Thursday, November 7, 2013

The UAE Roads Less Traveled

My sister and her family (her in laws and their friends) decided to have a road trip last Eid holidays (16th of October). We headed to the eastern part of the UAE where the roads (less travelled) and stone mountains never end. So I was just sitting my flat butt for almost ten hours, probably the longest road trip of my life, while our vehicle following the other vehicle driving aimlessly. The only time I got out of it was when we need to go inside a resto and eat lunch. Oh and the one I had my picture taken at god-knows-where.

Well, I had a chance at the “Friday market” but I was completely stuck assisting my sister changing the diaper his infant son (oh yea he was with us), that’s the downside of having an infant/baby/toddler/kid when you are travelling, you don’t get to enjoy on your own and no one wants or is available to take your photo, LOL, because they are too busy with the baby!

Besides, I didn’t know that we were heading nowhere, really. I was like waiting for them to stop at a certain spot and had some photos taken. Until I realized we weren’t going to that certain spot whatever. Was too late. I regret that I didn’t take photo of that awesome tunnel that we went through in Fujairah(?), it was built there under those endless stone mountains. It’s narrow (2 lanes) and kinda long. I was really amazed, I wasn’t expecting that tunnel there. We took the other roads going back home, so I just took pictures as much as I could..

Monday, November 4, 2013

Around the Globe in ONE night

How is that possible?

Remember, Dubai is known for making impossible things possible... so, voilà !

Since I didn’t get to travel on Eid holidays (wasted 5 days, I know..), I revisited the Global Village after 7 years. Went there at night of October 15. Changes are not so much but I got to experience riding an Indian rickshaw. I know my rickshaw driver was happy having me us his passenger, he didn’t need to put so much effort pedaling as my weight won’t add much to whatever he was “carrying”. I feel sorry for those with 4 or more heavy passengers... *sighs* C’est la vie.

Anyway, China and India pavilions still look fab and grand as they were before.. 

Le Me in rickshaw. Then the India and China pavilions.

And Egypt pavilion? The pyramids are stunning. While Afghanistan pavilion is beyond expectation (sorry no "decent" photo of it). Turkey pavilion made me miss Istanbul. I ended up buying and eating grilled kestane (chestnut) and süt mısır (milk corn)... it was actually the food stand outside the pavilion that made me miss Istanbul, LOL.
The façade of the Global Village. Then the Turkey & Egypt pavilions.

I got to see the display of fireworks at the Global Village. Oh and Italy, France, etc pavilions are nice too but I didn’t get to take photos that much. My phone wasn’t working that time and the one I was using for taking photos wasn't reliable at all plus the fact that I was with my sister fambam and her in-laws, in short, I was with an infant and some oldies so you know it was really quick visit..  

That's all for now... Later ;)

Friday, October 25, 2013

Why Dubai?

10 year old Emirati schoolboy Ali talks about 'the greatest city in the world', shows us some of the UAE's most iconic landmarks, and answers the question 'Why Dubai?'

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Ex Tempore

My heart bleeds, I wish you knew.
Would you stay or would you go if you were in my shoe?
I think I bit off and still biting more than I could chew.
But I guess it’s not enough because you still want someone new. 

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Would you let me see beneath your Istanbul

Would you let me see beneath your perfect?
Take it off now, boy, take it off now
I wanna see you inside
Would you let me see beneath your Istanbul tonight?

9 months ago, I thoroughly enjoyed strolling the beautiful streets of İstanbul, Türkiye. Proof...

Friday, October 4, 2013

This idiot at work is so Gee-Are-Are-Are

Last month, my boss told me to chase all the projects for their monthly report because they supposed to submit it every 1st week of the month (before that week ends), and we were already on the 2nd week of the month, he also told me that so and so submitted their reports already.

So I emailed everyone at the different project sites (managers & secretaries) asking for their monthly report including the ones who have already submitted their.

Dear All, Please submit your report for the month of August so and so. Disregard if you have already submitted. Please also be reminded that we need your report every so and so of the month. Thank you for your cooperation.

One Idiot-at-site (IAS) replied:
For your information, we have submitted our report already and we are submitting our report on or before so and so of the month. 

ME *thinks* what happened to the "disregard if you..." *sighs*:
Thanks IAS.

Lesson: Never argue with a fool; onlookers may not be able to tell the difference. (Mark Twain)


On the 29th of last month/last Sunday, I sent the same people a reminder email about the report..
Dear All, This is a friendly reminder that your report for September is due on so and so date. Would you please send your report on time or as earlier as possible? Thank you.

