Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy new year to all

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My christmas!!!

In a land where christmas is forbidden and santa clause is not welcome I do exist but it doesnt show it will suppressed the spirit to celebrate the goodness and happiness of this wonderful time of the year as a christian.Me and my friends will celebrate it even secretly.My Christmas underground celebration.My second time to experience this here in Saudi arabia.
December 25,2008 11.30 pm.
Designed and created by Charlotte.Only one day thats why it is a HOLIDAY.wink.
Dennis trillo gagambino inspired x-mas lantern designed by CharlotteMagnolia ice cream from the Philippines thru Batha Pinoy market donated by Jani and Fruit glazed cream cake by Edwin
Roasted turkey courtesy by Bob
Beef kare-kare , Steamed stuffed pusit,steamed fish in mayo, chicken cordon bleau,shrimp tempura courtesy by Manny
Mixed pansit and beef menudo
Beef sisig,chicken barbeque,beef siomai.We had our exchange gift also worth 100 saudi riyals and i got the gift of Jani a dozen of Glass crystals from stokes store in Hayat Mall in riyadh.I knew all of this dahil magkasama kaming namili after our lunch in canton together with my super rich Louis Vuitton lover Manny.LoL


My journey to celebrate Christmas.
How will I forget the 24th day of December around 4pm Saudi time a one-of -a -kind- first-time-experience happened to me. Ang aking sinasakyang kotse ay bumangga.Lucky enough minor lang at walang nasaktan.Hindi ako ang nagmamaneho pasahero lamang ako ng aking beastfriend remember the away because of extension wire sya po ang driver.
Dahilan kami ng traffic hanggang sa dumating ang Saudi traffic police para mag investigate.Well time for me to work kaya iniwan ko na lang sya at sabay para ng taxi.My work is from 4pm to 10pm and my plan after work is to catched up the 11:30 pm SAPTCO bus trip bound to Riyadh,the second to the last trip which is the 12.30 am.Yes,my christmas getaway to celebrate it is in riyadh a five hour travel from my place here in Dammam.
Naabutan ko ang biyahe sabay sakay at natulog lang ngunit pagkalipas ng dalawang oras akoy ginising ng espirito ng kamalasan dahil sa gitna ng disyerto huminto ang makina at tuluyang tumigil ang takbo ng bus sa makatuwid nasiraan ito.Wala ng nagawang paraan para ito ay umandar para kumaripas ng takbo.
Lahat ng pasahero bumaba at naglakad habang nanginginig sa sobrang lamig ng panahon patungo sa bagong bus na aming nilipatan ito ang last trip na bus na napadaan may konti paring swerte dahil hindi puno ito at lahat nakaupo.Ako lamang ang nag iisang pinoy sa bus maybe because pasko yata ito at nagcecelebrate sila.Akoy nagutom at sabay kain ng baong Shawarma,uminom ng tubig at sabay tulog habang angkatabi kung matandang arabo ay naghihilik sa sobrang sarap ng tulog.Muttawa ata ang arabo.Napasarap ako ng tulog dahil medyo pagod.
Akoy nagising dahil nagsisibabaan na sila kaya pala nasa bus terminal na ng Riyadh 5:30 ng umaga.Hinintay ko na magliwanag kaya mga 6:15 akoy sumakay ng taxi at narating din ang bahay.Mahigit 20minutes din ako sa labas ng gate at pilit ginigising si jani tawag ako ng tawag sa mobile phone nya ngunit walang nangyari sarado pa rin ang gate napasarap ang tulog.Kapag minamalas ka nga naman.
May romorondang police ilang beses na pabalik balik sa lugar at akoy nasa labas pa rin akala yata akoy magnanakaw o lasing hanggang sa hindi makatiis ang police sabay hinto at tawag sakin.Siyay nag aarabic at nag iingles kaya kami nagkaintindihan.Hinanap agad sa akin ang aking iqama-resident permit sa Saudi.Naalala ko pasko nga pala ngayon kaya mainit sila sa mga pinoy at pilit akong inaamoy kung may bakas ng alak dahil dito sa Saudi bawal ang alak.Sorry sya hindi ako amoy alak.Buti na lang hindi pa ako nakapag toothbrush kaya amoy pa rin ang bakas ng Shawarma sa aking bibig at hininga, garlic flavor ata iyon.Wala namang naging problema kaya umalis na ang police.
Ilang minuto pa ang main gate ay bukas na salamat sa Indianong maagang pumasok sa trabaho nya.Sabay panhik sa third floor at nakita si Edwin kumakain ng agahan sabay invite sakin to join with him to partake spaghetti,cake and black coffee pagkatapos ng maikling kamustahan and breakfast akoy nakigulo sa kwarto ni Egay at doon na rin natulog until lunch time.Bumaba sa ground floor para sunduin si Jani para mag lunch together with Manny sa Hayat mall.Ngayon hindi na sya secret dahil nabasa mo na.Maligayang Pasko.

unfortunate events

Matagal-tagal din akong nawala sa mga dahilang hindi ko inaasahan kaya medyo busy lang tulad na lang ng larawan sa itaas ito ay ang TFC dish na nasira dahil sa ginawang bodega at kwarto sa roof top ng aming tinitirahan nayupi ito at nawalan ng signal kaya ilang araw din kaming walang TFC pero sa ngayon ayos na ito.Sa sobrang inis at may kabagalan sa pagkumpuni nito napagpasyahan ko na magpakabit ng Pinoy tv kaya kapuso at kapamilya na ako dito sa Saudi.

