The Desert Safari Experience.

January 6, 2017. The day I had to miss work because of an adventure awaiting for me. I had to do a lie which I am sick just to be able to go there. But well that’s halfway true because I had really these muscle pains and light fever.

2017 would be the year for adventures. So I had to take a chance and gladly it turned up well. Desert Safari is one of the places on my go to list in Dubai.

So this how the opportunity started. One day, my sister said they’re going to Safari and of course it’s a Friday ‘cause it’s their day offs. (I had my day offs on Wednesdays, cannot be on Fridays, Sales kinda thing.) Well at first I hesitated due to I had work that day but really I badly want to go there. I don’t even know when this chance will come up again, so I asked when and because I still didn’t have an absent and I can’t even change my day off either. I choose to skip work and started thinking and planning about the reasons I would do. An emergency or I am sick kinda thing. One, two, three days past, then that week came. One day before the adventure, I was silent at work, feeling slightly unwell because I can’t help thinking that day that I will be working while they’re around there so happy. And I’m also feeling the muscle pains, so I stay still, not actively talking with them. Low energy with countable number of smile. Gladly things turn out well, there I am sick. Pretending to be but really feeling a little unwell.

At 10 in the evening our shift finished, we took the bus and metro train going home. It was windy that night, I don’t have any overcoat. Me and my colleague parted in the metro train interchange. Without my workmate within my sight, I started doing my next step, messaging my boss and colleagues I’m sick and can’t work for the next day. And that’s where the plan ended and there I am finally missing some work.

The next day I woke up late and feeling slightly unwell. I started the day by eating breakfast and taking some medicine to keep me up for the day. Then I packed my bag and bathed.

The service for the tour came at around 2. I was all giddy wearing my Taylor Swift inspired Ootd composed of muscle tee, skirt and sneakers. I was very excited to take a lot of pictures. We were fetched by a Toyota land cruiser that can accommodate eight people including the driver. We were five and there were another two which came with us. I was seated at the back with my sister and her friend. Thanks that we are all Filipino except the driver which is an Arabian. But well it’s better. When all of us are already fetched, we traveled going to the desert which took more than an hour.

First activity for the day was Dune bashing. For an easier and safer drive, some air is gotten out of the tires. The Safari ride take place in some desert near Sharjah. I think it’s the boundary somewhere between Dubai and Oman. The dune bashing experience was like riding in a rollercoaster. It was super fun and a bouncy ride that seatbelt is a must wear. It was kinda hard to take videos. It turned out shaky and you can hear some of our screams. I also took some pictures. It lasted for about 15 minutes.

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After that, we stopped some place in the desert to take some photos. Our car stop somewhere high in the middle of the desert that you’ll be afraid you might roll over. But we still managed to take some selfies and group pictures too. When finished taking pictures, we rode the land cruiser again and went to the location of the other activities where we spent the remaining hours. There we had our seat for dinner near the stage. The dinner was to be served at 6:30 pm and because we’re still early to arrive we take a look around the place.

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Upon looking around the place, we found the camel riding area. There we rode a camel. At first, I thought it was frightening but no it wasn’t. The camel ride was too short that I wanted to ride it again. But well, give way for others. After that, we took some pictures in the sand dunes. There were also some quad bikes that you can ride but with an additional fee. There was also the free henna section for ladies that can stay for weeks on the skin. I didn’t get one because it will leave a mark and only be applied on the hands. (I’m sad for that one, it’s for skipping work reasons, they might know.) There was also a section where you can try the Arabic clothes, Abaya for female and Kandura for male. We didn’t try this for hygienic condition; many people may have worn it.

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When we’re finished touring around the place. We went back to our seats and because it’s still a little bit early for dinner, we ate some of the snacks we brought. While waiting for the food, there’s a section for some free coffee and tea. After a few minutes, it was announced that the food is ready to be served. The starter includes Shawarma, Samosa, and Falafel. Heavy meal is composed of vegetarian and non vegetarian. There were a lot of different salads, such as Green salad, Tabbouleh and many others. There’s also the Biryani and white rice. I was also surprised to see that they had Spaghetti. There’s also some Kebab and Chicken Tikka. Of all these foods I like Chicken Tikka the most. For dessert, there’s Baklava and some apple and orange slices. For the beverage, there’s unlimited water and soft drinks. One of my companion said that the alcohol was free to drink there but we didn’t try it for we need to enjoy the night. I also saw the Shisha getting passed on; I don’t have interest in trying it.

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While we were eating there’s a show ongoing. There was the Belly dance, Fire dance and Tanoura dance show. There was also a man carrying a bird around the place where you can take a picture with by paying a minimal amount. For the souvenir, there’s a section where you can get a customized sand bottle. There’s also a photographer who took photos around. I had the picture taken in the dinner seats and also the one while riding the camel as a memorabilia. All night I just took pictures and videos. And eat as much I can, more on the snacks we brought because I don’t like the Arabic food that much.

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The activity ended at about 9 in the evening. Before going home we were given some dates to munch on. For the vehicle to ride going home, we changed to another one where the only five of us left, the other two we’re with rode in another car. On the way out in the middle of the desert, we suddenly got stalled in the sand and I thought we’re gonna spend the rest of the night there. I was slightly nervous for it, thankful we didn’t for we have work the next day but it took about 30 minutes to get the vehicle out. The driver said it really happen sometimes. Traveling the way home, it was still a little bumpy but I didn’t wear my seatbelt and just hold on to the car handles for I know there was no more dune bashing then suddenly I bounced off my seat and knock my head on the vehicle roof and to my tour companion. I immediately grabbed the nearest seatbelt I can get hold of just to save my life. I was seated at the back for we are only five excluding the driver. One on the front, two in the middle and another two in the back. Well, that’s what really adventure is but damn it hurt. I was afraid I can’t wake up if I fall asleep but the drive was long and the day is tiring, I beat myself to sleep.

Our driver escorted us to the building we lived. We arrived there at about 10. And because it’s still early with some energy left, we went to the nearest mall to buy some food and cake for my brother for it’s his birthday the next day. I also grabbed some ice cream because I just feel like to.

That day ended so well and I was really happy I won’t regret skipping work. Even there’s work the other day and I woke up to stiff arms and heavy body it was something worth it. It was such a great experience that I can finally tick off on my places to go list.

Until to my next adventure. Bye.

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