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Just a tot of returning’

April 5, 2013 Leave a comment

And yes I have missed so much time to start to blog again. Though I am not sure if I can still cope up to write something in here. Since it felt very hard for me to manage between my busy schedule at work and travel around. Yet still, I always wanted to write down my experience and document everything what I am doing. It is just hard to maintain. It inspire me so much to read some other blogger that compost a very well, diverse and detail story of their life, or to someone who just saying he’s tots. I guess the only thing that drive me as of now is the multiple travel plan that I have this year. And for my own little world- this is my only way, to treasure this moment through writing it up, and share it here. This maybe my personal diary or just a random tots that I want to share.

2013… a year to travel and save.

From March in Sydney and Melbourne, April in Shanghai, Doha, London and Manchester. It makes me a crazy busy person. Not to mention the sideline of extra co- activities like photo walk from my photoG groups and off course badminton. It has been very hard for me to push into these blog to keep rolling. Well I just hope this ain’t be my last post for the year.

By the way- I am just more inspire to the fact that there are some people who still appreciate my post here. Lol. It’s just a wonderful feeling. And of course this is the year that I will start saving for my future. As my motto of travel –“travel cheap” and this will be my fuel to write something in here for someone who plan to travel by not spending too much on it.

And so I rest my introductory explanation and will follow up to share my next topic in traveling the great country of Australia 😊

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Thank you

July 13, 2011 Leave a comment

 

 

Thank you is such an easy line to say,
Yet often spoken in so much delay;
Thank you isn’t even enough for your goodness to repay,
But let me say it for you to know how grateful I can be.

I thank you for the kindness your heart has to show,
In which many people can benefit from its flow;
I thank you for the ears you allowed me to borrow,
Both are ready to hear stories of sadness and sorrow.

I thank you for being there for me in times of low,
Even if your life has its own blow;
From chaotic situations you give me a tow,
Most especially from a senseless row.

I thank you for everything you do,
May you keep it up with no reservations to;
You truly are an exceptional friends to adore too,
That even until now you left me in so much awe.

I thank you even more…….

I tried so hard to find the words of gratitude to show
It seems so trivial to say my cup does overflow
So thank you for the help you give
The support you show each day
The love, the care, the thoughts the prayer
In fact every single way.

From a friend that cares.

From a friend that shares.

And most from a friend that love, to my best friend Whel’s you’re mostly welcome.

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Guide to living abroad: Abu Dhabi

July 7, 2011 5 comments
 
 
 
If you are relocating to Abu Dhabi, you’ve got some real challenges ahead before you can really settle into life in the UAE’s capital city. Explorer Publishing provides some pointers on getting started.
 

Visas

Getting a visa to enter Abu Dhabi is pretty straightforward, but can vary greatly between different nationalities, and requirements often change without warning. Check out the Ministry of Information website at www.uaeinteract.com and also check with your nearest UAE embassy, which can give you up-to-date information.

For most western nationalities, the residency process is easy. If you are moving to the UAE to take up a job offer, your employer may have already applied for your employment visa.

For many nationalities, UAE immigration and labour laws stipulate that all documentation must be completed in the home country, prior to arrival in the UAE. However, citizens of some countries are allowed to enter the UAE on a visit visa and process their employment and residency applications on arrival.

As your sponsor, your employer is responsible for organising this.

Useful Contacts

Work

The allure of a tax-free salary still draws in expats. Although the increased cost of living means less disposable income, good packages can still be found. Basic benefits, regardless of employment package, usually include around 30 calendar days of leave a year, and most organisations include annual flights back to your home country.

Working hours vary quite dramatically within the emirate, and are based on either straight shift or split shift timings. Split shifts are still common in Abu Dhabi; they allow for an afternoon siesta and timings are generally 08:00 to 13:00 and 16:00 to 19:00.

