It’s the start of my one month vacation from my retail job! After living for a year in Dubai and working as a sales attendant inside a mall, I’m finally going on a 30-day leave. I’m excited because it’s been awhile since I last had a long break.
Here in Dubai, everybody’s life is all about work. If you belong to a great company, you can spread your vacation leave across the year. Otherwise, you have to work for a year first (sometimes even two) before granted a vacation.
The Waterfall in Dubai Mall
Adjusting to Life in Dubai, UAE.
When I was browsing through jobs before, I only wanted a job that would let me stay in the UAE regardless of what position it was. I kind of bit my words in the process because I didn’t think that it would be much of a challenge in the beginning.
I used to have an office job that required only 8 hours of duty, 5 days a week and I would also sit on a desk most of the time. I would only have a computer station to work on my daily tasks. Now, my job ideally requires me to stand at least 8 hours everyday for 6 days straight. It’s a little physical but I’ve managed to get past it.
My Daily Commute
One Day-Off a Week
The biggest factor were my days off. I didn’t think having one day off a week would have a big impact on me. That I would crave for these moments where I could just sleep the entire day or travel and go somewhere.
I’m not complaining though. I’m thankful that I have a job that pays the bills and keeps me afloat. If I gave up that easily, I would have gone home and just go back to my old lifestyle. The reason for my being in Dubai in the first place is what inspires me to do better and to strive harder in achieving my goals.
Dubai Desert Safari Adventure
Short breaks in the city.
Plans this Month
Work! Work on my online projects and building my sites to their full potential. Now that I have more time on my hands, I set bigger goals for myself. This might be too vague so let me break it down a little:
Work on Online Sites
- Edit Theme Templates of Websites
- Set up a Forum for Community Site
- Write a Short Ebook Guide to Dubai for Filipinos
- Outsource an Employee
- Learn to bake a cake
- Explore the City and Nearby Places
- Meet Bloggers in the City
Bought a Planner
New Goals this 2014
Why am I still thinking about work when I’m supposed to be on vacation?
Actually, the whole blogging thing does NOT feel like work at all. I enjoy watching things unfold before my eyes after I work on them. I don’t know if it’s wrong but developing something from scratch gives me a certain kind of high. I feel empowered and it boosts my confidence that things will be alright because I’m not relying on one aspect to satisfy my daily needs.
What about Travelling?
This soloflightEd blog was a normal personal blog before it became a travel blog. It’s going on a transition stage again where I don’t know if I’ll be able to write more old adventures or even new ones.
I still value travelling. I will tour other areas in the city or head to the nearest beach to get some sun. However, this blogging and creating something online excites me more. For now, let me shift my focus so I can achieve more goals I’ve set for myself.
Almost but not quite. Handstand attempt.
Can’t seem to keep my energy down.
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soloflightEd.com is a travel blog by Edcel Suyo. He enjoys performing headstands and crazy stunts during his trips in the Philippines, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East. Now based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates and working to earn a living, he takes time to enjoy the city and travel during weekends.
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