Ang pinakamatinding nangyari na sumira sa aking kinahiligan at ito ang pagblog tulad nito ay ang hindi pagkakaunawaan ng aking kasamahan dito sa bahay inaway ako ng matandang matabang kabayan ko na insecure sa buhay-buhay kaya inaway ako dahil sa sobrang sama nya at sakim pinutolan ako ng internet connection kaya hayon matagal din akong hindi nakapagblog.Ngunit pinagpapala pa rin ako dahil may libre akong nasasagap na signal ng internet dito sa gusaling
aking tinitirahan at magandang balita sakin dahil sa ikinabit na bagong system sa botika na naka dsl na ang mga transaction kaya ayon pasimple akong nakakainternet pag walang gaanong tao.

Mabalik tayo sa taong nang away sakin, ang pinagmulan ng kanyang pang aaway ay dahil lang sa extension wire na nasunog na pagmamay ari nya pinaalam ko sa kanya na kung anong nangayari talaga sa wire na iyon dahil ako at ang kasamahan ko ang nakasaksi.Ayaw kaming pakinggan at pinaalam ko din sa kanya na ang wire na iyon ay may history na nasira na noon pa at ginagamit pa rin nila.For safety purposes naman ang aming ibig iparating sa kanya.Napakababaw ng pinagmulan kung ating titingnan ang sitwasyon dahil ayaw nyang makinig at magpatalo kaya nangyari iyon,hay mahirap talaga makisama lalo na sa beteranong ofw na tulad nya generation gap kaya ito LOL.Pagpasensyahan na natin sya.Ang pakikitungo ko sa kanya ay casual na lang hanngang ngayon hindi pa rin nya ako kinikibo.Peace out dawg!!!

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

wonder mom

CONGRATULATIONS FOR A BEAUTIFUL AND FRUITFUL 2008 MAMA!!!
from Saudi with Love


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At the beginning of a venture or a major decision I always sit down and think what is the worst that can happen? If I feel I can live with those situations, I go ahead with that venture, regardless of how risky it is.

I think life brings you a lot of opportunities at you.It opens many doors. We just have to be aware of them and explore what lies beyond.

I believe that every situation that you face in life has a reason. Most of the time, we are so flustered that we don't stop to figure why it happens. But if we do, we will see that we might be standing in front of this doors that just slammed on our face but another one is opening.

Most people are so busy banging their heads on the slammed door thinking it is the end of the line , that they don't look around. I think this is the biggest mistake one can make waste their lives in regrets and what ifs.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Friends and Friendster


Yes i do have a Friendster account and i used this as one of my means of communication to my friends,classmates and my family and to keep me updated to them.As i woke up this morning to check my friendster account because my sister told me via smart roaming number of mine to visit her account because she posted new pictures of her but surprisingly all of my friends list was empty....


Asan na mga friends ko!!!Walang natira bakit zero?Hindi kaya i dinelete nila ako sa list nila?Ayaw na ba nila sa akin? Iyan ang mga bagay na naglaro sa aking isipan. I read what is written on my friends list area!!!SIGHed!!!A big relief on my little problem but a big deal to me!!!Friendster team answered my questions!!!ayan magbasa muna kasi kung ano nakasulat nyahahaha.Isang bulong!!!Maybe tonight or tomorrow it will be okay at magbalik na sila!!!


Your friends list may be inaccurately displayed. Please be assured that all of your friend connections and data stored on Friendster are intact and will be corrected shortly. – Friendster Team

Here are some FAQs to help address your concerns:
What happened to my friends?
Currently, the number of friends in the friends list is being displayed incorrectly.

Are my friends lost permanently?
No. The data for all friend connections is intact and is not lost.

When can this be fixed?
Friendster is currently working on this problem and we hope to have this fixed within 24 hours.

Can I still add friends while the problem has not yet been fixed?
Yes, users can still add new friends and use other features of the site.

What caused this problem?
There was a power outage at our outsourced data center in Santa Clara, California, USA where Friendster’s servers are co-located along side approximately 50 other companies. As a result, the memory caching of data was affected. Since Friendster has 85 million users, the cache is taking a considerable amount of time to build. Once the cache has been completely built, all friends will re-appear.

For the latest updates, please go to
http://blog.friendster.com

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Mag-iipot


While eating my dinner last night, i was watching television show on TFC at the same time and it caught my attention because of the very interesting topic about chickens on Correspondents hosted by Karen Davila,Yes the poultry industry in the Philippines.There is a new job that is generated behind the 150 million chickens and the 15 Billion pesos poultry industry(statistics presented if i am not mistaken) and that job is MAG-IIPOT and by watching it, i cant and i don't finished on what I'm eating because of the videos that was shown.


Ipot means "droppings", or excrement/fecal matter from animals, usually pertaining to smaller types. The word ipot itself is more closely associated with bird droppings than any other animal’s or A juicy globule of bird shit in short TAE and mag iipot is the person who collects it.Nakakaawa naman ang mga mag-iipot because they are not using any protective gear against the bad odor produced by the droppings.The cost of one full sack that mag-iipot collected is only 6 pesos and by that it gives me the idea to value every money that i have.Mahirap talaga kumita ng pera.Dr RJ what can you say about this?May mag iipot din ba dyan sa farm mo sa Australia?


Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Goodbye Isadora


Isadora who?The best kontrabida portrayed by Cherry Pie Picache sa teleseryeng aking sinubaybayan dito sa Saudi via TFC na malaking tulong ito bilang pamatay homesick.

