To just think of a word to explain it, was a traverse

Umm Al-Quwain (Arabic: أمّ القيوين, umm al-quwwayn, literally “Mother of two powers”) is one of the emirates in the United Arab Emirates. It is located in the north of the country. The emirate was ruled until his death by Rashid bin Ahmad Al Mu’alla, who was a member of the UAE’s Supreme Council since 1981. The emirate had 62,000 inhabitants in 2003 (making it the least populous emirate in the federation) and has an area of 750 square kilometers. Accepted alternative spellings include Umm al Qiwain (used on its former postage stamps) as well as Umm al-Qawain, Umm al-Qaywayn, Umm el-Qiwain, and Umm al-Qaiwain.


Indeed, this weekend was a different twist of my daily normal life where I just usually pick up a pen, answer all my emails, shout on the phone, do some exhausting site visits, miss a couple of my to-do list and the rest of it which completes my 24/7 roller coaster week.

A colleague, the lass who has got a very strong personality, has decided to venture into another chapter of her life. She decided to threw a farewell party before she departs to Michigan. She invited all of us to be part of it. I must admit, I was really not looking forward for this day. Maybe because I was just too busy with work that even the  word “fun” was totally abolished in my vocabulary.

We started the night with a get together Dinner at TGI Fridays in Dubai Mall. Overlooking the enchanting dancing fountain, (the one where ces was so crazy about) we were able to make a simple hap into something extra ordinary. I was always curious when I was seeing the balcony when I was standing from Souq Al Bahar. Finally, I experienced it myself.

Twelve souls…..twelve smiles.

I love it. I just love it. The heat was a sure torture, but still we had fun. Sweat was dropping out of my body.

It was good to see that I was able to complete the whole gang of goofballs and it feels great. It feels so great.

Umm Al-Quwain, I just thought Al Ain will always be top on my list. I completely address that what I have experienced there was a complete different league. Quwain was like a taste of Jupiter.

Summer is really on.  The humidity was enraging. I am clueless on how are we going to break a leg with this kind of weather.

I kept on asking myself, will it ever get nice around here?

Summer in my fourth year. Every year, I always think that this is THE worst that I can ever remember here. It feels like it was endless. Hopefully, I’ll be able to salvage July and August. In any event, I bundled up and went down to spend the joy in water with the rest of my colleagues.


Palma Beach Resort. A small beach around the counter. Still in the outskirts of Quwain. A true example that looks can really be deceiving. The quality and not the quantity. A boat escorted us on the way to the island. I stood in front of the boat while I enjoyed the mild breeze that’s coming from the running water. 

Now we are talking!!!!!!! I just really don’t remember what was the name of that Paradise. I am sure, by now, you totally know that remembering was really not my expertise. All I remember was that there were a major bunch of people. Most of them was of my race. I missed the waters so I immediately ran and sunk myself into the waters. The water was extremely salty. I can smell it from where I stand. I suddenly remembered the story of why the sea was salty when I was in grade school. I started to have doubts that it was true and not fictional. 😉

I really don’t advice that you carry a Tequila drink in an Island. That was based on a personal experience on a recent occurrence. 😉  We totally rocked the island. “I” totally rocked the island.

Surely, I did something crazy. I mean a lot.

Surely, it was captured.

Surely, it was caged properly. Uhhhhhhh!!! On my list, what I just did there falls on the no. 2 spot. The first incident was when I got drunk and got naked back when I was back in Cebu. I got berserk to a certain extent that even my friends kept throwing a towel to cover me up but instead, I just kept on throwing it back.

The Party just came on its own. Booty shakin’, how could I ever miss that? I was a gold medalist in that category. I will never let the day end not until I get to dance the remarkable “Jai-ho” performance. Hoooooolllaaa! Doll domination.

I was surprised to see that there is still a lot of character concealed behind those serious faces. I was not the only one who beat the odds. Certainly, we all did. I always worry that it is going to be a water and oil standpoint. But it didn’t. There was really more to explore which is seen by the naked eye. There was never a dull moment.

We had fun. I really did had fun. I was loving it.


We talked from the heart. Everybody was emotional. I became emotional. The outgoing colleague had a teary eye. I know that she doesn’t want to leave. We had differences before, but I guess our personalities just collided. Now we are cool. I built my name where it is supposed to be kept. She did too.

We all waited for the sun to get up from its thrown. It was alluring. I fell asleep but  I saw it in my dreams. Its rays started to touch my skin. I shimmered like a Gold.

They say that I don’t really write from the heart. That they don’t feel whatever that comes from mind. This time, I am sure you all felt what I just felt. Now what I have was just an effigy of what we had. What we had was truly worth remembering. It’s all in my mind now. Encrypted.

Different cultures, different moods, classified characters, ONE AIM. To have fun.


(From left: Ces, B, Jatin, Sandy, Saritha, Amar, Sony, Anand and Del)



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