Saturday, November 25, 2017

Life Lately Volume 1



WATCHING:
So I gave another attempt on Game of Thrones, and the next thing I knew, I finished one season in a day. Brutal killings and betrayals are still not of my liking, but the twist and turn are too much to sleep on. Also, I have been patiently watching Star Wars series - something not of my interest as well, but the boyfriend is an avid fan and I am the best girlfriend, ever (lol). Only halfway done with it so I'm not giving any feedback just yet.

LISTENING:
My playlist "Rania's Chill Vibes" on my boyfriend's spotify account is still on repeat just as how it was a month ago. The latest song I added was released back in 1999 by Savage Garden. I am certainly the last person you would want to converse with in the subject of music.

INGESTING:
While I continuously fail with my healthy meal, the contrary happens with my water intake. I found myself opting for water more often than before, and my intake of sodas is now limited to 2-3 cans in a month.

READING:
All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr - About a german boy and a french girl trapped in the time of World War II. If not for Game of Thrones, I would have finished this book by now. I try to think of a possible ending to its story every time I read, but my brain cannot produce any predictions. Well, I do expect it to be happy, or if not, at least a hopeful one.

LAST PLACE I VISITED:
Lucknow, India - The city view surprised me a little too late when I had my lunch shortly before our flight back to base. The day previous of that, I just locked myself in my room with internet on like the introvert that I am. Perhaps, next time!


Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Spending My Days Off (The Rania Way) + Paris Travel Video


  •  If it wasn’t for my conscience, I wouldn’t be carrying yet another plastic bag with me, on top of the other five, full of greens and oranges and all that seems to be good for my well-being. I ain’t sick first and foremost; it’s just my conscience, knocking, reminding me to be good to my system - a byproduct of adulting I believe. To be fair enough, I decided to have junk and greens one after the other, more like a reward and punishment system. Not entirely healthy you may say, and I tell you, still better than nothing. Cutting the chase, I’ve been trying to eat less of fried and adding more of veggies to my daily diet. 
  • Fixed my closet that partly resulted to a dress up game as what I supposed. Cleaned the room, changed the sheets; Finished two cycles of laundry plus did a little handwashing of the delicates. Everything is waiting to be folded and ironed right now. 
  • Binge-watched some of the series on my list. Will be starting on Riverdale’s season two right after this. Is it just me or the show’s ending notes seems to be a good mobile ringtone? yes? And oh, I saw the first five episodes of game of thrones, and, I don't know , just not my cup of tea. 
  • Writing my 4th post, in this month. It’s a record, you guys! plus I got to edit and upload my long overdue Paris travel video !


 I still have clips waiting to be edited, perhaps on my days off next month.
Meanwhile, my seldomly updated youtube channel is here.


  •  Excluding the chores, I literally,  just savored my days off through watching and cooking and eating. Nonetheless, such blissful days will be over soon as I have a busy week ahead. This might be my finale post for the month, wishing you all a lovely November~

Monday, October 16, 2017

What Happened in New York Does Not Stay in New York


I do hope you are not expecting me to be stealing something, using illegal medicines or anything of some sort, as I didn’t.

It was a long and chill 14 hours flight. Our drive to the hotel was enough to regain back some strength but what happened with me was otherwise. My brain would like to sleep yet my eyes were open almost the entire trip looking on what was there to see through the window. Because hello? It’s New York! The city that never sleeps! The chance of having another visit is highly possible, nonetheless, still had that first time feels ~

It felt just about a minute when I took some time to rest and lay down before I started prepping up again as our layover just started. A free bus service to the subway was provided by the hotel so the struggle with directions obviously started within the metro.

Vanessa and I badly wanted to explore the whole of New York yet clearly we only had few hours to spend. Add up the fact that we cannot abuse our bodies much more as our strength were already drained from the flight; with that, we decided to go to the most likely, reachable places.

First stop: Brooklyn Bridge



We were told sunset will be around 6:30 PM and we had only less than two hours left to be there. We were lost at first but eventually found our way just right before the night sky showed up.

What came to view when the moon was up was stunningly beautiful.



Above photo obviously does not give justice to that. It was too lovely my camera cannot even focus on me lol



Wished there was more time to savor the view but time was running and there’s still more to see so we headed to our next goal.

Next and final stop: Times Square



Few hours left till midnight and still, people are everywhere. Several shops were still open so I got to buy my every layover, must have, souvenirs.