Then Thursday morning, I resent the same reminder email again. And on the very same day before COB, the same IAS emailed their report. 

Then another email from IAS saying:
We already emailed you the so and so report. And for your information we are submitting the report every so and so date. So no need to send us a reminder. This is fyi and record.

ME *thinks* what happened to "this is a friendly reminder.." Srzly. WTH.:
Noted. Thanks.

Lesson: Don't argue with idiots because they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience. (Greg King)

Friday, September 27, 2013

Dubai and Beyond...

Just wanna share photos I have snapped using my Samsung phone during the past 4 months (June-September) in Dubai and beyond...

Dubai, apparently, cannot stop constructing new skyscrapers

Dubai skyscrapers

Dubai looks London-y here

the future is already here... 

Holy mother of all skyscrapers, Burj Khalifa (world's tallest tower)

Dubai after sunset (that's the magnificent Ibn Battuta Gate Hotel)

Meanwhile, in other Emirates... 
the grass is greener in Sharjah 

a beautiful mosque somewhere in Sharjah

Ajman before sunset

a roundabout before Ajman corniche/beach

Al Ain before sunset

If you wanna see more, check out my Instagram but be warned, I did A LOT of "selfie" there (sorry I had to.. LOL)...


Monday, September 23, 2013

Onsite Anecdotes

While I was visiting one of my company's project sites, a guest/guy just came out of the manager's portacabin/office went to reception cabin to ask for the restroom.
Guest: Where is the restroom?
Document controller guy: "No problem, you can sit here." (showing his way back to the project manager's cabin) 
Guest: Restroom as in wash room!!! *facepalm*

I couldn't control myself laughing. I literally LOL-ed.

Apparently, the document controller assumed that rest room means resting/waiting room. According to him, he had never heard of anyone calling toilet a "rest room". 

Well, I don't know with you guys, but in the Philippines we call our WC, restroom or comfort room or CR or wash room or toilet

I still remember the horror/shock in the guest's face when the document controller guy shown him the manager's cabin, LOL. It was like he was told that it's okay to pee or shit in the manager's cabin. LOL.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Beyond Oman, Lies Musandam

Oh, man! Two weeks ago, I had some weekend getaway to experience Omani traditional dhow cruising in Dibba, Musandam - the Norway of the Arabian Gulf because its inlets are similar to Norway Fjords. See and discover its stunning scenery through the pics from friend's cam (the ones I have taken are already posted on my Instagram)

Let the journey to the endless Hajr (stone) mountans begins...!!

Hajr is the highest mountain range in the eastern Arabian peninsula

a traditional Omani dhows

a banana boat in a speed boat :D

and co-cruiser has taken the plunge


Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Just a Little Note

Hello world!

I'm still alive, LOL.

Sorry for being inactive, I'm kinda busy with my new job. Yep, I joined a new company. You can "get hold of me" on Twitter, I'm a bit active there ;)

Hope you all having the time of your life. See you around!


Friday, July 5, 2013

Turkey Blue Mosque

[Late post]: As you know, I enjoyed a one-week sojourn in Istanbul last January and I got to see the infamous and historical Blue Mosque aka Sultan Ahmed (Sultanahmet) Mosque almost daily because I stayed in a hotel which is just a 5-minute walk from it.
Hotel's rooftop terrace overlooking the Blue Mosque
Here's my little soujourn to the Blue Mosque:
a view from Sultanahmet Park, in the old city of Istanbul

Inner courtyard with one of the entrance gates
The dome and its blue tiles

Interior view

Main prayer room

The prototype of the Blue Mosque in 4 angles

Blue Mosque inner prototype

Hope you liked the tour ;)

Thursday, May 16, 2013

UAE Grand Mosque

Finally after being in Dubai for a total of 7 years (and counting), I got a chance to visit Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque,UAE's largest mosque, and some parts of Abu Dhabi. So YAY me!

Here's a short tour for y'all..
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi
water pool in front of the mosque
One of the entrance to the inner courtyard
a glimpse of the inner courtyard
floral design on inner courtyard 

ladies' ablution room, this is where they wash their hands, arms, feet & face before prayers
the design outside the ladies' room
drinking water outside the ladies' room
columns, my fave part of the mosque
entrance to the main prayer room
another fave part of mine, the super soft carpet which happens to be the largest carpet in the world
the main prayer hall
another fave, 1 of the gorgeous 7 crystal chandeliers, those are Swarovski
the prayer times in Arabic & English 

End of tour.
Hope you enjoyed the ride ;)