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My living – Chapter 3

I just gained another new experience; lately, I broke my foot; hehe 🙂 I just finished the last physio session this week, and still not allowed to walk a lot, required to wear ankle support for three more weeks. Anyway, this is not an excuse to leave the blog deserted. On the way to work, I notice the bright beautiful blue sky which is not commonly happening in Qatar. This country has a pale grey sky most of the time.

The other day the sky changed again, the tale has never been the same. Anything could happen as I am told by nature. Life is life, things come and go. What has passed called experience, unfolded upcoming circumstance called the adventure. So our life is rock and roll. The World rapidly changes. 

I spent most of my free time reading books to complete at least 10 books target this year. Recently I read about psychological and mindset relevant to how we adapt life in the social media world.

Nowadays there is a lot of free none proven information floating in social networks that can easily be acquired by a fingertip. Some are wrong, some are the truth. Most of the junk information has been forwarded million times and may be distorted from the original to the endless downstream. Some information has been misused. While liberty is wide open in the internet world, people become lost into regular communication, believing that they can vehemently comment, respond, react, and bully on any post,  media etc. Without knowing that some area is so sensitive to the aggressive response which strongly impacts and leads them to unexpected desperation.

People enjoy playing the role of anonymous which can be anyone, say anything that they can’t in the real world. And my question is how we can protect ourselves from social media abuse? My personal opinion on reporting the found social media abuse is not applicable for all the cases and just in time. 

What if we get abused on social media and what are we going to react? Shall we angry? Shall we respond rapidly with the same or more aggressive level? 

Of course, we can’t control people called external factors, but our mindset and perspective are controllable. 

I think we should adhere to positive mindset and ignorance on some troll bullies, the abusive reaction is similar to spilling gasoline on the burning fire. It wouldn’t cease.

Why would we get angry if it is true?
Just let it go and consider what only useful.

Why would we get angry if it is untrue?
Just ignore it because it is not the truth.

I smiled to myself once I heard this. Yes, it’s right. Just let oneself on, lay it down and feel more relaxing. The positive energy starts from your positive mind. Whenever you look up to the Sky, they are always beautiful as if in the different drawings.

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Al Wakrah Souq

In the windy Friday afternoon, I escaped from Doha to the nearby city called Al Wakrah; 21 kilometres from Doha to the South of Qatar. It took a short drive (maybe quicker than driving to my office, due to the better traffic) around 20 minutes. I had the place in mind to visit, “Al Wakrah Souq”. 

“Souq” refers to “Market” in general as I understand from their activities and the place. Doha also has “Souq Waqif” but what makes Al Wakrah Souq different is locating beside the beach!! If you keep driving south, you will reach Sealine where you can expect to see tremendous of sand dunes like in the movie, i.e. Transformers.

Beautiful weather during winter here, little warm sunny but mostly cloudy and strong wind, just right for rumbling on the beach and sitting outdoor at the coffee shop. While I walked pass by the alleys, I could see new restaurants, shops, cafes and stalls alongside. The Souq is such a labyrinth town for unique visitors, but no worries there are the signboards. To be honest, I don’t think it could help (sorry :()

Many wrecked ships set along the beach line, last time I was here there were only two. Big portable swimming pools laid on the beach for kids, the beach umbrellas and seats reserved for family only (if you are alone, not allowed).

After having a survey walked and checked for an excellent outdoor restaurant, I pick one which I can see the view of the Arabian Gulf. There is a new port on the left hand (I almost got a job there).

I couldn’t eat much as I had eaten a large breakfast from home. Mostly spending time relaxing and talking with a friend, exchanged life experience in Qatar. Later horses walked pass us, I wondered if they are for taking photos or riding.

Later the wind got wilder and caused the fault alarm to the fire detectors at the beach. I concerned about my respiratory that was just recently recovered then I shouldn’t stay for long. Due to it was Friday, people went to pray, and the market will start late in the afternoon. Some shops will open in the evening. Time to leave.

The first thing I did when I arrived home was taking a shower and wash my frizzy hair from the sand. And I didn’t forget to clean my nose. 

There are a lot of exciting places in Qatar outside Doha to visit. Especially in winter. 

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My living – Chapter 2

Aftermath has been through circumstances in life, I have widened mindset and admitted the differences and changeable. I’ve been working with a global organisation contains multi-nationalities since I first had graduated. It was not easy to live oversea meanwhile adapting to new various cultures. Yes, the culture shock hit without alerting to me. It left me with an excellent lesson to learn and accept things that there are hundreds of nationalities, thousands of cultures, billions of differences.

My first living alone in oversea worried me, I felt the World was quite big. I didn’t know what and how to start to manage things.

When I lived with the family in my homeland, fed the yummy Thai food served by the excellent grandma cook, supported by the parent for everything I did. Not odd that I didn’t know how to cook especially Thai food. (I am told by all my colleagues here that I disappointed them as they expect to have some Thai dish from me). I still remember the time I made a video call to my family and asked them how to cook Thai Jasmine Rice with a rice cooker. 

There is a Thai proverb states “To survive, you need to bend like a bamboo through the wind” similar meaning to “When in Rome, do as Romans do”. 

The bamboos stand tall because they rooted long deep and know how to bend and float with the wind, although through a storm.

I come from a country where having a kind of very natural and humble modest expression. We don’t directly express our emotion or what we want. We don’t speak what our mind wants. We always are aware of other people’s feeling. When we say things, you will have to figure out what we are trying to tell you. For example, if we need to leave or cut the conversation, we will glimpse at a clock to indirectly express that we no longer want to continue. Our tone of language is like music (some said like Chinese), and sound whispering, therefore, I wasn’t used with a noisy talk like Arabic. They are not fighting, it’s a usual polite talk, but the loud due to their language tone. My first line manager here said to me that I will need to stiffen my tone; otherwise, people here will eat me. Neither shouting or yelling but just bolden my voice. 

