While I was driving back home, I spotted colourful flower beds alongside the road. It’s a good thing in winter here that you will see more colourful and liveliness everywhere in Qatar unlike in the deadly summer. They decorated these panoramas with flowers, lighting and other outdoor activities. I stopped the car, off the engine at the nearest parking then walked directly to those beautiful shrubberies. Many people and cars passed negligently, but I didn’t care. I want to snap photos and enjoy the relaxing moment. Everything gives me a lesson and knowledge, I recall of those labour who planted these flowers intend to accommodate the aesthetic (I do understand as I’ve been working in the construction industry that how they work and think). They would be happy to know if someone appreciates what they have done. Their work is called Back Of House (BOH).
Most of the people are interested from what they see it’s call Front Of House (FOH). Meanwhile, BOH is kind of backstage works, but all work couldn’t be accomplished if there is no foundations and supports. Everything has their own process until becoming the final product, each process may take times and endeavour to achieve, but it wouldn’t be completed if it was abolished in between.
Don’t ignore some small people in your life, you wouldn’t know if they are supporting your back.
Don’t overlook someone’s capability, you wouldn’t know if he can change the world.
Don’t underestimate yourself, you wouldn’t know that you can do something bigger than you thought.
Be appreciated things in life whether what given, there are always a backstage people to support you.
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Living in Qatar isn’t like what many people imagine. I can’t deny that I also used to have a wrong idea when I was informed to mobilise here. I will share my experience from living here almost 12 years for both pros and cons.
Tax-Free: Yes, you are not mishearing. Every penny you earned here is Tax-Free unless you have to pay the income tax to your home country, i.e. US citizen. Luckily I don’t have to pay the fee to Thailand. But recently the burden of tobacco and alcohol has implied. That’s it; the consumable products remain the same price. Most of luxuries products price here is lower than in many countries.
Very fewer burglaries: Based on my own experience, the first year in our staff accommodation got burglarised; the DVD player and Athena receiver were taken. A year later I moved out and had my own apartment, I forgot and left my door open for 2 days once I returned home then realised that I didn’t close the door. I urged to search for the missing belonging, but none was taken. I haven’t got a steal. I lost my iPhones several times due to my forgetful habit, I always got them back.
The income rate: The salary base is higher than in EU and the Middle East: Base on the recent analysis of Numbeo report in the year 2018. The percentage of employment is higher, and so does income. The cost of living may vary, base on the local product and manufacturing.
Currency Rate: While many countries face with the US Dollar currency fluctuations, Qatar still remains fixed rate with 3.65 Qatar Riyal to 1 US Dollar.
Gasoline Price: Due to Qatar posses the third most natural gas resource and the first rank in the refinery in the World. Therefore, the price rate of gasoline is cheaper than the global market.
The city growth rate is significant raises: Qatar is now constructing infrastructures spreading overall the country. The large metro project-wide, highways spreading to all sub-urban as well as the new HIA airport leads to the expansion of the city rapidly. All infrastructures construction is the core aims to support the upcoming World Cup 2022 that Qatar will host. Hopefully, I will still here to watch the World Cup (crossed fingers).
Now I’m talking about the disadvantages.
Climate: As we know how cruel and severe of the heat in the Summer. The high temperature hits 50°C during day time causes the dehydration and heat stroke. But no worries, we are still surviving. How? Well, we keep staying and continue our activities indoor, avoiding exposure to the sun. The summer here is from May – October. You may have another question, what’s about the people who have to work outdoors. Once the temperature reaches 40°C, the government will announce a notification enforces all people and organisations to follow that working outdoor during daytime is prohibited. They will have to divide into nightshift. So they are working at night. For any necessary or urgent case may request for approval to operate at daytime. Besides the heat, you must also be aware of unpredictable duststorm as well as sandstorm that occur overall the year. Once it comes, it could lift a small tree, or in the worst case that it used to happen, it lifted cars. Yes, you didn’t misread. Anyway, the weather in winter (November – April) is pretty good.
