Friday, December 28, 2012

Mr. Grinch was in the House

We had a ruined Christmas eve.

My roomie's hubby came to Dubai for the first time to celebrate Christmas with his friend her. 

Monday after work, I came to our flat with my uber-worried roomie. She told me that her husband is "missing" and both his phones are switched off. I've learned that that morning he has gone to his friend's workplace and the last talk he had with my roomie was an hour before noontime, telling her that he has to wait for his friend and that both his phones are dying. We had gone to the grocery store to buy stuff for dinner and for our medianoche, I told her to leave a note for him on the main door in case he comes and we are still out. We returned home with the note still on the main door so I joked that she should replace the note with something like "we don't live here anymore". LOL.

Ten hours had passed and we already had had our dinner. Still nothing from him. Roomie was soooo worried (yeah I can imagine what goes on her mind that time). I told her to stop worrying because who knows maybe her husband is having fun, drinking and stuff with his friend/s. Yeah, men are A-HOLES just like that. But then two and a half hours before Christmas eve, she decided to go to the so-called friend's workplace (Note: she hadn't been there neither met this friend not even once). From the "work place" roomie called me up and told me with a broken voice that he isn't there and no one "knows" the husband nor the friend and she doesn't know where else to find him and stuff (time to welcome my paranoia). I told her to better come back home. When she came home it's almost  midnight, she told me what they told her at the workplace. Then after 5 minutes or less, the husband came home too. And the fight started right after she opened the door. Please don't ask me what happened next... I was also too pissed off. LOL.

So yeah, Mr. Grinch was in the house (still is) and ruined our Christmas eve. Ugh, some men are born with too much assholeness. 

The end. 

Sunday, December 23, 2012

I'm officially a Visaphobic


Thanks to the Swiss Consulate.
Visaphobia: the fear of being denied/refused/rejected visa from any Embassy or Consulate. It's a psychological damage to someone who had a 'traumatic' experience on visa application.  A serious nightmare.
So my sister had planned an amazing Istanbul trip few months back. And I was kinda "uh-huh... okay.." She asked me if I wanna come and I was like NO. I don't wanna go because of the fact that I would need to apply a visa and my passport has this Swiss-consulate-rejection-stamp like I have a "record", a bad record, you know what I mean.

Anyway, last Thursday I found out she and her husband got visa to Turkey just like that and are travelling next month. And I was kinda I wanna try my luck because I wanna go too.

After being refused from Swiss consulate and some not-so-nice-experience at the airport when leaving from Dubai to Doha last Eid.. well, my desire to travel is equal to my paranoia of not getting a visa. For me, getting a visa is like a chance of a lifetime like winning a lottery and being lucky really plays a major role.

So here's the thing, my visa application papers are all ready now but I'm dreading to go to the Consulate tomorrow.

Wish me luck.


PS/First update: Monday. I didn't get to sleep, I've been waking every effing hour or minute IDK. When I was about to leave for Consulate, I started not to feel well. I took a taxi instead of Metro. It was foggy. I  came early, Consulate was still closed but Security "assessed" my documents then gave me Token for queueing.  I was the 2nd earliest bird. While waiting for the Consulate to open, I felt like I was gonna throw up, my stomach was turning upside down. I tried to read the humor book I was reading, "Let's Pretend This Never Happened", to distract myself. But didn't work.. it didn't help at all. I was freaking out. Then the security told me I can go in  but he needs to confiscate my mobile phones. Inside, it took another 5 minutes or less before my number was called, I was still uneasy. The Turkish lady asked my documents then asked for 225 dhs for visa processing fee and told me I can get my passport on Wed. When I was about to leave, while taking my mobile phones from the security. He said, "Very easy, right?". I think he sensed that I was nervous or I was that transparent or I was looking pale, LOL. I smiled and said, "yeah." He wished me goodluck, I thanked him.

PPS/Second Update: Wed afternoon, took a taxi to Consulate. I started to feel unwell. AGAIN. Seriously, I wanna throw up. AGAIN. I was thinking what will I tell if I didn't get the visa and why do I need to explain? I didn't get the visa. Period. World Trade Center, elevator opened at the 8th floor. Got off. Greeted the security, told him passport collection. He asked me the "token". Gave him. He gave me my passport with a white paper slip (my eyes were on that paper asking my brain if that was the explanation why they refused me a visa). Despite the fact that visa denied is already expected, still, in my mind I'm saying.. OH NO, NOT AGAIN! There's a little hope that I would get the visa, I know. I sat down calmly, opened my passport and this is what I saw...


Yaaayyyy!!!! ^_^

There's The Rub

A two-year relationshitship. Girl wants to get pregnant. Guy doesn't want to impregnate her. They're vicenarians.

