Government vs Private Employment

“When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece.”  – John Ruskin

 

Dear Ms. Emily,

I am an expatriate based in the United Arab Emirates.  I have worked for an Abu Dhabi government office for almost 10 years.  My title is Clerk but in truth my work load is PA multi-tasking into almost all aspect of office work. I have received an offer from the private sector in Dubai with a good title to boot.  I am sorely tempted to accept this offer but I hesitate to take the plunge.

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Dear Hesitant Expat,

Why do you hesitate?  Let us weigh in the options.

You have employment with the Abu Dhabi government which, though the salary is not very high, the benefits are superb.  If I am not mistaken, you have relocation allowance, housing allowance, educational allowance and other perks like health insurance and working with locals. You also have good work timings (7am to 3pm) and two days off, not to mention long public holidays.

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Working for the private sector entails the same if not more work demands on your time and health and less benefits. Most offices in the private sector have only one day off and hours are longer (8am to 6pm), but not all. However, in the private sector, you may be given a better work title and more flexibility in the work place.

If you are ready for a change,  know for sure what you are getting into, and think that you will have fulfillment and happiness in a new role, then by all means take the plunge.

Moving forward is good for the soul.

Hope this helped.

 

 

 

*I aspire to be justice and mercy combined.

 

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Homemade Pizza Faster than Delivery

Are Romans Italians? Or is it the other way around? Did they have pizza back then when they owned almost half of the civilized world at the time? And now, we have the Italians, and they kind of are still well-known for bringing us the most famous and everyone’s favorite take-out food:Pizza. And well, you might say that this become popular thanks to the Muricans, as I myself have memories of eating Pizza Hut when my parents feel like splurging on Sundays. Yes, you read that right, Pizza Hut is a splurge for us. But enough about me. Let’s talk about what I’m going to teach you.  I’m simply going to tell you about the pizza dough recipe that I’ve discovered and enjoy so much.

Well, how did this come about, I love pizza so much, however I cannot afford pizza all the time. And god knows what kind of unknown GMOs that go into making one from a fast food chain. I have made pizza before. You may check it out at my old site – chesnutsykitchen. However, I always did my pizza the traditional way, ie activating yeast, mixing it with the dough, letting it rest, kneading It, letting it rise, knead and bake. So as you can see, it’s really kind of demotivating to actually do pizza on a busy weeknight. I would then just opt to order delivery. It’s not great pizza but it satisfies me just same. However, after ordering, paying and devouring my fast food pizza, I’m always left in a state of dissatisfaction or may be even regret, cause I’ve wasted money on crap food and well, I just ate crap food.

Today, I have found a way to enjoy pizza and not have to hate myself as a result. Today, I present you my favorite pizza mix with two simple ingredients: greek yogurt and self-rising flour. It’s so simple to make. I dont even need to knead it too much because the yogurt makes the dough soft.

So basically, just mix the two ingredients, knead and feel the dough, and when you’ve gotten the texture you like, flatten and bake. I usually start with the same amount, 1 cup of flour to 1 cup of yogurt, then feel my way through it. And I would more likely add more flour in the mix. Whilst I’m doing this, I set my oven to maximum heat.

Then the baking, I flatten my pizza dough on top of a baking sheet lined with baking paper for easier extraction later on. I put on all my fave toppings, and when I say all, I mean, pizza sauce and bocconcini. I pop it in the oven for about… well, until the cheese melts. And VOILA. Home made pizza without the fuzz. You’re welcome.

One batch I added Salmon, the other I topped with a Poached Egg

Bad Employers

“Work hard, stay positive, and get up early. It’s the best part of the day. “ — George Allen, Sr.

 

Dear Ms. Emily,

I am a computer teacher in a small private primary school in the Philippines.  I belong to the marginal sector of Philippine society, providing for a family of four comprised of myself, my wife and two small girls with a minimum wage budget.  I have a very stressful job – not because it is a difficult job but because of difficult employers –a husband and wife team.  The husband is a shrewd businessman who sees employees mainly as business tools while the wife is a micro-manager who keeps employees on the verge of a nervous breakdown.  At this point, life seems bleak with no good prospects.

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Dear Hopeless Employee,

Be of good cheer, there is always hope.

We do not always like our employers but we sure need the job.

We cultivate the patience of Job (of the Bible fame) when it comes to all the sh*t we can take for the sake of providing for our family.

If there are perks in your current work that makes it worthwhile to stay, then take that into consideration.  If it comes to the point when you cannot take anymore, my advice is to look quietly for new employment and leave.  Try to see where you can qualify.

Sometimes, fate gives us a kick out so we can accept and embrace better prospects.  Things may look bleak now because you are stuck in a bad place, but once you get out of the rut, you may be pleasantly surprised to discover that God has a better plan in store for you.

We can live in misery for a time, but not all the time.  Find your happiness.

Hope this helped.

 

 

*I aspire to be justice and mercy combined.

 

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Matcha-riffic

What is it about matcha and why do people like it? (including myself)

 

 

Matcha is starting to get known worldwide, the fact ths Starbucks now offers matcha latte is a testament to that. Side note: those are extremely sweet and really atrocious, run away from it, really Matcha is in fact my daily go to drink ever since I found out about it. Interestingly, I discovered this wonderflu drink/flavour/all aournd goodness from Japan itself  I think I tasted the Green Tea Kitkat (which is matcha) and them boom! I was in love.

