I want to be a writer, so I need to write more. However, I have this gnawing fear of the unknown in the desert: what I can and cannot write, plus more importantly, what can put me at risk. Okay, maybe I am too apocalyptic about it. But, really, you can never can tell.
From living in a democratic, say-what-you-want-to-say-and-I-won’t-get-in-jail country, I now set foot in somewhere less…open. It seems to be more open here versus other countries in the region, BUT there still a lot of topics that are not to be discussed out there. Hush. Hush. Creeping down the grapevine. A lot of table talking, but not really OUT THERE.
(See? I can’t even say them out loud. Kind of like saying You-Know-Who’s name. If you’re a Harry Potter fan, you would understand.)
From my observations along with Google research, there is a big opportunity for food blogging in Dubai. There are quite an interesting number of food bloggers already, but still I do see room for growth. However, I’ve read and heard about a food blogger getting sued by a restaurant for a bad review. Whoa! I don’t think I am ready to get into legal battle for a simple review! Not at all! Eeek!
And I’ve also had first hand experience on how restaurants are still not open to customers taking photos inside and of the establishment. I whipped out my camera and took snapshots of our food, the restaurant facade and the cake display. But after two shots, one of the waiters approached me saying that I am not allowed to take photos. I was taken aback because back home in the Philippines, customers are not prohibited to document their restaurant experience at all. I could take photos of almost everything in a restaurant. (Note that I say almost. I’ve never had the chance to enter restaurant kitchens for the sole purpose of documenting the creative cooking process.)
I just don’t want to end up eating my words, gobbling up my dream of becoming a food writer someday, one day. I want to continue to write without anything, especially my blog getting blocked (Yes, your site can be blocked off by the government. I can’t even access one of my favorite food blogs, EatingAsia, from here.) as this is the only venue I have…for now. So I refuse to eat my words and back down from something I do want to do for myself.
I am taking a deep, deep breath, gathering all the strength and courage I can muster from within:
…to take more RISKS.
…to continue taking PHOTOS.
…to WRITE on about my food experiences and learnings.
…to pursue my DREAM.
…to live DELICIOUS.
I just hope and pray to the food blogging God that I don’t end up in court or in jail anytime soon. Not quite sure I am ready for that. Haha!