End of the relationship story? 

Not yet. I wanna know if there's a solution to this.

Why do you think the girl wanna get pregnant? Is it weird?
Well, I can give reasons like:
(a) she just wanna have a baby of her own
(b) she loves him too much and wants a piece of him
(c) she thinks if she gets pregnant he will marry her
(d) all of the above
(e) none of the above

Why do you think the guy doesn't want her to get pregnant? And this... it isn't weird, I know. LOL.
For him, I'm gonna be biased..
(a) he's not ready
(b) he doesn't wanna have a baby ever in his life
(c) he's not serious about her (what else?)
(d) he's an ass (I told you so!)
(e) all of the above
(f) none of the above

Thoughts?


Monday, December 17, 2012

Rainy Days and Mondays...

I read somewhere that we, people, are defined by how we are transformed by either love or loss.

One way or another, love (or loss) will make us or break us. It will completely change the way we see the world.

I dont know where this post is going I'm just typing  whatever goes to mind.

Anyway, my thoughts are mostly about the recent tragedies happening in the world. I don't understand why this kind of thing happens to people, where is God when we need him (or her or it or whatever) most? If he's all-powerful, all-knowing and all-loving why does he inflict pains on people? Why is he not doing what he has supposed to be doing?

As someone said, "If you were a God or I were the God, I would be doing a better job. Therefore the only conclusion can be that possibly God does not exist."



Thoughts?



Saturday, December 1, 2012

100% Beauty

I have been joining Dubai Confidential's 100% Beauty competition for a while and last September I won a L'Oreal Professional Hair colour service at Sisters Beauty Lounge in Mall of the Emirates.

Yesterday was the last day to redeem my prize (INOA tint colour). So I went and had my hair done. The L'Oreal Professional Hair colour service I had worth 710 dhs.

My before and after photo :D

Thanks Dubai Confidential for your online competition and awesome prizes. Thanks Sisters Beauty Lounge - MOE for the service. 

I feel good and pretty ^_^






Monday, November 19, 2012

Qatar Anecdotes

So here's some real funny stories I've got from Qatar..

Story 1 - A friend received a wrong number call. After hearing my friend's voice...
Caller: How is your name? (probably he was wondering and wanted to ask 'what is your name')
Friend: My name is fine. How IS your name?
LOOOOOL


Story 2 - Same friend had a minor accident.
Friend: talking to Qatar Police while sitting inside the car windows rolled down: Sir, I had a minor accident over there (pointing the scratch in front of the car)
Police: Shu hada! What is this, supermarket?*
LOOOOOL



*Just in case you don't know, normally, most locals here in the UAE and obviously in Qatar (I believe in other Gulf countries too :p), they go to supermarkets/grocery stores/restos, honk their cars, and give orders or point what they want to buy, just like a drive-thru. :D

Thursday, November 1, 2012

I said Aloha to Doha!

It was my first time to enjoy Eid holidays outside UAE. I had 3 days off and got a chance to visit Doha, the main capital of Qatar. Left Dubai Wed night (24th Oct) and came back early Sun morning (28th Oct).

Doha is not bad for a holiday or weekend getaway. I enjoyed it to the fullest till my foot sores and get blisters. A day or two is enough to get around Doha. 

Here are some photos stolen from my friend's camera :p

This is Al Fanar Islamic Cultural Centre, day and night.


This is the beach in Katara Cultural Village

Inside Katara Cultural Village, these cone-like structures are pigeons' crib :p


 At the Aspire Zone/Park

Sunset at the park and the "fountain" tunnel plus the "pregnant" tree :D

 The Torch, day and night

And this corn-on-the-cob-like structure is Qatar's Pride. The Burj Qatar, day and night. It's 2012 Best Tower in the World.



Fireworks for Eid at the Corniche (me in yellow)



At the famous Souq Waqif (me in pink striped)

At the Corniche (me in the middle)

On our first day, we jumped at the Museum Islamic of Art Park. (me on the right side)

On our 2nd day, we jumped at the Aspire Zone/Park. LOL. (me in the middle)


And that was Doha :)

Thursday, October 18, 2012

It's bad to be nice sometimes..

Yesterday, while I was going back to work after lunchbreak, I've noticed someone left her iPad in a leather case on the bench in Metro Station waiting area.

I looked around to see whether the owner is still there, I saw her when she left because she was sitting near me. I was actually having second thought whether to pick it up or just leave it there, let someone else find and take it but decided to pick it up. I again looked around trying to remember which direction the owner went to but can't recall if she headed out the station or down the subway. I walked slowly to the escalator, was going down to give it to Metro personnel.

