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Merry Christmas!

25 Dec

Merry Christmas!

Wishing you a your Family a blessed Christmas… Happy Birthday our Savior Jesus Christ!

Arabic 101 for Expatriate (Lesson 2)

28 Oct

Hi! Everyone… I just came back from a wonderful vacation from my beautiful country Philippines. Now I’m back on track, oh well not really still on a vacation mood, but I need to move forward, need to focus myself on work, family, part time jobs and my blog!

Ok! As a continuation on my Basic Arabic Lesson, let us study about the famous phrases, greetings, sayings. It is important that we know how to respond when someone is asking us or we simply want to greet our Arab boss or colleague.

Here are few typical Arabic phrases:

Marhaba = Hello

Maasalama = Good-bye (When a colleague is leaving, you often hear of a “maasalama party” or a “maasalama sale” – basically a yard sale in which a person sells things they won’t be bringing home with the, e.g., DVD players)

Assalam alaykum = Peace be upon you (response = Wa alaykum assalam)

Ahlan wa sahlan = various translations: welcome, hello and welcome, you are very welcome (response = Ahlan bekum)

Sabah al-khair = Good Morning (response = sabah al-noor)

Masaa al-Khair = Good evening (response = masa al-noor)

Ismee … = my name is …

Min fadlak = Please (male)

Min fadlik = Please (female)

Shukran = Thank you

Afwan = You’re Welcome

Inshallah = God Willing (you will often hear this in response to anything tentative, when timing is in question, etc.)

Aiwa or Naam = Yes

La = No

Ismahlee = Excuse me

Mafee Mushkala = No problem

Tatakallum Ingleezi? = Do you speak English?

La Atakalam Arabi = I don’t speak Arabic

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So, these are the few words that are very essential in our everyday lives in Arab World. More words soon!

 

Credit: http://www.hziegler.com/articles/basic-arabic-phrases.html

Eid Staycation: Al Maqta Hotel (formerly Rocco Forte Hotel)

7 Oct

Late post

Hotel Stay + Vacation = Fun

Every eid holiday, my family religiously organized a get together, a sort of relaxation for the whole family. Me being the leader of the gang assigned in  scouting for a nice hotel in a nearby place.  After looking for some several options, we finally chose Al Maqta Hotel.

I booked the hotel through agoda.com with the early booking rate of  AED 300 which is fairly reasonable since it’s peak season.

Al Maqta Hotel (formerly known as Rocco Forte Hotel) is a 5 Star hotel situated in the center of Abu Dhabi, less than 15 minutes from Abu Dhabi Airport or 10 minutes’ drive from Abu Dhabi Exhibition Centre or 5 minutes from our home. Yes it is a stone throw away from where we live.

Al Maqta Hotel features a unique curved glass design, each room offer a stylish space to relax, complete with a mini bar and a flat-screen TV.

Ok,  Let me tour you around the hotel.

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Hotel facade

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Hotel lobby

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Swimming pool area

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Mom at the pool lounge

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Room lobby

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Our comfy bed

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Tangerine Couch inside the room

If you want to have a quiet and peaceful vacation, Rocco Forte Hotel is definitely for you. The amenities is great but not much activity for children. The interior is very minimalist there’s actually lot of open spaces. I think they need to re-design the interior especially the lobby and corridors to become more sophisticated and cozy. I like the room though,  spacious enough to accommodate kids, beds and pillows are very comfortable, the orange couch is my favorite.

I have heard that this hotel will be taken over by Hilton Management, so I’m expecting lots of improvement in the hotel in the future. Overall it was a nice stay, we enjoyed the pool area, the only reason why we stay in a hotel is because kids love swimming, so as long as the pool is outstanding our kids will be more happy.

Overall rate: 7.5 bananas

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Sumo Sushi & Bento at Masdar City

1 Oct

My hubby is  a Japanese food enthusiast, he loves sushi, sashimi and tempura so much. We’ve been scouting for a decent yet affordable Japanese Restaurant in Abu Dhabi City but we can’t find any. There’s a lot though located inside the hotel but the price is too steep.

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Thanks to my sister she introduced to us Sumo Sushi & Bento . This Japanese restaurant is located inside Masdar City, 25 minutes drive from Abu Dhabi City. A little far I know but I’ll tell you It’s all worth. It’s also accessible through public bus number 161 or 163 (from Abu Dhabi main bus station).

Going to the restaurant is a bit tricky and exciting at the same time, before you reach there you need to ride in Personal Rapid Transit, a driverless  car powered by rechargeable batteries and runned by magnets planted on the ground. My hubby and I were very delighted, it was a nice experience and what I liked more is it’s Free.

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The Personal Rapit Transit

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Me, enjoying the ride

After more or less 5 minutes ride, we reached our destination, Sumo sushi is located inside Masdar Institute of Science & Technology Campus. The restaurant was manned by mostly Filipinos, yehey!

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My hubby, patiently waiting for his order

My hubby ordered Nigiri Maki Bento, Salmon, white fish, tuna nigiri, tuna and cucumber maki, california roll served with a garden salad. 56 AED

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Nigiri Maki Bento

While me opt for Philli Maki, smoked salmon and cream cheese. 28 AED and Ebi Tempura. 24 AED

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I’m not a Japanese lover like my hubby, not a fan of raw food, but my food taste awesome. I like the blend of salmon and cream cheese… yummy!

