PhotoHunt { Wide }

photohunter

Was kind a late for this week’s entry because I was searching for my files to grab the great photo for this entry. I was looking over pictures way back 2007. I’m trying to have only 1 entry for each hunt – stopping myself not to post the other photo, hehehe!

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Wide – Open!

This is Hubby and his neice Yara playing around when we visited them at their house during our vacation in Damascus Syria last September 2007. Yara is the eldest daughter of Hubby’s sister ate Rana. I love this moment when they were both playing around. Yara copied what his Khalo {Uncle} Abed was doing, hehehe! Yara looks like Hubby actually. They have the same eye color, eyebrows and nose. So I think when Bb Julia will grow up, she will be like her cousin Yara but different eye color. How I miss this girl. We’ll see them next year for our next vacation Insha’Allah {God willing}.

Until next PhotoHunt.

The Hubby Tag

Was tagged by ate Enchie in one of her posts, but instead I opt to be tagged from this meme instead. This is more exciting and will let you get to know more about my other half who makes me whole.

Can you remember the day you first met your hubby? When was that? (doesn’t have to be specific)

  • 8th of July 2006 – Saturday. It was my first day to report for work with the rest of my colleagues. We were still on a training and a friend introduced me to hubby by starting of by saying “Abed this is Maryjay….”

First impression.

  • Smart and very focus with his points of views.

Were you attracted to him?

  • At first of course no, but when we got the chance to sit together and talked about life, that was the time that I noticed something different with him – probably his eyes made me looked again and the way he explained his point of views in life made me think of him in another positive way.

Were you friends before he became your bf?

  • We’re totally STRANGERS from different sides of the world.

What was the sweetest thing he did for you?

  • Everyday hearing him saying “HI SWEETY, Good morning…” is the sweetiest thing always. I’m so mababaw kasi.

What are the things about him that you are thankful for?

  • I’m so thankful of his patience with me. His endless understanding because of my ups and downs especially with my weaknesses which is cooking, hehehe! Thankful for him being  responsible with everything and now that we have our Bb Julia, it made more thankful to have him as my husband, my lover and my best friend.

Bd Dinner at Pizza Hut

Well as usual this is a late post again. Was about to rant about it yesterday but I saw myself updating something else – what else? Uploading pictures again on my multiply site.

Last Thursday, hubby and the rest of our friends ate dinner in Pizza Hut near our place. Jam pack ang mga restaurants so we have to make reservations as early as 6pm. Hubby was supposed to take us to Applebee’s but jam pack sa tao ang said restaurant so we have to change plans for the last few hours.
Hubby arrived from a meeting afternoon of Thursday and he brought me cake.
Not too much to say about that night. Too bad Ceejhay wasn’t able to come since she was on call – on call dahil nasa office, hahaha! Sorry dude! Don’t worry, next bd I’ll check your next schedule. I’ll make sure you’ll be there. Ay! There’s another celebration, Julia’s 1st month. Are you free? Hehehe!
Good thing the little girl is sleeping when we came in. The supervisor asked me if my husband was Japanese or Chinese because Julia’s eyes are singkit daw. Yikes! See her lips? Nguso ever.
We order 4 pizzas. Shucks! Sira ang diet ni hubby. From left, Maricel, Joana and ate Mimi. Mommy’s hungry so that time she was eating lasagna already while Mohd focused on the garlic bread.

Here’s me and the cake that the husband brought again in the Hut.

Of course the little treasure of ours should be included.
Thanks so much again for another meaningful birthday Sweety!
Just to share you friend how wacky the husband is, here’s a 2 shot by Ezel. I don’t have an idea that he was doing this weird smiles during the take. He’s getting big noh? He keeps on saying that he’ll be on diet but every time there’s an occasion he’ll say “TOMORROW nalang Sweety…” hahaha! So if you think he’s that serious, think again! He’s much kengkoyers than me.
All eyes on the little girl, Khalo Mohd and Khalo Wael plus the sexy ever Soumaya.
Until next year! You can view my bd pictures here.

| at 28 | Married & a Mother

It’s my bday today! Yehey! It’s 12:44am as I write this entry. I’m not sure if we’ll go out tomorrow for dinner or what, Insha Allah (God willing).
What are my wishes for this year?
  • Good HEALTH as always in order for me to continue supporting my family;
  • HAPPINESS and ENERGY – bonggang bonga!
  • TO BE LOVED and TO BE HOLD by none other than my husband and in time by Bb Julia;
  • and finally, CONTENTMENT in my career {work} – upto now kasi I’m still not satisfied where my career is right now – but never the less, malay natin ang career ko pala talaga is to be a WIFE & a MOTHER which is the greatest role a person can have in his/her lifetime.

