Friday, December 13, 2013

"Individual Seek of Affection"

Belive in the eyes of the beholder, a wise person once said.
Dubai, the paradise of wealth oportunity and monetary happiness.
A place where we can have it all, in the blink of an eye; where we have come to fufill our dreams, seek for our purpose in life and find our way to happiness.
Dubai, has become to everyone of us our little hunted treasure of undisclosed desires, where there is so much to give and take, that unfortunately satisfaction becomes momentary situation.
Some of us drawn ourselves seeking for monetary satisfaction, where as Burj Khalifa the sky is the limit; while others desperetley seek for love and affection.
In a place where individualism and lonleyness come together almost hand in hand.
It has been unfortunate to realize that as everything comes to us so easily, we seem to fall into the thought that seeking for love is as easy as getting a pair of Loubitans at the mall, a drink at the bar or a dance at the club.
I always wonder if those who seek do ever wonder, if these are the places to find that one person, who may complete you, satisfy you and make you whole in all ways and matters?
Once someone told me the more you seek you will never find, love surprises you in the most unexpected moments in life and that is when you rejoice the most.
And the end isnt that what life is all about? A surpising journey, where every step we take moves us foward to our purpose; whereas sometimes we may feel desperate.
"Patience is the key to happiness" Confusious, once said.

Monday, October 7, 2013

"Epiphany of the Undisclosed Desires"

In a moment of sudden revelation, I got lost in my thoughts and realize that in a world of constant consumption, not are we ever satisfied with what we have, had nor what we ever wanted. Satisfaction is unfortunately always temporary.
Living in a material world where we all eventually become material girls, as Madonna would say; one can never tell their secretive desires. We shush our hopes for what we wish we had possession of, because we know that less is more, but no matter what or under any circumstances, we always want more. Food, cars, clothes, shoes, bags, accessories one can never have enough; so it makes me wonder, when is it really enough? where do we draw the line between ok and ok that's too much? and who gets a saying on this?
The reason why I call these our undisclosed desires, is because we decide to shush them aware of the fact that others may not have the same opportunity to enjoy them as much as we do. Or maybe simply because we know it is a financial situation that we shouldn't be getting our credit cards involved in. LOL!
But when it comes to a privileged wealth, the truth of the matter is in a country like the United Arab Emirates, where the abundance of wealth and constant eye tempting treats are limitless; there is no one to blame, but to enjoy what good comes along with hard work and privileged inheritance.
Although unfortunately sometimes, when we get lost in our guilty pleasures, we tend to forget the true meaning in life. What use is there in wealth if you cant shear it with your love ones? We tend to forget that life, is not all about making the green paper ones, after all you may need them but you only live once, and the one thing money can't afford is happiness.
Disclose your momentary satisfaction, live every moment in life, live those moments money can't afford, before you wish you could take it back; appreciate what you have not just material wise, and be aware of the great blessings that surround you, one day you'll realize you are just as lucky as those you always seem to look up to.

Friday, October 4, 2013

"Dubai from the eyes of a third world country"

It is inevitable not to be astonished by all those things that one thought of as impossible, and can only  be seen once you step into the desert sands of Dubai. From white sandy crystal clear beaches, to multicolored sand dunes, and a snow slope inside a mall, all in one same place at the same time. Dubai has it all from the tallest tower, to the largest mall and the biggest dancing fountain. Dubai in a nutch is every country envious sudden rapid success.
In a deserted Gulf country, with high heat temperatures and humid hot weather; the climate circumstances have never stop man from doing the impossible, possible. I guess we can say money, can really move mountains.
After just a month, a few weeks or even days of leaving the country, we may all become desentizised to the biggest, the best and the greatest attributes of the UAE. But once you face the comeback from the outsideworld, reality taps you once more on the shoulder, reminding you "this is not something you see everyday"; for example travelling on the best, largest and most luxurious airline in the world, landing on the largest airport terminal, going down the biggest elevators, or taking a Mercedes, BMW or Rolls Royce taxi. From the moment you step out in Dubai land, it all becomes the biggest, the greatest and the best of the best.
It is inevitable not to compare (to not say being envious), contrasting the enormous success and development of just one of the seven Emirates, to one's own entire native country; and wonder how things could be so different, if one could only make a change, and make the difference.
From the perspective of a third world country, there is always space for improvement. But the will for change is the key to the door of success. Change is always something feared to face, but it is the leap of faith to a new encounter in life.
So then I wonder if one's success, other's misery or road down the slope?
To my state of mind a personal aim for a goal, may lead to others misfortune, but that misfortune should be one's own fortune to opportunity. Life after all is as they say, the survival of the fittest.
And sometimes, when such opportunities that we pursue in life, we take them for granted, when we simply lay back and selfishly forget to appreciate all that greatly surrounds us. One should always seek for knowledge and be thirsty for the greatest and the best of the best; as we tend to sometimes think of happiness and satisfaction, as conformability, which eventually becomes another way of mediocracy.
Satisfied happiness should be instead, the stage of peace and rest after the battle of seek to success.

