DO’s AND DONT’s DURING RAMADAN

RAMADAN 2017

Depends on the moon-sighting, our fellow Muslim brothers and sisters will be observing the Holy Month of Ramadan that will commence either on the 26th or 27th. It will be a month long sacrifice towards spiritual purity, avoiding earthly desires and fasting.

As most of us are expatriate guest workers to a Muslim host country, we are hereby advised to practice caution and behave safely in respect to the religious and cultural sensitivity of UAE , the rest of GCC and the world.

To avoid fines and penalties or worst put to jail, here are some DO’s and DON’T’s during the Ramadan:

DO’s DON’T’s
1. DO GREET friends and associates, saying a sincere “Ramadan Kareem” or “Ramadan Mubarak.” This expresses oneness and unity for all Muslims and non-Muslims.

 

1. DO NOT FIGHT or SWEAR with anyone in public. Fighting or swearing during Ramadan is totally very disrespectful. The police will be called to pick you up.
2. DO ACCEPT invitations to “Iftar”or if you’re generous enough, DO PREPARE Iftar to your friends and associates. It’s an amazing opportunity for an intercultural understanding and enjoy delicious food during Iftar.

 

2. DO NOT TALK about food or what to eat for lunch/dinner when there are Muslims around. Despite it’s unintentional, even at the slightest sight or hearing about food, Muslims feel more hungry and feel the temptation to eat.
3. DO DRESS decently. Wear dress that covers the shoulders and knees especially when out in the streets and malls. Ramadan is not also a good time to go to the beach and water parks.

 

3. DO NOT WEAR provocative and tight-fitting clothes. Modesty is priority during Ramadan, so better wear something that does not show any skin.
4. DO SOME CHARITIES and remember to give to the less fortunate. You may also volunteer you time with people and organizations packing essential food items and distributing them to families in need and in labor camps around UAE.

 

4. DON’T PARTY. Dancing, singing or drinking in public is an act of indecency. Dancing is allowed in private home and private events. Night clubs and discos will be closed for Ramadan. DO NOT SING ALONG or MURMUR the lyrics of your favorite songs while on the bus or metro.
5. DO CONSIDERATION to workers who are having a difficult time at work while fasting. Some might feel weak and easily get tired during the fast.

 

5. DO NOT EAT or DRINK in public. Eat only in assigned places and on designated time.
6. DO AVOID the rush hours. It is very unsafe to drive during this period as the roads will be so full of Muslims rushing to go home to break the fast or attend Iftar celebrations. Muslim drivers are on fast the whole day, so expect that they lose focus and attention on traffic. Always drive safely.

 

6. DO NOT PLAY loud music ether you are at home, car, bus or metro. Use earphone or headsets but be mindful also not to put the volume level up that disturbs people near you. You can still enjoy your favorite songs but make sure it does not annoy anyone.
7. Do SHOW COURTESY and gender sensitivity. It is very polite not to offer shaking hands to a Muslim of the opposite sex unless they offer their hands first. Men and women (esp .women) do not shake hands with the opposite sex during Ramadan.

 

7. DO NOT CHEW GUM or SMOKE (cigarette/sisha) from sunset to sunrise. Muslims wake up before sunrise and fast the whole day and go to work, so we have to be more sensitive about this.

 

GROWING UP IN A SMALL TOWN

I grew up in Itogon, a tiny gold-producing town, where people live poor simple lives …during a time when everyone treated each other like family. We went outside to play with neighbors and we got dirty. It was a time where we could play fully drenched under the rain and play safely even late nights.

We ate whatever our parents, grandparents and neighbors cooked. We ate dinengdeng, paksiw, saluyot and malunggay, pancit, adobo, sinigang, spaghetti, fried chicken, tinola, tocino, nilaga, barbecue, ginataan, turon, banana cue even exotic foods like ‘adobong palaka’ or ‘bayawak’ which tasted like chicken. We played jolens, tumbang preso, tex, patintero, taguan, jackstones, chinese garter, agawan base and so many more.

We could take a walk in the streets and run in the fields, get muddy on the rice paddies. Sneak out during nap time in the afternoon and go swimming in the river. We weren’t AFRAID OF ANYTHING BUT OUR ELDERS. We were taught RESPECT FOR OTHERS AND THEIR PROPERTY.