I’m so blessed to have this 28 years of being alive. I’m a year older, that’s true but I’m wiser now. 28 years of having a family I call my OWN. 28 years of having true friends which I can share with my joys and sadness in life. 28 years of being loved by others. 28 years of being a WOMAN – naks! Can’t ask for anything more other than to be ALIVE and to be STRONG for my family.

It’s very memorable for me this 28th birthday because this is the first birthday I’ll be celebrating it as a CERTIFIED MOM. Shucks! Time flies so fast!

December is Here

It’s the last month for this year. What are your plans? Christmas is near. As a Muslim, we’re not celebrating it but it’s been a tradition in the family to give gifts during Christmas. Lately, I find myself listening to Holiday Songs on the Radio whenever I’m OL on YM. I’m sure a lot of you out there are panic buying already for the upcoming exchange gifts sa Noche Buena. Uso na ang mga MONITO MONITA sa schools, hehehe!
Looking back for the past months, 2008 has been a good year for me.
I decided to reminisce with the highlights for this year:
JANUARY – 2 close friends of mine gave birth to 2 angels namely Baby DL and Baby Rubix. I was so excited to find out since I was chosen to be the Godmother for both. Thanks Terette and Mareng Khaty.
FEBRUARY – Uuuyyy Vday! Hubby gave me my first biggest TEDDY BEAR ever! I named him Tati. This was our 1st time to celebrate the Love Day as a couple.
MARCH – “ITS POSITIVE!”; March changed my life and the whole plan for this year. We found out that I’m pregnant by 8wks.
APRIL – Our 1st Year Anniversary as a Married couple.
MAY – We started to prepare necessary documents for our flight going home to Philippines by the coming July.
JUNE – Busy as a bee with work; Was on the 2nd trimester of my pregnancy.
JULY – Journey to Manila, Philippines! Weew! We stayed for only 25days back home, but it’s all worth it!
AUGUST – Was transferred to Customer Service Department to cover up due to lack of staff; I found out that there’s a chance for me to breastfeed, I was leaking! Weew!
SEPTEMBER – Last term for my pregnancy; Emotionally confused with work and at the same time mentally disturbed with what to expect during labor; Holy Month of Ramadan, weren’t able to fast though; Started to blog again and this time I’m back to Blogger.
OCTOBER – Mom arrived to help out, yey!
NOVEMBER – My PIL arrived to visit and to welcome our little bundle of joy Julia; I’m a Certified Mom and a Certified Breastfeeding Mom!

Time flies really so fast. Imagine, December na pala! Shucks! In less than 30 days, 2009 na. Hope all you out there eh naging mabuti ang 2008 sa inyo. While making the re-cap, I noticed that I have so much first time experience for this year pala, akalain mo yun? hehehe!

I’m so thankful and so blessed because even if we’re not that RICH as others eh I have my whole family and so loving friends. Insha’Allah (God Willing) next year will be more exciting and more happier than this year – but come to think of it, everyday is exciting for me because of Julia – naks!

PhotoHunt { Metal }

My photohunt entry for this week is this graduation picture of mine that was taken last May 2004. Ever since I had this photo taken, I never removed it from this metal frame that I have since Highschool days – way back Saudi Middle East Life of mine. Me and the rest of my best budies back home went to GreatImage in SM North to have our gradpic taken.
Having this portrait taken was one of my BIGGEST DREAM ever! and Alhamdulillah (Thanks God) with great prayers and perseverance, I was able to achieve this BIG DREAM of mine.
How’s my cobra bangs? Hahaha! I was told that I looked like Jenelyn Mercado here, hehehe!

