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Lilipad Ako Pa-Dubai

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Dubai City

Ano ang dapat gawin pag may planong pumunta sa UAE?

  • Bago mo balakin magpunta ng Dubai para makipag sapalaran, alamin mo muna kung Ramadan. Pag Ramadan kasi, holiday at usually freeze hiring, closed ang establishments at bawal kumain sa public places.
  • Iprocess mo lahat ng papeles na meron ka, mahal magpadeliver ng papeles. Kmuha ng Certified True Copy, ipa red-ribbon at patatakan sa Embassy ang credentials — usually Diploma and TOR, pero depende sa company na papasukan, kasi minsan hindi naman hinihingi, pero mas mabuti nang ready.

Ano ang dapat i-expect pag lapag ng paa mo sa Dubai?

  • Mainit dito. Maliban kung mga November to February ka nagpunta. After nun, be ready sa araw. Kahit nasa lilim ka pa, mainit ang kalsada at malagkit ang hangin.
  • Bawal ang revealing clothes. Makakatakas ka naman siguro kung nasa mall ka at may kotse, pero kung mag ko-commute ka lang at dangkal shorts-spaghetti strap combo pa ang suot mo, good luck na lang. Be modest kahit hindi always,basta most of the time man lang. 
  • Maraming police officials ang naka civilian clothes dito. Ingat sa pag jjaywalking, beating the red light o pagkakalat. Iwan mo ang tigas ng ulo sa bansa mo. Laging basahin yung mga nakapaskil na Rules and regulations kasi meron yan usually sa public places.

Ilang tips sa paghahanap ng trabaho:

  • Bumili ng simcard. Unlike sa Pilipinas na kahit saan puwede makabili ng sim, sa Dubai, kailangan mo ng ID.
  • Ready ka ng madaming copy ng Resume mo siyempre. Mga 10-20 man lang maipasa mo kada walk-in. Suyurin mo ang Monster at Dubizzle.com.
  • Ready ka sa mga tatawag at make sure na nkuha mo ang company name at location ng tumatawag, lalo kung ibang lahi ang nagsasalita kasi minsan mahirap sila intindihin. Tapos isearch mo agad sa internet ang website at igoogle na kung paano magpunta.
  • Maganda ang transportation system ng Dubai bumili ka lang ng Nol Card na ginagamit nila sa Bus and Trains. Mabibili yun sa mga Train Station or Vending Machines na makkita sa piling bus stops.

Ano ang exit?

  • Kapag magpapalit ka ng visa to and from Residence Visa and Tourist Visa, kailangan mo mag exit. Meaning eexit ka ng UAE. Ang pinaka malapit na bansa ay Oman at Iran at doon usually nagpupunta ang lahat. Sa Oman, mag bbus ka lang para tumawid ng border. Sa Iran, usually Kish at Quishm, 30 minutes plane ride. Tatatakan dun ang Passport mo at ie-email sayo ang Visa para makabalik ka ulit ng UAE. Pwede ka naman mag exit sa Pilipinas kung gusto mo, o sa Europe pa, no problem kung may cash ka. Mahalaga lumabas ka ng UAE.

Ano ang ieexpect mo pagka-exit mo?

Masyadong mahaba kung isasalaysay ko dito. Read this blog post.

Ano ba ang mga package na usually meron ang hiring companies?

Sa Dubai, usually pino-provide ng company ang:

  • Accomodation
  • Transportation
  • Ticket every 2years
  • Leave every year
  • Medical Insurance

Yung iba may mga bonus pa like mobiles etc.
Pick your company wisely kasi masstuck ka diyan for 2 years.

or ma baban ka.
Ano ang bans?

To make it short, ang Labor ban ay maaring 6 months, 1 year or lifetime ban, depende sa kinasasakupan ng case mo. Inaapply ito sa mga empleyado na pumutol ng contract. Mayron din itong mga exceptions. Research the internet, maraming makakapag-explain niyan sayo in detail.

Ano ang kailangan pag magbabakasyon ka sa Pilipinas?

Kailangan mo kumuha ng OEC o Overseas Employment Certificate na makukuha naman sa Philippine Embassy sa Dubai o sa POEA sa Pilipinas. Kailangan mo dito magbayad ng OWWA at Pag-ibig fund. Ito ay requirement sa Airport pag pabalik ka nang muli sa Dubai. Laging madaming tao dito kung kaya kailangan mo pumunta sa website nila upang kumuha ng appointment. May mga araw na hindi sila tumatanggap ng walk-ins.