I was up and moving for 24 hours or so, that when we reached the center of Times Square, there’s nothing much that I can do apart from admiring the place. We still managed to take couple of photos and did several poses along with this gang, which by the way, we payed for 20 bucks.


I also got to see the famous red stairs which was, by the way, too crowded that night so I was happy enough to see it in person. A shooting of movie or show or whatever apparently happened that time that people were still busy taking photos and videos of what was left, so I took one for me as well. Lol.

We went back to our hotel sleeping along the way as that was how exhausted we were. Alhamdulillah we didn’t miss the stop nor lost our way. The whole experience, despite how exhausting it was, is surreal - the fact that I walked the streets and see places in person that I watched only in movies before. I cannot say when my next visit to NYC will be, but I do hope I'll see the Statue of Liberty by then. *wink
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Saturday, October 14, 2017

#TVDforever

Consider yourself warned, SPOILER ALERT!

Yes. I am seriously making a post for this because I have loved TVD since my early college days and my post series depression isn’t just going away. I don’t think people I talk to everyday would understand my heartbreak over the finale. There is no blame on them as they did not know how way back in my late teenage years I have developed my fascination on this series. Several new shows have been aired and became more popular yet TVD remained my ultimate, favorite one. I still remember my old self getting hooked on its first ever season during the old twilight era and this show had saved me from my Edward Cullen obsession. I was never the one who religiously watch the episodes every single week as life got in the way. But when things are okay and I had the chance, I had spent my time not on the latest award-winning movies, but catching up on this series. You, perhaps, is wondering what was in it that I loved - well, first was the never ending thrill and twist - and I literally mean THRILL; okay, so you see, I am more of a bookish person than a movie one, so I get bored easily with videos and all that, but not with this show - it kept my eyes glued to the screen for the whole 40 minutes and I love just how I always wonder what’s gonna happen next. Beyond that, was the whole brotherly and true love emotions the characters have portrayed excellently. I had shed bucket of tears for each season and every single one reminded me the importance of not turning your back to your family.

So what are my thoughts on its finale?

To be honest, I was imagining a more, happy ending - wherein Damon and Stefan are saved, delena married along with Stelena and Enzo and Bonnie, and everyone of them. I should have known it does not always work that way.

Stefan’s death was just something unimaginable for me as I had watched the two brothers saved each other every single time. I could almost feel Damon’s grief but when I try to analyze everything, Stefan’s life had worked out well enough even before the finale - well I mean, he got back his humanity on and got married to the love of his life - and since there is always a twist for every ending - there is no other character that suits it well more than Stefan. On another note, I wish they made Enzo free from the new dimension so he could marry Bonnie because being stuck there forever isn’t a justifiable ending for his wilidly romantic character. Moreover,  I expected more of the Damon and Elena come back scene - I imagined heartbreakingly lines of how Damon had waited for her for the longest time followed by a long passionate kiss - but, I couldn’t blame them. I’m glad enough that Nina Dobrev came back. It must have been really uncomfortable for the two.  Nevertheless, the last scene couldn’t be more perfect and I was once again impressed as how Paul walker and Ian Somerhalder portrayed between that hug the happiness the two brothers had felt when they saw each other once again.

I will surely gonna miss how those two brothers had melted my heart all throughout these years. I am presently searching for a new series to watch but i don't think i will ever like something the way i like tvd -  just as the way we feel with our favorite pet or our favorite book. 

Thank you TVD, since 2009. 

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Korean Skin Care Haul (September 2017)

The title does not obviously coincide with today's date but I'm blogging about it anyway. I had my  month-long vacation in Philippines last month and just came back from New York yesterday, and yes, the first thing I'd like to write about isn't how I spent my vacation nor how heartbreaking it was to be back here, or how wonderful New York is,  but this. Now can you sense my excitement? :D

I'm not totally certain but as far as I've seen, the only korean skin care shop they have here is The Face Shop. Not only we have very limited choices, but the prices is considerably higher as compared with that of Phils. So when I had my week-long stay in Manila, I dragged my fiance with me to every korean shop there is.


 I used to buy few pieces of korean products to try, but I was never a regular puchaser. With the drying environment, plus my dry and aging skin, the daily moisturizer I use apparently does not sufficiently moisturize my face here in the sandpit. So if it happens to appear to you I hoarded a little too much, I, in fact, stocked up for a good number of months.




Almost everything was from Nature Republic excluding the Aloe Mask sheets and the Fresh Milk Cream I got from The Face Shop, and the Drawing Eye Brow was from Etude House.

