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Index [May. 14th, 2011|05:03 pm]
susan smitten
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I just put down a deposit to move into Index, my favorite building in Dubai. I get the keys in twelve days. I'm so excited I could pee.

(See the building at the right hand edge of the picture? That's Twenty-First, aka Twenty Worst. It was my first home in Dubai. It is not my favorite building in Dubai, but it is a location from which I can take the free bus to work. Hooray!)



I will be on the 32nd floor, facing Sheikh Zayed road and the Gulf. The view is kind of amazing.
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[User Picture]From: abetterday
2011-05-14 01:15 pm (UTC)
OH WOW. I'm absolutely envious. All I've got is a crummy apartment above a pizza place. >_
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2011-05-14 01:18 pm (UTC)
I have been going crazy in the place I've lived in the last seven years. Time for a BIG change. :-)
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[User Picture]From: abetterday
2011-05-14 01:22 pm (UTC)
That is definitely a big change. And it will be glorious. I can't imagine someone not enjoying an apartment like that. Well, I can but I don't count them as people.
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2011-05-14 01:24 pm (UTC)
Haha! =D

You can't imagine what a huge change. The place I live in now is noisy, dark, has security issues, and smells like a dead goat.
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[User Picture]From: abetterday
2011-05-14 01:26 pm (UTC)
...sounds kinda like my current place. Haha! But a change of scenery is always uplifting and an extreme upgrade in accommodations only makes it that much better. I'm really happy for you. =)
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2011-05-14 01:28 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! :))))) You know what would be really cool? If you could visit. Door is open!
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[User Picture]From: abetterday
2011-05-14 01:32 pm (UTC)
That would be a lot of fun! Maybe I'll have some time to travel once I graduate at the end of the year. When I'm in Seoul next year my door is open for you as well. I can only imagine that Korea is more interesting than west Philadelphia. =)
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2011-05-14 01:35 pm (UTC)
You'll love Seoul. I've only been a few times, but it is special. And your understanding of the place is already far, far deeper than mine. You're going to have a blast.
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[User Picture]From: ttmooney
2011-05-14 01:35 pm (UTC)
Awesome! Makes my basement flat seem very dark and crappy.
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2011-05-14 01:37 pm (UTC)
You moved? Why?
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[User Picture]From: ttmooney
2011-05-14 01:47 pm (UTC)
Garden, dog, and an ever-rising rent in Hampstead. The new flat isn't bad, but it's not a good as the Hampstead flat was. Then again, there's the puppy, which makes it all better!
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2011-05-14 01:51 pm (UTC)
PUPPY!!!
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[User Picture]From: ttmooney
2011-05-14 02:00 pm (UTC)
Yep! You haven't seen the pictures? She's awesome. Sleeping under the table in the garden even as we type.
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2011-05-14 02:04 pm (UTC)
I have now! She's beautiful!
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[User Picture]From: ttmooney
2011-05-14 02:20 pm (UTC)
She's a good girl; a playtime nap under the drying laundry seems right, now. We're trying to figure out how to fit her into the wedding. Maybe the ring bearer?
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[User Picture]From: mcgillianaire
2011-05-14 01:47 pm (UTC)
Yay!! That's great news. What an awesome view indeed!!! :)
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2011-05-14 01:52 pm (UTC)
Come enjoy it in person!!!!!!!!!
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[User Picture]From: mcgillianaire
2011-05-14 06:48 pm (UTC)
:) In due course!!
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[User Picture]From: dubaiwalla
2011-05-14 01:58 pm (UTC)
I take it you convinced your landlords to let you out of your current lease. Yay! Which way does the apartment face?
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2011-05-14 02:01 pm (UTC)
It faces DIFC! Which is what I wanted! I expect you to visit often and bring your tripod. Yay, indeed!
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[User Picture]From: dubaiwalla
2011-05-14 02:04 pm (UTC)
Can't wait to see it! Plus you'll be a stone's throw from all the Indian food in Karama.

What did you have against 21st C though? I walked past the entrance yesterday, and it didn't look half bad from the outside.
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2011-05-14 02:15 pm (UTC)
One problem I remember is that if somebody was smoking in another apartment, the smell would come through the aircon into mine. The windows couldn't be opened or even cracked. Then they covered the whole thing in outdoor advertising, which made the tinted windows even darker. And I thought it was big when I moved in, but I visited recently, and was amazed how much smaller it was than I remembered. I had been in a postage-stamp sized place in Japan, so I thought my room was HUGE because you could fit a bed in there. :)

Not that my place in Index won't be small. The bedroom is tiny. But I love it. I didn't want to leave when I was done viewing it.
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[User Picture]From: polarisdib
2011-05-14 06:41 pm (UTC)
One word: Block!

...hmmm. Wwwwwaaaaiiiittt...?

Aha! Another word: Party!

--PolarisDiB
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2011-05-14 06:45 pm (UTC)
Another one: Puppy.

One more: Pile!
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[User Picture]From: restoman
2011-05-14 07:33 pm (UTC)
Very nice!
It looks quite luxurious!
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2011-05-14 11:26 pm (UTC)
I am terribly excited. =D
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[User Picture]From: beeooll
2011-05-14 09:47 pm (UTC)
That's seriously cool. Congratulations. I can't wait to see pics of the view.
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2011-05-14 11:26 pm (UTC)
Thanks! And trust me, you will.
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[User Picture]From: angiereedgarner
2011-05-15 02:41 am (UTC)
Yay! So happy for you!
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2011-05-15 06:48 am (UTC)
I'm going to paint the walls all kinds of shocking colors. =D
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[User Picture]From: lctrc_gtr_dde
2011-05-15 04:54 am (UTC)
So Very Awesome! Congratulations!
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2011-05-15 06:49 am (UTC)
Thanks! Long time, no see. <3
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[User Picture]From: hitchhiker
2011-05-15 11:15 am (UTC)
oooh, *nice*! wish i could come see it!
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2011-05-15 12:58 pm (UTC)
Some New Year's Eve? Maybe next year?
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[User Picture]From: hitchhiker
2011-05-15 01:01 pm (UTC)
hm - the next time i visit india, i might just take a trip to dubai, especially if my brother's still there. easier for you to visit sf, though :)
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2011-05-15 01:03 pm (UTC)
..and SF might be a little more exciting. =D
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[User Picture]From: hitchhiker
2011-05-15 01:06 pm (UTC)
indeed :) plus you'll get to meet mary!
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2011-05-16 12:24 am (UTC)
Which I've been trying to do for... wait, a couple of years??
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[User Picture]From: nativeinformant
2011-05-16 03:08 pm (UTC)
well I guess I'll be visiting Dubai often this summer :)
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2011-05-18 03:05 am (UTC)
ASHLEY!!!!!@$!%&

I enjoyed reading the mixed impressions at this forum - http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=111955 - last year when I was falling in love with the building, and recently, when I've been impatient for the chance to move in. Some people love it, some hate it, and just a few have opinions somewhere in the middle. When it sprung up here, I thought, how did THAT get in? It's not Dubai at all!

I don't even have the keys, and I know how I'm going to decorate. Have a few days' work and a mini-holiday coming up before I can go crazy on the walls and pick up the weird furniture I envision for the place. Stay tuned. :-)
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