How To Accredit Your Philippine University In MME/MMUP List

MME NewFilipino Engineers! Is your school/university not in the list of MME/MMUP?

As I have discussed on my previous post, Qatar is actively implementing the Engineering Registration for all Expats. All Expats with Engineers Visa should be registered in MME/MMUP else they will loose their engineering visa status or worst may loose their job. Many Expat Engineers working in Qatar already have difficulty on the MME submissions and Examination. Other have even more problem such as their school is not on the list of schools/universities by MME/MMUP.  

I will share to you the experience of one of my friend on how to accredit or include your school/university in the famous MME/MMUP list. For my friend and fellow Engineer (name withheld upon request), Thank You for allowing me to blog your experience to help other Engineers in Qatar.

SECStep 1 – Apply for the Engineering Registration

Make an account on MME website and try to apply for the Engineering Registration using other school (The school/university should be either near or similar to your school). Please note that since your school is not on the MME/MMUP list, your application will be rejected. This will enable you to have a request letter from MME/MMUP to Qatar Supreme Education Council (SEC) when your application were rejected.

Step 2 – MME/MMUP Request Letter Generation

In this step you should have already have an MME account, logged in and your application were rejected for the reason that your school/university is not on the MME/MMUP approved list.

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The request letter will be accessible when you change the MME/MMUP account to Arabic

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Form the selection, click the hardhat icon as shown below:

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Then this screen will show:

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Click the third row of the table as shown below:

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Then this screen will show:

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Click the (i), Then you will have this:

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Click the bottom line as shown below:

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This will generate the MME/MMUP letter request as shown below. This letter should be submitted to the Qatar Supreme Education Council (SEC).

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Step 3 – Submission to SEC

When going to SEC, please bring this letter along with the following documents:

  • University Records (Diploma & TOR – with MOFA Stamp)
  • High School Records (with MOFA Stamp)
  • Fill up form from the entrance of SEC office

When you submit to counter, they will take your High school records and will be evaluated for equivalency then once you receive the non-equivalency.

They will require you to make an account to SEC website below:

https://nce.edu.gov.qa/

After completing, you will send an email to your university including the data waiver from NCE website and your university documents and should “cc” the names listed in the waiver from SEC. You should also attach a copy of the MME/MMUP standard university letter request in the email (see sample below) that you have submitted on your initial MME Registration.

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Note: This process is case to case since the complaint from SEC that universities in the Philippines are very slow in replying that will cause delay on the process, it is better to continuously follow up your university’s authorized person to reply on the email.

SEC will send questionnaire to your university regarding your data.

In this case, after sending the email to the university (you should follow up on your school because most of the schools in the Philippines are new to this procedure so you should guide them) we tried to contact all the authorized concern persons to reply on the email so that SEC will send questionnaire if they will see that there is a response from the university but SEC did not send any mail so I went to the SEC office to follow up personally. One of the counter staff, helped me. He access my account and scan the MMUP letter to upload to add on my documents. Then they request me to pay then print a paper (like a claim stub written in Arabic) for the University degree equivalency.

The process of sending questionnaire from SEC to the university to access information were not conducted in this case. So you can ask the counter what exact procedure you will undergo because it may be different for you.

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Step 4 – Submission to MME/MMUP for School/University Listing

After receiving this letter, you will submit to MMUP as follow:

  • Valid Qatar ID
  • Valid PRC ID
  • Valid Police Clearance
  • University documents
  • SEC letter – University degree equivalency
  • Others – bring your COE documents since they will evaluate minimum 2 years employment

Within that day, they will add your university in the MME/MMUP list and you can now start new application for MME Engineering Register.

This process is conducted for Philippine School/University only. For all other expats, the process and steps may differ or slightly vary. However this shows that it is possible that your university can be listed to the MME/MMUP, if you really need it and persevere.

Please 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 and SEC 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, 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 accreditation 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

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Are you an ASEAN Engineer?

ASEAN or Association of Southeast Asian Nations is a regional intergovernmental organization comprising ten Southeast Asian countries, which promotes intergovernmental cooperation and facilitates economic, political, security, military, educational, and sociocultural integration among its members and other Asian states. (Wikipedia).

ASEAN was established on 8 August 1967 in Bangkok by the five original member countries: Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand. Brunei Darussalam joined on 8 January 1984, Vietnam on 28 July 1995, Laos and Myanmar on 23 July 1997, and Cambodia on 30 April 1999.