So, let's get into details ~

1. Nature Republic Snail Mask Sheet - Despite the disgusting thought of spreading the eeewy snail's secretion filtrates on my face, still I bought a bunch of this as it promises "ultra moisture". This, perhaps, is the first I am yet to try.

2. Nature Republic Real Nature Mask Sheet in Green Tea  - "Green tea extract deeply moisturizes and helps the skin stay moisturized".

3.  Nature Republic Real Nature Mask Sheet in Shea Butter  - "Shea butter nourishes the skin with a luminous glow" there is just something with shea butter lately that makes me consider it every time i get the chance to choose.

4. Nature Republic Real Nature Mask Sheet in Tomato -  "Tomato extracts hydrate and brighten skin" Based on what I researched, tomato also has a good way of whitening skin, and I could really use one after getting my face sun soaked during my vacation.

5. Nature Republic Real Nature Mask Sheet in Chamomile - "Chamomile extracts provide moisture and make skin feel refreshed" -  well who does not want to feel refreshed? This is by the way the fiance's pick (talk about being a supportive husband to be) :))

6. The Face Shop Real Nature Aloe Face Mask - The product claims to be gentle on sensitive skin without the five harmful additives (parabens, triethanolamine, propylene glycol, tar colorant, mineral oil).


7. Nature Republic Soothing and Moisture Aloe Vera Soothing Gel - I've been meaning to get my hands on this but I was careful not to have fake products (I believe there are) so I waited for the longest time. Cannot wait to experience the good reviews I read beforehand.

8. The Face Shop Fresh Milk Cream - Yet another body cream for the upcoming winter.


9. Nature Republic Real Squeeze Aloe Vera Toner & 10. Nature Republic Collagen Dream - these are actually freebies after I purchased their face masks and I could not be happier to know they are producing from marine collagen. I became too careful with collagen products after i found out some were pork derivatives.

11. Drawing Eye Brow from Etude House - Excellent product for only 178php. Why did I waste my money on all those more expensive eyebrow pencils?



So that was everything from my haul. Whether a review is coming up or not, still I cannot say. I lost count on the number of times I planned to make one, yet it remained to be just a plan. Also, I have yet to make my second travel video in case the planner won't give me flights on the next few days.
Ending note -  the korean shops were actually in good sale so do not judge :P

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Monday, September 11, 2017

Quick Update

Hello Loves ☺️ Twenty days left of my vacation and I totally regret not bringing my laptop with me. I'm stuck with my 5 inch mobile phone and unbelievable slow internet connection, thus, you'll always find me on twitter and instagram.


The things I'd like to blog about is piling up day by day - to start with the stressful week I went through before my vacation, how I welcomed my 26th birthday, from the latest books I read and until my recent make up haul - unfortunately my mobile phone is the most inconvenient thing when it comes to blogging so all that must wait until I get my hands back on my laptop. In relation to that, time is flying like it's catching a 10 hours delayed flight. It went by so fast, what have I done for the past two weeks? It doesn't even feel that I already stayed here for exactly 16 days. If only by some miracle I can extend my vacation :( but reality is inevitable you guys, there is no option left for me but to think positively and make the most out of my remaining days ☺️
I initially planned to attach the most decent from my latest photos taken on my birthday but I have yet to figure out how. So for now, let me shamelessly plug my social accounts: twitterinstagram, and sarahah :) Needless to say, formspring.me and ask.fm are way better! ☺️

Thursday, August 3, 2017

It's Not Like You're Interested


But I'll share to you anyway. July went by like a blur. Unlike any normal months, there were some things that kept me preoccupied apart from my monthly expenses that is a monthly thing that I think through. Needed to renew an important flying document, underwent recurrent training, and had my due line check. These, perhaps, is something you have no idea about, but just know I'm thankful that I'm finally over with everything. I dislike having something to think about. Well, who doesn't?

I'd like to think my life isn't solely focused on work so let me share to you my recent whatabouts.


