The New Eye of Squidee

My baby, Squidee, deserves a post dedicated for him only. And even though how much I would love to show you the test shots that includes myself, I won’t show it yet. (Evil laugh) It will ruin my promise to myself that I will not post a full face photo of myself until I turn 24. Ha Ha Ha. Yes. I bought the 35mm 1.8G lens today. My heart was beating so fast while I was doing some test shots inside Sharaf DG at Bahrain City Center. I thought that the price will go down since they were having a sale. But too bad, it was only for the selected items.

Here are some of the photos I took with the lens that was displayed. I mounted it on Squidee to check how it works

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It looked pretty good and I took more blurred photos that I won’t be posting because of people pushing me and walking past me like I wasn’t big enough for them to not bump into.

When I came to my room, I didn’t change. I opened the box immediately because of excitement! I’ve been waiting for this moment for months and here it is right in my hands so… this happened. A mess. Ha ha!






And of course, it won’t hurt to take a few selfies of Squidee. Please let him show off this time at least with a new versatile lens four years later it was given to me.

I bought this tonight so I am hoping that by next week, I will have more time to play with Squidee.


🚺| Iya




I am currently at our Recreation Area, a place for employees to spend some time. There are bookshelves, a television, two pool tables, two pong tables, an internet room, and a gym. I have decided to pass by and use my benefit as an employee to enjoy such facilities and write down my feelings as I have surrendered all my cashiering items. I felt a little happy and sad while I was removing the cash float from the safe box and closing the door of the vault. there was something nostalgic that I felt like I will never be able to do the same thing again (unless I apply as a cashier again). I forced myself a little smile as I walked away from the vault and walked my way to our office. As I entered, I was expecting to see my first boss who was promoted few months ago. But I only knew earlier that he was on vacation for weeks to take his exams in his long distance learning back at his home country. He was my first foreign boss and he is the best. I wanted to say thanks to him for believing in me when I just entered this property and have helped me in a lot of ways. He has a harsh side but have always made the best decisions for his employees. I am not saying that my current supervisor is not doing the best decisions for us,  but he did it a lot better or maybe, I am biased. I don’t know. But I will always be thankful to him and by the time I finish this post, I will send him a message in Viber to thank him for everything. Nobody except our Day Auditor in the office bid me goodbye and goodluck in my transfer. I guess the others didn’t exactly knew what to say because I’m not that close to them anymore. I walked out the office and went to the General Cashier to surrender my cash float and she congratulated me. She was very happy for me that she even gave me a big hug! She’s the sweetest in the department. I know that she’s very happy because she knows what kind of hardships I’ve been experiencing every now and then in the cashiering job. I also gave the coins I have from my coin bank so that I could buy the lens of Squidee today or tomorrow.

So how do I feel? Transferring.

Honestly, since last night, I’ve had mixed emotions.

I felt nervous, happy, and sad as well.


I was nervous because of excitement as well because this will be a new challenge and a new learning. Everything is new. Unlike in cashiering, we need to balance the money and make sure that we drop the correct amount without shorts and overs, in the Restaurant Reservations, I need to make sure that we achieve the target for each outlet so that we could not only meet the target but exceed it.


I am happy that finally, I won’t have to worry about how many hours of sleep I’ll have to sacrifice so that I could be at work at the proper time. I won’t have to face double shifts, only overtime in case of special events. Happy that I will get to talk to the guests which is what I love. I love talking and I feel like my strong conversational skills will help me more do my best in this job. It’s going to be a fresh start. I need to learn the types of wines, menus, number of seating, restaurant design, special offers, compute packages, table setting and a lot of other things to know when it comes to the F&B outlets.


I will be honest that when I had my last look at the cashier cabin, I felt like I’ll never get to sit in this chair again and enjoy those moments in the bar when it’s not busy and I can browse my phone and do whatever the hell I want.

Anyways, I am in total excitement. 🙂

I can’t wait to face and learn whatever awaits me in the office of the Restaurant Reservations. Wish me luck! Or not, because whenever I experience being lucky today, I might not be lucky tomorrow. But no worries, we all need balance in our lives.

Sometimes, we need to be happy. But should strive to be happy again when sadness  and hardships come.. and accept full happiness.

🚺| Iya

Hopeful Last Day

I don’t want to be that kind of girl again who’s walking the same path with girls who post photos about food, selfies, and outfit of the day. Because let’s face it, for me, Instagram is a place where people just brag and feel like a celebrity because of their posts. I’m not saying it’s bad. Because it’s a way of expressing one’s self. But I don’t like those people who borrows money just so that they could upload those things they bought and food they ate. Just so that they could get a lot of likes and that’ll boost their self-esteem which is totally wrong in my perspective.

