Dubai town has it's modern and old side.
I prefer the old side of Dubai. The modern side reminds me a lot of Kuala Lumpur. There is really not much difference. The malls, the high rise buildings, the bling-bling and whatnot - all too similar.
While the old side of Dubai actually reminds me a lot of Cairo. Minus the dust! The old side is more humble, a lot more traditional, of course ; and much calmer. Err, actually the whole of Dubai is a lot calmer compared to KL and Cairo.
Our trip to Dubai wasn't a planned trip or holiday. We needed to get out of Egypt and come back again in order to renew our visas. Yup, we've been using tourist visas for the whole time we were in Egypt. And we are still using them now too! I am not really clear as to why we have been granted a residence visa or a valid working permit for Mr. Husband, but as long as we are not encountering any problems in our daily activities, I am happy with whatever type of visa that is available for us. Except, for the fact that we have to be out of the country and return in order to renew them every 3 months. But, hey, I am not complaining! Out of the country - overseas trip! Hoyeahh! Hahahaha! It'll be a tight budget for sure but I am not really in shopping mood when travelling, so that's a lot less of money to spend on, really.
(I am justifying why it is okay to 'live' on a tourist visa - because Mr Husband actually hates it for some reasons (one of it is because of issues when trying to withdraw money from the bank here) )
One of the things i planned to do while in Dubai was bungee jumping. I had always to bungee jump. I am not that brave and i am scared of heights but i feel like i needed to do it. Perhaps because i spent too many hours watching The Amazing Race, and watching the contestants do all sorts of crazy stuff. Anyway, i didn't do it when i was there. It was not because i chickened out. It was because the day before we plan to check out the place for the bungee jump, we were shakened by a news of a passing of a Malaysia friend in Cairo due to an accident. I was very shocked to hear the news that i was crying in disbelief after Iffa, another friend of mine called from Cairo to inform me.
So yes. I didn't really feel like i should be doing something outrageous like bungee jumping or even going out shopping for that matter. We spent the rest of the 2 remaining days in Dubai just sight-seeing. We didn't go back to Cairo immediately either because arwah's jenazah was still in Matrouh Hospital (abt 5-6 hrs journey from Cairo). We didn't know exactly when they will transfer her jenazah to Cairo, but the guys and girls in Cairo did keep us updated on the status. When we came back to Cairo 2 days later, jenazah was already on the flight back to Malaysia for the funeral. I didn't get to see arwah K Azlyn for one last time but the memories that we shared are still fresh in my mind.
I really don't want to end this post in a sad note. I do miss K Alyn (that's what i call her ;) ) She was like a sister i never have. We weren't the closest pair within the bunch but she definitely was someone i shared most of my jokes with. And she was the first to say i took great photos & she loves the way i capture the moments. To hear that from a professional photographer herself; it was one of the best compliments that i received in a long time.
And she was (and i think is the only one) that believes i have premonition powers. Hahaha. I told her some of the stuff that happened before, how sometimes i have a dream, and the next day a similar thing happened -- either to myself , to the people nearby or i see it on the news somewhere else. I know it's actually a coincidence, but she said it could be a gift i never knew existed. Whoa, that reminds me a lot of that series i watched on Qatar Airways but i can't recall the name of the series now. About a child that can see the past, and the future. Scary, but magical.
What k Alyn said means a lot to me.
It makes me believe in myself.
Maybe i should try for that bungee jump again. Where shall we head next? Macau, maybe? ;)
A lot more photos are still in my camera memory card. These are only a few that were captured on Mr. Husband's hand phone.
I'm writing about our trip to Istanbul next. It has been a year since we went there and i haven't posted a single word about it here. I will ... Stay tuned!!