Ito ay walang iba ang Iisa Pa Lamang (lit. The Only One) is a Philippine drama series aired in ABS-CBN.The story revolves around Catherine (Claudine Barretto). All her life, she has been maltreated by Isadora and Scarlet(Angelica Panganiban). But time went by, and she couldn't take it, she started seeking revenge to everyone who changed her life for the worse. She had to sacrifice the most important things in her life. But the question is, who will win? Who will Catherine choose? Miguel(Diether Ocampo?, or Raphael(Gabby Concepcion)? "Iisa pa lamang" is a story of revenge, murder, betrayal and love.Sad to say its over.
Ayayay dito sa Saudi dehins ka IN sa umpukan ng mga kabayan kapag hindi ka nakapanuond ng iisa pa lang.Ito ang aking pinagpupuyatan 3am kasi pinapalabas dito sa Saudi kaya iyon sabog sa umaga pagpasok pero nakakarelate naman sa usapan nila kabayan......Nakamiss lang kasi wala na as in tapos na.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Miss Earth and her Earthworm


This entry and the picture that I'm using is in relation from the pageant that i watched last night via The Filipino Channel ,Miss Earth.It reminds me of my first encounter and a chance to have a photo taken together with a beauty queen, she is Alexandra Braun Waldeck of Venezuela,Miss Earth 2005, together with her Earthworm yeah its me proud to be her earthworm nyahaha.It happened way back when I was in the Philippines two years ago when my former company that i worked to sponsored an event about Cancer Awareness and she is one of our guest.

About the pageant that i watched last night ,the Philippines' Karla Paula Henry was crowned as this year's Miss Earth, during the Coronation Night held at the Clark Expo Amphitheater in Pampanga, north of Manila on November 9,2008.

Henry bested 84 other contestants from all over the world, succeeding Canada's Jessica Trisko, Miss Earth 2007.The Theme for this years competition focused on green lifestyle during the coronation night on Sunday. Congrats Ms. Philippines from your earthworm here in KSA.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Lost Iqama

This is a one of a kind bad experience for me here in KSA.Hear yeah !!!hear yeah!!!I lost my Iqama or my residence permit here in Saudi Arabia ,two months ago, days before Ramadan.I lost it together with my Philippine drivers license that are both kept on my Mundipharma wallet,

I wasn't robbed, i just lost it, so careless about my things.Iqama is very important here in Saudi Arabia to do all the transactions here.It took two months for me to get my new Iqama,it looks like an atm card.Since i am based here in Al-Khobar Eastern region of KSA, i was oblige to go to Riyadh, Central Region of KSA where our main office is located to process my new Iqama.For me to travel to Riyadh legally my sponsor sent to me my passport.

With the help of our company's liaison officer and my interpreter for arabic it is easy for me to processed it.Thank you Mr.Mubarak for all your help.I have to go personally at Jawazat or the Immigration and passport office so they can get my fingerprints and photograph.We are both so early to Jawazat and before lunch time we are done.Finally I got my new Iqama now, only two days old

These were the added information that I learned from that experience about Iqama.Normally the validity of iqama is for one year. If you lost your iqama, first you have to advertise in an Arabic language newspaper that you lost it then wait for 15 days for it to be found, hopefully. If not attach the advertisement and re apply for a new one to be issued based on the original one.


Important things to do regarding Iqama.


1. Keep a telephone number in your Iqama in case it gets lost or stolen so the 'finder' can contact you.

2. If you are a victim of pick-pocket, don't leave the crime scene and immediately call 999.

3. Call another friend who can communicate in Arabic to go to you.

4. If you will have no difficulty getting a letter from your sponsor and bringing your liaison officer to the Jawazat, better do it the "right' way and apply for a new Iqama and this is the one i did.




Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Chicken:to love or to hate


As i was visiting the blog of Nebz i came across to read an interesting blog that talked about chicken written by my fellow pinoy blogger a veterinarian who is based in a land down under hes name is Dr. Rj.Why oh why I'm so interested about hes entry to his blog because chicken did something wrong to my body.
As i open my eyes and welcome the first day of November i felt so weak,uneasy,not comfortable, have difficulty in breathing and unbearable itchiness all throughout my body.As i rushed to my comfort room to examine my body i was so amazed and frieghtened on what i saw voila tiny red spots on my skin as if it is new year for me wearing personalized tiny polka dots costume.But i dont panic because i know now who is the main culprit of this crime committed on my body.
Napapanahon ang pangyayari sa araw ng November 1 ang mga kaluluwa ng mga manok na aking kinain ay nagsipaglabasan na sa aking katawan. Hindi naman ako nakulam coz i know walang mangkukuklam dito sa Saudi.
Rewind!!!...Rewind and think on what i ate on that night. gotcha!!! its chicken.It happened to me again here in Saudi.Yes i got an allergy from chicken.Too much eating of chicken is the main cause if i am not mistaken.Where in this kingdom porky babe is not legally welcome on their dishes on any restaurant or any butchery that's why chicken dominates all in their choices of menu here in Saudi Arabia aside from beef and lamb so no choice but to eat chicken either broasted,khabsa,shawarma or adobo.
Thanks God to Zyrtec my saviour to ease and enlighten my burden caused by this allergy.But i love eating chicken.Uulit pa ako nyahahaha.Anyways I'm now okay may kaunting bakas lang ng krimen na ginawa ng manok.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Girls of Riyadh

Alahamdalalah is the word that i muttered (which means to say thanks be to God the expression that i borrowed from the Muslims brothers here in Saudi Arabia)when finally this controversial book is legally available now at Jarir bookstore printed and translated to English and with out any hesitation I purchased this book.The book that I'm talking about is Girls of Riyadh and I'm done reading it.

The book is surprisingly informative and offers a rare glimpse into the secretive lives of Saudi women behind their black cloak and veil.The book answered all my questions on how do Saudi ladies do their shopping, attending parties ,dating,courtship and weddings.

Girls of Riyadh or Banat al-Riyadh, is a novel by Rajaa Alsanea. The book, written in the form of e-mails, recounts the love lives of four young Saudi girls, Lamees, Michelle (half Saudi, half American), Gamrah, and Sadeem. It describes the relationship between men and women in the conservative Saudi-Arabian Islamic culture.