When I was already on the escalator, I looked back and saw the owner going back to the bench. Then she looked at my way, saw me and waved to me. I waved back showing her her iPad and started climbing up then stopped when I realized I was on the down escalator LOL.

She followed me to the escalator and when she reached me I immeadiately handed her the iPad back, telling her I was actually going to give it to Metro personnel. She just said "thanks" and never smiled. She doesn't look too pleased. When we reached the floor, she took the up escalator without looking back.

Seriously, my jaw dropped. I felt bad. What was she thinking, I would keep it? Hadn't it occur to her that if I had the intention, I would have had put it inside my bag as fast as I can? But matter of fact, I didn't even bother to take it out from its case.

I am steadily losing my faith in humanity...

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Mom's Prescription

Yesterday, I texted my mom about the sudden pain at my left jaw, near my ear, for the last 2 consecutive mornings (Thu & Fri). I described to her the pain comes at the junction of jaw, ear, cheekbone, only the left side. It kinda hurts while opening my mouth a big wide and when chewing in the morning.


She replied: "Must be ear infection. Take amoxicillin 3x a day for 3 days"

Lol. Like a doctor. Told her it isn't ear infection, because it doesn't pain when I clean my ear. Either it's a wisdom tooth or "dislocated" jaw :-s

Her next reply: Take paracetamol.

Me: What? I already had amoxicilllin! LOL

Her: when you get better stop taking the amoxicillin.

Me: Ok. =))

So anyway, as I googled, it somehow matches with TMJ. So I diagnosed myself with TMJ disorder. Yep, like mother like daughter. We're a family of doctors. Hahahaha.

As I've said  I only feel it in the morning, yeah the pain was back when I woke up this morning. and it gets better during the day and night. I hope it will go away just like that.



Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Obsession to Travel

My feet are becoming "itchy"... and I've been obssessing to travel lately.

Something is telling me to fly somewhere and get my passport stamped. I guess it's really because I want to prove that I can afford to go anywhere and that Switzerland is not the only place in the world to go to. Also to cover the Swiss-visa-denial, LOL. Either that or the globe-trotter-wannabe (read: frustration) within me has started to kick in.

I've been bugging my sister to ask bil (my brother-in-law / her husband) to drive us to Oman this Eid holidays for the sake of passport stamping. LOL. I've been "bribing" them that I will shoulder our hotel expenses. Haha I'm really that desperate to go, seriously. And I don't know what's going on with me.

I've been thinking of Maldives too..

Anyway, travelling has always been my dream, my passion. I really want to step outside of my comfort zone from time to time and see the world because I know there's so much to see, to taste and to experience a different way of life

Indeed! I want to be rich that way...


Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Goodbye Super Glue!

Finally, I can kiss super glue (LOL) and my worn-out shoes GOODBYE!

Either that or I'm still in therapy, retail therapy. Anyway, so glad there's a special offer of 25% off at Nine West.

Here's what I bought, photos are originally posted on my Instagram..




Monday, September 24, 2012

That "White" Pinay

Mirror, mirror on the wall.. who's the fairest of them all?

So today I went to MAC at Burjuman Center to get me a face powder, been wanting to try this on. A Russian (not sure) sales attendant assisted me, she suggested me to get the NC35 shade.

Since I do not know what my shade is and what NC35 means, I approached a Filipina sales attendant, wearing all-black and in-full-make-up, to inquire and also asked her what shade she is using.

Her reply, "NC25. SIEMPRE, magkaiba naman tayo ng kulay! MAPUTI AKO! (NC25. OF COURSE, your skin tone is different from mine, I AM FAIR!)" then proudly showed me her arms and rolled her eyes like making-face-stuff. I wish you actually heard how she said it in Tagalog and seen her facial expression. Priceless!

Her gesture made me feel "dirty".

I never knew that a "fairer" Filipino can think highly much of herself.

Seriously, I know "our" obsession of glutathione and other skin whitening products and cakey-foundation-layering but oh never mind. LOL.

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[Edits...]
Here's a photo of me with my dad back in 2009 and it wasn't even photoshopped. 

Saturday, September 22, 2012

So Heartbroken

I am still heartbroken... In fact I did some retail therapy yesterday. Yep, bought me some stuff to make me feel better.

Just to be clear, there's no "trouble in paradise", this is related to my previous post, the European dream frustration, lol.

My friend's visa application has been denied too for the same can't be ascertained reason. To think she'd been all over Southeast Asia and Turkey her monthly salary is 50% higher than mine, still they refused her and didn't even interview her. Our common denominator? We both are Filipinos. And it doesn't take a genius to figure out why we didn't get the visa. Oh sometimes I am not happy being Asian/Filipino. 

