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.
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.
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.
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."