Yan ang overview sa pag punta sa Dubai. I’ll add more kapag may naalala pa ako.
Comment below kung mayroon kang specific na gustong malaman or may dagdag katanungan.

Goodluck Kabayan!

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A Friendly Reminder for 2015

Imagine the people in the 18th Century. They had lives, their own beliefs, rules and principles. They have their own fashion and routines and hobbies. They probably even thought that life will go on that way forever. But it didn’t, didn’t it? Fashion changed, televisions became colored (then became 3D), men and women and black and white became almost equal, some of their ‘norms’ became obsolete, scientific facts changed and politics evolved. The 18th Century died and life went on. You see what I mean by life goes on without you? You have a life that’s different from their set of lives and will be different from the future people’s set of lives. The clock won’t stop, it will keep on changing and evolving. As you were probably not wearing foil on your hover board on the way to work today, 2015 isn’t as futuristic as the past people thought it would be, Maybe the “futuristic” people will arrive not until the year 3000, or on the year 5980 maybe, or maybe it would never come. Maybe people will decide to keep wearing comfortable clothes made of cotton. Who knows? Nobody knows for sure actually. Because the set of lives we have is different from the set of lives from the past and will be different from the set of lives in the future and life will go on with or without you. Now that you have internalized your life apart from the past and future, I’ll introduce to you now a new fact. You might not accept it, but know that it is true: You are nothing. You are one unimportant human being in the sea of humans on your timeline, let alone from the timeline beginning from the conception of the earth. You are like one little ant making yourself worthy than all the other ants of the world combined. You are small, unidentifiable and irrelevant, and if you die today, the people who know you, up to your 5th degree of connections will probably mourn but beyond that, life goes on, same as how a number of people just died right now and you’re there just doing your regular thing today. Still following me? Now that you’ve understand that one fact, I want you to understand another one. It’s cool if your biggest problem is what’s for dinner or if it’s cure for AIDS and Cancer, what’s important is that at the end of the day you are doing what you want and you are happy. It’s amazing if you’re an ambassador for peace or equal rights or whatever it is that society needs right now, or if you’re a forest scout or a coast scout or maybe just like me, you might not be that grand and is a just a good little helper of the earth who’s only contribution is that she doesn’t litter. And that’s good too. The important thing is that whatever you are doing with your life, you are happy and contented with it. Being a good person is a bonus, helping others, making world changes and self-sacrifices they are just bonuses. Being able to affect others as you pass this lifetime is a bonus. Because after 80 years of your existence, when you finally leave the earth, you probably won’t make a dent in the history books. Nobody has a list of all the people who made the right choices or a list of all the people who always passed their assignments on time. There’s only you, how you used your lifetime, the bunch of people who’s going to miss you and that’s it. The word will go on, sooner or later 2015 will just be part of the 20’s. All the people in the 20’s wil be generalized into what they wore then, what were the major events of those years, what were the biggest disasters or when the wars started and ended. You’ll just become one of the statistics. Nobody will make your biography. Nobody will remember you. You basically do not exist outside of your networks. Are you seeing life from my perspective? Do you understand my point from all the facts I’ve presented? The quality of life you are going to live depends on you. What you do with it depends on you. Live it, leave it, do what you want, fuck it, become depressed, have 90 cats, it. doesn’t. matter. You will die and you will be forgotten so might as well, might as well, be happy. Do you grasp what I am telling you right now? There are things that you see around you that you want to copy. There are inputs from other people telling you what to do with your life, how to do this, when to do that. There are ‘cool’ things you want to try and ‘popular’ things you want to buy so you can impress other people scrolling your social networking site. There are ‘norms’ you should follow and ‘stereotypes’ you need to belong to. Fuck ’em. Fuck ’em all. When you die, these people won’t cram next to you inside your coffin. Think about that. They will be up there, looking down on you while you are being lowered down to the ground. Why do they mean too much? Why do you need to do things you don’t want to do to satisfy these people? Do what make you happy. Damn it! I can’t stress this enough. If you want to sleep this Friday because you’re tired of working, do it. If you want to read a book at the coffee shop instead of watching a movie, do it. If you want to buy a Windows phone instead, do it. If you want to eat ice cream at breakfast or pancakes at night, do it. If you want to stay single but people keep badgering you about it, fuck them. Do it. If your friends doesn’t like your partner but he makes you happy, keep him. If you get hurt, own your pain and move on. It doesn’t really matter you guys, we all die in the end. It sounds pessimistic, but it is actually an optimistic point of view. The only difference between us and a Cancer patient who only have 2 months to live is that he knows he will die while we are still denying it. I will repeat. 1. You are not important. 2. You will die. 3. You will be forgotten. 4. Do what makes you happy. 5. Fuck the rest. If you still can’t see it. Just take a moment to watch this short gif. Enjoy! Ciao.