I’m a Certified Mom

This will be a long post, so maghanda na po kayo ng salamin, hehehe!
Where do I begin? Actually, I really don’t know when. But I’ll just start from the time my Mom had doubts that Bb Julia will come out na.
I’ll make it by date nalang so that it will be easier for me to narrate the happenings.
{ 8th November – Saturday }
I was expecting too much to give birth this day. 081108, I kept on asking Bb Julia to come out on this day coz of the date itself. However, I did feel contractions a lot during this day. But whenever I lay myself down to sleep, I always wake up depressed knowing that Bb’s not yet ready to come out since there were no signs at all.
{ 9th November – Sunday }
Mama {MIL} prepared Bechamelle for lunch as requested by hubby. We were actually preparing the meal when I suddenly felt pain on my lower back. Yung bang feeling mo magkakaroon ka. I just kept silent for a while pero ang sakit eh every 5 to 10mins ang apart. Mommy said “malapit na lumabas si Julia… naghahanap na siya ng pwesto…” – ok fine, but I was hoping na sana magdilang anghel si Mommy. Hindi ko tuloy naubos yung meal kasi sobrang sakit while I was eating. Come to think of it, during my 1st trimester I craved so much for CARBONARA, SPAGHETTI and GINATAANG MANOK – or to make it short, any meal with white and red sauce. That’s why I was shocked kasi di ko naubos yung Bechamelle ni Mama eh may white sauce yun. I took a bath after eating – feeling mag lalabor na talaga ako eh. I prepared the things going to the hospital again, last check up to make sure I don’t forget anything. I took some pictures not knowing that those baby bump photos will be the last day of it.

I was kinda excited pero deep inside worried if I’ll be able to get thru with the so called LABOR PAIN. Hubby made appointment with our OB to check on baby Julia’s condition and at the same time to see her for the last time before giving birth.

Dr. Zafer made a PV test because during the US, I started to feel pain again on my lower back and now on the front of my abdomen. The result was 2cm. He advised us to pack our things and go to the hospital once we’re ready. He said that the hospital might have other things to do before putting me into labor so might as well be ready.

On the way home, Papa {FIL} said that Julia will not yet come out on Sunday – he said that Monday is the big day for her since hubby’s day-off is set the next day. Nagdilang anghel si Papa, hehehe! at nagsabi pa siya ng time. Papa said “she will come out around 1130am or afternoon… but if you will give me QR 10/- Julia might consider coming out in Monday morning of 8 or 9am…” – all of us was just joking around. I answered if it’s okay for Julia to come out past 12am kasi di ko na kaya yung pain eh.

