Thursday, January 24, 2013

Beautiful Istanbul

Istanbul is a beautiful city full of history and rich in culture.

The people in Istanbul are disciplined. At the tram/metro, people stay on the right of the escalator/stairs, so those who are in a hurry can use the left side to run or overtake. No women are working in a resto or shops, I believe they are all Turkish local men. People in Istanbul work and walk their asses off fast, literally fast. I think slacking is not their favorite word. I've seen groups of Japanese/Korean/Chinese and few Indian tourists but no Asian expats working there even in a hotel. They address the women as "lady" :-) The shops (branded clothes) in the shopping district are on 50% indirim. 

I've noticed Turkish guys are a bit playful. Maybe because they are so used to tourists so..   Anyway, toilets are okay but not at its best like Dubai's. No free wifi in the airport. LOL

Nevertheless, I heart Istanbul. I love its nice weather, savory food, fantastic desserts, everything and beyond. I could go on and on but I will stop before it gets rambly.  LOL

So please take a moment and appreciate my back the photos I am posting here.
Cruise along the Bosphorus and Golden Horn

Outside the Dolmabahçe Palace

 Inside Basilica Cistern

 Sirkeci District

 Taksim District

 Sultanahmet Square

You can view the rest (Blue Mosque, Haghia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Gulhane Park, etc) on  my Facebook page: IamBitten

Just Another Job Scam in Ajman

A piece of advice to all the jobseekers in the UAE, plese be smart, be very very smart. Use Google.

Received two emails from another scammer. A different office, not the 307 in Ajman Bank bldg. This is the one in 402 office in M-City Mart building and in Ajman too...

LMM Groupcn
050-5208101 / 056-7810552

Ring a bell?!?

The e-mail, though their location (Next to ajman al musalla bus station, Opposite of ajman municipality building, m-city mart building 4th floor office 402) is different, sounds the same from the other scammer.

So I Googled it (thanks to Google, you make our lives so easier). Bingo!

Luxury Marketing Managment Ajman is a Big Fraud Employment agency & Money Robbers

I rest my case.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

That Office # 307 in Ajman Bank Bldg

Just another scam!

It's so hard to find a job in the UAE right now, there are like thousands of people coming to UAE on visit visa every single day (this is just my own calculation, I've no basis) trying their luck to get a job here.

Same reason why some people (including myself) cannot get a decent salary because the applicants are more than the jobs available. Oh, the law of supply and demand..... paging Ghadeer/Spill Beans!

Some are lucky though. Well, I am not.

What upsets me more is there are people who take advantage of the situation.

Here's one example...

Position posted on Gulf News site

This is their actual reply if you e-mail your CV to

If you google their physical location, there's an invisible result of "You just got PUNK'D!"

For more info, check out these links:

P.S. These "recruitment" people are using different
1. email addresses:;
2. names of HR Coordinator: Sana Mirza; Miss Mona Al Zarouni
3. mobile numbers: 055-1723391; 055-2681757
4. advertising different position: Company Secretary; General Clerk

Monday, January 7, 2013

Libro. Book. Livre. Kitab.

I cannot think of a clever title for this one. 

Last year, I signed up on Goodreads and forced encouraged myself to read a few books, rated them and gave my thoughts on them.. I read them randomly, I picked them because they interest me in one way or another..
My 2012 book-that-I-read list, latest to oldest
The Paris Wife (Paula McLain)
Me said: 
2/5 stars
Just another "relationshit" story.. The author once again proves that men are jerk since 1920s, and earlier... Don't read if you don't wanna be upset, that's all.
Note: I didn't actually read the book but I listened to the audio of the BBC version/dramatization
Let's Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir author (Jenny Lawson)
Me said:
3/5 stars
Hilarious! Some families are dysfunctional, others seem fine. If you think your family is fucked-up, well you should read this book and see Jenny's...
Insurgent (Divergent #2) (Veronica Roth)
Me said:
4/5 stars
**spoiler alert** While reading the first few pages of this book, I was kinda having a feeling that this is a story within a story like Sophie's World or something like The Truman Show movie which is about finding out later that his whole life is a TV show. Well, I can say, in some ways, I'm right.
The whole book Tris character keeps disappointing me for doing something stupid over and over, like fighting for a reason she doesn't even know. LOL, yeah I got carried away with Veronica Roth's very nicely written story.
Divergent (Divergent #1) (Veronica Roth)
Me said:
5/5 stars
Wow! I never thought I could finish the book this fast. It's too good to be left unfinished. At first I thought it's like Hunger Games (didn't read the book, I just watched the movie), but it's not. It's too divergent ;-)
The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution (Richard Dawkins)
Me said:
3/5 stars
"This is a book about a the positive evidence that evolution is a fact. It is not intended as an anti-religious book."
My first Dawkins' book and I can say being a science ignoramus, I wish it was explained in simplified terms, though I feel it is already simplified it's just that science is not my cup of tea. I think it's not suitable for "beginners"... I should have read The Magic of Reality first.
Lying (Sam Harris)
Me said:
5/5 stars
"I came away convinced that LYING, even about the smallest matters, needlessly DAMAGES personal relationships and public trust."
"I now knew that endless forms of suffering and embarassment could be easily avoided by SIMPLY TELLING THE TRUTH."
Very well said and nicely written.
This essay opened my eyes that by lying (whether small or big, white lies or not) you are not only depriving people of their right to the truth but also you are depriving them to live the reality of life. And if you just simply tell the truth (even if it will hurt their feelings), a lot of time and effort would be saved and you won't feel guilty/sick when you're with them.
The Yacoubian Building (Alaa Al Aswany)
Me said:
2/5 stars
Depressing, sad and heartbreaking.. I thought the tragedy won't end till the last page of the book.. I'm glad it didn't leave me with a heavy heart.
The Complete Persepolis (Marjane Satrapi)
Me said:
5/5 stars
I've seen the French film before I read the English book. All I can say is the film is good but the book is better.
Sophie's World (Jostein Gaarder)
Me said:
5/5 stars
It is not a bagatelle. I'll say no more. cover
Atonement (Ian McEwan)
Me said:
5/5 stars
Well written.. sad.. tragic..
Both Right and Left Handed: Arab Women Talk about Their Lives (Bouthaina Shaaban)
Me said: 
3/5 stars 
The George Carlin Letters: The Permanent Courtship of Sally Wade (Sally Wade)
Me said:
5/5 stars
Chicago (Alaa Al Aswany) 
Me said:
4/5 stars
Diary of a Wimpy Kid Four Book Set (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, #1-4) (Jeff Kinney)
Me said:
4/5 stars
The Tiger's Wife (Téa Obreht)
Me said:
1/5 stars

That's all folks! :p