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Im sick, but still @ work [Jul. 8th, 2006|07:53 pm]
[Current Location |At my Desk]
[mood |distresseddistressed]
[music |I can't make you love me, if you dont]

Good evening everyone,
its been like weeks i havent find time to write here in my journal. It just that i became very busy and diverted of a lot of things lately.
As for now, im still at work, not really feeling very well, I think i about to have a flu, or actually mym mom calls it Dust allergies.
Well just thought id share what happened lastnight. Me and iris, beth and Mr. Alex finally got together, although we had been planning that for months now, Its only last night that we did managed to push through.
Since i worked yesterday from 2pm - 10 pm, I told them, i'll meet them in Starbucks Ramada Junction, So thats what i did, After that We went to Doha Gulf Club, it took us like 45 mins to go over there and guess what when i finally arrived they told us the Bar is closed. So finally i have decided to take them in RIDGES Hotel , my ultimate place to relax..We had great time in ridges and even took some pictures, I'll post them up here when i get them.
I think i did buy a lot of liqiours, and its a bit too much, for the fact i did not even get to eat dinner..
Now im at work and im actualy been sneazing for lke 12 times now today, plus im having runny nose as well. Yup i know its not cool.
I'll be visiting my mom tonight and perhaps get some new medications as well..its 8pm now here i still have two hours to wait till i get out of here.
Hope everyone else is having a great week...

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A quiet Friday at work .. [Jun. 23rd, 2006|09:33 am]
[Current Location |At my Desk]
[mood |boredbored]
[music |Sweapt Away - Christopher Cross]

Good Morning to everyone, 
Its another friday morning here in Doha, As far as work concered i did all of the work yesterday and the day before, I had a deadline, So basically right now, Im just fooling around here at my computer at work.
Last night I had a wonderful evening with my friends, Ammie, Ryan and a few more named Chuva and Louie. 
I finished work lastnight by by 6 in the evening, and Ammie told me to go home first and change.  The initial plan was we have to go to city center to get the measurements for our new uniforms..(i think i have mentioned that we will be changing or i should say switching to a new team this season).  Unfortunately, we were not able to go to City Center Since it was a thursday, and its like nightmare when it comes to the roads here in qatar especially for those days, We ended up going to Doha Golft Club straight away, although we had  planned a couple of stop overs, going over there hungry just made the night more exciting..i Almost did not manage to go to the top floor resto since i was wearing sandals, and they have a dress code, I spoke with the manager and luckily said yes. Anyways i got my order of Baked Potatoes and my favorite lasagna. Ryan and Ammie ordered Sushi and some soup , I got my beer and they got a couple of sodas for themselves..It was a nice experience plus the food was not really that expenssive at all, Im sure ryan and i will be back there in no time, We took a couple of pics, As soon as i get them from louie I will post them up here ok..

Just to give you a peak on what it looks like here are some of the angles...


Entrance , where they have tight security...

Towards the Reception ...

  One of the receiving areas...

I will post some a bit later, Im getting really bored here, Since its friday so most of the offices in Qatar Are off, Its like their Sunday here.
My boss hasnt called me untill now,  so probably its one of the things why im not really busy at work.

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Dukhan Pictures [Jun. 17th, 2006|11:12 am]
[Current Location |At my Desk]
[mood |curiouscurious]
[music |If I keep on-James Taylor]

Just found this as i was browsing my e-mais..I think it looks better if im in the pics...lol!

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Dinner Last Night In Intercon Doha [Jun. 17th, 2006|09:17 am]
[Current Location |At my Desk]
[mood |calmcalm]
[music |I was never came along-bread]

