Sunday, February 27, 2011

Some Updateness

Greetings to everyone and gratitude to all the new followers of my blog!

If you've noticed I've been "quiet" for the past few weeks, I didn't create any entry for my Arabic Pick nor yabbering here, it is not that I have ran out of things to share it is just that I was way too lazy so I just kept on posting random pics and video clips only. Enough excuses :p

Anyway, I've got my new passport -the replacement for my lost passport- last 21st of February  and I signed a job offer letter the following day. The company is now processing my labour contract and residence visa and I am going to be "back on the grind" soon, can't wait. So triple yay for me - YAY! YAY! YAY! (My dear Blue Pearl, I really am touched by your sweet gesture.)

What else - well, I've been going here and there via Dubai Metro and I thought all of you guys so I took some videos and photos while inside and outside the Metro. I can't get all the view recorded because using my mobile's video-cam drains its battery fast.

The videos:
Nakheel Harbour & Towers / Jumeirah Lake Towers

Dubai Marina

The photos:
Union Square Park

Al Maktoum Street, Deira

Union Square underground station (Dubai Metro)

Ibn Battuta station (Dubai Metro)


Friday, February 25, 2011

Let's Get Political

From my inbox:

From Twitter:
Doesn't Gaddafi look like an exhausted Lionel Richie? —@ThatKidLola (Lubna Habib) 
Dictators: dyed hair is bad for your business #Gadafi #Mubarak #BenAli —@paulocoelho (Paulo Coelho)
Can't these BILLIONAIRE dictators at least get a professional colorist instead of Just For Men? —@Only4RM (TMiami)

From Facebook:
TUNISIA ---->████████████████ : 100% done

EGYPT ------>████████████████ : 100% done

LIBYA ------->██████████░░░░░░ : in progress

ALGERIA ---->████░░░░░░░░░░░░ : in progress

YEMEN ------>██████░░░░░░░░░░ : in progress

BAHRAIN --->██████████░░░░░░ : in progress

PALESTINE ->░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░ : The Next Project

TV with ONE problem ...

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Miscommunication

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Can't Help But Share

Another YoutTube sensation...10-year-old Maria Aragon, a Canadian-born of Filipino descent. (Yes, she was born to Filipino parents and was raised in Winnipeg, Canada.) Anyway, don't want to make a big deal about her nationality, LOL. I just want you to watch or at least listen how she sings. Her own rendition of Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" was extraordinarily moving. Oh, and the 2nd video brought me tears.. just watch to know why :p



Saturday, February 19, 2011

Exploring Persia, Egypt, Tunisia, India, China and Andalusia Through Ibn Battuta Mall

To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.” - Aldous Huxle


Persia Court
 


Egypt Court

 
Tunisia Court

Al Safeer's Mixed Kebab
and Hummus

India Court



China Court


Andalusia Court

Friday, February 18, 2011

We Moved House

So I've been away for long (how's life treating you all?) and here's why..

Last Friday we moved house to the opposite part of Dubai (it's like moving from East to West). If you take the Metro you will pass all the 25 stations (from end to end as in from Rashidiya to Ibn Battuta stations) and the entire journey time is around 60 minutes. 

Ugh! Imagine the pain... the pain of having no internet for almost a week! LOL

So from the villa of Rashidiya, we moved to the Zen building of Discovery Gardens. Let me show you some photos of the new place :)

view from the living room's veranda
view from the bedroom's veranda   
closer look of the masjid

Saturday, February 5, 2011

How To Be A Kuwaiti

Or it is somehow, applicable to all GCC nationals ?!? (just askin')





LOL

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Oh have you not heard that "Dubaian" is the word ?!

While the world is busy sitting and watching get people killed in Egypt (Ugh! When is this outrage going to end?).. I'm going to blab about yesterday's tweet by a 31 year old Emirati who (according to his Twitter page) loves to travel the world more than anything else. This is what he tweeted... 
"I am in no way a racist person but I hate it when expats living here call themselves Dubains."
Image credit: Dubai Expat Blog
First of all, I have never met any expats who say he/she is a Dubaian, no not yet, or am I the only one who is unaware that the Dubaian is the word ?! (This makes me imagine a scene from Family Guy where Peter Griffin is spontaneously singing and dancing Bird is the Word. LOL)

From what I know, UAE (and I think other Gulf countries also) government does not grant any citizenship to anyone with foreigner parents (both non-Emiratis) even if he/she was born and have spent all of his/her life here in the UAE. Unless she (no idea with non-Emirati men) marries an Emirati, she can get a UAE passport (nationality NOT citizenship) but that's only after 10 years of their 'successful' marriage.

Secondly, IMHO, let's say your parents are both non-Emiratis but you were born, raised, educated, living  and/or your whole family have settled here in Dubai/UAE then you went abroad, wouldn't you say you are from Dubai?

Thirdly, the person born/raised in Dubai who has foreign parents may not be an ethnic Emirati but he/she is definitely from Dubai, right?

Lastly, a person claiming he/she is from Dubai is way different from claiming he/she is an Emirati! I do not see any problem with it, only racist morons make a big deal out of it.

I have discussed it with the bug, and for him, the tweeting Emirati is right or has a point (MEN ALERT!! LOL).  He said that he, himself, won't say he is French unless he has the citizenship. I asked him what if he was born in France and never been to Saudi,  wouldn't he say he is from France not Saudi even if he belongs to Saudi family. He said he will still say he is from Saudi. My point is saying you are this/that nationality and from this/that country are two totally different things. So we agree to disagree.

What do you think?
 


P.S. Xin nian kuai le to all the Chinese all over the world !! Gong xi fa cai, hongbao na lai :))
 

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Bringing the Abaya Forward

Abaya wearers, this is for you! If you are tired of wearing the typical abaya and you want something fashionable while still sticking to the values and the tradition, this one is really for you. These are the abayas that everyone can rock because they are so glam and so funky.
The designer and one of her creations (http://www.malaak.ae/)


Also, please check this amazing TV show on Dubai One TwentySomething (on TV or online, no excuse to watch it). On Episode 18 of Season 2, Lubna (one of the presenters) looked at different abaya styles. This is what she was wearing on that episode.. loved it!
Abaya designer: Amal Murad (http://www.amalmurad.com/)



DubaiOne | Twenty Something (Season 2) Episode's Detail