Monday, December 24, 2012

Peace to the World


My wishes for the holiday season PEACE for each and every good person -in small country in big country may their days be great !

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Doomsdays in our Life

I remember a cold November day in 1999 in Hungary .My friend came to see me and she was anxiously talking about the end of the world in 2000 .She was so much worried and I tried to see her point of view . I tried to explain her two things:
1. If the world really comes to its end then there is not much we can do  -useless to worry
2.Calendars are made by humans  - this 2000 is a nice number but it is  totally different in other cultures

 The sad truth is that the  world would go on as it is . And we have to figure out and fight for a  better one .The sad truth  is that the world will not change  -we will be exploited like before /we will have to worry about keeping our badly paid jobs .

Sometimes I feel that people wish in secret the end . That would solve many things -they think.

My mum told me that  in 1959 there was an end of the world panic among villagers as well . The catholic church was the main source of this scare . Some priests even declared that the church service they hold is the last one ...

No wonder that it is coming from them  - they are expert in it . Keeping the masses in fear during  centuries .
Other  fear mongers  are the media who can exploit people's ignorance  very easily .
Other "doomsday" I can remember was the solar eclipse in Hungary . I went out to the nature to witness it in its  full beauty .I saw the sky turning into dark  violet - then the  sun and the moon covering and the  "diamond ring" shape  then I saw the moon so close and so much detailed  that I could imagine that only in films . It was a spiritually uplifting experience .A great thing  -when I returned to our town then I was shocked that some people were crying that it was the sign of the end of the world .I just felt sorry for them ...

Have a Happy December 21 !

Monday, December 17, 2012

Qatar national Day 2012


If you decided to go out this year to participate at the National Day's celebrations then you can choose from a wide variety of programs and events .The main venues will be The Corniche ,Darb al Saii ,The Palm island ,Sheraton Park . There will be exhibitions /kids activities /The National Parade / old boats/ fireworks and many more things to see and do ... you can read more on the official page

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

a child drown again

Drowning into the swimming pool .Drowning into the sea . Drowning  into a bucket of water . The leading  cause of death among children in Qatar . Watch out ! Your children might be in danger . The other day a six year old Indian boy drowned into their compound  swimming pool .As  most of the pools  it was without lifeguard without fence . He was seen riding his bike nearby ...  I guess not every case is reported  - but basically every compound  with swimming pool is a danger . Even if you let out your kids just for riding or playing with the other kids .
How many death will teach a lesson and authorities force the compound owners to build a fence and pay a guard ?

Personally I am against these private swimming pools .compound pools . They are too small for the whole compound  /they are usually not clean enough   . I think it would be much better if every district in Doha had its own swimming center for children  for adults   with  hours for ladies only with professional   lifeguards .

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Philippino waiters /shop assistants

I   hate going out when I know I have to deal with waitresses and shop assistants from the Philippines .
Some of them are nice and really professionals  - but the rest of them is only someone who thinks that it is enough to smile and  after they can do whatever they wish to do .

 it happened to me that the product agent at the supermarket told me " hi mam , are you pregnant ?"
 -it is not your business  I thought  but I suppressed  this  sentence  in me with a polite "No" .. but it was not enough she came after me with a product and kept talking to me as I was pregnant .Finally I had to tell her  in a dry  voice" leave me alone " for she understands ...

Another time  I went to a quite expensive clothes shop and left there  some money . Then  she made herself as she wants to be kind to me ..."Mam , you  remind me my mother  -she is like you exactly- and she was  showing  round shapes with her hand " ... if she was someone in her twenties  then it was not a big deal  but she was minimum 35 ...so I am like her mom ...my friend from Abu Dabhi said their shop assistants also love asking about the " madame's age" then commenting not nicely about that .

If you are a man  you might never experience similar things  - just the opposite  - the same women  who  like to   comment negatively  about their   female  customers are too much polite  with men especially if they have the slightest smell of money ... it is just funny to see how differently the same person is talking to me and to my husband ...last time  when serving  the coffee  the waitress  leaned so close to my  hubby   that it seemed as a ridiculous offer from her part/if i were a jealous type  I would have slapped her  for openly  trying to flirt with him ... but I just laughed in myself ... and I can not understand these women .. how can they lower themselves so much ... what do they hope at all ?