We arrived from the OB around 10pm. I was able to post an entry before leaving pa nga eh. Thank you for all who commented on that journey, hehehe! and yes Mel, ganyan talaga ang buhay pag adik ka sa blogging. May contractions na nga, nag popost pa, hehehe!
{ 10th November – Monday is the BIG DAY }
We left our house on the way to the hospital around 12am kasi nagdinner muna ulit ang mga matatanda’t takot magutom sa hospital just in case manganak ako. Hubby didn’t eat that much – for the first time since MIL came, hehehe! But he shaved and took a bath in fairness. Parang siya ang manganganak. Me on the other hand was just walking around the house in denial na thiz iz it!
I don’t know what time we came at the hospital, I think we were there past 12:30am. They took my vital signs and did and IE again – ang sakit ha! Unfortunately, the doctor advised us to go home. WHY? She said that I’m not yet fully dilated though I’m on 2cm. Baby’s movement is still normal and that the signs that I’m having are not totally in labor pain – though there’s a possibility that the baby will come out that day.
It was so hard for me to leave the hospital. Hubby was worried that I might suddenly be in pain while in the house and will lack time going back to the hospital. I asked them to walk with me along the Corniche to make myself forget about the pain. We walked for 2000m. Galing noh? Napagod tuloy mga in-laws ko, hehehe! Pati si Mommy hiningal pero by demand ang walkathon ko so natuloy kahit ayaw nila.
We left the bags in the car kasi I have the feeling that any time we’ll go back to the hospital – FOR REAL!
I slept around 4am still in pain.
THIZ IZ IT!
I woke up around exactly 6am and felt like I wanted to pee. May contractions parin and sobrang sakit na talaga ng lower back ko that time. Umuungol na ako sa sakit! Pero si hubby and si Mommy tulog parin. I lay myself back again to bed and thinking that this is really it. Julia will come out na.
Nakatulog pala ako — biglang bukas yung mata ko exactly around 6:45am when I felt like something clogged inside my abdomen tapos bigla akong naihi – ata? I went to the bathroom to check. I was just saying to myself, kakaihi ko lang diba? Basa nga… and this time there was a slight thinggy na parang white mens (un pala un). I woke up my mom while changing, sabi nya “baka naman naihi ka lang?” sabi ko “haller! kaka-cr ko nga lang tapos biglang may naglock sa puson ko tapos heto na lumabas…” then I suddenly stopped talking kasi this time really the so called WATER BAG eh pumutok na. Ang saya ng feeling… para kang naiihi pero di mo alam. I was trembling while changing my undies and I woke up hubby saying the famous line ever “Sweety, my water just broke… we have to go the hospital… Julia’s coming out…” – WOW ning! Artista ang dating!
On the way to the hospital, I texted a few important people in my life to pray for me. The water just keep on leaking inside the car… hahaha! Good thing it was not Angel (sasakyan namin). Hubby got into an accident kasi the other day on the way to work and during that time Angel was taken to the mechaniky (that’s how hubby called his friend w
ho knows a lot about cars and churvas) to fix the front right bump on Angel. So hubby borrowed a car.
Anyway, I was still leaking when we arrived in the hospital. I was worried kasi baka maubos yung tubig at ma-CS ako like the sister of a friend of mine, Alhamdulillah (Thanks be to God) at hindi.
INSIDE THE ER: I was still 2cm! Pano nangyari yun? Madaling araw palang 2cm na ako upto the morning 2cm parin? Sabi ni Mommy bumaba na daw si Julia and this was because we walked that night though hindi pa daw bukas yung cervix ko. Mommy got worried this time thinking na baka ma-CS na nga ako.
INSIDE THE WAITING ROOM: I was in deep pain na talaga. This was around 8am. Wala na akong masabi kung hindi “OOOhhh…. AAAhhh… AAAwww…” – bakit ko alam? Hubby recorded it on his mobile and even got the chance to take pics of me! Imagine?! Salbahe ‘tong asawa ko, pero okay lang. At least I can show Julia when she grows up how hard it is to give birth para ma-appreciate nya.
Napalo ko si Hubby sa sobrang sakit pati si Mommy ko – hahaha! Touching me was so impossible kasi super sakit pala mag labor na kahit i-comfort mo pa ako by touching eh useless. But I asked hubby to stay beside me… I was holding his hand so tight. He told me after that he thought our wedding ring will broke sa sobrang lakas ng higpit ko. He even told me during labor “Sweety, forget about the 2nd baby – just get through with this okay?” – I’m crying as I write this part. Ang hirap kasi… during that time I was praying so hard for God to help me get through with it. Nag pa sleep doze ako sa sobrang hirap. I saw my Mama and Mommy at the corner of my eyes crying silently. When the doctor came to make rounds, he was even joking with me saying “Mary, kumusta ka?” – I didn’t reply – “I will not give you your request if you will not answer me back… kumusta ka ate? Masakit ba?” – I just nodded and smiled (plastic). When the doctor left, hubby told me that they will make me fall asleep to forget the pain since I’m not yet fully dilated and that they will not be able to take me to the DR (delivery room) kasi it will be useless. The nurse injected me twice on my sides. I woke up feeling na majejebs ako. I saw the time was around 1pm. Hubby was not there in the room except Mama and Mommy. I told Mommy na majejebs ako – groggy na ako this time and can’t even open my eyes widely. Akala ko nanganak na ako, hindi pa pala… hahaha!
The nurse came to make an IE. She suddenly shouted “FULLY… FULLY… FULLY…” – nagpanic daw sila sabi ni Mommy. Hala ka! She heard that I was fully dilated. They pulled the bed out of the room and brought me in the DR.
INSIDE THE DR: I was still sleepy and hilong hilo ako. I heard the filipina nurse telling me “Wag ka muna iire… pigilan mo muna hanga’t sabihin namin ha?” – haller! As if I have any choice na sagutin ka eh hilong hilo ako, hehehe! Patawa ‘to si ate eh.
Inside the DR, I saw the time was around 1:15pm, all the nurses were busy preparing all the things. Mommy and Mama got the chance to go inside until I’m ready to push. I heard Mommy crying over the phone making a long distance call to Daddy saying “…basta De, magdasal kayo jan… hirap na hirap si Jheng, nandito na kami sa delivery room…” – I still feel dizzy that time but I felt a tear dropped in my eye. Ang Ina talaga hanggang sa huli, anak parin ang iisipin. I can hear hubby outside the room asking Mama “What happen na Mommy? Is she okay?” I wanted him to there beside me, pero not allowed kasi.
2:00pm >> I started to push — the 6 nurses and a doctor surrounding me all was shouting “Mary, go go go! Push hard… Push harder… Push longer… more more… Baby’s coming… push push push!” – pushang gala! I was pushing pero sabi nila mali daw kasi sa leeg daw. Don’t push with sounds daw. Okay fine… nagtawag pa sila ng Filipina nurse baka daw mas lumakas ang loob ko… the filipina said “sige neng, ire… kaya mo yan… habaan mo yung ire mo… yung feeling mo tatae ka… sige… sige… kaya mo yan…” – hahaha! Natatawa ako!
Believe it or not, sa sobrang hirap ko mag push, I didn’t even noticed I SWEAR na lumabas na si Baby. The last thing I know was that I was pushing and then nagising ako bigla hawak na nila si Julia sa harap ko ang puti puti konti lang yung blood tapos connected pa yung pusod nya – when I saw her, I uttered 3x “Alhamdulillah Rabil-allahmin! (All Praise and thanks are to God, Allah the Lord of all Mankind)” – then the rest is history. 

