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10.09.2009 | 杜拜重提

2005年5月係我第一次出國公干, 第一次就去咗杜拜呢一個咁陌生嘅地方.. 當時話潮州嫂(即係家母)知係阿拉伯地方, 嚇到佢鼻哥窿冇肉, 呵呵!! 杜拜由一個沙漠變成而家一個國際大都市, 完全人工化, 世界最高建築物/最貴酒店/最大室內滑雪場/最大人造島, 等等等等, 而家通通都落喺呢一片沙漠土地上..
  • 第一次感受52°C高溫, 微風吹嚟感覺如風筒直擊..
  • 第一次去沙漠, 第一次去綠洲, 感受沙漠遊牧民族嘅文化..
  • 第一次穿著阿拉伯服裝, 扮阿拉伯小王子影相, 沾沾自喜..
  • 第一次食阿拉伯餐, 全部都係烤肉, 逗留幾個星期開始對肉類恐懼..

連續幾個月斷斷續續飛過去逗留三兩星期, 當時覺得有啲唔願意.. 但係事隔幾年, 卻又開始懷念嗰一個地方, 更甚嘅係我當時個fit樣!!! 人啊, 好多時候都係失去咗, 先學懂珍惜~~ :)
it was May 2005 that i went for my first overseas business trip, a rather unfamiliar place for me for the very first time, Dubai.. and when i told my mum it's somewhere in Arab, she sort of got very anxious about it, haha!! Dubai was a real desert turned nowadays an international big city, totally man-made.. on this piece of desert, you can find the world's tallest building, the world's dearest hotel, the world's largest indoor skiing dome, the world's largest man-made island, etc etc etc..
  • my first time experiencing a 52°C high temperature, breeze just feel like a hairdryer blowing right on your face..
  • my first visit to a real desert and a real oasis, experiencing the culture and lifestyle of the desert nomads..
  • my first time ever dressed up in the Arabian costume, thinking that i was Prince Arab, i took a photo that i always so proud of..
  • my first time with Arabian food, almost all of them are grilled meat, staying longer there somehow made me a meat-phobia..

for a continuous few months that i was required to fly over on-and-off to stay for a couple of weeks, frankly speaking, i was getting sicked of it.. but after a few years, i started to miss that old place again, and more importantly my FIT look back then!!! oh well, isn't this human, only learn how to appreciate things after loosing it?? :)
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56 comments:

  1. prince Arab? u mean the bottom pic? Looks more like Arabian slave/ah sei wor :P

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  2. So you had an Arabian night 4 years ago lar? I'm gonna give you the anxious look too if I were your mum. LOL :D

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  3. Yeah! Dubai is one rich country! They have a lot of money pumped out from their oil refinery. I wonder when will this end. :p

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  4. huh... i know i won't survive in that temperature... sure melt one.. btw, u looked like a doll in their costume... so cuuuuute ;p

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  5. i've always wanted to go Dubai...

    but knowing i would have no business doing there and it's not exactly a touristy place...

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  6. 很特别哦~第一次出差就去阿拉伯了~呵呵,感觉很棒吧~还可以扮王子。

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  7. yeah it's lamb lamb lamb every meal for me when i was in inner mongolia!! but well i only transit at the dubai airport... wish the next time i could explore middle east more :) gonna find a sugar dad and mom there XD

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  8. wah...so many 1st time at Dubai trip o..beside working also can travel
    wat job u working now?

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  9. haha, you're really cute la, when smile, the eyes hilang already. :P Anyway, I can't imagine myself in 52 degree celcius. -_-" I will go crazy and ask to back home! LOL

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  10. Oh man..I cannot imagine temperature as high as 52! Did you slather on thick sunscreen? The most I had experience was a high of slightly over 40 in Australia and that was already almost unbearable for me.

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  11. 杜拜小王子,请我们去你家杜拜玩玩下,几个礼拜就够了。

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  12. heheheh so foooonie.... in the arab suit... hahahahahaa

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  13. 几年前的確有fit咯... 有波仔無肚仔

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  14. yeah...7星级酒店啊!你系咪住响入边啊?哈哈。。杜拜,有钱到啊~系咪响街上见唔到女人架?

