Monday, February 23, 2009

Time is flying...

Its Monday and tomorrow is hump day in the Middle East and things are moving along nicely.

Work is very busy, and I am getting to know the people, the departments and the internal politics that all companies seem to have.  I am using my "newbie" status to punch down some of those political hurdles which is good.

As for the non-work stuff, I have made contact with the potential school that the girls will be going to and have filled in the initial application forms, supplied them with birth certificates and report cards.  I had to ask Niki to scan in the reports and email them to me... modern technology is a wonderful thing!

I have just moments ago signed my application form for my HSBC credit card and will be receiving my ATM card tomorrow.  HSBC have a guy who travels out to site and looks after all the expat needs without us having to venture into town to do it on our weekends... a great idea from them and hence I would say nearly all expats here are now HSBC clients!  Australian bank marketing departments take note!!

My residency is "being processed" and I have no idea what that means in terms of time... 2 days?  3 weeks?  Who knows!  I am told once I have been called and had a medical, it is only a matter of a few days... but I am not sure when that call will come.

And we had a little drama here on site yesterday with what I can only describe as a mini-tornado coming through the sandy desert and ripping into some solar panelling outside my office.  It uprooted these panels up and tossed them a few metres before travelling across the road and I watched it physically hit the date palms on the other side.  The palms shook and swayed and then it was gone... quite extraordinary!

And Niki will be coming for a visit!  I am very excited about that, and it will be good for her to see things and get a bit of a real sense for what she is in for... I can only tell her "its nice, but different" so many times!  Its simply a case that she should come and see for herself!

That will be really good, she can come and see where I am living and working, I will take a day off work, she can meet the school teachers and we can drive around Dubai and Abu Dhabi and give her the tour... plus I miss her to bits anyway!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The school the boys go to is an IB school. It should be a good choice curriculum wise :)