  1. It's been more than a month since I  moved to my new room and just like that I became an instant interior designer. (Haha) Seriously,  I need someone to stop me from buying all the heartbreakingly beautiful bedroom decors I've been eyeing and dreaming for weeks. Anyone, please? As my friends and I think the same.
  2. After years and years, imagine my happiness when I finally played my first ever character (in a loooong time) in Sims 4! lol. I wanted to play the game since God knows when but career took charge of my life, so..
  3. For One More Day  by Mitch Albom - is my latest buy from India aka book haven. If someone would ask me what I like about the country, well, you know what it is. Their books are cheaper than all the places I've been to.
  4. Overnight oats - a million thanks to whoever discovered this  easy peasy recipe. Definitely ain't an oat lover but this just made a miracle.
  5. I've been ingesting nothing but garbage for the past weeks. Two cups of coffee in a day. And goes to work almost always with less than my needed amount of sleep. It's always a battle between the sane part of my brain and my lazy cells.
  6. In addition to that, my thoughts of working out plus healthy eating remain to be just a thought. Work tends to be overly stressful at times, except on days my energy were all used up, eating my favorite junk has been my ultimate stress reliever.
  7. My favorite month of the year has just started. And I'm still ecstatic as my old teenage self for my upcoming birthday (!) <3 ya'y My vacation will start in a few weeks as well so I'm literally just counting the days  ☺️


I have nothing interesting to share apart from that, forgive me. Today just happen to be one of those days when my brain,  along with my hands are itching to write even the most pointless ideas. So just know I appreciate you reading this 💙 And sorry I have to end this abruptly, I obviously suck at endings. All the love!


Friday, June 23, 2017

Fasting and Flying

Growing up in the Philippines, being exposed to food, beverages and all other prohibited things was never my major problem in Ramadan. Philippines is a non-Muslim country, I became used to being the only one full of thirst in a group of non-fasting people. Nevertheless, never have I tried being exposed to such temptations for 90% of my fasting hours not until I entered aviation. Imagine yourself fasting with a galley position -  aka facing the oven, chillers, meal carts, meals and beverages throughout your working hours; Similar situation applies for aisle flight attendants as we all know, and what probably majority thinks, flight attendants are on board to serve passengers their needs ( which includes food and drinks)  which is by the way not our sole purpose as we are mainly on flight for safety purposes. Alhamdulillah, personally, such condition wasn't a serious problem for me. I guess it all comes down to your experience in fasting in a non-Muslim country.

The challenge that marked my brain was when I had this red-eye flight with passengers who are just like me, preparing themselves for another day in Ramadan; I had to serve them quickly with all my charms and smiles just so they would have enough time for sahoor plus I'd have a minute to drink my last cup of water for the time-being. Similary, two days ago, iftar was exactly the same time I had to bid my sweet farewells for our deplaning passengers. I can only wish I was at home, comfortably sitting with my family, waiting to break our fast together. Certainly, aforesaid experience is relatable for medical practitioners and others who work when the moon was out.

Something unique in aviation is most surely the challenge of time difference. The normal fasting hours in my base is 15; but because we travel from one place to the other, fasting hours can either extend or lessen. The most number of hours I fasted this month was 18 -  first was when I had to come back from India to base, and second was recently, when I flew to Paris. I had to admit it was a major challenge, as I was only used to fasting approximately 12 hours with the maximum of 15. The weather was somewhere between 30-35 degrees centigrade so you can just imagine how dry my throat was. But Alhamdulillah, with the will of Allah  (SWT), I did break my fast on Iftar time. Verily, with Allah nothing is impossible.

For some days, I hoped I was in the comfort of my family where fasting is easier and challenge-free. Then I reminded myself that even the smallest amount of hardship is promised with ease. Indeed, there is good in struggle, just as there is in comfort. May Allah (SWT) bless us all with beautiful patience.

~I wish everyone a peaceful and blessed Eid! 💙

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Rome, Italy / May 2017


It was the second time that I operated FCO flight, yet first chance I witnessed the beauty of Rome. I was immensely grateful as I realized I saw only a portion of the city last time. It was in the middle of winter -  with the sun started to set at 5 in the afternoon, with freezing hands and starving stomach, I was lucky to see the Colosseo back then and had that Italian feels with our legit Italian pizza and pasta. I was with one of the best-est crew, so despite that I haven't gotten the chance to walk around Rome, still it was one of the best flights.


Allah indeed, loves me so much as He gave me yet another visit to Rome <3 I don't think my words could accurately describe how mesmerized I was with its beauty. Our flight felt like a time machine that brought me back to old times. Every corner is a sight of ancient remains.




Spring, certainly, is the best season to visit. The sun set at around 8 in the evening; surely Rome is beautiful at night, but unless you own the complete photographer kit, photos are always better when taken under bright, natural light. Also, the weather was just right, not too cold, nor too warm.


