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07/30/07 11:38 - 78ºF - ID#40309

i got my license

My rental car showed up yesterday as well as my temporary license, so we all hopped in a car together and went on our first lesson. Yay!


I'm also feeling better so that makes me happy. Feeling well enough that I went and worked out in the gym last night and today after work I went swimming. Man I'm out of shape. I only managed to do 10 lengths of the pool. Granted it's an Olympic size pool so a length is a good distance, but I think that only works out to 1/3 of a mile. No matter what, it's a very good thing that I'm getting back into that which makes me happy and fit :) Ciao.

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07/29/07 05:44 - 67ºF - ID#40293

admin rights!

Here you go tiny. Better perspective?


And.... HELLS YEAH....we got administrator rights today! Woot!

I'm working on all the ice-breakers, warm-ups and other games for CDA training which starts this week. It makes me really miss my internship at Project Adventure.

Trying to catch up on past questions and comments:

Q- What's the difference between British and US version of Harry Potter books?

A- The cover for one. Also the language.

Q- What's the gay scene like here in Doha?

A- Believe it or not, it exists. Not among Qataris of course but there seems to be a community of Philippino men.

C- There are plenty of restaurants where I can eat veggie. Though I have learned through trial and error that even if you order a dish that is just veggies, they like to toss meat on it, haha. So I have to order with specific 'no meat' instructions. My search was for grocery items so that I can cook at home. I am missing my Quorn 'chicken nuggets' and Boca 'beef crumbles'.

Lastly, I was stoked to find litchi juice - and it's dirt cheap. I only paid 55 cents for liter carton!

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07/28/07 03:52 - 66ºF - ID#40275

captain's log 72807

I got sick this weekend and did not go out :( Nothing to report on the secret society of non-Muslim clubbing in Doha. I'm surprised I lasted 2 weeks without an IBS incident, what with the tremendous stress I was experiencing in the whole moving process. Feeling better this morning after a very rough night. Hope it's ending.

I did sneak out to the mall momentarily yesterday afternoon. I broke down and bought myself a PS2. Can anyone guess which game I bought to start off with? But of course, the new Tomb Raider Anniversary :)

I know I really should have waited until I get my next paycheck at the end of September (gulp) but I was going crazy. I feel semi imprisoned by my environment. If you've ever seen Chronicles of Riddick you'll get my joke. It's so flippin' hot and I'm so far away from anything, you can't go outside. I seriously think I might burst into flames if I stand out there too long.

Eh. I'm sorry for the uneventful update. I will try my best to get that photo up tiny. I don't know what the deal is, the tool doesn't even show up now. Maybe there is something different going on when I'm at my desk in the office. I'll test that theory tomorrow.

Lastly, I was searching online for regional brands of vegetarian replacement foods. I've been having a little trouble finding anything that I recognize. I managed to find some Tofu, but that's not my preferred meal. So I found a great site in Egypt that gave me some leads.

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07/26/07 07:20 - 67ºF - ID#40255


I'm going out tonight (thank God it's thursday!) and lucky me, look what my horoscope says: "Any kind of group activity will delight you today. You feel energised and more enthusiastic about life. People lift your spirits." Let me hear a great big, awwwwww.

We went to their version of the DMV this morning. You know, all we had to do was take an eye exam? I sat in a chair, read 3 lines, he stamped my paper and that's that. What's funny is the tickets they gave us, like a 'take a number and wait to be called' thing, said either FEMALE or VIP. I think it stands for Vehicular Incident Propagators :)

I hope I have something nifty to report on Doha nightlife. Oh, (e:Tinypliny)...1. Yes, I have granite countertops 2. I will take a picture of the coke with another object that will give you a different visual perspective. I assure you though, they are wee cans!

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07/25/07 11:33 - 71ºF - ID#40250

who's that guy?

Ok, only a few of you may get this first glance, does the guy on the right remind you of anyone?


clearly i did not take this photo, but it's a cool shot of doha


the super tiny baby cokes i was talking about!


somehow i got the photos thing to work today. i dunno. ciao!
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07/24/07 11:58 - 64ºF - ID#40234

tiny coke cans

I found the smallest cans of coke on the planet. I think it takes 3 sips but all you really need. I'm not going through Dr. Pepper withdrawal mostly because it's not around to tempt me.

I've been invited to yet another party this thursday. What shall a girl do? Alone in a foreign land for 1 week and already a crowded social calendar? Well, I'm not complaining. I'd rather have too many invites and not enough time than other way round!

Trying to wash every piece of my clothing yesterday turned into a fiasco of flooding washers and wet clothes hanging all over my apartment. Ciao!

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Category: about doha

07/21/07 03:47 - 74ºF - ID#40194

240 voltz!


I do not have a death wish although this photo contradicts this statement. The current runs at 240 over here. It will toast you. For reasons unknown to me, not all plugs are designed for the outlets. In these instances you have to stick a small spoon or key in the 3rd receptor in order to plug in your appliance! I was scared. I honestly thought I might get zapped and die.

To answer the question, "liquor license, for a private person!?"......

Yes. Islam does not allow drinking alcohol. In order to preserve this tradition amidst the 80% foreign population here the government established liquor licenses. You have to pay something like $400 to get one, with permission from your employer, proof of your pay, and statement of your religion. Only the licensee can purchase the alcohol with it. However you can buy individual beverages at a hotel bar without one.

