Monthly Archives: August 2009

Spot the Stray Cat

Spot has LOOONG ears and the body of a supermodel.

Spot has LOOONG ears and the body of a supermodel.

Meet Spot.

Spot has been living outside the Lebanese restaurant down the road in the Greens for the past few months. Spot has made very good friends with the Maitre d’

Spot is cleary smart.

Since I am on good terms with Mozz and Kell’s vet here I gave them a call about Spot.  I asked if I could bring him in to get vaccinated and desexed and thought perhaps they might have a discounted rate for such acts of charity. It is Ramadam after all!

But even better news.  My friend – who works there – has a friend who is looking to get a new pusscat.

I am bringing Spot in to them this evening.  He is currently sitting in Kelli’s cat box quietly in the bathroom.

UPDATE: I cannot believe how well behaved this cat is! He seems clinically very healthy and purred his way through the vet’s check up. He has been given a worming pill (kept purring while the pill was thrown down the throat) and a snuggly blanket for the night.

Richard and I commented that if for any reason his new home doesn’t turn out then we think we might have to get a third cat 😉 But I don’t think it will come to that. The vet commented to us, ‘I think he will charm his way to a new home without any problems.’

Check out those spunkadelic spots on that lean wild-cat body! (Spot moves too fast for my old digital.)

Check out those spunkadelic spots on that lean wild-cat body! (Spot moves too fast for my old digital.)

Mozzwatch

Mozz and Kelli in their box with the mohair rug

Mozz and Kelli in their box with the mohair rug

Bizarre Moon Experience

I have already come to learn that the sun sets FAST in the Arabian desert.  But I didn’t realise the moon moved just as fast.

Yesterday evening we were waiting for the traffic lights to turn green at the intersection of Al Mafraq and 331st Roads (next to the Saudi-German Hospital building site).

I looked up and noticed the moon -beautiful as it so often is here and almost a perfect semi-circle – hanging directly above the building on corner of the intersection.

By the time the lights had changed the moon had completely disappeared!

It had dropped right out of the sky before my very eyes!

Ramadan

Ramadan Kareem everyone!

It’s Ramadan and the entire country is in festival mode.  No eating or drinking during the day is DEFINITELY made up for at night.

We had out first Iftar meal yesterday, that is the traditional meal to break the fast.  Iftar is served at the first prayer call of the evening. It was about 6:45.

Iftar Menu

Jallab and Dates

Jallab is  a drink made from dates,  grape molasses and rose water, then smoked with Arabic incense. It was served with crushed ice and floating pine nuts.

To me it tastes like liquified Turkish Delight.

Jallab

Jallab

Lentil Soup

Salad

Main Course: Tenderloin beef with onions and baby potatoes

Date based desert, like date eclairs or date pie.

Oh this won’t last!

Had to laugh at this article explaining that Dubai Bank is going to make the Abaya mandatory for ALL female staff from now onwards.

If you read it carefully you will notice the memo was released by an HR Manager and so far none of the bank officials have been able to confirm it.

My bet: As soon as the officials in Dubai hear of this the bank will be asked to issue a statement correcting this misconception. It will go down as one of those ‘Dubai rumours’.

I mean, even Sheikh Mohammed’s wife doesn’t wear the Abaya for official functions!

The whole thing is ridiculous.

Dubai Bank says all female staff must wear abayas

By Bassma Al Jandaly, Staff Reporter
Published: August 21, 2009, 22:50

Dubai: All female staff at Dubai Bank, Muslim and non-Muslim, must wear a shailah (head scarf) and abaya (black cloak covering the whole body) starting this Ramadan, Gulf News has learnt.

A memo sent to staff on Thursday says the bank has decided that all Muslim and non-Muslim female staff must wear a shailah and abaya.

A Dubai Bank official who would not reveal his name said a memo was issued to this effect by the human resources manager, informing employees that starting from the first day of Ramadan all female employees must wear a shailah and abaya regardless of their religion.

“Our bank is Islamic and must follow Sharia in all respects, which will satisfy our clients,” he said. While the decision takes effect beginning first of Ramadan, it has become a rule and part of the dress code for female employees at all times.

