Why am I here? (My Toastmaster’s Ice Breaker Speech)

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Below is a script of my first Toastmaster’s Speech delivered on October 11, 2013 at Oryx Rotana Hotel during the first regular meeting of PICE-Qatar Toastmasters Club.  In Toastmasters, the first speech project is  called an Ice Breaker.  It has an objective of introducing yourself to the group and conquering your fear of speaking in front of an audience.  And yes, I successfully did it with a copy of my script in the lectern and within the time limit allowed. 🙂

Why am I here?

Mr. Toastmaster of the Day, fellow toastmasters and honored guests, a pleasant afternoon!

Before I prepared my speech, I did a scrupulous (it was the word of the day during the meeting, so I inserted it before I did the speech) research about the origin of Ice Breaker and I found out that in 17th century in the UK, there is an Ice Breaker ship.  During winter, the sea water often freezes.  So, before a ship could travel down to the trading port, a special ship called Ice Breaker went into the iced water to literally break the ice.  Hence an ice breaker is needed for them to get down to business.  Nowadays, ice breaker is a term use to establish a relaxed relationship in socially awkward situations.

Having said that and before I literally freeze here in front of you, I am here now to kick off my Toastmaster’s journey.

I am Asuncion Lopez and everyone calls me Azon for short.  I was born in the simple province of Bulacan.  I graduated with a Civil Engineering degree but my work experiences diverted me to Quantity Surveying career.

It was never part of my dream to live and work out of our country.  However, because my husband got a good job opportunity here in Qatar, it took a year for me to come up with a decision of joining him here in 2010.  After another year I realized that coming back and forth the Philippines every other month with my son staying in the Philippines and my husband here in Qatar is not a very wise situation, so in 2011 we also decided to bring our son here with us.

After another year had passed and I again realized that I am already getting bored in Qatar for being a stay at home mom, doing the laundry, cooking and cleaning the house everyday.  I was already tired of playing Farmville, chatting with all my facebook friends around the world.  Therefore, I decided to get a job and on January 2012 I started working again as a Quantity Surveyor.  This time, it was no longer in the busy streets of Ayala Avenue in Makati but in the desert land of the State of Qatar.

In last quarter of 2012, I started my studies on Adaptation Course through distance learning in my preparation for assessment of professional competence next year that would lead me to be a member of Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors in UK.

The first time I heard about Toastmasters was only early this year when Filcom International made a very short presentation in our QS organization because having a good presentation skill is also important to pass the assessment of RICS.  I immediately became interested with Toastmaster however, our organization was not very eager to organize a Toastmaster club.

Toastmasters had crossed my way again when Filcom International made a Demo meeting for PICE at FCC where I was one of the attendees.  I believe being a Toastmaster is really part of my destiny.

Now, I am here as a member and Club Secretary of PICE Qatar Toastmasters Club accepting the challenges to overcome my fear in public speaking and further develop my skills in communication and leadership.

 

Procedure for OEC application in Doha, Qatar

This OEC application procedure also applies for working ladies under husband/father/family visa sponsorship, with or without labor card/permit

REQUIREMENTS (FOR NEW APPLICANTS)

  1. 2 copies of employment contract
  2. 2 copies of passport
  3. 2 copies of visa stamp or Qatar ID (pataka)
  4. 2 copies of Sponsor’s Qatar ID – applicable for Household Services Worker (HSW) only
  5. Original Passport
  6. at least 160 QR

REQUIREMENTS (WITH OLD OEC)

1.  Original Passport

2.  If you have new passport just bring the old passport for reference of your OEC stamp.

3. The Payment is 9 QR if your OEC is still valid.

4. PAYMENT FOR Pag-ibig Fund membership/premium (minimum premium QAR10 for 1 month)

PROCEDURE (for new applicants):

STEP 1: Present your original passport in the Reception Table. The Reception lady will give you the required forms to fill up, list of requirements and will direct you with the rooms assignments and procedure.

