The hunt for home, IKEA shopping and things we did in Feb

All of January we stayed within the same inn while hunting for a flat with some conditions like distance to paintings, facilities provided, cleanliness, the neighbourhood, and of route the lease. I scored the internet for the duration of the day in the hotel room marking the places that we have to test out and inside the evenings, we used to walk approximately searching out "Flats Available" forums and also try to talk to the constructing watchmen for info. First off we had been astounded via the fee of rentals here in comparison to KSA. But then, we were instructed that leases here in Abu Dhabi City have virtually long gone down with latest financial system changes and so appears we are lucky to get the modern price.

Most of the residences we saw had been of old buildings with old floorings and so on and if the rent changed into ok, it changed into handiest for the flat, we needed to pay for parking, water and so forth additionally. I need to prevent comparing matters with Yanbu, I will handiest get harm! This is ABU DHABI! What changed into I questioning???? I cannot have the same luxurious flat here for a similar charge!

Initially, we had been searching at one bedroom flat and after scoring dozens of apartments, we realized it isn't always well worth the rate for cramped bedrooms and huge halls. So we notion of seeking out two bedrooms however the leases were over the roof! Finally, when we determined a flat that turned into to our liking, the lease quoted become 1.5 lakh! What the f... So I satisfied F to search for a studio rental!

The studio ones were such a treat to my eyes! I really loved them, little cute abode. I wish I had one like that when I was single :-D  But for reals, I was beginning to lose hope and being the "not-earning" member of the duo, I didn't want to be too picky. Without much thinking, I told F I can manage even in a studio if that will help us settle down and maybe we can move to a better place after a year. Frustrations speak.

We weren't getting anywhere to finalizing an area so we subsequently resorted to searching for the assist of a actual property agent guy for a flat that was marketed on a website. We had been requested to satisfy him after Maghrib at a location. Upon arrival, we had been taken up to a modern constructing to the 18th floor. It changed into certainly no longer the flat that we noticed within the commercial however manner higher than that! Knowing the charge variety for this length, I did not have my hopes excessive, nor did F. We knew the guy might quote something we cannot come up with the money for and we'd not be coming again. :-D. But on our way down within the elevator, the agent stated that every one this you get for an fantastic rate! And sure, it became the great deal even though extra than what we budgeted for housing.

We constant the deal and I had a non violent sleep. Though it seemed too correct to be authentic deal, I didn't want to think that there is probably a few glitch that we aren't shown or maybe the constructing become a rejected one... Some thing was no longer proper - my instinct speaks.

Apparently, the building is a Bank belongings and so the agent didn't fee us the usual commission however a good deal lesser. That became certainly very type and truthful of him. God bless him. Now all of the paperwork turned into to be executed at the Bank's property office. I might not get into the info of the office work and rules and so on. Because the regulations have a tendency to change too regularly round right here in UAE.

We had to anticipate some days to get the financial institution cheque ebook to begin the paperwork. When turned into the final time we used a cheque e-book? :-D

This is my birthday month! I were given an early gift from F which changed into a marvel! With the present in hand, we additionally went and watched a film Manikarnika on the WTC mall. Felt weird doing the couple things :-) If you knew Yanbu has no movies...But certainly, watching a movie in a theatre that isn't always even half stuffed is not any amusing! I leave out the 90s theatre wherein the hero's access is well known and cease with roaring claps or booing down if it isn't always brilliant.

The day we planned to check in the flat, we went to have an amazing appearance once more and then went to the office to finish the office work. As quickly as we were carried out and approximately to step out, it RAINED! My first rain in AUH and it changed into pouring down closely. We waited for the rain to stop whilst indulging in some espresso from their pantry canteen. When we stepped out, there has been a cat which changed into blind in one eye and she or he came going for walks to me. I usually convey cat food in my bag for such time and hurried to capture up with F who became on foot away... :-)

Alhamdulillah!

Got again to the lodge and informed them that we might be checking out through cease of that operating week. Now, our stuff from Yanbu can be released for shipping however the guy who handled our consignment became on holiday and there has been a few ambiguity around it so we decided to await our guy to come back again. Meanwhile, I researched mattresses and curtains, imperative things to transport into an empty condo.

For the mattress, I finalized on an IKEA model after enormous studies. But we desired to get the actual touch and sense, so off we went to Yas Mall in a taxi which became a long force to the island. We did a whole tour of IKEA however we didn't pick a single thing as we idea we are able to order on line. But right earlier than leaving we got to realize that their home delivery takes greater than 10 days occasionally!

We finalized on usingAbu Dhabi Blinds provider to restore all our home windows with roman blinds.

