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Be Inspired Of Others Success, Not Defeated

Be Inspired Of Others Success, Not Defeated.
This is an interesting topic because again we will train our mind to stay positive.

This post is part of The Wealthy Pinay series wherein I will talk about goal-setting, normalizing wealth and using positivity to achieve all our goals.

If you prefer to read, continue below. I have transcribed and English-translated the video.

Why being positive is powerful?

POSITIVITY makes us THANKFUL which results on MANIFESTING THE LIFE WE WANT! (more…)

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Kimchee by Shogun

Kimchee by Shogun
It’s been a while since I posted something about food. Well, not that we don’t go out (we actually eat out often nowadays) but I don’t feel like sharing them unless it’s really something that standout for me.

We found ourselves in Satwa for 2 consecutive weekends – isn’t it obvious that we miss our old neighbourhood? I am surprised that a lot has change in that area since I last visited. There’s now Jollibee, Andoks chicken and a building called Manila! Where am I hiding?

Anyways, we tried Jollibee the weekend before and last Friday, it was this Korean/Japanese restaurant called Kimchee by Shogun.

I’m really craving for Korean food last week and the only Korean restaurant that we go to – that’s HYU – moved to Jumeirah Lakes Towers. I’m not in the mood to drive as the distance from my place to JLT is like going to work already. No chance. (more…)

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Money Blocks (with a FREE mini-course to release them)

This post is part of The Wealthy Pinay series wherein I will talk about goal-setting, normalizing wealth and using positivity to achieve all our goals.

Today we will talk about Money Blocks, and I know you’re thinking “What’s that???”

If you prefer to read, continue below.

On my last video, we were talking about Law of Attraction, which in essence states that whatever thought you continuously feed into your mind will definitely happen. Whatever you believe in will be your reality. That’s Law of Attraction.

It doesn’t matter how positive your outlook in life is, I am a very positive person too yet from time to time, I will be triggered by a thought telling me that my dream is not possible for me.

I have my own set of money blocks that have to deal with. (more…)

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Law of Attraction – Everything is possible if you believe

This post is part of The Wealthy Pinay series wherein I will talk about goal-setting, normalizing wealth and using positivity to achieve all our goals.

Today we will talk about Law of Attraction.

Sounds voodoo or magical, right? I first came across the term Law of Attraction in 2015, only few years ago. While browsing the internet, while jumping from one blog to another, a writer mentioned the book The Secret so I bought it.

And WOW, the possibility of what our mind can achieve is an eye opener.

That’s the reason why I started my first blog talking  about positivity and Law Attraction.

At that time, in my mind,  “Why are people not using this knowledge? Why are they not harnessing the power of their own mind to achieve everything they want in life?”

Although I’ve only came across the term Law of attraction recently, I realized that I have been practicing it all along.
I am truly, deeply a very positive person. People around me like my husband or my mom would always say I aim so high. And they are not saying it in a negative way. (more…)

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W Dubai Al Habtoor City

I would like to say that the reason I booked our hotel stay is to celebrate our 11th wedding anniversary.
But the truth is I reserved a room way before we went to Philippines/Hong Kong because I know that I will need another holiday to recover from my holidays.

As it turned out August 4 happens to be our church wedding anniversary.
And I now have a very valid reason for a staycation. Yes!

(Before I get condemned: we were married twice (civil and church) and years apart. Remembering dates is one of my weakness. I can’t even remember my brother’s birthday who was born 30+ years ago! Sorry Gibson and RG. It’s not you, it’s me)

I used my Airmiles points to book a room in Westin Al Habtoor but when we checked-in, the reception told us that due to on-going construction in the hotel, we were moved at W Dubai Al Habtoor City. As we’ve stayed in Westin before, I don’t mind trying W Hotel.
I read that W is generally marketed to younger crowd. It has that futuristic, modern, hip vibe.
Very us. Choz.
W Dubai Al Habtoor City (more…)

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Hong Kong Trip – July 2017

You might know that there’s 20 of us who went to Hong Kong last 12th July.

And let me tell you that it ain’t easy. I planned the itinerary myself because I reckon booking through a travel agent will be more expensive. Besides, I don’t plan to visit all the top tourist spots in Hong Kong anyways.
I’m more interested in food rather than culture.

Here’s what I have drafted and shared with my siblings: (more…)

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How to Deal with Sadness and Depression

I’m back in Dubai and catching up with my work mails. As much as I want to tell you stories of our Hong Kong trip and adventures in the Philippines, I don’t have time.