The working week generally starts on Sundays and ends on Thursdays with a two-day weekend. If you do not have a job upon arrival, an employment supplement is published in Gulf News on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, and in Khaleej Times on Sundays, Mondays and Wednesdays.

Walking into a job is not as easy as it used to be, with many expats now relocating to the Gulf. However, there are opportunities available, and you will find skill sets are not as rigid as some other countries, making a career move more of a viable option.

The UAE government is strongly encouraging the private sector to give preference to Nationals when employing staff for white-collar management positions – a process referred to as Emiratisation.

A quota system is in place for the insurance, banking and trade sectors and the number of Emiratis employed has gone up by as much as 300% in some sectors. This, of course, can make it more difficult for expat workers to find a job in these areas but if you have the right skills there are still plenty of employment opportunities out there.

Word of mouth can be invaluable in Abu Dhabi when it comes to finding a job, so try to use expat websites and make as many friends as possible! There are a number of recruitment agencies working in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain. Many agencies only accept CVs via email and then contact you for an interview.

For the interview, you will need your CV and usually two passport photographs. Invariably, you will also have to fill out an agency form summarising your CV.

Banking

There is no shortage of internationally recognised banks in Abu Dhabi, all offering the full range of standard services. It is always easy to access your money, with ATMs available at most banks, major shopping malls, supermarkets and a number of petrol stations.

Most cards are compatible with other UAE banks so can be used in the majority of machines across the country (a few also offer global access links). To open an account at most banks in Abu Dhabi, you need to have a residence visa or have your residency application underway.

The majority of employers will recommend a bank to you and may even help you to open an account.

You will need to present the banking advisor with your original passport, copies of your passport (personal details and visa) and an NOC (No Objection Certificate) from your sponsor. Some banks set a minimum account limit, so it’s wise to shop around.

Financial Planning

Many expats are attracted to the UAE for the tax-free salaries and the opportunity to put a little something away for the future. There are many options for saving that you may want to seek professional advice about before squirrelling (or squandering!) away your hard-earned cash. There are several banks in the UAE that offer offshore banking, together with independent financial advisors.

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Housing

Rental is still the name of the game in the Abu Dhabi housing market, although the number of options to purchase a property is definitely on the increase.

Prior to August 2005, expats could not own property or land in Abu Dhabi. When that law changed, the major real estate companies were quick off the mark to develop properties available for sale to non- nationals, although a majority are still in the construction stage.

New residents arriving in Abu Dhabi on a full expatriate package may very well have accommodation included, but don’t be fooled by the charm of the ‘expat lifestyle’ – life here can be more expensive than you think, with studios around Dhs. 4,500 per month.

If you are arranging your own accommodation, the options are either to live in an apartment or a villa.

There are several compounds of villas, with facilities including swimming pools, gyms and tennis courts. Many of the recently opened luxury apartment complexes also have health clubs, and some even come fully furnished – handy if you’re ready to move straight in.

In general, the rent for most property is paid annually, in advance. Some landlords may accept payment in more than one cheque, meaning that you provide them with an agreed number of post-dated cheques that will be cashed on their due date.

There are a number of employers that will arrange the rent payments for you straight from your salary, which saves you the hassle of having to think about your rent.

Real Estate Agents

Health

The quality of medical care in Abu Dhabi is high, and residents should have little trouble getting appropriate treatment.

The government has also introduced mandatory private medical insurance for foreign residents and their families, so, by law, all employers have to provide health insurance for staff. In essence, the only ’free’ medical care in Abu Dhabi is emergency treatment; everything else needs to be paid for or covered by insurance.

You can still get treatment in both government and private hospitals, but the fees will be similar regardless of which type of hospital you choose. Generally, dental care and screening tests aren’t usually provided as standard.

In Abu Dhabi, you do not register with a clinic or surgery on arrival in the city. If you are unwell, you can ring the hospital or clinic of your choice for an appointment, or you can just turn up and be seen by a duty doctor.

You will need to show your insurance card and health card and you will be given a copy of the bill for your treatment.

