Welcome! Come on in, kick back your shoes and allow me to bring you around for a virtual tour around our new home in Dubai 🙂
Located on a rather high floor, we live in a 3-bedroom apartment in Tecom within the Al Barsha vicinity. It is strategic, convenient and accessible to many facilities.
As you walk in the door, you’ll see the busiest part of our apartment – the kitchen. It is also probably the most cluttered area. I spend lots of my time here: preparing food, cooking, washing dishes, doing the laundry, hiding from the kids (while munching my Tim Tam) etc. The kitchen overlooks a panoramic view of the city and is a perfect spot for me to daydream.
To the left of the kitchen is the living area, which we have kept really simple. I love sitting on the couch (again, munching Tim Tam), and watching the night skyline. It reminds me of my university days in Melbourne, where I lived in a studio apartment which overlooked a beautiful night view too. Pure bliss.
As you can see, there’s a foldable clothes railing here too. We had to place it here because drying Xan’s cloth diapers out in the balcony is not an option; it is too dusty and sandy (this building is also very near to a construction site). This part of the apartment receives the most sunlight in the morning, making it the most ideal spot. We dry our regular clothes with an electric clothes dryer.
Next is our dining area. We bought this preloved dining table and chairs at a very good deal. Xan would sit in her swing while we have our meals there.
Please walk further down with me. After passing the kitchen, you’ll come to the playroom. The photo below was taken before ‘tornado Ewan’ hit every morning. The kids will be in this room while I cook or do the household chores. This is also where I blog at night after the kids go to bed.
Next you’ll see the guest room. If you visit me, this is where you are going to sleep (provided we still live here!). It’s a very simple and basic room but still, very comfortable – at least to me. Please excuse the wrongly matched curtains; we had to use a make-shift fleece blanket to block out the early sunlight. When there are no guests, this room becomes our afternoon nap spot. Also Ewan’s “house no. 5”. It’s his version of our home in Malaysia. We planted the idea in him to lessen his longing for our house back there.
I’m not going to show you our room because it’s messy and like a pig sty. Just imagine two beds on the floor – pushed together – with lots of pillows and crumpled blankets everywhere.
Oh, one funny thing about this apartment is, it comes with 3 bathrooms and 1 toilet. I don’t know why they need to build so many toilets in a 3-bedroom apartment though. Maybe they feel that the housewife may have nothing to do and some extra toilets to wash will keep her occupied, perhaps? Upkeeping this apartment is hard work – I could only vacuum and mop once a week. Ditto for the bathrooms too.
And oh, did you see the white sink look-alike next to the toilet bowl? That comes with every bathroom. For what? To wash fruits!
Just kidding, of course. But seriously, when I visited Eastern Europe with my parents many years ago, the toilet in one of the hotel rooms we stayed in came with this “sink” too. We couldn’t figure out what it was for then. Then we found out that someone in our tour group used the sink to wash fruits. Really really! So euwwwwww right? It’s actually a bidet bowl for us to wash our bum bum 😀
We are loving our new home a lot although there are plans to move to a 2-bedroom apartment soon. We don’t need such a big space and it’s easier for us to maintain. Plus the balance from the accommodation allowance given would definitely come in handy on rainy days. That’s work in progress…we are still weighing our options.
Meantime, we are just going to enjoy our stay here. Xan likes it here so much so that she scoots onto the floor and licks it whenever I’m not looking!
Hope you enjoy the tour 😀