Monday, December 10, 2012

"Qatar National Day" Photography Competition

capture some amazing moments on 18th December 2012 Qatar National day and send it to 

reggie@regencyholidays.com. 

to participate  you must be amateur photographer
you must be a fan  here

1st Prize : Return Flight Doha- London-Doha.
-2nd Prize: Return Flight to Doha-Amman-Doha.
-3rd Prize: Return Flight to Doha-Dubai-Doha.

Sunday, December 09, 2012

Being dizzy ? You can wait ....

  This is a true life story  that has happened to me here in Qatar .  A comedy   in four scenes /    scene one
a hot August day  in Doha/Qatar

 the Hungarian woman in Qatar feels very dizzy in the morning  - the slightest position changes causes  nausea  - she is suffering  at home and tries not to move AT ALL

 scene two

 somehow  she  gets  to the Hamad  hospital emergency / her heart is checked - it is OK / her head is shaken very much by a doctora - but she does not feel  dizzier than before  - so the lovely doctora claims that it is her ears that may cause the problem

 she submitted a paper for appointment  -  but she did not think it was an urgent case
  this way  the patient got an appointment with ENT specialist only after 3 months

scene three

 the poor sick woman having suffered  from dizziness  for three days - tries home remedy  -  as her ears  had been mentioned /she is sucking candies and chewing gums  - she is feeling better and better  -  a day after this  home cure dizziness had gone ..

scene four

 the big day of the appointment  came   - the patient goes to the Hammad hospital  out patient clinic -  she tries to renew her health card first -  she is waiting in a  wrong line " this is here just for registration " no sign  at all .. so she is waiting at another window ... only cash  here ( no sign about that either ) ... so she goes to the ATM  she  grabs the cash waits again  for her turn when  she gets her renewed health card  ...    she rushes to the ENT  doctor / she waits again  at a window / she pays for the visit she goes to  another counter  just to learn that she was late and the doctor refuses to see her .The nurses were very nice they tried to persuade the doctor that this is a first time patient who does not know the rules here and who will have to wait a lot for a new appointment .Again 3 months . But the doctor did not accept their reasoning . So she  has to  look for a supervisor  who will stamp a paper and she has to wait again at a window(  for a fifth time  that morning) to get back her  cash ... Now she  should go the   Health Center ( another part  of the city ) and explain  a doctor what has happened to her and to her  appointment  - but she is too tired and anyway - the  dizziness   came and left  three months ago ...she just hopes that it was nothing serious  and in her free time when her children are sleeping she tries and educates herself about home remedies and  she is reading  the personal  accounts  of  other people   who had tried cures that work ...

   THE END

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Numbers in Abu Dhabi - nine million

Nine million trees were planted in Abu Dhabi  during the rule of Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed .
No wonder that this city got an  award  of the best liveable city in the world  in 2012 .

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Doctors and errors and the level of HMC

Error is human . No doctor is always right .  But in the last ten years I have  witnessed how the level of  medical workforce  dropped sharply . In my view the main reason  for that is the famous  slogan of this country " If you don't like something you can leave this country "

 Contrary to this belief  it is not easy to find a good specialist at all . This  fact  is reflected in the complaints of many  locals and residents in the Qatar  Radio program . Malpractice ,error .I can tell you  stories from our family . Eight years ago  our toddler slipped in the kitchen and  had a big fall .She fainted and she was unconscious for some minutes . Then every help was given for us at HMC .Observation ,X-ray etc . Four years later another toddler of ours bumped his head seriously - he was even bleeding .But no x- ray , no observation was given .Only a bandage on his wound and such remarks " some kids fall from the second floor and they survive , do not worry "  .... thank you   doctor .. and some kids fall in the room and they happen to die ...we turned to private doctor to be sure that his  skull was not broken .
Another time  one of my relatives went to a private eye -clinic  with pain in the eye . She could see a serious condition at once  when looking into the eyes . The private doctor suggested HMC for eye surgery - as it is nearly free . It is a wonderful thing that the most modern laser  surgeries are made  at nominal fee .But the HMC eye specialist did not see any problem " Your eyes are healthy "  come back after half year . Unfortunately , he believed the  false good news and when  he returned after half year the other specialist was terrified seeing the eye in question and sent him  urgently to  be operated .

For the newcomers : HMC = Hamad Medical Corporation    a government  run  large hospital
 you must have a health card to get services there  ( 100 rial per year )
It has got a lots  of specialists and modern equipment ...  and it is not always working perfectly ...
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