Forever Grateful and Proud of 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 Production Planning 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 the Management. Moreover, I never thought I would go this far, the rollercoaster ride was indeed a professional expedition to reminisce. I have had a wonderful exposures working with my previous company and have experienced tremendous personal and professional growth. I was able to grow into the role widening my knowledge in all aspects of commercial aircraft planning function. The only way to do a great work is to love what you do despite the ups and downs. Unfortunately, layoff occurs mainly due to business-wide decisions during the Corona Virus (Covid-19) pandemic.

This is what this is, part of the journey is the end. All I can say is thank you very, very much to the department I belong and to the company I've worked for four years. I am forever grateful and proud working in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

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

Abu Dhabi Long Distance Solo Folding Bike Cycling: Thanksgiving Ride

November 13 and 17, 2020 in Abu Dhabi City, United Arab Emirates

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

"And now, the end is near. And so I face the final curtain. I've lived in Abu Dhabi a life that's full.
I traveled each and every highway and I did it my way"

Around less than 2 weeks before my repatriation flight schedule (going out of United Arab Emirates for good), I decided to provide an adventure tribute for all the remarkable memories I've made with Abu Dhabi. Sightseeing the Emirate of Abu Dhabi for one last time through long distance folding bike cycling solo adventure (which I discovered only during Pandemic Lockdown) is the best way to express my deepest appreciation. Abu Dhabi City is my home for more than four years and surprisingly, biking gave me a one-of-a-kind perspective on the amazing views of UAE's capital. This folding bike long distance escapade in Abu Dhabi, was the series of longest distance I achieved and served as my 6th and 7th for 100 kilometers. 

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” – John F. Kennedy

6th 124 Kilometer Abu Dhabi Day Ride (November 13, 2020 Friday)
Route Flow : Bin Zayed Highway - Yas Island - Emirates Park Zoo - Abu Dhabi Airport - Etihad - Sheik Zayed Bridge
Route description : scorching hot on the highway
Cycling tracks : along outermost lane

7th 108 Kilometer Abu Dhabi Solo Night Ride (November 17, 2020 Thursday)
Route Flow : Corniche - Palaces - Al Hudayriat Island - Grand Mosque - Al Reem Island
Route description : sightseeing the sunset along the Al Hudayriat Island
Cycling tracks : complete in Al Hudayriat Island, along outermost lane

Abu Dhabi Long Distance Solo Folding Bike Cycling: Finale Thanksgiving Ride 

Sightseeing Abu Dhabi Emirate (UAE) through Folding Bike Cycling

My 2020 newly discovered hobby in the United Arab Emirates

“Appreciation is a wonderful thing: it makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.” – Voltaire

Thank you very much to Abu Dhabi Folding Bike (ADFB) group for the adventure they initiated when I bravely joined them last January 2020 without knowing anyone among the members. They ignited my senses in city biking combining my enthusiasm on the city tourist destination, self-guided solo trips and places I have never been.

ADFB's Jubail Mangrove Park and 100km Challenge night ride (Feb. 2020)
Long Distance Challenge 2nd (150km) and 3rd Day Ride (150 km) (Mar. 2020)
Corniche - Palaces - Nareel Island (30 km) (Apr. 2020)
Al Bateen - Hudayriat Island (38 km) (Apr. 2020)
Al Reem Island Dinosaur Route (20 km) (Apr. 2020)
Zayed Free Port - Marsa Mina (21km) (Apr. 2020)
Jubail Island - Mangrove Park (31km) (Apr. 2020)
Saadiyat Island - Cultural District (Louvre) (35km) (Apr. 2020)
Yas Island Theme Parks (Ferrari World, Waterworld) (75km) (Apr. 2020)
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque - Zayed Sports City (38km) (Apr. 2020)
Sheikh Zayed Bridge - Al Dar Headquarters on World Bicycle Day (Jun. 2020)

Sightseeing Abu Dhabi Emirate through Folding Bike Cycling (Al Bateen)

My Personal Choice of Seven Natural Wonders of the Philippines

Filipino Solo Backpacker adventure on quest to complete Philippines' version of Seven Natural Wonders
July 2009 to May 2021


Boracay Island. Chocolate HillsMount ApoMayon Volcano. Puerto Princesa Underground River. Taal Volcano. Tubbataha Reef. I made this post in respect on how was the Seven Natural Wonders of the World was selected and in reference to CNN's Seven Natural Wonders. Seven Natural Wonders campaign was distinguished by avoiding the influence of marketing and social media, and being determined by experts from around the world who leveraged statistical and traditional significance, uniqueness, and pure splendor.

1. Boracay Island, Aklan (Visayas) - famous for its fine white sands and world-class sunset. In 2012, awarded as the Best Island in the World by Travel + Leisure. In 2014, at the top of the "Best Islands in the World" list by Condé Nast Traveler. In 2016, Boracay headed the magazine's list of "Top 10 destinations to watch". I visited last Dec. 2011, Jun. 2013, Jul. 2016 and Feb. 2020.

2. Chocolate Hills, Bohol (Visayas) - featured in 200 Philippine peso bill, with at least 1,776 conical karst hills spread over an area of more than 50 sq km. I visited last Sep. 2011.

3. Mount Apo, Davao (Mindanao) - dormant stratovolcano and the highest mountain in the Philippines with 2,954 masl elevation, planned to visit on May 2021.

4. Mayon Volcano, Albay (Luzon) - featured in 100 Philippine peso bill, active stratovolcano renowned for its "perfect cone" because of its symmetric conical shape. I visited last May 2011.

5. Puerto Princesa Underground River, Palawan (Luzon) - featured in 500 Philippine peso bill, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999, and voted as a New7Wonders of Nature in 2012. With more than 24 km long and contains largest cave rooms in the world. I visited last Jul. 2009.

6. Taal Volcano, Batangas (Luzon) - featured in 50 Philippine peso bill, very small but a dangerous volcano, the Main Crater Lake on Volcano Island is the largest lake on an island in a lake on an island in the world. I visited last Feb. 2013.

7. Tubbataha Reef, Palawan (Luzon) - featured in 1,000 Philippine peso bill, no plan date yet to visit as I'm not a diver and swimmer.

My Personal Choice of Seven Natural Wonders of the Philippines

Sightseeing the Seven Natural Wonders of the World

Filipino Solo Backpacker adventure on quest to complete this Earth's Seven Natural Wonders
December 2015 to March 2021



I made this post in honor of the breath-taking natural wonders of modern time seen on seven continents and in reference to CNN's Seven Natural Wonders. Seven Natural Wonders is an organization that was created with the mission of protecting and promoting the natural wonders of the world. The project was launched in 2008 in response to the New 7 Wonders efforts to change the natural wonders of the world. Seven Natural Wonders launched an effort to expand the 7 Natural Wonders of the World by creating campaigns to add the Seven natural Wonders for each continent. These campaigns differed from the efforts of New 7 Wonders because every wonder of nature was eligible with no requirements for entry fees, sponsorship fees of any kind and to protect the original vision and declaration of the seven natural wonders of the world. This campaign was distinguished by avoiding the influence of marketing and social media, and being determined by experts from around the world who leveraged statistical and traditional significance, uniqueness, and pure splendor.

1. Aurora Borealis (Europe) - planned to visit again soon, failed to see in Alaska, United States (Feb. 2020)
7. Paricutin Volcano, Mexico (Central America) - planned to visit on December 2020.

Sightseeing the Seven Natural Wonders of the World

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