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03.05.2013 | 杜拜公幹

[Volume 8 Issue 5, #1715]
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2005年因為工作關係, 前後被公司派咗去杜拜一共三次, 每次都逗留三個星期咁耐.. 由開始嘅興奮(因為從未去中東國家), 到習以為常, 到開始感覺麻木(尤其係食物方面), 呢三次杜拜之旅其實可以話係寓工作於娛樂.. 多年冇再踏足呢一片沙漠上的傳奇, 今日反而對當年喺嗰邊短暫生活嘅日子有所懷念.. :)
  • 天呀!! 當年嘅我, 好青春, 好瘦!! @#$%^&*
  • 當時好多超級工程尚在進行中, 仲未有世界第一高樓哈利法塔, 仲未有阿特蘭斯大酒店, 仲未有棕櫚島..
  • 嘗試過一生人之中最熱天氣, 據說當日最高氣溫為52°C, 喺街度就感覺身在烤爐入面..
  • 印象中當時食嘅中東餐, 凡係肉就一定係烤, 凡係蔬菜就一定生吃, 而且份量驚人.. 餐餐如是, 都真係有點濟..
[十年旅遊回顧系列]
完成 ■ 2003 尼泊爾 | 2004 巴厘島 | 2005 杜拜
預告 ■ 2006 印度金三角..
it was year 2005 that i was sent to Dubai for work by the company, three trips each as long as three weeks.. from the initial excitement (because i've never been to middle east before), to getting used to the place, and finally being numb of the place (especially the food), these trips to Dubai can be concluded as fun at work.. after many years not stepping foot onto this piece of miracle in the desert, i now kind of miss those days i have been staying there.. :)
  • OMG i was so young and so slim back then!! @#$%^&*
  • many mega-projects were still in progress back then, there was no world's tallest building Burj Khalifa yet, no Atlantis Hotel yet, no Palm Island yet..
  • i experienced the hottest weather in my life there, some said the temperature was as high as 52°C that day, staying outdoor feels just like trapped inside a baking oven..
  • i still remember the middle eastern meals i had, grill as long as meat and raw as long as veggie, and always scarily huge portions.. no wonder i started to get tired about food back then..
[10 years of travel series]
Completed ■ 2003 Nepal | 2004 Bali | 2005 Dubai
Coming up ■ 2006 India's Golden Triangle..
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81 comments:

  1. Heard about Dubai, but never been there before...

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  2. Wahhhhhhh!!!! Got arab boyfriend there!!! Filthy rich one? Muahahahaha!!!

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  3. BIG money!!! Wah!!! How much did you accumulate from your time there? I know nurses here take leave without pay, work there for a few years...and come home - all millionaires!!!

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    1. SK is rich and left his money intact at the Arab Banks plus herds of camels for races. These days we don't hear of Malaysian nurses going the anymore.

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  4. Morning!!! Haven't been to Dubai! But get to know this country because of it's thewolrd famous petrol supplier country and the world 7star hotel!!! Always wants to vist there someday to see those amazing buildings in Dubai!!! =]

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  5. Good morning, SK and all! Wow, Dubai is a nice place. I have just been to the airport and couldn't get outside. Maybe next time, I can just simply visit Dubai solely.

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  6. My eyes went big when I saw picture N "cheap and nice golds!! come and see, come and buy"

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    1. If I were there, I would buy and bring back to keep as investment. Huat ah!

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    2. You were indeed slim that time. May be that time you were still young and the metabolism rate was good.

      Same here, when age is catching up, do a lot of exercise, also can witness significant weight loss. May be have to on diet as well.

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    3. You were indeed slim that time. May be that time you were still young and the metabolism rate was good.

      Same here, when age is catching up, do a lot of exercise, also can witness significant weight loss. May be have to on diet as well.

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    4. Ten years ago, I was fatter like a pig when I met my wife. I ate until I bloated and didn't liked how I looked in photos. Now SK is not fatter but seems muscular after joining the gym. My gym sessions also made me looked toned with harder limbs.

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  7. wow Dubai! i have a lot of friends and relatives working there!
    ant it is such a great place to be indeed

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  8. that hotel was sure is expensive is it a 5 star hotel or higher?
    i guess it's highe 7 maybe?

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  9. You get to work and travel at the same time huh!
    that's cool, my dream job is somewhat like that haha
    it was a guiltless trips for sure

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  10. yeah you sure are quite lean back then even on previous
    trips you had haha but i guess nothing
    much is change

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  11. wow 52? that's roasting hot! the hotest o experienced here
    was around 34-36 only! god that sure is a desserted place!
    i can't last long there

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  12. are those real golds? well s expected most of middle east
    countries were reach in golds and oil right?
    and my cousin old me laptops there were cheaper t

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  13. have a great day and happy blogging sk!
    take care always and godbless you

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  14. Dubai! I always pester my hubby to bring me there because we have a close buddy working there - so accommodation is sort of "sorted out". Hehehe!

    Our friend said that January - February is the sales season, so it's perfect for shopaholic like me. But when my walking ATM heard about it, he refused to bring me there, cis!

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    1. That country is so rich, the people can buy gold through vending machine. Suddenly I feel so pathetic.... must do something to ubah this coming weekend!

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    2. They are so rich, they earn 5-digit salary and their expenses is also very high. I heard the rental for a room there is almost RM10K per month!! Crazy!




      Maybe I heard wrongly, must go clean my ear wax now.

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    3. I heard their salaries are very high, so naturally the rentals touch the skies. I prefer to earn lesser and live in Malaysia where the grass is greener and food is abundant.