A try of legit Italian gelato is a must to include in your to-do-list. Gelato shops are just around the corner so you can easily just have as much as you want.



I believe Rome sells the cheapest souvenirs in Europe. Magnets are available for only 2 euros each, but if you're patient enough, about 10-15 minutes away from their most visited spots, you can find shops that sells it for one euro. My personal collection are snow globes and I got a medium-sized one for not more than 10 euros.


A visit in the Colosseo costs just 12 euros. I recommend to book it ahead of time to avoid the hassle plus to save time in case you only have few days in Rome; you wouldn't want to spend half of your day standing in queue for your ticket, yes?

Below is a compilation of the vidoes I recorded, aka my first ever, travel vlog. Please play in HD. Enjoy!


If you have anything to ask, feel free to drop a comment :)

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Sunday, May 7, 2017

Why I chose Sony a5100 in 2017




I cannot fully recall if I had mentioned before how much of a wise buyer I am. On every single peso I'll spend, I want to use it only on worthy things, otherwise on something I overly want. Money doesn't come easy. I learned it probably not the hardest way but hard enough to remind myself not to waste my earnings on unnecessary and impulsive wants. So when I was fully decided to get myself a decent camera, believe me when I say that I lost count on the number of days I spent watching reviews and reading comparisons of this and that. It was when i got sick of my indecisiveness that I finally entered an electronic shop and went home with my SONY A5100.

Numerous mirrorless cameras are available in the market today. So why, in 2017, I got myself a Sony a5100? Three factors affected my decision; first is the value for money (need I say more?), second is image quality and finally -  flip screen - because let's admit it guys, selfies are everything.


There's the sony a6000 with the highest ratings, most number of excellent reviews and consistently recommended by photographers -  it has good value for money and of course with impressive image quality, nevertheless, going back to my criterion - it lacks one major thing I need -  the flip screen. On another note, Canon's newest release -  the Canon M10 was also something I considered as Canon provides free download of their raw editor and we all know that shooting raw photos results to the greatest image quality. But no matter what I read or watch, reviewers say basically just the same thing -  Canon M10 is just a good upgrade from a smartphone. Canon M3 is a good alternative but apparently it is not available in this kingdom so I had no choice but to scratch it off my list. Then there's also the latest and famous for its retro design -  the Fujifilm XA3 (release date:2016). As compared with my Sony A5100 (release date 2014), the remarkable difference between the two, in my opinion, is the hot shoe, which, in case you don't know, is something a camera should have for attachment of external flash and other accessories. The price difference was something I needed to consider plus I don't see myself buying an external flash in the future. There will always be something better, it's just a question of whether you need it or not. In addition, upon my research, I learned that Sony, as well, has a free downloadable raw editor available on their website. So at the end of the day, I came up with the decision to get the Sony a5100.



So far I'm happy and loving everything even when I haven't tried putting it into test. Sure I've tried shooting lifeless subjects in our home and recording 10-15 seconds of random videos, but I haven't spend a day with it -  taking photos of this and that until the battery is drained, you know what I mean.. but InshaAllah soon I will and I promise to share outputs here -  ya'y! *excited*
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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Staycation in London

My recent visit in London was in the morning of  Easter Sunday. We were told everything was closed in the central except for the little shops that perhaps may open for just a few hours of the day. The metro, which, just so you know, the only mode of transport I've tried in their city, operated for hours less than the normal.  Clearly, I had no other choice but to stay in the hotel.

I believe the odds were in my favor as I finally had the staycation I was looking forward to, that for some reason, obviously didn't happen not until my London layover. I did nothing interesting or something worthy of blogging, to be honest. It was impressive how long I can laze around, tossing and turning, scrolling and stalking. More than the tiredness of my body, my brain needed a break from my career and everyday to-dos. I included two books in my luggage but their wifi connection was insanely fast as compared with my data plan (smh) so I spent most of my hours abusing the connection. lol I catched up on my forever favorite TV series - The Vampire Diaries until I finished the last episode of season 7. The thrill plus the fact that Nina Dobrev is finally back makes me want to download all episodes in an instant, yet, I was also reminded that I'm on their last season, ever, so I just have to savour each one. I hope with all of my being they'll end the show with a great klaroline scene and yes a hardcore shipper here and I don't understand how someone cannot? Aren't they just the cutest team ever?