I’m not depressed nor sad but I was notified by Facebook that someone shared this post from my other blog. I re-read it and still find it relevant so why not share again 🙂
I just made some typo and grammar edits (although for sure it’s still not perfect)

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How to Deal with Sadness and Depression
06 Feb 2016

My gosh! My last post was in October!!! What happened? Real life kicks in. I am busy with work, family, my mom visiting us in Dubai, holidays. Reasons! Reasons! I know.

But what made me decide to write today? It’s something I read on my Facebook timeline.
I don’t understand why some people dish their dirty laundry, angry outbursts and sad sentiments on social media. Why?!
Well, maybe some people are more emotional than others and they don’t really care if readers will have an opinion of them afterwards.
As a reader, we can always un-friend them if they make us feel negative. But since I’m a tsismosa, I don’t.

Anyways, going back to my Facebook friend. She is an Overseas Filipino in UAE and left her husband and kids in the Philippines to earn a living. She just came back from her vacation back home and is now depressed despite being surrounded with friends. And she said she can’t understand why.

To be honest, I felt sad after reading her post. I felt a certain degree of empathy. Not because I am missing my kids (they are with me) but because I have felt sadness and depression before. I still experience it from time to time. Sometimes it is just a fleeting moment but there are times it lingers longer than usual. And it ain’t fun.

So how to deal with sadness and depression? For me there are two steps. If you can perfect these two things, you can get out of it in a snap and will turn around your life completely.

1. Think positively

What?!? That’s it??? YES. That’s it. 

As I keep on telling you my friend, thinking positively will alter your life completely. Thoughts become things. The Universe gives us the energy that we vibrate, may it be positive or negative. You’re feeling sad and drowning with sorrow, don’t expect to get out of it very soon unless you change your mindset. Honestly, no one can really help you unless you change your outlook.

It doesn’t matter how beautiful and sensible your family and friends advices are to help you get out of your depression. They won’t help. What will help is your attitude. Nothing else.

2. Plan and Take Action

Ok. That’s two steps, right? But I will just consider it as one, as planning without action is futile and taking action without planning it first is doomed.

What causes your depression? Is it your weight? Is it money? Is it your relationship? Is it your work? Is it health? Or it could be a combination of these things.

This is what I want you to do. Take down a notebook and a pen and write down your thoughts about that ‘thing’ that makes you depressed or sad.

Example:

“I’m so sad I am away with my family and I need to earn a living away from them. Our circumstances won’t allow me to go back home very soon. I think I’ll spend long years in this country and my children will grow up without me.”

“I cannot recover with my loan and credit card debts. I am trying my very best to get out of it. I am constantly saving and spending less but it’s not enough. Banks are calling me now for late payments and started to threaten me with legal actions.”

“I’m 36 and still no husband and kid. I want to settle down soon.”

“My boss is from hell and going to work is like going to a warzone. But there is no way I can resign. I need money right now and although I am looking for a new job, there are no calls. I hate my life!”

 

Is this the story of your life? I can feel you. One way or another, I’ve been there. And the feeling is not good, I know. I’ve also cried out of depression. Hated life. Hated myself. Even now, from time to time. I feel sad but I just practice what I preach and to be honest with you – it make wonders.

Going back, after writing that ‘thing’, imagine you are the friend of a person who experiences that ‘thing’. What will be your advice to him/her? Write it down. Why am I asking you to do this? Because I want you to use your brain rather than your heart in looking into your problem. Whenever we give advice to our dear friends, we are always reasonable. We always enlighten our sad friend with words of wisdom which is practical and logical. I want you to do that with your self. Be logical.

And the good thing about being logical is you can always find a solution. The solution is all about taking in-charge.

The root cause of our depression is the feeling of being powerless. We feel that we are stuck in our situation and there is no way out. That our circumstances won’t change. And even though we are trying our best to get out of it, we feel we’re still doomed.

But if you start thinking logically, you know it is not true. There is always a way out. Planning is one way of winning the battle and taking action will surely lead us out of our situation and into our goal.

Let’s take for example my Facebook friend. She’s depressed because of loneliness. She’s away with her family because she needs to earn a living. I think if she focuses more of taking in-charge of the situation rather than feeling a victim of circumstances, everyday will become an opportunity to change her life.

And what are the ways to take charge of the situation? In her case, she can:

* Call her children and husband every time there is an opportunity. Talk to them through Skype, Viber, Messenger and whatever means of being connected.

* Be involved in school activities or child-rearing by still giving her inputs. May it be on what the kids will wear on school program or where to buy it. What will be their school snacks. Just being involved.

