Getting Police Clearance Certificate in the UAE

 

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I still have several leave days remaining so last Sunday I decided to secure a police clearance certificate here in the U.A.E. I browsed the internet for some basic knowledge on how to go about the process. I have learned that Police Clearance Certificate is also known as Good Conduct Certificate here in the U.A.E. I thought it was going to be a tedious process but lo and behold, it only took exactly five minutes to apply. The travel time and photocopying of my docs took more time than the application itself. Perhaps it helped that hubby and I arrived at a quarter to eight in the morning. πŸ™‚ Or maybe not.

Anyway, their official website is quite understandable. The requirements a person has to bring are the following:

  • Original Passport with copy
  • Visa with copy
  • 2 pcs. 4x6cm-sized coloured photograph (although I was only asked for 1 pc. photo)
  • Valid Emirates ID (no copy required but it would not hurt to bring one with you)
  • Fee: 210 Dirhams (around USD 57) for expats

Once you have all the documents required, just go to the Dubai Police General Headquarters near Al Mulla Plaza. Actually, once you exit Al Qiyadah Metro Station, the police station is very visible. The personnel are helpful and courteous and they have more than ten counters to cater to the general public. Just get your queue number and wait for it to be called then present all your documents plus the fee. A receipt voucher with original signature will be given to you to present during the specified date to claim your clearance certificate. In my case, it only took two days to process.

Just bear in mind that expats must have at least completed six months of their visa and the Good Conduct Certificate is only valid for three (3) months from the date of issue. There is no need for fingerprinting if you have a valid Emirates ID.Β Dubai Police Headquarters are open from 7:30am until 2:30pm.

Well, I hope this has been informative. Thanks for reading.

[Photo courtesy of Google search engine. It shows a sample of the newest Dubai Police app for Android phones.]

 

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Goals

Hi everyone! It’s that time of the year again when almost all are making resolutions to start anew. As for me, I fail whenever I make resolutions at the beginning of the year. Hence from last year I have started to set goals for myself. Achievable ones only, of course. For this year, I have 5 goals written down in black and white in my new planner. Hehe. Two of which were carry overs from last year’s list. The list may grow as the new year progresses but these five goals are my main focus. Hopefully, I achieve all of them by end of the year.

In this note, I would like to share to you my planner for this year. I am determined to cut back on my expenses so I had to forego my favorite planner for this year. It makes me sad to do that but I comfort myself with the thought that the little I was able to save will go a long way to adding to our savings account for this year. Always a silver lining somewhere. πŸ™‚ So, while browsing the net for some free printable planners for this year, I came across The Handmade Home. Naturally, there are a lot of free planners out there but I chose this for its funkiness and simplicity. I’ve printed out January to March to start with.Β If any are still deciding on the kind of planner you’d like to try, why not head over to The Handmade Home. Perhaps you’ll like it as well.

Here’s my version of the planner… IMG_4957 IMG_4958 IMG_4959 As you can see I have started my Week #2. πŸ™‚ Finally, I hope you all are having a great start for this New Year 2015. Thanks for reading.

Babysitting Lexie

Hello everyone! Hope the holidays are treating you very kindly. πŸ™‚

My days are going by like a blur and I feel kind of panicked because by next week I’ll be back to work. Yeah, right. Sigh. Oh, I wish the days can crawl slowly just for this week for me. Anyway, the highlight of my month is my adorable cutie pie niece, Lexie. When my sister called to say if we (hubby and I) can babysit because she has some work requirements to finish, we jumped on the available taxi to visit with Lexie sweetie. Tiring as it is to babysit a 20-day old baby, Lexie is easy-peasy for me. Hehe. I think she likes my singing voice. Go figure babies. Everybody can’t stand my voice. Lol. Lexie has grown after not seeing her for a week. Her body is sturdier and she can focus her eyes on things now. Thus, hubby got the confidence to carry her and put her to sleep while I got a couple hours of shut eye.

So, here are some snaps of us babysitting Lexie. Can’t wait to see her again tomorrow.

 

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Well, then, have a nice day everyone! Thanks for reading. πŸ™‚

I Sew, Finally

It has been the longest dream of mine to be able to own a sewing machine and sew cute li’l projects with it. Finally, this year on my birthday hubby gifted me with a Singer sewing machine. Wow, it’s one of the best gifts ever. πŸ˜‰ wpid-20141025_191350.jpg Of course, I’m living in the land of desert and sand so finding fabrics to start making the projects I wanted was not just hard but quite frustrating. All they sell are satins and cotton solids. Sigh. Luckily, I remembered some polyester and cotton fabric my mom brought last January from the Philippines so I can make myself some scrubs for work but didn’t get the time to go to the tailor. So last night after dinner I browsed some sewing tutorials and found one at Craftsy that I was comfortable with and it was free!

Ta-da! My very first reversible Tote Bag. Tote BagI wish I had cuter fabrics to work with but am glad I had one to practice on. It’s not as near perfect as I wanted it to be; however, I am so proud of myself for finishing this. If you have suggestions as to where online I can buy cute and cheap fabrics, please drop me a line. Thanks in advance. And thanks for reading. πŸ™‚

Happy Holidays to Everyone!

Hello there! Happy holidays to all!

I’m sure everybody’s busy nowadays considering it’s that time of the year again. πŸ™‚ As for me, last night was the first time in two weeks that I was able to sleep for eight hours straight. Not that I’m complaining since the reason for my erratic sleeping pattern was my newborn niece. Yes! Another addition to my side of the family. My younger sister, Jocelyn, gave birth on the 6th of December and we have been busy since. It was a difficult delivery for my sister and I was there every step of the way straight from my night shift duty at work. So, you can just imagine how many cups of coffee I consumed that time. Hehe. Thank God she delivered naturally and both she and my niece, Lexie, are doing just great as of this writing. Naturally, I am the designated babysitter because I started my annual leave on the same day Lexie was born. Additionally, I have the professional knowledge of taking care of newborns as it is part of my job description in the hospital. And being a babysitter of a newborn is a bit scary and fraught with sleepless nights. I let my sister and my brother-in-law sleep the minute I took over so I’m so happy I got to bond with our li’l cutie pie which meant aunt Jenny didn’t get enough sleep which was well worth it. Anyway, let me just share you a couple of snaps with Lexie…

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And this is a selfie of me and Lexie while I was babysitting her. This cutie likes to sleep on my chest every time.

Well, I’ll let you get back to your busy-ness hehe. Thanks for reading. And happy holidays again.

 

 

Time and Time Again

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Has it really been more than three months? I missed everybody. Really. But I had to deal with personal stuff so I had to forego spending time with my blog. You know, that ‘shadow thing’ I talked about in a previous post. Anyway, glad I am back and hopefully this time around I am strong enough to stay even while everything else is happening to me. *wink

So, what has everyone been up to lately?

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