March 26, 2019
This is Ahmed Alshehary, the Arabic manager at 3D ACADEMY. I have been here in
Cebu for long time. Have you ever wondered what do people from the Middle East do
when they have free time in Cebu? This time, let me bring you for a dive into the Arabic
students life in 3D ACADEMY and in Cebu city, Philippines.
Since we are all students studying English here, so naturally we do not have much free
time during the weekdays besides attending classes at school. When our classes finally
finish by 6pm, we would gather in the 3D restaurants located at the 4 th floor of the 3D
new building for dinner. After dinner, we would normally go to the rooftop for a chat
about our day and other things together. Sometimes we play basketball and soccer over
there at the basketball court. By 8-9 pm, some of us would go to study and to do
homework at the library. Some would simply go back to the dormitory to take a rest and
to prepare of another day.
Well if it goes this way everyday you would think we lead a boring life right??!
No!Because some days we would plan to do something special. For instance, every
Wednesday after dinner we will go to a field near the school with other students to play
soccer until 10 pm.
As some of the students do not live in the school dormitory but in the condo nearby. So
sometimes we would go to their condo (around the school), in Mivesa Garden for a
home-cooked session gathering. Last weekend, we gathered there to cook Arabic food
(Kabsah) and invited our school friends from different countries such as Japan, France,
Philippines and Kazakhstan. It’s always nice to hangout with students from other
nationalities and to introduce our culture to them.
Next up, the weekends! We normally start making plan for the weekends during the
week. And we usually make plan for just one day because some of us needs to have a
rest day. Curious about where do we go for the weekend? Let’s see it.
There was a weekend where we went to the Tops of Cebu at noon. There were 8 of us
going there together, including 5 Arabians, Filipina, French and Kazakhstani. We
brought Arabic tea with some snacks along. When we finally reached to the Tops of
Cebu, we enjoyed the view there, chit-chatting, played some games, drink tea with
snacks until the 5 pm. Then we decided to go to our friend – Dom’s condo to prepare for
the second plan.
The second plan was to organize a cooking competition between two Arabian students
to see who can cook the Kabsah better! That was a competition between our chefs
Sameer and Saud! The rest of us were the judges! After they finish it’s time to judge.
But unfortunately all the food was so delicious. Both of them cooked too well. So we
couldn’t judge hahahah.
In another weekend on Sunday we went together with Filipina, Japanese and
Kazakhstani friends to the Snow world in Cebu. The name of the place is Anjo world. It’s
a bit far from the school as it takes around 50 minutes to get there by taxi. If you have
time, there is another public transport option which is to go to the South bus terminal.
Then, ride the bus and tell the bus driver to stop you at Minglnilla. Of course I would
recommend taking taxi for anyone unfamiliar with the public transport system here.
We had special experience there.
It was very enjoyable because it’s like a small theme
park with Snow world inside. It costs 750 pesos per person for the entrance fee and this
is inclusive of unlimited games and entry to the snow world.
It was indeed fun especially for people coming from countries without 4 seasons. Even for those Europeans, it is
amazing experience that they can experience snow in this tropical country! We turned
into children immediately inside the snow World! Throwing snow balls to each other,
joking, running around! Welcome to Cebu!
Thank you for reading and see soon in my next blog!
I believe I’m a kind person, a bit shy but I’m fun and friendly. I love to make friends with people from all over the world.
I know that I will make a lot of new friends again and I will do my best to make my dream come true – to be successful in my life (Speak fluent English is my first step!).
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