Personal recommendations are the best way to find out which hospitals are best, but if you’re new to the city and do not know who to ask, try the Dr McCulloch Clinic.

It offers sound advice in English, Urdu, French and Arabic (02 633 3900). The Health Authority of Abu Dhabi manages all government hospitals; for more information on the services provided, see www.health.ae.

Most pharmacies are open Saturday to Thursday, and some open with shorter hours on Fridays.

There are a number of pharmacies which are open 24 hours a day – the locations and telephone numbers are printed in the daily newspapers.

Many of the less harmful drugs that require prescriptions in the UK or the US can be bought without prescriptions in Abu Dhabi. However, some drugs, especially those containing addictive substances, may be hard to find.

Education

Private education is the only option for expat children, and the rapid expansion of Abu Dhabi’s population means that competition for school places is on the increase.

Early in 2007 the government formed a Department of Education to coordinate all schools across Abu Dhabi. There are a wide variety of international schools available, with a choice of curriculums and after-school activities, so ask friends or colleagues for advice about a school’s reputation.

Depending on your nationality and educational requirements, most national curriculum syllabuses can be found in Abu Dhabi schools, covering GCSEs, A-levels, French and International Baccalaureate and CNEC, as well as the American, Australian and Indian equivalent.

Nearly all schools will take children from pre-school to 18 years of age. Most of the top schools operate waiting lists and you might not be able to get your child into your first choice.

It can work out quite expensive if you register for a number of schools as you may have to pay a non-refundable fee to be on the waiting list.

The website of the Knowledge and Human Development Authority is a good reference point for all private or public school queries (www.khda.gov.ae).

You will usually need a number of documents to enrol your child at a school, including copies of the student’s and parents’ passports (including the information page/s and residence visa stamp page), passport photos, copies of the student’s birth certificate, and immunisation records.

Schools:

Cost of Living

Cigarettes (pack of 20) Dhs.7
Cinema ticket Dhs.30
DVD (new release) Dhs.80
Eggs (dozen) Dhs.7
Fresh chicken (per kg) Dhs.10-20
Fresh fish (per kg) Dhs.15-20
Glass of wine (house) Dhs. 20
Litre of milk Dhs.5
Loaf of bread Dhs.4
Pint of beer Dhs.20
Potatoes (per kg) Dhs.2.50
Takeaway pizza (large) Dhs.40

 
Categories: Expat, LIFE, Travel

In my room

July 4, 2011 Leave a comment

The usual thing happens today. Arrive from work from the airport; I am now in my room. Seating in the couch. thinking of what’s my next thing to do. Play my piano music, staring at the wall. Bothered to write. But I just can’t compose of any topic. I have so many thoughts that I cannot push through. I guess I am becoming a freak out blogger. If that’s the right term. Step by step I want to write, but the thing that inside my brain just can’t pop out, to express my feelings.  Is this really what I want? Or just having this jealousy of what other people have become through blogging. I read a lot, see a lot, and herd a lot. But why can’t I just learn from them? Is it I am just lacking of some vocabulary in my head? Or just I am so frustrated to write that I cannot write at all. Today when I am at my office desk, I want to be free. I just want to go “outside the box,” outside my comfort zone. To express my feelings without any boss to tell me what should I do? I want to get lost. I want to get wild, is it because I am just becoming so good that  I am now fed up of my life? Am I alone in this world to think this way?

I remember my grandma, when she was a teacher.  When I was young I always ask myself why she is so strict. That perfectionist thing is what she wants. A simple mistake can ruin her day. Remembering the past, that she always tell’s me, Nash; when you grow up you will realize why I am telling you this. And now that I grown up, I just don’t realize everything, instead I am becoming more like her. Is this what life is? When you’re doing the same routine everyday, you just became used to it that one day you wanted to burst out. You became more agitated that sometimes you just want to be alone.  I have so many questions in my mind. And I am still searching for some answers.

