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I miss my routine

As much as I love blogging, I have to admit that writing does not come naturally to me, I am not a good writer, let alone in English. Or at least that’s my excuse for not writing as often as I should in 2015.

I missed blogging about the excitement of moving out of Qatar, I missed blogging about being a nomad or basically I just didn’t blog for the second half of last year.  I have a few excuses off course: too busy packing, too busy cleaning up my previous apartment, too busy in the office…. then what?

As soon as all the crazy activities were over, I should of had all the time in the world to do blogging and more writing.  There should have been no more routine to do the office job, or even house chores, which meant lots of time to do other things that I’ve been wanting to do. Yet here I am, two and a half months plus a week into the New Year I am still struggling to start blogging again.


A dying hobby?

A dying hobby?

I always say to myself, that I blog before I do photography; I always thought that my photographs were to complement my stories. But soon after it becomes the core of my stories. It helps me memorise what I’ve seen along the way of my travels. I become an avid passionate “photographer”.

I don’t want to,
I don’t have to,
you can’t make, I am retired!

Am I still an avid photographer? I felt the photography activity also came to a halt.  I always thought that as I don’t have to go to work anymore and carry on traveling, I will have all the time to do whatever I want to do whenever I want to do it.  Yet, time passed quickly and here I am a week into the new year and still struggling to find the time to do my personal ‘job’.


Lasts day in the office... I am retired or I am retarded?

Lasts day in the office… I am retired or I am retarded?

It’s almost 6 months into my retirement life, yet I felt I could not find any rhythm to the new life. Or am I too engrossed with the slogan of “I don’t want to, I don’t have to, you can’t make me, I am retired!”, and that makes me think that I don’t have to do anything anymore…

May be I should think that I can do what I want at my own speed…? But then, time does’t wait for me…..

I miss my routine… the routine of going to work, the routine to do things at a certain time and the ability to plan ahead instead of impulsive ways of spending each day.

I guess I have to work on a new habit, a new lifestyle. Until then it will be hard to find a proper time to do all the things that I used to do and be productive.



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I used to live as an expat and travel around the Middle East. After 10 years working in the Arabian Gulf I am now retired and living in the UK but still retain my interests of further travels and exploring new horizons.


  1. It’s doesn’t matter if you’re not productive. At all. Ever. The only thing that matters is doing in each moment what feels right, what makes you happy. Be a veg until you’re moved to do something. Or not. Enjoy.

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    • Thanks Alison, and yes, even though I did not blog, I try to memorise and enjoy every moment of it so that I might be able to blog about it later…

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    • Hi Lorraine, thanks for the concern… and yes everything is OK, and I am in the UK now, getting closer to your place… 😉

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  2. can empathise with your post.
    I have been 25 year doing basically what I like.
    There are things we have no control over.
    That is why I say ‘basically what I like.’
    In that 25 years I have never been busier.
    There is still plenty of activity but I have freedom of choice.
    All I retired from was the forced routine.
    I still miss my job and the people I worked with.
    But I was engaged in work I liked.
    Some times my ingrained habits need reassessing. _/\_


  3. I’ve always enjoyed your blogs, Nin. It’s good to see you back. Hopefully blogging and photography will become a part of your retirement ‘routine.’ They certainly are mine. –Curt

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