Thursday, February 11, 2010

Valentine's Day

When I was still in school, aside from the Junior-Senior Prom and the Foundation Day (your school's anniversary), the most awaited celebration is Valentine's Day.

During this time, friends who want to be 'more than friends' try to express it by having a bunch of flowers delivered to classrooms, poems are written, restaurants are jampacked for couples who believe that the Heart's Day is worth celebrating.

Aside from that, other couples would wear matching 'red' shirts either to signify that they are a couple or just because they want people to know they are very much in love with one another.

Nevertheless, restaurants, flower shops, candy stores, etc take advantage of this occassion... I think this includes the movie production outfits as well.

A feel good movie is a perfect way to either start that 'fire' (in expressing your love for one another) or to end the night (which can be sealed with a kiss).

Enter Valentine's Day - the movie which has an all-star cast led by Julia Roberts, Jennifer Garner,Jessica Alba and more.

Seeing the preview of this film, I thought this is actually the same as 'Love Actually' but I can be wrong. I have not seen the entire movie trailer though I feel that this will definitely one of those movies that you might watch this Valentine's Day (warning for the guys .... suggestion for the girls).

**Image from Timeout Dubai

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Sunday, February 7, 2010

I heart Kindle

Amazon Kindle e-book reader being held by my g...Image via Wikipedia

I was just browsing through the internet when I saw the Kindle DX.

(Click the link above as it gives you more information about the Kindle DX)

I fell in love.

I have seen Oprah promote Kindle in her show. The device is really amazing! I know it will never replace the smell of paperback but with it being slim and portable, who would not want to have one?

The price is around $400++ (not including shipping)... it kind of made me think but the Kindle has 3.33GB storage so you can read not only your books but also if you have any document that require your undivided attention while you wait for your husband or kids from school.

Another 'add-in' is the fact that the Kindle can read to you. So imagine, driving yourself to a meeting but you did not get the time to read through the material... if it's in a .pdf format, put in your Kindle and let it read the notes you have prepared for the meeting - viola! ;-)

I want to add this in my wish list for 2010. I hope my secret Santa can read this and give the Kindle to me as an early Christmas present!
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Thursday, February 4, 2010


While browsing my emails, I saw this news alert from Maktoob Business:-


In a nutshell, the article talks about the role being played by the expatriates in the country and how it has greatly affected the working condition for the locals.

If you think about it, in every country, there are expatriates and at times, if the rules & regulations of the country allows it, people from other country can be known as an immigrants or retirees. 

I think, that is a fact of life. All of us wants to have a decent life - in a country where we can do what we want, earn what we think is right for us and live the way we want to as long as we adhere to the country's laws.

I don't think the expat workers poses a threat to the locals - though if they do, the people should see it as a healthy competition. An expatriate was hired by the company because he  / she has a certain skill set that will be beneficial to the company. If the said position was also available to a local, bearing the same skill set, the company have to deliberate who should be hired - that is healthy competition.

Expatriates are visible in most of the countries because there is work being offered to them - with a decent salary which can support the family they have left behind or the family that they have brought with them.

Taking steps
The UAE government has already started implementing boundaries on which industry can an expatriate work , including defining the salary package, accommodation, etc. The government has even open doors for the younger generation to see the importance of work.

The decision is left with the labour force - are they willing to spend their time working or would they rather be somewhere else?
Carpenter at work on Douglas Dam, Tennessee (T...Image by The Library of Congress via Flickr

Expatriates are hired because they are determined to earn every centavo to survive and provide. 

Making that bold move
The younger generation should be encouraged to work. The families should be able to allow their children to work - having a strong local labour force would be able to help the country's economy.

They need to make that bold move so that the country will also move forward.
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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Editorial: Yes, it's about jobs: Now get to work - The News-Herald Opinion : Breaking news coverage for Northern Ohio

Editorial: Yes, it's about jobs: Now get to work - The News-Herald Opinion : Breaking news coverage for Northern Ohio

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I like this post because I'm hoping it will send the right signal to those people elected by the people.

In this crisis, we should all stop pointing fingers on who's to blame instead we should all try and see how things can be different.

Lawmakers should be able to pass bills that can benefit people who have lost their jobs - either local or abroad. There is no question that we need to work - so we can provide the needs of our family.

I feel sad for the OFWs who have returned home after being made redundant by their companies. There was not even a hint that it will be their turn but it happened. It was a bit difficult at first but they are now trying to end their misery and look for another opportunity - that's the spirit!

We should never lose hope because at times, it's the only one that keeps us going.

I just wish that Mr. Obama's speech can move the lawmakers of other countries as well to think about their constituents who have put them to power...who have seen them as someone they can count on to when the going gets tough.

I hope they start thinking about it.
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