PS
Sorry if my thoughts are all over the place.
Hope you got some of it though.

Boys’ Guide to Everything: Pilot Episode

Since I’ve been away from home for more than a month now, this post is dedicated to The Boyfriend and to all the guy readers out there.

First thing first. Girl’s love hearing this. It has 3 words and 8 letters. Say it!
“I got food!”

There ya go!
And what better way than bringing the love of your life a food that you cooked yourself?? No, don’t answer that.

The Boyfriend loves to cook. More than that, The Boyfriend loves to cook for me and that makes me one happy girl — except for times that I want to cook and he keeps on badgering me and I was like “gtfo of the kitchen!!” but that’s another story ;

Not all boys like to cook or knows how to cook so while I was cooking my favorite dish the other day, the idea came to me.
Why not make a boys’ guide for cooking?
(Why not make a boys’ guide to everything?)

Welcome to our Pilot Episode!

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How to Authenticate your FEU Diploma and TOR

Today I had finally mustered the courage to process my “red-ribbon” (attestation) requirements and so I dragged my ass off to Morayta. Besides the sweltering heat, I always enjoy visiting my Alma Mater even just for a quick walk to the registrar. The first thing I had observed is that the lady guard at the gate that day was very pleasant! Kudos to that. Second was that you won’t be allowed to enter without your Alumni ID so I was told to proceed to the Visitor’s Lounge. You had me at Visitor’s Lounge, FEU. The VL is located near the BPI, if you were thinking e-learning (nursing students 2010), yes it is located exactly there. Where the old e-learning classroom is located now,  I am not sure.

Upon entering you will be given a form you have to fill-up, stand in line and submit any ID and then, stand in front of a webcam so the guards can capture your image (so they can send it to local TV networks in case you’re a fraud planning to rob students).  After that, proceed inside.

It was overwhelmingly nostalgic to walk around the campus. It was enrollment period so there were some tables set up for uniforms, etc. I also passed by “ate xerox” who still manages the photocopy machines in the corner. The pavilion was empty, perhaps because the majority of chairs were scattered around the campus for the enrollment process. Another thing I had observed was that the enrollment process already has a process. When I was entering as Freshman a hundred decades ago, I was totally lost. There were no posters provided for the steps and there were no arrows or maps on where to go next, so seeing these different improvements made me somewhat proud.

ON TO THE PROCESS!

I then went to the registrar and asked the guards on where to fall in line and was pointed to the longest, most obvious one along with the other students. It was ironic to sit among those sea people, some students were about to enroll and there were students about to claim their diplomas, and then there was me, a hundred years away in their future.
1. PREPARE YOUR PHOTOCOPIES AND SIT IN LINE.

As I was preparing my documents, my photocopy of TOR and Diploma, I realized that I had (stupidly) left my original copies at home so I sat in there devising an excuse if I can push through the authentication anyway. As my mind wandered, the group of students beside me caught my attention. They were talking about what other documents would they need to claim. The other one was saying “That’s it? Does that mean I’m done? Wow, I would never return to FEU again. This would be the last time to see my school” (I was thinking, yeah, not going to happen), but as I was eavesdropping in their conversation, I can’t help but smile and look back in the days when I thought everything was a straight line from then on forward. I also was very naïve about bumps I would encounter and documents I need to get and processes I have to go through. I saw in their eyes a gleaming euphoria of a fresh graduate, much like the eyes of your favorite TV series character on their pilot episode — full of energy, life and hope oblivious to what lies 9 episodes ahead (yes, I am looking at you, Supernatural). Suddenly I had missed my college friends, some I only know by face, and realized the bold truth that sometimes, whatever shenanigans you and your college friends have faced together, time will come that you will go separate ways and never look back. No matter how close-knit you think you were, you will stop texting and messaging each other and you will feel awkward to start talking to them after all those years apart because as you have guessed, you’ve already fallen apart. Aside from the updates on your sporadic reunions, you don’t know anything about them anymore.