On sixth Feb (Wednesday) I went to the renowned tourist ought to go to Carpet Souq with my friend, R. We have been getting returned to her region while F known as with an idea that I go with R to IKEA and buy all that we deliberate, and then drop them at the brand new flat. Though it sounded a excellent concept, I became not positive if we are able to manage all that heavy stuff! My friend, however, was pleased! F very reluctantly passed over his financial institution card and adviced that I purchase simplest what is required! He became to my buddy and instructed her - ensure she stores wisely. LOL

IKEA!  I knew what I need but we still went through every aisle because you are in IKEA! :-D

My pal changed into focused on pushing the cart claiming it as an workout and I am certain we crossed 10k steps that day! Whatever stated, IKEA purchasing is tiring! Once we were given all the beddings matters, we went to the food section and refuelled our tummy and then moved to the warehouse and pulled out the 37kg bed and triumphantly reached out of doors. The taxi we were given had a girl driver and she or he changed into additionally very useful. I asked F to come back to the brand new flat so he can assist us get the matters up. After all that, we went to Chaapan Bhog to treat ourselves!

@chhappanbhog.auh is undoubtedly a #chaat lovers haven and north Indian street food’s heaven! Some of the items we had over the past few weeks: #bombayvadapav #rajkachori #pavbhaji #dahiballa - could be better #panipuri Delhi’s famous sooji pani puri is much tastier here! I have also tried their #punjabimeals 😋 Do you think chaats are junk food?😬 #dahikachori #vadapav #golgappa #indianfood #indianstreetfood #abudhabirestaurant #indiansnacks #tasteofindia #desifood #mumbaistreetfood #streetfood #abudhabiblogger #twofoodies

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We tried dining-in in these restaurants and you can check my Zomato profile for reviews!

Parivar

Wagamama

Panzerotti

Rajasthan Royal

Pink Berry

A bestie from Yanbu became coming to city with family for a quick vacation! I needed to meet her however I felt so horrific my house turned into now not ready for all and sundry! We had a quick coffee at Starbucks and promised to keep in contact. While I changed into coming lower back after meeting her, I questioned how a great deal I really pass over Yanbu. But not anything is everlasting and friendships go so long as you capture up and begin proper from in which you left.

Galentine is while you rejoice valentine day together with your girlfriends! It turned into not planned with this aim though! It simply happened to be the V day :-D

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Without realising... This year?S vday came about to be my first #galentinesday ?? Breakfast at @dennys_me with @reshminavaneeth followed with the aid of a movie ?? #kumbalanginights and then some buying at #homesrus. So dennys, really now not an area for vegetarians or vegans. My pal had a tough time customising and in the end settled for a veg pattie in her burger minus bacon and so forth. And I am no longer a fan of their fries nor hashbrowns ???? However burgers and pancakes ? Totally good ???? This is double cheese pork burger, hash brown and fried egg and pancakes with ice cream ?????? #abudhabirestaurant #24hoursrestaurant

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We actually live in our bedroom! Eat, sleep, watch Netflix and many others. Rest of the flat is very empty and handiest time I go is to have my morning coffee status via the window watching the yellow buses taking kids to highschool...Our each day food are now Zomatoed! :-D

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By now, I had updated my resume and were given lower back on Linkedin and notion I could get back to paid running because it's miles pricey to live right here and if I actually have an opportunity to work why no longer?

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I these days went to home centre and home container with my domestic decor obsessed buddy @reshminavaneeth ??And misplaced track of time! Almost 4pm... We saw this vicinity right at the back of the store and it become nonetheless open! #royalrajasthan A now not so fancy comfy area. I went for the standard #dalkichadi and #alooparatha and #cholemasala for her. The food arrived piping warm! We wiped smooth each bit because it changed into the tastiest simple #vegetarianfood I had in a long term! The very subsequent day, I convinced F to head there and we had #ragdapattice and #panipuri ?????? #abudhabirestaurant #vegrestaurantsinuae #eats #rajasthanifood #rajasthanicuisine #weekdays #indianexpats #twofoodies #indianfoodies #foodporn #foodcoma #foodgram #restaurantfood #whattoorder #yummylicious #nomnom

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Shanaz the blogger at shanazrafiq.Com invited us for lunch on Friday after Jummah. We thankfully agreed to head because through now our palettes are dead with ingesting out each day! Her homecooked food will virtually carry lifestyles into our tastebuds.

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Hmmm! I posted this 1/2 an hour ago however the put up simply disappeared! ???? Will it reappear???? So this changed into @shakespeareandco in Marina Mall ?? An early lunch with the vegetarian pal! Beetroot #hummus on toast for her and #beeflasagna for moi! ?????? #abudhabirestaurant #uaeblogger #abudhabiblogger #eatout #twofoodies

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After the delicious lunch at Shakespeare's, we hopped directly to Marina Eye and enjoyed the journey and the view!

Instead of searching out happiness out of doors or within, attempt making a person happy and you will certainly experience the equal!

Fantastic Feb as constantly! Alhamdulliah!

Ending the publish a percent for my love for cats! This is a pleasant and wholesome stray cat and she or he is fixed. Some proper soul made her a bed and kept food bowls. I go go to her maximum of the evenings and treat her with a few dry meals and water. In return she shall we me cuddle her for some seconds :-D

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