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If you are an engineer of the ASEAN member countries, you can register to become an ASEAN Engineer (AER) or an ASEAN Chartered Professional Engineer.

ASEAN Engineer Register (AER)

AER StampThe objectives of the ASEAN Engineer Register (AER) are as follows:

  1. Bigger market for expertise.
  2. Better employment prospects.
  3. Greater avenue for sharing of knowledge, expertise and technology.
  4. Increased related business potential.
  5. Wider networking and strategic alliances.
  6. More potential for research and development.

ASEAN Chartered Professional Engineer (ACPE)

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The governments of member countries of the Association of South East Asian Nations have agreed on the ASEAN Mutual Recognition Arrangement on Engineering Services with the following objectives:

  1. To facilitate mobility of engineering service professionals, and
  2. To exchange information in order to promote adoption of best practices on standards and qualifications.

The ASEAN Chartered Professional Engineer Coordinating Committee (ACPECC) established as an overseeing body at regional level and comprise of one appointed representative from each Monitoring Committee (MC) of the participating ASEAN Member States. ACPECC have the authority to confer and withdraw the title of ASEAN Chartered Professional Engineer (ACPE).

I encourage all ASEAN member Engineers especially expats to be registered and be recognized in the ASEAN and Global community.

One of my colleague once said,

“You cannot future proof your job, but you can future proof your career” – Sarce Templonuevo

I myself is proud to be both an ASEAN Engineer and an ASEAN Chartered Professional Engineer. If you are interested, need to upgrade your career and wanted to be recognized, keep posted. I will have separate blog post on how to become one. Soon!

Cheers!

Henrik

Use of Password as Personal Motivation and Praise

“PASSWORD” is defined as a string of characters used for user authentication to prove identity to gain access to a resource.

Almost everybody who have an cell phone, tablet, computer, other electronic devices, email accounts needs or uses one or more passwords. There are tons of other applications that I or rather we use and requires a password here are some of them;

  • Company intranet, e-mail accounts (I have MS outlook, Gmail, Yahoo accounts)
  • Online banking (I use BPI, BDO, Eastwest, Dohabank)
  • Online job posting accounts such as gulf talent, monster gulf, and tons of ther company career sites.
  • Online shopping accounts such as Amazon, Ali Express, Lazada etc.
  • Social media accounts such as Facebook, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Twitter, Viber, Instagram, Flicker etc.,

All these plus all other accounts uses or requires a password for security. In this present technology driven world almost everything needs a password. Password is actually a part of my work and everyday life.

password-ftrEvery day I go to work before I start working I needed a password to open my computer. Every time my computer screen locked I need a password, and you need to change it according to your company policy. My company requires to change it is once a month. New password every month for 11 months (I removed 1 month since it is my annual leave) I go to work open my computer with an average of about 5 to more than 10 times a day I need to input this password. That is a lot of times and sometimes very confusing. A lot of times I am locked out and our tech guys to the rescue. My old trick is to use one password then add a number at the end. Example Password1, password2, password3…. etc.

But I have read one article on passwords that totally changed me. It is to put the use of your password into a better tool… more than security but to MOTIVATE, INSPIRE yourself or a higher purpose is for PRAISE.

So how do I do it? What good it does for me?

Every month I make a password to either motivate myself, inspire myself, or even to praise God. By using unique character to convey the message. Examples are as follows;

  • H@ppyB1rthd@y2ME
  • Pr@iseULord!
  • Ic@ndoIT
  • WorkH@rder!
  • St@rtsayingIwill!

I believe and I feel that every time I input the password, it conveys the message to me, reminding me on what I should do, or making me to Praise or Pray….. everyday before I start work in the morning…. before I start work in the afternoon, after my coffee break or after my meeting…

The power of repeating your personal Praise, inspirational or motivational message can greatly change your life.

Try it…..It helped me, still helping me up to now… hope it helps you too….

Cheers!

Henrik

 

 

 

Tips to Avoid Penalties on MME Engineering Registration

My recent blog on How to Renew your Qatar MME/MMUP Engineering Registration provides the step by step procedure in renewing your engineering registration. There are Blog comments and stories of some Engineers that encounters registration difficulties and issues and even having HUGE FINES!.

Fine2MME has been improving and making the Engineering Registration process very easy as long as you have the complete documents. However if you make even a minor mistake can jeopardize your renewal and may lead to fines.

The fine for late registration is 1,000 QAR per month. So if your registration is delayed by 5 months, you will pay 5,000 QAR!!!.