Just right after Ryan and I had a few hours in Doha Club yesterday Ammie, called us up and told us that Ian will be coming along with us, For the dinner that we previously planned like 3 months ago, but has never really happened because of the availabilty of our schedules.
It was a bit of surprise to both of them that ryan and I hasn't really planned of going to paloma, but instead we prepared ourselves more for the the game. I was just wearing a normal shorts and underarmourshirt and some sandals, Ryan on the other hand, was obviously not ready as well. It was funny when ammie mentioned, are we going straight to the club, and we were both like..Not unless you allow us to change our outfits, Anyways they drove me first and we have planned im just gonna pick-up all my clothes that I feel that i could wear, and I will just take shower and fix myselft in Ryan's House, So thats what exactly we did to save us some time...After like 20 minutes, Ryan and I was all fresh and ready to go, We even took some pictures before we left their house, If i manage to download them i will post them here for you guys to see.
We arrived at the Hotel around 10 in the evening, Initial reaction was "IM HUNGRY"  lol!
So we then went to their so called "international buffet"  they got japanesse, arabic and american stuff...the thing that attracted me and Ammie most was the desert table where they had all sorts of cakes and pastries..It was very nice evening dining with my closest friends, Its ironic how each of us tells our own stories for the past week that we had, and that we haven't seen ech other...The conversation was so good that we all did not even noticed that we ate so much and to be real honest the last persons to leave the resto as they were closing down, we stayed there untill midnight.. All was laughfing out so loud and was telling jokes which was so funny...It has been a while ive seen them laugh till they drop.
After the nice talk weve decided to hit the bar for a few shots, Goodthing we all managed to change clothes, for they had a dresscode, and they were a couple of groups who was unable to get through..Mix of people was the first thing that you would see as you enter the door, Probably, becaus it was a Friday lastnight, (which is like sunday-holiday here in Doha) A jamaican band siniging at the background, and you can hear the great music they play...I managed to get us a table, which i was really thankful, Coz after like dancing an hour straight you just wanted to relax for a few minutes, They were some preety women, and a lot of guys as well..Totally its one of the best times I had with my friends,,even though all of us was laughfting our  asses and its like 2 o'clock in the morning already, We all new that we have to wake up as early as five.So we have decided to go.
They droped me back to my apartment safe and sound. For me this experiences is more valuable than anything else in the world...
Thanks to my trustful, talented and loyal friends, I will never forget this experience....


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Match up Game (A one-day Leaugue) [Jun. 17th, 2006|07:01 am]
[Current Location |At my Desk]
[mood |sleepysleepy]
[music |I will - Christopher Cross]

Good Morning to Evryone,
Well yesterday was a busy day for me, i did have some ups and downs at work, but i told myself to let it go for a while when i get back to the apartment, I got home late around 6:20 in the evening. My schedule was only untill 6 in the evening, but the driver was late again , So I stayed there for a while.
I booked myself a cap to pick me up 6:30 pm, Since , Ryan, a good friend of mine was already In Doha Club with the rest of the team. I was actually rushing my ass up, When i was in the bathroom, my driver called me up and he told me that he is already down stairs..So i ended up picking up my shoes, and wearing just a shirt and short and off to go.
I got in Doha Club a little after 7pm, Which was nice despite of the uncool traffic yesterday..It was perfect timing though because the game had started but my team hasn't been called yet, So I managed to be just on time...The buzzer was out loud and called up our names, and the games begun..To make the story short we did not win, Coz of the new team players that we have which was  fine, We were thinking its a game, and atleast all of us should get a chance to get inside the court, no matter what happens we try to enjoy ourselves...
Here are a few pictures in the Court...
Hope you like em'

Ryan was at the back, Second guy from the left side...Guess whos the whitest...

Look closer, you will notice that we have more than 11 players...lol!

Picture with Joey. One of the best setters in the Filipino Volleyball Association...He is preety cool.

I will update my jornal what happened a few hours after the game, Coz it was planned that ryan, ammie , ian and me will be going to the Intercontinental Doha to eat dinner, So Stay Stuck...have to do some work right now, and i will get back when i have chance...

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A Rough day at work [Jun. 16th, 2006|12:57 pm]
[Current Location |At my Desk]
[mood |crappycrappy]
[music |If I keep on-Jim Taylor]

Well its 12:57 pm and im still at work...Havent had my luch till now, I will Shortly, Just thought to share this with you..
I will post what happened lastnight for my entry tomorrow morning ayt..