    唔好一直怀念过去,你预先怀念而家,因为10年8年后你都会怀念而家既自己架~嘿嘿

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  15. Nice experience there, and Dubai is indeed a modern city nowadays...

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  16. 52 ar? how u stay alive har? anyway u really want to go back meh? or just miss the place and go back for a holiday or visit? heee....i know i will miss this place but do i want to come back here? HELL NO!! HAHAHAHa....:)

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  17. 乜冇大張d既相咩?
    52°C高溫!我暈啦。。。

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  18. i can't be away from home for too long. even for holidays, i will start to feel homesick when come to 5th or 6th days of the trip...

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  19. I been to Dubai ... hehehe airport only :p I was transit @ Dubai on my way to Uganda Africa :p

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  20. not bad to be arabian,tho... :P

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  21. I been to Dubai also wo, transit and went out to nearby shopping mall for few hours, hehe. Wow, 4 years back very fit wo..but now also not bad la. And the Arabian look so kinky wo, One question, do they wear underwear beneath?

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  22. 分享更多关于那里的事情啊!!
    期待啊!

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  23. 啲相太細張啦,睇唔到你到底有幾fit!哈哈

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  24. LOL Muahahaha! Stop dreaming dude, you are not Arabian Prince but the Indian Maharajah! LMAO!

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  25. My SK Thamby - You so lucky, globe trotter at such young age!

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  26. Oooooo so you had a taste of Arabic meat?

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  27. Hey, I love that stamp-like image. So cool.. I'd like to use it sometime. Mind sharing where you got it from? Thanks in advance, Sheikh SK. hehe...

    I have a friend in Dubai so I guess if I go there, he'd be able to bring me around. 52deg is indeed hot. Did you feel the heat? I hear the long outfit keeps out the heat keeping the body cool. Any truth in that?

    Yeah, we tend to miss what we lose but that's life. At least you have fond memories of being there, eh? Very nice pictures. Tks for sharing them.

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  28. 听说那边有六星级的酒店
    六星级的yer

    去到后要分享下

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  29. 杜拜,我好想去那里哦
    而且我好喜歡吃阿拉伯餐
    不懂杜拜的阿拉伯餐跟malaysia的分別大嗎??

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  30. bluesoul:
    haha, whatever you call me lah, that was the very first time i've ever put on arabian costume, feel funny though :p

    Tekkaus:
    haha, but actually Dubai is very safe and quite a nice place to be.. mum are always worrying their kids right?? hmmm, because they know one day the oil will dry out, so now they are trying to build as many things as possible, so that they can leverage on tourism in the future :)

    Danny:
    no choice it's summer when i went over, so try to stay indoor with air-cond lor.. anyway, if you're going to go there, i bet you stay in shopping malls most of the time right?? i look like a doll?? hahaha :D

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  31. Medie007:
    hmmm you are wrong, Dubai is actually a nice place for a short stay actually.. you should go there and experience the desert turned metropolitan, they have now built lots of touristy facilities.. :)

    summer:
    呵呵, 對囉, 如果不是出差, 我想我自己也不會想到要去杜拜這個地方哦.. 哈哈, 他們的服裝其實很舒服的, 簡單清涼.. :p

    fufu:
    yeah, i think Dubai is a nice place to go, you should not miss it as i know they have now more things to attract tourists.. fast fast go find a sugar daddy, hahahaha!! :D

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  32. Sam Wong:
    haha, yeah, it was really a good experience for me while in Dubai.. yup, the project wasn't that tight, so i got the chance to see around this city.. i am in IT industry.. :)

    Freedom09:
    haha, cute leh?? my small eyes are my signature.. hmmm, actually not too bad, because it's already very warm there so 52C or 32C doesn't really make a difference already.. also most of the time we try to stay indoor :)

    Mei Teng:
    yeah that was that one day when the temperature in the day shot up to 52C, a really unforgettable experience.. i remember crossing the road to go for lunch then, the wind blew like a hairdryer really.. no sunscreen but wearing long sleeves shirt with shades on to protect the eyes.. :)

