Posts Tagged ‘Qatar’

So all i needed was some bribes?

You may have known or not that my parents have arrived for their annual family holiday with the kids..
the kids being my brother and myself, and annual.. well.. every Christmas we make an effort to come together, mostly either in Australia or in Qatar, although sometimes we venture to other continents.

They arrived on the 15th of November and leave on the 30th December.
Now I though that they wouldn’t be coming this time because my brother gets married in April and they are coming over for that.
HOWEVER my parents are relishing in the idea of TWO trips to Australia.

Lots of family time.

Now since we have just emerged out of winter, the garden had a much larger proportion of weeds than it normally does, and well to put it nicely, dad is a garden fanatic.

I spent the last three weekends prior to them arriving doing gardening.
I even held a GARDENING PARTY with some friends. We all had a good laugh at Fez who misread the invite and thought he was coming to a GARDEN Party, and came with his girlfriend in their Saturday best.

Here is something that sums up a little about growing up in Africa and my weed problems..

Previous Pets

A long time ago, we were living in South Africa and had two dogs. We had Shandy, who was mine and was a Siberian Husky x Labrador and then we had Jess, a German Shepherd.

Now our family decided to have Jess have puppies, and my brother was super excited about it, however just before we were about to breed her, Jess got an infection in her ovary, and had to have them removed, or else she would have died.

My brother was distought about not getting puppies, so my parents went and got little Baxter, also a German Shepherd.
oor Baxter however had a digestive problem and a skin problem. Translated this means that he was super skinny and couldn’t put on weight and was always scratching and rubbing away his skin.

We were so worried about him and had to get him special food, tablets and bath him in this special tea tree shampoo and conditioner every week. Eventually he started coming right, and then we got relocated to Qatar, and couldn’t take any of our dogs with us. Shandy when to the vet’s mom, Jess went to a friend and Baxter went to my brother’s best friend.

A year after we left, my folks went back for a holiday and stopped in to see little baxter, who is now big Baxter and has come right, bulked up and isn’t allergic anymore.

Amazing.

I really missed having pets when I moved to Australia however we were renting, so we were not allowed any, so we got rats as they were easy to hide. We had Betty and Chosen One (both girls, named after the men in Kung Pow) – “But isn’t Betty a girl’s name?”

I’ve grown up with the travel gene.

Being the daughter of a ship captain, pilot and tugmaster, it’s no surprise that since I was even an infant, I have been travelling all over the world. How many friends can say that they used to live on their dad’s ship between some mainland countries and some more exotic island countries?

Day 05- A picture of somewhere you’ve been to

I’ve decided to share a few.

The Power of One

It’s kinda cool when you come across old articles on the internet which show how much of a difference you’ve actually made in the world.
Back in 2000, when I moved to Qatar – I was devastated to find out there was no hockey at all. It was my favourite sport, and I’ve been playing representative since I was 12, and Premier Women’s League since I was 15.

So as a determined school girl, I rented out the sand astro to hold training sessions with whoever I could round up (my friends mostly… even though a lot of them had never played before, and just enjoyed getting violent with sticks).
This expanded and it eventually became a club. With the support of my dad (I needed an adult at times), we appraoched the expatriate pakistani and indian men and requested some matches..

This saw them forming their own clubs, and the desire for a league came into being. However facilities were scarce and no sports stores selling equipment was difficult. We had to import everything.

I unfortunately then had to leave to start a career in Australia, however my father took my place and proudly sit on the Qatar Olympic Committee (Hockey). Love your work dad! Qatar now has more than one hockey stadiums/turfs in Qatar, a hockey academy, a league and some decent clubs.

Here is one of the articles..

 

In the gulf times today

Ambitious plan to develop hockey in Qatar unveiled
Published: Tuesday, 27 November, 2007, 02:44 AM Doha Time

