Money is hard to earn but easily to lose. Guard yours with care. – Brian Tracy
Every penny counts.
Yan ang swak na motto nating OFW (These are the best OFW motto).
As an OFW, one thing is for sure, working abroad is just temporary. In the end, either we go back to the Philippines for good or migrate to other countries like Canada, Australia or New Zealand for greener pasture. While we are abroad, we try to limit our expenses (tight budget ba) and save or invest our money until the big day comes (time to go back home).
But! Hello Kabayan, it doesn’t mean that we aren’t going to maximize our stay here in Middle East 🙂 . There are beautiful places to explore in the Gulf and Arabic foods to savor and should not be missed. Undeniably, after working so hard and nursing the feeling of homesickness, we owe it to ourselves to chill, unwind and enjoy from time to time. Let’s go and have fun.
Weekends are the best days to release the toxins of our body (physically and emotionally) and create happy memories. Share these moments with your friends or love ones.
So how can we spend a cool weekend without hurting our pockets:
1. Invite Friends at Home
I guess this is the classic one but the finest. Your accommodation is the best spot to unwind.
Call your bestfriends, invite for a potluck and watch movies or Netflix at home.
Sharing your best dishes while talking about life is worthwhile. Reminiscing each of your funny stories will bring laughter to the group. Laughter strengthens your immune system, boosts mood, diminishes pain, and protects you from the damaging effects of stress. As they say laughter is the best medicine. Most of all this is the best time to rekindle friendships.
If you are living in a compound with complete amenities (sounds familiar 🙂 , the challenge of being fit while working abroad), you can go for swimming and sauna bath. Apart from pleasure, it has good benefits for your health too.
2. Go to Parks and Popular Destinations Site
It’s not advisable to go to the park or roam around landmarks during summer but winter is the best time to go. Usually there’s no entrance fee for these parks or if there is, it’s just minimal.
Invite friends or officemates to tag along with you and bring foods and drinks (potluck ulit).
As per tripadvisor, the popular parks in Riyadh are;
King Abdullah Park is the most prominent landmarks in the capital. It is located in al-Malaz quarter. Park’s main attraction is “Dancing Fountain” with its colorful laser lighting.
b. Wadi Hanifah- West of Al Diriyah, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Wadi Hanifah is a wadi or valley in the Najd region, Riyadh Province, in central Saudi Arabia. The valley runs for a length of 120 km (75 mi) from northwest to southeast, cutting through the city of Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia. The place is best enjoyed with barbecue with friends. Visit Wadi Hanifah at west of Al Diriyah, Riyadh.
c. Salam Park
Salam Park is located at the south of the Governance Palace on Tariq bin Ziyad Street. It is one of the finest parks in the city. It features a large lake with fairytale lighting and fountains, a range of playgrounds, green spaces and recreational areas.
Previously, the park was a privately owned farm known for its date palms, encompassing a residential estate, various buildings and a mosque more than 70 years old. Due to the strategic location of the farm and the need for parks and open areas, it was expropriated and converted to what has come to be known as Salam Park.
Source: Arab News
d. Wadi Namar
Wadi Namar is located at Al Warad, Riyadh 11753, Saudi Arabia.
e. Riyadh Zoo
Riyadh Zoo is the most popular zoo in Riyadh. I remember bringing my daughter there during weekends. It is located in Malaz.
Check as well the other popular destination like;
a. Red Sand
Red Sand is an area of red desert sand dunes in northeastern Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The area is a weekend destination among Saudis, expatriates and Filipino workers. The area known as Hidden Valley is surrounded by tall mountains which gives a valley look.
b. Edge of the World
Edge of the world’ is part of Tuwaiq Escarpments that runs though the central region. The gorgeous sight of the cliffs and endless panoramic view of the plains make it an unforgettable tourist attraction.
Source: Splendid Arabia
Beautiful and huge parks are pleasant to our eyes and it brings excitement and happiness. If you are into adventure visit landmarks and experience the sand dunes in the desert.
By the way, KAMSA KAMSA is one of the famous destination park of our KABAYANS.
3. Rent an Istiraha
In Saudi Arabia, Istiraha is a very popular venue for gatherings.
It’s look like a rest house or a flat with complete amenities such as room, receiving area, bathrooms, kitchen, and garden with or without swimming pool. Perfect for barkada or family weekend getaway. The rental fee is from 500 and up. Split the rent among the group.
The well-known place for Isteriha in Riyadh is in Thumamah and Al Danah area.
4. Eat Out
Food is love. Foods bring happiness.
Dine or lunch out, pig out! Treat yourself with a nice meal (and para maiba naman).
There are some restaurants offer foods that are not too expensive and most of the time the menus are good for sharing. Just call a friend to go with you and split the bill (KKB ba).
If you want to chill and have some coffee or tea why not visits coffee shops. One of our friends had a baby shower at Pie Days (3538 Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Road، As Sulimaniyah, Riyadh 12223). It’s a nice shop with perfect ambiance (girly kasi 🙂 ). They have this menu 3 small pies and a tea for 35 riyals only.
5. Join a Club or a Group
If you are an extrovert or you just love hanging out and meeting new people, why not join a group that will help you enhance your skills or teach a new hobby such as car club, tennis, basketball, volleyball, baking, dressmaking or crocheting.
Most of these groups have Facebook page, be enthusiastic to search and choose what best interest you. Maybe later, these new hobbies or existing skills of yours will turn into business.
For sure these groups have scheduled meet-ups during weekends.
Enjoy your weekend.