Originally released in Arabic in 2005, Girls of Riyadh was immediately banned in
Saudi Arabia due to (experienced) controversial and inflammatory content. Black-market copies of the novel circulated and Girls of Riyadh has been a bestseller across much of the Middle East.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Ramadan Days!!!


This is the punishment for myself of being so lazy to update my blog.To think and remember the things that I've done to my life for the past,( let me count) one and two months ayayay let now my brain work on it.


Oh well , Big thanks to my photographs that i captured during those some special event and the likes as a souvenirs help me remember on what happened. I will start it from the holy season for the Muslims here in Saudi Arabia the Ramadan days.Ramadan time is so memorable for me because my schedule of work is very different form my normal working hour.


Since I'm working in a pharmacy following the mall business hours which start late in the afternoon until late at night so it means to say i have plenty of time to go party with my new found friends yahooooo.More invites here and there from some of my pinoy community here in Saudi Arabia.I discover new things and surprised me about the life here in the kingdom.New discoveries for me.I love it.


It is so Ironic because Ramadan here in Saudi Arabia is a time of fasting in the morning but for me it is a time for gluttony thats why i gain sooooo much weight it makes me fat.

Juan Tamad no more!!!


Juan Tamad who?Days and then weeks and then for a month now here i am again to my blog site trying to update and update.
From those moments i felt that the lost soul of Juan Tamad reincarnated and entered to my innocent body and that makes me soooo lazy to update my blog. So who is this Juan Tamad anyway?
According to my bestfriend Wiki Juan Tamad (Filipino for "Lazy John"), is a character in Philippine folklore noteworthy for extreme laziness. He is usually portrayed as a child, although in some interpretations, he is said to be a young man.Arguably, the Juan Tamad story most often told illustrates his utmost laziness to the point of stupidity that it becomes comedic.

Is there a similarity?I guess there is, so let me go backward and study those events that occurred to me and let Juan Tamad be free from my body.By doing that I'm now updating my blog.Yahoooo.
The reasons why i finally decided for myself to go on line and make this blog are the following:
1. to kill the boredom and make blogging as a passing time here in the Kingdom of Big brother ,the Saudi Arabia.
2.To let my friends and my family be updated about the things I'm doing to my life.
3.and let this blog be my souvenir as an ofw and read and review all my entries when the time i go back to my beautiful, free and open country las islas filipinas...nyahaaha.

But i am so surprised that there are some people out there who reads my blog and interested and be updated about on what i am doing about my kaleidoscope world . Thank you.

Why updating my blog makes me so lazy? one reason is that i I don't like the poor service of my internet provider the Saudi telecom company always have a problem with my connection to the Internet.hayayay!!! but now its pretty doing well hope this coming days i will not encounter problems with my internet provider.Sayang ng binabayad ko.LoL and be free from Juan Tamad.sana nga!!!Sarap kaya matulog!!!

Friday, October 24, 2008

hibernation



Hello to all my friends out there who are eagerly waiting to know for my updates about my whereabouts of my life.I just want only to post my pictures for this entry if these are appropriate for the title that i used and more stories to follow coz am kinda lazy and all i want to do is to sllllleeppppp, a good quality of sleep............thank you.....hello meow

Thursday, September 18, 2008

happy birthday party number two




This is my second birthday party that was organized by Dr. Alan with the help of his friends.I would like to thank Chef Bernz with his associate Tolitz for cooking the sumptous dinner for everyone Im so thanktful for them for sharing thier skills in cooking and it is a gift given wholeheartedly for me.Thank you all for joining and sharing your time with me.

happy birthday party number one


I just want to share the happiness of celebrating the birthday of mine to everyone September 16 is the date that i should treasured and a day of thanksgiving.I would like to thank my friends for the greetings,for the party,for the gifts and for the love and support.I missed my family I celebrated my birthday again without them.This is my second time to celebrate it here in Saudi Arabia.My pre birthday celebration, a party done in Tony Romas in Corniche,Al-khobar KSA is full of surprises,gifts and events something not to forget,moments that is something to be treasured of.

birthday cake number one

A surprised choco-vanilla ice cream cake by my friends.Thank you.

birthday cake number two



This is my second birthday cake, a choco vanilla cake ,a gift given by Dr Alan an optometrist here in Saudi and it was specially made by his friend a Pinoy Pastry chef named Charlotta aka Kimsamsoom.


Friday, September 5, 2008

first year in al-khobar


Today is my first year anniversary of staying here in Al-khobar after in Riyadh.I like it here,clean,beautiful surroundings,little relax compared to Riyadh,major places are near to each other,friendly people,near the beach oh i love the views, i love the salty crisp air flashing on my face.What i hate here is the humid weather as if i am on a big sauna room,just standing and doing nothing almost all of my body is sweating but still i love it.Thanks God i survived the Al-khobar life style so simple yet amazing and i learned so many things in dealing about life specially when boredom strikes and i surprised myself of new hobbies and new discoveries.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Pansit Tiwi


The information about Pansit of Tiwi is worth a million of pesos as what Edu Mansano the host of Pilipinas Game Ka na Ba? asked his contestant on what is the main ingredients that makes pansit of Tiwi,Albay special, sad to say the contestant don't know the answer so no one million pesos for him, but it is more too bad on my part that Tiwi is my hometown and i don't know anything about it.Shame on me but anyway my big thanks to The Filipino Channel for airing that show here in KSA and I am now informed that Pansit of Tiwi is made up of seaweeds.To confirmed that info i phoned my dad about that matter and it is true according to him.I searched it also on the internet and surprisingly there is an article talked about it written by my classmate in high school who is now a reporter in ABS-CBN,thank you Sarita.

