Saturday, May 31, 2008
Birthdays is a special day for everyone especially to the one celebrating his birthday!!! Even its late to greet them anyway still i will greet them a happy happy birthday!!!To my friends in the Philippines To Meow and Java even im not in your parties because im too far very far from both of you and yet i enjoyed your parties even in my dream hahahaha special cake to all of you just pick the candles appropriate to you age and blow nyahahaha,to Mike wakee also happy birthday....Portia thank you, hello shyn thank you for forwarding your new mobile number.....I miss you all....CHEERIO
Hello everyone im back again.Ooooohhhh how time flies that fast,just like a wink of an eye and I cant believe it for myself that the beautiful and magnificent month of May for me is over.Yeah you heard and read it right, as what the title of this post is Lucky May!!!Yup yup yup I felt so lucky and very blessed for this month.The reasons why:
- Number one on my list is obcourse the laurel of my career as an ofw is by passing the exam.
- Second is,I barely noticed and forget to celebrate that on May 24,2008 is my one month of staying here on blogspot.Thank you google.Anyway belated Happy monthsary to me.
- And finally,im happy for meeting new friends here in blogspot from any part of the globe,World peace peepz,lol........THANK YOU all.
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Now, the second campaign organized by the non-profit New7Wonders Foundation, to choose the New 7 Wonders of Nature, is off to a promising start: Some 200 nominations were submitted by some half a million people within the first few months of the campaign.
To all my Kababayans, please visit www.new7wonders.com and please support and vote for the PHILIPPINES entries,
PHILIPPINES - Asia
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Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park
PHILIPPINES - Asia
PHILIPPINES - Asia
Be a part of the history.Vote now.Thank you
Thursday, May 22, 2008
I received the confirmation to take the exam in Saudi Commission for Health Specialties so it means to say that all my documents that i submitted is approved.The scheduled date for me is on May 19,2008,10:00 am and the venue is in Riyadh and it is a 5hours drive away from my place which is Al-Khobar, eastern region of KSA.I have to be in Riyadh a day before the exam day.There are three ways to reach Riyadh by plane,by bus or by train.I choose to take the train because i haven't try it yet especially for a four to five hours travel and it is a wonderful experience.Dammam Railway Station: It is located at Abdullaa Fouad District alongside ISKAN Building on Dammam-Khobar highway.I bought the tickect one way Dammam to Riyadh, the departure time is 12:30 pm and i arrived Malaz Station in riyadh at 15 minutes before five .I will share to you some facts regarding the Saudi railways:
Families have separate areas from those who are single. Families to be seated on front rows and bachelors at the back area.
A dining or restaurant car service is available at reasonable prices, Snack food may also be served to passengers while they are on their seats.
Places for prayers are provided.
Possibility of usage of mobile phones.
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Professional Classification, Professional Registration
The Professional Classification aims at evaluating the abilities and efficiency of the Health Practitioner and authenticating his qualifications to determine the appropriate professional Grade and status compatible to his qualifications and efficiency at the time of evaluation. The Professional Classification also aims at eliminating those who are proved to be unqualified to practice safe health profession in the Kingdom in accordance with the responsibilities of the Commission stipulated in paragraphs (7) & (11) of article  of the Law of the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties.
To fulfill the above mentioned objective, the Commission holds regular periodical examinations five times annually at the various regions of the Kingdom, in addition to the evaluation committees which are active all year round reviewing consultants’ applications for professional classification. The Commission had also concluded a contract with one of the international companies for holding examinations for professional classification all year round inside and outside the Kingdom using state-of-the art technology for such purpose. The Professional Classification of Health Certificates Committee of eleven members headed by the Secretary General of the Commission and membership of representatives from all various health service sectors undertakes the professional classification. The members of the Committee seek the assistance of numerous committees and bodies inside and outside the Kingdom in carrying out its important task.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
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Sunday, May 11, 2008
A Filipino maid was repeatedly mauled and raped by her Saudi employer after allegedly stealing jewelry from her boss, ABS-CBN Middle East News Bureau reported Friday. Emily, 32, said she fled to the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh last Wednesday after being tortured by her employer and his three sons.
Her body bears testament to the abuse. Emily's entire back is black, blue and red while her arms, legs and fingers are swollen. She also has a black eye, which she got after being punched repeatedly.
Friday, May 9, 2008
Wage hike concerns are affecting Filipino workers not just in Metro Manila but in the far Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
By JULIE JAVELLANA-SANTOSabs-cbnNEWS.com
Overseas Filipino workers in the Middle East are experiencing "double-bladed" inflation: rising commodity prices at home and back home.
Riyadh-based OFW Francis Oca said they started to feel the "double-bladed" attack as early as July last year.
In an e-mail message to abs-cbnNEWS.com, Oca said that at his jobsite in Riyadh, the annual rent for his apartment has gone up from SR16,000 to SR19,000 (P160,000 to P190,000), which translates to a 19% increase.
The price of "broast chicken" or breaded roast chicken, the most common meal, has risen from SR10 to SR12 (P100 to P120), a 20% increase.
A small can of light tuna, which used to cost SR2.50, is now SR3.25 (P25 to P32.50), a 30% increase.
Prices of other basic commodities, like rice, fish, and soap, all went up by an average of 30%.
“Only the prices of milk and petroleum products have not gone up,” Oca said.
Prices back home
Back home, Oca said that despite the strong peso and high economic growth, tuition, transport and food costs have gone up between 30% to 50% since January 2007.
Even if the price increase is on the low side, it still has a big impact on his purchasing power.
