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Is it just me or the working environment itself?

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I've been here in Saudi Arabia for three (3) months and 14 days to work as an Administrative Assistant in one of the biggest oil company in the Kingdom. But to be honest with you until now, nothing from the jobs they gave me that really heighten my personality and skills.

I started to work as a Secretary to the Manager of the department. When Cathy joined the team, I was told to work with Human Resources team while Paula is out of the country. For a while, I was having fun as HR Assistant, exchanging emails, screened and arranged applicants to be interviewed, until one day, our department head instructed me to work with engineering division. My initial reaction was “Why in heavens name, they’re putting me in engineering division?” Anyhow, the day came for me to start working under engineering division. Believe me, I loathe it that much, the graphs, the numbers, and some engineering terms that only real engineers can appreciate. In this place, you cannot complain not until you tried it first. And you really have to give your best shot or resign.

There were times that I worked, really exerted myself, but most of the time, I just checked my emails and other accounts in the internet and perhaps you know what I mean.


Well, this is it. The time is 4:00 pm (KSA time). It’s about time for me to go home. I just finished the whole day without doing anything at all. I am not being fair with the company and another day wasted. So unproductive, so fruitless, barren, and whatever words you can think of.

Hayst, I'm bored!!!

Posted by addyict 04:33 Archived in Saudi Arabia Tagged living_abroad Comments (2)

US First Black President - Barack Obama

Historic win for Obama

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Indeed, this is a historic and the most significant event for the people of United States of America especially for the minority and for the Democrats.

Why did I include this to my blog? What does it has to do with me?

While watching news about the US election and Obama's victory, I thought of my family and friends who are in United States. A day before the election, I called them and asked who will they vote for? From Boston, they are akin to McCain and the one from Chicago, they love Obama.

So, the race went on and an African-American Obama won the race. But who actually came to my mind while this guy (Obama) is winning is my friend William Sylvester Turner who I fondly called "Mickey". He is also an Afro-American guy who is closed to my heart. Not just to me but to all Filipinos whom he knows and a friend to him as well.

I wonder what is his reaction at this point of time? In where, not just a first Black-American will be sitting in the Oval Office of the White House, but at the same time, will of course his name (Barack Obama) will be etched and run down throughout history not only in America but in the whole world.

Mickey has been always proud of his race, his color and most of all his personality as a "gay". Never had a dull moment with him while working at King Fahad Naval Academy, King Abdulaziz Naval Base in Jubail, KSA. He knows when and where to be gay and be a professional teacher. I missed my best friend so much who in many ways helped me while working in the academy. And just in time also that my friend Mickey will celebrate his birthday on November 7th. (Happy birthday Mickey!).

Anyway, to the people of USA, congratulations to your new President. To Barack Obama may God guide you in everything you do and be a president that your people want you to be. And to John McCain, I salute you for your humility for accepting the defeat gracefully.

And oh by the way, US-elect President Barack Obama and running mate Joe Bidden wil take thier oath on January 20, 2009, which happens to be my 40th birthday. Obama will be Americas 44th president.


"It's been a long time coming, but tonight, because of what we did on this day, at this defining moment, change has come to America," Barrack Obama, 47, told more than 200,000 ecstatic supporters gathered in Chicago's Grant Park to celebrate.


"I wish godspeed to the man who was my former opponent and will be my president," John McCain said as he conceded the presidency he has sought for a decade.

(I'll try to see if I have pictures of my friend, Mickey. - addyict)

Posted by addyict 01:12 Archived in Saudi Arabia Tagged events Comments (5)

To my Papa Pepe

Through Angels of God

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Today is my father's 4th year death anniversary. And to be honest with you, until now I cannot really accept that my father has gone that long and join with our Creator . It looks to me that he's only in Riyadh busy working to call me. The truth is, we do not communicate daily when he was living. It hurts to lose someone you love, especially in my case we only got closer when we worked and lived here in the Kingdom. I don't know maybe I'm still in denial that he had already passed away?

While I was doing this, typing, I can't help but cry because I miss and love my father so much that I was not able to to show that love while he was with me. Had I known that it was his last days, I could have always stay with him by his side and embraced him with all my love.


Papa, I know your angel will pass this message to you, please forgive me for not being a good son. I tried to be what you want me to be and that is to be a real man but I failed. But I assure that I will not fail you in showing my love and affection to your wife (my mom) and to my brothers, sisters and to my pamangkins.

Rest in peace Papa, rest in peace. I know that you're happy now to be with our Creator. No more problems, no more pain only but happiness. We love you and miss you a lot. Someday we will be together again, knowing that you're only a breath away.