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  33. Chin Weng 茶先生:
    呵呵, 小王子好客, 你要來作客嗎?? 無限歡迎哦~~ :p

    Jovi:
    hehe, ok lah, their costumer very comfortable and cooling one.. but the one i was wearing was a bit too big for my size.. :)

    tagnan:
    唉, 往事不要再提, 人生已多風雨.. 而家我係有肚仔冇波仔~~

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  34. Rebecca Kheng:
    你就開胃, 你認為我公司肯畀我哋住間7星級酒店咩?? 一晚冇一千美金都唔駛諗啊.. 有, 梗係有女人啦, 啲女人唔駛做淨係負責shopping咋, 哈哈!! 死囉, 你話十年八年之後都會懷念而家, 係唔係咒我以後變成一個大肥佬?? :p

    Grass:
    yeah, it was a great experience.. and i think by now those facilities still under development while i was there are now ready.. it's really building lots of wonders..

    manglish:
    yeah you can still survive lah, try to avoid going outdoor and stay indoor lor.. working there, so most of the time stay in office with air-cond.. hmmm, or course i only miss the place for a holiday and not work.. well, you never know you will missing going back to Hiroshima years later when you left the place?? there's no absolute in this world.. :p

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  35. khengsiong:
    哎呀, 又唔係靚人, 都費事整咁大張相去嚇親人啦, 呵呵!! 真係52C架, 當時去吃lunch, 嗱嗱臨過馬路去商場避暑~~ :D

    Pooi Tyng:
    hmmm, it's true though, you will get homesick after being away too long.. but i think i'm not as bad as you, maybe more than 2 weeks for me?? :)

    TZ:
    haha, a lot of people went to the Dubai airport for transit only.. actually it's a nice place to be, next time you can arrange for a stopover there and then go for a Desert Safari tour!!

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  36. Wois:
    hmmm, i think i still like to be myself.. you want to become an Arabian?? :D

    K|E|E|N|Y|E|E:
    haha, that is what most people will do in Dubai, shopping nearby airport while waiting for flight transit.. haha, you also said it's 4 years back, but good things never seem to come back to me.. haha!! Arabian are not Scottish ok, i see them wearing under garments through that revealing white cloth lah.. you so hamsap one??

    kc:
    呵呵, 其實也沒有甚麼要分享啊, 因為是去那邊公干, 然後週末抽空去玩玩而已.. 要分享的比較特別的東西都寫了.. :p

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  37. 花罗汉:
    如果放大咗, 可能你就覺得我唔fit啦, 哈哈!! 好多嘢都係矇矓嘅好~~ :p

    Twilight Zone:
    haha, i have different role depending on where i am mah.. in Dubai i am Arabian Prince, in India i am Maharajah, in KL i am Thamby SK!! hehe, ok lah, only because of work that i will have the chance to go Dubai, lucky eh??

    Leu:
    no need to envy, just grab a cheap AirAsia ticket to Abu Dhabi and you are near Dubai~~ :p

    Gratitude:
    oh yes, grilled to perfection!! hahahaha~~ :D

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  38. HappySurfer:
    i am using this freeware call Photoscape, comes with lots of frame and effects, you can go to their website here, nice photo editing tool to use, and it's free!! hahaha, i didn't wear their costume, that photo is indeed for tourist to snap their once in a lifetime arabian look somewhere in the desert trip.. i went to Dubai during the summer, and of course i can feel the heat!! it's so hot everyday, and i never see rain at all there.. yeah, we often miss things we lose, don't me?? :)

    Chi Leong:
    不止六星, 其實是七星級酒店!! 一晚的住宿費最低1000美元咧!! 我只是再外面拍個照罷了, 要進去參觀還要給200塊呢~~

    十六夜真人:
    哈哈, 難得聽見有人喜歡吃阿拉伯餐!! 其實這裡的阿拉伯餐都是中東朋友做的, 我覺得是大同小異啊.. 你一定是很喜歡吃烤肉的人, 呵呵!! 還有那個humus.. :p

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  39. "52°C高溫, 微風吹嚟感覺如風筒直擊.."
    i liek tis sentence!!! haha. so funny~

    有波仔無波仔or有肚仔無肚仔,
    u stil got ur style!!! ;)

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  40. i had to copy n save the pic n then enlarge it.. yes u look like an Arabian prince :)

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  41. wow ! u been to dubai too! that's cool !

    these days seem like everyone is going to dubai, and make me curious and hope to pay a visit some days :)

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  42. 52度高温,里面其中一张照片你还穿长袖打领带?不会窒息么?

