OFW Web Time Converter

As an OFW we always need time converter to where we are going comparing time in the place whereat.

There are alot of time converter in the web but “TIMEBIE” is the one I am always using since it is very basic and simple to use. It even have different times on the areas you selected i.e., Qatar and Philippines.

The link as as follows: http://www.timebie.com/timezone/qatarmanila.php

Screenshot of the site shown below:

Please note that this might be changed anytime including the website and its appearance. This is for guidance only and any issues you might encounter following the site at your own.  I do not accept liability for any errors or omissions in the contents of this message which arise.

Anyone can re-blog this and share. If you have other useful information and insights, I will gladly include them in the comments  below.

H

Philippines National Heroes Day

Today, August 31 2020 marks the Philippine National Heroes Day!  It is known in the Philippines as ‘Araw ng mga Bayani’.

This day is observed on the last Monday of each August and a Philippine National Holiday, the National Heroes Day commemorates the Cry of Pugad Lawin, a revolt that kicked off the 1896 Philippine Revolution against the Spanish Empire and the long struggle toward that country’s independence.

Our National Key Heros listed by the Philippine Committee in year 1995 are as follows:

  • Jose Rizal,
  • Andres Bonifacio,
  • Emilio Aguinaldo,
  • Apolinario Mabini,
  • Marcelo H. del Pilar,
  • Sultan Dipatuan Kudarat,
  • Juan Luna,
  • Melchora Aquino,
  • Gabriela Silang

national-heroes-day-1200x834 Happy Philippine National Heroes Day! from the Filipino modern day heros – Overseas Foreign Workers (OFW).

Ashfall Affects on our Solar Panels

In January 12, 2020 when Taal Vocano erupted ashfall is allover the place – in almost whole of Batangas, Cavite, Rizal and Metro Manila. Nearly 40,000 people have been evacuated around the Taal Volcano.

The ashfall affected the solar panels in our roof. The ashfall affected our municipality even it is far from the Taal Volcano. The solar panels needed to be cleaned since it is very dirty and it affects the receipt of the solar energy. The following is the pictures before and after cleaning our solar panel. Please clean yours.

Shown are the ashfall affected solar panels.

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Shown are the cleaning of the solar panels.

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The end product cleaned solar panels.

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This blog should have been posted early 2020 but the covid epidemic has gotten this blog at bay. If you have solar panels please clean it reguarly and after each calaminty like volcanic eruption and the like. I have other blogs in maintaning the solar panels – https://whatiloveandlive4.wordpress.com/2019/06/27/maintaining-your-home-solar-panels/.

Regards,

H

122nd Philippine Independence Day

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Image from Web

Yes its 12 June 2020 and this day marks the 122th Anniversary of the Philippine Independence day or the “Araw ng Kasarinlan” or “Araw ng Kalayaan” (“Day of Freedom”). This is an annual celebration the day we declared the independence to Spain.

Happy 122nd Independence day to all Filipinos!

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Image via Gulf News

 

My Experience in Renewing Vehicle Registration in Metrash2 (Qatar)

I have several queries about renewing the vehicle registration in Qatar using Metrash2 Application. I have renewed my car registration in Qatar using Metrash2 in June 2020 and I want to share it with you. This is assuming that you have downloaded and registered the Metrash2 to your phone.

Steps:

1.   Renew your car insurance – I use Qatar Insurance Company (QIC) for my car insurance you can use other insurance company.

Website https://www.qic-insured.com/Online/Welcome.do

PS please reminded that my car is old and I am using the Third party insurance (TPL) of QIC. You can ask QIC of quotation for  comprehensive car insurance personal accident insurance etc.

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2.  Download Woqod Application and register. Put your car plate (on your name) and it will be ready for inspection.

Pay the amount required by Fahes for inspection (QAR 150) on line. Note that from March 2020 to Present (June 2020 of until further notice by MOI) no inspection will be done due to Covid-19 pandemic.

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2.  Log on to Metrash2 application,

Select Traffic

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Select Vehicle Service

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Select Renew Vehicle Registration

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Enter vehicle plate number, then click private, then click next

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The Vehicle Data will show including the Fahes Testing results and Insurance

Click if you wanted QPost to deliver to your house or take directly to Traffic Department

Pay 120 Qar, 100 for Estimara (Vehicle Registration), 20 for QPost.