I used to have a Twitter account and was even stupid to create an Instagram account. I used my Twitter when I graduated from college for real time news updates while I was working. Since I’m away from home and my province is always getting hit by typhoons, I had to stay updated since my mother is living with only two dogs. I had to make sure she’s doing fine. I had 56 followers,some are high school friends, college buddies, and workmates. I have decided to delete my Twitter account years later together with my Tumblr account because I felt like I have to be interesting for someone to get to like me and of course, follow me. I didn’t want to be like these girls who will do anything, anything, to get more followers just like celebrities. And since I still have a Blogger blog to update, I have decided to just keep the blogger and Facebook account since it’s what I have always needed. Having accounts in other social media websites are giving me a headache on updating it, remembering passwords, and deal with fake people.

But my kid side kicked in a few months ago that I created an Instagram account so that I could be on with the hype. But Instagtam failed me. It was boring for me. And there I was, I found myself deleting it for good reasons.

So before anyone could judge me on my post today, please understand that I you are reading/following me for my posts (writing and anything that I want to show in this online diary that I have).

As I have mentioned earlier in my posts, I will be moving to a new department and hoping that my current department will grant me 2 pending Public Holidays that I have to clear for Saturday and Sunday because I’ll be starting on my new department on Monday. I needed to get things done, like adjust my body clock, do my groceries, and buy the new lens of Squidee.

Last night my brother asked me for breakfast date but insisted to move it to a lunch date because I finished working this morning at around 3 and waking up at 8 or 7 will pretty much ruin the date because of me not getting enough sleep.

It was their treat so I have one rule, if it’s for free and it’s good, always say yes to your family members!

On my way to pick up my brother and sister-in-law, I had to go through a series of heavy traffic, traffic lights that are not working, and flood. The drainage system of Bahrain is not that strong unlike in the Philippines, their drainage system is not built to control this typof heavy rains (Although in the Philippines, floods are still a major problem due to clogged drainage system).

Here are some photos I took on my way to my free late lunch!



We went to American Alley in Juffair where there are a lot international restaurants to choose from.



And yes, I saw my dream car. Mini

They have chosen to dine at Nando’s, a restaursnt I’ve never heard of but I guess they’ve tried before. I trust them when it comes to taste buds so..





Just to inform you, my forehead is my greatest asset.

After eating, we went to Starbucks for coffee and tea. We stayed there chilling and watching cars pass by. There is something great sitting with family every once in a while specially that we’re living abroad.

I arrived in my room around 4 and laid in my bed before preparing for work at 6pm. I just laid in my bed still hopeful that they will grant my request for my pending PH for Staurday and Sunday.

I’ll keep this blog posted if they will grant it.


Lucky and Unlucky


For months, I’ve tried my best to get my hands on this book even before it got its reputation all over Facebook. I am no writer (just a passionate person who loves to write what she feels) and this book somehow sums up my dream of compiling all my poems and short stories since high school! I was able to save some poems I’ve written since I was in second year high school and when I went for vacation, a close friend of mine from high school collaborated with me and we have decided to produce a compilation of my writings for ten years, 2003-2013 and his illustrations. He just hasn’t been updating me about the illustrations he’ll be making since he’s busy at work and can’t talk that much online because he’s living back in the Philippines and I’m here in the ME. I just wanted to share with WordPress that I was able to buy this book finally today. Salary came early and luckily for me, this was the last piece in that bookstore that I always go to, to check the price of books that I want to buy. Ha! Luck.. thanks for giving me this chance and I started reading this today, I’m already in the 23rd page! I could read this all day but I can’t today since I’ll be working tomorrow on a double shift. Yes folks, I hope that this will be my last double shift since I’ll be starting on my new department on Monday. I asked my department to give me my 2 pending Public Holidays for Saturday and Sunday so that I could give myself some time to adjust my sleeping habit. I’ve been working night shifts for almost two years I have to try to shift my body clock to 10am-7pm duty!

I hope everybody’s having a good day.

Because I am not… but because of this book, my bad mood changed to a happy one. The water heater still hasn’t been fixed. I already reported it to our Housing Department and they said that they will fix it tomorrow afternoon. My work starts at noon so yes, I will need to experience taking a cold bath again. Today, I also counted all of my money in my coin bank and it was a total of BD65 WHOA! I will only have to add BD35 to finally buy Squidee’s new lens. 🙂

Sincerely, Iya