25 GREAT PARENTING IDEAS 1. Believe in your children so they can believe in themselves. 2. Turn accomplishments {big ones and little ones} into a celebration. 3. Praise your kids in public {but make sure not to be embarassing}. 4. When they come home dirty, say it looks as if they had a great time. 5. When your children talk to you, turn off the TV or put down the newspaper so you can give your complete attention. Get down on the ground and play with your kids, even if they're big. 7. Be patient when they're talking. Don't keep saying, "Hurry up and get to the point." 8. Give your little ones an appreciative smile or hug when they're gentle with animals. 9. Treat your children to a soothing foot massage. It will relax them and give the two of you some special time together. 10. Bestow sweet nicknames on them to use only in private. 11. Show how pleased you are when they're kind to younger kids. 12. When your family is out to dinner or at home, let your children invent and deliver a toast. 13. Learn how to say "I LOVE YOU" in sign language, and send "secret" messages to one another. 14. Notice your children's bright ideas. 15. When your kids are home alone after school, call from work just to say "I LOVE YOU." 16. Secretly wink at one another when you are in public, especially in a serious environment. 17. Give each of your kids one beautiful rose tied with a ribbon. 18. Thank them for showing respect to the elderly. 19. Share stories of something positive or wonderful that you each accomplish every day. 20. Sing, dance and get really silly together. 21. Let them know how much you like the way they're growing up. 22. Take a class together. 23. Tell your kids what they've taught you. 24. When your children admit the truth about something they have done wrong, be sure to express thanks for the honesty. [ AND DON'T FORGET...] 25. Speak to them as if all the angels could hear you.
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Some Say about Men [Jun. 14th, 2006|01:26 pm]
[Current Location |At my Desk]
[mood |calmcalm]
[music |I will - Christopher Cross]

Hi Everyone, Good Afternoon,
Just a thought from Ate Joy, One of our Supervisors..She thinks its funny,,,What can yeah say?

1. The nice men are not handsome.

2. The handsome men are not nice.

3. The handsome and nice men are gay.

4. The handsome, nice and heterosexual men are married.

5. The men who are not so handsome, but are nice men, have no money.

6. The men who are not so handsome, but are nice men with money think we are only after their money.

7. The handsome men without money are after our money.

8. The handsome men, who are not so nice and somewhat heterosexual, don't  think we are beautiful enough.

9. The men who think we are beautiful, that are heterosexual, somewhat nice and have money, are cowards.

10. The men who are somewhat handsome, somewhat nice and have some money and thank God are heterosexual, are shy and NEVER MAKE THE FIRST MOVE!!!!

11. The men who never make the first move, automatically lose interest in
us when we take the initiative.

Men are like fine wines. They all start out like grapes, and it's a woman's job to stomp on them and keep them in the dark until they mature into
something you'd like to have dinner with.
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Great Times... [Jun. 13th, 2006|04:05 pm]
[Current Location |At my Desk]
[mood |awakeawake]
[music |If I keep on - James Taylor]

Hi To Everyone!
Good afternoon,
Well Im still at work right now and its like 1600 here in Qatar, The Humidity outside is getting worst...and for most people here in Doha, Four o'clock is the time that they'd wake up and start working once again, The fact that theystart their lunchbreaks by around 12 in the afternoon. Well anyways im getting preety bored again here at work, So ive decided to write in my journal, Its not im not doing anything but I must say I finished all of my important tasks for the day.
I wanted to share with you guys what happened last Sunday, I met one of my closest friends who just came back from Austarlia..Well to be real honest we have schedule a lot of things together but never really found time to hang -out once again, Last Sunday was a perfect timing, Coz the following day which is Monday is my day off.It was really perfect timing that I could hang-out and chill for a while...The plan was I'll be visiting his house, round eight in the evening and we could have dinner..It was preety cool, although i needed to wait for a few minutes since i got to the place a few minutes earlier.
He Prepared a simple yert very delightful dinner He called it "Spaghetti Bolognese"     


I must say it was one of the best Spaghettis' Ive ever tasted aside from my mom's ofcourse, which was really delicious and mouth watering.
We had dinner around nine o'clock, I picked out red wine, Plus We also had Sprite and Vodka, It was a good conversation as always, the past things that had happened and what he on the other hand did while he was away.
After the drink,We went outside his house where he had his " beranda " in spanish , Where we got out beers and kinda just chill while the full moon was watching us from above.  Its a real get away, I almost got drunk...lol! I ended up sleeping in the couach while watching a movie.
The following day, I visited my mom, Since i was off, And one of my uncles just got in from the Philippines, He was sponsored by my dad to come over here and hopefully get a job preety soon as well.
I stayed in our house for a while since 8am to 9pm, Then my dad dropped me off to my apartment, I had a few chats with my housemates and went straight to bed.
This is probably one of the simpliest day off's I had, but it was very unforgetable.
Today Im working only untill 6 in the evening, and im planning to do a bit of laundry when i get home, and then eat some mushed potatoes...
I received a call today that I was invited In the Ritz Carlton Doha to play on one of the matches that they have this coming Friday, The thing is i'll be working untill 6 in the evening, So I'll probably running my ass to get there after work, anyways wish me luck....For that Volleyball Tourney.
Im also planning to call states tonight to speak to some of my relatives, other that that im free..
Alright I guess this is all for now, and i will just update my journal tomorrow, when i get in by 6am...