Almost 6hrs of labor and 41mins of pushing was all worth it when Baby Julia was placed on top of me going to the RR (Recovery Room).
Around 7pm they took me to the room to see the big family. Sakto kasi kararating lang din ng buong family from the house kasi they were told daw pala to go home and be back after 2hrs since I need to stay for 2hrs sa RR. 

PIL and Mommy were so happy to see Baby Julia.

 

And finally, I cried when I saw hubby. Tears of joy, pain and endless love. Now I know the feeling of having my very own FAMILY. We called back home to talk to my dad and nasabi ko lang sa kanya “De, nakabayad na ako kay Mommy…” and then I cried again, pati si Mommy emote ever. Pwede na ba kami sa MMK? Hehehe.

Ang haba ng storya ko noh? Samantalahin ko na kasi tulog si Bb Julia eh – and nag sleeping marathon kami kahapon. Both Bb and me were asleep almost the whole day, hehehe! Napagod siguro ako kaka-pump ng milk tapos si Bb naman nasarapan sa breast milk kaya tuloy tuloy ang tulog, hehehe!

JULIA LOBITANA-OWEINI
10th NOVEMBER 2008
6.2 lbs
WOMEN’S HAMAD MEDICAL HOSPITAL

I think that’s all for now. I salute all the MOTHERS as in! and Thanks again for those who prayed with me to have a safe delivery.

You Know You Grew Up in the Middle East If …

I got this from ate Leslie thru her Multiply Blog and immediately answered the questions. Nakakamiss kasi, hehehe!
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1. You can’t answer the question, “Where are you from?” (And when you do, you get into an elaborate conversation that gets everyone confused and/or makes you sound very spoiled.)

  • Iwas born in the Philippines but grew up in Saudi Sir… actually nalilito ako dati sa Panatang makabayan…yung part na “ito ang aking lupang sinilangan” not applicable yan sa karamihan na pinanganak sa ibang bansa.