If these people don't want some certain nationality in their country, they should stop being all over other countries and should only stay in their own country and do «cuckoo clocks and army knives» themselves into oblivion. 

Lol, I'm so bitter.

Your race is not better than mine because you and I, we belong to the same HUMAN RACE.

Monday, September 17, 2012

And There It Goes My European Dream



And there it goes my European dream, it goes and flies away.. far far away from me. *sighs*



P.S. I know it`s not the end of the world but still.... Ugh! This too shall pass.


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Edits: I wasn't going to stay in your country. I was supposed to open an account and purchase some army knives, watches and chocolates. LOL

Sunday, September 9, 2012

High Heels-ally Challenged

I have issues with high heels let alone a stiletto or pumps whatever you may call it. :D

I have bought these shoes way back in 2010 and for some reasons I haven't wear them yet. 

Lately, I tried them at home, walking to kitchen then to room for half an hour as practice so I can wear them outside at least before they gone to waste or before I reach 60. LOL.

I realized that heels make you look or feel sexy and tall. Yeah, yeah. Haha.

I'm planning to actually wear them next month and stumbling, tripping and falling while wearing them are not part of the plan. 

So wish me luck.

To high heels and beyond!


Sunday, August 5, 2012

For the Youngsters

"I am a college senior, about to graduate completely debt free. I pay for all my living expenses by working 30+ hours a week making a barely above minimum wage. I chose a moderately priced, in-state public university and started saving money for school at age 17. I got decent grades in highschool and received two scholarships which cover 90% of my tuition. I currently have 3.8 GPA. I live comfortably in a cheap apartment, knowing I can't have everything I want. I don't eat out every day, or even once a month. I have no credit card, no new car, iPad or smart phone – and I'm perfectly OK with that. If I did have debt, I would not blame Wall Street or the government for my own bad decisions. I live below my means to continue saving for my future. I expect nothing to be handed to me, and will continue to work my ass off for everything I have. That's how it supposed to work. I am NOT the 99%, and whether or not you are is YOUR decision."


Monday, July 23, 2012

Certified Chismosa

I don't know how many times I'll be caught on camera, looking like nothing but a gossiper.

Remember last year, I was also caught red handed in one of my off-guard moments?


some time in April 2011

Well, this year, I have the same classic photo when I attended a children party this month.
geez, look at my eyes! and my facial reaction!!!

Chismosa is a Filipino/Spanish term for a gossipy or meddlesome woman. A quidnunc; a gossipmonger; a shit-talker. Someone who is always absorbed in other people's business. LOL

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Quel horreur !

And then an embarrasing thing happened...

While walking to Metro station this morning, my right foot stepped on a thin wood or something and I slipped and fell. It happened so fast and on my mind I was saying this "Oh no! Is this really happening? Am I really falling? On the sidewalk?? During rush hour?!?" I was in denial. LOL.

Yes, the inevitable happened, I fell flat on my left knee and hands to the ground. I stood up scratching my left knee saying "shit! shit! shit!"

I thought no one witnessed my epic fail because I see nobody and there was a vehicle parked in front of me but when I looked behind me, I saw people from a distance rushing toward the station staring at me as if they were telling me "WE SAW YOU!"


Quel horreur !
Exhibit A. The scratch on my left shoe (I'm wearing flats.)

Exhibit B. The bruised left kneecap

Shitty things don't happen everyday but when it does, it does BIG TIME.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Was He Drunk Last Night?

They say the only people who tell the truth are drunkards and children.

Not true. Children, these days, have the greatest imagination and they are more INVENTIVE. They know how to create, add or deduct and end every stories. Drunkards, oh don't trust them, LOL. They have the same creativity level with children.

My point, if your husband/bf/partner/spouse/whatever-you-call-it is drunk and he starts blabbing stuff such as girls who like him blah blah blah.

The first thing you should do is NOT to get jealous. Never ever let those words/stories get into you no matter what.

Second, check the consistencies of the stories. Most of the time he switches names or forgets the names, and whenever he repeats his story, the name changes or it's a different version.

Third, make a mental note about everything he said. Because in the morning, he won't remember anything or at least pretend that he doesn't/can't remember. Don't be upset about it or fight with him if he said something like Pauline got naked in front of me, Jasmine got a crush on me, Elodie wants to have babies with me and follows me everywhere I go, etc.

Fourth, wait for the next day, he'll ask you or say something like "what happened last night, I was so drunk.."

Last, answer him with something like this, "Oh you just said that you got naked in front of Pauline, you got a crush on Jasmine and wants to have a baby with Elodie and follows her everywhere she goes, etc." LOL.