Albay folk promote seaweed 'pansit'
By SARITA KARE;ABS-CBN Regional Network Group


Pansit or rice noodles -- how ever you cook it -- is a favorite Pinoy fare.But coastal residents of Tiwi town in Albay province have discovered a new pansit variety right in their backyard.Seaweed pansit has become a favorite among residents, thus creating another business opportunity for farmers.



Tiwi is teeming with seaweeds, making it the perfect place for seaweed pansit makers.Aside from its unique taste, seaweed noodles is packed with health-benefits."We cant get calcium from seaweed and it's good for the children's bone and teeth development. For adults, seaweed has magnesium that prevents cardiovascular [problems],” said Seth Conde, the town’s project manager for seaweed pansit production.



Seaweed noodles can be cooked into pansit canton, pansit luglug, spaghetti or carbonara.A pack of seaweed noodles costs P25 while a kilo is sold for P50.Some residents have also made chips out of seaweeds sold at P10 per pack.Seaweed noodles are also making a social impact in Tiwi."We're targetting schools that have malnourished children," said Conde.



Presently, seaweed-made products are being manufactured at the back of the municipal gym.There are also plans to supply seaweed pansit to various businesses in the province.So if you're in Albay -- make sure to visit Tiwi where seaweed noodles have helped families earn extra income provide a food source for poverty-stricken children and put the municipality on the gourmet map.









Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Shopping Experience,Kingdom Centre,Riyadh KSA








Shopping here in Saudi Arabia is also a very one of a kind experience.It is very different from the Philippines that everybody is allowed to enter the mall like in Glorietta,Greenbelt or any SM super malls.

Here in Saudi Arabia there are malls where only families are only allowed to enter and bachelors are not allowed especially the Saudis or any Arab nationalities but for some expat like to Filipinos,Americans and British or European nationalities security guards give considerations for them to do shopping.Before going to mall phoned first the customer service if bachelors are allowed to enter for not to waste time and effort.All people working in shopping malls from cashiers, sales people are all males and don't be surprised if there is no females that will assist you.Store hours also must be observed in shopping because as we all know KSA is a conservative Muslim country so prayer time is strictly followed and during prayer time all showrooms,boutiques and all establishments are closed .Five or so minutes before the prayer call customers are asked to leave the shop,the staff also exit closing the shutters and failure to do so religious police or the Mutaween also known as the Authority for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice will catch the staff and the customer for disciplinary measures.

This affects shoppers particularly at Midday or Dhur, prayer start between 11:30am and 12:30 pm,it is worthwhile checking if the shop will re-open after prayers, as many stores and malls close between midday and 4:00pm or after mid afternoon or Asr prayer , because during that span of time the temperature is at its highest so its is a siesta time.Shopping malls open from 9:00am until or before midday prayer time. Also during Sunset or Maghrib,prayers start between 5:30pm and 6:30 pm and last prayer time of the day the Isha or dinnertime prayers start between 7pm and 8pm and re-open until 10 or 11pm.

This mall the Mamlaka or Kingdom Centre (Arabic: برج المملكة‎) is very closed to my apartment only a block away when i was assigned working in Riyadh and it is my landmark for not to get lost in the city.Kingdom Tower is the tallest skyscraper in Saudi Arabia, somewhat resembling a modern bottle opener. With a height of 303 m (992 ft), it is the 24th tallest building in world.

The tower is host to the highest mosque in the world. The Kingdom Centre is owned by Alwaleed bin Talal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, a prince of the Saudi royal family. It is also the headquarters of his holding company: Kingdom Holding Company. The total cost of the project was 2 billion Saudi Arabian Riyals and the contract was taken by Saudi Arabian El Saif and the Italian Impregilo S.P.A. Kingdom Centre is situated in Al-Urubah Road between King Fahd Road and Olaya Street in the growing business district of Olaya in Riyadh.

Kingdom Centre was the winner of the 2002 Emporis Skyscraper Award, selected as the "best skyscraper of the world for design". A three-level shopping center, which also won a major design award, fills the east wing. The large opening is illuminated at night in continuously changing colors. Besides the shopping mall, the Centre includes a Four Seasons Hotel and state-of-the-art apartments. The 56 meter long skybridge atop the skyscraper contains a public observation deck and a view of the entire city of Riyadh.

The Shopping Mall contains 170 prestigious stores.The first and second floor is open to both gender and third floor is stictcly for females only where they can freely remove thier veil or abayas.If you feel hungry during shopping and if you want to eat,the wide array of choices of local and international fast food chains is located in ground floor ,also the Family and bachelors section is stricly followed.Enjoy Shopping.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Polvoron



Almost two months now when Mark and Egay arrived here in Saudi Arabia from the Philippines, special polvoron of goldilocks was the pasalubong for me and today i ate the last piece of yummy polvoron.I love it and i will miss it.

Polvoron is a special blend of toasted flour, milk, butter and sugar, cooked and then molded. Available in special and these flavored variants - cashew, peanut, crisped rice (pinipig), marble and cookies and cream.

Polvoron. So simple. So yummy. So reminds-me-of-my-childhood fun. There’s a game we used to play when we eat polvoron. The contestants put a piece of the treat in their mouths, and the first one who can produce a whistle wins.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

ninoy in me

Just this morning as i open my television the program aired on TFC is Boy and Kris.The show gave tribute to the 25th year death anniversary of Ninoy Aquino.Watching it awakened the spirit of being Filipino in me to love and give honor to my beloved country. I felt the Ninoy Spirit within me.I am a hero.I do what I believe is Right.I do what I believe is Good.I fight for Justice.I fight for freedom.I am a hero.In a big way,In a small way.In my own way.I am Ninoy.I am mightyDacz.I am an OFW.Mabuhay ang mga bigatin saang sulok man ng mundo.Ninoy keep on smiling eventhough your heart is breaking.Mabuhay........

one hundred years of solitude

Alas!!!Finally I'm done reading this book.This is my reaction until reading the very last page of this book because I misplaced this book and i don't know where did i put this when i moved to my new apartment,until last week i found it mixed up with my unused clothes in my luggage.