2. REQUEST FOR A CAV-CHED PROCESS.

That’s the good thing about FEU, you have nothing else to do after passing your requirements but wait for your claim stubs. They will check your requirements (luckily I didn’t need the original copies!) and attach a small form that you have to process at the cashier.

3. PAY AT THE CASHIER

I need to authenticate my TOR and Diploma so I paid a total of 1,103 Php.
Say what?
YUP. You read correctly (I had also typed correctly) — 1, 103 Php for 5 pages of paper.

Here are the breakdown of fees as of writing (6/3/2014):
CAV-CHED Fee                    – 214 Php
TOR Original copy               – 174 Php per page x 4 pages
+ Documentary Stamps      – 21 Php
Diploma Authentication       – 151 Php
+ Documentary Stamps        – 21 Php
________________________________
Total:                                    1,103 Php

4. GET BACK IN LINE

After I had claimed my receipt, I went back to the line I had previously sat at, way back to the last of the line.
Luckily, a woman started roaming around checking for our receipts and I was lucky that she had readily processed mine — The first shall be last and the last shall be first. She took my documents and the receipt and she gave me claim stub. I had to go back after 3 weeks to then get my DFA claim stub so I can collect my documents all ribboned-up and pretty.

5. GO HOME AND PAT YOURSELF AT THE BACK

Another day has gone by and another requirement accomplished.
Another day nearer to that date.

PRC Authentication of Board Certificate

So you’re gawking around the world wide web, excited at some point for your profession’s “next step”, wondering how to authenticate your certificates (Board Rating, Board Passing, Board Certificate and PRC License) at PRC (Philippine Regulation Commission). Well, well aren’t you in luck, because today I’m telling you, step by step how to do just that!

What you’ll need:
Original Copies of your documents
Xerox Copies
PRC ID
Ballpen
Money (Fees might change from the time of writing)

Time: 3:00 PM
Time to Spend: 30 – 45 minutes.

Steps:

1. FORMS

Upon entering PRC (tell the guard you’ll authenticate your documents, or simply show your PRC ID) go to the window at your left side and ask for forms. There are a lot of forms there, so explain exactly what task you need to accomplish to get the correct form. I needed to authenticate 4 different types of documents so for that, I was given 2 different forms.
At the back of those forms are instructions so make sure to read them for more information.

2. CASHIER

After filling up the form(s), proceed to the cashier and prepare 75 Php for each type of document. I was processing my PRC ID, Board Rating, Board Passing and Board Certificate so I paid 300 Php.

3. METERED STAMP

After receiving your receipts and making sure it has your name’s correct spelling, proceed to the window next to the photocopy machine (near the gates) and buy Metered Postage Stamps for each of your photocopied documents. It costs 21 Php each, so I paid 84 Php for mine.

4. WINDOW 11 / WINDOW K

Your next step depends on the type of documents you are processing. If you have to authenticate your Board Rating and Passing, proceed to Window K near the Metered Stamp window and submit your photocopy and original documents (they will keep your original copies) along with your receipt. You will be also asked to write in the log book and in return, you will be given a claim stub. I shall claim my document after 2 days. :)

After Window K, I then went to Window 11 (located inside) for my Board certificate, and stood in line for a bit. The line moves fast, because there was nothing else to do at the window but submit your photocopies and receipt and show them the original copies which will be returned to you. Then after that, they will give you a claim s tub. This time, I will have to return after a week, so I just decided to claim both of my documents on that day to avoid going back twice.

TIPS:

1.Though the norm is to go there in the wee hours of the morning to avoid the rush of people, I suggest quite the opposite. Go there at around 3 pm and you will see that the wave of people have died down.
Good luck on whatever you’re planning to do and God bless your career!:)

2. Make sure that you have clear copies because the PRC won’t authorize photocopies that has the slightest difference from the original document, then you’ll have to start from scratch.