Wednesday, December 29, 2010


One young academically excellent person went to apply for a managerial position in a big company.
He passed the first interview, the director did the last interview, made the last decision.
The director discovered from the CV that the youth’s academic achievements were excellent all the way, from the secondary school until the postgraduate research, never had a year when he did not score.
The director asked, “Did you obtain any scholarships in school?” the  youth answered “none”.
The director asked, Was it your father who paid for your school fees?” The youth answered, “My father passed away when I was one year old, it was my mother who paid for my school fees.
The director asked, Where did your mother work?” The youth answered, “My mother worked as clothes cleaner. The director requested the youth to show his hands. The youth showed a pair of hands that were smooth and perfect.
The director asked, Have you ever helped your mother wash the clothes before?” The youth answered, “Never, my mother always wanted me to study and read more books. Furthermore, my mother can wash clothes faster than me.
The director said, “I have a request. When you go back today, go and   clean your mother’s hands, and then see me tomorrow morning.
The youth felt that his chance of landing the job was high. When he went back, he happily requested his mother to let him clean her hands. His mother felt strange, happy but with mixed feelings, she showed her hands to the kid.
The youth cleaned his mother’s hands slowly. His tear fell as he did   that. It was the first time he noticed that his mother’s hands were so wrinkled, and there were so many bruises in her hands. Some bruises were so painful that his mother shivered when they were cleaned with water.
This was the first time the youth realized that it was this pair of hands that washed the clothes everyday to enable him to pay the school fee. The bruises in the mother’s hands were the price that the mother had to pay for his   graduation, academic excellence and his future.
After finishing the cleaning of his mother's hands, the youth quietly washed all the remaining clothes for his mother.
That night, mother and son talked for a very long time.
Next morning, the youth went to the director’s office.
The Director noticed the tears in the youth’s eyes, asked: Can you tell me what have you done and learned yesterday in your house?”
The youth answered, I cleaned my mother’s hand, and also finished cleaning all the remaining clothes.
The Director asked, please tell me your feelings.”
The youth said, Number 1, I know now what is appreciation. Without my mother, there would not the successful me today. Number 2, by working together and helping my mother, only I now realize how difficult and tough it is to get something done. Number 3, I have come to appreciate the importance and value of family relationship.
The director said, This is what I am looking for to be my manager. I want to recruit a person who can appreciate the help of others, a person who knows the sufferings of others to get things done, and a person who would not put money as his only goal in life. You are hired.
Later on, this young person worked very hard, and received the respect of his subordinates. Every employee worked diligently and as a team. The company’s performance improved tremendously.
Moral: A child, who has been protected and habitually given whatever he wanted, would develop “entitlement mentality” and would always put himself first. He would be ignorant of his parent’s efforts. When he starts work, he assumes that every person must listen to him, and when he becomes a manager, he would never know the sufferings of his employees and would always blame others. For this kind of people, who may be good academically, may be successful for a while, but eventually would not feel sense of achievement. He will grumble and be full of hatred and fight for more. If we are this kind of protective parents, are we really showing love or are we destroying the kid instead?
Lesson: You can let your kid live in a big house, eat a good meal, learn piano, watch a big screen TV. But when you are cutting grass, please let them experience it. After a meal, let them wash their plates and bowls together with their brothers and sisters. It is not because you do not have money to hire a maid, but it is because you want to love them in a right way. You want them to understand, no matter how rich their parents are, one day their hair will grow gray, same as the mother of that young person. The most important thing is your kid learns how to appreciate the effort and experience the difficulty and learns the ability to work with others to get things done.

P.S.  THANKS to whoever sent me this one :)

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Where I've Been and What I've Been Doing

Aside from getting screwed (read the story here).. I was in Sharjah for two nights (23-24 Dec). My wonderful friends invited me to spend the Christmas eve with them and they were generous enough to adopt and feed me (ahhh.. the Christmas spirit).. As you know, my sister is a revert and I'm stuck in the middle between Catholicism and Islamism.  *I went back to Dubai on the 25th (and that was fucking Christmas!), where the shitty thing happened.*

So anyways..