Here in Saudi Arabia the more i develop, I love and appreciate the hobby on reading novels.Reading became my past time here,maybe because I don't have any options aside from blogging because here is very different mind you there is no public cinema here very different from the country i came from and watching movies with my friends is one of my hobbies before.I am an occasional reader and it depends on the book that i read, sometimes too lazy to finish reading a novel.But this novel is a must to be read book,highly recommended by my writer friend in the Philippines.

There is only one bookstore here in KSA that carries English books on there choices and that is Jarir Bookstore and copies is very limited thats why you have to phoned them so that they will reserved a copy for you. I am lucky i get one.What inspired me after reading the book is to make a family tree for my clan to trace my roots.To all my friends this is a magnificent novel please do read and enjoy the work of Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

One Hundred Years of Solitude (Spanish: Cien años de soledad) is a novel by Nobel Prize winning Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez that was first published in Spanish in 1967 (Buenos Aires: Sudamericana), with an English translation by Gregory Rabassa released in 1970 (New York: Harper and Row). The book is widely considered García Márquez's magnum opus, metaphorically encompassing the history of Colombia or Latin America.


The novel chronicles a family's struggle and the history of their fictional town, Macondo, for one hundred years. García Márquez acknowledges in his autobiography
Living to Tell the Tale that Macondo was based on the towns where he spent his childhood. Like many other novels by Gabriel García Márquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude crosses genres, combining elements of history, magical realism, and pure fiction.

One Hundred Years of Solitude does not have a plot in the conventional sense of the word. Instead, Marquez uses the novel to explore a literary conceit, to wit: that it is vitally important for people to remember their history, otherwise they will suffer for it. Taking this as his theme, Marquez illustrates it repeatedly throughout the novel in a number of seemingly unconnected incidents which make up the narrative.




By using different incidents to illustrate the same theme throughout the novel, Marquez is able to disconcert the reader with significant changes in the emotional tone. For example: in the whimsical case of Remedios the Beauty's assumption into heaven, one is led to think that the lack of memory for history leads to the innocent blurring of myth and reality. However, this is then contrasted with the incident of a violent massacre, which is effectively covered up by the authorities, leading one to question whether Marquez does not intend the novel to be a biting criticism of terrible human rights abuses which may have happened in Colombia, and Latin America generally.


Tellingly, the village of Macondo is completely destroyed at the end of the novel, along with all traces of its existence: implying that its inhabitants have failed to make any lasting impression on history, and that there is now no longer any method of determining whether any of the events in the novel might be true or not.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

McArabia



Dining at fastfood chain is the big solution and a big help to satisfies my hunger here in Saudi Arabia because I'm too lazy to cook for myself at home.The best way to do it is to eat at McDonalds and my favorite here in there menu is the Chicken McArabia,beef is also available.The only difference of McArabia to burgers that they served is the type of bread that they used. Grilled chicken McArabia is served and dressed in Arabic flatbread with black sesame seeds.There is no Mc Spaghetti, rice and chicken served here in KSA unlike in the Philippines.Dining also here is different, bachelors and family are not allowed to eat together so there is a special section for the family and bachelors.This practice of dining is observed to all fast food chains and restaurants.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Cats







Hello to all, finally i made it again to update my blog.I found some difficulty to log in to blog spot due to poor connection of internet here in our new apartment.So anyway I'm so thankful today.I will re introduce my pet.Actually im not the real owner of these cats my Brazilian friend named Rudy who is on vacation now is the owner, since nobody will take care of his cats he left it with me.I gave the name Shobe and Ditch to the kittens and Meowie Taylor for the mother, sounds like a sexy actress in the Philippines.Right meow?Rudy instructed me on how to take care of these cats.In the morning put them all in a box full of pebbles so they can pooh and peeh.Feed the cats three times a day.Twice a week give them a shower and last on the list especially instructed to me don't kill the cat just to make them siopao because they know how to fight i taught them capoira Rudy said to me.LOL.Meowi e the mother is not an ordinary cat,one time when she escaped to Rudy in the apartment and when she came back to the house she is now pregnant to shobe and Ditch the father is an unknown strange Saudi cat.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Video of my cats

Another reason that made me busy is by taking care of my new pet.This is the video of my cats meet Ditch and shobe.Dedicated to Meow D of Mundi.

I'm back.

Finally I'm back to blogging again.Welcome back to me and it is so nice to update my page again for after a month of absence here in blogspot,so exciting.Sorry for the inconvenience and for keep on waiting for the updates about me especially to Meow and Bob,hello to both of you.The only reason why i cant make it to update my page is that I moved to a new apartment,my new accommodation here in Saudi Arabia.That's what made me busy and there is no internet connection ready yet.Obviously right now i do have now my internet connection,thank you to Joener for sharing the wi-fi connection.I missed my fellow blogger and i want to say hello to all like to Laura Stone,Sheila Catalan,Meow,Mel,Ms kalidadis,Ms Babette and to Kit Zulueta.Thank you.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Louis Vuitton


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Today is the first year of my first Louis Vuitton wallet.I bought it in Kingdom Tower, Riyadh Saudi Arabia on July 7,2007. Bob is the one who accompanied me to purchased it.


According to my horoscope that day 777 or July 7,2007 is the best day to purchase something for myself as a gift or reward for hardwork. I chose Louis Vuitton because it gave me the sign from the Logo itself that LV is the perpect gift. From the popular monogram canvas i saw the triple seven from the logo and that is the sign.Louis Vuitton is my magic wallet,my wallet that never runs out of cash.LoL.hope it will not stop to produce more!!!



