Sunday, October 28, 2012

Guest Post on Pish Posh Perfect..

Happy Sunday Loves,

Come check out my guest post "How to Prepare for Living Abroad" on one of my favorite sites, Pish Posh Perfect.

Kim is on vacation in the glorious Paris. It was my pleasure to pen a post during her adventures abroad. Also, check out her vacation pictures and posts via Pish Posh Perfect.

See you guys in a couple of days, I am on vacation as well.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

The Reason Why; Reginia's Passport

Have you guys ever had "one of those days" and needed to regroup to figure out the reason why...?

Today was one of those days. Our work week is Sunday - Thursday so today was the first day of a short week. For the most part it was OK, but there are a few variables that just shouldn't be. They are easy fixes from my perspective but _________________________ (insert 1000 reasons why it hasn't been corrected).

Anyway, I left work with a mean side-eye and school girl eye roll.

On my short drive home, I asked "Why am I here again?"

In Atlanta, I had a GREAT life and pretty much had everything I wanted. There were a few needed changes in the way of personal and professional experiences...which is what led me here....personal and professional change.

One of the things that this "experience" gives me is opportunity travel. Travel is the main reason that I embarked upon this "experience". Next month, I am going to Phuket, Thailand. With everything being in such close proximity, travel is relatively inexpensive and easy.

Before returning to the States, (Atlanta, then Little Rock, then DC), I am making a stop in Rome.

I am thoroughly excited about my trip to Rome. I will be there four days and the entire trip was less than $1,000. Yes to the ma'am. What a bargain! I will be sure to post lots of photos.

On the way back to Abu Dhabi, I am meeting a friend in Paris for New Years. Yep, yet another one of those "experiences" that makes some of the oddities here OK.

So, that was my mini vent for today. Thanks for listening and if any of you have traveled to Rome, let me know what I should see. 

Until next time....

Tags: "travel" "Phuket, Thailand" "Rome" "Italy" "Paris" "teacher in Abu Dhabi" "teaching in Abu Dhabi" "teach away" "teaching for ADEC"

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Mango Tomato Salsa & Fried Chicken

Hey loves,

One great thing about living in Abu Dhabi is the variety of familiar foods. On our stop for dinner, a few friends and I had cravings for fried chicken. I don't think any of us had it since we arrived in August. So of course, my favorite restaurant on the island didn't disappoint with their tender, flavorful fried chicken over a heaping bed of rice.

For good measure, I added a personal touch and a side salad.

I had to borrow this photo from because I dug in before I could snap a photo.

The Mango Tomato Salsa over fried chicken and rice is such a hit. I don't think there's a better mix of southern charm mixed with a splash of gulf freshness.

My tummy is happy.

You can find the Mango Tomato Salsa here.

When you guys come to visit me in Abu Dhabi, what are your food fancies?

Monday, October 15, 2012

Movie Review Monday; Love Jones

Love Jones is my absolute favorite movie.

I typically revisit this movie 3 or 4 times per year and still watch it with the same anticipation as the first viewing. The lust, chemistry, and ultimate love been "Darius" and "Nina" made all audiences members "Jones" for love.

The pair was undoubtably attractive, smart, and displayed a vibe of urban renaissance which took their respective attractiveness to ultimate levels. Larenz Tate played the main character "Darius"; a poet and budding writer. Nia Long played "Nina" a freelance photographer who began to find her way after a recent break-up. Outside of the main storyline, the movie carried diverse themes that made the movie complete. Love Jones was released at a time in which poetry was paramount and it seemed that the hip-hop generation began to heal from "gangsta rap" and regained a love for loving.

Have you ever seen Love Jones? Isn't it one of the best movies ever?

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Welcome to Delma Island

Hey lovelies,

It's been about a week since we've last connected, and I miss you guys. I am struggling to find a good time to blog and post since I'm about 8 hours ahead of EST. I miss blogging so I'm sure it will balance soon enough.

If we connect via Facebook, you've noticed that I've started posting more pics. I think people really enjoy photos versus a long passage about what I'm doing.

