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NATHANIEL A. ALAPIDE // ARTIST

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Beachroad Magazine catch up with the diverse Dubai based artist Nathaniel A. Alapide and check out his sand artworks which are on a massive scale.   How long have you been in Dubai? Dubai is very special to me, it has been my home for more than a decade now. I have met and made a lot of friends that i treat as family. This place has given me a lot and i would like to give more and contribute something, somehow.

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Your day job is pretty awesome being an aquarium specialist at Atlantis and swimming with sharks and rays on a daily basis then your weekends and early mornings are where you unleash your amazing large scale sand artworks. Yeah The beaches that i do my sand art are chosen because of the the area or space that it has when the tide goes down which is very important to create a massive sandart.

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Where do you eat and hangout on Beachroad. I love seafood so, Bu Qtair in Umm Suquiem is my favorite place to eat fish and prawns, Always fresh and so delicious. When I am doing sand art early in the morning i always get my coffee at Surfhouse Dubai. .. they do it right bro!  I love the Kite Beach area too because there are a lot of activities you can do by the beach and make new friends.

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NAME? // Nathaniel Alapide  

YOUR FIRST JOB? // My first job was driving a truck delivering auto parts.  

YOUR CURRENT OCCUPATION? // I am an Aquarist…feeding sharks and stingrays.  

YOUR GREATEST LOVE? // Travelling and meeting different people.  

YOUR GREATEST FEAR? // Getting stuck in a moment and not knowing that i am.  

WHAT IS YOUR EARLIEST MEMORY? // Eating an ice cream.  

WHO IS YOUR ROLE MODEL AND WHY? // Marcus Aurelius, because of what he's accomplished in his lifetime and all the wisdom that he's gained and was able to share.  

WHAT WAS THE LAST GIFT YOU GAVE SOMEONE? // A painting.  

IF YOU WERE 80 YEARS OLD, WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE YOUR CHILDREN? // Treat everyone with respect and always look for an opportunity to show kindness to the people around you.  

YOUR WORST TRAIT? // I think that would be rushing to do something at the last minute.  

THE WORST TRAIT IN OTHERS THAT GETS YOU MAD? // Cynicism  

WHO WOULD PLAY YOUR ROLE IN A MOVIE? // Anthony Hopkins  

FAVOURITE MUSIC? // I listen to almost all types of music but, a huge part of what i listen to is classical and rock.

LAST RECORD YOU BOUGHT? // Joe Satriani (Black Swans and Wormhole Wizards)  

FAVOURITE BOOK? // The Alchemist (Paolo Coelho)  

LAST BOOK YOU BOUGHT? // The Impulse Society (Paul Roberts)  

WHAT INSPIRES YOU? // A clear night sky that is full of stars.  

THE CLOSEST YOU HAVE COME TO DEATH? // I almost had an accident rock climbing an 80ft. wall a couple of months ago in the Philippines.  

FAVOURITE DESTINATION? // Europe.  

LEAST FAVOURITE DESTINATION? // None.  

HOW DO YOU RELAX? // I paint or do my sand art.  

WHY DUBAI? // The exchange of ideas from different people here inspires me…and the good thing about ideas is that the more it is being shared the bigger it gets… and has a potential of turning into something great.  

ARE YOU SPORTY? // Yes.  

BEACH OR DESERT? // Beach Dude!  

URBAN OR RURAL? // Urban.  

CATS OR DOGS? // Dog    

COFFEE OR TEA? // Coffee.  

WHAT YOU MAKES YOU LAUGH? // A good tickle.  

WHAT MAKES YOU CRY? // When you've lost someone that is very close to you.  

YOUR MESSAGE? // "Everyday you make choices, it's more important to understand why you are making those choices than it is to make the right ones."

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