Facts on Louis Vuitton
From Wikipedia


Louis Vuitton Malletier, or sometimes shortened to LV, is a
French luxury fashion and leather goods brand and company, one of the main divisions of LVMH headquartered in Paris, France. Known especially for bags and trunks, the company collaborates with prominent figures for marketing and design (most notably supermodel Gisele Bündchen and fashion designer Marc Jacobs). Internationally renowned and highly regarded for name recognition in the fashion world, as a result LV has become one of the most counterfeited contemporary luxury brands.
LV is also one of the oldest fashion houses in the world, having started in 1854. It sells its products strictly through its own retail stores and online (as an effort against counterfeit). It primarily competes with
Versace, Gucci, Chanel, Prada and similar luxury fashion brands.



History
In the late 19th century, Louis Vuitton was a renowned trunks and luggage retailer. Entering into the 20th century, the company expanded in terms of locations and financial success. Beginning in the middle of the century, it entered the fashion world, integrating its signature Monogram Canvas into purses and bags. Its merger to create
LVMH became a milestone step, and from then on, LV came to acquire its luxury fashion image known today.
Prominent figures to have exclusively ordered Louis Vuitton luggage in history include
Congo explorer Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza, who ordered a combined trunk and bed from the company, and American conductor Leopold Stokowski (for his travels), whose traveling secrétaire was designed by Gaston-Louis Vuitton.

Biography of Louis Vuitton
Louis Vuitton (born,
August 4, 1821; died, February 27, 1892),future founder of his eponymous company, was born in Jura, France (now part of the commune of Lavans-sur-Valouse). In 1835, he moved to Paris. The trip from his hometown to Paris was over 400 kilometers (249 mi), and he traveled the distance by foot. On his way there, he picked up a series of odd jobs to pay for his journey.

There, he became an apprentice Layetier to prominent households.Because of his well established reputation in his field, Napoleon III of France appointed Vuitton as Layetier to his wife, Empress Eugénie de Montijo. Through his experience with the french aristocracy, he developed expert knowledge of what made a good travelling case. It is now that he begins to design his own luggage, setting the foundations for LV Co.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Discover Riyadh

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Riyadh (Arabic: الرياض‎ Ar-Riyāḍ) is the capital of Saudi Arabia and its largest city. It is also the capital of Riyadh Province, and belongs to the historical regions of Nejd and Al-Yamama. It is situated in the center of the Arabian Peninsula on a large plateau, and is home to over 4,260,000 people.
The city is divided into 15 municipal districts, managed by Riyadh Municipality headed by the mayor of Riyadh, and the Riyadh Development Authority, chaired by Governor of
Riyadh Province, Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz.
The current mayor of Riyadh is
Abdul Aziz ibn Ayyaf Al Migrin, appointed in 1998.

The name Riyadh is derived from the plural of the Arabic word rawdha, which means "garden," particularly those formed in the desert after the spring rains. Riyadh has for more than 1500 years been a fertile area set in the heartland of the Arabian Peninsula.The settlement was historically famous for its Palm Trees and Dates and Orchards. The modern name was first applied to only certain parts of the settlement where orchards predominated. Gradually the name was used for the entire settlement.

Friday, July 4, 2008

Terrorist Attacked



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This video that you are watching happened a year ago to the place where i am working right now.This is in Panda Supermarket,Dammam Saudi Arabia.I wasn't aware about this because that time, this event occurred i was still in the Philippines.

My fellow Pinoy shared this video, for me to be aware on the history of the place.He is working that time to the adjacent building where his office is located.He witnissed the crime from his window and it was captured from a mobile phone by his arab colleagues.At first knowing and watching the video my reaction is to be scared but examining the place now it is peaceful and well secured so no need for me to be frightened and to be worried about it.

That's why whoever ask the exact location of my health shop they knew it easily by means of that event happened in the store.To all my friends don't worry about me everything now is okay, and the place is now well secured and peaceful.

Belo Essentials in Saudi Arabia



Whenever I heard the word Belo the first thing that comes into my mind is Beauty and the meaning of beauty based on my observation from Belo is having a flawless,light and unwanted or fat free skin and for me to have it you must spend money so it is expensive but not anymore today.Thanks to the idea of launching Belo essentials by that you can experience belo in the affordable or the cheapest way.



Belo is very popular here in Saudi Arabia,most of the Filipinos want to have a flawless skin especially the ladies and part of the itinerary when they want to have their vacation to the Philippines is to visit Belo clinic.Now, no need for them to wait for the vacation. In Saudi Arabia, Filipinos can experience belo by means of Belo essentials because it is now available in the Filipino Market in Batha,Riyadh KSA.



Belo Essentials composed of the following products:



Belo Essentials Whitening Body Bar Soap with Dermlight Skin System



A body bar that lightens skin naturally and safely with its Dermlight Skin System - a combination of alpine plant extracts, California prune fruit pulp, and skin vitamins.
Reduces skin darkening by inhibiting tyrosinase, which leads to melanin build-up. This ensures faster, more visible whitening results.
Cleanses gently and prevents dryness, resulting in silky soft skin. Chamomile extracts soothes skin and shields it from irritation.




Belo Essentials Smoothing Body Bar Soap with Dermlight Skin System



With microbeads that exfoliate for smoother skin, this body bar lightens skin naturally with its Dermlight Skin System.
A combination of California prune fruit pulp, and skin vitamins. Exfoliates to reveal newer, smoother skin.
Reduces skin darkening by inhibiting tyrosinase, which leads to melanin build-up. Cleanses gently and prevents dryness, resulting in silky soft skin.
Chamomile extracts soothes skin and shields it from irritation.




