Sunday, May 27, 2018

Louvre

A few weeks ago, a friend sent me a message asking why I haven't posted travel photos lately.  I was quite busy with work. But one weekend, instead of staying at home, I decided to go to Louvre Abu Dhabi, the latest architecture and tourist attraction in Abu Dhabi, United 

louvre

rain in the desert
wipes out footprints of camels
trekking back in time

/totomai

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Stand-by

Current workload is taking-off that I always lost count of the days, weeks, and months. I am still on probationary period, so I have to do my part to get that regular employee status. During the first week of April, I went to Thailand for a business trip. It was also the same week that I was featured again at Poets United. I am so sorry I wasn't able to reply to each and everyone.

sofa

a world in two hues
alternating black and white
computer keyboard

/totomai

My blog is still breathing, but a bit in coma.

/totomai 
2018/04/28

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Eleven

E L E V E N  Y E A R S .

Yes, that is eleven years of shooting, blogging and distilling thoughts. As you may already know, I started blogging when I was jobless. Since then, I made sure that at least I have one post per month though the number of posts per year dramatically decreases. I am sorry, I have been saying this every blogsary.

blog

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Dubai

Reuniting with friends whom you haven’t seen for a long time is always a great time. When I found out that some of my high school and college friends are in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, I cleared one of my weekends to travel and explore the city with them. But two days were not enough.

al burj arab

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Dunes

I really wanted to see the sand dunes up close, so I booked a Desert Safari tour in Abu Dhabi. This is also an exciting way to celebrate my birthday. The tour includes sand bashing, camel riding, sunset watching, belly dancing viewing, and BBQ dinner. The first activity, and my favorite, was the sand bashing. Inside of the 4x4, we braced ourselves for an adventure. I was seated at the front seat, so I can clearly see the slopes, and feel the turns. It felt like I am in a rollercoaster ride.

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etched by the car tires
winds tamper the evidence
golden sands of time

/totomai

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Airshow

Time zooms. Few months ago, I worry a lot being of jobless for almost a year. Soon, I will be two month old in two weeks time in my new company. So far it’s been great. I think I have adjusted well, the relatively cooler temperature helped a lot. Summer will be coming in a few months though and could very well test me and my allergies. I heard the temperature shoots up to 52 deg C and humidity reaches 100%.

airshow

the man-made rainbow
vanishes just like my dreams 
with or without rain 

 /totomai

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Hired

I went to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates in 2015 for a 2-day business meeting. During my spare time, I was able to explore some of its gems such as Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. I thought then that I should come back for a visit as the country has lots to offer. Little did I know that I will be starting a new life here two years later. Yes, I was recently hired by an engineering company in Abu Dhabi after being jobless for 10 months. I have been here for only two weeks but so far so good.

way

warm dunes welcome me
a lost soul in a parched earth
an ice-cold soda

/totomai

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Tokyo

Funny thing is — I worked in Tokyo for 10 years but I have never blogged about it. Well, I made a few Tokyo-related posts such as the Asakusa Samba Festival, Odaiba, and the Lolitas.

tokyo

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