I took a pic of the view from my friends' balcony for you to have a peek on the "other side" of Sharjah *attention: bosnishmuslima*.
From the left side of the balcony: Overlooking the picturesque Sharjah
From the center of the balcony: Overlooking the picturesque Sharjah
From the right of the balcony: Overlooking the picturesque Sharjah

Then, Sunday (26th) I had my 2nd/3rd chance to ride in a driverless train, Dubai Metro. It's the fastest and cheapest way to go one side to another side of Dubai and really very modern (Paris Metro is no match *blehh*). Check the photo below, it's the 'Jumeirah Lake Towers' station. Please be informed that what you are seeing is the platform screen doors NOT the train (see the electronic noticed board, it says 'next train 2 mins'). Those screen doors are for everyone's safety, it will prevent people from accidents such as falling onto the train tracks (brilliant, right?!)
Dubai Metro station: Jumeirah Lake Towers

P.S. It's 3am need to sleep, I'm going to the Police Station in few hours to get a police report of my stupidity lost passport.. so in case, I didn't get it back, my consulate here will issue me a new passport. Wish me luck.. good night!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

I'm Officially Stupid

"Of all that things I've lost, I miss my mind the most."

Lost my passport few hours ago, at Christmastime (really?!). Left it in a taxi, bag fell off and I didn't even check if my passport was there, it totally slipped off my mind. I meant yes I did check twice the taxi floor if something was there but passport didn't really occur to my mind. When the taxi dropped me off, I even stared and memorized the 5-digit of the taxi's plate number at the back. But as soon as I reached sister's home,  and found out my passport is missing ... I can't remember the 5-digit number.. I don't even know which taxi I took, or even the roof color.. I only know it's beige and it's definitely not  Camry coz it's not that spacious. I am completely mental blocked. SUCKS! 

I really blame myself for this, I'm too careless, stupid, etc I really really really hate my selective memory. Why I CAN memorize unnecessary stuff in one single reading but important ones I can't. WHY?

P.S. Called/filed the lost passport report to Dubai Taxi/RTA already. Hopefully someone found it and will call me tomorrow to inform me that they got it or else day after tomorow I'm going to report it to the police  *fingers crossed* Oh and I have my first job interview tomorrow *another fingers crossed*

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Me No Speak 'Orange'


I had a funny experience on my way to Dubai from Guangzhou (China) last Wednesday. The China Southern flight attendant(s) kept on approaching me in Mandarin (Chinese language).  

I was sitting on a window seat (2-seater) and the seat beside me was empty (loved it!). So anyway, here's how the funny thing started.

Chinese FA asked me something in Mandarin
Me: I'm sorry?
Her again in Mandarin
Me: (I don't know what-the-heck she was asking but I was seeing tea/coffee pot, orange juice, water, coke and wine on their cart) Tea and water please, thank you. *smiles*

When they were going their rounds for the 2nd time, I overheard them asking the Egyptian guys, who were sitting in front of me, something like "what would you like to have for dinner, beef or chicken. But when it was my turn they -automatically- switched their language to Mandarin..
Me: Sorry?
Her in Mandarin: blah-blah-blah blah 
Me: Chicken pls. (and she gave me a tray with chicken, lol)
Her to Filipino girls behind me: Beef or chicken?
(See, you see!!!)

Then again for the 3rd time..
Her: Blah-blah-blah cha?
Me thinks she's asking if I want more tea, lol so I said "Yes, more tea pls." LOL

After 5-6 hours, they brought some food again and same thing happened for the 4th, 5th and 6th time. I was on the verge of telling them "Solly, me no speak Orange*!" so they would understand why I kept on replying "sorry?" but then I decided why bother as long as she/they're giving me the right thing, no issue then :)

I arrived at Dubai airport, with a bunch of Chinese tourists, past midnight, was already Thursday. When I was at the waiting area I couldn't find my sister and bil (short for brother-in-law) so I was looking for a payphone because whenever I inserted my Etisalat simcard it says "please insert sim", and my PH roaming number is not activated, another WTH! So anyway, I couldn't see any payphone nearby. Suddenly sis and bill appeared in front of me, don't know which direction they came from, lol. Bil was telling me that sister was looking for someone else, although he already told her that it was me. Sis was saying, "No no, that's NOT her, that's a Chinese girl !!" Sis was like "OMG I didn't recognize you, with all this Chinese around you, you look like them, same hairstyle (medium curly layered haircut with side swept bangs), same skin color (yellow), and you're wearing eyeglasses like them (but I don't have those slit eyes and protruding teeth**)."
! ! ! ! !

My sister made me no longer wonder why those FAs kept on asking me in Mandarin...
(Old photo [Nov.2009]:  Am I one of them?!?)