God bless you Papa Pepe.


(to know more about my father, please follow this link http://addyict01.travellerspoint.com)

Posted by addyict 01:19 Archived in Saudi Arabia Tagged living_abroad Comments (2)


A named "Maeng Ni" posted this. Lahat ng sinabi niya nakakatuwa at totoo, tiyak makakarelate ka (sa mga nasa Saudi o nag-Saudi).

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Hi Guys,

I thought of sharing this piece with you. I got this article from chain of emails sent to me everyday. It took me two (2) days to post this because I was looking for the real author of this commentary.

To the author of this piece of writing I salute you. With your permission, I added few lines to support the reality of life living in Saudi Arabia.

To Edmon, Danny, Eiron, Yhnan and thier friends, thank you for sharing me your pictures.



Akala ng mga tao na nasa Pilipinas kapag nasa Saudi ka akala nila madami ka ng pera ng langis. Ang totoo, madami
kang utang, dahil credit card lahat ang gamit mo sa pagbili mo ng mga gamit mo. Kailangan mo gumamit ng credit card Kasi naubus na ang cash pinadala sa pinas,
kase pag hindi ka nagpadala, iisipin nila nakalimutan mo na sila.


Akala nila mayaman ka at marami kang pera kasi buwan-buwan libo-libo padala mo walang palya at kapag pumalya iisipin nila baka nagbisyo ka na o may sinusustentuhang iba. Hindi nila alam food allowance na lang ang natitira sayo at pag kinulang pa umuutang pa at lista muna sa malapit na bakala.


Pag may okasyon sa pinas birthday, fiesta, anniversary, pasko, new year, at iba pa, padala ka agad panghanda sarap ng kainan nila, di nila alam ikaw tiyaga sa budget meal, kapsa, noodles o de lata at itlog na nakakabutlig na ng balat, hay naku!

Kasama pa diyan ang magpadala ka ng bagahe na inipon mo sa loob ng labing-isang buwan at kung minsan kailangan dagdagan na utang pa para lang mapagbigyan pati na ang kapit-bahay.



Akala ni Tatay, Nanay, Ate, Kuya, anak, mga pamangkin at iba pa namumulot ka ng pera sa Saudi kada may problema text kaagad, kumusta sa una sa bandang huli kelangan ng ng pera! Hay naku…nakaka-alergic na ang text sa roaming puro gastos…minsan padala ka pa ng load! Load mo nga utang pa Pana! Hay naku bakit ba nauso pa yan dagdag gastos lang talaga at pag di ka pa reply aawayin ka pa!

Akala nila masarap maging OFW at tinatawag na bagong bayani….naku mas masarap pa yong nasa pinas na sa katas ni bagong bayani ay syang umaani! Utang sa Saudi lalong dumarami.

Akala nila masarap sa Saudi di nila alam di ka na nga makauwi kasi roundtrip tiket kina-cash pa mapadala lang at ibayad sa utang.



Akala nila sosyal ka na kulay ng buhok mo uso pa at naka-highlight pa, di nila alam buhok mo namumuti na sa stress at problema at pag minalas pa nalalagas pa!


Akala nila masarap sa Saudi kasi pag-uwi mo mestiso ka, maputi at mamula-mula ang balat mo, di nila alam babad ka sa opisina at kulong sa bahay mo dahil no choice ka, mga kapit bahay mo di mo kaano-ano, walang paki-alaman at kung lalabas ka sunog ang balat mo, init ng araw sobra!



Akala nila mayaman ka na kase may kotse ka na. Di nila alam hulugan pa ito!

Ang totoo, kapag hindi ka bumili ng kotse sa saudi
maglalakad ka ng milya-milya sa ilalim ng init ng araw o kaya sa winter na kasama ang asawa mong naka abaya at nakatarha.. O kaya naman tiyaga kang mag –abang ng Saptco o Coaster na ubod ng babaho ng mga pasahero at pagbaba mo amoy putok ka na rin, grabe! Walang jeepney, tricycle o padyak sa saudi .. madami mga pakistani, Bangladesh na driver na ubod ng baho. Pag minalas ka arabo na taxi driver na rapist pa!

Akala nila masarap ang buhay dito sa saudi . Ang totoo, puro ka trabaho kase pag di ka nagtrabaho,terminated ka gagawan ka ng kwento ng kapwa mo pilipino!. Hindi ka na pwedeng tumambay sa kapitbahay kase baka mamotawa ka pag kasama mo ang syota mo pero madami pading matatalinong matsing ang nakakalusot nagpapagawa ng fake na papel para kunwari kasal, ah letse mga imoral!!