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Good Mood [Jun. 13th, 2006|08:42 am]
[Current Location |At my Desk]
[mood |calmcalm]
[music |James Taylor-If I put my heart out of site]

Hi to everyone,
As for today Im already at work, and i have my laptop with me, So i figured I upload a couple of my pics So I can share them with you.
Had a great day off yesterday, I will tell you the details later on today...

Here are the Pics..Enjoy!




THE HALO BAND (my other band together with my brothers)
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The Basic..Good Info [Jun. 10th, 2006|02:55 pm]
[Current Location |At my Desk]
[mood |sleepysleepy]
[music |Simply Slow]

Just thought this is preety useful....

The 12 biggest reasons we fight over finances
It's an emotional battlefield: Superheated 'discussions' with your partner about who's spending, who's saving, and how. Caution: You may spot yourself in here.

When I started doing research for this column, asking what sorts of money fights people have, every single couple said the same thing: "Well, we don't really fight about money."

Right, right, right, I'd have to say, backing away from the inferno of lies. "But we all have the occasional teensy squabble, right?"

Even then people were hesitant. "Well . . . maybe," they'd say.

One woman described how her husband took away her credit card one day. Not that they fought about it. Nah.

Or take another couple I know. I was at their house recently when the husband came home from work with a new drum set. He hadn't planned to drop $500 on drums that day, he explained as he unloaded the car. He just saw a classified ad and thought, why not?

Although his wife appeared calm while I was there, she told me later that they had a long "discussion" about the fact that they had agreed to save money to buy a house -- never mind their long-planned trip to Europe this summer -- and why the !@#$% did he have to buy a drum set NOW?

What we have here is a failure to communicate.

"It's a fairly common fight, and it usually happens because the two people involved aren't on the same page," says Barbara Steinmetz, a financial planner in Burlingame, Calif. "One person thinks they have a shared goal of saving for a house, car or retirement, and the other doesn't."

In fact, most fights occur not because of the amount of money spent but because of unspoken expectations that couples have and are often afraid to talk about. Sometimes it's clashing styles, sometimes mismatched agendas, but people get so rooted in their own money views that they can't see that their partner simply has a different perspective. (See sidebar for more solutions.)

Steinmetz described one couple she advised who had this blind spot. The husband first outlined his goals for investing, retirement savings, etc. Steinmetz then asked the wife about her goals. "The husband was shocked to find out his wife had goals -- and they were different from his!" she says.

So if you're like most of the couples I interviewed who never really fight about money, here's a primer on the most common sources of financial friction. I know you don’t need to resolve any arguments. If some of them sound familiar, don't worry. They're just talking points, for a future "discussion."

Although there are hundreds of variations, all of them can be traced back to the three main sources of money conflict: Communication, Control and Family.

The Big Spender: First described in the biblical story of Noah, who developed a sudden infatuation with large boats and exotic animals (which was vexing unto his wife), this age-old fight revolves around a simple, unresolvable dispute: One person wants to spend; the other doesn't, and neither can convince the other to see it his way. When spender meets saver, sparks fly, and sooner or later, somebody explodes.

The Done Deal: A variation of the Big Spender fight, this is when one person opens the credit-card bill and -- surprise! -- sees the tab for the drum set, the new suit or the night your mate took the entire office out for drinks. The fantasy here is that because it's a fait accompli your better half will let it go. Oh, but they don't.

Jones Envy: People in their 40s who still like to compare SAT scores are most vulnerable to this one. It starts when the neighbors acquire a fancy new ski boat. You simply MUST have one, but your more practical-minded spouse fails to see this as an “emergency spending priority.” Do you listen? Apparently not.