Input personal details and the registered Building Number, Street Number, Zone Number and credit/debit card information.

reminderPlease note that this blog, including processes and steps discussed herein are written based on actual experience and valid during the time of writing. Again, I always remind everyone that this process might be changed by Metrash anytime including the form and its appearance. This is for guidance only and any issues you might encounter following these steps is at your own.  I, including all other persons names shown in this blog therefore does not accept liability for any errors or omissions in the contents of this message which arise including any negative impact on your enrollment/renewing process.

 

 

Update of Qatar-MMUP Engineering Registration Renewal and Upgrade

MME NewThis is an update of my blog Qatar-MMUP Engineering Registration Renewal and Upgrade major changes were done by MMUP (now Ministry of Municipality and Environment – MME) to the process in the upgrading and renewal process. At this time all the registration and uploading is all done on-line.

The link to the website below:

http://www.mme.gov.qa

This blog assumes all have that everyone have  the National Authentication System Web page login.

The changes are as follows;

  1. The registration including the upgrade should be done on-line including the upload of all required documents.
  2. The location of the the MME has been changed from West Bay to B-Ring road (formerly QP Building). Location below.
  3. The MME offices are open at 7:00 AM and closes 1:00 PM. I suggest you visit in the morning, the earlier the better.
  4. As of 2015 MME replaced the certificate with ID similar to our driving license and Qatar ID.
  5. The payment should be all via card only. No cash will be accepted.
  6. 200 QAR payment for the renewal including MME Engineers ID.
  7. Free charge for change in sponsorship.
  8. You must renew your MME Engineers registration one month before expiry to avoid penalties.
  9. Dial 184 (MME-UPDA hotline) for follow up or check in the MME website.
  10. Sometime MME asked you to visit their offices in special circumstances for the application.

Location of the new MME offices for Engineers Registration see below:

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Note: All of the Government offices checked the ETHERAZ App (it should be green) in your mobile before entering.

Again, please note that this process might changed by MME anytime including the website and it appearance. This is for guidance only and any issues you might encounter following these steps is at your own.  I do not accept liability for any errors or omissions in the contents of this message which arise including any negative impact on your Engineering Registration and or Renewal.

Anyone can re-blog this and share. If you have other useful information and insights, I will gladly include them in the comments  below.

PS. I have also a separate blog on the MME/MMUP Engineering Registration and appeal process. Check it out on this link – Qatar-MMUP Engineering Registration Appeal – A Step by Step Guide and Introduction to Qatar-MMUP Engineering Registration – A Step by Step Guide.

Hope this help. Cheers!

H

PICE Qatar 13th Anniversary

May 25, 2020 is the 13th Anniversary of PICE Qatar. We usually celebrate it by gathering all the members and playing the whole day.  Today with the Covid-19 epidemic affecting the whole world we celebrate it via Zoom application.

Happy 13th Anniversary PICE Qatar Chapter! Hopefully next year we will be back to normal gathering and playing.

Thank You and Congratulations PICE Qatar!

 

 

 

REMEMBER STAY AT HOME!

Stay at home reminder – they are still making the Covid 19 vaccine.

Please let us behave and stay at home so that we can help the frontliners to stop  the spread of the virus.

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Also remember that your company will get another employee when you die, but your family and friends cant get another you!

Stay Safe!

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Maintaining your Home Solar Panels

I have installed a Solar Panel System at my home back in the first quarter of 2017. It’s a 3.2Kw solar system (14 Panels) with “Net Metering”.  See my April 2017 blog Solar Power – This One for the Environment.

Looking at my solar panel monitor, my Solar Energy Generation average is more than 300 kWh per month or more than 40,000 kWh on year 2018 and about 20,000 kWh in 2019 to date – That’s a lot of savings. It should be regularly cleaned to maintain its optimum power generating capacity.

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2018 Monthly Power Generation

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Yearly Power Generation

Home solar systems are low maintenance – you basically need just to clean the glass panels and you’re done. There are My Solar Panels are already more two years and this June is the first time it was cleaned. Dirt, dust and other particles accumulate on top the solar panels, rain cannot wash it away as it tends to stick on the panels.

