Sunday, January 30, 2011

Job Hunting (part 4)

Hmmm... fat fetish ??


Friday, January 28, 2011

100% Halal

In every circle of friends there's always that one skinny friend who eats more than an elephant... I don't have one because that's definitely me !!

mcarabia: dinner today (still not gaining weight .. WTH !!??)

Sandstorm Out of the Blue

So sandstorm graced Dubai and Sharjah today afternoon. It was scary outside, strong winds were pounding our door. Everything was flying..

Pictures (Sharjah) and clip (Dubai) from my friends as I didn't try to "capture the moment" myself..





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Arabic Pick #032

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!
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Hala everyone! Today's Arabic Pick is ...


ArabicEish kalam?
English:  What talk? (Usually it is said to someone who talks improper Arabic and doesn't make any sense and they think they are totally cool for saying it. LOL)
Example:
Arab wannabe:  Wow, I 7obi your 3abaya. (She just wanted to say "Wow, I love your abaya.")
Random Arab person: Eish kalam? o.O`



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


Thursday, January 27, 2011

Numb3rs: Something You Should Know

This year we will experience 4 unusual dates...
  • 1/1/11 (January 1, 2011)
  • 1/11/11 (January 11, 2011)
  • 11/1/11 (November 1, 2011)
  • 11/11/11 (November 11, 2011)

NOW HERE IS THE CRAZY PART...
Take the last two digits of the year you were born plus the age you will be this year, the total number WILL BE 111 ... 
ex. 1990 + 21 = 111

Accurately scary right?





P.S. You will naturally get 111 if you were born from 1900 onwards.. 1900 + 111 = 2011. But if you were born before 1900 like for example 1899.. you will get 112..

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Just Another Beating Heart

I think my med students readers and co-blogger, as well as those who are already in the field of medicine esp. cardiologists, this site is for you.. Reading, Revising, and Ranting


http://www.kardiologue.com/

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Spats and Loopiness

When I'm having spats with the bug, I'm avoiding my blog because I don't want to write anything that I will regret later.

You see, when I'm all worked up I become loopy. I say things I don't mean or do stuff without thinking about them first. I think we all do...

Friday, January 21, 2011

Arabic Pick #031

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!
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Hala everyone! Arabic Pick is back. The wait is finally over and I am eager to give all of you who wants to learn Arabic words/phrases much more. This is the first entry for the year 2011...


ArabicMalal
English:  Bored; boredom; bored to death
Example: (edited)
[Thanks to el Shalab for these]
If you want to say "I am bored":
Ana mallana. (if you're a female)
Ana mallan. (if you are a male)


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


Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Yo!

To all the silly bloggers out there, who are trying hard to pretend to be someone that they are not, please, just get a life and save us all some time.

Believe me, ladies, you'd be doing everyone a big favor.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Job Hunting (part 2)

Would you accept it or not? LOL

a job interview invitation via email


Sunday, January 16, 2011

Stylish Blogger Award

Did I really earn this or did I just wear y'all down? *LOL*

*gushes* I would just like to thank Silla for this award !! *OMG, you're so sweet girl* I have so many people to thank.. to everyone who’s shown me kindness, THANKS! And to everyone who was mean to me when it wasn't.. I'm still holding a grudge. *LOL* Also thanks to my laptop, the internet and blogspot. Thanks guys, couldn’t have done it without y'all. Oh, and the bug who bit me.. I never knew what it was like for someone to have my back until I met you. *love you babe*

Okay here's some 7 random things about me :p
1.  I love to sing karaoke and always sing along with music even though I can't carry a tune. I've got such a terrible voice! I once recorded my voice and I sounded like someone's pinching my nose. Haha!
2.  I sleep with my phone next to me and the first thing I do when I wake up is grab it to check the time. I don't like wearing a wristwatch.
3.  I remember stupid things or some silly lines you said or every story I read and every bad memories but can't remember anything important. I have selective memory.
4.  I save all the boyfriend's SMS and re-read it while I'm lying in bed bored. And I hate it when I'm waiting for an SMS or call and then my phone vibrates/rings but it's not from him. I'm in love :p
5.  I am not confident with myself.
6.  I can't walk past a mirror without checking myself at it and fixing my hair. I'm vain.
7.  I know I'm PMS-ing when I love fighting with the BF over nothing. LOL. I'm crazy like that.



I share this award with and passing it to the following 7 people:
1. bosnishmuslima
2. Mrs. Handbag Addict
3. Splendid
4. Fadiosis
5. B. Nightingale
6.
7. Shahihrah Elaiza
Blue Pearl and Naz (just a reminder since Silla had given you the award already)

P.S. Most of the lines of my acceptance speech are copied from Sandra Bullock's at The Oscars. Haha!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Arabs' Got Talent

Wanna laugh? Watch MBC 4 - Arabs' Got Talent (Got what?!? Got talent!!!)