Additionally I got my luggage today. I was very busy buying groceries and running around all afternoon so I was able to peek in just now. Everything is WET and smells like SEWER! What the hell did these people do with my bag!? It's so gross. I'm going to have to wash every last bit of clothing tomorrow. Luckily our bosses have only just arrived back in the country so they don't want to meet with us until early afternoon. I have all morning to wash. Cheers!
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07/21/07 01:48 - 63ºF - ID#40188


local time: 8:50am

I got the happy news this morning; they found my luggage! Now I have clothes to wear to work tomorrow!

I found a place to get my SCUBA certification. I'm so excited I'm getting ahead of myself with all the additional courses I want to take. I've already done an experiential dive in the Red Sea so I'm ready to just start with Open Water certification. The others I'm interested in are Ocean Buoyancy (because I had some issues with hitting the floor everytime I breathed out), Fish Identification (they have some kind of conservation project going on), Underwater Navigation (seems like a natural thing to want to know), Underwater Photography (bet you can't wait for these photos!), and Wreck Diving (which first requires Advanced Open Water certification).

That's all for now. My day has only just begun and I'm sure some new adventure awaits. OH - and I got invited to my first house party last night, yay! He has a liquor license too, so I'll finally get a beer! Ciao.

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07/20/07 08:46 - 60ºF - ID#40171

lost luggage....again

local time: 3.33pm
temp: 111 degrees

I just woke up which is a very bad thing. I wanted to sleep in today but I certainly didn't mean to sleep this long! It's not helping the jet lag. Today is 'Saturday' for me. Their weekend is one off from ours. Friday is the holy day.

I was grabbing some very expensive sunscreen at the store last night when I noticed...they sell Playstation2 and Wii at the grocery store! You can just take it off the shelf along with the games, no locks. The Wii cost 1,599 rys and the PS2 cost 529 rys. So that's $445 and $147 respectively. Pretty much the same. Score :)

I'd love to give you a tour of my home and surroundings however my camera cord is in my luggage. My luggage which is missing. They don't even know what country it's in. They tried to track it and it literally says, "unknown location, tracking continues". I just moved here and 98% of the clothes I own are in that bag. I think they give it 10 days before they finally say 'we lost your bag'. Qatar Airways said they wouldn't give you anything for delayed bags if you live in the country. I don't' know what BA's policy is, hopefully I'll hear something soon.

Meanwhile I just bought a headset so I can use Skype to make internet phone calls. If you want to talk to me for free, you can do the same :) The only thing we'll have to consider is the time zone.

Oh, I did get to see Transformers last night, which I enjoyed. I thought it was especially sweet when the opening scene said "Qatar-the middle east" and people in the theatre started clapping. Movie theatres here are relatively the same. With the exception that people don't really make lines to purchase so it's a little chaotic. Also a screen shows the seats and you actually choose them. They are assigned seats! They were big and red and super-duper comfy!
Ciao for now.
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07/19/07 10:00 - 70ºF - ID#40165

i have a tea boy!

Today we attempted to clear more HR paperwork but things run a little slow around here. I submited my medical papers, filed for an employee badge and handed over my passport to process my visa. The latter makes me a bit nervous. I don't like being without my passport.

Tonight 2 of my co-workers and I are going to see Transformers at the City Centre. It's a complex that houses 14 theatres, a bowling alley, enormous grocery store, restaurants, and an ice skating rink. Who knew!? Then hopefully when our movie is finished our bags will have finally arrived and we can pick them up from the airport.

We got these serious looking phones installed in our offices today. The guy gave us a 5 minute lesson how to use them but I'm pretty sure I didn't make it passed 'press the envelope for voicemail'. I've got plenty of time to figure it out. I don't even know how they want us to answer them.

We have a 'tea boy' in our office that checks in on you as soon as you arrive and periodically throughout the day. Today I had a glass of mango juice. I took a picture, which you'll get to see at a later time when my camera cable arrives. We've already been joking about all our 'historical moments' together, so I have somehow become the group photographer. Guess it's a good trait to have a camera attached to your hand eh?

I learned something about Islamic burials last night. Mohammed had pointed out a cemetery. I told him I would like to see it in daylight. I have a thing for cemeteries. I think they are peaceful, I like taking photos and drawing them, I like to think about my life and remind myself to LIVE in the short time we're given. Mohammed was explaining to me that they bury people very quickly here because it is a greater honor to the deceased. Also they feel you should leave the world the way you entered, naked. So they have a special person to wash the body, then they simply cover it with a white sheet. This is how they present it for viewing. Then a narrow hole is dug with another hole inside of it. I'll try to draw to explain:
They place the body in the smaller hole, then cover it with earth bricks, then fill in the main hole with dirt.

Also, they don't mark the graves with names because you don't visit cemeteries to mourn. You may mark it so you know where one is but you would not go there to 'talk' to that person. You would go to a cemetery to think about your life and how you want to live it and to talk to God. I thought this was very similar and interesting.

I'm reminding myself to tell you the story of the red car. Mohammed told me today and I couldn't stop laughing. Some things just get lost in translation you know :)
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