Hello, mabuhay! I was reading Maine’s blog last night and got inspired to write about my daily hanash lately. It’s been a while since I wrote something personal, and for some reason, I had to step back and think why I stopped doing it, when it was actually one of the reasons why I started blogging in the first place.
I’ve always liked sharing pieces of myself to everyone, but I guess through time, I just became more and more of a private person who rarely share anything. I learned to protect the people who are dear to me, learned how to keep memories – especially the precious ones – only to myself, and at times, I even shut myself off completely from everyone if needed.
But then there are those days where I would randomly get messages from friends or strangers that says, “I liked reading your blog cause it feels like you’re talking to me and we’re just catching up.” That’s exactly what I felt while reading Maine’s blog – even if I’m merely just a stranger to her – and I wanted to make other people feel the same way. For me, that’s what writing is. You share your happiness and successes and they rejoice with you; you share your fair share of misery and they listen to you. It’s about the connection. Writing is about the connection you make with others.
I plead guilty for not having the mental energy to socialize with friends lately, so here goes my attempt of reconnecting and catching up with everyone through my August photo dump. Have fun, this is going to be a long post.
August 1, 2021
This was taken when my fam and I were checking out from a hotel staycation. I’d like to call it that just so I can rationalize the expenses lang but honestly, it’s because our room’s AC was broken the day before, and imagine living in the desert during peak summer season without AC. You can’t.
What’s funny is when we checked in, the hotel also has an ongoing AC maintenance tapos the morning after, we woke up with no electricity… :) Hehe. Nice.
I also received flowers from Tali and Sandra that afternoon as a late birthday present. I didn’t have any vase so don’t judge my tumblers. They did its job pretty well.
August 3, 2021
My friends and I went to Pinoy Streetfood Restaurant near our place for dinner. I had inasal while they had chicken isaw and chicken skin paired with rice. We also had kwek kwek, siomai, and cheese sticks on the side. Mmm sarap.
August 6, 2021
Louvre day! My friends (a different group this time, I don’t know why I had to mention that) got free tickets from work and you know me, if it’s free, count me in.
I’ve been to Louvre multiple times – the friends whom I went to Pinoy Streetfood with all work there – that’s why I didn’t take photos anymore. This time, I really tried to appreciate art and read most of the galleries’ descriptions, but it’s so hard to focus when your friend is stupid enough to say, “I honestly can’t find the heart to appreciate pots and stoves.” Dumbass.
We went to La Brioche and had their chicken & mushroom pasta, gourmet beef burger, and grilled chicken & organic quinoa salad after. It was a very, very good lunch! Everything tasted amazing; even the drinks were super refreshing. I just wish it’s not as pricey as it is though.
It was still early and we can’t decide where else to go, so we drove from one place to the next, not really staying because of certain circumstances, e.g.: the bowling center had a one-hour wait or Anantara doesn’t have available parking cause it’s the weekend, so we ended up in a hidden restaurant in Al Bateen, with an overlooking view of Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Towers. It almost seemed like a private area due to its location but I really liked it and I hope it will be kept that way.
August 7, 2021
Stepped into a gym again after two years. I don’t know where I got the audacity to join a body pump class after years of no lifting, kaya ayon, my body was super sore even until three or four days after. ‘Di na ako umulit. ‘Di pa pala ako ready eh. Hahaha
August 9, 2021
My friends (a different group ulit, wow daming friends?) made a little something for my post-birthday celebration! They’re always the sweetest ones, super artsy and creative, and they always make sure everyone feels loved on their special day.
Tbh, I didn’t expect anything cause it’s been almost a month since my birthday and I thought we’re only surprising Red cause his birthday is on the 10th. I just had my doubts when Justin & Rei asked me where I was and I answered, “I’m outside Jas’ building. About to take the lift,” then they said “WAIT. Just go up with Red at the same time.” Crazy.
August 12/13, 2021
Slept over at my best friend’s place! We ordered nachos and popcorn from Vox Cinema (best nachos in town) and I made her watch Four Sisters and a Wedding. Haha!
Also, I had to write this appreciation post for the Khurshid-Butt family because every time I come to their place – forever welcomed with open arms – they always make butter chicken for me, for they know how much I looove their recipe. I don’t even eat other places’ butter chicken cause it has a different taste. Only theirs.
August 14, 2021
My Dad came to the city to pick my Aunt and I up as we’re going to stay at his place again for a few weeks, just before my Aunt’s vacation leave ends. We had Off The Hook for lunch because he’s craving for it (more like wala kasi no’n sa bundok; cheret) then went to the Gold Souk after to buy some things. I bought a ring for myself (I consider it a late birthday gift to rationalize my expense, again) and Dad bought himself and my Mom new rings, as well.
We left for Ruwais after cause it’s going to be a long drive and we already miss our cat. Will talk about Mimi on my next post but here’s a photo of her for now!! I love her so much, I’d do anything for her. 😭
Until my next post!