“I am receiving SR3,000 monthly. Before, I used to allocate SR1,000 for our food, rent, transport. SR1,000 was allocated for expenses at home, excluding rent since I already own a house, and SR1,000 was set aside for savings,” he said.
“I am still receiving SR3,000 monthly. But now, I have to allocate SR1,300 for our food, rent, transport. SR1,300 is allocated for expenses at home. The remaining SR400 is reserved for emergencies and savings."
Thus, Oca can no longer save as much as he used to. "Before, I am able to save around P15,000 a month. Now I am only able to save around P4,000.”
“OK pa ang situation ko, puwede pang pagtiagaan. Pero paano na lang yong iba na mas mababa ang sueldo? (My situation is still tolerable. But how about those who earn less?),” he said.
OFWs in the UAE
OFW Tess Pascual said that in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), things are a lot worse because prices of all commodities, including milk and oil, have gone up.
"Although we have no taxes to pay, we are paying more. With so many fees and dues adding up to our monthly bills, we are being held up every pay day after paying our monthly dues and rentals, leaving just a dash of our salary to spend for our personal needs,” she said.
OFWs are greatly affected by the decreasing value of the dollar against the peso.
Three years ago, the rental for a two-bedroom flat was only P230,000 annually, but this has more than doubled.
“A couple of years ago, I gave up my flat and rented just a room since I am living alone. I have to sacrifice waking up early, bearing with the traffic hassles every morning and night. My travel time is three hours in the morning and three hours at night just to reach the office on time. My room rent is even more expensive than the rental of our two-bedroom apartment in Manila,” Pascual said.
"To summarize how the double-bladed attack affected me and my family, my monthly expense allocation two years back here in the Gulf was P20,700 including bill payments, food, rental transportation and personal necessities. I was earning P54,000 then.”
Two years ago, Pascual's monthly remittance was US$500 or Php25,500 for her family’s monthly expenses (excluding tuition fees). She used to be able to save up to $300 monthly for emergencies and sent $200 for tuition fee payments (installment).
“Before, we OFWs could still afford to treat ourselves once a month. But now, we have to tighten our belts and keep track of our expenses,” Pascual said.
With the price increases and “with the same salary I am getting monthly," she said, "I don’t know how I could budget anymore. I have to tighten the belt even more because I can no longer stretch it [income].”
Pascual had to do away with a lot of comforts in Dubai just to be able to send almost the same amount to the Philippines. For her, the strengthening of the peso meant giving up car pooling. Taking public transport instead allowed her to cut costs.
Pascual also moved to a small room. The rent is less than half of what used to pay renting an apartment.
“My remittance has gone up, and it's really embarrassing to be working abroad and yet have a negative balance on paydays,” Pascual said.
Save in Euro
Dominador Macaldo, also a Riyadh-based OFW, said one way to help cope with rising prices would be to convert savings to Euro accounts.“To minimize our losses in the devaluation of the dollar, the riyal and the dirham, I think that it is better for us to convert our excess money or our savings to Euro or British Pound. At least our savings will not be affected by the continuous downfall of the US currency,” Macaldo said.“I am sorry to say but this solution will benefit only those who are getting a higher salary. For those who are getting low salary, life will really be very hard for them," he said.“I don’t think that our economy is really in good health as Arroyo claimed. You be the judge,” Macaldo said.
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Filipinos in the Middle East are also suffering from high rice prices.
ABS-CBN’s Middle East News Bureau reported that rice prices in Saudi Arabia have risen more than 70 percent in the last five months.
Five months ago, in Riyadh, a kilo of rice was 3 Saudi riyals (around P34). Today, it costs SR5 (around P56) a kilo, ABS-CBN Middle East News Bureau reported.
He added that unlike in the Philippines, where Thai rice is considered a luxury, in Saudi Arabia, it is the cheapest rice in the market.
And the price increases haven't stopped.
Marcelo Sistina, a carpenter in Al Khobar in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Region complained, "Yung dati naming sinasaing na pagkain na bigas, dati apat na gatang (approximately 4 cups). At ngayon, dalawa at kalahating gatang (2 & ½) na lang. Binabawasan namin at ang ulam lang ang dinadagdagan namin para makaraos sa maghapon." (We used to cook about 4 cups of rice, and now we only cook 2 & ½. We’re reducing the amount and cooking more viands so that our food will last throughout the whole day.)
Price increase in restaurants
Prices have also gone up in Saudi Arabia’s Filipino restaurants.
Fred Abrenica, manager of Riyadh’s Roses Restaurant said they have increased their prices only a little because "napakabigat sa isang OFW na magdagdag kahit isang riyal, pero hindi namin na-control (An increase of even one riyal is already heavy for an OFW but this is something we couldn’t prevent.)"
Most OFWs in Riyadh said their purchasing power of their remittances has been reduced by the increase in prices.
Willie Arcaya, a secretary, said "Nakakalungkot ngayon sa bansa natin, kasi nuong una, napakaganda ng produksyon ng bigas, at sa katunayan, nakapag-export pa tayo sa ibang bansa (The country’s situation saddens me because there was a time when we could produce enough rice. We were even able to export rice)."
Tito de Vera, a supervisor in Dammam, proposed that the country's leaders should work together to fix the economy. "Magkaisa sila para maisaayos nila ang takbo ng ekonomiya sa Pilipinas," he said.
Monday, May 5, 2008
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Friday, May 2, 2008
April is over so here comes the next month,May.I started the first day of this month so early than the ussual time.I woke up 6:30 so early in the morning.The reason why is because this is the scheduled day by our main office in Riyadh to send the auditors of Ernst and Young, auditing firm to do some random inventory to my store in Dammam branch.