* Talk to husband and tell him that they need to be align on saving and spending. This is the most important part of being an overseas worker. If you want to return back home as early as you can, then you have to be wise spending your salary and finding other ways to earn.

* She needs to set a timeline until when she needs to work abroad based on how much she saved already. For example, if she can save this X amount of money for 1 year, she can then start a small business. This business will augment her salary. She can then work for another 2 years saving the same amount of cash if not more. She’s giving herself total of 3 years then. Based on her circumstances it could be longer but at least she knows that there is an end of her overseas life. It won’t be forever. Because she is taking control both of her finances and her emotions.

And taking control of your emotions and actions will empower you. You are not just drifting with life. You are in charge.

And planning and taking action apply in all facets of your life. May it be about your weight, your work life, your relationship. List down the things that you can control, both your emotions and tangible things. You are depressed at work? Have a horrible boss? Then write down the good things that your company gives you. That you have a steady income. You found good friends. You’re just 30 minutes away from work.

Find the positive things in your circumstances but at the same time start looking for ways to get out of your situation. Spend 30 minutes a day to look jobs online. Or aggressively save to start your own business. Once you set a goal, going to work won’t be as bad. It will be an opportunity to earn and learn.

Remember: There is always a way out! 

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Relaxing Friday

I was supposed to do some shopping for the salon yesterday.
But the almost 50 C temperature is turning me into an old asparagus lately.
Around 2pm, I knew that there’s no chance we will venture out so I decided to just go to our neighborhood salon.

The idea is to have pedicure and facial.
I try to do my toenails done every 2 weeks and have facial once a month.
And it’s been months since I visited a salon.
It’s about high time!

While browsing the menu, Simply Beauty has some combo offers.
Moroccan bath and Facial for AED 250 and 30-minute Foot massage and Pedicure for AED 100.
Hmmm… not bad.
And the most important question I always ask – how long are these treatments?

Moroccan and facial will be 2 hours, foot massage and pedicure is another hour.
Should be fine. Gibson and kids were having a nap and they would only missed me for 1 hour or less.
So let the pampering begin! (more…)

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My thoughts in 2015 – Revisited

I have been browsing my draft folders to see if there’s a blog post I can continue working on so I can just publish it.
Then I found this:

Five things I’m thinking today

1. When will I stop being employed and start my own business?

2. Need to fill-up our Italian visa application.

3. Waaah! Tita Beth left for good. Who’s in charge now?

4. Can I just shop without thinking of a budget?

5.

 

This is very amusing for me.

The draft is dated November 28, 2015.
I reckon the reason I didn’t publish this was because I can’t think of a 5th point, and then day ended.
If I continue working on it the next day then I’m not only thinking about these things that day but also the following day.
So it’s not only today. Get it? (more…)

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I just want to be average

My son never studies.
And I don’t push him as much as I need to.

I never review my lessons as well when I was as a kid.
But I know myself, I am quite bright.

I can memorize fast if I want to.
So I would review a few days before an examination or quiz and I would get an above average passing grade.
Sure, I will forget everything after the test, but who cares right?
As long as you passed the exam then that’s more than enough.

I think my son has the same attitude in studying.

I never saw him do his homework voluntarily.
And if he does, there’s always nagging and threats involve.
And he never reviews.

Surprisingly, he gets above average grades too.
He never gets awards or honorable mentions
But at least I am not called by school for failing marks.

And I always wonder, am I doing the right thing?

Every single day I tell him to be a star.
I heard Kris Aquino telling the same thing to his sons.

Cole never replies back until that day when he said
“I just want to be average!”

I was taken aback by his reply.

Is it bad to be average?
Should I push him to be the best?
Explore his potential and excel?

OR

Should I let him be him?
Let him figure out what he wants on his own?
And what’s wrong of not standing out?

Ask him what he wants to be when he grows up and his reply is to be a Youtuber.
Seriously.

And I have all these ideas that he can be a Chef and Restaurateur one day.
Or a business magnate.
Or a CEO of multi-national company.
Or the President of the Philippines.

But no.

He wants to be a Youtuber.

So I told him that being a good Youtuber means being good speaker.
He has to be good in something to attract attention.
He should never be shy in front of camera.

Youtuber is not bad.
Sure it’s different from what I had in mind but at the end of the day, I want my son to be happy.
As long as he isn’t hurting anyone, is respectful and contributing to the world, I think I am fine with whatever he wants to be.

Anyways, he is only 10.

There’s still chance he can be the President of the Philippines.
Help me God!

 

 

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