Anyhow, I don't intend to bore you with my TVD-related rants, so to end my short post, here's a photo dump of my lovely room <3




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Friday, April 14, 2017

Short Review: Holding Up The Universe



Holding up the universe is a break from my common - heavy drama, nerve-racking, heart stopping, thrilling kind of read. Still, there was the emotion of loss, depression and helplessness, and maybe, just maybe, if you were ever once in their shoes you can say that this book can relive a scar that has always been there.


It's about two teens who  have always been different from the most of the universe. Libby Strout, who was once the fattest teenage girl of America, with panic disorder due to the sudden death of her mother, whose everyday life is filled with judgments, hate mails and insults, found her strength to show everyone that in spite of everything, she loves every bit of her being and she too, like everyone else, can go after her dreams. On the other hand, Jack Masselin, with prospagnosia, or better known as face blindness, is one scaredy-cat who pretends to be normal and kept his condition to himself not until he met Libby Strout. It was like meeting someone familiar in a room of strangers. Finally putting out his skeleton in his closet, he found comfort, understanding and finally being himself when he's with her.


My honest opinion: I happen to have three days off so I got the time to finish this book. I'm a sucker for pageturners, cannot-put-down kind of book so this one bored me, a lot.  Twenty pages left and I cannot wait to finally flip the last one. It was, perhaps, I got so used to thrillers and dramas that my mind was searching for something engrossing. There was no twist, nothing unpredictable.

On a positive note, there was this unexpected happy feeling after I flipped the last page. Not because I'm finally done with it, but for some reason, the book gave this positivism that you can never find in my usual reads. I'm almost always left with a heavy heart and a disturbed brain, but not this time around. I love how this book inspires its readers to never give up on dreams, and how self love and acceptance is the most essential thing of all. The "kilig" feels was also something I enjoyed - as though I was having a kdrama marathon! Haha! Turned out it was a good break for me after all. Planning to add up books in the same genre on my to read list, as a matter of fact.




This book was just given to me by the way by the boyfriend, if ever you are wondering why I read something out of my usual pick. I think it's the best thing about this book -  it's the most recent piece I got from my home - if you get what I mean :)
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Friday, April 7, 2017

A Break From The Sandpit

    Apart from the obvious fact that we all want to go home for our family, one thing we also look forward to is the change in the scenery. For someone who lived her past 24 years in a tropical climate, it is not only a challenge but saddening as well having to work in an arid region. On a Monday on your way to work, you would wish to see things other than desert, buildings and humans. As much as the love/hate relationship I have with the extremely hot and sweaty weather in Phils, I miss the Saturday mornings when I don't have to wake up to an alarm but I'll be awake eventually due to the sound of the rain - it is, apparently, one of the things I miss the most.

    It was such a sweet and thoughtful gesture when the boyfriend took me on a long drive. To give you an idea, our house is about 16 kms away from downtown proper, specifically on the east side. Our target destination is approximately 40 kms away from the city, on the west coast. More than the distance, it was the sun that was directly on top of us that made our trip ain't an easy one. It was hot and sweaty and sticky but I had to wear all the protective clothing possible to protect my skin from dark pigmentation.



    We passed by everything that cannot be seen where I am right now - the beauty of a tropical country. I had, once again, sight of ocean wider than my eyes can reach and inhaled the relaxing, healthy sea breeze that is nothing compared with the winter's breathe of air.



Boyfriend: sige lasa picture kita pang blog mo. (Yup. He supports me in everything. haha)


      I'm almost always at 36000 feet, still I found the view spectacular and serene.
 Indeed, there are moments, places, and people...


that will always be worth the stress... and dark spots <3
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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Glimpse of London in the Middle of March



Flying for eight months and I've been to London for almost the same number of times.   There is no complaint here as if someone would ask what my favorite city would be, apart from my hometown of course, London, certainly,  is on top of my list. Despite the number of times I have visited the city, still, there is so much I have yet to see.

So I operated London flight this month, about a week ago, and what made it unlike any other flight was that I flew with two of my batch mates. <3 Surely nothing stressful will last throughout the flight as you always have someone you can vent your rants with haha! #perks lol

For some reason, despite the happy company, I did not feel like going out the afternoon we arrived so I just went out with them the next day.
Well, what do you know... We started posing, smiling and taking selfies even before we left the hotel and stopped only when we no longer looked camera fresh ~lol


We went to Hounslow Central, with just about 10-15 minutes travel time via metro from the hotel. The weather was good. There wasn't any sign of spring yet. We still had our winter clothes on for the cold breath of air, but it's the kind of cold you would want to touch your face.
 Winter is on its end, am i the only one stoked  for spring?