Always say the exact opposite. It would be fun, I promise. Because he won't object nor say "that's not what I've said!". In case he does, it will only prove that he remembers everything.

Subtle revenge :p


Saturday, July 14, 2012

There's Always a First Time for Everything

Fish Market

Last Fri (not yesterday), it was my first time to set my foot on Deira Fish Market and it was overwhelming to see fresh seafood beaucoup. My roomies and I went there past 8am and it was 42°C, we were there for about an hour and bought a lot - salmon, sherry, squid, lobster, prawns, crabs and other types of fish.

The fish market is, apparently, uncomfy. Aside from the noise (of course LOL), it's so hot there, although it wasn't a closed area but it's the tin roof that causing a lot of heat. Feels like oven there, I've no idea how people can stay there all day. And what I hate most is when we went home, I was smelling like a fish. My clothes and even my underwear were all stinky. I showered like I've never showered before, no exaggeration, I shampooed my hair twice but still it stunk. After showering I immediately washed my smelly clothes and poured downy on them and pondered I don't think I'll be going back there anymore. LOL

The Amazing Spider-Man in 3D

It's been 3.5 years since I've watched a movie in the cinema. Yep, that long.

Three hours ago I went to watch The Amazing Spider-Man, my first time to see a movie in 3D. Well, I was surprised that it has Arabic and French subtitles (my sister said I was obviously havent gone to cinema for so looong). If you are wondering how was the movie and my experience, well, movie was okay, not very good, not bad either. In short, I was not that amazed. I think it's not worth watching in 3D. The only scene that I felt like I was in there was when I dodged the falling debris. I was more entertained by the giggles of 2 little Arab boys sitting near me. Their reactions on some scenes like when Parker was starting/discovering his spidery-self were contagious, I couldn't help but giggle too. LOL.


This is all for now, It's almost 3am here, I need to get up in 3.5 hrs to get ready for work. Good night/morning everyone :)

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Thoughts on Sophie's World (A Novel About the History of Philosophy)

Mission accomplished! I'm done reading Sophie's World ahead of schedule (target date was July 15). I tell you, the book is NOT a bagatelle.

How I wish I had read it long time ago. If only I did, I would have had religiously read more GOOD books... I'll make a career out of reading because I had never learned something or anything like it at school.

Reading Sophie's World is like having a short course in Philosophy class. You'll have a greater understanding of philosophy and later as you reach half of it, you would able to distinguish philosophers from each other. The terribly exciting thing happens in the mid part of the book (in my case, it makes me in denial), you wouldn't want to put it down.

Anyway, I don't want to spoil it so I'll say no more but here's a synopsis of the book:
Looking in her mailbox one day, a fourteen-year-old Norwegian schoolgirl called Sophie Amundsen finds two surprising pieces of paper. On them are written the questions: Who are you? and Where does the world come from?

The writer is an enigmatic philosopher called Alberto Knox, and his two teasing questions are the beginning of an extraordinary tour through the history of Western Philosophy from the pre-Socratics to Sartre. In a series of brilliantly entertaining letters, and then in person, Alberto Knox opens Sophie's enquiring mind to the fundamental questions that philosophers have been asking since the dawn of civilisation.
If you are busy or lazy or both, you can read it on Sparknotes and commentary on the book can be found here

There was a movie and a tv series based on this book.. I shall see it soon.

Vi sees!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

This is not about you.


It's been a while since I had someone to tag me. *grins*

Thanks Gemini Girl!


The 11 random facts about me (plus mon photo), which I think a repeat as I have done this before but anyway they are:

 
1.  I go to Twitter when I'm terribly angry, terribly miserable and terribly bored.

2.  My user name on Twitter is 3ioni [ayooni], the arabic for "my eyes". Please stalk me there :p

3.  I have 24 likers on my Facebook page. Hahaha. If you are interested, you can go through it http://facebook.com/IamBitten

4.  I am currently reading "Sophie's World" which is now eating my brain. But seriously, I am looking at everything (noticing and appreciating) around me in entirely different way now because of that.

5.  Language is my passion. From Español filipino to English to Nihongo to Français to 3rabish. 

6.  I was born in the island (province/rural area) and spent the first 10 years of my life there. My family migrated in a northern Manila suburb (slum area) when I was 10.

7.  I went to 3 different public elementary schools. I spent my 1st, 3rd & 4th grades in one school, 2nd grade in another school in pursuit of finding a better teacher LOL (both in the province). My 5th & 6th grades were in Manila suburb.