Dowry of Debt: So when you were preparing to get married you never found the right time to disclose that you had a few debts. From, uh, law school, which you never quite finished. Or attended. You kinda forgot to mention the Nordstrom card and the maxed-out Visa, because . . . you're going to pay them off really, really soon. This is really, really unlikely.

Post-Holiday Pugilism: He: Did you really spend $200 on Dad's cashmere sweater? She: Me? You bought that deluxe CD set for your sister! The Visa bill has landed and those holiday spending blunders have come back to haunt you like the Ghost of Christmas Past. So you take it out on each other. Always a healthy choice.

Dribbling Deficits: The culprit in this case is not the ark or the drum set, it's the steady drip, drip, drip of spending on little purchases that no one tracks. You hit the ATM machine on Friday and end up broke on Monday with NO idea where the money went. An absence of facts rarely prevents couples from making accusations, however.

What, Me Retire?: The world can be divided into those who believe in saving for retirement and those who believe in the Retirement Fairy. If you’re married to the latter type, it can be difficult to imagine your future together. As one 401(k)'d friend of mine noted, after admitting that she tends to “boil over” at her husband’s lack of future planning: "You're afraid your spouse is going to end up on a park bench."

Blame It on the Boss: Are you the boss? Why are you asking me about how we’re going to pay for roof repair, if you're the boss? You're the one who pays all the bills and does all those spreadsheets. No, I'm not bitter. I don't feel disempowered. What do you mean you never asked to be in charge?! You TOOK charge. Did so.

Software Snafu: One of you is fanatically devoted to all the lovely budget and planning tools in your Microsoft Money or Quicken program. At the end of each month you have a terrific round of mutual recrimination because, sadly, you now know exactly where the money went.

The Kost of Kids: Nanny vs. day care; maternity leave vs. staying home; start the college fund now or later. When you're expecting or already have a brood, the choices -- and arguments -- are endless.

The Parent Trap: You've taken on the same financial role that your mother or father once played, but your partner doesn’t seem to know his or her role in the drama and isn’t ready to surrender the checkbook -- or commandeer it -- according to the unconscious script you're expecting the two of you to follow.

Out with the In-Laws: In the first five minutes of any visit, your in-laws will manage to push at least one of your big financial buttons. ("The house is so much smaller than it looked in the photo, especially given what you paid.") Ten minutes later, you’re both growling at each other.

For couples: 8 tips on how to talk about money

Fighting about money is as old as money itself, arising partly out of philosophical differences and partly from habits so old you forgot you had them. But now, at least, you can see all the ways they feed into those arguments you're not having.

Here’s how:

1) Take a hike. Or a walk. "Men don’t like to open up about this," notes Lavine, "so having the discussion while you’re relaxed, out in the fresh air, will help."

2) ‘Fess up. Start by telling your partner what your own family’s attitudes and behaviors toward money were. (Hint: If you haven’t spent much time mulling over your family’s financial dynamics, do that first.)

3) Be humble. "Never assume your way is the right way," Liberman and Lavine advise. Listen to what your partner says and take it in. Their outlook may differ wildly from yours, but they hold their views as dearly as you hold yours, so be respectful, even if you disagree.

4) Establish common goals. Liberman and Lavine say that the worst fights couples have boil down to the fact that they haven’t planned their Big Picture goals yet. "You need to think about the various milestones in your life that will require money -- having kids, buying a house, caring for a parent -- and discuss them."

5) Quantify your goals. Barbara Steinmetz, a financial planner in Burlingame, Calif., says that once you’ve established even a small goal, like saving for a vacation, start to work toward it together. One couple she knows has a date every Saturday where they deposit a fixed amount into their Saving-for-a-House account. "The feeling of success will be a new financial bond between you," she says.

6) Get help. Talking to a financial planner together can help ease money tension, since it’s easier to address tough issues with an objective party. Or take a financial seminar together.

7) Don’t lay blame, take action. Let’s say your partner is in debt. Rather that fight about it (Hello: Arguing won’t reduce that monthly payment!), force yourselves to focus on a game plan. Taking steps to address the problem will remind you that you are, and always will be, a financial team.

8) If at first you don’t succeed. . . . Talking about money is hard, much harder than fighting. So if it takes a while to replace debates with discussions, don’t sweat it. "Even if you do it wrong, it’s better to communicate than to not say anything," agree Liberman and Lavine. Make it your new motto: Stop fightin', keep talkin'.

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