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  43. Thanks so much, SK, for sharing the source. I shall do some exploring.

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  44. 拍了记得放上来给大家看看

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  45. OMG! 52 degrees? How did you survive that?

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  46. i wanna go dubai to look at tall buildings! =D

    kenwooi.com

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  47. chrisiew:
    hmmm you might think it's funny reading, but when you're under 52C you will want to die, hahaha!! haiz, i know i have my own style, but can i choose to have 有波仔冇肚仔 instead?? hehehe :p

    Bengbeng:
    hahaha, sorry the pics are a little small i admit, because i don't want people to see that clearly~~ well, i look like the Arabian Prince?? sure?? :D

    雪芬 shirls:
    hey, i went to Dubai years back.. and i think it's quite a nice place to for a short stay.. they have got many unbelievable things you never expected but they just did that!! my top recommendation is the Desert Safari Trip, a must!!

    山城大熊:
    呵呵, 那張沒有52C喇, 應該是40C左右.. 52C已經熱到要命啦, 還有心情隨街擺pose拍照咩?? 哈哈.. :D

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  48. HappySurfer:
    you are most welcome, i saw somebody's blog recommending this and so i went to download the freeware.. not bad at all..

    Chi Leong:
    你說那間酒店啊?? 已經在裡面啦, 他是Dubai地標之一啊, 右手邊大張那個, 像帆船的就是那個七星級酒店囉.. 我只能夠在遙遠跟它拍個照罷了 :)

    foongpc:
    just stay indoor with air-cond lor.. i only went out for lunch that day, quickly cross the road and hide inside the shopping mall for lunch.. :D

    kenwooi:
    yeah, the world's tallest building is now in Dubai.. was under construction while i went there.. believe me, there are more than just the tallest building you would want to see.. you must go to the desert too.. :)

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  49. i heard the ppl there quite hamsap one wor, my fren said even the cab driver also will try their luck on 'smaller size asian' wor :P

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  50. 往事只能回味。算吧啦!換個角度睇,不在乎天長地久,只在乎曾經擁有。

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  51. the happy go lucky one:
    hahaha, really?? i didn't encounter any hamsap things woh.. maybe my size is BIG, so nothing happened to me~~ :p

    海市蜃樓:
    哈哈, 唔得, 呢家嘢梗係希望越長久越好啦.. 我想繼續擁有, 唔想淨係回味喎 :D

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  52. 52C? I can't even stand when it's already 40+ here. So you got slimmer there?

    It's nice to go to different places, Dubai has really turned it's deserts to something else.

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  53. going to desert is always one of my travel dreams !! umm....after europe trip, i will be very broke lah....dubai has to wait for a few more years ! :)

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  54. My sister is in Dubai too. Things there are not cheap at all! Grilled meat? Wow I would be crazy over it... but too much is overkill.

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  55. Ayie:
    yeah it was that particular day that temperature shot up to 52C!! nope, i didn't get slimmer there, just that i was slimmer back then and gain all these weights recently!! haha.. yes, Dubai is really a wonder, from a desert into an international metropolitan.. :)

    雪芬 shirls:
    but the desert i went in Dubai is small scale desert, anyway still a very good experience.. haha, you kidding, am sure you'll be travelling again soon.. don't think that you are broke, think about gaining life experience when you spend money to travel.. :p

    ladyviral:
    i think things are not really that expensive, because it's a tax free country.. you love grilled meat?? well, how about serving you one portion of half a grilled chicken?? hahaha.. that was what i had, shocked to know the portion was so big!! :D

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