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Yummy food!

So for Japanese lovers out there, go and try Sumo Sushi and Restaurant.

Sumo Sushi & Bento

Masdar Institute of Science & Technology
Podium Level, Retail#2
(9712) 5570500
Open from 11am to 11pm
(delivery until 10:30pm)

Royalizing from Abu Dhabi to the World!

26 Sep

I joined Royale Business Club way back 2010 here in Abu Dhabi, UAE. My colleague invited me for a sort of Business presentation, not a formal one, we just met in AL Wahda Mall ordered some pizza and discussed about the business. I was hesitant at first, because I was thinking that it’s just another MLM Company that after some years of existence, it will be vanished on it’s own.

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That evening I studied the marketing plan, compensation plan, the product, the whole business itself. Then I decided to give this Royale Business a chance. Who knows I might be successful in this kind of business.

After I signed up they give me the kit which consists of Wellness and Beauty Products. I tried to sell the products to my friends and after just less than a week the products are sold out. I’m very proud of Royale products very effective, the product really speaks for itself, no need to make a flowery sales talk to your client.

Royale Kojic Papaya Soap and Royale Gluta Soap are selling like a hotcake and Glutathione Capsule are girls best friend. Because of these products, It boost the sales of my online store.

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During 2011 till 2012, we decided to lie low in the business… there’s a problem in managing the stocks, since all the products came from the Philippines, it took a lot of time for orders to arrived in the UAE aside from that the courier charges is very high.

Thanks to the management of Royale, they see the potential of the UAE Market. After a year of planning and market research, they opened their very 1st branch in UAE. It is conveniently located in Unit 305 New Century Tower, same building with Day to Day (opposite Deira City Center). Abu Dhabi branch will be open very very soon… Can’t wait to see our new office :).

I’m eager to share the business with all of you, for those who want an extra income during their spare time, to  those who want to achieve their dreams. You may contact me for a business presentation and how can I able to help you to be successful with this kind of business. Royale offer it’s member free training courses, seminar that can truly helpful and very informative.

If you want to be a member of Royale Business Club or just want to order products don’t hesitate to contact me at below details:

email: anasarmiento_30@yahoo.com.

uae: +971 557382574

Royale ID: 64533709

11 Reasons Why We Love Royale:

1. 100% Filipino owned company.
2. The management team is committed to the company’s MISSION and VISION.
3. We have our own headquarters/building.
4. Balanced compensation plan (Hybrid MLM-Unilevel-Binary)
5. Wide range quality products.
6. HIGHEST SEALS of approval.
7. World Class packaging.
8. We are SUPERBRANDS –accepted in 88 countries.
9. We own branches, not business centres.
10. First Filipino Company to have business personality in different countries ( UAE, Taiwan, Singapore and soon in UK and South Africa).
11. Certified STABLE –built to last company.

THIS IS ROYALE!!! Royalizing the world…

R- Real
0- Opportunity for
Y- Young & old
A- Active
L- Leaders and
E- Entrepreneurs

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Arabic 101 for Filipino Expat

23 Sep

I’m always amazed when I encounter fellow “kabayan” who are very fluent in speaking Arabic language. It is common to the people who work at home those who deals with the Arabic family 24/7. They need to learn their language because most of the family member is having a hard time speaking English.

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Expatriates like me usually didn’t bother to learn Arabic, because almost all the conversations and transactions is done in English or Arabic English or Indian English. Words like insha’lla, mabrook, shuhada are some of the common arabic words you can hear from most of the Filipino. I think we need not to limit our selves for these few words only. It is imperative for us to know the language of the country we are living.

I came to realized that when I rented out our villa in Abu Dhabi few years ago. Our landlady doesn’t know how to speak English, I ended up hiring looking for a translator just to convey my message to her. Most of the time, I’m struggling talking to our nator (watch man) when we need maintenance or repair. At times I shell out payment for the service of the maintenance company who fully understand what needs to  be done at home.

Now I am eager to learn Arabic, even not so fluent but at least I can have simple conversation.

Ok! for the start let me know how to count in Arabic.

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The numbers from 21 to 99 are formed by saying the ones digit first, then wa (and) followed by the tens digit. For example, waHid wa ashriin (21 [literally: one and twenty]).

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You should read Arabic numbers in the same order as English numbers, from the largest to smallest place,except for the ones digit, which comes before the tens. So 1964 would be read “one thousand, nine hundred, four, and sixty” or alf tisa mia arba wa sittiin.

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So that’s all for today… See you on our next lesson! Shukran!

Credit to www.Dummies.com

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Charity Flea Market at Sheraton Hotel!

19 Sep

Charity Flea Market at Sheraton Hotel!

Hi! Guys… I’m cordially inviting you all to visit our booth at Sheraton Hotel Corniche Road Abu Dhabi this coming Saturday, September 21 2013, from 9 am to 3 pm. We’re participating in a “Second Hand Charity Flea Market” Event organized by Starwoods Hotels and resorts. The proceeds for this event will goes to “Road to Awareness 2013 Project” to support the education of Children in Cameroon and Nigeria.

See you guys! Mark you calendar!