STEP 2: Proceed to “Room 1” for Contract verification. Get you queue number and wait for your turn. Prepare the Items 1 to 3 (and Item 4 as applicable) from the list above.  You will have to pay QAR40 as Verification Fee of the Contract.

STEP 3: Proceed to Room at 2nd Floor for OWWA membership. They will give you a form to fill up and submit. Then, you have to pay QAR93 for OWWA Membership Fee.

STEP 4: You have to submit the filled-up form provided at the Reception table from Step 1 with your original passport for OEC application. The OEC Fee is QAR9 (you may want to bring an exact amount as sometimes they don’t give change for QR10).

STEP 5: (Proceed to Ground Floor – SSS/Pag-ibig Office) Fill up a Pag-ibig Membership Application/Verification Form. If you do not know your membership ID Number, they will check for your Pag-ibig Number online. Then, you will be required to pay a minimum one quarter (3 months premium (QR30).  You may opt to pay a higher premium amount if you want or pay  for a whole year premium (minimum of QAR120 for 12 months).

Note: OWWA Membership is valid for 2 years but OEC is valid only for 60 days.  Your travel date back to Doha must be within 60 days (counting start from the date of your OEC application) or check the validity date written on your OEC. 

POLO OWWA REGULAR OFFICE HOURS: 

SUNDAY TO THURSDAY

8:30 AM to 12:00 NN

1:30 PM  to 4:00 PM 

(Ramadan Timings 8:00am to 2:00pm)

New Location of POLO/OWWA Office

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Filipino Doctors in Doha Qatar

Directory List of Filipino Doctors in Qatar

Mga Kabayan, here’s a list of Filipino Doctors in Qatar. I will update this every now and then.

Dr. Alejandro Sarmiento Jr. (General Physician/Pediatrics)
Dra. Anna Khristine Eugenio Apo (General Physician)
Dra. Maria Estella Marcos (General Physician) – Dermatologist in the Phils.
Dra. Loida Quijano (General Physician /Opthalmologist)
Dra. Maria Concepcion Borlasa (General Physician)
Al Safa Polyclinic
Al Kinana Street Al Nasr (Near Toys R Us)
Clinic Timings – Daily: 7:00am – 11:00pm; Friday: 3:00pm – 11:00pm
Tel No.: 44426948 or 44428701

Dr. Norman Bisenio (Dentist)
Al Ahmadani Dental Center
Cinema Traffic Signal – Najma Street towards The Mall
Ali Bin Jabour Complex Bldg 2 Flat 1
Tel No. : 44517399 / 44354455 / 55630653

Dra. Liza (Dentist)
Gulf Dental Center
Hilal Branch, Al Mountaza Street
Tel No.: 44670701 / 44670702

Dra. Merianne Ona (General Dentistry)
Dr. Gilbert Ferrer (General Dentistry)
Future Dental Center
Al Waab, Opposite Villagio Mall
Clinic Timings: 7:00am to 10:00pm all days excluding Fridays
Tel No.: 44580800
Mobile : 55630653

Dra. Christine Lim (Dentist)
Mobile No.: 55627165

Dra. Zara (Dentist)
Gulf Dental Clinic (Near Landmark Mall)
Tel No.: 44217338 to 39

Dra. Ruba
Tel No.: 66767641

Dra. Jocelyn Pulvera (General Practitioner)
Qatar Medical Center
Salwa Road, in between Ramada Signal and Midmac Roundabout
Tel No.: 44441374
Mobile No.: 55266728

Dra. Cora Balde – Lopez
Family Dental Clinic
New Salata Jadeed, back of QIT

Dra. Tess Anis
Al Wahda Dental Clinc

Dra. Ma. Charley Gabon
Al AAlaj Dental Center
Tel No.: 44179165

Dr. Romano Magcale (General Medicine)
Dr. Mark Ryan Ona (General Dentistry)
Atlas Medical Center
Barwa Village, Wakra
Tel No.: 44153222

Dr. Mrlvin Marfega (General Medicine)
Atlas Polyclinic
Tel No.: 

