Forever Grateful and Proud on My Abu Dhabi Journey (2016-2020)

Living my fortunate life in the capital of United Arab Emirates
24th of October 2016 to 29th of October 2020

"The point of living is not to arrive at the future, it's to arise in the present. Train your mind to see the good in Everything"

I arrived in Abu Dhabi on midnight of 24-Oct-2016 and went directly to Mussafa Workers Village for my more than a month accommodation. This was my 2nd visit to Abu Dhabi (1st was in 2012) and 3rd visit in UAE (1st was 2012 and 2nd was 2013). I spent my first 6 months on probation as Aircraft Maintenance Production Planning Engineer until 17-Apr-2017, the first day of being part of the family as regular employee.

Through the years I stayed in Abu Dhabi I become more resilient and learned a lot from Cleaners, to Technicians, to Technical Officers, to fellow Engineers and to management. The only way to do a great work is to love what you do despite the ups and downs. In addition, I never thought I would go this far, the ride was indeed a professional expedition to reminisce. This is what this is, part of the journey is the end. All I can say is thank you very, very much to CPAC team, to AFS team and to the company I've worked for four years. I am forever grateful and proud for Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Forever Grateful and Proud on My Abu Dhabi Journey (2016-2020)

Abu Dhabi Folding Bike Cycling (100 km): Post Lockdown Solo Night Rides

June 28-29 and July 05-06, 2020 in Abu Dhabi City, United Arab Emirates

Folding Bike Cycling is my newly discovered hobby in the UAE's capital. This is an alternative / replacement for my itchy feet on my quest to fulfill my beyond #lakbay100 journey for other countries which I did not visited yet. As what a usual traveler quote, there is no place like home. Abu Dhabi City is my home for more than three years and surprisingly, biking gave me a one-of-a-kind perspective on the amazing views of this city. This folding bike long distance escapade in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates was the series of longest distance I achieved and served as my 4th and 5th for 100 kilometers. This long distance challenge was also initiated fun biking adventure by Abu Dhabi Folding Bikes Group where I joined only last January 2020 and inspired during the 5th Anniversary certificate awarding. Thank you Abu Dhabi :)

4th 100 Kilometer Abu Dhabi Solo Night Ride (1830H Sun 28-Jun to 0130H Mon 29-Jun, 2020)
Route Flow : Corniche - Al Mina - Flagpole - Palaces - Al Bateen - Grand Mosque
Route description : sightseeing the sunset along the Corniche
Cycling tracks : along outermost lane

5th 100 Kilometer Abu Dhabi Solo Night Ride (1815H Sun 05-Jul to 0115H Mon 06-Jul, 2020)
Route Flow : Al Bateen - Al Hudayriat Island - Airport Road - Abu Dhabi Airport - Etihad
Route description : sightseeing the sunset along the Al Hudayriat Island
Cycling tracks : along outermost lane

Abu Dhabi Folding Bike Cycling (100 km): Post Lockdown Solo Night Rides

Visa on Arrival / E-Visa Countries for Philippine Passport Holders

Pinoy travel addict mode on global scale updated as of July 2020

As of July 2020, Philippine Passport holders have free visa / visa-on-arrival / e-visa privilege in around 82 UN-recognized countries. Additional 9 countries if working as professional in Middle East (GCC) states and more than 20 countries / territories if holder of valid visa on Schengen, United Kingdom, Canada or United States. This countries do not require to visit / have an appointment to Embassy for Filipinos with Philippine passport, either just go straight to the country or apply the visa online at home. On the other hand, Republic of the Philippines granted visa-free privilege to Nationals from 157 countries for a period of stay of thirty (30) days or less.

To know more about the latest visa policies of different countries for Filipino travelers or Philippine Passport Holders, use the following keywords into web search engines;
* search "visa policy of (country you like to visit)" or "(country you like to visit) mfa"
https://www.passportindex.org/comparebyPassport.php?p1=ph&fl=&s=yes
https://visalist.io/philippines/all-visas
* http://visados.com/en/

the new Philippine e-passport

Abu Dhabi Folding Bike Cycling (62 km): 122nd Independence Day Ride

June 15 (Monday), 2020 in Abu Dhabi City, United Arab Emirates

“We cannot free ourselves unless we move forward united in a single desire.”- Emilio Aguinaldo

Independence Day (Araw ng Kasarinlán / Kalayaan) is an annual national holiday in the Philippines observed on June 12, commemorating the declaration of Philippine independence from Spain in 1898. This year marked as the 122nd Year of Philippine Independence Day.

Folding Bike Cycling is my newly discovered hobby in the UAE's capital. This is an alternative / replacement for my itchy feet on my quest to fulfill my beyond #lakbay100 journey for other countries which I did not visited yet. As what a usual traveler quote, there is no place like home. Abu Dhabi City is my home for more than three years and surprisingly, biking gave me a one-of-a-kind perspective on the amazing views of this city. Thank you Abu Dhabi :)

My biking adventure starting point is on my home building along Hamdan Street. The best way to do this journey is through Corniche first, then to Al Mina, back to Corniche, Flagpole, Palaces, Al Bateen then back Hamdan.

Route Flow : Corniche - Al Mina - Flagpole - Palaces - Al Bateen
Route distance : more than 60 kilometers (start / end in Hamdan Street)
Route description : sightseeing the sunset along the Corniche
Cycling tracks : on most of the time, along outermost lane
Best time to bike : afternoon until evening (weekend preferably)

Abu Dhabi Folding Bike Cycling (62 km): 122nd Independence Day Ride

Masterclass Guesting: Travel Light Tips

28-May-2020 Thursday Zoom Meeting in the midst of pandemic period

We are Certified Pinoy Travelholic because...

I was invited by one of the Philippine passport holders most traveled Mr. Jon last January 2020 to join the newly-founded Philippine Global Explorers (PGE) facebook group. To my surprise, I've got an honor as one of the guest during the PGE's 1st Masterclass session Zoom meeting which he was also the moderator. The Masterclass topic was about travelling light based on my personality. In order to achieve my backpacking style, I should equip myself with my natural principle in life which is being practical or to go with minimum carried items. The following quotes about Travel Minimalism guides me how to pack my things and how to prepare myself before travel; bringing less materials so that I can fully enjoy the excitement on the road.

"The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less." - Socrates

"The consumption society has made us feel that happiness lies in having things, and has failed to teach us the happiness of not having things." - Elise Bounding

ADVANTAGES OF TRAVELING LIGHT
1. Time and budget saver
2. Easy and less time to pack, more time on the road
3. Easy to buy local / souvenir items (my purpose in case for that extra space)
4. Less strain on back, shoulder or other body parts
5. Less worry about left items / luggage or storage lockers
6. Keeps your mind clear, have enough concentration on the road
7. Walking on the street / road / trail is very much comfortable - can move quickly from place to place
8. Somehow blend with the locals, as much as possible, I’d like to be looked local / normal to ordinary sighting

DIS-ADVANTAGES OF TRAVELING LIGHT
1. Invest on very good quality that fits your needs
2. Since you only have 1 bag, be very cautious on your surrounding
3. Sometimes those items you forgot / left to bring would help a lot (i.e. tripod for night shots, poncho for sudden rains along the trail, jacket for unbearable coldness, party attire for presentable night life)

PGE Masterclass Guesting: Travel Light per my Personality (Summer)

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