Sunday, June 24, 2012


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


► have you eaten?

► is your mother there?
◄ WHY?

► what time are you going to work/school?

► where have you been?

► how did you do that?

► what time is it?

but the FAVORITE reply
► where are you now?

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: *******
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:

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:

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

(Add 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
This email was sent to ****** from Read our Privacy Policy

Of course I DID reply with all the requirements, I know! Haha.

So here's the 2nd email...

From: Grove Data Tech Inc
To: ****** ****** <*******>
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,

Edsel G. Carl

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

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)


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
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,


Edsel Carl
Grove E-Books and Data Technology Inc
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!

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 :) "

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.
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.