The timing during Ramadan: Actually, it’s not a disadvantage. I’m telling a story that it’s more difficult for you to find an open restaurant during the daytime. All shops and restaurants are closed and will reopen again after sunset. The working time is 6 hours per day; so if you have something to liaise with the government entities, you must expect the delay. The supermarkets and groceries have a specific opening time that you can buy, but you can’t try or eat all the food (it’s about religious).
Nightlife: If you are such a nightlife or party person, there are limited places that allow you to drink. Either at your home or in a pub (in a hotel) where has the permit to sell alcohol (you have to finish the drink inside, bringing out from the place are not allowed).
All the above are just what I can recall now. However, it depends on you and your lifestyle that how you can manage and adjust to being flexible, then you can live most of the places in this world. I told you in the previous post that the happiness depends on you.
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I have heard that things could make people smarter are travelling and reading. I believe the quote because the further you go, your vision will be broader. You will understand the world and flexible your perspective to the difference on this earth.
Learn to drive because it makes you travel anywhere you wish yourself whenever you want, not burden other people.
Save money, prepare the budget for travelling like as trading the new knowledge to your life.
Planning your trip will teach you to be more accurate and precautionary in everything. You will learn how to spend, how to survive outside your homeland and how to make friends with strangers. You will unfold the new things that amaze you.
I am sitting at the coffee shop balcony while writing this post. It’s a winter morning in Qatar, and the temperature is below 12°C. I intended to get up early today to spend time at this place before going to the market. I do savour the scene of the nearby Aspire Zone park side view with the Torch Doha standing in the background combined with the first light of the day. If you get up early, you will have more time to enjoy the beautiful nature and moment. (I don’t promote the brand of this coffee shop or any drink on this post. It’s just what I ate and drank today. No commercial, and drama.)
Of course, it could be the only season I can do such a thing due to the heat during the summer would burn you down since 4 am. The Aspire park is 24/7 open for people to walk, jog, do exercise, chilling relax or picnic. This area developed for the tourists in the Asian Games 2006.
Our weekend is Friday and Saturday, some people may have only Friday off and continue working on Saturday. Lucky me, working as a consultant has plenty of time to spend with other activities. I have been working as contractors for several years and found out that I can’t work 6 days a week longer, it was a tiring and tough job. Although the emolument is much more than the consultant,t I consider my health comes first. We grow old every day, and I can’t work like that until retire. I choose to trade my happiness with money. Every people has his own thought, million people have a million perspectives. We are different, but we must admit the difference.
The supermarket opens at 8.00 AM, so I have some time to write the post, the supermarket is next to the park. I planned to walk to the mall through the Aspire Park so I can relax, absorb the good weather and also can exercise. My target is to walk 10,000 steps every day. The park has a large pond with ducks, gooses and swans in the open area. I used to get attached by gooses here, so funny. There are 2 fountains and 2 concrete bridges. The park has many exercise stations and tracks for jogging. Winter is the best time to come here for jogging. I will add the photos I snap from the park during my walk when I came back. Cheers!!
It's been long ago since when I didn't know. It's been being here, never let go. Been struggled, defeated times and again. Until the last strain drained and I realised to reset the game. Get my own feet on the ground, strengthen and sound. Through hell and high water, seeing the truth what I found. The affection by which I lived was unreal. The remembrance in which I feel is all long gone. Learn to live alive and be alive to learn. Nothing could hurt if I concern. Mourn the past, live the truth and face today. I misapprehended the truth, it wasn't you
Meeting at Paul to celebrate the first day of the year was not defined at first, but later I decided to go with French Cuisine. I couldn’t remember when was the last time I visited this restaurant. I could remember I was there once on new year day (maybe 2016), a while ago. I craved for salad and seafood soup. I still remember the taste of lettuce in my tongue tip, it was so yummy. There is Paul Restaurant in Villagio Mall (it is also in Paris at Champ Elysees.) The complimentary served; bread (my favourite), vinegar, olive oil, butter and ground olive. We didn’t order the main course; it sounded too heavy for us. We order seafood soup (it’s creamy seafood soup, not in the menu but regular customer knows that they can do), Raspberry kale-quinoa salad, chicken avocado and crepes delicious. The serving size is significant for one person, we shared. The food is impressive. I’ve never tried the original branch in France (if anyone has been there, please share your experience). We ended up with crepe delicious which topped with ice-cream.