Sunday, November 9, 2008

Dubai : My first.....

3 days from now, i will fly back to Malaysia for my first time. Its been 5 months since my first step in Dubai. Time flies - i've been walking through a memorable, exciting yet sometimes dissappointing moment, here in this Arab land.




This post dedicated specially to all my family members, friends and my loved one - Dubai : My First time...





Its me, way before i came to Dubai.




My First : Solat Jumaat in Dubai


I have no idea what to wear for my first time Jumaah Prayer here, so i just grab my songkok (that i brought for Hari Raya celebration), wear Baju Melayu with jeans. I thought the mosque must be full of Arab people with Jubah and serban. Surprisingly, i was surrounded by hundreds of Indians and Pakistanis. Ingatkan tersesat sampai ke Mumbai!!




My first : Apartment in Bur Dubai


After few days in Dubai, i realized that my apartment actually equipped with gym and swimming pool. Yaayy. I can save money and still can enjoy quality time in gym (pernah join California Fitness di Jalan Sultan Ismail dan Fitness First di Pavillion b4 terbengkalai coz datang ke Dubai). and of course, i managed to work out at the gym only for 3 time and the rest of the time, stuck in the office.





My First : Jalan jalan di Syeikh Zayed Road


During my first week in Dubai, i had my first jalan jalan. and of course, that was way before the existance NDD Club. Really amazed with the Burj Dubai Tower (walau belum siap hingga ke hari ini - will be launched in 2009). Cuaca sangat panas walau lewat petang dan malam hari. No matter what, still keluar jalan jalan, snap few photos and quickly send to close friends, saying "hey, i snap photos of Burj Dubai!!". Yeah, i know, sangat jakun kan?







My First : Drastic Haircut


Yess, my drastic haircut shocked my officemate. Well actually, its not new. i always change my haircut and hairstyle every six months (even during study years). Love to keep my hair a bit long, but bila dah panjang, rimas, kerja banyak, xde masa nak jaga rambut... resulting SPIKY HAIR.



My First : Best Friend


Hairol is his name. We share the same plane, fly from the same Kuala Lumpur. We share the same bus, travel from the same Abu Dhabi Airport to Dubai. We share the same room of the same apartment. But, unfortunately, the room occupied just for three months. Hairol decided to resign and back for good to Malaysia. No matter what, hairol still remained as one of my best friend.






My First : Iftar in Dubai
A great experience! mengingatkan kembali kenangan masa kecik, makan dalam talam with my brother and sister, but here, the food was served on top of piece of plastic covering! Bare meal, haha. and its free! We share the food with all the pakistani and indians. what a blessed ramadhan, to see architect and labour eat side by side without boundary...




My First : Visit to Burjuman Shopping Mall


There are lots of shopping mall in Dubai, and this is one of the first mall i visited. paling kerap ke Burjuman because of the location; near to my apartment, accessibility; next to Singapore Deli (my favourite Malay-Indon-Singapore restaurant), variety; Zara boutique sini paling banyak choices compared to Mall of Emirates or festival city (if i'm not mistaken), and not to forget, near the sidewalk, ada mamat india jual pirated DVD. haha. murah murah.



My First : Formal Visit to Medinat Jumeirah


Two of us, my team-mate and me, joined this formal visit to medinat jumeirah, as a case study. there are around 8 more people accompanied us (including project architects, engineers, hotel operator and their staff). A very fun and informative visit. we had the chance to visit the most expensive villa over there which cost you dirham 23, 000 per night. Crazy!!



My First : Visit to Dubai Festival City Mall


been there in the Holy month of Ramadhan. Very huge shopping mall (mana ada shopping mall di dubai ni yang kecik..), but the thing that i like of the mall is its location that side by side to a marina (with boats park in front of the mall). and we even can see the sun set from the marina!