* I got this funny term from Family Guy.. when Jillian, a dumb-blonde, was talking about her fiance knowing how to speak "Orange" when in fact he spoke Mandarin. Here's how it went..
Brian: Wow Derek, that's pretty good French you speak there.
Jillian: He also speaks Orange.
Derek: Mandarin, honey.
Jillian: Mandolin.
(Hilarious! LOL)
** Not being racist here, I'm just trying to give you the picture of a 'typical' Chinese.

Monday, December 20, 2010

After 20 Months of Absence

Dubai (or Deira?) hasn't change except for the new and the world's longest automated Metro, the Dubai Metro

Well, I am staying at my sis' (and her hubby) place, temporarily, at Rashidiya. I haven't really been around yet. I just went out last Friday with sister, took the fully automated driverless Metro for the first time, had my (our) favorite shabu-shabu or huoguo (hotpot) at Deira Twin Towers, bought external keyboard for my laptop (I really need a new one), did some grocery shopping - milk and MORE chocolates so me will gain weight, lol.

I still am lazy to go out as I'm a little feverish (sore throat to tonsillitis and sneezing to runny nose) due to the climate (my body is still adjusting to the 'new' weather). 

Right now, I am busy sending my CV out everywhere over email. I badly needed a job (secretarial and administration department) so I can move out and have my own place to live in. 

Internet is more sketchy here.. can't post nor read other blog entries much ... {>.<}

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Friday, December 17, 2010

Marhaba Dubai!

Texas Chicken signage with Arabic writing ... AM I BACK?!

I am back, I need a job and a place to settle in...

Arabic Pick #030

Sharing some of the Arabic words and phrases I've learned over the years. If you are an Arabic language enthusiast just like me, try to incorporate the words or phrases posted here into your daily vocabulary. Have fun!
Hala everyone and welcome back to "Arabic Pick". In this week, the Arabic word/phrase is...

English:  The direction of Mecca; a Muslim should face this way during prayer.
Did you know that...
The arrow stickers you see in hotel rooms in the Middle East and the electronic arrows flashing on the screens in  every ME aircraft refer to Qiblas.

P.S. I have learned the above word/phrase informally. Arabic speakers, please feel free to correct me. Thanks!

Image Credit: StewieD

Monday, December 13, 2010

Weird You, Weird Me, Weird Community

Thanks weirdos (Silla and Naz) for tagging me :)

"We are all a little weird and life's a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love." ~Dr. Seuss
I eat Glue graphics

Just like everyone else, I was born weird... I just chose to be weirder than you all (I think). Here's why...
  1. I watch (with my bug) all the episodes (Season 1 to 4) of The Big Bang Theory many times like 3 or 4, lost count already. I do the same thing with my other favorite TV shows.
  2. First thing I do the moment I wake up is brush my teeth then shower (same routine before I go to bed).  Total 2-3 showers and 3-5 tooth brushing a day.
  3. The smell of onion makes me dizzy. 
  4. I don't eat lobsters,  crabs  and squids because they look aliens to me. 
  5. I enjoy eating green, sour, raw  mangoes.
  6. When I'm bored I stalk people on Facebook (creepy.. so if I were you I won't add me! LOL)
  7. I'm too paranoid... I think when they passed out paranoia.. I got in line not twice but thrice.
  8. I'm nocturnal, I'm active at night. I sleep in the morning until late afternoon. My body clock is in sync with France time.
  9. I have some issue against white women  and those "naturalized" western women (of course, there's always an exception to the rule).
  10. I don't find fair-skinned guys hot (sooo sorry Rob Pattinson, Brad Pitt, etc).
  11. I think East Asians beauties are overrated.. For those who says they look like a doll, have you seen ordinary Easterner girls? (Do I sound bitter here? Apparently, I'm jealous :p)
  12. I handwash my underwear twice  -- first-laundry soap, 2nd-bath soap (instead of perfumed fabric softener). I think this is TMI, hahaha.   

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Dubai: Park your Car Correctly or Else...

Well, welcome to (notorious) Dubai, motorists!

(The moral of the story, according to my bug, is "Don't buy a car!")

P.S. Photos aren't mine, found it on Facebook.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Just Another Randomness

Note to readers:  Please do not take seriously whatever stuff I'm going to write here because it all happened out of goofiness.  