As a child you didn’t speak if an adult was talking. We called our friend’s parents Uncle and Auntie – never their first name because that was disrespectful! If someone had a fight, it was a fist fight; kids didn’t have guns when we grew up. When it got dark we knew it was time to come inside. Occasionally we stayed out to catch fireflies. We loved going to school because we had loving, caring teachers and we got to see our friends. We watched our mouths around our elders because we knew If you DISRESPECTED any grown up you would get a spanking!

We need to get back to those times because we’re losing a society, children these days are living in a society with no respect for authority and no compassion for others.

Re-post with where you grew up if you’re proud that you came from a closely knit community and will never forget where you came from! (copy & paste please!) 😊

How about you, tell us about how you grew up and enjoyed your childhood.

How did it differ from those of today and the yesteryears? Did your town and townspeople change a lot?

Why I am not voting for Duterte!!!

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Chaotic, desperate…bloody…lives will be sacrificed for the benefit of the greater good. This is perhaps the best way I could describe the upcoming Philippine elections, the least way I saw it in a vision. It is scene where change-hungry Filipinos will no longer be stopped for possessing what really belongs to them—Freedom—manipulatedly  given to them but realistically hidden from them.

I am looking forward for a day that no more desperation to work or migrate to other countries because of this shit politician system in the country. No other better days when the time comes where rich Asian countries and westerners would come migrate to the Philippines not to fuck up and inseminate our women but rather work for us.

I had had always been a very very desperate person who is so fed up and begging to be out almost every day to be out of this system. I could have had wished to be a politician myself to work the visions which are very much doable in my generation but that would totally mean shortening my lifespan for vey obvious reasons.  But I believe there are so many different ways to influence change, and one of the best ways I believe is to influence other people to be like in way similar to yours—teach, train people similar to yourself and implant in them visions of a radical future.

du7Well, I do not have to do such radical things now since this cocky guy from Davao stood up always acting and taking crime and  violence to the point of putting justice into his own hands. WHY? Because he is taking it seriously…that is to say, his last chance of saving his countrymen, and unto him, his countrymen believes that he is indeed the last card, not only the last card but the only card.

How else would change hungry and desperate people, almost to the brink of losing their sanity to this sick poverty-stricken country? Don’t expect patience and order-but total violence and disorder.it is going to be bloody. Believe me!!!

Duterte is no longer an option, but through desperation and his magic causes people to act in either in a life or death situation. Whether online, on media or on the streets, many would bash him, hate him, plot to assassinate him, but he is for sure the surest winner in the May polls.

Nothing could stop the landslide victory now. Only violence, chaos, disorder…only death could stop his proclamation. His presidency might be shortlived, but his supporters will act according to his visions.

du6He may be a crash-talker, a mother-fucker, a womanizer, an immoral but there is no other one asshole brave enough  to change and challenge the corrupt Philippine culture. There is none like him. Even earlier haters and enemies would turn up and rally for him. If this could be diagnosed as a disease—it would be perhaps tagged as Duterte Sickness!!!

No matter how talented and skilled Filipinos are, their country is still as fucked up as ever and it will continue to get  worse, generation after generation unless someone steps up, and not only one but everyone would step up to uphold the reforms this Duterte has been envisioning the poor Philippines to be. And such reforms could never be done in long patience, nice, legal ways but fast radical means!!! Now that is justice, as how Duterte defines them.

du5I am proud to say that I am representing a generation of people hungry for radical change. I am one of them. I am one of you! I am so sick of this country that I even thought of giving up my citizenship, not once, not twice, but thrice because being a Filipino citizen in an international audience is a liability- you appear the be the bullied, the “fuckface” in the international crowd.

Year after year, I was frustrated looking for jobs, despite great belief in myself, in my talent, in my credentials. Sadly I never landed on decent jobs back home despite international certifications due to obvious nepotism and “palakasan” in the system. Well, there were jobs for me (for us) back home and indeed there are so many jobs available back home. It could not be denied that there are so many job vacancies but the paychecks do not seem to compensate for time, talent and hardwork.

Working back home became such a heavy chore—it was too much of a hassle that we have to go through daily stress of such hellish office politics too. Despite working, it was so stressful—again the word frustration– a desperation to uplift the self and the family financially.

It could not be denied that no idiot educated Filipino would want a meager amount for his talent and skill. There were so many reforms in education to match with employment demands after graduation but almost none were realized.