I recommend cleaning your solar panels once a year during summer morning is better so that your solar panels are always at optimum performance. Cleaning home solar panels only takes a few hours, water and soft sponge with one to two persons.

See the difference of the dirty and washed solar panels.

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See the difference?

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Washing with Water

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Clean!

Suggestions on cleaning your solar panel (this is what I did):

  • Cleaning using non-abrasive soft cloth or sponge will do.
  • I suggest not to use high pressure washer as it may damage the panels and the connection cables
  • Clean water will do however it is better if we use minimal liquid soap, then rinse with clean water.
  • Dry the panels right away with dry fabric/cloth to avoid hard water marks/stains on your panels

Safety of the person cleaning the solar panels is most important since cleaning solar panels means working at great heights since residential solar panels are usually mounted at roof tops. The following are my safety recommendations on cleaning your home solar panels.

  • Make sure the person cleaning the solar panels has proper walkways and ladders to reach the solar panels.
  • One to two persons are enough to clean the solar panels many people walking on your roof top may cause accident and damage your roofing due to heavy load.
  • Provide ample hydration and some rest.
  • Provide harness or rope tied to a firm structure for security.
  • Do not clean when it is raining. This is simply because solar system is electric generator and combination of too much water and electricity is not good.
  • Cleaning during summer afternoon or morning is better.

The solar panels installer will always say that it needs minimal or no maintenance required. Keep in mind that solar panels need also to be maintained. Minimal maintenance by cleaning them once every 1 to 2 years is a must to maintain its optimal power generation. Do you have or do you intend to install solar panel at your home? If you have other recommendations on cleaning solar panels please comment below.

Cheers!

H

How to Transfer your MME Engineering Register to Another Company

MME NewI have been ask on how do you transfer MME Engineering Register to another company many time in this blog but my answer always is ask your PRO. This is because even I change companies a couple of times, I am fortunate that these companies did the transfer for me. However this time I am involved in the transfer process so that I can share it with you all MME Registered Engineers and future MME accredited Engineers here in Qatar.

Here it goes step by step!

Step 1

Your company will fill up MME Form F-ECOP-22 or Amendment of Contact Data Form (Copy of the form click here). Your Company/PRO should have this form. If not visit MME offices and ask for it. It is free. This should contain the following

  • Engineers Information
  • Previous company information and contact data
  • Present company information and contact data
  • Your Signature

MME Form F-ECOC-22

Step 2

Prepare all requirements documents to be submitted with the completed form as follows:

  • Photocopy of your QID
  • Photocopy of your MME ID
  • Original MME ID

Make sure that your QID has been transferred to your new sponsor.

Step 3

Submit documents to MME offices in West Bay. Ground floor back side of the building. MME will receive your documents and will ask you to come back after a week.

Step 4

Come back to MME offices after one week (at the day specified by the desk officer) and take your new MME ID transferred to your new employer. You need present your Original MME ID.

Step 5……. Submit a copy of your MME ID to your new employer and you’re done!

Additional important notes are as follows:

  • Make sure that your QID has been transferred to your new sponsor.
  • Note that MME accepts documents on Tuesday and Thursdays only.
  • No payment required the process is free.
  • You may receive a text message from Baladiya. Arabic text message saying that the transfer has been complete a few days after submission

Very easy and fast process indeed.

reminderPlease note that this blog, including processes and steps discussed herein are written based on actual experience and valid during the time of writing. Again, I always remind everyone that this process might be changed by MMUP/MME anytime including the form and its appearance. This is for guidance only and any issues you might encounter following these steps is at your own.  I, including all other persons names shown in this blog therefore does not accept liability for any errors or omissions in the contents of this message which arise including any negative impact on your transfer process.

PS. I have also a separate blog related to the MME/MMUP Engineering Registration process. Check it out on this link – Qatar-MMUP Engineering Registration Appeal – A Step by Step Guide, Introduction to Qatar-MMUP Engineering Registration – A Step by Step GuideHow to Renew your Qatar MME/MMUP Engineering Registration, Tips to Avoid Penalties on MME Engineering Registration and How to Verify Your Qatar MME (MMUP) Engineer Information – A Step by Step Guide.

Please like, share and follow my blogs. If you have other other tips, recommendation or information that could help our colleagues please put it in the comment below.

Cheers!

Henrik