My First : Package from Home

I received this package during the month of Ramadhan. cant stop from smiling all day long (er.. nasib baik hari tu ambik cuti, so takde org nampak la senyum kambing dari pagi sampai ke malam). and for all malaysian out there, yup, semua org di dubai ni really really appreciate anything (packages / letter / postcard / kuih raya etc.), i mean anything from malaysia. hard to explain the feeling! special thanks to my sis, Kak Dah, yang rajin pi shopping and postkan ke sini. dapat lah masak gulai, kerutub, ikan bilis, ikan kering, dan menda menda mengarut lain (masa kat malaysia dulu, pandang pun tidak kat ikan kering..huhu)..




My First : Real size ship in a building???


yes, everything is possible in Dubai. The sky is the limit. This is my first visit to Ibnu Battuta Mall ; a theme mall. surprisingly, the mall's drop off look just like Tokong Cina - and i have no idea of why the heck this crazy designer, design a such tokong in a middle of Arab land. Bila dah masuk, baru lah realized, actually, the mall has a concept of Ibnu Battutta's journey. the building (very very huge), subdivided into 5 sections and each section representing a different theme. Start with chinese theme (which internal decoration resemblance the chinese culture), followed by india, persian, etc,etc. and apa yg lebih pelik, every section has a triple-volume courtyard, with a gigantic feature inside it. chinese with huge ship. Indian with huge elephant. Nice experience though..


My First : Dubai Cityscape


spent a whole day - from 10am till 5pm over the exhibition and still tak sempat singgah to every stall! I just luv the crazy proposal, amazed with the insane ideas, impressed with the unthinkable design (and of course, crappy, tipu tipu punya design pun ada). Cut it short, lepas keluar dari exhibition hall, my hand bengkak2 grab all the brochures dan esoknya terus demam!


p/s : will dedicate a special post on Cityscape later!



My First : Camping in Abu Dhabi

I love camping! and this is my first camping experience in Abu Dhabi (hmm, kalau campur oman, second time la ni). Dan kitorang camping, sangatlah RAW. janji ada sleeping bag. janji tepi pantai. landing dan terus tido. takde unggun api, takde khemah, takde mosquito repellant. Thanks to my comfort, thick, queen size sleeping bag, disebabkan saiznya yang QUEEN dan besar itu, everytime camping mesti kena share. huhu.



My First : NDD Volume One - Oman


Our first getaway. few words can describe it : unplanned yet planned (if u know what i mean) + raya dua kali (dubai dan oman - dubai raya awal sehari compared to oman) + exhausted yet entertained + first time tengok pak arab pakai jubah minum arak! what?? + dilabel kaki tido dalam bas (what to do, that is my specialty, haha).


My First NDD Volume Two - Abu Dhabi

should i say more? hmmmm.. xpayah la, baca je the previous post, ok?


My First : Nikon D80

koyak rabak my pocket to buy this camera. ikat perut kemas kemas tahan lapar. but its worth it. luv photography very much and i will master this camera in time. just wait for more beautiful photos in my blog, next time!

will explore more things and places in Dubai, will learn more of the architecture, will share more with all of you. See ya!

6 comments:

Ms.D said...

fitness first?? since when? true fitness laa yang kat pavvy tuu...cehhhs..baru pi 5 bulan dah lupa..nampak sangat tak pegi pun gym tuu..setakat register,,semua org pun bolehhh...hahaha

payarumput21 said...

Salam..

Orang nak balik.. ada dedication bagai.. hmmm..
Mcm orang selalu cakap.. there will always be a first time yerk???

By the way.. makan hati akak tengok D80 tu.. bila la turn akak lak nak usung menda tu yerk..

rhymee suhaili said...

Hadi,

I got the same exact stripe black/grey SEED shirt as per yr drastic haircut pic :)

Kakak Tiri said...

Hady lama ke cuti-cuti Malaysia? Ni dah balik DXB atau masih bercuti?

cabincrew are here not to kiss ur ass said...

saya suka 'my first package from home'!sangat sangat sangat precious..haha!tp saya selalu balik kL terus lah kena pilih dan beli sendiri instead of suruh my family post.baru puas hati :)

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