As I sit down to write this post from a hidden coffee shop in JBR walk (the location can’t be disclosed as I must protect my privacy), a storm of thoughts hits my noisy mind. That’s why, I won’t be able to write a “normal” culture blog post today. It’s just not doable. I can’t focus on a topic, I’m the only one left in the café , the barista is regularly having conversations with himself and occasionally glancing at me (he even asked why I was still single when I’m so beautiful the last time I was here) and I’m starving (all I had was a late breakfast).
Another reason why I can’t write another culture post is that I’m simply overwhelmed with the amount of support that I’m getting from friends and readers of this blog. Whether in comments, Facebook messages or verbal words, I’ve been hearing a lot of positive and encouraging words from everyone. Thank you is not enough. I’m speechless.
Let me spice up this series of cultural posts with an “express” personal post. This basically means that I’ll be giving you an update on my life and what’s been going on in my world in brief, short, concise points. Here it goes:
- Once again, I was asked by a new reader of my blog to start writing my autobiography. The girl (who’s interning with me at the office) advised me to start writing now. Her view was that if I keep delaying the idea, then I risk not getting it done, since I keep pushing for more progress. Which in my case will be an endless mission.
- The reason that I don’t intend to write my biography anytime soon is that I feel like I’m currently living on the edge (which is how I’ve been feeling since I left home in the summer of 2009). Every five years, I must visit the Saudi embassy in Dubai to renew my passport. Since our passports are renewed for five years only. I’ve only done this once since I left Saudi. My passport expires at the end of this year, so I must make another visit to the embassy in the next few months to get that done. The experience isn’t that grand. I wore my scarf when I visited last time and the visit took me on a flashback trip to living in Saudi. I won’t elaborate any further, but let’s just say that I’m not too excited to visit again this summer. I think I’ll plan it for when my dad visits in Ramadan. That way, I can drag him with me to the embassy!
- Miraculously, my goals have now shrunk to two! let me explain. After attending the latest Arabian Travel Market bloggers networking session (the first type of event to be organized at this year’s Arabian Travel Market), I felt that despite the positive networking with PR executives, sales and marketing people and hotel managers at the session, I wasn’t too excited to contact them for hotel stays or reviews after the event. The reason is simple. Since starting my new blog, I’ve decided to write genuine, honest and impartial reviews only. When accepting an invite from a hotel, resort or cruise operator, they expect you to write positive reviews only. Being a journalist, I don’t feel that this matches my vision or mission for the blog. I want to give my readers honest, balanced and fair reviews and posts. Nothing less. That’s why, despite a fun networking session and a big stack of business cards, I won’t be contacting anyone to ask for a discount on a stay, a free meal or a spa treatment. I haven’t done any of this since starting this blog and I want to continue things that way.
- That’s why, I’ve decided that this blog will now remain as a hobby only. I still want to create a proper website and transfer all my posts from wordpress onto a new site. I also want to spend time understanding my blog statistics, the number of followers and the analytics behind all of that. But I will do that in my own time, where I will enjoy it rather than stress about how to turn those figures into cash or other monetary returns. And that’s how my goals have magically transformed from being three to only two 🙂 (big sigh of relief!).
- One thing I’m really looking forward to is a private reading session with a psychic at a well-being center close to my home. I’ve been to that center and reviewed one of their workshops on my old blog, but I only found out about the spiritual reader recently from a friend who highly recommended her. The waiting list to see her can reach up to two months! I’ve booked my reading session last week for the 18th of June! she was available on the 12th, but I go to work on Sunday mornings, so I decided to see her on the following Saturday. Honestly, I can’t wait to hear what she has to tell me about my career and personal life outlook and future predictions. I even plan to prepare questions to take with me to ask her. After six years of working hard towards my goals in the city and not quite getting to where I want to be, I think a highly popular psychic could add value and insight into my struggling life.
- Until my time to see the reader arrives in around two months from now, I plan to keep you entertained with some interesting posts. Coming up after this post is an Abu Dhabi staycation, a short break to a GCC city (destination to be revealed when I review the hotel) and more exciting and insightful culture posts. So stay tuned!
- Please keep your comments, suggestions and ideas coming. I truly enjoy each one of them and appreciate your support and motivation to this blog.
Since I’m starving (only had breakfast at around 2:00 pm) and it’s now after 9:00 pm, I’ll end this post here and head back home to finish some house chores and get ready for work tomorrow (more like wash dishes and make plans for the week ahead).
Wishing you a positive, productive and inspirational week ahead.
Saudi Diva signing off XXX