 

Let me define matcha for you, well instead of opening another tab on wiki, let me tell you quickly that it is just Green Tea. But instead of the normal tea wherein you soak the tea leaves in hot water and in turn absorb the essence, the tea leaves are turned into powder form and hence, you have your matcha powder. It will have that really grassy/earthy/bitter flavor that you can imagine tea leaves would have. I like it cause it’s bitter and it gives me that caffeine fix that I need in the morning without the jitters.

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Matcha is also super easy to prepare. What I normally do is put in a teaspoon in hotwater and add a dolop of almond milk and any day will suddenly become brighter! (Except Mondays. No amount of matcha can make me hate Mondays any less). And it’s not just a great drink, it’s good for baking too, it adds that nice bitter flavor to balance the sweetness of most baked goods.

 

Green is good for you too. Do a quick google on all the benefits of Matcha and you’ll be buying a pack faster than I can say “antioxidants”. I’ve read a few, just to make myself feel better about over indulging in a Matcha Crème brulee, they say that it has tons of antioxidants, vitamin c, and helps in controlling your weight.

Japan is Matcha Heaven. And if I have now converted you to become obsessed with this amazing flavour, go to Japan. That country is FILLED with matcha, from Kitkats to soft cream, to biscuits and breads. Basically anything that can be flavoured will be flavoured with matcha.

 

That’s all for me, as my cup is getting cold. Mmm.

 

 

From Malaysia to Sydney

 

If it’s free, it’s advice; if you pay for it, it’s counseling; if you can use either one, it’s a miracle. Jack Adams

Dear Ms. Emily,

I have recently received my grant of permanent residency to Australia.  I am currently living in Kuala Lumpur, and plan to move to Sydney as soon as possible where I have friends who will initially take me in.  I am really excited about the prospect, and I would like to do the move right. I wonder if you could help me determine the right time to move, and the best way to get the right job for me? Should I fly directly from Malaysia to Sydney, or should I fly out from Manila where my parents are based? – Frankly Baffled

Dear Frankly Baffled,

Congratulations on your PR, well done.

To answer the first question, June to August is the height of winter while December to February will be summer. The time in between, I reckon, will be a pleasant period to do your move and job hunt as well.

A fast and efficient way to hunt for a job is through www.seek.com.au . May I add to wait for the job to come first before making the final decision as to where to stay permanently.

To answer your next question, I think it is more prudent to fly directly from Malaysia to Sydney that from Manila. If using the Manila airport, you will be required to attend a pre-departure seminar (PDOS) before being allowed to fly out which will not be necessary when flying from KL. (More information about the PDOS here www.cfo.gov.ph .)

May I suggest to visit the parents on another occasion, perhaps taking a separate trip before the big move.

Hope this helped.  Best wishes on your new adventure.

 

 

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Adelaide vs. Melbourne

 

 

Listen to advice, but follow your heart. – Conway Twitty

 

Dear Ms. Emily,

 

I am conflicted. I have lived for some time now in Adelaide and have settled down quite nicely. However, I have recently bagged a great job in Melbourne in a once in a lifetime opportunity. My wife is pregnant with our first child and our baby is due almost at the same time we are supposed to move to Melbourne, so the stress of moving to another city, having my first child and taking on a new job all at the same time, is really high. I have a good job here in Adelaide but our hearts (my wife and I) are quite set on Melbourne. My dilemma is – should we stay in Adelaide or move to Melbourne? – Conflicted First Time Dad

 

Dear Conflicted First Time Dad,

 

It seems to me that the answer to your dilemma is already clear to you.

Here are some questions that could help you make the correct decision for you and your family:

 

  1. How does your wife feel about the move to Melbourne? Are you in agreement as to what is best for your little family?
  2. Are you up to managing all the details moving will entail – leaving the old job and accommodations, transferring medical records, finding suitable new lodgings, taking on a new job? Do you have the strength to carry this through?
  3. And most importantly, what does your heart say?

 

Ultimately, the best advice is the one your heart tells you.

 

Hope this helped.

 

 

*I aspire to be justice and mercy combined.

 

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Distraught Doctor

 

 

Nobody can give you wiser advice than yourself.  Marcus Tullius Cicero

 

Dear Ms. Emily,

 

I am a doctor by profession, but my calling did not protect me from falling for a good for nothing husband.  We have been married for five years, stayed together for only 1 month during this time, but managed to have two kids between us.  My kids are the only saving factor in our relationship.  They are sweet, intelligent beings who deserve all my love. We are still married, and see each other on and off, despite the numerous women and lack of monetary support.  I still accept him when he comes around, and I keep on believing that he will change for me and the kids.  Am I correct in doing so?  — Distraught Doctor

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Dear Distraught Doctor,

 

Deep in your heart, I know you know the truth – that your husband will not change his erring ways for any one. If he values you and your kids, he would have made a deliberate effort to show his love and respect.

 

If you stay married for the sake of the kids, please don’t. Kids are more perceptive that we give them credit for. Do you think this irregular set-up gives them the stability and happy home life they need and deserve?

 

If you stay married because you still have feelings for the guy despite all his shortcomings, then you are either a modern day martyr, or a sucker for all things painful.

 

Have a good look at your life, a good heart-to-heart talk with the kids, and take stock of your situation. Don’t shortchange, and in the process rob yourself of the chance to find true love and your kids of a happy and content mother.

 

Perhaps now is the right time to move on.

 

Hope this helped.

 

 

 

*I aspire to be justice and mercy combined.

 

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