To God be the Glory!

 

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