QOC secretary general Sheikh Saoud bin Abdulrehman al-Thani (centre) is seen with other officials during a media briefing held in Doha yesterday
By Sports Reporter
QATAR Olympic Committee (QOC) has decided to render long-term support in developing field hockey in Qatar. A committee has been formed and plans have been chalked out for the 2008-2009 season.
Hockey, which is mainly followed by the expatriate population, will have their own league and an academy to nurture young talent.
This was announced during a media briefing by Sheikh Saoud bin Abdulrahman al-Thani, QOC secretary-general.
“Hockey is one of the popular sports among the expatriate population in Qatar and we are more than happy to render our support to them,” said Sheikh Saoud.
“HH the Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani and HH the Heir Apparent Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani has asked us to get hockey in our fold after seeing the overwhelming enthusiasm and interest among the expatriates during the Asian Games,” added Sheikh Saoud.
The Qatar Hockey round-robin league will be played in two rounds commencing from January 11, 2008 and it will feature the four already existing clubs — Wanderers Hockey Club, Doha Hockey Club, Pak Hockey Club and Gateway Hockey Club — vying for top honours.
A knock-out tournament will also feature in the 2008-09 calendar.
The league will take place at the Al Rayyan Stadium, where the 2006 Doha Asian Games hockey matches were held and the stadium will be soon undergoing some renovation to incorporate change rooms.
The academy is scheduled to be launched by December 14 and selected children between the age group of 8-14 will be given extensive coaching.
The school authorities have been assigned with the selection process. Shuttle services will be provided for the selected boys for the practice that will be held between 3.30pm and 7.00pm on Fridays.
“Already many Indian, Pakistani and Western schools practice hockey and they will be more than happy to know about this development. We are expecting a good response in the coming days,” felt president Hasan al-Qadi.
An India versus Pakistan friendly match is also planned in the month of March and April to boost this cause.
“We have been having talks with both Indian and Pakistani hockey federations in this regard and will be finalising things soon. I am sure the response to this match will be phenomenal,” asserted secretary Mohd Abdul Nazer.
If everything goes as per the plan, QOC will also try to get affiliation with the International Hockey Federation.
“We will see how things will shape up in the coming months and maybe in the future we will try and get hockey if not as a federation but as a club registered with the International and Asian Hockey Federation. I am sure they will be more than happy to get us into their fold,” notified Sheikh Saoud.
“We want this organisation to be a profit making one and will try to rope in sponsors and host maybe a Qatar hockey championship where teams can come and participate for a handsome reward every year. However, all this will shape up in the coming years, this is just a beginning,” added Sheikh Saoud.
The following are the committee members: Hasan al-Qadi (president), Easa al-Harami (QOC representative), Mohd Abdul Nazer (secretary), Tariq W. Kureishy (member), Neville Gibbs Jones (technical co-ordinator). Teams: Wanderers Hockey Club, Doha Hockey Club, Pak Hockey Club, Gateway Hockey Club.

Serious Conversations

Yup, I totally get this ability from my parents.

Here is two excerpts from the latest serious skype conversation between my brother, his fiance and I, with my parents.

Dad has just asked if I’ve got any injuries, and while I start telling him about my spinal cord injury, he gets distracted by something he’s doing. The magic flying carpet.

Oh dear! He still has no clue about the severity of it. Typical Sea Captain.

The Difference between us and them.

Let me tell you a story about a recent event that has happened to some friends of mine.

The location is Doha, Qatar – situated just north of Saudi Arabia, and a half hour flight west over some water from Dubai.
Like most of it’s surrounding countries, the predominant religion is Islam, and they follow the Shariah Law there.

These friend happen to run their own church. They found a massive house with another building attached, with sufficient rooms and a huge courtyard. There are even stables at this house. Every Friday, Christians from all over Doha gather at this church. Many of my friends attend here.

One day, not long ago, a Muslim man who was an aquaintance of one of the churche’s attenders fell violently ill. There was a very good chance that he was going to die, and this man was not ready for it. In a leap of faith, he asked his Christian friends to prayer for him, and that they did.

Not long after, he made a miraculous recovery and was perfectly well. He was so thankful for his friends, and for God and was a changed man. He wanted to learn more about this God who had healed him, and asked if he could go with his Christian friends to the next Friday morning service. So off he went with the address and times in his hands.

That Friday morning, just as the church service was about to begin, a whole bunch of police officials arrive at the church, with bank statements and arrest warrants. Apparently it is a criminal offence to convert a Muslim, punishable by death according to Shariah Law.

About 12 people (my friends) were arrested with uncertainty about what future lay ahead for them, and whether or not it would be short lived. They were finally released, however they will not be able to continue living there, and must now consider other options.

This is one of the reasons, why we have seen such a widespread increase in numbers of people following Islam.
Making use of our democratic law, they have the freedom to believe and follow whichever God they please, and they are allowed to build places of worship. Due to the oil industry, Islamic countries are the richest in the world, and they use these funds to build mosques all over the world, spreading the reign of their religion.

However, if one who lives in one of these Islamic countries, wishes to follow a religion other than Islam, they can and will be prosecuted. They are not allowed to buy land to build places of worship (eg churches and temples). According to the law of the country, it is prohibited to talk of your religion to others.

Hardly fair now is it?

Homesick

A Wild Camel and I - Inland Sea, Qatar

A Wild Camel and I - Inland Sea, Qatar