The event was worth wishing for.


To some of the early followers of this blog when I started a year ago knew how stressful my movement was from one department to another but I was very happy having been moved. Not really expecting or knowing the kind of stress that the job description will affect me, my career path, and life, I accepted the offer and made sure that I will be able to handle it no matter what. Not knowing that it was the restaurants reservations responsibility to take all reservations for Christmas brunch, I was ecstatic on the first day. Then when the event happened and a lot of problems came down at me, I was determined to make the next event be handled smoothly. I told myself that I should be able to coordinate, communicate, and organize it properly to not repeat the same mistake again. So this year, I made sure that the event should go smoothly. I didn’t wish for it to be perfect because nothing is perfect. But I wished and made sure that it will a whole lot better than last year and it did. All the staying up late at work paid off. My boss was happy, the banquet team was happy and most importantly, the guests were happy. We had a few complaints but nothing major like last year. I felt fulfilled that my birthday wish came true.

This is the best Christmas in Bahrain so far in my experience.

Here are some holiday snaps in and outside work

Thanks to Raffy. She’s just one of those ladies and gentlemen who helped me in my late nights and extra hours 1 week before Christmas! Grazie!



I finally joined the choir this year. Although after our first performance from the Tree Lighting Ceremony, I wasn’t able to join again because of my hectic schedule with my job. But I am still happy that I was able to join and sing with them.


My room mate and I
Gingerbread House

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Together with Hermes! >=))

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Although I was so busy with work, I tried my best to finish work at around 1130 in the evening. That was going on for a week. It was very busy. I really felt the holiday rush! However, thank goodness on Christmas Eve, I finished allocating tables together with my colleagues. So one ballroom is down, only one left. I told my boss that I wanted to spend some time with brother and sister-in-law on Christmas Eve since I’ll be at work the whole day of Christmas. He told me to make sure that everything’s fine when I come in the morning and to ensure that the main foyer is ready before 9 am. I made sure that emails were sent and the main foyer allocation is the only pending thing to do in the morning. I promised myself to go to work at 730 in the morning the next day. So I called Sato restaurant and told them to move my restaurant reservation on that same day, 24th instead of 25th. I called my sister-in-law at around 9 and told her that I will meet her at Sato! I arrived during and we only had like 20 minutes before the last order! But no matter… Sato’s food will always be amazing and engraved to my heart.

That Christmas feel though..

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When I went to work on Christmas day, I was shocked because it was raining! Let’s relax. I’ve been living in the middle east since 2013 and this is the first time that it was raining all day during Christmas and yes.. it’s my best Christmas yet in the middle east.

At 730 am, let’s go!



The banquet team and I finished allocation at around 920 am and when I passed by my desk to check a few emails before changing to the costume of choir, I found these cards and one gift! Too many gifts this year! Feeling so blessed..

And.. we’re ready! While waiting for the expected 700+ guests to arrive.. but wait, let us take a selfie!




While waiting for expected 750+ guests to arrive. But wait, let us take a selfie!
On my way home, the road is still wet and I felt like Baguio has come to me Bahrain to make me feel so homey for the first time in three years. I feel like Baguio sent a part of itself to make me happy and give me luck throughout the day of the event that made it a success.


Tired but happy!

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas!

Sincerely contented,

Iya Rai


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