Finding Peace In Chaos: 9 Hours in Velana International Airport

A few days ago, I was in Velana International Airport for my flight to Manila. I arrived at the airport at 11:30am and my flight is, still, at 8:55pm.

I’m good at wasting spending time alone however, 9 hours is quite long for an airport as small as Velana Int’l Airport.

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Things to Consider When Planning Your Trip to the Maldives

A holiday in the Maldives is almost every couple’s dream especially those who are on honeymoon or celebrating their wedding anniversaries. Though nowadays, Maldives is becoming a family destination too.

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Kandima Resort – #MyKindOfPlace in the Maldives

There are so many resorts in the Maldives and each one of them have a different vibe. Some have a rustic feel, some luxurious and some, modern and casual. Kandima Resort is one of the latest additions to the continuously increasing number of resorts in the Maldives. A combination of modern and luxurious vibe.

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Novina Hotel – Malé, Maldives

Whenever I fly back to Maldives from my vacation, I will always arrive late in the evenings and there’s no possibility for me to take a seaplane to my resort as the seaplane company only operates from 6am to 6pm. So I would definitely require a place to stay for the night.

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Dolphin Cruise

Today, I was lucky enough to have an amazing encounter with the playful dolphins. I’ve never seen this much and this close. However, I found it hard to get nice pictures of them because they were very fast.

So here are some pictures that I have taken, no (dolphin) jump shots though, I’m such an amateur.


like, can you spot the dolphin? LOL

As you can see on this picture, the struggle (of yours truly) is real.

Though the shots aren’t the best ones, I still have to pat myself on the back for the effort and tell myself that I did like some of the photos and here are my favorite shots:

FUTSAL

Today, me and my colleagues went to another resort where the FUTSAL league is being held.

FUTSAL is a variation of Football played on a smaller court and to tell you, Maldivians are die hard Foot ball enthusiasts. So this game is a big thing for my Maldivian colleagues and we were there to support them.

Anyway, I’m not here to talk about FUTSAL or Football because I’m not really a big fan of the sport. I’m here to share some photos that I took. Well, taking photos of non-moving objects can be tricky, what more of moving people. Quite tough!

So here are few good ones out of almost a hundred that I rejected. (ha ha) I’m sure none of my colleagues will object to my posting of their photos. (ha ha)

 

 

Birds of Different Feathers

We have tiny parrots here in the island and over the last few days I have fancied taking photos of them. It’s not easy to take photos of them as they keep on moving like little kids playing. Anyway, these tiny parrots don’t talk, they only chirp. They maybe small but they are loud.

Here’s some of the photos I took.

The bird flew away before I got the chance to click

Melancholia

I was browsing through my folders today and saw the photos I took last December when I stayed in Male’ for a day prior to my flight to Manila.

I stayed in a guest house and took some photos of the room while letting the time pass.

I am so used to being alone without feeling lonely, however, the room where I stayed has this melancholic air in it.

Not so sure if the feeling was brought about by the color of the wall paper or the effect of the sun rays dimmed by the curtain.

Sometimes I wonder why I take photos of curtains and windows and wall paper and pillow and other trivial stuff.

But then when I look at these pictures again a few months after taking them, not only do they bring back memories of the day but they also stir up certain feelings, known and unknown.

Maldivian Colors of Serenity

One of the perks of working here in the Maldives is that whenever you get stressed from your daily tasks or routine, you can just go out of your office and look at the stunning view and you’ll be so relaxed when you get back to the office.

And if the view is not enough, you can swim or snorkel or go for cruise or night fishing.

Yesterday, me and my colleagues went out for a fishing trip. The water was so still, the color combination of the sea and the sky and the sunset, oh, I just can’t put into words the magnificence of the view so I just took photos and you decide how you are going to describe these images.

ok, that’s my colleague Jihad and he kinda liked that part of the boat and he almost didn’t leave that place so I had to include him in this picture

Our catch for the night, I was able to catch 3 ha ha – image stolen from my colleague’s fb account

 

and this is me…

 

and this is me again

Cafés in Malé

Whenever I visit a new place, I would always look for a food chain familiar to me. I’m not very adventurous when it comes to food. I’m actually very picky so I’d rather look for food that my tummy knows, rather than experimenting on a new cuisine and later on regretting the money and food wasted.

In Malé, I felt weird to not see any international food chain. Though, I think, this is a good thing. That the locals will have a chance to open up their cafes / restaurants without the fear that business will be diluted by big chains, just like what’s happening in our town back home.

Since I am not very adventurous, once I’ve liked a restaurant, I will always come back to that restaurant and probably eat the same thing. I don’t usually go to Malé because my island is quite far South but whenever I get a chance, I’ll always have a meal at Seahouse, that’s before I discovered Shellbeans. So now, I have two to visit whenever I go to Malé.

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The first cafe that I discovered is the Seahouse. It’s not very attractive from the outside, you wouldn’t even notice it. It is on the 2nd floor and the signage isn’t really attractive.

I was hesitant at first, I thought they might be serving only local dishes but I was so surprised when I saw Bistek Tagalog and Pancit Bihon on their menu. I was like, SERIOUSLY??? And I was so happy, though the Pancit Bihon wasn’t as authentic and tasty as I was expecting but still, after months of not being able to eat any Filipino dish, I cannot complain!

But more than the Filipino food, I like the vibe of this restaurant. I like the verandah and I like the music that they play. It’s just like a great combination of everything. This is the kind of place where I could stay for hours and hours, just sitting, eating or drinking juice or coffee while looking at the nice view, listening to the waves and the music. And even though the place is always full and noisy, I still feel so relaxed, weird but, I can’t explain.

This place is the inspiration of my post City Lights

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View from the veranda of Seahouse

The second cafe that I discovered, well my boss mentioned about it, is the Shellbeans. My boss said that their pancakes are to die for. And he was right.

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View from Shellbeans

 

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I think I don’t need to say anything more

 

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And while eating my pancakes, I saw plates of eggs benedict and other mouth-drooling dishes being served on other tables and I was like – I need to be back for those.