If you make even a minor mistake can jeopardize your renewal and may lead to fines.

The following are tips and suggestions to avoid fines/penalties in renewing your MME Engineering Registration.

  • Renew Early – MME registration can be renewed 1 month in advance. If you encounter any issues, you have more time to address and resolve it.
  • Complete Documents – the documents should be complete and clear scanned copies. Incomplete and unclear copies of documents is cause of rejection.
  • Document File Size – MME has a maximum file size requirement. If your file size exceeds this, the system will not accept this. Keep your document file size at a minimum however it should be clear and legible.
  • Check MME Text Message – Always check and look out for the text message from MME. My text notification shows the sender is “BALADIYA”.
  • Rejected Enrollment – Check at once the cause of rejection and resolve. You should again do same procedure for renewal as soon as possible.
  • Screen Shot of Application Status- This is a recommendation from my friend. Screen shot your application status (and save) each time you visit the MME site. The story is that the MME text message shows the registration have issues. However checking online it shows that the application is still in process. He checks this status every two weeks for four months and eventually he went to MME to follow up. MME then update the system and rejected the registration so that he can re-apply. Upon approval of the new registration as he go to MME and pay for the ID, He is shocked that he has 4,000 QAR fine due to late registration. To make the story short, the Screen Shot of Application Status he made each time he check saves him and became proof that it is not his fault.
  • Cartoon phoneFollow up MME – as above, if your application is in process for a long time, visit MME for clarification so that you can determine and resolve the issue as soon as possible. There is no harm on following up applications if it takes some time to approve. Usually,  the renewal application is approved next day or within a week if the renewal have no issues.
  • Ask/Call Somebody – ask your colleagues, friends, professional association or any one that can possibly help you or point you to somebody who can.
  • Read My Blog – my blogs on MME registration can help you. Read and share.

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These are some of many more tips and recommendations to avoid penalties and fines compiled from the comments, questions and actual stories from several sources. Again, please note that this process might changed by MMUP/MME anytime including the fine/penalty fees. This is for guidance only and any issues you might encounter following these tips and recommendation is intended to reduce risk of penalties.  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 renewal.

Anyone can re-blog this and share. If you have other other tips, recommendation or information that could help our colleagues please put it in the comment 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, Introduction to Qatar-MMUP Engineering Registration – A Step by Step Guide and How to Renew your Qatar MME/MMUP Engineering Registration.

Hope this helps. Cheers!

Henrik

 

How to Renew your Qatar MME/MMUP Engineering Registration

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My MME Engineering registration will expire on the 4th of October 2018 and it is time to renew it. MME allows us to renew the registration about one month ahead so and I have renewed mine on 2nd September 2018 and got the MME text response to take my new ID on the next day day 3 September 2018. It was really quick and easy.

MME has been improving and making the process very easy as long as you have the complete documents. I noticed huge improvement in the processes and systems every time I renew my registration. I commend MME for continuing to streamline and improve the registration process.

I would like to share to you the process of the MME Engineering registration. This step by step process should help you renewing yours.

The process on how to  renew the MME Engineering Registration has been asked many times on may platforms such as FB, Viber, Qatarliving and many others and I hope that this would help all other engineers that will read this blog.

Please note that this process might changed by MMUP/MME anytime including the website including its appearance.

MMUP/MME Engineer Registration Renewal Procedures

Step 1

Go to MME Website. Click the link below

http://www.mme.gov.qa/cui/index.dox?siteID=2

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Log in to MME Website – Click Login

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You will be redirected to the National Authentication System Web page

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Enter your Username and Password then click continue.

Note that the Username is you QID Number. If your Username and Password is accepted, you will be directed back to MME website

Step 3

Click the Engineer and Engineering Committee

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In the Engineer and Engineering Offices Accrediting and Classifying Committee page – Click the Registration and Follow-up Applications

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The Engineer and Engineering Committee Page will show.

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Note that If you are not properly logged on to MME Website this will show.

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Click Apply

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Registration and follow-up of Applications Electronically page will show

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Step 8

Click Renew

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The Renewal page will appear

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You should have the following documents (scanned) to Upload.

  1. Photo
  2. QID
  3. Last Engineer Registration Certificate or ID
  4. Experience Certificate for the last 3 years
  5. Degree Certificates

Click Next

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Renewal Page – My Info Page

In this page you should update your information as required.

Click Next

Step 11

Renewal Page – Skills Page

In this page you should update your information as required.