In my room, I am all alone. And still I want to do something to become this blog site more productive. I just can’t start. There is my idea of photography, the thought of indulging into a videography and most, the plan of travelling inKorea,JapanandEuropethat all I am waiting for is the time which I will be able to do all of this and manage to post it into this blog.  In my room the place where all my feelings, judgments’,  stance, manner, outlook or what ever you call that come all together that made me seating, in my couch and think again realizing what my life would be.

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Project 365

June 21, 2011 Leave a comment

It’s been sometime since the last time I post and updated my blog. Busy from work, vacation in the Philippines and some extra curricular activities made my life very hectic. Now a days, I am focusing into something which trigger my sence of opening my passion into a day-to-day responsibility. I am planning to make a 365 days project. Which means that day by day on a 365 calendar days I must have one, yes one photo that I should upload here in my blog. Edited or not it should be uploaded. On this way I believe I can see the difference of my progress in line of photography. Excited yet worry is how I feel. Simple to think but hard to do. From Monday to Sunday I have to think, create,work,look and shoot an image in all side of life. Object or subject, indoor or outdoor it doesn’t matter for as long as I must have a picture to take.  Although I don’t have my camera yet, I believe a photo can be taken on all sort of way, for as long as there is a light and an instrument which can capture moments. 22July2011 My 365 Project begins.

Categories: LIFE, Photography

Kuala Lumpur Malaysia 2x

March 13, 2010 2 comments

It’s been a year since the last time I went to Malaysia. Tho I never thought that I’ll be able to go back on this wonderful city.Not in a plan again, I went there to explore this city.04 March 2010, my 2nd trip to Kuala Lumpur Malaysia.The moment I arrive, with no hotel booking same as usual and no fear I conquer the city with a less knowledge of the place.From the Kuala Lumpur International Airport KLIA I went directly to its train station that leads from the airport to the city.Like the old-time usually we inquire regarding the hotel in the airport and get a cheap rate,rather than booking it online.However this does not happen.I have no idea where to go the moment I enter the train.With a KL map on my hand I tried my best to understand and think which is the best place to start to find a cheap hotel.Until I decided to stop on KL Sentral (35 Malaysian Ringgit-MYR) where most of the passenger from the airport stop.Straight ahead to the Information area to inquire about a cheap hotel on the said place.From KL Sentral I took a subway to Pasar Seni Station(1.60MYR)only one stop from KL Sentral.Pasar Seni station is a place where the KL China Town located.Most of the tourist visit this place to shop for a big discounts souvenier.And so I start my search for the cheapest hotel.Right down the station I easily find a hotels in the area.From one to another I search.Trying to find the cheapest one with the best offer I can get.The usual list on trying to locate a good hotel are WiFi,safety,security,clean and quality customer service packed into one without compromising my budget. Until I found this hotel called Mandarin Pacific Hotel which they offer a free WiFi and a buffet breakfast and the rest of the qualities I look for a hotel. For 123MYR per night for a standard bedroom its a fair enough to spend my two days stay in Malaysia.

Not only this hotel is cheap it is also located in the city’s tourist destination spot,located on 2-8 Jalan Sultan,5000 Kuala Lumpur.You can contact them on their hotline number 603-2070-3000 fax no.603-2070-4363 and e-mail add:mandpac@tm.net.my which I stayed on room no.8002.From the hotel the second thing which I tot on my mind is how to get to the Petronas Twin Tower which is the most important to know since this is the high light of my travel.So after un packing my things from the hotel I went straight ahead to explore the place.This is my first day in KL and I only have a limited time to explore.From  Pasar Seni station “Platform-1”  where my hotel is located you can take the train to KLCC station (1.60MYR)  where the Twin Tower is located.Vice versa is on the way back.But be aware on the platform before getting on the train if you don’t want to get lost.From KLCC to Pasar Seni station use the “Platform-2″and the last trip of the train is 2320.