Monday, September 16, 2013

"Searching for the Golden Oasis"

There is a saying in my country, those who point fingers at each other are pointing three fingers right back to them. As true as this saying might be, we tend to culturally criticize those around us, avoiding the actual reason behind our argument. As most women do, we tend to criticize each other, without realizing that all we criticize, is everything we secretly wish we had.
Consciously or unconsciously, we pick on each other's differences for fun, jealousy or an unfortunate daily habit. So here I wonder, is it that we are not busy enough with our lives, that we have to talk about other's lives, whom we may find an easy target to pick up on? or do we simply do it for the matter of entertainment?
We see, we pick, and then we talk. Is criticism a natural human instinct or an unfortunate cultural habit?
In a small cosmopolitan city like Dubai, the reasons and topics to talk about are endless; the money, the people, the diverse nationalities, and the clash of cultures. Gossip in Dubai becomes an bottomless golden pot of glowing colors and shapes, to curiously pick up on.
In a country where there is constant growth and development, mouth opening daily news, and constant achieved world records; as citizens we eventually become desensitized to the worldwide astonishing news, that land all eyes on Dubai. And due to that, we unfortunately miss out on appreciating those little and big opportunities, that we have had the chance to land our feet upon. When we are no longer looking for the oasis in the desert, because we have satisfied our thirst.
And so when we unfortunately, focus on all that we think is wrong and negative among those around us; instead of staring at those three fingers pointed right back at us, and embrace all that makes us so unique, different and fortunate.
"Those who go around desperate to find the golden oasis, are not running to clear their thirst but to find themselves upon their own reflection"

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

"Every once in a while, we all take part of the flea market"

Living in a commonly well known part of the world, makes every individual in Dubai feel unique, prestigious and unbelievably lucky. But when the truth comes to light, nothing is as good as it seems.
In the land of opportunities, where the life standards are high, salaries double, housing, life insurance and even sometimes transportation is provided; education, age, gender and nationality is what truly matters when it comes to the job market.
As fortunate as we all may feel, finding a job is as hard as it gets. Unlike any other country, competition is tough, but after all who would not want to come work to one of the most wealthy and prestigious cities in the world? No matter where you come from, what you do, what last name you carry on, or college degree "wasta"(in arabic, who you know) rules the job market desicion. Sadly a true situation, that wether we like it or not, it is universal rule in the job market. So be aware of who you are, how you behave and what you say or do in public, as much as virtually in your Facebook profile.
This days one's reputation is a worldwideweb subject of discussion.
So as Iggy Azalea once said in her song Work, "I am not hating I'm just telling you"; I encourage all those out there, who either struggle looking for a job, or hate their job that they just do for the money; it is never too late to change your mind, do not sit in your own comfort for the monetary benefits and wonder how things could have been done differently, while life just passes right in front of your eyes. Mediocracy is just the easy way out to settle for the better and not the best.
And so get out of your comfort zone, take your leap of faith and look for that one job you would love to live for, and with pleasure you would wake up early every morning, without having to break your alarm on your bedside table.
Necessity is a common human trait, but achieving satisfaction though passion is a life changing experience.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

"Eid Mubarak"