2. You flew before you could walk

  • N/A – Me, my Mom and my 2nd sister flew there when I was at the age of 7.

3. You have a passport, but no driver’s license.

  • I agree with ate Les, whenever we went home for vacation sobrang kapit ako sa family ko kasi di ako marunong mag-commute, hahaha!

4. You think California is cold.

  • Again, I 2nd the motion with ate Les that SUMMER IN CALIFORNIA is WINTER IN SAUDI ARABIA, bwahahaha!

5. You watch National Geographic specials and recognize someone.

  • Korek! Camels, hehehe!

6. You run into someone you know at every airport.

  • Maliit lang ang mundo ng Riyadh, so whenever I see classmates “Uuuyy… sino hinatid nyo?” or “Uuuyy… sinong darating?” or worst “Nagawa mo na assignment mo?”

7. Conversations with friends take place at 6:00 in the morning or 10:00 at night.

  • When I was there esp during vacation {April and May} my life usually starts when my parents are fall asleep na – hahaha! Telebabad… hihihi!

8. Your life story uses the phrase “Then we went to…” five times.

  • Aside from writing essays “MY NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION” every January.

9. You can speak with authority about the quality of various international airlines.

  • Korek! Before we always say “PAL AIRLINES MEANS PALPAK – kasi laging delayed ang flight”

10. You feel self conscious around all white people.

  • Not really conscious but I feel happy kasi finally there’s someone who can talk to straight in English. I remember the time when my Dad signed me up with Summer Swimming Lessons sa isang American/British Compound – sosyal ang lola mo pinapaligiran ng mga kano, hehehe! Thanks God natuto naman ako mag swimming. Lumaki nga lang ang balikat ko.

11. You get offended when someone turns down an offer for food.

  • Not really…

12. You live at school and go home for vacation.

  • 101% korek! Vacation means GOING HOME TO PINAS, weeewww!

13. You treasure pork and root beer as highly-valued commodities.

  • During those days with Pork, YES. Especially A&W;, we have to buy this sa PX kasi sa American Base lang nabibili yun. Pero ang Coca-Cola and Pepsi nagkalat.

14. You have ever had to wait for prayer call to be over to finish shopping.

  • Oo kasi sa Riyadh during prayer times eh nag clo-close ang mga malls/shops/kiosk. Unlike here in Qatar.

15. You are fascinated by any wildlife bigger than a gecko.

  • Again, I have to agree with ate Les – like DOG. In Riyadh, believe it or not you will not see a single street dogs. If ever man, ang owner nun defenitely foreigner.

16. You know the true meaning of “football.” (and in your mind can hear the shout, “GOAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”)

  • Korek! YA SALAAAAAMMM!!!! GOOOOALLLL…. GOAL GOAL GOOOAAALLLL!!!! and after the big event sa Khalid Stadium ang mga pick-up cars nagkakalat sa daan waving their national flag.

17. You know that it truly is a small world.

  • The world is ROUND – yun lang yun.

18. You have ever gone to the “hammam” or endured a “shamal.”

19. You get all the jokes in Aladdin.

  • Hehehe!

20. Rain is still one of the most wonderful sounds in the world.

  • Ay sobra! That’s why pag umuulan sa Pinas during our vacation di pwedeng di ako maligo. Ang ulan kasi sa Saudi eh may kasamang YELO! Basagin daw ba ang mga salamin ng sasakyan?

21. You haggle with the checkout clerk for a lower price.

22. Your wardrobe can only handle two seasons: hot and warm.

  • Korek! Well, same here in Qatar, summer and winter again… haaay!

23. Your school memories include duck-and-cover drills.

  • Agawan base, Taguan, Chinese Garter, Langit-Lupa, Bato-bato Pick, UNO Cards – hehehe!

24. You are used to being stared at.

25. You think VISA is a document stamped in your passport, and not a plastic card you carry in your wallet.

  • **blushing din**

26. You call a chicken burrito a “shwarma.”

  • Hhmm… wala parin tatalo sa Shwarma ng Middle East.

27. Your dorm room/apartment/living room looks a little like a museum with all the “exotic” things you have around.

  • Korek! My room is full of picture frames – hehehe!