Dr. Annabell Soriano (General Physician)
Premium Care Polyclinic
Abu Hamour
Tel No.: 44339000

Dra. Jennifer Tagud-Luminarias (General Physician/Pediatrics)
Al Tai Medical Center
Al Sadd Street across Al Safa Polyclinic beside Gulf Laboratory
near Al Sadd Residence 2 Bldg.
Clinic Hours: Saturday to Thursday: 9:00am to 12:30pm and 5:00pm to 9:00pm
Tel No.: 44342547

Dra. Flordeliza Pavia (Obstetrics & Gynecology)
Dr. Armando Pavia (Internal Medicine)
Dra. Elvira C. (Internal Medicine)
Dra. Mary JeSalva (General Dentistry)
Dra. Ramona Lara (Opthalmology)
Dr. Frank Agcaoili (Pediatrics)
Dra. Ma. Josephine (Pediatrics)
The Apollo Clinic
Tel No.: 4441 8 441
Clinic Timings: Sarurday to Thursday: 6 AM  to 11 PM (17 hours daily)
Fridays  8 AM to 11 PM

Dra. Veronica C. (General Medicine, OB in the Phils)
Dra. Pearl G (Pediatrics)
Dr. Regina (Pediatrician)
Future Medical Center
Tel No.: 4451 0051

Application Procedure for Qatar Family Visit Visa

If you’re already a resident in Qatar and would like to get a member of your family for a visit, all you have to do is visit the Ministry of Interior website (click here) ; and then go to the MOI Forms section and download the “ENTRY VISA/EXTENSION APPLICATION” PDF and fill in the required information.

The visa is usually valid for 30 days, and can be extended by resubmitting the same form.

Requirements:

1) Filled up application form
2) Copy of your valid Qatar ID card
3) Copy of your valid Qatar Residence visa
4) Copy of valid passport of  your visitor (family member)
5) Copy of your proof of kinship with visitor (in either English or Arabic) with DFA Red ribbon and attested by Philippine Embassy and MOFA (Birth Certificate of your visitor, it may also include your marriage certificate, your wife’s birth certificate if visitor is in-laws)
7) Bank Statements (stamped) for minimum of 6 months (2 Copies)
8) Original letter from your work sponsor citing your profession and salary (Salary requirement is at least QR7000)
9.) Copy of attested work contract
10.) Copy of house rental and kharamaa (rent agreement or company letter stating that housing is company-sponsored)
11.) Copy of Educational Certificate with DFA Red ribbon and attested by Philippine Embassy and MOFA

Procedure:

1. After submission of application of the visa, the approval/rejection might come as soon as 1 working day or may take it’s own time (on average 1 week). If rejected (yes, even after accepting your application it might be rejected for various reasons), you can speak to the immigration head and explain to him (bring with you additional supporting documents). You can check the status of the visa under ‘Visa Approval Tracking’ and once approved you can print the visa under ‘Visa Enquiry & Printing’ by clicking this link .

The above link is for English and you can also print the visa in Arabic by going to the Arabic site.

The visa is valid for one month and can be extended up to 6 months (including the initial month) once your immediate family is in Qatar or 3 months for extended or non-immediate family member.

2. Take a copy of the visa and go to Qatar Airways office and book a ticket with a return date within 1 month (as the initial visa is valid for 1 month). Do not forgot to ask the ticket agent to add the message ‘OK to Board’ on the ticket PNR as this would tell the Qatar Airways staff in the Philippines that the original visa will be stamped on arrival.

3. Send the ticket, visa, your passport copy, your visitor’s passport copy and marriage certificate (as applicable). These documents should be enough.

4. Once your Visitor lands in Qatar, the immigration staff will stamp one month visa on her passport. Within this one month you will have to get her medical done to extend the visa. The medical can be done at Medical Commission or at Ahli Hospital, Doha Clinic or Emadi Hospital. At the Medical Commission no prior appointment is required, your visitor needs to present his/her passport and a credit/debit card of yours to make the payment. After he/she clears the medical (which you can check online), you can go to any immigration office and extend the visa up to a maximum of further 5 months (or 3 months for extended family) – you can do this all in one go or every month. Once you have extended the visa, then you can extend the ticket.

