The Government Way of Work Life

May 4, 2014  |  My Life, Rants, Work

So the day is finally here, today on the #StarWarsHoliday #MayTheFourth I began my first day of work in the government sector. After spending almost 6 years in the private sector this is kind of a downgrade if only because of the incomprehensible way of doing things. The journey to finish my papers and start was not that long but not that short as well.

First step was to come to work by 8:00 AM (I arrived at 7:29 AM and decided to have breakfast at the coffee shop down below). When it was 8:00 AM I went upstairs to the Human Resources Department where I found out that the employees who were to process our papers weren’t there yet and they didn’t show up until 8:15 AM.

I filled out my papers and was asked to take a document to the department where I would be starting and get it signed from my manager.

Second Step was to sign my papers and take them back to the HR Department. I completed that step in less than 5 minutes hehe they were shocked by how fast it took me to go between floors and such.

Third Step was to go to the other HR floor and get the original copy of my Work Declaration (not sure if that is what it is called by it is basically a Work Contract). The ladies who would give me that paper weren’t there, they told me she might arrive at 11-ish.

Fourth Step was to go back to the floor where I would start and have them add my fingerprint to the attendance system. That lady wasn’t there yet therefore I was asked to wait.

Instead of waiting and wasting more time I took the chance to go to the Man Power Government Program to remove my name from the Unemployed list so as not to get in trouble. I finished and came back at 11:00 AM and was able to find everyone I needed to see to complete Steps 3 and 4.

After selecting the desk where I was to sit, I waited for the IT guys to give me my username and password and it has yet to be done but all in all I have half an hour left of the work day and then I off to home.

Did I do anything useful today? Absolutely not! I just woke up early and spent the day walking around getting papers done only to end up not even knowing what I am supposed to do here.

All in all, this is going to be an interesting journey. I wonder what is in store for me :P

P.S. At least I can now post on my blog when I am insanely bored and have nothing to do which might be quite often.

The Impending Demise of Unemployment

April 28, 2014  |  My Life, Reflections

So I got that call I’ve been waiting for (not really waiting for per say) to state that I am all set and ready to start my new government job.  I know what you are all probably thinking, Jacqui + Government Job = DISASTER! But I’ve been out of a job for a full year now and the Private Sector has become a mess really when trying to get a job there.  Most jobs available require either a fresh graduate or someone with an insane amount of experience.  And once you interview, you might be awesome but lack an extra degree or so (i.e. Masters in something or another) and most jobs want that.  A Bachelors can only get you so far.  Don’t get me started on a Bachelors in English Literature and where it can take you.

Luckily for me, I have avoided the teaching route (unlike my other friends Swera and Swair [I'm not sure if its even a coincidence that they're both English Teachers and both named Sarah!] they are stuck with that!).  Some might love teaching brats their grammar, spelling, and sentence structure but I for one can’t be patient enough to handle them.  It should be written in our course books that those of you who major in English Literature either turn out to be teachers, or work in something completely oblivious to your educational degree (which is what I ended up doing when I was at the Bank) and thus majoring in English is not always as glamorous as one might think.  I still though don’t semi-regret it :P  Anywho, I seem to have found (or rather the job found me) a job working in one of the most hated Ministries ever, not sharing which but its sister is the Ministry of Education and hopefully this will be a start to something good (one hopes!).

Pay in the government sector is a major decrease (in some cases) from the Private sector but the good thing about this job is that the working hours are doable.  8:00 – 1:30/1:45 is a blessing in comparison to previous jobs where it was 8:00 – 4:00 or some days 7:30 – 1:30 and 5:00 – 8:00 (Branch days).  I might at least enjoy the sun with a minimal work schedule which allows me time to be a human being.

I’m not insanely excited that I’ll be going back to the work force, simply because I am not a morning person.  But at the same time I need to go back, I have officially depleted my savings COMPLETELY and I am basically borrowing money from the parents to survive and support my lavish gadget lifestyle (read: taking money without returning it, I’m their favorite child, so it’s okay!).

Maybe with the new job, I will have material to share and thoughts to unravel in this little page of wonders.

 

*Ugh I can’t even think about waking up early!*

Organize Your Collections With These Time Saving iPhone Apps

April 23, 2014  |  Guest Writers, Techie

[This article was written by a Guest Writer from BlueFire PR]

Your passion for collecting coins, stamps, comics or music has expanded beyond what you can do in a spiral notebook. It’s time to go high-tech. Tap into these apps for your iPhone or iPad and get your collection organized for sale, trade or just to put on display.

Stamp collection

The iPhone 5s from T-Mobile comes loaded with apps, but nothing you can really use for cataloging your collection. There are several apps available from the iTunes store that fall into two categories:

  • General databases
  • Specific databases

General databases can be customized for whatever information you want to keep. While very flexible, these apps don’t come with features made just for coin, movie, book or other specific collections.

Specific databases are designed for your favorite type of collection. These come with features just for your items, such as a coin references or an album cover searches. However, you’ll have little flexibility to add your own fields.

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Quick Weekend Trip to Dubai

April 23, 2014  |  Travel

It’s surprising that although Dubai is just an hour away from Kuwait, I haven’t been there since 2010! Well I can easily explain that by mentioning how most of my trips seem to go to New York (and boy do I miss that beautiful busy city!) but I thought I would make more Dubai trips and now that I visited them I have a feeling I will be wanting more than one weekend trip.  Last Friday, my Aunt and I decided we wanted to have a change of scenery and a bit of fresh air so we booked a one day trip to DUBAI.  We stayed at THE ADDRESS DUBAI MALL Hotel and pretty much spent our entire day there.  To say that my feet were barking at the end of the trip is an understatement but it was so worth it!