Belo Essentials Pore Minimizing Whitening Face Wash with Dermlight Skin System



A facial wash that minimizes pores for smoother, clearer skin.
Lightens skin naturally and safely with its Dermlight Skin System - a combination of alpine plant extracts, California prune fruit pulp, and skin vitamins.
Promotes skin renewal, helping minimize pores for noticeably finer, youthful skin.
Reduces skin darkening by inhibiting tyrosinase, which leads to melanin build-up. This ensures faster, more visible whitening results.
Moisturizes gently. Chamomile extracts soothes skin and shields it from irritation.




Belo Essentials Whitening Face Wash with Dermlight Skin System



A facial wash that lightens your skin naturally and safely with its Dermlight Skin System - a combination of alpine plant extracts, California prune fruit pulp, and skin vitamins.
Reduces skin darkening by inhibiting tyrosinase, which leads to melanin build-up. This ensures faster, more visible whitening results. Evens out skin tone.
Cleans gently and retains skin's natural moisture. Chamomile extracts soothes skin and shields it from irritation.




Belo Essentials Whitening Lotion SPF 15 with Dermlight Skin System



With reinforced sunscreen that protects skin from harmful UV rays, this body lotion lightens your skin naturally and safely with its Dermlight Skin System - a combination of alpine plant extracts, California prune fruit pulp, and skin vitamins.
With sunscreen that shields skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays. Reduces skin darkening by inhibiting tyrosinase, which leads to melanin build-up. This ensures faster, more visible whitening results.
With Pentavitin that provides longer lasting moisture. Chamomile extracts soothes skin and shields it from irritation.




Belo Essentials Whitening Lotion with Dermlight Skin System



With reinforced sunscreen that protects skin from harmful UV rays, this body lotion lightens your skin naturally and safely with its Dermlight Skin System - a combination of alpine plant extracts, California prune fruit pulp, and skin vitamins.
Reduces skin darkening by inhibiting tyrosinase, which leads to melanin build-up. This ensures faster, more visible whitening results.
With Pentavitin that provides longer lasting moisture. Chamomile extracts soothes skin and shields it from irritation.






Thursday, July 3, 2008

Vans shoes





I like the checkerd design of Vans shoes thats why i bought it.It is also comfortable to my feet and it is also fashionable.My first pair is white and the second is blue.

Vans
From Wikipedia


Vans is a Southern California-based manufacturer of sneakers, skateboarding shoes and other shoe types catering primarily to the skateboarder/surfer youth market.
Contents

History

1st vans factory
Originally known as Van Doren Rubber Company, Vans was founded on March 16, 1966 by Pauul Van Doren, Jim Van Doren (Brother), Serge D'Elia (Investor based in Japan), and Gordy Leeon 704E Broadway in Los Angeles, CA.
At first, Vans shoes were produced in the store, decades later American production of Vans shoes ended in July 1995. Vans began taking custom orders when people wanted different color schemes on their shoes. In the beginning, Vans designed their shoes with a diamond tread. Later on, the middle part of each shoe cracked and fell apart during heavy use, prompting Vans to add vertical lines in the tread to increase strength, friction and grip. The tread was officially named the "waffle-sole."
Today, Vans works heavily in the
surfing, skateboarding, snowboarding, urban and punk markets. The brand has also become popular over the last two years after re-introducing their much-loved slip-on. They have also marketed additional items such as clothing and skateboarding accessories.

Music scene
Kevin Lyman proposed to Vans, a music tour nationwide while Steve Van Doren wanted to do a skateboarding competition nationwide which then became Vans Warped tour with its first appearance in 1995 at the Hard Rock Cafe in Newport Beach, CA
In recent years, the bay area
hip-hop scene has begun to show interest in the brand, which has been popularized by the hip-hop group The Pack. The punk / ska band The Suicide Machines wrote The Vans Song as a tribute to the brand, and the rap group The Pack followed suit with their song, Vans.
In 2008, Vans - along with
Relentless and Rock Sound - sponsored the UK tour of American supergroup *shels.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Livestrong wristband




I bought one Livestrong wristband at Go Sport in Granada Mall, a distributor of Nike products in Saudi Arabia.


Brightly colored, rubbery wrist bands are an affordable fashion jewelry trend. But these soft bangle bracelets are a trend with a purpose. Each colored band represents a particular disease or societal concern. The hope is that people will be reminded of those issues when they see the bracelets worn. This "raised awareness" of issues can lead to increased research into cures for disease and better funding of programs designed to help those in need.


What is this Livestrong wristband?


Livestrong wristband
From Wikipedia


The Livestrong wristband
The Livestrong wristband is a
yellow silicone wristband (a gel bracelet) launched in May of 2004 as a fund-raising item for the Lance Armstrong Foundation, founded by cyclist and cancer survivor Lance Armstrong. The wristband itself was developed by Nike and their ad agency Wieden+Kennedy.


Purpose
The band is part of the "Wear Yellow Live Strong" educational program. The program is intended to raise money for cancer research, raise cancer awareness, and encourage people to live life to the fullest.

The band sells individually, as well as in packs of 10, 100, and 1,200 as part of an effort to raise $25 million for the Lance Armstrong Foundation in cooperation with Nike who manufactures the "live strong" bands in Austin, Texas the home of Lance Armstrong and other world wide manufacturing plants and sells the wristbands through their Nike outlets worldwide. This target was achieved within 6 months, and there have now been 70 million Livestrong bands sold to date. Individual bands sell for US$1 each.


Yellow was chosen for its importance in professional
cycling, as it is the color of the yellow jersey worn by the leader of the Tour de France. Other charities were inspired by the success of the Livestrong bracelets, and many charities have developed their own wristbands for raising money and awareness.