Friday, January 14, 2011

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Dubai Movies

Monday night (10th Jan), I was LOL-ing at the #dubaimovies that was trending on Twitter. The following tweets cracked me up big time..
How to Train your Camel (How to Train Your Dragon)
The Shawarma Redemption (The Shawshank Redemption)
Shawarmageddon (Armageddon)
The Last Bedouin (The Last Samurai)

I also participated and tweeted the following..
I Know What You Did Last Shopping Festival (I Know What You Did Last Summer)
Sheikhs in the City (Sex and the City)
Knight and Deira (Knight and Day)
Gone with the Hailstorm (Gone with the Wind)
The GoldSouq Rush (The Gold Rush)
Mystic Creek (Mystic River)
Sheikh Forever After (Shrek Forever After)
The Bedouin Diaries (The Vampire Diaries)
Shawarma & Greg (Dharma & Greg)

The Official TOP TEN #DubaiMovies by the people who started the hashtag are..


1. Shawarmageddon

2. Eat, Pray, Eat

3. Satwa Night Fever
4. Sheikhs on a Plane
5. Maktoum Raider
6. The Deported
7. Burjumanji
8. Fried Green Community Tomatoes

9. The Deira Hunter
10. Janes, Planes & Automobiles

I also find Save the Last Belly Dance (Save the Last Dance), When Harry Met Salik (When Harry Met Sally), Women in Black (Men in Black) among others are hilarious too.




P.S. This entry has been updated (13Jan2011). Mocked-up posters -taken from Twitter- were added and here's the 7Days story about #DubaiMovies

Monday, January 10, 2011

The Perfect Wife


The Saudi  I know (who wants to remain anonymous, lol) told me something about the "perfect wife" for Saudi's old generation. He actually doesn't want me to share it with others because "it's not the perfect wife, it is something OLD bedouin people talked about, old poems, no one is saying anything like that anymore, you gonna make fun of yourself."  

But I will share it here anyway *sorry babe*



The "perfect wife" has all of the following:


 fair skin, clean and clear


big ass


  small waist

small mouth as small as a finger ring (LOL at this)




... and I have none of the above ...

Friday, January 7, 2011

Lost Passport in Dubai (The Good, the Bad and the Ugly)

Thanks to bil* for being my guardian, driver, spoke person and for having to go through all the troubles I've brought to their (him and sister) lives because of my carelessness. Also to mbl** for putting up with my grumpiness, for being my stress-absorber, and for not giving up on me esp. during my "bitchy" times.

The Good: 
Losing my passport have taught me a lot, i.e. don't carry around your passport  (police might catch you  and jailed you for not having any identification but it's better compared to losing your passport), and be extra-careful, mind everything and pay attention to the smallest details (taxi roof color, taxi side number, or get the receipt because no matter how much you memorized the taxi color or number, believe me, you will automatically lose your memory later, lol) .

The Bad: 
Sat night (25Dec2010) You can call all the taxi company and give all the details you remember, they will accommodate you and all but don't be so positive that they will give you feedback afterwards or send you SMS as they promised coz they won't. You won't hear anything from them unless you follow it up. 

According to Mr. Ali Alsaloom (again, shukran sir!), when I asked him via Twitter about my lost passport..
"No worries, report that asap to a near police station, and try to remember if u know the taxi colors that you were in and call the taxi company as I'm positive it will be in their founding dept. But its important u report it to the police as that where it will be reported from the taxi company. And later it will be reported to ur country embassy. God bless"

 The Ugly:
After being so positive that my passport will end up in a lost and found department of some taxi company.. I finally gave up and admit that I really need to stop hoping and start the inevitable replacement process.


Police Station
Tue morning (28Dec2010) — I went to the nearest police station. Approached the woman at the information counter. She gave me a piece of paper wherein everything was in Arabic except for a list of  the required documents and told me to go directly to Counter 3 (their queue ticket dispenser was not working).  At Counter 3, bil told the policeman I lost my passport then we showed him my passport copy, he typed something into his PC then stamped it and asked us to go some blahblah section (sorry I forgot because I was hoping  they had  found my passport), went there, showed my passport copy to the policeman, he asked us to wait, while waiting we were really hoping that my passport is with him. But then called us, took my passport copy, typed  something then said NO and wrote something in my passport copy then we returned to Counter 3. Unfortunately, Counter 3 was serving someone else already, so we were asked to sit and wait. After 10-15 minutes, the policeman called me  (yay! my time),we showed him my passport copy then he asked us to provide some documents, since I only have 1 passport photo (they need 2 copies) with me and I don't have bil's passport copy (he's my visa sponsor). We decided to go back next day to submit the documents because bil needed to go to work. We told the woman at the information that we'll come back tomorrow because we don't have all the required documents. She said "Okay, no problem. You can come tomorrow, or any day. No problem." LOL