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The difference creates various frequencies of colourful, beautiful. 

The difference makes a better understanding of living.

The difference creates the right combination of life.

The difference widens attitude.

The difference softens my arrogance.

I like a statement once I was in biological class: 

‘It is not the most intellectual of the species that survives; it is not the strongest that survives, but the species that survives is the one that is able best to adapt and adjust to the changing environment.’

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My living – Chapter 1

I am back on duty, and while driving home one evening, the dusk scene laid above the sky, the combination of various colour spectrum shone at the horizon. Having this sky in Qatar is rare. It flashbacked my memories for the first time I came here. Something that helps me have a worthy life. 

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Last 12 years I was unhappy and unsatisfied of work welfare and life balance until one day our CFO said something to me that totally change my entire attitude. She said “It’s not others that unsatisfied you, but it’s the way you see things. If you compare yourself with others, then you won’t be satisfied, but if you compare yourself with your own desire and meet self-sufficiently, then you will find happiness.” Just only that word like a finger snapped changing my thought. 

Since that I don’t care what people have and get, I look at myself and satisfy if it meets my demand. 

But it doesn’t mean that we will stop improving or challenging to the higher hierarchy. I still set my new goals every time once the previous one was accomplished. I did as we were advised to set up the goal at the beginning of each year and try to make them real. Have you ever notice that what kind of those new tasks stand for? To fulfil your materialistic target? You may want a new car, so you get it. Then what? A new house, new job, promotion etc. Those are taking and will never fulfil the hole of self-demanding, once you achieve this goal, you will crave another one and maybe more robust and endless. 

In a competitive society nowadays, people become more selfish and aim for taking to achieve their targets. I am one in this cycle, but I discover a new goal that makes me happier and feels the value of living. It’s giving. I was bored to chase my same goals to complete. I fed up to set the new goals but never fill the hole in my mind until I discover the giving. I started with the small donation that I was able to supply such blood giving, clothes donation, being consultant and volunteer. I felt happy differently but real. If I compare myself with wealthier people, I will feel down and unsatisfied. If I look down on people is lower than me I will arrogant and never had self-improvement. But when I give from what I have, I feel more valuable and need to do it again and again. The easiest giving is forgiveness.

Giving is also good therapy for mentality sickness and psychological disorder. Now I write down at least one of my goals to do a thing for other people who lack the opportunity to have a life as I have. What is your goal?

 

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Update my status

Dear readers,

I’ve been stopped blogging for several weeks due to my sickness. I’ve gotten a severe infection in the respiratory since mid-January and been in and out hospitals awhile.

There were a sandstorm and weather changing in Qatar since mid-January, plus my allergy which is sensitive with all dust and weather change. I started sored my throat, cough and getting worse with nasal congestion. I was hardly breathing, had aches in bone. I tried to work and hoped it would be better soon, but I was wrong. I’m such a stubborn lady, and I refused to go to see a doctor although my friends told me to do. I woke up and felt that I couldn’t bare these symptoms any longer.

First I chose to go to another hospital to get a second opinion. I went to ENT clinic and was first diagnosed that I had “Acute upper respiratory infections of multiple and unspecified sites Allergic + Vasomotor Rhinitis”. I got medicine for one week and went back home. You think it’s done? No, it’s not. After 8 days I didn’t get any better sign then I made another decision again. I cancelled the appointment with the doctor and appointed a new doctor in another hospital. Once I arrived at the new hospital, the screening section sent me directly to Pulmonology Clinic. They said it’s not OK with ENT anymore.

The pulmonologist did many tests including X-Ray then finally found that it’s a severe infection in my respiratory especially in my airway. I had to have a nebulizing an antibiotic injection for 3 days as well as taking medicines for 5 days. After the 1st day I got much better, I could breathe almost as usual.

Now I just completed the injection, during the treatment I was not able to do the blogging, sorry for that. The first meal was Thai rice soup and ginger tea with mint supplied by a Thai restaurant here.

This could be a serious concern about how hazard dust is and to know the dangers of PM2.5 dust that could cause your respiratory sickness. As in my homeland (Bangkok) is now facing the air pollution concern as PM2.5 indicates in many areas are above 100 and the city covered with a blanket of smog. Some offices and schools were forced to close due to this crisis. We are highly recommended to wear an N95 face mask whenever going outside. I’m a bit worried because I’m flying to Bangkok this weekend (pray for me).

Thank you for the sickness that makes me realise to take better care of myself.  I will be back to blogging soon.

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Thankfulness

Thanks to the shortfall, to make us learn to survive.

Thanks to the rivals, to make us learn to make friends.

Thanks to the mistakes, to make us learn to improve.

Thanks to the guilt, to make us learn to forgive.

Thanks the hatred, to make us know what love is.

Thanks the emptiness, to make us know what existence is.

Thanks to the darkness, to make us see the light.

Thanks to the lies, to make us understand the truth.

Thanks to the failure, to make us learn to achieve.

Thanks to the illness, to making us know how vital health is.

Thanks the difficulty, to make us know to overcome.

Thanks the sadness, to make us know how happiness feels.

Thanks the covetousness, to make us know what satisfaction is.

Thanks the distance, to make us thinking of each other.

Thanks the calamities, to make us precautionary.

Thanks to the time, to make us patient.

Million thanks to millions of things, to make us having today.

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I learned what I see

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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My tale from Qatar

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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Relaxing on my weekend at Aspire Park

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!!

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Never get over you

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


I just fell in love with the memories.

And yet I get over you.


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