The Philippines is so sick, almost impossible for a cure, or to the least –treatment. Joblessness, illiteracy,  homelessness, criminality, migration. It is too sick, that I for one representing millions of families back home opted to be an OFW sacrificing away from family and the risk of not returning whole…Financial prosperity in exchange for the loneliness, depression and the homesickness that never  gets cured each day away from your favorite nagging neighbor, home and family (add pets too) .

du2Desperate people like me found Duterte to be the only candidate and probably the last presidential candidate to come up crash talking, fucking people live on media, waving dirty fingers on screen. Well, those dirty fingers best represents the Philippines anyways—all fucked up and crap as seen by the international community.

I am just one of the uncountable OFWS who are poor. All OFWS are fucking poor. If we get decent jobs at home and strike gold, then we don’t have to experience all these psycho-social collaterals for decent food and education for our families. Again, all OFWs are poor. Accept that, and if you are one of the family or relatives or a even a friend of an OFW, don’t you ever fucking think that being an OFWs is all milk and honey because life away from  family is so fucking not so easy. Unless you felt, life away from your GF or wife was better!!!

I am an OFW, and my president will always be Duterte regardless how fucking sick he is too. A killer, a womanizer, an immoral, a liar, I just do not really care about his spirituality anymore—I am Christian, and I believe that he is God’s chosen president for the Philippines. And God will surely bless his killings and executions for the greater good. Historically and biblically, God allowed the mass murders and killings of people for the greater good. (1 Samuel)  Duterte wanted everyone to obey the law, not to go above it or bend it as most fucked up lawyers do, did, done and doing.

The Philippines has the smartest people in the world, and there is no doubt about it. It has too many smart lawyers that made smart but useless laws. They all became useless because they lacked implementation which made politicians easier to go above and beyond these laws for their own selfish advantage that secured power generation after generation of politicians.

du3Without Duterte seated as President could no longer see the next generation of the Philippines to live happy and secured lives. The hard life will become harder. Duterte’s platforms might look impossible and too good for words doing the cleaning of the system in months but putting more faith in him might prove possible. I am not wishing for the Philippines to become paradise but if there is a possibility, then it might change my plans of not returning to the Philippine anymore or give up giving up my citizenship.

Radical change might not happen overnight. It might take months or even years. The Filipinos for the past 6 presidents have lived in deception and media manipulated progress. I never felt the urgency to go back home or planning to go home anytime soon. In fact, I am so sick of the Philippine that I do not want to go back anymore. Yes, she is so fucking sick impossible to cure, to treat!!! Only desperation, chaos, disorder, violence, death could cure her.

We are so fucked up that only Duterte felt something needs to be overhauled, even to the point of killing those who wouldn’t obey his directives. I like this!!! Death to all who are making the Philippines sick.

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If you are Filipino and you think that the Philippine is ok, you are not a Filipino. Only a genuine authentic Filipino knows that the country is so fucking sick worthy of burial in the international community. And seemingly only Duterte has the remedies if not immediate cures to put the Philippines back on the map to her former glory!!!

I am so sick, I am so desperate. I could no longer wait. And many more out there, even millions out there shouting for whatever fucking reasons for all to unite and vote for Duterte…

(Watch our for tomorrow for the Part 2 of this blog)

Are you excited to know more about the stories and sentiments of  every ordinary Filipino towards the Philippine government? of other expats view of the Philippines?” Do you want to know how would it ever be possible for  you to enjoy your stay in the Philippines without the hassles of stress of travelling too far?

Do you have an interesting story or a terrible experience of the Philippines? Share your experiences too!!!

 

 

 

 

HOW TO GO AROUND DUBAI SAFELY (Part 3 of 3)

HOW TO GO AROUND SAFELY IN DUBAI (and in other Emirates too)

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9. Never leave your valuables unattended

UAE ranks as one of the countries in the world has a very low crime rate. Dubai being the tourist and shopping capital, one should be wary of petty crimes. Despite there are CCTVs and surveillance virtually in every turn and corner to monitor safety and security of all residents, do not rely heavily on the technology as crimes especially of theft (money, phones, cameras, perfumes and jewelry) could still happen as this is also tru to any tourist destination. Thievery, pick-pocketing and pilferage is almost unimaginable in Dubai. Because of such notion, one seemingly get to complacent and less vigilant. But mind you, crimes does happen here .

10. Careful with exchanging hand shakes

This sounds awkward but never use your left hand (regardless when you are holding something in your right hand like a mobile phone) to shake hands. Shift that thing (like the phone) to your left hand and do the kind gesture. When you exchange handshakes to anyone, make it a point that you shake your hands with your right hand (even if you are dominantly left-handed). In Islamic custom, the left hand is reserved for cleaning or “personal hygiene.”

