Another year is about to start so we get the most generic of questions from family and friends back home, "You're still there?" We're about to welcome another year in Dubai. Didn't we come here and intend to stay for a few years? You know, just to test the waters? (As of this writing, it's our … Continue reading The most common question expats get
What is a "short" trip, anyway? Well, it really depends on an individual's perception of time. A few hours of layover time? 24 hours? A few days maybe? I often get emails like, "I'll be in Dubai for a short layover what do you suggest I do? Where do I go? Must not miss places?" … Continue reading What to do in Dubai for a short trip
It's Thursday again! I was drafting a little personal #ThrowbackThursday story that was meant to be published in my blog's Facebook page but then it got longer and longer that I thought, what the heck, I'll make this into a blog post instead! As you may have noticed in my previous posts and in my … Continue reading Start of my life as an expat
Like hundreds of thousands of expatriates in Dubai, we all require a visa to work and live here. Mine and my husband's employment visas are sponsored by our respective employers. Either of us but usually the husband ("head of the family") can then sponsor our children and our house help. When we first came to … Continue reading How to transfer UAE visa sponsorship for children
When the name Mark Fonseca Rendeiro popped up in my inbox the other day, I was like, "hey, I have heard of this name somewhere!". A few Google search moments later, I found out that the guy who just sent me an email asking if he can interview me about my "Dubai life" was indeed … Continue reading Our Dubai story
We have a live-in house help. I am not afraid or ashamed to admit this because I am not a supermom who can do everything and keep my sanity: work, kids and a less-cluttered house. She takes care of my son when I am out working. She helps me run the house so everyone is well … Continue reading 5 Reasons why we hired a house help
Before relocating to Dubai, I've lived in Japan for a good 10 years plus a couple of months. Initially, I never thought of staying there for long but so much can happen in ten years - I graduated from a Japanese university, met my lifetime partner, landed my first job, had a baby, etc. I … Continue reading Would you give up your citizenship?
The usual expat family scenario is this: the husband gets a job assignment in Dubai and the wife ("trailing spouse") and children join the husband to start their new life in Dubai. The husband's visa will be sponsored by his employer and in turn, he will sponsor the visa of his family members. However, some … Continue reading Sponsoring husband and children in the UAE
We've been asked, Where is home for you? 6 years ago today, we locked our house front door in Japan and boarded the bus to Nagoya. Less than 24 hours later, we boarded the plane bound for Dubai. We came here to 'test' our life in the desert, with no immediate decision how long we'll … Continue reading Where is home?
After working in Dubai for almost five years now, I thought I'd come up with Five Reasons to Work in Dubai for the curious and Five Reasons Not To for the skeptical. 1. Financial - If you work in Dubai or anywhere in the United Arab Emirates for that matter, you enjoy an income tax … Continue reading 5 Reasons to Work in Dubai and 5 Reasons Not To