Home Sweet Home…

There is no place sweeter than home…. Home sweet home…..

Working abroad is not as easy as people back home think. It is a trade of life, walking dead in every possible way.Walking dead means if you’re not lucky enough to have good vibes with your employer. Putting your life in danger in many  ways. You don’t have a choice but to work or otherwise you will starve to death for not being paid.

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As for me, I’m working abroad in a place where racism is a number one issue. Kidding aside, but only Filipinos working here in UAE know how it is like.

How’s life in Dubai after you get a residence visa??? Why Dubai?

As we all know… As of 2012, Dubai is the 22nd most expensive city in the world and the most expensive city in the Middle East. But has a hot desert climate. Summers in Dubai are extremely hot, windy, and humid.

Unfortunately, living in Dubai is not that easy. You have to save your salary for you not to be in trouble for your financial problems. All are expensive. From food to clothes, from transportation  to shelter. And the place you call “home” is not  a home either. Try to run your imagination the way we sleep in our own “home” with approximately six people moving around. And it is a place we rest after a long tiring day at work. If you are unfortunate enough to have a far from wonderful roommate, then it is time for you to move your ass to another “home”.

Let me say an example on living abroad, you are highly paid and you have your own car paid by personal savings or car loan (if you’re tempted), which is a much known scenario. Worst is you have a high maintenance yearly and you must to obey all the traffic rules to avoid penalties. Unlike other places, Dubai City is monitored by the government law, all must obey and follow the rules or otherwise you will suffer the lost.

Then, why choose Dubai? Have you ever imagined how you felt when you witnessed with your own naked eyes the luxury this city could offer? Luxury, huh? Kid me not, the place is so wonderful to live in other than any places in the middle east. It is a city where you can walk in the middle of the night for shopping,  bar hopping, fun, fun… (tips: Never go out alone, and never take a free ride offer with strangers), the beauty of beaches, yeah,it is so damn hot, but in Dubai you’ll love the beaches and the views .

Speaking of cleanliness, well, witness with your eyes, too. Dubai has the cleanest surroundings which you will never find in any other city (you might find some but I doubt it). It is what makes the city beautiful and they do take it quite seriously (try to throw your garbage anywhere and in short notice you will be confronted by a police officer and get fines). There will be no shortage of toilet papers, and cleaning stuff in any public toilets to private offices, down to malls and restaurants(that I visited). Air-conditioning anywhere, nothing to complain of from bus stations down to public places.

Credit: Dubai  Bus station At Night
Credit: Dubai Bus station At Night

It says that there is no place sweeter than home…. Home sweet home…Based on my experience, yeah it is true. In reality, we need to fight the homesickness we feel while living far away from home. Far away from the people we love most, thousands of miles away.

I try to understand, respect and embrace the culture of the people around me. Be friends with locals but never  try to take advantage, be honest to gain trust, be polite to gain their respect too. Smile at people you meet. Do not avoid eye contact but don’t take it in a flirting way… Look into their eyes when you talk to them. When you greet someone, make them feel they are the most important person to you.They will respond more nicely.

To be truly considerate, you have to know how to put yourself in someone else’s shoes, to have tact, and to be kind and gracious. Sometimes, we can get caught up in our own needs and wants and can forget that there are other people around who may be hurt or offended by our actions. Be considerate, it can help us be aware of the people around us while still asserting our needs

Making a decision on choosing a place to live is difficult. Living in this huge city while sitting with locals at work, 8 hours a day is a great challenge for me to endure. I consider Dubai as my temporary home for now…. Second Home sweet home…..indeed having  patience is a virtue always !

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