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Upon arrival, we took a taxi from the airport and headed to the hotel, fortunately for us we were upgraded to a beautiful one bedroom apartment, unfortunately the apartment wasn’t going to be ready for another hour so we just checked in our luggage and headed to the mall entrance to have some lunch and shop around a bit.  Dubai Mall sure has turned into a beast, it can literally outrun The Avenues Mall in its size and amount of shops available.  The Electronics District alone had me drooling! For lunch, we decided to try out Bennigans and it was a wonderful choice, typical American food so nothing shocking there.  And afterwards I just roamed around like a kid high on candy finding stuff that are usually not available in Kuwait for months to come.

That Friday evening, I had planned on watching Johnny Depp’s new movie “TRANSCENDENCE” and boy did Reel Cinemas in Dubai Mall blow me away! Granted the movie still had two small scenes censored, but the whole theatre was just grand and amazing! I enjoyed watching the movie however two idiots were seated to my left and they were just plain rude.  During the movie a couple of scenes had me jumping out of my seat because of the loud noises and well it just freaked me out, and the guy next to me would just look at me and start laughing in my face.  SERIOUSLY?! It just put me off, especially since he was laughing pretty much through the movie and for no reason at all.  I mean if you don’t like the movie then just get up and leave or shut up and let the others enjoy it.  I am a fan of anything Johnny Depp comes out with and even though the movie was a bit weak it had potential which was sadly not achieved.  But I still let it go and enjoyed the rest of my evening.

On Saturday, we had a couple of hours left before heading back to the airport and going home.  And I made sure to use all of that time, whether it was in Kinokuniya, Virgin, Jacky’s Electronics, Jumbos Electronics, Nike, or whatever store I deemed useful to visit.  In short, I spent quite a bit of cash and came out with a lovely day! Next trip hopefully I will take to Dubai, I wish to spend at least a week to visit different places and just enjoy it all around.

When Things Stop Working

April 15, 2014  |  Blog News

Earlier this evening (or rather yesterday) my friend Swera called me up and mentioned how my site was down.  I’ve been running a bunch of technical updates yesterday and for some reason I broke something while I was updating and removing malicious files, etcetra, etcetra :P Lo and behold I found out that I broke a file in my theme and hence had to reinstall everything from scratch.

Now hopefully things are back up and running and should be smooth sailing from here on out but I won’t stop with the updating, I might take the site down in the next few weeks and do some much needed maintenance and facelift in celebration of my blog turning 10 years old!

10 freaking years of blogging! How cool is that!  Anyways I just wanted to update  you on the situation and things should be fine now.  Should is the operative word!

Back to watching #GameOfThrones :P

The Life of a Gadget-aholic & Its Disasters

April 11, 2014  |  I want.., New Products, Techie

By now you must know that I am not your typical girl.  I am the type of girl who is not even remotely interested in getting the latest high-end brand purse or shoes, or even clothes for that matter.   Don’t get me wrong I do like to shop occasionally for some new clothes but its never something insane that I can’t afford or that I will need to save an arm and a leg for.  My money is spent on something else… GADGETS!

You see some of my friends when they are looking for some retail therapy, they head over to the shoe stores or purses or even some jewelry.  I myself scratch all of that out and head to the Electronics store and look for something geeky and interesting.  It’s hard because sometimes, just sometimes I find myself in even more debt just because I want to have that particular gadget and I basically don’t have the amount on hand (especially since I am unemployed and semi-broke).

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Want an example?  Well last week Amazon unveiled a new set-top TV box called the Fire TV and granted at the moment I saw it, I was like “Hmmmmmmm, maybe and maybe not” but the price tag attached to it, which was 99$ made me think “What the hell, why not!” and so I am currently waiting on receiving my unit.  I find myself promoting Amazon and its products to the Apple level in my books.  As in, I find myself buying anything and everything Amazon releases simply because “Ohhhhhh that’s shiny!!!!” They say Sagittarians are easily distracted by shiny objects and tend to over spend on traveling and shiny objects, I actually agree.

So will it work in Kuwait, since we all know Amazon has placed some IP restrictions on its services being used outside of the US, I’m not sure but I’m willing to try and find out.  I just find myself drooling and dreaming over new gadgets whether I need them or not, whether I will continue to use them or not, and really let’s just face it, if its not an Apple then there is a 100% chance I will lose interest in a week.

If only Santa were real and could send me every gadget out there for keeps!

P.S. If this is my Father reading, please don’t get mad, I just had to try this one out and it’s really not bad for a 99$ price-point.  It’s not like I’m spending 999999$ :P

[To read more about the Amazon Fire TV check out Engadget's Review]

Know Before You Buy: What Tech Gadgets Put You at Risk?

April 10, 2014  |  Guest Writers, Techie

[This article was written by a Guest Writer from BlueFire PR]

Smartphones that allow us to do our banking with the help of a handy app. iPads that keep us in touch with friends and business associates. Android phones with their wealth of high tech features.

mobile safety

These are just a few of the many technologically advanced gadgets that have rapidly increased in popularity within the past few years. Gone are the days when we had to sit at a desktop computer to do work, or go into a bank to make a deposit. Thanks to these amazing little machines, any table at a Starbucks can double as a place to do banking and any chair at the beach can be a good place to catch up on work related emails.

Unfortunately, our quest for convenience does come with a price. These advanced gadgets that make our lives easier do have a more sinister side: an increased risk of identity theft. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, almost 17 million people over the age of 16 became victims of identity theft in 2012. In order to help prevent this from happening, it’s important to know which devices come with the biggest risks to security, and how we can take the necessary steps to prevent identity theft.

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