About the food, KL has their on own taste when it comes to apetite.Asian food is easy to endure since I am one of it.However my sense os taste is very meticulous on the food I eat. so I recommend this restaurant located just in front of my hotel. West Lake resto, where I can suggest their fried baby squid best with vinegar and fish sauce and their fried beef with ginger and spring onion and their Malaysian steamed rice.

My 2nd day to KL is the day I check out from my hotel.Aside from the world standard of checking out, the different of Mandarin Pacific hotel is that they give two hours allowance from 1200-1400 free of charge. My stay in KL is just a transit stay since my original journey is to Singapore.So for this two days I just compile a small information about travelling in Malaysia in the cheapest and basic information about the hotels and transportation. Since I already manage to explore the city the 1st time I went here.

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Whela’s Birthday

March 23, 2009 Leave a comment

Second week. My leave start. And so as Domelyn and Whela my best buddies. Unfortunately the plan to travel in Brazil has been cancelled. Domelyn was sick, so she couldn’t travel with us.  And also my budget issues was on my priority so I decided not to come as well. Whela was very upset, disappointed of our decision. Its hard because we planned this travel since last December and now its not gonna happen. And the saddest part  is.  its Whela’s  birth day that is why we planned this to celebrate with her out of town.

   16March2009. Its my best friend  Whela’s birthday. I woke up at 1345. I never forget this special day for my best, but I decided not to greet her until I meet her in person. I’m planning to make a surprise visit to her place with Domelyn, bringing her a birthday cake and our present. But once again we are late. Domelyn was late and so do I. We went  to iKea to buy something for Whela.  A lot of stuff was on our mind earlier I was thinking that a birth day cake will do. But I want something that never melt, something that she can keep with her for the rest of time. And as I saw this wonderful clock stand. Its so nice that Whela will appreciate. Domelyn also found this lampshade that suit the color of the clock that I choose. So this is it we found a gift that our best friend Whela will surely like it. Actually Whela has already everything she has. All of the things the job and the assets so I guess this simple lampshade and a clock is just a spice of what she has. We look around the shop as the place was so nice its all about furniture house décor etc. Then I found this exotic  crocodile stuff toy. And I really like it. Dom also agree on me that maybe this the one we are looking for as a gift for our best friend. It’s so huggable, soft  and the best part is its so weird. The look was so cute and weird, its funny though. So the  stand clock was replace by a stuff toy. Dom was also not comfortable of giving a lampshade as she think the color doesn’t suit for the bedroom of Whela. And as we where looking we found this huge bed bug surot stuff toy. Its so funny because one day when we slept to Whela’s place this bed bug keeps us awake all true the night. And that time we never forget this parasite.  So Dom suggested that this will the perfect gift for her. Once again the lampshade was replace by a huge bed bug stuff toy.  After a long hour of  choosing which gift we are going to purchase finally we found the perfect one. Then we rush to the birthday place. I’m so excited because once again the group was about to complete for a very long time. Since our work schedule was change. As usual me the concert king and Dom was my queen. It’s my first time then to drink a tequila. I used to drink beer but not a high grade alcoholic beverage. Its was so amazing that you can even feel the liquid going down to your throat passing by to your esophagus. Then here comes Cristina that crack all the silence of the place. Its was a very happy night. Perfect I should say. Whela the birthday girl really enjoy the night as I see from her face. I’m glad that she really are. As this is my wish for her to be happy  more than anyone else. The only thing that bugs us all is Domelyn. Its weird that she was so quite that time. Enjoying of being alone reading those pocket books. But I understand her anyhow. She was sick so understandable. And so the day was finish with the joy in our faces.

Sented Cndle Light Lamp Shade

A side from bed bug and crocodile stuff toy I also bought this Sented Candle light lamp (optional color white,silver and black) for my bed room. For just a $2.00 all from iKea located in Abu Dhabi Marina Mall. iKea was also well commercialised all around the UAE.

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