Notes:

First Status – Application Under Review

Once you submit the applcation in the counter, it will show the status as above

Second Status – Under Processing With Expiry Date

It means, your application is approved, need to wait for a day or couple of days to take print out

Third Status – Visa is ready, please pay the fees at the nearest Immigration office

It is the last status, where you can go and pay the fees and take the print out

Final Status – Printed and Delivered

Once you recieved the print out, it will be changed to the above status.

Application Is Rejected

If your application is rejected, you need to go to the counter and request for committee meeting.

Application is Postponed

Some documents maybe missing, you need to go and ask at the counter for the reason, after that you can submit the additional or missing requirements.

Conditions/Reminders

  • Visit Visa holders are not allowed to work in Qatar during their stay.
  • In case of applying for family visit for relatives, the wife should be residing in Qatar, or with housing rental proof or employment contract.
  • A reconciliation amount of QR200 per day is imposed on a visitor who overstays a visit visa and QR30 per day for not completing resident procedures within 7 working days from the date of entry.
  • A person may not apply for a visit visa for the same visitor before allowing six months from the date of previous rejection.

Application Procedure for Family Resident Visa in Qatar

I have summarize below the procedures and requirements in processing your family resident Visa.  The following are only based on our own and some of our friends experiences.  If you know any  additional information that may be of help to our fellow kabayans, please feel free to comment below.

Note: If you have not subscribed yet in Metrash, it is advisable that you subscribe first in metrash with MOI (No Charge), so that you will get SMS alert regarding the Visa status application.

Subscribe for Metrash2  just in two steps. 
1. If you are not subscribed for normal Metrash service, subscribe for it on MoI website, click here for more info. 
2. Send an SMS from your Metrash subscribed mobile to 92992 with following format M2R
You will receive an SMS with download link and two part activation code. download the link, enter the activation code choose your password and enjoy the services on your mobile.

1. Obtain a New Family Visa Form directly from MOI- Madinat Khalifa Immigration Department. The timings are 8am to 1pm and 4pm to 7pm, Sundays to Thursdays,  or you may download it from here .  Some  people say that family visa is usually done in the morning.

2. Have the application form filled up by a typist in Arabic.  There are Arabic Typing Centers at Souq Waqif opposite the Police Station. They usually charge QR5 to QR10.

3. Request your Employer/Sponsor to affix his signature and seal at the last page of the form.  Then have it signed by yourself. You will also need the Computer Card from your Sponsor and you Employment Contract with Labor Department Seal.

4. Submit the application form with the following required documents (prepare 3 photocopies and original):

a.) Letter from your employer/sponsor outlining your position and salary. If company is providing you the accommodation, it must be stated in the letter. – (It should be written in Arabic and address to Ministry of Immigration. Contact your Company PRO.)

NOTE: The minimum salary requirement for family visa is QAR10,000 per month.  If you work for a government agency, the letter outlining your salary and position must be approved by the Ministry of Civil Service Affairs and Housing.
b.) Copy of your Passport and  Work Visa Page or Qatar ID (Pataka)
c.) Copy of your Family’s (wife and/or children) Passport
d.) Six months Bank statement (reflecting your monthly salary of at least QAR10,000)
e.) Attested Marriage Certificate (if applying for wife) – See Attestation details below
f.) Attested child/children Birth Certificates (if applying for children)  – See Attestation details below
g.) Copy of your Attested Education Certificate / Academic Qualification  /Diploma  – See Attestation details below
h.) Kharamaa bill in your name
i.) House Contract in your name (properly stamped with Baladiya) – It is the responsibility of the House Owner to have the contract stamped by Baladiya however if they require you to do it, you may have no choice as it is an important requirement now. This will be attested on Doha Municipality (Baladiya) near HSBC in C-Ring Road corner Al Saad Road. You need the following for attestation. Tenancy Contract (3 copies and original), your ID and the Land Owner’s ID, Authorization Letter from the Owner to attest the Contract, Title of the Land and fill the application form which is available in Baladiya. You will be asked to pay 1% of your annual rent.

