Thursday, April 17, 2014

JOB POST : Sales Executive in Oman


JOB POST : Sales Executive in Oman


Looking for sales executive in a travel & tourism / hotel industry, to be based in Salalah, Oman. Preferably 21 above, male or female, with pleasing personality and strong sales skills. Interested applicants, kindly send CVs with recent photo at: 

allan.abdula@eliteoman.com

Application runs from April to May 2014.





Monday, April 14, 2014

Lambada... Re-living Childhood Memories

Last week was very nostalgic.

We did lambada in our latin dance class, and my childhood memories came flashing right before me. Never have I imagined that I would actually dance this 1989 song in 2014. Whoa, that was like 26 years in the making, or waiting rather.

This song was very popular in the early 90s, a time when there were no CDs or mp3. Radio was the only source of music in our small village. My relatives had a cassette tape of the song and they actually played it sometimes. Although, as kids we were not allowed to watch the music video because in the 90s, this was already considered a pornography with women scantily clad and dancing with men so sensually. And it was like that, every afternoon this would hit the airwaves and I would pause and listen to it, secretly dancing to its rhythm. 

Fast forward to 2014- we're now learning lambada and I am just uberly excited the learn the whole choreography of the dance. This will be like fulfilling my childhood fantasy to finally dance the with the song. Feels so great.





Wednesday, April 9, 2014

SPORTS | Bowling... After So Many Years!!!


I didn't know that I can still throw bowling.


I actually like bowling (but not as much as figure skating). My romance with bowling started after watching Paeng Nepumuceno who became a bowling legend (see sample video insert).  I think the most important skill in bowling is proper alignment of the body and the slide of the ball (i repeat- slide, not throw).

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Idiom #3 : Reinventing the wheel

I heard this idiomatic expression when my American boss was having a meeting with our Chinese clients. Everybody in the table was discussing how to make construction processes more efficient.

Idiom #3 : Reinventing the wheel

To reinvent the wheel is to duplicate a basic method that has already previously been created or optimized by others.

The inspiration for this idiomatic metaphor lies in the fact that the wheel is the archetype of human ingenuity, both by virtue of the added power and flexibility it affords its users, and also in the ancient origins which allow it to underlie much, if not all, of modern technology. As it has already been invented, and is not considered to have any operational flaws, an attempt to reinvent it would be pointless and add no value to the object, and would be a waste of time, diverting the investigator's resources from possibly more worthy goals which his skills could advance more substantially (source: Wikipedia)

Sample -  

Eminem's progressive rap style has raised the bar for Hip-Hop lyricism across the board. [...] he's continued to reinvent the wheel, putting his life on display, through a bevy of syllable-heavy, metaphor-driven cuts (source: Stack Exchange)


References:
Photo insert. http://www.sidseldorphjensen.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/reinvent1.gif
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reinventing_the_wheel
http://english.stackexchange.com/questions/90089/does-reinventing-the-wheel-have-negative-or-positive-connotation






Monday, April 7, 2014

Idiom #2 : Between the devil and the deep blue sea

Well, to be honest I can't remember anybody using this idiomatic expression. It's just that it keeps on ringing to my ears because of that song. But then again, it helps to really understand the meaning of this one.

Idiom #2 : Between the devil and the deep blue sea
Equavalent expression - Between a rock and a hard place

Meaning - "Between the devil and the deep blue sea" is an idiom meaning a dilemma—i.e., to choose between two undesirable situations (equivalent to "between a rock and a hard place") (source: Wikipedia)

Sample - 

For most people a visit to the dentist is the result of a choice between the devil and the deep blue sea - if you go you suffer, and if you don't go you suffer.

And here's more, the expression between the devil and the deep blue sea was mentioned in the Carpenter's song 'I'm Caught Between Goodbye and I Love You'. See the video below at 01:39.




References:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Between_the_devil_and_the_deep_blue_sea
http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/between+the+devil+and+the+deep+blue+sea
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tE9eZDZY_ps





Idiom #1 : Throw the baby out with the bath water

In this series, I would like to discuss some really interesting idiomatic expressions I have heard at least once in my professional career.

I will start this series with an expression I once heard from my American boss while discussing about a project, which made him really frustrated because a lot of issues have been unresolved.

Idiom #1: Throw the baby out with the bath water

Meaning- Throw out the baby with the bath water is an idiomatic expression and a concept used to suggest an avoidable error in which something good is eliminated when trying to get rid of something bad, or in other words, rejecting the essential along with the inessential (source: Wikipedia)

Sample- Two friends are talking about making changes to a personal website. 

A: I'm going to make some changes to my website soon. 
B: Oh really? What kind of changes? You're still going to keep the old pages, aren't you? 
A: Yes, of course. The old pages will still be on the site. 
B: Oh, good. I don't want you to throw the baby out with the bathwater


References:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Throw_out_the_baby_with_the_bath_water



Saturday, April 5, 2014

TRAVEL | Wondering For The Most Efficient Itinerary... Vacation in 2014


I only have an hour to draft this vacation itinerary.


Listed below are the possible options for the summer vacation. Nothing is final yet.
Everything will depend on available resources. However, the top option in my list will be Korea, India, Laos and Vietnam. Singapore is fixed and will definitely be a part of the trip. The Philippines remain to be dependent on the outcome of the other options.

Coming Up... Stories of Oman

As a blogger, it is easier to write articles from a "tourist's" perspective. This way, everything becomes a source of inspiration. Every aspect of the experience is a mystery, something that easily makes you want to share to the world.

I sort of miss this "tourist" feeling, because I've gotten used to where I am. And when you get used to things, you tend to ignore little details, thinking that they're so mundane.

In the following weeks, let me explore the wonders of Oman and share to the netizens its beauty from my perspective.



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