Click Next

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Renewal Page – Attach Page

In this page you should attach all required documents.

  1. Photo
  2. QID
  3. Last Engineer Registration Certificate or ID
  4. Experience Certificate for the last 3 years
  5. Degree Certificates

Click Next

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Renewal Page – Print Page

In the last page should show the reference number that you should keep for convenience in follow-up regarding your renewal.

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Wait for the text message from BALADIYA.

The text message should say that your renewal enrollment has been accepted and will ask you to come pay the fees and get the new ID. Same as other Qatar Government Agencies, payment is through ATM or Credit Card only. No cash.

Again, please note that this process might changed by MMUP/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 renewal.

Anyone can re-blog this and share. If you have other information that could help our colleagues please put it in the comment 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!

Henrik

 

How to Verify Your Qatar MME (MMUP) Engineer Information – A Step by Step Guide

MME New Do you know that you can always review or verify your Qatar MME (MMUP) Engineer Information anytime on MME website? You Engineering Information are saved and can be retrieved anytime.

In this page you can verify the following important information on your engineering registration.

  • Engineer ID no.
  • Engineer Specification
  • Grade/Class
  • Expiry Date
  • Other Personal Info

Please note that this process might changed by MMUP/MME anytime including the website including its appearance.

MMUP/MME Engineer Information Viewing/Verification Procedures

Step 1

Go to MME Website. Click the link below

http://www.mme.gov.qa/cui/index.dox?siteID=2

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Step 2

Log in to MME Website – Click Login

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You will be redirected to the National Authentication System Web page

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Enter your Username and Password then click continue.

Note that the Username is you QID Number. If your Username and Password is accepted, you will be directed back to MME website

Step 3

Click the Engineer and Engineering Committee

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In the Engineer and Engineering Offices Accrediting and Classifying Committee page – Click the Registration and Follow-up Applications

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The Engineer and Engineering Committee Page will show.

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Note that If you are not properly logged on to MME Website this will show.

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Click the Engineer Info

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My Engineer Info Page will show. Your Engineering register information should show in this page. In this page you can verify the following important information on your engineering registration.

  • Engineer ID no.
  • Engineer Specification
  • Grade/Class
  • Expiry Date
  • Other Personal Info

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You can print or save this information for your future use.

Again, please note that this process might changed by MMUP/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 including PICE, PICE Qatar and 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 Engineer Information review/verification.

Anyone can re-blog this and share. If you have other information that could help our colleagues please put it in the comment 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!

Henrik

 

 

A Night at the Museum

FireStation MuseumHave you been in a Museum in Qatar? If yes, I bet it is the Museum of Islamic Arts…. It is indeed magnificent…. But did you know that there is a new museum where there are resident artists who showcase their works? It is The Fire Station Museum which is managed by the Qatar Museum Authority.

“The Fire Station Artist in Residence is a new hub in the city for creative exchange. Housed in the recently refurbished Civil Defense building, this is the perfect space for emerging talent and creative networks to flourish”

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QMAQatar is actively and is heavily investing on Museums. Qatar Museum Authority is the lead body who manages museums, galleries,  public arts and cultural heritage sites in Qatar. The vision is to develop, promote and sustain the cultural sector at the highest standards.

The Fire Station Museum currently showcases the 2016-2017 Artists in Residence with theme “UNFOLDING CREATIVE METHODS”. The exhibition is truly great! I am amazed at the displays of art, sculptures, paintings, art shadows, lights and many more.

Fabrics

Sculptures

Paintings

and of course the Museum itself…

Have you been to the Fire Station Museum? If not… I suggest you visit at once… Open 7 days a week and entrance is free. Location is on the corner of Mohammed Bin Thani St. and Al Istiqal St. (previously Civil Defense R/A).

Khalifa International Stadium Inauguration

Qatar_2022_bid_logo.svgOn 19th May 2017, I have give a chance to witness and experience the inauguration of the Khalifa International Stadium. The stadium hosted the final of the 2017 Emir Cup between Al Rayyan and Al Sadd on a Friday evening.

The Stadium was originally constructed in 1976 and has hosted the Gulf Cup on two occasions, as well as the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 1995, the 2006 Doha Asian Games, the 2011 AFC Asian Cup final and many other international friendly matches.  The remodeled stadium which seats more than 40,000 spectators will host matches through to the quarter-finals of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™.

As expected I experienced heavy traffic going to the area, Qatar is a football nation and many local fans are pouring into the stadium. The allocated parking space is a bit far but it is not an issue still many comes and still coming.