8.  I was excellent in Math and wanted to be an Engineer but since my parents couldn't afford to send me to an Engineering school (my sister was in her final year in a private university that time), I went to a state-university and took Broadcast Communication as per my sister suggestion.

9.  I was always the dumbest English student in my class from grade school to high school to university.

10. My 1st job interview in Manila was with Equitable (now BDO) one of the leading banks there. Aside from the fact that I couldn't express myself in English properly when I was asked to tell about my family I just said, I have a happy family. LOL. Obviously I wasn't prepared..

11. My 1st job interview in Dubai was with Middle East Aston Martin in the Emirates Towers, I was too nervous and found myself struggling with English. I know because the job interviewers (a British guy and an Indian guy) asked me if I know English or something like that. Of course, I didn't get the job. LOL. 

And my answers to the 11 questions: 


1. What's your favorite hobby?
  • Reading and sometimes stalking, LOL
2. What would you like to learn?
  • I'd like to further my studies, get a master degree or continue my French/Arabic studies or another foreign language.
  • I'd like to learn to sing or play musical instruments, to belly dance, to pole dance, to cook, to wear stilletos, science, physics, psychology, sociology and some random things.
3. Do you like to read? If yes, what kind of books do you like to read?
  • Novels, humor, culture, news, blogs, celebs, travel, anything interesting.
4. Have you made any kind of da'wah (calling to Islam) or enjoined any good deed this week?
  • I gave my roomie my left over Benzac to treat her pimples few days back. I considered it as a good deed... 
5. What is the first thing you do after you wake up?
  • Check my phone for the time. Drink water. Go to the bathroom to pee, brush my teeth and shower (not in that order). TMI. LOL
6. What's the website on the internet you can't ignore any day?
  • Facebook. Gmail. Ymessenger.
7. Any favorite websites you want to share?
  • I don't have those favorites.. anything goes but thepiratebay.org where I get my TV shows, movies etc.
8. Do you talk to yourself? (nope, I'm not assuming you're crazy, hehe)
  • All the time. Especially if I'm practicing my French and Arabic :D
9. What do you hate cleaning the most?
  • Toilet bowl.
10. Who influences you most in your life?
  • Everyone who walks in and out of my life.
11. Are you glad you finished these boring questions? (hehe)!!
  • Is it over? But I want to answer more... :p


Your Turn

Get inspired... tag yourself here and do the following:


1) Post 11 random facts about yourself - done

2) Answer the 11 questions I asked - done

3) Tag (11) other bloggers and create (11) questions for them to answer.
- whoever reading my blog, pls feel free to tag yourself here and let me know so I can read yours. pls answer the same 11 questions above.

4) Inform those that you tagged them

5) NO TAG BACKS

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Pinoys

One of the funny traits of  Filipinos is being unable to give precise answers.

Examples:


► have you eaten?
◄ I'M STILL FULL

► is your mother there?
◄ WHY?

► what time are you going to work/school?
◄ LATER.

► where have you been?
◄ THERE ONLY

► how did you do that?
◄ SO EASY.

► what time is it?
◄ STILL EARLY.


but the FAVORITE reply
► where are you now?
◄ ALMOST THERE. YOU WAIT.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

I've Been Scammed - Almost!

{This post is about internet/email scam and has NOTHING to do with Arabs or anything of the sort!} 


Don't trust anyone online, suspect everyone. Be paranoid. Hahaha.

You see, I've been sending my CV here and there, signing up on every jobs site I know for the past few months because obviously I want to change job or at least get a high paying job so I can go to places.

So when I received an email from "Grove Technology Inc." last 27 of May, I immediately replied back because of the "attractive Euro salary" - blame it on my European dream, LOL.

Anyway, here's what the email says:
From: Grove Technology Inc
To: *******@yahoo.com
Sent: Wednesday, May 23, 2012 9:57 AM
Subject: Submit application and Cv

Dear Applicant

regarding your CV, we are again opening the new Data Typing job for year 2012,
at Grove E-Books Conversion and Data Technology,
our post offer are open as "Customer Data Typing part time",

To know more about us visit: http://www.grovedata.com/

This offer will be Valid after review of your application form and CV,
(all package details included with application form)

Last date is 27 May 2012 to submit application form and CV,
If interested please submit application form with CV by Email,
(Click to download application form by visit our website and download
directly to Employment Page) All job details are included in Application form,

Or Click here to Download:

(Copy paste above link If click does not work)

Submit CV and Application only to Email: info@grovedata.com

(Note: To avoid Disappointments submit form and CV as soon as possible)

(Add info@grovedata.com in your Address book to get our email safely in your Inbox)

with best regards
Edsel G. Carl
HR Manager
Grove E-Books and Data Conversion Technology
Am Stadtrand 441G, 32417
Hamburg, Germany
Grove Technology Inc Am Stadtrand 441G Hamburg DE Germany 32417
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Of course I DID reply with all the requirements, I know! Haha.