Three more days until we welcome the forth month of the year. I've seen photos of beautiful florals and all the lively signs of spring on other places over facebook and instagram, yet I'm not quite sure if everything is similar in London now. Nevertheless, I'm going back next month but made no plans yet; certainly I'm hoping for a brighter and warmer one :)




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Friday, March 17, 2017

On Some Days That Suck



I haven't been home for three months. The moment the lines were out, my free time that was supposed to be for kdrama slash tvd marathon, was spent scrolling and searching for legal crews to trade my flights with just so I can spend time in my hometown for at least more than a week. Believe me, it may seem just searching and asking and informal agreement, but trading your flights has got to be more than that. Not to mention, the stress of waiting for the result only to be rejected for overtime cost (If anyone of you feels me, well I know... we all feel each other the same).

After successfully having consecutive 12 days off, (which meant, I'll be spending 10 days in my hometown, ) came the stress of everyday flights with just minimum rest in between. It has and always be the consequence of longer days off and I was more than willing for it as It meant more than a week off with my family.

Two weeks had passed and i was finally on my last flight as operating before I'll be flying as passenger. Suitcase and trolley were all packed. Reported for work with my ordinary clothes underneath my uniform. Easy two legs, I thought. It will be done before I knew it. Boarding was finished and I was securing my galley, eagerly waiting for the purser's announcement to close and arm all doors for departure. Ten, fifteen, forty, an hour had passed and the boarding door was still open with maintenance coming in and out of the aircraft. Turned out there was a malfunction that the maintenance need to fix first before we can go on with our flight. We were delayed for three hours. THREE. FREAKING. HOURS.  I was positive i wouldnt catch my flight. After we're done with service on the first leg, I got this unexpected call from the business class crew that the flight deck was requesting my presence. Went inside the cockpit with full curiosity then came back to my galley with full positivism. They made me believe I can make it. My colleagues as well, were just as hopeful as I was.

We landed back in Riyadh exactly an hour before my departure time. I was running for my life. The bus drivers too, were driving above the normal speed as though my adrenaline had been passed onto them.
I arrived in the airport in the middle of the boarding time. I could easily just go straight ahead as I already checked in myself more than ten hours before my flight; but the problem was my luggage. Checked in luggage had already been loaded in the aircraft and the load was already submitted to the captain.

It took a couple of minutes for everything to sink in - the fact that I had to book and pay for a new ticket from Riyadh to Manila and another one with 40kgs baggage allowance from Manila to Zamboanga. More than the wasted money, what crushed me the most was the one day that I lost - the same one day that I put my effort on to have it.

With all my luggage, faded make-up, and all by myself, I sat there, burst into tears with my boyfriend on the other line of the phone wondering what the hell happened with me. With his calm and soothing voice, he convinced me to pull myself together and do something productive instead of just sitting there and death staring at every ground personnel I see. It was a childish thing to do, really. But forgive me, for in that moment, frustration won over my senses.


Still with my heels on, pulling my 40kgs luggage and a big disappointment in my face, I went into the ticketing office and asked them if they could kindly rebook my ticket for the soonest Manila flight. I felt the need to release the bad energy so I related to them why I was not able to catch my flight in the first place. One man said that I had no other choice but to pay for a new ticket, while the other one - made calls, talked with someone, sent an email to the concerned department - as he believed I wouldn't have missed my flight if it wasn't for my duty with the same company.We waited for more than an hour and alhamdulillah they reopened my ticket which only meant I paid not a single saudi riyal.

For the first time within the day, I felt like all the negative vibes were slowly released in my system. Hoping to relax and get some hours of rest, I went back home along with my things. Needless to say, As I showed my company ID to the gate operator as a standard procedure, he then opened the main gate, the one used for four-wheel vehicles just so I wouldn't have a hard time lifting and pulling off my luggage. Contrary to my death stare with the airport ground personnel, I responded to him with gratitude plus the widest smile that I can manage.

