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April 22, 2009

I know it’s been ages since writing something but a lot has been going on and I totally lack inspiraton and will to write. Hope they come back soon.
In the meantime, I thought this was funny and I really feel sorry for the poor idiots who’ll answer this message
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Alcohol

March 20, 2009

After a completely dry month and a half I am enjoying a Bacardi Breezer. Today we went to the Baracuda, one of the few shops in the area thet sell alcohol without a license. The drive there was a bit annoying as I wanted to stop at a plant nursery first but we couldn’t find it. Of course it was on the road I said we should go but the wise CFO knew better nothing is there so we went in the opposite direction.    After that I got a wrong turn so we made a huge detour but we eventually got to the Baracuda place.

It was like a small warehouse, full of people. I couldn’t believe the amount of alcohol most people bought. I decided that since I got there I should not leave empty handed so I filled my trolley with a lot of bottles of Bacardi Breezers, all sorts and a lot of bottles of wine, white only :-). Hubby got 2 crates of beer of course, and some whisky. We loaded everything  into the car, covering it very well, as it is illegal to carry alcohol without a license and drove off.

We probably won’t do the trip very often as I am not so desperate for the bottle but it’s nice to have some in the house. Esp wine, good for cooking 🙂

New titles

March 17, 2009

I was thinking the other day that I’m a housewife. That doesn’t sound very nice, does it? I don’t mind being a housewife but I’d like to have a nicer, more impressive title. So I came up with.. tadaaaaam CEO of Household Affairs! A bit better isn’t it? And after that I decided that everyone in my family should have a nice new title so:

1. I am the CEO, as stated above

2. Dear Husband is the Finance and Development Director!

3. The Little One is obviously the GM, the BOSS! ( not hard to figure that out)

Improvements

March 17, 2009

Things are starting to look better. I am still not in the best of mood but that is slowly improving.

Yesterday I was supposed to get a car. We decided to rent for 3 month and in autumn maybe buy something if prices start droping. So, we arranged with a hire company to deliver a Civic. I would have preffered the Accord but it was a bit expensive and we didn’t want to pay too much. I could have had an even cheaper car but I don’t want a small car so the Civic was the best option. Hubby comes back from work to receive it and pay for it.  This indian guy comes with it and tells us we need to give him copies of passports and driving licences. What?!? We already gave them to your company and were not told we need more! After a few conversaions on the phone  we can get away with it. So let’s pay! Big surprise! The credit card is not working. Or so the guy says! We believe it was a problem with their machine as I had made a credit card payment the previous day and it worked just fine. So the guy drives off with my car leaving me to dream about it. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

The good news is that the delay in getting a car did not affect me too much. Yesterday morning I had a visit from a British mommy from the neighbourhood with 2 kids and we had a wonderfull chat and the kids enjoyed playing in the garden with the water hose. In the afternoon my Romanian friend came over with her daughter, aged 7 months, and we had a great time and went out for a walk. This morning another mommy came around with her 20 month old daughter. She’s from South Africa and her husband is Australian. Her daughter was just like M, meaning active, independent, curious, extremly cute and they played together and interacted quite a lot. I also enjoyed chatting with the mother and it was amazing discovering how many things we have in common despite the 10 year old age difference and backgrounds. We had such a lovely time we did not realise when time went and the kids were really tired.

This afternoon I’m going with my Romanian friend, Ibi to the Souk Madinat. Apparently it’s a very nice place, not a mall but it’s full of shops. I’m very curious as I’ve heard many good things about it.

So, things are good and getting better!

Driving license

March 12, 2009

Finally I can drive! All I need now is a car! I was thinking today that, since I first had a car( about 9 years ago) I’ve never had such a long brake from driving. A whole month! So, tonight we went oout, with me at the wheel. I must confess I was a bit weary. We went on Sheikh Zayed Road, the main road in Dubai. Speed limit is 120 km and only 6 to 7 lines. I was in the 5th most of the time. It just seemed strange to have so many lanes, full of cars and yet be able to drive at a reasonable speed. Not like Magheru at 7 pm!

Driving back was terrible because M was upset( different reasons eg not letting him push the trolley in the shop on his on, meaning I put my hand on it every now and then to stop it from bumping into someone or knocking over the shelves; not letting him run in front of a car…) so he screamed and screamed and screamed. Stopped only when we started singing Swing low sweet chariot… but then started again at Long way to Tipperarry( What happened to his Irish roots?). Anyway, as I got home I had a huge headache!

Getting the license was very easy but information on the internet is quite conflicting. On some websites romanians can swap the romanian driving licence for a dubai one and on another site they cannot. Both websites are Dubai Government websites! I’m on the lucky side as it is possible so after getting some copies of passport, residence visa and romanian license went for an eye test. A real one! Yeah, right! The guy asked me if I wear contact lenses. No. Then ask if I have eye problems. No. Then asked If I am sure about that. Yes! And that was it. So, with all this docs we went to RTA( Road& Transport Authority) where hubby wrote a No Objection Letter, payed the tax and had my photo taken. 5 minutes later I had the driving licence!

I need a car, soon!

Is it embarassing?

March 10, 2009

Ok, so my English is not that good, I know that. I’m not much troubled about it but I do want to improve. I can easily conversate with any native english speaker but I cannot have a conversation with a lot of people around here. Most of the time I ask the same question 3 times: ” Excuse me, can you please repeat?” then I give up, put up a big smile and say yes. It is really awkward when I am trying to be nice and have a polite conversation and I have no clue whatsoever what the other one is saying.

I have a gardner whose English is so bad I cannot ask him to come and cut the grass. The lady at the cosmetic salon had such a poor English I had a hard time asking her a few simple questions. In any shop I go I have to ask them to repeat so I can try to guess what they are saying. It is really embarassing, for me

Still on my own

March 10, 2009

My mom was supposed to  come here and give me a hand but, due to some unfortunate events she had to cancel 2 days before. I am really heartbroken! Right now I am so desperate to have someone around( esp to look after M) that I am checking my address book looking for available people. None so far…

Anyone interested?