So here's the 2nd email...

From: Grove Data Tech Inc
To: ****** ****** <*******@yahoo.com>
Sent: Sunday, June 17, 2012 3:31 PM
Subject: Re: Home based Data Entry job

Hello applicant,

your application with Grove Data Technology Inc was approved and
we are sending you Employment Contract of Online Part Time data entry work
ome Based with this email,

kindly read and fill up the "Employment Contract" (attached with this email on Word file)
and after signing this contract send us back by Scan email in maximum 2 working days,

After receiving this contract we will take start to send you the work on Weekly basis,

you will be Grove Inc's Part Time Permanent Employee for 6 months and after this period
you can extend agreement for more 6months,

all you have to type our data and Clients data on sheets,

(Note: complete work tutorial you will get with your first paid project after submission
of contract)

also you will get your salary every after 6days,

hope to hear from you soon,


regards
Edsel G. Carl

Grove Data Conversion Inc
Am Stadtrand 441G, 32417,
Hamburg, Germany


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Honestly I googled the company name (I think I was having a hunch that time but kept on ignoring it) but can't find it except for the url he povided but then again for the 3rd time, I replied with the duly filled in and signed "employment contract". Seriously!

So here's his 3rd mail.
From: Grove Data Tech Inc
To: ******* ****** 
Sent: Tuesday, June 19, 2012 1:52 PM
Subject: Re: Home based Data Entry job (Employment Contract)

Hello,

we have received your contract, now you can start work with us,

we have send you One Day of work But its your first project so you can submit
in 3days and after that you have to submit in 24 hours,

attached are the image files of Data Sheets,

Guideline of work is attached with this Email on MS word format, kindly read carefully,
Also Guideline Tutorial is included as a Picture format

after entering the Data in Lisda Inventory Software Save the files and Saved
files you have to send us back by Email and we will immediately transfer you
your first week salary in advance, (get software to http://www.lisdasoft.com/)
with this email following files are attached in .ZIP folder,
1: Data Sheets to Complete (Project Pack)
2: Step by Step Guideline and Tutorial (Guideline)
3: Your Salary invoice (Salary)

kindly Click link below to Download Project zip folder and Extract after download:
(copy n paste link in your browser if click does not work)


Note: its One day of work but you can complete this project in 3 days
and contact us back,

regards

Edsel Carl
Grove E-Books and Data Technology Inc
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Because I have to buy the "lisdasoft" which costs 58 euros and there's no trial version whatsoever and need to pay through Western Union (what the!)... my brain started to function properly.. LOL. I was like.. hmmm so that's the catch, it's a scam. Although I got tempted to pay (glad I've no credit card or not a fan of purchasing stuff online), my fingers start typing "Edsel Carl" and there he is... his name with different different company name, he's nothing but a FRAUDSTER!

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So anyway, I replied him with:

"That's actually very scheming.
Why not transfer my first week salary in advance first so I can buy that software :) "

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I don't consider myself as a gullible person, I'm more a paranoid. I always doubt people. So what happened here because I want to earn big time (being greedy and stuff) because I'm not getting any younger and I have dreams to fulfill.. so I almost got scammed.

Lesson learnedGreediness is next to foolishness.

I'm still glad that though I'm not contented, apparently, with what I already have, I didn't lose anything in the process.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Spot the Nationality/Race by Clothes

Can a zebra change its stripes or the leopard its spots?

In my previous entry, I wrote about figuring out where someone is from (particularly our own kind like they stick out like a sore thumb LOL) at a distance by their facial features, skin hues, accent and the way they behave. 

But sometimes it is none of the above but rather the way they dress and carry themselves. They have their own special fashion style. Generally, it is so easy to tell if you live in a melting pot and all that for years...

If you're a regular Dubai Metro commuter, you will notice that this image from RTA is 80-90% true. LOL.

And the last two images from Brownbook illustrate the difference between the Middle Eastern women's clothing, and also the difference between the Gulf men's clothing.
  


Obviously, we've got a heap load of every race/nationality here and still it is easier to spot anyone even if they dress like the locals or whoever.

I also do know that sometimes it's difficult to single someone out especially if they're of a blend of this and that race.

But do you think the above clothings are accurate? Like do Emiratis' khandoura looks like that, same goes with Saudis' thobe and Omanis' dishdasha? I mean I'm an Asian (more Oriental at that) but I don't think I wear something like the one in the above. Or well... Maybe.. Yeah I'm having second thought. LOL.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Can you tell where a person is from?

