Sharing Grief, Sharing Lessons

I was never a basketball fan.

I don’t think I’ll ever be, not because I don’t like the sport, but just maybe it’s not for me. Despite of that I can’t help but be sadden by the news that broke the hearts of many for almost a week now. Nine precious lives taken too soon, 9 families lost too much.

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Ever since the news broke about Kobe’s chopper crashing, I can’t help but think how the families are doing? Not fine for sure. I know. I have been there, a moment of tragic loss. But believe me when I say, losing someone in a tragedy causes different pain. Extremely different. To all the families and people who are hurting right now because of this tragedy, God bless you. Hold on and this message is for you.

Everybody will tell you it will be okay.

Everybody will tell you that things happen for a reason.

Everybody will tell you that they are there for you.

But no one else will know the truth behind the pain aside from you and your family.

I know how it feels cause I have been there.

That’s miserable feeling of being torn apart inside and just always losing your breath not knowing what to do will always be after you will always seem like it will never end.

Don’t run, let it come to you, you don’t need to embrace it, you just have to face it.

Let all tears come out till you can’t cry anymore.

You’re only human and no one else can tell you to stop crying no matter how much they tap your back.

Crying it all out will eventually make you stronger, not now, but soon enough.

Know that your loved ones you just lost are looking after you. The love you have in your family is stronger than the pain you have now. This pain will never be temporary and so as the memory and the love you have for the family.

A lot had said to you to be strong, and it will always be close to impossible, but always remember you still have the rest of your family praying for you and with you, the ones who need you, while you gained your angels above you.

Don’t step away from your faith, instead come even closer. Breathe and hold on.
It’ll be hard, but be proud, your angels have accomplished their purpose in life and it’s time for them to accomplish their missions in heaven, that is to guide you and be your eternal angel.

Of most of the things I knew about Kobe based on what I am always seeing being talked about is that he was unique, he was strong and he had the will to make a change. He had the kindness in his heart and will forever live in the heart of those he inspired.

Treat every moment as if it’s the last. Love like there is no tomorrow.

Be the change and make a change.

 

Peace out!

 

Bad Boys for Life

One heck of a movie I would say.

Released in the UAE on January 16, 2020.

Should I say that the level of the characters made it realistic. Part of the movie series, Bad Boys, the fact that it has been years since the last one was put it out in the market, the 2020 Bad Boys did face the age reality check.

Image result for Bad Boys for Life"The element of denial from Mike Lowery that there’s new stuff going on in his line and the urge of settling down from Marcus side did make sense.

Reality check ACCOMPLISHED!

Who am I to say anything negative about the characters? Besides, there’s only positive stuff to say. Jam-packed, diverse bunch of characters. I mean, hello! Who the heck would not admire the combo of Will Smith and Marin Lawrence! Kudos men!

The best supporting character for me was Armando! He carried out his character beyond words. Feeling was there. The emotions where there. Jacob Scipio, you’re officially my crush now.

Now, going back to the movie itself, I did not see the ending coming! Well hidden details. I mean who would have thought the movie would be ending the way it ended! Mike having a child! I went crazy when I discovered that so I could imagine Mike himself.

That is why Armando himself had this emotion that he could not explain whenever he encounters Mike.

Yes, there was a bit too much stabbing that had happen. But it was cool. Great mixture of English and Spanish lines that went on. But needless to say, I would recommend that you watch this movie. I have movies with so much blood going on but, I wouldn’t mind watching this over and over and over again and deal with the blood parts by covering my eyes instead.

Wonder what year the next one will be released. The ending did make it clear that there will be a next one.

Dubai Autodrome:Formula DXB Stage 1 Experience

Gifted and experience to my boyfie and I have to say, after a week, he’s still talking about how much fun he had in there. Since I’m always nervous, I think this is the closest he and I could get in racing or anything similar. Totally worth and I haven’t seen my boyfie as excited as he was in here.

Thank you so much to all the staff of the Dubai Autodrome.

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A little inspiration

instagram: mscassandrasSometimes it’s worth scribbling your goals in life. Though some people will call it unorganized or simply a waste of time, there is more to it than whatever others might call it. You will still have the final say. I just hope you remember this, most of the extraordinary beautiful things in this world are not planned nor organized. Most of the time, they are just mixed & matched thoughts & Ideas that creates something worth remembering .

Only you have the allegory of its making.

Restaurante Linda Vista

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A restaurant that has definitely stood in time.

When I travelled to Costa Rica, I had so many placed on my wishlist. But one thing is for sure, my wishlist was just filled with natural places.

Coming down from Irazu Volcano, chances are, you’ll encounter this restaurant that would definitely look old from outside and you’d not expect anything in the inside. Once you do, you’d be amazed how much stuff were kept by the walls, the counters, the stairs. Basically in the whole restaurant.

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It was on 1974 did this craze started. I couldn’t tell you how it was before, but I can tell you, NO ONE MISSED TO LEAVE something behind.

Once you go to Costa Rica, try to find this place and be amazed. Not only with what has been left over time, but with their food with authentic Costa Rican taste. Of course, how would I dare to forget to tell you how refreshing the location is. The coffee is the best here with the scenery.

 

My Own Corporate 101 Learning 1

dscf2023.jpgSometimes, being in a management position at the age of 30 can cause you many great things, always be teaching you stuff in the corporate world. Some may be the good stuff while some can be the rough stuff. (Yes, clearly there are people who are younger than 30 and yet within the management team and who are doing really great, but believe me, sadly it’s not easy when you’re an expat and a Filipino. Or at least based on my experience)

But for one reason or another, regardless your age, never disregard the value of yourself just for the sake of keeping your so-called “designation”. Your self-value is not about the job title you hold. It’s how you are at work.

