I had been asked so many times in the bus by random people sitting beside me why the move to Dubai. I come from a country with good weather so my view of our move is not influenced by the sun nor it is influenced by money (hard to believe, I know). Some of them wanted to shoot me down for saying this but we didn’t come here to get rich. Some bluntly tell me I am stupid for leaving Japan with the classic remark: “You earn more there, don’t cha?”
Dubai looks great on TV or in advertising (a very clever marketing campaign) but the day to day living, like most places, is not a holiday brochure! I’ve seen some of the ads and is shocked to find out it’s Dubai. This place is perfect for tourists or someone in their first few weeks or months; but you can’t live your life constantly going to spas, the museums, taking abra rides, buying pashiminas or having drinks at the world’s only 7-stars hotel that is the Burj Al Arab!
Every Dubai-related web forum tells a different story. Some like it here, others loathe it. Frustrating for some, interesting for others. But for me, any place in the world is worth exploring. What I am trying to say is, everyone can tell you what a place is like but until you taste the experience yourself, you will never know.
On a personal note, hubby is happier, his face lighter with the relatively easy working style than what he had in Japan where overtime i.e., working until late at nights and coming home almost unable to speak due to fatigue is a normal day to day experience. Darling daughter is settling in beautifully and have made friends with other kids from all over the world. I am contented with work career ideally, have flexible time with less pressure, not to mention more blogging time to make lengthy entries such as this one.
The whole city under construction tires me. The buses are sometimes frustrating but so far, I come home in one piece. The occassional sandstorm and eternal traffic can get to my nerves but all is forgotten when I see my lovely daughter in the doorstep greeting me with a kiss and starts her blabber about the fun she had in school.
Do we miss home? Sure we do, but, will it not always be there? We left our house knowing that it’s just bricks and mortar. We came not to make a fortune but to enjoy our life and teach our child (and coming children, if ever!) that travel and broadening one’s horizon is important and that anything is possible. After all, who knows where this journey will lead…however at home, we had a pretty clear picture.