Akala nila masaya ka kase nagpadala ka ng picture mo sa Redsand, hidden valley, faisaliah mall, riyadh zoo, corniche, obhur at iba
pang attractions. Ang totoo, kailangan mo ngumiti kase minsan minsan ka lang makakapicture bawal kasi basta basta kumuha ng picture dito makukulong ka.



Akala nila malaki na ang kinikita mo kase riyal na sweldo mo. Ang totoo, medyo malaki pagpinalit mo ng peso, pero
riyal din ang gastos mo sa saudi. Ibig sabihin ang riyal mong kinita sa presyong riyal mo din gagastusin.
Ang P15.00 na sardinas sa Pilipinas SAR3.00 sa Saudi , ang isang pakete ng sigarilyo sa pilipinas P40.00, sa
Saudi SAR 6.50, alangan namang puro cafeteria food ang kakainin mo aba mamatay ka sa highblood o heap nyan kasi nga umaapaw na sa mantika madumi pa! Mga kadiri , kaya lang pag naubusan ka ng pera no choice you have to take the risk .

Akala nila buhay milyonaryo ka na kase ang ganda ng bahay at kotse mo.nag pa-lypo kay calayan at nagparetoke kay vicky belo, Ang totoo nag loan ka lang sa saab,samba o Riyadh bank na huhulugan mo ng limang taon. Ibig sabihin, alipin ka ng bahay at kotse mo at ng luho mo at ng bansang ito !!kasi nga magloan ba naman dahil sa luho bwahahaha!



Madaming naghahangad na makarating sa Saudi. Lalo na mga nurses at mga medsec at eto pa pati cleaners, mahirap maging normal na manggagawa sa Pilipinas. Madalas pagod ka sa trabaho. Pag dating ng sweldo mo, kulang pa sa pagkain mo. Pero ganun
din sa ibang bansa katulad lalo na kaya sa Saudi wala kang outlet ng stress mo !kasi madaming bawal!!! .
Hindi ibig sabihin riyal na ang
sweldo mo, yayaman ka na, kailangan mo ding magbanat ng buto para mabuhay ka sa ibang bansa.

Isang malaking sakripisyo ang pag alis mo sa bansang
pinagsilangan at malungkot iwanan ang
mga mahal mo sa buhay.Hindi pinupulot
ang pera dito o pinipitas o iniigib. Hindi ako
naninira ng pangarap, gusto ko lang
buksan ang bintana ng katotohanan.


Mahirap mangibang bayan…sino ba ang may kasalanan na iwan sariling bayan?

Manilbihan sa dayuhan at malayo sa pamilya ay may kahirapan.

Hangga’t may pinay DH na nangingibang bayan na simbolo ng ating kahirapan, kawawang bayan ni Juan patuloy na mapag-iiwanan.


Kaya Juan iwan ka ng pera para sayo, para sa kinabukasan mo!

Posted by addyict 23:13 Archived in Saudi Arabia Tagged living_abroad Comments (0)

Love = Hate

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Love is equal to hatred. Yan ang natatandaan ko na sinabi sa akin ng aking papito George Cooper. Kasi daw ang linya or pagitan na naghihiwalay sa dalawang salita na iyan ay isang guhit lamang o katumbas ng sinulid. Kaya pag niloko o ginawan mo ng hindi maganda ang iyong mahal sa buhay, asahan mo na galit ang kapalit nito. Eh ano pa nga ba?

Bakit ko eto sinulat? For the past two days dalawa sa aking kaibigang babae ang broken hearted. Ang aking inbox ang magpapatunay sa lahat ng kanilang nararamdaman. Sinubukan ko silang i-comfort pero galit at sama pa rin ng loob ang kanilang nararamdaman. Wala na marahil akong magagawa kundi ang pakinggan ang kanilang mga hinaing sa kanilang mahal sa buhay. Kung bakiiit naman kasi kailangan pang manloko ang mga lalaking eto. Excuse me sa ibang mga lalaki ha!

Ano ba naman yung maging honest ka?! Maging responsable BF o asawa ka. Magaling lang kayo sa simula. Ay ewan, ayaw ko nang mag-detalye pa kasi baka maraming lalaki ang mag-react sa sasabihin ko.

Yun lang!!! Hmmpttt... :c


Posted by addyict 04:19 Archived in Saudi Arabia Tagged women Comments (2)

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