A traditional Muslim greeting, "Eid" refers to the occasion itself and "Mubarak" meaning blessed.
Today 8th of August 2013, is commemorated as the last day of the Holly month of Ramadan, a Muslim traditional time of fasting, to be reminded of the importance and great value of our daily blessings, that sometimes we can take for granted; such as the roof in our heads, food, clothing and more, that many may not have the chance to enjoy.
But to the eyes of others, this might seem slightly different.
In a Muslim country like the United Arab Emirates, as an expatriate regardless of your religious beliefs, one should respect muslim traditions and sociopolitical laws. Such as respecting the time of fasting, one should not drink or eat in public, until the sun has set and the time of fasting is over.
For some this might seem a very controversial topic, some argue that Muslim cultural religious laws are being forced upon them, when one has to respect such laws and regulations. And for others it seems to be a situation of laughter, when they all share their stories of starving and dying of thirst while they spent the day outside, having to pick up fast food and hide inside their car, while they devour in minutes their Big Macs.
But I have to agree to disagree with them.
I believe that we should all have a time of reflection in our lives where the essentials and necessary don't need to be taken away, but simply shared. Where fasting doesn't have to be a time to suffer starvation, but a time to understand unfortunate others, and do something about it; not only during a given time, but on every chance that we may have to do so.
Every day should be a day where we can give, be grateful for what we have and share.
And so I close with a phrase of my own, "don't give to remember what you have, don't remember till you notice have too much, but simply live everyday grateful and share with all those who surround you the abundance of love, happiness and appreciation of life".

Saturday, July 27, 2013

"The crave for social/self-acceptance"

So have you ever stopped and wondered, why is it that in a limitless world where we can have it all, we are always seeking for everyone else's approval?
What we wear, what we eat, the way we talk, the way we stand up, even the way even some hold their cigaret. We are human beings in constant social/self acceptance.
I have been amazed throughout my years in Dubai, how people drastically change for money, cars, brands, or even tables at clubs. We all seem to become slaves to materialism to the point of forgetting who we are, where we come from, what we are here for.
So then I wonder is Dubai all about showing off? I wouldn't entirely think so.
There is such material culture of "having and being the best of the best"; after all what defines Dubai is a competitiveness of the biggest, the best and the only one. But in a way all of our differences not only bring us all together in one place, but they make us unique in our own way. So why is it that we keep trying so hard to stand out in a crowd? and we keep wearing neon colors, short skirts and 9 inch high heels? We are sadly constantly trying our best, to be the best of the best.
When feeling good in your own skin should be the key for a self-happiness.
So for once lets stop and learn to enjoy our own personal uniqueness, lets make a difference with our own culture, language and knowledge, that differentiates us from everyone else; lets share our own self attributes! and for once, lets leave all the capitalist contribution on the side, and stop comparing what we want to that we can't have.
As selfish as this might sound, the admiration to one's own self, for once will make us realize what we always seem to forget: Hey there is no other like me!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

"The grass is always greener on a PINK Dubai"

From the tallest building in the world, to the world's first seven star hotel. From sand dunes to snow slopes inside a mall; in Dubai we live a daily amusement of the unusual and unexpected. 
After four years and a half of living my own personal Dubai experience, I cant help but learn on a daily basis more every day about its multicultural environment, and from the perspective of a single 23 year old Guatemalan girl. You can imagine the cultural contrast?!
But no it is not at all as bad as you can imagine. I have never been so proud to put my country's name as my one great differentiation among many others. It is almost as if I carry Guatemala with me on a daily basis, when people ask me oooh Guatemala! where is that? LOL!
It is almost a sense of belonging from a unknown wild forest country, but well can't blame anyone after all I am in the Middle East!
And so in a country where the grass always seems to be greener on the other side, where everything seems to be the land of opportunities, and money leaks from oil pipes.
I always seem to wonder are we really living on a PINK Dubai?
Is this the place where you can truly find happiness?
If so, then how come people are always in constant transition?
As much as I truly love Dubai and my true sense of belonging, I always seem to wonder could this forever? am I here to stay? or am I just one more soon to go away?
Well I truly hope I don't! Cause I sure have lots to achieve ahead of me!
And so with this I lead you on, to experience Dubai and much more, through the words on my blog, with limits, no regrets and no taking back steps.