My Little Thoughtful Space

A place to practice writing in my own little way. A space to ponder, wander and wonder.

Month: December 2014

What It’s Like to Celebrate Christmas in Saudi Arabia?

I missed my beloved country, the Philippines. I could not explain enough how colorful there the Christmas is. We had the longest holiday season on the planet. Many started celebrating Christmas from the first day of September up to the first Sunday of January, which is the epiphany, also known as the day of the three kings.

Every part of the country has their own ways of celebrating. Every night, some people forget just for the season to be conservative in their electrical power consumption with their Christmas lights. For some, this is the time again to take out all those Christmas decorations — Christmas balls, Christmas lanterns, beléns (usually a mini version of the birth of Jesus, with statues, the manger, and hut), Santa stuffed toys or just anything that could remind us that Christmas is coming. The air is filled with Christmas songs from choirs, local carols, TV  and radio stations or maybe just from yourself who can’t help but sing as the effect of the last song syndrome.

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The Reason Why Your Passion Is Not the First Priority

For a couple of weeks, almost every day I’m with the two guys at the office. The one is my fellow Filipino engineer while the other one was from India. Sadly, three days ago, they’re on their last day. Our bosses told them that they have to go to Yanbu — a place more than a thousand miles away. A seaport on the Red Sea.

It just happens that was also the day we (me and my fellow Filipinos living under the same roof) were exactly two months working abroad. Or rather without the word “working.” So I say — two months in abroad.

My current company is a contractor. I’m not hundred percent sure, but I think it is as I had observed the course of events. I know I should be attentive and observant of my surroundings because we don’t have any briefings about their company. To be fair, I can’t say anything bad about their treatment to us. This I’m sure, though, that the same with others, it would be a matter of days that I would also have to go to some other place.

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Find Balance Doing What You Want and What Your Boss Want

Two days from the time that I’m typing this blog post in my electronic tablet, I and my fellows will celebrate our second month with Saudi Arabia.

Most of the unusual were now normal to me.

From the twenty-sixth day of November, I and one of my fellow Filipino engineer started to report to the office. At last, my world would be a little bit bigger now. This is another challenge for me to blog. Unlike before, my time is limited. I tried to wake-up early, but I’m too sleepy to think of what should I blog about. Then I tried after work, almost the same, I’m too tired to think.engineer started to report to the office. At last, my world would be a little bit bigger now. This is another challenge for me to blog. Unlike before, my time is limited. I tried to wake-up early, but I’m too sleepy to think of what should I blog about. Then I tried after work, almost the same, I’m too tired to think.

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