It’s ok to Cry

It has been raining for the last few days and honestly, I felt a bit bad for our guests here in the resort. Just imagine, you have been planning this trip for such a long time and you are so excited to see the sun, the sea and the sky, get a nice tan, show off your color to your friends (while they are let’s say in Europe where the temperature is almost at freezing point) and by the time you arrive here, there’s no sun but gray sky and heavy down pour of rain.

And if this happens to you, you might ask yourself – I came to the Maldives for the sun, but where is it?

There are certain inevitable things in life and no matter how we plan things, it doesn’t happen our way. Frustrating, right? But there’s nothing much we can do. And sometimes, fate can play some sort of a game. Unwanted things happen almost all at once and no matter how strong you are, you’ll come to a breaking point. And when that time comes, remember that it’s ok not to be ok. It’s ok to cry.

Crying is not a sign of defeat. It is just a sort of a break between you and your frustrations.

Look at your world once the rain is over. You won’t only see rainbows. You’ll  see a whole new world, fresh and full of life with brighter colors.

Sometimes, we just need to cry to release all our frustrations and clear our heads up. And once our tears have done their job, we’ll be able to figure things out. We’ll have a fresh new outlook.

So go ahead, cry and give yourself a chance to start anew.

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Sheikh Zayed Mosque – Abu Dhabi

I’ve been wanting to see the Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi for the longest time (like, for the last 9 years that I’m in the UAE??) and I only had the chance today. I’ve passed by it a few times while on my way to Abu Dhabi from Dubai and vice versa but I have not seen it up close, not till today.

I saw this mosque from afar a few years back and I was so intrigued as it sparkles under the sunlight. It shines as if it has been sprinkled with gold, as if it has diamonds on its rooftop.

From afar, it is already stunning. Up close, I can’t put into words the right description that won’t understate its beauty. I will just share the photos that I took and you decide how you will describe it.

 

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In Abaya
First things first. Ladies must wear Abaya upon entering the mosque. The Abayas are readily available at the main entrance and are free of charge
Shoe Rack
Shoe racks are available at the main door of the mosque as visitors should remove shoes upon entering the mosque.
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Talking about chandeliers….

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I believe those are the prayer timings…

The interior…

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The Holy Qur’an. Visitors are not allowed to touch these as a sign of respect.

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How to go to Sheikh Zayed Mosque

From Dubai:

Take the bus to Abu Dhabi at Al Ghubaiba Bus Station – AED 25/person

From Abu Dhabi:

Take any bus from the bus station in near Al Wahda Mall – AED 4/per person

Take a taxi from Al Whada Mall – AED 25-30

 

Thanks for passing by.

 

Yours truly,

aysabaw

Bashing the Dunes

One thing that every tourist won’t miss when visiting Dubai is the Desert Safari. Yeah I know I’m not a tourist here but I don’t do this often, of course.

This is the best time of the year to go to the desert because its not too hot nor too cold.

The vehicle which is usually a 4×4 or a land cruiser or a hummer will pick you up from the hotel and from there will take you to the desert. They will take a few minutes break to condition the tire and the car before bashing the dunes. So while the drivers are busy on their own thing, we are also busy looking at the shops. We saw some fresh coconut and tried out the juice which is refreshing even though not so sweet. This is not really advisable. When going for a safari, one should not eat or drink much because your stomach will go broom broom 🙂 afterwards.
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Souvenir? Well you don’t need to take a bottle and fill it up with sand. Your shoes will do it for you anyway. I thought I’m getting heavier and I couldn’t run. But then I realized that my shoes are carrying one kilo of sand inside it. 🙂

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As I said, eating and drinking a lot is a no no before doing this activity. Guys with motion sickness should drink a pill an hour before so you won’t get dizzy.

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After the dune bashing, the cars will take you to their camps where you can ride the camel and ride the bikes. (Sorry no more photos). And afterwards, enjoy the show which is of course Arabic cultural entertainment. We watched Egyptian dances and of course the belly dancers.

A buffet will be served at around 7:30pm which consists of Arabic Dishes, kebabs and all sort of stuffs.

Story Challenge : Letter S

 

Sailing

by Christopher Cross

Well, it’s not far down to paradise, at least it’s not for me
And if the wind is right you can sail away and find tranquility
Oh, the canvas can do miracles, just you wait and see.
Believe me.

It’s not far to never-never land, no reason to pretend
And if the wind is right you can find the joy of innocence again
Oh, the canvas can do miracles, just you wait and see.
Believe me.

[Chorus]
Sailing takes me away to where I’ve always heard it could be
Just a dream and the wind to carry me
And soon I will be free

Fantasy, it gets the best of me
When I’m sailing
All caught up in the reverie, every word is a symphony
Won’t you believe me?

[Chorus]

Well it’s not far back to sanity, at least it’s not for me
And if the wind is right you can sail away and find serenity
Oh, the canvas can do miracles, just you wait and see.
Believe me.

 

 

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Sunday Post : Wonderful

There’s one song and one photo that came into my mind when I saw this Sunday Post : Wonderful, and here it is:

 

What a Wonderful World

 

What a Wonderful World by Louie Armstrong

I see trees of green…….. red roses too
I see em bloom….. for me and for you
And I think to myself…. what a wonderful world.

I see skies of blue….. clouds of white
Bright blessed days….dark sacred nights
And I think to myself …..what a wonderful world.

The colors of a rainbow…..so pretty ..in the sky
Are also on the faces…..of people ..going by
I see friends shaking hands…..sayin.. how do you do
They’re really sayin……i love you.

I hear babies cry…… I watch them grow
They’ll learn much more…..than I’ll never know
And I think to myself …..what a wonderful world

The colors of a rainbow…..so pretty ..in the sky
Are there on the faces…..of people ..going by
I see friends shaking hands…..sayin.. how do you do
They’re really sayin…*spoken*(I ….love….you).

I hear babies cry…… I watch them grow
*spoken*(you know their gonna learn
A whole lot more than I’ll never know)
And I think to myself …..what a wonderful world
Yes I think to myself …….what a wonderful world.