Being away from home for the past 8 years, having no one from my family with me has taught be a lot in life. From enduring your own physical pain, because you fear the expense of medical procedures or simply because you don’t want to make a big deal out of it. Or those times at work where political games are being played, yet you couldn’t speak up fearing to lose your job. Let’s not forget to mention the fact that you miss being with the family from time to time, after all, family is home.

Enough of the slight, back-story.

Let me share with you a recent learning.

You can show-off your full capacity and talents when you recently join your new company. One way or another, you can never be too sure if you will be appreciated or not. Let’s face it, sometimes, people tend to look into where you are from before they acknowledge the things you have done or will be able to do. In which we can never hide that there are a lot, and I mean a lot that will only rely on where you are from before they determine what you deserve in return of what you have laid down on the table.

True, there’s a million jobs for you out there. It may take some time for you to find what really is for you, but in whatever case, never let go of your own values in life and for yourself. No one will give importance to you in the corporate world unless you, yourself will do so.

Atlantis Aquaventure: is it worth it? Parque acuatico Atlantis: vale la pena?

aquaparkI’ve been living in UAE for the past 8 years and I’ve never really tried spending so much on trying to make myself experience the “cool” stuff or the “fancy” stuff in life.

So this year, a sudden pop-up caught my attention, a so-called “birthday present” from Atlantis Aquaventure that would actually let me access the aqua park for free. So I signed up for it, I mean, who wouldn’t for something for free right?

Went there, had to park a bit farther than the entrance where there will be a shuttle bus waiting to transfer us back to the aquapark. We had to pay of course for my plus 1, which is AED345.00 and AED50.00 for one small locker. We had fun, on the simple aspects. We enjoyed about 2 slides I guess and perhaps letting ourselves enjoy getting washed out by the water. We also enjoyed looking at the dolphins from afar where you can actually book for an activity with them with as much as AED800.00 (I think) and you’re not allowed to take your own cameras with you because they have their own professional photographers where you will be charged separately. Oh good Lord.  I know.

The same actually goes with the sea lions. So we just enjoyed watching them from outside their isolated swimming area.

Well, I couldn’t really complain cause though we paid for the entrance of my partner, it was more of a buy-1 take-1 kind of deal cause mine was free. But come to think about it, I don’t think I would be paying for AED345.00 entrance fee if I know I would do all the slides they have inside.

Don’t get me wrong, it was an experience of a lifetime, but not on my price range.

Nonetheless, thank you Atlantis Aquaventure for the birthday gift.

 

He estado viviendo en EAU por 8 años ya y nunca me dedique a hacer de mi experiencia la mas divertida o lujosa de mi vida

Entonces este año, repentinamente algo llama mi atención, yo lo llamo regalo de cumpleaños de Atlantis Aquaventure que me dejo disfrutar del parque acuatico gratis. Entonces fui por el, es decir, quien no iria de gratis?

Una vez ahi, tuve que parquear un poco lejos de la entrada donde una buseta espera para llevarnos al parque acuatico. Tuvimos que pagar desde luego por mi acompañante la suma de 345 dirhams y 50 dirhams por un guardaropa pequeño. Nos divertimos en los pequeños detalles. Disfrutamos de dos toboganes y tambien dejandonos mojar en las piscinas. Tambien disfrutamos viendo los Delfines desde lejos donde puedes reservar para estar con ellos, que cuesta alrededor de 800 dirhams creo, y no esta permitido usar tus propias camaras, porque ellos tienen sus propios fotografos, eso es un Pago adicional. Oh Dios ! Yo se

Lo mismo ocurre con los leones marinos, entonces solo disfrutamos viendolos desde afuera de sus estanques.

Bueno no podria quejarme ya que solo Pagamos la entrada de mi acompañante, fue mas un trato de compre uno y obtenga uno gratis, Pero pensemoslo, yo no creo que pagaria 345 dirhams de entrada si se que no voy a utilizar todos los toboganes que tienen.

No me malinterpretes fue una experiencia muy buena, pero no en mi rango de precio.

Muchísimas gracias Atlantis por el regalo de cumpleaños

VlogMas: Santa on the Zipline (The Making)

 

It was that productive day that we had to go with Santa on the Zipline.

The Middle East’s first commercial Via Ferrata is located at Jebel Jais Ras Al Khaimah, UAE, the UAE’s highest mountain. Professional instructors will guide you along our spectacular route. Enjoy 3 thrilling zip lines as you traverse more than 1km along the mountain route. With morning and afternoon start times available.

Ras Al Khaimah Fine Arts Festival 2018

 

Can’t help but feel so excited for this event.

I’ve always had an eye for arts and creativity.

Got a glimpse of some trailers and masterpieces of the artists for 2018 and may I just say, they’re worth the time to see and appreciate.

The Festival opens with a networking reception allowing visitors and artists to connect and interact in an extraordinary atmosphere of the evening during which an awarding ceremony for Visual Arts and Photography categories will take place.

Venue

Ras Al Khaimah National Museum

Date

Friday, February 16, 2018

Time

Red carpet: 7:00 P.M.
Ceremony start: 8:00 P.M.

Dress Code

National dress or Cocktail dress / Lounge suit

 

For more info: http://rakfinearts.ae/