Everytime I write Arabic phrases on my Facebook status, my friend(s) will message me this: "you studied French and you learned Arabic?" or something to that effect.. well, I seldom write something Frenchie because only few people will understand me unlike Arabic at least 1/3 of my friends can relate.

So anyway moving to another randomness.. my bug and I were watching some TV show, there was a scene where some guy was doing some stuff which happened to be a bomb.. he said something like "oh, that's how a bomb is created!?" and I replied him with "you don't know?!" Then we both laughed.. LOL (hope you get the joke)

Then recently, we are hooked on a new show called Terriers. It's doing quite well until episode 11, we both are disappointed. So he said it sucks while me wants to butcher the writers because it seems that they needed to meet a deadline but ran out of idea so they came up with a crappy script. He told me that I'm becoming more Arab than him. I told him that I said I'm going to butcher not bomb them. Haha. He said that Arabs butchered many to solve any conflict (seriously). I asked him if he is going to butcher me because I always create a conflict. And he thought it's not a bad idea. LOL. Yeah, yeah, we're sick people! :p

Friday, December 10, 2010

Arabic Pick #029

Sharing some of the Arabic words and phrases I've learned over the years. If you are an Arabic language enthusiast just like me, try to incorporate the words or phrases posted here into your daily vocabulary. Have fun!
Hala everyone and welcome back to "Arabic Pick". In this week, the Arabic word/phrase is...

Culture in Dubai, Abu Dhabi & the UAE
English:  wind tower
Did you know that...
Barjeel is traditional "aircon" in the past and it doesn't need electricity. It is constructed as tower a few meters higher than the roofline, just like a chimney, but are open on all sides so it can catch  air and funnel it down into homes and buildings. The breeze that flows down can cool a place by as much as 10C, according to experts.

P.S. I have learned the above word/phrase informally. Arabic speakers, please feel free to correct me. Thanks!

Image Credit: Grapeshisha

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Orange Among Apples

Apples and OrangeYeah.. that's me! 

Last night I was talking to Silla about random things and whining about  the weird facts about me because I can't think of any weirdness-me as I, the whole package, am totally weird. I also told her I think most of the bloggers are Muslims or reverts and Arabs or half-Arabs. I feel like I'm an orange among apples, just like that.

Anway, I'm going to talk in random (read: nonsense) today. Last month I was bored and changed my URL then it messed up the blog feeds. Then the other night, I was bored again and explored the Picasa web album and deleted all the photos without knowing that it's going to affect my blog, so if you check my old entries, photos/images are now missing.. thanks to genius-me. Moral of the story, stay away from your blog's settings  when you are bored.

I am going back to my 2nd home VERY soon and I can't wait. Kinda worried about my baggage (hope it won't exceed). Also, I am worried about getting a new job. I started sending my CV though. I badly needed to work, I've been unemployed for almost 2 years now and I'm broke as a joke.

I'm afraid that my English is a bit rusty so as my French. I don't want to waste the 9 months and the money spent studying the French language so I'm doing a daily review and trying my best to  work it out. I want to be extremely confident in both languages then move on to Arabic or relearn Japanese.

Ebooks are accumulating in my hard drive.. I don't have an impulse to read *sigh*

I feel like I have so many stuff to do and I'm running out of time..  for the last  20 months I was having the time of my life and yet so lazy. Didn't use it wisely.. now I'm panicking and getting worried of nothing. I'm really getting old.. ugh, middy life!

Job Hunting

Look what I've found on a job search engine..

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Miss Arab World 2010 Photos

Latest post of Mrs. Handbag Addict prompted me to google the recent Miss Arab World 2010 contest. Check out the photos of Tunisian Rim El Tounsi who was crowned Miss Arab World 2010 in Cairo and other contestants from Arab countries.

P.S. Images are taken from Rim El Tounsi's Facebook page

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

The Funniest Arab is from...

Watch this funny and smart Arabic-speaking and Filipino-looking dude. But don't let your eyes fool you, his name is Wonho Chung, a Korean (dad is from Korea, mom is from Vietnam) and was born in Saudi Arabia but brought up in Jordan.

"It's like when you get a box of chocolates and all you find inside the box is a cucumber. I'm that cucumber."

Monday, December 6, 2010

Something's Not Right with This Photo!

I was bored and browsing when I spotted this photo on my Facebook's News Feed. I thought something about it seemed not quite right --

© Bitten by an Arab bug ®

Friday, December 3, 2010

The Woman Who Didn't Do Her Research

Mark Twain once said, It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.