As I approach the stadium, it give me the chills as I heard the peoples chants and the cool air breeze coming from the stadium. The lighting is spectacular…. it has been said that it boasts an ultra-modern shape and dual arches that represent continuity and embracing fans from all over the globe!

Security is in place and ground staff are great! it is a breeze going to ticketing and entering to the stadium. Stadium is almost full….. with crowds cheering and very happy. The first thing I noticed inside the stadium is the temperature….. you can definitely feel the state of the art cooling technology at work!

Of course it is a work in progress… Qatar is learning and improving by experience. The stadium is no yet 100 percent complete. You can still notice construction debris in some areas, and some areas of the stadium is still closed or still under construction. But this does not obstruct in anyway the great stadium experience I had. Definitely the stadium will be much better, improved and will give everyone a great stadium experience. Qatar is committed to deliver an amazing football experience… I believe it will be done…. there a lot of other beautiful and amazing things to come. Qatar is true to its word – Expect Amazing!

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Areal View of the Khalifa International Stadium 

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Security and ambulances on standby

How Long Should I Work Abroad?

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Data From Wikipedia

They say that there is about 10 million Filipinos abroad and about 200 Thousand Filipinos in Qatar and it is growing.

I have previously set a time frame for myself for working abroad. At first I set it at 5 years, then recently I have moved it by another 5 years and probably I will move it again.

I have a chance to meet Mr. Vince Rapisura on one of the Financial Literacy program here in Doha and in his lecture he asked us this Question – How Long Should I Work Abroad?…. This question has been in my mind for so long and I really do not know the answer. One thing in my mind is – I WANT TO GO HOME!

Vince called us OFW’s in the Middle East as an economic migrants – this means we go abroad to find job and help us financially to fund our dreams – house, car, children’s education, savings etc. He mentioned that the maximum number of years for economic migration is 10 years. Wow… I am already in my 9th year this means I should have one more year.

He also discuss the 3 stages of economic migration:

  1. The Beginning – 1 to 2 years – This stage an OFW pays off his debts.
  2. Medium Term – 2 to 3 years – This stage provides needs of the Family.
  3. Long Term – 3 to 5 years – This stage where the OFW saves for financial goals/dreams.

He also provide tips/suggestion for an OFW to go home early or on time as describe above as are follows:

  • Family to talk, agree and set clear financial goals.
  • Check and watch out all expenses.
  • It is better that all basic need such water, electricity, food should be taken from the income in the Philippines.
  • For the dreams such as children’s tuition, house, car, business should come from income abroad.
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Recommended Maximum Economic Migration is 10 Years

This should result to family’s lifestyle will be controlled and will not go out of hand. This is usually the case of an OFW family where the remittance provided every month were expended and usually end with minimal or no savings. This results to increase in lifestyle and the migration process were extended.

You can watch his video about this on YouTube – Usapang Pera S01E06 Working Abroad. If you want to know about Vince, try googling his name or you can read all about him. You can also go to his website – http://vincerapisura.com/who-is-vince/.

I believe that Vince is correct. It is up to us if we want to go home and be with our family and friends as soon as possible.  We should have focused on our goals and not be tempted to things that we want. It is what we need and our dreams really matter. I know that most of the OFW’s prefer to be at home in the Philippines including me.

What do you think? How long have you been an OFW? Do you really want to go home and be with your families and friends soon?

Food Trip Blog-A-Thon – Uno Pizzeria & Grill

Another installment of my Foodtrip Blog-A-Thon – This time a restaurant I eagerly awaited to be in Qatar. I first dined UNO in City Center Mall in Dubai, UAE and I am a fan of the theme and of course the food. Uno Pizzeria & Grill or Uno Chicago Grill is said to be established in 1943 in Chicago USA.

I think I have been in this restaurant five time since it opened. I love the place and the food. I will definitely come back.

♥️ Restaurant location and ambiance is amazing! Dining out overlooking the Oasis and MOQ stage is great. Food is great big servings! and staffs are helpful. Price is Ok especially if you are using an Entertainer or Mybook.

❌ Only one branch and location is in Mall of Qatar – a bit far from Doha. Hope they put up another one within City limits.

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Freebies! Tasty potato balls

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Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo good for two!

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Citrus BBQ Salmon

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Have you tried UNO? If you love American Food this definitely a must try!

PS: UNO is also the home of the legendary Chicago style Deep Dish Pizza – I will come back for it!