Wed morning (29Dec2010) -- having all the requirements, we returned to the police station, we went directly to Counter 3 (queue ticket dispenser is still not working), submitted the documents to him, he filled up 1-page form (it was in Arabic so I don't know what was it) while his colleague (police#2) was laughing while reading bil's name then saying "what kind of name is that?".  We all laughed anyway. After that,  he then started encoding my details using 1 finger that took him more than half an hour due to phone call and his colleagues were disturbing/asking him for something I don't know (they were talking in Arabic).  He was apologetic by the way and offered me his tea. After printing the 1-page paper, he stamped and signed it, and called bil. We were told, in broken English, to go to three places (Dubai Immigration, Dubai Court and Dubai Prosecution), then policeman asked police#2 (the same colleague sitting beside him who was laughing at bil's name) to tell us what to do, he (police#2) told us to go to the 3 places (mentioned it in different order) and get my paper stamped. When bil asked which place should we go first, the reply was "ARE YOU LISTENING TO ME? (I think he's cocky coz his English is good compared to other police guys there) Go to ... (he repeated the 3 places in different order again)." Then told me "tell your (pointing to bil in which I replied "brother in law" to complete his sentence)... tell him where to go, and then come back here, ok?"

So okay to save us from another "humiliation", I googled "lost passport in dubai" and found this from Dubai.ae.. 
"If you are a visitor and you have lost something, just go to the nearest police station. Depending on the item, they will either re-direct you to the police headquarters or investigate directly from their police station. It is important that you notify the police, so that the details of your documents can be entered into official databases to prevent misuse and further loss, if any." Read the requirements and procedures here.
We stalled again for 3 more days, we were STILL hoping that someone would call for my passport so no need to go to through the pains..


Immigration
half of the Immigration sticker (130dhs)
Sun morning (2Jan2011) — At the information counter, main entrance of Department of Naturalisation and Residency Dubai (DNRD) or the Immigration Department, we were told to go to Section 15, straight then right, outside. We reached another information, he said Section 15, outside. At Section 15 (external bldg of the Immigration) Information guy told me to go to Ladies section, there I found 2 ladies chatting, showed them my paper, and I was asked to make a full set copy of my paper. Went out and had it photocopied, went back to the Ladies section. Again, the lady there said you go to the "Bank" counter and pay AED 130 (US$ 35). It shocked me, they didn't mention it on the website. Anyway, at the "Bank" counter, the Egyptian (I think) guy was busy telling some story to his Emirati colleagues.. "blah blah blah ... so he said, I know your boss. I told him, okay go to him. But if I see the boss I will run. hahaha... blahblah".  I waited for him to finish his story so he can accept my 130 dirhams.  He looked so annoyed accepting my payment. So I went back to the "Ladies" section to the same Emirati woman who asked me to pay the fee, I handed her out my paper and the "sticker" the "Bank" guy gave me. Unfortunately one local guy (a colleague) came and sit beside her. She then got preoccupied with him, they were whispering in Arabic while she keep on fixing her shayla and touching/cleaning her undereye. Again, I need to wait (ugh... if I hadn't lost my passport..). Finally after 10-15minutes, they were done, alhamdullilah. She typed something and asked me "you come visit?". I said, yes madam. Then she put the sticker on the paper, stamped and signed and said "Okay you go back to same place.. to Court."

Again we needed to do it the next day as bil had to go to work


Court
Courts' queuing ticket
Mon morning (3Jan2010) — Parking in front of the Dubai Court was difficult, we were lucky as bil's car was dirty and so the "carwash-boy" helped us to get one good parking. It was my second time to get inside the Dubai Court bldg. (don't worry, I never got involved into some criminal case before, it just that my sister and bil got married there in Sharia Court last September 2004), and it looks different, there were a lot of people or maybe we used a different entrance before. So anyway at the information, I told the lady there "lost my passport" and she gave me a queuing ticket number, no "Ladies" section there. Went straight to the toilet (it was cold so I had to do what I supposed to do, lol) downstairs. Then went back to the information to check if I really need to wait that long, found a Filipino guy who works there, asked him and he ushered me to Immigration room downstairs. I waited for my turn, Immigration guy "yes madam". I told him I lost my passport I want to know the procedure, showed my paper. He said, "Go back to the front upstairs, straight right, you already have gone to the Immigration, no need for another Immigration here." So went back and waited  for my number to be called, glad they're working faster here (except for their other colleagues who only comes to their counter to chitchat and disturb working people, grrrrrr!). The lawyer (at the counter) just asked me, "you lost your passport?" Me, yes sir, last 25th Dec in the taxi.. Christmas (I know it's not necessary to emphasize that it was Christmas, I just dunno what to say, lol). He laughed. Typed something, stamped my paper, signed and said "go to next building" which is the prosecution building. I thanked him and he said "welcome" with smile. I hope government people works fast  and nice like him. So anyway, at the next building..


