Thursday, August 31, 2006

Qatar Logic

So theres a huge accomodation crisis happening here in Doha, too many people not enough houses for them. I was lucky to have Jess here already who managed to score us the last apartment in the DAGOC 2 apartment building, others in my starter group had to stay in a hotel for nearly 10weeks. Although a really nice hotel, with cleaners everyday, fresh sheets etc.. there was nowhere for them to cook. Basically eating out every meal of the day! Anyway they finally found a finished apartment building for them all to move into. Enrica an Italian girl I work with got the keys for her apartment on the 6th floor of a 7 story building. So they take the lift up to what they thought was their floor only to find all the apartment numbers where too high so they head down to the 5th floor only to find they are all too low! They've installed an elevator for 6 floors in a 7 story building so they have to take the lift up to the 6th and walk down!! Only in Qatar!!!

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Amz, my most famous friend!!

Amy you're going to hate me for this but I'm just so proud of you! You look gorgeous! Looking forward to seeing you on the cover of Cosmo soon!!! xx

Bahrain Bound!!

My new favourite thing to do - GOLF! Absolutely love it! Took 7 shots off my best to get a 58 on the academy course on the weekend! Only 9 holes but I was proud of my result! Its got me rethinking my profession actually, travelling around the world playing Golf sounds like the way forward!

Heading off to Bahrain for the weekend, they have a dirt golf course that we're looking into playing at! Sounds interesting! They've announced we're moving into 6 day weeks now, this weekend our last chance to escape Doha until the end of the Games in December. Basically they're not issuing Exit Permits or any leave after this weekend so we can't leave the country until December 15th!! Not happy about it but there's nothing we can do! Looking forward to getting some sun and relaxing all weekend!! Will post photos when I get back!

Monday, August 21, 2006

You know you've lived in the Gulf too long when...

- You need a sweater when it's 80 degrees Fahrenheit
- Your idea of housework is leaving a list for the houseboy
- You send friends a map instead of your address
- You believe that speed limits are only advisory
- Your definition of a nanosecond is the time interval between the time the light turns green and the time that the guy behind you begins to blow his horn
- You're not surprised when you see a goat in a pick up truck
- You can't buy anything without asking for a discount
- You expect all stores to stay open till midnight
- You make left turns from the far right lane
- You understand why huge 4x4s must slow down to a snail's pace whilst crossing a speed bump yet hurtle through a wadi at 100kph
- You think it perfectly normal to have a picnic in the middle of a roundabout at 11pm
- You know exactly how much alcohol allowance you have left for the month
- You have a moon phase predictor on your computer
- You never say Saturday instead of Thursday or Sunday instead of Friday
- You accept that there is no point in asking why you are not allowed to do something
- You expect queues to be 1 person deep and 40 people wide
- You realize that the black and white stripes in the road are not a zebra crossing, just bait to get tourists into the firing line
- You know what night is ladies night at every bar in town
- Seeing guys welcome each other with a kiss no longer disgusts you
- You carry 12 passport size photos around with you just in case
- You can tell the time by listening to the local mosque
- You think its a good night if there are fewer than 10 men for every woman in a bar
- Phrases like 'potato peeler', 'dish washer', and 'fly swatter' are no longer household items but job titles
- You start to say "Insha'allah" when you actually mean "No f**king chance!"
- You overtake a police car at 130km/hr
- A problem with your car AC is more serious to you than a problem with the brakes
- You smoke a shisha in public without expecting to be arrested
- You think only men should hold hands in public
- You expect to go to jail when a local hits the back of your car at a stop sign

Its suprising how true this is!!!!

The Dip Club


Easily had the best weekend since coming to Doha! Thursday night we headed over to the boys new apartment building for a pre-party before heading to the Diplomatic Club for there Global Dj's night! Had an absolute ball dancing, the music was awesome and everyone was so happy they weren't at the Ramada Hotel for the 5th week in a row dancing to a Filipino Band!!

GARVEYS:We decided to back Thursday up with a round of golf and beers and then off to Garveys for shots and shots! Kate had just broken it off with her fella so drinking was the answer!! Lots of casualities, the quote of the night going to Kate "Woody just spewed on my foot.. i'll be right back"!!


Thought we would back up a good weekend with a Sunday session at the Romada. It's a school night for us here in Doha but we heard an AFL match was being played followed by the first Chelsea match of the season so how could we miss out!? Any excuse really. Kate started off the roudiness by ripping up all her 1 Riyal notes and throwing them all over herself and anyone else she could! We took to the dancefloor with several hundreds of Filipino's, started a congo line and had the whole place flocking to the dancefloor to get involved. This turned into a massive circle with breakdancers and random idiots(us) dancing and chanting until the early hours of the morning! Awesome night, well worth the sore head yesterday!!

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Happy 60th Birthday Dad

Today its my Dad's 60th birthday and I'm missing out again on this special day! I'm sorry I couldn't be there to help celebrate with you, I hope you have a wonderful day and a great night with the family & friends on the weekend! I miss you & love you! xxx

Monday, August 14, 2006

Happy Gilmore

On Friday I went off to play Golf for the second time that week. Andy & Woody were kind enough to let me play with them on Tuesday afternoon in 45degree heat. We all looked like we had jumped in a pool but the cold beers and breeze as we drove the carts around made it bearable. My highlight would have to be my boagie on the second hole, beating the boys by a few shots, beginners luck! Anyway since we all seem to be playing heaps of Golf Andy thought we should all get together for a Happy Gilmore Party so we all headed over to Louy's house after Golf for carnage! Having a drink everytime they say Happy or Gilmore, or when they appear on signs or the TV etc... It seemed easy to begin with but by the end I think Jess & I had wished we weren't drinking Vodka Redbulls... Big night, lots of randomness.. Kate brought around Twister which made for some great laughs!! Another great weekend, with another good friend Danielle arriving from Melbourne. More good times ahead!

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Sheraton Jumeirah Beach & Wild Wadi

Probably not the best place 7 ex-backpackers could have booked but we definitely made the most of it! Lots of fun to be had in hotel robes!! After disturbing our neighbours with our loud music, we took our little party to the beach. Jess & me tried our best to get security to let us all swim in the Gulf, but he was having none of it, as if the Sheraton owns the Gulf!! Ripped off!! We all ventured up to our rooms around 6am, just as the sun came up to get some sleep for Wild Wadi Waterpark on Saturday...

We managed to get to Wild Wadi around midday with plans to stay there all day before flying back to Doha at 9pm. Spent most of the day floating on tubes, the guys falling asleep with Andy's hotel sleepers over there faces. Awesome views from one of the best rides there...

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Ski Dubai

The Burj Al Arab

Kaz Bar, Dubai


View from the Burj Al Arab

Last Thursday after work Jess, Nath, Andy, Dunlop & Murray headed over to Dubai for the weekend to meet up with Michael who’d been away gallivanting in Europe, very jealous! Anyway it was a fantastic weekend, we spent the first night at the coolest outside bar sitting on cushions drinking Moroccan Fantasy Cocktails & smoking shish. We didn’t have a big night as we were saving ourselves for “the ultimate” brunch at the Burj Al Arab on Friday morning, which was unreal!! The best views over Dubai and the best foods from around the world. The Wagyu Beef from Australia was definitely my favourite! Spent the afternoon on the beach before heading into the Mall of Emirates to ski at the indoor snow slope! After rolling & stacking several times down the beginner slope, Michael & Andy gave me the courage to hit the big one! Had a few more stacks but managed to master it(sort of) in the end! It was very surreal, at the top of the slope there's a green fire exit door!