11. When what’s Left is the Left

This is pretty much related to the above aforementioned guideline. Aside from always using the right hand for exchanging handshakes, do not open doors, hand something to anyone (especially if you suspect that person is a Muslim) using the left hand. In addition, handing somebody food or drinks with the left is considered unsanitary and insulting. If you happen to be working as a food server (waiter, waitress, wine server, etc), remember to serve food items (drinks, medicine and kitchen implements included) with the right not the left. Now you’re always right!

12. Foul Language

Dubai is open to all cultures and religions. In fact it welcomes them and you can practice you culture and faith within given limits. However, criticizing or commenting about the culture of Dubai especially of the majority religion which is Islam could get you deported right away. Avoid negative, comparing and blasphemous ideas about their ways of life and Islam. A lot of visitors have been jailed or penalized for giving of the fence remarks especially those that pertains to religion.

13. Keep your LGBT Views at Bay

Though you might see some men especially (Arab and Hindu) residents holding hands together while walking or talking, don’t follow your thoughts as you might judge them wrongly. Moreover, keep your LGBT (lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender) opinions shut. Better keep it to yourself. Unsurprisingly, same sex relationships outside of traditional marriage and outside of relationship norms are listed as a crime.

14. Eating in Public

All tourist and residents of UAE, Muslims and non-Muslims are encouraged to fast during the Ramadan season. For non-Muslims, it is a choice to join the fasting. However, no one is allowed  to eat, drink and smoke in public while Ramadan is on-going. However, in private places like apartments, hotels or at offices, there are designated places and time to eat, drink and smoke but make sure you are not eating, drinking or smoking in front of Muslim Ramadan observers as you will totally offend them and might report you to authorities.

Are you excited to know more about the stories of other expats here Dubai and UAE?” Do you want to know how would it ever be possible for  you to enjoy your stay in Dubai and the other Emirates?
Do you have an interesting law or rule that you could share of regarding Dubai and the rest of the UAE? Share your experiences too!!!

HOW TO GO AROUND DUBAI SAFELY (Part 2 of 3)

HOW TO GO AROUND SAFELY IN DUBAI (and in other Emirates too)

…continuation

4. Careful with Photos and Videos

Dubai is a perfect haven for photographer to take awesome snapshots and videos. With tall, jaw-dropping beautiful cityscape, modern skyrise buildings with every sort, size, shape and color, street photography could never be the same for your lenses. But do not be too trigger happy with your shutters as you might offend men, women and children (especially the locals) without asking their permission. Problems get worse if you post unconsented photos and videos on Social Media sites like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Despite some differences in language and culture, being polite is still a universal gesture. Pointing or showing your SLR’s or phone to them, would generally mean, you want to take photos of them.

5. Uploading in Social Media

Rumor mongering in Dubai is a grave criminal offense. Insulting or bullying netizens, invading other’s privacy and sharing photos and videos without consent can get you behind bars or get deported. To save you from all the trouble, better yet respect the privacy of people, organizations,  countries and cultures. And if ever you post pictures and videos online, make sure they had been consented.

6. Public Drinking

If in your states, you are allowed to purchase alcohol or beer and drink them in brown bags, Dubai does not allow such. In fact, one must acquire a “drinking license” before he could be allowed to purchase or drink. Better control yourself on the eat or drink all you can on the champagne brunches in nightclubs or go binge drinking on adjacent bars.

7. Nudity and Obscenity

Unlike Europe, Dubai does not allow naked beaches. Going topless at the beaches or resorts is strictly prohibited. No obscenity and nudity is allowed especially when in the grand white beaches of Dubai. Females are disallowed to go topless. Not even allowed to wear one piece or two-piece bikinis unless another thin sheet of cloth is put as a topper. Women walking the streets on short shorts or micro minis could get caught. More so, gentlemen should not be wearing sandos or too tight muscle shirts when they walk through the malls and busy roads. Men too should cover themselves when hitting the streets.

8. Being too Romantic

No PDAs or Public Display of Affection. Despite Dubai being home to a lot of Western residents and European tourist with an uneven virtual ratio of 10:, couples seen showing PDA in public will surely catch the ire of the public especially if there would be Muslims around. They might report you to the authorities and you might spend the night in a jail for further  interrogation. Having sex in public, in a park or at the beach is totally punishable. However, be on the lookout when you are hugging or kissing someone as you might be in the hot water even if you  are just simply showing affection to a family member.

(see also How to Go Around Dubai Safely Part 3 of 3)

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