One thing for sure, there is not a shortage of food. Everything you can imagine, even pork but it's NOT readily available. From my last few posts, and my Instagram spread, you've noticed that I have had quite a great time trying various foods. (hence the fuller face) In my new location, there's a restaurant that I frequent because the meals are just delicious. I try something new each time that I go.

For the moment, I live on a very small, unspoiled island called Delma. It has a rich culture that dates several thousand years. The island does not have ANY of the glam of Dubai or amenities of Abu Dhabi. It is slow paced and very uneventful. It is said to have about 5000 or so residents, however the majority of the nationals have homes elsewhere. Therefore, on a day-to-day, you'll see very few nationals and a ton of foreigners (like me), Indians, Pakistanis, Iranians, Jordanians, and Egyptians. 

Excitement on the island ... oh wait... there isn't any. LOL not really

If you are a potential teacher, educator, principal or whatnot who desires to come to the UAE through one of the major recruitment companies, you could be placed here, so be prepared. Placement is throughout the ENTIRE Emirate which includes Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, and Al Gharbia. Please do not be misled into thinking you will have the exact life or experiences as found on Youtube. It simply doesn't happen and many leave because of the disappointment in placement.

The city of Abu Dhabi is such a mix. It has what seems like original architecture and several new buildings. Above is what I call the twin honeycomb buildings. I haven't found the correct name but they remind me of honeycombs. Below that picture are two men on the ferry. are not fly until you can exude all type of manliness in a white dress (kandura), head scarf (ghutra) worn with a black cord (agal), and sandals (Na-aals).

I think that's all for now.

Tags: "teacher in Abu Dhabi" "living in Abu Dhabi" "expats in Abu Dhabi" "Western Region" "Delma Island" "ADEC" "teach away"

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Living Abroad; Bed Hopping pt. 1

Hey lovelies!

I'm back from my unintentional hiatus. Traveling back and forth through the Emirate, riding ferries, working, and making a bit of time for a social life has me a bit tired. I've finally mustered the energy to pen a post, upload to Instagram, and frolic on Facebook.

One of the best things regarding the experience of living abroad is "bed hopping". I refer to it as "bed hopping" because when I (we) go into the city (Abu Dhabi or Dubai) I (we) try different hotels based on rate, recommendation, and/or specials. If you guys didn't know, I am located in what is referred to as the Western Region which a bit outside of the city. In addition, I live on an island, so catching a ferry plus the drive is a bit much; so I bed hop.

Last weekend, we visited the Park Rotana in Abu Dhabi. Park Rotana is a contemporary, luxury, mixed use complex located on Al Salam Street near the airport. (There aren't addresses in Abu Dhabi - I'll explain later) The hotel offers non-smoking rooms (this is critical for non-smokers), a doctor on call, dry cleaning services, gift shops, salons, and a host of other services that will make your stay enjoyable.

The interior lobby area is just gorgeous and modern. This area is heavily used by the patrons for chatting, drinking tea or spirits, and unfortunately smoking. Smoking is such a big part of the culture here and I don't like that. I wish I could encourage a NO SMOKING campaign but I digress. Upon entering the hotel, we felt so welcomed. There are multi-lingual staff members who could easily accommodate me (English speaking) and my friend (Arabic speaking) with ease.

We immediately loved the room. Again, the facilities were so fresh and modern. We stayed in one of the more "affordable" rooms and the amenities were still great.

There are a variety of rooms available, but we opted for the two singles. ;) 

Room service was great as well as the other options of restaurants and spirits. The bed was very comfortable but not plush like the hotel beds at home. This is pretty common here; hard beds. We will definitely put Park Rotana in our hotel rotation. It's inviting, modern, and has the amenities that we enjoy.

My friend and I recommend a few things to make the stay a bit easier; free internet, complimentary breakfast, and less expensive room spirits. Park Rotana is a bit outside of the city but was pretty easy to get to Ikea in one direction and the Corniche in the other.

Have you "bed hopped" lately? 

Tags: "Abu Dhabi", "Abu Dhabi hotels", "Park Rotana" "Rotana" "ADEC teacher" "ADEC" "teaching with ADEC" "teaching in Abu Dhabi" "Abu Dhabi teacher"

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