Prosecution
Prosecution's queuing ticket
Told the Information counter, lost passport, guy gave me a queuing ticket number and asked me to proceed to the left side.  (Sorry, no ladies section here too.) The pain of waiting. People here work the slowest, I think. After a decade of waiting, a guy in khandoura took my paper from bil's hands and another paper from the guy in front of me and brought it to the counter and said something in Arabic to the guy (he must be the boss). Guy immediately stamped and signed my paper. (Thank you sir, whoever you are!). Bil asked what's next, they told us to go back to the police station.

It was the longest day and I had consumed bil's half-day of work.


Police Station
Police station queuing ticket
Tue morning (4Jan2010) — I thought it was going to be faster but turned out not. The queuing ticket dispenser was working so I couldn't go directly to the counter and no "Ladies" section also, only Ladies waiting room. Anyway, after centuries of waiting, finally, my number... young police guy (beside Counter 3) had his brows crossed after seeing my papers (I think he doesn't know what to do) then approached Counter 3 policeman (same guy) in Arabic and passed my papers to him. When I was going to stand up to go and wait for my turn at Counter 3 as he was assisting someone else, young police guy said, "No, no madam, pls sit." then he left his post... smart move, LOL.  Then my turn (real turn), Counter 3 policeman did some typing and said "Madam, 20 dirhams (US$ 5).  Then printed something, attached my pic to it then stamped and signed. While he was giving it to me he said, "go consulate". I asked if that was the "police report". He said "yeah go consulate". {Holding the police report, I felt like balloons and confetti were falling down like rain on me while everyone shouting "2alf mabrook" to me!} LOL
Police report (20dhs)

It's in Arabic, when I showed it to mbl he laughed. He translated it to me, bil's name was written in a funny way and mine was in a wrong way too. (Yeah despite of the passport copy, the policeguy typed it based on how it was pronounced.)  Mbl said the police report was like saying "an Indian guy with a funny name has lost a Filipina passport" So, anyway, I've sent it to some translation office to get it translated to English, of course, as it's one of the consulate's requirements to replace my passport. I'll get the English translation Sat. morning and I'm going to PH consulate Sun. morning and that would be another story.


* bil — brother-in-law
** mbl — my baby love

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Dubai started the 2011 with a big bang (BANG!)

Dubai welcomed the new year with the "highest fireworks in the world". The Burj Khalifa (world's tallest tower) lights up at midnight during a fireworks display to celebrate the New Year.

Enjoy watching the sound, lights, water and fire show in Dubai's celebration of new year's eve ...

From 11:51 pm to 11:59 pm of 31 Dec 2010:
 

From 12:00 am to 12:10 am of 1 Jan 2011:

Saturday, January 1, 2011

I Kissed 2010 Goodbye


Happy New Year from Dubai!

First and foremost, a heartfelt thanks goes out to everyone who read my "blab" for the past year and I hope that in some way I have entertained you more than I annoyed you :p

Some snippets straight from the heart of Dubai (3rd floor in one of the Twin Towers in Deira, it is also one of the best places to eat out, they have resto right outside the terrace overlooking the Creek. )

The final day of 2010 had come, the sun is about to set..
Deira's final day of 2010
Dubai Creek

And the food that completes my week, my favorite Japanese Shabu-shabu or Chinese Huo Guo {hot pot: a dish of thin slices of meat (like chicken, beef, mutton) and vegetables (esp. green leafy ones) cooked at table in a simmering pot of broth (mostly seafood soup), then dipped into any of various sauce (peanut sauce and chilli sauce -I mixed them together- is my favorite)}.

The dish I absolutely love..
..and I really can't get enough !!

And finally, one of the things that symbolizes or represents Middle East..
Anyone ?!?

Once again, thank you and  Happy 2011 everyone wherever you are, may it be a great one.

Much love to y'all,
Bitten ❤ (expat-blogger and camel-milker)


P.S. I haven't tried drinking fresh camel milk yet.