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  15. Ah Boy is so smart wearing pure white shirt and blue color tie, so professional~

    Can get to play while working... some more no need to pay (or pay minimally) for the trip expenses :)

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    1. I wonder what did Ah Boy do there, beside walking on desert and wearing the long white thobes. No camel riding? Did you get the encounter the sand storm? Heheh~

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    2. Gee!!! Everyone wants to know whether you rode a camel or not, SK!!!! Muahahahahaha!!!!

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  16. Hello hello! Still holidaying right? I think this is a scheduled post? Hehe...

    Yea, again, you were so young and slim! See can do those silly poses when taking photos ;)

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    1. I wish to go Dubai some days, heard so much about the Burj Khalifa and Burj Al Arab already! Wanna see them with my own eyes!!

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    2. The picture with the golds, wahhh, how nice if I can own all of them, hahaha xD *day dreaming mode on*

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  17. Wah! Our camel went to Dubai. Err I mean our Ah Boy went to Dubai and ate millions of sands. You had a good experience there!

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    1. I bet he did. Hehehehehehe!!!!!

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  18. All your photos are so interesting and you looked fit like the Men's Health cover boy!

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  19. Some friends told me that prized camels in Doha could cost over USD$1 milion and the rich Sheikhs from Dubai and UAE would grab these animals!! Goodness a desert camel is more expensive than a Ferrari. Did you ride camels to work, Thambee??

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    1. Lucky thing you added, "to work" at the end of your question, TM!!!! Muahahahahaha!!!!!

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    2. SK is holy cow and won't indulge in kinky acts with animals la. Phiak this STP!

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    3. sK didn't show where his office was, so I assumed he could be working in the oasis and needed a camel to reach office!

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  20. Eh! You went to sunat your kuku bird there kah? How come they allowed you to wear Thawb and turban? We should address you as Sheikh Shermano bin Laden.


    Muahahahahahaha!!!!....

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  21. The last photo was cute lah. Thambee and Anay have similar poses!

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  22. So young and you have been to Dubai! :)

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  23. 我對呢個地方冇乜好感,因爲實在太熱了。

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  24. Dubai.

    I never really have any interest in Dubai. yet. As most people talk sbout shopping there. So, that kinda kills the interest.

    Malls - traditional maybe. Modern - yawn. :P

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    1. I'd visit the mosque and the traditional quarters though.

      Thambee can help me be the guide or not?

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    2. The only shopping I tolerate are running gears for me and toys & games for my boys. ;)

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    3. I think Dubai has transformed into a modern and interesting place besides just on transit and shopping. I watched a documentary which showed the neat rows of posh ocean front homes with smiling tourists enjoying themselves! I thought it could be deceiving so I better check the truths with Ah boy.

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  25. Thambee sure look handsome in the kandoura & bisht.

    Sepet sikit, otherwise can pretend to be an Arab sheikh. LOL

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    1. He just needed to grow mustache and beard to look like an Emir or Sheikhs!

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  26. Thambee didn't get fat eating huge portions of everything there ah?

    xD

    And smell like "kambing" due to eating a lot of it? kekeke

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    1. I also thought their bodies smell like Kambing!! Muahahahaha! I have met such goats in my gym at Mont Kiara which has lots of foreigners from MiddleEast.

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  27. Dubai is alright, I suppose. But I cannot wait for your Tokyo post!

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  28. 現在的你一樣瘦嗎?

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  29. oh so you worked there in Dubai before... most of my relatives and friends do

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  30. cool ,... it's nice to see you wearing those Muslim clothes..

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  31. i see the expensive burj al arab haha... gosh i always wanted to visit that place

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  32. Dubai has so many great places to offer....they also have the largest airport.. as far as i know

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  33. Alamak...so many photos will come back to comment later usibg pc.so hard to type n view using phone.

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    1. Why cannot view with hand phone? Are you using a Hello Kitty Phone? Goodness! I could view his lovely Dubai photos from my phone la.

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  34. . very modern looking ....but look hot leh

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    1. B. lol.....really like toothpaste ads la :p

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    2. c y you not balut like a mummy from top to toe geh...not scared sunburn ka

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    3. d if lost there sure bye bye

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    4. e...lol....black and white arabian princes

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    5. e....mana your harem of the wives....

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    6. g...oh itu macam...i thought you stayed there.

      wah siap change baju and nap photo ka...same day or different day leh

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    7. h...aha this one anay sure like......got palm tree and then wet wet some more leh

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    8. I ...doesnt look much but finished good

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    9. j....wei...all the photos i see like the sun very hot leh....you tarak wear hat or coverings...not sunburn ka?

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    10. k....funny question LOL...we are surpossed to ask you that

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    11. L...i clicked nothing come out :(

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    12. no photo...only got this 錫克沙逸路嘅商業地區
      skyline at the Sheikh Zayed Road commercial district

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    13. M got photo....nice....hmmm surprised that there doesnt seems to be much tall buildings over there

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    14. N. Real gold or fake ones? Cheap meh?you got borong home more not a few gold bars :p

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    15. O....wakakakaka....funny la. this one

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    16. wah lau eh...no wonder you got tired of the food there... if daily big portion sure jialat lor..how to finish. if not finish then they say dont give face pulak

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  35. The gold really cheaper there meh? @@

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  36. The way they displayed the real gold is like our SinMa accessories shop! Our real gold are all sold in tiny bits in trays under spot lights! What a big difference!

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  37. Their downtown looks so neat and clean but small, all centers at the creek for happenings. Am I guessing right?

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  38. The Hotel Burj Arab has become a big talk of the world and their financial crisis became a hot topic in news last year. I forgot which country in UAE region has helped them out of crisis.

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  39. Your desert scenery brings me fond memories of the first time I saw desert in Southern California near Arizona. All orange like your photos and nice! Anay like!

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  40. I am also wondering why you posed with the guard outside museum? You should have hugged or screwed the cannon from behind! LOL that would make lovelier photos.

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