28. You’ve heard of or tried “hubbly bubbly.”

29. You’ve woken up in the middle of the night to watch the Superbowl on cable.

30. You have sat in a “men’s” or “women’s” section in an airport, hospital, or restaurant.

  • Yup yup yup… FAMILY SECTION kami always, hehehe!

31. You know the geography of the rest of the world, but you don’t know the geography of your own country. (Isn’t Philadelphia its own state?)

  • Uuyy grabe! Hindi naman… katangahan na yun ha!

32. Your best friends are from 5 different countries.

  • Again, not true.

33. You’re spoiled. You know it. You’re VERY spoiled.

  • For other kids siguro, pero ako nope. I don’t get what I want. Very practical parin even if we’re living abroad… ha? Oo, kuripot din kasi Dad ko, hehehe!

34. You ask your roommate when the houseboy is scheduled to come clean.

  • Unfortunately, I leave with my parents so wala akong roommate and if ever madumi, ako ang maglilinis ng bahay noh.

35. You have never spent a summer with your friends from high school because you all go back to your home town/state/country June – August

  • Our school days is the same like Pinas – April and May ang summer vacation.

36. Camping involves duning, getting stuck, and counting how many camels you saw.

37. A sports tournament involves flying to another country in the Middle East.

  • Korek! Pero not really flying. By land lang naman – punta kami ng Al Khobar Dammam to compete for our Girl Scout days… naks! Laging Handa!

38. You remember when the first McDonalds in your country had its grand opening.

  • I remember more of the Jollibee opening, hehehe!

39. You got days off school for Christian and Muslim holidays.

  • Korek! We have more holidays than attendance :)

40. You secretely wished the rulers of other Middle Eastern countries would die so that you got days off school.

  • Korek again… and I 2nd the motion ulit, get bonus pay from our parent’s employees.

41. Not being able to eat in public during the day during the holy month of Ramadan.

  • All middle east except for babies and kids.

42. Traveling to the states required buying candy, CDs, and Abercrombie and Fitch clothing for your friends back overseas.

  • For us esp nung wala pang TFC we usually bring bac recorded tapes from FM radio stations and lots of food – pasalubong, chocnut!

43. You are used to giving directions according to landmarks, not street names.

  • Korek again! Even here in Qatar we don’t have exact house address. PO Box c/o our companies lang. So it’s really hard to order over the phone for delivery coz you have to direct them on what corner to turn, beside what landmark etc etc.

44. It’s normal to wake up and have four or more Pakistani men fixing your AC.

  • During my stay in Riyadh, my Dad and our kababayans help each other to
    fix AC’s, Car, TV’s everything! Di ko alam kung kakuriputan or what? hihihi!

45. You didn’t know how to do your own laundry until you left for college.

  • Not for me. Thanks God for the person who invent WASHING MACHINE :)

46. How come the houses in America don’t have servants quarters?

47. You are used to seeing Arabic commercials dubbed in British English about Lux soap, Carnation condensed milk and Dove shampoo.

  • Korek! Pero you know what in Riyadh, we have 2 free to air channels only. Channel 1 for Arabic and Channel 2 for English – hahaha! Ang borring noh?! Thanks God talaga for the TFC and for those cable channels which includes HBO ect.

48. Seeing police drive on the shoulder of the road and cut people is not unusual.

  • Korek, di lang Police pati mga mutawa {persons whose in charge of the Mosque in the Middle East}

49. You understand that being addressed as “ma’am/sir” by Filipinos is not an insult.

50. You know someone is referring to Pepsi when they say “Bebzi”.

  • Korek! Other famous lines also “NO BARKING HERE!” or “PLS GIVE ME TH BEN”. And poor those people whose name is BAUL {Paul – hehehe!}

51. Having a walled in, cement house is standard.

52. Ford Explorer sized cars seem small compared to Toyota Land Cruisers and Nissan Patrols.

53. You could hear the call to prayer anywhere in the city.

54. You covered your lunchbox with SunTop stickers.

55. You ate La vache qui rit and thought the “Laughing Cow” was laughing because the cheese tasted so bad.