As of the moment, I'm here in domestic terminal in Manila waiting for my boarding time for Zamboanga in just about 55 minutes from now :-)

You see, some days have got to suck. And as cliche as it may sound, there is always something good in every day.
The captains and my colleagues, the ground staff cleaner, bus drivers, ticketing office personnel, gate operator, never ending consolation of my boyfriend and family - them and the little effort they went through for me were indeed the best part of my day. So with everything that happened, Alhamdulillah still :)


PS. Say hi to my new domain (http://www.pastelsandplaces.com) <3 In case you are wondering why, well, first -  my previous domain was so much like Charmaine's (lovecharmaine.com) and there was really no intention in me and I just realized two days ago. Second -  because I constantly get this error that my domain was no longer parked by Godaddy. Annoying level x 100.  Really, guys, if ever you plan on having one, buy at namecheap instead.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Paris 2017






I certainly hope this wasn't my first and last. I have no plan of resigning soon, nor search for a new job, and I haven't gotten myself a Paris starbucks mug, yet, but fate... as always, has many ways of surprising us.

We started off our day with the nearest beauty -  Arc de Triomphe. It was everyone's first except me. However, on my last visit of the city, my colleagues and I toured through a private car so I was just as good as the first-timers in regards to directions. Wi-fi connections did not seem easy to find so it was a good thing maps and detailed instructions were given in the hotel.

In the midst of the busy street and the bipolar weather, each one of us successfully took poses with Arc de Triomphe in the background.




Then we went on to Louvre Museum. The weather was getting worse, that for the second time within the day, we had to stay under a roof for some time then go out along with the slightest hint of the sun for decent photos.


It was freezing cold the time we reached the Eiffel Tower. It was the lack of preparation in regards to clothing as neither one of us expected a 5 degrees centigrade. My clothes were good enough but I was too complacent that I intentionally did not bring with me my winter gloves, which resulted later on to my hands in the state of frostnip.
We rested on for a bit just so we can recharge the lost energy from all the walking and stress of the weather. I had my first taste of legit french nutella crepe, and unlike the french croissant that I had on my last visit, will surely get another bite of it on my next Paris layover.

It was past sunset when we decided to get back to the hotel. For first timers with ample time, it is highly recommended to transport around the city with a public bus. Metro is indeed faster, but there's nothing you can see underground. As for the souvenirs, the ones nearest to the Eiffel tower, as expected, sell with highest price. The pretty keychains I bought for 3 euros each, they sell it for 6 euros. I recommend to take a small walk towards the nearest train station, and there you'll find all kinds of souvenirs in a way, way cheaper price.


My best purchase was the Avene Thermal Spring Water - known for its wonders for years, with high ratings plus good reviews. Pharmacies are just anywhere in Paris so you wouldn't have a hard time looking for it. It is expensive in the Philippines and KSA as well, of course i had it much cheaper as the ingredient itself -  the spring water - is from France. :-) Religiously using for about a week now; so far i have not been disappointed yet.

That was everything for my recent Paris layover. No new destination for me this month, but I'll be going home <3 so that is something I look forward to.
Thanks for reading~


Love,
Rania

Friday, February 24, 2017

Diary #01

They say time flies when you are flying. In my case, it isn't. Today is the first week of the month, the next thing I know it will be the 31st. My weeks go on a blur so if there is anything faster than flying, then that would be it. Most of the time I make memories with people I barely even know. I ain't complaining, if this seems like that to you. I know there's a lot who have been dreaming of where I am right now, and this too, was once my dream. Eight months had passed and there was never a day that I became ungrateful for this opportunity. But as you grow older, more than the luxury of shopping and travel, you will realize that time spent with family and loved ones is what matters most.

On a positive note, I believe I've grown so much in the past eight months. You see, I was this youngest, spoiled, dependent baby girl of our family, so more than the washing, cooking and all the household chores, I learned to be independent, decisive, patient and indestructible. lol. jk. Firm and courageous are better adjectives. haha.

I plan to be home next month so I better log off now and spend the rest of my day looking for someone to trade my flights with. it felt awesome to just sit here and write whatever I want. til next time! :)

love,
Rania

Yet Another New Blog, First Post Kind of Post

Lol at my introductory title,
I'm here again, with a new domain that isn't actually my top choice but figured it was cute, easy and short. Spent a couple of minutes reading tutorials on how to connect it with this blog and just when I thought how much of my knowledge of this blogging world have I forgotten, spent another hour installing and doing so little changes on a premade theme. *sigh gone are the days where I customized my own header, theme and all. My knowledge of ftp, css, and php are now buried in the deepest portion of my brain.

Anyhow, I don't really have a goal or whatever for having this blog. One day I realized how much I miss writing and ranting plus the feeling of being free to say whatever you desire without the fear of judgement and the like. So, I decided to create another space in the world wide web and inshaAllah, I can keep this one updated.


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