Gulf News contacted Dubai Bank on several occasions, but officials would not comment on the memo. (Editor: Yeah, I bet they wouldn’t.  It seems to have been unofficially released and someone will be asked politely to get their house in order and issue a statement saying it was ‘a false rumour’).

Gulf News has learnt that the proposal on the dress code was made by the bank’s Fatwa and Sharia Supervisory Board in June and it was endorsed by the management. A circular was then issued on Thursday.

The Fatwa and Sharia Supervisory Board’s proposal, a copy of which has been obtained by Gulf News, says the abaya should not have any embroidery or decoration on it and must not be coloured.

It says any female staff who does not adhere to this dress code should be advised by the human resources department at the bank to follow it.

If the staff member insists on not abiding by the law then the matter should be brought to the notice of the executive member of the Sharia supervisory board who can decide upon action to be taken against that staff.

The bank will encourage employees to wear a shailah and abaya by providing staff with them. The head of the human resources department has been instructed to ensure that employees adhere to the dress code.

The bank has given employees a grace period until after the Eid holiday after which it will become mandatory.

The proposal, signed by Shaikh Mohammad Taqi Usmani, Chairman of the Fatwa and Sharia Supervisory Board of Dubai Bank, says the move will gain customers’ confidence and help market the bank’s products.

Many customers, the proposal said, choose a bank based upon its appearance before considering other aspects. The dress code is essential in determining the bank’s identity as a Sharia compliant institution.

Driving in the UAE

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A friend of mine was recently driving with a young Pakistani man from Dubai to Abu Dhabi.

As was normal for thing young man, he was travelling at speed of between 160km and 180km per hour, about 1 foot behind a 4WD.

As they are ‘cruising’ along the road they pass a car on the side of the road that has crashed and flipped onto it’s roof.

‘How does that happen?’ muses the young man.

And that, for the uninitiated, is what driving in the Middle East is all about!

Chain Letter Spoof

God I hate chain letters. I always figured you would have to be semi-retarded to actually write one of these, little own forward one after receiving it.

Check this pathetic excuse for intelligent human life out… followed by the spoof that was written in response.

Chain Letter

PLEASE DONT READ THIS.  YOU WILL BE KISSED ON THE NEAREST POSSIBLE FRIDAY BY THE LOVE OF YOUR LIFE. TOMMOROW WILL BE THE BEST DAY OF YOUR LIFE. NOW UV STARTED READING THIS DONT STOP THIS IS SO SCARY TRY THIS its weird .
1. Say ur name 10x
2. Say ur mom’s name 5x
3. Say ur crushes name 3x
4. then paste this to 4 other quizs, if you do this your crush will kiss you on the nearest friday! But if you read this and did not paste this, then you will have very bad luck.x

SEND THIS TO FIVE QUIZZES IN 143 MINUTES WHEN UR DONE PRESS F6 AND UR CRUSHES NAME WILL APPEAR IN BIG LETTERS ON THE SCREEN. THIS IS SO SCARY COZ IT ACTUALLY WORKS.

Response

PLEASE DON’T SEND ME THIS. YOU WILL BE KICKED IN THE NEAREST POSSIBLE ORGAN BY ME. TOMORROW WILL BE THE WORST DAY OF YOUR LIFE. NOW UV STARTED READING THIS KEEP GOING YOU ARE SUCH A RETARD its weird.
1. Say ur stupid 10x
2. Say ur mom should have aborted 5x
3. Say ur a loser (because ur) 3x
4. then paste this to 4 other quizs, if you do this someone will tell you to fuck off on the nearest friday! But if you read this and did not paste this, then you you have more sense than the average pinhead on here.

xSEND THIS TO FIVE QIZZES IN 143 MINUTES WHEN UR DONE PRESS F6 AND FIND OUT HOW TRULY STUPID UR.
JACKASS WILL APPEAR IN BIG LETTERS ON THE SCREEN. THIS IS SO STUPID COZ SOME OF YOU DOLTS WILL ACTUALLY TRY IT.