Sunset at The Beach JBR

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Usual weekend: playing cards, movies, and excessive eating

To add some color to our usual weekend, Lai and I decided to go to the beach and see the sunset. The most accessible beach in our area is in JBR where we do not need any taxi nor hop in another bus but just the metro.

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Just in time for the sunset.

If you are in Dubai, you can go down at DAMAC Properties Metro Station (36), then transfer to Dubai Marina Tram Station and go down at Jumeirah Beach Resort 02.

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Photo grabbed at discover-dubai.ae

As of today’s writing, it costs us 7.50 AED for the train ride from our place to JBR. The Beach is open at 10AM and requires NO entrance fee but using some amenities (like shower) needs payment. You are free to swim only up to sunset but the beach is up until 11PM on weekdays (Sun-Wed) and 1AM on weekends (Thu-Sat). Not sure if they will allow you to roam around after such time.

We had a good 30 minute swim after some photo ops. They won’t allow you to swim after sunset. With all the sand in your feet and who-knows-where after swimming, finding a shower is a challenge. Didn’t know that we have to pay for shower facility usage. Walking around the park in swimsuit top with an overgrown belly is not really comfortable. We paid 5AED each for a limited use of shower, just enough to wash away the sand in our body. We opt to properly clean ourselves at home.

After cleaning up, we ate roasted chicken and kubos we brought from home. Yep, we brought our own food because the price in The Beach is usually expensive. We ain’t no tourist plus the fact the we we’re Ilocanos love packed lunch. Haha!

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Roasted Chicken with Kubos. Pretty much the closest photo I can find on the net. Kubos is the flat bread. Wrap the chicken, raw veggies, and fries inside then dip it in the hummus. (Photo grabbed from webstagram.pro).

A few more snaps on our way back to the Tram and off we go! In this place, there are a lot of “instagrammable” stuff. You’ll enjoy not just the beach but the resort as well. Definitely, we will go back and experience the rest of it in full daylight. Better to put that comfortable shoes on because we will walk A LOT! That’s what I like about Dubai, there are beautiful facilities that your eyes can feast on and enjoy with your friends with NO charge at all.

PS: Most of the photos were shot by Lai. We opt to use her phone for convenience. Also, I don’t have the leisure to edit the photos except for Vivid Filter pre-set in photo editor.

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Unwind

It was different. This place.
Far from the busy street and crowded place.
Far from white painted walls and cozy chilled bed.

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Here, it was serene.
Up close birds,
Fountains and lake,
would like to dip my toes.
Greeneries everywhere.
Plants and flowers of many kind.

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Trees standing tall and proud.
Rocks carefully crafted, adding to its scenic effect.
Birds chirping around.
Trees with overlapping leaves.
Cold, soft wind.

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Ahh..a cozy chair and a book would be nice.
The calmness of the place soothes my weary soul.
This is really something worth traveling to.
Worth leaving the comfort of my pillows.

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It even get me to write.
And appreciate the beauty of stillness and calm.
Coffee, let me get mine.
A book in hand and thoughts around.
Let’s get lost in the time.

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Happy Hormone For A Not So Happy Heart


I lied when I said it’s nothing.

That all the mockery and accusations are not getting into my skin.

It is creeping, slowly, sticking into my sagging skin and biting every bone, making itself home.

I don’t know if the people around me, which I consider friends are still my friends

When they are all laughing behind my back

I don’t know if it is safe to tell them what I feel or what I know

I don’t really know if I can thrust fall in the crowd

I hear their voices mocking

Their stare–scanning

Looking for something to laugh at

Something to talk behind my back

You have a leader bully

And you guys happen to be in the flock

I share smiles with you

Share my life with you

But knowing how you cooperate with the leader bully

Causes me to step back

And consider who among the flock are my confidant

I see the contempt behind the smile

It hurts to know that no one from the flock stand against the leader bully

How can someone do so?

Who am I to stand up against?

I guess no one among you are my confidant

Eleonor Roosevelt said,

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”

I guess I am allowing the leader bully to make me feel inferior

So bad

That it is now creeping in my skin

In my thoughts

In my writing

And now in the way I treat the flock

I lied when I say it’s nothing

I hope someone among you will stand for me

At least I’ll know that you are genuine and true

As I am to you

I Think I Was Just Envious Of The Lovebirds


I am sitting here

Under the setting sun

Beside the chirping love birds

Or the lover and the apple of his eye

Thinking of how to escape this agonizing emotion

A mixture of contentment and discontentment

Misplacement and satisfaction

Loneliness and freedom

Loved and abandoned

Needing to stay and wanting to get away

Again

Repeat until fade

Hide And Seek


The sun is playing hide and seek with the moon.

But they never get to find each other.

Like how I never get to find the reason of why I loved you.

You played hide and seek too well.

Fallen Out


The leaves have fallen out from the tree and fell in love with the ground.

All to be left dried and broken.

And there’s no turning back because they have given their heart and all since they turned away from the tree.

Aquatico Resort, Laiya, Batangas

Aquatico Beach Resort Laiya Batangas October 2015 So this trip happened with my officemate-turned-ngetest-best-friend. It was a good and perfect way to escape the busy street of the metro. If you enjoy sand, sunset and infinity pool, you can go check this place out. It is a very memorable trip with this girl friend before I head into […]