But, if you are in a sub-lease house, you will need the following requirements:

1. Tenancy contract between 1st party (Owner) & 2nd party (Your Landlord – either company or individual). (make 3 copies of this)
2. ID of 1st party
3. ID of 2nd & 3rd party (you are the 3rd party)
4. Authorization letter from 1st party that he is allowing 2nd party to sub-lease the property
5. Title of land
6. If the 1st party is also the 2nd party (company owned by 1st party):
6.1 copy of commercial record
6.2 copy of commercial permit
6.3 copy of authorized signatory card

4. Now your application must be complete and ready for submission… Go to Immigration Department in Madinat Khalifa Area, Building No. 4, First Floor.

After submitting the Visa application, do not forget that you will be given a receipt with application number.  You may track the status through MOI Website.

5. Click on the second radio button and enter the application number and Your QID.

6. The status will be “The Request accepted” means same day you will get SMS from MOI with visa application no.  If “The Request refused” go to Labour Department and check for the reason and comply with the requirement.

Note:
a) In case the reason is not mentioned, then request for an appointment (with captain) to know the reason.  Go with full preparation along with all submitted documents (copy) and original.
b) Ask the reason for rejection, normally the captain will ask you some question just i.e what is your job/ Salary/ Nature of Company (They want some clarification from the submitted application. Check the status in same above mol link. It will be approved.

7. Once you received SMS with visa application no. Then, you may track the status through MOI Website click on “Visa approval tracking”  Enter your visa no (Received in SMS) and ID No.

8. Once your received an SMS “Visa ready to Delivery” or “Ready for printing” status in the moi website, go to Immigration Office with the Online print (Visa Ready for printing-it’s not compulsory) and original passport of the applicants and your ID. No application is required here.

9. Pay the amount (QR200) and get the family visa.  Now you can send this visa to your wife & children (to home country). They can arrive based on this visa.

If your wife is already here (Qatar) in visit visa, you may request to convert the family visit visa to familyresident visa by paying additional QR 500 and they will affix a sticker in passport (No need to exit from Qatar). You can do this same time when you are getting the family visa.

For Attestation:

The following attestations are required on the Original Documents:
1. DFA Authentication (Red Ribbon) – DFA Authentication Division’s New Address is at DFA-OCA Building Diosdado Macapagal Avenue, Parañaque City. You shall proceed to the Department of Foreign Affairs Authentication Division to authenticate the document with red ribbon (processing fee Php100per document  for regular processing of 5 days and Php200 for rush processing of 2 days)
2. Philippine Embassy in Qatar – You have to bring the documents to the Philippine Embassy in Qatar for notary and authentication (QAR100.00 fee)
3. At the end – Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) in Qatar – Then go to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) at C Ring Road opposite Gulf Cinema  for attestation (QAR20 per document they only accept debit/credit cards)

In the Philippines:

1. When you now have an Visa Notice for your family, which is by default valid for 3 months only, you may send the printed Visa Notice  to your family in the Philippines or provide them the Visa number and they can print copies from here

2. Dependent who is above 18 yrs old should take Medical Exam in any Qatar authorized Medical Testing. You may find the list of Approved Qatar Medical Centers or Clinics  here. Children below 18 years of age is not required for Medical Exam.

3. Then, the following documents need to be submitted personally  to Qatar Embassy for Visa Stamping. The new address and contact numbers of Qatar Embassy is:

Qatar Embassy Manila, Philippines

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Block 4 lot 6 Santiago Street Paseo de Magallanes, Magallanes Village, Makati City
Telephone: 856-6666/ 856-1222/ 856-1444*
856-1999/ 856-2444*

Schedules:

Emabassy Office Hours: 9:00am to 4:00pm
*Filing: Monday to Friday between 9am-10am only.
*Releasing: On the third (3rd) working day from the date of filing between 2pm-4pm.