If you're in the UAE for more than 5 years, you will acquire a skill of identifying nationalities. You can't be in Dubai for 5 years and won't be able to tell nationality, seriously.

The only confusion you will have is the difference between Indian and Pakistani but they can tell. I mean, Indian will be able to tell if someone is Pakistani, or Bengali or Sri Lankan. 

Europeans will be able to tell each country because it's their own region, they know their own and that they look different. 

Just like how I can tell if someone is Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Indonesian, Malaysian, Thai, etc and not my own.

So, if an Arab see an Arab somewhere else they can tell -- Egyptian, Lebanese, Syrian, Kuwaiti, Bahraini, Saudi, etc even if they are not in their sheilas and abayas or wearing anything Arabs on them. It's their makeup, the features, the accessories, the colors, etc. 

They said...
  • Kuwaiti girls are more on their skin. If a Kuwaiti wears (or not) an abaya in Kuwait, she'll do the same outside her country because they have their freedom there so she'll be natural outside. They also love to accessorize and put colors, bright colors. Kuwaiti men love bling-bling.
  • While Saudi girls are the opposite. Most likely they remove their abayas when they're outside their country. Also they put really nice and extra dark kohl over their eyes to bring it out because normally those are the only features visible to others in their country.
  • Emirati girls have certain ways on putting their make up and more obsessed with blings. You'll find them blinging a lot.

What about you, can you spot the difference?


Saturday, June 2, 2012

Random Facts about UAE

I was bored the other day and wasted 135 dirhams ($37) answering Du SMS Mega Win (they should pay me for this free advertising LOL) questions via texto to collect points (I have had 2035 points) which give me chances (and BILLIONS of hopes) to win 5,000 dhs, Audi Aq and Audi Q7.. what the hell! LOL.
So the following facts are taken from the said 'competition': 
  • Abu Dhabi is the capital of the UAE.
  • Oman & KSA countries border the UAE.
  • The official currency of the UAE is Dirham.
  • Before 1971, UAE was known as Trucial States.
  • Sharjah is one of the seven Emirates.
  • Sharjah is the third largest emirate of the UAE.
  • Peregrine Falcon (bird) is the official symbol of the UAE.
  • The very popular Falconry season, runs during the Winter.
  • The tallest building in the world is Burj Khalifa.
  • Adrian Smith designed Burj Khalifa.
  • Shasha is a palm reed fishing boat.
  • The city of Ras Al Khaimah was historically known as Julfar.
  • You can discover UAE heritage in Heritage Village.
  • The King is the nickname of the Sharjah Sports Club.
  • E11 highway starts in Abu Dhabi and ends in Ras Al Khaimah.
  • Dubai Tennis Championship is held at Tennis Stadium.
  • Djokovic won the 2011 Dubai Tennis Tournament.
  • The Al Quoz Industrial District is divided into 4 areas.
  • Louvre Museum is to open a branch on Saadiyat Island.
  • Ghaus is how pearl-fishing referred to in the local dialect.
  • Ibn Majid was a great poet and seaman.
  • The navigator which Ibn Majd associated to was Vasco da Gama.
  • Liwa is a traditional music & dance.
  • UAE national footbal team played the 1990 World Cup.
  • Afghanistan national team plays in Sharjah Cricket Stadium.
  • Camel racing is a very popular sports activity in the UAE.
  • Harees is a traditional dish consisting of wheat.
  • Majboos is a popular dish in the Emirates.
  • Coffee served in the UAE is often flavoured with Cardamon.
  • Al yoleh is a traditional Emirati folk form of art.
  • Ras Al Khaimah is one of the northern Emirates.
  • Palm Islands are located in Dubai.
  • Palm Islands are man-made islands.
  • Al Ittihand was first published UAE newspaper.
  • The United Arab Emirates University based is in Al Ain.
  • Dubai Shopping Festival takes place every January.
  • Al Fahidi Fort was erected 1799.
  • Dubai Mall has the largest number of shops.
  • There are 22 cinema screens in Dubai Mall.
  • Burj Al Arab is the fourth tallest hotel in the world.
  • Al Ghurair is the oldest shopping centre in Dubai.
  • Dubai Zoo was built by Ottto Bulart.
  • Giorgio Armani Hotel is located  in Burj Khalifa.
  • Al Mamzar is famous for a public park.
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P.S.  I just want to let everyone know that this blog is not associated with the Du telecom and I am not connected nor have affiliation whatsoever with them. I endorse no products/promotions etc. I do not speak for anyone else. I am a consumer/subscriber too and just shared my experience.