Blog Count: (13) Meet Pinay in Dubay
“Get hooked on the day-to-day story of a Pinay Wanderer in Dubai as she battles on real life situations,” says the beginning line of our featured blogger, Pinay in Dubay. We followed her blog and actually asked her to write for Pinay.com, and she did, with her first story, “In Dubai I Met God in the Desert!”
Shayne Navarro. a planning engineer and currently in her 30-something years, attributes all her blessings to God who has been with her in times of trials and joy in a foreign country, with a culture quite different from hers.
We reconnect with Shayne, our fabulous blogger, again at the beginning of the year as she embarks on her happy future. She is getting married this weekend. Congratulations!
So, you are getting married?
Yes I am! I still feel the chill answering that. I am marrying Jhon Bernard, the man that managed to keep his sanity and stayed by my side despite my almost two years of tantrums. It is happening on 7th of February 2015, in Tagaytay.
How do you feel?
Excited! I can’t explain it in words. It is like jumping off the ground but you are not moving at all—that kind of excitement that literally takes your breath away.
Tell us about your blog.
I actually started blogging to express my feelings and emotions of being far away from home. I wanted the people close to my heart to somehow imagine how I am coping with life here in Dubai. It all started like a diary. Then it became addictive. I started writing poems, features, and anything under the sun (or moon).
You talk about God ….
When I joined Singles for Christ, I started to find a purpose in my writings. I am claiming God gave me the gift of wisdom and prophecy. I can say that most of my articles, if not all, are personal stories of how God has been really good to me—with hope that somewhere in this world, someone’s spirit is being lifted just by reading my blog
What is “Dudong”?
That is my pet name for JB, my fiancee. We often call ourselves Dudong and Inday. I think it all started with a date we had. Back in the Philippines, Dudong and Inday are also pet names for household helpers who often mingle and meet up during their common rest day.
Who is Pinay in Dubay?
Pinay in Dubay, is a tough lady that represents a lot of hardworking Filipinas here in the Middle East, particularly in Dubai. It tells you stories of struggles and success in the desert, but on the lighter and bubbly side.
What is it like living in Dubai?
It can either be tough, or just a piece of cake. It actually depends on your choices. Dubai is beautiful. It will give you a sense of feeling that all dreams are reachable. But Dubai, as they say, is a “Sin City”. It is easy to fall on traps of being buried in debt, adultery, gambling, and so on. It is just a matter of choosing your lifestyle, choosing your friends, deciding on your needs versus the wants, being faithful, keeping your feet on the ground, and so on.
What is your best followed post?
Aside from the Diary, I think it is the Proposal Post. Readers fancy weird love stories.
Please share some tips for Pinays who want to work in Dubai?
Dubai is tough. The way of living advances quickly. Racism is present. Your work load, your salary, and the way they treat you will always have something to do with the color of your skin, but eventually, if you work hard and do your best, you will earn respect. Also, always remember to be thankful for every little big or small thing that you have. Do not compare blessings. Be contented.
Blog Count is a series of conversations with Pinays all over the world. We think these Pinays sparkle and shine. If you are a member of Pinay.com, we can feature you too. Can you inspire us? Do you have something to share? Email Tish Leizens, chief editor at firstname.lastname@example.org. Let’s start a conversation.
Tish Leizens is a great believer in asking lots of questions. That was how she was trained as a business journalist for newspapers and magazines. That was how she survived trying moments in her personal life and how she navigated a successful career and business in media. In 1997, she asked, “Why not?” And so, she moved from Manila to New York City. It was and continues to be a great adventure. After stints as a reporter for Manila Chronicle and Manila Times; correspondent for The Straits Times and Gulf News; Tish worked as editor for Conde Nast, and later edited and published her own regional magazines, OurHouse and Excursions. OurHouse, sold in bookstores chains in the East Coast, was nationally recognized for its innovative approach to magazine publishing. Tish has lectured at the New York Public Library on how to launch a magazine and other topics related to publishing. She was featured in CNN Money in 2010.