This notion rings truthful on the article 'A Girls' Guide to Saudi Arabia' that I've read in Vanity Fair. The writer of the said article spent 10 days in the Kingdom -- to "confront the limits of Saudi Arabian hospitality, as well as various male enforcers, learning that, as always, it matters whom you know".

About her time there she writes:

On Saudi Arabia:
"It's the most bewitching, bewildering, beheading vacation spot you'll never vacation in."

On Abaya:
"makes you look like a mummy and feel like a pizza oven."

On Burqini:
"a full-body suit that resembles Apolo Ohno’s Olympic outfit, or the getup Woody Allen wore to play a sperm.”

On her tour guide's smile:
"It translated into 'No f---ing way, lady'."

She also mentioned (proudly, I may say) that a "paunchy" Saudi tourist "puffing on a cigarette" said, 'I enjoy it when I see these girls with the smell of the United States.'
The writer/columnist at the National Museum in Riyadh. “The idea of seeing Saudi Arabia with the welcome mat out was irresistible,” she writes, “even when the wary Saudis kept resisting.”

You could read the whole article: 'A Girls' Guide to Saudi Arabia' here
Photos of author’s "wild" stay in Saudi Arabia

© Bitten by an Arab bug ®

Arabic Pick #028

Sharing some of the Arabic words and phrases I've learned over the years. If you are an Arabic language enthusiast just like me, try to incorporate the words or phrases posted here into your daily vocabulary. Have fun!
Hala everyone and welcome back to "Arabic Pick". In this week, the Arabic word/phrase is...

English:  a receiving room or a place where to sit with guests, especially male guests
Did you know that...
Most of the Khalijis don't dine at tables? They eat at the majlis. It has cushions lining the room and the pillows are for their backs to rest on. In the middle of the majlis is the main seat which is given to the eldest family member. The seats on the right/left sides are for others who will be seated according to the age hierarchy

P.S. I have learned the above word/phrase informally. Arabic speakers, please feel free to correct me. Thanks!

Image Credit: Abu Dhabi Daily Photograph

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Happy '39th' UAE National Day!

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December 2 marks the 39th UAE National Day*
Four years ago, the UAE won the Gulf Football Cup. This may not have registered on everyone’s radar at the time, had the streets not suddenly streamed with cars decorated in UAE colours, their passengers either riding the roofs or jumping out and silly-spraying anyone who might have been silly enough to ask what on earth was going on. Luckily for us, there is a similar swell of patriotism every year on December 2 – UAE National Day. This marks the date, now 39 years ago, when the seven emirates were first united, in Union House at the top of Diyafah Street, Satwa – the spot where the giant UAE flag now waves.

The decorated-car theme continues for this annual event, with various parades and fireworks across town, as well as boating galas and plenty of freebies. You’ll notice flags absolutely everywhere – pinned to people’s chests, lining roads and across buildings; last year Sharjah unveiled the world’s biggest flag, while Fujairah formed the longest-ever UAE flag across 413 cars. Abu Dhabi hosted the biggest fireworks display and the world’s largest mosaic work (created by Syrian artist Riyadh Nawwaf Ar-radhiya, comprised of 98,000 mosaic stones) was displayed in Mall of the Emirates. 

The UAE’s history
1892 The UK forms a treaty with the emirates as seven ‘Trucial Sheikhdoms’.

19th and early 20th century
The local pearl industry booms then busts, following the world wars and global economic slump. Oil is discovered in the 1960s.

1971 The UK’s treaty expires, and the sheikhdoms become independent.
The rulers of Abu Dhabi and Dubai, then Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan and Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, decide to form an independent union between their two emirates.

December 2, 1971
The United Arab Emirates is formed between six emirates. Ras al Khaimah joins later, in early 1972.

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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Defeating the Purpose of Abaya

Abayas nowadays are being worn/used for other purposes. It's funny how the purpose of the said traditional clothing today is no longer to cover one's body but merely a fashion.

dubaisailing.jpgIt seems that everyone in the Emirates is donning or wanting to don this black clothing. I see no harm of getting one but please wear it properly and act appropriately if you really want to do something Emirati (Hello Arabs and non-Arabs in body-hugging see-through open abayas without shaylas, I've spotted y'all!).

P.S.  The pictures above are for illustrative purposes only. They aren't mine.

© Bitten by an Arab bug ®