* Please be informed that effective June 3, 2013, the Consular Section will no longer be receiving Cash Payments.
They will only accept ATM (Debit) Card and Credit Card payments (MASTER CARD & VISA CARD) for all visa and authentication related transactions.

Please prepare the original and photocopies of the following and make sure all documents are valid and not expired.

  • Application form
  • Visa Notice
  • Original Passport (must be valid for at least 6 months from the date of travel)
  • Medical Certificate (fit to travel) issued only by an accredited clinic by the Qatar Embassy – see above for list; (children ages 11 years old and below are exempted from medical requirement)
  • 2 pcs 2×2 size colored photos with white background
  • Processing Fee (Php358.97)

Submit these requirements at the Qatar Embassy in Manila with address above. You need to submit them personally. Should you need a representative to process them for you, you can send an authorization letter of your representative and copies of your valid IDs and his valid IDs.

When they arrived in Qatar:

10. Your wife/children must first obtain a blood-type certificate from any clinic before undergoing the Medical Commission exam.  Then, take your wife/children to Medical Commission (Abu Hamour) with the following documents (Original passport, Visa copy & QAR 100).  No application required here. Please note that the medical exam should be done within seven (7) days from the date of their arrival in Qatar.

The medical exam comprises a blood test and chest X-ray. Diseases being screened include:

  • HIV/AIDS
  • Tuberculosis
  • Hepatitis B
  • Hepatitis C

Note: For Family Visit Visa to Family Resident Visa –Mention this conversion in the registration counter.  You will need to pay QAR500 per family member and QAR400 for babies.

11. You will then get an SMS alert from metrash that medical is ok. Then check from MOI wesite and click on “RP application tracking and Printing” and enter Visa No. and ID No. you will get a form from the above website where you need to fill some supplementary data.

12. After completing the medical test, adults are required to register their fingerprints digitally with the MOI. The fingerprinting headquarters is located on Salwa Road off the Industrial Area flyover. Other service centers are located in:

  • Al Khor
  • Mesaimeer
  • Duhail
  • Al Shamal
  • Industrual Area (near Nissan roundabout)

Proceed for finger print (Abu Hamour) with the printout from website after Medical approval (they just need the visa number. To be on the safer side, you may bring Visa copy, ID and Original Passport).

13. You will then get SMS alert (Finger print ok), then proceed to immigration with the following (Printout of the form from MOI website duly filled, after medical approval, Copy of ID and passport of sponsor) QR 500, if you are applying residency for one year and same amount for every additional year and get the RP card by paying the required amount.

If you have further questions, please post it below and I will try my best to reply at the soonest.

Catholic Church of Our Lady of Rosary Doha Qatar

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Our Lady of the Rosary is the first Christian church and the only Roman Catholic Church in Qatar. It was first opened to the public on Saturday, March 15, 2008.

The external of  the building differs from the common Catholic Church that we have as it bears no cross, steeple or church bell as it was not allowed by the government of Qatar (a Muslim country).

Catechism classes for the different Communities (Filipino, Spanish, Arabic, International Group, French, Italian)  is held at Bishop Gremoli Building. There are also Outstation Communities at Al Khor and Dukhan.

Mass schedules can be viewed here and you may also want to check the latest Church Announcements here.

 

Museum of Islamic Art


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The Museum of Islamic Art, an iconic building in the Doha waterfront, houses a very large collection of masterpieces of Islamic art, including ceramics, coins, jewelries, glass, manuscripts, metalwork, woodwork and textiles.  It was said to be the one of the world’s most

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The Museum has a high-class restaurant on its Ground Floor, offering a dining experience of French Mediterranean cuisine with an Arabic twist.

Adjacent to the Museum is the MIA Park, where you can stroll or jog around, picnic with family and friends, or just relax with the spectacular beauty of Doha skyline especially during sunrise, sunset or at night.

The MIA Park also has a Park Café, bicycle for hire for adults and children, children’s playground and paddle boats.

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